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Volume 87, Issue 4 Feb. 24, 2012

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WINTER FASHION The misfortune of students led the local authority to have to step up as a recently busted party left several students with ankle bracelets, as well as tickets and repercussions at school.

TEEN DRINKING: The Consequences

Underage drinking, partying leads to severe consequences

by Cilli Geranious “Get down and put your hands on your head!” Any person may pretend to know what they would do after hearing those words, but until the situation becomes reality, it’s hard to say for sure. Many students were able to discover just how they would react, and now have the fines, ankle bracelets and community service to show for it. Dr. Bruggeman’s office was the site of an underage party bust last Friday landing 22 students under the age of 18 with a Minor in Possession charge among trespassing tickets and obstruction of justice citations. A girl caught at the party said, “When the cops were there, I couldn’t stop thinking that I was screwed, but I was scared too. They said they had the dogs!” Trespassing tickets, ankle bracelets, community service, MIP classes and the actual fines all add up to nearly $1,000—the spending money of a teen for quite a while. The trespassing tickets are widely construed because Dr. Bruggeman’s son had the keys and invited the kids onto the property, according to the police. A sophomore said, “My parents were pissed, and they told me I was grounded for life and that they didn’t trust me anymore.” She inferred that the money going to her fines couldn’t have been used on anything ‘more useful’ since there was nowhere to go for a long while. The reactions to finding out about an MIP charge is different for everyone and yet seeing a person ambling down the halls with “a brick” strapped to their ankle attracted some second glances. “I’m shocked because it was my first offense,” and although the senior was surprised, she was not alone

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since many charges were first offense MIP citations, and yet minors were slapped with the ankle bracelet or are taking a breathalyzer twice a day. The Minor in Possession fine is anywhere from $100-$200 and the mandatory classes average around $100 making a normal MIP cost around $300. Yet the MIP citations issued at the party were bumped up to around $700 with the added amount of the ankle bracelet. A senior caught with a first offense MIP as well as trespassing and obstruction of justice said he was paying over $1,000. Not to mention the changed feelings when it comes to the way his teachers and coaches now view him saying, “I’ll have to earn my coaches respect back.” A sophomore agreed . She said, “I could tell that my teachers were all really disappointed with me.” The consequences of an MIP during this particular party were large and not easily forgotten since the ankle bracelet vibrates every 30 minutes. The electronic device also cannot be submerged, so the teens cannot go swimming and as for the alcohol testing a senior says, “I can’t wear cologne or hand sanitizer or the test comes up positive.” These teens have many more punishments to deal with and judgements people make based on their ankle bracelet. Many ended up getting grounded as well as having to pay their fines without any parental financial help. “Get down and put your hands on your head!” Not something an underage teen wants to hear, and these teens agree it is not something anyone ever wants to experience. The teens all agree that the party was not worth the consequences and they regret it.

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by Jay Albert The most common youth crimes involve violence, theft, minors in possession or disorderly conduct. Depending on the situation they find themselves in, if it involves public safety or they can’t get a hold of a parent or guardian, they can find the consequences of their actions sending them straight to a Juvenile Detention Center. In a conversation with SRO Detective Mike Stimac, he said if minors are caught and have to go to court, they have to go through the process of the juvenile justice system. When they are in custody, the District Attorney must file a petition within 48 hours of the time the person is detained; not including weekends and holidays. There are two different types of sentencing: incarceration and non-incarceration. One possible non – incarceration option is probation. It’s purpose is to see if the person is fit to rejoin society again. Officials will attempt to reform juveniles and keep them out of trouble at the Juvenile Detention Center. The incarcerated individual may get out early, but that’s only if they pay bonds and maintain good behavior while getting help. If the judge chooses, he or she can hold the person until they’re 18, and then, transfer them to a state jail. A teenager’s life takes a nose-dive if they are convicted. It can keep them from getting a certain job or from being accepted into certain colleges. Often, depending on the severity of the crime, teens can follow the judge’s sentence and complete extra duties like community service, which may wipe their slate clean.

Dance | 10 Great Falls dances may be taking a turn away from schools in order to have more freedom in choice of dance styles.

Wrestling| 15 GFH wrestlers take second in state after an impressive season.



Feb. 24, 2012

Super PACs impose philosophical influence on voters Corporations, candidates utilize benefits of big money

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Photo by Jillian Wiggers CLASS DISCUSSION As students approach their first opportunity to be a part of the voting season, junior moderator Jordan Purinton leads the student debate. Presidential and state campaigns were main talking points in Norman Anderson’s AP U.S. government class’s discussion.

Case Changes Campaign Path

Citizens United case allows corporations the freedoms of an individual Copy by Katie Rider

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 vote a decision that would allow corporations to run negative campaigns, increasing or decreasing a citizen’s likeness to vote for a certain candidate. Since then, campaigns can completely change depending on which corporation financially contributes to them. Eighty five percent of Americans think that corporations have too much power in their democracy, and they believe that the normal citizen has too little voice. Freshman world history teacher, Geoff Habel, explained his viewpoint. “I like the idea of giving more rights to the people. That is my main voice in voting and government, to give more rights to the people, and this whole case takes this away from us. Our whole voice is lost when there are corporations to overrule us.” This whole case affects us directly, especially with the significance of the Tester and Rehberg campaigns heating up. Senator Tester said in his press release, “The U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision is a threat to transparent democracy and should be overturned with a constitutional amendment in order to uphold Montana values.” Tester will not be taking corporations money, but that does not mean that Super PAC’s will not. Fifty three of the 100 biggest economies on earth are now corporations. Senior Lauren Smith is unhappy about the case. “I think this is the reason America can be so inefficient. Because we can never choose a side, it is endlessly affecting

our decisions. Corporations would be so much more effective if they just stayed out of politics.” Sophomore Kylar Clifton said, “I don’t support Citizens United. It has had negative effects in the past. Corporations should not have political power.” Habel said, “The pitiful thing about the case is that it doesn’t just affect the big government seat holders, it affects the locals as well.” Montana Government teacher Chad Getten said, “Corporation are going to fund them whether it is legal or not; they want the media and the government to support them.” Smith continued, “It is not very ethical that they won. I think that the citizen’s voice should be larger than a corporation’s.” Government teacher Norman Anderson said, “I’m opposed to the decision. I have a hard time seeing a corporation as a person. The rights that apply to people can not be just given to a corporation.” Montana has a long history of fighting political corruption. A century ago, state voters passed an initiative that banned corporate spending to affect a candidate’s run for public office. They were responding to political corruption caused by the Copper Kings who controlled a big part of the state’s wealth by controlling political outcomes with monetary contributions. Habel said he stands behind the Justice Stevens quote, “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” Statistics provided by

Race to the Senate Copy by Bryar Brandvold With the 2012 Montanan Senatorial Election nine months away the battle for the Big Sky between incumbent Jon Tester (D) and House of Representatives member Denny Rehberg is really starting to heat up. Much of recent excitement has centered around each candidates proposals for the limiting of outside campaign donors. Tester began by calling for the elimination of third party advertising. His proposal was shot down by Rehberg, who called for limitations centering around well-funded outside groups, despite the widelyheld belief that he and other Republicans hold the edge in those funds. Rehberg then submitted his own offer calling for funds from Montanans only, something Senator John Tester that has never before been

The Super PAC is redefining the way money is raised and spent this campaign season. They can raise unlimited funds, but are not allowed to funnel money directly to a candidate or coordinate their activities with a campaign. This allows them to voice their political standpoint with corporations money backing them up. However, they can not affiliate themselves with the actual candidate, so these candidates may not want these advertisements condemning the other candidate, but they can not do anything to stop them. Freshman World History teacher, Mr. Habel, said, “The campaign becomes the guy who appeals to the most corporations wins the election. That is not what I want for this democracy.” Commercials run by Super PAC’s are easy to spot, they simply do not have the “[Candidate] approves this message” at the end. Super PACs can not only raise unlimited sums of money, but they can also spend unlimited amounts of money on advertising, for or against candidates. They can not coordinate with the campaigner, but these lines may blur depending on how much a candidate wants this advertising. Government teacher, Mr. Anderson, said, “The way a campaign that is run by the candidate works is you can only donate x-amount of dollars and you have to identify yourself, but with Super PACs, you can donate as much money that you want, and you can remain anonymous. I also extremely dislike how that the advertisement these Super PACs run are bashing other candidates. I want to vote for someone, not against someone.”

