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Homecoming Highlights High school dance team member senior Ashley O’Neall shows her school spirit during last week’s homecoming festivities. For more pictures of homcoming turn to the Feature page.
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Hell Week vandalism creates costly damages, threatens existence of future homecomings Kellie Petersen News Editor
Along with the success of last week’s homecoming, the high school once again experienced acts of vandalism, which this year included a bomb threat and returned the shadow what’s commonly referred to as “Hell Week.” “I think this puts a damper on many student’s homecoming experiences, and I think that’s unfortunate, “ CFHS principal Dr. Rich Powers said. The first instance of vandalism occurred during the night on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Powers was reluctant to provide details such as who was involved and what exactly happened because the police are still investigating, but doors were broken, paint was splashed on the front entries and the Five Pillars of Character, and all of the exterior locks were glued as a part of these acts of vandalism. A bomb threat was also painted on the door to the lobby that had been damaged, and there may also have been paint on other areas of the building. Although police investigations into these acts of vandalism are still occurring, Powers said that it appeared that the acts were committed by two separate groups of people. “We’re still investigating, so you need to know the full extent of each person’s involvement before charges are filed,” Powers said. Because the vandalism was still being investigated, Powers said he was unsure of what the punishment would be for the vandals and whether or not charges would be filed, but he did say that if arrests or long term suspensions were appropriate, then the school district would press charges and impose long term suspensions. The vandalism and bomb threat that occurred on Tuesday night were not the sole incidents associated with Hell Week. On Friday morning a spray painted message bearing a derogatory reference to the Cedar Falls police was found on an area of the school, but again exact details could not be given. Coronation was also interrupted on Thursday night
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A door to the front lobby had to be covered with cardboard prior to being repaired after the incidents of Hell Week vandalism that occurred. by a student streaker and there were several other incidents throughout the week, all of which Powers also declined to provide details. The damages caused by the vandalism on Tuesday night are estimated at $1,500. “It costs a significant amount of staff time and energy,” Powers said regarding the vandalism. He said that the students that committed the vandalism would be expected to pay for all costs, including the labor for the clean-up process, but he also said that if the students could not pay the bill, then it would go to the school. “Ultimately, the taxpayers pay for everything that can’t be recovered,” Powers said. “This goes back to being responsible with the tax payers’ money.” Powers also commented on the effects the cost of vandalism damages has on the school systems’ budget when he said, “Over the years, the cost of damages have taken thou-
sands of dollars away from students.” Although there was vandalism and other incidents that occurred as a part of Hell Week, the school system did have an increased level of security that may have contributed to deterring other incidents. Powers mentioned that there were increased custodial security checks, increased police coverage and letters sent to surrounding homes warning of suspicious behavior. He added that teachers made it a major point to discuss Hell Week with their students. Student Senate and Senior Leadership addressed the issue, and Powers made a schoolwide announcement about Hell Week and positive behavior to deter incidents from happening. “Prior to homecoming week, Student Senate constantly encouraged our members to share our views on hell week vandalism in order to prevent any from occurring with our fellow classmates,” Student Senate president and senior Nirmeen Fahmy said. Powers said that this year many students have stepped up positively in reporting Hell Week incidents, and that it is even more disappointing for that reason because the actions of a few students are ruining it for everyone else. “Some students are making it so that we have no choice but to cancel it in the future,” Powers said. He also added that “Frankly, I think the community would be supportive. They’ve had enough.” Fahmy disagreed with the idea that canceling homecoming because of Hell Week incidents would be best option. “I do not think that threatening to take away homecoming would be adequate at all, it would be punishing the whole student body for something only a couple careless students committed. As long as who is responsible is held accountable, there should be no need in punishing the whole school.” Regarding how this year’s incidents would affect future homecomings, Powers said, “We’re still discussing it; it would be irresponsible to continue if things don’t improve dramatically.”
