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The Kirkwood

Morgan Trial Entertainment Section Editor

A Peek into Early-20th Century Downtown Bloomington

Early Kirkwood Avenue Attractions Create Historic Timeline

Here in Bloomington, Kirkwood

before the sewer systems were recon-

wood incorporates cultures from many

Avenue serves as a popular attraction

structed, which presented a problem

different parts of the world into one

to local residents and nearby Indiana

for many of the small shop owners.

popular center of entertainment, and

University students. Running from the

Several of the shops along Kirkwood

gives the entire area a unique, lively,

Indiana University Sample Gates to

were previously owned by their origi-

and upbeat feeling when one visits

Adams Street, Kirkwood Ave is a go-to

nal businesses, as well. For example,

Kirkwood Ave.

entertainment hot spot with its shop-

the original Von Lee building was a

ping opportunities, bars, and variety of

vintage-style movie theater, which was

shopping opportunities and wide array

multicultural restaurants.

purchased by Kerasotes in 1976, and is

of restaurants, Kirkwood Ave is home to

currently a Noodles & Company res-

a number of historic landmarks, includ-

from Daniel Kirkwood, an astronomer

taurant. Also, The Discount Den, oth-

ing the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, the

and Mathematics professor at IU in the

erwise simply referred to as “The Den”,

Odd Fellows Building, and Allen Build-

late 19th century. The street originally

was previously a convenience store car- ing; all of which were constructed in

ran through the IU campus until 1987,

rying everything from CDs to snacks.

the early 1900s. These vintage-looking

when the Sample Gates were construct-

The Den was a popular stop for nearly

buildings all contribute to the histori-

ed, turning the eastern part of the street

anybody searching for almost anything

cal authenticity of Kirkwood Ave, with

into a walking path. 13 years later, the

under the sun, up until recent years,

their old-style architecture and aestheti-

Big Dip project was initiated, spanning

when a shop selling IU apparel replaced cally pleasing appearances.

from the summer of 2000 until October

the store. Directly above the original

of that year. This undertaking was set

Den, a small restaurant called “Burritos would also come across the Monroe

out with the purpose of renovating the

Big as Your Head” resided, until it too

County Public Library, Fountain Square

ancient 100-year-old sewer system lying

was closed down and replaced.

Mall, Peoples Park, the Kirkwood Ob-

underneath Kirkwood.

and various business establishments,

almost any interests of the local crowd

ing along historical downtown Bloom-

Kirkwood houses a large variety of

in Bloomington.

ington like before the major renovations

restaurants whose menus are influenced

took place? Well, ask almost any regu-

by many different cultures, inspired by

lar of Kirkwood Ave how things were

the slew of international families and

before the Big Dip project was launched,

students that have visited and studied

and he/she would most likely tell of

in Bloomington. This broad selection of

how the streets would frequently flood

different cuisines available along Kirk-

Kirkwood Avenue takes its name

But what was a typical day walk-

In addition to the multitude of

Starting at the Sample Gates, one

Along with several popular shops servatory; attractions which accomodate


The Kirkwood

Cally Frazier Section Editor


Food for Thought

When locals of Bloomington, Indi-

ana need a place to go to hang out with

brown, paper bag, hand it to the cooks, and let them take it from there.

friends, grab a bite to eat, or keep up

“I got a buffalo chicken sandwich

with current fashion, there is no doubt in

for lunch today from Which Wich and it

their minds that Kirkwood Avenue is the

was really good. We got our food really

place to be. Kirkwood does not only ap-

fast, too,” said Hobson.

peal to locals. Visitors of the Indiana Uni-

versity campus find it the best place to go

stomachs of many. This is the place to go

without getting too far from where they

if stomachs are growling for some grub.

need to be.

They give customers their complete mon-

ey’s worth, stuffing some of the biggest

With foods ranging from Chinese,

Chipotle has certainly captured the

such as Panda Express, to a mostly Mexi-

burritos and other Mexican masterpieces

can menu, such as the Laughing Planet


Café, there is a meal for every appetite.

These restaurants are nothing short of

Indiana University-supporting bar and a


popular place amongst students. Besides

“It’s really convenient how every-

Nick’s English Hut is a very strong

being a good restaurant, they are great

thing’s in one place; especially for col-

friends of the community. Nick’s online

lege students who walk everywhere,” said

site provides visual tours of both floors of

incoming freshman at Indiana University,

the bar along with a calendar of events

Josh Hobson.

and a photo gallery displaying guests. They

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches,

have a pretty broad menu consisting of

a delicious sandwich shop with great,

seafood, steaks, sandwiches, strombolis,

speedy service, allows customers to

sub sandwiches, and burgers. There are

choose a sandwich bag from a wall of

daily drink and food specials and prices

about ten options such as “Deli” or “Ital-

aren’t too high. So, expect to see a lot of

ian”. After choosing their bag, customers

money-saving college students!

borrow from a bucket of red Sharpie mark-

ers and mark their meat, veggie, dressing,

wood was probably the best part of my

and bread selections on the side of their

college visit!” said Hobson.

