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Poms meets Disney

Laduettes place 19th in hip-hop at Nationals


JASON KAPLAN —sports editor

BREAKING DOWN AT DISNEY As the Laduettes perform on the Nationals stage at Disney World in Orlando, Feb. 5, sophomore Rachel Taryle rocks a center-stage handstand. Surrounding her are fellow poms teammates giving the dance their all and placing 19th in the nation, making 2012 their second consecutive top-20 appearance. (photo courtesy of Rachel Taryle)

etermined to place in finals and make a top-20 statement at Nationals Feb. 4, the Laduettes showed Disney World what Ladue is made of. Their hard work paid off; the girls placed 19th in hip-hop out of 100 competitors in the nation. “For competition dances, we work from August until it’s time to board the plane in February,” senior and captain Susan Mandelker said. “Even at Nationals we were practicing in the parking lot the day before. There’s a lot of work that goes into making each dance performance ready that people don’t know about, as it takes a lot of time in order to make a team of 16 dance as one.” The girls started training for their national competition before school began. Coached by Alexandra Whaley Guenther and Julie Fields, they put in extensive hours to rehearse the dances. However, placing at Nationals was no easy feat as the competition was harder than ever before, laying the pressure on thick. “Nationals was a pretty intense competition,” Mandelker said. “The best of the best from all over the country were there, so it was pretty intimidating, but also really fun. We were constantly meeting girls from all over, watching incredible dances and bonding as a team in the magical world of Disney.” Continued on page 19

Author of controversial parenting novel, ‘Tiger Mom,’ speaks in St. Louis, Feb. 9

Amy Chua answers questions, signs books and shares trials, joys of raising children in her method

ALLISON LOYND —a&e/features writer

Yes or no: are you a monster?” were the words that left the shocked “Today” show host Meredith Vieria’s mouth. Vieria was addressing the poised, petite Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, who sent the United States into a complete frenzy in January 2011 with the release of her memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” The book chronicles Chua’s raising of her two daughters, Sophia and Lulu, now 19 and 16, respectively, under what she describes as “the Chinese way,” which includes no sleepovers, no play dates, no TV, no computer games, no instrument other than piano or violin, and no grades less than an A.



Tales of Chua threatening to burn her daughters stuffed animals, rejecting their Mother’s Day cards, and putting them through hours of music practice, sometimes through the night, left the West stunned in both ire and awe. Chua’s parenting methods became a top discussion of playgrounds and talk shows alike across the nation. The Wall Street Journal excerpt of her book became the most viewed and commented on article in the paper’s history, and Chua earned herself a spot on The 2011 Time 100, a list of Time magazine’s most influential people of the year, an honor she shared with Oprah, Lady Gaga and Mark Zuckerberg, among others. While many were outraged by her demands of excellence from her daughters, others could only connect it with the current nationwide fear of losing the United State’s dominant power to China. While Chua’s children, along with the nations

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of the East, are being raised to be their very best, children of the United States spend more time watching TV than going to school, Chua said. And while Chua assures that so much of the book’s controversy was due to a misinterpretation of the book’s tongue-in-cheek, satirical tone, she was a major wake up call to the lagging West. The fear of declination was heightened by the release of the Program for International Assessment (PISA) test results one week prior to the Wall Street Journal article. The PISA test scores showed United States students ranking 17 in reading, 23 in science and 31 in math, behind most European countries. For the first time, Shanghai students took the test, earning a decisive first place across the board. President Obama said, “Fifty years later, our nation’s Sputnik moment is back.” Continued on page 8



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Juniors Max Schindler, Haohang Xu, sophomores Ben Zhang and Jialin Ding placed first at the Quiz Bowl tournament Feb. 11 in Columbia, Mo. Juniors David Abraham, Mukund Subramanian, and freshman Linhan Chen placed ninth. Junior Collin Christner, freshmen Michael Prableck and Ihban Kulkarni placed twelfth. Social studies teachers Chris Saxton, Robert Snidman, and Dr. Rob Good assisted students in registering to vote for upcoming elections Feb. 14. The Talking Rams attended the Marquette Invitational, Feb. 18-19. Senior Emily Bell placed first in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. Juniors Sarah Allen and Jerome Gregory placed first in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and Original Oratory, respectively. Junior Harika Upadhyayula placed fourth in Prose and Poetry. Sophomore Katie Campbell placed fourth in Regular Lincoln-Douglas debate. Freshmen Ben Collinger and Yuxiao Li placed third in Regular Policy Debate. Art in Action will hold a silent action Feb. 27 to March 2 at Plaza Frontenac. The club will auction decorated furniture and artwork from Ladue students. Ladue will hosts a blood drive in the gym Feb. 29. Students 16 older are eligible to donate. Ladue choir will attend All Districts March 2. The competition qualifies St. Louis high school choirs to the district competition. The Dollars for Scholars committee of the Ladue Parents Association will hold its annual fundraiser March 3 at the ISC Gallery in Olivette with the theme “Ladue Rocks.” Tickets are $50 each. Monsanto has decided to sponsor the Ladue FIRST Robotics club for the Rebound Rubble FIRST Robotics Competition. In girl’s field hockey, senior Elena Gresick and junior Elise Pellett made the All-Conference 1st Team. Senior Bea Dageforde, juniors Courtney Emert, Addie O’Neill, and Maria Vetter qualified to the All-Conference 2nd Team. Seniors Annie Beath and Cecilia Vetter received Honorable Mentions. Junior Caroline Stapleton and senior Cecelia Vetter made the Public School All-Tournament Team. Social studies teacher Rob Good is the 2012 recipient of the Tachau Teacher of the Year Award from the Organization of American Historians.

Ladue begins new program in technology

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

‘Project Lead the Way’ offers opportunities in engineering, science

JEET DAS —news writer


s the school district introduces two new classes emphasizing pre-engineering and technology next year, Ladue students will receive increased opportunities to explore the field of engineering. These new courses will focus on the basic concepts of engineering and will be offered in the 2012-2013 school year. The first course is Introduction to Engineering Design, a full-year pre-engineering foundation class available to any student interested in design and engineering. The course will expose students to industry standards, communication methods and three-dimensional solid modeling design. “These are hands on, project-based courses that will require students to work in teams and think creatively to solve real world problems,” math teacher Hannah Lupardus said. “Hopefully, these courses will spark more interest in Ladue students to pursue careers in the growing field of engineering. Overall, students will gain skills not traditionally taught in the high school setting.” Principles of Engineering is the other full-year pre-engineering program that will be offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors next year. While Introduction to Engineering is the suggested prerequisite, students can take Principle of Engineering without the introductory course if they so choose. The class will address technology systems, manufacturing processes and the application of math and science to solve problems facing society. Both of the courses fulfill a practical arts credit. “I think introducing these classes is a very smart idea because engineering is an increasingly important field in this nation regarding jobs,” junior Michael Kelly said. “It could really open up new doors at this school. Since these classes weren’t offered before, we can now enjoy them and find out about new things regarding engineering. Introducing new curriculum in engineering is something Ladue can really be proud of.” The classes will be modeled on the program created by the non-profit organization Project Lead the Way. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum to schools, and is designed to prepare

It provides a good opportunity for people who are interested in engineering to get a head start in high school.

-sophomore Neeti Shenoy

middle and high school students for the high-tech economy. “It provides a good opportunity for people who are interested in engineering to get a head start in high school,” sophomore Neeti Shenoy said. “People can take the classes and they can see what it’s like before they get to college.”


The program began in 1997 at 12 high schools in upstate New York with the intent of confronting the shortage of engineering students at the college level. Since that time, the project has steadily grown. With over 4,000 middle and high schools in the nation offering their programs during the 20112012 school year and 10,500 teachers trained to instruct its courses, PLTW exposes students to new areas of study as well as a path to post-secondary training and career success. Politicians such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have praised the organization’s efforts to build a stronger workforce and provide students with science and technology opportunities. “We need engineers in our society and we don’t have enough,” junior Tucker Krack said. “It’s great that we’re adding these classes because we need to get people interested. It’s like how we added the Robotics Club. It prepare kids for their careers. If you’re going into engineering it gives you a taste of what you’ll be doing and you can also figure out what sort of engineering you’ll be going into, considering how diverse a field it is.” According to the organization’s overview, PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering programs than other students in that area. PLTW alumni also study engineering and technology at five to ten times the average rate of all students. “As an engineer myself I feel strongly that the PLTW courses will open doors for students to learn valuable skills,” Lupardus said. “While these courses are ‘engineering’ courses, the skills developed in the PLTW courses can be applied to a wide variety of fields. I’d like to think there are lots of students that enjoy tackling real world problems and thinking outside the box and would be interested in enrolling in these courses.” As the district offer students new pathways to engineering, more districts may follow suit to prepare their students for the increasingly technological workplace. w

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Anti-gay church protests at Clayton High School St. Louis community unites to counterprotest message of the Westboro Baptist Church SARAH ALLEN —news editor


tudents and community members gathered Feb. 6 at Clayton High School at 7 a.m. in a peaceful counterresponse to the five members of Westboro Baptist Church’s who protested Clayton’s Gay-Straight Alliance and anti-LGBTQ discrimination policies. Counterprotesters attended from a variety of schools in the St. Louis area, including Metro Academic and Classical, John Burroughs, and Ladue High School. Although the Clayton GSA told students to disband and attend class at 8:20, when Clayton’s school day begin, students from other schools, including Ladue, skipped part of the school day in order to attend. Students said that they hoped to send a pro-LGBTQ message through counterprotesting Westboro’s anti-gay message. “I want to be able to at least voice my opinion and tell them that I don’t believe in what they’re doing, so they can hopefully understand that this is how the world’s going to be soon, that


(top left) (photo by Emily Bell) Many counterprotesters displayed signs supporting equality, including junior Taylor Thompson, seniors Joseph Gelman, Alex Barg, Derek Bergman, Josh Wolderufael, David Mullis, Matan Gazit, Charlene Masona, Lila Greenberg, Etinosa Ogbevoen, Sherri Mankofsky and Elaine Schillinger. Students had to miss part of first hour in order to attend. (bottom left) (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz) Pressing against the barricade, students band together to reject anti-LGBTQ views. (top right) (photo by Elizabeth Ortniz) With signs promoting peace and emphasizing Christianity’s message of acceptance love, counterprotesters cheer the movement supporting samesex equality.

they at least learn how to accept it,” Ladue junior Emma Riordan said. “I hope that they find out that the American youth has at least mostly, and in my opinion should entirely, but at least mostly has accepted [the LGBTQ community].” In addition to St. Louis area students, local organizations, including local LGBTQ support organization Growing American Youth, participated in the counterprotest. GAY organized a free silk-screening station for protesters who brought their own T-shirts, tote bags, and other apparel, decorating counterprotesters’ items with “Love Conquers Hate,” the slogan selected by the GSA. Individual community members also attended to show support. U.S. soldier Brendon Birge, a 2005 Clayton alumni and a member of the 1140th Engineered Battalion, stationed in Cape Gerardo, Mo., said he counterprotested because he views Westboro as “completely wrong.” “Being in the military, it really irks me,” Birge said. “Being in the National Guard, I know what all of our soldiers go through and it’s just wrong for them to picket [soldiers’] funerals.”

GSA adviser and educational technologist David Hoffman said that according to Westboro church leader Fred Phelps, Clayton’s especially active GSA attracted Westboro’s attention some time ago. Clayton’s GSA has featured speakers on gay rights issues, including church leader Fred Phelp’s son, Nate Phelps, who left the church and now speaks out against its message, although Westboro said their protest was unrelated to Nate Phelp’s presentation at Clayton. After Westboro announced its decision to protest, GSA immediately began organizing a response in coordination with school administration and Clayton police. As people gathered in front of the school’s globe with signs that displayed pro-gay rights messages like “If God hates us [gay people], why’d he make us so cute?” and “All you need is love,” counterprotesters also led a chant of “Love Conquers Hate” and participated in a minute of silence to honor LGBTQ students and community members. The Second Presbyterian Church attended as a group, displaying a large banner that expressed their support for the counterprotesters. The community’s efforts to unite in support of LGBTQ students was a point of pride for many of the protesters, who exceeded the Westboro protesters in number and volume. “It makes me feel really proud of our city, and really proud of our school,” Ladue junior Taylor Thompson said. “It’s good to see people come together to stand against what we all think is wrong.” While opposition to gay rights remains strong among social conservatives, the protest may represent a deeper shift toward greater support for same-sex marriage and gay rights in general. "I think what it's doing is forcing people to come to terms with things that they might not have thought about before," social studies teacher and GSA advisor Amanda Kaupp said. "I think it definitely does signify a sea-change. We'll see where equality goes, but the issue cannot be ignored." w




Global Update:

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

A snapshot of the world today MIRANDA SIWAK —news editor

Italian cruise ship still in a state of shipwreck

Queen celebrates 60th anniversary as monarch



he Costa cruise ship Concordia hit a reef off the coast of the Tuscan island, Giglio in Italy, Jan 13. Captain Francesco Schettino declared the waters safe to travel before the ship hit the reef, not that far from the shore. After the crash, 17 were reported dead, and 15 missing. The 114,500 ton ship had more than 4,200 passengers and crew aboard before the wreck. After abandoning the ship, Schettino left the ship before all the passengers were able to escape safely, and was soon after placed on house arrest for manslaughter. Eventually, the Concordia will be resurfaced and removed whole from the Italian waters. Since the wreck, there has been a definite decrease in bookings on most cruise liners, including Costa. w

eb. 6 marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule in the British monarchy. She thanked the British people for their support and pledged to continue her dedication to serve the country and people around the world. Her Diamond Jubilee anniversary distinguishes her as Britain’s second longestserving monarch, after Queen Victoria who ruled for 63 years. In a public message, Prime Minister David Cameron praised Queen Elizabeth II. His statement said, “Today is a day to pay tribute to the magnificent service of HM the Queen. With experience, dignity and quiet authority she has guided and united our nation and the Commonwealth over six varied decades.”w


