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Several of the Bison’s top cross country runners are profiled as they talk about their season so far and plans for the future
Local Montana Actor’s Theater creates a poetry expo for the community’s actors and artists.
Volume 88, Issue 2 . Oct. 9, 2012
UNDER ATTACK Campuses will be connected with accessibility to the school improved.
Electricity and energy distribution will be fixed for a safer and more effective grid. Architects plan on modifying the heating and boiler systems to promote better air circulation.
Energy efficient windows will be reverted to their original size.
Photo Illustration by Jordan Purinton Original billboard concept by Phil Faccenda
Community still divided over building restoration by Kristen Hanning Architects have been hired and main priorities have been mapped out by the school board in regards to school restorations, taking them another step closer to reality. “Heating and ventilation is the number one priority,” said architect Dave Cantly. This is one of many changes to be made to Great Falls High. The first priority includes upgrades in heating, plumbing and air conditioning in both Main and South Campuses. The second priority involves replacing the windows and enlarging the existing ones. “They would make them match the historical representation,” said school board member Bob Moretti. Once replaced, they intend to start enhancing the lighting. “People want to maintain the windows, they are an icon of the building.” said Moretti. “I think the amount of light opens up the [capability of] learning,” said Moe. A connector building between Main and South Campuses and more parking spaces are the last priorities. Parking is not considered one of the top priorities, but it is an issue that has been addressed. The school board would be looking for around 300 additional parking spots. However, they do recognize the convenience of the additional building. “It would be a nice gathering for students, a nice common area between the buildings
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without having to be outdoors.” said Moretti. These plans will be presented to the public later this month. “It will give the people of the community a chance to say something about it.” said Moretti. The school board hopes to organize a series of meetings with diverse groups of locals. According to Cantly, the master plan should be finished in about a month and a half. Right now it is “up to the school district for funding” said Cantly. They plan to do the project in pieces based upon funds. “All together, it is roughly $60-65 million. That might be a lot to ask the community for.” said Moretti, “With certain grants, some of the smaller priorities will be done.” Former alumni and founder of the Great Falls High Heritage Foundation, Philip Faccenda has more skeptical views of the renovations. In regards to the internal advances Faccenda said, “those are all necessary and should happen, how they happen is another question.” On the other hand Faccenda feels, “additions could potentially damage the integrity of the original structure.” Faccenda promoted his organization through a billboard displayed by Havre highway. “It is to build awareness for a more inclusive process.” said Faccenda. He emphasized that the cartoon was humorous and is not a direct representation of anyone. Faccenda has used this foundation to voice concerns
prompted from past renovations they feel were not successful along with the nomination for Great Falls High to become a historical facility. “There are historic connections and a lot of respect not only in the building, but the story it tells.” said Faccenda. The nomination has passed unanimously with the MT state Historical Review Commission and the City county Historic Commission. “I think it is a good idea.” said Moretti. Many people do not understand what it means to be on the historical register. “You are allowed to do regular maintenance. Structurally, they prefer you to make them as closely historical as possible.” “Some people don’t understand the register process, they look at it as an obstacle.” said Faccenda. “The windows would really be the only thing,” said Cantly in reference to the setbacks of becoming a historical landmark. The architects have already met with the state historic preservation in Helena to discuss the concerns about restoring the windows. “It is all moving in the right direction.” Many recognize the necessity of these restorations.“We have limped along for however long it has been. I have safety concerns that have to be addressed.” said Moe. “Without upgrades you continue to struggle with old technology.” said Moretti.
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Oct. 9, 2012
Misconceptions about sexting imperils teen behavior
by Breanna Sanderson Technological advances and widespread cell phone use has amplified the ability to record and send photos and video. The practice of sending suggestive and explicit pictures or videos has also increased, especially among teens. There are some dangers of sexting. Aside from it being illegal, it can never be fully retrieved or deleted. It is out there forever even if you think it will not be. Students often visit Officer Reeves and complain that they sent their boyfriend or girlfriend a nude image and now they have shared it with the entire school. Officer Reeves generally responds with, “What did you think
they were going to do with the image?” “It’s nude teenagers and it usually doesn’t just stay between two people, it just does not happen the way you think,” said Reeves. Once your boyfriend or girlfriend gets mad at you they can easily send that picture of you to everyone. In the state of Montana, sexting can result in felony charges. Anyone who sends or receives nude images of another person under the age of 18 can be criminally charged with felony exploitation of a child as well as creating, possessing and distributing child pornography. Statistics state that one in four teenagers engage in sexting. The government has many ways to monitor images sent via electronic devices; officers actively monitor electronic communications, specifically nude images of what appear to be underage people.
“We do have behind the scenes software that capture images of you while you are in action of taking your clothes off and showing your private areas,” said Reeves. “If you appear to be under the age of 18 it goes to the police and they cross reference it [to] find out who the person appears to be.” Officer Reeves has called multiple individuals down to his office regarding sexting and says, “When I show them the nude image I have of them, let’s just say they get a little embarrassed, especially since I also show their parents the images.” Once a nude image is sent, it is out there forever and students don’t seem to realize that as the truth. Reeves advises, “Take a little second to think, in 10 years when you are a mother do you want to have [the] risk of your kids seeing nude images of yourself on the internet?”
Homecoming helps fund dream by Cilly Geranios This year’s philanthropy to grant a young child’s wish of travelling to the heart of the corporation that houses the culmination of every childhood dream meshes well with the theme for homecoming, A Bison Kingdom. Kathy Jackson said, “The kids [of Student Council] really wanted to do something in memory of Sam Kolve. This would have been his senior year.” In Great Falls a child with an unfortunate debilitating illness has wished upon a lucky star and Student Council set about granting his wish with the ease of a fairy godparent through homecoming week events. The fund raising activities of homecoming all together raised $2,409 with the coin wars raising $299.75. The seniors took the lead and won the coin wars with juniors coming in second and sophomores in third. Powderpuff admission raised $600 and also raised three barrels of food for the food pantry. The Powderpuff passing-the-bucket raised $146.20. The miracle minute at the pep assembly raised $680.71. Passing the bucket at the homecoming football game raised $683. The culmination of the profits from the events of homecoming week was $3,409 including the exceedingly generous donation of
$1,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Schulte. Mark Schulte said, “I just think that we [society] focus on the negative of how students behave. I think that we really need to street the positive. That’s what the donation was about.” The letter, accompanying the donation, which was read aloud at the pep assembly indeed highlighted the positive behaviors as he and his wife view them. The average cost of granting a wish is $3,900 but future events, such as the student staff basketball game (Swish a Wish), are also donated to this cause. Another hopeful event is “Dish a Wish” where local restaurants sponsor the cause by having a specific night during which the restaurant offers a portion of the profits back toward the cause. Emily Hatler said, “We don’t have many restaurants yet [...] if anyone has a restaurant in mind please feel free to bring the information to our attention.” The boy Great Falls High is raising money for would ideally be in Disney World in January, and with only $500 more to go, along with the amount of time left in the year this goal is easily attainable. In fact excess money may be made. In which case the money will continue to go to the cause to aid other children in realizing their dreams.
