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KINSEY SEACORD 6849 Scythe Ave. Hometown, FL 32812 Kseacord@cfl.rr.com (407) 353- 0166 May 23, 2011 Renee Burke Publications Advisor Boone High School 2000 S. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32806 Dear Mrs. Burke: If Hi-lights is ever in need of a staffer who has the ability to revise and improve the paper while creating an enjoyable working atmosphere, perhaps you would consider reviewing my resume which is attached. My abilities are varied and diverse, but you will always find my attitude is positive and I am always ready for work. I am writing to ask if there are any positions open at this time and whether I would be able to attain one. As a current staffer, I have experience working with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. I have written numerous editorials, so I have proven to be an opinionated writer. The responsibility of being on staff has enabled me to better my social skills, as well develop a further understanding of teamwork. I truly enjoy working with others and being social in my occupations. I follow instructions very adamantly and I am extremely attentive in all areas of work. Because of my outgoing personality, I would be able to advise and instruct others while gently leading them in the right direction. I am currently enrolled, and am excelling in Advanced Placement Language, which requires the expertise of grammar and rhetorical strategies. I would appreciate you taking the time to read my letter and considering me for the position. I look forward to hearing from you. Respectfully yours,

Kinsey Seacord Enclosed: resume


Resume


KINSEY SEACORD 6849 Scythe Ave. Hometown, FL 32812 Kseacord@cfl.rr.com (407) 353- 0166 OBJECTIVE To obtain a position on staff and experience another year on newspaper staff to broaden my knowledge of journalism. EXPERIENCE / SKILLS Newspaper Staff Member, Hometown High School Aug 2010 - present. Composed and researched information for news and editorial articles using online and personal sources. Captured and researched photos for placement in publication. Keep an organized schedule Work well in groups and individually National Honor Society tutor at Lunch + EDUCATION Completed three years at Hometown High School Graduation date: May 2012 G.P.A. Relevant High School studies: Journalism I, Newspaper, Advanced Placement Language, Advanced Placement United States History, Law magnet. ACTIVITIES / AWARDS First Place in Feature Writing at Camp Orlando Second Place in Photography at Camp Orlando Honorable Mention in Newspaper Editorials by Florida Scholastic Press Association Social Justice President 2010 - present Serendipity Club 2010 - present Blessed Trinity Youth Group Member of National Honor Society REFERENCES Mary McDaniel Program Coordinator of San Pedro Retreat Center Mary@sanpedrocenter.org 407-671-6322 x 234


Personal Essay


I’ve always enjoyed reading and especially writing. Journalism I and Journalism II were my first introductions to news writing. Truthfully, I prefer creative writing over reporting news, but over these past two years I’ve learned to appreciate the merit behind such reporting. I feel journalism has two parts to it: entertainment and a sense of duty. As writers, journalists serve the public to entertain their readers and make news interesting. Pop culture and emotionally moving stories are covered because, frankly, people like being aware of what other people are doing. I believe journalists also have a specific duty to the public. They must provide accurate information on relevant topics which could affect the public in some way, shape or form. I decided to get involved in journalism so that I could make my writing serve a purpose other than just enjoyment. Because I had only written free style, I had to learn all of the technicalities and rules which accompany news writing. At first writing in such a formal and emotionally devoid format made me doubt my decision. But I found security in writing editorials and feature articles. I will hopefully continue to grow as a journalist over this next year.


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In this past year I have learned a lot. During the summer when I had to sell advertisements, I learned a valuable lesson about the business world: having connections really does get things sold. Working on staff taught me a lot about teamwork and dedication too. When the paper comes out and I see people reading it and commenting on my story, it inspires me to make sure that the publication is the best it can be. Dedicating hours into editing, revising and perfecting my story is all worth it when someone reads it. I have also learned the meaning of being on time. Missing a deadline has always been stressful for me and is something I always try to avoid. Being put under pressure to get work done has improved my work habits and will be used later in my life when I get a job. Being able to keep a cool head in situations of high stress is a valiant quality in an employee.


Reflection 1


My best work was my editorial from the March issue on page six. In this editorial I wrote about how the campus needs to serve coffee to students. For this article, I had to write the story, get a quote and head shot, get numerous fast facts and take/COB a picture. The original design of my story was changed a number of times so I had to play with how the COB and Fast Facts were going to fit. One problem I ran into was that a part of my picture ran into the headline. I ended up having to COB the handle of the coffee pot off for the picture to fit properly. Getting the quote for my story was the easiest part; Kelsey was very thorough in her answer. Overall, my piece turned out


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Theater requires rules

SASSY

BAD THEATER ETIQUETTE CREATES STRESS

Tyler Patrick Entertainment Editor

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oing to the movies is common among people of all ages, whether it is for the classic “Dinner and a Movie” date or for a “Night on the Town” with friends. For a frequent movie-goer, it is clear how highly untrained the human population is about how to act during a movie. There are simple rules that must be followed while sitting through a flick on the big screen. One of the most irritating things one can witness while attempting to watch a movie is the flash of light from somebody’s cell phone screen. When one’s cell phone light turns on, it distracts audience members nearby from the movie as this one small light has just appeared in the middle of a pitch black theater. It is understood that this generation of kids can’t live without their cell phones for more than a few minutes. However, if one’s cell phone must be used during the flick, the smartest thing to do would be to get up and walk outside the theater to use it. Before the film begins, one should also remember to silence his cell phone because even the slight sound of a vibration is irritating to people who paid to see a movie. During a recent outing to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in 3D, this movie-goer became more annoyed with the teenage girl sitting behind him than the lot of young girls who screamed every time Bieber appeared on screen. A teenage girl talked throughout the entire film about how Bieber was her “baby” and nobody else’s. This would have been a little

more tolerable if she didn’t sing along to all of Bieber’s songs too. It’s understood that you know the words but please have respect for the other people viewing the movie. Talking during a movie is one of the most aggravating things a person can do as it prevents the rest of the audience from paying attention and being able to understand what’s going on during the film. Movie goers should realize that silence is key at the movies. Talking to the movie though is even more aggravating, take Scary Movie 2 for example where Brenda interrupts the entire movie by yelling at the girl on the screen and treating the characters like they are friends, as well as telling everybody the ending because “her girlfriend had already seen it” which irritates the rest of the audience and eventually causes them to cheer when the “killer” stabs Brenda to death. This instance takes the consequences to a comical extreme, but it shows that her commentary was not needed for the movie and neither is anybody else’s. One thing that really distracts the audience is the “late arrival” crew. When people arrive late to a movie, it causes the audience to immediately look over and see who failed to come into the theater on time. One should realize that the movie starts at a set time for a reason, if he can’t make it before the movie begins then he shouldn’t arrive at all. When watching a movie, one tries to settle back in the reclining theater chair. However, that becomes difficult when people behind him decide to kick and prop up their feet, either on the actual chair or next to it, putting feet in

somebody else’s face is not cool. There are ways to make oneself, and the people around them, comfortable. If putting up one’s feet is a must, then try sitting by the bar at the bottom to prop your feet on it or sit behind an empty seat at the top. Making decisions like these saves other people the irritation and makes them as comfortable as possible. Another discomfort that appears during a movie is that of people walking directly in front of the screen. There are easy and simple ways to avoid blocking the screen for a bathroom break. Try ducking and moving across the floor quickly or staying along the aisle, which usually has a quick escape to the lobby. People attending a movie need to realize that it’s not all about them. As a public place there needs to be courteous to others; it makes the atmosphere about a billion times better. If one realizes that he is not an appropriate addition to the theater, then he needs to wait until the movie releases on DVD to see it because other people’s experiences shouldn’t be ruined by one person’s bad judgment.