President Obama announces mortage settlement


resident Barack Obama announced the finalization of $26 billion, as of now, but it is expected to reach above $30 billion,among mortgage providers, the state attorney generals and the Justice Department. This is the largest joint settlement in American history. Obama said this is a landmark settlement among the country’s largest banks. This unprecedented, nationwide deal is expected to help two million homeowners and mortgage holders who lost their homes in the “robo-signing” scandal. Obama hopes this settlement will be just for those affected by the scandal. The negotiations with the mortgage providers are ongoing. The deal’s critics have claimed that the amount is too small to help the victims. Though new, the deal is still undergoing negotiations. w

Earthquakes cause damages to the Philippines


6.7 earthquake hit the Filipino island Negros, Feb. 6. The earthquake triggered landslides that killed 35 people, including two children. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers are unable to reach people in remote villages. It caused a three story building to cave in, and 20 homes were damaged after the water level rose. The earthquake additionally caused damage to bridges, highways, power lines and public buildings. The United States Geological Survey measured the earthquake at a depth of 12.4 miles and a magnitude of 6.7. The earthquake was felt in areas up to a 70 mile radius around Negros. The Philippines lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and the region is prone to earthquakes. Following the earthquake, rainstorms, landslides and aftershocks restricted relief efforts. w

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Wisconsin residents order a recall against governor

Protestors seek to remove Gov. Scott Walker from office through petition “I feel people need to pay attention to who they are voting for and what they stand for before the election, rather than after DANA MAGRUDER the election because Walker was legitimately elected to office —news writer and is carrying out policies he said he would carry out,” social studies teacher Robert Snidman said. “I don’t say I agree with ore than one million Wisconsin residents have signed his actions but that’s Democracy, especially when he was very a petition to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker from up-front.” the office of governor. Walker signed a law last year that abolished most collecDemocrats have gathered almost twice the number of tive bargaining rights for the majority public employees and signatures needed to order a recall against Walker’s position as required employees to pay a greater share of their pensions and governor. The total amount of signatures is almost equal to the health care costs. Walker also signed voter identification meatotal votes received by Walker in the 2010 election, when he sures that require people to present a form of photo identificareceived 1.12 million votes. tion before they can vote in an election. “The anger towards Walker is completely pointless,” fresh“It doesn’t matter if a Republican or Democrat wins, but man Miriam Hauptman said. “He obviously has helped his now it’s up to the people to decide what they need most in the state by creating a surplus! Wisconsin needs the money. It’s state of Wisconsin,” senior Sarah Fee said. “When someone fair and essential for Wisconsin doesn’t help your state state workers to contribute to their it’s time to pick another It doesn’t matter if a Republican or state. The citizens of Wisconsin person and I hope most should be pleased that their state is Democrat wins, but now it’s up to the of Wisconsin understands able to spend a little extra money that.” people to decide what they need most on important programs in these Organizers also gathin the state of Wisconsin. hard economic times.” ered 845,000 signatures While the Democrats an-senior Sarah Fee to recall Lt. Gov. Renounced they collected over becca Kleefisch, as well 507,000 signatures in 30 days, as petitions against four getting close to the legal threshWisconsin state senators. old of over 540,000 signatures in 60 days, they are also working With 19 seats in the state Senate, Republicans hold a majortowards a goal of 720,000 total, in order to have an complete ity, but they are still one vote short of the number necessary to buffer against disqualifications. Meanwhile, the state Republiconduct business. can Party filed a lawsuit against the Government Accountability Even though the recall has not been filled, Walker has been Board, claiming Walker’s 14th Amendment rights of Equal running television ads to defend his agenda. Walker has aired Protection are violated by putting a burden on his campaign as over $1 million in broadcast ads, according to the ad-tracking governor to review and challenge petition signatures submitted firm Kantar Media CMAG. His cable ads and the ads that have in mid-January.


Arizona schools ban ethnic studies classes HAOHANG XU —news writer


fter the passing of a controversial immigration bill, Arizona is once again the site of conflict due to its recent affirmation of a law illegalizing ethnic studies in public schools. State Attorney General and former Arizona State Superintendent Tom Horne proposed the Arizona House Bill 2281 in 2009, which was signed by governor Jan Brewer the following year. The text of the bill declares that “public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not based on ethnic background” and prohibits classes that, among other criteria, “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” “This is the fundamental question of whether America is a melting pot or a salad,” social studies teacher Rob Good said. “The Arizona bill wants it to be a melting pot, where all other cultures blend and assimilate to white culture. In a salad, though, there’s a lot of lettuce and we can celebrate that lettuce but recognize that there are cucumbers and tomatoes and celebrate the plurality of experiences in America.” Upon signing HB 2281, Horne and his successor, John Hupenthal, claimed that this program teaches students of color “ethnic chauvinism” and “provides incorrect, unfactual American history that pits a class against another,” according to the Washington Post and Hupenthal declared Tuscon Unified School District’s program unlawful because, by providing historical information in a racial framework, it promoted groupthink, faulty decision-making in a group, among the state’s 27 percent Mexican population. “It is disingenuous to say that a racial minority will all think the same way,” Good said. “Many white people think

‘RECALL WALKER’ Wisconsin residents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin came to protest the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. Protestors ordered a recall election after collective bargaining disputes with the Walker administration, which increased his disapproval ratings to 50 percent, Friday, August 26, 2011. (photo courtesy of Jeff Sainler/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT) not yet aired, Walker’s television spending exceeds $2 million. Walker hopes his ads will allow the Wisconsin residents and the state’s Democrats to see his perspective and put a stop to the recall. “If it does succeed, it is a signal to the country that governors and other political leaders can not expect to make radical changes from what people are not used to,” social studies teacher David Sonius said. w

School districts remove Mexican Studies classes from curriculum

that all African-Americans think the same way, Tuscon in what is being called the that all Mexican-Americans think the same “Librotraficante,” which literally way, that all Asian-Americans think the is defined as “book trafficksame way, but it’s just not true. There’s ing.” tremendous diversity even within a racial Although HB 2281 had group.” a large impact on TUSD, Since its enacting in January 2011, other schools have not parents, students and teachers have seen change. Roughly ten fought the law, which have banned miles away from TUSD, various ethnic studies programs, instudents at Catalina Footcluding the Mexican-American Studies hills High School have not courses in the TUSD. According to its heard as much about the website, the MAS Department of TUSD controversy. is “dedicated to the empowerment and “It hasn’t really been strengthening of our community of learna huge deal [at my high art by AUDREY KOCHER ers” and to prepare students “for dynamic, school],” Catalina Foothills confident leadership in the 21st Century” junior and former Ladue student through a culturally relevant curriculum which Shoujit Banerjee said. “TUSD is gives students an “understanding and appreciation of comparable to St. Louis public schools, historic and contemporary Mexican American contributions.” whereas Catalina Foothills is academically and Although Ladue does not offer Mexican Studies programs or socioeconomically comparable to Ladue. Foothills doesn’t hear classes, the high school does offer classes about other minority much about TUSD.” ethnic groups, including African-American Studies. AdditionRegardless of how well-known this movement is, supally, the Arizona House Bill 2281 resulted in numerous lawsuits porters of MAS and ethnic studies are continuing to voice against the state of Arizona. In December 2011, Arizona Judge their opinions. Although many agree with Hupenthal that the Lewis D. Kowal found that the MAS program promoted “social educational system is “broken” and that TUSD needs to treat or political activism against the white people.” Under the threat Hispanic students better, they feel that ethnic studies programs of losing state funding, the TUSD school board voted Feb. 1. strive to close the achievement and opportunity gaps between “This is a classic example of people with racial privilege minorities and Caucasians and to educate students about other fearful that someone’s going to change their preferred narrative cultures, and that banning such programs is counterproductive of the country,” Good said. “It’s the fear that patriotism and and wrong. nationalism will be destroyed by other cultures.” “I strongly disagree with the ban,” Banerjee said. “Students Following the decision of the TUSD school, proponents should be able to discover and learn what they want. By denyof ethnic studies have protested the TUSD district. A caravan ing students the right as well as the opportunity to pursue an carrying banned books is set to travel from Houston, Texas, to area of interest, you may be indirectly harming their futures.” w




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European Union signs ACTA Agreement aims to protect artists’ rights “I am a firm believer in our First Amendment rights,” broadcast technology teacher Don Goble said. “I think the way websites protested speaks to the ability and influence of technology, and that everyone has a voice. Technology is an easy means to have that voice heard, he European Union and 22 of its member states signed for good or bad.” the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in January Now that SOPA and PIPA have been shelved, ACTA 2011, joining the United States and Japan, who particiis the main legislation that would protect rights of artists pated in creating the agreement in 2006. Singapore, Canada, and authors online. The bill will prevent websites from South Korea, Australia and New Zealand signed it into law allowing people to download items without paying. October 2010. “I think the bill needs to be reanalyzed and possibly ACTA is an international agreement which will provide resubmitted,” Goble said. “I don’t think radical punishregulation for intellectual property rights enforcement and penment is the way to go.” alties. The agreement may continue Goble said it is to garner signatures until March 31, The way websites protested speaks to the important for the country when the ratification process will ability... of technology, and that everyone to understand the severe get underway. has a voice. Technology is an easy means unintended consequences if ACTA is similar to American the act were to pass, and asbills, Stop Online Piracy Act and to have that voice heard. signed his students to research Protect Intellectual Property Act, -broadcast technology teacher Don Goble copyright infringement court both of which were shut down. cases about the music, televiThe three pieces of legislature aim sion, or film industry, and to protect the rights of artists and include a slide about SOPA or ACTA. authors, and prevent their ideas and work from being stolen “We are in a generation of creators, not just consumers,” over the Internet. Goble said. “There’s a lot of layers to this if it were to pass.” “ACTA was drafted to enforce copyrights and eliminate Some would agree with ACTA’s provisions if the agreement counterfeit goods,” freshman Michael Prablek said. “SOPA and was not as strict. As it is worded, entire websites could be unPIPA had similar purposes as well as possible Internet censoravailable because they violate all or a portion of the agreement. ship.” “I think it’s very important for artists to have rights to Since ACTA is worded as an agreement, instead of a treaty, make a profit,” freshman Janine Norman said. “If the revisions it only needs an executive signature to be put into law. This is focused more on the non-pirating aspect, then I would consider one area of controversy that has sparked discussion and protest supporting [ACTA].” around the world, since in the United States, it was not apACTA would curb a computer user’s ability to download proved by Congress. Many websites, including Wikipedia, shut music, photos or other media without payment. down for one day in protest.

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“While I do enjoy the idea that somewhere out there, there is free pirated media should I so wish to do it, I do not feel that copyright infringement and the presence of counterfeit goods should be ignored,” junior Olivia Gada said. However, some believe that the agreement would not effectively stop theft of intellectual property. “Although ACTA has good intentions, it entails actions that would not stop piracy,” Prablek said. “[These actions] only restrict law-abiding individuals.” w

Navy SEALs rescue two hostages held by pirates A UN resolution, allowing members to patrol Somali waters, and United States military action work to reduce piracy in the war torn nation. MARINA MAY —news writer


n an unprecedented military act Jan. 24, the team of Navy SEALs who captured Osama Bin Ladin rescued two free-aid workers who were taken hostage over three months ago by Somali pirates. American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted were rescued from a compound almost 150 miles inland. The SEALs are the first US military team on Somali soil since troops were recalled in 1993. Pirates captured MV Fatina, a Ukrainian freight loaded with Soviet-made tanks, grenade launchers and ammunition in September according to a Time Magazine article Sept. 26, 2011. The group demanded $20 million for the ship’s return. “We just saw a big ship, so we stopped it,” said Sugule Ali, the spokesman for a band of pirates, according to a USA Today article Oct. 1. “Think of us like a coast guard.” Due to a lack of formal government in Somalia, piracy has become prominent in the region and waters surrounding it. According to the International Maritime Bureau, Somali pirates have made 63 attacks and 26 hijackings off the coast of Somalia so far this year, seizing 534 crew members. Currently, 12 ships and 259 sailors remain captive.

