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Classes trade in books for Kindles between Amazon’s Kindle and it’s rival, the Nook by Barnes and Noble. Librarian Kim A select few classrooms Traw expressed support for and the high school’s library the Kindle, praising it’s versahave welcomed the arrival of tility in sharing novels. the Amazon Kindle into their “When you purchase one systems. title on the Kindle, it can be The Kindle, an e-book shared with six other devices, reader developed by Amazon, whereas the Nook only lets allows you put users to it on browse just the through, one. purYou can chase, and get free download books a variety of on text-based Amadocuzon, esments, like —Matt Klemesrud pecially magazines, English teacher the clasnewspapers, sics that textbooks aren’t and eon copyright,” Traw said. books. Weighing in at a mere The library currently has 10.2 ounces, Kindles allow five Kindles in circulation. readers to transport an entire The devices are open to any library of up to 3,500 books interested student for checkwith ease, and its non-glare out, and they offer a convescreen incorporates the use nient way to access novels of electronic ink, making it crisp and visible to read in any that aren’t currently available on the library’s shelves. lighting conditions. “We use them mostly for When first considering the students who want to read incorporation of e-book reada particular book but all the ers into the school system, copies are checked out. We comparisons were drawn
Rhydian Talbot Staff Writer
It’s an activecommunity reading that your traditional text would not have.
can do it right then — just hand them the Kindle and check the book out. It’s a high-demand feature,” Traw said. English teacher Matt Klemesrud is incorporating Kindle technology directly into the classroom. The ebook readers were introduced into the curriculum after English department head Judy Timmins proposed the idea last spring in efforts to launch a pilot program aimed to help students improve their reading. Two of the three major literary pieces the curriculum covers have been downloaded on Kindles and will be in use throughout the semester. The convenience of toting around a multi-novel device extends past simply reading in the classroom. With Internet capability, users can gain web access to sites like Google and dictionary.com. Another function allows users to move the cursor over a particular word to view its definition, allowing for an easy expansion of language for vocabularyshy students. Klemesrud also supports the Kindle’s ability to connect students and their ideas.
“You can highlight passages and leave notations for others in your group to read, so it’s like an activecommunity reading that your traditional text would not have,” Klemesrud said. Teachers and students alike are continuing to learn from the new devices and their abilities. General kinks associated with learning new technology are still being worked out, like the physical function of the device itself. “If you tear a page in a book, you can still read it, but
if you break a screen on the Kindle, it’s done,” Traw said. Also taken into account is the Kindle’s monetary benefits, comparing the cost of an electronic device as opposed to purchasing physical copies of a novel. Though still juggling with the Kindle’s place and effectiveness in the library, Traw remains optimistic that they’ll be beneficial in the long run. “For the first year they’re not going to be cost effective, but down the line, they will be. We’re still learning.”
Green house receives renovation Katherine Mayhew Staff Writer
A selection of students and teachers are working to renovate the greenhouse into working use. The CFHS greenhouse , located in back of the science office across the hall from the biology rooms, has deteriorated in its years of disuse. Math teacher Ethan Wiechmann, science teacher Scott Bohlman, and social studies teacher Chad Van Cleve came together to begin renovation of the greenhouse (this year?). They have removed unused things clut-
tering the space, put in large areas of compost and repaired things such as the ventilation system. Eventually, the greenhouse will be open to classes, experiments, and any students who want to work with plants. They hope that all science students will eventually be able to work in the greenhouse. “[Our hope is] every class will be able to use it in some degree. Maybe it will not always be used in class, but it’s a great extension,” Bohlman said. Through this greenhouse,
students who want to can learn the basics of plants in a more hands-on way than is otherwise possible. It is Wiechmann, Bohlmann and Van Cleve’s intention that students will eventually take over the greenhouse, and it will just be a resource to them. These teachers received some money for their renovations from Principal Rich Powers, but they have paid for additional expenses out of their own pockets. Van Cleve said he believes the skills involved in working with plants are good for
anyone to have. They promote self-sufficiency and being “green.” Starting October (10th), Wiechmann, Bohlman and Van Cleve are showing a group of students how to run the greenhouse and begin planting. Seniors Donald Halbmaier and Lucas Payne and sophomore Eric Davis are the students starting it off. All three students have interest in getting involved with the greenhouse. “I think it’s a different, cool activity at high school, and it’s nice to see the room
being used. It took a lot of work to get the room into usable condition,” Halbmaier said. Eventually, any student interested will be able to come in before, during or after school to work with plants. At this point, they do not know what they will do with the produce, but some have ideas about selling the vegetables and flowers for money to buy new seed. No one knows exactly how the greenhouse will turn out, but the possibilities are now in the students’ hands.
