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Teacher acts in local band’s hardcore rock video A Past Unknown’s ‘Cursed’ has over 126,000 Youtube hits English teacher Cole Deike may seem like an average, hipster-like-dressing English teacher, but little do most know he also starred in a metal-band music video. “Growing up in athletics, I’ve always been a pretty intense individual, and so I just happened to be really intrigued by the hardcore and metal music scene in the area I grew up in, and when I started going to shows in high school, I discovered that I got a kick out of the energy of live hardcore music. It was just fun, energetic, raw stuff, so after being a part of that music scene for eight or so years, for me, it’s not a strange paradox being both a teacher and an actor in a metal music video. I can see how it might be shocking for a high school student to discover that their English teacher is in a metal music video, though,” Deike said.
The name of the band is A Past Unknown. They’re locals who started a Christian band a few years back.They are playing their last show together in the next month before they break up. They have toured for three or so years all across the United States and in Canada, and they’re a blend of influences from metal and hardcore. The band’s final show will take place at Redeemer Church on 815 Orchard Drive in Cedar Falls. Tickets are $5 at the door, and the show starts at 5 p.m. Deike got a spot in the band, A Past Unknowns’ “Cursed” music video because he was roommates with the bass player throughout college, and three of the band members were in a small group that he led when they weren’t touring on the road in Canada or in the United States, so one night during Bible study, the bass player
French club forms to provide members with deeper skills French students and teachers are kicking off another new option for getting together, the French club. The club is led by seniors Audrey Flack and Sophie Mallaro, with the help of French teachers Madam Melissa Breddin and Madam Brittan Engels. Although it’s studentrun, the decisions are made collectively by all members of the group. French club is a place where students will use their language skills and explore the French/Francophone cultures. Students will watch movies in French, eat Francophone foods and play different games and activities. “The primary goal of the club is to offer a place outside of class where students who are enthusiastic about the language can practice their language skills, as well as build their knowledge about French culture,” Flack said. “Students should join French club if they are enthu-
siastic about learning the language, and want to practice their skills outside of class,” Flack said. “More advanced French students will serve as mentor figures to some of the newer French students. The club will also create an environment full of like-minded students, rather than a class where some students may not want to participate or speak French.” French Club will most likely not have a set meeting schedule, due to the wide variety of activities planned. Times and dates will vary based on the amount of time needed, and what members’ schedules allow. The club is open to students of all skill levels, as well as students who took French in the past. Those interested in joining the club should talk to Flack, Mallaro or one of the French teachers. By Staff Writer Olivia
told him that they were looking for someone who was “charismatic” to play the lead actor in their music video, and then they asked him. “I said yes, of course,” Deike said. The music video takes place in what seems like an abandoned warehouse. Deike claims that it is an undisclosed location that a filmography team from California chose. Deike said that while growing up, he was never involved
in any part of the musical department. “In high school I just happened to be an athlete who was also fascinated with a ton of different music genres. To this day, I still listen to anything from the the most mellow of folk to the heaviest of hardcore. I think my iPod has 12,000 songs on it, and I can recognize just about any of them in a random shuffle.” By Staff Writer Sara
Screen shots from Youtube
Confession Twitter accounts drawing ire A new trend on Twitter left some reeling in its wake. A recent batch of accounts on the social networking site detailing secret crushes, confessions and thoughts posted anonymously have drawn criticism for attacking CFHS students. A popular Twitter account, Cedar Falls Crushes (@CedarFallsCrush) was recently suspended due to user reports. The account started out as an outlet for UNI students to anonymously announce romantic attractions to the world and hopefully their crush, but was soon overruled by CFHS students posting their own secret thoughts. Frustrations from college students soon emerged after CFHS students started sending their own crushes into the site. More recently, an account with a similar name, Cedar Falls Crush (@cedar-
fallsCFC) emerged from the ashes of @CedarFallsCrush, this time focusing solely on CFHS students. The account gained almost 250 followers after its creation nine hours earlier. The anonymous nature of the account comes from the unidentified admin posting direct messages that they receive, leaving out the identity of the sender. Harmless? Maybe, maybe not. @CedarFallsCrush was known for inserting offensive confessions and opinions between updates calling students names. The anonymity of the accounts and users submitting messages could easily morph into online harrassment and cyberbulling with a few keystrokes. The namelessness and eager-to-please nature of the accounts provides an outlet for cyberbullies to attack without a thought, caution
thrown to the wind. Confession-style Facebook pages started popping up locally in the spring of 2013 and lost steam throughout the summer, only to come back at the start of the school year at full force. Run by UNI students, multiple pages like Cedar Falls Crushes, Confessions of A UNI Student, University of Northern Iowa Secret Admirers and UNI Missed Connections showed up in students’ newsfeeds, broadcasting nearly hundreds of “secret crushes” every day. Universities across the nation have been dealing with the ramifications of the accounts, often drastically. After complaints of cruel comments reported to the administration, Loras College of Dubuque had its Facebook confessions page shut down in less than 24 hours.