For more information Unsure of how to implement these important theater viewing rules? Check out a complete list of theater etiquette rules on www.hilights.org.

Reservation is in need of coffee DRINK PRESENTS HEALTHY, ECONOMICAL ALTERNATIVE

[There should be coffee sold on campus] because it would make it easier for students in the morning since they already make coffee runs. -kelsey angelo, sophomore

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By KINSEY SEACORD Everyday he slouches out of bed and trudges into school. He absentmindedly sits through seven periods and considers the day a success if he overcomes the temptation of taking a cat nap. However, a solution to his lack of energy can be summed up in one word: coffee. One cup a day will keep the sleepiness away. Coffee should be sold on campus because the caffeine will keep students awake, alert and ready for any lesson assigned. For too long the student body has been lifeless in the morning and nothing but empty shells wandering through the halls. Give the students life. Caffeine will provide the kick that teenagers desperately need to get going. Let’s face it: morning classes are wasted when the teacher’s lesson goes in one ear and out the other. There might as well be no first period at all. With the perfect touch of sugar and the proper dosage of caffeine, coffee can be used as the school’s secret weapon to creating a more perceptive student body. In these times of economic struggles and limited school budgets, coffee could be a welcomed new source of income. Revenue is revenue, and even if it is only a few bucks a day, every cent is a contribution. If the Reservation started selling coffee, it could establish an additional source of income. This cash flow would also be consistent, unlike the allotted amount of money received through the budget. This underfunded school is in need of relief; coffee could provide this. Timber Creek High School, an affluent Orange County public school, has an on-campus Barney’s Cafe. Is it any wonder that Timber Creek’s financial status is in amazing shape? In addition to the funds they receive from the county, the school also has the on-campus cafe contributing to its budget. Boone could get in on this. Coffee is an easy solution that makes consumers happy

and schools’ wallets full. Everyday people pollute their bodies with energy drinks such as Rockstar or Redbull. These oversized beverages leave teens jacked up on enormous doses of sugar. Students can almost see their peers vibrating down the halls because of such products. If one cup of coffee was available for a teen everyday, the consumption of energy drinks on campus could be reduced. Coffee is a natural substance brewed from a variety of beans. Energy drinks are full of heavy doses of sugar and unnatural stimulants. According to Dr. Dave Costill, the energy drink Amp can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Teens should not fill their bodies with synthetic energizers, but rather with the soothing brew of Mother Earth. Do away with abhorrent beverages and adopt nature’s stimulant. Coffee and Rockstars serve the same purpose: to awaken the drinker. Yet unlike energy beverages, coffee serving sizes can be regulated. Each Rockstar drink has a serving size of two, but the label is constantly ignored by consumers in search of a boost. Coffee is a healthier alternative, so long as the sugar placed within one’s coffee is monitored. To eliminate the risk of such harmful beverages, the Trading Post should provide a fair sized cup of quality joe for the student body. The campus needs to wake up and take notice of the ever brewing solution. Coffee is a friend. Embrace its rich taste, its energetic qualities and its economic advantages.

March 18, 2011

Fast Facts • The average cup of coffee has 90-150 MG of caffeine; Monster has 160 MG. •Coffee can lessen the risks of getting gallstones and heart disease. *Information from Matt Pitcher and talkaboutcoffee. com

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Reflection 2


My story that could still use some work is my DPS article on jobs in the May issue on page 14. The production and placing of this story was very rushed. I was expecting to have more room for copy, but I learned that sometimes when you write a DPS story it will not be long. I was constantly having to cut things out of my story to make it fit. By press date, my story was reduced so much, I feel that it does not give enough information to be effective. I originally had a picture showing action, but when I placed it onto the page I found out that it was facing the wrong way. Therefore, I had to use a picture, that in my opinion, was a bit boring.


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This is a picture of Andy Cruz looking super intense. At least once every two weeks, a bunch of my guy friends go to Barber Park and play soccer or football. I sometimes tag along and practice my action shots. I took this picture while we were waiting for more people to show up and start a game. I’m proud of this shot because this captures Andy’s personality without being posed, emphasis on not posed. The focus is on him and the ball; the back round, including some random man, is out of focus, which emphasizes the crispness of Andy. The center of visual interest, Andy and the ball, fill the fame and are slightly not centered, creating the rule of thirds. Looking from the bottom of the picture to the top, one can see that the focus slowly leaves the back round creating depth of field.


Reflection 4


Making a publication is a group effort. Each person must give a little and take a little to make the best paper possible. For this volume, I focused mainly on writing stories for Opinions, Features, and Campus and Local. In my editorials, I contributed stories that were not only filled with opinionated thoughts, but also with reasonable facts. For the most part, I contributed human interest stories, not news stories. When needed, I stayed after school to finish projects. Also when some staffers fell behind, Joseph, I helped get interviews and pictures.


Reflection 5


This year I faced design problems. I constantly told myself that I needed to sit down and play with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, but I never had the time. On my story planners the designs would be very simplistic and lack detail. I learned that if you want to improve in something, you have to make the time and dedicate yourself to fixing the problem. I’ve recently been able to sit down and learn a few things about design, which is no substitute for years of experience. But I know that with some time, possibly summer, I could improve my skills to better the paper. I cannot say that I have completely handled the situation because it is still occurring, but I think I’m starting to handle it better by taking the time to learn the programs.


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On my mid-term I stated three goals which I set for myself to accomplish. One was staying on deadline. To reach this goal I had to organize time for myself to get articles done. Up until the May issue, I was relatively on deadline. I got interviews done sooner, wrote longer stories so that if I needed more information I could get it easily and took more pictures so that I could have more to choose from. Another goal was staying on task. At times I can easily be distracted. I set this goal so that I could get my work done faster and have fewer mistakes. I completed this goal by sitting alone in either the newspaper room or at my house and shutting off all forms of communication. By doing this I was/am able to get my work done faster. My last goal was to write stories that were not editorials. In the May issue I wrote a Campus and Local story, a DPS story and the Pop Culture page for Year In Review. Choosing other stories allowed my writing to become more versatile.


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CSPA Gold Circle Entrees


N4, Reservation is in need of coffee, page 6, March 18, 2011 My one-time opinion piece covers the issue of getting coffee on campus. I wrote about three advantages to coffee being sold and backed them up with statistics and expert analysis. This piece represents me because it has voice. The article mimics my attitude perfectly and gets a well informed point across. It gently guides the reader to agree with me in a humorous fashion.


