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Warrior Wins

The Waterloo Warriors are off to a good start in their season with a 2-0 victory this past weekend. Upcoming games are at 6: 30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids and the Des Moines Oak Leafs Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Young Arena in Waterloo and Saturday night at 7: 45 p.m. at the Metro Ice Rink in Des Moines.

CF students give back to community

SSR Gift Wrapping A gift-wrapping service for the general public run by volunteers from the community. Donations will go to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Who: Anyone interested When: Any time from now until Christmas Where: College Square Mall Why: To benefit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank How: Call Val at 235-0507, or email her at for shift details Inspiration: “It defiantly focuses on giving the gift of time, and it’s always fun to wrap stuff,” said Teresa Martin, SSR adviser and CFHS English teacher.

Mitten Project

A donation of various winter outdoor garments for local kids in need of them Who: The Sophomore Leadership Where: In the designated grade drop off boxes around the school (Seniors: Cafeteria, Juniors: Guidance office, Sophomores: Library) Bonus: In addition to helping, those who turn in items to the library desk will be forgiven any finesthey may have When: Ends Dec. 14 How: Donate garments to the aforementioned boxes Inspiration: “It’s a great cause, and I hope everyone who is able will participate,” Sophomore Leader Elise Berry said.

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Toys For Tots

A toy collection for less fortunate children in the Cedar Valley. Who: The Student Senate, partnering with the local Marine Battalion and the Salvation Army When: Ends Dec. 14 Where: Drop off all toys around the designated areas in the school hallways Why: This project benefits needy children around the Cedar Valley How: Place unwrapped, unopened toys in designated donation boxes

Bell Ringing

Ringing bells outside of Fareway to raise money to help the Salvation Army. Who: Senior Leadership When: They have signed up for 50 shifts Where: Outside Fareway in Cedar Falls Why: This activity is a way to give back to the community How: Ringing bells and greeting customers Inspiration: “We felt like we had to serve the community for Christmas. It’s just a fun way to help people out,” Senior Leader Sarah Patee said.

Taking the stage: Cedar Falls Dance Team receives Division I, second place at state competition Tim Hinkel Staff Writer

Last weekend, in its first performance ever, the CFHS coed dance team took second place at State defeating last year’s winner along with the girl’s dance team that received a Division I rating. “Those kids had the whole place standing and clapping for them,” CFHS dance coach and Family and Consumer Science teacher Gale Bruene said. Four other teams were in Cedar Falls’s division: Ames, Council Bluff, Sioux City West and Des Moines Lincoln. For their routine, they dressed up and grooved to the 70s tunes of Michael Jackson, John Travolta and more. “It was just really enjoyable. We were serious about it and actually went to State but still had fun,” senior Spencer Collins said. There are 17 girls on the dance team, and for coed, each girl had a partner. Starting in September, the team practiced once a week and added in a few extra practices when State neared. “There was a lot of stress at practice before the show. We were getting nothing right, but it all turned out well,” senior Rachel Moser said. The state competition was held in Des Moines in the Veteran’s Auditorium over the last weekend. Coed performed Friday evening while the girl’s dance was earlier in the day. “State was insane. I knew that seniors did it, and I was looking forward to it,” senior Mike Thuesen said. Even with the diverse group of people that were a part of the team, they collaborated very well.

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Struttin’ their stuff at the State Dance Competition in Des Moines Friday are senior co-ed partners Rachel Hakes and Daniel Twito. The team received second place in its division, while the all-girl division took home a Division I rating. “[We] all gelled together really well and everyone came together as a team,” Moser said. The coed dance team is looking forward to showing their home crowd their second place routine numerous times throughout the season. They will perform the routine at Cedar Falls men’s and women’s basketball games, and will also make an appearance in January at the McLeod Center for a UNI men’s basketball game. “We’re thinking about regionals or nationals, but it depends on a lot of things like how much money we’re willing to spend,” Moser said. Overall, the team is excited to continue their 70s celebration, and are very proud of the way their hard work throughout their practices has paid off.

