Inside This Edition • How clean and energy efficient is LHS? With energy costs rising five percent and 11 custodians, efficiency seems to be up to par. The Chief Financial Officer of the Rockwood School District, David Glaser, said LHS is one of the most energy efficient high schools.
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Friday, April 20, 2007 Vol. 38 • Issue 9
Lafayette High School • 17050 Clayton Road • Wildwood, Missouri • 63011
Dream Walk makes students dreams come true Britt Peters • News Editor
photo • Britt Peters
•Good Cause. Seniors Kaiti Moore, Jessica Reynolds and Katie Vollemeyer watch as the Dream Factory Children take their first lap around the track. The Dream Team Volunteers cheered on the participants as they finished their last lap around the track.
The Dream Walk was held on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. “A week before the event, there was pre-registration at lunch. During pre-registration we did not get a lot of participants signing up for the race; which made me worried that there wouldn’t be a lot of people at the race. I ended up being surprised,” senior Jessica Reynolds said. It cost $17 to participate in the race, which included a T-shirt. Community members could also purchase a Tshirt for $10 without being involved in the race.
Participants, which included people in the community and the Dream Factory Families, took part in a 5K run/walk in memory of Bobby Orf. Along with the walk, there was a short ceremony that honored Bobby Orf and the four Dream Recipients. The Dream Factory Children and their families took the first “Special Lap”, around the track to signify the start of the race. Participants were funneled through a human tunnel as they approached the finish line, where they received awards and bottled water.
There was a total of 400 people signed up to participate although not all participants showed up to the event due to stormy conditions over the weekend. Sponsor Ms. Brittany Bowers said, “In the past we have raised $14,000$17,000. This year we raised a total of approximately $20,000. It was the largest amount of donations overall.” “I think the event was very successful. Being a part of the Dream Team is a rewarding experience. It’s a really good feeling to see everyone there, supporting peoples’ dreams,” senior Katie Vollmeyer said.
Two weeks until People, not policy, keep couples away Rules prevent ticket sale discrimination against gay couples the big night Britt Peters • News Editor Imagine walking down the red carpet lined with fans. The glitz, glamour and fame captivating every person as the long walk comes to an end. Welcome to Hollywood Nights, the theme for this year’s Prom. The red carpet lined with Principals and students will captivate others with their glitz, glamour and now fame. The Fox Theater was chosen after the Junior Class officers decided it would be the best venue. “There is no other venue like it in the St. Louis area,” Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus said. This year’s Prom will be very similar to last year’s. “There are not a lot of changes because we keep it as cost efficient for students,” Dieckhaus said. Dieckhaus said every year he gets complaints from parents about the price of tickets. However, he explained that the ticket pays for the venue, utilities, security, D.J., table decorations, a memento, beverage bar and a three-course meal. The meal is selected by the four junior officers. Historically they choose from American, Italian and seafood cuisine. Tickets will be sold for $60 for a single and $120 for a couple. Decorations are not included in the ticket price because when, “you go to the Fox you do not have to decorate. It is magnificent,” Dieckhaus said. “It is a school function, all rules apply. There will be a breathalyzer on site, but a breathalyzer is not needed. If we smell it on you, then you are done,” Dieckhaus said. Prom will be held May 5. Pictures start at 6:45 p.m. while the dance goes from 7-11 p.m.
Brooke Thibodaux • Reporter
“You can’t tell somebody they can’t do something just because they’re gay,” sophomore Kelsey Rodgers said. Buying tickets for Prom is simple for most students. However, for homosexual students, it’s not. “Just because two gay guys are dating doesn’t mean that you should not let them into the prom,” freshman Hannah Myers said. The Rockwood Student Handbook states, “The School District prohibits any and all forms of unlawful harassment and discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation.” Officials at each of the Rockwood schools confirmed this policy. “At Eureka we allow junior and senior students to purchase a ticket to Prom. They may also purchase one additional ticket for their date for that evening, regardless of gender,” Eureka High School Principal Kevin Keltner said. For the district, “there is no policy [stating] students [homosexual] may not attend as a couple. We ask them to be respectful about dress. In other words, it probably would be disrespectful… to wear a dress. We kind of discourage that, but there
is no official policy on it,” Assistant Principal Matt Dieckhaus said. Policies are made and used to regulate students behaviors, “that are deemed unacceptable for a school environment. A male or a female student’s sexual preference has nothing to do with the school’s policy,” Dieckhaus said. “I think people should be able to do what they want and interact with one another in their own way cause it’s not anyone else’s business,” senior Mike Solle agreed. Sophomore Kelly Joyce said, “I don’t think it’s the school’s business to monitor the sexual orientation of students because that’s getting involved in their personal life. The school shouldn’t have to know if you’re going with a friend or a girlfriend or boyfriend.” “That’s a tough one. I’m against homosexuals... but I kind of think it’s [the policy] right,” senior Samantha Sosa said. Last year, a gay student who is choosing to remain anonymous said he was pulled aside by an administrator and several teachers before Prom. He said, “They asked me about bringing someone of the same sex and suggested it was not a good idea because they didn’t think the LHS
population could handle it and I might be subject to harassment and stuff like that,” he said. The student said the staff members who spoke to him were concerned about what others would think. “They really just didn’t want any issues. They just wanted the least amount of trouble they could get,” he said. The student added that he wasn’t, “even planning on bringing anyone that [previous] year, but this year I am.” Another gay student who wants to remain anonymous said, “I’m afraid people will judge me, not by my character of accomplishments, but by who I am attracted to. I haven’t told anyone about my sexuality because I know my friends would never talk to me again. My teammates would be uncomfortable around me.” The student is not attending Prom with a date because, “I just can’t do it. I hear people call somebody a ‘fag’ or a ‘queer’ and I don’t want that to happen to me. I don’t know what to do,” he said. “Every student has a right to attend school functions and it’s not a school official’s place to discriminate against anybody. For those reasons,” Dieckhaus said.
