Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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Above: Drama Club students cheer and laugh as new members are recruited. Director Tom Willmorth held auditions for the first play on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Top Left: Senior Talbot Vaterlaus signs Sophomore Amanda Waggoner up for Student Counsel. Paul Rush is Stud. Co.’s advisor for the third consecutive year. Bottom Left: Cole Vevig poses as the rugby poster in hopes of bringing players to the new girls rugby team.
Club Rush takes over Eagle Square Jesseca Pattee Opinion editor
On Sept. 10, students rushed to Eagle Square at lunch to sign up for clubs that benefit the school, teachers, students, and the community. Ranging from DECA to Writer’s Guild, there was a group for everyone’s liking. New clubs have
formed this year, including “I Love Harry Potter” and Poster Club. Many clubs are advised by teachers who give students the chance to be in charge of organizing meetings and special events like fundraising and community service. Administrators and teachers are also actively
involved in clubs. “It was wonderful to see all the clubs and students, seeing what club fits them the best. There’s lots of energy out here,” said counselor Nick Ciaccio, Bowling Club Advisor. Congratulating the newcomers was only half the fun of being out in the sun. Wearing a purple
New members attracted with music, laughing, and cheer plaid jacket, top hat, and sporting a cane, senior Joshua Bromund said, “Every time someone signs up we scream and clap!” The idea of the Harry Potter theme club came up in June, courtesy of junior Bradley Heusinkveld. Students agreed with junior Ernest Theiss’s
reason for joining when he said, “I don’t know, it’s just cool!” The club is for Harry Potter fans to unite, whether you read the books or wait to watch the movies. Poster Club is a “club for clubs”. They make posters for other clubs, saving time for them. Ceramics teacher Margaret
Stevens is supplying all the materials. Founder sophomore Alexandra Todd needed to gather a certain number of signatures from students supporting the concept before getting approval from Student Council. Todd was at Club Rush getting her petition signed.
New Eagles take on Capital challenge
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New vice principal, Brien Walker (left) embarks on his first day as an Eagle on Oct. 5. Replacing Lon McCurdy, Formerly of North Junior High, new vice principal Nate Dennis (right) joined Capital on Aug 31.
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Two new administrators have arrived to fill positions that have opened in the front office. Gerald Bell stepped down as vice principal on Oct. 5 to be principal at Collister Elementary. Replacing Bell is Brian Walker, who was vice principal at East Jr. High. “I have heard excellent things about Capital. It’s a unique school,” said Walker. He already knows about not stepping on the eagle in front of the counseling office. “The students here have a lot of pride in their school,” he said. Walker has been in the educational field for thirteen years.
Nate Dennis, from North Jr. High, was introduced on Sept. 2 to the sophomores in the auditorium. Students shouted enthusiastically when Dennis was pointed out.
“I have heard excellent things about Capital. It’s a unique school.”
Dennis, formerly vice principal of North Jr. High, was moved to Capital to replace Lon McCurdy who retired in June. He misses the great, helpful people and good students at North. But does he like his job? “I love my job, love it. It’s great to be around
older, mature students,” said Dennis. Teri Thaemert, North Jr. High principal said, “Mr. Dennis loves working with students - especially students who struggle. He is a great student advocate, has high expectations for student behavior, and is supportive of teachers. He is remembered as a great guy. We’re happy for him that he has a new position, but we do miss him. Mr. Dennis is fun to work with. Capital is lucky to have him,” Capital is not new to Dennis as he enters the school. He’s familiar with Capital, as the former Varsity basketball coach from 1999-2003. He is expecting great things from us.
Capital High School teacher Cindy Currie, who worked with Dennis for two years at North, said Dennis is a “nice guy.” Dennis seems to be an enjoyable person to work with. “He’s doing a great job,” said Marie
“He is a great student advocate, has high expectations for student behavior, and is supportive of teachers.”
Head, Capital’s Head Secretary. English teacher Dianne Ruxton said, He’s great, he’s young, he’s hip, and he’s willing to learn his way around the school.”
