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Sept. 17, 2008
Volume 49 Issue 2
1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
CFHS, HJH on Schools in Need of Assitance list Kellie Petersen Editor-In-Chief
The effects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act were felt even more strongly last week in the city of Cedar Falls as two of its schools, Holmes Junior High and Cedar Falls High School, were added to the Schools In Need of Assistance (SINA) list. Both schools have been included on the list for failing to meet state trajectories in two subgroup areas: students from low socioeconomic backgrounds at Holmes and special education students at the high school. As a part of NCLB, schools are required to report scores in grades three, eight and 11 for all students, including those from low socioeconomic backgrounds and special education students as well as minority students and English language learners. Both Holmes and the high school were added to the list after a year of being on a SINA watch list. A school is placed on a watch list after its first year of not meeting the required criteria. Then, if the criteria is still not met in the following year, the school is officially placed on the SINA list. Two consecutive years of meeting the requirements are necessary to be removed from the list. Opinions are divided as to how fair this system for accountability is because schools will remain on the SINA list regardless of whether they have improved in one subgroup but are still not meeting the goals for another subgroup. This was the case at Holmes, which remains on the SINA list this year for test scores concerning students from a low socioeconomic background, but in previous years it had been on the list for the special education subgroup. In spite of improvement in one subgroup, Holmes remains on the list. “No Child Left Behind doesn’t care which subgroup you’re not meeting,” Director of Secondary Education Dan Conrad said. There is even some disagreement over how the scores for each subgroup are measured, as schools must have at least 30 students in a subgroup at the required grade levels to report test
scores. Both Conrad and CFHS principal Dr. Richard Powers pointed out that this creates a loophole where many large schools are on the list because they contain the required subgroup populations while many smaller schools where students are from similar backgrounds don’t have enough students to report in all of the subgroups expected of larger schools.
students at their grade level. Special education students are allowed certain accommodations, such as having the tests read to them, taking tests in smaller groups, quiet testing locations, extended time, etc. These accommodations apply to all of the tests except reading comprehension, which as a measure of reading ability cannot be read to students. Some special education teachers
NCLB curriculum. Johns said that the nature of special education is that it serves students that are typically below the 10th percentile and have mild, moderate or severe — and in some cases multiple — disabilities. “So the relationship there then becomes confusing because many if not most of our special education students scored below the 10th percentile to
NCLB at a Glance •
Subgroups are minorities, low socioeconomic status, special education and English Language Learners. Students in the specific subgroups are required to meet the same goals as other students.
The counties highlighted in red contain one or more schools on the SINA list. Sara Strever Graphic
One of the subgroups that has been impacted greatly by NCLB and its requirements is special education. Conrad said that with special needs students the curriculum is especially difficult, citing that as the state trajectories increase, the gap between special education students and mainstream students also increases. Another explanation mentioned by Cedar Falls school officials for why special needs students in several Cedar Falls schools have not met the required goals is the way in which accountability for them is measured. About one percent of special education students in Cedar Falls schools can be tested using alternative assessments, which are more like portfolios of the students’ works, but for the other 99 percent, they are required to take the same test as mainstream
also hold similar opinions as to how special education students are tested under NCLB. Linda Tibben, a special education teacher at Holmes, cited that the test scores of special education students and students from other subgroups are included with the scores of mainstream students. “This isn’t to say that special needs and SES (low socioeconomic background) have not made gains, because they have, and we’ve been very proud of their accomplishments. It’s just that the percentages that are required by the NCLB (Act) are not feasible; otherwise, these students would not need special education,” Tibben said. Dr. Tracy Johns, coordinator of special education services at the high school, had similar thoughts as to how special education students fit into the