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april 20, 2007
take these to the Prom
Follow through on the Golden Rule We have always been taught, or at least told to, “do unto others as you would have done unto you.” The golden rule. Almost common courtesy. Revolutionary War activist Thomas Paine once said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, so that my child may have peace.” We have a problem on our hands, and in all likelihood it will not rest in the hands of our children but fall into them unwanted. We face it everyday, we feel it every day, but more commonly, we feel it burning our faces every day. Believe it or not, global warming is upon us. If you aren’t freaking out and stock piling canned goods yet, don’t worry, you’re in the majority. The fact of the matter is, however, global warming does exist and unless we start doing something about it within the next 10 years, the problem is going to progress past a proverbial “point of no return.”
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Global warming is being caused by, above ignorance, the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are liquid remnants of decomposed organisms, like crude oil, natural gas and coal. Fossil fuels are used everywhere; they are the wood of our time. The whole problem with fossil fuels is that we’re running out of them and we have no other way of living the way we do without them yet. Fortunately, there are things being done to fill in the gap that losing fossil fuels will bring. Most teenagers will question, “What can I do?” Well, there is more you can do than needs to be done. If you’ve watched MTV any in the last year, you’ve seen the daily “Break the Habit” commercials stressing people to follow through and save energy wherever they can. We all can do something. We cannot simply lie back and say, “It’ll be fine.” If we decide not to do anything, this issue and all the others that have fallen Lately the United States’ laws on immigration have been a hot topic. Some people are saying we need immigrants to boost the population and economy of our cities and others are saying that by openly allowing immigration we’re putting the country in danger. This is a constant debate between congress and President Bush and it’s becoming nearly impossible to reach an agreement.
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into our hands, it will simply crash into our hands. Not doing anything about the problem, to turn and look away, is undeniably selfish. Crisis’ like these have come time and time again, yet we have always seemed to push through.We have no choice other than to act. If we won’t solve the issue for ourselves and the time we like to enjoyoutdoors, we need to solve it for the future and the place we want to have in it.
Yes 53% No 47% 211 students polled
•MAP Testing. Seniors didn’t have to come in on time, didn’t have to sit through annoying testing and didn’t even have to sit through motivational speakers this year. Everybody wins. Well, except for underclassmen. •The new Cherry Coke cans. We don’t even care anymore that they’ve upped the prices of soda. The cans are just so darn cute. •Scientists have discovered water on a planet outside of our solar system. Dasani is working on the contract as we speak. •The mystery is solved: Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby. Now we can finally get on with our lives. •The boys accused of rape from the Duke University lacrosse team have been prounounced innocent. Now there’s a way to waste a year. •Congrats to head basketball coach Billy Donovan for staying strong and sticking with the University of Florida. Now if only his team could have done that. •Our St. Louis Cardinals, after a fantastic 0-3 start, pulled out wins against intradivision foes Pittsburgh and Houston.
•MAP Testing. Three hours of tests over things like Nintendo are never exciting. And let’s not forget those poor seniors who had to come in for Zero Hour. •Websites like www.votefortheworst.com that are set up to throw off the voting on American Idol. Show Sanjaya some decency. All the boy wants is a fair competition. •Robert Smith, frontman of The Cure, has teamed up with Ashlee Simspon on her upcoming album. This news just makes us want to “La-La” all over the place. •Construction. We love the new Welcome Center, but we also lost the drop-off lane. Freshmen, suck it up and ride the bus. You’re just making traffic worse. •Novelist Kurt Vonnegut died last week, and as he said, “We are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” Live it up. •Don Imus for not thinking before he speaks. There is freedom of speech in this country, but no freedom from getting fired. •Billy Gillipsie for leaving Texas A&M, the team he built from the ground up, just to give in and join the in-club at the bluegrass. •Kobe Bryant better call Webster. He has officially proved there is an ‘I’ in team. •The Lafayette staff is being downsized again. That’s all we need for a school of 2,100 kids.
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op-ed • page 3 People and politicians have misplaced priorities
letters to the editor
Dear Editor, Just as Handler can’t call NASCAR a sport, I can’t call ignorance good journalism. Josh Handler’s article was, without a doubt, the former, and especially not the latter. I appreciate others’ opinions; I can honestly see how NASCAR could be labeled as a sport and how it couldn’t. I can’t, however, appreciate an opinion so steeped in ad hominem argument that I want to pull my hair out. I watch NASCAR. It requires skill, stamina, dedication and courage to drive cars at 200 miles per hour. It’s not just one big circle. It’s a specifically engineered track to increase speed and create excitement. And please don’t forget the road courses. As an avid fan of Dale Jarrett and Ryan Newman, I take offense to Handler’s gross generalization of NASCAR fans as fat, beer drinking hicks. I’m a 17-year-old girl who loves NASCAR and detests unfounded opinions. Along with the legions of fans, I am offended by the ignorance present in this column. Sincerely, Marianna Sanchez, 12 Dear Editor, Bowling, luge, skating, chess, kayaking, shooting and several other games are considered national sports, yet Mr. Handler is telling us NASCAR isn’t? Do not get me wrong. Mr. Handler’s articles are often written in good taste, but also are written on purely one-sided opinions that are entirely pounded with offensive comments. I am neither a great writer nor a grade-A reporter, just a regular member of this diverse student body that just so happens to appreciate NASCAR and everything that the sport stands for. A comment written in the last edition of the Image in Handler’s article stated, “You NASCAR fans may consider driving really fast in a big circle for three hours a sport, but I know some people at LHS that do it. It’s called being lost.” Personally driving around for three hours lost at LHS has nothing to do with NASCAR. I’m pretty sure that can go under the category of stupidity or teenage driving. Another incomprehensible comment was the fact that, “athletes need to be in shape.” Give me a break, I can name a dozen players from every sport that I can’t bear to watch run down a field or baseline in fear of them being not able to breathe or just passing out at the end of the play. Lastly, what concerns me the most is the thought of NASCAR not being a team sport. Along with all the drivers on the track, owners, fans and sponsors, there are also pit crews for every driver that help make every race possible. If anything, teamwork means everything in this sport. Fans plus competition does equal a sport. And, Mr. Handler, as you said I will go “put back on my trucker hat, put that straw back in my mouth, cover up my beer belly” and keep claiming that NASCAR is actually a sport. Sincerely, Kelsey Calvert, 10
