AU B U R N R I V E R S I D E S T U D E N T December 15, 2009 VOLUME 15
Where will you be on Christmas? See Pages 8-9
Black Friday births Jackie Chan babies Sydney Shuman STAFF REPORTER For some people, participating in the rush of Black Friday is an annual tradition. Thanksgiving comes, family arrives, turkey is carved and after swallowing that last bite of stufﬁng, they’re off! They drive straight to their favorite store and construct camp. In one case, this means setting up the old Coleman tent and sleeping until the cell phone alarm goes off. In another, it’s sitting in a fold-out chair bundled in a wool blanket, stimulated only by the Joe in their Thermos. No matter what lengths people go to, the trouble is worth it in their eyes, because for that one Friday, prices dive. However, there is a catch: you have to be Jackie Chan. In order to get that item on your Christmas list, you have to know how to pitch a nasty upper cut and the sharpest of jabs. You must be bold enough to shove the bargain hunter next to you into the clothes rack, and be as determined as a starving lion. Have no mercy. Forget your morals. This is usually the mindset of Black Friday’s “doorbusters.” For some reason,
they believe that with that one day, comes freedom from rules. Nothing is sacred. Not even when the item you waited ﬁve hours in line for is in your shopping cart. To the Chans surrounding you, it is still fair game. It is due to their negligence that Black Friday has actually become dangerous. Just last year, a temporary employee at a WalMart in Arkansas was trampled to death by a stampede of ruthless doorbusters. This year, Wal-Marts across the nation remained open 24 hours to avoid these savage shoppers. Assistant Manager Tami at Bonney Lake Wal-Mart refused to comment on 2008’s black Friday. “That’s conﬁdential,” she said; apparently, a sore subject. Maybe her heart got trampled. Wal-Mart’s efforts to abolish chaos were quite futile this year. The chaos was merely moved inside. People puppy guarded their wish list items with furrowed brows and the twitching biceps they had folded tightly across their chests. When the clock struck 5 am, shoppers ferociously ripped open the displays. Soon after, Jackie Chan clones were
ninja-ing to the front of the store. One line for the registers weaved around the toiletry aisle and into the clothing department. Across the street, 30 minutes earlier, a line of super shoppers at Target reached around its façade. Two cops stood at the entrance with their cruiser close by; not entirely a welcoming sight. However, at the South Hill JC Penney, customers were greeted with hot coffee. They were guided in the doors by helpful employees and not a single person pushed or clobbered. Good old Bullseye the dog and Rollback man could really learn some hospitality from JC. In general, America experienced the madness of Black Friday just as any other year. None of the attempts to stiﬂe it were successful; that is, besides the small loophole caused by JC Penney’s coffee offerings and prepared employees. Primarily, it was the doorbusters themselves who saw the insanity, or better yet, created it. Ask one. They might even have a bruise to prove it.
Array of obsessions eats lives away Brianne Kopp STAFF REPORTER “Why you so obsessed with me/Everybody knows/It’s clear that you’re upset with me.” We may know these words from Mariah Carey’s song “Obsessed,” but there’s more to the “obsession” than meets the eye. Are these words from the media the spoken truth or a misinterpreted lie? We use obsession to describe the territorial, catty girls or the controlling, manipulative guys in a relationship. From in between classes in the halls to every unscheduled moment, we have all come across someone who is preoccupied with someone or something. Whether it’s a friend we lose or a signiﬁcant other, potentially their other half, obsession requires our time to be spent on one thing or one person. We even describe the hobbies we ﬁll our time with as obsession.
editors-in-chief Kim German James Kozanitis photographer Sydney Shuman business manager Brianne Kopp adviser Patrick Swenson
staﬀ reporters Tralayna Haslett Brianne Kopp Berlyn Lee Shayla McGinness Emily Morisawa Sydney Shuman front cover photo Sydney Shuman
The actual meaning? Let’s take a look. Take movies, for example. How many of us watch one on a daily basis, could quote just about anything and have numerous posters representing their die hard love for them? Not very many. Senior Colby Neubauer, however, does. Movies are his obsession, nothing short of it. “If the only two things left on Earth were me and a movie store,” Neubauer said, “I would be perfectly happy.” When asked about his favorite actor, Neubauer named every movie the man was in, with impressing ease. Neubauer admits to being able to name the ﬁlmography of all his favorite, least favorite and in-between actors. This is a true obsession. When others asked, although not quite so extreme, each had their own opinions and views. A song comes on. How many immedi-
ately dance? Whether in the middle of public, out with her friends or coped up in her dance room, senior Jacque Guyette found her obsession. “It’s more to me than dance,” Guyette said. “It’s my love.” She has found her own heart-felt passion. The true meaning: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire. These obsessions range anywhere from knowing every line in a movie to owning all the Star Wars action ﬁgures. We all have that one thing we love to do, the thing that allows us to procrastinate on our homework, to steal away our free time. They are the ﬁller to all pauses in our conversations. Is it truly obsession that students are experiencing, though? Maybe it’s just a new meaning. We all claim to be obsessed with something, so what’s yours?
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Berlyn Lee STAFF REPORTER “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” —Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Hello again, my fellow seniors; the time has come to start the second part of the portfolio competition. This month my best friend Senior Mariah Shinners and I worked on completing the “Post Secondary Chapter.” The senior Portfolio calls for all graduating seniors to place a senior bio, letter of recommendation, personal résumé, a post-secondary essay and copy of college application essays. The section also calls for a letter of acceptance, but Mariah and I both knew we would not get one of those until later on in the year, so we decided to put a copy of our completed applications in as collateral. We also decided that the letter of recommendation was optional for this month, because it won’t have to be in the portfolio for the ﬁnal competition. All of these projects, of course, must have been signed off by both our parents and advisers and placed in our portfolio in order to win this month’s competition. We decided to start the competition at 3:05:25 p.m. on November 19. We started earlier in the day this month because I had to run up to Lakeland Hills Elementary School to drop off my letter requesting a letter of recommendation and could not do it any other day or time. After losing last month, Mariah is determined to win this competition. Mariah stated that I should tell the teacher not to look at my letter until the next day when she could turn in her letter. That way we would be on the same playing ﬁeld. Even though I turned in my letter on the ﬁrst day, neither Mariah nor I started, for the second month in a row, on the actual starting date. Steve Mead of the Career Center suggested that the best way to start the post-
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Portfolio: Serenade continued from Page Two
post-secondary plan is ﬁguring out what plan you want to follow, for now at least. Though both Mariah and I already decided on what we were doing and where we were going, the fact of the matter is we are excellent procrastinators. As for the students who have not decided on what route they are taking, this should be your ﬁrst priority. “There are only so many days left as a senior,” Mead said. “Start thinking about the future.” If not for the portfolio, the post secondary plan encourages students to make the right decisions so that they do not end up in a dead-end job with no money and no way out. “In order to save time and money,” Mead said, “[students should] have a plan and take the quickest route to that plan.” After our struggle with procrastination, we eventually began. I ﬁnally started working on my post-secondary plan on November 24; Mariah began a little later. Tensions were high this month; both Mariah and I were up to our noses in a ﬂood of busy-ness. We are both working high school students, therefore both of us have homework until the wee hours of the morning because we have to work late. Not to mention other minor conﬂicts: writing contests, plays and musicals, health regimes and Book Club presidential stuff. Mariah and I bickered several times about who was the busiest. I once even used the excuse that I was busier because I had to not only participate in the competition but write the article as well. Silly, I know. Through all of this, we managed to ﬁnish this competition and still remain friends. Thank goodness, because I could not survive without that girl. This month I was victorious, again. This month’s punishment was named the “Reallife Musical.” Mariah’s challenge was to serenade at least ﬁve people in the Auburn SuperMall through song and interpretive dance. She had the ability to spend as much time as she needed to in the mall, but she ended up spending two hours. This challenge took place on Monday, December 7. Mariah sang ﬁve songs, mostly about Christmas to several groups of people. It was fun for the most part. The hardest part for Mariah was walking up to the people and asking them if she could serenade them. Even though Mariah lost this month, again, she will still have to ﬁnish this section; she said that the best way to complete this section is to do it in one sitting rather than spread it out over a long period of time. “The fact that I have to do it [is what inspired me],” senior Sokbunny Sinvann said, talking, of course, of the rapidly approaching March deadline. He also recommended that students start on their portfolio and community service even before their junior year. So this month, sit down for an hour and think about what you want to do after college — we only have so much time left. Until next time, my fellow seniors, just remember the stars are the limit; you just have to decide what star you are going to shoot for. Like Dr. Seuss said, “Oh! The places you will go!”
