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Express Yourself: Max Herre Staff Writer

Once more the Hearst Center opens itself up for the work of CFHS students that has been crafted over the last year in different art classes. The exhibition features student work ranging from ceramics and jewelry crafts, to design, drawing and painting. According to Lisa Klenske, an art teacher at Cedar Falls High School, it is “more about showing a variety of what our students are doing than showing just the best, although most of it is really good.” Convinced that the art the students are presenting in Developing Expressions is “incredible,” Vicki Simpson, Development Coordinator at the Hearst Center, said she believes that people should come and view the talented work. “The caliber of talent evident in the works truly astounds me. You’ll have to stop by to experience the works for yourself, to be able to appreciate fully what I am talking about,” Simpson said. Simpson also believes that art is worthy of noted emphasis. “Art most definitely should be placed as a high priority. Research continues to suggest a variety of strong linking components between art programs and educational achievement. Furthermore, as a discipline, art has revealed its innate capacity to enrich individuals, families and communities in the world as a whole. Cultured, aesthetically sensitive civilizations

have thrived throughout all of recorded history, and one must look to the distinctly humanizing elements of the fine arts as being an integral part of that. I firmly believe that it is crucial to stress the importance of art during tumultuous times,” Simpson said. Sophomore Carson McRae’s daily life reflects his own art work. “If I feel really musical on a certain day, my art will probably reflect that. If I feel like taking out my anger on something, my art might get a dark feel to it,” McRae said. Art teacher Bob McCullough also said he believes art is vitally important. “It (art) brings everything together. Art is like all the classes they (the students) take in school together. They use math, science and, well, a lot of poetry, English. You know, everything.” According to McCullough “most of them (the students) have just a really high interest in art.” He said, “The kids who excel just really love it, just really enjoy and love to do art. It really is from the heart. They are just making their art because they love to make it.” Every year there are some students that go on to an art school to get their degrees in fabric design, design of clothing, ceramics or even to become art teachers. Klenske comments on the unexpected turns that art may bring. “Sometimes when they leave here it’s not their intention (to get an art degree), but then they get to college and they find out they are missing their art, so they go and take an art class, and the next thing they know is they

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Senior Tia Woods is just of many students with work at the Hearst show.

changed their major,” Klenske said. This year’s exhibition, called “Developing Expressions,” will be presented until May 10

at the Hearst Center for the Arts at 304 West Seerley Blvd. The admission to the exhibit is free.

Renaissance program installs new rewards Gage Wente Staff Writer

Last semester, the continuation of the school Renaissance program was called into question. The decision to continue the program was made at the end of semester, with a few changes in mind. “We’re going to try to do a number of things,” counselor Ryan Flaherty said. “We have coupon books that we’ll give out to Renaissance students, as well as rotating parking passes to parking spots in the faculty lot. We might also give out gift cards

I don’t know how they’re going to rotate four parking spots between so many people, but if it works it’ll be pretty awesome. —Scott Sesterhenn sophomore to Four Queens and other places at the end of the semester.” The coupon books, which all stu-

dents with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will receive, are Jostens Platinum Program books. Because Jostens is a national company, not all of the coupons are to local stores. Stores such as Pizza Hut and Great American Cookies are included, though, as well as other local stores. “That’s pretty cool,” sophomore Scott Sesterhenn said. “I don’t know how they’re going to rotate four parking spots between so many people, but if it works it’ll be pretty awesome. I don’t know how much I’ll use the coupon book, but it’s always good to be rewarded

for getting good grades,” Sesterhenn said. In previous years, students who met the extensive requirements to be eligible for the highest level of Renaissance were able to exempt themselves from class finals. The school board has made the decision to discontinue the test exemption program. “There were several reasons,” Flaherty said. “There were problems administering it. Students weren’t turning them in on time. Teachers weren’t honoring them. It became more of a hassle than it was worth.”

There were more reasons than inconvenience, though. “We like to have kids taking finals so we can evaluate how classes went. It helps teachers know that they wrote their final well.” Senior Michael Rogers disagrees with the program’s discontinuation. “That’s really lame. If I’d worked so hard to get good grades, I’d be pretty mad if they got rid of the reward. If you’re doing that good, there’s no real point in taking the final anyway,” Rogers said. “I guess the gift certificates and stuff are cool, though.”