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I do not support the war in Iraq. I do not support the idea of sending soldiers to foreign countries simply to rebuild their government our way, and I certainly do not support the deaths of thousands of Americans and even more Iraqis. I do, however, support our troops. We hear so much about supporting the troops, and anyone who opposes the war immediately brushes off the idea, but that’s not what it’s about. Whether these men and women are dying for your cause or not, they’re doing something that most of us won’t: risking our lives for someone else’s government. You can support the troops without supporting the war. And at this point, the majority of the country doesn’t support the war. A recent CBS News poll showed that 66 percent of adults disapprove of how President Bush has been dealing with Iraq; 30 percent support his decisions and four percent are unsure. But the only thing the President seems to care about is winning his petty arguments with Nancy Pelosi. I’m not going to sit here and preach to you about why you shouldn’t support the war. I’ll let you figure that one out on your own. I’m telling you to look around at the politicians that we put into office. Their priorities are always in the wrong places. Take, for example, the 2008 Presidential Election. All we’ve heard about it thus far is who’s getting the biggest campaign contributions. We don’t know much about their stances on major issues. And isn’t that what’s important here? I’m not just talking about Republicans and I’m not just talking about Democrats. I’m not even just talking about politicians. They just don’t make activists like they used to. Remember all the stories you’ve heard about the protestors during the Vietnam War? They had their heads in the right place. We’ve grown to be so apathetic about our own country, but at the same time we’re watching every move of
Contrary by Mary Belzer, Opinions Editor
the Iraqi government. If we’re so concerned about the Iraqi people, we need to just leave them to solve problems their own way since our methods obviously aren’t working. It’s not just about foreign policy anymore. It’s about losing our friends and family members in a war that’s going nowhere. As most of you know, Congress recently approved more funding for the war in Iraq as long as there was a deadline attached for when troops had to be back home. Rather than listening to public opinion, Bush threatened to veto the bill and a decision still hasn’t been negotiated. This is a people’s country, not just the President’s country. As President Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi do nothing but bicker on the issue, Americans are left watching, still without a decision. I’m not just pinning this on Bush. I’m pinning it on all of us. Politicians are getting their priorities mixed up. And we’re letting it happen. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s not about politicians. And if it is, we’re never going to pull out of Iraq. This country is about us. It’s about the people. It’s about ideas. The bickering we see between political figures isn’t just hurting us anymore, it’s hurting everyone who has a hand in the Iraq war. If you’ve got a cause, ignore the politics and the hype that usually surrounds us. Find a way to support it, whether it be the troops or the war.
A fine way to treat the finest students “Through these halls walk the finest students in the nation.” Those fine students are not to be trusted. At least that is the impression Rockwood gives me. Why? There is no policy against the use of plagiarism detection resources such as Turnitin.com. Since the students at LHS are so fine, the least the administration can do is ban its use. It’s only a web site. Just block it like mikeknoop.com. There wasn’t any problem when it came to banning a site students used everyday. Turnitin.com works as an anti-plagiarism resource for teachers. They turn in student papers and Turnitin. com cross-references it with a huge database of works, and then archives the paper in with the rest for future cross-referencing work. Teachers must pay to use this “service”. There are some problems with that. Eventually there will be so many papers within that plagiarism database that anything submitted will be flagged as unoriginal. And if a teacher so chooses, a student could fail a class, if not worse, because of that. Also, since Turnitin.com is a commercial service and not educational or news based, it has some problems with its database and copyright laws. That is what some students in Washington and Arizona are trying to fix. The students recently filed a lawsuit against the parent company of Turnitin.com. They’re seeking $900,000 in damages — $150,000 per paper submitted and archived in the database. The papers submitted had proper copyright registration and at least one of them had instructions that it was not to be archived.
A Pinney For Your Thoughts
by Kevin Pinney, Editor in Chief I give kudos to those students. Just because we’re students does not give anyone the right to infringe on our rights. We’re in school to learn and sometimes in order to learn, you have to do. These kids are using their rights that every other person in this country has. Sure, what they’re doing may seem shady but what Turnitin is doing is even shadier. Turnitin gives educators the ability to check to see if a student is plagiarizing the lazy way. If a teacher does not care enough to spend even 30 minutes checking a paper if she has suspicions, she should not be teaching — or at the very least assigning papers. It would not be hard because a teacher of a class of less than 30 students should know every students personal voice in papers. At LHS, this kind of distrust is unwarranted. We are not just fine students; we are the “finest” students. Why not treat us accordingly?
Just asking... photo opinion
This month the Image asks “What is your favorite rainy day activity?” Photo opinion compiled by Mike Bujnak and Sara Randolph
Lindsey Carper, 9 “Reading, if I have a good book.”
Matt Voigt, 10 “Turn on some Donna Summers music and sit in my bean bag chair.”
Ashley Miller, 11 “������������������������� Hanging out with friends and listening to the radio.”�
Zach Kerr, 12 “��������������������� Skipping in the rain and jumping on a wet trampoline.”�
Kirti Mehrotra, Associate Principal “Go play in the rain. Back home we had rain days instead of snow days.”
page 4 • campus
news at a glance
•compiled by Ryan Maddox
100 scholars, two students
Two students have been chosen for the 2007 Missouri Scholars 100. Seniors John Buttram and Jona Xiao are representing the school in the program, which honors the top 100 students in Missouri’s 2007 graduating class. Missouri schools nominate students who are then subject to an “Academic Decathlon”, which contains categories pertaining to the students’ academic record. The requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.75, an ACT score of 29 and being in the top 10 percent of the class. “I am honored and ecstatic about getting selected to receive the award,” Buttram said. “I heard about it last year during the Senior Awards Night, and I remember thinking, ‘Hey, I’m on pace for that.’ But I didn’t have much say in getting nominated.”
STUCO gets new officers
Student Council (STUCO) elections were held March 5, with seven positions available for the current junior class. Next year’s STUCO officers are juniors Cole Donelson, president; Ryan Conde, vice president; Julie Ronzio, secretary; Brittany Weldon, dance chair; Caitlin Calvert, assistant dance chair; Sarah Frueh, spirit chair; and Blake Zimmer, treasurer. “I wanted to get involved in STUCO and help anyway I could, so I decided to run for president, since it seemed like a good outlet for that,” Donelson said. STUCO has meetings to organize school events and help other clubs arrange functions. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.