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
New country; new impressions Nimpath Limruangvutikul
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American Favorites: The people. Goals for coming to America: The culture and English. Deciding factors in coming to America: I wanted to travel to a foreign country. Similarities and differences from country of origin: The people here are very nice, but they aren’t much different.
Someren, Netherlands American Favorites: The people are nice and school is more fun. Goals for coming to America: About the culture and the language. Deciding factors in coming to America: I thought it would be fun. Similarities and differences from country of origin: The people here are friendly, but they’re not that different.
American Favorites: The high school, and the stores. Goals for coming to America: Learn English. Deciding factors in coming to America: I always wanted to travel to another country. Similarities and differences from country of origin: People here are more open and friendly and people in Germany they are more private.
American Favorites: The schools. Goals for coming to America: English and culture. Deciding factors in coming to America: I wanted to meet new people and get a new prospective on different cultures. Similarities and differences from country of origin: Everyone here is friendly, but in Italy we have more physical contact.
American Favorites: The schools and downtown Boise, but I don’t like the food. Goals for coming to America: The language and culture. Deciding factors in coming to America: I wanted to study other cultures. Similarities and differences from country of origin: The people are very different, when we greet each other in Italy we kiss on the cheek, but here they wave and say hi.
Students balance school and work After school jobs provide students with real life experience
Athena Hanna Staff writer
Taking on responsibility at a young age with after school jobs can be difficult and, at the same time, enjoyable. “It’s really hard to get homework done, especially going straight from school to work,”
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said junior Megan Willis who works as a lifeguard at the YMCA. She enjoys working with others and having a flexible schedule. “The best part about my job is saving lives,” said Willis. “I enjoy working at Edwards and getting free movies,” senior Andrew
Kelley said. “Not only participating in football but also working, has showed me responsibility and leadership.” “My job is more exciting than others,” senior Tyler Bunderson said. He works every Saturday refereeing Optimist football. He has gained knowledge being a referee. “I like working
with other younger kids,” Bunderson said. He is saving the money he earns for college. “Refereeing soccer can be hard to balance with school and Capital soccer,” senior Lauren Tiernan said. She referees Optimist soccer. Being an experienced soccer player, she uses her skills
to help kids play with confidence. “Having a job can be fun, but also stressful,” senior Kenny Weathers said. He enjoys the benefits that Finish Line has to offer for employees, such as getting discounts. He enjoys helping customers and knowing about store merchandise.
“Be all you can be in helping customers,” said Weathers in regard to customer service. These students said having a job in high school has changed their lives and has made them more independent, responsible, and is helping them prepare for life after high school.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A week to remember
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 This floral dress serves as a skirt in this outfit, accompanied by a shirt sweater. The sweater was cut into the desired neck line, and a belt was added to enhance shape and color.
“ Fa s h i o n i s n o t something that exists in dresses only. fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”
“create your own visual style...let it be unique and yet identifiable for others.” -orson welles
Fashion is simply a way of expressing yourself everywhere you go. Remember to always have fun with your look, bring out your style, and wear it with confidence!
This flowery headpiece is easy to make, and a fun accessory to amp up any outfit. It completely changes a look, and can be used with a variety of styles.
Fashion is all about having a personal style and showing it in the best way possible. This column is not about telling you how to dress, but rather inspiring you to embrace that style. laurel wright
A simple dress can be given a whole new appearance with a pair of colorful boots and an eccentric scarf. Also, these items can be used throughout the entire year with a variety of outfits.
Individualism mixed with charisma Photos by liberty fleming
ally foust Alyssa henbest
The accessories in this outfit enhance this dress immensely. The shoes bring out the colors, and the necklace draws attention to the pattern of the top.
Fashion terms! Mod-of or pertaining to a style of dress of the 1960s (bright colors, patterns, boots, bell-bottoms)
Vintage-style inspired by the 1940s-1980s. unconventional, old fashioned looks. Haute Couture-high fashion, offbeat, off the runway style with stand out elements.
Remember to be bold when it comes to f a s h i o n ! Take risks and don’t be afraid to start a trend or two along the way.
