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Dancers, singers, a ukelele and more on page 9

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Administration considers adding drug testing

Weathering unusual conditions

BY SAM BEISHUIZEN DYLAN TAYLOR

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Heavy fog clouds the parking lot Monday. Temperature signficantly rose to a record-setting 65 degrees on Tuesday, while today’s high is expected to plummet nearly 40 degrees. Some experts attribute the unusual weather to be part of an overarching climatic trend.

Spring-like temperatures, few snowflakes set weather records in Chicagoland, NWI BY DYLAN TAYLOR

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Shorts-friendly weather, followed by a week of rain, followed by weeks of snow and bitter cold, followed by freezing rain, followed by thick fog, followed by shortsfriendly weather - while it sounds on paper like a malfunctioning DVR-ed Weather Channel broadcast, it has actually been more or less the weather experienced in Northwest Indiana during the winter of 2012-2013. To some, like freshman Grant Pape, the fickle weather has been difficult to get used to. “The hotter days are nice, but the (fog and damp weather) is throwing me off,” Pape said. “The weather is confusing and hard to get used to. It’s like it’s changing 20 degrees every other day.” The unseasonably warm winter weather has even resulted in broken records: Chicago record-breaking warmth was experienced on Jan. 29, and Chicago’s 335 consecutive days without an inch of snow shattered the previous record of 282.

These weather patterns may not be as uncommon as they might seem, but they also may be an example of a much larger climatic trend, Chicago Tribune meteorologist Richard Koeneman said. “(The recent weather) is not a fluke, but it’s not unprecedented either. Within the period of Chicago’s official weather records (dating continuously from Nov. 1, 1870) there have been numerous instances of turbulent and variable winter weather,” Koeneman said. “What is unprecedented, though, is the worldwide extent of this uncharacteristic weather.” In addition to the warm temperatures in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, this “uncharacteristic weather” of 2012-2013 has included Hurricane Sandy and Isaac, droughts and multiple devastating tornadoes experienced across North America last year. In fact, 2012 has been the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with an average temperature of 55.3 degrees See Climate on page 2

Tuesday was the warmest Jan. 29 on record in Chicago. 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to the NOAA. In 2012, Chicago went 335 days without an inch of snow. Some attribute greenhouse gases as contributing to the climate’s warming. from Chicago Weather Center data

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Administration is currently investigating a potential drug testing policy for the upcoming school year in an effort to reduce illegal drug and alcohol consumption at school-related activities and altogether. According to principal Chip Pettit, concern over drug and alcohol consumption came after getting results from student surveys. Those results prompted the consideration of implementing a drug policy. “In interpreting our student survey data, our students believe that we have a drug issue here,” Pettit said. “The results came back showing that our students are using marijuana and what the survey defined as ‘binge drinking’ at a greater rate than the state average.” Assistant principal Robert McDermott was at the head of Lake Central High School’s drug testing group before coming to CPHS. He believes that a policy could help as it did at Lake Central. “We worked on a policy, polled our students and implemented a policy that was overall very well received,” McDermott said. “Obviously any time you enact a policy you will have both sides of the fence.” McDermott saw evident response from students at Lake Central. “We had a lot of students come up to me and thank me for this because it gives (students) something to say, ‘hey, I can’t (do drugs) because cross country relies on me,’” McDermott said. Although nothing is definite yet, administration is currently in the process of surveying both parents and students in determining what the next move towards a drug policy would be. Senior Alli Jostes believes that the drug testing policy could have a positive affect on the school, but she is not sold on the idea quite yet. “If the school really commits and actions are actually taken, then I don’t see it as a bad idea,” Jostes said. “If consequences become a real threat, the amount See Testing on page 3

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Effects of sugar The not-so-obvious health consequences of sugar page 6

Gotta catch ‘em all Pokemon game enters its sixth generation. page 12


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intheknow “A Noteworthy Night” to benefit music programs “A Noteworthy Night,” a gala and silent auction will be held by the Crown Point Music Boosters Feb.9. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the start of the auction, and a dinner will be served at 6:30 as well. Various student musical groups will be performing during the night. Those performers include Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, Bella Voce and QYP. A single ticket is $15, a couple’s ticket is $25 and a table is $125. All proceeds benefit Crown Point Community School Corporation bands, orchestras and choirs in grades 6-12. To donate or reserve a ticket in advance, go to www.noteworthynight. com.

Students to schedule online PHOTO BY ANNIE SWANSON

Walking out of the school, various students took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by wearing summer attire such as short sleeve shirts and shorts. The temperature on Tuesday stayed around 60 degrees.

CLIMATE continued from p. 1 Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above the normal average – a statistic that many experts believe is in line with a larger climatic warming trend. “There naturally is a lot of variation from year to year in temperature and precipitation, but century-long records have shown that temperatures are increasing across North America,” Indiana University professor of geography Scott Robeson said. Robeson, along with many other scientists, also attributes these increases in temperature, winter precipitation and often drastic climatological phenomena to be partially the result of human-environment interactions and pollution. “Most climate scientists who study (atmospheric processes) have come to the conclusion that human activities are partly responsible for some of the changes that we are observing,” Robeson said. “There is no question that (humans) have significantly modified the modern atmosphere, primarily by increasing the concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.” Senior Casey Kitchen believes that these changes could potentially result in worldwide issues. “The (prospect of global warming) is definitely a problem. The earth’s climate goes through cycles, and our (greenhouse emissions) are making it worse,” Kitchen said. “We might have polar ice melting, people (on the coasts) being displaced… it’s all going to cost a lot of money (to fix).” Kitchen, like Robeson, supports the notion that these gases, released in large amounts from the burning of fossil fuels by cars, factories and even farms and as a result of deforestation, cause a “greenhouse effect” in the atmosphere that ultimately reflects absorbed heat back to the earth’s surface at a faster rate than what would naturally occur, resulting in a global heat-up and potentially long-term consequences. “When water vapor (a component of emissions) condenses, a great deal of heat is released into the air, and heat drives storm systems. However, the amount of water vapor potentially contained in the global atmosphere increases dramatically with increasing temperatures, and so, as the climate warms, it is believed planetary storminess will also increase because of more water vapor in the atmosphere,” Koeneman said. “And not just storminess. Computer modeling of the global atmosphere suggests general weather variability will also increase. That means more drought, more heat, more rainfall, more floods - broadly

speaking, more extreme weather more frequently.” Still, some are skeptical that humans are playing a considerable role in the global heat-up, citing natural changes instead. “There have been multiple ice ages, and there are periods of warming between them,” junior Charlie Krenzke said. “(Humans) haven’t studied enough to prove that we are causing these changes.” Despite the skepticism of some and the acknowledgement that climate change is partially a natural process, many individuals knowledgeable of climate science remain steadfast. “What will happen is we will all of the sudden get 10 inches of snow, and you’ll hear people (discredit global warming theories). People need to understand that there is a difference between weather and climate. Weather is immediate, but climate is long-term. We may, after warm a 2012, have a year that’s a bit colder, for example, but when you look at the overall trend in past years, the global temperature is going up and up, and that is a huge problem,” environmental science teacher Dotty Johnson said. Johnson emphasized moving away from fossil fuels and coal on a societal level to reduce harmful emissions, as well as using less energy as a whole. “To help stop (humans’ contributions to climate change) at such a dangerous rate, we should be doing anything that can be done to conserve electricity,” Johnson said. “We should be carpooling, buying fuel-efficient cars, encouraging utilities to use wind power and solar power.” On an individual level, Johnson also described ways for students concerned about climate change to reduce emissions. “If you don’t want a lifetime of warm Christmases or much worse, there are a few daily lifestyle changes that any student can do. Ride the bus, or carpool if you don’t want to. When you get in your car, think where you’re going and plan your trip beforehand so you have a route that uses the least amount of gasoline. Turn off the lights or the TV before you leave a room. Keep your cars tuned,” Johnson said. “Doing these things, while they may be a nuisance, could help determine just how extreme these ongoing climate changes will actually be.” Whatever the consensus is on the influence of global warming over the season’s weather, Koeneman offered a prediction of the weather as the winter of 2013 continues. “Expect continued above-normal temperatures and continued sub-normal snowfall, though not at the flabbergasting departures from normal as occurred during the first half of the winter,” Koeneman said.