Photo by David Ashby During homecoming week, buckets were passed out in order to raise money for the “Make a Wish “ foundation. In total, $3,409 was raised in order to send a boy to Disney World in January. Mark Schulte and his wife also donated $1,000 in order to help out.
by Michael Gunderson
New drug causes concerns
There won’t be any ‘smiles’ in jail. A designer drug labeled 2C-I or street name ‘smiles’ has been the cause of several teenagers’ deaths in the past month. The drug’s effects have been called a very potent combination of LSD and MDMA. Aural and visual hallucinations are the main effects and can last from hours to days. Overdoses have been known to cause kidney failure, seizures, and fatally high blood pressure. Persons caught distributing the drug have been charged with serious criminal charges. In some cases the distributor has been charged with third-degree murder for having supplied to an overdose victim. Smiles has become a large problem in Grand Forks, North Dakota where several teenagers have been found dead due to overdose from the drug. In the
last month smiles has been spreading across the country showing up in Indiana, California, and Florida, but now the drug has gone viral. A youtube video showing the hallucinogenic reaction of the drug has gotten over 12,000 views and may cause teens to show interest in the drug. The recent death of the “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis may have been linked to smiles as he allegedly killed his landlady before falling to his death, however the cause of death is pending toxicology results. Synthetic drugs, such as K2, Spice, and Bath Salts, are on the rise. They are easily obtainable and are very powerful. The producers of these drugs find it easy to chemically alter these drugs to make them more potent which in result make them even more deadly.
iPhone debuts to record sales
The release of the iPhone 5 has techies and Apple fans raving. Although many of the rumors of the iPhone 5’s highly advance features were deemed false, a sizeable amount of consumers showed up to purchase the new iPhone. The new iPhone offers a similar look to the iPhone 4 and 4S but with a few physical tweaks and a considerably faster processor and operating system. Though the physical changes of the iPhone 5 remain similar, it provides a longer, larger body and display stretching it from 3.5 inches to 4 inches and adding another row of apps. The weight has also been reduced from 4.83 oz to 3.95 oz. The width of the new iPhone remains the same as it renders a comfortable fit in the palm of a hand. The front-facing camera has been up-
graded to shoot higher quality video for those who use Facetime or Skype, and shoots higher quality still pictures that are less noisy and fuzzy. New features also include the new thunderbolt cable that offers a faster data transfer and a quicker charge time. There has been many dramatic changes to the internal components of the iPhone 5. The battery life lasts hours longer and the graphics processor is much better. It also is 4G compatible which makes browsing the web a whole lot faster. The system memory is almost doubled that of the much older iPhone 4. The processor has been improved from a single core to a duel core. Apple has sold 5 million units in the first weekend alone and demands for the iPhone 5 are through the roof.
Oct. 9, 2012
Rare fungal outbreak hits U.S.
Five people dead and 30 more are sick after a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across six states. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to spinal steroid injections used to treat back pain. The fungus was found in a sealed vial of the steroid named methylprednisolone acetate. The steroid came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. 900 residents of Tennessee have received the drug in the last three months and twenty-five have contracted the meningitis three of which have been lethal. Cases in Indiana, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have also been reported. Meningitis is caused by the in-
flammation of meninges, which are protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Some of the early symptoms of fungal meningitis include headache, nausea, dizziness, fever, and slurred speech but if left untreated can cause permanent neurological damage and death. The disease can be diagnosed with a lumbar puncture, which draws cerebrospinal fluid from the spine that can be checked for signs of the meningitis. When it is detected it can be treated with high doses of intravenous anti fungal medications. Fungal meningitis cannot be transmitted from person to person unlike bacterial and viral meningitis. Questions have been raised about the safety of drugs in pharmacies.
Syria-Turkey tensions rise
Turkey fires on Syria after a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory killed five Turkish nationals in the border town of Akcakale. The Syrian bomb hit in a residential area killing a woman and four children from the same family and wounding eight other bystanders. The retaliated artillery fire from Turkey hit a government military center near Tal Abyad in northern Syria’s Raqqa province. Turkey has also moved soldiers to the Syrian-Turkish border as a precaution. The upset Turkish government stated that they were “within the confines of the rules of engagement and international law, [we] will never leave these types of provocations aimed at our national security unanswered.” Tensions between the two countries have already been in turmoil since Damascus’ response to an 18-monthlong uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government is investigating
the source of the gunfire and is “offering sincerest condolences on behalf of the Syrian government to the family of the deceased and the Turkish people.” Turkish government called a meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to discuss the crisis and Turkey’s military and civilian leaders said that Parliament would consider a motion to permit further military action within Syria. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said to reporters, “In case of border incidents that occur between any two neighboring countries, countries and governments must act wisely, rationally and responsibly, particularly since there’s a special condition on the SyrianTurkish borders in terms of the presence of undisciplined terrorist groups spread across the borders who have varying agendas and identities.” Both countries will stand guard in case of any attacks in the near future.
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Lack of district funding leaves fine art departments scrambling for enough money As the culinary arts department receives a fresh set of shiny new iPads, the band department is suffering from lack of equipment, uniforms and music. Every day, the yearbook staff spends more time selling advertisements and marketing their yearbook, than actually working on the content of the book because they are given no money from the school system. The yearbook is funded by the students working on the books. Good thing we have mobile labs with brand new computers though, right? Every single year, it seems as though the district is receiving grants to fund all of their various technology advancements. These grants fund departments that have tech-certified teachers. Underfunded departments, including the art and music departments, are infuriated to find that the money is going towards the latest new computers, instead of the funding of much needed equipment. When an underfunded department wants an update or feature that the system deems unnecessary, the teacher or administrator is forced to buy the materials, charge the students a lab/materials fee or go without it. Things that the school system has deemed unnecessary in the past include: sheet music and necessary art materials. It is fair to say that too much of the little money we are given disappears to frivolous, unnecessary advancements. To be fair, some of the grants we are given only fund for technology advancements, such as the iPads. Some departments do need to be funded more than others. Some departments don’t need funding for many years. We also don’t need new technology every year. We would rather have slightly out-of-date computers and have renovated practice rooms. The art department has been struggling with the increasing cost of supplies in the last few years. Although the cost to keep the department afloat is sky rocketing, the school hasn’t increased the amount of money pooling into the department since the 90s. Field trips to art museums that are required in the curriculum are funded through lab fees and fund raising. In pottery, two of their five pottery wheels do not work, but they simply do not have the money for the expensive repairs the equipment requires. The computers in their labs are old hand-medowns. There isn’t a simple solution to this problem. The administration can’t ask the people giving us grants to fund different departments than the one they have requested. And since the last Mill Levy did not pass, the school isn’t getting much money from the community to fund big projects The little free money the school is receiving should go towards departments that are in desperate need of the money.