“Getting something to eat on Kirk-


The Kirkwood

Ashton Gruhlke [Opinion Editor]

Casey Anthony’s Aquittal Shockwave

The murder case of a two-year-old child is finally over. For most Americans, however, it is not truly and completely over. The name “Casey Anthony” seems to have become a common household name. Most people know of Anthony because the death of her daughter, Caylee. According to, a majority of citizens believe that twenty-five-year-old Anthony murdered her own daughter, no matter what the jury says. Since the jurors announced Anthony not guilty of the murder of her daughter, angered citizens have had no problem voicing their opinions. Many anti-Casey Facebook pages have appeared such as “Fry Casey Anthony,” “Casey Anthony is Guilty” and even “CASEY ANTHONY” which shows a picture of Anthony’s mug shot with added devil horns and the word “Guilty” written across her forehead. Some positive reactions have surfaced because of Anthony. Petitions have been created to pass “Caylee’s Law” which would make it a crime to not report a missing child to police in a timely manner. I came across a Facebook event called “Porch lights on for Caylee Marie Anthony” also. The event is “a world wide memorial for all children” but seems to mainly focus on the death of Caylee. Although there are some who agree with the jurors in saying that Anthony is not guilty, the overwhelming opinion seems to be that she is a killer. I, like most Americans, believe that Anthony murdered her little girl. I think the evidence is too condemning to let her walk. She already lied to the police four times and got away with it temporarily. In my opinion, winning this case is just another lie to her. My opinion does not matter, though, and the verdict has been made. Just because the case is finished does not mean it will not affect many people for the rest of their lives. The jurors, for example, will most likely be hated and ridiculed for a long amount of time. To be honest, I do not think that mistreating the jurors is completely fair. Like I said, I do not agree with their final decision, but it only takes one juror saying she is not guilty to let her go free. Jose Baez, Anthony’s attorney, will always be despised by many because of what he did to help Anthony. I personally believe he helped Anthony get away with murder. The person affected the most will be Casey Anthony. She was sentenced to serve four years in jail for lying to the police. She is currently an inmate at Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, FL but will be released on July 17th because of time already served and for good behavior. I have read rumors of Anthony going into disguise and lying low for a while. I have also seen rumors that she might be doing interviews about her experience and could possibly even write a book or make a movie. Honestly, I think she is better off staying in prison, where she is safe and protected from the millions of enraged Americans.


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The Kirkwood

Trevor Jin [Design Editor]

Procrastination: The Enemy of Success

The Numbers 95% Percent of people who procrastinate.

5% Percent of people who are chronic procrastinators (1978)

26% Percent of people who are chronic procrastinators (2007)

52% Percent of students who have a moderate to high need for help concerning procrastination.

20 Number of hours I procrastinated while making this article.

The monster plagues people of all ages, from minor errands to important projects. But why does procrastination sneak up on its victims so often if we know the resulting aches and pains? Why do we keep delaying our important tasks until the very end? It is not clear what the psychological reasons are because of how diverse our minds and reasons are. Some say, “hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.” Strangely enough, we sometimes create our best work when we save it for the last minute, fueled by adrenaline. This common thought process is shared by HSJI student Amanda Packnett: “I write to the last minute because I feel that when I’m under stress I do better,” she said, “ Sometimes I think it helps.” Our important task can drown in a sea of minor tasks that we deem more worthy of our time and effort. However, another reason is that we expect ourselves to be perfect. Procrastination and perfectionism can sometimes be the exact same, forcing ourselves to keep retrying and rebuilding instead of completing the project. In a demanding society of educational expectations rising as fast as GPA’s and tuition, it makes sense to be a perfectionist. Parents loathe not having the Internet when they were in school, being forced to go to something called a “library” to do their research. However, with great power comes great responsibility - something that some of us lack. Our minds flutter like a butterfly from site to site: Facebook, Twitter, games, etc. Millions of little distractions pollute our research area, directing our attention away from the important tasks all day, every

day. “There are more fun things to do than work,” explained HSJI student Sarah Kissel when asked why she procrastinates, “One time I physically had to delete the Solitaire icon off of my computer, but it worked.” These minimally Procrastination leads to a world of pain. stimulating sites, although boring and monotonous, still manage to We know all about probe capture our attention above crastination and its rampant anything else. Susceptibility to abundance throughout our lives, procrastination stems from fear but how do we fix it? “Telling - a fear of success, failure, or someone who procrastinates to pressure. These “tense-afraid” buy a weekly planner is like telltypes of procrastinators usu- ing someone with chronic deally are uncertain about their pression to just cheer up” says goals, their tasks, or even time. Dr. Joseph Ferrari. Procrastina Then there are the “re- tors know how to tell time, they just overestimate the time they have left to perform tasks, and underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks. “I start on projects early, I get organized,” explains local HSJI student Jack Witthaus, laxed” types who view their “I look over the rules or guideresponsibilities with malice lines several times so I know exor indifference. These types, actly what the question is askwho we all know examples of, ing or what the project needs. would rather divert their en- I really think that the key is to ergy and attention to other start early and be disciplined.” tasks such as maintaining their The best fix would be to make social lives or keeping up with a list of everything you have to the mind-numbing websites, or do. It keeps everything realistic. worse, mind-numbing televi- Likewise, set realistic goals for sion shows. They create their yourself. Don’t feel the need to own fantasy world where re- make everything perfect. Finalsponsibilities and deadlines do ly, promise yourself a reward. not exist, a world with the dis- Give yourself a reason to break creet ticking of a time bomb. through and you will make it.

“Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up.”


The Kirkwood

Olivia Paredes [Features]

Pink cheeks and embarrassing giggles erupt from each partici-

pant asked the question; “Should the boy ask the girl out? Or, should

Technology Love?

the girl ask the boy out?”

plete this task?

“Guys should ask the girls,” said Rachel Fisher a senior at Avon

High School, “boys are more decisive then us.”

“It’s a right of passage, guys have just been brought up that way,” said

face,” said Taylor DeHon, a junior at I.U., “Its fun to play games and

Deshawne Willox, a freshman at I.U. Troy Willsey, a senior at Cinder

flirt, but I hate text flirting.”

Grove High School, agrees, “The guy is supposed to take care of the

“Don’t just ask for my number, ask for a date,” said Patton

woman, I have to make the first move.”

Andrew Turner, a junior at I.U. said, “Give me a number, I’ll

take it from there.”

Whether or not it is a right of passage or tradition, not every-

“I wouldn’t object if a girl asked me out, but it has to be face to

one agrees. Kellen Hubert a counselor at HSJI, dose not see a problem

William Jones, alum of I.U. said, “Social media is the way of life.”

with a girl asking out a guy,

One thing that everyone agreed on is, never be afraid to show your

feelings. Raul Flamenco a freshman at I.U. said,

“My wife asked me out first. It was flattering. If you like, some-

one go for it. Don’t just sit around.” Nate Heagney a senior at St. Louis

University Institute agrees, “If the girl is attractive, why not?”

be honest with your with your feeling and tell them.”