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood debuted in February of 1968.

A person born on Feb. 29 can be called a ‘leapling’ or a ‘leaper.’

Do a Grouch a Favor Day is on Feb.16.

In February 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.

NHS sponsors Mardi Gras children’s carnival For charitable purposes, NHS will hold a Mardi Gras fest for elementary aged children tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Children can play games and buy baked goods. The admission fee is $5.

Local student musicians compete in ISSMA contest The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional solo and ensemble competition took place at Crown Point High School on Jan. 26. Individuals from high schools and middle schools around Lake County participated by playing a prepared piece of music for a judge and were ranked, in regard to their division, gold, silver, bronze or participation. Of the Crown Point students that participated in solo contest, 44 received gold and 13 received silver. The CPHS Chamber Orchestra also received gold for their rendition of Britten’s “Simple Symphony.” The Chamber Orchestra, along with all soloists earning gold in the highest division, will now advance to the state ISSMA competition in Indianapolis on Feb. 23.

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Scheduling begins Feb.1, and students will schedule online. However, guidance counselors will be available for any questions or help that students may need. Students should refer to the Course Description Guide for information on available classes. Several new courses have been added to next year’s Course Guide. These classes include Spanish 2 and 3 Intermission, AP Psychology, Intro to Engineering Robotics and Intermediate Precision Machining Technology II, Computer Programming I, Advanced Placement Computer Science A and Pre-Cal/Trig (Y 12). Incoming 12th graders will schedule Feb.1-10, 11th graders will do so Feb. 8-9 and 10th graders will follow on Feb.15-24.

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It started with a fever: BY ABBY ELSTON MAGGIE GELON editor-in-chief copy editor

The high school has fallen victim to a fever, and no amount of cowbell presciption can cure it. According to the CDC, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Strain A H3N2 has been a particularly prominent strain this year, especially in the state of Indiana. While the flu shot protects against H3N2, H1N1, and an influenza B virus, illness rates have still been high. “It hit epidemic level this year, so the CDC recommends everybody six months and older (get the shot), no matter what. It’s usually between 50-70 percent effective in keeping you from getting the flu,” Walgreens Pharmacy Manager Ryan Phelps said. Senior Rayne Kim has gotten the flu shot each season for as long as she can remember. “I’m not entirely sure if (the flu shot) is why I didn’t get the flu, but I certainly think it helped. I always get the shot every year. My dad’s a doctor, so it’s what he advocates. He recommends that you do get the shot because it reduces your chance of getting the flu greatly,” Kim said. While the shot is considered the first line of defense against the flu, nurse Carrie Ready reminds that it is not a 100 percent guarantee of health. “Just in the past few years, they’ve been recommending (the flu shot) more for everyone. It used to be more for the elderly and the very young, and if you had some kind of a condition that weakened your immune system, or left you with a chronic illness or something,” Ready said. Though the very young, old and weak tend to be the most affected by illnesses, including the flu, teenagers have also been affected by this strain. “(Teenagers) are supposed to be really resilient, and for some reason, it’s just evolution. The virus has to get stronger to stay active, and that’s what it’s doing. So we have to adapt to it. Hopefully we’ll come out with a bet-

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About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common.

hopefully increase their chances of shortening the duration they could be ill.

of drug use may go down. ‘May’ being the key word.” State law does not allow for every student to be tested, but those involved in extracurricular activities and those who drive to school would be subject to random testing. “What we can do is drug test students in extracurriculars, built around the premise that students under the influence of drugs are presenting a safety risk, and focus consequences around participation in those extracurriculars or driving privileges,” Pettit said. In the past weeks, parents have been contacted and surveyed to gather further opinions. Parent Elizabeth Reiners, who took the online parent survey, believes parents who have a concern about their student using drugs could contact the

Area Hobart teens apprehended after high speed chase A 14 and 17 year old were charged with fleeing law enforcement and tresspassing after a high speed pursuit ended early morning on Jan. 28. The pursuit came after police heard reports of a stolen van with matching descriptions. The teens did not pull over resulting in the pursuit.

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It’s their own choice on what they wanted to do. I don’t think the blame should be on all teens.

With 40 reported deaths in Indiana alone, students fight off the flu

ter vaccine next year,” Phelps said. Phelps offers some other helpful tips to avoid infectA lot of people think the flu vaccine prevents the flu ing others. that makes you throw up and have diarrhea, but actaully “If you feel sick, don’t go around other people. it prevents the respitory strain. Cover your mouth when you cough, but not with your Junior Sophie Reiners got the flu shot, and while was hand, with your elbow and your sleeve. Same thing with protected from the respiratory strain, still suffered from sneezing and all that common sense stuff people take for the stomach flu. granted,” Phelps said. “I got the shot, so I thought I was good to go, but Phelps also emphasizes the importance of washing then again my whole family got it. Later on I found out one’s hands after going to public places and before meals. that once you get the shot, it only covers the upper reHe also thinks that it is still advisable to get immunized. spiratory part. It doesn’t cover the gastro (stomach) flu,” “It’s still a good idea, better late than never. We (WalReiners said. greens) do all the other vaccines too. Flu’s going to be Reiners had the flu for three days, and when she on its way out soon, but that doesn’t mean everything’s went to the doctor was asked to wear a sanitary mask to going to be gone,” Phelps said. prevent any germs from spreading. She was seen by an assistant, because even her doctor was out with the flu himself. “There’s no medicine to really stop it, but (the doctor) gave me anti-nausea stuff to stop the horrible feeling and stuff, but there’s nothing that you can really have to completely kill it, you have Most may be able to infect others with the flu to like sleep it off,” Reiners beginning one day before symptoms develop said. and up to five to seven days after becoming Even though there is sick. no cure, there are definite steps people can take to Between 1976 and 2006, estimates of fluweaken the virus, and associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

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school and request drug testing. Reiners believes it makes more sense to focus on specific situations rather than overreaching to implement something that would include more students than necessary. Going forward, administration plans on continuing to gain feedback from students, parents and teachers before setting any plans in place. “We are still taking everyone’s temperature as to what they think about this,” Pettit said. “If we have enough people on board, then we’ll start constructing a policy. Once we have a clear mandate, we can start looking at digging deeper into specific potential drug-related problems.” Students and parents should expect more surveys and potential focus groups to develop as the implementation of a drug testing policy progresses forward.

Other area schools with drug testing Lake Central Chesterton Merrillville Boone Grove

Student reaction to events in our world State Schools may hire superintendents with no training

Nation Women now allowed to fight in combat

A new bill states that Indiana school boards can now hire superintendents with no expierence or training in the education field. The bill is still in the the process of being passed and is causing many representitives to argue over the subject. Many believe that it will dilute the profession.

The Secretary of Defense announced that women in the armed forces will now be able to be placed in positions that will expose them more to the enemy. Previously, these women were excluded from such combats.

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They should have some experience, so they know what is going on. If they don’t know about it they might make bad choices.

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It’s unconstitutional to not let them fight. It’s their choice if they want to or not. The decision is a good idea.

World Fire in Brazil night club claims 234 lives

A fire at a night club in Santa Maria, Brazil claimed 234 lives. The club was over packed to twice the legal capacity. A band playing at the club used pyrotehcnics during their last song, causing the fire. There was only one door out of the club and many were trapped inside. The club owners and band lead singer are in custody.

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CPHS needs Parent-Teacher Association

Do you think students should be drug tested next year?

