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By KAREN JAEN and DAVID MATTESON The decade from hell, as Time Magazine called it in the Dec. 7 issue, is over. From events like Sept. 11 to the corruption of the American economic system, this past decade has been the worst since the end of World War II. And so begins the year 2010, carrying over the issues of the past decade but also a slew of events to anticipate locally and nationally. In February the Winter Olympics will be in Vancouver, Canada, the third time in Canadian history.
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In other sports news the FIFA World cup will play in South Africa in June. New technology created inventions like a water powered battery and hydrogen fueled cars, both in an attempt to find less expensive alternative energy sources. All of these plus more comprise the Hi-Lights list of events to anticipate in the year 2010.
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news to note Society inducts new members On Nov. 11, NHS inducted 165 students. These students must be juniors or seniors who have demonstrated scholarship by attaining a 3.5 cumulative weighted grade point average, with no less than a 3.0 unweighted average. These students have shown outstanding academic success and outstanding qualities of leadership, character and service. See Smoke Signals for list of names.
Business Professionals place in state competition Of the teams who competed, 10 earned a first place finish, nine second place, three third and one fourth. Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications - Charles Babir; Advanced Spreadsheet Applications - Wesley Caplan; Banking & Finance - Ryan Kobert; Financial
Analyst Team - Charles Collins, Brandi Recker, Katherine Gibson, Ryan Kobert; Economic Research Project - Ralph Kline; Economic Research Project Team - Andrew Tompkins, Alexander Dyce, Bryan Yovaish, Kayla Nagle; Desktop Publishing - Alexa Rossi; Basic Office Applications - Carter Adams; Network Administration Dalton Jones; Advanced Interview Skills - Kaitlyn Mangold; Web Site Design Team - David Difo, Stephen Strickler, Aaron Kroll
and pesticides. They hope to collect more than the 800 they did last year.
Kloset for your needs The Kemosabe Kloset is filled with gently used clothing for any students who may need help. If you know of a student, or are one yourself, who would benefit, give the student’s name to a counselor or SAFE coordinator Janibelle Jackson so a visit to the “Kloset” can be arranged.
Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time
Jan. 4 Your shirts needed Spanish Club
will be starting the third annual Shirt Off Your Back project that will run from January to March. They are collecting long sleeve button down shirts for the migrant farm workers. The shirts will protect the worker’s skin from the sun, thorns
Everyday from 6:50 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. at the outside cafeteria snack area, students can purchase breakfast.
Math Center Semester exams are around the corner. Get help before it’s too late. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for one hour and is free. Go to Room 13-207.
Jan. 19-21 subject to change Tuesday 7:20 – 9:15 9:21 – 11:16 4th A 4th B 12:19 – 2:14
1st Exam 3rd Exam 11:52 – 12:13 11:22 – 11:43 7th Exam
Wednesday 7:20 – 9:30 4th A 4th B 11:01 – 1:14
2nd Exam 10:06 – 10:55 9:36 – 10:25 6th Exam
Talent aids community The annual Brave Aid performance is at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door, if available. Proceeds benefit a community organization.
Thursday 7:20 – 8:20 8:26 – 10:36 4th A 4th B 12:07 – 2:14
in being on the tennis team make sure you have a physical of file and report to tryouts after school. Girls should see coach Lisa Speer in P-11 and boys should see coach Scott Hastings in Room 510 if you have any questions.
3rd Period 5th Exam 11:12-12:01 10:42- 11:3 4th Exam
Feb. 5 Girls compete for state title
Jan. 25 Tennis tryouts If you are interested
The varsity cheerleaders will compete for the FHSAA State Cheer title at the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau. Admission is $10 per day.
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table of contents
December 18, 2009 Volume 58, Issue No. 3
In an era of technology, text messaging, cell phones and e-mailing, letter writing is a â€˜lost artâ€™.
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From the Boone Dance Crew to the Bollywood Club, dance teams prepare for competitions and performances.
The Hi-Lights staff tells readers all the attractions, competitions, events and blockbuster movies to anticipate in the new year.
With the college bowl season in full stride, resident sports writers Brendan Hall and Justin Kane predict the winners of the bowls.
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4 Letter from the Editor 5 Our View 6 Dye Sassy 10 The New Black 14 One in Three Thousand 15 In the Zone 20 Ty It All Together 21 Restaurant Review 24 Sneak Peeks photo/JUSTIN KANE
NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW RESOLUTIONS As December flies by and January looms just around the corner, a new decade is fast approaching. With every new year comes new resolutions for the upcoming year. This New Year’s Day will usher in a brand new decade of the twenty-first century though, and our resolutions should be equally as monumental. According to a study in the book Auld Lang Syne: Success Predictors, Change Processes, and Self-Reported Outcomes of New Year’s Resolvers and Nonresolvers, between 40 to 45 percent of American adults make a resolution at the beginning of each new year. Yet, only 46 percent of resolution makers keep these resolutions past the first six months of the year. However, it is also proven that those people who explicitly set resolutions at the beginning of the year are 10 percent more likely to attain goals than those who don’t. So this year, whether you keep it or not, make a resolution. Here is the Hi-Lights staff’s list of New Year’s resolutions for the new decade, just to give you some ideas. z Be hopeful and optimistic for the future. Create an environment around you that instills hope and confidence within your life. Organize your binder or clean out your locker if your clutter is getting out of control in order to boost and to positively influence your attitude. The double-page spread of this month’s issue will help you by highlighting the 10 things to look forward to in 2010. h Develop your hobbies and talents, whether they be reading and writing or playing an instrument. Find inspiration from the student photographers who are highlighted in this month’s issue to create your own works of art. The new year will bring a fresh, new outlook on life. Take advantage of this feeling to create your
EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Emily O’Loane MANAGING EDITOR David Matteson COPY EDITOR Jonathan Warren BUSINESS MANAGER Lindsey Dye CAMPUS AND LOCAL EDITOR Catherine Porter FEATURES EDITOR Victoria Boatman own wonderful works of art. I Explore new places in Orlando. Check out the back page story about buying locally. The Buy Local cards offer discounts that make it more affordable to take advantage of the unique local shops and restaurants that exist only in Orlando. Also, the restaurant reviews each issue offer a wide selection of restaurants for readers to dine at. l Learn more about the world around you. The stories on gun control, gun rights and the new format for FCAT will help open your eyes to the issues that are prevalent right now. Q Go outside of your usual comfort zone and meet new people at school. Find out their stories and
Here are the Hi-Lights staff’s suggestions for resolutions in the new decade.
learn more about their unique habits or cultures. Each issue, our staff tries to achieve this resolution through our “One in Three Thousand” article. Everyone has a story. Join us in our attempt to cover every student’s unique and original story. A Become more involved in school functions, whether by joining clubs, playing sports or volunteering to help the Boone community. The sports pages keep you informed on how each sport’s seasons are going. The new year brings a fresh start for everyone. Take advantage of this sense of refreshment and make a resolution that will last the entire decade, not just a year.
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The staff reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, length, punctuation, accuracy, invasion of privacy and potential disruption of the school. Hi-Lights is a student publication of William R. Boone High School, Hi-Lights is associated with Florida Scholastic, American Scholastic, Columbia 2000 South Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806. The ideas and views Scholastic and National Scholastic Press Associations and Quill and Scroll. of the aforementioned students and faculty are not necessarily those of Boone or the Orange County School Board. Opinions expressed in unsigned editorials are those of the editorial board, who determine the content. Opinions expressed in columns are those of the authors. This paper is a quality product whose sole purpose is to pursue the truth, and to provide Comments, letters, stories and ideas are welcome and encouraged information and factual news pertaining to Boone and the community around it. Any under the following: questions or comments can be directed to (407) 893-7200, extension 2614 or Room 1. The material is not obscene or libelous 224. If you find any errors, please call our offices or visit us. 2. The material is signed
SPORTS EDITOR Brendan Hall
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OTHER ADVISER Renée Burke PRINCIPAL Margaret McMillen
View Rather than reacting to budget crises and negative perceptions the state is being proactive
State improves assessment
By JONATHAN WARREN FCAT. The acronym can arouse thoughts of long and seemingly pointless test days for Florida students. However, high-school students may be glad to hear that the math and science sections of the test could be phased out in the near future. The state is field-testing end-of-course exams in Algebra I and geometry in 2010. These tests would replace FCAT Math. They would pertain specifically to their course, and teachers would no longer have to waste time preparing students for the annual Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Rather than fitting curriculum to an assessment test, the assessment would be fitted to the curriculum. It makes so much sense that the state would have to be insane not to put it in place. State officials deserve praise for fearlessly reacting to modern education trends. These are the kinds of changes that can improve education in Florida. Fourteen states have already made the switch, and 12 other states are developing end-of-course exams. Students would have to pass their respective exams rather than passing FCAT Math to graduate. The state is also developing a U.S. History exam as well as a biology exam that would replace
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the FCAT Science. There are no plans to replace Reading and Writing. This is the best move the state of Florida has made in education in a while. Not only would preparation days for FCAT be put to better use, but endof-course exams may even replace final exams, eliminating the days it takes to actually complete the FCAT. Math teachers often complain about having to review old material and waste time they are already lacking. With the new exams, courses could progress more smoothly. Teachers could include more of the material, which benefits students when they take nationwide standardized
tests like the SAT and ACT. They wouldn’t have to waste time in the middle of March reviewing old skills. Also, high school students entering the Florida education system later would not be at a disadvantage for lacking FCAT curriculum. Every year, new training would begin not for FCAT, but for success in a course. There are obstacles in the plan, however. The exams would have to be taken electronically, and many school districts do not have the computers to support the new plan. But this could also affect a positive change. The state would be forced to provide computers to all the
schools that do not have enough. If some schools have not been brought fully into the digital age, it’s about time. The plan would cost about $1.5 million a year and would require yearly budget allocations. If people complain about the quality of the education system, though, they must also be willing to sacrifice for its improvement. End-of-course exams are a welcome innovation to the Florida education system. Rather than reacting to budget crises and negative perceptions, the state is being proactive. Therein lies the key to establishing Florida’s education system as one of the best in the country.
