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september 29, 2010 volume 25 issue 3


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05 NEWS On Sept. 29, the junior and senior girls will battle it out for the title of victors of Powderpuff.

10 FEATURES Recently certified as a scuba diver, sophomore Murphy Riley spends her free time pursuing her underwater passion.

35 SPORTS Varsity boys Cross Country has been preparing for GAC competitions to be held Oct. 14.

44 OPINIONS Chelsey Damalas shares her take on how the cellphone policy at North needs to change to help the student body.

21 IN-DEPTH The North Star takes a closer look at the issue of hazing, its new policy within the district, and the effect it has on kids at North.


While many people think hazing is done to increase team camaraderie, many experts say that hazing is only done to put others down and feel alienated from the group they want to be a part of.

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Sydney Dufrenne, Austin Dale-Derks, and Joyce Moon work on their AP Art Studio projects. Art teacher Zack Smithey is planning on purchasing a space for students art work to be shown. The students work on 20 projects this year that will have a chance to be featured in the new studio which will be located on Main Street. (michelle spencer)

Plans for art studio proceed despite setbacks emily forst


spiring artist are always looking for ways to exhibit their artwork. Even high school art students are proud of their creations and want to share them with the community. Zack Smithey and his AP Art Studio students realize this and began fund raising early Sept. to open a student-run art gallery. The gallery would be for high school students in the area to showcase their artwork. However, their efforts were shut down by the administration only a week into their fund raising because they didn’t have the required District approval. “It’s all about being approved by the school District,” Assistant Principal Tony Grippi said. “Everything we do must be approved.” Despite this setback, Smithey and his art students are not going to give up on the art gallery idea. They have decided to continue working to open art gallery independent from the school District. “It’s a way to connect the public to upcoming high school artists,” Smithey said. “It will give students the experience to show art.” Since the fund raising for the gallery cannot be conducted on school property, Smithey will be financially responsible for purchasing the building. The building he is currently looking at is for sale for $185,000 and Smithey would have to put a 20 percent down payment on it. The rest of the money needed to run the gallery will come from the students who volunteer to be a part of the gallery. These students must meet a fund raising quota to participate in the art shows or to sell items. “Students who participate will have more experience in selling art and have more experience than many juniors and seniors in college,” Smithey said. The main objective of opening the gallery is for the students to learn through experience. The students will be fully running the gallery with the guidance of Smithey. ”It is exciting but really expensive, and it’s a lot of hard work,” AP Art student Kayla Busby said. “It’s great that Smithey is doing this. He is giving us a chance for a better artistic future.” page by chelsey damalas


FHN students board the buses so they can return to their homes. If the calendar is changed the bus drivers could have the same schedule for all schools in the district. The schedule will be changed before the 2011-2012 school year. The district spends $10 million a year in transportation for students. (brandon neer)

District transportation affecting calendar going to become scarce for the 2011-2012 school year. While looking for money-saving options, ne of the lasting legacies of the late the district searched for parts of the $176 million Schuster administration has since devel- budget that could be tightened. In an attempt to oped into the new Sloan administration’s avoid touching salaries and benefits- which make most controversial proposal. Last Nov., then Su- up 80 percent of the money the district spendsperintendent Renee Schuster commissioned an they turned to the second largest chunk of spendexploratory task force to delve into possible mon- ing: transportation. Each year the district pays $10 million for transportation and ey-saving options for the 2011-2012 receives $2.9 million in state aid for school year. The task force, headed “There is a their transportation expenditures. by Dr. Steve Griggs, looked into “There is a chance to lose several the possibility of amending the cal- chance to lose endar system- a change that would several million million dollars in state aid,” Sloan said. “We are facing a revenue shortsave nearly $1 million in transportadollars... It is fall. It is a question of having this or tion costs. having that.” “I honestly think that we came a question of The calendar committee has subup with a good compromise,” Sloan mitted their plan to the Board of said. “But I don’t like how it will having this or Education, which could vote on the disrupt the culture.” having that” proposition as early as October. Board For over 40 years, the elemen- - pam sloan president Mike Sommer, who also tary schools have operated under a “cycle” calendar which includes a six-week sum- served on the Schuster task force, says that the mer break, nine-week school quarters, with three- new proposal reflects the overall goals of the district, while still saving money. week cycle breaks between them. “The main focus is on academics,” Sommer But the secondary schools work around the Standard calendar. A Nine-week-long summer said. “When we looked at the calendar, we asked: vacation with a week-long spring and fall break, was there any research that said that a year round and 11 days for Christmas break. The newly pro- schedule is better?” In fact, there was not. The committee sifted posed calendar would marry the two schedules, making secondary school breaks longer and el- through stacks of articles and research papers. Some said that year round schedules were better, ementary school breaks shorter. “We looked at options that would save us mon- others said that traditional was better, and some ey and which options would have an impact on said that neither worked. After their research, they decided to mash the two schedules into one. academic achievement,” Griggs said. “Does it meet all of the needs of the individThe new calendar was created in an anticipation that state aid, as well as district funding, was ual? No,” Sommer said. “But it makes the neceskevin beerman



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sary change and saves us money that we can put into our classrooms.” Besides budgetary relief, the board will also consider the effects on sports, clubs and parents. Sports and clubs at the high school level already deal with a week-long fall break that already disrupts practice schedules. But with three more days on the break, it could make practice on the teams even more difficult. The Varsity girls Volleyball team says that it would have trouble performing at their best during games over the extended break, due to the fact that no one will be at school to promote the upcoming matches. “We won’t have as many fans at the games over break,” junior Nicole Yuede said. “It is no fun to play games at school when we have no one to FHNtoday. com impress.” To view the proposed yearly calendar, as Regardless of well as a Power Point presentation about its effects, check out what the board decides to do, the pressure is still on the District to find more ways to save money and find them fast. The Board of Education has set the goal to have the budget and calendar for the 2011-2012 school year in place by October 21. With the diminishing aid from the State, Sloan and the rest of the administration is searching for alternatives to save money. “Changing the calendar won’t be the only solution. We need other things,” Sloan said. “How can we re-evaluate? How can we do things more efficiently? The calendar would help, but it isn’t the only way.”

HOW YOU SHOW SPIRIT QUESTION; What is your favorite thing about spirit week, the homecoming game and the homecoming dance? by chelsey damalas

Kelley Philabaun, 12 “I really like dressing up and getting to buy a new dress for the dance.”

Construction workers are tearing up old pavement on Highway 94 and replacing it with new pavement for Highway 364. It is being constructed to expand the highway to lessen traffic and reduce congestion on road. (tori hanke)

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Nick Pirrone, 11 “I like going to the homecoming game because it’s one of the games that we actually do decent in.”

Jordan Stobart, 10 “Spirit week is my favorite because I get with all my friends and we plan out what we’re wearing everyday for the week.”

On Sept. 21, MoDOT began its two month closure of Jungermann Road for construction begin on a portion of the new outer roads. These roads, which are part of the ongoing Route 364 project, will run parallel on each side of Route 94 from Woodstone Drive to just east of Harvest Drive when completed by Thanksgiving. “If the weather is good, then hopefully we can open the roads up before that time,” Route 364 project manager Barry Bergman said. “Completing it around Thanksgiving would probably be the worst case scenario.” Until the construction is completed, drivers will not be able to travel on Jungermann. Detour signs have been posted, which will increase the traffic in nearby neighborhoods. Former teacher Dave Ridenhower, resident to one of these neighborhoods, believes the road’s future benefits outweigh the problems presented by the construction.