Revised Connections’ schedules baffle, infuriate both students and staff
by Bailey Brandvold
First Amendment Rights After visiting Washington D.C. for a national journalism conference, first amendment rights are illuminated more by Jordan Purinton
Journalism has been at the forefront of my life for many years now. My experiences as a journalist have come to shape my world view and expand my artistic and intellectual abilities. In addition, I’ve also come to better understand our first amendment and the rights they entail. Over the Summer I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference where one student journalist from each state and the District of Columbia was chosen and brought to Washington DC for a week long grab bag of various workshops and events. I had the chance to learn from a plethora of distinguished personalities including Pulitzer prize winners, prime time broadcast journalists, congressmen and many other prestigious people. Out of all the speeches I heard and places I went, above all, one resounding theme stuck with me, and that’s the importance of the first amendment. One of the first things we did as a group in Washington DC was visit the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to the art of journalism and its impact on the world. As
we stood outside the massive building located right on Pennsylvania Avenue, we read aloud the first amendment to the constitution, which is plastered in large text on the outside of the building. I remember in that moment how uninformed I felt. I knew that the first amendment guaranteed free speech, press and religion, but was unfamiliar with the other rights such as freedom of to petition the government or freedom to peaceably assemble. As my group and I chanted, I felt much more informed and aware of my rights as a citizen. People need to take a step back and realize how lucky they are to live in a country that embraces freedom of expression as a fundamental right. Some countries around the world are bound to a strict theocracy in which free thought and expression are discouraged. A world like that is difficult for us privileged with being born in a free country. We need to remember how fortunate we are to have the freedom to say and think what we want, I’m not suggesting that everyone grab pitchforks and rally at city hall, but I think we all need to step back once and awhile and realize how well-off we are to live where we do.
The Question of the Month
What are your thoughts about the amount of homework you are given to complete on a daily basis? “I have about three hours of homework to complete each night. However, my teachers are usually pretty lenient if I do not get my homework done. Sometimes I am more stressed about completing my homework than learning in the class.” –Fredryck Hale, 12
Connections gave students a way to get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities, but due to lack of teacher effort and student interest it soon fell apart, making clubs a thing of the past. The new administration has done away with connections, taking away the time clubs used to meet. The only club allowed to meet during connections is Student Government. Student Government students are the only students allowed in the hallway during connections time. For Student Government accomplishing things for their club is easy, but for all other clubs
finding time to meet will be a challenge. Most clubs will have to meet before or after school, but having clubs meet before or after school will lower attendance and participation. Cutting connections was supposed to save time and only happen once every quarter, but so far this year there has already been roughly 10 connections in the first four weeks of school. This is not saving time. Not to mention the very confusing and constantly changing schedule that the new connections requires. With the new connections there are two different kinds of connections,
“I usually have at least two hours of homework to complete every night. It is way too much to complete. I don’t usually get started on my homework until 7:30 because of football. Most of my teachers are not very lenient if I do not complete my homework by the next day.” -Reilly Jacobson, 10
45 minute and 30 minute, both requiring completely different schedules. Most students and teachers are unclear and uninformed of what schedule is happening on a daily basis. This creates confusion and an environment that is harder to teach and learn in. On the days connections does happen, it is even worse than the connections before. Unless you are involved in Student Government, connections has nothing productive about it and serves no purpose due to it’s lack of focus. For some classes it is just an extended second
Oct. 9, 2012
FACE OFF SCHOOL SAFETY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS APPEAR UNNECESSARY
At the end of each year, each school’s SRO has to take a tally of all the citations issued out at the school. There were 25 assaults last year, which means that Great Falls High School had the highest number of assaults within the district. Combined with 31 Disorderly Conduct citations, we had 56 potential fights here on our campus. To help accommodate with these numbers, the new administration has either added or changed previous rules for the students safety. This includes having staff members posted around the campus and hallways on their free periods. So far, the changes would seem to be making an improvement; by this time last year, there had been 5 assaults, and this year there has been 1. But its too early to say how effective these changes will be. So lets examine the other ways to go about increasing safety. Through the use of in-school activities, the administration could put guidelines on safety in the students minds and curriculum in an active way. Think of the pile of wreckage that gets posted in between the campus’, or, for Bully Awareness month, Rachel’s Challenge, the program started in memory of the victim of the Columbine shooting. Proactive is the way we should be going about safety. Plus, if we aren’t learning how to be safe, and just being watched over, how does that help us grow into adults with good judgement? For many of us, adulthood is right around the corner, and they should be showing us how to be assertive young adults who can control a situation.
THE PUBLIC OPINION New hallway policies become abrasive
by Josh Byron During C lunch one Friday I was walking into main campus only five minutes after the bell rang and before fully entering I was rudely asked why I was in there and had to explain to her that I was excused for a Journalism related event. She impolitely addressed me again telling me I was okay to pass. I’m not particularly fond of the hallway and pass policy implemented this year, but I try to respect it just like any other rule enforced, for this teacher to handle the situation in such an abrasive way put a sour taste in my mouth about the new administration and the policies that they are enforcing to “improve” our school. Why couldn’t this teacher handle the situation by being polite and being far more respectful? That would have gone along way with me and I probably wouldn’t have such a bitter view on this. Not only that, but how do they expect us to be obedient and respect these rules when the administration themselves in these situations don’t have the respect for us? One may question the integrity and overall goal of this new administration. The completely unexpected flip-flop of administration in such an unprofessional manner alone is enough to make me want to slander it, but for them to impose these oppressing rules is just fueling the fire. These inconveniences make students feel like they are in middle school, or even elementary school. I actually feel that even middle school or elementary may give more responsibility than our current policies. In reality these
period class, just continuing instruction. For others, it is just a time for students to sit around and do absolutely nothing. In connections before there was an objective and a direction for most classes. Some teachers did not put forward the effort to make it rewarding and beneficial for students, leading to students skipping and administration being upset with attendance rates. For the connections classes that had purpose, teachers and students built a relationship and a core for education. For example, many students used their connections to get involved
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS CREATE A SAFER SCHOOL As far as the education system goes, safety always needs to be any districts’ biggest concern, even more so for Great Falls High because of a recent streak of high assault rates. It’s understood that the reaffirmation of strict policies by the administration and staff is inconvenient, but it might just be what we need. As of Sept. 20th last year, there had already been five assaults. As of Sept. 20th 2012, there have been zero assault tickets given. It would be ridiculous not to give the administration some credit. There’s staff watching almost every corner. Putting a little polite pressure on students to keep themselves in line. “They [The administration] have directed the staff to be more visible in the hallways,” said School Resource Officer, Cory Reeves, “The presence of the staff is the main thing. Kids are less likely to fight if the visible deterrent of teachers is present.” This doesn’t only pertain to our school; the district as a whole has made the safety of its students a top priority. Think of the “Bully Free Starts with Me” program; why in the world would the school district put money into a program designed to make schools safer if they were safe in the first place? Students might not be wholly content with the stricter policies concerning the hallways, but that’s beside the point. It is an annoyance for teachers as well; I doubt you could find a teacher that is particularly ecstatic about having to monitor the halls between class periods. Whether the stricter policies will hold assaults at bay for the rest of the year, is not for me to say. But the administration has been successful in making the school safer, and a safer school, is a more productive school.
