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DECEMBER 13, 2013 Takes an inside look through the eyes of Roberson students

Students discuss the stress of the holiday season




Equal access concerns addressed

Building a

Power School replaces eSIS State switches over to new grading program.

Building adjustments made to better accommodate for handicapped students.

By Caroline Stray Editor, Golden Fleece


Two recent additions at Roberson – a new breezeway connecting the English Hall and G-Building, and lower paper towel dispensers – have been installed on campus to create equal access for students or guests who may be in a wheelchair. Before the breezeway was implemented in November, the only way for a student in a wheelchair to access the GBuilding was by going outside. This created problems on rainy days. Students and teachers have found the new addition of the breezeway easier for commute in inclement weather, according to senior Clare Johnson. “It’s so nice to be able to take the quickest route from class to class and not worry about getting drenched in the rain,” Johnson said. “However, I think some students don’t take enough advantage of the more convenient walkway.” However, according to Head Custodian Neil Brown, the new features allow for equal opportunities for all students and satisfy civil rights standards. “I met with a civil rights board for five or six hours sometime in May,” Brown said. “We toured around the school checking heights to ensure they met all the standards. After that, a few upgrades such as the breezeway were implemented this summer.” Brown also said that the upgrades will not end with just rest rooms and walkways. Water fountains and certain ramps will also be improved; however, they will be a part of a more lengthy process due to funding coming from the state capital. According to Assistant Principal Steve McCurry, Roberson is also taking the necessary steps to ensure that all sidewalks, handrails, steps, and elevators are up to code as well. “It’s the school’s job to make sure all students, including students in wheelchairs and with other handicaps, have equal access to everything on campus to ensure an environment that provides a proper education for everyone,” McCurry said. Junior Sarah Black, who participates in the Peer Tutoring class with the Progressive Education Program, said that she is happy to see the school making efforts for all of its students. “It’s a great thing to see the school thinking of others and working to improve education for students with handicaps or disabilities,” Black said. “As a Peer Tutor, I can say that the students I work with are truly amazing people, and I’m glad to see that people care about their education, too.”


Soccer, cheerleading teams help build dominance in AAAA state competition After moving to 4-A in 2009, Roberson has been steadily winning more and more recognition. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor


he Athletic Department of TC Roberson took its biggest step yet on its way to building a new state 4-A powerhouse on Sat, Nov. 16. The day started with the varsity cheerleading team winning its second invitational state title and ended with the boys’ soccer team taking home TC’s first team state championship trophy. As far as Roberson becoming a 4A powerhouse, soccer head coach Rob Wilcher agrees that the school is gaining that reputation. “It just takes some time to build our teams because 4A is definitely tougher, playing the major city schools throughout

North Carolina,” Wilcher said. “I think we are getting closer to becoming an athletic powerhouse now that the women’s cross country team finished second. Our baseball team-our soccer team, they all have been getting close,” Wilcher said. In the 3-A division, Roberson collected a total of 38 state championship titles, including four Wachovia/Wells Fargo Cups for having the best overall program in a given year. In 2009, the school entered a new era when they officially became a 4-A school for the first time since the school’s opening in 1962. While producing a dominating presence in almost every sport as a 3-A school Roberson is now one of the smallest 4-A programs in the state. With a student body around 1,600, Roberson is competing against larger schools, some that top out at nearly 5,000 students. Senior Kevin Rhash felt the soccer team was well prepared going into the state championship. “We felt that we had a fairly good chance of winning. We had been practicing

about two hours after school each day and continued to work hard every day in order to prepare,” Rhash said. Soccer ended its season with a final record of 27-0-2 and was led by a total of 13 seniors out of the team of 25 players. According to Rhash, because some of the teammates knew each other prior to the soccer season, being close helped them to succeed. “A lot of us have played in other leagues together before the season, so we knew each other,” Rhash said.“This made us better as a team.” Rhash also felt that the coaches of the team encouraged them to move into the state championship mind set early on. “Coach Martin shared with us the story of his team winning their state championship, which inspired us to do well during our own,” Rhash said. The Rams made it to the semi-finals for the past three years. Wilcher had a suspicion that this year would be special. “This team had chemistry. Being senior dominated, each of the 13 contributed in See POWER/Page 2


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POST GAME PARTY: Coach Rob Wilcher and the boys’ soccer team celebrate as they are interviewed about their state championship victory. The team went 27-0-2 during the season.



With the beginning of a new season, students and teachers are adjusting to not only colder weather, but the implementation of a new system called “Power School.” Over the summer, the state transitioned from the eSIS data management program to Home Base. Powerschool is a division of Home Base that teachers use for grading and attendance, according to Principal Amy Rhoney. However, with new systems come new issues, and according to Rhoney, the report cards had attendance mistakes the last nine weeks. “The biggest issue schoolwise is with attendance reports. The system automatically adds tardies with the absences,” Rhoney said. “Home Base officials have been holding maintenance weekends to correct the problems, so hopefully this will be taken care of.” According to Riddle, another problem administrators have encountered is with transcripts. “Many students are finding that their transcripts are incorrect,” Riddle said. “We are still trying to work out the kinks because when we first started with the system, a lot of students’ information hadn’t been uploaded.” According to, the new system is designed to allow parents to monitor their child’s attendance, as well as their academic performance, in each individual class. Administrators will also have the ability to monitor data on students, teachers and the new system in general. According to physics teacher Wayne Hamlin, the system has some strengths but could be improved. “It’s better than the system we had before, but I think there are better programs out in the North Carolina community that we could have invested in,” Hamlin said. According to Rhoney, the strongest feature of the system is the Parent Portal, which gives parents access to the system to see their students’ grades and absences. “Parents receive a username and password if they come by the front office to pick it up,” Rhoney said. “They can see tardies, absences and grades, and it’s really nice to see that the teachers are keeping grades updated, because that’s what the parents expect.” On Nov. 20 and 21, parents had the opportunity to come to Roberson and learn how to use the new system. According to Riddle, the evening went well. “Of all the high schools in the county we had the highest amount of parents coming to get information,” Riddle said. According to senior Maverick Hart, the new system will be helpful to both parents and students. “It’s definitely beneficial because it lets parents know what’s going on grade-wise,” Hart said. “This way, kids can’t l lie about their grades and what’s happening in school.”

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Graduation Project A lack of parking access due to presentations and home basketball games against Pisgah has caused the date to be move from Thursday, Dec. 19 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

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their own way to help the team succeed,” Wilcher said. In his opinion, practice and conditioning each day paid off in the end. “On top of the two hours every Tuesday and Friday, on Thursday we would do an hour of fitness. In my opinion, that really paid off because we were in better shape than most other teams,” Wilcher said. Although at one point it was rumored that the team was ranked number one in the nation, the team is currently ranked 6th according to MaxPreps. Final placement will not be confirmed until all states have held their final games. It is likely that the team will end up in the top 10. The cheerleaders also devoted several hours of practice each day after school in order to prepare themselves fro their competition. After winning this year’s state title, the girls aspire to continue winning competitions in the near future. “We defiantly prepared for this competition,” junior Sabrina Eudy said. “My coach always says it’s easy to get there, but once you achieve something, it’s hard to maintain it.” To Eudy, the team experience extends past the football games, required practices and other

mandatory after school events. “It’s almost as if our team is a really close family. We can make each other laugh. And even if we do get tired of each other, we always know that we’ll end up as one big family,” Eudy said. Freshman Shainna Wynne agrees that their team has a deep connection that extends much farther than just practice. “We are so close, and our coach is so amazing-that defiantly helps us to succeed,” Wynne said. The TC Varsity Cheerleaders have won two state invitational titles, competing against a total of six other teams around the state. This year, the team wonthe North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s invitational title for the first time. “It’s extremely encouraging to know that we have won both last year and this year; it motivates us to keep going,” Eudy said. Wilcher is confident Roberson has the ability to compete with all other 4A teams, but knows it will continue to be challenging. “Roberson can always compete with anyone in the state at any sport and at any level. The difficulty of 4A is winning six games in a row against that kind of competition,” Wilcher said.










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Through their eyes

CENTER TOP: Senior Colin Lynch has been a participant in JROTC for four years. Lynch is a Cadet 1st Lieutenant. TOP RIGHT: Senior Sarah Goss has been a member of the TC Roberson marching band for three years and is one of the band’s Sousaphone players. Goss cleans her instrument in the picture above. BOTTOM RIGHT: Junior Elena Link tightens her laces in preparation for her run. Link has been a member of the track team for three years. PHOTOS BY KAT SIZEMORE

At TC Roberson, students go through the motions of their everyday lives. However, their personal perspectives aren’t always seen by the rest of the world. In this photo essay, we want to give you a different pointof-view. Here’s a look at some of Roberson students’ everyday experiences through their eyes. TOP LEFT: Junior Sarah Black is a member of the Art 2 class and is working on one of their many projects. BOTTOM LEFT: Senior Lauren Russell has been a part of the TC Roberson Drama department for four years. Russell is applying lipstick in preparation for a performance.

