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An Uphill Battle By Ethan Clevenger - High school assembly writer

Student Life | After-Party Advice

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Student Life | DIY Prom Dresses

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Student Life | Prom Across Iowa

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College Prep | Must-Haves for the Average Dorm 10 Student Life | Price on Prom: Too Much?

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Entertainment | Black Swan Review

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College Prep | UNI Resource for Biz. Students

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Today marks my first time writing a bit for the opening page

here to introduce you to this month’s issue.

You may notice that this issue is a bit slow in hitting the web,

which is due to many factors, and to be honest, we faced an

uphill battle with this issue.

Prom around the state of Iowa is obviously important to the

students taking part, and therefore lends itself stupendously to our magazine. This year we decided to have a go at summing up some of the trends around Iowa, noting the cool after-

parties and showcasing some of the best pictures.

I’ve always been one to say that the best pictures happen

when you give your camera to your friends and let them do

whatever they want with it. Iowa is a big state and there are a

lot of proms going on, so not only is it difficult for us to show

up and grab pictures for our center spread, but our magazine

revolves around the submitted work of high school students.

Therefore, it seemed only natural that we fill it up with pictures that our readers took.

Additionally, to get information about proms around Iowa

such as themes, attendants and any other cool information, we reached out to schools through e-mail and telephone.

Unfortunately, the results of this endeavor bear a striking

resemblance to the results of the website’s mantra in general.

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While the intention of the site is to get reader-submitted

content, we rarely get a submission. In fact, since I’ve been here, we haven’t received one despite efforts to reach out to schools.

To combat this, I spend a lot of times crawling journalism web sites from schools around the state to put up their content anyway, giving them due credit.

Similarly, our phone calls and e-mails were, in large part, not

responded to. You will therefore notice that there is no article about prom at different schools or ideas that can be shared. Fortunately, we were able to team up with the Des Moines

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pulled from school’s websites. These are great articles that I

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What you will see in this issue, however, is content that I have

thought fit this issue’s theme very well, and gave me the chance to show just what can happen if our readers get out there and

submit their articles.

Site statistics tell us that we aren’t suffering from a lack of

readers. We’re just not getting submissions from those readers. So I’m asking those of you reading right now to jump on board

and help make both this website and magazine the best it can be.

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Student After-Prom and After-Graduation Advice Ethan Clevenger Staff Writer

there every was one.

Take it from someone who’s been there: prom is not all it’s hyped up to be. There is absolutely no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on attire and no reason to cry if you go by yourself (in all honesty, a group of friends is probably more fun anyway). No, the dance itself is probably not going to be the single-greatest moment of your high school life. However, this does not mean that there isn’t a level of excitement that comes with it. The rush of this rite of passage for seniors can fuel something that may in fact be worth remembering. Meanwhile, graduation represents one of the single-greatest achievements of your life thus far. The cap, the gown, the pictures and the parties - and not going back to school. Graduation is a reason to celebrate if

Both of these awesome events come coupled, more often than not, with late-night antics to burn off the excitement and anticipation. That night can go really well, but it can also go depressingly poorly. To ensure a night worth remembering (and that you will, in fact, remember) consider a few of these tips: Campfire It’s just getting warm enough for outside activity to be fun again, and living in Iowa presents prime outdoor activity opportunities. If you know someone who lives out in the country, get your friends together, pool some hot dogs and marshmallows, and make a night of campfire talk and reminiscing that you won’t forget. This can also be coupled with sleepovers or camping out - a last chance to be a kid before heading off to college or a career.

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Breakfast If you’re out late, Denny’s and Village Inn start looking really tasty. Eggs and pancakes are, in fact, better at one in the morning, so drop into a late-night eatery (in your formal wear, of course, if this is your afterprom destination. Everything is better in formal wear) and grab a bite to eat. Where I’m from, we liked to hit up an area truck stop.

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Bowling Alley This is pretty self-explanatory. Hit a local bowling alley and play a few rounds in your formal wear after prom or in your average clothing after graduation. Some bowling alleys even host a black light bowl on weekends, and if this is something you’ve never tried, give it a shot after the big night.

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2/ 2/ School-Sponsored Parties Often 16 times, your school will offer 23 a party after prom or graduation for students. If this sounds lame, work with your student council to organize a not-so-lame version. Popular attractions include karaoke, casino games, euchre tournaments, sumo wrestling, Velcro walls and Usher Raymond v. Raymond lots of other great fun that can only be done with your school’s budget. 2/ 2/ A quick Internet search will wield 23 numerous entertaining options.23 After-Prom Don’ts

Whatever it’s tough. Your old or 3 girlfriend / 3 /you decide on doing, make it boyfriend may have had a differ2 5a fun and memorable sendoff to your high school years. ent date to prom or some other such scenario, and it can be tough to swallow, but your friends aren’t going to want to sacrifice their night because you don’t feel up to having a good time. Buck up and make the most Summer of the grand evening ahead. The Rocket Little Boots Of Men and Angels

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Don’t have impulse sex. Neither 3 /mean get laid, prom nor graduation contrary to popular9belief. Save it for someone you love, and hopefully someone you plan on or have married. If nothing else, use protection. Sex has consequences.

