Tig r HiLi e
April 21, 2009
Volume 49 Issue 20
1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Musicians capture 114 Division I’s at state contest Ben Olson
2009 IHSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest Results
On Saturday April 18, the CFHS bands, orchestra and chorus captured many top honors in the IHSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Even though the location was a little far from home, according to band director Gerald Ramsey, the turnout was great. “The contest took place at East High School in Waterloo, and we had about 125 band students participate,” Ramsey said. At this contest, students performed solos and in small groups. The performances were evaluated by a judge and given a rating based on musical criteria. “For each event, a judge uses a ballot with various categories on it. There are five points possible for each category, and the final Division rating is based on total points. Division 1 is the highest rating,” Ramsey said. According to Ramsey, though, this contest isn’t all about high scores. “Obviously we would like high scores, but another priority is to get as many kids involved as possible. Students who prepare a solo generally experience significant growth because they are practicing a lot on music that challenges them. But in addition to the kids who chose to perform solos, we try to get as many students as possible to participate in small groups. Typically the small ensemble literature does not provide as high a level of technical challenge as the solos, but this experience still provides ample opportunity for growth in ensemble and musicianship skills,” Ramsey said. Ramsey said this contest is a good tool for
Orchestra 20 Division I ratings 6 Division II ratings 9 Division III ratings Choir 22 Division I ratings 17 Division II ratings 1 Division III rating Band 72 Division I ratings 23 Division II ratings Each contest adjudicator may name one event from their center as the “Outstanding Performance” of the day. Seven of these eight awards went to Cedar Falls musicians. Center #1: Rhys Talbot, vocal solo Center #2: Daniel Veenstra, vocal solo Center #3: Ian Abbott, tenor sax solo (Peet 9th grade) Center #4: Elise Berry, oboe solo Center #6: Steve Ramsey, bass trombone solo Center #7: Chris Bowden, timpani solo Center #8: Alex Bowman, violin solo helping individuals shine. “In a 60-member concert band, it’s possible for an individual player to hide problems of tone quality, intonation or any other aspect of musicianship. But in the small group where the players are one on a part, everybody suddenly has to maximize their level of performance, or it is really obvious,” Ramsey said. He also noted that by working on the individual skills, the whole group ultimately improves. “We always hear a marked improvement in
our concert bands after the small ensemble experience, because a big percentage of the band is playing with a greater focus on all aspects of performance,” Ramsey said. Overall, the Cedar Falls band students had an outstanding day. Of 95 band entries, 72 received Division I ratings and 23 received Division II ratings. There were no Division III, IV or Vs given. Even better, 11 soloists and groups received a perfect ballot, including seven soloists (Sarah Halloran, Julie Lang, Elise Berry, Ian Abbott,
Mark Lukasiewicz, Louis Redfern and Steve Ramsey), the Clarinet Duet (Bethany Olson and Jasmine Singh), the Takes Brass Quintet (Natalie Takes, Annie Lantz, Kristen Counsell, Austin Javellana and Scott Frodsham), the Trombone Quartet (Paul Strike, Austin Javellana, Ben Morris and Steve Ramsey), and the Trombone Choir (Paul Strike, Austin Javellana, Ben Morris, Brendan Wood, Carson McRae, Drew Gienau, Scott Sesterhenn, David Farrell, Chris Kempf and Steve Ramsey). To receive such high rankings, much preparation took place in advance to Saturday. “Some soloists prepared for months, but most of our small groups have been practicing for four weeks,” Ramsey said. Sophomore trombone choir member Scott Sesterhenn said he was happy with how things went down. “For today, I practiced 20-plus hours between school and home, so I think I was well prepared. Today went well with both my quintet and T-bone choir receiving Division I’s. My solo got a Division II, which I was a little disappointed about, but other than that I can’t complain because I thought I played well today,” Sesterhenn said. Overall, the Cedar Falls band has a rich tradition in their preparation and participation at this ensemble contest. “I’m very proud of the participation rate within our band as compared to most other schools. All of our small groups get coaching from teachers, but a big part of the growth comes from the student musicians rehearsing without a director, making judgements and decisions on their own,” Ramsey said.
