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Seeing Through the Blowing away misconceptions concerning medical marijuana By Caitlin Heenan Writer
Bloodshot eyes, rumbling tummy, uncontrollable laughter and twiddle-y thumbs are stereotypical characteristics of a high marijuana user. However, medical marijuana users do not experience the “high” of marijuana. They experience freedom from pain. Misconceptions about medical marijuana are common and politicians are working to fix those false ideas as well as regulate the distribution of true medical marijuana. On Feb. 19, House Bill 4271 was introduced by Mike Callton, a Michigan state representative, threatening the original medical marijuana law that Michigan voters accepted in 2008. One aspect of the original law that has been changed is where and how medical marijuana is distributed. “If someone does not have a legitimate reason to use marijuana, they should not use it,” junior Ivy Hitz said. “I do not care if people use marijuana as long as it does not affect me personally. Those people who really need medical marijuana should be able to use it” Someone with a medical marijuana card cannot go to any doctor, flash their card and roll a joint to get high. Medical marijuana comes in many different forms and cannot be obtained by just anyone with “too much stress.” “Drugs like marijuana ruin communities and laws should be enforced strictly,” sophomore Jacob Goodman said. “Adjusting the current law is great; it will help prevent irresponsible people who will use the marijuana for recreational purposes from easily obtaining their community-destroying drugs from outside sources like dealers.” The bill specifically states the only place to legally obtain marijuana, a provisioning center, is, “a commercial entity located in this state that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, or transports medical marihuana and sells, supplies, or dispenses medical marihuana to registered qualifying patients, directly or through the patient’s registered primary caregivers.” “This legislation is a step toward cleaning up the mess and allowing safe patient access,” Michigan State Representative Mike Callton said. “The more educated people become about this issue, the more they understand the pressing need before us.” Patients with diseases and disorders like chronic pain, nausea, glaucoma, seizure disorders, cancer, diabetes, muscle spasms, HIV and AIDS can use the medical marijuana, but must now see their physician to obtain it legally. “People who need a medical marijuana card like my grandma, who has MS, should have to see a specialist so they have a professional opinion about how the marijuana would affect them and their brain,” senior Tim Steinbach said. “Multiple Sclerosis affects the brain and causes muscle loss. Medical marijuana relieves pain from the muscle loss a lot faster than the every other day shot she uses as treatment.” Patients diagnosed with a disease in which marijuana could be a treatment send a collection of medical records to a physician for review. A certification appointment is scheduled and an application is filled out and given to the Michigan Department of Community Health along with photo ID and a $100 application fee. They then receive a medical marijuana card that is not necessarily treatment for any particular disease. The marijuana acts as a pain reliever like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. “Tylenol kills more people per year than marijuana does,” sophomore Tyler Kalanquin said. “Why are we spending more money fighting a medicine that is safer than current over-the-counter drugs? Putting restrictions on legal marijuana will make people more likely to use the black market and receive adulterated marijuana.” While controversy about medical marijuana already exists in politics, the medical field and in everyday society, the new bill raised important questions about he use of marijuana as a medicine. With monitoring from the medical field, medical marijuana will hopefully lose its misconceptions.
children in Michigan have medical marijuana cards according to The American Cultivator. Most are teenagers, but three of them have yet to reach double digits. All of those who are under 18 need two authorized physicians to recommend them for the treatment. Submitted by Mackenzie Figeroa Adam Tokarsky | Business Manager
March 26, 2012
Turning the page
Library in Need of Repair The Jack R. Winegarden Library is in need of major updates, including parking and added aisle space By Bailey Gauss Writer
As the door swings open to the inside of the Jack R. Winegarden library, junior Evan Dietz roams the packed aisles in search of a book. “I go to the library because I’m too cheap to buy books,” Dietz said. “I borrow books from the library because I can get the whole series and it is free.” Although it may be used by residents in the Fenton area, the library is in need of some major updates. According to THA Architects, the building itself is sound, but the interior needs to be renovated. Not only that, but the library is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, and therefore needs to fix the issues regarding the bathrooms, elevator, parking, checkout and aisle space between shelves. The repairs can be made, but just the basic level repairs will cost around $204,664. However, even with these improvements, the library still faces some serious problems. One problem is
inadequate storage space. The cost of an addition would be $1.5 million. Unfortunately, this addition would cause an intrusion on the neighboring properties, creating yet another problem. A new building would cost $5.25 million, but that would not get rid of the old building still taking up space and it would have to become something else. “I was unaware that the library was in this bad of shape,” Dietz said. “Now that I know about all of these problems I will donate to help next time I go there.” Even with these faults, the library still offers many services to card holders. “There is a variety of programs that the library can offer to the students,” senior librarian Christine Heron said. “We offer services like Freegal, which is a music download program where you get 3 free songs a week. There is also a teen novel selection in the basement and computer access to all students.” The library council board is holding a donation fund in order to raise money to help pay for the needed repairs. Even though the building is run and maintained by the city, the city can not provide the money for the fixes that need to be done.
