William R. Boone High School Student Paper
Friday, November 4, 2011 Volume 60, Issue No.2
For Students, By Students
Recap spirit week p. 24
2000 South Mills Avenue Orlando, Florida 32806 photo/MADELINE TRYBUS
Unhealthy diets cause problems By DELANEE BOGAN and TYLER PATRICK Standing 5’ 2” and topping the scale at 185 with a BMI of 30, categorizes the teen as obese, which is not uncommon according to current research. According to kidshealth.org, one third of all people ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. As the obesity rates of teens grow significantly , this epidemic is plaguing the country. Obese teens are at risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue and potential death. In January, the USDA replaced the
food pyramid with the food plate. The new visual explains how much milk, fruit, grain, vegetable and protein one person should consume in a day. If one follows this guide, he will have a well balanced diet. While fast food restaurants’ websites list the caloric count of their food, people do not regularly check this resulting in excess calories.
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photo illustration/TYLER PATRICK
• Keep track of priorities for college p. 8
• Learn about issues that affect world politics map p. 10
Volume 60, Issue No. 2 November 4, 2011 For Students, By Students
In Every Issue 4 5 15 19 21
6 The effects Florida School Choice may have on schools
14 Learn about first date expectations from both perspectives
8 A checklist to help juniors and seniors stay focused for their future
16 Families rival within their own homes
10 Updated information on international current event issues
22 Visit an authentic, family friendly Italian restaurant
12 Obesity is a prevalent problem in the United States
24 Take a look at a recap of the events of homecoming
1 More than 35,000 kittens are
3 Nearly 27 million Americans eat
born in the United States every year.
at McDonald’s per day
2 More than 10 people are killed
4 In Chinese, the KFC slogan
every year through the use of vending machines.
“finger lickin’ good” comes out as “eat your fingers off”
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Letter From the Editor Our View 1 in 3,000 Ty It All Together Sneak Peeks
Perfection in every sense of the word. Nothing special, but worth buying. EH. Not worth the money. Might as well gouge your eyes out now.
November 4, 2011
Calendar Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Varsity football vs. Cypress Creek
Nov. 8, 6 p.m.
Boys soccer vs. Dr. Phillips
Nov. 8, 6 p.m. Girls soccer vs. Olympia
Nov. 17, TBA
Wrestling vs. Ocoee
2011-12 Staff EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Karen Jaen MANAGING EDITOR Tyler Patrick COPY EDITOR Lindsay Alexander BUSINESS MANAGER Anna Marie Boria INDEX EDITOR Stephanie Garcia
WEBMASTER Mark Vagelakos REPORTERS Delanee Bogan Cooper Brock Sara Casler Ruben Carrillo Karina Flores Lizzy Gordon Austin Hall Joshua Hollaran Sam Holleman Bridgette Norris Kinsey Seacord Lia Villar Molly Wallace
OTHER ADVISER Renee Burke PRINCIPAL Margaret McMillen
Helping students lead proactive lives By KAREN JAEN Important decisions are being made as the year continues to progress. Especially for juniors and seniors, who are concerned with choices that may affect their future. To be successful, students should be active and organized. It is imperative for students to make this a habit now. Students should also stay educated on current event issues. In this issue, juniors are advised to keep an organized checklist of the tasks they need to complete before senior year arrives. Consequently, most major application deadlines have passed, and seniors should now be concerned with scholarship deadlines. Since Bright Futures is not as abundant as previous years and because funding has decreased in the state of Florida, it is important to think about how to fund one’s post-high school education. Being active is important in a busy student’s life because obesity is a prevalent problem in America. Students should focus on ways to keep a healthy lifestyle. Look at our Special section, pages 12 and 13, to learn about the harmful food one consumes at places like Taco Bell and McDonald’s. Also, students can learn how to stay in shape and eat healthy. Staying active relieves stress, reenergizes a person and
keeps him healthy. With the holiday season approaching, take exercise into consideration. It is said that people gain an average of seven pounds in the two months. Staying informed about various issues and events is also essential in a student’s life. Readers should look to page 6 where two writers offer opposing views on Florida School Choice. It is a zoning plan that allows parents to choose the school they want their child to attend. Also, look to page 10 for a world map showing current issues occurring all over the globe, especially in the Middle East, that affect the community. On the other hand, every student needs time to wind down. For entertainment, take a peek at the back cover to see a recap of the events of homecoming week. Readers should look at page 21 for information about local events, such as the The Senior Turkey Trot 5k on Nov. 24 at Lake Eola. The event raises money for senior citizens who are in need of meals. Since this year is just beginning, consider using an organizer and exercise. These habits make future tasks easier. We would love to hear your opinion on all of these articles, feel free to comment at hilights.org.
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November 4, 2011
Two is the magic number
POLICY CREATES STUDENT INCENTIVE, POSITIVE REMINDER The Rowdy Crowd at Friday night football games, the ridiculous costumes and endless hype about the perfect dresses for homecoming, no matter how horribly cliché and High School Musical-esque these and other activities may seem, they are the events that make the 34 hours of school a week bearable for students. Students balance social and extra-curricular activities like clubs, sports, and dances with academic subjects. Since the high school scene is such a social one, students are often overcommitted to their social activities and their grades, the true priority of high school, can drop. Hence, Orange County Public Schools has created a new rule that came into effect this school year. Like the 2.0 grade point average policy to participate in sports, students must now have a 2.0 GPA to be in clubs and attend school dances. In some respects, this rule seems unfair. It separates the student body into “adequate” and “in-adequate;” it verges on elitist, and does not take in to account extenuating circumstances like learning disabilities and home issues. While the rule is the not perfect, it is made as fair as possible and lends students incentive to do well. Freshmen are exempt from the rule for homecoming because they will not have GPA’s until after semester exams. For the rest of the student body the GPA is cumulative. However, any seniors who do not meet the requirement cumulatively to attend homecoming but their quarter GPA meets it, can ask to speak with Dr. Margaret McMillen about their situation and this can be handled case by case. Also in the realm of fairness, students are required to have a 2.0 GPA to graduate. If
I think it’s good because if you don’t have good grades you shouldn’t be able to attend events. - ciara mccoy, freshman
Is the 2.0 GPA policy fair or unfair to students?
I have a mixed view on this policy. I can see both pros and cons. On the positive side, I think this will encourage students to keep their grades up and to try hard academically; also, oftentimes those students who have the lower GPA’s tend to be the ones who cause behavioral issues at school functions. However, on the negative side, I think oftentimes students with lower GPA’s are the ones who need extracurricular activities after school to keep them out of trouble.
- jenna harrison, sophomore This new policy may seem like a good idea on paper but can actually be harmful to students who do not have a 2.0. It is understandable to implement this policy on some school activities, but to make it apply to all activities seems somewhat extreme. It is telling students that they may not be part of the school if they do not live up to status-quo. Some students may actually improve their academic levels if they are allowed to
By the numbers 2 out of 6 Schools in Boone’s learning community required a 2.0 for homecoming
Students have a 2.0 or above
945 Students attended homecoming
Percent of students disagree with 2.0 GPA Policy
39 Percent of students agree 299 students polled, Oct. 26
give them incentive to keep up with their grades. Freshmen have been given a free ticket, and seniors can receive leeway for dances based on circumstance. This policy will positively impact the campus, making grades the priority but still allowing students to enjoy the social activities.
If people want to be a part of a club or organization they need to have good grades.
It’s good because it encourages people to get better grades and have a higher GPA.
- benny borrero, junior
- kayla tercero, sophomore
If students want to have fun, they should do good in school and make sure their grades are positive. - brandyn cross, senior
WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THE 2.0 G.P.A. POLICY?