By Editor-in-chief Martha
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Back to the Old Grind: Junior balances schedule with multiple jobs
In high school it is the status quo for students to have a part-time job, but very rarely do you hear about a student with more than one job. Regardless of the extra money they would earn, very few students would be willing to give up their free time for multiple jobs. In this way, junior Lexy Abbas does not fit the norm, as she’s had multiple jobs for several years. Abbas is currently employed at two different places in Cedar Falls. She began working at Taste of India on West First Street in May, and she began her job at GameStop on Brandilynn Boulevard a few months later in September. Previous to her employment at these two venues, Abbas worked at The Core, a comic book store on Valley Park Drive. It was her first job, which she started when she was 15. She said it was a very “chill” job, but she only got eight hours a week working there. In December 2012, Abbas was laid off from The Core due to a lack of business in the store. After that, she applied to Little Caesar’s on West First Street, where she began working in tandem with Taste of India in January of 2013. “[It] was really convenient when I had 15 minutes between jobs because they’re right next to each other,” Abbas said. She eventually quit her job at Little Caesar’s in August of 2013 because she hated the amount of cleaning work the job entailed. Abbas now enjoys her job at Taste of India very much. She works as a waitress, and, because it’s a small business, she does a lot of work in the store. Abbas seats people, takes food and drink orders, cleans off tables, rings people up and cleans the bathrooms at the end of the night. She
gets paid $10 per hour for doing this, which doesn’t include tips (although she said that not many people tip), and she can buy food for 50 percent off. “I love working at Taste of India because the pay is great, and I have amazing co-workers that always make working fun,” Abbas said. For Abbas, working at GameStop is just as enjoyable as her job at Taste of India. At GameStop, she works as a game adviser. This requires her to stand behind the register and talk with customers and her co-workers. Abbas helps customers find the video games they are looking for and rings them up when they are ready to purchase a game. She receives minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) at GameStop, in addition to getting 15 percent off everything in the store except new systems. Abbas said, “I like GameStop because I’m surrounded by video games, and it’s a really chill, slow-paced job, unlike waitressing.” Even though Abbas may enjoy her work, having multiple jobs has its difficulties. She works almost every night during the week, in addition to a double shift on Saturdays in which she works at Taste of India in the morning and GameStop at night. Abbas also works the dinner shift at Taste of India on Sundays. This takes up a lot of her time during the week, which makes it difficult to complete her homework or attend certain events. She oftentimes has to leave play practice early in order to go to work and has to miss local shows that she’d like to go to on occasion. However, she makes the best of each occasion. Abbas makes sure to request days off every so often so she can see her favorite local bands
Top: The Taste of India sign on the front of the restaurant Middle: The GameStop sign on the front of the store Bottom Left: Lexy Abbas ringing up a video game for a customer Bottom Right: Lexy Abbas organizing a shelf of video games perform, and she tries to find times during school to finish her assignments, even though most of the time she ends up sacrificing sleep to get her homework done. “The most difficult thing is that I’m exhausted 90 percent of the time, but it keeps me out of the house and is selfsatisfying,” Abbas said. The main reasons Abbas chose multiple jobs are that she likes to keep busy and has big plans for leaving when she turns 18. Because of her big plans, Abbas figured she should begin saving money early, and having multiple jobs
was a simple way to do just that. She believes having multiple jobs will absolutely benefit her in the future, as she takes great pride in her work ethic and likes doing a good job and improving. Because Abbas has never particularly enjoyed school, she plans to launch straight into a career after high school, and even though working multiple jobs is working well for her, she said it may not work well for others. Addressing those who are thinking
about working multiple jobs, Abbas said, “Make sure you’re physically able to handle [working multiple jobs]. Even if you aren’t, you’ll be sore for months. Apply at places that you go to a lot because your co-workers will become your best friends, and if you don’t like someone at work, it makes it not as fun. It’s a big commitment, and you have to be okay with not seeing your family for almost days at a time. If you’re cool with that, then go for it.”