policies do have some positive outcomes but for most they just feel oppressive. Many teachers at Great Falls High have said that one of the goals here is to prepare us for our futures as adults. Enforcing juvenile rules in such an unprofessional manner would not do so. The administration does have a point, students shouldn’t be roaming the halls, But a majority of students that are in hallways during classes or lunches have a legitimate reason to do so and for the hall monitors to bombard you before a student even fully enters the building is not only irritating but almost disrespectful. Administrators are also cutting back on pass allowance. This makes a Journalist’s job difficult when we need to interview a student for information and a teacher denies it, sometimes viewing the pass as a waste of time. This is not only rude but counter productive. As a Journalist you are usually being chased by deadline and would like to be as time efficient as possible when doing your job. We would like to be quick with our interviews just like any teacher but we also aim to be thorough and accurate, so teacher cooperation is imperative to a successful interview. Our articles are assignments, so for teachers deny an interview they sometimes our negatively affecting our grade on the article, affecting our overall grade. Whereas a student being excused for an interview generally only misses five minutes of class which in most cases are minuscule amounts of time and can usually can get caught up in a matter of seconds. In a certain sense, a teacher denying a student’s pass does more harm than a student stepping away for a short interview. The administration does mean well, but at times their approach is viewed as abrasive and in all honesty, sometimes disrespectful. A school cannot function in a successful manner if students and administration aren’t on the same page, let alone have a mutual respect for each other’s position in the school. A little bit of mutual respect right off the bat would go an extremely long way in my book. For the not only the administration, but GFPS to be respected amongst the student body, be well received in the community, and have a successful year, they may want to approach the situation in a less abrupt fashion.
with a subject that interests them. Many students could gain new skills and instruction on a topic that interested them. They could get guidance in their field of choice that they not could get anywhere else. Other students did not get the opportunity to take a class based on their interests. Because of unwillingness to make connections enticing, Those students were stuck in a study hall like setting for forty five minutes every other Wednesday. Without engaging options for these students, they were left to find something to fill their time, leading to the drop in attendance.
Now clubs are suffering at Great Falls High. Many clubs that have been in existence for many years may have to be cancelled. This is a disappointment for many students that are very committed to their clubs. Overall, the old connections provided a place for students to explore their interests and make strong relationships, but only if the teachers put in the effort to make it worthwhile for students. If the effort isn’t put forward, connections is a waste of time. Just like the pointless and ineffective connections we have now.
Dustin Senger What are your feelings on the new hallway policies?
“I like it. It doesn’t bother me. It keeps kids in class. ” –Roberto Smith, 11
“I’m against it. If you don’t let them go, things won’t get done, unless the teacher wants to be responsible.” –Keegan Foss, 10 “ I didn’t know we had hall monitors.” –Maddie Baroch, 9
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Oct. 9, 2012
A chronic reoccurrence
The potential legalization of marijuana presents a turning point in war on drugs by Shandon Bilbrey
The long drawn out war on marijuana is reaching a climax with the possible taxation in states W a s h i n g t o n , Colorado and Oregon. In the past, California tried to pass a bill through legisla- tion to legalize marijuana for the purpose of taxation, thus creating a great revenue of money generated for the state. The bill, Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act proposed that citizens 21 and older were enabled to purchase, possess, c ulti v ate, transportation and use o f m a r i juana. The legalization a c t also prohibited l o c a l a n d state law enforcement officials from enforcing the federal marijuana laws. The estimated revenue of taxes over year would total $1.3 billion, according to California tax collectors and ultimately would reduce the 2008 through 2010 California budget crisis. Similar to the legalization of marijuana act in California; Washington, Colorado and Oregon are pushing to pass a bill that legalizes the non-medical use of marijuana. Oregon however has fallen behind in the race to legalizing marijuana with having little mainstream support, even though Oregon is long time known for being in support of the legalization and decriminalizing of marijuana through medical and n o n - m e d i c a l usage. Oregon also lacks the sup- port of congressional voters of the Republican voters. On the other hand, Washington and Colorado, with the support of mainstream audiences, recently picked up the s u p port of renowned Republicans Michael Baumgartner, a U.S. senate candidate, and Tom Tancredo, former Repr e sentative. The newfound support from Republicans may sweep the conser vative support. In Washington, the act, Washington Initiative 502, is on ballot for November 2012 and is motivated by the $560 million generated by taxation of marijuana. The act also entails the sale of marijuana in designated stores purchased if age 21 or older, and is illegal to grow unlicensed marijuana. Similar to i502, Colorado has an amendment in the November 2012 ballot Colorado Marijuana Legalization A m e n d m e n t . According to a report by the Col- orado Center on Law & Policy, the amendment would raise a total of $60 million, produce new jobs and raise millions for construction of public schools.
Allows most marijuana on person (24 oz.) and the most plants for patients and sellers (6 mature and 18 immature)
Legalization was virtually uncontested in the Senate (33â€“1) 6/1000 residents are registered medical marijuana patients
Has highest registration fees of all states with legalized marijuana ($200 a year)
Less than 200 of the over 67,000 residents qualify for medical marijuana
Barely passed Senate, in a vote 13â€“12 favoring the sale of medical marijuana Photos from 123.rf.com Information from medicalmarijuana.procon.org
Oct. 9, 2012
Living a Dream
Homecoming’s celebration creates magical memories
Brandon Wanke “Working around all the other activities I’m involved in was frustrating. But in the end I got to show off what I have been working on.”
Lydia Brimhall “The time crunch was really hard to work with at times, but I was really excited to ride in the Mustang at the parade because I love Mustangs.”
DISNEY 2012 HOMECOMING ROYALTY“I felt special to have been nominated, it all paid off in the end,” said Dylan Swandle. For Maddie Stucker it was a life changing experience. “Getting to be royalty has been a big thing for me. It pretty much completed my senior year,” said Stucker. Photos by David Ashby
“I didn’t know how much effort candidates had to put into the performances. My favorite part was the performance because it was our time to show what we worked on.”
Jordan Jernigan “It’s weird to think that I was one of the people performing on the stage. The Royalty Assembly, and the overall show was my favorite part.”