23 CFHS students participate in Spring Model UN Ben Olson Staff Writer
Students with an interest in debate and learning about different countries and their political issues got their fill at the Spring Model United Nations event last Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17 at the University of Northern Iowa. According to Model U.N. adviser and government teacher Andrea Aykens, the turnout for Cedar Falls was great. “Twenty-three CFHS students participated in the conference,”
Aykens said. At the Spring Conference, Model U.N. students represent countries and discuss global issues concerning those countries. During their meetings once a week leading up to the Spring Conference, students gather information about those countries they will be representing. “Students prepare position papers on assigned topics prior to attending the conference so they are well informed of their country’s position on the topics that will be discussed. At the conference students work with
other students from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri who are representing other countries to seek peaceful solutions to global issues,” Aykens said.
Tyler (Schaub), Kensie (Smith) and Sarah (Halloran) provided excellent leadership to their country delegations and will be missed next year. -Model UN Advisor Andrea Aykens “It took me two full days to write a paper on my topic and issues. At the conference, different groups
whether to pass them or not,” sophomore Faran Malik said. This spring, the CF group was assigned three countries to represent. “We represented the countries of Haiti, Jordan and Slovakia this year. Each year students are assigned different countries to represent by the UNI secretariat — the UNI students who lead the spring conference,” Aykens said. “This time I represented Haiti. The issues I researched were political insecurity and police participation in organized crime. It was really interesting,” Malik said.
The most experienced members of Model U.N. are chosen as head delegates for the conference and provide information to the discussions along with other members. This year, head delegates were Tyler Schaub, representing Haiti; Kensie Smith, representing Jordan; and Sarah Weber, representing Slovakia. “Students did a wonderful job representing their countries and participating in debate. Tyler, Kensie and Sarah provided excellent leadership to their country delegations and will be missed next year,” Aykens
April 21, 2009
Students follow differing plans for summer trips Ben Sadkowski Staff Writer
With summer approaching quickly, many high school students have begun making their summer plans. Among these many voyages to escape Cedar Falls, a few manage to stand out and a sense of adventure. Juniors Amelia Sutton and Amelia McMurrin and sophomore Dan Harter all have their own unique destination and purpose in the summer. “I am going on a backpacking trip in New Mexico with my Boy Scout troop. The purpose of this trip is to gain a new respect for the outdoors and to learn a bit about the past of the Old West,” Harter said. McMurrin is also heading west of Iowa, but for a completely different purpose. “I am going to Winter Park, Colorado with a bunch of other high school students on Caravan. My purpose for going is to grow closer to God and be able to experience Him in the amazing nature of Colorado,”
she said. Finally, junior Amelia Sutton is not only heading in the opposite direction of the other two, but is going a far greater distance. “I am traveling to France with high school students that take French with Madame Danforth (A French teacher at CFHS) to gain more of an understanding of the culture of France and to expand and enhance my French speaking ability,” she said. All three students have great anticipation for spending time away from Iowa and to enjoy the sights. “I’m looking forward to the food, seeing the historical sights, taking photos, having a blast and shopping. I’m also excited to stay with my host family, but really, really nervous at the same time,” Sutton said. McMurrin is also very excited, but she has larger focus on nature. “I’m really looking forward to climbing a mountain. I love looking down at everything from the top of a really high mountain. I would also love to go white water rafting for the first time,” McMurrin said.
Amelia McMurrin Junior
CFHS students traveling during 2009 summer Harter, however, takes a much simpler look at enjoying his trip. “I’m looking forward to simply spending a few weeks away from society,” Harter said. Despite the differences in their hopes for what enjoyment will come, all three students hope and feel that this coming voyage will be among
their most treasured. “I think this trip will rank really high up there because first of all, I always have an amazing time on Caravan, and second, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places ever and I love it,” McMurrin said. Sutton was of close agreement. “I think that this will be the most
exciting. I’ve never been out of the country by myself before, especially for such a long time (two weeks),” she said. Finally, Harter was in close accordance to the other two travelers. “I probably won’t know until I get there. Hopefully towards the top,” he said.
