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Oct. 8, 2008

Volume 49 Issue 5

1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Forcing administration, staff to reflect on homecoming’s future,

Relatively minor Hell Week ends in major prank Arlene Freudenberg News Editor

Though the annual homecoming ritual of vandalism and pranks known as Hell Week started off quietly, all that changed on Friday morning. Ten minutes before school started, a student dressed in black and wearing a black mask used a fire extinguisher in English hallway. After filling the air and spraying students with the extinguisher, the student eluded several attempts at capture and ran out the door to the north parking lot. He was later caught and suspended from school. “We had four really good days, but we had one really bad stain on Friday. Unfortunately, that sticks out because it disrupts school and it just keeps reminding students that they think they have to do something negative in order to have a complete homecoming week, and that’s not true,” school counselor Ryan Flaherty said. No one was seriously injured by the stunt. “I had a number of students in here that I saw with exposure contact to the fire extinguisher contents. After reviewing the MSDS sheets on that material there are no particular first aid precautions that are necessary for skin or eye contact. We just simply had the students wash their face and eyes off and were returned to class. We did

have two students who complained about some breathing difficulties related to the exposure. Both of them had a history of asthma. Both were seen and evaluated in my office and returned to class,” school nurse Sue Gettman said. The incident kept students from the first half of their first periods and led to extensive clean up. “We had to clean out all the smoke detectors in the hallways. We had to scrub the floors. We had to wipe down the walls and clean up all the chemicals from the smoke detector off the floor, so it made for a lot of extra work. Luckily we had a lot of extra staff here because it’s homecoming,” custodian Mark Wray said. Other smaller incidents also occurred during the week. On Tuesday before fourth period, a water balloon fight broke out in the math hallway,

such a big event, I didn’t feel comfortable having it without us being there,” Principal Dr. Rich Powers said. As students buzzed about the pranks, the administration debated consequences. “Events like this put homecoming in jeopardy in the future, very significantly. In part it’s too bad, but in another part I guess if that’s the only lesson that gets learned I guess it’s just a hard lesson to learn,” Flaherty said. Powers also commented on the possible consequences of Hell Week pranks. “If we can’t make it Katie Dexter Cartoon safe, we don’t have any and another water balloon attack ocbusiness having it. Our main objective curred during marching band practice for our school is not homecoming; fourth period on Friday. Students also that’s part of student life. We want dropped piles of glitter around the to have it and promote it just like we building and were allegedly planning a would with prom or any school dance. mass silly string display during Friday But if at some point it becomes a risk afternoon’s pep rally. The rally was or financial burden, we have to look at canceled due rumors of other pranks. other opportunities,” Powers said. “We had all of our administration Although this year’s pranks sparked pretty involved in student issues that some conflict, most of the faculty day, and we were not able to complete seemed pleased with the relatively those in time for the assembl. With mild homecoming week.

“I guess in comparison to some other years, up until (Friday) it’s been a relatively quiet week, but obviously a situation like this is certainly not planned on, and there needs to be consequences. It’s affecting a lot of people’s time and energy and impacting the students’ educational day,” Gettman said. Flaherty also mentioned the improvement from past years, but reiterated that the pranks that occurred were disappointing. “I was pretty pleased with how things were going. That we were trying to stay focused on school sponsored events (and) the positive aspects of homecoming. I’m always disappointed when pranks have to happen. When we have to try to miss school or deface school property for it to be a complete homecoming. It’s been better than in years past, but it’s still very disappointing when these things happen,” Flaherty said. Although pranks did occur this year, there is hope that future homecoming weeks will continue to improve. “I think we’re making progress on things being a little calmer for the school. I think we need to get to a point where there are no major disruptions, or we need to look at a different way to celebrate our fall,” Powers said.

said. Their junior year, the English teachers read over student’s pieces without names. They then decide on their three favorite essays to move on to the national level. “Once at the national level, the amount of students chosen is according to the state size, and 10 are picked from the state of Iowa,” Rathe said. “The students are picked based on the structure of their writing and their creativity.” They had to write their award winning responses in timed sessions. “When I was coming up with the idea,

it was very stressful, but I really liked the topic,” Miller said about his impromptu piece. The essay had to be about negative ads in politics, and his was titled ‘Schmuck on the Campaign Trail.’ Redinbaugh took a different approach on her essay. “I gave suggestions about how to improve ads without calling people all the time during the summer,” she said. Redinbaugh has done a lot to achieve her writing skills. “I am happy that I received it because I have worked really hard these past few years,” she said.

