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Workin’ It With the increase in body art, from lip piercings to facial tattoos, comes a growing conflict with the employers of these devotees of body enhancement. However, some jobs are surprisingly accepting of the trends. More traditional workplaces suggest that employees hold off on the piercings in favor of an appearance to customers. “It all depends on what you’re doing,” said Chad Koeppel, a manager at the family-oriented establishment Waffle Stop. He also added, “Having things on your face isn’t really appropriate. You’re dealing with the public.” This is a general rule in many establishments. Visible
“There’s a general consensus on that point; there’s a time and a place for everything, and it’s all about how employers really want their image to appear.”
Mohair Pear manager Anthony
piercings and tattoos are considered inappropriate, due to the fact that these establishments cater to a wide variety of people. A sample of these people may not approve of vis-
At left, an employee at Ritual flaunts his many tattoos while helping a customer. At businesses like Ritual, tattoos and piercings on employees are an effective form of advertisement. At top, Lexy Abbas and Cam Nielsen sport various piercings in the halls of CFHS.
Tattoos, piercings becoming more common in the workforce ible body art and modification, and that could turn them away from the businesses. Other workplaces openly accept tattoos and piercings. “We’re very comfortable with it,” said Anthony Ryckman, a manager and employee at Mohair Pear, a popular boutique in Cedar Falls. “For a business like us, having people with piercings helps us sell jewelry ... it’s an advantage,” Ryckman said. Because Mohair Pear appeals to a more alternative crowd, it is actually more attractive to the target customers if the employees have body modifications and art. This method of advertisement is becoming more commonplace
in the workforce. Places all over Cedar Falls and Waterloo are opening up to body art. That trend is matching the changing available workforce. Nearly a fourth of men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 have tattoos, and 15 percent have at least one piercing, according to a survey taken in 2006 by Northwestern University, and the numbers are only rising as they become more available to children under 18 and more acceptable for adults over 50. It’s no longer unusual to get a tattoo or piercing at some point in one’s life. Yet there will likely always be some workplace restrictions. “[There are limits] for
certain professions, based on what society thinks,” Ryckman later said regarding how he felt about more radical body modifications. “You wouldn’t want to be a lawyer ... with face tattoos and two inch plugs. I didn’t even get tattoos or piercings until I started working here,” Ryckman said. There’s a general consensus on that point; there’s a time and a place for everything, and it’s all about how employers really want their image to appear. Ryckman said simply, “Society does judge you.”
Staff Writer Linne
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IN THIS ISSUE HI-LIGHT NEWS •TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS Page 1
•COLLEGE TIPS & PREPARATION Page 3
OPINION •OUR VIEW Page 2
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The men’s and women’s cross country teams raced Thursday, both placing second at the Rich Engel Classic. (Above) Juniors Amanda Fishel and Molly Gettman run together to keep pace. (Left) Junior Timothy Sevick and junior Jonathon Smith cross the finish line together. (Right) Seniors Brianna King and Allison Gregg lead a pack of runners around a bend.
•K-6 BILINGUAL EDUCATION Page 4,5
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Who takes blame for lost lives?
Don’t be too quick to point the finger at the culprit. Was it filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula with the movie in Southern California? Was it Youtube with the “Innocence of Muslims” in the computer room? Was it protesters with mob attacks in Libya? There is no secret envelope to open after the guesses have been laid on the table — no explanation of the crook, the weapon, the place. Yet there are many dirty hands. Who can we accredit the blame for the Libya disaster? Revolving around an explicit Youtube video mocking Prophet Mohammed, the U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans working for the State Department in Benghazi were murdered. Living in the United States, we are promised our First Amendment rights. Our freedom of speech leaves little room for censorable measures. The aforementioned video has been widely spread across the Web, and in response, Youtube has restricted access to it in India, Indonesia, Libya and Egypt. However, Youtube does not intend to take the video off their site completely because that would destroy the atmosphere of their “express your opinions here” claim in countries where this is legal. Unlike in the board game Clue, the actions our government takes and the decisions we make as individuals impact the world we live in. The decisions of a major company such as Youtube (independent of pleas from the White House) have the influence to save or suffer lives.
