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Teenagers who suffer from mental illnesses often do not feel comfortable seeking treatment because of the stigma attached to their condition by SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO *Editor’s Note: The names of students have been changed to protect their privacy.
he could not breathe. She felt as though she were drowning. Moments before, her teacher had announced presentations for an assignment she had not completed. Now, as she awaited her turn to speak, she felt as though the world were closing in on her. Terrified, she left the classroom, uncertain of what was happening to her. Laura Miller* was having a panic attack. That was one year ago. Looking at Miller now, one would not guess she has struggled with anxiety her entire life. The senior is energetic and makes use of her sharp humor and wide smile often. But her voice shakes as she speaks of her diagnosis with anxiety, depression and paranoia her junior year. “I was having panic attack after panic attack, and I couldn’t stop myself,” she said. “I was really terrified.”
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Miller has struggled with irrational fears since childhood. She learned to cope by forming rituals, such as singing in the shower to ease her fear of snakes attacking her. However, during her junior year, her stress increased and her phobias intensified. She began to struggle with everyday tasks such as walking down hallways at school, paranoid someone would kill her.
As her anxiety increased, Miller felt she was losing control. Unable to control her emotions, she turned to self harm. “I couldn’t control my life anymore, and I had to find something to control. So I controlled my pain levels,” she said. Knowing she needed help, Miller asked her doctor about her anxiety. She was told her panic attacks were the result of her asthma, which was limiting oxygen to her brain. This explanation left an already confused Miller filled with self doubt. “[It made me feel] like I was making everything up,” she said.
There’s a stigma attached to having a mental illness. People tend to look at them as broken.
HER EXPERIENCE IS NOT ISOLATED According to the website About Teen Depression, one in 10 teens may have a serious emotional disorder such as depression or anxiety. In spite of the prevalence of emotional disorders, it is estimated only 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment, while the rest struggle alone. Glencoe youth therapist Julie Keanaaina said part of the reason teens do not seek help is because there is a lack of understanding about mental disorders. “There’s a stigma attached to having a mental illness. People tend to look at them as broken,” Keanaaina said. “People assume ‘I have a mental illness, so I must be a bad person.’”
Staff organizes to promote equity
A teacher-led group formed this year to examine the achievement gap between white students and minorites by ANDREW ROGERS
Race has defined American culture throughout history. Though some people may consider the plight of equal rights to be nearly over, the color of one’s skin can still greatly influence one’s opportunities and ability to succeed. A group of staff members are committed to changing this imbalance. The newly formed Equity Team is looking to make Glencoe more “equitable,” or more open and equal for students of all ethnic backgrounds. More specifically, the group is looking to close the achievement gap, which is the difference in test scores between white students and students of color. According to Superin-
tendent Mike Scott, minority students in the English Language Learner program (ELL) score on average 60 points lower than white students on the OAKS reading test, as well as on other state assessments. “[Currently, race and] income has a lot to do with a student’s success,” Scott said. “[But] that shouldn’t predetermine [it].” Art teacher Ezra Ereckson started Glencoe’s Equity Team after seeing the successes of the Equity Team at Hillsboro High School. According to Ereckson, the work of Hilhi’s Equity Team, along with a school-wide focus on equity, helped to significantly improve minority students’ test scores in all subject areas, and also reduced the participation gap in just a few years. Ereckson agrees the biggest achievement gap in the Hillsboro School District and around the country is between white students and students of racial minorities. “[It is] a sad and unacceptable truth of our district and most other districts,”
Miller received no treatment for her panic attacks, aside from her inhalers.Her anxiety continued to intensify, and she stopped eating and sleeping. She realized she had hit rock bottom when a friend confronted her about her self harm. “[My friend] looked at me and said, ‘I can’t help you anymore. If you keep doing this, I’ll have to turn you in.’ It makes you realize you have to get help when your best friend can’t help you anymore,” Miller said. Miller sought out help from a counselor, and was diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder and paranoia.
