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VOLUME 51 ISSUE 19 1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

New resource officer replaces officer Burkhardt Aaron Parsons Staff Writer

Cedar Falls High School, as well as all other Cedar Falls School District buildings, have acquired a new school resource officer. Former CF resource officer Katie Burkhardt’s three-year rotation has come to an end. When the resource officer’s three years are up, they fade back into the regular police force. “The patrol schedule also works better for my family,” Burkhardt said. “Even during my time as the school resource officer, I still had regular duties with the regular force. You are always a police officer, and when they need extra man power, I’m there. I was also on the investigative unit in the summer,” Burkhardt said. Duties for school resource officers are also wide-ranging. Burkhardt said, “I am the go-between for the Cedar

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Cedar Falls Officer Mark Abernathy (top left) has recently taken over the Cedar Falls School Resource Officer Position. Officer Katie Burkhardt’s (top right) three year rotation has come to an end. She will rotate back into the regular police force. Falls School District and the Cedar Falls Police Department. Any cases that include kids, I am the officer that deals with it. I also patrol Division Street and hand out a lot of parking tickets. I also help teachers out and go into classes when needed for presentations and such.”

Regarding what she will miss most, Burkhardt said, “Students could always come talk to me with questions. I will really miss interacting with students and meeting all the new faces.” With Burkhardt’s exit, the new resource officer is Mark Abernathy, who has been a

police officer since 2003, an investigator for four years and has been on basic patrol all three shifts. “I applied for the school resource officer job, and then I went through the process of getting interviewed by faculty, staff and students,” Abernathy said.

Approaching the new job, Abernathy was somewhat nostalgic about his previous regular duties as a police officer. “I’m going to miss some of the excitement of being on the streets and the adrenaline rush that comes with that.” Abernathy will work for the six area elementaries, two junior highs, the high school and the alternative school for a grand total of ten schools. “I go wherever there’s a problem, and I deal with anything crime related, including theft, and truancy issues.” Overall, Abernathy hopes students will be able to put the negative “cop” stigma behind them and see him as a regular person. “I’ve always enjoyed working with the youth. I want to get to know the students. If they’re having an issue, I want students to be able to come to me for help.”

CFHS Girls, Boys State participants selected Sandra Omari-Boateng Staff Writer

This year, juniors Sara Gabriele and Alexandra Stewart have been chosen to represent Cedar Falls High School at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State this summer. Juniors Ryan Giarusso and Nate Hua have been chosen to attend the American Legion Boys State. They are both a week-long event that students attend to replicate what the government process is like. Both Boys State and Girls State programs are parallel in what they do, but are held in different locations. The Girls State is held in Ames at the Iowa State University campus, and Boys State is at Camp Dodge. Boys and Girls

State are similar to a weeklong camp where the students experience the operation of the democratic government and the organization of political parties where they learn about city, county and state government. They hold mock elections, form their own political parties and participate in other political exercises. After the week is over, there are opportunities to be chosen to go to nationals and do the same thing, but on a larger scale with students around the United States. “I think it’s a beneficial experience that leads to many opportunities in the future and is also eye-opening and allows you to get a broader view,” junior Alexandra Stewart said. The students chosen are nominated by teachers, and

all final decisions are made by teacher recommendations. Each year, all the social studies teachers pay attention to the juniors in their classes and see which ones have upstanding character and leadership skills. They look for those who are well rounded and who are most involved in class and in school activities, such as student government, Model U.N. extra curriculars, in addition to good grades, balanced lifestyles, good personality and community involvement. The teachers also look for students that would be a good fit for the program and have shown potential in their social studies classes. When the teachers come together and discuss who they all feel will fit the criteria, they nominate eight boys

and eight girls that they all feel would succeed with the program. The next step in the process is to interview all 16 of the candidates and choose which two boys and two girls will go on to State. In the interview process in each group (boys and girls), student candidates are all seated in a room, and are given an opportunity to explain why they feel they should be chosen for Girls or Boys State.The boys are interviewed by social studies teachers Charles BlairBroeker, Jeremiah Longnecker and Bob Schmidt. The girls are interviewed by Louise McGinnis, who is from the American Legion Auxiliary. After the four are chosen, they all go to State with all expenses paid. “At first, all the teachers

would nominate the students, but then we thought [social studies teachers] were more qualified to do it, and we started looking out for the students during second semester. The program is a great opportunity for these students to learn about our government we have today”, Blair-Broeker said. Even being nominated is an honor, and the 12 other finalists that were nominated include Lauren Bannon, Taylor Roberts, Megan Hahn, Rhydian Talbot, Elizabeth Kosmicki, Kaitlyn Trampel, Matthew Adrian, Ben Challgren, Karl Sadkowski, Adam Streicher, Nick Heth and Jesse Streicher. Last year, current seniors Austin Javallana, Sam Orvis, Tori Hurst and Sophie Lilja.

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April 5, 2011

How Will You Conserve Gas This Summer?