N ws Midwest First: Monica Reida

according to UNI Proud the turn out for the first rally was very large. Students, faculty and community members turned out for the rally and spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision as some held signs in support. The textiles program, which was in the middle of dress rehearsals for their annual show, even came out to show their support. “I’ve been surprised by the amount of support we’ve had,” said Kiel Helfter, Director of Creative Programming for UNI Proud. Among those that spoke were members of same-sex couples that can now wed under the decision. Paul Danielsen and John Wilson, the former editors of Iowa’s gay newspaper, ACCESSLine, and partners for 14 years spoke at the rally. “This is a civil right that a lot of people would like,” Wilson said to the group. Danielsen also said that his partner proposed to him the very same morning. The mood at the rally was that of ebullience along with some surprise

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Supreme Court decision creates Iowa gay marriage

to the ruling as people stood near the fountain. “I was expecting it to be somewhere in the middle,” Helfter said. “I thought that they’d say that gays and lesbians have rights, but not really marriage. I didn’t expect it to be unanimous.” But mostly, the individuals at the rally celebrated their rights. “It is so exciting that after eight years I can marry my wife,” said Lytishya Borglum as she addressed Monica Reida Graphic the crowd while holding her and nation. her partner’s daughter. “I was so relieved,” said world The ruling not only allows samelanguage teacher Melissa Breddin, sex couples to marry, but to also file an ally for the GLBT community. “I taxes jointly, have joint health care know that this upsets a lot of people, coverage, take care of death arrangebut I hope that they can step back.” ments and enjoy other benefits that The ruling also drew criticism heterosexual couples have. due the legalizing of marriage “I can finally get a family instead of civil unions, which has legal protection for same-sex couples membership for the Cedar Falls Rec Center,” Borglum remarked. similar to marriage, but it doesn’t In spite of the celebratory mood protect couples in terms of issues towards the ruling, there are several such as health coverage or federal people displeased with the legalizalaws in the manner that marriage tion of gay marriage. does. “I think homosexuality is wrong. The ruling acknowledged the fact that a 2008 survey in the Des Moines It’s against God’s teachings,” junior Register found that only 28.1 percent Sarah Kline said. Several opponents of gay marof the individuals surveyed were in riage are pushing for lawmakers to support of same sex-marriage. do something. United States RepreThroughout the state, rallies were sentative Steve King has criticized held in celebration of the Supreme the ruling along with United States Court’s ruling. Two rallies were held Senator Tom Harkin and state Senain Cedar Falls in conjuncture with tor Paul McKinley. One Iowa and UNI Proud at 3 p.m. However, unless a rehearing and 5:30 p.m. outside of Mauker occurs within 21 days of the ruling, Union on the University of Northern a measure must be put on the ballot Iowa campus. The turnout for the to overturn the ruling. According to later rally was of a nice size, but

Status of Same-Sex Marriage in United States

Staff Writer

On Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Des Moines, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a 1998 ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, upholding a decision that a Polk County judge made in 2007. In December 2005, Lambda Legal, which represents gays, lesbians and those that are HIV-positive, filed a lawsuit, Varnum v. Brien, with the Polk County Court on behalf of six same-sex couples saying that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was a violation of the equal promise of liberty in the Iowa constitution. On August 31, 2007, Judge Robert B. Hanson of Polk County ruled in favor, allowing same-sex marriages to occur in Iowa for four hours. A stay was put on the ruling, taking the case to the Supreme Court. The main point of the case was that same-sex couples are no different than heterosexual couples and therefore should not be excluded from the institution of marriage. In the ruling, Justice Mark S. Cady says of the couples being represented that “Like all Iowans, they prize their liberties and live within the borders of this state with the expectation that their rights will be maintained and protected—a belief embraced by our state motto.” The 69-page ruling looked at several factors in the case before coming to a conclusion. “We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective,” Cady writes. The ruling states later, “We have a constitutional duty to insure equal protection under the law.” After the ruling was announced, there was celebration among gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their allies throughout the state as well as the

