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VOLUME 51 ISSUE 9 1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Students coordinate art show for Haitian school Jessie Hoffman Staff Writer
This Saturday, Nov. 20, Orchard Hill Church will host an art sale sponsored by The HeART Project from four 4-8 p.m. All proceeds will go to a school in Haiti, where assistance is needed more than ever due to the recent outbreak of cholera. CFHS alumni Megan Pattee is the main overseer of The HeART Project. “I wanted to do the HeART project because I was looking to do a fundraiser in which money was not raised purely by asking people for donations,” Pattee said. The HeART Project is a fundraiser that will show off art for the benefit of other people’s needs. “One hundred
percent of the proceeds are being donated to The Union Chretitienne De Caiman School through United Christians International,” Pattee said. “Orchard has been supporting UCI and the amazing work they are doing in Haiti for quite a few years now.” The founders of UCI, Jean and Kristie Mompremier, will be at the event to talk about their experiences. Orchard Hill Church is not only providing space to display all of the artwork, but providing a free running coffee house as well. “I knew nonprofit art shows at Orchard Hill had done well years ago. It just has a really great atmosphere,” Pattee said. The project received a great response from artists; over 40 local artists will be providing a variety of
artwork for the event. There will be a type of art for everyone, including paintings, quilts, photography, wall decor, pastels, woodwork, ironwork, crafts, signs, cards, jewelry, a signed Gary Kelly print and much more on display. Professionals and amateurs as well as both current and former CFHS students will be exhibiting their art. Orchard Hill even purchased some Haitian artwork to be sold at the event. To get the word out for the upcoming event, Pattee created an artist recruitment video on YouTube. “It’s a whole other dimension of artwork … explaining something that all the time words cannot do,” senior Jarek Bakken said in the video. Several people Allyson Vuong Photo in addition to Pattee have been involved in Senior Jordyn Carias is just one of a number the project to bring it together. Laura Hoy of CFHS student involved in promoting the has been a major conNov. 20 art sale at Orchard Hill Church. tributor for planning. day shopping. Pattee said, “Artwork “She works things from the Orchard and jewelry make great Christmas side, and we have been planning this gifts.” event since August,” Pattee said. To occupy children while their CFHS alumni Brian Harris helped parents look at art pieces, there will be to create the artist recruitment video, a “Kids Kraft” as well. “The HeART and many other individuals from Project is hoping to attract all ages of Orchard Hill have been supportive by the community,” Pattee said. making sure others are informed about It is still not too late for vendors the upcoming event. interested in selling their artwork. For Pattee is not the only former or more information about the HeART current CFHS student to help with the Project or to contact Pattee, visit project, however. Riley Martin (’09) their Facebook page at http://www. will be showing artwork, and junior facebook.com/group.php?gid=132 Sara Gabriele helped Pattee with the 059196837396&v=photos#!/group. logistics of planning. Also, the coffee php?gid=132059196837396&v=info, shop will have live music performancor watch their YouTube video es, including those of seniors Reed at http://www.youtube.com/ Bowden and Hannah Easton. watch?v=vYAhCpbVVP8. The event will also serve as a great opportunity for those doing their holi-
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2 opinion our view CFHS wins annual food drive again Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and here at Cedar Falls High School our wonderful food drive ended on Thursday, Nov. 11. This year was a great success too. Our school was able to bring in 24,000 pounds of food. We also beat our total from last year by 4,000 pounds. Even adviser Diane Flaherty was shocked by our results. “I was really surprised we did so well. It looked like when we were loading the truck that we wouldn’t have as much as we did last year, but we exceeded our goal by 4,000 pounds, and that’s really significant.” We were also the top school in the large school food collection for the third year in a row by raising 22.23 pounds per person. We not only achieved greatness in the community but also within our school. With an amazing 123 cans per student, new kid on the block, social studies teacher Chad Van Cleve’s class was this year’s winner. “They really took it upon themselves. One parent gave a donation of $40, and then they realized they could win it. I didn’t give them any extra credit. They just did it. It really was a student effort.” Cleve said. Second place belonged to science teacher Lynn Griffin’s class with 77.7, third was English teacher Doug Wilkinson’s class with 42.8, and finally fourth place was social studies teacher Jeremiah Longneckers’s class with 41.6. “We didn’t offer any incentives, and yet we still beat our goal, and that’s the best part for me,” Flaherty said. Students really made a lot of effort this year in donations not only in canned food but money as well. Such a great effort by all of those winners and other classes really makes a difference to those who will now have something to fill empty bellies. Tigers should be proud of this great accomplishment and all of the good they did for the families of the Cedar Valley. We all have made a tremendous difference in the lives of these families.
