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The mind on music

How music affects our thoughts

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Grand Junction High School

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Volume 92 • Issue 2

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College chaos Connection goes to college to help those applying escape the maze of confusion, from a college major personality quiz to important dates and information.

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Music and the mind Music is a universally appreciated art form. Scene searches for the answers regarding why we like the music we like and the effect it has on our brains.

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Search and rescue InSight explores the experiences of Search and Rescue volunteers and a rescued GJHS student through their stories of survival, courage and loss.

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Health care Now discovers the effect of the current health care system on you and why Grand Junction’s health care is a model for the nation.

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Fall outdoor activities In Motion explores a variety of possibilities for outdoor activities during the Fall when the weather cools off, from traveling to hiking, from Moab to Aspen. 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 140-141) or in the principal’s office.

Cover Illustration by Garret Brown

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The Orange and Black welcomes and encourages letters to the editors. This is a chance to express your viewpoint on 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 to letters. gjhsnews@gmail.com.

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The offical website of The Orange & Black is now up and running! It is updated daily with pictures, stories and other content relating to GJHS. The back page of the paper is dedicated to teasers for stories on the website, so be sure to look at it. If you have an idea for GJHSnews.com, email it to web.gjhsnews@gmail.com

A note from the editors: The Orange & Black has traditionally been 32 full-color pages, but this year, we decided to challenge ourselves. This issue is 48 pages, 40 of which are fullcolor, and eight of which are black and white. We plan to continue this in future issues. In the words of Mr. Newton, “Go big or go home.” -Natalie Pipe and Zack Kelley

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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: GJHSNEWS.com. Adviser e-mail: rjussel@mesa.k12.co.us. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service. © 2009 The Orange and Black Grand Junction High School. All rights reserved.

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Staff Editorial

Former President Ronald Reagan gave a speech about education to American students in 1988, as did George H. W. Bush in 1991, so why did some conservatives think parents should opt out their children from viewing Obama’s?

Rush Limbaugh and fellow conservatives clearly articusuggested discussion questions for teachers to ask their stulated their belief that Obama’s message to American students, as well as activities, the goal being “to stimulate discusdents was an indoctrinating, brainwashing speech, and they sion on the importance of education in students’ lives.” wanted students to be opted out of school so One of these questions was, “What new they would not have to watch it. ideas and actions is the president challeng“It was simply a motivaing me to think about?” Anyone who saw or read the speech would tional message to studetect no politicizing tone, words or message. One of the suggested activities was to It was simply a motivational message to students, assuring them that ask students to “Create posters of their dents, assuring them that they will not achieve they will not achieve their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadtheir dreams unless they try hard in school. rants, puzzle pieces, or trails marked with dreams unless they try (See excerpt on right of page). the following labels: personal, academic, hard in school.” community, and country.” (Read the This conservative response typifies the entire outline of suggested activities and right wing opposition to President Obama. discussion questions at http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/lesDisagreeing with the president and his agenda is OK, but conservative opposition to Obama’s speech is partisan whin- sons/7-12.pdf ). Many conservatives were outraged upon hearing the White ing that verges on unpatriotic—they oppose the president House suggest these, believing it was some Socialist act of makwith no grounds for doing so. The White House wanted to make the goal clear prior ing students supporters of the president’s political agenda. to the delivery of the speech. This belief that Obama is trying In fact, they released it prior its to control the American people is official delivery to assure any an irrational fear that traces back to From his SUPPORTERS doubters that it was not going to the Communism fears in the 1950s. Obama is not a Socialistic dictator. be an indoctrination. “These parents (who kept their children He was elected by the people of the Given the unbiased nature home from school) are teaching their United States of America to govof the speech, parents should children a powerfully dangerous ern for four years, one of which is not have allowed their students lesson. A black man may have won quickly approaching its end. to opt out of watching it. Until the election, but they don’t have to President Obama was simply students begin formulating their listen to him or respect him.” own opinions around the time of trying to get students involved in entering high school, they repeat planning their futures by giving -Natalie Holder-Winfield, The them an opportunity to feel that their parents’ opinions that they Huffington Post they could make a difference, and have been taught to think of as that they have the chance to control their own. In actuality, they are the outcome of their future. nothing but words put into their From his CRITICS Hopefully this opposition to mouths, oftentimes misinformed “Obama wants as many of these anything and everything President words and propaganda, regardkids in school to grow up needing Obama says will not continue, and less of how liberal or conservahopefully conservatives can begin to tive they are. Parents of younger, government services as he can. use logic and reason over fear and more easily influenced students He’s going to put tax increases who chose to opt their students irrationalism. on these kids to the point that out taught them that they do not their hard work is going to be Source: Whitehouse.gov have to listen to or respect their pointless! It’s in direct contradiction president. These people were so Disagree? Send a letter to the to everything he believes ... his deeply suspicious of President agenda.” editor! Email it to: Obama’s intentions that they did letters.gjhsnews@gmail. -Rush Limbaugh not want their students to hear com and BE HEARD! Only what turned out to be a speech “Stand guard America. Your republic is to keep students in school. authored letters will be under attack.” To engage the students in the published, so include your -Glenn Beck speech, the White House issued name. 04

Photo by Natalie Pipe

Respect

An excerpt from the speech “My Education, My Future”

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something you’re good at, Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide. Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class ... Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team. And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to To read the speech in its entirety, go to www.whitehouse. gov/MediaResources/ PreparedSchoolRemarks/ Orange&Black


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Why cats deserve tough love Mary Steel What is it about people that makes them think it’s OK to strike a dog? You wouldn’t hit a child. There is no difference; both have the ability to feel emotions. Dogs are unconditionally loyal, and what do we do to repay them? We hit them for following their instincts. To you that may be your favorite chair, but to your dog or cat it could smell like a good place to do their business. It takes a sick kind of person to abuse something that can’t even protect itself. All it can do in return is love unconditionally when all the owner truly deserves is a good bite to the ankle. Cats, however, in particular have a way to fight back. Did he deserve his punishment? Yes. Did I deserve mine? No! My feline friend had decided that approximately four in the morning would be a good time to come into my room and sharpen his claws on my carpet. I was sound asleep until this point. If it was light in my room he might have died merely from the heated gaze I was aiming his direction. I settled for throwing one of my pillows at him. I was about to find out that wasn’t the right thing to do. My now angry cat sauntered not over to me, but in a different direction. I watched his dark figure take a squat on my favorite rug. If a cat can smirk I swear there was one playing across his face as he looked straight at me as if to say, “Na ner na ner naaaa nerrrrr!!” It took me a second to realize exactly what he was doing. I moved at incredible speeds for someone still mostly asleep. I ran him out of my room and slammed the door behind him. Cautiously, I went back to check out the damage. Yup, it was wet. So, up to this day, I keep my door shut at night. I wouldn’t consider my act one of cruelty, but merely enough to tick off my cat. Although I was not particularly malicious to my cat, a vital lesson can be gained from this experience: Don’t mess with your animals!

Consumer conscience

Americans live comfortably, ignoring Africa’s plight Ben Peterson

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merican society: defined by consumerism. We buy televisions for hundreds of dollars and spend a fortune on gasoline to pump into our cars that cost thousands of dollars to equip with stereos that rattle our bones and televisions that we never watch. The television shoves the life of the rich and famous into our lives and we watch, stupefied, as we wish we had such silicone-filled lives of fraud and luxury. We buy caviar for $250 an ounce and drive jacked-up Hummers on flat, paved roads. We spend $4 a day on coffee that has so many artificial sugars that one really can not consider it coffee, but liquid sucrose. We eat clean food and drink clean water that has been filtered so many times that we are disgusted by anything less than hygienic. To piss it away down our perfectly uncontaminated pipes. While African children starve to death. African society: defined by survivalism. More than one billion people do not have access to clean water. Three hundred million Jews died in the holocaust. Three hundred million children die in a third world country every year. More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea. Infant diarrhea can kill the infant in a matter of hours, and Africans have no way of curing these simple diseases. So they die. A child dies every three seconds from AIDS and extreme poverty, often before their fifth birthday. Nearly two million children under 14 years old are HIV positive. Between 12 and 14 million African children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term

Graphic by Patrick Davenport

Cruel and unusual? Nope.

malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency. There are just over 300 million people in the United States and 300 million children go to bed hungry every night. Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. In other words, they have been living like this for most of their life; it is not just turn of events that caused them distress. But we are content, because the iPod touch is blasting away in our ear, while the cigarette of humanity is slowly being burned in the hand of the American people. Try to justify it.

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Leg a l i z i n g the green Legalizing Yes!

GJHS students and marijuana The Orange & Black randomly and anonymously surveyed 143 students to find the depth of the marijuana culture within the school. Have you ever smoked marijuana?

Do you consider smoking marijuana to be detrimental to one’s health?

Have you ever been to school under the influence?

Yes

Yes

No

No

35% 65%

27%

73%

Do you smoke marijuana regularly?

Should marijunana be legalized?

60%

Yes

Yes

40%

No

No

Yes No

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There is a war here in America. It is not fought by Why I say: physical weapons, but by the choices of wrong and right. This war is the one over the legalization of marijuana, and there is an obvious choice of what is the correct decisions to make. One of the quickest arguments that seems to come up in the debate for legalization is that alcohol and tobacco are legal, and therefore marijuana should also be legal, seeing as it is “less harmful” to the user. However, this view is one of bias and falsehood. Just because there are substances that are legal that cause health problems does not mean that another substance that can have negative effects should be legalized. It is also ridiculous to say that marijuana is less damaging, considering that marijuana can cause cancer risk to rise five times as much as cigarettes. The other major point made to legalize marijuana is that it would generate billions of dollars in tax revenues for the American government, helping the United States out of its current economic slump. This point is fallacy seeing how regular pot smokers have a 30 percent increased risk of accidents and more emergency trauma admissions are contributed to marijuana than to alcohol now. If this is true while it is not legalized, the number of driving under the influence would inevitably increase when legalized, causing costs of medical aide and road repairs to skyrocket, costing the U.S. billions of dollars. Not only will marijuana create losses in money by smoking and driving, it will also cause the workforce to be less productive. The main chemical in pot that gets someone high, THC, lasts for several days in the smoker’s system, and even though the user does not feel the effects of the high, it still causes them to be less efficient at their jobs. This is proven by a Stanford University study where experienced commercial airplane pilots smoked marijuana, waited 24 hours, then took a simulated scenario of a flight, which resulted in numerous crashes. Remember, these are pilots who have flown before, but were affected by pot a full 24 hours later. Because marijuana is obviously a health hazard and will not benefit us at all, the U.S. must allow the idea of legalization of pot to go up in smoke.

No!

Even though it is illegal, marijuana has been used by nearly 100 million Americans, about 25 million Americans have smoked in the past year, and more than 14 million use marijuana regularly. The decriminalization of marijuana just makes sense. Every year, around 50,000 people die from alcohol poisoning and over 400,000 people die from effects of tobacco. Marijuana is much less toxic, and overdose is virtually impossible. The esteemed European medical journal, The Lancet, reports that “... smoking of cannabis ... is not harmful to health … it would be reasonable to judge cannabis as less of a threat… than alcohol or tobacco.” Current medical consensus does not consider cannabis use benign, but it is clearly less harmful than alcohol as well as most other illicit intoxicants. Not only is marijuana less detrimental to one’s health, but legalization would create a safe environment for production and distribution of marijuana. The government could regulate the substance, making sure that it was safe and does not contain any dangerous additives. Despite being demonized, marijuana has been proven effective in treating chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, chemotherapyinduced nausea, AIDS-wasting syndrome and other chronic illnesses. Furthermore, by legalizing marijuana, the medical community could more easily research potential medicinal effects without government interference. Currently, the prohibition of the drug has made controlled, double-blind studies practically impossible. Taxpayers shell out roughly $7 billion per year for the arrest and prosecution of crimes related to marijuana every year. It costs taxpayers another $1 billion per year to house the estimated 50,000 state and federal inmates serving time for marijuana offenses. Legalization of marijuana does not imply that its use is condoned arbitrarily. Drunkenness Graphic by P is not tolerated in the workplace, on the highway or in atric k Da underage populations. The same criteria would certainly apply venp ort to cannabis. Use would remain illegal in inappropriate situations and populations. Criteria will need to be established for what our society deems “responsible use” just as we have done with alcohol.

