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Bombings Shock Nation, Boston Marathon


Running BOSTON 2013


I think it is too early to name all the affects, but events like this always bring people together. » ANDREW DEVINE

Campus safety continues to be addressed

Performances will be held from April 25-27 in the Richard E. Green Theatre.


As part of ongoing attempts to improve safety at school, one area of concern that has recently been discussed deals with the entrance to staff parking at the back of the building. This location provides access to the English, administration and G-building halls, as well as the Freshman Academy, and is currently not locked during school hours. The rise in the number of students being dropped off near the senior lot has also become an issue, according to Assistant Principle Bob Washel. “It has become a problem because parents are using the area as a drop-off where it is supposed to be used for senior students, staff, administration, and bus parking. They also come and park at the end of school, waiting for their child,” he said. The administration decided to address the issue by hiring a second security guard who will be stationed at the entrance to that senior parking lot. “There will be additional security throughout the school day for visitors using that entrance. We will be able to monitor that area with a security guard,” Washel said. “The security guard will also be used to control the traffic flow from Overlook and Springside Roads.” According to Washel, the school is not sure if student parking costs will have to be raised to accommodate the additional guard next year. “I think for safety concerns, it will be good to have a security guard to be posted in the back of the school in the mornings and afternoons. It will be really beneficial,” English teacher Helen Smith said. Because senior Emily Land parks in the senior parking lot in the front of the

It is not just running, it is also therapeutic and a stress release. Then a bomb goes off and it is astonishing and just sickening. » JENNIFER CASTELLO

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I think it is just really sad and frustrating that running has taken on a scary and tainted nature in Boston. » JOI KEEN

Drama department prepares to show regional premier of ‘Spamalot’ By BRIANA ULLMAN Staff Writer

Senior lot dropoff causes school safety issues.

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Fans of the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, can see the movie taken to a new dimension through this year’s production of the musical “Spamalot.” Roberson is one of the first high schools in the Southeast to perform the show. “We’re one of the first high schools to perform it because the licensing rights were just released. ‘Spamalot’ is pretty new; it came out on Broadway in 2005,” senior Alex Ferraz said. According to senior Lochlan Belford, the musical will attract its audience because of the humor brought to the stage. “Spamalot” pokes fun at both “Monty Python” and musical theatre in general. “I think that ‘Spamalot’ is a good show for us because it’s hilarious and irreverent. It does things you’d never think it should. ‘Monty Python’ also

tends to be popular among high incredible show that is closer to a schoolers, even for those who don’t professional production than typical know it well,” Belford said. scholastic shows. Co-director and Roberson choStudents have the opportunity to get rus teacher, Aleisa Baker, is looking involved with not only performing and forward to the production, which she stage crew aspects of the musical, but predicts will be a huge success. the orchestra as well. “My expectations are for this to be This year, the orchestra accompanithe strongest show we’ve ever done at ment is comprised of both teenage and this school,” Baker local professional said. “This cast is the musicians; five TC strongest cast we’ve students have been ever put together. chosen to join the They’re hardworking, professional musithey’re excited to be cians for the show. here, and they are “I’ve never played very, very talented. with professionWe’re one of the first als before, but I high schools in the expect it to be very entire Southeast to interesting in terms do this show. We get of learning from to set a standard of such talented musiwhat a school theater cians,” senior Justin can do.” Schwab said. » Aleisa Baker Co-director With shows and Roberson from April 25-27, drama teachstudents have the opportunity to watch er Ryan the musical in the Richard E. Greene Ledwig Theatre. expects Tickets can be bought from the to put front office or Roberson’s on an website for $15 each.

My expectations are for this to be the strongest show we’ve ever done at this school. ”

CAST Arthur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lochlan Belford Patsy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alex Ferraz Robin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kristian Wilken Lancelot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zach Briggs Gallahad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connor Dalton Lady of the Lake. . . . . . . Brianna Birchett Knight who says Ni. . . . . . . Evan Sageser Fred/Herbert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Fine Head Taunter/Black Knight. . .Sam Baker Herbert’s Father. . . . . . . . . Conor McPolin Kim the Enchanter. . . . . . . Ashley Bigard


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STEM school set to open in 2014

STEM school opens new opportunities for Buncombe County seventh graders. By JENNY DOWNEY Staff Writer

Buncombe County seventh graders will soon have the possibility of attending a new high school in the county, set to open in 2014. Preparations for the new STEM high school have been in place for the last year and a half. The 37 members of the STEM planning committee have been preparing for the different aspects of the school by taking field trips to similar programs around the state. The now-disbanded committee made plans for the school’s curriculum and on April 23, students, parents and anyone interested in the STEM school can listen to presentations and voice opinions about the school. The public meeting will be held at both Cane Creek and Valley Springs middle schools. “The action committees have a lot of work to do, helping us reach students and parents and getting the word out to others about the school. They will assist in directing the mission and vision,” Christy Cheek, CTE Director of Buncombe County Schools, said in an email interview. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The new school will be designed around a North Carolina model for innovative high schools with hands-on internships in the business community available to the students, along with access to state-ofthe-art technology. “The curriculum of the school will be more experience and project-based. There will be less strict book work and more open discussion style learning, similar to a college setting,” Christopher Chromey, Digital Communications Specialist in the communications department, said. The school will be centrally located at the current See STEM/Page 2

Annual fun run raises money to aid in cure for Cystic Fibrosis McBride and Honor Society organize CF run for fifth year in a row.

By BECCA BORG Staff Writer

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FUN RUN: Each year, Farnnam (right) participates in the event that bears his name


The Wesley Farnam 5K Fun Run is celebrating a milestone. For the past five years, the National Honor Society has been hosting the event for Cystic Fibrosis research. The run is named in honor of a former student, Wesley Farnam, which began during his


freshman year of college. Farnam has a genetic disease that makes it hard to breathe and requires intensive medication. However, he participated in school sports throughout his time at Roberson. Participation in the run costs $5 for students and $10 for community members. All runners can purchase a shirt for an additional $10, which is not required, but encouraged. The run has raised up to as much as $6,200 (in 2011), and according to English teacher Carol Beth McBride, the organization set a goal of raising $7,000 this year.

According to Farnam, he participates in the run every year and is excited for the fifth anniversary of the event. “I think that the run is awesome. It really raises awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, and it helps people come together to find a cure. Without awareness, a cure will never be found,” Farnam said. According to McBride, more advertising to get the message out and creative t-shirts will highlight the event for the important anniversary. “Someone from Honor Society always designs the t-shirt, and then Wesley picks the color. This


year’s shirt should be something really different from the past ones,” McBride said. McBride added that the run really hits home at Roberson because it honors one of the school’s past students. Additionally, the charity helps many other children in the county. “This race is the most important thing that we do as a society. Not only are we helping students, we are helping lots of children that don’t go to Roberson. It helps us to remember to be thankful for our health, because we all take our health for granted,” McBride said.

“Running is about community; about appreciating all the miles run.” » Richard O’Brien




What’s Going On-line?

World Events By ELIZABETH STALFORD Staff writer

Rutgers Rage Since our launch in September, our online site has been covering Roberson daily. Below are some of the stories we covered.

Korean Threat

On Feb. 12, North Korea announced that it had conducted an underground nuclear test. In response, Japan called an emergency United Nations Conference while South Korea’s military went on the alert. CNN reports suggest that the North has two medium-range missiles on the east coast for a possible firing test. South Korea’s president’s office said it believed a missile launch would have been possible as early as Wednesday, April 10, however, nothing was deployed.

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On Dec. 7, 2012 the Supreme Court granted a judicial review of California’s Supreme Court’s ruling on Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. Arguments were heard on March 26, but the opinion is still to be determined. California had an estimated 18,000 gay marriages between May and November of 2008. However, on Nov. 4, 2008, 52.3 percent of voters approved Proposition 8. The next day, the court heard arguments concerning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Signed on Sep. 21, 1996 by former President Bill Clinton, DOMA ensures that no state has to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. It also prevents same-sex couples from receiving protections and benefits by defining marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. That court opinion is also still to be determined.

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Reforms regarding gun control have been sweeping the nation and have served as a prominent topic in politics. This has been attributed to two major massacres in 2012 in Aurora, CO during a midnight showing of the film “The Dark Knight Rises,” and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Both states have since introduced gun restrictions, such as Connecticut’s bans on 160 types of assault weapons, restrictions on high-capacity magazines, and background checks for all gun sales. Colorado has banned ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, but has not passed any laws against assault weapons. It also expanded background checks to private and online gun sales, but they are not required to buy ammunition.

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On April 3, Rutgers University’s men’s head basketball coach, Mike Rice, was fired for video evidence of temper and abuse towards players. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and the assistant basketball coach, Jimmy Martelli, later resigned. The school’s top lawyer resigned from his leadership role, but remained on staff as an attorney. Since the video was released, there has been pressure on Rutgers’ President, Robert Barchi, to resign, but he revealed in a press conference that he would remain in his post. An internal investigation has been launched, and according to, the university is ready to take a closer look at all practice videos. The issue has been met with nationwide anger, mostly due to media attention.

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think that it is a waste of money. The money they are going to use for this could go to a lot of different things throughout the school,” Land said. According to Washel, concerns about access to the

school, she says that students being dropped off in the morning do not affect her. “If no one has been hurt being dropped off, then I

ous classes,” Career Technical Education teacher James Galloway said. At the regular meeting of the Buncombe County Commissioners on Feb. 19, $5 million in lottery funds and $500,000 of Article 39 sales tax money was approved to be used for renovations at the new school. The STEM high school is planned to open in fall of 2014 with 80-100 freshmen. More students will be added

Buncombe County Schools Administration facilities, where the former Career/ technical Education Center (CEC) was located. “I think that STEM schools can be really great and innovative places to get an education like at the National Flight Academy STEM school. However, I think the one here will be more like a regular high school with more rigorSATURDAY




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back of the building should also be fixed with a new guard. He said it is irrational to lock the entryways which are constantly used by students going to and from class. A similar concern has been

raised about the doors in the front of the school. “Mrs. Rhoney has been looking into a buzzer system so that the front door will be locked until visitors buzz the front office and have the doors opened,” Washel said.

each year until it reaches it’s maximum of 300-400 attendees. The school will also partner with A-B Tech to offer students college credit for some courses. The school’s focus will be on preparing students for jobs in the growing industries of science, technology, engineering and math. According to current plans, students will be bused from their home high schools to

the central office each day. However, factors such as how students will participate in athletics and social events, have not been decided yet. Input from the middle school meetings will be used to help with those type of specifications for the school. “Most likely, students will still be allowed to play sports for their home high school,” Chromey said. The meetings on April 23 will begin at 6:30 p.m.