SHOULD FLORIDA REPLACE FCAT WITH END-OF-COURSE EXAMS? That would be quicker. We should just stick with the final exams to save time.
Yes, I think they are a better judge of what the student actually knows.
- sehar noor, sophomore
- dillon ramski, senior
- jalen taylor, junior
FCAT is the easier option, but you would get more out of the end-of-course exams.
SHOULD GUN REGULATIONS BE MORE STRICT IN THE UNITED STATES?
Violent world calls for gun regulations
I think gun regulations should be more strict because of the amount of violence we have in our world today. Too many people today have guns and use them in the wrong way. Too many people are being killed. I think the Second Amendment says that a certain amount of people, not everyone, should be able to own a gun.
- tyesha white, junior
Test should determine right to bear arms
Gun regulations should be more strict in the United States. I think people of a certain age, with a license, should all take a test to be able to own a weapon. If the United States ever gets taken over, the people will have a chance to defend themselves as well. The Second Amendment should say that people can carry guns if they pass the test, are a certain age and have a license. But if the person commits a crime, they should not be allowed the right to bare arms.
Gun control is futile
I believe that gun regulations are useless. They do not protect the innocent at all because they don’t stop criminals from illegally getting weapons. And then what happens? People die and get injured or robbed because they can’t defend themselves. Thanks gun control, you’re as useless as the people that take advantage of you.
Guns should be prohibited for disabled
Gun regulations should be more strict because certain disabilities people have are not noticed by gun control groups. It allows people to possess a gun when they are physically or mentally unable to use it safely. The Second Amendment should be taken as you should be able to bear arms, but you should be of a certain physical and mental condition, of a certain age and without a record.
- damien kendrick, freshman
People should know better
Gun regulations should not be more strict because each individual has their own way and are grown enough to know that guns kill people. We should follow the Second Amendment. It’s there to be followed. We have our own life and should be able to carry a weapon if we want. The person decides to pull the trigger, not the gun.
- lelah gainey, junior
Better safe than sorry
I don’t think gun regulations should be more strict in the United States. It’s the people that kill people. It’s not the gun’s fault. What if one day you were in danger and needed the use of a gun? I would rather be safe and prepared.
- liz peterson, junior
- danielle isaacs, junior
- jean santos melendez, junior
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DYE SASSY Lindsey Dye Business Manager
TEENAGE DRIVING SKILLS NEED IMPROVEMENT
usic blaring, he backs up speedily to avoid the parking lot traffic. Not paying enough attention, he crashes into the girl behind him and stares in disbelief as her windshield falls into her lap. True story. Listen up, there have been way too many accidents in the parking lot this year, and the year isn’t even half over. Seven accidents in four months is extreme. This needs to stop. If one wants to race around, do it somewhere aside from a parking lot, especially a school parking lot. If people continue to drive recklessly, administration may establish a speed limit here. Other schools, such as Lake Highland, have a 5 MPH speed limit that is actually enforced. Not only do students receive tickets but sometimes they get referrals or their privilege of driving to school is revoked. How about we do not anger the administration enough to where they give us a speed limit. Everyone knows to look both ways before crossing another lane of traffic or backing up. That people aren’t abiding by the most simple laws of driving is ludicrous. It only takes four seconds, if that, to check left, right and behind, so it’s not like it’s taking up too much precious time. In the time it will take to call the police, file a report and go home, you will be
wishing you took the four seconds to look and see who was behind you. Next, stay awake while driving. One would think everyone would be fully aware of this, but someone is injured by a car crash every 14 seconds and about two million of the people injured in car accidents each year suffer permanent injuries, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Think about it, by the time you finish this paragraph, someone will have been injured in a car accident. Certain medications like Benadryl cause drowsiness and clearly state to not drive while on the medication. Follow directions and don’t drive while on medications that cause drowsiness. If exhausted, do not drive or have a friend drive you. According to the DMV, vehicular crashes are the leading cause of death for ages 15 to 20. Fifteen of these teens die every day because of inexperience behind the wheel, excessive speed, too many passengers in the car or alcohol. There are more than six million car accidents and 40,000 deaths caused by car accidents each year in the United States. A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes. This number could decrease if people paid attention and kept from being distracted. Talking on the phone, texting while driving, listening to excessively loud music and having too many people in a car
Vehicular crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages 15 to 20.
are all distraction factors. Eliminate these factors, and traffic statistics may not be as horrific as they are now. The text or phone call can wait. Your life won’t. Deaths due to car accidents are not only a major concern because of the personal costs, but the economic cost is serious as well. Every brain injury costs society over $1 million and 28 percent of all car accidents end with a brain injury such as an intracranial hematoma, meaning bleeding in the brain. Wear your seat belt. It’s a law there for your protection. Eighty percent of all deaths to children in a motor vehicle accident could be prevented by properly securing the safety harnesses and seat belts. Seat belts save lives. Also, drive at a safe speed. The government gave us speed limits for a reason. Do not surprise other drivers and try to keep road rage down to a minimum. If you do not like it when people merge in front of you without warning, chances are most other drivers do not either. Yelling through your window at someone else is not going to change their driving skills so don’t waste your time making yourself look like a fool. Drive smart. Drive safely.
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Handwritten letters: a thing of the past COMMUNICATION BECOMES LESS PERSONAL By JESSICA MCCOY In the age of instant messages, video chat, e-mail and text messages, where communication has become so easy and quick, it is comprehensible but unfortunate that the art of letter writing has become so obsolete. One of the first forms of communication was letter writing. In times before electricity and phone lines, letter writing was the only way one could communicate over long distances. There are books upon books of collected letters that people have written to family members during war and from those who lived across the country. These letters are filled with the history our ancestors experienced. John and Abigail Adams are remembered through letters they wrote each other during his stay in Philadelphia, while he was at work in the Continental Congress. In Nancy Regan’s book; I Love You, Ronnie, letters between the former president and her span from when they met in 1950 to more recent ones. The letters were written back and forth no matter how busy the former president was at the time. “Dear Mrs. Reagan... Mr. Reagan is head over heels in love with Mrs. Reagan and can’t even imagine a world without her-He loves her... Signed-Mr. Reagan” Another example is one of the most famous love letters of American history, the letter Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife a week before he fought in the First Battle of Bull Run. The letter portrayed the immense amount of love he had for his wife before he went to battle. “My Dearest Sarah,... Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break... If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never
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forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name...” Sullivan was killed a week later in battle. When one writes a letter, so many aspects go into it. There is more time to think about what one is putting pen to paper about. Taking the time to write a letter gives the writer time to really think about what one has to say. Receiving a short impersonal text message is nothing in comparison to receiving a lengthy handwritten letter from a friend or family member. After a few days, the text is lost to one’s delete box, but the letter is folded up and kept to be reread, each time instilling the feeling one felt upon first reading it. When the receiver of such a letter reads it, he or she feels special. It is obvious the writer took time out of his day to write something significant. The effect is overall more personal. The nostalgic feel of a letter is not a feeling one can get from a hasty text or impersonal e-mail. A letter gives the feel of times before the electronic craze. Almost every teenager has access to a cell phone or computer to write a quick message, but every teenager also has access to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper to write a thoughtful letter. The idea of a message being sent electronically is appealing, but saving time is really not more important than carefully thinking out and writing down what one has to say to another. Constantly receiving e-mail and text messages so often takes the thrill out of receiving a message, but opening the mail and receiving a weathered envelope that is addressed to you sparks another emotion. The next time you get ready to move your fingers across a cell phone’s keyboard, instead pick up a pen and take the time to convey a personal message.
