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Volume 54, Issue 5

November 6, 2008

At iss u e : The econom y

Old habits die hard $4

Gas prices by the numbers Here are the fluctuations in gas prices in just the last few months.












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As gas prices drop, students fall back into old routines Matt kanitra / graphic

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PUMPING GAS: Sophomore Christine

Hutchison pumps gas at a local gas station. While gas prices may be low, it may be more beneficial for students to curb their oil consumption.

by lauren burdick


lthough according to Dave Bardos, social studies department chairperson, gas prices will not affect students until “high school parking lots are empty and buses are full,” many students here are already taking to sharing rides to reduce the burden on their wallets or their parents’ wallets. “My mom is the one who told me to carpool; it saves gas because we switch off every day,” junior Shelby Zeller said. She has carpooled since the second week of school with her good friend, senior Chrissy Steffen. Zeller began driving when she got a parking pass and her mom suggested taking Steffen along. According to, the past five years has seen jarring changes in the prices of gasoline. From $1.43 per gallon in December of 2004 to $2.82 per gallon on Oct. 21, 2008 and as high as $4.12 in July of this year, the price to pump has ebbed and flowed through the nation and, according to experts, will continue to do so. As such, many students have begun to take. “You have too many emerging economies in the world where just the increase in number of

automobiles is increasing the demand for gas,” AP Economics teacher Dan Bates said. Countries like China and India are just beginning to tap into a high fuel demand, making the supply and demand of gas frequently change. However, as gas stations recently reflected a drop in the price of a barrel of oil, old habits die hard. According to Bardos, many quickly reverted to their ways of living before the price of gas increased. “I think first of all it (the drop in gas prices) reflected a slowdown in the economy, so market pressure was such that prices had to go down to a degree. As prices come down, we see people start traveling more,” Bardos said. Bates echoed this sentiment. During the increase in prices, people were just beginning to adjust, and as soon as prices drop, people have a tendency to fall back to old ways,” Bates said. “A lot of my friends aren’t getting affected,” Zeller said. This reflects the attitudes of many at this school who seem unaffected by the rising cost of fueling their cars. Some, however, are taking a different approach. As the prices continue to change, it is up to students to grapple with the costs of fuel and both the benefits and detriments of driving to

Economy Simplified Forget all the talk about equity. The HiLite puts the economic crisis in easier words. by steven chen As the U.S. economy continues to falter, several questions loom large for students. What is happening? How is this affecting us? And finally, what are the possible solutions?

What is happening?

Economics teacher Dan Bates said many of the economic problems stem from other problems. “As (the economy) feeds on itself and as there’s no money to borrow right now, people just can’t borrow money. And if businesses can’t borrow money, then they can’t build new factories, they can’t buy a new fleet of trucks, they can’t buy machines and tools, and so they won’t hire the people that they need to go with. And, in fact, they’ll start laying people off, and as they lay people off, less money’s being spent and then things shut down even more,” he said. Junior Vince Reuter also said this is the case. Reuter said that the poor choices of a lot of financial institutions have led to the present status that has been brewing for a few years. According to Bates, the economy has entered a “domino effect,” but these dominoes, instead of being in a straight line, are shaped in a circular fashion. Bates said there are several sectors in which signs of the

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Performing arts department to work with Building Tomorrow

know and tell

This school’s per for ming ar ts department will soon embark on its first ever service project. The charity, called Building Tomorrow, works to construct primar y schools in Uganda. The organization plans to construct a school to be used mainly for performing arts and asked this school’s performing arts department for help in raising the money. According to Richard Saucedo, performing arts department chairperson, Music Crossroads, an organization that promotes advocacy in musical events, put the school’s per forming ar ts depar tment in contact with Building Tomorrow. “Our students are expected


to do better and always win at competitions, but this is going to give them a different kind of finish line,” Saucedo said. “It was a big compliment to be approached by this organization,” Tessa Wilkerson, performing arts student and junior, said, “because Building Tomorrow usually works with colleges and univerisites for these types of service projects.” The department plans to set up a leadership team from all areas of the department, and there is already a long list of students who want to be on the team. “We need to raise about $60,000 for the school,” Wilkerson said, “so all the revenue from the record will go toward that.” A major fundraising item the

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performing arts department will be focusing on is a recording project that will ultimately become a CD / DVD that will be on sale in what is anticipated to be in the early spring, as well as other fundraising projects, according to Saucedo and Wilkerson. Saucedo also said that around the time the recording project is up for sale is when students outside the department will really begin to see the effects of the service project. Preliminary tasks have been and are being accomplished, and the department will be ready to go in early December. While the primar y goal of course is to bring a new school to the children in Uganda, the department as a whole will benefit from this project as well, according

to Wilkerson. “People in this depar tment usually split into whatever group they’r e a par t of,” W ilkerson said, “but this ser vice project is department-wide. Orchestra, band, choir, drama, everyone’s going to be involved. I think it’s really going to unify the department.” Saucedo said he believes that both the children in Uganda and the students here will experience the benefits. “Uganda is cuturally ver y music based, and it brings joy to the people there. Now (the performing arts department) can give the children that experience with this school. We can show that music is universal, whether it’s in a Ugandan war zone or Carmel; we can coexist and work together.”

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superintendent According to Superintendent Barbara Underwood, on Sept. 20 the school board met at the Eiteljorg Museum for a board retreat facilitated by IU retiree Ron Barnes. The board had a general discussion about protocols because of the two new board members but did not finish talking about goals. Barnes is scheduled to return Monday to continue discussions of goals at the workshop meeting. She said that the board is probably going to have ideas to discuss by November. “It was a very rich conversation and so we decided to reschedule and to do goals later rather than to cut off that exchange of ideas,” she said. “The board identified some areas that they want to discuss later, so (the board retreat) was just really a general discussion about the board and how they work, expectations of each other and expectations of the administration,” Underwood said. Under wood said, “We were until about 3 p.m. It is a lot to ask of people to do on a Saturday, but I think every board member left really feeling good that they spent that type of time. It was a great day; it really was.”By Brittani Wheeler

School Board At the school board meeting on Oct. 27, students and teachers who are involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program gave a presentation about how the program helps students at this school. AVID recruits middle school students who have potential but poor grades and helps them improve their grades here. Sophomore Ross DeJohn, who has been in AVID for two years, said the program has helped him raise his lower middle school grades to A’s and B’s in high school. AVID student and junior Taylor Porter said her organization and time management have improved and is a participant in two sports and a member of three clubs. DeJohn and Por ter are only two examples of successful AVID students. Williams and Weekes reported that over half of the AVID students have already been accepted to college. The retention rate of the program is good as well as 86 percent of the freshmen who join AVID continue in the program. AVID students have regular class schedules, but they take AVID as an elective class and are in a special AVID SRT. W i l l i a m s s a i d , “ AV I D i s a family.” By Cathy Chen and Brittani Wheeler

Principal Today, Principal John Williams said he will announce his decision r egar ding the r eplacement of departing Assistant Principal Kerry Hoffman, whose responsibilities include coordinating the IB program and working on curriculum. Williams said he will make the announcement during the Coffee with the Principal event for teachers and staff throughout the day. According to Hoffman, tomorrow will be her last day. “Carmel is a very special place,” she said. “I’m sure my time here will serve me well in the future.” She leaves to become the director of professional services for Muncie Community Schools, which is a district-level position. “Timing wasn’t ideal, but professionally it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Hoffman said. Junior Alicia Graham said the additional administration change could have a negative effect. “(The IB pr ogram) might not be as strong,” Graham said. She also said that new administrators sometimes mean more strict rules. This departure is the fourth administrative change this calendar year. Despite all the change, Williams said the change so far between the three old and new administrators has gone very smoothly. He said, “We were fortunate to bring in three outstanding young administrators, and I couldn not be happier with the transition.” Regarding the newest departing administrator, Williams said, “It’s a bittersweet feeling. We’ve been ver y fortunate to have someone like (Hof fman) working in our programs with our kids. She’s done a wonderful job, and we will miss her as an administrator, a colleague, and a friend. At the same time, I’m very excited for her and her new opportunity.” By Amy Flis

House brings Quidditch to life Adaptation of popular fictional sport replaces Greyhound Games


By Susie Chen

o r y e a r s , Har r y Potter r e a d e r s w e r e mesmerized by Quidditch, a sport of flying broomsticks, a Quaffle, two Bludgers and the Snitch. Although when students read about this sport, this sport is being played in a world of wizards and witches, they will have the chance to set up their own team and play a game of Quidditch on Nov. 15. A couple of students saw that some of the Ivy League schools had Quidditch teams, watched their videos on YouTube and brought the idea to House sponsor Katie Overbeck. She said via e-mail, “They brought the idea to me to see if we could do something similar at CHS.”

Michael Cheng, Cabinet member and senior, said that speaker of the House Curtis Pittman brought the idea of changing Greyhound Games to Quidditch matches this year. “(Pittman) thought it’d appeal to more kids instead of Greyhound Games,” Cheng said. The Quidditch matches will occur on Nov. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. The teams will consist of seven to 10 players; there must be at least three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper and one Seeker. The Chasers, who try to score 10 points, will try to throw the Quaffle, a deflated ball, through their opponents’ three hoops, which are guarded by the Keeper. The Beaters will attempt to stop the other team from scoring by hitting their opponents with Bludgers, which are duct-taped Nerf balls. The Snitch will be tied around a runner’s legs; this runner will enter the field at marked intervals, the only time when the Seeker has the opportunity to grab the Snitch. While the Snitch is not on the field, the Seeker becomes an offensive player,

much like a Chaser. Although the rules are very similar to those in Harry Potter, the game will not end when the Snitch is caught. Rather, there will be seven-minute halves where the teams try to score as many points as possible. Since the Quidditch matches are used to replace Greyhound Games, there is no specific charity that House will be donating to that will use the funds received at the event. “The proceeds are going to go to House itself, but we’ll probably take donations toward Dance Marathon at the event also,” Cheng said. If students want to learn more about the game and how it is played, Cheng said that House posted four videos online on YouTube under “Carmel Quidditch.” Although there will be no flying broomsticks or a wingtipped Snitch, students said they will still have a great time at the event. Overbeck said, “House is sponsoring the Quidditch match for fun and to engage students in CHS events.”

The Rules of Quidditch Never read Harry Potter? Don’t worry. Here’s the breakdown of everything you need to know The players and the field

The teams A team is composed of seven to 10 players with seven playing at a time. Substitutions are only allowed at half-time. See position layout to the right.

K beaters (B) Two beaters are the defenders and are the only players allowed to pick up the bludgers.

The Seeker & The Snitch The “snitch” enters the field for 30 seconds every two minutes. The “snitch” is a person with a tennis ball in a sock attached to him or her. The seekers attempt to get the sock and score 50 points.

50 yards


The Broom


The broom must be at least three feet in length. Flying is not required, but the broom needs to have one hand on it and remain between your legs.

Keeper (K) The keeper tries to block the quaffle from entering the hoops.


The game

S Seeker (S) The seeker chases after the snitch when it is out (see The Seeker & The Snitch).

The game consists of two seven minute halves. A referee will monitor the game and call fouls concerning physical contact and bludger hits (see The Bludger).


C chasers (C) Three chasers try to score 10 points by throwing a quaffle through one of the opponent’s three hoops.

Hoops (see right)

the bludger If you are hit by a bludger, you must drop the quaffle or bludger you are holding, and run around your set of hoops. the hoops Located at either end of the field, three hoops on poles make up the goals that the keepers are protecting. A goal is worth 10 points.

House / source

30 yards Matt Kanitra / Graphic

Senate sponsors Care-to-Share By Afra Hussain This year, starting this Tuesday and continuing until to Dec. 16, the Senate will sponsor the annual gift drive known as Careto-Share. Student participation is not mandatory, but the Senate highly encourages it. While there is no monetary goal for Care-to-Share, according to senator and senior Sophia Paliza-Carre, the Senate’s biggest challenge is to get more SRTs to participate in the program. “A lot of SRTs really want to participate and were really glad for that,” she said. Paliza-Carre and Jade Luo, fellow senator and senior, are in charge of the committee for Care-to-Share. After the drive, the Senate normally delivers gifts to the recipients’ homes. But this year, the process has changed. Students will now deliver the gifts to a central location or to caseworkers assigned to the families. According to Senate sponsor Michelle Foutz, this change is a result of safety concerns. Though Foutz said seeing the families’ faces was the most meaningful part, the purpose of the drive is not lost. Preparations for Care-to-Share begin early. The process starts with e-mailing SRT teachers and asking whether they are interested in par ticipating in the drive. Paliza-Carre and Luo, with the help of Foutz, figure the total

number of individuals the school can support. Then United Christmas assigns individuals to the school and SRTs are actively engaged from then on. Interested SRTs are assigned an individual to buy gifts for, but they also have the choice of working with another class. Participating classes can either buy the gifts themselves or raise money to cover the cost of gifts and then senators can buy the gifts instead. The Senate then gives descriptions of the individuals and a list of suggested gifts to the SRTs. Items on the list usually consist of clothing, coats, mittens, hats, kitchenware and toys. SRTs can collect the gifts in their classrooms. The school has long a history of participating in Care-to-Share. According to Foutz, the program has existed for more than 20 years at this school. The Senate works with United Christmas Service, an affiliate of United Way . The families are selected based upon financial need and United Christmas assigns families to the school based on how many people the SRTs are willing to support. Foutz said usually about 60 individuals benefit from the school participating in Care-to-Share. Paliza-Carre said she enjoys par ticipating in Care-to-Share because it is a more personal charity event than the usual fund-raising events. She said she enjoys taking part in organizing the drive and delivering the gifts. Referring to gift drive, she said, “The fact that we’re still able to help them is most important.”

United Christmas Service Started in 1952 as a separate program of United Way

Needs at least $725,000 to support Central Indiana families

Supports over 33,000 individuals each holiday season

Last year raised $804,216 UWCI.ORG / Source

Marching band prepares for national tournament Season concludes with celebratory banquet By Sara Rogers After practicing since the summer, the marching band prepares to wrap up its season with the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships, which will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, from Nov. 13 to 15, followed by its end-of-the-season banquet. Kevin Carlson, drum major and senior, said via e-mail, “It’s been at the RCA Dome for about 20 years, so this is a really exciting year in the new facility.” The competition starts out next Thursday and Friday with around 100 bands from all over the United States participating in the

Pooja Mathur / Photo

BLOWN AWAY: Members of the marching band rehearse for their upcoming national competition in Indianapolis. The band received third place at the ISSMA State Championships.

preliminary competition. “We perform our field show, which students have seen at football halftimes, for a panel of eight judges to look at,” Carlson said. “They judge us in music, visual and general effect. (General effect) is the biggest par t of the score at Bands of America competitions.” After preliminaries, the judges choose 30 bands to compete Saturday for semi-finals. The judges then pick the top 12 to perform Saturday night for the finals. Carlson said, “All the finalist bands come back out on the field and stand in formation through a fireworks show, a video looking back at the season, and, around midnight, the announcement of the national champion.” Director of Bands Richard Saucedo said, “We want to reach our potential as a band. Whatever happens in the competition happens. We’re really excited about this year and about the students’ potential.” On Nov. 17 after the national competition, the band will conclude its season with a banquet at the Fountains at 6 p.m. During the banquet, all the members of marching band will walk across the stage and receives certificates and patches for their letter jacket. Then, the seniors from each section of the marching band will make speeches and give gifts to the directors. “These gifts are sometimes heartfelt but more often make fun of the directors,” Carlson said. “The baritones made a video last year where they snuck into (a director’s) house and went through his closet and ate his food.” “The highlight is the showing of a video made by the parents which shows the season from beginning to end,” Saucedo said. In addition, Carlson said, “(The video is) always the really sentimental part, especially for the seniors.” After working diligently and sedulously for months, the marching band will finally wrap up its season. Carlson said that he hopes the school will come out and support the band. He said, “I’d like to encourage anyone who’s only seen marching band at a football game to come down for national finals.”

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Economy, from Page 1

struggling market show, but the root of this problem lies in bad loans made by this country’s banks. “So many loans were made over that period of time to people who had no business getting a loan. We got down to where you didn’t even need a down payment to get a loan on a house,” he said. Many of those people bought homes with adjustable rate mortgages that were going to increase each year, but the mortgage brokers did not care about whether a loan could be paid off and instead passed them on to the banks. These banks then bundled the bad loans they received and sold them to other banks. Vikas Vavilala, economics student and junior, said he agrees that banks gave loans that were falsified. “They offered mortgages at rates that they knew people could eventually not afford,” he said. “They didn’t take into account the ramifications of those actions.” Because this country’s financial system is run on credit, he said people usually buy things that they can’t afford. “They think that okay, I’m buying on my credit card, so I can buy whatever I want as long as I can make my monthly payments,” Vavilala said. This nature of thought produced a massive bubble in the market. But as these monthly payments began to pile up month by month, people eventually could not pay off their debts. The bubble then expanded to a thin wafer and popped. “The burst of the bubble in the housing market caused everything else today,” Vavilala said.

Short-Term Impact

The repercussions of the dwindling financial system have been bad. Bates said, “Well, as the economy shuts down, then people are putting off taking those road trips that they might have in their cars. For a long time now, airlines have been cutting flights out.” Vavilala said there is now a credit freeze, where the banks are more circumspect with their loans and giving less of them. “You’re only willing to loan someone money, if you think that they will pay you back with interest,” he said. Stocks have been riding a sinuous roller coaster for some time as well. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), a stock market index whose average consists of 30 of the largest companies in the United States, reached its peak at 14,164 points on Oct. 9, 2007. Currently, though, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) reports the DJIA is at 8378.95 as of Oct. 24 after a few ups and downs. The most recent turmoil includes the biggest loss in a single day of 777.68 points and the biggest gain ever of 936.42 points on Oct. 12. College fees are also piling up. Loans are issued on a more cautionary basis. Parents who have invested in the 529 college plan are losing money because of the

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tumbling stock market. According to Bates, parents should not have had money in stocks if they need it in five years, but this general rule has been violated because of the nature the previous, more positive market. “There have been a lot of people who have lost one or two years of college funding,” Bates said.