CELEBRATING SUCCESS Seniors Mary McDunn, Emily McCune, Jessica Keller, Haley Mills and Cierra Connor celebrate on the field after winning the powederpuff football game. PIPER PIPIN’ Junior Lora Engel joins the formation of a pirate ship with the Mighty Bison Marching Band during the homecoming halftime show. CRUELLA DE VIL After rounding up her 101 dalmations, Principal Jane Gregoire pumps up the pep for an intense homecoming week of Disney spirit and sports activities. YELL LEADING With enthusiasm and eccentric movements, Junior Brandon Taylor and Sophomore Randy Keesler round up the spirit of the Bison. BISON CHEER Senior Charlie Sullivan, Sophomores Quira Deluca, Danielle Doubek and Senior Leesa Spragg lead a cheer of precise routine, ultimately exciting the entire student body.
“The assembly was really exciting because everybody in the school was there. The parade was also fun because I got to wave to everybody.”
“The best part about homecoming was practicing our skits every night, and finding yourself dancing in the middle of the hallway to imaginary music.”
“After a week of homecoming celebration, all day Friday leading up to the homecoming game and finding out who won is the best part.”
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Oct. 9, 2012
Local Great Falls event, Poetry Slam, gives the opportunity for the Falls’ youth to express themselves
HOSTIN’ AND A SLAMMIN’ Jeff Scolley serves as the host for the poetry slams and also is the Marketing Director for the Montana Actor’s Theatre. In addition to hosting the events, he also quite frequently samples some inspirational and upbeat poetry of his own. Photos by Jordan Purinton
SLAMMING THE COMPETITION Senior Kurtis Steinmetz reads a poem for a poetry slam competition. At the end of the teen competition, Steinmetz wound up taking second place.
by Jordan Purinton Jersey, but moved to Great Falls and has Five years. That’s how long senior Kursubmerged himself into the drama scene in tis Steinmetz has been reflecting on his life Great Falls. In addition to working closely with through a poetic lens. the Actor’s Theatre, Scolley has worked with “Since I was about 12, I’ve always been drama teacher Kristina Thiel in her producwriting things down in my lyric book or sometions, including “The Wiz”, which premiered thing like that. I’d just be listening to music, a this Summer. couple of words would come to my head, and An upbeat and vibrant personality, ScolI’d start to rhyme and just fill in the rest,” said ley really has aimed for these events to have Steinmetz. a very involved and welcoming environment, He’s compiled many poems, “I really want to create enough of an upbut had never been really anxious roar in town in order to bring the drama about expressing himself publicly, scene into people’s faces,” Scolley also “I haven’t always been super open stressed how the poetry slams proto sharing my ideas, you know vide an encouraging environment for not everyone always agrees with everyone, “We have a really positive what you have to say.” That all atmosphere where everyone respects changed however, when Steineveryone. This a place to let go and not metz heard about a poetry slam worry what people think about you.” competition being put on by the In addition to being able to local Montana Actor’s Theatre. read poetry, teenagers are also able to At the most recent poetry slam, judge the competition if they wish. Steinmetz wound up taking 2nd This was the case of Kirsten place in the teen competition afWillis, a junior at GFHS, who ter reading two of his original had the chance to judge the poems. competition on Sept. 22. “It’s Over the past year, the really fun to come to the Montana Actor’s Theatre poetry slams. It’s so easy to has been putting on poetry listen and write and express slams for teenage and yourself.” Willis also jokingly adult poets in the local added that it wasn’t particucommunity. Occurring larly enjoyable to come due on the last Saturday to the insistent booing she reof every month, these ceived if the audience didn’t agree slams have been offering with her scoring. the community an outlet for The poetry slams often have inspirational and comedic very eclectic crowds with vibrant expression. and involved personalities. The Jeff Scolley, the people can be very encouraging marketing director for and never are harsh and offensive the Actor’s Theatre, has to those who choose to speak their been one of the main minds. personalities organizing The Montana Actor’s Theatre and helping to perform also offers poetry workshops these slams, also actevery Sunday from 12-2 p.m. and ing as the host. Scolley acting workshops from 3-5 p.m. is originally from New GFH Alumn Taylor Portwine Scolley hopes that in the future.
Band of Horses
Bob Dylan stays to true to his storytelling, ballad style, folk rock roots in his 35th studio album.
Renowned modern rock ballads and synth riffs deliver firm musical foundations with masterful mixing.
Woodsy, indie rock combined with catchy lyrics and experimental instrumentals create a more live approach.
by Austin Mu Despite the lack of commotion generated amongst the media, The Killers’ new album “Battle Born” is no work of weakness. Perhaps one of the last major stadium-rock bands that America has to offer, The Killers deliver an assortment of tasty guitar riffs and entrancing keyboard licks caked with catchy choruses in every song. You can easily sing along, dance along to it, even cry to it. In the past, The Killers previous albums have flip-flopped between traditional indie rock ballads and Europhile synth rock, but this time, front man Brandon Flowers is showing his English roots. Like every seasoned world class musician, Flowers incorporated more personal ideas in this album of late. However, if you are a Killers’ fan, the new album claims subtle difference from the music group’s typical indie rock ballads. The transition from “Battle Born” to “Day & Age” is seamless, and this production is a prime example of The Killers’ claim to fame. Nevertheless, the glam is abundant, and the beats are redundant. It isn’t a bad album, but because I am not a die-hard Killers fan, I do not see myself bumping’ those jams in my car anywhere in the future.
by Shandon Bilbrey Indie rock artist, Band of Horses, brings a wide spectrum of talent on their southern rock twisted fourth album “Mirage Rock”. “Mirage Rock” exploded with a fury of mid tempo rock ballads, along with a more intimate live approach to the listener. Exhibiting a variety of new techniques to their album, “Mirage Rock” accommodated a more raw and unedited album than previous records by Band of Horses. Lead single “Knock Knock” proved to be an instant hit formed by the Band of Horses. “Knock Knock” drew comparison to other hits by the Band of Horses, however, it differentiated itself from previous singles by being a more instantaneous upbeat single with a very distinguished hook “knocking on the door” of the listeners ear. Band of Horses teamed up with legendary record producer Glyn Johns, who worked with prodigious artists such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. “Mirage Rock” drew attention of audiences throughout the world with the charting of 20 on the UK Albums Chart and an impressive charting of 13 on the Billboard 200. The woodsy, indie rock band convincingly created another outstanding album with exceeding talent.
by Josh Byron Bob Dylan, releases his 35th studio album, 50 years after his debut. With his overall folk style, Bob Dylan will throw musical curve balls at you. From the 14 minute long ballad “The Tempest” to “Long and Wasted Years” in which Dylan experiments with a new lyrical style. The title track “Titanic” is a 45 verses and no chorus straying away from today’s modern, chorus driven style. Throughout the track, he uses an Irish style melody supported by a fiddle and an accordion. The song depicts graphic scenes of passengers falling into icy waters, dead bodies and “already floating” and situations in which men turn against each other in murderous acts. These dark storylines are a common theme throughout the whole album. This becomes redundant at times, but all in all manages to stay to fresh enough to keep a listener hooked. Even at the age of 71, Bob Dylan, uses his worn out voice to project a heartfelt story in typical story telling fashion. Dylan stays true to his folky, ballad style but introduces and experiments with new lyrical and musical styles making for a very solid album. All in all this is just another extremely fine album to add to any Bob Dylan fan’s collection.