To help reduce the growing number of pirates, the UN passed a resolution in June 2011 allowing naval allies to patrol the waters off the coast of Somalia, through which 90 percent of global trade flows. Despite this new resolution, ships are still warned to stay 250 nautical miles away from the coast. “The UN is propping up the transitional government, which means they are doing nothing,” said junior David Abraham. “The UN has no obligation unless it is brought up as an international issue. Since Somalia has no real nation status, it is only a single nation issue. It only occurs when one nation is attacked by hostiles from Somalia, which is just National Security, not international. Think of terrorism, but between boats.”

ally overthrown in the early 1990s. Since then, Somali warlords have taken control, handling matters of national politics for the war-stricken nation. Somalia is left in a transitory state, plagued with constant warfare, famine, and crime. These factors have lead many countries including Sweden and Germany, as well as private aid organizations like UNICEF and the World Health Organization, to attempt to contribute foreign aid. However, “if you talk to Somalis, regardless of their political views, the overwhelming majority are suspicious of western aid agencies,” according to a Guardian article 2011. Al-Qaeda has taken a leading role in distributing aid to Somali famine victims, according to the same article. Many speculate that distributing foreign aid acts as just another chance

The UN’s resolution coupled with the lack of Somali government has prompted some pirates to bring their hostages inland further complicating rescue efforts. In 1969 the Siad Barre regime, lead by military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, took over a newly freed Somalia that was previous riddled with clan violence. The new government, influenced heavily by Chinese and scientific socialism, was eventu-

for the terrorist group to conduct business in Somalia, expanding their sphere of influence. “A turbulent government situation is code for no law or order,” Abraham said. “It gives other countries a frightful feeling that hurts trade.... safety does not come easy, since other countries gave up on expecting secure waters, so other governments provide the protection of their own assets.” w



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Counting down to SARAH KLOEPPLE —a&e/features editor art by HANNAH CROPF


A list of preferred and predicted winners

Who I WANT to win


’ve had an appreciation for movies since I can remember, but only in the past few years have I come to appreciate the biggest award ceremony in Hollywood, the Oscars, which airs Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC. This year many exceptional films are going for gold and though critics and newspaper articles have already dubbed the frontrunners, I’ve compiled my own list of winners. Now, these are not who I think will win; if you’re interested in that, please read below. This list comprises who I think should win. These are nominees I’ve seen firsthand and believe are worthy of the coveted Oscar gold. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids.” I’ve absolutely loved McCarthy since her first big break as Sookie St. James on the hit TV show “Gilmore Girls.” It’s great seeing her glow in the spotlight this awards season and receiving the attention she deserves. In the hilarious summer comedy, “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy played Megan, the lewd, bowling-shirted bridesmaid who always seemed to insert her comments at the wrong time, which just made her all the more hilarious and appealing. ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Like most people, I first saw Mara as her bit part of Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend in “The Social Network” in

2010. This past year, she took on the lead role as the socially inept hacker Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” adapted onto the screen from Stieg Larsson’s bestselling trilogy. Mara perfectly embodies the beloved-hated character; she shows the most tragic of emotion in the least amount of words, depicting both a victim and a tough rebel. Though to some, her performance may not beat Meryl Streep or Viola Davis, she deserves recognition in my book. ACTOR: Brad Pitt, “Moneyball.” His portrayal of the real-life, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane was emotionally charged hard to forget. It was a role unlike the ones I’ve usually seen Pitt take on; it was refreshing. I’m usually not the one to personally advocate for him, especially after the creepy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but in “Moneyball” he won me back. And his new hair cut didn’t hurt either. BEST PICTURE: “Moneyball.” Surprisingly, this movie stood out the most to me among the nominees. Starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, the film centers around the Oakland A’s baseball team and how their general manager, Billy Beane revolutionized the way the players are scouted. Not only did Aaron Sorkin help pen the script, but it dug deep into an emotional side of professional baseball that most would never have seen. It made me wonder: what am I worth?w

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Who WILL win


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here are exceptional nominees, to say the least, for this year’s Oscar race, whether they’re actors or actresses, pictures or scripts. I’ve already given you my personal choice of winners, but now on a more serious note, I’ve done my research and have finally completed my list of predicted Oscar winners. Though there were many snubs this year for nominations (Charlize Theron, “Drive”), the list of nominees that was read aloud Jan. 24 still got me excited for the awards ceremony. From the silent movie that everyone was talking about, to the thousandth nomination for Meryl Streep, I easily found myself anxious to hear those strings of “And the Oscar goes to...” SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.” Far from the minuscule parts she usually takes on, Spencer plays Minny Jackson, a loose-lipped Mississippi maid who provides just the right amount of sass to get her friend Aibileen through the day. Spencer’s performance had an adequate balance of righteous comedy and raw drama that left me laughing uncontrollably to weeping silently. I’ll probably never be able to eat a chocolate pie again. ACTRESS: Viola Davis, “The Help.” I knew something was great about Davis since I saw her performance in “Doubt,” which was later nominated for an Oscar in 2009. This past year,

Davis gave it her all in a tragic portrayal of a 1960s Mississippi domestic: Aibileen Clark, the more level-headed maid in “The Help.” I rooted for Aibileen all throughout the book and the movie, but her tragic ending got me both times. Even though I may have rooted for Mara more, a win for Davis will still leave me satisfied. ACTOR: George Clooney, “The Descendants.” After a disappointing loss in 2010 when he was nominated for his role in “Up in the Air,” George Clooney joins the list of nominees once again. Even though watching “The Descendants” may have been difficult for me at times through my tears, I was still able to see that Clooney stole the show as Matt King, the Hawaii native and father of two who learns his comatose wife has been unfaithful. His performance was unmistakably powerful and real, not something that’s new for George, but this time I think he’s got it in the bag. BEST PICTURE: “The Artist.” Though I will admit, I’ve yet to see it, but from what I’ve read and heard from others, this movie is beyond what anyone expected. I mean, a silent film? But dialogue or no dialogue, there’s still so much more that can carry a movie. And if an entire picture can evoke such a reaction without saying a word, I’d say it’s earned the biggest award of the evening fair and square. w



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PANORAMA New York Times bestselling author visits St. Louis County Library

FEBRUARY 24, 2012


Dr. Suess’ The Lorax

Amy Chua, writer of “Tiger Mom,” speaks and gives signing; insight on Ladue parenting

Friends with Kids

21 Jump Street

ALLISON LOYND —a&e/features writer Continued from page 1 At Headquarters, Chua addressed the main roots of weaknesses she sees with the western world’s parenting system today, saying it was “ too permissive and too indulgent.” The first issue she sees is that of self esteem. True self esteem, Chua said, has to be earned by overcoming an obstacle or

“Sophia was actually much less stressed than her friends in high school because she could sit down and focus for hours,” Chua said.“She could ...get the work done, and then go on Facebook and call her friends.” While the West has much to learn, the East is not without fault of its own. “China is trying to learn from the west. They know their education system is too rote and too stifling,” Chua said. “And they are all trying to find ways to encourage more creativity and more individuality and leadership.”

Kelly Clarkson The Fox Theatre


Dancing with the Stars 7–9 p.m.



The Hunger Games

Mad Men 8–10 p.m.


Mirror Mirror

TIGER CLAWS At the St. Louis County Library Feb. 9, Amy Chua, author of “Tiger Mom,” spoke to the audience about her book and gave humorous anecdotes on her own parenting experience. Chua also signed books for her fans. (photo by Julia Novack) knowing you can perform a task extremely well. “If children are praised too much, it affects how much effort they put into a given task,” Kelechi Ogboukiri, a child psychiatrist raised in Nigeria, said. “If they think they are doing something very well, they will typically not try as hard.” Linda Hines’, a former educator who attended the event, felt that while the Chuas were high performing, the results of success would not be the same in children that have ADD. “Not everyone can get straight A’s and go to Harvard,” Chua said; “But I believe that we can ask a little more of our kids, and they will not only respond to the challenge, but thrive.” According to Chua, the East’s main strengths are instilling a strong work ethic, self discipline, and the ability to concentrate. “You are expected to excel, and many families do not have anything to give their children except education, so it is a top priority and people will do everything for it,” Wilma Yu, a Ladue parent who was raised in the Philippines, said. With a strong lack of motivation in American students to do well, Chua said, many children need an outside source, such as a parent for motivation. One common reaction to the tiger mom rationale was that the tiger cubs must be extremely stressed and up all through the night working.

Sophie Liu, a Ladue parent raised in Taiwan, thinks the eastern system is based too much in memorization and repetition. “You get so used to saying yes, I’ll do this, I’ll do that,” Liu said. “That you never learn to really think for yourself.” Chua agrees with this, and says one of her main regrets was not giving her children enough choice to pursue the activities they wanted. Yu admits to the same practice, and that early on when raising her kids their activities were mainly academic based. “But then I let my daughter do volleyball, and I thought, ‘Why didn’t we switch to volleyball earlier?’” Yu said. “Why do I have to suffer if they can enjoy something else?” In Taiwan, Liu said, a child’s career path is determined by a series of tests. “You never ask yourself, ‘Is this what I really want? Is this what is making me happy?’” Liu said. “And as long as you never do, as long as you never look back, you can be very successful.” Chua’s main advice for the West is to keep it’s signature sense of creativity and innovation, yet to have each individual ask more of themselves, and to find and follow their passions with great determination. “You cannot invent Google, or the iPod unless you have mastered the basics, are willing to put in some long hours, and are able to pick yourself up the first ten times,” Chua said. w

PANORAMA Ladue alum publishes article in prestigious magazine

FEBRUARY 24, 2012



Melissa Wang makes her mark in the science world EMMA GRADY-PAWL —a&e/features writer


or many students, the most enjoyable part of science class is the labs. They look forward to mixing elements and compounds to create chemical reactions, to watching some substance grow blob-style in a petri dish, and to experimenting with velocity and momentum. For recent Ladue graduate Melissa Wang, lab experience extended far beyond the high-school classroom. Currently a freshman at Caltech, Wang recently co-authored an article published in The Journal of the American Chemical Society entitled, “Structural and Kinetic Analysis of the Unnatural Fusion Protein 4-Coumaroyl-CoA Ligase:Stilbene Synthase.” Though the article was published this year, the process that led Wang to publication began when she participated in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program in the summer of 2010. This program allows rising juniors and seniors to explore college level science research with some of the best graduate students and scientists at Saint Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Washington University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, or Solae Company. Through studentmentor partnerships, student participants complete independent research projects, write a 15-20 page technical report, and present their results in a seminar format. Science teacher Carl Tenpas is familiar with the program and often writes letters of recommendation for students interested in participating. He praises the program’s format, which gives students interested in science a chance to experience the subject in a real world situation. “It’s not something that high school students usually have access to, so it’s a privilege for them to have this opportunity,” Tenpas said. “It allows high schoolers to extend their knowledge about what takes place in a professional lab and further their learning.” Along with seeking to enhance participants’ knowledge in mathematical and scientific topics, one of STARS’ goals is to

increase students’ knowledge of the variety of career opportunities in science and technology and the breadth and depth of their applications in the workplace. Wang reinforced the positive effect of the program and the ideal experience it presents for students interested in science. “STARS is a wonderful program that gives high school students hands-on experience in making a difference. Not many high school kids have this opportunity,” Wang said. The program definitely proved a success for Wang. STARS allowed her to accomplish in-depth and meaningful research, as the program gave her the chance to work in scientist Oliver Yu’s lab at the Danforth Plant Science Center, under the supervision of his post-doctoral students. In the lab, Wang analyzed a synthetic enzyme the lab had previously created, engaging in a research process few high schoolers experience. Dr. Yu described the work Melissa did in the lab. SCIENTIST IN THE MAKING After graduating from “She worked with senior post-doctorates on cloning the Ladue in 2011, Caltech freshman Melissa Wang coenzyme, the expression of the enzyme, on analysis, and genauthored and published an article in The Journal of erated data used for the experiment,” Yu said. “She worked the American Chemical Society. (photo courtesy of very hard, and was very focused and diligent.” Prestige Portraits) Dr. Yu has been involved with the STARS program for eight years, and says that it’s very rare for students’ to her research. The journal in which her article was published, co-author a paper after their involvement in the program. He The Journal of the American Chemical Society, founded in praised Melissa’s determination describing how she worked in 1879, is described as the flagship journal of the American the lab for three months after STARS ended, first as a volunteer, Chemical Society and the preeminent journal in the field. The than as a lab technician to help finish the project. Reflecting on publishing process required yet more work for Wang. her work with the project, Melissa detailed the different aspects “It took over a year to finally finish the paper and submit it involved. to publication,” Wang said. “We had to revise the manuscript “This enzyme would be found in resveratrol, a compound over and over again. It was pretty tedious, but well worth it in that has the potential to prolong out lifespan and protect against the end.” cardiovascular diseases,” Wang said. “It is found on the skin of The article Wang co-authored is meaningful not only to red grapes, which means it is also found in red wine. However, chemists and fans of the American Chemical Society. Her rethe concentration of resveratrol is too small to make a greater search deals with a topic that has potential to benefit the public impact. I tested this engineered enzyme, which basically in general and Wang feels good about her success. combined two naturally found enzymes in the production of “Being a co-author of a paper feels pretty amazing,” Wang resveratrol into one, to see whether it would produce a higher said. “It’s like I finally have proof that I have done something concentration of resveratrol, which it did.” meaningful in my life. Reseveratrol is a very important topic This real life experience in the lab is impressive enough, but because it has the potential to make people live longer. To be on Wang furthered her scientific involvement when she published the cutting edge of science is pretty cool.” w

Preparing for take off:

Ladue student takes part in Air Force cadet program CHRISTINE WANG —a&e/features editor



ost teens have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives, let alone what they want for dinner. However, when programs such as Civil Air Patrol offer them the opportunity to learn and become involved in the Air Force, it’s a great path to experiment in fields before going to college. Sophomore Claire Paddock took advantage of this opportunity. Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and a non-profit organization open to ages 12 and up. Paddock participates in the teen sector where she learns rules of customs, courtesies and drills of those in the Air Force. Members meet every Monday

for about two hours at the Lambert International Airport for group meetings. The cost of an annual membership is $35. “We learn about aerospace technology, military customs, drills, leadership,” Paddock said. “We also learn about search and rescue, first aid, and have physical training.” Paddock became involved when she was researching the Air Force on its website and went to several trial meetings before becoming an official member in 2010. There are multiple squadrons across the country. Paddock participates in the Missouri wing, Group 2, St. Louis Composite Squadron 1. “The U.S. is divided into regions and we are in the North Central Region,” Paddock said. “Our squadron has about 25 members, both cadets and senior members.”