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Theater requires rules

SASSY

BAD THEATER ETIQUETTE CREATES STRESS

Tyler Patrick Entertainment Editor

G

oing to the movies is common among people of all ages, whether it is for the classic “Dinner and a Movie” date or for a “Night on the Town” with friends. For a frequent movie-goer, it is clear how highly untrained the human population is about how to act during a movie. There are simple rules that must be followed while sitting through a flick on the big screen. One of the most irritating things one can witness while attempting to watch a movie is the flash of light from somebody’s cell phone screen. When one’s cell phone light turns on, it distracts audience members nearby from the movie as this one small light has just appeared in the middle of a pitch black theater. It is understood that this generation of kids can’t live without their cell phones for more than a few minutes. However, if one’s cell phone must be used during the flick, the smartest thing to do would be to get up and walk outside the theater to use it. Before the film begins, one should also remember to silence his cell phone because even the slight sound of a vibration is irritating to people who paid to see a movie. During a recent outing to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in 3D, this movie-goer became more annoyed with the teenage girl sitting behind him than the lot of young girls who screamed every time Bieber appeared on screen. A teenage girl talked throughout the entire film about how Bieber was her “baby” and nobody else’s. This would have been a little

more tolerable if she didn’t sing along to all of Bieber’s songs too. It’s understood that you know the words but please have respect for the other people viewing the movie. Talking during a movie is one of the most aggravating things a person can do as it prevents the rest of the audience from paying attention and being able to understand what’s going on during the film. Movie goers should realize that silence is key at the movies. Talking to the movie though is even more aggravating, take Scary Movie 2 for example where Brenda interrupts the entire movie by yelling at the girl on the screen and treating the characters like they are friends, as well as telling everybody the ending because “her girlfriend had already seen it” which irritates the rest of the audience and eventually causes them to cheer when the “killer” stabs Brenda to death. This instance takes the consequences to a comical extreme, but it shows that her commentary was not needed for the movie and neither is anybody else’s. One thing that really distracts the audience is the “late arrival” crew. When people arrive late to a movie, it causes the audience to immediately look over and see who failed to come into the theater on time. One should realize that the movie starts at a set time for a reason, if he can’t make it before the movie begins then he shouldn’t arrive at all. When watching a movie, one tries to settle back in the reclining theater chair. However, that becomes difficult when people behind him decide to kick and prop up their feet, either on the actual chair or next to it, putting feet in

somebody else’s face is not cool. There are ways to make oneself, and the people around them, comfortable. If putting up one’s feet is a must, then try sitting by the bar at the bottom to prop your feet on it or sit behind an empty seat at the top. Making decisions like these saves other people the irritation and makes them as comfortable as possible. Another discomfort that appears during a movie is that of people walking directly in front of the screen. There are easy and simple ways to avoid blocking the screen for a bathroom break. Try ducking and moving across the floor quickly or staying along the aisle, which usually has a quick escape to the lobby. People attending a movie need to realize that it’s not all about them. As a public place there needs to be courteous to others; it makes the atmosphere about a billion times better. If one realizes that he is not an appropriate addition to the theater, then he needs to wait until the movie releases on DVD to see it because other people’s experiences shouldn’t be ruined by one person’s bad judgment.

For more information Unsure of how to implement these important theater viewing rules? Check out a complete list of theater etiquette rules on www.hilights.org.

Reservation is in need of coffee DRINK PRESENTS HEALTHY, ECONOMICAL ALTERNATIVE

[There should be coffee sold on campus] because it would make it easier for students in the morning since they already make coffee runs. -kelsey angelo, sophomore

page 6

By KINSEY SEACORD Everyday he slouches out of bed and trudges into school. He absentmindedly sits through seven periods and considers the day a success if he overcomes the temptation of taking a cat nap. However, a solution to his lack of energy can be summed up in one word: coffee. One cup a day will keep the sleepiness away. Coffee should be sold on campus because the caffeine will keep students awake, alert and ready for any lesson assigned. For too long the student body has been lifeless in the morning and nothing but empty shells wandering through the halls. Give the students life. Caffeine will provide the kick that teenagers desperately need to get going. Let’s face it: morning classes are wasted when the teacher’s lesson goes in one ear and out the other. There might as well be no first period at all. With the perfect touch of sugar and the proper dosage of caffeine, coffee can be used as the school’s secret weapon to creating a more perceptive student body. In these times of economic struggles and limited school budgets, coffee could be a welcomed new source of income. Revenue is revenue, and even if it is only a few bucks a day, every cent is a contribution. If the Reservation started selling coffee, it could establish an additional source of income. This cash flow would also be consistent, unlike the allotted amount of money received through the budget. This underfunded school is in need of relief; coffee could provide this. Timber Creek High School, an affluent Orange County public school, has an on-campus Barney’s Cafe. Is it any wonder that Timber Creek’s financial status is in amazing shape? In addition to the funds they receive from the county, the school also has the on-campus cafe contributing to its budget. Boone could get in on this. Coffee is an easy solution that makes consumers happy

and schools’ wallets full. Everyday people pollute their bodies with energy drinks such as Rockstar or Redbull. These oversized beverages leave teens jacked up on enormous doses of sugar. Students can almost see their peers vibrating down the halls because of such products. If one cup of coffee was available for a teen everyday, the consumption of energy drinks on campus could be reduced. Coffee is a natural substance brewed from a variety of beans. Energy drinks are full of heavy doses of sugar and unnatural stimulants. According to Dr. Dave Costill, the energy drink Amp can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Teens should not fill their bodies with synthetic energizers, but rather with the soothing brew of Mother Earth. Do away with abhorrent beverages and adopt nature’s stimulant. Coffee and Rockstars serve the same purpose: to awaken the drinker. Yet unlike energy beverages, coffee serving sizes can be regulated. Each Rockstar drink has a serving size of two, but the label is constantly ignored by consumers in search of a boost. Coffee is a healthier alternative, so long as the sugar placed within one’s coffee is monitored. To eliminate the risk of such harmful beverages, the Trading Post should provide a fair sized cup of quality joe for the student body. The campus needs to wake up and take notice of the ever brewing solution. Coffee is a friend. Embrace its rich taste, its energetic qualities and its economic advantages.

March 18, 2011

Fast Facts • The average cup of coffee has 90-150 MG of caffeine; Monster has 160 MG. •Coffee can lessen the risks of getting gallstones and heart disease. *Information from Matt Pitcher and talkaboutcoffee. com

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N5, Companies must filter employees, page 7, Feb. 11, 2011 I chose this article because it was a very commanding editorial. It had a lot of research in it and had a strong voice. I wrote this piece based on more facts, expert opinion and statistics than my own opinion. I felt that all of the information would appeal to readers logical side and they would agree with my point. I also wrote some very outlandish statements that I thought would entice the reader to keep reading.


Hiring policies raise questions , from page

Companies not hiring smokers Alaska Airlines Cleveland Clinic Fish Memorial Hospital Waterman Hospital Massachusetts Hospital Association Target Community & Educational Services Inc. Union Pacific Railroad Anna Jaues Hospital

Hospitals across the country are instating a no-smoking requirement for job applicants. Hospitals in states such as Ohio, Missouri, Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida are all saying publicly that they will not be hiring smokers. Below two writers explore the good and the bad of this controversy.