Why I say:

Kim Horwitz Ben Peterson

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83%

69% 21%

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Pride Lab

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Words

of Wisdom Teachers weigh in on

Cathy Larsen School to Careers What I enjoy most about my job is the ability to affect change in a way that positively helps students. The most important part of my job is making connections with students so they learn from their mistakes and move forward. I have two specific goals for my job. The first is to increase attendance so that at least 90 percent of students are in class most of the time. The second is to increase the number of students that earn passing grades in classes. Education is important because it gives you options. When you don’t take advantage of high school, college options are limited, or you could be limited in career options for the rest of your life. I want ninth graders to know that my door is always open. All they have to do is walk through and ask for help. I don’t think students understand they are in competition with each other. You need to be at the top of your class to get where you want in life. You should always push yourself. I’m a resource. I can provide the right contacts to get needs met for students. I want ninth graders I’m focusing on to enjoy their year in a safe, positive manner that will make the rest of high school easier. I want them to be able to look back and realize they had people who supported them.

Compiled by Claire Cooper Orange&Black

We asked five teachers to anonymously give their opinions about the newly-instated Pride Lab his new version of Tiger Time is now applicable to sophomores and upper classmen who have a D or lower in any of their language arts, T math, social studeies or science classes.

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What they lik about Pride Lab: Teacher 1: It gives kids an opportunity to get work done. Teacher 2: It gives students the opportunity to get help if they are willing. Teacher 3: We help all students and reach out to them. Teacher 4: It gives students a change to get help in the specific area they need help in, helps them get their grades up, and they can attend even if they have proficient grades and simply want help. Teacher 5: In theory, it’s good to have a designated area for kids to go get help.

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What they dis lik about Pride Lab:

Teacher 1: The accountability of the students. Teacher 2: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Teacher 3:The implemation of it is really bad. Out of the 104 students who are supposed to come, only 5 show up. Teacher 4: Not all students are attending. Teacher 5: The grade-based referral isn’t ideal.

What they would keep the same about Pride Lab:

What they would change about Pride Lab:

Teacher 1: The specialized aspect of it. Teacher 2: Not much. Teacher 3: Checking up once a week. Teacher 4: The content being specific to the area they need help. Teacher 5: Centralized locations.

Teacher 1: I would pick two or three days all teachers are available, and put it on a referral based system. Teacher 2: Do away with it. Teacher 3: Teachers should be held accountable. The policy for skipping should be more clear. Teacher 4: How attendence is handled, and how to get students to come. Teacher 5: It should be referral based.

20 teachers 1 vote

Pride Lab: Keep it?

Yes

No

6 7 7 Modify it

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shorted -80s music at the 80s dance -The mascot during the scorching hot football games -New, creative cheers at games -Mrs. Larsen, the new School to Careers representative -Mr. Meyers, the new speech and debate coach, for being enthusiastic about speech and debate -Mrs. Thompson for getting calculators for STRIVE students

-Teachers parking in student parking lots -People speeding down the alley, spraying mud on peoples’ cars -AP students being required to attend Pride Lab -People standing in doorways and halls -The overcrowded student parking lot -Afternoon football games -Bathroom doors by the library being permanently propped open for everyone to watch you pee -Homecoming being scheduled when marching band is gone

-People walking in the way of cars in the alley -The reccuring flood in the men’s bathroom by the library -Eidinger taking pictures of students during the football game -Administrators supressing traditional student cheers -The lack of a hefty and prideful student section at the football game -Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift during her acceptance for Best Music Video

Flops to:

Props to:

-Taking out the pole in the doorway by the big calendar -Advisory being held as needed -The football team for hanging in there despite their quarterback’s injury -New carpet in the library and math building -Pride Lab teachers for devoting their time to helping students -Mr. Jussel for taking on advising the yearbook in addition to the Orange & Black -Students being good sports at the 80s dance when the circuit breaker

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Gossip

Photo by Haleigh Jacobson

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Letter to the editor: Poor scheduling of dances affects many Editor: For the second straight year, the 88 members of the marching band have been invisible to the Activities Director in regards to the plannning of Homecoming on the same weekend as the state competition. I find this not simply a mere coincidence, seeing as how Mr. Lavadie gave the Activities Director the band’s schedule in May, and Homecoming is not schedudled until August. Only the administration is to blame for not having a band at the Homecoming game. Consequently, thanks to the poor planning and ignoring of the marching band, many students have never been to Homecoming as upperclassmen. Recently, the Activites Director had the 80s dance changed to a day when band and tennis were gone. Only after the heroic pleadings from Mrs Allterton, was the 80s dance rescheduled so that everyone could attend. I hope this administration will start taking the band in considereation in regards to the dance schedules. Sincerely, Michael Gebhard

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Did you hear? She said what?

The right and logical thing to do would be to confront the other person we are having a problem with. The best way to avoid gossiping The drama of being a teenage girl or to be gossiped about is easy when we are escalates when we hear that someone just honest and nice to each other. To be blunt, girls can be mean. Whatever is talking about us. Sometimes we happened to, “if you don’t have anything nice don’t even know the person who is to say then don’t say anything at all?” talking about us, and other times it After high school, all the tension and cat is a close friend. fi ghts are not going to matter. Ultimately, gossipTh e drama will be alleviated, and ing and going behind “We’re in high we are going to look back thinksomeone’s back hurts school having the ing about how much time was both people. Having unwasted due to wondering what time of our lives necessary drama makes ‘she’ did or said about you. us not want to get up in yet all the conAs individuals, we need to the morning and go to tinuous gossiping spend our time concerned about school. is tearing apart taking care of ourselves and not It makes us depressed worrying about the girl who friendships and and angry. It makes us doesn’t like us. want to graduate early. putting a damper Unfortunately, it does not It makes us feel alone. on our final years. “ matter who we are. There is But we never say this. always going to be someone who Instead, we defend ourdoes not like us. selves by starting more rumors about Our time in high school is going to end the other person. It’s a dark hole of soon, let’s enjoy it while we still can and not hatred that just keeps digging into worry about what, “she said that you said.” us as the rumors deepen.

Psst... Rumors

“Wait didn’t you hear? She said that you said that she said that I thought…wait what?” This is a shallow and unavoidable part of high school that needs to be resolved. Gossiping is an ever-growing plague that should have been cured back in middle school, but unfortunately it only seems to have become a worse problem. We’re in high school, having the time of our lives, yet all the continuous gossiping is tearing apart friendships and putting a damper on our final years. Supposed best friends will be fine on Monday. On Tuesday, they will be talking trash behind each other’s backs. As the gossiping digresses, lifelong friendships decay away. Because friendship is dependent on both people being loyal and honest to one another, gossiping and drama created by a rumor destroys it.

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Obama encourages students, parents panic Ben Peterson

and her responsibility to go to school,” Jones said. “I told her to cut class so she could miss anic has ensued in the past month as parents learn of the horror that will happen to out on the lesson, drink with her boyfriend and be too wasted to go to class for the rest of their children as President Obama speaks the day.” to students about their education. Many critics blame the president for creat“I slept in eight of my seven classes in high ing the problems that he was criticizing in his school and turned out fine,” Hermy Smith, an speech. oil rig worker with only one leg and one and a “If it weren’t for Obama and his haphazard, half hands said. “I don’t want no son of mine to Mary-Jane smoking friends, we wouldn’t have believe that there might be a better life out there half as many of the problems in this country,” if he tries.” Most parents feel that monitoring and micro- Devan Fox, a writer for a news station, said. “Can’t we just go back to a time like the managing their childrens’ behavior as closely as 50s where we didn’t need to possible will promote the healthiest worry whether or not our teens lifestyle. “I told her to cut class were smoking Oxycottin and “I need to be with my kids so she could miss out shooting up crack?” Fox said. when they watch or hear anything After all the years of unbrion the lesson, drink involving politics,” Mary Jones, a dled loyalty to the past presilocal store owner said. “I have to with her boyfriend dents, many adults believe that make sure that they’re not hearand be too wasted Americans should not trust this ing anything that would make the to go to class for the newcomer. political views that I have pressed “I was an avid supporter of rest of the day.” on them since child birth different the Once and Future Grand in any way.” Marshall Warlord of the Universe, George W. Some parents have gone to more extreme Bush,” Fox said. “But Mr. Obama has been mesasures to provide a safe and sheltered enviin office for more than eight months and he ronment for their precious children. hasn’t even threatened another country with “I haven’t even told my boy what a liberal is,” invasion!” Smith said. “I want to be there with him when Because the approval rate of the president the horrible truth comes out. That’s my right as a is lower than the disapproval rate, Smith keeps parent.” hope. Many parents allowed their kids to skip the “It proves that not all people are willing class where the president’s speech would be to let this man take our national pastime of shown. having a 31 percent high school dropout rate,” “My daughter doesn’t need to hear that man talk about the possibility of her academic success said Smith. “And that is worth fighting for.”

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President Obama turns his attention to brainwashing the students of the United States.

-I have a distributed network of homophone finders.

-When you have shoes on and there’s music, we will polka.

-Sex offenders ruin everything!

-I have a lot of great ideas, they’re just not very good.

-Semi-colons are like crack. -Did you just say “Rattle the virgin”?

-Chuck Norris is essentially the Pope of the west.

-Yelling is for angry time.

-You’re blocked by the half-naked man!

-After the Nazis, the werewolves came.

-I am going to visit my Uncle Alcohol.

-This is your baby and you can do what you want to it.

-Obviously your stupidity has trumped my business schedule.

-All I wanted was a big Texan cinnamon roll, but God had other plans.

-We strip-searched that violin case.

-I just got a taste of Easter in my mouth. Orange&Black

-It’s given me the spinning wheel of doom! -This is like my eighth wife. 09


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Benetti said. “I was going to give it up at college for free anyway!” her best friend Candie Simons added excitedly. Every college-bound teenager McKenzie Binder should follow in the footsteps of Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old looking to these shining examples of American pay for graduate studies, has been auctioning ingenuity and creativity. off her virginity online through the Bunny There is no excuse for complainRanch, a legal brothel in Nevada, to pay for ing about student loans when there college. are opportunities out So far, the bidding has reached “I turned to selling there. Ask your student my virginity on Ebay counselor if they can a high of $3.7 million dollars from over 10,000 bidders interwhen I looked at the connect you to a similar ested in her unusual offer. forms I had to fill out brothel today. This unique method of fundAccording to a study to apply for college raising unearths new financial by CWN news, 33 peraid. Ten pages and an opportunities for college bound cent of teenagers who essay on honesty? teenagers previously ignored, and No way!” engage in sex regret a high GPA or community sertheir decision later. vice hours are not a requirement. This new method, “I turned to selling my virginity on Ebay leaving the seller with millions in when I looked at the forms I had to fill out to compensation, makes the decision a apply for college aid. Ten pages and an essay lot easier and less likely for sellers to on honesty? No way,” college senior Taffy regret.

Try feeling bad at confession when your pockets are $4 million dollars heavier. In the future, people will look back in shock and awe that teenagers used to give their virginities for love rather than profit. This is capitalist America for God’s sake. Money leads to college (therefore jobs) and the ability to buy housing. By participating in online virginity sales, unemployment rates and homeless rates are bound to go down. This has not been the subject of an honest study yet, but simple common sense proves this to be true. Does it sound legitimate? Then it probably is. The average tuition and related fees at four-year public colleges went up 6.6 percent this year alone. In our current recession, who can afford not to sell their virginity for a college education? Graphic by Jonas Cooper

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Vicky Price, stated that business had never been worse. A shocking phenomenon is blazing through “Things have really gotten out of Grand Junction in recent months and has hand. The reputation for half of our shown no sign of cooling down. products has gone down the drain,” Local agronomist Bill Johnson reported Price said. “Try selling a banana split that the recent droughts have had a dramatic that actually splits your freaking impact on the water saturation of many plants head in half. We may have to close in the Grand Valley. this complex down.” “There is simply no avoiding it; fruit prodHowever, Palisade’s orchards have ucts all over the western slope have reached a had more profitable business since deadly level of dryness,”Johnson said. the start of the drought season. He believes that fruit lovers John Deer is one of a must either find a substitution for “There is simply few orchard owners who their craving, or many of them will no avoiding it; have taken advantage of the be injured or even killed. fruit products dangerous situation. When Wingate Elementary all over the “The military is in high School hosted its annual Halwestern slope demand for Grand Junction loween party, three fourth graders have reached a fruit, and there’s only so burst into flames while bobbing much tax revenue that goes deadly level of for apples. towards our troops,” Deer dryness.” “It was horrible,” fourth grade said. “We’re like the Walteacher Mrs. Frazzle said. “Jimmy Mart of weaponry. We may skipped over to the apple bucket, not be fancy, but we’re cheap.” and the fruit just exploded in his mouth.” His inventory includes grape Granny Smith, the organizer of the local grenades, banana mortars, melon pie making contest, was uncertain about the bombs and many other deadly recent turn of events. edibles. He explained that the “It was unfortunate to have so many business only sells to the American casualties considering we had very talented government in order to avoid politipie tasting judges this year. This has been a cal complications. bittersweet pie season.” “The Gaza Strip melon bombing Though to many the drought looks bleak, was a real tragedy,” Deer said. Smith manages to stay positive about it. “It With fruit lovers in chaos and was nice to see the pecan pies win so many orchards at the peak of their busiawards, they really had a solid advantage this ness, the drought continues, and time,” Smith said. only time will tell when the laws of The manager of the local Dairy Queen, nature will return.