Story and Photos by Editor-In-Chief Mallory
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Recently, photography has skyrocketed in popularity, and young, independent photographers are busier than ever taking senior photos, wedding, family, event, and newspaper photos. Several CFHS students, both former and current, have turned a passionate hobby into a dedicated business. Here are some sample shots by former and current CFHS students. Left: Laurel Smeins photo Far right: Erin Keiser photo Below: Lucia McNeal photo
Above: Haley Johnson photo Left: Amelia Sutton photo
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Flairs for Photography
Former, current CF students turn passion into business
Amelia Sutton (‘10) Amelia Sutton has been interested in photography for a long time. She remembers getting a cheap non-disposable film camera when she was 10 and taking lots of pictures with it. “The photos were horrible, but that was when capturing memories through photography first sparked my interest.” In high school, Sutton purchased her first digital SLR camera with the help of her dad. She learned from other photographers, photography books and taking a lot of photos. After high school, Sutton attended the professional photography program at Hawkeye. “The photos were horrible, but that was when capturing memories through photography first sparked my interest,” Sutton said. She now attends ISU, but comes back to Cedar Falls often to manage her business. Sutton started practicing her photography by asking her friends, especially her younger sister, to “practice on them.” She has big plans for photography in the future: “I would love to run my own business full time, as well as combine my love for mission work and documentary style photos,” she said. Sutton primarily shoots seniors, especially senior girls. She also does engagements and weddings; now that many of her friends are getting engaged, she said, she has more and more engagements to shoot. She also shoots photos just for fun — photos of her friends, life and daily little things. Sutton doesn’t really remember when she started taking senior photos — people just started asking her to take their photos.
Sutton loves photography because she can “tell the uniques stories of everyday people I love, the people that I get to meet and the places it takes me,” she said. She said she loves taking senior photos because of their ideas, energy and passion Of senior photo sessions, Amelia said, ”I want my seniors to enjoy their session, to get out and explore the world and to feel confident in who they are. I desire for my photos to capture emotion, feel natural and generally be full of light and colors — although lately, I’ve been playing around a lot more with shadows and black & whites.” After she gets an email, Sutton and her “models” meet to discuss ideas for their session. She generally likes to shoot early in the morning or an hour or two befroe sunset to capture the best light. For students interested in photography, Sutton advised, “Practice, practice, practice. Study light. Study people. Try new things. If you are serious about photography, learn about art but also learn about business and study with or work for an established photographer. You’ll learn so much more that way, and it will be easier than trying to do it on your own. I wish I had done that, and once I am done with school, I will probably try to get an internship or land a job with a photographer that I admire to gain more experience and skills.” Contact Information: My email is ameliareneephoto@gmail. com. I’m on twitter (@ameliarenee) and instagram. Sneak peeks and deals sometimes pop up there first, so definitely feel free to check them out. I also post regularly on my facebook page (facebook.com/ameliareneephoto)
Erin Keiser (‘12) Erin Keiser said she grew up with her dad “snapping photographs of everyone and everything.” Her parents gave her a digital camera, when she was little, and she became obsessed. In high school she started buying her own equipment. She used the basics that her Dad had taught her to learn more herself. She took CFHS’ Intro to Photography class in 2010, but by that time already knew most of what that class taught. She also read photography blogs and played around with the camera on her own. Keiser remembers when her CFHS friend Abby Larsen (‘12) asked her to take her senior photos. After seeing them on Facebook, a few other high school friends asked her to take their photos as well. Then Keiser created a Facebook page, Erin Rose Photography. Now a sophomore at UNI, Keiser is a photographer for the Northern Iowan, UNI’s student newspaper. Because of her position, she takes more journalistic type photos for the paper and thanks the CFHS yearbook class for the experience it gave her. “Yearbook really jump started my love for photojournalism,” Keiser said. She also enjoys taking photos for the UNI newspaper: “It has given me so many opportunities since being in college, and I have really gotten a broader perspective of what UNI has to offer. She said she loves capturing moments as a photojournalist for the Northern Iowan. “When I capture someone’s excited expression, that firm handshake or the winning shot of a game, I get really giddy.” However, she loves taking senior photos, and would like to take more. Her business primarily covers senior photos, but she also shot her first wedding this summer and has done a few family and couple sessions as well.
