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sexual experiences have become part of the younger generation. Whether this is moral or immoral is up to the individual, and comfort zones and limitations are left up to the teenager. However, male or female, it is difficult to understand what goes on in the mind of the opposite gender. One of the biggest differences between males and females is their attitude about sex. Nevertheless, whenever one talks about gender differences, they are just stereotypes, and there will always be individuals that don’t fall into these categories. them differently than they ever have. To put it simply, it’s just a lot more changes than we ever prepared for.”

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ost of the changes a girl experiences through puberty are sexual alterations that will one day allow her to conceive and carry children. However, most teenage girls’ immediate plans do not include child bearing. This raises the need for contraceptives if a girl wants to have sex. According to a 2010 report from the Guttmacher Institute, a sexually active girl who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year. However, nearly all sexually active teen girls have used at least one method of birth control, 61% using some form of the pill. “The best thing that I suggest is [a girl should first] sit down and consider her options: does she really want to be sexually active with someone? Because that in itself is a huge emotional commitment to someone that can affect the rest of your life. She should then see a doctor, and doctors can then prescribe medicines,” health teacher Tammy Hall said. Hall also explains that some girls who are on the pill do not solely take it to prevent conception. Some take it to have lighter and lesser periods, to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), or to clear up acne. Many of the changes, such as breast enlargement, can be noticeable to a teen girl’s peers, and others are only noticeable to herself, such as the start of her menstrual cycle. Senior Katie Barksdale explains that she believes girls have it harder when it comes to adolescence. “I think the girl [has it harder]. They’re in a very vulnerable stage in their life, they are learning more and more about their bodies, they are constantly changing and half the time not understanding why they are doing what they’re doing,” Barksdale said. “They now have boys looking at

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ccording to Psychology: Eighth Edition by David G. Myers, most of the changes a boy goes through during puberty contributes to his ability to one day spread his genes. Almost half of ninth through twelfth grade boys report having sexual intercourse according to a 2005 Kaiser Family Foundation report, which makes the use of contraceptives on a boys’ part even more important. A condom is one of the items a teenage boy can use as contraception. According to Sex Etc. Magzine, when used correctly, the effectiveness rate of a condom is 98%, the other 2% resulting because the condom itself was faulty. Hall explains that when teen boys do not use a condom properly, it can render it ineffective. “If they are not using them properly, like not putting them on until right before they have an ejaculation, or they have are walking around with a condom for a year in their back pocket and it’s damaged, [the condom can be ineffective],” Hall said. According to the March 2010 issue of Seventeen Magazine, 57% of sexually active teenage boys admit to having had unprotected sex. “I believe that everyone should use condoms if they don’t want to have a big surprise. Unfortunately, as easily attainable as they can be, guys usually don’t go for them because we all know how awkward it would feel to go and ask for condoms,” junior Justin Lange* said. The impulsivity of a teen boy may also contribute to the lack of condom usage. “Generally, [a teen boy] has a very strong sex drive, and it feels good. It’s not much more com-

plicated than that,” Julie Fender, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), said. Teen boys go through just as many changes as girls through adolescence. Junior Aaron Johnson* explains that guys go through just as many difficulties as girls when growing up. “Well, physically, we go through far more changes between hair growing this place and that, our skin breaks out once we hit puberty, and our voice changes as well. Mentally, we have to be able to ask a girl out on a date and that alone takes a lot of courage, especially since no likes rejection,” Johnson said.

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irls tend to look on the inside rather than the outside. When searching for a potential boyfriend, girls look for not only a temporary date, but a life partner. “The biggest difference [between girls and boys] is that girls tend to link it [sex] to the relationship,” Fender said. In the book For Young Men Only by Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice, 423 teen girls between the ages of 15 and 2o were asked what would make a “nice guy” even more attractive. 96% said that being self confident, adventuresome, and having other positive attributes, such as protectiveness and decisiveness, made a boy more alluring. 91% of girls also said that they’d rather have a guy improve his inner qualities and personality rather than improve how he looks. “The word ‘sexy’ to me would mean someone who carried himself with confidence. A sexy guy to me would be someone who doesn’t second guess himself,” Barksdale said. Because a girl is most likely to pair her genes wisely rather than widely, she is also more likely to abstain from sex until marriage.


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ne stereotype is females generally have the lesser sex drive and are more likely to set limits on sexual activity. “I would say girls take more precaution, and

from a boy; they see sex as an emotional outpouring of love, rather than a sexual act that “feels good.” J. Feldhan and E. Rice report that 67% of girls associated a sexual relationship with positive feelings, such as more love, closeness, more trust in her partner, and relief that she knows he really loves her. “I don’t regret [the sexual acts I have done with my ex] because it was with someone I really cared about,” junior Sarah Martin* said. However, 82% also associated a sexual rel a t i o n s h i p with negative feelings, such as possessiveness, insecurity, and exposure. “None of [what I have done with my ex] I am proud of. My ex was the only one I did that with and I don’t plan to do it again because everyone thinks I’m a slut for it, especially since we were mainly in seventh grade when it happened,” freshman Madison Wells* said. “This also all happened around the time we broke up, which made it harder on me, because I knew what I did with him was going to stay with me forever.”

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those girls admitted to having unwanted sex in fear that their boyfriend would be angry if she said no. Almost 41% said that they had sex when they didn’t want to. “I was once pressured to go farther than I wanted to, but I refused. He sort of chuckled and didn’t pay attention, but luckily we were saved by his friends arriving. I’m glad I chose not to [go further], because I found out later that he was up to no good and a player,” junior Olivia Scott* said. Fender why girls might fall into the sexual pressure of their boyfriend. “I think for a girl who doesn’t feel real sure of herself, it kind of gets to that sex equals love thing, and if we have sex, that means he loves me. This can really erode the self-esteem and shape future relationships,” Fender said. According to S. Feldhahn and L. Rice, the major goal for a girl is to secure a loving-commitment

stereotype is males generally have a stronger sex drive and do not seem to know when to stop. “Generally, adolescent boys are more impulsive than adolescent girls. Brain chemistry is the reason for that. For instance, think about the way boys and girls drive cars. Boys are the ones more likely to get into an accident. They tend to be a little more reckless. The same brain factors are in play,” Fender said. S. Feldhahn and L. Rice report that in a heavy make-out session with a willing partner who was not a long-term girlfriend, 64% of teen boys would primarily feel how good it felt versus only 36% feeling love for the girl. Two-thirds of guys also cited that having sex did not mean having a meaningful relationship with that girl. Whether kissing or sex, boys tend to think of sexual acts as a way to “feel good” rather than an act of love. “The pros of having sex are it probably feels good, and it makes you happy because it releases endorphins. It makes you feel manlier, it makes you feel more grown up, and you get to be with a woman with no clothes on,” junior Aaron Johnson* said. Teen boys also face issues with sexual limitations. “As a guy, I’d try to go as far as I can. Temptation’s a witch,” Lange said. According to the book For Young Women Only, 82% of teen boys report having difficulty in stopping a make-out session from going too far, and they rely on the girl to set the limits. S. Feldhahn and L. Rice state that with a guy, if a girl wants to stop a sexual progression, it’s safest to not even start. “Kids who determine a limitation before they

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ccording to J. Feldhahn and E. Rice, every three seconds or so, a boy either consciously or unconsciously thinks about sex. “There is a hard wiring in guys being very visual, and that is a true difference as far as being aroused. Many times the guy’s sex drive is higher because what usually triggers it is seeing a pretty girl,” Fender said. According to Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice, authors of the book For Young Women Only, out of 404 teen boys between the ages of fifteen and twenty, 96% said that they couldn’t help being attracted to an eye-catching girl. 75% said that if there wasn’t a physical attraction between him and a girl, the girl would just remain a friend. A boy’s natural instinct to spread his genes through females contributes to what he finds attractive in a girl. According to Psychology: Eighth Edition, boys are drawn to a healthy, fertile-appearing girl with smooth skin and a youthful shape, which suggests many child-bearing years to come. Girls whose waists are about a third narrower than her hips also prove attractive. “Sexy is the usual. Breasts, skin, good personal hygiene, nice face, close to Leonardo da Vinci’s golden ratio of 1:1.618. Looks can only get so far though. A great personality is attractive to guys too, because frankly, no one likes a witch. Unless she’s the hottest witch there is,” Lange said. S. Feldhahn and L. Rice report that 69% of teen boys would love to marry a virgin if possible. A virgin guarantees “a girl without a history” and a decrease in the possibility that she will cheat. “[Virginity] shows that they have class and don’t just go running around with whomever they want just because that someone is good looking. I want to know that she saved herself for me and me only,” junior Aaron Johnson* said.

that’s because it’s the girl that gets pregnant,” Fender said. Girls tend to draw the line a step above kissing when there is not a committed relationship. “What is far enough for me is making out. I’d like to be in a relationship before I take things any further than that,” junior Taylor Morgan said. However, some girls are pressured into sexual acts or intercourse. Dr. Margaret J. Blythe of the Indiana University Medical Center surveyed 279 teenage girls and reported that almost 38% of

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“[A girl should wait until marriage to have sex because] the woman has the support of a husband. It is more meaningful to wait and have it with someone you love, and you are a hundred percent sure they love you because marriage is a commitment, and I think sex needs that kind of commitment,” junior Briana Bergen said.

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are in the situation do better at maintaining the limitation. Kids are far better to decide when everyone is thinking rationally, and they can figure out what is okay with me and what is not okay,” Fender said. However, once a boy receives sexual gratification with a girl, the relationship may strain. The boy may lose respect for the girl, and 64% say they wonder if they could totally trust her.

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ne of the most well-known and publicized results of pre-marital sex is teen pregnancy. According to a 2010 article in Time Magazine, after declining for almost a decade, teen pregnancies have risen 3% since 2006. Donaldson is the mother of seven-month-old, Brielle. Donaldson finished up her sophomore year at West last year, and is taking off this school year to raise her daughter. She plans to return to West for her senior year. Brielle’s father is still part of her life, and he pays for some of her necessities, and Donaldson is currently in a relationship with him. She also gets financial help from the state of Ohio and programs like Medicaid. “I appreciate [my mom] a ton more because I see how hard it is, because it is so hard, mentally and physically. You put your child before everything,” Donaldson said. It may be best for the future mother to let her parents know in order to make an informed decision on her next three options: abortion, adoption, or raising the child herself. “I’d always encourage a girl to talk to her parents, to bring adults in, because that is where the value system is coming in, where the safety net is. Parents kicking their daughter out of the house: it’s one of those things you hear about, but I got to be honest, it’s one of those things that rarely happen,” Fender said. Abortion is a controversial subject in both the media and politics. However, it is legal for a woman to have her own choice in every state. In Ohio, if you are under eighteen years old and want an abortion, parental consent is needed first. Another option is adoption. According to the 2000 US Census, 2.5% of all children in the US have been adopted, although only 1% of teen pregnancies result in adoption. “I would say adoption is the better option over abortion because you can choose to give the baby right after birth to the family, or you can do it when the baby is older,” Donaldson said. However, Donaldson remembers her own experience with adoption. “I remember one day [during my pregnancy], I had a consultation with an adoption agent and I started thinking ‘Okay, I’m going to give her away,’ and then I just started crying, and that’s when I knew I couldn’t do it. And I don’t regret it because I’ve seen girls that have [given their baby up for adoption] and they can’t see pictures or stay in touch,” Donaldson said. While abortion or adoption may cause initial feelings of relief, many psychological side-effects can occur down the road for the teenage girl for both abortion and adoption. “[Grief or remorse] tends to be more later on when the reality has sunken in, or many times, it’s not even for years later when a girl gets through high school, gets through college, gets married, and it’s time to start a family. Then there is all this grief, heart ache, and trauma again,” Fender said. Many girls face the decision of what to do with their baby on their own. Although Donaldson

misses out on the happenings at West, she does not regret staying home to raise her baby. “I’ll flip through channels and see band concerts or basketball games, and it makes me sad. But it’s worth it, staying home and watching all the stuff she learns, and it’s exciting. I wouldn’t want to miss that,” Donaldson said.