Policy presents benefits, doubts
Policy lends extremes
a student is not meeting this requirement, he should not be attending a school dance, or playing a sport or be involved in a club. Social events make high school enjoyable, but students’ main priority should be receiving their diplomas. According to Dr. McMillen, a student cannot have hours and hours to give to clubs, sports and other extra-curricular activities while not passing their classes. Students needs to find a balance in passing their classes and being a part of activities that are meaningful to them. This rule also creates an incentive to make better grades and achieve higher grade point averages to avoid being borderline during a sport season or right before dance ticket sales. It will also contribute to a higher school grade. The rule is not created to cut students off from the more enjoyable aspects of high school; it is put in place to make sure students have their priorities straight, with grades first, before they engage in any kind of extra-curricular activity. There has been concern among the Student Government Association’s Junior Class Council regarding the possibility of smaller homecoming attendance. The excess revenue from homecoming ticket sales offsets the price of prom. The possibility of fewer homecoming attendees would hike the price of prom and make SGA’s budgeting more difficult. “We planned around our budget. We played around with numbers and dropped things if they were too expensive,” junior class secretary Merrie Harding said. Furthermore, 87 percent of students have at least a 2.0 or higher. Attendance should not be a considerable issue for the Junior Class’s budget this year or in future years. Dr. McMillen claims this policy sends the positive message to students that academics come first. Dr. McMillen and administration want students to have a great time at school, but grades come first. This new policy is achievable for students and will help
participate in things they enjoy.
- emily auschwitz, sophomore
Requirement is productive
The 2.0 average requirement to participate in extracurricular activities is logical. This requirement provides an incentive for students to care about their grades if they want to have fun. Also, if the students maintain the average, those participating will be responsible, causing attendance to be regular and extracurricular activities to be more active and effective.
- amy bonilla, senior
Policy does not consider little things
This new policy really is not fair because high school dances and clubs are supposed to be fun and not something kids should worry about. You never know what can be going on personally with the kid causing them to get below a 2.0.
- amal omar, sophomore
November 4, 2011
Student athletes must represent name
I think the new 2.0 policy is good because I believe grades and performance in school comes before extra activities and sports. [My] coach always says, “You’re a student athlete. What’s the first word?” School needs to be a higher priority in life than any sports or after-school activities.
- james dawson, sophomore
School activities better society
I think students should still be able to participate in school activities even if they have less that a 2.0 average. Participating in activities encourages getting involved in society and [being able] to function in a community.
- marissa mcgregor, freshman We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on hilights.org, or drop a letter off in Rm 224
School choice splits students SCHOOL CHOICE AVOIDS THE PROBLEM OF UNEQUAL SCHOOLS By MARK VAGELAKOS chool choice has reached Florida only to point out our failing school system. As more opportunities become available to shift students into “A” schools, Florida’s problem of failing schools worsens. School choice refers to parents’ ability to transfer their child to a school outside of their designated school zone, in hoping the child will get a better education at a school with a higher grade. Typically, school grades are calculated based on several factors, but the grade to determine transfer eligibility is based only on the average Florida Comprehension Assessment Test scores. Currently students in 159 Florida schools are eligible for transfer, up six times from last year’s figure of 24 schools. Schools eligible include Edgewater and Colonial high schools, even though Colonial had an overall school grade of “B” last year. While advocates of school choice argue it is important A failing that parents are able to put their child in the best school system needs a possible, simply moving a kid around only avoids the issue of bad schools. When caring parents pull their student out solution, not of the “F” schools they are zoned for, a void is created a back door where schools become entirely composed of students band-aid whose parents do not care or do not have the resources to transfer their child. Consequently, there is little push to better schools or receive better funding, and these schools are left with no hope of increasing their grade. Since funding is increased with the school’s grade, school choice provides relief to those students who transfer but the majority of students are left in a cycle of ill equipped schools and poor education. Furthermore, adherents of the school choice position have ironically lost sight of the American principle of equal opportunity. The objective of public schools is to create an ideal learning environment for everyone involved. If parents want to ensure the best education for their child, they can pay private schools, instead of working around the system and leaving behind hopelessly failing schools. A failing system does not call for an abandonment of principle but rather an effort toward solution. Instead of busing out students and fiscally punishing schools for receiving bad grades, money should be spent implementing strategies of successful schools for everyone. Beside the problems with principle and theory, there are also technical issues with implementing and running a school choice system. For example, school choice raises the issue of athlete recruiting. Since the transfer system does not work like the magnet system, where students have to maintain high grades to stay in the program, athletes can be recruited to schools without focusing on academics. This further opens the door for illegal bribes in exchange for attending a particular school, like the problem in collegiate sports. In addition, transportation adds a major cost for the underfunded school budget. This means students seeking a better school would need to provide their own transportation to and from school. However, this is simply not an option for the single parent working multiple jobs to raise multiple children. Thus, school choice is reserved only for those of means and students of low income families are condemned to attend doomed schools. Moreover, increased school choice creates an image reminiscent of the “Separate but Equal” era, as most of the schools eligible for transfer are predominantly black. According to a 2005 Alliance for Excellent Education study, “More than 60 percent of black students in the United States attend schools where more than 50 percent of the school population is identified as living in poverty, compared to 18 percent of white students.” This re-segregation has led to clearly better schools for predominantly white students, compared to those of black students. According to the same study, “Black students were more likely than white students to attend schools where trash was present on the floor (29 percent versus 18 percent) and graffiti was present (10 percent versus 3 percent).” The failing school system is a result of years of preferential treatment to schools that traditionally do well compared to those which traditionally fail. If the parents desperately trying to move their children to better schools were forced to stay in their zone, the lackadaisical attitude toward improving “F” schools would no longer be tolerated.
SCHOOL CHOICE PROVIDES A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
159 Number of schools in the state of Florida this year that are eligible for transfer
Number of schools in 2010 that were eligible for transfer.
If a school receives a 69 or lower, and fails to meet other requirements such as graduation rates, the school must offer transfer
The percentage of Caucasian students that attend schools where trash is present on the floor, compared to 29 percent of African American students
Percent of African American students attend schools where more than half of the school population is in poverty
November 4, 2011
By SAM HOLLEMAN he learning environment of a school is an important part of how the school, as a whole, does academically. And school choice is a way to create this ideal learning environment. School choice is an idea that works out in three major ways. In essence, school choice means that a student can go to which ever school he wants to attend. There are Magnet programs, which allow students to apply for attendance to a different school so they can focus on a subject they plan on majoring in once they go to college. Charter schools choose student names at random using a lottery system to decide acceptance. Also, in the state of Florida, there is a transfer option that allows students to transfer to a different public school from they one they currently attend if the school they are zoned to attend receives a “D” or “F” and also fails to meet other requirements such as graduation rates. Another, more controversial option is school choice, which allows students to go to whichever school they like without having to fill out stacks of forms or hope their slip School choice is pulled out of a hat, is an outstanding idea. creates a better Grades are the most important part of a student’s life. What grades a student receives in high school is what environment determines whether or not a student goes to college, and for students to what college a student attends will determine what job he learn gets. So if a student is able to pick what schools he attends, he will be excited to go to school every day. And if the student is excited to go to the school that he was able to choose, the student will pay attention more in class and not only get better grades, but also understand the information better. With open enrollment, students will focus more in class, learn more, do their homework, and have their grades increase. Furthermore, Boone is a prime example of why school choice needs to be implemented. Some students in our school are not zoned for Boone but because they applied for the magnet program and got in, they can attend here. There are always a few who choose to be in Boone’s magnet program because they already know what path they want to follow in life and want to start preparing now for either a career in law, criminal justice, or finance. But whether it is Oak Ridge, Ocoee, Edgewater, or Jones, many of the magnet students are only in magnet so they do not have to attend their zoned school. There is also an option that allows students who are in failing schools to transfer to a private school. The state will use the tuition (how much spent per student each year) money it would have spent on the student at a public school and put it toward the tuition for the private school and the family would pay the rest. There are so many different loop holes to avoid school zoning; there is no reason why Florida should not have school choice. Additionally, if students were able to pick which school they attend, school spirit will increase. In every high school one goes to, there are different stereotypes, and because of these different groups of people, the school becomes divided. School pride brings a sense of commonality between all students. So if students were allowed to choose which school they attend, students will be proud to be at that school, and in turn, create a positive learning environment. The learning environment of a school plays an important role in student’s education. And for there to be a positive learning environment, students need to be allowed to choose which school they attend. No matter what type of clothing they wear, the type of music they listen to, what club or sport they are in, or how they act, school pride brings every student closer together. If students were able to pick which school they attend on their own and not have their enrollment be decided on by where they live, students will want to show off that they attend that school. They will participate in all of the school rallies, attend school sporting events, and wear their school’s colors proudly. Students create the type of environment and atmosphere that a school has. They will want to display t h a t school and be excited to walk into each class every day ready to learn. Their positivity and energy will rub off on other students that would not be affected by school choice and soon the entire school will be drenched in optimism.
