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Twenty CFHS staff lend hands to Extreme Makeover project Izzie Hayes Staff Writer

By this time, almost everybody in the Cedar Valley knows that the Gibbs family of West Union was chosen to be on the hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. But what many don’t know is that 20 members of the CFHS staff volunteered to work on the Gibb’s new home. The producers of Extreme Makeover never had so many people willing to volunteer. It was said that they had to turn down about five times as many people as they have had to before. However, through the outpouring of help, members of the CFHS staff were fortunate enough to be able to work on the Gibbs’ new

Izzie Hayes photo home. Among them was math teacher Ethan Wiechmann and science teacher Scott Bolhmann. Wiechmann acted as the ring leader of the group, even asking students to urge other teachers to sign up. “Mr.

Wiechmann called me about the event shortly after he left the rally. He thought it would be fun and asked me if I was game, to which I said yes,” Bolhmann said. The group of teachers left

at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 and returned home around the hour of 4 a.m. The staff worked on the installation of concrete. “Laying the concrete was the hardest part for me because it was so close to the end of our shift,” Wiechmann said. Teresa Martin said, “I’m sure they all felt it is much better to give of oneself than to receive from others.” Martin wanted to attend the building of the Gibbs’ new house, but unfortunately had a last minute change of plans. Audrey Gibbs is the mother of six children; she lost her husband to cancer in 2000 and seven months later she was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Gibbs turned down

See MAKEOVER, Page 3

Branstad proposes exit exams Sara Gabriele Editor-in-chief

Governor Terry Branstad has released a blueprint for overhauling Iowa education. Included in the Governor’s plans is a measure that will directly affect Iowa high school students: a new graduation requirement in the form of exit examinations. The proposal calls for end-of-course exams in core subjects such as algebra, biology, English and U.S. history/ U.S. government. Students will take the exams after completing the course in question and, in the event of failing the exam, will be given opportunities to retake the tests after receiving remedial help. Linda Fandel, special assistant for education to Branstad, said that education leaders backed away from a previously proposed compre-

hensive exit exam because they felt end-of-course tests would provide a greater opportunity to test in-depth learning. “We want to make sure high school students are getting a strong foundation,” Fandel said. “It’s critical that students graduate from high school ready for college or career training.” Twenty-one states currently implement variations of such tests. Although not all states link the tests to graduation, Iowa officials are currently leaning towards this model. “Students must take responsibility for making the most of the time they have in school,” Fandel said. “We want students to take these end-of-course exams very seriously.” Many CFHS teachers have mixed feelings about the

exams. Math teacher Rich Strike, who teaches pre-algebra and algebra I, said that he can see benefits that exit exams would present for lower-level classes. “As a teacher, it will make me pinpoint exactly what students need to know and make surethey have those specific areas mastered,” Strike said. However, Strike added that this will also mean taking a lot of the exploration and creativity out of his courses, so from a teaching perspective, he is not enthusiastic. Chemistry teacher Lynn Griffin, who teaches honors and AP chemistry, echoed Strike’s claims that the tests will most likely affect lowerlevel classes more than midlevel or honors classes. “It probably won’t change much in the high end of the spectrum because we’re

already surpassing the benchmarks,” Griffin said. Although few details have been released, Fandel said education leaders are looking at modeling the exams after the system in Virginia where students take Standards of Learning (SOL) exams in core areas and must pass them to receive a diploma. Lina Zimmerman is a high school senior from James Monroe High School who currently takes the SOLs in Fredericksburg, Va. She said that, although the tests do help keep students on track with learning material, they force teachers to teach to a test that only requires fact recall-based learning. “Unlike the SAT, which is a reasoning test, SOLs require memorization of facts and figures. A student could

See EXIT EXAMS, Page 3

Marching band earns division one ranking Katherine Mayhew Staff Writer

The marching band received a Division I ranking in the 2011 IHSMA State Marching Band Festival competition last Saturday, Oct. 8. The event was held in Waterloo’s Central Stadium. The band played music adapted from Phantom of the Opera, including “Phantom Overture/Angel of Music,” “Masquerade/Think of Me,” “Phantom Chase” and “All I Ask of You/Music of the Night.” The group gave a highly rated performance, combining complicated choreography, flawless playing and pageantry. The marching band performed at 2:30 p.m. but started rehearsal at 9 the high school. Their performance ended with a special effect of the Phantom, who happened to be trombonist John Paul Sevcik, disappearing. They had some technical difficulties due to the wind, and the effect did not go as well as planned, but the complications were unavoidable in the outdoor setting. The Tiger marching band had been preparing for this competition since two weeks before school began. Just prior to the competition, the band worked on its skills nonstop during fourth hour band. Another band that competed, South Winn Marching Band, 0 also performed selections from Phantom of the Opera, and very similar ones to those of the Tiger Marching Band. They, however, are placed in two classes below Cedar Falls, and were ranked in Division II.