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“It’s gonna be good when we get through [the construction]. Waiting for it to be finished is certainly better than the opposite problem in O’Fallon,” Ridenhower said. Unfortunately, constant traffic buildups on certain O’Fallon highways are taking place. The Route 364 project will convert Route 94 into a limited access highway, creating exit ramps leading to other roads and fewer stoplights. This will reduce traffic significantly when it is complete. “Route 94 has tons of stops, but 364 will go straight through,” FHN teacher Harold Ritchie said. “It will be great when it’s finished.” The entire project will extend Route 364 past Central School Road and eventually to Mid Rivers Mall Drive. It will cost approximately $44 million (two thirds of which is funded by stimulus plans) and it is expected to be finished by 2012. “It will do a world of good in relieving traffic on I-70 when it is all done” Bergman said.

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YOUR PERFECT DATE Three students were randomly selected and asked what their ideal date or thing to do before homecoming with a date. They were then ranked from one to three with one being the best date. by taylor bartrum

AWESOME: “I would fly my date to New York City and go to a restaurant in New York City and fly back before the dance on a private jet,” Austin Doeren, junior

GOOD:“I would get her a corsage and take her to Olive Garden in a lamborghini,” Brendan Grayek, senior

COULD IMPROVE:“I would take her to a nice place to eat, just pretty simple,” Cale Laughlin, junior Freshman Catie Blake and Jeremy Warden, sophomores Randy St. John and Samm Worsley, juniors Cat Pherigo and Logan Ponche, and seniors Soo Yang and Jose Pagan were part of the 2009 Homecoming court. During half time of the homecoming Football game on Sept. 25, they stood while waiting to be announced. (file photo)

Homecoming expected to be a ‘Dark Knight’

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his Sat, Oct. 2, FHN’s gym will become a replica of Gotham City, as up to 1,000 students attend the Dark Knight theme homecoming dance. Homecoming will be held in the big gym from 7 to 10 p.m. as dances in the past have been, but some changes have been made to make this years’ Homecoming memorable. “I am excited that the decorations will be different this year,” StuCo sponsor Jani Wilkens said. “We got rid of the tents.” Instead of having tents in front of the DJ, there will be fabric hanging from the divider in the ceiling, bowing out to the poles. It will be less hot and will make a bigger dance floor for the students. Senior Zach Johson reads Friday Night Lights during class discussion of the book. The class goes in-depth about different books pertaining to sports and how sport books impacts society. (lydia ness)


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Another major difference this year was getting rid of the fine forms that the students had to fill out before purchasing their ticket. Wilkens believes that without the forms, the attendance rate of the dance will be higher. She believes that about 25 percent of the students have fines and that the other 75 percent were being punished for it. The students are very thankful for not having to fill out the forms this year. “They were so dumb and way too much of a hassle,” junior Megan Frkovic said. As usual, the dance attendees will enter the building and walk through the homecoming hallways made by each class. The freshman hallway will be “Poison Ivy” theme, the sophomore hallway will be “The Joker”, the junior hallway

will be “Mr. Freeze” and the senior hallway will be “Batman”. High expectations have been set for this years’ Homecoming by the members of StuCo, including President Alyssa Bocci. “I think it is going to be just amazing,” Bocci FHNTOday. com said. “Everyone Go online to see pictures of this years homecoming during the week of fall break. is working really well together. We expect up to 1,000 people. It’s just going to be really good.”

Students take liking to new options in English classes chelsea damalas

Some students took a different approach to English this year. Along with the traditional English classes, students are now offered Sports Literature and Mythology. Along with this class, the standard grade level English course is required. Andrew Little, who teaches Sports Lit. finds the class a generally enjoyable experience. “Sports Lit is something you need to enjoy,”

said Little. “ It’s English 4 but deals all about sports.” Some students don’t find these classes interesting as others do. But now students actually get to have options besides their regular English 1, 2,3 and 4 classes. “Mythology can be seen in a lot of places,” Mythology teacher Theresa Maher said. “You can learn why certain cultures believe in what they believe.”



The class delegates share a sneak peak of their part during the homecoming week. by chelsey damalas


The senior hallway is to represent Batman. The students plan to have scenes from Gotham City, also hope to incorporate Batman’s cave in the hallway.


The juniors will be taking over their hallway with a Mr. Freeze theme. In the hallway, students will be surrounded with a frozen city to represent the home of Mr. Freeze.



sneak peek into the sophomore hallway is the Joker theme. Here students will be looking out for the joker at the end of the dark alley.


To go along with the Dark Knight homecoming theme, a sneak peek into the freshman hallway will be Poison Ivy. It will be covered with poison ivy while being surrounded by dark buildings.

Seniors Ellyn Yarde, Charlotte Johnston, Jennifer Meyers, Alyssa Jensen and Brittney Kelley get pumped up after their first senior Powderpuff practice. The Seniors hope for the win on Sept. 29. Several practices have been planned for both juniors and seniors in preparation for the big event. (sam hurrell)

Spirit rises with excitement of game nick bussell


t is that time of year again; the time when everyone is getting pumped for Homecoming. One way to do that is by having the annual Powder -puff game. Powderpuff is a football game between the junior and senior girls. North has been doing Powderpuff for at least 10 years now. This year it will be held on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. “I have been waiting for it since freshman year,” junior Ashly Brophy said. While traditionally the parade is before Powderpuff, this year it wil be before the homecoming game. For the parade different clubs in the school will be making floats. All of the players walk with their class during the parade. “I’m ready to take them down,” senior Alyssa Bocci said. There are a couple of ways that the girls prepared for Powderpuff. For one, there was a whole lot of talking it up. Many people talked about how fun it will be. Next, they had meetings held by Diane Holmes and Lindsey Scheller where they talked about the expectations and rules. Then there was the practices where they worked on their tactics and skills.

“[I prepare] mentally of course,” senior Brittany Burke said. The teams each consist of about 125 people. The large size calls for a good competition. Powderpuff bonds junior and senior girls with their classes; the girls have to work with each other to win the game. “It just brings a lot of fun and spirit,” Holmes said. Of course the FHNTOday. com seniors always Check online to see more pictures of powder puff on Oct. 1. expect to win, but the juniors have proven it is possible to beat the seniors, like they did in 2005. “I don’t expect to win, but it would be cool if we did,” Brophy said. No matter who, wins everyone agrees that the competition will be a good time. Each girl has her own reason for playing. They might be in it for the competition, or maybe just for the fun of it. “Why wouldn’t I want to battle it out with the juniors?” Burke said. page by chelsey damalas


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Murphy Riley takes a breath from her regulator while she scuba dives. This was for her venturing crew discover diving class which prepares her for future dives. Riley shared this experience with her friends that have never dived before. (photo submitted)


n a bright and warm Sunday morning in Mermet Springs, Ill., sophomore Murphy Riley stood next to a quarry, fully dressed in her equipment, anxious to begin. Soon she would be diving 42 feet underwater to see a plane from the movie ‘U.S. Marshalls’ that was sitting at the bottom of the quarry. She felt the excitement building in her. When the time came, Riley dove headfirst into the water and swam towards the plane. She could see perfectly in the algae green water, spotting small fish up to 25 feet away. As she swam down, the temperature drastically faded from 81 degrees at the surface to 52 degrees. She could feel her head throbbing and her lungs compressing from the extreme cold surrounding her. The feeling of shock was tiny compared to her wonder as she gazed at what was in front of her: a FHNTOday. com plane, the head of which was right below her. Check out to find a link to “I’ve always been interestmore information on scuba diving. ed in oceans and water,” Murphy said. “And being the adventurer that I am, I jumped at the chance whenever it was offered to me by my dad.” It was only natural for Murphy’s dad to get her into diving, as he is certified in recreational diving and in salvages. With Murphy certified, it gives the two something they can do together.