Getting a handle on gun control Citizens carrying guns don’t have a shot By BRENDAN HALL In the midst of the crossfire about whether citizens have the right to bear arms or not, it is essential that one thing be established; the constitutional interpretation that the Second Amendment allows people to carry and bear arms is completely false. The exact statement in the Constitution is: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” It specifically stated that the government cannot interfere with the people’s rights to own a gun if it is in order to secure a regulated militia. In 1777, the year the Constitution
was written, there was no nationally organized army; the military was strictly voluntary and consisted heavily of common citizens. Nowadays, there is no need for state militias because the United States has a national army. Therefore, because citizens do not own guns for the purpose of establishing a militia or protecting the public, they do not have the right to own guns. The Supreme Court even upheld this interpretation in the 1939 case of United States v. Miller. In the case, Miller argued that he was guaranteed the right by the Second Amendment to own a sawed-off shotgun without registering it, even though the law stated it had to be registered. The Supreme Court ruled against him, stating the Second Amendment was to encourage state militias due to a lack of professional army, and since that was not Miller’s objective, he was denied the right to own a shotgun, especially without registering it. Along with legal support, there are also rational arguments which support gun control in the United States. Gun supporters proclaim that in the same sense the First Amendment guarantees the rights to freedom of speech and the press, so also does the Second Amendment guarantee the right to bear
arms. Although the Constitution does grant rights to freedom of the speech and press, there are limitations. Written or spoken defamation of character, or libel, can result in a lawsuit and is grounds for suing a person. Also, it is illegal to scream “Fire!” in a crowded theater. When these freedoms interfere with the safety of others or are a threat to national security, they are prohibited. In the same sense, because the right to own a gun interferes with the safety of the public, it should be prohibited. Possession of firearms poses a major threat to the owner and people around him or her. Having a gun in the home dramatically increases the risk of having a death by suicide. Although guns are only used in 5 percent of suicides, 90 percent of the attempts are fatal. In contrast, drug overdoses account for 75 percent of suicide attempts, but only three are fatal. Japan’s firearm laws, which are the most stringent in the world, they state that under no circumstances is anyone allowed to have a gun. The result in the fewest deaths by gun. Where the U.S. had 40 deaths per every 1 million people in 2001, Japan had two per million. The truth is obvious; if a gun is easily accessible to a person, especially at home, then the person, if driven over the edge by depression, drugs, alcohol, or anger, is
then more capable of killing or injuring someone with a gun. The United States loose gun laws put citizens at risk, as the United States has the highest firearm death rate per 100,000 and the U.S. national average was 10.3 deaths per 100,000. There is a positive correlation between homicide rates and availability of guns in developed nations. It is simple; to combat higher homicide rates, restrict the public’s access to guns. There are situations though that warrants the use of guns in an organized setting. Hunting is an extremely popular sport in America, but just because a person hunts doesn’t mean he should have a gun at home. There should be organized facilities in which rifles are kept for hunting; the rifles may be rented for the day, and if the person fails to return the rifle, he will be found and fined for endangering public safety by carrying a firearm. Other than that, weapons should be banned. The risks that come with owning a gun, along with the direct correlation to homicide rates, dictate that guns do more harm than good. Thus, it should be illegal for any citizen to own, let alone carry a weapon unless he is a police officer or soldier focused on protecting the public.
Firearms aim to protect the public By JUSTIN KANE “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is the most hotly contested, debated and discussed part of the Constitution. Even today, more than 200 years after the ratification of this document, Americans are debating its true meaning. People want guns banished and never used by anyone, but guns are an essential part of life and a key in what America is today. In Washington, D.C., all guns must be registered with the police by the terms of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975; that same law also prohibited the possession of all handguns, even in private citizens’ own homes. Special policeman Anthony Dick Heller lived in D.C. He applied to register a handgun to keep at home and the District refused him because no guns are allowed, which led Heller to file a lawsuit that made it to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Heller in the case of District of Columbia
v. Heller. In the ruling the Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment of the Constitution stating that it guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Florida adopted the Right-to-Carry Law in 1987. This law states that “carry permits be issued to applicants who meet uniform standards established by the state legislature.” People think anyone can get a gun, which is not true. In order to obtain a gun, one must go through training like passing tests and learning how to properly handle a gun and obtain the proper equipment. After one buys a gun there is a three-day waiting period. In Florida, minors under 21, convicted felons, anyone who chronically or habitually abuses alcohol or other substances; and those committed to a mental institution cannot obtain a gun. According to the Annual Firearm Manufacturers and Export reports, the number of privately owned guns in the U.S. is over 250 million, an all-time high, and rises about 4.5 million each year. With the regulations on who can get
guns, the number of firearm incidents has decreased. Between 1993 and 2008, firearm incidents dropped from 1,054,820 to 303,880, a 71 percent decline. People say all guns do is harm people, but according to cjselfdefense.com, statistics women using knives or guns in self defense were raped less than one percent of the time. If guns get in the wrong hands, they can hurt people, but guns protect more than they harm. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey of 42,093 households and 77,852 individuals stated that the violent crime rate declined by 41 percent and the property crime rate fell by 32 percent over a 10-year period from 1999-2008. Guns aren’t just used for recreation, they are used as a sport. In the Olympics guns are used for skeet shooting and in the U.S. millions use guns to hunt and provide food and make money. Guns provide protection for hunters from animals in the woods. They also help keep the population of animals under control and keep them tamed. All of the problems surrounding gun control are not the guns fault; it’s the people who use guns. Like Larry the Cable Guy once said, “Guns don’t kill people,
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husbands who come home early do.” A gun cannot pull its trigger and shoot someone. People need to stop blaming the guns and the gun laws for all of the gun problems, and they need to blame the people who use guns. There needs to be stricter punishment for people who use guns for harm, not stricter gun laws. Stricter gun laws are just a challenge to some people to see if they can get a gun and use it to rebel against society. If someone uses a gun to harm they should be locked up for a longer time than someone who commits a crime of lesser degree and should be denied the right to purchase another one. So America, harshen the punishments for gun crimes and the crime rate will significantly decrease.
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OFFSIDES. On the sidelines of a football game, senior Sydney Morman tries out a professional lens. “[When I tried the lens] I was ecstatic. I’ve never used a lens of that caliber before, ” Morman said. The lens cost $5,600.
AMBIENCE. While shooting portrait photography, senior Jake Coleman focuses on his subject. “[When I shoot], I look for a beautiful balance between man and nature,” Coleman said. Coleman used a strobe light during the shoot.
PAPARAZZI. For a shoot on relationships, junior Thompson Wood takes a picture of a couple. “[Photography] is so much fun. Getting that one awesome shot it makes everything worth it,” Wood said. She hopes to do fashion photography in the future.
POINT OF VIEW. To accomplish the right angle, senior Lee Pancake gets closer to the ground. “I decided to pursue it as a hobby so I could show people what the world looks like through my eyes,” Pancake said. Pancake’s favorite style of photography is strobist.
Art form develops among teens an, sydney morm senior
STUDENT EXPOSURE TO PHOTOGRAPHY INCREASES
By CATHERINE PORTER Swelling to their bursting point, the oncampus photography classes are flooded with students wishing to develop skills in the increasingly popular art form. Photography teacher Perry Allen teaches seven classes and more than 194 students. “[Photography] gives [students] an independent voice. [However, the class sizes have] made it more difficult to teach effectively because the dark room can only house 14 students at a time. I’ve had to accommodate. Most times I had to delete part of the curriculum,” Allen said. In addition to fulfilling the necessary , d o o fine art credit, photography is a hobby that w n thompso can provide college scholarships. Web sites junior such as brickfish.com host upwards of 20 in-house photography competitions for a period of three to six months, and winners can be awarded scholarships ranging from $50-$1200. After going on a photography scavenger hunt during Writing I, senior Sydney Morman decided to actively pursue the art as a hobby. “Photo is a hardcore hobby. You don’t ever go anywhere without thinking, ‘Hey, I should take a picture of this’; you never stop doing it,” Morman said. Now photo editor of the Legend yearbook, Morman enters in competitions for college scholarships. , n a m jake cole “I’m currently entered in five [competitions for scholarships], and senior I plan on continuing to take part in
them; free money is always good for college,” Morman said. In a competition for one photograph, Morman ranked 83 out of 18,000 overall and was in the top 100 for Most Viral Photo. As student interest in photography increases, so have members of photo-hosting sites such as Flickr, Photobucket and SmugMug. While Brickfish, Flickr and Photobucket are free to join, upgrading to a pro account on Flickr costs $24.99 per year. This alternative to the standard account provides benefits such as more space to store photos and additional information on one’s photographs. Smug Mug offers professional services such as printing and the capability to sell photographs online. The site offers three tiers of membership, ranging from $39.95-$149.95 per year. However, Flickr alone boasts that as of October 2009, it hosts more than four billion images. Flickr also allows its users to enter competitions within the site, though no money is awarded to the winners. “I’ve put my photos in contests on Flickr before, and I’ve actually gotten first place a couple of times. [I’ve considered taking part in competitions for scholarships],” junior Thompson Wood said. Wood hopes to pursue photography while in college despite the fierce competition that exists within the field. “The hardest part of photography is trying to get a shot that’s new and innovative. I think it’s interesting that a lot of people are into photography, but it’s frustrating because with cameras now, it’s not so much skill—you don’t have to have natural talent,” Wood said.
After taking photography with Allen, senior Lee Pancake decided to pursue the art further by doing strobist (photography with a strobe light), portrait and promotional photography. Pancake has received offers to do photo shoots for bands such as City of Ifa, Surface the End, and The Rookies. He has even had his work placed in the online magazine, Alliance Wakeskate. “I felt honored that I was asked to do [photo shoots] even though I have not done as many of these types of photo shoots as other more experienced photographers. I felt responsible for the way the subject was going to be portrayed. It was all up to me whether the shoot came out boring or interesting,” Pancake said. Though Pancake learned photography oncampus, other opportunities to learn the basics abound. Crealde School of Art in Winter Park and Harmon Photo in Orlando offer workshops where one can practice photography in indoor and outdoor settings, perfecting lighting, posing and camera technique. On campus, Allen’s program will be adapted to fit changing times, along with his plans to stay with the program for at least one more year. “[Photography] is going to change to totally digital at some point. I think the dark room after a year will be a thing of the past. I personally see digital as being less creative because it’s not the student making the decision, it’s the camera. The only reason to keep film is for students who wish to continue in the arts,” Allen said. Though the on-campus photography program’s future is unsure, the efforts of those participating in the ever-burgeoning art form ensure its prolongation for years to come.
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New clubs include variety of dances DANCE TEAMS COME TOGETHER By AMANDA FLEMINGER Watching the Bravette dancers and cheerleaders turn, jump, leap and pop at school activities is common, but stepping and “shimmying” has now been added to the list by the Boone Dance Crew, the B Boys and the Bollywood Club. These teams are new dance clubs that plan to compete and perform throughout the year at venues such as basketball games, the art show in the spring and Brave Aid, which is approaching in January.