qualify for special education services, but we are now being told that all students must score above the 40th percentile,” Johns said. In spite of how the proficiency of special education students is measured, there have been changes made to try to improve test scores within this subgroup and for other students as well. Tibben mentioned the addition of the Read 180 program at Holmes, which aims to improve the skills of students with reading difficulties through a computer program that allows students to work at their reading level while still reminding them of the reading level they are required to be at. In addition to the computer program, Read 180 also includes large and small group activities, silent read-
ing and audio books. Tibben expressed satisfaction with the program (which will be implemented at Peet Junior High next school year) and the results it has obtained. “We had wonderful gains in reading levels last year with the majority of students increasing at least one grade level in reading, with some increasing anywhere from two to four grade levels,” Tibben said. Programs such as the Reading Enhancement class and structured study halls have been implemented at the high school in an attempt to help students improve. A district-wide school services coordinator who emphasizes helping special education students was also hired last year to help improve test scores. Powers also mentioned a new student management system that would allow specific student progress to be tracked more closely, thus allowing teachers to know which students may need a little extra help earlier on. Although improvements have been made both before and after the official addition of Holmes and CFHS to the SINA list, many people within the school system still feel as if the requirements of NCLB may be impossible to reach. “It’s kind of a no win situation, especially for the special needs subgroup,” Conrad said. “In some ways, we think of it as a game we can’t win.” In some ways, NCLB has created positive changes, as both Conrad and Powers cited that the law has made it so that schools now have much more data on how their students are achieving and has improved students learning in certain subjects such as reading. “In some ways NCLB has been good for us. I mean, do we want to be on the list? No, we don’t, but what we’re really doing is collecting and analyzing more data on kids,” Conrad said. Conrad mentioned that this expansion in the amount of data on students allowed the school district to better
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Fed’s SINA label misses big picture The No Child Left Behind act has undoubtedly brought many changes upon the American educational system since its inception in 2001, and, as is the case with Cedar Falls High School and Holmes Junior High as well as countless schools across the nation, these changes have not always been positive. The basic goals that form the foundation of NCLB are extremely important to improving education in America; however, we believe that the specific requirements for reaching these goals are wrong and may actually have a detrimental effect on American schools and students. The issue of the most concern, and where NCLB contains the majority of its faults, is accountability, which, under NCLB, is through standardized tests. We believe, as do many in the educational system, that this is an overly strict and inflexible way of measuring the achievements of students. We, who as student journalists have personally seen the affects of this law on American schools, believe that NCLB must undergo major changes in the way it implements its goals. If it does not, schools like the high school and Holmes will continue to be listed as in need of assistance though they do not deserve the label.
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Editors-in-Chief: Honor Heindl, Kellie Petersen and Ellen Wrede Business Managers: Jill Dally and Alex Entz News Editors: Arlene Freudenberg and Sara Strever Opinion Editors: Ben Buysse, Maggie Devine and Alex Entz Sports Editors: Nick Penticoff and Paul Strike Feature Editor: Honor Heindl On-Line Editors: Torie Jochims and Ellen Wrede Entertainment Editors: Maggie Devine and Torie Jochims Photo Editor: Honor Heindl Cartoonist: Katie Dexter Senior Writers: Jackie Jordan, Vincent Stigliani and Tasha Woods
from universal health care In the coming election, many issues facilities you can visit for care. What nies in virtually every sector of work. stand out in the minds of voters, Rethis has led to is a system where bands Liberals, of course, would find solace publican and Democrat alike; whether of companies, driven by the incentive in the improved efficiency of a system it’s the economy, war or the dozen of profit, cut costs whilst maximizing with far reduced overheads, centralsocial issues that split America in half. profits. Obviously this would stand ized records and no profits in mind, However, you would be hard-pressed well in virtually any other corporate not to mention the 40 million newly to find an issue that has scenario, but due insured patients in America. The bigexploded into the headto health care’s gest number that both sides would lines in quite the way inherent urgency (as appreciate would be the estimated 150 health care has in this stated previously), it billion to 300 billion saved per year election cycle. Whether doesn’t work as an from a switch—a number that doesn’t this is due to the sheer effective business take a reduction of doctor salaries into magnitude of its impact model. account, something many conservaor simply a sign of how While both partives look down upon. broken the system has ties can debate as Of course, a switch wouldn’t be