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ccording to the 2010 March issue of Seventeen Magazine, 44% of sexually active teenage boys said they’ve had at least one pregnancy scare with a partner, and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) reports 15% of males aged fifteen through fortyfour have fathered one child before reaching age twenty. Abortion may seem like the easiest solution for a teenage father-to-be, mostly because he will not feel the same emotional consequences down the road. “Usually guys do not feel [grief and remorse], but sometimes they do, although I would have to say to a lesser degree. More times than not, it’s the intimacy of whose body it’s happening to,” Fender said. It is also typical for a teenage father to have little to no involvement in his baby’s life, and this is attributed to the fact that teen boys are still kids themselves. However, adult decisions comes with adult consequences. “I think [my son] should live up to the responsibility [if he were to get a girl pregnant]. This might sound crass, but he got himself in this situation, and he needs to own up and be a man and live up to this situation,” Steve Holt, father to a 15 year old son, said. “[If I had to tell my son one thing about sex], it would be don’t get your brain stuck in your zipper.” Stereotypically, the teen father will leave his child for the mother to raise. “I think society looks down upon teen dads because they automatically think that it was his fault they had the baby and that he did something wrong. Typically, teen dads leave the baby up to the mother, which is selfish and wrong because both people are responsible for having the child,” Johnson said. However, if a boy is put into the role as a teen father, it is best he continue his education . “The boy should stay in school,” Fender said. “A lot of people would tell him to immediately get a job, but yeah, you can do a little bit to offer support, but the reality is, there’s not a ton on [how much money a] teenager can make after school. Continue education so long term, he can provide for the child.” With teen pregnancy being an emotional consequence for both teenage boys and girls, sex seems to be better suited for a committed relationship. In fact, according to the 2010 March issue of Seventeen Magazine, 56% of teenage boys felt relieved when a girl wanted to wait to have sex. “I always have to be fair because I’m a therapist, which means, by definition, when I’m talking about sex with somebody, it’s because there has been a problem,” Fender said. “I’m not going to say that every teen that’s had sex has had psychological wounds. But I know the reality of it is that’s not true. I just know that a lot of times, when teens are sexually active, there are a lot of potholes.” *This is a false name used to represent a source that wished to remain anonymous. Voice cover art by Cait Cook Voice Info graphics by Jessica Dukes Voice graphic headline by Dylan Geiser Voice photo illustrations by Danielle Seamon


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out as a regular day, except he had hoards of people waiting outside his house hoping to see Maualuga and get an autograph. n December 15, 2009 freshman CJ Reck“He got out and shook hands with people and ner was brought to school in a 22-seat signed autographs for little kids,” Reckner said. stretch limo. The reason for this limo was “He met my parents and I talked to him and then because Reckner had won Pepsi’s contest “Day went to school.” with a Rookie.” As a result of winning, Reckner Once at school all the faculty members were was able to walk the halls of the Lakota Freshman waiting in the lobby and the two of them had to Building with Rey Maualuga. wait to go to class. “My dad was listening to Kiss 107 and he heard “Everyone tried to get into the classroom,” there was a ‘Day Reckner said. “We with Rey’ contest had to wait until evand that’s my faeryone was gone in vorite player so I the hallways to go to signed up,” Reckclass.” ner said. Once in his second Reckner’s famperiod, Advanced ily has season Biology with Cindi tickets to the BenFitzsimons, Rey did a gals, so he’s gone question and answer to quite a few as well as signing games. However, pendants and photohe doesn’t go in graphs of himself. the normal Bengal “When we were in attire and he attrisecond period class, butes winning the I got interviewed by contest to his unKiss and was on the usual Bengal garb. radio,” Reckner said. “All you had to Maualuga and Reckner show Lakota West spirit. “That was cool.” do basically was After second pesign up,” Reckner said. “I dress up as Rey basi- riod, Maualuga walked with Reckner to his third cally when I go to the games so I sent a picture of period class and took pictures once more and then me dressed up.” he left. Maualuga has been Reckner’s favorite player “He walked to third with me and she (my for a while now, so it was very rewarding for him. teacher, Jenifer Lodovico) was a Steelers fan so “I’ve always liked how he played even though that was interesting,” Reckner said. he went to USC, which I don’t like,” Reckner said. Maualuga left after third period leaving Reck“He plays hard and he’s a nice guy.” ner to the rest of his day. The day Maualuga came to the school started

In early January, Lakota School District became one of the only school districts in the Greater Cincinnati Area to install Global Positioning Systems (GPS’s) in their 231 buses. The Petermann Company provides the buses for the transportation of 14,196 Lakota students. The students were the main reason behind the installation of these GPS units. In an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chris Passarge, the executive director of business operations for the Lakota District, explained the need for the GPS’s. “The size of our district and the number of buses we have were some of the main factors that made us push for the GPS units,” Passarge said. These GPS units also collect information about the bus and its route such as: auditing all school bus routes, mileage and speed. This will allow parents to call the Lakota Transportation Department and quickly fix a missed student pick-up. Mike Miller, the area operation manager for Petermann also states in the article that the GPS units will “give us yet another tool to maximize our efficiency.” During the year of cutbacks and budget saving, the GPS units may be a necessary expenditure to save money on the expensive transportation system.

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With one-half of the school year already over, Honor Society members share their experiences of helping the community, a commitment they made upon joining NHS. Juniors, who are eligible, can decide to join Honor Society in their senior year; then, they have the opportunity to learn how to become an active citizen. “I joined because it was going to benefit my community,” senior Julie Rogers said. “I like to see all the students [members of Honor Society] spending their time caring about others, it feels good to work together [helping others].” The students can be involved in school and other external organizations events. “I volunteered [to help] girl scouts pack presents for an organization that helps children in poor countries,” Rogers said. To do her part in community service, senior Benis Amparbeng joined the Haiti relief movement and helped pack clothes for the victims of the earthquake. “I am now planning to help ESL students in elementary schools,” Amparbeng said. Being part of Honor Society does not only mean having another thing to add to college applications; it also means working to improve the community.

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he Lakota West baseball team will be holding a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, February 20 for its annual fundraiser. The dance will be held for adults, 21 and older, at the Mariner’s Inn in West Chester, and tickets will be $25. “The baseball team will receive a percentage of each ticket sold,” Suzy Kuznof, who helped to organize the event, said. “We will also have a basket raffle, silent auction and split the pot.” Items to be raffled at the event include a Bob Huggins basketball, a signed Urban Meyer football, and Reds tickets. Guests will also enjoy dancing to a variety of music played by the DJ. The dance committee started meeting about three months before the dance. A venue was selected, menus were planned, and donations had to be collected for the baskets and silent auction. “The dance committee consists of parents of prospective baseball players,” Kuznof said. “Coach Dreisbach communicates the committee meetings to the parents and serves as the meeting chair.” Casual dressy attire should be worn (i.e. nice pants or a skirt/dress for women, and khakis,

dress pants, polo shirts, or button up shirts for men. Attendees will be given a beverage choice of a soft drink, tea, or coffee. A buffet will also be provided that included roast beef, salad, rolls, baked Montreal chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn O’brian, and homemade dessert. “People should invite their family and friends,” Kuznof said. “It’s a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner, dancing and fun!”

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This poor substitute for a commemoration of Amber’s life is disrespectful and, frankly, a waste of everyone’s time.

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I absolutely love assemblies. Getting to sit on the cold hard bleachers in the gym really makes my day so much better. Listening to speakers who are projected at a decibel level similar to that of a rock concert really helps wake me up in the morning. And hearing inspirational messages that have been repeated over and over just leaves me looking even more forward to the next assembly, which could be as soon as in the next three weeks. There was a terrible tragedy this year when we lost Amber Robinson, a classmate, in a violent crime. And that is not something that anyone ever will, nor should forget. Amber’s memory and legacy should be continued, just as previous losses have been in the past. But continual assemblies about respect and diversity are not the best route in remembering the student body’s loss. This poor substitute for a commemoration of Amber’s life is disrespectful and, frankly, a waste of everyone’s time. For those who remember the first assembly of the year, we were still reeling from the shock of Amber’s death. We took the assembly very seriously, and in return got an auto-tuned hip hop song. But, five months removed from the heartbreak, the school administration believes that another assembly would still be effective. Now, maybe the February assembly was more about Black History Month than it was about

Amber Robinson. But the point is, no one really knows what the second assembly was about. The speaker was rushed for time, which made his messages muddled. And, if it was about Black History Month, where was the assembly during Native American History Month? Let’s not drape the curtain of façade over these assemblies by calling it a promotion of diversity, when it’s obviously aimed at a particular race. This thinlyveiled guise is an insult to other minorities and diversity in general. And, while on the topic of diversity, how many Bible references did the orator of the second assembly use? Is it fair and equal to quote one religious text, when there are many represented in Lakota West? The Quran and the Torah all have metaphoric stories about respect which were more than applicable. This evident discrimination of other religions alienated some members of the audience, just as the selection of speakers and methods of communication alienated a majority of cultures. Respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Apparently, it makes good acronyms. Not that anyone remembers what the acronyms are (Responsibility… Expectations… Something…), and that goes to show how effective these assemblies really are. They are repetitive. They don’t work. They are rushed. They are a waste of time. Students are crammed into the bleachers like sardines, and the whole process itself is a jumbled heap of confusion. What we should do to remember Amber is to set up a scholarship fund. If there was a contest related to non-violence art, or something of the sort, then the winner could be presented the award at a ceremony during a sports game, during which a film about Amber could be played for the audience. This annual tribute to Amber would give her the respect she deserves and would be a constant reminder of the damage violence has on a community.