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“Because we can now share a sport,” Patrick Riley said. “We can’t play baseball together and we can’t play soccer together and I stink at basketball, so scuba diving gives us a chance to be together in a sport.” Murphy took her first water diver course this past summer. The classes took place on Saturdays and Sundays all day at a shop down on Main Street, and in a pool near Home Depot. Just recently she became a certified scuba diver. “It feels like I have the world at my feet,” Murphy said. “And I can do anything. I used to think about how difficult everything would be, but now I’m just excited for the experience.” Murphy has also included her friends in her hobby. Recently, sophomore Amanda Stallings had the opportunity to join her on a scuba diving trip. “Scuba diving with Murphy was really cool,” Stallings said. “It seems to be something she’s really passionate about. It was fun to see why she enjoys it so much.” When scuba diving, there are several pieces of equipment that are worn and used. Murphy is certified to go 60 feet deep using basic equipment such as a air tank, a regulator, a pressure gauge, among other items. She also has a logbook with her to record information from all the classes. In the future Murphy wants to continue this hobby. “I plan on taking a digital photography class,” Murphy said. “AWARE reef conservation, national geographic diver, wreck diver, deep diver [classes] so I can go to 130 feet down and [be an] underwater propulsion vehicle specialist.”


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Murphy Riley prepares to go scuba diving in Mermet Springs . Riley has currently been on four dives before this specific one. One of Riley’s favorite parts of scuba diving is preparing for the dive itself. (photo submitted)

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Riley attaches the octopus to the air tank that she will use in her fourth dive. The tank she is using holds 3000 psi. Riley has dived down to 500 psi in previous dives. Riley likes to dive deep into the water and look up towards the surface of the water. (photo submitted)

Students call Italy their home taylor bartram

This year at North there are four Italian students, 3 of whom are exchange students. Each of them is from a different part of Italy and did not know each other until they met at North. They have all come to America to learn new cultures and have new experiences. Each one has faced their own difficulties and obstacles while being in America.

Francesca Silini For senior Francesca Silini, every day in America has its barriers. Being from northern Italy near Milan, Francesca has struggles every day in trying to adapt to the new language. She has spoken English since she was 8-years-old, and developing her English was a major factor in her coming to the United States. “I wanted to come to the United States to improve my English and learn the culture,” Francesca said. Even though she hasn’t been here long, Francesca has already branched out of her comfort zone by joining the tennis team. “It’s been hard to meet new people because I can’t speak the language well, but everyone has been very friendly,” Francesca said. “My house mom and my neighbor have been my biggest support because they have helped me make friends.”

Isabella Lanzara For one of the Italian students it’s very similar every six months; junior Isabella Lanzara goes back and forth from Italy to the United States after each semester. “Its really hard making friends here because your schedule changes every year, but you meet a lot of people,” Isabella said. “It’s different in Italy because you’re pretty much always with the same 60 kids so the relationships are closer there.” Many of the differences in the cultures of the two countries are in their academic lifestyle. There are 20 different schools in Venice, Italy where Isabella lives while she is there. Each school is for a different subject like Math or Science and you can switch schools anytime. Each student in Italy must take a test though to make sure they qualify for the school. “Going to different types of schools from Italy to the United States has got me more open minded than most people,” Isabella said.

Alessia Ferrari Senior Alessia Ferrari, is a exchange student, from Parma, Italy. She has made a goal out of experiencing as much of American culture that she can. She wants to do many things like go to prom and travel across America. She also wants to develop her English which she has spoken since she was 9-years-old. “I came to the U.S. because I wanted to learn English and I just love it here in America,” Alessia said. Unlike the other exchange students, Alessia will be staying here for the full school year. Alessia has already gone canoeing on the Missouri River and traveled to Kansas City with her House Family. Her House Family has helped her meet knew people and helped her adjust to school life. “It has been hard making new friends but everyone is very friendly, I have just had difficulty with the language,” Alessia said.

Francesco Filipucci Senior Francesco Filipucci has also emigrated to America in order to develop his English speaking skills. Francesco is from Rome, Italy. However Francesco has been to America before for a family vacation, which has helped ease his transition. “I came here two years ago and I practiced my English then and I came back now to learn more,” Francesco said. Francesco will be here for the first semester of the school year, after which he will return to Rome. To help truly experience American culture, he has joined the Cross Country team, but there are many things he still wants to do before he leaves. “I’ve already went to the countryside with my family and had a lot of fun at their ranch,” Francesco said. “I just want to have a good time before I leave.” page by emily forst


Colorful Croc’s complete Malkmus’ closet sidney shelton

In late April 2007, Honors Chemistry and AP chemistry Donna Malkmus purchased her first pair of Crocs. It has been 1,216 days and she is still a dedicated Croc wearer. “The first time I had them on I decided to wear them every day,” Donna said. “I loved them because they were so comfortable.” In January of 2007 Donna walked into her specialist’s room to talk to him about the stress factor in her heel. While she was there she noticed that her specialist had on Crocs. “I thought they were just for gardening,” Donna said. When she saw the shoes she asked if she would be a proper match for her condition. “I was going to start having to wear inserts in my shoes,” Donna said. “He said that I would be a good candidate so actually it was because of my specialist that I started wearing Crocs.” Before Donna discovered Crocs, she wore penny loafers, tennis shoes and high heels. She now wears Crocs every day except for special occasions like church and the NHS induction. Currently Donna owns between 30 and 50 pairs of Crocs in a variety of different colors. “I really like my neon lime green ones, except I didn’t really have anything to wear them with,” Donna said. “But now I have my Powder Puff shirt.” When Donna started wearing Crocs

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every day, she had a feeling that her friends thought she had gone off the deep end. “People have started giving me little Croc key chains,” Donna said holding up her keys which are now home to a lime green Croc and a blue Croc. “Kyle Schikore’s mom gave me this one, and now I have a little Croc key chain collection.” Even with the cold months of winter approaching, Donna will continue to wear Crocs, exchanging her summer pairs for winter pairs. “They make fur lined Crocs and Crocs boots so that’s what I wear,” Donna said. Donna has been dedicated to Crocs and doesn’t see herself to stop wearing them in the future. “Probably not just because they are so comfortable, unless they stop making them” Donna said. “ I would cry and I would have to find something that my inserts could fit into, but it wouldn’t be the same.”


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After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti the AHBZ work to fill in Haiti’s cracks christy maupin


s a nation already struggling with poverty, Haiti was not prepared for an earthquake of the magnitude that struck Port-Au-Prince on Jan. 12. The earthquake caused the death of an estimated 200,000 Haitians and destroyed the homes of around 2,000,000 people, leaving the country shattered and broken. One of the many foundations that jumped at the opportunity to help rebuild Haiti was the AmericanHaitian Bon Zami (AHBZ), which translates to “The American-Haitian Friendship” from Creole. The AHBZ is an organization that allows volunteers to go first-hand into the epicenter of Haitian destruction and help repair the lives of the Haitian people. The co-presidents of the AHBZ are Carl and Carole Vorst. Theyss currently have 150 volunteers in Haiti. The three branches of outreach in Haiti of the AHBZ are the House of Hope, which is for orphaned girls; Patti’s School, which educates the orphans of the House of Hope; and the House of Hope Clinic, which is a basic medical treatment facility. Partnering with the AHBZ during early August, ten volunteers from St. Louis, including 2010 FHN graduate Thom Loeffler, were able to stay at the House of Hope. Loeffler, along with the other volunteers, had to sleep on the roof of the orphanage because there was not any room left in the shelter. While staying at the House of Hope, Loeffler helped with various projects such as providing food and clothing for each of the 27 orphans. He made trips to tent cities that were massive camp like areas of displaced people. “It was really sad meeting people in the tent cities that had nothing but a hand full of rice to feed their families,” Loeffler said. “I even heard of peo- For more information on volunteering for the American Haitian Bon Zami go to ple who didn’t have enough food that were forced and view this story for a link. to eat dirt. It’s sad that they starve while we can just go whenever we want to a McDonald’s. I learned that we take everything for granted. Here everything is so easy.” Another person helping repair the damage with AHBZ in Haiti is Paul Clark. Clark, who was once a volunteer and intern for the House of Hope, has permanently moved to Haiti in order to fill the new position of English and Sports teacher at Patti’s School. Patti’s School currently holds 90 children, who come from the House of Hope orphanage and the local tent cities. The AHBZ and its volunteers have done a lot to repair the broken lives of Haitians, but there are still more struggles to overcome. To help with the effort, Loeffler plans on volunteering again in January. “It was really sad to leave the girls,” Loeffler said. “It changed me a lot and I learned a lot about what it means to love and to give.”