Write In Do you want the opportunity to pick which school you attend? Would you start a protest against school choice?If either then write and deliver a letter to Rm. 224. Let your voice be heard.
campus and local
Checklists lend helping hand PRIORITIES FOR COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS By KARINA FLORES Junior year brings exciting, new experiences for students: different cafeteria, prom, and most importantly, preparing for college. Common mistakes collegebound students make are not taking the necessary steps to apply for college and waiting until the last minute. “One thing [students] don’t know is that in this business, early is an absolute,” College and Career Center counselor Ann Cadman said. “We live in the technology age and yet I find that kids are so uninformed about the things they need to be informed about.” With the SAT and ACT, college visits and scholarships, the year can fly by in a blur. Now is the time to begin the search of the ideal school after high school. Junior Julianna Sutton has started to research colleges and universities but still feels unsure of what needs to do to ensure she gets into the right college. “I am confused. It seems like every college does things differently,” Sutton said. “I am most worried about getting scholarships to pay for out-of- state tuition.” For seniors, applications should already be sent to potential schools. In the midst of completing college applications, transcripts and SAT/ACT scores should be sent. The next step is applying for financial aid and researching additional scholarships to offset the increasing costs. “This is where [seniors] need to go through a list and make sure they’ve gone through all their sources for money. There’s a lot of sources out there and [students] need to check them out,” Cadman said. Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards those with high grade point averages and a required amount of community service hours. With legislative changes occurring each year, requirements are getting stricter and the awards are covering less of college expenses. It is important to look for other financial aid opportunities in the form of scholarships or grants. It is crucial to not let distractions or the common case of “senioritis” take over senior year. High school is coming to an end, but to ensure college acceptance keeping focus is key.
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COLLEGE READINESS. Visi photo/KARINA FLORES ting the College and Career Cen ter, senior Chung Soo Kim meets with counselor Ann Cad man to look over her high sch ool transcript. “I need to get students in here to just talk so I can get you where you nee d to be when you need to be there,” Cadman said. The College and Career Center is an accessible and valuable resource for information on cam pus.
SENIOR YEAR CHECKLIST
r PAPERWORK. Ke all paperwork together in one place, including transcriep pts , ess financial aid applications and ays, college applications, teacher recommendations. r DEADLINES. Keep in mi later. Make sure transcripts, nd deadlines come sooner than applications and financial aidSAT and ACT scores, complete average fee for an in-state colare turned in on deadline. The lege application is $30 - $40. r SCHOLARSHIPS. rid a’s Bright Futures Rewards Program might not coverFlo all the with college. Look for oth ava necessary costs that come ilable scholarships to apply for. The Senior Bulletin Boerard in Center has up-to-date inform the College and Career ation on the available scholarships. r GRADES. Keeping grade s up is important even if already accepted. Colleges can revoke acceptances if grades are not kept up. r DECISION TIME. rro w down the list of potential colleges, and make sure Na all the school are complete. Require forms required for each same at each school, so pay d documents may not be the close attention to what each college requires.
On the web Go to hilights.org for a quick link to find more info for seniors about scholarships.
November 4, 2011
campus and local
We asked 10 students to answer “What is one of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?” in 10 words.
“My family watches the football “We gather around and tell stories “I eat turkey and rice with “My family and I go to my game before we eat dinner.” about certain past events.” beans, with my family.” grandparents’ for dinner,” - brandon reddick, - binit parikh, junior - sergio rivera, freshman jarrett stalvey, senior sophomore “Every Thanksgiving my family plays cards, then we eat pie.” - savannah winship, junior
“We celebrate Thanksgiving at a “We gather around with the family nursing home at Lake Conway.” and eat spanish food.” - eden gebril, freshman - joannelys cruz, sophomore
November 4, 2011
“My family Thanksgiving tradition is we usually have two turkeys.” - tanisha mark, senior
“My family and I eat goat for our Thanksgiving dinner.” “My family goes to California and yenedid rodriguez, senior visits my dad’s brothers.” - lindsay yaeger, sophomore
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Long term issues dominate global stage AL-SHABAB’S EXIT LENDS POSSIBLE RECOVERY CHANCE
OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT GAINS MOMENTUM
By LINDSAY ALEXANDER Somalia is a war torn country overrun by war lords, clans and the Shabab. Since 2006, the country has faced the occupancy of Al Shabab, an Islamic militant group, that has about 40-militia in Somalia; they occupy the majority of the South. In 2007 the Shabab claimed ties to Al Qaeda, and engage in many Al Qaeda-type practices including stoning, cutting off hands, the banning of bras and music. While a transitional government is in place, it has not found a way to stop the insurgents or mobilize the people because of the suppressive rule of the Shabab. In August, the Shabab abruptly announced they were pulling out of Mogadishu, the capitol. This gives the opportunity for the transitional government to try and unite themselves and their people. However, the evacuation of the Shabab has done much the opposite. Different clan and militia groups, such as, Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’s, who have control of several towns in central Somalia, are scrambling for power and the transitional government leaders are ineffectual and divided. A suicidal car bombing took place just outside a government compound on Oct. 18, in one of the few neighborhoods the transitional government controls. It did not hurt the compound but killed four people, and could foreshadow a comeback of the Shabab after several months of losing ground to the 9,000 strong African Union, a peacemaking militia. The United Nations records show foreign governments
By LINDSAY ALEXANDER “We are 99 percent,” is a slogan being used by the Occupy Wall Street movement’s protesters to express the hatred of corporate greed, government bailouts and the unchecked power of Wall Street and Washington. The Occupy Wall Street movement is horizontally organized, or based on the common views of people. The movement had its first protest on Sept. 17, in Liberty Plaza in New York, New York; approximately 2000 people rallied. The movement looks to the Arab Spring as a model for rebelling against government authority and standing up for what “99 percent” of Americans desire. Like Arab Spring, protests are being organized through Facebook, Google calendar and other social media networks and websites. Participants of Occupy Wall Street believe the state and corporations are corrupting power. Citizens need more freedom, and equality has been compromised expressly because one percent of the population holds 47 percent of the wealth. Critics say the movement needs goals and leaders to create a substantial platform to stand on. The movement has gone global and taken place in 82 countries. The most recent local rally was on Oct. 15 and circled downtown Orlando, including a stop at City Hall. Today at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be a “General Assembly” held again in Liberty Plaza in New York City to educate others about Occupy Wall Street’s beliefs and explain to protesters ways to spread the movement.
DISPLACED FAMILIES. Somali refugees gather in a Kenyan camp, displaced after the countrywide famine. Daily, 1300 Somali refugees enter Kenyan camps for shelter, fleeing their hostile environment. have together invested millions of dollars to help Somali people recover. However, Somalia’s corrupt government has kept it from the people. According to the United Nations tens of thousands of people have died in Somalia due to starvation and up to 750,000 could starve to death in the coming months. Adding to the Somalia’s list of complexities, on Oct. 18, Kenyan forces entered Somalia to fight the Shabab. Kenya declared Al Shabab was too much of a threat to their country to not intervene in Somalia. The Somali government signed a communique with Kenyan delegates stating that the Shabab was a threat to both countries. Whether or not Somalia’s griefs will continue to escalate with the entrance of Kenya remains a question.
