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Eaglecrest 5100 S Picadilly St Centennial, CO 80015 - - May 15, 2013 - Volume 21 Issue 7 -

After events like the Sandy Hook shooting, lawmakers tried to take action. But President Obama was visibly upset over the gun control defeat and a flood of both emotion and change has risen in light of the current situations. Just like the country, the school has taken various views.

Today most teens don’t even know how to make a phone call - cell phones are for texting and limitless social media. It may keep us connected but has it gotten out of hand?

17 As summer approaches, it’s time to look at some of the free events in Colorado.

This season’s challenge hasn’t just been injuries or a series of new plays. It’s been a struggle of scheduling as

The Denver

Museum of Nature and Science holds




arts opinions


table of contents


snow interferes.

Community free days on June 3rd, July 1st, and July 21st.

Both practices and games were rearranged countless times.

Photo Credits: (left to right) Creative Commons - Mike Saechang. Jess Dankenbring. Creative Commons - makelessnoise. Steven Tibbitts.

Editor-in-chief Jess Dankenbring

Opinions Beau Jamieson

Features & Design Mallory Sullivan

Arts Brandon Jordan

Newsfeed Steven Tibbitts

Sports Madeline Johnson

Reporters Dilkush Khan Zach Parker Emily Atwell Brandon Diener Adviser Yoni Fine

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Library earns top award The EHS library was awarded the label of Highly Effective School Library Program by the Colorado Department of Education on April 11. “It lets the students, faculty, and education community know that we’re functioning at a high level,” Teacher Librarian Kristin McKeown said, “and that our program is structured for a 21st century learning environment.” In order for a library to qualify for the award, they must first go through a process which includes receiving a letter of recommendation from either the principal or another leader in the school, a look through an evaluation rubric, and finally an action plan for the upcoming school years. “The process of evaluation with my colleagues was very rewarding,” McKeown said, “and to receive the award was a satisfying recognition for our hard work.” Other than good recognition, an accolade like this can mean a lot for the future of a program, especially in the age of budget cuts. The notion of administrators cutting a library’s staffing for not understanding what they actually do is a fear many librarians share. McKeown is happy for her collegues in the library as well, Vickie Coon and Hollie Hawkins. “They do more than just hand out books; they actually teach the students as well.”


Photo by Beau Jamieson

From left to right: Vickie Coon, Kristin McKeown, and Hollie Hawkins.

Vigil decides to stay

Photo by Emily Atwell

Students give back at blood drive

On April 29, Eaglecrest held a blood drive in coordination with Bonfils. The event was promoted throughout the school with numerous posters from Bonfils explaining that three lives can be saved by one donation. Social Studies teacher Gayle Hume said that 53 units of blood were taken and that starting to donate in high school is a good way to make it a “lifetime commitment.” BY DILKUSH KHAN

When Principal Gwen Hansen-Vigil was offered the position of Assistant Superintendent of Performance Improvement, something felt wrong. The offering brought up a sense of responsibility, but that only caused an Photo by Dilkush Khan uneasy truce with emotion in which the heart prevailed. "It wasn't me,” she said. “It felt so like I was not being true to who I am and what inspires me and what I was meant to do." The plan that Vigil would be replaced by Assistant Principal Cindy Bailey was abruptly reversed when Vigil turned down the job. Vigil knew that she would not be content with the new job, especially since she would not be able to work with kids. Eaglecrest offered her a chance to do what she loved and work with students. "When you can make a living doing something you absolutely love doing, it's just one of those things that leads to real happiness, and that's what I had." Vigil said. Bailey will follow through with her original plan to retire, and Bailey will be replaced by current Athletic Director Shane Snyder. Vigil was happy with her decision. "I was conflicted with that for a little while, but then in the end I thought, 'I'm going to serve this district best by doing what I love to do.'"




Gun debate divides Eaglecrest 7.1%

42.42 %

of EHS students have guns

of students want gun laws strongly loosened


of EHS gun owners keep them in locked containers when not in use


students want gun laws to stay the sam

BY ZACH PARKER Reporter Guns have been in the news a lot over the past year and have triggered another round of debates in the state and national legislature. Here at Eaglecrest, students have as many varying opinions as the country as a whole. Under the Second Amendment, U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms and that right “shall not be infringed”. But when this amendment was ratified in 1791, congress believed people needed guns not only for self-defense, but to protect citizens from tyrannical governments as well. Despite more people voicing their opposition toward guns, the sale of firearms in Colorado is at an all-time high according to are more firearms dealers in the United States than McDonald’s and grocery stores combined, according to ABC News. Eaglecrest, like the nation as a whole, is split on the matter, most people agree with either strengthening the laws or keeping the laws the way they are. In a national CBS News/New York Times Poll from April 24-28, 34 percent of Americans said that laws should be tightened and 33 percent said they should not be changed. An EQ survey of 169 students showed that 33 percent of Eaglecrest students want to slightly tighten gun laws and 30 percent want them unchanged. The EQ survey reported that 14 percent of students think that laws should be loosened with 10 percent saying so in the