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Lambda Legal, a rehearing is unlikely due to the unanimous ruling. The earliest that a ballot measure would be voted on by the people of Iowa is 2012. “The law can’t tell people how to live based on a religion,” Breddin said. Ministers in the Cedar Falls area have views on this volatile issue that will probably be questioned and debated due to this ruling. Pastor David Doely of Nazareth Lutheran Church explained how his congregation has been part of a years-long discussion in their national body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, about how to respond to those who wish to become ministers but also want to have and live in same-sex relationships. Since the present ELCA policy requires ministers to be married or celibate, this is not possible. Some in the ELCA want to recognize and accept same-sex relationships and allow those in such relationships to become ministers. One side of the argument is for same-sex couples to have unions blessed, but not marriages. “We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that homosexual behavior is contrary to scripture,” Doely said. “But scripture also speaks to everyone, married or single, about governing their sexual impulses and actions.” Doely also added that while his congregation believes that gays and lesbians should have their rights respected. They are not in favor of blessing same-sex relationships and are urging the church to continue this policy and practice. Those in support of the ruling are being encouraged to write their legislators about the issue to convince them to not overturn the ruling. Couples can begin to be married on April 24, 21 days after the ruling in accordance with Iowa law. As of the writing of this article, there is no residence requirement for the marriages.

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Iowa Supreme Court produced right call in gay marriage ruling

Article One, Section One of the Iowa Constitution says, “All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights—among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.” In Section Six of that same article, it says, “All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or any class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.” A majority of us at The Tiger Hi-Line are ecstatic over the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Iowa Code section 595.2 which states that “Only a marriage between a male and a female is valid.” This historic decision has made Iowa the third state in the nation to allow samesex couples to marry and the first state in the midwestern United States to legalize same-sex marriage. In spite of the criticism that the decision has already drawn, those of us in favor of this decision believe that this has enabled all citizens of Iowa to be treated equally. The decision also upholds the promise that the Iowa Constitution makes guaranteeing all citizens equal rights and protection under the law. We hope that as time goes on, the opponents of the ruling will see that allowing same-sex marriage to occur does not result in the end of the world.

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Mathematics. The word instills a Then, BA holders earn an average of warm fuzzy feeling in some students, $51,206 for an annual income. High a nauseating sensation in others. To school grads receive $27,915 per these students, math may be just anyear and an advanced degree beyond other class they take in high school a bachelor’s will get a person an that rattles their brains and makes average of $74,602. Obviously, these them rue the day numbers enter their are clear-cut figures that show the lives. direct importance of math in wages. But the truth is, math is a vital Getting a math major in college tool that enables people to grow in holds many good opportunities with thought and civilizations to make it. Kofoed, who has taught at CFHS advancements that benefit for 23 years, has also our way of life. Thus, the worked at John Deere importance of math is and Chamberlain obvious: it helps people Mfg. as an industrial expand their ways of engineer. thinking, it opens doors “Although both for people that choose jobs didn’t require to pursue math, and it is high-level math, it used every day. was my math degree The ability to solve that got me in the problems is one thing that door,” Kofoed said. people receive from math Careers in math classes. are plentiDavid Kofoed, ful. The Wall Paul Strike a math teacher at Street Journal’s Sports Editor Cedar Falls High 2008 edition School, believes of its top-100 that math fuels deeper thinking in stable and available jobs named students and better prepares them for mathematical careers in its top three challenges. spots: mathematician, actuary, and “Being able to analyze logically statistician. and learn new things – that’s what Even if students don’t pursue a (math) is all about,” Kofoed said. math degree, math can still provide Another CFHS math teacher, Kristine Urbanek, also stresses the thinking that math preaches to its pupils. “(You use) the overall thinking process quite a bit,” opportunities for them. Urbanek said, “That is, if you choose “You never want to close the to think through things.” door. What you decide now may not Logical thinking is an incredbe what you end up doing,” Urbanek ible ability that math nurtures, and said. it leads to many open doors for the Also, math does come in handy if people who take math seriously. A you are looking to improve your life study from the University of Iowa by taking up side-jobs or projects. showed a serious correlation beDirk Homewood is a CFHS math tween taking advanced math classes teacher who works in the summer in and having a better chance of having construction. a higher income. “There are a lot of geometry Thirty-nine and a half percent skills used within the trade. Everyof people that completed Algebra thing from the Pythagorean Theorum II earn a bachelor’s degree, while to simple arithmetic are needed for 74.3% of Pre-Calc takers earn the construction of a home,” Homewood BA and Calc completers 79.8%. said. “I have made some money

