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•Cedar Falls Athletic Booster Club 9th Annual Tiger Golf Classic will be held at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course on Thursday, June 21, with a shot-gun start at 1 p.m. The registration deadline is June 10 and the cost is $70 per golfer. Sign-up early, as this event does fill up. Registration forms are available in the Cedar Falls High School Office, Cedar Falls Parks and Rec Center and Pheasant Ridge Pro Shop. For more information, call 277-0689. •The senior graduation party will be Sunday, May 27 from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Coconuts Beach Club in Cedar Falls. •The CFHS annual blood drive will be on May 16 in the band room. Students must be 16, weigh 120 pounds and have turned in a registration form. Donors of 16 to 17 must also turn in a parental release form. Forms can be acquired from science teachers Susan Considine and Marcey Hand and business teacher Kelli Diemer.
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Cambodia school project exceeds expectations Kellie Peterson Staff Writer
The Cedar Falls School District has been putting a lot of effort into the project begun by the high school Amnesty International chapter to build an elementary school in Cambodia. Since late February, the main efforts have been focused on fundraising, which has reached an estimated $9,000 to $9,500 after last weekend’s efforts. The total needed to build the school is $15,000, and the Amnesty group had initially hoped to reach $7,000 of this by this time. “Well, it’s definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations—even ours,” Moussavi said about the fundraising process. This impressive start to the fundraising process would not have been possible without help from many groups at school and people throughout the community. “We’ve had a lot of support, far more than we had anticipated, both from the community and the school,” senior Amnesty International President Sheila Moussavi said. Moussavi said that many people have come forward to organize fund-
raisers independently, as opposed to earlier in the process when Amnesty was responsible for the fundraising. One of these fundraisers includes the “Kickin’ It for Cambodia” 5K walk/run that was organized by Student Senate. The 5K walk/run took place on May 5 at George Wyth State Park. A total of 78 people were registered to run, with a total of 67 people actually participating. Just registering also proved to be beneficial considering the $15 pre-registration fee, or the $25 fee to register the day of the race. CFHS guidance counselor and Student Senate faculty adviser Ryan Flaherty explained that the group of eight students that planned the 5K walk/run were one of four Student Senate groups that were given $100 to do a service project of their choice. The group of eight students—that included seniors Lisa Zanotti, Ashley Minikus, Chelsea Jehle, Lesley Thompson, Kallie Thompson, Stephen Miller and Elliot Tensen as well as junior Summer Anderson—raised the most money and were the only group that chose to partner with Amnesty and the Cambodia school project for their fundraiser. The 5K walk/run was
highly successful, profiting $2,000. Of this $2,000, $1,433 was raised through race registration while $625 was raised from sponsors. Cedar Heights Elementary School also donated $500 from its personal fundraising projects for the cause. Flaherty said that he thought that
Upcoming Fundraisers Choir Concert and Art Show May 21 in CFHS auditorium ($4-$5)
The Office senson finalé party May 17 in CFHS auditorium ($2) Concert at the Boathouse TBA the 5K walk/run went fantastically and was a great success. “They worked really hard, and I think a lot of their work paid off,” Flaherty said. Another upcoming fundraiser that will go toward the school in Cambodia is the spring choir concert. The choir concert on May 21 is a regularly scheduled concert for the choir, only this time they have chosen to give all of the proceeds from ticket
sales to Amnesty for use in the Cambodia school project. Tickets will be $4 for students and $5 for adults, with no activity passes accepted. CFHS choral director Kendra Wohlert said that she wanted the ticket proceeds to go to the Cambodia school project because it was a worthwhile cause. Wohlert also said that she was proud of Cedar Falls High School for having an Amnesty chapter. She said that she could like the concert to generate $500 for the Cambodia school project. The concert will be at 8 p.m. in the CFHS auditorium. It will feature the mixed chorus, concert choir and cantuse singers. There will also be a special men’s ensemble organized by senior choir member Andrew Clopton. The men’s ensemble will sing the song “Lullaby” to commemorate the Cambodia cause. “It was nice of him to think of a special commemoration to the cause,” Wohlert said. Along with choir concert, there will also be an art show in the lobby. The art show features student art from all areas of the art department. It is primarily a fundraiser for Art Club, but any extra art that is donated will be
