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VOLUME 36, ISSUE 3 Students discuss opinions on snow days and make up days


Storms create blood need

MARCH 7, 2014

Spring Forward

Cystic Fibrosis awareness brought to Roberson

Make sure to set your clocks forward an hour forDaylights Savings Sunday night!


RentTheRunway Prom Dress options grow with rentals

American Red Cross faces shortage of blood due to cancelled drives.

Buncombe County offers a unique school focusing on math and science.


The Asheville branch of the American Red Cross is in need of about 800 units of blood. Due to snow in the area, 11 blood drives had to be cancelled in the past few months. According to RedCross. org., nearly 1,300 blood drives across the nation were cancelled, resulting in a shortage of around 50,000 blood donations. The amount of lost blood is equal to the Red Cross shutting down each of their operations around the country for three full days. To help eliminate the shortage in Asheville, the AFJROTC hosted a blood drive on March 5. According to AFJROTC Cadet Janis Tucker, the blood they receive goes directly to the local branch of the Red Cross. “We are hoping to get 120 people for this drive,” Tucker said. “On average, we get around 100. If we get 120 donors, that would add up to about 100-150 units of blood that will go right to the Red Cross.” According to Sergeant Anthony Kelley, the issue with blood drives is that they are scheduled so far in advance. “They gave us the blood drive schedule a year in advance, so it is impossible to make one up,” Kelley said. “Last week with the ice storm, they lost so many drives that they can’t make it up, so we can only hope that we make up for a lot of it with the upcoming drive. We are hoping to get more donors than usual.” The entire region of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and parts of Georgia were shut down on Feb. 11 due to the snow storm, according to Red Cross Representative, Samantha Holcomb. “We had to shut down the whole region and cancel all the drives and also had to cancel a lot of the drives on Feb. 13 because the roads were still icy.” To make up for lost blood, the Red Cross has found that they are receiving more donors per blood drive, as the community recognizes the problem and is willing to help. In addition to collecting excess blood, the Red Cross hosted a “Battle of the Badges” blood drive in which they collected 171 units of blood, according to Holcomb.

STEM school set to open next fall By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

It’s that time of year again and prom is right around the corner, which means time to worry about finding the perfect dress, hair style, and groups for the big day. All of these things come with a price. Whether it be dinner costs or transportation fees, the ultimate price of prom has gone up. A new survey from Visa found that on average, families will spend $1,139 on prom this year. In total, the American prom industry is worth an estimated $4 billion The South has the second highest average of prom costs at $1, 047 behind the Northeast, whose average is $1, 944, according to Huffington Post. For Roberson students, this cost may include the ticket, meal, dress, hair, make up and nails. An online website called Rent the Runway (RTR) gives girls the chance to rent designer dresses, for a four to eight day period, for up to 90 percent off of retail price. Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleis, co-founders of the company, wanted to create this business to solve the problem of “I never have anything to wear.” Hyman and Fleis say that RTR is for women who know and love fashion, who want to look glamorous for all their nights out and experiment with new brands without the anxiety of investing in piece after piece. The website has a range of 170 designers like Badgley Mischka and Carolina Herrera gowns, and jewelry from Oscar de la Renta as well as Dannijo. “We have a fashion team of buyers that go to fashion week and look for upcoming trends and styles for the seasons. They are also interactive with the customers and have a community Pinterest board, where we look at the dresses and accessories that get the most likes and repins,” Rent the Runway showroom stylist Jordan Skiles said. A wide variety of clutches and handbags are also available, which is similar to another website, Bag, Borrow, Steal, as seen on the first “Sex and the City” movie. RTR’s wide variety of dresses accommodates girls of any age or size, Interested in renting a dress especially with RTR Plus Size. Senior for prom? Visit their website Clare Johnson is a fan of the site. at “It has dresses for every event and every age group,” Johnson said. “There are some of the actual dresses worn on

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The two dresses shown are selections from Rent the Runway.

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Buncombe County Schools officially announced the opening of a new STEM School that will be open for the 2014-15 school year. According to the county office, the school will incorporate the latest technologies and will provide a unique high school experience unlike any other in the area. Students who will go to the STEM School (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will be bused to the county office from the six high schools across the county. Freshman Mitchell Stanek participated in a focus group last fall to explain his thoughts about what the school should incorporate. “We went to have a conference with Marketing Connections to explain our thoughts. I felt that it was important for them to have a student perspective, and I feel that they took what we had to say to heart,” Stanek said. “They even emailed us later in to have us comment of their ideas.” Stanek spoke with several other students around the county, who also gave their opinions of future ideas. Initially, the school will have 100 freshmen with 100 more added each year until there are 400 total on the campus. Buncombe County also claims that students who attend a STEM School will be able to enter professions which traditionally pay 26 percent more money to employees than those without a STEM education. STEM fields are typically growing 60 percent faster than other careers, too. Any student in the six districts of Buncombe County can apply to the school, but only 100 will be choosen. Career fields that are involved in the STEM School program include engineering, health, life and physical science, computer and information technology, mathematics, and “green jobs”. The school will cost approximately $5.5 million to build, with most of the funding coming from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Controversy continues over teacher salaries, tenure in NC Mixed reactions seen over propsed changes concerning teacher status. By MOLLY HORAK and JESSICA ZUK Features & News Editors

North Carolina is in the middle of adding new changes to the educational system throughout the state. This year alone, the legislature plans to end tenure and to give pay raises to new teachers and the top 25 percent of educators. Governor Pat McCrory and top legislative officials announced plans to revamp teacher salaries over the next few years. They have proposed a 14 percent raise for professionals


teaching for nine years or fewer. Freshman academy teacher Amanda Boyd is thrilled about the raise for new teachers. Because it is her second year teaching in Buncombe County, she will be eligible for a bigger paycheck. “It’s going to be great. Although it stinks for the veteran teachers, it will definitely be a huge help to Mr. Boyd and me- if it actually happens, together we will earn $10,000 more each year,” Boyd said. Another reform in the works is to eliminate tenure for all teachers in the state by 2018. Tenure is a program by which educators can be given “professional-status” after three years in the system, which provides them with an added level of job security from non-promisary yearto-year contracts. Math teacher Elsa Iglesias thinks the idea of


eliminating tenure is not the best approach to the situation. “Without tenure, if the county needs to make salaries less they could get rid of veteran teachers and higher younger ones who make less money. That’s the protection of tenure. They can’t fire you without due cause just because they need to make ends meet with less money. That’s the biggest problem,” Iglesias said. Teaching positions are one of the limited professionals that offer this protection. Controversy is frequently associated with this topic. Pete Kaliner, a local radio host on WWNC 570 News Radio takes a different approach. “ Tenure is a luxury only given to teachers. Those who work in the professional See TENURE/Page 2


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PAY RAISE: If hired in NC, student teacher Taylor Sluder would likely recieve one of the highest starting salaries in the Southeast.

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What’s Going On-line? Since our official launch last September, our online site has been reporting on Roberson events daily. Below are some of the few stories we have covered.

Head football coach Jim Beatty resigns

Denmark Trip Pushed Back to Fall 2014 This year’s annual Denmark trip has been postponed until Fall because of conflicting schedules.

“In our community, teachers in general get along really well because we’re all in the same boat-there’s not a lot of competition. But there could be now,” Iglesias said. Rhoney agrees. “Personally, I think that every teacher at Roberson deserves a raise. Especially the ones at Roberson, because they put forth so much effort,” she said. Kaliner believes that people do not take the initiative to find out what is actually happening. “Most people don’t actually know the facts. They think that they know what’s going on, that is why I look at the facts,” he said. Kaliner argues that although teachers in North Carolina make less than the national average, their wages are at or above the median salary of the average North Carolinians in the state. “It costs more to live elsewhere, which is why people who live up North should make more money. In North Carolina, the cost of living is lower, and things are cheaper. We have less unions and regulations, all which contribute to a lower cost of life. That gives justification to a lower salary,” Kaliner said.

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world are not given this protection, so I don’t see why it’s a big deal that it’s being taken away,” Kaliner said. The state is also looking into offering bonuses to the top 25 percent of teachers in North Carolina. The bonus would include a total of $5,000 over the course of four years. However, if teachers choose to take this raise, they have to immediately give up their tenured status. According to principle Amy Rhoney, the determination of who will receive the raise is based on a criteria set by the county. Teachers have to have certain ratings on evaluations and they must have taught three consecutive years in Buncombe County. Out of these teachers, a survey was sent out to see if teachers would want the raise, but most declined the offer. One of the arguments against the 25 percent raise is that it can cause uncomfortable competition between some teachers. Many of the teachers talked to for this story feel obligated to decline the offer either because of awkwardness between colleagues or because they would rather keep their job security.


Beatty left Roberson to take a coaching position at Mars Hill University.