Two seniors among 10 Iowans to win top writing award Linden Terpstra Staff Writer

Out of 10 total in Iowa, two CFHS seniors have received top honors from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The NCTE, established in 1957, recognizes outstanding student writings from juniors in the US, Canada, and other countries abroad. After nearly a year-long process, seniors Michelle Redinbaugh and Michael Miller were the two CFHS winners. The honorees receive an award based on several factors.

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NCTE writing award honorees “There are several competitions where they submitted several writ-

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Students get out of control at end of homecoming week

On Friday, Oct. 3, homecoming week took an unfortunate turn — it seemed that all of the pranks had been saved up for that one day. Pranks included fire alarms, smoke bombs, glitter-throwing, water balloon-chucking … and kicking down a sophomore and spraying him in the face with a fire extinguisher. The first pranks of that list seem relatively harmless, but the final is anything but. Chemicals such as carbon dioxide and mono ammonium phosphate are found in common fire extinguishers and spraying them in someone’s face is highly dangerous. Before Friday, the few pranks of homecoming week didn’t hurt anyone. There was no vandalism like last year and no suspen- “Homecoming week should sions or arrests. be kept safe and fun.” On Friday, several suspensions were placed upon students involved in pranks, and one student was arrested. We believe that Friday went terribly awry. Homecoming week should be kept safe and fun. In the past, events such as powder puff football have been non-school sponsored and have resulted in harassment. This year, Student Forum sponsored power puff and used flags instead of tackles. There was no harassment, only competitiveness. If that can change, why not pranks? Why can’t we, as CFHS students, have enough respect for our school and peers that we don’t do any harm to them? Homecoming week can be a lot of fun without destruction. 2008 was an improvement in terms of havoc wreaked, but we can do better.

Obama to bring wrong type of change problem, including a detailed government organization to oversee Wall Street, and, like the surge, he supported the bailout from the beginning. Barack Obama promises you To quote Obama: “I will cut taxeschange. Wherever he gets up to speak, cut taxes for 95 percent of all working whether it be on a stage or on your families.” And then this, from TV screen, he promises to bring the same acceptance speech: change if elected. “I’ll invest 150 billion dolChange from what? Obama lars over the next decade has already been involved in in renewable sources of three scandals (re: Jeremiah energy.” And then this: “If Wright, Tony Rezko and Wilyou have health care, my liam Ayers), but he’s been in plan will lower your premioffice for only two years. Two ums. If you don’t, you’ll be years! John McCain? He’s had able to get the same kind of a clean record since the early coverage that members of 1980s, when he assumed office. Congress give themselves.” Clear away the typical politiThat doesn’t sound like cian’s promises and look at the good kind of change. substance. What has Obama That sounds like socialized offered up to “change” all of health care and higher taxes. America’s problems? Vinnie Stigliani So how will John McCain Obama ridiculed McCain & Alex Entz bring change? There’s a reason when McCain wanted to focus that McCain has been termed a on the biggest economic crisis since 1929, and yet Obama has offered “maverick” in Washington. As a midline conservative, he will be able to no precise plan to solve the problem. work with a Democratic Congress. He And McCain? He has put forth a has never been afraid to fight his own comprehensive plan for the economic

party on things that he does not agree with, and indeed it’s true: McCain was so moderate that John Kerry asked him to be his vice president in 2004. A moderate official in the White House, instead of Obama, who was rated as the most liberal senator in Congress in 2007. McCain has gained a reputation as a man who fights pork barrel spending, which is quite a change from this year, when shameless congressmen even added pork-barrel projects to the economic bailout bill. McCain, the maverick who has headlined numerous bills, will work with both parties to try to keep the American people in the forefront while he is president. Barack Obama? He has never authored a major bill. He has never had to deal with anything but his cushy Senatorial job … where he failed to vote anything but present on 143 bills. Sounds like a typical Washington bureaucrat to me, not like change. One last Obama quote: “So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter; they cling to guns or religion.” That’s not change. That’s just ignorance.

