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Ranging from teachers who avidly bike to students who create video games, take a look at Ithaca’s 12 most fascinating individuals of 2012, beginning with history teacher Adam Lincoln.

1. History teacher Adam Lincoln By Jessica Barnes Editor-in-Chief Enter a different world. It is decorated with shiny screens, which hold an entirely new realm of information. It is lined with cords, each of which power a new piece of technology. Possibilities are expanded by digital creations. In other words, enter the world of history teacher Adam

Lincoln. “I’ve been fascinated with technology ever since I can remember,” said Lincoln. This early-onset fascination with technology has shaped Lincoln’s life in a myriad of ways. Whether in his personal life or in the classroom, technology leads Lincoln’s daily actions. “Technology has given me new ideas and ways of doing

things; it helps me engage students, usually through having a unique way of doing things,” said Lincoln. Case in point: At the beginning of the year, at the news that he would not be receiving a Smart Board from the school, he then went and purchased one on his own. This Smart Board is only one facet of Lincoln’s utilization of technology in the classroom.


Press play Spawned from his love of technology, Lincoln has acquired an impressive array of technological devices.





reading devices






that he has built himself





video game consoles

of technological skills will help students pursue Lincoln’s one piece of advice to students: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Uttered by Mohandas Gandhi, these words are the one piece of advice he has to offer students. And, guided by his array of technological devices, this is what Lincoln is sure to do at Ithaca.



How History in Pop Culture showcases history teacher Adam Lincolns’s passion for technology By Jake Nelson Life Reporter


History in Pop Culture, a class newly-taught at Ithaca, is also taught by Lincoln. This class is entirely done on computers, whether it be doing homework on an online forum or making a project on iMovie. Thus, Lincoln’s passion for technology is now infiltrating a new generation, once again being put to use for a constructive manner. This constructive application

“If you’re wondering how smoothly this class is going to run…so am I,” said history teacher Adam Lincoln to his new class. History in pop culture is the first class of it’s kind to be attempted here at Ithaca High School. Although heavily debated, the class is now being run under a watchful eye from other faculty members. If all goes well throughout this class, then other classes in the future may be able to be run in a similar fashion. The hope for this class is to run primarily through online forums allowing students to explore their creative side. Many classes today are based on tests and homework assignments; history in pop culture seeks to change this curriculum. The main criteria for this

class consists of determining the accuracy of the media’s portrayal of historical events. When displaying how the media conveys past events, the students must piece together videos that are informative and creative. In order to allow the students to become accustomed to the editing program on the MacBooks, Lincoln has scheduled the first week to be tutorials. This class not only allows for creativity, but increased technological skills and a strong sense of teamwork that other standard classes may not allow for. Whether students are experienced in video making or wish to learn, it has the support of the student body. “I think it’s cool that this class does not involve pencils and paper like all of our other courses. Hopefully this class goes smoothly so one day it can become like a college course,” said senior Jon Rayburn. Lincoln explained that this class, if ran smoothly, has the potential to allow students flexibility

in future years. In other words, perhaps this class will someday allow students to attend class only a couple of days during the week, considering this class is based on computers and online forums. “History in pop culture is just completely different from any other courses that are offered at our school,” said senior Morgan Burgess. The first project Lincoln assigned was to make a documentary type film about themselves. However, similar to the rest of the class, the rubric is loose enough to enable a great deal of creativity. Lincoln explained that he formulated the basis of this class when superintendent Nathan Bootz came to him and offered the freedom of initiating a unique class. After roughly a month, the class is well underway with two video projects finished and several online questions filled out.

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2012Fascinating2012 What makes someone fascinating? 2. Deana Schaffer Is it an incredible IQ? Maybe an amazing athletic ability. Perhaps it takes an artistic flare. No matter what the characterisitc, each person has their own version of being fascinating. This year, The Growler decided to take an in-depth look at the individuals who walk the halls of Ithaca High School. Soon enough, fascinating people began to appear. Despite the limits of a small town, Ithaca is able to contain a myriad of fascinating individuals. They range from an involved mother who aids the band to a friend duo who hope to create a video game together. They each answer the same question: What makes someone fascinating? This is what The Growler found.