during the summer months, but also have reaped the benefits of remodeling my own home!” Mathematics can be applied to life’s problems every day. Besides dealing with money, the application of critical thinking (obtained from math through problem solving) can be used in nearly any situation. Take for instance the advancements in the medical and environmental fields. The fusion of science and math required to figure out problems in these fields also need good problem solving skills to put the knowledge to action and thus make breakthroughs. “We are looking at things in much more depth such as medicine and the environment – just many challenges that require lots of analysis, creative thinking, technology, etc.,” Kofoed said. The competitiveness in the workplace now also calls for better thinkers. The world, with the introduction of incredible technology, has been flattened so that practically anyone at any place on earth with a computer or phone can enter the global market. “Since our world is much more ‘global’ than it was 30 years ago, the competition is more fierce to produce in the market place,” Kofoed said. These skills brought about by math are becoming more and more vital to survive in this competitive world. Mathematics. The word is more than a

“The math field is made up of great thinkers and average people alike, and both groups take advantage of math’s benefits.”

school subject. It enables people to deepen their thought process, gives them incredible opportunities, and helps them solve problems they encounter every day. The math field is made up of great thinkers and average people alike, and both groups take advantage of math’s benefits to improve their own lives. So the token question of “When are we going to need to know this in the real world?” may seem like a logical thought at the time, but in time students will come to realize that math is of the utmost importance in their lives.

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What’s The Most Important Lesson Your Family Has Taught You? Anna McGee (’09): “I firmly believe the morals that I live by today were put in place by my parents. By taking me to church when I was young, I’ve developed strong faith. I can't thank them enough for planting that seed early on. They’ve taught me that being happy doesn't mean everything has to be perfect— happiness is a daily choice. My family also serves as a model for what I hope a family of my own will be like someday: understanding, accepting and as happy as possible. That's not to say there aren't disagreements and problems along the way, but in general I think we’ve got a pretty healthy balance of problems and good times. I just have this assurance that even if I completely mess up that they won't cop out on me—they'll help me get back up. No matter what.”

Brittany Lind (’09): “Growing up we were just your average family, dad, mom, brother and sister. I always thought it would have been cool to have a big family with kids running around everywhere. In a weird sort of way I guess I got what I wished for. Who says family has to be someone who is a blood relative? I think families consist of those people who you want to have around you every day, those people who you would do anything for and would do anything for you, and this definitely includes friends. I love my friends to death, and my family feels the same way about them. The door is always open at my house; most of our friends don’t even knock anymore. There’s no point to because they know they are always welcome, no matter what time. When I was younger, I’d come home to see Brett, my brother’s best friend, hanging out at my house regardless if my brother was home or not. He was considered family; he didn’t need an excuse to be there. See, my family sort of adopts mine and my brother’s friends into their lives. They see them as their own kids. We have always been an open family with an open door that people are constantly going in and out of.”

Elsa Jehle (’09): “One of the most important things I think my family can do for me is just being there for me and helping me out when things get overwhelming. They teach me how to do things so that when I move out, the transition will be a lot smoother. Also, my mom sets a very good example for me with her faith. I can see her growing and wanting to help at church more, and it’s very inspirational. My parents have always been fair, and I know they trust me, so in return I don't do anything that would break their trust­—I think that’s something I have learned from them and will be able to remember it when I get older and have kids. We like to do things together and try to eat family meals whenever there's a chance. We also have gone on family vacations every summer since I was seven. Recently, we’ve found our favorite vacation to Nashville, Tenn., for the Country Music Fest. Those are times that I will never forget. My parents are often embarrassing, but then I notice that I’m more like them than I realized, so I must be just as strange.”