Music department plans multiple nights of holiday favorites Steve Ramsey Staff Writer

December not only marks the holiday season, but it also marks the winter concert season for the CFHS music department. This Thursday, Dec. 7, the CFHS. Orchestra will give its winter concert. It’s a “concert with some very famous pieces by some very famous composers,” said Scott Hall, the orchestra director. They will perform “Dance of the Tumblers” by Nikolai RimskyKorsakov, “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and other pieces. “Having wind and percussion players is always fun for me and fun for the string players,”

said Hall, of having the full orchestra. The chamber orchestra will also perform in the lobby of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center before the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony concert on Saturday, Dec. 9. The concert bands will present their winter concert on Dec. 11. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Kyle Engelhardt, will play “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik, “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst and “Celtic Ritual” by John Higgins. The Wind Symphony will perform “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow, “October” by Eric Whitacre and “Vesuvius” by Frank Tichelli. “Both bands are playing some great music.

Also, the concert will feature our student teacher, Melanie Wuhlfkuhle, conducting “Vesuvius,” a programmatic work by one of the important contemporary composers of band literature,” said Gerald Ramsey who directs the Wind Symphony. The third and final concert by the CFHS music department will be the choral concert on Monday, Dec. 18. Selections include “O Magnum Mysterium” by Tomas Luis de Victoria and “Salmo” by Ernani Aguiar among many others. The mixed chorus, concert choir, small select ensemble and many soloists will be singing. “We also have a group of rappin’ reindeer and special visit from Santa,” choir director, Kendra Wohlert said.

Orchestra Concert Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Band Concert Monday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Choir Concert Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for K-12 students.




Our View


Adopt Anti-Bullying Act Last year, an openly lesbian Waterloo West High School student faced more than just the common pressures of adolescence. She was the target of nearly constant harassment by some of her peers because of her sexual orientation. She had to endure being called hurtful names, receiving threatening notes in her locker and even occasional physical assault. Even though she reported these problems to school administrators, they did very little to take care of the situation. This example of administrative unresponsiveness to a serious harassment situation is only one of the many examples of this sort of injustice that occurs in schools all across the state. On Dec. 11, the Waterloo School Board will vote on an enumerated district-wide policy, similar to the one that the Cedar Falls School District approved six years ago. This policy would protect various groups of students who are frequent targets of bullies. Even if this action fails, there is still hope for Iowa students. The AntiBullying Act, a statewide bill that was on the agenda for the Iowa legislature last year, states that “the state of Iowa is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.” The bill goes on to further state that protected “trait or characteristic of the student includes, but is not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, socioeconomic status, or familial status.” This particular bill was narrowly defeated last year, but will be reintroduced to the Iowa legislature for this upcoming year, and due to changes in the legislature, it will likely pass. The Tiger Hi-Line editors feel that the safety of students is inherently one of the most essential components to a quality education. We feel that it is the responsibility of school districts and lawmakers to do everything in their power to protect their students from harassment, and we especially support these anti-discrimination policies because of their inclusive nature that will help prevent administrative apathy to the serious problem of harassment. We see these policies as a large step toward ensuring a safe climate in our schools for all students.

Crisis in Sudan: When I first considered writing this article, I thought that I would include a survey with it. The survey question would have been something like “Do you think the United States should do more to help Darfur ?” Besides the simple yes or no answer, I knew I would have to include an alternative answer which would have been something like “I have no idea what Dafur is.” It then occurred to me that most likely most of the people I surveyed would choose the third answer. For those of you who don’t know, Darfur is a region in western Sudan. The country of Sudan has experienced a lot of fighting and civil wars in the past, but the fighting that began in the Dafur region in 2003 has evolved into an entirely separate problem. It is hard thankful to explain and “I’m forunderstand the adwhat exactly is happening in Darfur, ministrative staff, because but basically the fighting is between without them wouldn’t rebel groups such as theIJustice Equality Movement Liberation have 1st and andSudan 7th hour reMovement/Armyleases.” and government supported militias like the Janjaweed. The rebel groups, composed mostly of —Reid African people, have accusedErikson the Arab Senior government of mistreating them in favor of Arabs. These accusations then cause the government to arm Arab mi-

litias like the Janjaweed to control the rebel groups. T h e actual fighting that is happening in Darfur is not the Kellie Petersen real problem, Staff Writer though. It is the tremendous human rights crisis that has resulted from it. The people that make up the rebel groups come mostly from three main ethnic groups in Darfur: the Fur, Zaghawa and Massaalit ethnic groups. It is because of this that the government militias have targeted innocent civilians, “I’m thankful to live a many coun-of whom are women and children, from try where you are allowed to these ethnic groups. Horrible crimes express your religious views like mass killings, rapes, looting and and not be persecuted for the burning of the entire villages have occurred. Many in organizations believing a God.” have referred to these acts—Sara as ethnicPattee cleansing and even genocide. An exact death Senior total is unclear, but the United Nations estimates that 400,000 people have died as a result of the fighting and starvation and that two million people