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very year, catastrophes strike. There is an ever-present threat of disease and pestilence. Violence erupts sporadically around the globe. In 2004, the Boxing Day Tsunami hit Indonesia, India and others with decimating force. Over 200,000 people lost their lives, after one of the most horrific natural disasters ever recorded. In Austin McCarthy 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Editor-in-Chief city of New Orleans, and was the fifth deadliest and first costliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. People were stranded for weeks, as food and water was devastatingly slow in arriving. Just this year, Haiti was hit with its worst earthquake in its history. Since 2003, Darfur has been engulfed in a genocidal civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. AIDS has claimed over a million lives in Africa. Cancer is still a looming menace worldwide. Yet, even with so many different causes people could devote themselves to, over two million people choose to be a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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Now, PETA has contributed to important causes throughout history, and has helped to enact necessary changes. Open torture of animals is downright pitiless and unacceptable, and one would be hard pressed to find someone who supports dogfighting and similar “sports”. PETA’s presence prevents cruelties such as these, and so I suppose some good comes from this organization. But some of PETA’s beliefs, stands and meth-

that PETA is against eating, testing on, wearing, or using animals for entertainment, among several other ludicrous opinions that one can find on their website, www.PETA.org. Days after the Haiti earthquake, PETA’s main page had an article about donating money to Haiti. Naturally, one would applaud their humanitarian efforts. It was only upon closer examination did one find that the proceeds were aiding the lost pet rescue effort. I personally was shocked and disgusted, for many people in Haiti are still recovering from the destruction and are lacking basic supplies. The other article on the main page was about one PETA member and the State of the Union “Undress”, where they “bare all for animals”. PETA is no stranger to nude advertisements, apparently, and doesn’t regret them. At the moment, there is a link on their home page to the ads that are “too hot for TV”. These methods to garner attention are just as ludicrous as some of the group’s views. In a world that has so many problems, arguing for such extraneous animal rights is a distraction to the issues that deserve real notice. PETA distracts people from the real issues of the world. Join a worthwhile cause that will help mankind. At least if you help a human, they’ll appreciate it.

PETA distracts people from the real issues of the world, stranding struggling people from help. ods are absolutely absurd. Recent stands include protesting Olympic Ice Skater, Johnny Weir’s outfit for the 2010 Winter Games. Also, they have proposed the idea of an animatronic groundhog for Groundhog’s Day, saying that the creature is under too much stress, due to all the attention on February 2. And, not only do they believe that pet ownership should be discouraged, they also reject the idea of speciesism. Speciesism is similar to the idea of racism, except that there should not be discrimination of creatures based on species. This would mean, essentially, that dogs, cats, birds and any other thing in the animal kingdom would be on par with humans. Of course, this also means

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ou might hear a student saying to another while walking down the halls of school, “How retarded was that?” Or maybe, “You’re so retarded! I don’t know how you could forget your lunch money again.” We hear the word retard used incorSavanna Jones rectly all the time, and the majority of high school stuStaff Reporter dents use it in their everyday vocabulary. So what exactly does the word even mean by today’s standards? Back in our parents’ generation, the term retard referred to a person who suffered from an intellectual disability, while today kids use it to mean “stupid” or “foolish”. When teenagers say it, they know the person they’re talking to isn’t actually disabled. It’s just teasing, right? But they aren’t thinking about who they could be offending by saying such derogatory things. Personally, I don’t use the term. Ever. It is not a word in my vocabulary. I cringe when I hear other people say it, and feel the need to say something to them. Why? My little sister Gabrielle was born with Down’s syndrome, so in all frankness she truly is “retarded”. Although now she’s still young and doesn’t quite understand that she’s different from her peers and friends, when she gets older it’s going to affect her. I don’t want her to be offended by this language that has become so common, which people now just accept and say,

“It’s just teen language.” This “teen language” has even begun to spread into movies. In the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder starring Robert Downey Jr., mental retardation, along with war, was the basis of the entire movie. It uses expressions like “going full retard,” and in the one scene alone the word is re-

might be insulting them. Therefore, why not just take the word out of your vocabulary? Is it necessary to use the word gay to call someone stupid, when there are so many other words such as dim, thick, dense, slow, dull, brainless, silly, and more? None of these will hurt people’s feelings, so really, why not try to increase your vocabulary a little and make it more politically correct at the same time. Teenagers need to think about what they’re saying before it comes out of their mouth. You don’t have to be next to a mentally disabled person or a homosexual person to offend someone, because simply using these words could be offensive to anyone; you never know who might have a child, sister, cousin, or even uncle who is gay or has a disability. All you have to do is change the word to stupid, and everyone’s happy. As Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between ‘lightning’ and ‘lightning bug’.”

...simply using these words could be offensive to anyone; you never know who might have a child, sister, cousin, or even uncle who is gay or has a disability.

peated at least sixteen times to describe Simple Jack, a mentally disabled farmhand portrayed in a fictional role in the film. The movie has offended countless people, including myself, because of its apathy towards people with disabilities. Similar to retard, gay is another pejorative. If anyone can even remember, the term used to mean happy. In the past couple generations it has morphed into a different meaning, now representing homosexual people. Even more recently, the word has changed yet again; in our generation today it has become yet another synonym for stupid, like retarded. Unlike someone with a disability, when you are around someone who is homosexual you cannot recognize when you

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a three month long vacation. The amount of information that many students manage to absorb and remember during the span of second quarter is already iffy in terms of being prepared for an exam, and having two weeks off of all scholarly responsibility is no help. It’s hard enough to remember the information that teachers presented five weeks before. Coming back from break, teachers expect students to be able to jump right back into the schedule of regular school. While this isn’t too outrageous, the fact that many teachers choose to continue to teach new material on these few days leading up to finals is a little crazy. The time spent away from school can only be corrected by spend-

ing time reviewing previous material. If teachers desire decent grades on their finals from their

students, introducing new material for students to learn at the same time that they try to review past information is the wrong way to achieve this goal. For those students who don’t push every scholastic material aside over winter break and get a head start on their studying, time during break is lost to the books when it would be better spent with family. The holidays are a time to be spent focusing on family, not on the correct conjugation of Spanish verbs or the different forms of government. With break timed the way that it currently is, time is either lost with family or with study, two important factors of any student’s life. This choice and prioritizing of break time should not be an issue, at all. By separating break from exams, break can be more useful for students and be used as a true break, instead of a juggler’s act between school and family. Break is called “break” for a reason. Students shouldn’t have to worry about studying or homework during their time off. Break would be much more relaxed if students didn’t have to worry about the inevitable hours of studying that are coming up after. The break proves to have a negative effect on many students’ grades, due to the time spent away from the material and the limited time to review after break. Putting exams before winter break will relieve stress for students and also improve grades for these tests.

Voice graphic by Dylan Geiser

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

urning off your alarm and knowing you won’t have to turn it back on for 2 weeks can be one of the best feelings in the world. This is always the first thing I do in preparation for winter break, getting myself ready to sleep in past my regular 5:30 alarm. Amy Rubenstein Winter break is also useful Asst. News Editor to forget about the worries of school and focus on social life with friends and family. This forgetfulness, not surprisingly, ends up being more literal for some than others. It can be detrimental for a student’s grades, because after winter break preparation for exams begins immediately. In college, the beginning of winter break marks the end of the first semester, and awards students’ late night studies with nearly a monthlong break from classes. This approach to the inevitable holiday break is more logical than Lakota’s, and would overall improve both the quality of break and the quality of grades for students. Two weeks, in the long run, might not seem very long. But take in to account the slight ADD that all teenagers have and a greater priority of social life over studies, and this two week break might as well be

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Taylor Demaio Staff Reporter

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t is Friday night football, and you, the Firebird, are unning up and down the sidelines, getting the fans pumped up. Turning your gigantic beak towards the student section, you see a mass of red shirts and body paint. Though the crowd is dense and roaring, you can still pick out familiar faces, particularly a junior and senior decked out in spirtit wear that are screaming loud, you can bet they’ll lose their voices the next day. These two spirited students are junior Shannen Slaughter and senior Brian Abrams, who are Lakota West super-fans that have quite a bit to say about supporting their school, being a fan and having fun. Q: What is fun about going to games? Brian: The best part about going to a game is getting to hang out with your friends while cheering on your favorite team, also it’s really cool seeing big time plays happen such as a dunk or a touchdown during a game. Q: Which school team is your favorite and why? Brian: I would have to say my favorite team in the school is the football team, because going to football games made for a fun filled Friday night. There would always be so much hype before a game and then there would be tailgating. To end

the night, everyone would go to Willies Sports Bar & Grill to grab some wings and hang out. Shannen: The women’s basketball team because they actually make it places and have a really good record, and I used to be on the team, even though I did not try-out this year I still feel a part of the team by being at every game. Q: What are some of the ups and downs of tailgating, and is it really worth it? Brian: Some ups of tailgating are hanging out with friends, playing some good tailgating games like corn hole or a game of touch football, and of course getting free food. The two downs to tailgating are setting up for the event, and sometimes if the weather is bad. I would say it is definitely worth it to tailgate just because it is a good way to get pumped for the game and a chance to have fun. Q: Most athletes have a pregame ritual. Do you have a pregame ritual as a fan? Shannen: My pre-game ritual is to make sure that I have all my school spirit wear, make sure I know who and where we are playing, and then just totally get pumped es- pecially if it’s a school that has beat us once before or come close to beating us. Q: What makes someone a good fan? Brian: A good fan needs to be loud, and good fan’s voice should be gone by the end of the night. Shannen: A good fan is someone who puts the event that they are supporting first, all the time.

They are always at every event no matter how far away it is, how much it cost, or what time it is. A good fan always comes ready to cheer and ready to win no matter who is watching or who is there, a good fan always shows their Lakota West pride. Q: What is one of the craziest things you have done to show your school spirit? Brian: The craziest thing I have done for school spirit would be painting my body the first game of the year at Dayton. It stormed so hard that the game got delayed and the paint made a huge mess. Shannen: I painted my stomach, arms, face, and dyed my hair, I totally decked myself out in Lakota West gear. Another time I dressed in the firebird suit and everything! Q: Do you have advice for students looking to be a spirited fan? Shannen: My advice would have to be if you are going to be a fan then you just need to be dedicated all the time. The ball should never hit the floor without you being in the stands. Be on time, be loud, and get noticed. Don’t let anyone hold you back even if that means that you have to go to games by yourself, just make sure you’re always there with your school spirit.

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Gabbing with gatekeepers: Aides Q&A Justin Sharp Features Editor

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

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veryday a handful of students receive a slip and then scour the halls to retrieve a select student to head down to either the main office or the guidance office. During each period, two aides work with the guidance and main office secretaries to make sure that Lindsey Freeman appointments with counselors, students taking early leave, and students who have valuables waiting for them in the office, all reach their destinations on time. In this article, you will learn about four select students from 6th period that assist in keeping our school running. Office Aides: juniors Jordan Winters and Lindsey Freeman Why are you an office Tazzie Shaw aide? Jordan: I didn’t want to sit in study hall. Lindsey: You can’t talk in study hall.

What is your favorite part of being an aide? Jordan: Working with the delightful secretaries and getting free stuff sometimes. What do you like about being an aide? Jordan: I deliver passes for the delightful secretaries, and help people who come into the office.

Tazzie: Our study hall teacher didn’t let us listen to ipods. Imani: I like being an aide. What’s your favorite part of being an aide? Tazzie: Walking around and taking notes are my favorite parts of being a guidance counselor aide. Imani: Seeing who’s in each class is my favorite.