One of the country’s most noted Senatorial races begins to heat up as new tensions add to the campaign

seen in politics. Tester rejected this offer believing it would leave the race more susceptible to third party groups, discussed clearly in the Great Falls Tribune. After the continued “words war” between the two men, which has been omnipresent throughout the race, the state of campaign money has returned to status quo antebellum. However, much of the kvetching of unfair play from the two sides as both men are receiving high proportions of their campaign funds from corporate industries. With the both candidate’s second highest funding by industry coming from the “dark;” Rehberg’s came from his leadership PAC and Tester’s from lobbyists, according to Real Politics. “Dark money” is funding which is from often untraceable corporate contributions which both men have repeatedly attempted to bar from the race. Currently, Rehberg leads in the polls by three percent, but Tester’s approval rating as a Senator was significantly higher than Rehberg’s approval rating as the Representative for Montana. In most states approval ratings between a senator running against a representative is arbitrary, with the representatives

constituents only making up part of the state. However, in Montana only one representative serves for the entire state. Both men have earned immensely different reputations while in office. Tester often appeared as a man who puts Montana first with his seemingly frequent breaks with the Democratic Party, while Rehberg has been viewed as a party line backer for his nearly 95% voting rate with his party. However, the more frequent breaks are more common in the Senate than the significantly more party based House of Representatives. But discussion on future legislation seems to be put on the back burner as the men seem to prefer to postulating on the financial contributions the other receives, rather than discuss Representative Rehberg policy. photos from WikiCommons


Feb. 24, 2012


Distracted Driving Persists as Nationwide Issue

Cell phone usage restrictions enacted by Kristen Hanning

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Cell phone reliance is rapidly increasing in today’s society. The over dependency is putting lives at risk, as many states are noticing, forcing them to take action. At least nine states have already banned hand held cell phone use and about thirty-two have banned texting. Although a couple bills have been proposed in Montana, there has yet to be a state wide restriction established. Last year, a bill was introduced to the senate to ban the use of hand held electronic devices while driving in the state of Montana. This bill was quickly rejected. Similar legislation had been introduced and shut down in 2007 and 2009. This bill proposal will most likely return to the senate when the legislature meets again in 2013. Unlike much of the United States, Montana still does not have any state laws eliminating or restricting cell phone use while driving. However records are still kept of car accidents where phone use was involved in order to obtain particular federal funding. Over the past few years multiple Montanan cities have issued their own cell phone bans and driving restrictions. Throughout 2011 many of these laws have spread to different towns across Montana, and more towns are still

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by Katie Rider Scholastic Journalism Week is a time to bring visibility to the activity of student publications. This week is a time for the young citizens of the United States to celebrate their rights. The 45 words that changed America. The rights that guaranteed the freedom of religion, speech, press, and giving people the right to assembly. The first amendment states:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Most schools and staffs exercise this amendment by

educating the student body with news of the world and their community, and also voicing their opinion on the individual conflicts. An individual does not have to be a member or participate in the publications department to celebrate the week. One can simply take the time out of his day to read the newspaper or watch the news. To inform himself about his surrounding and form an opinion on the controversies. To celebrate the rights protected by the first amendment, one can visit sites such as and student run blogs like They have suggestions to write a letter to the editor, make public speeches, or in any way to express your individuality.

45 words

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

putting into question whether or not to instill such restrictions on the citizens of their town. Among the newest to gain these laws is Bozeman where police warned seventy drivers in the first month before enforcing the law this February. The cost of the tickets vary between the cities, Missoula’s is fairly high totaling up to five-hundred dollars. The laws are also essentially primary which shows from the substantial amount of citations that have been issued throughout the state. Other states have established like restrictions or partial restrictions enforced statewide. Some have out ruled all hand held use of cell phones leaving hands free devices such as blue tooth acceptable. Rather than ban all electronic use, texting alone has been banned from at least thirty-five states. Bus drivers and inexperienced drivers also have further restrictions in parts of the country. There are a few states, like Montana, who do not have any state wide bans. The federal government has addressed certain bill proposals further involving state funding in result from the absence of distracted driving laws. Although no national laws have yet been established, many administrations such as The Distracted Driving Safety Alliance are encouraging further involvement.

1 Celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week 2 State updates news about Sydney teacher 3 Business department plans spring MORP

by Shandon Bilbrey With the growth of eastern Montana increasing from the recent oil discovery in Williston, North Dakota, the crime steadily rises for neighboring cities. Most recently, in the neighboring city of Williston, ND; Sidney, MT had a kidnapping incident that included Sidney math teacher, Sherry Arnold. Arnold was a very respected member in the community of Sidney, MT, and her kidnapping and pronounced death, has effected many individuals living in Sidney, MT, as well as previous students during her teaching career. The story of the kidnapping of Sherry Arnold took place on her morning jog. Her husband, Gary Arnold noticed his wife’s disappearance around 9:30 and notified the local authorities. A search party was created and set out on the hunt to find Arnold, unfortunately, they only

came up with finding one of the shoes Arnold was wearing during her jog. As the story of her disappearance unravels, two suspects are in custody of the kidnapping and death of Sherry Arnold. The two suspects, Michael Spell, 22, and Lester Waters, 47, both of Colorado are being prosecuted for the kidnapping and death of Sherry Arnold. Spell allegedly confessed the kidnapping and helping to bury the body. So far in the uncovering of what happened to beloved Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold, it all started January 7, 2011, with the kidnapping and restraining of the teacher. Spell’s girlfriend, Angel Cruz, reported that Spell told her, Waters and himself had taken cocaine. Arnold was apart of a tragic ordeal and has affected the city Sydney, MT. As the trial continues justice will be served to those accompliced in the death of Sherry Arnold.

by Michael Gunderson Another school dance will be right around the corner this Sat. After a successful prom, the planning of Morp will once again be covered by the Bison Business Depar tment. In the midst of the grinding controversy, However, with each school dance planners find themselves continuing to deal with being in the midst of the grinding controversy, Scott Donisthorpe, one of the planners, has had to take precautions to address the grinding. “We’re following with administration on the no grinding policy. There will be administrators there to make sure that there’s no grinding going

on,” said Donisthorpe. With students concerned about the grinding situation, many students have been unsure about whether or not they would attend. Donisthorpe said, “In the last t wo years over 500 students have come, and I’m hoping that there will be at least that many or hopefully more.” Donisthorpe encourages all to come and experience the excitement, the memories, and all that Morp has to offer. The date of Morp is Mar. 25, 8 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in the Great Falls High School Old Gym. The theme will be“Black and White.” The Dance will also be deejay’d by A Beat Ahead DJ Ser vices.





Feb. 24, 2012


Citizens United expands corporate speech, while destroying the act of honest campaigning Citizens United ruled that corporations, as well as individuals, have the right to free speech. To exercise free speech, corporations have the right to donate money in order to help candidates in campaigns. This ruling has been under fire ever since it was decided in 2010, but with this election year, the validity of Citizens United is being questioned more than ever. A corporation is an assembly of people and as an assembly they may have a voice. The five Supreme Court justices who passed Citizens United believe the more speech the better. However, the more speech corporations have, the more individuals lose their voices. Corporations do not have the right to monopolize political campaigning. Nor do they have the right to make it impossible for citizens not to have the chance to be heard. The voices of those who don’t sit on boards for a large corporations are not heard. Those few people with influential corporation positions now drown out the voices of citizens without endless funds that can be wired to a desired candidate. In turn, depleting the freedom of speech of citizens with out the same resources. No longer is it up to campaigning offices to call households and ask for small donations. Now candidates need the help of multi-million dollar corporations to not only voice their support, but also financially back their campaigns. Money is now more than ever the driving force in political campaigns. The money that is spent on mudslinging, negative campaigning and candidate messages is now all Americans get to hear. The voice of the American people is lost, and it is even more difficult for citizens to find the truth about candidates running. Candidates themselves have to bend their beliefs, and succumb to the beliefs of their supporters in able to have a chance to stay in the running. This poses the problem of major corruption that is going on in today’s campaigning. It is illegal to bribe juries, television stations and judges, but because of Citizens United, candidates can now gain so much support from corporations that the businesses will essentially overwhelm the electoral campaigns. Money is power, and corporations have it. Allowing them to use it to support candidates results in corruption. A passage from Citizens United expresses these concerns: “If elected officials succumb to improper influences from independent expenditures; if they surrender their best judgement; and if they put expediency before principle, then surely there is cause for concern.” However, Citizens United still allows this kind of corruption to go on. It distorts the political process by giving those people with money the power for their agendas to be met. Now is the time to act to repeal Citizens United, corporations aren’t people.