More students needed in order to fund spring trip to Denmark Roberson plans to participate in its second trip to experience the Danish exchange program. By ELIZABETH STALFORD Business Manager

Over the past few years, students interested in seeing the world have had the opportunity to experience new cultures through various school-organized trips to locations in and outside of the U.S. Last year, school-organized trips included New York City, Disney World, Costa Rica, and even Rome. However, this year, in addition to trips to Spain and Italy, students have the chance to travel to Denmark for the first time in five years. In 2007, Roberson partnered with Ronde Gymnasium, a school in Denmark, and created the Denmark Exchange program. According to math teacher Stephanie Lindsey, who is coordinating the trip with Media Specialist Mary Stewart and Assistant Principal Lindsay Rice, around 30 Ronde students have visited Roberson annually for the past seven years. This spring, from March 27 until April 2, 10

male and 19 female Danish students will travel another trip is being planned from April 6 until to Asheville and stay with host families. April 14. Although five students have already Host families provide supervision, most signed up, a minimum of 10 students are needed meals, and some transportation for the duration according to Rice. of the exchange students’ stay. “We’re definitely encouraging as many “It is so wonderful to be able to meet people students as possible to sign up,” Rice said. from a different country with “The whole program is unique a culture different than ours,” because it is a true cultural Stewart said. “Host students exchange. Danish exchange are truly able to see the lives of students who visit our town exchange students and make experience American students’ new friends in a personal and lives and see what Asheville has unique way.” to offer. Now, Roberson students Senior Liza Jennings has have the chance to do the exact hosted five exchange students same thing in Denmark.” in the past and said that being The current estimated cost a host provides an easy way to of the trip is roughly $2,000 per learn about other people’s cusstudent, which includes flights, » Lindsay Rice toms and lives. train transportation, hotel “The students I have hosted accommodations, and travel all have diverse beliefs, which insurance. However, according is pretty cool to experience. Learning Danish to Stewart, fund-raising efforts are being made words is also really fun,” Jennings said. “But to try to make the trip more affordable. the best part is that I still keep in contact with “Anyone who is interested should help us them. I’ve even been invited to visit during the fundraise by going online to,” summer.” Stewart said. “Traveling and seeing another In 2009, a group of Roberson students travcountry is a truly fabulous and eye-opening eled to Denmark for the first time. This spring, experience for anyone.”

“ This is a once in a lifetime high school experience...

Items on the tentative trip itinerary include visiting areas of Denmark such as Copenhagen, Aarhus, Ebeltoft, Grenna, and Ronde. According to Rice, the trip will be much more than a typical tourist’s version of international travel. “This is a once in a lifetime high school experience without the commitment of being abroad for a long period of time. Rather than simple sightseeing, students would experience a meaningful, authentic trip to Denmark that is hard to find anywhere else,” Rice said. Junior Sam Myers, who is already signed up, said that he is really looking forward to the trip because it will be his first major international experience. “As soon as I heard about the trip, I knew it would be an interesting and once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Myers said. “Students definitely need to sign up as soon as possible so we can make it happen. Although they would miss a few days of school, it would be worth it to make incredible memories in Denmark.” Anyone who is interested in signing up for the trip or learning more about being a host can see Ms. Stewart, Rice or Lindsey as soon as possible.

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Missing Out Many forget that some local students will struggle this holiday With holidays just around the corner, parents, teachers and students alike are finding it hard to stretch their paychecks enough to come through with necessary expenses. Through gifts for family and friends, decorations and traveling expenses, costs of the holidays can reach up to the thousands. This is obviously hard for any family, but some students around the school will not even get to have a holiday at all. At Roberson alone, around 20 “homeless” and 100 impoverished students walk the hallways. In America, over 1.1 million homeless students attend public schools [as of the end of October], and North Carolina alone is home to over 27,000 homeless students. The homeless does not always live on the streets it could mean that a student just stays in a different house each night and does not have a place s/he can call “home.” Either way, these students are probably not getting to enjoy the holidays as so many other students are. While some of us wake up to presents under the fresh-cut Christmas tree, many students do not get these opportunities. While it is of course easy to get caught up in all of the fun of the holidays, it is important to be conscientious about the fact that not everyone is as fortunate. Roberson offers many opportunities to give back to families at our schools, but these are often overlooked because we are so worried about buying presents for our own friends and families. Donating just one present or one can of food could change a person’s entire Christmas. So, put an article of clothing on the Christmas tree in the front office, ask how you can help, adopt a family in need at Roberson for the holidays or donate cans of food to the multiple food drives. A dollar could change a life -- anything and

Head to Head

IPhone creates simplicity, consistancy for students In the world of today’s teenagers, having the most up-to-date technology is practically a necessity. The iPhone, created by Apple, is now an iconic smart phone that I believe is undervalued, especially for the younger generation. With its simple but effective iOS system, Apple has created a smart phone that is not only easy and convenient to use, but also provides its users with everything they need. The App Store outshines the rival Google Play Store due to its streamlined selection of apps that are well-made by reputable users. In fact, according to CNN Money, in 2012 the App Store made about 4.3 times the amount of revenue in a typical day than the Google Play Store. The iPhone is also more appealing than its competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy because of features that are built with the user in mind. Group messaging and iMessage features that are featured on iPhones cannot be found in any other operating system, and would not be nearly as effective even if it were adopted by a system such as Android. With almost half of all smartphone users carrying iPhones in their pocket, according to AppleInsider, these features such as iMessage have transformed simple SMS technology into a convenient new way to communicate. iMessage gives an advantage to iPhone users: if two people are texting and both have iPhones, they can ‘message’ without using text message data through wi-fi.

Android offers diversity, freedom of user choice


Apple calls it “a service that’s an even better kind of texting” on their website, and I can’t help but agree. iPhones are also more user-friendly than Android phones due to their simplistic setup. With no clunky widgets in the way, iOS offers a simple but well-designed homescreen. Android fans may point out the tricks that phones such as the Galaxy are able to perform that iPhones cannot, such as a split screen option that runs two apps at once. But that bears the question: why is there a need to run more than one app at the same time? The makers of the iPhone understand what is necessary in an effective ULLMAN smartphone and package it Briana Ullman is a all into a sleek, senior in her third simple design. year of journalism. This simplicHer opinions do ity is convenot necessarily nient especially reflect those of the Golden Fleece for teenagers, staff. and made so well for a wide variety of consumers. In fact, reported that forty percent of US teenagers own iPhones. I think that in this situation, the majority definitely rules.

If you’re like a lot of high school students and think the iPhone is king, this just might change your mind. The endless options androids provide a unique alternative to the identical iPhone that everyone has. Try starting a new trend and getting a phone that thinks outside of the box. Droids come in all different shapes, sizes and brands. Screen size and phone shape are just the basic options. Brands like Motorola, HTC, LG, and Samsung provide an unbelievable array of options for users who want something more than an emoji icon. Widgets (like your most-used contacts) Google search bars, and pictures frames make it easy to ENGEMAN have your favorite things at your Ana Engeman fingertips. Being is a shopmore able to adjust in her first year a droid to your of journalism. liking ensures Her opinions do not necessarily something for evreflect those of eryone to enjoy. the Golden Fleece If you don’t staff. find what you want on your phone already, Google Play makes it easy for you to download more features. Different fonts, themes, and widgets are all available to customization your phone.

Not only does Google Play allow you to get even more features, it also provides a much larger selection than the iTunes store. You can pick from a variety of apps with all of the options Play provides. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new favorite droid. With its five-inch screen, quality camera, and excellent new features, the Galaxy S4 has stolen the limelight from even the iPhone 5S. The Galaxy S4 has a “multi-window” feature which allows the user to have two different apps open at once. Another new feature, called “dual capture,” allows you to take pictures or video with the front and back camera at the same time. Different companies make it easy for you to pick the perfect phone for your lifestyle. If you go into any cell phone carrier and look at the androids, you will be amazed at the selection offered. While you’re there, notice that 90 percent of the cell phone selection is focused on phones other than the iPhone. Why waste your time with the world’s most restrictive cellphone when there are so many better options? No matter what you like, with the android you will be sure to find the best phone for your needs. No matter what phone you choose, droids have caught and passed to the iPhone by enhancing features, cameras, and quality. Androids are finally getting the credit they deserve after years of an iPhone craze. It’s time to ‘break away from the brick’ and pick the grown-up phone choice.