However, Keiser explained that photography is a side hobby. She wants to continue her business, but she will not turn it into a solid career. Keiser doesn’t really know what style her photos are: “I’m sure other people could describe my ‘style’ better than I could,” she said. At senior sessions, she and her model go around and spend one to two hours shooting, either at locations the model has in mind or some places that she has scouted out. Keiser then edits the photos (which takes anywhere from a week to a month, depending on her busy college schedule), and then gives her client the photos on a CD. Keiser’s advice for new photographers is to not get caught up in all of the editing. “A good photo is not defined by its edit,” Keiser said. “Learn how to use your camera and compose a good photo first. Then you can hit the ground running with Photoshop and all that fun stuff. I learned that the hard way. Also, have patience and keep practicing. I has taken me years to figure out this photo stuff, and I’m still not where I want to be. It takes time. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. One good shoot doesn’t make you a professional, and one bad shoot shouldn’t end yourdreams of being a photographer.” Contact Information: Erin Rose Photography (facebook page) firstname.lastname@example.org Rates for senior photos: $100 for 1-2 hours of shooting and a CD of 25+ quality photos. Rates for weddings, family portraits, and other photos vary.
Haley Johnson (‘13) Haley Johnson also became interested in photography at a fairly young age, as she played with her mom’s camera, did practice shoots with friends and family, and learned different techniques from watching friends shoot. Johnson said her business isn’t really “official,” but she does have a Facebook page for her pictures, and once she started offering to take pictures for family and friends, “it kind of took off from there.” Johnson did plan on majoring in photography at Hawkeye, but now she plans to get her certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification and minor in art with a focus on photography. Johnson mostly shoots senior photography, as well as “lots and lots of practice sessions.” She started taking senior photos when her best friend graduated from high school last year. Then other people started asking her to do theirs. She loves taking senior photos because “it’s fun and you get to be super creative.” Of photography, Johnson said, “I love to capture people’s memories, personalities and souls in a single, tangible piece of paper. Her favorite photography is black and white minimalist. She described a typical session as multiple outfits, multiple locations and then just hanging out while taking pictures. For those interested in photography, Johnson said, “Practice. And never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough.” Contact Information: Haley Johnson 804-402-8199 Sprout282@yahoo.com ] Senior session: $50 for 2 hours
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Laurel Smeins (‘14) Laurel Smeins became interested in photography her sophomore year of high school when she took beginning digital photography and learned the basics of shooting and Photoshop. After that, she realized she wanted to continue and learned by experimenting with her camera and studying other people’s photos. Smeins said she started taking pictures of other people during the portrait unit of her class. “It was my favorite unit, and after that I dragged my poor friends around CF on multiple occasions for mini ‘photo shoots,’” she said. She is currently in the process of turning her photography into a small business, as she has already taken senior photos for some friends. Smeins said she wants to continue to take portraits, and is even considering minoring in photography in college. She said portrait photography is her favorite. “I love shooting any thing with people. I’ve done some senior and family pictures along with lots of random experimental sessions.” Smeins said she enjoys the freedom and creativity that comes with senior pictures.”You get to shoot in all sorts of different poses in multiple locations, and it’s really fun to work one-on-one with the senior to come up with photo ideas that express their personality.” As a natural light photographer, Smeins shoots completely outdoors. For senior photos, she meets with the senior a week or two before the session to discuss outfits and locations. She usually narrows it down to three locations based on the outfits the senior chooses. For those interested in photography, Smeins advised, “practice, practice and more practice. I’m still learning. It’s an ongoing learning process — you just have to get out there and shoot. After awhile, you’ll realize what lighting, angles, poses do and don’t work, and after that you can start experimenting and creating your own style.” Contact Information: Facebook: Laurel Mae Photography or email at laurelmaephotography@ yahoo.com .