have been singing. On the other side we have Obama: born of mixed race to a single mother, grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, and voted in line with Bush merely 40 percent of the time in during his second term in the United States Senate. These facts should be telling of who the true client of change is, but let’s take a look at some key issues. McCain has perhaps been the staunchest supporter in the Senate of war in Iraq. Obama, even when it was a very unpopular move, chose to speak out against what he felt was an unjust war, calling for more attention on Afghanistan and the hunt for Bin Laden. I once admired McCain for his position on the Bush tax cuts. In a 2004 interview with Tim Russert, McCain said, “I voted against the tax cuts because of the disproportional amount that went to the wealthiest Americans. I would clearly support not extending those tax cuts in order to help address the deficit.” But in 2006, the maverick wasn’t so quick to rock the GOP boat, and he supported an extension on

these cuts and now supports making them permanent. Obama originally opposed these cuts for the wealthy and still does. So who is really going to offer change? When asked which Supreme Court justices they would not have nominated, Obama chose Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, while McCain responded by saying, “With all due respect, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, Justice Souter and Justice Stephens. And by the way, Justices Alito and Roberts are two of my most recent favorites, by the way. They really are. They are very fine. And I’m proud of President Bush for nominating them.” In other words, McCain would not have nominated even one liberal or moderate judge on the court. This doesn’t sound like the bipartisan representation and change that McCain is promising. Obama truly will offer this much needed change he has promised throughout his campaign. As for McCain, looking at his record I am not convinced.

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McCain offers more of same Vinnie Stigliani Opinion Editor

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Ever since the campaign trail started, and especially so as of recently, it has been crucial that both Barack Obama and John McCain distance themselves from the horrendous presidency of George Bush. Americans are frustrated with the mismanaged wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, 47 million uninsured, decreased respect from the rest of the world and now one of the biggest financial crises ever seen. Voters want to know which candidate truly will bring the promised change. Let’s first take a look at the facts: McCain voted with George Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007, stocked the vice-presidential pick’s campaign staff with at least half a dozen ex-Bush cabinet members, spent 26 years in the Washington establishment under a primarily Republican controlled Congress and under Republican presidents. This is the resume of John McCain, but these figures don’t fit the mantra of change that he and the GOP


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Students stand to benefit from art programs Every day I go down to the art I’ve gotten good grades in art, but room for class. I have I don’t focus been taking art for all on art to the three years I’ve been point that I attending Cedar Falls exclude the High School. possibility Most kids who of exploring take art classes would other academbe referred to by ic skills. my grandmother as Yes, Cedar “basket making kids.” Falls High Those are the kids who School was take art because they recently think it’s an easy A or identified as a study hall or a freea School In Monica Reida Staff Writer for-all. Need of AsTo quote the musical Sunday In sistance. But how do we solve this The Park With George, “Art isn’t problem? easy.” Well, taking away or restricting And it’s not. Thought and effort access to the fine arts is not the has to be put into any fine art. By way to go. In art class, thinking is the fine arts, I mean music, drama required along with effort. Believe and visual arts. me, artistic effort is an adventure I am not a “basket making kid.” in problem solving. If something

doesn’t work out the way you wanted to and you can’t get rid of it, you have to find a way to make it work. Musical skills also bring deep rewards. Studies have shown that kids who do music tend to be better at math and world languages. In music, one has to do adding with the beats of a measure of music. There’s also subtraction involved when a director says, “Let’s take it from x measures from y.” Well, they don’t say it that way, but you get my point. As for world languages, several music markings are in Italian. Some come from German. By becoming familiar with terms like allegro (fast) and fortissimo (really loud), one is exploring Spanish. The fine arts also teach time management. Perfection comes with practice and lots of it. Joe

and Suzie Everyman/Everywoman have to find a way to manage their time to take care of all of this, and while they might be tired in the morning, this is a reality for most students. In addition, those who do music have to be able to work together. Regardless of if it’s in orchestra, band or choir, music students have to make music as a group. Cedar Falls High School has an exceptional music program. Our marching band, concert band, wind symphony, string orchestra, symphonic orchestra and concert choir have been getting Division I ratings at contests for years. We have really great performing groups. In addition we had a performing group in Musical Theater go to All-State last year. Having school theater does more than enrich the lives of

children. Theater teaches teenagers teamwork, in addition to encouraging that reading comprehension. Usually, it helps if you understand the play that you’re in. Doing shows like Arsenic and Old Lace (which is the upcoming CFHS production) gives students the opportunity to appreciate the classics. Plus, rehearsals keep kids off of the streets and reeking havoc. Increasing the funding for theater programs could also give students a greater chance for building bigger sets or doing more plays or newer musicals. Investing in fine arts is a great idea. The fine arts teach children skills that are essential in the world beyond music or drawing or theater. Emphasizing the arts brings big returns not only for Cedar Falls High School but also for America’s future.

