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passes with overwhelming community support
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By Jessica Pollard Lake Oswego voters recently renewed the local option which ensures roughly 11 percent of the school budget. “We are, as a district, so appreciative of the community support. They continually support us in so many ways, I feel fortunate not just to work in this community but to live in it,” said Principal Cindy Schubert. 78 percent of voters supported the levy whose renewal will last for five more years and not raise tax rates. The levy charges $1.39 for
every $1,000 assessed property value and collects about 6 million dollars per year. LOHS relies on taxpayer money for a plethora of school essentials including teacher positions, class funding and art programs. “A lot of schools are having to cut things like athletics. Some schools don’t have drama or choir programs. Our district would look completely different without the local option levy,” said Schubert. Support of the levy was widespread all across LO. During the Community Walk on Oct. 20, LO students and teachers banded to-
gether to spread the word about Measure 3-434 by distributing informational flyers to different neighborhoods city-wide. Volunteers canvassed various neighborhoods with information. Phone calling “parties” were held several times during October and early November to remind LO citizens to vote. Many supporters argue that maintaining the quality of LO schools with the levy will help to preserve property values as many people move to LO specifically for the highly commended school system. The Clackamas County Voters Pamphlet,
which offers opposing and supporting arguments for every measure, contained no submitted opposing arguments. The Lake Oswego Citizens Action League (LOCAL) offered the sentiment, “Not only will today’s students benefit from renewal of the school levy, it will also have an impact on the city of Lake Oswego for generations to come… many of our young citizens, after attending college and seeing the world, return to our community to play a vibrant role as business and home owners, to raise families of their own, and to act as citizen leaders.”
Smarter Balance math pilot test Press box remodel to start in December fails to challenge sophomores By Olivia Fuson
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LOHS has made plans to remodel the current stadium bleachers starting December.
By Shannon Elliott New renovations on the football stadium bleachers are scheduled to begin this winter. Construction is predicted to take 1012 weeks. The project will begin Dec. 9 and continue through the middle of February. “The renovations will be done to the canopy over the seating area and a new press box area,” said Mark Horak, LOHS Athletic Director. Motivation behind the construction is the result of an outdated roof. The new structure will consist of an updated roof and press boxes. After construction, the new area will be complete with rooms for coaches, clock workers, announcers, Laker Broadcasting and media outlets filming the game. “...the roof is starting to get old and would have to be replaced anyway in the near future plus we are in need of a larger, more efficient press box,” said Horak. In the midst of construction, the LOHS PE department will have little disruption.
The interference with PE courses will include use of the weight room. This conflict will exist for approximately a week and a half, if construction goes as scheduled. “We have let the PE department and coaches know that when the workers need the weight room area, we will not be able to use the weight room for about 10 days. Other than that we believe that the project will not interfere with the everyday schedules of LOHS,” said Horak. As well as the stadium updates, LOHS will continue to make facility improvements in upcoming years. In the athletic department, the tennis courts and softball field are next on the agenda in regards to renovations. “We are hoping to get the tennis courts resurfaced in the near future, plus we are looking at improving the softball facilities,” said Horak. Funding for the new facility derive directly from donated funds, similar to the football field turf renovations. Construction is expected to wrap up in the middle of February. After that, there are no additional renovations scheduled at this time.
LOHS sophomores partook in a pilot common core test on Oct. 15 in order to assess students’ abilities in the areas of math and English; however, many students felt the two assessments (math and English) were largly disparaged in difficulty. Sophomore Neeta Rao who took the math assessment said, “it was easy and I finished in like ten minutes. Basically it was a waste of time and didn’t cover anything I didn’t know.” This seems to have been the consensus among students who took the math portion of the pilot. “It was really, really easy compared to OAKS,” sophomore Devon Rainer said. “It took under 15 minutes and was all algebra.” Sophomore Chris Nisbet agreed. “It was only eight questions, easier than OAKS, and all things we covered in geometry.” All of these students found the pilot overly simplistic. Dr. Donna Atherton, Director of Secondary Education for the Lake Oswego School District, said that “the test that the sophomores took was a pilot, and wasn’t ac-
tually from Smarter Balance (the company that will be creating the Common Core tests). The pilot that sophomores took was created by the Education Service District (ESD), based on what we think the Smarter Balance Assessments may look like.” “The test sophomores saw was just a sample,” LOHS Assistant Principal Brian Crawford said, “It was scaled back and shortened for sophomores. The actual test students will see as juniors will be longer, more challenging, and have more parts.” As to the short amount of time it took students to finish the math assessment, Crawford said that “it was intended to take students two hours, but many finished early.” Atherton confirmed that the ESD intended the pilot to have taken students one to two hours, but said she had never actually seen the pilot herself. However, despite the apparent simplicity of this first preview of Smarter Balance, Atherton said that “the Common Core test is expected to be more rigorous than the OAKS test and will require deeper knowledge.” It wasn’t really intended to chal-
lenge the sophomores, but give them the test taking experience. “The purpose of the pilot was to see what we need to focus more on,” Crawford said, “and to get students exposure to these different types of questions and see what needs to be changed. It’s a requirement and so it will affect next year’s juniors.” “We wanted to see how prepared students were for the new assessment performance tasks,” Atherton said. “Questions on the Smarter Balance Assessment are expected to be different, with possibly more than one answer, onscreen movement to create answers, and more explanation of processes, especially on the math performance tasks.” Students won’t see their scores on the pilot test but they will see their scores after the assessment in 2015. “We believe the pilot test modeled the current expectations well, but there may be different expectations in the future,” Atherton said. Commenting on students’ speed on the math assessment, Atherton said “I’m not sure exactly why the math task went so fast, but I’m hoping it was a good sign.”
City Council votes to sell West End building By Blake Mindemann On Oct. 8, the Lake Oswego City Council voted to sell the West End Building (WEB) for $16.5 million. Selling it for $16.5 million will leave the city with a $1.1 million balance on the existing loan that will have to be paid with public funds. According to the City of Lake Oswego’s website: “Robert Jensen, a principal at Kensington Investment Group, commented that ‘the purchase of the West End Building provides a great opportunity to return the property to a private sector so that it can be utilized to its highest use. We’re excited that this will bring new opportunities and amenities to the Lake Oswego community
while simultaneously adding value to the City’s tax base.’” In 2006, the city of Lake Oswego purchased the WEB (what was then known as the Safeco building) on Kruse Way for $20 million. This acquisition was extremely controversial. At the time, the real estate prices were at historical highs and many citizens of Lake Oswego were unsure about spending such a large amount of public money on a building. When the City Council decided to buy the building, they did so without a public vote. Many Lake Oswego citizens were unhappy that they had no say in such a costly purchase that would be financed with their tax dollars. Soon after the purchase
of the WEB, the housing market tanked, causing even more distress among voters who opposed the initial purchase. During this time, the building was assessed at $10.7 million tax value and the majority of citizens felt strongly that the city had overpaid for the building. In 2008, LO voters turned down a plan that would have provided permanent financing for the WEB. The WEB land consists of 14 acres, and with that property is an 89,000 square foot building. The city now uses the WEB as a community building that houses activities and programs such as the Makenzie Teen Lounge, children’s camps, classes run by parks and recreation and offices.
November 15, 2013
LOHS National Merit semifinalists announced Daniel Hong
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? I studied vocab and took practice SATs. I didn’t do much more than that. What is your favorite SAT word and why? I would have to say ‘indubitably’ because it rolls off your tongue. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? Probably AP Biology. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I would still want to be a surgeon. It’s a profession where you cut people up. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Don’t screw up.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? Right before the junior PSAT I took classes in Korea. I also took practice tests at home. What is your favorite SAT word and why? My favorite SAT word is ‘eschew’, because it sounds like a sneeze. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? I like AP Biology and Anatomy. I like them because you can actually apply them to the real world. You can also relate to them, unlike other subjects. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I have always wanted to become an ice cream taster or a pilot. So definitely one of those two. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? One of the phrases that I live by is, “If you can’t avoid it, then enjoy it”.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? To prepare for the PSAT/SAT I focused mainly on taking a few practice tests, going over the parts that I was weak on and then not overthinking anything on the day of the test. What is your favorite SAT word and why? My favorite SAT word is ‘obsequious’ because I saw it about four times on various tests, and I never remembered what it meant. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? My favorite class that I have taken in school is AP European history with Mr. Peri. It was full of very interesting material, was well-taught and was a lot of fun to learn. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? If money didn’t matter, I would be one of the road construction workers that rotates the sign that says ‘slow’ on one side and ‘stop’ on the other. It is a simple job that involves lots of human interaction with happy drivers. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Always have a way to relax or unwind so that when you need to work hard, you’re ready to go.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? I took a couple practice tests. I just bought a book and did the practice tests in there. That’s basically all I did. What is your favorite SAT word and why? My favorite SAT word is ‘jejune’. It’s just really cool sounding but doesn’t really mean much. It means childish or boring. There are so many French words that sound cool but don’t really mean anything. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? I really enjoyed Calculus BC. It was just a really fun class and very laid back. Thinking back to the people that were in that class, it was pretty loud. It was a lot of fun. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I would still want to be a computer scientist. I like solving problems while using computer code. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? It’s good to have a balance between studying and taking a break. You shouldn’t spend all of your time studying or all of your time not studying.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? Two practice tests in the week leading up to the PSAT combined with this really sort of unknown thing called “sleep.” What is your favorite SAT word and why? ‘Zephyr’. It sounds like it could be something really cool, but then, to your disappointment, you discover that it only means “a gentle breeze,” which is such a waste of its potential. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? Both AP Calculus classes, AP Language and Composition and AP Euro. If you find an AP Calculus of European Composition Class, take it. (Just imagine Simon Schama taking the derivative of the slope of a participle). If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? My first choice would be some sort of comedian/humor writer. But since the competition would be fierce, my back-up plan is a sock modeling career. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Think of standardized tests like games. They’re just points, although that’s nothing to sneeze at. Most importantly, never take advice from seniors.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? Honestly, I didn’t do much. I read a PSAT prep book and did sample questions online, but I didn’t take a class. What is your favorite SAT word and why? ‘Peregrinate’, which means to travel or wander. I like it because it’s a really intelligent-sounding word, but it has a very simple definition. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? Calc BC with Dodson. I enjoy math and Dodson is a great teacher. He understands all of the material very well but also knows when to slow down and help students individually. He really puts a lot of time into helping people learn and it shows. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I would like to be a research economist. That would be researching data trends and measuring economic growth. It’s not a great paying job, but the economy fascinates me. It’s a complicated thing but it’s super important to everyone’s lives. It seems more tangibly important than other things. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Pay attention and learn in class when you have the opportunity to.
Lake Views The official student newspaper of Lake Oswego High School Editors-In-Chief Jessica Pollard & Zoë Wong
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? I took a class at a place called Jonathan Education Center. What is your favorite SAT word and why? My favorite SAT word is ‘bombastic’, because you are using a large word to describe someone who uses large words. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? Creative Writing. It’s fun to write about whatever you want to and not having to adhere to the restricting guidelines of English class. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? Male escort. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Don’t follow my example.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? For the PSAT all I did was take the practice tests that they give you at school. For the SAT I had a tutor from Stumptown test prep. What is your favorite SAT word and why? I have two favorite SAT words. My top one is ‘avuncular’ because the overall definition of it is having the likeness of a kind, old uncle. So, that’s a fun one. My second favorite one is ‘hirsute’ and it basically means ‘very hairy’. I like it because it doesn’t make much sense for it to be an important vocab word. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? I have always liked my English and art classes. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I would be both an artist and a writer. I have trouble picking so I would go with both. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? I’m going to have to go with the really cheesy, ‘get involved’. Getting involved will come back to help you. Also, be a human being. Hang out with your family and do fun things because it doesn’t make sense not to.