Long-Term Impact

“Well, over the years, the synopsis has been that 90 percent of the time any losses that you incur will be recovered over a five-year period and 100 percent of the time they’ll be recovered in a 10 year period,” Bates said. “But there are people who are talking now about a recession so deep that we might not see light at the end of the tunnel until 2015. So, who knows how bad it’s going to be. And the saddest part of all is those who retire but stay heavily invested in the stock market count on that to be their income.” The side effects of recession are hitting home. According to ABC News, Indiana has an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent which is above the national average of 6.1 percent. According to U.S. Labor Department, companies laid off 159,000 workers nationally in September. Indiana has a foreclosure rate of 2.0 percent, which is 0.4 percent above the national average. Bates said that teenage jobs or lower-end jobs are the first ones to be eliminated. They’re trying to figure a way to make ends meet. “If it’s a mom and a dad and a kid or two, it’s going to be the high school kid they let off too,” he said. Store owners are being hit particularly hard, especially in retail sales. On the upside however, gas prices are decreasing from their $4 high. But that decrease, according to Bates, is actually a side effect of a struggling economy. “For a period of time, as supplies were decreasing, demand wasn’t doing anything; it was the same as it has always been. That would keep the price of oil a little higher. So, we’ll see, but oil’s below $70 a barrel, so that’s more than a 50 percent drop from where it has been,” Bates said.


Next on the chopping block are the various solutions to this predicament. Reuter said he would propose more tax regulations on housing and lending industries and more financial requirements as to which families can purchase a loan for a home of a certain value. Bates said the quickest solution would be for people to start spending money on durable goods, which are big-ticket items like cars. “But during economic crises, and especially during times of fear, people put off buying them. They just repair the ones they have, and so when you’ve shut down that segment of the economy, we’ve

By Hope Boyer

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ECON 101: Junior Vikas Vavilala, president of the Economics Club, explains in detail the issues of the housing market crisis and how it has affected the economy. He said that though the Federal Reserve Board is doing all it can to fix the situation at the moment, it is unpredictable. got a problem,” he said. The U.S. government has already stepped in to help. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), President George W. Bush recently signed a $700 billion investment in troubled assets and financial institutions after its second cycle through the House of Representatives. The bill was intended to buy out bad loans in order to revive the economy. Vavilala said this bill will work, but most of this money has not been put in action. “The government can’t bundle it up much worse than they already have,” he said. The injection of money to the banks will then trickle down to we the people, which is the intention of the bailout. Bates said, “It’s a very volatile market right now. People don’t want to miss out on the upswing, but people also don’t want to get trapped by another precipitous drop. It’s a scary place to be right now.”

How we got into this mess


Mortgage companies sell hundreds of thousands of homes to Americans at much too low rates


Americans purchase homes at low rates with money they do not have (by taking out loans)



Americans cannot pay back loans and force mortgage companies into bankruptcy; homes are foreclosed


Without investment companies, the economy enters a credit freeze — no one can borrow money

Bankrupt mortgage companies cannot pay back their loans, initiate “domino effect” (most importantly, on investment companies) David Zheng, STEVEN CHEN, TRACY SUN / graphics Vikas Vavilala / Source

Gas Prices, from Page 1 By the Numbers 2/3 of all gasoline consumed in this country is imported The United States is the world’s 3rd largest producer of oil 48.4 cents/ gallon is the federal tax rate on gasoline 59.4 cents/ gallon is Indiana’s tax rate on gasoline Vehicle emissions are down 41 percent since 1970 / Source

school. Even though some turn a blind eye to the gasoline crisis, many are open to altering their transportation habits to suit the price of gas. Sophomore Abby Mowery, who has been driving since August of this year, said, “I’ll probably start carpooling more. Actually, I will start carpooling more.” Mower y already carpools to school with her older sister senior Anna Mowery, but says that if prices go up she will consider carpooling elsewhere as well. “Fluctuations will always be there. They are going to go up because we are entering fall and winter heating season,” Bardos said. According to the Energy Information Administration, “even when crude oil prices are stable, gasoline prices fluctuate due to seasonal demand and local retail station competition. Gasoline prices can change rapidly if something disrupts the supply of crude oil or if there are problems at refineries or with delivery pipelines.” Over the years, oil prices have changed due to international issues, such as the Suez Crisis, the Iranian Revolution, Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, the OPEC Oil Embargo and the 9/11 terror attacks, according to WTRG Economics. Even though students’ attitudes about gas change with its price, Bates said there is little students can do to physically reduce to cost. “Not

Counselors are already planning ahead for the next school year. Beginning on Nov. 19, all students who plan to attend this school next fall are required to have a scheduled meeting with their guidance counselors in order to choose the best possible classes to take next year. Each student will receive a Program of Studies to get a basic idea of what classes they can take during the next school year. According to counselor Rich Allen, students should have an idea of what classes to take before their scheduling meetings with their counselors. He said, “If you don’t have a general idea of which classes you’ll be taking for next year before you go into the meeting with your counselor, you’ll end up wanting to switch classes, then you won’t be able to and the year gets off to a rocky start.” Certain classes, such as Biology 9-1, Biology 9-2 and English 10-2 (Speech) are required for each student who wishes to graduate. However, students have total control over which elective classes they will be taking. Sophomore Kaylyn Weller said. “I think it’s cool how many different types of classes Carmel kids have the option of taking.” This school has specific Core 40 requirements for the graduation diploma at the end of ever y student’s high school career. The requirements for graduation vary with each grade so students must be certain that they achieve all credits necessary. Each student must have six credits in social studies, science and math. In English courses, ever y graduating student’s transcript requires eight credits. Students are required to have two credits in physical education, while having one credit in a health course (IPR or health.) Five credits in classes such as world languages, fine arts or career/technical and six credits in elective classes in general are required according to the School Program of Studies. According to Allen, the counselors advise students on the classes to take next school year based upon the student’s background in school and current grades. According to junior Jacob Charles, his meeting with Allen at the end of his sophomore year helped him make the choice to take the history and English class that he is currently enrolled in. “It’s just nice to be able to sit down and figure out which classes you’re going to take and everything,” Charles said.

Important Scheduling Meeting Dates Nov. 12

9:45 a.m.: 9th grade scheduling meeting 9:45 a.m.: Junior Seminars (College and Career) 7 p.m.: 10th grade parent scheduling meeting 7 p.m.: 9th grade parent scheduling meeting

Nov. 14

9:45 a.m.: Junior Seminars (College and Career) 9:45 a.m.: 10th grade student scheduling meeting

Jan. 8

9:45 a.m.: 11th grade student scheduling meeting 7 p.m.: 11th grade parent scheduling meeting Shirley Chen / Photo

OLD HABITS: Sophomore Christine Hutchison fills up her car after school with less pain than in previous weeks. Since gas prices have decreased recently, students are at risk of abandoning fuel conservation habits. a thing. Not even,” Bates said. Bardos also said that the current dip in prices is fleeting. “OPEC will now start cutting production,” he said. “We will switch over from gasoline to fuel oil and prices will go

back up to $3 pretty quick.” While students here continue to adjust with the fluctuating price of gas, it is unlikely that any major change in gas prices will happen in the near future.

As Bardos said, “It took a while (for gas prices) to go up; it’s going to take a while for everything to respond. We will find that once prices are up, it will take a while to go down.”

Jan. 12

9:45 a.m.: 11th grade student scheduling meeting 7 p.m.: 11th grade parent scheduling meeting CHS Web Site / Source

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AP Studio Ar t and IB V isual Art classes are invited to go on a field trip to Chicago to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 15.    “The goal of the trip is to get students exposed to art outside of the classroom,” Jonathan Kane, AP Studio Art and IB Visual Art teacher, said.     Kane said that the students will view American, European and Contemporary art. If there is extra time then personal interests may be viewed. Jay Renshaw, AP Studio Art student and junior, plans to go on the trip in November.     “I’m excited to go because I think it will be a good experience for everyone to see and share their thoughts about the art that we’ll see in the museum. It’s nice to get the opportunity to see it in person, instead of just pictures or copies.”     Kane said that while classical work is important and beneficial to study from, contemporary art is equally inspiring because the students in the class are contemporary and will be able to pull inspiration from it.     Students who plan to go on the trip should have already turned their bus fees into Kane on Nov. 3.     Kane said that he assumes the students who cannot go on the trip are unable due to scheduling. “Students have a hard time fitting ever ything into their schedule. I can’t imagine why (a student) would not want to go on this trip with all their friends to Chicago.” By Rosemary Boeglin

ASL Club The American Sign Language Club continues with many activities planned for the next few weeks. The club will watch a play and a movie. The Indianapolis School for the Deaf (ISD) is having their play, “Alice and Wonderland”, tomorrow at 7 p.m. and the Friday after at 1 p.m. The tickets cost $7. “We’re going to see these in sign language. We have an opportunity to communicate with deaf people before or after the play. We may be able to learn new signs,” said Joseph Wheeler, ASL Club sponsor, via translator. The movie is made by ASL Films. “The Legend of the Mountain Man” has a screening at the ISD at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $10.  According to Wheeler, the director of the film is from Indianapolis. The club also has its t-shirts made and they will arrive shortly for the members.  The shirts say,

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“Sign, because talk is cheap.” By Yameen Hameed

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ASL club sponsor, Joseph Wheeler directs a presentation during class.

choir Tickets for Holiday Spectacular went on sale yesterday in the bookstore. As the concert approaches, the choir groups continue to prepare for the upcoming performance. Choir director Ann Conrad said the students are preparing for the concert by learning new music and choreography. She said in order to prepare for the concert, she selects new music and routines each year, as well as doing research on new music, writing arrangements, and costumes for the students. Blue and Gold Company choir member and sophomore Allison Scott said, “The choirs are coming along really well. Ever yone is working ver y hard and Holiday Spectacular is going to be really good this year.” Scott said the groups are learning many new songs and had costume fittings, as well as learning one whole song and dance for the concert. Conrad said, “We always worry a little (about not having enough time), but right now the students are doing a great job. Just come see the show.” By Jade Schwarting

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Class Rehersal: Senior Johanna Estava practices choreography for Holiday Spectacular.


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On Nov. 19, Carmel will host Financial Aid Night for students and their parents. The program is geared towards juniors and seniors, but all students are welcome. Shelly Rubinstein, guidance counselor, will organize the event. “I think the economy will affect students applying for college and I hope more will attend (Financial Aid Night) because expenses will go up,” Rubinstein said.   “Going to college is r eally expensive and getting a scholarship really helps you focus on your major, not just getting the best deal,” Casi Rainey, sophomore, said. The program will adver tise financial aid and scholarship options for students. There are merit, federal and state scholarships, as well as Carmel Clay Education Foundation (CCEF) scholarships. In fact, over 70 different types of scholarships will be discussed. Heidi Carl of the University of Indianapolis will be a guest speaker at the event. A representative from the CCEF will also speak. This event previews another event which will take place in May; Scholarship Night. On that night, any students who received a college scholarship will be recognized. Last year, 270 seniors were recognized, earning $8.2 million.. “I’m really proud of the students for taking the time and initiative to go out and find that scholarship money,” Rubinstein said. With the economy in its current state and college applications under way, many Carmel students will take advantage of Financial Aid Night. “I will try as hard as I can and give everything I have into earning a scholarship,” Rainey said. By Taylor Backes

Math Club Lyndon Ji, Math Club member and freshman said he is looking forward to the upcoming competitions the Math Club will participate in. The next competition occurs on Nov. 8 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. Four teams taken from each class from this  school  will enter the competition. The goal of this year’s Math club was to make it, said Math Club sponsor Kathie Freed. The Math club meets about twice a month on a Thursday after school, but it is more on an as needed basis depending on upcoming competitions.  “As a sponsor, I only have to facilitate the administrative feature and organize the club. I have gotten a lot of help from the co-presidents Yon-Sue Choi

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The color guard and marching band are looking to repeat last year’s top finish at the Bands of America Indianapolis Regional, scheduled to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. According to Michael Pote, Associate Director of Bands, the Indianapolis Regional prepares the Marching Greyhounds for the National competition, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 13. “It’s the last Regional before the National championship, so it’s a chance to compete against groups that are going to be at the National championship the following week. It’s also a chance to get some reads from the judges that could possibly be at National championships,” Pote said. The Marching Greyhounds will perform their show, which lasts until 9:20, twice on Saturday. “We’re a long show, but it’s good,” Pote said. “There’s a storyline that you can follow throughout. It’s the whole concept of dreaming and nightmares and things like that. It’s a really interesting way to watch a marching band show.” According to Color Guard Coach Rosie Queen, the team auditions every year in April and begins training in the summer. The team practices Tuesday through Friday for two hours after school and all day on Saturday. According to Sarah Mack, color guard member and junior, the color guard will practice for two hours Saturday morning at the school before getting dressed

and doing hair and makeup. “(The costumes) are supposed to look like pajamas. They’re silky on the leg part and shimmery on the top. Then we have a robe cover that we put on during the nightmare section,” Mack said. Then they will travel downtown to the competition site. At Lucas Oil Stadium, the color guard will stretch and go through visual warm-up to practice with their equipment before heading onto the field to perform.          In preparation for the Regional and National, the color guard will continue with its normal practice schedule. Additional reporting by Sarah Sheafer

and David Yang,” Freed said. The competitions are coordinated a lot within the school. “Several of the competitions we take here at Carmel”, Freed said. “I gave them the test, and they had 30 minutes to complete 100 problems.” Ji answered correctly 84 of the 100 problems. Individual scores combine with all the other team members to make a national score.  This school placed sixth nationally in the fall start-up test the previous competition. “The math ranges from Algebra I to precalculus with some number theory thrown in,” Freed said. All different teams and schools compete in the tournaments.  Freed also said she feels strongly that math club is great for sociality and genuine fun. Freed said, “The kids seem to know what they are doing.  It’s become like tradition where the seniors show the juniors, the juniors show the sophomores, etc. and each year we get better and more of a team.” By Theo Kontos

Rising Stars On Nov. 17, 18 and 19, Rising Stars will assists the drama department in its first “cold reading” of the winter production of “Peter Pan”, according to Elizabeth Noesges, Rising Stars member and senior.  She said that a “cold reading” is when the text is read directly from the scripts in order for consideration of the parts. Noesges also said that students  who  wish to take part in this “cold reading” can check out scripts of Peter Pan from Jim Peterson in the drama department. According to carmelhighschool. net, “Peter Pan” will be on Feb. 5-8 at varying times. Tickets will be on sale in the bookstore closer to the performance dates. Noesges said  Rising Stars members can also earn points toward their admittance into the National Thespian Society in the spring. There will be one point given for attending, two points for ushering, three points for working on the crew, and five points if the member is in the actual performance or being a crew head.  Ten points total throughout the year are needed for acceptance. By Stephanie Hodgin

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Reading the Script: Juniors Kelsey Binion and Leo Amanse practice lines during SRT.

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Many activities are occurring during the month of November at the Carmel Clay Pubic Library (CCPL), including Chess U and the College Funding Seminar. Chess U, a series of talks given by experienced chess players, will occur Nov. 17 in the Program Room. This month’s featured speaker is freshman Jeff Hou. Young Adult (YA) librarian Jamie Beckman said, “Hou is an enthusiastic chess player and has dug deep into the art of chess. He has been playing for over eight years and has researched many aspects of chess to improve his own skills.” Junior Michael Young, an avid chess player, said he plans to attend this event hosted by the library. Young said, “I have been interested in chess from early on because it forces you to develop strategies and tactics if you want to win. I think attending Chess U will teach me new strategies to improve my chess-playing abilities.” Besides Chess U, the College Funding Seminar will happen Nov. 18 at the library. Beckman said, “These free seminars for parents are sure to fill up quickly.” She reminded students to register online at or call 1-888-217-3190. According to Beckman, this seminar will be presented by the Indy College Funding. “(We hope) to pr ovide the best service for Carmel’s teens that we can,” she said. By Michael Wang


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This Tuesday, the French Club will attend a concert at Ball State University. At this concert, West African drummers and dancers from Mali will perform. These drummers and dancers are a part of The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa. The performance begins at 7 p.m. According to French Club sponsor Andrea Yocum, the cost

to attend is $10 per student. This is the first year the French Club is attending the concert. Last year it attended a Cirque du Soleil performance instead. Samantha Parkinson, French Club president and senior, said she is looking forward to the trip. “We are trying to get it so that we can actually talk to the drummers and ask questions after the show,” Parkinson said. By Cassie Dugan

SENATE After finishing the successful canned food drive, Senate is planning to move on to other events. Care to Share will take place from Nov. 11 through Dec. 16. Every SRT class who is willing to participate is assigned a person to buy items for during this holiday season. Senate sponsor Michelle Foutz said “We choose families in the Indianapolis area that are not fortunate enough to buy gifts. Everyone deserves to have a good holiday and to receive gifts. This event assures that people who are less fortunate receive gifts.” Steven Brisley, Senate member and junior, said, “I really hope that people participate. This is something that is really important. Please donate.” According to Brisley, Every SRT will be given a suggested list of items to donate to their specified family. Items must be brand new to be accepted. Foutz said, “It’s important around the holidays to help others and not to get caught up in receiving. People should give more. Learning to be giving at an early age, kids will learn the value of giving and helping others.” By Aili Arnell

SPEECH According to speech team member and junior Dianya Pu, speech team will make a strong showing at their first tournament on Nov. 8. “We have most of our members participating, all of our judges

ready, and 35 entries,” Pu said. Pu also said this year was showing a higher turnout of participation in the extemporaneous event, which is commonly thought of as the hardest event. Participants are given a topic, thirty minutes to prepare, and must deliver a seven minute memorized speech. Sponsor John Love is optimistic about the season’s turnout. “We have a lot of interest and enthusiasm,” Love said. “My hope for (the members) is to compete as much as possible. We have plenty of kids, so I’m not worried about Carmel making a strong showing at each and every tournament.” By Mallory St. Claire

TECHHOUNDS Preparation for the season will continue to happen through regular team meetings ever y Thursday. Outside of the meetings, the team is focusing on raising the funds for major competition entries. “We’re selling discount cards for $10 each,” co-leader and junior Meera Chander said, “and (the cards) can be used at a multitude of places.” Along with the discount cards, TechHOUNDS is also working with Simon Mall, which is hosting an event known as the “Simon Evening of Giving,” on Nov. 2, according to club sponsor George Giltner. For ever y ticket a TechHOUND member sells, 70 percent goes to TechHOUNDS and 30 percent goes to a charity. “The fashion mall will be open later only to anyone with these tickets,” Giltner said. “Selected stores will have sales on some items.” According to Chander, the team is finding corporate sponsors as well. Tomorrow, the team will have a “Latenighter,” which, according to Chander, is a social TechHOUNDS event that will include “team building activities, food and video games.” By Beverly Jenkins

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Football S ectio n al : C armel v. L a fay ette Harriso n

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SECTIONAL SUCCESS: Sophomore Devin Brinson runs for a touchdown during a 41-0 Sectional win over Noblesville. The Hounds continue tournament play at home tonight as they attempt to capture the Sectional championship against Lafayette Harrison.