Rewarding the Class of 20O7 Senior Awards Night will be held April 25 at 7 p.m. The ceremony is held every year to acknowledge senior achievements. “It’s one more chance, in addition to Graduation, to recognize seniors for all of their accomplishments throughout the years,” Assistant Principal Tim Jones said. Most of the awards will be academic in nature, including Bright Flight Scholarships, National Merit Scholars and Scholar Athletes. Groups such as the Committee of 520 and National Honor Society will also identify students’ successes. Each academic department will also select a “Most Outstanding Senior” in their respective subjects. Seniors voted on students to receive recognitions such as the “Leadership” and “Sportsmanship” awards. “Several hundred of the 500 seniors will be recognized,” Jones said. In addition, students that have decided on a college will have the university read out when they are recognized. Some even receive congratulatory letters from the college. Certificates commemorating their achievements are given, and certain awards can even merit a letter from a Missouri Congressman.
The Cornerstone of success
Two staff members, Ms. Lynne Litzau and Ms. Sharon Wajciechowski, were nominated for the Cornerstone Award this year. Both Litzau and Wajciechowski work in the Production Center. The Cornerstone Award acknowledges exceptional devotion and service by any Rockwood School District personnel. Rockwood employees nominate non-administrative or nonteaching employees based on the award’s categories. The Cornerstone Awards will be given out at the Rose Award Ceremony on May 6.
april 20, 2007
activities at a glance
(compiled by students in Design & Desktop Publishing)
The Pulp, the literary magazine, will debut the first week of May. The magazine will include student art, poetry, prose and a CD featuring Lafayette bands. “This is our most exciting year to date with the release of the first ever Lafayette music CD to accompany the sale of the magazine,” Pulp sponsor Ms. Angela Koons said. The magazine will be on sale during lunch and in Rm. 155 before or after school May 612. Pulp T-shirts are available in Room 155.
Ninth grade treble, chorale, concert and grades 10-12 treble choirs all came together to celebrate the achievements of a choir director. Students visited Rockwood Valley where they celebrated choir director Ms. Denise Konnamen’s retirement, April 3. “She deserves a nice goodbye after working for so many years,” freshman Carly Michaelis said. “She was very surprised and happy.”
CARE Team completed a mural behind the Library near the new Welcome Center on April 11. Members participating included seniors Alex Burchardt, Jovana Husic, Robert Romano, Kara Winckel, juniors Kiley Chi, Cole Donelson and Leanne Tracy. Tulip bulbs that CARE Team planted in the fall are finally sprouting despite colder than usual temperatures.
NHS members will be handed out medals and helped clean up at the St. Louis Marathon on April 15. Members will be helping to rebuild and repair homes in disadvantaged areas on April 28. Money and cans are being
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Director’s Angle. Senior Jake Ferree, junior Aaron Casias and sophmore Matt Voigt practice for the student directed One Acts. Performances will be held on day before Prom on May 3-4 in the Commons.
collected for Metro Ministries as well as a diaper drive for Nurses for Newborns. Officer elections will be held May 7. Interested students should contact Ms. AnnMarie Gilman in Room 281.
The Diversity Alliance hosted a “Silence Speaks” campaign April 18 for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual victims. Participants remained silent all day to “protest the silence” of LGBT students. Members also decorated red T-shirts before school to wear during the protest.
Class of 2007
The big day is approaching. Graduation will be held at Queeny Park on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. Seniors will need to arrive by 1 p.m. and seating will
begin at 2 p.m. That same evening seniors will attend Celebration ‘07 at the Doubletree Hotel. The event will include Monte Carlo games, caricatures, messages, cash cages, inflatables, action activities, karaoke, guitar hero challenges, temporary tattoos, a coffee bar and memory book signing. Ticket prices are now $75 and will remain that amount until the night of Celebration, at which time the price will be $90, cash only. Contact Sherri Kerr for more information about ticket sales.
Latin Club will sponsor toga bowling at the Valley Park Bowling Alley on April 27. The event is open to anyone in Latin Club and is “just for fun,” senior Kayla Sapp said.
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Small But Mighty
Tech staff tries to keep up with demands of staff, students Matt Hibbard • Campus Editor When technology problems arise, someone usually can fix them right away and get things back on track. With over 600 computers and other technical items around the school, two Computer Support Specialists (CSS) and one instructional technologist should alleviate some of the problems in the building. To complete all their daily tasks they set priorities. “Issues that would involve the teaching of students in the classroom would come before say, fixing Principal Schmidt’s email,” CSS Shallee Lessmeier said. Technology problems can end a class lesson or lecture, so fixing them is key to maintaining a stress-free environment. “We have to make priority choices about what gets dealt with first; we do the best service that we can,” instructional technologist Bill Stewart said. Computers are now becoming self-healing because they are more capable of fixing their own mistakes. Problems occur regardless of any updates added, adding more to technologist and CSS workload. “Technology is indeed grow-
ing, but there are always going to be problems regardless of what new updates come out,” senior Marisa Rodriguez said. Stewart supervises the Production Center and the two CSS staff members, purchases technology and teaches technology lessons to teachers. Lessmeier maintains all computers, equipment and the network. Both agree their daily projects don’t limit their ability to fix problems not found on their agendas. “We feel we are capable of handling all problems that arise,” Lessmeier said. There are times were a technical problem may be too much for all the specialists to handle. “If we have critical issues we can bring in support from the District level as well,” Stewart said. With all of their workload they still find time to fix other issues. Stewart said, “If there are less people it just takes a little bit more time to get to, though usually we keep up with the problems here.” But students see it from a different angle, noticing that internet access and the server always
seem to be down. Senior Kelsey Stoffel adds that, “the server has gone down so many times, either nobody is fixing the problem or they need more people fixing problems.” Although students may see the problems from the beginning, the CSS staff, as well as Stewart, are far from not doing their job completely. Efficient or not, several of the problems that the technology staff deals with goes through District level before granting approval to the building. Music department chair Michele Rodgers has found the District to be frustrating since she is in the midst of building a new music media center for students to use next year. “The new music lab will enable students from all music departments to play, create and listen to music, but if we don’t have the necessary software or important items such as furniture, the task can’t be completed,” Rodgers said. Rodgers appreciates the work that each technology staff contributes to grant the requests of both the students and staff. “Pretty much when I need technology help they are quick
in coming here. I know they are extremely busy,” Rodgers said. To help the technology staff spread the workload, the District, as well as other schools around the area, have created a “help desk” service that allows requests to be sent to the District level first, bypassing the hassle of deciding what is District level or not. “It’s a way for the district to realize the technology needs are from each building,” Rogers said. With the help of the help desk service, the technology staff can accommodate more time to more crucial and harder tasks, which in turn helps keep the problems to a minimum.