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Fruits to avoid

Destructive and combustive Pineapples are by nature extremely dangerous fruit, and when the element of spontaneous combustion is added, they become even more dangerous. Though oranges are not particularly big, they are capable of doing large amounts of damage to the esophagus and mouth. One banana alone is dangerous due to its size, but a bunch of bananas are capable of causing a massacre.

It would be absolutely stupid to consume watermelon of any kind during the drought.

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he year is 2012 and the worst nightmares of humanity are manifested within the high walls that surround Grand Junction High School. Unexplainable chaos has broken out amongst the junior class of GJHS and inevitably spreads like a wildfire to the other three grades. The city erects a temporary chain-link fence around the school when students, teachers and administration alike are inside the building, unable to escape. This fence stands for one night, but three students escape, so a

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3-foot-thick concrete wall topped half of the main parking lot, which has bewith broken glass and barbed wire come the breeding ground for brutal gang is built permanently around the fights and teacher warfare. building, with no way in and no This is a world where cliques exist in the way out. most extreme sense. There is no mercy. The mayor of Grand Junction No one can be trusted and it is essentially has ordered food and every student or teacher for himsupplies to be helicopself. The series tered onto the roof of Extreme violence and horror the high school once a takes place all over the school premier of month, with the hope grounds, causing strange events of teachers and admin- GJpocalypse. to occur, including Mr. Whiteford istrators holding their and the entire drama department own against the suddenly rabiddisappearing without a trace. like students. An all-out war is brewing. The ultimate Over the course of three weeks, question: Who will emerge alive and victoGJHS is divided into many differrious? ent sections in an attempt to take With the world crumbling around the control of the school’s resources students and staff of GJHS, the future looks and student body. bleak for everyone. Only time will tell who Clans of upperclassmen have is strong enough to make it through the formed and taken over more than GJpocalypse. 11


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Stuck inside the complicated tangle of college requirements and scholarship due dates? Hopelessly lost when it comes to recommendation letters, picking a major and college research? Connection is here to help students get successfully through the confusing maze of all things college. Learn important information about college, unusual classes and personality quizzes to make it out of the labyrinth.

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The L ve Lounge The Love Lounge is a new, innovative Q&A response-like method for the student body to have a chance to receive professional relationship advice from both a female and male love guru. Each issue a female lounge guest and Grayson B. O’Roark will respond to these relationship woes, if they make the cut, that is.

An episode of Sex and the City said it “takes half the amount of time you dated someone to fully get over them.” According to this, you have 10 more months to get over her. Even though she has apparently had no problem moving on, you do not have to rush yourself. If you do not feel ready to date other girls, then you do not force yourself. These hook-ups are not meaningful.

“I am writing because my girlfriend and I had been dating for two years but had to break up when she left for college. She is already off dating other guys and has had three boyfriends since we broke up. It has only been two months. I still cannot get over the fact that she dumped me because she is in college, let alone date other girls. What can help me get over my problem? Help me, gjhsadvice@gmail.com. You are my only hope.” -Anonymous

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First, you have to realize how pathetic and desperate your current condition appears. As soon as you realize this, you can move on to step two, getting your swagger back. You cannot let this woman control your life. One bright spot in your situation is the fact that she seems to be having trouble finding a boyfriend of your status. Remember you are hard to replace and that it is your turn to do the replacing. Get yourself a dime!

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Studentsreview.com has reviews from college graduates about real life experiences and lessons from most colleges in America. It relates majors to careers and has information regarding architectural schools, engineering schools, journalism schools, music and art schools and Christian colleges. There is also a place on the website for college students to enter their college savings and scholarship amounts to calculate how much money they can afford to spend on college. It adds official and unofficial rankings of colleges based on student assessments. Cappex.com is a free website that answers questions and has admissions information for different colleges. Cappex has profiles on every college including a “What are my chances” calculator that calculates the chances of getting into a certain college based on GPA, ACT and SAT scores, clubs and academic honors. Information other users received from Cappex.com led them in the right direction. One of the most helpful aspects of Cappex.com is that it helps students with majors and their plans after college. At PrincetonReview.com, there are quizzes to help students study for the ACT and SAT tests. Students can browse colleges, find the right school and learn how to get scholarships. Also, students can explore graduate schools as well as undergraduate colleges. Information on business school, law school and medical school is provided as well. Student opinions on majors and minors, schools and their rankings are available. 13


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Signed up for what class? When picturing a future college schedule, classes like Maple Syrup Production, Bagpiping and the Science of Happiness are probably not the first classes that come to mind, yet they are all real college classes. Why not explore a few bizarre options and try to find a hidden passion?

Who says all college classes have to be tough and boring?

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Alfred University University, N.Y.

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Carnegie Mellon, Pa.

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lfred University offers a class called “Maple Syrupthe Real Thing” where students can make syrup professionally. The course is based on traditional Native American recipes and concentrates on the history of producing syrup. Alfred University’s home page lists it as an honors class, yet no prior experience in the field is expected.They claim to be looking for “someone with a background in meteorology, chemistry, botany, forestry, art and cookery who is also a nature lover with lots of patience.” Alfred University says that the “method” of producing syrup is one of the things in society that has endured through such a rapidly changing culture. They also warn their students to be prepared for working in mud, snow, rain, hail or any other weather condition. As the second oldest co-educational college in the United States, it has “never wavered in its commitment to teaching excellence.” Alfred inspires their students to “seek inspiration,” even if it is from Aunt Jemima.

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arnegie Mellon offers a Bachelor of the Fine Arts Degree in bagpiping. Students interested in attending can audition on campus or by recording. The undergraduate curriculum requires studio time and working with other musicians as an ensemble. Students can select from over six types of bagpipes to play, including the Scottish Small, Zampogna and Irish Uilleann bagpipes. Police departments, weddings, movie scenes and other social events are said to call on the bagpipers from time to time. Carnegie Mellon’s Head of Faculty and Studios Noel Zahler says, “The musical life of. . . Pittsburgh draws the most famous international performing artists to our doorstep.” The school is responsible for more than 300 student or faculty based performances per year. “We are honored to continue the tradition of great music making and extend it into the 21st century,” Zahler said.

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hat if the key to a lifelong happy disposition lay within class notes? Could one class stop anyone from becoming a grumpy old person who chases children off their lawn with a broomstick? University of Southern Florida has a class known as “The Science of Happiness” that is specifically designed to make their students happier by the end of the course; almost all students claim that it is successful. The student life and engagement section of their webpage encourages students to “make connections, make a difference and get the most out of (their) college experience.” Psychology is explored with a bit of a personal touch; one assignment was for the students to make a list of what they were grateful for. According to St. Petersburg’s Academic Affairs, “We value individuals, respect their diversity and varied perspectives and commit ourselves to tolerance of divergent views.”

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Which college major fits your personality best? 1. Which of the following values is most important to you? A. Honesty B. Love C. Intelligence D. Helping others 2. What is the best way for you to learn something? A. Seeing it in print B. Working with friends C. Tackling it one step at a time D. Talking about it out loud 3. When you go to a party, you are normally the one… A. Telling funny stories or jokes to a small group B. Known as the life of the party C. Staying home because you have homework D. Making sure all of your friends are having a good time 4. What fashion style best describes you? A. Depends on the mood I am in B. Anything cute from a name brand store C. Something functional or technically beautiful D. Mostly bright, cheery and optimistic

5.What part of speech do you like best? A. Adjective- I like telling detailed stories and describing my world B. Action verb- I’m always doing something and making connections C. Question word (Why? How?)- I am inquisitive and curious D. Helping verb- I am always lending a hand; I am very patient If you answered mostly:

A’s- You should major in ENGLISH

You like expressing yourself, telling stories and working with text. Enhance your abilities by reading constantly and looking for inspiration in your daily life.

B’s- You should major in BUSINESS

You are a social butterfly with the people skills needed for business. Work on making personal connections and practice convincing others to see your point of view daily.

C’s- You should major in ENGINEERING You are insatiably curious and enjoy challenging yourself intellectually. Use your

Party policies at GJHS Fawn Puhler Devan Thibodaux Although Grand Junction High School’s drug and expelled the second time,” McCallum said. alcohol policy has not changed in over five years, new She knew about the policy because the staff went over it at emotion has been expressed by students and parents since her orientation. the administration has placed more emphasis on informing “Drugs are not something that should be the student body of the policy’s complete done at school, but I think that expulsion from “Drugs are not effects. the district (is) stretching it a bit,” junior Blair The policy (illustrated at the right), while something that Thurman said. unchanged, has caused much emotion Thurman also said that he imagined Junction’s should be done at from students, parents and staff since it was drug problems are “about the same” as other high presented at freshman orientation and printed school, but I think schools and thinks that even though the drug that expulsion in the student handbook. and alcohol policy is not the best, “It still has a Many matters are usually resolved in from the district positive effect on the students in school.” some other way than court but still have “I think it’s fair,” parent Chad Kerr said. “The (is) stretching it long lasting consequences. Just because navy has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and a bit,” junior Blair administration could be lenient does not alcohol. It’s the same in this situation as well.” Thurman said. mean they will use this discretion. Although the policy may seem strict, it is With drugs and alcohol, a student cannot necessary to keep Tigers safe and the learning start out with a clean slate at the beginning of environment stable. every year and convictions remain on record all four years “As a parent, cop or teacher, if you don’t put things in place, of high school. Many find this action justified. you’re telling (students) it’s okay. It’s in the handbook, so (there “I like the policy because it makes the school safer and is) enough of a warning,” Officer Wilson said. “I think there it’s less likely that the students will do drugs on the school are a lot of kids who want to do the right thing, but there is a grounds,” freshman Devyn McCallum said. very vocal minority that don’t.” “I think that it’s fair, and whoever gets caught should get

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motivation to its fullest and delve into engineering textbooks as early as as possible to get an edge on the competition.

D’s- You should major in EDUCATION

Making a contribution to the world is important to you, and you enjoy helping others understand. Try to get an internship at a local school and always practice patience--little kids are rarely easy to deal with.

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Legal action, imprisonment, fines First Offense:

Suspension from GJHS 3-15 days depending on attendence of drug/alcohol counseling Second Offense:

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Preparing for college Compiled by Hannah Kimmel

How to make every year of high school count

• Get involved! Many students from high schools all over the country apply to colleges everywhere. Standing out is important. • Select courses that will contribute to graduation requirements. • Meet with counselors often and keep options open for any college. • Stay informed about possible interesting majors and keep a lookout for high school classes related to them.

• Find information about the PSAT and PLAN tests to take in October or November. These tests help to prepare for the ACT and SAT. • Take more difficult classes instead of an “easy A.” Colleges look for students that challenge themselves. However, do not take a course that will lower a GPA. • Try new activities. A fun, new after-school interest always looks great on college applications.

• Work hard in and out of class. Junior year is important to colleges and is looked at closely. • Review college entrance requirements to build the perfect schedule for next year. • Start researching for financial aid, grants or work-study opportunities that can help pay for college tuition. • Study for the ACT and SAT tests. These are important and can be taken numerous times.

• Register to take, or retake, the SAT or ACT tests that are available in December or January. • Colleges require scores above a specific level for admittance, so retake any test with a low score. • Organize by making a schedule of admissions and financial aid deadlines. • Continue to meet with a counselor about applying to selected colleges. • Make sure to keep grades up. Colleges can reject applications after they have been accepted.

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This sandwich shop is dedicated to making high quality sandwiches. They look for opportunities to buy local produce and never have ingredients delivered pre-sliced.