Faculty: Librarian and school mother Contributions to the school: Counsels many students and does intensive work with the band program.

What activities?

Including the Band Boosters for the past three years, also a volunteer coordinator and camp counselor

Why the band?

Sharing the bandexperience with ethan and allowing music to continue to play an important part in life.

Relationships with other students? Being with band students at camp the pst two years has definently helped build relationships with other students.

3. Riley Kench

4. Jared Evers

Grade: 12 Fascinating trait:

Grade: 11 Fascinating trait:

An incredible dedication to school, along with an impressive level of intelligence

How many AP classes? Three in total, those being AP Biology, AP Statistics, and AP Literature - this is in addition to pre-calculus, another higher-level

Time spent on homework a night?

Usually from 3:30-5 pm, or sometimes 6 pm

What’s your motivation? College, scholarships, personal goals and a disdain for failure

A dominating physical presence on the gridiron

Sports played: Football, track, baseball, wrestling, basketball, whiffleball, ufc, powerlifting

What’s your motivation? His parents, whom were both star atheletes at the University of Kansas. His father played football and his mother ran track.

Plans for future?

To become the best he can be and somehow incorporate sports into his career

How have your abilities changed over the past year? Much faster, stronger and taller

5 & 6.

Caden Wilson and Julia Bushy

Grade: Seventh grade Contributions to the school: Together organized and created the junior high drama club

Motivation? Wanted to give jnior high students an opportunity to try out the performing arts before high school

What is the ultimate goal? To get a chance to perform before getting to the high school level

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2012Fascinating2012 7. Bryan Shaw

8. Darin Evon

Grade: 10 Fascinating trait: An amazing creative

Science Teacher Fascinating trait: An incredible

What is your favorite drawing you have done? It’s a shading project of Bruno

Why did you begin biking?

flare, no matter what the art-type is, this is in addition to musical abilities and skim-boarding


How long have you been doing art? Ever since Mrs. (Jody) Schnetzler taught him

What is skim-boarding? It’s basically a small surfboard; you run and toss it, and then you jump on it. He was in Florida two years ago and saw people doing this.

9. Gerrit Bakker Grade: 12 Fascinating trait: An outstanding amount of community service that prompted a special award

Name of award: The Governor’s Service Award,Volunteer of the Year. Five youth in the state are granted this award judging from the most community service.

How has volunteering changed you? Volunteering has made me a better person by giving me opportunities and eye-opening experience.

dedication to biking, along with an impressive talent at the hobby

He just wanted a way to exercise that wouldn’t abuse his body; He started six years ago. When do you bike? Summer time is when he’s really into it; He just wakes up early and goes.

What equipment is necessary? Obviously a bike (Cannon Dale road bike), along with clip shoes, clothing, a helmet, and tires

10. Jack Stack Grade: 9 Fascinating trait: Travels the state and country with his father in search of fossils

Where have you gone? Northern Michigan and parts of Colorado, as well as other states

Other aspects? Educating himself and reading many articles and books about archaeology and biology

Has this interested translated to school? Jack has become a prominent student, excelling specifically in the sciences.

11 & 12. Chris Farris and Tyler Mockridge Grade: 12 Fascinating Trait: The duo has created an idea for a video game, which they now plan to make together

Who came up with the idea? Chris How did he come up with it? It came to him while he was playing hacky sack How did they learn how to create the game? They have self-taught themselves using the internet

When is this worked on? Whenever the two have the time necessary; usually on boring nights

Will it be sold in the future? No - they like free stuff. More than anything, they would want to give it away.