Computer replacement software upgrades are never-ending tasks Matt Hibbard • Campus Editor Load a single program onto one computer and the new software is ready for use in no time. But trying to load new software onto a network of school computers and a much different story plays out. With the tedious process of bringing a computer online, it’s not out-of-the-ordinary to find boxes of computers left in classrooms. “We don’t like for things to sit in boxes too long because we want them to be in use,” instructional technologist Mr. Bill Stew-
art said. Students and staff do not like to see empty computer boxes not in use either. “It seems kind of frustrating to me that we spend all this money for these computers and yet they are not being put to use. We could be doing so much more in improving our school,” senior Michael Solomon said. Students have to take in consideration the process of putting a computer onto the schools network to grasp the whole picture. “When a computer comes out
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The computers that are not used anymore are sent to become useful in other parts of the District. According to the Lafayette Technical Plan, “Computer equipment that can be recycled for use in classrooms and other areas is offered to teachers via a streamlined application process.” Many of those boxes left on the floor might be headed to schools across the District, or if no wants to claim them, shipped to a warehouse where they are
auctioned off and sold as a surplus item. As several computers leave the school, many enter the school, which in some cases is a sign of new technology and more learning opportunities for teachers and students. “Seeing new computer boxes is a sign of change,” senior Mike Knoop said. Updating the computers happens every five years for the District, which guarantees the school is functioning on the most relevant and up-to-date software available.
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Convenient Construction Wildwood developments continue after three years
april 20, 2007
Sara Randolph • Reporter Over three years ago, development began at Highway 100 and Taylor Road on the 14.5 acre Wildwood Town Center. Some of the most popular stops for students are Coldstone Creamery, Planet Smoothie and Starbucks. “Having Starbucks so close is good because you can drive up there in the morning. But it’s bad because it’s so expensive,” sophomore Sam Free said. Even more new businesses are being added as the Wildwood Town Center project continues to grow. Koman Properties’ web site describes it as, “a project that combines retail, restaurants and office space, coupled with apartments and town homes. It will create a friendly atmosphere with the charm of the past combined with conveniences of today.” The Wildwood Town Center is a proposed $70 million project. “Overall the project has been well received by the community. The town center is a small part of the development going on and most people have been pleased,” Senior Planner of the Department of Planning Joanna Browning said. In addition to the section already completed, it will include a 112-room Clairon Hotel and Conference Center, retail space, restaurants, luxury condominiums and a new Wildwood City Hall. Mr. Scott Haley, Project/Development Officer from Koman Properties, said the area will also include a Wildwood Grill, a women’s clothing boutique, a fountain in the center of the area, a high-end restaurant and
a National Bank with a market attached. Indigo Joes is expected to open in late April or early May. According to the Indigo Joes web site, “It’s a restaurant with great food and quick service. ” This restaurant is equipped with televisions where fans can watch a variety of games, all at the same time. From salads and wings to char-grilled Angus burgers and steaks, Indigo Joes will offer a wide variety of food for everyone. The benefits the area offers are immense and it is convenient for those in the area. The Wildwood Town Center will be the centerpiece of Wildwood’s retail and commercial master plan. Browning said, “The plan began around 1997-1998 and it was originally expected to be completed in about 20 years. Things seem to be on schedule; however, timing is out of our hands and it is up to the property owners to decide how long it will be until everything is finished”.
photos • Britt Peters, Sara Randolph and Koman Properties
•Blue Prints. The picture maps out the entire area of the Wildwood Town Center. The project will consist of retail space, office space, a hotel, restaurants, living spaces and the new Wildwood City Hall. Some of the area has already been completed and is now open; however, a majority of the area is currently under construction.
•Building Up. Construction on the new 112-room Clarion Hotel and Conference Center is part of the $70 million project going on in its area. The hotel will feature a three-hundred spot parking garage in order to accommodate its guests.
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Rockwood students travel to Mississippi for Katrina effort (Clockwise from below) •Back Breaking Work. Seniors Melanie Bugett and Jessica Jones do their share fair of shoveling as they help rebuild for those who lost their homes due to Katrina. Although rebuilding efforts have long been underway, in early 2007 many homes and buildings still remained deserted. •Nailing it. Helping the effort to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, seniors Lori Vaughn and Jana Binkley shingle the roof of one of the newly re-built houses. Instead of vacationing on the beach, a group of Lafayette students traveled to Mississippi to help the clean up effort after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. •Piecing It Together. Seniors Jeff Spangler and Jim Stites drill planks that will piece a house together for a family who lost their home in August 2005. Many residents are still living in FEMA trailers because the community has not fully recovered from the damage of Hurricane Katrina. •Down and Dirty. Mudding the ceiling, senior Joe Whittenberg completes work for the day. The students touched up projects in seven to eight houses around Mississippi. •Warm It Up. Seniors John Buttram, Abby Hooper and Associate Principal John Shaughnessy have a bonfire on a beach in the Gulf of Mexico after a long day of work. “Having four different high schools in our district come together for a week’s work of service allowed a strong bond between students and our District to form for a common good,” Shaughnessy said.