have been displaced from their homes. What makes the crisis worse is that the Sudanese government has not allowed U.N. peacekeeping troops to enter the country. It is also very difficult for humanitarian organizations to enter the country to administer aid to the people of Dafur. I understand that many of you that read this article are probably aware of the crisis in Darfur. I also understand that just because this is a high school publication does not make the readers any more unaware of the problem. My point was not to make people feel guilty for not knowing about what is happening in Darfur and other places around the world. I certainly do not think people should feel guilty about not knowing about places like Darfur, but “I for am choosing to not for knowmy anything thankful about them. Thanksgiving turkey.” If you would like to help the people —Shyann Beach of Darfur there are several organizations in which you Sophomore can make donations through. Some of these are listed below:

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befriends the known enemy. The film is filled with explosive action rather than the inconspicuous twists I enjoyed watching in the other Bond films. David Craig’s expressionless look hides his charm, which is only heard by the words he speaks. Working as a cold, calculating machine, he executes his goals without subtlety, which is what gets him in trouble. What brought me distaste immediately was the obvious product placement in the film. Sony must’ve essentially forked the bill for the production in order to feature its Sony Ericcson cell phones. A lot of the cell phones come into play furthering the plot. Other obvious products include Vaio Computers and the Ford Motor Company in the Bahamas chapter of the story. Beautiful women are also in no short supply, of course. After the torture and death of Dimitro’s girlfriend Solange (Caterina Murino), Bond is redeployed under the watchful eye of M and is off to Montenegro to compete in the Ca-

sino Royale card game. Accompanying him is Vesper (Eva Green), bringing the $10 million needed to compete, as well as her strong intelligence and beauty. At first a distant professional relationship and displeasure of each other’s company begins, but, of course, Vesper and Bond eventually fall into a romantic relationship—romantic enough for Bond to turn in his resignation, but after the winnings from the poker game go missing, the story takes a wonderful twist. This film portrays Bond from his infancy of being a 00 agent where he doesn’t think before he acts to where he quickly acquires the maturity and wisdom to work in world espionage and international intrigue and gain the essential distrust for even those who are believed to be trusted. This Bond film was nothing fantastic as it was built up to be. Despite the plot, I do believe that David Craig will become one of the great Bonds that will bring glory and prestige to the Bond trilogy and its continuing tradition.

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Casino Royale returns Bond series to its roots Guest Reviewer

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Darfur deserves public attention

When I went to see the latest 007 flick, Casino Royale, I had (understandably) high expectations for the new Bond on the block. The Bond we see in the latest film, played by Daniel Craig, starts before he becomes a double-0. It is essentially the story from Ian Fleming’s first Bond book. After registering two official kills, the story shifts to Bond’s first assignment as a 00 agent. His new job takes him to Madagascar, tracking a terrorist, Mollaka (Sebastian Foucan). After an embarrassing leak of Bond’s actions at an African embassy, Bond independently pursues LE CHIFFRE, the world banker for terrorists, who’s raising terrorist money to compete in a world poker game in Montenegro at the Casino Royale, which, if he losses, could put a end to his banking and his life. In this Bond film the subtleties of world espionage don’t come into play. Bond always is discovered and never




Waterloo Warriors hockey team defeats Quad City team in a 2-0 shut out Friday night Katy Schult Sports Editor

The Waterloo Warriors hockey team had a very busy agenda over the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 1, the team faced the ninth-ranked Quad City team and came out with a 2-0 win. On Saturday, Dec. 2, the team faced the first-ranked DM Oak Leafs, with an ending score of 3-1 in favor of the Oak Leafs. The Warriors are currently ranked fourth, with a record of 7-3. In the game Friday night, the Warriors had a total of 23 shots at the goal, two of which ended in goals for the team. The Quad City team had 30 attempts at the goal, none of which resulted in goals. The first of the Warrior’s goals came at the 9:35 mark in the first period by #37 Zach Hester, a junior from Cedar Falls. The final goal of the night came in the second period at the 6:12 mark by #36 Jayson Beal, junior from Waterloo West. The team ended up with four penalties for the night. In the first period, the team was penalized for tripping