Oct. 11, 2011

Jersey Shore drinking away N.J.’s money Snookie gets drunk while taxpayers struggle, argue over finances Rhydian Talbot Staff Writer

It seems as if New Jersey has got a little “Situation” on it’s hands. Get this: the New Jersey Economic Development Authority granted a $420,000 tax rebate to the company responsible for producing the first season of the ill-conceived reality series, Jersey Shore. The state program offers subsidies to marketing-based groups that ensure at least 50% of its production expenses happen within the state of New Jersey, regardless of the group’s content. The program also, apparently, supports the legal robbery of $420,000 from the wallets of educators and doctors and public servants in order to support such earth-shattering events as “Snookie gets punched.” Not all in positions of authority agreed with such a shameful misuse of the taxpayers’ dollars, however. In a move that opened

himself up to criticism from fake-bakers and booze-aholics everywhere, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the

generation, one snubbed oompa-loompa at a time. In the two years since

Jersey Shore has fistpumped Jersey State into utter submission... tax break, vehement in his beliefs that taxpayers not get saddled with paying for a project “which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and it’s citizens.” Christie’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak, also shot down the show, branding the cast as “phonies” that offer a “false portrayal of New Jersey and [its] shore communities,” according to ABC News. Governor Christie, ladies and gentlemen: minimizing the destruction of this

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its first episode destroyed modern television as we know it, Jersey Shore hasn’t merely perpetuated misconceptions about the state of New Jersey — it has singlehandedly destroyed what little credibility the Garden State could’ve claimed for itself. The cast’s affinity for drunken rendezvouses in hot tubs and stints in jail for aggressive partying has created an unbreakable association between themselves and the state unfortunate enough to house such shenanigans. Now, the mere mention of

the word “Jersey,” even when used in an ambiguous context, automatically conjures images of sky-high bouffants and barely-there tops, gelled hairhelmets and Ed Hardy tees. Jersey Shore has fist-pumped Jersey State into utter submission and befouled it’s name for the foreseeable future, with or without a tax break. An episode of Shore plays out like a wilder, Homo sapien-ed take on an Animal Planet documentary. The “animals” in question spend much of the hour stumbling around in a drunken rage like wounded giraffes on broken legs as they challenge alphas to battles of pride. Mating is at the forefront of each specimen’s mind, and they act on instinct by engaging in wild sex-capades while flaunting their plasticized assets like baboons in heat. Their uncouth language and behavior turn them into untamed savages, tossing around explosive vulgarities like the Jägerbombs they down at any given opportunity. And, because of the unclean nature

of such uncivilized beasts, the observer finishes the episode feeling like they’ve contracted eight or nine communicable diseases just by watching the primal antics unfold. Despite Governor Christie’s correct withholding of tax dollars, the irreparable damage has been done. There’s little action that can be taken to stop a cultural phenomenon, despite it’s lessthan-desirable nature. The only good that’s come out of this modern Armageddon is it’s voyeuristic look into how “the other half” lives; the selfprofessed “guidos/guidettes” provide wholesome Midwest adolescents the opportunity to peek into the dirty, dirty world of big city nightclubs, random hook-ups, and sloppy-drunk breakdowns. If Jersey Shore is worthy of a monetary payback for anything, it should be for its community service: the series plays as one continuous Public Service Announcement warning of the dangers of alcohol abuse and general stupidity. Don’t agree? Well, then — come at me, bro.