Oct. 9, 2012
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shredding ability and multiinstrument talents. Originally White created his career with the Detroit based artist, The White Stripes, and following the break between recording White and group of old friends formed The Raconteurs. The Raconteurs created two very successful albums and split up, each following their own pursuits, while White formed The Dead Weather with The Kills front man Alison Mosshart. White has created a strong mainstream following with his artists; ultimately continuing a revolution of blues influenced artists.
month in order to reconstruct the storefront, live venue and the building as a whole. Aside from the successes of the HQ of Third Man, founder Jack White skyrocketed up the US Billboard Charts with the debut of his solo album “Blunderbuss”. White’s widely acclaimed debut lead him to headlining major music festivals, like, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival and Fuji Rock Festival, as well as, gong on an extensive US tour with most shows being sold out. White and his bands; The Peacocks, all women musicians, and The Buzzards, all male musicians, are barely given a few hours before White announces which band will perform for the evening. The difference between both bands White has to choose from is the aggression the male performers express, while the female performers are more soulful and bluesy. Expressing blues and fast tempo alternative rock is not the only part White has contributed to the music audience, White has had three successful bands in which he lead the artists with his lively vocals, guitar
by Shandon Bilbrey Over a short three year span, Third Man Records, backed by guitar legend Jack White, is evolving into one of the most successful and unique recording companies in the world. Third Man Records, located in Nashville, Tennessee, bases its talent solely with the influence of bluesy garage rock, along with spunky vintage inspired artists such as Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three and Willy Moon. With a total of 45 artists releasing records under Third Man, has enabled a great expansion of their HQ with the addition of the new Blue Room. The room entails a record cutting lathe and an unbelievable live experience where the audience member can not only watch the live performance, they will also be able to watch the performances being recorded and produced into a vinyl masterpiece. The Blue Room premiered Oct. 6 with the performance of The Shins accompanied by Low Cut Connie. Along with the addition of the Blue Room, Third Man has been in construction for the sum of the past
Critically acclaimed fall television series premiere ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy prepares for its ninth season, premiering on Sept. 27. The television show focuses on the dramatic lives of Seattle Grace Hospital’s interns and residents. Ellen Pompeo plays the main role, Dr. Meredith Grey, a doctor at Seattle Grace. In the show, Grey is married to the Chief of Medicine, Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick
Dempsey. Grey’s best friend and coworker Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, is a major competitor at the hospital. As the ninth season begins, the doctors that have developed through the eight seasons of the show finally have finished their residency and are choosing whether they want to stay at Seattle Grace or take their career elsewhere.
After a horrible shipwreck, Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell is cast on a small Pacific island for five years. Once discovered, Queen attempts to return to his old ways as a billionaire philanderer, but can’t seem to ignore the fact that something within him has changed. Parading as him old self during the day, Queen acts as a vigilante
at night, trying to restore Starling City to goodness. Under inspection by Detective Quentin Lance, played by Paul Blackthorne, Queen, also known as Arrow, is caught between two worlds. Filled with action, romance and classic human moral dilemas, Queen struggles to survive in his once so familiar world. Arrow premieres on Oct. 10 on the CW.
Fox’s “New Girl” returned for a second season on Sept. 25. Actress Zooey Deschanel plays the role of Jess Day, a cheery, quirky LA teacher. After her boyfriend cheats on her, Day finds refuge in an apartment with three men, Nick (Jake Johnson), Shmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris). The comedic show tells the story of four friends’ lives. In
Dec., 2011, “New Girl” was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Deschanel was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy. While involving several other outside characters, the show mainly sticks to four main actors and Jess’s best friend, Cece Meyers (Hannah Simone).
Part of The Voice franchise, this reality tv show is a competitive singing show with a $100,000 reward and a record deal with Universal Republic Records waiting at the finish line for the lucky winner. Already started, The Voice is on every Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. on NBC. Judges Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine pick
singers for their team after blind auditions. After team battles, contestants sing for America in a live performance. Relying on the public’s vote to save them each week, the contestants compete for the financial and career boosting win. With three different stages, the television show attracts a variety of different viewers. Reviews by Ada Kelly
Mumford & Sons Babel
Hit folk band tops charts with follow up album to the surprise success, “Sigh No More”. by Andrew Kromarek The new album “Babel”, by Mumford and Sons has strummed its way to the top of the charts, showing that people are crazy for their folk rock. Coming in at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, Mumford & Sons have had a better first week than anyone else this year, selling over 600,000 units within the first week, proving that there is still a place for that older style music amongst the overly dominant pop genre. That’s more than Justin Beiber and Madonna had sold with their new albums this year, and considering the size of those two in the music world, its quite the feat that they have accomplished. The album sounds like signature Mumford & Sons, featuring quick-tempo’s and strong guitar chords, not to mention the lovable twangy banjo. Songs like “I Will Wait” and “Babel” will leave you stomping your feet and humming the chorus all day. “Lovers Eyes” and “Reminder” slow things down, though, but keep up the power that their faster songs have. If you’ve heard their older album, then you already know how this one sounds. They are able to maintain a consistent style throughout the album, and I think that is exactly what their fans wanted.
The girly indie band lacks growth in their safe but forgettable album after a shocking three year gap.
Fight or Flight rides the success of its lead single “This is Gonna Hurt”, while the rest of the album falls behind.
by Katie Rider The xx is known for their girly lyrics and soft synths. Their first album is charming if stereotypical. With a three year gap between albums, I was expecting a huge change. Their second album, Coexist, is just an extended version of their first album. Although well done, it is not memorable. The songs blur together into one long monotone. After a few listens through the album I am already tired of the majority of the songs. “Swept Away” is the perfect representation of the album. This song has the perfect balance between the tenor and soprano voices. The harmonies weave in and out with a sudden and surprisingly energetic tempo change. This was, by far, the gem of the album. “Our Song” is the love ballad of Coexist. It is the mushy teenage girl song that The xx are so well known for. Although overdone, that is what they do best. “Angels” was pre released as a representation of Coexist. The song opens the album smoothly, but with soft synths and light vocals, it lacks the substance to be memorable. Overall, I was pleased that The xx finally released a much anticipated album, but was disappointed by the lack of growth in their aesthetic.
by Michael Toppen Hoobastank’s fifth studio album “Fight or Flight” was released on September 11th. Propelled by the lead single “This Is Gonna Hurt”, the album “Fight or Flight” does not maintain the reputation set by the single or previous albums. After the first song “This Is Gonna Hurt” the album falls into a lull, rising only briefly on two tracks throughout the entirety of the album. Hoobastank has always been known to have ballads and slower tracks on their albums; however on “Fight or Flight” these tracks dominate the track listing. However, there are a few redeeming tracks on the album. Songs like “You Before Me” and “No Destination” break up the constant drone of the rest of the album. In the end, Hoobastank tried to take their musical style in a different direction, while still creating some great rock songs, did not create an album that could hold up to the standards they had set for themselves over the years. All in all, I would rate this album 2 out of 5 stars. Aside from the standout songs, the album just is not worth listening to all the way through. Listeners who are expecting “Fight or Flight” to be like past Hoobastank albums will be sorely disappointed.