BY DYLAN TAYLOR

managing editor

For years, Col. Wheeler Middle School has participated in the national Reflections competition, an arts program in which students from K-12 are allowed to contribute creative works, be they photographs, musical compositions, or writing, to potentially win awards at the school, state or even national level. One might be led to wonder why Crown Point High School doesn’t contribute to such a program. The reason is simple: CPHS lacks a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). While these organizations may seem to many to be a given, they typically have to be organized by school parents somewhat independently of administration. Once organized, however, a PTA could play an extremely important role in fundraising, planning and advocacy at the school. Of that fundraising, planning and advocacy, the creative healthiness of a school’s participation in the Reflections program is perhaps the crown jewel of school organization. The program offers a voice to those whose art and creativity isn’t necessarily recognized, heard or seen in the cookie-cutter of a high school curriculum. It also provides the sort of incentive and healthful creative outlet that may inspire a seemingly non-artistic student to, if even for just a few hours, pick up a camera, a pen or a paintbrush and simply create something to their creative whim. But that barely scratches the surface of the benefits having a PTA. Although it is difficult to shake the customary nightmare images of a parent-teacher power complex working to take over the lives of students, high school PTAs can actually, in reality, be extremely potent mouthpieces for student/teacher advocacy within the school, and well as advocacy outside of the school. In a changing (for better or much, much worse) world of increased regulations on schools, more budget cuts and more in-class technology, an organized, informed parent-teacher voice is necessary now more than ever before to keep the educational process as open and democratic as possible. Altogether, a few dedicated parents contacting the National Parent Teacher Association and setting up a chapter of the organization at the high school could mean countless benefits in the long run, be they to teachers then eligible for fundraised materials or for any one of the thousands of students a program like Reflections could impact.

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The weather outside is frightful, but certainly not in any “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” sort of way. Instead, the winter of 2012-2013 in the Chicagoland area has been unseasonably warm and marked by fickle, frequent changes of temperature and conditions, ranging from heavy fog to spring warmth to snow over the course of a few weeks. While it is easy to try and ignore these changes, and just as easy to pass them off as a fluke, this weather may very well be associated with a larger, more troubling climatic trend that should, at the very least, be taken seriously. Statistically, 2012 was the warmest year on record across the United States, almost a full degree above the previous record in 1998. 2012 was also a recordbreaking year for “extreme” global weather, exemplified by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac and multiple droughts. While the prospect of fewer “white Christmases” is distressing, the looming possibility of more mega-storms, more droughts and melting ice-caps is considerably more problematic. Whether or not the extremely warm, volatile weather of Northwest Indiana can be directly linked to climate change is for climatologists to deduce, but the consensus on global warming is considerably more definite: many climatologists believe that greenhouse gas emissions (consisting of gases like carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor) are affecting, or “speeding up,” natural climate change patterns. This means that increased gas emissions from energy production, animal domestication and other human activities may very well be contributing to warmer temperatures, changed weather, melting polar ice and other ecological issues With this in mind, it only makes sense to take heed of the warnings if the chances of these uncharacteristic or dangerous weather patterns are to be decreased. In order to do this, students and adults alike need to become more ecologically conscious. An individual’s carbon footprint can be reduced, be through it carpooling, conserving water, utilizing less overall electricity or all three. Instead of ignoring climate trends, individuals should be doing everything in their power to slow global warming – whether or not one believes in it, the chances of ecofriendly actions making a difference are much higher than not.

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Savannah Schuljak freshman “I don’t think it matters. If it keeps students from doing drugs then it is a good idea.”

Eli Udchitz sophomore “No, because the cost would be ridiculous. Kids could resort to alcohol instead of other drugs because they would not have a way to test for alcohol.”

Angela Zieba junior “I don’t think they should because I believe there is not a good enough reason to do so.”

Joey Gawor senior “Yeah, because in high school your primary focus is to learn and go on to do something better and I think drug testing will deter you from acting dumb.”

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issue: Does school safety rely on guns?

Technology not to blame for lack of skills in communication

BY RAEANNA MORGAN

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Having an armed security guard would protect schools

It is unnecessary to fight gun violence with guns

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Students go to school to learn and make a future for themselves. Yet because of the Sandy Hook shooting, some students will not get to experience their future. It’s becoming more apparent that schools are not as safe as they used to be, and a solution to this predicament is having an armed guard patrol the school at all times. Guns are not bad if they are in the hands of the right people. That’s where armed guards come into play. These guards are professionally qualified. Their only purpose is to protect others from harm. They have been trained to use their guns only when a situation arises that will affect others, and there is no reason to fear. They are not some amateur looking for an excuse to shoot. Armed guards are just like other guards in other accommodations. There are guards in malls, museums and etc. Why can’t schools be well protected like other public facilities? A school has the same reason to be protected like malls and etc. There is not a major difference between school protection and other public places. According to National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with gun.” This statement says a lot. It is not the gun that is to be blamed but the person holding that gun. Its only purpose is to shoot – something that is only possible if a human is holding the trigger. Some might disagree that there should be armed guards in school. They might think another person in possession of a gun will cause more chaos. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Having armed guards quietly keeping the students and faculty safe won’t change the school other than making the school atmosphere safer. It will give people and parents a peace in mind knowing their son or daughter will return home safe and sound if a crisis occurs. Having someone trained to keep people safe is better than not. The important thing is the safety of children who go to school thinking nothing debauched or tragic can happen at their school, and the realization that the school is not as safe as they thought can scar them for life. People should not think about how having guards is going to effect the image of the United States, but how to best keep innocents clear of danger in a learning environment.

The recent Sandy Hook shooting has triggered a debate over student safety in American public schools. One response that has been heavily supported by the NRA has been to station an armed guard in each school to serve as protection; but this is an over reactive knee-jerk response to a problem that could be tackled in more reasonable ways. Having armed security in each school would not necessarily solve the problem. What’s to say that Barney Fife-like guard would be able to stop an armed gunman? Anyone smart enough to come up with a plan to breach and fire upon a school would be able to navigate his away around an elementary school’s security. It would not be breaching the white house front lawn, it would be breaching a playground. Also, that guard would not necessary be able to guard the entire school on their own. An attacker would be just as likely to enter the school through a different, unguarded location. One armed officer does not guarantee the protection of an entire school, and paying thousands of people to do a nearly impossible task is simply wasteful. The security of a school is something that does need to be addressed, but controlling who enters and exits the school more diligently would be a much more reasonable solution. The guns would be kept out if all the doors should be locked, and guests were monitored. Having an armed guard would, in theory, deter the violence, but having one would not necessarily stop gun violence. Locally, gunshots were fired at the Southlake Mall in spite of the armed cops on site. If someone has their mind set on bringing a gun to school, having an armed guard would likely not be the deterring factor that stops them. Logistically, there are over 130,000 public schools across the United States. The cost of a police officer for an entire year could amount to millions of dollars. Convincing tax payers to support officers who will likely not be seeing very much action will be a tough sell. A handful of tragic events should not need to force society into completely changing the way things are done. A knee jerk response is not going to prevent the tragedies like Sandy Hook from happening again. The world will always be full of crazy people that will make it impossible to be completely safe. Fighting guns with guns would only end up backfiring.

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Ashley Johnson

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Tammy Keilman

“If someone were to unexpectedly pull a weapon, less lives would be lost because they (the officer) could protect them.”

Josh Graegin

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“I don’t think bringing more guns into schools would be the answer.”

social studies teacher

“There should be a guard because it protects students and is in the best interest of the kids.”

Billy Pejoski

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“The officer who has a gun could be not mentally stable and there would be more room for accidents.”

Parents and teachers everywhere make the assumption that technology and social media are to blame for some students’ lack of communication skills. But can they be damaged if they were not there to begin with? Like any skill, some have been graced with good social skills. The ability to converse easily with anyone is something that comes natural. Others, however, might not have been so lucky. It is not the growth of technology or the obsession with social media that damages a kid’s communication skills, it just so happens they never had any in the first place. Generations before us tend to stake the claim that we hide behind a computer screen or cell phones. But many of us youngsters are highly capable of holding an intelligent conversation with our peers and elders. If anything, social media and the latest technology has only helped us in the area of communication. With sites such as Skype or apps like FaceTime, anyone with an iPhone, smartphone or web cam in general can physically see the person they are talking to, just like an average conversation in person. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Four Square keep us linked to many more than one could personally talk to in a day. Not only does it keep us in touch with our friends and family, but it keeps one in the know for all things news related as well as socially. Sure, technology takes its toll on our grammar skills. What with handy tools such as spellcheck and autocorrect who needs to know how to spell those tricky words like “tomorrow” or “January”? And of course why would anyone use only one “y” when greeting his or her friend with a simple “heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy”? Technology has its flaws when it comes to our communication skills. It can complete the easiest of tasks for us, like talking to one’s secret crush in person for the very first time (gasp), so why should we bother ourselves with such trivial matters when there are many other more important tasks at hand? Communication is a skill that one either possesses or doesn’t. It can be acquired of course, like any skill. But is it really technology and social media’s fault that as a society we just don’t have the time to put forth the effort to become great communicators?