Leggings are a useful and needed item of clothing, going along with almost any dress. Add a simple pair of sandles and hair accessory with a dress and leggings and you have the perfect summer outfit.
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Fashion is not about conforming to what other people consider to be “cool”. It is about deciding what fits best with you and making your own personal statement.
Skinny jeans are a popular basic that swept the world of fashion by storm. They are a staple item in a wardrobe, looking good with almost any shirt. Paired with trendy ankle boots, these lightwash jeans are given a whole new look.
Ripped jeans are a hot trend, and are a fun way to play up an outfit. These jeans were hand cut, and material was put behind them to add more style.
Retro-style of an earlier time. colorful, bright, and bold pieces.
legwarmers are the perfect accessory to a dress and tights. Not only can you find them in almost every color, they put a unique spin on your look.
When putting together an outfit, sometimes it is best to work from the bottom up. If a bright pair of heels is your main focus, find a complimentary pair of jeans and shirt. If it seems too plain, add a belt or another fun accessory.
“fashion is art, art is love, love is real” -Kimberlee Dyson
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Painting the world as they see it
Painting class provides a way for Capital artists to express themselves Mark Mouser staff writer
For centuries, artists all over the world have used painting as a way to show moments in history, preserve things they’ve seen forever, or just simply show how they feel. Students here at Capital continue that tradition in painting class. It is a semester-long class that actually has fewer students this semester as compared to previous s e m e s t e r s . H o w e v e r, the amount of creativity and talent is just as high. Painting teacher Cathy Younger said, “Color is a very important thing to understand, because knowledge about color can be applied in computer graphics and even ceramics, but the only way to truly learn color is to learn painting” She also described her class by saying, “Painting class is very diverse, and we do a lot of different stuff in here.” This year, there are three levels of painting class: In Painting 1, students are basically learning how to paint. For the first nine weeks, they use acrylic paint, and by the end of the semester they are using watercolor. In Painting 2, they focus more on color, letting students use the type of paint they want and doing
an expanded color wheel. They also concentrate on still life painting. In Painting 3, the class concentrates more on what they did in Painting 2, with more expansion of color. You can tell by looking at the art pieces how much the students must take their work seriously. It is clear that this is a great example of hard work and dedication paying off. The class does about six assignments a semester and puts a lot of effort in their work. Their creations are shown at numerous locations including the Capital High School Hall of Fame, the auditorium spring art show, the Boise State University Student Union Building and the District Service Center.
Top left: Still life by Cassie Harris Top right: Observational painting by Laura Hansen Middle: Still life by Andrew Musser Bottom left and middle right photos: Luke Bowden Bottom right: Painting by Katria Hale
Artist Spotlight: Ramey Zottarelli Robert Benson staff writer
There is a rising star amongst us. Ramey Zottarelli is a Capital High senior, and an artist. Zottarelli says that “a lot of amazing artists, and my dad,” have inspired her. Zottareli said that art takes hard work and time and that she wants to make art her career. She came in First Place for her mixed media award in the Capital High Art Show. “I have been an artist
my whole life and I will always be an artist”, said Zottarelli. She also said that art is her life and passion. Along with this, Zottarelli uses different media including studio drawing. She said that she enjoys pretty much everything. Zottarelli’s advice to future artists is “to be creative.” Zottarelli’s art teacher, Cathy Younger, had good things to say about her. “When you put work ethic and talent together you get brilliance, that is what makes Ramey such a good artist,” said Younger. “She has matured a lot in her art and does great work.” PHOTO BY KIP STUTZMAN
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Robyn Kendrick Assistant editor
“Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury, has been a controversial novel that has affected generation after generation. Written in 1953, the story takes place in the semi-distant future. Main character Guy Montag is a different sort of fireman. In this future that Bradbury created, houses are fireproof. Not needing firemen in the conventional sense of the word, the government employs firefighters to burn books. Ironically enough, “Fahrenheit 451” has been formerly banned from the classroom for the first time in 1992 at Venado Middle School in Irvine, California. However, Fahrenheit was never banned in Boise. The picture that Bradbury creates is a horror of what society can turn itself into. Although the government does outlaw reading and the ownership of books, the population as a whole did not have an interest in reading.