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Since 1999, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) has boasted finalists in the 5A State Championship football game eight of nine times. Since 1985, the championship game has featured current MIC schools in 18 of those 23 contests. And for players and coaches, the high level of play featured in the MIC certainly prepares them for tournament play. “(Playing in the MIC) really helps us get prepared physically because there isn’t a tougher conference than the MIC in the state of Indiana,” cornerback and senior Tyler Cates said. Currently, five of the 16 remaining teams in the Sectional tournament are from the MIC. But what makes

Carmel’s possible return to the State Championship game unique is that it would not face any MIC rivals until the final. Cates said there are pros and cons to not facing a MIC foe until the State championship. “There’s a little bit of both (advantages and disadvantages) when you’re playing teams who aren’t in the MIC,” Cates said. “You’re able to get away with mistakes you can’t get away with against teams in MIC.” Since 1985, Carmel has won the State Championship three times — in 1986, 1989 and last year — and lost in the final once, in 2006. If the team wins tonight, it is scheduled to play the winner of the Fort Wayne Snider v. Fort Wayne South Side game for the Regional championship on Nov. 14. The Semistate and State games are scheduled for Nov. 21 and Nov. 29. With additional reporting by Faith Mwalwa.

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To the American sports fan, referees often have a reputation of being a bit biased and corrupt, and for being people who routinely blow the whistle to make up for possible mistakes earlier in the game. Most people may not believe that referees have souls, let alone brains, but think again. They are actually extremely important to the various games they referee. National Football League (NFL) referee Ed Hochuli is the prime example of a referee cracking under emotional pressure. Hochuli is known around NFL circles for his gigantic biceps and beefy personality. He has taken on an almost ChuckNorris-like aura among NFL fans, a popularity rarely experienced by a zebra in any sport. He has inspired and, Web sites devoted to everything Ed Hochuli. Hopefully you get the point. In the week two game between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers, however, a chink in his armor showed. Per NFL rules, any blown whistle by a referee ends a play. Late in the game, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler had a ball slip out of his hands while throwing, and the Chargers recovered the fumble. Hochuli, however, accidentally blew the whistle when the ball initially hit the ground. Because he blew the whistle, the play was ended and ruled an incomplete pass, rather than correctly ruled as a fumble and change of possession. Hochuli admitted the mistake to the crowd during the game, and although the Denver home crowd was pleased that they retained possession, Hochuli was bombarded with criticism afterwards. Hochuli eventually became so remorseful about his obvious gaffe that he responded with an apology via e-mail to not a few, but every sender of hate mail that he got. According to sportsillustarted. com, Hochuli replied this way: “I’m getting hundreds of e-mails--hate mail--but I’m responding to it all,” he wrote. “People deserve a response.

You can rest assured that nothing anyone can say can make me feel worse than I already feel about my mistake on the fumble play. You have no idea … Affecting the outcome of a game is a devastating feeling. Officials strive for perfection--I failed miserably. Although it does no good to say it, I am very, very sorry.” It takes major punishment for a referee to break down like this, especially one who has the stature and authority as Hochuli. It is a wonder why anyone would want to be a referee. It’s a thankless job, where people always tell you when you get it wrong and rarely, if ever, tell you when you get it right. My point is that we should appreciate referees more. It may be easy to see a call on your couch with a view of the whole field or court, but for a referee on the playing field, with players flying around at super speed, it is a split-second decision. Also remember that referees have to be on the lookout for dozens of different calls each play, and opposing coaches may even lobby for the referee to watch specifically for one call, further complicating things. But the main reason to appreciate officials is that they preserve integrity in sports. Aside from people like National Basketball Association (NBA) referee Tim Donaghy, charged with fixing games in his career, refs keep order in sports. Can you imagine if baseball players had to decide for themselves whether they beat the throw to first, or offensive lineman had to call their own holding calls? With the emotions running high even in high school games, scuffles would constantly break out. Needless to say, there would also be players who blatantly make false calls to gain an advantage. By tuning in to a football game, you would just be watching a multi-hour arguing match. So by all means, yell at a ref if he makes a terrible call. But don’t cross the line into personal insults and attacks, because nobody would want to see a sports world without referees. They are needed.

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Women’s basketball team looks to win second State title, despite losing pair of starters By Maggie brandenburg

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SHOT OF A CHAMPION: Senior Lauren McRoberts shoots at an open gym session for the women’s basketball team. McRoberts is one of the returning starters from last season’s State Championship team.

With their first scrimmage of the season tonight against Pike High School, the women’s basketball team is once again on the road toward a State title. But this year is different. Due to their status as defending State champions, the team is now playing with a target on its back, and all of the extra pressure and attention may make the team’s goal of a repeat performance of their State tournament even harder. But Head Coach Scott Bowen said he is not so sure the pressure on the team is necessarily a bad thing. He said the winning traditions of CHS help the team to relish that pressure and want the State title even more. “Since we won State last year, we probably want to get back there,” Annie Rubendunst, varsity player and junior, said. For Bowen, however, the goal of a State title could lead a team into a trap. So he said he hopes the goals for the team are to get better ever y practice and ever y game. Furthermore, he said he just wants the team to give its best showing every time it steps onto the court. The team returns for its 20082009 season missing some of its key players from last year. Players like Danielle Havel ’08 could leave big holes in this year’s group, but the players said they can still compete on the same level as last year. According to Bowen, the team’s memories of how well they played in the State tournament last year are what will hopefully keep the team competitive and able to continue last year’s winning dynamics. Rubendunst said, “We have six returning letter winners. So a fair amount of varsity players are returning.” According to Torrie Thornton, varsity player and sophomore, it’s a different team this year, so they will have to do different things to stay competitive, but the team’s ability to adapt to injuries sustained during the State tournament last year and

up-and-coming new players will be a huge benefit to the team. This ability to meet the challenges of losing players will most likely play a big role in how successful the team will be in their effort to defend their title. “We had to step up. A lot of people had to step up and do different things,” Thornton said. One element that has not changed

for the team is its tough Sectional rivals and “loaded” conference, the toughest in the state, according to Bowen. Last year, the team was not even expected to make it past its game against Ben Davis High School, where the team was the underdog against a heavily favored opponents ranked number one in the state at the time. According to

Rubendunst, Ben Davis, along with the team’s yearly rival, Hamilton Southeastern High School, will be the biggest cause of troubles for the team in the season ahead. “Probably Ben Davis (will be the biggest competition) because they ranked number one in the state last year and we upset them,” Rubendunst said.

Men’s team hopes to build on last season’s success here at Carmel we have that,” Wojcik said. In a conference where almost every match up can be a challenge, Galloway and Wojcik think some of the major competitors this year will be North Central Last year the men’s basketball team went undefeated on Dec. 12, Pike on Jan. 21 and Lawrence North on at home and went on to grasp a Sectional and Feb. 6. There were teams the Greyhounds defeated Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) last year without a visible struggle in the regular championship with a 17-2 regular season. season record. This winter, the Another competitive game will men’s team hopes to repeat the be against Brownsburg, which success of last season and also also happens to be the seasongrab the Regional title. With opener for the Greyhounds on Last year’s starting lineup: experienced seniors Morgan Nov. 26. The team was defeated Newton and Brandon Wojcik in a second-round Regional (state statistical leaders, if along with juniors John “Scott” game to the bulldogs last winter applicable, in parentheses) Laskowski and Robert Kitzinger, losing 63-56. Another high light the team has a fighting chance to on the schedule is the Warren GUARDS: build on the success of last year. Central game on Feb. 17, a team Daniel Moore “Each year we strive for that gave the Greyhounds their (7.6 assists/game, 52.5% FG success, which can come in first loss last season on the road. percentage, 2.7 steals/game) different ways,” Head Coach “As a senior, I want to help Charlie Hansen Mark Galloway said. Galloway make this season memorable for said the key component for a the team and for the school,” successful season is leadership. Wojcik said. FORWARDS: This year’s team will not only Overall, with the success Adam Rapp have leadership shown from the of last year, a solid goal for Stuart Douglass current seniors but secondary this season and four returning (36.7% 3 pt. FG percentage) leadership coming from the players returning to the team, juniors as well. the Greyhounds are a force to be CENTER: “Also your graduating starters reckoned with when the season Jordan Brewer (Newton and Wojcik) are going starts this winter. to need to step up as well,” “We are looking to win what we IHSAA.ORG, MARK GALLOWAY / sources Galloway said. can, MIC, Sectional or Regional Now returning as a senior, any time that you get to cut down Wojcik said that another key component to having a net is a good thing,” Galloway said. a great season is to have a united team. Fans can see the men’s team in action with a “To have a good and successful season, you have scrimmage against Lawrence Central on Nov. 19 at to have a good team where everyone is united, and 6 p.m. in the varsity gymnasium.

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FRESHMAN SPORT IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WINTER CHEERLEADING By lily zhao The freshman winter cheerleading squad plans to cheer at their first event at the freshman girls basketball game against Lawrence North on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Head Coach Olivia Maschino said that she hopes her squad practices and performs well. As of now, she said the squad’s season has not started, for they only cheer for eight freshman boys and girls home games. “It takes a lot to be a Carmel cheerleader. (The squad needs) a lot of school pride and ability to lead crowds during games and events,” Maschino said. Freshman cheerleader Mallory Romaniuk said that she agrees about the level of intensity that the squad needs. “I think it’s really fun to be in front of the crowd and get them into (the game) because it shows our school spirit,” Romaniuk said. Maschino also said that the squad does not competitively compete like the fall squad does, but she said that joining the winter squad gives the girls great training. “This is going to be a great squad,” she said.

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EARLY PREPARATION: The wrestling team conditions during an optional practice. The JV team’s first meet is on Nov. 24.

Practices for the junior varsity wrestling team started last Monday, although the first meet for the JV team is not until Nov. 24 against Anderson Highland, according to Assistant Coach Jeremy Stacy. “(JV) practices alongside the varsity,” he said. “There’s no distinction in the wrestling room between varsity and JV. It’s not like basketball where the JV practices separately in a different gym; everybody’s together. They’re thrown in the mix wrestling with the big boys.” According to wrestler and sophomore Cody Taulman, morning practices mostly consist of running and conditioning, while after-school practices consist of running, drills and live wrestling. “Live wrestling is just when we try to wrestle each other,”

FOOTBALL The junior varsity football season ended on Oct. 20, but not the obligations of the players who frequently play JV games. Jared Rickof f, inside linebacker and sopomore, said the boys still dress for the games and may even be placed on the roster for away games. The JV players are obligated to attend varsity home games on Friday nights but are given the option to go to away games. K.D. Dandridge, wide receiver and sophomore, said the boys are still busy during the entire offseason. The players must lift weights and continue to develop skills in hopes of moving up for the next year. Assistant Coach Jeremy Stacy said that the JV players will not be notified that they are moving up until next season arrives. The freshman football season

ended on Oct. 18, and the freshman boys will also be busy during the off-season to be prepared to join the varsity players for the next year. By Faith Mwalwa

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Taulman said. “But spots are not going to be determined until Nov. 22, so these practices are going to help us prepare for that.” On Nov. 22, the team begins wrestle-offs, when wrestlers compete for spots in their respective weight classes. Although not everyone makes varsity, the JV and freshman teams usually have much depth and perform well during their seasons. Stacy said, “The JV team has predominantly been undefeated many years in a row, so the tradition is the JV team is pretty deep so we can compete with a lot of the schools.” “This year we have a much stronger team,” Taulman said. “We always try to train harder than we did last year and work to get better.” By David Zheng

After months of conditioning, the women’s junior varsity and freshman basketball teams are almost to their first games of their seasons. “We’ve been conditioning since April. We’ve been working on our shooting forms and stamina,” Maggie Stemnock, JV player and sophomore, said. The first game for the JV squad is at Anderson Highland at 6 p.m. next Wednesday against Anderson Highland. The freshman team’s schedule will start with a game at home against Lawrence North at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18. “We want to do as well as last year and win as many games as possible,” Stemnock said. By Maggie Brandenburg

Upcoming jv, freshman events Men’s Basketball: Junior Varsity: Nov. 26 v. Brownsburg Freshman: Nov. 24 at Pike Women’s Basketball JV: Wednesday at Anderson Highland F: Nov. 18 v. Lawrence North

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MILLER MASSACRE: The second team offense huddles during the Hounds’ 41-0 Sectional win over Noblesville. Some junior varsity players got to compete in the victory.

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SET TO SUCCEED: A women’s basketball player puts up a shot during a preseason shootaround. Tryouts for the team were held during the week of Oct. 27.

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Victorious Run

Men’s , women’s cross-country teams win State Titles in Koeppen’s final Season

TEAM EFFORT: The men’s and women’s cross-country runners, their respective coaches and Head Coach Chuck Koeppen (above), show off their State titles. The women’s team’s 105 point margin of victory was one of the largest in state meet history and was the sixth lowest team score in history; the men’s team title was the first for the program since 1996. ONE LAST TIME: Head Coach Chuck Koeppen (right) hoists a State title plaque as the runners of both the men’s and women’s team lift him up during the award ceremony. Ever since Koeppen put the men’s and women’s cross-country team on the map as one of the elite athletic programs in Indiana, he ends his 37 year coaching career at Carmel with his 11th girls championship and 11th boys championship.

The State Race in Pictures For a slideshow presentation of the men’s and women’s crosscountry race on Nov. 1, go to and look in the multimedia column on the right. Nick Johnson / photos

Wrestlers ready to compete by david zheng As the season nears, the men’s varsity wrestling team has been trying to determine spots on the team. According to wrestler and sophomore Jesse Hollander, the preseason is currently in session. “As of now nothing is really set in stone yet,” Hollander said. “Varsity wrestlers will be determined during the season when wrestle-offs start.”    “Our first practice is not until Nov. 3,” said Assistant Coach J e r e m y S t a c y. “ ( O f f - s e a s o n conditioning) started Sep. 1, and they have been going three times a week until we start Monday, but they’ve been running, doing stairs and wrestling.” According to Stacy, wrestleoffs are not until Nov. 19 and 22, because the team has not started practices yet. In wrestling, there are 13 different weight classes and one person per class on varsity. Whoever does not make it onto a varsity weight class wrestles for the junior varsity team. Stacy said athletes will compete in an actual match against one another, or wrestle-off to determine varsity spots in each weight class. If there are more than two wrestlers in a class, there will be a tournament-style wrestle-off for that weight class. The team trains in the preseason by running the cross-country course as if it were the actual sport. The wrestlers also drill in the wrestling room and lift in the weight room. “From what I heard the preseason practices are very intense,” Hollander said. “I’m on the football team so I can’t attend, but I think that we will just keep building on that and work even harder

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GOING AT IT: Sophomore Bradley Ellis (right) attempts to knock down a teammate during practice. Veteran players this year have said that all the competition in practice will determine who gets a spot to start on the wrestling roster. throughout the season.”    Stacy said that last year, two students (Chris Mascaro (‘08) and senior Will Mascaro) went to State, but took second at Sectional and lost at Regional. “I would say that we wer e not pleased with our team’s performance. We ended a 14-year Sectional championship streak by losing to Westfield in the Sectional tournament,” he said. “We also should have won handedly at the Regional tournament, so we would

like to get back to the Semi-State this year.” Hollander said that the team lost in the first round out of four teams. “(In terms of winning) we were really expecting better (out of our team,” he said.    “I’d say we want more than two kids to the State tournament individually, as normally we have five to six,” Stacy said. “We’d like to get our numbers up (to see) who’s moving on there. I’d also say we’d like to get back as a team

to the Semi-State which means we would like to win the Sectional and Regional (matches).”    The rankings have not yet been released, but Stacy said it is a good bet that Perry Meridian, Cathedral, Lawrence North and Mishawaka will be up there.  “Those are the big powerhouse wrestling schools, because they’re always in the top five.” Stacy said. “I think we’ve got several home matches this year. We would just like to get a little bit more fan support.”