national poll. Sophomore Sydnie Fickas, whose family owns four guns, believes gun laws should only be tightened in special circumstances and aimed at “people with mental issues.” However, others, like sophomore Andrea Wilk, believe gun laws are too lenient. “You don’t need that many [guns] in dayto-day life.” This same perspective is why last month Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that would require background checks, something not currently required, for all firearms acquisitions, including person to person transactions. On April 17, U.S. Congress rejected a bill that would require background checks on anyone who wanted to purchase a gun. Colorado is leading the charge of states that are tightening gun control laws. Recently, there were seven proposed bills— five of which passed—that would tighten gun laws. The two that failed would have made gun manufacturers and sellers responsible for any harm done by semi-automatic weapons they made or sold and also outlawed concealed weapons on campuses. Colorado already requires background checks if someone attempts to purchase a gun from a store, but does not require one if they purchase or inherit a gun from a family member or friend. A bill that would make background checks required for


5 our survey of


169 students involved more than 260 guns

of students want gun laws slightly tightened

16.57% of students want gun laws strongly tightened



of students want gun laws slightly loosened

any gun acquisition was passed. People against these laws argue they will not change anything if they are passed. “If someone is going to shoot up a place, they don’t care about the law,” junior Sarah Hughes said. She described efforts to tighten laws as “taking away guns from people who need them.” Gun owners cite firearms as key for protecting their families and property. In the EQ survey, almost half of those who have guns said they have them primarily for home defense. Sophomore Travis Barrett, whose family owns guns for both hunting and self-defense, said that tighter gun laws would “make it easier for the government to suppress people’s rights.” “If the government doesn’t trust me with my guns, I don’t trust them with theirs,” Barrett said.

But despite the reasons Barrett, Hughes and Fickas give for gun ownership, Colorado is making some changes, which make people like freshman Kay Lee Howard happier. “People wouldn’t be crazy; not a lot of people would get shot,” Howard said. At the national level, though, changes are still under debate. When Congress rejected the background checks bill, President Obama called it a “shameful day for Washington” since the bill was supported by nearly 90% of Americans, according to the Washington Post. Most people think the gun control debate is not going to be over any time soon, but some people, like science teacher Tamii Fleming, don’t know if anything will change in the future “I think they’ll try to pass it, but I don’t think it will pass.” Photo illustration by Mallory Sullivan, Survey by Steven Tibbitts



From Copenhagen to Colorado: An International Comparison BY DILKUSH KHAN Reporter When you see sophmore Nina Thorsen walk down the hallway, you’re likely to assume she’s an American teenager. Actually, she’s from Denmark. Thorsen, who moved here last August, is just like students around here; she listens to American artists like Rihanna, she’s an active member of performing arts, and she loves the school spirit. There are definitely differences in the cultures (for example, Thorsen’s school in Denmark was not as strict with tardiness). Here is a look at some cultural differences between Denmark and Colorado.


Denver “The portions here in America are twice the size you get in Europe.”


“We’ll come to school at 9:30 and get out at


7: 10

“I lived in

Copenhagen, it’s

very close and it was a big city, bigger than Downtown Denver.” An hour and a half away: Paris, France

Two hours away: Las Vegas, Nevada

“It takes an hour and a half to go from Copenhagen to Paris, France.” Photos courtesy of Creative Commons



Eaglecrest curriculum faces change over coming years


The carpets are not the only things being redone this summer. Eaglecrest is facing several changes in the school curriculum, partially due to the implementation of Common Core. Social Studies and English will be impacted the most but all departments will see some change.

Common Core One reason that things are changing is that CCSD has adopted the Common Core State Standards. The Standards, according the CCSS mission statement, “...provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” The principles are being implemented to unify teaching and get students back into shape with specific aspects of their learning. “It’s really from colleges, from politicians, and from teachers trying to make sure that students are doing what they need to be successful,” English Coordinator Keith Proctor said. Now the standards will be shaping the curriculum.

English The Common Core Standards will impact the English department, but it will not be a cold-turkey switch. Proctor said “There’s changes in terms of raising the level of reading,” as well as rigor and complexity. There will be more emphasis on research since, Proctor says, “There’s more of an emphasis on argumentative writing, persuasive writing, informational writing,” A new test, the PARCC assessment, will be given in the junior year of the 2014 class. “Colleges are seeing that students are coming in not ready to read and research,” Proctor said.