Derah Patton, however, a counselor at HSJI is completely against girls asking a boy out first, “It makes the girl look too desperate and easy. Besides, boys need to work at the relationship too, make her feel valued.”


Everybody wants to feel valued, however can technology com-

“I’m bad at hints, if you tell me, I’ll ask.” Heagney said, “always

The Kirkwood

Sarah Redman [Copy Editor]

Calming down the College Chaos

If you’re not taking care of yourself, it doesn’t matter what your grades are. René Henry

Student Advocates Office

Most incoming college students antici-

pate quite a lot of excitement: parties, new

friends, athletics, Greek life, dorms, different schedules, activities, and no more parents.

However, every year there are students who do not realize how challenging the process

of graduating from high school to attending

college will be. College students tend to have a difficult time adjusting to harder academic

classes and not having parents to watch over them. The responsibility of this newfound

freedom can cause stress, depression, and

anxiety. That is when people, such as Molly Burke and René Henry, step in to help.

Molly Burke works at the Student Aca-

demic Center, at Indiana University, which supports a range of services. The Student

Academic Center role is to provide Academic support to students at Indiana University. The students she helps are all different;

anyone can become overwhelmed during college.

“There are a lot of students who meet

the requirements to get in to IU but who for one reason, or another, struggle academi-

cally once they get here. And that can happen to students who maybe didn’t have strong grades in high school or had lower SAT

scores, but it can happen to students who

had really high SAT scores or who did well in high school,” Burke said.

René Henry is the Assistant Director

of the Student Advocates Office located on

Indiana University’s campus. She acts as an

advisor to students who have encountered an academic problem. The Student Advocates Office helps students to withdrawal from

class, works with students to get a medical

on schoolwork.

“I am a lot more understanding to

someone who communicates early than

someone who skips and waits,” Teresa White, an Indiana University Journalism Professor, said.

Burke and Henry agree that students

who show up to class do significantly do bet-

ter on their assignments and tests than those who frequently skip. They strongly advise

students to give their best and communicate if needed.

“If you’re not taking care of yourself, it

doesn’t matter what your grades are,” Henry said.

The women strongly advised a group

request, gives out grade change requests, and

of High School Journalism Institute students

cused or a victim of a crime. Henry also sees

for themselves. They recommended signing

offers support to students who have been acmany students battling depression, anxiety,

or bipolar disorder. Her office has a high success rate of helping the students and getting their lives back on track.

“I would say eight out of nine times,

Both women agree that the earlier the

we can help the student out,” Henry said.

to forget about the stress and take some time up for intramurals or going to a music the-

ater to relax. The Student Academic Center and the Student Advocates Office are both

willing to help any student with any sort of emotional issue.

better to seek help for an emotional issue.

They recommend communicating with a professor if there is a problem in the classroom

as soon as possible. The more days students skips the farther and farther they fall behind


The Kirkwood

Marah Harbison [A&E Editor]

Urban Outfitters is among the many interesting shops that offer unique styles for Bloomington visitors from all walks of life located on the campus gem, Kirkwood Avenue. Photo by Hillary Slotten.

Kickin’ it at



irkwood Avenue is the epicenter of entertainment in Bloomington. The shopping is absolutely unparalleled anywhere else in the area. Sure visitors can go to the union and buy all kinds of sports gear to show off their Hoosier pride, but if they are looking to buy something unique to wear Kirkwood is the place to kick it. Starting at the top, the one- stop shop for all things cool is Urban Outfitters. It offers clothes for students to wear at any occasion. If students are looking for something casual to stroll around campus in, there are endless amounts of jeans, shorts, v-necks, and cool backpacks. These styles are sure to make shoppers the most picturesque pupils in class. Those looking to dress to impress will be pleased with Urban Outfitter’s selection as well. For ladies planning to look lavish, there are wide selections of form-fitting, floral dresses and flowing skorts. For foppish fellas there are cardigans, corduroys, and khakis which will make them look nothing short of sharp. Urban Outfitters does not stop there. Shoppers who have fashion phobia will find things to look at as well. There are wide


varieties of novelty gifts such as mustache their needs will be met as well. cups and fish eye cameras. Not to menCha-Cha is a store very similar to Pitaya, tion, a selection of unique books such but with fewer locations buyers are less as The Indie Rock Poster Book and Stuff likely to accidently match a fellow acadeWhite People Like mician. Not to mention, buyers are also offered at will feel great about support Its first-class this store. Urban ing a locally owned business in Outfitters even ofa struggling economy. food, supreme shopfers to outfit your Another locally owned landping, and laid-back apartment with mark on Kirkwood is The Cacvibe make it someultra-hip comforttus Flower. This store is the ers, furniture, and best of both worlds. With a what of a campus posters. modern boutique downstairs Mecca and visitors Urban Outfitters and a vintage vault upstairs, it to Bloomington are may sound like the is sure to be a crowd pleaser. only place you will If shoppers are looking for advised to make the ever need to shop, trendy dresses the downstairs pilgrimage. but Kirkwood offers shopping section at Cactus many more outlets Flower is for them. for the campus For shoppers interested fashionista. in something one of a kind, the vintage Pitaya is one of those outlets. While this section is vital. Even if shoppers are not store is much smaller than Urban Outfitlooking to buy, they will have a blast rumters, it has just as much personality. With maging through the random finds at The oodles of bright colored tanks and tees Cactus Flower. and bold patterned skirts, skorts, and Kirkwood Avenue is a hot spot for arts dresses, Pitaya appeals to the daintiest of and entertainment. Its first-class food, sudocents. preme shopping, and laid-back vibe make If shoppers are looking to browse bouit a campus Mecca and visitors to Bloomtiques that are unique to Bloomington, ington are advised to make the pilgrimage.