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the red carpet like Badgley Mischka and Herve Leger. Both designers I love but have very different signature styles.” According to their website RentTheRunway. com., the biggest wariness for people looking into RTR is whether or not the garment will fit. RTR says that “fit comes first,” therefore they go over the required expectations of ordering a gown. For every dress, renters have the ability choose a “normal” size and get a second size free. You also can order another dress of equal or lesser value for an additional 32 dollars and 50 cents. If neither of those fit, RTR will express customers a new dress over night for free. “We offer rentals for the general womananyone from across the country at any price point and size. On the website, you can look at reviews from customers who are the same height, weight, and style as you to see if you should size down or get the longer dress,” Skiles said. To ensure the perfect fit, there are showrooms in New York City at Henri Bendel and the Soho headquarters, as well as in Las

Vegas at The Cosmopolitan. At each appointment, girls are allowed to try on any dress and find accessories with the help of experienced stylists. The online consultants are taught by famous fashion stylist Stacy London and the Style to Hire program. According to Skiles, there is a wide variety of customers that come into the showrooms, from teenage girls trying to find their prom dress, to adults looking for a dress for a rehearsal dinner, and even 75-year-old women needing a dress for a charity dinner. “We find that most of our customers rent for highly photographed events like prom, weddings, bachelorette parties, and galas. Girls always come in and talk about how they could never wear a $500 dollar dress again because people would see it in pictures,” Skiles said. “I would rather rent a dress for $100 or less because it would save money and closet space.” Johnson has looked at the site for her prom dress, but unfortunately does not wear a perfect size, so she would have to buy a dress that could be altered. However, she likes the idea of renting a designer dress to wear for one event, and only paying for that night. “I think that is a genius idea. Celebrities never actually buy their gowns and jewelry for awards shows,” Johnson said. “Rent the Runway is like that but for everyday people.”





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SEEING RED: Teachers who are members of the NCAE have noticed red signs in the break room encouraging them to refuse the 25% raise.

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Renting a dress is not ideal for some people, like Senior Mary Helen Hardy, who would want to keep her prom dress for sentimental purposes. “I have used Rent the Runway for other, smaller, more casual events like AJA (Asheville Junior Assembly), but I think that prom is more special. My prom dress is something that I would want to hold on to for a long time,” Hardy said. Sentiment seems to be more heavily weighted on students’ senior prom rather than their junior prom. Junior Megan Ledford would be more willing to try RTR for her junior prom. “I would rather do Rent the Runway for my junior prom because if there was something I didn’t like about the dress I could change it next year.” Ledford said. “I’ve never heard of Rent the Runway before, but I think that it is a good idea money-wise. But if you bought a prom dress you could turn around and sell it so I guess they kind of equal out.” Whether it be for prom or a special date, RTR has different styles appropriate for any type of event. “I was really impressed by the service and I recommend it to a lot of my friends. I would definitely use it again,” Hardy said.


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GOLDEN FLEECE •March 7, 2014

Twitch channel geared to Pokémon players

Clothing is culture Sunder, a previous exchange student, explains how Germany and America differ in both style and

Twitch Plays Pokémon puts a new twist on gaming classic.

By INGA SUNDER Foreign Correspondant

By MAX REIDINGER Technology Editor

DAZZLING DESIGNS: Brooke Ullman shows off one of her signature nail designs. Ullman has been designing nails for free for over a year and plans to decorate nails for the upcoming prom seasons.

Freshmen recognized nationally for creative nail art Brooke Ullman and Aixa Hinckle demonstrate artistic talent through social media. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor


crolling through social media, teenagers might occasionally come across something that sparks an interest in them. But for freshmen Aixa Hinckle and Brooke Ullman, the idea they got has turned into more than an interest. “I was looking on YouTube, and saw a bunch of nail design different tutorials. From there, I started to do some simple designs. I also looked at a bunch of Instagram accounts and was really inspired,” Ullman said. For Hinckle, she began to experiment with nail art her last year in middle school. “I was doing an eighth grade project, and I had nothing else to do. I figured I would try out nail design, and at first, honestly, it was probably one of the worst things I ever have done and I absolutely hated it. But after that, I really got into it,” Hinckle said. The girls created an Instagram account for their nail designs (@ dazzling_designs) a little over a year ago and have received more recognition than they ever expected. “We were freaking out when we found out that ‘Seventeen’ magazine and Buzzfeed gave us shout outs, because you always see these cool designs, but you never expect it to be yours,” Ullman said. Hinckle agrees. “We thought maybe it could have been a fake account, it was unbelievable,” Hinckle said. The girls also decided to make

video tutorials of requests on Tumblr. As far as collaborating together to develop nail ideas, the girls research nails on their own time, and then will give each other ideas. “Sometimes we will send each other cute pictures or tag each other in pictures when we paint the same nails. That’s called bestie twin nails, which is popular now,” Hinckle said. Typically, Hinckle and Ullman focus on their family and friends’ nails. However, with prom approaching soon, the recent craze for nail designs could become a potential business. As of now, the girls have only considered charging others to paint their nails. “I mostly do my nails, but I also do my sister’s nails, or if I have a friend come over. I » Aixa actually did one a friend of my sister’s nails for prom last year. I think it would be awesome to do more nails for prom this year,” Ullman said. According to Hinckle and Ullman, they were encouraged to start their own Instagram by close family, friends, and followers. “When we saw that there were a ton of others, we thought, why we can’t make one,” Hinckle said. “Everyone had been telling us how cool our nails were, and decided that starting one was a good idea.” Even though she has been practicing for over a year, Ullman considers the detail-oriented nails to be more difficult as Hinckle considers techniques to be more challenging. “The hardest design I have done was probably my Lion King nails. But, they were also my favorite,” Ullman said. “Water-marbling is the hardest

technique for me. You use water, masking tape, and orange sticks. They take forever but they look really cool,” Hinckle said. Hinckle also has noticed that different sizes and shapes of nails can affect the difficulty of painting them. Ullman suggests that people should not get discouraged initially, because nail design takes a lot of practice. “You definitely need patience, time, and determination because sometimes people will get discouraged if their nails don’t look good to begin with. But they need to keep going,” Ullman said. Both girls try to update their designs by staying on top of the current nail trends. “I try not to repeat designs, Hinckle but I like to use certain colors on my nails,” Hinckle said. Ullman spent over five hours to complete one set of nails and claims she looks forward to new designs, despite being time consuming. The girls encourage those who want to start their own hobbies to do so. “I guess it depends of their hobby, but an art thing is definitely effective on social media,” Ullman said. As far as starting personal accounts on social media to show the social world your hobby, Hinckle and Ullman believes that it’s worth it. “I say go for it. Put the idea out there, ask your friends to follow, and you never know what could happen,” Hinckle said. “Don’t expect a lot at first, but keep doing it if you enjoy it,” Ullman said.

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to follow, and you never know what could happen.




The Final Countdown

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It’s a good chance that most teens today have heard the word “Pokémon” at least once and think of a little yellow mouse with red cheeks and a lightning bolt tail. Over the past few weeks, however, Pokémon has come to mean so much more for over 200,000 people. An anonymous user of the video live stream website created a program that translates text from the Twitch live chat into button commands in a version of the game Pokémon Red. The stream, titled “Twitch Plays Pokémon”, or TPP, was a social experiment and also one of the first successful crowd-sourced games (a game where multiple people control a single character at once). “I played Pokémon a lot as a kid and still pick up my game every now and then, but I feel more involved in TPP because there are thousands of other people experiencing the same game all at the same time,” said junior Spencer Kropf. “Usually a Pokémon game is a unique experience, but the crowd aspect makes it much more of a community event.” For nearly three weeks, people have been typing “up”, “down”, “left”, “right”, “B”, “A”, “start”, and “select” to control the hapless Red and guide him through the Kanto region of the Pokémon world. Reddit is a website where art, stories, theories, and reactions are placed every minute to chronicle the events of TPP. According to TPP follower Duncan Boatright, the stream has developed a very sizeable following of several thousand people. “It’s impressive that a group of individuals thought to create something like this - both on a creative level and a technical level. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to modify the game to accommodate 70,000 users all simultaneously providing input,” Boatright said. However, when there are so many people controlling a single character, a single person can tip the balance. To solve this issue, the creator of the stream made two systems of playing: “anarchy,” where every input is read as a command and is immediately input into the game, and “democracy,” where the program selects the most voted on command over a period of a few seconds and then relays the command to the game. “The TPP government system is one of the game’s unique features. Before it was implemented, there weren’t really any political orientations. As soon as the creator implemented the anarchy/ democracy system, the two ‘churches’ formed almost instantly,” said junior Hayden Welch. Due to the nature of the stream and the simplicity of the GameBoy classic, people have come up with many theories, stories, and “religions” related to the stream. “I think it’s really funny how so many people have been able to come to an agreement on what is the ‘story’ of the game. The False Prophet Flareon, Bird Jesus, Lord Helix, and Abby K could have been tiny footnotes but the community decided they were important enough to be ‘worshiped’ and vilified as necessary,” Kropf said. TPP managed to beat Pokémon Red after 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 31 seconds. The stream took a day-and-ahalf hiatus and then began again this past Sunday with a game of Pokémon Crystal version. The original stream became so popular that many other people created their own streams with other versions of Pokémon. However, these streams have been unable to match the popularity of the original due to differences in in mechanic and how the creators managed their streams, according to Boatright. “There are already infinite clones on Twitch, all playing different versions of Pokémon, slightly different ROMs, etc., and I think it’ll eventually diminish how fun the first round of it was. The reality is that Twitch is a way for professional gamers to make money, and if there’s a fad this big that can make people a dime, they’re going to capitalize on it,” Boatright said.

