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Senior crowned Miss Teen Oregon Tabetha Schulz competed in the 2012 International Junior Miss Pageant and came away with the coveted title of Miss Teen Oregon by SONJA ARRYO Senior Tabetha Schulz has captured the title of Miss Teen Oregon for the International Junior Miss pageant. Schulz was awarded the title on Feb. 17. Schulz said she competes in a total of five pageants a year. International Junior Miss is one of the most prestigious pageant competitions in Oregon, according to Schulz. A total of 100 contestants from Oregon, Washington and Canada come compete for the coveted title. The competition has three categories: formal wear, a personal introduction and an interview with the judges. Schulz said she simply entered the competition to have fun and to spend time with her close friends who were competing as well. “I just went for the fun of it, winning was unexpected; it was like a bonus.” “I literally just winged everything and just went with it,” Schulz said. The first of the three categories was formal wear. Schulz said this was among the most nerve racking for her because it is the judge’s first impression of a candidate. To calm their nerves, she and her fellow participants danced back stage to the music being played on the stage. Since winning the pageant, Schulz’s life has become extremely busy. From the moment she finishes school, Schulz said she heads to an appearance, makes calls or
meets with her coach. Additionally Schulz models for Opearl brands (a clothing line) and is constantly making calls in regards to her volunteer service. Schulz said she enjoys spending her free time in the pageant world because it has become like second nature to her. “The experience and opportunities she has been given is priceless and so much more than you can learn from just books or school. I never once thought I would have a child so involved in pageantry,” said Schulz’s mother Tracy Schulz. Schulz not only dedicates her time and efforts to her pageants but to her volunteer work for her charity as well. Schulz runs a charity called Operation Movie Drop, which accepts gently used CD’s and DVD’s for soldiers serving in the military overseas. Schulz decided on this charity because she has family members that have served overseas, and many of the soldiers suffer from depression. Sending them CD’s and DVD’s act as a reminder of home. Her charity has been receiving more attention since she won the pageant. “I get calls from numerous people actually asking to sponsor my charity work,” she said.
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photo submitted by TABETHA SCHULZ Tabetha Schulz (right) crowned by 2012 Miss Washington Teen Brooklyn Hodge (left) for her win at the International Junior Miss Pageant, beating out over 100 contestants from Oregon, Washington and Canada.
Theatre rises to internationals
photo submitted by LORI DALIPOSON Glencoe Thespians celebrating their success at the state thespian competition at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem.
by JASMIN AGUILAR Tonight the theatre department is presenting “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket,” in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The play also runs Friday and Saturday nights. This production captures the dayto-day life experiences of middle-schooler Daniel Rocket and how he struggles with being different from other kids – strange, isolated, and bullied into wanting to escape. The role of Daniel Rocket is played by senior Brenden Utting. Other lead roles are played by senior Devon Roberts and sophomore Ali Strelchun. This play showcases the life changes Daniel encounters throughout high school and beyond. “We hope that the play brings more light to the effects of bullying,” senior Katie Sagar said. In addition, Glencoe’s theatre program has had an outstanding year at competitions. At the 2013
State Theatre Conference, two groups captured first-place awards, which gives them the opportunity to represent Oregon at the International Thespian Festival in June. Six of Glencoe’s theatre won first-place with their One Act performance; seniors Brenden Utting and Bailey LuBean, and juniors Ashley Gaston, Jesse Donnelly, Reyna Cox and Kaleb Bacchetti. Theatre students also received first place in technical challenge. The state-winning technical team includes juniors Amanda Kishlock, Melissa Hampton, Riley Gibson, Jesse Donnelly, Kassy Holub and sophomore Sammy Sagar. “I am incredibly proud of their hard work,” Lori Daliposon, drama director said. “Not only did they receive these honors, they represented Glencoe and the Hillsboro School District very well through their excellence on and off stage.”