Today, all of us who drive are Honda Civic Hybrid, with 40 city looking for relief and 45 hwy miles from the gas price per gallon, and a burden. Here in price starting at the United States, $23,550. the average On the truck/ September price SUV side, the was just under 2008 Lexus RX $3.82 per gallon. Hybrid gets 27 Many automobile city and 24 hwy manufacturers miles to the galnow recognize lon, with a cost of this severe money $42,080. Anand environmenother, the ’08 Ford Ben Olson tal issue and are Escape Hybrid, Staff Writer coming out with averages 29 city new models that attempt to ease and 27 hwy MPGs, with a tag at this burden. $26,640. Some new models of MPG-savAlso, Honda released the FCX ing automobiles are the ’09 Toyota Clarity vehicle in the summer of Prius, which gets 48 city and 45 2008. This groundbreaking car hwy MPGs, with a price tag rangruns on compressed hydrogen gas. ing from $22,000-24,270. Another With a leasing of $600 per month, popular sedan is the upcoming ’09 this car was limited edition and

only available to southern Californians. These newer vehicles are all good options for the current oil crisis, but they all fall short in one area: price. This isn’t the first time our country has experienced a rise in fuel prices. Back in the mid-’70s, oil skyrocketed and out automakers met the needs then with small, fuel-efficient cars such as the ’81 Dodge Omni, which averaged 30 city and 50 highway miles to the gallon. The ’81 Honda Civic got 32 city and 40 highway MPGs. Also, the ’81 Volkswagen Rabbit averaged 40 city and 54 highway miles per gallon. One reason these cars were so successful is because they cost 25 percent less than regular sedans. My question is why should things be different this time

around? All of the fuel-efficient cars now cost the same or even more than regular models, and some are only limited edition models. Car companies address the higher costs of MPG-saving cars with the fact that additional safety measures make the cars weigh more, which then raises the price. You would think, though, with 25 plus years of technological advances in power improvements that things would be the other way around. Maybe we should relax our safety standards. Back in the mid ’70s through ’80s, cars didn’t have full-surrounding airbags, yet people weren’t afraid to drive, and the deaths due to accident weren’t extremely higher than they are now. Also, hybrid technology is

sometimes brought up as a reason for a high price, but again, with all of our tremendous advances in technology and our government’s cry for no more dependency on foreign oil, you would think it would be a higher priority to have affordable prices on those types of vehicles. Finally, SUVs are very profitable for car companies because of their large size, even if they are hybrids. Some of these automakers may have a profit addiction that prevents the price from coming down. Either way, what people need during our current fuel and economic hardships is a car with great efficiency, yet a small price tag, and that is available to everyone. So, why should better gas mileage result only in a more expensive vehicle? 

Compact Cure

Affordable, efficient cars could provide answers to America’s high gas prices


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Overwhelming the audience with smiles and laughter, seniors Joe Fagersten, Nick DiMarco, Jordan Sullivan and juniors Ben Fagerston and Michael Rosenberg, otherwise known as the Sidestreet Guys, danced and lip-synced their hearts out to the classic tune “I Want it That Way.”

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[Keeping the Tradition Alive] Playing under the lights, seniors Jillian Zaputil and Casi Youngblood re-strategize during the annual Powder Puff game.

[Spiderwomen to the Rescue]

Ready to take on any villain, sophomores Lisa Boelman, Ellie Chestnut and Rachel Patterson are quite the dynamic trio.

[Show Stoppin’]

[Homecoming Feast]

Kayla Alfrey (’09) models her stylin’ toga

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Brian Harris (’09) gets creative with Superhero Day, inventing an idol decked out in everything Amish.

All photos taken by Kristen Aldrich, Chris Pierce, Darby Sheehan and Honor Heindl

Surprising Tiger fans at the Homecoming game on Friday, drum major Mark Lukasiewicz (’09) turns to face the crowd half-way through the marching band’s performance of Jesus Christ Superstar with a mad solo on the sax.

Digging into the scrumptious lunch provided by the First Christian Church on Friday, Sam Meyers (’09) enjoys a picnic outdoors.

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Stunning the crowd with her melodic voice, Susie Hauser (’09) performs as a winner of the Senior Leadership-sponsored No-Talent Talent Competition.

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[Battle of the Grades] Getting aggressive, Katie Dexter (’10) musters up the strength to take Jillian Zaputil (’09) down during Powder Puff.