For this month, I will tell you some things about the clothing styles in Germany and Europe and the differences in shopping. You might be familiar with the cliché that Germans wear sandals with socks. Well, a lot of the older people actually do, but we younger ones never would. While you Americans often wear sweatpants and tennis shoes to school, most Europeans think that they’re meant just for working out or hanging out at home and not appropriate enough for school. The same thing counts for flip flops, which we mostly just wear in our free time in the summer. Another difference in clothing is that girls don’t wear a lot of wide t-shirts, but instead wear tank tops. They also don’t wear as many dresses as American girls; they often just wear hot pants or a skirt. In Germany and many other European countries, there are very few “dress codes” in school. As long as clothes cover your underwear and don’t show your belly, they’re okay. But remember, no sweat pants! (Weird, isn’t it?) In Great Britain though, almost all schools have a school uniform and some private schools in other countries do, too. In Bavaria (the state of Germany where I live), we also have traditional clothing which we wear to the Oktoberfest or other special and rare occasions: The guys wear “Lederhosen” (pants made of leather) and the girls wear a “Dirndl” (a specific kind of dress). (Search for pictures online or type in “Schuplattler” on YouTube!) The way you go shopping in Europe is also very different from America: We don’t really have a big store where you can get almost everything, like at Walmart or Target. You also won’t find a lot of big malls in Europe. Of course, there are some, but not nearly as many as in the USA. What we do have are little shopping centers, which are like small shopping malls. In Europe, almost every town has a city center with a pedestrian zone where you can find a lot of small individual stores. It can be nice when you only need something specific, but when you need a lot of different things, it takes a lot more effort and time because you have to go to so many shops instead of just one big one. One of the most popular stores (mostly in Germany) is H&M. There are about 400 stores in Germany compared to the 300 in the U.S., and keep in mind that Germany is just a little bit bigger than North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia together. Famous American brands like Abercrombie & Fitch are getting more and more popular in Europe. For example, there are three A&F stores in Germany, and one in most other western European countries. I hope I was able to give you an idea of what shopping is like here and what the differences in clothing are, and if you ever go shopping in Europe, remember that tax is always included in the labeled price.

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GOLDEN FLEECE • March 7, 2014


Fat Food

Students still seem to be unaware of consequences from fast food diet

160,000. Throughout the nation, 160,000 fast food restaurants serve over five million Americans daily, according to StatisticsBrain. com. It is common knowledge that fast food is known to be of lesser nutritional value than a typical sitdown restaurant meal. With highcal-

orie and fat burgers, french fries and milkshakes, fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s are an easy and quick stop on the way on anyone’s daily commute. However, eating just one fast food meal can provide 42.6 percent of daily carbs and 33.6 of daily calories. With swim suit season just around the corner, high school girls and boys alike all over the country are working hard to get their bodies in shape for those long days on the beach and at the pool. But with Arby’s, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A all within a 10mile radius of Roberson, having a non-fast food diet is almost out of the question. Some fast food restaurants have tried to incorporate “healthier” options, such as salads and grilled chick-


en wraps, but at McDonald’s, a regular cheeseburger contains 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, while a Premium Southwest Salad has 450 calories and 21 grams of fat. When trying to not only stay in shape but stay healthy in general, both teens and adults need to remember that any and all fast food is detrimental to health. It may seem like the salad is the healthier option, but the best option is to spend a few extra dollars for food at a real restaurant.

Burgers and salads from Mcdonald’s, as pictured, are two options teens can choose from when eating at the fast food restaurant.

Head to Head

Black coffee healthier, cheaper option I have been drinking coffee since I was in the second grade. That’s right, 7 years old. And not fake coffee, the real stuff, black. Every Wednesday night at church, my papa and I would partake in our tradition of coffee and an oatmealraisin cookie, which he also shared with my mom. Now I know that I am in the minority of coffee drinkers. According to Coffee Facts, out of the 100 million people who drink coffee everyday, 35 percent opt for black coffee rather than coffee with cream and sugar. I am also part of the 60 percent of people who need a cup of coffee to start the day (or more than one). Without a cup of caffeine, it seems as if I can’t function. Even though I weaken the blow by drinking light coffee instead of a darker roast, studies show that light coffee has a higher amount of caffeine than dark roasts because the longer coffee beans are roasted, the more caffeine is cooked out of the beans, according to Coffee Facts. Sometimes I mix my coffee with hot water from the faucet like Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,”

just for kicks. Coffee is definitely America’s signature drink, with major cities like Seattle and New York having high coffee shop to resident rations. Seattle has the highest amount, at 15 coffee shops to 100,000 people. Manhattan follows as the second highest ranked U.S. city with 9 coffee shops per 100,000 people. The other top three cities are San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. According to, there are more than 18,000 Starbucks stores in 62 countries with 212 of them in NYC. Most coffee shops offer sweets and treats from their bakery, which is another reason to drink black coffee. Instead of having the flavor of a sweet scone and sweet coffee battle for prominence, I start with the dark, refreshing palette of the coffee and then add the sweetness of the bakery treat. An 8-ounce cup of joe has just two calories and zero grams of fat. When you add cream and sugar, these numbers multiply. Coffee also has been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer like liver, colon, and breast cancer, says If you can’t get over


Sweet coffee provides better start to day



Elizabeth McBride is a junior in her second year of journalism. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Golden Fleece staff.

Ashley Kuder is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Golden Fleece staff.

the bitter taste of black coffee, you will learn that it is always at your finger tips, and essentially free or close to no cost at all. Instead of having a more expensive, difficult order like a venti iced five pump extra ice whole milk chai latte that you have to write down to remember, you’re way better off ordering a simple, classic black coffee for a fraction of the cost.

Every morning I wake up with the knowledge that there’s a hot cup of coffee with caramel creamer and a teaspoon of sugar in it. The smell of the coffee every day is what keeps me from smashing my alarm clock, and going back to sleep. The cream and sugar make the coffee taste sweet and inviting first thing in the morning. Black coffee is too strong and harsh at such an early hour in the day. Sixty-five percent of Americans prefer their coffee with milk and sugar added in to give them the mouth-watering flavor of their choice according to Coffee Facts, a statistics collection foundation. The commonly-enjoyed coffee brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks, have conformed to the cream and sugar fad by using it as a staple in many of their most enjoyed drinks. Starbucks coffees are often made with steamed milk that takes up almost half of the beverage. And without the steamed flavored milk, the cup of coffee would lose almost all the taste that it is coveted for. According to Starbucks. com, 30 million Americans

prefer to drink specialty drinks like lattes, and cappuccino as opposed to black coffee. Eighteen billion dollars were earned from the coffee creamer industry in America last year, according to Coffee Facts. The money spent per family on cream and sugar for coffee is well worth the price. The cream makes the coffee delicious to drink without losing any caffeine. With cream you can wake up every morning, and start the day awake and with a good taste in your mouth. The average creamer packet only has about 90 calories. Contrary to previous American belief, the creamer is not too bad or fattening for your body. And the flavor that it can bring to your morning cup of coffee is well worth the small amount of calories that must be allowed in your daily diet to drink it. Cream and sugar in your coffee is a fast and easy way to sweeten up your day and put a smile on your face. I love knowing that my sweet caramel coffee with caramel creamer to match and a pinch of sugar is waiting for me. If you’re looking for a way to have be energizes and awake while still getting a little something sweet added, coffee with cream and sugar is the way to go.

If all this talk about coffee has made you want a cup, see our Asheville page for where to snag a cup o’ joe.

EDITORIAL BOARD Rahquelah Conyers JoEllen Hogoboom Molly Horak Max Reidinger

By ARYN EISEN Editor-in-Chief

Seniors need to be aware of retraction Senioritis...

