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Gay rights activist addresses community about tolerance Maya Amjadi Staff Writer
The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center hosted Judy Shepard, an advocate for action in the gay community, on Thursday, Sept. 16. Her son, Matthew Shepard, was kidnapped, severely beaten and left on a fence to die in October of 1998 in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Matthew was targeted by his murderers because of his sexual orientation. Shepard came to tell her story and the story of many others who have suffered because of hate. Shepard has traveled across the nation speaking on her deceased son’s behalf. She talks to her audiences about what they and their communities can do to make this world a place filled with more acceptance and less hatred. “We think we’ll all take care of ourselves but we can’t, we need to take care of each other as a community,” Shepard said. Shepard says what she is trying to do is, “educate, educate, educate; bring education, and you bring light and freedom.” Shepard said she believes that the reason there is so much hate is because people are ignorant. Many don’t realize that there are gay people in their own community. She said 10 percent of all people are gay, and everyone probably knows someone who is gay whether they realize it or not. “People need to know you, the truth about you. Ignorance only leads to hate which leads to violence,” Shepard said. Shepard also said in 30 out of 50 states people can be fired for being gay. She also notes that gay people get no benefits because they aren’t married, and yet the states won’t let them get married, so it is a never ending cycle.
Maya Amjadi Photo Seniors Dan Harter, Emily Hurban, Monica Clark and Hannah Howland attend the counter protest to the planned Westboro Baptist Church protest against speaker Judy Shepard.
“I learned [from the talk] that gay people actually pay more taxes because they can’t get the tax cuts that come from being married,” sophomore Hanno Fenech said. He was also surprised that even though in Iowa gays can legally get married now, in many states it still isn’t this way. “We are all human beings. The only thing that makes the gay community different is who they love and at the end of the day does it really matter? It’s a denial of civil rights,” Shepard said. “They are people too, so treat them the same as everyone else,” sophomore Renee Wallace said. For many, marriage is a traditional ceremony, and that is their reason for opposing gay marriage. They feel that it isn’t the traditional way to have same sex marriages, but Shepard said marriage isn’t what it’s always been. At one time, marriage was an exchange of property.
“A family is a collection of people who love each other. It is wrong to deny marriage or love to anybody. It’s basic civil rights not recognized at a federal level,” Shepard said. The talk was filled with people from all around Iowa, many from the University of Northern Iowa and Cedar Falls High School. At the end of the talk there was a question answer session. Many took this opportunity tell about how hard it was for them coming out of the closet and that they felt unaccepted with even their own families not supporting them. “Students feel like they have nobody. So many people have come out in the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at CFHS because we give them a community that they can talk to and who will support them,” junior Oliver Weilein said. He is an active participant in the GSA because, “when I see and hear about people who want to bring harm to gays I am disgusted,
and that’s why I am a pretty big advocate of this.” Judy Shepard’s talk was expected to draw in protesters from an out of state hate group. Local counter protesters showed up to show show support for Shepard’s cause. Weilein attended the counter protest outside of the Gallagher Bluedorn before the Judy Shepard talk. He and some friends stood on the corner with signs with the rest of the counter protesters. However, the protesters from Westboro Baptist Church never showed up. “I’m an ally in the GSA, which is a straight person who will support the BLT (bisexual, lesbian, and transexual) in every way,” Weilein said. “I am in the group because I see stupidity and hatred all around me, and I want to get involved and stop the ignorance and close mindedness.” Shepard’s speech advocated the same sort of understanding and support. “It’s not as easy as ,’Please pass me the
potatoes, I’m gay,’”Shepard said. She said it is a lot harder than that, and that people discriminate because they don’t know any better, but her goal is to inform. “You are who you are, and you love who you love. It’s obvious that it’s not a choice because who would choose this? It’s biology.” As Weilein puts it, “Don’t judge. Many people are opposed to the idea of gay marriage, and their religion is their excuse, but that’s all it is, an excuse. Love your neighbor as yourself. Read your scripture, and you’ll find love and let live.” Other students agree. “I don’t want to see people treating others any less because of sexual orientation, and I don’t want to hear people calling things “that’s so gay,” especially after going to the Judy Shepard talk because I realized how much it hurts people,” Wallace said. The Matthew Shepard Foundation was established by his parents as a living remembrance of him and a way to help others so that they will not suffer the same hate and ultimate fate. In addition the GBPAC will be featuring “The Laramie Project” on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. It is a dialogue created off the life and death of Matthew Shepard and will be a reflection of civility. Then on Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. will be the play of “The Laramie Project.” It was written 10 years later and is about how things have changed in Laramie. All throughout the month the GBPAC will be hosting workshops and talks. Their website lists these dates. “I do what I do because the message is bigger than me. I don’t want there to be any more Matthew Shepards, and it’s all up to you,” Shepard said.
