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Feb. 27 2009
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Science teacher Gilman wins 2009 top honor Erik Dauster, News Editor
INSIDE: A motorcycle accident helps the Gilmans to appreciate the blessings of friends and family. see pg. 9
Passionate. Enthusiastic. Selfless. These are the words that came to mind as students and fellow staff members described Lafayette’s 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year, AnnMarie Gilman. Gilman, whose policy for student success is, “Learning is NON-negotiable, zero tolerance for zeros, respect for everyone,” teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology blocked, standard and Flex. Language arts teacher Melinda Bond nominated Gilman for the award. Bond said she has known Gilman since they took Masters classes together nine years ago. “Mrs. Gilman has always impressed me. She loves her job. She loves her students. She loves life. That impresses me,” Bond said. Students in Gilman’s classes said they are better able to understand classroom material because of the connections she helps them to make. One instance of this is when she uses string cheese to describe the anatomy of muscle fibers. “She really likes to get into the lessons that she teaches. She will yell and do activities and loves helping us out with the dissections that we do. You can tell she is really interested in the subject,” senior Tyler Royse said.
“She’s helped me to have an interest in the medical field. The human body has become a lot more interesting to me; I’d never really cared that much about it until I took the class. If a teacher takes that much of an interest in her subject and helps her students to like it that much, then she deserves to be Teacher of the Year,” Royse said. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Gilman oversees National Honor Society (NHS). “As the NHS sponsor, Mrs. Gilman dedicates a great deal of time and effort in order to make sure that our community service projects are all successful. She attends nearly every event, and is always ready to help out when needed,” senior Hannah Bliss, NHS Officer, said. Bliss said Gilman is deserving of the title “Teacher of the Year” because she genuinely cares about her students and is devoted to them. “One of the aspects that separates Mrs. Gilman is her sincere care for her students and her selfless attitude. Even through some extremely difficult times in her family this year, she still made sure her students were taken care of, and that means a lot to me,” Bliss said. Other finalists for Teacher of the Year were Dawn Indelicato-Faw, language arts; Melissa Noël, language arts; and Lori Sanders, FACS.
Student incentive gives no incentive Kara Campbell, Staff Reporter
Empty: one word to describe the Incentive Area in the Commons. The couches, the tables and the teachers working on their laptops are all people see passing by, during a restroom break. To be allowed into the roped off section, students must apply and be accepted into the Student Incentive Program. To be in the Incentive Program a sophomore must have six credits, a junior must have 12 credits and a senior must have 18 credits. Everyone must have a clear discipline record (no ISS/ OSS), parental permission, no fees or fines, no failing grades from the previous semester and no unexcused absences from the previous semester. With teacher permission, students in the program can leave class to go to the Incentive Area, the Library or the Academic Assistance Center. But not all teachers will let their students leave their class early. “It really depends on the student and what we are doing in class. The answer would most likely be no,” French teacher Gina Luerding said. Luerding also said, “I think students are afraid when they ask [to leave], the message will come across that they don’t want to be in class.” She said the foreign language teachers are pretty much against letting students leave class. FACS teacher Alison Harris likes the Incentive Area. But she said it is, “under utilized compared to what they had hoped for. They [students] might think it is only for seniors.” “I would let students leave class if they were eligible. Some people work better in that area. It is comfortable and away from other students.” One staff member is in the Incentive Area every hour to supervise. However, more teachers visit the Incentive Area than students. Spanish teacher Theresa Gornet watched the area 1st hour on Feb. 12. She said, two students were there, “both listened to iPods only, doing no homework or talking to anyone. There were four teachers there however. I was grading, another was working as she chatted with two teachers who were apparently just there to visit.” This is the busiest the Incentive Area gets during the day because seniors coming in late to school for Senior Option go to the area before the next class starts.
Facebook celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. See how its popularity has evolved this social network.
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Reporters review the classic St. Louis favorite, toasted ravioli, from four area restaurants.
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Another Ryan Howard? LHS grad David Freese will potentially start at third base for the Cardinals this season.
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comingsoon March 2 Choir Concert, 7 p.m. March 3 STUCO Meeting, 7 p.m. March 4 Band Concert, 7 p.m. March 5 College Night, 7 p.m. March 7 Mother/Son Brunch, 10 a.m. Father/Daughter Dance, 7 p.m. March 9 NHS Meeting, 7 p.m.
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The Incentive Area in the Commons remains empty most hours during the school day except for the teachers assigned to supervise the area. The lack of activity can be traced to teachers not allowing students to leave class and under promoting the Incentive Program. Junior Taylor Foley, who qualified for the Incentive Program, said, “I’ve never used the couch area. I use my incentive card to get out of class. I just go sit in another class or I’ll hang out in the Gifted Counselors’ Office. “[The Incentive Area] is a big waste of space,” Foley said. “I don’t think kids actually know about the program.” Principal John Shaughnessy agrees the word has not been communicated well. He said, “What we are trying to figure out is how we promote it with our kids. Because kids from all grades levels apply for the incentive, where during the school day do kids have the time to go?” As of now, the school is not sure of how to get the word out. Shaughnessy also said improvements are still to be made to the Incentive Area. He said he has
plans for several additions to make it more comfortable for students. “We talked about adding a television some light fixtures to make it a little more student friendly, work with the Art Department. I would love to see more of the student artwork hung up in there, displayed in there. So it really does reflect our students,” Shaughnessy said. The Incentive Area was funded by the Lancer Parent Organization through a grant. Foley thinks the money used to fund the area should have been used somewhere else. “Give a kid a scholarship. Don’t put couches in the Commons,” Foley said. Foley added, “Each time you mention it to someone, they think ‘what the heck is that? I’ve never heard of it before.’ So I think it either needs to become more known or cease to exist all together.”
March 10 Academic Pep Assembly, 1 p.m. Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. March 11 STAR Meeting, 6 p.m. March 12 3rd Quarter Ends March 16-20 Spring Break March 27 Variety Show, 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 2009
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off of your Facebook page, the site keeps them in its giant database. If Facebook does eventually decide to sell photos, your illegal drinking activities will be visually available to anyone willing to pay for them. Ask yourselves this: how could this affect me in the long run? Five years down the road when many of you will be looking for a job, what happens if your employer checks your background and finds you doing something illegal on Facebook? Or within the next two years, if a University looks up your profile only to discover you’re an underage drinker and drug user, you’ll have some explaining to do. Don’t put yourself in that situation. This Spring Break, be smart about what you’re doing and who is watching you and taking your picture. You never know who’s watching you.
driving around town? To those women who drive their enourmous Escalades around all day: it doesn’t make you any younger. You aren’t a part of my generation, one who will not waste the planet’s resources. Does it raise your self-esteem to parade around in your huge Suburban, running red lights and blocking the view of everyone else? I hope so, because you sure make the rest of us who can never see around you angry. Yes, I realize that some large families need large SUVs. I hope Congress passes a Federal mandate for miles per gallon standards that make these available to you at a reasonable level of performance. Or there are these wonderful vehicles called minivans. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see me driving my mom’s to school from time to time. Enough about cars and SUVs, though. Let’s talk about work. I like my job; it’s easy, fun and the people I work with are generally very well grounded and likable. It’s the customers that give West County a bad name. They rip respect to shreds. My favorite instance of this was Coupon Woman. As she entered my checkout lane, I greeted her with a smile and asked her how she was. She looked me in the eye, rolled her eyes, and said nothing. I know she saw me. Unfazed, I proceeded to check her out, item by item, careful not to break anything or even disturb
the contents of any packaging, even with a huge line behind her. As I neared the finish of the transaction, she snapped at me. “Um, excuse me, I have coupons. You’ll need to scan them.” Instead of saying “Thanks lady, I wasn’t planning on scanning those for you or anything,” I simply responded with “I’ll scan them when I finish up, ma’am.” There was a problem, though. Coupon Woman didn’t show me any coupons. She had been rude to me for no reason. She didn’t even have them out of her purse yet. Maybe it was my polo shirt or something, but when she finally fished them out of her Coach purse, she threw them at me. Good thing I’m blessed with quick reflexes or her expired stack of coupons would have flown all over the floor. Wait, did I say expired? Coupon Woman had expired coupons? She did. Though I tried to explain to her that February is the second month of the year and not the fifth, she wouldn’t have it. Coupon Woman went nuts. This story ends with my manager kissing up to her, and taking her expired coupons, and with a dirty look sent my way as Coupon Woman exited the store victorious. I asked my manager why she let Coupon Woman have her way. She told me that the coupon total was a
I detest West County’s tendencies. It upsets me to be powerless to stop the tendency of people around me to ride their high horses, to care only about themselves and to act arrogant just because they can. Like a great deal of you, I work a part-time job. It is within the ultra-clean walls of Chesterfield Target that I see the worst of West County. But before I arrive at work, I must commute. A few weeks ago, on my crowded drive to work, I almost lost my sanity. As I sat at a stoplight on my way to work, I took a look at the automobiles whizzing past me. I was angry at what I saw. Seven consecutive SUVs drove past my small sedan, all with one passenger inside. I’m not talking compact SUVs. All seven were gas guzzling, too large-sized gargantuan whales on the road. And they all had one passenger. Not eight like they’re designed to hold, one. I reiterate: I’m not a tree hugging environmentalist. I think the constant badgering about the planet they put society through is obnoxious. But really, folks? Do you need an eight-passenger SUV that gets 15 miles to the gallon to drive around West County all day by yourself? According to the Federal Highway Administration, the typical driver uses 683 gallons of fuel a year. Congratulations Ms. Escalade, you use 900. Does it make you feel young
dent body? Spring Break is two weeks away. We all enjoy this time of year, as some of us travel, some of us reunite with family and some of us simply do nothing but take a break. Some choose to enjoy it under the influence of drugs and alcohol. We’ve already seen this year that we don’t even need a break or a weekend for some students to drink. So it will come as no surprise to our staff that some of you will stupidly drink and use drugs. Those of you who choose to party may also want to take pictures, because you won’t be able to remember what you did or where you were. Just be careful where you are and who takes your picture. If you’re dumb enough to drink and have your picture posted on Facebook, keep in mind that it will be out in cyberspace for all to see. Even when you take pictures
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mere $1.55. One dollar and fifty five cents. I’m not certain of Coupon Woman’s socioeconomic status, but if I had to guess, I’d say she probably lives pretty well; she did have a Coach purse. The snobby attitude is contagious, though. Every shift I work, I see high and mighty customers treating my co-workers and I like dirt, just because we work retail. West Countians haggle over merchandise they think should be cheaper, complain about lines to check out and honk at the poor individual (usually me) who has to push the carts back into the store for impeding their progress. I have been sworn at, and I have had many obscene gestures thrown my way in the Target parking lot. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Just because you deem those who make less money than you lesser humans doesn’t mean you need to treat them that way. Grow up, West County.
ED with noise? Each time I turned around to call out a new cheer, I was met with little support from anyone besides the first two rows of Superfans. To those fans, I thank you for your support. You have been there all year long. To everyone else: What are you afraid of? Making a fool of yourself at sporting events is what high school is about. Anyone who has ever been to or watched a college sporting event can see that. I began this year with a lot of hope for Superfans, and, with only the Spring sports left, I’m sure I will once again be one of the very few true fans attending the games. My final plea to all 222 Superfans: Come to the games. Did you pay $35 for a T-shirt and a few football games?