Alberto F. Padron, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Danelle K. Chambers, M.D., F.A.C.S. Michael B. Freeland, M.D.
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November 4, 2011
campus and local GREEK DEBTS PILE UP
CITIZENS REBUILD. Haitian residents gather lumber to rebuild the ravaged Port au Prince after the 7.0 earthquake. To date, 600,000 Haitians live in refugee camps, waiting for repair.
HAITI STRUGGLES TO REBUILD
By MARK VAGELAKOS Nearly a year after Greece’s financial collapse, the classic behemoth is drowning in nearly $400 billion of international debt and impossible austerity payments from European loans. The crisis stems from low interest loans Greece has taken out over the past decade. However, these loans could not be paid back after the global monetary collapse of 2009 when Greece’s economy crashed. Now the country relies on international support to bail out its economy but it is struggling to make payments on the borrowed funds. Prime Minister George Papandreou is attempting to reduce the deficit with unpopular property taxes and public worker pay cuts and layoffs. European donors have brokered a larger deal, giving Greece three years to catch up to its debt. However, Greek officials will still need to increase taxes, causing countrywide protests and large shifts in political party preferences.
By LINDSAY ALEXANDER Haiti’s infrastructure and government continue to be in a constant stalemate after the devastating earthquake Jan. 10, 2010, costing more than 250,000 lives. The 2010 earthquake, the worst one in the region in 200 years, reduced capitol Port-au-Prince to mere rubble. Currently, 600,000 Haitians still live in refugee camps while the rebuilding of the city has been slowed by political conflict. American envoy former, President Bill Clinton, has been working with new Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille to end months of political gridlock and focus on improving the environment, job creation, state of law, energy and education. Despite good intentions, Haiti faces barriers to rebuilding. In addition to bureaucratic problems, the cholera epidemic, which began in November 2010, has evolved to encompass 470,000 cases, killing 6,600, according the United Nations.
ROAD TO REVOLUTION Jan. 14, 2011: Tunisia overthrows dictator Ben Ali
Jan. 23, 2011: Egyptian citizens protest in Tahrir Square Feb. 20, 2011: 140 Libyan protesters killed by Quadaffi snipers.
Mar. 17, 2011: The United Nations sanctions air strikes against Mubarak regime.
Feb. 18, 2011: Mubarak resigns in the face of Egyptian rebels.
Aug. 21, 2011: Revolutionaries take control of Tripoli, Libya. Aug. 23, 2011: Rebels overthrow Quadaffi Oct. 23, 2011: First Tunisian vote in decades takes place.
Oct. 17, 2011: Quadaffi killed by Libyan rebels.
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Obesity takes toll on scales of America 1
McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants are major contributors leading to obesity. In America, 31 percent of the population suffers from obesity. According to nationmaster. com, the United States has the highest obesity rates in the world. Obesity is when a person’s weight is 20 percent or more above average standards. There are different standards for each body types. Anyone who is more than 100 pounds overweight is morbidly obese. “I think [obesity rates in the future] will keep getting worse and worse. Portions will continue to get bigger and bigger, along with the people eating it,” sophomore Hanna Sekenski said. Celebrities are helping fight and raise awareness of obesity by informing the importance of keeping in shape and eating healthy foods on a regular basis. Michelle Obama developed the campaign “Let’s Move” to try to eliminate childhood obesity. Obama has inspired Wal-Mart to lower prices on fruits and vegetables. Walmart brand
is developing a healthy seal to help customers make the right food choice. Eating fast food is known to show negative effects on students when participating in a sport. “Every day I drink about three gallons of water so I can stay hydrated during football. Keeping a balanced diet provides me with good endurance so during games I don’t get tired,”sophomore Kyle Wilmoth said. Fast foods can have higher levels of sodium which dehydrate or cause nausea to athletes. Not only does one’s performance level decrease, it affects one’s organs negatively too. After the food is digested, it enters the blood stream, circulates to main organs and can clog arteries. Eating unhealthy foods is not the only contributor to increasing obesity rates, according to the article “If Your Kids are awake there probably Online” published on Jan. 10, 2011 from The New York Times, kids ages 8-18 spend 7.5 hours a week on technology related devices. Lack of proper exercise leads to weight gain and obesity. “Because of obesity, American
hospitals are full of patients who do not need to be there. Major diseases are directly linked to obesity. You can solve many health problems by eliminating obesity,” HOPE teacher Paul Katauskas said Students can prevent obesity by exercising on a regular basis, and choosing to eat healthy foods filled with protein and nutrients. Eating healthy foods will improve performances in athletics and overall health and fitness. This will lead America into a brighter future with less health problems. According to kidshealth.org, both kids and adolescents are advised to work out at least one hour a day. The NFL Play 60 is the National Football League’s campaign aimed at encouraging kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in to reverse childhood obesity. “I think it is horrible[that people are becoming obese]. Like the Bible says, our ‘body is a temple’ and we should treat it with respect,” junior Ashley Muse said.
Obesity rates in the United States Percentage of obese teens age 12 - 19
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1963 - 70
1988 - 94
2007 - 08
Source: Bariatric Surgery Source
Students fight obesity statistics TEENS ,TRAINERS GIVE ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY IN SHAPE By MOLLY WALLACE Either television is too enticing, or America is too lazy. Shockingly, the obesity rate for American teens, ages 12 to 19, is roughly 21 percent, according to The New York Times article “Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggests” (January 2010). How do teens prevent themselves from conforming to this statistic? Simple: a shared view of students says the best way for teens to stay in shape is to use spare time on active things that fit their specific desires. “Teens play a lot of video games and then they don’t work out,” junior Vincent Romero said. “If you have a lot of time on your hands, just use it on sports and active things.” After school, Romero boxes in his friend’s yard and also plays street basketball. He claims this keeps his cardio up enough to keep him in shape. “If you’re in a bad mood, it’s easy
to take it out in boxing,” Romero said. “Your cardio goes up; plus I have fun. Boxing also helps me get fit.” Senior Kelsie Church worked out on her own, since she wasn’t committed to a school or club sport. Over the summer, Church ran a marathon and now continues to do mile runs sponsored by the Track Shack. “I realized I was lazy and didn’t play sports,” Church said. “It is so easy to slack off when you are young and think you can start [working out] later in your life.” Church is involved in a workout group that is under the instruction of a trainer. She also runs before school with her sister to stay active. “Keep at your own pace with your own time,” Church said. “Workout in your way.” Freshman Victoria Allanson spends her time getting fit by riding horses at Class Act, an Apopka horse range. As a former rower for crew in middle school, when Allanson took on the load of high school, she switched to a more leisurely and desirable way to stay fit. “I want to stay in shape because I don’t want to have a bad figure,”
Allanson said. “Plus horseback riding is fun and I want to have that experience.” Allanson stresses that society needs to stay in shape, and again claims that teenagers have either too much time on their hands, or too little. “It’s hard for teens to stay in shape when kids sometimes don’t have time [to work out] and then do other things like watch television or play video games when they do have that time [to work out],” Allanson said. Interacting with animals was key to Allanson’s intrigued interest in horseback riding. Other activities are available outdoors to get one’s self active and in shape. “Florida has lakes, beaches and circuit training at places like Lake Underhill,” former trainer at Planet Fitness Joey Sims said. “Just get out and do activities with your friends.” With obesity rates rising rapidly and technology allowing time to be filled up inside the confinements of one’s home, the desire to stay in shape must be there for teens to change the statistic studies have placed on them. Sims suggests utilizing trainers and workout plans, which he claims can
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pinpoint what activity and workload a person needs to get in shape. These options are available at PF Gyms as part of the membership. “I would suggest teens to seek help from a trainer because a lot of people aren’t sure what to do, while a trainer can lead you in the right direction to getting in shape,” Sims said. At Planet Fitness Gyms, trainers are included with a membership, so taking Sims advice becomes an easy task with low stress because there is an enforced no judgment policy there. “A lot of times people don’t come to the gym because they feel insecure, but our judgment free zone is good for that,” Sims said. PF Gyms offer memberships for as low as $15 per month, while 24-Hour Fitness and LA Fitness offers one for $25 and up. The prices for LA Fitness and 24-Hour Fitness can vary based certain advantages, like free classes or free guest passes. Collectively, the best advice from students and trainers is to find what workout suits one best and stick with it.
