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Character Counts, 9-11 Memorial remind community of core values
principles of Character Counts. Powers said that Character Counts Plaza fulfills what the school was lookTwo additions made to the entrance ing for to add to the CFHS landscape as of Cedar Falls High School have begun well as providing an attractive seating to display the values of our school. area. The Character Counts Plaza, which Like the Character Counts Plaza, is located outside of the gym, serves as the 9-11 memorial is part of the “Builda reminder of the six pillars ing the Future, Recognizing the of character students should Past” landscaping project. try to cultivate. The 9-11 memorial was built “I think the Six Pillars of Character Plaza is Since the construction of a year ago along with the renothe plaza began a year ago, a neat visual reminder for people to do the vation of the gymnasium. It was only a few hundred of the paid for by donations from the best they can,” 2,282 bricks for use in the —Rich Powers 2001 graduating class. Dianne plaza have been sold. The CFHS Principal Engel was the Senior Leaderbricks are $50 each and are ship faculty sponsor that year being used to pay for the cost and explained how important of building the plaza. the memorial was to the class “It will continue as an ongoing proj- sion Streets. of 2001. Besides giving people a chance ect that anyone can purchase a brick,” “I think it is very important to those former CFHS principal Dean Dreyer to leave a positive mark on the high seniors because they had a national said referring to the Character Counts school and raising money for an event tragedy happen during their senior sign, the Character Counts Plaza helps year,” Engel said. Plaza. Upon purchasing a brick, someone to remind students of the ideas of the Both of these projects are able to may have his or her name inscribed on Character Counts curriculum. help students look to the future while “I think the Six Pillars of Charac- also remembering the past. a brick or the name of someone one wishes to honor, such as the name of ter Plaza is a neat visual reminder for “I think it is an outstanding tribute a student, graduate or past teacher or people to do the best they can,” CFHS and a constant reminder of the people principal Dr. Rich Powers said. administrator. who lost their lives in the twin towers The plaza consists of six stone and the freedoms we enjoy,” Dreyer “Hopefully they will keep the project going, and as more classes have blocks, each inscribed with one of the said.
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their graduations and as more students graduate, they will want to purchase a brick to be a part of history,” Dreyer said. Any extra money that is raised from the purchase of bricks will go toward an electronic event sign that will be located on the corner of 11th and Divi-
News Briefs •A PSEO meeting regarding enrollment for students taking courses at UNI or Hawkeye during second semester will meet Thursday Nov. 16 during third hour in the Auditorium. For questions or concerns see Terry Carr in Guidance. •Students planning to take Drivers Education for the third nine weeks session should pick up registration forms that are now available in the office. •Call backs for speech team group events will be made Friday, Nov. 17. The students called back will need to attend the meeting Nov. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Casting assignments will be announced after the meeting.
Double Double Toil and Trouble Fire Burn and Caldron Bubble
Torie Jochims Photo Acting out scenes from Macbeth in the Language Arts Enrichment class of Judy Timmins, are, from left to right, sophomores Natalie Oehler, Liz Tracey and Emily Kienzle. These three took on the part of the three witches in this famous play by Shakespeare.
CFHS senior organizes local blood drive Kellie Petersen Staff Writer
Every three seconds someone in the United States needs blood. This is just one of the startling statistics that compelled Kirstin Riggs, a CFHS senior, to organize a blood drive for the Blood Center of Iowa. “I have had a lot of close friends who were sick with cancer, and that was when I became aware that blood was really needed,” Riggs said. The blood drive will be held on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Trinity Bible Church, located at 125 Orchard Drive. A person must be at least 16 years old and over 120 pounds to donate blood. There are three steps in the process of donating blood. The first step is a background check to make sure the person who is donating is healthy. This is followed by actually donating the blood, which on average takes about 15 minutes. The favorite and final step is snack time, where juice
and cookies will be provided. The standard amount of blood for a donation is one pint, which can save up to three lives. “When you’re saving three lives for every pint you give, I don’t see any reason not to,” senior Megan Christie, a participant in blood drives, said. After the blood drive, the blood will be sent to the Blood Center for Iowa where it will be distributed among 49 hospitals including two local hospitals, Covenant Medical Center and Sartori Memorial Hospital. “The blood stays local, which is why I give with them. It makes me feel more connected,” Riggs said. Of all the people that are eligible to donate blood, less than 5 percent actually do. This is something that Riggs wants to change by having the blood drive. “I would like to raise awareness of the huge need so that many people can help out,” Riggs said.