Lucia McNeal (‘15) Lucia McNeal said she has always been interested in photography, and started really experimenting with it when she got her first pointand-shoot camera in December 2010. The next summer on a church service trip, the adult for the group let her take photos for the trip, and gave her pointers. McNeal said: “Ever since then he has been my mentor and a really wonderful source of inspiration for me.” She doesn’t remember really starting her business. She just started taking photos for friends, then a few senior pictures. With the advice of her parents, she set prices and posted photos on Facebook. Her dad pushed her to set up a portfolio online and word started to get out. Recently, McNeal took promotional photos for Carrsan Morrisey’s movies Horrible Things, shot photos for Cattle Congress, and shot her first wedding this June. She also does senior photos and other portrait sessions at request. “I like to spend time getting to know the senior during senior photo sessions, and I like taking pictures that represent who someone is,” McNeal said. She says she’s still figuring out what her style is, but she tries to show emotion and detail. “The way they laugh, how their eyes are when they get serious, etc.” McNeal plans to have a side business for photography along with whatever career path she chooses, as she never gets bored with it. “No matter how crazy life gets, I always find myself coming back to it, doing more projects. I fall in love with photography a little more all the time,” she said. When taking senior photos, McNeal asks the senior to incorporate things they enjoyed in high school in their photos, be that a prop, a person or a place. Sometimes she sketches a few ideas for those she meets with.
“I try to get them comfortable and relaxed, have a conversation, because those are the best pictures,” she said. After the shoot, McNeal takes a few weeks to edit and give the senior the best picture on a flashdrive. For those interested in photography, she has some simple advice: “Pick up your camera and start. It doesn’t matter what it is that you’re shooting as long as you are. Get comfortable with your camera, play around with the manual mode, take lots of photos and if you don’t like one, ask yourself why and make a mental note of it. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t like the work that you’re doing. It will get better with time.” She also said, “Ask people you’re comfortable with to model for you. Ask someone who has experience what they think about your photos. Try lots of different kinds of photography: landscape, portraits, macro, events. Try to take photos that communicate something. Capture a photograph that isn’t just ‘pretty’ — take one that makes someone think, feel, question. Take a lot of photos. In the digital world, you can’t take too many. Just have fun with it and do what feels right, even if it breaks a photography ‘rule’ you’ve heard before.” Contact Information: The best way to contact me is by email at email@example.com Please message me privately about prices.