Guatemalan visitor denied entrance Kim German Editor In Chief
This is her ﬁrst experience in America, and our school has made her feel like she isn’t even welcome in our country. “I think it could have been a really good experience for students at Riverside to know about culture,” Luisa said. So what I’m having difﬁculty understanding is why she is not allowed to attend Riverside for such a short time. She is such a great girl, really. I would not say that if it were not the truth. She’s eager to help staff
Luisa said. “I felt really bad, and I was so angry that I cried!” Several staff members at Riverside “Understanding and sharing of divergent stated that they would have loved to have culture and customs through foreign and Luisa in their classrooms. I would understand student exchange arrangements is a desirif some did not, since she wouldn’t be here able educational goal. Attendance of foreign for very long or could possibly be viewed as exchange students can beneﬁt both foreign a hassle by extremely busy staff members, and district students.” but I found enough teachers to ﬁll an entire This is a direct quote from the Auburn school day who were ready to welcome her School District website, addressing the topic with open arms. Apparently this was not a of foreign exchange stuproper solution either. dents. It sounds like a pretty “Have you ever had good policy, right? I thought the feeling that nobody so too. So when my mother wants you with them?” Luisa and I first contacted the asked. “Or that they don’t school in August to see how like you, but you don’t even to go about enrolling Luisa, know why? Well, I felt like our visitor from Guatemala, that when the principal in October, we were hopeful told Linda that I couldn’t for welcome arms. However, go there.” this is not what we got. I wrote a letter to both Months of confusion Phillips and Halford, which followed our initial inquisibasically expressed everytion. My mom, who has actuthing I’m sharing with you ally worked for the Auburn readers. In addition, I also School District for the past asked for an honest expla11 years, contacted everynation of why Luisa was one who she thought could not allowed to attend. Sevclear things up for her. She eral people read my drafts was constantly redirected before I sent the letters, from person to person, which and they all agreed that was perfectly ﬁne because I was rather professional most people were trying and deﬁnitely reasonable. I their very best to help. Evennever got a response, which tually, though, we became is probably the worst part frustrated. Shortly before of all of this. In the end, Luisa’s arrival, my mom after great disappointment, came into contact with Assismy mother ﬁnally ended up tant Principal Dave Halford. enrolling Luisa at Auburn This is when things started to Mountainview, who let us go downhill. Though Halford know from the start that PHOTO BY LINDA GERMAN remained professional while they would accept her if talking with my mom, he things didn’t work out at Luisa and Kim still had their fair share of fun experiences, despite the fact that they was not helpful. He told us couldn’t go to the same school. Riverside. Luisa had a full that Luisa was not allowed schedule at Mountainview to attend Riverside for her and did what was asked of two-month stay, stating that her by the teachers. If they it would be illegal. How, didn’t think it was necessary though, we were not told. Reasons for de- members out and to meet new people, and for her to participate in a certain activity, nying Luisa varied, and none of them made I’m actually dumbfounded by this situation. she went in the back of the room and drew sense at all to my family. As it stands now, I can see no positive side pictures, wrote notes or listened to music. “I came here to have a good experi- to this. My mother passed information from This was not a problem for anybody. ence,” Luisa said. “Not to bother anyone.” Halford and Principal Bruce Phillips onto “I was upset for a while,” Luisa said. Let’s take a look at the background of me, in which they threw another “explana- “But I’m good now. Maybe I couldn’t go to the situation. Our family enjoys experienc- tion” at us, stating that Luisa would become Riverside for some weeks, but visiting for ing different cultures, and we have had the bored at Riverside. This is really the com- two days is nice.” wonderful opportunity to host four students plete opposite of the truth. For over a week This entire situation has really, in the from Guatemala prior to Luisa. This not while my mom desperately tried to ﬁnd a least, disappointed me. I suppose Mountaonly allows my twin brother Ryan and me to way to ﬁnd Luisa a spot at Riverside, Luisa inview was a good alternative to Riverside, become more familiar with people of other had been switching from staying at home, but cooperation and understanding would ethnicities, but also opens many doors for watching TV or playing solitary card games, have really been nice. the students. Everybody in Guatemala City to accompanying my mother to her work at “Experience makes people change,” has been formally learning English since Rainier Middle School. This is the deﬁnition Luisa said. kindergarten, and most started learning of bored. Whether this situation sets the stage for long before that, even. Textbooks, however, She really did not want to be a distrac- positive or negative change, I do not know. can only get them so far. Coming to America tion, and she wouldn’t have been. She had Luisa learned that life, at times, does not and experiencing our culture is the ultimate been so extremely patient, and it really hurt make sense and is not fair. The students at experience, and they come here with such her and the rest of my family that Riverside Mountainview had the opportunity to meet an open mind. Now imagine how Luisa, an wasn’t welcoming her to our school. She’s Luisa and learn about Guatemalan culture. extraordinarily sweet 16-year-old girl, felt trying to understand what she could have And I learned that things always have a when she discovered she was not welcome at possibly done differently. solution, even if that solution is not always Riverside. Surely it was not the intention, but “I came to live here for two months and what’s for the best. this has made her feel so bad about herself. then found out the school didn’t want me,”
Cable companies threaten internet freedom James Kozanitis Editor In Chief Recently, a bill has been proposed that would put the hazy topic of network neutrality into law. What is Net Neutrality? According to Savetheinternet.com, Net Neutrality “prevents Internet providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.” It’s the principal that all of internet trafﬁc should be equal. The cable companies can’t, in a network neutral world, decide what goes through the Internet and how fast it goes through. However, since Network Neutrality isn’t the law yet, the cable companies can, and they are trying. This bill, called “The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009,” can potentially affect the lives of everyone living today, especially our generation and generations of the future. Its passage is paramount to keeping greed and corruption out of the internet; speciﬁcally, the greedy corrupt hands of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. The basic idea that the NCTA, which encompasses the largest cable and telephone companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, wants to enact is to have different web sites pay them big bucks to decide how fast their click is. So if MySpace pays them a million dollars, they will be put to the top of the list, so everyone who wants to go to MySpace will get there faster than web sites who only paid a half a million. Why should consumers care? Well, let’s say you want to go to Facebook, but MySpace paid the cable companies more. Sorry, you’ll have to wait until everyone who wants to go to MySpace gets there for your connection
to bring you to Facebook. This makes the NCTA the waiters in a restaurant who get slipped a hundred bucks to take customers ahead in line to a better table. This is good for the customers who can afford it, great for the NCTA, but unfair and
Now, a lot of people claim that making a law of Net Neutrality would be useless, because there’s nothing to show that the NCTA are trying to create any such system. However, if this was true, then why would there be any need for those propaganda ads
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If the NCTA had their way...
unfortunate for all of the other customers. There have been slues of political ads using the punch line “Net Neutrality means you pay more.” These ads are pure propaganda, as Net Neutrality is simply how the internet is now.
(paid for by the NCTA)? There wouldn’t be any need for it. Clearly, the NCTA has ulterior motives. They want to convince the world that Net Neutrality is bad so they can enact their pay for speed plan.
Disregarding the propaganda, the NCTA is not denying these claims, only trying to convince the informed public that what they want to do isn’t that bad. They claim that they should have the right to offer extended service to those who pay more so they can have the funds to expand broadband services. I mean, it’s not like the cable companies make enough money. Their 2008 revenue, according to the NCTA.com, was only 86.3 billion dollars, not to mention their 26.6 billion dollars in advertising revenue. They’re going broke in today’s economy, clearly. They also feel like they should be able to charge web sites extra for using up an outstanding amount of bandwidth. Sites such as YouTube and MySpace see an enormous amount of trafﬁc daily, and, because of the magnitude of the trafﬁc, they want to be able to charge more. Sound fair? Well, imagine if your phone company tried to charge you for using 10,000 texts in one month, even though you have unlimited texts. Does this sound fair? Of course not. The cable companies have no right to do this, but they want that to change. What can you do to stop this? First, you can get onto your currently neutral internet and go to Savetheinternet.com and click act now to send a letter to a local congressmen, informing them of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 and your support of that. The website already has over 1.6 million letters sent, going for a goal of two million. The second thing you can do is spread the word. We can’t sit back and let the NCTA enact their greedy legislation before Net Neutrality is passed into law. We can stop them.