What did you do to prep for the PSAT/SAT? I didn’t do anything. What is your favorite SAT word and why? I’m not sure if it’s an SAT word, but I’m going to go with ‘skullduggery’. It has a good lilt to it when you say it and it’s just a fun word. What is your favorite class that you have taken or are taking? I would probably say History of Western Civilization. I thought it was a really deep look into ancient history and found it very interesting. If money didn’t matter what would your dream job be? I would really like to work in an International Aid organization, hopefully in a third world country. I don’t know what I would do, but I would want to do something that can help put the World back together even if it is in the smallest way. Any words of wisdom you would like to share? Love each other. At the end of your life, that is the only thing that is going to matter – how you’ve loved other people. Compiled by Zoë Wong Photos taken by Shannon Elliott and Zoë Wong
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‘Ender’s Game’: A loving and faithful adaption By Nathan Redinbo
After waiting ten years for the production of “Ender’s Game”, the film topped box office charts with $28 million over its first weekend in 3,407 theaters nationwide.
The novel “Ender’s Game” was written in 1985 by Orson Scott Card. Loved by many and praised as a revolutionary science fiction book, Card used his newfound success to write many sequels and spinoffs. However, none are as beloved as the original novel. Fans have long been pining for a motion picture adaptation, and that day is finally upon us. While many fans were apprehensive of the silver screen debut of “Ender”, it is executed with care and a fine touch that is often missing in major motion pictures today. Without knowing anything about the novel, this picture would be a cool sci-fi flick for the casual viewer. To get the most satisfaction out of the movie, viewers should be well acquainted with the novel that inspired it. Casual references and sly nods are made to the source material that will make fans grin, but this will fly over the heads of everybody else. The special effects are top notch, and the musical score really brings out the emotions that both “Ender” and the audience is feeling. However, the acting is what makes this movie shine, and seeing my favorite characters come to life brought a smile to my face. When Asa Butterfield was announced as “Ender”, I was apprehensive. I disliked Butterfield in virtually every movie he appeared in. Ender Wiggin, the titular character is supposed to go through severe psychological and emotional changes throughout the story, and I just wasn’t sure if Butterfield could handle that. Butterfield is also too old for the role. Ender is a young 6 year old in the book, whereas Butterfield is an elderly sixteen, yet I was surprised and pleased with his performance. He managed to convince me that he was totally, completely isolated, just as his character was supposed to feel. It was powerful, and I liked Ender so much more because of it. Complementing Butterfield is Harrison Ford, portraying a gruff Colonel trying to protect himself and his interests while grooming Ender into the perfect killer. Although Colonel Graff isn’t a very likable character in the book, Ford manages to infuse a like-
able aspect into him that makes him more appealing. The viewer connects not only with Ender, but also with Ford’s gruff Graff. While Butterfield and Ford carry the show, many of the supporting characters fall flat. The children who support Ender are generally okay, but some were downright bad. I was especially annoyed with the direction Hailee Steinfeld took with her character Petra. The film tried to portray a flirtatious friendship between Ender and Petra that just wasn’t there in the book. In the book Petra was an opponent who helped Ender succeed in Battle School by pushing him harder when he couldn’t push himself. I was disappointed with Steinfeld’s performance, especially when compared with past successes, but it was a small flaw in an otherwise stellar, character-driven plot. My other major complaint of the film is what isn’t there. Card’s book contained many geopolitical and diplomatic pressures that were interesting and provided a nice relief from Ender’s emotional turmoil. The movie contained none of that. While I realize that many of the political situations may be too charged to put into a movie, it was still disappointing not to see the charged climate that the book depicted so well. The rest of the movie is executed beautifully. I was concerned that the film would shy away from the violence and deaths that Ender dishes out in the book, but the brutality is still there. It is an important character trait for Ender, and I was glad to see that his utter ruthlessness was conveyed on screen. It is both disturbing and fascinating to see such young children act in such adult manners. Despite my small complaints, the movie still did a wonderful job conveying the emotional turmoil Ender goes through, as well as showing me so many of the cool aspects of the book, such as the battle room and the mind game that is used to test Ender. This film is a pleasure to watch, whether you’re a fan of the book or not. Not only does it make the viewer question his choices, it also points a finger at current events around the globe that we otherwise turn a blind eye to. Even if you don’t care about any of that, it’s fun to see people floating in zero gravity.
Thanksgivukkah: A once in a lifetime chance By Allison Kantor Start baking your pumpkin pies and playing with clay dreidels, because for the first time since 1861 Thanksgivukkah is here! But wait, what is this strange holiday you speak of? Thanksgivukkah is a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish festival of lights. Because it is based on the lunar calendar, Hanukkah’s date changes from year to year. Normally celebrated around Christmas, it is unusual to celebrate Hanukkah so early in the year. On the other hand, Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. First celebrated in 1863, Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Native
Americans and the Pilgrims from England. Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This strange combination of holidays was not originally celebrated in 1861 when the first Thanksgivukkah occurred. It was not until two years later that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday. And thus Thanksgivukkah was born! Since 1861, this is the first time ever that Thanksgivukkah will be celebrated and marks the first of many to come. Physicists argue that this is not the only time our generation will see this holiday. Many believe that it will happen again in 2070 but contradictory to these beliefs other scientists think that we will not see another Thanksgivukkah until the year
5774. This may not seem like a big deal or even an event to celebrate, but our generation will be the last to see this holiday for thousands of years. How do we celebrate this holiday you may ask? There are hundreds of ecards on the Internet to send to your friends and family plus additional recipes and games that everyone can play on Thanksgivukkah! For example a traditional Hanukkah dreidel is made of clay and then used for a game that is fun for all ages. Other exciting things to cook are donuts that incorporate the traditional aspects of Hanukkah and the flavors of Thanksgiving. So this year when you are sitting down at the table to eat some delicious turkey, remember that not only is it Thanksgiving but, Thanksgivukkah!
Girl talks Art
Lost in the idea of wanderlust By Ruby King I’m not that cultured. Sure, I love art. The last time I visited the Portland Art Museum the recent additions to the Impressionism gallery brought me to tears. Yes, I love 60s French cinema and established the cappuccino as my signature drink by the age of 13, but I’m really not much of a worldly individual. I’ve never biked the streets of Amsterdam, never secured a lovers lock on the Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris. The closest I’ve been to having breakfast at Tiffany’s is the time I had a one hour layover at JFK. So, following the rather cliché tradition, I’ve always wanted what I never had—a sophisticated travel history. I’m in love with cities I’ve never seen, foreigners I’ve never accidentally run into, fresh bread I’ve never devoured with the perfect slice of Brie and side of tapenade. All of the seemingly pretentious sounding experiences I’ve never had are made up with films. In my mind I can only define my favorite genre of film as something along the lines of “losing yourself.” What is it about feeling insignificant in the grand scheme of things that has attracted so many people like myself? Is insignificance becoming the new black or has it always had its timeless place in culture like our bottles of Chanel no. 5? What is it about travel and “losing yourself” that go so well together? The unfortunate reality is that I don’t have the first hand experiences to tell you how exactly travel and losing oneself intertwine; but I’d like to think I have an idea about human desire. In my idealistic sense, travel isn’t about taking filtered photos of famous monuments or buying plastic Eiffel Tower key chains for all of your friends. We travel to be young, to open our hearts and experience. Travel is slowing down, becoming consumed in everything around you including the seemingly minor moments. We travel to fall in love. As Ray Bradbury phrased perfectly, “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” Without further ado, here is the current list of my favorite films which delve into that mindset. “Marie Antoinette,” (2006) is the first Sofia Coppola film that I ever saw, and it was nothing short of absolutely spectacular. A medley of pale French desserts, elaborate taffeta gowns and silk shoes lured me into the aesthetic heaven of Sofia Coppola’s hazy dream like world. And with one of the most genius and modernized soundtracks out there, drinking champagne at sunrise on the grounds of Versailles with New Order playing softly in the background became artistic reality. A Coppola film can only be described as its own mystical entity, in which absolutely nothing and everything happens all at the same time. For some there’s not much to see other than a young monarch losing herself in the material pleasures of a country she’s not even from, but perhaps that’s exactly why I’m so drawn to it in the first place. It’s an intimate portrait of a girl taking advantage of her lush surroundings and making the best of her somewhat reckless and fulfilled lifestyle. “An Education,” (2009) stars Carey Mulligan in her breakout role, in which she portrays a bright young 17 year old living in London during the early 1960s that experiences a colorful cultural awakening with the help from her much older beau. Not only is the glamorous European backdrop and mod clothing essential to my love for this film, but I am fundamentally Mulligan’s character, Jenny Mellor. If , “I’m going to read what I want, and listen to what I want, and I’m going to look at paintings and watch French films, and I’m going to talk to people who know lots about lots” doesn’t describe all of my somewhat idealistic life inspirations, I’m not sure what does. Mulligan portrays a girl deeply in love with the beauty in culture, art and classical music concerts; it was almost like watching my autobiography. “Lost in Translation,” (2003) is another masterpiece by Sofia Coppola with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson joining together in an unlikely but oddly perfect pairing. This is the crème de la crème of the “losing yourself” genre, and it’s beautifully done. It so accurately conveys the idea of being young and aimless in a foreign place with no set plans for the imminent future, that if by the end you still don’t want to run away to Tokyo with songs by Air serving as the soundtrack to your life, I think you’d better watch it again. “Midnight in Paris,” (2011) is certainly so much different from Woody Allen’s known humor that he’s followed for, but the outwardly comedic film also provokes a serious message about feeling content in your own generation. After the opening montage with Sidney Bechet’s hypnotic trumpet played to simple clips of Paris, I was already in tears. I reveled in the complete “nonsense” of Owen Wilson wanting to walk the streets of Paris under the rain, his moments of distracting happiness listening to Cole Porter in street markets. Some of the moments in this film were so true to everything I have ever wanted in life, I walked out of the theatre discovering that Owen Wilson and I much of the same person, sans, of course, the broken nose. “Before Sunrise,” (1995) directed by Richard Linklater, literally changed the way I thought about my life. Jesse, a young American man en route to Vienna has a chance meeting with Celine, a young French woman and without any thought decide to spend one day together roaming the streets of Vienna. Not only is this based on a true story, but the writing and the acting is so out of this world it feels like you’re watching real conversations instead of scripted scenes. Everything that I ever thought embodied travel was present in this movie; wandering without any planned destination, finding happiness in completely unimportant moments, and the quivering wonder of being young in a foreign place with someone you think you might be in love with. I’m not that cultured. Sure, sometimes I talk to myself in French, and I have plenty of ticket stubs from ballets and author readings. But when it comes down to everything I think I know about the rest of the world, I’m just as sheltered as Audrey Hepburn pre-elegant transformation in “Sabrina.” I don’t expect to stay so charmingly untraveled for much longer, but until then, I’ll make it up with film. I don’t know what it feels like to sing karaoke in the middle of the night in Tokyo, or how it feels to bid on a Burne Jones at an art auction; but these films give me a pretty decadent taste of which I’m excited to eventually discover myself.
November 15, 2013 Laker Life Winter movies skate into theaters By Mckenna Murray
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Following the original movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is sure to bring laughs to viewers. The movie shadows Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) as they return to join a 24-hour news channel. In the first movie, the all male team competed with an ambitious woman who was hired as a new anchor. After the first movie, the news team disbanded; however, now they are coming back to take the news channel by storm. Set to be released on Dec. 20, the movie contains actors including Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. With so many funny faces in the movie, “Anchorman” will bring laughs to its audiences.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Based on Suzanne Collins’s successful novels, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy. It is set to open on Nov. 22. It is a futuristic science fiction movie that follows the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games. Their win creates a rebellion in Panem and makes Katniss and Peeta the Capitol’s targets. In order to remain in control, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell. This time the tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors. Once again, Katniss and Peeta end up in the arena and are forced to fight for their lives. Following the success of its prequel, “The Hunger Games”, this movie is sure to be exciting for the fans of the novels.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug Opening Dec. 13, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug” is the second installment in a three-part film series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. The film series started with “An Unexpected Journey” (2012), and will finish with “There and Back Again” (2014). Together, the films act as a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” film series. The film takes place after Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and others have crossed over the Misty Mountains. Later, they continue on their journey in order to reach the lair of the Dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The movie contains many returning characters. Peter Jackson cowrote, produced, and directed this movie. The movie is sure to be a pleasure for not only those who have followed the series in its entirety, but also newcomers to the film.
