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Students share varying thoughts on U.S. involvement in Libya supported us.” However, not everyone is in agreeStaff Writer ment that U.S. troops should be in Dangerous outbreaks of revolts Libya at all. Senior Tom Knief said, in Libya continue to challenge the “America needs to retreat out of Libya. government and kill protesters as well Our forces and country have nothing as innocent bystanders. Civilians fill to gain from overthrowing Qaddafi the streets and blood trickles down and much to lose. As we continue to the alleys. President Obama has now assault Muslim nations, the United ordered American troops to patrol a no States accrues a reputation for hatred fly zone in conjunction with NATO to of the Islamic religion and its people. stop the forces of Colonel Muammar Whether true or not, the U.S. doesn’t Qaddafi who are slaughtering their need any more bad pubown people. The licity in the world’s eyes.” Libyan governBut regardless of U.S. ment has cut off assistance or interfersupplies includence, should the people ing water, food of Libya keep retaliating and electricity against their government? from many cities. “I think that the Libyan The White House people should keep up insists that the their revolution. If this American interrevolution succeeds, it vention is strictly can change the face of -Justin Marshall, sophomore to protect civila country that has been ians, but there is a ruled by a dictator for the strong urge from last 40-some odd years,” many countries to also get Qaddafi out Knivsland said. of power and out of Libya. Qaddafi promised “rivers of blood” Although the troublesome fighting upon any rebels that intended to stand is happening some thousands of miles in his way. “I think they have to keep away, the effects of the civil war ripple retaliating because if they give up, across the globe. The people of Libya Qaddafi will do everything he can to and the freedom they are fighting for is make those ‘rivers of blood’ real. Also on the minds of many CFHS students, if they aren’t willing to fight for their including sophomore Justin Marshall. freedom, why should we [fight for it],” “I find it really inspiring that these Dix said. people are willing to stand up for what There has also been speculation of they believe in and are willing to die Qaddafi attacking the United States for those beliefs.” out of anger from the U.S. troops However, some students are consupporting his oppositions. “I don’t sidering whether being in Libya is rethink Qaddafi is a threat currently due ally worth it. “I think that at this point, to all the problems he has right now the U.S. has reason to intervene in Libin his own country, but if he were to ya. Human rights are being violated, reunite Libya under his control, I think and though we can’t intervene in every he would want revenge, and he has the crisis and force our values on people, power to get something done,” Dix the widespread international support said. and the support of most Libyan people Even after the setbacks and second makes this acceptable to me,” sophoguessing, many remain convinced more Isak Knivsland said. that Libya and its people have a right Dix said it is important to first to freedom. “What the people want is determine that the Libyans are willing what Libya wants. Whether the U.S. to fight this battle for independence. “I needs to engage themselves is another think we should be similar to how the story, but the citizens can and should French handled [the U.S. revolution]. oust their oppressors. Every man has They had us prove that we were willthe right to freedom, and the libyans ing to fight for our independence, then are expressing theirs,” Knief said.

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“I find it really inspiring that these people are willing to stand up for what they believe in”

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Junior Ben Bonwell cheers after making a shot in last Monday’s Donkey Ball game. The event raised $2,000 for a new gym floor.

Students develop group to tackle discrimination, stereotyping Sara Gabriele Editor-in-chief

We’ve all heard the name tags: East is filled with gangsters, West with irresponsible partiers and Cedar Falls with stuck up preps. Whether or not we choose to let them influence us, these inter-school stereotypes may seem inescapable. But two CFHS students, tired of hearing such silly gossip, have decided to create a project to dispel the harmful rumors. “We were sick of hearing about discrimination and decided we actually wanted to do something about it,” senior Muhammad Shehata said. After attending one of many conferences on diversity and racism, Shehata and sophomore Austin Mennen decided to join with students from the other district schools to form a group called Nisest. The group is purely student run and consists of over 40 students from the four main district schools: Cedar Falls High School, West High, East High and Columbus. The group’s long term mission is to “unify our community by taking action to break down barriers and promote open mindedness,” and their first task is to work on dispelling the stereotypes that exist between the high schools.

“It is important to help eliminate this problem because some day we will be going to school, working and living in a community with people who didn’t just go to our high school,” Mennen said. To tackle the challenge, the group is working with professional filmmakers to create a 30-minute video that will address the issue in a variety of ways; it will feature parodies of the stereotypes to showcase how ridiculous the beliefs can be, and it will include interviews with both current students and recent graduates. Shehata said he hopes that, through raising awareness, the video will help promote positive thinking among students. “Although the movie doesn’t specify any specific measures to help stop stereotyping, we hope that it will help raise awareness about the amount of discrimination going on and encourage students to realize how their actions can affect other people,” Shehata said. Nisest plans to show the movie during DEAR before the end of the school year. For more information regarding Nisest, contact Shehata at