and slashing, each ending up with a team member in the penalty box for two minutes. In the second period, the team was penalized for head checking, and in the third period penalized for roughing. The Quad City team had five penalties during the night: interference, two for tripping, roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct. In the game on Saturday night, the Warriors played the DM Oak Leafs at the Metro Ice Rink. The Warriors had a total of 19 shots at the goal, one of which ended up in a goal for the team. The home team had 46 shots at the goal, three of which ended up in goals for the Oak Leafs. The Warrior goal was scored by a sophomore from Walnut Ridge, #7 Jake Irey, in the second period at the 13:59 mark. Irey is currently leading the Warriors in points with nine goals. The Warriors ended up with a total of 11 penalties at the end of the night. In the first period, the team was penalized for holding, delay of game and tripping. In the second period, the War-

riors had three penalties consisting of Andrew Metcalf, said he feels that the hooking, roughing and tripping. The Warriors are off to an impressive start. majority of the Warriors penalties came “We are off to a good start so far, in the third period. The Warriors were compared to last season, and I think if penalized twice for tripping, slashing, we keep playing as a team, we’ll be up too many men, hooking and interfer- in the top teams,” Metcalf said. ence. “ O u r The Oak goaltending Leafs had is outstandnine penaling this year. ties through We have a the whole sophomore night. The starting in the penalties net for us,” consisted says Metcalf of tripping, about the —Andrew Metcalf team’s strong three for interference, Waterloo Warriors points. holding, With 20 elbowing, games left in cross checkthe season, ing, high sticking and roughing. the Warriors face the number 12Only 10 games into the season, the ranked team from Cedar Rapids tomorWarrior team is starting off well and row night at 6:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, setting a good pace for the rest of the and the DM Oak Leafs again on Friday season. Two of the team’s three loses at 8:30 p.m. at Young Arena in Watercame in extra periods. loo and Saturday night at 7:45 p.m. at Senior from Waterloo West, #23 the Metro Ice Rink in Des Moines.

“Our goaltending is outstanding this year, we have a sophomore starting in the net for us.”

Women’s bowling team falls in first home meet against Senior; looks for better things to come Briana McGeough Bowling Correspondent

Rolling a highly respectable 231 in one game, newcomer to the team Jessica Fuller, a freshman at Holmes, topped all CFHS scores in her first-ever high school meet on Friday, Dec. 1, which was also the first meet of the season for the varsity women’s team. “ J e s s i c a ’s score is big for the team,” bowling coach Diana Sidler said. Before the meet, the bowling team walked into a fan-packed Valley Park Lanes. “We had more fans here tonight than

ever. It is really great,” Sidler said. As the team entered the event, they were confident but cautious. “We would like to win, but our goal is to do our best,” CFHS junior Michelle Bamber said. As the meet progressed, the scores became v e r y close. “ W e c o u l d definitely win this meet,” C F H S —Diana Sidler jAui nmi eo er CF Bowling Coach K o h l e r said. I n the end, however, the Cedar Falls team fell a bit short of competitor Dubuque Senior. The final score of the varsity meet was

“Fans can look forward to some better scores. We really do have some talent and some girls who will be good.”

a close 2398-2302. On the junior varsity circuit, it was a similar story. Dubuque Senior ended up ahead with a narrow lead of 19771874. “The team didn’t bowl quite as well as it could have,” Sidler said. The CFHS team is not too disappointed by this loss and plans to rally for the next meet, which is this Friday at Coral Lanes in Iowa City against the Iowa City West team. The bowlers also have high hopes for their next home meet against Dubuque-Wahlert on Dec. 15. This year the women’s bowling team has a promising crop of new athletes that will likely show a lot of growth during the season. In addition to Jessica Fuller, the team also has several other rookies, including Mallory Adams, Michelle Bamber and Jessica Wingert. “We expect to grow progressively throughout the season,” Bamber said.

Bamber bowled a score of 132 in her first-ever competitive bowling game. The expected growth of both the new players and the experienced players gives Sidler positive predictions for the rest of their year. “Fans can look forward to some better scores,” Sidler said. “We really do have some talent and some girls who will be good.” Overall, the team concurs with this optimistic view of this year’s bowling season. “We’re becoming more strong in our game and settling in our niche for the team,” senior Libby Schmidake said. If the rest of the season goes as planned, this could mean a long road of success for the bowlers. “It’s early in the season, so it is hard to tell how it is going to go. Hopefully, we will improve and head on to State. It is definitely possible this year,” senior Rae Sires said.

Athlete Week of the

David Weidenbacher Junior Wrestler

David Weidenbacher is a junior member of the CFHS wrestling team. He is a University of Iowa wrestling fan. He does not plan to pursue his wrestling career after high school. 1, What do you do to prepare yourself for a match?