Five students qualify for national speech tournament by ANISHA DATTA
Ten members of Glencoe’s Speech and Debate team competed and eight received awards at the State tournament in Monmouth on April 18-20. The state tournament was the conclusion of an outstanding season for the team, with Glencoe winning fourth place in sweepstakes at two major college tournaments. Five team members, more than any other school in Oregon, have ranked in the National Forensic League’s Honors Society’s top 25 performers in the state. They include seniors Brett Morgan, Jacob Pavlik, Olivia Herring, Tasha Lane, and Trent Bellwood. This news came on the heels of a spectacular performance at the NFL qualifying tournaments, which will send five students to the national tournament – the most the
team has taken to Nationals in Glencoe’s history. The following students will be attending the national tournament in Birmingham, Alabama on June 15: Morgan and Pavlik in Public Fourm debate, junior Anisha Datta in Original Oratory, and junior Lorena Colcer and senior Hampus Hammarlund in Student Congress. Glencoe had a successful State tournament, with Morgan and Pavlik taking second and senior Hampus Hammarlund and junior Lorena Colcer taking third in Public Forum debate, Morgan placing third in Extemporaneous speaking, Datta placing fourth in After Dinner Speaking, and senior Jessica Flores placing fourth in ELL speaking. Lane was a finalist in Supercongress, and Pavlik and Datta also semifinaled in Original Oratory. Junior Ali Giza (radio), senior Blanca Vasquez (ELL) and Herring (Supercongress) also participated in Radio and in ELL, respec-
tively. Pavlik and Herring received four-year State awards, signifying that they qualified for the State tournament all four years of their high school career. “I was extraordinarily proud at the showings at the district, state, and the National Qualifying tournaments,” Head Coach Susan McLain said. “We had some outstanding performances in Student Congress, debate, and individual events.” The end of such a successful season is a bittersweet one for the team, as it represents the concluding year of many of the team’s strong senior performers. However, McLain has high hopes for next year’s team. “This year we have a squad of strong seniors, but our team is relatively young. I look forward to excellent results next year as well,” she said.
PAGEANT: Miss Teen winner says pageantry is more than meets the eye Continued from page 1 According to Schulz, the pageant world is not at all the stereotypes it appears to be on TV. The glitz and the glam do not define the world of pageants; Schulz said it is a world of self-motivation, selfmanagement and passion. “This is not Toddlers and Tiaras. It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s not glitz; it’s all natural. This is my real hair and my real teeth.” Agreeing with Schulz, fellow contestant Alison
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Kotila said that the main focus of pageants is not only a person’s outward appearance but how they present themselves; it builds a skill useful for a professional setting. “Pageants are not just about how you look on the outside; they are mainly about who you are on the inside and how you conduct yourself in an interview and public speaking.” Schulz said she is happy to have support and encouragement from her family. “I am more than proud of all of her accomplishments, and thankful to all the people she met and doors that were opened because of pageantry,” Tracy Schulz said. Now Schulz is preparing to head to Virginia Beach, Virginia in June for the Junior Miss Nationals competition final. The winners from each state will compete in the larger national pageant.
Sparrow Club fundraises to bring hope to cancer patient by JASMIN AGUILAR Sparrow Club was brought to Glencoe for the first time last year with the arrival of Principal Bob Macauley. The club was established with the collaboration of now Sparrow Club President Angel Mandujano. Sparrow Club is a nonprofit organization that assists children in medical crisis as well as their families. Mandujano had met with Principal McCauley last year about his desire to help others and together, and with the help of other staff members, they assembled Glencoe’s first ever Sparrow Club. “I have a desire to help others, and that is why I approached Mr. McCauley,” Mandujano said. “Last year’s Sparrow was my uncle, Carlos Aguilar-Gaona, and knowing that I was a part of helping raise enough money for his transplant makes me feel so proud.” Last year the club raised a total of $24,500 for their “Sparrow,” and this year they face yet again another challenge. After searching the Internet for a Sparrow kid, Macauley came across Alex Rivera. Alex Rivera is 17 years old. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones. After contacting the family and receiving their blessing, Glencoe adopted Rivera as their sparrow. “When we spoke with them they were so unbeliev-
ably happy that we were going to help them out,” Mandujano said. Rivera needs around $50,000 to help pay for his chemotherapy and radiation, which can potentially save his life. “If we all work together, [and are] motivated and willing to do whatever it takes to raise Alex the money he needs, I have no doubt we can get him and his family all the money necessary for his treatment,” Mandujano said. Glencoe will also be collaborating with the Sparrow Clubs of Century High School and Evergreen Middle School to help raise as much money as possible for Rivera and his family. To do this they will be participating in a phone-a-thon, neighborhood collections, in-school Krispy Kreme donut sales, and community service. The club sponsor has offered an opportunity to raise money for Rivera and his family through student community service hours. Each hour of community services will serve as $10 to Rivera and his family. Anyone who is willing to put hours in to help their community will be making a huge impact for Rivera. Students can pick up yellow slips in both the attendance and main office to fill out and describe what type of service was completed. There is also a space given to write a short message to the Rivera family. Every dollar given, and every service hour counts.