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Hopeful of learning something new, freshman Analyse Roberts and junior Lelah Gainey joined the new Bollywood Club sponsored and created by administrator Carlota Iglesias. “It feels good [to learn this new style of dance]. It is something different, which makes it hard, but once I get it, I feel good, and it’s fun,” Gainey said. Roberts said the thing she likes most about Bollywood Club is what the dances and culture represent. “[The dances] show our feminine side and inner women instead of trying to be cute and ‘sexy’ as most guys view girls,” Roberts said. President Benedykta Martinez already had experience with this style of dance before, and Martinez helped Iglesias start the club. “I’m really excited about [seeing other students become a part of this]. Everyone is so enthusiastic, which is contagious. It makes me excited to come every Thursday and have fun,” Martinez said. The Bollywood Club, other than learning the style of dance, also tries to understand and learn the Indian culture, which the dance is from. “[My favorite things about Bollywood are] the steps because they’re unusual,” Roberts said. “They’re not simple, and you have to practice non-stop to get them. I like it because I love challenges.” By watching clips and learning from Martinez, Bollywood picks up the steps to their dances. “The combo of both [getting taught steps and watching dances from Bollywood movies] makes it easy,” Iglesias said. The club’s plan is to perform in Brave Aid, at Relay for Life in May and other charity events throughout the year. “I’m nervous [about auditioning for Brave Aid] because I’ve never done it before, but I’m excited because I know the steps, and I feel confident about it,” Gainey said. For those interested, Iglesias says one can still join the club, which practices on Thursdays.
After a two year break, the Step Team returns. The club disappeared for two years after the retirement of former club sponsor George Davis, but at the request of her students, English teacher Terry Smith agreed to sponsor. T. Smith has past experience with coaching and sponsoring a step team at University High School. She said it gives her a way to interact with students as well as a way to mentor them academically. “[My favorite things about stepping are] the beats. When it’s rhythmic and has a lot of energy, I enjoy it,” T. Smith said. The first competition the step team is preparing for is the Martin Luther King Jr. Step Show, which will be held Jan. 15 in Plant City. “I think we will be ready for it,” junior captain Christopher Smith said. “I’m very strict; I don’t play around. When I tell them to do things, they do it or they know trouble is coming. With strictness, I’ll get them prepared.” The team is struggling to receive outside help for creating and learning new step routines. T. Smith said she has tried to get representatives from fraternities and sororities to help them, but has not been successful. “I want [outside help] to come and teach them [new steps] and also to help show them [how to have] structure [at practices],” T. Smith said. The three captains, juniors C. Smith, Erica Lovett and Corissa Bowie make up their own steps to 1978-2009 teach the team. NUMERO UNO 31 Year Anniversary “Whatever [dance moves] CUBAN CUISINE come to my head, we try out [at practices],” Lovett said. 1 FREE dessert with Practices take place on $15 purchase and copy of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school. They advertisement plan to perform at state 2499 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32806 competitions as well as at Brave Aid in the upcoming year.
SHIMMY SHAKE! As she practices a new routine for the Bollywood Club’s Brave Aid audition, senior Gina Marie Acosta raises her arms to complete a dance move. “The fact that it was a new club [made me want to join],” Acosta said. “[My favorite thing] is the music. It’s really upbeat and happy; it gets you in a great mood and you can’t feel mad when it comes on.” This is Acosta’s first time dancing in the Bollywood style, but she is also a member of the Boone Dance Crew.
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nglish, history, science and mathematics might be your core classes, but there is no life aspect more important than the understanding of fashion. No, not those dinky how-to-sew classes that your mom sees advertised in the Sunday Classifieds and thinks might be a good bonding experience. No, what people need to know is the history of each trend they throw on their back, each store they use daddy’s American Express at and each hair or makeup trend they try out. After all, isn’t it a social studies teacher’s motto that you have to “learn from the past to have a bright future?” Since listening to a plethora of bimbo girls and boys inaccurately describe their new look as something totally “hip and modern” (News flash: we’re a generation of copy cats who have yet to make a wave in the fashion world), this usually bright and cheery columnist is fed up. That’s why you all are getting a pop quiz. Get out your favorite gel pen and get ready to get grilled on the fashion basics you need to know. 1) Vintage is the coined phrase for garments originating from what time period? a) 1950-1970 b) 1899-1900 c) 1920-1960 d) 1990-2009 (Your gel pen had better not even think of circling this answer) 2) Hermés began as a _________ company? a) poor man’s slacks b) leather horse harness c) it started and remains today as a luxury fashion house d) cotton manufacturing 3) Which product was featured in a $5 million advertisement in 2004? a) Louis Vuitton luggage b) Target brand overalls (Oh yeah, the definition of style.) c) Dolce and Gabbana’s new sunglasses d) Chanel No. 5 4) In 1997, what fashion guru was brutally assassinated sparking an international search for the killer? a) Giorgio Armani b) Gianni Versace c) Karl Lagerfeld d) Oh, who cares. Whoever it is is dead! 5) This designer, who employed Agyness Deyn to be the face of his new perfume Ma Dame, designed Madonna’s cone bra. a) Jean-Paul Gaultier b) Emanuel Ungaro (Ha, no style there. They recently employed Lindsey Lohan.) c) Calvin Klein d) Michael Kors The Answers (Cross your fingers and hope you didn’t fail): 1) Antique refers to clothes older than 100 years, and Vintage are those that fall into the 1920-1960 time frame. Retro is the correct term for anything past 1960. 2) Leather horse harnesses to $500 scarfs, a serious rags to riches story. Founded by Thierry Hermès the company transitioned to luxury fashion in the 1920’s. 3) As glamorous as the other answers were, disregarding the overalls, the Chanel No. 5 was correct. Nicole Kidman was featured in the commercial. 4) Shame on you if you picked D! The answer is Gianni Versace. The Pope of Fashion’s funeral was broadcasted internationally and caused the Versace family to go into mourning in the Caribbean. The Versace Spring/ Summer show of 1998 was cancelled as well. 5) The designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is infamous for creating the iconic cone bra. So fashionistas, how did you do? Even if you failed, hopefully you got the message: fashion is serious business. And just because it didn’t start a revolutionary war or form some Calculus principle doesn’t mean you should be uneducated about what you are wearing and the meaning behind it.
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Holiday timing becomes Santa sized hassle CUT HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR MORE FAMILY TIME By TYLER PATRICK
The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time where the cold weather, seasonal music and festive decorations bring pleasure and happiness to all. “I like to spend most of my time during the holidays with my friends and family because it’s a reminder of why I love them, and it’s great to be able to spend my time during the holidays with them,” anthropology teacher Alyssa Goss said. Today though, all this joy can be forgotten due to the chaos and stress the holidays entail, such as running around and purchasing gifts. However, there are ways to make one’s holiday seem more family oriented and less of a hassle. LIMIT THE NUMBER OF HOUSES TO VISIT- On Christmas day, one will realize that traveling to every aunt, uncle, fourth cousin and great grandma’s to open an array of presents can be tedious and annoying. The best way to avoid this is to go to one house and have everybody in the family meet there. This will make driving less hectic, and the hauling of presents can all be done at once. TURN HOLIDAY SHOPPING INTO A SIMPLE PROCESSWhen gift shopping, the most annoying part can be trying to find a gift for everybody in the family and each friend. A simple solution to this task is to bake desserts or buy Visa gift cards for everybody. “I limit my holiday shopping by only buying for close friends and family because it saves me time from shopping for so many different people,” junior Jefferson Guetzloe said. JUST SAY NO TO ALL THE HOLIDAY PARTIES- Every holiday season, there are a million and one holiday parties to attend. The time spent attending each of these parties takes away from the time one can spend with his or her family watching movies and enjoying family time. According to a study completed by the American Management Association, each American will
attend an average of three holiday parties. “Sometimes I wish that I didn’t have to go to holiday parties because I would rather be at home relaxing and enjoying the holiday season with my family, but I feel obligated to go because they are my friends. So after a few parties, I start trying to find a reason not to go or I start making excuses so I don’t have to go, such as being sick,” sophomore Tatiana Mantuano said. It is not mean or rude to say no. When the person is not included in the RSVP list, then the party planner will not include food and beverages or include them in party games. So if one wants more time to spend with family simply say no. It makes it easier on the party planner than not showing up after commiting. MAKE HOLIDAY DECORATING A FUN PROCESSDuring the holiday season, decorating for the holidays becomes a bigger task than necessary. The easiest way to make decorating fun is to have the entire family work together on the process. The younger kids can help decorate the tree with ornaments and stringed popcorn and then the adults can work on putting the lights up outside and setting fragile knickknacks out on the tables and counters. These tasks may not seem applicable to all circumstances because they don’t all relate to the exact same things that one may be doing, but they can easily relate to any person’s holiday season if one applies it to his or her situation. The simplest thing to do to make this time of year less hectic is to limit obligations by limiting activities that take too much time. The holidays are supposed to be a season of joy, not the end of the world.
PARTY TIME. At a holiday party, sophomore Karen Jaen opened a Christmas present from a friend. “It was really exciting to know that my friend put so much thought into the gift that she gave me,” Jaen said.
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Magic coming to Orlando “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” opens Spring 2010. This section of Islands of Adventures will bring the tale of Harry Potter to life, and readers of the series will be able to see Hogwarts, Hogsmeade- including it’s shops Zonko’s, Honeydukes and The Three Broomsticks- and other known places featured in the book. People will also be able to ride attractions like Flight of the Hippogriff, which is replacing the current rollercoaster, Dueling Dragons, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a ride featuring the most important scenes throughout the series. “[I’m excited for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter] because, being a Potter Fan, this park is just an addition to the wonder of Harry Potter. This section will make Harry Potter’s world more real,” junior Alexandra Murray said.