A tent city boy begs for food from volunteers. (photo submitted)

Children from the House of Hope community, attend Patti’s School under the shade of a tree in Haiti. (photo submitted)

Tom Loeffler helps a young boy from local tent city during House of Hope clothing drive. (photo submitted)

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HAZ NNG HAZI G AND ITS EFFECTS ON OUR SCHOOL Activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group are defined as hazing. In the past, numerous clubs and sports teams at FHN have participated in activities that could be considered hazing. This month the North Star takes an indepth look at these rituals, and the effects they have on our school. (photo by lydia ness)

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According to the Alfred University Study, half of the high school students involved in clubs or groups report being hazed. 43% of these students are subjected to humiliating activities, and 30% performed potentially illegal acts as part of their initiation (lydia ness)

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HIGH GH SCHOOLS experts address the national issue of hazing in high school and the lack of a clear policy against it

hree senior basketball players from Carmel High School (IN) are being investigated by state officials after being accused of assaulting two freshmen players on the back of a school bus in January. Five juniors from Glenbrook North High School (IL) were hospitalized in May 2003 after a traditional hazing ritual where senior powderpuff players threw objects at junior players got out of hand. A sophomore from Trumbull High School (CT) was reportedly tied, slammed into a wall, locked in a gym locker, and sodomized with a plastic knife in February 2000 by up to eight members from the school’s wrestling team. According to experts, hazing is normally associated with pledges trying get into various fraternities and sororities, a tradition that dates back to the 1800s; but is not normally associated with high school, where it in fact exists heavily throughout the country in various clubs and sports teams. Replace the word ‘pledges’ with the word ‘freshmen’ and the two forms of hazing could be seen as identical. Both can be dangerous, both can be humiliating. Both are growing in numbers. Most of the hazing that happens in high schools happens out on the field. According to a study published by Alfred University in August 2000, an estimated 800,672 students involved in athletics are hazed across the country each year, more than the 558,767 students involved in a ‘peer group or gang’ are hazed. Many experts believe that hazing occurs most often in sports because the adults in charge often turn the other cheek, writing specific instances off as team bonding. “Too many coaches, athletic people, and directors think [hazing] is OK because they went through with it when they were younger,” retired University of Vermont Athletic Director Richard Farnham said. “But students tend to think about it in a different way. [They] feel that it makes a team stronger. Most students will say ‘if I go along with it, I’ll be accepted no problem.” However, despite what most people surrounding the situation say, experts insist that any form of hazing, even if intended to be harmless, is harmful to all of those involved. “Everyone [involved in hazing] gets hurt,” Professor of Sociology at Morris County Community College and hazing expert Richard Sigal said. “Defendants get hurt, they end up in court, victims get hurt, even coaches or teachers can.” At the state level, hazing has gained more recognition as a problem, currently there are 44 states with anti-hazing laws in place; however several state’s laws do not include anything related to high school hazing. Missouri’s statues do reference hazing, but only by first defining a ‘educational institution’ as ‘a public or private college or university’ chapter 578 section 360, leaving high schools completely out of the equation. Where they do address colleges, they state that ‘each educational institution in this state shall adopt a written policy prohibiting hazing by any organization operating under the sanction of the institution’ chapter 578 section 363. Leaving all of the power on how to handle cases up to specific schools. “Making a policy statement isn’t enough,” Farnham said. “You have to define what hazing is and how to handle cases, otherwise ‘zero-tolerance’ won’t mean anything.”

“Most students will say, ‘if I go along with it, I’ll be accepted no problem.” - Richard Farnham

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he Francis Howell School District introduced a new policy in August prohibiting any type of hazing of all district students. Though no incident in particular occurred to cause the addition, the policy was written to help end the developing atmosphere of hazing in the district. “We want the students to be in a safe and good environment,” Superintendent Pam Sloan said. “It is considered that hazing is a form of harassment, and there is no tolerance for that in school.” While the Code of Conduct doesn’t specifically site hazing as an offense, individual occurrences will be dealt on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the punishments currently outlined by the District. As one occurrence might merit a mere detention, another could result in as much as a Code of Conduct hearing. In the same way the District prevents harassment and bullying by making them offenses punishable by suspension or expulsion, they hope to prevent students from causing or being victims of threatening and traumatizing situations. “If a person gets caught participating in any activities such as hazing, it is a very serious matter,” Sloan said. “The punishment would be based on how severe the situation was to see what the outcome would be.” While the administration is aware that hazing is received in different ways by different people, they still try to think of the person who doesn’t have a positive experience after being hazed. The goal of the district is to make school a safe and productive environment for all students. “I think it works both ways; some students like hazing because they either think it’s funny or entertaining, while on the other hand you have the students who hate it,” Assistant Principal Jack Ameis said. “Schools should make the students feel safe and accepted, and hazing is the opposite. We don’t want to put the students in any risk.” However, the practice of hazing is seen, in some eyes, as more of a contemporary bonding exercise rather than an activity designed to humiliate and desecrate. According to Cross-Country Coach Brooke Roe, there are acceptable ways to partake in an act of hazing and without alienating new teammates. Roe feels that the new policy takes the coach’s ability to make the decision for the good of the team away. “I think that it should be left up to the coaches to decide whether to or not to do hazing,” Roe said. “I’m for hazing if it’s used as a positive way for the team to bond, but if it’s used as a negative degrading way, then I’m against it.”

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According to the AU study, 92% of high school students will not report a hazing.

Hazing does not happen in just on group of people both male and female students report high levels of hazing, and every kind of high school group has initiation activities that could be defined as hazing. (lydia ness)