Future Social Studies Course Paths

Social Studies will be changing with an emphasis on economics so students are better prepared for life after high school. Currently

Next Year (transition)

Eventually (starting 2014)

College Prep 9

World Geography

World Geo./ World History

World Geo./ World History

AP/Honors 9

AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

College Prep 10 US History

Government Economics

Goverment (sem) Economics (sem)

AP/Honors 10

AP US Government

AP Government

College Prep 11 World History

Government Economics

US History Government

AP/Honors 11

AP US History AP US Gov’t US History Hon.

AP US History US History Honors

College Prep 12 Psychology

Sociology You and the Law

Psychology Sociologiy You and the Law

Pyschology Sociology You and the Law

AP/Honors 12

Assorted AP Classes

Assorted AP Classes

Assorted AP Classes

US History Honors AP Government

AP US History US History Honors

(with Financial Literacy unit)

Math Math is not as affected as some of the other departments, but the Common Core State Standards (see below) do have some effect. Algebra 1 will be getting redone to allign with the Standards.

Science The science department will possibly be undergoing changes in upcoming years. STEM is being emphasized, especially since the recent bond vote gives the school more cash for STEM. Some electives may be eliminated.



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Couples fight for the equality they deserve nize same-sex marriage for all federal

BY JESS DANKENBRING purposes, such as insurance benefits, social security survivor benefits, immiEditor-in-chief Imagine not being able to stay in America because immigration doesn’t recognize your marriage. Picture not being allowed to see your significant other in the hospital after a car accident because you’re not actually ‘together’. Think about how it would feel to not be able to marry the love of your life. I am appalled when I realize the lack of equality in this free country that I live in. I am distressed that there is still hate speech galore. And I am fed up with the justification and rationalization that tries to cover up this problem. Colorado became the latest state to approve civil unions for gay couples. But seven years ago voters here banned same-sex marriage. The past decades have shown enormous growth in the level of acceptance on these issues. According to Gallup polls, the number of people who believe same-sex unions should be recognized has increased from 27% to 53% in the last 17 years. But there are still laws in action that prevent that recognition legally. DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) doesn’t recog-

gration, and filing joint tax returns. Right now, the supreme court holds the fate of this issue and has been debating for over a month. Although it could go either way, a majority of the supreme court is questioning that act’s constitutionality. Although the stigma associated with being gay has yet to die down, it’s shown that if you know someone who is gay or lesbian then you are twice as likely to approve of some form of same-sex partnership. I have a handful of friends who are openly gay and have received hate from friends and family who do not support their sexual orientation. I know people who have been kicked out and shunned from those closest to them. But I also know many more people that are willing to acknowledge and accept them. I know teachers and parents that believe these individuals deserve the same rights to live openly. The more we are exposed to the idea of ‘marriage’ meaning more than just a man and a woman, the closer we can come to accepting all relationships and the benefits that should accompany them.

Do Americans think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized as valid? should be recognized




should not be recognized




information gathered from Gallup Poll


number of states that allow civil unions but not marriage


the number of federal benefits to marriage


number of states that have banned same-sex marriage

information gathered from CNN/ORC International Poll


Steven’s worldly things you should care about BY STEVEN TIBBITTS News editor

For those of you who read my work, you know that I have a lot to say about the world. A lot. And as it turns out, I don’t have enough room to give you detailed analysis of international security threats (at least in print; check the website,, for the rest of this article). Here’s a brief, condensed version of what exactly it is that should be keeping you from sleeping at night:

Syria - A ravaged landscape Dictator killing his own people. Fighting and regional support based on religious background. Iran funds the government’s slaughter to combat US interests. Chemical weapons have been used by dictator to kill his own people. Terrorists are fighting for the opposition and the regime (one opposition group is openly affiliated with al Qaeda); they could get a hold of these chemical weapons. Other countries destabilized. Other countries being destabilized. Middle East could get even more tense than it already is, offering terrorists a safe haven as well as threaten oil supplies.

Cyprus - A closed bank

Iran - Nuclear weapons

Part of European Union, which is facing a debt crisis. Lots of banks. The banks failed. Country losing money. In order to stop the crisis, Cyprus attacked many bank accounts that were uninsured. Now the country’s credibility as a banking island is gone. EU has enough troubles right now. Russia is annoyed (many Russians, including disreputable ones, used Cyprus for banking).An accumulation of Cyprus’s issues and the others could split the EU and then devastate the world economy, while driving a wedge between Russia and the EU. Yes, that includes us.

One of the most dangerous countries in existence. Repressive. Funds terrorists. Hates Israel. Wants a nuclear weapon. Iran would either bully neighbors or attack Israel with a nuclear weapon. Negotiations have always failed. Sanctions haven’t worked. Upcoming “elections” in Iran make it less likely to talk. Country poses a major threat to safety of Israel and other Middle Eastern nations. Israel may attack before we do. Iran may get a bomb before we are able to stop them. We must send a clear message that the homicidal government of Iran cannot expect to gain a WMD.