Faces of Sports: James Frascella by ryan duffy There are many wrestlers in this school of 4,199 kids. But only one has the following credentials: three County Championships, a State Championship and AllAmerican status from a National Tournament in Kansas City, MO. That wrestler is James Frascella. What makes his accomplishments even more impressive? Frascella is only a sophomore. “I was a varsity letter winner last year and I believe I was 8-4 on varsity and 10-0 between the

Swimming, diving teams look to dominate

freshman and JV team,” he said. Frascella weighs 128 pounds right now and said he hopes to wrestle at the weight of 119 pounds this season. Frascella goes about losing the weight in several ways. “When losing weight, I eat lots of salads and drink plenty of water. I follow the Weight Watchers program and and exercise daily in addition to practicing,” Frascella said. While he is commited to his sport, he, like every other teenager, has other activities he likes to do when he is not on the mats. Frascella maintains a 3.8 G.P.A. and is a class Senator here. He is

also involved in out-of-school extracurricular activities, such as Youth Group and volunteer activities through his church. He also likes the Philadelphia Eagles, his favorite dogs are bulldogs and dachshunds and he also enjoys tasting pizza all over the country. Frascella’s brother, Dan Frascella ‘08, was the Student Body President last year and was also a varsity wrestler. Dan now attends Yale. But as for how Dan’s success has affected his younger brother, James said,“Dan was a great role model, but he often finds himself on his back when we wrestle! He set a very

high standard that I will use as my guide throughout high school.” James said he does not yet know if he plans to mirror his brother and become the Student Body President as a senior. “It’s a huge responsibility, and I have not yet made the decision on whether or not I can handle it,” he said. James also said he hasn’t made any college plans yet, but does know what type of career he would like to pursue. “I plan to attend a four-year university and then pursue a medical degree,” he said.

wimmers are well known for being in a sport that takes a lot of time, effort and discipline, something a lot of teenagers don’t have; but, early morning practices, late night practices and then the long, all night meets and competitions constitute the norm for the team here. As two of the top programs in the state, both the men’s and women’s teams are already preparing for the season. The swim teams’ practices have already been going on for a few weeks now and most swimmers and divers are getting ready for their seasons. Head Coach Chris Plumb said that the team has very intense practices every day of the week, Monday through Friday. The team also has its first meet Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at North Central. “I really enjoy swimming in meets; I get really nervous, but it’s definitely worth it when you get the best times,” sophomore swimmer Sarah Nocco said. Although Dec. 9 seems like far away date, swimmers said that it’s never too early to prepare for their season. While conditioning has already begun, most swimmers swim year round to be conditioned all year. This extra time also gives coaches time to better and improve the team. “We are going to work on being able to race in challenging situations, a unified team and focus on the process,” Plumb said. Nocco said that she’s excited to be part of a tradition of championship teams at Carmel. “This year the high school team is going for the 23rd championship in a row,” Nocco said. With a scheduled line up of teams like West Lafayette, Noblesville, North Central and Hamilton Southeastern, Plumb said he believes the teams’ biggest competition is themselves. “We do not need to worry about what other teams have or do,” he said, “but we want each of our athletes to be the best that they can be. “I think our boy’s and girl’s teams will be extremely competitive.” With practices in the morning, before school and in the evening after school, the swimmers do not have a lot of extra time allotted for extra activities. “Time management is key,” Nocco said. “You have to be able to balance school, friends and family with swimming.” According to Plumb, the swim team also allows its athletes to miss very few practices and enforces strict timeliness. That’s because if one swimmer misses a practice, their body is usually sore after the next practice. And if the swimmers continue to miss swim practice, it does not bode well for their body in the long run. “To be on the swim team, it takes time management, hard work, confidence, courage and perseverance,” he said. “To be a great swimmer, one must have a certain mental toughness to go along with a strong work ethic. There are certain physical skills that can help, but it is only a small part of it.” Nocco said, “It takes a lot of dedication to the sport to make yourself go to practice 10 times a week, but if you want to get better you’ll go.”



In the ipod... Senior Nicole Fearrin shows what songs and movies she has on her iPod. Page B5

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Worth the Risk? Students pierce themselves for aesthetics, although they do not always fully consider health risks By Julie Kippenbrock


he heard a pop. Sophomore Elise Ruff had just let her friend pierce her upper ear cartilage. “I trust her. I wanted my cartilage pierced and she had already pierced her own ear,” Ruff said. Like Ruff, many girls have decided to forgo reputable piercing facilities and either pierce their ears themselves or have a trusted friend perform the task. This can cause an increase in infection because the ear may not be properly disinfected like it might be if done at a place like Claire’s. According to school nurse Carol Gelatt, periodically students come into the nurse’s office with a piercing infection. “We cleanse (the infection) either with soap and water or Bacitracin and we cover it if it’s needed for infection control,” Gelatt said. Gelatt also asks the students what the piercing facility told them about caring for their piercing and tries to follow those directions. Cited from Claire’s Web site, cartilage piercing carries a greater risk of infection, permanent scarring and the potential for cartilage deformity if one doesn’t clean the piercing correctly. Claire’s recommends cleaning the piercing three times a day with antiseptic. Unlike earlobe piercing, when the earring can’t be changed for six weeks, ear

sarah sheafer / photo illustration cartilage piercings must be left in for eight to 12 weeks before removing it and inserting another earring to eliminate risk of infection. Selfpiercing only increases the risk of infection. Sophomore Elise Kelner took the risk. She pierced her own ear, Ruff’s ear and the ear of another friend of theirs. The reason she did her own was because she was bored. She also said it is a pain to pierce your ears at a place like Claire’s because you must have a parent with you if you’re not 18 years or older. Kelner, who pierced her upper ear cartilage without her parents knowing, said when they found out, they didn’t care. But Ruff, who also didn’t have her parents’ consent, said her parents had the opposite reaction. “(After Kelner had pierced my ear) I told them about it and they were kind of mad, but they couldn’t do anything about it,” Ruff said. Unlike Claire’s, where technicians use a professional piercing gun, Kelner and Ruff pierced their upper ear cartilage with just an earring stud. “I numbed my ear with two ice cubes, put on a cleaning solution from Claire’s and then I just pierced it with an earring,” Kelner said. She said she did the same when she pierced Ruff’s ear. “(When Kelner pierced my ear) it hurt but then there was a pop and it ended and then it just felt warm,” Ruff said. “(My piercing) didn’t hurt at first but the day after it did. It took about a week for it to stop hurting and I

couldn’t sleep on it for awhile, but it didn’t get infected,” Kelner said. Kelner, who got her earlobes pierced on her tenth birthday, said it’s hard to compare getting the piercing at Claire’s and piercing her own ear. “(The piercing) is in a different spot but they use a gun so it’s a lot quicker,” Kelner said. According to Claire’s Web site, its piercing system “consists of an instrument that creates minimal discomfort to the customer as the right amount of pressure is carefully applied to effectively pierce the ear.” “I had my earlobes pierced at Claire’s in the second grade. I felt a sting when I did it at Claire’s, but when you do your cartilage you hear a pop,” Ruff said. Ruff and Kelner said when they pierced their own ear cartilage, they cleaned their piercings so they didn’t get infected, but many people aren’t as careful. “If someone is going to get a piercing, it should be at a reputable piercing facility. We would discourage self-piercing,” Gelatt said. “You are puncturing your body’s first defense and that is your skin. It could potentially cause infections. I would not recommend it.” Ironically, when Gelatt was young, she didn’t get her ears pierced at a reputable piercing facility. “My friend’s father pierced my ears in their kitchen,” she said. “But,” she added, “He was a physician.”

Safety first Tips for decreasing the likelihood of infection after getting a piercing

Don’t touch the piercing or twist the jewelry unless you’re cleaning it. Always wash your hands with soap and water before cleaning the piercing. Keep clothing away from the piercing. Excessive rubbing or friction can cause irritation and delay healing. Oral piercings, especially in the tongue, can cause substantial swelling. Depending on the amount of swelling, you may need a prescription anti-inflammatory medication from your doctor. Melting ice chips in your mouth may help any pain and swelling. / source

Teachers come to this school after making career switch by jAde Schwarting

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Career Switch: English teacher Susan Johnson helps a student out with her work. Johnson was an insurance agent before she became a teacher; however, teaching had always been her passion.

Although not her dr eam job, becoming a teacher was a quick decision. In 1984, English teacher Elizabeth Levy graduated from the University of Columbia Journalism School and worked as a journalist for 10 years covering crime, rundown neighborhoods, education and presidential elections before deciding to pursue a career in education. Many years ago, Levy was walking down the street in a “ghetto type” area with a community leader doing a routine rundown neighborhood interview, constantly staying alert and continuing to look at what was in front of her. “I turned a corner, and as I looked up, I could see the barrel of a gun pointing right at my face,” Levy said. “I froze initially; I mean I just stood there squeezing the pen so tightly, I could literally feel that I was pushing my fingers into the grooves (of the pen). I didn’t care though, and as I raised my head a little more, I could make out a figure beyond the gun, somewhat shorter. I heard this little voice say, ‘I’m sorry sir,’ and I could see that this was a young boy, probably about nine or 10 years old.” After the initial shock of the situation, Levy asked the man what she had done wrong or why she was threatened like that. Levy said, “He simply told me that was why I was there. He told me that I was preaching to the choir. He said the people reading my stories were either people who were trying to solve the issues or people who drove past towns

like this one without doing anything. He said that if I wanted to fix the problems and get these children off the street and into schools, that I should stop writing these stories and arm myself with notebooks and textbooks and be a teacher.” In March of 1994, Levy decided to follow the man’s advice. She turned in her letter of resignation, sold her conver tible and lived with her parents until she finished graduate school. A few years later, she began her teaching career. Levy said, “I realized that it takes more than writing these peoples’ issues to solve them. The pen is not mightier than the sword. If anything, you need your pen and your feet.” Aside from her teaching career, Levy, under the published name of Elizabeth Krasnoff Levy, has also been published as a freelance writer, poet and essayist, recently finished a short story and is currently working on a novel. Levy said, “I still write, I write every day. I love teaching, but I also love my writing job. I have to take that seriously, too, and spend time on it.” English teacher Susan Johnson also has a background in a career different than teaching. She was an insurance agent working for the Title and Premier Personal Lines branches of the company. The Title branch focused mainly on closing mor tgages while the Pr emier Personal Line dealt with personal art and jewelry collections. It was no accident Johnson stumbled upon teaching; it had actually always been her passion. Johnson said, “Teaching was what I always wanted to do. And at 30 I had a pre-mid-life crisis and decided I could either sit my whole life in a

cubicle or actually do what I wanted to do. And at that time, I decided that if I didn’t go back to school then, I probably never would.” Teachers such as Levy and Johnson with a background in areas other than education are actually in high demand. According to an article in the San Francisco Business Times, the National Education Association has begun a $3 million campaign to recruit second-career adults to the teacher profession. In the article, California State Hayward University’s chairman Phil Duren said most of these adults studying to be teachers had a past occupation in business and said the salary difference means nothing to them; they were simply dissatisfied with their past careers. While still working full time as an insurance agent, Johnson attended IUPUI and Indiana Wesleyan University. “I fell into the insurance job; it was available so I took it,” she said. “When I was little, I used to study by pretending I was teaching. It was my dream. I just had to go out and get it. There was no one big event (that made me want to switch careers), it was the monotony of every day and I knew that was not what I wanted to do. When I went back to school as an adult, I appreciated it more and understood it better. I wouldn’t change anything.” Levy said teaching here has been everything she expected and more. Levy said, “I love being at Carmel; the students are everything I could ask for. They’re fun and funny, challenging and clever, just everything a teacher would want. I just hope they get something out of my class that they can take with them in whatever they decide they want to do.”

Page B2 • Thursday, November 6, 2008 • Feature

Keeping Your Options Open

With scheduling nearing, some regret focusing too early on one career choice BY SHIREEN KORKZAN

for four years, drama and applied music. She originally planned to take music theory but decided against it because of her change of mind. She decided to take Since she was in the seventh grade, senior Julia Bonnett accounting instead. had always wanted to major in music theater. She would She said she has no regrets on this decision and get her degree from either the University of Michigan enjoys her accounting class. Also, she hopes to have in Ann Arbor, the University of Cincinnati or New York some sort of emphasis on music theater along with her University (NYU). Her future had already been planned. business degree. That is, until she changed her mind. “I think other people were more surprised than I was,” During the fall of her junior year, Bonnett started Bonnett said. “Some people are still trying to convince having doubts about her dream school and her future me to go back, but I’m content with where I am.” as a music theater major. Bonnett made her decision last year when members of “It just wasn’t right for me,” Bonnett said. “(Music the Broadway production “Young Frankenstein” came to theater) was always my dream, but I figured that for my visit this school. One actor told the music theater students personality, I needed a career that’s that if they could see themselves more stable and constant.” happy as music theater majors, then But the problem is that Bonnett they should go for the degree. But has only taken one business class so if they could see themselves happy far, accounting. She also said that with another profession, then they she wishes she had participated in should do that instead. Bonnett said DECA, but she said she shouldn’t that this was when she started seeing have to worry too much when she’s herself as a business management off to college. And this mindset - that major instead. To accommodate this it doesn’t matter what prerequisite new change, Bonnett said she would classes students take in high school go to IU or NYU to obtain her new Students must… - may or may not be true, according prospective degree. • be admitted to IU with to Beth Terrell, associate director in At this school, counselors work business indicated as the the office of admissions for Ball State to give kids a balanced schedule. intended major. University. According to guidance counselor • have an ACT composite “High school students are better Rich Allen, this concept is more score of 29 and an SAT off being more well-rounded with of the rule than the exception. their course work,” Terrell said. Because of this, counselors here composite of 1270 “You need to have a good base to try and make sure that all students (critical reading and math go different directions. This can attempt to earn the Core 40 or only). only happen if students have a solid Academic Honors Diploma for an • be in the top 10 percent foundation in their core classes, academically diverse transcript. of their class or have a 3.6 “Most of the schools look at overall such as math and English.” GPA on a 4.0 scale. backgrounds,” Allen said. “Moreover, At Ball State, according to you’re starting fresh in college and Terrell, admissions counselors are • be an incoming freshmen there are very few exceptions (such as mainly looking at core classes and for the fall semester to performing arts).” the breadth of academic coursework. be eligible for direct Terrell said that students should High school students who don’t admission. always have a second plan for any have an equal distribution of various scenario that would prevent them classes may struggle more in specific / Source from pursuing what they thought majors. was a career path, whether it’s a On the other hand, Bonnett said permanent injury that affects any that when her older sister was a student here, accounting was the only business course chances for college scholarships or an epiphany. she took. Now she is at IU’s Kelley School of Business, According to Terrell, the national average for college one of U.S. News and World Report’s highest-ranked students changing their majors is three to four times. business schools and is doing great while triple majoring However, students should do whatever makes them happy first, whether or not they plan on doing those with a minor in Spanish. As for her new major, Bonnett said she decided activities in the future. Bonnett said, “I have absolutely no regrets because I on business management because there are endless love (music theater), and it makes me happy. That’s how opportunities within the business world. But most of the electives she has taken in high school I should spend my time in high school. Do what works pertain to music and music theater. She has taken choir for you and makes you happy first.”

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STUDY UP: Senior Julia Bonnett works on vocabulary in class. Bonnett said that she wishes she had focused less singularly on musical theater throughout school now that she hopes to pursue a business major in college.

Economy forces some to choose less expensive schools, save for masters A loan and afraid College Student Loan Debt

A recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that about 50% of recent college graduates have student loans, with an average student loan debt of $10,000. The average cost of college increases at twice the rate of inflation; the College Board estimates that public school costs an average of about $13,000 a year and private schools costs $28,000.

by ellie seta Senior Kiersten Walter has been forced to make a very hard decision, some of which is out of her hands. Walter, like most high school seniors, is beginning to narrow down her college choices. But more importantly, due to the latest economic crisis, she has had to add in a new deciding factor: money. According to a study by the U.S. Education Department, the tuition for public universities in 2007 has risen 268 percent from 1977, causing many students to think twice about spending more money on their bachelor’s degree before they have steady job to pay off student loans. “My number one choice is (Indiana University),” Walter said. “It just seems like the most logical for everything that I am looking for.” Walter, who is aspiring to major in elementary education, as well as a minor in both Spanish and contemporary dance, said that she did not really look at very many out of state colleges. “My top choices right now are IU, Notre Dame and University of Michigan, “ Walter said. “Michigan was really the only out-of-state school I considered.” But Walter said that in the end, IU has more advantages over University of Michigan and Notre Dame, especially affordability. Counselor Bettina Cool said that she thinks going to a cheaper schol for one’s bachelors degree is a good idea in terms of saving money in order to have the money to go to a more elite school for their masters degree. “I believe that with college getting more expensive and the economy not being strong it is the answer that makes sense,” Cool said. “I think it’s a fabulous idea.” Senior Nick Cooper has also been experiencing the hard decisions that come with the college application process. Cooper who has applied to University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgetown University so far, has a slightly different outlook than Walter, who decided to choose the less expensive option.

“My motto is apply first, then worry about money second,” Cooper said. Another problem that is causing many teens to fear is the reliance on scholarships, which are becoming more and more scarce due to the struggling economy. Walter said that since she is planning on going to IU, she will receive a lot of automatic scholarships that come with the advantages of attending a public university. According to a study by College Board in 2004, 67 percent of high school graduates enroll in college. As a result, student grants are now only covering 39 percent of the costs of a four-year college. “It is hard coming from Carmel because a lot are going to IU,” Walter said. “So it is important to have that special factor that sets you apart form the rest.” Cooper also said that he is hoping to receive grant and scholarship money, but also fears that it might be more difficult due to the economy because they are becoming less available. However, he said that if you have the capability, then the amount of money should not stop you from applying to a more expensive, elite school. “It is hard to believe, but sometimes Ivy League schools can be cheaper because of the amount of liberal scholarships given,” Cooper said. But Cooper said that he is not completely ruling out in-state schools. “It depends how much scholarships I am given,” Cooper said. “If I can pay less than $15,000, then I will probably stay in-state.” Cooper said that overall, a master’s degree is the most important, so that is where he thinks the money should be spent. As for Walter, she said that even though she is expected to pay for some of her college tuition, she said her parents will be helping her out financially. “Ultimately, my plan is to get my bachelors degree for the least amount as possible,” Walter said. “Then get my masters at a more expensive school since I won’t have a lot of student debt, and I will have a job to support myself. But I really don’t see (the economy) getting any better, only worse.”