hazing. “I think I’m missing out,” new ne fall evening during her Varsity Knightline member Brea freshman year, Katie Ste- Holmes said. “In previous years, panek was sitting, dressed when I was on JV, initiation was up, waiting to go out to eat with harmless and looked like fun. Now her parents. Stepanek knew what I am on Varsity and I do not get to was coming- her mom had acciden- partake.” tally let it slip a few days earlierHad it not been for the hazing but that still did not prepare her for ban, Holmes and Stepanek would the moment when a group of girls, be anticipating this year’s initiadressed in black, invaded her home. tion, which traditionally takes place The girls took Stepanek, pulled her around Homecoming. into a car and blindfolded her. This “I think it is kind of unfair to the was the night of Stepanek’s Varsity new people,” Stepanek said. “They Knightline initiation. were excited for the initiation. Now “My initiation was rethey feel like they do ally fun,” Stepanek said. “If the girls get not really have that “These girls come to your caught hazing, bonding experience.” door unexpectedly. It was Before past initiait’s out of my shocking.” tions, the Knightline After Stepanek was hands.” seniors called the “kidnapped,” she and parents of the girls the other new Knightline --Kelly Hewitt they kidnapped. The members were forced to seniors then only kiddress in crazy outfits. The Knight- napped the girls whose parents gave line seniors then took the new permission. Despite this stipulamembers to various places around tion, Knightline coach Kelly Hewitt St. Charles, such as Steak ’n Shake had to tell the girls that kidnapping and a bowling alley, where the girls would no longer be allowed. were forced to walk around in their “I was told through Mr. [Mike] strange clothes. Afterwards, the Janes from our new superintengirls had a slumber party at one dent,” Hewitt said. “If the girls Knightline member’s house. get caught hazing, it is out of my “This is a way of welcoming hands. There is not much I can do newbies to the team,” Stepanek for them.” said. “It is a great bonding experiHewitt says that when she told ence. You get to know everyone.” the girls initiation would no longer But this year, the Knightline be allowed, many were upset. members will not be able to bond “I do not consider what Knightthrough their initiation tradition. line does hazing,” Stepanek said. With the focus on the District’s no “As long as you are not harming hazing policy, several clubs and the new people, I do not consider it sports at North are banning any ac- wrong. I consider it initiating new tivity that resembles or is close to members to the team.” paige yungermann


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or the past 10-15 years, both Francis Howell and Howell North’s Hockey teams have participated in a tradition surrounding their annual ‘Gold Cup’ game. Each year, the freshmen players entering the program get their heads shaved in a tradition that is used by the players and coaches to pump up their respective teams. However, because of the fact that Hockey is not school sponsored, there has been speculation as to whether or not this tradition will be allowed due to the ‘zerotolerance’ policy against any form of hazing passed by the District over the summer. “I really don’t think it’s fair,” junior forward David Hitchcock said. “If they don’t want to

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sponsor us, then they shouldn’t be able to control us.” The District took steps to dispel some of that speculation on Sept. 18 in the first meeting with the three high school programs to discuss the disassociation of the two groups. It was established during the meeting that the idea of a possible separation was not strictly a reaction to the head shaving, but more of a cautionary measure by the District based on legal advice given. Coaches and parents were in attendance. “We had the hazing issue with Ice Hockey and Hockey is one of the biggest clubs out there,” Athletic Director Mike Janes said. “And we have so many parameters that go on. We do have a trophy case for them, they do participate in Black and Gold day, I think that was the rea-

son why [separation talks] were started there.” If the separation were to happen, some of the possible changes would include the removal of Hockey’s trophy case in the gym lobby, not being able to participate in Black and Gold Day and pep-assembly’s, and the omission of Hockey in the morning announcements. Currently, no action is being taken to officially separate the District from Hockey, but more meetings are expected to discuss the matter. As of press time, the dates of those meetings were unknown. “The hardest thing about it is these are still our students,” Janes said. “We care about these kids and we want them to be successful, but we can’t pick and choose when we are associated with them.”



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According to InsideHazing with Dr. Susan Lipkins, 67% of students believe that humiliation is a significant part of initiation, and 46% believe that the most important thing is to keep a code of silence about hazing situations. (lydia ness)

It is also likely that the District actions taken with the Hockey program will serve as a basis for all other non-sponsored high school sports in the future such as Roller-Hockey and Bowling. “It doesn’t bother me that much,” senior Bowler Scott Raver said. “The school doesn’t do that much about Bowling anyway, but I still think Hockey should be [included] because it is a bigger sport.” Even if the District does decide to separate themselves from Hockey, the team will still continue to play regardless of administration support. “I think it’s kind of stupid,” junior goalie Trevor Gorsuch. “Even though we’re not a school sanctioned sport- we’re a club sport- don’t see why we can’t announce that we have games over the intercom. We’ll have a hard time getting fans now.”

t was junior Austin Doeren’s freshman year. He had just joined the Swim team and was now in teammate Adam Rapert’s backyard under the scorching heat of the sun. Suddenly, he was forced to the ground while everyone around him held him down and laughed. The sound of a buzzing razor filled his ears; his hair suddenly blended with the grass. “That night I came out with a completely shaved head and horrible razor burns on both sides,” Doeren said. “Also, I even had this cut on the top of my head.” Being a part of the Varsity Swim team brought on a lot of responsibilities and the urge to gain respect from the upperclassman teammates. One normal team bonding meeting after school that consisted of a group dinner and a night at a member’s house left Doeren upset and humiliated. The embarrassment wasn’t left at the house that night; the feeling was brought into his school life, where Doeren was the butt of laughter, jokes and rude remarks. Doeren didn’t have the choice if he wanted to partake in this tradition or not. In fact, none of the freshman Swim members that year did. . Not only was Doeren upset but he was left with razor burn, cuts on his scalp and a freshly shaved head. The whole event made Doeren and his family furious. “I just didn’t understand what the point of it was,” Carolyn Doeren, Austin’s mom, said. “To me I thought it was something that was really unnecessary.” This tradition has been going on in Swim for nearly 5 years now. Every player has been told that the whole event is completely voluntary, but in some cases, this is not always the case. “The team bonding night, I got tackled down for the guys to shave my head,” Doeren said. “I don’t think that I really did have a choice in the matter.” Coach Steve Kelly has always made it clear that this type of bonding was to be voluntary, and to his knowledge, it always was. During this specific event, Kelly was not present. Events and situations like these have been the precedent for the new zero-tolerance policy, which aims to take the coach and player volunteering out of the equation. “Even though I have been accepting of this type of team bonding, I agree that this new rule should be enforced,” Kelly said. “Because a lot of times people just don’t know the limits. And you have to remember that each person has different tolerance levels, so it is just better to say no and follow this new rule.” It has been more than two years since Doeren’s traumatizing hazing event. In that time, he has been able to look at what happened to him in a new light, and develop a new view of the act of hazing as a team bonding tradition. “I feel that the new tolerance rule should be decided by the team not by people who actually don’t even play the sport and don’t get to see all of the background information,” Doeren said. “This is something that when you are an underclassman, you just have to endure the embarrassment and move on because eventually your respect will be gained.”

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HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN HAZING, OR BEEN HAZED YOURSELF? Alexis Christo, Girls Swimming: “I have been hazed myself.” Nathan Compton, Band: “Yes, I have been hazed.” Madison Eifert, Volleyball: “I participated in TP’ing the freshmen, but I also was TP’d myself.”

Drew Ortscheid, Hockey: “Freshman year I got my head shaved and I have

been shaving freshmen heads since I was a sophomore.” Erica Gittemeier, Cheerleading Coach: “In high school for cheerleading, I was taken out to breakfast, and dressed up wacky.”

HOW DO YOU THINK IT AFFECTS THE STUDENT BEING HAZED? AC: “We had a lot of fun hazing, so it brought us all together as a team.” NC: “If you look at it in an overall sense, it’s all in good fun. For me, I was

publicly embarrassed, but I knew it was all in good fun. So it didn’t affect me too much.” ME: “I think they feel included, like they are a part of something.” DO: “I think for some players it’s mixed emotions. Some feel they are being accepted by older players and others think it’s just making you look [stupid].” EG: “It really depends on the person, if it’s someone who understands and doesn’t care what people think, it would be fine. But for people who do care it could be embarrassing.”

WHAT ARE SOME POSITIVES OF HAZING? AC: “It was fun, it brought people together, and you got to know people who

According to the National Collaborative Hazing study, eight out of ten students who reported participating in activities defined as hazing, did not consider themselves to have been hazed. In reality, many hazing incidents occur in front of teachers and other adults. (lydia ness)

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weren’t in your own circle of friends.” NC: “It was a time for us to come together and bond as a group.” ME: ”It bonds a team so they are closer together, and it makes friendships on your team.” DO: “You get accepted into a group you can trust and count on.” EG: “I think that it is fun, and it increases team spirit and morale.”