Drill with a partner, get a good sweat going, listen to music and get mentally ready. 2. What does your diet consist of during wrestling season?

Eat a lot less: piece of fruit for breakfast, Chex Mix and milk for lunch and water before bed. 3.What made you want to wrestle in high school? I started in fourth grade and just figured I’d keep doing it. 4. What did it mean to get a pin in your first match? Good confidence for this year, and it puts you on a good note for the rest of the season.




Men’s Basketball (1-0) played at CR Xavier last night Next Up: CR Kennedy 12/8 (Home at 6 p.m.) Women’s Basketball (3-1) played at Class 3A #4 CR Xavier last night Next Up: CR Kennedy 12/8 (Home at 6 p.m.) Decorah 12/9 (Away at 5 p.m.) Wrestling defeated Columbus 54-21 Next Up: Waterloo East 12/7 (Home at 6:15 p.m.) Women’s Bowling lost to Dubuque Senior 2398-2302 Next Up: IC West 12/8 (Away at 3:45 p.m.)





STUDENT ARTISTS Art club, Open Studio give students opportunity to express themselves Katie Lee Staff Writer

On Thursday nights, it may be an easy task to locate the artists of Cedar Falls High School—at Open Studio in the art department. While Open Studio has been around for many years, new this year to the school is a by-product of the program, the art club. Thursday, Nov. 16, marked the first CFHS art club meeting. Elected officers of the 2006 CFHS art club include senior president Alex Gilbert, senior vice president Lisa Jiang, sophomore secretary Sarah Leedom, senior treasurer Michael Geary and senior publicist Lucy Weilein. Chris Schulte, CFHS art instructor and faculty adviser of art club, explained the reasoning behind Open Studio and art club. “Open Studio began many years ago as a way to give students the opportunity to explore different interests in art. It is designed for those taking drawing classes who are interested in

ceramics, jewelry or other related areas,” Schulte said. “This way, anyone can come in and explore art.” Students like Jiang and Gilbert typically join the 10 or 15 other artists who frequent Open Studio once a week. “I like how you basically do what you want for three and a half hours,” Jiang said. Gilbert goes to Open Studio in hopes of understanding more about his own artistic abilities. “Open Studio leaves your actions open to experimentation,” Gilbert said. “Here, it’s about finding your artistic identity. I hope to achieve a better understanding of what my strong artistic vision is.” Other students enjoy coming to Open Studio because unlike in regular art class, they are not given a letter grade or given projects they must complete. “Open Studio is fun. You have a lot of freedom to do what you want without the pressure of grades or expectations,” Weilein said. According to Schulte, the goals

of art club are to get more people involved in Open Studio, to prepare seniors with legitimate art experience, to help students build portfolios for the future and to provide an opportunity to share artwork with other artists. Upcoming project possibilities for art club include mural work in the community and other school opportunities such as art sales or silent auctions. “For those who maybe are not involved in other extracurricular activities, art club is an activity for them to join and take part in,” Schulte said. The artists involved in art club extend an invitation to all students to come and experience art. “Anyone interested in experimenting and exploring the wonderful world of art should come—you don’t need to be a master of the wheel, paintbrush or pencil; we’ll make room for you,” Gilbert said. The art studio will be now be open Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Art club will meet Thursdays during Open Studio starting at 4 p.m.

Charitable art show to benefit ‘Invisible Children’ Willa Simmet Feature Editor

Willa Simmet Photos (From top to bottom) Showing off her artwork, created by drawing still life with charcoal and erasers is junior Michelle Bamber. Working on the same project are junior Derrek Sutherland, senior Rachel Jensen and junior Katrina Bauer.

Uganda is one of the most dangerous places for a child to grow up. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerilla army that has abducted 30,000 children in northern Uganda, trains them to be combat soldiers while breaking all of the children’s bonds with their families and society. The children are forced to kill family members and other children. The army usually kidnaps during the night, often when children are sleeping in their families’ homes. Tens of thousands of children commute by night, walking for hours into villages. These children are referred to as “invisible children” because they appear in packs from out of nowhere. Invisible Children, Inc. provides children with education, health care and mentors during the year.

Willa Simmet Photos

Publicizing the Amnesty Internation art show that will benefit Invisible Children, Inc. is this poster created by ’06 CFHS grad Brad Highnam.

(From top to bottom) Working on their painting class assignments are junior Megan Creasey, junior Alice Peck, junior Jacob Stastny and senior Alex Gilbert.

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