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Volume 91 • Issue 5


February 2009


The Orange and Black is... Spotlight 9 Dejan Jestrovich Now 9 Jenna Hansen • Stephani Soto Connection 9 Jessa Dearth • Chelsea Tomasi


InSight 9 Nic Murdock • Lesley Wharton Scene 9 Kayden Horwitz • Kirstin Maska

InSight takes you behind enemy lines • p. 19

Open to Interpretation 9 Bekah Gallegos • Dylan Proietti In Motion 9 Emily Dohm • Brionne Griffin Advertising Manager 9 Jenny Jessup Advertising Assistants 9 Jessica Gillis • Samantha Weinberg Webmaster 9 Tom Nelson Web Assistants 9 Zachary Bryner • Jon White

InMotion takes you to the X Games and gives you the lowdown • p. 15 Spotlight sheds light on the new Secretary of the Interior • p. 3

Graphic Artists 9 Garrett Brown • Greg Coleman Kyle Rogers

Video 9 Philip Shellabarger • Kevin Reed Austin Ross Adviser 9 Rick Jussel



day “my fair lady” 18 opening night

Graphic Editor 9 Nick Powell

Photographers 9 Kristin Balbier • Alyssa Behrens Cody Blankenship • Hannah Cook Noelle De Puey • Richard Gonzales Amy Nelms • Natalie Pipe

14 valentine’s 16 president’s

Photography Editor 9 Shreya Pokharel

Reporters 9 Jillian Arja • McKenzie Binder Moriah Black • Sarah Bolton Kaitlin Cain • Cody Holman Zack Kelley • Katie Langford Eric List • McKenna Moe Grayson O’Roark • Emilie Pearson Kurt Peterson • Margeaux Prinster Baylee Ragar


Now tells you what is going on in Gaza • p. 30 Policy The Orange and Black, a legally recognized public forum for student expression, is published six to nine times a year by the Newspaper Class for students of Grand Junction High School. Expression made by students in the exercise of the freedom of speech or freedom of press is not an expression of District 51 school board policy. The views expressed in The Orange and Black do not necessarily represent the views of the entire staff, adviser, GJHS administration or the School District 51 administration. Board policy regarding student publications (JICE, JICE-R) is available in the journalism room (Rooms 130-131) or in the principal’s office. Letters to the Editor The Orange and Black welcomes and encourages letters to the editors. This is a chance to express your viewpoint on

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important issues. Letters should be limited to 250 words. They will be edited for space and legal considerations, but not for inaccuracies, grammar or spelling. Letters must contain information pertinent to the students of GJHS. The staff retains the right to not publish any letter not meeting these requirements. Unsigned letters will not be published. Please submit typed letters in person to Room 130 or via mail or email. Contact The Orange and Black, Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Phone: 970-254-6929. FAX: 970-254-6973. Web site: Adviser e-mail:

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Ken Salazar Makes Controversial Decision Tom Nelson Kurt Peterson

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday in a press conference that pink lace would succeed white cotton drapery in the Oval Office. This decision is the latest in a series of extreme White House renovations and one of the top priorities in President Obama’s plan for change. “I understand that my decision may not be seen by some as bipartisan, but Mr. Obama and I agree that the pink tones accent the new furniture as unilaterally as possible in our turbulent state of affairs,” said Salazar, the former Colorado Senator. The decision has not been without controversy. Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and other major network shows stated, “Mr. Salazar is so, so wrong on this one. Barry (Obama) is totally an autumn.” Sources within the White House have told The Orange and Black that Salazar has chosen pink for several of the bedrooms and dining rooms, but that the Red Room, Blue Room and Green Room, while retaining their primary color schemes, would undergo a dramatic retro-funk transformation in the style of 60s psychedelic nightclubs. There has been much speculation as to Salazar’s future course of action, particularly within the Lincoln bedroom and the Vermeil room. Experts recommend backlighting, but the new administration’s budget may not allow for it. Republicans have been especially vocal in their opposition to Salazar’s decisions. Republican minority leader John Boehner said, “We are all worried about how this will set a future precedent in presidential decorum. The Democrats are leading our country in a disturbingly frilly direction. Now it is only the drapes in the Oval Office- next time it will be your children.”

- Barney was a Muslim. You can tell by his singing.

- That was your lamp screaming in my imagination.

- Lobsters are sexy. The media says so.

- Those pants are such a distinct color they almost smell.

- Let’s play duck duck Spanish. - If i read it, then my mind would water.

- His name is Michael Davis and he is my small wooden man.

- I love hot door out tubs!

- You should hand me your skin.

- What is this? A flavor sack? - Is that your leg, or did you put your car down there? - I’m king of the fairies, bud. King of the fairies. - What would happen to the earth’s orbit if a giant nutcracker bit it in half? - Don’t make me shove my Republican mints down your throat! FEBRUARY 2009

Watch Your Mouth

- You leave me no choice but to be indecisive. - My tongue just went all Jedi on me. - It’s like a bisexual in a bottle. - It feels like my teeth are shedding. - Give these girls candy and pretend like you’re my dad. - My shoes just gave me a menacing look. ORANGE&BLACK | FEBRUARY 2009





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News by the numbers

Six important international, national and local news stories



The number of balls the Obamas attended, including the Commanderin-Chief Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball and the last ball of the night, the Western Ball.

Jillian Arja Barack Obama made history Jan. 20 as the first African-American president in American history. Millions of people, regardless of race, gender or political viewpoint, poured into Washington D.C. to witness this historic event. Surrounding the Lincoln Memorial were 1.5 million Americans prepared to witness Obama’s inauguration, including a current Grand Junction High School student and a graduate from GJHS. Junior Logan Lally was invited to Obama’s inauguration because he had attended a National Leadership Conference last summer. The chance to be a part of this amazing day was very exciting, he said. “It was surreal in a sense, being thrilled (and) nervous. (I was) nervous about being part of history,” Lally said. “It was hard to comprehend.” Graduate Kim Diemer also attended the inauguration after writing Rep. John Salazar a formal letter asking for tickets to the inauguration. She received two tickets to Obama’s inauguration three days before Christmas. “I was sitting there shaking and thinking ‘I get to go to Obama’s inauguration,’” Diemer said. She packed up her bags and headed for Washington D.C. without hesitation. “When you have an opportunity like this, you have to use it,” Diemer said. “These things just don’t fall in your lap (everyday).” On Jan. 20, Diemer woke up at 3:30 a.m., arrived at her seating area at 6 and was inside at 9:30. Standing in the crowd, she said she was amazed at the enthusiasm around her. “I was very swept up in the force of the crowd,” Diemer said. “They talk about crowds becoming feverish, and that was what it was like. People started saying ‘Yes we can!’ You were just swept away.” “We (the crowd) were like one person—proud to be American and proud to be a part of this change,” Lally said. “Even without knowing who anyone else was, we were together.” “(Obama said that) we as Americans, if we truly stay united, we can make the world a better place, as long as we truly remain the ‘United’ States,” Lally said.



The number of new students that enrolled in School District 51 over winter break. The school board plans to address the overcrowding issue with urgency in the future.

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GJHS students attend inauguration

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The number of deaths linked to the salmonella outbreak in peanut products. Over 500 people have reported sickness, and many peanutrelated items have been recalled.

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The number of calls that Officer Kameron Dole receives each week regarding airsoft guns. The guns are illegal in schools, and the district has had several recent problems.



The amount of money that US Airways sent to each passenger on the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

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The percentage increase in unemployment checks issued in each state in 2008. Sources:,,,

The Low Down: Booster Club lacks volunteers Since the opening of Grand Junction High School, the Booster Club has been the main source of fundraising for extracurricular and co-curricular activities. It donates textbooks, electronics and other supplies. The majority of Booster Club funds comes from Gold Mine Bingo, but after a recent decline in volunteers, the Booster Club may have to suspend one of the three bingo sessions, leaving GJHS without an estimated $40,000 per year. ORANGE&BLACK | FEBRUARY 2009






Sarah Bolton In a time of economic instability, increasing layoffs, tight budgets and slowing markets are surfacing across the United States. Bailout packages and other extensive efforts to revive the country’s health are among top concerns for working Americans who hope that the future will bring positive economic change. Nevertheless, in the midst of a recession, Grand Junction’s economy has remained relatively stable. The Grand Valley’s unemployment rate is only 4.6 percent, lower than the national rate, which hit 7.1 percent in December. On a local level, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Center and Grand Junction citizens are aiding businesses in the economic struggle. Paula Hawkins, owner of Gelato Junction, said that the support from the city has been a big factor in keeping her ice cream business running. Hawkins and her husband Jim recently

moved their business from Idaho Springs to Grand Junction. She said despite the poor economy, their business is doing much better in Grand Junction. “(Business) has slowed down since January, but I’m still higher in sales than last year. It’s certainly better than where we were,” she said. Ann Driggers, President and CEO of the Economic and Development Center of Grand Junction, said that Grand Junction has avoided the worst of a struggling economy primarily “I wish I had because of the energy industry. “The main reason Grand Junction is staying my crystal afloat is because we depend a lot on the energy ball. I think industry, and there has been a lot of growth in 2009 will be that industry,” Driggers said. Across the country, layoffs in the national hard, but oil industry have risen to 5 percent, but experts by 2010 we predict that Grand Junction’s oil field industry will should be not be immediately affected. off to the Driggers also said that Grand Junction’s diverse economy has provided strength for the city. races.” “When one industry cycles down, there are others that remain strong. Because we have a lot of retail and medical services, we have the regional health factor as well,” she said. Although Grand Junction has avoided the most severe effects of the economic crisis, the city has not escaped it entirely. “Small businesses are taking the hardest hit, but declining sales are a problem for most businesses,” Driggers said. Van Gundy’s, a local recycling and scrap metal lot, has been struggling to find buyers for recycled products because companies have

tightened their budgets. Without a high demand for recyclables, the price of recycled products has dropped from $100 a ton to $30. Mike Allen, owner of Grand Junction’s Toys for The Fun of it, has also felt some of the effects of the poor economy. “We didn’t see a big sales increase this year. The higher priced products didn’t sell as much because with tight budgets, people who would usually spend $100 on Christmas only spent $75,” Allen said. However, he is confident that change is on the way and that Toys for the Fun of it will continue to provide toys for Grand Junction. “We expected (the sales drop), but we should keep cranking along,” he said. Although the Grand Junction area has maintained moderate economic health, a recent proposal for a $632 million reduction of state spending will likely affect Grand Junction. Despite the city’s current status, the future of Grand Junction’s economy is still uncertain. “I wish I had my crystal ball,” Driggers said. “I think 2009 will be hard, but by 2010 we should be off to the races.”