Two seniors kick off new eco club this week Megan Pattee Staff Writer
While many students idly watch as global warming increases in severity, some can chose to take a stand and make a difference. A group formed at the high school late last year, Green Project CFHS, focuses on environmental issues that are happening in our school, community and ultimately our world. “Environmental issues continue to become politically and emotionally charged, so it is important that youth are informed so their voice be heard and that they are not mislead by emotional tactics in the media,” CFHS science teacher and Green Project adviser Debbie Paulsen said. Founded by senior co-presidents Ashley Vonderhaar and Olivia Schares as part of their independent study in Paulsen’s ecology class, Green Project CFHS is based on the group at UNI that shares its name. Green Project’s first event will be tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in room 137. This kickoff event will be a potluck and mocktail mixer and carbon-friendly potluck. “We want to focus on events that people will learn from and can have fun with,” Vonderhaar said. Green Project CFHS will have a couple meetings per month, one after school and one at night, and at least one exciting event. All of their events are open to all CFHS students and community members. “You can find us and our schedule on Facebook, and we will be collecting e-mails at our first event,” Schares said. “This is something all of us can take action toward ... I can’t convince Kim Jong II to stop making nuclear weapons, but I can sort my plastics and take them to the recy-
cler,” Paulsen said. “The health of our environment directly affects the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, etc. So essentially, when the environment is sick, our health—and that of future generations—is at risk. Not only that, but the consequences of global climate change are far more frightening and devastating that most people even realize. Think extreme weather, countless climate refugees, rising insect levels, rampant disease; these are all realities future generations will face if we do not make drastic changes now,” Schares said. Schares and Vonderhaar have a lot of goals for Green Project CFHS this year. A few of the bigger goals include adopting a highway, producing a recycled fashion show and hosting a viewing of An Inconvenient Truth, The Day After Tomorrow or Who Killed the Electric Car? Other events will include informational sessions with speakers, carbonfriendly potlucks (this just means that few greenhouse gases were emitted in the production and shipment of the food—that means vegetarian or vegan foods that are organic and/or local), hiking, biking, snowshoeing, canoeing or just hanging out in nature. “We will also be tailgating before football games, collecting recyclables like soda cans and water bottles, and we will carpool to different environmental events and conferences in the community and around the state,” Schares said. Schares and Vonderhaar also plan to speak with the administration regarding the consideration of a wind turbine to power Cedar Falls High School. “Wind turbines produce no carbon emissions whatsoever and usually pay for themselves in just months,” Schares said. “We hope the school and community can become as passionate about these projects as we are.”
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Personal morals should guide expression of equal treatment As one of the first school districts to implement an inclusive anti-harassment policy, Cedar Falls has a long history of being aware of equity issues. The type of sensitivity and respect that we, as a district, display for most racial, religious and other minority groups should be extended to all demographics of people. Although harmless in intention, events such as Hillbilly Day objectify people for entertainment in a way that is inconsistent with our views of equality. As cultural norms evolve in our society, we must ensure that groups that have been victimized in the past are not replaced with new social groups to victimize. It would be viewed as discriminatory, and rightfully so, to host a school-wide imitation of the stereotypes of many minority groups, so we should extend that sort of sensitivity. If, as a school, we hope to maintain our tolerant atmosphere, we must work to treat all people fairly, even those who are not currently backed by a large sociopolitical movement. The Tiger Hi-Line staff has great reverence for a compassionate school atmosphere, and we wholeheartedly believe that the actions of individuals shape their school climate. Each person has a responsibility to themselves and others to advocate their opinions. We are all fortunate to live in a nation that allows us to express ourselves freely, and we must take advantage of that Constitutional right. This right gives us a responsibility, not a legal but a moral responsibility, to treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve. We need to be sensitive to others not only because it is the socially acceptable action but also because it is the right thing to do. By both becoming educated and educating others on equality issues, especially those that are out of mainstream focus, we, as individuals can ensure our right and the right of others, no matter who they are, to feel safe and accepted in their schools and communities.