6 After recent overexposure, fans wish for old Cyrus The
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Let’s all rewind to Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance a few months ago. She did an in-your-face, “look at me now” performance. What was Miley thinking? You don’t have to guess. She was probably thinking: “I’m not that Miley Cyrus anymore, and this ought to prove it.” Well, Cyrus isn’t crazy, and she isn’t stupid. And she is certainly not talentless. I respect her for trying out new things and being different, but she is definitely trying too hard. The sad truth is, Miley came into the spotlight as a child, and that’s how everyone viewed her as. A Disney prodigy. Now, as she is trying to find herself as an adult, the world is watching her every move. She’s still really talented and beautiful. She was a clean cut girl. I really don’t know what happened to her, but I personally think
that the blame should be rested upon the shoulders of her parents for not properly guiding her. Cyrus comes off as one of those teens who got everything she wanted in life; she was never told “no” or “stop” by her parents. Even now, her divorced parents still encourage every action she takes. Some people think that the fame is getting to her, which explains why her behavior is trashy and impulsive, and others think that whatever she is doing is causing her more fame. In my opinion, I agree with both. Take a child star like Hilary Duff. She turned out fine, and she had good parents who helped her stay grounded. She stated once that nobody would look out better for her than her parents and didn’t make decisions without them even when she was old enough to. If this is her way of shedding her Hannah Montana image, which I can understand as
a growing star that she would like to do, I think there are better ways of going about it. I don’t think cutting your hair, shaving it, bleaching it blonde and engaging in obscene public performances is very effective. Sure, you shed the image, but you make a mess of yourself in the process. “Bangerz” dropped on Oct. 4 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 list, selling 270,000 copies in its first week according to Billboard. The album features her two hits “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” as well as 11 other original tracks. There is such a vast variety of genres that permeate the album that it’s hard to get sick of listening to it. Song styles such as ballads, pop tracks, rap and even a little bit of country are all featured on the album. In an recent interview with Ellen Degeneres, Miley talked about her new album “Bangerz” and how a few
The Heart of Darkness is one of the fan favorite haunted houses in the Cedar Valley. For $17 this haunted house provides scares from both decorations and people dressed up to try to scare you. Here the people that volunteer can talk, touch or grab you in attempts to scare you as you walk through the haunted house. Though, most of the time they do not actually manage to get a scream or scare out of you. The haunted house is set up well including; a clown room, a ghost abandoned
bus and a small area that you are chased out of by two people holding chainsaws. All while you’re going through the maze, you and your group are given a rope for everyone to keep one hand on at all times. The leader of your group is also given a flashlight that will force the volunteers (monsters) away and keep them from having any contact with you. As you walk through the house you are occasionally followed by one or more unaccounted “guests” or “party members.” They do not speak to you but hover until you enter
the next part of the maze. The clown room is probably the best part of the Heart of Darkness. Upon entering, each member of your group is given 3-D glasses that help add thrills and excitement to your experience. The clowns here are far from shy and like to talk and try to scare you. For instance, at one point you will be greeted by some clowns, or one clown, when you get to an area that is surrounded by doors. He or she will tell you to choose what door to go through carefully and not to pick the wrong one and be locked in
“I think Miley is doing her own thing. If doing drugs and rapping is her forte, then she can live her life the way she wants to. She’s beautiful, talented and trying to find herself. But not going to lie, I do miss Hannah Montana.” —senior Madison Wood
songs were written about her ex-fiance, Liam Hemsworth. Miley claims that she is completely over Liam, and that she “doesn’t even think about him.” Speaking of Miley and relationships, there seems to be talk in the news that she has been seeing someone new, 26 year old Rolling Stones photographer Theo Wenner. This has sparked up some controversy on whether or not Cyrus had been with Wenner while Hemsworth and Cyrus were still engaged. Although she does some of the craziest, most bizarre things, (like twerking on Robin Thicke) she’s got everyone talking. She still is a household name, and if thats how Miley wants to live, then maybe we should let her. But with everything leading up to that, I still really miss the “old” Miley.
“Miley might be a little crazy, but whatever she is doing has got us all talking. She has us all wrapped around her finger waiting for something new and crazy to happen. I think she’s a genius.” —junior Jackson Skiles “I think that she is really talented and has just gotten a lot of bad publicity lately. It’s unfortunate because she has grown up in the spotlight, and now that she is finally finding herself as an adult, people are giving her a hard time.” —senior Noah Klein “I like the old Miley better, but her trying to be her own person is OK. I’d rather just have the old Miley back, though.” —sophomore Emily Braun
ByStaff Writer Sara
Heart of Darkness offers decent scares
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with them. After you leave the clown room, you must return your 3-D glasses and carry on your way through the rest of the haunted house and its maze. The last “scary” thing you will encounter are the two people that chase you with chainsaws. This is probably the scariest thing at the Heart of Darkness, based on thrill and adrenaline itself. All in all, the experience lasts roughly 15 minutes, and, for the most part, will leave you with some cliche Halloween jokes, scares and thrills.