Cliques hinder potential friendships and opportunities Cheri Broch GUEST REPORTER Cliques are like a safety net: something to fall into as soon as risk comes before you. Just like walking the tightrope in the circus, in life you can’t just jump to safety when it gets difﬁcult or painful. Cliques have been around for a long time. I understand that after you spend time together with a group of people for a long time you feel comfortable with them. However, cliques hold you back. Staying with the same people is like wearing the same jeans every day. They get to be a comfort when life is all about taking risks. Cliques prevent people from branching out and meeting other people. They don’t allow you to reach your true potential. Someone who looks a certain
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A group of Riverside girls demonstrate how exclusive cliques can seem.
way might not affiliate with someone who looks a different way. Just because they don’t run in the same circle as you does not mean they are “weird” or “not cool.” A clique is simply an idea, not a fact. Thoughts on cliques may differ, but one comment stood out from the crowd. “Cliques can be good, and cliques can be bad,” counselor Dan Polley said. As Polley stated, it’s simply the fact that he has accepted that cliques will always be around. Here’s a more layman way of defining clique. “It’s a bunch of people wearing bandanas and hats and all
wearing the same clothing,” senior Kyle Spies said. Now this may not be true in all cases, but isn’t it pretty easy to pick out who is with who by what they wear? The people with baggy pants and baggy shirts are probably not in the same group as the people who wears all brand names and skin-tight jeans. Clothing is a major part of what separates one group from another; it’s like a big black X over everyone who isn’t like you. While some people think cliques grow and change with the times many people disagree. “I think they stay the same through the years,” junior Caroline Seifert said. Take a risk, people! Do something out of the box. No one has ever been remembered for being the same as everyone else. Think Rosa Parks. She is remembered for not following everyone else. She wasn’t complacent. I dare someone to take a chance like that. To take a chance to change not only themselves, but this seemingly immobile idea of cliques.
ASB UPDATE Matt Hudgins PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER Happy Holidays from your ASB ofﬁcers! Can you believe it’s almost 2010? A lot has happened this school year, but there is still much to come. The Executive Board continues to meet on a regular basis, and has been getting a lot done. On Saturday December 12, they hosted a holiday bazaar at the Lakeland Information Center beneﬁting the Make-AWish Foundation. The bazaar, which took place from 9:00 to 11:00 am, featured a number of baked goods and holiday specialties and was a huge success. All proﬁts were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-proﬁt organization beneﬁting children with life-threatening medical conditions. The bazaar was organized by Junior LASC representative Lauren Mendez and featured the collaborative work of the Executive Board, student council members and a number of different clubs from Riverside, including National Honor Society. Much thanks to everyone involved; your efforts will make the holidays that much brighter for sick children worldwide. Another thing your ofﬁcers have been hard at work planning for is the Winter Sports assembly,
scheduled for this Friday, December 18. This assembly, which will recognize the different sports and activities going on this season, will follow the Olympics theme of the ﬁrst assembly with a “Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics” setting. Through a number of fun, holiday competitions and spirited events, we will be honoring the winter sports teams and other various clubs. Also, Friday will be a class competition spirit day! To celebrate the start of winter break and get pumped up for the assembly, the spirit day will be holiday -themed. Seniors and sophomores will wear red, while juniors and freshmen will wear
of yet another club, Manna — a group for Christian students to gather, study the Bible and give back to the community. Some of the events still in the planning stages include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly in January and an opportunity for the Executive Board ofﬁcers to work in a local soup kitchen over the holidays. Class councils have also been busy. Senior class is planning a volleyball tournament for after break and is also looking at selling “Future Raven” shirts to students at Auburn and Lake Tapps-area middle schools. The juniors are preparing to sell staff spirit gear, and they are still working on planning their prom. Sophomore class just completed a highly successful “Wobble to Gobble” fun run in association with Raven Crew and is planning a service project. The freshmen class ofﬁcers have been moving slow and steady, but are setting the ground for three more great PHOTOS COURTESY MATT HUDGINS years as Riverside Ravens. The year may be nearly Above: Katie Weiss gets really excited half over already, but there is during an ASB Executive Board meeting. still a lot going on and much more to come. Have a restful, At Left: The Executive Board stays upbeat fun and safe winter break, and during even the earliest of meetings. I’ll see you next year!
green. This assembly will be a great way to show your school spirit and prove that your class is better than the rest! Aside from these two endeavors, the Executive Board has been busy holding student council meetings and organizing other events. At the last all-ASB meeting, we broke into committees and approved the creation
Mid-winter break left in the cold DECA promotes organ donor awareness Shayla McGinness STAFF REPORTER Traveling is just another fun privilege during the week long mid-winter break students and teachers get to do. Students get to travel, play in the remaining snow and just relax until the yearly exams. Next year Riverside will unfortunately be waving goodbye to mid-winter break for good. The school calendar is established via Auburn Education Association and the Auburn School District negotiated agreement. The decision to cut the mid-winter break is spreading quite a bit throughout the state. Many other schools have already adopted this new policy. Mid-winter break causes the school year to end late in June, and with snow days and inclement weather, make up days can push the last day of school to the end of June. “This end of the year calendar issue has resulted in districts and unions eliminating or reducing the mid-winter break.” ASD superintendent Kip Herren said. One of the serious issues caused by mid-winter break for a lot of parents is
the cost of child care. Parents say they can’t afford an extra school vacation and even trying to ﬁnd child care is just another burden. Approximately 20 to 30 percent of our student population qualify for free and reduced programs. That’s a lot of families who will have to ﬁnd day care for their children during mid-winter break. Mid-winter break adds to ﬁnancial struggle, which results in adding to the money crisis. As of right now the current school year ends on June 25. Next year, without mid-winter break, school will end on June 21. Also, instead of having a full week off for mid-winter break, students and teachers will get a four day weekend over Presidents Day. Not everyone is jumping for joy over the break being taken away. “School should be more spread out” Principal Bruce Phillips said. “It’s not good for students to be out of school for three months. It’s use it or lose it. Besides, teachers use all of September reviewing the curriculum.” Well for now we have this year’s mid-winter break; it’s just a matter of saying a ﬁnal farewell.
Kim German Editor In Chief
sue donors. Every student who participated was given a green Donate Life bracelet and/or key chain. Several other students throughout the building showed their support by coming to school clad in green. On Tuesday of that week, Miss Washington made an appearance at our school during third period. She presented information about the organ donorship topic. In addition, she also shared her personal experiences of organ donorship and also explained the importance of giving life to others as a result. DECA’s goal by hosting the events was to make a difference in the world and to convince the entire student body that becoming an organ donor will make a great impact in the lives of many people.
On the week of November 16 to November 20, DECA hosted an Organ Donorship Awareness Week. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness to the importance of becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. The students in DECA took on the task of challenging our school to register as organ donors. Through the whole week, DECA hosted a variety of events throughout the school day to help raise awareness. A booth was set up by the cafeteria during all three lunches for the entire week. At this table, students were able to have the opportuPHOTO COURTESY WWW.CONNECTAMARILLO.COM, nity to register as CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE organ, eye and tis-
Librarian hopes to save home from ﬂoods Sydney Shuman STAFF REPORTER The leakage of the Howard Hansen Dam has the worries of librarian Candy Gonzales on the rise. When Auburn mayor Pete Lewis announced the dam’s deﬁciency in June this summer, little toll was taken on her and most of the populace’s invincible mindset. However, with every splash of a winter raindrop, vulnerability is being recognized. Candy Gonzales has been preparing for months now. Gonzales lives at the bottom of Lee Hill, right below Green River Community College. She has lived there for 11 years, lining the river’s edge, and is currently dedicating her spare time to saving her house from the expected waters. Her house is supposed to be fully submerged during the ﬂoods. “The city of Auburn told us we are alone,” Gonzales said. “We have to protect ourselves. They are busy protecting the businesses.” Every weekend Gonzales and her children ﬁll hundreds of sandbags. They have ﬁlled over 1000 so far and will keep at it
as long as necessary. Lying 10 feet from the river, Gonzales’ house isn’t the ideal place to live if the dam fails. For adequate protection she needs to build a 10 foot tall wall of sandbags in the backyard. King 5 news even voted it the number one house in Auburn you don’t want to live in during the ﬂoods. Likewise, the property value of Gonzales’s one acre lot has plummeted. Several houses down her street alone are up for sale, but with few interested buyers. Like her neighbors, Gonzales has also moved most of the furniture from her house. “We have neighbors living with just a bed and TV,” Gonzales said. When and if the river ﬂoods over, Gonzales is planning to live with her daughter, teacher Laine Lennihan. Hopefully, Gonzales’ efforts will pay off and her house will be protected. Many students have already volunteered to sandbag and she is eternally grateful. She hopes more will share their love and service with others in need. Want to help others in Gonzales’ situa-
tion? Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to dusk, Les Gove Community Campus, next to the Auburn Library, is open for volunteers. On Saturdays from 10 to 2 Les Grove and the parking lot of Fulmer Field are open for any assistance.
Riverside librarian Candy Gonzales spends every weekend making hundreds of sandbags to help protect her house. Students can help Gonzales and other Auburn residents by volunteering their time ﬁlling sandbags.
