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If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball. Student Council’s annual action-packed dodgeball tournament is right around the corner, so get ready to dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge. Team forms are due May 3 and can be turned in to the main office. For more, see page 5. DODGE

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From its start in the 1920s, prom has been recognized as a night to show off fashion and dancing skills. But what started as a simple dance in the high school gym has turned into an extravagant affair that many students crown as the most important night of high school. For more, see page 12. Source/ www. promdressgown.com

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The varsity baseball team was named No. 1 in the state pre-season. The team has eight returning varsity players, including seniors Alex Chittenden, Matt Jefferson and Cole Martin. So far, the Bears have achieved a record of 8-3. Due to weather conditions, the team has experienced game cancellations, including their game against township rival Lawrence North. For more, see page 26. Cub photo/ Chris Gore

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Volume 61

Issue 10

April 30, 2010

Spring musical premieres tonight KaylaTaylor kaylataylorcub@gmail.com The spring musical, “Aida,” premiers at 7 p.m. tonight in the Caroline V. Hanna auditorium. Senior Gigi Aldridge stars as the title character, Aida, and junior Joe Mount stars as the male lead and Aida’s love interest, Radames. “It’s really exciting to be the lead, especially since it’s my senior year,” Aldridge said. “I’m really excited to take on this role and hopefully put on a really good performance.” Aldridge has never been in a musical production, but she said that “Aida was an appealing role to play because she is a very strong female character.” The cast of “Aida” also includes senior Jordan Thomas as the high maintenance Princess Amneris and senior Dayne Gowan as the scheming Zoser. The plot centers around a love triangle between Aida, Radames and Amneris as well as other conflict centering around themes like slavery and the oppression of the Nubians. The play has Egyptian and african vibes to it. “It’s a very grown up show,” Mount said. “It deals with a very wide spectrum of issues.” “Aida” was originally created as a four-act opera and was performed in Cairo in 1871. The opera’s story, but not

The title character and female lead, Aida, is played by senior Gigi Aldridge. Aida is the princess of the Nubian tribe and falls in love with a forbidden Egyptian.

The supporting female lead, Nehebka, is Aida’s best friend in the musical and is played by senior Kim Moses. Cub photos/ Chris Gore

its music, was used for the basis of the 1998 musical of the same name which was composed and written by famed musicians Tim Rice and Elton John. This production of “Aida” is based of Rice’s

and John’s 1998 musical. “Aida” appealed to musical director and drama teacher Kathleen Horrigan on many different levels. “It —See AIDA on page 5

Principal Freije to retire after this school year SeanJordan

seanmjordancub@gmail.com After seven years principal Ed Freije is retiring. “The time is just right for me,” Freije said. After thinking about the decision for months, he said he thought he had run his course and it was time to give someone else a chance to carry the torch. “There are many changes going on,” he ED FREIJE said, and “the crunch was deep for all of the cuts that had to be made.” Although he knows it is “his time” to leave, Freije said he also knows he will

miss the school. “Obviously, (I’ll miss) the students and staff,” Freije said. But moreover, he said, “what I’ll really miss about the school is the holistic nature of it.” Freije said that although he’s leaving, he’d still like to see the school continue to make some The time of the positive strides for me.” that it has seen over the past couple of years. “We want to work toward continually increasing our graduation rates,” he said. He added that the school should continue to work on improving writing skills and equity in the school.

He said he suspects that he will not be out of the LC picture entirely, though. He said he plans to attend athletic events and stay involved with the school. “I consider my school family as an extended family,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be a Bear for a long time.” He also said he is just right suspects that he won’t be out of the educaSean Jordan tional picture entiresenior ly. “I don’t necessarily want to retire totally,” he said. “I want to see what’s out there.” Freije will be leaving LC alongside assistant principal Beth Meguschar. LC will be seeing an entirely new structure for the administration next year.


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As told by GINGER

We creep ‘cause we care Lierin Ehmke

lierinehmkecub@gmail.com Well folks, it’s the final stretch. The 7th inning. The last lap. Whatever metaphor you want to use. The senioritis has gotten so bad it’s spread to every inch of my body. It’s gotten to the point where whenever someone brings up homework, I throw my head back and quip, “Homework? I laugh in the face of homework!” and continue creeping on Facebook. Actually, now that I think about it, Facebook has replaced my homework: Keeping updated on statuses, open house events, and SBX pictures is an on-going task. And I’m willing to admit that I’m mildly addicted. Chances are that I’ve been to your Facebook page, looked at your wall, statuses, and information, and crept through your defaults. And don’t sit there and try to say I’m an oddity; grab any student in LC and chances are that 60 percent of the time, he’s on Facebook all the time. But why do we feel the need to be on Facebook when we were perfectly fine back in middle school before we all signed up? It doesn’t stop with Facebook; TwitChances are that ter, MySpace, Formspring…all of these I’ve been to your publish personal inFacebook page...” formation in the cyber world that creepers next door and across the pond are just waiting to see. Our generation seems to have an obsession with posting our thoughts and events via internet, while having a desire to know what is going on with the lives of others. And then, as I’m sure all of my dedicated readers are surprised to hear, I started thinking. Many a time my parents have reflected about their neighborhood, how small and quaint it was, and how everyone knew each other’s business. The 1950s Eisenhower era may be over, but with the help of Facebook and other social networking sites, our big world has once again been shrunk so we may fuel our need to know what is happening in our social circle. Ah, that’s way too much thinking for now; I must give my senioritis some well-deserved rest and go back to my Facebook. But before you start making judgements about my habits, just know this: Since I’m a journalist, creeping is called investigating, which makes everything OK.

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To work or not to work Out Of Order Zach Griffin zachgriffincub@gmail.com Why do they have to go? This is the thought that I had on any snow day, long weekend, or other occasion that got an elementary school student like me out of school back then. I couldn’t figure out why my parents had to head off to work, leaving me with that stereotypical babysitter that made me wish that I were still in school. Of course, as a high school student, I completely understand why they had to go,

but back then I had no idea why asking around. I now know that it someone had to sacrifice time with takes quite a bit of know-how to get me (the most fun kid ever) to go to a job, let alone work one. I think I a place so awful that it could only have asked at every restaurant in ever be referred to as “work.” my neighborhood; only one of them Now that I am 16, I am going gave me an application, and none around looking for a place to call of them have called me back. my work. I started out with the I’m not sure if it is just my luck, strategy that any person looking for my personality, or what. But I have their first job has: just flat out not really been striking out. And it looking. I assumed isn’t helping that a job would plop me that due I assumed that a job down in front of me. to a lack of a I thought that just as car, I have to would plop down in I was walking out of a find a place front of me.” store or restaurant, the to work that manager would walk is within bikup to me and offer me ing distance. a job. And I would give the casual And thus the circle begins. In orresponse “Eh, why not?” der to get a job, I need a car. But After that didn’t happen, I put in order to get a car, I need a job. off the job search for a while and If anybody out there has a surplus just tried to live off my allowance. of automobiles, please look me But that ended in disaster. I even- up, please! But that car isn’t going tually snapped out of my “sit and to pay for itself...and so the hunt wait” strategy and started actually continues.

This week is wack Column As I See ‘Em

Sean Jordan seanjordancub@gmail.com Lordy, Lordy. Let my people go. Because the odds are that we will not overcome. And by “the odds are,” I mean that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we won’t overcome the inferred prejudice. Who are “my people,” you ask? No, they’re not fans of the Colts asking for a release from the disappointment of their losing the Super Bowl, and they’re not atheists asking for some representation in the United States governmental system. And no, they’re not the goodlooking that are being smothered in a sea of compliments (although that

important for their futures. But for is annoying). They’re seniors in Indiana high seniors, there is absolutely no point schools asking to be released from in coming anymore, let alone for the bondage of a closed-campus the last week of school. And that, my friend, is the unday of “learning.” I put “learning” in quotation marks because for at derlying cause of senioritis. There least April and May of our senior is no cure for it—except for blowin’ year, “school” is synonymous with this pop stand. What this policy “seven-hour daycare session… does is… well, it does the opposite of that. palooza.” Have they ever heard of the Seriously, I see no point in comwrit of habeas coring to school any pus? (Have YOU more—let alone Have they ever heard ever heard of the for a week more writ of habeas corthan seniors are of the writ of habeas pus?) Well, it seems typically impriscorpus?” like they haven’t. oned. And this is Because one of our coming from me. inalienable (ever I’m a nerd. If the idea was to grant us the head of that word?) rights as Amermost learning time possible, it’s a icans is our physical freedom. But little too late for that. We’re already they’re suspending that writ and focused on the next chapter of our detaining us in this prison without lives—even if it entails working at just cause. I know no one here can do anyMcDonald’s and working our way up to assistant to the regional man- thing about this injustice directly, ager. Even that’s more exciting— but maybe our teachers could proand useful—than high school right mote giving their lessons outside during this nice weather. They now. Sure, high school is still impor- could even try giving us a break tant for the underclassmen; it’s still or two during class. Do something,


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Will Tiger Woods keep his promise to be a better person?

ArashHabibi arihabibicub@gmail.com Let’s say you touch an electric fence; you feel pain, and lots of it. Now the chance that you will voluntarily touch an electric fence again is not likely at all. So why should Tiger’s dilemma be any different? A man, just another human being, made a mistake. Big deal. So he let the money and the fame and the girls get to his head; it happens. But what I do know for sure is that Tiger is a golfer and a darn good one. I also know that he will not put

“Since the media is all over it, he probably won’t cheat again.” Taylor Dulong, 11

a fantastic career such as his in jeopardy once more by sleeping with some 19odd girls again. Does anybody need reminding that Tiger is married with children? He will not risk losing his wife and kids again by sleeping with other women. If Tiger loses his family, he will definitely lose all credibility with the American public. Even more people will no longer consider him a role model. Another one of the major consequences of Tiger’s actions was the loss of many of his advertising

contracts. If Tiger doesn’t at least have the decency to stop cheating to save his own marriage, then maybe he’ll at least do it for the money. (And plus, I can’t purchase any Nike equipment unless Tiger’s face is on it, so he better not cheat any more.) Moreover, Tiger is under the magnifying glass of society; his every move is being watched by the media… especially TMZ. So kids, not only will Wheaties help you run a marathon, it will also help you run away from your mistakes.