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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
College experiences differ in form Last year’s seniors share what it is like to be students at Hawkeye Community College and the University of Northern Iowa. They compare the differences from high school and what it is like to live independently for the first time in their lives.
The CFHS class of 2012 has gradu- so true. They go by fast,” Miller said. “I ated and moved on from high school definitely miss all my friends. In college to different colleges around the state you have a lot more free time to do your homework because you get to schedule and country. Some close by graduates shared how their school year is going, your classes,” Bermal said. The classroom environment and why they chose the college they chose teachers are not the same in college as and more. The students had many reasons why they are in high school. “The teachers they picked the colleges they now at- here expect you to be on top of everytend. “I chose UNI because it is a great thing, and they don’t really reach out school, and I’m still close to home,” 2012 to you if you’re struggling. You have to make the first move. Some profesgraduate Maddie Gary said. Another sors here don’t even tell you when you 2012 grad, Paige Miller, chose Hawkeye Community College. “I chose Hawkeye because I thought it would be a good transition out of high school for me, and it’s close to home. Also, it’s cheap, and I wasn’t sure what I Photo By Lauren Nickerson wanted to major in, so CFHS graduate and freshman at UNI, Maddie Gary, cheers I am just get- for the Panthers along senior Andrea Martinson and junior ting my liber- Holli Benson. al arts done then will fighave assignments. You have to look at ure it out,” Miller said. Jake Bermal, also a 2012 graduate, chose the Univer- the syllabus,” Gary said. “At Hawkeye my classes are similar to high school. I sity of Northern Iowa for his education. “I mainly chose UNI because of the golf have 15-20 kids in all my classes, but you have a big range of age difference, program,” Bermal said. These students have moved out of which is kind of weird, but it doesn’t their parents’ homes and are now expe- bother me at all,” Miller said. “The teachers in college are not as interactive riencing living on their own. “I live in with the students. Mostly we just get a a dorm on campus. It’s weird living on lot of lectures and hardly any classroom my own, but I like it,” Gary said. Miller and Bermal also live in dorms. “I go to participation,” Bermal said. For seniors making major decisions Hawkeye and live in the Towers at UNI. about college, these three graduates I wanted to stay close to home but still get the dorm experience. I love it,” Mill- have some tips from personal experience. “Advice I have to seniors would er said. “I live in the dorms at UNI. The only negative is having to do my own be look into a lot of different colleges and don’t be too quick to make your laundry,” Bermal said. decision,” Gary said. “If you don’t College life is much different than high school life. “I miss Friday night know what your major is I believe that football games and being around peo- a community college is the way to go. It’s a lot cheaper too,” Miller said. ple I’ve grown up with my entire life. I miss being with all of my friends all the “You should go on a lot of college visits. You always want to check out the time. I love the independence and free campus and see what the school is all time that I have in college,” Gary said. Miller also misses football games and about so you know for sure which colpowderpuff. “People always say live lege is right for you,” Bermal said. up your high school years and that is
By Staff Writer Lauren
Junior Christina Brammer takes college classes online to get ahead while still in high school. Managing a normal day Completed Classes: of high school is challenging College Chemistry I (through UNI on camenough, but junior Christina pus) Brammer is doing the ultimate Principles of Speech (online through Iowa challenge by taking online col- Community College Consortium) lege classes along with her norEconomics (online through Kirwood College) mal high school education. Digital Photography (online through North Over the summer, Christina Dakota Center for Distance Education) took a speech class from Iowa Community College ConsorCurrently Enrolled Classes: tium and a General Chemistry Calculus I (online through Iowa Community class from UNI. These online College Consortium) classes are getting her ahead C++ Programing (online through Iowa Comand preparing her for college munity College Consortium) life. College Writing and Research (online through “My goal is to get a major in the University of Northern Iowa) electrical engineering at UNI, so getting ahead as much as I can the main concerns for her is keeping up is what I’m concentrating on,” Christina with her regular high school classes. said. “Instead