The Kirkwood

Kara Beard [News Editor]

Overwhelming stress raises concern

Two speakers share their thoughts about depression, anxiety , and process of helping students through their college career As people pour into the conference room, the two guest speakers sat anxiously waiting for everyone to take their seat. On the far left end sat the HSJI director, Teresa White, who would be asking the questions throughout the conference. To her right, with a clean cut blouse and pink skirt sat Molly

Burke, an employee at the Student Academic Center. She sat comfortably with her hands crossed waiting for everything to get started. The other guest, René Henry, sat at the end with her brown bag clutched against the side of her chair, waiting patiently for everything to take place.

Photo by Grace Runkel St Louis Priory High School student Luke Slabaugh asks a question at the press conference held in the Teter building at IU on July 12th.

It was around 7 o’ clock when not something that should be the conference took off, start- looked down upon. ing with the first question asked “The moment you feel that by White, asking the guest something isn’t right you need speakers to to get help with kindly presit…in society we ent their sometimes tell In society we somenames and people to just times tell people a short desuck it up, but to just suck it up, scription of sometimes you their jobs can’t just not but sometimes you and what be depressed, can’t just not be they do. so the sooner depressed, so the Burke was you get help sooner you get help h a n d e d the better.” the microAfter Henthe better. phone first ry stated her René Henry and spoke thoughts about Student Advocate Office about her students beposition as ing depressed, a leader in trying to help stu- she handed the microphone to dents achieve their individual Burke. academic assessments. Next up “There is this mindset in a lot was Henry, who said she works of peoples’ minds that I have to with more than just helping stu- be perfect and just because you dents with schoolwork. got one “F” does not mean you “Aside from academics, we won’t get into grad school. It help students with the Univer- doesn’t make you a bad person sity Judicial System. We work either; it just means that you with students who may have are different,” said Burke. been accused of certain things, Adding to the stresses that and also students who may have bring about the problems stubeen victims of misconduct,” dents face in school is the said Henry. sometimes, yet constant, steHowever, it is not just the reotyping. White hands the mimisconduct of students that crophone to Henry and she beseems to be an issue on college gins to tell her favorite one. campus, but other trends such “One of the biggest stereoas depression, and major anxi- types that I have heard over the ety. These problems, according years is that in college everyto Burke, can stem from many body parties. This is not true. reasons. Although I do believe everybody “Many reasons students have has went to a party at least trouble is because they are ad- once in their life because I think justing to new surrounds and that is a part of the experience, getting used to being without not everybody parties.” their parents,” said Burke. As the conference began to In fact, it is not uncommon wrap up, Henry told a last piece for many students to experi- of advice for the incoming stuence an overwhelming anxiety dents that will be attending colwithin the first few weeks while lege in their future years. being on campus. According to “Peer pressure really sets in Henry, they help around 600 to during college. You have to be 800 students each semester and who you want to be and not who the numbers are still rising. But people want you to be. College she commented that this was is a place to be yourself.”


The Kirkwood

Anna Boone [Features Editor]

ma k i ng t he

l e a p IU faculty offer insight and tips to make the change from high school to college easier.


nxious students fidget beside their parents, ready for one last goodbye. Unlike other times when goodbye was a short moment before a sleepover or a weeklong camp, goodbye now represents an ending. Students preparing to enter college are saying goodbye to their homes and securities and saying hello to a life full of responsibility and freedom. “I’ve never really been that far away to get homesick,” said incoming IU freshman Tate Billieu. “I’m sure at first it will be a new experience and kind of scary, but I’ll adjust to it.” Molly Burke from the Student Academic Center believes that for most students, changing schools and going through many switches can be a stressful time. Different transitions when moving from home to college, such as school size, being away from home, and amounts of responsibility tend to overwhelm new students. “Students run into a lot of trouble managing their own lives,” said Burke. Burke, along with Assistant Director of the Student Advocate Office René Henry, recommends creating a good support network on campus. Henry suggests reaching out to others when students feel lonely or like something is not right. Resisting the urge to go home whenever they are homesick and trying to connect with students and faculty on campus helps to make the transformation easier. Henry and Burke also encourage new students to engage with others. Henry said there is a huge difference between “facebooking” and texting someone versus seeing them and talking to them face-to-face. Henry also said social networking can make it easy to avoid casual conversations and sometimes creates lacking social skills. Students should communicate with new people instead of hanging on to hometown relations and neglecting to participate in their new environment. Burke suggests students “really take the time and effort to create friendships.” Burke also said it is very important to cultivate your different relationships while you are at a college campus. Creating relationships with campus counselors and with doctors in the local area is beneficial because students do not have to rely on hometown doctors, who will be farther away. Billieu’s father, Rob, is concerned about his son moving to a new place with unknown people. He said that he is “worried about him finding friends.” Billieu said College is extremely that he plans on joining differstressful … but I don’t ent intramural sports teams to stay involved and help meet new want to give students people. the idea it’s out of their Mason High School senior Megan McCormack is excited to attend reach, because it absocollege and is not too worried lutely is. It is stressful, about the side-affects of living but it is doable. away from home for so long. She is worried, however, about forging a relationship with her teachers. Molly Burke “I’m used to being away from Student Academic Center my parents for extended periods of time and I’m a very independent person in general, so college isn’t going to be a problem for me,” said McCormack. “I think what stresses me out more is that if I go to a big school I’m not sure how easy it will be to maintain a relationship with professors.” Burke emphasizes the importance of creating a partnership with the instructors. She suggests visiting the professors during their “office hours,”

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Molly Burke holds a microphone and answers a question while René Henry watches. Burke and Henry took part in a press conferance at IU dealing with “Trends in Students’ Emotional Health.” Photo by Anna Boone.

a certain time each week when the professors are in their office and students are encouraged to stop by if they have questions. Burke said that professors will be more willing to work with students if they try hard and put effort into the relationship. “Make yourself known to your professor from the get-go,” said Burke. Henry has recently seen an increase of students who are experiencing the negative effects of too much stress. IU has been raising its admission standards, and students feel the anxiety of trying to keep up with a more difficult workload and putting more time into their work than when they were in high school. Although Burke believes that college is difficult, it should never be seen as impossible. “College is extremely stressful … but I don’t want to give students the idea it’s out of their reach, because it absolutely is. It is stressful, but it is doable.”