‘Thor’ two shocks audiences By Haley Bertelsen “Thor: The Dark World” hit theaters Nov 8, and needless to say the cards were stacked against it. The film held a small (although devoted) following, bad reviews from the first film, received a director change half way through planning and many believed it would fall victim to the “Sequel’s Curse.” However, “Thor” came through time and time again throughout the movie. With an excellent cast including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston and a never ending supply of witty one-liners, audiences were pleasantly shocked. The sequel picks up sometime after the last film, and takes into account several events from the partner series “The Avengers.” Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest played by Portman, finds herself in London trying to move on from the regal hero with a date. Chris O’Dowd plays her companion who eventually is left at the table after Foster’s intern, played by Kat Dennings, brings big news. Dennings is an excellent addition in the second film, with her own funny and clever side story.
Eventually the leading lady is reunited with the mighty Thor, and taken on a journey to the hero’s home planet. Another difference from the original “Thor” is the introduction of the family and friends from Thor’s planet. Most notably the performance of Rene Russo who played the hero’s mother. Much to the fandom’s pleasure Tom Hiddleston, playing Thor’s brother Loki, had a large role in the movie. The duo, Hemsworth and Hiddelson, charmed audiences with their more playful performance, a big difference from the first film. The new director created a more light hearted atmosphere; however, fell short with the female characters. Portman and Dennings are not known for playing damsel-in-distress type characters, and throughout the whole story line they were constantly screaming for their knights in shining armor. However, by the end of the movie everyone had found something for them. There were aspects of action, adventure, sci-fi and romance that flowed through the film.
Halloween candy evokes strong opinions and potentially ruins dates By Farah Alkayed & Emily Elott When challenged people defend their favorite Halloween candies intensely. Halloween candies evoke strong passion in almost everyone. In some cases, people argue for their favorite medley of chocolate and caramel or sour sugar harder than they argue for their personal beliefs. Whether it’s the rich gooeyness and smoothness of caramel, chocolate and cookies in a Twix, or the delicate undertones of rice kernels in a Crunch, the degree of faith and belief in one’s favorite Halloween candy is astounding. If a boy pulls out an Almond Joy on a date, it’s not going to end well; he’s just as bland and tasteless. Candy isn’t just an unhealthy snack, it’s a way of life; it can make or break a relationship. One person loves Snickers, but the other person loves Reese’s. This heartbreaking disagreement can cause a rift between them large enough to end the relationship. The most foolproof test of chemistry for a couple is to place a bag of Halloween candy between them. The candy they each choose will predict their future as a couple. If they both reach for Sour Patch Kids, it’s a match made in heaven. In addition to influencing relationships, Halloween candy can also reveal information, based on which types people like. For instance, let’s continue with the theme of Almond Joy: if a person loves this candy, this could indicate a prefer-
ence for the tropics (because of the coconut) and reverence for the environment and trees (almonds, after all, are a tree nut). The same technique can be applied to Three Musketeers. The creamy filling surrounded by chocolate could say that a person who loves this candy prefers the simplicity of only one or two flavors, and probably views life in the same way. But the non-chocolate lovers should not be ignored. Swedish Fish, Sour Patch, Now ‘n Later, Twizzlers, Red Vines and all the other varieties of candies must be considered. In fact, people who have a preference for these candies over chocolate are of-
ten hipsters. They ignore the mainstream love of chocolate and instead follow their hearts and pursue the unique flavors found in these other candies. They view chocolate products with disdain as a way of professing their love for everything non-mainstream. In some cases, though, ardent defense of one’s favorite candy can be detrimental. Maybe if people were more open to their candy choices, if they decided that they could broaden their minds to something beyond what is known and familiar, they would become more tolerant of issues more important than candy. Perhaps, if this new candy ide-
ology could be applied to the world in general, progress could be made on discrimination, sexism, and all the other important ‘isms. Perhaps, next Halloween instead of buying individual packs of 60 Snickers or 25 Tootsie Rolls, candy lovers should join together to eliminate the segregation of Halloween candy. They should band together and branch out by buying Costco packages filled with mixed candy. Mixed candy packages are open to all types of candy, sweet or sour. They promote open-minds and acceptance of all people, even if said people like Almond Joys.
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Lakers take on turkey day By Olivia Fuson & Meghana Mysore With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time for Lakers to become acquainted with the true origins of the holiday. Sophomore Spencer Schmidt explained the holiday, insisting, “Come on, man, of course, [Thanksgiving] is about the dudes who came over a long time ago in ships.” Although this inaccuracy may seem farfetched, many students harbor common misconceptions about the first Thanksgiving. Today it is viewed as “a celebration of progress, life, and togetherness,” said freshman Adriana Aguilar. However, according to National Geographic it is viewed by many Native Americans as a reminder of bloodshed and discord. The first Thanksgiving was not an organizd feast between the Native Americans and Pil-
grims. The Wampanoag tribe, who had previously helped the settlers, heard the gunshots of the English as they hunted for food, and thought that the English might be preparing for war. The tribe leader, Massasoit, visited the pilgrims with ninety men in order to verify this rumor. There he discovered that the English were hunting for a harvest celebration. In order to show the tribe’s goodwill towards the English, Massasoit ordered his men to hunt game and eat it with the pilgrims. At this celebration the Pilgrims and the Native Americans vowed to protect one another from other tribes. However, this peace was short-lived and lasted only a generation, leaving the Native Americans with a bitter sense of betrayal. Thus for the Wampanoag people, the holiday is a reminder of this betrayal. Today’s Thanksgiving cuisine differs frm that of the original celebration as well. “Every
year we make a turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans,” said senior Carolyn Hoard. This fare is traditional to today’s Thanksgiving, but wasn’t present at the original holiday in 1621. Some of the dishes available at the first Thanksgiving included deer, corn, shellfish and roasted meat. Today many Thanksgiving meals come store bought, compromising the authenticity of the holiday. “It’s beginning to become outdated,” said junior Sanders Li, “as we stray from traditional culture and shift into modern society. Now the holiday has been commercialized.” This sentiment calls into question the values of Thanksgiving in our society as more importance is being placed on the measurable aspects of the holiday, as opposed to its cultural significance. Some may even dispute whether the holiday has any value at all, since it has evolved so far from its cultural roots.
Hannah Lewman Daniar Imanbayev
However, some Lakers still find value on this occasion as they gather with family and remember to give thanks. Senior Hannah Lewman recognizes this change, yet still believes that this celebration has merit. “It’s changed, and maybe lost some of its historical roots, but has become more meaningful and relevant overall due to its emphasis on family,” she said. Sophomore Daniar Imanbayev agreed. “Today the holiday is about being thankful, and reflecting on why we should give thanks. Celebrating the pilgrims isn’t really what the holiday is about. It’s evolved into something better—a celebration of family and being thankful.” While there may be many differing opinions circulating throughout LOHS about the meaning of Thanksgiving, the general consensus is that, its meaning is still significant. “All it’s really about,” said Hoard, “is thankfulness, and giving because you are thankful,”
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“I don’t really do anything special for Thanksgiving. My mom buys a turkey and we sometimes go to a party. I enjoy Thanksgiving, but it is outdated, and its culture and history aren’t relevant to today’s society. I don’t see the family value emphasized as much.”
“Usually the adults are downstairs and the cousins are upstairs and there’s a lot of family bonding, Everyone brings dishes, and we switch whose house it’s at every year.Thanksgiving today has become more meaningful and relevant due to the increased emphasis on family.”
“The holiday is truly about being thankful, and reflecting on our thanks. The history of Thanksgiving and the celebration of the Pilgrims is not as relevant as the holiday’s significance today. It has evolved into something better.”
“Thanksgiving means having time to get together with family, friends, be thankful, relax and have a good time. The evolution of Thanksgiving has caused it to become more relevant, but we should still acknowledge our past.”
New vs. Old: Who Mind the gap (year) wore it better? By Grace Park
Steven King’s chilling classic “Carrie” gets a 2013-style makeover with enthralling special effects and delightfully disturbing acting By Shannon Elliot “Footloose”, “True Grit”, “The Parent Trap”, and “Friday the 13th” have one similarity, they all fall into the ever-popular category of Hollywood remakes. Recently, remakes have exploded in the film industry, capitalizing on box-office successes of the past. “Carrie”, a classic 1976 horror film, has recently joined the group of films returning to the big screen. Making a splash, the second time around, “Carrie” received over $16 million in total gross, placing third in the box office during its first week in the theaters. Much like the original, “Carrie” is full of drama, suspense and haunting cinematography. “Carrie” follows a teenage girl, Carrie White, attempting to survive her high school years while dealing with telekinetic powers, her overly controlling mother and terrorizing peers. In the new version of the film, the director, Kimberly Peirce, creates her own adaptation, while living up to the standards of the original 1976 film. While some remakes maintain the same dialogue, scene sequence and create an exact replica of the film, Peirce does not. Peirce cre-
ates her own vision of the film. Special effects captivate audiences. One technique in particular is slow-motion. This technique is utilized, capitalizing on action-packed moments. Some films overlook action, however “Carrie” does not. Action frames in “Carrie” involve slow-motion, extending the presence and impact of each high-intensity shot. Playing the lead role, Carrie White, Chloë Grace Moretz (“Kick Ass”) captures the essence of the original film, while maintaining a youthful spin on the iconic character. Each still of the film evidently expresses the magnitude of Moretz’s presence. Moretz strongly invites the audience to root for her character. Julianne Moore, (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) playing the infamous Margaret White, gives a hypnotic performance as Carrie’s mother, a slightly disturbed woman. Each scene involving Moore’s character easily sent chills throughout the audience. White’s character challenges the audience to examine the mother-daughter relationship between Margaret and Carrie. The new adaptation of “Carrie” is a high paced, action-packed, thriller, and is capable of transforming those opposed to the horror genre.
Harvard’s a big fan. MIT encourages it, and Princeton even dedicated a whole new program especially for it. For years it’s been a standard procedure for students in Europe but it is just starting to gain steam here in America. It’s called a gap year. Or maybe you know it as the stimuli for parental freak out. With college right around the corner for seniors, parents are dragging their kids by the ear towards the next educational step, certain that it’s the best and only choice. But with an increasing number of high school graduates feeling burnt from the ever-moving academic conveyor belt, many are deciding to take a year-long breather before thrusting themselves into a crowded double dorm. Yet in a city with an academically rigorous system like that of Lake Oswego, sometimes it’s difficult to deviate from the norm of packing bags and flying across the country in anticipation of another year of school. But before you decide without a second thought of heading off to college, do yourself a favor and try to look at the options you have in front of you. It’s a common misconception to think that gap years leave students degree-less forever. It is actually quite the contrary. Students taking a year off return more focused and ready for the rigors of academic life. Princeton, a big supporter of gap years, recently announced a new program specially aimed towards urging students to take nine months off before matriculation. The “Bridge Year” program, fully sponsored by the school, chooses a select number of incoming Princeton students to delay their first year in order to participate in services at an international location. The program’s goal is to nurture its participants with a grand cultural and international perspective
as an opportunity for reflection and a deeper appreciation towards social service. There is an obvious reason for why elite universities support the idea of a gap year. These colleges are basically accepting students who have a clear direction along with a passion to start learning again, which in turn results in a higher graduation rate. And ultimately, isn’t completion that matters? Students should take note that getting into college is just half the battle. According to ACT Inc., about a third of college freshman don’t return to the same institution for a second year. And students who took a gap year commonly show a clear pattern of having a higher GPA all four years than if they had attended college the fall of their high school graduation. But most importantly, college is an extremely place to dabble in. On average a year’s price at a four-year private university costs approximately a whopping $45,000. As a Harvard alumni put it, “Sending a kid who’s not ready to college is like sending a kid who’s not feeling hungry to an all-youcan-eat buffet.” But that being said, a gap year should not be abused as an escape slide to postpone entering college to enjoy the life of a couch potato. The most successful gap years are those with a purpose of exploring the opportunity of gaining a deeper appreciation towards the life outside the bubble of academics. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — a chance to see the world and figure out your place in it. So it’s perfectly OK to deviate from the plan once the year begins. Everyone has his/ her own path to follow, and for some of us, it calls for a gap year. For those of us who are craving for the next level of education, that’s great - go for it! But for the rest who already have an already full-to-the-brim tummy, maybe it’s better to skip the buffet and take some time to digest, relax and pick it up the next year with a new hunger for knowledge.