News Oct. 18, 2011
Cheer clinic generates youth spirit Chandal Geerdes News Editor
For over 20 years, Cedar Falls High School and the cheerleaders have hosted a cheerleading clinic for kids kindergarten through ninth grade. Cheer coach Tami Doyle has been coaching CFHS cheerleading for 20 plus years now and has done the cheer clinic every year. At the cheer clinic on Saturday, Oct. 15, the kids were split into groups, kindergarten through second and third through ninth. Each group learned its own cheers, chants and dances. During the clinic the kids received spirit ribbons, a clinic T-shirt and a spirit tattoo. “[The clinic] generates a lot of tiger spirit,” coach Tami Doyle said. The cheer clinic is a very popular event for the high school. Doyle has even expressed that she receives inquires from parents as early
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Young, energetic and aspiring cheerleaders learn from the Tiger Squad in the high school gym on Saturday, Oct. 15. as August. “We send the fliers out to the Cedar Falls Elementary Schools in the fall. For other schools they get word by mouth. Anybody is welcome to the clinic,” Doyle said. Each year the clinic has
averaged 250 to 300 participants. “It’s my third year teaching at the clinic,” senior Katie Gettman said. “When I was little I participated in it, and I always had a fun time.” All the fall cheerleaders
were a part of the clinic to teach the kids cheers, chants and dances for them to perform at a home football game. “It’s the one time they get to be the leaders and show what they know,” Doyle said. The cheerleaders also
come out the of the experiences knowing if they like or dislike teaching children. “It’s fun to help little kids cheer. They look up to you, and they want to be just like you when they grow up, and it’s so cute,” junior Abigail Weiland said. All of the participants have a blast learning the new things at the clinic and voice this throughout the week. “I even have teachers from other schools tell me they hear the kids’ do the chants and cheers they’ve learned all week long,” Doyle said. Each participant would agree that having fun, and dancing is there favorite part of the day. “I liked the sound of it. It was really really fun, there was lots of games and dancing,” cheer clinic participant Jenna said. On Friday, Oct. 21 the participants will get the opportunity to perform at the home football game in the Dome.
Annual food drive goes full throttle Teacher highlights importance of food bank Meg Lane Feature Editor
Hunger doesn’t discriminate, and one CFHS teacher especially knows this. Science teacher Marcey Hand and her family had the experience of knowing what it means to be the ones in need a few years ago when Hand’s husband blacked out at home, causing him to fall down the family’s basement stairs. After trips to the ER and the University of Iowa hospital’s Neural Unit, Mr. Hand was left out of work for several months. Which ultimately, Marcey said, “Put a strain on our family financially, both from the extra medical expenses or the day-to-day expenses, especially since we had three children at the time.”
So she did what anyone would do, she asked for help. Friends and families both provided her family with extra food and support while her husband recovered. “It meant everything to have friends and family there to support and help us out. We are not the type of people who find it easy to ask for help in times of need. Most of us work hard for what we have and want to be able to provide for our families, but sometimes life challenges us in ways we never thought possible,” Hand said. “Thank God our lives are filled with many selfless people who are willing to sacrifice their time and resources to help us out.”
This is why the annual food drive means so much to Hand. Even though her family did not have to rely on the food bank during their troubled times, Hand knows many families that do need its services to make it. “We know families who rely on the Food Bank regularly for food. Without it, they would go hungry and so would their children. Many of us take the food we eat each day for granted. Imagine a situation where the only way you have food on the table is if you get it from someone else, and what if there isn’t someone there to give you food? It is sad that there are people See Hand page 7
Men’s powder puff plans fundraiser for food drive Lindsey Davis Staff Writer
This year, many can agree that the Powder Puff football got a little intense. One can only imagine how Powder Puff volleyball will go over. To get students and the community more involved with the food drive, Senior Leadership is hosting a men’s volleyball game. The purpose is to raise money for the food drive and get people excited about helping. They are hoping to bring in about $500 from the game. Last year, the same event was held with much success. Although the game is not as advertised and hyped up as Powder Puff football, it does get a strong turnout and is for a good cause.