Big Picture: Artist inspires new generation of journaling Monica Clark Staff Writer
For those who enjoy the creative side of life, the artistic life or the beauty filled life, the joy of finding “being” is trickling into daily lives. Sabrina Ward Harrison, an extremely talented artist, has created a True Living Project, an accumulation of ordinary life. Harrison said, “On a daily basis we teeter on the edge of humanity losing history through the fading culture landscape of our country and our interconnectedness as human beings through unconscious development and historical neglect. As we have barreled deeper and deeper into a technological/ result driven 21st century, now more than ever I do believe we need to be brought home to the presence of our living. To allow the result validation of our own tender true humanity. may this work
be a living ode to our living.” Harrison’s True Living Project is made up of 68 site specific lifetime collaborative projects. She combines ordinary pieces of lives and makes them into works of beautiful art. She has written four books consisting of her journals, and she has taught people around the world through workshops how to dig deep to find the creative soul. The combination of photos, paintings, found items, words, videos and music creates her True Living Project. Many other people are using these techniques to express themselves including CFHS students through their journaling. Although the journaling world has been seriously downtrodden by the cliché “Dear Diary,” journaling is taking on a new, extremely artistic and open format. “The other day I wrote a mini story about me 10 years from now
when I’m an aspiring journalist or photographer. Those stories help to keep myself looking toward the future and knowing what I’m capable of. I also add pictures and drawings,” sophomore Chelsea Larsen said. Journaling anymore is not just the ramblings of everyday experiences. Words go deeper than that. “(I write) everything from a new recipe I like, to profiles of new people I met and things that interested me about them, to my deepest, darkest thoughts about friends, guys, religion (and) the future,” Larsen said. “My mind is full of thoughts, and if I don’t get them down or talk about it with someone, they kind of make me go crazy.” Creating these journals is not just for the artistic aspect. They are sometimes used to vent out stress and anger. “The most rewarding thing, I
would have to say, is that I’m getting it all out of me, it’s like screaming into a pillow when you’re frustrated. I can get all of my emotions out, and it triggers all of the things in my mind that I wouldn’t usually think about or say,” sophomore Echo Reams said.
Sophomore Melina Gotera is one of many students who’ve found inspriation to journal after admiring the work of Sabrina Ward Harrison.
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Athlete Week of the
Courtney Dreyer Women’s Soccer Junior
Junior Courtney Dreyer has been playing soccer for 12 years and has been on many soccer teams where they’ve taken first place in their tournaments. 1. What do you like most about Soccer? I like being part of a team because every season I spend so much time with them, they are like another family. 2. What do you want to accomplish for yourself and as a team this year? My goal for myself is to do the best I can to help the team to reach our goal of going to state. As a team I would like for us to make it to state this year, since we were close to going last year. 3. Who do you look up to as a role model? My role models are my sisters. I have always looked up to them since I was little. They always worked hard to do their best.
Tigers in Action
Above left: freshmen Josh Fristo leaps to victory. Top right: senior Jordan Valesquez runs his leg in one of his open events. Bottom right: junior Jacob Tayloe runs a leg in one of the relays.
Men’s Track Placed 2nd at Cole Collinge Next: Praire Invite 4/21 (5 p.m. @ Away) Women’s Track Placed 5th at Wahawk Invite Next: Metro 4/21 Almost everyone played at least on my own I need to be more aggres- (5 p.m. @ Home) once except there are three girls sive,” sophomore Kenna Nelson Men’s Soccer out with ankle injuries: Chelsea said. Lost to Waterloo West 2-1 Hilpipre, Marissa King and Meredith By improving more, the Tigers Next: Iowa City West 4/21 Roethler. can earn more victories and earn a (5 p.m. @ Home) From the tournament this weekchance to beating out all the compeWomen’s Soccer end the girls know what they need to tition. Beat West High 4/16 improve on for the next game. The next game for the women’s Lost to North Scott 4/17 “As a team we could improve team will be this Thursday, April 23 Beat Davenport 4/18 passing to feet, going to the ball and at Iowa City West. Next: Iowa City West 4/23 (4:15 p.m. @ Iowa City West) Men’s Tennis Next: Iowa City West 4/21 (4 p.m. @ Home) Women’s Tennis OIL CHANGE Next: CR Washington and (4 p.m. @ CR Washington) LUBE OIL FILTER Expires 04/20/09 Women’s Golf (up to 6 quarts, synthetic is extra) Next: MVC Quad 4/21 6283 University Ave Cedar Falls (319)-277-6200 (5 p.m. @ CR Wash)
CF women’s soccer goes 2-1 in North Scott tourney Aubrey Caruso Staff Writer
The Cedar Falls High School women’s soccer played in a round robin tournament last Friday and Saturday hosted by North Scott High School. They tied Muscatine 1-1, and then won 5-4 in a shoot out. Next, they lost 2-1 to North Scott
and beat Davenport 9-0 and ended the game early due to injuries from the other team. Overall, the Tigers went 2-1 at the tournament. “As a team we did really well. We could definitely work on knowing what to do at different parts of the field, but overall the tournament helped us improve a lot,” junior Linden Terpstra said.