WHAT ARE SOME NEGATIVES OF HAZING? AC: “Waking up at 3:30 in the morning was awful, and having to clean the

silly string off me and my room.” NC: “Negatives would be that it could embarrass the student a little too much.” ME: “You could get in trouble, and if they don’t like what you are doing, they won’t be as happy as you wished they would be.” DO: “You end up looking kind of goofy, and you’re bald.” EG: ”If its not organized and thought out it can get out of hand, and people’s feelings can be hurt.”

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TENNIS TACTICS The Varsity Girl’s Tennis Team talks how they get pumped and prepared for a match.

“We put on our visors and take a lap to warm up.” Senior Ellyn Yarde, #2 Varsity Singles

Senior Taylor Whiteside hands Danny Dilbur balloons before the Teacher Appreciation Game. Whitside chose Dilbur as having an impact on her high school experience. (brandon neer)

Appreciation: It’s the name of the game kevin beerman

Last Tue, Sept. 21, the Varsity Softball team hosted a Teacher Appreciation night to honor teachers whom the players have chosen as having a strong impact on their education experience. One such player, Barbi Bateman, sent her letter to English teacher Jani Wilkens “She is a really cool teacher and she is so good at teaching,” Bateman said. “We wanted a way to show teachers we appreciate them.” The idea came from Varsity coach Janelle Louis, who thought that there needed to be more of a connection between good students and good athletes. “Lewis thought that any type of athletic situation has student athletes, and she thought it would be nice for the girls to recognize the teachers that had an impact on the girls lives,” Head Coach Bob Donahue said. “When you tie athletics to education, it is a win-win.” The teachers were given t-shirts and will receive a program with the letters from the girls in them at the game. For many teachers, the appreciation has vindicated the hard work that they do. “It was a pleasant surprise,” Wilkens said. “I wish that more groups did it. It made me feel good about what I do.”

“I talk with my partner and psyche myself up about how good we are” Sophomore Julia Carney, #2 JV Doubles “I really like to listen to music and just get in the game” Sophomore Jasmine Wahlbrink, #2 JV Doubles

Stroke skills help swimmers reach state amanda cornett

Junior Patrick Fountain swims breaststroke in the meet against CBC on Sept. 9. (lydia ness)

34 SPORTS page by taylor bartram

Only eight weeks into the season, and junior Patrick Fountain and senior Nate Weiss have already qualified for State in two of their events. Fountain qualified for the 200 meter Individual Medley- which is two laps of each stroke in order from butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke and freestyle. Weiss qualified in the 200 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke. After accomplishing these feats, both Weiss and Fountain are excited. “I was pretty happy especially since it so early in the season,” Fountain said. For Weiss, the accomplishment came with no shock. “I wasn’t really too surprised when I got it,” Weiss said. “I was pretty confident.” Now that the team has two of its members going to State, it is putting focus into getting a relay to state. Right now the team is two seconds away from the State qualifying time and the coaches are

confident the team will meet the goal. Team has already accomplished a few of their major goals and the coaches think the team is off to a good start, but they are still working on improving their times and their technique. “I think it should continue to go well,” Kelly said. “We’ve been working hard but there is still harder work ahead.” Along with getting the relay to state the team is working on improving their endurance. Since the team is small in numbers the members have to swim more events, there is not much turn around time in between events. This is why it is essential to the team that they improve on their endurance. The coaches feel that the new members have more obstacles to overcome such as adjusting to the team. “They are having to adjust to all of the work they have to do,” Kelly said,” it is a big difference between recreational swimming and competitive swimming.”

Cheerleading: Meet the Captains What kind of captain were they voted as? 1. What is your favorite thing about cheerleading? 1. “I like the games and the competition.” Alex Little- “The Organizer”

1. “I like the games.”

Alysse Chowning- “The Enforcer” Senior Gus Thies and junior Mack Weaver stretches after a run from North to Laurel Park. The Knights are preparing for GACs and have been working hard to ensure that they do well. The coaches expect a lot out of them and hope for a win. (erin d’amico)

1. “I like stunting and showing up the other squads.”

GACs test individualized training

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With the majority of the season already behind them, boys Cross Country will be heading to GACs Oct. 14. With a smaller Varsity team than past years, the team has been working with more focus toward qualifying an individual runner for the GAC competitions before the exhibition at McNair Park that FHN will be hosting. “The big goal is always Districts, Sectionals and State,” coach Sean Fowler said. “As we get closer to GACs, District and State, we focus on speed work to lower [the runners’] times.” The team has been working on endurance, strength, distances, and times to prepare the runners for GACs which is the qualifying meet for more prestigious events. “[Coach Fowler] does more difficult workout and I feel he focuses more on the individual rather than the whole team,” senior Gus Thies said. “The individual focus is better because other sports focus on the whole team winning. In running since it’s more individual, it helps [you] grow to become better with yourself.” So far, the runners have been doing well due to the more individual training and have plans to do well in the upcoming meets. “One of my goals is to be under 18 minutes, which is a fairly good for a Varsity boy,” senior runner Craig Preuss said. “We’ve had a lot of hard work and the coach has been helping prepare us.”

Cori Bradley- “The Socialite/ Entertainer”

1. “I like performing for crowds. I like the mixture of dancing, tumbling and stunting.” Katie Zettwoch- “The Entertainer”

1. “I like the people on the squad.

Taylor Crittenden- “The Socialite”

Dedicated fans encourage Volleyball players sarah teson

When it comes to the cheering section at the girls Varsity Volleyball games, the fan base never falls below seven. These seven are students who take being a devoted fan to a whole new level. “We love cheering them on,” junior Luke Kemp said. “It seems like if we cheer louder, they do better.” Kemp and, along with six other friends, find it more than enjoyable to cheer at the games. They become so involved in the game that their cheers can be seen and heard from across the gym and easily shows their excitement. “I think us cheering for them brings a new level of motivation to the team,” junior Nick Pir-

rone stated. “It gives them another reason to look forward to the game.” Many of the girls can’t wait to see their fans at the game. They say they like the feeling they get when they look up to the stands and see people cheering for them. Starter Alex Oppenborn says that their intensity helps justify the hard work. “When [they] bowed to us, it was literally the best feeling I’ve ever gotten from fans cheering,” Oppenborn said. Due to the fact that the girls Volleyball team is undefeated in their conference play, these boys have a lot to continue cheering for. “The Volleyball team is full of glory,” Pirrone said. “Easily the best talent we have here at Francis Howell North.”