Senior Leadership is in charge of advertising, getting boys to sign up and setting up the volleyball nets. It’s also very important that they get volunteers to ref. Boys always get excited at the opportunity to show off their athletic abilities, so this game is a perfect way to get them involved. “Last year we got 3rd place. It was very fun to participate in. I won’t be playing because my collarbone is fractured, but I will be there to support the food drive and watch my fellow juniors dominate,” Jackson Nichols said. Not just the men get excited, but the ladies do as well. Senior volleyball playSee Volleyball page 7
Oct. 18, 2011
Letters to the Editor: American Lit. students use MLK model to express concern on personal issues Dear Editors: I am writing as a member of Mr. Winkel’s fourth hour American literature: 1940’s to today class. A topic that I believe needs to be re-evaluated in its approach is the human growth and development curriculum. I’ve recently read Martin Luther King, Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and it has driven me to take action. Since approximately the seventh grade our health curriculum has consisted of several topics like hygiene, the effects of drugs and alcohol, nutrition and fitness, and abstinence. Though as idealistic as the approach of abstinence is, it seems to have become unrealistic. Many people do wait until marriage to partake in sexual activity, but many will choose not to wait. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2003, approximately 62 percent of high school seniors had been sexually active. As mentioned earlier, it is unrealistic to expect everyone to remain abstinent until marriage, and for those who do chose to become sexually active regardless of whether or not they are taught
abstinence in schools, there is much left to be desired in their education as stated in Dr. King’s famous quote, “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.” One must understand that it is not necessary to encourage students to take part in sexual behaviors in order to arm them with the knowledge to step up and protect themselves if they choose to become active. Another saying of Dr. King’s that comes to mind is, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Would it not be a better idea to help students make informed decisions? There are many risks in unprotected sex, some of which can affect the rest of a person’s life or even end it prematurely. It is unjust to deprive a student the knowledge to live successful and healthful lives, and as Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” An abstinence-based curriculum could implement other options in its entirety, such as how contraceptives
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work, their effectiveness and proper use. Many would argue that it’s a parent’s job to teach children how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. I believe so as well, yet, at the school I previously attended, I knew several young women who had experienced pregnancy scares. And it is embarrassing, no one wants to talk to their parents about sex; I sure don’t, but it would be a lot worse to sit down and have to tell your parents that you were pregnant or contracted an STD. If a parent has the option to sign a form stating that they don’t want their child to attend that portion of the class, then why not offer it? If they don’t like it, they don’t have to take it. Respectfully, Caitlin McGowan CFHS Student ________________________ Dear Editors: I am writing as a member of Mr. Winkel’s American Literature: 1930 to Today class. I have recently read Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from
a Birmingham Jail,” and it has inspired me to action against rising prescription drug prices. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and discovered firsthand how expensive the high prices of prescription drugs were. I never realized how an illness could affect the financial security of me and other families who deal with the same situation. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” Something must be done to stop these rising prices before people begin to die because they can’t afford the medication they need to survive. Think of a mother who is having to stop taking her medicine because she has to buy her children food for the week and cannot afford both. Simply because the price is too high on the drug that stops her pains, she must go without. She would be in much agony for very long periods of time. I believe we should protest
peacefully and make ourselves heard by the officials in Washington. Leaving this issue unattended would leave many people without medicine to help them survive. We must have action; it is the only right thing to do. As Martin Luther King, Jr., would have said, “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.” However, it must be restated that while we must protest, it must be through peace. Violence and anger towards the companies would only cause more violence and anger. Martin Luther once said that one who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly and with a willingness to accept the penalty. It is morally imperative that in this day, we should not have people hurting and dying because of the inability to afford medicines to keep them alive. All people should be equal with their health benefits as well as their rights. Respectfully, Logan Lewellyn CFHS student
Educational Leaps High school seniors lead country in competitive exams It’s hard to be believe that some people think our tax dollars are being wasted on education when there has been a great deal of success brewing here at the high school due to some very special seniors. First, definitely deserving of congratulations is Jesse Streicher on receiving a perfect score (36) on his ACT. Streicher’s success is truly one in a million since, according to the American College Testing website, less than onetenth of 1 percent of test-takers nationwide receive such top marks. Streicher and Nate Hua were also announced as Commended National Merit Scholars in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, and Laura Streicher, Beth Kosmicki and Ryan Giarusso are Semi-Finalists for their recent success in the 57th Annual National Merit Scholarship. They are now among 16,000 participants competing for a total of 8,300 scholarships, which adds up to about $34 million total. This is an extremely prestigious honor for these individuals, and they should be commended for their academic success. Last but not least, also deserving of the spotlight are Rhydian Talbot and Gwen Farber for their accomplishments in receiving the National Council of Teachers of English award. These two are among only five students from Iowa to receive this competitive writing award. Every one of these students has proven that education is the the key to success. We can get no where without the foundations of learning.