The Kirkwood

Katelyn Cain Sports Editor

Broken Dreams

An HSJI senior’s olympic dreams are crushed by a back-breaking injury

Abby Adams demonstrates one of the only gymnastics stunts she can do with her injured back.

Painstakingly long practices, grueling workouts that leave bodies immovable, and screaming coaches that expect the best results. These are all phrases that could describe the highly competitive world of gymnastics. For most, the work and the sacrifices that gymnasts make is all for their chance at making the Olympic gymnastics team. For senior HSJI student Abby Adams, who grew up believing that she would be on the USA Olympic gymnastics team, her dream came to a halt when she had a dream-crushing injury during an eighth grade soccer game. “It was a 50/50 ball and I went for the ball and slid and landed on my neck. Later, when I went to the hospital, the doctor said that I had broken the third bone down in my back, and after that, I couldn’t do any gymnastics.” Adams said when she realized that she would never fulfill her dream; it was hard to cope with. “I felt like I couldn’t do anything.

[The injury] took an emotional and physical toll on me, because in my head I felt like I was never going to get back into sports,” Adams said. “It was upsetting then and it still is upsetting to think that I can never do gymnastics.” Adams said the worst part of her injury was that it took her away from her favorite sport. “Gymnastics has always been the sport I loved the most. I’ve played so many different sports, but gymnastics was always so perfect for me. And the injury didn’t prevent me from playing any other sports that I did, it was just gymnastics.” According to Adams, despite the fact that her injury took her out of gymnastics, she moved on by focusing on other sports, like soccer, in which Adams is going to Baylor University to play. “It was really hard at first to cope with it, and I had to wear a back brace, but the way I moved on from it was to just focus on soccer, which is my second favorite sport,” Adams

photo by Katelyn Cain

said. “After my injury, I kept trying and trying to get back into gymnastics, but my doctor said that gymnastics was out of the picture, so I put my focus on soccer and used my anger from my injury to make me better.”

Adams is also able to do a handstand for only a few seconds

photo by Katelyn Cain


The Kirkwood

Jack Witthaus Sports Editor

Volleyball Vows Vengence

It was a bitter beach volsoccer, swimming and softball, and basdumps the water all over him.” leyball defeat. Last July, 16-yearketball. On top of those sports, Adams At first, Allison was offended by began playing beach volleyball for fun. the water-hogging Brown. Through shared old campers Noah Allison and Reed During her junior year, Adams became classes and hanging out, however, Allison Brown sat in the sand, agonizing over the loss to counselors Kellen solely focused on soccer, which freed up began to like him better. Soon, the duo was Hubert and Jake Wright. For the some of her time. doing everything together from watching counselor duo, the victory iced the “With all this extra time, I decided the Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball squad to to try the newspaper,” Adams said. “And attending church together on Sundays. cake on a six-year winning streak. it turned out to be the right choice. I’ve When summer rolled around again, But for Allison and Brown, the deep roots of defeat have brought them really enjoyed writing for (Lindbergh’s the volleyball duo agreed to attend HSJI back to the High School Journalism school newspaper) the ‘Pilot.’” to enrich their journalism skills and, more Institute (HSJI) one year later for an- With the positive experience of a importantly, to beat Hubert and Wright. other chance against the counselors. newspaper, Adams decided to attend HSJI In their quest for a victory this year, “Kellen and Jake left a this summer to help her senior year as an Allision and Brown were told to select bad taste in our mouths,” Allison editor on the Pilot. two more players for the 3-on-3 volleycoughed inside ball game. In a his Teter dorm stroke of luck, room as he they ran into a arched back on new teammate his chair next their first week, to Brown. Abby Adams. Brown, “When we sitting on his heard about her mattress, impressive backlooked at Alground in sports lison and then and that she pressed his played beach pillow together volleyball, we like a stress knew right away ball. “And that she’s a we are just game changer,” motivated (to Allison said. beat them) by “An ace in vengeance,” the hole, if Brown added. you will,” Reed “We just have added. a disdain of Underdogs Kellen and Adams, Allison, Jake.” and Brown, re Oblivispectively, have ous to 16-yearbeen plotting to old Allison thwart the poPhotos by Agnes Zhu and Brown, tent Kellen-Jake 16-year-old attack all week Noah Allison and Reed Brown hunker down this week at HSJI camp. Abby Adams, long, holding trained under strategy meetthe hot sun in ings after lunch St. Louis’ South County and dinner. Alfor another season of Lindbergh High East on I-70, Allison and Brown’s though they haven’t found a fourth player, School sports. Adams, really, had relationship began before working togeththe meetings have brought out a bit of Joe been training since she was twoer on their school newspaper last year. Namath-esq confidence inside the Allisonyears-old when she was an aspiring The athletically-inclined pair met in their Brown camp. gold medal gymnast. Her dreams, freshman year at South Side High School in “We aren’t going to try to beat Kelhowever, came to a screeching halt Fort Wayne, IN at the school’s weekly ullen and Jake, we are going to beat them,” during her eighth grade year. timate frisbee meeting. They had been on Allison said. “While I was working out, I the lookout to meet each other since both On the flip side of the net, Kellen broke my back,” Adams said. “It was of their older brothers had been friends in recalled last year’s game and their six-year disappointing because I never got to high school. According to Allison, Brown win streak. “(Allison and Brown) lost pretty finish gymnastics.” introduced himself and asked for a drink bad last year,” Kellen said. “I think (Brown) To cope with the loss, Adams from his water bottle. even cried.” turned to other sports. During her “Being the kind soul that I am, I On Thursday night at 5 p.m. the offreshman year at Lindbergh, Adams gave it to him,” Allison said. “But then ficial 3-on-3 campers-counselors game will made a name for herself, playing all of the sudden he uncorks the lid and take place outside of Teter Hall.