become, I think everylong as they want re- simple. Any time a system gains 40 one can agree it needs garding a solution, it million new patients overnight, wait fixing. has become increas- times will go up. A common misHealth care is a ingly apparent that conception exists, however, that wait unique political topic there needs to be a times would be drastically increased because of how deeply change. The current because of a universal health system. Mike Droste rooted it stands as both system is bleeding Wait times are directly related to Staff Writer a social issue and economic issue. money in the form of executive pay, money put into the facilities and staff From a social perspective, I believe high overheads and corporate profits, pay, not the system itself. America alhealth care should be considered not to mention the billions of dolready has the highest doctor pay in the a fundamental human right, not a lars lost in translation between every world, and a switch to universal health privilege. If America is to be considHMO and health insurance company care wouldn’t necessarily change that. ered the most altruistic nation in the as they have to pay. As it stands right In fact, if America put even a fracmodern world, I tion of the savings from believe it’s only switching to universal “Universal health care would have many health care into new doctor right that we set an example by or the building economic boons that both conservatives subsidies providing our of new medical facilities, and liberals would find helpful.” own citizens any problem created by the with the means system would be immedito remain ately offset by money put healthy. back into it. now, 34 cents out of every dollar spent As an economic issue, health care In fact, the only argument that canon health care in America goes to is much more complicated. I still not be refuted or compromised is the non-health related costs. The second firmly believe, however, that both par- most inefficient country in the world claim that it’s a socialist program. The ties can find common ground in how only thing that can be added to that is spends just over half that. America broken the current system is. In almost also spends far and away the most on that I hope socialized medicine would every industry in the world, corpobe looked upon like education, anhealth care compared to our GDP. rate control has many benefits over other socialist system. Any reasonable Universal health care would have government control; usually corporate many economic boons that both person can look at the roads system, control results in competition, drivsocial security or education and realize conservatives and liberals would find ing down the cost of products whilst that tacking on the word “socialist” to helpful. Fiscal conservatives, who driving up the quality of a product. any idea no longer demonizes it. In adtraditionally appreciate incentives Health care, however, is an exception dition, most European universal health to businesses as a way to boost the to the rule. First, health care, unlike care systems offer additional programs economy, would be pleased knowing any other service or product, is usually businesses would be lifted the burden that the rich can buy in addition to the not something that can be “shopped” care they receive, an idea that could be of health care, which is incredibly around for. Generally, people are considered in America, as well. expensive for businesses (Health care stuck with the provider that they are The conservative and liberal voices costs for workers adds over a thousand granted by their employer or that they of America need to look closer at dollars to every car produced, acpurchase separately, and from there health care. Underneath they’ll find a cording to General Motors, Ford, and you have a selection of offices and system that would please them both. Chrysler), driving up profits of compa-
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•Plain White T’s Big Bad World •Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty •Thievery Corporation Radio Retalliation
•Ghost Town •Igor •My Best Friend’s Girl •Lakeview Terrace
•Live from Studio One
Dana & Susan Robinson 3rd Floor Comm. Arts Center on UNI campus
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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. The website is also linked off the high school’s website.
Coen Brothers’ latest leaves audiences confused, amused Torie Jochims Entertainment Editor
When Burn After Reading opened in theaters nationwide last Friday, this highly anticipated Coen brothersproduced comedy and its all-star cast delivered, though their work was cut out for them. Adverts and previews for the movie may have been vaguely confusing, but they had nothing on the movie. After an hour and 36 minutes of mostly chaos, audiences across the nation were likely scratching their heads. For the first half hour of the film, the story ceases to exist. Finally, something appears to pull together when Brad Pitt’s character, a buff fitness instructor, along with fellow fitness instructor Linda (Frances McDormand), uncovers a very disgruntled ex-CIA agent’s (John Malkovich) files, and attempts, ill-prepared, to exploit him for money. The plot was more than a bit askew, coming out and not seeming to come together until a time when two CIA higher-ups (J.K. Simmons and David Rasche) take a moment to interlude and spell things out in a slightly clearer fashion. Though the film’s plot may be lackluster and nearly impossible to follow, the movie nevertheless captivates viewers. The all-star cast is