Seriously, though, if you are a senior and have already been accepted to college or see graduation looming over your heads, you have probably felt the word “senioritis” creep into your mind. But another word may be a little more important: retraction. So listen up seniors, because this is not your cliche article on being lazy your senior year. As second semester is now in full swing and the snow days have subsided, graduation is becoming more and more a reality. By definition, according to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, “senioritis” is “an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” Although it can be fun to goof off and not care about the last semester of high school, for those of us who wish to attend college in the fall this can lead to more bad news than we bargained for. According to the NY Times, colleges on average can revoke dozens of acceptances each year based on final senior year grades, and this number is completely subject to the school and year. Although that number may seem low, imagine the amazing “slacked off ” time you had during the final months of this year only to find out your college plans were destroyed because of it. Financial aid and scholarships can also be revoked in this process leaving many to restart their college search. Is it really worth the few months of slacking off if in the end you jeopardize your chances of the college of your choice? Now I am not saying we cannot slack off, because lets be honest, we are all doing it. But the key is moderation and knowing that a ‘no thank you letter’ could come if your grades drastically change. The 98 days between now and graduation day will be filled with excitement and final preparations to leave the world of high school. Just keep the word retraction in the back of your mind. Make sure your grades do not drop to the point of retracted admissions. A little focus now can make the summer months that much more rewarding while protecting yourself. A case of senioritis is normal, but the ramifications are a vital factor to consider as slacking off continues. LEADERSHIP BOARD ARYN EISEN

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New Samsung watches make their debut The Dog Blog By CAROLINE STRAY Editor, Golden Fleece

Breeds should not be discriminated against

Every breed of dogs comes with some type of problem. Chihuahuas are “too yappy,” great danes are “too big,” and pit bulls are “too mean.” Before making such rash assumptions on breeds, research needs to be done. I have volunteered at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for almost four years, and I can honestly say that the meanest dog I encountered was a little pug named Daisy Mae. Before spending so much time at the shelter, I, like many other people, assumed that dogs, such as pit bulls and boxers, were mean and did not make for good pets. News stories, of course, supported this stereotype. Lots of headlines come up about a pit bull biting somebody out of defense or having a mean growl, but it’s not their fault that they are born with immense amounts of power and a fierce set of teeth. Just because dogs have the ability to be harmful does not mean they are looking to use it. In most situations, any dog is just looking for a companion and somebody to love. Studies performed by the Center for Disease Control have proved that it is not the breed of dog responsible for attacks, but the owner. If a dog is brought up in an environment where they are abused all the time, they obviously have a much higher likelihood of being aggressive when they are older than one brought up in a loving home. This is true for ANY dog breed, and nobody should be so quick to make assumptions that one breed is a better pet than another. From experience, I’ve found that any dog can come around with a little patience and a lot of love. After fostering a pit bull named Roxy that was almost bigger than me last summer, I got to experience firsthand what so many pit bull owners endure every day. Roxy was strong, of course, but she had absolutely no bad intentions. She gave more kisses than my miniature schnauzer and was willing to come home after a long day at the park and snuggle up in bed. I could not come up with one negative thing about Roxy –in fact, I’ve had more problems with my little, powerless dog than I had with her. It is statistically proven that pit bulls achieve a family passing rate higher than most golden retrievers or beagles. In a study done by the American Canine Temperament Testing Society (ATT), pit bulls received a passing rate of 83.9 percent, which is in 4 out of 122 breeds. This is higher than the average passing rate of other breeds, which is 77 percent. When looking to foster or adopt a new furry friend, I whole-heartedly advise anybody to meet and spend time with all breeds of dogs before making a decision.

Recent gadget offers promising future in technology By ELIZABETH STALFORD Business Manager

Watches have been around for a long time. What began as a spring-driven clock in the 15th century and a 17thcentury pocket watch has transformed into a device whose function exceeds simply telling time. As long as the watches have been around, they have continued to progress. These days, with the smartwatch on the market, watches have even evolved into wearable computers. The first version of the smartwatch, which offered functions such as calculators, memos, and schedules, was actually released in the early 1980s. After over 30 years of research and technology growth, 2013 was predicted to be “the year of the smartwatch,” especially with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear in September. However, the Galaxy was not received with much enthusiasm. In fact, it was criticized for poor battery

have not been released; however, the Galaxy Gear costs $299. Should the prices be similar - if not higher - is a device that depends on wi-fi and having a smartphone nearby worth the cost? The idea of placing several everyday functions into one wearable device is brilliant, but will people want to pay for a device that has functions - including a clock - already available on most cell phones? Additionally, although Samsung has improved the design and made the watch lighter with the Gear 2, none of the styles of the new smartwatches are that appealing. Granted, it is difficult to create a device that has multiple functions while maintaining a simple, sleek appearance. The Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit are set to be released on March 31. Will these innovative timepieces be all they

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Cell Phone policy needs to be better enforced Students are easily distracted by cell phones in classroom settings. By MOLLY HORAK AND JESSICA ZUK Features and News Editors

It is one of the biggest and most controversial topics of the modern age: cell phones. And one of the major debates seen today is whether or not they should be allowed in classes. With rapid rise of technology seen over the last few decades, new inventions are everywhere. Larger tablets, smarter phones, and faster computers are being mass-marketed to teenagers. Although these advances could be positive, using phones in school is a terrible idea. Let’s be honest. If you are a teenager with the opportunity to use a phone in class, you are not going to be on an educational app. You are going to be on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat. You are texting your friends,

NEW SPRING CLOTHES Sick of all the winter clothes? Cheer up with the new spring clothing lines that will be coming soon. SPRING BREAK COMING Make those plans with friends and pack your bags. It’s time to hit the beach over spring break! GETTING OUTSIDE With the weather getting warmer, there will be plenty of things to do outside to get rid of cabin fervor.


life, dependency on Samthan the Gear 2. sung tablets and phones, In addition to the Gear 2 and even its design. and Gear Neo, Samsung has Despite the disappointalso revealed the Gear Fit, a ing reception of its first smartwatch aimed towards smartwatch, Samsung got fitness tracking. It features back to work and tried a camera and accompanies again. On February 23, two apps such as a heart rate sennew watches were unveiled: sor, pedometer, and more. the Gear 2 and Gear Neo. The Gear Fit is responsible The Gear 2 is the main for a majority of the buzz STALFORD successor to the Galaxy surrounding Samsung’s new Elizabeth Stalford Gear, and according to smartwatches, and has even is a senior in Lance Ulanoff, editor of won an award from GSMA, an her third year the news website, technolassociation of mobile operaof journalism. ogy, and social media blog tors and related companies. Her opinions do Mashable, the Gear 2 is evDespite commercials exnot necessarily erything the original Gear claiming that “after all reflect those should have been. these years, it’s finally of the Golden The main differences are real,” regarding the Fleece staff. better, more comfortable first Galaxy Gear, design and the increased it did not yield number of products and the expected apps available. With the numbers. Gear 2, in addition to telling time, Although the concept consumers can make calls, play music of the smartwatch through bluetooth, use voice controls, is appealing and capture photos, videos, and audio, and exciting, will the more. smartwatches be The main differences with the Gear successful? Nero are the design and the lack of a Prices for the camera, presumably making it cheaper new watches

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listening to music, or looking at the latest celebrity gossip. Yes, there are educational apps out there, such as Quizlet, Duolingo, Khan Academy, and SAT Question of the Day. While Horak these can provide Molly Horak is an academic ala sophomore in ternative to social her first year of media, they are journalism. Her not the main sites opinions do used by students. not necessarily School policy reflect those states that phone of the Golden use is prohibited Fleece staff. during classes. This is a fair rule. School is a place for learning, and phones just become a hindrance. Cell phone usage has been abused and students have learned to get around the strict rules. Despite teachers’ attempts to enforce the policies by taking actions such as


collecting phones at the beginning of class or by writing referrals when people use phones, they still manage to insinuate trouble. The feeble actions taken by teachers to reprimand Zuk students do not Jessica Zuk is a have an effect in sophomore in the long run. Acher first year of tions should take journalism. Her place to reverse opinions do the leniency of the not necessarily “strict” rules. reflect those Starting last of the Golden August, BunFleece staff. combe County Schools initiated the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in elementary, middle, and high schools across the county. Under the new approach, students were encouraged to bring their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones to use in class in hopes


that it would prepare students for the 21st century world of technology. A new wireless network was also created to provide better internet access to students. While phones can and should be used for educational purposes only or classroom activities requiring technological devices, the use of them should be monitored to a higher degree. According to a survey done by the Benenson Strategy Group, eight out of ten students have a cell phone, and 65 percent of these people admitted to using their phones throughout the day despite school policies against cell phone usage. This statement reinforces the idea that cell phones prove to be an unnecessary distraction throughout the day, and have become superfluous for educational purposes. You have the ability to survive a total of eight hours a day without a cell phone, trust us; it will not kill you. Cell phones are useful when used at appropriate times, but constantly being addicted to social media each day instead of paying attention in class is a real problem that needs to be addressed.

MAKING UP SNOW DAYS With the fun of the snow days, comes the sad truth of life. We have to make up the school days. BI-POLAR WEATHER Is it going to be hot or cold? It is hard to tell with this in between season. Just in case bring a jacket. SCHEDULING Picking new classes for next year is stressful. Getting in requirements and still taking what you want? Good luck.