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Third tier candidates deserve evenhanded acknowledgment Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney are becoming household names. When mentioned, they are immediately associated with their political parties and the 2008 presidential election. On the other hand, the names Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Ron Paul and Fred Thompson would hold no special meaning for many Americans. With the Iowa caucuses approaching rapidly, it is becoming increasingly important for Iowans to know their options and know what they are voting for. Many people do not realize the choices they have, with eight D e m o cratsic canidates and 10 Republican c a n i d a t e s Vincent Stigliani Staff Writer o ff i c i a l l y running. In the past, the Iowa caucus has been the first major electoral event and has served as an early indication to which candidate will represent each party. “Since it is the first test of strength for candidates in both parties, national party leaders and reporters pay close attention to the results,” said David Yepsen, a Des Moines Register political columnist. Dennis Kucinich, former mayor of Cleveland and representative of the 10th District of Ohio, is regarded by many as the most liberal candidate running. He also ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 presidential elections. He has been a strong critic of the Bush Administration, most notably the invasion of Iraq. Kucinich’s views are perhaps the most unique of all Democratic candidates. He is the only candidate to have voted against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and against all of its funding. He also supports a plan for national health care and is a strong advocate for starting a Department of Peace. Kucinich’s pacifist views are the biggest factor working against him. Many people feel that he is too weak on national defense.
Early polls placed Kucinich as one of the last placed candidates, but recent polls have placed him tied for 5th with Sen. Joe Biden. Mike Gravel, former Democratic Senator from Alaska,is another relatively unknown presidential hopeful. Similarly to Kucinich, he is more liberal than most Democratic candidates. Gravel feels there should be an immediate end to all U.S. involvement in Iraq, as well as the total removal of all U.S. military officials. “Take our troops out of Iraq im-
With the Iowa caucuses approaching rapidly, it is becoming increasingly important for Iowans to know their options and know what they are voting for. —Vincent Stigliani Staff Writer
mediately, and move aggressively toward a diplomatic solution bringing the United Nations,the European and Asian communities, and regional players into a process to help end the civil war in Iraq and establish stability in the region,” said Gravel in an address to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Another idea that sets him apart from a majority of his running mates is his energy policy. He thinks carbon energy should be taxed, and the tax revenues should provide financial support to bring the world’s scientific and engineering communities together to find alternatives to carbon. There is considerable opposition to his views on energy in states that produce carbon fuels, including Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and his home state of Alaska. Others opposed are industries that rely heavily on carbon fuels such as the electric utilities. In a February 2007 poll, Gravel’s support among Democrats hovered close to 0%, but a September 2007 poll showed a 2% support level. Ron Paul, former Republican congressman and physician from Texas, is a complex candidate, for some of his views are liberal, while others are very
conservative. He has a very extreme view on taxes, which sets him apart from every other candidate on both sides. He supports the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service. Republicans have been advocating the lowering of taxes for decades, but no one has called for such an extreme reduction of taxes. He also wants to reduce the size of the government by abolishing many of the departments in the executive branch. Paul also differs from most Republican candidates because, like Kucinich, he is the only candidate to oppose the invasion of Iraq from the start. Many feel that his extreme view on taxes is his main setback. In February, a CNN poll showed that Paul was the candidate with the least name recognition. A large portion of his support has come through internet popularity, and now polls place him fifth among Republican contenders. Fred Thompson is a lawyer, actor and former senator from Tennessee. Many of his views are similar to a majority of his running mates, but he has created controversy on a few issues. Thompson believes that the U.S. borders should be secured, tax cuts mean growth, and that all citizens have the right to bear arms. He supports the Iraq War as well, although he acknowledges that mistakes were made. “Wars are full of mistakes.You rectify things. I think we’re doing that now,” said Thompson on the war. He has been criticized sharply for his stance on abortion. He claims to be pro-life, but glimpses into his voting record have indicated he is more prochoice. He feels that women having abortions should not be punished. “I would not be and never have been for a law that says, on the state level, if I were back in Tennessee voting on this, to criminalize a young woman,” said Thompson in a 2007 interview. Perhaps Thompson’s main drawback is the contradictions in his credentials as a conservative. Polls indicate Thompson had very little support in early 2007, but it has been increasing steadily. No matter who you vote for its always important to take into consideration third tier canidates and their policies.