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With so many foreign and domestic events going on in the world, it can be hard for students to keep up. Social media and news cover several types of current issues, ranging from gay marriage and gun control to North Korea and the Rutgers controversy. However, after talking to students at Roberson, members of the Golden Fleece have discovered that despite all the information available, many students are still not informed. “Personally, I’m not really up to date with any current news,” junior Evan White said. “I know which topics the news stations are talking about, but I can’t say I really know the facts. I doubt I’m the only one, though.” According to World History teacher Brian Feid, it’s not just students who aren’t informed. He said that adults also suffer from not really understanding what’s going on in the nation and around the globe. “In modern society, technology has made it so we are bombarded by 24-hour news stations and social media feeds,” Feid said. “I think that people have become somewhat desensitized to the news. It’s almost as if it becomes white noise since it’s constantly buzzing around, making it easy to miss something really significant.”

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Gay marriage, a controversial topic, has been involved in political campaigns, speeches, and national polls. As of Nov. 7, 2012, it has been legalized in nine states and Washington D. C. However, 38 states have banned homosexual marriage through laws, amendments, or both, including North Carolina. As of Feb. 14, 2012, there are 10 countries that allow gay marriage. “I think it’s great that so many countries have legalized it,” sophomore Ethan Ortiz said. “Since all of those countries have taken that step, it’s kind of surprising that the U.S. hasn’t followed their lead. I guess it’s just a difference in society and culture.” Opponents argue that a small group is trying to change the traditional concept of marriage, which could weaken its definition. They also worry that same-

sex marriage may lead to polygamous and other unnatural behaviors. “I hear about the gay marriage debate on the news and through social media like Facebook, but I had no idea that DOMA even existed,” senior Nigel Lewis said. “It’s surprising that it’s such a hot topic, yet students don’t know more than the basics.” Senior Thomas Ohmen said that although opinions on gay marriage divide the country, people should keep advocating what they believe. “It’s interesting that even California, the state with the highest gay population, managed to get a ban on same-sex marriage,” Ohmen said. “The people who agree with it are really passionate about it, but clearly so are the people who oppose it because it’s made it all the way to the Supreme Court. I have no idea how this will turn out, but hopefully people will keep standing up for their beliefs.”

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Another prominent topic in the nation is the issue of gun control. Both news and social media have been filled with debate, especially after the two recent massacres that occurred in 2012. “The Colorado and Sandy Hook shootings shocked the whole nation,” junior Jesse Kovacs said. “They were both so tragic, but now they’ve sparked a chain of debate and events throughout the nation.” One month after the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama signed 23 executive orders and proposed 12 Congressional actions regarding gun control. Currently, the debate is considered to be in a stalemate between the right to bear arms and the responsibility of the government to prevent crime. “I feel like a lot of people talk about their opinion about gun control without actually being informed,” senior Tyler Gilbert said. “I feel like I’m pretty informed, and it would be nice if others were too so we could actually talk about these kinds of things.” In 2009, the Congressional Research Service estimated that there were 310 million firearms in the U.S., not including military weapons. 114 million were handguns, 110 million were rifles, and 86 million were shotguns. “I think it’s great that the government is trying to rally support to at least require background checks for gun owners and to outlaw expanded magazines and assault rifles. A lot of people believe assault weapons are unnecessary for protection,” Kovacs said.

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According to, China has been informed that North Korea plans to conduct more nuclear tests this year. On April 8, North Korea said that it would pull workers out of the industrial complex it has with the South, a sign of worsening relations between the two. “I really don’t know that much about the situation with North Korea,” junior Patrick Gilliam said. “I know that a lot of people are scared because they have bombs or missiles, but that’s about it. It seems really complicated. I just hope a huge war doesn’t break out.” U.S. History teacher Robert Browning said that the issue pertaining to North Korea is an issue that everyone should be paying attention to, even if it’s just to understand the facts and details. “They’re trying to gain control of the whole Korean Peninsula while blackmailing other countries into giving them aid. They’re using fear as a way to scare the American public. The more educated we are about this kind of stuff, the better,” he said.

On Rutgers:

On Dec. 13, 2012, Rutgers’ University head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended without pay after athletic director Tim Pernetti found video footage from a practice. On April 2, ESPN showed video footage of Rice’s practices which led to outcries of anger. Even the New Jersey governor Chris Christie, denounced Rice’s behavior. State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver demanded that Rice be fired, which occurred the next day on April 3. Varsity basketball player and junior Luke McClanahan said that he was surprised to find out about what Rice had done to the players. “Everyone has heard about the concept of tough love, but what he did was over the top,” McClanahan said.

As each of these issues take place in America, the public is left wondering what will happen next. Browning said he hopes that with all of the world events that are occurring now, that people will start to pay more attention. “People need to realize that current issues not only affect today, but can also affect the future,” Browning said. “The debates today could lead to huge changes tomorrow. What happens now? Well, we’re watching history unfold almost every day.”

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Nicole and Ian Hockley lost their son Dylan in the Sandy Hook Shooting. Here, they introduce the president of the United States at the University of Hartford.

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Supporters for gay marriage rally to gain legal rights for citizens who want to participate in samesex unions.

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Rutgers University’s head men’s basketball coach was suspended then fired for exhibiting abusive behavior towards his players.

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North Korea has made numerous threats that include a nuclear strike on South Korea and other U.S. allies.

Junior Ashley Bigard is very excited for her classes at Governor’s School to begin this summer. After hearing an announcement to apply to the program, she went to the meetings and got more interested in going. “I’m really looking forward to it because it’s a great opportunity, and not many people get to go. Besides, it will give me the chance to meet new people that have the same interests as me,” Bigard said. Roberson has six students that will participate in the five-week summer residential program: Bigard for Choral Music, junior Sophia Silver for Dance, junior McKenna Gramzay and sophomore Sean Krusch for Instrumental Music, junior Jonathan Yang for Mathematics, and junior Margaret Crownover for Spanish. “The state chose a pretty big number of students from Roberson. It is probably due to our student population and because we have talented students,” counselor Michelle Eldridge, who helped coordinate Roberson’s applications, said. The Governor’s School of North Carolina offers classes in 11 different disciplines at two campuses which can each have up to 305 students attend. Governor’s School has been held since 1963 at Salem College in Winston-Salem (West Campus) and since 1978 at Meredith College in Raleigh (East Campus). “I’m excited to be living on my own and being able to learn new ways to think,” Silver said. The curriculum focuses on the most recent ideas and concepts of each subject, and does not involve credits, tests, or grades. “I think it’s not going to be a typical high school math class experience because I’m going to learn about the ideas behind math, and what it means exactly,” Yang said. Students will attend three classes every day. According to the Governor’s School’s website, the first is their basic subject, the second deals with the understanding of contemporary ways of thinking, and the third one grounds the learning from the first two and applies that understanding to their social worlds. “I learned a lot about myself and my future. My beliefs changed a little bit, but a lot of them mainly got stronger. It is a lifetime experience,” said senior Emily Salgado, who went to Governor’s School for Music Performance last summer. Priti Chand, who also attended last summer (English), agrees with Salgado that students learn more about themselves through the experience. She recommends attending the summer program to other students. “The teachers make you question yourself as a person and define yourself. Going to Governor’s School was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Chand said. The classes are supplemented by a large number of visiting speakers, performances, exhibitions, field trips, demonstrations, seminars, and film series. “I hope to expand my talent, but my main focus is expanding my knowledge of music. Besides, it will also help me with my Graduation Project,” Bigard said.

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Boston, nation will overcome It would be hard to find anyone in America who has not heard about the terrible tragedy that took place in Boston on Monday. The staff of the Golden Fleece got word of the attack just days before this issue was published. Today we have heavy hearts and are saddened at the events that took place and join in support of those killed or injured in the Marathon. The bombing hits even

closer to home here in Asheville, as a community of runners, with the Inaugural Asheville Marathon recently being held. In fact, our marathon was a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Additionally, two Roberson teachers ran in the Asheville race. The society of runners in Asheville, Boston and around the world have banded together in this time of loss. The Boston Marathon

is an event that brings together people from all over the world and is an American tradition that has now been defined, for this year, as one of terror. Terror is real. There are people in the world who want to hurt others and bring sadness to our nation and our friends. It is sad that our generation is beginning to be defined by these kinds of events. But just as with any other time of evil, we have

to remember not to let the ones who are responsible for terror stop us from living our lives. Like any runner knows, times will get hard and the road will seem long. And like all runners know, it is in these times that our true character shows. We will still run. We will carry on. And those who try to destroy our joy will learn all to well that is impossible.

Head to Head

Embryos to be left alone Stem cells are crucial in the development of organisms and have been a controversial topic for years now. I do not think that stem cell research should be done because of more than one reason, but overall it is just an unethical process. Embryonic stem cells come from an embryo. So, in order to get the cells, scientists and doctors have to use an embryo. Using the embryo, which can promote abortions and can even be considered murder. Even though stem cells do help people, there is no point in taking another life when there are other alternatives to help the people who are in need of them. According to, it costs billions of per year are being poured into this field and America is already in enough debt without having to go out and experiment on embryos. Funds devoted to embryonic stem cell research are funds being taken away from looking towards cures of other diseases that are more promising. Additionally, stem cell research has caused side effects when experimenting with it throughout the years. It has caused painful destruc-

Research helps save, better lives

tion of the bone marrow as FLANIGAN a result of Brenna Flanigan the proceis a sophomore dure when in her first year attempted on of journalism. humans. Her opinions do Mice not necessarily treated for reflect those Parkinson’s of the Golden with embryFleece. onic stem cells have died from brain tumors. And embryonic stem cells stored over time have been shown to create the type of chromosomal anomalies that can cause cancer cells. Since the cells come from cells in human fetuses, this leads to underhanded means to obtain the fetuses, causing problems in the “organs black market.” The main reasoning behind why stem cell research should not be done is because it is unethical. It is messing with human life and humans should not be trying to play God. There are many factors behind stem cell research. And it causes more problems than it is worth when there are other alternatives to look into.