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april 20, 2007
Students draw conclusions, answers from free online encyclopedia Brett Hamlin • Reporter According to Wikipedia.org, Wikipedia is an online multilingual encyclopedia, free to edit for the public. But how do you really know that is true? For six years, Wikipedia has been a source for information on almost any subject. There is controversy, however, about the reliability of the information on Wikipedia. To learn of the controversy, one could simply scroll down to the “Controversy and Criticism” section of the Wikipedia page. Wikipedia itself acknowledges that concerns have been raised regarding the lack of accountability that results from users’ anonymity. There is one fact that is certain: anyone can create a profile and change or add whatever they please on the site. With no filter to review the information being added, one could add almost anything they wanted to any subject. “I am so annoyed with students using Wikipedia as a source,” language arts teacher Mr. David Choate said. “To show my students the un-
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reliability of Wikipedia, I made up information and put it on Wikipedia under my student’s topic, and he quoted the information in his rough draft.” Many university lecturers discourage students from citing any encyclopedia in academic work; some specifically prohibit Wikipedia citations, according to Wikipedia. “[A student] can use Wikipedia as a source, they just need to back it up with another credible source,” language arts teacher Ms. Crystal Maier said. Wikipedia has a history of problems with the legitimacy of its articles. For instance, a biographical page for John Siegenthaler Sr., whose son is an NBC reporter, contained false information for four months before being noticed and reported. Siegenthaler later commented on CNN that Wikipedia is “a flawed and irresponsible research tool.” While falsified information is common, it’s generally shortlived. Studies have shown that Wikipedia is roughly as accurate as other online sources.
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“I’ve gotten in trouble for using Wikipedia as a source,” junior Alex Johnson said. “Teachers don’t consider [it] to be useful because of the ‘opinions’ of the users.” “Anyone can post whatever they want,” he added. Wikipedia used to host a Lafayette article; the article has since been deleted due to frequent “vandalism.” Junior Nick Gass was a frequent editor of the Lafayette page. “I found the Lafayette article on Wikipedia and felt that it needed to be updated,” Gass said. “I updated it with new info about athletics and the construction.” “One day I searched for [Lafayette’s page], and it was listed in red, so the article no longer exists,” Gass added. “It’s perplexing to me why Lafayette’s article gets deleted while Eureka’s and Marquette’s articles stay on when they contain the same errors that my Lafayette page had,” Gass concluded. Criticism aside, Wikipedia can be a simple and sensible way to collect general information
on a subject, and there are many ways to detect if information is not accurate. According to the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) format book, an easy way to spot inaccuracies is to notice vague generalizations, one sided views that don’t acknowledge opposing views or respond to them, an intolerant tone, exaggerated claims, no sources listed and negative information on the topic. In a study done by Nature magazine comparing Wikipedia to Encyclopedia Britannica, Nature found an average of only four inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles and an average of three inaccuracies in Britannica articles. “Wikipedia is a project by the community for the community,” a Wikipedia press release said. “Individuals are encouraged to improve Wikipedia and change any errors on the site.” “Wikipedia is the ideal place to start your research and get a global picture of a topic; however, it is not an authoritative source,” the press statement added. “It is inaccurate,” language
arts teacher Ms. Julie Zipfel said. “You do twice the work to go and see if [the information] is true.” “It’s convenient, but unfortunately there is not enough credibility with Wikipedia because of the changing of the content,” language arts teacher Ms. Dawn Indelicato-Faw said. “It’s good for finding out basic information on a topic and to research for school work, though,” she added. Teachers said the best way to use Wikipedia as an advantage without compromising the credibility of research is to double check the information. Although most information on Wikipedia can be trusted, all facts cited should be cross-referenced with a more legitimate source. “Wikipedia is a useful resource,” said the press statement. “It is a great place to start your research, it also provides students with links to further their research.” “There is no guarantee an article is 100 percent correct. A student should not use it as the final word in any subject matter,” it added.
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tion.” Correction: the finest students of the nation walk through the cleanest halls. It’s time to recognize not only the students for their excellence, but the staff as well. Considering LHS’s size and population, it is superior in energy efficiency and cleanliness. Schools are dangerous breeding grounds for mud, dust and debris. According to the Healthy Schools Network, schools are four times as densely occupied as office spaces. Asthma and allergies can be exacerbated in such a concentrated setting for bacteria. Janitors do not have an easy job. Previous Head Custodian Paul Mansker stepped down to allow Joe Trimberger to take the hefty responsibility of managing a relatively small group of custodians considering LHS’s size. Eleven people must clean, maintain and repair. This squad consists of four crews of two people each, a parttime restroom person, one janitor that is responsible for floors
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Kendall Brewer & Brad Schlemmer • Reporters and hallways “Speculation was that the and the lead custo- construction may have led to dian. the decline in efficiency,” Glaser Each of the custodians said. Still, LHS remains incredhas twenty jobs daily, and the ibly resourceful. depth of the duties and breadth A key resource of the school’s of LHS are factors into how dif- environmental work is the Comficult they work. munity Service class. “It takes nearly two hours to “We recycle cans and paper; get the Commons clean alone,” every Monday the class collects Trimberger said. the recycling bins,” senior ClayThe janitors have also assisted ton Dodwell said. with removing debris from conSome of the students involved struction sites. believe LHS needs more in order LHS was still the largest to help with the environment. school in Rockwood before, but “I think Lafayette could do between the 04-05 and 05-06 better. The main thing we need school years it has expanded at is to separate the cans and the least 1,000 square feet. bottles. Otherwise the school “We are involved in all aspects is very good with recycling; the of what goes on here,” Trimberg- paper turn out is always good,” er added. senior John Kinney said. Size does matter, not only for While the Community Sercleaning purposes but to energy vice students believe LHS overall usage. The larger the school, the is resourceful, Earth Club sponmore energy is expended. sor and science teacher Ms. Pam David Glaser, Chief Financial Elliot disagrees. and Legislate Affairs Officer of “LHS is definitely not green. the District, said LHS is one of We have recycling bins outside, the most energy efficient high but no real system,” she said. schools in Rockwood. Elliot said a major problem is According to an energy re- LHS does not have a bin to report, Rockwood is also very cycle glass and plastic bottles. comparable and remain under “We at least have bins for cans the district’s average energy ex- now, but nothing for plastic or penditure. glass. We used to recycle plasOver the past two years, elec- tic, but since we couldn’t collect tricity has comprised the larger them daily, we were stopped,” Elchunk of energy costs—85 per- liot said. cent—and natural gas is the othElliot said the Earth Club er chunk. is still trying to identify themEnergy costs increased five selves, but next year, “we could percent and efficiency decreased try putting up signs to remind as a result. students to recycle.”