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

BY Lauren Pestoff



GOLDEN FLEECE • March ,7 2014

Hope for Hannah project raises awareness of need Taylor Heidenreich’s graudation project will benefit Hannah Wells and the CF Foundation. By ARYN EISEN Editor-in-Chief

Eight-year-old Hannah Wells and senior Taylor Heidenreich have teamed up to raise awareness and money for a cause very close to both of their hearts. Wells was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis just two weeks after she was born and has been battling the disease ever since. Breathing treatments and medicine consume Hannah’s morning before school, but according to friends and family, she does not let her condition bring her down. “Hannah is an extraordinary little girl that I have had the pleasure of knowing since she was born. I did not understand the severity of her condition until I began witnessing first-hand everything she has to go through,” Heidenreich said. Heidenreich saw her time with Hannah and her family as an opportunity to help. With medical bills piling up, Heidenreich decided completing a senior would be a good way to help the cause. The money made will go towards helping the CF Foundation and the Wells’ family. “I am selling T-shirts with the design of Hannah’s hands and feet that make a flower. They were sponsored by my mom, and I have already raised close to $500,” Heidenreich said. While some see senior projects as a burden and unnecessary, Heidenreich finds hers extremely enjoyable and may continue to do raise this money for the


(Top) Junior Mercedes Heidenreich and senior Taylor Heidenreich sell Hope For Hannah tee shirts during lunch.

rest of her life. Graduation projects have been a requirement for all seniors at Roberson since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was founded to bring back value to the high school diploma and prepare students for what they will do after graduation. Principal Amy Rhoney sees the benefits in projects such as Heidenreich’s in the school and other students. “ I think we are seeing students choose projects that benefit others more and more each year, and I do believe they are inspired by students like Taylor who have chosen similar projects in the past. I am super proud that Taylor chose such a project that will benefit such a good cause,” Rhoney said. Heidenreich babysits Hannah multiple times a week. and, according to Hannah, she loves when Taylor comes over because she loves hanging out with the girls and doing girly stuff, considering she has two older brothers. “I am so thankful Taylor is spending time with me and helping people like me get better,” Hannah said. Heidenreich obtained permission to sell the shirts for Hannah from Rhoney and has been taking orders since Feb. 16. “One day after babysitting Hannah, I decided I wanted to show the world how strong she was. This seemed like the perfect way to do it,” Heidenreich said. “This has already given Hannah so much hope and happiness and helps her forget about being sick at least for a little while. That for me is a success within itself.”


WALKING IT OUT: Senior Taylor Heidenreich and Hannah Wells go for a walk in Fletcher Park. Heidenreich and Wells spend a lot of time together in order to achieve their goal of raising both money and awareness for the CF Foundation.

Show How You Can Care! Visit the Facebook page Hope For Hannah and contact Taylor if you want to donate! To learn more, scan the QR code below.

Half of the money Taylor raises goes towards Cistic Fibrosis foundation and the other half to Hannah’s family.

Cane Creek Middle School to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC The 8th grade Cane Creek band will travel to New York City for a competition in April. By CAROLINE STRAY Editor, Golden fleece

The 8th grade band of Cane Creek Middle School will travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 16. The students will be away for four days and need to raise a total of $36,000 in order to make the trip happen. The cost comes out to around $568 per student. According to Cane Creek Band Director Clifton Dotson, Cane Creek was chosen out of 120 schools that sent in an application. The application includes a recording of the band’s ensemble as well as a list of accomplishments. Though the trip is currently scheduled for April 16-20, Dotson had originally decided to cancel the trip due to cost. “The trip was so expensive that we had made an executive decision to just not go through with it,” Dotson said. “We thought it was an honor just to be accepted to the program, and we didn’t think we could raise all of the money in time. But the students and par-

ents were very upset about this, so they called a meeting. During the meeting, we decided to do more fundraisers in order to make the trip happen.” Before the official fundraising process began, students from the band played, or “busked,” downtown as a way to raise money. The students earned over $1,000 during this time. In addition to busking, parents and teachers agreed on a pancake breakfast, a raffle for a cruise and a concert at the Diana Wortham theatre as fundraiser opportunities. According to Dotson, the most profitable fundraiser was the cruise raffle, which raised $10,000. Ethan Blakey, a member of the Cane Creek 8th Grade Honors Symphonic Band, sold the most raffle tickets for the cruise. “I started selling in my neighborhood, but the place I sold the most was at my family reunion in Texas. It was my dad’s entire side of the family, and I sold around 50 tickets,” Blakey said. The fundraising concert will be on March 15 in the Diana Wortham theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are selling for $10 each. According to 8th grade flute player Jenna Zazyalova, this experience is a great opportunity. “I’m so glad we did fundraisers like the pancake breakfast and the concert tickets,” Zazyalova said. “After selling these to my neigh-

bors, I made enough money to take the trip. Going to Carnegie Hall is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to it,” Zazalova said. Three years ago, the Roberson band also traveled to Carnegie Hall with World Projects Company to compete. According to band director Mike Wilson, Roberson was selected out of high schools in a similar fashion as the Cane Creek band was. “After schools sent in CD’s of them performing, four high schools and two colleges were selected to compete at Carnegie Hall,” Wilson said. “One of the high schools was from Poland.” The Roberson band received a superior rating during their competition at Carnegie Hall. “It costs thousands of dollars per hour just to rent out Carnegie Hall, so the owners are very particular about taking care of things,” Wilson said. Each student had to pay $1,200 to go on the trip, as the buses themselves were $11,000. Students were informed that they would be traveling to New York City about a year before the trip. While in New York City, the Cane Creek band will see a musical, visit Ellis Island and attend a jazz dinner. Those who are interested in donating to help support the trip can find opportunities at the Facebook or Twitter Pages.

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GETTING READY: Band Director Clif Dotson conducts his students to prepare for the competition. Students will travel to New York in April.

7 GOLDEN FLEECE • March 7, 2014

Golden Fleece staff members Molly Horak and Mia Mueller visited three different cafes in Asheville and rated them up to 5 stars based on coffee, food and atmosphere. From lower to higher budgets, there’s always something to do in the area with that special someone.

Ugly Mug Cafe FOOD

Ugly Mug Cafe is a cozy, quaint alternative to your everyday coffee shop. It is located in Hendersonville, but the drive is worth it. They offer a huge variety of coffees and teas, with specialty syrups and flavorings to add into any drink, including toffee, snickerdoodle, toasted coconut, and pecan. The shop is full of bookshelves, overstuffed armchairs, and bright windows, giving it a friendly vibe. They also offer events including weekly open mic nights and book signings.

Low Price: Early Girl Eatery

A good place to grab a bite for breakfast!

Medium Price: Curate

Small spanish tapas can be shared in a group or just for two! Call ahead for a table.

Higher Price: The Lobster Trap

Asheville has no shortage of coffee houses, and with so many options, T.C. students describe their favorites

Mosaic Cafe How many days per week do you drink at least one cup of coffee?

Flat Rock Playhouse

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A great place to view local performances.

Snow Tubing at Moonshine Mountain

COFFEE CRAZE: We asked 63 TC students to tell us their coffee habits! These two polls show how many days a week students drink at least one cup, and their favorite coffee drink.






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TC students discuss their preferences between local shops and corporate chains.

Horseback Riding at Biltmore Estate

Take a tour of Biltmore - in a different way. To see the full review, scan the QR code with your smartphone or go to Golden Fleece Online.


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Asheville offers local coffee alternatives

By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

While it’s still cold, enjoy this fun activity!

Latte Type of Coffee



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In the mood for seafood? Call ahead for reservations.

What is your favorite type of coffee?

According to sophomore Emma Worthy, she does not begin her mornings until she has a cup of coffee. Neither does senior Kendall McDill, or sophomore Gekara Allen. Like many other Roberson students, coffee is a morning staple in order for some students to get up and begin their days. “I love the taste, the caffeine, everything,” Worthy said. Her morning mug is filled with black coffee brewed from home, which she admits is a bit unusual for a high school student. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the numbers of teenage coffee drinkers have increased dramatically in the last few years. The ADA reported that the number of teens purchasing coffee in shops or cafes have increased 12 percent since last year. This is the beginning of life-long coffee habits. n 2002, 24 percent of people ages 18 to 20 drank daily coffee, and in 2010, this number rose to 37 percent. Senior Liza Jennings works as a barista at Starbucks. She agrees that there has been a rise in teenage customers. “We tend to get a mix of people--lots of high schoolers and lots of people getting coffee on their way to and from work,” Jennings said. According to Dunkin Donuts Store Manager Traci Robinson, teens make up a huge portion of their customer base as well. “I would say that at least half of our

sales come from teenagers and high school students,” Robinson said. She believes that location also plays a major role, as the South Asheville Dunkin Donuts is one of the closest coffee shops to Roberson. Although these corporate coffee chains take business away from smaller, local companies, Asheville is home to several coffeehouses that bring a wide selection of homemade pastries and meals, locally roasted coffee, and a cozy place to sit and talk. Mosaic Cafe is one of these local coffee shops. Located in Biltmore Park Town Square, their menu offers a variety of coffees, teas, and pastries, along with soups and sandwiches. Although owner Ellen Manin feels like her restaurant offers a great alternative to corporate-run chains, she says that they do not see that many teenage customers. “Not many high schoolers come to Mosaic, which I find a bit surprising. We offer the same frou-frou drinks as some of the large chains, but our drinks are fresher and support local people. I think teens need to realize that other places are out there,” Manin said. The same trend is seen by Justin LaQuerre, manager of the Ugly Mug Cafe in Hendersonville. “We’ll get a few couples, an occasional group or two, but not too many young people. People tend to come here by themselves,” LaQuerre said. LaQuerre feels that one of the main draws to his shop is its atmosphere, which helps keep them successful when facing corporate competition. “There’s no doubt about it, big chains will always be out there. But when choosing where to go for coffee, places like Dunkin Donuts don’t have the same type of atmosphere we have. People go there to grab a quick drink, but they come here for the experience,”