Local oil industry may take a hit Zack Kelley In 2002 natural gas and oil extraction possibilities in the Piceance Basin of the Western Slope simultaneously attracted major oil companies and aided Grand Junction’s economy. The Piceance Basin, the oil and gas rich region of the Western Slope, is an elongated depression that covers an area of approximately 7,110 square miles encompassing parts of Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Delta, Gunnison and Montrose counties. “The industry really (started growing) around 2004 and since has been a big part of our local economy,” said Ryan Longman, Mesa County Governmental Affairs


manager. Currently there are 475 different oil and gas companies on the Western Slope that employ an estimated 7,700 people. The economic support acquired from the oil and gas industry has helped many local businesses and encouraged growth in the real estate and auto industries. Recently, companies such as Encana that drill on the Western Slope but are not based in the area have talked about reducing drilling operations by roughly 60 percent. Encana is not the only contracting company contemplating reductions. According to Reeves Brown, executive director of Club 20, Williams Energy and other big oil companies not based in the Western Slope are scaling back their drilling operations in the Piceance Basin. The greatest problem that accompanies potential oil and gas withdrawal is the widespread damage left behind—not only are people laid off, but companies that receive work from the oil and gas industry suffer as well, Longman said. “Obviously we have benefited greatly from the oil and gas exploration. Construction and oil go hand in hand, therefore when there is a shortage of oil-related jobs in the area, there is a shortage of money to

pay for those sorts of things,” Longman said. “We have already felt it a little.” Most companies cite four main reasons for their proposed drilling reductions, including the fall of natural gas prices—which dropped roughly 60 percent from their peak last year—and changing rules and regulations for drilling companies. In addition, the national credit crunch and the lack of sufficient transportation of natural gas have hurt the industry. “All regulations made to protect the environment that the oil industry has to put up with have to be approved by the legislature,” Longman said. “What we are trying to do is make the legislature more business-friendly so that when gas prices rise again, the industry will want to return to the Western Slope.”


A glance at Gaza Natalie Pipe

remains of his apartment building that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike along with his family’s business. He was given $500 in compensation by Hamas officials.

>> Sadekah Al-Sultan’s grandchildren and

son huddle on the floor of a school that the UN turned into a temporary shelter for displaced Palestinian families. The UN has established eight refugee camps as well.

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>> Jamal Dababish, 49, looks at the

Located between Egypt and Israel, the Gaza Strip is a narrow piece of land along the Mediterranean coast and has been the site of much conflict.

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In an area seemingly characterized by constant violence, Hamas and Israel are clashing once again. The rest of the world has been watching the Gaza Strip since late December when Hamas and Israel resumed fighting after a six-week cease-fire. Hamas, a Palestinian military organization that seeks to destroy the State of Israel and reestablish it as an Islamic Palestinian State, is the center of attention in the recent conflict. Tension between Israel and Palestine has existed since increased Jewish immigration in the early 20th century and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and this tension has not yet eased. The conflict officially began on Dec. 27, 2008, when Israel launched air strikes on Gaza, a Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, and offensively occupied it on Jan. 4, 2009. This occupation was provoked by Hamas’ Qassam rocket attacks, which resumed after the expiration of a six-month cease-fire signed on June 19, 2008, to curtail these attacks. The objective of Israel’s offensive ground force was to halt and prevent further attacks on Israel, Isaac Herzog, Israeli Welfare Minister, said. “We are not war hungry, but we shall not ... allow a situation where our towns, villages and civilians are constantly targeted by Hamas. It will not be easy or short, but we are determined,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. “We have restrained ourselves for a long time, but

now is the time to do what needs to be done,” he said. Israel currently is defending itself against Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since 2007. Since its rise to power, Hamas has caused serious tension with Israel. This violence after three weeks ended when Israel agreed to leave Gaza on Jan. 17 after Hamas pledged to halt rocket attacks they had been launching into Israel. During these three weeks of fighting, more than 1,200 Palestinians were killed, half of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis were killed by militants in the fighting, while 5,500 Gazans were wounded and 50,000 Gazans were left homeless. In addition, water supply to 200,000 of Gaza’s 1.4 million people was disrupted, and 80 percent of the electrical layout was damaged. At the request of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turkey, Egypt and an Israeli Arab organization sent 210 trucks carrying 6,489 tons of supplies into Gaza after the cease-fire was signed, and Saudi Arabia has pledged $1 billion in aid. Despite the damages, Hamas declared victory, satisfied that Israel would ease the economic blockade that was damaging Gaza’s economy. However, Israel is declaring victory as well, stating that it has met its objective of halting the rocket attacks. Hamas and Israel seem to be temporarily satisfied, but the rest of the world is holding its breath and will be watching this region intently.

Graphic by Kyle Rogers

The news is filled with stories of the fighting in Gaza—but what’s really happened?

>> A crowd of 200 people protested

the military operation in the Gaza Strip outside the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while 300 Jewish students held a counterdemonstration. ORANGE&BLACK | FEBRUARY 2009


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Michael Bennett, who is touring Colo. with Gov. Bill Ritter, spoke at Mesa State College on Jan. 12, 2009.

Changes in the Senate Margeaux Prinster The new president is not the only thing changing in Washington—major changes are occurring in the Senate as well. In Colorado, Michael Bennett will replace Ken Salazar, who is now the Secretary of the Interior on Barack Obama’s Cabinet. Bennett has no previous experience as an elected official, though he was the superintendent of Denver’s schools for the past four years. However, Gov. Bill Ritter has confidence that Bennett can be an agent of “transformational change in these transformational times.” Although Bennett has an extensive background in education and was reportedly one of the choices for Secretary of Education in Obama’s Cabinet, he will take Salazar’s position on the Senate’s Agricultural Committee. Bennett is not the only newcomer to the Senate. Roland Burris, an Illinois attorney, has been appointed to the Senate seat left vacant by Obama despite the scandal that occurred when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell the Senate seat. Also new to the Senate is Kirsten Gillibrand, who will take over Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat. Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy, was expected to fill the seat but withdrew for “personal reasons.” Upon his election as the vice president, Joe Biden left his Delaware Senate seat unoccupied, and Edward Kaufman was appointed to the seat. The biggest challenge for the new Senate, Bennett said, will be uniting all of the senators to a common cause because “there is no Democratic or Republican solution to our problems.”


What is wrong with this picture? L ast year a new committee was created by Principal Jon Bilbo to open communication between students and administration in order to improve Grand Junction High School. This year, the Principal Student Advisory Council, P-SAC, has come together with RSVP, Raising Student Voice and Participation, to brainstorm with juniors and sophomores on the school’s problems. “I feel like (students) don’t feel like (they) have a voice,” Bilbo said. “This is a way for us to work together.” RSVP and P-SAC met with advisory classes at the beginning of the semester to make a list of issues. The top four problems listed were the bathrooms, the parking lot, passing periods and tardies. Students discussed the pros and cons of late starts on Monday, advisory and the music at the dances. They also listed the erratic changes

in temperature and the lack of variety and sometimes food in the school vending machines as issues that need to be addressed. P-SAC and RSVP now plan to research and form solutions to the problems, approve their plan of action with the administration and the students, revise it, then enforce it. “It’s really the best way to affect change at this school,” Paul Harmon, P-SAC secretary, said. “(However), it really comes down to whether the members are willing to put in the hard work and students are willing to participate.” While a lot of students feel that it is the administration’s job to take care of the school’s problems, Bilbo and P-SAC members are advocating more student involvement. “I think it’s important for kids to care about their school,” P-SAC president Julia Traylor said. “I think it’s the student’s responsibility.”

“I like how (this school) has history, but it’s definitely got issues. It’s questionable whether or not I’m proud to be a tiger.” - Jessica White, 10

“I think people need to be respectful and take care of (their own trash). If everyone took care of themselves there wouldn’t be a problem.” –Brittany Lujan, 12

>> Twelve advisory

classes mentioned problems with the parking lot including the trash, the quality of the roads and pavement and the policy regarding parking.