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Students and their guests danced to a lively song at Turnabout. The dance, held at St. Elijiah Hall was sponsored by the dance team and had nearly 900 in attendance.

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numbers Over the last 20 years, sugar consumption in the U.S. has increased from 26 lbs. to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year. A 20 ounce bottle of sugary soft drink contains 17 teaspoons of sugar.

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When high school students’ busy schedules barely permit enough time for the apple to keep the doctor away, soda, cookies and other sweets often become a staple. What students may not realize is that a diet high in unhealthful sugars may ultimately harm them – affecting everything from weight, heart health and even thinking and learning “The trend in America recently has been to eat fewer healthy, homemade meals and more unhealthy meals on the go,” registered dietitian at Pentec Health Maureen Ferguson said. “(High school students) are often so involved in sports, grades or extracurriculars that a lot of the time it’s hard to fit in a healthy diet. Instead, they fill up on vending machine snacks or other poor choices that contain lots of sugar and therefore lots of empty calories.” Statistics outline the scope of America’s overall health issues: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 35.7 percent of American adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Sophomore Alissa Longoria-Zellers believes the country’s sugar-related health issues to be a cultural problem. “People today don’t pay enough attention to their health,” Longoria-Zellers said. “Most kids I know don’t put a lot of thought into their diet at all.” Whatever the cause of the country’s health trends, sugar intake and unhealthful eating may lead to a poorer diet which can drastically affect weight, nutritional health and other elements of physiological wellness, Ferguson said. “Sugar contains lots of empty calories (calories with little simultaneous nutritional value), and

those calories can replace healthier calories,” Ferguson said. “Foods high in sugar are often also foods that are high in calories. If you’re overeating these foods loaded with empty calories, that can lead to weight gain and bad nutrition altogether. Higher intake of sugar is associated with higher energy intake and a lower diet quality, and that lower diet quality is where the health concerns come in.” Along with consistently displayed links to obesity, malnutrition and other problems, recent studies have linked sugar intake to problems with brain health. A recent 2012 University of California, Los Angeles study on rats displayed that high fructose intake, often contingent on things such as high-fructose corn syrup, may slow brain function, impair learning and memory - potentially problematic issues for students. “I believe high sugar levels do affect brain capabilities,” biology teacher Brian Elston said. “The brain uses glucose as its normal source for energy, but when glucose levels are high in the blood because we are overeating sugary foods, insulin is secreted by the pancreas which tells muscles and non-brain cells to absorb the glucose from the blood. If this occurs, the brain does not get enough glucose and you get the ‘sugar crash’ feeling which makes you feel hungry again, so you eat more sugary foods, and this starts over again.” A sugar crash, known as reactive hypoglycemia, occurs when an individual experiences fatigue after the effects of sugar have passed. The hunger that accompanies it is also sometimes considered to be one of the contributing factors to sugar cravings, potentially leading to a higher sugar intake. “I try not to drink too much pop, it gives me headaches and makes it hard to focus,” freshman Emily Fender said. “I also (feel like it might lead to) a sugar addiction.”

Elston also emphasized that a diet specifically high in simple sugars like fructose could be especially detrimental to brain health. “If you eat sweets or drink pop it contains fructose, not glucose, which the brain does not use as its energy source. These are empty calories for the brain, which (after eating food high in fructose) releases a hormone which makes you hungry again. This is why (individuals) become more overweight. High-fructose diets are a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, and new studies have been done which found that (such a diet) also could lead to a higher chance of dementia because the brain and its neurons are not getting the required amount of glucose for energy,” Elston said. Still, some, like senior Alora Zobel, downplay these consensuses. “Kids definitely don’t pay enough attention to what they eat, but I don’t think that (sugar intake) is a huge issue,” Zobel said. “I think that (the studies surrounding sugar and health) are definitely overexaggerated. Sugar is a huge part of youth culture.” Despite any contradicting opinions, Ferguson still believes that watching sugar intake is necessary for good health. “You can improve your life so much with simple changes to your diet. Instead, replace sugarsweetened drinks with fruit drinks and juices that contain added sugar, energy drinks and sports drinks like Gatorade, with lowfat milk, water, flavored waters without added sugars, 100 percent fruit juices and things like that and limit the other stuff to little amounts every day.” Ultimately, Ferguson said, moderation in sugar intake is key for good health. “Moderation is key. You can’t avoid sugar altogether. The idea is not to eliminate it, it’s to try to avoid eating it at such a high degree,” Ferguson said.


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Regardless of whether it is sledding weather or the streets are bare, when winter comes it brings with it dangerous conditions and possible deadly situations. To avoid the mess that winter is known for, having a winter survival kit handy helps. The first thing that is a must-have is something that most teenagers carry with them anyways, a cellphone. While it may seem like a no-brainer, a cellphone can be used to call the local authorities, parents and probably a ride. Now, for those who prefer to take a break from the technological world, having a radio in the trunk can serve a similar purpose. The radio can be used as a distress signal to anyone within the area who is also tuned in during a time of emergency. Ra-

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By far the most practical items to keep in a trunk are food, water and extra clothing. If the situation ever become apparent that it will be for more than a few hours, than it is necessary that the passengers have access to nutritious items and water so they do not become dehydrated. Since it is advised that the car is not left running, for fear of carbon monoxide poisoning, blankets, coats and mittens to keep the riders warm never hurt to have. While the accidents are never fully avoidable, being prepared can mean the difference in the lives of all those in the car. Becoming a driver means taking on the responsibility of all the possible circumstances that surround driving. This includes winter driving conditions. Having a winter survival kit on hand is a step in the right direction to being a safe winter driver when conditions get rough.

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Phil Simms was the first player to say the catch phrase, “I’m going to Disney World!”

Super Bowl XXIV featured the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history. The 49ers beat the Broncos 55-10.

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Seniors sweep talent show, win all judged categories

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Including first time performers, members of the senior class claimed all of the awards presented at this year’s talent show. The seniors that won the awards were Sarina Niewiadomski, Katie Fenn and Hope Hobgood, Frankie Hubbell and Casey Kitchen. “When they called our names for the award, it felt so good. It was so honoring. The talent show was just a thing we did to try it out, and I wasn’t really sure about doing it in front of so many people,” first time performer senior Hope Hobgood said. “So getting that experience and having that is completely mind blowing. We’re very thankful.” Hobgood was joined by fellow seniors Frankie Hubbell and Casey Kitchen and performed a cover of A Day to Remember’s “If It Means A Lot To You.” Hobgood and Kitchen were on vocals while Hubbell accompanied them on guitar. At the end of the show, the three took home the Crowd Pleaser award. “It was awesome when everyone started singing together,” sophomore Tiffany Gaeta said of the group’s performance. “It made me want to get up and dance.” The crowd interaction brought a distinct energy to the show, particularly in Hobgood, Hubbell and Kitchen’s perfomance. The performers reciprocated the energy of the audience. “I thought we connected with the audience pretty well. It was a really good feeling when we put our hands up at the end and told them to start singing with us. When

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Senior Sarina Niewiadomski, Katie Fenn, Frankie Hubbell, Hope Hobgood and Casey Kitchen were the winners of the 2013 talent show. Niewiadomski won the Most Talented award, Fenn won Most Original, and Hubbell, Hobgood and Kitchen won Crowd Pleaser.