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Editor-in-Chief Jessica Barnes News Editor Tyler Scott News Reporters Daniel Brewer Dustin George Jillian Kirt Voice Editor Chelsea Sherlock Feature Editor Journey Teegardin Feature Reporters Hannah Cesar Makenna Davidson John Evitts Cheyanne Seeley Life Editor Sammi Jo Jones Life Reporters Jake Nelson Katie Hull Jessica Gable Sports Editor Garrett Miniard Sports Reporters Markes Gadlen Dakota Reeves Zach Allen Photo Editor Farrand Schneider Photographers Caitlyn Cooper Brenden Malek Business Manager Adviser


Sammi Jo Jones Life Editor


Letters to the Editor

Nichole Smith

Claudia McLoughlin

Staff Policy The Growler is published by students of the Ithaca High School newspaper production class. The Growler is made possible by advertisement, subscriptions, and fund raising, which pays for printing and other expenses. It’s primary purpose is to inform, entertain, and educate its readers, including students, faculty, community members, and subscribers, about issues which affect the general student body. Some material courtesy of American society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service and Creative Commons. The Growler is an open forum of student voice; therefore, opinions and Letters to the Editor reflect the view of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of the staff, adviser, Ithaca High School administration, faculty, or student body. The editorial board determines the publications content including staff editorials. The Growler staff accepts full responsibility for writing published in The Growler. There will be no responsibility placed upon the administration for content of this publication. The adviser is in place strictly to offer advice and guidance to maintain the legal, accurate, and ethical manner of the publication. The Growler will not be reviewed, reserved, or withheld from distribution by Ithaca High School officials prior to publication. Space will be provided for letters to the editor from faculty, students, administrators, community residents, and the general public. Readers are encouraged to express their opinions here. All letters must be signed and are subject for denial that are libelous, obscene, disruptive, or are an invasion of personal privacy. The Growler staff has the right to edit letters due to length, obscenity, potential libel, or grammatical errors.


Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old Oklahoman woman, shot and killed an intruder who broke into her home on New Year’s Eve. She was told by a 911 dispatcher to do whatever it took to protect her child. If an intruder breaks into a person’s home, does the homeowner have the right to shoot to kill?

“It depends on how big a threat the shooter is and if there is a legitimate threat that he might harm your family,” said senior Zachary House.

“No, because they are just robbing and may not have the intention to kill the person. They should protect themselves,” said seventh grader Miranda Kosek.

“Yes because they could threaten their lives,” said eighth grader Jonah Loomis

“Yes, because they’re obviously going to try to hurt you, so you should be able to protect yourself,” said freshman Teighlor Malik “Yes if they feel threatened,” said sophomore Kyle Goward.

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they.walk. staff editorial


“Stop Sugarcoating it Georgia” is a new advertising campaign created by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to combat the rising rate of obese children in Georgia. The campaign has drawn harsh criticism for its depiction of obese children and placing the blame on parents. Who really deserves the blame, the parents or society?

Jessica Barnes Editor-in-Chief

By Chelsea Sherlock Voice Editor

In the eyes of a child, he is just “different.” He runs a little slower in gym. His lunch box is filled with foods that they envy, but aren’t allowed to eat by their own parents. He is just a little bit bigger than they are. It won’t be until years later that his peers comprehend that the difference that sets him apart from his classmates is his weight. But, is it truly this little boy’s fault? Absolutely not. Somewhere along the line, his parents forgot their main responsibility to him: parenting. As a child, the intricacies that go into a healthy lifestyle are not understood. The concepts of fatty foods and staggering levels of calories are beyond the understanding of a child who struggles with basic concepts such as coloring in the lines. This is a time in which it is the duty of a parent to ensure healthy eating; they are the ones who can grasp this concept. By not allowing their child to constantly eat at fastfood restaurants and sit on the couch, they will instill crucial lifestyle habits that will carry on throughout the rest of the child’s life. Not only will this child possess a healthy body, but they will also now be able to head into their teenage years with a higher level of self-esteem. Thus, the supposed effects of a judgmental, yet obese, society are irrelevant; they don’t need to worry about advertisements for the latest McDonald’s sandwich – they don’t need to cringe when they see a size zero Victoria Secret’s model on their television set. If a parent actually parents their child, thus instilling crucial healthy eating habits, they are protecting their child from a myriad of health and self-esteem issues that will manifest in the future. It is not the responsibility of society to parent a child; it is the responsibility of a parent to parent their child.