On average, 18 people die every day because they did DOWNEY not receive a needed Jenny Downey organ donation. is a sophomore Every 10 minutes, a in her first year new person is added of journalism. to the organ transHer opinions do plant waiting list. not necessarily What’s sadder, is that reflect those the number of organ of the Golden donations don’t even Fleece. come close to matching what’s needed. It is not right to go on allowing thousands to die a year because organs are not available. Families who have a loved one in need of an organ deserve the hope that stem cells bring. To deny researchers a chance to help give hope by accessing embryonic stem cells is unethical. Stem cells are cells with the ability to divide for indefinite periods which can give rise to specialized cells such as a red blood cell or a muscle cell. Stem cells can act as a renewable source of replacement for cells and tissues to help repair a damaged organ. Stem cells can also be used to treat problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The ethical debate on stem cell research is due to the fact that in order to obtain embryonic stem cells, an embryo must be terminated. However, embryonic cells are better for research because they can become any type of cell in the body.


Embryonic and adult stem cells are the two different kinds of stem cells. Adult stem cells are limited to only becoming different cell types of the tissue from a specific origin. Embryonic cells grow better in culture than adult stem cells, making embryonic cells better to use for tissue repair. Most researchers use embryos that are created through in-vitro fertilization in a laboratory. Extra embryos from invitro fertilization clinics that would normally throw them away are the source of many of those embryos used. If embryos are created in a lab setting and will not be used anyway, why not put them to use with stem cell research? The use of embryonic stem cells has been long debated and has been involved in legal policies. In 2001, President George W. Bush banned federal funding of stem cell research in which human embryos were harmed or destroyed. However, in 2009, Obama lifted the ban. The president must make decisions based on the negatives and positives that the choice will cause. The positives of embryonic stem cell research involve possibly saving thousands of lives. A positive that remarkable can not be overlooked. We have to look in to the future and see how much good this research could do for the world. Maybe one day, because of embryonic stem cell research, we will understand cancer so that we can cure it.

Life needs creativity, less copycats It all started with an innocent picture of two girls and a puppy. Since then, Facebook has exploded with pictures of people asking for ‘likes’ and support. After a Canadian family lost their dog to cancer, two of the children wanted a new puppy. Their reluctant father made a bet with them: if the girls could gain one million likes on a picture, he would buy them a puppy. The parents posted a picture of the five siblings with a poster that read ‘Hi World. We want a puppy! Our dad said we could get one if we get 1 million likes! He doesn’t think we can do it! So LIKE this!” Much to the parent’s amazement, seven hours later, their children’s request was filled. The family’s Facebook page is updated frequently to keep interested people up to date about their adopted puppy named Millie from North Shore Animal League. This event sparked a movement of people posting pictures asking for ‘likes’ ranging from getting pets, to people trying to find their biological parents. While it is great people are using social media to help each other out, it is important to remember that most things are best in moderation. This becomes a problem when people share false information and it becomes viral. Most of us have seen heartbreaking pictures of sick babies, abused animals, etc on Facebook. In many cases there is a high likelihood that they are not true. While two sweet girls can not be blamed for this outbreak in pictures on the web, some people began to react in a different way. Interestingly enough, some people even went so far as posting pictures holding posters saying, “I worked for things I wanted, I didn’t ask for likes.” Just like when someone pulls a hilarious prank, but drags it out, it isn’t funny anymore. ‘Unique’ dances get old quick when YouTube has thousands of videos of the same thing, with different people. The two girls and their wish for a puppy have now been added to this list. While the original idea was creative and made a family’s day, the copycats quickly emerged, taking away from the first intent. It looks like our world needs less copycats and more originality, especially on our Facebook feeds.




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‘Friends’ proves to be classic Debuting in 1994, the show continues to impress audiences across generations. This month, I will be talking about a show that has made its way through the generations. “Friends” first appeared on NBC on September 22, 1994 in the coveted Thursday 8:30 time slot. The popular sitcom aired its last new episode on May 6, 2004, but is still replayed on TBS each day. The show traveled through 10 seasons on the air and was recognized on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of all Time as No. 22. To ensure none of the six friends got cut, they all made an agreement to not accept a raise unless all six of them got one to keep an even level. On average each member got paid $7 million per episode. As the series drew to a close, the cast demanded that the 10th and final season of the show be 18 episodes instead of the usual 24 episodes so they could work on outside projects, according to The show raked in over 187 million views in its 10 year time span and continues to be watched by the next generation. The sitcom follows a group of six friends in their 20’s living in Manhattan. The hilarious show has rightfully earned its spot to still be on TV today. When the show was at its peak of popularity, it was a household name and people even asked for “The Rachel”-a haircut- by name and took bets on if Ross and Rachel would ever get back together. The $10 million per episode that NBC paid to Warner Bros. in the tenth season is also the highest price in television history for a 30-minute series. The show has been playing reruns on TBS since 2001. “Friends” offers a funny spin on everyday real life situations that many people can relate to. The fact that it is still playing and being watched by not only our parents, but our generation as well, is a test to how well this show has done. This show is quotable and is recognizable by the name of any one ‘friend’ in the series. Being relatable and timeless are not the only qualities that make this show a mustwatch. It is also funny, sweet and an example what of true friendship can look like. Think about it. I am watching a show that first aired two years before I was born. The show is captivating and tells a story that you have to follow along. Everyone who watches it has a favorite character or episode that they will always remember.

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Armstrong’s fairy tale story comes to abrupt end due to doping confirmation Lance joins long list of American athletes who lack morals. After securing his first ‘yellow jersey’ in 1999, former American cyclist Lance Armstrong openly admitted in January that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs throughout his entire career. Armstrong first shocked the nation in 1998 when he signed with US Postal Cycling Team after battling and overcoming testicular cancer, which had spread to his lungs and brain. He continued to impress the American public by winning seven consecutive Tour de France titles. His inspirational story provided hope for thousands of cancer patients across the world and prompted his creation of the Livestrong Foundation to raise money for patients. This ‘fairy tale’ story began

to be questioned throughout his when the United career to come States Anti-Doping clean to the public. Agency (USADA) He not only wasted issued a report these chances, but confirming Armalso attacked those strong’s alleged who accused him. drug usage. Eleven Armstrong had of his former teamthe potential to mates revealed affect thousands of DAVIDSON that they, as well lives in a positive as Armstrong, had way, but simply Sarah Davidson is a senior in received perforwasted that opher third year mance-enhancing portunity because of journalism. drugs with the of his desire to Her opinions do knowledge of win. In his “tellnot necessarily team doctors and all” interview with reflect those coaches. Oprah Winfrey, of the Golden Armstrong was Armstrong openly Fleece. stripped of all titles admitted that he he had won since didn’t feel like he 1998, including all was cheating. In his of his Tour de France champi- own words, he was “leveling onships, by the USADA. Mul- the playing field.” tiple of his sponsors, including After years of deception, Nike, removed their contracts Armstrong’s reaction when in light of the judgement. the news broke to the public I believe that Armstrong was completely ridiculous. deserved all of these reperIn the monumental intercussions for his actions. He view with Oprah Winfrey, he had multiple opportunities simply answered all of her

questions with a somber ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ He refused to open up and never offered a true explanation for the years of lying. Unfortunately, instances such as these are becoming common. A large contributing factor to American sports heroes decline and hypocrisy is due to the pedestal that our society places them on. Professional athletes in our country are idolized by all ages for their talents and performances in sports. Even when these athletes have questionable moral behavior such as Armstrong, Tiger Woods, and Kobe Bryant, our society easily forgives these people due to their stardom. While Armstrong’s act of cheating for years was somewhat punished with the stripping of his titles, the more important reaction will be from the public. In a couple of months, will we once again forget about his wrongdoings? Will we place him back on the pedestal? Let’s hope not.





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School sports provide students with wider range of advantages over clubs Tradition of school sports provide students with unique experiences. Athletes now have more to think about more than what sport they are going to play. The main question is where they will be playing it. The choice between playing for a school team and a club/recreational team is becoming a major decision for athletes, but it shouldn’t be. Playing for your high school is a tradition that needs to be continued. There’s a special feeling you get knowing you’re representing your school and getting to play the sport you love. Club sports are not bad on any standard and they have many benefits. But choosing to play for a club team rather than for your school prevents you from gaining experiences only available by playing for

your high school. started overlapping I play volleyball with the school for a club team and schedule. This it is a large part of problem is most my life, but I could commonly found never imagine not in basketball, socplaying for my cer, and baseball/ school. Some of softball. the best memoSome athletes ries in my athletic believe playing club career come from ball is the best way SIZEMORE playing with my for them to be reKathryn Sizemore school team. cruited and possibly is a junior in her Winning over gain a scholarship second year of rivals, a trip deep to continue their journalism. Her into the playoffs, sports career in colopinions do and being conferlege. This may be not necessarily ence champions true, but the actual reflect those for the first time in chances of playing of the Golden 20 years. These are in college are small. Fleece. experiences only According to the playing for my club NCAA, 5.6 percent could never have of male soccer playgiven me. ers will continue their careers Club sports teams had in college and only 1.6 percent always been a way for athletes of those will be drafted by the to prepare and better their MLS. skills for their school teams; On the other hand, achowever, this started to cording to the High School change when club seasons Athletics Participation Survey

conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations, in the 2010-2011 school year there were 7.6 million student athletes in the United States. That means that approximately 55.5 percent of high school students were involved in a sport. Many athletes, like me, have the best of both worlds. They are able to play for both their school and club and receive the benefits of getting their name out to college as well as making memories with their school that will last a life time. When you make the choice to play for a club team rather than for your school, you are deciding to give up an experience that is once in a lifetime. The ability to play for your school is one that should not be overlooked. It instills a pride and love for the game and the school. It is a feeling you can not get anywhere else.