Sexual preference should not determine a person’s ability to legally marry

by Jordan Purinton

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Super PACs vs. Citizens

American Middle Class battles for a voice in democracy against corrupt corporations and Super PACs influence by Katie Rider Our nation runs on money. This comes as an unfortunate fact to us as middleclass citizens. Many people are more likely to listen to a person who is wealthy than a person who is the equivalent to them. We are the 99%, the majority of the nation, yet somehow, in messy political campaigns, Super PACs, and a congress composed of billionaires, we have lost our voice. The word of 2011 was “occupy” and normal American citizens struggled to find their voice in a dramatic, radical way. Even so, it was complete anarchy and we presented ourselves in an almost barbaric manner. Although we captured the governments attention, we were not able to communicate our viewpoints. It was a desperate attempt at a voice, but it failed to be successful. This country was founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but it is becoming less about the citizen’s life and liberty and more about the government’s and corporations’ happiness. With extremely wealthy candidates such as Mitt Romney having no problem betting

$10,000 on a petty argument, it is clear to see where our voice was lost. In modern day America, if we want any form of a voice, we need to buy it. These billionaire candidates are the ones trying to relate to the middle class though, and that is where it becomes humorous. How are we supposed to be able to relate to someone who has too many houses to count? With the Citizens United vs. FEC case allowing corporations to become people, the word “people,” brought on a whole new meaning, and apparently it allows a corporation to get its opinion out there, but not ours. In fact, we don’t have someone in office we can compare ourselves to. Maybe we did at one time, but not now. None of those rich seat holders has to deal with losing their homes or losing their jobs because the company has to deal with budget cuts. Yet, they still try to relate to us. Our voice is also desperately competing against the lack of interest of so many citizens. It continues to astound me every day at how many citizens simply do not care at who runs their nation, and that is truly the ultimate downfall in our voice.

The Question of the Month

Do you view pep assemblies as an important way to improve athletic performance and fan based support?

“Pep assemblies are important because they’ve been around for a long time, so it’s a standing tradition. Plus, it pumps you up.”

The contentious issue of gay marriage has been beaten to a pulp, and yet, many political “leaders” have recognized it. Yet, at the national level, we can’t seem to come to the ethically sound conclusion of making same sex marriage legal. If you’re one of the people who opposes gays and their marriage rights, consider this because I’m speaking directly to you. What if all your life you’ve been right handed? You’ve used it since you were born and it is just natural to you. What if you were all of a sudden told that it was a sin to use that hand? It

–Austin Faulkner, 11

then becomes law that you are only allowed to use your left hand. Sure, you could probably do it, but would it be comfortable? Probably not. This is the same case for all homosexuals. It is not a choice. When did you, the straight person, choose to be straight? Did you sit down one day and say, “Well, I guess I’m not gay, so I guess I like the opposite sex.” In all likelihood, that probably didn’t happen. If you’ve been raised within a religious household, good for you. Religion can be akin to many beneficial values. However, one of the main

“Yeah, because it lets everyone know what goes on within their school, andit also acknowledges people who are participating and working to improve their school’s image.” –Tre Keels, 12

sources of homosexual spite lies within the holy community. It is specifically stated in the Bible that it is an abomination for a man, and equally for a woman, to lie down with its own sex. Many choose to symbolically enforce this within our legal system, preventing the admission of same-sex marriages. The Bible also states that any man working on the Sabbath shall be put to death. Why enforce gay marriage inequality, but not kill people who work on Sundays? This is just a classic example of inconsistencies within the Bible. The sixth commandment is “Thou




Feb. 24, 2012


TO WHAT DEGREE SHOULD SCHOOLS ENFORCE STUDENT AWARENESS Students are only required to become more educated, nothing more

The responsibility of a student does not include being occupied with the hullabaloo going on in his high school. A student’s job is to come to school and to learn. A student may participate in the politics of his school if that is his choice, but, it should not be required of the student to be involved in the inter workings of his school. Most students do not know what mill levy is, why teachers are asking them to tell their parents to vote yes on the mill levy, or why any of it matters. Although a student’s future may be affected by a change to the school, it does not mean that his involvement in the issue will change the outcome, so there is no actual need for the student to be involved in the changes taking place at his school. When a mill levy is raised it is thought to only be right for teachers and school administrators to ask students to inform

their parents about the benefits of the levy. It is said that students need to have a partnership with the school board, and voice their opinions, however, the things that students want are not best for the students well-being, nor their future. Students pick classes based on the teacher, how easy the class is going to be, and if his friends are in the class; students are simply not mature enough to make choices that will affect his future in such a large way. Most of the time, students don’t pick classes that will not benefit them in any way, or that they need for their future, or for their career. Teachers know what is best for students because they have already gone through not only high school, college, and have started their adult life. Giving responsibility to students early in their high school career may start to get them ready for life, helping them to learn how to be a well-informed voter, and a good

citizen, however, this learning may also come with the student choosing classes that they don’t need, which may affect his future in such a negative way that it is not worth the experience that they may gain. Students that go to college also have another transitional phase, where they are older, more mature, and David ready to be placed into the world, Ashby and at this time, they are ready to be in the driver’s seat of his life, but until then the students’ needs some guard rails in his life to help him keep moving in the right direction, which is why students should not be required to be informed about motions in the school system.

Students need to attempt to be more aware with help from the high school Right off the bat I would like to stress the idea that high school is not only an opportunity to become better educated, but it is a time for one to find his or her identity. Face it, throughout your high school career you became better at distinguishing what you appreciate and what you Austin resent. A large majority of the Mu student body has this idea that they will attend college and develop into a responsible adult with their lives ready to discipline. Of course, before you attend college, you must prepare yourself in high school. If you’re preparing to go to college to become a responsible adult, than why not prepare to be a responsible adult


in high school? My opponent seems to believe that as students, we need to mindlessly be fed information incorporated in the curriculum, rather than be more self-aware. Like I said, high school is a time to find your identity, but if you are just blowing through school with study halls and open periods, you don’t really get the chance to experience everything that is offered. The school provides us with a large variety in courses strictly to give us the opportunity to find out what we want to do as adults. With all this preparation to become a citizen, why not start acting like one in the mean time? This means actually knowing what happens in the world and in your school. Alas, but the youth and the news are two foreign concepts that should never be introduced! Why, it’s quite clear that. The typical teenager simply does not care for impersonal incidents, and would get terribly nauseated if he or she were to try to. I feel



A look at to the ludicrosity of the Republican candidates by Andrew Kromarek It’s coming, and no one can stop it: the Presidential campaign is here and will be getting itself comfortably positioned in American citizen’s lives. Although at this point, it may seem nothing more than glorified hate mail anymore, particularly for the upper class-men who will be old enough to vote later this year, we all need to ask just how well do high school students know the people who could potentially be running our country? Take Mitt Romney, for example; do people know he is considered to be an animal abuser? The story goes that one year on a family trip to Canada, the car was so packed that he decided to strap the family dog, Seamus, to the top of the vehicle instead of the luggage. Sounds pretty heartless to me; however, not only did Romney strap the dog to the roof for a 14 hour drive, but when the kids in the back saw a brown streak of liquid run down from the roof of the vehicle, he simply stopped at a station, hosed off both the car and the dog, and continued on his way. You can run a business with this kind of mood and do it well, but a country? It would be a disaster. On the other hand, we’ve got Newt Gingrich. If we take a look at his past, we get a nice, clear image of someone who has great work ethic and is a true believer in justice. This man’s work ethic includes adultery with his assistants, right

shalt not kill”, yet many times throughout the Bible God orders the killings of thousands of people. It astounds me that an “all loving god” (whose son preaches on the detestable act of judging people) would condone killing people on Sunday. If you’re going to stick with a religion, try and take it with a grain of salt. In a book of many contradictions, one should be expected to do this. Try and live by the good parts of the Bible that promote tolerance and acceptance, not by the ones that polarize our social views. The “sanctity” of marriage often comes up a lot when

like World War III could start, and the student body would still be talking about that wretched dentist office shindig. Really though, the school should make an attempt to get the student body to be more informed and engaged. It would teach them to be less concerned with themselves and help them develop a fundamental awareness, given that they actually listen and consider what happens outside of their “complicated” lives. Pay attention to what is happening to the world and your community. Inform your family on the mill levies and preserve your school. Become young adults who are a little more meticulous and aware. The world develops too fast to be uninformed and imprudent. We as students are capable of being responsible individuals in society. If we fight the inanity that comes along with being a young adult, we can help restore the quality of a professional, American society.