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Football team rolls to win at homecoming vs. Linn Mar Five players in contention for Golden Hammer award Matt Hart Staff Writer
Tiger football is off to a strong start this year at 5-0. They’ve had some wins over some tough teams and have taken advantage of some key situations. The team is pumped and so is cohead coach Brad Remmert. “We set a goal to be undefeated through the month of September, and it’s really great that both the sophomores and the varsity have started out 5-0,” Remmert said. The Tigers didn’t let up in their usual high scoring in the homecoming game against Linn-Mar, going in at halftime up 28-3. The team looked very good in the first half, but the second half was almost a completely different story. “We looked sluggish in the second
half,” Remmert said “The good thing about us getting an early lead and scoring a lot of points was that we got to play a lot of guys who usually don’t play.” In other football action, the Golden Hammer race is as tight as ever with five guys in the race for it. According to Remmert, Landan Zapitul, Jeff Hanson, Wes Grapp, Cory Albrecht and Jake Farley are current contenders. The Golden Hammer award goes to the toughest defensive player. It’s almost known as the “MVP” for the defense. Cedar Falls’ next opponent is cross town rival Waterloo West, which is always a good game. “They’re [Waterloo West] a very improved team this year,” Remmert said. “They’ve had some quality wins and have proven they can put some points on the board.” Cedar Falls will play Waterloo West at 7:05 in the UNI-Dome this Friday night as Cedar Falls looks to continue their undefeated season.
Bond’s homerun ball deserves special marking Matt Hart Staff Writer
Barry Bonds is now the so-called Home Run King in Major League baseball now, but is it really fair? If you ask me, no. I believe Barry Bonds cheated and should not be rewarded for it. The fate of Barry Bonds record setting baseball was put in the people’s hands with a choice of three possibilites for the ball. Marc Ecko, clothing and shoe designer was the owner of the ball and he created a website for the fans to go to and vote on the ball’s “fate.” The choices were, send it to the Hall of Fame untouched, send the ball into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk branded into it or launch it into space never to be seen again. The fate of the ball was decided, and Ecko’s going to brand an asterisk into it and send it to the Hall of Fame. Reflecting on what he thought of the fate of the ball, sophomore and varsity baseball player Jeff Conrad said, “I wish they would’ve sent it to space, that would’ve sent it to space, that
would’ve been sweet.” Even though I wish the ball would’ve been banished too, I still think the humiliation for Barry Bonds of the ball being branded is good enough for me. Sophomore Cameron Henry also had his strong opinion and said, “I think they should’ve sent the ball to Cooperstown untouched. I mean it’s a benchmark and a piece of baseball history, and I really don’t think steriods made him hit the ball any farther.” Even though I kind of see where he’s coming from, I think that steriods do make someone stronger, and I think they did enhance his play. Well, whatever people want to say about Barry Bonds, he still broke the record and we have to live with it. Like him or not, you still have to give him credit; 756 home-runs is a lot. I tip my hat to the guy. He accomplished so much and went through a lot, so I’ll give him that, but I think the way he broke the record was all wrong.