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Nov. 19, 2010
Cell phones: Friend or Foe?
New studies link cell phones to dangerous diseases Kara Stewart Staff Writer
Have you ever carried your cell phone around in your pocket? Slept with your phone under your pillow? Studies are starting to show that your cell phone can slowly become your killer. Scientists and doctors are teaming up to do major research on the link between cell phones and brain cancer or other harmful effects phones may have on your body. Recent studies have shown that if you’re a frequent cellphone user and talk almost 24/7, after a while, your nerves could become damaged, memory loss could occur or even acoustic neuroma or brain cancer caused by radiation from your friend, the cell phone. Now, most of us teenagers have our phones in our hand
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Science teacher Debbie Paulsen surfs with interest on her phone.
or pockets all day, which, can cause joint issues. The phone companies that have the most issues with radiation from their phones are Motorola and Blackberry. Thankfully, not all phones from these companies are as harmful as others, but all
phones do cause at least a small amount of radiation. Samsung is number one cell phone brand that has the most slots on the top 10 lowest radiation-causing cell phones list. The absolute worst phone due to radiation in the United States is the Motorola MOTO VU204. Some people have even been calling cell phones the “electronic cigarette.” Some things that you can do to protect yourself is that if you’re in an area with low service, stay off your phone. The lower the service the more radiation your phone omits. If you need to make a call, use your speaker phone. Sending text messages will also cut down on the amount of radiation your phone gives off. The jury is still out on the definitive hazards of prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation, but consider yourself warned on the risks.
New game systems offer active fun Jordan Burtch Staff Writer
Recently, the new PlayStation 3 Move and the Xbox 360 Kinect have been a big hit with people around the world. The PS3 Move is the combination of the PS3 system, the PlayStation Eye camera and the PlayStation Move motion controller. For the Move controller, the Eye camera and Sports Champions game, the bundle costs $99.99. For a 320 GB PS3 system, the Move motion controller, the Eye camera and Sports Champions, the bundle would sell for $399.99. These are just the bare bones for this unit. How the Move works is by having the Eye track the ball on the end of the Move controller and translate that motion onto the screen. Yes, players need a controller, but it lets their whole body do the work, not just their fingers and a controller. Players might
Xbox 360 Kinect bundle PS3 Move bundle want to buy a Move gun attachment and a Move charging station as well. The Xbox 360 Kinect is going for a price of $149.99, and that would be all one needs if one already has an Xbox 360. If players don’t have the 360, there are bundles available for that too. For $299.99, one can get the new Xbox 360 4GB console, the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures. Also, for $399.99, one can get the new Special Edition Xbox 360 250GB console, the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures. What the Kinect does is
it tracks the player’s body motion and translates it onto the screen. It also recognizes voice commands, so there is no longer a need for a controller. It is quite cool. Some think that paying the extra $50-100 for the Kinect is too much for almost the same product, and some people have thought that these new systems were just copy cats of the Nintendo Wii that came out in years past. From a safety standpoint, the Kinect may win the fight, because with Kinect, there are no controllers and no chance of a controller being hurled at the television screen or any valuable near by. Just make sure to have a clear area to participate.