Technology plays a huge role in the illegalization of books. In the story, Montag’s wife Millie, is obsessed with their “parlor walls,” which is essentially a ceiling to floor television. Millie becomes so consumed by her virtual life that she has no interest for the going on of the outside world. Bradbury uses Millie to depict what can happen to America. We as a nation have the potential to do amazing things. We can cure cancer; we have sent a man to the moon. Yet, as Bradbury’s message in Fahrenheit clearly reveals we will be our own undoing. The character of Guy Montag, faced with the corruption of his profession, feels forced to question his core sense of belief. Although in many of his acts to protest the burning of books he acts blindly and stupidly, he is attempting to reclaim the humanity and compassion that he lost as a fireman. The novel is a short read, however it portrays a picture of a future American society dominated by technology. It is an absolute must read.
By skylar sanford
movie review Athena Hanna staff writer
The new release G.I. Joe is about two teams fighting against each other. One is called G.I. Jo, and the other one is the Barons. They are fighting hand –in- hand combat for the warheads. In the movie the United States Army has the task of delivering warheads. The army includes jobs some people prefer not to do, such as risking their lives, and being away from their family. Those things can be hard, but they are doing it for our country. The baron is making its way to Paris, while the Joes are trying to destroy the Eiffel Tower
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with the warheads. The barons wreck some of the tower but the Joes work their power to stop them. This scene was well put together. There was always suspense coming and going in the movie. McMullan, the head captain of the barons, is planning on using warheads to bring panic and bring about a new world order. This is building suspense on why they would want to bring about a new world. I did not enjoy all of the killings because there is already enough violence in the world. However, I understand that when you fight with your enemy there
will be violence. Tr a d i n g s i d e s b y having more than two characters playing the good guy and the bad guy can get confusing. This worsens when Duke, a leader of the Joes, has conflicts with his ex fiancé. She goes against Duke because he is a Joe and she is a Baron. The ending could have been better in a few ways. More people could have been taken out. You could say there were a lot of characters to keep up with but once you get the plot it is a lot easier to understand. Everyone who likes actions and fighting movies would enjoy G.I. Joe.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Boys hope to maintain respectable record Team works to improve as District approaches Courtney Caudle Sports editor
With a record of 4-1-2, as of Sept. 29, the Varsity boys soccer team is doing well and hoping to work their way to State this season. “I am very excited about this year’s team. I think we have the best talent that I
have had the opportunity to work with,” said Head Coach Scott Wudarcki. Though they are already doing better then previous years, both Wudarcki and the players agree there’s many things they need to work on. “I think getting to know my teammates better would help a lot. Overall, we need to work on our communication on the field. If you have eleven individual players, you’re never going to win,” said sophomore Nathan Totorica. Totorica is one of five sophomores on the Varsity team and this is his first year playing for Capital. Senior Ryan Petersen has been on Varsity for two years and feels the key to winning is perseverance.
“We need to work on actually winning games and not tieing them. That’s what’s costing us,” said Petersen. “We are getting some great opportunities, but we really need to work on finishing. We also need work on corner kicks,” said Wudarcki. Wudarcki does feel that the team has time for improvement before District, City, and State though. “They have great leadership and the drive to succeed,” said Wudarcki. “We’re doing pretty well this year. We’re on a three game winning streak and the way we’ve been playing lately I think we have a chance at State,” said Totorica. “I’m an optimistic guy, and we’re going to take State,” said Petersen.
Photo by Marisa Hansen
Varsity player sophomore Nathan Totorica dribbles the ball past a Centennial opponent. “We need to focus on the team working together better. We also need better support and communication,” said Totorica.
Varsity Football, still undefeated
Athlete of the Month
Photo by Liberty Fleming
Courtney Caudle Sports Editor
Grade: 12 Photo by Keeley rich
Sport: Cross country Years in sport: 6 Hours dedicated to cross country each week: 12
Photo by Liberty Fleming
Top Left: Varsity kicker senior Eric Niblett carries the ball for a first down. Top Right: Cheerleaders senior Emmy Filkins, senior Taylor Marshall, and sophomore Jamie Feeney pump up the crowd during a break in the action.