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Hi-Line extends congratulations to Solo and Ensemble members
The band, choir and orchestra all participated in the Iowa High School Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble Contest held last Saturday. We would like to congratulate all of them on their superb performance. The band had 72 Division I ratings, the choir had 22 Division I ratings and the orchestra had 20 Division I ratings. Also, seven of the eight possible centers named the performances of Cedar Falls High School (and one Peet ninth grader) students in the band, choir and orchestra as Outstanding Performance. Obviously, these are impressive performances on the part of the band, choir and orchestra members who earned both Outstanding Performance recognition and Division I ratings. These magnificent musical performances not only merit congratulations, but also recognition. A great amount of practice and effort is needed in order to produce such excellent results as all of the participants in the band, choir and orchestra attained. In addition to recognizing the participants for their excellent ratings, we would like to acknowledge the practice and effort, as well as time, which the participants put into their solo and ensemble pieces. As busy high school students ourselves, we are all aware of the difficulty of devoting the required time to such activities. However, the students in the band, choir and orchestra who participated in the Solo and Ensemble Contest were obviously able to balance the required practice time for their pieces with their other obligations, thus producing such excellent ratings as were obtained at the contest. In addition for recognizing the band, choir and orchestra for their stunning achievements at the Solo and Ensemble Contest, we would also like to recognize the music they play every day and how it enriches the school environment. Their concerts throughout the year provide entertainment as well as showcase the talent and effort of the musicians. Also, the band, choir and orchestra and their musical achievements provide variety to the general environment of the school.
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April 21, 2009
Flood victim still feel pain of neglect
I lost interest in school. I’m suppose to write about all these kids who walk around with their heads knocked off, dragging their 10pound backpacks, but I am one of them. I look at these kids, and smile; the beauty of it all is that most of Tasha Woods Photo these kids know that the A number of citizens are still waiting for assistance from flood damage last summer. geometrical bitter, especially towards school. believe this because somehow one outlooks on life I still am. I don’t see a point. One of my previous teachers heard that I will not lead to their vision of sucthing I learned is you had lost my house, and she slipped cess. For teachers they can never be truly me a little card, giving me hope and don’t care whether you prepared. High school more support than my own family pass or fail; you will is to prepare you for gave me. be out of the school the real world, real life For the summer, we had set up within a few years. problems and solutions, a “camp” on our property: a fifth “Teachers don’t but how could I relate wheel camper from the seventies, have enough incenor even respect these which always smelt bad. We were tive to be motivated,” people who don’t know always dragging in sand. It was junior Chip Andrew problems bigger than always impossible to ever keep clean agreed. their own ideologies, and to keep the ants out. To avoid Last summer I which are so generic ants crawling on us at night, none of lost my house in the and so selfish? How us really stayed in the camper. flood. The town can anyone sit at It was just used for the kitchen really came together Tasha Woods school for seven sink, a pea-green baby shower which making high piles Senior Writer hours listening to never produced more than two minof sandbags, but their perfect sumutes of hot water every three hours, a people don’t realize mer stories or about how they are toilet that always needed to be empthat it just made it worse for a lot of having a bad hair day? tied and a closet. The air conditioner people, a lot of families on the other Honestly, it was too much for me made a funny sound and contributed side of town. to handle. I would often leave school to the funny smell, but this is where A lot was going on that nobody for a break, which now I have more we would come to cool off when our was prepared for, nobody was taught than a thousand detention minutes garage was getting too hot. specific skills for and nobody had for, but it was well worth it, and it This life-style wasn’t uncommon; prior knowledge on how to deal beats losing my sanity or yelling many people in the neighborhood with it all. Things should have been at an innocent person who doesn’t wanted to stay close to what they handled differently. I could honestly know his or her words bring much had. Many people were affected by see the tension and bitterness in evangst to me. the flood, a lot of them still dealing eryone who was flooded, and didn’t For some reason, I believed if I with it. We were fortunate enough agree with how things were handled. Located around my neighborhood showed up I could prove to everyone to have a standing garage, which we that this is something I can do: Be had built a few years previous with were various signs, protesting all better than what we’ve seen. I don’t a bonus room on the top. So each they could. Signs like “Gawkers, Go morning I’d run around my yard in home,” “Who’s city was saved?” and know what goes on in the teacher’s lounge, but I am assuming it’s just “Has anyone seen the mayor?” See Flood Neglect on page 5 as much gossip as the hallways. I I’ll admit to being completely