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Nov. 19, 2010
Sophomore fan inspires Tigers Jared Hylton
Hu-Chen at games. “I can always hear him in the stands, and even when we’re losing, he’s still cheering hard,” Shea said. “I always stay until the very end of the game to show my respect to my friends that are competing. If I could, I
Head Check Jordan Burtch Staff Writer
Recently, the new rule of no head-to-head contact has been being enforced in the NFL more frequently than ever. Whether it be an intentional or coincidental incident, referees are cracking down on each case under the new rule. The rule is set up to protect defenseless players from being severely injured, whether it be preventing a concussion or a spinal cord injury. If a player makes such a hit to a player’s helmet or neck area, they will undergo an immediate suspension and fine. Senior Johnathan Beckman said he thinks the new fines are misplaced. “I’m not in support of it. I think it is totally being blown out of proportion because, like it or not, they are making NFL players spend tens of thousands of dollars for that when sometimes it’s incidental. There is a fine line between purposely laying your helmet into a player as a weapon and accidental,” Beckman said. “I think the rule should stay as it was before where
tending Cedar Falls athletic events in grade 8 when Mr. Peters from Holmes introduced Hu-Chen to football games. Ever since, Hu—John Hu-Chen Chen has been sophomore super fan hooked. This year Hu-Chen made it to all 12 of the football would congratulate them after team’s games. His two the game,” Hu-Chen said. favorite sports to watch are Hu-Chen proved this statement by staying extra late football and basketball. Rain or shine, win or lose, after the football team’s two you know “super-fan” Huhome playoff games to conChen will be there cheering gratulate the players on their on the Tigers. way to the locker room.
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“I always stay until the very end of the game to show my respect to my friends that are competing.”
Walking the halls of Cedar Falls High School, sophomore John Hu-Chen may seem just like another student, but he has a passion burning deep inside him that most other students don’t possess. Hu-Chen is not only friendly with everyone in the halls, he follows his sociable nature in attending and supporting the athletic teams. “I have a lot of friends on sports teams. It’s very exciting to watch my friends compete,” Hu-Chen said. Fellow sophomore student and varsity football player Hayden Shea loves having
Hu-Chen first began at-
Football fans debate fines over ‘dangerous’ tackles
refs could throw flags if it Sunday.” was blatantly obvious, but is The NFL is constantly it really necessary to throw a changing as far as game-play flag on a and rules, linebacker and some when the argue that running these rules back should be lowers his utilized by head and younger age they just groups too, happen especially to collide so they helmet to don’t run helmet? the risk of Probably losing the not.” rest of a Becknatural life man said over some one of —Jonathan Beckman reception the key but senior attempt, considBeckman erations doesn’t see of playing football is the it as any different for high free choice of each player’s school players. consent to play and accept the “I think that if high school risks of that consent. football doesn’t adopt this “Football is football. They new rule, that is great and make their money on the sport the way it should be, but at based on the fact that people the same time, I can underwant to watch big strong men stand why a ref would want beat on each other. Soccer to throw a flag if he saw an players can go play their 18-year-old 200-pound kid soccer. As for football, it’s a leading helmet first into a free for all. To prove a point 16-year-old 140-pound kid, to the NFL, the Packers and but only if it was clearly Cowboys might as well have intentional,” Beckman said. played two-hand touch on Senior Nick Hullermann
“Football is football. They make their money on the sport based on the fact that people want to watch big strong men beat on each other.”
said he is more open to the safety intentions in the new rule. “It’s a good rule and probably somewhat of a necessity for the safety of the players. However, football is football and unless a player was blatantly trying to go for the helmet or the hit was exceptionally dangerous, you have to let the boys play ball,” Hullermann said. Hullerman has mixed feelings about having high schools enforce this rule stricter than in the NFL. “Yes because you want to learn good habits young, and no because the level of hitting is considerably different from a high school to an NFL game,” Hullerman said. These two individuals have played enough football to know what’s crossing the line and what’s not. If the receiver wants to go up for a tough grab, he has to expect to get blown up by a defender. He has the choice of whether he wants to go up to grab that ball or not. Yet, from a safety standpoint, if you were the receiver, wouldn’t you want a safe trip up and a safe trip down without getting knocked out cold?