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our view Project provides worthy focus on metro stereotypes “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” Margaret Mead once said. Many of us have heard this quote repeatedly throughout our time at the high school, but has anyone really ever acted on it? Nisest, a group that was formed by senior Muhammad Shehata and sophomore Austin Mennen, is, in fact, acting on it. After deciding they were tired of the meaningless gossip and discrimination between Cedar Falls, West, East and Columbus students, they joined up with other students to create a film to help break down the barriers. The film which will be played during D.E.A.R at the end of the year, incorporates parodies of just how ridiculous some discrimination is and interviews students “Discrimination talking about why it’s can only lead to so important to end this discrimination now. more ignorance While stereotyping and if students do discrimination is often talked about, few actions not hit it head are taken to help allevion.” ate it. Nisest’s efforts will go a long way towards promoting positive thinking and ending harmful rumors. In the end, no matter where one goes to school, as individuals it’s important to be able to adapt and accept. If students can reach this, they will be able to improve communities and help in the fight against discrimination not only among schools but among races, religions and more. Even with small numbers, this group is trying, and that is the key. Discrimination can only lead to more ignorance if students do not hit it head on. So why not make a start by making a difference in our community? For those who would like to find out anymore information about Nisest or get involved, please contact Shehata at

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Alter Bridge members include Scott Phillips, Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti and Brian Marshall.

Alter Bridge brings new offerings from old band Lucas Hamilton Staff Writer

For most people, striving for something better and achieving their full potential is a high priority, but in order to do this, inspiration is required. In the words of Hans Christian Andersen, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Few bands in this day provide music with such gravity that it moves you to do something better, something extraordinary, something that will change the world. One growing band with such a nature is Alter Bridge. An international act, Alter Bridge has released three CDs, one live DVD and 11 singles. The creation of the name developed because of a bridge that used to exist on Alter Road in Detroit that all of the local kids were forbidden to cross because it lead to the “bad side of town.” The name symbolizes choice and looking toward the future, which relates heavily to their music and lyrics. As far as members go, all but one formerly played with Creed. Guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall performed with Creed, but they broke away and recruited Myles Kennedy to be their lead singer and second guitarist. Kennedy played with The Mayfield Four, a group with his hometown friends that toured with Creed back in the

late ‘90s, which is how the other members knew him. The quartet got together in 2004 when Creed officially broke up, and it began work on its first studio album. One Day Remains was released in August of 2004 and was met with negative perceptions despite the amazing new sound it portrayed. Critics said that it was “Creed with a different singer and nothing special.” Striving to separate from this shadow, Alter Bridge set off to work on its second album and tried to display its new sound. Blackbird was released in October of 2000. Met with much better reception from the press, the band’s sophomore album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200. It was still not mainstream success, but the band didn’t care. The band released the Live In Amsterdam DVD in September of 2009 in order to keep fans occupied during its time away from the studio. The band took a break after rigorous touring and worked with other projects. Creed released one final album, Kennedy worked with former Led Zeppelin members and Kennedy also headed the lead vocals on the tour for the solo album of former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash. All side projects became great successes in their own way. Once the band reconvened, it began work on its third album. Released in November 2010, AB III was met with

critical acclaim. In its first week of sales, it reached #2 in the iTunes Store for top selling albums and reigned at the top of the rock album charts here in the United States. The album is a loose concept album, an album with prevailing themes throughout and presents a story to the listener when listened straight through. Even when taken as topical as possible, the lyrical aspect of the Alter Bridge songs surpasses a majority of bands today. With songs like “In Loving Memory,” “Watch Over You” and “Ghost of Days Gone By” that touch on the intimate subject of death, the band allows listeners to experience a sense of cartharsis. One cannot forget the songs built around the finding of strength in one’s spirit like “One Day Remains,” “Find the Real” and “White Knuckles,” which give messages like “I see in you more than you’ll ever know” and “only the strong survive.” They strive to inspire their listeners. Alter Bridge is built around giving a driving hard rock song that allows listeners to interpret it however they please all while preserving the importance of human emotion. That alone is enough to set them off from modern bands. With so much to incorporate into a five-minute song, Alter Bridge keeps things interesting but not overwhelming.

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April 19, 2011

Athlete Week of the

Roy Ju Men’s Tennis Sophomore

Ride That Donkey

Anna Love Photos

At the Donkey Ball game, the Tiger Booster Club achieved their goal to raise money for new gym floors, and at the end of the night, they raised $2,000. Above at top left, junior Jaime Zarate zooms ahead on the donkey and shows his pride. Top Right, math teacher Ethan Weichhmann and spanish teacher Rebecca Black cheer on the tigers for a win. Bottom, English teacher Michelle Rathe holds onto the reigns of a donkey for dear life while galloping around the gym.