Fight or Flight
Oct. 9, 2011
Golf team improves more than scores
Team becomes closer through long bus rides and tournaments
by Katie Rider “The team improved at each tournament. We worked together and gave each other tips. We had a great season because we see this as both a team and individual sport,” said sophomore Cody Babainez. Great Falls High School’s new coach, Buck Olsen, proves to be a great contribution to the team, helping them work on teamwork and form. “The new coach made [the sport] a positive and fun environment, making it an overall better season,” said sophomore Abigail Davidson. Davidson said, “My favorite part of the Photo by Andrew McKeever season was how everyone was so close; it Senior Kyle Broughton chips was like one big family.” Although golf has a a ball during a tournament on reputation for being an individual sport, the Sept.7 in Great Falls.
team sounded as though they were working for one individual goal. Junior Hannah Good loves the energetic atmosphere of the bus trips to their various tournaments, “Traveling with CMR is great. We have a ton of fun and everyone just acts really goofy.” Davidson said, “The season went really well for the team. Every person improved, and we became a lot closer than we did last year. We made an effort to support every single person on the team.” Good said, “The girls improved as a team and became closer. Individually, I am very happy with how I preformed this season.” “I loved the bus trips! Everyone was so chaotic and the whole trip passed so fast
because everyone was having so much fun talking and goofing off,” said Babainez. On a more serious note he adds, “The reward of doing well and placing high at the tournaments makes all the hard work worth it.” Davidson said. “Our goals for the team were to place high and to become a closer knit group. I liked how GFHS and CMR became a huge family throughout the season .We weren’t competitors, we were friends.” Davidson finished on a positive note, “My personal goal of the season was to improve because that is obviously very important, but the most important part of the season for me was to have fun. There is no point in being in golf if you’re not having fun, and I can hon-
Two games until playoffs, Bison prove hopeful
Improvements throughout the year, optimistic outlooks help Bison move forward to playoffs, possibly state by Michael Gunderson With a record of 5-4-1, the boys soccer team is well on their way to the playoffs. Senior Jace Anderegg said, ”We are better than last year. We have two more games before playoffs and we are hoping that we win them both so that we can go to state.” If they win their next two games sophomore John Leonard said, “We will play Skyview and Butte which will be good because their team records aren’t very good.” He added, “We are a very united team and we have a lot of heart and teamwork. We hope to kick balls hard and score some goals.” The boys soccer team also has a new coach Lalo Cabrales leading the team. Senior Connor Dixon said, “We have really great players this year, and everybody is good at working together. We have a really good senior class and that really shows. We have been playing soccer together for 4 years. We have won more this year then the past years.
Teamwork is the most important thing to remember when you play soccer.” Dixon is the top scorer in the conference. Senior Erik Grosvold said, “You have to be a big team player, and you can’t be greedy. All the players this year fit together well. Bozeman is really tough competition and will be a challenge, and all of their talent feeds in their games.” The girls soccer team holds a record of 4-3-1. Saturday’s game against Bozeman ended in 0-1 loss for the Bison. Junior Lelani Barr made a goal off of a free kick but for unknown reasons the referee called for a rekick in which she missed the second time. Barr said, “The Bozeman coach made a big deal about it so I had to redo the kick, but it hit the crossbar. Overall the team played good, probably best game we’ve played. Last time we played them we lost by 4 or 5 to 0. Our passing and communication on the field has improved
Photo by Bryton Gabriel TOP CONFERENCE SCORER HEADS FOR GOAL Senior Captain Connor Dixon, top scorer in the conference, dribbles the ball away from a CMR player during the first of the two crosstown games.
the most.” Sophomore Bailey Brandvold said, “The whole team is really improving from last year, and we’re having a lot of fun this season. Last game should have been 1-1 tie, but we lost by one point.” Senior Maddie Stucker said, “We’re improving incredibly through communication and how we play as a team . We basically tied the best team in state. We’re all looking forward to playoffs and we’ll probably play CMR for the first game.” Junior Ariana Newton said, “As a team we’ve gotten a lot better. The realization that we need to turn around has empowered us to do better as a team, for ourselves, for our school and for the coaches.“ Positive comments from both boys and girls teams show that spirits are high as the Bison soccer teams head into two more games, playoffs and state. Improvements in communication and skill give them hope.
Photo by Michael Gunderson FIGHTING FOR IMPROVEMENT Junior player Lelani Barr fights for the ball during a crosstown game. The girls’ team wound up losing 0-4 to CMR.
Battling through tough conditions, runners lead the Bison pack Four stars of the cross country team tell about challenges of running, coming together as a team “The beginchild nervous, go to a parRider, says. John “Jack” f o c u s
ning of a race is a not wanting to ty,” junior Isaac However, senior Murphy, “I just on the person in front and try to beat them.” T h o u g h these two runners have different views of a race they are both from the same team. The crosscountry team is often remarked upon as being close. Rider sums up the cross-country team by saying, “The physical part [of crosscountry] is just running ‘till the depth of hell but the mental part is really important and that’s where the team helps.” Junior Mikaela Kynett said, “Misery loves company [...] we all share a mutual hatred for running.” Apparently, that’s the situation across the
state. Races 361 runsoul a 29. With of comwith
for varsity boys contain ners, as did the Misrace on Saturday Sept. such a large number petitors, as compared other sports, Coach Robert Stingley says, “It’d be nice to finish in the middle of the pack.” Murphy, finishing at the Missoula meet with the time 16:34, usually achieves a pretty high rank in those hundreds of runners. Despite such a fast time, Stingley says, “He usually gets a pretty good start. He must have gotten caught behind a pack.” Isaac Rider is usually not far behind Murphy, finishing in Missoula with a time of 17:22. Stingley says, “Usually it’s Jack [Murphy] and then Isaac [Rider] for our team.” Murphy says, “It’s a lot of fun just
being on The coun-
the team.” support in crosstry shows what a close-knit group the team is. Sophomore Marissa Lencioni, finishing with the time 21:49 in the recent Missoula race against 321 other girls, said, “Everyone is nice to everyone else and we can relate to each other. I think it’s just the people - just who we are.” The crosscountry team has faced a battle with the flu as well as the smoky conditions and the natural pain of running such a long distances Kynett said, “The worst thing the team is dealing with is injury.” Running such long distances seems to logically cause
wear on the body. Kynett and Lenish second or third the team times. says, “Molly [Crum] right now followed by [Lencioni] and kaela [Kynett].” Kynett finished in Missoula on Saturday with a time of 22:07. Rider says, “The p h y s i cal part o f c r o s s country is just running ‘till the depths of hell[...] [but when you get to] the end [of a race] is like falling asleep in your dad’s arms.” Now finishing the season, the cross country runners overall feel very proud of their season as a team, and how close they’ve become.