College Confidential New legislation makes college statistics more readily available to prospective students by JACOB PAVLIK I might succeed after college, but I might not. In an era filled to the brink with information, I am surprised by how difficult it is for students considering college to get useful information about their prospects upon graduation. Questions about our future come up: If I go to college, am I likely to graduate? How much will I make? Will I be employed? How much debt will I have? Unfortunately, these questions will never be perfectly answered until after the fact, but that does not mean prospective students cannot get an idea of what their school could do for them in the future. A student attending Portland State University next year could find that 14 percent of its freshman class will graduate in four years, according to About.com. Thirty-eight percent will graduate after six years. These four- and six-year retention rates, the percentage of students coming back to school the following year, are valuable data to have when considering colleges. Retention rates can illuminate details about the school (perhaps students do not like it there and transfer) and its student body (students might be more serious about working than learning). Having a low retention rate is not inherently bad, but if a student wants to attend four years of college with roughly the same peer group, a high retention rate matters. Not all data is as attainable as retention rates. Database website Payscale has estimated the average starting salary and mid-career salary of graduates from some public universities. The study shows that graduates of Southern Oregon University earn, on average, $7,000 more than graduates of Western Oregon University. Current high school seniors going to Oregon State University should be the happiest because the study shows they will be earning $86,300 by the middle of their career! That is, regrettably, misleading. If one were to consider the methodology of Payscale’s study, one would find that “These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation.” A student looking at these numbers does not know how much money they are expected to make. Because the salaries are not differentiated by major, it would be difficult for students to know with any certainty how much they could be expected to make in the middle of their career. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, has proposed “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act,” which would require colleges to provide, among other things, average annual earnings, retention rates, and average debt accumulated. After the “technological revolution,” it should be easy to find out the average annual earnings and debt accumulation after college. The package would be made even better by specifying which majors the individuals had. Regardless of the post-high school plans being made, the more information, the better. Easier access to more information should not be controversial at this stage in the United States’ development.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Guard conquers competition
Winter guard captured first in every competition in their circuit this season and earned the chance to compete at internationals by LORENA COLCER Scoring the highest in their team history, the Glencoe Guard went undefeated in their season this year. They competed at six competitions total: five in their local circuit, the Northwest Association for Performing Arts, and one in the Seattle circuit. They earned first place at every single one. Their performance depicts the hardships that military wives go through when their husbands leave for war. “It’s really fun to perform. I really love our show this year [because] there’s a lot of emotion,” said Morgan McVean, one of the senior captains. Those who judged their performances also thoroughly enjoyed the poise the team was able to maintain and their performance in general. “Some comments that we heard were: ‘well trained, mature young ladies’. ‘They have a true love for what they do and it shows’,” said Coach Amy DeGiovanni. The Guard team of 12 practiced throughout the season from 4:30 - 9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. “We spend a lot of time together … and have a lot of fun at practice,” McVean said. DeGiovanni said she is impressed with the Guard’s successes this year. “I’ve had to push myself this year because that’s where their talent goes,” she said. “I needed to bring in top-of-the-line staff, design a more difficult show - to challenge these kids. For me, it was learning the balance of fun and success and to let my hair down. These kids push themselves more than I needed to!” Senior Christina Goodey, the other senior captain, described how positive the team atmosphere has become this year. “We do have a really good dynamic this year. In past years there were the seniors and there were the freshmen, and they didn’t really interact much. But this year, anyone can go up to anyone and just start talking, and we’re all friends,” Goodey said. The team qualified for Winter Guard International (WGI), which took place in Dayton,
photo submitted by MORGAN MCVEAN The Glencoe guard competed at Winter Guard International in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio this year. Even though they only performed once, they still had a wonderful time together. “We only got to perform once …That being said, the girls had an amazing time with memories to last a life time!” DeGiovanni said. The Guard is having open gym on Tuesday May 14th and Thursday May 16th from 6 – 8:30 p.m. “We’d love to have people [come] who are interested in giving colorguard a shot without the stress of ‘try outs’. They’ll get a chance to learn all pieces of equipment (rifle, sabre, flag) as well as dance!” DeGiovanni said.