the audience started singing, this surge of energy came to me,” Hobgood said. Along with feedback from the audience, the performers received critiques from the judging panel which consisted of theatre arts teacher Kit Degenhart and English teachers Nicole Shelpman, Riley Brewer and Vince Bauters. The event was emceed by history teacher Chris Mikrut. The Jan. 24 show was hosted by Student Council. “The Talent Show is a great way to showcase our students and how much talent they have,” Student Council sponsor Nicole Pugh said. “The performers and staff all made the show a very entertaining

night.” The talent show gave an opportunity to beginners like Hobgood to share their talents, but seasoned acts graced the stage as well. “I wanted to do the talent show because I had done it last year and it was a lot of fun. It’s nice to hear feedback from people that don’t really know you,” senior Jordan Tromp said. Tromp was in the group Sparkle Motion with seniors Adam Mihal and John MacNeil. They performed an original song. MacNeil was also featured in three other performances. “Performing is my favorite thing ever,

especially at the talent show, because everyone is so supportive, and it’s a great opportunity to perform for such a great audience,” senior John MacNeil said. “This was my fourth year doing it. A gig is a gig.” Senior Sarina Niewiadomski, also no stranger to the stage, took the title of Most Talented. She wrote and performed an original song, “Guy From Out of Town.” She received positive feedback from both the judges and audience. “I really didn’t think I would get most talented because there were so many talented performers, so I was shocked. It was just amazing,” Niewiadomski said. Fenn, who took home the award of Most Original Performance, performed an original composition while playing her ukulele. “I like that you can move somebody without actually moving them, that you can be a different person and still be yourself and stay consistent with yourself. That trophy symbolizes that all impervious dreams are reachable,” Fenn said. While singing acts were common, there were also dance acts. One such act involved juniors Kyleen Likas and Fran Bass dancing a hip hop duo to Beyoncé’s “Countdown.” Other dancing acts included ballet and street style dancing. “Fran and I have been dancing together for ten years. Since we don’t dance for the school, we wanted to show them why we do what we do and our dance careers. I think it went pretty well; we wanted the students and the audience to be happy with it,” junior Kyleen Likas said. While the judges were deliberating, performers Dylan Taylor and Anything Auburn featuring Becca Olesek and Roman Ruiz concluded the evening’s performances. Both are sponsored by Crown City Records. The high energy talent show provided student artists with a chance to display their talent and skills as well as perform in front of an audience. “It’s a really good way to show people your talent and come out of your shell,” Niewiadomski said.

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A plethora of emotions is evoked on Feb. 14. Love, loneliness and loathing are among them, leading to the many unique ways in which the holiday dedicated to hearts and flowers can be honored, no matter one’s relationship status.

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February 14th is known for being the day dedicated to love. Many celebrate editor-at-large by planning an extra special evening with that reporter special someone. However, over the years Valentine’s Day has acquired a less-than-loving outlook by those who think of it as a “Hallmark holiday.” “I just think that if you love someone you shouldn’t just do something special for them once a year, you should show them all the Often times those time,” junior Molly Floyd said. going solo on Valentine’s Day choose to ignore the Attempting to spite the holiday and go on with their life. holiday of love? Try But many still celebrate regardless of some of these: their relationship status on Facebook. “For Valentine’s Day my friends and 1. Indulge in an I are hanging out and going to see the movie assortment of garlic ‘Beautiful Creatures,’” sophomore Rebecca Correa and beans said.

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Just Broke Up Unfortunately, not everyone gets the chance to enjoy February 14th with their significant other, especially when the end of a relationship falls right before the big day. “Let’s just say my sisters had a very nice Valentine’s Day last year,” senior Pat Mudd said. “This year I will be celebrating Single’s Awareness Day.”

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Valentine’s Day is dedicated to celebrating love and spending the day with your significant other. Going out to dinner, heart shaped candy and one’s favorite flowers are common gifts and plans for the day. Sophomore Kelly Kislowski and her boyfriend sophomore Jacob Balko have big plans this year. “I think we’re going to go on some sort of date because he can get his driver’s license pretty soon and I just really want to spend time with him,” Kislowski said.

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Being with the same person for several years can diminish the importance of the big day. “This year I’m probably going to stay home with my kids and then go out for dinner the following weekend,” Chemistry teacher Elizabeth Laba said. Social studies teacher Vince Lewis will pull all the stops on Feb. 14 for his first Valentine’s Day with his wife. “I plan to make dinner. I think if you can put together something nice and show that you put a lot of effort into it, it shows your love more than anything,” Lewis said.

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inreview “Suit and Tie” Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake returns from retirement with his debut single “Suit and Tie.” Although the song is not quite what fans will remember from FutureSex/ LoveSounds, “Suit and Tie” brings a Marvin Gaye soullike feel to modern boy band pop.

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Awards season starts, leading up to Oscars BY OLIVIA ELSTON

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The award shows have officially kicked off as the new year came in. Numerous award shows have already taken place, leading up to The 85th Academy Awards which is considered to be the most prestigious award show for movies and television shows from the past year. The awards season started with The People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Kaley Cuoco on Jan. 9. The PCA’s are voted on by the people and because of that, the winners are purely based on their fan base and not necessarily on their talent. The next show in the season is The 70th Critics’ Choice Awards hosted by Sam Rubin on Jan. 10. The CCA’s are voted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and is said to be a close prediction for the Oscars. Then, the Golden Globes took place which has the Foreign Press Association decide on the winners. It was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, the first women duo to host, on Jan. 13. The award show next in line is the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, where the Oscars are handed out to the best in cinematography with 24 different categories. The nominees have been selected, and all that is left to do is crown the winners. The major awards at the Academy Awards are Best Actor in a leading role, Best Actress in a leading role and Best Picture. The nominees for the Best Actor in a leading role are Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables). In this same category for the CCA’s, Daniel Day-Lewis took home the win while at the Golden Globes Hugh Jackman won for best actor in a comedy/musical and Daniel Day-

with Zero Dark Thirty if they receive an Oscar for Best Picture.

Moviegoers get “Struck by Lightning” YAZZMYNE LOPEZ

Chris Colfer is well known for his role on “Glee” as Kurt Hummel. Now, he can add author and screenplay writer to his resume. With his latest project “Struck by Lightning,” Colfer finds himself playing the character Carson Phillips. I had the opportunity to interview Chris Colfer via video chat. The topic ranged from his writing process to actually starring in the movie. Chris had plenty to say about how grateful he is that students are still involved in their school newspaper. Colfer is shocked that school journalism programs are still available. Carson is an outspoken, has-it-all-figured out, creative senior with big dreams of attending Northwestern University and becoming the editor of The New Yorker. Colfer transitions with ease to play the part of Carson Phillips in “Struck by Lightning”. “I think that I’m very vain, and I decided to write myself a movie rather than write someone else a movie. I couldn’t see anyone else playing Carson,” Colfer said. However, Carson’s dreams are cut short

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Lewis won again for Lincoln in best actor in a drama category. My prediction to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role would be Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in the film Lincoln. He won the Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award for this very same category, so it might be safe to say he might win again. The Best Actress in a leading role nominees are Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour). The Critics’ Choice Award went to Jessica Chastain for Best Actress and she also received a Golden Globe along with Jennifer Lawrence who won for Best Actress in a musical/comedy. My prediction is that Jessica Chastain will walk away with an Oscar this year since she has gotten an award twice already for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty. Jennifer Lawrence could also come out with an upset and snatch the award though. The most prestigious award of the night is Best Picture. The nominees are Argo, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained and Life of Pi. Les Miserables won Best Picture for a musical/ comedy at the Golden Globes while Argo won Best Picture for a drama. Argo also won at the CCA’s, so Argo is my best bet for the winner at the Oscars this year. An unexpected win could come

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when he is suddenly struck by lightning in the school parking lot. He takes the viewer’s back to the last events leading up to his death. He is constantly reminded of how outrageous it is to have those kinds of dreams in a small town like Clover by his peers; like a popular cheerleader (Sarah Hyland), Carson’s father (Dermot Mulroney) and his only friend and supporter Malerie (Rebel Wilson). Chris Colfer embodies Carson Phillips beautifully-- because he wrote the character himself. “(Carson and I) both got strange looks in high school when we told people what we wanted to do,” Colfer said. All and all, the movie is perfect; Colfer has made sarcasm and wit a point-of-view and a good one at that. High school students everywhere can appreciate Carson’s high expectations, dreams and aspirations. “I just hope that when you guys watch the movie you’re inspired to go after their dreams and aspirations” Colfer said. The movie is currently available in select theatres for viewing.