Tou g h C h o i c e s : Senior Kiersten Walter asks her teacher a question in class. Due to the current economic downturn, students are considering less expensive schools. Walters is one such student.


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Burnt Out

Student drops extra-curriculars to keep up with schedule by beth brookie At the star t of her junior year, current-senior Jennifer Siriwardane was an eager member of House and held the position of the HiLite’s front page editor. By the end of second semester, Siriwardane had quit both of these time-consuming activities. “By the time I got to winter break,” Siriwardane said, “I realized I was completely burned out. I just couldn’t keep up anymore.” Siriwardane is just one of the many students who become so involved in extracurricular activities that they overextend themselves to a breaking point. Many students spend so much time padding their resume and attempting to fulfill the school’s mantra of becoming involved that they devote time to too many activities which they are not fully avid about. Counselor Shelly Rubinstein said students should choose only a few extracurricular activities to which they can fully devote themselves. “It’s important that you choose your activities carefully,” she said. “Choose only ones that you feel are important to you and that affect your life in a positive way.” “When I stopped being a part of journalism and House, I think it was because I realized I just wasn’t passionate about them,” Siriwardane said. “I realized there were other things I was involved in, like Lifelines, that I would rather devote my time to. I just didn’t want to overextend myself.” Rubinstein said a possible motive to students participating in countless clubs and groups may be the desire to impress colleges. According to her, students who are applying to competitive schools, especially the Ivy League schools, may work much harder to participate in several activities. “State schools, because you’re a taxpayer, will look at you more lightly,” she said. “And if you’re really competitive for admissions at a private school or an Ivy League, then your extracurricular activities are really important.” Siriwardane said she has seen

5 signs a teen is burning out 1. Insomnia 2. Diet change 3. Impulsive behavior 4. Neck or back pain 5. Drinking or smoking / source many students begin to bur n out by their junior year, which is unfortunately the most critical year when applying for colleges. She said, “I think the first two years of high school everyone has a lot of energy. By junior or senior year, you’re in a lot of APs or lots of activities, and you kind of get a whole new routine and it can just be overwhelming.” She said she thinks this overload of academics, plus extracurricular activities, is what causes students to burn out. Unfor tunately, this lack of activities may negatively af fect a college’s view of a student, according to Rubinstein. “I think (colleges) notice if you don’t replace those lost activities with something else. But it depends on what you replace it with,” she said. Many colleges, including Harvard and Stanford, have begun to advocate the “Time Out or Burn Out” philosophy, encouraging students to take a break from overloading their schedules and learn to prioritize. Both Rubinstein and Siriwardane encourage a same type of policy. Rubinstein said, “I think it’s like a balancing game. The right amount of extracurriculars depends on how a student feels they can handle their courses and balance them with a few extra activities.” Siriwardane said, “There’s so many new clubs and stuff going on at the beginning of the year. Kids just need to be careful that they don’t get too excited and load up on everything. They shouldn’t try so hard to make their resume look good and instead should focus on what they truly enjoy doing.”

Entertainment • Thursday, November 6, 2008 • Page B3

Reviews Around The World in 10 miles

books. movies. food. music. shopping.

Tired of the same old culture? The HiLite invites you to embark on a multicultural exploration—without ever traveling beyond 86th Street

Try Taiwan Tea House

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By Meher Ahmad

Searching for the perfect afterschool snack is like searching for the holy grail. It has to be sweet, fr uity, filling and somewhat nutritious. Most of all, it has to be inexpensive. Taiwan Tea House, at 86th Street and Dean Road, fulfills all these requirements, and best of all, at a price that students can afford. The restaurant’s primary attraction is its bubble tea, which, according to bubble tea connoisseurs, is the best in town. Bubble tea, which sounds more disgusting than delicious, is actually one of the tastiest undiscovered drinks of our time. It is essentially any tea or drink with boba beads, which are large tapioca pearls. They look a bit frightening if one does not know what they are, since they are black in color. Chewy in consistency, they provide a fun twist to any drink. The flavors Taiwan Tea House offers range from regular green tea to passion fruit tea. Patrons can also add boba to milkshakes and smoothies. For the ultimate boba tea experience, though, red milk boba is the only choice. A flavor unknown to the western palate, red milk tea is a mix between English breakfast tea and Indian chai. It is served cold or hot, but is best cold with none other than boba. But no ser ving of Bubble tea is complete without a plate of dumplings. The pork and chicken

SOMETHING TO CHOW ON: Delicious pork dumplings complement perfectly the b u b b l e t e a t h a t Ta i w a n Teahouse is known for. This genuine Taiwanese treat will satisfy your taste buds and make you come back for more.

dumplings at Taiwan Tea House, as well as the pot stickers, are the perfect mixture of American and authentic Chinese spices. For those more experienced in Chinese cuisine, or those who are more adventurous, sesame rice balls are the perfect choice. They have a crunchy fried outside with red bean paste inside. Red bean paste, a staple of southern Chinese food, has the consistency of a smooth puree and has a sweet taste. For those more familiar with the cuisine at #1 China Buffet, the lo mien at Taiwan Tea House is a much tastier and healthier option. The crab rangoon is average, perfect for patrons who prefer less exciting tastes, but it shies in comparison to the wonton soup. All of these options are made in the perfect proportions and offered at affordable prices. Each of the appetizers costs on average around $4, and the boba tea starts at $2. The boba tea can be taken to go in a handy boba-to-go cup for those who do not have enough time to sit and enjoy the quaint atmosphere of the restaurant. The servers, who do not speak the best English, still manage to serve to their best ability. They are always friendly and add to the authentic feel of the restaurant. Chinese families often come to eat there as well, giving it the credibility of authenticity. Regardless of who eats there, Taiwan Tea House offers the best Asian snack food in town. Paired with a red milk boba tea, your snack food experience cannot get any better.

Taiwan Teahouse Atmosphere: A PRICE: A+ Quality: B+ SERVICE: B Overall: A-

…Try World Market By Rebecca Xu Cost Plus World Market has been a familiar location in Merchants Square for quite a long time, standing alongside the well-known Marsh and Hobby Lobby. Over the years, many students have probably stepped foot in the store, but they should consider going back. World Market actually of fers many inexpensive products that would interest not only interior designers, but also teenagers. World Market carries an amazing variety of products from countries all over the world, ranging from fine wine to jewelry to birthday cards. Some products that a student may be interested in are displayed on a stand of handmade jewelr y, purses, scar ves and other trinkets, right in front of the store entrance. Surprisingly, these items are priced no more than their equivalents at a Kohl’s or a Target; for example, a

pair of sterling silver earrings sells for a wallet-friendly $8.99, while purses and scarves mostly sell fot under $20. Teens should make a stop at World Market during shopping trips for its unique, colorful and wellpriced accessories. Despite the good prices, World Market carries only limited styles of each item. This is one of the few problems, though it’s understandable. The store doesn’t sell many variations on one product, but it makes up for it by selling many different products. Another section that may interest teens, especially ones going to college n e x t y e a r, i s t h e home décor area. World Market has a huge amount of furniture (including bookshelves, chairs and dining tables), pillows, sheets, African and Asian figurines, mirrors, rugs and even Christmas decorations. These would be tasteful, inexpensive

World Market Quality: B+ Variety: A Price: A-

Atmosphere: A Overall: A-

additions for any bedroom or dorm. Customers should also check out the impressive collection of plates and cookware, which may be useful in college life when many students will have to cook for themselves. However, the real forte of World Market is its food and snacks section, which students should visit if they’re looking for some unique and exotic food. There are rows after rows of imported chocolates, candy, fruit drinks, snacks and sauces. Every price label conveniently includes the country of origin, and there are many – chocolate from Germany, hot sauce from Mexico, barbecue sauce from the Caribbean and soda from France. The hungr y student can go into World Market to stock up on tasty snacks to try something different from the usual potato chips or frozen pizzas. The nice part is that the prices aren’t ridiculous, especially for imported products. However, if the item can be found in other stores (one example: Ghiradelli chocolate) it will probably be cheaper there. Cost Plus World Market is a convenient place to find items useful for daily life from places all over the world – food, furniture, decorations and everything in between. With moderate prices, the items in this global store are an easy way to spice up the life of a teen.

Owen Williamson / PHOTO

CHOISEZ-MOI: Genuine ethnic foods from dozens of countries fill the shelves of Cost Plus World Market. The store makes imported snacks that cannot be found elsewhere affordable for the average student.

‘The Counterfeiters’ offers real, heart-wrenching perspective By Lexi Muir There is a small following for foreign films in America’s society. No matter how intriguing or exciting a film may seem, the language barrier intimidates and draws many people away. Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “The Counterfeiters” proved to be both intriguing and effective despite its German dialogue. “The Counterfeiters” is comparable to Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List.” Both share stories of life in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, and both portray the best (if it can even be called that) and the worst living conditions for those living in the camps. Both movies tell the story of those whose lives were “saved” because of a profession. In both, those who could work to help support the war effort were offered much better living conditions and in most cases, were spared their lives. But while “Schindler’s List” set the tone for Holocaust films, “Counterfeiters” went beyond it. Sometimes hard to watch, I found myself turning my head, or at least wishing I could, to the details and images of the Holocaust. Because the film is based on

a true story, like most Holocaust films are, it is much more moving and impactful. “The Counterfeiters” tells the story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), who is an experienced counterfeiter. He is arrested for his criminal acts of forging money and taken to the Sachsenhausen camp. At the camp he is teamed up with other men to counterfeit British and American money in exchange for better living conditions. The men are given clothing, showers and comfortable beds with sheets and pillows to sleep on, which is significantly better than what most of the other prisoners experience in the camp. What makes the hero in this film unique, however, is that he is a criminal, and his criminal acts end up saving his life, as well as the lives of many others. Burger, played by August Diehl, is another prisoner involved in the counterfeiting scheme. He was arrested for printing flyers against the Nazi party and works throughout the movie to sabotage the counterfeiting scheme. Burger feels that it is both unfair and unethical to help the Nazi party in any way. His efforts to sabotage the counterfeiting scheme create a conflict between Salomon and him and potentially cost his coworkers their lives. Both insightful and heart wrenching, “The

Counterfeiters” is a movie not to be taken lightly. With gruesome details of the Holocaust that some may view as better to be left unknown, the movie proves to be as close to real life as possible. Those who chose to turn their heads to this dark time period in our world’s history may not want to make a point in seeing this film. The story is so real and the details are so closely portrayed that it almost seems as if you are working alongside Salomon at Sachsenhausen. For those who enjoy learning about history, no matter how dark and horrifying it may be, this movie will give you insight to an aspect of the war that you may not have even known existed. The dialogue of the film, which is German, allowed for a much more authentic view of the experiences at the camps. Sometimes, reading the dialogue on tiny English subtitles at the bottom of the screen can distract viewers and take away from the true meaning of the film, but in the case of “The Counterfeiters,” it only added to the tone of the film and made it much more genuine. Not a usual Friday-night movie, “The Counterfeiters” appeals to a different audience with different intentions going into the movie. Acting as a “wake up call” into the truth of the Holocaust, the film will disturb as well as amaze its viewers.

‘The COUNTERFEITERS’ Starring: Karl Markovic, August Diehl Directed BY: Stefan Ruzowitzky RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2007 Overall: A-

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Hollywood’s Hall of Presidents

With a new president and changing government, we present the top five political films, as well as a soon-to-be classic

By Sam Watermeier

‘W.’ stuns with emotional portrayal In an early scene from “W.,” a character says, “Politics do not define a human being. There’s more to people than how they vote.” This statement is the key to director Oliver Stone’s (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) take on George W. Bush. WARNING: “W.” is far from the fullfledged, biting satire the previews suggest. While it does poke fun at the President’s inarticulateness and occasional confusion, Stone is never mean-spirited. His effort is to humanize Bush by exploring his insecurities and frustrations. By focusing more on his personal life than his politics, Stone gives Bush’s story a universal appeal. “W.” bounces back and for th from Bush’s time as President to his early days of hard partying and failed jobs. The film shows how Bush’s recklessness deeply disappointed his f a t h e r, p l a y e d b y t h e excellent James Cromwell. This disappointment is the catalyst for Bush’s insecurity. Much of the film depicts his struggles to impress people, especially his father. No matter what he accomplishes (even becoming President), he never gets the respect and love he wants from his family and peers. This is the real tragedy behind “W.” that makes it such a poignant character study. For the emotional power that results from this biopic journey, give credit to Josh Brolin for his sympathetic portrayal of our current president. He transcends mere imitation of Bush and creates a charismatic and often tragic character. He engages the audience by portraying Bush as an everyman. At times when he is being panned by the media for his political decisions, his charm evokes sympathy. Brolin also brings a saddening pensiveness to the role. In every scene, he makes Bush seem like he is quietly judging himself. By the end of the film, he convinces the audience that Bush has no respect for himself and that he will never love or accept himself for who he is. The most important strength of Brolin’s performance, though, is his ability to cause the viewer to empathize with Bush not only as a character but also as the President in reality. This is quite the feat considering Bush is one of the least popular presidents in American history. “W.” may well be the best film of the year. However, it is only one of many great political based movies in film history. Here are some more political films worth watching to celebrate this election…


Starring: Josh Brolin, Richard Dreyfuss, Elizabeth Banks

Directed By: Oliver Stone



This is another film like “W.” that does not condemn a president’s behavior, but genuinely tries to understand it. Director Oliver Stone and Anthony Hopkins as Nixon take a mature and objective approach to the material. The film shows all sides of Nixon including his infamous Watergate days, but also his sadly lesser known accomplishments such as his establishment of diplomatic relations in China and formation of a treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons in Russia. This film shows that when it comes to political stories, it is possible to be fair and balanced.

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‘Dr. Strangelove’

This film is daring for creating comedy out of fear: fear of nuclear war, fear of dictators. It provides a cathartic experience. It is rare to find comic relief in issues such as nuclear annihilation, but being the master he is, writerdirector Stanley Kubrick (“The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “A Clockwork Orange”) made this story into an enduring comedy masterpiece. It is perhaps the best satire on the politics of war ever made.

‘The Contender’

This film about a female vice presidential candidate suffering from unpopularity and scandalous accusations is more relevant now than ever.At the time of its release,“The Contender” heavily mirrored the story of Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinski debacle with its exploration of scandals and rumors bringing down politicians. Now, the film mirrors Sarah Palin’s situation. This proves that this film will remain relevant for years to come with its universal themes.



A hilarious and greatly underappreciated film, “Bulworth” is about a presidential candidate that can’t seem to keep his mouth shut or stop trying to be hip. He even raps about socialism at one point. This film, directed by its star Warren Beatty (“Reds,” “Dick Tracy”), is a brilliant satire on politicians’ desperate desire to be celebrities. Like “The Contender,” this film’s satirical material proves timeless especially after seeing Barack Obama dancing on “Ellen” recently as well as Sarah Palin’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

‘Good Night, and good luck’


Although it is more about powerful journalism than politics, this film exposes government paranoia and political prejudice with its story of Edward M u r r o w ’s defiance of McCarthyism. The CBS reporter’s attack on Senator Joseph McCar thy exposed dangerous flaws in politicians and made for a proud moment in television history. This is a hard-hitting film that inspires us to / photo question politicians.

Rated: PG-13

Overall: A / photo

‘Role Models’ modeled after funnier movies by bennett fuson When I first saw the trailer for “Role Models,” the new Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott comedy about two energy-drink promoters who are sentenced to community ser vice as youth mentors, I was beyond excited to see it on the big screen. Rudd, who has subtly taken the comedy world by storm with supporting rolls in “Anchorman” (as suave Brian Fantana), “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (as slightly obsessive clerk David), “Knocked Up” (as brother-in-law Pete) and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (as burnt-out surfer Chuck), has long deserved a lead role. And costar Scott, best known as Stiffler from the “American Pie” franchise, hasn’t been able to connect to a role quite like his sexed-up claim to fame, even with such cinematic masterpieces as “Mr. Woodcock” and “Southland Tales.” (Insert audience laughter here.) Unfortunately for both, “Role Models” isn’t quite what either star needs to begin his career as a leading man. Not that the effort wasn’t attempted; “Role Models” takes from every successful comedic element of recent cinema (raunchy

language, physical humor, subtlyracist/homophobic banter and geek culture, to name a few). But what “Role Models” lacks is a connecting stor y and characters to feel for, elements that other recent comedies have successfuly implemented (or at least tried). Rudd plays Danny, a pessimistic spokesman for Minotaur Energy Drink who fears he is wasting his life. Scott plays Wheeler, the company’s costumed mascot who is “living the dream!” When Danny crashes the company’s promotional truck (decked out in bull-horns and flame decals) into a school statue after a run-in with the cops, he and Wheeler are given a choice; serve 30 days in prison or 150 hours of community service. The two men choose the latter and are placed under the supervision of Sturdy Wings, a “Big Brother, Big Sister”-esque program run by Gayle (Jane Lynch, the disturbingly personal manager in “The 40-YearOld Virgin”). The two “bigs” are paired with their “littles:” Danny to Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin) and Wheeler to Ronnie (up-and-coming Bobb’e J. Thompson). Both pairs struggle to connect with each other but eventually find that they have more

in common with each other than they originally thought. What sets up “Role Models” for failure is its lack of originality. Rudd, whose characters are best known for selfdepreciating attitudes, does nothing to differentiate Danny from his other roles. Scott, meanwhile, cannot escape his Stiffler typecast; it’s not incorrect to say that Scott probably can’t play a character with a maturity level higher than a 14-yearold kid. Mintz-Plasses, who so ef fortlessly br ought back the awkwar dlycool popularity of being a geek in “Superbad,” also suffers from typecasting: his Augie is obsessed with a fantasy world akin to “Lord of the Rings.” Thompson, though, provides promise as scene-stealing Ronnie, although his salty language is sure to offend the faint-of-heart and put parental advisory groups up in arms. (12-year-old Thompson / PHOTO uses language that would offend grown men). “Role Models” will most likely do well at the box office, especially with the teenage crowd. But for the $10 movie ticket, don’t be surprised to feel a sense of emptiness or maybe even deja vu after watching the movie, because yes, you have seen that humor somewhere else before.