The program offers numerous opportunities for its members. Not only does it train members in Air Force customs but also gives its members hands-on experiences for bettering their understanding. “If there happens to be a national emergency, we could get called out to help find and locate people or other services,” Paddock said. “Occasionally we get to go on orientation flights in small aircraft and fly the plane for a while.” Paddock has progressed up the ranks from being a cadet basic airman to a cadet chief master sergeant. She believes the program and experience has overall been positive. “I have become a better leader, I have also learned a lot about aerospace and how the Air Force and how it works internally,” Paddock said. w




FEBRUARY 24, 2012

English teacher gets published Kim Gutchewsky pens article for ASCD Educational Leadership Journal professional development opportunity for Ladue Middle School and High School teachers led by Mrs. Curran, supported by TYPING AWAY English teacher Kimberly Gutchewsky gets back to work during Ac Lab. Gutchewsky recently published an article in the ASCD Educational Mrs. Russell, Mrs. KnoedelLeadership Journal. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy) seder and a few entitled “Transforming Reading other teachers,” Gutchewsky said. SAYLI SANT Education: One District’s ExpanThe reading group has been a —a&e/features writer sion of Literary Responsibility” helpful tool for teachers at Ladue. to be published in the Association However, many other schools do not adue’s own English teacher for Supervision and Curriculum take advantage of this professional Kimberly Gutchewsky, Development (ASCD) Educational development opportunity. who teaches four different Leadership Journal. “I wanted to get it out there that classes this year, wrote an article “It chronicles the reading group this can be an effective model: when


you have teachers sit down together and discuss strategies, that’s how professional development is supposed to work,” Gutchewsky said. Gutchewsky collaborated with Joanne Curran in writing the article. Together, they carefully decided where to send the article for publishing. “We chose the ASCD’s Educational Leadership Journal because it has the largest readership,” Gutchewsky said. “It has a broader audience including administrators and teachers of a variety of subjects.” The ASCD is an international organization of professional educators dedicated to the best

practices and polices to help students learn successfully. Once Gutchewsky had determined where to send the article, submitting it was a straightforward process. “They give you a list of guidelines, and accept submissions over email, so sending in the article was the easy part,” Gutchewsky said. “The hard part is going to be the dialogue between myself and the main editor.” The editing process will start in March. Then, the article will be published in the summer online edition of the journal. “I thought of it as a retirement gift for Mrs. Curran,” Gutchewsky said. “She does so many things that are so valuable, and I thought other districts could learn from her work.” w

Science Olympiad takes first at regionals; prepares for state BEZA GETAHUN —news writer


adue won first place in the Science Olympiad regional competition Feb. 4, 2012. The event took place at Lindenwood University and lasted all day. Now that they have successfully completed their first round, the goal of the year is to go to the national competition in Orlando, Florida. “That is the ultimate goal,” sophomore Enze Chen said. “If we do well enough we might get there, and, personally I think we have a great chance.” Although the task will not come easily, members have at least one reassurance of a successful history: Ladue has reached nationals four years in a row.

“We’ve been on a streak, and so far we seem to be doing great,” Chen said. “We placed high in most of our events, and even if it is just the beginning, we are off to a great start.” However, they aren’t the only ones with the aspiration to get to nationals. The competition this year has been fiercer than ever, and students only predict it will get worse. John Burroughs, one of Ladue’s biggest competition this year, scored 77 points to Ladue’s 59 on a low point win at regionals. “Our competition is mainly John Burroughs,” senior Nan Zhong said. “We also compete with Pembroke and Lindbergh.” The team’s next move is to attend the state competition held April 14 at University of Missouri, Columbia. “ We’ve done great, and we’re hopeful of the next few tourna-

ments,” sponsor and science teacher Carl Tenpas said. As the stakes run higher and the competition grows stronger, team members admit they have grown to work better together. “In many ways the club is more like an individual, team sport,” Zhong said. “We are responsible for learning and preparing on our own, but we also ROBOT ARM While competing in the event Robot Arm, senior work together in groups of two to Sayli Sant and sophomore Austin Jennings wait for a judge to three people and prepare for events evaluate their robot. Ladue’s Sciene Olympiad team won the a few weeks ahead.” regional competition Feb. 4. (photo courtesy of Carl Tenpas) In addition, there are many different events to keep all members Even though student must dediDespite many strong competitors, involved in the competition. cate much of their time to Science team members aren’t intimdated and “There are lab events, where Olympiad, they are satisfied by what are focused on the real reward. members partake in experiments and they get in return. “The team hasn’t changed much forensics, which allows students to “It does take a lot of time, but in the four years I was in it,” Zhong complete in solving crime, and buildyou learn a lot in preparing for the said. “Its all about preparing and doing,” sophomore Stella Schindler competition,” Chen said. ing our best." w said.


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Club Mud gives back Pottery club creates artificial bones for One Million Bones awareness project LEO DICERA —a&e/features writer


wareness projects hope to raise attention towards a specific issue or cause, and while there are many different ways people try to get their message across, one Club Mud project hopes to convey a unique and one-of-kind mission. Club Mud has recently announced it’s participation in the One Million Bones awareness project, a large-scale effort to combine ceramic art with social causes. Students at the school’s pottery club are assisting in a nationwide effort to produce one million ceramic bones to be displayed as an art installation on the National Mall in Washington D. C. in 2013. The Albuquerque-based organization behind this project, One Million Bones, hopes that the display will

act as a visible petition to remember victims and survivors of genocides worldwide. According to their website the group hopes the bones will also bring awareness to the issue of genocide worldwide and call upon the US government to take much needed and long overdue action. “[When Ceramics teacher Guy Sachs was approached about the project] it seemed like an excellent way to incorporate our hobby for ceramics with helping people,” junior Sydney Petersen said. Club Mud member Taylor Petersen says that the purpose of the project is to raise awareness about genocide in the Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Burma, and Iraq. The organization is also collecting money for each bone made to help survivors and refugees in these countries. Ladue students involved in Club Mud hope to make 1000 bones for

the cause and to help raise money for the refugees. “At this point we have made about thirty bones, so far we have made ribs, ulnas, radius, vertebrae, and femurs,” Taylor Petersen said. “I am currently trying to make a skull. Eventually we want to try to construct an entire skeleton.” The group hopes to continue to make a wide variety of bones and plans on using their finished bones to make plaster molds. They hope that these forms will allow them to start making the bones even faster. To enhance the realism of the bones, the student have decided to use white clay and to not add glaze to their bones. They hope that these artistic choices will enable the bones to look as life-like as possible. “I hope that we can use art to help raise awareness about some of the problems in our world,” Sydney Petersen said. “I want to be able to visit the project in DC and be able to say that we helped make that happen; we contributed to an exhibit that thousands of people will see and, hopefully, remember.” Before shipping off the bones to Washington for February 2013 deadline, the group hopes to have the bones displayed at school. They hope that the mini display will make an impact on Ladue students as well. But for now, students are primarily concerned with producing as many

Double Take senior Elizabeth Ornitz

actress Laura Prepon

BUILDING BONES Finished Club Mud bones await to be fired in the kiln (left). Junior Taylor Petersen rolls a coil of clay that she will sculpt into a bone for the One Million Bones project (above). (photos by Elizabeth Ornitz) bones possible. “We encourage all students to come to [Club Mud’s] open studios to make bones,” Sachs said. “This project is really one that anyone can rally behind, you don’t need a pottery class background to help out.” Those interested in helping out the cause at school can feel free to walk in on any after school Club Mud open studio session. In addition, one can make a donation online on their

website, “We never cease to be amazed at how many people have only the most vague notion of what genocide is, and how many more people have no idea it’s happening now,” the One Million Bones site says. “All of us [at One Million Bones] think the most powerful thing we can do to change that is going to happen by using art as a means of introducing people to the issue and offering actions related to it.” w

We have searched Ladue for students and faculty who are mirror images of famous actors or entertainers... and here they are! So now ask yourself, who do you go to school with?

supervisory assistant Joe Serot musician Adam Levine

sophomore Emma Conrad

actress Dakota Fanning

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012

PUPPY TROT Two Daschunds chase each other during the Weiner Dog Derby. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz)

Mardi Gras 2012

FLOATIN’ TO THE TOP Above: The winning float at the Beggin’ Pet Mardi Gras Parade. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy) VICTORY Below: A woman at the Weiner Dog Derby celebrates as her dog wins the race. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz)

MARDI GRAS SPIRIT Above: A girl throws andy to the crowd at the parade. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy)

PUPPY LOVE Below: A chocolate labrador at the Mardi Gras parade. (photo by Jeanne Wilkinson)

FESTIVAL FACES Right: A performer at the dog derby. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz) Left: A pug displays its Mardi Gras spirit. (photo by Jeanne Wilkinson)


FEBRUARY 24, 2012

BEST IN SHOW Dogs dress up for the parade in Mardi Gras themed attire. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy)

Soulard, St. Louis


rides his bike through the pet parade. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz)


BAD TO THE BONE Above: A dog at the Weiner Dog Derby dressed in Harley Davidson attire observes from his box. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz)

UP, UP. UP AND AWAY Above: A man sells Mardi Gras novelty items at the parade. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy)

LEAD THE WAY Above: People walk in the Mardi Gras parade. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy)


FLYING BEADS Above: A boy throws beads to the crowds at the parade. (photo by Gretchen McCarthy)

UNEXPECTED WIN Above: A woman shows her excitement just after her dog wins the weiner dog race. (photo by Elizabeth Ornitz)

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Copyright crackdown SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA threaten internet freedom

Uncommitmentitis CHLOE AN —opinions editor


t’s happened to us all. It’s freshman year, the alarm clock doesn’t go off, you can’t find your homework, your dad can’t find the car keys, and to top it all off, the light at Lindbergh just won’t turn green. It’s the first time you’re going to be late and YOU ARE FREAKING OUT. After what seems like eternity, you pull into school and you race to your class (which conveniently happens to be the farthest room away from the front door) to find, to your amazement, a teacher who doesn’t even flinch when you slide into your seat 20 minutes late. And one easy phone call from your mom changes the blaring red UNEXCUSED tardy into a faded memory. Our school has the tendency to make rules and policies without any commitment or enforcement (coughlikethetardypolicycough). Our school suffers from what we call a severe case of chronic uncommitmentitis. Don’t worry, it doesn’t kill. In fact, it’s quite common. It’s caused by an inability to follow through with promises. The most common symptom at our school is absolutely no consequences for strolling into class half an hour late. And what’s detention? Hey, we’re not complaining. It’s cool. But, in all seriousness, uncommitmentitis has bigger implications than just a free pass for standing in the commons a few minutes too long to chat with your friends. This structural problem isn’t one that is simply rampant in our school; it is embedded in our society. We are a nation full of false threats and promises. One of most publicized cases of this disease: the 2012 presidential election. Candidates are infamous for their tendency to make election promises: empty promises that are often broken when (or if) they make it to the Oval Office. One of the best examples: during his 1988 presidential campaign, George H. W. Bush famously said “Congress will push and push...and I’ll say ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.’” Yet what do you know; finding himself in an economic pinch in the middle of his term, Bush agreed to increased taxes. Surprise surprise. But this isn’t just about trying to win over more voters— our school is one of the biggest culprits of uncommitmentitis. We all love to make up rules and policies and expect other people to follow them, but how can we ask that when we can’t even commit to these decisions? Oh, an “I” for my citizenship grade for three unexcused tardies? I’m so scared. And it’s not like I can just have my mom call in and excuse it… Yet while we criticize the school in its inability to commit to its policies and play the bad guy for once, we have to come to terms with the fact that it’s not just the school. C’mon now, let’s be honest—when was the last time you promised to do something but just never got around to it? For me, like…yesterday. We promise to clean our rooms or finish our homework…after watching that episode of Glee. Maybe another? Okay, last one… Oh my gosh did Sebastian really do that? I can’t believe it. And poor Wil—wait, what was I supposed to be doing again? Oh right, finishing my column. Beside the point, I may not be an expert or sociology professor, but perhaps antibiotics for uncommitmentitis can cure this nation of its issues. We simply need to prescribe more realistic goals and stick with them to the bitter end. If we can’t face the consequences, good and bad, then we are not ready for the choice. Having the power to make any decision is great, but without the dedication to stick by and defend them when necessary, this power means nothing. Uncommitmentitis isn’t simply a matter of failing to enforce school rules. It’s about our nation’s inability to commit to something and our willingness to brush obligations and rules aside for the easier alternative or to be the person everyone loves; the all-too-common empty promise. If we don’t stop this problem now, beware, because this silent epidemic will be the death of us all. w (This column represents the opinion of the writer.)

