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Tentative German trip plans in process The summer of 2014 brings a trip to Germany for CFHS students. If all goes as planned, the German trip will bring students culture, confidence and above all, a learning experience that they just can’t receive in class. “This German trip will give you a personal connection. You aren’t just hearing or seeing things. It’s real life. Sure you can learn things in a classroom, but when you see it right in front of you, it gives everything a whole new meaning,” adviser for this German trip Georgia Haskell said. Education will be a huge part of this trip, although it’ll be taught in way that you just can’t forget. “I want to teach students that there is a world out there where ordinary people speak German every day and live the German cultural experience every day. That it is one thing to study about culture, history, social science, art and really any subject theoretically and a whole other to be in the midst of it — to touch a historical monument, to walk a street that the old Romans used, to be inside a concentration camp and feel what people must have gone through. I want to teach the students to experience all these things that are taught at school but in real life,” German teacher Gunda Brost said. Trip planners say that not only will this give students a learning experience they can’t forget, but it’ll also give them amazing memories.
“Going to Italy will be a priceless memory. I don’t really want to be tied down. I want travel and experience things you can’t experience in Iowa. I also really want to explore the German language and culture in a whole new way,” a sophomore who’s going, Drew Stensland, said. Though to every exciting trip, there are challenges. “When someone comes with the wrong expectation, it can be a challenge. For instance, it is not a shopping trip or a trip for relaxation. Sometimes it can be frustrating to be one of the ‘American tourists,’ and have people assume you want to speak English, when the typical German student wants to speak German as much as possible, so you must prevail in creating your own experience. This a reason that a possible stay with German families can fill in gaps of experiences that the tour part may have left. Sleep deprivation because of the intense traveling is definitely a challenge. I'd advise anyone considering the trip to realize that the purpose is not to party with your friends, and that you will be much too tired to do so. This opportunity is provided to you as a way to learn beyond the classroom setting, so you should not have misconceptions about that,” Brost said. A possible stay with a German family will not only help with filling the experience gaps, but also create connections in Germany. “One of my best friends from Ger-
man High School is right now an English teacher in Cologne, and together we are working on setting up opportunities for any of my students coming to Germany to be able to spend a few days with German host families in Cologne. This has the potential of really touching students' lives as they may be able to make lasting contacts with Germans, which, eventually, could lead to increased opportunities for career and personal enrichment. Actually living with a family has been proven to be the best way to learn a language via total immersion as quickly as possible, as my language teaching colleagues will be able to verify,” Brost said. As Brost said, there are many opportunities to this trip that will help craft career choices and personal choices in students’ lives. “My favorite part is when teachers return and talk to me about their students’ growth. A really shy student could go to Germany rarely speaking to anybody and return a totally different person. It really pushes kids out of their comfort zones, and a lot of them come back to their teachers and tell them ‘thank you’ for all the opportunities they now have,” Haskell said. And pushing students out of their comfort zone it will certainly do. “The traveling is intense. It is not simply a joyride that you can coast through. You should be physically and mentally prepared for a challenge because you will be thrown into a vast array of immeasurable new experiences
beyond anything you've most likely ever experienced. “Specifically, on a typical day, you may wake up after having slept in a gorgeous family-run little inn in a Swiss Alp town with a homemade breakfast, walk through the cobble streets in a historical Medieval town at noon, eat Spaghetti ice cream in a German ice cafe in the afternoon and take an extended tour of a museum in the evening. In other words, you'll be continuously on the go, and it is often not until you return home and/ or have some time to relax that you can truly take in all what you have learned,” Brost said. To go on this German trip, students will need to talk to Brost in the language department of the high school. She highly recommends the trip not only because it create opportunities and wonderful experiences, but but also because it opens different viewpoints and perspectives. “You learn most about your own culture and history by exchanging experiences with those who have another perspective. As you learn about another's perspective on an idea, such as a historical event like World War II, your own perspective changes by taking into consideration the fact that other people's experiences are different from our own, yet equally valuable,” Brost said. By Staff Writer Alyssa