Do you visit the Jack R. Winegarden Library?
Yes, I go to the library to read. I go through books really quickly and this is a way I can keep getting them.
Jacob Lange, 11
No, I don’t go to the Fenton Library. I have a kindle and it is more convenient. Right as I finish a book I can buy the next online and start it.
Julia Teatro, 10
LIZ MARTIN | ONLINE EDITOR
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freshmen in one of his World History and Geography class. Freshmen are at a higher risk of failing one or more classes than any other class.
Proposed summer camp hopes to help ease transition into high school By Spencer Baughman Writer
With 20 percent of the freshman class failing at least one class the first semester of their new high school careers, administrators and teachers began brainstorming ways to help more students succeed. The proposed solution to this problem is to create a “boot camp” for incoming freshmen to teach them about the basic demands of high school. During the day camp, which will run for three days during the summer, teachers will work with students on the skills they will need to succeed at a high school level. “A lot of the new students coming in never hit the ground running with their grades,” Principal Mark Suchowski said. “What we plan to do with this camp is to prepare new students for all the requirements that Fenton High School expects from them.” Current high school students feel this camp would have been beneficial had they been given the option. “There was a big change in difficulty from middle school work to high school work,” sophomore Joshua Tobias said. “High school showed me that I really need to focus on my schoolwork, more than I did in the past.” Although a date is not yet set, administrators and students are on board with the camp and teachers are following suit. “I want to show them the ropes of high school and basically give them a survival guide,” history teacher Shawn Lawrence said. “This whole camp should definitely boost their grades from where they are now.” Once this camp has a set date, Lawrence, mathematics teacher Abbey French and other teachers will try to teach the incoming freshman skills that they need in order to stay afloat once they make the transition from middle school to high school.
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26 March, 2013
Fenton Film series
The Fenton Film Series at the Community Center provides monthly entertainment with refreshments, local musicians, movies By Brad Dawson Writer
The sun slowly sets over the town of Fenton. Cars and people populate the streets, each headed to their own destination. For some, such as junior Thomas Pilarski, their destination is the Fenton Film Series at the Community Center. The film series, started by John Strayer and Patrick Perfit, occurs once a month. Every third Wednesday of each month. “I enjoy going to their movies,” Pilarski said. “I really like how the movies they show are not popular movies like those you see in theaters. They are a different style of movies that makes you think a little more. Some of them can be a little weird, but I like them nonetheless.” Strayer and Perfit show movies that are not typically seen in theaters, such as foreign films and documentaries. Alongside these are romantic comedies, dramas, inspirational stories and science fiction. Sometimes the movies are seasonal, such as the showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on Halloween, and Irving Berlin’s 1954 “White Christmas.” While watching a unique movie, moviegoers can enjoy refreshments free of charge from local businesses. Sponsors include The Fenton Wine and Brewery, The French Laundry, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches.