The JV and Freshman team, and fellow classmates, cheer on the Varsity Volleyball team as the Knights play for the game point. The crowd has helped them achieve their game record of 9-2. (erin d’amico)

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Small numbers mean tighter team jaxon nagel

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The Lady Knights Golf team started their season off with a gap in the team fabric after the team lost a coach and six players during the off season. However, this fresh start has led to new successes for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a lot closer,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Julia Brady said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The smaller team has a good impact.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;good impactâ&#x20AC;? has led to the Lady Knights ZLQQLQJVL[RIWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHYHQPDWFKHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing lights out,â&#x20AC;? senior Ashley Trautman said. %HFDXVHWKHWHDPLVVRVPDOOWKHĂ&#x20AC;YHJLUOVDUH able to bond with each other on a personal level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so small, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really easy for us to bond as a team,â&#x20AC;? Brady said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all very

supportive of each other,â&#x20AC;? The girls have already guaranteed themselves a 2nd place spot in Districts, and coach Matt Riffee believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because of the cooperative group of girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are all pretty team-oriented,â&#x20AC;? coach Matthew Riffee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They always put their team Ă&#x20AC;UVWÂľ While Riffee attributes the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success to the close team, but the Lady Knights attribute their success to their new coach. ´, GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ WKLQN KH¡V D IDFWRU >LQ RXU VXFFHVV@ EHFDXVH KH JLYHV XV WKH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH ZH need,â&#x20AC;? Brady said. The Lady Knights have only three matches left in their season, and they expect to win them.     ´:H GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ FDQÂľ VRSKRPRUH $VKOH\ %XWWHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGVDLG´$QGZHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VKRXOGÂľ



The fall sports season is in full swing. Here are a few of the games coming up.

girls golf Junior Danielle Meyer, sophomore Aurora Blanchard, juniors Hannah Miller and Brianna Schroer cheer for their freshman teammates during the meet at Forest Park. Even though the muddy weather was unexpected, the team still came together to support one another. ;OLY\UULYZĂ&#x201E;UKZP[TV[P]H[PUN[VZLL[OLPY[LHTTH[LZW\ZOPUNMVY[OLT[VKVIL[[LYsarah teson)

Team bonding reaches new level taylor bartram

The girls Cross Country team is experiencing a stronger team bonding experience than they ever have. During a race at Forest Park on Sept. 11, the Varsity runners surprised the freshmen by dressing up crazily and cheering them on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong [team bonding] probably the strongest itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been coaching,â&#x20AC;? coach Beth Phillips said.

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The Varsity team wanted to support the freshman while they were running so that the freshmen felt a sense of camaraderie and knew that their races were just as important to the Varsity runners in a Varsity race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes them feel more included because they know we care about their race too,â&#x20AC;? junior Danielle Meyer said. Hannah Miller, Brianna Schroer, and Meyer started dressing up last year after Sec-

tionals when Hannah Miller ran in her tutu. The coaches later asked her if she would wear her costumes as a mascot at the races. Since then, some of the other girls on the team have joined in on the costumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing a good job and feel they care about my race and it makes me go faster,â&#x20AC;? freshman Courtney Vishney said.


boys soccer 9/30

softball 10/1

football 10/4

Varsity girls Golf to play Fort Zumwalt East in a home game at 3:30 p.m. Varsity boys Soccer will be up against Troy in a home game at 6 p.m. Varsity Softball takes on Lafayette in a home game at 4:15 p.m. JV Football plays Wentzville in an away game at 6 p.m.

Past Homecoming Games VS. Northwest House Springs FHN 21 NHS 27

2007-2008 VS. Troy FHN 25 Troy 35

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New Homecoming Football tradition is born sam dulaney & taylor berra

Fans of country singer Kenny Chesney have heard the song before. Boys of Fall, moving music video and documentary dedicated to high school Football players, talks of what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to play high school Football. The roaring crowd, the smell of fresh cut grass, the feel of the uniform and the closeness of the huddle. When Kelley Hurrell, a football parent this year, heard the song, she felt that she had to share the feeling the video inspired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My thought was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How we could bring that feeling around Francis Howell North with all the future, present, and past players coming together at Homecoming?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Hurrell said. Hurrell presented it to Football coach, John Brune and Activities Director Mike Janes, both who approved it in the hopes of the tradition catching on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard it and it irritated me that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing,â&#x20AC;? senior Dan

Boschen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then I thought about it- If I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing, I ZRXOGEHĂ LSSLQJEXUJHUVHYHU\)ULGD\DQGQRWSOD\LQJXQGHUWKH lights.â&#x20AC;? The lyrics were enough to move Boschen to make the decision to play on the Football team after taking a break from the team last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it really brings together FHNTODAY. COM the fact that all the boys are com7RYLHZWKH%R\VRI)DOOYLGHRE\.HQQ\ ing back home to FHN on Home&KHVQH\FKHFNRXWWKLVVWRU\RQ )+1WRGD\FRPIRUDOLQN coming to be under the Friday Night Lights and to run back on WKDWĂ&#x20AC;HOGDJDLQZLWKWKDWURDURIWKHFURZGDQGWKHFKHHUOHDGHUVÂľ Hurrell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully it brings people together. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a celebration of the special bond.â&#x20AC;?

With a new year comes new challenges for the Knightline team olivia ong


As Varsity Knightline starts off their new season, senior captain Beth Hillis has noticed some major issues that the team has to work on before they can start their season full steam ahead. The most prevalent problem, according to Hillis, is synchronization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to work on synchronization and learning the steps faster and better,â&#x20AC;? Hillis said. One of the other team captains, Nita Stein, admits that though this year does not seem as good as last year, she feels that encouraging the girls to step it up and work as a team instead of individuals is the best way to improve.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like they have a lot to work on,â&#x20AC;? Stein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They need to step it up for Varsity.â&#x20AC;? The Varsity Knightline will be working hard as a team to prepare themselves for an upcoming competition that will be held later this year in Chicago. Stein feels that the new set of girls will have to step it up to be able to do well in the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team is great this year, and I think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have a variety of people in the team, but I feel that the new girls have a lot to work on,â&#x20AC;? Stein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also think that if we work really hard and not dance as individuals but as a synchronized team, then we will do good in competitions.â&#x20AC;?



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ENTERTAINMENT â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy Aâ&#x20AC;? aurora blanchard



Right before you pop a new CD into the stereo, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a few moments of mounting excitement. That mystery factor that comes along with listening to a new band. So naturally, before I listened to 5XQQHU 5XQQHU¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW VLQJOH â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Obvious,â&#x20AC;? I was anxious to hear some new material. Ten seconds into the song, I felt all of that mounting excitement crash back down into sad disappointment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard this song before. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard this

song before, and so has anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever listened to Boys like Girls, Cartel or virtually any other pop-rock boy band. Runner Runnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biography promises that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;SoCalâ&#x20AC;? band members create â&#x20AC;&#x153;One mighty soundâ&#x20AC;?, which sounds more like a montage of the same pop music weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hearing for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Obviousâ&#x20AC;? is your typical I-love-you-and-wantto-sing-it-to-you-over-andover-again song. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coveryour-ears horrible music, but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blast-in-the-car special by any means.

Their bio also claims that Runner Runner possesses â&#x20AC;&#x153;skillful song writing.â&#x20AC;? I have to disagree with this statement as well, due to the fact that in one song they sing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;loving you only gave me paper cutsâ&#x20AC;?. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those lines that sounds catchy with the music but once you stop and think about what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually saying, becomes pretty silly. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self titled debut album drops Dec. 7, and judgLQJE\WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRVLQJOHVLW isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be anything worth getting excited about.