Parent’s are the easiest to blame for the obesity epidemic. They are responsible for teaching their children healthy eating habits and have the authority to control what their children eat. However, parents are not who should be blamed. Children are not either. The source of children’s rapidly increasing waistlines is a change in society. What has changed from the lean and healthy times of the pre-90’s to the obesity epidemic now is the culture children are raised in. According to www.time. com, in 1971 only four percent of six to 11 year olds were obese. Now almost one-third of children are overweight. Parents are not consciously choosing to make their children unhealthy. In reality, many parents do not know how to be healthy themselves. Conflicting ideas on the best diet and what foods are healthy have made it to harder to know what to feed children. As the average income decreases and the price of produce increases, eating fresh foods has become impractical for the average family.

American society thrives on instant gratification, especially as free time dwindles. It is often the most unhealthy foods that are the easiest to make and taste the best. Society perpetuates the idea that people should be able to have what they want, whether that be to a Baconator from Wendy’s or spending a day without exercising. Simply put, the majority of people do not know how to be healthy or have the ability to actually become healthy. American’s have not even been able to keep their pets healthy with 55 percent of dogs and 53 percent of cats being overweight. Being an appropriate weight is treated as more of a desire born of vanity than as the product of a balanced lifestyle. Societal values have changed and as a result, so has the number on the scale.

a complaint of students, who lament the lack of opportunities. This has not stopped the people who made the list and should not hinder others. It may be an obstacle, but it is by no means insurmountable. All it took for librarian Deana Schaffer to become fascinating was showing students that she cared. Junior Bryan Shaw’s passion to create art and willingness to share it with others earned him his spot. Eighth grader Caden Wilson and seventh grader Julia Bushy wanted to be able to perform with their friends even though their was not a junior high theater productions. So, they started their own junior high drama club and found an adviser. That initiative is how they overcame a void they identified. The fascinating walk among us. They are the people students pass in the school hallway, see at sporting events, or even a person encountered at the grocery store. In the words of Yoda, “size matters not.” Anyone can be fascinating.


“And this president wakes up every morning, looks out across America and is proud to announce, ‘It could be worse.’ It could be worse? Is that what it means to be an American? It could be worse? Of course not. What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better.”

-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his victory speech after the New Hampshire primary


Chelsea Sherlock Voice Editor


I’m a first-class procrastinator. When it came to applying for colleges, procrastinating bit me in the butt. I had to stay up late on the days they were due to finish them. Since I turned four applications in at the regular decision deadline, I will not know my admission decision for those colleges until early April. I’m not the only one. Last year set a record for most applications sent in a day on Jan. 1, the most common deadline for college applications. This is my warning for all underclassmen: start the col-

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Advertisements like these are being used by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of their anti-obesity campaign.

Barbara Walters hosts her television special of the year’s most fascinating people at the end of each year. This year’s featured people range from Katy Perry to Steve Jobs. It does not take a number one song or inventing the iPod to be fascinating. By definition, all it takes is to capture someone’s interest. When the Growler editors sat down to choose this year’s list, there were more than enough people to fill the list. Even at a small school where it seems that little happens, fascinating people abound. Each person chosen to be on the list has done something in the past year that, even if seemingly insignificant, generates interest. They did not have to make the national news or even spark a lengthy Facebook debate via comments. Many readers may not have even been aware of what they had accomplished. For some members of the list, their lack of notoriety adds to the interest. Ithaca’s small size is often