of taking the AP classes “You have to manage your time realhere at the high school where you are ly well,” Brammer said. “For the online not guaranteed to get the college cred- classes I took, you had a week to get a it if you don’t pass the test, I think that certain amount of assignments done, so taking these online classes will really you can not procrastinate.” help me get ahead and start working Also, keeping up with grades is right away after college.” something that Brammer seems to be There were many questions as to if handling well. “I am satisfied with the this was the best decision for her, but grades I’m maintaining. This year I took dad, Michael Brammer, was confident on a much lighter class load because I that this was what was going to get her already have the credits I need, so a lot ahead and ready. “I believed Christina of my classes are electives, and I have was ready for college classes since she two study halls, so I have opportunites has a good idea of what she wants to to get my class work done at school.” major in,” Michael says. “She also did Brammer plans on taking more onvery well with the honors classes she line college classes this fall. She is going took her sophomore year at the high to take a C++ course for an advanced school, and the classes were an excel- computer language program that folent preparation for college level work. cuses on hardware and operating sysThe stress on the forced schedule at tems. This course is offered through the high school was not healthy for her, Iowa Community College, along with a and she would have repeated that same Calculus II class that she’ll take, which scenario this year if she had stayed with is based on physics. Christina will also high school classes.” be taking a college Geography class Apart from getting ahead, Chris- later this semester which will meet the tina is getting a preview of what col- requirements for Iowa’s standards in Solege work entails and how she has to cial Studies. All of these classes are very plan her time to get everything done. advanced and will challenge Brammer She has the advantage over other stu- to work her hardest to accomplish her dents that are not taking extra college goal of being prepared and ready for classes because she knows what to ex- her engineering career. pect when she gets to college. One of Michael has always been active and involved in his children’s education and also in the education opportunities in the state. “The Iowa Community College Consortium is not well publicized, but it is an excellent opportunity for high school students to gain college level credit without having the leave the CFHS campus during the school day,” he says. “ Access to UNI is also a great advantage for CFHS students.” Only time will tell what’s ahead for Christina, but she’s definitely prepared for what her future will Junior Christina Brammer works hard bring. at her online college class load in addiBy Staff Writer Karly
tion to her high school schedule.
I am very excited about the possibility of having Spanish taught at an early age because it is when learning a foreign language is so much easier for anyone to acquire. —World Language Teacher Patricia
It’s great, except why just Spanish? I think it’s the right move, but we don’t want to get rid of other languages because we will want to offer students options and diversity.
—World Language Teacher Gunda
I think the sooner we can start with kids, the better it is. The enthusiasm at that age level, and the ease of learning makes it important for us to start as soon as we can. Having learned Spanish might give kids an opportunity to explore another language at high school. —World Language Teacher Melissa
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Cedar Falls Superintendent Prepares to Propose K-6 Bilingual Program Plan According to the 2010 census, 35 million United States residents spoke Spanish at home in 2009. That makes America home to the second largest population of Spanish speakers in the world. In the American job market, employers consider bilingualism, especially the ability to speak English and Spanish, a valuable skill. Due to globalization, knowing how to speak many different languages becomes increasnec“Children’s minds can more easily ingly essary. adapt to another language at a D e the young age. They are less afraid to spite demand, make mistakes and more willing the United is to accept new sounds. Learning States the only through songs and games is fun developed ountry and normal for young children, cthat does and learning Spanish is just one not require to more thing they do in a day. It students learn two also prepares children to acquire languages. of a third, or even fourth language Most America’s later in life.” larger pubhigh — Iowa City Spanish teacher at Willowwind School Danielle lic Eivins schools do offer Spanish and often other languages as elective courses; however, four years is rarely long enough to learn a