The twenty-first Winter Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver, Canada, this February. “I love watching the Olympics; they are so entertaining because I’ve always wished I could play those sports,” freshman Andrea Carreno said. Vancouver will host over 80 different countries for the competition. There will be 86 different events including alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey and speed skating. The torch has been on its way from Greece on the longest relay in Winter Olympics history. It passed over the North pole on its journey to light the ceremonial Olympic fire at the opening ceremony Feb. 12.
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General Motors plans to release their new eco-friendly car, the Hy-wire sometime in 2010. It will run on hydrogen fuel cells and an electrical charge. “[The electrically powered car] is less of a hassle, [it allows] less gas to be used, and it’s better for the environment. Pollution has been going on since the beginning of time, but we can do things to help although the damage is done. I’d give the electrical car a try; I enjoy the novelty [of the car],” sophomore Veronica Kelly said. The car is a mix of a sedan and minivan. It uses cameras instead of rearview and side view mirrors. The steering system is also flexible; it is designed to move from right to left so the passenger and driver can exchange turns driving. The Hy-wire runs on a computer system that controls the engine and foot pedals. The computer sends electronic signals to the engine and gas pedals to vary the speed and it simultaneously steers the car while controlling the brake system.
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For the first time in African history, the FIFA World Cup 2010 will be hosted by Africa. The first game begins June 11, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The nineteenth World Cup, is the most anticipated championship in the world of soccer. The championship is one month long. The teams that qualified for the championship were chosen on Dec. 4. According to fifa. com, Group G is called the group of death; Brazil, Korea DPR, te d’ Ivoire and Portugal are in this group. “I want to watch USA play. I’m excited because they have been getting better and they have a chance at [winning],” senior Sebastian Carmona said.
The last NASA space shuttle launch will be May 31. Endeavor will be sent on the mission to deliver spare parts to the robot Dexter that was installed outside of the International Space Station; it will also carry S-band communication antennas and high pressure tanks to the Space Station.
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special New arena opens for Orlando Magic fans Both a topic of discussion and controversy since 2007, the Amway Center will open its doors this fall. “This stadium is going to be state of the art; everything’s going to be better,” junior Kyle Jones said. “It’s going to bring a whole new atmosphere to the game because there will be more fans able to [attend]. It will make going to the games more fun.” The arena is projected to cost $428 million and is part of a citywide downtown improvement plan. Other improvements will include an expanded Citrus Bowl and a new performing arts venue, both are projected to be constructed throughout the decade. The Amway Center will house 18,500 seats, an increase of 1,200 from the Amway Arena. Other features include 66 loge boxes and 56 suites.ww City officials hope the arena will have a positive affect on the downtown economy.
Samsung innovates technology Samsung is releasing the first water-powered cell phone. They are developing a battery that will work together with the metal on the phone to produce hydrogen gas which then will work with the oxygen in the air forming H2O to generate power. The average amount of electricity used for charging a cell phone within a three-hour span is 26.4 watts. This phone is an environmental improvement because it will save electricity that a regular cell phone requires. This phone is expected to cause other companies to develop new environmental friendly phones. “It’s a good idea it’s easy and convenient, and you can charge it easily,” freshman Ashley Cox said. Samsung researchers say the battery is expected to last 10 hours which is double the amount of time a regular cell phone battery allows.
Graduation excites senior class While graduation may be an annual event, 2010’s is still one to anticipate especially because of this year’s change in venue to the Amway Arena. “I think it’s a nice arena and it should be exciting,” senior Alessandro D’Innocenti said. ”I am looking forward to the ceremony because it is a formal event and I’d like to make my parents proud.” The ceremony will be held on June 4, 2010 As always, graduates will be honored for their high school accomplishments as well as their upcoming futures. For D’Innocenti, that future includes a college degree with a major in accounting. “I am a bit nervous but more so excited about the freedom and good times I will surely experience at college,” D’Innocenti said.
Blockbusters will hit theaters New movies are released weekly, but 2010 has an impressive blockbuster line-up for anyone interested in the cinema. From Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland in March to sequels for Iron Man and Sex and the City in May, there are movies for everyone to enjoy. “I’m looking forward to Alice and Wonderland because I love that trio of Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. They made awesome movies in the past, like Sweeny Todd and Corpse Bride,” junior Emma Hunsicker said. There will also be several new 3D movies to anticipate, including Toy Story 3, this is the newest installment in the Pixar series releases in June. The Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter series will also release new films expected to be high grossing in the box office. Eclipse will be hitting theaters in June and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One is set for a November release. “I’m sure Eclipse will do very well. I already know people who are counting down the days,” Hunsicker said.
Election shall decide new governor The gubernatorial race of 2010 will be a deciding factor on the fate of Floridian politics over the next four years. “I am excited about the election. These candidates are our leaders. We need to care about what they do and what they stand for,” freshman William McMillan said. Although the primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties have not been held, the most likely candidates for the election are Alex Sink as the Democrat nominee and Bill McCollum as the Republican nominee. One will replace Governor Charlie Crist who, despite the ability to run for re-election, is choosing to run for a position in the senate. “Elections are the foundation of democracy and our duty as a citizen,” McMillan said.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2010? I’m eager for Iron Man to come out because the series rocks. Robert Downey Jr. is an awesome actor.
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I’m looking forward to getting my permit so I can drive and be more independent. - marisol mercado, freshman
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Push for fans, play for success By CATHERINE PORTER met the members. Flashback 36 years and one could “[Meeting the band] was a first feel the pulse of the soft rock music because it was the first band that I got to and the tangible stir in the air as masses know on a personal level. The fact that of people swayed to the music. Among my mom let me travel to see a band the crowd was junior Alessandra was amazing,” Patterson said. Patterson’s mother, who was Patterson then began to promoting America, the band on promote other artists such as stage performing. Flash forward Joey Page, Honor Society, One and one can find Patterson Call, Boys Like Girls and Cobra promoting a band, just as her Starship by building a fan base and mother once did. selling merchandise at concerts. “I got [the idea of promoting While Patterson was promoting bands] from my mother; she’s another band during her sophomore really passionate about music. year, Johnny Wright’s company, Ever since I was two, she’s Wright Entertainment Group, been taking me to concerts, and offered her an internship. I just wanted to relive that,” MEMENTOS. Among the item she collects from the Push Wright Entertainment Group Patterson said. Play concerts junior Alessandra Patterson helps promote and has produced artists and After first hearing the organize are tickets, backstage passes and T-shirts. “When bands such as Britney Spears, the band Push Play on MySpace, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. I first met [Push Play], it was surreal; I was so nervous,” Patterson created a page and “I felt really proud that what I Patterson said. Patterson started promoting bands when street team to promote the was doing was actually noticed, and band. Her street team is a group she was a sophomore. I was really happy that what I was of supporters whose common goal out and promoted. It was really fun; doing I could take part in the future,” is to promote bands and gain fans. It I had no idea it would get so Patterson said. soon gained a huge following with more big,” Patterson said. Though Patterson does not make Soon after, Patterson flew to money from promoting bands and is than 1000 people. “It took awhile [for the group New York for one of Push Play’s waiting to intern until after graduating to gain a following], but I just went concerts, which was where she first high school, she still hopes to
continue her work and gain success within the music industry. “Hopefully I’ll get the internship near the end of school and the job will pay my way through college while I’m studying entertainment management. It’s what I have loved for a really long time. I figured if I couldn’t be an artist myself, then I could help others be successful within their own careers,” Patterson said. In a scene similar to her mother’s, Patterson stands among the energized Push Play fans in a picture of success that all stemmed from one page of support.
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THE WAY SPORTS SHOULD BE
ith the football season at a close, students on campus should continue the school spirit, camaraderie and athletic support that is so fervent early in the year. Continuing to show support for teams has numerous benefits; it builds and maintains school spirit, encourages and builds hype for all sports on campus and provides students with a place to have a good time and meet new people. The varsity football season is filled with activities and rituals that fire up the campus, from Orange and White Day every Friday to Braves Brawl, even senior snakes focused on the football game that night. Yet, once the season ends, many of these events disappear, and the energy and spirit that drives them becomes lackluster at best. There is no reason why these staples in tradition should not be involved with every sport. It is unfair to only have pep rallies or promote orange and white day during the football season because there are so many other teams on campus that do well. Every year girls water polo is a serious contender, with their biggest match against rival Winter Park, whose coach is the husband of the Lady Brave’s coach Rosalie Creighton. It would do wonders for the school and the team to have a pep rally before this game to get the team fired up, seeing as they have never
beaten Winter Park. During the transition into winter sports such as soccer, basketball, wrestling, and girls weightlifting, students need to challenge each other to carry the excitement of the football season through the year. It is no secret that the football team is the school’s biggest athletic cash cow and thus gets more support, but other sports on campus could generate just as much vivaciousness and spirit if the students and faculty were willing to encourage it. School spirit is contagious; it can start with only a couple students dressing up and building excitement, and in no time the entire school is in anticipation for a big game. When energy that surrounds sports flows through the campus, a more exciting dimension is added and students have a more enjoyable time at school. Students are able to unite on the common ground of school spirit and pride, which is a very powerful medium. The electricity emitting from a student body energized by school spirit is a powerful event to witness and feel. Athletic events are also an extremely convenient outlet in which students can come together and escape from the stresses of things such as school or work. With several events occurring every night, usually one on campus, students can both show support for whatever sport they are attending and socialize with friends. Even better, students can meet up with
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friends from other schools whose athletic teams might be playing an away game on campus. Students come up with countless excuses to not go, from homework to the cost of games, even to the weather for outdoor games. All of these can be solved easily with a little planning. First off, every student should purchase a Boone Booster card. For simply 15 dollars, students gain attendance into any game, free of charge, and get discounts at numerous places around Orlando. Even if a student attends only two or three games of any sport during the course of the year, he or she has broken even. To solve the other two issues, a student should plan a night in which he or she wants to attend a game, a few days or even a week or two ahead of time. The idea is not to attend every game a person can, but rather make a conscious effort to support the school and athletic teams. It can almost be thought of as community service, or rather a service to the school. It is imperative that all students vault school spirit higher on their list of priorities during the winter and spring season. It would do wonders for the atmosphere of the school and student athletes would undoubtedly appreciate the support. It is important that students keep school spirit in the backs of their minds and continue getting fired up for all athletics.