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Speech formalities too extreme, yet ‘R-word’ rightly discouraged Tuesday, March 31, was “Spread the Word to End the Word” day worldwide, sponsored by the Special Olympics. The goal of this day was to end the use of the word “retard” in a derogatory way. Universities and high schools throughout the country held rallies and speeches. This was the first time that I have heard of an international campaign devoted to hate speech focusing on the r-word, and I have to say I think it is a great idea. As a high school student, it’s virtually impossible to walk down the hallways without hearing “retard” being thrown around. Sometimes it is used to replace “dumb” or “stupid” or simply as a joke between friends, but either way the word definitely has a negative connotation. I admit I have even used this word jokingly, but I think a lot of times people don’t realize that using “retard” to negatively describe
is Jewish instead of a Jew, Africansomeone is a form of hate speech American instead of black, finanagainst special needs people. cially challenged instead of poor, a Concerning the mentally disfood-server instead of a waitress, difabled, it’s interesting to see how our ferently-sized instead of language has evolved fat, involuntarily-leisured over time due to poinstead of unemployed litical correctness and and the list continues. censorship of some Overall, I 100 percent words. It was only agree that the r-word’s this past November negative use needs to be that the “Idiot Clause” addressed and reduced was passed in Iowa because it is hurtful to due to the word our mentally handicapped “idiot” being used to citizens and their famidescribe the mentally lies, friends and activists. ill on voting ballots. However, this leads On the other hand, Ben Olson me to think about the other words have Staff Writer extremity of political become sensitive as correctness and semantic well. You used to be able to use changes of words in our society. “queer” to describe something odd After all, “retard” used to be a comor out of place, but now a whole pletely politically correct term that new meaning has taken form. More literally means “slowed-down.” examples include saying someone
Slow food provides fewer calories, more satisfaction for patient diners Fast food is a common term in today’s society, especially here in the United States, where it is unbelievably easy to head to your local McDonald’s for a meal that is ready for you as soon as you reach the pickup window. However, a movement begun in 1989 has quickly been gaining momentum in recent years. Slow Food is the term of this beast and its goal is to counteract fast food chains and the typical fast food lifestyle. Currently, the website www.slowfood. com boasts over 100,000 members in 132 countries. Its philosophy is simple; to create a healthy and fair way to create good food to people who are conscious about the food that they eat. The view is that people are becoming disinterested in the foods that they eat, and their health is taking the hit. Slow Food follows a philosophy of coexistence with the planet, choosing methods that do not harm the planet or encroach upon animal welfare. Kamyar Enshayan, the director for the center of energy and environmental education at UNI and founder of the Buy Fresh Buy Local move-
ment here in Iowa, has his opinions cerning food. on the Slow Food movement. “There “It is really amazing that we are many benefits. Obviously it’s have to even talk about this, in order fresh, but more than words, you would anything else it’s a think we would never connection between take food for granted, you who eat the food that we would always and people who grew be grateful for it and it, people who prepared we would be very it, story behind it, hiscareful about how tory of it, all of that. our food is grown It makes us appreciate and how its treated something that seems but we’ve gone so far very ordinary and our away from the source culture has demeaned of our food that we’ve it by calling it fast got to talk about it. food,” Enshayan We have to have a Ben Sadkowski said. movement to revitalStaff Writer Enshayan also ize it,” he said. Permentioned economic sonally, I adore the benefits concerning slow food. idea of a slow food movement. Be“Of course there’s economic cause of my parent’s (especially my benefits too because you’re spending Mom’s) strong beliefs on eating at your money supporting other local home as much as possible and with businesses that are right here near organic ingredients, I enjoy a far you. I would say fundamentally the better diet than I would should we slow food movement is about apgo out to eat much more often. The preciating where food comes from,” idea of promoting this sort of eating he said. lifestyle not only in the United States Finally, he expressed his disbelief but internationally is a fantastic idea concerning the whole situation conand I hope to hear more of it .