Bottom Right: Varsity players take the field in the game against Timberline that ended with a final score of 52-7.
Photo by Keeley rich
Amanda D’Anna Sports editor
At this point in the season, Capital’s Varsity football team is the one to beat. With a current record of 4-0, the Eagles are ranked number 1 in the 5A division. Capital has scored a total of 147 points this season so far, only allowing 27 points to be scored against them. The first game of the season was on Sept. 4 against Boise. The Eagles had a slow first quarter but found their momentum
when senior safety Kyle Sosnowski received a pass from senior quarterback Jeremy Powers for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. Capital only allowed two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, making the final score 31-14. In the second game against the Borah Lions on Sept. 11, senior Rich Davidson picked up a fumble return in the first two minutes, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Senior Charlie McMartin and Sosnowski also ran the ball in for a touchdown in the first half. Senior kicker Eric Niblett kicked a 25-yard field goal
in the third quarter, and the Eagles defense only allowed one touchdown in the fourth quarter. Borah’s kick was blocked which made the final score 47-6. Varsity Head Coach Todd Simis has been coaching at Capital for 6 years. He is fully confident in his team and believes they have the talent to win a championship this season. “We need to work on getting better everyday and each week. They have a chance to win a championship if they always get better and stay together as a family,” said Simis. On Sept. 18 the Eagles
Bottom Left: Varsity players cheer on the team in the game against Timberline on Sept. 18.
faced off against Timberline. Capital averaged 14 points per quarter, and only allowed the Wolves to enter their end zone once in the second quarter. In the third quarter, junior Michael Howard ran in a 74-yard pass from Powers for a touchdown. The Eagles ended the game with a touchdown by freshman T.J. Clark, which set the final score to 52-7. “You can only win games if you play as a family,” said senior Parker Kamps. “Our biggest opponent every season is always ourselves. Play as a team, win as a team, that’s how we do things.” Capital played an unusual
game on Sept. 24 against Caldwell. The game was held on a Thursday, which made the players, Rowdies, and Football Foxes all out of sync. “It was rough playing a game on a Thursday because it wasn’t what we’re used to, but it didn’t stop us from getting the job done,” said senior Ben Duncanson. In the third quarter junior Cole Vevig caught an interception in the end zone and ran it back for a 101yard touchdown. When the final seconds ran out, the score was 54-0. Caldwell never got the opportunity to touch their end zone.
Love cross country because: I love the feeling after killing myself in a workout and knowing that I’ll run just as hard the next day. Favorite opponent: Myself. Cross country is always about beating my own personal records and seeing how far I can push myself. Benefits from cross country: Meeting great friends, getting really healthy, learning I can do much more than I thought. College plan: I’m not sure where yet, but I plan on joining their cross country team. Activities outside of school that involve cross country: Team dinners, movie nights, running. One word to describe softball: Magical
Girls bring teamwork into the soccer game Robert Benson Staff writer
The Capital Girls’Varsity and Junior Varsity soccer teams 09-10 season is underway. Head Coach Rich McGovert had good things to say about their previous games. “ Our girls are learning to play as a team, and it is making all the difference,” McGovert said. Varsity and Junior Varsity teams both played against Meridian on September 15 th and Mountain View on September 17th. Varsity beat Meridian 1-0 and lost
to Mountain View 0-2. “Both games started a little rough but we are improving as the season moves on. I hope that in the next game we will have better results. Teamwork played a big role in our win over Meridian,” Varsity senior Taryn Cressy said. The Junior Varsity girls lost to Meridian 0-1 and lost to Mountain View 0-2. “ We played very hard against Meridian and should have won, I hope the next game will be better. They were both tough games, but not so tough that we couldn’t have won,” JV player Becky Hiatt said.