LaQuerre said. Promotions by corporate chains create even more competition by making the morning pick-me-up more easily available to students, such as the Dunkin Donut’s $1 coffee Mondays. For the last month, all hot or iced coffee of any size or flavor has been just $1 on Mondays. “Coffee Mondays were a huge boost in visitors, and got more people talking about us. Yes, it’s over now, but depending on the decisions made by corporate heads, it may come back again in the spring,” Robinson said. Kendall McDill’s favorite local shop is the Coffee Depot in Fletcher. “It’s right across from Fletcher Park, and I love getting a cup of coffee after a run with my friends,” she said. McDill also visits Dunkin Donuts and Panera for coffee on a regular basis. Starbucks says that the most popular drinks they serve are espresso drinks, such as lattes, frapuccinos and macciatos. “There’s coffee and then there’s espresso. Coffee is made from coffee beans, and espresso is different even though its made from the same beans. It’s made in a completely different way, and you mix different things with it. Coffee you can just drink alone. Black coffee doesn’t expire, and espresso expires after 10 seconds,” Jennings said. The fact that the most frequently prepared drinks use espresso instead of coffee has caused questioning about what “real” coffee is. Sophomore Gekara Allen thinks that drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos do count. “Yes, they have a ton of sugar, but they have coffee in them, too,” Allen said. Worthy disagrees. “Black coffee is real coffee. The lattes and cappuccinos that others drink and think are real- they’re not coffee people, they’re sugar people,” Worthy said.

Mosaic is a good option if you are in the mood for a sweet pastry. Based on their recommendation, we tried their blueberry scone. Perfectly balanced with a soft, dense inside and a crispy outside, it exploded with blueberries. The coffee is strong and tastes very fresh. They also have a full menu with sandwiches, soups, and salads priced very reasonably. However, their seating is limited, and during the more croweded times of the day it became loud, making it difficult to carry on a conversation.

Green Sage The Green Sage offers the quintessential atmosphere that tends to come to mind when you picture a coffee shop. They have two locations, one in downtown Asheville and the other in South Asheville. Specializing in healthy, organic food, their full menu offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. We sampled their almond swirl brownie, which is vegan and gluten-free - a combination that is rare to find. Dense, nutty, and extremely rich, it complimented their locally roasted coffee perfectly.

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GOLDEN FLEECE • March 7, 2014

“I Love Lucy” entertaining for all A 1950s classic is still popular today for people of all ages. By LAUREN PESTOFF Staff Writer

“I Love Lucy” is an entertaining comedy that holds fun and mischief for the whole family. The show is about the life of Lucy Ricardo, who is played by Lucille Ball, and her husband Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz. As Lucy tries to find stardom, she finds herself along with her best friend, Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), in comical situations. In one of my favorite episodes, the girls get into a sticky situation at a candy wrapping factory. Ricky, my favorite character, is a successful Cuban conductor who aspires to go to Hollywood by getting his big break at a night club. His best friends are Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel Mertz, a happily married couple who bickers a lot, who are landlords to the Ricardos. This reconverted the

brownstone apartment building, making it a sought after type of home in cities. This show broke quite a few ‘firsts’. Social barriers were broken by having Lucille Ball be married to a Latin man, Dezi Arnaz. Later in their marriage, the couple was even said to be communist partly due to Arnaz’s background and Ball’s fiery red hair. “I Love Lucy” was also one of the first television series to use a three-camera format, which is a very interesting way to shoot television, and I loved it. This way, producers were able to get three different angles to show the audience. Using this wonderful idea, “I Love Lucy” was the program to invent the use of a three-headed machine so that the editing process could be sped up. I am a huge fan of “I Love Lucy,” and the original viewers of the show were too. During its original airing, “I Love Lucy” was the most watched show in the United States for four out of its six seasons. “I Love Lucy” is truly a show for the ages. It has funny moments that anyone and everyone can relate to. No matter who you are, “I Love Lucy” is a lighthearted comedy that is sure to brighten your day.

1950s fashion prominent in modern style Revolutionary era makes mark on fashion world By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

Widely influenced by Parisian designer Christian Dior’s “New Look” silhouette, the clothing style of the 1950s included a tailored, pleated jacket with a nipped waist and a peplum flair and a full skirt hitting at mid-calf to show off a woman’s hour glass figure. According to, his “New Look,” was introduced in 1947 as a way of giving women their femininity back from the plain outfits of the war-era. For the first time in close to 50 years, clothes were seen as a luxury item and helped further introduce designer-made clothing. Numerous designers gained fame (Hubert de Givenchy), and others became more popular (Cristobal Balenciaga and Pierre Balmain) during this era. The key thing about this era is beauty. Designers wanted their customers to feel beautiful and feminine. During this time, fashion magazines were created for women to look at and get ideas on how to update their style. Models and fashion photographers also became popular in this era. 1950s in the fields The movie world also took notice of fashion. In Stanley Donen’s 1957 musical “Funny Face,” Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, and Audrey Hepburn, are all characters who portray real life people in the fashion world. A common albeit true stereotype of this era is the housewife in a full-skirted dress with curly hair and pearls (feather duster optional). Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy,” was often seen in dresses that accentuated her hips and showed off her hourglass figure in hearty fabrics, such as lace, brocade, and taffeta. Designer Hubert de Givenchy also worked with Hepburn in her films making her cinematic wardrobe costumes (See “Sabrina,” “Funny Face,” and my all-time favorite “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”). During the revolutionary Golden Age of film, the female heroin was introduced, in which iconic costume designer Edith Head designed the costumes for the “Film Noir” genre. This is a term used to describe Hollywood crime dramas that have a “femme fatale.” A femme fatale, or “fatal female” is a character who uses her beauty and charm to get something that leads to a fatal situation. They also could be portrayed as a victim who needs help from the main male character. This type of film, especially from Hitchcock, inspired one of the biggest trends for Fall called “Hitchcock Heroine.” (see my other story at GoldenFleeceOnline. com on Hitchcock Heroine.) You can achieve the 50s look in many ways through textures, figures, and accessories, but I like a more subdued look instead of a full on replica of the full-skirted dresses. Also, you can pull aspects of the 50s into outfits with less expensivebut still fashionably representative of the era- fabrics and jewelry, including tweed and costume jewelry. All in all, this was an era where most women wanted to look and feel their best through feminine, exquisite clothes. Ask your self; “Would I wake up and put on my best dress to fix my husband breakfast?” While this era’s style is composed of a lot of things, the two most important takes on this trend are confidence and femininity. This decade of fashion can teach any girl how to be proud of how she looks and feel strongly of her fashion decisions.

50’s Fever The Golden Fleece staff has taken a look at what comes to mind with the of fashion, television, film and literature.

Lee proves worthy author Harper Lee’s 1950s classics have won over the hearts of people of all ages. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

When the 1950s come to mind, people might think of Elvis Presley or girls in brightly-colored poodle skirts with cat eye glasses. However, the 50s also represented a time of literature that evolved from fictional situations to writing of political and economical changes during that time. Known as the Pulitzer-Prize author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee showed a great interest of writing at an early age. Growing up in a small Alabama town, Lee’s father served as a state legislature for 12 years and inspired the well-known novel. Published during the civil rights struggle, To Kill a Mockingbird is based upon events that happened in Lee’s childhood where she would frequently watch court cases be argued in front of an all-white jury.

After high school, she followed in her father’s footsteps and attended the University of Alabama to study law. As a noted tomboy, Lee became close friends with Truman Capote, the noted author, screenwriter, and playwright. Lee based the character of Dill directly on her friendship with Capote. Despite the book’s designation as fictional, both Lee and Capote discuss that many things were based on true events. According to, the spinechilling Boo Radley was real, and the items left in the tree by his house also appeared. Even Tom Robinson’s trial was based on the controversial Scottsboro trails. Lee lived a stressful life after college between living in her crowded New York City apartment before returning to Alabama to care for her sickly father. It wasn’t until family and friends donated money that she was able to develop her writing. Lee began writing To Kill a Mockingbird in the 1950s, but the novel wasn’t published until 1960. In 1961, she received a PulitzerPrize for fiction and later an AcademyAward winning film, starring Gregory Peck, was made.