Tiger Tracks offers students stylin’ looks Tiger Tracks is a clothing sale put on by some of our students that started a year ago because resource teacher Kris Brimm noticed the need for free or inexpensive clothing for students at Cedar Falls High School. Brimm had been bringing clothing her daughters outgrew, and students were choosing items that they needed. Others wanted to donate also, and the idea of collecting clothing and offering them for a sale was born. Due to the lack of a permanent room to create an ongoing clothes closet, the group decided to hold sales on the afternoon of the early out conference days. Clothing is available to students who need it on an asneeded basis; they just need to contact Brimm or resource teacher Bridget Bakula, and they will help them out. Proceeds from the sale go to cover incidental expenses to support special education programs. Some of the items purchased from the money earned so far have been to pay for field trip expenses, purchase supplies for classroom activities and to purchase items like shampoo, deodorant and safety glasses for students who can’t afford them. Donations of clothing are accepted in the main office. Students then sort the clothing, donating items that they don’t think will sell to St. Vincent DePaul or to GoodWill. Some of the more expensive items are taken to Main Street Exchange as consignment goods. Main Street Exchange also donates clothing to the Tiger Tracks. The students involved have formed an organization with elected officers. This year the President is Steven Wormser, Vice President is John HuChen, Treasurer is Amanda Bunkofske and Secretary is Oriah Johnson. All decisions about pricing, sales, donations and spending of the profits are made by this organization. Tiger Tracks is planning its spring sale for April 7 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the main lobby of the high school. A bake sale will be part of this event. Students, parents and staff should support and shop at the Tiger Tracks sale since this is going to a very good cause and many of CFHS students are involved with it, so take some time out of your afternoon off and stop and get some good clothing items for a good cause.

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Editors-in-Chief: Sara Gabriele and Ellen Gustavson News Editor: Ben Olson and Sara Gabriele Opinion Editor: Meg Lane and Kaylee Micu Sports Editor: Ben Olson and Allyson Vuong Feature Editors: Ellen Gustavson Entertainment Editors: Meg Lane and Kaylee Micu Photo Editor: Tracy Lukasiewicz

“This summer I plan on riding my bike more often instead of driving to get around town.” —Natalie Rokes sophomore

“Recently my friends and I have been Rollerblading not only to get in shape but to save gas money. I plan on Rollerblading a lot more this summer.” —Megan Evens Sophomore

“I wanted to buy a moped for this summer because gas prices this sumer are going to be extremely high, and I’d rather conserve gas and ride my moped instead.” ­—Sara Wyss Sophmore

Minerals mined for some cell phones are cause for global customer concern Karl Sadkowski Staff Writer

In the past two decades, dependence on cell phones has exploded into what appears to be an international phenomenon. They increase mobility, reduce the need for landlines and provide access to widespread communication for underprivileged populations. In June 2010, the CTIA (International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry) announced that Americans have close to 293 million cell phone contracts. With rising popularity, cell phone production will not slow any time in the immediate future. Should this be a hot issue? Not for the majority of the world. But in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lucrative smuggling business conducted by rebel militias and Congolese soldiers is exporting countless tons of minerals vital to the production of cell phones and other electronics. By forced labor, starvation, disease and rape, more than 5.4 million Congolese civilians have died, spawning the worst conflict since the Second World War. By illegally exporting and selling these pricey minerals, rebels are being paid millions

of dollars and buy weapons and ammunition from Rwanda to continue forcing thousands of Congolese civilians to work in mines. There are four minerals that especially contribute to this conflict and are in high demand by cell phone companies: tantalum (which stores electricity), tungsten (which causes vibrations in cell phones), tin (which solders circuit boards) and gold (which coats wiring). Because eastern DRC is so rich in these resources and so poor in supervised government and law enforcement, it is an excellent place for mineral smuggling to thrive; this bloody business is currently a major seller of minerals used for cell phones in comparison to the rest of the world. The process of bringing minerals from DRC and into handheld devices occurs between numerous countries: rebels collect minerals mined by civilians; these minerals are run across the Congolese border into Rwanda and Uganda, which are then sold to Asian smelting companies in China, Malaysia, Thailand and India. The smelting companies mix these minerals with other minerals from around the world, making the conflict minerals difficult to

identify, and the minerals are finally distributed to other countries, ultimately reaching electronics companies in the United States. While American electronics companies are currently working to reroute their mineral supply chains, this is a daunting task. It will take years to disband the rebel groups in DRC, bring about a stable government in the area, and find ways to safely extract minerals without the violent endangerment of civilians. Approximately 85 percent of American teenagers ages 15-18 own a cell phone. Of this number, chances are that a great deal of these cell phones contains conflict minerals mined by people who do not know that they are being forced to work for. It is far easier to replace a cell phone than to worry about who is suffering for its production. Raising public awareness for the conflict in some way is extremely important, even if that means making the most out of a single cell phone before buying a new one. In an age of fast communication, the world would struggle without our beloved handheld devices. However, they hide a scarred history not enough people know about.

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April 5, 2011

Donkey ball set to rasise money for athletics Weichmann couldn’t shake the idea, and before spring break, there was a committee that collaborated to decide where the money would go in the ath—Ethan Weichmann letic demath teacher partment.