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Oct. 9, 2012
Bison fall on a multitude of injuries/tough opposing teams this year by Dustin Senger With a one win, six loss record, and injuries left and right, the Bison football team is struggling to get points on the board and keep opposing teams from getting too many. “All four of our captains are all injured” recalled linebacker Randy Keesler, “We have a ton of talent on the team, we just need to work together and get things done.” On Sept. 14 the Bison suffered a 49-0 defeat against Billings Skyview. On Sept. 21 they lost again with a 35-6 score to Helena Capital. At the homecoming game on the 28th the Bison were only able to score against the Helena Bengals in the last 30 seconds, leading to a heart-wrenching 50-6 loss. Finally, this last Friday, Oct. 5, the Bison weren’t able to get a point on the board resulting in a 0-6 loss against Hellgate. “The attitude of the team is good” said head
coach Matthew Krahe “On [homecoming] we ran into a buzzsaw, [the Bengals] were a good team. Offensively and defensively the physicality of the team bent us”. A large part of the problem is the multitude of injuries on the team. At this moment, about 10 players are injured, including Sean Warner, Evan Parcel, Andrew Leo, and Kolby Sukut, Trevan Timmer, Colter P o s e y and several others. “Due to the injur ies, w e ’ v e had a bunch of younger players step in the game and they are doing a good job of it.” stated outside linebacker Keenan Watt, “We are just one element away from making big plays and changing the game around.” Since the injuries are on both offense and defense, the team is struggling against tough opposing teams.
We are one element away from making big plays and changing the game around.
“We all play hard, we try our best” stated Andrew Leo, “I think it’s hard to play when so many people are out of the game”. In the last half of the homecoming game, several key plays were made by the Bison, but it just was too little too late in order to turn the tide of the game. “We are one element away from making big plays and changing the game around.” said Watt. In best case scenario, the Bison win the next two games and crosstown in order to walk away from the season with a 4-6 win loss record. “We have a lot of guys getting experience out on the field.” said Krahe, “Hopefully we’ll have some more playability in later games and the upcoming seasons”. The team has had a rather fragile season thus far, but they haven’t given up hopes of working together and beating the Rustlers at the end of the season. “We have a lot of good stuff going, all we gotta do is work together and make it happen.” Watt said. We can cheer on the Bison during the home game this Friday against Glaicer, and hope that no more injuries befall upon the players for the rest of the year.
Photo by Jordan Purninton
A leg up on the competition
Pack the House in Pink unites fans for crosstown game
SERVE, SET, SPIKE! Ainsley Perkinsdove for the ball, during the crosstown game on Oct. 2 at CMR. Photo by Jordan Purinton
Netting the Competition
by Ada Kelly Heading into another crosstown game on Oct. 9, the Lady Bison volleyball team is hoping for another successful game against CMR. Coach Michelle Preston said, “It’s a game we need to win if we want to have a shot at a home playoff.” Winning the first two matches at the last crosstown game, CMR proved themselves as competition, but they couldn’t hold onto the win losing the last three matches of the game to. Coach Preston said of the last crosstown game, “we didn’t play our best. Hopefully in our own gym we’ll be able to pick it up.” Currently the Bison hold a conference record of 3 wins and 4 losses and an overall record of 6 wins and 8 losses. “We’re excited to be at home for the rest of the season so we have that at-home advantage,” said senior player Cassie Krahe. “We have a lot of optimism since we’re really coming together as a team.” On Oct. 9 GFH and CMR fans will pack the bleachers dressed in pink. Pack the House in Pink raises awareness and collects donations for breast cancer. The Pack the House in Pink game will undoubtedly be packed, cheering fans filling the Swart House Field House with noise.
Friday Oct. 12
Tuesday Oct. 9
Friday Oct. 12
vs. Billings Skyview
3:00 p.m. Girls 1W-6L-1T Boys 4W-3L-1T
7:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
Season Wraps Up
Running to the Finish Line
Finished 5th at State.
State Meet Oct. 20 in Helena
Oct. 09, 2012
AUTUMN CARVING Young proffessional longboarder James McGary slices through the fallen leaves in front of Great Falls High on a cool Fall day. Only a junior in highschool, McGary has ridden with famous skaters and competed in several local skating competitions. “I used to ride skateboards. I decided to give longboarding a chance on a pintail longboard and now I usually just skate around town. “
Kid James speeds through the streets
HITTING THE BOWL At the Riverside Railyrard Skatepark, James uses the untraditional longboard to glide over the illustrated walls of the famous bowl, much like how a skateboard rider would. McGary feels resentful towards the vandalism of the new skatepark mural.
by Austin Mu
Did you see that boy gliding through the streets, launching off ramps and moving with grace? His name is James McGary, and riding is his sport. However, he appears to be a new breed of rider, taking ordinary longboarding to a new level. While the skatepark can be seen primarily populated by skateboarders, scooters and roller skaters, you may find James dancing his way around the bowl on a peculiar pintail longboard. He keeps it fresh with tricks and skills, owning the sport. To the community, James is an outgoing, outspoken individual and his untold skills of speed and precision are a reasonable representation of his personal capabilities. When he first began going to the Riverside Railyard Skatepark, James sensed resentment from the skating community. He eventually proved his himself and reserved his role as any other skater at the park. During the later months of last year, James’ mother had an unfortunate passing, leaving him to stay with her partner. That following Christmas, James grabbed a board and spent his time at the riverside skatepark. “I don’t want to sit on dwelling, things could always be worse.” Even after splitting his hands on the paved slopes, McGary took advantage of the cool day and the elated feelings received from such an invigorating activity. “No matter what is happening that day, just getting on a board helps. It does as much mentally as it does physically.” Ultimately, his perseverance and dedication would pay off when he received the opportunity to ride with Ian Joe Dutch, a renowned longboarder familiar with Montana roads. Joe Dutch was McGary’s childhood hero and an inspiring figure. Now, James says they are still friends and sees himself as just another boarder when they ride. “And at the end of the day, you’re just a guy on a board.”
Photos by Andy McKeever