‘Role Models’ Starring: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott Rated: R

Directed By: David Wain Overall: B-



Despite having been moved several times, student finds ways to fit in BY SUSIE CHEN


or sophomore Brogan Bunnell, this school -the largest in the state with over 4,000 students- seems exceptionally big, considering she was born in a town of fewer than 2,000 people. “Carmel is the biggest place I’ve ever lived in,” she said via e-mail. “I usually have lived in pretty small towns. Carmel High School is also the biggest high school I’ve ever seen. All of the schools I went to didn’t even have half as many students are there are at Carmel High.” Bunnell has moved four times to five different cities, including St. George, UT, Granger, IN, Helena, AL, Waxhaw, NC and finally to Carmel. Waxhaw, with a population of only 7,400 people, is the smallest town of the five, while Carmel, with about 68,700 residents, is the largest. She was born in St. George, UT, which has a population of roughly around 65,000 according to the city’s Web site. She said that not much happened in the city. “There were no real events in St. Granger. But I was pretty little when I lived there, so I don’t remember that much,” she said. At age 4, Bunnell moved from St. George to Granger, where she resided for a year. From there, she moved to Helena, where she lived for three years, then moved to Waxhaw. Bunnell was 12 when she moved from North Carolina to Carmel. “I really did not want to move to Carmel in the first place because I loved North Carolina so much,” she said. “But Carmel has a lot more to do. There is something for everyone’s interests. Also, the high school offers a lot more and is more involved with the community and the problems in the world. Carmel is the biggest high school I have ever seen, and it offers more opportunities than I could ever imagine.” Freshman counselor Leslie Brown said via e-mail that it could sometimes take a while for students moving from smaller towns to adjust to Carmel. “The students certainly have to adjust to the size difference and in many cases, our curriculum is more rigorous than what they are used to. Also, our course offerings are very different because we can offer so much more due to our large size,” she said. Bunnell said what sets Carmel apart from the other places she has lived in are the events, such as CarmelFest or Seton Fest. “In the other places I lived, there wasn’t anything big like CarmelFest or anything like that. Carmel definitely has the most activities,” she said. In Helena, which has a population of around 13,000 people, Bunnell said that the most exciting event was

the crawfish boil, where big pots of crawfish were cooked for everyone to eat. “I never ate them,” she said. “But my parents did.” However, other than the crawfish boil, Bunnell said there was nothing significant in Helena. “Helena was a really small town. We always had to go to another town to do stuff or to go out to eat,” she said. The Carolina Renaissance Fair, which is open from October to November, was an event that Bunnell attended in Waxhaw, a city with around 8,000 residents. According to the HiLite “(The fair) had activities for the kids, and I remember they had student name list, there were these huge turkey legs for people 4,199 students registered to eat,” she said. “They also had at CHS as of the first day a lot of booths and shops where of school. We plan to cover you could buy toy swords and some of them randomly. This little knick-knacks. They mostly week, we feature number just had activities for the kids, and there was a ton of food. The whole thing was basically about the food.” According to the Carolina Renaissance Festival’s Web site, the festival is now one of the largest renaissance festivals For more information in the country. on our selection Of all the cities Bunnell has process, visit www. lived in, she said her best memories are from North Carolina. “Some of my best memories were with my soccer friends. I remember going to Myrtle Beach with my soccer team. We were all so close, so it was really fun. I really miss playing travel soccer. That’s what made moving from North Carolina so hard, because I really loved my soccer team and the area we lived in,” she said. Because of all the moving around, Bunnell said she has learned how to adapt to new situations and people. “I participate in extra-curricular activities to meet people. Like, I play soccer and have been playing it in each we have lived. At school, I am friendly and try to make as many friends as possible.” Brown said the school supports new students in finding a school activity to participate in. “We try to encourage new students to join a club or activity as soon as possible so that they can begin to feel like they are a part of the school, and they can met new friends,” she said. Although Carmel is the biggest city Bunnell has lived in, she said that the town retains a small community feel that she likes. “I feel like since I’ve lived in Carmel, everyone knows everyone,” she said. “It has that kind of small-town feeling that I’m used to.”




A ‘Thank You’ to the Veterans There are many different types of love. But this Veteran’s Day we will not be looking at the love of a spouse, the love of a parent, the love of a child or the love of a friend. This Veteran’s Day, we will honor those who showed the love for one’s country. It can be easy to say that the president, the vice president and even regular citizens like you and me love our country. However, it is even easier to believe the veterans for they not only professed their love, they proved it by willingly giving up their lives, their families and their home. Veterans are the reason that our American flag waves high and proud today. They were and are willing to die so that we can To have your love our lives, so that we could voice heard enjoy our lives. They found and contact, the continue to fight bravely day by day, night by night, so that we can the student speak without being , so that we section editor can worship without the fear of at mqiao@ death. They went through every minute not knowing if they would be alive the next. And now we can go through every night dreaming up our futures and bang able to live long enough to fulfill those dreams. They spent years away from their sweetheart so that we can live lifetimes with ours. Our veterans could’ve been discouraged with every gun shot, with every heart-wrenching scream, with every life lost, with every scar gained, with every heart shattered. They had the right to give up, but they persevered so that every morning we can stand up as proud Americans and say the pledge of allegiance. And although, I wouldn’t think twice about saying “No thanks, Let someone else go, I’ll do the praying.” They didn’t think twice about saying “Bring it on.” Thanks to them, our nation has had many victories and continues to be among the strongest in the world. So whether they fought then or whether they fight now, we thank them. From the nurses who nurtured the soldiers back to health, to the colonels who wouldn’t let them give up. We thank them for their unconditional love. We thank them for being more than ordinary people. We thank them for doing the extraordinary things. We thank them for becoming heroes of America.


Senior Nicole Fearrin shares her musical tastes Song currently playing: -“Stop” by Matchbox Twenty: “My dad loves Matchbox (Twenty) and he has all of their CDs and then I kind of fell in love with the band.”

Nathanson: “It’s a really upbeat and Playlists: -Running Music- “Which is it’s kind of a different beat.” usually angry or pump up music.” - “Crush” by David Archuleta: -Favorite Music- “”Oldies’. Mostly “I like it because I wanted David 90’s (music), because they’re oldies Archuleta to win American Idol. He was my favorite singer (on the show).” now.” Favorite Artists: -Radio Music- “Stuff I listen to -“How far we’ve come” by -Barenaked Ladies: “I like their Matchbox Twenty: “I think it’s just a in the car. Stuff you hear on 100.9 style.” FM.” good motivation song.” -Jason Mraz: “It’s kind of an easy -“Here in your arms” by flowing, rock-ish style.” Favorite Genre: Hellogoodbye: “I mainly love it -Goo Goo Dolls: “They’re just -“That’s hard, I wouldn’t put me in because I saw the music video.” classic. They’re just everything.” any specific genre. Usually what’s on -Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- “I the radio and ‘oldies’/’90s (music).” Artists with the most songs: don’t like all their “screamo” stuff. I -Goo Goo Dolls: 15 songs like their edited stuff.” Type of music with the largest -Foo Fighters: 3 CDs worth of -Three Days Grace- “I like number of songs: songs listening to them when I’m running.” -Pop, Rock, and Alternative -One Republic: 1 cd and a couple Rock“They’re the most interesting of various songs Favorite Songs: -Assorted Disney Music: 15 songs and most easy to listen to songs.” -“Come on get higher” by Matt Compiled by Maggie Brandenburg MIN QIAO/ PHOTO ILLUSTRATION


CARMEL VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION On Tuesday during SRT, there will be a ceremony celebrating and honoring veterans. This event is organized by Will Ellery and will be for all seniors to attend. In addition, Peter O’Hara, social studies teacher and retired soldier, and other veterans will speak. The ceremony will end with a student speaker, junior Parker Myers. WILL ELLERY/ SOURCE



Teens must learn about econ now


ecently, escaping chatter about the current economic plunge going out to eat, unnecessary shopping trips, and other recreational is a difficult feat. It seemed to happen overnight, this startling activities may be cut from the agenda of many families in attempts drop in economic well-being. However, what is possibly more to cut spending. frightening than the speed at which this situation has arrived, is Looking further out, students should also be concerned about the apathy that resides in our youth. The presiding idea, especially their college plans. Money is being stripped from investments all among students here, is that since the economy is something adults over, including college investments. High school teens today may deal with, the economy is something that will also only affect adults. not see the financial aid for college they were expecting from their This theory is blatantly wrong. parents. Banks are becoming more reluctant to Not to completely fault the students, one of grant loans, also. The instability of the banking the biggest problems is that this whole economy business right now requires them to further OUR STAND issue is hard for students to wrap minds around. examine how their money is being handled and Students don’t deal with it on a day-to-day basis where it is all going. so naturally it is not their expertise. But students And from a long-term perspective, because of need to take the time and effort to understand the the instability of the banking industry right now, economy because it is a problem that will affect some students may rethink that field of study, and their lives in both the near and long-term future. others like it, as a career. Several major banks In the near future, the downturn may affect have gone under in this economic downturn, so students’ ability to get part-time and summer choosing a job in the banking business – long jobs. According to Fox News, Chrysler is planning considered a low-risk, high-yield profession – may to lay off 25 percent of its “white-collar” prove to be an incredibly risky and financially employees, which translates to over 4,500 jobs sticky situation. – roughly the population of CHS. This is but of Also, as retirement and college funds deplete, dozens, maybe hundreds, of examples of how some current middle-aged citizens may not be able companies are cutting down on what they no to retire as early as they had hoped or provide the longer need in order to adapt to the economic amount of tuition for their children that they had swing. Where will those unemployed citizens turn planned. This may likely be where students feel until they can obtain another stable career? The the economic impact the most. Money is being easy-to-get, fairly minimum wage jobs – the jobs that high school stripped from investments all over the place – including college students currently hold. In many cases employers may choose an investments. High school teens today may not see the financial aid experienced middle-aged adult over a teen. Also, many businesses for college they were expecting from their parents. may simply not hire additional help in order to save money. It’s one Being educated on how to take care of money proves to be a of the few ways struggling companies can control their expenses, talent one can literally take to the bank. This process will soften and unfortunately this will impact students. the potential financial blow that could be possibly felt in the Another short-term affect students might notice is the change future. Other than preparing for what is to come, being aware of the in either abundance or price of Christmas gifts this year. This could country’s current economic status is important and beneficial. This spread to birthday gifts as well. In addition, the little things such as makes room for understanding as opposed to confusion.

Students need to take the time and effort to understand the economy because it is a problem that will affect their lives in both the near and long-term future.


Compiled by Maria LaMagna and Jinny Zhang

WHAT DO YOU CUT BACK ON BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN? “I don’t go out to eat as much any more, and I’ve cut back on going to Starbucks.”


“We can’t go shopping as much, and I look for things that are on sale.”



Hearing voices in one’s head may not be all bad DANCING THRU LIFE BY AMY FLIS Now that the elections are over, we can get back to more important topics—such as questioning my sanity. In light of the media’s recent focus on politics and in an effort to bring a little levity to the serious politically-minded media, I’ve looked into research done on hearing voices in your head, and there is a surprising amount of it. The conventional medical causes of hearing voices, as stated in the article “Hearing voices: Explanations and implications” in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, include drug side effects, brain lesions and culturally-sanctioned phenomena. However, according to researchers at the University of Manchester, hearing voices in your head is not necessarily a symptom of insanity. In fact, many of the people they questioned in the study said the voices wer e positive and encouraging, even helping to motivate them from day to day. This investigation was done after

Dutch research found that one in 25 people r egularly hears voices, a number much higher than previously conjectured. That means that, statistically, about one person in each of your classes and 168 at this school hear voices in their heads. I n t e r e s t i n g l y, t h e r e i s a n international organization and Web site devoted to the topic. That organization is INTERVOICE, started in 1997 with 18 member countries as of June 2007 according to an article on medicalnewstoday. com. “We think our site is very distinctive from the way mental health and psychiatric sites usually provide information about hearing voices,” Marius Romme, professor of psychiatry and president of the INTERVOICE, said according to the article. “For a start we do not automatically assume that hearing voices is in itself a problem. On this site we have not only provided information about ways of overcoming the difficulties faced by the estimated 4 (percent) of women, men and children who hear voices across the world, but have also provided information about the more positive aspects of the experience as well as the cultural, alternative and spiritual perspectives, recognising the historical significance

Statistically, about one person in each of your classes and 168 at this school hear voices in their heads.

of this important variation in human behaviour.” It is true that many historical and mythological events have involved some sort of voice, although it is often assumed the voice was divine or prophetic. However, this recent data raises the question of what these events were. They have been worshipped as divine interventions, but on the other hand, they could merely be a result of the variation in human behavior, in an event which happened to occur in a way open to symbolic, grand interpretation. Ironically, trivial research on voice hearers points toward conjectures that could cripple the supposed accuracy and validity of many religious texts. Could such religious visions really have been only a part of a random behavioral pattern? Considering how influential those visions have been, it seems inconceivable. As with anything religious, the possibilities in interpretation are infinite. I will go no farther in conjecture on this topic beyond saying that the implications are as infinitely amusing as they are infinitely incomprehensible. It is important to note what it means to hear voices. I hear voices in an “I’m not crazy but I do talk to myself” kind of way. In my case, I have learned to internalize conversations with myself in order to avoid looking like a freak literally talking to myself. However, the voice I hear is my own, which doesn’t quite count (I think that then qualifies me as sane!). In studies conducted by Romme, the

participants are usually disturbed by their voices and cannot attribute a source to them. However, the Dutch researchers noted above stated in their findings that there are likely more people who hear voices and do not seek help than there are people who do seek help. Even if voice hearing ever becomes more prominent and accepted by society, the voices heard in historically auditory visions will not be discredited entirely. If there ever is a concrete scientific explanation for such occurrences, the very fact that they occur in such a manner as to cause such an improbable, stupendous impact still makes them astounding. No matter the research, that will not change. On that final note, I will heed the voices in my head and stop talking now. Amy Flis is the editor in chief of the HiLite. Contact her at


“Gas is expensive, so I don’t drive that much.”


“We buy a lot more in bulk, like from Costco and stuff.”

A “celebration of hearing of voices as part of the diversity of human experience and increase awareness of the fact you can hear voices and be healthy.” MEDICALNEWSTODAY.COM / SOURCE


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Economic Teachers work extra, do not get paid extra crisis affects sports fans chompin’ at the bit By Lily Zhao The slumping economy and dropping stock market have affected millions of people in the United States, especially the average sports fan. With ticket prices sky-rocketing and investment plans dropping, fans are not packing the stadiums like they used to. Instead, those same “Joe SixPacks” who were once cheering on their respective teams in the stands a decade ago, are now being relegated to the couch. But even through tough economic times, many leagues are being affected in diverse ways. According to and, the NHL and NBA are trying to keep their ticket prices affordable, while the NFL and college football teams have some of the highest priced tickets. Fortunately for NCAA football, its fans are extremely loyal to their teams (schools like Texas, Ohio State and Florida come to mind), making the sport recession-proof. However, high school sports and NASCAR have felt the economic slump more than most. In college football, over 17 million fans have attended a Division I-A game this season, setting a NCAA record; but, that doesn’t quell the fact that rising fuel, equipment and plane ticket costs have made it a travel nightmare for smaller teams, especially the teams in the geographically diverse Western Athletic Conference (WAC)—members range from Hawaii to Idaho—where, for example, the Hawaii Warriors spent over $300,000 just to fly to California to play. Not only are smaller schools affected, but this slump has affected the nation’s richest athletic department: Ohio State. According to, the Buckeyes had to chock up over $340,000 to play the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Also, many Georgia Bulldog fans could not attend the match-up between the Alabama Crimson Tide because there wasn’t enough gas available in Georgia. But fortunately for some athletic directors, loyal fans at larger universities are paying for their expenses with $5001000 tickets. However, the bowl games at the end of the season are seeing a lower turnout in recent years, for if there is not enough attraction to a certain bowl game, fans will not be willing to travel, prompting many sports commissioners to think if they should choose teams physically closer to that bowl destination. Similarly, NFL fans are outraged by the fact that many tickets are so overpriced—a ridiculous $25,000 can purchase season tickets in New York—that only higherend customers can afford to see games live. Looking back two decades, the same families who once attended the games are now watching them from flat screen TVs at home. But consider the NFL season-ticket holder. For many teams, waiting lists for season tickets stretch for miles, but thanks to dropping stock prices, fans have a decision to make. For example, many New York Jets fans who have been tailgating for decades, now ponder whether they should buy the one-time PSLs (around $1,667 for a seat) just so that they can buy tickets (an increase of $120 a seat, up from $80 this year) and a required parking pass ($20). And at this point, fans simply don’t have a choice. If the economy doesn’t recover soon, the executives of most sports will have to contemplate whether or not its worth having advertisements, season tickets and naming rights at games. But in the meantime, loyal fans will be stuck at home while corporate big wigs will be watching games in their overpriced, overpaid luxury boxes. Lily Zhao is a sports editor for the HiLite. Contact her at

Loyal fans will be stuck at home while corporate big wigs will be watching games in their overpriced, overpaid luxury boxes.