Companies must filter employees By KINSEY SEACORD A controversy is becoming increasingly apparent among hiring establishments. Denying employment to people who actively pollute the air with toxic fumes is quickly becoming popular throughout America. Smokers who are turned away from employment are filing complaints to government officials claiming they are being discriminated against. They argue they are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964; however, these ignorant individuals need to set down their cigarettes and pick up a Constitution. In constitutional law, there is a concept called protected classes. Race, religion and sex are all classifications which qualify for protection against inequalities. The Civil Rights Act states that it is illegal to discriminate in any aspect of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, firing and pay. In other words, an employer could not

fire an employee on the grounds of something such as his nationality. In no way does this law protect smokers. They are not a protected class and therefore do not fit the qualifications of this safeguard. Smoking is a choice; it is a filthy one, but still one that can be changed, unlike the color of one’s skin. Hospitals in Florida, such as Fish Memorial in Orange City and Waterman in Tavares, have openly stated they will not hire smokers on the pretense that healthcare organizations should be models for healthful behavior. Hiring smokers would clearly contradict this. The hospitals’ standards of a sterile environment are undeniably demolished when a doctor returns from a smoke break. Even thoroughly scrubbed hands smell potent after a cigarette has been between them. One is left to wonder what effects smoking employees have on sick patients. Asthmatic and smell sensitive clients will always be

susceptible to the reeking odor of smoke that clings to smokers’ skin and clothes. No patient would want a nauseatingly smelly nurse who just returned from a smoke break tending to him with yellow teeth. Having to put up with smoking when one is healthy is one thing, but smelling it when one is seeking medical help is another. Not only does smoke leave behind a wretched smell that seems to never leave the skin or clothes of a smoker, but it also effects his appearance. Individuals who partake in the practice of slowly poisoning their bodies are notoriously known to have stained teeth and rotten breath. Long time smokers develop dry yellow skin and wrinkles and are left looking as droopy as a basset hound. These are all wonderful physical traits that say to the customer “Yes, I’m happy to help.” Establishments have the right to keep to a specific image. For example,

a body building gym would not employ a grossly overweight man to promote their healthy body campaign. Image is everything in today’s society. Those in favor of hiring smokers say that practices outside of the workplace should not be a factor in the employment process because it is legal. Regardless, companies reserve the right to keep their workers looking and smelling pleasant. A hospital should have the ability to keep foul smelling individuals away from the innocent patients. Smokers will soon face the reality of their situation; no one wants to hire people who look leathery and smell like a chimney. Establishments are not discriminating because a habit is not a protected class. Work places, such as hospitals, withhold the right to keep an appealing image befitting of their mission. It is time to nip the habit in the bud and stop bothering government officials who have better things to do.

Hospitals violate smokers’ rights By JESSICA MCCOY The days of smoke breaks for hospital employees are over. Hospitals across the country are instating a no-smoking requirement for all hopeful applicants, causing controversy for the smoking population. Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City will no longer hire people who smoke, making a

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nicotine test part of the job requirement. They are also refusing to hire people who are using nicotine replacement products or electronic cigarettes to help them in the process of quitting. This is discrimination. In a country that has fought for freedoms and civil rights, it is sad that our hospitals are succumbing to discrimination against possible employees. Smoking is a personal choice and something that one chooses to do in one’s own time. It is not fair that smokers are being discriminated against based on a lifestyle choice. This is like refusing to hire someone who has tattoos or body piercings that are hidden underneath appropriate clothing. Hospitals perform a blood test to determine whether the applicant is a smoker or not. It is understandable that an employer would not want to hire smokers based on health factors. Yet employers do not conduct a full

health check of all their employees. If health risks are the reason hospitals are refusing to hire these people what will we allow discrimination against next? The logical step would be to refuse employment to people with high cholesterol and an unhealthy diet. Refusing to hire smokers would be like refusing to hire an overweight applicant due to health risks. Smoking cigarettes is legal. Smokers have the legal right to smoke as they so choose. Employees who do smoke would not be doing so at their place of employment or around their patients; therefore they would not be endangering any of their patients’ health or harming their well-being during their hospital stay. Smoking cigarettes does not take away from the years of schooling a person would go through to work in a hospital. Smoking does not make a person any less qualified to do a job.

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For example, two applicants apply for a job at a hospital. Candidate A is highly qualified for the position and obviously the best candidate for the job but is a smoker, and candidate B is less qualified yet does not smoke. According to hospitals’ new hiring guidelines, candidate B would get the job. There is something wrong with this scenario. According to the American Heart Association, in the United States, an estimated 25 million men and 21 million women smoke. This means hospitals are potentially refusing 46 million people a job. Refusing to hire smokers is discrimination, and is penalizing qualified applicants. It is wrong of these hospitals to enforce this hiring restraint which, in turn, sends away qualified and willing applicants who want to save the lives of others while being employed at the desired hospital.

See what others think; should hospitals be able to deny smokers work? page 7


N11, Class introduces literary magazine, page 10, May 13, 2011 I chose this news feature because I felt that this was an important day in Boone’s history. The literary magazine was introduced and the student body had the right to be informed about it. This article was interesting because it had a lot of human element through various interviews which are scattered throughout the story. It also tells about what the Creative Writing III class had to go through in order to publish their creation.


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1. SPEAK UP. At the concert, Steve Schiff speaks of Mark A. Casey. “I’ll never forget my four years at Boone High School because of [Casey],” Schiff said. Schiff was a student from 1963-1966.

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SPEAK UP. At the concert, Steve Schiff speaks of Mark A. Casey. “I’ll never forget my four years at Boone High School because of [Casey],” Schiff said. Schiff was a student from 1963-1966.

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SPEAK UP. At the concert, Steve Schiff speaks of Mark A. Casey. “I’ll never forget my four years at Boone High School because of [Casey],” Schiff said. Schiff was a student from 1963-1966.

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How celebreties influence the musical lives of students

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Students who live musical lives

Music is a way of life, not just tunes

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SPEAK UP. At the concert, Steve Schiff speaks of Mark A. Casey. “I’ll never forget my four years at Boone High School because of [Casey],” Schiff said. Schiff was a student from 1963-1966.

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SPEAK UP. At the concert, Steve Schiff speaks of Mark A. Casey. “I’ll never forget my four years at Boone High School because of [Casey],” Schiff said. Schiff was a student from 1963-1966. BOTH CAPTIONS.

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Students make major decisions By KINSEY SEACORD

Colleges today offer numerous majors which, at times, can be overwhelming. Students entering college are now having to declare their major freshman year, leaving students wondering how best to choose the right one. “Job shadowing is an efficient way to help decide a major,” College and Career advisor Ann Cadman said. “Talk to people who are in jobs that appeal to you and ask what they majored in.” The College and Career Center can provide students with the tools to make an informed decision. College Board, the company who creates the SAT and Advanced Placement programs, says starting college without having a major picked isn’t a bad thing. Another recommended tactic to finding a major is taking a major quiz, such as the one provided below.