“ It was a hard game on the turf at Meridian but we controlled the ball well,” said McGovert. On September 24 th Junior Varsity and Varsity girls played Timberline. The JV girls played very hard and lost by only a point, with a score of 3-2. “ The girls played very well as a team. They played their best the whole game and should have won,” said McGovert. The Varsity girls had an even tie with Timberline making the score 2-2. Both goals were scored by Rachel Saleen and both were assisted by Cressy.
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Varsity player junior Rachel Saleen takes on a Timberline opponent and steals the ball. Saleen scored two goals making the final score 2-2.
Editor: Courtney Caudle
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Potential’s There Jesseca Pattee opinion editor
Photo by Liberty fleming
Varsity player senior Taegan Berreman blocks a spike from a Mountain View opponent.
Athlete of the Month
“You are only as strong as your weakest player.” This is a quote the volleyball teams focus on to get ahead of the game. With a ton of potential and the will to make it all the way to District, the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams have done a great job. So far this year, the girls have beat Meridian, Boise, Borah, and Centennial. Practicing with the girls everyday after school is Head Coach Dave Hulett. There are many team goals but his main goal is for them to play their best. “As long as they’re getting better, I don’t care about a score,” said Hulett. “I couldn’t ask for a better coach or team,” said junior outside and middle hitter Jazzmin Harris. Her favorite
part of being in volleyball is playing with her friends and being on the team with them. “By the end of the season, we will have grown tremendously, with our attitudes and roles on the court,” said junior libero McKenzie Perrin. Having played volleyball for five years, Perrin wants to expand her knowledge of the game and advance as a player on and off the court. Senior middle blocker Taegen Berreman said her team could become a top competitor once they learn to finish strong. Harris states the same but adds that both Junior Varsity and Varsity can make it all the way to State and District if they want it bad enough. This year, the teams are getting along better, respecting each other, and learning to play together. “This season’s already better than the last,” said Hulett.
Photo by Liberty fleming
Varsity player junior Kylie Face gets ready to spike the ball set by junior Devin Casterline.
Runners lead at Silverwood and Horseshoe Bend
Courtney Caudle Sports Editor
Grade: 11 Sport: Cross country Years running: 2 Hours dedicated to softball each week: 12-14
Photo by LIBERTY FLEMING
Love cross country because: The challenge and the strain on the mind and body. Favorite opponent: Myself. Benefits from cross country: Toughness and confidence. College plan: Earn a running scholarship to the University of Oregon. Difficulty level: Extremely hard. Activities outside of school that involve cross country: Open races, hiking, and running away from/ chasing wild animals. One word to describe cross country: Insane
Editor: Courtney Caudle
Photo by LIBERTY FLEMING
Photo by LIBERTY FLEMING
Above: Junior Varsity runner junior Cory Hennen competes at the meet in Horseshoe Bend on Sept. 17.
The cross country season is in full swing with only a few races left. The team is looking particularly strong this year, with a large number of participants. The athletes show a promising future in the upcoming meets including City, District, and State. The girls started off on a high note, beginning with a meet in Caldwell. The following week they took
third place out of 21 teams at the Silverwood Meet in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This put Capital girls at a large advantage and boosted their confidence going into the next races. At the following race in Horseshoe Bend, the runners stole five spots out of the top fifteen overall. “There is a strong potential of the girls getting a trophy at State,” said Head Coach John Doherty. The boys have immense competition this season, with rivalries all across the board.
Despite this fact, however, they have trained hard and are looking forward to the remainder of the season and hopefully qualifying for State. By giving everything they have during races and having a winning mentality, the boys are certain to have a rewarding season. Capital cross country stands out from other schools in many ways. Their team spirit is something they have become known for, and it gives a unique flavor to the team as a whole.
Top Right: Varsity runner senior Laura Hansen runs for a 9th place finish in Horseshoe Bend on Sept. 17. Bottom Right: Cross country seniors Myja Maki, Ashley Salzman, Laura Hansen, Stephanie Geschke, and Susanna Fleming compete in new uniforms bought this season.