[Gettin’ Down & Dirty]

Not letting the two point loss get her down, Brianne Hutchins (’09) tackles Eleanor Poe & Amanda Hosper into the mud-splattered football field.

Decorating the halls, Kaitlyn Gillett (’11) helps out her peers by taping streamers all around the ceiling.

[Extreme Hall Makeovers]

[A Night to Remember] Homecoming King & Queen Darion Howard & Honor Heindl smile for the cameras at coronation.


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Music:

•Lotus Hammerstrike •Kenny Chesney Lucky Old Sun •Keane Perfect Symmetry •Queen+Paul Rodgers The Cosmos Rocks •Kaiser Chiefs Off With Their Heads

Movies:

•Body of Lies •City of Embers •The Express •Quarantine

F eature Pod cast This week’s feature podcast as well as eight others that are updated every other week can be found on The Tiger Hi-Line Online (http://www.cedar-falls.k12.ia.us/ buildings/cfhs/journalism/index. html) by following the podcast links. Internet Explorer does not work for viewing this site. Use Safari, Firefox or Opera for best results. The website is also linked off the high school’s website.

Devine Aesthetics

with host Maggie Devine On this vodcast, viewers can look forward to the latest in makeup tips without breaking their bank accounts. Oct. 1/Episode Three In this episode we’ll take a look at lip gloss and ideas for showing your Tiger spirit during Homecoming and at any event.

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No Handlebars

Students take advantage of bike trails Gage Wente Staff Writer

Though gas prices have come down in the last few weeks, prices are still over $3 a gallon, and some students have used the inflated fuel costs as an excuse to enjoy another Cedar Valley resource: an extensive bike trail system. “I’m a huge fan of riding my bike,” junior Emily Highnam said. “Riding your bike is a great way to get around, and you can have fun and stay fit at the same time. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, too.” Highnam rides her bike to school daily when the weather is nice, enjoying the morning world. “Gas is expensive, and I’m broke most of the time, so riding my bike is a great way to save money,” Highnam said. Highnam and other Cedar Falls bikers aren’t alone in their use of bik-

ing to travel cheap. In places where oil prices are through the roof, a lot of people choose biking as an alternative to fuel-guzzling vehicles. The United States is a little behind on this trend, but it’s definitely starting to catch on as high gas prices wear on the populace. While biking is allowed on most streets around town, many people choose to bike the trails instead. The bike paths in our community allow anyone to ride nonstop under major roads and through underpasses. They often run alongside beautiful landscapes as well, going through forested areas and often running beside creeks. Most of the paths are paved and smooth, as well as wide enough to accommodate passing bikers and pedestrians. “I ride pretty much everywhere, so the bike trails are a really nice way to get around. We’re lucky to have such

a great trail system in Cedar Falls.” Highnam said. With more than 1, 350 miles of trails and paths, Iowa ranks 21st in the nation for its friendliness to bikers. The trails allow for easygoing casual use as well as fast-paced exercise biking. Many bikers use the trails to exercise, lose weight and get fit. Twenty minutes of biking can burn 100 calories, according to the cycle10 website. Not only that, but you can get places faster while not exhausting as much energy. With RAGBRAI and a variety of other biking events and clubs, Iowa is a great place to be a biker. If you like to bike there are a number of different activities that you can get involved in, such as BikeIowa, Cedar Valley Cyclists, the Hawkeye Bicycle Association, and more. To find more information about biking clubs in Iowa, go to www.bikeiowa.com.

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Bike trails like this one near the Paw Park are found throughout Cedar Falls and the area.

Nick and Norah’s brings quirky spark to teen movies Torie Jochims Entertainment Editor

Charmingly, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings take the screen as romantic leads in the playfully witty, sometimes lackluster comedy Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Cera plays the bassist and only straight member of an indie rock band, Nick, while Dennings plays the daughter of a music industry mogul and a cynical music lover, Norah. The film takes place all over New York’s indie music scene as a chance encounter between Nick and Norah turns into a wild all-night journey to find a legendary band’s secret show. The search for Where’s Fluffy’s secret show pulls Nick and Norah together, pushes them apart, and pulls them back together again in a night full of run-down cars and a makeshift search party for Norah’s ever drunk friend, Caroline (Ari Graynor). Right from the start, Nick and Norah respectively captivate audiences in a whirlwind of witty cynicisms and off-the-beaten-path music. Nick, still pining over diva ex-girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena), makes numerous mixes that Tris tosses aside, and Norah