‘Singing in the Rain’ creates memorable songs, period film Kelly stars in one of the most well-known musicals of all time. By ELIZABETH STALFORD Business Manager

When people picture the 1950s, we typically imagine time-defining trends such as poodle skirts and sock hops. We might also envision burger joints and diners with waitresses who take orders on roller skates, or famous figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and James Dean. All of these American icons each left a lasting mark on cinema that helped contribute to the 1950s well-known reputation for the renewed popularity of movies and drivein movie theaters. In just one decade, cinema resulted produced several significant films, including the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain,” a musical comedy that to this day remains one of the greatest movie musicals ever produced. Directed by Gene Kelly, who also plays the main character Don Lockwood, the film revolves around a silent film production company that makes a strenuous, yet hilarious,

transition to sound, known as a “talkie” in 50s lingo. Don, a silent film star, must tolerate fellow actress Lina after Monumental Pictures makes them appear romantically involved to increase their popularity. However, Don later meets Kathy, a chorus girl, who he becomes smitten with. After the studio’s next film, “The Dueling Cavalier,” is converted into a “talkie,” the set is struck by difficulties with sound, including Lina’s harsh voice. Kathy helps Don with the idea of converting the movie into a musical called “The Dancing Cavalier,” where he could show off his natural singing and dancing talents. Lina ultimately lip synchs while Kathy sings behind the scenes. At the premier, the audience begs Lina to sing, who is once again saved by Kathy. However, the curtain is raised, revealing the true star of the film. The film is filled with catchy, upbeat musical numbers, such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Good Morning,” and “Make Em Laugh” that contribute to the movie’s overall gleeful tone. The film was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Movie Score. Throw in dance numbers, a witty script, romance and a happy ending, and you’ve got a classic feel-good movie that’ll have songs stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Despite the over-acting that is

common in many 50s films, the exaggerated exuberance and delight in the eyes of the characters are partially what makes it such a joyful, energetic movie. In addition to Kelly, the film features Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen. Kelly has also directed hits such as “It’s Always Fair Weather,” (1955) and “Hello, Dolly!” (1969). “Singin’ in the Rain” boasts a rare 100 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, as well as being one of the first 25 films selected for the National Film Registry, making it a film that is preserved by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2006, the American Film Institute ranked “Singin’ in the Rain” as the number one movie musical in the country. In 2007, it was ranked number seven on the institute’s list of greatest American films. Although only moderately successful when the film was released almost 62 years ago, its modern legendary status proves that this beloved classic is a must-see, especially with a G-rating that makes it accessible to all ages. You can’t help but smile as Kelly wears the emblematic yellow raincoat, singing and dancing in the pouring rain as he celebrates love and happiness, two seemingly simple - yet extremely meaningful - aspects of life.



GOLDEN FLEECE • March 7, 2014

Sochi spirit arrives in Asheville with winter weather Cold weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding gain popularity this season. By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment & Local Editor

In what is being called a “polar vortex,” belowzero temperatures and excessive amounts of snow have been experienced throughout the nation this winter. Asheville’s “polar vortex” experience has included eight inches or more of snow, temperatures dropping to negatives with wind chill, and snow days for students of Buncombe County. The snowfall on the second week of FebruMnt. Mitchell ary, coincidenElevation: 6,683 ft tally, fell during the 2014 Win(2,037 m) ter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Without a full day of

school for the entire week, students had plenty of free time to watch the Olympics on television or go out in the snow and try the sports for themselves. Close watchers of the Olympics may have noticed a difference in the weather between Sochi and at home in Asheville. The week of Feb 9 - 15, the first full week of the Winter Games, Sochi experienced higher temperatures than Asheville for the full 7 days. While Sochi’s highs were in the 50s and 60s and Asheville was covered in snow, activities such as sledding, skiing, and snowboarding became commonplace activities for students. Whether in backyards or at ski resorts such as Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain or Cataloochee, winter weather enthusiasts took the opportunity to get out in the snow during their multiple days off from school. Tammy Brown, marketing director of Cataloochee Ski Resort, claims that the mixture of winter weather and excitement from the Olympics has drawn in an increased number of visitors to enjoy their winter weather amenities. “We have had a great season this year. The Olympics is always a good boost, and natural snowfall draws in visitors as well,” Brown However, some students enjoyed their winter activities closer to home. Backyards, local sledding spots, and even Roberson’s football field


turned into a winter wonderland as students had snowball fights and enjoyed the snow. “I’m a skier, and I definitely went more on snow days because the slopes give you a discount on days that school is called off,” junior Cason Curriden said. However, with the Winter Olympics including events such as ice skating, luge and curling, not all of the sports that capture primetime Olympic coverage are applicable to Asheville. Unconventional winter sports such as luge or biathlons are not commonly practiced in Asheville. In addition, Ashevillians have to travel to cities such as Greenville or further to practice their triple lutz. Public ice skating sessions were held at the US Cellular Center, formerly the Asheville Civic Center, during the month of January until 2009. Today, the closest ice skating rinks are located in Greenville, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski Resort.

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chi THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: Above is a comparison of Sochi’s highest peak and our very own Mt. Mitchell.

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Student panel discusses snow days How did you feel about the 2 hour bus delay? PANEL MEMBER #1: I don’t like the two hour bus delay; I think it’s really confusing. I’m a car rider and I just come at 10. PANEL MEMBER #2: The two hour bus delay was dumb. I came at normal time and we just sat in class and didn’t do anything. How have the snow days been affecting your workload? PANEL MEMBER #4: In AP we have to catch up on reading by ourselves and that can mean 30 chapters of reading in four days, and then a quiz the day we get back. Are you worried about when the days are going to be made up? PANEL MEMBER #1:I think that we are all just kind of wondering what happens if school goes after graduation. PANEL MEMBER #3: I kind of get excited on a snow day, but at the same time, I kind of dread it because I know that we are going to have to make it up, and I don’t want school to go super late into the summer or on Saturdays. When do you think we should make up the missed school days? PANEL MEMBER #6: I’d rather have Saturday school than school days added to the end of the year or losing spring break. I just want to get it over with on Saturdays. Do you think they call off school too often? PANEL MEMBER #4: I think school gets cancelled a lot when it doesn’t need to, and all the roads are fine. Do you think there have been times when they should have called off school and didn’t? PANEL MEMBER #5: It seems like on exam days they didn’t call school off because they just cared about getting exams done. But on normal days they don’t care as much, and they just let us out. PANEL MEMBER #1: Last Monday we had to come to school and there was an inch of snow on the ground. We shouldn’t have had school, but they just tried to squeeze in an extra day. How do your teachers feel about all of the days we had off? PANEL MEMBER #3: My civics teacher really hates missing days. He kind of freaks out because we don’t get any work done. Have any athletics been affected by the missing days? PANEL MEMBER #2: Because of snow, our softball tryouts got pushed way back. We




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

should have had them last week, and this gives us a later start on the season. How are other people dealing with missing school? PANEL MEMBER #6: I heard that states can be called an emergency state and then they don’t have to make any days up. PANEL MEMBER #5: At the school that my mom teaches at, she sends her students homework on snow days and they just do them at home, so they don’t have to make up the days. What are some negative effects you’ve seen from so many early releases and days off? PANEL MEMBER #6: When we have full week of school now I get really tired by the end of the week. PANEL MEMBER #4: Everyone is confused about schedules, and what days are early releases, and Saturday school. PANEL MEMBER #3: On two hour delays and early releases in the freshmen academy we don’t get any work done because our classes are so short. PANEL MEMBER #2: I always have to find a ride home on early release days because both my parents work until like three. Do you think Buncombe County Schools always makes the right decision when it comes to cancelling school? PANEL MEMBER #1: I think it’s really stupid when Buncombe County cancels school just because the temperature is too low. PANEL MEMBER #4: When the snow happened on Tuesday, they were pushing us to go to school to make up for missed days and that’s why we came to school when there was snow. What do you suggest as another option for make-up days? PANEL MEMBER #3: They should have more built in snow days next year. How do the snow days affect your parents? PANEL MEMBER #1: My parents get upset when school gets cancelled and I have to be home all day.

Look See where else in this issue the Golden Fleece covers the effects of weather this season.

Page 14 See how the “polar vortex” and a host of winter weather problems affected the winter sports season.

For this issue, the Golden Fleece focused on snow days and how they alter student schedules. With this year’s fluctuation between snow and warm temperatures, WNC has had quite a rollercoaster ride so far.

Read about how the winter Olympics are getting Ashevillians in the Sochi spirit.

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County polls parents about how to make up missed days Buncombe County offered a survey taken by almost 7,000 parents and BCS employees the option to choose between five options of when they would prefer to make up days. 74 percent of respondents did not want to remove two days from spring break, and the most preferred makeup day was April 18. According to their website, Buncombe County used these survey options to guide their decision of when snow days will be made up. As of now, April 18 and June 11 are scheduled makeup days in addition to Saturday school on Feb. 22. With school being cancelled or delayed due to various weather conditions such as temperature or snowfall, Buncombe County Assistant Communications Director Jason Rhodes explained the process of how snow days or delays are decided upon. “Generally, road conditions are looked at the most. The superintendent collaborates with the

Over 70 percent of parents opted to not take days away from spring break.

According to Joe Huss, an employee of Buncombe County’s Transportation Department, BCS has one of the largest fleets in Western North Carolina, adding up to a total of 262 buses.

By BRIANA ULLMAN Features Editor

As morning alarms ring, parents, students and teachers typically begin getting ready for an eight hour day of school. In the winter months, however, it is more common to turn to the television or phone rather than the toothbrush to see if school is going to be held. Buncombe County has had a total of ten cancellations, five delays and one early release in January and February. All but one of these days were counted as “snow days,” which must be made up later in the year.