>> During the advisory brainstorming session, 10 classes brought up the problem of classroom tardies and the crowded hallways during passing periods. Some of the biggest problems including the doorways and the poles that divide them and loitering students. “I want to donkey kick everyone who stands in the halls. I don’t know what could help besides ripping out all the inside doors, because if both doors are open, traffic will flow better.” –Austin Buddecke, 11

Photo illustrations by Natalie Pipe

“The janitors really need to replace soap and paper towels. It makes me not want to go to the bathroom if I can’t wash my hands.” –Tim Walker, 10

>> The bathrooms were

the issue mentioned most in advisory classes. Students want to see changes in the quality of the toilet paper, ventilation, privacy and sanitation.


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Same deed, different decade View of sex throughout the ages Emilie Pearson

The ‘50s Hugh Hefner, the creator of the men’s magazine, Playboy, in 1953, said, “The ‘50s was a symbol of disobedience, a triumph of sexuality, an end of Puritanism.” Rock ‘n‘ roll became popular and exposed younger generations to sex through music and television. Out-of-wedlock births, once comparatively rare, increased dramatically after World War II, and more than a third of all infants in the United States were born outside of marriage. The ideal woman was supposed to look desirable, but remain celibate until marriage. Abstinence was still the first and only accepted way of preventing pregnancies. Entertainment stressed impulsiveness, innovation and experimentation, which discouraged the use of birth control devices among young, unmarried teenagers, said Encarta.msn. According to PBS, after almost a decade of testing, Enovid became an FDA-approved drug in 1957. It was created to help woman who had severe menstrual disorders. However, by late 1959, over half a million American women were taking Enovid as a birth control pill.

The ‘60s

The ‘60s was the decade of revolution. This decade became a separated society of rebellious young revolutionists and the conservative older generation. New bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead influenced the new beliefs of the younger generation. Events like Woodstock and the Summer of Love were great examples of the newly adopted lifestyles. New forms of contraception were available, including the birth control pill, intrauterine devices, and surgical techniques for permanently inducing infertility, such as tubal sterilization in women and vasectomy in men. People expressed their opinions on the Vietnam War with anti-war movements, protests advocating peace, and acting out through sexual activities to promote individualism. “The 60s undoubtedly were the most turbulent years of the century,” said Walter Cronkite. 10 ORANGE&BLACK | FEBRUARY 2009

The ‘80s The 1980s were characterized by electronic sounds, glam styles and big hair. Hip-Hop started to evolve and influence more of the population. In the late1980s, fears about human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, led sexually active young people to exercise greater care over whom they went to bed with, what they did with them once there, and to use condoms, said Frontline. “The sexual revolution was rocked by the spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Sexual contact and the sharing of intravenous needles commonly communicated this deadly disease. With the risks of promiscuous behavior rising, monogamy and ‘safe sex’ with condoms were practiced more regularly. While greed may have been rewarded in the ‘80s, lust, be it for drugs or sex, proved fatal for thousands,” said U.S.


New decade, no deed

Facts on Sex • Four out of 10 teen couples have unprotected sex.

McKenna Moe

• 46 percent of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 reported having sex at least once. • 29 percent of teens report feeling pressured into having sex. • Teen girls with older male partners are more likely to be sexually active, less likely to use contraceptives and more likely to face an unintended pregnancy.

Photo by Richard Gonzales

While a growing number of teens are becoming sexually active, a new change with a small percentage of teens have is taking a vow of purity promising to keep their virginity until marriage. One teen vowing virginity is junior Michelle Schafer. “I think it is more romantic in every way. When you have sex with your boyfriend, or whoever, each time you’re giving a piece of yourself away that you can’t get back. By the time you get married, it won’t be as special for you and your spouse,” Schafer said. She looks for support through her parents Brenda and Milton Schafer. “They actually bought (my “When you ring) for me for my have sex... sixteenth birthday. ey sat me down you’re giving Th and told me that they were proud of a piece of me for saving myyourself self until marriage,” said Schafer. away that While the you can’t get promise to stay pure is often back.” challenged by the pressure of sex on TV, in magazines, and even through peers, there are unique celebrity examples to help keep those with rings on course. An example of famous teens promising to stay pure are the teen idols, the Jonas Brothers. In an interview with “Details” magazine in March, the brothers talked about their promises to stay pure. “(We’ve made) promises to ourselves and to God that we’ll stay pure till marriage,” Joe Jonas said. Good pal of the Jonas Brothers as well as Disney Channel star, Selena Gomez, has also announced her promise to keep her virginity. “I’m going to keep my promise to myself, to my family and to God,” Gomez said. Also supporting the purity ring change in today’s youth is American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. After British comedian Russell Brand bashed the Jonas Brothers on last years VMAs for wearing purity rings Sparks responded, “It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody – guy or girl – wants to be a slut.”

• Approximately one in four sexually active teens contract a sexually transmitted disease every year.

“I think that some people get purity rings partly because so many girls and guys, pay attention to love in the media, and some young celebrities have purity rings which also sways minds a lot,” Schafer said. For those like Schafer, promise rings are formed from a connection with God. “My relationship with God definitely influences my decisions about abstinence. Remaining a virgin until marriage is just a Godly thing to do, which I support. But even if I wasn’t a Christian, I think I’d still have a purity ring,” Schafer said. When faced with the pressure of today’s society, even devote Christians like Schafer find it difficult. “It’s tough! I’m not a saint and you know everyone gets pressured. And sometimes it’s hard. With sex everywhere you look, who doesn’t think about it sometimes?” she said. Desptie temptation, Schafer finds strength in her decision. “I think saving myself for marraige is something to be proud of,” she said. “I’m saving the most intimate part of myself.”

• Among sexually active teens between the ages of 15 and 17, only six out of 10 have seen a health care provider about their sexual health. • Nearly 31 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 who have had sexual intercourse at least once become pregnant. • More than 13 percent of sexually active teenage boys say they have been involved in a pregnancy. • 25 percent of depressed teens are sexually active. • Sexually active boys between the ages of 12 and 16 are four times more likely to smoke and six times more likely to use alcohol than are those who describe themselves as virgins. • 19 percent of women who obtain abortions are teenage girls. Source:, sadd. org,,,



The senioritis epidemic spreads Eric List With the rest of their lives staring them in the face, many seniors feel overwhelmed and want time to themselves. Often though, this feeling of entitlement impedes their schoolwork. Symptoms often start to appear in the fall of senior year in high school, and students soon fall victim to lethargic feelings, procrastination and a lack of concentration. “Senioritis is about wanting to be done, to not feel constrained by adults,” counselor Ann Kuhlman said. “It’s matched up with the stress of preparing for the next step. Everything’s converging.” Senior Coady Shawcroft has felt the effects of senioritis. “Senioritis runs very deep in my family,” he said. “I’m affected greatly by it.” In serious cases, some students let their grades drop significantly. As a result, prospective students who fail to keep a rigorous schedule throughout their senior year are surprised to find that the college to which they had been accepted had withdrawn their

Photo illustration by Richard Gonzales offer. Although only a few universities will withdraw their offer, the possibility of it happening is enough to persuade students

to keep at least a mildly challenging schedule until graduation. Senioritis may often leave students unprepared for their freshman year of college. Many students are already unprepared for the amount of work they will receive, and those afflicted with senioritis may become overwhelmed from the demanding workload in college. “I don’t know that you can prevent it, but it’s a good time to take care of business,” Kuhlman said. To combat the effects of senioritis, many high schools have instituted a “senior semester” where students may spend time attending seminars or other activities outside of school. Using senior year to participate in meaningful activities such as service learning can also help resist the temptations of senioritis. Additionally, these experiences will look good on a college application. Although these ways to combat senioritis exist, most students tend to succumb to the general feeling of laziness in their senior year. The best solution is to look at the future and plan appropriately. With college in the future for many seniors, these students must keep up the level of schoolwork through their senior year in order to be prepared for college. Despite potential remedies, many question whether the malady can be whipped, and some are rather skeptical. “From what I’ve heard, there is no cure. Not unlike AIDS, it has become the great epidemic of our generation,” Shawcroft said. “However,” he said, “herbal tea does wonders for the symptoms.”