auctioned off to benefit the Cambodia school project. “Our hope is that we will have enough artwork to help with Art Club and the Cambodia schools fund,” CFHS art teacher and Art Club faculty adviser Christopher Shulte said. Yet another fundraiser to be mentioned is the Cedar Heights penny drive organized by Senior Leadership. “Oh, I just really hope that we could get all the schools in the district behind this idea,” CFHS English teacher and Senior Leadership faculty adviser Diane Flaherty said. Flaherty also said that she thought the Cambodia school project was good for the school and the community. There are still many more fundraisers to come. Amnesty has been organizing a raffle that will be announced at the choir concert on May 21, and they will host a party in the auditorium for the season finalé of The Office on Thursday, May 17. The group is also planning an end of the year show at the Boathouse. Amnesty’s original fundraising goal for the year has been $7,000. It is clear that they have far exceeded it, and much in part to the assistance of other people and groups.
Secondary schools face $100,000 budget shortfall Briana McGeough Feature Editor
As the end of the ’06-’07 school year quickly approaches, Cedar Falls administrators are already hard at work on the budget for the 2007-2008 school year, and the plans include cuts in spending. At the beginning of this year, the Cedar Falls School District had some budget concerns as costs rose more rapidly than available funds. “We had to cut $400,000 from our budget,” Director of Secondary Education Dan Conrad said. As a result, the school had to work to reduce spending wherever possible. One way that they did this was by purchasing fewer supplies. “We’ve tried to be very efficient and order the minimum this year,” CFHS
principal Rich Powers said. Administrators also made an effort to reduce the number of sections offered of each class. “One thing that should be transparent to students is that we have tried to balance out class sizes, and that helps us minimize extra sections that can be costly,” Powers said. The budget situation has improved during the last year. “We will have a slight increase in enrollment, so we are in better shape. Our biggest plan is to replace reductions made last year,” Conrad said. Even though the administration hopes to replace some of the supplies that could not be purchased for this year, further budget reductions are in sight. Secondary buildings hope to reduce the budget of the three schools by $100,000 next year.
“We’re close to being on track with that, and that has been done mostly through carefully replacing staff where there have been retirements,” Powers said. Staffing costs are expected to decrease next year. “We will reduce staff as needed based on enrollment, so some departments will have staff increases and some will have decreases.” Conrad said. This reduction of staff will not require layoffs. “Our staffing needs will drop. One thing that is important is that we tried to make staff reductions where we had the opportunity. No current staff members lost their jobs,” Powers said. Some additions will be made to the staff. The math department will increase by a half position, and a new,
half-time administrator, who will focus on the sophomore class, will also be added. “We are in the process of adding a half-time position that will primarily assist with activity and athletic supervision as well as some discipline and attendance. This position has not been finalized yet,” Powers said. Adding this administrator will bring Cedar Falls High School closer to the amount of administrative support that other districts have. “If you look at schools similar to Cedar Falls in size, we are pretty understaffed in that particular area. This will allow us to offer more support for activities and athletics,” Powers said. Even with the addition of this staff person, Cedar Falls High School will still have fewer administrators per capita than many schools.
“We will still be down almost half of a person, but this new person will bring us closer to the average,” Conrad said. Though the budget must be finished before next year, planning ahead with staffing and supply needs is always a struggle. “As our student population ebbs and flows, it is difficult to have a consistent target. For example, we could pick up close to 20 students after school starts next year, but that is difficult to plan for,” Powers said. With all of the budget-related challenges that they have recently, even administrators have learned lessons this past year. “We have learned how to budget creatively. We’ve really looked at how to reduce the budget while also increasing resources,” Conrad said.