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nce Upon a Time...
Centuries after Cinderella, gentlemanly behavior still reigns supreme in dating kingdom
Jen Apoian • Features Editor
A white stallion and authentic shining armor are hard to come by these days (and probably tough on the wallet). Certainly, the term “chivalry” creates images of gallant Arthurian knights rescuing fair damsels and slaying dragons. But in the teen dating world, chivalry may be nothing more than opening a car door. “Chivalry,” senior Kayla Vernon said, “is when guys show they care about you and not just themselves.” Vernon smiled when she said that. She and her boyfriend have been dating for nearly two years. Sophomore Brianna Youngberg echoed her. “Chivalry means treating girls the way they deserve to be treated.” “Chivalry is respect, honor, integrity, and dignity,” social studies teacher Ms. Brittany Bowers said. On her desk are several pictures of her fiancé. Laughing, senior Azam Khan asked, “Doesn’t that have to do with armor and knights and stuff?” Not quite anymore. As romantic as legends are, gender roles have shifted in the teen dating world. And in most of America. “It [courting] has changed since the Middle Ages. Our society is changing in terms of people only looking out for themselves,” Bowers said. “Women are more financially independent. I think that with today’s society—the education, the opportunities—they’ve made it easier for women to
be more independent.” According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, in 2004, women who had a bachelor degree earned $41,681 a year. In 1990, it was significantly less than that--$28,017 a year. “All of this independence for women has made marriage come later in life,” Bowers said, and added sociologists can confirm this. “Dating has changed since then [the 1950s]. Women are taking an aggressive role. Women are now looking for what they want, as opposed to being part of an arranged marriage. They’re more outgoing.” Until the last century in America, many marriages were arranged by family members. The outlook of the wife-to-be and husband-to-be was hardly considered. Women often married for financial security; a majority of women began entering the workforce after WWII. So, where does that leave chivalry? Should men bear the burden of courtly manners or should women bring more to the table? “I think men and women share the roles more often now. They split the expenses. Women can help with finances,” Bowers said. Grinning, she added, “My fiancé and I split everything. If you’re in a relationship, it’s great for the guy to be the breadwinner, but I’d want to participate in paying.” According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, that same amount women made in 2004 is about
$15,000 less than what men who had a bachelor degree made. “My boyfriend still pays for things. We argue about it. It’d be fair if I paid for more, though. I have no problem paying,” Vernon said. There’s a solid sentiment for first dates. “A guy should pay [on the first date] to show he cares about a girl. It shows he cares about the relationship and not just his image or his status with the ladies,” Vernon said. Bowers agreed. “I think it’s nice for the guy to instigate the first date. I think the guy should pick you up. It’s nice for the guy to pay. At least the first time. The guy should open the car door and do little things like offer his jacket, ask if the girl’s cold... just being considerate of the other person.” The damsels (though not in distress) are waiting. But to some, the knights seem to have wandered off. Senior Megan Renner said, “Most guys just don’t show chivalry.” “Gentlemen are few and far between,” Khan said. “Guys joke around on dates if it’s a group date. Guys should focus more on the girl and not be so focused on hanging out with the guys.” Khan has been involved in long-term relationships and casual dating. Bowers said, “A gentleman is someone who is empathetic, caring and considerate of the other person. My fiancé is that way.” Bottom line: regardless of morphing gender roles, it’s always nice to show a little R-E-S-P-EC-T.
end up getting them hurt. “My dad doesn’t want me dating. I’m the youngest in my family so he’s very protective of me,” said sophomore Angela Mays. This fear is very common; the consequences of promiscuity are daunting. According to the Center for Disease Control in 2005, Missouri ranked ninth in reported cases of both chlamydia and gonorrhea. “I fear my daughter will be abused or become promiscuous,” said the father. Lack of communication with their daughters also leads fathers to worry.
The constant worrying leads many parents to become more strict in different aspects of their child’s life and raises their expectations to promote a crutch that would keep their daughter’s at home. “I’m not allowed to go out,” said freshman Beatrice Abraham. “It’s my religion, and I choose to follow it.” She’s not allowed to date anyone outside of her religion. Freshman Emily Burgess said, “I have to go in a group [on a date]. I can’t date one-on-one.” “Whenever I have a boy over, me and my mom have to hide him before my dad gets home,” she said.
Most guys just don’t show chivalry. —Megan Renner, 12
Fathers, daughters at odds over dating Mike Bujnak • Reporter Every girl’s dream. Every father’s nightmare. It’s her first date and dad’s freaking out. Fathers are seen in both movies and reality sizing up the latest “punk” who walked in the door. While there is good intention behind it, it bothers teenage girls. And, boy, is it hard to meet up to a father’s specifications or what? An anonymous father and teacher said he looks for, “Someone who has good grades, plays sports or has constructive hobbies.” Ah, this seems almost too easy. Many fathers fear their daughter’s social life will
Ye Olde Courtly Love Dating in the Middle Ages wasn’t easy. These are the nine stages of courtly love:
Attraction to the lady, usually via eyes/glance Worship of the lady from afar Declaration of passionate devotion Virtuous rejection by the lady Renewed wooing with oaths of virtue and eternal fealty Physical manifestations of lovesickness Heroic deeds of valor which win the lady’s heart Consummation of the secret love Endless adventures and subterfuges avoiding detection From Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror
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Damsels in Distress:
Student Lancers share their mor tifying dating moments
Compiled by Jen Apoian & Brian Ruyle
--Jenny Hederle, 9 —Jenny Hederle, 9
“I had gone out with my date Chad for breakfast. That night, I went on a date with a guy named Brett. I called him Chad. He kind of just looked at me...I told him that Chad was my cousin and I saw him that morning.”
“On a date, I was out to dinner and I was wearing these white pants. I spilled spaghetti all over them! Then I went to this party and people were making fun of me the whole night.” —Amy Pope, 10 “When I first met this girl, I called her the wrong name three times in a row. On another date (with the same girl), I knocked my soda in her lap and drenched her. She must’ve thought I was the worst date ever.”