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5. Where on campus do you spend the majority of your time? A) the library B) the writing center C) the math center D) the music or art rooms E) the computer lab

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Asked Often What percent of college students have declared a major? • 80 percent of college-bound students have yet to choose a major. •50 percent of students who have a major switch before graduation. • 40 percent of those who start a four year degree program don’t earn one by year six. sources: College Board and MyMajors.com

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Quick Bites

The best thing since ice cream. A comparison of two frozen yogurt bars.

By KINSEY SEACORD

Mochi Frozen Yogurt 145 South Orange Ave.

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1. HELLO MELLOW. The outside of Mellow Mushroom is quiet and humble, but the inside is the polar opposite. “I loved the decor of the restaurant. It was really different and amazing,” junior Kinsey Seacord said. 2. DELICIOUS DOUGH. The pretzels arrived warm and steaming at the table. “The pretzels were seasoned to perfection,” sophomore Cooper Brock said. 3. SPICE IT UP. The “Funky Q Chicken” was 10 inches wide and topped with delicious barbecue chicken. “The tangy barbecue sauce enhanced this meal,” senior David Matteson said.

Food is anything but mellow By VICTORIA TREIBER The laid back atmosphere of Mellow Mushroom provides the perfect setting to socialize and enjoy a vibrant spectrum of flavors and dishes. Aromas from the tomatoes and melted cheese tantalize one’s taste buds as soon as one steps through the doors of Mellow Mushroom. The staff is friendly, attentive and dedicated to ensuring everything goes well throughout the meal. Mellow Mushroom is split into four sections: the bar area, central dining room, private booths and outside porch. The separate dining areas give Mellow Mushroom a more intimate feeling. The atmosphere combines a psychedelic feel with a modern and exciting indie-rock vibe. Murals of random, abstract scenes can be found splashed across the walls and a 6-foot mushroom statue greets those who enter the restaurant. Appetizers deemed “Munchies” include Oven Roasted Wings (5 for $4.50) and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ($6.75). The pretzels (3

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for $4.50) were a favorite among the diners. The pretzels are balled up pizza dough served with marinara sauce and seasoned with Parmesan cheese. There are 13 specialty pizzas available as well as option to build your own pizza. For example, “The Caesar!” (14 inches for $16.75) specialty pizza is a basic cheese pizza topped with a refreshing chicken Caesar salad. The juicy chicken and crunchy lettuce is a nice contrast to the hot cheese pizza lying underneath. The also delightful “Kosmic Karma” (14 inches for $16.25) pizza has sun dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, fresh tomatoes and pesto sprinkled on top. The mixture of ingredients accent each other and improve the dish. Mellow Mushroom also has a calzone section of the menu. Encased in its large dough shell is usually cheese, steak or chicken. Mellow Mushroom also stuffs its calzones with different vegetables such as peppers, onions and, of course, mushrooms. Calzones range in price from $7.75 to $9.95. For the health conscious, the menu

offers a large salad section where one can order a specialty salad or opt to build one. One of its few shortfalls was the lack of dessert options. The only three desserts include: “Mel’s Ginormous Space Cookies” ($2), “Mary Jane’s Double Chocolate Brownies” ($2.50) and “Honey and Cinnamon Pretzels” (3-$4.50 and 6-$7.25). Although the other food options at Mellow Mushroom are delicious and plentiful, the desserts leave customers wanting more choices. A five star rating is awarded to Mellow Mushroom for its unique atmosphere, quick service and its providing an all-around spectacular and satisfying experience. The unexpected decor and wide range of food served at Mellow Mushroom gives it an interesting, one-of-a-kind vibe. All of the random and eclectic elements that make up Mellow Mushroom provide a different experience for everyone of its guests, making it a perfect place to visit again and again.

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The Basics Where: 11680 E. Colonial Dr.

What: Restaurant specializing in pizza and calzones.

When: SundayThursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight

The Basics: Put down the cone and pick up a cup, Mochi’s frozen yogurt bar is the place to go for lovers of chilled sweets. Located in an accessible corner of downtown Orlando, this yogurt bar neighbors Plaza Cinema Cafe. Mochi is the perfect place to have a date or simply hang out with friends. The Yogurt: Mochi serves five flavors at a time, always including taro flavor. Each yogurt is low-calorie and cholesterol free. Paying 45 cents an ounce, one can load sugary goodies on their yogurt and stay under a Lincoln. The Toppings: Toppings are piled high, spanning a counter running from wall to cash register. There are over 20 different toppings including nuts, gummy bears and mochi—a rice cake which gave the store its name. And if toppings are not enough, one can generously pour six different types of syrup on his or her dessert. The Hours: Monday - Thursday, Sunday 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Friday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 2 a.m. Bottom Line: This is the epitome of a relaxed frozen yogurt experience. The sugar toppings in this frozen yogurt bar are plentiful and diverse. Its flavors are mixed with the perfect combination of toppings making this yogurt worth its few calories.

Chilly Spoons 3150 South Orange Ave.

The Basics: Neighboring the famous Tijuana Flats, Chilly Spoons is only minutes away from campus, making its location extremely convenient. Whether one is simply craving a light dessert or looking for a place to hang before a home game, Chilly Spoons is the place to be. The Yogurt: When walking into Chilly Spoons one will see the frozen yogurt flavors suspended in a semi-circle on its blue walls. It boasts a variety of 11 changing flavors, always including country vanilla and chocolate classic. The Toppings: Fruit, chocolate and sprinkles of every shape are lined up next to M&M’s. Following the toppings are seven choices of syrup. The Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. 10 a.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Bottom Line: This frozen yogurt bar has a more kid friendly atmosphere, unlike that of Mochi. At only 42 cents an ounce, this yogurt bar is affordable. Because Chilly Spoons is located on a busy corner, it can at times get crowed. But the lack of intimacy is made up for by the never ending combinations of frozen yogurt.

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Under the weather; in or out of school Every day a number of students wake up not feeling quite up to par due to illness. Because of this students are faced with the decision to either stay home or tough it out at school. Now whether they are missing due to headache, cramps, the common head cold, or something a little more

serious like the swine flu or the ever present outbreak of mononucleosis that seasonally takes over the school, is still up for question. No matter the reason a high number of absences occur every day. Below two writers go head-to-head in a debate on whether

students should stay home or be present at school when ill. One writer feels students should not place their education second to staying home due to illness, and the other feels that sick students are posing a threat to themselves as well as others by coming to school sick.