Kaleb Bengston photo By Staff Writer MacKenzie
October busy month for CFHS
October is always a busy month: Fall sports seasons are wrapping up, the first quarter has come to a close, and, of course, the Food Drive is well under way. To top it all off, The Storytellers Campaign also started during October and is gaining steam as November looms. The Food Drive is going well, and with multiple opportunities to bring in food, we will surely reach our goal of 25,000 pounds of food by Nov. 11. Remember you can donate food to clear parking tickets, library fines and detention. Also, bring your younger siblings or kids you babysit to Trunk or Treat on Oct. 29 from 5:30-7:30 and a canned food or
monetary donation. It’s another opportunity to Trick-or-Treat, and it supports the Food Drive. On Oct. 31, bring a donation to school, and you can wear a costume. Who knew supporting a cause could be so much fun? For those who don’t know much about the The Storytellers, it’s a campaign affiliated with To Write Love On Her Arms that raises awareness about mental health, and it provides a community for people struggling with depression, addiction, eating disorders, selfharm and other mental health issues. In November, bracelets will go on
sale for $5 in the lobby before and after school, and in the cafeteria during lunch shifts. The first event will be held October 29-31 during lunch shifts. Come down to the cafeteria to get you picture taken with a sign of your biggest fear and your greatest dream, and donate $1 to the cause. It may seem like we have a lot on our plates, but both the Food Drive and The Storytellers are very important causes, and our support of both will benefit people here at Cedar Falls High School and in the community. Great job, CF!
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Making Music Fall orchestra concert showcases student talents
Alie Warmuth photo
Starting at top left, senior Eric Cheng and sophomore Jason Cheng perform at the orchestra concert on Oct. 17. Middle left: senior Max Su accompanies the orchestra on piano. Bottom left: junior James Bamber plays bass.
Top right: junior Adrian Amjadi plays cello. Middle right: the violin section performs. Bottom right: junior Savannah Lipinski focuses on her cello music at the orchestra concert. Alie Warmuth photos.
SPORTS Men’s cross country team takes on Districts
The CFHS men’s cross country team competed in the MVC Divisional Meet at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids. They got to battle it out with two of the three best teams in the state, Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Prairie. “It was a very good opportunity to see where we stack up against the rest of the state,” senior Timmy Sevcik said. The Tigers finished third with six of their runners finishing in the ninth through 14th places. Leading Troy Becker’s team was senior Jonathan
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Smith who finished ninth and set a personal record, followed by seniors Jared Failor and Timmy Sevcik. Both junior Dylan Southall, who finished 12th, and emerging sophomore Jake Hartman also set personal records. With an average time of under 16 minutes, the team impressed, but they have room to improve. Junior Hiram Marquez was dealing with injuries and finished a disappointing 43rd. “My ribs were really killing me, but I went out and gave it all I had because I love
the team,” he said. Marquez, who is still bothered by the injury, will not be running at Districts, which means he cannot qualify for the state meet. Very disappointedly, Marquez said, “It sucks. After training so hard all offseason and really improving all year, it really hurts. I’ll still be cheering my team on, but it’s very hard to watch other people do the one thing you love most when you can’t.” Sophomore Isaac Smith will take the varsity spot. “It’s going to be exciting to see all our
record 90 straight games from 2008-2010. During that span of complete dominance, the Husky women lost money. In fact, in a study from “businessofcollegesports.com” every single women’s sport and a few men’s sports lose money annually at the University of Florida. At a big SEC school like Florida, you can only imagine that it is similar at many other schools. Title IX requires comparable treatment of women when it comes to collegiate athletics. Even if the program loses the school millions of dollars, essentially there is nothing to do about it. Before anything could be settled, a few questions would have to be made. Who would be getting paid? All athletes or just those in revenue generating sports? Would you pay walk-ons and would there be a performancebased pay scale? If just those in revenue generating sports, would that violate Title IX? How much would the student-athletes be paid? Would players then be allowed to market themselves such as putting their names on their replica jerseys, selling autographs or doing endorsements? Would students who don’t even receive scholarships but still put in all the hours of the star players be paid? They would deserve it, and if not paid, athletics would turn into less of a game and more of a business where people compete for reasons other than pride. Without adaptation to Title IX, either every athlete or