“I don’t think he will. There are so many women and he won’t be able to resist.” -Patrick Tipton, 9

“He’ll definitely keep his promise. He’ll stay faithful especially after the media exposed him.” Benjamin Perez, 11

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TommyMyers The question isn’t will Tiger Woods fall back into his old habits, it’s when will he? Whether his “sex addiction” is real or not, his ego is still larger than the crowds that followed him at Augusta. How can we trust someone who promised to control his foul mouth and then audibly swears – in the third person, which was strange – after hitting a shot that wasn’t even poorly hit? That’s where the real problem lies. It’s not a “sex addiction” or

a troubled childhood or any psychological mumbo jumbo like that; what it comes down to is that Tiger Woods is a liar. And we don’t even need his pants to be on fire for us to see that. Let’s just go back a few years and run up to the altar where Woods “promised” to keep his wedding vows: That didn’t happen. We already know he couldn’t keep a promise to stop swearing on the course. It’s gotten so bad that he even yells at himself in his own video game. And now this sketchy character Dr. An-

thony Galea gets involved and Woods states that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs (insert Dr. Evil air quotes where appropriate.) I give it a month before the headlines read “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Steroid Scandal.” Woods isn’t the first athlete to get caught doing something he shouldn’t have been doing, and he won’t be the last. It is only because we hailed him as the perfect role model and wanted all our kids to be like Tiger. Now he is the “bad guy,” and bad people don’t change.

“I think he’ll keep his promise because he has a lot to lose if he doesn’t. I think he realizes that.” Kourtney Crites, 9

“I don’t think he’ll play as well, but he won’t want to lose more sponsors.” Gui Gimenez, Foreign exchange student

“He’ll probably end up cheating on his wife again. He’s a celebrity; who could resist?” Steven Gasaway, 10

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EVOLUTION OF PROM Cub graphic/ Shelby Harper

Prom’s traditions create student opinions HeatherOlsen heatherolsencub@gmail.com Known as a rite of passage among many students, it’s one night to go all out, to impress in excess and to remember as the best or worst night of high school: prom. David’s Bridal store manager Heather (last name not disclosed) said that for girls, the dress is the most important part of prom. “Accessories and corsages, everything else, can come later. The dress is always the top priority,” Heather said. As students gear up for prom on May 15, male and female students alike are getting ready for the big night. Most girls have already bought dresses, some below $100 and others above $600. Many boys are renting tuxedos or wearing simple suits from their own closets. Students agree that girls generally spend a lot more money on prom than boys do, and couples more than students going solo. Senior Marvin Thomas said he believes that prom is about flaunting

looks and how much students and their very seriously. It wasn’t until the ‘50s that the prom king and queen tradition parents are willing to spend. Carte began. The titles, which were generally Blanche Limousine will cost about considered popularity awards, $500 for the night. David’s Bridal prom generated heavy competition to be the dresses range from $99 to $599. Tuxedo most popular and best-dressed couple rental at Men’s Warehouse starts at $50. These are only some of the expenses for on the dance floor. Now, the focus has shifted to include intelligence and the night, but it can add up if you go personality in the competition as well. alone or don’t have others to help pay. Today’s prom Senior is most closely Courtney Hoskins related to the way disagrees with Dancing is considered proms were held girls who spend in the ‘70s, with excessive amounts socializing these days, and prom being held of money on their that’s what (prom) has in a hotel or other dresses. always been about.” large ballroom “I didn’t with a certain spend a ridiculous amount on my Marvin Thomas decorative theme. The prom theme dress, because senior here this year it isn’t about is Las Vegas, so looking better than students can break out to Lady Gaga’s everyone else. (Prom) is about having “Poker Face” in Sin City style. fun,” Hoskins said. However, prom is not just about The word “prom” is a shortened spending money and showing off. The version of the French word dance, which was intended in the ‘20s “promenade,” which means to walk to help socialize students and integrate or stroll. In the early part of the 19th century it was considered inappropriate formal events into their lives, is an important high school experience. for girls to dance with boys they were “Dancing is considered socializing not married to, so they would take short these days, and that’s what (prom) has chaperoned “promenades” with dates. always been about,” Thomas said. By the ‘30s proms were common Hoskins agrees that prom is an in high schools, and they were taken

Prom Need-To-Know Theme: Las Vegas When: 7:30-11:30 p.m. May 15 Where: Indiana Roof Ballroom, downtown Indianapolis Cost: $40 each in the bookstore FYI: Dinner will not be served; however, hors d’oeurves will be provided Requirements: Must be a junior or senior to purchase a ticket, can’t be on the banned list, must have a 2.5 GPA and no majors Add songs to the prom playlist by joining the Facebook group “LC Prom Playlist” important experience that everyone should have. “I believe prom is an important experience for high school students because it’s a time for us all to be together,” she said. Thomas said that mainly juniors at LC are interested in attending prom this year. However, he believes it’s also an important experience for seniors. “I think it’s more important for seniors (to go) because it’s our last year that all of us will be together before we move away,” he said.


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Students struggle to protect their things in the locker rooms HaileyNewkirk

Cub art/ Carly Ellefsen

haileynewkirkcub@gmail.com In the blink of an eye, it’s gone. LC, like many other schools, suffers from acts of theft ever day. Although no place in the school is exempt, the locker rooms seem to be most prone to thefts. Senior Austin Enghauser suffered from the problem of theft the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. All the money in his wallet, his phone and his ticket to that night’s LC/LN game went missing. “I saw my wallet sitting out and I had a gut feeling about what had happened. I was kind of mad, but more disappointed because I didn’t have any way to communicate with any one over break,” said Enghauser. Enghauser said getting his personal belongings stolen made him think before he takes his eye off of them when they’re not properly locked away. “I double-check my locker to make sure it’s locked every day before practice and make sure I don’t have anything lay-

ing out. I’m a lot more careful,” “There is no way for a thief he said. to get to your things if you lock “I was kind of mad, but your locker,” said Fuson. more disappointed than anyTo try and better secure thing because I didn’t have the locker rooms, they are now any way to communicate with locked after students are finanyone over break,” said Engished dressing for class. Any hauser. student arriving late or leaving Diana Fuson, head of the early must pass through P.E. physical education department, Central to get back in the locksaid that the boys’ locker rooms er rooms. This way, faculty will seem to have a higher tendency know exactly who has passed of things being stolen. through the locker room in “Generally, not always, the case anything happens to go issues we have with theft hapmissing. pens in the After a boy’s locker theft occurs, There is no way for a rooms. Many the measure of them have thief to get your stuff if taken to reproblems trieve the item you lock your locker.” with locking depends on their lockers what the item Diana Fuson was. and when teacher they leave Fuson their stuff lying out, someone said that if an electronic device is always going to be there to is stolen, faculty will not get take it,” said Fuson. involved because students are Despite the length LC’s not supposed to have elecfaculty goes to try and help tronics on them anyway. If prevent thefts from occurring, something such as clothes or they can’t seem to eliminate jewelry is stolen, the student’s it. Lectures are given at the teacher will fill out a stolen and start of every semester to gym lost report and turn it in to the classes strongly advising the main office. students to not bring their Depending on the seriousvaluables to the locker rooms. ness of the offense, students If, however, students choose to may be held after class and bring their valuables anyway, searched. teachers stress the importance “Cell phones and money of keeping students’ lockers are the most common thing locked at all times. stolen,” said Fuson.


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worth repeating “Every exit (is) ... an entrance somewhere else.” - Tom Stoppard

important dates April 30: Color Guard auditions, 4 p.m., upper balcony gym April 30-May 1: ‘Aida,’ 7 p.m., audi- torium May 1: SAT, 8 a.m., Student Life Center May 2: ‘Aida,’ 2:30 p.m., auditorium May 3-14: AP testing May 5: Jazz concert, 7 p.m., audito- rium May 8: ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) finals for con- cert bands and orchestras May 10: One-Act performances, 7 p.m., auditorium May 13: Graduation cap, gown, tickets, class ring delivery, 7 a.m.- 1 p.m., Studio Theatre (except rings at lunch only) May 14: Senior Service Day May 15: Prom, 7:30 -11:30 p.m., Indiana Roof Ballroom May 19: Cub Reporter’s final issue of the year May 19: Honors Night, 7 p.m., auditorium May 20: Senior cook-out, G3, Perk May 20-26: Seniors finals May 25-28: Underclassmen finals May 28: Commencement practice, 11 a.m., Pepsi Coliseum May 29: Commencement, 3 p.m., Pepsi Coliseum

especially for parents ‘Light their Future’ gala May 1

The Lawrence Township Foundation will host the 10th annual “Light Their Future” gala to benefit children in the school system 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. There will also be a $5,000 cash raffle. Tickets are available at 423-8300.

news to use 2010-11 school calendar online A color-coded (maroon/gray) school calendar for the next school year is available online at www.lawrencecentral.ltschools. org. Teachers are to report for the start of the school year on Aug. 16. The first day of school for students is Aug. 17.

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Preparing for the final stretch BradOppenheim bradoppenheimcub@gmail.com It’s that time of the year again. Second semester finals will start on May 25 for underclassmen and May 20 for those seniors who have to take finals in classes in which they did not receive an ‘A.’ Finals for seniors will start G1 on May 20 and will end during M8 on May 26. Finals for underclassmen will not start until May 25 and will end on May 28. The skip-a-final policy for seniors will be the same as last semester. Seniors may skip finals for all classes that they have an ‘A’ or higher in. There will then be open campus for those seniors who need to take certain finals or would like to attend school until May 26, the last official day for seniors. The skip-a-final policy remains the same as last semester for the underclassmen as well. Underclassmen may skip one final in a class in which they have an ‘A’ for the semester. This policy has changed from previous years where a student could skip a final if they had perfect attendance and a ‘C’ or better in that class. The policy

changed due to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus and also to discourage students from coming to school while ill. Many students have mixed feelings on the new skip-a-final policy. Junior Tyrell Reid said, “I liked the perfect attendance policy over the new policy. I believe that a student that has an ‘A’ in a class should have to take the final to keep his grade.” Sophomore Matt Mason said, “I like the new policy because kids don’t have to come to school sick just to skip a final.” The administration has also decided to mix both maroon and gray days together during testing on May 26 and 28. LC and LN will both have split days. Principal Ed Freije said, “What we were trying to prevent (with the split days) was having to go back to a class after the final was over.” Another objective was to give students time to review right before the test. This is supposed to help students perform better on their finals. “We will try (the split days), get feedback and see how it goes,” Freije said. For those students who

Finals Schedule May 20: G1: Senior Finals G2: Regular G3: Senior Finals G4: Regular May 24: G1: Regular G2: Senior Finals G3: Regular G4: Senior Finals May 25: M5: Senior/Underclass Finals M6: Senior/Underclass Finals M7: Review M8: Review May 26: M7: Senior/Underclass Finals M8: Senior/Underclass Finals G1: Review G2: Review May 27: G1: Underclassmen Finals G2: Underclassmen Finals G3: Review G4: Review May 28: M5: Regular G3: Underclassmen Finals M6: Regular G4: Underclassmen Finals

need additional help preparing for the finals, the My Achievement Center (MAC) is available during study halls and Work In Now (WIN) is available after school. It is recommended that students allow themselves enough time to prepare for their finals and get a good night sleep beforehand. Breakfast is recommended as well to help prepare students for finals.