Ereckson said. “[To combat this problem, we ask ourselves] how to engage more kids in a deeper way, and we try to educate ourselves about the barriers students and families of color face,” Ereckson said. But before the team can find solutions to the issue of the achievement gap, Ereckson said, the members must first learn how to discuss race in honest and personal ways. Race is oftentimes the most difficult topic to discuss in schools because of the way it has affected both America’s past and present culture; it is far easier to ignore the issue of race, rather than attack it head on. “Race…affects everything that we do, and it’s largely ignored [in schools],” English teacher and Equity Team member Bill Huntzinger said. Huntzinger said he believes topics such as poverty, gender, and class often replace talking about race, despite the fact that race strongly influences those factors. See EQUITY, page 2
See MENTAL HEALTH, page 5
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There and back again: a teacher’s travels After spending two years teaching in South Korea, Social Studies teacher Sami Hayden returned to her old Glencoe teaching post by LORI HURSH Without speaking a word of Korean or ever having left North America, social studies teacher Sami Hayden packed her bags to go teach in South Korea in the summer of 2009. She returned after two years from Seoul, South Korea to continue teaching at Glencoe. Hayden said she feels being outside of the country has changed the way she looks at her life in the United States. In South Korea, most people are of the same race and culture.Sometimes she would go a week or more without seeing another foreigner. “It really made me appreciate things about the United States, just the fact that we are so diverse,” Hayden said. “When you’re stared at constantly it’s nice to come back and blend in. The first few weeks [I taught] I was like a freak show for them because I was a foreigner and some of them had never seen one.” Once Hayden’s five-month-old daughter Charlotte was born, people were constantly crowding around and even taking pictures because seeing a Caucasian baby was so uncommon. Standing out, however, was not the only challenge of living in South Korea. “The hardest thing was the language barrier. It gave me a new appreciation for immigrants in our country,” she
EQUITY TEAM: The district plans to significantly improve racial equity by 2016 Continued from page 1
photo submitted by SAMI HAYDEN While teaching in South Korea, Hayden visited many South korean cultural sites, including Gyeongbokgung Palace (above). Hayden is pictured with her husband, Joe, and her daughter, Charlotte. said. “[Since] I experienced not knowing the language, [being an immigrant] means something different to me.” Because there are so few foreigners in the
is to make schools open and inclusive to cultural backgrounds other than the white norm. “[We ask ourselves]: do we reflect other cultures [in our schools]?” Haghigi said. According to Scott, most schools in the district currently have active Equity Teams, and the goal is to have an Equity Team in every school. Though the achievement gap is “very real” in the district, two schools in particular are bucking the trend: WL Henry Elementary and Minter Bridge Elementary. District officials are looking closer at these schools to find out what they are doing to close the racial achievement gap. Along with promoting equity in schools, the district is also looking to improve equity within the administration and the district offices. “[The district] works on cultural competence,” Scott said. Scott further explained that the goal of “cultural competency” is to have all administrative employees understand the importance of equity in schools and the difficulties minorities face. He added that the district is more likely to hire an employee with training or experience in cultural competence. Along with in-office meetings, equity teams around the district attend various seminars and workshops dealing with equity to gain more experience in issues of race and class. Scott said that the only incentive for establishing Equity Teams and improving test scores is to improve the posterity of the school district. “It’s the right thing to do,” Scott said.
He added that he has noticed that, when attempting to diversify his literary curriculum with stories about and by people of color, students react in a positive manner. “When I pull out a piece of literature in class that identifies with marginalized groups, students respond [positively],” Huntzinger said. Students can feel more comfortable and included if discussion of race becomes a part of mainstream school culture, he said. The Equity Team at Glencoe was formed as a part of a wider initiative to improve equity in the Hillsboro School District as a part of the district’s 5-year plan. Though the Glencoe team is very new, Office of Equity Director Saideh Haghigi said that she is impressed by the groundwork the Glencoe equity team has set up in a short time. “I haven’t seen the…sense of urgency [like this before],” Haghigi said. “I’m very excited about Glencoe’s equity team.” Like Glencoe, many teams around the district are still working on the discussion portion of their efforts, and are not ready to implement the policies that they wish to in the future. However, by 2016, the district hopes to significantly improve equity within the schools through the actions of the groups. In addition to improving test scores, the district is also looking at honors class enrollment, discipline data, grades, parental participation, and extracurricular participation to find the gaps between white students and students of color. Haghigi said that another important component of estabOn your next drop-off lishing equity is to engage parents and community members on any service except for rugs, in the Hillsboro School District. wedding dresses, leather, and alterations Though English is the primary language spoken by students enrolled in the district, Spanish, Must present coupon at the time of drop-off Vietnamese, and Somali are the next most common languages. One coupon per visit per customer Coupon expires: 6/5/2012 Haghigi said the best way to engage students and their families
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A break in routine: Students take gap year by ANISHA DATTA The idea to take a year off came to seniors Sabrina Mendiola and Evelyn Madison during their junior year. “I was really stressed out.” Mendiola said. “There was a lot of pressure from school. And all I could think was, ‘after this, I’m going straight to college. I’m not going to get a break.’” “It’s a scary thought.” Madison chimes in. “Terrifying.” Mendiola and Madison have chosen to take a year off between high school and college, during which they plan to go on a crosscountry road trip and save money for college. Mendiola said that they decided to give themselves a break before commencing stressful college life. “[I wanted to] do the things that I didn’t get to in high school,” Mendiola said. Gap years, the term used for the time out of school between high school and college, are taken for a variety of reasons. Students use the time off to travel, explore future career options, attend college classes, or take a job to save up some money.
“I planned [to take a gap year] at the end of my senior year,” Glencoe ‘11 alum Alex Ogle said. Ogle spent the last six months taking German classes at Portland Community College and working at P.F. Changs. He is now spending a few months in Ghana, where he will be teaching English to schoolchildren.