undeniably credited for their ability to Malkovich’s character, Osbourne pull in audiences and keep them in the Cox, while not on the screen nearly zany, immensely confusing and wildly as much as a main character perhaps twisted plot. should be, never failed to be a class Despite the movie’s flaws, and “A” pain in the backside who the audithe Coen ence loved to hate. brothers’ Playing the exknack for CIA agent, fired seemingly for his alcoholism, unnecessary rage becomes his violence, the only emotion as characters the other characthemselves ters unknowingly are so oddly hurl him into a intriguing blind rage for the that one latter half of the can’t help film. http://www.cinemablend.com/gallery/ but stay in Pitt and Mcpreviews/Burn-After-Reading-3101. Dormand’s fitness their seat, even though instructors showed at times one may be tempted to fall off the innocent side of the movie, with it in laughter. McDormand’s character only in the Comedy, the movie is, but it is “hoax” to get enough money out of never your typical comedy. As audiit for some cosmetic procedures, and ences have come to expect from the Pitt’s in it for seemingly no reason Coen brothers, dark comedy is the other than he felt the need to stand name of the game. beside his friend. Between Pitt’s naïve idiocy to McDormand keeps thing interestClooney’s ruggedly-handsome-utterly- ing throughout the film, with a few quirky combination, each character killer lines, but Pitt ... well, Pitt really (save perhaps, the small and plainly is something else. uptight role of Tilda Swinton) brings Flamboyant to say the least, and their piece to the film. Pieces without showing a side of Pitt that may never which the movie would fall into an have been seen before, he acts his nonoblivion of half-concepts and awkleading man role with such infectious ward plots. enthusiasm and naivety that fans the
world around will find themselves fixated in the most hilarious of ways. In many ways, he and Clooney, though not the most main of characters, steal the show. And speaking of Clooney, will someone hand that man a razor? Though his rugged look and paranoia after a certain incident are rather undesirable, there is no denying that his character of Harry Pfarrer has quite a few quirks to reckon with. Why, just take a look in the man’s basement. And yet, Clooney creates an idiotic, loveable character who you desperately want to hug, or hit across the head, emotions that interchange with each of his on-screen scenes. The ending of this cinematic adventure came rather abruptly, and though it left one wondering just how the CIA operates, if they really are as shady as the film portrays them, it’s a safe bet that if any more minutes had been tacked on to the ending, audiences would have been disappointed. By the time the credits rolled, the story had nowhere left to go. With a good dash of blood, a few more swear words than were really warranted, a memorably fitting cast and a little bit of everything, everywhere plot, Burn After Reading is a mild R-rated film with an atmosphere belonging solely to it; one that will never be replicated.
On the last episode, we were left with the knowledge that Bartowski would be terminated by the CIA because he knew too many government secrets. Since Chuck is primarily a comedy, I don’t see a tragedy in future for Chuck, but I’m sure much of America will be watching faithfully just to see. Chuck airs Mondays at 7 p.m. on NBC starting Sept. 29, but the first episode will air online-only a week early. 2. LIFE It’s been a long wait for Life. When we finally get a break in Charlie Crews’ case, it’s all ripped away from us.
lucinations, which may or may not be because of a medical condition. This law show provides fans with plenty of romance and interesting plots. This wasn’t expected to return, and many fans will be happy it is. Eli Stone airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. 4. 90210 Fan favorites are sure to return to this revival of the classic series, with a youthful main cast and fresh story lines set in the famous zip code. 90210 is already receiving rave reviews, and the commercials boast that it is the “most talked about show on television.” 90210 airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on the CW.
Fall TV brings second shots, new revival Just Do It
with host Jarek Bakken This show finds students who won’t settle for watching life pass them by. They find another world of creativity after the three o’clock bell at the end of the school day. Sept. 10/Episode One In this episode, Bakken interviews junior writer and musician Andy Weld and shares some of Weld’s lastest recordings.
Life doesn’t give many second chances, but the 2008 fall TV lineup sure does. With the writer’s strike cutting the ’07-’08 television season a little short, we weren’t sure what shows they would bring back for another go, but many favorites did. Even the CW decided to be a little sentimental and brought a revival of 90210. 1. CHUCK Our favorite nerd/accidental spy is back for another season, and just in time to find out if he dies! Last season, we followed Chuck Bartowski into a world of the CIA after government secrets were planted in his brain through an email.