lege admission process early. If students do not, they will fall into the slippery slope of last minute essays and deadline induced stress. The process is daunting and seems unrealistic, but is still necessary in order to attend college. Here are my tips for making the most of the aplication process: 1 - Start early. Even in junior high, students can begin to research colleges and join their mailing list. 2 - Do not focus entirely on one college. I thought that the University of Michigan was the only school I wanted to go

to, but as I looked at mail from other schools, I found schools that I could also wanted to attend. I ended up applying to six schools. Other than financially paying for applying, their is no limit to the number of colleges that can be applied to. 3 - Scholarships are not just for seniors. They are available for everyone. Websites like and www. are excellent sources for scholarships and free to use. 4 - College applications can be started at any time before a college’s deadline. Right now underclassmen can go to and create an account and begin filling in the details of their application 5- Review a school’s requirements for tests and courses. Some schools require official score report s from each taking of the ACT, others only require submitting the highest scores. Also check the schools course requirements. Schools require different credits from different courses, such as two years of Spanish or four years of math. The best source for this information is the school’s website. 6- Be involved and dedicated. One of the things schools

and scholarships look at is involvement in extracurriculars, a balance of interests, and demonstration of leadership. Involvement in academic and athletic teams, volunteer organizations, other extracurriculars, and having a job are all ways to demonstrate initiative, gain experience, and gain appeal as a candidate. 7- Take AP classes. One component of a college’s admission decision is level of difficulty of classes. AP classes can also provide college credit. College admissions and scholarships require time and effort and its best to start now.

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Delve into the wor students of Ithaca are with t By Jake Nelson Life Reporter

Frost Troll

Choose a race:


Swirling snow amidst ice-covered roads, and treacherous windstorms that blind any poor travelers. While this would be an accurate description of the winter that Michigan residents must endure, gamers would recognize this as the standard setting of Skyrim. This is the fifth installment of the Elder Scroll series, but this video game does not pick up right where the previous games ended. Skyrim is in a world set 200 years after Oblivion, the previous game in the Elder Scroll series. This land is amidst a civil war after the assassination of the high king, and as the only known Dragonborn left alive, the player must save the land from turmoil. Long time Elder Scrolls followers will appreciate

the return of the non-linear gameplay. While the quest line is immediately apparent after creating a character, the player can postpone it indefinitely. This game has more side tasks and randomly generated quests than any of its predecessors. There exists a potentially endless amount of quests that are created in game based on what a player has experienced already. Even while following the system of random quests, players will always have unknown adventures awaiting them. This game boasts over 300 hours of gameplay in a world that is ebullient with creatures and people. While making decisions and traveling are fun, the player must also be aware of the consequences and reputation that coincide with these actions.




rld of Skyrim to discover why becoming increasingly entranced the video game. This game is so indepth that NPC’s (nonplayer characters) will actually hire thugs to attack the player in the wilderness to send a message. Whether the player ends up gazing in awe at the Northern Aurora Lights, going fishing for salmon in a waterfall, or deciding to go into the mines for ore, there is a whole world waiting for the gamer willing to shill out $60. “We thought it would do well, but it has gone above and beyond,” Skyrim creator Todd Howard said during his interview with www. He was also confronted with the issue of potential multiplayer gameplay for the next game by Bethesda. Howard indicated that his crew was aware of this desire, but for Elder Scrolls followers not to get their hopes up.

“You can never say never to anything like that, but it’s not what our focus is…We don’t want to lose that focus and we never want to sacrifice anything in the single player game just to have it be multiplayer,” said Howard. While this could be a devastating blow for some players and critics, there still exists plenty to keep them busy. From slaving away over a forge in attempts to smith the best armor in the game, to picking herbs in the wilderness for a deadly poison, this game allows an incredible amount of freedom for the player fortunate enough to grace the lands of Skyrim. “It is the only game that goes into my console because it is the only game even worth playing. Yet, I have probably barely put a dent into the game, which is the exciting part,” said senior Ethan Schaffer.