Projects overload stressed seniors

Although Thanksgiving break provided a time of much needed relaxation, for a majority of seniors, the first day back left the countdown to senior projects looming over our heads. Procrastination, stress and nerves engulfed the seniors preparing for their mock presentations which began Tuesday of this week. I am sure it will all return for the final presentations the night of Jan. 6. With this being a prerequisite to graduate since 2008 at Roberson, many of us have watched previous classes undergo the momentous task of completing and presenting this project. Yet I will be the first one to say I greatly underestimated the amount of work this project would entail, especially when the deadline crept up on me. No time off was allotted between finishing college applications and being swamped with our due dates, Power Points to prepare and portfolios to compile. After discussing the topic of graduation projects with many of my fellow seniors, the general consensus is that they seem to be extremely pointless and unnecessary. Although I enjoyed the practical experience I received because of the project, the other requirements added more stress than they were worth. The project originated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to bring back value to the high school diploma and prepare students for what they will do after graduation. The U.S. Department of Education allows each school district to customize the project based on state guidelines, but all incorporate the same principles. To underclassmen: with a project as large as this, do not procrastinate and fall behind because the added stress is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. The overlying question seems to be “why do I have to do this?” especially when other states, counties and schools do not require such a project. With the countdowns to graduation and senioritis already setting in, the added stress seems to be a way just to keep seniors in check. As mock presentations continue, final presentation day become closer and the nerves are setting in, the project is yet another reminder that we are seniors and this is one of the last steps we will take before leaving the high school world behind. I speak on behalf of all the seniors presenting this week when I say we are ready to be finished with this momentous task and move on with our senior year. LEADERSHIP BOARD ARYN EISEN

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‘Christmas man’ is coming By INGA SUNDER Foreign Correspondent

The Dog Blog

By CAROLINE STRAY Editor, Golden Fleece

Pet therapy provides comfort to hospital patients. “Improving lives through positive animal-human interaction.” This motto is located at the top of the Pet Partners web page - the web page of a lifechanging organization. Pet Partners, a nationwide therapy organization, brings together dogs and humans to provide therapy without medicine, doctors and physical involvement. This therapy only involves the interaction of only two things-the human and the dog. It is proven that animals, namely dogs because of their energy and love, have the ability to actually change a person’s mood, making them happier and more upbeat. A dog is a listener, a confidante and a best friend. For this reason, Pet Partners works together to bring trained, certified animals to hospitals and care centers to provide happiness to those in need. Attributes of a good therapy dog include it being comfortable around people, controllable, sociable and well-mannered. No breeds are discriminated against. Essentially, one could bring in a very sweet pit bull and a very grumpy chihuahua and the pit bull would most likely be the better fit. Pets must have been living with their owner for at least six months and undergo multiple personality tests to ensure that they will have a truly positive impact on the human they are providing therapy for. This program is absolutely life-changing and amazing. I know that when I could go to the shelter and spend only 10 minutes with a dog and immediately feel better. Dogs are always happy to see someone and to be loved by someone, and those feelings show. When a dog sees you and automatically wags his tail, it’s hard to stay in a bad mood. This has the same effect on so many people. Sure, seeing family and friends can also have a positive impact, but nothing beats the feelings of a dog’s love. Pet Partners is something that anyone can try - whether being one to provide the therapy dog or the one in need of therapy. When in a hospital or some other type of treatment center, patients often undergo depression due to excessive time away from family and friends. For this reason, doctors may find it easy to prescribe anti-depressant pills to patients and hope that they will be okay. However, spending times with dogs and other animals can provide a different sense of happiness- one that can not be duplicated by a simple pill. Not only is this a safer and healthier alternative, but it is a lot less expensive, too. As Dr. Edward Creagen said, “A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. Instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”

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Christmas season overshadows other end-of-the-year festivities Holiday begins before others even start. By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

A typical advent calendar starts on Dec. 1, working its way down to Christmas day, which to me, makes it seem like the Christmas season should be in the ball park of a month to six weeks. Respects should be paid to the other holidays in the fall and winter months like Veterans’ Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. These holidays always seem to get overshadowed by Christmas, with fake Christmas trees forcing the Halloween aisle to

the back of the store and Santa things or the way I see them in Claus being the main attracold black and whites. I’m not tion of the Macy’s Thanksgivsaying that I am a Scrooge and ing Parade. Does the that I only want rush of Christmas the Christmas tree simply symbolize our up on Christmas own greed? Is ChristEve (what would mas now just about be the fun in that?) getting? but I am saying Black Friday startthat Christmas ed on Thanksgiving, should have a and at some places sense of enchanteven earlier, and ment and mystithe first Christmas cism, which would MCBRIDE layaway commercial require the season Elizabeth airing 105 days before to be a couple McBride is a Christmas. It seems of weeks and no junior in her like the only thing longer. second year of that people really In a recent Satjournalism. Her care about anymore is urday Night Live opinions do shopping and buying skit, Mr. Senior not necessarily or receiving presents. (played by Keenan reflect those Being old at heart Thompson), their of the Golden and a major tradi“Common Sense Fleece staff. tionalist, I like things Corespondent, being done the way making sense in a my grandparents talk about world gone mad,” was address-

New Year’s expectations fail to match Hollywood’s depictions of famed night Two students take a look at how many at Roberson experience the holiday By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment and Local Editor

& JESSICA ZUK News Editor



11:59 p.m. The clock on the TV screen counts down. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2... As the anticipation builds, people gather around Times Square eagerly searching out that special someone to be their midnight kiss into the New Year. But in reality, it’s Dec. 31, and you’re sitting on the couch with your family eating Chinese takeout. This night, yet again, has been a disappointment. Like every other New Year, the holiday passes without much excitement. December has passed as you daydream about sparkly garments and scattered confetti on the floor of a party filled with your favorite people. But once the big night rolls around, it is a night like every other. This is the cold reality of most people’s New Year’s Eve, especially for a high schooler. Being under 21 with a strict curfew set by parents, it can be impossible to achieve that New Year’s Eve depicted by Hollywood movies. To look at this issue in a more direct view of high school students, Briana Ullman and Jessica Zuk give us a senior and a sophomore’s perspective, respectively.

Briana Ullman is a senior in her third year of journalism and Jessica Zuk is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. Their opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Golden Fleece staff.

Ullman: Every December, New Year’s Eve starts to cross my mind more and more frequently. I excitedly pick out my most sequin-adorned outfit, without even bothering to make plans first. But whether or not my imagined plans fall through or turn into a real night out celebrating, I always end up having fun ringing in the New Year. Zuk: Sophomores definitely get excited around this time, too. But at the same time, I find more emphasis put on watching the ball drop in Times Square. For underclassmen, it seems to be always more of a family-oriented time, just staying home and celebrating the New Year on the living room couch. For seniors, New Year’s is about trying to go out with friends and have a great time ringing in the New Year. This year, many of us will be especially excited to be

SKI LODGES Get ready to hit the slopes this season, because now’s the perfect time. The chilly weather and holiday spirit makes a ski trip the best get away. HOLIDAY BREAKS With all the holidays we have this time of year, we get to take a break and relax. Thanksgiving has already passed, but here comes winter break. Getting almost two weeks off should give you plenty of time to catch up with your friends, family,

Raves & Rongs

able to drive to friends’ houses without restrictions and have a great time. That sounds like a blast, but underclassmen find it more difficult to go out because we don’t have the ability to drive ourselves anywhere and don’t want to burden our parents with chauffeuring us around late at night. Seniors can definitely relate to that underclassmen predicament. I remember one New Year’s Eve when I was allowed, after lots of pleading with my parents, to go to a friend’s house to celebrate...on the condition that I had to be picked up by my parents by no later than 12:15. Even now, my parents are hesitant about me driving on the big night because they worry about me encountering drunk drivers on the dark roads. Exactly. I look forward to when I will be able to celebrate with friends and when I can drive myself. But for now, we sophomores definitely savor the special moments we get to share with our families. Looking back, seniors can fondly remember spending New Year’s Eves with their families and have a great time. I feel that enjoying the night with my friends is a new way to continue my tradition of food, fun, and festivities. Overall, though we both can say that New Year’s Eve isn’t always that “High School Musical”-esque movie moment, the night still ends up being a blast no matter who you’re counting down with. After all, we always have the hope that the coming year could be the start of something new.

SICKNESS With all of the colds going around this time of year, getting sick is very easy to do. Make sure to wash your hands constantly and be cautious when it comes to high-fiving your best friend. The last thing you want to do is miss school when there isn’t much of the semester left.