The study scene Baylee Ragar

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Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. With music constantly playing at this popular coffee shop, it is perfect for large study groups and the noise tolerant student. However, with large study groups, each person has to buy something. But not to worry, Traders has excellent hot chocolate and plenty of room, not to mention wireless internet and an excellent staff. 12 ORANGE&BLACK | FEBRUARY 2009

Photo of Laszlo Regos Hours: 6 a.m to 9courtesy p.m. Mon. - Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. This spacious book store has a small coffee shop built right in, ready to serve you with delicious food or drink. It is also equipped with plenty of seating inside as well as outside. If you are looking for a calm and quiet corner to read or catch up on some schoolwork, this is the perfect spot for you. It is also perfect for last minute cramming for a big test or the ACTs. If you need a book for a research paper, you have it at arms reach. Borders is relaxing and an ideal study location for the dedicated student.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mon. - Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p. m. Sat. If you’re the type of person who needs silence to focus, then Mesa State’s library is the best place for you to get the maximum amount of studying done. Open to the public, it has many resources and computers to assist you. However, checking out books require at least a temporary i.d., which you can get with a parent’s signature. Check out ACT and SAT testing and registration dates, visit


Kiss and tell

Before you pucker up, read up on the history of a smooch Longest kiss

Q&A with the Cutest Couple of class of 2007 Kaitlin Cain The Orange & Black: How long have you been together? Sam Lefebre: Four years since Jan. 1. O&B: How did you meet each other? SL: She sat in front of me in Mrs. Thompson’s Honors Lit class. We also had a bunch of mutual friends. O&B: Why do you think that you won cutest couple? SL: I guess just because a lot of people liked us and we had a lot of friends. Ashley Winder: We get along really well and we don’t really fight a lot. It’s either that or someone rigged the votes. O&B: Do you go to the same college? SL: I go to the University of Arizona. Ashley goes to CU Boulder. O&B: Is it difficult balancing school and a relationship? SL: Since we’re going to different schools, balancing school and a relationship isn’t tough. AW: It’s difficult going to different schools. It’s hard over the phone because I want to see him and be with him, but it’s definitely worth it. I don’t think that long distance works for everyone because you have to have a trusting relationship and be comfortable with them hanging out with the opposite sex. You have to be able to enjoy college as much as you can. O&B: When you are together, what do you like to do? SL: We see each other two or three times a semester outside of major holidays. AW: We like dinner-and-movie-and-ice-cream dates. We’re just happy with hanging out at one of our houses and watching sports or playing board games. O&B: How is your relationship now different from what it was in high school? AW: In high school, we got to see each other all the time. Now it’s more often on the phone or on web cam. SL: We’re older and more mature now. It hasn’t changed much outside of growing up. O&B: What is your favorite thing about Ashley? SL: We always have fun together, no matter what we’re doing. It doesn’t matter if we’re working or just watching T.V. O&B: Is there anything else you would like to add about Sam? AW: When we’re watching stupid funny movies, he curls up in a little ball because he can’t breathe very easily while laughing.

Ancient kiss

Mistletoe kiss

Most kisses

Movie kiss

Irish kiss


Between the first and sixth day of May 1978, Ray Blazina and Bobbi Sherlock smooched for 130 hours and 2 minutes. Five days, 10 hours and 2 minutes of nothing but kissing? What a way to spend a week.


Ancient Indian texts, dating back to 1500 B.C., appear to describe people kissing. It would make sense that other cultures kissed before then, but this the first documentation that people “kissed.”


The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is of Scandinavian origin. It being a plant of peace in ancient times, if enemies met by chance beneath it in a forest, they laid down their arms and maintained a truce until the next day.


In 2004, on Valentine’s Day, 5,122 couples in the Philippines rallied together at midnight and kissed, beating the previous record of 4,445 couples. Alfred Wolfram set his own personal record in 1990, by kissing 8,001 people in eight hours.


The first couple ever recorded kissing was John C. Rice and May Irwin in the 1896 film appropriately titled The Kiss. The movie is a 47 second re-enactment of the last scene in a stage play and caused such an uproar that it occasionally called for police assistance.


According to legend, anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone in Ireland will be endowed with the gift of eloquent speech. 300,000 people each year lean over backwards to reach the stone. Before safeguards were installed, the kisser was dangled from the castle by the ankles.

The Low Down: Love Money With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, couples are feeling lighthearted as they look forward to sharing a special day with their significant other. Many are feeling light in their wallets as well, as the most romantic holiday empties pockets across the country. The average consumer will spend over $120 this year, and 48 percent of sweethearts will go out to dinner to celebrate. The United States will spend around $17 billion on Feb. 14. The Beatles once sang that love cannot be bought, but that does not stop some romantics from trying. ORANGE&BLACK ORANGE&BLACK ||FEBRUARY MARCH 20082009


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Behind Enemy Lines

Grand Junction High School, Fruita Monument High School and Central High School are rarely found together in a sentence that does not involve a competition or rivalry. But for this issue of The Orange and Black, four GJHS journalists venture into the unknown territory of the Fruita and Central halls to uncover the similarities between the three schools. On Thursday, Jan. 15, lines were crossed, schools were compared and ultimately, the truth that they exist more alike than dierent was revealed.


The tardy policy at Fruita Monument is more lax than that of GJHS, allowing students four absences before getting issued a detention. The effectiveness of the tardy policy is debated between students. “I think it works. I don’t like it, but it’s motivation to get to class,” said senior Carmel Alpha. However, senior McKenna Cyphers believes the opposite. “I usually just ditch to avoid getting lunch detention,” she said.

The first class of the day for some is newspaper, The Catalyst. The adviser, Trent Wuster, leads an introductory meeting before starting work. Reporters gather notes for their stories and turn them into Mr. Wuster to make sure they have enough information before writing. They then write the stories and turn them in to an editor, who edits and designs the pages. “It’s a great way to become a better writer,” said sophomore Katelin Euler. “You get your writing noticed and it opens a lot of doors to journalism.”

Alyssa Behrens Sammy Weinberg


The parking lot of FMHS is a war zone of speeding cars, aggressive drivers and tight corners. Now that sophomores with GPAs over 3.5 are allowed to park in the main lot, it is considerably more crowded than that of GJHS, and in the winter months is said to resemble a crowded ice rink.

Fruita Monument students have a 51minute lunch, only one minute more than GJHS, and the hot spot is Hot Tomato Cafe. It is a local pizzaria and the only lunch option for Fruita that GJHS does not have. It specializes in pizza, calzones, strombolis, sausage rolls and a variety of salads. It offers a FMHS student special for $4 that includes one slice of pizza, a drink and a cookie.

Most hallways during passing periods at FMHS are less crowded than GJHS’ thanks to the separate campus for freshmen. But according to sophomore Kenyon Hayward, they remain over crowded. “The doors to outside take like 10 minutes longer than they actually should,” she said.

The CHS auditorium is an almost mirror image of GJHS’ with a similar layout, lighting, and seats. The drama department’s upcoming spring performance is Oklahoma.

Central High School’s bathrooms are practically spot-free, clean facilities with a slight lemony scent. Toilet paper is re-filled daily to avoid messy and embarrassing situations. They are clean of subliminal messages and trash talk, and are comparitively more appealing than GJHS’.

The Central High School parking lot is designed for organized traffic. Only upperclassmen are allowed, and the large size and clearly painted lines help students find a parking spot without stress and without being late to class.

Kaitlin Cain Noelle De Puey

Students of all grades march in a well-mannered squad while being lead by a student leader in Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (JROTC). Their intensity is evident in the steps they take while completing their gym/history credit in this class. Some students make the decision to take it to the next level by coming to 5:30 a.m. practices. Rope climbing, running and stretching are all parts of preparing for upcoming competitions. “The kids are very committed to say the least,” said advisor Steven Yates.

Junior Kayla Masukawa works diligently on an upcoming report for her College Prep Comp class. She is the Editorin-Chief of Central’s school newspaper, The Warrior. Adviser Tanya Smith describes the publication as “a good voice for the school.”




espite a struggling economy and overcrowding in district schools, the state of arts education is looking upward. “It is a new day for the arts under the Obama administration,” said Paul Fiorino, president of the Colorado Arts Consortium and self-proclaimed cheerleader for the arts. President Obama emphasized arts in his education agenda, stating he feels creativity is vital to the American workforce. “The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society,” National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia said in Obama’s art statement.

“The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings.” During his campaign, Obama announced plans to increase support for the NEA, whose government funding has been slashed $50 million since 1992.


Another helping force, the Kennedy Center, further economic struggles for non-profits, has created The Arts in Crisis Initiative, a program devoted to providing planning assistance and consulting to struggling arts organizations nationwide. In Colorado, legislators have been trying to improve access to arts education for students prior to Obama taking office. While teaching the arts is not mandated by the state, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and Commissioner of Education Dwight Jones are currently reviewing standards and assessments for arts education and teaching educators to integrate arts with other subject areas. Even in District 51, which faces growing overcrowding issues after the rejection of the school bond in November, officials assure the arts are in good hands. Principal Jon Bilbo said he did not want to cut back any art classes. “If anything, I want them to grow,” he said. Unfortunately, growth is not likely an option according to District 51 Spokesman Jeff Kirtland. However, the district’s


Overcrowding Committee and the school board are both committed to preserving the opportunities available for students. Kirtland said incentive has come from a host of studies that relate participation in the arts to higher scores on standardized tests, a longtime priority of District 51. That does not mean, however, that arts funding has been a main concern. Many students complain that money allocated for athletics is excessive in light of deficiencies in the arts department. “They got a new gym and we still don’t have our own orchestra room,” said Cayla Bresch, junior and violist in the GJHS Orchestra. The district said gymnasiums have higher potential for community use, or if needed in the future, classroom space. Eric Law, principal cellist in the GJHS Orchestra, argued that shortcomings are not limited to facilities but also include supplies that have been long absent on campus. Kirtland said aid is coming from Superintendent Tim Mills, a former GJHS band director. Mills is employing a

$20 million capital fund, part of which will alleviate a lack of supplies like orchestra bows. Facility developments have been in effect as well. The completion of the Tech Building in March of 2006 has provided spacious classrooms with natural light. While Bill Ritter’s proposed $70 million educational budget cut may hinder school funding, Kirtland said if student involvement is sustained, the district will continue to provide the best arts programs possible. Art teacher Gary Hauschulz speculates high enrollment in art and music will continue because teenagers feel a need to express themselves and release angst. “Teaching subjects like math, science and writing is like breaths into a balloon,” said Hauschulz. “If you keep filling it up without a release, it’s going to pop.” And while thrilled with the Tech Building, Hauschulz feels that resources are not enough. GJHS, he said, must provide inspiration as well. “Kids have dreams after the Olympics. We need an Olympics for the arts,” he said. “We need AP art classes where we can grow to be better artists and give the other classes reason to improve, something to look up to.” A grassroots movement is introducing The National Arts Honor Society to GJHS. According to Sal Salas, the NAHS will not only improve the current life of artistic students but also prepare them for their futures. “Many more colleges nowadays are requiring at least one credit in art while Calif. schools require two sequential credits. It seems to be a

trend that higher education is following—they appreciate a well-rounded mind,” said Salas Employers, art teacher Susan Metzger said, are looking for creative problem solvers. “That’s what art is.”