Oct. 18, 2011
Cost of Comfort:
Slavery still exists in today’s world Chocolate trade draws on slaves Lucas Hamilton
The largest exporter of cocoa beans in the world market uses slave labor. Headlines ring out in unison aiming toward new strides to end slave labor in Côte d’Ivoire. The wonderful chocolate everyone savors so much was being bought, unknowingly, from human traffickers and slave drivers. The international market is still dealing with the slave trade and human traffickers abusing the system that relies on their exports. People find it hard to believe that slavery still exist in the 21st century, but slave numbers are the highest they have ever been. About 700,000 women and children are trafficked around the world annually. Profits from this free labor rake in at about $7 billion a year. In Côte d’Ivoire, young men, ages ranging from 12 to 16, are being sold into slavery on cocoa farms in order harvest the beans, working under inhumane conditions and abusive owners. Most of the men come from the neighboring West African country of Mali, where slave traders scope out children who are alone or begging for food in bus stations. These “commodities” actually feel the effects of
Trevor Johnson Cartoon slavery; in mind, body and spirit. Constant beating destroys the flesh as well as self-confidence and fuels the physical and emotional scars in the children. Slaves who are lucky enough to escape their binds still are not the same when they return to their families. They become more fearful of people, less confident in themselves and become emotionally isolated from loved ones. The slave trade is alive and well. Whether you choose to believe it or not is another story. Next time you are about to munch on your favorite candy bar,check to be sure that the company that produced it has made an effort to ensure that it is not produed with slave labor.
Shopping with a Conscience Consumers can use website to check slave footprints Logos brand many of the items we buy and enjoy today. Found on every article of clothing, every electronic, every last fruit sticker, living in today’s world void of logos borders impossibility. In part, these logos help define our culture; by simply sporting the Nike swoosh or snapping open a can of Coca Cola, we become the walking advertisements of global corporations seeking to spread their influence to every consumer. In turn, however, we unknowingly continue to support a trade that died in the United States more than a century ago, though this time in other parts of the world: the slave trade. Slavery, the trailing topic of many leading news organizations, still rages in countries the world over. Currently, at least 27 million people work as slaves. Hundreds of thousands of these slaves are underage. What’s more, big league corporations indirectly take advantage of their labor for profit, coordinating a lucrative and secretive business with slave owners. In hope of spreading awareness of the slavery crisis in the world, a new survey created by Slavery Footprint allows consum-
ers to measure their “slavery footprint” via a set of ques-
Karl Sadkowski Opinion Editor tions concerning individual lifestyle. Among other things, the survey asks for information on personal house size, diet, toiletries, jewelry and electronic devices. It uses this information to deter-
Footprint, a slave is “Anyone who is forced to work without pay, being economically exploited, and is unable to walk away.” By this definition, it continues to list factors that may trap a person into slavery, such as “high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, or cultural acceptance of the practice.” Women face the greatest suffering in forced labor, as they often fall victim to sexual abuse and violence. Slavery Footprint is eagerly trying to put the minds of many frivolous buyers to work. Though only recently created in Sept. 2011, people should take heed to its message: slavery still exists in the world today, and it must attract global attention to meet its end. Though forced labor may seem insignificant from the comfortable borders of the United States (which abolished slavery in 1895) today, it continues at an unnecessarily rampant pace in less developed countries. Buyers, consumers, shoppers and customers, remember this: we are the link to the slave trade. Ask your favorite corporation whose hands built its products.