FUZZY BOOTS The perfect winter accessory keeps your toes toasty warm while adding a stylish touch to your outfits this winter. Warm weather the rest of the year is perfect for sandals, but for now, warm up with your favorite pair of boots.


ing how early Christmas comes and how it comes earlier and earlier each year, referring to Rockefeller Center and how its Christmas tree had arrived 39 days before the holiday. Hitting close to home, the Christmas trees at the Biltmore House were erected on Nov 1 and the Lighting Ceremony in Biltmore Park was on Nov. 22. Some iconic holiday staples that always stay the same and act as good time frames for the season are the 12 Days of Christmas and the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. It’s the count down of these things and the thrill of getting the Christmas tree that makes Christmas so exciting, and why would you want to take away from excitement anyway?

Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed reading my last column and were able to get a small view of the food culture over here. And, the part where I said that we don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts here is not accurate anymore because we’re getting one this or next week in my hometown! For this month, I want to tell you a little bit about Christmas traditions here in Germany: There are probably three big differences: “Nikolaus Tag”, “Weihnachtsmarkt”, and the fact that we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. Dec. 6 marks “Nikolaus Tag” (St. Nikolaus’ Day) because it’s the day that Bishop Nikolaus supposedly died in 343. According to the legends surrounding his life, he did a lot of good things for poor and disadvantaged people (for example he brought them food when they didn’t have enough). The tradition starts on the night before, where children (or adults) clean their boots and put them in front of their door. At night, St. Nikolaus comes and puts all kinds of small things in them: oranges, nuts, candy, little presents, and a chocolate “Nikolaus” (he looks like Santa). By the way, “St. Nikolaus” the reason why you guys call Santa Claus, “Santa” (It comes from Saint Nikolaus). Here, Santa basically comes December 6th while our “Christmas man” comes on the 24th. You are probably familiar with advent calendars, but a lot of times we don’t just have candy ones, we often fill our own with a little present each day. We also have what’s called an “advent wreath”. It’s made out of needle branches and has four candles on it. On each of the four Sundays before Christmas we light a new one. Many towns have a “Weihnachtsmarkt” (which is also called “Christkindelsmarkt) during Advent where different Christmas items, like tree decorations, cookies, handmade things…, are sold. Most people would say it’s a tradition to go there with your friends or family. You look around the stands, maybe buy something and drink “Glühwein” (a hot wine punch and very popular at Christmas time over here). The third big difference is that we celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December. We go to church at about 4 p.m. and then the “Christmas man” comes to deliver the presents while we’re at church. Little kids always want their parents to leave the lights on so he doesn’t have to bring the presents in the dark. And, every year, every mom “forgets her purse” when the family goes to church, so she can go back inside alone. When the “Christmas man” brings the presents, he puts all of them under the Christmas tree because we don’t have stockings (we only have our boots on December 6). Most families usually visit their grandparents or other relatives then, exchange gifts with them, and have a nice dinner.

EXAMS The end of the year means exams are coming up. Now is the time to start brushing up on all you’ve learned. Studying for these tests will be stressful and time consuming, but try not to let it ruin the fact that you’re almost DAY LIGHT SAVING TIME After day light savings time ends, the fact that it gets dark around 5:30 p.m. makes it harder to get your work done. Even though it looks like time to go to bed, there are typically still hours of homework and chores to do.

A quick look at what’s good and what’s bad at TC and beyond.

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Student panel discusses holiday season stress Below are some statistics related to the gift giving season. In 2010, approximately 37.2% of Americans began their holiday shopping by Halloween. To buy all 364 items in the popular song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it would cost $96,824.

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Last year, the National Retail Federation reported that in 2012, consumers spent $579.8 billion during the holiday season.



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Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

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Members of the committee this month: Seniors Kristian Wilken & Kendall McDill, and Juniors Kathryn Lindberg, Sarah Black, & Sydney Rebekah

Do you feel like your parents do everything for the holiday or do you help?

PANEL MEMBER #2: I always help my mom cook, because all of our family comes to our house always and we don’t travel because my family lives in Virginia. So, we have them all come down to our house, and we have to cook and clean and everything. PANEL MEMBER #1: My dad is a pain when family comes in. If there’s a piece of paper on the floor, he’ll yell at you until you pick it up.

with my mom and my grandparents, and my mom is the strictest person about Christmas decorations. She has two trees and they have to be perfect. One is red; one is white. One is the red tree, one is the white tree. If you get them mixed up, she’ll get mad. So this year, she put me in charge of the red one. PANEL MEMBER #1: We have two trees. The one downstairs has the colorful lights, and then ornaments that we’ve been given, and little kid ornaments, and the one upstairs has the special ornaments and white lights.

Do you think Christmas is a time for parents to buy all of the presents?

Do you think Christmas changes as you grow up?

PANEL MEMBER #1: When I was younger, I felt like they did everything, but now that I’m older, not so much. On Black Friday, my mom took us to the outlets, and she goes “here’s the deal- if you want something, tell me, and I’ll buy it”, but we’re not allowed to see it until Christmas. PANEL MEMBER #3: I think it’s because most of us have jobs now, so we get our money and we learn how to manage it, even though it’s so tempting to buy stiff, since everything is on sale. You’re just like “I want this, I want this,” but you can only have certain things. You know that it’s your money, but you’re also thinking about other people and you can only spend so much on each person. PANEL MEMBER #1: I don’t really get my family members’ presents. I don’t work, so I don’t have any money to get gifts. My gift to my parents is that week out of school, I will be super helpful and do anything, and after the holidays, I will help take everything down. PANEL MEMBER #4: I get gifts but I feel guilty because it’s like “Oh, you got me this, you got me that, all this stuff, but it’s not what you wanted, it’s not like perfect. And then you see the value of it, and you’re like “this makes me feel awful, because I feel cheap”. PANEL MEMBER #2: Yeah, and a lot of kids don’t get gifts for Christmas. So, a lot of my money goes to because I feel like I need to do something for them. I do shoeboxes for needy kids with my church.

Let’s talk about traditions. Do you guys do Santa?

PANEL MEMBER #5: Well, no. Santa’s not real, which kind of just kills the whole thing. PANEL MEMBER #2: My brother’s still young, so I still do that. PANEL MEMBER #3: My mom says that if you don’t believe, you don’t receive. PANEL MEMBER #1: Santa doesn’t wrap gifts in my family. Under our tree is presents from our family and then unwrapped are presents. We each have a spot that we’ve had since we were babies and my spot is in one place, and my brothers’ are in another, and by our places in the middle is where if we got a present as a family it would be, and then we’ve had different foster kids and other people living in our house, so they get the side couch. That’s where their stuff is.


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ALL PANEL MEMBERS: Yes. PANEL MEMBER #1: I tell people that if they want to send me something, to send money. Give me something that will let me buy more coffee and stuff like that.

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PANEL MEMBER #3: We’re going out to dinner this year, so that’s kind of new. PANEL MEMBER #2: We always have a little open house/party thing, and then we go to 5 o’clock church service and go with some of our friends to Ichiban. Then, we get to come home and open our one present.

What traditions do you want to do with your kids? PANEL MEMBER #5: We got Elf on the Shelf one year, it randomly showed up in the mail. There’s a book that comes with it. It goes around the house and watches us all day and goes back to the North Pole. It comes back and my little brother and sister just love putting these tiny little stuffed animals with it and just carrying it around.

What do you think about people that don’t do Santa?

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CHECKING OUT: Junior Casey DeMarco purchases groceries at the Ingles on Long Shoals Road while senior Maddy Westbrook rings her up.

Local teen discusses one source of holiday stress Junior Casey DaMarco explains some of the changes in holiday stress based on age.




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This issue, the Golden Fleece focused on the stress associated with gift-giving and expenses of the holiday season.

PANEL MEMBER #1: Those little kids are going to ruin it for other kids.