It’s important for teens growing up to be healthy and prevent being overweight when they grow up. -kelsie church senior
Pyramid makes healthy change NUTRITIONISTS ARE ALTERING PREVIOUS FOOD PYRAMIDS By BRIDGETTE NORRIS After altering the food pyramid over the years, the United States Department of Agriculture is now replacing it with a new food plate consisting of four main parts: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. It also includes dairy as a side item. The previous pyramid consisted of milk, meat and beans as additional items. The pyramid has been altered into a plate reducing those components. The plate is an attempt to make it easier for consumers to choose variety per meal, and presents the meal as a whole rather than a hierarchy, shown previously in the pyramid. “The plate is more beneficial because it is a better way to show how much food for each food group you should eat. It makes it easier for kids to understand,” cafeteria manager Holly Isaac said. Caloric intake is a factor that should be taken into consideration and varies on weight, height and physical activity levels. For example, students with high activity levels, due to participation
in sports, need a higher daily caloric intake because they burn more calories throughout the day. Both genders require a different daily caloric intake. Males have a higher daily caloric intake than women because they are generally taller and have more muscle. According to the Institute of Medicine, teenage females should get between 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day while teenage males should get between 2,000 and 3,000. There are different formulas on various health websites, like webmd. com, to calculate personal daily caloric intake. “I want to make sure all students have the opportunity to choose a nutritional meal. We are working on getting additional lines so it is quicker for students, [we are] working on making sure the second lunch has the same options as the first too,” Isaac said. The effects of consuming unhealthy food may not have an immediate effect due to ones metabolism rate, but they can have an effect later in life. Increasing blood pressure and cholesterol are effects of eating foods with low nutritional value. To encourage students to eat healthy
Food Plate breakdown Milk 8 ounces
More than 75 percent of food consumed should be vegetables, fruits, and grains.
The remaining 25 percent of food consumed should be dairy and protein.
meals, during the week, students have the opportunity to purchase school breakfast and lunch that follows nutritional standards set by the state, controlling calories, sodium and only providing skim milk. Students could begin to take advantage of school provided breakfast and lunch to receive nutritional meals and make healthy eating a habit.
See & Hear Want to know how to track your daily calories, go to webmd.com
How to Pack a Healthy Lunch By LIZZY GORDON When packing a lunch, remember that in order for it to be healthy you need a fruit and it is best to avoid sugary drinks. Water is the best drink to bring to lunch. The average soda (12 oz) is 140 calories, and has 65 milligrams of sugar. The calories one intakes is dependent upon the amount of sugar the food has. Packing a healthy lunch can be as easy as choosing a “low fat” or “baked” label. Baked Ruffle Lays are 120 calories, regular Ruffle Lays are 160 calories, one can easily save 40 calories. Peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread: 300 calories
Mr. Salty Chocolate Pretzels: 100 calories
Big Mac 540 cal, 25 g. protein, 1040 mg. sodium
Chicken soft taco 108 cal, 14 g. protein, 460 mg. sodium
Original chicken sandwich 430 cal, 3 g. protein, 1410 mg. sodium
Medium french fries 380 cal, 4 g. protein, 270 mg. sodium
7-layer burrito 500 cal, 17 g. protein, 1090 mg. sodium
Medium waffle fries 390 cal, 5 g. protein, 180 mg. sodium
Large sweet tea 280 cal, 1 g. protein, 15 mg. sodium
Strawberry Frutista Freeze 16 oz. 230 cal, 0 g. protein, 55 mg. sodium
Vanilla milkshake 550 cal, 13 g. protein, 400 mg. sodium
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One Banana : 100 calories Berry Propel Water (12 oz ): 0 calories Total calories of a healthy lunch: 500
How to successfully avoid a dating disaster
He & She SAID MEN SHOULD BE OLDFASHIONED , TREAT GIRLS WITH COURTESY By KINSEY SEACORD Meeting a girl’s first date expectations is no easy task. It takes a true gentleman to uphold the standards of a first date. While it can be argued this generation is more apt to treat males and females the same, chivalrous manners are timeless. A first date is always make or break for a couple, so choosing the right location is key. Girls expect to be taken somewhere nice where a conversation can be held to further reveal compatibility. In a match.com survey, half the singles prefer a casual dinner for the first date; less than 1 percent chose the traditional movie theater stand-by. During a movie, one simply sits there and watches a screen. There is no engaging interaction between the couple. A guy must choose a location that is quiet and intimate. For the best results, gents should take their gals to a nice restaurant, like Carrabba’s. Another expectation which should never go out of style is for the man to pay for the first date. According to match.com, 68 percent of men thought the man should pay the bill. This number is too low, men should pay 100 percent of the time. This gesture is not cheesy, it is polite. Going dutch, or splitting the check, is for when the couple is more acquainted or going steady. Another common courtesy is for men to hold doors open for women and pull their chairs out when being seated.
Your Thoughts How should your date act on a first date?
These acts are rooted in tradition and guys who do not do this for their dates are tacky. The way a male acts on the date is the highest expectation that girls have. Ladies are looking for men who are confident in their skin. A girl’s date should make her laugh and make sure she is having a good time. Boys should not pressure girls into awkward situations, but should keep the mood light. Holding hands is a superb initiative to show interest while not getting too heavy. According to smartgirl.org, 73 percent girls said they would hold hands on the first date. Sadly, this generation of males has lost its sense of etiquette. No more classy compliments are given and eye contact is as rare as a “good hair day” for Donald Trump. To make the night a success, males must focus on the girl they are with. Phones should be put away, and guys need to be courteous and complimentary since their date made an effort to be there and look attractive. To pull off a flawless date, conversation is a must. It is up to the man, since he has asked a lady to accompany him, to make sure that communication is continuous. It is imperative males make sure they are not simply firing questions as if in an interview. Girls expect their date to be interested in their lives, but not nosey. One must also make sure the conversation is free flowing and does not turn into a speech. No woman likes to listen to an egotistical man boast about his life for an entire evening. There must be a perfect balance between communication and questions. If a guy is not willing to act in this way, then he does not deserve to take a girl out. So gentlemen date the way it should be done.