Senior Leadership serves Habitat for Humanity Ready and willing to put their handy skills to good use this past Friday, April 12, members of senior leadership spent their day helping remodel homes for Habitat for Humanity. The group split up into two teams and tackled two separate homes in the Waterloo area. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the leadership group performed various construction tasks. “Some of the jobs we did involved moving and sorting garbage into the dumpster, putting up water proofers for thwarting windows on the garage, sawing off bushes, pulling out a fence, clearing concrete out of the basement and putting new boards on the bottom of the garage,” leadership member Emma Karns said. The team volunteering at the other home in Waterloo had slightly different projects to tackle. “Personally, I helped demolish a
shed and hung up some plywood with my boy, Greg Powers, but other people worked on mudding the basement, hanging up drywall and sweeping/ cleaning the house,” senior Jackson Nichols said. Homeowners being assisted by Habitat for Humanity must put 300 hours of work into their homes as a source of down payment. Because of this, senior leadership members volunteering got to meet the homeowners they were helping out. “It was impacting to see the selflessness that the volunteers displayed and humbling to see how good we actually have it. It was also awesome to use our time and effort to affect someone else in a positive way,” Nichols said. Nearly everyone who volunteered felt some sort of reward from giving up time to help someone in need. “This was an amazing opportunity
to give back. It made me realize that I’m lucky, and it was really amazing to put in a hard day’s work for someone,” senior Zach Harvey said. “This impacted me personally because I am so fortunate to have a roof over my head. To have the family be thankful for my working on their house is a really neat feeling. I learned a lot about myself too as we worked on this Habitat for Humanity home,” Karns said. By Editor Lindsey
Photo by Lindsey Davis
Senior Leadership member Katie Friedel works on mudding the basement of a Habitat for Humanity home in the Waterloo area.
OPINION Our View
Teenage girls are entitled to contraceptives as well as boys
Tuesday, April. 16, 2013
Different skin colors blend beautiful, diverse population
Women and men across the United States are turning to tanning to achieve a “healthy glow.” Tanning beds are used by countless teenagers, along with spray tans and bronzing lotion (the Our government entitles teenage boys to safest ways to darken condoms, even when they are underage. Howskin). Tanning became ever, Obama has supported U.S. Health and commonplace with the Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius introduction of silver who blocked access of Plan B, or the morning metallic UV reflectors after pill, to girls under age 17 in 2011. Both in the 1950s and contincondoms and Plan B are preventative meaued growing well into the sures that responsible sexually active people 21st century. Sporting a take in order to avoid pregnancies. Why then, tan was seen as the result is there an injustice planted in our federal govof having enough time ernment? and daring to sunbathe, The morning after pill is FDA approved and two attractive traits, safe for teenagers to use. Some opposition along with the golden comes from confusing this pill with the aborskin, which made them tion pill (RU-486). However, in reality, Plan B is look like they were on a close in its chemical makeup to birth control perpetual luxury vacation pills, containing a higher amount of progestin on the beach. (a female hormone) than do birth control pills. Today, boasting tan Whereas abortion pills end pregnancies, Plan skin sends a message to B just avoids them, like any other contracepthe world: you’re desirtive is supposed to function. able, but that message Thankfully, not everyone in power wants brings along many negawomen to forego their rights. U.S. District tive side effects — tanJudge Edward Korman has ordered that Plan ning is proven to draB must be available as an over-the-counter matically increase the risk drug, rather than a prescription drug for all of skin cancer, along with women within 30 days. premature aging. So why Teenagers have sex — ignoring this will not the pressure on teenagmake it go away. Instead of refusing to admit ers to have a certain skin that teeagers need to have access to safe concolor? traceptive options, our government has tried The suntan business to put barriers between them. Instead of makis a $5 billion industry, ing teenage girls feel guilty and embarrassed directing most of its adabout sex, we need to educate them about vertising at caucasian safe and smart options if they choose to engirls and women from gage in sexual behaviors, because ultimately age 16 to 29. St. Tropez, it is their choice. a popular self-tanning