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ooking is a required skill for functioning properly as an adult, and the students taking the Culinary Arts class are learning how to properly cook for their personal life, and also for a professional career. “It helps you to be independent as an adult,” Dariah Morgan, senior and a student in the Culinary Arts program said. “By taking this class you feel a lot more experienced in the restaurant business.” Graphic by Greg Coleman The career center offers the Culinary Arts class two times per school day. However, the two classes slightly differ in daily activities. “[In the end] we get health cards, so you can “Students are in either a prep/baking cook at fast food restaurants, and if you’re old class in the morning or line cooking/serving enough, you can work at a sit down restaurant,” class in the afternoon. In the prep class they Jasmine Garcia, freshman, said. prepare foods to be served in the restaurant By taking this course, the student is exposed to like soups.,” Michele Redington, not only cooking but also working teacher of the Culinary Arts classes “The students not with various restaurant equipment, said. “The afternoon class will customer service skills and other only learn about come in later and prepare burgvarious jobs in the restaurant busicooking, they also ers and other sandwiches...to fill ness. customer orders.” “The students not only learn learn about workThe Coyote Café is opened to about cooking, they also learn ing with others as a the public from October 6, to about working with others as a team, working with team, working with customers as early May. “Our menu has common sand- customers as well well as working under pressure and wiches, soups and salads. We also as working under taking instructions from supervido a different special and dessert pressure and taking sors. They learn to be reliable and each week. People’s favorites are cooperative. There are many transthe burritos and the Coyote Cook- instructions from ferable skills useful to any career,” supervisors. There ies,” Redington says. Redington said. For the first quarter of school, “When they leave the Career are many transferMichele Redington teaches her Center they typically might work able skills useful to students the topics that they need doing prep work for a restaurant, any career.” to know for managing the restauserve, or cook. They have an introrant when it opens. duction to the field and each of the Once the restaurant opens, jobs in a restaurant.” however, the students will work All of the students work hard in it Tuesday thru Friday with Monday as a as a team to keep the restaurant up-and-running, day for classroom time for Redington to give and with a strong combination of aspiration and instruction on culinary topics. self-discipline, the Culinary Arts classes are sure to However, all of the hard work in this class provide yet another year of fantastic dining at the pays off. career center.

Tip of the spoon: Oregano, an herb used in Italian and Greek cuisine, may be useful for more than just flavor. Research has been completed on the herb, and researchers have found that oregano contains thymol, a substance that relieves the sore muscles in the mouth, throat and digestive track. In addition, they have reason to believe that oregano may help alleviate symptoms from colds, slight fevers and fungal infections.

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This restaurant serves savory bowls of Mongolian stir-fry with fresh ingredients including meats, vegetables, fruit, sauces and noodles. It is similar to a salad bar, so you can choose exactly what you want in your meal.

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This restaurant is motivated to serving high-quality burgers fresh when you order it. This restaurant also serves an exclusive item, “Smash Fries,” which is cooked in olive oil and seasoned with herbs for a healthier taste.

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One-third pound burger, fries and soda No Coast Sushi serves excellent seafood based salads, soups and dinner entrees, as well as fresh sushi.

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Salads, soups, paninis, sandwiches, wraps and loaded baked potatoes, McAllister’s Deli is a refreshing alternative a fast food sandwich shop.

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homas Jefferson played his violin when he was stuck on a portion of the Declaration of Independence. Albert Einstein played his violin when he was kicked out of school. Playing music involves every region of the brain and almost every neural subsystem, so naturally, musicians use both halves of their brain to play music. Different neural sections of the brain help process aspects of music. “I would think that musicians are better in school. It comes easier to them because they have that connection with their brain,” Devon Dorsey, sophomore, said. Science has proven this. After studying 25,000 math test scores, researchers from the Department of Education found that students involved in some sort of instrumental music scored notably higher. “Musicians have an intellectual edge,” GJHS band director Mr. Lavadie said. Using both sides of the brain also maximizes retention of information and increases proficiency in processing information, so foreign language teachers often use songs to teach their material. “The phrasing of the words [in music] makes it stick with you more,” Carol Coburn, Spanish teacher, said. The tempo of music is another element that affects retention of information. According to the Center for New Discoveries in Learning, music with the tempo 60 beats per minute helps a person retain information better than at any other tempo. Dr. George Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychologist, used this information to create a highly effetive program for learning foreign language using songs from the baroque period with this tempo. The average retention rate of students was 92 percent. Engaging the brain through musical activities clearly proves to be a benefit to the brain.

ongs can move people to tears or pump them up for a big game. Emotions play a huge role in how people respond to music. How a person emotionally reacts to a song is completely based on the elements of a song, such as key and tempo. A song with a slow tempo in a minor key tends to cause sadness, whereas an upbeat song in a major key causes happiness. “Piano music [makes me sad] because you can put a lot of emotion into it,” Monica Paroni, senior, said. Songs can also produce fear through dissonance, a clashing or unresolved interval or chord with a rapid beat. Children as young as four months old have had negative reactions to dissonance in songs. Beats and rhythm affect emotions as well. Predictable beats cause greater emotional responses because the brain cannot foresee changes in the music. The organizatin the piece is another element. An extremely organized piece, like a scale, the listener’s lose interest. Not only does music affect our emotions; our emotions affect how we view music, depending on our current states of mind. “[Music] changes our emotional experience,” local psychologist Roger Miller said. “It either enhances it or simply changes it.” Performance also plays a big part in how a person emotionally reacts to music. “I’ve affected people emotionally through my performances by trying to portray my emotions through the song I’m singing,” Kyndal Elliot, junior, said. Whether music is the cause of our emotions, or our emotions determine what music we want to hear, it proves its effects in our lives.

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born. Discovered by Alexandra Lamont of Keele University, fetuses can hear music in the womb 20 weeks after conception. A year after the children were born, they preferred the music they heard in the womb. Around the age of two, people show preference towards music that has defined and predictable chords. “My kids really like songs from Veggie Tales” because of their simpler melodies, teacher Justin Whiteford said. As children get older, they want a song with more of a challenge, and eventually they develop an intellectual interest in music. “My kids have a really distinctive taste” in music, GJHS French teacher Jodee Cronk, said. These musical preferences are dependent on many factors. Depending on the person, mood or type of song, a person can reject it. “[What I like] mostly depends on my mood, but I really enjoy loud, crazy music,” Bailey Evans, junior, said. Rhythm is another element that attracts us to certain types of music. A complex rhythm, like in Latin music, only attracts a certain group of people. Others cannot stand a complex rhythm and like a more predictable rhythm. “I like the faster [rhythms] that are funk type beats,” Michael Foster said. Liking a certain type of music also has a social component. Based on our familiarity with a singer or musician, the meaning of the music and awareness of what our friends and family like, we are more partial towards certain types “I really likes 40s music because my dad use to play it on our road trips,” Savahnna Hansen, junior, said. Everyone’s music tastes depends on the same factors but affects them in a variety of ways.

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This is their fourth studio album. All the tracks stay true to the band’s style of alternative metal and post-grunge rock.

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Many high school students roam the Junction hallways not sure where they belong. Monica Paroni is an exception and discovered herself through singing. “I’ve always wanted to pursue something, and I think I have a pretty good voice so why not [pursue] singing?” Paroni said. “My voice is something I will have forever.” “Most people play music because they love music, but I sing because I appreciate music,” Paroni said. The more she pursues singing, the more her appreciation for it has grown. When she was 13 years been successful. She made Meisters, Westwinds old, she and her neighbor started and Carminas. a band called “Paroni Jones “I love having attention. I’m not going to lie,” Duo,” formerly Paroni said. known as “The “Most people play Her ultimate dream is to sing and Grey Daisies.” dance around the set of Saturday music because When she got Night Live. they love music, to high school, she “I don’t want to be crazy famous but I sing because I like Miley Cyrus,” Paroni said. “But took three choir classes, and her love appreciate music. it would be cool to become famous for music grew even one day.” more. She hopes to pursue her dreams that will Paroni is passionate about one day take her to New York City’s Rockefeller singing because her career has Center.

Miranda Lambert-Revolution With the song “Dead Flowers” taking root in Country radio’s Top 40, two-time Grammy nominee Miranda Lambert’s third album, Revolution, is a mix of classic country and modern beats.

Paramore-Brand New Eyes This is their third album. It has tracks that are more mature and lyrically complex than previous albums, but the band still retains their strong rock vibe.

A.F.I. - Crash Love This is their 8th studio album. It is rumored to be the punk rock band’s most ambitious effort to date that has everything from classic rock riffs to deep, haunting vocals.

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Art Center Update The Art Center’s new exhibit “Sun Worshippers and Junk Yard Dogs” is open Sept. 11 through Nov. 7. Twelve artists created artwork for the exhibit. “[The exhibit] deals with the issues of today,” Camille Silverman, the program and exhibitions curator, said. “Most of the pieces in this exhibit are about taking something old and making it new.”

1 4 1. Animusic Reality II by George Adams 2. Autumn Whispers by Susan Wallace

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3. Starling by Ramon Danso

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Lost Found and

Being rescued takes on different forms in every person’s life, but regardless of the circumstance, the realization that something is wrong never changes. When a 3-year-old falls off a swing and scrapes his knee, he swells with fear and confusion at the sight of his own blood for the ďŹ rst time. Luckily, Mom is always moments away carrying a neon bandage and candy that helps every bump and bruise. When a 9-yearold gets lost on the way back from the bathroom in a restaurant, a friendly waiter is there to guide her back. But what happens when the victim is not nine, but 19? Who comes to the rescue when the restaurant becomes a forest reserve, and the scraped knee becomes a life threatening injury? As the surrogate mothers of outdoor adventure, Search and Rescue volunteers and the Flight for Life medical team will be there.

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If someone is injured, they have a better chance of survival if there are others there to help

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Make sure somebody knows where you are going and when you are coming back.

Spread the word

Distress - three evenly spaced signals (whistles, flashes from a mirror, etc.) given within 30 seconds. Repeat as required.

Know your limits

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Six safety tips to know before5venturing inot the outdoors

Know what you will need for your trip. For a full list if items you should take, visit www.fs.fed.us/safety/outdoor/ checklist.shtml

Leave Prepared

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itting down to dinner after a long, stressful day at work, a pager goes off and they are headed out the door to find a missing group of teens hiking in Bangs Canyon. landing directly on his head with After the search goes on for force that cracked his helmet. 36 hours, they call in for help “It hurt a lot. my nose cracked from the Flight for Life team, and open, and I had dirt raspberries all ndestructible. Daring. Eager. they find the teens 48 hours later. along my back, left arm and left Words like these guide the thoughts and They go back to their regular jobs leg. It was like extreme road rash,” actions of many teenagers. As teens pursue the next day. These events are nothReed said. their next thrill caution is often forgotten. ing out of the ordinary for Search “Now, when I go on missions I He could not feel the massive Focusing on nothing except the next adrenaand Rescue volunteers Joanne Black am always thinking, ‘someone out amount of blood streaming from line rush, teens will quickly find themselves in and Bill Thomas. there is about to have the blackest the back of his head, life threatening situations and SAR is a nonprofit, volunteer day they could ever imagine’, and but he could see it as it falls in the hands of Search and organization that performs rescues ”My nose cracked how I want to help them.” it ran down his arm. Rescue teams to assist them. all over the Grand Valley. Black and open. I was bleedFor Black, to know it is some“I knew it was bad With its towering mountains, streamThomas combined have served a one’s family member she is searching in random places news. I was thinking, ing rivers and miles of sandy desert, the total of 32 years on SAR. ing for is always in the back of her ‘He’s got to get out Grand Valley is full of options for from sliding along the During their time working mind, especially when it is a child. of here quick,” Steele outdoor recreation. together, they have developed a dirt.” “As a mother, it always gets to you. It said. Whether it is hiking, canal family-like bond with the Search is someone’s kid you have to find,” Black While waiting jumping, skiing, floating and Rescue team. said. for the paramedics to arrive, Steele the river in the summer, diving in to Whether they are training or in However, when a rescue is successful, the struggled to keep Reed awake. potholes or dirt biking, Colorado the field, each member depends on reward is unmatched. “He knew that I had a concusteens cannot help having a the rest to ensure the victims safety For Thomas, his most rewarding memory was a sion, and he was just really worried strong sixth sense for advenas well as their own. life-changing mission involving a fiveabout the massive amount of bleedture. “It’s truly a team year- old boy lost in a snowstorm. After ing” Reed said. Parents may warn of thing. We trust each ”Someone out there searching through the night, Thomas When paramedics were unable the dangers involved in other with our lives,” is about to have the was able to reunite him with his mother. to lift Reed out of the steep bowl, a some activities, but no one Thomas said. “The look of joy on that mother’s blackest day they Flight for Life helicopter was called believes anything is going to Between meetings, face, if there was an image to describe in. could ever imagine. ” happen. practice and frequent why I do this job, that would be it,” The paramedics who managed However, it is very comspontaneous misThomas said. to hike down to the bowl struggled mon for teens to be ressions, they have to be For Black, the joy of helping someone in need to stem the bleeding in the hour it cued from some of the most ready at a moment’s notice, wearing motivates her to continue volunteering. took for the helicopter to arrive. ordinary outdoor activities. their pagers 24 hours a day, seven “It is gratifying to be able to help someReed was lifted into a basket and Although not always spoken about days a week. one out of a situation for whatever carried out of the hills and then in the news, several rescues happen Between volunteering for SAR, reason got them into it. It’s like, fl own to a nearby hospital. His every week in Mesa County. Colorado Discover Ability, her wow, we really made someone’s day concussion caused him to remain Vacationing in Texas, senior Kevin son’s Boy Scout group, KAFM a lot easier,” Black said. unconscious for the rest of the day Reed was enjoying a month of outdoor fun and working as a special education Many missions for which SAR and night. and relaxation with his close friend Bass instructional assistant at Broadway is called out involve teens. Being If it were not for the actions Steele. Elementary, Black’s free time is especially active outdoors, teens of Steele and assistance of Flight Reed and Steele decided to go dirt sparse. can easily find themselves in for Life, Reeds injuries could have biking outside Marble Falls, a beautiful “It’s difficult. We say ‘Family, danger. taken a much bigger toll. lakeside community located in the heart jobs, then SAR’ but sometimes that “There was a mission at Cot“I’d be dead right now,” Reed of the Texas Hill Country. gets skewed,” Black said. tonwood Lake where a kid didn’t said. Reed wore basic motor cross Despite Black’s constant balancshow up at dark and his mom called After his experience, Reed’s gear for the ride, including boots, ing act, her family does their best to Search and Rescue. We found him the awareness of biking and adventure jeans, a jersey and a helmet. support her. next day and brought him back. He was has changed. Several hours into the “My kids do a lot for the team, safe,” Thomas said. “Don’t do anything you’re not ride, “We were in the they are very much involved.” According to Thomas, this teen made capable of, and wear a helmet no back bowls when I hit a When Black leaves on a mission, a simple mistake, but that one mistake lead matter what you’re doing,” Reed jump that I definitely her family does not know whether to more mistakes that sent him farther into said. couldn’t handle,” it will be three hours or three days danger. As a teenager, a sense of advenReed said. before she returns. “Teens need to remember to be smart ture and danger is a part of everyAs the bike “We have enough gear to be out and take care in their outdoor activities,” day life. wobbled beneath searching for up to 48 hours,” Black Black said. It does not matter how many him, Reed grabbed said. However, when precaution fails, times a teen has hiked that trail, frantically at the Through the years, rescue volit is the SAR volunteers who fl oated that river or biked those brakes. While the unteers have saved countless lives. will sacrifice their own lives hills. jump was not big, Reed Thomas alone has been on over to protect others’. As Reed found out, life can be was unable to regain con1,200 missions. unpredictable. trol of the bike. Twenty-six years ago,Thomas It only takes one time for someSteele watched helpstarted a program to teach kids thing to go from perfectly normal lessly from behind. what to do when they got lost and to terribly wrong. “At first I thought he was fine. He later joined SAR to enhance his hit a jump and just ate it,” knowledge. Steele said. “Back then it was a good way Reed was far from fine, to learn new skills. Now I do it for completely different reasons,” Thomas said. Thomas’ wife died 19 years ago, bringing new meaning to his volunteer work.