behind his wife’s back, and yet, he was a leading supporter of having Bill Clinton impeached for doing exactly what he was doing! The amount of hypocrisy it takes to do that is insurmountable. He would later divorce his wife, while she was in the middle of recovering from uterine cancer. This immoral example just shows he is unfit for the responsibility of running a country. Now let’s consider the infamous Ron Paul. Ron Paul is by far the oldest candidate, weighing in at 76 years old, and if elected would be our oldest president. Some of his ideals reflect this too. He belongs to an older generation, one where people would enjoy a good conservative conversation. He has had the same kind of political views for the past 30 years. While he may be consistent with his ideals, to legalize all drugs including marijuana, acid, heroin, cocaine and other crazy things people put into their bodies is an outlandish concept. The government shouldn’t try to dictate what we can do with ourselves, but should we really legalize things that are notoriously known for destroying people? Ron’s motives seem fair, but it’s a terrible idea all around to me. Easier access would only attract more people. Let’s move on to the next one, Rick Santorum. Mr. Santorum seems nice and all, but he has some terrible thoughts on people’s privacy, including the hotly debated topic of gay rights. He may be right to some and wrong to others, but he doesn’t need to judge people if they choose to live like that. Rick thinks that states should have the right to ban contraception and he has also compared gay people to pedophiles, which is completely out of line! It’s perfectly fine to have a different view on gay rights and contraception, but when a candidate starts to conflict with people’s ways of life in a disrespectful manner, it becomes a problem. The nation should be involved, but not to that extent. If I were he, I would try to be more appealing, He seems more focused on these topics than bigger matters concerning our nation, but hey, whatever gets him in office, right?

mentioned in the political world, especially when the social conservative wizard Rick Santorum speaks. He panders to the words of the Declaration of Independence mentioning the “creator” and essentially equates that as our founding fathers disapproving of same sex marriage. Santorum says he is not denying rights, but with legal marriage comes numerable legal benefits. Joint filing of tax returns, social security benefits and joint insurance policies to name a few. Denying rights to the general public is unconstitutional and I find it to be an egregious offence


that our so called “leaders” don’t put social rights in front of their religious persuasion. We’re in the 21st century. We have Facebook. We have iPhones. We should also be civil enough to extend marriage rights to everyone. The founding fathers vouched for separation of church and state. Denying marriage rights to homosexuals directly violates a moral code instilled within our constitution. If we view ourselves as a progressive society, we need to dismiss our severely outdated policy by repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and ensuring the basic right of marriage to all.


Do background stories about Republican nominees’ character values affect your 2012 voting decision? “It makes me believe that if I even agreed with their political views, it would still make me less likely to vote for them based on their character.” –Sam McCormick, 12

“Yes, because they can say one thing, but you just dont know if they will do something like that again and actions speak louder than words! –Ashley Childers, 11

“It definitely does, because if they are willing to do things immorally out of office, i cant trust them to make decisions in office.” –Connor Dixon, 11

Published approximately every three weeks, the Iniwa is the public forum for 1, 460 Great Falls High School student voices. The opinions and views in this publication are not necessarily those of administration, faculty, INIWA staff or student body.

Volume 87, Issue 4 Feb. 23, 2012

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Feb. 24, 2012

Pouring Out Pep

Bison Idol contestants sing like super stars at only the second student rally held this year by Austin Mu

Photo by Ailene Camacho LOUD AND PROUD Senior Shyke Smalls serenades the Bison Cheerleaders at the second Pep Assembly of the 2011–2012 year with his rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly.”

What’s the Bison battle cry? Apparently, the freshman class was unaware that the traditional cheer should be answered with a “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y”. Angrily approaching their oblivious reaction at the recent pep assembly would be gratuitous for the fact that the underclassmen have not received many chances to properly learn the cheer, or the school song for that matter. On top of that, the acoustics in the old gym may have prevented the cheerleaders voices from reaching the stands. “It could’ve been better for freshmen; we are a little timid,” said freshman Samantha Cory. “We need more opportunities to practice because we don’t want to be known as the class that can’t show Bison pride.” Despite the lack of assemblies, this last one really seemed to leave an impression on the students. The student body cheered on the basketball players, swimmers, speech and debaters, and the wrestlers for their upcoming events. Senior Alex Johnson said, “It was fun, the teachers and students did a good job

entertaining. If teachers and students can organize more pep assemblies than I think that would be swell. To have more people show up at games would be fun and give us a stronger sense of bison pride.” Pep assemblies are held to raise awareness of athletic events, as well as acknowledge those participating. A result would be an increase the turnout of student spectators, boosting Bison spirit. “Rather than being focused on school work all the time, it lets students let loose for once. Plus, keeping up the pride and tradition is a very big part of Great Falls High School. It is important to keep tradition so you don’t forget the old times and accomplishments,” said Cory. It is clear that GFH is preparing for some big changes this year and years to come. In the mean time, students will agree that the preserving of Bison pride and tradition of this high school is an essential part to keeping the school a family, and not an institution. The students and teachers can sing all that they want, for it is what they deem necessary to make preserve Bison pride.

Bring More Class to the Party

Please the most picky movie connoisseurs in five easy steps by Sara Moltzan

Find the best place for the party before all else. If you

are planning on inviting everyone you know, but you have no furniture, a 16” TV that goes in and out of receiving signal and neighbors that are louder than a rock concert, your house probably isn’t the best spot. However, if you have a giant plasma TV, endless seating, and a house that is practically uninterrupted, hosting it at your place might be the best thing you can do. So know your area’s limitations and size the party accordingly. Nothing kills a party faster than having a house full of people and nothing for them to eat or drink. Almost as bad as having a meal that is too awkward for parties. It is less than normal to have a party and serve soup or caviar to guests. Avoid going to the extreme of either severely casual or painfully overdone and keep it simple by serving general party foods like chips,pizza and soda. If you really want to get into the festivities of the Oscars have guests dine on ball park favorites like Cracker Jack to honor Money Ball. A party is about being surrounded by friends so don’t feel awkward if you want to ask them to bring something. At most parties someone brings a bag of chips, a couple of drinks or a movie to watch so there’s no harm in suggesting it to your friends. However don’t make it mandatory, people are forgetful and it is your party so you should be the one who is prepared. That said it isn’t necessary to have enough food to feed the entire student body of Great Falls High if you only plan to have your closest friends over for a couple hours. Be sure if you are going to do a theme that involves dressing up or decorating that most of your guests want to cooperate. There is no situation more uncomfortable then having two or three people out of your whole party dressed up as their favorite movie character and the rest dressed casually. This not only applies to dressing up but it also applies to every aspect of the party. If most of your party attendees don’t want to watch a movie, or in this case the Oscars, then it will be difficult for them to have a good time. Especially if you have no back-up plans.


Oscar Party


All of America


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An important factor in any party is the guest list. It creates a major conflict if you invite two mortal enemies to one party, by the end of the night the party will be divided in two and nobody will be having a great time. Although you may be friends with a lot of people from all sorts of cliques it is tiresome to juggle conversations with each individual if none of the guests have met prior to the party and have no similarities to talk about. So for the good of all invited make sure that most people there know each other or have common grounds of conversation, because the Oscar nominees can only have a certain impact on individuals and their conversations. Finally, remember that no one can sit through the entire Oscar presentation without talking. Just sit back and relax and let the Oscars create the setting for the party that everyone will be talking about. Photos shared with and


Feb. 24, 2012


Articulate Individuals

Speech and debate team finishes season with National Forensic Meet in Butte

Freedom forum Conference

by Dustin Senger Great Falls High School’s speech and debate team took the NFL qualifying tournament in Butte by storm on the Feb. 10 and 11. Senior Jacob Strauss and his Policy Debate partner sophomore Kylar Cliffton are proud to be going to Indianapolis this June. “It feels good. We put in a lot of time and effort; it really paid off!” said Clifton after discovering they were one of three teams who qualified for Indianapolis. He said, “I’m so happy we finally got in! We got gypped out of so many tournaments, it feels great! I’m glad we can rep our Bison pride on the national level.” The Lincoln-Douglas debaters kicked off strong at Butte, running head first through the double elimination tourney with the group totaling 11 wins and one loss after the first day. “I’m very nervous because I want to stay undefeated,” said junior Brian Tremper at the end of the first day. However, sadly the near Cinderella story came to a screeching halt as the second day approached. “It’s going to suck if I lost that round, but I guess it’s my cushion round so I’ll be okay,” said sophomore debater Hannah Good. Tara Clayton just so happened to get sick in a very stressful debate round. Slowly but surely debaters one after another fell from their dreams of qualifying for the Indianapolis trip. The Public Forum Debate team had a great first day, but lost out of the tournament the second day of the competition. Not everything for the entire team was cherry plums and pixy sticks. “The competition had been really hard, and everyone was really good and everything that I’ve done before has really prepared me for this tournament” said junior extemporaneous speaker Brandy Kamstre. All the speakers didn’t end up breaking into the final rounds, but instead had a lot of fun watching humorous interpretation rounds in their free time. Overall, the team was happy that they got to spend this last tournament together, “I love our team. It’s been one of the best high school experiences thus far. It’s been great to have a team that doesn’t compete against each other and works together” said Good. “I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