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Girls remain undefeated TEAM PROVES THAT SIZE DOESN’T MATTER By KATIE EDWARDS held her to 14 points. The girls circle around the half court “The girls did a good job pressuring line, getting ready for the jump ball and the ball,” Runner said. to set the tone for the remainder of the They shut down Colonial Grenadiers, game. but the Cypress Creek game was a close “Having a young team is good because win 42-38. now we have a lot to build off of for the “It wasn’t our best game. We didn’t future. Starting we have seniors Leonella play as well as we usually do, but Tyesha Montalvo and Stephanie Wills, junior White had a good game and brought the Jordan Mosley, energy to the floor,” sophomore Runner said. Kynal Skersick Against Lake and freshman Howell, the Baily Florin. defending 5A State We have great Champ, the girls leadership, so were down by the older girls 15 after the first are bringing the quarter. They - bailey florin, freshman were still losing by younger girls up to speed,” 17 points by the head coach fourth quarter. The Julia Runner said. “The girls have a lot girls came back and took the game into of chemistry from playing together in overtime They won, 61-56. middle school but are now working at the “Winning close games and coming high school level.” back from being down 17 points against The girls maintain an undefeated 7-0 Lake Howell is what is exciting about record, beating West Orange away, 55- basketball. You don’t know who is going 39. to win until the final buzzer,” guard “That was a cool game because we Leonella Montalvo said. played against the old coach Misty Cox,” The team had their first victory against Runner said. Olympia, 62-53, on Nov. 11. In the game against Astronaut, the Montalvo has scored 2101 points defending 4A State Champions, the girls throughout her high school career and won, 56-39. Astronaut has the number is working toward breaking the county one post player in the state, and the girls record of 2400.
We are doing really well, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“I was pretty excited when I found out. I’ve been on the varsity team since I was in seventh grade, so I was hoping I would have reached 2101 points because I’ve been playing for so long,” Montalvo said. Along with the girls being young, they are also one of the shortest teams in their district. Freshman Celeste Martin is the tallest girl on the team at 5’9. “The girls are very quick and are doing really well on defense. We really work hard on rebounding and boxing out to make up for our lack of height,” Runner said. The girls faced off against schools like The First Academy and Dr. Phillips in the Pre-Season Classic. They finished first in the tournament. “We are all friends, and we get along really well, so that works well on the court when it comes to communicating, and so we don’t get too frustrated,” Wills said. Like other teams, the girls have pregame traditions. They pray and then bang on the wooden doors entering the gym from the locker room before every game. Their next game will be on Thursday, Jan. 7, away against Timber Creek at 6:30 p.m. “I’m very proud of this season so far, and I am so excited to see the growth by the end” Runner said.
FOLLOW THROUGH. In the Pre-season Classic playing against The First Academy, sophomore Kyndal Skersick goes up for a jump shot. “Even though we knew we had an advantage we still went out with intensity and won,” Skersick said. They beat The First Academy and won the tournament.
Young team pursues winning record NEW COACH HELPS GIRLS IMPROVE COMMUNICATION By EMILY O’LOANE With a new coach, the girl’s soccer team is working to overcome communication difficulties in order to obtain a winning record by the end of the season. The girl’s current record stands at 4-5. “This year is going a lot better than last year. Our team is working together a lot better. We need to become stronger as one, though. We are still a really young team and still growing,” sophomore center midfielder Claire Blakely said. The girls have had several strong performances this year. One of the team’s strongest was a blowout against Oak Ridge on Nov. 16. The girls won, 8-0. Another strong performance was against Circle Christian Academy on Nov. 12, with a score of 2-1. “We played really well [in the Circle Christian Academy game]. That was our best game because we communicated well and didn’t make any simple mistakes. We won the free kicks and goal kicks and everyone executed their passes well,” senior captain Meghan Linton said. The girls have faced off against South Lake twice so far this season, and lost
both games 4-2. “[I was most looking forward to] the South Lake game because we played them in the preseason, and they beat us, but it was definitely a winnable game,” senior co-captain Laura Hart said. Hart, though usually a striker, played in the goal during the Wekiva game, which the girls lost 5-1. “[The Wekiva team] has two star players, and we just weren’t having a good game. They kept getting through everyone,” Blakely said. The team’s strength lies within its midfield. Players such as sophomores Jordan Roy, Blakely and Nikkia Toomey are center midfielders. Despite these strengths, the team is still trying to fix on-field communication problems. “[Our goal for the season is] to win more games and become more cohesive. We need to communicate better on the field between the offense and the defense so we know where everyone is on the field during a game,” Linton said. The girls suffered a loss to Cypress Creek on Dec. 1, losing 4-2 after tieing the game 2-2 at the half
“Even though we did lose 4-2, we never quit fighting. We lost mainly because we were unlucky. Cypress Creek had lots of fluke goals and one ball hit a pole and went into the goal,” varsity coach William King said. The girls count Timber Creek, Olympia, Edgewater and South Lake as district and metro rivals. “Edgewater is one of our main rivals. They are our rivals in every sport, and soccer is no exception. They have a really good team. We have lost to them every year I have been on varsity so I really want to beat them,” Linton said. Over the holiday break, the girls will compete at the Sunset Rotary Invitational from Dec. 29 to 31. On Jan. 5, the first Tuesday back from break, the girls will play home against Olympia at 7:30 p.m. “Olympia was the hardest team we played last year. I want to see how our current team will do against them now,” Blakely said. The girls remain positive about the remaining games, which include matches against Winter Park on Jan. 7, and Dr. Phillips on Jan. 15.
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THE FORWARD STRIKES BACK. In the midfield, senior Fiorella Bertola drives the ball forward. “[During the Colonial game,] we were able to possess the ball more and have more fun with it rather than just focusing on winning the game,” sophomore Alexandra Clayton said. Clayton is left forward on the offense and Bertola is a midfielder.
District rivals pose competitive threat TEAM STRIVES TO INCREASE INTENSITY ON COURT
SOARING, FLYING. In the game against Wekiva, sophomore Terrence Linton lays up the ball. Linton scored 14 points and made 10 rebounds.
By EMILY O’LOANE To achieve their goal of beating Winter Park for the first time in four years, the varsity boy’s basketball team practices to improve their district standing as the season progresses. “We motivate each other because we have a common goal, so we push each other to play our hardest. We want to win districts. The best team in our district is Winter Park, and the top two teams in the district move on so either we want to beat Winter Park or be the next best team,” senior captain and shooting guard Peter Morgan said. Their record stands at 3-2, with the two losses to Wekiva on Dec. 1, 58-68, and Lyman on Dec. 2, 46-52. “We have lost both games so far, but we are playing well as a team. We should get some more wins further on in the season,” freshman Robert Rimmer said. Rimmer is the tallest player on the team, standing at 6 feet 8 inches, despite also being the youngest. Rimmer was named as one of the top seven players of the class of 2013 by the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 26. Other strong players include senior captain Ryan Simpson and sophomore Terrence Linton, who is an offensive guard.
Rimmer scored 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks during the Wekiva game. “[The Wekiva game is my favorite so far] because overall, that was my best game. I played more intensely during that game than during the Lyman game,” Rimmer said. On Friday, Dec. 4, the boys played West Orange and won 57-42, improving their record to 2-2. “[How we played during the West Orange game] is how we should play for the rest of the year,” junior Brody Dawkins said. During the West Orange game, Rimmer scored 14 points, blocked four balls, and made 10 rebounds. Linton also scored 14 points and made 10 rebounds. The closest scorer on the West Orange team was Jalen Bell with a total of 11 points. “The team finally bought into what the coach’s have been preaching all season long. They started rebounding and playing as a team,” varsity coach William Anderson said. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the boys played Olympia at home. Power forward Simpson made 10 points and 10 rebounds, leading the team to a victory. As the season progresses, the team
hopes to improve their half court defense as well as their aggressiveness. “We need to get more aggressive. We need to dive more if there is a chance to get the ball, and we need to start playing with more intensity,” Rimmer said. The team also needs to work on their communication on the court. “We are a good shooting team, and we play hard on defense. We are one of the most hardworking teams in the district, but we have a lot of stuff we need to improve. Communication is the big one [to fix though] because we don’t tell each other if we’ve got the ball,” Morgan said. The boys play Winter Park for the first time Tuesday, Dec. 26, and the junior varsity team will play Winter Park again on Feb. 3. Both will be in the Wayne Rickman Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. “I am looking forward to playing Winter Park because they have a lot of high quality and high caliber players. If we beat them, it will really get Boone’s name out there,” Rimmer said. No matter who they are playing though, the team hopes to bring intensity to every game. “We want to win every game, so I consider every team we play a rival. I bring the same intensity no matter who we play,” Morgan said.