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If someone is injured, they have a better chance of survival if there are others there to help

alone

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Make sure somebody knows where you are going and when you are coming back.

Spread the word

Distress - three evenly spaced signals (whistles, flashes from a mirror, etc.) given within 30 seconds. Repeat as required.

Know your limits

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Six safety tips to know before5venturing inot the outdoors

Know what you will need for your trip. For a full list if items you should take, visit www.fs.fed.us/safety/outdoor/ checklist.shtml

Leave Prepared

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2 Check the Weather

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Know signals

itting down to dinner after a long, stressful day at work, a pager goes off and they are headed out the door to find a missing group of teens hiking in Bangs Canyon. landing directly on his head with After the search goes on for force that cracked his helmet. 36 hours, they call in for help “It hurt a lot. my nose cracked from the Flight for Life team, and open, and I had dirt raspberries all ndestructible. Daring. Eager. they find the teens 48 hours later. along my back, left arm and left Words like these guide the thoughts and They go back to their regular jobs leg. It was like extreme road rash,” actions of many teenagers. As teens pursue the next day. These events are nothReed said. their next thrill caution is often forgotten. ing out of the ordinary for Search “Now, when I go on missions I He could not feel the massive Focusing on nothing except the next adrenaand Rescue volunteers Joanne Black am always thinking, ‘someone out amount of blood streaming from line rush, teens will quickly find themselves in and Bill Thomas. there is about to have the blackest the back of his head, life threatening situations and SAR is a nonprofit, volunteer day they could ever imagine’, and but he could see it as it falls in the hands of Search and organization that performs rescues ”My nose cracked how I want to help them.” it ran down his arm. Rescue teams to assist them. all over the Grand Valley. Black and open. I was bleedFor Black, to know it is some“I knew it was bad With its towering mountains, streamThomas combined have served a one’s family member she is searching in random places news. I was thinking, ing rivers and miles of sandy desert, the total of 32 years on SAR. ing for is always in the back of her ‘He’s got to get out Grand Valley is full of options for from sliding along the During their time working mind, especially when it is a child. of here quick,” Steele outdoor recreation. together, they have developed a dirt.” “As a mother, it always gets to you. It said. Whether it is hiking, canal family-like bond with the Search is someone’s kid you have to find,” Black While waiting jumping, skiing, floating and Rescue team. said. for the paramedics to arrive, Steele the river in the summer, diving in to Whether they are training or in However, when a rescue is successful, the struggled to keep Reed awake. potholes or dirt biking, Colorado the field, each member depends on reward is unmatched. “He knew that I had a concusteens cannot help having a the rest to ensure the victims safety For Thomas, his most rewarding memory was a sion, and he was just really worried strong sixth sense for advenas well as their own. life-changing mission involving a fiveabout the massive amount of bleedture. “It’s truly a team year- old boy lost in a snowstorm. After ing” Reed said. Parents may warn of thing. We trust each ”Someone out there searching through the night, Thomas When paramedics were unable the dangers involved in other with our lives,” is about to have the was able to reunite him with his mother. to lift Reed out of the steep bowl, a some activities, but no one Thomas said. “The look of joy on that mother’s blackest day they Flight for Life helicopter was called believes anything is going to Between meetings, face, if there was an image to describe in. could ever imagine. ” happen. practice and frequent why I do this job, that would be it,” The paramedics who managed However, it is very comspontaneous misThomas said. to hike down to the bowl struggled mon for teens to be ressions, they have to be For Black, the joy of helping someone in need to stem the bleeding in the hour it cued from some of the most ready at a moment’s notice, wearing motivates her to continue volunteering. took for the helicopter to arrive. ordinary outdoor activities. their pagers 24 hours a day, seven “It is gratifying to be able to help someReed was lifted into a basket and Although not always spoken about days a week. one out of a situation for whatever carried out of the hills and then in the news, several rescues happen Between volunteering for SAR, reason got them into it. It’s like, fl own to a nearby hospital. His every week in Mesa County. Colorado Discover Ability, her wow, we really made someone’s day concussion caused him to remain Vacationing in Texas, senior Kevin son’s Boy Scout group, KAFM a lot easier,” Black said. unconscious for the rest of the day Reed was enjoying a month of outdoor fun and working as a special education Many missions for which SAR and night. and relaxation with his close friend Bass instructional assistant at Broadway is called out involve teens. Being If it were not for the actions Steele. Elementary, Black’s free time is especially active outdoors, teens of Steele and assistance of Flight Reed and Steele decided to go dirt sparse. can easily find themselves in for Life, Reeds injuries could have biking outside Marble Falls, a beautiful “It’s difficult. We say ‘Family, danger. taken a much bigger toll. lakeside community located in the heart jobs, then SAR’ but sometimes that “There was a mission at Cot“I’d be dead right now,” Reed of the Texas Hill Country. gets skewed,” Black said. tonwood Lake where a kid didn’t said. Reed wore basic motor cross Despite Black’s constant balancshow up at dark and his mom called After his experience, Reed’s gear for the ride, including boots, ing act, her family does their best to Search and Rescue. We found him the awareness of biking and adventure jeans, a jersey and a helmet. support her. next day and brought him back. He was has changed. Several hours into the “My kids do a lot for the team, safe,” Thomas said. “Don’t do anything you’re not ride, “We were in the they are very much involved.” According to Thomas, this teen made capable of, and wear a helmet no back bowls when I hit a When Black leaves on a mission, a simple mistake, but that one mistake lead matter what you’re doing,” Reed jump that I definitely her family does not know whether to more mistakes that sent him farther into said. couldn’t handle,” it will be three hours or three days danger. As a teenager, a sense of advenReed said. before she returns. “Teens need to remember to be smart ture and danger is a part of everyAs the bike “We have enough gear to be out and take care in their outdoor activities,” day life. wobbled beneath searching for up to 48 hours,” Black Black said. It does not matter how many him, Reed grabbed said. However, when precaution fails, times a teen has hiked that trail, frantically at the Through the years, rescue volit is the SAR volunteers who fl oated that river or biked those brakes. While the unteers have saved countless lives. will sacrifice their own lives hills. jump was not big, Reed Thomas alone has been on over to protect others’. As Reed found out, life can be was unable to regain con1,200 missions. unpredictable. trol of the bike. Twenty-six years ago,Thomas It only takes one time for someSteele watched helpstarted a program to teach kids thing to go from perfectly normal lessly from behind. what to do when they got lost and to terribly wrong. “At first I thought he was fine. He later joined SAR to enhance his hit a jump and just ate it,” knowledge. Steele said. “Back then it was a good way Reed was far from fine, to learn new skills. Now I do it for completely different reasons,” Thomas said. Thomas’ wife died 19 years ago, bringing new meaning to his volunteer work.

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Health care:

frozen in conflict

People are bitterly divided over the topic of health care reform, and a solution seems far away Madison Gurley

allow for almost all of these people to have with this plan. There are the people who do not believe adequate coverage without being paid for by in the government providing subsidies. Then there are merica is once again struggling for Americans’ taxes. the people who are ignorant, the people who live in fear,” and against the idea of a health Economically, America is having a hard time Daniels said. care reform. Insurance companies efficiently providing adequate coverage. Some who do not support the health care reform believe have been accused of charging too “As a country we spend almost a fifth of our the plan is socialistic. much for health insurance and not giving economy on health care,” Bennet “Socialistic means that the government enough coverage, driving down the number said. would control health care,” Daniels said. “We have to do it of Americans that are able to afford it and the However, many people in In America’s health care system, the doctor well. We have to numbers of people who are liable to receive it. America are still going without and provider are chosen by the individual. “There is no question we need to do health insurance. do it right.” In a socialistic health care system, private something different in economic terms,” Compared to other health care insurance companies do not exist. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet said. systems, America’s is as efficient as it “Private insurance will always be available The cost of insurance is rising. In 2008, could be. [in America], just at a lower cost, and it provides 46.3 million people went without health “Economically, we can’t afford not to have a competition for insurance companies,” Daniels said. insurance. The total number of Americans health care reform,” Daniels said. Many Americans are still suffering from the burden of covered is miniscule compared to the amount To continue with the current system, the being uninsured. the U.S. spends on the health care system. deficit would increase because of the money being “In Colorado last year we passed the Health Care For Colorado alone, “the cost of health poured into this system, only further damaging Affordability Act as a way to insure people that can’t afford care insurance has gone up 97 percent in the economy. it. This act is to cover another 100,000 people,” Ritter said. the past 10 years and Colorado “[The] federal budget deficit In Grand Junction, the effects of the reform are most citizen’s incomes have gone down “The health should be a huge concern to likely not going to have a massive impact on the city. by $800 per year in the past students because we refuse to pay “The health delivery system here has taken a good delivery system 10 years. Small business pays now and this will leave massive debt approach. Grand Junction will be a model for the rest of the here has taken a 18 percent more just because in the future,” Bennet said. country,” Bennet said. good approach. they are small. We need to President Obama’s plan suggests The health reform aims to lower health care costs by make it more affordable so their Grand Junction will paying $9 billion up front to control requiring and providing health coverage for all citizens. businesses can grow,” Bennet Like many other government-run programs such as be a model for the the budget deficit. said. “There is a lot of disagreement the postal service and education, there are private sectors rest of the country.” of what the answer is but no Americans who cannot that contribute to these and provide competition in the afford health care insurance are disagreement that we need to change workplace. left without health coverage. If they need the status quo,” Bennet said. Assembling an affordable plan that covers all of America’s emergency health care, it would be paid for by The plan changes frequently, and many new needs and also one that will be approved by the majority taxes. modifications and suggestions are made each day will take some time. Martell Daniels, President of the to the six different bills. “We have to do it well. We have to do it right,” Senator Democratic Party of Grand Junction said, There are a number of people who disagree Bennet said. “We have a moral obligation to take care of with Obama’s suggested reform. The several bills now circulating currently could provide those who need it,” and the reform would “There are two reasons why people don’t agree a solution for America’s health care system.