Don’t get wasted. We here at High School Assembly understand that Gentlemen, you are probably rentour opinion isn’t going to stop Danieling Merriweather Lifehouse your tux for prom. Don’t get it Gorillaz you from having some drinks with Love and War Plastic Beach Smoke and Mirrors dirty! A tuxedo is expensive enough your friends, regardless of age and to rent, let alone pay 2 /but at least realize that both 2/ 3 /for if you risk, damage it. While our of 23 these nights are supposed to 23 be 9 after prom suggestions that involve your formal ones to remember, and if you don’t wear can be fun, also be careful. remember it, what fun was it, really? If you tend to be a messy person, perhaps changing would be for the Don’t mope around about somebest. thing. This one goes more for prom. We’ve all been there, and we know Alkaline Trio This Addiction

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Student DIY Prom Dresses: Seniors design their own dresses There’s no question about it: girls pursue perfection when looking for prom dresses. But for a few girls, finding the perfect dress is not the issue — making the dress is. Seniors Lisa Boelman, Sarah Postel and Melina Gotera are putting their creativity to work and designing their own prom dresses. Inspired by the movie Black Swan, Boelman is designing her own dress not only for prom, but to add to her portfolio for colleges. Boelman didn’t want to spend $500 on a dress that she would only wear once; instead, she would rather spend $60 on a dress that fits her style. Boelman couldn’t find anything she liked in the stores around the Cedar Valley, so, like previous years, she is designing her own full length gown. Boelman will be using faille rose fabric and beads to create her one-of-a-kind evening gown with a criss-cross back and four-beaded straps. Boelman has spent a great deal of time incorporating the beading into her dress. She has already put seven hours into beading each strap, with a grand total of over 50 hours of work. Boelman started working on her dress three weeks before spring break, and plans to continue her work for about another two weeks.

Boelman will be spending her night at prom with date, junior Connor Klein, and friends. “I like to see people look their best and dressing up,” Boelman said. Postel’s inspiration for her dress came from the clothes she already had. “I wear a lot of it [tie dye], so why not make my prom dress it as well.” Postel bought a 100 percent cotton dress from American Eagle with matching white and silver stoned shoes, and she plans on tie-dyeing the dress. Luckily, Postel will not have to spend a lengthy amount of time working on her dress. Since the tie-dye process only involves sitting overnight, it will only take Postel about a half hour. However, she will need to practice on shirts first to make sure she can get the desired design perfect before she puts it on her dress. Postel did not want to just a buy a dress as she has the past two years. “I wanted to do something different,” she said. To match her dress, Postel, along with other girls that attended the choir trip to New Orleans, bought a matching mask from Mardi Gras. At prom, Postel wants to enjoy a night with friends, good music, fun and a very

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Chandal Geerdes Cedar Falls carefree night with her best friend and prom date, Gotera. Gotera is making her own dress this year as an independent study project. Her dress was inspired by avant-garde and Marie Antoinette, with the design including dusty color tones, out of the norm of the popular bright hues. Gotera will be using beads from art teacher Lisa Klenske, a thrifted corset of her own and second-hand lace. Gotera found the perfect pair of matching gold sparkle high heels at Target for $30 to match her dress, along with a gold-jeweled clutch. “These shoes are perfect. I just couldn’t not get them for prom,” Gotera said. Though she started a little over a month ago, Gotera said she will be working on her dress up to the week of prom. She also added that she has never done beading before, but she really loves art and collects antique lingerie, so she wanted to make something out of it.

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College Prep Must-Have Items for the Average Dorm Ethan Clevenger Staff Writer As the school year winds down, we at High School Assembly would like to take a moment to focus on the graduating seniors. First, congratulation on this big step in your life! Second, best of luck on your future in college. However, imagine you get to college. After you get your feet set, you decide you need to get a job. Pulling your one shirt out of your closet, you find it to be wrinkly. But you don’t have an iron, and home is more than three hours away. That’s why we’ve compiled a useful list of the obvious and not-soobvious things you need to make sure are packed before heading off to college. Iron and Ironing Board Nothing says ill-prepared college student at a job interview like wrinkled clothes. Bring these two items and you’ll never be caught unawares.