Students show support for unlikely policy change ZachGriffin zachgriffincub@gmail.com Earlier this semester student council held many study hall summits to collect ideas for this year’s school policy change as a part of the state-wide RSVP (Raising Student Voice and Participation) program. The ideas that student council collected were presented this week to the administration which will decide whether to initiate it as a part of the school policy or whether to reject the proposed change. This year’s most popular idea was open campus, which

Although the consensus allows students to leave school campus during lunch and other around student council is that designated times. Even with the original plan will not make such student support, RSVP it past the administration, the members are adviser Lauhoping that ra Reysz has modifications some doubts There are some major can be made to about the open make the plan campus policy liability issues.” acceptable. change going As for through the Laura Reysz the idea itadministraRSVP advisor self, however, tion. Reysz believes “There are some major liability issues,” that it is a good example of Reysz said, “People could cut some outside-the-box thinking or get involved with bad stuff that could be used to change outside of school during school policy for the better. “It is ideas like this that can hours.”

lead to some really good, different ideas that can make this school a better place for students,” Reysz said. RSVP will be back next year to propose new ideas. RSVP members were fairly happy with the results they got this year. The one improvement that they would like to see is some more student participation in future years. “I had to go up to individuals to get them to talk and participate,” RSVP member and junior Nick Selke said. “It really would have been more efficient if I could have done it with the whole class.”


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Working on another art piece, sophomore Ben Elser switches from using colored pencils in his awardwinning work in the International Violin Competition, to using paint in a mixture of green, red, yellow and orange, all of which are being used for his face in an unusual self portrait. Cub photo/ Tommy Myers

Artists win international, regional recognition camillehayescub@gmail.com The Juried Exhibition of Student Art (JESA) award winners have been announced, and two of LC’s students received the Grand award. Sophomore Ben Elser and junior Glenn Powell won the award for their pieces, both done in colored pencil. Every four years the International Violin Competition is hosted in Indianapolis. Along with the competition, JESA hosts a student art competition. There are five different age groups: grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12. The only criteria for each entered piece is that it is two-dimensional and shows a violin somewhere. Each entry is judged by artists out of the Indianapolis area. For art teacher and department head Vicki Shafer, it’s most exciting for her students’ art to be acknowledged. “I like to get our students’ and school’s name out in the community as much as possible. We can’t win them all but it’s good to at least get (the students) work out (in competitions) and have it recognized,” she said.

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The winners are more excited than Shafer to have won the award. Although he prepared well for the competition, Powell barely believed it when he got the news of the win. “I put in countless hours of work and lost many hours of sleep (finishing the piece),” he said. Powell chose to use colored pencil because he believes that is the medium in which he does his best work. “I wanted to be completely comfortable so I could create a nice-looking piece of art…. Being a winner helps me feel as if my time and hard work were greatly appreciated.” The competition also awards Regional honors to students whose work was good but did not score high enough for the Grand award. Juniors Jordan Woodall and Carly Ellefson were winners of a Regional award. Last week a few advanced placement (AP) art students held a showing of some of their best art pieces. They were allowed to prepare their area to highlight their work. Senior Taylor Norris created a fort with blankets, putting her artwork inside. Students were invited to view the work during lunch and some of their classes.

gregpricecub@gmail.com Once again, budget cuts were the topic of discussion at MSDLT’s school board meeting on Monday. The main department where cuts were discussed was transportation. Some of the options talked about by the board members were the elimination of activity buses, transportation costs for sports, more short buses for athletics, fewer bus stops with more students at each stop, and field trips being covered by each building’s funds. Those options were also discussed at length at the board’s work session on April 14 at Mary Castle Elementary. The work session ended with the board members agreeing to talk about possible transportation reductions later. High school and middle school administrators had been asked for a list of extracurriculars they could cut if necessary. The board decided not to cut any of them at this time, saying they wanted further information about participation in specific clubs and athletics. The first option for the extracurric-

School Board Election Dr. Henry Fernandez-District 2 Craig Hartzer-District 2 Jeff McKean-District 2 Greg Allen-At-Large Chris Bradburn-At-Large Amy Coats-At-Large Jeff Dollar-At-Large Kathy Varie-At-Large The election will be held May 4. Voters may select one At-Large candidate. Residents of District 2 may also select one District 2 candidate.

ular cuts was to cut each activity by 50 percent, but the members felt that would hinder the district’s competitiveness. The board wants to evaluate participation for different clubs and activities at the middle and high school levels. The same and more options of cuts concerning transportation were discussed at the meeting on Monday. The members asked for an investigation of putting advertising inside the school buses, as state law prohibits ads on the outside of the buses. No final decisions were made about transportation cuts. “This is not just a (MSDLT) issue,” superintendent Concetta Raimondi said.


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Getting help from a little friend, sophomore Melissa Macneur works in the garden at St. Mary’s Child Center. Macneur and other Key Club members helped with mulching, planting of flowers and restoring the garden. The kids provided some fun for the high schoolers. Cub photos/ Lena Reifinger

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Top: Receiving a small helping hand, junior Key Club member Monica Bianchini dishes out sunflower seeds to plant behind the center’s Family Garden. The children wanted to help the high schoolers in the renovation of the landscape for St. Mary’s Child Center. “My favorite part of the service project was how we were actually able to interact with the kids,” Bianchini said. The club had been working all year to be prepared enough to have a successful service project at the center. Most of the work done by the club was done in the garden as they mulched, pulled weeds and planted flowers. They also helped provide new vegetable and fruit plants, a small bench, potting plants, a new sandbox and a new play set. Left: Proudly standing by his newly planted and painted pot, a small boy from St. Mary’s Child Center shows off his red flower. LC students made the pots out of clay and painted them, and also helped St. Mary’s students plant flowers inside the pots. Key Club members worked to get supplies donated and also used funds provided by a grant from United Way.

Club provides ‘saintly’ a service Key Club wraps up year-long service project by helping St. Mary’s Child Center AlliKing allikingcub@gmail.com Key Club recently wrapped up its year-long service project with St. Mary’s Child Center downtown. The club members took a field trip to the child care center on April 15 to work on the garden and restore the children’s playground. St. Mary’s Child Center is a preschool for children ages 3-5, primarily a day care service for children from turbulent backgrounds or impoverished families. Key Club president and senior

Caroline Hall started this project at the “From Day 1 this school year we’ve beginning of the school year by writing a known we wanted to help St. Mary’s. grant to the United Way to build a play- Key Club hosted the first tailgate of the year, where we raised around $700, and ground at St. Mary’s. “Most of these kids live in either we also held pizza sales to raise money,” Hall said. dangerous areas or small apartments, This is the first where there is no safe time a club has been We just wanted (the kids) approved to take place for them to play and just be kids. We a field trip during to have a fun, normal just wanted (the kids) school, which added school environment.” to have a fun, normal Caroline Hall to the excitement of school environment,” the eager volunteers Senior who Hall said. re-mulched The club officers the garden, planted went to local businesses, asking for do- seeds and potted plants as well as doing nations to help stretch the grant money, an over-all cleanup of the playground. “It was great to be able to help these as well as asking for donations of seeds, kids have a nice place to play. Every kid potted plants and mulch.

deserves the chance to have somewhere safe to go and just run around and have fun,” freshman club member Lorna Hannoy said. “I loved seeing the look on their faces when we were done.” “The kids were so happy. When we finished, they imitated us, pretending to be gardeners and plant seeds. It was so cute,” Hall said. “St. Mary’s is also sort of an early-intervention center for these kids. They need good role models to set good examples for them, teach them how to give back.” The project wrapped up Key Club’s year, being the last major event. The members are still working, though, earning hours by volunteering at events like the Multiple Sclerosis Walk and the Geist Half-Marathon.


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Three girls were cast to feature as models in “Aida.” Senior Natalie Vezina struts her stuff during rehearsal. Cub photos/ Chris Gore

has modern music (which is a great thing), a great storyline, ancient Egyptian costumes and Egyptian scenery,” Horrigan said. “It’s a timeless love story based on the opera ‘Aida,’ and we really want the students to come out and see that.” According to Gowan, Thomas, Aldridge and Mount, this is the least amount of time they have ever had to prepare for a show, as they have only been working on the show for about six weeks. During the week of April 26 the cast and crew stayed after school until close to 11 p.m. for what they call production week. “We’ve all been working

really hard on this production and we have a lot of really great talent,” Thomas said. “I think people who are fans of the music from ‘The Lion King’ will enjoy ‘Aida.’ People should expect lots of lavish scenes, great singing, a great ensemble and a lot of good music.” The production of “Aida” will also be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

along with juniors Caroline cost is being discussed. Senior Andrew Gerig is Fairfax and Brandon Wind. If this year’s competition planning to participate in the event and enjoys it because he is anything like last year’s, believes it is an accessible sport Gerig and his loyal team memfor many. “It is an easy sport to bers will have a struggle to get play,” Gerig said. “You don’t through a team of teachers. T h e have to reigning be overly athletic to You don’t have to be overly c h a m p i on was a enjoy the athletic to enjoy the game. group of game.” teachers Gerig will band Andrew Gerig dedicated to sniping together senior s t u d e n t s . with his This year’s t r u s t y group of diverse teammates to event is ripe for opportunity for go after the trophy. His team more teachers to hold bragging consists of seniors Cole Martin, rights for yet another year. In the past, dodgeball Alex Chittenden, Nate Tubbs, Jimmy Midence and Allie Nash tournaments have been quite

popular among students, but a scheduled volleyball tournament was cancelled due to a poor registration rate. Gerig speculated about the greater appeal that dodgeball has over volleyball in the minds of students. “I think people enjoy playing dodgeball over volleyball because it’s easier to play and many find it more fun,” he said. Money raised by this next batch of dodgeball fun will go toward the upcoming Las Vegas-themed prom. Senior LCSC member Patrick Crouch offers words of wisdom for everyone interested in trying their hand in the game: “If you can dodge school spirit, you can dodge a ball.”