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Who’s to say what the term “family” entails? In a society where brokenness and divorce are prominent, some find family beyond their bloodlines. For senior Arlene Freudenberg, her parents’ divorce heavily modified her meaning of family. “After my parents divorced, I was used to living for myself. I was my own mother, sister and friend. Our family lived in pieces. We paid for our own ways and never offered each other any help. I bought my own, picked up after myself, and supplied my own food, which sometimes couldn’t be done. We didn’t celebrate my birthday and holidays were just another day of the week. When I was little and there was a thunderstorm, I didn’t have the option to run to my parents’ room,” she said. Growing up, her father wasn’t in the picture very much, mostly due to her mom’s insistence. “After our divorce, it was very difficult to get to see my kids.  Their mother would only allow me to see them on court appointed visits.  Many times

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choose d i f f i c u l t t i m e s I would wait to see them only to be told that she changed her mind. During these times it was nice to know that they had a support group that they could rely on and would help them get through.  I knew her friends and knew their families.  All of them were good people, and I felt that she always would be welcome in their homes and able to call them if needed.  I was glad her friends were there,” father Mark Freudenberg said. Soon enough, the time came when Arlene needed her companions more than ever. “My mother had a lot of rage in her. When I was 16, she kicked me out of her house. I still don’t know why she did this, but I don’t think it really matters.” Despite the trauma of the event, she was fortunate to have good friends at her rescue. “No one deserves to go through what she did, especially not Arlene. The whole thing kind of happened out of the blue and threw all of us for a loop. Both of my parents know her fairly well and were willing to house her for as long as she needed. It was a natural reaction to offer to give her a house, extra clothing, a shower,

a bed and food. That’s what friends do for each other—we help each other in times of need,” Dunkerton senior Kristin Phipho said. While many would see Arlene’s situation as the end, she believes it was more a beginning. “I never considered my family to be a family. I go over to my friends’ houses and see mothers tending to their kids, fathers fixing miscellaneous objects around the house and siblings teasing each other out of love. Seeing this, I learned a family wasn’t something just biological. It could be whoever you wanted it to be. It was anyone who loved you and would do anything for you. With that in mind, my teachers became my parents. They were my mentors; they taught me everything my mom wouldn’t. My friends became my siblings. They were there whenever I needed them.” When she was kicked out, she realized how essential her friends were. “They opened their doors to me when I had nowhere else to go. They fed me their food, and they gave me their clothes to wear. I had nothing, not even a pair of shoes, and they helped

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hrough it. However, the greatest gift have ever given me was r love in return. For the first in a long time I felt like I someone who cared about ” n time, things with her famhave begun to mend. Arlene lives with her dad and his . Today, life is a lot better. asionally, we run into a few blem areas, but it’s nothing it was. My relationship my mother is improving We still don’t have that her-daughter relationship, at least we can act civilized ards one another. I still sider my friends a part of family, because without m, I wouldn’t be where I am y. They’ve shown me what ily is and that just because I ’t have that family feeling in my own biological famt doesn’t mean I can’t have mily.” n retrospect, Arlene has e to appreciate the silver ng to those darker times of life. Looking back on it, I eve the greatest gift my her could have given me kicking me out of the house. Since then, I have learned how families care for one another. I have become a stronger person myself. Most importantly, I have been determined to show others the same care my friends have shown me. I want everyone to see that family is more than the people you are related to.” Kristin also grew significantly after last year’s events, inspired by her courageous friend. “Arlene is a passionate person and she knows that she can accomplish anything through hard work and dedication. Everyone should be able to learn something from this girl. She’s a great person, and she has dealt with things that many of us never will have to deal with in our lifetime. Never underestimate this girl.”

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It was Friday, May 30 of last year. Senior Chris Pierce was shooting hoops at Cedar Heights with a couple friends after baseball practice when a phone call would end life as he knew it forever. “When I got home, I saw my aunt’s car in the driveway. I went inside where I saw her with my mom standing in the kitchen. They didn’t say anything until I asked what was wrong. My aunt told me that there had been an accident at my dad’s work, and he didn’t make it,” Chris said. Later at the hospital, they were told he had been blindsided by a railcar. “After what seemed like forever, we got to see him. He had no imperfections. It looked like he could’ve gotten up and come home with us. But he didn’t. We told him that we loved him, that weíd never forget him and kissed him goodbye.” Despite the emptiness and ache left from the absence of such a significant life, school, friends and community members helped reel Chris and his family back in, supporting and loving them in any way they could. “At first I lost it. I couldn’t control my emotions at all. As a guy you’re always told you’re not supposed to cry. But I did. I didn’t care that I was grieving in public. With the support of the community, I