Some work cannot be made up

Sickly students endanger others

By KINSEY SEACORD High school students are too quick to judge when and when not to attend school if they are feeling under the weather. Too many times students have neglected their academic schedules because of a minor illness. Students need to realize that missing school causes irreparable damage beyond merely racking up absences. Missing school can have adverse consequences that can harm a student. Attendance is imperative. According to The National Association of School Nurses, a teenager should stay home if he is vomiting, has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, exhibits any body aches or produces violent coughs. Some students stay home due to minor headaches, cramps or a runny nose. However, this pattern of absences is ill-advised due to its negative effects on a student’s learning career. Some will argue that sick children spread germs to others when they attend school. However, the spread of sickness to healthy students can be easily avoided. With a pack of pocket tissues and a mini bottle of hand sanitizer, one can effortlessly evade spreading bacteria for a mere eight hours. “[Sick students can also] let the teachers know how they are feeling and that they came to school in spite of their sickness. This will impress teachers, build good relationships and work ethic,” Advanced Placement Language teacher Merrideth Buchanan said. One can also practice the habit of keeping away from other healthy students. Distancing one’s self will eliminate any sickness-inducing contact. When students are absent they are given a time frame during which their missing work must be completed. Falling behind in class is a repercussion of missing school, especially if one is enrolled in honors classes. In AP United States History, one chapter is taught each week. If students stay home for a week due to a “minor cold,” they are now a chapter behind their peers. Taking on the current homework assigned and finishing late work can stretch students to their limits and harm their grade if not completed in a timely manner. This unnecessary aggravation can be easily prevented by attending school. Whatever the teaching method used, in-class interactions can not be made up. While a student can receive the information that was taught in his absence, the delivery is not the same and can often hurt the absent teenager. “[Students] can get [their] make up work, but there is no duplicating the information that a teacher has delivered and planned,” Buchanan said. Whether it is a PowerPoint or class discussion, the make-up work is less engaging and fails to encourage a healthy student-teacher connection. If one has a question on the information presented, he is able to ask the teacher and talk things out. When absent, one is left to process the new material individually. This can negatively affect the student’s grasp on the subject. School, at this time in one’s high school career, should be a number one priority. One’s academic classes are much like a job. If one trains himself to stay home and miss school every time he feels under the weather, he quickly develops a poor work ethic. Choosing to not attend class is the first step to developing a careless mind set. Students must understand dependability so that it does not negatively affect them in their future careers. Today one misses school, tomorrow he misses work. Missing school damages one’s grasp on a subject and having a minor illness is in no way justification for an absence. Make up work does not have the same impact as the work done in class and developing a successful work ethic is paramount. School attendance is essential.

By JESSICA MCCOY Sneezing, coughing, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and vomiting are all signs that warrant a student needing to stay home from school. Yet for some reason a good number of students believe they are invincible and a little sickness should not interfere with their attendance and education. It is understandable that someone would like to come to school so as to not fall behind. However, students are not being penalized for the days they are sick. The 10-day rule, which states that if a student has 10 or more days of unexcussed absences he must make a C or higher on his exam in order to pass the class for that semester, does not count for sick days excused by a doctor’s note. As long as the requested doctor’s note is provided he or she will not be marked as unexcussed. Also, students get one day for every day absent while sick to turn in make-up work. Therefore, staying home from school due to illness dose not cause one to fall behind academically and should not be used as an excuse. When someone comes to school sick he or she is not in the right frame of mind to complete schoolwork, nor learn what is being taught that day. It is impossible for students to perform to the best of their ability when the sneezing, coughing and runny nose is causing a distraction from the assigned schoolwork. It is difficult to concentrate on calculus, English and world history when one’s body is concerned with its own well-being. Sickly students will have trouble concentrating and performing to the best of their ability and they pose a threat to others in the form of a distraction. Peers will not be able to concentrate on their own work. Ill students pose as a distraction when they are coughing up a lung or constantly getting up to get a tissue and reach for the hand sanitizer. The longer people ignore their sickness and force themselves to worry about schoolwork, the longer it will take for their bodies to recuperate and heal. Instead of being at school, students should be at home resting to get well more quickly. When someone comes to school sick, he is running the risk of infecting not only all of his peers, but also teachers and other school officials. According to Flu.gov, the main way influenza viruses spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. The sinus pressure and fever may not bother the initially ill student, but it is bound to upset those who become infected. The Center for Disease Control has an estimated number of 36,000 annual deaths are associated with seasonal influenza. An exact number is not available because states are not required to report individual seasonal flu cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age to CDC. One of OCPS’ five goals is to have a “safe learning and working environment.” Other students should not be forced to come to school in fear of being infected by their classmates. Students should come to school with their backpacks full of notebooks, pens and pencils, not tissues, hand sanitizer and medical masks. Schools can be considered a hotbed for illness and bacteria and are a place where thousands of people touch the same things. It is extremely likely that a sick student will infect at the very least one other person throughout the school day. Sick students should heed this advice: stock up on tissues, heat up some chicken soup, take a nap and catch up on their Tivo recordings. Bottom line, sick students should enjoy the day off and take the time to get better.

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Honorable Mentions

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• This is a list of people and organizations of 2010 that have either been the U.S. the biggest debt it has ever nice or naughty been in, creating dependence on foreign nations. For decades we have fought but were not to for freedom, and now it is literally being such an extreme sold away. to make the official lists. The honorable Wrapping up the naughty list of 2010 is Florida’s Governor Elect Rick Scott. mentions have Scott got off on the wrong foot with shown either the public this November by saying kindness or he has plans to disorderly implement merit behavior that pay for teachers, has earned them where their salary would be based recognition.

Unethical decisions lead to coal Lebron James

The most shocking news to rock the world of basketball was Lebron James’ decision to transfer from Cleveland to Miami. This move not only cost Cleveland hundreds of millions of dollars, but also reduced the tourism income of his hometown that thought so fondly of him. One of the main reasons he left besides “actually wanting to win championships” was the pressure of being the big shot, but apparently he was not man enough to be the hero everyone thought he was.

BP

It flooded news networks and our beaches. The BP Gulf oil spill will find its way into history books as

one of the largest and most devastating disasters in our nation’s history. The former CEO of BP, Tony Hayward, earned this spot of disgrace through his decision to keep pumping more oil than was safe to make a quick buck. The result: the public has been left to cope with the after math and countless animals were killed or displaced.

Boone High School

On a more local angle is the campus itself. The now infamous “last day of school brawl” blew up on Facebook, got a story written about it in the local paper and managed to end up on the 6 o’clock news. From fire alarms being pulled to a senior prank causing multiple fights, this was not the normal behavior Boone is known for.

Paris Hilton

The most famous spoiled brat rebelled onto the naughty list. Typically Paris has done her share of naughty

things throughout the years but this year was a whole new level even for the infamous party girl. While going to Japan to promote her fashion line and her dozen fragrances, she was banned from staying in the country because of pleading guilty to cocaine possession in Las Vegas earlier that week. Apparently she didn’t learn her lesson from getting busted from possession of the same drug in South Africa at the World Cup earlier this year.

U.S.A.

Making the naughty list of 2010 is not a single person, or company but an entire nation: United States of America. Twisting its title of the “leader of the free world,” the U.S. has borrowed billions of dollars from China putting

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on their student’s test scores. What is more controversial is his past, where he claimed he was “unaware” that his chain of health care centers participated in the largest medicare fraud in U.S. history, which is simply ludicrous. It looks like Florida is about to have a governor who loves scapegoating or was otherwise too clueless to notice.