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2 opinion our view First edition errors inexcusable, detract from our pledge for truth
As a student-run publication that’s an extenstion of a classroom, we at the Tiger Hi-Line are used to learning on the job, and sometimes the lessons come from the embarrassing mistakes we make in the rush to meet our 10 a.m. weekly printing deadline. From mispellings to failing to give each photo just the right treatment in Photoshop, we try to pick up from our missed steps every week and vow to come back having learned to prevent these mistakes from happening again. Last week, our first edition, provided us with more missed steps to learn from than any of us can remember. First, in the news article on page two, “State patrol cracks down ...,” driver education instructor Kevin Stewart was misquoted. The article should have quoted Stewart as saying, “If I’m driving and someone calls that I need to talk to, I will pull over and answer it.” We left out the three words in italics, and this paints Stewart in a light of incompetence, when it is actually us who were deserving of this label. Then, as if this libelous oversight was not enough, on page 6, a student who is not even on the golf team was noted for hitting a ball out of a sand trap in a photo during a recent competition, yet the player was not competing in that event. He was not even wearing the required uniform, and the whole package of photos failed to provide even one shot of an actual member of the vasity men’s golf team that has been on a tear all season. We had the right shots. We failed to print them. We deeply regret the damage we’ve done to these individuals, and we vow to take the lessons that we’ve learned from these mistakes and apply them toward the necessary steps of regaining a reputation for telling every story fully and to the best of our abilities.
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SEPT. 21, 2010
Bring the Hammer Boise State deserves BCS invitation Jared Hylton Staff Writer
Should the Boise State Broncos football team be a Bowl Championship Series contender even though they don’t belong to a BCS conference? I think they should. Boise State is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies 33-30 on Sept. 6, at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. The Broncos currently hold a 15-game win streak dating back to last year. They play in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which is one of the weakest conferences in Division 1-A football, and have a cake-walk through conference play. Oth-
er than bowl games, the only time the Broncos get to play a major football powerhouse is the first two weeks of the regular season, though they are more than competitive enough to play a major school Boise State often struggles to get Big Ten and Big 12 teams to schedule them. There’s time in their schedule for games with BCS teams. The Broncos didn’t open conference play until this week when Boise State defeated the Wyoming Cowboys 51-6. It’s pretty clear that if the Broncos want to have a chance to make it to the BCS Championship game at all, they can’t a lose a single game, one team left on their schedule who is currently
ranked in the top 25. That is the 24-ranked Oregon State Beavers. Despite all these factors, I still think if the Broncos go undefeated, they should definitely get into the BCS National Championship game. Last year the Broncos were overlooked by the media, computers and the voters. Boise State finished the regular season 13-0 and ranked only fourth. The Broncos then defeated Texas Christian University 17-10 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Boise State is legit, and in my mind, the second best team in the nation, right behind the Alabama Crimson Tide. Let’s give them the chance to prove it.