The plot of “Aida” centers around a love story. Senior Gigi Aldridge ang junior Joe Mount play lead characters who fall in love.

Aida When: 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Where: Auditorium Cost: $8 during school and $10-12 at door (reserved seating)

Dodgeball tournament meets student interest DuncanKissinger

duncankissingercub@gmail.com One of student council’s (LCSC) most popular events, the annual action-packed dodgeball tournament, is back for another run this spring. There is still time to turn in applications. An extension is allowing for registration to be filed through May 3. All registered dodgeball enthusiasts will flock to the main gym at 6 p.m. May 13 for a battle of extreme proportions in an attempt to find which team will be victorious at pelting their peers in a highly competitive dodgeball tournament. People who are not participating are allowed to watch, a spectator

Results from exam to show how LC stacks up NickPetr nickpetrcub@gmail.com Thirty of LC’s finest world language students participated in their language’s National exam this spring. The Foreign Language Exam is an annual exam given to schools throughout the nation to see how a particular school or student matches up

with the rest of the country. The test is open to all students in a foreign language. However, the test is usually reserved for the best students in the world language department. “It’s a very hard test,” Spanish teacher Tony Lagrotto said. “Anything above a 50 percent on the test is considered to be good.” There were three foreign

languages that participated in this year’s exam. Spanish, German and French classes all sent students to take the exam. One of the students who participated was sophomore Spanish student Calvin Mendel. “It was a very challenging test,” Mendel said. “(The exam) definitely didn’t give you anything easy, but I think that I was able to a good job.”

The exam was taken during class and lasted about the entire block. The exams will be graded and given back to the school by next week. While it’s not a contest, LC has consistently done very well with the exam. “I’m sure that all the students did very well,” Lagrotto said. “They’re all at the top of their classes and are all very good students.”

Information on race, ethnicity required

The federal government requires all states to collect data on race and ethnicity in their public schools. Because too few questionnaires were returned in February, students were asked to provide the information in class this week. The questionnaire includes new categories to provide a more accurate picture of diversity by enabling individuals to be identified in more than one racial category. Parents may also file the information online at www. lawrencecentral.ltschools.org.

Myers, Oppenheim win

Two Cub Reporter journalists are winners in the 2010 international writing contest sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Quill and Scroll. Senior Tommy Myers’ sports feature about rules and punishments for athletes vs. the general student population was one of 27 winners out of 285 category entries. Junior Brad Oppenheim’s feature about former teacher Kenny Randle’s homelessness project was one of 27 winners out of 351 category entries.

7 win top journalism awards

Senior Grant DeLay and junior Tony Wheeler took top honors in two journalism categories from Ball State University — “superior” ratings for the CubOnline home page and for overall design of CubOnline. In addition, five Cub Reporter staff members took top honors in the annual Woman’s Press Club of Indiana competition. Their entries have gone on to compete at the national level with the National Federation of Press Women. They are seniors Allie Nash, Lierin Ehmke and Sean Jordan, junior Jack Leibovitz and sophomore Nick Petr.

Holland going to Germany

Senior Sarah Holland has won a free three-week summer trip to Germany in the Goethe Institute’s Award of Excellence contest. Information gathered by staff members


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Moving with the music, sophomore Danielle Kroetz stays in formation during guard practice. “Into the West” is the theme of the winter guard’s performance throughout the season. Besides flags like the one that Kroetz is using, guard members incorporated oars and sabers in their dance routine. The guard used focus and determination to be precise and earn better scores in its performances. Kroetz has been a member of the winter guard for two years now. Several of the young and old members, such as Kroetz, have had to step up this season due to injuries of premiere members. Another challenge that the guard has had to meet is the step up from its previous class to World Class competition. Last year’s show was “Amazing Grace.” Even though this year’s is about the West, members see it as a spiritual transition, which goes along with last year’s theme. Cub photo/ Chris Gore.

zachgriffincub@gmail.com The winter guard added to its trophy case this year by placing 13th in international competition earlier this month. The guard competed in World Class Competition on April 8, 9 and 10, taking the 13th spot out of a loaded field of all the top guards in the world. The guard has had a very busy season thus far. In the fall, the guard placed second in State and eighth in Nationals with the band. When it continued to compete on its own, it carried the success over to the winter guard season with a fourth place finish in State guard competition and capped it off with its finish in international competition. Some guard members wanted to come a little closer to the first place spot, but many are happy with the impressive finish. “I’m just glad we finished

where we did,” sophomore Danielle Kroetz said. “We are in the top 15 guards in the world, and I’m happy with that.” As for next year’s guard, tryouts were held this week,

ending today to decide next year’s team. “I’m really excited about next year. I think that we can really do well with new talent and a new theme,” Kroetz said.

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Speech team member, coach win awards HeatherOlsen

heatherolsencub@gmail.com Even as the speech team’s season comes to a close, awards continue to pour in. Sophomore Audrey Meyer was the female winner in the Indiana South District Optimist Breakfast Oratorical Competition on April 24. Meyer delivered a speech about the progress and hindrances of cyber-communication. She has been working on the speech for several months, since the second term of school. Along with the honor of being named the female winner, Meyer will receive a $2,500 college scholarship. LC’s speech team coach Julie Alexander has been awarded the National Forensic League’s (NFL) Distinguished Service Key award. Alexander has been involved in the NFL for nine years. “I feel honored and

humbled because I feel there are coaches who do much more,” Alexander said. She was presented this award because she has earned 20 citations from the NFL, which is an outstanding achievement. Only a few coaches throughout the nation have earned this honor since the NFL began in 1925. However, Alexander also gives credit to her students. “I’m grateful to the team because without them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be involved at all,” Alexander said. The NFL, which is a national speech team organization, includes service in its Code of Honor. Alexander, who is strongly devoted to her team, helps serve them by judging, hosting and participating in all speech team events. “Ms. Alexander deserves recognition. She cares about our team like we’re her family and we appreciate her for that,” senior Scott Borer said.

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For those who are 18 years old and already registered to vote, be sure to vote in the Indiana Primary Election on May 4. If you are 18 and not already registered, get registered for the Indiana General Election on Nov. 2.

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Spring is upon us and while we’re enjoying the blooming flowers and warm weather, we mustn’t forget about one of the most important parts of spring: spring cleaning. Clean out your closet and dontate to organizations like Goodwill.

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Graduation is approching rapidly and with graduation come open houses. Mark your calenders for your senior friends’ open houses to show support. Don’t have enough money to buy everyone a gift? Get creative and make gifts!

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Baseball season is here; support Indy’s AAA baseball team by going to a game downtown at Victory Field. Kids can join the Knot Hole Kids Club to get discounted tickets. See page 19 or IndyIndians.com for more information.

The cast, crew and orchestras have been working hard to prepare for this year’s musical, Aida. Show your support for the Performing Arts Department by attending one of the three performances at 7 p.m.tonight and May 1 or 2:30 p.m. May 2 in the auditorium. Tickets can be purchaced at the box office for $8 before the shows or for $10 at the door. Check out the front page of the Cub Reporter for more infornation. Photo source/ broadwayworld.com

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Cub Reporter Staff 2009-2010 Print Co-Editors Allie Nash, Mimi Strobel Online Editor Sean Jordan Broadcast Producer Lierin Ehmke News Editor Greg Price Opinions Editors Matt Gibson, Camille Hayes Features Editors Katie McDowell, Hannah Torres Arts & Entertainment Editor Alli King Sports Editor Tommy Myers Design Editor Lena Reifinger Graphic Designers Shelby Harper, Amirah King Business Manager Ari Habibi Web Master Grant DeLay Web Technician Anthony Wheeler Photographers Chris Gore, Jack Leibovitz Reporters Zach Griffin Duncan Kissinger Andrea McCarrel Hailey Newkirk Heather Olsen Brad Oppenheim Nick Petr Crystal Shelton Kayla Taylor Adviser Elizabeth Granger Lawrence Central High School 7300 E. 56th St. Indianapolis, IN 46226 (317) 964-7400 (317) 543-3348 fax The Cub Reporter is published 11 times a year by the students on the newspaper staff. Letters to the editor are welcome but are limited to 200 words. The author’s name will be printed with the letter. Letters should not contain obscene or libelous language.

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Students unaware of bullying There is no denying a problem that has haunted schools for years. It’s a problem that has become taboo for students. And like the proverbial elephant in the living room, it’s right here at LC. It’s bullying. The problem made headlines recently after a Massachusetts girl took her life because of depression caused by bullying. No one can say that this kind of bullying isn’t going on here, so what is being done about it?

When it is brought to the attention of the administrators, the issue can be dealt with in the proper manner, but what about the times we students stand by and watch? Not only is the bully guilty but the bystanders are, too. Bullying can be stopped if students take a stand against it. We can make our school a safer and more comfortable place for ourselves if we stop the bullying. And it doesn’t stop once

we leave school grounds. We all remember the infamous gossip girl that was cyberbullying students earlier this year. So let’s make a pact — to stop the bullying whether it is in the Commons while making fun of underclassmen, leaving a mean comment on someone’s Facebook picture or a tweet that bashes a peer. The time is now, LC. We have to commit to stop bullying on and off school grounds.