Is this your first time being an of- Imani Zuberi fice aide? Jordan & Lindsey: I was also an office aide What do you do as guidance aide? first semester. Tazzie & Imani: We run passes to get people to get to meetings and also at Do you play any sports? times organize papers. Jordan: I play soccer. Lindsey: I play club volleyball. Have you been guidance aide before? Do you like being an office aide? Tazzie & Imani: No, this is Jordan: It’s a lot better than study hall, our first time. and I get to spend time with the delightful secretaries. Are you involved in any extr Guidance Aides: sophomores Jordan Winters Imani: [I am involved in] Tazzie Shaw and Imani Zuberi basketball. Tazzie: [ I am an] Elite Why did you want to be a guidance of- cheerleader. ficer? Voice photos by Justin Sharp


tentive and made sure everyone was comfortable. I got really dizzy and was shaking, so I had to lay Donors were asked multiple times if they needed back down for twenty minutes because they were anything at all. afraid I was going to pass out,” Hegner said. “The nurses were all very professional and Student government coordinates a blood veryone has it, every two seconds someone supportive of you and they really know what drive every year for those who are 16 and at least needs it, but only 5% of people who can will they’re doing,” senior Brandon Smith said. 110 pounds to donate. Senior and student governdonate it. So what is it? Blood. On MonThe student government provided pretzels, ment board member Nick Hagglund was in charge day, January 25 Student Government organized of making sure the blood drive through the Community Blood cookies, doughnuts, pop and much more for after the blood drive Center, who then set up stations in the Auxiliary ran smoothly. Gym for all those generous enough to give blood. the donors were done. “I believe the 165 students took about an hour out of their time These snacks would help get their blood sugars blood drive was to “save three lives.” back to normal. successful,“ HagWhile everyone will say “I saved three lives The entire procedure— glund said.“In today; I donated blood,” do they really know how the beginning they save three lives? All donated blood is sepa- from registration to eating snacks—takes about 45 it didn’t run rated into three parts: red blood cells, platelets smoothly with and plasma. Thus, they can save three lives for minutes to an hour, but only about ten to fifteen the teachers and one unit or about a pint of blood. minutes are spent to give green passes but But there’s a high demand for blood. A single as the day went car accident victim can require as many as 100 a pint of blood. First, stuon it began to run units of blood; that’s obviously a larger amount dents register in the front where they are then given smoothly.” than a single person can donate given an average a number and questions Hagglund sized adult body contains about ten pints of blood. Student government replenishes donors’ energy with sugary stressed that he Also, cancer patients may need a unit after chemo- to fill out regarding health treats. wanted students therapy. Almost everyone knows someone affected history. Next, the donors are taken to understand by cancer, but back to a cubicle to have a small what they were doing, not just having an excuse not everyone blood test and answer more ques- to get out of class. He didn’t want students to use feels it is their tions. They then had to drink a this opportunity to skip a boring class but to be responsibility bottle of water and wait until a about saving lives. to give blood. cot opened up to lie down while “Your blood is important to save other lives; “I wanted waiting for the pint of blood to be it’s not much of your blood, only a pint and is not to give blood filled. The procedure was nearly going to hurt you, but it is going to save someone’s because I know painless, just a pinch as if receiv- life in the ER or other situations,” Hagglund said. it’s a resource ing a shot. Even with the little bumps in the beginning, that they need “The worst that will hapeveryone was glad they have a chance to save a a lot,” junior pen is that you’ll feel a little light few lives. The blood drive was success, helping to and first time headed in the end, but three save over 400 lives. donor Abby people live to see another day be“We [student government] wanted the maxiHegner said. cause of you,” Smith said. “You’re mum amount of students to help as many people “It’s such an a lifesaver basically.” as possible,” Hagglund said. easy way to Student reclining, preparing to give blood. A few students did notice “[I will donate again] because it was a great help people; common side effects, such as dizexperience, besides feeling a little bit sick,” Hegit’s not like you have to give money. It’s something that you al- ziness, tiredness or headaches, after donating. ner said. It was a great way to donate to the comHegner was one of the students to feel a side ef- munity.” ready have and is easy to give.” The workers, both Student Government and fect after donating. “After I gave blood they told me to sit up and the Community Blood Center personnel, were at-

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B positive: West blood drive saves lives

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ho wouldn’t, if they were able, participate in the blood drive? One can save three lives just by lying on a gurney for an hour and giving, painlessly, a little bit of blood. No big deal right? Well, my experience was a little different. I’m not afraid of needles, I don’t have a phobia of blood, and I have a high pain-tolerance, so I thought that my blood donating experience would be quick, easy, and a good way to give back. I was wrong. As soon as the needle was in my arm the nurse said “oops”. It is never a good sign for anyone to say “oops” while inserting a foreign sharp tube of metal inside your flesh. So, I’m lying there with a full bladder and a klutzy nurse who stuck a needle in the wrong vein. Awesome. So, instead of being reasonable, and pulling the needle out, she decided to direct the needle into the right vein…while it was still in my arm. Imagine a hot poker being forced into your arm and then being twisted over and over, and you might have estimated the level of pain I was in. However, it was over, so I decided to suck it up and leave. I sat up and felt fine so I proceeded to stand. As soon as I took five steps my head started to pound and my ears were ringing. I became really dizzy, heard someone say “Oh no” and then felt a hand guide me back to my cot. I was woozy and tired the rest of the day. Even though my experience was bad, I would still recommend giving blood. Saving three lives is definitely worth the effort. Voice graphic headlines by Jessica Dukes

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

s soon as I heard the announcements for West’s annual blood drive, I knew I wanted to sign up. I had participated in 2009’s blood drive and had a very good experience. This year’s was much the same. My time slot was for 7:00, and I was the first one to walk into the gym to donate. I was seated, asked a few questions and then handed a survey to fill out. The questions were general, only to make sure that I didn’t have any possibility of spreading a disease by donating. I was then taken to a private booth to have my survey reviewed and my finger pricked to make sure my blood was healthy enough to donate. The nurse had me down my bottle of water and then sent me to the waiting bay of nurses and beds. My vein was tested, marked and sanitized before the needle was inserted into my arm. My nurse was friendly and quickly prompted a conversation with me to make me more comfortable as I donated. Every five seconds, I squeezed a stress ball to keep the flow of my blood steady. 11 minutes later, the bag was full and the needle was taken out. My nurse gently patched up my arm and had me wait a few minutes before moving to make sure I was being honest about feeling fine. I was catered to by the SGA volunteers after I was finished, and was brought sugary foods and fruit punch for a half an hour before being sent on my way, sticker and t-shirt in hand. On my way out of the gym, I was thanked by the blood center workers for my time and donation, only making me feel better about donating. I think it is needless to say that I’ll donate at next year’s blood drive, as well.

Taylor Brosemer Photo Editor

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Centerspread

Centerspread

DO keep in touch with friends and family who live far away: Whether it is your cousin in Omaha or your best friend who moved to Wisconsin, it is important to maintain familial connection. Facebook is a great tool in successfully sustaining those important bonds. DO reconnect with old friends: Facebook is primarily a social networking website. Utilizing the unique “friend search” will allow you to get in touch with your past and those who were an important part of it.

Emily Bamforth Asst. Features Editor Amy Rubenstein Asst. News Editor

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veryone tries to be more popular online than they are in real life. But what many don’t realize is that most of the things they do to get attention in cyberland really just annoy all of their virtual friends. There is no book on how to correctly use social networking sites such as Facebook, but pay attention to these few tips, and you too can stop making those embarrassing digital faux-pas. Whether you feel like sharing intimate details of your love life via status update, or you are boring everyone with your tales of the virtual farm, these tips will work to make your page more interesting and less of a digital nuisance.

DO post photos of interesting events important to you: Sharing is caring. Take this kindergarten lesson to heart and share the important aspects of your life via photos. If your friend met their idol, wouldn’t you want to see it? DO be clever in your status updates: Most communication on Facebook is prompted by the news feed. Boring updates lead to your profile being ignored. Don’t you want people to know how witty you are? Harness your inner stand-up comedian or snarky blogger and write updates that will entertain and inform. DO become a fan of the VOICE: Because, let’s face it, we rock.

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Karl Cunic

Emily Bamforth

Mac Gerhardt

Amy Rubenstein

Dylan Geiser

DO use Facebook to plan events: It’s so convenient when you don’t have to go through the process of texting every single person for one event. Let people know via Facebook: it’s easier to track, and people typically check Facebook a lot. DO update your info: Trust me you’ve changed since 2007. Your favorite television show is no longer “What I like about You” or “Boy Meets World”. Times have changed, move on and take two seconds to let your friends know what you’re currently interested in.

DON’T use facebook status PDA: You wuv your boyfwend. We get it. The complexities of your romance do not need to be constantly broadcast over Facebook. The term “get a room” applies in cyberspace as well, except here it’s called a message. DON’T post inappropriate pictures: Whether it’s a cigarette or a red cup in hand, these “party pictures” don’t make you look cool. Pictures can be worth a thousand words, but only one comes to mind with these: stupidity. Oh, and don’t overdo the self-portraits. Chances are, you’re not as pretty as you think you are. DON’T have fights on Facebook: Though entertaining for outsiders, everyone involved looks like an idiot. PRIVATE message the person you’re digital-brawling with or man up and confront them in person. Honestly, fighting through a computer is pretty pathetic. DON’T update your status every two seconds (that’s what Twitter is for): Despite what your mom might say, your life is not interesting enough for a play-by-play. Your life doesn’t change from one second to the next, and we don’t need to be updated on your mood swings. DON’T have conversation via photo comments: We all love notifications. Getting 45 for the same picture, however, doesn’t spread the love. There are clever little things called wall posts on Facebook. Be a good little cyber kiddie and utilize them. DON’T create Facebook accounts for those who are not able to type on a keyboard: While everyone may swoon over how cute your new-born baby is, no one wants to be friends with him on Facebook. The same applies for your cat, dog, stuffed animal, etc. If you need friends that badly, you should be spending your time out in the real world, not surfing the web.

Jenna Blevins

My Facebook Do: Talk to friends My Facebook Don’t: Send too many apps

Sophomore • Comment • Like

Wesley Hartoin My Facebook Do: Use interesting apps

My Facebook Don’t: Say non-useful comments

Sophomore • Comment • Like

Phil Brinkman

My Facebook Do: Facebook IM My Facebook Don’t: Send pointless applications

Junior • Comment • Like

Erica Schiedler My Facebook Do: Talk to friends

My Facebook Don’t: ‘Like’ every single posted status

Junior • Comment • Like

Arpan Patel

My Facebook Do: Talk to friends My Facebook Don’t: Friend random people

Senior • Comment • Like

Emily Kramp Senior • Comment • Like

Anthony Nims Teacher • Comment • Like

My Facebook Do: Make wise choices. Friend people you actually know. My Facebook Don’t: Make your status about your personal life or send me Mafia Wars requests My Facebook Do: Catch up with long lost friends or friends that dont live near you My Facebook Don’t: Use Facebook to vomit your personality all over everyone else

Facebook Do: Keep in touch with friends in differentt cities so Pamela Owens My you can ‘couchsurf ’ to avoid paying for hotels My Facebook Don’t: Put pictures up you’re going to regret in 20 years, or accept friend requests from people you don’t know

Teacher • Comment • Like

Additional reporting by Karl Cunic

Voice graphics by Dylan Geiser Voice photos by Mac Gerhardt and Emily Bamforth

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

Justin Sharp

DO find fun applications to use: Farmville, Vampire Wars, Graffiti, Compare Friends, Social Interview, whatever floats your boat. However, TURN NOTIFICATIONS OFF (no one cares if you just harvested strawberries.)