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This app is like Pintrest, but you can actually buy the items. Just click the “buy” button, and the app will redirect you to the website in which the item is being sold. Ruzzle is a puzzle game where you compete against an opponent to see who can find the most words the fastest. You can challenge a random opponent or play agaisnt your friend.

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About a year after his last album “Believe,” Justin Bieber is back on top of the charts with his new album “Believe Acoustic.” The acoustic title may be deceiving to some. Although many of the tracks are the same from “Believe,” the songs on “Believe Acoustic” have a totally different quality. Chart toppers such as “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” are included on the album, but instead of the usual radio techno background, these versions are just of Bieber and his guitar. Many may speculate that Bieber sounds autotuned, but through this album his true voice shines through. With just the accompaniment of a guitar, Bieber’s real talent shows, and it brings the listener back into the days when he was singing covers on YouTube. While radio edits may sound catchy, they sometimes blur the words together making the lyrics inaudible. The acoustic version of these songs allow for each word to be heard and the real lyrics to connect with the fans. This album also includes three new songs entitled “Yellow Raincoat,” “I Would” and “Nothing Like Us.” “I Would” is a catchy song which brings a little light to the slow tempo of the album. Its upbeat tone is an ideal song for a summer romance. These new songs add a little variation to the already known songs of “Believe.” The album also includes a mysterious “Track 8” for it’s listeners to figure out which “Believe” song it is. Already topping the charts in over 50 countries, after just its first day out, “Believe Acoustic” is definitely an album worth listening to.

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New Pokemon games revive the fandom BY ELLIE BURRELL

reporter / artist

From gym battles to plush toys, the Pokémon franchise has shaped the current high school generation since the first games released in 1998. Now, 15 years later, the latest generation of Pokémon will be arriving in Oct. 2013 in the new game titles Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. “I’m really excited,” said junior Nikki Vest. “The first Pokémon game I ever played was Yellow, so I started with the first generation, and I just loved it so much. I’ve pretty much played at least one game from every generation, so I’m excited to see the new Pokémon.”

one just for the game.” As an art student, Pavot is most excited to see how the games’ graphics have evolved from the first Pokémon games. “Before, you played in an above, third-person view. Everything was done in pixels. This new game is going to be in 3D and cell-shaded, so I’m excited to see how that affects gameplay,” said Pavot. With almost 50 games released worldwide, trading cards, a multiple-season anime TV show and other merchandise, few students haven’t been affected by Pokémon. “I have played all of the generations,” said junior Josh David. “I’ve even played some of the spin-off games, even though they weren’t very good. I still have my old, original set of Pokémon cards.” As details are slowly released, students anticipate the release of a new adventure in the world of Pokémon. “I hope they do a good job with the new game to keep the series alive,” said David.

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Book of Mormon keeps audience laughing BY MOLLY GRACE

feature reporter

It is well-known that the creators of “South Park” are hilariously demented. Between the two creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, no subject is off-limits. Together they are such experts at crossing the line that they can do it in a way that is just as funny and thought-provoking as it is offensive. Who would have guessed that this caliber of comedic genius could translate into a musical and a nine-time Tony Award winner to boot? “Book of Mormon” has come to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre and will be here through Sept. 8. The story centers around two young Mormons who are assigned as partners for their mission trip. Hotshot Mormon stud Elder Price dreams of being assigned to Orlando as his mission destination but learns that he is going to Uganda with the childishly enthusiastic Elder Cunningham who, upon learning that Uganda is in Africa, exclaims “Oh boy! Like ‘Lion King!’” Upon arriving in poverty- and AIDSstricken Africa, the duo finds the locals to be less-than-willing participants in their conver-

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As announced on Jan. 8, the Pokémon Company will be releasing the games to a worldwide audience featuring the sixth generation of Pokémon since Pikachu, raising the total number of Pokémon to over 700. Players take the role of a Pokémon trainer who must capture and battle with Pokémon in order to become a master. Trainers face many challenges, such as battles against your rival and gym matches against veteran Pokémon trainers, with the purpose of capturing every Pokémon and beating the current Pokémon master. The game will be released only on Nintendo 3DS systems, although some students are still waiting to purchase the system. “To see that they’re remodeling the games in 3D is super awesome, but also kind of disappointing since I don’t have a 3DS,” said Vest. “It just costs too much. If the price went down, I would buy one.” “I already have a 3DS,” said senior Amanda Pavot, “but if I didn’t, I would aboslutely buy

sion to Mormonism. The Africans explain why this is in a wonderfully energetic number that, coincidentally, is the most offensive and shocking number in the whole show. The score is clever and delightful, oddly able to be both sweet and raunchy, never losing its hilarity and drawing the line between quality satire and cheap shock value. The songs are so catchy and beautiful that if you do not pay attention to the lyrics, you will forget you are hearing songs that range from blatantly making fun of Mormons to remarks about much neadier topics that general society would consider very much unmentionable (there are songs that make light of AIDS and one song that would make even the most open-minded Christian gasp). Despite the crudity (or, perhaps, because of it), the musical will have you shrieking with laughter. The show’s run in Chicago is unique

because it hosts a cast that is every bit as talented as the original Broadway cast. Nic Rouleau played the part of Elder Price on Broadway before joining the Chicago cast, and does an excellent job. Ben Platt (who some may recognize as Benji from the movie “Pitch Perfect”) shines as Elder Cunningham, easily capturing the misfit charm of the character. “Book of Mormon” is many things: clever, vulgar, challenging, provocative, exciting, sweet and outrageously funny. It is not, however, needlessly offensive. Its purpose is not to be shocking, but to reach into the deeper realms of human nature. It satirizes the way we believe in things but advocates the general idea. It teaches a lesson that many cannot teach with the least offensive of words—religion is ultimately good because it gives those in hopeless situations something to believe in.

1 Braided Headbands

A new way to spice up any hair style comes in form of a headband. These faux hair braids come in all natural hair colors plus colorful ones. Instead of taking time and effort to braid a strand of hair, buy these accesories at any beauty or hair supply stores such as Claires and Sally’s Beauty Supplies.

2 Taco Bell Cantina Bowl

Taco Bell has introduced a new menu featuring this fiesta in a bowl. The combination of rice, corn, black beans, tomatoes, gaucamole, cheese, choice of meat and lettuce is a great option for meal time. The bowl is an easy fix for any hunger. This can be bought for a simple $5.

3 Scraper Glove

When it is cold and icy outside the last thing that anyone would want to do is get out and scrape their car windshield. Scraping takes effort, not to mention the cold air blowing on warm hands. The scraper glove can keep hands warm all the time. The windshield scraper is attached to the winter purpose glove. Cold hands will no longer be an option with the scraper glove.

we’re SO over The “Fake Out” Delays The weather has been crazy lately ranging from thick fog to freezing rain. These are ideal conditions for a school delay, but by the time the school morning comes around the weather has cleared up and there is not a delay. Stop hoping for a delay because it doesn’t look like there will be one anytime soon.


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Working on their balance beam routine, seniors Megan Supan (front) and Emily Langston (back) practice together. The duo has been doing gymnastics together for eight years.

Long time friends work for strong senior season BY Alex mclean

sports editor

In both life and sports, athletes are constantly presented with challenges. However, as seniors Megan Supan and Emily Langston have discovered, these challenges do not have to be faced alone. The duo has been competing in gymnastics together for the past eight years, and their bond has grown both on and off the mats. “We always try to help each other improve as much as possible,” Langston said. “(Supan) always keeps me motivated to keep doing better. She’s a great teammate and an incredible friend to me.” This year the pair has been appointed captains of the team and have taken this role very seriously, helping lead the team to recent success. “(Supan and Langston) are great captains. I’ve known them for a while and

they’re great friends to me, but they also teach me so much and help me improve a lot,” freshman Hannah Best said. The team came out and proved they are a force to be reckoned with at the Chesterton Invite this last Saturday. The girls narrowly edge the host Trojans by a score of 105.95-105.5. “The Chesterton Invite was huge,” head coach Ami Pysh said. “This is only the second time Chesterton has lost their Invitiation, and both times were to us.” Best, Supan and junior Natalie Groff all earned a spot in the top-ten overall performances to help the girls grab their first win at the invite since 2005. Best finished fifth overall, the top finisher for the Lady ‘Dogs. “It’s great to have such young talent like Best,” Supan said. “She has great drive and potential. It’s just good to know that after we’re gone there’s going to be great talent on the team.”