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Health care crisis hits home Kimberlyn Bennett For many high school students, health care is not an issue until they take that hard tackle in football, go off a jump too high while skiing or simply take a wrong step and fall down the stairs. Indeed, health care is not an issue until they crash and burn. 46.3 million Americans share the same pain and are lacking health care insurance. Each and every day, people wonder how they are going to afford medical care, or go without care. However, Mesa County residents can turn to many alternatives. St. Mary’s Hospital has certain Gov. Bill Ritter discussed and answered questions about health care programs to help patients on a tight reform in Colorado on Sept. 11. Photo by Kimberlyn Bennet income. A patient can set up a payment plan, apply following year to ensure eligibility. for financial aid or see if they are eligible for Marillac only accepts the uninsured, but their dental prothe Colorado Indigent Care Program, which gram does allow CIP and Medicaid insurance policies. distributes state and federal funds to health Through Marillac, patients can also apply for the Medicacare providers to offer discounts to Colorado tion Assistance program, which provides patients with ongoing residents. medication free of charge. Another alternative, Marillac Clinic, proBeing a non-profit organization, Marillac depends on dovides uninsured Mesa County citizens with nors, foundations and grants to account for 77 percent of its low to moderate incomes with dental, optical, revenue. medical, and integrated mental health care. “We’re always working on 10 to 20 grants at a time,” “We offer multiple services under one Schmidt said. roof,” Director of Community in Consumer Grants come from United Way of Mesa County, local civic Relations at Marillac, Kristy Schmidt said. organizations, private foundations and public programs. Marillac’s payment policy is on a sliding Marillac is also funded through the help of volunteers. An scale and based on the patient’s income. Payestimated 40 volunteers are involved in the health care system ments are made in co-payments, due at the at any given time. time of service. Volunteers gave 7,181 hours in the last full fiscal year, which To receive treatment from Marillac, one is the equivalency of 3.45 full time positions and a value of must be eligible and go through an application $217,334. and screening process, which involves provThanks to the volunteers, Marillac provided 30,000 patient ing Mesa County residency and estimating a visits last year. yearly income. The process can take from two days to one week. Once an application is approved, Marillac For more information contact Marillac Clinic Clinic’s services are available through ap2333 N. Sixth St. (970) 255-1782 pointments, but all patients must reapply the

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Amount of money Grand Junction spent per Medicare patient in 2006.

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Percent of Medicare patients required readmission 30 days after a hospital visit.

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The year Grand Junction doctors, struggling to get reimbursed by Medicaid, formed the nonprofit HMO, Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

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Children on Medicare through the HMO are 4 times as likely as other Colorado Medicaid children to receive all immunization treatment.

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Adults on Medicare through the HMO were up to ten times as likely as other Colorado Medicaid patients to get comprehensive diabetes care.

Be proactive, 3 1 Cover 2 everyone: It not reactive is cheaper

When the uninsured seek health care, they generally arrive sicker, requiring more resources than insured people. Thus, the US spends more per capita with less impressive results.

With any form of health care, prevention pays. One easy example: “widely available free screening for colon and breast cancer alone could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars annually.”-Time Magazine

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Why high school students should be concerned cover a wider range of health concerns such as surgical procedures, physical therapy, tests/proceEntering college forces students to take dures and x-rays. on many new responsibilities, one of which is CSU offers insurance plans that cover one stumaking sure their health care is covered. dent for $596 to about $950, depending on the “I don’t really know [how well I am hanlength of the policy. dling health care in college]. I haven’t gotten For students who are not interested in purchassick or anything but I think I might still be ing a health insurance plan from their school, the on my parents plan with Rocky Mountain American College Health Association can assist HMO.” Ryan Steel, sophomore at Colorado them in finding an appropriate health insurance State University said. plan. Steel is not the only college student who is ACHA student memberships are open to not sure of his health care plans. Many other students who are recognized as students at a students remain uncertain of their insurance college/university, and who are not employed as status because they are currently not in need “professional” or “civil service” employees at the of health care. institution’s health service. Some students may remain on their parent’s It is important for students to research the covhealth care plans while others must either find erage offered by various health care plans includtheir own insurance plan, or ing co-pays on doctor visits and rely on the health care availdrug prescriptions before they “Twenty percent of able at their college. purchase a plan. traditional-age college Students who are covered Twenty percent of traditionalby their parent’s private insur- students do not have age college students don’t have ance plans may contact the health insurance. The health insurance, according to provider to see if their coverthe Government Accountability reality is, accidents and age can continue and if so, for Office. illnesses do happen, how long. “The reality is, accidents and even to young people.” illnesses do happen, even to For example, Mesa State sophomore Tyler Brunback young people,” Denny Ebersol, is still covered by his parent’s and insurance broker in New health insurance plan with Rocky Mountain Orleans and boards member of the National AssoHMO because they offer it until he is not in ciation of Health Underwriters said. school anymore. Not all students will be able It is imperative that those students without to continue receiving health care from their health care are covered and those who do have the previous provider, but various other options opportunity to recieve health care choose their exist. plan wisely. Most Colorado colleges have student health centers that provide general health care for common health problems, minor injuries and some annual exams. Not all colleges offer the same health services, so it is a good idea to explore the services offered by different campuses and consider Students can obtain membership at purchasing a separate health care plan. ACHA by logging on at acha.org or Many in-state colleges offer health insurcontacting them by phone at (410) 859ance plans that are available for purchase at 1510. the beginning of each semester. These plans

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Tips to finding the right health care plan Recheck benefits... of current plan or plan you wish to apply for. If you or your parents have employer-sponsored insurance, make sure that it will allow a fulltime students to remain on the policy. Take note that policies may change from year to year.

Verify coverage... of current plan and research coverage of plans you wish to apply for. Call the insurer and find out whether there are networkaffiliated doctors and other health care providers close to the college you will attend. If not, ask whether out-of-network providers are at least partly covered by your plan and what percentage of their fees you will be expected to pay.

Watch out... for loopholes in group health care policies. If a student is forced to take a leave from school or cut back on classes due to an injury or illness, some policies consider that student no longer full time and thus no longer eligible for coverage.

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Health care... A glimpse at the health care system in other countries Alex Tennant and Gina Papas

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he Cuban government provides free health care for all it`s citizens. Cuba’s health care provides universal, accessible, and free health services. The Family Doctor Plan, a main part of the health care system requires each small town to have a doctor which citizens can visit free of charge. There is one doctor per every 200 citizens; this is twice the ratio of doctors to patients in America, where there is about one doctor per 400 citizens. These doctors live in the buildings where they provide care, and they keep updated histories on all their patients. Cuba’s universal health care system is producing a population that is as healthy as those of the world’s wealthiest countries, but they only pay for a fraction of the cost.

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anada`s government funded national health care system has provided coverage for 32 million people since 1962. The Government has continued to provide a health care system that is universally available to permanent residents. The publically administered system offers portable health care to citizens in the country, as well as those who travel abroad. Laws for the government funded health care vary by province or territory. Personal taxes and cooperate income taxes are used to fund the health care by provincial and territorial governments. Most of the government health care budget goes straight to hospitals. According to a joint Canada/United States survey of health undertaken by centers of disease control, 87 percent of Canadians are satisfied, or somewhat satisfied with their overall health care.

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razil`s public system, Servico Unico de Saude, (National Health Service) also known as the SUS, was established by the Brazilian constitution in 1988. SUS states that all citizens should have access to health care, and are entitled to full and complete medical coverage. This is paid for by the Federal Government via the countries social security budget. SUS covers anyone who is a Brazilian citizen, or anyone legally visiting Brazil. Citizens do not pay for doctor fees, lab fees, hospitalization, surgery, or prescription drugs. Beyond the national government health care offered, individuals can purchase private insurance, which many people feel is beneficial. For private health care, Brazilians pay a monthly premium, which decreases over time if a claim is not made. A private medical provider in Brazil, “UniMed” quotes 277 dollars per month, for full coverage for a family of three. Brazil’s health care policies aim to provide all citizens equal medical coverage. 30

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n Sudan, very little government funding is given to health care. Sudan lacks the currency to buy most elementary drugs and the most basic medical supplies in hospitals used in order to provide patients with the utmost care. Malnutrition also made the people more susceptible to the many fatal diseases present in Sudan. Due to the war between the north and the south, more people are facing disease and wounds. Patients must pay for the medical treatment they receive. Patients and their families are left with the burden of large hospital bills. The money that patients are given is a small amount, even after being coupled with the taxes from medical doctors and medical providers. A plan from the 1970’s aimed at providing primary health care all across the country, but has failed because of the lack of Sudan’s finances, as a result of the civil war.


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weden has a universal health care system, which covers all citizens and is funded by the government’s levied taxes. Private health care is also an option in Sweden, which three percent of Swedish use. In the government provided health care system, services provided vary based on needs. Emergencies or urgent cases take precedence and are seen immediately. For a patient to see a primary physician, it takes three days after contacting the clinic to receive an appointment. If a patient is referred to a specialist, then they will receive an appointment within 14 days. However, if the specialist deems treatment appropriate, a patient will be given treatment within 30 days. The patient will also be reimbursed for all travel expensive to and from the hospital or clinic.

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ealth insurance in Nepal is almost nonexistent because of the extremely high number of patient demands that cannot be met. Patients pay 70 percent of the cost of health care out of pocket. Twenty percent of people have to walk three days to receive medical treatment. Nepalese can use a private sector, but that is very expensive. Consequently, most are left in debt and impoverished. Some Nepalese turn to alternative health care such as the jhankri, the medicine man or shaman. People who believe their illness was caused by the supernatural are cured or seen by the jhankri. To prevent illnesses, people wear charms or ornaments, avoid specific foods, and sacrifice items to the gods. Death and illnesses are sometime associated with ghost, evil spirits, planetary influences, displeasure of the ancestors, or demons.

ustralia has a universal health care system called Medicare, which provides free treatment for all patients at public hospitals and free or subsidized treatment by medical practitioners including general practitioners, specialists, participating optometrists or dentists. In addition to Medicare, a separate program called the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidizes prescription medicines. The Australian health care is funded by 1.5 percent of income taxes. Australian’s also can take out private health care ranging from ancillary to full hospital coverage. Ancillary is a type of insurance that covers dental, optical, podiatry, and physiotherapy. Full hospital coverage allows the patient to pick which hospital and doctor they wish to see. Ramsay is Australia’s largest private health care provider, with 100 facilities throughout the UK, Australia, and Indonesia.

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orth Korea’s current universal health care system was instituted in the 60s and 70s. It was intended to cover all citizens but due to economic hardships, the health care program has been considerably strained and is on the verge of collapse. The World Health Organization (WHO) made an 8 million dollar appeal in 2001 to help North Korea. “There needs to be a higher priority given to the health sector,” WHO Director, Doctor Gro Harlem Brundtland said. Because North Korea spends only three percent of its gross domestic product on health care hospitals and clinics lack basic necessities like electricity, medicine, some equipment, and running water.

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Learning to...

Balance Kim Horwitz ing to a healthy appetite can help anyone feel less hungry later in the day and more hungry for a healthy breakfast. Get exercise. By getting at least half an hour of vigorous physical activity each day, you can improve your energy and stay in good shape. Also, exercise is a great way to blow off steam and improve your mood, relieving anxiety and irratability. Stressed? Ask for help. All students should ask teachers, family, or friends if they need help. Asking for help is a sign of maturity, not weakness, and isolation is a sure way to make things worse. Write. It can help to write about the things that are bothersome and journaling is a great way to get perspective on life. It can be equally beneficial to write about the goods things; for instance, a gratitude list is guaranteed to improve a stormy attitude. Teens need to let their feelings out. They shoud talk, laugh, cry and express anger with someone they trust. The idea is to express and move through feelings rather than getting stuck in them. Do something for enjoyment. A hobby can help stressed out teens relax. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a great stress reliever and may be the most effective way to boost self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Learn ways to relax. This includes meditation, self-hypnosis, breathing exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, massage, aromatherapy and motionbased practices such as yoga, horseback riding, bowling, golf, running, badminton and frisbee. Focus on the present. Try mindfulness practices (like meditation); appreciation of nature, art and music and becoming a great listener. Find ways to keep from ruminating on the past or future. Look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine. Express creativity daily. Sing along with or dance to favorite music; learn to draw, doodle, paint, make pottery, sculpt; play a musical instrument; learn to write poetry or fiction; become a photographer; learn to act. Connect. Humans are social animals and friendship is the perfect cure for loneliness, stress and emotional pain.