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Skills of Skyrim Lock picking: The ability to break into houses and/or stores

Enchanting: The skill that magically improves items in your possession

Smithing: Improving weapons and armor Alchemy: The art of making potions, poisons, and philters

Destruction: The art of freezing, burning, or electrifying your enemies

Pickpocket: Allowing characters to stealthily steal gold or possessions from other characters

Sneaking: The art of moving undetected Speech: Being able to persuade non-player characters and barter with shop owners

Light/Heavy Armor: The ability to be profficient in either light or heavy armor

One/two handed: Being adept in wielding axes, swords, daggers, war axes, mace, battle hammers, and two-handed swords

Archery: The talent of inflicting increased damage with a bow and arrow

Dark Elf


High Elf

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Signing a piece of Ithaca history

English teacher Julie Evitts’ desk is not only her place to work but is also an homage to her and a way for students to leave their mark. Hannah Cesar Feature Reporter A teacher’s desk, a place to put ungraded papers, family pictures, a collection of homeless writing utensils – and in English teacher Julie Evitts’ case, a platform for students to leave their autograph in unique ways. Before 1996 it was just a usual desk that any other classroom would posess for the teacher to work at. During spring break, Jill, her much-loved sister and also a long-time employee of Ithaca Public Schools, passed away. Upon returning some students in her sophomore class welcomed her back by writing “We love you Mrs. Evitts,” on the top of the desk. This was definitely something that reassured Evitts that she had students that cared about her very much. After that, the signing took off just as fast as it had started in the first place. One of the first students to sign the desk happened to be our very own high school teacher John Mimranek. Many students have participated in the tradition of signing this legendary desk. Evitts’ desk is now filled with signatures from countless generations of students that have passed through the halls of Ithaca High School. Now that so many people have taken over the desk with new signatures, the old autographs from

students are long gone. “I wish I had done something to preserve it so all the names were still legible. However, after all these years the originals have been written over countless times, but still they hold many great memories,” said English teacher Julie Evitts. Many students who sign the desk are usually not aware of the origins and the reasons that they are signing it. To most, it is just another trend to go along with because so many other people have done the exact same thing in previous years. “The desk is a constant reminder of all of the great students that I have had the opprotunity to teach. The other day I was picking something up and realized that there were names on the very bottom of the desk that I never even knew they were there,” said Evitts. The students of Ithaca High School brighten Evitts’ day by putting little notes on her desk and leaving her with the artwork of numerous students. People have chosen many things to write on the desk and leave their mark. Some people leave poems, some people leave inspirational quotes, some leave little pictures drawn with White-out and markers, and some simply leave their John Hancock. “Mrs. Evitts, she is like a mom, friend, and teacher to me. So when it came to my senior year I made sure to write my name everywhere and write it as big I could

write so everyone could see that she was a big part of my life and I wanted to always leave a part of me with her,” said Ithaca High School alumni Maliah Czachowrski. It is amazing how many different years of students have signed the desk. The different social groups do not matter when it comes to Evitts’ desk. In fact, some Ithaca students do not even remember signing the desk long ago. “To be honest I do not even remember starting the desk signing,” said resource teacher Mimranek. This is rather ironic seeing how that very same person started an epidemic in the small town English teacher’s life. While Mimranek does not even remember signing the top of the desk, Evitts remembers it as vividly as if it was yesterday. Goes to show what an impact people can have on other people’s lives. This tradition has carried on for numerous years, and hopefully it continues for many more to come. “Though the original signatures are covered and some people would say that they are long gone, to me, they will always still be there. The real signatures, did not really go on that wooden desk itself, but they were scripted on my heart. Those students left something with me that will not ever disappear. I have been just as equally impacted by these students and everything that they have offered to me,” said Evitts.

Schneider/Growler Julie Evitts stands with John Mimranek, one of the first students ever to sign her desk.