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PROM HAS FINALLY ARRIVED Prom is a good excuse to get dressed up and have some fun. It takes a lot of preparation, but with the perfect dress and date, it will be a night you will not forget.


COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER TIME Students all around the world are counting down the days till summer. Many students are breaking out the bathing suits and sunglasses with summer just around the corner. Summer 2013 is sure to make a splash! FLIP FLOPS ARE BACK IN STYLE Now that summer is in swing it’s time to put aside the boots and break out the flip flops. But, that also means that there is a need for a pedicure!





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BYE, BYE BREAKS With spring break out of the way, there are no more breaks left to ease us into summer these last two months school. APRIL FOOLS RECOVERY People are still recovering from some of the pranks that they pulled or that were pulled on them. SENIORS ARE ABOUT TO LEAVE Time is ticking until the 2013 seniors are leaving for good, besides those who did not graduate. While many will be sad to part from their friends at TC, others are enjoying getting to experience new exciting things. BY BRENNA FLANIGAN

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

Asheville GOLDEN FLEECE • April 19, 2013

NON-PROM EDITION Not going to prom? Here are some ways that you can enjoy the night without the fancy attire.

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Asheville Marathon draws unique crowd 1,300 runners compete in Inaugural Marathon at Biltmore Estate. By INGA SUNDER Staff Writer

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Thirteen hundred runners raced a total of 26.2 miles in the Inaugural Asheville Marathon on March 3. Organized by Daphne Kirkwood of iDaph Events, the marathon started at 7 a.m. with a temperature of 23 degrees. The overall winner of the race was 42 year old Jason Bodnar from Candler, NC who finished the race in just over two hours and forty-six minutes. Due to the extreme cold, Bodnar was taken to Mission Hospital for mild hypothermia after the race. Marissa Weiss, 21, from Raleigh, finished with a time of 3:12:29 as first female runner, securing 12th place overall. Two teachers from Roberson, English teacher Joi Keen and husband and science teacher Kevin Keen, competed in the marathon. “We wanted to do it for the challenge, and you also don’t have the opportunity to run a marathon everyday. It was something different,” K. Keen said. “It was incredibly cold. We even had some snowflakes when we started,” J. Keen said. The race participants ran through forest, meadows, and gardens and were able to see new views of the Biltmore Estate. “My favorite moment was when we ran up the front drive of the Biltmore House and got to see it up close. The second half of the marathon was really hard because it wasn’t paved and there were a lot of rocks on the road,” J. Keen said. Runners from 40 states (as well as countries such as Canada, Finland, Romania, and Australia) came to Asheville to compete in the marathon. “I picked Asheville because of the Biltmore Estate’s beautiful venue, and I am a big believer in supporting the community: Biltmore is a tourist destination, but to have a marathon there in this time of the year helps



the economy of Asheville,” Kirkwood said. Kevin Keen agrees that Asheville is a good place to have a marathon. “Running is quite popular around here,” he said. Joi Keen started running in high school, but never ran with a team. She has been running ever since and has completed a couple of half marathons before she decided to enter the Asheville Marathon. “I like running because it puts me in a better frame of mind. I’m not very good at it or fast, and sometimes I don’t even like the run while I’m running, but I like the feeling afterwards,” J. Keen said. “I’ve always liked running and I already ran four half-marathons. I took the preparation for the Asheville Marathon pretty seriously: I ran pretty long runs every weekend and even sometimes during the week,” K. Keen said. According to Kirkwood, organizing the Asheville Marathon was the biggest challenge of her life so far, but was a huge personal accomplishment. “I feel fulfilled. To pull something like this off requires a lot of work because there


Four is so much that goes into a race. I wanted it to be something memorable. I feel blessed and honored put something that,” Kirkwood

to on like said. The race was a Boston Marathon qualifying event and a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Mission Cancer Program. The youngest runners in the Asheville Marathon were both 16 years old and go to Asheville High School: Emma Sarver, who finished in the top fourth and Sophie Whelchel in the top half of all runners. “Running a marathon is definitely on my ‘Bucket List’. Although it’s really hard and you would have to train a lot, I just want to do it someday,” Roberson sophomore Charles Harpe said.

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THAT’S COOL: Participants in the Asheville Marathon run near the Biltmore House. Runners from 40 states competed. The temperature at the start of the race was 23 degrees.

Biltmore Park Town Square 1.8 miles

Biltmore Estate 6.6 miles

Pritchard Park 8.5 miles

Thomas Wolfe Memorial 12.3 miles

Watch Gone With the Wind with two minutes to spare Looking Glass Rock 28.9 miles

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Distance of landmarks from TC

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SoCon Tournament takes place at US Cellular Center Downtown Dribble draws young crowd before tournament. By ELIZABETH RAND Staff Writer erand.communications@gmail. com

The Southern Conference Basketball Championship took place at the U.S. Cellular Center on

March 8-11 with the 12 college teams looking for a ticket to the NCAA tournament. The teams that participated include Wofford, Georgia Southern, Samford, Furman, Chattanooga, UNCG, WCU, The Citadel, Davidson, Appalachian State, Elon, and College of Charleston. Other than the basketball tournament, the Downtown Dribble also took place on Saturday March 9 from 9:45 until 10:15 a.m. before the games started. The Downtown Dribble is an event where children ages 8 through 12 dribble a basketball from the Vance Monument to the U.S. Cellular Center. “There were a lot of kids who participated in the

dribble from different schools around Asheville. My daughter participated, and said it was a lot of fun,” Kendra Turner, mother of Downtown Dribbler said. The first 500 children who registered received a free basketball, t-shirt, and ticket to a game. General Admission to any of the games was $75, and VIP tickets were $175. Cheerleaders, marching bands, and mascots participated in the dibble as well, engaging the support of their college teams at the SoCon Tournament. Davidson College won the SoCon tournament in the men’s division. The women’s division was won by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The North Carolina Arboretum offers 434 acres of public land located in Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Pisgah National Forest. The Arboretum also offers a permanent exhibition of 65 acres of botanical gardens, including one of the most unique bonsai collections in America.


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Betcha’ didn’t know some of the neat facts about Asheville. We’ll feature one each month here!




PS4 to be released at end of year

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Details about new gaming system have not been released yet. By CAROLINE STRAY Staff Writer

According to PlayStation Customer Service Representative Kisha Finley, retailers of the new PlayStation 4 are not sure what the design specifics will be yet. “We don’t even know what the new system will look like,” Finley said. “The Playstation 3 has the hard drive with the most memory, which is 500 Gigabytes, and we’re hoping to get the Playstation Four to that level or higher.” According to the company’s website, the new system will include an updated controller, called the DUALSHOCK4, which will incorporate a sensor and touch pad on the top of the device. The console will offer two cameras for kinetics and user interaction with wide-angle lenses. The new lenses have 85-degree angle view with a better perception of space. The previous PlayStations did not feature touchpad controllers. “I’m looking forward to the new design of the controllers, because it will hopefully make game play more unique and intense,” junior and gamer Austin Stamey said. “I play on the Playstation Network with my friends all the time because there’s so many different things you can do, from warfare to soccer.” The new system is scheduled to come out by the end of the year. Even though representatives are not completely sure of the overall design of the console, they believe it will be a hit throughout the nation. “We expect to sell out within the first day,” Fritz Harlow, Assistant Manager of GameStop on Airport Road said. “People get really excited when we release new products, and hopefully this one will be really cool.” One of the most discussed features will be the possibility to remove the idea of storing games on discs, and instead storing the games online in “the cloud”. Cloud storage will also allow consumers to buy the games over the internet without having to wait or travel to a store to pick it up. After purchase, the games will automatically be stored into the system. Similar to “the cloud” system is the “iCloud,” available on Apple devices as a different type of storage that is automatically installed into iTunes. The PlayStation Three was released in November of 2006. The most recent release from the PlayStation Network was the PlayStation Vita, a handheld device, which was released on Feb. 22, 2012. This device has an oval shape, complete with a touch screen, face buttons, two cameras, microphone, and Wi-Fi. This device was simply created to provide on-the-go gaming with updated features. The Playstation 4 is now available for pre-order with a deposit, and it is predicted to come out some time in October.


By HENRY SHARPE Staff Writer

‘OZ’ just not destined to be a classic


Multiple TC artists perform locally Senior Erik Pickus and band to begin touring. By BECCA BORG Staff Writer

Various genres of music are produced locally by students, including dubstep, metal, bluegrass, and rock. At Roberson, bands have been created, music written, and a few groups are performing at local venues. One band will soon be touring in Florida. Austin Hayes, also known as Razir to his Sharestep peers, is a junior at Roberson. He produces electronic music for Sharestep, a promotional Youtube channel for young artists creating dubstep and various other genres of electronic music. “I was found by Tyler Hunt, my producer, when I was in a music chat room online two years ago. Now we are partners, and the channel has grown so much since it started,” Hayes said. According to Hayes, Jason Horecky, also a junior at Roberson, is the one who introduced him to making electronic music. Horecky is also involved in the Sharestep channel. “I’ve been making electronic music for about two years now, and it’s become a big part

of my life. I can sometimes Senior Will Newman, a spend up to 100 hours of work solo artist at Roberson, plays on just one song,” Horecky heavily piano-influenced rock said. music. Both Hayes and Horecky According to Newman, his are also in a bluegrass group music is similar to that of Billy called Cold Mountain River Joel and Ben Folds. He has Band. The band also includes been performing at various juniors Joey Brown and Zach Asheville music venues since Briggs. he was 6 years old including “I love being in Cold The Orange Peel, The Grey Mountain River Band. We get Eagle and Tressa’s. to share our talent and love A newer band to Roberson, for bluegrass together,” Briggs Red Satin Skies, was formed said. in midAcNovember. cording The band to Brown, includes being in junior a band Charlie is much Willis more as the fun than vocalist, playing senior Ken video Mcafee games on lead with his guitar, and friends junior Joey » JOEY BROWN because Sourlis on he feels the drums. like when he’s creating music, They write their own music, it’s more productive than just which is classified as classic sitting around on the comrock with metal influences. puter. “We’ve performed at the “I play guitar for Cold Carolina Cinema and at some Mountain, and I like being school events. We hope to in the band because it’s really keep performing and eventufun to hang out with my best ally get national recognition,” friends all the time. We get to Sourlis said. spend a lot of time together A band who has achieved jamming, and I really think national recognition is Demaking this band has made spised Virtue, which includes our friendships stronger,” Roberson senior Eric Pickus. Brown said. According to Pickus, they