Chemicals in the water Keeping an eye out for new findings in the health Certain types of water bottles allow BPA to leech into world is important to staying healthy. Be aware. the water, therefore transferring to the human body. Recently, studies have found a chemical in certain Officials advise to refrain from leaving water bottles types of water bottles called Bisphenol A (BPA) in hot cars; temperature change can encourage that can potentially be dangerous. BPA has the BPA transfer. If buying a new water bottle, been shown to interfere with reproductive look for the label “BPA Free.” Places such as development and has been linked to REI now sell only BPA free products. cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Graphic by Kyle Rogers

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Health Advice:

The school year is now in full swing, challenging students to once again settle into a healthy and disciplined routine. Managing all aspects of life can easily become overwhelming, stressful and downright chaotic. School alone is stressful, but trying to balance homework, extracurricular activities, work and social life can seem impossible. Almost every student goes through this stressful time in his or her educational career but there are some valuable tips that may help ease the transition from summer and into the books. Manage time effectively. Anyone can get more done in shorter amounts of time by working efficiently, by staying organized and getting homework done first. It is important to prioritize and know that once people get the rough stuff done first they have earned the freedom to go play. Even if they have a lot of work on their plate, it is important to make time to take care of themself. As teenagers and students, it is vital to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Although it might sound like a lot, it is crucial for mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation causes irritability, loss of mental focus and weakens memory and creativity. By adding more sleep into anyone’s routine, they can improve their life across the board. Eat healthy food. This means getting enough of what the body needs every day and leaving out what it does not. Everyone should make sure they get at least three servings of fruit and vegetables a day, three servings of food with protein (like meat, fish, eggs, nuts or beans), three servings of dairy and three servings of complex carbohydrates like grains (such as wheat), rice or potatoes. A balanced diet is the ultimate goal and junk food and energy drinks are the ultimate enemy; they give a blast of energy followed by persistent lethargy. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for everyone because it fuels people to begin their morning and helps them remain energized throughout the day. Breakfast helps teens feel less hungry at lunchtime so they can avoid gorging and falling asleep in fifth period. Sticking with it and adjust-

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Exposure

Telluride

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all is here, and although summer is over, the outdoor adventures do not have to end. Colorado is the ideal state for staying active when the weather starts to cool off.

Trails to conquer: Liberty Cap, Lemon Sqeezer’s and No Thoroughfare.

What it offers: Hiking, and lots of it. Why we love it: It is easily accessibility. Trails range in difficulty from the challenging Liberty Cap to the less demanding Serpent’s Trail. Drawbacks: It can be hot.

What it offers: Climbing, mountain biking, film and music festivals. Why we love it: Its small mountain town feel is a great place to escape to. Telluride also has some of the best fourteeners around to climb. Drawbacks: It can cost a lot of money.

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National parks in the area: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park

What it offers: Jeeping, horseback riding, hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing, dirt-biking and skydiving Why we love it: Moab is unlike any place on the planet, and for this reason, people from all over the world come to visit. While driving there, take the scenic byway for a better view. Drawbacks: Lots of tourists. Orange&Black


What it offers: Hot springs, cave exploration, shoppng, gondola rides, river rafting and breathtaking views. Why we love it: There is so much to do for outdoor enthusiasts as well as city slickers. Drawbacks: Expect to drive a while. Graphics by Kyle Rogers

Hot Springs info: Admission: Adults $13.25 Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Days open: Daily, year round

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Lake Powell

Aspen

What it offers: Shopping, hiking and great scenic drives. Why we love it: In the fall there are not many tourists, and the colors are beautiful. Drawbacks: It is expensive.

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Disc golf

Left: Caleb Ealey watches his disk as it is flying toward the pole hole.

Josh Shettler As American society continuously stresses staying fit and healthy, people are constantly looking for fun and new ways to exercise and stay active. Many people are taking up the increasingly popular recreational sport disc golf. Disc golf is played similarly to golf but with a Frisbee. Formalized in the 1970s, disc golf shares the objective of golf, completing each round in as few strokes or in this case, throws, as possible starting from a tee area. Instead of aiming for a hole in the ground, disc golf may use a variety of targets, the most common of which is called a pole hole, an elevated metal basket. “(I like disc golf because) it’s a sport that you don’t need a lot of practice to be good at,” Lane Woodrich, senior, said. Josh Shettler In the Grand Valley, Westlake Park and Riverbend Park disc golf The ongoing presence of the H1N1 flu virus courses are currently open for in Colorado communities, as demonstrated by the disc golf use.“I usually go to the sporadic number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in one near West Middle School, but Colorado, will present a challenge to schools. my favorite is the one on 29 Road,” According to the United States Center for Dissenior Caleb Ealey said. ease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent

For more information on disc golf, visit www.pdga. com for posts on upcoming tournaments, where to find a course near you, where to buy disc golf equipment and much more.

Flu virus vaccine expected in October

Other preventative measures can be taken to decrease spread of disease

Lane Woodrich prepares to shoot for the pole hole.

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of the total confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu are ages younger than 25. However, preventative measures have been taken by the CDC to help reduce the number of H1N1 flu cases. Ordinary citizens may help as well. “We can’t predict what proportion of the population will be infected,” Dr. Harold Varmus, president of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York said. “But it is very likely that something upward of 50percent of us will be infected. All of us have a responsibility to blunt the epidemic by decreasing the spread of the virus. If people understand that they can mitigate the epidemic by washing their hands and staying home when they are sick, it means the peak of disease will occur later, when there is more vaccine available.” The Mesa County Health Department asks that everybody who has mild flu-like symptoms, including fever (the most important symptom to watch for), lethargy, sore throat, body aches, stuffy nose, headache and chills to stay home, rest and wait 24 hours after the symptoms subside until going out into public again. In addition, the MCHD says that everyone should diligently cover their mouths when cough ing and sneezing and should wash their hands frequently.

However, the flu can still spread in public from a person inflected who has only the mildest of the symptoms which is why the CDC is encouraging United States citizens to get the flu vaccine when it is available. Roughly 50 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine will be available during mid-October, but the real protection will not be available to Americans until around Thanksgiving. The vaccine will require two different shots spaced three weeks apart and will take approximately two weeks after the second dose for the vaccine to start working. Last month, the CDC identified which groups of people should have top priority with receiving one of the limited H1N1 vaccine doses. These groups include pregnant women, children six months to four years old, anyone in a household who has regular contact with infants younger than six months old, health-care workers who have direct contact with patients aged 5 to 18 who have underlying medical problems and people who have chronic health problems. “(Prioritization) is a very important step for planning vaccinations in the fall and winter,” says Anne Schuchat, director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Senior citizens are normally given top priority for seasonal flu shots. For this flu strain, however, the elderly are less likely to become infected with the strain as opposed to teenagers and young adults. Working together to prevent the spread of the virus can help save the lives of possibly millions of Americans if people can stop transmission, they can protect the people who are vulnerable. Graphic by Chelsea Shettler; Photos by Sara Harrison

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Random health facts Studies show that people who chew gum during a memory test score better than those who do not. This is because chewing gum increases your heart rate, sending more oxygen to your brain. Dartmouth University scientists have found that drinking two glasses of tea each day reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by up to 30 percent. People who enter their house through a door close to their kitchen tend to eat 15 percent more than those who enter through a front door. Wearing a backpack while walking burns 50 more calories per hour than not wearing one.

Exhaling when you have your picture taken can make you look up to 10 pounds lighter on the picture as opposed to if you inhale when the picture is taken. According to government researchers, going on brisk walks regularly reduces the odds of develoing cataracts or other age-related vision problems as an adult. Eating fruits and vegetables may help your body make its own aspirin. Taking an hour nap can improve your alertness for up to 10 hours. Source: Women’s World and On Fittness Magazine

Three steps to flat abs Mary Steel Josh Shettler

Step 1:

Lay down (preferably on carpet or a mat) and interlock your hands, place them behind your head. Your legs should be bent with your knees pointing toward the ceiling while your feet are still planted firmly on the ground. a breath and then start Step 2: Take to squeeze your abdominal

muscles as you start to lift your shoulders off the ground. abs should still be contracted Step 3: Your and your body should be curled about

halfway to a sit up. At this point your shoulders should be completely off the ground. Your eyes should be focused on your knees or better yet the ceiling. This makes sure that your neck is the main drive behind your crunch.

Why doing crunches is good for your sport: Naturally, core fitness is especially important for people playing sports. When you need that extra push to win, you reach into your core. Also, having extra muscle is beneficial and helps with flexibility. Why doing crunches is healthy overall: The more muscle you have, the more calories your body puts toward energy and not your love handles. This means it is necessary to consume more, which means eating more and not gaining weight. Not to mention, it works away at stubborn belly fat (commonly known as a happy layer). Also, being fit overall is a great way to avoid straining muscles.

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2 Freshman Cameron Honnen practices the marching band’s halftime show after school.

1 Senior Jesse Smith is duct-taped to a wall during an experiment in physics class.

4 Juniors Josh Flint and Zach Gibson celebrate Young Life’s annual Muckfest on Aug. 31 at Canyon View Park.

3 Seniors Brendan Ryan, Mark Stern and Barak Cupp show their tiger pride, Sept. 12 at the tailgate before the game.

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5 The drama club rehearses at the Mesa County Courthouse for the fall play “12 Angry Women,” which will be performed Nov. 5-7.

Alex Tennant (1), Haleigh Jacobson (3), Carson Laudadio (2), Maria LeFebre (4), Courtesy of George Brown

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1 Freshmen Rachel Doty and Charlie strother and enior Sami Knight perform as a part of the GJHS Poms team Setp. 12 during halftime.

3 Seniors Steven Poling and Stuart Foster dance to the song “Macho Man� by the Village People at the annual 80s dance on Sept. 11.

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4 Sophomore Laura Lockwood plays the marimba during marching band practice after school. Orange&Black

Seniors Michelle Schafer and Dillion Berray get busy on clean up with other Link Crew leaders at the freshman social.

Haleigh Jacobson (1,2) , Carson Laudadio (3), Maria LeFebre (4) , Sara Harrison (5)

Sophomore Stephen Baldwin, junior Zach Baier, and sophomores John Weisler and Anders Carlson watch varsity tennis play Air Academy Sept. 15.

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Jordan Bridge former student at Grand Junction High School from 2005-2009, who played varsity tennis both freshman and sophomore year. After winning a state championship at the number one singles spot his sophomore year he entered the pro circuit. Currently he is playing varsity tennis at the California Polytechnic State University while still participating within the pro circuit.

Marques Harris

,a former student at GJHS from 1996-2000, competed in football, baseball and wrestling. He was an All-State athlete his senior year as well as a state champion in wrestling. Harris went to Colorado University from 2000-2003 and Southern Utah University in 2004 where he was third team AllAmerica and first team in the Great West Football Conference. Harris signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2005 and played until 2008. In 2009, he signed with the San Francisco 49er’s, where he continues to play.

Geoff Baldwin attended GJHS from 2005-

2009 and played baseball and basketball. He played as a first baseman and pitcher for GJHS. Baldwin played varsity all four years of his baseball career, and was selected as an AllColorado member his senior year. He signed to play baseball in Arizona for the Dodgers and is currently attending Arizona State University at the same time.

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Six top players from across the Grand Valley making it big in their sports careers after high school.

Eric Winder attended GJHS from 2000-2004 and played varsity golf all four years. He was selected as a member

of the All-State team, winning six tournaments his senior year. After high school, Winder played four years of college golf in Colorado Springs. Since college Winder has started been playing golf on the professional circuit.

Andrew Walters was a student at Grand Junction High School from 1997-2001. He played quarterback and was an All-Conference selection his

junior and senior year. After playing for Arizona State, he was a third round draft pick for the NFL and played as quarterback for the Oakland Raiders until 2008 and currently plays for the New England Patriots.

Sandra Elliott ,a GJHS student from 1978-1981, began playing tennis at age three and played number one singles for three years in high school. Elliott won the state title her junior and senior year but got away from the game her first year in college to play basketball. “I was burnt out on tennis after high school and once I got away for a year I realized that tennis was what I loved,” Elliott said. Elliott played four years of college tennis and went on to the professional circuit with the help of several sponsors from Grand Junction who paid her way.