Selflessness earns recognition Chick-fil-a

On the nice list for 2010 is Chickfil-a. While best known for serving its customers chicken, it also serves its community. The Chickfil-a Leadership Scholarship Program allows selected employees to receive scholarships that go toward the employee’s future education. Each year 25 people are awarded $1,000 scholarships. Along with scholarship money, Chickfil-a additionally supports the Win Shape Foundation, which provides opportunities for underprivileged teens to go to college. The local Chick-fil-a on Orange Avenue also allows school clubs to host fundraising events in their facilities, which includes providing Chick-fil-a discount cards to anyone participating or supporting in their events. These acts of sharing and community make the Chick-fil-a corporation a member of the nice list.

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Aung San Suu Kyi

International pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a civil rights advocate for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma. After winning the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Suu Kyi advocated for human rights to the Burmese officials through peaceful rallies and political debates. She had been in and out of house arrest for 20 years for leading the National League for Democracy and was released on November 13. For continuing her equality league, even after threat of future imprisonment, Suu Kyi is an honorable member of this list.

Key Club

Key Club helps the community through various service projects, such as raising money for Hats and Hugs and encouraging participation in

Relay For Life. Collaborating with nonp r o f i t organizations such as the Hubbard House and the American Cancer Society, the Key Club’s efforts are commendable. Through their extensive involvement with the Russell Home and Second Harvest Food Bank, Key Club has shown compassion that puts them at the top of the nice list.

Michael Vick

From disgrace to redemption, this NFL football player has earned his place on the nice list. In August 2007, Michael Vick was found guilty on charges of animal abuse. Vick has since become a new person. Helping the Philadelphia Eagles become Superbowl contenders and helping teens becoming more aware of the effects of misguided decisions, Vick switched over to the positive side of the list. Joining forces with the Humane Society of the United States and its president Wayne Pacelle, Vick

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now travels to schools across the U.S. to speak out against animal cruelty. On a full pro bono mission, Vick emphases to his young fans about responsibility. This act of accountability has proven Michael Vick worthy.

Ellen DeGeneres

Actress and TV host Ellen DeGeneres has shown limitless empathy in her campaign to end the bullying of young gays and lesbians. In September, after the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, DeGeneres made a public statement on her television show commenting on other teen suicides. On her Web site, DeGeneres commends role models for speaking out against injustices and provides links for bullied teens seeking help. Her determination in helping America’s youth is truly inspiring.

Almost Naughty • Taylor Momsen for her over the top rebellious behavior. • T.I. for getting put back in jail weeks after getting out of a year sentence. • Julian Assange for exposing diplomatic private documents on the Internet.

Almost Nice • The LA Gulf Response team for dedicating their time to cleaning up the oil spill for free. • Oprah Winfrey for her funding and publicity on the No Phone Zone campaign • The Boone night staff for keeping the campus clean every day.

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Companies not hiring smokers Alaska Airlines Cleveland Clinic Fish Memorial Hospital Waterman Hospital Massachusetts Hospital Association Target Community & Educational Services Inc. Union Pacific Railroad Anna Jaues Hospital

Hospitals across the country are instating a no-smoking requirement for job applicants. Hospitals in states such as Ohio, Missouri, Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida are all saying publicly that they will not be hiring smokers. Below two writers explore the good and the bad of this controversy.

Companies must filter employees By KINSEY SEACORD A controversy is becoming increasingly apparent among hiring establishments. Denying employment to people who actively pollute the air with toxic fumes is quickly becoming popular throughout America. Smokers who are turned away from employment are filing complaints to government officials claiming they are being discriminated against. They argue they are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964; however, these ignorant individuals need to set down their cigarettes and pick up a Constitution. In constitutional law, there is a concept called protected classes. Race, religion and sex are all classifications which qualify for protection against inequalities. The Civil Rights Act states that it is illegal to discriminate in any aspect of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, firing and pay. In other words, an employer could not

fire an employee on the grounds of something such as his nationality. In no way does this law protect smokers. They are not a protected class and therefore do not fit the qualifications of this safeguard. Smoking is a choice; it is a filthy one, but still one that can be changed, unlike the color of one’s skin. Hospitals in Florida, such as Fish Memorial in Orange City and Waterman in Tavares, have openly stated they will not hire smokers on the pretense that healthcare organizations should be models for healthful behavior. Hiring smokers would clearly contradict this. The hospitals’ standards of a sterile environment are undeniably demolished when a doctor returns from a smoke break. Even thoroughly scrubbed hands smell potent after a cigarette has been between them. One is left to wonder what effects smoking employees have on sick patients. Asthmatic and smell sensitive clients will always be

susceptible to the reeking odor of smoke that clings to smokers’ skin and clothes. No patient would want a nauseatingly smelly nurse who just returned from a smoke break tending to him with yellow teeth. Having to put up with smoking when one is healthy is one thing, but smelling it when one is seeking medical help is another. Not only does smoke leave behind a wretched smell that seems to never leave the skin or clothes of a smoker, but it also effects his appearance. Individuals who partake in the practice of slowly poisoning their bodies are notoriously known to have stained teeth and rotten breath. Long time smokers develop dry yellow skin and wrinkles and are left looking as droopy as a basset hound. These are all wonderful physical traits that say to the customer “Yes, I’m happy to help.” Establishments have the right to keep to a specific image. For example,

a body building gym would not employ a grossly overweight man to promote their healthy body campaign. Image is everything in today’s society. Those in favor of hiring smokers say that practices outside of the workplace should not be a factor in the employment process because it is legal. Regardless, companies reserve the right to keep their workers looking and smelling pleasant. A hospital should have the ability to keep foul smelling individuals away from the innocent patients. Smokers will soon face the reality of their situation; no one wants to hire people who look leathery and smell like a chimney. Establishments are not discriminating because a habit is not a protected class. Work places, such as hospitals, withhold the right to keep an appealing image befitting of their mission. It is time to nip the habit in the bud and stop bothering government officials who have better things to do.

Hospitals violate smokers’ rights By JESSICA MCCOY The days of smoke breaks for hospital employees are over. Hospitals across the country are instating a no-smoking requirement for all hopeful applicants, causing controversy for the smoking population. Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City will no longer hire people who smoke, making a

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nicotine test part of the job requirement. They are also refusing to hire people who are using nicotine replacement products or electronic cigarettes to help them in the process of quitting. This is discrimination. In a country that has fought for freedoms and civil rights, it is sad that our hospitals are succumbing to discrimination against possible employees. Smoking is a personal choice and something that one chooses to do in one’s own time. It is not fair that smokers are being discriminated against based on a lifestyle choice. This is like refusing to hire someone who has tattoos or body piercings that are hidden underneath appropriate clothing. Hospitals perform a blood test to determine whether the applicant is a smoker or not. It is understandable that an employer would not want to hire smokers based on health factors. Yet employers do not conduct a full

health check of all their employees. If health risks are the reason hospitals are refusing to hire these people what will we allow discrimination against next? The logical step would be to refuse employment to people with high cholesterol and an unhealthy diet. Refusing to hire smokers would be like refusing to hire an overweight applicant due to health risks. Smoking cigarettes is legal. Smokers have the legal right to smoke as they so choose. Employees who do smoke would not be doing so at their place of employment or around their patients; therefore they would not be endangering any of their patients’ health or harming their well-being during their hospital stay. Smoking cigarettes does not take away from the years of schooling a person would go through to work in a hospital. Smoking does not make a person any less qualified to do a job.