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Bathroom Flip-Flops While this may not occur to you right off the bat, you’re now sharing a bathroom with everyone else on your floor. For many of us, walking barefoot in that bathroom and standing barefoot in the shower everyone else is showering in sounds kind of gross. So bring flip-flops if you’re that kind of person.

posters. You can get them for dirt cheap on Amazon, and there are a lot of cool ones out there regardless of your taste. From Pulp Fiction to Van Gough, nothing says home away from home like a poster.

Water Bottle Walking down the hall to fill up a cup every once in a while can be a hassle. Instead, bring a water bottle, fill it up, and then put it in your fridge. The water is always cold, you can save it and you don’t have to fill up nearly as often.

Other Odds & Ends Microwave refrigerator Futon Clothes Towels Ibuprofen/Tylenol Extra sheets Television Radio Printer Laptop

Speakers If you don’t have a media system like a Playstation or Xbox that can stream Netflix (and someone will get Netflix if they don’t have it already), you’ll probably want to play it through a laptop. Laptop speakers are hardly sufficient when everyone stuffs in a room to watch a movie, so pick up a set of external speakers so everyone can enjoy.

Plates, Bowls, and Utensils Dining hall food will get old fast. Trust me.

Be sure to get in contact with your roommate early so that you can decide who is bringing what on the big items. They can be expensive and a pain to load up, so splitting the hassle and expense is really the only way to go.

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Student Price on Prom: Too much? Ann Glaven Cedar Rapids Xavier

to the formal social scene. It was a way to instill values in the youth of the time, and an opportunity to Spring time in the States: a time display manners and grace. Proms didn’t become a common tradifor rain, March Madness, and of course, prom. It’s a time when high tion for American high schools until the 1930s, when schools school students, especially girls, would host small dances in their start planning for their special gymnasiums. Girls would wear a night. It’s not unusual to overdress they already had and guys hear conversations in the halls would wear a shirt and tie. about where someone got their dress, who they’re going with, and It wasn’t until 50 years later, in what they’re doing afterwards. But the 80s, that prom began to turn perhaps the most startling thing heard is the amount of money be- into what it is today: an out of control and several hundred doling spent. It is not uncommon to lar event involving expensive dinhear of girls spending three hundred dollars on a dress alone, not ners, designer gowns and perhaps even a stretch limo. including shoes, accessories, and having their hair and nails done. Students of the 21st century Let’s not forget about their dates have grown indifferent to the either: guys have to buy an entire outfit to match their dates, and pay amount of money they spend on for dinner and flowers. Every year it prom. While a girl spends three seems the price of prom goes up, hundred dollars on a dress that and what is even more alarming is will be worn once, that same amount of money could send 12 students have no problem paying children in a third world country that price. to school for a year. When a guy Prom, an abbreviation of “prom- buys a girl a twenty dollar corenade”, began nearly a century ago sage, there are people around the as a way to introduce young adults world who are lucky to get twenty

dollars for working a forty hour week. I’m not saying you shouldn’t spend a bit of dough making your prom a special event, but be realistic. Borrow a dress from a friend, or just spend less. If your parents are paying for your dress, think before you a buy it: if you had to pay for it with your own money, would it be worth it? Instead of going to Elmcrest or Biaggis, go to Olive Garden, or better yet, arrange to have a meal at someone’s home. You can donate the money you save to charity, or save it for college. Being practical with your prom expenses will pay off in the long run!

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Enter Portman Dances Into Fans’ Hearts Ethan Clevenger Staff Writer What’s all the hype about? A pretty good film, that’s what. “Black Swan” follows the story of ballerina Nina Sayers’s rise to ballet stardom in a new rendition of the classic Swan Lake. The new twist is that the same ballerina plays both princesses - the white and black swans. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, must overcome an innocence to deliver the bite Thomas Leroy is looking for. This film has been all the talk for quite some time, receiving praise for the filming and acting. Be forewarned that you’ll have to appreciate this film for more than the story. While it’s not bad, it’s painfully predictable. Even if you aren’t familiar with the ballet Swan Lake, the film will tip you off about halfway through. No, where this film shines is in its ability to be artistic and sometimes disturbing. Nina battles hallucinations as she tries to embody the black swan, leading to several horrifying and

surprising scenes, including torn off fingernails and a sexual encounter with new girl on the block Lily (Mila Kunis). There’s even a solid laugh tossed in for good measure. These scenes culminate in the ballet’s opening night, a stupendous flurry of dancing and emotion.

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Hats off to Natalie Portman in this film. Not only was her acting astounding, assuming the role of a sheltered fouryear-old trapped in a twenty-something’s body, but she really stepped up to learn the dancing necessary to perform the role. She actually sustained an injury during filming one day, and clips from her session with a physical therapist was used in the film.

“Black Swan” is rated R for sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.