FEBRUARY 24, 2012

HANNAH CROPF —opinions writer


f you’ve been anywhere near a computer lately, chances are you’ve noticed the numerous banners and sidebars urging to “protect the Internet.” Popular sites like Wikipedia and Reddit blacked out for 24 hours Jan. 18. Petitions continue to circulate the web while generations of tech-savvy social media addicts go up in arms. The culprit? There are three, all familiar acronyms by now: PROTECT IP Act, Stop Online Piracy Act, and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The first of the offenders, the proposed PIPA (yes, there’s an acronym for an acronym), aims to curb online piracy by restricting access to so-called “rogue sites,” primarily those operated outside the U.S. The second wave of Internet-limiting legislation, SOPA, takes a similar stance in (supposedly) stopping intellectual property theft. ACTA works in the same vein as PIPA and SOPA, only at the international level. If these names still sound foreign, the affected web sites won’t popular sites such as eBay, Facebook, and Google all vocally oppose the proposed legislation. Under these laws, any online domain containing unauthorized distribution or streaming of copyrighted material would immediately be shut down. So those sites you’ve bookmarked, the ones with free music downloads and clips from your favorite TV shows? They might not be there the next time you check,

Under these laws, any online domain containing unauthorized distribution or streaming of copyrighted material would immediately be shut down. regardless of whether or not they’re leaking information for profit. Even the most harmless, fan-run blogs are fair game under the vulture-like surveillance of PIPA, SOPA and ACTA. Remember Megaupload? For 72 minutes an hour, anyone with basic computer skills could enjoy an almost inexhaustible library of films thanks to Megaupload’s online streaming. Now, it’s gone, dismantled by the United States Department of Justice, its founder imprisoned and denied bail. And the legislation hasn’t even passed yet. On the one hand, copyright is a valid issue among the entertainment industry. People work hard to produce a movie, show, or audio file, and every product deserves payment. Yes, unlicensed downloading can cause the original creators to lose money, but is shutting down private domains really the solution? To make matters worse, the bills’ language is messy. Written by politicians, not computer experts, the framework of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA leaves many questions unanswered, as explained by the online art community deviantART. The worldwide web is called that for a reason. Chop off one thread, and you break the ones connected to it. Keep going, and you’ll end up with only tattered remains. Likewise, you block one URL, you leave a gap in crucial coding, and hackers will follow. The result, known as a wormhole, enables hackers to manipulate and redirect web traffic, spreading malware, spyware, and phishing scams. What’s worse, a pirated copy of Lady Gaga or computer viruses and identity theft? Let’s go back to deviantART for a second. As a space for independent artists to share and critique each other’s work, intellectual property is no small thing. If any submission appears plagiarized, it is removed; the operators take reports of artistic theft to heart. But that doesn’t mean an artist can’t post fan art or literature containing song lyrics. The site managers and

ultimately its users are responsible for knowing the distinction between stolen and borrowed ideas. So a personal sketch of copyrighted characters can remain on the site without breaking any rules, but posting promotional material and claiming it as one’s own is out of the question. Why can’t other sites follow the same system? Instead of letting the government wipe every Tumblr account that posts GIF sets of Doctor Who, why don’t we just leave it to domain hosts to determine what is harmless and what is harmful? If a video

Written by politicians, not computer experts, the framework of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA leaves many questions unanswered. or piece of artwork jeopardizes the livelihood of the original distributor, then action can be taken, but if it’s purely for enjoyment or entertainment, what’s the problem? Of course, there are a fair number of sites that subsist entirely off of unlicensed content, but they are in the minority when it comes to the actual sites that will be impacted by SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. It’s no use wasting government funds on attempting to monitor an entity as complex as the Internet. There will always be those who find loopholes and ways around the law, even after SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA are implemented. In light of that, it’s certainly not worth wasting taxpayer’s money to disable web sites that aren’t hurting anybody to begin with. w

art by XUNYI GAO


FEBRUARY 24, 2012



Will Michelle Obama’s public school Absolutely! The proposition encourages lunch reform have a positive effect? healthier eating habits, options for students

Ladue Logic There’s definitely an epidemic in our nation and by educating kids on the dangers of unhealthy eating, I think we can solve a huge problem in childhood obesity.

– senior Chad Davis

The reform can help kids form a healthy diet that they can practice at home, even if it means people can no longer indulge once and a while with junk food.

– sophomore Vivian Phung

It’s just as easy to go in and grab and apple as it is to go in and grab a cookie; students just tend to grab the cookie. Our student body needs to learn to make the right choices.

– FACS teacher Jill Svejkosky

ALEX SHIMONY —opinions writer


ach first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt has dedicated herself to fighting a pertinent issue. When Barack Obama took office, Michelle began her fight on childhood obesity. Michelle Obama has been an advocate for healthy food in schools, and while Ladue has made many changes in their menu in the past couple of years, it isn’t enough. More needs to be done in order to ensure and promote healthy lunch choices for students. Michelle helped to push through a new initiative called“Let’s Move” in order to raise a generation of healthier kids. This initiative has had numerous benefits, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s release of its final revision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Jan. 25, 2012. This initiative will make a substantial difference in the health of all students across the nation. The new standards will require that kids have access to fruits and vegetables daily, increase the amount of whole grain foods, provide only low fat or fat free milk, and reduce the amount of trans and saturated fat in meals. This new plan not only provides a framework for schools to make healthy choices available, it does so in way that enables the school to do so in a financially responsible manner. These changes are a huge step forward for the nation’s schools. At Ladue, even with all of the recent changes in the available lunches, bad eating habits are encouraged. For example, sugary

drinks are less expensive than a bottle of water, and a plethora of fattening, sodium ridden chips are dangled in front of students’ eyes right before they make their purchases. The healthy choices are definitely not highlighted in their arrangement. Bottled water is on one of the lower shelves of the fridge, while Gatorade and Powerade are right at student’s eye level. The school most likely doesn’t arrange the food in order to purposely encourage unhealthy choices, but it should be aware of how the food display affects student’s choices. Teenagers can’t be told what to eat or how much to take, but the school should highlight healthy options that facilitate healthy choices. Water, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy alternatives like crackers or pretzels instead of chips need to be properly displayed and encouraged. The school should make a specific shelf made specifically for these healthy choices that is easy to see and reach. Nutritional information should also be readily available and easily obtainable for all students. Kids need to know what they are putting into their body, especially for unhealthy foods. The nutritional information for such choices should be placed directly next to or above those foods so its inevitable that students will see it. For the remainder of the foods, sheets of paper with the nutritional information should be available on a daily basis. A more informed population will inevitably make healthier, more responsible decisions. The school can only do so much, but with the help of the new revision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 hopefully it will do all it can do. w

Absolutely Not! Students will choose the more

appealing yet unhealthy options as long as they are offered SARAH JACOB —opinions writer


oft, gooey chocolate chip cookies sit by the cash register during lunch, waiting for a tempted student to buy them, while chocolate pudding and brownie bites with just the right amount of whipped cream line the shelves of the Outtakes station in the Commons. But all these treats may be no more because of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s new nutritional guidelines for school lunches. While these new lunches may help fight teen obesity, the new regulations will strain other areas. Under these new rules schools will be forced to serve more vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, and make non-fat or low fat milk the only milk available, creating financial stress on teh high school to buy more fresh food. According to the Post-Dispatch article, these new healthy lunches are expected to cost $3.2 billion over the next five years. The Clayton School District director of food services, Bridget Jordan, said that budgets are going to get really tight in order to pay for these changes. Although lunches are important, this money could be going towards more necessary things such as updated textbooks or new computers. Not only is the reform a financial problem for districts, but it may also put financial strains on students. In order to pay for this higher costs, the same Post-Dispatch article found that

schools will have to add a six cent tax on students who don’t qualify for free lunches. Some wonder if students will actually eat the healthier options if offered. Teenagers buy foods high in sugar and fat for a reason: because they like it. Michael Kanak, the director of food services in the Parkway School District, shares this same concern. He said that students have to be willing to “come along” and be open to this change in order for it to be successful. Additionally, the initiative doubles the required amount of fruits and vegetables in lunches. The food services director for the Mehlville School District, Katie Koester, fears that students will simply throw the extra fruit and vegetables away. Not only will this be a waste of money and resources, but it would also destroy the intent of the reform. In order to make the actual lunch-line foods healthier, the USDA will implement a 850 calorie limit on school lunches. An article from the National Review stated that “nanny-state intentions” fueled Obama’s initiative. Nanny-state refers to the idea that the government is interfering in matters of personal choice. Many argue that the government is infringing on the individual right of autonomy with these strict regulations. It is the student’s responsibility to take care of his body, not the government. Instead of implanting new protocols and strict rules, the government should mandate that students take more extensive health classes. Once students are more educated on how to take care of their bodies, they can make smarter, healthier choices without the government having to tell them what to eat.

FRONT AND CENTER At the Outtakes station in the

Commons, sophomore Shelby Weiss reaches for a bag of chips, placed conveniently at eye level. Healthier options, like Nutri-Grain bars and banana chips, are located in more inaccessible places. (photo by Elyse Mack)

They say that the products of these new lunch guidelines will be fresh and tasty, but what if this is false seditious advertising? Instead of getting freshly tossed salad, who’s to say we won’t get mushy, slimy green beans? So next time you grab that cookie, snag that bag of chips, or take a sip from that school bought soda, remember to enjoy it, because these just may be the next things to go. w




FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Unless it is abstinence only, GSA sex education session sparks debate sex ed should be left at home

Views from the Burrow

HANNAH SCHWARTZ —opinions writer art by AUDREY KOCHER

Red carpet blues MOLLY BURROUGHS —opinions editor


ach year, I eagerly await the arrival of the endof-the-year movie season: the nominations, the talk shows, and basically all things Oscarrelated. I know I’ll be disappointed after one favorite or another doesn’t do as well as I’d hoped, but the thrill of determining which films are the best of the best outweighs all the pain. Oscar season is the time for celebrating these fantastic distractions, though the awards rarely congratulate films for the same reasons most moviegoers do. Action movies like “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” draw thousands of viewers but rarely receive Academy Award credit, except in the Best Sound Editing category. Ironically, this seems to be the graveyard of good action movies, tracing back to “Goldfinger” in 1964, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981 and other classics like “The Hunt for Red October,” “Terminator 2,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Matrix” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Just for perspective, “Goldfinger” is widely regarded as one of the best films in the Bond saga, and introduced the famed line, “Shaken, not stirred.” It set the record for the fastest-grossing film of all time, and all it got at the Oscars was Best Sound Editing? That’s also the year “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins” won Best Song, so maybe it was something in the water. If the Academy really wanted to appeal to average viewers, it would condense or eliminate some of the more pointless awards. Half of the time I haven’t even heard of the nominees for Best Animated Short, and I still don’t really understand what Best Cinematography is all about. Instead of wasting valuable time awarding Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject, why not introduce genre-based Best Picture categories? I’m unclear on the difference between Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, but I know there’s a significant paradigm shift from a “Mean Girls” to “The Dark Knight.” One film does deserve to be selected from all others and marked as the single best product of one year in moviemaking, but by only praising a single film for being “good,” we miss out on a lot of terrific films worthy of acclaim. Public opinion should also be taken into account when selecting the Best Picture nominees. The Oscars shouldn’t be a popularity contest for movies, but if a film like the original “Sherlock Holmes” was so loved by audiences, it deserved more than just nominations for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction. Despite its flaws, there is one thing the Oscars seems to get right almost every year—the prestigious award for Best Song. These are the tunes that make a movie, and most often are successful all by themselves. Disney has done particularly well in this category, going all the way back to 1940 when Pinocchio’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” won. Then there’s the multitudes of James Bond theme songs and straight up classics like “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” and “White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn.” Because music plays such an instrumental role in setting the mood of a movie, it’s a little sad to see only two nominees for Best Song this year. I have two days left to hope that this year’s Oscars ceremony is everything last year’s wasn’t (funny, inspiring, not completely awkward). Let the games begin. w (This column represents the opinion of the writer.)


n preparation for Valentine’s Day, the Gay Straight Alliance organized a sexual education session after school Feb. 2. While they clearly aim to teach students ways to be safe and healthy, sexual education is inappropriate to be taught in schools unless the goal is abstinence, a principle Missouri currently enforces. Anything beyond that should be discussed between students and parents at home. According to The National Campaign, an organization aiming to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancies through parental guidance, teens say that their “parents most influence their decisions on sex, love, and relationships.”While an outsider may be a professional, he does not share bonds with a teenager like parents do, therefore their opinions and advice carry no emotional weight. No matter how logical, teenagers are more likely to follow their hearts. Many students may find an event such as the GSA’s session appealing because of parents’ inability to effectively have “The Talk” with their teenagers. The Planned Parenthood of South-

western Oregon has created a web site called No Place Like Home for parents who aren’t sure where to begin or what to say. On the site, parents can select their child’s age and find helpful tips guiding them towards the right conversation. No Place Like Home emphasizes how crucial it is for sexual education at home not to be replaced by school-supplied sex-ed classes, during or after school. The most important knowledge a teenager receives about these issues needs to come from home. While parents can and should be having discussions about sex, Missouri schools should continue limiting sex-ed to abstinence-only. Although this may not be a reality for high school students, public schools should not encourage teens who may not be ready for the consequences to engage in sexual activity. Comprehensive sex-ed is not enough to prepare students for the consequences of an active sexual life. Dr. Stan Weed of the Institute for Research and Evaluation in Salt Lake City conducted a 15-year study on the effectiveness of abstinence education. His report found that comprehensive sexual education needs to focus more on possible “bumps in the road,” such as the failure of a contraceptive. While this manner of teaching does promote “safe-sex,” it often glosses over negative outcomes. Students should be reminded that there is never any guarantee of not getting an STD or becoming pregnant except for abstinence. Weed assessed that appropriate abstinence education for teens can cut their sexual activity in half for one to two years after the program. This allows an increasing number of high school students to avoid the risks and issues associated with these behaviors. According to Weed, to stop abstinence education would simply be a strategic political move that ignores the safety of teenagers. Though the GSA’s efforts to educate high school students should be acknowledged and appreciated, this type of education does not parallel with what teenagers should be taught in schools today. w A HELPING HAND After an unexpected cancellation, GSA asked librarian Michelle Schmitt to come in and show the resources available in the library. (photo by Carrie Seleman)