“Slavery still exists in the world today, and it must attract global attention to meet its end.” mine a person’s total slavery footprint, representing the number of forced laborers that are likely involved in creating the products a person buys. After investigating more than 400 supply chains using slave labor to produce the most popular consumer products, Slavery Footprint calculates the total slavery footprint of a person using information regarding the processes slaves use to produce the survey products, and the countries where they are known to work. According to Slavery
Entertainment Abduction Teen star brings edge to new film Mikayla Foland Staff Writer
Taylor Lautner is a huge crowd pleaser in any movie that he appears in. Abduction, his latest movie, proves no different. Although he may not be playing a werewolf this time around, he still offers that enchanting smile, mesmerizing bod and plenty of action. If you’re looking for a movie with suspense that also includes a little romance, I would put this at the top of your list. Some parts are a little predictable, but it still meets the expectations of any loyal fan. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to older adults because the main conflict in it seems to relate more to teens and young adults. This movie provides a great moral lesson to those who are still trying to find themselves. implying that where you come from doesn’t define who you are. It’s what you’ve been through that matters. Abduction is about an average high school boy, Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner), who feels like he is out of place. He is assigned to work on a school project with his neighbor Karen Murphy who he’s known since childhood. While working on their report, they find a picture of him on a website that lists missing kids. After this discovery, the two teenagers embark on a dangerous journey to keep themselves and the truth safe. Any Twilight fans (myself included) may see this movie as somewhat similar, just a lot more condensed and realistic. It has that same thrill that involves drama and romance at the appropriate time. But, it offers much more mystery and violent adventure. I’d give Abduction three and a half out of five stars.
Oct. 18, 2011 hiline.co.nr
Ilegal music continues to grow Teens find cheap, easy route for more music Sarah Church
Recommended Albums Lucas Hamilton Entertainment Editor
If you are not one of the 40 million people who download music illegally from the Internet, you probably know someone who does, for a whopping 95 percent of the music downloaded is done so illegally, according to Times Online. The growing number of people who find Limewire and Youtube converters easier and more walletfriendly poses a growing problem for music suppliers such as iTunes, as their profit continues to decrease every year as a result. “I still use iTunes, even though the prices go up and up. I just don’t want to get busted for
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Alicia Pierce photo taking them from Youtube,” said a CFHS student. But some students still use use the illegal ways, even if they dabble with legal routes. “I only get my movies and shows from iTunes, and songs from a Youtube converter I found on Google,” said another CFHS student. An alternative source of
good quality music for a low price is www.spotify.com, which costs $4.99 per month for unlimited music download, and $9.99 per month for premium membership. Paying a small monthly bill or paying iTunes $1.29 per song is another choice instead of getting caught and ending up paying thousands for one song.
Rapper needs to teach, not influence Mikayla Foland Staff Writer
Known for his ability to rhyme and drop a beat, Mac Miller has become an over-night sensation. Appealing more to an adolescent crowd, he’s considered “dope” by many. But, relating to his lyrics and the actual meanings of his songs is a bit of a touchy subject. I do give him credit for being talented because he is covering more fields than others. Girls, drugs, partying and a big ego are what Mac Miller seems to care about most
because he expresses these topics frequently throughout his music. To some people, these kinds of lyrics promote their way of life. To others
what is the meaningful purpose of that song to those who want to get more out of music? Music is a way not only to entertain but also to teach something to people that is actually worth their time and money. Mac Miller doesn’t give that to people; he doesn’t even tell a story. Therefore, people can’t really know what he’s all about, and he’ll eventually he’ll be replaced by someone who can offer more relation to regular people instead of just telling us about the “high life.”
constantly hear about how “Ifthepeople majority of famous musicians
“live it up,” then what is the meaningful purpose of that song to those who want to get more out of music?
and myself, it can be a bit disappointing to hear these lyrics because they don’t really express the true feelings of Mac Miller. His lyrics don’t teach his fans so much as influence them. If people constantly hear about how the majority of famous musicians “live it up,”
This band knows how to craft great songs. The ever-so popular “Something to Believe In” drew me in, but songs like “American Secrets” and “What I Know” brought me to love the album. The band has a more genuine sound; not all the high tech cloudiness. I think the best way to describe this album is a wonderful fusion of pop, soul and funk.
The Mayfield Four
Although this album is from the 90s, I must say that I feel obligated to show everyone this album. The musicality of the album is something that could easily beat out artists in this day and age. Although no longer together, The Mayfield Four created great songs like “Backslide”, “Summergirl” and “Believe” that cover topics that can strike a resonating chord with anyone.