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Jessica McNally Copy Editor

Students encountering complications in college

Student Advocates Office assistant director René Henry talks to High School Journalism Institute attendees about what the Student Advocates Office does and how they can help students on the Indiana University campus. Photo by: Julia Couch. When students graduate high school, college is their next step. They take on their classes and then what? According to, “Stress is the biggest life issue that students say affects their studies.” Did you know, 85 percent of students reported feeling stressed on a daily basis, that means 17 out of every 20 students feel stressed every day. At Indiana University (IU) students have the ability to seek help through the Student Advocates Office and the Student Academic Center. The Student Academic Center and the Student Advocates Office both help students who may be struggling with something on campus. The Student Academic Center offers classes to help them with study skills, become more organized, and show them resources. Workshops are also offered to help

students; two of the workshops offered are “Overcoming Procrastinating Now” and “wwNote Taking Made Easy.” Students who don’t follow the rules and laws could end up on academic probation. As a student, they have the ability to work one-on-one with one of the staff members to identify their issue and help fix the problem. Assistant director René Henry said, “The Student Advocates Office is more of a last resort, people say if they can’t help you, then you must really have a problem.” Students get stressed over a lot of different things. IU freshman Jordan Lowe said transportation and just trying to get around is really stressful. Students do not have the ability to drive from one building to another to get to their next class; so many students walk, ride the bus, or ride their bicycles to get around the campus. IU freshman Kerri Reese said

time management is probably the biggest problem on campus, because there is a lot to do. You want to go out and have fun, but you also have homework and other projects to do. IU is known as a big party school, but once you get there, you kind of realize you have the option not to go. There are not really parties every night. A student’s mental and emotional health is very important. No one wants to see these students fail. Retention programs and services director Molly Burke said there are so many resources on a college campus, so it is really kind of sad to see a student dismissed from the campus. No one likes hearing about the fact that they have a problem, whether it is stress, issues with time management, or an eating disorder. Henry said, “If you aren’t healthy and ready to go, nothing else really matters.”


The Kirkwood

Sarah Kissel [news editor]

misdominance decline hope

Adjectives used to describe 21st-century America all begin with mis-: misinformed, misguided, and missing the point. Between Jon Stewart’s handy dominance over “real” news networds and the steady decline in SAT scores, these upside-down predicaments beg the question: is there hope?


of and


“Good evening I’m John Stewart, and welcome to The Daily Show.” Statistics show that the average American hears this phrase much more often than those resembling: “Live from Baghdad, I’m Anderson Cooper for CNN.” Though Mr. Stewart has been quoted claiming that he is a comedian first, many would argue that he is, in fact, a journalist. Although “journalist” is a dignified term usually reserved for the brow-furrowing, politician-harassing, truth-seeking martyrs who suffer for the citizens’ right to know, research reveals that this prestigious, romantic title is actually much less exclusive. Among the pages of a Mirriam-Webster dictionary can be found this entry: journalist (noun): a person engaged in journalism, especially a writer or editor for a news medium. The Daily Show offers a review of recent news delivered from a predetermined script, and is broadcasted through the increasingly-popular television medium. By Mirriam-Webster’s definition, Stewart technically qualifies as a journalist. But does his humor simply taint his credibility, or completely revoke his theoretical journalistic label? Mandy Packnett, a senior at Avon High School, said: “There’s all different types of journalism, but my definition of a journalist is someone who puts out information for the public to hear, be it credible or not.” Supporting Packnett’s opinion, Katelyn Cain, a junior at Northview High School, said: “I mean, I think he is because in the end he does inform people. He makes a joke about it but that doesn’t mean he’s not getting information out to people. He’s not necessarily lying about the information, so he is.” Within an article entitled “The Daily Show” found in an online encyclopedia, there is reference to a quantitave/qualitive study assessing Daily Show viewers: “In late 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey at the University of Pennsylvania ran a study of American television viewers and found that fans of The Daily Show had a more accurate idea of the facts behind the 2004 presidential election than most others, including those who primarily got their news through the national network evening newscasts and through reading newspapers.” In addition to this testament to Stewart’s credibility, statistics show that nearly 3.5 million people watch The Daily Show every time it airs, which is twice the 1.5 million tuning into Fox, and nearly 5 times the 725,000 who follow CNN. Therefore, it would appear that not only are Jon Stewart and his cohorts journalists, but they are delivering the real truth to more Americans than Fox and CNN are


delivering bias, combined. Stewart was once quoted saying, “If you watch the news and don’t like it, this is your counter-program to the news.” News with a twist is news, so journal on, Stewart, journal on.

What is it with this generation?



You know the feeling: the weight in your stomach, the heat in your cheeks, the desire in your heart… to simply sink into your chair and disappear. The paper clutched in your moistening palms has a large red F scrawled next to your name. Jane Doe, F. Failure. Experts agree that the generation currently receiving their educations is under far more pressure to excel – from multiple sources – than those which have preceded us. Renee Henry, assistant director of the Student Advocates Office at Indiana University, said recently during a press conference: “Our office is made up of mostly retired faculty and staff … so you can imagine them talking about ‘what is it with this generation?’. They’re always talking about why it seems that there are so many more people that are depressed today than there were back when ‘I was a professor.’ And it does bring up an interesting question. Recently I’ve looked at the statistics and cases that we see, and a good majority of the students that come to our office are experiencing some sort of emotional health problem: depression, anxiety, or something in their bipolar disorder, we see that a lot.” This rising decline in student emotional health, without a doubt, can largely be attributed to the astronomical level of performance that is expected of us by our parents, teachers, coaches, councilors, and even peers. While students around us are blossoming into visions of academic success, who hasn’t experienced gut-wrenching shame of failure?