“Moviegoers become familiar with local business who sponsor the movies,” Strayer said. “Many of the sponsors attend the movies and are announced at every show. Sponsors also promote their businesses by providing free food and drink or giving out discount coupons and great door prizes.” “Our selection committee watches literally hundreds of movies when trying to find films that are right for the Fenton Film Series,” Strayer said. “We screen scores of movies through NetFlix and throughout the year we attend several film festivals, near and far, in search of great movies.” In addition, live music is preformed by local bands, alongside the occasional magician. Many members of the Fenton community arrive early to experience this prelude to the featured film. “The future of the film series will continue as long as people keep showing up,” Strayer said. “This is our third year of operation and we have had our largest crowds to date for the series.” The Fenton Film Series is an event that few other communities can claim. High quality music, great movies, and free concessions all united, Strayer and Perfit created an event that brings people closer to one another over popcorn.
Popping onto the screen next April 10: “Searching for Sugarman” May 8: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
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Engaged in the film. Fenton residents watch “The Vistor” at the Community Center on March 13. At each event, Refreshments are provided free of charge by local businesses such as Jimmy John’s and The French Laundry. Local musicians have a chance to perform before the movie airs.
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FEnton film series. The sign outside the Community Center displays what movie is playing for the film series on March 13. Movies are shown every third Wednesday of the month. Liz Martin | online editor
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4 March 26, 2013
Soldier-Girl Tell ’em
hile women currently make up 14 percent of active-duty military, they have historically been banned from direct combat through federal law and military policy. As the pentagon repealed the 1994 policy that banned women from combat, the military will now integrate women into 230,000 positions they were currently excluded from. This policy change has been met with cheers and criticisms as Pentagon officials and politicians debate the effectiveness this decision will have on the strength of the military. By Allie Howell opinion editor
Lifting the ban on women in combat will not make the military stronger There are very few movies where the woman wears the shining armor. Besides how obviously unflattering that would be, our society does not expect women to be the hero. This Hollywood theme has been reflected in actual events. In the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, three men gave their lives to save their girlfriends. While this is an incredible and selfless act, ask yourself this: Would you expect a woman to sacrifice herself for her boyfriend? This is the question that the military will now be forced to answer. As a society, are we truly prepared to view men and women as equals? Believing that male officers and generals will react the same to videos of female soldiers being tortured by Al Qaeda as they do to male soldiers is to deny human nature and the societal tendencies embedded into the male and female mind since childhood. Women consistently demand equality in every avenue, and while no one can deny that a woman has the capabilities to fly an airplane or decide on military strategy, very few women have the physical capabilities of a man. According to the “Weekly Standard,” the average woman has the physical capacity of a 50 year old male. The Marine Corps proved this theory by allowing two very fit women to enroll in the infantry school. Both washed out early in the process. Since the ban was lifted on women in combat, Pentagon leaders have already begun questioning the military’s high standards. Army General Martin Dempsey broached the subject of lowering standards to accommodate women during a Pentagon News Conference on Jan. 24 stating, if “a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service
to come back and explain…why is it that high? Does is it really have to be that high?” What General Dempsey fails to realize is that our high standards are what makes our military great. For example, the Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Ladin were the most fit and mentally equipped soldiers in the world. No other nation in the world, enemy or ally, is currently in the process of making its military weaker by lowing standards. The political mandate to integrate women into the military has already proved detrimental to standards at West Point. Ryan Smith, a Marine squad leader during a 2003 invasion of Iraq, detailed the horrific conditions he experienced while on duty in a Wall Street Journal article. He concluded by stating that while a woman is just as capable as a man of pulling a trigger the goal of our nation’s military should be to win wars. Having women with him during his tour in Iraq would have been humiliating, distracting and potentially traumatizing. The claim that
By Liz Martin ONLINE EDITOR
Women are already in combat and deserve recognition for their service Modern warfare is far different than the trench wars fought 70 years ago. It is not about thousands of soldiers wallowing in the mud on stiff, clearlydrawn, almost unchanging battle lines. Advances in technology have led to situations in which soldiers are not required to be at the scene in order to attack the enemy, and battles are scattered over a wide area. But when we think of soldiers, we often imagine them in situations where they are under constant attack on the front line of a battle. The sheer strength of body and will required to beat these conditions is still cited today as an argu-
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diversity is a strategic imperative as stated by former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen is completely false. In a literal context, no enemy military is going to instantly retreat at the sight of our now co-ed combat units. Most importantly, our most elite combat units should not be forced to bare the weight of this social experiment when all research and logic shows that the strength and effectiveness of our military will suffer.