brand, sells three bottles of bronzing lotion a minute around the world. Granted, bronzing lotion or a spray tan The Tiger Hi-Line is a weekly publication of the journalism classes at Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. are much safer Our website is www.hiline.cfschools.org. The Hi-Line is distributed to alternatives CFHS students on Tuesdays to read during their RCTs fourth period. than being exColumns and letters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the posed to UVA Hi-Line staff or Cedar Falls Schools. The Hi-Line editorial is presented and UVB rays weekly in the editorial labeled Our View, and it is the view of the majorfrom a tanning ity of the editors listed below. bed, but they Reader opinions on any topic are welcome and should be sent to The Tiger Hi-Line staff or delivered to room 208. All letters must be still send the signed. Letters must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Thursday for publimessage that cation in the following Tuesday edition. Letters may not exceed 300 it’s not OK to words and may be edited to meet space limitations. Writers should have a skin colinclude their contact information for verification. or other than Editor-in-Chief: Maya Amjadi tan. The tanNews Editor: Katherine Mayhew ning industry Opinion Editor: Maya Amjadi simply encourSports Editor: Jared Hylton Feature Editor: Sandra Omari-Boateng ages customers Entertainment Editor: Lindsey Davis that perfection Hi-Line Online Editor: Martha Hall and desirabilStaff Writers: Ana Cunha, Amanda Harwood, Alyssa Jensen, Lauren ity can finally Nickerson, Kaleb Bengston be achieved if
Today, boasting tan skin sends a message to the world: you’re desirable, but that message brings along many negative side effects— tanning is proven to dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer, along with premature aging. “ Online Editor Martha
they’ve got that sunkissed look. Meanwhile, women in Asia and Nigeria use skin lightening creams to whiten their skin. Whether they’re hoping to be bronzed and whitened, they’re buying into what their culture deems superior. Tanners seem to know that their guilty pleasure brings advanced signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles but continue to do it anyways. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. The multi-billion tanning industry creates an profitable cycle. Use a tanning bed to achieve a sunkissed glow evolves into premature aging (or possibly melanoma, a deadly skin cancer). Premature aging leads to expensive creams and serums to fill in wrinkles and fade dark spots. I come from Irish and German heritage, which gave me red hair and a pale exterior prone to sunburns and freckles. In my few years of purchasing makeup, I’ve learned that I don’t need to test out a color on my skin — I automatically go for the lightest shade of tinted moisturizer manufactured (but even that can leave an orange streak on my face). I’ve been referred to as a ghost, albino and
pasty, and possess the useful talent of glowing under black lights. So, in terms of skin, I’ve won the genetic lottery, right? Well, why not. Whether you’re as pale as skim milk or as dark as the night sky, every skin color has a rich history behind it. Your particular skin tone is the culmination of generations of people joined together creating life, in good times and in bad. It’s one of the most unique things the world can offer you. Tan is beautiful. Pale is beautiful. Black is beautiful. Every possible color combination and genetic variation is special and deserves a little love. Collective thought about skin color seems to have amounted to “A tan means you’re healthy,” when in reality, the results are much different. A tan actually equates to damaged skin. Over time, prolonged exposure to the sun breaks down collagen, which gives skin the ability to bounce back after damage and resist the effects of gravity over time. The body stops collagen production around the end of puberty, meaning you have a limited supply for the rest of your life. It’s skins’ way of saying, “Treat me right!” The actual color of a tan comes from injury to the skin. Skin responds to sun and ultraviolet dam-
age by producing more pigment, called melatonin. Ultraviolet radiation is a known carcinogen that causes cancer — no wonder dermatologists encourage the public to check for suspicious miles of freckles on their skin. These spots can be melanoma, a dangerous cancer. Even after removal of a cancerous spot, it can spread to vital organs and have deadly consequences. Cancer might be the last thing on the mind of someone lying out in the sun, but it’s a real danger looming up in the sky. The risk of melanoma goes up 87 percent after one tanning bed use under the age of 35, so next time a tanning salon says that tanning is “Mother Nature’s sunscreen,” keep the very real risks of cancer in mind. Skin is very personal. It tells stories of acne scars from teenage years, wrinkles from smiling, cuts from the first time shaving and bruises from the soccer field. Americans spend billions on beauty products each year pampering it. Tans might be glamorous for now, but treating your skin right is forever. It protects the most vital organs that make you, well, you. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts. By Online Editor Martha