Choir performs in Golden State by KRISTI CHAMBERS The Concord Choir, Glencoe’s concert choir, performed in numerous locations during its tour to San Francisco last month. The 43 students, along with chaperones and choir director Vance Sele, performed first at Oregon State University. While at OSU they were able to meet Ron Jeffers, a retired choral professor and owner of Earth Songs Publishing Company, who wrote the music to the song, “I Have Had Singing” that the choir performed. They also performed at the restored state capitol building of California, the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Six Flags, Historic Pier 39, Alcatraz Island, and various other places. Along with all the singing the choir was able to enjoy the musical production “Billy Elliot”, and spend a day at Six Flags. They also shopped and participated in a flash mob at Pier 39, ate at Bubba Gumps Restaurant, and toured the historic Alcatraz prison.
photo submitted by KRISTI CHAMBERS The Choir poses after singing at California’s restored Capitol Building.
Parent club awarded grant
by JASMIN AGUILAR Glencoe Parent Club, which organizes and hosts the annual All-Night Senior Graduation Party, has received a $500 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. This organization has distributed thousands of dollars to non-profit groups throughout several Oregon counties; Glencoe and Hilhi were the two schools in Hillsboro to receive grants. This grant will be used to help fund the transportation to and from the party location as well as help supply food, beverages and entertainment. Parent club will also be using this grant to provide both full and partial scholarships to low-income students so that they have the opportunity to attend this event.
5K helps Special Olympics by ANISHA DATTA
In support of the Special Olympics, senior Gerrick Rogers will be holding a 5K fun run on Saturday, May 11 at the Glencoe track. The run is open to people of all ages and athletic abilities. Registration opens at noon and with a fee of $10 per person, or $25 per family. All proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics.
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Running a marathon: no walk in the park An event inspired by the legendary 26-mile journey of ancient Greek soldier Pheidippides, the marathon is a run to remember. Training for one takes nerve, endurance and perseverance -- but creates memories that last a lifetime EVERYONE CAN
by ANISHA DATTA
Both Rogers and Brauer recomThe course of a marathon is six mend trying to run a marathon. The miles longer than the distance bekey trait of successful marathoners, tween downtown Hillsboro and the they said, is discipline. Washington Square Mall. Its 104 “The hardest part is training and laps around the Glencoe track. It’s being consistent,” Rogers said. 26.2 miles of physical and mental “Creating motivation and rememchallenge that many runners underbering why [you chose to run a take every year, and put themselves marathon] helps.” at the finish line after an average of Once the runner has established 4 hours of race-day running that work ethic, people of all body types tires even passive onlookers. can participate with the appropriate While most high school students training, according to Brauer. will not think of embarking on any “[Running a marathon] is a menmarathon that does not have the tal game. It doesn’t depend on body word “movie” in front of it, a select type. There were all shapes and few students enjoy and even excel sizes of people running with me.” at this true test of endurance. While there are many perks mar“I love running. It relaxes me. athon running offers, Rogers says It clears my mind,” senior Gerphoto submitted by GERRICK ROGERS rick Rogers said. Rogers completed Along with setting a new school record, Senior Gerrick Rogers received first place that health benefits, surprisingly, are not one of them. the Foot Traffic Flat marathon last in his age group and 33rd place overall at the Yakima River marathon. “If you get into running for summer at a friend’s