We don’t need to whisper anymore, Blink is back “Picking up where we left off, and then some. In the studio writing and recording a new album. Preparing to tour the world yet again. Friendships reformed. Seventeen years deep in our legacy. Summer 2009. Thanks and get ready…” Three weeks ago, blink-182 sent out that message to the world. The backwards flat-bill and Hurley shirt are making a comeback. The garage door will be closing one more time, leaving three early 90’s minds to create what arenas have filled to hear. Honest, let’s make, this night last forever. Blink is back. The screw-the-world sound is back. That monotone voice will underlie that other recognizably nasally one, telling us that they miss us. Or they Miss You. Or they miss somebody. Whoever they miss, it’s why they are back. Either that or they are Staying Together for the Kids. It’s going to be awesome to see that garage band persona running around in front of an arena again. But a part of me is a little upset. I am a huge Angels and Airwaves (AVA) fan (Tom DeLonge’s postblink band). I am obsessed beyond belief. The cool melodic touch they complement each harmonic bass line with. The continuous feel of ascension through each verse, then to the chorus, then to the bridge; it really is musical genius. Now, I hope you can understand why I am a little upset about this
blink reunion. As much as I love blink, I’m uneasily uncertain as to the future of my favorite band, AVA. While I have read multiple sources saying that AVA will be fine and that this blink reunion will not harm AVA’s plans for another album, I still cannot be sure. These same sources stated, with such certainty, that blink was never going to reform. But poof, a neardeath experience raises blink from its ashes, like a phoenix, and it comes soaring back into our ears. And right here is where I get excited again. Blink is back. I am not sure what to feel. I can’t speak for any of the plus 44 fans (Travis and Mark’s postblink band), but from an AVA fan’s point of view, we want to see and hear more. The blink concert is going to be so awesome. I can almost guarantee it will be sold out within days of announcing. There is going to be so many old fans, along with the new fans they have gained from their spin-off projects since the 2005 ‘hiatus.’ I have been thinking though; now that these three wannabeteen, punk stars are going to be taking the stage, one more time, what exactly will the concert be like? Between all the bands that these three have been apart of in the past 10 years, there are nine different members to blink-182, AVA, plus 44, and Boxcar Racer. These guys really do have the
potential to create an epic show. In a recent podcast on Tom DeLonge’s website, Modlife, Tom said, “blink has been working on some rad stuff, that will be potentially affiliated with Angels and Airwaves.” My guess is they will mix. Somehow. If you are a blink fan and take offense to that, I kindly ask you take that scowl off your face. Tom, Mark and Travis are some of the greatest musical innovators of our time, and they are not new to the music industry. These guys are businessmen, they know what to do to make money. The picture that I have painted in my mind is glorious. It’s like when Travis announced the comeback at the Grammys, he handed me a blank canvas and said, “Here, make of this what you want…” Less then a day later, I had already drawn out the picture on the canvas – the canvas in my mind. I can imagine the three of them running out on stage, bringing with them that presence that enticed the youth of the nation in the first place. Running around, screaming and having fun. Every decibel being another measure of nostalgia. About five songs in, the complex is filled with “Dysentery Gary,” and you won’t even miss a beat. Just another awesome blink song, with another awesome performance. As smooth as a transition as Tom made from blink to AVA, he will do it one more time - on stage.
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stars & gripes stars to: •At long last, after over a year spent in the gripes section, the water machines. It’s truly comforting to know that at least someone reads this section of the paper, and acts on our gripe section. We toast you with our rows and rows of new, fresh and unflavored water. •Spring Break. Whether it’s lying out somewhere on a posh beach, helping out Hurricane Katrina victims in Pearlington, MS or simply sitting around doing nothing, we all deserve a break from the daily grind.
•Senioritis. Not completing homework or studying has proved to improve morale among seniors.
The bass line is isolated from all other sounds, and it slowly changes to that cool, vast tonality of, “The War,” and the members of AVA walk out on the stage, with a single light on Tom, as he lifts his arms, and just starts… “Believe, you want this…” We’ll all be able to witness the fusion of, not only two bands, but the fusion of friends, fans and a message. The maturity and growth that blink will show on this upcoming tour is going to be what sets them apart from old blink. It will not be “screw the world, and screw you, too.” While yes, that has been the blink message, I can assure you we aren’t seeing the same blink. It will be a shell of their old selves, filled with what they have become. You can be the judge of whether or not they will last, all I am here for, is to let you know that it’s a new blink - a much more adult version. 2009. Here begins the return.
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•National Scholastic Journalism Week. It’s kind of a big deal around here when we celebrate our right to speak and write freely.
gripes to: •Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. Unfortunately, Phil was correct, as we’ve had several cold spells since the beginning of February. •The Salmonella scare nationwide. We love peanut butter, but we don’t love tainted food and the nine reported deaths across the country as a result of the disease. •Girls, at least as far as Turnabout is concerned. We thank you for your poor showing at the dance, in numbers and in spirit. The 2009 dance was eerily dead. •The New York Post’s editorial cartoon showing Barack Obama as a monkey. If you think our last cartoon was bad, take a look at this sucker.
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•Wrestling qualified eight men to the State meet. Even though only one, Robby Campbell, placed, we still commend the team on a banner season.
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Pasts are like yesterdays; everyone has one. Fortunately for our generation, there is a web site to keep track of our pasts for us. Facebook, commonly referred to as a social networking web site, tracks our whereabouts and our ever-changing interests as we live. For some of us, it’s a great way to keep in touch with friends as we change schools, careers and lifestyles. It can be fun to see what other people have turned into. Even adults now use Facebook; several Lafayette staff members even have their own pages. It’s easy to access photographs and profiles of anyone in the network. A few clicks and you can look at celebrities’ pages, join groups and compose messages to anyone. However, the Image staff believes that with this ease of access comes great potential for trouble. Simply put, anything you put on-
As I walked out of the gym from my last basketball home game, I was excited with the team’s win over Parkway South. Yet, I also had a feeling of disappointment digging deep inside me. Throughout the game, as I looked across at the hundred or so South fans, all dressed in red, I tried to understand what made them such better fans than us. It blows my mind that we have the highest number of Superfans ever this year, and we have to beg people to come to home games. There were only six all year, and I only saw about 10 actual “Super” fans at each game. People showed up for the Marquette and South games, but they were just faceless people in the crowd. Did anyone realize how many people were there until the last few seconds of the game, when the crowd EXPLOD-
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Whereas Erik Dauster wrote on respect, the cartoon did anything but promote this fundamental value. Instead, it portrayed President Obama as a buffoon, a slouching idiot who could not even pronounce his own name. Any notion of respect that I could have walked away with from the Image promptly blew out the window. There was stuttering in his swearing in. But does that provide any insight into his intelligence or capabilities as President of the United States? Absolutely not. The cartoon accurately illustrated how such fundamental values-like respect-are quickly disappearing from our society. Here’s to President Obama, and here’s to the next four years.
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I was excited to see the Inauguration on the front page of the January issue. It was the most attention that any limb of Lafayette gave the historic day. Kudos to you. Additionally, I thought that Erik Dauster’s article about his firsthand experience at the Inaugurations targeted the blatant disrespect of George W. Bush as he left the White House-was exceptional, even though I am Democratic in my views. Respecting the person who devotes four to eight years of their life to the United States is something that often falls upon deaf ears. You can detest Mr. Bush, but the Presidency is no easy job, and he still deserves a measure of esteem. I sat back from Erik’s column refreshed and elated. But then I looked at the cartoon, and my heart sank.
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Feb. 27 2009
•Alex Rodriguez. If Major League Baseball has any credibility left, it’s no thanks to this admitted self-injecting cheater.
9 “My parents won’t let me get into social networking. They don’t want me to put any of my personal information on the internet.”
“People spend way too much time on Facebook. They revolve their lives around it, and it creates too much drama.”
11 “The constant new application requests are annoying. I like how Facebook got rid of them on the home page.”
“I like Facebook because you can keep in touch with people, but the added applications are a waste of time.”
•The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a six-year low only one week ago. Time to stock up on bread and toilet paper and dig in for the long haul. •Facebook’s threat to sell all of its users data publicly. The prophecy of internet stalkers is fulfilling itself. All we need now is a price tag.
Snow days and seniors
Three snow days have set the seniors’ schedule back, but that hasn’t stopped Rockwood from finding a solution to the difficult situation. The district’s original calendar stated that the last day for seniors would be May 21. But after using three snow days, it seemed seniors would have had to attend their last day of school after graduation. The Rockwood calendar was created a year ago, but left some events off, such as graduation. “Graduation was left off because we were in the process of leaving Queeny Park and going to St. Louis University,” Principal John Shaughnessy said. Every senior is required to attend 174 days of school in order to graduate. The seniors last day would have been May 21. Since three snow days have been used, the schedule has been revised. “Because we have missed three school days due to inclement weather, it is necessary to change the calendar in order for our seniors to meet the requirements of attendance as noted by the state education department,” Kim Cranston, Rockwood Chief Communications Officer, said. Graduation practice for seniors has been moved to May 22 and will serve as the seniors’ last day, leaving graduation on May 24. If Lafayette has any more snow days, then it pushes the seniors last day back. “Unfortunately we have a calendar that doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room in it,” Shaughnessy said, “so if that is the case, then we get into some bigger issues.” Some actions taken if extra snow days do occur could be moving the graduation date, attending school on days that students have off or attending school after graduation. If seniors are forced to go to school after graduation, many are convinced not many students will go because not many will care enough to come. “I doubt if any of the seniors will go. I highly doubt it,” senior Jordan Fullmer said. -Katharine McLaughlin, Staff Reporter
Feb. 27 2009
Nixon leaves university projects hanging Max Thoman, Staff Reporter In this current recession, companies have already begun to go bankrupt, stocks have failed and funding cuts have become necessary, both from the government and employers. So, with a storm facing Missouri, one of the first targets for Missouri’s cuts is now the Education Industry.
The Lewis and Clark Initiative Specifically, the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative is one of the larger programs to take the fall. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative was implemented in 2007 by former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and was to receive approximately $350 million for about 30 improvement projects that would benefit 14 of Missouri’s public colleges and universities. Among these universities to receive updates was the University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL). “The Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative marked $28.5 million… for renovation of Benton and Stadler Halls at UMSL,” Bob Samples, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications at UMSL, said. “Benton and Stadler Halls are the oldest buildings that comprise our science complex,” Samples said. “They are integral to our teaching and research mission and important to area companies that employ our science graduates and depend on faculty innovation to improve existing products or create entire new product lines,” Samples said. Money would also be focused on Missouri’s scholarship programs, on new general revenue for improvements to Missouri’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and on Missouri’s community colleges for capital improvement projects. There are many other projects located in the boundaries of the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative.
Reviewed and Reopened The projects are quite expensive though, and because of funding issues, Governor Jay Nixon has put a pause on the initiative and all that came with it in order to review both the initiative and its projects. Four projects were suspended indefinitely by Nixon in January, including a $31.2 million new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the
University of Missouri—Columbia (Mizzou) and a $4.5 million new business center at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. Yet, a Feb. 13 Press Release from the office of Governor Jay Nixon reopened the floodgates of the Lewis and Clark Initiative by stating that 18 projects have been given the go ahead signal for funding. According to the release the renovations or constructions of various projects including the Plant Science Building, to be located at the University of Missouri—Mexico and Pershing Hall at Truman State University, which were to be halted, would be receiving partial funding. Other projects such as the $2,427,856 Autism Center at Southeast Missouri State University and the $14,301,775 Health Sciences Building at Missouri Southern State University are fully on for construction or renovation.