Evitts has taught at Ithaca High School for

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Behind the counter Many members of the public possess a perception of fast food restaurants as being dir ty. However, the sanitation of such buildings are closely regulated, as many Ithaca student employees know.

By Cheyanne Seeley Feature Editor The wonders of what goes on inside a fast food restaurant have puzzled the minds of people for some time now. There are hidden secrets that the public has yet to discover and many things that people assumed to be true that are completely false. The true care-taking of a fast food resteraunt is a very misconstrued reputation. “At McDonalds, at least, it’s a lot cleaner behind the counter than most people think. It’s actually very sanitary as far as the equipment goes,” said senior Morgan Burgess, an employee of McDonald’s. How sanitary fast food places are has always been a big question to the public. And how sanitary the buildings is, besides behind the counter, is an issue as well. Truthfully, the managers find it very important to keep the establishment in as high of quality as possible and appealing to come to and eat at. Another question is what exactly the food is cooked on, cooked with, and how sanitary it is.

“Fast food really isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. At Burger King the biggest problem I see as a worker is the dirty floors, and grease on the equipment where ready-to-eat foods are prepared,” said junior Coralyn Harrison. Fast food got its name for a reason; it’s fast. One does not wait for them to cook food because it is already cooked and prepared to hand out to their consumers. It is impossible for fast food restaurants to determine exactly how much food will be bought everyday. Because of this, there is often a lot of leftover food. After a certain amount of time, the food is not good to be sold and consumed so the workers are forced to throw it out even if it was in perfectly fine condition and not touched. “After breakfast time, if there are any extra muffins, sausage, bacon, etc. at McDonald’s, they make them into extra sandwiches. If no one buys them, all the sandwiches get thrown away. A lot gets wasted when they could be going somewhere useful,” said junior Cassie Densmore, a McDonald’s employee.

One may not realize how much money fast food restaurants contribute in funds to pay for the food that they serve. To think of how much money it comes down to that they waste on food that never ends up being served to the consumer is disappointing to most people. And that does not just happen after breakfast. So much food gets made and then goes un-eaten each day for breakfast, lunches, and dinners. People might go out for fast food and not care how they look, or behave themselves. But one may be surprised by what all the workers through the window and behind the counter actually remember. “It’s funny to see the same people come each day. They always come around the same time each day, and we can remember what they want because they consistently order the same thing every time,” said senior Jordan Teed, an employee of Wendy’s. Next time one embarrasses themselves at Taco Bell, or tries to prank the lady through the window at Wendy’s, keep in mind that they will more than likely remember.

How do they keep it clean? McDonald’s workers from the Ithaca branch detail the various sanitation jobs they have to complete.

Clean the parking lot Scrub behind all machines in the kitchen Make sure that the tables are always clean Clean/wipe down counters continuously Scrub/mop the floors, behind the counter and in the lobby Always ensure that dishes are clean Scrub grills after each batch of burgers

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Court is in After a 0-8 start to the season, the varsity girls basketball team has finally arrived, beating Merrill 36-27 . Senior team member Katie Hull gives a first-hand account of the emotions of the game.

By Katie Hull Life Reporter A loss is hard for anyone. Eight is even worse. Starting the season 0-8 sure wasn’t the best feeling in the world, but we had to stay positive. Before and after every game when we are in our huddle, we say “family,” because family stays together and supports each other. It was a Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2012. Our hearts were racing, and we were getting pumped for the game. I had two things on my mind, winning and confidence. (Athletic Director) Terry Hessbrook starts announcing the starters names, and the adrenaline rushes; we hear our names and hear the crowd; we’re feeling great. (Senior) Jessica Wenzel got the tip and I missed it by an inch, and it went out of bounds, not how I was expecting this game to go! Yet, I kept my confidence and we worked together as a team. We’re up at halftime 21-13; we’ve just played our hearts out and are settling in for another two quarters of hard ball. As the game starts to wind down, we realize we will win this game, and Merrill realizes they have some catching