Jon Skarlis Warrior Hockey Sophomore
In a three-minute span, Skarlis earned a hat trick in this week’s game against Mason City. The team won the match 6-3. 1. How are you feeling about the start of the season? “I feel pretty good. We’re off to a great start.” 2. What goals have you set for yourself? “I want to be top five in our league.” 3. Who/what is your biggest motivation? “I have to say just doing it for myself. Hockey’s my life.” 4. The Des Moines Capitals are your biggest competition. How do you feel about the upcoming matches this weekend? “They’re a good team, but I think we have more talent than them, and I think we should come away with a win.”
Tigers in Action Women’s Basketball 11/22, Metro Jamboree @ NUHS 11/26, Waukon Tournament @ Waukon Bowling 11/23, 3:45 @ Dubuque Hempstead
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Nov. 19, 2010
Fans stake out for first part of stunning finale Maya Amjadi Staff Writer
J. K. Rowling has made over $1 billion with the epic Harry Potter series, putting her in second place for richest woman alive after Oprah Winfrey. The series of seven books has resulted in millions of copies printed worldwide and six hugely successful movies. On Nov. 19, part one of the seventh movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will make its debut in theaters. It is a dream come true for many fans. “I love Harry Potter. I am so ecstatic about this movie,” senior Kaiti Faye said. Fans have been kept in suspense for long periods of time due to the movies coming out over a span of several years. Senior Catherine Dunbar said, “I have been having a countdown for about a year, just waiting for November.” The second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out June 30, ending the long lasting legacy once and for all. But not all fans are so excited for the beginning of the end. Junior Jesse Streicher said, “I am way excited for the last movie
to premiere. However, knowing that with these last two movies, the series will be over makes me so sad. It makes me wish she would have written more books, but I know that if she did it might ruin the series. The series is perfect the way it is, so I hope nothing messes that up.” J. K. Rowling has publicly announced that she will not be writing any more Harry Potter books; she is done after seven, and quite bluntly, she is set for life. But are her fans as satisfied as she is about the ending to this famous series? Senior Alex Huffman said, “ I am beyond sad that everything is coming to a close.
I grew up with Harry and he became a large part of my childhood.” Huffman said that waiting in line for books and movies is one of her favorite parts of the franchise. “I love the fans and Harry Potter community,” she said. For others the end doesn’t hurt too badly. Dunbar said,
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“It's not so much of a letdown, as really bittersweet. Watching the movies is the last piece of new Harry Potter that the fans get, and the fact that this is part of the last one ever is incredibly sad, but I knew it'd be coming eventually.” Then again, fans shouldn’t be too sad — the movies can be watched over and over, and the timeless books have made the most prized place on the shelves of many readers. Sophomore Hanno Fenech said that he has read all 870 pages of the fifth book, Harry Potter and the
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Order of the Phoenix, 47 times. “The books can never become dull. Every time you pick any of the books up, your world vanishes and you are totally emerged in Harry's world. It's wicked,” Huffman said. Sophomore Meredith Main also agreed, “The books never ever get old. You always notice something new every time since it’s so complex.” Tickets for the Nov. 19 premiere at 12:01 a.m. sold rather quickly, too. Within hours many fans had ordered their tickets eagerly. Fenech bought tickets the first day they were online and plans to go to the Ultrascreen in Waterloo. He said, “I hope it will be a grand finale.” Many other CFHS students plan to attend and have been looking forward to this night for a long time. Dunbar plans to camp out beforehand. “Hopefully everyone at the premiere is dressed up, and I'm bringing blankets and hot cocoa so I don't freeze to death in line.” But will the long, cold wait will worth it for fans? Dunbar said, “I have a lot of faith in this seventh movie.” Bronze Star Sponsors ($100) •Ruth N. DeHoff •Glass Tech •Larry and Judy Timmins
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