The Source In order to fund all of the projects created by the Lewis and Clark Initiative, the money had to come from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA). MOHELA was created by the General Assembly in 1981 to help make a middle market for purchasing loans for college from Missouri banks and to ensure that banks would keep the funds necessary for the ability to offer loans to students. In the past 28 years, MOHELA has become one of the largest purchasers and servicers of student loans in the United States. But now, MOHELA has become a loan agency for the government, financing the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative with $350 million to be paid in $5 million increments every quarter until September 2013. “The Lewis and Clark Initiative was somewhat controversial at Truman [State University],” college counselor Christopher Ramsay said. Ramsay said, “With people wondering where the money was coming from and some students upset because though it is helping with facilities, students were wondering why the money wasn’t being used for loan assistance and grant assistance.” Yet, in March of 2008, MOHELA fell $2.3 million short of their $5 million quarterly payment and has pushed payments back due to financial woes. Whether it be due to the economy’s state at this present time or the $5 million payment necessary for the Lewis and Clark Discovery
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An artist rendering shows the interior plans for a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center located on the University Hospital and Clinics campus in Columbia, MO. The progression of this project was put on hold due to a lack of funding. Initiative, MOHELA is currently playing catch up. “The review was needed because MOHELA has failed to make its payments to the state. The remaining balance on the MOHELA list proposed by the previous administration is $107,109,486 more than is currently in the MOHELA fund,” the Feb. 13 release stated. The press release also said that there is $118,319,642 in the MOHELA funds, but after the released projects are completed, that funding will drop to a balance of $266,888.
Accounts of the Affected Yet, according to the press release, Mizzou’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and UMSL’s Benton and Stadler Halls, among other projects, still remain suspended. The biggest of the projects that have been stopped indefinitely is the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the Mizzou Health Sciences Center, Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Nikki Krawitz said. “In the case of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, it [cuts] impacts our ability to have a facility where we can provide cutting edge cancer services to patients throughout the state of Missouri, particularly to
mid-Missouri,” Krawitz said. Krawitz said, “With regard to the science complex in Saint Louis [Stadler and Benton Halls], it impacts our ability to provide cutting edge facilities for teaching and research in the sciences.” Krawitz said if the funding set up by the state does not come through on any of their projects, then none of those projects will be completed. Samples said he was not worried about funding. He said, “We [UMSL] think this is a prudent approach given the economy and are confident an objective review will show that the Benton-Stadler renovation remains the most important capital project among all public universities.” He continued, “It has headed the recommendation list from the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for several years. Couple that with the fact that UMSL students are the largest users of MOHELA.” Samples said, “It seems more than reasonable that the BentonStadler renovation project will be the first project to receive MOHELA or state funding after the review process is complete.” Ramsay added, “He [Nixon] came out in support of higher education but this whole Lewis and Clark Initiative, he has to cut it somewhere and unfortunately he probably has to do it from there.”
News Economic slump prompts Rockwood to search for ways to cut spending
Feb. 27 2009
Caleb Cavarretta, Staff Reporter As the economic crisis continues to spiral down, many families, groups and companies have started to change the way they do things in order to cut costs. The Rockwood School District is among them. Rockwood is looking at a $4.6 million deficit this year, as costs for maintenance, construction, education and transportation increase. Rockwood Chief Financial Officer David Glaser said, “It is like the perfect storm.” Property tax revenues, sales tax revenues and other means by which Rockwood makes money have been seriously hurt in the last year. The area’s biggest tax payers, Chrysler, which makes up 3.35 percent of Rockwood’s funds has already closed one of its two local plants; it is unlikely the second will stay open. While the district is looking at a deficit, it does have about $53 million dollars to spare from past school year surpluses. “We try and run the district in good times for a surplus,” Glaser said. When it comes to cutting basic costs, Glaser said, “We are pushing the theme of sheer sacrifice.” He also said that Rockwood is going through its expenditures looking for ways to save money.
School administrations throughout the district are looking for ways to save money. “For now we will be piggy backing on district efforts while we are trying to find basic ways to make Lafayette more cost effective,” Principal John Shaughnessy said. These include not having beverages and snacks at staff meetings or other school meetings, as well as having teachers attend fewer conferences and workshops, which should dramatically cut travel expenses for the school. The district will be cutting transportation costs by 50 percent this year. Glaser said there will be few, if any, vehicle replacements. “Like a household, when times are tough you keep your vehicle running for another year or two,” Glaser said. Another area the district is looking to save money with is personnel. “We are looking at a hiring freeze,” Shaughnessy said. Rockwood will be evaluating whether or not they should replace leaving employees, but it is unlikely that they would replace support staff. Shaughnessy also said the district may be considering cutting out parts of the school curriculum, such as the actual driving portion of Driver Education.
The school may also be postponing some expenditures. “We may be putting several purchases back several years,” Shaughnessy said. Junior Michelle Withington disagrees with parts of the school’s approach. “Instead of cutting back on things that matter, they should have just not made a new lunch area or new Theater,” Withington said. “We were fine before it.” The school’s current budget is divided into 71.7 percent for instruction, 12.6 percent for facilities and maintenance, 6.8 percent for school administration, 4.6 percent for district administration and 4.3 percent for transportation. “I’m all for the school trying to save, but there are still things that should be worked on,” Withington said. Sophomore Marco Eshraghi thinks if the school wanted to save money, it should not have done some of the recent construction projects. “The new Library is a waste,” Eshraghi said. “Our current Library is quite dandy the way it is.” “Let me make a list of what the school has done wrong recently: a B:10” new library, new lunch lines and T:10” scanners,” Eshraghi the fingerprint said. S:10” When asked how she would go
about cutting spending and saving the district and school money, Withington said, “They should stop building unimportant things. We didn’t need a new lunch line. It’s actually not as fast as it was supposed to be, and we didn’t need a new Theater. The old one was fine.” However, funding for construction projects like the new addition and kitchen remodeling came from bond issues, not the district’s operating budget. “All the faculty positions in the school are very important; like the administrators, they have to take care of everyone,” freshman JeanLuc Panchot said in regards to where he would cut funds. Shaughnessy said, “It is necessary for people to realize we have to cut costs.” “We do not want it to negatively affect teachers and students at our school,” he added. Glaser agrees that what the district does to cut costs should have as little effect on the students as possible, such as saving money by decreasing heating and air conditioning by two degrees. That plan was abandoned because of the effects it would have had on students. “Everyone decided it was not worth it,” Glaser said. “The focus is on the kids,” Glaser said. “We want to minimize what we do that impacts the kids.”
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The Renaissance Student Steering Committee has added the following members from the Freshman Class: Dominic Bisesi Kelsey Clayman Rachael Pace Jean-Luc Panchot Mihir Parthasarathy Leigh Rasmussen Elana Sindelar Max Thoman Maddie VanHouse Jacob Zerr Next up for the Committee is planning the Academic Pep Assembly March 10. The theme for this year’s assembly is Renillennium, offering a second look at everything that has happened in the world since the start of year 2000.
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The Rose (Rockwood Outstanding Service in Education) Award is for the teacher who demonstrates character excellence, great leadership, performance and dedication to the Rockwood School District. Fifteen staff members from Lafayette have been nominated for the award; they are Nichole Ballard-Long, Mike Berenc, Kory Brown, Marybeth Desloge, Colleen Fields, Heather Floodman, David Freeman, AnnMarie Gilman, Paige Hereford, Karen Hilf, Danna Phillips, Lori Sanders, Robin Sanguinet, Cindy Slama and Nick Tygesson. Winners will be notified March 3.
Three students from Tracy Gladden’s 9th grade Honors Language Arts classes received Honorable Mentions in an essay contest sponsored by the Makeshift Gentlemen, a rock, Indie band featuring LHS grad Jake Ferree. Freshmen Andrea Drake, Elizabeth Reynolds and Amanda Rightler wrote a 150-300 word essay about their favorite song from the Makeshift Gentlemen’s debut album Casanova, which was released in August, 2008.
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Feb. 27 News 2009 LHS brings back Peer Mediation Group
Peers offer support, guidance to promote peaceful solutions between students Mina Yu, Staff Reporter A Peer Mediation Program has been formed by Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) supervisor Jon Pierre Mitchom and counselor Deborah Parker. Peer Mediation at Lafayette first began in 1995 with 37 students, and was led by former Assistant Principal Jim Harrod. The program was created for the same reason LHS has decided to restart Peer Mediation this year: to help students learn how to problem-solve in real life situations through their peers. In hopes of reducing violence and promoting peaceful ways to deal with conflicts between students, Peer Mediation is designed to allow students and their peers to be more proactive rather than having teachers get involved. Parker said 29 sophomore, junior and senior mediators “were selected for their ability to listen, their leadership qualities and their ability to communicate with others.” On Jan. 7, these trainees met in the Theater during school to strengthen communication, listening, problem solving and questioning skills. Their training consisted of a lecture, physical activities, small group work and a mock mediation.
The training session was led by share, mediators listen and try to the National Council on Alcohol figure out a solution together. and Drug Abuse (NCADA). For the reassurance that a meA peer mediator’s job is to over- diation will go as smoothly and see the situation of two disputants peacefully as possible, two mediaand help them resolve their con- tors will always be present. flict without showing judgment or But not only will mediations be giving bias suggestions to either beneficial to the disputants, it will party. also be helpful for mediators. The outcome of a successful meMitchom said, “It is important diation would result in a peaceful to staff and students that these agreement where both students are peer meditations are non-biased able to be respectful of each other. and non-judgmental in nature and Junior mediator Paula Vickers said, “My hope is that by My hope is that by coco-mediating conmediating conflicts, the flicts, the school is school is more functional for more functional for everyone. We [the me- everyone...I’m not there to judge, I’m diators] don’t come up not there to pick sides, and I won’t with solutions and we pick who is right and who is wrong.” don’t pick sides; we enter in as non-biased Paula Vickers parties.” junior “Although we are their peers, we keep things confidential. I’m not there to judge, I’m not there that they are opportunities for conto pick sides and I won’t pick who flicting students to corroboratively is right and who is wrong,” Vickers work together to come up with their added. own solutions to conflicts that they A mediation consists of two me- can mutually agree upon.” diators and both disputants and Moreover, mediations between is a completely private process as peers can help produce a more posmediators all agreed to sign a confi- itive classroom environment rather dentiality paper. than having teachers handle certain While two disputants openly situations.
With a total of eight mediations so far, all have been very successful. “Mr. Mitchom and I have been sitting in on everyone’s first mediation and we have been very impressed with our mediators and disputants,” Parker said. “The disputants have (for the most part) been very open and willing to come to an agreement to resolve the conflict,” she added. Students can expect mediators to not sway disputants one way or another. While they don’t give their personal suggestions for a solution, student mediators have been trained to provide an alternative environment to resolve conflicts between students. “They [the mediators] sound so professional while remaining fair, calm and caring, in addition to taking a leadership role in helping the disputants solve their own problems,” Parker said. A few topics in which mediators deal with are, “He said/she said a thing... which escalates into I want to fight. He/she pushed me... now I want to fight. He/she is spreading rumors about me and I want it to stop, etc,” Parker said. Mediations are held during school hours and forms to schedule a session can be found in the Guidance Office.