recommenda“My vegetarian diet helped me more than health benefits, then marathon running is not for tion. “[A friend of mine] told me that there was a anything else,” he said. school record for the marathon that was definite- According to Rogers, runners eat an excess of you,” he said. Rogers recommends recreational ly beatable. So that got me started,” Rogers said. carbohydrates and starches – a process known as running instead for people who wish to use runSenior Macie Dungan ran two half marathons carb-loading -- on the days just before the race to ning to lose weight or become healthier, as it offers the same heart benefits as marathon running in the past year, placing first in her age group at give them the energy they need. does. the Rotary Half Marathon in November. Along with building stamina and eating healthy, Despite the effort, both Rogers and Brauer said “It was just something that I’ve always want- Rogers stressed the importance of becoming they plan to continue to run marathons. Dungan ed to do,” Dungan said. familiar with the route of the race beforehand. said she wants to run one in the near future. Rogers said that had he spent more time famil“I want to keep running,” said Rogers, who Each mile is another adventure and iarizing himself with the course, he could have wants to run the Boston Marathon one day. “It been even more successful. a new story. will always be part of something I do and part of “My mistake was underestimating the course who I am.” and not being as ready for the hills as I should Both Rogers and Dungan said they wanted have been,” he said. “Each mile is another adto use marathon training to better themselves as venture and a new story. You have to expect the athletes, and to reach goals they set for them- unexpected.” selves. Also among Glencoe marathoners is seRACE DAY nior Jake Brauer, who completed the Portland Rogers has so far completed two marathons. marathon last fall. In April he ran his most recent race, the Yakima TRAINING River Marathon in April, in three hours, 33 minTraining for a marathon takes considerable utes, and three seconds. Aside from shaving 55 time, planning and effort. seconds off the old school record, Roger’s time “It’s a complicated system,” Rogers said. was well under the four hour mark, which is conRogers spent time researching to create his own sidered excellent for marathoners. training plan. Most plans cover 14-16 weeks and “I was just happy to be done,” he said. “I was recommend running six times per week, and de- so beat.” tail the types of workouts to be incorporated into the run, such as cross training or speed drills. They say you get a little heart atMarathon training can be difficult for a highschooler to undertake, according to Rogers. tack when you finish a marathon. That “There were some times when I had to give up might have been it. things like hanging out with friends to go running,” he said. Brauer finished the Portland Marathon in three Aspiring marathoners also need to watch what hours and 48 minutes. they eat. According to Rogers, marathon runners “The last four miles was the really hard part, need to eat more protein than bodybuilders. but it felt great,” Brauer said. “They say you get Brauer, a vegetarian, advised that cutting out a little heart attack when you finish a marathon. photo submitted by GERRICK ROGERS junk food and preservatives normally found in That might have been it. Everyone was screamRogers after he finished the Yakima River marathon meat will result in better runs. ing; it felt really good.”
on April 6, 2013, with a time of 3:33:03.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Artists pack a punch at PAC 8
by JASMIN AGUILAR Glencoe artists had strong showings at two recent art competitions. At the PAC 8 League Art Show, 17 students placed within the top three categories. Junior Kristyn Helmick was awarded “Best in Show,” judges’ choice, and first place for her colored drawing. Between the three art teachers, Marilyn Joyce, Ezra Ereckson, and Richard Shearing, 20 students were chosen to participate.