Lexy Loves Film Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sophomore explores photos through film techniques Lexy Abbas, a sophomore, is extremely passionate about photography. She finds her inspiration in the world around her and seeks to have each picture tell a unique story. “I love going through the photos I have because to me, they tell a story. For me, every photo I take has a story but everyone will think something different when they see my photos, and that’s the best part about photography and art in general,” Abbas said. Abbas has known from a young age that she wanted to pursue photography. “I was always fascinated by cameras when I was little. I liked how you could take a memory and save it forever on a piece of paper,” Abbas said. In a world where most all cameras have turned digital, Abbas treasures the old film cameras. “When I was in the fourth grade I got a film camera at a garage sale, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Digital is nice, but there’s a novelty about film that digital will never be able to have,” Abbas said. For Abbas, inspiration for her photos can be found everywhere. She finds her biggest inspiration in the people around her. “My biggest inspiration are people in general, as most of my photos are of people. I like how people look when they aren’t posing, so most of my photos are candid,” Abbas said. Finding people to model for Abbas’ pictures can be difficult. “I love taking photos of people, so when someone is willing to model for me, I’m just thankful. Most people are camera shy,” Ab-
Lexi Abbas Photos
Photographer Lexy Abbas prefers film cameras. To the left is community theater actress Katie Kleiner-Egloff putting on makeup. Above is Abbas’ favorite picture that she has taken of her cousin reading Harry Potter. bas said. Abbas is passionate about all her work, but a couple photos stand out as her favorites. “I have a favorite in particular of my little cousin sitting by the lake smiling and reading Harry Potter.
I snuck up on him. I love the people they’re turning out to be, so it makes me so happy to see him reading my copy of the first book,” Abbas said. Abbas is a driven young photographer. She hopes to pursue a career in
photography, so she tries to get her photos out there. Abbas’ photos can be seen on her Flickr: Lexy Loves Film. By Staff Writer Lauren
PE department adds cross training for next year Next year the physical education department will be offering cross training classes here at the high school to expand students’ options for growth in healthy lifestyles. The classes will be split between cardiovascular training routines, cardio kickboxing, cardio circuit training, agility and advanced core training. “These classes are for students who want an intense workout, are ready to sweat and want to improve their physical fitness. The daily exercises will be challenging. Basically, it would be like having a Next Level Extreme Fitness or Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping here at school.We implemented cross training elective first because we have had a lot of students asking to ‘workout’ ’instead
of do the typical PE stuff. So, we decided to create a class that would offer the students a chance to complete their workout at school. Not only a workout, but a GREAT workout. The workouts they will do will be challenging and be different every day,” physical education department chair Jamie Smith said. “I would definately would have loved to take a class like kickboxing instead of just normal PE if I had the chance, because for me I love working out, and that would have been great to be able to do something intense like that at school,” senior Richard Lam said. As of right now, Smith will be teaching the cross training class, and it will be offered the last hour of the day. For the 2013-2014 school year, there will
sophomore PE, junior/senior lifetime wellness, strength and conditioning and cross training classes available for students. This idea was created by the high school PE staff. This would be the first year anything like this will be offered to students, so things can still be changed to see what works out best and if the school gets the PEP grant that it is applying for. If it does, then more things could happen in the PE department. “Yeah I would like to take an actual workout class instead of just PE, and I know that there are a lot of other student who would really like this also. It would be a change up from just doing normal PE activities,” junior Spencer Betts said. “We are working on plans to change
up the routines in the weight room and lessen the amount of time we are in the weight room. However, a lot of our creativity and ideas may be hindered by our large class sizes and lack of space, so students need to keep that in mind. We are also revamping many of our content-based activities for the sophomores. Finally, we are researching new games like crazy. We would like to introduce about four-eight new games next year. If we get the grant, that number could double and many things will look differently,” Smith said.