Type A, AB, B and O An invitation to the community:
What: A blood drive hosted by Kirstin Riggs Who: Any healthy individual older than 16 years of age and over 120 pounds Where: Trinity Bible Church, 125 Orchard Drive When: Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Why: One pint of blood can save up to three lives How: Contact Kirstin Riggs at 277-8046 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fall award ceremony provides students with deserved recognition This fall, Cedar Falls High School has had many great accomplishments for students, staff and the community to be proud of. This 2006-2007 school year has already brought us to the realization of what a talented group of students we have here. Naturally, these students deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. As Hi-Line editors, we do our best to make equal reference to all accomplishments in academics and sports at Cedar Falls High School. However, given the wide array of talents at the high school, complete coverage is often difficult. The same applies for the morning announcements, which serve as a daily reminder of all accomplishments but which can also, like the Hi-Line, sometimes overlook achievements. A good way to make up for these inconsistencies in recognition can be through award ceremonies like the one we had yesterday. Publicly acknowledging student achievements at the assembly helped compensate for missed information in the Hi-Line and the morning announcements. Recognition brought to each team, group and individual is nearly as invaluable as the accomplishments themselves. Because this deserved publicity is so important, we need to be equitable in recognizing all achievements at Cedar Falls High School. Yesterday’s award ceremony helped distribute this well-earned credit.
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DON’T Shop ’till You Drop:
Compulsive shopping a dangerous addiction for students Diamond Lee Staff Writer
Many people have heard of retail therapy, but not of compulsive shopping. Truth is, this compulsive or addictive shopping is becoming common among young people today. Like other addictions, this behavior is a way to avoid unpleasant reality. It gives a high, which causes the sufferer to buy loads of unneeded items. The high feels so good that the shopper continues to shop over and over again. Shopping sprees can give a sense of unreality that traps the sufferer in a fantasy world. This then develops into a sense of freedom that is truly false. This addiction, also known as shopoholism, could potentially lead to long-term damage with finances, family, and life in general. Here are some signs of a compulsive shopper: First, get a scratch sheet of paper to tally your score. Read each item. If you fit it, add 1 to your paper. •Breaking your budget. If you go into the store and you know you can’t afford something, but you buy it anyway, add 1 to your paper. •Compulsive buying. If you go into a store to buy one T-shirt and one pair of shoes, but you come out with five each, add 1 to your paper. •Chronic problem. If you go to the
Some ways to prevent shopping addiction would be to —Make a shopping list and follow it —Set your spending limit when shopping —Avoid using credit cards. It is easier to charge than to let go of the cash —If you want to shop to pass time, don’t. Find something else to do like catching a TV show or reading a book. If you want to butter up your parents, bake them their favorite cookies.
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mall everyday with your friends and you buy something everyday, add 1 to your paper. A shopping addiction is indeed a continuous problem. •Hiding the problem. If you find yourself lying to your parents about going to the mall and spending way to much money or telling your parents you bought this but you really bought that, add 1 to your paper. •Returning items. If you find yourself going back into the store to return an item, but coming out with the returned item and five more things, add 1 to your paper. •Relationships. If you find yourself
Tech Help Loni Gallentine Staff Writer
Many families today are living with a low-income. As a result, they cannot afford many of the items necessary to thrive in today’s society. Their children suffer as well because they cannot afford computers to use for their school work, and often don’t have access to computers any other way so they can’t complete the assignments to the teacher’s specifications and get docked points for it. These kids also cannot participate in certain activities because they can’t afford them or the equipment that goes with them. These students can really use all the help they can get. Most of them have been in low-income families their entire
arguing with your parents or even your friends about your shopping sprees, add 1 to your paper. •Consequences. If you find yourself getting scared to buy something because you are afraid to hear your parents get on your case about it, you show guilt. A compulsive shopper shows guilt about what they’re is doing. If your score adds up to 3 or more, you should consider watching your spending habits. Again, as growing young adults, we don’t want to develop any bad habits that could ruin our futures. This habit could harm our finances in the future.
Donations could help students from low income households
lives and have never really had the finer things in life. So here’s a thought: why don’t those businesses that have computers and things they don’t need donate them to the school? Then, a committee of teachers and counselors could take applications from needy students and distribute them among the students who need them most. Being in a low-income family can be very stressful because you’re always wondering if you’re going to have enough money for the things you need. Many of these families live on a week-to-week basis, and with the increasing cost of living, it is becoming harder for them to do so. Many of these families even have to live in motels, on the streets or in homeless shelters. This is something that will always be a problem in our society and will most
likely continue to go unnoticed. Though we see the poverty in big cities on TV, we may be overlooking the needs of those right here in the Cedar Valley. If there are students, staff or business people out there with the resources and communication skills to start a school supply program I hope I can inspire them to work toward making this possible. The number of low-income families grows each year. Society doesn’t recognize poverty in its own backyard as a major problem, and therefore nothing is done to help the situation. I know there are students being left behind when it comes to computers, calculators, clothes and other school supplies that most take for granted. If people continue to do nothing, the problems will only get worse.