Turnabout attendance numbers lower than prior years
Red-light cameras have been installed at the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson Roads by the city of Ellisville, for the purpose of making intersections safer. Violators will not be punished with points assessed against their driver’s license, but will be given a $100 fine for each offense.
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The 2009 Turnabout Court includes senior Micheal Berry, senior Danny Kenny (escort), senior Kelsey Calvert, senior Shelby Fenster, senior Michael Tomaro (escort), junior Madison Conklin, junior Jacob Ripp, sophomore Rachel Dennis, senior Brent Folan (escort), freshman Kayla Hall, freshman Nicholas Messer, senior Queen Ashley Mace and senior King Alex Mace. This year’s dance, “Country Clubbin’”, on Feb. 21, had lower ticket sales than in previous years. Student Council (STUCO) sponsor David Choate said 167 couples tickets and 100 single tickets were sold, totaling
434 students, compared to 800 students that usually attend Turnabout. In fact, some members of the Court did not show up for the dance, so other students filled in as escorts for Court members. Choate said the lack of ticket sales can probably be blamed on the struggling economy, but he also noticed that many upperclassmen did not attend this year’s dance. He said about 100 fewer juniors and seniors were present. He added STUCO will not need to cut back on spending for other STUCO-sponsored event as a result of the low ticket sales.
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Facebook users question the web site’s ability to last Brooke Thibodaux, Features Editor This year on its birthday cake Facebook blew out five candles. Mark Zuckerberg, at the age of 19, launched the web site, originally called thefacebook, in 2004 from his Harvard dorm room. Members previously had to have a valid email ID from one of the 30,000 recognized colleges to create a profile. “The amount of people trying to find a way on it (Facebook) when it was more limited was crazy. I remember one of my friends, who opted to go to a community college rather than a major university, figured out a way to steal someone’s email address so he could get on Facebook,” Liz Foss, Class of 2005, said. Now the web site boasts 150 million worldwide users, making Zuckerberg a successful billionaire. Facebook’s look has changed drastically over its short, five year existence. “It was extremely basic compared to what we have now. It allowed you to connect only to a handful of other colleges, and had none of the applications Facebook now boasts. I remember how angry people got when the newsfeed function was added,” Brian Klesh, Class of 2003, said. Now anyone can join by signing up. According to Facebook.com adults 25 years or older are becoming the fastest growing group of users. Language arts teacher Jeff Landow fits into that category since he set up his account last year. He said, “I set it up specifically for the kids. The only people who are my ‘friends’ are the kids, so it’s not like they are tapping into any other part of my life.
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I think it’s fun because I get to talk to them in a different kind of forum.” Similarly, language arts teacher Melissa Noël set hers up last fall to find classmates. She said, “My 20th class reunion is coming up this spring. I figured I could find some friends there, and I did. I reconnected with some old friends that I haven’t seen since 1989.” So how much do long time users log on and will Facebook continue to excite its users? Some users admit they use it less, while others remain addicted. One of the original users, Allyson Angle, Class of 2005, said, “I definitely use it a lot more than when I first got it. I check it multiple times a day and use it a lot.” On the other hand, Lauren Fiedler, Class of 2004, says she uses it less. She said, “When it first started everyone was actively searching for all the people they ever knew. I would spend hours on it especially since it was right after I went to college. Now I am on a lot for my job, but not nearly as much as I used to be.” A girl in Foss’ folklore class conducted a poll about Facebook. Foss said, “She interviewed everyone in her sorority at Truman and the average person got on eight times a day.” But will all these devout users continue into their old age? Will they be logging on in nursing homes? Junior Nick Goldstein said, “I am sure there is going to be something way better than Facebook like cakebook and it’s a cake that you can contact people with.” When asked if she will be using Facebook in her 70s, Kristen Klesh, Class of
2005, said, “Probably not. At that point, I’ll be in contact with the people closest to me, if there is any big news, I’m sure I’ll hear it through the grapevine.” However, Angle believes she will be using Facebook in her old age. She said, “It’s a great way to keep in touch with people. My grandmas are 86 and 87, and started using email a few years ago. So I can’t see why our generation wouldn’t use something we’ve used since we were teens. I think it makes a lot of sense that people will still use it when they’re older.” So how much longer will Facebook last? Or is it just a fad? History teacher Don Kreienkamp feels that Facebook is a current trend. He said, “I think it is a fad. I mean it’s the same thing as instant messenger and no one ever believed that would go away. When I was in high school and college people had 10 screens up talking to ten different people at one time. And they’re like we are never going to get rid of this. Well, then texting comes along and of course we change. The medium is just going to change how we communicate.” Sophomore Kayla Yoder agreed with Kreienkamp. She said, “I think it will always still be there but a lot of people are going to get over it and not think it’s such a big deal anymore.” Senior Amber Riegerix said, “I think it’s a fad, I feel like there will be something else that comes out that everyone else will like more.” But Goldstein still sees potential for Facebook’s existence. “Facebook will be around as long as there are songs for people to quote as their status,” he said.
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Layoffs affect St. Louis, area families Sydney Miller, In-Depth Editor When senior Taylor Paglisotti returned from Winter Break in January, she was feeling a little down. Like most of the students, she dreaded returning to times of storm and stress, but there was another reason for her lack of enthusiasm. The first week of January, Paglisotti’s father, a 25 year stationary engineer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, was laid off. Several unemployment reports state Paglisotti’s family was one of more than 2 million that lost a source of income in 2008, and unemployment is expected to snowball further in 2009. Paglisotti said, “Transitioning back from winter break is always kind of rough for me, but with this looming over my head, and not feeling like I could talk to anyone about it...I mean what do you say? ‘My Dad’s been laid off and I’m freaking scared’? What is going to happen? What does this mean for us?”
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According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Paglisotti’s father is one of the 6 percent unemployed in St. Louis. The Federal Reserve Bank predicts this percent to spike to nearly 7.5 percent by 2010. However, Michael Allison, economics professor at UMSL, thinks St. Louis has not been as affected by the recession as much as other manufacturing-based cities. “We feel it [the recession], but it’s not especially severe in St. Louis. We’re not as bad off as Cleveland, Toledo, where they’ve been going downhill for awhile,” Allison said. Sociology teacher Krista Silvernail said the layoffs are “probably the best example of the public issue versus private matter”a unit she teaches in her class. “The private matter is what affects an individual. For example, when your parents become unemployed, it effects you, because you’re part of the family. It becomes a public issue when the unemployment rates go up and it affects an entire area,” Silvernail said. Silvernail said the layoffs in St. Louis stopped being a private matter once Anheuser-Busch laid off workers. “I think people would say that it is definitely becoming a public issue when many people are being laid off all over the U.S., but it hits close to home when we have AB and so many St. Louisans that have lost their job,” she said. The private matter of Paglisotti’s job loss has turned into a public issue of a recession and further layoffs. “[Layoffs are] hard, it’s stressful. It’s stressful on a family, it’s stressful on a
marriage,” Silvernail said. “I was so upset my parents were so calm about it. It almost made me seem like I shouldn’t talk to them and I shouldn’t let them know I’m so freaked out They were like, ‘This is just another opportunity, this is just how life has happened.’ Initially I was like this is insane, this cannot be happening,” Paglisotti said. In January, President Obama pressed for an Economic Stimulus package to jump start the economy and help individuals in Paglisotti’s position. Two different versions passed in the House and Senate, meaning a compromise was made to the tune of $789.5 billion. Though Allison doesn’t believe St. Louis will significantly benefit from the package, he said it does help “lessen the severity of the recession.” “Without it the economy would eventually recover, but it would take longer,” Allison said. He called St. Louis a “standard of the mill place” that would benefit no more from the stimulus package than any other city. The bottom line, said Allison, is that despite seemingly devastating layoffs, St. Louis should not be worried for their fiscal future.
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But there was even more inconvenience for Paglisotti in the timing of the layoff: in the fall Paglisotti would be a freshman in college. This is a problem many seniors from single-income families are facing. “And I’ve been thinking about college...What if things don’t work out? What if this is a permanent situation? I think I could make [a full ride] happen academically, financial wise. That’s kind of the way I’ve always relied on things,” Paglisotti said. Her goal is to be a doctor, but with the loss of two-thirds of her family’s income, she is worried about how to pay for medical school. “I still really want to be a doctor, I’m really passionate about science. Even though I would like to go into a really prestigious medical school, if it comes down to it and I end up having to go to a graduate school that is a state university, I’ll do that,” Paglisotti said. But college scholarships and financial aid opportunities are disappearing fast in a shaky economy. Seniors are now applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which gives money based on need, but there has been a sharp increase in student aid requests. College specialist Beth Brasel said even local scholarships from businesses are dwindling. Brasel said, “I don’t know how it is go-
Economic Stimulus Package Breakdown Everyone’s heard about it, but no one knows the details. How do you benefit? According to an article on CNNmoney.com, the estimated costs of the compromise stimulus package exceeds the $789.5 billion budget. Here is a look at some of the more costly provisions that could affect individuals in West County: Unemployment benefits which extend unemployment benefits to 20 weeks, with an additional 13 weeks if they “live in what is deemed a high unemployment state” CNN’s Jeanne Sahadi said. CNN Estimated cost: $27 billion
A new temporary college credit, which would be worth as much as $2,500. This would be available to families in which the parents make less than $160,000. According to CNN, “those making between those amounts and $90,000 would get a partial credit.” CNN Estimated cost: $13.9 billion
The package provides a break for higher income families with a one-year provision “to protect middle and upper-middle income families from having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax” CNN said. CNN Estimated cost: $470 billion
An $8,000 home buyer credit is available for those who have purchased a home after Jan. 1, 2009 and before Dec. 1, 2009. CNN Estimated cost: $6.6 billion
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Accident injures husband; Gilman family thankful for his recovery and outside support Kendall Brewer, Staff Reporter “It happened on Nov. 23, a Sunday afternoon. I was eating lunch. Twenty minutes after my husband left for the gym, someone knocked on my door. My son told me the police were here; I thought he was joking,” science teacher AnnMarie Gilman said. The police came with the news that her husband, Jim Gilman, was in a motorcycle accident. He sustained a severe concussion, multiple fractures, and short-term memory loss; he could not retain anything longer than 30 seconds. “Jim asked the doctors over and over again, ‘Where am I?’ He essentially lost everything; he had no sense of time nor any idea of what was happening,” AnnMarie said. Now, three months later, Jim is back to work and healing well. He goes to physical therapy three times a week. He has started going back to the gym, but can’t lift anything too heavy. “I am feeling much better these days,” Jim said. “Before the accident I was very active and participated in running events and triathlons. I have not been able to run since the accident, so I’m looking forward to doing those things soon.” Although Jim’s short-term memory has fully recovered, he still has no recollection of the accident. “I can remember leaving the house that afternoon on my motorcycle,” Jim said. “The next thing I remember is being at the hospital and looking at the end of my hospital bed at my daughter Rachel. I don’t remember anything about the accident, the ride in the ambulance or being admitted to the hospital,” he added. Jim’s family does not know why he lost control of the motorcycle, but they know that he was the only one involved in the accident. Two former Lafayette students were the first to arrive to the scene. “I’ve never met the boys who found Jim, but I would like to resolve the unknown. It’s frustrating not knowing why he lost control. He owes those boys a huge debt. It makes me so proud to know Lafayette students stopped and helped him,” AnnMarie said. Harrison Grubbs, Class of 2008, found Jim lying along Strecker Road. As Grubbs was driving, he noticed a man on the ground, not moving. Grubbs said, “As soon as I was within 15 yards of him, I stopped my car and dialed 9-1-1. As I ran to the person, I noticed his motorcycle did not seem to have any major damage. When I got to him, I realized he was knocked unconscious.”