The big win came shortly after an away loss to the Portage Indians. Just over two points separated the teams as the Lady ‘Dogs fell 108.7-106.125. “We didn’t perform well enough on Bars. That’s usually one of our worst events, and it ended up being one of their best,” Langston said. “We’re working in practice on becoming more consistent all around so we don’t lose in close matches like that again.” Supan had her best meet of the season the week before during an away meet at Chesterton. She put up a 9.5 on her floor performance, a personal best. “It felt great setting a new personal record,” Supan said. “It’s just so rewarding to see all of my hard work pay off.” The team managed to pull off a narrow win in the meet by a score of 105.15-103.55. Groff helped contribute with a strong showing on Vault, grabbing a 9.2. “Beating Chesterton is always a confi-

dence booster. They’re one of the best teams in the area, so it proves just how much better we’ve gotten,” Pysh said. The girls now face 11 days off until their next meet at Michigan City. The Lady ‘Dogs will be looking to use this time to prepare for the remainder of the season and the postseason. “We’re going to try to implement some new moves in that time,” Pysh said. “Normally we just try to perfect what we have, but our girls are so well conditioned and permforming so well I feel they are ready now to expand their skills.” As the girls approach the regular season, they are beginning to set their sights on the postseason, but are not overlooking their regular season oppenents. “Our goal is for the team to qualify for regionals, But we still have to get past Merrillville.” Supan said. “They’re our biggest competition, and we’ll have to work hard to beat them.”

EmilyLangston

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Age: 18 Height: 5’6’’ Grade: Senior Years of experience: 14 Biggest Accomplishment: Working back from elbow and ankle injuries

Age: 17 Height: 5’8’’ Grade: Senior Years of experience: 15 Biggest Accomplishment: Getting a 9.5 in her floor routine


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Reaching for greatness

PHOTO BY BRITTANY PEDERSEN Preparing for the postseason, senior Brenton Yeager swims laps at practice. The boys swimming team looks to improve on their race times in order to perform well at sectionals and advance to the state meet.

Norris optimistic, Angerman focused on sectionals BY SAM BEISHUIZEN ALAA ABDELDAIEM editor-in-chief reporter

For the swimming teams, the entire year has been a process. They started the year building a foundation and learning their strengths and weaknesses throughout their schedule’s conference and invitational meets, all with the final goal in mind: performing in the postseason. The boys team is coming off of a second place finish in the DAC conference meet. The ‘Dogs finished second behind Chesterton who dominated throughout, winning in all but one event. Although Chesterton won their 17th consecutive conference meet by 189 points, junior Andrew Kvachkoff is not frustrated with the loss. “Swimming against Chesterton is tough because they have two top swimmers in the

state,” Kvachkoff said. “Getting second is still good in the DAC because there are a lot of good teams that we beat.” Head coach Doug Norris believes that, with how their season has played out, their outlook looks good going into their sectional prelims. “We’re building a house,” Norris said. “We’ve put in the foundation, and it went well. We’ve had the middle of the house—the sprint races during the season—which have also gone well. Now at the end, everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do, which makes our outlook very well going into the prelims.” Regardless of their outcome at the sectional prelims today, the girls swimming team is also optimistic about their outlook at the state meet. All season long, the girls have learned to disregard what happens at sectionals and turn their focus to a larger goal during the state run. “This year, we aren’t focused on trying to win the sectional title,” head coach Bryon

Angerman said. “We’re focused more on going into the state meet and improving on our top 10 finish. We’re set up to score three relays in the top five and hopefully get individual swimmers in the top 16.” The focus for the boys team is getting their times down as low as they can. Kvachkoff thinks his best is yet to come. “I’ve been dropping my times,” Kvachkoff said. “I think I am getting pretty close to my sectional times. It would be nice to get back down to state.” The girls swimming team has a similar goal. During her freshmen year, junior Holly Schuster placed first in the 200 IM and 500 free, and after defending her title in the 200 IM last year, her confidence is high as she prepares for this year’s sectinal. “It gives you a lot more confidence knowing you’ve done it before,” Schuster said. “At the same time, though, it’s a lot more pressure to repeat.” Schuster is not the only girl on the team looking to repeat last season’s state

success. Sophomore Aly Tetzloff won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke during last season’s sectionals. While Tetzloff was a follower most of the year last season, this year, she was one of the leaders. “Last year, there were more seniors to look up to,” Tetzloff said. “This year, there aren’t that many seniors on the team, and I’ve learned to find my own path and be an example for other swimmers.” Like Tetzloff, the seniors on this year’s boys swimming team have helped gear the ‘Dogs toward the right direction. “The seniors this year are telling the kids not to swim for just the seniors’ sakes,” Norris said. “They’re doing it for the overall team. Each individual swimmer feels like they’re swimming for a cause, and that helps us moving forward into the postseason.” The teams will begin their roads to repeating in their home pool as the girls sectional preliminary competition begins today while the boys will swim on Feb. 14.

Lady ‘Dogs draw Michigan City in tourney opener

After unsteady start, girls look to rally together for postseason success BY KARA BIERNAT sports asst. editor

PHOTO BY AMY SCHUCH

Junior Katija Tarailo puts up a shot against Michigan City. Tarailo leads the team in points, rebounds and steals. The ‘Dogs fell short to the Wolves with a score of 69-54.

As girls basketball approaches postseason, improvement is essential. With a record of 5-14, the Lady ‘Dogs are focusing on critiquing their structure in hopes of going into sectionals stronger than they have all season. Putting the regular season in the past, the Lady ‘Dogs are stepping up their game to achieve their postseason goals. Senior guard Sarah Rivich has lead the team all season and is looking to keep it up come postseason. “We’ve been practicing harder with full force and are trying to get young girls prepared to play top teams in the DAC,” Rivich said. The girls hosted Merrillville Friday night and battled the Pirates the entire game. The Lady ‘Dogs started the game out ahead and stayed on top as they had a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The ‘Dogs came up short with a score of 69-52, however. Junior Katija Tarailo led the team in three categories with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals. “(Tarailo) has already stepped up a lot this year and has become a much better player,” Rivich said. “She will be a definite

asset to the post-season and the team next year.” Tarailo and Rivich often team up to motivate the team to stay focused and continue to improve with each practice. With postseason quickly approaching, it’s going to take leadership to move this team along for what lays ahead. “It’s been a long season, but a lot of girls have stepped up to help prepare the team for the tough games that lay ahead,” Tarailo said. Coached under Anne Equihua, Tarailo is looking forward to their first game after her performance at Merrillville. “She’s come a long way this season. We moved her inside and she’s been playing great. She has a nose for the ball,” Equihua said. The girls are going out strong come sectionals and are looking to keep improving each game. “We’re going into this game with nothing to lose. I know we can beat them; we played great against them earlier in the year,” Equihua said. “We’ve made huge strides this year and it’s an entirely different team now.” The girls will open up sectional play at Michigan City this upcoming Tuesday.


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BY Alex McLean

sports editor

What to expect from the NHL After 119 days of empty ice and tense negotiations, hockey fans can breathe again. The NHL is back. The new CBA features a reduced split for players in terms of distribution of Hockey Related Revenue and a newly adjusted salary cap range, but in all honesty, not many fans care about the details. They care about the hockey. Some pessimists say the season has already been ruined. They insist cutting the season from 82 games to 48 games will ruin the integrity of the season and that the fans will turn their backs on the league. Well, frankly speaking, the pessimists are wrong. This season, anything can happen. The Blackhawks’ 6-0 start has the league buzzing that this year might see the return of the Stanley Cup to Chicago. An incredible start to the season from Corey Crawford has silenced doubters and put the Hawks not only on top of the Central Division but also among the best teams in the league. Around the league, teams like the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins seem to have been unaffected by the lockout, while the Los Angeles Kings look nothing like last year’s Stanley Cup champions, and a slow start from Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitols has fans scratching their heads in Washington, proving just how unpredictable hockey can be. As far as fans returning, expect no issue. After the first week, the NHL reported a 6.6 percent increase in attendance. Fans will be forgiving, but if the league wants to try to make nice, they can start by firing Gary Bettman.