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Technological pioneer Steve Job’s early exit leaves lasting technological legacy On Oct. 5, former Apple CEO and technology virtuoso Steve Jobs passed away. At 56 years, his long-standing battle with pancreatic cancer came to an end. Jobs revolutionized the world of technology. Co-founding Apple Computer Inc. in 1976, he left Apple during a struggle for control over the company. While away, he continued to develop the NeXT workstation computer and Pixar, with the first full-length digitally animated film Toy Story. When Apple was on the verge of collapsing without his leadership, he returned in 1997 to revitalize it into what later became the wealthiest company in the United States in August 2011, exceeding Exxon Mobile corp by $1 billion. Apple now holds more wealth than the United States Treasury Department, with $348 billion and a $76 billion cash reserve, thanks to the infectious popularity of Apple computers, iPods, the iPhone and the iPad. Today, few people have never used an Apple product. Jobs’ innovative ideas led to the transformation of technology and the creation of a world indebted to his contributions. Without him, iTunes would not exist. OSX would not exist. Many have come to expect advances such as these from Apple, but it could not hold such a reputation among consumers had it not been for Jobs. “Macs” and “PCs” both can agree on what an extraordinary person Steve Jobs was. The Tiger Hi-line appreciates his life not only as a change in the world of technology but also as we use his beautiful tools to complete every edition of the paper.


Oct. 11, 2011

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Starting at noon on a warm, sunny Friday, Oct. 9, 410 CFHS students and staff made three laps around the track in a effort to kick off the governor’s effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in Ameria by 2016.

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Exit Exams ‘pass advance’ on their 10th grade history SOL because they knew all the who what and whens of the Civil War, but they wouldn't be required to analyze the causes of the war or understand the lasting effects,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said that she feels the tests put a lot of stress on teachers, which can compromise their instruction. “Teachers spend so much time worrying about what questions the SOL will ask; students don't get to really explore the subjects in-depth,” Zimmerman said. However, the standardized nature of the exams does present its benefits. Zimmerman said that because across-the-board stan-

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dards are set, students receive the same quality of education no matter which school they attend, and it allows states to pinpoint trouble areas, making it easier for the state to improve. “In a sense, SOLs regulate the school systems,” Zimmerman said said. Many CFHS teachers look favorably on having clear end goals in mind. Griffin said her recent experience teaching AP has caused her to see more benefits in having a set of standards to work toward; however, Griffin made clear that her opinion depends upon the exact nature and content of the proposed exams. “We won’t know what this means for the school until we see the details,” Griffin said.

Men’s golf earns 9th place at State Lindsey Davis Staff Writer

After a shaky start to state golf on Friday, the men’s team bounced back on Saturday in the second round. Cedar Falls finished with a final score of 653 landing them a ninth place finish. West Des Moines took the title for the team event with a 607. The Tigers were in 12th place out of 12 teams coming out of the first round. The score was 337. On Saturday they knocked 21 strokes off. Jacob Bermel led the team and finished with a sixth place tie for final individual standings. Behind Bermel, Jared Deines finished with 39th overall. Following him was Alec Braun with a final score of 171 and Andy Kloos with a 173. Just behind them were Wil Hunemuller and Jon Skarlis with a 177 and 181 respectfully. The Tigers may have been a little nervous at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City on Friday, but held nothing back on day two.

Makeover surgery that would repair her vision so she could take care of more “practical” things such as paying the heating bill. However, the more stress that Gibbs endured, the more her vision worsened. Her medical condition eventually left her legally blind, forcing to her to lose her job and leaving the family with no income. When the Extreme Makeover crew came to the Gibbs’ home, they came to realize that the ceiling of the home was rapidly deteriorating and collapsing in on the home, and the family of seven had no working toilet. As the family was sent off to Florida for a relaxing vacation, hundreds of volunteers began tearing down

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the Gibbs’ home with the help from a 650-pound pig, a miniature horse and three John Deere tractors. With the help with numerous local contractors and thousands of volunteers, they were able to raise a new home in a mere seven days. One could assume that a production like this could turn into mass chaos very quickly. There are so many elements that could go wrong, and the entire project could go down. For the majority of the build, Larson Construction kept the pace up and was ahead of schedule. The reveal was Sunday, Oct. 9, and the episode is set to air sometime in January; the exact date is yet to be announced.

Athlete Week of the

Jacob Bermel Men’s Golf Senior

Jacob Bermel placed 6th overall at the state golf meet last week. The team placed 9th out of 12 teams. 1. How well did the season go for you? Pretty well. 2. What did you do to improve your season? I played over the summer in tournaments. 3. How do you feel about the team’s efforts? The team could have done better, but we went to State, so that’s pretty good.