Along with the cold winter nights and the highly anticipated holiday season comes the financial, emotional and physical stress on some teenagers who are getting to the age where they have to start dealing with some of the pressures of the holidays for themselves, according to junior Casey DeMarco. “Now that we are at the age where the holidays do not seem to be focused around teenagers anymore. People begin to expect more from us since we have our own money and know how to handle it,” DeMarco said. “Having to think of ideas to satisfy all of those on our list can be stressful. That can take away some of the excitement for the holidays.” One of the biggest stress factors that teenagers face at this point in their life is money. “I think that the holidays are especially financially stressful on high school students because most teenagers have a wide variety of friends and family that they have to buy gifts for. Most teenagers are on either and extremely low income or none at all,” DeMarco said. Along with the financial stress is the physical and emotional stress of getting to family and spending time with them. “Holidays are a time for family and the actual process of getting to your

Do you decorate your house a lot for Christmas? PANEL MEMBER #3: We got a Christmas tree last weekend and we put it in our stand and then my dad screwed it in and a split went up the whole tree. PANEL MEMBER #4: I live

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family can be stressful as well as just being around them. My family lives 13 hours away and once we get there it is not always ideal,” DeMarco said. “Also, the holidays force my family to think of loved ones that we have lost and all of the memories of the holidays we had with them. That can be especially stressful if the loss is recent.” This progression from receivers to givers can be taken either way for teenagers; for DeMarco, she embraces this change. “As you get older and your income gets higher you receive less and are expected to give more. This can be rewarding because you can see the impact of your gifts, especially if you donate to needy children and families,” she said. “But sometimes it does tend to lessen the excitement and cause more stress because people are expecting bigger and better gifts from you.” According to DeMarco, the stress leading up to the holidays can be intimidating, but when Christmas Day comes and she gets to spend time with her family, she finds joy in seeing the excitement on peoples’ faces, and that makes all of the stress worth it. “Although the holidays can be stressful, the overall feeling of this time of year overpowers that stress. There is a sense of giving all around and the holidays seem to bring out the best in people. I focus more on the joy that the holidays bring and what they are really about instead of our stress,” DeMarco said. “The holidays are something that you have to go through so you might as well enjoy them.” “ a b I th s o in -A nap yfri k a So ma bac end go ph nd k h is od om a R at a gi or ey .” jack ft to e no et ge ld or t s a



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Small Business: Jackson Lindsay, founder of JP’s Lawn Care, loads his trailer with one of his many mowers. Lindsey established his business in 2010 and services properties all over Asheville with his part-time staff

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones: (Target’s price) Before: $249.99

Lindsay creates his own lawn company which has grown into profitable business Lawn mowing has become successful and profitable for junior Jackson Lindsay. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

On Black Friday: $199.99 Boots: (JC Penny’s Price) Before: $69

On Black Friday: $30

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While some high school students are worried about finding part-time jobs to earn extra spending money, one student is busy running his own business. Jackson Lindsay, a junior, started his own lawn care service this past spring and seems determined to succeed. “The summer going into 10th grade, I worked with a landscaper. I made minimum wage and was doing a lot of hard work which inspired me to start my business,” Lindsay said. By working in landscaping, Lindsay was able to learn critical elements about running a business that would later help him establish his own company, JP’s Lawn Care, in the Asheville area. “I learned a lot about landscaping working for someone who deals with landscaping, such as how to mulch and make a yard look really nice,” he said. Lindsay approached his dad about starting his own business, and he agreed to loan him the money and supply equipment necessary for his operation. Promising to pay his dad back, Lindsay started to build his company by purchasing a trailer and several essential lawn mowers. Before Lindsay could officially become an established company, he went to the city office in Asheville to receive his business license. There were also several other measures required to become a certified company. “I opened up a business account

with the bank to keep it separate rental manager who had 250 houses from my personal account,” he said. that she sent me work orders from,” “Since it was a sole proprietorship, I Lindsay said. “Your name just gets didn’t have to get patents or copyrights. around in the neighborhood. In the I thought about it during the fall, and summer, I worked almost each day for went from there.” eight hours a day.” Lindsay quickly realized that this Lindsay does not know if his was more than just a part time job, business would be where it is today especially as the lawn demands during without the support of his family and the summer increased drastically. friends. “In the spring, I started working two “My parent’s definitely have supdays a week, but during the summer, I ported me. Since they have lived in would work five or six days,” Lindsay Asheville for around 25 years, they said. know a bunch of people, so they’ve Lindsay decided that hiring employ- helped me with getting customers. My ees for the busier dad has properties that seasons would be I manage, and friends the best option to ask me to come and get the work done take care of their propin reasonable time. erties, both residential “I have employand commercial,” Lindees, especially for say said. bigger jobs during Tanya Tommey, the spring; I’ll have Career Development up to 10 people Coordinator at TC working for me,” he Roberson feels that spesaid. cial characteristics are During the rest needed in order for an » JACKSON LINDSEY of the year, Lindsay individual to start their has the help of own business. junior Ros Griffin while school is in “Clearly someone who has motivasession. tion is important. They need to be a “I have been working for hard worker, dedicated, and be responhim[Lindsay] about a year. It just desible with money,” Tommey said. pends on the job but we typically work Diane Hendrickson, Program Deuntil it’s dark outside,” Griffin said. veloper for Entrepreneurial Outreach According to Lindsay, it took awhile at the A-B Tech Small Business Center, to pay back the loans from his father knows first-hand that young entrepreand to break even from the personal neurs can certainly be successful. money he invested. “Younger entrepreneurs can be just “When it first started, I worked two as successful as older ones if they have days after school each week. I made the right mind set, access to resources, money, but still was paying back the and are not afraid to try something loans,” he said. new,” Hendrickson said. “The younger Business picked up when Lindsay set you are when you start a business, the up a deal with a property rental manmore time you have to make mistakes, ager. At that point, his business began start over, and try again.” turning a large profit. Lindsay also appreciates the work his “In the summer, I meet a property friends have invested in his company.

“I’d say I know a lot more than the average person about running a business.”

With the burden of school, sometimes it seems like it could be too much. “Right now it’s tough because I have basketball, work and homework. There be more work in the spring, but it’s a lot to handle now,” Lindsay said. Since his client base has grown drastically from the company’s start in the spring, Lindsay is considering hiring a permanent employee. “I’m thinking about getting a full time employee and another truck with some more equipment. It will get a lot busier; even now I have to turn down offers because there just isn’t enough time to do it,” he said. Even though Lindsay knew the risks of investing his own money, he decided that the risk was worth it in the end. “I was paranoid to invest my own money at first, but you have to take risks to get a reward. I have always been the person who goes for it and not really worry about the worst-case scenario. If you work hard, you just hope for the best,” Lindsay said. Lindsay feels that he has learned many beneficial life skills by creating and establishing a business. “I’d say I know a lot more than the average person about running a business. I actually keep a notebook of just things I’ve learned business-wise that have been helpful for me. Time is money and something always cost more than you think it’s going to,” he said. “But you definitely learn how to manage a business and your time--it’s a pretty good skill.” Lindsay offered those who want to start their own business to take a risk and have enough motivation to reach their dreams. “Just go for it, but don’t be dumb about it. You have to take calculated risks. Have someone who is willing to help you who knows what you’re going into,” Lindsay said.

Stores open early on Thanksgiving as early birds look for sales On Black Friday: $15

Shoppers rush to secure the best deals, while others choose to avoid the madness By ASHLEY KUDER Staff Writer


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It’s that time of year again-the time when people gather with their friends and family and talk about what they are thankful for. Stores opened their doors with Black Friday sales beginning as early as 6 pm Thanksgiving Day. Sophomore Claudia Patton believes that the early opening of store disrupts her Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones. “I would not go shopping on Thursday because I don’t want to spend my Thanksgiving shopping. I have other priorities that day. I would rather be spending time with my family,” Patton said. Store managers in stores like Pacific Sunware prefer to open on Thursday as opposed to Friday in order to get more sales in while customers are in the

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LONG WAIT: Customers anxiously await Black Friday deals outside of Best Buy. Special offers included Kindle Fires for $99.99 and a free Samsung Galaxy S4 from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

shopping spirit. “We try to make the store approachable and ready to go,” Sfernanda Degobi, Pacsun store manager said. Sophomore Dallas Eades enjoys Black Friday shopping, but agrees that he would not do it on Thanksgiving

Day. “I like to go Black Friday shopping on Friday because I get good deals before Christmas, but I still get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my friends and family,” he said. According to Degobi, shoppers have

the advantage of not feeling crowded and overwhelmed on Friday. If they go on Thursday, they can experience a more calm atmosphere, and it gives shoppers time to look around without having to fight for the good deals like they do on Black Friday. “Black Friday is too crowded, and by the time I actually get there everything is gone anyway, so I usually don’t go Black Friday shopping at all,” Patton said. Stores have strenuous schedules this time of the year. Preparations must be made for not only the chaos of Black Friday, but now the hectic atmosphere of Thanksgiving as well. Stores such as Hollister Co. have to start planning weeks in advance to keep the days under control. “We usually prepare ahead of time by adding more people to our staff, and by ordering new merchandise for the store,” Linda Richardson the manager of Hollister in the Asheville mall said. Along with Black Friday and the sales that start Thursday, Roberson students can also participate in Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday.




WINTER WONDERLAND EDITION From lower to higher budgets, there’s always something to do in the area with that special someone. photo/KAT SIZEMORE/golden fleece

FOOD Lower Price French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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Higher Price Mela Indian restaurant

TO DO Lower Price Lake Julian light show

JOYFUL NOISE: The TC Roberson Marching Band was the first of six high school marching bands to perform during the 2013 Asheville Holiday Parade. Roberson has participated in the parade for multiple years and plans to participate in the future.