China - Communist party Rising nation that is catching up to the United States in economics and military strength. Asserting itself with its navy in the waters of Asia; picking fights with Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Does not always agree with US interests and is practically buying up the world. US must be able to oppose the Chinese militarily and protect itself from the hacking that the Chinese government does against US companies. A leadership transition in China makes country particularly vulnerable and easier to provoke. photos from Creative Commons



Is college the best choice after high school? VS.



If you ask me, the military is the place to be after high school. The benefits of the military are much higher than those of college, plus, as strange as it may seem, college just seems a little too risky. Financially, the military is way better than college. Okay, let’s break this down. You have to pay for college with money out of your pocket, and, unless you’re really great in school, you’re not going to get a full ride. You don’t have to pay for the military; in fact it’s your job, so you get paid. Now, let’s say after eight years in the military you decide to go to college. The military will help pay for your college. I don’t know any other way to say it, but your college will be paid for, simple as that. Also, you always have a place to sleep. If you are at homestead, the military will provide housing off a base. If you are deployed, you stay on a base, or on a base camp. In college you can stay in a dorm, which you have to pay for, or you can stay in an apartment or house, which, you have to pay for. Then there are life long skills, and the military beats college there too. So in college, you can get a degree, which gives you a better chance of finding a job, but it doesn’t guarantee a job. In the military, the military is your job, and it’s a steady paying one. So in the military you learn responsibility, teamwork, how to survive on your own, and the list just keeps going. In college, you learn what? The history of movies, how to write a paper. Yeah that sounds really helpful in life. After and during college you have to pay for your own insurance; in the military, they provide it. Granted, most jobs provide some kind of insurance, but not all jobs do. Not to mention life gets more expensive year after year, and again, you’re not guaranteed a job. Finally, just as I said, college is too risky. I mean think about it. You pay all this money to get a degree so you can find a good job. First of all, again, there is not a for sure job. Okay, so if you get the job, your money goes to paying off your college for the next 30 years of your life, there goes 40% of your paycheck. Then, when you have kids, college continues to take away your money. College is not a promise for your future, but the military is.



As the seniors depart the nest, juniors are now making that important decision about colleges. Many students are considering going into the military, but college is where they need to be. Having a college education can get you far because the farther you go with your education, the more opportunities pop up. College students are able to study what they’re passionate about, and when graduated, are usually able to get a job in that field. When students go to college, they can benefit by living on campus. For starters, you become independent, learning how to live on your own. Also, it’s convenient for students to get to and from class. On campus, you can choose to purchase a meal plan, so instead of wasting money eating out, or attempting to cook something, you can just go over to your campus cafeteria, which in the end, is cheaper. Now, as for the military, I suggest you think twice. There are huge risks going into it, and it’s not a wise decision unless you really think about it. First off, you’re risking your life. If you’re in a war zone, you’re exposed to dangerous situations and see photos from Creative Commons things others can’t imagine, so you can’t be too emotional or have a weak stomach. This sort of exposure can result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, 30% of men and women who have spent time in war zones have experienced PTSD according to Secondly, when deployed, you’re stationed overseas for about 18 months. You have to adapt to a new environment, taking various pills to fight off diseases and get a bunch of vaccines (on your own time). Third, the job is extremely stressful. Sometimes you work for 12 hours or more, and you can’t talk to your family as much as you would like to. When you’re on a mission, you can only use the phone for emergencies. For those who are in the military, when they come back from their mission, they may find themselves unemployed, because they either went straight to the military after high school, or they didn’t have a job before they left. Now don’t get me wrong, I support the military and I salute them for their bravery and commitment. But I recommend you get an education first, especially for those who want to go into the military, so that when they come back from their mission, they’ll be able to get a job in the field they majored in. Continuing your education will help you in the long run.


Cellphones: a modern, digital drug of choice BY BEAU JAMIESON Opinions editor There’s a certain drug that has caught my attention and concern. It has invaded the lives of many as it’s been in their possession at home, school, work, and the various public places one would go throughout their day. What’s this drug? The common cell phone. Now let me be clear: I’m not against cell phone use. If I said that, I’d be a bigger hypocrite than I am already. I’m simply against the apparent addiction some - scratch that many people have with them. People are just constantly on the stupid things as if it’s a constant insulin shot they need every 5 seconds. You may say that phones can’t be addictive and that you don’t have a problem in regards to never getting off of one, but I dare you this: when in the middle of browsing Twitter or Instagram, just put your phone away and find something else to do. Thinking of the possible tweets you’re missing and feeling the phone burn a hole in your pocket, I’d bet you most likely wouldn’t last long. Now obviously I’m not speaking to every cell phone owner, and if you’re sitting in the library with all your work done and nothing else to do, I won’t judge you when you pull out your phone to browse...I’ll just think you’re a complete idiot. There are even moments where the obsession can get disgusting. The restroom, especially when in public facilities, isn’t a place for you to check your text messages. It’s always amusing to me whenever I hear someone glad to say that their phone survived being dropped in the toilet, to which I respond “How did that get there in the first place?” That’s just nasty. However, given that I’m a massive cinephile, the place where people bug me the most with their stupid LCD screened devices is at the movie theater. Not only does it bug me to have the dark of the room disrupted by a small bright light, the mere concept that someone just can’t sit for a reasonable amount of time without checking their phone is beyond me. I mean, you’re essentially paying for a movie ticket just to use your phone. Think about that. The only excuse anyone may have to use your phone that often is that maybe their wife or significant other is about to go into labor and you have to know what’s going on. BUT, if something like that is happening...WHY ARE YOU AT THE MOVIES!? There’s no excuse. However, the saddest sight that I’ve come across happens constantly. It’s whenever there’s a group of friends hanging out together, only to each be distracted by their phones, not actually socializing. Come on guys, above all during this moment you don’t need to check up on who’s doing what on Twitter or Instagram. You’ve got a good group of friends. They’re sitting right next to you.