With one bad test, in our minds, the future seems to dim. However, bemoaning this predicament is always countered by the almighty “however.” However, all of this stress likely brings out the best in students, right? If everyone demands perfection, perfection is produced, right? Wrong. In a study done in 2010 by USA Today, it was revealed that the United States is lagging painfully behind the rest of the world in academic achievement. Since the enactment of “No Child Left Behind” in 2003, SAT scores have declined sharply: reading has dropped to an average 501 from the previous 508, math 516 from 518, and writing 492 from 497. If one were to create a line graph displaying the average SAT scores in America between 1988 and 2009, there is a distinct sag in that line, and I’d wager you’ve already guessed over which years that line sags. Between 1992 and 2001, SAT scores in America were downright awful, right around the time that young adults currently about 30 years old were taking their SATs. The average generational gap is exactly 30 years, so this is indeed our – my – generation’s problem. Or is it? Certainly we’re suffering from an educational deficit, but is it our society that inflicts the sting of academic defeat? Molly Burke, an employee of the Student Activist Service and adviser to students on Academic Probation, was quoted saying: “There should be a wide-range understanding that not everyone is going to be perfect. I think it’s more of a world view and less of the standards that the school puts out. It’s more fostering an understanding that not everyone is going to be perfect in everything. If you’re not perfect at everything that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, that doesn’t mean you’re a lazy person, that just means you’re different. I think that needs to be more understood and portrayed to the students in general.” It’s clear that students are under too much pressure – from a variety of sources – during their pre-collegiate years. Even more crystalline is that the demand for a sterling resume and glowing report card simply to earn the chance to be “higher-educated” is having a detrimental effect on the performance these stressors so strive to perfect. “The instinct for parents is that they want to see their children do well so they want to be involved, but parents need to start to think about well what is that kid going to do when he’s living in a dorm room 500 miles away from me,” Burke said. So Mentoring Mom, Doting Dad: back off! We love you, we appreciate your investment in our future, but if you’d truly like to see that future become a reality… take two big, diploma-sized steps back. And that includes the gilded frame.


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Mandy Packnett [graphic design & photography editor]

otter alooza

The taste of a cold, sugar-filled butterscotch beverage being sipped in a “fantasy-filled” amusement park, the sight of flying brooms speeding under their acroamatic riders into the atmosphere on a movie screen and the sensation of a symbol being tattooed onto skin that will remain there for years to come are all experiences and stimulations derived from one book series: “Harry Potter”. In July 1997, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in the United Kingdom. Similar to multiple other novels, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” contained cream-colored pages, words printed in black ink and a cover inhabited by artwork when it was first published. However, the “Harry Potter” series has expanded to more than just massproduced bound-parchment. The “Harry Potter” culture contains seven books, an amusement park, a developing online interactive website named “Pottermore” and seven full-length films. The seventh film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”, was released in England on July 7, 2011. From the theaters to the bookstores, there are numerous, committed fans of the Harry Potter novels worldwide. For Rachel Riggle of Cathedral High School, this interest was taken to a more permanent level. “[Getting my tattoo] was just one of those things,” Riggle says as she examines her right ankle containing a Deathly Hallows tattoo, “I got it because I’m 18 and I have always been a ‘carpe diem’ person, so I live in the moment. I just really like “Harry Potter”. It’s something that defines my era. My parents can say that they ‘grew up in the ‘Star Wars’ era. I can say that ‘I grew up in the ‘Harry Potter’ era’.” Riggle’s tattoo, the Deathly Hallows symbol, is an image that represents the Wand, the Stone, and the Cloak. These objects are found to be vital for Harry Potter, the protagonist, and his friends therefore

they search for them throughout the plot. While not every fan shows their “Potter” support through body ink, others invest in traveling to Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a section of rides, shops, and attractions created in the image of the “Harry Potter” book series. From the candy-filled sweet shop recognized as “HoneyDukes” to the “Forbidden Journey of Harry Potter”, an enclosed ride experience contained in a replication of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that overlooks the park, Universal Studios: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter immerses it’s visitor’s in “magic” and “wizardry” explained in the series. Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is visited by several “Potter” fans, theme park-goers and sightseers. Rachel McKinney of Avon High School visited this haven of “Harry Potter” culture and attractions in June 2011. “[‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’] made me feel more involved in the “Harry Potter” books, as well as the culture,” McKinney said. “Everything was put in reallife. It made everything about the “Harry Potter” books more exciting.” The basic plot of the “Harry Potter” series is fundamentally comparable to many other novels due to the fact that they contain archetype characters of literature. An antagonist, protagonist, scapegoat and shrew are included in these New York Times Bestselling novels, which is similar to other literature pieces. However, Jennifer Lee of Maumee Valley Country Day School believes that there are aspects of the “Harry Potter” book series that other novels do not possess. “[The best part of ‘Harry Potter’] is the characters. You can actually see them as young kids in the first book, and then in the last book they are much older and grown up,” Lee said. “You get to see them grow up. It’s just different from other books.” Lee has read all of the “Harry Potter” novels

and plans on seeing the film, “‘Harry Potter’ and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”. “[I think ‘Harry Potter’s intriguing to society because] J.K. Rowling made a whole fantasy world,” Lee said. “She named all the spells, created the actual of castle of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, thought of the treats like chocolate frogs, and made the game of Quidditch...all in her mind.” On July 7, 2011, the final Harry Potter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was released in England and is to be released in the United States on July 14, 2011. With the last movie now available to moviegoers, and the concluding novel of the series already read by several fans, the original sources of the “Harry Potter” culture will no longer produce fresh material. Some fans believe that the “Potter” interest will die down, such as Lee. “ I think for the whole society in general, the whole idea of ‘Harry Potter’ will die down,” Lee said. “I think with the last movie coming out, people will forget about it more.” However, there are opposing enthusiasts who claim there are other “Potter” sources, such as the Universal Studios: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, that will perpetuate the phenomenon. “I think the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will allow and help the Harry Potter society to survive and not die down,” McKinney said. “It will preserve the phenomenon and Potter-craze, especially if The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expands and flourishes.” As for Riggle, the word “phenomenon” is a synonym for immortality, in the case of Harry Potter and his “wizarding” life. “Even after the last movie comes out, [“Harry Potter”] will never die. It’s going to be just like “Star Wars,” Riggle said. “It is a world phenomenon, you know. No, it will absolutely not die.”