Marching band, JROTC students participate in annual Asheville Holiday Parade downtown Roberson students lead annual parade for the second year. By MADISON BARLOW Online Editor

The holiday parade season began early on Saturday, Nov. 23, as parade-goers, volunteers and participants bundled up for the 67th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade. This year, Roberson’s marching band, AFJROTC, and Color Guard had the opportunity to lead the largest parade to date. Junior Ezekiel Finley participated in the parade as a member of JROTC. According to Finley, the show went smoothly. “We were lucky because we were at the front of the parade. It only took us about 45 minutes to march the whole route, so we were in and out of the cold pretty

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I am extremely proud of the kids for coming early on their Saturday off. They’re very dedicated.

participate in the parade. The WNC high schools that had bands and JROTC programs involved this year included Asheville, Enka, Erwin, Reynolds and Roberson. “It is free for marching bands to participate in the parade, so we welcome anyone and everyone who wants to participate. We want this production to be the Macy’s Parade of the South, and that level of production would be hard to achieve without the hundreds of volunteers, businesses and participants especially marching bands,” Vassallo said. To prepare for the parade, all three participating groups practiced regularly after school. The morning of the parade, they arrived at school at 8 a.m. and traveled downtown together. “We marched down Long Shoals road and practiced on the football field after school. We didn’t have much extra preparation to do,” Wilson said. “But, I am extremely proud of the kids for coming early on their Saturday off. They’re extremely dedicated.”

Seasonal races begin to attract large crowds to raise money for local charities, non-profits Asheville offers many opportunities for runners to get involved locally. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

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quickly,” Finley said. after that, they let us know what entry The parade began at 11 a.m. on number we are. This year, we just hapBiltmore Avenue near South Charlotte pened to be at the front of the rotation,” Street, made a left on Patton Avenue and he said. ended on French Broad Avenue. The Asheville Downtown AssociaThis is the second tion has organized the year that Roberson has annual event for the had the honor of leadpast seven years, and ing the parade since according to Presicurrent Band Director dent Adrian Vassallo, Mike Wilson has been this year’s parade was in charge. According highly successful deto Wilson, the leader spite the large number of the parade is chosen of entries. on a rotating basis. “We were conEach year, the bands cerned from the very that participate move beginning about how up a spot in line order, big the parade was eventually becoming getting. One hundred » MIKE WILSON the parade leader. and two floats is a lot. “Some years we’re But from a producin the back of the line, and sometimes tion standpoint, things went really well. we’re in the middle. It just all depends. Everyone moved fairly quickly and we The organizers of the parade contact us were able to keep the crowd entertained,” around August every year and offer us an he said. application and spot in the parade. Soon Not all Buncombe County schools

For freshman Elizabeth Goldstein, the turkey dinner is not necessarily the best part of Thanksgiving. Since 2011, she has started her holiday by running the Asheville Turkey Trot 5k, one of many races in Asheville this season. “It’s a fun tradition. I go to have fun with my family, and we love to watch all the fun costumes,” Goldstein said. The month before Christmas marks one of the busiest times of the year. This remains true for the running community of Western North Carolina with races such as the Turkey Trot, the Jingle Bell Walk/Run 5k and the Reindeer Run. Last year, over 1,600 runners participated in the Turkey Trot, and this year 1,428 runners finished the race. For less experienced runners, this marks the second year of the Gobble Wobble, a onemile fun run. This Thanksgiving, the location of the Turkey Trot moved from its former location at the Biltmore Square Mall to a downtown course, taking runners though North Asheville before ending in Pack Square Park. The Turkey Trot donates a portion of their profits to MANNA food bank. According to Becky Upham, MANNA’s director of communications and marketing, this serves as a large portion of their annual donations. “In past years, Jus’ Running donated $1-2 per runner to us. With each dollar we are given, MANNA is able to provide three meals for people in need,

giving the money extra leverage,” Upham drawn in as we now have a reputation to said. uphold.” Foot RX, a local South Asheville runSaft agrees that the establishments of ning store, puts on monthly Five Dollar these marathons are positive assets to the 5ks, with all proceeds raised supporting a running community. different charity each month. Upcoming “Marathons are booming. It seems events will sponsor MANNA, Nantahala that it’s becoming the thing to do, and the Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Associa- outpouring of runners to these events is tion and the Carolina Mountain Land tremendous. Asheville didn’t have any as Conservancy. of last year, so it’s an explosion of sorts,” Asheville races are known to draw Saft said. many tourists into town. According to According to Foot RX, owner Aaron Saft, races roughly 650 races such as the Biltmore across the state of Marathon, Biltmore 15k, North Carolina were and the Asheville half held in 2013. With as and full marathons tend many as four differto draw the most outent races in Asheville of-town runners to the held over the course region. of a weekend, many This past year marked opportunities are the inaugural running available for runners of the Asheville Marato take part in. thon at the Biltmore Science teacher Estate and the Asheand avid runner Jen» AARON SAFT ville Citizen-Times nifer Castelloe feels Marathon, which took that it is important runners through downtown Asheville, for beginners and future runners alike to West Asheville and the River Arts Disbecome involved in the sport. trict. Over 2,700 runners participated “For most people, running on your in the marathon, half marathon and 5k own is really hard. So I encourage people that were offered, making the Asheville to sign up for a race so that they have an Citizen-Times the largest race in the area. end goal in mind. There are days when In race director Greg Duff ’s opinion, you don’t really want to run, but if you’ve the Asheville Marathon was incredibly already committed to something, you successful. know that you are completely invested “The races went very smoothly, and and motivated,” Castelloe said. we’ve gotten great feedback,” Duff said. Junior Jazzy Al-Aidy has been training “Next year, we hope to have more runners to run her first 5k race by participating

Marathons are booming and the outpouring of runners to these events is tremendous.

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SPRINTING SANTA: With the holidays approaching, people are getting into the spirit of the season by dressing up in holiday costumes for the races.

in rigorous rowing practices, going on mountain bike rides and running the stadium at the track. This Thanksgiving, she participated in the Turkey Trot. “I’m really big into outdoorsy stuff, especially mountaineering. I’ve heard that running serves as great conditioning for climbing, so I decided to give it a try,” said Al-Aidy.

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The Golden Fleece brings you a roundup of reviews featuring our favorite television show, movie, book, and trend that reflect the spirit of the winter season.

‘Life Below Zero’ pleases audience during encore season

The Frosty Four

By CAROLINE STRAY Editor, Golden Fleece

‘Winter Whites’ trend breaks fashion rules for 13-14 season By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

The widely accepted rule of “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” contradicts one of the season’s biggest trends: Winter Whites. Historically a fashion faux pas that originated in 1950s America, old-money society ladies used this rule to distance themselves from the classes below them, similar to a tradition with place settings used for the same intended effect, according to content. But to what extent is this rule meant to be taken? Are brides supposed to wear colored wedding gowns to their winter wedding? From the looks of the runway and the streets, it’s obvious that snow isn’t the only thing that is white this winter. The “winter white” style has been seen on modern fashion icons such as Jasmin Sewell, Victoria Beckham, and Mira Duma, but the most famous and iconic proponent of the trend is the fashion icon Coco Chanel herself. She was and still is known not only for her little black jacket, but for her year round staple of a crisp, white suit. This trend was sent down the runway by renowned fashion designers and houses such as Celine, Mulberry, and Giambattista Valli. Although the majority of these looks were head-to-toe white-- clothing, shoes, handbags, everything-- it is an easy trend to conquer from any angle. Like most trends, this isn’t the first time it has been seen. Collections from Fall 2000 Ready-to-Wear featured all white outfits that stood out against the mainly black collections such as Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Valentino, and Chloe. It seems like most designers today are straying away from the fashion norm. For example, white wasn’t the only color that was seen on the runways. Another big trend was

After watching the first episode of “Life Below Zero,” I knew this thrilling TV show was unlike any other. A documentary about six adults who live in Alaska, this “chilling” show proves how truly different life in the middle of the arctic is from modern life in the city. Not only do these adventurers hunt for their own food, but they must bundle up for below zero temperatures and possible animal attacks. The show premiered on the National Geographic channel on May 19, and currently features a new episode each Tuesday night at 10 p.m. “A wolf can come around at any time. It’s dangerous, not scary,” was a statement made by Sue Alkens of the show. It is amazing how much confidence they have - they know they are always in danger but feel they get more out of life because of the constant thrill. One of the men from the show has a pet fox that “watches TV with him and cries when he turns the TV in the other direction.” Personally, the knowledge that a wild animal which could easily take my life in a minute could be around the corner would be too much to handle, but these six brave adults are used to it, and it would