by Sara Graybill Fifty one delegates came to represent their states and districts at the 2011 Free Spirit conference in Washington D.C. Together, we spent five full days scheduled from seven in the morning to eleven in the evening. The conference has changed over the years, evolving into the valuable experience I had this past summer. “I was nervous about not knowing anybody,” said Minnesota representative Ryan Levi, “but the best part of the conference turned out to be meeting and becoming friends with amazing kids from across the country.” Over the five days we spent together, we grew very close. We explored every aspect of media, journalism and the changes it is going through, and political stand points with the press. We had the chance to get acquainted with every branch of government over the five day trip from a journalistic standpoint. To learn about the executive branch, we spoke with various journalists that have covered the White House, met with Mike McCurry (former press secretary), and toured the White House. The branch I was most interested in learning about was the Judicial branch. The representatives participated in a mock trial in District Court Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth’s courtroom. The case we studied had to do with first amendment rights. Not only did I learn about the court system, but about limitations on

Photo by Dustin Senger PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Solo debaters sophomores Emma Martin and Hannah Good prepare themselves for the National Qualifying tournament in Butte. They have worked all season revising speeches, practicing, competing between themselves.

MODERN CULTURE AND MEDIA Social media expert Val Hoeppner gives a lecture to the representatives on new media and digital journalism.

CIRCLE UP Ten representatives play games on “The Celebrity” during a night on the Potomac.

Photos by Dave Eggem

GROUP PHOTO The 2011 free spirts stand on the roof of the Newseum with the freedom forum founder Al Neuharth.

Student representatives learn about the journalism first hand in the capital city first amendment rights. The next day the group spent the morning at Capitol Hill touring the Capitol building and meeting with U.S. Senator John Thune and Catalina Camia of USA today. “I appreciated the experience tremendously. I made valuable connections and learned important lessons that will carry me far in journalism,” said Wisconsin representative Karnpal Cheema. The conference also focused on the changing world of media and where journalism is heading. The conference was based out of the Newseum, where we spent time in lectures that improved our knowledge in every area of journalism. We also learned hands on by touring the museum. “I loved the conference; I got a lot of knowledge on how to be a successful journalist and made new friends,” said D.C. representative Angel Brock. During the conference the group also participated in various luncheons and meetings with influential journalism personalities. Among them were Judy Woodruff, David Gregory, and Al Neuharth himself. “The free spirit conference was a phenomenal opportunity to learn from and work with the best media professionals in America, as well as interact with 50 other unique aspiring journalists,” said Louisiana representative Aaron Brown III. The conference proved to be just that and helped us grow as journalists.



Feb. 24, 2012

Photo Courtesy of thetheif88 at FACES OF ABUSE The stereotypical scenario of man against woman abuse has changed in recent times. In today's society abuse knows no gender. Regardless, it is a situation that must be dealt with and in turn ended quickly and abruptly. Abuse is both physically and emotionally draining for the victims.

Month of Dating Violence Prevention by Ada Kelly People around Montana have gathered to recognize February as the month for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention. According to Attorney General Steve Bullock, Montana is one of 14 states that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent dating and partner violence. In 2010 the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence released a plan to prevent further partner and sexual violence here in Montana Although abusive relationships may not be apparent in the daily lives of high school students, teen violence is in fact, a huge part of many adolescents’ lives. Bullock’s letter recognizing February as the month for teen violence states teens and young adults are particularly susceptible to violence - 70 percent of the women who are raped are under the age of 25. Furthermore, one in four women is the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner over the course of her lifetime. Once again, almost 70 percent of these attacks occur before the victim is 25 years old. Although less common, boys are also victimized. More than one quarter of male rape victims were first raped when they were just 10 years old or younger. Evidence has shown that sexual and domestic violence are increasingly significant and widespread public health problems. Such violent sexual crimes have many rippling effects. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, injury, missing school or work, higher frequencies of headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and/or mental health are the most common consequences of such brutal acts. Violence effects not only the victim, but also the people in their lives.

Bullock also wrote that law enforcement and other service providers must coordinate services and offer support for victims who report abuse. He also ensured that victims will be safe and taken seriously when they report what has happened to them. It is a well known fact that many abusive acts go remain untold because the victim is scared to tell anyone in fear of being hurt more. Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and many other organizations have created websites, phone lines and help centers where victims and their families can seek help. Dating for young adults is relatively new. Many teens that are in abusive relationships don’t know that it is abusive because they have never known anything different. In adulthood, woman and men have more dating experience and are more aware of what is acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to relationships. Confidence levels run low throughout the mind of the average high school student. In many cases, an abusive partner lessens these levels even more. Abuse is a wide spectrum spanning the emotional, verbal and physical ranges. If concerned, look for the signs of an abusive relationship online at mcadsv. com. Also, for victims and their families seeking help, and are two among many available sources. As technology grows, even smart phones offer a useful source. A new iPhone application called “Love is Not Abuse” is directed for parents. It tells signs of teen dating abuse and describes the basic facts about teen dating violence and abuse. For further information, the Coalition’s prevention team can be contacted at 406-443-7794.

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9 Obsolete Scoring


Feb. 24, 2012

College Admissions Omit SAT Score Requirements

SCORE These SAT scores define the fears and accomplishments that college bound students may face.

by Donovan Dennis Attention college-bound high schoolers: the SAT may become a test of the past. As many colleges and universities move to a more individual-oriented application process, standardized tests are no longer required for students applying to top-name schools across the country. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) was originally developed in 1927 to address the concerns of many colleges attempting to discern one student from another. They were attempting to eliminate the disparities between curriculums and discover if Student One’s D-average was more impressive than Student Two’s B-average. In 2005, the SAT was revised into a longer, more difficult test requiring students to write an essay. While the SAT of the past was scored out of 1600, the “new SAT” is scored out of 2400. The College Board, the not for profit company that administers the test, believed the new test improved “the alignment of the test with curriculum and institutional practices in high school and college.” However, many believe the new test came after the president of the California University System, Richard C. Atkinson, recommended in 2001 that students applying to any of the

eight UC schools would no longer be required to submit SAT scores, but rather, would have the option. After visiting California high schools, Atkinson said, “I concluded what many others have concluded- that America's overemphasis on the SAT is compromising our educational system.” The College Board began a major revision of the test shortly thereafter, and the UC system, College Board’s largest client, continued to require the test for admission. More recently, however, many schools have forgone the standardized test for an approach that focuses on individual students and their accomplishments and activities rather than standardized test scores. According to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more than 775 schools across the country are now test-optional. Included among those are NYU, American University, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College and many other top-name institutions. According to NYU, one of the schools foregoing the Reasoning Test requirement, they were addressing a concern that talented students with lower test scores were discouraged from applying because of the increasing average SAT score of accepted students.

Photo Illustration by Jordan Purinton ONLINE AMBIGUITY With mixed signals circulating throughout the school, students have found themselves questioning the availability of next year's online course options due to the mutual confusion.

Participants Wishing to Schedule Online Courses Encounter Questionable Availability by Jordan Purinton The notion of attending gym classes doesn’t particularly excite most students. Thus, it has become commonplace for many to utilize online courses as an alternative. Yet with an uncertain environment on the status of next year’s courses, students are finding themselves in a tough position. The information received from counselors at Great Falls High seemed to indicate that online courses will not be available next year, “When signing up for courses next year, we are assuming that nothing will be available online.” These words came from guidance counselor Molly Cox. Much of the online talk is up in the air at this moment, and this ambiguity is coming at the misfortune of some students. Junior Amber Kinney

plans to graduate early next year and the dismissal of certain online courses could have a significant affect in her plan to graduate, “This would be very harmful in my path to graduation. Either I would be stripped of the privilege previous seniors have had, or even have to take the required class (I would be taking online) during a period where I would otherwise be doing art or culinary courses” Despite the doubtful image portrayed, other local educational figures have quite the opposite views on next year’s courses. GFPS curriculum director Chris Olszewski in fact says the outlook on next year is quite optimistic, “I am totally unaware of an initiative to not offer online courses next year.” There are two different methods of taking online

courses. There is the Great Falls Virtual Academy (GFVA) and there is the Montana Digital Academy (MDA). The GFVA is the locally run online program which integrates with the local curriculum, but the actual funding of the program is dependent on the number of students enrolled. The MDA is not based of the local curriculum. Despite this, the MDA uses the same standards as GFPS and is monitored by a group of well respected teachers from across the state. The MDA will be offered next school year for sure according to Assistant Superintendent for Schools Tom Moore. However, GFVA will only be offered in the summertime. To find out more about online courses next year, visit



Feb. 24, 2012

Photo by Jordan Purinton

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE The school year progressed and the school dances commenced. Yet the parents and community reacted to the modern method of dancing known as “grinding.” Banishment of this became the district policy and local students decided to take the situation into their own hands by hosting their own local dances.