Don’t get me wrong, this is one word that I definitely believe should not be used to describe a person, but I think in general our society is becoming too strict on our terms of speech. In a way, I sometimes wonder if it is against the First Amendment that guarantees our freedom of speech. One thing I realize, though, is that it hasn’t been the government that has cracked down on restrictions on free speech, but rather businesses, employers and certain organizations. I truly believe that all people should be able to use any speech they want as long as it isn’t extremely hurtful to a specific group, or groups, of people, which is why I don’t understand how “waitress,” “poor” and “unemployed” could possibly be harmful to others. Sure, all of those words describe a certain group of people, but it describes
Flood Neglect continued from page 4 a towel, running to the clothes line to find out that my clothes were still wet. It was a war every day with an army of mosquitoes, frogs and other insects. My sister and I would sit on our deck and fix our hair and do our make-up for the day all while listening to All Rattle and Dust, music which had inspired us to keep going. We would dig through piles of clothes, which had no specific place, to substitute our wet ones. We would grab prepackaged food if we were lucky to get some breakfast. We would stop by Mc Donald’s for coffee each morning, brewing our own was out of the question. As well as going to school with a lack of caffeine. We showed up late most of the time, but we didn’t care. We came everyday. Now I wonder why. I’ve lost faith in this school system everyone seems so proud of. For example, everyone was convinced that the can food drive did justice in helping out the community. It’s something we do every year; natural disasters are rare and yet went unacknowledged. Perhaps it was boys dancing absurdly to a nineties pop band that
what they truly are. If you are low on money, you can be considered poor compared to a millionaire. If you are a female who serves food at a restaurant, you are a waitress. If you currently have no job, you are unemployed. The current trends of words and supposed negative meanings have me worried that soon we won’t be able to say “darn” if we make a mistake or “what’s up” to a teacher because it could be deemed disrespectful. I truly hope that our speech can be taken more lightly in the future, but in the darker times our country and world are facing, I’m not sure that can be possible. Individuals should be more conscious of their words and whether or not they are demeaning. That is the only way our language and speech could continue to maintain some freedom. made everyone to believe that this was the answer; to me it was a joke. Pulling quotes from kids who would search for food in the subways, who were they really trying to help? I question the point to everything. Instead of reaching out to students who can hardly catch a break, they load them with detention minutes and give no sympathy. The flood is what did it for me. Imagine all the students that have serious family issues, drug problems, money problems or whatever. They all take their toll on your focus at school, your belief and trust in everything. Children are the future, and teachers must not forget that they can actually change students’ lives and help. I had no guidance, and the teachers would look the other way. Certain school officials that intended to help only made it worse due to ignorance and lack of understanding of the situation of our daily struggle. The difference is I know what I have to do to get where I want without the help of any specific teacher, any specific school. The real problem is the kids that can’t catch a break and don’t know where to turn and don’t know how to get where they want to go, let alone know where they want to go.
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17 again surprises with humor Maggie Devine Entertainment Editor
Who would have thought that a copy-cat movie starring a teen sensation who’s never opened a movie by himself would be one of the best movies I’ve seen this year? Not me. 17 again stars High School Musical’s Zac Efron. It carries the same name as a Disney movie starring Tia and Tamara Mowry, which made me pretty skeptical of its merit. I did not think that, in a million years, it could ever have an original script. I expected a ho-hum teen-y movie that revolved around Efron. However, upon seeing it, I was pleasantly surprised. The film opens as the young Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron) prepares to play a basketball game in front of a college scout. Before the game begins, he speaks with his girlfriend, Scarlett (Allison Miller) and she tells him that she is pregnant. Obviously, since that wasn’t a good move before a big basketball game, Mike becomes all frazzled after the toss, and when he gets the ball, proceeds to dribble it for an extreme period of time. Everything slows down, and Mike drops the basketball to the ground and follows Scarlett out the door of the gym. He tells her that she and the baby are his future,
and they kiss and hug and everything is happy. Then we meet the older Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry). He is staying with his nerdy, rich best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon) because Scarlett, now his wife, has left him and their two children don’t want anything to do with him. When Mike visits his high school again, he meets an older janitor who tells Mike that he knows who he is, and knows how much he wishes that he would have gotten the basketball scholarship and gone to college. And of course, on the way home, it appears that this janitor is going to jump off of a bridge in the rain. Mike goes to save him, but gets sucked in to a black, spiraling hole in the river. He wakes up muddy and 17 again. After an epic battle with Ned (who believes he is a robber) and searching through dozens of sci-fi books, they decide that the “janitor” is his spirit guide, and Mike has something important to do. So, Ned pretends to be Mike’s father and enrolls him at the local high school. There are dozens of clichés with teenagers exploited, and then Mike finds his on Alex (Sterling Knight) duck-taped to a toilet. They become fast friends, and through him Mike finds out that his daughter Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) has a real jerk of a boyfriend (Hunter Parrish).