The first date should be like a fairytale. The guy should be the perfect gentleman. - victoria murray, senior
GIRLS SHOULD SHOOT FOR MOTHER’S STAMP OF APPROVAL By AUSTIN HALL One never gets a second chance at a first impression, it’s cliché but true. Men are fairly simple creatures, but are not oblivious to the little things. How a girl acts or dresses reveals much more about her than she thinks. What to wear should depend upon the type of date. Wear something like a simple dress that looks nice, but is not too flashy. Clothes with a lot of different colors and shapes can distract a guy from conversation. His attention could stick on the complications of the dress instead of the conversation currently in progress. Aim to be the girl that a guy would bring home to mom, not a girl “The Situation” would take back to his apartment. There is such a thing as too much skin, and if that line is crossed then guys will think that their date is promiscuous and loose interest. From there on out a girl can become less of girlfriend material and more of a story to tell the guys later on in the evening. Avoid overdoing anything; unless looking like a single mom that just stepped off the Rock of Love bus is one’s style, stray from putting on too much make up. If too much is used, makeup becomes an obstacle to hide behind instead of a tool to enhance beauty. Having confidence goes a long way. Even faking confidence is better than being insecure. Guys do not want to listen to their date constantly complain about how they think their dog is ignoring them, when it
The guy should not be boring. He needs to make sure there are no awkward moments. - kikey miranda, sophomore
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really does not matter. There needs to be a balance, from the way each party presents itself to conversation involvement. Do not leave the conversation entirely on the man’s shoulders. Men are territorial by nature, so it does not take much to make a guy get defensive. Boys are not always the best at keeping their attention off other females, but both parties keeping their attention on each other allows for chemistry to flow uninterrupted. Make sure to be engaged and avoid all conversation enders. If the guy asks a question and the response he gets is “I don’t know,” awkward silence is inevitable. Ask him the question and think of an answer while he says what he thinks. That question was likely asked for a reason. Talk about each others’ views without making it an argument. This can also erect the opposite problem. The sound of one’s own voice can be intoxicating but do not overwhelm him with more information than he needs. Conversations are a two way street, so be sure not to control the conversation, but to invite a response so the conversation flows back and forth between each person. Until the two change their relationship status to “in a relationship” on Facebook, and the honeymoon phase is over, it is the man’s responsibility to pay for dinner. There will be the occasional date that will ask for two checks, so always bring an emergency stash just in case the guy is too cheap for manners. Too much good of a good thing can be a bad thing, so do not go overboard. It is always better to play it safe and highlight one’s strengths than to try and mask any flaws that guys normally would not notice.
The first date is to get to know each other so I expect her to be interesting.
[On a first date] I expect her to not nag all the time.
- paul nguyen, junior
- kerry alce, freshman
Twins raise the “double” standard BROTHERS BALANCE ACADEMICS WITH RECREATION
DOUBLE TIME. Standing on either side of the door, wearing the same color shirts, Dustin and Dylan gave the window the illusion of a mirror. “We try not to dress the same,” Dylan said. “ The only time we ever did was when we were little, and our mom would dress us that way,”
By COOPER BROCK If one thinks sharing a class period with a sibling is punishment enough, one should try sharing an entire class schedule with an identical twin. Seniors Dustin and Dylan Fontaine are identical twins, who have the same schedule, and the same grades. During their junior and sophomore years, Dylan and Dustin would often switch places multiple times throughout the semester. Now that they have the same schedule it impedes their ability to switch places. “We used to switch places all the time,” Dustin said. “We would tell our friends ahead of time so they wouldn’t give us away.” Dustin and Dylan would switch on days where they didn’t have tests, for a few class periods at a time. “What was really funny was when I would tell people that I was Dylan when we actually weren’t switching,” Dustin said. “One time, after I told them I
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was Dylan, somebody said ‘Wow! I can really tell the difference’.” Although their signature prank is switching schedules, Dylan and Dustin have ideas about other ways they can switch. “A crazy prank would be switching at an important life event, like at graduation or at one of our weddings,” Dylan said. Now that their schedule prevents them from practicing their standard tomfoolery, Dylan and Dustin are able to focus on maintaining their 4.0 grade point averages. “We are committed to our grades because good grades lead to a successful future,” Dylan said. “Good grades will get us into a good college, which will get us good jobs.” Dylan and Dustin are both on track to be valedictorians and say that having each other in every class does have its benefits. “We always have someone to remind us when assignments are due,” Dustin said. “We don’t really study that much, but when we do, we quiz each other on the material and review the notes together.” As far as extra curricular activities
go, Dustin plays for the varsity boys tennis team, while Dylan lifts with the varsity weight lifting team. “I am into weight lifting because it is a sport that anyone can compete in, it just takes a lot of dedication,” Dylan said. Dylan says weight lifting has contributed to his larger build, making it easier for people to tell him and Dustin apart. “I am also much more handsome and a better driver,” Dylan said. Both say they are close with each other, spending almost all their time together, and doing a lot of the same activities together. They go to the gym and work out together, attend their church’s youth group and hang out with the same people. Coming into their senior year, both look to pursue a career in engineering after college, with the University of Florida and the Georgia Technical Institute as their top choices respectively. “Actually we both independently chose UF,” Dylan said. “We have both liked the Gators for our whole lives, and it has one of the best engineering programs in the state.”
Rivalries make sports fun photo courtesy/IRWIN FAMILY
SCALP EM. Before a FSU game, senior Bradley Irwin, Kyle Irwin, Brian Irwin, Cailyann Coble, Kevin Irwin and Robert Coble gather to cheer on their favorite team.
photo courtesy/McEWAN FAMILY
NUMBER ONE FANS. After the National Championship game, the McEwan family (Robbie, Michael, Dominic, Elizabeth, Christina, Monica and Robbie Sr.) show their support of the #1 Gator team.
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By RUBEN CARILLO November marks a month of highly anticipated rivalry games. On Nov. 11, Boone and Edgewater will face off in their 60th match-up. For this competition sides are easily chosen. Also, on Nov. 26, the annual University of Florida versus Florida State University game takes place. However, the Irwin, McEwan and Smith family have chosen sides and they aren’t all the same. The McEwan family will be ready to cheer on the Florida Gators, while the Irwin’s will be rooting for the Florida State Seminoles, and the Smith’s are a family divided. The Gators had six consecutive wins against FSU until 2010 when the Seminoles won, 31-7. In the upcoming game, the Seminoles are ready to beat the Gators again. While the match up is still weeks away, the trash talking has already begun. Senior Bradley Irwin posts statuses on his Facebook page to let everyone know how he feels or perhaps to anger those die-hard Florida fans. His posts include: “I can’t stand Gator fans. They’re so freakin’ cocky!! No duh you’re 4-0 ... You’ve played unranked Florida Atlantic, unranked UAB, unranked Tennessee, and unranked Kentucky. I hope #3 Alabama gives you guys a wakeup call that you’re not all that.” Then after the Alabama game on Oct.1, B. Irwin posted: “Welcome to The Swamp where the Tide Rolls through...” B. Irwin says he is loyal to the Seminoles because his mom is an FSU alumni. His younger brother, Kevin Irwin believes that FSU has united his family because they all like the team and watch the games together. No matter the team choice, tailgating is a favorite of both sides. All three families grill burgers, hot dogs and hang out
We Asked If you had to choose which would you pick, Gators or Seminoles?
53% Students prefer UF over FSU
47% Students prefer FSU over UF Number 283 polled, Oct. 24
with friends before for the big game. “My favorite part is spending time with family and friends. It gives us a chance after a busy week to be together. It’s nice to eat, throw a football around and converse. [I also like] the competitive atmosphere,” McEwan said. Wyatt and Katy Smith are part of a house divided and really don’t mind it. Junior Wyatt Smith is an FSU fan because their brother went there, while Katy is a UF fan because their sister went there. The Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles game will be aired on ESPN, the time is still to be announced, but the bets are being wagered, or wished upon. “Winning by one field goal at the end of the game. That would be the perfect game against UF,” K. Irwin said.
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Varsity Briefs: Seasons come to close TEAMS NEAR SEASONS END WITH FINAL TOURNAMENTS LEFT By JOSH HALLORAN With temperatures dropping and the holiday decorations appearing on doorsteps, winter is nearing. Winter sports have had tryouts, but fall seasons are not yet complete. The end of the schedule is a key part of the seasons. There are the district games, rivalry games and metro/district tournaments which all teams work for the entire season: to become the state champions.