With school sponsored dances prohibiting grinding, students consolidate and attend student-run local dances by Michael Richardson With the school administration cracking down on the dance styles at our school funded dances, students have taken the situation into their own hands by funding their own dances. Teachers and parents have been very supportive chaperoning the dances and making sure that students have been following the policy. One teacher supportive of the new policy, Mrs. Jackson, who helped put the dance lessons said, “I really respect the leadership of the student council, and I also admire kids for the challenges that this policy has faced them with.” Jackson believes that kids have done a great job of following the new no grinding policy. Jackson also said, “I really appreciate the teachers willing to help the kids have a good experience at the dance, as well as the parents for being willing to help out at the school for dances.” All kids want to express themselves the way that they want and some students have by creating dances for high school students. These dances were completely put up by students for students. These dances have been put up at numerous places around Great Falls including the 406 club and the Black Eagle Community Center. They dances have been completely set up and funded by students Kyle Utley and Matt Shearer, along with DJ’s Bryton Gabriel, Jordan Purinton and Michael Gunderson, with their self-started company, A Beat Ahead. Utley said he started the funding of the dances because, “I realized taking away dances from the high school students is something that kids can do without getting into any trouble. And eventually it would catch

up and lead to even more kids rebelling against the schools. Not only that, but dances are a huge part of high school memories. If I can make it happen, awesome.” Junior Bryton Gabriel said, “I feel that students aren’t against the policy, but are disappointed that they can’t dance the way that they want.” These dances are put together by many students and very supportive parents. These dances make safety a priority as well. Not only do they have parental chaperoning, but also security crews that are provided by the venue. These dances are a good way for kids to follow the schools rules but also a great and safe way to express themselves the way they want. These dances keep the schools rules unbroken, and the schools are still able to have dances for people who may not be comfortable with grinding. While the new dances have been quite big, both the schools and the student run dances are important events. The initiative of the students in this situation is impressive in both the ability to adjust to new policy successfully, and also the drive and resourcefulness to run their own events in a safe and fun way. “The way the dances are now is that it lets you express yourself more, and doesn’t isolate you if you don’t grind, I really appreciate the effort they put into the independent dances, and its definitely nice to have a place for kids to dance the way they want.” said junior Amber Kinney. The students at our schools have a very positive outlook on all the dance challenges they have been faced with. The maturity of all the students is definitely visible.


What is your opinion about student-run dances? “These dances give everyone a chance to dance the way they want to. The dance organizers do a great job of setting these up and always put on a good show. It’s also a good way to keep the reputation of our schools in an upscale and classy light.”

Cierra Connor, 11 “Well bro, these dances are a step up. Although, it’s understandable that the schools had to stop the grinding to keep a professional reputation within the community, I think dancing the way you want to allows for greater personal freedom.”

Jeremy Hannah, 11


Feb. 24, 2012




‘The Iron Lady’

Many children movie characters go Yet again Meryl Streep executes through the loss of a parent. However a truly distinctive role. She is hardly this young twelve year old boy, Hugo, recognizable in the extremely loses both parents and is sent to a fate empowering performance. worse than being an orphan, living Portraying a living replica of with a drunken uncle who also ends up Margaret Thatcherm, this could abandoning him. possibly be considered one of the Becoming a homeless orphan strongest characters of Streep’s Hugo takes up residency in a very career. Her Character Margaret, public train station where he works breaks the boundary between the on an animatronic man to keep the sexes as the first woman to be prime memory and efforts of his late father minister in Britain. alive and to battle the loneliness of life by Sara Moltzan and Kristen Hanning This history lesson is a creative without a family. depiction of an extraordinary n o i t T na i Until he meets a girl who he m m o life. The heavy story line is N s os t n res unlocks the secrets of his legacy. unique and the strange ways the th Best Act o m inate 14 One of the cutest of the viewer learns about Margaret’s life is d film Streep’s l y r nominations, the innocence of the e somewhat of a confusing adventure. M o f 2011 children unquestionably creates a pure Including her older years of dealing mental backdrop. with the loss of her husband.


Academy’s additional choices blindeside moviegoers and critics

‘The Artist’


One of the more unique of the nominees, The Artist, displays a 30s style film. Black and white and with minimal words, it certainly packs a Film p punch and ends with a bang. roduc George Valentin hits the top and ed ful the bottom of the bell curve. He lives his ly in b lack a life at an ultimate high only to plummet nd w h to boundless lows. An renowned actor ite of the silent film era, the opening scene truly shows the remarkable fortunes swiftly acquired during his career. This reality hastily reaches it’s end with the new arrival of the talkie. Hesitant to the change, George losses everything. Once his money and possessions are ram-sacked by economic misfortune he loses his last hope, the love of his wife. With only his dog and the clothes on his back he battles depression and pyromania.

This is Jonah Hill’s first major production since his monumental weight loss. As horrible as this sentence may sound the nation lingering truth should stay i m o n r a c with you. After such a large d first Os e v i e c change of loosing all that weight Jonah e r l l i H nah lost some of the craved aspects that Actor Jo made him such an amazing comedian. This loss took away most of the hype and appeal that Moneyball had going for it. Reviewing the plot line of Moneyball the “Hallmark” aspects are far too easily spotted. Underlying tones of “family love and unification” Movie ba are often able to be overlooked if one sed from finds himself annoyed by these tones. a true sto ry However the aspects are aplenty and unavoidable in this movie. Along with this the lack of climatic events makes Moneyball all but impossible to remain awake and attentive while watching it.

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picture was the next logical step. It is a rare occurrence that a movie does not ruin a book and a book does not set false standards for a movie. The Help sets and breaks the standards of viewing that the public sets and so Based on novel of the same name American monotonously stands for. Taking a movie centered around a touchy subject such as racism and executing it without having every line of dialogue seeming like a futile attempt at an evocation of pity and of guilt is a difficult task. Even more difficult of task is to do this so flawlessly that the tones and messages arise while preforming eloquently the way that this all-star cast has done.


Rap Collective OFWGKTA releases compilation of various members by Shandon Bilbrey The most recent release from the alternative hip-hop group OFWGKTA is 12 Odd Future Songs, a complilation of songs previously released by its members Odd Future is led by Tyler, The Creator and is made up of rappers, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats, Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis and Mike G; with occasional rappers Jasper Dolphin and Taco Bennet. This group has the underground talent calling out to major record labels to produce their music. The compilation album explores a variety of rapping styles and beats, however, the rappers clearly express there similarity in rapping to other modern rappers.

Independent artist releases new album under new name Born Gold by Shandon Bilbrey Futuristic indie electronic band Born Gold, formely known as Gobble Gobble, released their first album Bodysongs in the close of the year 2011. Bodysongs exhibits a high-energy band full of creativity and originality, with also making a pop album with strong hooks. The songs to check out by them include “Lawn Knives”, “End of Day”, and “Wrinklecarver.” Their music demonstrates the artist Cecil Frena’s experimenting with mainstream and indie pop, also the use of digitally processed glitch music. Born Gold explores a wide variety of styles and expresses true music talent. The album Bodysongs is a must have for any futuristic indie pop lover.

‘Hunger Games’

Soon to be motion picture provides young adults with a thriller read

by Hanna Graybill In less than four years The Hunger Games has landed a spot on the bookshelf of every teen in America. It is filled with action, adventure, and an intriguing futuristic premise. The Hunger Games is set in Panem, a nation that rose from the ruins of North America, the Capitol rules over the 12 districts. To keep peace the districts are forced to send a boy and a girl as a tribute to the yearly Hunger Games.Twenty-four boys and girls fight to the death in an arena on live television. The winner is awarded with fame and fortune for themselves and their district. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen didn’t take the games very seriously until her sister’s name, Primrose Everdeen, is called on reaping day. To save her sister from certain death, Katniss volunteers herself as tribute. Suddenly her world is changed. As she is preparing for the Hunger Games she finds herself caught up in problems every teen must face: growing maturity, responsibility, and falling in love. The Hunger Games has over 2.9 million copies in print and has been translated into 26 different languages. When released in 2008 it received incredible reviews from prestigious magazines such as The New York Times and from the acclaimed author Stephen King, and is now about to become a major motion picture due in theaters March 23. Although fans are still anxiously awaiting the release of the movie, the changes made in the process of turning the book into a movie could prove to be disastrous. It is rumored there have only been small changes to the script; taking out minor characters and showing main characters more often. Even with changes the movie promises to be a success.