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“People always told me that they thought my dad was Dale Earnhardt, the NASCAR driver, and I guess he did when he put his sunglasses on. If you would ask Mr. Longnecker, he would say him being a Cowboys fan. But one of the things I am most proud about my dad is his work ethic. He may not been the smartest, but he definitely worked the hardest. I’m glad I got that from him. His job wasn’t easy— sometimes we didn’t know when he was going to be home. He worked outside during the hot summer days and during the freezing winter ones as well. He worked at GE Railcar on the Eastside in Waterloo. The gist is they fix railcars.”­­

—Chris Pierce

Senior led by Fathers’ spirits

was able to remember the good times in life that I shared with my dad. However, the first time I played a baseball game again was very emotional for me. When I looked out towards the bleachers, I knew I wouldn’t see Dad. When I went to bat, the parents filled in for his loud voice by encouraging me to, well, hit the ball. I am glad that they did that. Baseball temporarily took my mind off my life and to focus on a simple game that my dad taught me,” he said. This common ground came with many cherished memories and an unbreakable father-son friendship and love. “He’s probably the reason why it’s my favorite sport. My mom always tells stories about how he would teach my brother and me how to throw, bat, field and run the bases. Later, this translated into IBL (Iowa Baseball League). He was my coach for a couple of years, but I never called him coach—always dad. One thing he liked to do before games was have a team prayer in the dugout. I just liked to listen to the prayer. It made it seem that God was on our side.” Though his faith was tested with his father’s death, Chris was able to put his life completely into his heavenly Father’s hands. “I knew that God was right there all along. This is reinforced by my favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 4:9 which says, ‘We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked

down, but we are not destroyed.’ I know God will be there in both our finest hour and our darkest hour. It’s kind of like that footprints in the sand poem. During the difficult periods of someone’s life there is only one set of footprints. That set belongs to God, because He is carrying them through the difficult times.” Kim Pierce, Chris’s mother, feels Christ is the only solid ground one can rely on in a world where anything and anyone can be taken away from you at any time. “These last 10 months have been hard. But we have found they aren’t impossible since each day comes one at a time. Last May 30 started like any other day. Who knew by 5:30 p.m. our lives would be changed forever. Christopher did not have a chance to say goodbye. He lives with his dad in his heart. He doesn’t seem to have the need to visit the cemetery often because that isn’t where his dad is,” she said. “Nothing in life is a sure thing nor is your life totally in your control. You have to give it (problems solving that Dad’s do, feeling cheated out of a Dad, not having him there for you and your siblings) up to God because it is too much to handle on your own.  One needs some kind of higher help.  If one does not have that, this journey will be thousands of times harder than it already is.” Last summer, his family traveled to the small town of Leadville, Colo., where

Chris grew deeper in his faith after reading John Eldredge’s novel Wild at Heart. “This book talks about how to gain the masculine heart through God. I found something that I never knew I was looking for. It formed a whole new appreciation for God and all of his creations. I saw this as an opening to new things. God doesn’t want me to be scared. He wants me to go out and explore the Earth and take some chances.” When CF grad, Brett Williams, approached Chris, asking if he’d be willing to speak at Nazareth’s Good Friday service, he realized this was one of those chances. Even though his loss of a father, a coach, a mentor and a friend will always be there, the experience has challenged Chris to live his life to the fullest and live it for both his earthly father and his Father in heaven. “Part of Eldredge’s message is that we need to live as God designed, which is to be dangerous, passionate, alive and free. This past year I have learned to avoid being judgmental and try to be more optimistic. I don’t try to judge people by their cover anymore; there is more to people than that. Something else this whole ordeal taught me is to make the most out of life. We have this one shot at glory, so we better not waste it. It’s what you do in your collection of moments on Earth that makes your life what it is. I want to fill my moments with devotion to the community, self and God.”



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Adventureland: Film shines as comic coming of age tale Entertainment Editor