photos by Jess Dankenbring




We take a look at the class of 2013 and their experiences during all four years of high school. From favorite spirit week and how many relationships the class has had to where they want to go to college, the next few pages are dedicated to the senior class.












slacker expensive



























unforgettable free rocky ridiculous


lengthy relaxed



















party fantastic


There are






















students in the class of 2013. Of the

327 survey results, 222 will graduate with more than

24 credits, and 150 classes were failed.




In four years, the senior class had short-term relationships (longer than two weeks)


and long-term relationships (longer than six months)

January 2013


participated in at least one varsity sport


participated in two or more varsity sports


attended the boys basketball State Championship game

Total number of sporting events attended 150 120 90

200+ 101-199 51-100 11-50


6-10 1-5

30 0




117 seniors wished they went to more



instead of

ditching. Photo by: Jess Dankenbring

Spring pep assembly, 2013

31% 84% 76% 22% Mr. EHS, 2013

12 132

said their favorite year for Mr. EHS was 2013.

participated in at least one spirit week. participated every year and of those, said senior year was their favorite

Photo by: Jess Dankenbring

students went to every single theatre production, and more


students went to at least one.

Noises Off

was the seniors’ favorite production

Noises Off, 2013

Photo by: Brandon Jordan



After high school

Which branch of military

2% 13% 12%


National Guard


Air Force Marines



Navy Army


Where are people going to college?

Zero Fewer than five 5-15 More than 15



cords will be given out to the senior class


students will recieve 4 or more cords



If ska and Streetlight interest you, listen to their new album here. If you decide you want to support them, make sure to buy it from their RISC store, lest your dough be misappropriated by an evil record company

The repeated return of Top Gear and why it’s earned BY ZACH PARKER Reporter

If you are into cars, you may know of Top Gear. Top Gear, the greatest show on Earth, is a motoring show on the BBC that does just about anything possible with cars, from launching one down an Olympic ski jump and sailing them, or attempting to at least, across the English channel. Top Gear originally started out as a motoring news program in 1977, the show is much different now. In 2001, the BBC decided to cancel it, but it was revamped and returned to the air in 2002. The new revamped version is not just some dull motoring news show, but a great informational comedy show. The new and improved rendition has been highly successful, lasting for 19 seasons with the 20th scheduled for this summer, and has an estimated 350 million viewers weekly, making it the world’s most watched factual program. It is hosted by three, full-grown, middle-aged men- if you can call them grown at all- that are experts in two things, humor and failing. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have been on the show since its relaunch while James May joined a year later replacing Jason Dawe. Clarkson is the oldest host and has a severe case of laziness, rarely doing any manual labor on the show. He can connect to the audience through something nearly everyone has, a hatred of Piers Morgan. Hammond, meanwhile, is the youngest and shortest host on the show, with his height often being the subject of many jokes. And May is the only presenter who acts his own age. He dislikes the reckless driving style of the two other hosts. Together, the three stooges of Top Gear are what makes this show so great. If anyone else was a host, the show would not be what it is. They often have challenges that cause them to take radically different steps to achieve the goal of the challenge. Usually, one presenter buys a car that ends up breaking down, which causes the other two presenters to leave them behind. They work as a team, not really, to accomplish outlandish tasks. They are the first people to drive across the Makgadikgadi salt pan and the first to drive to the magnetic north pole. Watching these three buffoons accomplish something that no one else has is exhilarating, you get to ride along with them. The show is often criticized for many reasons. They have been accused of damaging historical sites, promoting reckless driving, and even verbally insulting entire countries and their

Clarkson testing the Ariel Atom

people. Despite these accusations, the show continues to be incredibly popular. They have made fun of German, Mexican, and American culture and have even caused multiple international incidents. They believe every American is 300 pounds and calling the USA the “United States of Total Paranoia”, both of which, I as an American, think are funny and one of the show’s best qualities. Other times, however, their humor is taken literally, most notably during season 16 when they offended both Mexico and the Mexican ambassador in London to the extent he himself demanded an apology. So why is this show so popular? The answer is simple: Top Gear has something for everyone. They test cars, for the gear heads, they blow them up and do other ridiculous things, for children, and is incredibly funny, for those who know absolutely nothing about cars. No matter kind of TV shows you watch, I guarantee you would fall in love with Top Gear after you watch just one episode. After all, this is the greatest show ever made.