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THE GAME. Jake Meyer

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Courtesy of the 1976 Tiger Yearbook (Above) Tim Foster intercepts an errant throw by a Fruita quarterback,

(Right) fans gather around Stocker Stadium to witness the 1976 state qualifer game between GJHS and Fruita High School. Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel Orange&Black

he year, 1975. The place, Tigers first half struggles on the penalties they Stocker Stadium. The were hit by. “The early penalties really hurt us, game, Fruita High School and ended some drives.” vs. Grand Junction High It appeared as if the Tigers were not going to School. The situation, potential state show up in the second half either after Fruita playoff. got yet another score but missed the extra point While all this took place over to put them up 20-0. thirty years ago, the 1975 battle beThis was not an unfamiliar scenario. Earlier tween FHS and GJHS has stood the in the year Junction would have to mount test of time and officially several comebacks, one of which “People were reached the status of bebeing the same situation where ing called “The Game.” the Tigers were down 20 points nuts. The city had Of course, the modern to Delta at halftime. brought in extra rivalries between Fruita But as former GJHS cornergrandstands and and GJHS have been a back Tim Foster said, “we were crowd control was the comebacks.” part of athletic competitions and school spirit for all over the place.” The momentum took a as long as most people dramatic turn as Fruita would can remember, but no be hit by the couple critical game, competition or event has ever turnovers later on in the half. paralleled the magnitude and greatThe first being a fumble on one of Fruita’s ness of “The Game.” kickoffs, the next being a critical interception Never before in the history of by Tim Foster. The Tigers capitalized on both, Grand Junction football had 10,000 scoring two touchdowns. fans come out to witness the Tigers With Junction only six points away from the take on their cross-town foe, Fruita, Wildcats, the stands were livened up, restoring or any team for that matter. the level of excitement to its original hype. With that kind of crowd and a This scoring spree would be halted until late South West League title on the line, into the fourth quarter, when the biggest play “The Game” can only be described of the most crucial game would occur. as “a once in a lifetime experience” With only one minute and 57 seconds left as said by the head ball coach of in the fourth quarter, someone on the Juncthe 1975 GJHS football team Ron tion offensive unit would have to step up. This Stoneburner. someone would be Eric Klein and his way of Julie Jussel, one of the 10,000 atstepping up was by making the play that is tending fans said, “People were nuts.” forever remembered as “the catch”. The city had brought in extra This miraculous play was a long bomb from grandstands and crowd control was Steve Driscroll to Eric Klein that gave the Tiall over the place.” This excitement gers the go-ahead touchdown, giving Junction spread throughout the city and “both its first lead of the game at 21-20, since Fruita towns showed up, with everyone get- had missed an extra point earlier. ting involved” said Jussel. But the Wildcats would mount a last minute Well before kickoff, the teams drive and get themselves in position for a game were fired up and ready for the highly winning field goal with only seconds remainanticipated third-ranked Frutia vs. ing. sixth-ranked Junction prime time However Fruita’s special teams woes continmatch up. ued to be extremely devastating, as they would However, only the Wildcats took miss the three points and give Junction the advantage of these pre-game emovictory in the greatest game ever played. tions since they quickly jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead. Stoneburner blames some of the 41


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“Don’t sweat the technique” “It’s ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain and a hundred percent reason to remember the name.” -Fort Minor

Mary Steel Alex Proietti

Anticipation and observaton

Most people would agree that athletics are physical, but what about mentality? Athletes use more than their body to play the game. That means using intelligence, not just muscles. State of mind can determine everything. Luckily, the mind, like the body, can be trained to win.

When facing opponents, there are some things that can help you avert a move. Recognizing little give-aways, like facial expressions or muscle tensing, can help you read your opponent’s planned movements. For example, a shifting foot can mean your rival is about to move towards that direction. People don’t realize that this applies especially to sports.

Mental preparation Many athletes and coaches implement mental focus into their games, including coaches and players at Grand Junction High School. “I mainly visualize my serves to prepare because that is very essential to my tennis game,” senior Emmie Madison said. “[Mental preparation] is very important. We put a lot into both the physical as well as the mental part of the game. We do a lot for our kids in mental preparation to get them ready for anything they see on the court,” Carol Elliott, who has been coaching tennis for 16 years, said. “We bring someone in a quarter of the season to talk about our mental preparation and how to strengthen that aspect of their games. We also put things in the handbook about it and talk about it before matches,” said Elliott.

Visualization “I focus on the plays and visualize what I should be doing to prepare,” junior Tyler Winder, a football player

said. “Visualization is one of the big time skills. It is the only way to get the mind to work how it should,” said Thompson.

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Pep talks Graphic by Kyle Rogers

Left brain People always squabble about what side of the brain does what, but most of the time these conversations are non-related to physical activity. The left side of the brain performs analytical activities, such as goal setting. This part of the brain should be used at the beginning of the season when athletes are figuring out what they want from their sport and what goals are to be accomplished. While the left side is mostly for planning, the right side ties everything together, making complex movements possible, creating flow. When training, the left side of the brain picks up mistakes and other errors; but while actually performing, the right side should be coordinating so that muscles can work together efficiently.

Many coaches turn to pep talks to motivate their team as a whole before an important event. “I am not much into pep talks. I was always a player whether it was in basketball or tennis and it was self motivation and always wanted to get out there and win,” Eliot said. “I teach my kids to work and that it has to be from within. I basically just teach them what they need to focus on to succeed.”

Outside help Many coaches and players turn to outside help for the mental aspect of their game. Kent Thompson is a mental consultant and works with the GJHS tennis team on their mental games. “[Mental preparation] is critical. I think basically anything we do is physical, mental and emotional. The better the athlete, the more important it is,” Thompson said, who played football, basketball and baseball in high school and football in college.

Tiger’s update...

Focus allows people to ignore distractions that could be a potential threat and enables them to concentrate only on their body movements and breathing.

Flow is being in a higher state of consciousness where athletes can execute their trained moves like they were trained to carry them out. This Zen-like state channels their attention into the competitive maneuvers needed to win. It should be a natural action that they can trust their bodies to fulfill without making any mistakes.

F u n d a m e n t a l s

Fundamentals are the standard physical skills developed through practice and training. The more solid the fundamentals are, the better the athelete will be able to hold up in high pressure situations. It is important to develope both a strong mental and physical game.

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Mental tenacity

Concentrating on pyschological toughness outside of actual practice is vital in improving an athletes performance. Hannah Kimmel In sports, the human body operates like a machine. The control center of this sporting machine is, of course, the brain. All the nerve cells that can be trained to perform at physical perfection are linked to the brain. Since certain nerves control muscles, and muscles control movements, it is vital for athletes to learn how to control their bodies. To do so, imagery and stimulation are effective mental techniques. The basic principle of imagery is that parts of the brain can be exercised though imagination, not the senses. Imagining scenarios in sports triggers the same areas of the brain that are used during the actual scenarios themselves only is a slightly less vivid way. Because the same pathways in the brain are used in imagery as real experience, imagery can help modify, strengthen, or possibly even create those pathways so that come game time, it’s all muscle memory and athletes will find movements come with much more ease. Imagery is an incredibly useful tool since it

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Stimulation, on the other hand, is actually experiencing something that an athlete wants his brain to cope with before the competition begins. This way, the player is fairly prepared when that happens in a game situation and can deal with the pressure. With simulation, athletes experience high pressure game-like circumstances that they may encounter in the real event. Without practice, those stressful situations could end poorly for the athlete. Since stimulation allows these realistic situations to occur, it is superior to imagery, but involves time and other resources that may not always be available. Therefore, it is best to mix these techniques together for the maximum effect, absolute psychological toughness in any circumstance.

can be practiced anywhere and at any time and athletes may visualize situations that they have never actually experienced, but would like to be prepared for anyways. Imagery allows those athletes to feel as though they have experienced those situations, so if it does happen, they can remain calm and execute everything well. If the perfect serve in tennis has been seen in the mind of an athlete prior to his game, he’ll be able to actually do that perfect serve, just as he imagined. The perfect tackle in football, the perfect pitch in softball or the perfect set in volleyball can all be realized once the athlete has taken the time to mentally focus on completing their athletic duty to their teams and themselves. Since the athlete has “seen” himself achieve his goal before, when the time comes, he can do it again with confidence and little hesitation.

Relaxation.. Athletes are performing the best when they are feeling loose without any muscle tenison.

Managing Mistakes... Learn from mistakes, move on and play in the now.

Breathing...

Rituals...

Your breating should be synchronized wtih your performance. Deep breathing helps to calm you down.

Negative SelfTalk... Keep negative talk to a minimum, if there is any talk try to make it postitive.

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Rituals help to keep athlets in a rithem and depens their consentration.

Positive Attitude... Mantain the strogenst attitude you possibly can, great competitors are positive thinkers.

Pace... Keep the same pace, even under pressure, dictating the pace of your game helps the control of your performance.

Eye Conrtol.. Eye control helps to avoid distractions and keeps your mental game in focus.

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3 Junior Joei Ritter takes a swing at the softball game on, Sept. 4.

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Junior Parker Hegstrom slams the ball during a mtch versus Fruita on Sept. 8.

Junior Andy Willett breaks through the Pomona defense during the Sept. 12 varsity football game.

The varsity football team captains prepare to meet the Pomona captains for the coin toss on Sept. 12.

4 Sophomore Garrett Harrison plays durning the Adobe Creek golf tournament on Sept. 14.

7 5 Junior Sean Foster steals the ball from a Central High School player on Sept. 15.

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Freshman Spencer Weinberg returns the ball to his Fruita High School opponent on Sept. 8.

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Orange & Black: Why do you play your sport? Jenny Kelly: It’s fun, but challenging. It’s a mental game. You really have to think. Spencer Weinberg: To have fun. It just gives me a good thrill, and keeps me busy and out of trouble. And I’m good, so I like to play it. O&B: What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on the field/court? JK: When Paula Lage threw [the ball] to second, and I missed it. It hit me in the head, and the girl sliding into second laughed at me. SW: One time I was playing doubles, I went to serve, and I hit my partner in the back of the head. It was pretty funny, but I felt bad. O&B How has playing your sport affected other parts of your life? JK: It’s made me more organized and more dedicated in everything I do. SW: The mental aspect of the game has helped me get through school. It makes me better in other sports, too, from the hand-eye coordination and footwork. O&B: How would you compare your sport to other sports? JK: You really have to be into the game. You’re involved no matter what you do. SW: I don’t think it’s as physical as other sports, but you have to be a good athlete to play tennis. O&B: Who motivates you the most? JK: Christopher, my brother, because there’s always competition between us. And my dad because he pushes me. SW: All in all, my dad. He doesn’t pressure me, just encourages. O&B: Who is your biggest fan? Critic? JK: My dad, to both. SW: Myself. I have a pretty big ego. I think others criticize me because I think I’m so good. But the team does criticize me the most. O&B: What is difficult about playing your sport during the beginning of the school year? JK: It’s easy to get behind in school work. Because it’s at the beginning of the year, we don’t get a lot of preseason stuff. SW: I’m not used to the high school tennis set-up yet. I don’t want to lose to Fruita or Central or any other rivals. There’s a lot of pressure on me. I’m expected to win. O&B: What do you do before a game/match? JK: Eat a good meal of dino nuggets, get with my team and get dressed, get the eye-black and visualize the game. SW: I just listen to pump-up-music. I get a good pre-game meal. Subway is my go-to place. O&B: What song do you have to listen to before you play? JK: The CD my friends made for the new season. SW: It’s track eight on my iPod, but I can’t think of the name. I just listen to rock songs, something to get my feet moving and oxygen flowing.

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O&B: It’s a softball game, Jenny vs. Spencer. Who wins? JK: Not Spencer. Even if we play tennis, I’d win. He can’t return my serves. SW: I’d strike her out.

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Taking the music out of Homecoming Graphic By: Chelsea

Devan Thibodaux The Grand Junction High School Homecoming dance will be held on Oct. 24, the day after the Homecoming game. Unfortunately, this year, the GJHS marching band will not be able to attend the game or dance because of the state competition, which is scheduled for the same weekend.

The Freshman Social Gillian McLean

This same thing occurred last year for both the band and orchestra. “The head football coach and I decide the best time for the dance, and it made sense to plan it after our first home game. After all, the Homecoming dance is about the Homecoming game,” school Athletic Director Greg King said . “We picked the date last winter and we generally have homecoming around that time.”

The band understands that the dance was set over a year ago, but they are still disappointed that they cannot be a part of the school-wide tradition. “It is a real bummer that the band couldn’t attend Homecoming, and they even do the halftime show normally,” Head Boy Forrest Jensen said. Read the rest of this story at GJHSnews.com

Freshman Sofie Black said. The Freshman Social ended up being fun for Black because she was one of the students who started the flour fight. “There were way too many upperclassmen,” freshamn Jeff Larsen said,“it would have been more fun if a few more freshmen [had] shown up.” The Freshman Social entertained students of all grades and helped the freshmen look forward to their next four years at GJHS.

On Tuesday Sept. 1, the Freshman Social took place on the south lawn of Grand Junction High School. At the social, there were activites varying from sumo wrestling, a grill shaped like a train, a flour fight and a Bump-N-Jump jousting ring. “It was worth going to, but not very many people came because people heard it was lame,” Check out more photos from this event at GJHSnews.com

Photo by Sara Harrison

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