Outdated sex ed policies hurt more than they help EMILY BELL —editor in chief


issouri’s sexual education policy fluctuates as often as teen pregnancy rates. With the Gay Straight Alliance’s recent attempts to provide more comprehensive sex education, the state’s shifting policies have come to light, particularly the lack of required contraceptive education. Missouri used to have legislation that required public schools to teach “the latest medically factual information” and “scientifically based” information, but when former Governor Roy Blunt took office, these clauses were removed. According to the Guttmacher Institute, Missouri does not require sex education to be medically accurate, culturally appropriate or unbiased, or free from religion. In fact, sex education in Missouri is not even required. Reinstating the information clauses and teaching about contraceptives are necessary because of the rise in teen pregnancy, which may be in part due to the large emphasis placed on abstinence until marriage, the New York Times said. The goal of a sex ed class is to stop teen pregnancy and sexually transmit-

ted infections, previously known as our society. Currently, sex is appealsexually transmitted diseases, but the ing to teens because feels forbidden, curriculum aggravates these issues a concept similar to the forbidden by glossing over topics. Focusfruit. But if schools are open about ing strictly on abstinence will not the issues, sex would not seem as big prevent teens from having sex, just of a deal. Teenagers would feel less as lowering the drinking age will compelled to rebel and break rules not prevent hangovers or DUI’s. that didn’t exist. But, when the goal is education, the If parents seriously disagree with information provided must be comcomprehensive sex education, they prehensive, including contraceptive still have the option to remove their methods. Missouri needs to accept the inevitable Focusing strictly on abstinence will not change in teens’ sexual habits and begin focusing prevent teens from having sex. Missouri on controllable aspects, needs to accept this, and focus on presuch as preventing a rise in pregnancy rates and the venting a rise in pregnancy rates and spreading of STI’s. the spread of STI’s. Incorporating contraceptive information with abstinence can help prevent future children from the class. However, problems. Students left unaware one parent should not prevent the of all the information cannot be rest of the students from being expected to make informed decisions educated. A school setting should be that would prevent pregnancies and a safe place to get accurate informatransmission of diseases. Though tion on all topics, including sex ed. opponents of comprehensive sex As states like California and education say that it will encourage Illinois pass new legislation to adapt students to have sex, it could have a to the times, Missouri needs to take contrary effect. When all information note. Teen pregnancy and STI’s are is shared, responsibility is placed on affecting America’s youth, and only the students. In addition, comprehen- updating Missouri’s own legislasive sex education can help remove a tion will make current trends start to stigma on sex and contraceptives in move in a healthy direction. w


FEBRUARY 24, 2012



Atlas bugged art by BOWON JOUNG


Whether it’s a game, personal service or a way to check your bank account, there’s always an app to help you out. The possibilities are endless and anything you can imagine is probably available through the Apple App Store. However, the app for Infinite Campus, Ladue’s grade portal, is one that all Ladue students should download. Infinite Campus has several helpful aspects such as the student’s schedule, a calendar of school events, a to do list, reports and the student’s attendance record. It’s almost like your own personal planner that is constantly updated for you. In one click you can check all of your grades and access anything else that you can on the Infinite Campus website. The best thing about it is that it saves your account information so no matter if you are in school, at home, or out running errands it’s a one click step and much quicker than signing into your account on a computer. And although it really isn’t that difficult to sign into the actual website, why not take a shortcut every once in a while? This new app saves time and is technologically savvy, so it’s no wonder it has already caught on. However, the most helpful aspect is the schedule from which you can access your grades. But this feature is not just available to students, it also includes parents. Each student has a personal account, but Ladue parents can also create their own accounts to view their child’s grades. Some parents have no interest in worrying about that math quiz posted precisely thirty-six seconds ago and depend on their children to keep them informed. For other parents, this is the back door to their child’s schoolwork. These parents are the ones that check Infinite Campus daily and obsess about their child’s grades. So


New Infinite Campus app: Infinitely unnecessary or infinitely accessible?

if this app gives obsessed parents an easier way to spy on your schoolwork, is it helpful or harmful? Most parents probably check from time to time as six-week and semester reports are released, just to make sure that their child is still on track. However, parents and children should work together so that the parent isn’t made the bad guy. Parents of high school students should be able to trust their children to communicate with them about their schoolwork. But if this is not the case, and in some cases it probably isn’t, then this new app can be very helpful. If you are one of those people who hopes that your parent doesn’t check your grades right after you fail a math test, then you should probably establish a relationship in which they depend on you to tell them what’s going on. Otherwise you could be in for a surprise when your math teacher posts your grade sooner than expected. Although it’s one more way for your parents to know what’s going on and find out about grades that you haven’t checked, this app is beneficial. If you look at it this way, students may be more motivated to keep their parents updated knowing that their parents have easy access to their grades and attendance records. This change in communication between parents and students could positively impact students’ grades and motivate them to do their best. Although students like to think that they are adults and their parents shouldn’t watch over their shoulders and “stalk them,” this app is beneficial to both students and parents. And hey, parents like to think that they are up to date with technology – wouldn’t you rather have them download the Infinite Campus app than send you cheesy texts made up of Emoji icons all day?

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Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional; anti-gay marriage law revoked in California

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With the repeal of Proposition 8 in California Feb. 7, gay marriage activists finally have something to celebrate. This landmark court decision not only finished the regime of a discriminatory, narrow-minded policy but served as a leap forward in acceptance and tolerance. Prop 8 represented an archaic, outdated philosophy and the country is well rid of it. The only really surprising side to the issue is that it took so long for Prop 8 to be overturned. In a country that prides itself on freedom of religious identity, expression and other liberties, it is highly hypocritical that such a law could exist. California in particular is considered one of the more ‘progressive’ states. Yet before Prop 8 was cold in the ground, New Jersey governor Chris Christie repealed his state’s equality of marriage bill. Despite the implications of this relapse, gay marriage activists will simply have to buckle down and keep fighting. It’s what Americans do. Someday, high school newspapers across the nation will write more editorials praising the reinstatement of marriage equality in the Garden State. Then again, if the biggest thing New Jersey has to boast about is its gardens, maybe it doesn’t even matter what its governor thinks. In ancient times, when the government made a law the people didn’t agree with, there were revolutions. Revolutions consist of death, destruction and the invention of new ways to kill people. They are messy, expensive and basically the last thing we need right now. After all, look what happened to France 1789. In comparison, the tactics of gay marriage activists are to be applauded. Even so, activists could learn something from the unity displayed by other groups. A cohesive movement has much more strength than a scattered, leaderless mob.

The American people need to note how positive change is made and continue down that same path, regardless of how bumpy it may be. The activists, outspoken politicians and everyday people who opposed Prop 8 are the real heroes in California, not the courts and judges themselves. From tweeting to t-shirts, Americans proved that they are capable of unifying over much more than Superbowl Sunday or the Oscars. While overall progress may be slow, the repeal of Prop 8 should remind us all that change is possible, and that improvement can be made by people working with politicians. However, this milestone is only the beginning of the journey. According to Washington Post, the decision did not announce gay marriage as a right under the U.S. Constitution. That would be far too fair and tolerant for a single court case in modern times. Rather, it simply stated that a referendum cannot take away a citizen’s right to marry that is already protected under state law. In addition, the Los Angeles Times said the case would not likely be heard by the Supreme Court given the narrow grounds and its limited scope of California alone. The gay rights movement must circle the wagons and unify in the face of stronger opposition on a national stage. Recently, a public display of unity appeared in counter-protest against the Westboro Baptist Church’s objections to Clayton High School’s GSA. If we are able to scale this action to a national level, progressive legislative action will surely follow. The end of Prop 8 is reason to celebrate. It is not a time to go looking for someone to blame or to begin finger-pointing. If the country is going to move forward, it has to be looking forward or else risk falling flat on its face.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012




Laduettes triumph at Nationals JASON KAPLAN —sports editor

MOVES LIKE JAGGER As the Laduettes perform their hip-hop routine at Nationals in Disney World, sophoContinued from page 1 more Rachel Taryle strikes a stunning move. The hip-hop performance awarded the girls with 19th place in This year was special for the girls because it was the second the nation, making 2012 their second consecutive top 20 appearance. (photos courtesy of Rachel Taryle) consecutive year they made it to the finals. Now a nationallyknown team, the Laduettes are preparing to make a bigger name look out for each other and help their teammates perform to the the girls. It will require strict training and tweaking of their for themselves. However, sophomore Haley Bussard said the best of their ability. dances, among other team building plans they are making for team endures extreme pressure at this level of competition. “The feeling of performing with your sisters on a national the summer. In the mean time, they continue to focus on doing “Usually during a competition or performance I black out, stage is amazing and something I will never forget,” Mandelker what they love. and I don’t remember dancing at all after I’m done,” Bussard said. “The poms girls are actually a family that sticks by each “Next year we are hoping to take more classes so that as a said. “Right before we go on, I always get really nervous, but other no matter what. We’re constantly laughing, but we all team we can move to the next level,” Hyman said. “I love both once I’m dancing, my nerves go away.” work so hard because we all want to do the best that we can not poms and hip-hop because the two different types of dance alWith less pressure at home, the poms squad gives Ladue a only for ourselves, but for the rest of the girls.” low me to express my feelings through what I love to do.” taste of their dancing during the fall and winter. They perform With big sisters to lead them, the underclassmen feel just as Kaplan says that this year’s Disney experience is one the both pom and hip-hop routines at every home football and important to the team as their captains. Sticking together as a girls will never forget. Despite a hip injury from early in the basketball game and are also a central attraction at pep rallies. crew is something the Laduettes value highly. season, she kept her spirits high at Nationals, cheered on her The dances are choreographed by the captains, Mandelker and “Being an underclassman on the team is awesome because teammates and is looking forward to returning this spring. junior Brooke Hyman, and are coached by Whaley Guenther I have people to look up to,” Bussard said. “I use the seniors as “I was sad that I couldn’t dance at Nationals, but it was and Fields. still great watching the girls “They are very dedicated and dance and cheering them on,” commit a lot of time for all of our Kaplan said. “I even lost my practices and competitions,” freshvoice from cheering so loud! man Jordan Kaplan said. “They It was fun to go back with always push us to do our best and the coaches, Alexandra and are encouraging.” Julie, after the girls performed Dancing in the center of the gym and tell them how good they at pep rally for the entire school is looked. I’m so proud of the one of the team’s favorite events girls’ accomplishments at of the year. They look forward Nationals and can’t wait to to spreading school spirit during dance next year.” homecoming week. In reflection, the girls all “It is very exhilarating and so agree that this year was one of much fun to dance for an auditheir best. They faced some ence,” sophomore Rachel Taryle of the hardest competition at said. “I used to be nervous, but just Nationals of ever before but seeing the crowd’s reaction while came out on top, achieving all STARLIGHT STAR BRIGHT As the girls perform with pom-poms in hand, they show Disney World you dance makes everything worth- what Ladue is made of. Junior captain Brooke Hyman takes center stage, hands on her knees, leadof their goals. They also placed while. Performing at games and pep ing the team in spirit and technique. first in hip-hop and fourth in rally is so much fun because I get so poms at the St. Charles Classic many compliments from all my peers.” models for who I want to be when I am older and it motivates earlier in the season. Now, they turn their focus to the upcoming Though they make it look easy during half-time, the girls me to want to be a better dancer.” tryouts beginning March 5. push themselves at every practice. Their talent may be natural, This motivation allowed the girls to work together in uni“I am really proud of the Laduettes and I hope in the future but perfecting a dance is no easy task. form and claim their spot at 19th in the nation. The season may we can make top ten and really represent our school,” Taryle “Practice can get pretty intense when we are approaching be ending, but they will forever cherish their close relationships. said. w Nationals,” Bussard said. “We have to run the dance over and “Overall I think the season went really well,” Taryle said. over again and go through each movement to make sure every“We hit some bumps along the way, one looks the same.” but we were able to overcome them. They practice for three hours on a normal day, although As the season progressed our team during competition season, the coaches add in four or five hour grew stronger and closer, which transpractices on Saturday mornings. A typical practice consists of lated into our dancing and why were running and other exercises, along with rehearsing the dances. able to place so high at Nationals.” By spending time together at practice and bonding during With the spring and summer Nationals, the team acts as one big family. They constantly seasons nearing, the Laduettes will begin training for next year’s national competition in the coming months. They will learn a new dance and hope to blow away the judges at any future competitions. “We saw how the other teams stepped it up this year, so I know the girls will be super motivated to come back ‘TILL THE WORLD ENDS As the day winds down to an end and the girls and get top 10 next year,” accept their trophy, they pose for the camera full of pride and fulfillMandelker said. ment. Holding the trophy are senior captain Susan Mandelker and HyPlacing in the top 10 man, surrounded by the rest of the squad. Nationals took place Feb. 2-6. would be a historic first for




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En Garde: Fencing gains popularity Sabre-wielding athletes lunge into action

STARING DOWN THE BLADE As they begin to spar, senior Eliza Colby and an opponent clash swords. Though not a traditional high school sport, many students have taken to fencing. (photo by Sarah Kessel)

KAREN FIGENSHAU —sports writer


encing, a sport of combat with swords, originated in the 18th century. Senior Eliza Colby and sophomore Steph Cunningham venture outside the realm of common extracurriculars and have decided to take up the sport of fencing. Modern fencing is divided into three parts.  The first, Foil, uses a light thrusting weapon targeting the opponent’s torso with the tip of the blade.  The second, Sabre, uses a light cutting and thrusting weapon to

target the opponent’s upper body excluding their hands. Thirdly, Épée, uses a heavier weapon and targets the opponent’s entire body with only the tip of the blade.  All those who participate in the sport have to work to master each area of fencing in order to be successful. As this is such an uncommon sport, it is coincidental that both Colby and Cunningham started the same way.  Both fenced for the first time at summer camp and have been continuing the sport ever since. “My first time fencing was at Pegasus, a summer camp at MICDS,” Colby said. “When I didn’t

make the soccer team sophomore year, I went back to fencing.” However, fencing is not a schoolsponsored sport. Fencers can go to local clubs for both practice and competition. In the St. Louis area, three main clubs power the fencing activity.  Academy Fencing Club in Webster Groves, Parkway Fencing Club in Ballwin, and Gateway Fencing Academy in Florissant all meet on week nights.  They hold lessons and workshops on footwork and blade work for local fencers to come and practice their skills. In practice, Colby often fences with more skillful athletes to improve her own technique and strategies. As in any sport, practicing against better opponents is one of the best ways to improve a fencers skills and to get extra practice to prepare for the actual competitions. “I mostly fence for the fun of it,” Colby said, “I would love to be a much better fencer--I’m really inspired by the other fencers that come every Thursday.”