ment for why women aren’t allowed into frontline combat. For some reason, saying a woman is physically not as strong as a man is means to bar them from these positions. However, today in Afghanistan, there are no obvious battle lines as in previous wars. The fighting is much more sporadic, battles spaced out randomly over a large area of land. Women who
#IBPROBS serve in other military positions that aren’t considered ‘front line,’ such as medics, are in just as much danger as soldiers who are on the ‘front line.’ Military women are often in just as much danger as male soldiers, but they do not receive near the recognition for their efforts. They are intelligence officers and they accompany infantry troops on missions. We should be recognizing the work that women are already doing, especially considering that these positions involve being in the line of fire just as much as men. Another argument against allowing women to take these combat positions is that it violates traditional gender norms and takes them away from their goals to raise a family one day, but this is 2013, not 1856. We as a society are past the idea that a woman’s purpose is to cook, clean, bear children, and spend her life taking care of her family from home. Women take high business positions, work as engineers, go out for a beer at the end of the day and still have families. We do not live in an age anymore where women have to do certain jobs because they have been deemed women’s work; we should be moving past this idea in our military as well. The assumption that a woman would be sacrificing beginning a family for the sake of her military career is not only sexist, but generally untrue. Many women are spending more time completing education and starting careers than they are worrying about starting to have children at the age of 22. One argument against allowing women in combat is that men are supposed to be the ones protecting women, and, in the heat of combat, they will be pressured to do stupid things to save the women in their units, as if it is their duty. Well, it is their duty. And not just because the soldier is a woman, but because she is a soldier. Sexism is not going to stop if we keep women segregated from men by not putting them in positions where they can be equals. It stops when we stop seeing as just a gender who is supposed to protect or be protected. Women are already serving in our military in dangerous positions alongside infantry soldiers, and we should not be acting like they do not deserve equal treatment.
Memorable dates in the expansion of women’s role in the military
1775-1783 During the American Revolution, women serve in the battlefield as nurses, water bearers and laundresses.
1908 The Navy Nurse Corps is established to bring Navy nurses together who had previously been working in the navy unofficially.
The Hospital Ship USS Sanctuary is the first Naval vessel to sail with a co-ed crew in
1974 An Army woman becomes the first military helicopter pilot.
The first woman is promoted to threestar rank.
March 26, 2013
After six years as an IB World School, the debate continues about this program in the Hot Lines, at parent advisory meetings, between students. By Allie Howell opinion Editor
The IB DP program prevents many students from receiving an all ecompassing education The International Baccalaureate Program claims to have the goal of producing caring young people through intercultural understanding and respect. While this is a noble mission, it is unfair to make this the sole mission of a public high school. With more than 4,449 colleges and universities in the United States and about 340 million jobs, the IB Program and only the IB Program is not the best option for all students. Recently at the junior class meeting, Principal Mark Suchowski told a story about an advanced composition class that used to be taught at the high school. I could not help but feel slightly disappointed that this class was not available to me. For students interested in pursuing a career involv-
Student Perspectives “IB is one of the greatest things to happen to me. Give it time and you find yourself becoming the learner profiles you see hanging on the walls.” -Junior Alexis Isaac, full IB student
“IB [SL] credits are largely not automatically accepted for credit in the Eastern part of America, so in order to get college credit, IB students have to go to colleges in the south or west.” -Junior Sam Snowaert, full IB student
ing literature and composition there are very few options available. Every year, I have trouble filling my schedule with relevant classes to my career interests simply because there are not any left as the school has made a commitment to provide IB Diploma courses. While IB courses may benefit some students, making them the main priority of the school takes away resources from students with other interests. Even more frustrating was the removal of every AP class that had an IB equivalent. While I have enjoyed my IB English class, I would not nominate the program to be particularly better than any of the AP classes I have taken, and AP courses provide the same rigor at a more reasonable price. Sophomore year when we had a meeting for students interested in taking IB classes, students were told that IB and AP were both good programs. Why should an equally good program be removed to make room for another? With the wide variety of colleges and careers Fenton students can pursue, the school should focus on providing the best possible program in each subject area. For example, if AP provides a better Biology class then it
should be offered instead of the IB course. An article on the washingtonpost.com follows the debate between experts over AP and IB classes on the site’s Admission 101 page. Overall, experts in education could not agree over which was a superior program. The article concluded by acknowledging that each kid is different. With 300 students in each grade at Fenton, the IB program is obviously not what is best for all of them. And considering the low enrollment in some IB classes, it can be asserted that the IB program is not even best for the majority of students. The majority of the student body should not have to suffer for the benefit of cohort three and four. While budget constraints make it difficult to supply all students with their ideal course requests, the IB program is not the best investment out there. The administration should take some advice from the IB program’s mission of diversity. Our school should work to have a more diverse variety of course options instead of supporting small, exclusive types of classes.