Debate team welcomes new coach and looks forward to the future By Jessica Pollard The LOHS debate team is experiencing success under the direction of new debate coach and math teacher Robyn Rose. Rose attended Portland State University (PSU) and began coaching as a student teacher 11 years ago. “I needed a job closer to home and budget cuts took me out of Gresham, where I had been teaching for six years,” said Rose, who took over coaching responsibilities for the Lakers after previous coach Joe Provencher left to coach for Lewis and Clark College, not far from LOHS. “Robyn works at the school and can meet during school hours. She’s organized. When you get to know her, she’s really fun to be around,” said senior Andrew Samuelson. Samuelson, along with seniors Robert Xu, Joel Kwartler and Hannah Lewman are the captains of the debate team this year. The team has done very well so far, experiencing wins across the board during the Jerry Hudson Invitational competition at Willamette University with Lewman earning first place in Varsity Poetry and Kwartler along with junior Ammas Tanveer earning second place in Varsity After Dinner Speaking and Varsity Extemporaneous respectively. “We had 19 people compete and most of
them participated in more than one thing” explained Rose. During the Sprague Invitational Debate at Sprague High School in Salem on Nov.2, Tanveer took home first place in Varsity Parliamentary. At the Silverton Invitational at Silverton High School on Nov.9, Junior Max Groznik took home first place in Varsity Impromptu with many others earning second place spots in various varsity competitions. It’s clear that debate is less of an activity and more of a lifestyle, with competitions often lasting all day. “We leave at about six in the morning and get back around 10 or 11 p.m.,” said Rose. To practice, the team meets weekly. “We have practices on Tuesday evenings . There are usually about 30 kids at each practice and 16 different competitive events. It’s kind of like track and field where you get to pick a lot of different things. We usually pick a couple of things each Tuesday to focus on and a lot of kids just practice on their own,” said Rose. LOHS debate holds high hopes for the future. “Our team has a lot of drive. We’re hoping to travel to some national tournaments. We’re looking at Stanford and Gonzaga and want to get more people to nationals this year,” said Samuelson.
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Rose leads the debate team, which will be competing at the Clackamas Holiday Edge onDec.9.
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Lake Views staff issued surveys to English classes of all grade and level to collect data on academic dishonesty. Over 1000 students, roughly 75 percent of the student body, anonymously contributed data. With well over half of the school having participated in cheating, the results are overwhelming. Nearly 90 percent of our school claims to know the consequences of cheating, and yet many of us continue to cheat, even after signing multiple academic integrity contracts.
The pressure to cheat By meghana mysore Cheating, despite what most believe, is not a product of laziness or lack of will. Instead, it is a product of too much will and pressure to succeed. It is also a product of the mind, as one feels that if she does not resort to extreme measures such as cheating, she will not be able to attain the expectations set on them. These expectations come from everywhere. Looking around, it is convenient to forget that each and every human movement is adjusted to fit expectations. According to observations around LOHS, it can be seen that cheating is mostly done on miniscule assignments, rather than large standardized tests. Michele Tyra, guidance counselor, explains, “There is little to no cheating on those exams [AP tests] that we are aware of. I have coordinated the AP tests for ten years and have dealt with only two cheating issues.” It should be taken into account that cheating on larger standardized tests are fairly visible, whereas on smaller assignments it may go unaccounted for. While there are small amounts of cheating that occur during larger exams and standardized tests such as AP tests and the SAT, generally it is reserved for those assignments which, alone, would make a negligible difference in a student’s grade. While some may argue that this happens because cheating on smaller day-to-day assignments is easier, it can also be understood that cheating has almost become a game of sorts. It is all about attaining the most points in our letter grades, but not about the goal. The goal is not something temporary, such as one’s GPA, as many believe. Each student, when she chooses to cheat himself and others, is choosing the value of a few points over the value of truly gaining knowledge. When one gets caught up in the race of success, the definition of success can become blurry and muddled. Tyra acknowledges that addressing academic integrity each year and having students sign the pledge eliminates most cheating. “It is still going to happen, though.” she said. She feels that most cheat-
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Brad Woebke: math teacher
ing “comes from feeling pressure and sense of competitiveness among peers, or parental pressure to get into a good college.” We feel that these temporary assignments can help us achieve our long-term goals; however, even the long-term goals are not everlasting. What is everlasting is the opinion we hold of ourselves and of others. Even when one reaches the goal which pressures him to cheat, she will not be able to forget how he reached it. Still, as students, it is difficult to see the consequences of cheating on that five-point Spanish workbook page when there are truly no obvious consequences on a day-to-day basis. It is likely that a teacher would not notice a student passing answers to another. And in the scheme of life, even if a teacher does notice a student cheating on a five-point assignment and punishes the student severely, this incidence will be tiny. So, what is the consequence? There is pressure surrounding each and every student walking the halls of LOHS—pressure from parents, teachers and the school itself—but if, for one moment, everyone could forget all these pressures, she could remember why she comes to school each and every day. While one’s hopes for education should not be to learn everything, it is imperative that one learns something from waking up each morning. This “something” is never measured by the number of points we have accumulated in our GPAs. Rather, it is by the ability of students to rise above the pressure that the value of education is measured, and by their ability to think about why they go to school each day. The answer should come easily. All that we feel is unimportant becomes highly important as we climb the ladder up to the real world. At the end of the day, the students who are pressured by their parents, their friends or themselves, to partake in cheating will one day find that their parents’ views are slowly becoming irrelevant, and their once-important goals are diminishing. They will be left with only the view that they have of themselves, as all the letter grades and points fall into a blur.
“There is always a grey area when it comes to cheating. Cheating is anything that you copy down or turn in that isn’t your own work. The grey area arises in the context of copying versus helping. If a student is helping another student with their work, I wouldn’t call that cheating, even if a student is copying down some of the problem. It becomes cheating if the student isn’t trying to learn and is only copying to get credit. Even though in math there’s usually just one answer, you still have to show all your work, and that’s where teachers can usually tell if a student’s work is their own.”
80% cheat or have cheated 12.65% have turned
in work that was not their own for points
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Mark McNeal: English teacher “Cheating is any time a student takes another’s ideas and passes it off as his [or her] own. This is more sad than anything else, because you are letting others say what you think. Spark notes is one of the most pervasive resources, and I guess it’s technically cheating, but it can also be helpful in aiding students’ analysis of the book, as long as they still read. SparkNotes becomes cheating when it’s used in an essay. That’s plagiarism, and it’s also really obvious to the teacher. Usually we can tell when ideas coming from students aren’t their own.”
29.39% have asked
for or given someone answers on a test
31.43% have looked at
someone else’s answers during a test
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75.51% have copied or allowed someone else to copy homework
John Freeman: math and science teacher “Cheating is anything that gives someone an unfair advantage, like earning points or credit for something you didn’t do. The main form of cheating that I think goes on is talking about the test. If two students are caught sharing answers on the test, the penalty is that they both receive zeros. For some students, cheating has become a habit. I like to think that most students don’t actively try to cheat. Last year when I taught Algebra I had a student cheat on a test. Cheating is a problem that needs to be addressed more specifically.”
42.45% cheat or have
cheated in science classes
42.04% cheat or have
cheated in English or foreign language classes
29.60% cheat or have
Definition of academic integrity at LOHS Consequences of academic integrity violations Definition - The principle of academic integrity shall be that a student’s submitted work, examinations, reports or projects must be that student’s own work. Students shall not: 1. Represent the work of others as their own 2. Use unauthorized assistance in any academic work. 3. Give unauthorized assistance to other students. 4. Modify, without faculty approval, an examination, paper record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit. 5. Fail to meet other conditions for academic integrity as required by a faculty member for a specific course. ((LOHS Student Handbook)
Any student found to be in violation of academic integrity in any form, shall expect the following disciplinary consequences. These consequences accumulate throughout the student’s high school career and are not on a year by year basis: Cumulative consequences throughout high school career: First offense: “0” on assignment in question, parents notified Second offense: “0” on assignment in question, parents notified, suspension Third offense: “0” on assignment in question, parents notified, suspension, dropped from class of violation (LOHS Student Handbook)
cheated in history or elective classes
27.04% cheat or have
cheated in math classes
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Teresa Sanchez: Spanish teacher “I define cheating as being dishonest on a test or assignment. Cheating is a fairly common occurrence. It happens in each class. I usually find at least one or two people cheating on every test. The most common forms of cheating on tests are usually having a book open or using a phone. Usually, if I find someone with a phone out or a book visible at the beginning of a test, I will tell them to put it away. If I find someone with a book or phone out towards the middle or end of the test, I’ll take their test and give them a zero. When that happens, I also have to report it. Kids who cheat usually want the grade, they just don’t want to put in the work.”
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Robots rule the workforce and the wars By Travis Toal Ford Motors produces about 10,000 cars every day. The Louisville Assembly Plant produces approximately 1,700 of those cars per day. Since 1985, not a single car has been painted by a human; all of the vehicles are painted with automated robots. Although factories still need human assistance, machines dominate the assembly line all across the world. These robots greatly increase the efficiency, quality and safety of factory production. However, the jobs they fill are taken from actual people out of work. Movies like “Terminator” show the robot uprising as some violent revolution in the distant future. But what exactly is the criteria for declaring ourselves overthrown? It must involve the machines having superior firepower, superior in-
formation, self-replication and self-awareness. Admittedly, modern computer-guided weapons – specifically, drones – cannot go on a rampage by themselves. However, if computers decide to stop helping humanity, we wouldn’t be able to fire them either, leaving both sides of the (extremely hypothetical) war relatively harmless. While mankind has used retrieved information to amass great power, machines have a much greater wealth of information. The leak of NSA surveillance goes to show the ease with which anyone’s computer, and therefore history and secrets, can be accessed and compiled. Automated assembly lines have already given machines the power to replicate themselves, but they don’t have the ability to maneuver smoothly as of now. That might only be a temporary comfort,
though; students at MIT have created small metal cubes capable of jumping and creating structures together, like a possessed LEGO set. Inside each of the twoinch long cubes are magnets and gears capable of rotating 20,000 times per minute. Bringing these components to a sudden stop gives the cubes enough momentum to fly into different positions like an 8-bit Transformer. Though a blocky pyramid might not be as fear-inspiring as the liquefying T-1000 Terminator, its ability to defy gravity as it jumps through the air is not just something to shrug off with a laugh. What machines are lacking, thankfully, is a feeling of hatred towards humanity. But given that my phone’s directions to the dentist ended at a scrapyard in Oregon City, I’m already watching over my shoulder for rogue cars.