By Fearure Editor Sandra
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Rugby team opens season with sweep of W’loo East
The Cedar Falls rugby team opened its season on Friday, April 12, in Waterloo. The Tigers swept Waterloo East in a doubleheader, winning by scores of 35-0 and 21-0. Cedar Falls is led by captain and senior Austin Mennen who started the rugby program at Cedar Falls last year. Last season the team fell to Southeast Polk in the State Semifinals in Des Moines. “I really feel like this team is a lot better than last year’s. The chemistry is there, and we’re passing really well too. Everything is coming together for us,” Mennen said. The Tigers returned a lot of players from last season. Having guys familiar with the rules and the game gives the team a huge leg up over area schools who are just Jared Hylton photos starting programs this season. “Just knowing the rules is a huge Freshman Ben Terrell shakes a would-be tackler in the second game of Cedar Falls’ doubleheader advantage. A couple against Waterloo East. The Tigers swept East to start their season 2-0. times we gained a lot East, who was playing in its out and did a lot of big stuff,” minute halves). Buck, senior of ground from a ‘quick tap,’ first rugby games ever. The Mennen said Brendan Alexander, junior Dan and they didn’t even realize Tigers grabbed the lead early Defensively, the Tigers are Hare and freshman Ben Terrell the ball was live. Another time in both games and didn’t look yet to give up any points. East all added tries to the Tiger towe kept a kid from scoring be- back. “Some of the rookies recame closest to scoring when tal. cause he didn’t put the ball ally held their part. Sophomore a player broke free, but was The rugby team will be in down in the endzone once he TJ Lenaerts started for us, and pulled down within 10 yards action again this Friday when had crossed the goal line. He so did senior Jake Buck. They of the goal line by Mennen. they play Waterloo East and got tackled out of bounds and carried their weight well, and Offensively, the Tigers had no Marion at 5:30 at the UNI Rugthe try didn’t count,” Mennen they played big roles for us trouble putting up points. They by pitches. said. Friday night. A lot of our subs lit up the scoreboard with 56 Friday night Cedar Falls also impressed us. Freshman points in 28 minutes of play Sports Editor Jared looked a lot more savvy than Ben Terrell went off. He came (Games consist of two sevenHylton
Athlete of the
Mariam Bartlett Women’s Soccer
Sophomore Mariam Bartlett is one of two players to find the back of the net for the Lady Tigers this season. What are your goals for the rest of the season? Hopefully just score a lot of goals and do a good job of finishing goals off. What do you eat before games? I eat a lot of food before games. I love to eat clementines especially.
Next up: Pleasant Valley on April 16 at Pleasant Valley at 3:15 p.m.
Women’s Track & Field
Next up: Cedar Falls Invitational on April 16 at home at 4:45 p.m.
Men’s Track & Field
Next up: Cedar Falls Invitational on April 16 at home at 4:45 p.m.
Next up: Iowa City West on April 16 at IC West at 4 p.m.
Next up: Iowa City West on April 16 at home at 4 p.m.
Next up: Waterloo East on April 16 at 6:45 p.m. at Hempstead
Next up: Iowa City West on April 18 at home at 6:45 p.m.
Next up: Waverly Shell-Rock on April 20 at WSR at 12:30 p.m.
Next up: Waterloo East on May 21 at home at 5:30 p.m.
Junior Jarvay Clark makes a tackle in the second game.
Freshman Ben Terrell makes a dash for a loose ball.