Last season we met Crews, a cop who had just been released from prison after new evidence proved that he was innocent of murder. And now, despite his considerable settlement money, Charlie’s got a grudge. He wants to find out exactly who framed him, and he’ll do anything to find out. At the end of last season, we found the real murderer, but that’s not enough for Chuckles. Expect more suspense and crimesolving this fall starting Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on NBC. 3. ELI STONE We met Eli Stone after he aired in the middle of the TV season last year in January. He’s a lawyer who has hal-
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Martin, Abby Advisers: TeresaJuhl, Julie Hendrickson, Jennifer Stoffer Club Goals: ort Serve others and supp agencies in need s: Major Activitie r Cambodia fo Shoestring fundraiser ass Thurs. Sept. 18 School at Rich Engel Cl & Location: Meeting Times Every other Thurs. 7:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
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Adviser: Brian Winkel Club Goals: To make people aware of current human rights abuses & take action to heal past abuses Major Activities: -Student-faculty bask etball game -Art Show/Sale -Trick-or-treat for UNICEF -Petitioning Meeting Times and Lo cation: Tuesdays in Rm. 208 after school r
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Adviser: Matt Flaherty Club Goals: To demonstrate a real world business experience and enhance civic and social responsibility Major Activities: Iowa Fall DECA Conference Oct. 5-6 Meeting Times and Location: Contact Matt Flaherty
This involves meeting and interacting with students in the special needs classes. “It’s a great way for people who don’t normally step out of the box to get to know new people. A lot of people that aren’t involved in a lot will get into Harmony,” Langan said. -Alexis Enjoy g a scru Students are already anticipating the of foodin m p t s io ner, sen at the Amne us assortm experience. e njoy theiors Fran andsty Int’l din-ent “I really want to be involved in Harmony K flavors of the watie Moore because I want to have a full high school exorld. perience,” sophomore Chelsea Larsen said. She is already involved in many activities, but Larsen said she wanted to be “well rounded,” so she plans to be involved in as many things as possible. y t lahert F This year Langan said she hopes to n vemen a l y o v R n : i r e ent Advis continue with the H-Unit and Mix It Up Advis als: er: te stud o m o o G r p lunches, but she also plans to do more Andrea Club A ities to meaningful service projects. Club G ykens Plan activ vites: cti “I hope people who are joining and conTo exce oals: ajor A ecoming M l i n tinuing in Harmony will walk their talk by area debate, Hom -Plan rive learnin s of cts being brave and standing up to prejudice g abou differen D e Proje ion: c d i o v r o 52 t e F t and hurtful words,” Langan said. “Even Major nity S nd Locat s 7:30 Rm. discuss cultures & u m m a A g o though CFHS is mostly a very accepting -C ornin Represe ctivities: ing political is Time sues nt US a eting ednesday m community, there is always room for e M t Gover Sympos W ner’s D improvement.” ium a y Meeti Youth Harmony applications are available ng Tim E e v ery Thu s in the guidance office and are due on rsday. C and Locat Sept. 19. Harmony kick-off will be io ontact A ndrea A n: on Monday, Oct. 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the ykens high school.
“[Our purpose is] to promote awareness of world cultures and to provide service opportunities in relation of world cultures, promote unity between language students & a way to share cultural between international students.” -Sra. Valdez
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Adviser: Melissa Br eddin Club Goals: To work to make th e halls of Cedar Falls safe for all students rega rdless of sexual orientation or gend er identity, and to m ake it a comfortable place to express experiences and feel ings. Major Activities: -February: Governo r’s Conference in Des Moines -Community Serv ice Activities Meeting Times and Location: Once or twice a w eek on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
Advisers: Madam Danforth, Frau Brost, Sra. Valdez Meeting Time & Place: Monday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the portable
(film strip) 1. Juniors Liz C hristopherson, Mason T roendle, Chyane Marsh Kaschef, Alexisall, Omeed Rokes, Cameron Hen ry & Linden Terpstra 2. Juniors Linde n Terpstra & Allison Duc 3. Michael Banhman 4. Chyane Mar gston (’09) advisor Matt Flshall (’10) & aherty
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Adviser: Kenton Swartley Club Goals: To make a great Robot Major Activities: -Fall training -Six week building of robot -Two regionals that have a different game to compete in and there are awards for various activities Meeting Times and Location: Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Rm. 227
Harmony and its adviser, Susan Langan, are preparing to kick off another year of raising awareness of equity issues and creating an atmosphere where the acceptance of diversity will be achieved. “Harmony is about different diversities of people coming together like they wouldn’t normally,” Langan said. “You get theater kids, band kids, sports kids, students from different religious backgrounds. All sorts of people come together to make the high school a better place.” Last year students involved in Harmony went to surrounding elementary schools to do Mix It Up lunches in order for kids to socialize with different people of different interests. “I love Harmony because being with the little kids and connecting with them is so much fun,” senior member Courtney Dreyer said.