I really think making this band has made our friendships stronger.

have over 9,000 Facebook likes and 11,000 views on their Youtube music videos. Pickus describes them as being well on their way to fame. Despised Virtue is a heavy metal band which includes senior home-school student Robby Anderson, who records the screaming vocals, Pickus, who plays guitar, and Noah Chambers, a Tennessee Hardin Valley sophomore who plays the drums. “My best friend is in the band, and I find that I create a strong bond with every new member. We consider each other family,” Pickus said. Despised Virtue recently split from their British label Heads & Tails Records. However, according to Pickus, they are in talks with a few other record companies. The band plans on touring Florida this summer, and will be playing at a show on April 26 at the Birdhouse in Knoxville, Tennessee. According to Pickus, the band owes everything to their fans and their message is meant to support people during hard times. “The message my band and I try to give to our fans is ‘Hope Through Music’. We include this message in every one of our songs. We give hope to people going through tough times so that they know that there is someone who can relate to them,” Pickus said.

Support Local Bands at up coming events in the Asheville Area On June 1, 2013, you can go see local bands play live at the HighLand Brewing Company. This event is sponsored by ROCK 104.9, and you can submit your band at Prizes for winning this event included studio recording time at Sound Temple Studios, an Orange Peel performance, and Music City gift certificates.


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To this day, one of the most captivating and iconic movies ever made is “The Wizard of Oz”. The acting is superb, the plot is engaging, and the color is vibrant. However, this winter, Walt Disney Pictures announced its prequel to this 1939 classic, “Oz the Great and Powerful.” “Oz the Great and Powerful” follows Oscar Diggs’ unusual journey as he finds himself in a strange and fantastical land known as Oz. He encounters many threats and dangers on his quest to fulfill a prophecy which will grant him with power, and must fight tirelessly in order to save not only his own life, but also the good hearted citizens to Oz. “The Wizard of Oz” starts in black and white, and then creatively switches to color as Dorothy arrives in Oz. This new prequel begins in the same manner and also shares a few other similarities. For instance, both involve a large destructive tornado littered with past memories, a hot-air balloon, and a yellow brick road. So, after seeing “The Wizard of Oz,” a prequel should be predictable and unoriginal. “Oz”, however is anything but. Its charm and visual appeal made “Oz” an entertaining family movie with an appropriate amount of science fiction. “The Wizard of Oz” is so popular because of the morals and principles that it depicts. The Lion, Tinman, and Scarecrow learn that courage, a heart and a brain are objects inside everyone and they cannot be acquired through achievement. “The Wizard of Oz” is effectively one of the first classic movies to be produced in color. This type of credential makes it a very significant movie in history and it will last for centuries as a land mark for fantasy. “Oz” on the other hand, is not a classic and most likely will never be labeled as such. While it is a good and entertaining movie, it doesn’t have the style and life lessons that its sequel displays. If films were comparable to food, “Oz the Great and Powerful” would be a rib eye from Ingles that you season and grill to your liking, and eat on a Sunday night. “The Wizard of Oz” on the other hand, is like ordering the rib eye at Ruth’s Chris, each bite being a tantalizing awakening for your taste buds. The first steak is completely satisfactory and quite tasty while the meal at Ruth’s Chris is more than just a steak: it’s an experience. The meals may taste no different, but the Ruth’s Chris one produces a lasting memory that evolves into respect. It’s the same with “Oz” and “The Wizard of Oz”







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Despite reports in August that a new album was not coming out, the musician and actor revealed on Twitter he would be releasing new music.

This is the band’s first album since their 2009 record “Waking Up” which released the hits “Secrets”, “All the Right Moves” and “Good Life.”

This will mark the band’s first album as a trio since the departure of Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, the band’s cofounding guitarist and drummer.


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Calling it his “global “La, La, La” will debut album,” PSY said appear on Snoop that it will comprise of Lion’s first-ever, songs from his previous upcoming reggae Korean albums LP “Reincarnated.” along with some new additions.

An up-to-date look at new music being released in the coming months.

APRIL 23 This up and coming album will consist of four original songs co-written by the singer, including “After All,” a co-write with iconic 80s and 90s balladeer Bryan Adams, who also performs on the album.





Trips offer cultural, personal experience Teachers Clark and Baud host travel to various countries for students. By BECCA BORG Staff Writer

Teachers have frequently provided opportunities for students to experience cultures from different destinations like Washington, DC, New York and Florida, as well as Europe, Central America and China. This year, opportunities to go to Disney, New York, Costa Rica, and Italy were available for students. The New York trip for the journalism class, the Disney trip for Advanced Ensemble, and the Rome trip were all trips which required prerequisites. Junior Lexis Warren, who is in Advanced Ensemble, performed a medley of songs learned in class with the chorus group in Downtown Disney this year. “I love to go on school trips because I’m with my best friends. This trip was especially great because I got to go somewhere I love, while doing something I love,” Warren said. According to junior Danielle Noid, the biggest factor when deciding on whether or not to go on a school trip is the cost, then the location. In recent years, the average cost to take a trip in the United States from Roberson is below $1,500, while the cost to go out of the country has averaged between $2,000 and $3,500. “When I took students to Washington, D.C. and New York, the trips were never more than $500. But this summer, when I’m taking students to Italy, it’s going to be $3,500,” Clark said. Clark is also in the process of planning a trip to Madrid next spring break with Spanish teacher Patrica Baud. This spring break Baud took a group of students to Costa Rica. According to Baud, going to Costa Rica is a trip for more active people. The students spent the majority of their time hiking, zip lining, kayaking, and swimming in hot springs. In Madrid, the students are scheduled to spend more time sight-seeing. “I was so excited for Costa Rica. My older sister went on this trip when she went to TC and convinced me to go. I think my favorite part was all the hiking we got to do,” junior Sophia Silver said. According to Silver, she chose Costa Rica over Madrid or Rome because she likes the more active side of the Central America trip. According to Latin teacher Chris Semper, the trip to Rome is scheduled for spring break of 2014. The students from the Latin class are teaming up with the Latin students from Enka High School and AC Reynolds for the trip overseas. To travel to Rome, a student must have taken at least one of Semper’s classes, or taken a Latin class at Enka or Reynolds. “I’m most excited about seeing all of the famous landmarks. I also can’t wait to meet all of the people from different schools,” sophomore Spencer Kropf said. Many of the school tours are organized through a company called EF Tours. According to the company’s regional manager for North Carolina, Kimberly Moore, EF hosted 230 groups of students from North Carolina for international trips in 2012. “Traveling to another country is the best way to gain experiences and prepare students for college and beyond. Gaining the experience of going to another country is a great opportunity that all students should take advantage of,” Moore said.






UP IN THE AIR: Sophomore Anabell Motley is one of four rams to be in training or have their pilot’s license.

Motley continues flight training in order to earn pilot’s license According to the Airsort of stuff. You have to be craft Owners and Pilots able to communicate with the Association, about 11,500 flight towers as well,” she said. student pilots are between Motley is learning to the ages of 16 and 19 (as master the art of flying a By BRIANA ULLMAN of 2008). A student pilot plane through taking shorter Staff Writer is defined as any beginner flights. So far she has taken learning to fly an airplane. trips to destinations such as WNC Aviation, WestMt. Mitchell and Greensboro. While the average high school Motley hopes to eventually student may typically think of airplanes ern North Carolina’s Student and Exchange Visitor take a solo trip covering a only as a machine that speeds up the MOTLEY Program (SEVIS) approved span of five hours. commute of a vacation or trip, planes flight school, averages between 25 and The solo flight is the final step in have taken on a 35 students. Flight ingetting a pilot’s license, which typically new significance structor John Womack takes about 18 months in total. The pifor sophomore estimates that usually lot must be at least 16 years old in order Anabell Motley. six of these students are to complete a solo flight. Motley has teenagers. “I’ll probably get my pilot’s license been working since “I think it’s a great before I get my driver’s license, but it October to acquire age to learn to fly will be a cool story to tell,” Motley said. her pilot’s license. because, for young Although Motley learned to fly a Inspired by her people, skills and ideas plane for recreational purposes, it is father’s former are picked up quickly. also a popular senior project. career as an Air Also, you have a lifeSenior Adam Bower chose to learn Force pilot, she time to enjoy the benhow to fly a plane for his graduation decided to take up efits as a recreation or project. » MOTLEY his hobby. career,” Womack said. “My uncle gave me a commercial “My father did According to Motpilot lesson and I was hooked from the Air Force when ley, flying a plane is no easy task. there,” Bower said. he was in the military, and I decided “You have to have a lot of focus, Freshman Jacob Davis is also learnto follow in his footsteps,” Motley said. and you have to be really calm. You ing to fly while guidance counselor Joel “I like getting to see the world from a have to figure out a whole process beBaker received his pilot’s certificate in different perspective, and it’s also a lot fore you go on the plane like tempera1992. more fun to get to go places faster.” ture, wind speeds, air traffic, and that

Inspired by her father’s Air Force career, Motley gains unique hobby.

You have to have a lot of focus, and you have to be really calm.

Sophomore Anabell Motley is one of many at Roberson who is aiming for the sky. We asked current students and licensed pilots what it’s like to be up in the air.

“The small planes that you learn to fly in are so different from the big ones. You feel the plane underneath you.”

“It feels like driving a car except higher, and you have to pay more attention to the instruments.”

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Jacob Davis Freshman

Joel Baker Counselor


Learn together. Fly together.