This Is War
30 Seconds to Mars
An older album, but packed with great songs regardless. The big hits, “Closer to the Edge” and “Kings and Queens”, have shone through, but the album is packed with hidden gems like “Search and Destroy” and “Vox Populi.” 30 Seconds to Mars change their game sodrastially with this album, and I encourage to listen to all the songs from the album because they all rock.
Oct. 18, 2011 hiline.co.nr
Student-led Fields of Faith brings students together
Athlete Week of the
Jared Hylton Sports Editor
Roughly 200 students met in the auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for Fields of Faith hosted by the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA). It was originally to be held at Hauser Stadium, but was moved to the auditorium due to rain. The event was organized by Holmes gym teacher Corey Peters. “Fields of Faith is a National Fellowship of Christian Athletes event that is held at college, high school, junior high and youth fields all across the United States,” Peters said. Northern Iowa receiver Jarred Herring was one of one of many students that stood up and gave his testimony. “It was cool having a UNI player talk to us about his faith. He seemed really religious,” junior Kalehl Brown said. Peters held Fields of Faith with the intention of bringing young people together and worshiping with one another. “For so many years we have built up walls between Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Lutherans, Catholics, non-denomination and people that are not Christian. This event is designed to bring people together. We need to come together to love one another,” Peters said. As students stood up and
Kaz Brown Volleyball Sophomore
1. How’s the season going? Pretty good. We’ve had some rough games but pretty good.
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Corey Peters leads Fields of Faith on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
This event is designed to bring people together. We need to come together to love one another.
gave powerful testimonies using examples from their own lives and examples from the Bible, students attentively listened. To finish off a powerful
night of testimonies, tears and realizations, students split up into smaller groups and prayed. “All of [the students] were in small groups together praying. That is a wonderful
example of God working in their lives,” Peters said. “[Jesus] reached out to the hurt and broken. People who were out casted and ostracized — he reached out to them, even the people who eventually crucified him. If he can do that, why should it be so hard for us to love people in our community?” The plan for next year’s Fields of Faith is already under construction. Peters says he hopes to outgrow the high school and move into the Dome.
Opinion: Hank Williams Jr. fired, fair? Jared Hylton Sports Editor
Hank Williams Jr., who every Monday night is featured on ESPN at the start of Monday Night Football, was recently fired for comparing Barack Obama to Hitler when he was featured on Fox’s Morning Show. Williams said Obama playing golf with Speaker of the House John Boehner was like
Hitler playing golf with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although Williams is not a direct employee of ESPN, he is recognized as being closely related to ESPN. “We are extremely disappointed with [Williams] comments,” ESPN said. ESPN immediately pulled Williams’ intro. Williams told national media that he was just using the analogy to make a point and
that it was supposed to seem a little over-the-top. “My analogy was a little extreme-but it was to make a point. . . They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will,” Williams said. Later in the show, Williams referred to Obama and Boehner as the “three stooges”. Brian Kilmeade, one of the three hosts, quickly pointed out that Obama and Boehner are two people making Williams’ look silly.
I think Williams’ comments were out of line. To compare our president and the face of America to Hitler, arguably the world’s most hated criminal, is ridiculous. Some opinions don’t need to be expressed on national television, and that’s one of them. It is in ESPN’s best interest not to associate themselves with Williams, who could diminish ESPN’s look.
2. What did you do to improve from last season? We all worked hard in the offseason. 3. How’s the team as a whole? We’re all really strong players, and when we focus we play well. 4.Any goals for the rest of the season? We want to try and make it to State.