picks up. Once the pair meets, and runs off in search of the show, the witty remarks continue to fly with the likes of Nick’s comment, “You don’t have to yell. It’s not a train station. We’re in a tiny car.” The two are abrasive at first, and charmingly so, but more than that, watching their relationship blossom and develop is a wild ride on its own. Even punky hipsters have to stop and smell the roses now and then, cast one another a furtive, romantic glance, and laugh at a stupid joke (or dance move. Ever heard of the blow-dryer?) in the name of love, and Nick and Norah do a hilariously endearing job of realizing this concept throughout the movie. Despite the rom-com plot and fun characters, the movie sometimes uses its soundtrack as a crutch instead of a substantial script. Adorable as it may have been the first four times, Norah’s greeting of “Hey” every time she sees Nick (and given that the entire film took place over the course of a single night, most of which the pair were together the number of times they ran into one another were practically countless) became unbearable after the

fifth one-syllable pleasantry. And yet, it musn’t be overlooked that this teen-book-sensation-turnedmovie is, as its title plainly illustrates, centered on music. So, while the script could use a little more “umph” from time to time, it must be given its props for keeping its audience in mind at all times, and not straying from the musical connection Nick and Norah have. Cera and Dennings should also be given their own credit for creating such loveable, original characters. While Cera virtually reprised his role from Juno with a bit more of a tortured twist, the basics were still the same, and for now, that works for him wonderfully. Dennings creates a fun, edgy girl looking for love and completely relatable, as she’s not the popular one and also not the reject-turned-glamorous. Dennings brings three dimensions to a character that could easily have been flat as three-day old soda. Though Dennings and Cera do a fantastic job performing the leads, Nick’s best friends and band mates as well as Norah’s best friend Caroline bring a majority of the laughs

throughout the film, from promises to keep Caroline safe and subsequently slamming her into the van’s door to Caroline’s proclamation of finding Jesus and shortly after, an altar boy without pants, of whom she inquires “Altar boy, why aren’t you wearing any pants?” It’s easy to see why the sub-characters in all their colorful personalities kept the audience laughing – Nick’s best buds, all gay, are fantastically original and Graynor’s Caroline pushes limits in a funny, yet sometimes disgusting way. As the film comes to a close and a final clue is given, Nick and Norah have discovered that what’s past is past, and living for the moment and the promise of the future is the only way to go. Brought together by break up cds and quirky chemistry, Nick and Norah are a match made in indie music heaven, despite the occasional try-to-hard moment. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, romantically endearing comedy to share the evening with someone special, or a musical adventure to share with a group of pals, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is just the film to satiate and even pleasantly surprise you.


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Tigers triumph at Homecoming

Bernard scores Tigers’ only touchdowns in hard fought shutout of Waterloo West By Max Herre Staff Writer

Homecoming was a red-letter day for the Cedar Falls Tigers and their fans as the Tiger team handed cocoaches Pat Mitchell and Brad Remmert their 12th win over the Waterloo West Wahawks in as many years. The Tigers triumphed over Waterloo West with a 14-0 score on Friday, Oct. 3, giving Pat Mitchell the 289th victory of his 42-year career. It wasn’t a walk in the park, however. The Wahawk rushing was surprising, and they connected with a good passing game and got into Tiger territory three times in the first half. It didn’t take the Tigers long to react to the unexpected. Mitchell credited the Tiger’s ability to react to the unexpected. “This team is really good at reacting to sudden change and surprises,” Mitchell said. With 2:23 to go in the 1st quarter, quarterback Kyle Bernard ran 82-yards for the first touchdown. With key blocking from Austin Long, Bernard posted the 8th longest run in CFHS history (the longest run on record is 95 yards). During the 3rd quarter both teams failed to score. Cedar Falls threw a couple of incomplete passes, and the quarter ended with the Wahawks in control of the ball. With 10:39 to go in the 4th quarter, the Tigers stopped the Wahawk offense when Sean Boss intercepted a pass. The second touchdown of the game, also by Bernard, came at the end of the quarter with just 54 seconds to go. Bernard made the safety touchdown from the 9-yard line. Gienau kicked the extra point, and the stands erupted with a flurry of white towels and screams of victory as the fans showed their appreciation of the team. Mitchell also expressed his appreciation of everyone who contributed to the Homecoming success — players, student body and all the fans. “It was a team thing,” Mitchell said of the victory.