up to do, so we start to waste time. We’re passing a lot and not just throwing shots up; they outscored us 4-6 in the fourth quarter. 3.. 2.. 1.. (buzzer) I look at the score board, 36-27 with one thing running through my mind: “We did it.” We got our first win, and it feels amazing. I was so happy and so proud of everyone on my team. Everyone worked very hard, and no one gave up on themselves or anyone. We played together and worked hard, like a family. We may only be 1-8, but we are improving. We put a lot of work into our practices and games. We have one freshman, three sophomores, one junior, and five seniors making our team this year. With five of us leaving next year, the younger girls will know so much more about the “varsity game” of basketball, and work with the girls that will be in their freshmen year. I’m really excited to see how the rest of our season goes, and to see how far we can go. Confidence is one of the most important things to have in competition, and this is what we gained from our game with Merrill.

Photo/Bootz Senior Katie Hull (RIGHT) smiles with sophomore Jamie Gose after their first win of the season over Merrill, 36-27.

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Hitting the mats With a new coach, the varsity boys wrestling team begins their new season.

TOP RIGHT TO BOTTOM: Freshman Jaron Czachowrski wrestles against a Carrollton Cavalier on Jan. 19. Czachowrski is down in a momentary armbar from opponent Cavalier. Senior Anthony Ventocilla is tied up with his opponent at the Jan. 19 meet. Czachowrski prepares to shoot against his opponent towards the end of their match. Team members circle together before their next match. After a loss to Carrollton, they then went on to play Valley Lutheran - a match which they won.

.what’ 1/21 Ithaca Varsity Invite -- Home

2/9 TVC Conference Meet Carrollton

1/25 Breckenridge -- Away

2/11 Team Districts -- Alma

1/28 Montabella -- Away

2/15 Individual Districts Mt. Morris

2/1 Fulton Quad -- Fulton

2/4 Team Regionals -- TBA

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Poms vs. Cheer As the pom team begins its season and the sideline cheer team ends its own, the differences between each team are brought to light.

By Dakota Reeves Sports Reporter Crowd cheering. Pride on display. Intent on supporting the team on the court or field. The varsity pom team and sideline cheer team each accomplish these tasks, so what is the difference between the two teams? Both sports require dedicating many hours to remem-

bering their routines, but what really separates these two sports? “Poms have more of a routine, cheerleading is more stunts and vocals,” said senior Morgan Burgess. There has definitely been much debate on which sport is tougher, and many of the players have very strong opinions on the matter. Some people tend to think that cheerleading is the more

difficult sport, because it requires both physical work and endurance. Some argue that poms is harder because there is constant movement to the beat of the music. Both of these sports are hard work either way. “I think pom pons is a little more challenging sport. We have to memorize certain dance moves to the beat of the music, its three minutes

of non-stop movement,” said sophomore Olivia Strong. The varsity pom team has competed at the state level for the past several years, bringing home a first place in three out of the past five years. The cheer team hasn’t won any state titles, but this is due to the fact that the sideline team does not compete. Rather than heading to competitions, they reside on the sidelines of varsity football

games; their main function is to show support for the players.

Competitive comeback Rather than a varsity competitive cheer team, there is a junior high competitive cheer team this year. Taking first place in their latest competition, they hold promise for the future.

Where do they differentiate? A major facet of cheerleading is lifts. Called “elevators,” these are a distinguishable part of the sport. However, poms do not have these. Instead, they incorporate “wow moves” into their routines, which are either flips, falls, or lifts designed to add uniqueness to their routine. Cheerleaders yell during their performances. This is a major difference from the pom team, which performs to songs.

The poms and cheerleaders have different uniforms; however, now that the pom team has new uniforms, they are rather similar.

Notice that cheerleaders do not have pom-pons in their hands - this is a major difference betweeen the two teams. Pom members use pompons during their performances, while cheerleaders do not.

Preparing for Regionals The varsity pom team is competing for a chance at States on Jan. 28.


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