Disney’s ‘Frozen’ destined to be a hit

pastels, which contradicts the By ARYN EISEN typically dark, Editor-in-Chief drab outfits of fall and winter. Some fashion skeptics say that designers have to do this because they are runThanksgiving Day brought a new Disney film, “Frozen,” ning out of ideas, but I think to theaters starring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina that they are being brave and Menzel. As a Disney lover and a child at heart, I could not pushing boundaries. People wait to see this winter-themed blockbuster. In the first five who are used to playing it safe days, according to, the movie grossed over in the fashion world might feel $93 million and earned an A+ from CinemaScore, which only uncomfortable when faced added to my excitement. with rebellious trends such as I experienced the movie in a packed theater full of an audithis one. ence of all ages the weekend it opened. I thoroughly enjoyed Granted, there is a the movie and could not imagine anyone not loving the warmdwindling generation that hearted film. has an older mind set on the The musical animation brings the spirit of December to life matter, a younger generation and portrays a theme of love and family conquering all. The that knows about the rule, voices of Bell and Menzel compliment the characters exceptionbut does not know the intent ally well and together, they allow true ‘Disney Magic’ to shine behind it. This might explain through. why young people today are not as worried about wearing white during certain seasons. If you are worried about breaking this rule and need to slip into the trend slowly, you could start as small as white nail polish or accessories. A step above this could be a white denim jacket or jeans. And if you’re going for a full, definitive take on the trend, a complete white outfit is called photo/DISNEY.COM/source for, including shoes. When asked in an article in “InStyle” magazine about fashion risks worth taking, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski said, “Wearing white after Labor Day. Absolutely! White, white, and more white.” The trick is in the fabric. Light cotton or linen would look (and feel) out of place with below freezing temperatures, so to satisfy your needs, make sure to stick to thick, warm fabrics like wool, cashmere, and leather.

The box office revenue deems this movie more successful than “Tangled,” the last animated movie from Disney released in 2010. According to, “Frozen” finally puts Disney on the map compared to the box-office toppling Pixar-animated movies. Disney competed with Pixar’s animation for years and even received help from them on the movie “Planes.” Even though Disney now owns Pixar, their animation studios remain separate and Disney produced “Frozen” on their own. Internet Movie Database critics deem the film “the best since ‘Lion King’” and to “make room for two more princesses.” Disney uses this movie to tell a story, instead of the usual plot looking for a laugh. I could not help but smile as the creative story line sends the main character, Ana, after her sister Elsa to save summer and the end resolves all problems in a not so predictable way. This brings a new face of Disney to the table and is sure to become a winter classic. A cute and unexpected character, Olaf, also brings a comical side to the movie that keeps the audience entertained. His participation in saving Elsa keeps the mood light and fun while contributing to the theme. Frozen brings the spirit of winter to theaters across the world this year in what is sure to be a new Disney classic. A smile is sure to accompany a trip to this movie and satisfies an audience of two to seventy-two. The effects and quality animation round out the experience and guarantee a love for this touching blockbuster.

‘Into the Wild’ still remains captivating, relevant


“EXTREMELY WEAK, FAULT OF POT. SEED. MUCH TROUBLE JUST TO STAND UP. STARVING. GREAT JEOPARDY.” Christopher McCandless’ vulnerability begins to surface in what becomes one of his last journal entries of his life. McCandless was discovered dead inside an abandoned bus beside the Sushana River off of the Stamede Trail in Alaska. The novel “Into The Wild” by Jon Krakauer highlights the tragic journey of McCandless’s life as he shed his legal name, ceased communication with his family, and set off on a pilgrimage through the photo/JON KRAKAUER/source frigid Alaskan wilderness. Published in 1996, this thrilling non-fiction story captivated thousands of readers, selling over 130,000 copies as of 2012. The novel is an expansion on Krakauer’s 9,000 word article titled “Death of an Innocent,” which appeared in the January 1993 edition of Outside magazine. The book was adapted into a film in 2007, directed by Sean Penn. Later that year, the American Film Institute deemed “Into The Wild” as one of top ten AFI movies of the year. It was awarded the “best feature film” at the Gotham Awards, and grossed $55,635,754 worldwide. Alexander Supertramp, an alias McCandless adopted early in his journey graduated with high marks from Emory University in 1990. He discontinued communication with his family, donated his college fund, and began traveling west across the United States. photo/TOMMY TON/source

take more than a small fright for them to back down. Parts of Alaska exist that have more modern-day roads, stores and cities. However, in the parts of Alaska featured on the show, getting to the nearest convenient store may require walking 10 miles in the cold, and roads are not an option. Along with restricted travel and other modern-day features, these adults have to create their own heat in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. Indoor heating and plumbing are not available, meaning that for these people it is as if they were back in colonial times. Many Americans in the present-day world have grown up accustomed to these seemingly simple accommodations, but these people have become used to fending for themselves. This show grabbed my attention because it is so unique from anything else on TV. Scrolling through the stations, I would usually come across the typical reality show or soap opera involving the usual drama and fake scenarios. However, this show shows a whole new perspective to how some people right here in the U.S. choose to live their lives - a lifestyle that is absolutely mind-blowing and amazing.

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By April 28, 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to the Stampede Trail in Alaska. He began his journey down the snow-covered trail with only 10 pounds of rice, a .22 caliber rifle, rounds, a camera, journal, and a field guide to the region’s edible plants. His backpack that he had abandoned months previous, was discovered containing his wallet with identification, social security card, $300, library cards, and a map of the area. McCandless takes refuge in a bus he discovered just off the trail. Little known to him, however, he would fall victim of a massive snowstorm, land-locking him in the area for several months in a row with little food, forcing him to push his boundaries and fight a long winter for survival. Especially because we do not encounter quite as much snow as McCandless did, the conditions that he had to go through are astounding to me. His small inventory of supplies makes me even more thankful for the food I have in my pantry even though I will not be snowed in this winter. Coming from Asheville, where the smallest percentage of snow flurries causes a mad dash to the nearest grocery store for milk and bread, reading about the giant snowstorm that he endured was an experience that I couldn’t even imagine. Although not exactly a Christmas story, “Into the Wild” will get any reader into a mood for wintry weather. The novels allows the reader to reflect on what they have, therefore fostering a spirit of joy and thankfulness, just in time for the holidays.




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erson diving team. Sophomore Abby Hudspeth is one of the four members on the team. She joined the diving team this year in hopes that she would find a new sport to excel at and enjoy. “I was a gymnast for most of my life, and when I quit, I wanted to try another mental sport that challenged me in similar ways. I’ve been working really hard, and it would be great to show off all my hard work, especially in front of my peers,” Hudspeth said. Senior Megan Cypcar has been a member of the diving team since her freshman year. This season, the divers do not have their own coach but instead borrow Cottam from the swim team, changing the way they practice. “Since we don’t have our own coach, it’s a lot harder to adapt. Diving is a sport that can’t really be self-taught, which is tough at times,” Cypcar said. The diving team meets several times a week at the YWCA of Asheville, often with the teams from Asheville High and Franklin, due to the lack of suitable places to practice. Cypcar has noticed the unique team dynamic. “The teams from different schools mingle and intermix. We’re all one big team at times. We cheer each other on and encourage each other to try harder dives. The fact that we’re competitors doesn’t lead to segregation at all,” Cypcar said. Twice a week, TC divers drive to Clemson University to use their diving facility. With more boards and platforms of varying heights, and trampolines and belts to practice with, trips to the center are important to the team’s preparation. However, the school does not provide funding or transportation to team members to get there. “It’s an hour and a half drive each way. That is a huge commitment, especially with school obligations on top of that,” Hudspeth said. Some on the diving team also feel that there is a lack of support and enthusiasm from students. Cypcar believes that more recognition would be nice. “Everyone goes to football and soccer games. A few people even go to swim meets. But no one goes to diving meets, which is aggravating. We’ve been undefeated for so many years, and no one bothers to show up,”

Students break the traditional waiting period after transferring to Roberson. By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment Editor

As many as seven new students around the school have been spotted participating in athletics this year. While it is standard procedure for transferring athletes to wait a full 365 days before playing a sport, there are exceptions to the rule that recent TC transfers are taking advantage of. According to the National High School Athletic Association, or NCHSAA, a transfer


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baseball program. We have a really motivating coach and great players, and we make a really respectable team put together. We have a good team nationwide,” Beachboard said. In addition to moving from another district, the NCHSAA does not require a waiting period for student athletes who have transferred from a charter or private school. Sophomore Nicole Broeffle transferred to Roberson from Asheville School and plays tennis and soccer. “It’s really hard to become a college athlete from Asheville School. At TC, there are more opportunities and you get more practice time. It was really time consuming academically at Asheville School, so I can balance academics and sports here,” Broeffle said.

While some athletes use athletics as an incentive to transfer to Roberson, others use it as a way of fitting in to a new school. Sophomore Riley Howell moved into the Roberson district from Tuscola. Both he and his sister, freshman Iris Howell, participated in fall athletics to play the sports they love and get acquainted with their teammates. Riley plays on the JV mens’ soccer team, while Iris runs cross country and track. “I met a lot of my friends before school started through cross country. I got really close with them, and it turns out that they’re in a bunch of my classes. It really helped me,” I. Howell said.