Film club offers opportunity to share opinions Club provides students with time to review and critique films. By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Staff Writer

month that Bryce Albergini and I decided to actually start the club,” junior co-founder of the club Brandon Salazar said. According to Iglesias, who is a self-proclaimed film-buff herself, the students in the club will pick a movie, watch it the next meeting and then review the movie the following week. “As of right now we are watching movies and just having a good time,” Salazar said. “We started the club because it was a way for people who love movies to get together, watch movies, and have a great time talking about them.” Film Club will meet every Wednesday in Iglesias’

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room, and first-time members will come together and participate in need to pay a $5 club fee. something that they really enjoy. “Film Club is great because the “I just enjoy watching movies movies we have talked about are-upand doing things like talk about The to-date with what is happening in Oscars. The movies we pick are really society. It’s a great mirror of today’s good movies, and not junky,” Iglesias culture,” Iglesias said. said. Iglesias will supply the majority of The members of the club have the movies, most coming from her expressed their interest in doing a collection of over 1,000 titles. critique that would be available to the “We have a lot of genres that we school. can pick from, and we choose mov“Personally I watch movies a lot ies by voting on a selection of films because, like a lot of people, I enjoy that people would want to see. As of them. But for right now, we are watching ‘The Dark me, I enjoy Knight,’” Salazar said. them a little According to Iglesias, the bit too r” club is a place where much. the a f od sias students can I don’t G e le know “Th lsa Ig E why,” ” ffic Salazar “Tra don said. ran tchmen”

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Church elects second pope in 8 years Pope Francis makes waves as the first South American and Jesuit Cardinal to be elected.



After approximately 36 hours of deliberation in the conclave, white smoke finally rose from the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican on the afternoon of March 13, announcing the election of a new pope for the Roman Catholic Church. “It was awesome to watch the election unfold. I felt like I was a part of history. Most people don’t get to see one election in their lifetime, but I’ve seen two and I’m not even out of high school yet. My family recorded the news and we all watched his first speech together. It was so inspiring,” freshman Ana Engman said. The Sacred College of Cardinals entered the chapel in the afternoon of March 11. The first two ballots were Pope Francis cast that evening followed by black smoke rising from the chimney, indicating that a decision had not yet been made. White smoke indicates that an election of a new leader has been made. Black smoke was seen again the following morning, after the third and fourth ballots had been cast. White smoke was seen that afternoon with a total of six ballots cast. Pope Francis was introduced over a worldwide broadcast shortly after the smoke had risen. The average number of ballots varies with each election. Junior Clare Johnson was intrigued by the election. According to Johnson, the Catholic Church needs some “fresh air,” and she hopes that the new pope can provide this. “I’m already really impressed with Pope Francis. From what I can tell, he’s really down to earth and excited to be doing his job. He lives in his own apartment, refuses the chauffeur provided for him, and makes his own meals. When I found that out, I was really surprised. No other pope has done that before. The Catholic Church is viewed as old and stuffy sometimes, and I don’t like that. After all, the Catholic Church is the largest Christian church. I hope Pope Francis will sort of modernize it,” she said. Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but chose




the name source/ Fran150 senior cardinals are gathered and locked in cis for the Sistine Chapel to vote (AKA Conclave). himself upon election Cardinals vote four times a day if after Saint necessary, designating three cardinals to Francis count the votes. of Assisi. Every pope Presiding cardinal reads aloud since 1555 has the ballots while stringing them chosen a new together to ensure accuracy. name for themselves upon election. Pope Francis is the Two-thirds majority for a first Jesuit pope, the candidate wins the vote. first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Once the ballots are counted Southern Hemiand bound, they are burned sphere. As pope, in a special stove in the Sistine he can officially go Chapel. by many titles, but according to the official site of If a new pope is the Vatican, Pope Francis prefers not elected, the to be called the Bishop of Rome. Junior Graham Smith largely agrees smoke from the with Johnson and likes the diverse backballots are burned ground that Pope Francis brings to the church. with a chemi“I’m excited to see what Pope Francis can do for cal to ensure the church, and I like the fact that he is from the black smoke. An Americas. I think he can bring new opinions and views to the church. The thing that’s impressed me the most elected pope is is the fact that he personally washed signaled with the feet of a dozen prisoners, white smoke. including women. He’s really humble,” Smith said. For all official news on Pope Francis and the Vatican, check out

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Smith to participate in non-profit Bike and Build Cross country student-led bicycle trip raises money for charity. By ELIZABETH STALFORD Staff Writer

Senior Andrew Smith hopes he won’t be late to graduation, but if he is, he has a good reason to be. He is the only high school student in his team participating in Bike and Build, a charity organization that raises money for affordable housing projects. According to their website, the organization consists of young adults aged 18-25, mostly college students, who bike across the nation during the summer and help build

houses in 47 states, one province, and hundreds of communities. Smith is a part of a team which will ride from Nags Head, NC to San Diego, CA. The trip is scheduled to begin on May 15 and end on July 23, but Smith will return for a day to walk at graduation because his team won’t be far from Asheville. “I’m glad I don’t have to miss graduation,” Smith said. “I still would’ve done Bike and Build if I had to miss it, but it all worked out.” Smith heard about the program through his brother Ryan, who is participating as a route leader this year. “I signed up for Bike and Build because I’ve always wanted to bike across the country,” Smith said. “I’m excited to try something new and help people at the same time. The fact

that I’m the youngest one on my team doesn’t really make a difference to me.” Bike and Build was started in 2002 by Marc Bush, who was a rider in the Habitat Bicycle Challenge. That challenge is a nine-week, student-led bicycle trip created to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. Bush wanted to expand that program into something more. By 2009, the organization included eight cross-country trips that teams can complete. The trip is not a professionally-led cycling tour, but rather creates awareness on affordable housing issues. Teams consist of four leaders, aged 18-28, and up to 30 cyclists. Over 1,600 people have participated in the events, and the organization has raised $3.3 million in its 11-year history. In order to be a member of Bike and Build, cyclists have to complete an application; however, no previous cycling experience is needed. According to Bike and

Build, some participants had never cycled more than 10 miles before they joined a team. “I had done a decent amount of biking even before I signed up. I usually mountain bike at places like Bent Creek,” Smith said. “I’m a little nervous about getting tired from so much cycling, but overall, I feel pretty prepared.” Once a cyclist is accepted, s/ he starts fundraising. Each rider is required to raise $4,500 in donations. After $1,000 is raised, riders can receive their bikes, but only if they pass a 70-question safety quiz. “I’m not a big fan of asking people for money, but it’s for a good cause,” Smith said. “It’s a mandatory aspect of the program, and I know the money I raise will help others. It’s worth it.”

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TUITION ENROLLMENT In-state: 21,179 $5,873 Female Male Out-of-State: 53% 47% $18,402 ATHLETICS Room and Board Division I Big South $8,130 Student Organizations 370 Undergraduate Majors 170+ Faculty-to-Student Ratio: 15:1 Average SAT: 1450-1710

UNCW WILMINGTON, NC TUITION ENROLLMENT In-state: 12,348 $6,122 Female Male Out-of-State: 60% 40% $18,225 ATHLETICS Room and Board ECAC Division I $8,338 Student Organizations Over 200 Undergraduate Majors 52+ Faculty-to-Student Ratio: 16:1 Average SAT: 1620-1850

Col. of Charleston CHARLESTON, SC

TUITION ENROLLMENT In-state: 10,506 $9,918 Female Male Out-of-State: 68% 32% $25,304 ATHLETICS Room and Board SoCon Division I $10,461 Student Organizations Over 180 Undergraduate Majors 55+ Faculty-to-Student Ratio: 16:1 Average SAT: 1660-1910



ENROLLMENT TUITION In-state: 32,171 $6,402 Female Male Out-of-State: 55% 45% $21,569 ATHLETICS Room and Board ACC Division I $9,626 Student Organizations Over 550 Undergraduate Majors 140+ Faculty-to-Student Ratio: 26:1 Average SAT: 1680-1920

MichiganANN ARBOR, MI TUITION ENROLLMENT In-state: 27,979 $12,994 Female Male Out-of-State: 51% 49% $39,122 ATHLETICS Room and Board Division I Big Ten $10,572 Student Organizations Over 900 Undergraduate Majors 150+ Faculty-to-Student Ratio: 16:1 Average SAT: 1880-2180



GOLDEN FLEECE • April 19, 2013



GOLDEN FLEECE • April 19, 2013

Panel discusses traditions, stresses, and excitement of prom To better understand the issues that students at Roberson are facing, we have formed a student-based committee to discuss topics that affect the entire school. The members of this committee this month were: Freshman Jacob Davis, Ashley Land & Cameron Comerford, sophomore Cat Jennings, juniors Jason Horecky & Lauren Whiteneck, and senior Callie Yow. What about prom are you most looking forward to? Panel Member 1: I’m most looking forward to the things that come before and after the prom, such as dinner and going bowling afterwards. Panel Member 2: Obviously, everyone is excited to get dressed up and to take pictures with their group at cool places like the golf course. People just like the pictures. What has been the most stressful part about trying to plan for prom? Panel Member 1: Working out the groups and who you are going with can be really difficult. It’s crazy because people can be really picky and not want certain people in their group, when other people do want them in the group. Do you think prom should be kept for only juniors or seniors and their dates, or should freshman and sophomores be allowed to come as well? Panel Member 6: I think it should be kept for seniors and juniors and the policy they have now is good. I don’t think it should be a freshmen thing. I think it would be awkward for them since there wouldn’t be a lot of freshmen there. Also, it’s just more of an upperclassman thing because freshman can’t drive yet and as a result, you can’t plan as much of the night. Do you think prom can be a dangerous night, or do you think people make it out to be a lot more dangerous than it really is?

Do you think prom is a genuinely exciting event, or do you think people talk it up so much and then it is not as fun as everyone is expecting? Panel Member 2: Everything that I’ve heard from upperclassmen is that everyone talks it up and then it is kind of a disappointment. I haven’t heard one good thing about prom from upperclassmen. They always make it a big deal and then afterwards they’re asking themselves, “why did I do that,” or saying, “Oh, now my wallet is gone.” But I still think it’s a high school experience that is important to have. What do you think is the meaning of prom? Panel Member 2: I think for girls it is right of passage and just the experience of it all. Panel Member 4: I think it’s an important event for seniors because it is kind of the last big time that they get to hang out with all of their friends before graduation. Panel Member 3: Girls don’t have many chances to get a princess dress and to get to dress up like that for a night and feel special. Do you think the meaning of prom has changed over the years? If so, then how? Panel Member 6: The dancing style has definitely changed.