second language, especially when the four years occur when students are teenagers. Principal Diane Bradford works at Hoover Elementary School in Iowa City, a school that offers its World Language and Culture Program to kindergarten through sixth grade students. “The best time for a child to learn another language is in the first four years of life; Hoover parents and teachers are hoping to close a gap for our children. Our students should not have to wait until junior high or high school to learn new languages,” Bradford said. Superintendent of the Cedar Falls School District Mike Wells would also like Cedar Falls elementary schools to teach students a second language, Spanish, through a possible K-6 bilingual program that is currently in discussion. “Any decision to add K-6 Spanish would be done through a collaborative effort with our teachers, administrators, parents, community members, students and board members. No decisions have been made, but we are having conversations about a K-6 Bilingual program,” Wells said. Wells and Director of Elementary Education Pam Zeigler will meet with the district’s elementary schools this month, compiling a list of improvements that would make Cedar Falls Elementary
Schools “world class” schools. “In the first two meetings, bilingual education has been identified, and I anticipate it to be recognized as a weakness in our system in the other four buildings,” Wells said. Then, in October, they will develop an action plan regarding the possible program. “[The action plan] will list what we are going to do, when we are going to do it, how we are going to pay for it and who is responsible to make it happen,” Wells said. They will take the plans to a group of students, probably high school students, and PTA/ PTO groups in November, asking for input about them. Using the insight, they will finalize the plans in late November or early December to present at the December school board meeting for consideration. Using the same process with secondary schools, they will present another plan by the end of the school year. If approved, it will be enacted in August 2013. “The committees will decide the language. Spanish is one possibility and a probable language selection, but at this point, it is only speculation,” Wells said. The program is estimated to cost about $200,000. Wells plans to build this into the budget by shifting funds and sharing teachers between schools. If they create the program, Wells predicts they would need to hire new staff. “Teachers must be certified teachers in elementary to teach elementary Spanish. It is possible to partner with UNI to find such teachers and student teachers,” Wells said. Despite the drawbacks of needing to hire more teachers, teaching elementary students a foreign language in school has many benefits. Spanish teacher Danielle Eivins teaches at Willowwind School, an elementary school with an in-class K-6 Spanish curriculum, in Iowa City. “Children’s minds can more easily adapt to another language at a young age. They are less afraid to make mistakes and more willing to accept new sounds. Learning through songs and games is fun and normal for young children, and learning Spanish is just one more thing they do in a day. It also prepares children to acquire a third, or even fourth language later in life,” Eivins said. Wells also said he thinks that learning Spanish at a young age might give students the opportunity to study another language from junior high until they graduate. “It would be possible for students to be trilingual during their K-12 educational experience if we could offer Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Japanese beginning in grades seven through
HI-LINE 12,” Wells said. There is also evidence that bilingualism improves cognitive functioning. ”The major benefit is that it improves the brain’s executive functioning capabilities and a heightened ability to monitor the environment. As a bilingual person, one is able to keep track of multiple changes around them at one time,” Bradford said. According to neuropsychologist Tamar Gollan of the University of California, becoming bilingual could make people more resistant to dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Most clearly, teaching children a new language exposes them to a new culture. “Best of all, learning another language opens the world to children. They realize that people around the world are similar to and different from them. And by learning another language they can communicate with more people, understand more cultures and reflect on their own language and ways,” Eivins said. The ability to communicate with more people has increased in importance as international communication has become easier. “Technology has created a much ‘flatter’ world. Our students will be entering a world much different than the world most middle-aged people entered when they graduated. Our students are at a disadvantage competing by being monolinguistic,” Wells said.