To the editor, Traditionally, there have been only a few ways for college-bound students to reduce the cost of higher education. The two most familiar ways that are known to our students are through AP and IB testing. A third way to accumulate college credit that is becoming more popular is the dual credit program through Ivy Tech State College. Although these are tremendous programs for those who take advantage of their benefits, there is also a gaping problem as well. AP and IB testing is only available to students who are enrolled in AP and IB. For the dual credit classes, you must be enrolled in these classes to get a chance at college credit.

There is another option. about this program because I Students do not need to be in utilized this program myself AP, IB, or dual credit classes in in order to qualify for graduate order to take advantage of the school. In three weeks, I tested College Level Exam Program out of five college classes (15 credit hours) (CLEP). CLEP at a cost of Tests are creThis is a worthwhile $300. The alated by The ternative to College Board program that our taking these and are given students can utilize tests was takat nearly every to make college more ing classes in major university around the affordable. a traditional country. The setting which cost per test is roughly $60. would have cost me nearly Successfully passing one of $7,000 in tuition, $1,500 in book these tests is equivalent to 3-6 fees, and $300 in transportation college credit hours (depending costs to and from campus. on the course). The best part is This is a worthwhile prothat the test credits are accepted gram that our students can at more than 2,700 colleges and utilize to make college more afuniversities in the U.S. fordable. I want our students to know -John McCormick, business teacher

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Hugs to our administration and all of their hard work but Growls to many of them leaving next year. Hugs to summer concert tickets going on sale but Growls to over-priced tickets. Hugs to spring sports but Growls to cancellations due to spring rain. Hugs to the end of the year but Growls to AP tests and finals. Hugs to the spring musical but Growls to the possibility of it being the last one our school can afford. Hugs to varsity baseball for being ranked No. 1 pre-season but Growls to a slow start to their season. Hugs to open houses and graduation parties but Growls to people having theirs on the same day as you. Hugs to prom but Growls to all of the expenses that come along with it.

Thumbs Up Thumbs up to the cast and crew of “Aida” for putting together the last large-scale performance of the school year. Thumbs up to sophomore Audrey Meyer for being the female winner in the Indiana South District Optimist Breakfast oratorical competition.

Have something to say? Drop off your thoughts in the mailbox outside Room 132. We will publish as many opinions as we can fit in our “Bear It All” section. Be sure to include your full name and grade; no anonymous entries will be printed.

Cub of the Issue After each issue of the Cub Reporter has gone to press, the editors honor the staff member who went above and beyond to produce the Cub at the highest quality. This issue’s Cub of the Issue is Tommy Myers.


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“In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hariless throughout their lives.” -Jessie Leko, 12

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What is your nickname? Some people call me Gryffindor.

People just call me Alex or Floyd. My full name is Alexander.

My nickname is Okra.

Dimi. Pretty much everyone calls me that, even some of my friends’ parents.

It’s just easier. Plus I make people call me that.

It came from my cousin. It’s just what people think of when they hear my name.

It originated on the football field by the coaches, and then it stuck.

I like it. I’d rather be Alex than Alexander.

I don’t really mind.

I don’t really have a choice since everyone calls me that anyway.

If you could have any nickname, what would it be? I guess I would just stick with Gryffindor because everyone loves Harry Potter.

Floyd. I’m fine with it, so I wouldn’t want another name.

Pebbles. I’ve always wanted people to call me Pebbles, and I have no idea why.

“Free Weezy.” -Khara Davis, 11

“The baseball team loves the fan support at every home game.” -Chris Jones, 12 “I can’t wait until football starts!” -Andrew Anderson, 11

Do you like it? I’m OK with it, but nobody has really called me that in years.

“Why doesn’t anybody have pencils anymore?” -Thomas McGuire, 10

“People say I have a ‘wow’ personality.” -Thomas Hershberger, 10

Where did it come from? Everyone loves Harry Potter, and my name is in it.

“Did you know that the dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle?” -Madi Haas, 10

Awesome Andrew because I like to think I’m pretty awesome even though I’m not.

“Wanna hat? I’ll do a flip!” -Kagan McCloud, 10 “A goose hissed at me in the parking lot. It was quite frightening.” -Alexa Mirpoorian, 12 “Baseball is going to State this year.” -Christian Montgomery, 11


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That’s unorthodox Students express religious beliefs, or lack thereof MattGibson mattgibsoncub@gmail.com German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once asked if God was dead. Is He? Or is He a mass of pasta? Many students address this lifealtering question. According to senior Dillon Moore, who was once religious, learning and developing mentally contributed to his atheism, or belief that there is no divine being. “Growing up and appreciating books and knowledge more made me realize the difference between rational and irrational thought,” he said. Moore recommends author Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion for those who are curious about the reasoning behind atheism. Despite his firm belief, Moore recognizes that many people disagree and understands their choice. “I think the idea of religion is great for people

that need that support behind them,” he said. For senior Dylan Brittain, atheism began making sense in middle school. “I attended Methodist church on a regular basis until I was about 13, but I needed proof of something that I was supposed to spend my entire life believing in,” he said. Events and other aspects of the modern world contributed to this feeling over time. “It bothers me that such a loving God can be so malicious at times, with diseases like cancer and natural disasters like in Haiti,” he said. Similar sentiments also develop in people who were never part of a church, like senior Karli Karandos, who is agnostic. Though she acknowledges the possibility of a god’s existence, Karandos doesn’t see belief as essential, and she doubts that it’s meaningful for most people. “I flirt with the idea that there may be a god at times,” she said, “but I think that for a lot of people believing in God is like participating in

community service, which very few do as an act of kindness.” Karandos also thinks that morality and goodness are independent of religion. “I truly believe that, with or without religion, there will be good people and there will be bad people. I’d rather believe in people,” she said. For Christians and other religious people, these ideas simply don’t make sense. Sophomore Emily Young is among those who possess a strong belief in God because of the complexity of the world. “Look at how everything is put together; how the sun is close to the earth; the human body and all the animals. Everything fits together. It’s hard to believe that all of this didn’t come from God,” she said. The views held by Moore, Brittain and Karandos vary greatly from those of Christianity and other religions; however, all three said they wouldn’t be upset by or opposed to prayer at LC. “I wouldn’t be offended by prayer, and it would be selfish for me to ask others to

believe what I believe,” Karandos said. Another less prominent alternative to religion, Pastafarianism, has gained popularity in the recent past. Created as a witty and playful send-up of conventional Christianity, its central figure is known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a being whose supposed teachings and dogma have been put in writing. Junior Callie Reuland, a Catholic, claims Pastafarianism as her religion for fun. “It’s more of a parody for me, although I do strive to be a more devoted Pastafarian,” she said. Although religion is often considered a personal matter, perspectives that lie outside the range of conventional beliefs give individuals a lot to think about. “Atheism isn’t talked about much at LC, or other religions for that matter,” Moore said. “But there are a lot of very intelligent people at our school that would probably be enlightened by other things to look into.”


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Confessions of a Students discuss their shopping obsessions and unwelcome fees DuncanKissinger duncankissingercub@gmail.com The economic pain that has been dished out in the past few years has undeniably altered the financial planning of average Americans, but the group most afflicted by the troubling times has been unacknowledged by mainstream media. Shopaholics. Everyone knows one, maybe two, and their troublesome run-ins with overdraft fees or empty wallets prove to do little in slowing their pace of spending. Trusted online medical information superpower Wrong Diagnosis cites excessive spending as a general symptom fitting under the umbrella

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of symptoms associated with impulsivity, an inability to control impulses. Despite this medical assertion, some shopaholics are unable to address the fact that they have a problem. However, this is not the case for senior shopaholic Alix Richey. Richey’s weakness: shoes. “I need a pair in every color and every style,” she said. Richey is not alone in her weakness. One common symptom seen in most shopaholics is the delusion of an individual needing everything. Shopaholics see new shoes as a necessity along with food, water and shelter. This false sense of needing items that are actually wants proves to be bad news for excessive spenders. Ex-shopaholic Julie Young used to work in retail

cards is another factor that enat Forever 21 in the Castleton courages shopaholism [excesSquare Mall and witnessed sive spendmany other ing]. shopaholics in Instead action. Maybe one day I’ll of having “There realize I have enough hard cash to would be stare you in women who clothes and shoes the face and came in once for a lifetime, and I easily keep or twice a track of, week spendcan just keep wearing debit cards ing hundreds those instead of buying and credit of dollars on more.” the new shipcards take ments of whatAlix Richey spending ever came in,” senior and turn it Young said. into a game. “As a sales It is easy to associate, you don’t tell them to become swipe happy and lose track of spending. cut down on the spending, but Senior Hannah Combs had you start to wonder how much a problem similar to this, and money they’re spending every finally decided to seek finanweek.” cial stability. The prevalence of debit "I don't have a debit account because I kept

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over-drawing since I never kept records of when I used it," she said. However, whatever form the money is in, it is still vulnerable to be spent. "It seems like whatever money I have just goes," Combs said. It is a vicious cycle, this spending addiction, and excessive spenders acknowledge that fact. "I pretty much make it from paycheck to paycheck with nothing left over," Combs said. In spite of the unfortunate odds of her overcoming her spending habits, Richey maintains a positive outlook. "Maybe one day I'll realize I have enough clothes and shoes for a lifetime, and I can just keep wearing those instead of buying more," she said. "Or maybe not."


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Administration enforces rules concerning all types of school bullying

Definition of Harassment According to school code IC 3545-2-2, a person who engages in harassment is “a person who, with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person but with no intent of legitimate communication; communicates with a person by telegraph, mail or other form of written communication; uses a computer network or other form of electronic communication to communicate with a person; or transmit an obscene message or indecent or profane words to a person; commits harassment, a class B misdemeanor.”