Grubbs and Steve McMahon, Class of 2008, asked Jim questions about where he lived, what he was doing on his bike and if he remembered any telephone numbers. Jim could not answer any of the questions, so the boys knew he suffered some head injuries. “I don’t think I was as afraid as much as I was shocked,” Grubbs said. “I’m pretty sure that anyone in my position would have stopped and helped him. I will admit that my heart was racing.” Within 10 minutes an ambulance, fire truck and five St. Louis County police cars arrived. When Jim gained consciousness, he mentioned pain in his left shoulder and chest. Grubbs said, “I never had Mrs. Gilman’s class, nor did I know the man was her husband. Yet I do remember hearing her name and that other students liked her.” AnnMarie uses the accident to teach her students and refers to it in her Human Anatomy class. She told her class everything that happened. She wants her students to appreciate how well the body
love, friendship, prayers and patience. I could just go on and on,” AnnMarie said. “Mrs. Gilman is a very good friend of mine and I just knew they could use the meals. So many people asked to cook for her; all I did was coordinate it,” Bond said. Holly Thurauf, one of the board members of the National Honor Society (NHS), also organized efforts to help the Gilmans. NHS made a giant card for the family and sent them cookies from the NHS holiday cookie bake. Thurauf said, “Mrs. Gilman does so much for NHS, so we wanted to do all that we could. She is a great sponsor. All of the Photos courtesy of AnnMarie Gilman members were very conLiving on a Prayer cerned and wanted an upTop: On a trip to Chicago, the Gilmans relax together. The date on how Mr. Gilman two have been married for nearly 20 years. was doing.” Bottom Left: Jim Gilman lounges on the couch. He recuper Junior Rachel Gilated after the accident at home, while his wife AnnMarie man, Jim and AnnMarie’s Gilman coordinated classes around being home to look daughter, has also received after him. support from students and staff. can repair itself. “Mrs. Gilman tells her life stories and “All of my teachers were great. They were compares them to what we are learning. all very understanding about homework We know that her husband could have when I missed school. I received support died without a helmet, and that she won’t from my friends and family, but everyone let him ride his motorcycle again,” senior was very caring,” she said. Rachel added, “My dad’s accident has Jevon Huang said. Since the accident, the Gilmans have impacted my life a lot. It made me realize received support from students and staff. that even though I’m young, I’m vulnerLanguage arts teacher Melinda Bond or- able. Not only that, but it made me appreganized a schedule for those who wanted ciate my family more. The accident could have been so much worse, and I thank to bring AnnMarie meals. Bond said, “We brought her six meals a God that my dad is essentially fine.” Rachel views the accident as a learning week; one per school night and two for the weekend. People would take the food up- experience that she took a lot from. Annstairs and put it in the fridge behind Ann’s Marie also changed because the accident. “My entire perspective is different. desk. I actually had to turn down people because there were so many volunteers; Everyday is a good day because we have it was amazing how people came forward health, and because I have Jim. I learned not to take people for granted, because and helped.” AnnMarie did not have to cook a single you never know when life will change,” meal until Winter Break. People sent her AnnMarie said. AnnMarie views herself as a different cards, emails and notes. The administration allowed her to person since the accident. She tries to not have a flexible schedule, so she could take sweat the small aggravations and to apher husband to doctor appointments or preciate everyone. “I’m more committed to helping peoget his medicine. “People have been unbelievably help- ple understand how God loves them; we ful. This might make me cry. The people have a purpose and should maximize our in this building are just an extension of my time here. We should do the most good we family. Life would have been much more can for the most people; that is the simple difficult without them. I received food, message,” AnnMarie said.
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U.S. patent number 98,304 is something people around the world enjoy every day. The sweet breath freshener was first invented, patented and marketed by Thomas Adams as “Adams New York Chewing Gum” in 1869. According to the Mint Industry Research Fund, it was first marketed as a licorice tasting sweet, created from the sap of chicle trees in Mexico. The Mint Industry Research Fund web site states chewing gum has been marketed as a digestive aid, breath freshener, candy and teeth whitener. But today, consumers think less about the alleged health benefits and more about their own enjoyment.
Gum has been surrounded by several myths: it is undigestable, the aspartame levels will cause cancer and acts as an appetite stimulant (despite marketing to the contrary). But what is legend and what is fact? Nurse Lynn Weaver said despite the myth that gum survives seven years in the stomach, gum gets no special treatment from your digestive system. “Depending on the type of gum, there are some that help clean your teeth but that’s pretty much it on the health benefits. Some food, depending on your GI tract, can stay with you for an extended period of time,” she said. Another myth about gum is that its mint flavor is thought to help stimulate your brain for test taking. “I guess if you have a sugared gum it can give you a burst and some people under stressful situations can chew something and benefit from it, but you’re better off eating a banana to improve your focus, there’s more research to prove that,” Weaver said. An article by Scholastic does recommend mint gum before standardized tests for “aiding concentration and mental clarity.” However, the article does not cite any scientific research to support this. Photo of junior Brittany Handler by D.Anne Vollmayer
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Junior Emily Burgess has chewed every type of gumfrom her least favorite ink gum that turns your tongue black, to her favorite gum with liquid Fruit in the middle. It is safe to say she is Cinnamon 22% gum-obsessed. 18% But gum chewers like Burgess are PepperRegular not always allowed mint to chew freely. At 7% 1% school, some teachers don’t allow students to chew gum while in class. 175 students polled Orbit Music teacher Michele Rodgers is one of them. She 42% doesn’t allow her students to 5 chew gum for two reasons: 34% their health and their vocal performance. Rodgers said when singing, it’s necessary to take air Stride in quickly, and gum can block 21% the wind pipe causing the singer to choke. As far as vocal performance is concerned, the singWrigley’s er may be forced to open their 3% mouth oddly which causes a poor sound. Burgess takes a guitar class with a “no gum” rule, but this doesn’t phase her. Burgess said she sneaks gum, and hopes not to get in trouble. “We’re not supposed to chew gum because if you get it on a guitar you’re screwed, but I do it anyway. I usually say it’s my rubber bands for my braces,” she said. Weaver thinks some teachers don’t allow students to chew gum for different reasons. She thinks it is a clean up issue because kids get tired of the gum and don’t bother getting up to throw it away. “That’s how you get gum all on the desks and everywhere. Kids are pigs, I say that warmly, but they pretty much leave stuff wherever they want. But adults do it too, if they are driving they might throw their gum out the window,” she added. Rodgers says at the beginning of the year she tells the students it is an expectation, and most willingly abide by the rule. And if a student forgets, she will remind them, and then they apologize and remove it. She has never allowed students to chew gum in her classes, but she has had students choke while hiding gum. “It is very scary and the happening [when a student chokes] and it usually travels through all the choirs. After a choking event – which I haven’t had in a long time –gum is not a problem,” she said. In the end, the matter lies in the power of the student handbook. As long as this rule is to teacher discretion, students don’t have another option.
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Students start businesses, earn big bucks Rachel Brown, Staff Reporter
Several students have found work they not only excel at, but are passionate about as well. With practice, patience and dedication, each has built up real world business skills while getting their special talent some real world attention
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When sophomore Jaime Andrae noticed people wearing hemp jewelry, she prompted a friend to teach her the craft. For each piece of jewelry she makes, Andrae selects different glass beads and dyed hemp. She finds her more unique beads on the Delmar Loop. “It keeps my hands busy because I move a lot. It keeps me entertained and shows my creative side,” Andrae said. Bracelet making has also served as something more for Andrae: a source of income. Most of her creations cost $5 apiece. Andrae has sold upwards of 80 pieces. “I’ve learned how to have a business, really. The hardest part has been getting my name out there,” Andrae said.
Magician starts business, hauls in the cash After senior Blake Douglass attended a magic show in Las Vegas at 8-years-old, he became obsessed. “It was after that that I started my business,” Doug-
The first time sophomore Tim Kuklo was published, he was in 5th grade. In 2006, Kuklo’s father helped him publish illustrations in Orthopedics, and The American Journal of Orthopedics. “Everything has a certain proportion to it. And that’s really what makes anatomy much easier than an abstract drawing,” Kuklo said. Kuklo has also illustrated an exercise band pamphlet, a comic book and completed work for a Chiropractics firm. “When publishing work, I realized that you are no longer drawing or creating something for yourself, or for your personal satisfaction,” Kuklo said. As he has gotten older, Kuklo has kept alive his dream of being an artist, while also considering physical psychology and art therapy. Kuklo consistently declines payment. “If I’m never paid for my art, I’m totally cool with it,” Kuklo said. “I know that people say that some art is transient and it happens immediately, and once you get inspiration, you can’t stop it. But much of what I do is very time consuming,” Kuklo said.
lass said. His business, Beyond Magic, offers a Photographer sells picture variety of different performers including ™ balloon artists, jugglers, stilt walkers and for a pretty penny a magician. Last year, senior Mike Now, Douglass can make up to $300 Kurlowski sold a photo for an hour. He estimates he practices his Please review your ad prior to printing and make any corrections. Sign and return one copy as soon as possible. $1,500. magic roughly six hours a day. “The photo is of a water “I love learning a slight of hand that droplet hitting Plexiglas,” takes months and months to get down,” Kurlowski said. Douglass said. “For some of my pictures, it took me “Magicians nowadays are confused. They think its all about the magic. But it’s 300-400 shots to get the one I wanted,” Kurlowski said. about the audience,” Douglass said.
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Student photographer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, senior Mike Kurlowski snaps a picture at a Lafayette-Parkway South basketball game. Kurlowski has sold one of his photographs for $1,500, and plans on majoring in photojournalism at Mizzou. Kurlowski has also freelanced for the Post-Dispatch on assignments. “You’re going into somebody’s business or somebody’s home. You have to communicate with them and make them feel comfortable,” Kurlowski said. Kurlowski plans to attend Mizzou for photojournalism, and work for National Geographic. “It’s never been about art. Because when it comes down to it, art is a subjective term. I just love to take pictures,” Kurlowski said.
Student draws the deceased in charcoal During the summer, sophomore Lauren Rismiller works for Schrader’s Funeral Home, drawing two or three portraits a week. It began when she drew extended family by meshing together photographs. “We know the funeral director. He lives right down the street. So I showed him my portfolio,” Rismiller said. Many of the families of the deceased have paid her. “Depending on their facial structure, it
takes an average of two hours,” she said. Rismiller doesn’t exhibit her art. “I don’t really go into shows or contests because I think that people should come and see it.” She plans to be a mortician, “because they need more people that can work with dead things,” Rismiller said.
Amateur beautician cuts and dyes friends’ hair Sophomore Holly Livingston cuts hair. “It all started when I went to a salon in eigth grade. They messed it up really badly. So I decided next time I’m going to do it myself,” Livingston said. Livingston began by experimenting on friends and herself. “If I’m coloring someone’s hair, I charge $5 because there’s a lot of equipment you need and I have all of it at home. I’m not a professional. I can’t charge that much,” Livingston said. “Most people really don’t want to experiment with their hair. If I mess mine up, there’s no one to complain to,” Livingston said.