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A K-6 bilingual program would eliminate this disadvantage. “We are wanting to help develop 21st century leaders. Helping students learn another language besides English would help them become better problem solvers, critical thinkers and collaborators,” Jennifer Hartman, principal of North Cedar Elementary said. Despite the successes of some schools, and the plans of others, K-6 language programs are rare in the United States. “The benefits of bilingualism are many and I wish all children could have the opportunity to truly become bilingual. We have a long way to go toward that goal in our schools and society. At Willowwind we are providing a unique opportunity to authentically engage with another language at a young age and I believe it is one of the best gifts we can give children growing up in the 21st century,” Eivins said. Despite the benefits a K-6 bilingual program could offer to Cedar Falls elementary students, executing the program would uncover more challenges than just the cost. Although it has not yet been decided when they would teach the foreign language, if the plans are approved, difficulties arise from nearly any possible time. Hartman does not think that an after school program like Hoover’s is the way to go. Because of transportation issues, not all of the students could participate in
Opening Up Now more than ever, the world is connected in many ways, and that’s the reason learning a second language has become such an important task. It opens doors not only in business, but in your personal life as well, for other languages allow you to communicate with a lot of different people, have new relationships, and experience new cultures — the main purpose of an exchange program, for example. In my case, knowing English helped in several ways. I’m from Brazil and have been studying this language for 10 years, since I was 7. Improving my ability to speak English besides making the opportunity to live in the United States possible helped me to make friends faster because I could communicate with people already in my first day here. Being an exchange student is not easy, and I wonder how limiting it might it be if I could barely communicate. Those who learn a new language can tell you that it is not only about the language itself. The language is based on a culture, and to learn it is a long process where you need to be in contact with the mentality of a place, of a people and with what else was taken to build it. In my country, dedication to learning another language, such as English and Spanish mostly, is very common. Almost everybody gets involved with it. It’s one of our college’s test subjects, and many enterprises require it to keep their international relations and contacts. Besides, a lot of people are interested in being exchange students so than they can learn new things and bring them back to our country in ways to improve it. In this exam you can choose between English, Spanish or French. It is so hard to get in (public universities are the best, so competition is huge, and the test is really difficult). People do their best
the program as opposed to the complete We would have to be creative in scheduling foreign language lessons throughout the day, but I think it can be done. We can hopefully be creative as a district to hire qualified staff and work together to make this a quality program for our students,” Hartman said. Maureen Schafer, the creator and overseer of Wickham Elementary’s after school Spanish program, in Coralville agrees. “The only pro to having this as an After School Program is that compared to nothing, it at least provides something. We would much rather Spanish be part of the curriculum at the elementary level, not only because kids can learn it easier at a younger age but also because many school districts across the nation offer foreign language at the elementary level and our kids are missing out,” Schafer said. Teaching elementary students a new language could serve as a way to adapt to a changing world. With rapid globalization due to technological advances, and other, non-English-speaking, countries’ developments in world politics and economics, the idea that people who come to America should learn English and no one needs to learn the language of a country they do not live in, no longer applies. “Americans, in general, are arrogant, and we feel everyone should conform to English and to our beliefs. In the 1900s the United States dominated world economics. That is changing,” Wells said.
English opens possiblities for exchange students
to know every subject well. We start taking special courses as soon as we learn reading, so schools dedicated only to different languages are really common and popular in Brazil. The same happens in Thailand, according to exchange student Naranineen Wama (Deni), who has been studying the language for six years. People in her country start at a very young age, in 4th grade, and take it as their second language, although it doesn’t mean they speak English in their daily lives. Besides English classes, students can choose to have math and science classes in English. In Nigeria, on the other hand, people start learning English at home with their families. Exchange student Faith Aruwan said that it is important to start as soon as a kid’s first words, at the same time they are learning their own dialect. “English is like a borrowed language for Nigerians but is a cultural thing to know one of your dialects,” she said. And she said all of her classes, except for the ones where they study their language, are in English. In an exchange program, one can find people who are able to help you. Every time when I make mistakes, my family and friends help me to use it in the correct way so I can learn faster and feel more comfortable to use the language, which is a good thing, because I used to think I was really good at English before I got here, but now I realize I was only good, since I learn tons of new things every day. We agree that it is also a way to be professionally accomplished in any career. In Brazil, for example,
people earn more money for knowing more than one foreign language and some aim to work for big enterprises in another country. “Because most of the companies collaborate with other companies abroad and do a lot of travelling, a lot of the Norwegian companies even do their meetings and communication in English with other Norwegians,” exchange student Simon Bjelland said about his country, Norway, where everybody is required to take English English is a language of a lot of influence: movies, TV, music, media in general, so it’s everywhere, but it still asks for a lot of dedication. Maybe due to the lack of contact with another type of influence, Americans aren’t so interested in other languages or cultures, so my advice is to start early and to try to be as close as you can to it through the culture like movies and music, for example. Identify yourself with it. Understand how people’s minds work is the key to understand how their language works. “Go to the country that speaks the language you want to learn and adapt to it is the best way to deal with it,” Wama said. Another language transports you to a different world, to a different people, to a different place, to a different way to think, to act, to express. As soon as you arouse your curiosity to things like that, better and easier it will be. “My advice is to start early; you learn language faster when you’re young. Dedicate yourself to it and try to use it as much as possible,” Bjelland said. Doesn’t matter which language you choose. Be interested and go for it is already a good way to start, and I learned that it doesn’t matter where you go. A smile is a great way to get along with people, because there are no different languages for it. By Staff Writer Ana
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
GOING CLUBBIN’ Check out these options for group fun By Staff Writer Alyssa
Art Club Sophomore Amme Redington Q: What are you most excited about coming into art club? A: I’m most excited about meeting new people that have a common interest in art, and I’m also excited about the projects, such as designing T-shirts. Q: What’s a project that you would enjoy? A: Anything really. I enjoy painting, but exploring other areas in art is something I also look forward to. Q: What is the atmosphere of Art Club like? A: Very fun and exciting. The people are friendly, and it’s easy to meet new people. Q: What do you hope to gain from Art Club? A: I hope to gain new friends and obtain new inspiration in the field of art.