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While most teenagers are sleeping in on Saturday morning, devoted students file into the YWCA and begin jumping rope or playing basketball. Soon they are involved in a vigorous workout training various physical and mental aspects of their sport. “Tae Kwon Do can be really tough sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it,” said Emir Sahinovic, first degree black belt and student at CFHS. Jensen’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do Club is training rigorously for an upcoming tournament, the 2008 United States Tournament of Champions located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Scheduled for Saturday Sept. 20, the tournament will end the season for the competitors until late next spring. Fourth degree black belt and instructor Dennis Jensen said that this season has been very successful for the club. “We’ve done great this season. We grew a lot, and we’ve got a pretty large team now. Everyone’s really improved, and that’s all I can hope for.” The club has grown both in size and in skill this tournament season, taking first place in team scoring, an accumulation of all of the competitors’ medals, as well as winning a first place award in attendance all in just a single tournament. In their nearly three-hour training session, the class of eight to 15 practices a variety of drills, ranging
from ladder-running footwork practice to throwing kicks at each other to train both technique for the kicker and endurance and pain tolerance for the target. “We’ve been working a lot of defense, and, of course, we’ve been trying to keep our students from backing up,” Jensen said. Although the students also train for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are encouraged to work out and
“It never ends, and it’s tiring, but it pays off in the end. You get to tell people you’re a black belt and mean it.” —Emir Sahinovic sophomore martial artist lift on their own, the Saturday morning classes are the ones where they really push their limits. Sahinovic plans to compete in the upcoming tournament. “I’ve been working a lot on my defense. I’m hoping the counters and defensive maneuvers I’ve been practicing will help keep the game in my favor.” High school graduate Denis Porcic, another first degree black belt, has different plans. “When I go up there, I’m just gonna try to knock them out. No holding back, nothing.” With such a wide range of fight-
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Local martial artists strike out for final competition of season Gage Wente
ers and such a large club, the school is expecting to do well in the events, ranging from board-breaking, forms (a set pattern of various kicking and punching techniques), and sparring, the real highlight of most tournaments. The competition, which is one of only three yearly American Championship Tae Kwon Do series, regularly draws competitors from around the world. Black belts age 14 and older will be using electric chest protectors, something that has been protested by many schools after a deal of conflict involving their experimental use at a tournament earlier this year. The chest protectors score automatically rather than by judges, but require a perfectly perpendicular blow to trigger their sensors. With adult competitors and trained black belts, a blow like this is uncommon even once or twice in a match, and the use of this equipment has led to longer matches and questionable tactics. With that in mind, the club has been training extra hard in preparation for the tournament. The competition will mean a lot as a closer to the season, but that doesn’t mean that it spells the end of training for these fighters. No, after the tournament season closes for the year, the club will turn straight to preseason practice for the next season. “It never ends, and it’s tiring,” said Sahinovic, “but it pays off in the end. You get to tell people you’re a black belt and mean it.”
At a competition earlier in the season, sophomore Emir Sahinovic worked his first degree black belt magic. He and the other members of the Tae Kwon Do team are headed for their final matches of the season on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Whether or not he soars as a Jet,
Favre will always live in Packer fans’ hearts Sports Opinion Andy McDermott Staff Writer
Brett Favre, now a New York Jet, but always a Green Bay Packer. Even though Brett Favre is no longer a part of the Green Bay Packers organization, if you are a true Packers fan, you can not hate on one of the all
time greatest quarterbacks to ever set foot on an NFL field. The records say it all: most consecutive starts by a quarterback, the only back to back to back MVP, most wins by a starting quarterback, most career touchdowns, most career passing yards, most career passing completions and attempts, most games with at least three touchdowns ... the records go on and on. “It’s business, strictly business,”
Favre stated in an interview. “I am and will always be a Green Bay Packer.” Favre is not a traitor to the Packers. Yes, it may have been a bad idea for him to retire during the off-season and then later decide that he still wanted to play the game, but, as you saw, he didn’t play for the money; he played for the love of the game. The Packers offered Favre $20+
million just to stay retired. If a player who just wants to play does not take that offer, that really shows what a true player is. Favre loves the game of football, and money means nothing to him. He already has enough to go around. I can see why the Packers wouldn’t let him play, though. It’s Aaron Rodgers’ turn. Five years of sitting on the bench behind a legend of the game has to be hard and now he has his turn to show the team what he can do.