“We need AP art classes where we can grow to be better artists and give the other classes something to look up to.” Seniors involved in NAHS are also eligible for the Charles M. Robertson Memorial Scholarship, a four-year scholarship to the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design in New York City. The NAHS is already propelling the evolution of the arts at GJHS bya accepting student applications on Jan. 23 and planning an induction ceremony on Feb. 19. After years of national neglect, the arts are now garnering the awareness they deserve. From new Grand Junction High School societies to national initiatives by the Kennedy Center, the arts are stile fighting, alive and well.

—Learn to advocate arts in your community at americansforthearts. org —See a gallery of GJHS student art at —Read the unabridged state of the arts at gjhsnews. com

FINDING SHADE Oversized shades reached a plateau last summer but have been in a steady decline, with designers and celebrities favoring more modest styles. For better or for worse, it seems size will matter again. In 2009, expect more modest shapes to stay in style but be prepared for the return of massive frames.



The Dark Knight has been hailed as one of the greatest films of our time. Although it is not free from flaws.


In the aerial shot of the bank in the opening scene, a reflection of the filming helicopter is visible in the window of the building.

4:50 During the opening bank robbery scene, the Joker reaches down to toss a duffel bag of money to the school bus driver. He is holding his pistol in his left hand and reaches for the bag with his right. But in the next shot, his pistol is in his right hand and the bag in his left.


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The buses are empty when the Joker pulls out of the bank, but there are children heard cheering and talking.

23:25, 30:10 The Joker kills one of Gambol’s henchmen with a pencil in the kitchen scene. Later, when the Joker goes to kill Gambol, the henchmen is alive, with a gun to his head, on the right.

36:00 When Batman is crashing through the glass in Hong Kong to kidnap Lau, a wire that allows him to swing in is visible.

1:29:08 During Batman’s interrogation of the Joker, when he picks him up and slams him against the wall, for a very brief moment you can see the camera and the cameraman in the reflection of the mirror on the right.

1:21:23 When Batman blows up the semi-truck, the jet of steam is visible shooting the semi into the air. This trick is commonly used in stunts to flip vehicles.

1:47:08 When the Joker is in Dent’s hospital room, a security guard goes into the room and asks if “she” can leave, when the Joker turns around to shoot at him, Dent does not have any scars or burns.

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SCENE Cups and Spoons benefit Hospice McKenna Moe With a homey atmosphere, an impressive history and a noble cause, Cups Coffee House has definitely made a name for itself among the countless Valley coffee spots. Cups is run by Hospice, which assists elderly men and women with their day-to-day lives and works with therapists to help family members dealing with grief, illness and death. The coffeehouse was renovated over a year ago in the historic Miller Homestead, which was built in 1899 by pioneers Lawrence and Amelia Miller. The building still retains a classic, Victorian feel that makes for a quiet place to meet with friends and drink coffee, all for a charitable cause. Cups and Spoons act as a constant fundraiser for the Child & Teen grief center, which helps with children and young adults deal with illness, death and the grief that follows. Spoons, which is located within walking distance of Cups, offers a wide range of affordable lunch options for students, ranging from sandwiches to smoothies. While it opens at 11 a.m., eliminating it as an option to students on regular school days, the bistro is an ideal lunch spot on weekends and TEAM days. Cups opens at 6:30 a.m., Mon. through Fri., and offers 12 different types of hot drinks including cappuccino, chai and also some pastries and a breakfast special. Both facilities are run by volunteers, except for management positions, which allows the maximum profit possible to be kept for the kids and teens seeking help through grief services. Volunteers are always welcome, and the environment creates a fun and simple way to earn Service Learning hours for graduation. Volunteers should be serious, Donnette Kovene, manager of Spoons said. “We are very careful about who we hire for our volunteers.” Cups and Spoons offer culinary options for a cause, which not only benefits the stomach but also the heart.



Smart Reads

Keep your eyes off the TV and pick one of these great reads.

Katie Langford

Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega Set in Boulder, “Fact of Life” follows Kat Flynn, daughter of perfect, earth-centered midwife Abra, best friend of hat-wearing, individualistic Christy, and unrequited lover of Manny Cruz, sports star and stud. But without other people to define her, who is she? Despite the seemingly wonderful people in her life, Kat cannot help feeling that they are anything but charmed. It will take a marathon, betrayal, break up and a make up to realize how she fits into her world. Price: $13.25

The Discoverers

by Daniel J. Boorstin

“The Discoverers” is a history of man’s search to know his world and himself. The four sections—Time, The Earth and Seas, Nature and Society—tackle a monumental subject thoroughly and with a keen understanding of history. Boorstin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, paints the story with novel-like detail and puts flesh on some big names, including Galileo and Columbus. Despite its intimidating 745-page thickness, it reads easier than most non-fiction. The book shows how the importance of one person’s discovery build upon their predecessors to reach understanding. Price: $14.78

Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know by Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom This creative book gives step-by-step instructions for 500 tasks, divided into 11 categories, named make, eat, drink, style, love, nest, grow, thrive, go, survive and wow. This book gives you step by step instructions,

including pictures, for activities ranging from the useful to bizarre. The possibilities range from how to use chopsticks to finding symbols in tea leaves, making dreadlocks to soothing a first degree burn. “Show Me How” answers one of the biggest questions in life: how did you do that? Now you know.. Price: $18.96

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This National Book Award winner is a partially illustrated look into the life of a Spokane Indian boy who attempts to break free of the typical “Rez Indian” stereotype. Arnold “Junior” Spirit lives with a disability in a culture that shuns differences, dealing both with a seizure disorder and the resulting violence inflicted on him by both young and old members of his tribe. After a teacher confesses that staying on the reservation would lead to the death of his dreams, Junior starts attending Rearden High School, essentially betraying

his tribe. While the white-dominated high school holds a few surprises for Junior, who expects nothing but discrimination, the same is true for the tribe he could not see in his future. Price: $8.99

Not Quite What I Was Planning SixWord Memoirs edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith

In 2006, Smith Magazine asked its readers to summarize their lives in six words. The result was a 300page biography of hundreds of people, all telling their stories in six words. The participants range drastically in age, condition, and fame. The book has the effect of Post Secret for a more mature age group. One contributor described his life as “Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult”. Fitting a lifetime into six words is not easy, but makes for honest, funny and heartbreaking material that can entertain for hours. Price: $11.53 Source:

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The Drawing Board Eric List Not many high school students can draw well. Of those, only a handful could hope to turn this passion into a lifetime career. For junior Brooke Safken, this gift for drawing could become her calling. “I have been drawing since I was two,” Safken said, “so it’s just been a natural thing.” Though she has drawn for many years, she really never considered it seriously until she came to high school. As a freshman, Safken took many classes with Mr. Salas. “I was able to expose her to a “Mr. Salas number of different mediums,” pushed my Salas said. Salas has been a great help talents and forMr. her. “After coming to Grand I discovered Junction High School, Mr. Salas pushed my talents, and I discovthat was ered that was what I wanted to do.” what I “She’s just one of those stuwanted to dents who has an interest in art and just needs a little direction,” do” he said. Though she has no classes with him this year, she visits him often with new pieces to compare and critique. Safken names Todd Lockwood and Sam Wood as other major influences in her drawing. In December of last year, Safken won first place in a calendar contest. She won $500 and her drawing was featured on the cover. Salas said she mainly draws pictures of dragons. Safken currently takes computer animation classes at WCCC to enhance her drawings. Salas said she may pursue a profession in computer animation. Salas had a hard time naming his favorite picture by her. The one he decided on was of a “dragon inside a castle, on top of a pile of gold coins.” “She grew a lot in that one,” he said, “and her pieces have just gotten better.”

Ethos Water

One Laptop Per Child

Heifer Project

Anthony for Men

Suubi Beads


M.A.C Cosmetics donates all the proceeds from the sale of this lipgloss to the M.A.C AIDS Fund. It was launched in 1994 and is now available in six shades. $14,


Clean water for Third World children is the goal of Ethos. The company set a $10 million donation goal for 2010. Ethos is available at grocery stores and Starbucks everywhere.


Laptops designed to raise a new generation. Your purchase gives a laptop to an underpriviledged african child. The notebooks run on solar power and run Linux.


For over 50 years, Heifer Organization has worked to bring food to families in poverty-stricken communities. Donations vary from a flock of chicks to water buffalo.


Anthony is a company focused on skin and body care for men and as such, a percentage of sales go to research to eliminate prostate cancer.


This non-profit helps Ugandan women pay for food and other necessities. Suubi necklaces are made from recylced paper the women roll into beads.