Art Club is a club where anyone with little or excessive art experience can join. In Art Club, one will explore different areas in which they may be familiar with or may not be familiar with. It’s a wonderful way to get involved if you are artistic or looking for something to do in your free time. Art Club meets every Tuesday after school in the art room.
Senior Natalie Rokes: State Officer of DECA
Q: What is your favorite thing about DECA? A: Meeting new people is always a fun thing to do and we also travel a lot. Last year we traveled to Salt Lake City. Q: What opportunities do students doing DECA receive within the business field? A: In DECA, students have the opportunity to practice business situations and real-life scenarios. It really gets people ready for future careers. In DECA we also have the opportunity to travel places. Q: What has DECA accomplished? A: For me, joining DECA has given me better leadership skills. For others, it raises money for charities and gets people ready for the future. Q: What skills do people acquire from DECA? A: They acquire confidence with test taking and public speaking. People also become more outgoing.
Senior Katie Nielson
PRISM, also known as the Gay/Straight Alliance, is a club that tries to promote tolerance towards people of different sexual orientation and gender expression. The club is openminded and gives a safe environment for people to come together and socially interact with one another. PRISM meets after school every Monday in world language teacher Melissa Breddin’s room unless stated otherwise.
Q: What do you think is the best thing about PRISM? A: Probably the interaction with other students along with the amount of acceptance towards one another that we have. Q: What has PRISM accomplished? A: It brought a safe place for people of different sexual orientations to hang out within the school. Q: What are some goals of PRISM this year? A: A large goal is to be able to go out of the school district and get involved within the community. Q: What do people gain by going to PRISM? A: They gain a sense of togetherness and acceptance, a safe place where they can be open about themselves without the fear of not being accepted.
Model UN Senior Katie McClintock DECA, or the Distributive Education Club of America, is an organization related to Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education. It also gives many opportunities to students for projects and competitions in marketing areas and actual business situations.
Q: What is Model UN all about? A: Discovering how other countries think and learn about how they view international issues is a big part of Model UN. Also, we discover how the U.S. views international issues. Q: What’s your favorite thing about Model UN? A: My favorite part is, in spring, when we get a country to represent during debates over world issues. Q: What abilities do you think people acquire from this club? A: Definitely public speaking and diplomatic skills. Q: What has Model UN accomplished for you or would accomplish for other people? A: It causes others to be more open-minded and outgoing since we have to speak and collaborate with each other a lot.
Model United Nations is a club that discusses actual issues happening within the world. Students are assigned to represent a country during these discussions. There are two major activities involved with this club: a Governor’s Youth Day in Des Moines in October and a simulation activity in April at UNI. Those who are interested can contact Tim Kangas in the ALPHA room.