Panel Member 2: It depends on who you are with.

Panel Member 5: I feel like it used to be more about couples and now it’s more about groups.

Panel Member 6: If you make good decisions, then it’s not a big deal.

Panel Member 3: I think it was more meaningful and sweet than it is to-

day. But I do think that the way that people ask today is really cute. Guys are more creative now.

How do you guys feel about the event being held downtown at the Venue?

Do you think even if a guy is dating a girl he should ask in a creative and big way?

Panel Member 6: I think it’s a good location and I have enjoyed dances that have been hosted there before.

Panel Member 2: I feel like every girl wants that, so the guy would want to do that for sure.

Do you think its ok to miss sporting and team events to go to prom?

Panel Member 6: If the guy and the girl were just friends I feel like it could be awkward to ask in a big way, so it just depends on the situation. Do you think its ok for a guy and a girl to just go as friends, or is that weird? Panel Member 6: I think its ok because everyone should get a chance to go to prom. Do you think the guy has to ask the girl, or would it be ok for the girl to ask the guy? Panel Member 2: I think it’s kind of weird for the girl to ask the guy. Panel Member 6: If you go to different schools then it’s fine for the girl to ask, because the guy wouldn’t know anything about it. Do you think some people take it over the top with all the expensive clothes, food, and everything else that comes with prom? Panel Member 1: Yes. I know a girl whose prom dress was $600. I paid $13 for mine last year and I loved it. I’m not spending $6oo for a dress that I’m going to wear for three hours one night.

The Way To Ask: Will you go to prom with me? “Katon spelled out ‘prom’ and a heart in candles in my driveway. He also gave me a dozen roses.”

Panel Member 3: I feel like there are so many sporting events, but there is only one prom, so you should take advantage of the chance to go.


Panel Member 2: I think it is a personal decision and it just depends on how much prom means to you.

“Braxton spelled out ‘prom’ with baseballs by the car and called me at midnight with flowers.”

Do you have anything else you want to say about prom?


Panel Member 2: I just want to throw out the fact that I don’t remember prom ever even crossing my mind sophomore year, so it’s so weird for me to see all these sophomores who are super excited about and planning for prom.

“Tanner put four cookie cakes on my bed that spelled out ‘prom’ and had a heart around it.” » KATHRYN BLACK

Panel Member 7: I really wanted to go to prom my sophomore year, but thinking back, I’m glad I didn’t because it makes prom this year even more special.

“Graham had balloons with ‘prom’ written on them and had one of my PEP students give it to me.” » SUMMER FISCHER

“Henry spelled out ‘prom’ on cupcakes and gave them to me and also made up a riddle.” » CASEY GREENWALT

“Clayton taped glow sticks together and hung them from my bedposts. It was funny and sweet at the same time.” » NATALIE HEDBERG

PROM ETIQUETTE Make sure your hygiene is up to par: take a shower, use deodorant, and light perfume/cologne.

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Make sure you have your ticket to get into prom, you wouldn’t want to plan and pay and then not get in.

Bring money for your dinner before and anything you might be doing after. Never know what could happen.

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Pick up your corsage and boutonnieres before meeting up with your date or friends.

Don’t be late to meet your friends or date, even if it means setting your clocks early.

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TC continues to be the only school in BCS to have prom at a downtown location. This is the third year in a row. By ELIZABETH STALFORD Staff Writer

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: This is third year the prom has been held at The Venue. “Other than being a cost-effective location, it’s a nice place even without decorations. It doesn’t take much time to get ready. Downtown Asheville is also just a neat place to have the prom since it’s a signature feature of Asheville,” Hallman-Morris said.

With prom right around the corner, prom-goers are preparing for a night that will take them back in time to the casino age of the 1930s. The event will be held on April 20 at the Venue. According to owner Marta Bodenhorst, Roberson is the only school whose proms have been held there. “Other schools feel like downtown Asheville isn’t a safe place for prom,” Bodenhorst said. “It’s actually a great place and security is not an issue. I think schools are afraid to try something new and exciting. However, I can understand their point of view.” The Venue is an event facility that offers 13,000 square feet of space and a second floor balcony overlooking the mountains. According to, it offers a warm, relaxing, and elegant atmosphere. The Venue is normally used for ceremonies, corporate events, class reunions, sweet sixteen parties, and more. According to Bodenhorst, sweet sixteen parties have been very popular. These events are normally organized by Deandra and Darien Bodenhorst, owners of Lights Out, a dance held about every other month specifically for teens in Asheville. “The TC students have been a great group of kids to have at the

Venue. We enjoy hosting this type of event since it is dif- ferent her last chances to be with all her friends and than what we traditionally do,” Bodenhorst said. “We just want the classmates. students to have a fun night.” Littlejohn said that she has a feeling that this year’s Math teacher Cynthia Hallman-Morris said that the Venue was prom will be even better than last year’s. chosen for prom for many reasons, includ“As long as everybody goes with an ing its appearance, location, and cost. open mind about dancing, it’s going to be “Other than being a cost-effective great,” Littlejohn said. “Last year was fun, but location, it’s a nice place even without some people didn’t dance. Everyone needs to decorations. It doesn’t take much time to stop worrying about how they look and just let get ready. Downtown Asheville is also just themselves have fun for one night.” a neat place to have the prom since it’s a Art teacher Nerina Patane and Hallmansignature feature of Asheville,” HallmanMorris confirmed that although certain prom Morris said. details are meant to be a surprise, students According to Senior Body President can expect a DJ, tables, finger food, and places Lydia McKeithan, students have reacted to lounge during the event. positively since the theme was revealed in According to Patane, Roberson will be February. Seniors wrote down themes they looking into other places for next year’s prom. wanted to see at prom, and the top five Although she loves the Venue, she thinks that choices were sent back out for a final vote. a change is in order since the prom was held Other themes that were considered were there for the last two consecutive years. » CYNTHIA HALLThe Jungle, The Roaring Twenties, Red “The Crest Center is beautiful, but there’s MAN-MORRIS Carpet, and Under-the-Sea. a noise ordinance. Prom would have to end “It’s going to be cool because it’s someat 11 p.m. Deerfields would have to be used thing new,” McKeithan said. “I’m looking forward to this year’s on a Friday, but the administration prefers that prom be held on a prom because the theme is unique and unusual, which will make Saturday so school won’t be interrupted,” Patane said. the night fun.” Tickets for prom were $65 for juniors and guests and $5 for Seniors Leia Finkle and Marketah Littlejohn said that they seniors. are excited for not only the theme, but also the music and dancing. Finkle said she is excited because it’s her senior year, one of

Downtown Asheville is also just a neat place to have the prom since it’s a signature feature of Asheville

What do you think about this year’s prom theme? JACOB ARRINGTON Sophomore


“I honestly think it’s really strange and personally would rather have something different for when I go to prom.”

“I think it’s a cool theme, I think people will have a lot of fun.”



MAE HENDRIX Senior “I really don’t mind the theme, people will have a good time either way.”




“It would be really awesome if we could have a more colorful prom, like neon, but I do like the idea of this prom.”

“It goes along with the Venue, but you don’t really notice the theme because the Venue has its own personality.”

“I’m very excited for it, it’s something new and creative.”

Each month, we will be asking students in the school to give us their perspective on a particular issue. The opinions expressed in this feature are not necessarily the views of the Golden Fleece or it’s staff.





Former and current Roberson athletes Myles McKee and Drew Barker have set school records in football and track.

Barker breaks two records in 110 and 55 meter hurdles ing the off-season by running for the Asheville Lightning, a summer track league. Barker also runs indoor track during the winter season to help prepare for outdoor. “Indoor track isn’t much difBy MOLLY HODES ferent from outdoor, except that Staff Writer indoor is much colder. But the same people who run outdoor usually end up running indoor, too. The Junior Drew Barker has set two competition is still there and still school track records so far this fierce,” he said. year, breaking a two year-old The only other hurdle event that mark for the 110 meter hurdles at Barker does not hold the record to 14.6 seconds at an outdoor track is the 300m set in 1990 by Melvin meet this season and breaking an Snipes. That time is 1.74 seconds indoor meet record for the 55 meter faster than Barker’s fastest time of hurdles at 7.6 seconds. 40.94. Coach Andrew Devine has Barker is currently tied for first worked with Barker and says that in the 4-A state he has the school track polls in his record for the 300m outdoor season, hurdles “within his and said he was grasp.” surprised when he “I’ve worked with found out his times Drew over these that broke the past three years, and record. I can definitely see “I was super expotential in him to cited when I found break the record. It’s out because it was a stretch, but it isn’t only the first outout of his reach,” door meet of the Devine said. » Andrew Devine year. That meant Barker does plan I had already acon running track in complished one of my goals for the college; however, he isn’t sure where season,” he said. he wants to go. Devine says that Barker went out for the track breaking the school record is a very team when he was in middle school big accomplishment which will help and says he keeps in shape durhim stand out for college coaches.

Barker sets records for both indoor and outdoor track.

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DREAM COME TRUE: In 2009 Roberson football senior Myles McKee threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns in his final game as a senior. This touchdown record remains unbeaten.