Department of Transportation and the highway patrol, as well as others scattered all over the county. The superintendent ultimately makes the decision with input from all over,” Rhodes said. During delays this year, phrasing such as “delay for buses” caused confusion among drivers and car riders wondering when to arrive at school. “The general idea is to allow parents who work to be able to drop their students off at school and have a safe place for them to be. The buses, when it is below double digits, are not very reliable. At one point, we had around 20 percent of buses starting, which was the date when we first cancelled for cold weather. The fuel kind of turns to

jelly when it gets cold,” Rhodes said. A six day school week from Feb. 17 - 21, ending in Saturday school, drew complaints from students, teachers and parents as well. In a different approach to Buncombe County’s decision to add days to the end of the school year, Mitchell County Schools chose to add 5 minutes on to each class period. Mitchell County has cancelled school 12 times and lost 20 hours of instruction. With the new schedule, school will end at 3:30 every Monday through Thursday for students. By following this plan, Mitchell will not need to make up the snow days that they missed by adding a full day of school. The extended school days are scheduled to start on March 10, and Mitchell hopes to end school on June 12.

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Charlotte welcomes Hornets back home In a $4 million endeavor and over 250 points around the stadium that required revamping, Nike and Michael Jordan unveiled their latest work in December that will officially take effect after the last day of this season. A unanimous NBA Board of Governors deciBy ARYN EISEN Editor-in-Chief sion of approval was made to change the name. ameisen.communications@ Junior Blake Witty is a huge Bobcats fan and claims them to be his favorite team in the NBA. “I love the fact that the team is changing the name The NBA basketball team in Charlotte will finish back to the Hornets because it is a name that really this season as the Bobcats, but starting next season, embodies Charlotte. It was a part of the town for so the infamous Hornets name will return after the long,” Witty said. name and mascot was moved to As the Charlotte Hornets are New Orleans in 2002. making a comeback, so are sales of As is the case with many the team’s apparel. In early Januprofessional teams, the Hornet ary, the team leaked their new logo franchise moved to New Orleans and gear designs. for financial reasons. In 2012, While the new designs highthat team decided to change their light the classic teal and purple name to the Pelicans in order to used in the original Hornets attire, connect more with Louisiana fans. they lack the stripes of the old Although the original Hornet uniforms. According to Eric Seely, franchise moved, Charlotte was an employee from Champs in the awarded a new NBA team due Asheville Mall and avid Bobcats to expansion that same year, and » BLAKE WITTY fan, the new logos are a more picked the mascot of the Bobcats. modern, sleeker version of the But after New Orleans released previous design. the Hornet brand, many people pushed to bring the “A few months ago we got in a new shipment of name back to the Carolina’s. the Hornets t-shirts. They have a new logo that is According to the City Dictionary, the ‘Hornet more 21st century and less retro. I love them, and I Nest’ nickname was adopted during the Revolutionthink our customers do, too. Within the first week ary War by General Cornwallis who used the name they were sold out. They’re really cool,” Seely said. to describe the resistance in Charlotte during the According to sports retail tracking firm war.

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GOLDEN FLEECE • March 7, 2014

LR draws large number of area senior athletes Two Roberson students and six other Buncombe County students commit to Lenior-Rhyne University. By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment & Local Editor

WORKING HARD: Pictured above, the eight seniors of Buncombe County are shown playing. (Starting top left clockwise): Kathryn Sizemore of Roberson, Cheyenne Logan of Roberson, Matt Panzenhagan of North Buncombe, Avery Mintz of Cherokee High, Wes Brady of Polk High, Lyric Flood of Polk High, Sarah Henson of Franklin High, and Cameron Burton of AC Reynolds High.

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So far this year, 100 high school athletes in Western North Carolina have committed to continue their sport at the college level. Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Hickory, NC, will be enrolling many of these student athletes at their school. A total of five different sports are represented as eight Western North Carolina seniors have signed to LenoirRhyne. Senior Kathryn Sizemore, who will be playing volleyball for LeniorRhyne in the fall of 2014, favors the high number of signees coming from the WNC area. She is a former WNC Player of the Week and a current All Conference player. “I think the fact that so many athletes come from Western North Carolina shows a lot about our area, and that it’s really cool that we still kinda stay close to each other even if we don’t know each other. So going in, we all have something in common that we’re all from the same area. It kind of gives us a family aspect,” Sizemore said. Senior Cheyenne Logan will also be attending Lenoir-Rhyne in the fall to play basketball. Logan is the current Conference Player of the

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Jimenez moves on to state competition Senior Isaac Jimenez continues tradition of dyeing hair before state match. By ANA ENGEMAN Staff Writer

A newly-blonde Isaac Jimenez went to state for wrestling on Feb. 20. According to Jimenez, a junior at TC, changing your hair is a tradition for all of the wrestlers that go to state. “I dyed my hair because it is a tradition. The guys dye their hair so people know they are going to state,” Jimenez said. Another one of the wrestlers that influenced his decision to dye his hair was Jimenez’s uncle, a state champion nine years ago, who also dyed his locks for the special occasion. This provided another reason for him to change his hair color. “My uncle was a state champion. They did it back then, my family has been doing it for a while, and I’m keeping it going because I’m the only one wrestling right now,” Jimenez said. One of Jimenez’s closest influences is sophomore Seth Sicina. Sicina has been competing against and practicing with Jimenez over the course of the season. Wrestling together has created a friendly competition between the two, providing a way to enhance their skills without affecting their friendship. “I hate losing to him, but I’m glad he went to state,” Sicina said. Sicina agrees that even though they competed against each other, wrestling does not interfere with their friendship. He even attended the State Championship with Jimenez to support him. Though he believes they did well this season, Sicina also wishes they would have worked harder to make themselves better over the season. “We probably could have worked harder and pushed ourselves more,” he said. Jimenez has been wrestling since he was eight years old, and believes that his hard work and dedication over the years have contributed to his success as a wrestler. “My favorite part of wrestling is practice because it’s where I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today,” Jimenez said. According to Head Coach Damon Brown, TC has taken at least one wrestler to state every year since he joined the coaching staff in 2004. He believes Jimenez put in a lot of time and effort this season. “He worked his tail off during the year. He did a good job, he really worked hard about the last month of the season,” Brown said. According to Brown even with a tough start, Jimenez fought back and ended well. “He lost his first match at regionals and worked his way all the way back up to go to the state tournament. His hard work paid off,” Brown said. Although he did not place at state, Jimenez wishes he could have done better. e agrees that he tried his best at the level he is at now and will continue working and pushing himself to the next level.



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Winter weather creates problems for athletics at beginning of season Try outs, scrimmages and tournaments for spring sports have been pushed back. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

Recent snow days have caused problems in athletic schedules since mid-February, as Roberson winter sports finished their seasons, and spring sports started up once again. Since the beginning of the January, Buncombe County has been closed 10 days for extremely cold temperatures, snow or ice. The system has had an additional five days of delays and early releases. The days out of school extended the winter sports season and forced spring sports to push back their first practices. Tryouts for the girls’ soccer team were moved back three days, but coach Rob Wilcher is not sure how this will effect the team over the course of the season. “Since Christmas time, we’ve not had many days to do many out-of-season workouts, so coming into the season we might not


be in the shape that we need to game against McDowell. That be in,” Wilcher said. doesn’t make a huge difference, as Winter weather is not an there was no way for us to move unusual problem for the soccer up more in rank,” Ballard said. team is used to practicing in rain However, for 3A schools, the and extremely cold temperatures. tournament cancellation had “Luckily, we have turf. Many more severe effects. Historically, of the other schools with regular the 3A team that won the MAC fields probtournament ably won’t be would gain at able to play least second on them for a seed in the week after the playoffs, snow is gone,” giving that Wilcher said. school a The potential baseball and advantage in track teams the playoff also make games beginit a point to ning the hold practice week of Feb. regardless of 23. » ROB WHILCHER weather, with Overlap indoor pracbetween tices on days winter and when they cannot be outside. spring sports is not an uncomThis year’s snow also caused mon occurrence. Students playthe basketball conference tourna- ing winter sports are not allowed ment to be cancelled in order to begin practice for a spring to ensure playoff games would sport while their winter season is begin as scheduled. The boys’ still in progress. varsity coach, Adam Ballard, While some athletes disagree believes that the cancellation was with this policy, Ballard thinks not too big of a deal. that it is fair. “Since there are only two 4A “By not allowing students to schools in our conference, our play two sports at once, it gives tournament only consisted of one them a chance to be more dedi-


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cated, focused, and motivated on what they’ve committed to. It keeps other sports practices from getting in the way,” Ballard said. Several basketball players experienced the strict enforcement of this policy as their regular season ended on Feb. 20, with the playoffs beginning the following week. This meant that they were unable to tryout for spring sports with the rest of their current teammates. Sophomore Jake Morgan plays both basketball and baseball. He believes that his late start to baseball due to basketball affected his readiness for the upcoming season. “”It puts me behind on everything and kind of affects my spot, what team I’m on. Because I started late, I’m on JV, not varsity,” Morgan said. Morgan feels that the cold temperatures seen throughout the earlier part of the season will not have a negative effect on his performance throughout the season. Instead, he finds it beneficial. “In a way, the cold makes it easier by helping us get better conditioned. We are in better shape for the rest of the season,” Morgan said.


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