Tigers in Action FOOTBALL- 10/21 vs Iowa City West 7:45 VOLLEYBALL- 10/18 vs Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7 p.m. WOMEN’S SWIMMING- 10/22 @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9:30 a.m. MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY- 10/20 @ TBA 4:30 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY- 10/20 @ TBA 4:30
Oct. 18, 2011
Making the grade
Teacher shares tips for standardized tests Izzie Hayes Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again: test taking time. High school students are going to be taking the PSAT, ITEDS and probably one of the most important test of their lives thus far, the ACT. This subject is usually greeted with groans, stress and is generally unwelcome by most high schoolers. Sometimes these tests come with a booklet that is supposed to be helpful in preparing for the test, but no matter how one prepares for standardized testing, one question is constantly in the back out of students’ minds: “How am I suppose to prepare for this dang thing?” Psychology teacher Charles Blair-Broeker knows quite a bit of information on testing and studying. “You aren’t going to learn all of the information you need to know the night before
the test,” Blair-Broeker said. comfortable and less stressed test, not the content,” BlairOf course, students have when taking the test. Broeker said. been taught this for years. The ACT is probably one Clearly, in that case, the Start studying days or even weeks before an exam to really get the outcome A) Not try to cram information the night before the test you desire. Granted, that B) Review the guide about the test format itself goal is commonly not met by most C) Get a good nights sleep and not stress out students because of D) All of the above sports, work and flat out not wanting to spend booklet would be of little help of the most important tests a night studying for a test a content-wise to the test taker, that most students will be week in advance. However, but tests like the PSAT protaking this year. Its purpose is studying from the provided vide students with information to provide information to colbooklet can potentially be of about the test and a review leges on how successful each little help to students, contrary guide that is supposed to betprospective may be in college. to what most people think. ter prepare them for taking the Talk about pressure, bu there “AP puts out a booklet exam. Students that review for are many ways to do well on a with information about the the test commonly feel more standardized test.
When preparing for standardized tests, students should:
Lunch picnics gain popularity Sandra OmariBoateng Feature Editor
In an effort to avoid the lunch problem of not having enough time to eat out and spend quality time with friends without eating the same old school lunches, some staff and students are adding some zip to their Friday meals. Lunch picnics are becoming more popular with students — mostly with just the people at their normal lunch table or group of friends. These students are bringing in different foods together to make sort of a potluck for their lunch. Each different person brings something to contribute, and everyone digs in and has a piece of everything.
One person who participates in the potlucks is junior Nicole Jeffrey. “We call our picnics Friday Fundays. It was an idea from some of my friends that used to do this when they were in junior high. I guess I was just continuing the tradition,” Jeffrey said. Another person who is familiar with these unique lunches is math teacher Ethan Wiechmann. From the start, he has been involved with the students to make these lunches such a success. “This idea was brought up by students. I just walked into it being produced. The concept was simple. People would bring one item to share with the group, but the outcome was great. This started last year, and I got involved
because any time students have a good idea I like to help facilitate it,” Wiechmann said. One of the interesting parts of this whole thing is that each time there is a Friday Funday, there is always a specific theme that the students have. “My favorite theme that we have is Chinese when we all order Chinese food and eat it at lunch,” Jeffrey said. “Everyone is in charge of bringing something to go with the theme of that Friday. I’m just glad I can be a part of it and enjoy the fact that the students came up with the idea to put a twist on something they wanted to change,” Wiechmann said. “The best part about this is that we get to get away from school lunches and eat ‘real’ food,” Jeffrey said.
“You should be sure to get a good night’s sleep, be healthy and clear your mind of personal problems. You will not be focused on the test if you are worrying about something else,” Blair-Broeker said. Standardized testing can and will be stressful to everyone at some point in their lives. Whether or not students study and prepare is a choice each one must make. The choice of not preparing may be the easy way out, but it comes with consequences. For those who choose not to study for something as pivotal as the ACT, it could have life-changing repercussions. The moral of the story is, do the work, study and put forth an effort even when one knows that studying will not be a good time. It may not be worth it right away, but in the long run, one will be more content with the outcome.
-ers Jamie Farley and Gabby Notermann are in charge of the coaching. “We really just make sure that everybody gets to play and that they know how to play right,” Notermann said. “I get excited seeing how much the boys get into the game, as well as the people who come out to watch and have a good time supporting a good cause,” Farley said. The game will be held this Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. They will also be taking can donations, all of which will go towards the food drive. “We hope to have as many kids as possible involved. We had such a great turn out and good time last year that we are hoping to repeat that experience” Senior Leadership adviser Diane Flaherty said.
who only think of themselves or think someone else will take care of the people in need, why should I have too,” Hand said. But Hand said there are some facts we need to face. “The truth is that it’s often the little things in life that make the biggest differences, so whether it’s making sure those families don’t go hungry or even knowing that you helped out one of our own because there are students here who are using the food bank, that’s all that matters. Every single pound brought in matters,” Hand said. “That’s how places like the Food Bank are able to provide to families in need. Small, selfless acts of kindness make everything possible.”
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