Tigers in Action FOOTBALL- 10/14 @ Dubuque Senior 7:15 VOLLEYBALL- 10/11 @ Cedar Rapids Xavier 7 p.m. WOMEN’S SWIMMING- 10/13 @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson 6 p.m. MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY- 10/13 @ Cedar Rapids Prairie 3:30 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY- 10/13 @ Cedar Rapids Prairie 3:30


Oct. 11, 2011

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Students weigh in on their preferred social media Lindsey Davis Staff Writer

This day and age, it’s not uncommon to check up on multiple social media sites. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and recently G+, just to name a few. However, the most commonly used and buzzed about are Facebook and Twitter. Many CF students have accounts on both sites, but here they weigh in on which one is superior. “I like Twitter because there aren’t annoying people on it,” junior Jacob Newton said. Many people are in agreement. Facebook has become notorious for young people posting statuses such as “Like and I’ll tell you something I love about you,” or the popular “Truth is.” On Twitter, you will hardly ever see things like this clogging up your newsfeed. “There is less drama, and it’s more interesting,” junior Alaina Kittrell said about Twitter. It is not uncommon to see someone comment on another person’s Facebook

status or photo with backlash. A while back, an NU student posted a status about soccer, and a student from a neighboring school commented with harsh posts. Many followed suit, and it quickly became a war between the schools over this one status. Soon after, this debacle resulted in the jumping of an innocent NU student by members of the other school. Sadly, this is just one incident of cyber bullying that often happens on Facebook. Another difference between the two sites is that Facebook makes following others mutual; Twitter does not. “[On Twitter] just because someone follows you, doesn’t mean you have to follow them back,” junior Brayden Longnecker said. On Facebook, those who want to view another profile have to accept them as a friend. With Twitter, this is not necessarily the case. If people want to view the Tweets of others, all they have to do is click Follow. They are able to view the profiles immediately, but the people

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they are following don’t have to follow them back if they could care less about what they have to say. Another interesting aspect is that Twitter allows people to follow celebrities rather than just their own social circle. Many people choose to follow their favorite musicians, politicians or journalists. Celebrities often post links that you wouldn’t otherwise find yourself. A well-known lover of Twitter at Cedar Falls High School is psychology teacher Charles Blair-Broeker. He comments that Twitter is useful for breaking news. When he heard news that Osama was killed, Blair-Broeker wanted to find out more details. “I went onto news sites like CNN, and they didn’t have anything. So on a whim I went to Twitter, typed in Osama, and immediately there was information on there,” he said. Facebook and Twitter have also recently served as a news source for the death of Steve Jobs. Many people found

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Twitter. “It’s easier to creep,” junior Dallas Deery said. With pictures uploaded constantly, it’s easy to sit at one’s computer for hours, clicking through whole picture albums. On Twitter, one doesn’t get

Poll: Do you use Facebook or Twitter?

facebook: 53.3%

Twitter: 45% neither: 1.7%

efficient and easy to get reminders out.” Twitter appealed more to Blair-Broeker than facebook, which he was never wild about. Now, students can search #appsych and find loads of tweets from other students across the globe. On the other side, some people prefer Facebook over

this luxury. Pictures seem to be the only reason Facebook is preferred over Twitter. At Cedar Falls High School, Twitter seems to be outweighting Facebook. This is not necessarily true for other schools or regions, but no matter what site one would rather use, people are going to know what one is up to.

The new Facebook (again): Love it or hate it? Diamond Spann Staff Writer

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out about Steve Jobs’ death through the statuses of others, not the news. Blair-Broeker’s students are encouraged to get Twitter accounts for class. BlairBroeker said that it is “quick,

Facebook has seen a number of changes lately, and user reactions have been varied and emotional. Facebook engineering manager Mark Tonkelowitz made the changes to make it easier to keep up with the people no matter how frequently or infrequently users visit the site. The new site takes some work to figure out. “It’s too confusing and doesn’t help at all. I liked the

other profile better,” junior Aaron Parsons said. However, with a little time, students are catching on. “Facebook is slower, but very easier to use. I learned how to use it while everyone was complaining about it,” junior Mckenzie Pint said. Facebook may lose some of its users to other networking sites like Twitter, Tumblr and the new Google+, but it might also bring more older users to make an account for business purposes or to get families together.

“I really like the new site, I don’t have a problem with it because I’m mostly on my phone when I need to get on Facebook,” counselor Erin Gardner said. Some of the Facebook changes are: Larger pictures, new posts that went up since users last logged on are marked with small blue triangles in the upper left, as if users had folded down the corner, and now there’s a moving “ticker” along the right margin: “See what your friends are up to right now.”

Oct. 11, 2011 Hi-Line  

This is the Oct. 11 edition of the Tiger Hi-Line newspaper produced in the journalism class at Cedar Falls High School.