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Bowl selection sparks heated predictions By BRENDAN HALL and JUSTIN KANE Starting Saturday, the mania begins. From Miami to Pasadena, 68 teams have been selected to play in 34 bowl games from Dec. 19 to Jan. 7. Five teams in Florida were selected
to play in bowls, three of which are being held in Florida. Although the BCS games don’t start until January there are plenty of games that will be exciting. Utah and Cal is sure to be a shootout; USC playing in the first non BCS bowl in seven
years; Florida State playing West Virginia in Bobby Bowden’s last game as Florida State head coach; Boise State and TCU, two non BCS teams that were supposed to be BCS busters now play each other. Here are our selections of the Bowl Season.
Bowl game/brief description
Fresno State v Wyoming
New Mexico: Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews leads the nation with 151 yds/game
UCF v Rutgers
St. Petersburg: UCF looks for their first bowl victory in school history
Southern Miss v Middle Tennessee
R+L Carriers New Orleans: Middle Tennessee leads the nation with 8.83 tackles for loss per
Oregon State v BYU
MAACO Las Vegas: The Cougars are 2-1 this season against ranked teams
Utah v Cal
Poinsettia: All of California’s losses were by an average of 21 points/game
Nevada v SMU
Sheraton Hawaii: SMU is back in a bowl after a 25 year bowless drought
Marshall v Ohio
Little Ceasars: Ohio is looking for its first 10-win season since 1968
Pitt. v North Carolina
Meineke Car Care: Pitt looks to rebound after blowing a 21 point lead against #5 Cincinnati
Boston College v USC
Emerald: This is USC’s first non-BCS bowl game since 2002
Kentucky v Clemson
Gaylord Hotels Music City: Kentucky’s running backs Randall Cobbe and Derrick Lock are
Texas A&M v Georgia
Independence: Texas A & M allowed 47 points in four games during the season
UCLA v Temple
EagleBank: UCLA earned their bowl bid after an Army loss to Navy
Miami v Wisconsin
Champs Sports: Wisconsin RB John Clay has at least 100 yards rushing in each of the last
Bowling Green v Idaho
Humanitarian: Starting off 3-5, Bowling Green has won five straight to make it to a bowl
Arizona v Nebraska
Pacific Life Holiday: Heisman candidate Ndamukong Suh has 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss Nebraska
Houston v Air Force
Armed Forces: Air Force ranks fourth in the country in rushing offense with 274 yards/
Oklahoma v Stanford
Brut Sun: The key matchup is Stanford RB Toby Gerhart against Oklahoma’s seventh-
Navy v Missouri
Texas: For the first time since 2004, Navy has not finished first in the nation in rush offense, Mizzou
Minnesota v Iowa State
Insight: Iowa State has not beaten Minnesota since 1898
Virginia Tech v Tennessee
Chick-fil-A: Tennessee ranks 8th in the country in defensive pass efficiency, led by Eric
Northwestern v Auburn
Outback: Northwesten enters the bowl game with momentum, going 3-0 in November and
Penn State v LSU
Capital One: Les Miles is 4-0 in bowl games as LSU’s head coach
West Virginia v FSU
Gator: FSU’s first ever bowl game was against West Virginia and will be Bobby Bowden’s
Ohio State v Oregon
Rose: The Big-Ten has lost seven consecutive BCS bowl games
Florida v Cincinnati
Sugar: Florida’s loss to Alabama was Urban Meyers’ most lopsided loss since his first season Cincinatti
University of Florida
USF v Northern Illinois
International: The USF Bulls started off 5-0 before losing five of their last seven games in
South Carolina v UConn
Papajohns.com: The game will be played at Legion Field, where Spurrier won his first SEC
Oklahoma State v Ole Miss
AT&T Cotton: Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster ran for 821 yards in his last five SEC games
Arkansas v ECU
AutoZone Liberty: East Carolina is 4-12 against SEC teams in school history
Michigan State v TTU
Alamo: The Red Raiders rank 96th in pass efficiency defense and 103rd in pass defense
Boise State v TCU
Tositos Fiesta: The Horned Frogs offense averages 40.67 points per game while the Broncos
Iowa v Georgia Tech
FedEx Orange: Georgia Tech has the No. 2 rushing offense in the country, and the No. 11
Central Michigan v Troy
GMAC: Central Michigan’s quarterback Dan LeFevour has accounted for 41 of the teams 54
Texas v Alabama
Citi National Championship: Alabama defense leads the nation in scoring defense and ranks
second and third in SEC all-purpose yards, respectively
five games game
this season game
ranked run defense
but are third at 280 yards/game
Berry, the number one safety in college football defeating two Top 20 teams
last after 34 years as head coach of the Seminoles
in Gainesville the Big East
championship game while coaching at Florida in 1993
allow just .38 sacks per game
scoring offense at 35.31 points per game touchdowns
second in rushing defense and total defense
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Girls press, earn wins TEAM STARTS SEASON RIGHT By LINDSEY DYE After not eating for an entire day, senior Kiersten Haddock breathes a sigh of relief as she qualifies for the weight class she wants to compete in for the first weightlifting meet of the season. “We starve ourselves for the entire day before a meet then go out to eat as a team after. Not eating for the day ensures that we will make our weight class, and eating as a team is a really good bonding experience,” Haddock said. After winning their first meet of the season against University and Freedom, the girls have high hopes. They expect to grow closer as a team and to place in metros by the end of the season. To win a weightlifting meet, the best scores from the bench press and clean and jerk are combined. Haddock won first in bench press during the first meet. “Weightlifting has met my expectations because I thought it was going to be fun, which it is. Everyone has a lot of spirit,” sophomore Emily Madigan said. At practice, the team alternates days working on bench pressing and clean and jerking. Aside from winning their meets, the teams goals are to have girls go to states and place at that level. “[Weightlifting] is almost like the passing down of leadership skills. We just
work through losing so many seniors. One year leads into the next year, so if you don’t work at this constantly, you lose your skills. You can’t slack off with [weightlifting],” Haddock said. To prepare for the meets, the team warms up with small weights, gets each other pumped and weighs in right before the meet starts. “I prepare myself for the meets by going to the gym throughout the week with my friends and attending practices. It’s bad to be one of those people who is always slacking off at practice or not even coming because practice makes perfect. It’s beneficial to come,” sophomore Gene Trujillo said. Most girls on the team joined to strengthen themselves for other sports such as cheerleading or softball. Bench pressing strengthens biceps which helps with pitching or being a stunt base. “Weightlifting has gone beyond my expectations because I looked at it as a training program for softball, but it’s actually fun and worthwhile. It’s taught me life skills like determination,” Haddock said.
•The girls won the Dec. 9 meet with final scores of 40-36 Freedom and 45-27 University
PRESSURE. At the first meet sophomore Gene Trujillo performed the clean and jerk. “My goal for this season is to become stronger and lift more than my brother,” Trujillo said. This is Trujillo’s first year on the team.
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The next home varsity games are listed below. Date 12-18
Opponent Boys Soccer v. West Orange Boys Basketball v. Apopka
Time 7:30 8:00
Girls Basketball v. OCP Girls Soccer v. Olympia
Wrestling v. Oak Ridge/Freedom
Girls Soccer v. Winter Park
Boys Basketball v. Edgewater
Girls Basketball v. University
Boys Soccer v. University
Boys Basketball v. Timber Creek
Girls Soccer v. Winter Park
Boys Soccer v. Olympia Girls Basketball v. Dr. Phillips
Boys Basketball v. Winter Park
Girls Basketball v. Bishop Moore
Boys Basketball v. Dr. Phillips
Boys Basketball v. Lake Nona
Boys Basketball v. Oak Ridge
Tyit all TOGETHER
Brothers form unique role models ACTIONS PROVE TO BE WORTHY OF RECOGNITION
Tyler Patrick Reporter
ut you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and you don’t know what it’s like to feel so low, and every time you smile, you laugh, you glow, you don’t even know.” These words sung by Nick Jonas represent the musical talent that is the Jonas Brothers. The Jonas Brothers are constantly ridiculed. They are more than just another musical act; they are people worth admiring and looking up to. In the entertainment industry nowadays, it’s hard to find somebody that can really be admired. There is constant media attention on the rich and famous’s drug use and quick annulments that disgust those watching at home. However, the Jonas Brothers are true role models who represent everything that artists in Hollywood should be. The brothers really care about their fans, which they demonstrate frequently. They can be found favoriting videos that their fans post on YouTube. The brothers also feel sympathy for fans that can’t make it to their shows due to sold out ticket sales; they often play a free show prior to their actual concert for those unable to get tickets. The brothers did this in December 2007 in Little Rock, Arkansas as well as May 2009 in New York City. The Jonas Brothers are amazing musicians, which is hard to find naturally due to so much digital enhancement. The brothers write all of their own songs, which are based on their personal experiences. Songs like “Fly with Me” [“If it’s you and me forever, If it’s you and me right now, That’d be alright,
Be alright, If we chase the stars to lose our shadow, Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine, So, won’t you fly with me”] and “Just Friends” [“There she goes again, the girl I’m in love with. It’s cool we’re just friends. We walk the halls of school, but I know it’s casual, It’s cool we’re just friends”] are great for an audience because the audience can relate to the issues. The Jonas Brothers also play acoustic and electric guitar, drums and tambourine when they perform. The Jonas Brothers are musicians who have decided to give back. They have decided to make a change in the world by opening their own foundation, the Change for the Children Foundation. Each brother supports a cause. Nick supports diabetes awareness, Joe supports Special Olympics and Kevin supports volunteering through the organization Do Somethin’. It’s great they are using fame and wealth to help these causes because it helps people become more aware. The Change for the Children Foundation has raised 77 million total for all three organizations. In an age where sex is more popular than Lady Gaga, the Jonas Brothers stand for abstinence by wearing purity rings. This is a rarity in Hollywood. During the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, host Russell Brand said the brothers were complete fools for having purity rings, which outraged the audience. However, singer Jordin Sparks rebutted during the show by stating that there was absolutely nothing wrong with waiting until marriage to have sex because not everybody wanted to be promiscuous. In addition to facing opposition for their moral views, the
brothers also faced hardship when Nick was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 13, and people doubted his potential because of the disease. Nick often speaks out at concerts, telling his fans “Don’t let anybody stop you from doing anything. Did anybody ever stop me?”. In the past there has been hype over certain stars and the way they go about things, representing themselves as poor role models, like star Lindsay Lohan. She started acting at the age of 11 in The Parent Trap, and in the past few years she has been in the spotlight for more severe actions such as DUI’s and the use of crack cocaine. Professional golfer Tiger Woods has recently been accused of cheating on his wife. So far 12 women have come forward. In 2003 big time role model Britney Spears sparked controversy when she married a childhood friend in Las Vegas and then got an annulement a mere 55 hours later. The Jonas Brothers are role models. They give encouraging messages and stay out of the media. So the next time someone decides to insult the Jonas Brothers about their musical talent or large fan base, he or she might want to consider the attributes that make them truly notable stars in Hollywood today.