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Another Glencoe ’11 alum, Bethany Pavlik, is spending her gap year teaching at Bible schools in Germany and Austria. “I wanted to travel now, when I have so little to tie me down,” Pavlik said. “I have no job, no family to take care of. I’m at the most independent time in my life.” Though the idea of taking a gap year is usually met with some initial hesitation by both students and parents, more and
more seniors are facing a lot of encouragement from counselors and colleges to take the year off, according to MSNBC. Some colleges are advocating the gap year.Princeton University offers “The Bridge Year Program,” which allows students a year of community service before going to college. Gap Year fairs are held in major cities, including Portland, which showcase a multitude of program choices available to students during their year off. “When first presented with a gap year, I was really skeptical. I didn’t know many people who had done one. [But] the opportunity was placed in front of me, and as time went on it seemed to be a better and better choice,” Pavlik said. Many parents and counselors worry that students will not go back to college after a gap year. “My parents felt that once I got out of the world of academia, I wouldn’t want to pursue a higher education,” Pavlik said. According to counselor Brooke Nova, the key ingredient to a successful gap year is planning.
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B-boys dance their way to strong friendships
The break-dancing crew has been dancing together since eighth grade. They practice during most lunches and after school story by KATHLEEN CONNELLY photos by VALENTINA CHAU
Although each member of Disagreements often arise withGlencoe’s break dancing crew has in the group over personal issues his own personal dance character- as well as dance technique. The istics and personality, breakcrew has a firm belief in talking dancing has strengthened out the problem between their friendship as well themselves, but when as their skills. that does not work, In 2010, the crew their Plan B is to won third place at a freestyle as a local dance comform of conflict petition, Break resolution. When the Tension 2. the crew members Their trophy are not competing is now disor dancing, they spend played in their weekends at one the commons another’s houses or getarea where stuting sushi, which has bedents previously come a habit. These adventhrew food and tures have helped mold their paper at the crew, friendships. according to senior Alex Vorachith. Three years later, the crew has made a name for themselves at GlenChris Shockley coe.
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Bellydancing leads to success by KELSEY VANDYKE For junior Emily Bassett, belly dancing has become more than just a pastime. It is an important part of her life. Each time she talks about belly dance her eyes light up and she becomes excited. It has changed her and has also given her the rare opportunity of having a job as a belly dancer. Bassett began belly dancing after seeing family friend Robin Smith, now her instructor, dancing with her daughter Rachel at a wedding. “When I saw Rachel dance I had an ‘Aha’ moment. I said, ‘This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I have to do that,’” Bassett said. Bassett signed up for dancing classes at Smiths’ Studio, Creative Enterprises. She has been dancing there for three years. “Belly dancing was the first dance I truly experienced,” she said. In previous years Bassetts mother, Shawn Parris, had encouraged her to try different activities.
“I took her to gymnastics and muscles. And muscles you didn’t Irish dance in which she did very even know you had,” Bassett well. However, she was never said. fully interested in them. When “She has improved 100 % she discovered this dance I was since her beginning belly dance, delighted to see her put her heart due to her own dediinto something so beautiful,” cation and love Parris said. for the art,” Bassett is devoted to learning belly dance and has made a lot of progress. In September of 2011 she got a job at Izgara, a Middle Eastern grill in Forest Grove. “It was all thanks to Robin,” Bassett said, “I was dancing at the Forest Grove market to get business for Robins’ new studio [and] the owner [of Izgara] said, ‘Oh, I want her to dance in my restaurant.’” Bassett has now been working at Izgara for five months. “At first I was nervous to dance [at the restaurant]. Now I just dance,” Bassett said. One thing that is not expected from belly dancing, Bassett said, is how physically demanding it is. “In belly dancing we are using our hips, chest, arms, and obviously stomach and abdominal Submitted by MIKAELA VANDYKE
Shawn Parris said. “[I feel] proud. She has dedicated herself to the dance… It has improved her sense of purpose and joy,” Parris said. Dancing has made Bassett enjoy life even more, and she does
not plan to stop now. She hopes to continue learning to dance while being a photographer in future years. Even if belly dance is not her main focus, it has affected her life for the better.
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MENTAL ILLNESS: Students with mental illness often do not seek help Continued from page 1 Senior Karen Baker* began to experience symptoms of depression her junior year. She had cut her hands with safety pins and planned her suicide. But despite the severity of her depression, she did not seek out help for months, fearing she would appear weak. “I always had this feeling that people expected me to be strong,” Baker said. “I was trying to fight it myself and be independent. I realized it wasn’t working.” Although Baker knew she needed help, her depression made it difficult to reach out to her friends and family. “I became distant with a lot of people I knew,” she said. “Throughout this entire time, I wanted to be close to someone, but I didn’t want to let them in. I couldn’t trust anyone.”
SUPPORTING FRIENDS Glencoe School Psychologist Vicki Szukalla noted that because withdrawing from others is a symptom of depression, it is important for teens to be conscious of their friends behavior. “Teens need to notice [their peers] struggling and reach out [to them],” Szukalla said. “We need to help each other through this.” Sometimes that means encouraging a friend to seek help from a trusted adult, and if the first can not help, seek out another.