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Got those waiting on a summer job blues? You know, those months before school starts where you try and save up as much moola as you can before the school year begins and you’re left broker than you ever were? Well, the cast of Adventureland can relate, in this quirky but fun ’80s era film where James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) works at a run-down amusement park in his last summer before heading to graduate school. Picking a perfect East-coast state for such a rom-com (Pennsylvania), Greg Mottola directs this film with a goal to bring back the nostalgia of the ’80s for many. Eisenberg’s Brennan dreams of

spending his last summer before the real work starts in Europe, but due to family finances, his plans are derailed, and thus he find himself working in an amusement park filled with crazy characters like Em (Kristen Stewart) who is such a good-bad girl with her own family problems and a bit of a scorned attitude from her last relationship that she coaxes out parts of James he had left previously untapped. As any good coming-of-age film, Mottola recognizes that this film needs more than a romantic lead to get its feet off the ground, no matter how sharp and alluring Stewart has proven time and again she can be. Cue Bill Hader as the rah-rah boss, Margarita Levieva as the vixen/tease or Ryan Reynolds as the maintenance guy who is far more

sensitive than he lets on and sports a rumor that he might have once jammed with Lou Reed. Mottola does a magnificent job of painting a picture of the ’80s and yet keeping it modern, and his vision of the ever hilarious coming of age motif is as adorably quirky as it gets. Drawing from those ever-present (despite era differences) sources of teen angst: family problems, romantic woes, annoying co-workers and all this mental confusion preparing to become totally independent causes. The events of the film are eclectic and yet oddly regimented, as a day in the life of a minimum-wage worker must be, and though it adds a bit of amusingly morbid monotony to the film, it also detracts from its overall atmosphere, boring the audience at

times. But overall, with a fantastically fitting soundtrack and brilliantly planned low-tech filming type, Adventureland is a winning, perfectly pitched coming of age flick with all the quirks, laughs, love and selfdiscovery one could ask for. No matter how many times you see the plot, it never gets old as long as the director is doing his or her job in refreshing the experience. Mottola does an expert job in reviving the age-old classic tale, and the cast certainly does its part to bring up the comedy and realistic characters to life on the screen. This makes adults simultaneously yearn for their youth and thank their lucky stars its long past, and creating a very relatable bond with adolescent viewers.

ER finale episode disappoints Maggie Devine Entertainment Editor

I have watched ER for as long as I can remember. The iconic television show is almost as old as I am, and I can’t remember a time where, at nine o’clock, I did not settle in and watch it with my mom. Sadly, the program ended this past Thursday after a long 15-year stretch with a special two-hour episode. The finale, entitled “And In The End…” begins at four in the morning with a shot of the L-Train rounding County General Hospital in the pouring rain. Excitement mounts as we see Dr. Gates (John Stamos) get coffee from the familiar Jumbo Mart and return to the hospital to treat the incoming patients. What made ER great was its focus on the patients. Thankfully, the finale episode kept this and brought inspiring characters. One man, treated by med student Julia (Alexis Bledel) comes to the ER as his immune system fails due to AIDS (which he has survived with for 20

years). Another patient, although she is in a coma for virtually the entire episode, makes an impression on Gates. She comes to the ER with an blood alcohol content level of .420 after winning a game of “I never” at a party. If the girl ever wakes up, she will most likely have brain damage. Gates spends the whole episode worrying about her and thinking about how he never wants that to happen to his non-biological daughter, Sara. As in the first episode, a pregnant woman comes into the ER, and Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) has to try to save her and her babies (she’s pregnant with twins). “And In The End…” is full of these funny little homages, which makes it fun for life-long fans. Actually, there was a pretty big, funny homage. The daughter of Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), who died of brain cancer, comes back as a med student at County. That was probably the best part of the episode, as it gave everyone a little reminder of the iconic doctor. And, of course, tons of characters

came back. Throughout the season, we’ve had many people return, including Dr. Ross (George Clooney) (swoon). In this episode, however, we had Drs. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes), and Carter’s estranged wife, Kem (Thandie Newton). So we’ve got the basics, right? Patients with stories, favorite characters and homages to the series. Sounds like a great finale episode. Well, not for me. Only seeing George Clooney and his wife Nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) once a few episodes ago I did not like. I felt like they should have played a bigger role. And where was Dr. Chen (MingNa)? Also missing were Drs. Luka Kovac (Goran Visnjic) and Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney), who left at the beginning of the season. This being the last episode, I did not feel like loose ends were tied up, either. I never fully understood what was going on between Carter and his wife. She comes for the opening of the Joshua Carter Center, as she

was Joshua’s mother (Joshua was a stillbirth). However, she was late, and she left right away and would hardly talk to Carter. It was really very awkward and I felt bad for him. Although, they did plan to speak in the morning. Another thing, ER producers: why waste the whole season talking about Dr. Simon Brenner (David Lyons) and his sexual-abuse past, and then just drop it? Why put him and Neela together, only to rip them apart a few episodes before she leaves? Then show Neela on webcam with Dr. Ray Barnett (Shane West) and have him seem to be OK with it? The ending of ER, however, was quite good. At a power sub-station, an explosion occurs, which forces pretty much every single ER doc to have to suit up and take a patient. Then the theme song, which has not been played for several years, comes on as the camera zooms out and we finally see the exterior of our infamous County General as the L-train wraps around it.