The Sims: making life not so dim By Jessi Daly
We’re all Claire* By Cassandra Cumberland
Middle school: a time that most of us try our hardest to forget about. A place where some of us grow and especially a haven for drama and gossip and mean girls and prepubescent middle school humor (the worst kind). Quite often I hear my mature classmates shudder at the thought of their middle school days. I, too, wonder what I was thinking when I cut my own hair and colored my eyelids with grey eyeliner. Yet I do acknowledge it’s a crucial time in each human’s difficult journey to maturity. After school on Wednesdays, I can be found teaching photography to middle schoolers at the “LO Teen Scene,” AKA the McKenzie Lounge. Afterwards, I mentor and lead about 40 kids at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (LGPC). I can easily say I sympathize and love volunteering (and getting kind-of paid) with that pre-teen age group. The weekend of Oct 25 I embarked on a wondrous and God-filled journey to Silcox Hut, located at the scenic and very tall peak of Timberline with the kids of LGPC. Although I willingly signed up for this Middle School retreat as a leader, my starry-eyed perception of how the weekend was going to proceed was, well, very wrong. Beginning with a long bus ride at 10 a.m., my “one day” journey with approximately 30 sugar-filled middle school students started off happily. I greeted my lovely small group of three of my favorite girls and received many smiles and hugs. As we loaded the bus in an efficient but chatty assembly line, I smiled as I thought about how absolutely lovely and relaxing my weekend was going to be. The bus ride was fine, warm and filled with numerous car games including the “guessing game,” where a child named Claire would think of some objects (her favorite objects were animals) and I proceeded to ask questions until I guessed the accurate object and played “telephone” (I swear the kids changed what they heard on purpose AND every time it would end up with “I like purple snowmen…” We arrived at our first stop, Zig Zag pizza to get absolutely LOADED on coke and pizza and play some icebreaker games. The kids told me they were “bored” repeatedly. Awesome. We travel again, this time to Timberline lodge. I especially waited for this moment. My family has never been a “snow” family and last time I attempted to ski, I had to walk the entirety of a double black diamond because it was either that or going head first, straight down a 75-degree angle. The lodge was lovely and while I was there I learned that a talented student, Evan, could play the piano better than Bach. In fact at the young age of 12 he had already composed four original and moving pieces. That made me cry a little and did some wonders on my self-esteem. I found myself wondering what it would feel like to have a talent like that. Oh well. After the kids explored the lodge and some discussion about submerging deeper within ourselves commenced, we got the “thumbs-up to start our climb to the cabin. Here, the drama began. Within the first 10 minutes, the girls decided, “bunks.” The girls decided to not bunk in our “small groups,” but wanted to switch things up. An emotionally fragile student, Claire, was notokay with this and the tears began. She asked me, “why doesn’t’ anybody want to bunk with me!?” and my fellow leader and I calmly explained to her that the situation was not because no one wanted to bunk with her. But the reality was that the situation was most likely because of JUST THAT. No one wanted to bunk with her. It saddened me. Although the girl has the emotional maturity of a fourth grader, at the age of 13, and is constantly repetitive, and in your face, she was still a delightful and young human being and very well deserves the love, attention and respect of her peers. It’s not like the girls who opted out of bunking with the “braceface cry-baby” are the most mature either, and I sure as heck don’t prefer either of their company over the other. I love them equally, as I should. But regardless, the situation sucked. I submerged deeper within myself to examine why this situation affected me so personally. I realized that it’s because as much as I don’t want to be associated with a girl like Claire, I am JUST like her. I’m annoying, in your face and certainly whiny. In fact, I’m sure in some cases I’m WORSE than Claire. Furthermore, I know exactly what it’s like to be left out, longing for the attention of someone “cooler” and not receiving it. During our talk at Timberline Lodge, the girls in my small group and I agreed that humans identify our deepest desire as wanting love and to belong. This isn’t just true for Claire, but me too. And it is true for all of us. I struggled with this the entire trip. The girls I had once thought were saints had consequently soured my brain as they continuously tried to push *Claire further and further away. They worked their little behinds off to disassociate any of their middle school antics from Claire and it was frankly not nice. Let me say something here what you may not like to admit: YOU are just like *Claire. YOU with your problems, your complaining, your annoying habits and that is A-OK. Instead of trying to reject that notion why don’t you just accept that we all have flaws and that’s just dandy. I challenge you this: embrace it, live it and love it. *Name has been changed
Wake up. Walk. Stand up. Make bed. Sit down. Eat. Stand up. Play piano. As much as that unfortunately sounds like “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick Lamar, it’s something a tad better: “The Sims.” “The Sims” is a video game where you can basically live your life however you want, just from the comfort of your parent’s basement in the dark till 2 a.m. One step above “Grand Theft Auto” and “Super Smash Bros”, you’ll find “The Sims” as my number one most recommended video game. You can get your own house, start any type of job you want, learn to play a few instruments, get married and start a cute Sims family of your own. It’s all about the journey to achieving whatever your (virtual) heart desires. Who needs to work on their real life, when they have their perfect life all at the tips of their fingers? Well, not me. I love “The Sims.” I can do anything that I can’t do in real life or don’t have the patience for. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I’m one of the laziest and most impatient people in the world. But not virtual-Jessi, oh no. She’s a level 10 on the “Activeness” scale. Not to mention, she has maximum skill points when it comes to cooking, cleaning, creativeness and everything else you could
possibly be good at. And she obtained all this, in just a few shorts weeks (approx. two-three hours in “the real world”.) She has the potential to be an astronaut, a bodybuilder, get into private school, etc. I couldn’t be more proud of Sim-Jessi. If I was in “The Sims” right now, I could click “3” on my keyboard to speed time, and have this article typed in a matter of hours (approx. two-three seconds in “the real
world”.) All I’m saying, is The Sims could possibly be one of the most beneficial video games out there. For such a debateably weird topic, I went to a debateably weird source for some more opinions! About one year ago, “davidd” from Yahoo Answers said, “I suppose it’s possible that after raising a sim from a little baby sim to and elderly sim it’s possible you could create a a emotional tie to said sim, Similar to a pet you could say. So this could help one to care about others and learn more about empathy and such.” In one of the creepiest ways it could possibly be said, “davidd” has got a point. There are many little benefits you can find from playing video games in general, let alone one that relates so much to the real world. Over the years, my countless hours of playing “The Sims” has taught me how easy it is to get a couple thousand dollars in debt, if you spend at least two hours painting on an easel, you’ll be able to paint the Mona Lisa, burning down your entire house due to leaving mac n’ cheese in the oven too long is an extremely easy thing to do, and if you’re a teengaer and you stay out 30 seconds passed curfew, you will be chased down by the S.W.A.T. team. The possibilities are endless when it comes to “The Sims,” which is why I gladly dedicate my life to my “life.”
Box stores to increase profits, I commend you. Black Friday is nothing more than an opportunity to bump up prices before the holiday season, then supposedly “slash” prices by 50 percent, when in reality there is usually only a 10 to 15 percent reduction. In other words, Black Friday is a rip off. First and foremost, Black Friday takes away from the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day when one has the opportunity to come together with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for what they have. Regressively, Black Friday tends to further glorify America’s obsession with material goods. In addition, Black Friday has become progressively more violent over the years. In the past, it was a holiday where one could get
great deals and a jump start on holiday shopping. Nowadays, Black Friday shopping is so competitive that it has resulted in numerous injuries and even several deaths. Black Friday is not only putting people’s lives in danger but it is endangering the spirit of Thanksgiving. Instead of giving thanks for one’s family or health, people are giving thanks for the new “Call of Duty” game they got last week at GameStop for 30 percent off. Plus, would you rather be at home surrounded by family and a delicious Thanksgiving meal, or huddled under a blanket outside the local Kmart so that you can get the latest pair of Skecher’s Shape-Ups on sale?
Black Friday takes a dark turn this year By Lauren Anderson The atmosphere is electric. The Walmart employee stumbles out of the way as the crowd of eager shoppers stampede the store. Two women grapple for a pink camouflage snuggie, while a security guard huddles in the corner, silently waiting for the violent onslaught to end. In the next aisle over, an extreme couponer berates the assistant manager, as the store has sold out of “Tickle Me Elmo’s.” This is becoming the typical scene at stores with “door buster deals” on Black Friday. For those of you that are unaware of this consumer holiday, invented by Big
American consumerism has a steep price
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By Natalie Skowlund What do team sweatshirts, bottled water and acrylic nails have in common? All are unnecessary products which have become far too popular in modern American society. And while I know we are all tired of hearing how we should stop attaching ourselves to material possessions because they will not ultimately bring us happiness, I don’t know how many times it needs to be reiterated before it finally sinks in, because it certainly hasn’t sunk in yet. In fact, according to Global Issues Organization, U.S. citizens spend approximately $8 billion on cosmetics each year, a sum $2 billion more than the estimated value of the cost of providing basic education for the citizens of all developing nations combined. So how does that fact reflect the American priorities? Well, evidently we live in a society which holds an individual’s physical appearance as more important than improving the quality of life for an entire world of people. There’s the old adage, “you are what you eat;” I say, you are what you buy. Where we put our money tells everything about our own values and what we herald as most crucial in this world. And right now, it’s looking like most Americans believe life is “all about me.” It seems sensible to maintain that America’s uninhibited consumer culture is largely founded on our individualist ideals. The first pilgrims came to America because they wanted the freedom to practice religions that deviated from the norm; they viewed the New World as a land of immense possibilities where they could pursue their own “individual” beliefs. Furthermore, Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding Fathers, strongly promoted the “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” mentality, and is credited today as the father of the concept of the American Dream. Hence, the American tradition of uninhibited shopping on Black Friday is no coincidence; our history has immensely determined our current consumerist culture. But it would be fallacious to argue
that because it derives from early American history, it is justifiable today. The issue with consumerism is not just F. Scott Fitzgerald’s message in “The Great Gatsby” that material goods will not deliver happiness, but that buying more than we truly need is inherently immoral. Firstly, the more we consume, the more we drain our planet’s resources. We cannot afford to continue laughing environmental concerns off as a hippie cause because if we continue to abuse our planet, it’s going to be everyone who suffers. Let’s stop writing off those who recycle and buy secondhand goods as “tree huggers” and get serious, because it takes everyone to create change, not just those who care enough to brave the stereotypes. And no, going to JC Penny and buying a t-shirt that reads “Go Green” is not the right move. If you really want to be “green,” stop trying to advertise your environmental beliefs and actually get active by planting trees or turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. An equally important moral concern with consumerism is its impact on our fellow human beings. Although few people realize this, when you buy something from a chain store like Target or Walmart, chances are it was produced by workers in a developing country—or even the U.S.— under extremely dangerous and unhealthy conditions, and for very little wages. The factories which exploit workers like this are known as “sweatshops.” According to DoSomething.Org, a shocking 98 percent of LA garment factories currently violate health and safety standards. Therefore, when we buy goods from stores that use sweatshops—even companies like Nike and Macy’s fall under this category—we are indirectly incentivizing such companies to continue using sweatshop labor so that they can keep prices down. Sure, perhaps we get some cool new gadget for cheap out of the transaction, but is it really the bargain it seems to be? For while we pay less for the item, the rest of that cost is paid for with lives, not money. When we buy cheap products from companies
that utilize sweatshops, we are obliviously condoning violations of human rights purely for self-interest. Yet, one of the most troubling aspects of consumerism is that all that money spent on unnecessary items like scented lotion or a homecoming dress only worn once is money that could be going towards causes that might actually promote positive worldwide change. If, as National Geographic reports, 55 percent of trash gets buried in landfills, just think about how much we waste each year in items that we buy but then tire of quickly. In a sense, a good portion of people’s money is sitting in landfills when it could have been put to better use if contributed to a soup kitchen or disaster relief fund. Everyone dreads those solicitous calls from The Sierra Club or Care Organization, but we welcome the opportunity to buy an overpriced white chocolate mocha at Starbucks. Sensing the hypocrisy? We love spending money on ourselves, but when it comes to giving to others, it’s suddenly a nuisance. Societal trends are often so ingrained that it seems impossible to nix them from the culture. But as difficult as it might seem, it is not impossible—we’ve seen immense progress in the realms of women’s rights, racial equality and healthcare reform, to name a few. With the same nationwide dedication to lessening America’s consumer culture, we can change our economic injustices as well. Of course, it is understandably difficult to wean yourself off of the accessibility and economy of endorsing omnipresent companies like Forever 21 and Fred Meyers, but whoever said “money speaks” was right, and unless you take the initiative and stop shopping at such places, no one will. Some great alternatives are shopping at locally-owned supermarkets, buying fresh produce at farmers’ markets and purchasing used clothing rather than new. In fact, according to basic capitalism, an increase in people shopping locally and buying secondhand goods would lower the prices of such items; in other words, it would be the best of both worlds.
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Homecoming dresses serve as straightjackets for girls By Emily Elott Indoctrination into the princess archetype begins when girls are children. When they are younger, they are encouraged to don princess costumes and flit around. This blatant violation of feminism continues in today’s high school environment where girls desire being voted princess of a dance during what can only be described as an embarrassing example of the objectification of women. Words ring out at lunch during the voting days of dances, “Come vote for your favorite princess! Let’s get everyone to vote! Voting right here! Come decide who your princesses will be!” Some bypass these tables, leaving the reinforcement of gender roles to others who still cling to the sexist standards of the twentieth century. Most people do not even realize that they are perpetuating the gender stereotype of women as subordinate and subservient. They like to vote because it’s “fun” and “lighthearted.” But nothing about sexing girls up and marching them out at football games is lighthearted. Rather, it is a sexist, objectifying, and outdated tradition. First, high school society, and, specifically, dance courts, have not changed along with a culture that has dramatically shifted in the past decades. Attitudes towards women have become increasingly progressive, but not in school. The only time girls receive recognition is as princesses of dances, where they “get the opportunity” to be chosen for their attractiveness and popularity, rarely anything actually substantive. And the boys? There are pep assem-
blies for every mildly important football game. Essentially, the message this sends is that boys are capable of worthwhile activities, while girls must be pretty and clueless. Not only does the princess phenomenon send the message that girls are not capable of anything worthwhile, but it also objectifies women. Princesses are seen as objects, rather than actual people. It’s quite possible that we could put a bowl of fruit out at the homecoming football game and people wouldn’t notice the difference. A bowl of fruit is a nice, shiny object that beautifies any room but provides nothing of actual substance, much like our princesses. Many argue that dance courts are acceptable because boys are on the court at winter formal. But this does not change the fact that girls twirl their way onto the stage without the presence of male princes for Homecoming and Mayfete. The notion that girls must be princesses dates back to medieval times, in which girls were expected to appear attractive and useless besides powerful male monarchs. We might as well still hold jousting contests if we are going to have dance courts. Where is the recognition of the merits of women that we spent the last 200 years trying to accomplish? It’s hidden in the slutty outfits of girl escorts at Winter Formal, in the bosoms of girls in pretty dresses and in this choking tradition that kills any semblance of feminism. Come on, girls. Not all of us want to be useless objects. We can change the world. But only if our high schools stop trying to force us into dresses and high heels.