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Kunis also impresses, shedding the humorous Jackie Burkhardt facade for a serious and dark reflection of Nina’s battle with herself. But to really give credit where credit is due, director Darren Aronofsky deserves the majority of the praise. His dark vision, stark scenes and fabulous camera work make the film what it is. He paints a gritty story in a simple and fluid way, letting the audience sit back and enjoy it without thinking too hard

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Unfortunately, many UNI students spend their four or more years on campus oblivious to this opportunity provided at JPEC. “The saddest words I hear are from second-semester seniors who say, ‘I wish I knew about this earlier,’” Student Business Incubator Manager Laurie Watje said. Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director of JPEC at UNI, elaborated on the other innumerable services provided by the center. “The Entrepreneurial Program at UNI offers a Certificate in Entrepreneurship; the Student Business Incubator, which helps students develop and run a business; and many conferences, competitions, internships, workshops, a youth camp and a student organization [the UNI Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization].” Specifically, the SBI is an educational learning lab designed to inspire and educate students interested in starting their own business. One of the distinct advantages available to the student business owners in the SBI is their proximity to help and advice.

SBI offers distinct advantages and safety net “Iowa and Iowa State have similar programs, but we’re the only incubator in the system that is staffed full time with professionals right in the incubator space. That’s why we’re so successful. The owners need to have solutions immediately to maintain good customer service because that can affect their bottom lines. This easy access helps students because they can be reassured and can bounce off ideas all the time,” Watje said. Another distinct advantage of launching a business in the SBI is the cushion it provides. Anyone trying to start a business in today’s economy would have to rent office space, buy technology and market the company. Basically, more money would be spent than money coming in. Fortunately, at the SBI, the office spaces are provided free of charge...

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College Prep UNI Resources Help Entrepreneurs Get Head Start continued from pg. 14 ...and most of the technology is provided, so even if a business fails, the monetary losses are minimized. Book Hatchery hatches into mainstream More impressive than the amenities at the SBI are the student business owners themselves. Take Nick Cash, a 2007 graduate of Cedar Falls High School. Cash is accommodating the e-book craze with his company, Book Hatchery (www.BookHatchery.com). “We help authors and small publishers sell books digitally to get their work on iPads, Nooks, Kindles and other devices. The idea is to make selling e-books as simple as possible because not many people are tech savvy,” Cash said. The system on Book Hatchery will take the author’s work and distribute it to major retailers, such as Amazon, Apple and Barnes and Noble. With a copy of Starting an Online Business for Dummies on his office shelf, Cash noted that he has always possessed a creative, entrepreneurial spirit, and his interests have all led him to his current business knowledge base. “For me, I started building with Legos, and then I got into web sites and creating computer games in sixth grade. I then moved up to college-level computer programming when I was in eighth grade. When I got to college at age 19, I worked with Lockheed Martin and then DISTek Integration. Without [those experiences], I wouldn’t understand

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the processes involved in business. It’s been a long time coming.”

Cash said his idea for Book Hatchery began when he was tutoring a group of students because he wanted to write them an e-book to use for studying. He soon realized money could be made from selling this book that he would have been giving away for free. Book Hatchery offers several attractive advantages for authors as compared to the major publishing companies. “We’re a distributor, not a publisher. The authors keep the rights to their books and are selfpublishers. We have no control over what the retailers take, though typically they take 30 to 70 percent of profits. We end up taking 15 percent of the net sales of the books, or the amount left over after the retailers take their cut,” Cash said. This is a 180-degree turn from the practices of many publishers who can take up to 85 percent of the net sales of a published book. Authors using Book Hatchery are also provided with transparency concerning the sales and profits made by their works. “We pay authors monthly, whereas typical publishers pay the author two to four times per year and don’t provide any sales statistics to the authors. We update the statistics right away so the authors know how much money they will be receiving.” Even though Cash has attained much success and recognition for his business plan (he has been recognized by Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines),

the entrepreneurial roadway has not always been smooth. “Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster. One day you feel like you are conquering the world, but the next day you feel like you’re going to fly off and die,” Cash said. Despite the hurdles (Cash is now focusing on raising enough money to hire three full-time employees and one intern), the SBI has provided enormous support. “The mentorship from Laurie and Katherine is great. With their amount of experience, they can steer you away from common problems and give information for free. I can’t put a number on the amount of money they’ve saved me.” Breathalyzers provide lucrative website Two office spaces down from Cash, Thomas Gilbert and Jeffrey Short (another CFHS alum), have made their mark with GS Solutions, LLC, and they have generated a lot of buzz with BreathalyzerShop.com. “We are an e-commerce site, and we carry multiple brands of breathalyzers for personal use,” Gilbert said. Short observed that OWI charges appeared to be on the rise, and he began marketing towards the AlcoHAWK model of personal breathalyzer, manufactured by Q3 Innovations in Independence, Iowa. As of now, the duo sells two additional brands – BACTRACK, based out of California, and Lifeloc, based out of Colorado.

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