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Levy approved; school improved Oprah Winfrey Show calls it quits Cassidy Brown GUEST REPORTER On November 3, residents of the Auburn School District passed the Improvements Levy, a levy that will allow $46.4 million worth of improvement to be made on the Auburn School District The levy will repair old and damaged school equipment, ﬁx sport equipment and playgrounds and upgrade safety equipment. The improvements being made by the near $50 million budget will be spread over ﬁve years, with a new gymnastics springboard being the ﬁrst of many. “We’ll get the springboard this winter,” Principal Bruce Phillips said, “and we’ll get a new track and field this summer.” The carpet turf covering the ﬁeld now will be completely torn up and replaced with ﬁeld turf, and the track will be re-done. With the new track, ﬁeld and springboard, the students who participate in track and ﬁeld, football, soccer, and gymnastic will be the ﬁrst to see the improvements. “These things are almost at the point where they are unsafe,” Athletic Director
Doug Aubert said. “This is a great investment. It brings us up to par with the other schools in the SPSL.” The improvements to the sporting equipment will be the most noticeable of those being made. “If the improvements are good, I’m for it,” sophomore Kim Coon, who runs track in the spring, said. Although the sport programs will beneﬁt greatly, many other things will also see positive changes being made. Broken or damaged furniture in classrooms will be replaced, poor ventilation systems and damaged pipes will be repaired and the security in the school will be improved. About ﬁve million dollars will come directly to Riverside, and the remainder of the $50 million will be spread across all the other high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in the district. Funds for the levy will be received over the next ﬁve years, so the changes won’t all be coming at once. “One thing people need to realize is that it’s not going to happen overnight,” said Phillips. “There won’t be a lot of direct impacts, but it’s the small things that impact lives.”
Inﬂuential talk show host will end show in 2011; new Oprah TV network will follow Berlyn Lee STAFF REPORTER On September 9, 2011, the very last Oprah Winfrey Show will be broadcasted to the world. Oprah announced to her audience on November 20, in a live edition of her show, that she would be leaving the show after 25 years. “Twenty-ﬁve years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit,” Oprah said during the live broadcast of her show. “It’s the perfect number. It’s the exact right time.” Oprah’s show ﬁrst broadcasted on September 8, 1986, and in the 24 years following millions of viewers would tune in and invite her into their home. Hundreds have claimed Oprah’s show changed their lives and say they will be sad to see her show go. The Oprah Winfrey Show will be taken off the air in 2011, but Oprah will have her own network starting up shortly afterwards. The company working for the new network, Harpo, is working in conjunction with the Discovery Channel to
create The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). “This is her chapter two,” according to David Zaslav, the Discovery Channel chief, in a call to B&C (Broadcasting & Cable) analysts. In her announcement on November 20, Oprah stated that even though the show was ending, the episodes would not suffer. Oprah claims that the episodes in the season to come will be fantastic. “We are going to knock your socks off!” Winfrey told her audience on November 20. “I intend to soak up every meaningful, joyful moment with you.” Oprah is not regretful of her decision to leave the show. She told her best friend Gayle King on her Sirius XM radio show, “[It just] feels right in my bones.” Winfrey also said she had no regrets, and the only time she choked up about leaving was when she told her fans.
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The holidays are a time for sharing and giving. Even our school clubs are getting into the spirit of things, helping communities, friends, and families prepare for the cold months ahead. The helpful clubs include:RAKE, FCCLA, DECA, Viscom, Band, Drama, Honor Society, Cheer, and Key club. Key Club just had a sand-bagging competition in Paciﬁc, just in case the dam should break in the winter months ahead. They’re trying to start a food drive and begin a neighborhood housing project. On their webpage, it says they will be having a holiday dinner set-up at 6:00 p.m. in the commons. In early November Key Club had their newspaper drive where all the proceeds went to the Auburn Food Bank. They are also making stockings for local children charities. Also, for the local food bank, Key Club has been making baskets of necessities for women in need in our communities. DECA club is having an organ donor program open to students 16 and above. They aren’t doing this charity in the name of the holidays but for the community and the people in it who need these organs. In our nation people are on the organ donor list for years and may never get the one they need, which could result in that persons eventual death. But DECA’s organ donor program isn’t the only one out there, so it could be worth checking out. Band is also performing jazz combos on December 12th from 10am-2pm, consisting of Christmas music, such as “Jingle Bells, “
“Silent night,” and many more. They are also participating in a Santa parade in December. Drama Club presented a free show (with canned food donation) and a food drive held here on November 18th for the Auburn Food Bank. Some attended a great performance and give food to the people who will need it for the cold winter months ahead. Honor Society has and will do a number of projects including sandbagging, a canned food drive, adopt a family and many other helpful charities and fundraisers for the upcoming months. RAKE Club just got started this year, and is now electing a new club president. They are trying to have a fundraiser started for a local animal shelter and will be brainstorming other ideas for other charities/fundraisers. Viscom makes a video of Auburn’s annual Food Banks Harvest Breakfast every year, which is a big annual fundraiser for the Food Bank. They raised money last year for their fundraiser and they raised some money this year, helping the community and the people in it. Cheer is having their Adopt-a-Family program where you could adopt a student who will visit our school from a different country to experience our culture and school. All of these clubs are helping people in some way. Whether it is for something they don’t have, to bring joy, or to remind us that the holidays are for giving. Against popular belief, they aren’t for receiving the things you don’t need but must have.
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There’s a reason the classic Christmas jingle croons, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams;” a traditional Christmas happens in the comfort of your holly decked halls. Everything else isn’t the ideal holiday we have always fantasized about. Vacationing is nice, but not as merry as you might think. Sure, it’s relaxing, warm, and beautiful on the beaches of Cancun Mexico, but it doesn’t quite possess the spirit of Christmas like the Great Northwest does; tinsel draped pines often look suspicious amongst the tropical foliage. It’s ludicrous to dream of snow, and unless you plan to smuggle Nana in your carry-on, it’s pricey to bring the whole family with you. In fact, the average family spends thousands of dollars on vacationing each year. Leaving for the holiday season is up to the family, but 90% of students would rather not. During a recent poll one male student said he likes to, “keep it classic.” The stereotypical Christmas is supposed to be white, with ice-encrusted windows and lights on every house. You are surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of your home. Many people don’t get that chance every year: those who don’t have the funds, and those serving our country. It is one of the hardest times to be away. If, however, you have the option to be home or hop aboard a plane, stay home Kevin. You might be surprised to ﬁnd that vacation IS Christmas. There’s no need to escape to a distant land. Vacation can be found next to the glittering Christmas tree, beside the cozy ﬁreplace or on a winter walk. In addition, home is preferable to a trip for sentimental reasons. It is where you grew up, where you spent past Christ-
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. . . BUT DO I WANT TO BE ? JBrianne Kopp
It’s Christmas Day, and you wake up, run to your parents’ room and wake them up. Within minutes the family is gathered around the tree, without the clock even passing 10 am. Gifts are passed around and anxiously opened. Whether one by one, individually or all as a whole, not even an hour has passed. Perhaps a perfectly prepared breakfast a-waits you next. Traditional, but all before noon…what now? Imagine a towel spread across the d along the coast. The blazing sun gleaming skin. The perfect day? Some argue yes. g home or vacation?” senior Corey Posten ud. “If the choice was mine, anywhere where
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this the only way? How did that come to be the only way to celebrate Christmas? The tales and stories that ﬁll the bookshelves at this time make it seem only snow is ﬁt for the perfect Christmas. What they fail to illustrate is the whole other half of the world — same date, different weather. “Vacation would be different, but change can be good,” senior Danielle Parris said. “Somewhere warm with the family this year would be a good change.” Besides the weather, a quiet escape with those you love would only enhance the calming, happy mood of Christmas. However, 90 percent would rather stay at home with decked-out decorations ﬁt for the eyes of Santa, with fresh baked cookies and glasses full of cold milk. Whether snuggled up at home or out surfing the coasts, both more than suit the idea of Christmas when spent with family.