Szukalla emphasizes that mental health disorders are often not very different from the emotional problems everyone faces. “Many of us suffer from some type of mental health challenge that we must learn to cope with and manage,” she said. “[The goal of treatment is] teaching students to manage their behaviors. They can learn these skills; they just need to be taught.” Szukalla said that understanding this can help diminish the stigma against mental health disorders. “The more we talk about it and normalize it, and say we all have areas in mental health we can work on, the more the stigma will lessen,” she said. “We still have a ways to go.”
HOPE For Miller and Baker, the understanding of their friends has made a large difference. Both sought help at the urging of friends, and Baker said the support of her friends is what saved her life. “The only reason I didn’t commit suicide was because I knew people would be disappointed in me. I knew ... that people really cared about me,” she said. With counseling and anti-depressants, Baker has come a long way since her junior year. Although she continues to struggle with her depression, the difference now is that she realizes there is hope for her future. “[If I could speak to myself a year ago], I would tell her, even if things seem bad now, there is a brighter future ahead,” she said.
Miller’s symptoms have also improved, though she too continues to struggle with her disorders. “I feel broken,” she said. “I’m always looking for the one thing that will fix me.”
The only reason I didn’t commit suicide was because I knew people would be disappointed in me.
But living with her disorders for her entire life has taught her to accept them. “I can change how I act, and what I look like. I can change to fit in. But I can’t change my mental illness,” she said. “I can’t just say, ‘I’m not going to be afraid of water today.’ But I can change how I view it, and how I view the world.” She has found the most powerful way to help herself is to speak out and help others. “I’m open about it because there are more people out there that go through what I went through,” she said, in a voice steely with determination. “I went through hell, and I made it through. If I can just get the word out to a few people, it would be worth it. If someone else hears that I’ve gone through the same thing, they’ll be more likely to get help.” Her expression lightened, and she spoke with simplicity. “I’m tired of people being afraid,” she said.
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You can help friends by being aware of common symptoms: • changes in mood, • unusual displays of sadness, anger, or fear, • unexplained changes in eating or sleeping patterns, • lack of motivation and interest • avoidance of friends or family and wanting to be alone all of the time; • worrying about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something “bad” • doing things that can be life threatening • talking about suicide or self harm
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Gatherings escalate from chips and soda to drug-induced raves *Editors Note:The names of students have been change to protect their privacy. by STEPHANY CHUM
arties are a common occurrence during the course of a teenager’s life, but in this day and age, the term “partying” has grown from having a few friends in your basement to a random house full of strangers drinking together. Drinking is one of the most popular party activities, and unfortunately, according to a survey done by the American Medical Association, there are a growing number of parents who actually provide the liquor and party site for teenagers. Senior Rachel Samson* says her parent’s choose to provide the liquor and site for her to party at. “It’s not like [my parents] encourage me to drink or anything. They’d just rather me do stuff like that at a place where they know
I’ll be safe and they can keep an eye on me,” Samson said. “It’s actually smart because I could be doing worse things at some other random place, and they wouldn’t even know.” Not only are teens getting alcohol from their parents, but they are also getting it from older friends and or with fake ID’s “[Teens] just have easy access these days. Everyone knows someone who can get them alcohol. Everyone has connections these days,” Samson said. In addition to consuming beer, teens are also using energy drinks as mixers. Energy drinks mask the taste of alcohol, causing teens to consume more alcohol than they can handle. Senior Kiley Lyle said that while teens do mix energy drinks with alcohol, that is not the only mixed drink they are drinking. A lot of teens are drinking “jungle
juice” which is a mixture of hard liquor such as vodka, rum, whiskey, and punch. Jungle juice is the most common mixed drink known among the party crowd, Lyle said. “People get ‘messed’ up from [jungle juice,]” Lyle said. “Since it’s hardcore liquor masked by the fruity taste, kids just keep drinking and drinking and eventually they just get out of control.” Glencoe’s police representative, Officer Adele Rios, said this generation of teens consumes alcohol more often than previous generations have. “Kids just know people who can get them the alcohol, whether that be friends, siblings, strangers, and even parents.” She also said that house parties have their peaking times throughout the year. “Parties happen almost every weekend, but a lot more happen
during summertime, graduation, prom, and any school breaks,” Rios said. “I’ve busted many throughout the course of my career.” With the power of social networking nowadays, many teens spread the word about the party by using Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging. Once one person texts another, the party situation has the potential of getting out of hand. Another type of party that teens attend is a rave. Raves are a larger scale party compared to house parties. They charge an entrance fee, are held in an indoor or outdoor temporary location, and drugs such as ecstasy are often available. Techno music and dub step are standard expectations at raves, as are lighting effects, strobes, glow sticks, lasers, fog machines, and black lights. Senior Scott Anderson* who
attends raves on a regular basis said the security is low which makes it easy for drugs to get through. People at the rave will partake in doing not only ecstasy, but drugs of all sort like molly acid, mushrooms, and mescaline. “[Raves] usually last from eight to five in the morning and when you leave, you wish you could stay there forever,” Anders on said. “It’s basically like a night club for druggies.” While some say they attend raves for the music, dancing, and the atmosphere of peace and love, make no mistake that drugs and alcohol are part of the equation.