On Rodgers’ opening game, he went 18-22 with 178 passing yards, a touchdown and a rushing touchdown versus the Minnesota Vikings. No one will ever compare to Favre, but those statistics are amazing and even better than Favre did on his opening night with the Packers. Even though the Favre era has ended and the Rodgers era has begun, Favre will always be a Packer in our hearts, and no one could ever take his place.
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Tayloe, Tigers exceed expectations at Marshalltown Max Herre Staff Writer
Cedar Falls posted a fifth-place (out of 19) behind West Des Moines Valley, Marshalltown, Ankeny, and Southeast Polk. Junior Jacob Tayloe finished second in the varsity race with a time of 17:04. The next Cedar Falls runner, senior Jordan Velasquez, finished 15th with a time of 17:35. “The team did a great job in dropping their times and showed a lot of improvement,” Cedar Falls cross country coach Troy Becker said. The junior varsity team finished second with Justin Grider in 6th place (18:48) and Joey Sevcik in 9th place (18:58). The Tigers improved their performances in the second meet of the season, and both coaches and team members are working to improve their times for the next meet. “I didn’ t think it was that bad of a meet,” Jacob Tayloe said of the Marshalltown meet. “We finished in a better place than we were ranked (on paper) before the meet. We have a young team, but our younger runners are improving. Our workouts and gaining more varsity experience should help us to have a good showing at our next meet and meets to come.”
Tayloe is in just his first year on varsity and his second year of cross country, but he has high hopes. Personal goals for Tayloe include winning the metro meet and also a top-10 finish at State. Junior varsity runner Joey Sevcik agreed. “The team is constantly getting better,” he said. “We’ll look for a great showing on Sept. 18 at the Rich Engel Classic.” Coach Becker was also optimistic about the Tigers’ chances for a good showing at the Rich Engel Classic. He said he thinks that the freshman/ sophomore team can win Rich Engel this week. In Becker’s opinion, the varsity and JV teams can make it in the top three. The invitational meet scheduled for Sept. 18 was started by the late Rich Engel who coached cross country at Cedar Falls High School for many years. The meet was later named the Rich Engel Classic in his honor. “I remember working that meet,” said Engel’s widow, Diane. “Back then we only had half a dozen teams, and we printed results on an old mimeograph machine. It has grown over the years to a high-caliber event.” The race will be at Birdsall Park in Cedar Falls with 17 teams competing. Start time is 4:45 p.m.
Erica Scullin Women’s Swimming Senior
Senior Erica Scullin hopes to pull the swim team to a victory this season and wants to dominate the field at the state meet. 1.) What are your goals for this season? To make it so everyone on the team gives it their all and is completely satisfied at the end of the season. 2.) What motivates you when you’re swimming? I sing in my head a lot, calculate the pace in my head and also gauge where I am according to the other swimmers in other lanes. 3.) How do you think the team will do this season? Hopefully we can go to State and dominate the field!
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Senior Alex Niner strides on at the Marshalltown Invitational Thursday. He helped the junior varsity team take 2nd place behind WDM Valley.
New Peregrine triathalon brings new challenge to Cedar Valley Ben Olson Staff Writer
A one-mile swim across a lake; a 22-mile bike ride; a six-mile run. These are things that many people would tackle one at a time, but the athletes at the upcoming Peregrine Charities Triathlon, including sophomore Daniel Yeheili, will do all three, one right after another. Located at George Wyth State Park, this Sept. 28 triathlon is getting a buzz around town and nationally. The long distances havenít scared people off, though, according to USA Triathlon Race Executive Director Maria Benham. “Right now, we’re expecting around 150 people. Some will be competing as individuals, but some have formed relay teams where one person will swim, another bike and another run,” Benham said.