While presents and Christmas cheer circulate, some personal traditions come into play. Whether it’s going out to dinner or singing by the tree, everybody has little differences in what they do during the Christmas season. Money may be getting tighter, but the festive feeling brought by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph is just as cheery as ever. The conquests for presents are difﬁcult for some. “It’s hard to ﬁnd gifts that hold meaning,” counselor Laurie Dooley said. For some families shopping for presents is half the fun. Days are spent going into store after store to ﬁnd things for siblings and parents. Although hiding presents is difﬁcult, some people, such as freshman Kristina Brockett, ﬁnd new uses for closets and drawers. Presents aren’t the only traditions that people take part in during the holidays. Going out to dinner or brunch is another tradition celebrated. “First we go out for Chinese food in Chinatown on Christmas Eve,” freshman Lizzy Lee said. “Then on Christmas morning we have brunch and open presents. Several days afterward we have a Lee Christmas with extended family.” Getting together with family is a common occurrence during Christmas. Whether they visit or they are visited, the family grows a person or two. “We get together, spend time, and talk,” freshman Kristy Tran said. Whether it’s catching up on the year’s events by the ﬁre or laughing over that uncle whose Santa beard falls off every year, words are shared. The time off is the longest vacation we get next to summer. It’s looked forward to by most students as principal Bruce Phillips said. Although teachers seem to cram in all the tests they can before break, the two weeks off is important to most students. “Kids all over the world look forward to Christmas,” Dooley said. With Christmas just around a frosty corner, students need to start preparing. Those little traditions done every year are creeping up. Try not to procrastinate this year, and just dive right in.
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Volunteering causes revelation of heart and mind Shayla McGinness STAFF REPORTER Over Thanksgiving weekend I had possibly one of the best experiences in my short 15 and half years on this Earth. No, I didn’t win any huge amount of money, I didn’t get a car or even buy that adorable Guess purse I’ve been eyeing at the mall. No, the only thing I received was a wonderful feeling. Maybe you know it:that feeling you get after you have given a homeless person a couple of bucks, helped an elderly person with their groceries in the parking lot, or maybe even just smiled and said “hello” to someone who looks as if the concept of happiness has left the world. Over Thanksgiving weekend, 6I helped ﬁll sandbags and load them into people’s cars. It doesn’t sound like a big or important job. Maybe it’s not as impressive as helping feed the homeless or doing some amazing act of kindness through some giant mission group such as Seattle Gospel Mission. But let’s not forget that what it all comes down to is helping those in need. Helping those people gave me such a great feeling of accomplishment. Not only that, but I was astounded by the people I met while I was helping sand bagging in Les Grove Park. When I got to the speciﬁed site, there were already a ton of volunteers putting sand in the bags, so I was assigned the job of sorting the bags by 30 in a pile and also directing people to sign in and where to pull in to. Later, when most of the volunteers from the morning started leaving, and I my newly befriended workmate Dacanay Estill, “D” for short, started ﬁlling the bags together and loading them. We were the last volunteers there besides the four main volunteers who ran the whole thing. Some of the time was spent loading the bags, while the rest was spent sitting in the bitter cold and waiting for someone to pull in and back up. Now, I’m not complaining about the weather and how windy and cold it was, because I was happy to help. I was
just happy it wasn’t pouring down rain. I met some of the kindest people there, too. One person who really stood out was a main volunteer who helped run the place, Doug Rutherford. When I ﬁrst got there, I was wearing a sweatshirt and a couple layers underneath; I didn’t expect it to be so frigid and cold even though I should have known better and worn more layers. When he assigned me my duty, he could see I was cold, so he offered me a jacket and scarf. Me, a person he had just met only ﬁve minutes before. Would you let someone you didn’t even know at all borrow a jacket and a scarf from you? Most people wouldn’t even think to do that. It was quite a generous thing to do.
Maybe by desiring material things, advancing in my school career and trying to balance friends and family, I have forgotten the honest meaning of being not only a good citizen, but also a good person. At least in the sense of going out of my way to help someone or help a better cause bigger than myself. Maybe a lot of us have; maybe it’s not just me. I know one thing, though. I know that in realizing this, I can change and be a kinder person who thinks and helps others more rather than worrying mainly about myself all the time. It’s not about only helping someone you know; we should help everyone.
If we all try to be kinder and help and think about Then there was D, who kept others, we can change for the our spirits up by telling silly jokes better as a community, as a instead of sulking about the country and as a world united. weather. I enjoyed his company The concept may seem farand am glad he was there. fetched, but it only takes Another person that stood out to one step to create a domino me was Dave Judge, a friend of PHOTO COURTESY SOUTHDACOLA.COM effect. So I urge you all who one of the main volunteers. He are reading this to take that went off and bought donuts and one step. You don’t have to jugs of apple cider and juice for Hundreds of sandbags block the dangerous rise of water. do some great act either, like the rest of us who were helping. saving someone from a burning Doug also brought hot chocolate, building; just ask how someone trail mix and bottles of water for the volunteers. To go is and show that you care or lend a helping hand.You never out and buy food for people who aren’t even helping him know how far one little act of kindness may go. directly was really thoughtful. It truly astonishes me how kind some people really are. If you want to help those in need, there are many places you can go. Like I mentioned earlier, the Seattle I realized that I want to be as kind as these people. Union Gospel Mission is always desperate for volunteers.
Behind the Locker Number FCCLA encourages #2256 leadership development Kim German Editor In Chief
Tyler Hickey, sophomore, locker 2256
Darlena Johnson GUEST REPORTER
InFlight: How big into decorating are you? Tyler Hickey: Not very much. We don’t decorate very much at our house.
What is FCCLA? A club that is inspired to encourage students’ personal growth, leadership development, preparation for the future and family and community involvement through family and consumer science. Involvement in FCCLA offers the members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential. According to senior and president of FCCLA Amber Feil, FCCLA has been doing a lot of community service with children at elementary schools like Ilako and Chinook. Also, the club is going to participate with ﬁre ﬁghters in a spaghetti feed. The advisers of FCCLA are Stephanie Swift and Kelly Jenson. Members participate in Student Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events by coming up with competitive projects that promote and encourage the accomplishments of youth. According to Feil, STAR events are fun and easy competitions. What are some of the good reasons why students should join FCCLA? “Community service, fun and easy ways to earn Raven community service hours, socialize with members... oh, and eat,” Feil said. With simple reasons like that, who wouldn’t want to join FCCLA?
IF: What is on the top of your wish list? TH: Well, my grandma bought me a trip to Rome, so that. IF: Where do you usually spend the holidays? TH: At my grandma’s house and snowboarding. IF: How much thought do you put into purchasing a gift? TH: It really depends on how much I like the person. IF: Favorite Christmas treat? TH: Cookies and eggnog.
IF: Do you have any holiday traditions? TH: Yeah, going snowboarding on Christmas and New Years. Usually nobody’s up there on Christmas, so it’s awesome.
IF: What is your favorite part of the holidays? TH: Snow!
IF: What is your favorite gift that you’ve ever received? TH: The trip to Rome this year. I went this summer as an early Christmas present.
IF: What is your favorite Christmas song and movie? TH: Song is “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” I don’t really have a favorite Christmas movie, but Frosty the Snowman is pretty cool.
IF: How has Christmas changed for you over the years? TH: More expensive gifts.
Murgittroyd spreads the birthday energy! James Kozanitis Editor In Chief “Happy birthday, happy happy birthday. Happy birthday, happy birthday hey!” Have you heard this jingle? Maybe at Red Robins? A TV show? How about the lunch room? If the lunch room has emitted this jingle, along with the roar of rhythmic clapping, you probably heard it from senior Adam Murgittroyd. “It’s my own twist on a restaurant style song,” Murgittroyd said. “It’s the upbeat style that gives more energy to the birthday.” Murgittroyd has been singing the birthday song to people with birthdays in the cafeteria since October 22 of last year. This was the ﬁrst birthday song he sang at lunch time for his friend senior Evan Collier’s 17th birthday. It was Collier’s birthday, and lucky for him, Murgittroyd was having a good day. So he pulled his table together and formed a circle around Collier’s table and started clapping. The birthday song began. “He completely took me by surprise,” Collier said. “It was funny how so many people were down for the idea.” This started a lasting tradition. Soon after, Murgittroyd’s friends started asking him and his table to sing for them. Soon after that, people stopped having to ask. If
Murgittroyd saw a person with birthday balloons at his lunch, he would pull his table together once more. “My table helps en-
ergize the rest of the crowd,” Murgittroyd said. One special time, the Murgittroyd table got a visit from an administrator, a request for a Murgittroyd leads his second period class in the celebration of senior Jenny MacKenzie’s 18th birthday. birthday song. It was the birthday of Main Office Secretary Mary Shabel. Vice Principal Frank Ramirez had noticed the birthday songs and main doors, and the rest came through the back via the mail box room. Murgittroyd then wanted it done for Shabel. One hitch in this plan: Shabel was gone stood by Shabel, announced that it was her during lunch on her birthday. That was no birthday, and the birthday song began. “It was a birthday greeting I’ll never problem for Murgittroyd, who convinced his
Ravens now, doctors later Tralayna Haslett STAFF REPORTER Blood oozing, heart deﬁbrillators buzzing, ready to shock a pulse back into an almost lifeless patient. Scenes from even the most heartbreaking situations are what members of Riverside’s Sports Medicine Club strive to prepare for. The second year Sports Med students make up the emergency scenarios that the ﬁrst year participants must give aid to, consisting of earthquakes, impaled objects and other dangerous circumstances. “There are a bunch of victims that have different things wrong with them such as excessive bleeding,” sophomore Shelby Loomans said. “You have to get there and treat them or they’ll die.” To join Sports Med, applicants must complete two letters of recommendation, have taken Biology and Anatomy or currently be enrolled in Anatomy and go through two interviews given by the teacher, Chris Tucker. Throughout the course of the class,
sixth period physics class to go down to the main ofﬁce and sing. Several students came in through the
students partake in various activities that include learning to tape and treat injuries, give shots, draw blood, emergency medicine and get certiﬁed in CPR, First Aid and AED (Auto Electric Deﬁbrillator). “This club is good for anyone who wants to be in the medicine or health ﬁeld,” Tucker said. “You get clinical hours and it operates like a job.” Sports Med is actually both a club and a class, offered during sixth and seventh period. “It’s a great social class that operates like a hospital,” Tucker said. “It’s fun; you rely on others.” Students spend ﬁve hours per week, based around their schedule, in the training room after school in order to receive credit for the seventh period. Athletic trainer Stephanie DeCremer said the training room experience “gives students an opportunity to put into practice the skills they learn in class.” So for students looking to save a life or treat injuries, Sports Medicine Club is the place to start.