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Brianne Hutchins Volleyball Senior

Brianne is the senior leader for the Tiger squad this year. She will need to spark the team in order to make another appearance at the state tournament, where the Lady Tigers have placed runner-up two years in a row. 1.) What goals do you have for the remainder of the season? To win some games and make it to State. 2.) What motivates you to play volleyball? Music and cheering before games with the team. 3.) What types of things do you do to get pumped up before a game? Cheer random things really loud and listen to music really loud. 4.) What do you like most about volleyball? My teammates. Were all so close and have so much fun together and make fun of each other and play catch phrases. I also just love the sport. 5.) Do you have anyone you look up to to play volleyball? Nina Savage! She’s FIERCE ... enough said.

Top: Senior defensive end Riley Morris (70) pile-drives a West Wahawk ball carrier into the UNI Dome’s artificial turf. Morris and the Tiger defense shut out the highflying Wahawk offense, proving to be the key for the Tigers’ win.

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Right: Senior quarterback Kyle Bernard (16) scampers from the oncoming West defenders on the way to his second running touchdown of the game. He scored the only two touchdowns for the Tigers in the game. Chris Pierce Photos

The Wahawks gained a bare 31 yards in the last two quarters against the Tiger defense. Cedar Falls outrushed (37-21 to 36-89) and outpassed the Wahawks (117-88) and also made more first downs (18-12). Mitchell noted four factors that changed the game for the Tigers: The defense adjusted well to the Wahawks’ spread offense, the field goal block by senior Wes Boyer, the new running

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threats on offense and the fans. “All of the captains did a super job,” he said. “One of the great thrills in coaching high school football is to be in the Dome and feel and sense the emotion, energy and noise of the Tiger Fans. It is unlike any other stadium in Iowa. It makes the hair on the back of your neck tingle. It is big time special. Our fans are the best in Iowa high schools anywhere. When they start

the chant “CF Tigers” or “This is our house,” it is AWESOME with capital letters. Regarding his 289th win, Mitchell said, “Honestly I do not think beyond the first play of the next game. I have been blessed to be around many special players, coaches, fans and every play and every day is really enjoyable. I do not think in terms of numbers ... only the moment.”

Men’s Cross Country Won Metro Meet Next up: MVC Supermeet 10/9 (Dubuque Senior @ 3:30 p.m.) Women’s Cross Country Won Metro Meet Next up: MVC Supermeet 10/9 (Dubuque Senior @ 3:30 p.m.) Football (5-1) Beat Waterloo West 14-0 Next up: Linn Mar 10/10 (UNI-Dome @ 7:45 p.m.) Men’s Golf Placed 2nd at MVC Quad Women’s Swimming Placed 2nd at Marcussen Invite Next up: Iowa City High 10/14 (Holmes JH Pool @ 6 p.m.) Volleyball Placed 2nd in the consolation bracket at the Urbandale Invite Next up: Dubuque Hempstead 10/7 (CFHS @ 5:30 p.m.)


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Women’s Tiger XC captures another Metro Meet victory He said many freshman and sopho-

Sarah Byerly Staff Writer

The women’s cross-country team took first place in their metro meet on Thursday, Oct. 2. The other three teams competed against were Waterloo West placing 2nd, N.U. placing 3rd and Waterloo Columbus taking 4th. “In the varsity race senior Page Hersom and sophomore Cara Strike have been trading off as our number one runner all season. Paige finished 3rd overall in the race,” Coach Don Williams said. “Cara Strike ran the race but had been sick all week so wasn’t at her personal best.” The varsity team won Metro this year with an average time spread of 42 seconds. The junior varsity team also earned the right to brag by taking the first five spots in their race, earning them a perfect score of 15 points.

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“Overall I am very pleased mores have shown endurance this season, with what this years team has which will prove as an advantage for next year. been able to accomplish.” —Don Williams Women’s Cross Country coach “Alana Alberts and Carrie Traetow took 1st and 2nd resectively and were no more than one second apart the entire race. Their finish times placed them fifth and sixth on the team rooster. Hannah Easton, Hannah Savage and Cassie Crotty finished out our top five scorers and all ran extremely competitive races,” Williams said. Every team member helped in the win and many showed personal improvement. “Two athletes who deserve recognition for outstanding personal improvement are freshman Hannah Riebkes and Abbie McFadden,” Williams said.