Hammond trying NASCAR

All three presenters in the studio hangar

May as a muscle car man

Deadbeat Summer: fun summertime


activities for the broke Colorado teenager Free days at Denver museums of... Nature and Science



6/1, 6/6, 8/3 These dates match up with Spun, the campus-wide event including interactive instillations and more string than you probably ever thought to care about.

Miniatures, dolls, and toys

6/2, 6/7, 8/4 This may not be as popular as the other two, but that makes it more attractive to some. This classic house is home to exhibits that change with the season, little matchstick buildings, and toys from all different times and places; it’s much more neat than it is creepy. Plus, it kind of looks like Bonnie’s house from Toy Story 3 for unintentional emotional resonance.

6/3, 7/1, 7/21,8/11 No special exhibits coincide with these dates, but there’s still a building full of free learning and that’s better than most things.

Free summer festivals in Colorado Denver Chalk Art Festival

Denver Pridefest 2013

6/1-6/2 (Larimer Square)

6/15-6/16 (Civic Center Park)

The above picture is of Nicole Flaig’s second place piece from last year. Just second place. Take the first weekend in June to appreciate the under-rated medium of technicolor talc and see what’s so special about first place.

Colorado’s annual celebration of LGBTQ Coloradans and LGBTQ culture with four stages, the seventh largest pride parade in the US, local artists (like rapper Kitty Crimes above) and two days celebration for everyone and their best allies. photos courtesy of Creative Commons

18 If you have money, lucky devil you are, you might want to check out these less free events:


Beau Knows Film: Short-lived TV shows BY BEAU JAMIESON Opinions Editor

Some shows just aren’t lucky. Despite their critical acclaim, and in some cases Emmy wins, they’re cut short due to one thing: ratings. It doesn’t matter how fantastic a show is, if it’s not raking in the dough, it gets canceled. However, many of these lost gems get discovered on DVD, and their fanbases grow vastly. Here are three examples of phenomenal television that deserved longer runs than they got, but still leave us satisfied with what they managed.

- Denver Comic Con (5/31-6/2) -Renaissance Festival (6/6-6/23) -Anamanaguchi at the Marquis (5/31)

Freaks and Geeks (1999 - 2000)

Part of me thinks it’s a shame this show never took off past its first season, but another part of me feels it’s a blessing. In its 18 episodes, not a single moment goes by that isn’t great as it always reigns true on what it’s like being an outcast teenager in high school, essentially being the show Glee wishes it could be. Also, for being a show that was deemed a failure at the time, it’s existence is all the more ironic considering its casting of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, and the brief appearances from Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman, and Shia Labeouf.

Lifespan: 18 44-minute episodes (12.6 hours)

-They Might Be Giants at the Ogden (6/7)

Firefly (2002 - 2003) -Reel Big Fish at Sports Authority(6/30) -Colorado Gay Rodeo (7/12-7/14) -Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Many dates between 6/7 and 8/11)

Coming from the guy who's given us nerdy awesomeness such as Buffy, The Cabin in the Woods, and The Avengers, this Joss Whedon creation is, despite its short run, arguably his best work to date. The reason why Firefly works so well, along with his other projects, is because the characters are so entertaining. They way the dialogue mixes so perfectly with the characters’ own personalities is unparalleled, and the actors do a fine job at portraying what came from Mr. Whedon’s brain.

Lifespan: 14 42-minute episodes, Serenity (11.78 hours)

Twin Peaks (1990 - 1991)

This may be the strangest show you’ll ever see, but through its weirdness it manages to increasingly suck you into the mystery of who killed high school “sweetheart” Laura Palmer. It has a haunting nightmarish quality that could only come from the mind of David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet), conjuring up images and characters that may frighten the mind, but always in good taste and full of its own devilish charm.