forget,” Shabel said. Murgittroyd’s lunch table consists of seniors Kenny Krotzer, Chelsea Humphries, Tasha Radford, Elise Jones, Emily Starkel and several others. Even people not at the table, such as Collier, like to join in on the birthday and make people feel special. “It’s fun to let loose and make a spectacle of yourself,” Collier said. The table has had their fair share of success, but at one time received the one reaction that Murgittroyd says he doesn’t want to get. One person, for reasons of their own, walked out of the cafeteria. “If they’re happy, it’s good. If they’re embarrassed, it’s entertaining,” Murgittroyd said. “Anything but that.” Unfortunately, Murgittroyd can’t sing to everyone, as he only has third lunch. He wishes very much to be able to sing to people at all the lunches. Murgittroyd says he wishes he had a “posse” to take the reigns. Why does Murgittroyd do it? Earning him his class clown status, there are days when he really enjoys it, when his energy is really high. He likes to go crazy. However, some days it’s hard, if he’s having a bad day. Murgittroyd says that sometimes energizing everyone else can energize him. “[Birthdays] are a day of reﬂection,” Murgittroyd said. “[Singing] makes that person feel loved and important.”
Zelenak: superhero, visionary, tech Berlyn Lee STAFF REPORTER What’s that down the street? Is it a man? Is it a stereo system? No it’s MP3! Equipped with giant head phones over his ears, turntables on his knees and an iPod in his pant pocket attached to the giant speaker on his stomach, he can shoot electricity from his hands and do a crazy awesome lip-sync dance to “Tequila.” This hero’s alter-ego is junior Ean Zelenak. In his free time, between ﬁghting evil villains, Zelenak loves to make short-ﬁlms and movies. He has entered in the last two Auburn Riverside Film Festivals and won both with his original short ﬁlms Sketch and Club Soda. He plans to enter in the next show as well. Zelenak began making ﬁlms when he was about 9 years old. “I had so many ideas,” Zelenak said. “I’m a ‘visionary’ so it was kind of a calling.” Zelenak’s dream is to continue with his ﬁlm work and eventually ﬁnd himself working in Hollywood as a screenwriter and/or director. When asked what his dream project was, Zelenak responded that he would like to do a ﬁlm on a boy who has vocal cancer and has to have his vocal cords removed and, when he thought he would never ﬁnd another way to communicate, he found he could speak through music. Zelenak also wishes to actually make the movie of Sketch, the
ﬁlm he won his ﬁrst ARFF award with, where an underground art community of artists is turned on by one of their own and now must stop the traitor’s reign of evil. However, when asked about what ﬁlm he enjoyed doing most, Zelenak was perplexed; he’s made so many and had different experiences. Eventually, he decided on Countdown, a ﬁlm he did with his friends. “I worked with my best friends,” Zelenak said. “They understood when I got angry.” The ﬁlm was about an earthquake that forced a group of people into a safe room with a small amount of oxygen. Zelenak smiled as he remembered one of the improved lines from the movie: “Do you hear something? Get in the safe room!” Zelenak had a lot of fun while ﬁlming with his friends because they would randomly look at the camera and wave to say, “Hi mom!” and then would return to acting. Though Zelenak had a lot of fun with his friends, he learned a lesson from the experience. “Actors should never be your best friends,” Zelenak said. “They never show up.” Roaming the streets for inspiration, MP3 remains in the shadows waiting for the day to appear with another award-winning ﬁlm. This is certainly not the last of MP3. Don’t want to wait for his return? Pop into the VisCom room and talk to Zelenak; he’s funny and knows all the details on MP3’s latest sightings. Strange, it’s almost as if he is MP3.
Amazon Kindle provides everyday convenience Emily Morisawa STAFF REPORTER
printed out like the notes can be, so there’s no chance of the copyright laws being violated. The Kindles are also wireless, only having to be plugged in when they need to be charged. Books can be downloaded
Amazon has recently set the book reading world on end with its e-book reader, the Kindle. The Kindle is much like an iPod with one major difference — instead of storing music, it stores books. The way the Kindle works is by wirelessly downloading books from Amazon. The newest Kindle can hold 1,500 books, magazines and newspapers. It can even store books with graphics, though the picture will turn up in a grayscale. The font of the book on the Kindle can be changed to the preference of the reader as well. If the reader wants to highlight, make notes or mark a page, they can do this with the small keyboard at the bottom of the device. Later, these notes can be printed out. In the future, Kindles could beneﬁt the classroom with these tools. “The Kindle could be helpful to teaching,” teacher Sue Nue said. “Kids who don’t necessarily read might be more willing to read on the Kindle.” PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA.ORG, CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE The books cannot be
wirelessly anywhere around the world, only taking 60 seconds to do so. A lot like the iTunes account, the book bought gets charged to an Amazon account. New releases and New York Time best sellers sell for only $9.99 when bought from Amazon for the Kindle. This Kindle is very convenient because anywhere the reader is, whether in Europe or a local bus station, they can access books that they might want to buy. Amazon allows readers to preview the ﬁrst chapter of a book before buying it to get a taste for what the book is like. Kindle could also be making its way into classrooms, though it seems unlikely at the moment. Several reasons could be because of the price, breakability and because it might not help anyone at all. “We can all use this technology,” teacher Tim Wright said, “but it doesn’t necessarily make you a better reader, writer or thinker.” Another reason that Kindles may not be making their way into classrooms is because it seems that teachers and students both agree that they would rather read a book. “I would rather read a book the traditional way,” senior Nate Gesell said. “For me, half the joy of reading is the feel and smell of the book.” However, a Kindle is a device that should be considered to be taken on trips with you. This way, instead of packing several books on the plane or in the car,
travelers can just pack them into the Kindle and take one small and light gadget. “I think the Kindle would be useful,” junior Jeff Miles said. “You wouldn’t have to carry a lot of books with you, just one small device.” Another bonus to the Kindle is the availability of the books. There are 360,000 books available from the Amazon network. This includes newspapers, blogs and magazines. “They could have rarer books not available at a bookstore,” junior Aaron Bales said. “Like older books and books from overseas.” Not only does Kindle have books, magazines, blogs and ﬁles that you can see from around the world, it also has a recommended selection for the reader. The Kindle takes inventory of the library and from the information that it gathers, the Kindle can suggest books that the reader may like. The Kindle can also read to the consumer. With this built-in feature, it makes it possible to listen to a book while driving. The feature turns the pages as it reads, and Kindle owners can choose between male or female voices. The speed at which the book is read can be changed to suit everyone’s individual preferences as well. Overall, Kindle provides a lighter load for travelers and a possible future asset to classrooms.