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As obesity rates rise, could lunches be a factor?
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The government should increase funding for nutritious, filling lunch options to improve student health The problem of obesity in America is a real one. Among children, the current obesity rate in the United States is 17% and growing. And, unfortunately, the public school system might just be part of the problem. Glencoe kitchen manager Teresa Dorondo said she does the best she can to offer healthy meals. She controls the fruit and vegetable purchases and makes an effort to buy local, seasonal products. The federal and state governments set up guidelines on required levels of fat, sodium, and other nutrients in school food that must be followed. Using these guidelines, most of the food decisions come from Nutrition
Services, the administration at the district that deals with school meals, and is in charge of what meals are offered. Dorondo also said the Hillsboro District goes beyond the guidelines, and offers healthier options compared to other districts. “You can eat healthy if you choose to,” Dornodo said. She cited the fact that almost all the bread products are whole grain, and are below the required fat and sodium limits. These are all healthier than other options. While it is possible to eat healthy, there are not enough options. The only real healthy meal that is offered every day in the cafeteria is the salad. But salads alone are not enough to fill you up. If the cafeteria could offer something more filling, like lean meat as an entree, that would be a more viable option. Most of the meat offered is fried or breaded,
which is unhealthy. Much of the cafeteria’s menu is influenced by the National School Lunch Act, passed in 1946. It created a national lunch plan that would allow low income families access to free or reduced-priced lunches, and the option to buy lunches for all who did not qualify. The program was designed to serve nutritional meals. While this has happened to a degree, we need to do more. When most of the meals the cafeteria offers are things like pizza and hamburgers, there will be problems. Money, of course, is the problem. And it really is not the district’s fault, and it would be wrong to blame them. I believe the
government should increase funding for the National Lunch Program. If they did, school districts would have more money and could purchase healthier options, such as more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. About half of the $75 billion spent in 2003 on obesity, and obesity-related illness, was paid by tax-payer dollars through Medicaid and Medicare. This information was found in a study done by The Obesity Society, a non-profit organization created to educate and research obesity as a disease. By offering healthier options at schools, the obesity rate would go down, which would be followed with a decrease in the money the tax payer must dish out for obesity. This would cover the increased spending for healthier food. And since complications due to obesity kills on average 280,000 U.S. adults annually, according to the Obesity Research Center, increasing general health is very important to decrease loss of life. Many experts consider obesity an epidemic. I believe that offering healthier lunches at schools is one of the steps the nation can take to stop this epidemic and would lead to a future in which more Americans live healthy lives.
Online community redefines what it means to be a nerd
by TINA ANDERSON I am a Nerdfighter and I am proud. I go home every day after school and watch videos made by John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers. Every person who watches the Vlogbrothers is a Nerdfighter. In the words of John Green, “Anyone who wants to be a Nerdfighter is a Nerdfighter.” Nerdfighters are defined as people made entirely of awesome. A Nerdfighter is not someone who fights nerds, but a nerd who fights to decrease “world suck” and increase “world awesome.” One of the main ways we decrease world suck is the Project for Awesome, or P4A. P4A is an event created to take over all of YouTube with videos made by Nerdfighters for their favorite charities. This past December, P4A raised $71,346.10 for five charities chosen by Nerdfighters. The money was split between the charities evenly to decrease world suck across the globe. Nerdfighters also improve world awesome through ways less tangible. We do this by just being nerds.
“I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan,” John Green said in the video How Nerdfighters Drop Insults. John and Hank Green define the videos as different from the average viral video on YouTube. The videos can be as humorous as giraffe love and as serious as the European dept crisis. All of the videos made are entertaining and informative, a combination not normally found on YouTube. The Vlogbrothers have four channels on YouTube updated weekly. The main channel, Vlogbrothers, is updated twice a week. These videos are vastly entertaining and showcase the many talents of the Vlogbrothers. Hank Green is the founding editor of one of the most popular ecological websites, Ecogeek, and a founder of DFTBA records, a record label that only represents YouTube artists. He is also a Billboard recording artist who has released four albums. Hank has gone on tour several times with his music on the Tour de Nerdfighting, W00t Stock and Nerds & Music. “I went to the ‘Nerds and Music’ convention. [It was an] awesome bunch of very nerdy
comedians with musical talent. I got my pants signed by Hank Green,” junior Tessa Zagone said. Zagone has considered herself a Nerdfighter for two years and follows the Vlogbrothers avidly.
[Nerdfighteria] fully encompasses the humor of YouTube and the current events of the news.
John Green has also gone on tour to promote his novels.