Tiger togetherness lays foundation for team success Arlene Freudenberg Staff Writer
CFHS teams’ secret weapon may simply be spending quality time together. Teams are bonding together after practices, so that their team can become stronger, and with a stronger team they are more apt to winning. Many teams at Cedar Falls High School, including the girl’s cross-country team, do many things to bond together outside of their “We run together, we have lovely spaghetti dinners, we have a big sis little sis program that encourages bonding and helps newer runners converse with older ones so we can act as one team,” senior Heidi Sartorius said. The effects of these social gatherings are remarkable. Many new runners are benefiting significantly from these events. “Team bonding is awesome. It eases the pain of hard workouts. It helps you to get to know the people your running with and that makes it more comfort-
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Sharing a happy moment during one of their many team spaghetti feeds are members of the women’s cross country team. From left to right in the front , junior Paige Hersom, senior Leah Blachard, and senior Sally Christopherson. Back row starting from left, freshman Alana Albert, senior Sarah Larson, and fresman Kate Bucknam In addition to the suppers, the team has many other opportunities for building team unity. To many freshmen, cross-country able,” freshman Hannah Easton said. can be an overwhelming sport. Luckily, “I think it’s really fun. Most sports I the girls of cross-country have come up was in didn’t hang out together outside with many ways to break the ice and let of practice,” freshman Chelsea Larsen the freshmen embrace the positive op-
portunities cross-country can offer. “It’s made it a lot easier. This is the first time I’ve run long distance and I was petrified. So, it is nice to have a big sis, you can get to know. They can teach you what it is like and help you get to know the course,” freshman Cassie Crotty said. However, the newcomers are not the only ones benefiting from these proceedings, older runners gain valuable experiences, as well. “Running consumes pretty much your whole life, so it helps because you get to know other people who relate to you,” senior Summer Anderson said. For new runners and old runners alike, these girls will run together, laugh together and in some cases cry together. In which case, can only make their team’s relationship stronger. “It’s so different from other sports, other sports are more competitive [for spots on the team] in cross-country everyone runs. Since, other sports are so competitive, people are, generally, meaner to each other,” Crotty said.
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Do you have any personal goals for this year? Break the number of kills record. The team has been on a tear lately. What attributes to this success? We work very well together, we have a lot of fun, and we are all good friends. Do you plan to play volleyball in college? I didn’t think so at first, but now I would definitely consider, but I would also like to run track. What is it going to take to return to the state championship? Not backing down and no dry spells. What has been the biggest surprise for you or the team this year? How good we are. We have so much potential, we can state.
Tigers in Action
Football (4-0) beat Linn Mar 28-3 Next Up:Waterloo West (Home 7:30 p.m.) Men’s Cross Country Next Up: Super Meet at Linn Mar 3:30 p.m. Women’s Cross Country Next Up: Super Meet at Linn Mar 3:30 p.m Women’s Swimming Next up: Iowa City West (Home 6:00 p.m.) Volleyball Next Up:Soph. against CR Kennedy (away CR Kennedy) Men’s Golf Came in second out of four teams MVC Quad Iowa City West. Next Up: TBA State Meet
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[a.] accepting a rose, homecoming queen candidate Sarah Mackey participates in coronation [b.] playing in the Powderpuff game, junior Brianne Hutchins fights her way through the senior teamâ€™s defensive mob [c.] participating in backwards day, sophomores Ian Marlow and Omeed Kashef sport clever clothing [d.] helping the junior class decorate their hallway, Haley Patterson joins the fun [e.] sporting Hawkeye spirited PJs, sophomore Ian Marlow partcipates in pajama day [f.] anxiously anticipating the announcement of homecoming queen, candidates Abby Conrad, Natalie Craig, Megan Duke, Nirmeen Fahmy and Kelsey Ihde await election results [g.] showing her moves, senior dance team member Ashley Oâ€™Neall performs during coronation [h.] decorating the senior hallway, Mallory Adams, Kelsey Davis and Abby Conrad inflate balloons [i.] Showing impressive dress, seniors Jennifer Jacobsen and Hannah Petersen get their groove on during the morning Senior Dance Party [j.] receiving their crowns, homecoming queen Nirmeen Fahmy and king Kavin Sundaram celebrate the honor