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Athlete Week of the

Allison Duchman Women’s Track Junior

District Distinction

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Junior Deb Mahler and Steven Wormser were just two of the Cedar Falls athletes to ensure that the high school was well represented at the Special Olympics District Track at UNI on Sunday, March 29. Results from the event include the following: Morgan Henriksen: 1st long jump, 3rd softball throw; Deb Mahler: 1st 100m., 1st 200m.; Tyler Nelson: 2nd 50m., 3rd softball throw; Jeff Porter: 2nd long jump, 2nd softball throw, 1st 400m. relay; Caitlin Thoms: 1st 100m. wheel chair, 3rd softball throw; Chey Wheeler: 1st 50m. 1st long jump, 1st 400m. relay;Tiffany Flugum: 4th tennisball throw.

High-flying Tigers win Early Bird Staff Writer

The men’s track team took first place in both JV and varsity at the meet in Ankeny on Friday April 3. The Tigers ran against the likes of Waterloo West, Des Moines Lincoln, St. Edmonds, Marshalltown and Ankeny. “The Ankeny meet was outstanding! Our ability to score high in many events was the key to our victory in both the varsity and JV

competitions,” coach Bob Schmidt said. Not only did the runners compete well, but they set the record in the distance medley composed with a team of seniors Blake Davis and Jordan Velasquez, and juniors Austin Long and Zach Verbeck. Junior Jacob Tayloe also won the 1,600, and Jake Dix took first place in the shot put. Rounding off the meet, the 4x100 meter relay of freshman James Harrington, juniors Jesse Alexander

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and Jake Jamison, and senior Blake Davis also took first. “In Friday’s meet we were way ahead of where we were last year. We have had a big change in the depth of our team and are scoring in almost every event including field events, which helps our teams points,” sophomore Austin Javellana said. The next scheduled home meet will be the Cole Collinge Relays on Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. At this event Cedar Falls will be

competing with Waverly-Shellrock, Charles City, Mason City, Waterloo East, Waterloo West, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Wahlert, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dike-New Hartford. “It will be exciting to see what else we can do in the future after looking at Friday’s meet,” Javellana said. The next meet up for the Tiger men’s track team is a quadangular that will be held at Waverly on Tuesday, April 7.

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1. What do you like the most about track? The best thing about track is being able to actually see an improvement by times. Nothing feels better than getting a PR or improving your race. 2. What memory do you have that is the most memorable in track? The best memory that happened during track was freshman year when Shawn Shaddox, Danielle Strum, Rocky, Emily Highland and Nina Savage coming home from Drake. Also, hitting up Fazolis every night in Des Moines for Drake or State. 3. Do you have a role model? Who and why? My role model is my dad because he is truly exemplifies what hard work looks like, and I know I have his absolute support in absolutely everything I do.

Tigers in Action

Men’s Track Placed 1st at Ankeny 4/3 Next: Quadangular 4/7 (4:30 @ CR Xavier) Hi Covey Invite 4/11 (1 p.m. @ Ames) Women’s Track & Field Placed 3rd at Xavier 4/3 Next: Ames Invite 4/7 (5 p.m. @ Ames) J-Hawk Invite 4/11 (11 am @CR Jefferson) Men’s Soccer Next: CR Washington 4/9 (5 p.m. @ Home) Women’s Soccer Next: CR Washington 4/9 (4:15 p.m. @ Away) Men’s Tennis Placed 5th at Wahawk Inv. 4/4 Next: CR Washington 4/11 (4 p.m. @ Home) Women’s Tennis Meet postponed

Seniors’ Prom

Saturday, April 4, Senior Leadership hosted the annual prom at Bickford Cottage for the senior residents.

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Pictured (clockwise):Elsa Jehle, Erica Scullin, Natalie Reindl, Michael Miller, Mark Lukasiewicz & Alice Miller with residents

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