The Low Down: Tom’s Shoes The concept is simple. Buy a pair of shoes for yourself and Tom’s Shoes, a company founded in 2006, will give an identical pair to a child living in a Third World county. Tom’s Shoes has sent 10,000 shoes to Argentina and 50,000 to South Africa. The shoes, which are based off a traditional Argentinean style, are available for men, women and children online in styles ranging from $40 to $100. ORANGE&BLACK | | FEBRUARY 2009 21 ORANGE&BLACK MARCH 2008


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n Germany, it is polite to greet everybody in the room in a public place, such as a doctor’s office or small shop – even if everyone is a perfect stranger. When leaving a group of people in India, each person must be bid farewell individually. In the United States, most of us enter a room silently, ignoring everybody else, tending to our own business. Where have our manners gone? Men used to stand up and take off their hats when a woman entered the room, but what now? People don’t acknowledge each other anymore and society has accepted it as the norm. We are a modern society. The United States employs the latest technology and the best equipment. It might be, however, a good idea to go back to our roots as a well-mannered and civilized society. People go home and turn on their televisions to find the latest example of teenage angst and drama. They find who is sleeping with whom. They find the most recent


Courtesy insult between friends. What they don’t find is manners and politeness towards others. Where have our manners gone? We’re all guilty of it—every one of us. From as early as we learn to talk, Americans are taught to concern themselves solely with what matters: themselves. They keep their heads down and walk and run and drive until eventually, they have no idea where or who they are. In part, we are defined by who we associate ourselves with, and if the answer is nobody, then that creates a dilemma. People have forgotten how to interact with others. Instead of a polite “hello,” people raise their hand or tilt their head slightly up, barely acknowledging the presence of another human being. The number of conversations that are spent while walking past one another is surprising. Where have our manners gone? Albert Camus once said, “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me

and be my friend.” His words seem appropriate. No single person of the human race is greater or lesser than the other, but rather we are equal and all deserving of each other’s respect and friendship. So maybe we all keep our heads up in the hallway and acknowledge our peers instead of pretending we are walking down an empty hallway, devoid of anyone but number one, yourself. Make an effort to talk to someone you don’t know. Go out of your way to hold a door, or pull out a chair for someone. At heart, we are all caring and giving people, but most of us have forgotten how to be that way. The good news is that it isn’t hard. By doing a few simple actions, a person can go from being coldhearted and devoid of manners to warmhearted and friendly. So why not give it a try? What do we have to lose? Maybe we can find our manners and our good-natured hearts in time to make a difference in peoples lives. We think so.


Margeaux Prinster

What began as a mere dream of expansion and progress in a newly formed nation has morphed into a smothering gag of American ideals which threatens to destroy every culture and land in its path. From the early 1800s and preCivil War era when the United States primarily began expanding its territory, manifest destiny overshadowed the minds of our country’s leaders, installing in them the idea that any and every land that has not been settled or Americanized has been given to them by God so they can do so. Thus, the Native Americans, who were the original inhabitants of North America were forced off their lands and ruthlessly massacred for no legitimate reason. The United States government attempted to justify the slaughter of the native peoples by implying that the Native Americans were “savages” who wanted nothing more than to wreak havoc and murder American pioneers. However, the Native Americans were merely attempting to protect their identity, culture and way of life. The Americans in power failed to see this though, as they were blinded by manifest destiny, assuming that because, unlike themselves, the Native Americans did not utilize the land for farming, they did not use the land at all. The new Americans did not want this land to waste away in the Native Americans’ possession and thus took it from them so they could exploit it as they saw necessary. The colonists, once again blinded, failed to realize that the Native Americans did use the land to hunt, the government eventu-

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Samantha Weinberg: That is the best part of Grand Junction. I remember when practically the only restaurant was Denny’s. MP: So you are completely cool with greedy developers destroying Grand Junction’s animal habitat and wildlife areas to build huge movie theatres when we already have more than enough? SW: I am completely cool with uprooting prairie dog homes for a stadium seating movie theater so I do not have some fat guy’s head in front of me when I am trying to watch a movie. MP: Regardless of the benefits you reap from paying nine dollars to see a movie at the new theater, traffic in town is horrible and the roads are packed and dangerous. SW: Well, the city has been trying to relieve traffic by building the Riverside Parkway. Plus, the more people there are the more awesome stores and restaurants we get. MP: Well, the food you eat in restaurants is not nearly as healthy as eating Palisade peaches, which, if growth continues at the rate it is, there will be no farmland left to grow them. SW: The more people that come to Grand Junction give us more potential peach pickers and added bonus of new places to eat and the big city feel. MP: But our clean air and water, not to mention beautiful scenery are endangered now because of the growing population. SW: I am not trying to destroy our planet, all I am saying its nice to see Grand Junction grow and the new restaurants, movie theatres and stores that have opened. It is not a hick town anymore.

– To people who run red lights and create a serious driving hazard. – To people who tag cars in the alley. – To Gov. Blagojevich and his corrupt politics—if people elect someone, they should represent them, not deceive them. – To the new vending machines for constantly breaking. – To salmonella in peanut products. – To people who root for the new president to fail—he’s our leader now, like it or not. – To cuts in school budgets around the United States. – To the lack of support and volunteers for the Booster Club. – To Bishop Richard Williamson’s insinuations that the Holocaust never happened—over 6 million people were killed in it. – To Cottonball, Fruita Monument’s White Nights and Central’s Winterfest being on the same night.


Margeaux Prinster: What is with all of the new development in Grand Junction? Everywhere I look people are building something new and traffic has become horrendous because of all the population growth.

ally forced the Indians to Americanize in order to continue to uphold their existence. The Native Americans are only the first name on an extensive obituary of cultures murdered by Americanization. Today, these cultures live among us, completely Americanized. In order to be accepted into society and live a peaceful life, they have given up their identity and succumbed to the false promises of the American Dream, a dream that never comes true. Indeed, the other cultures in American society have fallen subject to the condition that all other Americans are consumed by: the drive for money and material wealth that does not bring happiness, for material things can never truly satisfy the soul. In the book “Affluenza,” John DeGraaf, David Wann, and Thomas Wayler define this condition of over consumption that never fulfills as “affluenza.” They reason, “in spite of having so many possessions, Americans are still unhappy.” Thus, the immigrants who gave up their identity to live peacefully among an overpowering and greedy society in order to be happy will never truly be happy because the society they have conformed to is continually unsatisfied.

+ To the formation of Grand Junction High School Forum— way to stay informed and expand your mind. + To the new vending machines for selling healthy items. + To the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States. + To winter sports and all their accomplishments. + To ALT for putting together another awesome Blackout dance, despite the fire alarm going off. + To those students who received Academic All-American awards—congratulations. + To Tiger Tales, the book of student artwork and written work coming out at the end of the year. + To the weather beginning to warm up. + To the new aluminum CocaCola bottles. + To the administration for encouraging the teachers to show the inauguration during class.


Manifest destiny: the God-given right to cultural destruction




“Going green” is just a scheme Sarah Bolton

“Global warming, overflowing landfills, pollution, carbon footprints … the environment needs your help! Buy this recycled product and make a difference today! Order now! Supplies won’t last!” Slogans such as these have become more than familiar to the American consumer as media spews environ-

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mental propaganda. Clips of baby polar bears floating on slowly diminishing icebergs as they await their icy death serve as engaging hooks for car commercials, as if buying a certain car will save the bears. Politicians flaunt concerns for global warming and clean energy, but only in return for your vote. Companies are releasing new organic, natural and recycled products that promise to save the trees. Adults and children alike showcase catchy environmental phrases on their clothes, cars, and accessories. The appearance of environmental concern in American society has surfaced as a material celebrity. Gaining popularity and recognition above and beyond science and conservation groups, the green movement has become the latest fad in popular culture. However, enthusiasm for saving the environment is only wallet deep. Companies have embraced the popularity of the green movement and molded it into a profitable industry, twisting the motive for environmentalism. Environmentalist efforts displayed by clothing brands, car dealerships and food companies are nothing more than blatantly hypocritical sales pitches and the extent of most Americans conservation efforts. Sporting 90 percent recycled organic cotton jeans and bags, America is consuming its way through environmental problems. However, buying a bag that says, “Save the trees,” is not going to save the trees. In fact, it probably cost a couple trees to build the factory where that bag was made. Moreover, it took energy to produce the bag, recycled or not, and it took resources to ship it to the store where it was purchased. Although recycling serves an important role in the conversation of resources, reducing waste is of even greater significance because excess consumption is the root of the problem.


For example, school districts could eliminate school pop machines instead of providing recycling bins as justification to consume a plastic bottle every day. The less that is consumed, the less there is to recycle. Recycling is merely a faux remedy for consumption, creating the illusion that America is on its way to a greener lifestyle. Such superficial promotions are simply cover-ups that disguise the root of the problem instead of solving it. The media portrays the idea that anything can be achieved with no effort as long as you have

the right product, but words without actions mean nothing. In a lifestyle that requires little personal effort or sacrifice to carry out daily tasks, the “microwave mentality” shines through in Americans’ ways of pursuing environmental concern. Taking action to reduce consumption is the first step, not buying a shirt that merely promotes it. The solution to our planet’s environmental problems lies in the actions of Americans in their daily lives, not their daily life purchases.