PHOTO BY AMY SCHUCH

Senior Tom Bardeson drives the lane in a recent home game against Lake Central. The Bulldogs lost the game 60-52.

Boys hoops struggle through DAC schedule ‘Dogs look to bounce back against Merrillville tomorrow night BY DAVID KEPSHIRE

reporter

Sitting at 5-10, 2-8 in the DAC, the boys basketball team has lost some close games against conference foes. With sectionals on the horizon, the Bulldogs look to change their fate as they reach the back end of their schedule. “We are in the same spot as we were last season,” coach Clint Swan said. “We have guys in new roles and guys still trying to get

healthy.” Senior Tom Bardeson had a knee injury that caused him to miss a couple games, and seniors Alex Nickla and Braxton Rice have battled back problems. Sophomore Nick Jeffirs has stepped into the starting role and sophomore Josh Berquist has started at point guard this season. “Our guys need to learn the importance of clicking at the right time,” Nickla said. “We can’t be taking steps back, especially at this time of year.” The Bulldogs looked to click when they took on the Lake Central Indians in their second meeting of the season. The Bulldogs started slowly as the Indians took the lead 12-4 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs made up for their

start as they went on a second quarter run to take the lead 25-24 to finish up the first half. Just when the Bulldogs looked like they had control of the game, Lake Central’s junior Tyler Widemen led the Indians back into the game and put in a game high of 25 points. The Bulldogs ended up losing the game 60-52 with Bardeson scoring 17 points and Jeffirs adding 11. The next conference game came against rival Valparaiso at home. Again the Bulldogs controlled most of the game, having a 31-27 lead going into the final quarter. However, Valparaiso put together a run in the fourth quarter to take the game by a score of 51-48. Jeffirs and Bardeson led the way for the ‘Dogs with 14 and

13 points respectively. “We need to focus on getting better every day as a team,” Bardeson said. “Despite the struggles, we need to stay positive.” The Bulldogs took on the Boone Grove Wolves in a non-conference matchup at Boone Grove Jan. 26. The Bulldogs led early but found themselves down 37-36 heading into the fourth quarter. Even with the ‘Dogs struggling, they beat the host Wolves 55-42. Junior Brett Barclay scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while Bardeson added 17 points. “The important thing is that we are playing our best basketball at the end of the year,” Swan said. “If we keep getting better at both ends of the floor, we can make a playoff run.”

Wrestling wins eleventh straight sectional crown BY alexis berdine

reporter

There’s a tradition of winning that lives within the wrestling team. The Bulldogs carried on this tradition this past Saturday when they won their 11th straight sectional title. Thirteen of the 14 ‘Dogs placed in the top three allowing them to once again take home the DAC title. Junior Josh Fuqua (120) brought home a title along with sophomore Morgan Kral (195) who is still keeping an undefeated season alive. “Our goal this season was to dominate everyone we wrestled

and win the DAC,” Fuqua said. “The goal now heading into the postseason is to get as many wrestlers to qualify for state as possible.” For the first time this year, teams will not be competing in a team state tournament. This change in format has allowed the ‘Dogs to focus more on individual success. “Team state no longer existing isn’t really an obstacle for us; individual or team, we are still going to prepare and train just as hard to have a strong postseason,” Kral said. The loss of last year’s seniors

Tyler Kral and Jasons Tsirtis was a setback for the Bulldogs early on in the season, but after their performance at the Dunland Athletic Conference meet, it has become clear that the ‘Dogs are handling this loss well. “Losing Jason and Tyler was an obvious setback for the team early in the season because they were our captains and two of the best wrestlers on the team, but we focused on who we had coming back this season and what we could do to improve,” Fuqua said. While the loss may seem significant, Vlink believes that the team has what it takes to win at

state. “Last year was last year and this year is this year,” Vlink said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can and see where that takes us as a team. If we do that, winning always takes care of itself.” Now the boys look ahead to this Saturday’s regional meet, which will be hosted by the Bulldogs. The team looks to keep the momentum alive from sectionals for as long as possible. “We are all looking forward to regionals and we hope all our preparation will allow for success down at state,” sophomore Riley Akers said.

neck surgeries to throw for 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns, helping the Broncos finish with a record of 13-3 and the first seed in the AFC. Peterson’s statistics are no less impressive. After tearing his ACL and MCL just 12 months earlier, Peterson returned to the league with 2,097 rushing yards, only nine yards shy of breaking the alltime single-season record. With both cases equally as compelling, Associated Press voters certainly have a difficult task at hand.

Alex says “Only nine yards separated Adrian Peterson from breaking the single season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson, but leading a playoff run with 2,097 yards is still enough to deserve MVP in my book.” Alaa says “Peyton Manning immediately made the Broncos a Super Bowl favorite with his presence. The Broncos went from 8-8 to 13-3 in one season with Manning under center. I think he goes home with his 5th MVP.”

inside The NFL After a season-long debate Who will be this year’s NFL MVP? on who is most deserving of the

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A CLAIM TO FAME

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Hall of Fame to induct Equihua

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BY Alex mclean

sports editor

While former MLB stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are struggling to get their names immortalized in baseball’s Hall of Fame, two former Crown Point Lady ‘Dogs basketball players have recently been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, one of whom is still on the Bulldog court. Current girls basketball head coach Anne Equihua played four years of varsity hoops for the ‘Dogs from 1981-1985. As a senior, Equihua averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 7.4 steals and 6.8 assists and was named to the Indiana-All Star team. “I was shocked when I found out. The news definitely surprised me. It’s just an honor to be in the same category as such great players who went on to do such great things,” Equihua said. With her at guard, the Lady Bulldogs raked in trophies. Equihua helped the team bring home both a sectional and regional championship each of the four years she was on the court. During her sophomore year, the team fell one game short in the postseason and settled for state runners-up. However, Equihua and the Bulldogs would not be denied their crown as they returned to win the state championship each of the two following years. “The highlight of my basketball career would have to have been the first state title we won in my junior year. The disappointment of the prior year’s state championship loss made the win feel so much better,” Equihua said. “I couldn’t have done it on my own, though. I had great teammates and great leaders in coach

Freshman Quinton Jones Beverage of Choice I really like Coke. It has a strong taste and goes down smooth.

I Do Like I really like Chief Keef because he’s creative and from Chicago.

Goal Oriented I’m training for track right now, and my goal is to make the varsity team. I also want to pass all my classes this semester. PHOTO BY AMY SCHUCH

Current head coach and former varsity basketball player Anne Equihua poses in front of her two state championship trophies from 1984 and 1985.

Tom May and coach Scott Reid.” Alongside Equiha on the 1984 state championship team was fellow inductee Nancy Eksten. Eksten set the scoring record that year, which Equihua would then break the following year. However, it is not the trophies that matter to Equihua. “That team was my family. Eksten was a great teammate and friend of mine. It’s easy to talk

all serious about basketball, but we were still high schoolers. I’ll always remember my teammates most. It’s never about the games. It’s about the family,” Equihua said. At Purdue University, Equihua helped the team make their first NCAA Tournament appearance and was named team MVP. After taking several years off from the game, she returned to the

‘Dogs as head coach last season. However, the recent induction means little to the season. “I try to keep it as separate as possible. There are far more important things for us to discuss about basketball at this time,” Equihua said. The annual induction ceremony will take place April 27 at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, Indiana.

Big Brother My brother Pierce is my role model because he is good at football and I want to be like him.

Dream Girl In the weirdest dream I’ve ever had I was married to Beyonce.

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...tall, dark and handsome.

...to go to a movie and her favorite place for dinner.

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...definitely a nice dinner, some candy and top all that off with flowers.

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