Friends Jared Hylton
Q: What is Friends all about? A: The group goes once or twice a week during free period to an elementary school to help children who are falling behind or to help children that are advanced. Q: What’s your favorite thing about Friends?” A: Working with the children who are always happy is a lot of fun and getting to know them is nice as well. Q: What skills do you acquire from Friends? A: It gave me an advantage in the teaching field. Friends gives people a feel for how a teacher feels in the elementary school classroom. Q: What has Friends accomplished? A: It’s helped kids who need more help within different areas in the elementary school classroom. We help them with homework, studies and things like that. Friends has also accomplished working with kids who are more advanced and are at a much higher grade level than the grade they are actually in.
Friends Program is a good idea for people interested in working with elementary school children. Each person is assigned a child in an elementary and is destined to work with them throughout the semester. This program is only open to seniors first semester and juniors and seniors for second semester. There are applications available in the counseling office for those who are interested in joining this program.
The FIRST Robotics club is for students who have an interest in science. Students in FIRST Robotics build robots that are later used for regional and national competition. Those who would like to join this club should contact physics teacher Kenton Swartley.
Sophomore Lauren Harter
Q: What has FIRST Robotics accomplished? A: Within the 2012 season we went to the International Championship after defending our title as reigning champions of the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional. We received awards for Gracious Professionalism, our web site, industrial design and we also were a finalist for the industrial safety award. Q: What skills do you think people in FIRST Robotics acquire? A: In FIRST Robotics we learn about leadership and how to work with others as a part of a team. We can learn how to work well with professionals and problem solve with real problems which might occur in our future careers. The students acquire motivation to continue education past high school and into rewarding careers.
Book Club is a great way to get involved Junior Rachel Fix with books and digging deeper within those texts. It’s a good way to discuss quesQ: What’s your favorite thing about tions or opinions with other avid readers. Book Club? The Book Club also introduces members to A: My favorite thing is the people books they may not normally read or pick there and the atmosphere they proup in the library. vide. Q: What’s the atmosphere of Book Club? A: The atmosphere is friendly and playful. We like to joke around and think of possible get-togethers to watch movies. Q: What have you gained from Book Club? A: I have gained the opportunity to meet people who share the same interest in books who are also willing to chat about them.
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Harmony is an organization welcome to anyone who would like to promote acceptance to the diversity of others within the community. Just as the Friends Program, there are applications available in the counseling office for those who would like to join.
Harmony Senior Wes Bostwick
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Harmony? A: You see a lot of different places in the community and get to know an assortment of people from different cultures, backgrounds and heritages. Q: What are some things Harmony does? A: We help the homeless, the disabled and basically just learn about different cultures and societies that differ from ours. Q: What types of people do you work with? A: Many different people. People who are gay, disabled, African American, from different backgrounds and countries ... basically everyone. Q: What did you gain from joining Harmony? A: Well, I’m mixed and disabled from my burns, so I get looked down a lot, but going into Harmony, I met a lot of inspiring, positive people that are open-minded and accepting of everyone.
SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is an organization that helps drug awareness and preQ: What is SADD all about? A: Keeping students safe from vention. It also promotes other stuany harm is the main theme through- dents to be above the influence and out the club. Last year we worked to make wise decisions by doing the right thing. mostly with bullying. Q: What has SADD accomplished? A: Last year, we made a video against bullying, and we also put up posters promoting safe decisions before prom. We did a lot with red ribbon week and chalked up the outside of the school. Also, North Cedar had asked us to speak at their school to the children. Q: What will you take away from this organization? A: I learned a lot of life lessons and made a lot of friends. SADD is a very close-knit group. Junior Alyssa Vuong
Anime is a club where students can go and watch movies and TV shows revolving around Anime. Students also play Anime games and draw Anime characters.