LierinEhmke lierinehmkecub@gmail.com We all have that immediate stereotype of a bully: obnoxious, vociferous, physically violent and confrontational. We think of the kings and queens of the playground or the jocks who shove nerds into lockers. We think of cultural icons like Nelson Munce from The Simpsons, Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter or Angelica from The Rugrats. We rarely ever think of a bully when looking at our friend, a student with a cell phone or ourselves in the mirror. But with the growing popularity of texting and social networking sites, the old perception of a bully is becoming obsolete, and the reality of cyberbullying is exposing the faces of normal students. “I think that what used to be said face-to-face is now being said through Facebook, texting and Twitter,” assistant principal Beth Meguschar said. “It really opens up a new world of bullying; cyberspace has given a safety net to a cyberbullier.” Lawrence Township has always had a strict rule with harassment and hazing, but starting last semester cyberbullying became a more prevalent issue among students. And in recent weeks, with the suicide of a Massachusetts girl, schools across the nation have been implementing stronger rules against harassment. But with the Right to Privacy, inspecting text messages is an action that must be handled delicately by the administration. “Even if a teacher takes your phone, that doesn’t give him legal authority to look at the text messages,” Meguschar said. “You have to have reasonable suspicion.” The school gets involved once a student, or his parent, comes forward saying if he feels threatened or offended by another student. “It’s not our business

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VICTIMIZED until someone comes to an administrator,” Meguschar said. “When you know it, you can’t ignore it.” Despite the inability to directly control the issue, assistant superintendent Kevin Brown sent out a statement to all LT schools stating, “We are taking

a stand against behaviors that create an unsafe and unhealthy climate in our schools. Behaviors such as fighting, fighting words (written or spoken), provoking words (written or spoken), or and act of bullying (written or spoken), intimidation or harassment (written or spoken) or aggression (written or spoken) could be grounds for expulsion for the remainder of the semester and first semester of the next school year.” Freshman Jessica Dunville has witnessed bullying through texts, Facebook and through calls all year. “(Bullying) makes (the victims) have low selfesteem,” Dunville said. “And when I see it I just think of how mean people can be and how it can tear you down.” Meguschar thinks that students are ignorant toward the power of their written words. “Sometimes I think high school students are just naïve of damaging words like that on others; once you put something in writing, it is so easy for that to become a public entity,” she said. Dunville said she thinks the administration should keep in mind the bullying that occurs over Facebook, where she believes most of the harassment happens. “90 percent of the time people don’t come forward since they are afraid to,”

Dunville said. According to Brown, if a student feels threatened of offended by another student, whether in person, through the internet or texting, he should immediately speak to an administrator.


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Third baseman Pedro Alvarez is the star player for the Indians this season and is ranked the eighth best prospect player in the Minor League. Courtesy photos/ Indianapolis Indians.

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Outfielder Brian Myrow swings for the fences. Last season Myrow had 15 home runs, eight of which were for the Indians. Myrow is one of 12 players returning from the 2009 season. The 2010 season officially kicked off April 8 when the Indians played the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, Ohio.

Indian Summer Victory Field prepares for a summer of the great American pastime NickPetr nickpetrcub@gmail.com

This April, baseball teams all across the country were getting ready for opening day. Grounds crews at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park were watering the grass and laying the chalk, getting ready for a brand new season of baseball. The hard working staff at Victory Field was no different. While the Indianapolis Indians may not have the massive facilities or star players that the Major League teams have, Victory Field has consistently been one of the best Minor League venues in the country. Along with my fellow baseball aficionado, Zach Griffin, I had the privilege to attend the opening day game for the Indians this year, against the always

venue I decided to go with a hot dog formidable Toledo Mudhens. and soda that added up to about $10, The stadium was in very good condition, as usual, and was showing off its which is actually surprisingly good for brand new $650,000 LED video board in a baseball event. The meal wasn’t exactly compaleft field. rable to a meal at St. Elmo’s, but it was With a Major League caliber stadiballpark food, and um, there is always good ballpark food a need for Major at that. I then topped League caliber talVictory Field has it off with some cotent, which we were consistently been one of the ton candy, ice cream, able to witness in best Minor League venues and an order of the form of third nachos. baseman Pedro in the country.” So not only Alvarez. is it great for the Alvarez is the entertainment value, star prospect for going to a baseball game is a great the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indians Major League affiliate, and showed exactly way to gauge how out of shape you why he deserved all the press he was are. getting by getting on base a few times While the Indians were on the wrong side of a 7-4 game, they were and slamming a deep solo shot into the able to keep the game close and the cheap seats. crowd entertained for the most part. As with any sporting event I had to And the fireworks showing at the check out the food supply that Victory end was a perfect way to top off another Field had. And as with any baseball

opening day. Victory Field also offers numerous promotions throughout the season to show their appreciation to fans. Every Sunday is Souvenir Sunday, where the first 2,500 fans receive complimentary souvenirs, anything from a T-shirt to a baseball cap or a baseball card. Mondays are Dollar Menu Mondays, where hot dogs and snacks are only a dollar each; on Fazoli’s 2 for 1 Tuesdays fans can pick up two-for-one ticket vouchers at any Fazoli’s. On Thrifty Thursdays fans can get a reserved seat, a hot dog, soda and Indians souvenir for only $15, and of course every Friday is Fire Works Friday. Victory Field is also hosting a plenitude of special events throughout the rest of the season. The Indians will be around for a full summer of baseball and fun at Victory Field, and getting to at least one game is a rite of passage for all Hoosiers.


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Broken Bells

Envy On The Coast

Phoenix

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Genre: Alternative

Genre: R&B

Genre: Indie Rock

Envy On The Coast’s sophomore album has intelligent lyrics but lacked in musical versatility. Fans may be disappointed with the lack of variety in each song. There seems to be this underlining psychedelic guitar slide in every song. Each song has the same structure: soft verse, loud course, soft verse, loud course times two. There is not enough breaking of the lyrics with instrumentations. It makes each illustration of a song very weak. There is also not a noticeable difference in the way the vocals sound on driving songs and soft, melodic songs. There’s always a deep raspy voice singing under a higher pitched yelling vocalist. The way the songs are constructed makes each one very predictable. With all musical critiques aside, the lyrics are quite clever. Envy On The Coast do a very good job of making specific lyrics and using sound clips from movies or voice mails as a part of the song. With the exception of how many times they make a song centered around the word “American,” the style in which the lyrics were written is very unique. A listener could read the lyrics of the songs “Like I Do” and “Made of Stone” it could sound like a haunted fairy tale-like poem. Even through the distractions of musical construction of the songs, Envy On The Coast bring a good and different perception on how lyrics can be written.

The newest album put out by the alternative rock band, Phoenix, has caused a lot of stir within the music community. The new album, titled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is taking America by storm with its new and intriguing sound. What makes this album so unique is the synthpop that was used in a number of songs. Synthpop is a genre of music where the synthesizer, which creates an electronic type of sound, is the main instrument. Almost all of the songs are kept up-tempo, including the major hit of the album, “Lisztomania,” and the song “Fences.” The front man for the band, Thomas Mars, is able to stay in the upper octaves for most of the songs, which really ties together the band’s unique sound. They do a superb job of meshing alternative rock and synthpop together in their songs by having strong acoustic and electric instruments mixed in with the synthesizer. Phoenix recently won the Grammy for best alternative music album for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The group is originally from Versailles, France, and brings a European influence to their music. The band has been able to pioneer a new type of sound for alternative rock and possibly even a new genre. So if you’re looking for something refreshingly new and cool, take a break from the ordinary and listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

Usher is back with his first album in two years, Raymond vs. Raymond. His sixth studio album’s title draws inspiration from the 1979 divorce film Kramer vs. Kramer, and his similar story of his own in 2009. Probably, no album Usher will ever release again can touch the singer’s highly successful Confessions (2004), but Raymond vs. Raymond is a nice rebound from his below standard 2008 album, ‘Here I Stand.’ Thoughtful tracks like ‘Guilty’ are smooth, musically balanced, and flowing with emotion and introspection. ‘Papers’ is an open and reflective and look into his very much publicized divorce. Usher gives more of a club music vibe with hits like ‘Lil Freak,’ and ‘Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home’ and feature popular artists such as Nicki Minaj and Plies. ‘OMG’ featuring Will.I.Am is the type of upbeat pop tune that is sure to be blasted from cars all over the nation. There is hardly a better R&B artist out today who can successfully win over critics and fans alike, and Usher is still riding at the top. His vocals are continually impressive and strong from start to finish. Audiences can anticipate Usher to bounce back from his heartbreak with soulful tunes with heavy re-playability that will undoubtedly end up stuck in your head. Expect a fun listen and huge charttoppers when they tune into Raymond vs. Raymond.

From The Shins lead vocalist James Mercer and DJ/ producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, comes a new band and its first album, both titled Broken Bells. Broken Bells features thoughtful eclectic sounds and thought-provoking lyrics that allow the listener to fully immerse himself in the music. Frequent allusions to death make for a slightly morbid theme; however, the lyrics also bring in an aspect of relate-ability, especially for those of younger generations, because they are often about the fear of conformity and losing oneself. “Vaporize” is a prime example as the first verse speaks of “the typical life” and losing time, but the end of the song reels in hopeful thoughts as it reminds listeners that “It’s not too late to feel a little more alive.” Mercer and Burton create interesting sounds full of depth using instruments like synthesizers and strings. “Your Head on Fire” makes use of synthesizers that make the listener feel like they are floating through space, while other songs revert to using more traditional instruments like guitars and rainmakers. Some songs hold a toe-tapping beat like the album’s single, “The High Road” which features background clapping. Others, though, like “Sailing to Nowhere” have slower tempos. Broken Bells mixes sounds, tempos and emotions to create a contemporary sound all their own that will appeal to any indie lover searching for a place in life.

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Ugly never looked so good at Bub’s Burgers KatieMcDowell

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Bub’s Burgers 210 W. Main St Carmel, IN 46032 (317) 706-2827

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“Ugly never looked so good”at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream, a burger joint located in the Carmel Arts and Design District. Hailey, Alli, Mimi and I ventured to Carmel to grab a bite of some “ugly” sandwiches. Bub’s is proud to be known for its Big Ugly Burger, a 22-ounce beef patty before cooking and a whopping one pound burger by the time it’s on your table. Eat every last crumb on the plate and take a picture to join the wall of burgereating champions. No one in our group could handle “The Big Ugly,” so we all went for much less a quarter pound burger. Hailey, Alli and Mimi each ordered a “Settle for Less Ugly” Burger, all served with their choice of available toppings and their choice of cheese. To try something different I chose the “Settle for Less Ugly” Elk Burger. Yes, elk. Not exactly the average sandwich. But don’t be afraid. The taste is not all

that different from a beef patty and in fact this lean elk burger has fewer calories and fat than beef which is always a plus when eating at a restaurant full of fries and sandwiches. I like a lot of spice so to go on top I asked for pepperjack cheese and jalepenos. After putting some A1 sauce on it I made myself a delicious burger. To go on the side Hailey and I split a basket of waffle fries. The crispy selection paired great with our burgers. Don’t forget to ask for a side of creamy ranch for dipping! After eating every last bite we all felt pretty full, but we did leave a little bit of room to have an ice cream cone from the shop attached to the restaurant. This cool custard was a perfect treat on a sunny spring day. Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream makes a fun spot for lunch or dinner this summer. It has plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the beautiful weather, but if it’s too hot there is just as much indoor seating. Let Bub’s cool you off this summer and come conquer the “Big Ugly.”