Drama Club’s Our Town gives audience unforgettable message Maddy Bastrom GUEST REPORTER In November I attended our school’s fall play, put on by the Drama Club whose hard work is always evident. This year the performance was decidedly low key. The story was profound, more so as they reached the ending, though the lifestyle of teenagers at the turn of the century contrasted with those of today. It was by design that the play wasn’t very upbeat, but it would have received a bigger response from students had there been a little more action. Now although the story was slow, the actors made the story better by putting emotion behind the characters. The characters themselves were entertaining, and ﬁt together like family. The end of the play was about grieving over death, but this accented the closeness of the people on stage. Thorton Wilder’s play Our Town took place in 1901, in a small New Hampshire town. The cast told the tale of teenagers George Gibbs (junior Josh Gentry) and Emily Webb (junior Elisa Rosin and senior Ashley Shea). The two fell in love, and their friends and family played a big part in their feelings and decisions about life. The performance came in three acts, mostly using pantomimes on a minimalist stage. The actors went about the daily lives of their characters, projecting well memorized lines. Senior Connor Lester was the stage manager, moving between character and narrator, adding to the story. The town doesn’t change much until act three, when several of the town’s members, including Emily, have passed
away. The audience observes Emily, watching others who are no longer living. She herself wishes she could return. The theme of the play becomes more apparent when Emily grasped that she hadn’t lived life fully the ﬁrst time. The moment of enlightenment was her decision she was disappointed with how she had treated life, and didn’t want others making her mistake. The dominant scene of the work gave the impression that even most “insigniﬁcant” moments of our lives give meaning, as they did with Emily. The setting was a pretty regular town with some pretty regular people, but that just goes to show that even normal people undergo great love, and losses. It was heartwarming when Emily caught George staring as they stargazed, and heartbreaking when we found out she was gone forever. I love comedy on the stage, and wish this wasn’t where the play had lacked. But I can really admire the thought that went into it, and the acting to pull it together. Overall, it was a success,
as the performance delivered its message after so much hard work. I could go back and forth over my feelings on the play, but my ﬁnal words will be bravo to the Drama Club, as they have again given us new experience and ideas.
Say Anything self-titled redeﬁnes band with honor James Kozanitis Editor In Chief No, pop/punk band Say Anything is nowhere near new. In fact, they’ve been around for over 10 years. However, you wouldn’t know this by the fact that their fourth full length album is self titled. That’s right; in a highly untraditional style, Say Anything hit the shelves on November 3. The album reminiscent of front man Max Bemis’ life, views and comic book obsession shouldn’t disappoint a single fan out there. Probably one of the most mature albums Say Anything has ever put out, Say Anything focuses on issues with the world and, in a self-help fashion, how individuals can ﬁnd the strength to overcome those issues. “It’s basically a comic book in audio form,” Bemis said, according to Marvel.com “It’s about the transformation of a neurotic insecure guy into a grown man with both great power and great responsibility.” However, to need a super hero, there needs to be problems in the world, and the hero needs to be aware of those problems. Showing that best is the album’s ﬁrst single “Hate Everyone.” The song is described as “tongue-in-cheek” by Bemis, in that it really isn’t exclaiming true hatred, but rather the realization that things are wrong with the world and the annoyance with those wrongs. In fact, “Hate Everyone” is nestled tightly in between “Fed to Death” (the ﬁrst track) and “Do Better” (the third track). The former points out problems with the world, as far as responsibility goes, and the latter is an inspirational anthem about reaching one’s full potential. The album transitions beautifully into much more deep, contemplative songs. It’s easy to stand in
one place and say there’s a problem with another, but hard to ﬁnd solutions to those problems. Say Anything achieves the hard part. As fans know about Say Anything, their music is hardly cohesive. Especially in their previous Album In Defense of the Genre, they reach a wide range of genres in one CD. Say Anything is no exception. They stretch from Pop/Punk to Progressive Rock to Punk Rock, to Indie, to Techno and back to Pop/Punk before half their CD is over. Those new to Say Anything may be put off a little bit. However, this is part of Say Anything’s charm and message for those who have
listened to them since square one. They push the boundaries of what’s traditionally acceptable and don’t apologize for it.The album is self titled because, as Bemis explains, this music is “deﬁnitive Say Anything.” This means that it will be easy for new listeners to capture exactly what they stand for. But this will not be the same old Say Anything. This is a reestablishment of the band. The previous album, Bemis explains, was really about his adolescence. “The things I write about now are actually bigger,” Bemis said, according to mtv.com. “Now I can step back and say ‘What is actually wrong?’ because there’s less ego involved, and less pride.” Fans who grew tired of the lacklovester lyrics will be happy to know that Bemis is recently married, and is no longer writing songs about the loss of his love. Though both styles are good, it is refreshing to listen to lyrics about more important things, as well as a new thing for Bemis: writing songs about the love he has. Three songs on the album are inspired by the love he has for his wife. One of those three (“Crush’d”) actually mentions her name. What really sets this album apart from previous efforts is the presence of faith-based lyrics. Bemis has been an “untraditional” Christian, he said on an online chat, for at least a few years, in conjunction with his Jewish heritage, and Say Anything is the ﬁrst album of theirs that includes elements of the former. Whether or not fans believe the same, these songs give a more personal touch to the lyrics, making the listener feel more connected to the song writer. They truly are a positive addition to Say Anything, and Bemis does it in such a way that hardly any fan, of faith or otherwise, is able to dislike it. Say Anything really was a true success, the best thing since …Is a Real Boy, and possibly better. This gem of an album will not soon be denounced by anyone. Bemis was trying to reestablish what Say Anything truly is about, and he did just that.
A Christmas Carol fails to sing to younger audiences Shayla McGinness STAFF REPORTER “External heat and cold had little inﬂuence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he; no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.” A Christmas Carol is just another great classic on the long list of traditional yuletide ﬁlms. While at ﬁrst glance the animation may seem to give this version an edge over the original, it surprisingly did not. Though the animation was a wonderful addition to the movie, the odd and frightening theme was not. Main character Ebenezer Scrooge spins into a startling revelation of warm-hearted joy without the money burning a hole in his pocket. Some scenes were supposed to be alarming, given he’s visited by ghosts, but there was one scene that I found just plain nasty. When old-time partner Marley comes to Scrooge to warn him of three ghosts, his jaw breaks and lays against his throat. Marley proceeds to ﬂick the bottom half of his jaw up with a disgusting smack several times in a poor attempt to talk. This is really not a scene that was appreciated in the new ﬁlm,
especially the sound effects. Apart from the unfortunate broken jaw scene, the visuals, speciﬁcally the ghosts, were fantastic. Viewers could practically feel the warmth emanating from the ghosts of Christmas present. The ghost of Christmas future was awesome as well. Like how the descriptions in a good book practically jump off the page, the dark and sinister looking ghost number three about leapt off the screen. Its icy chilled breath could almost be felt, it was so real. The added suspension was quite impressive, as it kept the audience on the edge of their seats the whole time. The 3D version of the movie was basically a virtual ride without the shaking and jerking around. A Christmas Carol was published in 1864, and many great adaptations have followed. In fact, there are over two dozen on TV and in movies. This new version really just added 3D effects and animation. The ﬁlm stared Jim Carey in quite a few different roles, most importantly Scrooge. Carey also played Scrooge at younger ages, as well as all three ghosts that haunt him. The ﬁlm was a bit all over the place.
One minute it was silly and fun, and the next minute there was a scene that would scare the crap out of little kids, like Marley’s jaw dropping scene. All in all, the movie was decent, but not as good as the original. I would
have rather waited until I could rent it from the video store for cheaper, but nonetheless, it was still a nice holiday classic.
How ‘bout them Ravens... Winter Sports Update Tralayna Haslett STAFF REPORTER
Heading into the gymnastics season, coach Cathy Robinson and assistant coach Kathy Crawford are looking to return to State as a team. Though returning to the 4A league means fewer teams will make it to State, the toughest competition remains Puyallup and Kentlake, both of who qualiﬁed for State last year. “I’m very optimistic,” Crawford said about the season. With team captains seniors Becca Turnbow and Lena Tu leading the way, this year’s team is off to a good start. Junior Kylee Smith and senior Danielle Parris are good all around and the addition of seven new freshmen to the team put them further ahead.
WRESTLING Boys wrestling has launched its season under the coaching of Steve Mead, Shawn Martinson and assistant coach John Erickson. As a young team consisting of about 50 percent underclassmen, freshmen Spencer Jones and Michael Robinson have promising potential. “Wrestling is a unique sport in that you don’t have to win every match,” Mead said. “The end of the year is more important.” There are actually two divisions, one for dual meets and one for the end of the year. The biggest competitor for the dual meets is Auburn High and for the end of the year they
are Tahoma, Kentwood, and Auburn High. The coaches have two major goals for the team this season. “The ﬁrst is to improve every week,” Martinson said. The other is to improve on the win-loss ratio, to be over 500 in dual this year. Wrestling is divided into weight classes with seniors Derek Clarke and Zack Platt leading the way in the 215 pound weight class, Jeremy Guesman for the 145 pound weight class and juniors Jason Greely and Austin Reyes for the 152 pound weight class.