John Green is a New York Times Bestselling author of “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault in Our Stars”, which has been No. 1 for the past six weeks. John Green has written a total of five books all of which have received many prestigious awards. John Green’s latest novel is “The Fault in Our Stars,” a witty yet heartfelt novel that illuminates the realities of terminal childhood illness. While Nerdfighteria is just one community on YouTube, I believe it is one of the best. It fully encompasses the humor of YouTube and the current events
of the news and the intelligence and enthusiasm of being a nerd. “I love being a nerd. Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff,” John Green said. “Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chaircan’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they are saying is, ‘You like stuff’, which is just not a good insult, like ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.”
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Six words, one story edited by CRYSTAL WILLIAMSON
“Baby shoes for sale, never worn.”
Rumor has it that a group of newspaper writers once challenged author Ernest Hemingway to write a complete story in less than 10 words. His six-word response has inspired an art form, the six-word memoir, popularized by the website SmithMag.net. Six-word memoirs are short and sweet, which is part of the allure. It is up to the reader to interpret what the author means by these evocative statements. submitted by STUDENTS IN CHARITY THOMPSON’S, DENISE READY’S and BETH MORGAN’S ENGLISH CLASSES
Trying to be truthful to myself. --Monserrat Fuerte-Escobedo
My motto is “They grow back.” --Audri Canto
Couldn’t imagine my life without you. Very cold soup in a pan. --Angel Mandujano --Destany Hoagland We’re a weird, but happy family. -- Jaqeline Cachbriceno
Don’t know what to write… SWAG. --Tristan Martinez
Worrying more than it is worth. --Skyler Van Orman
On the epic quest for knowledge. --Brec Kayson
I want to go home now. --Rachel Funk
You’re supposed to ease my pain. --Crystal Williamson
Still trying to paint my future! --Diego Sanchez
Way too tired to even think. --Jazmin Rodriguez
The trail up to the barn. --Sierra Harris
The memory of trying to remember. --Kelly Gerig
Angry; but it’s me at fault. --Isshu Lee
My life: over before it began. --Anonymous
Never agreed to anything at all. --Steven Saiz
Enjoying the little things in life. --Max Burke
Baby steps just don’t work anymore. --Andres Gonzalez
Sleeping, Tumblring, Facebook, my whole life. --Jaime Gonzalez
Sleep deprived, tired, long sleepless night. --Emily Hackbart
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Welcoming back ‘70s film ‘The Sting’
by MAGGIE KLEIN The humor of the 1973 Academy Award winner, “The Sting,” turns this film into a must-see
for all generations. Paul Newman and Robert Redford (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”), reprise their roles as partners in crime, while adding sophistication and wit to this extraordinary piece. This trend-setting film with its clever characters and twisting plotline introduced the actioncomedy genre, thus becoming iconic in the world of film. In “The Sting,” lowly street grifter Jonny Hooker (Redford) teams up with wanted conman Henry Gondorff (Newman), to take revenge on the gangster who killed their mutual friend in cold blood. Their plan is to set up one of the greatest cons in history. The astounding cinematography is just one aspect that makes
this film so great. The shots are done in a mix of first- and thirdperson, giving viewers a sense of being involved in the storyline directly through the character’s eyes, while still maintaining the normal movie experience. The charming characters constantly deliver witty lines, which help bring the movie to life by adding humor and intelligence. Additionally, the traditional ‘30s music and inventive “chapters” that provide transition to the scenes bring a whimsical feel to the film. This groundbreaking film introduced new genre ideas to filmmakers when it was released, leading future producers to create films with similar plots. Although the plot might seem familiar to
viewers, they should not write off the “The Sting,” because it is this aspect that was so revolutionary in the world of film. Also, a minor flaw of the film is that the scenes take longer to progress to other events, unlike the fast-paced, non-stop action of modern films. However, audiences that have enjoyed movies like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Italian Job” are sure to love “The Sting.” Directed by George Roy Hill, this classic adventure in the killor-get-killed world of Chicago, was the winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The combination of great filming and phenomenal acting make “The Sting” a timeless hit.
‘Elephants’ offers captivating plot, compelling characters by EMILY BARNES A New York Times bestseller for two years running, Sara Gruen’s captivating novel Water for Elephants is now a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) and Robert Pattinson (Twilight). Filled with intense emotions and unpredictable complications, this book holds the reader’s attention. The novel follows the journey of failed veterinarian Jacob Jankowski as he is caught up in the intrigue of a travelling circus. An element of danger enters the storyline when Jankowski begins a forbidden romance with the wife of the circus’ schizo-
phrenic head animal trainer. Life in a circus during the Great Depression is filled with charms and hardships, which makes for a lively, enthralling storyline. Just as compelling are the characters, all of whom have unique quirks and strong personalities, are fully-formed. They all have mysterious qualities as well, which come from living outside of society. It is easy for the reader to see through the eyes of these dynamic characters. Though she is not widely recognized, Gruen proves her capability to paint a vivid picture of daily life in a circus and the tangled emotions of the people in it. The book will satisfy readers with a longing for adventure and excitement.