The Reel Deal

The Last Song plays the same old tune

Hailey Newkirk

haileynewkirkcub@gmail.com New girl in town meets cute local boy, they instantly fall head-over-heels for each other, hit a few speed bumps along the way, but ultimately live happily ever after…it’s the classic love story that’s been done time and time again. The Last Song does not break far away from that typical plot. Ronnie Miller (Miley Cyrus) is a rebellious piano prodigy, estranged from her dad. When she and her brother are shipped off to live with their father for the summer they don’t realize the adventures in store for them. Ronnie meets Will Blakelee (Liam Hensworth), a college-bound rich kid, who instantly develops an attraction to Miller after their first encounter, but it isn’t love at first sight for Miller.

After only a week or so, Blakelee breaks through Miller’s cold outer shell and the two fall madly in love. Issues evolve when Miller discovers her father has developed lung cancer and has only audiences a few months to live. A few other scandals take place throughout the film, but nothing out of the ordinary from such a run-of-themill love story. One of the main problems with The Last Song is the main character (Cyrus) is not someone audiences want to root for. Feeling empathy for the lead is a key part in creating a good film. She’s withdrawn and bratty, hardly winning the sympathy of viewers. The Last Song is comparable to one of those annoying chart-toppers that’s so overplayed on the radio, that listener’s instantly change stations.

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Genre: Drama/Romance Rating: PG Director: Julie Anne Robinson Length: 107 minutes Fun Fact: The movie was based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks.


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AndreaMcCarrel andreamccarrelcub@gmail.com The weather is finally warm, and the trends this season are calling for a little less color. The past couple months have been much about layering dark colors, but now it’s time to experiment with nude colors. These colors are gorgeous when done right, but they will be harder to pull of than the darker shades we’ve been wearing. Before we break out the nude colors, we must cover some guidelines. Dark colors are slimming, so they’re much easier to work with. Nudes are

palette is by the use of make-up. Darker not so simple. Make certain to vary lip colors work well when balancing the shades when layering nude colors. out these colors on lighter complexions. Varying prints and solid colors can also (Raccoon eyes are not the way to go help break up the layers. Nude colors about darkening up your look.) can be complimentary on basically When experimenting with the all every skin tone and body type; just white look, be very cautious. Make make sure the garments don’t fit too sure that your whites tightly. Versace and match each other. Stella McCartney Nude colors can be Never, under any use nude colors to accentuate femininity complimentary to basically circumstances, should one mix whites with in garments. every skin tone.” off whites. White Nail polishes is now acceptable have followed the before Memorial Day nude fad as well. and after Labor Day, but make sure to The dark nail polishes have started to be tasteful about it. If it’s not a warm vanish and light pinks and tans have day, a white mini skirt is clearly not popped up in their place. The fashion acceptable. industry is fond of the light nail colors Judgment on when to wear these because they seem to extend the length styles should be made as a day-to-day of women’s fingers. thing until summer begins. The weather For those girls with fair skin complexions, mixing nudes with darker has been heating up, but remember, there are still some chilly days in our purples, pinks and browns can help future. Don’t pack away your black balance out the light colors. Another skinny jeans just yet. way to avoid being washed out by this

Burnt Ones light the roof on fire Make

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duncankissingercub@gmail.com Record Store Day provides an opportunity to experience exclusive releases from top artists like the Beastie Boys or even the Beatles. But for me it was an opportunity to witness the goodness that is Burnt Ones, the first band on the roster of Roaring Colonel, the new local record label run by Dodge of My Old Kentucky Blog. It was at Indy CD & Vinyl in Broad Ripple. I was hanging out making some

purchases before Sanuk and I hit the year’s South-by-Southwest Festival in stage. Good things had reached my Texas saw the band perform six shows ears about Burnt Ones. I was excited in two days. If this is foreshadowing for by an audio clip I heard on some the future of Burnt Ones, they will have music blog but was unable to see a live a busy schedule. performance until Record Store Day. Late spring into early summer will The performance was quite bring the release of Burnt Ones debut enjoyable. The guitar full-length album. It is tone provided a warm predicted to have 10 to ...a necessary blanket of sound 13 tracks and if they are purchase for any indie anything like the ones along with the solid, thumping bass line I’ve already heard, it is music lover.” and tribal, minimalistic going to be a necessary drum beat of just a purchase for any indie floor tom and snare music lover. drum. Burnt Ones are able to create a Their top song is the track, full, round sound with a stripped down “Listen to T-Rex (All Night Long)” lineup and that is truly impressive. because of its pop song qualities along The trio fronted by Mark Tester with the catchy melody and strong released a 7” vinyl on April 15 to critical instrumentation from the group. acclaim. Being supported by Dodge and Those who haven’t heard Burnt company will prove vital to pushing Ones should do themselves a favor Burnt Ones to the top of the indie scene and take a listen. I am convinced that in 2010. A rigorous schedule at this anyone will enjoy it.

Lawrence Central High School

Whats Hot Now!

Concerts & Events May 5: •Smucker’s Stars on Ice @ Conseco Fieldhouse May 7: •Pearl Jam @ Verizon Wireless Music Center May 15: •Dalai Lama @ Conseco Fieldhouse May 15: •Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Books

May 4: •Dead in the Family- Charlaine Harris May 11: •Heart of the Matter- Emily Griffin •Fever Dream- Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child May 18: •Spirit Bound- Richelle Mead

Movies

April 30: •A Nightmare On Elm Street •Furry Vengeance May 7: •Iron Man 2 May 14: •Robin Hood •Letters To Juliet

CDs

May 4: •Trina- Amazin’ •Papa Roach- To Be Loved May 10: •Keane- Night Train •Foals- Total Life Forever May 11: •Dead Weather- Sea of Cowards •Tokyo Police Club- Champ


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Can you tell what these LC items are based on their close-ups? See bottom of pictures for answers.

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Answers to “A Closer Look”: 1.Indiana Center for Blood poster (outside pool) 2. Pyramid(Aida display case) 3. Freshman Mentor flyer (outside Perk) 4. Spring Fever Wall (Room 173A)

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GETTING TO KNOW... Senior Will Smeltzer

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number of times a person burps 15 Average in a day number of earthquakes 15,000 Average in Japan per year

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8 Number of insect legs the average candy bar has Favorite Movie The Big Lebowski

Favorite Movie State Property 2

Favorite Band/Artist Grateful Dead

Favorite Band/Artist Drake

Favorite Song Pardon Me-Incubus

Favorite Song I Can Read Your Mind-Mario

Favorite Book Scar Tissue-Anthony Kiedis

Favorite Book Addicted-Zane

Favorite T.V. Show First 48

Favorite T.V. Show America’s Best Dance Crew

Favorite Sport Hockey

Favorite Sport Basketball

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Interesting Fact I am fluent in sign language. Cub photos/ Jack Leibovitz

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Errors keep team from succeeding

in last season’s battle at the Sectional finals. camillehayescub@gmail.com The Columbus North BullLooking at softball’s 2-8 dogs’ strong offense beat the record, one might assume the tentative hitting of the Bears on season to be a disappointment. April 22. On April 20, the team Although they’re losing, the got a refreshing win against team is showing improvements Pike 11-1. At the annual LC in every game and coach Tom Invite, the Bears suffered two Corbett is satisfied with his tough losses to Lawrence North and Logan Elm, 3-5 and 5-8, players’ efforts. The girls game against respectively. The game against Bloomington South, a fellow Logan Elm was lost in extra inConference Indiana team, on nings. The team was defeated by April 27 showed that the team needs to come together to play two-time defending 3A State champions New Palestine as a whole. The team was ahead for 1-18 on April 14. Going into most of the game, but that the game, Corbett knew a win didn’t stop the Panthers from would be tough, but he said he finding the holes in the Bears’ still believed the team could defense, backing a comeback in come out with a victory. “We have our hands full the top of the seventh to win the but I expect game 4-2. our girls to Despite be very comthe loss, CorIt’s disappointing petitive and bett said he battle them was pleased because I know we hard and get with pitching have the potential to us a victory,” by senior Allie he said. Nash and ju- be so much better T h e nior Shannon than we are showing. ” Bears played Swingle. He Indianaposaid he only Caroline Fairfax lis Bishop hopes that in junior Chatard on the future their April 12 and pitching can be reinforced by plays made in the lost 3-5. The team gave up runs early in the game and fought to field. At the game against Cathe- come back, but the early deficit dral on April 26, the team lost was too much to overcome. In the season opener, LC 12-7. They came out flat and made eight errors, which led lost a close game to Fishers, to six unearned runs. The Bears 6-7. The Bears were productive hope to take Cathedral the next at the plate, outhitting Fishers time they face them in Section- 14 to 8, but just couldn’t get als. Cathedral came out on top enough runs to win the game.

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Warming up before the game against Bloomington South, junior Erin Fislar fields a ground ball and winds up to throw home. This is Fislar’s first season on varsity, taking over first base for graduated Amber Leonhard. Cub photo/ Chris Gore

Corbett was happy with the team’s debut but admitted that they had “some errors at crucial times.” Corbett did, however, point out a positive that has come out of every game but also has constructive criticism for his players. “We are making errors that are allowing some unearned runs to cross the plate,” he said. The team is still working on teamwork. There are many young players who are still getting comfortable playing on

varsity with their older teammates. Corbett is also working on the team’s aggression during clutch situations in the game. “The girls need to accept their roles and do their best at their given position and just play ball,” he said. The losing record has made the players frustrated but it hasn’t seemed to drop the morale of the team. “It’s disappointing because I know we have the potential to be so much better than we are

showing,” junior Caroline Fairfax said. Despite the lowered spirit of the team, Corbett tries to reiterate the fact that this is not the time for the team to peak. “We want to be playing our best softball when Sectionals start; it’s a building process,” he said. Through the frustration, senior Hayley Lawson tries to stay positive. “We have a great team with a lot of talent. We just have to take each game pitch by pitch and there will be no stopping us,” she said.