no athletes would be paid. If somehow you could afford to pay athletes, there would be no way you could afford to pay all athletes in men’s and women’s sports. At a major university, there could be 16 or more sports played per sex. Between b o t h genders there are hundreds of student athletes at each university, possibly in excess of 400. The pay would be hard to determine as well. If you pay each athlete a fair amount of $2,000 then you are looking at $800,000, and 82 percent of colleges already don’t break even, let alone have $800,000 lying around. If you pay a far more modest amount of $200, it would only cost the schools $80,000. In today’s society what exactly can a 20 year old buy with $200? Maybe four new shirts, three pairs of pants and night out for themselves and a date? That might even be pushing it. Why would the NCAA go to such lengths to give 18-22 year olds a new wardrobe and a night out? Now to the question that has most recently been in the news: why can’t students make money on their own by simply putting their names on a piece of paper in exchange for a $20 bill? College athletics are still meant to be fun. Allowing students to sell themselves would turn pleasure into business by selling their autographs. All they have to do is make the dreams of kids come true by signing the football that will become their prize posses-
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hardwork pay off,” Smith Said. Cedar Falls will be one of 10 teams, including the topranked 4A team in the state, Linn-Mar, that will attempt to qualify for State at Marshalltown on Thursday. They have to finish third or better to qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge on Nov. 2. If they are able to qualify, they will look to improve on a ninth place finish in last year’s meet. Editor-in-Chief Austin
Should college athletes be paid? A large call has been made by athletes, fans and average Joes that student athletes should be paid. That’s a fair statement considering that Louisville, the national champions of college basketball, brought in a total of $40 million last year in total revenue and pay their coach over $4.8 million. Two time defending national football champion Alabama annually brings in nearly $82 million in total revenue and pay head coach Nick Saban over $5.6 million a year, which is more than 22 NFL head coaches make. From the outside, all people see is money. Truth be told, money is one of the last things college athletic departments have. Only 23 of 228 Division I schools actually made money last year. Not surprisingly, all of those schools came from automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences. College football is by far the biggest money maker for athletic departments in the NCAA. The money made there is used to cover the costs of every other sport for flights, jerseys and recruiting amongst other things. The reason for losing the millions of dollars generated from men’s basketball and football may simply be because of Title IX. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The UCONN Huskies women’s basketball team won an NCAA (men’s or women’s)
sion out of the goodness of their hearts instead of desperately begging for money in exchange. The second they take off their uniforms for the last time, they can sell autographs all they want for days on end. Just wait four years. After we have determined that it would be nearly impossible to generate money to pay athletes, now comes the question that if somehow enough revenue could be generated, should college athletes be paid. They quite simply already are. There are thousands of kids in the United States who would do anything to be able to do what they love at a school of their choice for free. They receive free tuition, room and board, meals, and even book money. Some student athletes even receive tutoring and counseling. Many people would consider this pay already. They also receive professional coaching, strength and fitness training, and licensed athletic trainers and physical therapists free of charge. All of these could add up to over $100,000 a year. Top athletes are even noticed by professional teams and leagues because they are given the publicity from their school. So should athletes be paid? In ways that very few people would turn down, they already are. Can athletes be paid? It would be very difficult and would take an enormous donation from the government, university or alumni. Lastly and most importantly, will athletes be paid? No. Editor-in-Chief Austin
Martee Grainger Swimming
Junior Martee Grainger helped the swim team break a seven-year old record and win their 21st straight conference title. What record did you break? We broke the record for the 200 free relay by two tenths of a second. What does it mean to you to break a seven-year old record? We’ve put in a lot of hard work, and it’s really great to see our team come together and have it pay off. What are you looking to accomplish at State this year? We’re hoping to get top three at least, and, personally, I’m hoping to get in the top 10. What does the winning streak mean to you? We’ve won 21-straight conference titles, and it means a lot to be apart of such a rich history and legacy at Cedar Falls.
Football Next up: Dubuque Hempstead Oct. 25 at 7:15 p.m. Volleyball Next up: Reginonal Tournament Women’s CC Next up: Regionals Oct. 24 at Marshalltown 4 p.m. Men’s CC Next up: Districts Oct. 24 at Marshalltown 4:30 p.m. Women’s Swimming Next up: Regionals Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.