PAC 8 winners: Darkroom Photography 1st & 2nd place -Valentina Chau 3rd place -Catalina Marquez Parra Digital Photography 1st & 2nd place -Mikaela Van Dyke Sculpture -non Ceramic 1st place -Sydney Fort 2nd place -Samantha Roof 3rd place -Jake Brauer Award-winning works by artists, clockwise from top right: Mikaela Van Dyke, Christian Ceramic Sculpture 1st place -Samantha Lane, Kristyn Helmick, Valentina Chau, Madison Romero Lovell
“We were all so thrilled with the outcome. This competition was a great opportunity for all of the kids. It helped broaden their lives and inspire them with their artwork,” Joyce said. The second competition was the 9th Annual Hillsboro Youth Art Exhibit, held at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center. Five Glencoe artists won awards. Senior Mikaela Van Dyke won the highest award, “Best in Show” and $250 for her Digital Photography.
Colored Drawing “Best in Show” & 1st place - Kristyn Helmick 2nd place -Samantha Lovell Ink 1st place -Madison Romero Representational Painting 2nd place -Sydney Fort Book Arts 1st place -Riley Braukman 2nd place -Samantha Roof Black and White Drawing 2nd place -Cristel Fitzpatrick
Graphic Art 1st place -Christian Lane Computer Generated Art 1st place - Christian Lane 2nd place -Erin Ruark
Youth Art Exhibit Award Winners: Digital Photography “Best in show” -Mikaela Van Dyke Cartooning 1st place -Erin Ruark
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Bands around school
photo submitted by TIM THE WALRUS
photo submitted by BLACK MIRRORS
Tim the Walrus
By simply putting on their shades before every show as a sign of confidence, The Black Mirrors are ready to rock. The current members are guitarists Nikolai Shapland and Tyler Gamache, bass guitarist Spencer Gamache and vocalist Faith Mendoza of Westview. The Black Mirrors recently won Glencoe’s 2013 Battle of the Bands. The Black Mirrors have played for several other crowds like the Hillsboro Tuesday Market as well as a variety of large events since 2007 when they were first established. Considering themselves an Alternative Rock band, their biggest inspirations are the Foo Fighters and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. After overcoming few hardships, such as having a reliable vocalist and stage fright, the five band members have continued to create their own legacy. Like many high school bands, their biggest supporters are their parents, according to Tyler Gamache. Spencer Gamache said they hope to make it “all the way to the top [of the music charts].”
Three current sophomores decided last spring that they were going to start a band. Their band name, Tim the Walrus, took many hours of discussion and brainstorming. Finally, the boys just settled on the original name. Their biggest supporters are junior Onyx Andra and other friends around school. While their music consists of covers and writing their own music, they try to make their music different. “We all know what we like, so we do that,” Bueffel said. Tim the Walrus had the opportunity last summer to perform at the Roseland Theater at a festival for young, unsigned artists. The band had various gigs and has often tried to stand out with their decorative costumes. “We like to play dress up,” Mutchler said. Irving enjoys wearing his kilt and Russian hat, according to Bueffel. For Glencoe’s 2013 Battle of the Bands, all three members dressed in random clothing. Bueffel said that his favorite part about playing music is being able to do something that he really enjoys. “[I like] having an awesome product come out of it,” Bueffel said.
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photo submitted by CALEB RILEY Senior Caleb Riley (center) sponsors a motorcross event to help raise money for seven-year-old Chehayla, as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Senior fulfills a young girl’s dream by CADY HERB With the help of Woodland Motocross Park, senior Caleb Riley raised over $5,000 in a motocross event on March 2 for his senior project. This amount was enough money to grant a young girl’s wish through the Kids For Wish Kids program, a part of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Seven-year-old Chehayla from Salem was granted the money raised by Riley. Over spring break, Cheyhayla used the money to go to Walt Disney World. She has cystic fibrosis which is a genetic disorder that affects the transportation of chloride and sodium, mostly in the lungs. “I race motocross and work at a dirt bike shop. “ Riley said, “I wanted to do a project around that.” Riley organized the event start to finish. Family and friends helped by volunteering their time. People paid a gate fee to race at Riley’s event, and others participated in an auction with donated goods from many businesses. The event was called the Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefit Ride Day. He began by contacting Woodland hoping they would provide a track and help get the word out. After making plans with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Riley was off and running. He advertised on social media sites and other sponsor’s web pages. Riley said he was pleased with the turnout. Over 300 people showed up, and they made a total of, $5,422.10. “I was talking to people who came, and they were surprised that a high schooler could put it [ride day] together by himself.” Riley said. Riley is considering making the Make-A-Wish-Foundation Benefit Ride Day an annual event due to its success. “As long as you have a goal, and you work hard,” Riley said, “there’s no reason you can’t do something.” Riley said he would like to thank everyone who helped, donated goods and services. He said he is especially appreciative of Woodland Motocross.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Mackelmore widens wingspan of hiphop Hip-hop artist Mackelmore brings an innovative and positive influence to the hip-hop industry
by DEVIN HERBERT He is the first artist not signed to a major label to reach No. 1 on the U.S. music charts since 1994. His song “Thrift Shop” can be heard playing on the radio almost every day. Ben Haggerty, more commonly known by his stage name Mackelmore, has been releasing music since 2000 but has only become popular in the recent years. His overall style is new to hip-hop. His lyrics are powerful and moving, while still staying away from being overly offensive and crude, which is a breath of fresh air in the music industry.