While Colby fences mostly for recreation, she still practices weekly at her recreational center. Despite opting out of competitions, she still aspires to improve her skills and overall fencing technique. “I probably will not get more competitive in fencing in college, but I plan to stick with it,” Colby said. Unlike Colby, a relatively new fencer, Cunningham has fenced since middle school at Parkway Fencing Club.  Through the years, her fencing has become more competitive as her skills improve, and she says she is strongest in foiling.  Cunningham continues to dedicate the majority of her free time to fencing. “I go three times a week to Parkway Fencing Club where we have an hour group lesson followed by a half hour of private lesson each and then free fencing as late as we want to stay,” Cunningham said. With vast skill ranges, fencing competitions vary in difficulty.  Individuals are often paired based on age, gender, and skill.  Having many

years of experience under her belt, Cunningham has become a connoisseur of tournaments and participates in them frequently. “The atmosphere of a competition depends on what type it is,” Cunningham said, “A friendly club tournament is much more laid back than nationals, which are intense and over stimulating if you are there for awhile.” Cunningham has created a serious fencing career for herself. She qualified to fence in the national circuit and now holds a national rank. “I want to be competitive through college, maybe even go to the Olympics,” Cunningham said. For hundreds of years, fencing has sparked the interests of athletes world wide.  It is one of only four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games.  Whether for mainly recreation purposes like Colby or more competition like Cunningham, many people across the nation share such an interest in the game of fencing. w

Track team looks to continue success With a new set of distance coaches, the running Rams look to repeat the state success they captured in 2011 MIKE FIGENSHAU —sports writer


rmed with a new coaching staff, the race is on as the track team prepares for the upcoming spring season. The Rams are looking to continue their sucess after a rewarding season last year. Both the boys and girls teams lost key seniors who were strong runners and leaders. The boys team lost Mark Spewak and Drew Padgett. The girls lost Samantha Levin, Jocelyn Todd, and Montenae Roye-Seight. All five now run at the college level. “One of the main things the boys team hopes to improve in the upcoming season is sending more runners to the state meet,” head coach Keith Harder said. “The boys have been among the top contenders at the meet for the last decade.” The boys team has put together a couple of dominant years despite being the smallest big-class school. The boys will look to continue this dominance in the upcoming year. “The boys have been in the top four teams eight out of the last 10 years,” Harder said. “We feel we can be in the top four and maybe win it all. We need to win the conference meet and qualify as many members as we can. The hard thing is we are

the smallest big-class school, but we do well. ” The team has a lot of young talent. Harder feels confident with their abilities and hopes they work hard enough to overcome any challenges. “The group is junior-dominated and has broken all the school records

the state meet every year. They have been in the top four every year for the past 10 years. “The girls have won two state titles and have placed in the top four since 2002,” Harder said. “We are definitely distance and middledistance dominated. We have three

single step back this year.” Assisting the team in achieving their new goals is an all-new coaching staff. The team have five new coaches including Tiffany Spain who was a national hurdles champion in college. Harder believes the top-tier coaches will improve the team. “Through the interview process, we figured that these coaches would help Ladue stay on top throughout the season,” Harder said. Last year, runners broke state records. Returning team members hope to replicate their success this year. Even before the state meet, long practices condition the runners to have a good season. The runners must be in top physical fitness to STRETCH IT OUT While they warm up for a practice, Cody Medler, Colin participate. “We run about 40 Cernik, Philip Soncasie, Chad Chapnick, Drew Hutchens, and Zach Levens run ahead. The team has dedicated themselves to off season workouts in minutes a day,” sophomore Zach Levens order to prepare for the spring. (photo by Hope Howard) said. “Most runners in their grade level,” Harder said. returning sprinters: Kaneesha Austin, learn to put up with the pain because “Depending on how hard they work, Shayla Arnold and Emily Warner. the workouts are the only way to get they have the talent to overcome They are the key to our success in shape and to stay in shape. But it’s what other groups before them have and could be state champions. Our the best feeling afterward to know done.” distance and middle groups are that you got a little bit better that The girls also have had sucess at awesome. We don’t plan on taking a day, even though during the workout

itself it is terrible.” The Rams have set high expectations for themselves. Teamwork makes the training seem easier. “My personal goal is to run a 4:50 mile,” Levens said. “To a layperson, that seems absolutely ludicrous, but the world record is a 3:43, which is less than a minute per lap. The faster you go, the greater the chance you will qualify for a big meet. But besides winning races and working out, we want to have fun. We have great camaraderie and track is a really fun activity when you’re with fun people, even though it’s physically strenuous.” The first few weeks of practice can be difficult while recovering from the off-season. The runners have to get back into the routine of going to practice and recuperate to prepare for early meets. Regaining the endurance they have worked so hard for is the key to success in coming back strong. “The off-season is really nice because it’s pretty stress-free it’s a nice break from the competitive season,” Hutchens said. “It can be an obstacle to recover from the relatively relaxing break and get back into the swing of things, but we are able to prepare for early meets, like McCluer. The early meets can set the tone for the rest of the season.” w

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Ladue sends record-setting nine wrestlers to state Seniors Shirley, Morrison will lead team to Columbia with hopes of winning gold “I knew we had a chance to do something special but there were several weight classes where HAMM HOOPER things needed to go just right to qualify that many —sports editor guys,” Clawson said. “The coaching staff had talked about the possibility but it was great to watch the ost wrestling teams call it a successful year when they kids make it happen.” are able to send three or four wrestlers to the state meet. This possibility became a realization as the Five or six wrestlers earning a chance to win the medal coaching staff was able to watch the Rams stack up is considered a memorable year. This year however, the Ladue the wins throughout the season. The most impreswrestling team has gone above and beyond the norm by sending sive victories for the wrestling team came during a total of nine wrestlers to state. Seniors Evan Morrison, Chris the DeSmet tournament. GAME FACE Facing his opponent, junior Antonio Escobar gets Shirley, Matan Gazit, Charlie Berry, juniors Grant Sachs, Chase “Over Christmas break, we wrestled in tournaready to attempt a take down during practice. Escobar has Ridenour, Jeffrey Orr, Antonio Escobar and sophomore Maffitt ment at DeSmet,” assistant coach Brian Archibald been a source of leadership. (photo by Jeanne Wilkinson) Rallo will make the drive down to the University of Missouri said. “The highest a team from Ladue had ever for a chance to win the state medal. The feeling of making it finished was fifth. Winning that quality tournament to state is a feeling of accomplishment for these wrestlers who left an impression that we were pretty good, and could make In order to win a state title, a wrestler must win the tourhave done numerous off-season acsome noise in the postnament in his weight class. The tournament includes sixteen tivities such as workout and wrestling season.” wrestlers from across the state and is single elimination. Mental camps. As with any sport, preparation is one of the keys to a state championship. Shirley is The one thing I’ve told the wrestlers is “I was so tired after my match, but leadership is important. only focusing on his match. to be selfish and win a medal for themso happy,” Morrison said. “I went and The team had solid lead“I plan to just get into the proper mental attitude,” Shirley ran off the mat to the locker room after selves because they have earned it. ership from seniors like said. “My only focus is wrestling right now, not on one of my getting my hand raised and thought Morrison and Berry, but multitude of other problems.” -coach Brian Archibald about how much work I had put in to the team has also been The coaching staff has been key in helping this team achieve get there.” able to receive leadership its success. However, now that the state meet is upon the indiThis hard work demonstrated and inspiration from a vidual wrestlers, the coaches can only give the kids last minute by the nine state qualifiers, and by the team as a whole, is one junior wrestler. advice and encouragement before the state tournament. of the main reasons the team has had so much success. Ladue “I think the one person who served as a leader the most was “The one thing I’ve told the wrestlers is to be selfish and win boasts an overall record of 22-0 with four tournament victories Antonio Escobar because that with just determination that anya medal for themselves because they have earned it,” Archibald and a second place finish at districts. thing is possible,” Berry said. “Antonio wrestles and has a job said. “Go get what is yours.” “This team has worked as hard or harder than any team that during the season, which is an incredible thing to do.” While each of the nine wrestlers attending the state match I have worked with,” head coach Kevin Clawson said. “They Of the nine wrestlers attending the state match, Ridenour have the goal of winning in mind, the main thing for each have really bought into what I ask them to do and understand might have had the toughest road in districts. Ridenour won his wrestler to do is play hard. If this is done, the coaching staff, the that everything the coaching staff asks of them is for their district championship by beating two wrestlers ranked in the team and the individuals will be satisfied. benefit.” top eight in the state. Ridenour plans to use his success in the “ Each wrestler, I am sure, has the own goal but all I want is From the beginning of the year, the coaching staff had the district tournament as preparation for his state match. for them to go out and there and give their best effort,” Clawson suspicion that this years team had the potential to have a suc“Coming out as a district champion is a big thing,” Ridenour said. “If they do that they will no regrets whether they win or cessful season and to send multiple wrestlers to the state match. said. “I have a number one seed going into state and knowing lose. If we bring home some medals that would be great but the Putting the pieces together was the only thing the team needed that I can hang with the top kids which I proved at districts has experience of wrestling on the mats at Mizzou Arena is someto do to confirm the coaches beliefs. given me the drive to go to state and get the job done.” thing the kids will never forget.” w


Mark YOUR CALENDAR Save the date and saddle up to go cheer on your Rams at these marquee matchups:

lMarch 13 - Boys Water Polo vs. SLUH lMarch 21 - Girls Soccer @ Normandy lMarch 24 - Boys Baseball @ SLUH

lMarch 26 - Girls Lacrosse vs. Parkway South





Ladue lets loose: Faculty and students alike bring yoga to the forefront BRAM LEVY —sports writer


reathe in....Breathe out.... Relax. These common phrases are regularly associated with yoga, and the extent of many people’s knowledge of the practice. However there is more to the sport, as several Ladue teachers have found comfort in the increasingly popular activity. There are over 10 yoga center in the St. Louis Area, including the JCC, and the phenomenon has made its way to Ladue. About eight faculty and staff members started taking time on Wednesdays after school to do yoga and de-stress from the day’s activities. Fran Kepler, a special school district teacher, started the club after she found many teachers interested in the sport. She believes that it is beneficial beyond its physical aspect. “It really is an hour for only teachers to center ourselves. It is an excellent way to strengthen the body and the mind,” Kepler said. While it is not an official club, teachers do try and meet regularly every Wednesday in order to keep a scheduled workout at least once a week. This can prove difficult because of the stringent schedules that teachers must keep, but English teacher Jennifer Hartigan professes the importance of making a commitment. “Yoga was something I had always wanted to try, and I finally decided to make it a priority,” Hartigan said. “It is hard to get a workout in after school, so yoga is a good way to ensure that I do something every week.”

TOE TOUCHES Participants at the Prana Yoga Studio field trip Feb. 16 learn yoga for the first time. The field trip is one of many taken by the low-impact gym class throughout the semester. (photos by Elizabeth Ornitz)

Latin teacher Dr. Ann Rittenbaum believes that there are multiple benefits that extend beyond the mat that has yoga catching on everywhere. “The practice of yoga is so wonderful because of the way that it blends the use of both your mind and body” Rittenbaum said. “It gives you a better sense of well being, which clears your head and gives you more room to think and make good decisions. It helps even after you are done with the session.” As with any extracurricular activity, the yoga meetings have created connections among participants. Many of them, including Hartigan, feel as though their relationships have been strengthened due to the group aspect. “There is a good camaraderie between those of us who participate in these sessions. I would most definitely recommend Yoga to anyone who was interested,” Hartigan said. Although she has been practicing yoga for over four years, Kepler does not consider herself an expert. She simply enjoys the activity. “We have a wonderful trainer who comes in, and goes to Burroughs as well,” Kepler said. “I’d invite any one of my colleagues to come try this out. We aren’t there to stand on our heads or to master the practice; we are there to work our bodies and spirits, and it really is an excellent workout. That’s the main draw of it.”