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By JONATHAN WARREN Living in Florida, Cuban restaurants are a staple to major roads and restaurant scenes. In such a competitive atmosphere, Cuban restaurants struggle to stand out, boasting signs like “best Cuban in town”. However, Tino’s, a family owned Cuban bistro on Curry Ford Road, has risen above the rest. The bistro is a notch above other casual Latin restaurants like Pancho’s on Michigan Avenue in its atmosphere, food quality and price points. Officially a Cuban restaurant, Tino’s also offers American foods like fried chicken, cheeseburgers and meat loaf sandwiches to ensure customers can order whatever fits their mood. All their meals are made fresh daily. The House Specialties consists of decidedly more authentic Cuban and include things like Boliche ($9.45), seasoned eye of round beef stuffed sausage and tomato sauce, and Ropa vieja ($9.45), which is shredded beef in Spanish sauce. Tino’s also offers an American style breakfast that includes French toast, pancakes, egg sandwiches, as well as various omelets. The service is friendly and timely.
LATIN FLAVOR. Tino’s bar is adorned with artistic light fixtures. The tropical plants and bamboo window shades create an authentic Cuban feel. “It’s a nice, homey atmosphere, while still holding an air of sophistication,” junior Jessica McCoy said. When asked for honey mustard, the server made some from scratch for his customer. Orders arrive quickly, taking less than 15 minutes for fresh entrees. Drinks were refilled without having to ask.
Tino’s Cuban sandwich ($6.75), the self-proclaimed best in town, may actually live up to its title. Their Cuban was pressed and warm, competitive with any in Orlando and is served with French fries. The soft, warm inside
blended nicely with the slight crunch of the pressed bread. Another signature item off the lunch menu is the frita (with fries, $5.25). A fried Cuban burger, it is a Latin twist on the traditional American favorite. The warm burger has a touch of pepper and spices. The food on the lunch menu far exceeds its price and the casual atmosphere. Location is Tino’s biggest weakness. Located on busy Curry Ford Road, the renovated building was formerly inhabited by Maryland Fried Chicken. Its casual elegance definitely outshines the neighboring Citgo and Krystal’s. The small bar is adorned with hanging lights and a flat screen TV. There is enough seating for 30-40 people including seats at the bar. While most of its decorations are fairly generic, there is a Latin feel to Tino’s. The lighting is low, and salsa music plays in the background. While Tino’s food is not perfection, and its location could be better, it is above average in every area of dining experience, especially for a casual restaurant. Tino’s atmosphere, service, price point and authentic Cuban dishes make it an excellent choice for those looking for a casual dining experience.
Droid ‘does’ not beat the iPhone By JUSTIN KANE Since the release of Apple’s prized iPhone in 2007, the world of smart phones has not been the same. Other companies like Palm and Blackberry have tried to match the iPhone but have fallen short. Now it is Motorola’s turn to try.
On Nov. 6, Motorola released the highly anticipated Droid smart phone. The slogan - “Everything iDont, Droid does” - really puts the Droid on the spot to live up to high expectations. Despite the Droid being the same length and width, the thickness of the phone will not attract people. The
Droid is twice as thick as the iPhone. Nowadays people want sleek and sexy not bulky and boring. With a slide out keyboard with tiny keys, the Droid will turn away people who like spaced out keys. Here is a table that will demostrate why the Droid does not beat the iPhone.
# STORAGE CAPACITY
16 GB iPhone 3GS AT&T
16 GB Motorola Droid Verizon
Expandable to 32 GB for an extra $399.99
5 hours on 3.0 megapixel 3g alk time with video re(300 hours corder and auto standby) focus
6.4 hours on 5.0 mega3G talk time pixel with video (270 hours recorder and a standby) flash
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NUMBER OF APPS
Free and paid Over 100,000 apps available Has the ability to to download create your own apps from the Apple App Store Apps for free and paid available to download from the Android market
Over 16,000 Has the ability to create your own apps and [have download them]
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Who: Lady Gaga Where: Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. When: Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Why: Lady Gaga has had the most number one singles
off her debut album The Fame in 2009. Her singles- “Pokerface”, “Just Dance”, “Paparazzi”, and “Lovegame”- have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She has opened for New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls and is now headlining her own tour: The Fame Ball Tour.
Who: Owl City Where: House of Blues, 490 E. Lake Buena Vista Dr. When: Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Why: This American band is brand new to the music scene
and consists of one member, Adam Young. Young hit number one with the single “Fireflies” on his 2009 debut album Ocean Eyes. It became the fastest selling electronic/ alternative album ever and the album alone hit the top 10 in U.S. albums.
UPCOMING CD’S What: Rebirth Who: Lil Wayne Where: $9.99 on Amazon and $13.99 at Barnes and Noble Book Sellers.
When: Dec. 22 Why: Lil Wayne is a Grammy-award winning artist. He was a former member of the Hot Boys and released his first solo album, Tha Block is Hot. He became popular with the release of his two next albums Tha Carter II and Tha Carter III. He won a grammy for Tha Carter III and eight other Grammy nominations. Rebirth is set to be Lil Wayne’s first rock album.
ly from New York released their first single, “A-Punk”, in 2008. Their self-titled album hit the Top 20 charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. They have also climbed the indie/ alternative rock music charts.
Of the Blue Color of the Sky
Who: OK Go Where: $13.99 on Amazon
and $12.99 at Barnes and Noble Book Sellers.
When: Jan. 12 Why: The Grammy-award win-
ning band is back with the release of their fifth album. They are well known for their homemade treadmill video for the number one hit “Here it Goes Again”; they are also known for their single “A Million Ways”. The band is featured in The Twilight Saga: New Moon [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack].
UPCOMING MOVIES What:
Avatar, sci-fi/ thriller, not yet rated
Who: James Cameron
(Director), Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quatrich)
When: Dec. 18 Why: Based in the future,
Jake Sully, a war veteran who is paralyzed from the waist down, is taken to the planet Pandora. The Na’vi reside in Pandora, and they are a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those brought from Earth find themselves conflicting with each other and with the local culture.
December 18, 2009
What: Nine, musical/ romance, PG-13 rated Who: Rob Marshall (Director), Daniel Day-Lewis
(Guido Contini), Penelope Cruz (Carla), Nicole Kidman (Claudia Jenssen), Kate Hudson (Stephanie)
When: Dec. 25 Why: Nine tells the life story of famous movie director
Guido Contini as he faces problems with his personal and professional life. He tries to balance all the women in his life, including his wife, mother, mistress, film star muse and other women who he spontaneously interacts with over the length of his career.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, adventure/ fantasy, PG13 rated
Terry Gilliam (Director), Heath Ledger (Tony- main), Christopher Plummer (Dr. Parnassus), Johnny Depp (Tony-first transformation), Jude Law (Tony- second transformation), Colin Farrell (Tony- third transformation)
When: Jan. 15 Why: Thousand year-old, immortal Dr. Parnassus is the
leader of a traveling theater group. The group offers audiences the chance to go beyond reality and into a magical mirror. Dr. Parnassus has been able to spark his audience’s imagination through a deal he made with the devil. The devil comes to collect his part of the deal and instead takes the doctor’s daughter. An outsider, Tony, joins the group and travels through parallel dimensions with the theater group ito save the doctor’s daughter.
What: Youth in Revolt, comedy/ romance, rated R Who: Gustin Nash (Director), Michael Cera (Nick
Twisp), Justin Long (Paul Sanders), Portia Doubleday (Sheenie Saunders)
When: Jan. 8 Why: The star of Juno, Superbad and Nick and Norah’s
Infinite Playlist returns as Nick Twisp. Twisp is a unique boy with a finer taste for all things music and art; the movie explores his journey as he falls in love with the free spirited Sheenie Saunders on a vacation. Saunders drives Nick to abandon his predictable and dull life and helps him develop a rebellious side.