DON’T creep extensively: Don’t uber-stalk people. Liking all of a person’s updates is CREEPY. Commenting on every photo of a person you barely know—also CREEPY. Facebook links are meant to be used, but don’t break your mouse by clicking on all of them.

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Centerspread

Centerspread

DO keep in touch with friends and family who live far away: Whether it is your cousin in Omaha or your best friend who moved to Wisconsin, it is important to maintain familial connection. Facebook is a great tool in successfully sustaining those important bonds. DO reconnect with old friends: Facebook is primarily a social networking website. Utilizing the unique “friend search” will allow you to get in touch with your past and those who were an important part of it.

Emily Bamforth Asst. Features Editor Amy Rubenstein Asst. News Editor

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veryone tries to be more popular online than they are in real life. But what many don’t realize is that most of the things they do to get attention in cyberland really just annoy all of their virtual friends. There is no book on how to correctly use social networking sites such as Facebook, but pay attention to these few tips, and you too can stop making those embarrassing digital faux-pas. Whether you feel like sharing intimate details of your love life via status update, or you are boring everyone with your tales of the virtual farm, these tips will work to make your page more interesting and less of a digital nuisance.

DO post photos of interesting events important to you: Sharing is caring. Take this kindergarten lesson to heart and share the important aspects of your life via photos. If your friend met their idol, wouldn’t you want to see it? DO be clever in your status updates: Most communication on Facebook is prompted by the news feed. Boring updates lead to your profile being ignored. Don’t you want people to know how witty you are? Harness your inner stand-up comedian or snarky blogger and write updates that will entertain and inform. DO become a fan of the VOICE: Because, let’s face it, we rock.

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Karl Cunic

Emily Bamforth

Mac Gerhardt

Amy Rubenstein

Dylan Geiser

DO use Facebook to plan events: It’s so convenient when you don’t have to go through the process of texting every single person for one event. Let people know via Facebook: it’s easier to track, and people typically check Facebook a lot. DO update your info: Trust me you’ve changed since 2007. Your favorite television show is no longer “What I like about You” or “Boy Meets World”. Times have changed, move on and take two seconds to let your friends know what you’re currently interested in.

DON’T use facebook status PDA: You wuv your boyfwend. We get it. The complexities of your romance do not need to be constantly broadcast over Facebook. The term “get a room” applies in cyberspace as well, except here it’s called a message. DON’T post inappropriate pictures: Whether it’s a cigarette or a red cup in hand, these “party pictures” don’t make you look cool. Pictures can be worth a thousand words, but only one comes to mind with these: stupidity. Oh, and don’t overdo the self-portraits. Chances are, you’re not as pretty as you think you are. DON’T have fights on Facebook: Though entertaining for outsiders, everyone involved looks like an idiot. PRIVATE message the person you’re digital-brawling with or man up and confront them in person. Honestly, fighting through a computer is pretty pathetic. DON’T update your status every two seconds (that’s what Twitter is for): Despite what your mom might say, your life is not interesting enough for a play-by-play. Your life doesn’t change from one second to the next, and we don’t need to be updated on your mood swings. DON’T have conversation via photo comments: We all love notifications. Getting 45 for the same picture, however, doesn’t spread the love. There are clever little things called wall posts on Facebook. Be a good little cyber kiddie and utilize them. DON’T create Facebook accounts for those who are not able to type on a keyboard: While everyone may swoon over how cute your new-born baby is, no one wants to be friends with him on Facebook. The same applies for your cat, dog, stuffed animal, etc. If you need friends that badly, you should be spending your time out in the real world, not surfing the web.

Jenna Blevins

My Facebook Do: Talk to friends My Facebook Don’t: Send too many apps

Sophomore • Comment • Like

Wesley Hartoin My Facebook Do: Use interesting apps

My Facebook Don’t: Say non-useful comments

Sophomore • Comment • Like

Phil Brinkman

My Facebook Do: Facebook IM My Facebook Don’t: Send pointless applications

Junior • Comment • Like

Erica Schiedler My Facebook Do: Talk to friends

My Facebook Don’t: ‘Like’ every single posted status

Junior • Comment • Like

Arpan Patel

My Facebook Do: Talk to friends My Facebook Don’t: Friend random people

Senior • Comment • Like

Emily Kramp Senior • Comment • Like

Anthony Nims Teacher • Comment • Like

My Facebook Do: Make wise choices. Friend people you actually know. My Facebook Don’t: Make your status about your personal life or send me Mafia Wars requests My Facebook Do: Catch up with long lost friends or friends that dont live near you My Facebook Don’t: Use Facebook to vomit your personality all over everyone else

Facebook Do: Keep in touch with friends in differentt cities so Pamela Owens My you can ‘couchsurf ’ to avoid paying for hotels My Facebook Don’t: Put pictures up you’re going to regret in 20 years, or accept friend requests from people you don’t know

Teacher • Comment • Like

Additional reporting by Karl Cunic

Voice graphics by Dylan Geiser Voice photos by Mac Gerhardt and Emily Bamforth

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

Justin Sharp

DO find fun applications to use: Farmville, Vampire Wars, Graffiti, Compare Friends, Social Interview, whatever floats your boat. However, TURN NOTIFICATIONS OFF (no one cares if you just harvested strawberries.)

DON’T creep extensively: Don’t uber-stalk people. Liking all of a person’s updates is CREEPY. Commenting on every photo of a person you barely know—also CREEPY. Facebook links are meant to be used, but don’t break your mouse by clicking on all of them.

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change since they were taught English at birth. Now, about 8 years later, the craziness of everyday life continues. “With 5 kids in the house the business never he Davis family may attract a little bit of ends,” Zack Davis extra attention when they are out in pubsaid. “Every day we lic. They have five children in their famhave a new funny ily, which is more than average, but what really story about my sibmakes them unique is that three of the five chillings about what dren are adopted from Guatemala. Sophomore they said or did. It Katie Davis and senior Zack Davis both attend can get hectic but West, and they are the older siblings of Ana Luit’s usually a lot of cia,4, Gustavo (nicknamed Gus),6, and Marco,8, fun having three who were adopted from Guatemala. young siblings.” “There are two types of reactions when people Although adoprealize that Marco, Gus and Ana are my siblings. tion is no longer One is that they are happy for us and believe what permitted internawe did is right,” Zack Davis said. “Every once in Ana-Lucia, Gustavo, and Marco get ready for tionally from Guaawhile you get the people who don’t understand school. temala, the Davis why adoption even exists. These people are frusS o m e family are not the only ones in the West Chester trating but I try to forget about them.” people aren’t area who have adopted. For those who are less understanding, they afraid to ap“Since we’ve adopted kids we’ve connected probably don’t realize that 65% of Guatemalans proach the with so many other families in West Chester,” Kalive off family and tie Davis said. $2/day feed their Adoption may not an option for every family, and that c u r i o s i t y . but it is one that the Davis’ do not regret. 54% will Common questions that people will ask include “I am very glad my parents adopted.” Zack Dagrow up where they were born, if they know they were vis said “I can’t imagine what life would be like if in exadopted, and how their lives would be different I didn’t have Marco, Gus, or Ana. I think things treme if they hadn’t been adopted. Choosing to adopt would seem boring without them.” poverty from Guatemala just seemed to make sense for While (mother) and (father) may be done and be the Davis family. The mother, Aimee Davis, adopting, Zack and Katie, they have seen the joys m a l worked from a Guatemalan adoption agency that adoption have brought to their family, and it nourfor three years and liked the country’s adoption is a possibility for them in the future as well. ished. procedures and the father, Mark Davis was fa“It will always be on my mind but it depends For this miliar with the Hispanic culture from his work on how my life plays out,” Zack Davis said. Davis’, For now, Zack and Katie are enjoying their g i v i n g Katie, with her two siblings, visit their home coun- experiences. try of Guatemala, whose flag is shown above. “I guess they wanted to have more kids and siblings, and celebrating the fact that Gus, Marco back is and Ana Lucia will go against the statistics and very important, and this was their way of doing that’s where their hearts were,” Katie Davis said. Katie was eight and Zack was ten when the not become part of the 95% of Guatemalans who so. For the parents, around 20 trips have been made to Guatemala, and even Katie Davis who family first decided to adopt. All three were ad- will never enter high school. is only 16, has already been there 6 times herself. opted when they were between 4 and 8 months Voice photos contributed by Katie Davis During the families last visit to Guatemala over old, so they never had to deal with a language Gautemalan flag courtesy of appliedlanguage.com

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the summer, the children all visited their birth mothers. All three were adopted at different times and from different families, but they are all one family now. “The only thing different is appearance,” Katie Davis said. “They’re just as much a part of my family as me and Zack.” This differing appearance is what attracts the most attention in public. “People will look at you kind of weird,” Katie Davis said.

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Health department loses friend, mentor Adriana Calderin Staff Reporter

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student does not pay attention to her class. She is aware that the student might be going through difficult times at home, or in another aspect of his life. What makes her proud is when she can inspire her students to make them want to learn

February 12, 2010 Lakota West Voice

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fter 30 productive years of dedicated work in the Lakota West District, Mrs. Hall, our charismatic health teacher, decided to retire at the end of this school year. The end of her career does not make her sad, instead, she feels fulfilled about her profession and excited about what life brings her next. Since she was a child, Tammy Hall always knew that she wanted to teach. “I loved my 1st grade teacher. She made classes fun and interesting. I think that is what influenced my desire to become a teacher,” Hall remembered. She rarely missed class and enjoyed helping her teachers and peers. In her senior year of high school, her health teacher let her teach her class a couple times when she was absent. Her interest on health and medical related topics was the last factor that Mrs. Hall will be retiring after this school year to take art lessons and travel. lead her to become a health teacher. “Back then, I thought that students were not new things and appreciate who they are. given enough information [about health]. I want“I find high school students extremely ined to change and influence that,” Hall said. teresting. Sadly, society does not often valorize Hall is a teacher that sticks to the rules and them, and tends to shape them instead of letting demands punctuality and organization from her them be who they are,” Hall said. students, but does not take it personally when a

Mrs. Hall’s commitment to help others is not limited to people close to her. She is a member of the board of directors of the C.A.D.V. (Citizens Against Domestic Violence), an association to which she gives her entire support. Every year, she helps organize a presentation for her health students at Lakota West in which domestic and dating violence is discussed to promote the awareness about those social issues. When she retires, Hall wants to take art lessons and travel. She will dedicate time to her books and her garden. “I want to stay active. I will work as a substitute teacher, so you might still see me around,” Hall declared with a smile. Both the staff and students will feel the emptiness that Mrs. Hall’s retirement will cause. She did her best to improve health education, teaching good habits and values, giving a precious legacy that will help her students during their entire life to become better citizens. Her experience and spontaneous sympathy guided those who took her class through a semester of learning, not only about health, but also about understanding themselves and the others. For all this, we are grateful and wish for her a great continuation in her future projects and dreams.