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Girl Scouts known more for Samoas than for societal accomplishments By Grace Park Thin mints and Samoas. They are probably the first things that pop into your head when you think of Girl Scouts. The organization that was established with a clear service mission is evolving into a commercializing image of girls selling cookies. For over a century, Girl Scouts embodied the iconic figure of American patriotism. Their vision of nurturing young girls to become independent leaders of society influenced millions of them to become confident women. Selling cookies is just one of the few activities that promotes life skills.
And according to the Girl Scouts website, when a scout sells cookies, she’s learning to set goals, manage money, and interact with people to build leadership and success in life. Yet it appears that this very mechanism for promoting leadership is becoming the central image of Girl Scouts. Every season people are anxious to receive their box of Do-si-dos and Thin mints, and every season they expect the same badge adorned scouts to knock on their front door. This commercializing image has become so widespread that many people are neglecting to associate Girl Scouts with their other service missions like
volunteering at local organizations or participating in wild life projects. What a lot of people do not realize is that cookie sales is only a small part of what Girl Scouts do. According to the Girl Scouts Public Advocacy, girls discover the power of friendship together through a myriad of enriching experiences through field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community projects and cultural exchanges. Anna Meyer, a senior at LOHS, is also an ambassador for Girl Scouts. Having been part of the organization for almost 12 years, Meyer states that the program heavily influenced her lifestyle through the various activities
that she participated in. “Girl Scouts,” Meyer states, “is an organization that guides girls to become independent young women. As a Brownie, I learned how to work with others. Now, as an ambassador, I’ve learned how to not only collaborate, but also to lead… Scouts doesn’t really “teach” anything (except maybe how to survive in the outdoors or sell things door to door), rather it is a platform that can provide a girl the opportunities she needs in order to become the person she wants to be.” The same applies to other Scouts. The organization, in its essence, embodies the inspiring figure of shaping our young generation
to become independent leaders of society. Yet over the years, it is true that Girl Scouts’ image has changed. We associate them more with mouth-watering pastries than their contribution to the community. It’s an unfortunate parallel especially in a time when our young female generation is in need of embodying the figure of an independent leader rather than the town’s local bake shop. Girl scouts needs to change their public image so that these girls will be recognized for their contributions to society not simply the money that they raise at cookie sales.
The kick on school sports High school athletics prove High school sports a necescounter-productive sity for student wellbeing By Daniel Vogel High-school athletics do nothing but harm the educational pursuits, bodily health and financial interests of the student body. A study conducted by Amanda Ripley of The Atlantic showed that “Nine out of ten foreign students who had lived in the U.S. said that kids here cared more about sports than their peers back home did.” When 20 countries have higher high-school graduation rates than than the U.S., perhaps its time to start examining the shortfalls of our education system. U.S. students, who worldwide rank 31st in math, spend more than twice as much time playing sports compared to South Korean students, who rank fourth in math. Sports are a distraction from the main mission of a school- to educate. Athletes who spend hours every day after school practicing are using time that could be spent doing work for school or pursuing their own academic knowledge. Perhaps because of practices, a student won’t be able to take an AP or honors class, or their English grade will be a C instead of an A. But one need not play sports to have his/her grades affected by them. A 2011 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the grades of male students at the University of Oregon dropped when the football team won more. This could be explained due to increased partying, alcohol consumption and less time spent studying that occurred in response to the successes of the football team. Alongside this comes other horrible negative health effects that accompany high school athletics. The American Journal of Sports Medicine reports that over 300,000 high school athletes receive concussions each year, and the adverse effects of concussions have unfortunate consequences for a student’s grades. In football alone 50 percent of athletes experience concussion symptoms, and one third report two or more concussions per season, according to the Journal of Child Neurology. These concussions are incredibly detrimental to academic potential. A study published by the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey found that those who had had a concussion had a GPA 0.2 points lower than those who had never had a concussion- enough to make a difference between honor roll and non-honor roll in the study. Those who had had two or more concussions lost almost 0.3 points compared to
the average. These injuries are not a natural part of high school life, and need not be there at all. And while athletics can provide physical activity for students, voluntary athletic programs are not comprehensive or wide-ranging enough to combat the sedentary lives of American youth. Physical education courses furnish much better results and can be given to all students, rather than solely the 50 percent of students who participate in school athletics. Most of allthe financial implications of the high-school athletics program spell dire consequences for the school district. Co-curricular programs, which includes more than athletics but is not differentiated in the budget of the district, comprise over 13 percent of money budgeted for high schools. Many claim that these programs are net sources of income for the district, but that is not backed up in fact. Admissions and participation fees bring in around $600,000 a year, but these programs cost almost a million and a half dollars per year, and are thus their budget is heavily subsidized. While the district may claim through the introduction of new standardized Common Core tests that the focus of the district is on mathematics and English, this is not evident in terms of compensation. As of 2010, according to the Oregonian, the two highest paid teachers in the district were the athletic directors at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School (who were counted as such because their positions do not require administrative licenses). These salaries are not consistent with the message given by the district in terms of academic focus. Through these pay levels the district is stating that athletics is more important that academics- a hard thing for a school district to say when these athletic programs are detrimental to the intellectual pursuits and well-being of the student body. Athletics can, and should, be contained in realms outside of academia. Club sports offer alternative programs that are paid for by those participating in them, rather than draining money from school budgets that are already hammered by the continuing economic downturn. Money that was being wasted on athletics programs that harm students could instead be applied to health programs and healthier food to combat epidemic levels of youth obesity. It’s time to demand strong schools and strong students. Let’s remove high-school athletics.
By Jeske Paanakker Imagine hundreds of students cheering, all supporting and engaged in the nail-biting football game against our rivals. Without this, or any other school sport, events like these would not exist and the school would not be as united as we are. School sports not only keep a student in good physical condition, they also keep the student focused. Sports allow a student to be on a tight schedule allowing them to be concentrated on what needs to be done in order to be able to move on to the next thing on their to-do list. Although many might claim that school sports take up too much time and do not allow a student to concentrate on the education which they are receiving, school sports keep a person well rounded. Hardiness Research (Casper, Wyoming) uncovered several interesting facts. Namely, male and female student athletes excel in school, don’t drop out and have greater opportunities for graduating from college. In fact, they are 100 percent more likely to see such results when compared to their non-athletic peers. 92 percent don’t use drugs, have a higher degree of self-assuredness, take more difficult or honors classes, make better grades, are aware of college acceptance financial aid and are more focused on life goals. High School Sports enables the entire school to come together, whether playing or cheering for their school. Sporting events allows a student to forget about the stressors of school for a while and lets them spend time with friends while showing off their school pride. Not only do school sports allow children to be active, it also teaches them how to communicate with others around them outside of school. They teach kids how to work as a team rather than as a single being. In many team sports, an athlete may have to call for the ball or let one of their team mates know that someone is coming to guard them from behind. Children are taught to put others above themselves and work together toward achieving the common goal that they share, winning. With these team work skills, many athletes’ social skills also improve because they are taught how to interact
with others in a different environment that not everyone gets to experience in day to day life. According to Stephen Lang from enzinearticles.com, “Students are the big winners because they learn valuable lessons that last a lifetime, including lessons involving character building, teamwork, self-discipline, and competitive attitudes.” Sports teach students how to handle and work well under much pressure, even if the odds are against them; which is something they can’t always learn in a classroom environment. Aiden Prentice, a sophomore on the football team says, “sports have taught me how to cooperate with others because we run plays and work together to accomplish a common goal. Having to balance the weight of school and sports all at the same time can become very hectic and sometimes even overwhelming. A student who knows how to set up their priorities is one who can balance the two things and do well at both. Over time, being involved in sports generally instills this ability into most athletes, which helps prepare them for future success. Having a stressful day? An after school sport can provide an individual with an emotional outlet; not only mentally, but also physically and chemically. Sports can help one relieve stress and let out negative energy. Prentice says, “Whenever I’m having a stressful day I know that practice can help me vent my stress by hitting people and letting out my physical excursion.” High school sports help a person’s social group expand. The study called “The Role of Sports in Youth Development” also found that student athletes had higher-than-average social bonds with institutions and individuals. In school, a student will know others around them who have the same interests as them because of their sport. Unlike club sports, high school sports participants consists of students inside their school which allows the students to meet new people and make new friends. Lastly, sports are fun. For around an hour to two hours a day, a student spends time with his friends and coaches while doing something they love to do. Simultaneously, they are getting in better physical, mental, and emotional state for the days to come.
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Quidditch for the masses By Haley Bertelsen It’s the new sport that’s sweeping the nation. With over 600 teams throughout the country and 1000 around the world, Quidditch is one of the fastest growing sports. Based off of the “Harry Potter” series, Quidditch has been adapted to the unfortunate reality where magic isn’t real. The game takes the basic rules (which are anything but basic considering there are over 500 rules in the official handbook) and incorporates elements of rugby, lacrosse and dodgeball. The sport started at a college in Vermont in 2005 and soon gave birth to the International Quidditch Association in 2007. The association holds a World Cup at the end of each season and welcomes some 80 teams from all around the world. The tournament lasts an entire week with games going almost 24-7. For those who have never heard of Quidditch or don’t know how its played in real life, its easy enough to pick up. There are two teams, seven players on each side and four balls. There are several positions that one can play. Each team gets one keeper, two beaters, three chasers and one seeker. A Keeper is basically a goalie that protects three free standing hoops. Chasers throw the main ball, called a quaffle, through the hoops to score points using techniques similar to lacrosse offense. Beaters defend Chasers by throwing balls (called bludgers), dodgeball style, at opposing players. Finally, there is the Seeker and the snitch. In the movies and books a snitch is a small,
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Quidditch is the new sport that is taking the nation by storm. The International Quidditch Association has inspired many schools to create their own teams, including LOHS.
flying, golden ball that is the ultimate prize. To end the game the Seeker must catch the snitch. In the new form of Quidditch, a snitch is a runner dressed in yellow. To “catch” them the Seekers must chase the runners and pull a ball attached to them off. All this happens while the rest of the players make smaller points throwing the Quaffle through the hoops. Although mostly popular with college students, high school teams have emerged.
LOHS, in fact, has it’s own team, led by Captain Alice Maiterth. After taking over sophomore year, Maiterth has been pushing for bigger teams and more matches. If you’re interested in participating, or just want to come check it out, all are welcome. Practices are Sunday afternoons depending on the beautiful Oregon weather. For more information contact Alice Maiterth or check out the Facebook page at LOHS Quidditch Club.