“As you can tell, we are a young team. Three out of our top 13 runners are juniors and seniors. Some of the athletes that are stepping up showing leadership are Cara Strike, Melissa Eliason and Arlene Freudenburg,” Williams said. Williams added that it takes a lot of time and dedication to be a part of the cross-country team and these young women are showing that they have what it takes. “Overall I am very pleased with what this years team has been able to accomplish. We are not the strongest team we have been in recent years, but these young runners are giving 100 percent effort and showing a lot of improvement, and are a fun team to coach,” Williams said.

Leading the way for the lady Tiger cross country team is senior Paige Hersom. She placed 3rd overall at the Metro Meet, and the Tigers won with 30 points. Waterloo West came in second with 45. Next came N.U. High with 70 points and Waterloo Columbus with 87 points.

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Marcussen title eludes women after costly DQ Ben Olson Staff Writer

The women’s swimming and diving team fought hard all the way through the Marcussen Invite this past Saturday, but came up short of the victory. With 11 teams packed into Holmes pool, the competition was stiff. Other teams invited were Dubuque Senior, Hempstead and Wahlert; Cedar Rapids Washington, Kennedy and Jefferson; Decorah, Charles City, Lewis Central from Council Bluffs, and WaukeshaSouth from Wisconsin. Even before the swimmers dove in for their races, though, the CF divers were busy scoring their own points.  Senior Bethany Olson had a virtu-

ally perfect morning, breaking the 13-year old pool record with a high 482.25 points. As the swimming went on during the afternoon, the stands were full, and college coaches from UNI were in attendance, adding to the excitement. More pool records were set, but not necessarily in Cedar Falls’ favor this time: Waukesha broke records in the 100 fly and the 400-free relay. Overall, the Wisconsin team ended up being the biggest threat all day. The Tigers weren’t intimidated, though. The girls won the first event, the 200-medley relay, in a time of 1:53. Next up in the 200 free, junior Bailey Pons took a victory with a time of 1:54.02, less than a second off the

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pool record. “I was very happy with my performance. It was my fastest time yet this season,” Pons said. Just a week ago, Pons claimed a record in the same event at the Iowa City Invite. In the 200 IM, two freshmen led the way for Cedar Falls, with Kelsey Abbas and Montana Clasby placing 3rd and 4th respectively. “Our freshman really stepped up at this meet, and we needed that,” head coach Richard Marcussen said. In the 50 free, freshman Katie Mason was 8th, and senior captain Jill Girard was 9th. Next up in the 100 fly, showing strong for the Tigers was senior Erica Scullin, placing 4th, and junior Ashlee Graham, placing 7th. Rounding things out, senior Jessa Kukral came in 6th in the 100 free with a time of :58.48. Later, Pons was back in action again in her signature event, the 500 free. She led the entire way of the 20-lap race, and finished with a time of 5:06.4, currently the fastest time in the state. “It was a really good swim for me. I just need to work on my turns and

stroke length,” Pons said. Also strong in the 500 free was freshman Megan Grey. “She is another freshman who is doing good. She dropped 13 seconds today,” Marcussen said. In the 200-freestyle relay, the Tigers were cost the meet when the B relay was disqualified due to a false start. “The relay DQ really hurt us. We could have held Waukesha off after that. We’re just gonna move on now,” Marcussen said. After the disappointment, CF’s A-squad went on to place second in the relay with a time of 1:41.27, a fast time for mid-season. After swimming the relay a minute beforehand, Abbas jumped back in for the 100 back, where she won in a time of :59.59. She is currently ranked number two in the state power rankings for that event. Quite possibly the Tigers’ strongest event, the 100 breastroke didn’t disappoint. Scullin, Clasby and senior Sarah Hedeen all battled in the race as they do in every other meet. In the end, Hedeen was 2nd, Clasby 4th and Scullin 6th.

The meet came down to the final event, the 400-freestyle relay. As mentioned, Waukasha won with a record, but they were closely followed by Cedar Falls, with a time of 3:49.51. When team scores were finally posted, Waukasha claimed the victory with 500.5 points. CF followed in 2nd with 475 points. The Tigers are now closing out the middle of their season, and with State rapidly approaching on Nov. 7, the girls feel they are headed in the right direction. “I definitely think we are going the right way. We work really hard,” Pons said. “Even though we are working hard, we still keep dropping time, which is a good sign. We’re kicking butt and taking names,” Girard said. Going down the road, fine-tuning is going to be important as well. “We really need to work on our technique, mechanics, finishes and relay exchanges. Right now it’s a mental game. Sometimes you think so much that you end up losing, so we’re working on that,” Marcussen said. The swimmers are at home Oct. 14 with Iowa City High at 6 p.m.


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