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Nail art creates striking statement
by ELISE HAMPTON In the interest of full disclosure, I am a whole-hearted fashion enthusiast. I watch the runways. I know the names of the designers. I believe that flat shoes are for quitters. However, nail art is something that, up until a little while ago, I had ignored. Until a little while ago, it had not seemed worth paying attention to. Now, it is one of the most striking parts of fashion. Whole websites and magazines have been devoted to this art, and it is nearly impossible to find a fashion-oriented website or magazine that does not heavily feature images, advice, and general adoration for this talent. Nail art has recently gone through a sort of revolution. It has grown from being an expected part of a woman’s outfit to being an exciting expression of a woman’s personality or mood. When Zooey Deschanel, movie star and lead actress in the show “New Girl,” wore tuxedo polish to the Golden Globes, she was making a statement about her recent single status- she said that they, the nails, walked her down the red carpet instead of a date. By saying it with nail polish, she managed to be both subtle and make national news, a task that most celebrities can only dream of. To be fair, nail art can become very difficult. It is one thing to paint your nails one color, or layer it with crackle polish. It is quite another to create the masterpieces that some celebrities can achieve, like the intricate patterns and 3D designs of Lady Gaga, Kreayshawn, or Rihanna. But well-kept, stylish nail art can show others that you are creative, patient, and have good personal hygiene. This is particularly important for occasions when a handshake is necessary, such as an interview for college or a job. Nail art, unlike apparel fashion, does not have to be expensive. You can get a bottle of polish for less than $1. You can accomplish it on your own in a short amount of time. If you try fancier designs and fail, you can remove it within seconds. So, with all of that in mind, why not try it? Find more information at: http://www.nailsmag.com/ http://www.nailartgallery.com/ http://hellogiggles.com/category/ series/nails-of-the-day
11 ‘Halo’ remake combines stunning graphics, classic gameplay CrimsonTimes
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by ALYSSA GORE Video games come and go, but the memories they leave gamers last forever. Recently, one memorable game has been remade for its 10 year anniversary. “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” brought back those memories of the original game, which started the game series, on November 15, 2011. The wonderfully remastered graphics and sound effects would make any fan of the series proud. The original “Halo: Combat Evolved” was released in 2001 as a launch title for the Xbox, selling over five million copies worldwide, and starting a new series that kept players coming back for more. In the campaign, gamers play as Spartan 117, known to the
gaming world as Master Chief, the last of the Spartan 2 super soldiers. The Spartan’s purpose was to help defend the human race against the vast alien army, known as the Covenant. An attempted escape led the protagonist of the game to the ring shaped world of Halo, where gamers would then play through a variety of environments as they work to find a way to save humanity. The blocky and simple graphics of 10 years ago immerged as an amazing display of the advances in game development. The added detail makes every hallway, hillside, and forest pop, creating beautiful new scenery around the player. All of this is highlighted by the fact that, in the middle of a level, you can switch to the older graphics, giving a side
by side comparison of the old and the new and allowing players to fully submerge themselves in the classic gameplay. Now that the Halo series has been given to the game developers at 343 Industries, they wish to
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show fans that their beloved franchise is in good hands. By giving such careful attention to the details of the game, they are showing that they care about the series and realize how much it means to gamers, hoping to put them at ease for the next game: Halo 4. Because this game’s campaign is mostly to let hardcore fans relive the memories of the game, additional multiplayer game modes, and the ability for Xbox Live gameplay, have been included to make the game more appealing for the rest of the Halo players. The game itself is around $40,
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Whether you are a hardcore or casual gamer, indie games continue to be one of the best choices for a quick break. Offering a wide variety of unique ideas and innovations, they provide an escape from many of the games made by large production developers. These three games exhibit the many possibilities that are usually overlooked by the tried-andtested companies.
7 out of 10 Developer: Petri Purho Genre: Puzzle, Casual
Going back to a simpler time when all that was needed to let the imagination wander was a couple of crayons and a fresh sheet of paper, “Crayon Physics Deluxe” challenges players to multitudes of puzzles. Using the mouse to alter the playing field by drawing paths and objects, the player attempts to move a ball to a goal by any means necessary. It sounds easy at first, but as the game progresses it challenges player’s creativity to complete each level. Featuring over 70 levels of increasing difficulty and a level editor to create custom designs, “Crayon Physics Deluxe” has a large re-playability value for the gamer that enjoys puzzles. There are dozens of ways to complete each level, and a large database of user-created levels is available to download for free. For the price of $19.99, Crayon Physics Deluxe gets a 7 out of 10. The price is too high for what is received, although it is recommended to anyone who enjoys puzzle games.
so for gamers new to Halo, or fans that would rather not pay so much for an updated game, it might be better to purchase the original Combat Evolved for closer to $15. Even though the new version costs more, the game looks incredible compared to what it was before, and it would be better to get the anniversary edition because the updates bring the older game into the present day. It is well worth the time to play through the levels that had captured the fans the first time.