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expect of a seasoned team late in post-season play. Settling down, the Firebirds adjusted to the Viking’s up tempo, high-pressure style of play. Through the use of their trademarked 3-2 zone, ccompanied by stable bench play late in the Firebirds would go on to force 13 turnovers of games down the stretch, the all star “fab their own. three” tandem, consisting of Obi “I felt like our Nwankwo, Jordan Hicks, and Phil Cook, defense helped have asserted themselves as the driving force us control the behind a rejuvenated Firebird squad posigame,” Nwanktioned atop the hierarchy of the GMC’s elite. wo said. “You And with a hard fought home victory in need to be in cona see-saw battle win over GMC powerhouse trol of the game Princeton, the Firebirds have undoubtedly against teams established their status to be solid as conas explosive as crete. Princeton. As a January 22, in a pivotal, one time regular team, I feel like season showdown, the Firebirds soared to we played well victory with a 46-45 win, catapulting themon defense. We selves into a three-way tie with rivals Coleralso won the reain and Princeton for first place in the GMC. bounding battle “It felt good to give them their first loss in by a large mar20 GMC games,” senior team captain Nwankgin.” wo said. “The win just enables our team to Junior sensasee what we are capable of doing when we tion Phil Cook play hard. Winning this game has definitely snagged down Hicks goes for layup against Hamilton. boosted our team’s confidence for the rest 11 boards as the of the season, which will carry over into the Firebird’s leadpostseason.” ing rebounder, while also chipping in 8 points, to With a one point lead at the end of the first go along with 4 assists and 2 blocks. quarter, the Firebirds abruptly fell victim to a Four year varsity letterman Jordan Hicks conmuch more focused and intense Viking’s team to tributed 16 points to go along with 5 steals and begin the second quarter. A swarming full court rebounds apiece. trap by the Vikings rendered the Firebirds flusIn a game that saw 13 lead changes, there were tered, which would inevitably lead to 27 turnovers five lead changes and six ties in the fourth quarter throughout the game on West’s behalf. Despite alone; a quarter which would ultimately decided the Viking’s relentless pressure, the Firebirds re- the game’s nerve wracking, back and forth outsponded with the poise and maturation one would come.

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As the Firebirds found themselves down 41-40 with 3:30 remaining, Nwankwo hit a critical three pointer that would give West a 43-40 lead. After one made free throw by the Vikings, Nwankwo responded with another trey, to put the Firebirds up 46-42. Shooting 3/6 from beyond the arc, nine of Nwankwo’s 13 points came off of three pointers; six of those points coming off of two crucial treys during “crunch time” in the fourth quarter. “I was in the zone at the end of the game,” Nwankwo said. “Those two three pointers in the fourth quarter were huge for the team. I had confidence in myself, and I knew that I could come up big when the game was on the line.” A thick sense of angst and anticipation filled the air, and as the crowd awaited anxiously on the edge of their seats, Princeton’s Jordan Sibert drove hard to the lane; the chance to be celebrated as savior to the Viking’s 20 game GMC winning streak weighing heavily upon his shoulders. And with a shot to cease victory for the Vikings, Sibert came up short, as his lay-up rattled off the rim. With one final opportunity, Princeton missed a tip-in at the buzzer to seal victory for the Firebirds. “We’re a force to be reckoned with,” Nwankwo said. “It’s about what you do under pressure situations, and as a team, we showed that we are more than capable of going out there and playing with anybody.” The Firebirds have gone on to claim first place in the GMC, downing Colrain with a 60-57 win. West’s winning streak continued in their next two games, with victories over Fairfield and Middletown, as the Firebirds improved their overall record to 10-4 on the season.

NFL Pro Bowl changes prompt complaints

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he Pro Bowl, an NFL tradition, has been changed this year by Commissioner Roger Goodell. It has been switched to the week before the Super Bowl. Austin McCarthy Also, the location has been moved from HaEditor-in-Chief waii to Florida. Now, I can see the Commissioner’s train of thought on the issue. Move the game to the break between the Conference Championships and the Superbowl, and you will retain the fans that you lose once the culmination of the season, the Superbowl, takes place. Also, by moving it to the same city that the Superbowl will be, you may get even more fans and the same preparation that the big game will get. But on so many levels, these changes just do not make sense. For starters, the Pro Bowl has been the most forgettable game of the NFL season for many years. I can’t think of anyone who looks forward to the game, let alone chooses it over any other activity they could do. It’s a group of all-stars who are playing in a meaningless game, where no one is playing with any intensity. The date change has brought a few problems with it, as well. The league’s best players, those who actually make it to the Superbowl, won’t be playing. They can’t risk injuring or tiring themselves before the most important game of the

year. Also, even if injury wasn’t a concern, players need to focus all their efforts on preparation for the big game. Without the best players, can we really call the Pro Bowl an all-star game? Other players are missing the Pro Bowl too.

With less time to recover from the regular season, some of the minor nicks and s c r a t c h e s that normally wouldn’t be a problem are now more of a factor. The location change brings some other issues. Hawaii has, for the past 30 years, been the site of the Pro Bowl. This consistency has developed a fan base, many of whom would go to the Pro

Bowl as a vacation or a stop on a vacation. Also, Hawaii, arguably, is more of a reward for players making the Pro Bowl. This exotic island offers amenities that the continental states, like Florida, just can’t match. From a player’s perspective, moving the game to Florida has to be somewhat embarrassing. For those who just lost in the playoffs, to go to the same city the Superbowl will be played in will be a symbolic “smack in the face”. With the stale taste of defeat still in their mouths, they’ll go to the same stadium that the winners will play in just one week. The irony is obvious, and may keep some players from coming. So many players aren’t going to the “new” Pro Bowl that we are left with a shell of the all-star game that it once was. The NFL should either stick with the traditions of the game or eliminate it. If you are having the game for the mere sake of having an all-star game, then don’t. The players don’t care if they play or if they are just voted to a roster that would make up the conference dream team. Most fans don’t care about the game. Frankly, it’s a waste of time. Unless the game is continued for tradition’s sake, it should be discontinued. Voice art by Elise Maxfield Voice info graphic by Mac Gerhardt


Sports “I have practice about 21 or 22 hours a week,” on sleep and school work and also try to pick up Krugler said. more hours at work,” Krugler said. These practices aren’t only in the afternoon With her senior year coming to an end, Kruthough. On Tuesday and Thursgler has recently est senior Maegen Krugler has been day mornings Krugler is in the committed to conswimming year round since she was pool at 5:15 A.M practicing betinue swimming four years old, and she isn’t planning fore most students are even at the University on stopping anytime soon. Krugler is currently awake. of Toledo. swimming for both West and the Mason Manta “I am more awake for school,” “The coaches Rays club team. Krugler said. “But were exactly what “I love the I am more tired at I was looking for friends you make practice later and and the team is through swimhave trouble staying getting better and ming,” Krugler awake to finish all of better every year,” said. “Everyone my homework.” Krugler said. “I becomes really According to difelt like I could close, almost like ethealthclub.com, a improve the most you are siblings.” swimmer can burn Krugler stands on starting block at Mason dual meet. there.” Krugler has anywhere from 450 Krugler’s decibeen very sucto 750 calories an hour, meaning that sion was not solely about swimming though, an cessful at swimKrugler could potentially burn up to added bonus was that the school has a really good ming thus far, 16,500 calories a week from swim- Health and Science and Nursing program, which and hopes to conming alone. Because of this, Krugler is what she wants to pursue in her future. Altinue to improve has to change her diet during the sea- though Krugler does not plan on swimming after and contribute to Krugler swims at 2009 State Meet in Columbus. son to account for all of this exercise. college, she would like to continue being involved her teams. “During the swim season I eat a with the sport through coaching. For Krugler, the “My biggest accomplishment as a swimmer lot,” Krugler said. “In order to keep my calorie hectic schedule that swimming presents is worth was qualifying for state last year in two individual intake and my calories burned in balance I have the feeling of accomplishment she gets at the end events,” Krugler said. “I also made it back to fi- to eat a lot of carbs continuously throughout the of the day. Voice photos contributed by Maegen Krugler nals.” day.” Voice graphic headline by Jessica Dukes The experience she gets from each of the two When she isn’t swimming, Krugler says she Voice info graphic by Dylan Geiser teams she swims for are very different. eats about half as “High school swimming is very different than much as she does durclub swimming,” Krugler said. “Especially since ing the season. Howhigh school focuses on the performance of the ever, this time off is team as a whole, instead of just the individual.” limited, usually lasting West’s team practices at the Lakota YMCA only 1 or 2 months out Monday through Friday as well as on Saturday of the year. mornings. With all the practices, Krugler doesn’t “When my season get much down time. is over I try to catch up

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“I think there’s a lot of potential and I have plenty of aspirations,” Zgoda said. “But it’s (MMA) mainly just to discipline myself and prepare for the naval academy.” Or it can be a place to get your irritation out as well as a bonding time. “It was fun and (helped) to get frustration out,” Galletta said. “If I was mad at my mom we could spar (fight) and get out that frustration and take care of my anger. Guys didn’t want to fight me because I was a girl so [it was] usually just me and my mom.” For some these activities are just that: activities. For others MMA offers a lifestyle. “(I’m there) 4 to 5 days a week at least 2 hours each time,” Zgoda said. “Once you get in and learn discipline you live for it. It’s more of a lifestyle instead of a sport. You need complete focus. It’s the most on edge I’ve ever felt in my life.” Not only does MMA offer a lifestyle but it also offers a security blanket for females in the disguise of self-defense. “You feel a little more secure now that you know some things (self-defense tactics),” Galletta said. “My mom and dad feel better because they know I’m not helpless.” However, you don’t have to take it seriously. You can participate in classes just for fun or to start something new. “It’s a lot of fun,” Wheatley said. “They actually have a high school boxing team so it’s a cool place to get started.” Jorge Gurgel Mixed Martial Arts Academy is welcome to beginners as well as experienced athletes. Kids of all ages are welcome as well as adults. MMA is located at 6088 West Chester Road with the phone number (513) 889-5851.

ou see those students walking around with the school’s athletic apparel and automatically know they play a sport for the school. Most you know by name because they’re they school’s athletes. However, then there’s those students that most don’t know about. They’re the ones who don’t really participate in the traditional mainstream sports. They’re the ones who train at Jorge Gurgel Mixed Martial Arts Academy (JG MMA & Fitness Academy). MMA is a fitness facility that trains amateur and professional fighters for fights and tournaments as well as teaching beginners the basics of different martial arts. “I started in eighth grade,” junior Jenna Galletta said. “It had been of- MMA provides many different courses for people of all skill levels. fered at my mom’s work and she enjoyed it and said ‘Hey, you’d really like this!’ The to teach and train participants, MMA also offers main gym was close by so we (my mom and I) just fights to show off what you have learned as well as fights where you can win the title of Champion. “I wanted to do an MMA fight but it turns out you hen University of Texas defensive co- can’t do that ordinator, Will Muschamp, heard the till your 18,” news, he let off a high pitched shriek. junior Sam Lakota West High School senior outside line- W h e a t l e y backer, Jordan Hicks, eased Longhorn anxiety said. “So I by informing the more than exuberant coach via just have to telephone that he had chosen Texas as his col- train now.” lege choice; ousting the likes of Ohio State and M M A Florida. can be anyOn Friday, January 29, in a room packed full thing you of family, friends, and media, Hicks delivered his want it to much anticipated decision as he revealed his in- be. A place Bag work, here, is just one aspect of MMA training. tent to commit to the University of Texas. to stay in Hicks, ranked as the fourth best player in the shape, try a new activity or make a career out of country according to the ESPNU top 150 rank- it. ings, described Texas as the missing piece to a long-running puzzle. “I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” Hicks said during the press conference. “I felt real comfortable there. It was in my heart. When I sat back and thought about it, it was the best place for me. It was clear that Texas was the place.” This past season, Hicks recorded 95 total tackles (13 for loss), three sacks, and two interceptions as he headlined a 9-2 Firebird squad that reached the playoffs for the first time since 2006. As a senior, Hicks was named the OHSAA Division I co-Defensive Player of the Year, the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, awarded the Butkus Award (recognizes the best linebacker in the nation), named a Parade All-American and took part in the Under Armour All-American Game.