Cedar Falls Tiger volleyball ends season with second place finish at state tournament Katy Schult Sports Editor
The Tigers rose higher than any team in school history in the state volleyball tournament Nov. 8-Nov.11, placing second overall in the 4A division. The Tigers ended their season with a record of 33-9. In the first round game on Nov. 8, the Tigers faced off against the secondranked Johnston team and won 25-22, 19-25, 25-9 and 25-18. Senior Abby Mohlis led the team in kills rounding off with a total of 12, while junior Nina Savage followed with 11 kills. Senior Brianna Weber led the team in assists with a total of 37. Also in this game four members served at 100 percent; these players included junior Abby Conrad, junior Caitlin Hagarty, Mohlis and Weber. Hagarty and senior Hilary Schmidt led the team in solo blocks both having two. Senior Angela Stoss led the team
in digs, rounding out at 14. In the next game of state play, the Tigers faced the third-ranked team from Ames on Nov. 10. The Tigers won three of the four games against the Little Cyclones with scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-21. Mohlis led the team in kills with a total of 18. Hagarty, Schmidt and Stoss each finished behind her with 11 kills each. In this game, Weber had a total of 55 assists. Junior Ali Cirksena, Conrad, Hagarty and Stoss each served at 100 percent in this game. Mohlis and Stoss led the team in solo blocks, each had one. Hagarty and senior Jenni Hashman led the team in digs with 17 and 13 respectively. In the final game of State on Nov. 11, the Tigers faced Iowa City High with scores of 25-15, 26-24 and 25-14. Mohlis led the team in kills with 11. Weber had 26 assists in this game. Cirksena, Hagarty, Mohlis, Savage,
Stoss and Weber each did not miss a single serve in this game. Weber also led the team in solo blocks in this game with one. Hashman and Weber each had eight digs to lead the team. Following the championship match, the top 10 tournament stat leaders were announced for the 4A division. For kill percentage, Schmidt placed second with a .389 percentage. In total kills Mohlis placed third with 41, Schmidt placed eighth with 25 and Savage placed tenth with 21. Mohlis also place sixth in kills per game with an average of 3.73 kills. For serve percentage, Hagarty placed first with a 100 percent out of 36 serves. Schmidt placed third in service aces with a total of seven, while Weber placed sixth with a total of four. Schmidt also place third in blocks per game with an average of .82, while Mohlis placed sixth with an average of .73.
Hagarty and Stoss tied for fourth in digs each having a total of 32, while Hashman placed eighth with a total of 30 digs. Weber placed second in assists with a total of 118, and placed third in assists per game with an average of 10.73. Also, senior Abby Mohlis was named to the 2006 class 4A All-Tournament Team. While the volleyball team competed well at the state tournament, they had some help. Many fans from the Cedar Falls area went to cheer on the Tigers. “It was comforting to have such a good fan turn out to come and support us throughout the state tournament,” senior volleyball member Jenni Hashman said about the fan turnout down in Cedar Rapids. The Tigers look forward to another good season next year, and hope to return to the state tournament with a total of nine juniors to return for the Tigers next year.
Volleyball (33-9) placed 2nd at the state tournament Women’s Basketball first game is Metro Jamboree @ Waterloo Columbus Nov. 20 Men’s Basketball first game is Metro Jamboree @ home Nov. 27 Men’s Swimming first meet will be Ames Invitational on Dec. 2 Wrestling first meet at Waterloo Columbus on Nov. 30
Cordes, Itzen twins sign national letters of intent Josh Betts Sports Editor
For some student athletes at the high school level, their ultimate goal is to continue taking part in their respective sport in college. Last Thursday for three Tiger swimmers, that dream became a reality. Seniors Nick Cordes, Josie Itzen and Jackie Itzen signed national letters of intent to continue their swimming careers at the collegiate level. Cordes signed a national letter of intent to swim for Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Maryland. Cordes holds school records as part of the 2006 200 Medley Relay team, which also set a state record in a time of 1:33.56 seconds, the 50 freestyle in a time of 20.62 seconds in 2006 and the 200 Freestyle Relay. He also set a 2006 state record in 1:24.58 seconds and the 100 Backstroke in 50.28 seconds in 2006. Josie Itzen signed a national letter of intent to continue her swimming career at the University of Northern Iowa. Josie, who has been a part of the Tiger swim program since her freshman year, explained her decision to
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swim at UNI. “It won’t push me over the edge, but it gives me a chance to swim at the college level,” Josie said. Josie swam the 200 Individual Medley, the 100 Freestyle, the 400 Freestyle Relay and the 200 Medley Relay this season for the Tiger women’s swimming team that placed fifth at the state meet. Jackie Itzen signed her national letter of intent to continue her swimming career at the collegiate level in Ames, signing with the Iowa State Cyclones. Jackie has also been with the Tiger swimming program since her freshman year. “I think Iowa State was more of a challenge and would help me get better,” Jackie said. “We do more strength training and running. It could help improve my times and make me a lot stronger.” Jackie swam the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle this season for the
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Signing national letters of intent in the principals’ office on Nov. 9 are seniors Nic Cordes, Jackie Itzen and Josie Itzen who plan to swim for Maryland, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa respectively. Tigers. She gave a brief outlook into what events she may swim in next year
for the Cyclones. Caitlin Glade Photo “They will probably have me do
more distance events and relays,” Jackie said.