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6 March 26, 2013 Talking The Talk 83 percent of kids are afraid to ask their parents about sex according to the American Sexual Health Association.
1. Pick a time and place when and where everyone is comfortable, private and not rushed. 2. Set the tone: be respectful, polite, truthful and direct. 3. Choose your approach. Bring up a movie you saw or something you heard to break the ice. 4. Listen to the advice you are being given. Gathered from a report by the American Sexual Health Association
Extreme Cooties • 65% of students will have had sex by senior year • 15-24 year olds have nearly half of all STIs, despite representing only one quarter of the sexually active population • Teens aged 15-19 account for 40% of all chlamydia cases • By age 25, more than 9 million youth will have contracted one or more sexually transmitted infection(s) Gathered from a report by the American Sexual Health Association
Staying Safe The birds & the bees
Outcome of recent rape case in Stubenville, Ohio, emphasizes the importance of making educated decisions while vacationing, at prom
Under Pressure While the “Just Say No” idea may be good in theory, in the heat of the moment it may be difficult. Having a close-knit group of friends who share the same views and values can be a supportive way to avoid the pressures that the media and high school sensationalize.
By Amy Rooker EDITOR IN CHIEf
As the time until spring break and prom lessens, so often can inhibitions. The party atmosphere found on the beaches of St. Petersburg or Panama City or dancing the night away often influences students to make poor choices. When alcohol is added into the mix, teens’ judgement can become even more clouded. The monumental consequences of destructive actions recently gained media attention with the Stubenville rape case. On March 17, two teens from Stubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping a drunk 16 year-old girl at a string of “End-of-Summer” parties in August 2012. The two boys, formerly football stars, will now both be registered sexual offenders and will serve time in a juvenile correctional facility. The ramifications of misinformed and misguided decisions have destructive potential at any time of year. Stubenville reminds students that their actions under the hot sun in Florida or the bright lights on the dance floor have life-altering potential. The rape convictions represent severe ramifications, but the risks of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very real.
Clinical Approach Teens may be embarrassed at the thought of stepping foot into a Planned Parenthood Health Center. However, if one can get over the stigma, there are variety of services available.
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Baby Billions The high cost of teen pregnancy is paid by more than just the young parents. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reported that between 1991 and 2008, teen births in Michigan cost taxpayers a total of $7.6 billion.
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Midnight in Paris Rules
The dance rules established for Sadie’s will remain in place for prom. Permission slips will be distributed at parent teacher conferences and also be available in the office. Parents and students must sign the contract before they purchase a ticket. Students will be given wristbands upon entrance to the dance. After the first warning of inappropriate dancing, the offenders wristband will be cut off; upon the second offense, the student will be asked to leave.
Decorations in the banquet hall will contribute to the theme “Midnight in Paris.” Hand-drawn murals of city scenes will hang on the walls, created by parent and illustrator Lorie Gavulic. The prom committee chose dark blue and silver as the main colors and will accept donations of blue lights, blue wine bottles and hard candy until May 4.
committee will review what is age-appropriate music, but no specific play-list will be given.
Menu Teaming up with Epoch Catering, Genesys will provide food to the guests. The main course is a chicken and vegetable dish, but a vegetarian option will also be available.