Mike decides that he looks 17 again so that he can help his son become cooler and help his daughter break up with “trouble” boyfriend. He goes as far as to publicly embarrass the boyfriend in the lunch room. Because he is friends with Alex, he goes over to his house, and immediately Scarlett notices the similarities between her husband when he was 17 and Mike‘s undercover persona, Mark. Basically, she thinks that,, well, Zec Efron and Zec Efron look a like. It gets a little creepy because “Mark” obviously likes Scarlett and Scarlett obviously likes “Mark.” But it’s only because they really were in love at one time. So we have a ton of plots going on right now, but perhaps the most entertaining tells the story of Ned and his process of wooing the high school principal in crazy outfits. The script was original because of the many plots, and I’d like to see more movies of the screenwriter. I
Tyler O’Brien, the University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of anthropology, has put together an exhibit called Death Perception: The Science of Forensic Anthropology detailing the routine of a forensic anthropologist in a case. The exhibit begins with a definition: “Forensic anthropology is concerned with the analysis of skeletal, badly decomposed or otherwise unidentified human remains in both legal and humanitarian contexts.” It then takes you through the steps a scientist like O’Brien must go through in order to attempt to solve a case.
The exhibit covers three phases. Phase one, discovery and recovery, details the finding and extracting of a body from the scene of the crime. Phase two, analysis, goes over the many aspects of the human body forensic anthropologists must go over to learn as much about the crime as they can, such as the sex and age of the victim, what caused their wounds and other topics. It goes over in detail how the Blow Fly’s life progression can show scientists how long the body has been decomposed. The final phase, report, shows how scientists identify the victim
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Zac Efron stars in the oddly delightful 17 again.
laughed. I was touched. I felt really great after seeing it. 17 again, frankly, blew my mind. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t expecting the script or the acting, but I plan on buying this on DVD the day it comes out.
UNI exhibit goes behind CSI Underground Sports with host Trevor Eastman
Find out what other sports CF staff and students enjoy in this show that focuses on one “unofficial” sport in each episode. March 26/ Episode 12 Sophomore Sam Rannells drops by this week to share his thoughts about this year in BMX.
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In 2002, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS was the number one ranked show on American television ratings. The show follows a group of forensic scientists who track down various criminals using scientific clues left at the crime scene, at victim’s house or even on the victims themselves. The science of forensic anthropology is more than just television shows and fairy tales, however, and now you can see the real-life science behind the TV shows. Dr.
and make their final report. Even though the subject is grim, O’Brien refrained from using gory photographs and cheap shocks in an attempt to refrain from sensationalizing the topic. Straightforward, informative photography is used, as well as diagrams and explanatory texts to give you an educated, honest look at what it’s really like. The free exhibit located at the UNI Museums will run until May 16, with the Aztec Massacre and Gangland Graveyard video specials occurring at 1:30 on April 25 and May 9, respectively.
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Local band prepares for farewell show
Montana movie pleases ‘tweens’ Jordyn Carias Staff Writer
Jordyn Carias Staff Writer
Local hardcore band Take Control has been causing a lot of commotion lately after announcing the end of its music career. It has been a seriously loved band among students and the notice has caused an uproar. “They are 319 hardcore basically, which is hardcore/punk/screamo! It happens a lot. Bands break up, and it’s a bummer because it’s good music, but new ones come along all the time. Shows I’ve been to are always very high energy. Everyone gets really pumped for them, and lots of crazy moshing and screaming along. I love it; it’s really fun to see,” sophomore Kelley Lattimer said. The band recently released the statement declaring they will be splitting up after the conclusion of their tour. Fans are outraged based on the announcement. The shows, which always seem to be filled with an atmosphere that can’t easily be recreated by the next new band, will be over and done after their last show, which is June 12 at the Amvets Post 19 in Waterloo. “We did this band with no expectations or wishes besides playing local shows, having a good time and doing a little touring. We have done more than we had ever hoped to accomplish: played both coasts multiple times, released a couple 7’s (records), met hundreds of awesome kids and made some lifelong friends. We all came to the same understanding that it was time for things to end based on where everyone was heading, though and we knew that it was the right thing to do,” lead singer Andrew Doyle said. “I’ve only seen Take Control play twice in my life, but they are, without doubt the most psychotic and energetic band that I have ever seen. I bought their record after seeing them play the second time (at the Hub), and it is definitely the one I go to when I need to go crazy about something in order to destroy it. I am outraged that they are even thinking of breaking up because of all the support that they’re getting and just because they actually produce good hardcore music. Hopefully, they decide to reconsider,” junior Ben Sadkowsi said. Most fans share a similar idea. “I’m extremely pissed that Take Control is breaking
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At top, a mosh pit forms at one of Take Control’s final concerts, and at bottom, the band’s guitarist rocks out.