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After finding a mysterious sphere on the coast, “Nightsky” transports the player to a bizarre and unique landscape. Using the arrow keys to control the ball through a bizarre and unique landscape, the player must solve puzzles and use accurate timing to progress through the levels. There is little to accompany the player other than the silent ambience and silhouettes of creatures and objects. Instead of feeling lifeless, it enhances the experience and inspires a meditative-trance. The art style is also very simplistic, using mainly color gradients for the background and black for the level itself. New powers occasionally appear to solve puzzles, and they feel innovative rather than filler. The difficulty is on a very smooth learning curve and requires little experience with games to pick up and play comfortably. There is little re-playability other than completely restarting, but the gameplay and length of 11 chapters easily makes up for that. For $9.99, NighSky gets an 8 out of 10.
Hammerfight 5 out of 10
Developer: Kranx Productions
In Hammerfight, the player is a member of a struggling tribe called Gaiars. After being taken prisoner and turned into a slave, the player is forced into battling in an arena. Using weapons that swing freely and are attached to small helicopters, the player must progress through the arena and form an escape plan. Battles in this game promise a large amount of strategy, such as what weapons and type of helicopter to use. Combat is largely dependent on centripetal force, inertia, and kinetic energy. By using the mouse to control the helicopter, the player can make attached weapons swing similarly to a mace. Although simple, the controls feel very rough and lack smoothness, making it difficult to maneuver one’s helicopter. Despite the many factors that encourage combinations, the system falls flat because one of the best strategies is to spin around aimlessly and destroy anything before it presents a decent challenge. This takes a huge toll on the game, since the whole game revolves around combat that becomes tedious and frustrating even after a few matches. The story also feels unoriginal and lacks anything interesting to keep the player intrigued. For $9.99, “Hammerfight” gets a 5 out of 10.
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Winter sports wrap- up Girls grab league championship The girls varsity basketball team shares the Co-League Championship with the Tigard Tigers this year. The two teams have won the same number of games, though Glencoe lost to Tigard in both games they played.This is the first time in 16 years that the team has shared the League Championship title. Going into the playoffs, the girls basketball team has a winning record of 11-2 overall. They creamed the North Medford Black Tornados in the payoffs, bringing home a 77-33 victory. Seniors: Kiley Lyle, Alyssa Davis, Kaylee Van Loo, Maggie Harlow, Hayley Landon, Tayler Feinauer, Kayla Fleskes
Boys basketball stays strong Though the season was tough, boys basketball stepped up its game by beating Hilhi in a home game on Feb. 17. “We got some payback. [The team] hung tough and stayed [positive],” said Coach Matt Schmidt. Ranked seventh in league, boys basketball also beat rivals Forest Grove on Feb. 14, after losing to them earlier in the season. The team lost to Roseburg in the playoffs on Feb. 25. Seniors: Jimmy Gardner, Alex Johnson, Logan VanRoekel, Chad Smith, Kurtis Campbell, Tyler Becker
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Senior Logan VanRoekel makes a slam dunk as senior Kurtis Campbell and Coach Matt Schmidt look on.
Skiing sends two to state for slalom events Two members of Glencoe ski team qualified for state this year, despite the serious disadvantage the six-member team faces, racing against teams three times its size. Junior Denise Bosak qualified for slalom and Junior Colton Viner qualified for slalom and giant slalom. In ski racing, the scoring system favors large teams like Jesuit and Southridge. To compensate, Head Coach Kevin Viner said, the team is working on improving strength and consistency. “In skiing you want to win the race, but you also want to finish the race. [If you’re in good condition and] you do take a spill, you won’t get hurt so bad,” he said. Though it is harder for them to win races, Viner said there is an upside to his team’s small size. “You get pretty much one-on-one coaching all year round.” There are no seniors on the team, so all racers make varsity their first year. Varsity members: Denise Bosak, Colton Viner, Erik McLaury, Jaydn Clausen, Cayce Pitts, Drew Neuman
Frank places at state meet
Junior Taylor Frank captured seventh place in the 500 freestyle at state championships with a 5:17.86. Frank also swam the 200 freestyle in the preliminary event. Like in years past, swim team faced the challenge of small numbers, often competing against teams twice its size. Despite this, the team saw several members make finals in various events at districts in McMinnville. According to sophomore Jonathan Napier, the team hopes to send more people to state for next year and improve their times. Seniors: Andrew Rogers, Tommy Nuthmann, Kathryn Rasmussen, Melissa Mauk, Elias Losli
Nance takes fifth in state Senior Chris Nance captured fifth place in his weight class at the state competition on Feb. 25.With the youth of the team Coach Jason Harless was impressed by the wrestlers’ skill of the sport, but said they could improve on their self confidence. “[The team] can improve and build on their self confidence. It’s a mental game, and it takes to come out on [the mat] and feel like you are at your best.” This is the youngest team in the six years Harless has coached. Seniors: Alex Alfaro, Michael Alvarez, John Atkinson, Matthew Coloma, Joe McNeilly, Alex Mendoza, Brian Morales, Chris Nance, Josh Talty, T.J. Thrienen
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