With YouTube, Twitter and Facebook on the rise, it was only a matter of time before an entire show was dedicated to them and their contents. Enter, comedian Daniel Tosh. He hosts Tosh.0, a show that revolves around commenting on videos of stupid things that people do, airing tweets from fans that comment

on his show, and challenging his viewers to partake in activities for him to use on the show. Tosh.0 airs on Comedy Central, with a new episode every Wed night at 9:30. (YHU\ ZHHN 7RVK Ă&#x20AC;QGV D popular video that features someone doing something particularly funny and gives them their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;Web Redemptionâ&#x20AC;?a chance to give their side of

what is going on in the video and redeem themselves. The show has an interactive website, allowing fans to submit their videos, view tweets from viewers and read blog posts by Tosh. And with two seasons under his belt, Daniel Tosh has become a staple in the comedic taste of high schoolers. This is a great show for high school and college age people to watch. page by lindsey harms


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy Aâ&#x20AC;? simply put, easily deserves an A . It contains originality not seen in most romantic comedies. Most romantic comedies have a girl with low self-esteem whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I need a guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; then a guy shows up and sweeps her off her feet. The end. Those types of movies lose their punch after overuse of the same themes, insecure characters, and happy endings. Easy A however had and extremely irresistible tone. Emma Stone, plays Olive Penderghast, did a fantastic job of portraying a quick-witted high school girl. She makes Olive seem like a real person who anybody could relate to. Easy A contains large strokes of creativity, originality, and light-hearted humor. 7KLVPRYLHLVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ZRUWK giving a chance.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life As We Know Itâ&#x20AC;? paige yungermann


On Oct. 8, yet another romantic comedy/drama is coming to theatres. In Life as We Know It, Holly (played by Katherine Heigl) and Eric (played by Josh 'XKPDHO JRRQDKRUULEOHĂ&#x20AC;UVW date. Both are happy to be rid of each other when the night is over. But when their mutual friends die, Holly and Eric are shocked that their friends made them the mutual guardians of their daughter. The rest is horribly predictable. Countless other movies have been made with the same plot: a guy and a girl hate each other, then they are thrown together in unexpected circumstances. It does not take D PRYLH EXII WR Ă&#x20AC;JXUH RXW WKH ending. Overall, Life as We Know It does not seem worth the $10 to see it in theatres.


NORTH STAR TAKE: Hazing, Not a viable option


t always starts with good intentions. However juvenile, it may help to build relationships within the team. But it isn’t the only way. Many clubs around FHN have a form of initiation that helps build a bond among players, a form of initiation that helps create a line of respectdressing new recruits up in obnoxious costumes or shaving their heads. But in the community and across the country, it’s being looked at differently than it used to: less of a harmless activity and more a dangerous form of team bonding. While here at North the forms of hazing don’t reach the physical extremes that have drawn national attention, things aren’t, in any sense of the word, good. In recent years, the victims of hazing at North have expressed feelings of fear, self-deprivation and temporary animosity towards those whom have hazed them. The team bond that ensues these events develops out of a general respect that is rooted in fear and remorse. Not necessarily

the most fruitful of soils. The district’s new zero-tolerance policy has been created to address the discrepancies about when an activity is hazing and whether that is legal in high school, an area that is currently omitted from any Missouri statutes regarding hazing at the high school or college level. The new policy dictates that any form of physical or psychological initiation that forces a new team member to do something that they would not ordinarily do is wrong and will be forbidden in all school sponsored programs. This is a tremendous step forward for the district. If there is one place that a student should be able to feel safe, it is school. The atmosphere created by hazing fosters a general fear that can be, in even small and infantile forms, harmful and distracting. Hazing is harmful, and the type of bond that it

creates is only superficial. Where is it written that only Neanderthalic practices are the way that we can build a bridge of team bondage? Aren’t there more sophisticated and effective ways to create that team closeness that sports so desperately need? Couldn’t teammates try letting time work its course and let the bond develop that way? We need a less dangerous way to show our brother- and sister-hood. Team social gatherings outside of practice; the whole team pitching in to help put together food packages for children in Haiti; taking time out of practice to get to know about each other a little more- these are practical options. These are all things that can build sturdier friendships and inseparable teams. If we come up with ways to bond with each other as people that aren’t so dangerous, our relationships will grow stronger, as well as our character.

On behalf of the editorial staff

Freedom of speech isn’t an excuse for ignorant words kevin beerman

Kevin Beerman stresses that the word "retarded" needs to be eliminated from everyone's vocabulary. (kaitlyn williams)

42 OPINIONS page by abby west

While I am one to stress at the very highest degree the right of any person to exercise their freedom of speech, I have to put my fist down when it comes to the use of the word “retarded” at school. It has passed the phase of being a minute nuisance in the back corner of a classroom and become a problem that merits response. Where it originated, I will never know. Teenagers (as well as teachers) used to throw the term “gay” around in a derogatory sense (and they still do) but not as much as they do the r-word. And I never will understand that. Who ever said that it would be appropriate to use a term- that so negatively paints an unknow-

ing person- as an adjective to describe situations that hardly are as much of a problem that students make them out to be? Are there just no more words? Or is it that people are just past that point of laziness where looking up words that they are in obvious need of is a day-long chore? There is absolutely no reason for people to use the word that I am referring to. It makes you sound uneducated. Among other things. When will we see the end of the r-word? It won’t ever disappear from the world, but it can disappear from North. Let this mark the beginning of the end for the r-word here. I challenge you: you teachers, you students, you people, I challenge you to wipe the r-word from your vocabulary. It is filth. It is rude. Let it also be gone.

Religious freedom or common courtesy disputed over mosque amanda cornett

In 2010, plans for a mosque in New York City were proposed. The location- an old Burlington Coat Factory which was destroyed on September 11- is located two blocks away from Ground Zero. The Mosque is not the only building proposed to go up. A Greek Orthodox Church, which was also destroyed in the attacks, is requesting permission to rebuild. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we should be focusing our finances and efforts on approving plans and building new buildings. We should spend our money on building memorials to commemorate the ones who lost lives in the attack and in the rescue attempt. New York is a little behind on the rebuilding process on the World Trade Center construction and memorial. They should most definitely not be approving or considering plans for new buildings until the memorial has been completed or is close to completion. Honors for the victims and the heroes should be at the top of their priority list. There were many people who helped out on that tragic day and the days to follow. We as American citizens need to celebrate the people who faced that struggle; who did whatever they could to try and hold off the attack; who searched for and saved people. We need to unite together and commemorate those people. And a perfect way to do such is by building memorials and statues. That is what we should be spending our money on. Not new buildings that have nothing to do with that day or those people.

Jungermann Road will be closed at Highway 94 starting on Sept. 20 at 5 a.m. Jungermann road is expected to reopen across Highway 94 before Thanksgiving this year. (sarah teson)

New construction will pay off in the long run taylor berra

As a resident of St. Peters, I see first hand what the construction of highway 364 does to traffic and the time of commutes. In the beginning, the overpass of Harvester Road had a large impact on my day to day commute. Since I live off of Harvester Road, I had to find out-of-the-way alternate routes to get around the construc-

tion and reach local businesses. While in the past, I drove around groaning and morning about the inconvenience of my travels, I am now very glad that the construction is taking place. My travel time is already much less and the highway is so well laid out that it is an easy breeze to drive on. Last Tuesday, MoDot closed a section of Jungermann Road. While it will be closed for 8

weeks, alternate routes will be constructed to move around the construction. The closing is only a small part of the big plans for highway 364. Eventually this highway will become a freeway with no stop lights, extending all the way out to Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon. This means that it will be easier for drivers to travel around the entire county. That also means there will be an easier access to the multitude of page by adam rapert

businesses that will (and currently do) line 364. Yes, it most likely will take an extra 10 minutes to get to your destination today, but in the end, Highway 364 will become a 8-lane freeway providing shorter travel times, easier commutes, and an easier access to the variety of businesses along 364. Then, we will all be thankful for the more enjoyable and faster travels project.


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Junior Chelsey Damalas discusses the new rule allowing other Howell schools to use their cell phones during lunch and in the hallways. (nicole thompson)


Cell phone policy affects daily life at school Damalas voices her opinion on our cell phone policy chelsey damalas

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Editors: News Editor: Chelsey Damalas Features Editor: Abbey Grone Opinions Editor: Adam Rapert Publicity Editor: Taylor Berra Copy Editor: Kevin Beerman In-depth Editor: Elizabeth Diggs During passing period many people crowd and block the halls by just talking and standing around. People need to be courteous and stand out of the way for the people to walk by and get to classes on time. (nicole thompson)

Hallways are for walking not talking abby west






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