Athletes as role models One Game Campaign rallies support By Claire Torkelson Professional athletes are in the business of bring athletes because they are able to make a living off of their extraordinary talents, which brings to our attention whether or not athletes should be looked upon as role models. Because most athletes have superior human capabilities in strength, endurance, and coordination, we forget that these are flawed people. If we knew the background story behind athletes’ careers, their scandals, crimes, and infidelities, would we place them on as high of a pedestal as we do in society? When athletes are revealed in a not so glorifying point of view, why is their behavior so dismissive and worthy of a second chance? Aldon Smith is a 24 year old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He attended the University of Missouri before he was drafted to the 49ers in the first round as the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. As a rookie for the 49ers, Smith played 16 games, made 14 sacks, 31 tackles, six assisted tackles and one safety. In the 2012 season, Smith played and started in 16 games, made 20 sacks, one interception, forced three fumbles, made 50 tackles and assisted in 16 tackles. On September 20, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. Smith was arrested for driving while having a blood alcohol level of 0.15, double the legal limit in California. Smith crashed his car into a tree when officials found him, and also discovered marijuana in his vehicle. Smith was released from Santa Clara county jail at 11:20 a.m. the following morning. He spent an hour and 40 minutes behind bars, and was released several hours before standard protocol allows. There are accusations claiming 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh picked Smith up from jail that morning. Smith was reported back practicing with the 49ers by noon that day. Aldon’s case was unable to be dismissed due to previous misdemeanors involving the possession of illegal weapons. Smith has taken an “indefinite leave from football,” and appeared in court on November 4, 2013 to answer to his charges. In any regular DUI case in California, a person who is charged with a first defense DUI could be required to spend four days to six months in prison. There is always a large fine followed by a license suspension. Aldon Smith blew twice the legal limit, crashed his car and had marijuana on him. Not to mention, this was Smith’s second DUI in the last 14 months. Following his arrest, Smith was able to practice with his team the next day. Smith was given a break by our criminal justice system because he is a decent football player. His inexcusable behaviors become excusable because he is a uniquely talented person. Uniquely talented people get breaks in life. For example, the most talented sales person in the technology department at Target often shows up late to work. A mediocre or average sales person may be fired for the unprofessional behavior. However, when an impressive salesman exhibits the same behaviors the consequences may be way less severe if any at all. Valued people are handed multiple chances in life. In the NFL, it’s not easy to come across a first round pick linebacker in the prime of his career. Smith is not easily replaceable, so it’s not a surprise when the 49ers dismiss his intolerant actions. I think we often forget that athletes are entertainers. Professional sports is categorized within the entertainment industry. We can fantasize and glamorize the idea of playing our favorite sport as a career, but in reality once you start getting a salary the competitive nature minimizes, and passion behind the sport fades. It becomes a business rather than a pastime. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 the Denver Broncos played the Dallas Cowboys. It was a close game until the last seconds. The final score was 51-48, with the Broncos winning over a field goal. It was alarming to see the indifference attitudes of the players on Dallas. They were good sports and congratulated their opponents but the players couldn’t seem less interested in the fact they just barely lost an important game. In comparison to the reactions of high school college players after losing, the difference is unbelievable. When scandals in the sports industry happen such as Aldon Smith’s, it shows how distorted our views are on pro athletes. Win or lose the athlete is getting paid. Whether they still hold devotion to the sport or the city they’re representing is up in the air. As fans, we are often more devastated by the loss of a game than the athletes themselves. We invest so much into our sports teams, that we excuse the players who in reality have little ties to the cities they’re representing, and often cause more problems than they’re worth. So whether or not these people are worthy of the excessive importance we give them in our lives is up to the individual. Athletes are not heroes. They cannot be cherished and perceived as these marvelous and godly human beings because of their superior athleticism. Aldon Smith, like many other athletes put in his situation, will most likely be given a smaller than average consequence for breaking multiple laws because that’s the standard we give athletes in America. Whether or not that is admissible has been ignored based off the common societal pressure to have the best sports teams.
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Due to the success of the One Game Campaign, more students decided to go and support the Laker Volleyball team. Volleyball is only one of many fall sports that the OGC aimed to promote. More sports will be utilizing the OGC in the winter and spring seasons to get fans.
By Zoë Wong To address shortcomings in school spirit and to support sports other than football, this year’s ASB members launched a program, called the “One Game Campaign” (OGC). Each sport is given one home game in which attendance is greatly encouraged. “The goal of OGC is to increase the recognition and support of Laker sports that may not have received much attention in past years,” explained ASB President Chris Beltrone. “Rather than encouraging students to attend every event for every sport, we are launching a more focused effort. If we can significantly boost attendance at one designated game for each sport, more students can show their school spirit and more sports teams can receive the encouragement they deserve.” In order to execute successful campaigns, an “OGC committee” was formed. The committee focuses on the planning and advertisement of the OGC games. It includes ASB members Victoria Edwards, Kevin Le and Anna Meyer. The committee members utilized videos and various forms of social media to advertise and promote the campaigns. “For fall sports, we selected one home event for each sport. We created one video per sport trying to pump up and entertain peo-
ple,” said Le. “The videos were sent to teachers and posted on social media to gain publicity. Then we made posters and communicated with students, trying to motivate and convince them to go to the games.” With fall sports coming to a close, ASB has already held One Game Campaigns for fall sports. The boys and girls soccer, water polo, cross country and volleyball teams all enjoyed increased support during their OGC. “[The OGC] has been reasonably successful,” said Meyer. “I wouldn’t say we’ve gotten football sized crowds to the other sports events, but we are still proud of the effort that everyone is making by showing up and offering support!” ASB plans on continuing to promote attendance at different sporting events. New tactics may include sports-related activities during lunch or prize incentives. Though the OGC has already developed more support of other sports, there is still potential for improvement. “It’s good to hear more and more people talking about OGC,” said Beltrone. “From here, we need to convert the talk into action. While attendance has improved somewhat for all the fall sports during OGC events, we know we can do much better, and we look forward to doing so during the winter and spring seasons!”
Pressure on athletes leads to injury By Allison Kantor We all know the benefits sports bring to the world: character, drive, determination and hard work. But what are sports really doing to us? According to the National High School Sports Related Injury Surveillance System, in the past decade, “fifteen percent of all athletic injuries were knee injuries, with approximately half of these being ligamentous in nature.” Nationally, it was determined that there were over 1.2 million knee injuries in high school athletics during this time frame. The rise in physical harm to athletes is due to the amount of pressure placed on them. There is a direct correlation between pressure and injuries in the sports world. As pressure rapidly accumulates the amount of injuries sustained by players begins to rise. The rate of injured players has escalated drastically and many injured players choose not to verbalize their injuries. In fear of being replaced by the second or third string players, the injured try and tough it out or fight through the pain. We hear it all the time that “everyone is replaceable.” Coaches and mentors are constantly pushing athletes to be better and work harder, but are they putting too much pressure on athletes? Many athletes are in the gym 24/7 or drinking protein shakes to enhance their muscles in attempts to move higher up the totem pole. These unnatural enhancers and the overworking of the body are unhealthy practices for athletes to take part in. A lot of athletes will completely disen-
Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of athletes who get injured while playing. This inflation is caused by the immense amount of pressure placed on the players.
gage themselves from the world or school on game days. They will listen to pump up music or dress up to get in the “zone” for their game to try and handle the pressure to succeed. Athletes are doing everything physically possible to try and please coaches and mentors. There is insanely increasing amounts of pressure on athletes today and most can’t seem handle the pressure. Nowadays when a player gets injured they feel so much pressure from their teammates to not let them down or to “suck it up” and “be a man.” They are afraid of saying that their body can’t handle the injuries sustained. Studies show that athletes that compete with injuries are more likely to re-injure themselves or injure another player in the course of competition. This is expanding the cumulative number of injuries sustained in all sports due to the pressure
or goals many athletes are under. When athletes compete with injuries they are continuing to make the injuries worse instead of giving them proper time to heal. The pressure put on athletes has also been a factor in the rising animosity and violence in sports today. Athletes are folding under the pressure put on them and need some sort of emotional release. Instead of a calm and dignified approach, athletes will turn to violence. The more pressure put on athletes the more likely they are to be overly aggressive or violent and potentially injure another player. The accumulation of pressure on athletes today has done more harm than good. Physical well-beings of athletes have been compromised and if the pressure is not relieved athletes will continue to injure and hurt themselves.
November 15, 2013
Laker football lunges headfirst into playoffs By Claire Torkelson After a tough and unpredictable season, the Lake Oswego football team has made it to the second round of playoffs. The 2013 season will go down in history, after numerous streaks had been broken. The Lakers lost unforgettably to both West Linn and Lakeridge after countless years of defeating both teams. Other tough games included playing Jesuit August 30, 2013, the first game of the season at Jesuit’s home stadium. The score remained close throughout the entire game, however Jesuit managed to take the win. The second round of playoffs will also take place at Jesuit’s home field against the Crusaders Friday Nov. 13, 2013 except now much more is on the line for both Lake Oswego and Jesuit. The Lakers participated in their first play in game in many years as a result of losing the TRL championship against Oregon City. The Lakers hosted David Douglas on Friday Nov. 1, 2013. David Douglas had a season record of 0 wins and 10 losses. The game stirred up a lot of school spirit and optimism for the Lakers. By half time Lake Oswego was leading 28-7. By the end of the fourth quarter, Lake Oswego took the game with a winning score of 42-21. The Lakers first playoff game took place at Sunset High School against the Apollos on Nov. 8, 2013. Sunset has a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. The have a very impressive team and program for being the small school that it is. The first half of the game, Lake Oswego stayed dominant. The Lakers scored 7 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the second quarter. The Lakers held Sunset the entire first quarter, but Sunset managed to score 13 points the second quarter. The score by the end of the first half was 21-13. Sunset came out strong in the second half. The Apollos scored 8 points in the third quarter, and 7 points in the fourth quarter. The Lakers, however, scored 7 points in both the third and fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 35-28 Lake Oswego. There has been a long standing rivalry between the Lakers and Crusaders. There aren’t many teams more satisfying to beat then Jesuit. The game has the potential to revive the season for the Lakers if victorious. It will also extend the season one more game for either team. Currently the front runners for the 6A title are Jesuit, Sheldon and Central Catholic. The quarter finals and semifinals, will play out Jack McLean/Lake Views in the following weeks, along with the 6A state championship. The team celebrates a difficult touchdown in the first round of the playoffs against Sunset. The Lakers will take on Jesuit, Nov. 15 in the second round.
Sports Spotlight Bridget Myers: What sports do you play? Riley Hertford: I play lacrosse and football year round, and I snowboard in the winter.
BM: How long have you been playing football and lacrosse? RH: I started football in third grade and lacrosse in first grade. BM: What sparked your interest in football? RH: I grew up watching football with my family and when my brother started playing I wanted to as well. BM: What differences have you noticed between girls and boys teams? RH: In girls’ lacrosse specifically, it seems less like a contact sport and more like a “touch” sport, which is why I chose to play boys lacrosse in the past. BM: What do you like best about being in a team environment versus the environment of individual sports? RH: On a team you really get a chance to work together and grow and develop as a group. I’ve been with my lacrosse team, for the most part, since first grade which has created a very unified group. BM: Have you ever thought about trying to start a “powder puff” team at LO? RH: I would, but there aren’t enough girls at the school interested in playing to get a team together. I’ve been playing with boys my whole life, so I see no real reason to. BM: Since you’ve played boys lacrosse in the past, have you decided whether to play girls or boys lacrosse this spring? RH: It was a tough decision, but I am going to play girls lacrosse for the school but continue boys lacrosse with my select team.
PDX lands an AFL team By Dan Williams For the first time since 1999, Portland is finally getting a team of the obscure sport known as Arena Football, a different twist on the sport of professional and college football. The Portland Forest Dragons, in 1999 were sadly relocated to Oklahoma City, and the sport’s return to Portland symbolized the obscurity and strangeness that exist in Portland sports. The AFL season begins on March 17th, and ends on August 17, with the Championship Arena Bowl. The Goal of the team, according to owners and personnel surrounding the yet to be named franchise, said that they want to attract as many player with roots and connections to Oregon as possible, to increase the camaraderie, passion and love that all Portland fans hold for their sports franchises. Portland’s team has yet to be named, but it will soon with a unique process; fans can decide on the page’s AFL website, and vote on a select group. The team came into fruition after the Milwaukee Mustangs were relocated to Portland, as a completely new franchise, no records being transferred over, a fresh start for the budding players and the organization. The Team, coached by Matt Sauk has a reputation for success in the AFL- a hall of famer, and a famed
player at Utah State University. When looking at the difference between the AFL and the NFL, there are key facets that define each league, and create sharp contrast that effect play style and the way the game is viewed. For example, the AFL fields only 8 players at a time, three being lineman on both offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The typical offensive make-up for an AFL team is one quarterback, one running back and one wide receiver. The most discernable difference in the AFL, is that receivers and players can advance down field before the snap, and other players can move, without the result of a penalty. For 22 Seasons the AFL has provided fast-paced, aggressive entertainment to small and large cities throughout the United States, now Portland is finally gaining that excitement. What the AFL brings to Portland is a whole new aspect of sports culture- a fresh start of a franchise, that hopefully gains speed and recognition as it grows and flourishes under the lights and roars of fans at the Moda Center. As Portland begins to adapt to the new sport, hopefully the passionate fans of our other respective teams, will transfer and hopefully integrate and welcome the sport to the great and grand city of roses.