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Fair trade product markets Fair Trade coffee give artisans opportunities available locally Kellie Petersen Staff Writer
For about a year and a half, senior Hannah Boelts has been volunteering at World’s Window, a store located in downtown Cedar Falls. “I’ve always loved the store and wanted to find out how fair trade worked in a retail setting,” said Boelts about volunteering at World’s Window. Fair trade is the principle that World’s Window and suppliers such as 10,000 Villages and Serrv International
practice. “Fair trade is more of a relationship than a business,” said World’s Window manger Marlin Nissen, reciting one of his favorite quotes about fair trade. In a fair trade setting, goods from third world countries are distributed and sold in countries like the United States. The people that made these products then receive about 25-30 percent of the profit. The fair trade organizations work directly with the artisans and farmers who produce the products to make sure they have resources, a decent, living
wage and other basic necessities. “Regular stores have a mission to make a profit and return money to their stockholders; fair trade is the opposite of that,” Nissen said. To become fair trade certified by the Fair Trade Federation, an organization must meet certain requirements, such as giving fair treatment to all employees, safe working conditions and responsible environmental practices, building a long term trade relationship, providing the employees with a decent living wage, as well as opportunity for advancement.
Worldwide ‘Product Red’ campaign raises money for AIDS relief in Africa Diamond Lee Staff Writer
AIDS in Africa is an epidemic that rages on today. That is why the Irish lead singer of U2, Bono, has launched a campaign to raise money for this epidemic. To help raise money, his Red campaign will be introduced to the United States. The campaign will help to raise money through shopping. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system that is caused by HIV, which is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood and semen. It is said that in some countries in Africa, one out of three adults will be infected with HIV. The lack of money results in little HIV education for the people of Africa. A lack of money has led to little health care and medication for the people of Africa. This is why Bono along with Bobby Shriver, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, has started the (Product) Red campaign.
Bono recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to launch the campaign in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of gizmodo.com As a part of the Product Red campaign, Motorola released this red razr cell phone and will donate a percentage of the profits from the subscription plan to combat AIDS in Africa.
Michigan Avenue, a street in downtown Chicago, is home to many stores that will sell some of the products involved in the campaign. In Britain, this campaign raised more than $10 million earlier this year. The Global Fund, an organization that helps the fights against AIDS, will receive portions of product sales from companies such as Gap Inc., Apple Computer Inc., Motorola Inc., Converse Inc. and Emporio Armani. Gap will offer jeans and T-shirts, Apple will provide a red iPod, Motorola will make available a red cell phone, Converse will offer limited edition shoes, and Emporio Armani will contribute accessories such as watches and a collection of clothes. Apple contributes $10 for each red iPod nano sold. These iPod nanos are still priced the same. Gap has teamed up with celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning, Steven Spielberg, Mary J. Blige and other celebrities to help gain the public’s attention. The campaign has begun and these products are available.
Robb Klassen photo Resting upon a table in Cup of Joe, a business that has been serving 70 percent Fair Trade Certified Coffee since it opened 11 years ago, is a bag of Fair Trade Certifed coffee. Cup of Joe promotes its fair trade coffee by saying, “Who knew you could drink coffee and sleep well at night?” The United States drinks 1/5 of all the world’s coffee, but what many American’s don’t realize is that many coffee bean farmers are paid less for their coffee than the amount it cost to grow it, which causes these farmers poverty and debt. Stores such as Roots Market and World’s Window and coffee shops such as Cup of Joe, Cottonwood Canyon, Starbucks and Jag’s Java are serving Fair Trade Certified coffee, which is the first product introduced in the United States with an independently monitored system to ensure that it was produced under fair labor conditions. With coffee prices as low as $.60 and $.70 a pound, thousands of producers in Latin America are unable to maintain their land and are becoming more and more impoverished and hungry. Coffee is not guaranteed to be Fair Trade Certified unless it has the fair trade seal.