Long time coach bids farewell

Feb. 24, 2012

Renning History teacher, coach says goodbye after 34 years

by DJ Stewart Thirty two years ago, the Bison added a record setting kicker from Montana State University, Pat Bolton, to their coaching staff. After a stellar career at MSU and some time in NFL training camps, the Butte High graduate returned to Bozeman as an assistant. Bolton then returned to Butte for a year before coming to Great Falls and coaching at East Middle School. Two years later, he started his coaching at GFH as an assistant. Bolton coached running backs and kickers. He also has been a weight training and gym teacher. Bolton said, “Coaching and teaching go hand-in-hand. Teaching gym and weight training has allowed me to help some of the athletes get in shape and get stronger.” He also said, “The weight room is the great equalizer. Some of the smaller kids get in there and get stronger.” Bolton has seen some of the best seasons Great Falls High has had including the two state titles in 1983 and 1988. He even coached both of his sons during their time at GFH. “It was fun but very stressful,” Bolton said. “The little mistakes were magnified and sometimes we would but heads even after practice. It would have been easy to have somebody else coach them.” Some of his biggest influences were former coaches and teachers whose footsteps he wanted to follow. Bolton said, “My take on the changes over the years is that technology has become a bit of a distraction. Kids aren’t always as committed.” Bolton also said of his students and athletes, “I liked mostly all my students. There were only a handful that were difficult to work with.” He also hopes that he had a positive impact on everybody he came in contact with. His last piece of advice: “Stay positive; find your niche and just enjoy it while it lasts.”

by DJ Stewart For thirty four years, Dennis Renning has been teaching and coaching at Great Falls High School. Before he joined the Bison, he was a CMR graduate were he stared in football and basketball. After high school he went on to Western were he choose to just play football. once he graduated from he became a western coach defensive back coach for one season. Renning then returned to Great Falls were he was a football coach at East Middle School. After two years at East, he then began his career at Great Falls High. He coached football for 25 years and girls basketball for 37 years. Renning has seen it all—two state football titles in 1983 and 1988 as well as two titles in basketball. In addition to coaching, he has also taught history and the up and coming, popular class, Street Law. Renning said, “I think the reason students take an interest in the class is that they are just interested in learning about how the law works and seeing things from the police officers’ points of view.” Renning got into teaching and coaching because he has always had a love for history and sports. During his tenure, he has seen several different students and athletes come and go including his own daughters, who competed in basketball and track. One of Renning’s most memorable coaching moments was a victory in a triple over-time thriller over Helena Capital for the state championship. In regard to the changes he’s witnessed over the years, Renning said, “The athletes are not always as dedicated because of all the distractions in today’s age.” He also said, “I have really enjoyed my time as a coach and teacher and will always value the friendships I’ve made with the coaches, players, teachers and students.” Renning has been a great mentor and friend to all.


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Intramural Basketball

Intramural basketball provides a chance for every day students to participate in competitive basketball

Photo by Jordan Purinton FLYING TO THE FINISH LINE. Junior Jourdon Gudatis swims the butterfly during a swim practice. Gudatis had an overall successful personal season. Both the boys and girls team improved their placing from last year’s season.

Making Waves

Boys and girls swimmers make a splash at the AA State Swim Meet by Josh Byron and Sara Moltzan As the season neared its end, the Great Falls High boys and girls swim team made final preparations for their state meet. Going into the meet with high hopes, they looked to cap off the season with a team trophy. “We were surprised with some of the wins we’ve had throughout the season, but we have really had some kids step up since November,” Dennis said. “We felt we had a good chance of bringing home a trophy.” Entering the meet the inhibitions and confidence of the team became apparent. “We felt pretty good; we were confident. Not overly confident. We expected a tight race the whole way” said Senior Captain Donovan Dennis. There is always room for individual improvement when referring to the efforts one can make in a sports team scenario. However one thing Dennis referenced as a particular source of improvement was the fact that “Our

underclassmen needed to step up.” Being a swimmer is much more than simply splashing in the water. As Sophomore Justice Beckner illustrates “Swimming is a great workout and requires major discipline.” The Bison were not the initial threat that was the “team-to watch”, however they went in with a positive attitude. “We were focused, attentive, ready to win and we went in with a positive attitude,” said Dennis in respect to the general mind set of the team. Dennis, and the rest of the swim team were expecting big performances from Juniors Jacob Magruder and Jourdon Gudatis. Dennis projected approximately eight of the thirty-seven qualifiers could have made the consolation and championship finals scoring big points for the Bison. “Overall we were confident in our ability to win a trophy. It all depended on the way other teams swam. There was a much closer race for the first place trophy than originally thought, We liked our chances.” The Bison boys and girls ultimately ended the season each with a fourth place finish. Both sides had clearly improved on their 10th and ninth place finishes respectively from the y e a r before.

by Rusty Kopeikin Intramural basketball has proven to be quite successful in encouraging students to be active in sports. Intramural doesn’t involve the same pressure as school sports because your playing with your friends against your friends. The only requirement is a team must have at least five players. Junior Michael Hay said, “It’s a fun experience, we all have a blast.” Similar responses are heard all throughout the intramural teams. Junior Preston Evans said “its a good sport for those people who wanna go have fun.” “It’s a fun experience and it gets you involved with the school and helps you set goals”, he continued, “ we have gotten so much better sense the beginning of the season”. Players from all teams agree its a fun way to spend their time and make good friends.Gregg Dart, Geoff Habel, Chad Getten and Mark Fought all manage the schedules and referee the games. Dart said, “Intramural sports are for the kids that either didn’t make the team or simply never tried out, but still want to be active.” The eight teams are four games into the season. After their regular season is over, there will be a seeded tournament based on the teams records. Teams are named by their captains. Ehnes’ team is leading the stands with an undefeated record. Closely followed by Dickson’s team. Games are every Monday and very laid back.

Photo by Lynda Dea MAD SKILLS. Senior Logan Hunt celebrates after a basket. Hunt and his teammates have enjoyed playing throughout the intramural season.

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JUMPING TO TRIUMPH. The Bison boys basketball team have a record of 6 –12. Before heading into playoffs, they play Billings West and Billings Senior. Playoffs will be Feb. 25, and Coach Howard has high hopes for his team. He said, “We will do really well this year and come out on top.”

HOP, SKIP AND JUMP Junior Callee Remsen jumps up for a lay up during the Helena Bruins game. Remsen has played on the Lady Bison varsity basketball team since her freshman year. The Lady Bison are 5–13. Although the team lost both of the very important crosstown games, they have accepted their losses and played hard throughout the rest of the remaining season. With one game left, they have worked toward the best possible outcome. Senior Katie Schermele said, “Hopefully, our last game will be our best.” GAME FACE Junior Kelsey Devlin keeps the ball away from a Helena Bruins varsity player. The Bison ended up losing 47–56. Devlin has played well throughout the season, playing for both junior varsity and varsity teams. If the Lady Bison do not win their games with Billings West and Billings Senior, they will once again face CMR in a crosstown game. Coach Dart made clear that victories this upcoming weekend would be helpful for both their ranking and the mentality of team.

Boys remain strong Girls push onward Perseverance builds team through challenges

Ladies improve, hopeful for final game of season

Copy by Jay Albert “We have had some struggles along the way but, we just need to stay focused. We got to work to win the play off game and to get to go to state,” said junior Dylan Tatarka regarding this year’s season. For both fans and players alike, Bison boys basketball has had a challenging, fast-paced season this year. To have a full gym of your peers watching and cheering makes for tense situations that motivate many of the Bison boys. “You really don’t notice it until you’re in a high pressure situation,” junior and JV forward Keenan Watt said. “You practice so much you don’t really think about the noise”. Most players know that it is necessary to keep the crowd out of their minds. Occasionally though, the noise can break their concentration. Watt said, “For me, the highlight of the season was the match-up against CMR. We were down a lot, but we fought back and defeated them 48–44.” Dylan Tatarka said, “I wish we wouldn’t have lost to CMR the second time. It would have been sweet to have a winning sweep in their place,” when talking about what he wished was different this season. With an overall season record so far of 6–12, Coach Bob Howard said, “ I’m looking forward to the playoffs. The Bison are really going to be competitive, and I think that we will do really well this year and come out on top.” Freshman Lukas Vining earned a spot on the varsity team through hard work and practice. “He always has a good time out there. He’s getting better everyday,” said senior and varsity point guard Shyke Smalls. Watt said, “It has been a great experience this year working with Coach Howard and his son, assistant coach Bobby Howard. They really know what they are talking about. Bobby and Coach Howard are always on us, keeping us motivated,” Howard added, “We’re trying to get better every day, so we can be ready for our playoff game at the end of the season.”