While other rappers can be more blunt about the issues they address and their opinions, Mackelmore is much calmer. His beats are smooth and his lyrics are soft but honest. He has the attitude of “Hey, this is my message, and you should listen” which opposes many rapper’s lyrics today who perform in the manner of “This is my opinion, I don’t care if you think different, listen or else.” They portray this message through violent and insulting lyrics. Because of Mackelmore’s style of expressing his opinion, his message is even more powerful, because the general population is more accepting of him. Because of his more wholesome message, his songs can be played more on the radio, and thus can reach a wider audience. While there are many stories of how Mackelmore received his stage name, he said in an interview with MTV, “I was young, creative … I used to go to thrift shops and buy the most flamboyant plaid clothes … when I’d go out into the city and kick it, I would dress in these garments. When I did this, I was known as ‘Professor Mackelmore.’ Later I realized that I wasn’t
a professor of anything, but the name followed me.” In their early years, Mackelmore and his rap group spent a lot of time doing gigs in small clubs. Through Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube, they were able to gain more popularity. Eventually their touring became so successful that they could have signed to a major label, but instead they used the income from preforming to produce their own album. Mackelmore’s friend and colleague, Ryan Lewis made this possible due to his expertise in music production. Mackelmore’s self-published album has changed the music industry forever. Artists are starting to realize that they do not need to be signed to a big music label to have success. In his music, Mackelmore addresses issues including gay rights and his past substance abuse problems. His song “Same Love” explains how we should not be rude to someone just because they seem a little different. The song also expresses his desire for a change in gay rights, while condemning homophobia in music and in social media.
“You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it, I read an article about a 13-year-old kid who committed suicide because he was ridiculed at school over being gay… I had to say something.” Mackelmore said in his interview with MTV. Mackelmore also addresses consumer culture in his song “Wings.” In the beginning of the song he praises shoes and talks about how important they were to him growing up. However at the end of the song, he says that popular shoes like Nikes are really “just another pair of shoes”. In an interview with nicekicks.com he posed questions like “Do we really need these 30-40 pairs of Jordans in the closet? What does this really mean? How does this define myself as an individual? Do these shoes make me fresh?” So whether you are an avid fan of hiphop, or did not like the genre before but are willing to give it a second chance, check out Mackelmore. He will be worth your time.