“Start a band, hop in a van with your best friends and travel the country. It’s been the best thing that we’ve ever done.” —Take Control up. They played the first show I went to and definitely got me into hardcore. The area needs more hardcore bands and especially old school hardcore,” sophomore Chayce Dieser said. For those who enjoy bands like Take Control the band advises other groups to check out Agress, Former Theives, Get With It!, Dead Set, Old Men Dead Dogs and Long Nights, as they are bands with similar influence. The band has influenced countless adolescents to explore music beyond the top 40. Although their fans may not stop being baffled over the sudden change to the music scene, they can expect a memorable final show.
“We hope this (last) show is as insanely fun as they get as far as local hardcore shows go. We don’t really plan anything special, besides seeing a lot of the friends that we’ve made through touring and having one last big good-bye with our closest friends that have been a huge part of this band since the early days. We’re as stoked for this last show as we are bummed that it means the end of this band,” Doyle said. The band gave one final word of advice, “Start a band, hop in a van with your best friends and travel the country. It’s been the best thing that we’ve ever done.”
With the release of the Hannah Montana Movie (directed by Peter Chelsom) little girls and tweens were carted off to theaters everywhere. The highly advertised movie posed the question, “Is Hannah Montana gone forever?” and the assumed audience ate that up. The movie was an addition to the already wildey popular Hannah Montana series on Disney Channel. With the show coming to a close this movie was supposed to be a kind of finalé. The TV show explodes onto the big screen with no less expectations, but what do you expect other than the girly-superstarsuperstudent-supernice-superperson glitter called Hannah Montana. Normal teenager, Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus), by day, dresses up to be rock star Hannah Montana by night, and this film is designed to give that “anything is possible” feel to the young audience, and in the end, communicates the point. The flick stars with Miley and her best friend, Lilly (Emily Osment), trying to get into the Hannah Montana concert. Miley is, once again, late and her dad Robby Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus) is getting fed up. This quickly leads to the obvious plot. Miley/Hannah loses touch with her southern roots and Robby highjacks her into spending two weeks in Crowley Corners, Tenn. for a touch with reality, a “Hannah detox.” After throwing the pop-star hissy fit about her newfound life on the farm, she quickly learns of a cowboy chum, Travis (Lucas Till), for her to oogle. This adds just a dose of romance to the wholesome movie. Through the struggles and all she eventually learns her lesson through predictable scenarios and cliché situations, focusing mainly on teaching life lessons to the tween set. Without giving it away, the ending was very inconclusive to me. In an attempt to satisfy everyone based on her decision, the characters in the movie may have understood, but the audience was left baffled. In my opinion, the problem was not resolved, the question left unanswered. The attempt to make it a full on love-fest during the final scenes of the movie was slightly repulsive if you’d already met your sugar-coated quota for the day. The movie as a whole, though, is very clean cut, very positive, very warm-and-fuzzy, very Disney channel the way it was supposed to be. It earns it’s G rating, and any eight-year-old would jump for joy at the sheer perkiness of it all.
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Carrie Traetow (’11) congratulates Rebecca Oberreider (’12) after her 4X800 relay.
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Danielle Robertson (’10) teaches swim lessons at Peet Jr. High.
Marissa Crain (’10) & Jingyi Yang (’10) make ice cream concoctions in honor’s chemistry.
Jordan Sankey (’10) hits up the skate park with his inline skates as the weather begins to show signs of spring.
Lee Przybylski (’09) makes a paper rocket at the Science Museum at the Physics Olympics in Des Moines.
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