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Schools overstep boundries with Facebook As Facebook.com memberships continue to soar, schools are beginning to see the online world as an excellent venue for monitoring students. Recently, some schools have considered using Facebook, for example, to keep tabs on student behavior. Expectedly, there has been rising debate over how far schools’ authority should extend. Our answer: not very. Or at least not so far that they have ready access to student online programs like Facebook.com. To begin with, it seems like an ineffective approach to preventing drug or alcohol use. Monitoring students online will probably only affect how many pictures they take of themselves behaving illegally. But even supposing it did prevent alcohol intake, for example, it should not be the schools responsibility to facilitate it. While we can appreciate schools’ interests in knowing as much as possible about their students, monitoring online is significantly overstepping their bounds. It is one thing for schools to administer punishment when a student is turned in for inappropriate or illegal behavior. It is an entirely different thing to search these students out via the Internet. The police, for example, may be better suited for this job. Following the recent legalization of student drug and alcohol testing in New Jersey, many have expressed concern over schools’ increasing authority over their students’ outside lives. And with the addition of the Facebook controversy, their concerns may be justified. Rather than focusing on what students take pictures of in their free time, administrators should continue to focus on how students perform inside the school. The time and energy used to monitor students online could be put to better use within the classroom.
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Call Me Irresponsible:
Michael Buble’s third album re-invents jazz standards
For the jazz and easy listening lover of today, finding a modern artist to match the likes of Frank Sinatra is Torie Jochims more than Staff Writer difficult, and few come up to Harry Connick, Jr. standards, but if you’re on the look out for something that perhaps you haven’t heard before, you can stop your search now. Michael Buble has been called the “Frank Sinatra of today” before, and the Canada native certainly delivers to these standards. His new release, “Call Me Irresponsible” is filled with classics, but the album gives them a satisfying new twist. This is Buble’s third studio album, and he continues to please jazz fans everywhere. The first track of the album “The Best Is Yet To Come” starts the album off with a positive bang. The song opens with Michael singing a capella to only a snapping background, a piano enters shortly after, and then the song crescendos with a loud brass and percussion entrance. The song encompasses all the necessities of a good jazz tune, and this crooner’s velvety smooth voice doesn’t disappoint on this track, or any others. Title track “Call Me Irresponsible”
wowed me. The romance in the song is nearly palpable; his band plays amazingly well, supporting Buble’s brilliant voice in the perfect way. The lyrics take on a meaning of love in this song, and even during the purely instrumental portions, you know that it is a jazz song that has tested time, lived, died, and been brought back to a shiny new life through the talents of this crooner. A track that was released as a single before the album, and is an original composition by Buble and his production team, “Everything” also amazed me. It’s a different track than the others, with a bit more of a poppy feel. The lyrics open with another sweet declaration of love: “You’re a falling star, you’re the getaway car, you’re the line in the sand when I go too far. You’re the swimming pool on an August day, and you’re the perfect thing to say.” The music slowly adds more instrumentation to a guitar and pianofocused song. Its medium-pace allows you to indulge in the musical merit for a full 3 minutes and 33 seconds. While the CD as a whole was another overwhelming success for Buble, one track failed to impress me as largely as I expected every track to do. The duet “Comin’ Home Baby” with Boyz II Men was a hit and miss track for the legend-in-the-making. Had the song been laced with a bit more feeling and instrumentation, and had the boy band been abandoned to leave only Buble’s more than capable voice to carry the
song, this track, too, would have been a success. Unfortunately, the barber shop-esque feel of this song leaves much to be desired. Though “Comin Home” failed to impress me, the rest of the album is a magnificent mix of classics, originals, solos and duets. For every jazz lover out there, and even for some who love music, I highly recommend this album as well as Buble’s others. If you listen and approve, I would suggest you consider purchasing the special edition album with the bonus track “L O V E” in which Buble takes another classic and makes sure that it will never be forgotten, executing it with brilliant flair. “Call Me Irresponsible” promises to be an extremely successful album and has my stamp of excellence. The entire track listing for the album is as follows: 1. The Best Is Yet To Come 2. It Had Better Be Tonight 3. Me and Mrs. Jones 4. I’m Your Man 5. Comin’ Home Baby 6. Lost 7. Call Me Irresposonsible 8. Wonderful Tonight 9. Everything 10. I’ve Got The World On A String 11. Always On My Mind 12. That’s Life 13. Dream 14. (Bonus Track on special edition) L O V E.