In response to your Friday, Oct. 17 editorial “Contract Dispute Should Not Affect Students,” let me clarify that teachers do not receive “overtime” pay for any work that is done beyond contract hours, unless it is part of an extra-curricular or co-curricular assignment. In the spring of 2006, after protracted and acrimonious contract negotiations, Carmel teachers “worked to the contract” while continuing to provide a full academic experience for their students within the contract day, but scaling back the extra, voluntary activities that so many of them generously provide beyond the contract day. It was never a situation where teachers were expecting “overtime”

and not getting it. Let’s put it this way, say you’ve been giving a friend who lives on the other side of town a ride to school every day for three years at no charge. One day you say to him, “You know, gas prices have really gone up, and I’m feeling a serious financial pinch - do you mind chipping in a little to help me out?” Your friend responds by saying, “No way! You’ve always given me a ride for free, so that’s what I’m expecting you to continue to do.” How do you respond? Do you continue giving him a ride—and cut back even more on things you need for yourself? Or do you exercise your prerogative to not be taken advantage of?

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Regardless of who wins, reform is needed oh yes he did! by bennett fuson It’s over! For those uninterested in politics, take a quick moment to breathe a sigh of relief. No longer will you have to listen to endless sound bytes of Barack Obama promising change or John McCain preaching reform. No longer will you have to worry yourselves with who’s leading who in polling results, or who stopped where in the Lower 48 to make a stump speech. No, my friends, you will not have to worr y about any of these things. Instead, you get to worry about the future of our country! As I write this, there are 10 days left in the election. It was hard to watch the news for more than 30 seconds without seeing Obama’s or McCain’s face at least once. (I haven’t been able to since Oct. 18th .) As a fan of politics, I can’t complain: this was like the playoffs for me and my like-minded peers. But as I continue to watch the news, in between clips of stump speeches and hand-shaking, I can’t help but notice that we are in an increasingly desperate position. The DOW Industrial can’t stay up for very long without falling down, pushing over other world markets as it tumbles. And that’s not the end of it all. Our healthcare and education systems are slowly but surely bottoming out (but gaining momentum), our foreign relations are starting to turn on us, and domestically, we can’t agree on how to fix anything,

let alone everything. Big shoes to fill, right? This is the country that either Barack Obama or John McCain could face. And, while you are reading this, one of them is getting ready for that ver y challenge. But here’s the million-dollar question: Can they handle it? Better yet, can we handle it? This country was not built by one man, nor has it ever been saved solely by one man, either. Rather, it has been the grit and determination of the population as a whole to grin and bear the burden. During the Great Depression, one of the lowest point of this country’s history, President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t just shoulder the weight of the financial crisis himself. He and his Congress embarked on a drastic overhaul of policy, but his actions were for naught until they were carried out by the American people. As a result of the determination for a better country, we as a people strove toward perfection with daring speed. Do we have what it takes to do that again? I think so, although I don’t know if we necessarily want to have what it takes. Both candidates make appealing arguments for reform, but talk is cheap if it isn’t followed up with action. Today’s society is not quite as gung-ho on national unity as it was 75 years ago. (National unity, it turns out, doesn’t help purchase the new iPhone). Correct me if I’m wrong, but I really can’t see any students here bending over backwards to aid in a community service project to further our economy. Here’s the thing that, if for nothing else, you should take away from this: no matter who won on Tuesday, we as a country need to be as determined to bring about change as our candidates. Otherwise, it’s over for the nation as we know it. Bennett Fuson is an entertainment editor for the HiLite. Contact him at

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Women may surpass men in athleticism in future April Fool’s Baby by sarah sheafer In the early to mid 20th century, the proposal of women outshining men in any sport was unheard of. However, a new study provides evidence of the possibility of women competing alongside men not only in the Olympic 100m, but also winning the race. As a female athlete, I am tired of hearing about men surpassing women. Not only does Hussein Bolt have the title of “fastest male runner,” but also “fastest runner period.” If just even once a female could receive a title like that, then there would be a breakthrough in athletic history. Even though it is unlikely that women could ever outrun men, I would never say “never.” For years, researchers have been studying the development of male and female runners. According to a study done by Oxford University in 2004, in the 2156 Olympics the women’s fastest sprint time will be 8.079 seconds and the men’s will be 8.098 seconds. Researchers made this conclusion by comparing male and female Olympic 100m times since 1900. The first women’s 100m event took place in Amsterdam, where the winning time was 12.2 seconds compared with the men’s 10.8 seconds. W ith a dif ference of 1.4 seconds. By 1952 the gap narrowed to 1.1 seconds. Even though there are many speculations on the proposal of the fastest runner becoming a female, I hope that it will one day come true. Because I am a member of this school’s track and field team and am surrounded by female athletes, I was immediately elated by this

news. Never before have I seen a female outshine a male in an event like this. If it were to ever occur, it would not only be a turning point in athletics history, but a momentous day for all women. However, many scientists have rebuked this prediction. They believe that a woman’s physical limit will stop her fr om ever catching up to men and that the record times of both sexes are leveling off, making time of 8.1 seconds unlikely. It was proposed by some scientists that women only needed more experience, better training

Never before have I seen a female outshine a male in an event like this. If it were to ever occur, it would not only be a turning point in athletics history, but a momentous day for all women. and stronger coaching to outshine their male counterparts. This idea is now largely discredited for Olympic events because researchers say that a woman’s biological thread is holding her back. Even though not every man is inherently better than every woman, a male’s testosterone, build and heart gives him the better advantage. A very lean, well-trained woman will be faster than a less fit man but this is not the issue in the Olympics, where every athlete is the world’s best. Another speculation brought on by scientists is that women are better endurance athletes than men. According to runnersworld. com, “In the 1977 U.S. 100-mile

Championships, Natalie Cullimore placed second among all finishers. Her time was the fourth fastest ever run by an American of either sex.” In 1992, it was proposed that women would beat men in the marathon by 1998. Since 1998 has already come and gone, this was obviously discredited. In fact, from 1990 to 1998, the time gap between the women’s marathon world record and the men’s increased from 14:16 to 14:42. How could women be slowing down? The answer is because random out-ofcompetition drug testing started in 1989. This brought the end to the massive sports systems that had been giving per formanceenhancing drugs to athletes. This possibly could have affected the time gap because women benefit more from steroid drugs. However, in this century, women are becoming faster again, shown by Paula Radcliffe with the marathon world record in 2:15:25 in April 2003. With her race, she lowered the time gap. But will the gap ever close? Most would answer with “No way.” According to runnersworld. com, “Women (A) burn fat slightly better than men, at least when they haven’t eaten recently; and (B) burn simple sugars (sports drinks and gels) better than men; but (C) don’t store glycogen as well as men when carbo-loading. By the time you add A and B, then subtract C, you get...basically no difference. And women still have to lug around that annoying body fat. For this and other reasons, women have a significantly lower maximum aerobic capacity, on average, than men.” Even though the consensus of opinion says it is unlikely that women will ever outrun men, I will still keep an open mind. Nothing has been fully proven and unless scientists can step into the future and take a peek at the 2156 Olympics, no one can determine the future outcome. Sarah Sheafer is a feature editor for the HiLite. Contact her at

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Page B8 • Thursday, November 6, 2008 • 15 Minutes of Fame Who started the Jabbawockeez?

Actually, we were tr ying to help two girls to see what they wanted to do for a trike team. I left for a second, and when I came back, everybody was smiling. When I came back, my buddy said, ‘I have the best idea.’ And he said Jabbawockeez. So we told the girls, ‘You guys aren’t doing that.’ And that’s kind of how it started.

Where did you guys find the inspiration for the costumes?

We base our whole idea off of the real Jabbawockeez. Our other inspiration comes from Vogue and Teen Magazine. Glamour, too. (Michael) Zervic bought them offline.

‘Carmel Jabbawockeez. RECOGNIZE.’

-michael ‘ m i k e ’ M e s t e t s k y, J a b b a w oc k e e z m e m b e r

These five upperclassmen have created a movement here with their hip-hop and break dancing skills featured in their dance group, Jabbawockeez By Tommy Sneider

And the talent show money?

I spent it on the High School Musical 2 soundtrack.

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senior michael ‘mike’ mestetsky

What’s the most difficult part?

Getting everybody coordinated, as far as like schedule because five of us have different schedules, so just getting everybody together is really tough.

What’s the weirdest reaction you have gotten from a fan?

At Homecoming, we wer e down at the stadium and doing what we do and there was a girl, and she freaked out and she was yelling and screaming and asked us to sign something and treated us like real celebrities. It’s so much fun, just by wearing the shirts to take the pictures people were talking about us, so it’s really cool.

maris schiess / photos steven chen / graphic maris schiess/photos

Anything else you’d like to add?

I think overall it was really fun and just it’s a pretty good example of how to participate in the school. It just makes it a good year.

senior derek jamerson

What’s your favorite part about the group?

How hyped the crowd gets, just how excited people get and how it’s so different cause you’re not used to it, cause they get so excited.

Do you guys have plans to continue this in the future?

Yeah. This year for sure, probably not next year.

Where do you get inspiration for your moves?

Our inspiration comes from the dance crew on the TV show “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and they won the show and the whole series so we thought they were the most original. Mine just comes from local dancers or amateurs online, like moves from them on YouTube or something.

senior michael ‘mike’ zervic

What’s the weirdest reaction you guys have gotten from your fans?

Just the amount of support, how people just when they see us their reaction afterwards just kind of blows us away, like that big of a reaction.

junior ilya soyfer

Carmel High School, get into dance culture.

What’s your favorite dance move?

I like to break dance, so the side swipe. It’s a break dance move, I do stuff on the ground and do a 360.

It just kind of comes from the heart.

We may have some special events, like W inter For mal or Dance Marathon; we might do something special for that. We like to keep our events under wraps.

And the talent show money?

Shoot, I spent it on gas. (laughs) Gas and food, we’re making a living off of our shows.

I used to be on a dance team when I was in Korea. I danced for like two or three years, so that helped me. It was hip hop break dance pop and lock, and we practiced an hour a week.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Where do you get the inspiration for your moves?

Do all of you guys plan to continue it in the future?

Where do you get inspiration for your dance moves?

Anything else you’d like to add?

Basically we wanted to go out with a bang this year, since you only take with you what you leave behind, and we wanted to show Carmel High School the Class of 2009 is going big, we wanted to go out with bang and kind of have an example of what other classes should follow and how spirited they should be.

What’s the weirdest reaction you guys have gotten from a fan?

senior kyle yoon

I guess Carmel doesn’t have many break dance or hip hop dance teams, so I guess a lot of people were kind of lost since there’s not many guys who do dance teams. A lot of people thought it was more of a show rather than actual dancing.

Dance companies have upcoming performances by ellie seta When most people think of the traditional “Nutcracker,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is tutus, tiaras and men in tights. But for senior Kiersten Walter, none of these apply. Walter is a cast member of Gregory Hancock’s “Nutcracker.” With several other “Nutcracker” productions in the Indianapolis area, all of which are classical ballet productions, Hancock’s “Nutcracker” has several unique elements that puts it in a league of its own. Unlike the classical version, Hancock’s “Nutcracker” is completely modern with a contemporary dance style and also follows a different storyline altogether. However, it still shares some relatable elements with the classical version. “In (Hancock’s) ‘Nutcracker’, Clara (the main character) is a homeless girl and is given a nutcracker by a homeless man,” Walter said. “Instead of the traditional party scene, our show is set on the streets of Manhattan.” In the traditional version, Clara goes to the Land of Sweets, but Walter said that in Hancock’s version, Clara travels around the world, and people of different nationalities dance for her. “The music is very relevant to the different nations,”

Walter said. “It sends a good message by incorporating different nationalities.” Sophomore Julie Bloom, who is also in Hancock’s production, said that the music is part of what makes the show unique. “(Hancock) specifically picks out each music,” Bloom said. “He does not use the classical ‘Nutcracker’ soundtrack.” On the other hand, Lori Schbach, a director of the Indianapolis School of Ballet, said that it is the tradition that makes the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s classical “Nutcracker” a great production. “Our ‘Nutcracker’ is truly Indianapolis’s ‘Nutcracker’,” Schbach said. “When we combine the classical music of Tchaikovsky with the beautiful costumes and choreography, it creates a truly wonderful ballet.” Although it is primarily a modern production, Bloom said that ballet is still applied to the Hancock’s “Nutcracker” in the choreography of Clara and the Sugar Plum fairy. Walter said that production is unique not only because of the unique plot and music, but also because the choreography, while overseen by Hancock, is completely student taught. Also, the cast is completely made up of kids ages six to 18. “For the most part, we use the same choreography year after year,” Walter said. “So the older (dancers) that have learned the choreography (in previous years)

teach the younger (dancers).” But perhaps the most pinnacle aspect of Hancock’s production is the overall theme of the show. Walter said that unlike the theme of the traditional “Nutcracker,” Hancock’s “Nutcracker” is much more meaningful. “Clara begins to find love in other places,” Walter said. Bloom also said that the theme plays a very important part of the show. “It is about knowing that you always have family around even if you are not necessarily related to them,” Bloom said. Bloom also said that the element of surprise plays a part in the appeal of Hancock’s “Nutcracker”. “In the traditional ballet version you know what to expect and the basic storyline,” Bloom said. “But in (Hancock’s) you go in not knowing anything or what to expect.” Although Schbach is affiliated with a classical ballet production, she still said that she enjoys seeing other people’s perspectives of this otherwise classical show. Overall, Walter said that Hancock’s “Nutcracker” is a show that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. “It is definitely a different twist on the classical version,” Walter said. “Most people misunderstand modern (dance) and think that it is weird. But if you give it a chance it is not only more enjoyable (than the traditional), but also sends a better message.”

“nutcracker” performances Indianapolis School of Ballet: • Dec. 19, 20, 21 Indiana Ballet Company: • Dec. 8 Butler Ballet Theatre: • Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 Gregory Hancock: • Dec. 5, 6, 7 Central Indiana Dance Ensemble: • Dec. 5, 6, 7 / Source

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Purpose Acumen is an occasional publication serving to supplement the HiLite. Acumen is distributed to the students, faculty and staff of Carmel High School. This publication operates as a public forum for the school and community. Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily representative of those held by CHS, the Carmel Clay system faculty, staff or administration.

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BY BEVERLY JENKINS AND MALLORY ST. CLAIRE, “Issues swing left and right. It’s human nature,” U.S. History teacher Karen Taff said. “Americans tend to be a forwardlooking people — instead of re-living the past, we always think we are inventing ‘new’ and that we will invariably ‘get it right’ the next time. That is what makes it fun to watch.” With the advent of the Internet and youth engagement in the recent presidential election, young people across the nation are getting involved at national and local levels. With politically inclined groups such as the Students for Barack Obama club and activism clubs like Amnesty International, LifeLines and The Healthy Environment Club, many students here are up to date and impassioned on many of the current issues in the world today. Clubs such as Amnesty International


Issues rise and fall throughout the decades, but stay fundamentally the same deal with human rights issues that are more timeless. Other clubs, such as The Healthy Environment (T.H.E.) Club, have been formed in response to more current issues. “There has been a lot more attention than ever before about environmental causes,” Rachel Johnson, T.H.E. Club co-president and senior, said. Johnson said that she believes that the club’s relatively recent creation is related to the fact that people are beginning to see the effects of global warming and what happens when the planet isn’t properly taken care of. On the contrary, Taff highlighted

In This Issue Dear readers, Nowadays, it is a rare thing to be able to walk down the hallway without seeing students text messaging on their miniature cell phones while “jamming” to their iPods. But what were the trends and fads that captivated previous generations, now lost to the progress that inevitably comes with time? Take a look back through the HiLite time capsule at the culture of yesterday. Who knows what you might recognize.

Ariel Aisen Acumen Editor


that the environment was still an important issue back when she was a student here, albeit for very different reasons. “The first Earth Day (was in) 1973,” she said. Taff also mentioned that she remembers at the time the idea was more about anti-pollution than current issues the population faces such as global warming and recycling. Taff also cited other issues as being timeless and always of importance to students here as well. “Immigration is not a new issue and there was an energy crisis in the ’70s,” she said. Taff also cited topics such as the economic and energy crises. While the issues may not fade out completely, students’ interest in them might, which could explain the recent resurrection of environmental awareness. Some issues, however, will never fade away. Members of Amnesty International, such as senior Kevin Wang, feel that raising the awareness of human suffering has always been an issue. “The beliefs in the unalienable rights of all people was a key factor in the founding of the U.S., and these beliefs have stood the test of time. It is these beliefs in the unalienable rights of all people that have been the driving factor behind Amnesty International throughout its nearly 50 years of existence,” Wang said. While issues earning global attention change throughout the years, the core root of the subject seems to remain the same. “Interest in the environment should not be just a fad,” Johnson said. “Over time, interest grows and people get more involved with a topic.”

FROM THE 10.3 ISSUE Dawn Laumeyer is honorably discharged, not retired, from the Marines in “Troops to Teachers.”

PLANET POWER: Rachel Johnson (left) and Matthew Kanitra, T.H.E. Club copresidents and seniors, lead a meeting. T.H.E. Club was founded two years ago.

COVER PHOTO: Photo illustration by Ariel Aisen, Evelyn Forbes and Jinny Zhang

DID YOU KNOW? T.H.E. Club was started by alum Neil Ahrendt ‘07 in 2006.