Jessica Dally Staff Writer

During the Harlem Wizard game last month, CFHS assistant women’s basketball coach Gregg Groen turned to math teacher Ethan Weichmann and said, “How fun would this be if we played on donkeys?” That’s when the idea took off for an event involving four-legged animals and competition among staff, students and community members who are pulling together to have a good time while raising money for.

“ Our goal is to have

fun, get the community together and get people involved.

The event itself will take place at the Cedar Falls High School gymnasium on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The game is expected to run until 9 p.m. There will be two games and then a championship game. The games will be teachers vs. high school

students, and the second game will be community celebrities vs. elementary and junior high faculty. The championship game will be the winners of each round. The half-time show is going to be nine students playing musical donkey. The students have to get a signed waiver and buy their tickets early to be able to participate. Whenever a donkey does its business, the administration will be the ones who do clean up. Criteria to be on a team include being 16 or older and less than 225 pounds. Participants must meet an hour before the game to become an expert on donkey riding. Some athletes include Principal Dr. Rich Powers, restaurant owner Darin Beck, Iowa Representative Walt


sports Rogers, math teacher Barb Koble, Kris Boettger from Barn Happy and many more. The school and the company both provide insurance for participants. The donkeys are completely trained, and the people who are participating will be riding the donkeys bareback. The game was originally created for a fun activity and night, but to pay for the donkeys, the committee made the tickets as cheap as they could. Weichmann said, “The school isn’t worried about the money. Our goal is to have fun, get the community together and get people involved.” He said he hopes that all the tickets will be sold out and that everyone who can come will get the chance to come out and enjoy the show.

Men’s tennis competes in Waterloo invite, first match of the season The men’s varsity tennis team competed in the Wahawk Invitational Saturday at Byrnes Park in Waterloo. Sophomore Rex Ju (featured left) played number two for CF and placed second in the singles round. His doubles partner and brother, sophomore Roy Ju (featured middle) played with him on the number one doubles team for CF, and they placed third to first place Columbus and second place Kennedy. Freshman Brennan Ashwood played number four for CF and placed second. He also competed as number three for doubles with his partner freshman Max Su. The pair of them placed second in their doubles round. New coach Brian Suiter led the team for a second place overall.

Athlete Week of the

Muhommad Shehata Men’s Soccer Senior

1. What’s your goal for the season? “My goal for this season is simple: to win State!” 2. Who’s your biggest motivation? “My motivation is to prove to everyone we can do it, if that makes sense.” 3. What are you looking forward to? “I’m looking forward to playing West and holding the state trophy in my hands.”

Tigers in


Men’s Soccer 4/14, vs. Linn-Mar @ home, 5 p.m. Men’s Track 4/12, Quadangular @ home, 5 p.m. 4/16, Ames “Hi-Covey” Invite, 2 p.m. Men’s Tennis 4/12, vs. CR Washington, 4 p.m. 4/14, Dub. Senior @ home, 4 p.m. Women’s Soccer 4/14, vs. Linn-Mar @ home. 4:15 p.m. 4/15, North Scott Tournament, Women’s Track 4/12, Ames Invite, 5 p.m. Women’s Golf 4/12, MVC Triangular @ Dub. Hempstead, 3:15 p.m. 4/13, Metro Meet @ home, 3:15 p.m. Women’s Tennis 4/12, vs. CR Washington @ home, 4 p.m. 4/14, vs. Dub Senior, 4 p.m.

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April 5, 2011


Creating music? There’s an app for that Lucas Hamilton Staff Writer

As technology continues to influence popular music, it is also making it easier for people to create songs. As it happens, there’s an app for just that. BeatMaker, created by the company Intua, allows users to create songs from their iPods and iPads. The company states that the product allows opportunities for creative minds that have minimal to no equipment to translate their ideas into varieties of multimedia. The success of BeatMaker is due largely to the fact that anyone, given enough time to figure out all the small tricks, can

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Junior Jack Van Gent had created his own full-length of album of 10 techno songs using his iPod. The album, I <3 Cats, is being sold in the halls for $5. use it effectively. Users can sample certain audio effects from songs in their music library and import specific drum sounds from their own songs as well. Junior Jack Van Gent uses BeatMaker as well as several apps for creating synthesizer melodies. “Beat-

Maker allows you to create multiple tracks to play all of your melodies you’ve created in different apps and allows everything to mesh well and sound awesome. It is semi-confusing until you actually delve deep into the inner workings of the app.” With some determi-

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nation, BeatMaker can easily become one’s friend in music creation. Students are taking advantage of apps such as these. Van Gent’s first full-length album of 10 techno songs is now circulating through the halls. Van Gent said, “It has been 1.5 years

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in the making, not a constant project, of course, but more of a activity in my free time.” The album, entitled I <3 Cats, is being sold by himself and friends for $5. “I have an excellent marketing crew and the hype is spectacular. People are amazed at the sounds I’ve produced through my iPod, and I am too. My iPod has become a studio to create sweet beats.” As music becomes more of an accessible way of expression, these apps continue to grow more and more popular. With a little music knowledge and patience, now all someone needs to create a full length album is an iPod and some free time. Bronze Star Sponsors ($100) •Ruth N. DeHoff •Glass Tech •Larry and Judy Timmins

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