Easy A’s replace brains McKenzie Binder

As scheduling decisions for the coming year approach, a vast number of students pick “easy A” classes with limited homework and too many of them fail to recognize the significance of these decisions. Classes now have a huge impact on the future, so the wrong choices can have unseen repercussions. Some students justify the decision to take “easy A’s” or several releases by claiming their grades would suffer in a harder class and a low GPA affects college and job prospects. This sounds true, and easy classes may give good grades, but they also leave students with an extremely limited knowledge compared to AP or Honors classes. Anyone in a class that gives no homework and spends the whole hour talking rather than working will soon realize they cannot handle college classes. Ultimately, good grades do not matter. Intelligence does. How can handicapping yourself with limited knowledge for the rest of your life help job prospects? I also don’t understand the students,

seniors especially, who refuse to take any challenging classes and immediately choose the easiest course possible. When did this slacker mentality become an acceptable majority opinion? I can’t understand why anyone would be satisfied with the mediocrity that comes with these classes. These people are wasted potential, choosing to slack now and cap their intelligence at a low level for their entire future. If the chance for better opportunity exists, why settle for less? Why purposefully stunt your intellectual growth? Genius, or any amount of intelligence, will never come from laziness. People who take hard classes and fail are far superior than those who succeed in a worthless class. At least they will be left with the benefits of their efforts. People get out what they put in, so make a little effort for self-improvement. When deciding on what classes to take next year, remember the consequences that can potentially come from not taking challenging ones. Ultimately, it is the individual’s decision, but by taking the time to consider the future—possibly making a beneficial change—and making an effort in school, many students may find a new sense of purpose.


Know your facts

Six essential facts you need to know before leaving high school



A circle has the formula of (xa)2+(y-b)2=r2 with r equal to the radius of the circle. It is used to plot the circle on an x-y grid and to find the center.


Bull Run was the first land battle of the American Civil War, fought on July 21, 1861, near Manassas, Va. The inexperienced Union troops almost won the battle, but the Confederates charged forward to win the battle.


Moles are a measurement for chemicals, just as grams are measurement units for mass. Moles give us a consistent method to convert between molecules and grams.


The world’s longest river, the Nile in Egypt, is 4,135 miles long. The ancient name of the Nile was Iteru. The Nile, flowing through Egypt and Sudan, has its sources in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.


The Mona Lisa was created 450 years ago and is one of the most famous paintings in the world. This painting is very mysterious because no one has been able to tell whether she is smiling or frowning.


“Catcher in the Rye” is a controversial book written by J.D. Salinger in 1941. Throughout the book, Holden tries to prevent his younger sister Phoebe from growing up. Holden later realizes that everyone must grow up.

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with Sonny Seng survivor of the Khmer Rouge

When I grew up, life was very difficult. (American children) have everything they want. Cambodian children pray for food. Be lucky you were born in this country. In Cambodia, you wake up and you cry.


I had to learn how to make a mouse trap. I had to learn everything because I was starving. I ate mice, rats and snakes. (Coming to America), I had a hard time eating pizza and fried chicken. The first (thing I miss about Cambodia) is the food. Traditional food. Curry (is my favorite). I’ve worked (at Tope Elementary) for 10 years. I haven’t called in sick once. I sometimes take one day for my birthday, and that’s all I need.



My life here is happy now. I don’t have any of the pressure, (like in Cambodia). I like my job. I am thankful for everything. I volunteer a lot. If a kid needs help, a kid’s in trouble, they send him to me. I volunteer for the public library and play with the kids. Education is important. (The education system) in the United States is the best one. My goal is to go back to Cambodia and help. People in Cambodia are poor. They don’t have much education. When I go back, I can help people to teach them to do good things. I can teach English because my country needs English teachers. English is the best (language to learn) now in the world of education. People (should) learn about the (Khmer Rouge) and should be aware (of it). Over 2 million people died, including my dad and my older sister. For more about Sonny Seng and the Kmher Rouge, visit


The Low Down: Black History Month Black History Month, known first as “Negro History Week,” was first created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. During his studies at Harvard, he was disturbed to find that his history books omitted black Americans and their noteworthy achievements, focusing instead on negative stories that made their race seem inferior. To battle this misconception, Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and the Journal of Negro History in 1916. He finally launched Negro History Week in 1926.



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The big 6

your blood pumping during winter with these fresh activities

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A Pogo stick is no longer just a toy, it can be a sport and an activity to liven up a boring afternoon. This fun activity creates movement and burns calories at a low cost to you.


The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is that it can be done wherever and whenever. Snowshoes can be rented for the day or the weekend at numerous places.


If you cannot make it up to the slopes, try kiteboarding with your friends. Fields, parks and frozen lakes covered with snow are ideal for kiting and any of these can be found close to home.


Craving fresh air and a good dog sledding race? Grab your neighborhood dogs, your friends and mush. Also, do not forget to bring a camera along to document your epic endeavor.


Ever wanted to live on the wild side? There is nothing more thrilling than dangling off of a projecting block of ice. Get some friends that are as crazy as you and head up to the mountains for some ice climbing.


Looking for something to do Saturday morning instea of watching endless cartoon marathons? Why not schedule an ice boat race against friends or family at a lake nearby?

The Low Down: Go Nuts


Although many people avoid nuts due to high fat content, research now suggests nuts can help with weight control. Nuts have a lot of calories, 160 to 200 an ounce, but mostly from healthy unsaturated fats. Nut butters have the same nutritional benefits as the nuts themselves and are a healthier sandwich filling than most meats and cheeses. In general, people who eat nuts regularly weigh less than those who do not. The fiber and protein in nuts Healthy Hints help you feel full longer, so you are less hungry and eat less later on in the day. Source: Berkeley Wellness Letter


Jesse Smith

Editor’s Note: The Grand Junction High School boys basketball team goes into the final stretch of conference play with an overall record of 11-7 and a conference record of 5-1. They play in Durango and Cortez Feb. 13-14 and will conclude the regular season with home games against Central on Feb. 17 and Fruita on Feb. 20. Lead by seniors Everett Robinson and Geoff Baldwin, who average 20.3 and 15.5 points per game respectively, the Tigers are currently second in the Southwestern league behind the 10th ranked Central Warriors (17-3, 6-1). State play-off bids are determined by conference standings and success against ranked and other 5A teams. The Tigers will wait until the week of Feb. 22, when the state tournament seedings will be announced.

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Geoff Baldwin

Boys’ basketball overcomes inexperience

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Mark Stern

Tyler Winder

Made up of three seniors, five juniors and one sophomore, the GJHS boys basketball team has faced many challenges this season. The biggest of them being their youth. Although the ratio of upper- to underclassmen is 8 to 1, the majority of the team has seen their first significant minutes of varsity playing time this year. The leadership roles on the team have been left up to three upperclassmen who have had previous varsity experience: seniors Baldwin and Robinson and junior Justin Trujillo. “We’re young, but there is a lot of talent on the team. Of course, we’ve had kids like Everett and me who have been on varsity for a long time, but now we have kids who are having to step up and that’s been fun to watch,” Baldwin said. “A lot of kids have grown up.” He added that struggles they have faced along the way have included lack of athleticism and experience. “We do not have much experience on the varsity level,” he said. Coach Dutch Johnson said despite challenges, “We’ve improved a bunch. Kids without varsity experience are becoming more comfortable on the court and are playing a huge role for us. “The effort and intensity they play with both in practice and in games comes through as they are always playing hard,” Johnson said. With little time left in the regular season, the Tigers look to the challenges they will face at the state level. “Scoring is difficult for us. We need to focus in on that,” Robinson said. “We have to play every game as if it’s our last.” “We’ve got a couple of kids who are our playmakers and scorers and others who are distributors,” Johnson said summing up the Tigers’ team dynamics. “As far as roles, we need all five of them to be great defenders.” “At the state level we have to defend. Our man-to-man defense is what will make us a good team,” Johnson said. Whether it is man-to-man defense or just playing smart, the team puts their best effort forth every time they step on to the court. With 18 games already under their belt, the Tigers will have to prove that youth is no longer a factor when it comes to their pending success in the state tournaPhotos by Natalie Pipe ment.

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Everett Robinson

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atorade: not just for reptiles




>IS IT IN YOU? What is “It”” ?

Jillian Arja Millions drink the thirstquenching, rehydrating sports fluid Gatorade, but what is it about the drink that makes athletes desire more? Unlike other sports drinks, it motivates athletes to dream bigger, play harder and push their very limits to reach the top. With distinct mottos and inspiring commercials, Gatorade has become a symbol for all sports— athletes and coaches alike. This empire began as an experiment for the Florida Gator’s football team in 1965. The players needed help to beat the heat and humidity of Florida’s swamps, and many were suffering heat-related illnesses. Dehydration had taken its toll on the players. Some university experts found two reasons why the Gators were weaker, why they were failing: the fluid and electrolytes were not being replaced, and the large

amounts of carbohydrates were not being restored. They decided to take their findings to the lab. They came up with a drink that was fixed these problems and decided to call it Gatorade. After they brought this new beverage to the team, the Gators started winning. They went on to win the Orange Bowl in 1967. Once word got out about this new drink, other college football teams began ordering it to rehydrate their own players. Today, Gatorade is used to hydrate millions of athletes and can be found at 70 Division I colleges as the official sports drink of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. Gatorade was the first to step up and broadcast action sports in a positive way. Now, 43 years later, Gatorade is one of the biggest supporters of sports and athletes throughout the country.