Gauntlet leaves behind memorable legacy
While Dark Legacy may not be the greatest game of its time, it offers hours of fun with friends and an opportunity to relive the days spent at the arcade by ALYSSA GORE Many of us have fond memories of the blaring sound effects and glowing screens of the arcade. Some of us played the games, and some of us watched, but the excitement of the setting was mutual. The games were simple yet engaging enough to make all of us enjoy the time we spent there with friends and family. While the games that made the arcade so alluring to us as kids are quickly disappearing, either from being outdated or the machines are simply falling apart, there is one game that can take you back to those days. That game is “Gauntlet: Dark Legacy.” Released in 2001 by Midway Games as a remade version of the arcade version, “Gauntlet: Dark Legacy” has so much to offer, despite its age. With its simple controls and enjoyable multiplayer, this game is perfect for the beginner gamer or as a party game. Since it is heavily based on its arcade counterpart, the controls of the game are incredibly simple. It does not matter if you are an advanced gamer, or have never played a video game before. All you need to know is how move the control stick and press a button. The controls also do not change from character to character,
meaning the player is not limited to any one character due to skill level. For a game created 12 years ago, “Gauntlet: Dark Legacy” was well made with very few glitches. The enemies never end up in walls or fall off the paths, which are common problems in games today. “Gauntlet: Dark Legacy” is a game that is better with more people. The game allows up to four players at once, and, while it does not have any player-against-player modes, having a friend or two to join in the adventure really makes the game more enjoyable. This game is still available today in some video game stores and through online shopping websites, with used copies of the game selling for around $10. “Gauntlet: Dark Legacy” is available for the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, and the GameCube. This “hack and slash” style game may not look like much at first, especially when compared to other console games coming out at the time, such as the original “Halo.” However, that does not make it a bad game in any way. What it lacks in cutting edge graphics, it makes up for in memorable gameplay, characters and levels.
comics by CHELSEA HECKETHORNE
Student Diego Laguna receives a not-so-pleasant lunch surprise
Here, Diego! I got you some Wait. lunch!
Harold, buddy? That you?
Aw thanks little dude, I-
...Guess I shouldn’t have gotten the tunafish.
Ghoul of a tail
Something is haunting the school! Yet Glencoe’s resident apparition, Betty, is none the wiser *Blahblahgossip gossipblah*
Hey guys, can I ask you somethBlah blah?
Hey dude, ca-
CALL THE GHOSTBUSTERS!
Good grief! It’s like these people have never seen a spectral manifestation before!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Comics, costumes & nerds. Oh my!
Crimson Times cartoonist Chelsea Heckethorne attended Comicon, and all she brought back was this lousy article by CHELSEA HECKETHORNE
A sassy con-goer dressed as Kid Loki from the Thor comics stikes a pose at Emerald City Comicon, held in Seattle this last March.
Why in the world would any sane person want to go a comic convention? For some, doing so would be on their “List of Things I Never Want to Do,” right between “juggling flasks of sulfuric acid” and “gargling bees.” And they’d be right in that assessment, on the surface. These conventions are crowded, sweaty, and just plain chaotic. But for others, such assemblies of fiction fanatics are not only tolerable, but the only place some can feel truly at home with other people. Meet ups like these are where the geeks, the meeks, and the freaks can let their inner child run free, without fear of judgment or retribution. Held in Seattle, Washington on March 1st through the 3rd, Emerald City Comicon, as stated on its website, is “the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest!” And with such a large venue, there is niche for just about everyone in attendance. Steampunks, gamers, and fans of all genres of cinematic and written fiction congregated on those three days to hang out and revel in their collective geekdom. Many people even chose to dress up as characters from their favorite works of fiction, as the ultimate expression of geekiness. Even I was guilty of this, having dressed up as several dif-
ferent characters during the weekend, and I spent every moment I could taking pictures of the costumes of others. Some people actually wanted to take my picture; I had even entered a costume contest for “Best Doctor Who Costumes,” despite winning nothing more than an apologetic pat on the shoulder. Even still, putting together a good costume is not the main point of a comic convention. Conventions serve as a place to meet and hang out with like-minded people in a setting that is not nearly as quick to judge about silly and nerdy behavior as ordinary society might. I know very well that there were times when my conduct might have had people looking at me like I had grown a third head, were it not for the fact that I was among friends. I also had the opportunity to meet an actor from one of my favorite television shows not once, but twice. Even if the conspace was often times chaotic with the throng of people coming and going, Emerald City Comicon was an amazing experience for me, as I’m sure it was for most anyone going to their first large-scale convention. So if you’d like to consider attending a convention like this, just remember that there is always a place, panel, meet-up or photo-shoot where you will belong. Invest in some good walking shoes though; you’ll be standing in a lot of lines.
A young man dresses up as a dilapidated test subject from the popular video game series Portal.
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