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St. Louis Tradition Taste Test Image reporters visited four area restaurants to taste test a St. Louis tradition: Toasted Ravioli Adam Harris, Staff Reporter Most cities across this nation have a food that represents the cultural and culinary influences of that specific area. St. Louis is no exception, by visiting the downtown area you can experience many different cultural influences which make up our city’s original foods. Of those a main traditional appetizer is the toasted ravioli which is served in countless restaurants city wide, and has become a St. Louis tradition. “Toasted ravioli was invented in 1943
at Oldani’s on “The Hill” by Chef Terry Lane and according to the legend, Chef Terry accidentally dropped the ravioli into oil instead of water,” FACS teacher Lori Sanders said. And almost 65 years after its creation on “The Hill,” the appetizer remains a St. Louis tradition. “The perfect St. Louis style of ravioli is unique and delicious. The ravioli is stuffed with some type of meat or cheese. In St. Louis, the meat is usually beef or pork. Then breaded and deep fried and served with marinara sauce. Parmesan cheese
may also sprinkled on top,” Sanders said. St. Louis area restaurants are not the only places to get toasted ravioli. There is a brand of frozen toasted ravioli called “Louisa’s” that can be found at a number of grocery stores. “About once a week my mom throws some Louisa frozen toasted ravioli in the oven, an STL favorite for sure. In fact we are making dinner for some people who had never been to St. Louis before who just moved here and my mom insisted we make them some toasted ravioli. Nothing says lovin’ like some ravs in the oven,”
sophomore Alex Eklund said. Sanders said, “Marinara sauce is the best sauce for toasted ravioli. It consists of onion, garlic, celery, carrots, crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, salt and pepper.” Of the many restaurants that serve toasted ravioli a few around the West County area include Pasta House, Imo’s, B. Donovan’s and St. Louis Pizza and Wings. Each of the toasted raviolis served at these restaurants were tasted at the restaurant and then evaluated on their sauce, texture, meat and taste.
The texture is great, and almost melts in your mouth. The taste is very buttery and greasy with a hint of garlic. The Parmesan didn’t really hide the amount of grease. The sauce was really nothing special, but it did help complete the traditional toasted ravioli taste.
Renowned for its St. Louis style pizza, the toasted ravioli does not equally match. With a very delicious hard and crunchy texture, the meat substantially lowers the quality. The sauce and the Parmesan were definitely enjoyable, however, its downfall was definitely the watery meat.
These perfectly textured and steaming ravioli are extremely good. The Parmesan and the sauce are perfect compliments. In this experiment, St. Louis Pizza and Wings has the best toasted ravioli in the West County Area.
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There was no quality that stood out here. The meat was filled with vegetable which was a nice touch, but did not make up for its poor tasting sauce. The Pasta House’s toasted ravs were good enough, but nothing about them stood out.
Image Staffers Dan Clutter, Adam Harris, Chelsea Coleman and Kara Campbell reviewed the ravioli. Each judge rated the ravioli on a one-to-four scale. Their scores were averaged to form the four reviews above.
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tion you hear over the next few weeks. It’s like studyIn 2007, he watched the Homecoming As- ing for a college final in 10 sembly, he participated in the parade and minutes, it’s overwhelming he was at the football game, just like any and it’s life threatening,” Lauren said. other regular high school student. James had RhabdomyoBut little did then-freshman James Ryan, or anyone else, know that a week sarcoma, a type of cancer that is usually found in chillater he would be diagnosed with cancer. During the Homecoming Parade, dren. “They then finished reJames was on the Lafayette Hockey float, when his mother, Lauren Ryan, noticed moving the tumor. Right after his surgery he got into something wasn’t quite right. “I said to another mom ‘Look at James’s a wheelchair and went to eye, it looks a little swollen right under the Cardinal Glennon Hospital. brow’, she agreed it looked swollen,” Lau- It was one of the quickest growing cancers,” Lauren ren said. “My eye was sort of droopy and I felt said Luckily, the cancer had something there touching my eye. My mom was worried,” James, now a sopho- been caught in stage one out of four stages, so there more, said. Lauren then called James’s doctor was a good chance for a full from the parade to schedule an appoint- recovery. “I knew I was going to ment for the following Mon- get better because it was The surgeon day. caught it in its first stage. Once at his The cancer was deadly but comes out and of- they caught it at the perfect says ‘It’s can- doctor’s fice, “They said time. If they caught a month cer,’ you are hit ‘Let’s wait a or two later I could still be in a over your hear week, it’s prob- hospital bed,” James said. with a ton of The first stage to getting ably a hockey bricks. And then injury,’” Lau- James back to stable health was treatment. there is all the ren said. the doctors figured So James information..It’s and his mother out“Once in was cancer, I had to go like studying for waited a week through 46 weeks of chemoa college final as he contin- therapy and a month and half of radiain 10 minutes.” ued his normal tion,” James said. This required James to go the hospital life. That follow- frequently. Lauren Ryan “For chemo, I would go in once a week, Monday James’ Mother ing James and his it would make me really tired and make mother went to me feel awful for the rest of the week and see his doctor as treatment went on and on it would make me feel worse and worse.” again. James explained, “Then while I was “We went into the doctor Monday and by Tuesday we went to an eye doctor, then doing chemo I also had a month and a half we went to get a MRI on Wednesday and of radiation where every day after school I then the doctors saw the tumor beside went to the hospital.” The treatments caused James to lose his eye,” Lauren said. “And surgery was scheduled two days later for Friday morn- most of his strength. “I couldn’t exert much energy because ing.” By Friday, James was at Anheuser- I didn’t have any energy. I couldn’t skate Busch Eye Institute for surgery to remove hard for hockey because I could collapse,” a tumor behind his right eye about the James said Once James’s treatment started he size of a hardboiled egg. FREE thatHOMEWORK he would nauseous and would “When you first hear the diagnosis 4 . knew also lose his hair. TUTORING SESSIONS! . . when your son is just going into surBut instead of letting his hair fall out, gery to have a tumor removed, and the James lost his hair to something STUDENTS USE that he surgeon comes out and says ‘It’s cancer,’ MORE loved instead: hockey. you are hit over your head with a ton of SYLVAN FOR TUTORING! The hockey team’s seniors usually bricks. And then there is all the informa-
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shave all the new players’ hair off as a tradition, but that year the team moved up the date of the event so James could have his head shaved before he lost his hair. “When he was about to lose his hair the hockey team got together and shaved off all their hair. I know that he would lose his hair three weeks into treatment so the Hockey team shaved their hair a little early so James would lose his hair to hockey, his passion, not to the disease,” Lauren said. Through all his time in the hospital many, including James knew he could get through this difficult time. “I just knew he was going to pull through,” Parkway South sophomore Mitch Garlik, who plays hockey with James, said. Lafayette sophomore Nico D’Antonio agrees. He said, “I knew he would [survive].” After 46 weeks of weekly and daily treatment James had finally finished chemo in September 2008. “His last chemo, September 8, 2008, we had a party for him at the Kemp Auto
Museum and there were over 200 people and James raised $5,000 for Friends of Kids With Cancer and the National Hockey League’s Fights Cancer,” Lauren said. “There was a private auction, dancing, a live band, and a magician. A lot of people showed up, it was a lot of fun," D’Antonio said about the celebration. James not only raised money for the charity Friends of Kids With Cancer at the end-of-chemo party but Lauren said that James also participated in the 16th Annual Friends of Kids With Cancer Fashion Show to raise money for this cause. “He is such a determined kid, he fought daily and he is still fighting, he has neuropathy from all the drugs and he couldn’t walk up the stairs at school. You fight it [cancer] in so many ways, cancer is a horrible illness and it’s a 24-hour fight.” Lauren said. James is still coping with the ways cancer has changed his daily life but he said he is back on the road to good health. James said, “I feel better but I’m still recovering every day, I’m getting there, every day getting stronger.”
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Grad could see playing time for Cardinals Andrew Martin, Staff Reporter He never had intentions of playing baseball after high school, but it seems that the Lafayette Class of 2001 grad David Freese is following in the footsteps of the Lafayette grad and Phillies player Ryan Howard. “It was a dream come true,” Freese said, after hearing that he was going to be brought up to play third base for the St. Louis Cardinals after playing on the minor leagues for the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals. But, back in the day, the 6’1” 160 pound senior had no dreams of playing baseball after he graduated. “I didn’t feel the itch to play after senior year,” Freese said. He went to Mizzou with intentions of living out a normal life. “I woke up the day before my sophomore year (at Mizzou) and something hit me,” Freese said. He never looked back and enrolled himself at Meramec Community College and spent a semester playing ball there. Freese had a couple of schools looking at him and eventually chose University of South Alabama on a full scholarship. After two years of playing third base, Freese was drafted in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. From there, he went up the minor league ranks. “It was fun. A lot of good and bad days, but staying positive is key,” Freese said. With that attitude he played, as he said, “one play at a time” and by his sec-
ond year was up to Triple A. In the summer going into the 2008 season Freese was in a big two-player trade to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jim Edmonds. Varsity Baseball Coach Steve Miller said “We still tease him because he was traded for All-Star Jim Edmonds.” Miller watched Freese play in high school, although he was not the head coach yet. Miller and Freese still talk and they met up for hitting practices over this past winter break. Miller loves Freese’s work ethic and believes he found success by “taking advantage” of his opportunities. Freese also keeps in contact with another friend from Lafayette, Driver Education teacher and assistant boys basketball coach Matt Landwehr. The two have been friends since elementary school and Freese lived with him over the summer. Landwehr said, “(He’s) such a competitor and (the) maturity from five years of college baseball helped”. They kept in touch as much as possible, usually by text messages. Freese’s first year in the Cardinals system was a good one. He won Minor League Player of the Year for the Memphis Redbirds in the Cardinal’s system. But the real test will come during spring training since starting third basemen Troy Glaus is out for the first months of the season with shoulder surgery, giving Freese a big opportunity to really shine. With spring training coming around, he’ll try to prove he is a Cardinal starter.
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Down in Florida for the Cardinal’s spring training, David Freese practices his fielding while playing third base. Freese graduated from Lafayette in 2001 and was brought up by the Cardinals to be a third base infielder.
Wrestling sends eight to State, brings home one medal Melanie Hinzpeter, Co-Sports Editor This past weekend, the wrestling team sent eight wrestlers to State. Among them were seniors Robby Campbell and Andrew Olejnik, juniors Chris Cooper and Vince Farinella, sophomores Kyle Black, Dan Droege and Dan Wrocklage, and freshman Ryan Jones. While the team itself didn’t qualify, they still had a good performance from the individual wrestlers. Campbell was the only wrestler to take home a medal. On Feb. 20, he won the Quarterfinals and advanced to the Semifinals where he
lost to Wesley Bell from McCluer. In the Semifinals for the third place match, Campbell lost to Casey Wiener from Kickapoo, but beat Andrew Mueller from Raymore-Peculiar in the fifth place match. “It was a lot of fun but tiring. I’m glad I was able to accomplish my goal of placing at State,” Campbell said. The wrestlers had a successful season with a 7-1 dual meet record, with the only loss coming from the Northwest meet. They placed first at the DeSmet Invitational and first at the Lafayette Invitational.