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For example, two applicants apply for a job at a hospital. Candidate A is highly qualified for the position and obviously the best candidate for the job but is a smoker, and candidate B is less qualified yet does not smoke. According to hospitals’ new hiring guidelines, candidate B would get the job. There is something wrong with this scenario. According to the American Heart Association, in the United States, an estimated 25 million men and 21 million women smoke. This means hospitals are potentially refusing 46 million people a job. Refusing to hire smokers is discrimination, and is penalizing qualified applicants. It is wrong of these hospitals to enforce this hiring restraint which, in turn, sends away qualified and willing applicants who want to save the lives of others while being employed at the desired hospital.

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BAD THEATER ETIQUETTE CREATES STRESS

Tyler Patrick Entertainment Editor

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oing to the movies is common among people of all ages, whether it is for the classic “Dinner and a Movie” date or for a “Night on the Town” with friends. For a frequent movie-goer, it is clear how highly untrained the human population is about how to act during a movie. There are simple rules that must be followed while sitting through a flick on the big screen. One of the most irritating things one can witness while attempting to watch a movie is the flash of light from somebody’s cell phone screen. When one’s cell phone light turns on, it distracts audience members nearby from the movie as this one small light has just appeared in the middle of a pitch black theater. It is understood that this generation of kids can’t live without their cell phones for more than a few minutes. However, if one’s cell phone must be used during the flick, the smartest thing to do would be to get up and walk outside the theater to use it. Before the film begins, one should also remember to silence his cell phone because even the slight sound of a vibration is irritating to people who paid to see a movie. During a recent outing to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in 3D, this movie-goer became more annoyed with the teenage girl sitting behind him than the lot of young girls who screamed every time Bieber appeared on screen. A teenage girl talked throughout the entire film about how Bieber was her “baby” and nobody else’s. This would have been a little

more tolerable if she didn’t sing along to all of Bieber’s songs too. It’s understood that you know the words but please have respect for the other people viewing the movie. Talking during a movie is one of the most aggravating things a person can do as it prevents the rest of the audience from paying attention and being able to understand what’s going on during the film. Movie goers should realize that silence is key at the movies. Talking to the movie though is even more aggravating, take Scary Movie 2 for example where Brenda interrupts the entire movie by yelling at the girl on the screen and treating the characters like they are friends, as well as telling everybody the ending because “her girlfriend had already seen it” which irritates the rest of the audience and eventually causes them to cheer when the “killer” stabs Brenda to death. This instance takes the consequences to a comical extreme, but it shows that her commentary was not needed for the movie and neither is anybody else’s. One thing that really distracts the audience is the “late arrival” crew. When people arrive late to a movie, it causes the audience to immediately look over and see who failed to come into the theater on time. One should realize that the movie starts at a set time for a reason, if he can’t make it before the movie begins then he shouldn’t arrive at all. When watching a movie, one tries to settle back in the reclining theater chair. However, that becomes difficult when people behind him decide to kick and prop up their feet, either on the actual chair or next to it, putting feet in

somebody else’s face is not cool. There are ways to make oneself, and the people around them, comfortable. If putting up one’s feet is a must, then try sitting by the bar at the bottom to prop your feet on it or sit behind an empty seat at the top. Making decisions like these saves other people the irritation and makes them as comfortable as possible. Another discomfort that appears during a movie is that of people walking directly in front of the screen. There are easy and simple ways to avoid blocking the screen for a bathroom break. Try ducking and moving across the floor quickly or staying along the aisle, which usually has a quick escape to the lobby. People attending a movie need to realize that it’s not all about them. As a public place there needs to be courteous to others; it makes the atmosphere about a billion times better. If one realizes that he is not an appropriate addition to the theater, then he needs to wait until the movie releases on DVD to see it because other people’s experiences shouldn’t be ruined by one person’s bad judgment.

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Reservation is in need of coffee DRINK PRESENTS HEALTHY, ECONOMICAL ALTERNATIVE

[There should be coffee sold on campus] because it would make it easier for students in the morning since they already make coffee runs. -kelsey angelo, sophomore

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By KINSEY SEACORD Everyday he slouches out of bed and trudges into school. He absentmindedly sits through seven periods and considers the day a success if he overcomes the temptation of taking a cat nap. However, a solution to his lack of energy can be summed up in one word: coffee. One cup a day will keep the sleepiness away. Coffee should be sold on campus because the caffeine will keep students awake, alert and ready for any lesson assigned. For too long the student body has been lifeless in the morning and nothing but empty shells wandering through the halls. Give the students life. Caffeine will provide the kick that teenagers desperately need to get going. Let’s face it: morning classes are wasted when the teacher’s lesson goes in one ear and out the other. There might as well be no first period at all. With the perfect touch of sugar and the proper dosage of caffeine, coffee can be used as the school’s secret weapon to creating a more perceptive student body. In these times of economic struggles and limited school budgets, coffee could be a welcomed new source of income. Revenue is revenue, and even if it is only a few bucks a day, every cent is a contribution. If the Reservation started selling coffee, it could establish an additional source of income. This cash flow would also be consistent, unlike the allotted amount of money received through the budget. This underfunded school is in need of relief; coffee could provide this. Timber Creek High School, an affluent Orange County public school, has an on-campus Barney’s Cafe. Is it any wonder that Timber Creek’s financial status is in amazing shape? In addition to the funds they receive from the county, the school also has the on-campus cafe contributing to its budget. Boone could get in on this. Coffee is an easy solution that makes consumers happy

and schools’ wallets full. Everyday people pollute their bodies with energy drinks such as Rockstar or Redbull. These oversized beverages leave teens jacked up on enormous doses of sugar. Students can almost see their peers vibrating down the halls because of such products. If one cup of coffee was available for a teen everyday, the consumption of energy drinks on campus could be reduced. Coffee is a natural substance brewed from a variety of beans. Energy drinks are full of heavy doses of sugar and unnatural stimulants. According to Dr. Dave Costill, the energy drink Amp can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Teens should not fill their bodies with synthetic energizers, but rather with the soothing brew of Mother Earth. Do away with abhorrent beverages and adopt nature’s stimulant. Coffee and Rockstars serve the same purpose: to awaken the drinker. Yet unlike energy beverages, coffee serving sizes can be regulated. Each Rockstar drink has a serving size of two, but the label is constantly ignored by consumers in search of a boost. Coffee is a healthier alternative, so long as the sugar placed within one’s coffee is monitored. To eliminate the risk of such harmful beverages, the Trading Post should provide a fair sized cup of quality joe for the student body. The campus needs to wake up and take notice of the ever brewing solution. Coffee is a friend. Embrace its rich taste, its energetic qualities and its economic advantages.

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Fast Facts • The average cup of coffee has 90-150 MG of caffeine; Monster has 160 MG. •Coffee can lessen the risks of getting gallstones and heart disease. *Information from Matt Pitcher and talkaboutcoffee. com

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