Regional tournament insight
Coming to the end of the season the girls varsity volleyball team finished 11-16. While it wasn’t the season they envisioned, they did earn a second place finish in Districts, behind top seed Dr. Phillips. Even though they lost, 3-1, they gave the Panthers a tough fight, playing four games (25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24). Freshman Oakley Attaway had nine kills in the match against Dr.Phillips. The team will still play in the Regional tournament against Olympia High School on Nov. 2 at
Team chases goals Both boys and girls cross country teams have been competing at high levels. In the DeLand Invitational on Nov. 19, six of the girls placed in the top 100. Senior Heather Classe placed third in the meet with a time of 19:41, and sophomore Burkhardt Helfrich placed 16th in the meet with a time of 17:19. The boys and girls teams set goals that are soon to be reached, such as competing for the State race on Nov. 19 in Dade City.
Young team reaches expectations With a hard fought season, the boys golf team placed 6th out of 12 teams in the district tournament on Oct. 17, at North Shore Country Club. “We had a lot of first year players with little experience in high school golf and we were not able to compete with the veteran teams in our district,” coach Todd Gregory said. Finishing the season 3-16, the team faced a tough loss to West Orange and
Timber Creek in 18 hole matches. “This season was a re-building year and hopefully some of the returning players will be able to improve with the experience they gained this season,” Coach Gregory said.
Dustin Driskell, sophomore Cross Country runner 1. What is your favorite part of cross country? Being with Coach Katauskas every day.
Swim team finishes strong
The girls’ team place 3rd overall in the Metro Conference Meet, and the boys’ placed 5th overall. Chelsie Britt, junior was District champion in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Junior, Nichole Clayton, spohomore, Julia Hester, Britt and sophomore Eleanor Clark placed 2nd in the 200 medley and 3rd in the 200 freestyle relays. For the boys, junior, Brendan Ellixson placed 5th in the 500 freestyle. If the team places in the top two, at Regionals on Nov. 3 they will compete in the state tournament on Nov. 10.
Team strikes out competition
2. When did you start running? Why? [I started running] about five years ago because I lost a bet with my teacher who was the coach. 3. What is your best time for the year? I ran a 17:27 in the East Metro Tournament it’s been my best all year. 4. Who is your sports idol? Why? Tiger Woods. He is so inspirational to me. 5. What is your favorite sports movie? Bad News Bears. It is funny and there are some cool kids in it.
The boys and girls teams both bowled in the District match on Nov. 1 at Boardwalk Bowl. Girls finished in 5th out of 12 teams and boys 8th out of 12 in the district tournament. Senior Ashley Cassidy qualified for states.
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One Direction rocks British scene
he ocean that separates the United Kingdom from America can also be referred to as the ocean that separates this country from one of Britain’s greatest entertainment accomplishments of all time. The introduction of boy band One Direction proves this statement. However, despite the groups massive popularity in Europe, almost nobody in America has any idea who these boys are. One Direction was discovered on the British version of the X-Factor and finished third in the show’s seventh season. One Direction consists of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Each member of the band auditioned as a solo artist and Simon Cowell placed them in a group, deciding they would work well together and sell numerous records. It is preposterous that they have no recognition in the States because they represent everything the music industry stands for when it comes to American pop standards of look and sound. British record label Syco recently signed the band who released their first single “What Makes You Beautiful.” The single went to number one on the Radio 1 charts in Britain. The single also released a B-Side entitled “Na Na Na.” Americans who have not heard the band’s “What Makes You Beautiful” will instantly fall in love with the upbeat music that it resonates. It combines swooning lyrics and a catchy instrumental that together create a fantastic song to launch the boys’ career. If one listens to one of the band’s covers from their stint on X-Factor, one can appreciate their real ability to sing. Each member adds his amazing vocals to songs the band performed on the show including “(Only Girl) In the World,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” “Kids In America,” “Summer of ‘69,” and “All You Need is Love.” The band members personalities also shine through their various web videos, interviews and Twitter posts. Each member represents a different personality trait, yet they work together well and are extremely close friends. These varying personalities easily relate to the different types of fans, something which ultimately affects who one’s favorite member of the band is. The boys have created a series of inside jokes with their fans including Styles’ obsession with David Hasselhoff, somebody he states he would like to trade lives with for a day because he wants to know what it would be like to be him. When Tomlinson stated on a live video chat that he really likes carrots, he made a statement about how his fans made a connection with him and carrots and eventually started to send him carrots in the mail. He then began to joke that he really likes Rolex watches. The band’s interactions with fans helps draw in a larger fanbase because they can relate to them on a more personal level. Styles, for example, will randomly retweet fans and can be found wishing a happy birthday via a tweet. In various web videos and live chats, the band members can be found answering questions from fans and singing song requests. The band’s looks are also a contributing factor in their rising fame, although it is shallow to say, it is true. Each member has a completely different look. From Styles’ curly hair to Payne’s beaming smile to Malik’s pouty model presence, the band’s looks are a force to be reckoned with because each one is both attractive and unique in appearance. With much of Justin Bieber’s success coming from his combination of good looks, charming personality and amazing voice, it is a wonder as to why the boys of One Direction are not on the same level of fame. With the group talking to record labels here in America, the possibility of them becoming famous in America is extremely likely. The band’s debut album Up All Night premieres Nov. 21 in the UK and can be purchased as an import at www.amazon.com
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November 2011 Monday
Stephen King is releasing his newest science fiction novel, 11/22/63. This will be the 50th novel King has written. This book tells a tale about a time traveler who tries to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on Nov. 12, 1963. The author released a short excerpt on his website, www.stephenking.com.
The Orlando Museum of Art will host the 25th annual Festival of Trees on 2416 N. Mills Ave. Designer portrayals of festive trees, wreaths and gingerbread men will showcase throughout the week. It is $6 for children, $10 for adults and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12-20. Rihanna
Festival of Trees
Rihanna is releasing her sixth album Talk that Talk. The song “We Found Love,” released in September 2011, is her newest single. Rihanna has sold over 20 million albums, and 60 million singles making her one of the best selling artists of all time. She is the youngest artist in Billboard chart’s history to have 10 number one singles on the Hot 100, two of which were “Rude Boy” and “S&M.”
Taylor Swift will play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7 p.m. Swift, a country singer, has released three albums since 2006, her last album Speak Now sold over 1 million copies during its debut week. Swift ranked the 7th most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million in 2011, by Forbes magazine. Tegan and Sara
On the World War III tour, Hollywood Undead will play with their opening act Asking Alexandria at the Hard Rock Cafe, at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Hollywood Undead is a rock/rap band from Los Angeles, California. One of their most famous songs is “Sell Your Soul.” Asking Alexandria is an English metal core band from York, North Yorkshire.
The band Tegan and Sara are releasing a live CD/DVD package, called Get Along. This video is split into three segments, the first part tells stories of the twins on the road; the second segment, titled “India” features the girls’ first ever tour in India, and the final is a 70-minute clip from a concert held at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.
The Muppets is a new comedy. This is the first Muppet theatrical film to be produced in 12 years. It tells the story of a huge Muppets fan named Walter, and his friend Gary (Jason Segel), who try to save the Muppets theater from being closed. The theatre is being closed down because an oil rig was discovered below it. Walter plans to save the theatre by hosting a telethon, in hopes of raising $10,000.
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Britney Spears: The Femme Fatale Tour, will premiere on the Epix network. If one does not receive this channel, the program can be viewed online at www.epixhd.com or on DVD Nov. 21. Spears is an American pop singer. Her most famous songs include, “Oops!...I Did It Again” and “Hold it Against Me.”
Breaking Dawn Part 1, based on Stephanie Meyer’s book, will premiere. The last book in the Twilight Saga is about Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) getting married. Because the story was split by the characters perspectives, Part one is told from Bella’s point of view and Part two from Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner).
The Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K is downtown at Lake Eola at 8 a.m. The proceeds are donated to Seniors First, Inc. This organization enables senior citizens to be independent with the help of Meals on Wheels, an organization that delivers meals to elderly citizens who have trouble leaving their home. The participation fee is $27 until Nov. 12. From the 13-23 it is $30, and it is $35 on the day of the race. Registration can be filed online at trackshack.com
Hillsong LIVE, a Christian rock band, plays at the UCF arena, 50 North Gemini Blv., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www. ucfarena.com-orlando. org. This band is made up of teenagers and adults who attend the multi-site Hillsong church’s throughout Sydney, Australia. The band has made 21 albums, and their music continues to be sung throughout churches all over the world. In Time
Authentic wonderland entices guests Dining 411 Buca di Beppo
Where: 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
How much: $30 and under Beverages: soft drinks, free refills
Extras: two meal sizes, servings are either a Buca Small ($9.95- $24.95) or Buca Large ($18.95-$34.95)
RESTAURANT REINSTATES TRADITIONAL CUISINE, ECLECTIC SETTING By STEPHANIE GARCIA When examining the interior of this Italian gem, one will see an array of sculptures, landmarks, and icons from the home country. Michelangelo’s David poses in a pompous stance, the Leaning Tower of Pisa slants on a canvas, and Sophia Loren dazzles Buca di Beppo’s walls. The decorative atmosphere not only initiates conversation but compliments the restaurant’s family style dining. This authentic wonderland, known as Buca di Beppo, offers traditional Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Located in the Florida Mall, Buca di Beppo embodies a chain restaurant, yet remains a privately owned atmosphere. With the assistance of energetic and prompt waiters, customers feel right at home. Though busy throughout the week, restaurant reservations are not required, and parking is not a concern. Upon entering the restaurant, servers and guests embark on a kitchen tour where exclusive seating is available for those seeking an up-close tasting experience. While walk-ins are acceptable, reservations are required for this exclusive Chief Table. Holding a maximum of six people, the private booth is only available at certain hours, ranging from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Chief Table is suggested for first time guests who desire a first
hand look at the cooks perfecting their craft . Buca di Beppo offers two options for family style meals: a Buca Large or a Buca Small. The Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp (Buca Small: $24.95, Buca Large: $34.95) and the Margherita Pizza (Buca Small: $12.95, Buca Large: $18.95) can feed from three to six people. While this eating option is expensive for a party of one, the serving method is meant to embrace the Italian stereotype of family dining. The price of dishes are compensated by large servings, supplying guests with a sufficient amount of food and plenty more to serve as leftovers. The always changing menu draws its recipes from both Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Buca di Beppo prides itself as an innovative dining experience with an authentic Italian flare. Awaken one’s taste buds with the Spicy Chicken Rigatoni (Buca Small: $18.95, Buca Large: $29.95), a tender chicken breast sautéed with garlic and red peppers. Act on cravings with the Fried Mozzarella (Buca Small: $9.95, Buca Large: $14.95), a hand breaded triangle served with a rich homemade marinara sauce. To indulge further, customers can select from a variety of unforgettable and satisfying desserts. Signature items include the Chocolate Chip Cannoli ($9.95) and the Colossal Brownie Sundae ($12.95) which includes six scoops of chocolate ice cream and 12 chunks of freshly baked brownies. Offering a variety of traditional dishes with a modern spin, the five star restaurant allows customers to fall further in love with Italian food. In
EMBRACE ITALIANO. The Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp is stuffed with sweet Northern Atlantic lobster and topped with shrimp in a scampi sauce (Buca Small:$24.95, Buca Large: $34.95). “The Lobster Ravioli was so flavorful. I’m not a seafood lover and I enjoyed it,” senior Molly Wallace said. The pleasing dish is available for the remainder of the month. honor of World Pasta Day this season, the restaurant is promoting a Fall Pasta Special, sure to please customers. Until the end of November, Buca di Beppo features menu adjustments, promoting four new Ravioli dishes and a signature Bucanti dish. Whether celebrating a special occasion or having a night out, one can relish in the restaurant’s friendly staff and whimsical vibe. Guests will immerse themselves in the Buca experience and enjoy the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality.
Tasty History -The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993. - Buca di Beppo roughly translates to Joe’s basement. -The first Buca di Beppo was in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. - Since then, Buca di Beppo has grown to over 85 locations nationwide.
Fall Pasta Specials: brand new pasta for a limited time only BUCANTI ALZA ENZO Pancetta and fried prosciutto with sauteed button mushrooms and peas tossed in Bucanti Pasta
BRAISED BEEF RAVIOLI Ravioli stuffed with braised beef, asiago and parmesan cheeses with a chianti marinara sauce
Buca Small: $18.95 Buca Large: $29.95
Buca Small: $18.95 Buca Large: $29.95
SPAGHETTI ALA NORMA Sauteed onion and garlic, diced roma tomatoes and parmesan cheese and fresh basil tossed with imported Italian spaghetti
MUSHROOM RAVIOLI Ravioli stuffed with sauteed portobella mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, tossed in a creamy roasted garlic sauce
Buca Small: $14.95 Buca Large: $23.95
Buca Small: $17.95 Buca Large: $28.95
PENNE ALA VODKA Garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed red peppers and penne pasta tossed in a creamy vodka red sauce
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI Ravioli stuffed with butternut squash and Parmesan cheese tossed in a brown sauce
Buca Small: $15.95 Buca Large: $24.95
Buca Small: $15.95 Buca Large: $26.95
LOBSTER SPAGHETTI Lobster tossed with garlic, scampi butter sauce, crushed red pepper on a bed of imported spaghetti
LOBSTER RAVIOLI WITH SHRIMP Home-style ravioli stuffed with sweet Northern Atlantic lobster topped with shrimp in a scampi sauce
Buca Small: $21.95 Buca Large: $31.95
Buca Small: $24.95 Buca Large: $34.95
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CROWING MOMENT. At halftime, seniors Bradley Hutsell and Brooke Dawkins are crowned the homecoming king and queen. photo/BLAKE WARANCH
By SARA CASLER A week of outrageous outfits, unforgettable events and memories to last a lifetime has drifted by. Homecoming week is over, but not forgotten. The homecoming theme, “Our 60th year, the carnival is here,” consisted of four dress-up days, ranging from Zany Zoo Day to the Wizarding World of BHS. The student body was more than willing to show their school spirit, their individuality and their wands. Here’s a recap of the most spirited week on campus.
MONKEY BUSINESS. For Zany Zoo Day, senior Antony Firebaugh strikes a pose in his gorilla suit. photo/SARA CASLER
ROCK ON. In the Bravettes Braves Brawl routine, junior Nicole Lucas performs as a East River clown. “It is really fun because it is the one time we get to not be serious in our uniforms. We get to just be funny and go crazy,” Lucas said. The Bravettes placed third overall.
SAY BLUDGER. The Quiddich team, B. Dawkins, E. McEwan, Y. Ramos, S. Alzner, M. Porter and C. Patz pose for a photograph before the match. Slytherins failed to appear. SWERVE LEFT. At the Powder Puff game, senior Kendal Skersick dodges a sophomore during a rush. ORANGE AND WHITE. For Orange and White day, junior Timothy Hamilton paints junior Carlos Cruz’s face.
Student shows off homecoming attire By SARA CASLER Dressing up is a homecoming tradition. Going to extremes is another thing entirely. The dress-up days of homecoming week allowed students to stretch their imaginations, and senior Caroline Coleman took dressing up to the extreme. From her prehistoric owl-bird for Zany Zoo Day to Luna Lovegood’s lion head for the Wizarding World of BHS to her bright orange poodle skirt for Back to the 50’s day, Coleman set the stage as a front running in excelling in homecoming decor.
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SLEEK AND STYLISH. For Back to the 50’s day, senior Alexis Maurman sports a florescent pink poodle skirt. SWISH AND FLICK. While leaving the lunchroom, senior Austin Weller practices his proper wand form in his Harry Potter garb. WADDLE, WADDLE. Dressed as a stylish penguin for Zany Zoo Day, senior Anthony Quezada struts around campus.