What is your favorite summer album?
Robert Mobley Janitor
“My favorite summer album is Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison album because I grew up on a farm, and I am a country boy.”
Brooke Argotsinger Sophomore
“Jack Johnson’s album Between Dreams is my favorite summer album because it makes me feel like I’m on the beach and making banana pancakes on a rainy summer morning.”
Ben Prostine Senior
“The organic sounds of the acoustic guitars, the sweet harmonies, the clapping that reminds me of tree’s clapping and the digital blips that remind me of the urban world make Akron Family’s album, Self Titled, the best summer CD.”
Disc golf craze hitting students all around area Tim Hinkel Staff Writer
Like a drive off the tee-box disc golf is taking off in popularity, starting with college students and slowing entering the high school age group. What is it about disc golfing that is so appealing? Is it the fact that it is free besides the cost of discs? Maybe because it’s fun or relaxing? “I play because I’m decent at it. It’s way easy,” junior Louis Hilgemann said. Disc golf is played very similarly to golf, but has its differences. • You throw from a cement slab that points toward the basket. • Each “hole” is a chain-linked basket about 3 feet off the ground on a pole. • You have a driver (lighter, more flexible disc), a mid-range (heavier than driver) and a putter (heavy disc, resembles a regular Frisbee). • Each hole has a par or amount of shots you have to make it in the hole. • In disc golf, you add how many points you go over par to your total score, or subtract if you get under par. If you got par on every hole,
you end score would be zero. • There are a variety of ways you can throw the disc, including the tomahawk (over the head), forehand and backhand.
Louis and his friends go out to disc golf almost everyday of the week at Tourist Park in Cedar Falls, which is located across the street from Island Park. “I’ve played for about a year. Recently I’ve been playing more,” junior Ryan Rieger said. There are two other courses in the Waterloo area, one at Valley View Park, a nine-hole course, and another at Waterloo Exchange Park, a 27-hole course. “I’ve played the nine-hole course in Waterloo before,” Hilgemann said. Disc golfing is getting more and more popular every day, and it’s spreading by word of mouth for the most part. “My friends told me about it,” Hilgemann said. All in all, disc golfing is a fun, free past time to do with friends to waste some time. “Everyone should try it, I think they’ll be surprised,” Rieger said.
Jacob Dreyer Senior Men’s Tennis
How long have you been playing tennis? I have been playing tennis since forever, but I started playing competitively in 9th grade.
Pictured above is where the disc golfer starts for each hole, on the sign there is a map showing where to throw the disc. Pictured at top right is one of the many targets that the golfer tries to make the disc into, and below that is Exchange Park in Waterloo, by the Bucks Stadium, it is one of the hardest courses in the area for disc golfing. The course consists of 27 holes, some of which require the disc golfer to throw the disc around a large pond and among many trees. This is the course where many golfers lose most of their discs.
Who are some of the people that have been most influential in your tennis career? The two people that have been most influential in my tennis career would be my dad and my coach, Mr. Longnecker.