Lifespan: 30 47-minute episodes, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (25.75 hours)


Ska lives on with Streetlight Manifesto’s new album


The new album is similar to most of Streetlight’s past work, but at the same time so much has changed. They brought their usual fast-pace and upbeat, brassy sound to the table Ska was born sixty years ago in the grooviest country on Earth: Jamaica. It started with the combination once again, but the inspiration behind most songs of reggae, American jazz, and upbeat rhythms seems to have changed. In the past, a lot of their and vocals. songs were about suicide, violence, and the human By the 80’s Ska had gained worldwide popustruggle, but it seems to have more of a punk larity. This was the era of 2-Tone, which took the inspiration, like fighting the system or the unceroriginal reggae-jazz sounds and added English tainty surrounding religion. Like title track when punk-rocks hardcore guitar and vocals. At this lead singer Tomas Kalnoky says “The judge can’t point Ska had developed its own unique sound decipher his left from his right or his right from and it branched out into dozens of sub-genres his wrong.” like Ska-Punk and Ska-Jazz. This is what really Streetlight has always been the master of makes Ska unique: The fact that it is able to inputting an catchy tune with depressing issues. corporate all forms of music while still retaining You may think that Streetlight Manifesto’s music its original sound. It’s like the great melting pot is meant to put you in a terrible mood, but every of music. song, such as “They Broke Him Down”, all have Ska peaked in popularity in the late 90’s. an ultimately hopeful meaning. This is clear when People like to think that this is when Ska died an Kalnoky says “I don’t wanna seem like I don’t early death, but bands like Streetlight Manifesto need anyone’s help to get me through the rainy and The Mad Caddies are still making sweet, days, to push through the haze” in “Ungratesweet Ska. One of the original American Ska Streetlight’s upcoming tour poster ful”. bands, The Toasters, is still operating today. For those of you who have no interest in This is impressive considering they formed in Streetlight Manifesto or ska in general, Kalnoky re-records all 1981. Streetlight songs under the alias “Toh Kay” to have a more Ska isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either. Streetlight Manifesto is releasing their fifth studio album The Hands laid-back, folky sound. He does this for those who want a more That Thieve in April and they’ve been working with Bandits of calming experience from his music or for those who want to the Acoustic Revolution and other Ska bands on a collaboralisten to punk before bed. So even if you aren’t a fan of ska, I still recommend you listen to Toh Kay’s version. tion project of cover songs called 99 Songs of Revolution. Ultimately, it is a great addition to Streetlight Manifesto’s It’s been seven years since Streetlight Manifesto released a work. I just wish it were longer; ten songs isn’t nearly enough full album full of original songs, so you can only imagine just how excited I was for their new album The Hands That Thieve. to keep me happy for the next couple years until they release another album. I’m happy to say that it’s just as awesome as I was expecting.

Brandon Diener’s top four Ska albums of all time Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb Streetlight Manifestos debut album Everything Goes Numb is perhaps one of the most quintessential ska albums. You wouldn’t think so after your first time listening to it, but the whole album is about suicide and why it should never be an option. Best Song: “A Moment of Silence” Mad Caddies – Keep It Going The Mad Caddies probably use their horns section more than any other band on this list. Once you mix the magnificent horns section with the reggae vocals you get Keep It Going: one of the catchiest ska albums of all time. Best Song: “Souls For Sale”

Reel Big Fish – Cheer Up! As Reel Big Fish’s first independent album, Cheer Up! shows us what Reel Big Fish is capable of. Although a lot of the songs on Cheer Up! fall more on the punk rock end of the spectrum, the horns section still enhances the music when it’s actually used. Best Song: “What Are Friends For?”

The Toasters – Thrill Me Up As one of the first albums from one of the first American ska bands, Thrill Me Up has the most reggae and jazz influences by far. Not only does it have some of the best reggae, but also some of the best ska from the 20th century. Best Song: “Keep On Going”



Girls soccer off to the playoffs BY JESS DANKENBRING Editor-in-chief

Girls’ soccer hasn’t made it to playoffs in 15 years. The past few years have been near misses and now the pressure is on. “We want to keep moving forward,” Senior and Team Captain Brittney Thornton said. “We have to win. We have to play hard.” “This season our strengths are communication on the field and just playing our game and letting the ball do the work,” Thornton said. “We just need to calm down. We see it - nerves get us.” But the team hasn’t had a lot of time on the field. With the constant and late-season snow, many spring sports have struggled to practice on their own turf. “Since Feb 18 we’ve been outside a total of 12.5 hours for practice,” Head Coach Greg Watts said. “They still stay focused, but you can only do so much inside. There’s a lot more talking about what it looks like rather than doing it.” The team has also had a variety of physical setbacks, from concussions to hamstring injuries. “We’re kind of limping into the playoffs right now,” Watts said. But he’s not worried about nerves, weather, or any other challenges standing in their way before their playoff game. “I’ve got good senior leadership,” Watts said. “It’s like any other game - that’s how we’ll approach it.”

“It’s like any other game - that’s how we’ll approach it.” Coach Greg Watts

“We want to keep moving

forward. We have to win. We have to play hard.”Captain Brittney Thornton photos by Dilkush Khan

Junior Morgan Dudash scored 1 of the total 34 goals scored this season.