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Jennifer Lee [Opinion]

Ashton Gruhlike

Olivia Paredes


Tala Pandolfi

eauty is a tricky word to define. After interviewing many girls, one common trait seemed to be found in all of their answers: confidence. Beauty is when you’re “not afraid to show who you are” as Katherine Hansen who is studying as a student at Mason high school said. Beauty is being “comfortable in your own skin,” according to Amanda Packnett who is currently a senior at Avon. “When you’re comfortable, it really shows through in your personality,” said Meghan Poff, sophomore at Floyd Central. It’s like how Miranda Carney, currently a senior at Mason, puts it, “It’s not about wearing certain clothes, but being yourself.” However, in society today, beauty is strictly defined as the “cookie-cutter” girl as Chandler Johnson, a junior at Maumee Valley Country Day School, stated. The “cookie-cutter” girl is the girl that is perceived as the image of beauty: thin, a perfectly symmetrical face, tall, and young. Essentially, it is these girls that are the faces of ads, magazines, and TVs, and it is these girls that most teenage girls strive to be. As a result, many teenagers believe that they are not good enough unless they are like the “cookie-cutter” girl. “I would change my nose,” said Chandler Johnson “If it was different, my face would just come together and be prettier.” Statistically, about seven out of ten girls feel that they just aren’t good enough in some way or form according to the article, “Girl Self-Esteem & Image Issues & Parents”.


“When you’re constantly around those skinny cheerleaders, you want to be like that too. I wanted to lose weight,” said Poff. Because that perfect girl’s picture is etched in the minds of girls, they say things like “I need to lose weight” or “If only, my eyes were bigger.” If regular girls define true beauty as confidence, our society is causing girls to be less beautiful as they lose self-esteem. When the media and the model aren’t affecting the body image, the confidence is then tested by the hurtful words of others. “In December, a guy that I really liked told me that I was ugly and that I deserved to be single,” as Andrea Trach, a junior attending McAuley, said “He said that all his friends wondered why he was friends with me.” It’s times like these where people are often the cause of the low self esteem. “A few years ago, I was in a marching band, and the seniors would put down the freshman. That whole year, I just didn’t really feel good about myself,” shared Carney. However, when you have hit that low, there are ways to regain yourself.

“I look at the things about myself that I like,” said Trach, “I like my eyes.” Other times, people have relied on friends and family like Poff. “Surrounding yourself with people you love really helps too,” said Trach, and when all else fails, Amal Mohamad, a junior at Maumee Valley, offers one last piece of advice. “Listen to music that makes you feel good. You know what I’m talking about? The ones that go like ‘you’re beautiful’.”

- Jennifer Lee

The Kirkwood

Lexi Lopez [Feature Editor]


“There are a limited set of cues available

the social network site started as a way to get connected, but the cyberspace lifestyle is causing relationships to crumble.

on sites like this. You don’t get the subtleties of voice tone, facial expressions or body language you usually have when interacting with others and that can make interpreting the meaning of messages difficult. You can write something flippantly, which others take seriously, or come

request will be sent to their account

across as aggressive when that’s not your inten-

excitement of a new relationship

and the new relationship will be

tion at all. I can see how relationships can be

until it is “Facebook Official.” Little

proclaimed to the Facebook world in

damaged as a result and when that happens

do they know that this social net-

the ever-so-romantic Newsfeed.

people will want to leave to put things right,”

Most people do not gain the

working phenomenon is increasing

The technicality of forming

said senior researcher at the Institute of Work

their chance of changing it back to

a relationship is simple but it only

Psychology and Management School at Sheffield

“single” in no time.

provides more emotional stress for

University Carolyn Axtell in an interview with

individuals, especially teenagers.

The Sunday Times.

Since its establishment in 2004, Facebook has been a source

“In my relationship, we tried

Facebook also can be an easy place to

for people to express themselves

to keep in on the down-low because

immediately and publicly display feuds and end

in order to keep connected to the

we worked together. When we did

relationships.“I was actually dumped on Face-

outside world. Although the site pro-

decide to make it Facebook official

book chat. He even changed his status before he

vides much to do, the only informa-

it changed because of the fact that

broke up with me. It was hard because every-

tion on one’s profile that is directly

everyone knew we were together

thing was immediately public. It was bound to

associated with another person is

and it made me check his page more

get out, but I didn’t want it to that fast, espe-

the relationship status. This tech-

and what he was saying to other

cially through Newsfeed,” said Floyd Central

nological declaration of unity has

people. Right when you change your

High School sophomore Jessica McNally.

turned out not to be so simple.

relationship status it’s having that

With the technological and social net-

title in black and white,” said Ches-

working movement rapidly growing, it becomes

relationship status options: single,

terton High Schoolsenior Morgan

hard to not get caught up in the virtual world.

in a relationship, engaged, mar-


Before logging in to change a relationship status,

Facebook now offers 11

ried, it’s complicated, in an open

This need to know the activi-

one must ask if they are showing their com-

relationship, widowed, separated,

ties of a significant other is common

mitment to someone else or just “selling their

divorced, in civil union, and in a do-

though and often times is the root

hearts” to Facebook.

mestic partnership. If someone else

of many relationship woes and even

is involved in the desired status, a



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