The original Gatorade has been retested for many years to make it the recipie athletes drink now. Whereas water serves only to hydrate the body, Gatorade and other sports drinks replace necessary compounds that are lost during exercise. Gatorade contains sodium, which is the primary electrolyte required during and following any physical activity. Carbohydrates (CHO) provide energy for working muscles. These ingredients are the reason Gatorade keeps athletes healthy and well hydrated.The flavoring adds spunk that makes it desirable.

>What’s the difference? Gatorade Elite: Used for athletes that want to push the limits. It can be used before, after and throughout the activity. This is a helpful key in helping athletes reach their highest aspirations. Gatorade A.M. (Shine On): Rejuvenates athletes bright and early in the morning. This substance replenishes the body after sweating during exercise or competition. Gatorade Bring It: This formula, also referred to as Fierce, contains Vitamins B3, B5 and B6 that help athletes’ bodies metabolize. It helps athletes optimize their hydration and performance. Gatorade Tiger Focus: Contains theanine, which helps athletes focus during sports. It is endorsed by Tiger Woods to help athletes be “mentally tough.” Gatorade G2: Made with less calories but still has the same amount of electrolytes. It is prepared so athletes can still have enough energy without worrying about the calories they consume. Source: ORANGE&BLACK | MARCH 2009











Words to Play By Eight gifted athletes and coaches explain the fervor and fury of the world of athletics and why they compete


Luke Ledaber. What I love most about sports is having fun and competing. Stay positive and play with a positive feeling that you can win.


Kobe Bryant. I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench, handing water to a teammate, or hitting a game- winning shot.


Stephanie Coleman. You must always strive to be better. Not only than your next opponent, but also your last performance.


Usain Bolt. The ability to run fast comes not just from raw power, but from correct form and technique. Relax your shoulders, let your arms hang loose and piston them back and forth smoothly by the sides of your body. Momentum and rhythm will propel you forward fastest.


Hannah Kimmel. My goal is to do whatever it takes to be the best athlete I can. There is no better feeling than having your work pay off. I love everything about volleyball, the atmosphere, the competition, the relationship with teammates, I love it all.


Dutch Johnson. I wish for all my players to play with passion and competitive spirit. As a coach I always strive to be successful, not necessarily by wins and losses though.


Alex Jay. I love wrestling because you have only yourself to rely on and it’s only you out there. I always strive to be the best that I can be.


Michael Jordan. I’ve failed over and over and over again and that is why I succeed. I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.

Passionately Pursuing Attention Passion is a driving force inside every human. Passion can envelope a soul and make ordinary people Grayson O’Roark achieve the impossible. It was passion that consumed Michael Jordan when he won six NBA championships. It was passion that pushed Lance Armstrong to win the Tour de France a record seven times in a row. However, there are some players that blatantly misuse passion. I am talking about the Tim Tebows and Tyler Hansbroughs of sports. All season, Florida’s starting quarterback, Tim Tebow, manipulated the most crucial emotion in sports to promote his Heisman campaign and personal fame. During the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, Tebow cheered from the sideline with red field paint and dirt spewed across his face, giving fist pumps and screams. First of all, I question how the dirt and paint even got on his face, considering he wears a helmet and facemask. The only answer I find is that he was looking to draw attention to his “battle face,” but I see through this fake mask. Real passion emanates from an athlete’s actions on the field. Hansbrough displays a similar misuse of passion on the court. In nearly every


game, he falls downconstantly and screams and beats his chest after almost every basket. Personally, I believe passion is an extremely important trait to possess. However, it is obvious that Hansbrough over-amplifies his love of the game. It is time for these boys to grow up and let their actions speak for them like men do. Peter Rose is an excellent example of an athlete who competed with true passion. Rose played numerous seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, won three World Series rings, made 17 all-star appearances and got two Gold Glove awards. Above all, his nickname was “Charlie Hustle”. Rose rightfully earned this nickname by being the kind of guy who sprinted to first base when he was walked. Rose played every game at 100 percent. Not for attention, but because he loved the game. People say Hansbrough gives 110 percent every game, but in my mind that extra ten percent is unnecessary and over excessive. Players should give 100 percent and play with passion because they love the game, not the attention.


The Kings of Democracy Eric List

Leading a country is easy, especially the United States. Any president will say that. But for some reason, the best leaders always end up leaving office with a bad reputation. Great Presidents such as Nixon, Bush, and others, are remembered as seedy and incompetent because of a few insignificant, unlucky mistakes,. But the truth is that these men were models of leadership that future presidential-hopefuls should study. Paranoia is always a great way to live out a presidency. The best candidates are those who are willing to invade the privacy of others without any trace of remorse. President Nixon, the great man he was, went so far as to spy on his opposition during election season. After being caught, he proclaimed, “I am not a crook.” He was not lying. Presidents are not crooks. Presidents do not lie, either. He had gone further than any great leader before him. He had worked much of his life during the Red Scare and captured many communist insurgents in the nation. He is a national hero who should not have been remembered in a poor light but rather a brilliant golden, Jesus-like ray of light. Presidents think they can get away with anything. They can. They are above the law, held only in contempt of God and Buddha, for at least four years. Therefore, the best leaders learn to manipulate this power. The mighty Bill Clinton recognized this. For fun, Clinton lied about his affair. To the general public, his trysts and escapades were seen as shady and underhanded. But it was, in the tradition of Bill Clinton, actually a “political striptease.” Politicians know these scandalous stories were merely displayed in bad light to generate interest in the news. Contrary to the public, they recognize his adventures as acts of a supreme being exercising his power. Corruption and bribery have proven to be ways presidents have learned to enjoy their presidencies. President Warren Harding became the leader of a magnificently corrupt presidency. He doesn’t deserve all the credit, though. Such helpful men surrounding him added to the amazing display of dishonesty demonstrated in his Cabinet. The Teapot Dome scandal during Harding’s presidency made for amazing press coverage. Harding will now always be remembered in history. Following the steps of Richard Nixon the almighty, President George W. Bush subscribed to the doctrine of paranoia and soon began exploiting his power over the nation. Such legislation as the Patriot Act cleaned this great nation from terrorists aiming to disrupt Americans’ great way of life. Obviously, the only way to detain these multitudes of terrorists throughout the country was to invade every citizen’s privacy. Even one house not surveilled could have been holding a terrorist bent on demolishing another splendid landmark of American wealth and culture. As Bush and other “bad” presidents know, it matters whether one makes an impression on the nation, not whether it is good or bad, because no matter what the public thinks, presidents are always right. They know their actions during their presidency, good or bad, will either be built upon, because they are always right. And while the citizens of this fine nation currently view them poorly because of a few unfortunate mistakes, history will vindicate them as the supreme examples for aspiring young presidents to follow.





Hordes of teenagers charging down hallways and frantically running around corners in the dark sounds like a liability suit waiting to happen. However, the possibility did not daunt Grand Junction High School’s Executive Council, which put on its annual Flashlight Tag on Jan. 28. Exec shut off the lights in both floors of the U-building so that teams of flashlight-wielding seekers could chase fleeing mobs in and around the hallways. For freshman Elle Wezensky and sophomore Michael Calacino, the novelty of seeing the school in a different light was the highlight of the event. “Running around in the dark at school is crazy fun,” Calacino said. “I went to it last year and when I saw all the posters for it this year I was like, ‘Yes!”’ “It was so much fun to be in the halls without any lights on. It was also really cool to see all the teachers getting into it,” Freshman VicePresident Wezensky said. For Sam Jessen,GJHS historian, the magic lay in the thrill of victory. “Nothing makes you feel more like a victorious lion than strutting back to the cafeteria with 10 flags clenched in your proud fist,” he said.




The Jazz Dinner Dance, held at Lincoln Park Barn Feb. 7, helped raise money for the GJHS Jazz Band while providing a night of fun for students and families alike. The Jazz Band played fantastic music throughout the night, and everyone danced. Darcy Leggett, 5 Jon Wright, and Jon Holt, all members of Jazz Band, taught swing and salsa dancing. “We taught anyone who wanted to learn,” Leggett said. Leggett and most everyone who attended would agree that the dance duel between Holt and Wright was the highlight of the evening. “The dance duel was just something we did for fun. We wanted to show off our mad skills,” Holt said.

Natalie Pipe (1,2), Kristin Balbier (3,4), Shreya Pokharel (5)

Grand Junction High School and Fruita Monument High School students celebrated their rivalry and expressed their school spirit during the Jan. 30 basketball game. Junction fans dressed in black, while Fruita fans dressed in white to show support for their schools, filling up almost half of the FMHS gym. “I liked that each opposing school got together and showed their school spirit within the crowd,” senior Anna McEndree said. “It was neat to see half of the gym white and black.” The school spirit paid off and both teams celebrated victories. The Junction boys left with a win of 48-36, while the Fruita girls won 46-41.

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Tiger Tracks

The Grand Junction High School girls’ swim and dive team competed at the districts’ swim meet on Jan. 28. During the meet, seniors from competing high schools were recognized for their achievements. “As captain, it felt good being recognized for leading the new swimmers,” senior co-captain Lyndi Hoffman said. “We have come a long way as a team. Many girls have improved dramatically,” cocaptain Kelsey Schlagel said. While this meet marked the last time for the seniors to compete in districts, it provided yet another opportunity for the new swimmers to gain experience. “This was my first year swimming and the seniors helped me a lot with everything,” junior Sara Harrison said. Overall, GJHS took second place at the 1 districts’ meet.



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