Tai and Gaige Giger have played on the same team for years. By MADISON BARLOW Online Editor

For some athletes, competitive sports are a way to express themselves, make friends and escape reality. But for freshman Tai Giger and junior Gaige Giger basketball gives them an opportunity to strengthen their relationship. The two brothers are both members of the varsity basketball team and are described as a “dynamic duo” by teammates. Senior Chase Rucker said that the bond between the two boys is visible in games and practices. “They’re always cracking jokes and constantly talking, on and off the court. Sometimes we can’t keep up with their conversations because they have so many inside jokes,” Rucker said. According to T. Giger, he and his older brother have been playing on the same team for several years. “Gaige and I have played on AU teams together before, but never for a school team. He

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helps me with my game and encourages me. He’s my best friend,” he said. G. Giger agrees. According to him, it will be hard to watch his little brother play for Roberson after he graduates. “I love playing with him now, but I really can’t imagine coming back to watch him when I graduate. That’ll be hard. Not because I’m jealous that I can’t play, but because I’d want to be around him again,” G. Giger said. According to MaxPreps. com, as of Dec. 9, the boys have scored 79 combined points already this season. T. Giger has contributed 55 points, 27 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals. G. Giger added 24 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and six steals. Both boys have blocked two shots. Recently, T. Giger received honorable mention for the season’s first Asheville CitizenTimes/Western North Carolina Basketball Players of the week. The brothers have developed pre-game traditions over the years that help them focus on their game together. “Before every game, we eat together and hang out. We go to Subway. If we have an away game, we sit next to each other on the bus, and listen to music and talk. If we’re home, then we relax in the locker room together. Gaige calms me


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student who has moved from one school to another within the same district “must sit out 365 days for athletic participation.” However, students who have moved from a different district are eligible to play sports. Senior Marshall Beachboard has attended a different high school for the past three years. Originally at Reynolds, Beachboard transferred to Asheville High for his junior year. “I went to Asheville High last year so that I could play baseball. Since it is a city school, I didn’t have to wait,” Beachboard said. Now at Roberson, Beachboard plans to play for TC’s baseball team this spring. “TC has such an amazing

The boys have taken home 3 wins and have upcoming games next Wednesday and Thursday.

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BROTHERLY LOVE: Gaige and Tai Giger work out during boys’ basketball practice. The brothers have a combined 55 points

down. He’s more outspoken than I am, but he gets me,” T. Giger said. Coach Adam Ballard appreciates the way the two boys work together on the court. “They have good chemistry.

One always knows where the other one is on the court, and they’re both playing pretty consistently. It should be a good season for both of them and the team,” Ballard said.!

The Girls’ team is 6-1 and have broken school records multiple times so far this season.

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4-1 Girls’ basketball has won 4 games against Pisgah, West Henderson, Rabun County, and Tuscola. They have upcoming games next Wednesday and Thursday.

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Sophomore Maddie Hiriak might just know more about wrestling than most boys in her class, or even the school. She can tell you scores, stats and records from every meetnot because she is a super fan, but because she is the varsity scorekeeper for the team. Hiriak said that when she tells people she is a part of the team, the reaction varies from disbelief to shock. “Last year, Meredith Sizemore asked me if I would like to take over the job after she graduated so I went to a match to see if I was interested in trying to learn to keep score, and I decided it would be a good experience,” Hiriak said. According to head coach Damon Brown, there has always been a female scorekeeper as long as he has been a part of the program. “Maddie is an important part of the team, and by keeping score, she is as important to the whole process as anyone. She is a helpful asset and carries on the system. It is designed so that she can continue for the next few years alone before training someone else,” Brown said. Senior Brando Galeana recognizes Hiriak’s role with the team and said it was not hard getting used to working with her and the team. “I was a bit worried because I would be the only girl, and I did not know many of the guys very well. But it is a lot of fun, and we are all a big family. I am the little sister that gets picked on,” Hiriak said. According to Brown, this year’s squad is extremely young with only one senior with two years of starting experience. “We have to do a lot of growing up quickly, but we are getting there and will be a force to be reckoned with as the season moves forward. Maddie has been learning just as the wrestlers have,” Brown said. Wrestling is the only sport, according to Brown, in the state in which the score is kept by a student at the state level. Currently, Josh McCarson is ranked in the honorable mention of the state rankings, and several sophomores have the potential to be state qualifiers, according to Brown. Sophomores Seth Sicina and Blake Mead were also awarded “Athlete of the Meet” at the Husky Invitational on Nov. 26th.

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Both the boys & girls are set to win their 12th consecutive conference title this season. photo/KAT SIZEMORE/golden fleece

JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Junior Lauren Hartmann streamlines off the wall after a turn during a practice at the Zeugner Swimming Complex. Hartmann has been a member of the Roberson Swim Team for three years and competes in the freestyle and backstroke events.


Swimming continues tradition despite limited spectator space Low attendance at swim meets leads swimmers to feel unsupported. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

Sophomore Max Crownover knows that Rams swimming is one of the best programs in the state. He also knows that few Roberson students know anything about the sport. “We know that since we’re swimmers, we’re not going to be appreciated. But we just want to be talked about for once,” Crownover said. These concerns are felt by many members on the swimming team. Although the team has a very successful reputation, they feel that they are not always acknowledged. “You always hear about the wins and losses of the football teams, the soccer teams, the basketball teams. Swimming? Not so much. Even though we’re one of the most successful teams at this school, we’re rarely even mentioned,” Crownover said. Past events show that average ticket sales tend to run at roughly 75 people per meet to cheer on the swimmers. But this includes both home and visiting spectators. According to physics teacher Wayne Hamlin, who sells tickets at the meets, swimming over that last few years has not had the widespread appeal that many other sports offered at Roberson draw in. However, this season many more spectators are showing interest than in previous years. “In the past I’ve maybe sold 20 tickets, but at the first meet this year I sold 88. Sales are definitely increasing,” Hamlin said. Swim coach Jim Cottam was pleased with the surge in interest. “Usually, we get lots of new par-




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ticipants right around the summer Stanek said. Olympic games, so the fact that so Cottam thinks that the facility is many came out for the team was one of the main deterrents towards a unusual. This season, we have a larger turnout. strong group of freshman, but are “It’s old. There’s not a whole lot of still heavily dependent on our seniors room, which does nothing in encourand the leadership they provide,” aging more people to come out and Cottam said. watch us,” Cottam said. The girls’ medley relay team Hamlin has similar concerns. consisting of freshman Camille Long, “When you’re at a swim meet, junior Alyssa Arwood, freshman you’re stuck inside a loud building, Mary-O Soule, and senior JoEllen and you have to watch the races to Hogoboom have broken the former know what’s going on. There’s no school record, with a time of 1:57:30. place to sit, and it’s hard to socialLong broke the record in the 500 ize. Also, there aren’t any meets on meter freestyle Friday nights, which and Soule is when students typinow holds the cally go to games,” school record in Hamlin said. the 200 meter Buncombe County freestyle. has proposed buildSophomore ing a new aquatic Alyx Fisk is a facility near the common prescurrent Zeugner Pool ence at swim and Recreation cenmeets, though ter. County officials she does not envision an eight have family lane pool similar to »Mitchell Stanek members on the current one to be the team. To built on the Zeugner her, going to the meets is about supCenter property and would be estiporting her friends and her school. mated to cost over $4.8 million. Nevertheless, she is not sure if having “A new pool is the number one a huge student turn-out is a good priority on our list,” said county idea. employee Terri Gintile, who works at “The pool itself is really crowded, the Zeugner pool. “We’re not 100% and there’s not a lot of room for sure what the new project would people to watch from the sidelines. consist of, but it would certainly be I think that if you don’t understand nicer than what is there now.” swimming, you shouldn’t go. It can Another contributing factor be quite complicated and confusing, towards the lack of awareness of the and if you’ve never seen the sport, team may be caused in part by the you won’t get it,” Fisk said. fact that neither of the coaches works Freshman Mitchell Stanek disat Roberson. agrees, believing that more support “In past years, we haven’t been would be beneficial to the team. represented at pep rallies, nor is there “All we want is recognition. I don’t anyone to make sure our stats get think people know about us. Right read on the intercom,” Cottam said. now, it’s just parents and the occaSimilar concerns are felt by the Robsional friend watching. When you’re erson diving team. out of the water, it would be nice See SWIM Page 11 to hear fans cheering for a change,”

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Vol 36, Issue 2 (Dec 13 2013)  

Our 2nd edition of the 2013-2014 school year.