The music will be provided by Nick at Night, who is booked for more than 40 proms a year. This DJ has experience performing for high school students and will play “radio edited versions” of songs. The administration and prom
Students will not have access to the athletic facilities on site. Instead, the event will be held in the banquet room where a photo booth and a candy buffet with a variety of hard candies will be available.
Lobby and Entrance. The lobby outside of the Banquet hall will be home to the check in table where students must show their tickets to be admitted into the dance.
Photo Submitted By Lorie Gavulic
Illustration By Adam Tokarsky | Business Manager
Prom features a new location, new rules and new expectations
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Dark Blue and Silver. The above photo is a sample of the centerpieces that will contribute to the navy blue and silver color scheme.
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Location. Prom will be held at Genesys Conference and Banquet Center, as opposed to last year’s location, the Lyon Oaks Country Club in Wixom. The last time Genesys hosted the Fenton prom was in 2009. The 10,000 sq./ft. ballroom will house approximately 400 students on May 4.
Decorations. Above is a photo from a prom hosted by Genesys Conference and Banquet Center. Although the theme will be different, the set up will be similar.
Dinner and tickets. Genesys is teaming up with Epoch Catering to provide dinner. A chicken and vegetable dinner will be served to the guests and a vegetarian option will be available upon request. Tickets cost $50 and will be on sale at lunch during the month of April.
8 March 26, 2013
Lights, camera, action
Earlier in the Morning A behind-the-scenes look into Video Productions
By Torrey Christopher News Editor
“Quiet on the set!” producer of the “Early in the Morning” newscast, Megan Piacentini says as she counts down from five and the camera starts rolling. The production of the newscast is officially underway. “Once we are set up, filming takes up the entire class period,” Piacentini said. “When the anchors are in position with their microphones on, we do a quick sound check and begin filming. Every newscast we are under tremendous pressure to finish before the bell.” This is the first year for the “Early in the Morning” newscast which has an entirely different staff than the already familiar “FHS News.” This program films in the black box while “Early in the Morning” is filmed on the stage in the auditorium. “Early in the Morning” produces closers while “FHS News” produces openers. Both are directed by video productions teacher Rich Ashley in cooperation with two producers from each class. “We decided to have two newscasts when we realized that SRT only had one travel and we could fit it in without interrupting that,” Video Productions teacher Rich Ashley said. “I think it’s great for the school and people are receptive to it, but it is more work because we have to create a performance every week.” The newscast requires constant brainstorming. After a newscast airs, the class begins generating new ideas for the next one. Once they have agreed on the idea and have approval from Ashley, they assign a closer/ opener producer and begin filming. The next order of business is who will be anchoring. There are four anchors in the “Early in the Morning” newscast and four in “FHS News.”
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lining up. Senior Alex Branoff, along with junior Torrey Christopher, runs through their lines right before filming. The pair have only one class to rehearse before recording.
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getting it going. Juniors Alexis Perrera and Matt Cubr prepare for the filming of the newscast minutes before cameras start rolling. Cubr mans the camera while Perrera runs the teleprompter.
“There is a lot of patience as well as concentration needed during filming when it comes to anchoring,” senior Alex Branoff said. “It is important to stay loose and have fun, too. Reading the teleprompter was was difficult at first, but after a few years of experience it gets easier.” Anchors and other members of the newscast work together to write out a script for filming. After it is editied, it must be approved by Suchowski. “I help write the script for the anchors in the newscast,” senior Beckett Kartsounes said. “We take important announcements from the B-Day bulletin and incorporate them into a summary.” After script-writing comes filimg. Once filming is over, the editing process begins. “Editing requires hard work,” junior Anthony Skipper said. “It starts out piecing all the clips together and then we add in graphics. We use the programs Final Cut Pro and Motion.” The Advanced Video Productions courses require time outside of school. The teams come up with ideas and write the scripts during the week before the newscast airs, but the actual production process begins on Mondays. The students are required to get four to six after-school hours during a two week period in order to maintain an A in the class. “Most of the work for video is done during SRT and on Wednesday nights,” junior Allie Howell said. “We do most of our filming of other students in SRT and then edit after school on Wednesdays. Basically we stay at school until the newscast is done- which can take until 8 p.m.”