Metro Medalists

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The women’s golf team continued it’s winning ways at the metro meet on Wednesday, April 13. The Tigers beat second place Columbus by 30 strokes. Waterloo West took third. Sophomore Megan Brewer was the leader for Cedar Falls with her round of 38, and she was closely followed by junior Taylor Roberts (39), senior Sonja Przybyliski (40) and sophomore Allison Rolinger (40). At top left, Roberts sends the drive down the lane at Pheasant Ridge and at right, Rolinger lines up for a putt.

1. How did you start playing tennis? “When I was about 5, my dad signed me up for classes and ever since then I played.” 2. Did you always want to play tennis? “I actually really wanted to play golf because its really relaxing, but I’m better at tennis.” 3. Do you plan on playing in college? “Thats my goal. I hope to play division one tennis.”



Men’s Soccer 4/19, vs. IC High, 4 p.m. 4/21, Waverly-Shell Rock Tournament, 7 p.m. 4/23, vs. CR Jefferson, 8 a.m. 4/23, vs CR Washington, noon Men’s Track 4/19, Wahawk Relays, 5 p.m. 4/21, Cole Collinge Relays @ home, 5 p.m. Men’s Tennis 4/19, vs. CR Jefferson, 4 p.m. 4/23, vs. IC West, 9 a.m. 4/23, vs. IC High, 1 p.m. Trapshooting 4/19, Cedar-Falls Invite, 3:45 p.m. Women’s Soccer 4/21, vs. Dub Hempstead @ home, 5 p.m. Women’s Track 4/19, Tiger Invite @ home, 5 p.m. 4/21, Wahawk Invite, 5 p.m. Women’s Golf 4/19, MVC Quad @ Pheasant Ridge, 3:15 p.m. 4/22, Grundy Center, 4:15 p.m. Women’s Tennis 4/19, CR Jefferson @ home, 4 p.m. 4/23, vs. IC West, 8 a.m. 4/23, vs. IC High, noon. 4/25, vs. Waverly-Shell Rock @ home, 4 p.m.

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April 19 2011


Seniors design their own dresses Story by Chandal Geerdes

There’s no question about it: girls pursue perfection when looking for prom dresses. But for a few girls, finding the perfect dress is not the issue — making the dress is. Seniors Lisa Boelman, Sarah Postel and Melina Gotera are putting their creativity to work and designing their own prom dresses. Inspired by the movie Black Swan, Boelman is designing her own dress not only for prom, but to add to her portfolio for colleges. Boelman didn’t want to spend $500 on a dress that she would only wear once; instead, she would rather spend $60 on a dress that fits her style. Boelman couldn’t find anything she liked in the stores around the Cedar Valley, so, like previous years, she is designing her own full length gown. Boelman will be using faille rose fabric and beads to create her one-of-a-kind evening gown with a criss-cross back and four-beaded straps. Boelman has spent a great deal of time incorporating the beading into her dress. She has already put seven hours into beading each strap, with a grand total of over 50 hours of work. Boelman started working on her dress three weeks before spring break, and plans to continue her work for about another two weeks. Boelman will be spending her night at prom with date, junior Connor Klein, and friends. “I like to see people look their best and dressing up,” Boelman said. Postel’s inspiration for her dress came from the clothes she already had. “I wear a lot of it [tie dye], so why not make my prom dress it as well.” Postel bought a 100 percent cotton dress from

American Eagle with matching white and silver stoned shoes, and she plans on tie-dyeing the dress. Luckily, Postel will not have to spend a lengthy amount of time working on her dress. Since the tie-dye process only involves sitting overnight, it will only take Postel about a half hour. However, she will need to practice on shirts first to make sure she can get the desired design perfect before she puts it on her dress. Postel did not want to just a buy a dress as she has the past two years. “I wanted to do something different,” she said. To match her dress, Postel, along with other girls that attended the choir trip to New Orleans, bought a matching mask from Mardi Gras. At prom, Postel wants to enjoy a night with friends, good music, fun and a very carefree night with her best friend and prom date, Gotera. Gotera is making her own dress this year as an independent study project. Her dress was inspired by avant-garde and Marie Antoinette, with the design including dusty color tones, out of the norm of the popular bright hues. Gotera will be using beads from art teacher Lisa Klenske, a thrifted corset of her own and second-hand lace. Gotera found the perfect pair of matching gold sparkle high heels at Target for $30 to match her dress, along with a gold-jeweled clutch. “These shoes are perfect. I just couldn’t not get them for prom,” Gotera said. Though she started a little over a month ago, Gotera said she will be working on her dress up to the week of prom. She also added that she has never done beading before, but she really loves art and collects antique lingerie, so she wanted to make something out of it.

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Senior Lisa Boelman’s inspiration for her prom dress came from the movie Black Swan.

Apr. 19, 2011 Hi-Line  

This is the April 19 edition of the Tiger Hi-Line newspaper produced in the journalism class at Cedar Falls High School.