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Swimming places third at State, relay team takes first Nina Walters, Co-Sports Editor Girls swimming and diving won their 24th consecutive Conference title this season. This gave them the opportunity to advance to State where almost every year they have finished in the top three. At State this past weekend was no different. The girls finished third with 201 points behind Blue Springs with 290 points and Glendale with 269.50 points. “It was really awesome. We did pretty well. We all swam amazing and are very proud of ourselves,” junior Samantha Wright said. Along with a third place finish, the 400 freestyle relay team finished first. Juniors Ashleigh Grammar, Jessi Holz, Shannon McCoy and Wright were on the relay team and finished with a time of
3:30.49, setting a new school record. “It was definitely a goal of ours to break the record, but we never thought we would break the dream team’s record by so much or be so close to breaking the State record. We were so excited,” Grammar said. Another record was broken at State. When Holz finished fourth in the 100 freestyle, she set a new school record with a time of 52.12 seconds. “It was an amazing feeling. I never expected to break Marissa’s record, but when I saw my time I was like wow, now my name gets to be on the board. That’s awesome,” Holz said. The season ended undefeated except for the Parkway South Invitational. “(The) season went well. We were hoping to do well in State, and we did that.” McCoy said.
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Following their successful third place finish, the girls swimming team proudly displays their trophy. The team also had the 400 freestyle relay team place first in the championship.
Booster clubs improve experience for school’s student athletes, fans Gian Wessel, Staff Reporter
Think back to the last major sporting event you attended at Lafayette. Whether it was a home football game or a basketball game in front of a packed crowd, your experience was in large part thanks to one of the school’s seven booster clubs. Football, boys and girls basketball and swimming all have official booster clubs which raise money for their programs. Not every athletic team has a booster club however. Many teams and departments have parent volunteer organizations who organize fundraisers that aren’t recognized as official booster clubs. The athletic budget, Lancer Parent Organization (LPO) and the school’s student
activity account also play a large part in fundraising for athletics and fine arts departments. Activities Director Steve Berry is responsible for managing the budget. Berry said the school’s booster clubs pay for what his budget either partially covers or does not cover at all, such as team banquets. The school pays $100 towards each banquet and the booster clubs pay for the rest. “Booster clubs pay for things not covered by the school budget,” Berry said, “for example, it’s the difference between taking a charter bus and a yellow bus.” Some sports such as swimming rely on booster clubs for the program’s survival. “Without the booster club, we couldn’t compete at the state level,” head swim-
ming and diving coach Todd Gabel said. As a smaller program than football or basketball, the swimming team’s booster club has to work to gain attention. “We contact the (Suburban) Journal and the West County News to put articles out about our swimmers,” Gabel said. Rob Woodsmall is the president of the football program’s booster club which provides team meals and technical equipment. Varsity Head Coach Boyd Manne said booster club volunteers are responsible for away game snacks, paying for extra equipment and painting the Weight Room. The booster club also organizes team activities such as barbeques and other get-togethers. “I like the pancake breakfast and the
barbeque,” sophomore Kyle Woodsmall said, who plays varsity football. Jim Shaffer has been boys basketball booster club president since last March. In November, Shaffer helped organized a boys basketball night at the Brickhouse restaurant. The restaurant donated 10 percent of its profits that night to the boys basketball program. “The Brickhouse was really good, especially after we played a game,” freshman basketball player Luke Kreienkamp said. “The booster club gives us opportunities for new stuff,” freshman Dominic Bisesi added, “When we play varsity, it’s really going to help.” “It allows coaches to take care of the actual activities,” said Assistant Varsity Coach Matt Landwehr.
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Feb. 27 Sports 2009 16 Hidden Valley Ski Team provides competition Mia Schenone, Staff Reporter
“It takes three things; dedication, right mental attitude and ability,” Hidden Valley Ski Team (HVST) coach David Coulter said. The HVST has been around since 1992, when coach and creator of the team Brett Borgard attended Lafayette High School. “We had sort of a race team, but nothing really organized. Just a couple guys, racers, messing around setting up gates, but nothing really organized,” Borgard said, “I raced for University of Wyoming, came back, raced with friends when some guys a Hidden Valley asked where I went for races and I said I traveled. Then we started racing together, and then soon enough I started coaching them.” With coaches like Borgard and Coulter, who have been skiing since 1975 and 1977 respectively, HVST knows what to look for in team members. They want skiers who are dedicated and love the sport. “Parents can give them (their kids) the option to go to the race or not, but if they’re not in the right frame of mind, they will resent the sport,” Coulter said. “Take a lesson first. Lessons help out right away instead of coming out free for all,” Borgard said. There are three ski teams all based on age group to ability: Introductory, Development and Travel Team. The Introductory level is self explanatory. It’s an introduction to the team for people who are unsure of how much they really want to join. The next level is the Development team to develop skiing skills, abilities and techniques. Finally the Travel team is for
skiers who are ready to challenge their abilities in competitions all around the United States. On the travel team is sophomore Kirstin Wintermute, who has been skiing since she was 7-years-old. “I love to ski for the competitiveness of the sport, and racing with friends,” Wintermute said. The coaches encourage having fun, because according to Borgard, the records and times will come once the fun and learning has started. “The biggest thing we focus on is having fun with the team. As coaches we don’t expect them to be number one. We just want them to have fun and make a memorable experience,” Borgard said. Wintermute added that the coaches make her experience enjoyable because they don’t put pressure on them to get a certain time. “They just want you to have fun,” Wintermute said. However, the Travel team drives 5-15 hours every other or every weekend for different competitions. “It takes a toll on these kids because they miss a lot of school. They miss their friends, dances…,” Borgard said. Eureka High School sophomore Amber Oswald said the traveling is her favorite part of the team. “The traveling makes me come back every season. Racing with people from other states and skiing at other hills at the same time, it’s wonderful,” Oswald said. But when Hidden Valley closes, the ski team is still hanging out with each other at pools, pizza parties, bike rides and even float trips. There is even more training to be done
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A member of the Hidden Valley Ski Team hits the slopes during a competition held at Hidden Valley. The team has three levels of skiers: Introductory, Development, and Travel. during the off season, but not on snow, on dry land. “On a pavement down at Old State and Manchester there is a parking lot, pretty steep, and we set up gates and we get on our roller blades and go up and down the hill with ski poles and everything,” Borgard said. “We start dry land the first day after Labor Day. We dry land train as much as we do on snow. Except for October and November,” Coulter added But the ski team doesn’t include snowboarders, so freshman Lucas Hake couldn’t join.
There are separate competitions for snowboarders and Hake competes in them. “I like doing competitions because I like to see what other ticks people can do so I can learn form them,” Hake said. But even if there was a snowboarding team and Hidden Valley, Hake said he probably wouldn’t join because he’d rather do things his own way. “Anybody who thinks they may be interested in skiing but don’t really know for sure, we encourage them to come out and ski with us before they make the decision,” Coulter said.
Boys, girls basketball teams look to build on regular season success Andrew Martin, Staff Reporter Gian Wessel, Staff Reporter
The boys basketball team finished the regular season at 17-8 and on a eight-game win streak with 53-39 at Mehlville on Feb. 20. That impressive win gave Lafayette its sixth straight conference title. On Feb. 24, they opened District playoffs against the winner of the Washington and Eureka game at Washington High School. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the team could play Rockwood Summit or Parkway South in the District Championship game if they beat Washington or Eureka on Feb. 24.
“We’re expecting good competition,” senior Jake Finley said, “We have to take it one game at a time though.” As for the girls, they are also starting District play this week. On Feb. 24, they played Eureka in the first round of the District Tournament at Rockwood Summit High School. Based on the results of that game, the girls are either finished or will go on to play Parkway South in the District Championship tonight. A win tonight means they advance to Sectionals. “We are going to try our hardest and do what we can to be successful,” senior Kelly Dowling said.
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Doing his part senior Will Kirksey drives to the lane against Conference rival Parkway South. The Lancers defeated Parkway South 57-53 for the Conference title. They placed first in the Suburban West and were fourth in offense and first in defense among the schools. The Lady Lancers placed third in the Suburban West, and were third in defense and fifth in offense among the Suburban West schools. Both basketball teams are making a run at a District Championship this week, with a solid winning record behind them. The girls are 18-7 and the boys are 17-8 at the end of the regular season prior to the District Tournament.
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Sports Do not let senioritis infect spring sports Feb. 27 2009
As spring time nears, I unfortunately can only begin focusing my mind on one distinct thing: graduation. I am not addicted to the fact of graduating, I am just really looking forward to it. And with graduation slowly approaching, the infectious disease of senioritis is quickly taking over. I don’t think that the whole senioritis thing can be avoided: I told myself I would never get senioritis because I needed to keep my grades up. Well, is it just me or is every one experiencing the same third quarter slump that I am? I blame senioritis. Although, my parents don’t seem to see this as a viable excuse, I do really blame senioritis. As I sit down to do my homework at night, I say ‘oh, I can get this done tomorrow’ or ‘I can do this right before class’ and in the end I have a mound of homework yet to be done as I walk into each class the next day. And I can compare this to the spring lacrosse season fast approaching. Even at pre-season, I can see it happening. Our team has the ‘senioritis’ of sports and if we don’t shake it, it is going to affect the rest of our season. We don’t have a bad case of it, we just have the case which comes on as you begin a new season of a sport. It’s the type that makes you re-
ally realize how out of shape you are so you don’t try as hard. But, I can see this senioritis slowly going away as each practice ends which is what it should be doing as the beginning of the season nears. The only challenge will be to make sure that us seniors keep this senioritis to a minimum as the regular season starts. I know, to use lacrosse as an example, that we had 3 seniors quit last year at the mid end of the season because they lost the drive to play and win. None of us saw it coming, and it tore a big hole in our starting line up. Let me give every player some advice on that area, not just seniors. If you don’t feel 100 percent committed, just walk away. That may be a bold statement, but in my utter honesty, it is true. I would rather that you quit the team than slack off and screw around the entire season. If the commitment isn’t there, don’t take on a sport that you don’t feel you will be able to give your all to. It will affect the entire team and it affects how the other players perform. If you are trying hard and are in it to win it, other players will take notice and push that extra step to keep up with the example you are setting. If you are slacking off and are messing around, other players will
also take notice of that. They will then think that it is ok to screw around and then there goes your winning team. Seniors, we have a big example to set as we being our final season of high school sports. Yes, we want to have fun and we want to enjoy our final season, but we can’t let that interfere with our performance. And part of that performance that needs to remain high comes from the adrenaline that the fans watching give off. But where will those fans be to cheer us on? Do Superfans even exist during the spring time? The answer is yes. Or at least they need to exist anyway. It seems that there is a domino effect occurring as we progress through the school year. School spirit was high and flying for the first football game of the season against Eureka. It stayed at this level for the rest of the season, and then basketball season came around. There has been a small group of Superfans that seems to be supporting the boys in their season, but other than that they really haven’t been around. Tyler Sellers called the Superfans out on this, by saying “I am seriously disappointed with the absolute lack of Superfans at the (boys basketball) games” in his letter he sent to the entire Superfans group on Facebook. Tyler has a point, in that we re-
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ally do need to boost our school spirit. I know it sound’s really cliché, but it really does make a difference between a loss and win. For example, the Parkway south game. The boys basketball team squeezed out a 57-53 win, and there was a massive Superfan supported blackout seen throughout the crowd. The stands were packed on the student section, and it was clear that the Superfan blackout had a positive effect on the team overall. After each point, the stands would erupt into a chorus of cheers, boosting the morale of the team overall. There is no doubt in my mind that the cheering crowd had an impact on that final winning score, and there is no doubt in my mind that if we bring our cheers together, we can have a big impact this spring season. Just don’t let the senioritis get in the way of fans or sports.