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Remembering a Friend
Following an 18 month battle with Leukemia, senior Jesse Hourigan passed away on March 6. Hourigan participated in baseball, wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts. By Autumn Beltinck guest writer
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still smiling. Although Hourigan could not participate in any of his favorite sports and was confined to a wheelchair, he kept an optomistic attitude about it. He smiled just like he always did when he was crowned homecoming king.
This is not goodbye; we will see you in the blink of an eye Jesse Scott Hourigan. Jesse’s heart was as big as his smile. He loved to laugh and joke around. He loved his movies, his music and his books, but most of all, he loved his family. We lost a special member of the Fenton family with Jesse’s passing. We will all miss seeing his huge smile. Jesse never missed a beat and never passed up an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. No matter how sick Jesse was, he was always ready to move on to the next thing. With all the smiles, laughter and memories that Jesse has shown us, there is no doubt that he will always live
on in our smiles, in our laughter and in our memories. Jesse was only here for a moment, but he touched so many hearts and changed so many lives with just the story of his journey. To be touched by Jesse you didn’t have to know him, only know of him. He had a strong impact on everyone who saw and heard him. Whenever I was around Jesse, I felt at home. Jesse made me grow as an individual and helped me realize how important friendship is. He always told me not to blink too quickly and miss out on things in life, because he did. I learned to cherish the time I spent with people I loved- Jesse being one of them. Number 45 will always survive in our hearts. I don’t need a banner in the hallway to reassure myself of that.
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YouTube channels provide creative outlets for aspiring entertainers Most popular video: $5 to $50 By KyletheDeceiver 161 views 41 subscribers
hE’S GOT THE MAGIC. Freshman Kyle St. Charles updates his YouTube channel frequently with new magic and card tricks he learns. St. Charles often dresses professionally for his in-person performances and goes by his stage name ‘Kyle The Deceiver.’
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Harlem Shake Fenton Edition
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By Liv Dimmer Arts & Features editor
Armed with eclectic costumes, a popular techno rhythm and their own unique dancing skills, seniors Alex Branoff, Alec Anderson, Christian Cryer and juniors Kyle Buchanan and Adam Fulton set out on a spontaneous late-night expedition to make their own “Harlem Shake” video, an internet fad consisting of strategically flailing one’s arms to the beat of “Harlem Shake” by Baauer. This was the group’s first YouTube video, published under Anderson’s channel. “We were all bored and hanging out and decided to make one,” Anderson said. “We did it because it was the newest video craze.” Although this group’s video was made out of boredom, many other YouTubers frequently use their channels to showcase their talents or comedic skills. Freshman Kyle St. Charles has posted 11 videos on his channel so far demonstrating his knack for magic. St. Charles learned all of his tricks from various magic books and from watching his favorite magicians. Before he posts these videos, he usually tests out his new tricks on his friends and family. “I do all kinds of magic, especially card tricks. My favorite is ‘Here Then There’ by David Blaine,” St. Charles said. “I look on YouTube for
other magicians and learn their tricks and I have DVD’s too.” Eventually, when a YouTube channel generates enough views, the creator of the videos gets a share of the profit that Google makes from the advertising. Even though it is only pennies a day, senior Beckett Kartsounes receives profit from his video making. “I made my channel in 2008, ” Kartsounes said. “My videos are edited clips of funny, random things I find elsewhere on the Internet.” Kartsounes draws inspiration from animators like OneyNG and Harry Partridge and comedians like McGoiter. For aspiring YouTubers, Kartsounes recommends caring about the viewers and keeping modest when first starting out. He says the combination of these two traits can make a YouTube channel successful. Kartsounes has uploaded a total of 57 videos. “On my YouTube channel I do ‘Random Photo Fridays,’ it’s like a slideshow of funny pictures,” freshman Emily Kinser said. “Another one of my videos is about how we dared my uncle to drink soy sauce, I think it would be really cool if it went viral. I used to use my channel a lot more than I do now, but I still like looking at all my old videos. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other people all over the country and the world.”