By Rusty Kopeikin Pulling together, the Lady Bison basketball team is looking to a bright future. The girls have had quite the season with many of their games ending in a heart breaking finish. Possibly the most heart breaking happened during the girls’ last match-up with CMR. They made a quick run to get ahead in the third quarter. “Emotions got the best of us”, said junior Callee Remsen about the game. “We got too concentrated on winning against CMR that we lost our focus to finish the game on top.” Even so, Coach Dart got the team back on track, quickly moving forward to being ready to finish the last games of the season. The girls’ last conference games will be this weekend against Billings West and Billings Senior. The last time the Lady Bison competed with these teams, the Lady Bison were within 10 points of a win. “These are two games that we could really use going into the playoffs,” Dart said. The Lady Bison hope to have two more conference wins to motivate them as they move into playoffs. Winning these games, along with Butte losing this weekend, would place the Lady Bison against Billings West in their first playoff game. If the games don’t play out like that, then the Lady Bison will once again face their intra-city rival, CMR. “Playing CMR would definitely bring up the emotion. Having so many friends watching and knowing that if we win, CMR won’t be going to state makes it an intense game,” said senior Katie Schermele. With so many underclassmen stepping up to varsity level, the team has high hopes for the season next year. Sophomore Mercedes Bourgeau said, “I had to spend extra time in the gym outside of practice to work up to the varsity level. My first time playing in a varsity game, I was nervous because there was a lot of pressure on me to play well.” With an overall record of 5–13 the girls still work toward their goals. “Hopefully our last game will be our best,” said Schermele.



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Photo by Jordan Purinton ROCK THE CRADLE Senior, Taylor Macklin cradles up opposing team’s wrestler for a pin and a win for the GFH wrestling team. Macklin, was a Bison wrestler for only two years.

Photo by Jillian Wiggers BRUTALLY BLOODY. Senior Aaron Carpenter attempts to pin Fairfield’s wrestler for the 160 pound weight class during the Holilday Classic. The Bison wrestling team placed first at the weekend tournament. Carpenter has had a personally successful season with a record of fourteen wins and 13 losses .

Photo by Jordan Purinton FACE OFF Freshman wrestler Ryan Patternoster attempts to pin a CMR wrestler. In the process of doing so, the opposing wrestler’s headgear came off.

Bison pull out second place title at state championship

by Shandon Bilbrey The wrestling team ran with the Glacier Wolfpack for the state title; however, the 16–2 team came up short with a close second in Billings. “I felt fairly confident entering the state wrestling tournament,” said sophomore Austin Shupe. The Bison wrestling team took 21 wrestlers to state and finished with two state champions, two second place winners, five third place winners, one fourth place winner and one sixth place winner to wrap up a total of 11 state placers. “This year was one of the most successful wrestling seasons we have had in a long time; we won many team and individual champions at major tournaments and the overall atmosphere was a major improvement from prior years,” said Josh Morin. Last year’s wrestling team came up short at state with a fifth place; nevertheless, the focus grew stronger and coaches pushed harder for their goals and motives for team. The Bison wrestling team held four wrestlers in the finals and came out with two state championship

winners, Cole Mendenhall and Josh Morin.“It felt good in the moment of winning the championship at my weight; however, in the big scheme of things, it’s just a small accomplishment in my life,” said Morin. “It was pretty exciting entering the state, from watching state wrestling for years before, and I was ready to get on the mat,” said freshman Jarren Komac. The freshman talent this year was outstanding and included three state placers and five state contenders. “This wrestling season was one of the best freshmen classes we have had in a long time, and they were young and had lots to learn, but came together in the end, “ said Morin. When it inched toward the divisional and state tournaments, Komac said,“Things got a little harder and there was more focus and we ended up with pretty good finish.” The coaches had the ultimate pressure of guiding the team toward success as the determining tournaments approached. Junior Lane Urick supported this thought. He said, “We all pushed forward, upcoming for the state tournament, and the coaches ultimately helped

us pull together as a team for the state tournament.” “It wasn’t what we expected to take at state, but it was good for the time to take second place,” said junior Andreas Geranios. Without a doubt the Great Falls High wrestling team is one of the hardest working wrestling programs in the state and it was a little diminishing to come up second with all the effort put in. “It was tough for being the only upper weights and we are confident for next year’s wrestling season,” said Geranios. Only three heavy weights placed at state and became the determining factor for the results in state, and they held up the team well for so few people. “It was miraculous to take third place, being my first complete wrestling season in high school,” said Urick. For his first year as a wrestler, the team felt that it was outstanding to have him go as far as he did, with such little experiences. Not all expectations and goals were met at the start of the tournament, “I had an okay finish to the year, but taking third at state makes me want to take what I learned this year and apply more focus next year,” said Geranios.

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PVT. VT.W Wars W ars

Ill-tempered veteran, Silvio, passes time flashing nurses, tormenting Natwick and stealing radio parts

by Katie Rider

“When I first heard it was about Vietnam veterans, I got interested because I am in the military.” Sam Wingerter describes his reasoning for joining PVT wars. Wingerter is mostly known for being a senior on the Varsity football team, but after the play many people now associate him with his character’s humorous Brooklyn accent. Simonich elaborates on why he thought Wingerter deserved the part of Silvio, “Sam brought a different energy then anyone else. The minute he stood in front of the director he put everything into it and that is what a play needs.” This was Wingerter’s first play so he had difficulty switching from his character back to his normal personality, and his accent lingered with him two or three hours after the performance. Originally Wingerter wanted to be in the fall musical “All Shook Up” but football had prevented him from participating. “When I realized that I had an interest in the drama department, I decided to audition of this play” Wingerter loved being so close to a cast and preferred it over a larger cast, “It was interesting, we have to depend on each other.”

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m inv”ited GOING TO NATIONALS “PVT Wars” actors and director were invited to Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska. Simonich finds the invitation an honor.“Play Festival is something I am glad I had the chance to do in high school. I’m excited the hard work paid off.” Seniors Simonich and Wingeter and sophomore Kirsten Kreutz, who acted the part of the nurse, won outstanding acting awards.

As a quiet,submissive veteran, Gately, spends his time talking to Silvio and Natwick, until it comes to poetry and radio parts, and then things get heated

Natwick, a pampered, rich war veteran focuses his main mission on finding a friend, a task that seems to be harder than it sounds by Katie Rider

by Katie Rider

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Photo by Jillian Wiggers

“I get up on stage and it feels right. I started acting to replace playing football after my knee injury. And it is the right spot for me to be.” Senior Seth Simonich explained his passion of acting. Simonich transformed into Gatley, an indifferent, socially awkward veteran determined to fix a radio. When he meets two other veterans who help each other grow and heal in the hospital. “Gatley is such an unusual character that I loved playing him.” There were only three people on that stage. Three people. Two and a half hours preformed mainly through heavy dialogue and the emotion of three emotionally scared veterans, still shaken by the war. “This is one of the strongest connections that I have ever felt with any cast. We really built our characters off of each other. I had to work off of Silvio (Wingeter) and Natwick (Richard) because Gately was constantly regurgitating a phrase they had said earlier in the play.” Simonich morphed into his character so well, it seemed that he was naturally socially awkward. Simonich explained his favorite part of the play for him, “I am an older looking student, and this is the first time I haven’t played a dad!”


Aimery Richard played the part of a snobby, prissy man who was used to a very wealthy life before the war. Natwick (the character) believed he was better than every other person at that hospital. Richard explains how he had to morph his character into Natwick, “This play was tough because in person I have never really been mean to people, so it was hard to be mean. I studied uptight and stuck-up people so I could act like them.” Richard was also a fresh face this year, and his first play had been “All Shook Up.” Richard explained why he hadn’t been in drama before, “These last few years I haven’t put myself out there to experience new things, but this year have tried a ton of things. That’s what being a senior is all about.” This play differed great from “All Shook Up,” and Richard had a huge jump to make from the two different plays, “There was no music involved in this one, and in ‘All Shook Up,’ I only had to memorize one page of lines. There were so many lines in this play.” Richard loves being up in front of people, “When I’m acting I feel at home on stage. It is amazing. I know I just can’t get nervous.”

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