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started going twice a week.” They offer classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kickboxing and boxing to personal training. “I do it all,” sophomore Andrew Zgoda said. “Ju-jitsu, wrestling, grappling, boxing.” With all the different classes offered at MMA

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they consumed alcohol. Banning the consumption of alcohol at sporting events could help to greatly decrease this statistic. Now some may say that one of the major draws to sporting events for those of drinking age is, in fact, the alcohol. It is seen as an added bonus to attending the game, and can add to the overall fun. But for those not drinking, drunken fans aren’t something that would draw us to a game. Alcohol is not needed at sporting events. If a fan truly loves the game, the competitive atmosphere and viewing a sport they love should supply enough fun to where they wouldn’t need alcohol to enhance the experience. There are many alternatives to alcohol. The concession stand sells a wide variety of refreshments that don’t contain alcohol for fans’ enjoyment. Another argument to this would be that alcohol sales at game supply a major revenue source for not only the company who produces the alcohol, but also the stadium itself. Without the sale of alcohol, owners fear they will lose fans and subsequently money. Alcohol alone isn’t the sole reason why a fan attends a game. There are countless bars in every city, and alcohol is sold at nearly every grocery and convenience store in the United States. If a person truly wanted to consume alcohol, they wouldn’t need to pay $50 dollars for ticket to a sporting event to do so. The negative consequences of alcohol at sporting events outweigh the positive. Drunken fans are not only disruptive to other fans attending the game, but they also pose a threat once the audience is released to make their way home on the road ways. Alcohol alters people in ways that can make them a danger to other people, and ultimately themselves. The sports world would greatly benefit and most fans would be vastly appreciative if the consumption and sale of alcohol was banned at professional and college games.

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n February 7 the Lakota West Swimming Team went to the GMC meet at Mason High School. The girls came in 4th place out of ten schools and the boys came in 6th place out of eleven schools. Two swimmers assisted the ranking of the West Swim team standings by receiving first place in their events. Senior Maegen Krugler received first place in the Girls 100 Freestyle. She swam in 54.22 seconds beating her closest opponent by .58 of a second. Freshman Bryan McNamara received first place in two events. In the Boys 200 Freestyle, he finished in 1:46.81. He also swam the Boys 500 Freestyle in 4 minutes 49.25 seconds. In addition to the great performance above, McNamara was titled GMC Swimmer of the Year and head coach Dennis Beck received GMC Coach of the Year. The team proceeds to sectionals in order to decide who will qualify for districts.

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n Wednesday, February 3 the West girls’ basketball team the girls took to the court for the opening tip of a rematch against GMC rival Sycamore. The four seniors of the team, Kindsay Brandt, Taylor DeMaio, Jillian Ellis and Rylee Fishman, were celebrated before the game. At the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 33-33. Both teams kept up their hard play during the fourth quarter, allowing only 13 points apiece. At the end of regulation, the score remained tied at 46-46. The score was tied 51-51 at the conclusion of the first overtime period. The Firebirds stepped into high gear during the second OT, and finally pulled away from the Aves to bring home the win with a final score of 64-58. West will end regular season play traveling to Lakota East on February 10 and to Hamilton on February 13. They will then enter into the State Tournament. - Jaymee Heineke

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f you’ve ever been to a professional or college level sporting event, you’ve undoublty seen the drunken fan swaying precariously near the railing of his seat. This is the person obJaymee Heineke noxiously yelling and complaining about calls referees Sports Editor make. This is also the person who, on many occasions, can ruin the fun of other fans around their general seating area because of their drunken antics among other things. For the sake of other fans in attendance, an alcohol-free policy at sporting events would be a great proposition. Alcohol has many effects on your body. We’ve all taken health class, we all know that. So then why do many fans insist on getting publicly intoxicated and generally disrupting the experience of fans around them? Drunken fans can be funny to a point. They make ridiculous comments, and tend to lighten the mood in some situations. But it’s when they get too drunk that things start to go a little overboard. I can tell you from personal experience that having beer spilled all the way down your head and back is not a pleasant experience. I’m sure many other fans out there can agree. With the elimination of alcohol at sporting events, situations like this would never be presented with the opportunity to happen. Other consequences are the safety issues that come along with it. Beer is a slippery substance. When spilled on concrete, of which most stadiums and arenas are made, that patch of ground becomes extremely slippery and poses a major safety issue. In most cases, the spilled beer goes unnoticed until the stadium crew begins cleanup at the conclusion of the event. This slippery surface is dangerous to many fans coming and going from the concourse and when the entire crowd begins to exit as the final buzzer sounds. Another safety concern is the drunken fan himself. Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. Fueled by the competitive atmosphere that accompanies most sporting events, along with opposing fans egging them on, drunken fans could become violent if enticed enough. Aside from hockey games, most fans don’t go to games to see fights erupt, and even in hockey, we want to see the fighting left to the players on the ice - not the drunken idiot four rows up. Possibly the greatest safety issue of drinking being allowed at sporting events doesn’t even take place during the game - it takes place after. Most stadiums and arenas seat close to, if not more than, 50,000 people. At the conclusion of an event, imagine that many people on the roadways at the same time. That in and of itself is a scary thought to most drivers. Now couple that with many drunken fans, and a driver has a real nightmare on their hands. According to the website madd.org, which is the website for the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes in 2008. Many of these crashes can be attributed to drunk drivers driving home from sporting events where

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oing to the movies is normally a great time. The neon lights of Rave emblazon the dull grey winter sky with a promise: you will be entertained. Trailers coerce you to Emily Bamforth make the trek through snow and slush to spend ten dollars to banish boredom with “the best movie this year” and “original, creative” plots. However, recently, it is not only the economy and the weather that are depressing. The film industry is having a “deja vu” phase where the only component of a movie that is original is the font used in the credits. I will concede that some movie plots are timeless. However, the best way to take advantage of a classic movie plot is to add something to it, not to copy it with new actors and call it original. Hate to break it to you Hollywood bigwigs, but remaking a movie is not “putting a new twist on a classic tale” it is copying the tale, only attempting to pass it off as your own. In high school that’s called plagiarism, and the same zero-tolerance policy should also apply to snatching old movie plot. Recycling papers and plastics: good. Recycling movie plots: pathetic. It’s usually not a case of using the same exact plot, characters and all, though. It’s normally just when one can predict what will happen next in a film because it’s just so cliché. For once could the villain actually kill the protagonist without monologuing long enough for the hero to somehow, escape? Could the boy who has made the wrong choice and is chasing the girl across the country, airport, solar system, etc., not catch her? Moviegoers shouldn’t be able to tell what happens before it does. If they were supposed to be able to do that, they wouldn’t need to see the movie. The remedy to the “Groundhog Day” that is the constant stream of copycat and cliché movies stumbling their way onto the silver screens is simple. “Quirky” movies are the new trend, and they aren’t doing so badly in profits either. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from Sundance to Hollywood these days. Indie is “in”, and movie studios should take advantage of the countless original movie plots and ideas that are floating around out there.

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t’s the weekend. You are babysitting a neighbor’s kid when you hear The Scorpions’ “Rock Me Like a Hurricane” playing from the living room. You walk in, and find the boy singing along while playing the song on Guitar Hero. He also happens to be wearing a Van Halen t-shirt. While the kid does have good taste, it makes you wonder, when did older music and culture become so popular? Some might say it all started with Guitar Hero. An active gamer would discover a song by an ‘80s artist, and might become interested in their music. Other gamers might have done the same. This is starting a newfound interest in classic rock and older music with children and young adults. Success of other songs began with movie or television play. On the series finale of The Sopranos a few years back, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” was played. The ‘80s hit climbed the billboard charts after over twenty years of its original release. The song was also featured on Glee, which has achieved monumental success for its first season and two soundtracks. Through various forms of media, and through the influence of parents and family, it seems that this music is expanding to younger generations. Not everyone, however, is pleased with what they are hearing. “I don’t listen to my parents’ music, that’s for sure,” senior Megan Miller said. “Any time my dad puts Elvis on in the car, my sister and I shout for him to turn it off.” While not all teenagers enjoy older music, our generation has specifically begun to buy into the classic rock scene. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Beatles shirts can be seen on many a student. Stores

like Hot Topic appear to thrive off of the t-shirts of older bands, such as Iron Maiden, just as much as current ones, like Cobra Starship. But, what is it that attracts us to older music instead of the singles being played on current hits stations? “I like the themes of many ‘80s songs,” sophomore Johnny Krammer said. “A lot of ‘8os songs have to do with the Cold War and hostile times.” It seems that our generation seems to enjoy the depth of older music, as well as the teen angst present in many songs. As we embrace defiance in our music, it seems that we also are beginning to embrace daring fashions. “I wear Converse all the time,” junior Katelyn Huckery said. “I think they’re cute, and they match the rest of my style.” Huckery is one of many teens who have contributed to one of the popular brand of sneakers’ many comebacks. Leggings and legwarmers also became current years ago, but other retro fashions have made a return. Oversized glasses, wide leg jeans, neon, scarves, leather jackets, and big hair have begun to appear in more fashion magazines, as well as the hallways of West. Current stars, such as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, are fueling the return of retro fashions. “Lady Gaga’s fashion sense is so unique,” sophomore Billy Huynh said. “I don’t think she cares what people think of her, or if anyone is following in her footsteps.” Lady Gaga is clearly inspiring our generation that is currently boldly merging old pop culture with the new. We seem to be showing how unique today’s teens are, with openness to new ideas and originality. Perhaps we are the first to really embrace the variety the world has to offer us. Voice art by Erik Huff Voice infographic by Dylan Geiser Voice graphic headline by Jessica Dukes