Former TC athlete signs with UAB Myles McKee, former Roberson quarterback, returns to sign. By KAT SIZEMORE Staff Writer

Myles McKee, former Roberson football player, signed to play for the University of Alabama-Birmingham with the hopes of fulfilling a longawaited dream. McKee graduated from Roberson in 2009 with a goal of becoming a Division I quarterback. For McKee, this dream is finally becoming a reality. For the Roberson football staff, they are excited that McKee came back to Roberson to sign. “Roberson is where I began my journey. It felt good being back at the place where I built my foundation,” McKee said. The coaches who helped build that foundation were touched as well. “Myles was a great quarterback for us, and it means a lot to know he hadn’t forgotten us,” head coach Jim Beatty said. McKee’s journey started late in his high school career, but he left an impact on the football program. McKee did not start at the quarterback position until his senior year and then slowly made a name for himself. In his last game as a Ram, McKee led the team to an uncontested win over Tuscola, who was previously undefeated. McKee threw for 337 yards and a school-record of five touchdowns. McKee says that was his most memorable moment from high school. When deciding on what college to attend in 2009, McKee turned down a walk-

on offer at Appalachian State University to attend Fork Union Military Academy, a prepatory school, in order to maintain his four years of eligibility. “I knew I wasn’t at my peak of performance, and I felt I could play at a higher level. I had a great opportunity at Fork Union, which at the time was the top prep school in the country,” McKee said. McKee later transferred to the University of Tennessee as a red shirt walk on, maintaining his full eligibility. After one year on the Tennessee roster, McKee transferred to Butte Community College, where he says he did well, but that it wasn’t an offense that threw the ball a lot. He then transferred to Sierra Community College, leaving him with two years that he could give to UAB. “I just wanted to be in a system that I could blossom in. I felt I was always growing, learning, and getting better, and the people around me also supported me and believed in what I was doing,” McKee said. For McKee, signing with UAB was a long-awaited accomplishment that was years in the making. But the experience meant more than just getting to continue to play football. “Myles worked hard to get to where he is now,” Beatty said. “It just goes to show where hard work and dedication can get you.” McKee will get to live out his dream in the fall at UAB. “If I could give advice to any current athletes, it would be to never let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Keep whatever dream you have alive and work as hard as you can to achieve it. Because trust me, it won’t come easy,” McKee said.

For Drew to break a school record is a huge accomplishment.

“The record is a pretty big deal. There are 18 events at Roberson, and they’re all very competitive. Roberson has always had strong performances in track and field, and we even still have unbroken records from 1985. For Drew to break a school record is a huge accomplishment, and we are all very proud of his work,” Devine said. Barker won Most Valuable Runner at the Asheville Christian Academy Invitational on April 8 at A.C. Reynolds high school after winning all three of his events. Devine claims that if Barker really puts his mind to it, he can achieve all his goals for the season. “Drew and I have worked on many improvements to better his skill. He has the potential to win the 300m hurdles at state, and we are still developing him as a relay leg,” Devine said. “He also has won a streak of how many days a week he can wear his hoodies to practice.” This past weekend Barker came in first place in the 110 meter hurdles at the Taco Bell Classic in Columbia, South Carolina. The meet consisted of 146 teams from around the Southeast and 1,855 athletes.

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RAISING THE BAR: At the recent Taco Bell Invitational meet, junior Drew Barker came in first place in the 110 meter hurdles. Barker’s time of 14.6 seconds is a school record.

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Boys’ tennis team looks to defend conference title “We are doing really well so far this year,” senior Ethan Long said. “Last year, we lost to Owen and Asheville whereas this year we didn’t play Owen, but we beat Asheville High By LINDSEY HOOVER twice. That is a great accomplishment for the Staff writer whole team.” This season, the team is undefeated and Gold and navy are the traditional and typiincludes seven seniors on the squad. Accordcal colors seen around campus advertising ing to junior Jake Johnson, having basically school teams on shirts, shorts, sweatpants and the same team for two years really bonds the sweatshirts. However, the boys’ tennis team is players together in a way some other sports do known for its attempt to stand out from the not get to experience. traditional sports with their black and hot pink “We’ve definitely had some great times tosweatshirts. gether, and it’s not going to be the same riding “Our uniforms, and everything else, are the buses to away games without the seniors pretty basic and predictnext year,” Johnson able. So, we decide to go said. “These boys have all out and try something become my best friends, new when designing the and next year is going sweatshirts,” senior David to have a whole new feel Lui said. with all the new players The sweatshirts aren’t coming in.” the only unusual thing Coach Kevin Roberts about the team. Last year, agrees that this season the boys’ team consisted of is emotional for him juniors, sophomores, freshpersonally as many of the man, but no seniors. This players look to move on is the second year in a row and compete in college. the same team has played “A lot of the time together, with the exception » JAKE JOHNSON when seniors move on, of one new freshman. it has less of a personal In 2012, the Rams maneffect on the coach,” aged to post an 8-2 record, tying with their Roberts said. “It’s different for me, though, biggest competitor, Asheville High, for the con- because a lot of these boys I have known since ference championship. they were just starting out at the age of 7.”

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Cheerleaders win first-ever NC state title


Varsity cheerleaders win state championship and place first in their hip-hop division. By JOSA WORTHY Staff Writer

The Rams varsity cheerleaders have been training and practicing for the state cheer competition since the beginning of the year. As part of their desire to become as competitive as possible, the team brought in a special coach from Miami to help them with the routines they used this year. “Java is a Top Gun choreographer. He’s really good; he’s really well-known in the cheer world, and is also friends with our coach,” senior Anna White said. Since September, practices for the competition were held three times a week, including extra tumbling classes. Out of the 18 cheerleaders at TC, 15 have been cheering since they started competing (the 2011-2012 season) and five have been cheering all four years at TC. “I think we started to compete because the coaches knew that there was going to be more talent coming in and more girls trying out than there have been,” freshman Bailey Whitson said. The squad came in first place at state, winning the hip-hop category in their division. Last year, the team came in second in only their first year of competing. “I feel like it was a lot like All-Stars. There was even an all-star team that was competing at the same time as us, which was really cool,” freshman Cameron Comerford said. All-Star cheerleading is routinely different than both high school and college cheerleading because most of the cheerleaders on a team do not attend the same school and do not participate in athletic cheering events. “Our coaches saw that we had a lot of potential and that we have a high skill level. Plus, the schools around us were already competing or starting to compete,” sophomore Brianna Church said. With the accomplishment of a state championship, the team decided to purchase state rings to commemorate the title. “The seniors designed the rings to include our names, the year, and have a megaphone on the side,” Whitson said. According to Comerford, the rings should be ready in five to six weeks when the team plans on having a special banquet to celebrate.


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REMEMBERING RIGHTS: April 9th a Title IX conference was held at UNCA. Left to right, top to bottom: Grace Blaylock speaks about how Title IX has effected her life for the better. Marion Jones was a key-note speaker for the event. Former Roberson student, Emily Bare and senior Keagan Trahan discuss the luncheon. This year was the 40th anniversary of Title IX and served as a reminder of the rights women now have.

Local athletes attend 40th anniversary Title IX luncheon at UNC Asheville Two students from each Buncombe County school participate in the event. By KATHRYN SIZEMORE Staff Writer

Female athletes from across Buncombe county came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Federal Title IX law. Title IX was passed in 1972 to give men and women equal opportunities in athletics and education. To honor this, The University of North Carolina at Asheville held the “Our Time to Play” luncheon on Tuesday, April 9. “My first thoughts upon hearing about the luncheon was that this is a great opportunity to honor the pioneer women who have made it possible for all female athletes to play high school sports along with the chance to play the sport that they love in college,” Athletic Director, Laura Beatty said. Superintendent Tony Baldwin sponsored two female athletes from each high school in the county to attend the conference. Roberson’s representatives were senior Keagan Trahan and junior Kathryn Sizemore. “I was really honored to be able to represent the women athletes of TC Roberson. There are so many great and talented girls at our school, and I was pleasantly surprised to be picked to attend,” Trahan said. Speakers at the luncheon included Michelle

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• July 11, 2003:Title IX regulations and policies reaffirmed by the Office for Civil Rights

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I owe my achievements to Title IX for paving my way to a life of athletics.

Title IX Milestones

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SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT: The varsity squad cheers at the pep rally last semester. Recently, they won a state title in hip-hop.

Demko, UNC-A’s head women’s soccer coach, Jones went on to lead the University of and student athlete Grace Blaylock. The keyNorth Carolina women’s basketball to a Nanote speaker was former Olympian, Marion tional Championship in 1994. Jones. After graduating, Jones became a member “I am happiest when coaching, and if it of the USA Track team. In the 2000 Olympics, weren’t for Title IX, I wouldn’t be here today,” she won three gold and two bronze medals. Demko said in her speech. Jones was then drafted into the WNBA, but Demko played professional her career ended when she soccer for five years and paradmitted to lying to federal ticipated in the U.S. women’s investigators that she had national team. Throughout used performance-enhancher athletic career, she said she ing drugs. strived to live down the com“My most memorable parison to the male athletes in moment was when Marion her sport. Jones addressed her use of “I always heard people say steroids and explained her ‘well she’s pretty good, for a decision to take responsigirl.’ And all that did was fuel bility for her actions. Even my fire to reach a level where though she made mistakes, » Marion Jones being a girl didn’t matter,” she knew what she should Demko said. do and made an effort to Blaylock, a senior member of the UNC-A right her wrongs,” Trahan said. women’s basketball team, said Title IX greatly Jones spent six months in a federal prison affected her schooling by giving her the ability and voluntarily returned her five Olympic to play sports. medals. She has since returned to the WNBA “Title IX gave me the chance to play basand travels the world speaking at conferences ketball, and my love for basketball was able to and luncheons. fund my schooling,” she said. “Our Time to Play” raised money for As the keynote speaker, Jones spoke on the scholarships for female athletes at UNCA and ups and downs of her athletic career. She said served to remind athletes of the challenges that the beginning of her career, she faced women had faced so that current athletes can discrimination for more reasons than one. participate freely. “Starting out, I had two strikes against me: “I grew up watching female athletes comI’m African-American, and I’m a girl. But pete, and they were my inspiration to succeed. back then, all I wanted to do was play ball,” But I owe my achievements to Title IX for pavJones said. ing my way to a life of athletics,” Jones said.

• April 4, 2011: Department of Education issues policy protecting athletes from sexual violence and harassment

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• April 2, 1990: Title IX Athletics Manual issued by the Office of Civil Rights

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Vol. 35, Issue 4  

Our 4th publication of the Golden Fleece

Vol. 35, Issue 4  

Our 4th publication of the Golden Fleece