Katy Schult Photos
Women’s golf team celebrates second place finish in team standings at MVC Divisional last week Josh Betts Sports Editor
A youth movement is in progress for the CF women’s golf team. Though the Tiger golf team features just five upperclassmen and 11 underclassmen, the team has continued its march to a potential state tournament berth the last couple weeks with the MVC Divisional Meet hosted by Linn-Mar, and the first three rounds of the metro meet. Head coach Rich Strike talked about how his team has fared this season with so many underclassmen. “They have done a great job,” Strike said. “The five upperclassmen have made (the great season) possible with their very supportive leadership.” “The underclassmen are learning and making improvements each week,” he added. Strike said he feels his team has performed well this season given the high number of underclassmen. Strike also said that the leadership of the up-
perclassmen this season combined with the high number of underclassmen will help prepare his team for the seasons to come. Strike talked about the underclassmen’s performances in the varsity meets this season.“They have done fine—the learning curve is very high, and they are fighting to meet that challenge,” Strike said. On Monday, May 7, the Tiger golf team traveled to Marion to compete in the MVC Divisional Meet at LinnMar. The Tiger Golf team finished nine strokes behind host Linn-Mar to place second in the team standings. Strike was pleased with the effort. “One of the best performances to date,” Strike said. “To rise up and finish second and actually beat the overall champion on their home course was tremendous.” Strike called his team’s second place finish in the meet a “tremendous accomplishment.” In the first of four metro meets held
at Gates Park in Waterloo, the Tigers came out firing on all cylinders, racing out to the overall team lead with a score of 170, just three strokes ahead of Waterloo West. Abby Bermel was the co-medalist in the first meet, carding a 40. “(It was an) excellent start to the Metro,” Strike said of Bermel’s low round. In the second Metro meet at South Hills, after coming into the second Metro meet with the lead, the Tigers came out of the second meet trailing Waterloo West by three strokes. “South Hills is a tough course for us to play—fairly good performance,” Strike said. Bermel was once again a runner-up medalist in the meet, carding the Tigers low round. In the third Metro meet held last Friday, the Tigers held the medalist and runner-up medalist positions as senior Allison Morris carded a 35 and set a course record, while Bermel carded a
39 to earn runner-up medalist honors. “(We) did a great job as a team,” Strike said of his team’s performance in the third Metro meet. Strike said he feels his team can win the Metro championship with the last Metro meet held today at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, the Tigers home course. Strike talked about what lies ahead in terms of postseason action. “We have Regionals at Gardner Golf Course in Marion,” Strike said. “(It will feature) tough competition.” Strike said that several MVC schools will be their toughest competition at the regional meet May 21. He added that there is “always a possibility” that some individuals or the team could make the state meet. The Tigers played in the Mississippi Valley Conference Quadrangular Tuesday at Gates Park, and host the final Metro meet tonight at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course before the start of postseason play, the District Meet May 21.
Who are some of your favorite people to watch play tennis? (Both at CF and professionally) I enjoyed watching David O’Connell and Dan O’Connell playing doubles together when I was a freshman on the Cedar Falls tennis team. What is your favorite part of tennis? My favorite part of tennis is the road trips. We have a lot of fun guys on the team, and we have intellectually sound conversations on many different subjects. What do you do to prepare for meets? I prepare for meets just like I prepare for practice. I focus on the task at hand and eliminate distractions that may or may not arise. If you could play tennis anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? If I could play tennis anywhere in the world it would be London on the grass courts of the Wimbledon Championships. If you could challenge anyone in the world to a game of tennis, who would it be and why? If I could challange anyone in the world to a match of tennis, it would be John McEnroe because his antics always made me laugh, and I think it would be a lot of fun to play a match with him or watch him play for that matter.
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Green Gobbler: Ellen Wrede Staff Writer
Quiz: What do you call a green, alcoholic, cross-dressing chicken? A. A joke B. Crazy C. Charlene D. All of the above. The correct answer is D. Her caretaker, journalism teacher Brian Winkel, has had many reactions to his pet. “A lot of people are shocked. I’ve had screams of fear before,” Winkel said. Winkel is the editor of the newsletter for the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association, and has given Charlene the job of co-editor so she can have a real job, instead of practicing her alcoholic habit. A surprisingly naturally green chicken, Charlene was born in Montana and died of overheating in the back of the trunk in which she was being carted back to Iowa. “We started willing it to members [of the HFFA], and since she came here she’s really never left,” Winkel said.