Senior girls make a big splash

Maddie Wall and Helen You reflect on swimming careers LEVI GREENBERG —sports writer


ith key leadership roles filled by three strong seniors, the Ladue varsity girls swim team has shown a huge sense of commitment. Senior captain Maddie Wall understands that setting a positive example will lead to strong outcomes. Senior captain Helen You

has also noticed a change in her role on the team as she became older. “It’s been a drastic change from the previous years in the sense that now we took on a lot more responsibility,” You said. Wall found more than just a sport when she joined Ladue’s swim team four years ago. “These girls on the team are great, I don’t think we went through one practice without all

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laughing. Whether it’s Etinosa doing cannonballs during practice to see how high she can get her splash, or Allie walking on water, or just all the other funny things we do during practice to motivate us, it’s a fun group of girls. We have a lot of inside jokes and silly things that we all do.” The goals that were shared by the team exemplify how they were working as a group. Members of the team hope to place in the top five in the 400 meter relay event during the state match. “ I would say that one of our strengths this year was how dedicated the girls who joined swim-

REACH FOR THE SKY (left) Sophomore Rachael Stark stretches along with her classmates during the low-impact gym class field trip, getting a taste of yoga and its benefits.

With an excellent trainer, enthusiasm, and a desire to improve mind, body, and spirit, Ladue teachers have found the perfect balance of energy and thought. The best part? It’s all just a walk down the hall. As well as teachers being involved in yoga, several students practice it as well. Senior Lily Hustava got involved in yoga because of a loved one that does it, and hasn’t looked back since. “I first got into yoga because my mom does it all the time,” Hustava said. “So she convinced me to go with her and try it out and I loved it.” This seems to be a common theme for new yoga participants, however, the end result always seems to work out well. Hustava endorses this. “I would say to someone who is unsure about yoga to try a low level yoga class, I was very unsure at first because I thought it was a little weird, but after easing my way into it, I started to realize it wasn’t.” Hustava said.w

ming this year were in becoming better swimmers and becoming part of our team,” Wall said. “These FLOWER POWER Seniors Sarah Bailey, Jasmine girls, both Park, Helen You, Etinosa Ogbevoen and Maddie the freshman Wall pose for the camera with flowers in hand. this year and (photo by Emily Bell) the other girls who decided to try swimming role in scoring points for us at big meets, including at conference.” this year, really made a difference Some seniors on the team plan in our season and played a key on swimming past in college. Wall is very excited to swim next year at Dartmouth College. “When I got to Dartmouth and met the people on the team and the coaches, I just knew that that school was the college for me. And I have not one hesitation about my decision, I know I chose the right school for me,” Wall said. For state, at the St. Peters Rec Plex Feb. 18, the team hoped to achieve more of their goals and further prove Ladue’s dominance. w

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BREAKING: For the first time since ‘94, Ladue Hockey wins State Championship. The Rams defeated St. Mary’s in the Founder’s Cup 6-4, Feb. 20.


Senior Signings: Nine athletes headed to the NCAA

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ine seniors signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at various collegiate institutions, Feb. 1. Panorama asked each scholar athlete what ultimately led them to choose their college, as well as what their favorite part of the recruiting process was. For extended coverage and video of the signing ceremony head to

Danni Dub Central Methodist University

Katie Westervelt Williams College

Libby Ferris Carleton College

Deavin Edwards Missouri Valley College

I like the coaches and they showed me why Missouri Valley was the best fit for me, and better than the other schools I was interested in.

The best moment was signing day. I felt relieved and excited that I was officially signed and would be able to continue playing football.

I decided on CMU because it’s a small university close to home. I liked it better than the other schools I visited and I feel comfortable with the campus, staff and students.

Receiving the acceptance letters, thinking about my options carefully and receiving an athletic and academic scholarship.

Colgate University has an amazing location where the campus is surrounded on all sides with small mountains. Everything feels so organic. Finishing 12th in the country in D1 isn’t half bad either.

When I received my acceptance letter in the mail along with the financial aid package. The feeling of relief was immediate and the culmination of all my hard work reinforced my love for the sport.

I decided on Williams because of the tight-knit community and all the advantages that come with a small liberal arts school.

When I went on my official visit over my birthday and the girls surprised me with a birthday cake.

I chose Dartmouth because I wanted a school that would challenge me academically and a team that was very close knit and who stood behind each other. When I went on my trip, everything just felt right, I knew it was the place for me.

When I was at Dartmouth I just knew this was where I wanted to go. On the night of the World Series final game, the coach called and said, “Maddie, you’re our top recruit. We want you to come.” That sealed the deal.

I have been playing tennis for ten years and have wanted to be part of a college team for as long as I’ve been on a high school team. Being part of a team makes the sport even more fun, so I can’t wait to play for Carleton.

I loved visiting Carleton and meeting the girls on the team. I got to hang out with most of the girls while I was on campus and it made me even more excited for the team because all the girls are so amazing and get along so well.

It really boiled down to who was the head coach, what the players were like and my recruiting class. Coach Hoke is humble and he puts his players before himself.

We had a great time on our official visit, but my favorite part was seeing my mother’s face.

I decided on Missouri Valley because it’s not too close or too far from home. Also, the coaches helped me and showed me that Missouri Valley is the best fit for me.

The best moment of the recruiting process for me was probably signing day. I felt like a celebrity!

I chose Johns Hopkins because it combines challenging academics and great athletics. I fell in love with the campus, academics and the team on my visit.

The best part of the recruitment process was when I received my acceptance letter and an email from the coach congratulating me. It was very exciting because Hopkins was my number one choice.

Mike Horton-Loftin Missouri Valley College

Chandler Millstone Colgate University

Maddie Wall Dartmouth College

Jehu Chesson University of Michigan

Elena Gresick Johns Hopkins University


HAMM HOOPER —sports editor


have always wondered why there is no award show for commercials. There are the Oscars and Golden Globes for movies, the Emmys for television shows and the Grammys for music. Heck even Nickelodeon has its own award show, which I happen to a big fan of. It’s time to give commercials the credit they deserve. In honor of the Super Bowl, I decided to give out awards for the best and worst commercials this year. You’re welcome. THE “THAT’S HOW YOU SELL UNDERPANTS” AWARD: There is no question that the H&M clothing line just stepped up their game with their David Beckham commercial. As soon as I came home I asked my mom what her favorite Super Bowl commercial was and without a moment of hesitation she yelled, “DAVID BECKHAM.” I’m sure you would get the same response from millions of other women, and I can’t argue with them; the commercial made me want to buy H&M underwear with the hope of a muscular body and a series of super cool tattoos. THE “PERSONAL SHOT” AWARD: This year’s Personal Shot Award goes to Chevy for calling out Ford during one of their commercials. The ad entailed Chevy truck drivers surviving the Apocalypse while everyone else died. At the end of the commercial as the truckers ate Twinkies (apparently the only food that can make it through the end of the world) a guy said, “Doug didn’t make it, he was driving a Ford.” Ouch. THE “EMOTIONAL OVERKILL” AWARD: As soon as Clint Eastwood appeared on the screen I knew whoever made this commercial wasn’t messing around. When Eastwood started talking about how Americans were suffering and thinking about how they were going to make a comeback in that raspy voice, I perked up a little thinking, “Good God is Clint Eastwood taking over the Republican nomination?” But alas, it was only a dramatic commercial about Chrysler and Detroit. I have to give it to Chrysler though, during Eastwood’s face-to-face speech at the end of the commercial I stood up, thinking, “What could I do to help America right now? THE “WORST PRODUCT, BEST COMMERCIAL” AWARD: The problem with the Sketchers commercial is: can you name anybody who wears Sketchers? The commercial, however, was my favorite of the night as it involved a pug in a pair of Sketchers winning a race against greyhounds. There’s just something about a pug running that makes me want to laugh. But again, who really wears Sketchers? THE “YOU SPENT MONEY ON THAT” AWARD: Come on Coke, what were you trying to accomplish with those three polar bear commercials? The bears are already getting old and you decide to bust out three commercials in one night. Two of them didn’t even make sense and the other one was an entire minute of a bear juggling a coke bottle like it was a football. I expect better of you, Coke. THE “BEST USE OF ANIMALS” AWARD: This was by far the toughest award to give out. Numerous companies used animals to their advantage such as the Volkswagon commercial showing a dog working out just to chase down a new Bug. There was also the Career Building commercial showing monkeys going on a business trip and, come on, who doesn’t love monkeys? And let’s not forget about the Doritos commercial where a dog killed his neighboring cat and bought off his owner with bags of Doritos. However, this year’s “Best Use of Animals” Award goes to Budlight with their beer-fetching dog named Weedog. We all know adults watching that commercial were thinking, “Where does a man get a dog like that?” Lucky for you, I have the answer. Duh duh duh. w (This column represents the opinion of the writer.)



Rams CRush Greyhounds, win conference NATHAN PERLMUTTER —sports writer


or the first time in ten years the Ladue basketball team won the Suburban East conference title, and defeating Clayton for it made the victory even greater. Earlier when the Rams faced Clayton in tournament, Ladue prevailed by 20 points. Even though the boys won with a considerable lead, they knew they could not go into conference without a level head. Everyone had to be ready to play all four quarters and then some. “We can’t go out there and think we’re just going to kill them again. This game has a completely different meaning. They’re playing at home in front of their crowd and it is for the conference championship. You know that they will have a different mind set for this game,” junior Cameron Harder said before game time. The night before the game the team went to junior Austin DaGue’s house for a pregame meal. Everyone bonded in preparation for the game


not only for a conference title, but also against their arch rivals. The game that night was special for another reason. It was the Coaches for Cancer night, which means all of the proceeds from admissions and concessions went to help fight cancer. There were more than 500 people in the stands to watch the Rams and Greyhounds duke it out, and the majority were from Ladue. “Having all of the Ladue fans there really helped, especially during free throws. While Clayton would take free throws the court would get really loud, unlike when we took free throws it was nearly silent, I could hear conversations that people were having, ” sophomore Cornell Johnston said. Claiming Johnston did big is an understatement. He scored 35 points and also earned 10 assists. This was complemented by a combined 30 points from sophomore Andrew Maddock and DaGue. “It was much easier for me to find open shots this game because the defense was so concerned about Austin and Andrew, when they were being guarded I had an open shot, and when I got double teamed, I could just pass the ball to them,” Johnston said. Not only did the starters do well, but on the bench there were no disappointments, either. The bench did a good job of pressing the opposition no matter who was in the game. One of the main goals coach Chad Anderson set was to lock down Clayton’s best shooter. Senior Ryan Daniels took care of that, holding him to 11 points, far below his season average. “I was impressed with Ryan and his ability to stay with his man. His defensive performance was one of the big keys to our success,” Anderson said.

Another Ladue goal was to make quick transitions. When a turnover would occur the ball would get down court and into the hoop as quickly as possible so time wasn’t wasted on setting up a play. This allowed the defenders to get into position. “Attacking with a smaller team always helps when transitioning from defense to offense quickly. A lot of the offense actually came from the defense forcing turnovers,” sophomore Connor Spirtas said. The most crucial and arguably longest points of a basketball are at the end. In the last few minutes of a game time-outs can be called, people can be intentionally fouled, and the ball can be forced out of bounds. With little over a second left Clayton had an in-bounds pass on Ladue’s side of the court, and Ladue’s worst nightmare became a reality. With no time on the clock, the ball was shot in the air heading toward the rim. Clayton scored and the game was tied and heading into over time tied. As Clayton fans prematurely celebrated the shot, Ladue prepared for the next four minutes ahead. Due to the rivalry, the game got physical, and three Ram players fouled out. Senior Hamm Hooper was forced to leave early on in the fourth quarter. Cornell Johnston fouled out later in the game. “When I fouled out, Ryan and Connor did a really good job of stepping in defensively and locking Clayton’s offense,” Johnston said. Not only was Johnston confident in his teammates ability to play, but so was their coach. “I was confident that we could win in overtime. Throughout the

RAM SLAM (above) As the team huddles during the game, they motivate each other to keep playing hard against their rival. (left) While junior Austin DaGue takes to the air, he defies the laws of gravity and scores over the Greyhounds. (right) Sophomore Cornell Johnston makes a lay up while Ladue fans look on in awe. Johnston was the leading point scorer of the game, contributing 35 points. (photos by Elyse Mack)

game we had a much better free throw percentage, and that’s what overtime will come down to,” Anderson said. As the final minutes passed, Rams fans’ optimism grew. Ladue secured the lead with a few seconds to spare, and the fans began cheering, “Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!” With a high scoring game of 84-80 the game was full of ups and downs. Ladue held the lead primarily through the game, but not by

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much. At any moment Clayton could have gone on a 7-0 run, and just as quickly Ladue could score nine unanswered points. Even though each team scored at least 80 points, defense was not neglected. One of the main contributions to the high score was the free throw percentage. The Rams made 31 of 36 attempted free throws. “I was really proud of the kids that they stayed cool the whole time and brought home a conference championship,” Anderson said. w

Ladue Panorama February 2012 Volume 60, Issue 6  

This is the second edition of 2012 published by the Journalism II, III, and IV classes at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.