Senior varsity runner Laura Hansen referred to the team as a “big family”, saying that everyone is filled with “craziness, love, and team spirit!” “The fun they have while still being serious about it is another aspect that stands out about this team,” said Doherty. Although the team is able to bond and have a good time, they have to maintain a strong work ethic as well. They run an average of six miles a day, spending around
fifteen hours a week training. Along with this tough and rigorous training schedule, the athletes are required to eat extremely healthy, drink a lot of water, and get a decent amount of sleep every night. Overall, cross country is definitely a sport to watch. The team is improving with every practice, and is sure to have a successful season. With District and State coming up soon, the team is stronger than ever and ready to show their tremendous potential.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Health care reform protesters getting out of hand ARE THEY SOLVING ANYTHING?
Mark Mouser Writer
We’ve seen it all on the news: countless “town hall meetings” (which seem more like ill-advised shouting tournaments and riots) erupting all over America, and almost all of them seem to be against President Barack Obama. These crazy gatherings of former President Bush supporters and Rush Limbaugh listeners all seem to get out of hand with screaming and signs that compare our President with characters like The Joker and Adolf Hitler, and other signs that say things such as
“My Doctor, My Choice”, and “Down with Socialism”. It’s a Republican’s dream. For some reason, these protesters seemed to think that they deserved to be listened to, but the thousands and thousands of people that protested the Bush Administration didn’t. Let’s take a look at these protests. First of all, about half of them compared health reform to the Nazis. This didn’t get anybody anywhere since it wasn’t an actual political point. Second of all, they said that the bill would cover illegal aliens, which has been proven to simply not be true. The bill says plain and clear that they wouldn’t be covered. Don’t try telling that to South Carolina State Representative Joe Wilson; he’ll tell you, “You lie”. Third of all, according to the Republican propaganda, with the current bill you c o u l d n ’t c h o o s e y o u r own doctor. I’m not sure where they got that from, considering that it does not say that in the bill. Also, in the countries that have
universal healthcare you have perfect freedom to choose your doctor. Many think that this bill is President Obama’s “Trojan Horse” for universal health care. That might be true, but what’s the problem? From what I’ve seen, Canadians and Europeans who have universal health care love
handbook states the freedom the administration has when it comes to school searches. Students know the circumstances of bringing drugs and alcohol to school are dire. Bring something dangerous or illegal to school and, more likely than not, you’re going to be searched, but only if you give administration reasonable suspicion, meaning you give them a reason to think you did something or have something on your person that will harm yourself or others. “Kids who have something against it [school searches] are the kids breaking the rules,” said junior Trevor Peterson. He also said that, in the case of most rules in our country, they depend on circumstance. Peterson believes there needs to be a reason to search a student’s locker. No, there doesn’t. “Your locker is the property of Capital High School,” said SRO Officer Bourgeau, “and if there’s something that tips the administration
to search it, they don’t even need your permission.” Sophomore Johanna Overholser disagrees with this policy, stating, “My locker is my space, even though it’s the school’s property.” “It should take more to warrant the search,” said senior Alex Harrison, who also added, “It has to be a little more extreme than a kid tipping someone off.” If drugs and alcohol at school isn’t extreme, I don’t want to see Capital turn into Columbine. Locker, car, and individual searches are necessary when any suspicious activities are going on. I feel the same as Peterson when he says, “I feel safer in this establishment where the least they need to do is check out what’s in my locker.” In reality, it seems like an invasion of privacy because you are being spotlighted in what might feel like an inequitable manner, but anything that leads up to a search is the fault of the victim and no one else.
it, or at least like it a lot more than we like our health care. In America, we have a huge population who hate our health care and want it changed, while in Europe, nobody seems to be complaining. Junior Wiebke Herder, a foreign exchange student from Germany, said that
Germans have an open market for health care like us, with health insurance that you have to pay for. However, she said, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have insurance.” I wish I could say the same, but sadly, I live in America, where corruption controls the health industry. That
was why the health insurers asked all their employees to protest reform. When are we going to stop screaming at each other and actually start looking at the facts? Unless you believe in “death panels”, there seems to be no real reason to stubbornly deny muchneeded health care reform.