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Chocolate cravings result of magnesium deficiency in the brain, especially in athletes By Cassidy Rourke Sports Editor
Chocolate: a bittersweet love affair. Whether athletes are enjoying it after a long and strenuous workout or just out of the blue, the cravings they get for it may actually mean something. Normally, athletes may start to experience chocolate cravings after a few days of hard workouts. Some may try to fight the cravings, because they believe chocolate is fattening and could cause someone to crash an hour or so after eating it. The good thing is, chocolate is not as fattening as one may
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From Starter to Benchwarmer
Cross-training sports or playing one sport all the time is a leading cause to many sports injuries By Jillian Andrada Writer
During the spring of 2012, freshman Taylor Haaraoja tore her ACL, making her unable to train for her first year of high school soccer. “I tore my Anterior Cruciate Ligament playing in a soccer game,” freshman Taylor Haaraoja said. “I got ACL reconstructive surgery and did physical therapy. My recovery time was about a year.” According to Dawn Comstock, PhD, in “Training and Conditioning,” on average, athletes are more likely to suffer ACL injuries during a game than at practice. “Before my injury, I planned on playing on an extra team that would travel around the country, but I couldn’t,” Haaraoja said. “After rehab, I went back to soccer and played for two teams to prepare for high school soccer.” Girls are eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than boys when playing similar sports. ACL injuries can tear an athlete apart from his or her hobby, but so can breaking a bone.
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New Faces. Assistant football coach and recently hired boys track coach Anthony McMillan works with one of his runners during uniform distribution.
Freshman Christopher Gilbert wants to play basketball for the rest of his high school career, and breaking his wrist was not part of the plan. “I broke my ulna and radius playing basketball,” Gilbert said. “I fell backwards and caught myself.” An injury does not only affect an athlete physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Being unable to participate in a sport, an athlete is more likely to feel like they are missing out. “I felt nervous knowing things would never be the same,” Haaraoja said. “I felt disappointed that I would have to wait a year until I could return back to soccer.” A lesson comes along with recovering from an injury. A different perspective will be shown when being seriously injured and trying to recover. “Breaking my wrist showed me that I want to work harder and train harder to become a better athlete,” Gilbert said. “I had six weeks of recovery, and I learned that I need to come back next year and be even better than I was before the injury.”
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(Above) bACK IN aCTION. Although he had an injured wrist, freshman Chris Gilbert was still able to play in games towards the end of the season. Most athletes, like Gilbert, who injure their wrists use athletic tape to help them play through the recovery process.
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As spring approaches the familiar sounds of softball practice begin and the shot of a starting gun at a track meet can be heard throughout campus. This year, however, those sounds will be heard by different ears. Both the varsity softball team and the boys track and field team will have new coaches this season. Currently a fourth grade teacher at State Road Elementary, Stefanie Roberts was hired as the new varsity softball coach. She played softball at Fenton High for coach Dave Lazar who was inducted into the FHS Athletic Hall of Fame for leading his team to multiple state tournaments. Roberts previously coached junior varsity softball for Sherman Middle school in Holly. “One thing I will stress this year will be goal setting,” Roberts said. “Seeing kids working toward achieving their goals and building relationships with them is extremely rewarding.” Even though softball season has just begun, some of the varsity team members are already taking notice of Roberts’ friendliness. “She is incredibly nice,” senior softball player Marina Cleis said. “She is really intense during practice but is cool because she can relate to you on a personal level.” The other new coach this year is a familiar face as he is also the head coach of the junior varsity football team. Being both the track and junior varsity football coach, Anthony McMillan is now coaching some of his former football players on the track team. “I love the fact that he is funny and builds a deep personal connection with you,” varsity football player and track runner Jacob Keesee said. “Having had him as a coach before so I know what to look for from him. I know the hard work he puts us through will pay off.” Although he has experience coaching, McMillan, also known as T-Mac, has never been a head coach at the varsity level. “Right now is a very exciting time for me; this is my first varsity head coach position,” McMillan said. “This season for track I hope to get good workouts out of the athletes but at the same time try to make track enjoyable on a daily basis.”
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