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ince its debut in early 2005, YouTube has changed the way we view the Internet and its capabilities. Literally millions upon millions of videos currently wait amidst the thousands upon thousands of profiles, leaving many site visitors clueless on where to start. However, with the help of ratings, view counts, and general human interests, some of the best of the best have been found. ShaneDawsonTV (youtube.com/user/ShaneDawsonTV) Genre: Comedy Subscribers: 1,202,595+ Summary: This California “vlogger”, ranked as the fourth most-subscribed YouTuber of alltime, is known for his witty humor, inappropriate jokes, and various characters he portrays. Among his most-popular videos are a Twilight parody, a retake on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, and an interesting video titled “Fred is Dead”, where Shane portrays one of YouTube’s best-known stars. Spotlight: “Taylor Swift Revenge Rap”, released shortly after Kanye West’s infamous appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009, shows Dawson portraying both West and Swift in a clever and comical music video. Instead of simply insulting West, “Swift” takes it to a whole new level with the video being a parody of West’s song “Stronger”. PESfilm (youtube.com/user/PESfilm) Genre: Art Subscribers: 51,678+ Summary: PESfilm transforms small household objects into amazing stories and environments through a technique known as “stop-animation”, where picture by picture is taken as the

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FlippyCat (youtube.com/user/FlippyCat) Genre: Art Subscribers: 113,310+ Summary: FlippyCat takes simply knocking-down dominoes to a whole new level in her videos when she stacks and lines-up seemingly-countless little pieces of plastic, all with the intent to send them crashing-down upon completion. However, unlike most other domino-loving-YouTubers, most of FlippyCat’s creations create oversized portraits and pictures that relate to various holidays and events, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Spotlight: “U-Turn (30,000 Subs)”, released in September 2008, transforms 30,000 dominoes into forty over-sized domino blocks. Instead of each block simply falling onto the next, the towers of dominoes collapse into massive piles of colored plastic. Most astounding, however, is the fact that it only takes fifteen seconds for forty free-standing towers to transform into a giant

hours on a Saturday, and from then on there is daily work in making signs and props, painting,

and anything else you can really imagine,” said Hamilton.

mess. byronfgarcia (youtube.com/user/byronfgarcia) Genre: Dance Subscribers: 49,209+ Summary: Inmates held within the Philippine’s Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) aren’t treated like ordinary prisoners- instead of just eating, sleeping, and enjoying limited free-time, these criminals have something extra in their schedule- dance class. With thousands of inmates dancing in synchronization to such songs as “Do the Hustle”, “I Need a Hero”, and “Macarena”, byronfgarcia’s profile has quickly became one of YouTube’s most popular. Spotlight: Despite having been released over two years ago, “’Thriller’ (original upload)” has withstood the test of time and remained byronfgarcia’s most popular video. Like most other videos of CPDRC inmates, this recording showcases fifteen-hundred prisoners dancing to famous music. The song of choice for this video was the late Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, originally released in 1982. Similar to the performers in the original music video, CPDRC’s version has the inmates imitating zombies as they dance around the prison’s courtyard. Voice infographic by Jessica Dukes Voice graphic headline by Jessica Dukes

As far as tickets are concerned, there will be a total of six performances, including the in school performance. Tickets are $12 and $10 (children and seniors) for the weekend productions and $7 for the in-school performance. “There are 597 tickets available for each weekend performance and 613 tickets available to the in-school performance,” Hamilton said. As you can probably imagine, memorizing a two hour play requires a lot of preparing. “Some people will have them down pat after two or three weeks, while others will have to work at them for well over a month to feel comfortable,” Hamilton said. Because of the new ticketing system, tickets will no longer be sold for the weekend performances in the main office. To purchase and choose your own seat for the weekend performances visit, LakotaWestTheatre.com. In-school tickets will still be sold in the cafeteria during lunches and through English teachers. Voice graphic headline by Jessica Dukes Voice Photo courtesy of Lakotawesttheatre.com

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Shannon Breen Staff Reporter very year, West’s theatre puts on three major productions. The second play of this year is Godspell, a musical written by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. This play is a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. This production began as a college project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and then moved to LaMama Experimental Theatre Club the set off on Broadway, and made its way to West and will be showing on February 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m. and February 28 at 2 p.m.. The lead character in this production is Jake Hamilton, as Jesus. “This is one of my favorite shows. The set is amazing and the cast is immensely talented,” Hamilton said. As for the set up goes, it is very different than previous plays. “The majority of set up is in building and painting the set. Our amazing set designer, Cindy Gregory and her team built the set in around eight

set slowly changes, resulting in a video where objects appear to move and interact with others on their own. Examples of these miniature objects used include Christmas ornaments, matches, popcorn, and almost anything else found through-out the average home. Spotlight: “Fireworks by PES” turns pennies, toothpicks, and marshmallow bunnies, among other things, into colorful fireworks and explosions. The bright objects, placed against a black background, create a bright and vivid thirty-three-second video that has earned nearly one-million views.

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Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone Directed by: Martin Campbell Genre: Action

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dge of Darkness is a 1985 BBC mini-series about a Yorkshire, England cop. The series was a huge success and is considered one of the greatest Evan Maxwell pieces of British television ever made. 25 years later, it has been remade into a movie directed by Martin Campbell, who also directed the mini-series. The movie is about Boston police officer Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon) whose daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic, Drag Me to Hell) was shot dead before his very eyes outside his house. Craven goes on a quest to find who killed his daughter and why. Gibson is the shining performance of this movie, portraying realistic emotion of losing a child. However, the movie is a disappointment when compared to the original. They took one of the greatest television shows of all time, mixed in Mel Gibson and modern cinematography, and still managed to make it bad. The plot is tormenting. The dialogue is mindless. The humor is not funny. And then there are the accents. I don’t understand why they chose to set the movie in Boston instead of England. The only thing a Boston setting changes is the coherence of the actors, or lack thereof. They also renamed almost every character in the movie, only confusing fans of the original series. There were also several continuity errors, diminishing the credibility of the movie and the director. Mel Gibson is the only reason to watch this movie.

Dear John Starring: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried Directed by: Lasse Hallström Genre: Romance

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ear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tantum, G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and Savannah Curtis Jaymee Heineke (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia), who over two weeks of one summer fall for each other. After the two weeks John, a soldier in the Special Forces unit, must return to Germany. They continue to stay together during his years overseas, seeing each other at most once a year. The movie then follows their not so traditional story of love and ultimate heartbreak. Walking into the theater, I had extremely high expectations for the movie. Because it was based off the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, I knew it was going to be a tear-jerker - any story of lost love generally is. However I did not expect to be crying through two thirds of the 1 hour and 48 minute movie. Told a majority of the time through the letters sent between the couple while John is on active duty, the movie really brings the love that the two characters had for each other to life. For avid fans of the novel, the movie did a good job of following the main plot. However there were major differences that may upset some viewers, and altered the story pretty severely. If you look at these two works of entertainment though, Dear John is an excellent movie. Not only were the actors great at portraying the emotion needed to make this movie convincing, they really got the characters set forth from the novel down in perfect form.

When In Rome Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson Genre: Comedy/Romance

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hen In Rome involves the overdone plot of a younger sister getting married before the older sister. A New York art curator, Beth (KrisAshley Jeffers ten Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), must go to Rome to participate in her sister’s wedding. Beth and the best man, Nick (Josh Duhamel, Transformers), hit it off but because of a misunderstanding Beth leaves. Beth climbs into a fountain of love and takes five coins believing she is saving these people. However, there’s a story that if you take a coin from the fountain the person who threw the coin in falls under your spell. Upon Beth’s return to New York she encounters four suitors that she didn’t ask for and one that she doesn’t know if his affections are for real. Based on the way movies have been today I expected When In Rome to be a major let down. However, throughout the movie I found myself laughing a lot more than I thought I would. The writers did a good job of including lots of comedy as well as romance. I found myself wondering how many times someone can get hit and it not be funny anymore, but every time was just as funny as the previous time. Most of the time the main actors are the best, but in this movie I found myself really enjoying the role of Nick’s best friend, Puck (Bobby Moynihan, The Invention of Lying) because of his goofiness. Even though the story line isn’t original, the acting was pretty good and I was able to laugh a lot because the actors’ roles reminded me of how my friends act sometimes making it all the more enjoyable. Voice graphic courtesy of thewarrenreport.com

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Lady Antebellum’s sophomore album, Need You Now, has already seen one of their singles, “Need You Now,” crossover to the pop music stations as well as country. I’ve always associated Lady A with fast, upbeat songs with a message so I was really looking forward to their new release. Upon first listen I was severely disappointed. Most of the songs are extremely slow ballads. “Hello World” is one I had to force myself to listen to. It drags on forever. However, there were a few redeeming qualities. “Perfect Day” gives the album a country twang that tells a story about living in the moment. I really found myself loving the guitar intro on the track “Stars Tonight.” It’s the kind of song that you can listen to any time and still have fun with it. It’s a fast-paced, bopyour-head song. I had expected to listen to an album that stuck to its roots and found that they had branched out and it’s okay to do so but it certainly wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d only buy the few songs that are worth it because I don’t think the whole album is.

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Need You Now Lady Antebellum

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Not being a fan of country music, I was unenthusiastic going into Need You Now, the latest effort from country trio Lady Antebellum. I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing the contemporary combination of country, classic rock, and bubbly pop music. A definite highlight is “American Honey”, a folksy, poetic tribute to innocence that is sung beautifully and sweetly by lead female vocalist Hillary Scott. “Perfect Day” is a burst of energy that opens with a distorted, funky sounding guitar then shifts to a more traditional rock n’ roll feel as it describes a feeling we can all relate to—pure happiness. A song I particularly didn’t enjoy was “Hello World”, mainly because it was dull and lacked the spirit that was obviously present in the other tracks. As Need You Now demonstrates, Lady Antebellum is a group of extremely talented songwriters, singers and musicians, and the only real downfall of the album is the monotony of some songs.

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Never Shout Never, Christofer Drew Ingle’s pop/punk alias, recently released his latest fulllength album, a CD full of whiny lyrics and annoying beats, but that does offer some creativity on the musical front. Overall, the aspect of this album that made it bad was the immaturity of just about every song. Sure, the tracks are ridiculously catchy, but, when combined with a voice that rivals Justin Bieber as far as decibel level, it makes for an unappealing group of songs. “Sacrilegious” is the requisite I-need-to-rebel-against-something-so-let’s-gowith-religion song, and it comes across as flat and emotionless. Over-powering percussion in songs like “I Love You 5” and “California” makes it hard to hear the other mediocre instruments. “The Past”, the one song I enjoyed, highlights reflective lyrics and poignant vocals, even if the transition from acoustic to full band is a little awkward. I would recommend What Is Love? to devoted Never Shout Never fans, but new listeners (like me) may not get the point.

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Never Shout Never’s newest album, What Is Love?, was released less than a year after his last album was released. This Indie-rock musician is known for his poignant lyrics and yearning vocals. However, for me, the lyrics for all the songs sounded very similar and slow. The yearning just made me think ‘get over yourself.’ “Jane Doe” is probably the most original song on the album. The lyrics are somewhat different, though boring, and it almost has an Italian air to it, which is a nice change of pace. The title track, “What is Love?,” is one of the few faster paced songs but it sounds screechy in places. “Can’t Stand It” is the highlight of this album. The lyrics sung by Christofer Ingle just wash over you and you can’t help but smile. Although this album has one or two good songs, this album isn’t worth the money. All the songs start to sound the same and with the slowness of each song the album feels like it goes on forever. It’s a good thing that the album only had 8 songs. It would have been way too long with more.

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What Is Love? Never Shout Never

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