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After taking the baton from sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph, junior Naya Harrod begins her sprint. The seniors from the 2009 season started the tradition of wearing bright colored socks to make the team stand out. Cub Photos/Jack Liebovitz

Track vaults past competition NicholasPetr nicholaspetrcub@gmail.com Recently the track team has been dominating the competition and has been doing so well that they have vaulted to No. 1 in the state for men’s track. The team has had a string of strong meets, including the Midwest Prep Meet, which was hosted by LC. The meet included a number of strong varsity performances including first place finishes by sophomore Anthony Shelman in the 100m dash, junior Connor Claflin in the 800m run, junior Tyrenzie Burgess in the 200m dash and senior Blake Boyd in pole vault. Not to mention that both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams came in first. Next up for the men’s team

were meets at the University of coach Mike Holman said. “I’m impressed with our Louisville, where they took 21 selected athletes from the team progress up to this point and hopefully we and the rest can continue of the team to keep up the competed good work,” he against Brown said. County. LC It’s not only destroyed all the varsity team competition that has been at Louisville outperforming winning every the competition competition either. The they were in freshman except for third distance team in the chase, was able to second in the perform well in DMR (distance medley relay) On her way into the air, senior Margo the freshman mile and JV and fourth in Tucker prepares to vault over the bar. was able to the 100m dash. The JV team tied for second at beat Warren Central in a meet by a score of 76-47. Brown County. “We’ve performed really While the men’s team may well up to this point,” varsity be No. 1 in the state, the women’s

team is certainly not far behind. The girls track team is second in the state right now and is continuing to climb the ladder on their way to a competitive and successful season. On the same day the men’s team went to Louisville, the women’s team went to Fort Wayne and beat all other competition with standout performances from seniors Margo Tucker and Lauren Cowden. The JV women’s team traveled to Brown County with the boys and came in first place. “We’ve been performing really well so far,” sophomore runner Jasmine McCray said. “A lot of girls have been running well and hopefully we can keep it up.” Both teams will try to keep up the massive amount of success they have had. The

men’s and women’s teams will compete in Conference tonight at Indiana University. The next competitor the men will go up against is Marion and the women will go to County. “Our ability to perform well down the stretch will depend on our work ethic and attitudes,” Holman said. The attitude on the girls’ team is very positive and they are looking forward to reaching their postseason goals. “We’re ranked second in the state right now and we are looking fierce,” Tucker said, adding that she believes the team still has potential to get even better. “Our goals are set high and we always want to win, but we want to at least place in the top five in State,” she said.


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Diving back to avoid being picked off by the Roncalli pitcher, junior Chris Ferguson prepares to sacrifice his clean white jersey. Cub photos/ Chris Gore

Preparing to stretch for the ball, junior first baseman Christian Montgomery receives the incoming throw from senior shortstop Alex Chittenden for an out.

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Jefferson said. Some students arrived as early as 4 p.m. to ensure they received a T-shirt before they ran out and to score a good spot in the bleachers. “I made sure I arrived at the game at least 45 minutes early because I wanted to make sure I was guaranteed a good seat,” senior Corey Labarr said. Some students suspect the turn-out would have been much larger if it weren’t for the downpour leading up to the game. “I wish it wouldn’t have rained so much so we could have actually had the game Friday instead of having to wait

Baseball looks to reach potential haileynewkirkcub@gmail.com The baseball team has a current winning record of 7-3, but the team doesn’t think they are playing to their full potential.   “The season is going well but we can be playing much better than we are,” senior Matt Jefferson said. Other players like Jefferson  are pleased with the winning record but still want to prove to everyone what they can do. Pre-season rankings placed the Bears near the top in the state, but after three losses, their confidence level has fallen

along with their rank. Jefferson said he believes if the team had more confidence in themselves and their teammates, they could have avoided the three loses they have faced. “Everyone on the team needs to start to play for his teammates and realize how good we can be,” Jefferson said. “If we start picking each other up when errors are made or after a bad plate appearance, we have the ability to live up to our potential.” April 23 was supposed to be a home game against rival LN and host to “Community Night.” The first 300 LC

students to arrive at the game were given free a T-shirt and a raffle ticket. “We were really looking forward to playing our rival,” senior Cole Martin said. “They have beat us the past two years, and now we want to go out being the class that beat them.” Because of the on-going rain throughout the day and the uncertainty of the game getting cancelled, umbrellas were used as prizes for the raffle while fans waited for the game decision to be made. “We were ready to play them in any weather, but in the long run it will be better to play them in nicer weather,”

another month,” Labarr said. The game was declared cancelled minutes before it was supposed to begin and is rescheduled to be played here on May 21. Head coach Daniel Roman said he believes the winning record should be accredited to the big number of returning players on the team this year. “One of the biggest advantages that we have is definitely our experience. We return a great deal of talent this year, including every inning of pitching from a year ago,” Roman said. The next game will at Evansville Harrison tonight.


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Continuing a successful season “They were really consistent and didn’t make any mistakes but we kept crystalsheltoncub@gmail.com playing our offense so they would make The Lady Bears tennis team has a mistake so we had to have endurance started the first half of the season with and stay focused,” said Dinkins. a winning record of 5-3. They played The team played rival Lawrence Columbus North April 22, however, and North April 14 at home and won 3-2. lost the match 0-5. “Our mindset was to stay focused “We were focused on learning new and take care of business. It’s what Coach stuff and trying new said in the huddle and things so we knew we beat LN for the first it was going to be a time,” said Dinkins. Our mindset was to challenging game, The team’s first but we played hard stay focused and take away game at Tech anyway,” said senior High School ended in care of business. It’s Lyndsey Dinkins. a 5-0, helping to boost The Pike game what Coach said in the team confidence in resulted in the team’s huddle and we beat achieving an important second loss of the road victory. season and their first LN for the first time.” The team loss at home on April Lyndsey Dinkins played at home against 20. The team score was senior Warren Central April 9 1-4 with the only win and won 5-0, boosting coming in from a single their record to two with Dinkins. wins and no losses on the season. The team had a strong comeback win The team started the season at home away at International 5-0 after getting April 8 against Speedway and won 5-0, a tough loss of 2-3 at Perry Meridian. an important win for a team relying on Freshmen doubles team Molly Liss and younger players to win. Meagan Froman won their match and The team’s next match will be May 3 Dinkins won her single. at home against Guerin Catholic.

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Watching her backhand clear the net, freshman Mackenzie Spicer takes on her LN rival on April 14. The incoming class has helped bring a successful start to the varsity season. Cub photo/ Jack Liebovitz

Golf team ready to put past behind, move on ZachGriffin zachgriffincub@gmail.com The team had many early challenges to overcome, but as the season has progressed the team has been able to overcome them. Senior Andrew McCarthy was unable to compete due to an IHSAA rule violation that involved competing in a match he was not properly registered in, and sophomore golfer Kyle Crites isn’t competing due to a team rule violation. The loss of these two starters has hurt the varsity record, as they have lost two close matches by fewer than 25 strokes. The team lost to Roncalli 177-152 and they lost to Southport 173 -to 166.

“If Andrew had been able to turn in (his scores) we would have won more matches early,” junior varsity golfer Justin Miller said. Despite the absence of important players on varsity, some players have stepped up and really performed well. Junior Austin Martinson has been one of the top scorers on varsity and is exceeding expectations. “He has been playing the most consistent golf,” JV coach Nick Derado said. “You can tell that he has been practicing and it has really paid off.” With his recent return, McCarthy had a second place finish in the threeway meet between LC, Perry Meridian and Scecina. Perry finished six strokes ahead of LC with a score of 150.

Holding his follow-through, sophomore Ryan Knuckles watches the ball approach the green along with junior teammate Cameron Sabotin. Cub photo/ Jack Liebovitz


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Genelle

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April 30, 2010

Lawrence Central High School

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“She brings excitement to every game.” -Coach Tom Corbett

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SCOREBOARD Baseballand Diving Girls Swimming 4/10- LC: 6, Connersville: 7 State- Junior Mackenzie Powell: LC: 4, Center Grove: 2 200-yard individual medley: 24 4/12- LC: 3, North Central: 1 100-yard breaststroke: 20 4/14- LC: 6, Roncalli: 14 Regionals- Senior Allison Jacob: 13 4/17- LC: 7, Floyd Central: 6 LC: 13, Jennings County: 3 4/21- LC: 7, Pike: 9

Softball 4/9- LC: 6, Fishers: 7 4/12- LC: 3, Chatard: 5 4/14- LC: 1, New Palestine: 18 4/15- LC: 1, Perry Meridian: 9 4/16- LC: 14, Tech: 4 4/26- LC: 7, Cathedral: 12 4/27- LC: 2, Bloomington South: 4

Boys Golf 4/13- LC: 173, Southport: 166 4/14- LC: 177, Roncalli: 152 4/20- LC: 175, Noblesville: 161 4/21- LC: 156, Perry Meridian: 150, Scecina: 193 4/27- LC vs North Central 4/28- LC vs Chatard

Girls Tennis 4/8- LC: 5, Speedway: 0 4/9- LC: 5, Warren Central: 0 4/12- LC: 5, Tech: 0 4/14- LC: 3, LN: 2 4/15- LC: 2, Perry Meridian: 3 4/19- LC: 5, International: 0 4/20- LC: 1, Pike: 4

Boys Track and Field 3/24- LC: 64, North Central: 68 4/7- LC: 99, Pike: 32 4/17- Midwest Prep, LC: 1st 4/20- LC: 91, Southport: 41 4/24 - Eastern Relays, LC: 1st 4/24- Talon Relays, LC: tied 2nd

Girls Track and Field 3/25- LC at Fishers/Noblesville: rain out 4/8- LC: 86, Ben Davis: 42, North Central: 92 4/15- LC: 88, Chatard: 24, Pike: 55 4/17- Midwest Prep, LC: 1st 4/24- Ft. Wayne Invitational, LC: 1st


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