be a “show where the viewers care about the characters and want to continue to watch the show to see the characters grow,” according to what star Billy Gardell said in a TV Guide magazine interview. “Mike and Molly” is set to premiere Sept. 20. NBC is using its success-
baby he didn’t even know that he had, and that is sure to provide some funny moments as his family is, to say the least, not qualified in the slightest to raise a baby. “Raising Hope” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21. ABC’s newest drama may sound a little weird at first, but
New fall premieres glide into television Aaron Parsons Staff Writer
While many of us are looking forward to our returning favorite shows such as ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” this year promises to bring many new fall favorites. Any typical year, ABC’s newest drama may I think it will prove to be a there are about 20 new sound a little weird at first, good show. “No Ordinary fall premieres, with only a small percentbut I think it will prove to be a Family” is about a family who develops super powage of those getting good show. ers — including being able renewed for a second to read minds and gain season, and CBS is ful “Law and Order” franchise super speed — while on an sure to have a hit with its to make a new show in the big overseas vacation. Tune in new show titled “Mike and city of Los Angeles. It promTuesday, Sept. 28 to find out Molly.” It is from the creator ises to feature the glitz and if you’ll like it. of “Two and a Half Men” and drama aspect of Los Angeles, Premium cable network “The Big Bang Theory, which while remaining the same type HBO will have a new show are television’s two top rated of “Law and Order” show that that will rival its own former comedies. we have all came to love in It is about two obese the past decade. “L&O LA” is classic, “The Sopranos.” The “Boardwalk Empire” is based people, a police officer and set to premiere Sept. 29. on Nelson Johnson’s book, a fourth grade teacher. They FOX, the network with Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, meet at an over eaters anonythe No. 1-rated show on TV: High Times and Corruption of mous meeting, and begin dat“American Idol,” is sure to Alantic City. ing. They prove an unlikely have a crowd pleaser with its So there you have it: what pair and need to convince new comedy, “Raising Hope.” I think will be the greatest their friends that they are right It is about a 23-year-old man premiering shows that each together. who is forced to take in the network has to offer in 2010. This show is supposed to
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SEPT. 21 2010
Athlete Week of the
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Engel Effort Freshman Cassie Herkelman, sophomore Brianna King and senior Jacob Stoner contribute to the first place efforts of both varsity teams at the Rich Engel Invite on Thursday, Sept. 16.
N.U. men contribute to Tiger football team Olivia Borsay Staff Writer
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Digging It Sophomore Miranda Dusenberry has a strong focus on the ball as she goes for a dig during a game on Sept. 14 against Dubuque Hempstead at home. Dusenberry started varsity as a freshman last year and continues her strong lead on the team this year. The girls pulled out a win with scores being 25 -22, 25 -13, 19 - 25 and 25 -11. The Tigers play again tonight against Cedar Rapids Prairie. The sophomores start at 5:30, and varsity following immediately after.
The Tiger football team has a few new faces this season, as students from NU High have joined the team. Coach Pat Mitchell’s first reaction to the N.U. situation was joy. “I knew they had fine players, and any team welcomes good players.” Mitchell said. Players are a part of many different successful aspects of this year’s team. The Tigers have already won their first three games by landslides, and some are seeing a straight path towards State, but Mitchell stresses a step by step approach. “We will worry about State when it comes,” he said. The Tigers are ranked second overall in state, but as Mitchell said, “Rankings are uninportant as the final rankings will be settled on the field.” The three new varsity N.U. High players include Andrew Stone, Kyle Denning and Alex Quinones.
Each player plays a crucial part this season. Denning plays quarterback along with Jordan Doyle. Stone is a topranked reciever. Quinones is a hard-hitting linebacker. “The N.U. players are good people, hard working, talented and very coachable. The fit in well,” Mitchell said. With the high expectations on the team, Mitchell just stresses that each member concentrate on doing his best. “Our goals are to improve each day and keep getting the little things correct,” Mitchell said, “but first we have to day by day and keep building our foundation. In one word ... hard work!” As always, Mitchell stresses the importance of another big part of a successful team: the fans. The actions on the field draw upon this support. “The fans should expect us to play with poise, confidence and have good sportsmanship.” The next action for the Tigers is this Friday against Cedar Rapids Xavier in the UNI Dome for homecoming.
Jake Bermel Men’s Golf Junior
1. Why do you golf? “I play for the competition. It motivates me to do well.” 2. How did you first get into golf? “My dad’s a golf pro, so I started playing when I was little. It was something to do.” 3. Who’s your biggest motivation? “My dad because he knows what he’s doing, and he critiques me.” 4. Do you want to play in college? “Yes. I’m not sure where yet. We’ll see where I go, I haven’t really thought about it yet.”