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Coach Randy Seagrist: “The sprinters and jumpers have been extensively working out with Coach Matt Maier. The long distance runners do the running club and run anywhere from mile timed trials to 10 mile runs.” Key Runners: Seniors Jordan Levy, Ian Moore and Steven Stallis First Meet: 4/1 at
Soccer Matt Bleazard Rockhurst University Korie Klosterman University of Evansville
Megan Link Southwest Baptist University Samantha Martinez Quincy College Stephanie Weider Austin Peay State University
Kyle Leonard Lindenwood University
Coach Doug Ell: “Right now they are doing open gyms two times a week. We’re just regrouping. The boys have a lifting program but they usually do their own thing.” Key Players: Seniors Tyler Rigman, Cam Slauter, Ryan Verner, Jake Welchans First Game: 3/27 with Rockwood Summit at 5:30 p.m.
Luke Voit John A. Logan Community College
Softball Paige Park Lindenwood University
Lacrosse Jackie Henke Lindenwood University
Football Ian Moore University of Northern Iowa
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Coach Dee Wilkinson: “I hope they are running.” The girls practice every day after school, running or scrimmaging. Key Players: Seniors Tessa Aslin, Melanie Hinzpeter, Caroline Johnson, Anna Margherita, Jackie Henke and Anna Rueschhoff, and juniors Hillary Lawless and Kelsey Steis, and sophomore Courtney Baker First Game: 4/1 with Parkway South at 4:15
Baseball Kyle Grana Allen County Junior College
Katie Moorkamp Air Force Academy
Coach Steve Miller: “A lot do summer programs and things on their own. We ended open gyms to give them time off before they start the season” Key Players: Seniors Tyler Boraz, Kyle Grana, Nate Goro, Luke Voit First Game: 3/25 with Rockwood Summit at 4:15 p.m.
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Basketball Kelly Dowling Central Methodist University
Track and Field Kelsey Henke Lindenwood University
Chelsea Travis Maryville University
On March 2, spring sports will begin with many weeks of pre-season conditioning behind them. The teams hope that this extra practice will give them the advantage to begin the season on a high note.
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Coach Marty Margalski: “We want the athletes to come in ready to go. They know what they need to do” so he doesn’t do any pre-season with the girls team. Key Runners: “Until they come out and we see them, we don’t have any keys (runners) right now,” Margalski said, “Every season is different.” First Meet: 3/27 at Missouri Relays
Cross Country/ Track and Field Brooke Thibodaux William Woods University
Jordan Vehlewald and Korie Klosterman
Tennis Carli Bisesi William Jewell College
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Coach Mark McAllister: “We are doing conditioning, playing challenge matches, and running drills.” Key Players: Junior Adam King, and sophomores Jake Goodman and Michael Lyons First Match: 3/25 at Parkway South at 4:15 p.m.
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Coach Jamie Waeckerle: “Many of my players have been playing for club water polo teams. SLAP (St. Louis Area Polo) and Mad Dog Water Polo club during the offseason.” Key Players: Seniors Chris Powell and Spencer Wells First Match: 3/24 against Oakville at 5:15 p.m. Photo by Cami Bird
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Coach Tim Walters: “We are hoping to have more open gym time than usual and also some conditioning.” Key Players: Seniors Kelsey Calvert, Korie Klosterman, Meg Link, Sam Martinez, Nina Walters, Steph Weider, and junior Christine Hibler. First Game: 3/26 at Mehlville at 6 p.m.
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Coach Gaylen Laster: “This is our first year doing the whole preseason thing. We have been going to the range every Wednesday in February to get the dust off before season.” Key Players: Seniors Zeke Dieckhaus, Ryan Orr, juniors Ian Davis, Austin Goodman, Anthony Meldrum, and sophomore Conner Katsev. First Match: 3/31 at Mehlville at 3:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Prestige
Feb. 27 2009
Studios boast more 3-D film releases than ever before David Adams, Staff Reporter 3-D is here to stay. According to FilmReleases.com, there are 14 3-D movies being released in 2009 alone. It is safe to say that the technology is not just a fad. In fact, 3-D very well might be the future of the movie industry. The very first 3-D movie was released in 1922 but it was not until the 50’s that 3-D really began to take off. During this “Golden Age,” such titles as House of Wax and Creature from the Black Lagoon were major hits. But it wasn’t long lasting; the fad saw a lull and the “Golden Age” only lasted from 1952-1955. 3-D saw another major boom during the early 80’s, particularly in the horror genre. Some notable films included Jaws 3-D, Friday the 13th Part 3 and Amityville 3-D. Now it seems like every 30 years or so, there is a reemergence of the technology, but there is strong evidence that this time it’s for good. DreamWorks, Pixar and Disney have both recently announced that all of their animated films will be shot in 3-D. Only three out of a dozen animated films being released in 2009 are not in 3-D, because they are being released by studios other than the three mentioned. Most people may think of a cheap gimmick when they think of 3-D, but the gimmicky, jump out 3-D of the past is becoming more and more dated. This generation’s digital 3-D truly makes the
movie come to life. Real D Cinema is now the leader in digital 3-D technology. Those headache-inducing red and blue cardboard glasses are obsolete: the glasses are now black and sleek. They look more like Risky Business-esque Tom Cruise shades than a paper doll kit. Unlike the 3-D of the past, Real D does not require two projectors, but instead is projected by a single digital projector. “Real-D is essentially a very high powered transformer used to project the necessary light on screen. It’s a 6000 watt bulb compared to the 4000 watt bulb we use in a traditional auditorium. It’s combined with software that it uses to convert the digital format to a 3-D image. So it’s a combination of a typical projector and computer technology,” explains Brian Hastings, General Manager of AMC Chesterfield 14. At AMC Chesterfield 14 tickets for 3-D movies are $2-$3 more than tickets for a regular 2-D movie. As predicted, Hastings does not believe audiences are scared off by the higher prices. “The ticket prices are higher because the experience is better. There’s no question about it that the audience prefers the 3-D content,” Hastings said. Generally, his opinion seems to be correct. According to Studio Briefing, only 44 percent of the 2,299 screens Coraline was showing on were 3-D, but 70 percent of all tickets sold for the movie were for the 3-D version. But in these cash-strapped times, Lafayette students are not willing to
pay the extra money for the so called better experience. Junior Alyssa Barford believes 3-D movies are a waste of money. “Why would you spend three extra dollars on glasses?” Barford asked. When it comes to the entertainment factor, the consensus from students is mixed. Freshman Alex Vanderheyden recently saw My Bloody Valentine 3-D and said, “It was scary… the blood sprayed on you and stuff. It’s amazing!” Not everyone seems to be such a fan of this newfound craze. Junior Lindsey Carper said 3-D gives her a headache. Junior Paige Kaprelian doesn’t like 3D movies. “I hate it. I just like the 3-D glasses,” she said. Though not every movie begs to be released in the format future generations just may see the majority of their films in the third dimension.
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DVD Releases: Australia, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, I’ve Loved You So Long
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In theatres: Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
In theatres: CD Releases: “No Line on the Ho- Watchmen rizon”: U2, “Watchmen Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
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Album cover trends have been used to speak out on the message of the music
Melina Loggia, Entertainment Editor “And at least until the music industry can find a way to make downloading music pay as well as selling actual tangible product, CDs will continue to be released and they will always require packaging,” said Mal Peachey, the editor of the book The Greatest Album Covers of All Time. Everything comes in phases, especially the design of album covers. With CD sales reaching lower and lower numbers each year, few are able to appreciate the art of an album cover. For those who do buy CDs, they are able to see noticeable trends among albums. As of lately, a circus theme has proven to be popular among Pop artists. Three specific cases of this, are Britney Spears: Circus, T-Pain: Thr33 Ringz and Pink: Funhouse. The Spears cover features her sitting on a curtain with primary colors for a border, her name and album title. T-Pain’s Thr33 Ringz uses primary colors as well. The kaleidoscope of colors spiraling around the center accentuates the circus silhouettes with those primary colors. T-Pain is featured as
DVD Releases: Role Models, HappyGo-Lucky, Cadillac Records, Transporter 3, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Let The Right One In, Milk, Synecdoche New York
CD Releases: All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson, Scream, Chris Cornell, Not Without A Fight, New Found Glory
the ring leader, sporting a top hat and cane. Behind him are various circus acts, such as a girl with an elephant and a man being shot out of a cannon. In a pink show costume, Pink rides on a carousel horse with her arm and leg thrown up in the air on the cover of her latest album. The background is faded red & yellow, the same archetype of colors seen on the T-Pain and Spears album covers. The name and album titled scrawled across the background are very similar to the fonts used on the T-Pain CD. The root of this circus inspiration could possibly stem from the Rolling Stones live album, Circus. This was their first album not to be released on vinyl. The live recording included appearances from various different artists including John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, The Who and others, too. These other acts may play a part in the circus motife. The Rolling Stones being the ringleader; others featured being the lion tamer, tight rope walkers and clowns, metaphorically. All very important to the creation of the circus, centered around the ringleader. T-Pain, Britney
Spears and Pink serve as their own ringleaders, with special appearances from fellow artists. The upbeat tempo, and the catchy tonality of these Pop artists brings a very lighthearted tone, much like a circus. Rock music follows a seperate trend, however. Gas masks have been making their appearance on various rock album. Since the 1980s, Rock albums have featured this trend, which were used to symbolize industrial rock, which is more experimental. During riots police often use gases to scatter the crowd; they themselves wear gas masks. So gas masks can also be seen sort of as a sign of anarchy. Due to the current wartimes in America, rockers have begun to use the gas mask as markings of protest to the war. Rise Against’s new album, Appeal to Reason, pictures a man in a suit and a gas mask saluting. Surrounding him are darkened symbols of war, such as barbed wire, a target and a tank barrel. The cover throws all these elements into chaos. The members of Rise Against are very politi-
cally active, so it’s no surprise their album speaks out on the war. They marched in protest at the Democratic convention, and their concert stopped multiple times to give their support towards President Obama. Listening to the album, the cover is a perfect fit. The lyrics ignite the covers political outcry. Senses Fail’s new album also features a man in a suit and a gas mask on the cover of “Life is Not a Waiting Room.” Although not directly about war, their songs evoke the feelings of a man whose life could end at any moment. Lyrics from the album include, “There are gallows deep inside my lungs.” “Last night I found Heaven, it was on the tip of my tongue.” With their lyrics and their album art in mind, they have utilized the gas mask as a symbol of death. Through gas masks, circuses or any other symbol, bands and genres have used the artwork to speak out on what their music usually preaches. These trends, along with many others, have and will forever be seen across the music world.
March 21: Twilight released on DVD DVD Releases: Elegy, Punisher: War Zone, Rachel Getting Married
In theatres: Race to Witch Mountain, The Last House on the Left, Miss March, Sunshine Cleaning
CD Releases: Naked Willie, Willie Nelson
DVD Releases: Marley & Me, Seven Pounds, Butterfly Effect 3
DVD Releases: Bolt, Quantum of Solace
In theatres: Duplicity, I Love You Man, Knowing
March 24 CD Releases: Hazards of Love, The Decemberists, Metamorphosis, Papa Roach, Approaching Normal, Blue October
In theatres: Monsters Vs. Aliens, Adventureland, 12 Rounds
March 31 CD Releases: TBA, The Audition
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