Students look to fashion trends of the past for their current wardrobes


BY MONICA RICE What goes around comes around, especially in the world of fashion. While some trends, such as Ugg boots, may fade, it is apparent that many styles of clothing have worked their way up from mere trends to classics. While trends continue to captivate the style-savvy on a regular basis, the true test of fashion is seemingly in its longevity; a style’s ability to stand the test of time or even to recapture an audience’s attention is the true definition of a classic. Fashion-minded sophomore Hnin Hnin Ei says that while she dresses in whatever she feels like wearing, there is a retro-vibe to her outfits on any given day. For instance, on the day of the interview, Ei is dressed in an outfit reminiscent of the 1950s, elegant and graceful. According to fashion-era. com, a website devoted to those influenced by retro fashions, “vintage is in the eye of the beholder.” While the term “vintage” as pertaining to clothing can fluctuate, collectors and sellers of vintage fashion define it as anything from the 1960s or 1970s. Anything later is considered contemporary. “I dress in what’s comfortable to me,” Ei said. Influenced by her mother, who Ei says “does not dress like anyone else,” she also takes influence from fashion runways and magazines as well as other cultures. Likewise, senior Tobi Haslett said he draws inspiration for his out-of-the-ordinary outfits from a few sources. Unlike Ei, Haslett claims financial reasons are his style muse. “My own cheapness is constant inspiration,” Haslett said. He usually shops at stores such as Goodwill and Rag-O-Rama to find thrifty clothing in order to dress on a budget. Ei also takes price into consideration, as she

describes her mother, who usually foots the shopping bill, as someone who doesn’t like to pay more than she has to for anything. However, while price is important, there are stores where Haslett prefers not to shop, while Ei said she doesn’t have a preference. “Hollister is too expensive for me and smells like pre-teen boys,” Haslett said of what is perhaps one of the most popular stores among students at this school, if the logoed shirts seen in the halls are any clue to its widespread popularity. While price is a major factor in Haslett’s clothing choices, so is practicality, given his mode of transportation to and from school. “I ride my bike to school, so stilettos and mini-skirts don’t play a big part in how I dress myself,” Haslett said. Ei said she takes current fashion trends to heart when shopping and piecing outfits together, unlike Haslett, whose only (unintentional) trend-following moments

occur when his outfits include plaid. Haslett may not necessarily follow the current trends, but he said that some are questionable, like the popular boot, Uggs. “(They remind me of) Vikings. They look heavy enough to kick in doors and stuff, making them the ideal boots for raping and pillaging,” Haslett said.


RETRO VIBE: Sophomore Hnin Hnin Ei shows off her style. She said she prefers to wear clothes based on comfort as opposed to popularity.

DID YOU KNOW? Late French designer Yves Saint Laurent made androgyny in fashion popular in the mid 1900s.



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A look back at the way our school used to be through memories of former students and pictures from Pinnacle yearbooks through the years BY CASSIE DUGAN AND JULIE KIPPENBROCK,


enerations come and generations go. Just a glance through some old yearbooks and one can easily see how this school has come so far not only in its size and physical stature, but also the development of its student body. It has always been and always will be filled with thoughts of dating, schoolwork and this Friday’s social event. But the routes students take while students swaggering to their classes, how their schedule is organized and even how they walk in and out of the school has altered through the years. In 1975, current Assistant Athletic Director Bruce Wolf was a senior here. According to Wolf, not only has this school changed physically since it opened its doors 87 years ago in 1921, but many traditions have changed as well. Wolf said that when he attended this school 33 years ago, only around 1,500 students were enrolled. On top of that, this school only consisted of sophomores, juniors and seniors, leaving the freshmen left to complete ninth grade at their middle school. Since then, freshmen have been introduced in this school just recently, some 28 years or less. Yet, this school was not always only three or four grades. When construction on this school began 87 years ago, it was designed to house grades one through 12, a sporting a gymnasium, library and 600-seat auditorium. A large addition was added in 1939,


including a swimming pool, auditorium and new classrooms. In 1955, a new building was opened at its present site. A freestanding building, which is the building Wolf remembers walking to under a covered walkway, was added next to the original building in 1977. The final improvements were completed in 1993, finishing the building we know today, minus the recently built Freshmen Center. A smoking lounge acted as a service to students throughout the day. According to social studies teacher Matt Dillon, when he was a senior here in 1989, the smoking lounge was still in use. “We had a smoking lounge but you had to be 16 to use it. (The school) got rid of it, not because the law changed, but the kids wouldn’t throw their (cigarette) butts away,” Dillon said. Unlike the current Block schedule, recently implemented in the ‘90s, Dillon experienced a seven period day. “There was no SRT and classes were 50 or 55 minutes,” Dillon said. The lunch system was also different back in the day. Dillon explains that in the late ‘80s, there was only one cafeteria for the entire school. Wolf added that when he was a student, there were only three lunches, A, B and C. According to Wolf, D lunch was added sometime in the ‘80s. This was to supplement the growing Greyhound population. The Homecoming festivities and the built-in SRT were non-existent prior to the ‘90s. SRT was added to the schedule during this time, which was also when the school switched to the block schedule. Also, the graduation ceremony took place in the gymnasium rather than at the Pepsi Colosseum

or the Verizon Wireless Music Center, and Homecoming activities were quite dif ferent. According to Wolf, the Homecoming dance is fairly new. Music didn’t use to fill the halls like they do now during Homecoming week. The float tradition also ended recently. The trail many students walk every day wasn’t a problem either. In fact, where Greyhound Station now stands, there used to be a parking lot. In addition to physical changes, the student body here has experienced both dynamic and static eras. “I think our biggest strength is that we are a big school and we can offer kids lots of opportunities that other smaller schools can’t offer,” Wolf said. Athletics, according to Dillon, have been consistently good on top of the fact that it has always been a larger school. “The school has always been pretty good,” Dillon said. “We are at a school of champions and that didn’t happen in 2008. It has been an ongoing process.” In some cases, the phrase “Tradition Never Graduates” stands true. An example includes that of booing underclassmen. Dillon said that the youngest kids here have always been booed, just back then the sophomores were booed as opposed to the freshmen since freshmen were not attending the high school yet. Despite the multiple phases of construction and generations of students coming and going, some things will always stay the same. Wolf said, “One of the things that hasn’t changed is Carmel is a great place.”

DID YOU KNOW? Social Studies teacher Matt Dillon was an Ambassador when he attended this school.

A visual examination of how the school and its students have changed with old photos from the Pinnacle yearbook



SAME NAME: The class of 1973 showed their spirit by decorating the old CHS nameplate (above left). Today’s students would find it difficult to reach the modern nameplate on the west side of the building (above right). BRIGHT IDEA: The 1972 senior hallway resembled a street with its unique lighting (far left). Today’s senior hall lacks the sophisticated aura of yesteryear (left).



DID YOU KNOW? Performing Arts teacher Rachel Tookolo was on the HiLite staff when she attended this school.


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Decades of Music

Sounds and styles of rock and roll music developed over time and across the globe, but heart transcends generations 1970s- Punk scene: “I Belong To The Blank Generation”

1950s- birth of Rock and Roll: “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Eye of the Beholder

By Renny Logan

1940s- Swing Music: “It Don’t Mean a Thing” In August of 1935, Benny Goodman gave a performance at the Palomar Ballroom that pulled swing music out of the woodwork and into the mainstream. The public, hungry for an outlet during the Great Depression, devoured the fledgling genre. More and more, the forefathers of the genre gained recognition. Names like Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington dominated the scene. The genre remained popular until the late 1940s, surviving through the age of the vocalists. / Photos

Where’s the “We” in Team? Made in Italy

By Tommy Sneider In the morning, when you turn on ESPN’s “Sportscenter,” viewers are overwhelmed not just with the scores of the team but the stats of the players. Back in the day, sports used to be all about teamwork. Football used to be about unity. Basketball used to be about teamwork. But times have changed. Players are more about “me” than “we.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll and its hillbilly younger brother Rockabilly soon replaced swing. The swing kings gave way to rock rebels like Fats Domino, Bill Haley and the Comets and, of course, Elvis Presley. Big Bands of the swing genre became 5-piece bands, more of what we see today in modern music.

1960s- British Invasion: “You Say You Want a Revolution” The 1960s was a time of great change for this nation. The Vietnam War, feminism, environmentalism, the Cold War and the fight for racial equality represent a few of the major issues of the time. During this upheaval, music flourished and went numerous directions. Above all, the waves of musicians from Britain dominated the music scene. The most well known, the Beatles, continue as an enormous influence on the music of that time as well as that of today.

While mainstream America danced beneath disco balls, the punk scene was gaining recognition in the underground. Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ 1977 debut, titled “Blank Generation,” included the title-track that perfectly described the genre. Common attributes of the punk scene includes the “DIY” (Do It Yourself) ethic, as well as an anti-establishment attitude found in almost any lyrics of artists like Patti Smith or groups like the Subhumans.

1980s- Glam Metal: “These go to 11” When I think of metal, I think of its roots, Black Sabbath and NWOBHM ( N e w Wa v e O f B r i t i s h Heavy Metal). But for many, the 1980s American glam metal scene comes to mind. Band members sported big hair, makeup and, worst of all, spandex. Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Rat are some of the most noteworthy.

For example, when Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson said he would dance on the Dallas Cowboys star, NBA players that score 50 points every other night (LeBron James and Kobe Bryant specifically), and Pacman Jones, who is not only selfish but also stupid for ruining his chances to remain in the NFL. The list goes on and on, but in the long run, it’s only going to hurt the game. In today’s statistics-oriented sports world, what remains are statistics about players. You no longer hear only about the team that’s succeeding right now, but rather which player has the most passing yards, who scored six touchdowns, or which player rushed for 150 rushing yards. The closest thing to teamwork is the defense stat on some fantasy football leagues. Carmel sports are not like this. Every week, the football team comes out as a unit, showing the team pride and uniting in the middle of the field. Carmel’s team is not based around one singular player. When the team wins games, it’s going to be because of the team as a whole rather than just one individual. However, in the NFL and other professional sports, this is not the case. The putting of names on jerseys has slowly trickled down in a few college teams, and some high school teams as well. This has not been the case at Carmel. The lack of students’ last names on the jerseys is but one of the many examples of team unity. In the past weeks, we have seen the crosscountry team dressing the same, most notably stay classy

1990s- Seattle Sound: “We Die Young” The demise of the glam metal scene came crawling out of Seattle and became known as grunge. With messy, unkempt appearances and angst-ridden lyrics, bands like Alice In Chains, Nir vana and Candlebox were ver y much the antipode of 1980s glam metal divas.

Thursday. The football team shaved their heads in mohawks, coming together as one unit. Every year, the swimming team follows the same traditions such as dressing up on certain days or dying hair blonde and then shaving it all off. IU and Notre Dame have long maintained the tradition of not having player’s names on the back of jerseys. In an article in The Indianapolis Star, a reporter asked Tom Crean if he would put the names of the players on the jerseys, due to players that nobody has heard of. Crean refused, basing his response on the long history of tradition at the school. Carmel is no different. The traditions the school’s teams have are examples of team unity, and they have left their mark on the performance of the teams not only in the past but recently too. The football team won State last year, and that unity has been shown all season long. The women’s swimming team has won 22 straight titles, and is aiming for 23 this season. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams have been exceptional all year, being ranked number one for most of the season. None of those sports are won due to one person’s individual effort. Rather, the team as a whole needs to unite in order to win, and those teams as well as all of the other sports at this school have shown their excellence. This is not only due to great individual athletes. This is because of the unity of the team. As a whole. Tommy Sneider is a reporter for the Hilite. Contact him at



Top 8 most influential films in movie history ‘Citizen Kane’ (1941)

‘Roundhay Garden Scene’ (1888)


‘Star Wars’ (1977)


Warning-bold statement ahead: Without this film, there would be no James Cameron, Wachowski Brothers, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich or even George Lucas. Although his first two films, “THX-1138” and “American Graffiti” are influential in their own right, “Star Wars” created an empire for him. It pioneered advances in special effects and inspired several other filmmakers like the ones I mentioned to create watershed blockbuster spectacles.

While this film is tame by today’s standards, in 1967 it was the most controversial film around. In the midst of mainstream epics like “Camelot” and “The Dirty Dozen,” its story of a college graduate’s affair with an older woman and friend of his parents was edgy and even a little shocking. One could credit it as one of the first films to inject audiences with harsh reality instead of providing typical Hollywood escapism.

‘Breathless’ (1960)


This film set the standard for films regardless of genre. With its nonlinear structure, it inspired a multitude of films to break the rules of narrative (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Memento,” etc.). It’s also widely considered the “Best Film Ever Made” among critics. Although I disagree (there is such a huge variety of films of different genres that I think it’s impossible to determine one “best”), I must admit the fact that this film made such a profound Some directors may owe universal impact is what their lives to this film. one would call “movie With its powerful story of a magic.” director trying to make a personal film that proves detrimental to his loved ones, Federico Fellini’s “8 Without this film, there would be no 1/2” serves as a cautionary “Sopranos,” no “GoodFellas,” etc. This film tale for all filmmakers. In its attracted audiences to gangsters with its exploration of filmmaking, surprisingly sympathetic characters. It set the it is also the finest metafilm standard for crime drama which is arguably ever made. the most popular genre of all.

‘8 1/2’ (1963)


‘The Godfather’ (1972)


‘The Graduate’ (1967)



It’s only two seconds long and it consists of people walking around in a garden yet it captivated the world and changed it forever. This 1888 short film is the first film ever made. Directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince, this movie made film what it is today: the most powerful art form of all time. It showed the major strength of film which is its ability to provide an immersing escape and transport an audience to another world even if only for two seconds. The possibilities are endless.

‘Easy Rider’ (1969)


This is one of the films responsible for launching the French New Wave of cinema, a movement in filmmaking characterized by breaking cinematic conventions and radical experiments with editing and visual style. Like “The Graduate,” it’s known for its unconventional story and naturalism. It consists mainly of characters having casual, realistic conversations about everyday life. It doesn’t provide any kind of escape from reality as most films.

This is the film during the “New Hollywood” stage of cinema (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Graduate”) that was the farthest from being mainstream. It is ground-breaking for its gritty depiction of issues at the time such as drug use and the struggle to find peace during the Vietnam War with the hippie movement. It also inspired independent filmmakers since it was made with a shoestring budget and sometimes in the style of guerilla filmmaking. However, “Easy Rider” does not stand the test of time. Many scenes are cheesy now and its “indie,” unconventional style just comes off as sloppy.

By Sam Watermeier AMAZON.COM / PHOTOS

DID YOU KNOW? The IB Film class holds an annual film festival in the spring.


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Talented art students showcase homages to genres of art long past


By Celina Wu

or the past couple years, sophomore Joey Parrish has been creating oneof-a-kind artwork by utilizing spray paint. He features various diverse subjects in his paintings, such as sunsets, eyeballs, cityscapes and space themes. Parrish is among the countless student artists here. However, while much of the artwork of these students is of a more traditional form, including painting or drawing, Parrish is unique in his choice of medium.

“I like spray painting because it’s an original, creative, fast and fun hobby,” Parrish said. “I like the vivid colors along with that general affect of ‘wow.’ I like the freedom and the relaxation it provides for me.” Parrish began experimenting with spray painting four years ago after he visited Sacramento, where he saw a spray paint artist on the street. Parrish said he closely observed the artist’s technique, bought some of his paintings and took home with him the idea of this art form. From there, he said started to educate himself on how to spray paint by keeping in mind the spray painter’s methods and by viewing video clips from YouTube that showed other artists’ approaches. Parrish said he has a certain process that he goes through in order to create spray paint pieces that feature space and planets. He said, “It begins with a primary layer paint, let’s say yellow, and then I cover that up with a secondary color, like red. Now, I take a newspaper, a magazine page, a sponge or whatever

Jinny Zhang / Photos


Jay Renshaw paints in his AP Studio Art class. He said he prefers to create more traditional art, including realism and impressionism.

makes the kind of texture I want, and I apply it to the two layers of paint. As I pull back the texturizer, it rips some of the secondary paint off for the primary color to show through. Now, I have a mixture of red and yellow. For the next step, I spray a portion black for the shadowed side of the planet. Finally, I carefully place the selected stencil, like coffee cans or pots, on and fill in the space around it with, well, space.” Certain barriers exist for artists who do nontraditional works, like Parrish. Ar t teacher Jonathan Kane said via e-mail, “It seems that when you become unconventional with your art, you really step outside of existing boundaries. That’s when you really start to push the edges of what has come to be ‘acceptable.’ Contemporary artists create in an amazing realm of art, but not everyone can open up to accepting what is difficult to understand. Arjuna Capulong / photos So what might be considered as a barrier to unconventional art is that some people S p r ay a w ay : Sophomore Joey Parrish just don’t get it. You can’t please everyone, spray paints a work of art. He enjoys creating but then I think unconventional artists are more interested in expression than art of a more modern, eccentric style. in pleasing everyone. Artists sometimes are just looking for a reaction, and that unconventional art has its place in the art reaction creates a communication between world, but personally I have trouble doing the artist and the viewer. It’s not always it myself,” he said. important that the reaction is a positive Despite the distinctions between one, but just that one has been given. So traditional and unconventional art, people even with a barrier of misunderstanding, have diverse tastes in art, and there are the artists can be successful in eliciting a many who appreciate one or both of these types of art. Kane said, “I think the more reaction of any kind.” In contrast, Jay Renshaw, art student and you know about art, the more you can junior, said that he creates traditional art appreciate different types of art. The key is through drawing or painting. He said, “I to be open-minded.” like realism because I think even if you draw something realistically, it gives a heightened sense of reality and improves on life.” Renshaw said that he would choose traditional art over more unconventional types because traditional art comes more naturally to him. “I think although I can and have done some expressive pieces, it requires more of a forced mentality for me because I’ve always been taught r ealism. I also definitely think that

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