Winkel also writes a monthly column in conjunction with Charlene. “I ‘talk’ hypothetically to this bird. I’m the straight man, and Char’s the comedy one. It’s kind of fun,” Winkel said. The walls of Marguerite DeMoss’ class room are plastered with posters. From Kevin Costner to The Beatles, she has quite the collection. “They’ve been on the wall for a long time. Some of them students have given me, some I have found, some I’ve bought,” DeMoss said. While a few had to be tossed during the move after the revamp of the English wing, she kept her Brigitte Bardot poster because students complained after she gave it away. “I guess my favorite would be Johnny Depp. I love all my politically incorrect ones, you know, the ones with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths, and the ones who have died an… inappropriate sort of death. I’m a brave teacher, but even I drew the line at Bob Marley with a joint in his hand,” DeMoss said. Her posters come from everywhere and anywhere. Most come from local places like the Hill, but her Janis Jop-
Wacky wonders inhabit classrooms
lin came directly from San Francisco. “I carried it all the way back from San Francisco on all the different flights, because I didn’t want it to get squashed in my suit case. When I got home, I was down on the Hill and there was the same damn poster!” While there have been few classroom pets at CF over the past few years, the last ones have been doozies. Take Icky the Iguana, for example. “It was kind of a vicious little thing,” Science teacher Jerry Slykhuis said “We had a wire cage, and it would just crawl through the cage, and get out at night. It’d whip its tail at people.” Icky is now living a happy life in the home of a Cedar Falls custodian. But Bo the Boa Constrictor was another kind of escape artist. “One summer I came to water and feed it, and it was gone. I thought someone had stolen it. After that, we didn’t see it for six months. That was in June, and it showed up in January. Some student was out in the back of the room, and all of a sudden he let out a scream and there it was on the bookcase,” Slykhuis said. Though dehydrated, the snake pulled
through and lived for another few years. A true dust-todaisies took place last year in the Orchestra room. After rescuing Chartwo trees at a local Goodwill, orchestra lene, a teacher Scott Hall didn’t know that naturally he was carting them off to a life of green chicken luxury. that is now “Last year the seniors took it upon stuffed, resides themselves to move them around the in the journalism room. Not all the time, but once in a room under the suwhile I would come into the room and pervision of teacher notice that the trees had been perched Brian Winkel. upon the cabinetry or on top of a screen Charlene is only or something. But at the end of the one of the many year, they decided to take the Orchestra strange finds Tree out for a night on the town. They at at Cedar had fun and took different shots of Falls High where the Orchestra Tree had visited School. around the town.” Hall said. Although the trees have not gone on any voyages this year, they are still in use. “They are always used for our All-State pictures,” He also noted that students pose for various school projects with the trees. Kirstin Riggs Photo
Dancing in the Moonlight Prom 2007
Top: Dancing to the beat are seniors David Jacobson and Habie Timbo. Bottom Left: Grooving at prom are juniors Derrek Sutherland, Katrina Bauer, Katy Dostal, Sarah Mackey, Nataiie Gougler and Nicole Britzman. Bottom Right: Singing and dancing to the YMCA are seniors Brandon Alvarado, Alex Barnes, Virginia Holder and Alex Gilbert.
Top right: A CFHS student train winds around the dance floor. Bottom left: At post prom, seniors Stephen Miller, Bethanne Suchy, Alexa Davidson and Sydney Steil become hypnotized. Bottom right: Slow dancing are seniors Heather Harrast and Lars
Submitted Photos from Nana Simpson, Megan Creasey, Nicky Newhoff and Alex Gilbert