Junior Mitchell Moore
Q: What are some of the things the Anime Club is planning to do this year? A: We’re planning to take a trip to Yumei’s, a Japanese theme store in Cedar Rapids, a trip to an Anime movie/film festival in February, having a fanfiction contest and a drawing contest and maybe even a costume contest. We also would like to learn a few Japanese words and to learn how to draw Anime characters.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Zarate’s comeback marks victory for Tiger Cross Country Sometimes running in the off-season to stay in shape can be difficult, but senior Jaime Zarate knows just what to do. Zarate left Cedar Falls late fall during his junior year to move back to Torreon, Mexico, but now he is back for his senior year to take on all of the challenges running brings. “When I was in Mexico I was just doing a bunch of triathlon stuff mainly. So, I was just kind of swimming with the swim team, my school, running with a couple runners from my town (this group of really good runners). So I was running with them and doing some workouts and long runs. And then I’d go on a bike ride with a group of bikers, so I was just kinda swimming with swimmers, running with runners and biking with bikers,” Zarate said. With the cross country season almost halfway over, Zarate continues to push himself in every practice and during races. He is listening to what head coach Troy Becker knows is going to help the team succeed and help Zarate succeed individually. “Well, I’m just going to follow the training plan for the cross country team because it’s what helps the best for cross country, and coach Becker knows what he’s doing. We’ve talked, and we both have high goals for me this season, and he’s going to help me achieve those,” Zarate said. Becker knows just what to do to help Zarate come out strong in the end, with a second place team finish at State last year and third place team finish the previous year. While in Mexico, Zarate got the chance to train outside in warm weather during the winter rather than the the slick streets around Cedar Falls — an advantage he took full use of with multiple options for running and biking. “I guess one of the biggest differences is the weather, the weather there [in Mexico] is always warm, so it was almost an advantage to get to train outside all winter with really nice weather. It’s a bigger city, so there’s a lot more places to go to to train,” Zarate said. Even though Zarate’s fam-
sure to hydrate a lot; I drink a lot of water and go to bed early. The day of the race I usually just try to stay calm, not to think about the race too much during school. When we get on the bus, I drink my Ensure (a nutritional shake), and then I take about a 30- to 45-minute nap. When I get to the race site, we, the men’s cross country team, do the race stuff like going over the course, and then I watch some of the other races. At camp I have to take a 10- to 15-minute nap. After that, we start our warm up, and then when we’re going to start sprint drills I take my Clif Shot Bloks, an energy chew,” Zarate said. Long distance runners always tend to Sydney Schoentag photo lean toward the healthy, high in Senior Jaime Zarate finished first for the Tigers at the Rich Engel nutrition foods beClassic on Thursday, Sept. 13. fore races. Staying ily is over 1,600 miles away, ing that, and then eventually hydrated always plays a major they’ve always been on the I started doing some running role in running, which is why sideline cheering him on — races. I started doing pretty many runners point out that from the start of the race to the good, so I really liked it [runhydration is key. end. ning], which with the swimming “I eat Clif Shot Bloks or the “I started running by putting and the running it led into triGatorade Carb Energy Chews. one leg in front of the other and athlons,” Zarate said. Those are pretty good; I take then doing that repeatedly reMany runners believe that those about 15 to 20 minutes ally fast, so that’s how I started if something worked well for before the race. I try not to eat running.” Zarate jokingly said. them at one race, it’ll give them too much, like an actual meal, “I’m kidding, I started swimpositive results in another race, at least three or four hours beming when I was very little. I which is how routines develop. fore I race. [I drink] water, or like started swim team when I was Although not fool-proof, many I said, Ensure because I like to about five and in the winters on runners have their own way of keep my stomach pretty light,” my swim team we would start preparing for a race. Zarate said. doing some base work so we “Well, it usually starts a would do some running, so I couple days before the race, By Writer Maddie kinda started to really like dousually one or two days. I make Kemp
Athlete of the
Megan Evans Volleyball
How have you been preparing for the season? I’ve been working really hard this year during the practices. How are you getting ready for the rest of the season? We have all been making sure everyone is on the same page and trying to make it to State. How is the team chemistry? We have very good chemistry because we are all very good friends. What do you do right before a game to get ready? I go home and rest.
Beat Waterloo West on Friday Next up: Linn-Mar on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Linn-Mar
Lost to DNH on Saturday Next up: Waterloo East on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at East
Finished second on Thursday Next up: Varsity Invitational on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. at Mason City
Finished second on Thursday Next up: Varsity Meet on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Bontrager
Beat Iowa City High on Saturday Next up: Linn-Mar on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at home
Next up: Linn-Mar on Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Hunters Ridge Golf Course