What’s the difference? Boys Lacrosse VS. Girls Lacrosse 28 players Plays in quarters 37 to 42 inch sticks Wear pads 37 to 72 inch goal sticks Contact 110 yard field


12 players Plays in halves 35.5 to 43.25 inch sticks Wear goggles 35.5 to 48 inch goal sticks Non-contact 120 yard field information compiled by Emily Atwell



Spring sport shorts We haven’t seen much of spring lately but here are your spring sport updates!

Tennis (0-9) photos and information by Zach Parker

Coach: Alex Moore Captain:Karli Newton State Ranking: 35 out of 40 Standout Senior: Karli Newton Ha Tieu 10

“Karli is an outstanding young lady”

Coach Alex Moore Junior Maren Jorgenson plays the three singles match.

Seniors leaving: Karli Newton, Meredith Wetzel, Rupinder Kaur


Coach: Mike Schmitt Captains: Kelsey Cleere, Ashley Windom, Xavier Lewis, and Connor McClaren Girls state rankings: Boys state rankings:

Sprint Medley number 1 in state and number 2 nationally 4 x 200 8th in state 4 x 400 5th in state

Marcus Harris is top 10 in 100 m relay Connor McClaran is top 10 in shot put 4 x 100 10th in state

Total of 17 seniors leaving

Standout Senior: Xavier Lewis

information compiled by Madeline Johnson

“He is on all 3 Relays (4x100,4x200,4x400), which are all qualified for State for the first time in many years here at Eaglecrest. He too is an excellent student and leader.” Coach Mike Schmitt


Girls soccer

Coach: Greg Watts

photos and information compiled by Dilkush Khan

Korena Perales 11



National Ranking:354th State Ranking: 49th

Captain: Jessica Tennyson, Brittney Thornton, and Jessica Westhoff The girls are heading to the playoffs! Girls soccer hasn’t made it into the playoffs for 15 years. To check out the latest scores, scan this code with your smart phone to go to EQextra. com!

Brittney Thornton and her team practice at Legacy Stadium for the upcoming playoff games.

Boys lacrosse (7-7) Coach: Brian Vickery Captain: Johnathan Docherty State Ranking: 38th Lacrosse’s last game of the season was played against Mullen at home but played a tough game losing 12-10.

National Ranking:882nd

Averege number of goals per a game:9.429 Seniors leaving: Johnathan Docherty, Ian Eshbaugh, Aiden McIntosh, Jibreel Frawan, Trey Sparks, Austin Geoge, Michael Kidane, Brian Ventriglia, Andrew Bacon, and Alex Young Standout Seniors:Johnathan Docherty and Andrew This season, 108 goals were scored and 132 goals were scored against photos by Brandon Jordan Bacon them. interviews by Brandon Diener

Kelly Gillespie

Attending Oral Roberts University

Favorite memory: “When I blocked the big 6’5 girl from Bear Creek my junior year” Idols: Brittney Griner and Candace Parker

Boys soccer

Favorite candy: Skittles and Peach O’s

“She’s team captain and 2nd team all-league.” Coach Alex Moore

Girls Basketball

Senior Sport Standouts


Symon Fabbricatore Attending Adams State University

Favorite Memory: Beating Adams City, the number one team in the state Idols: Lionel Messi and Gareth Bell Favorite candy: Hershey’s Cookies N’ Cream

“The growth that he has made as a young man on and off the field has been immense. He showed leadership, commitment, and a willingness to sacrifice for the team. This is evident in setting the school record for assists in a season (18) and for a career (23). I am proud of the accomplishment that he has made and even more excited for his future.” Coach Gregory Watts

Girls Soccer

Brittney Thornton

Attending Waldorf College in Iowa on a soccer scholarship All-time leading goal scorer in Eaglecrest history Favorite memory: “My first varsity game and my first goal was a header!” Idols: Greg Watts, Christina Maccarrone, and [her grandmother] Deborah Thornton Favorite candy: Sour Patch Kids and Hot Tamales “She has committed herself to improving as a player which ultimately has made us a better team. She works hard in the weight room which makes her an incredible role model for younger players in the program. She has set the career record for goals and has showed desire to get the program back in the playoffs with her all around hard work.”


Coach Gregory Watts

Taylor Kigerl-Hill Attending Lamar Community College on softball scholarship Played varsity all four years Captain Favorite candy: Kit-Kats Favorite memory: “Hitting my first over the fence home run last year at Mullen.” “She was chosen because of her leadership on and off the field”

Coach Yvette Hendrian

Attending University of Denver on volleyball scholorship Played varsity all four years Favorite Candy: Skittles Favorite Memory:“On my team in Omaha, Nebraska, the way we played the game was outstanding.” Idols: “My brother Russell Westbrook- he plays for the Oklahoma Thunder” “She’s a dominating force in the middle. Strong and aggressive. She showed leadership this year.” photos and interviews by Madeline Johnson

Coach Tanya Bond


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