The endurance-filled run-bikeswim sure doesn’t scare off Yeheili, who will be competing at this upcoming event. “I am always up for a challenge. I figured there is nothing else that will test my competitive drive more than a triathlon,” Yeheili said. At the triathlon, there will be novice through elite athletes participating, so no one will be left out. “I have never done a triathlon before, but the range of competition will be fun to see. I would hope to see young and old competing,” Yeheili said. An estimated 150 racers is a great turnout for Peregrine, who is a firsttime host of this tri-sport. The group also hopes that these citizens and participants will get much more out of it than just the competition factor, but a deeper sense of awareness. “This is our first triathlon. There aren’t any traditional triathlons in
the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, so we thought this would be a great event to not only raise awareness and funds for our mission, but also to increase awareness of what we have to offer in our community,” Benham said. The athletes will feel good during the race knowing that $60 out of each $75 registration fee will go directly to support Peregrine Charities community outreach. “Our foundation awards grants to eastern Iowa hospitals to fund research into rare pediatric diseases and to assist with children’s medical treatment. Proceeds will be distributed later this year to help fund meaningful projects that will impact healthcare of children and their families,” Benham said. Peregrine Charities will also be giving back to another group of people: the athletes. There is a $4,950 prize purse for the day’s top finishers. However, many of the racers will
just be excited about the overall experience. “I’m not looking for a good time. I’m just looking to finish,” Yeheili said. Training for a single morning of running, biking and swimming will involve a lot of time commitment for the racers in the weeks prior to this event. “I have been working out six to seven times a week. I try and ride my bike to a lot of places, and I am doing a lot of circuit training too,” Yeheili said. Overall, the hard work of the athletes will pay off more than just during the race: the Peregrine Charities Triathlon is looking to be very profitable for the community as well. “It’s hard to say what we expect, but a net income of $20,000 from this would be great,” Benham said. The first wave of athletes will dive in at George Wyth at 7:30 a.m on Sept. 28.
4.) What is your favorite part about swimming? How close that you get with our teammates. By the end of the season you’re basically a family.
Tigers in Action
Men’s Cross Country Finished 5th at Marshalltown Invite Next up: Rich Engel Invite 9/18 (Birdsall Park @ 4:45 p.m.) Women’s Cross Country Finished 7th at Marshalltown Invite Next up: Rich Engel Invite 9/18 (Birdsall Park @ 4:45 p.m.) Football (2-1) Beat Cedar Rapids Jefferson 34-0 Next up: Dubuque Hempstead 9/18 Men’s Golf Placed 1st at MVC Triangular Next up: Tiger Invitational 9/19 (Beaver Hills @ 9 a.m.) Women’s Swimming Placed 1st Next up: C.R. Kennedy Invite 9/20 (Cedar Rapids Kennedy @ 9 a.m.) Volleyball (2-0) Beat Waterloo West and CR Jefferson
in conference play. Next up: Dubuque Wahlert Tourney 9/20 (Dubuque Walhert @ (9 a.m.)
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Ellen Wrede Photographs SINA continued from page 1 look at what skills students were lacking and what the district could do to help them do better. The wide-ranging goals of NCLB, such as to better improve achievement among students from groups such as low socioeconomic backgrounds and minority students as well as to improve achievement among all students, are generally agreed with. “Everybody agrees with NCLB in its concept. We want everybody to do well. More than that we want everyone to become the best that they can be,” Powers said. It’s the process of measuring improvement that Cedar Falls school officials debate. Often standardized tests like the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) are used to measure students’ proficiency in meeting state and national trajectories. “We’re putting all of our eggs in one basket with the standardized test. I think many people would agree that standardized tests are not the best way to measure what our students can do,” Johns said. Conrad and Powers had similar
Tia Woods opinions about the way in which standardized tests are used to measure accountability. Powers specifically mentioned student’s motivation to do well on the ITEDs, as the efforts in no way personally affect them but are nevertheless used to measure the growth of all of the students in a particular school or school district. “Should you be defined by one day of your career at CFHS?” Powers asked. “You’re being measured by that one day.” Cedar Falls school officials ex-
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pressed that more measures need to be taken into account when measuring the accountability of students, and that this accountability needs to be treated with greater flexibility, especially with regards to special education students. As Conrad mentioned, some of these changes may already be underway; however, if the law remains as it is, unrealistic expectations could potentially have a detrimental effect. “They’ve been too generalized in their thinking, and standards have been set beyond what some groups
Toughing out the crazy weather last Saturday, Madame Danforth and her daughter indulge in some crafty activities at the annual art festival, Artapalooza, located on the scenic downtown stretch of Main Street.
of students are capable of achieving. There needs to be some alternative testing for certain parts of the schools’ populations. In fact, many schools throughout the United States will find themselves being listed as SINA until some alternative testing becomes
available,” Tibben said. Conrad helped to put just how far reaching and unrealistic these expectations may be in perspective. “To my knowledge there’s no district in the nation that has 100 percent students proficient,” Conrad said.
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