OSAA redesigns various leagues By Jack McLean After much debate, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) committee has reached a consensus regarding the placement of various schools in different leagues, including the Three Rivers League (TRL). Clackamas and Oregon City are moving out of the TRL and into the Mount Hood Conference. Newberg, Sherwood, St. Mary’s Academy, Tigard and Tualatin will be moving into the TRL. Nearly 300 schools participate in OSAA events, and 38 leagues have been established divided into six general classifications. Both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge are 6A schools and reside in the TRL. The changes will begin in the 2014-2015 school year and will span for at least four years. The alleged reason for these changes is to cut some expenses on transportation for schools who have to travel far distances for events, however many schools and athletes are concerned about the resulting relationships among the schools. Along with new teams comes new competition. Junior Madison Lamont on the varsity girls soccer team said, “there will definitely be more competition next year. The incoming teams, especially Oregon City and Tigard, are going to be tough teams to beat.” Varsity boys basketball came close to the state championship last year, but lost in the semi-finals against West Linn. Next year, the new teams are expected to provide a challenging league. “The new additions will definitely bring more talent; Tigard almost beat us in the first round of playoffs last year, so next year will be tough. We usually beat Oregon City and Clackamas, so the season will be more difficult without them,” said junior Zach Parker. Although some sports are less competitive with other schools, all athletes in the TRL will be affected by the changes. Junior Holly Giering, an Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) participant, said, “the OHSET atmosphere is really friendly, so there isn’t much rivalry or competition. We all like horses and have a mutual respect for each other, so there won’t be that much of an affect on our team.” Despite the concern over school relations, the new teams in the TRL will face some stiff competition. “I hope that they respond in a positive way and accept the new league as a challenge to be the best they can be,” Athletic Director Mark Horack said. Regardless of the strife that may lay ahead, one can expect some interesting gameplay between the new and returning schools in the Three Rivers League.
Sports facts and trivia According to “Fox Sports” the most dangerous sport is bull running, followed by cheerleading and equestrian. All golf balls have approximately 380 dimples, a soccer ball has 642 stitches, and a basketball has 35,000 dimples. The diameter of a basketball is exactly half the diameter of a basketball hoop. The tallest basketball players to ever play in the NBA were Manute Bol from Sudan and Gheorghe Muresan from Romania. Both were 7 feet 7 inches tall! During the 1994 World Cup, where Columbia was expected to win against America, Andres Escobar (of Columbia) accidently scored on his own goal. When returning back to Columbia, he was gunned down by three men at a nightclub while all yelling “Goal, goal!” The Philadelphia Phillies were the first American sports team to lose their 10,000th game. Originally when cheerleading was invented it was made just for men.
The Rear End
Think past ‘Think Pink’ To many, it was a glorious sight: bleacher after bleacher of excited fans outfitted in pink at the home football game on Oct.25. This October’s “Think Pink” week went out with a definite bang and while it’s admirable at a glance to note the Laker-like eagerness to dress in support of a greater cause, it may be time to examine just how helpful demonstrated support actually is. Think Pink Week, as organized by ASB, was centered primarily on spirit wear. Students bought roughly $1,100 worth of pink T-shirts, sweatshirts and frilly pom-poms at school to wear throughout the football game that Friday. A portion of these proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, but that’s less than $1 per student. As explained by ASB, Think Pink Week’s main goal was to raise awareness about breast cancer. Any action taken by ASB to engage the student body is an action welcome, but it seems there is a lapse in effectiveness of this campaign and others like it. Everyone already knows that breast cancer is a tragic disease in need of a cure. Wearing pink can only do so much. Many companies (even those that pro-
duce carcinogenic products like Avon and KFC) corporatize the iconic pink color to make their products more marketable to consumers interested in purchasing compassion. There is a definite dirty side to the popularization of awareness that LO has innocently overlooked. There are dozens of ways Lakers try proving to the world that indeed, we care too. There are Facebook pages to be liked, symbolic colors to be worn and wrist bracelets to wield like shields against the issues that we already know need solving. Come April, many students participate in Day of Silence to express their support of the LGBTQ community. Junior and president of the newly restarted Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Spencer Schillinger participated his freshman year. “It makes people think about the issue more,” Schillinger observed, “and I’ll suggest it to the GSA this year but really, the awareness can only do so much.” Concerns are not meant to be worn or presented, but rather addressed. The most that dressing or demonstrating for the occasion really does is provide self-satisfaction to those who choose to do so. One
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may feel like they are making a difference, but no true progress is seemingly made. People who choose not to participate in awareness raising events like Think Pink Week are often even the subject of scrutiny, as though a lack of physical proof shows that some might not care. The pressure brings us back to the dreaded days of the Kony 2012 campaign where it seemed as though anyone who didn’t share the “Invisible Children” video on Facebook was in danger of being labeled apathetic. This social pressure is limiting and often draws focus away from the true matter at hand. For the time being, the school seems more interested in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ by creating trends out of serious issues than it does in addressing the issues. In a community as lucky as Lake Oswego’s, it’s only right that we take true risks in support of what we feel strongly about. We need to learn to approach the world with a more critical eye and a better thirst for true education on important matters to take action. It’s time to look beyond the pink.
Why did you start holding the doors open for everyone? I don’t know. I noticed you stopped recently. Why is that? I had too much homework, and it was getting tiring. I held the doors from the time I got off the bus at 7:10 until 7:30. How did people react to your decision to hold the doors open? I don’t think a lot of the people realized what was going on, but about half of the people walking in would say thank you. A lot of people would also stop me in the halls and ask if I was the person who held the doors open. What do you think about the contribution you made? It was just something nice I decided to do; there wasn’t any major emotional reason for why I did it. It was just something to do.
By Haley Bertlelsen
Fox News came out with a list of five apps that will supposedly make your relationships stronger. After extensive research I put together my own list which reads: 1) PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY! The End. North Face announced that they will soon release an all new line of yoga/running gear including a line of shoes with “new features.” I’m not sure what kind of new feature you can put on a shoe, but someone needs to invest in step activated air fresheners. According to several studies done by The Huffington Post, all mammals take 21 seconds to pee. You’ll find that right below Geometric Proofs on the list of “Useless things I will never use.” Incredible Bionic Man was released for viewing for an event at the Smithsonian. He can walk, talk, and has completely man-made organs that are predicted to soon be “indestructible.” In other news: RUN, EVERYONE RUN! WHILE YOU STILL CAN, RUN! KMart is expected to pay some $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit for overcharging Medicare holders. A poll conducted on what people thought about this resulted in 10 percent saying it wasn’t enough, 20 percent saying the whole lawsuit was ridiculous and 70 percent saying “KMart? That’s still a thing?” “Ultralonghaul Flights” are the equivalent of marathons for travels and are becoming increasingly more popular; the longest one totaling an outrageous 19 hours in the sky. I can already feel my butt falling asleep. A new study conducted with lab rats showed that Oreos can be as addictive as cocaine because we already knew that Girl Scout cookies had crack in them. An article on CNN posed the question “Would you buy wine for your cat?” Go home researchers, you’re drunk. A 14-foot sea serpent was found on the beaches of North Carolina. An elderly Scottish man in the crowd yelled, “Nessie? Is that you Nessie?” Comedy legend Carol Burnett was given a prestigious comedy honor, the Mark Twain Award. The trophy was a beautiful rendition of a whoopee cushion set in gold.
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November 15, 2013
Notes from Natalie
Is College Board scamming students? By Natalie Skowlund It’s that time of year again, where high school students are frantically studying for the upcoming SAT and ACT exams. Comments like “I just need one point better” or “My top college won’t accept me if I don’t ace this test” reverberate around the halls of LOHS. But who are these companies that are deciding students’ college acceptances with one simple test score? And what authority do they have to be making such calls for students in the first place? Since birth—literally for some of us, we have been bombarded with the notion that after high school comes college, no question about it. And while a college education is practically essential for attaining a decent job, indoctrinating children from a young age with this idea that college is the “be all and the end all” just might have some negative implications. For instance, when children assume that their next step is college, they often don’t think critically about the steps they are expected to take to get there, including standardized testing options. We all know that the majority of colleges require either SAT or ACT scores for admittance, but how many of us have actually pondered why the College Board and ACT “organizations” have what is basically a monopoly on pre-college standardized testing? As if on auto drive, once junior year comes along we all create accounts with the College Board and shell out a whopping $51 just to go to school on a weekend and take an exceedingly long test. And why? Because we all know someone who won’t stop urging us to apply to an Ivy League school because those schools are obviously creating the best individuals in the nation, and really, all you need to get admitted is a 2330 on the SAT. Should be easy enough! Then your score comes back…and it’s quite a bit lower than you had hoped. Apparently grandma was wrong when she told you that you could be whoever you want to be, because you now realize that your current test score is going to keep you from calling yourself a Harvard graduate at any point in your life. Frantically, you sign up for next month’s test, hopeful that maybe the “first time testing” jitters did you in on that first test. Then mom and dad sign you up for a Kaplan Test Prep course for just $1,099. Yep, that means another three days per week for the next few months well spent in a stuffy classroom with an instructor going out of his mind teaching basic geometry for the 50th time. Congratulations, you just invested the equivalent of 21.5 SAT test fees on a set of grueling classes that are probably more likely to help solve your sleep insomnia problem—they really should advertise its sleep inducing properties!—than shoot your score through the roof. In fact, a study by The National Association of College Admission Counseling found that SAT prep courses only raise students’ scores on average 10 points for verbal and 20 points for math. So unless your initial test score was 2370, don’t pin your hopes on that elusive perfect score. But students aren’t the only suckers in this pond: the schools buy into it too. The Oregon state government funds the opportunity for all sophomores to take the PSAT, and our LO School District pays for the juniors to take it. Of course, no one is complaining about this free opportunity to take a practice test before the real thing comes our way, but this issue isn’t about personal convenience. It’s about the future generations, and where we put our priorities when it comes to preparing children to grow into adults ready to face the future. Are we really so sure that these cut and dry tests accurately measure the ability of high school students? And even if they do, is it fair to make a call about what one student will accomplish in a lifetime based on a test he or she took in these notoriously hormonal adolescent years? So, maybe we need to zoom out a bit and look at this conundrum through a different lens: common sense. The College Board and ACT call themselves non-profit organizations, yet 19 of their top executives make over $300,000, and the CEO Gaston Caperton made $1.3 million in 2009. In fact, it’s probably no stretch to assume that a large portion of that money you paid to take the SAT or ACT helped pay for a luxurious vacation in Hawaii for some testing executive of sorts. Logically, it’s completely unreasonable to charge such steep prices for a measly test, especially when it’s very iffy where the money is actually going. SAT, AP Exams, SAT Subject Tests—The College Board has a frighteningly powerful (and government subsidized) monopoly on standardized testing, with ACT lingering close behind. Take a moment to think about what you might be supporting before you go whole hog and start cramming math equations and grammatical rules into your brain. This doesn’t necessarily mean not taking the test at all, but maybe think twice before you take the test for the umpteenth time just to raise your score a few points. In the scheme of things, it’s highly unlikely that you will be happier at a school that solely loved you on the basis of a few numbers. But if you feel strongly that these tests are inadequate—and even immoral— ways of judging students and actually want things to change, go all out and don’t take the test. Even consider writing up a statement for the local newspaper or giving a speech at your school about why you have decided to opt out of the standardized test routine. It takes courage, but it’s likely that many colleges will be very impressed by your activism surrounding an issue you believe in—whether or not they are test optional. As students, we can passively accept what is, or we can take charge and work towards implementing needed reforms in our education. Endorsing the standardized testing hype is a choice, not a mandate. You have a decision to make, and this time, it’s not limited to bubbles lettered A through E.