BOYS SWIMMING With the desire to get swimmers back to State, the team enters the season with seniors Nick Serdahl, Ryan Atwood, Alan Reiss and Sean Isom and juniors Deon Johnson, Aaron Newell and Brandon Hand charging to the top. “We have a deep team this year,” coach Patrick Mckeehan said. Last year, the team came away second in the division, fourth in the league, and one match out of league championship. The biggest competitor in the league is Kentridge by far. They have a winning streak of over 100 meets that Riverside aims to break. Rogers and Curtis are strong, too.
GIRLS BASKETBALL The new coach Terry Johnson is impressed by the immense amount of effort put in by the lady players every night, which greatly increases their chance of success. “I think the goals for any season would be to maximize our potential as a team to give ourselves the best chance to compete at the end of the season,” Johnson said. Strong players seniors Mercedes Wetmore, Kara Jenkins and Taylor Wofford especially excel on the court, but the team possesses so much depth that conﬁdence radiates from the coach and players. Federal Way is the top competition followed by Kentwood, but Kentlake has also improved.
WINTER CHEERLEADING Sideline cheer has kicked off the season with coach Kelly Brown guiding the way. Never losing sight of their main objective to be the best they can be, the teams goals are to create close bonds and to help support other Riverside teams go to higher competition. There isn’t a speciﬁc division for cheerleading, but Kentwood provides a good match at the competing level. Having had a lot of the team’s seniors graduate last year, they were left with tough shoes to ﬁll.
This year’s team leaders include seniors Avery Aresu, Katie Fulford and Jacque Guyette and juniors Carly Whitney, Brianne Kopp and Taryn Jones. Emerging freshman ﬂier Shelby Mackenzie, better known as “Little Tyke,” is fearless. She puts forth her best effort, and it shines through.
BOYS BASKETBALL The boys team has launched into the season with strong desires and great ambition under the leadership of new coacisomh Shawn Kilgallon. Kilgallon said the team’s intentions for the reason are to “try to get better every day and put as much effort into practice as they possibly can.” Federal Way, Kentwood and Auburn High prove to be the toughest competition in the division. Team captain Roman Tymchuk leads the way along with seniors Dustin Hagge and Ryan Rogers. Sophomores Jeray Bates and Brett Lee have made the team and possess developing talent.
Isom’s success shines through in the pool Brianne Kopp STAFF REPORTER Backstroke, butterﬂy, breaststroke— for a swimmer, these are techniques to master; for senior Sean Isom, they just make another practice at the pool. Picking up swim like any other, it wasn’t until the ﬁfth grade that he ofﬁcially became a swimmer. Joining a swim team was just the start of Isom’s success and lead to another diehard passion of his: water polo. Isom walked on varsity his freshman year and continued throughout all four years. Participating as the team’s goalie, Isom needed more to stay in shape. Since swim was an off season sport, Isom joined. Eventually, desire came along with it. He stays focused for both the 30 minute and hour long swims. Isom admits those to be his favorite ways to condition, along with going to all the practices. Although, when
it comes to events, Isom has his own preferences. “I prefer distance races,” Isom said. “Especially the 500 freestyle or the 200 freestyle.” When swimming, the efﬁciency of Isom’s stroke and his lap count are the only two things that cross his mind. With a focused
PHOTO COURTESY SEAN ISOM
Sean Isom uses great concentration while passing the ball to a teammate
mindset, Isom only strives to do his best. Having his mom there to support him only makes it easier. Beyond swim and water polo, one of Isom’s hobbies includes eating. “It’s only in the spring that I really taste what I’m eating,” Isom said. Admitting the challenge to balancing school, sports, and hobbies, Isom manages doing so very carefully. With a 3.49 GPA, Isom recently got accepted to Western Washington University and will be attending in the fall. As far as advice to any future swimmers, Isom can only give this: start early and show up to all the practices.
Fall wrap up: new sports in, old sports out Cary Plewka GUEST REPORTER
SPSL central division, third at Sub-districts, ﬁfth at West Central Districts and 16th at State.
Girls Soccer The Girls Varsity Soccer team had an outstanding season with captains seniors Shannon Keith and Nellie Packer and junior Megan Amis leading their team to the playoffs for the ﬁfth year in a row. Eight players were awarded all league honors, three being on the ﬁrst team. After a tough game at the district tournament, they lost 1-0 in overtime, ending their season with a 7-4-7 record.
Boys Cross Country The Boys Cross Country team had a great season this year. Captain Senior Kenny Krotzer led his team positively. The team completed the season with the titles of ﬁrst in conference SPSL, second in West Central Districts and sixth in State. Girls Cross Country The Girls Cross Country had a great season. “All girls ran very well and everyone improved their times substantially,” Coach Kaisa Swendall-White said. “It was a great season.” They ﬁnished the season second in
Girls Golf The Girls Golf team did very well this year, completing their season with a 6-4 record and many accomplishments. Hailey Johnson won the JV tournament and also qualiﬁed for Districts with Alessandra Amado via the JV tournament. A total of eight girls played in the District tournament, and junior Makenna Clark qualiﬁed for State, which will take place during spring in the Tri-Cities. Boys Golf The Boys Golf team also had a good season this year, earning the title of League Champions for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Captain senior Dustin Hegge made it to State with senior Steve Ireland and junior Brooks Soleberg as alternates. Hegge and freshman Nolan Coll were awarded First Team All-league.
Football The Football team had a bumpy season. Captains juniors John Hakala, Cameron Grad, Jesse Menck and Brandon Hand led the team. “They played with pride,” Coach Morgan said. “I’m proud of our players. They are academically ready for the next level.” After an up and down season, they ended with a record of 2-8.
Boys Water Polo The Boys Water Polo team had a fantastic season. “The hard work and huge effort the team made paid off,” coach Michael Van Eaton said. “This was the best season the team has experienced with a ﬁfth place ﬁnish at State.” Captains seniors Nick Serdahl, Sean Isom, Ryan Atwood and Alan Reiss led their team to ﬁrst place at the Troy-athlon, second place at the ASD tournament and 2-2 at Spooktacular Invitational. The JV team also did very well, earning ﬁrst place at State. They ended their season with a 9-5 record.
Girls Swim and Dive The Girls Swim and Dive also had a good season. Captain Senior Haily Reichert led her team to winning the Auburn All City Meet over Mountainview and Auburn. They ended their season with a record of 4-6.
Boys Tennis The Boys Tennis team had a successful season. Sophomore Jared Schradaer was First Team All-league. Both captain seniors Cameron Howard and Clay Sin set a good example on and off the court, both having 4.0 GPAs. They had a good end to their season with a record of 10-5.
Girls Volleyball The Girls Volleyball team had an exciting season. Captains seniors Brooke Bray and Alyssa Zimmerman and junior Brooklyn Bradbury led the team to break records and take third place at State.
Senior gymnast captures new talents through hard work Emily Morisawa STAFF REPORTER The crowd holds its breath. A quick cartwheel on the beam by the gymnast and a land. A big sigh is exhaled throughout the room. Senior and captain of the gymnastics team Lena Tu sticks the landing. Tu has been doing gymnastics since elementary school. She then continued her gymnastics career through middle school and into high school, where she became captain of the gymnastics team. She’s had a good amount of practice in all of the events of gymnastics, but her favorite is beam. “It’s the one event you can go far in by practicing over and over again,” Tu said.
“And I can create my own routine.” Tu enjoys gymnastics because of the fun she has and the ability to gain and work on new skills so that she can go to Districts and State. She also increases her chances of going to State by preparing in other ways for gymnastics. Tu does this by taking weight training class, conditioning and running throughout the year. Her motivation and support for gymnastics comes from her team and coaches.
“The coaches motivate me by telling me I can do it and then making me do it,” Tu said. “The team supports me by giving me good criticism and telling me if a routine doesn’t look right.” Off the beam, Tu likes to swim as well as listen to music and go to shows. Some of her favorite bands include The Rocket Summer, Brighten and This Providence. During the swimming season, she won two ﬁrst place ribbons for the 50 meter and 100 meter free style at Sub-districts. Not only does Tu swim, she also does track, taking on the pole vault, long and triple jump. She hopes to make it to Districts for the triple jump. The real area of her expertise is in art. Tu not only paints, draws, and is in graphic design, she has been known to paint shoes
for friends as well. The ﬁnished product has a look and design of a professional. Right now, she is in graphic design. “I really want to pursue an art career through college,” Tu said. Tu said the winter season of sports is her favorite because of how much fun she has on the team. She also enjoys it because she can work on new skills in gymnastics and has the chance to go to Districts and then State. “Gymnastics makes me feel good about myself when I do a skill that I couldn’t do before,” Tu said. “It makes me feel accomplished.” One thing is for certain — with Tu’s dedication and commitment, she will go far both as an artist and a gymanast.