Tigers in Action Football 9/24 Cedar Rapids Xavier, home @ 7:45 p.m. Volleyball 9/20, vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie, home @ 5:30 p.m. 9/27, JV Tiger Quad @ 5 p.m. Men’s/Women’s CC 9/23, Mason City Invitational, @ 6 p.m. Women’s Swimming 9/21, @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 6 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Rapids Invitational, @ 1 p.m. & Diving @ 9a.m. Men’s Golf 9/27, MVC Divisional @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson @ 9:30 a.m.
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SEPT. 21, 2010
Medieval game catapults back in action at CFHS Rachel Sharkey Staff Writer
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It is safe to say that it is uncommon to see classmates battling it out with medievalstyled weapons, but a group of CFHS students is doing just that. Students have started a group known as Belegarth. Belegarth is an activity where students create foam weapons and armor from the medieval time period, then use them in battles of varying size and type. The weapons are usually made with a core of either PVC or wood, depending on the size of the weapon. The weapon is then surrounded by either camp pad foam or swimming noodle foam secured by special glue
that doesn’t melt the foam. Belegarth was started in 1975 by a college student who had read J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings. The book inspired him to start a group
“ It’s exercise for nerds.
that catapulted its members into intense medieval battle. Scott Sesterhenn tried to explain the rules in simplest terms. “It’s a war game, except no one gets hurt.” he said.
The adult leader of the group is industrial tech teacher Linda Sneed, though she was not the one to start the Belgarth group. Michael Ingersoll was the creator of the CFHS Belegarth. “I started playing Belgarth at camp, and it was blast, so I started a local group,” Ingersoll said. Students heard about it over the summer and joined the medieval battling. As of now they have weekly Monday practices at Pfeiffer Park. They also occasionally battle against the UNI Belegarth group. “My favorite thing about Belegarth is coming here and killing people with no consequences,” said Sesterhenn, “It’s exercise for nerds.”
Around Town: Staff writers enjoy intense paint balling Jessica Dally and Justin Marshall Staff Writers
For our second expedition, Jessica and I geared up and went paint balling. We drove to KW Paintball located on 2710 WCF & N Drive in Waterloo. At first, we were pretty scared. Jessica had never shot a gun before, and I have a low threshold for pain. After signing the waivers and listening to an intimidating demo, we headed to our arena. We walked to opposite ends,
and the referee began the countdown. 5, I was shaking with adrenaline. 4, I began to wonder how bad a paintball hurt. 3, I asked myself why I had signed that waiver. 2, I yelled out to Jessica to go easy on me. 1, This is it. GO. GO. GO. I wasn’t sure what came over me, but I felt instinct take over. I sprinted for the nearest bunker and ducked. I glanced around the corner for my enemy. Jessica was no longer a friend, but a target. BAM. A paintball sailed
past my face. I wasn’t worried about getting hurt, I was wrapped up in shooting back. I ran behind Jessica, and got her from behind. It was over so fast, and I loved every second. Jessica seemed shocked that I had actually shot her. We went another round, and then another. I won every time, but one. Jessica’s pants were splattered with yellow paint, and I had a huge yellow splash on my helmet. Getting shot didn’t hurt nearly as bad as we had thought, but Jessica was still reluctant to merge with
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another group. “They just won’t show me the same mercy you did,” she said. Eventually, Jessica joined in with another group. She was scared and hid behind me the entire time. I was her white knight. The second time around with the other group, we played Defend and Attack. This is a game where people are forced to defend the castle, which means they are unable to leave. Jessica and I were in the castle. They started shooting at us. I pushed Jessica out of the way, which resulted in her being shot in the neck
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and back. She was out. Now I had to defend myself with no alliances. I was shot and out as well, but somehow we did end up winning. After we were both painfully shot at we decided to go off on our own again. Paint ball is an adventure I will soon do again. It was both exhilarating and exciting. Next week Jessica and I are going to take a break from physical activities and go to an Art Museum located on 225 Commercial Street in Waterloo. Bronze Star Sponsors ($100) •Glass Tech •Kim Traw •Larry and Judy Timmins
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