Reasonable suspicion; just or unjust?
Jesseca Pattee Opinion Editor
Reasonable suspicion: two words you hear quite often if your car, locker, or personal belongs are to be searched. VIII. SEARCHES BY DISTRICT OFFICIALS (#3260, 3261) If a school official reasonably suspects that a student possesses something illegal, dangerous, or against school rules, a search may be conducted. The search may include the individual, personal belongings, desk, locker, and car. Page 10 in our student
One Simple Question
Is searching student car s, backpacks, or personal belongings an invasion of privacy?
“I actually do think it is unless there’s a really good reason. I’d be mad if my stuff was searched.”
“What’s in my locker is not a big deal. They could be searching my car right now and I would never know.”
“I don’t care really when my locker’s getting searched but my car, yeah.”
Trevor Peterson Junior
Kyle Coburn Senior
School policy stirs conflicting view points
pledging allegiance or selfless obediEnce?
( 5 ) N o p u p i l s h a l l b e compelled, against the pupil’s objections or those of the pupil’s parent or guardian, to recite the pledge of allegiance or to Robyn Kendrick sing the national anthem.” The above is from Assistant Editor http://www.legislature. idaho.gov/idstat/Title33/ T33CH16SECT33-1602. htm, the Idaho Legislature’s website, and is also the Boise School District policy on the Pledge of Allegiance. It clearly states that you always have the choice in the recitation of the Pledge, however, it does not specifically address the issue of standing while the pledge is being recited. This of communication can Willam McQuillen lack cause confusion. Staff Alumni Everyone has different beliefs. Everyone has different morals. No two TITLE 33 people believe in the same EDUCATION things. The following is a CHAPTER 16 “(4) Every public school discussion involving both shall offer the pledge of parties on this issue. allegiance or the national McQuillen: Standing for anthem in grades one (1) the pledge of allegiance is a through twelve (12) at the matter of respect not just for beginning of each school your country, but also for the military and for the freedom day.
that we as Americans take for granted. One of freedoms is the option to sit while the pledge is being said, however, while making this choice you are disrespecting the people who helped give you that freedom. Kendrick: Yes, people should give respect where respect is due, but just because you’re not standing for the pledge does not mean you have to be construed as disrespectful. When sitting, you should not be talking or writing or laughing. You should be doing your absolute hardest to prove that you deserve the right to practice what you see fit, just as those who are standing have the right to stand. McQuillen: There are things that you do out of respect for other people. Such as going to a sibling’s play, standing quietly during a prayer and not talking during a funeral proceeding. Kendrick: If we analyze the pledge, it is generally contradictory to itself and the country that it stands for, so why should we be forced
to stand up, put our hand over our heart, and pledge ourselves to a contradiction? We were given freedom of choice for a reason, to execute our own decisions. We should always have the right to choose to stand when the pledge is said and I do not think that should ever be taken away. McQuillen: When someone is saying the pledge they are not pledging themselves to the president or the administration, they are pledging to our country as a whole and what it represents. There are many different reasons why someone would not say the pledge. It may be that it is against your religion, you may be opposed to “Under God” or you may not be an American. All of these are good reasons not to say the pledge but there is no reason not to stand. Kendrick: The United States has been a symbol of freedom for over 200 years. A symbol for people to practice religion as they see fit, for people to dress as they please and say what
they please, but only when it seems fit for the nation? People are supposedly allowed to believe whatever they want, so why is it such a big deal if people don’t stand the pledge of allegiance? Everyone has their own set of morals, ethics, and viewpoints on the world so how can we force them to do something that is against what they believe in? McQuillen: No one should have to say the pledge but it is a minimal courtesy to stand for those people who do cherish this symbol. Kendrick: A common courtesy is something that should not be forced. The step is short and small between forcing one to stand and forcing one to recite the pledge. It takes away the freedom that each of us have been promised and goes against what the flag stands for. Regardless of your personal opinion on the subject, it’s obvious that something needs to be done to clarify whether students are required to stand or not.
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