“My girlfriend and I went for a hike through the woods. When I got to my car, I realized I locked the keys in the car. And it was getting dark. We walked two miles before I called a friend.” —Jim Stites, 12
—Carl Dick, 11
How to: Dress for a Date
You aren’t really going to wear that mustard-stained Nirvana T-shirt again are you? Even if your idea of a good date is taking her to the local McDonald’s drive thru, then watching Family Guy reruns on your mom’s couch, the least you can do is look nice. Mike Bujnak • Reporter
Different occasions require different styles. Here are some tips for your next date.
Cheap Date (McDonald’s or any other fast food restaurant): T-shirt and jeans is acceptable, but make it appropriate. Oh, and keep it stain-free.
Casual Date (Applebee’s, Pasta House, etc.): Polo and jeans or khakis. Believe it or not, but the belt you overlook is a necessary tonight.
Semi-Formal (Cheesecake Factory, Wapango): Button-up shirt, tucked in (I know, it’s tough) jeans, khakis, or dress pants. Once again, the belt applies.
Formal (Charlie Gitto’s, Brio): Button-up shirt, suit jacket, tie is a must. Wear dress pants, dress shoes and a belt. Bring a wad of cash (remember you have to pay a nice tip) and don’t make a big crying scene when you part with it all. Now, read over that again. It really isn’t as bad as it seems, is it? Look on the bright side; now she can show you off and not be embarrassed. And who doesn’t want to be shown off?
Models: Tony Trulove, 9; Ty King, 12; Zack Bujnak, 10; Jake Balkenbusch, 11
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april 20, 2007
Spring Into Cleaning
Sophomores Katie Webb, Sean Collins cling to opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to clean Kendall Brewer • Reporter
•Mr. Clean Visits. Sophomore Katie Webb’s locker is spotless, with a shelf for books and a container for pens.
“My locker is color coordinated, and sometimes I even come in after school to clean it up if it gets messy. I can’t stand it when things are out of place. I never have trouble getting to my books or finding folders,” Webb said.
“I keep most of my stuff in my back pack. Trash goes on the top shelf, and books go in the bottom. I have crushed up PowerAde bottles from months ago in there. I haven’t cleaned my locker since whenever the first day of school was. I have plenty of time to clean; I just don’t want to put in the effort,” Collins said.
•Earthquake. Sophomore Sean Collin’s bedroom is a disaster, with clothes, papers and random stuff scattered around.
•Car Wash. Sophomore Katie Webb’s car is free of trash, or anything else. Only a purse was in her car.
“I clean my room because I want it to, since I don’t like germs. It only takes me about five minutes daily to clean it up. I’m the only one who cleans the house; my parents don’t need to because I clean it all,” Webb said. Her mother added that “Katie sometimes helps me organize my shoes in my closet.”
“When I drive my parent’s car, I hate it being messy. I always spray Lysol on the spot where my sister sits. I also organize everything in the car because it will be mine when I am sixteen. The car floors are usually vacuumed and I spray places like the driver’s wheel,” Webb said.
“I like it [my room] messy. I always know where my stuff is though. I know which C.D. is under my shirt and where my papers are. My stuff is always close at hand, and never on shelves,” Collins said. His mother added that she does not cleans Sean’s room, because she feels that is his job.
“The rest of my house, like the basement, is pretty clean. My parents only make me help them clean when they are annoyed. My parent’s have me clean the entire house sometimes,” Collins said. His mother confirmed, “Sean will clean if I ask him to, but he only does it when I ask him to.”
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Political activism ignites students
Several teens find power in voicing their opinion, campaigning Nancy Stiles • Reporter At the Academy Awards this year, following much praise from his Hollywood following, Al Gore won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature with An Inconvenient Truth. Concerns like global warming and HIV/AIDS are getting a great deal of publicity lately thanks to issue-conscious celebrities. However, activism isn’t only for the rich and famous. Senior Liz Conte participates in peaceful pro-life protests around the country. “Every year I go to the pro-life march in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness and to try to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sometimes I go to abortion clinics and pray outside, hoping that women changed their decisions on having abortions,” Conte said. Roe v. Wade was a controversial 1973 Supreme Court case that cited the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause as grounds for the implied “right to privacy” that protects a woman’s right to an abortion. “I think [protests] can be very powerful. Roe v. Wade got started because of protesting, and we believe that it can be overturned because of protesting to show that people do care about life,” Conte said, “and really we believe that if we continue in a nonviolent way it’ll one day be turned.” Senior Hilary Kirwan takes a more liberal stance. “I’m pro-choice and I would like it to be an option still available for women,” Kirwan said. Both girls are proponents of free speech and getting involved. “I think that kids at Lafayette should care about foreign policy because if we’re making enemies around the world that is going to affect them in the future,” Kir-
wan said. “Our relationship with the Middle East affects gas prices and that’s a direct issue that teens are affected by. I think things like global warming we should care about as well. Even though [those effects] are farther in the future, it still will affect students,” she said. “I think things like global warming we should care about as well. Even though [those effects] are farther in the future, it still will affect students,” Kirwan said. Conte said that students should make sure they know their opinions on important subjects “instead of sitting in the crowd and letting something they think is right or wrong just pass.” Civil liberties were tested in 2005 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) when student Austin Case created a fake anti-conservative, anti-military group to test free speech at the university. The student Senate delayed any decision on the club while the school administration failed to act. Student representative Marcus Leach maintained that “rights delayed are rights denied.” Conte is concerned about “social issues and about people and abusing our rights and they’re [the opponents] thinking that we’re abusing their rights,” much like Case did. A similar controversy occurred at LHS during the 2005-2006 school year when students created a group that prayed visibly in the Commons before school. “I’m concerned about [the administration] letting us keep religion in schools. I’m a part of the prayer circle in the mornings. It was rough at the beginning because they didn’t want it,” Conte said. Students can also get involved in more
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•Standing Tall. Juniors Sarah Calhoun and Charlotte Gaw stand beside Ms. Calhoun and proudly supporting senatorial candidate Claire McCaskill. McCaskill defeated Republican candidate Jim Talent by a margin of 50 percent to 47 percent in the 2006 election.
national issues. “I volunteered for Claire McCaskill’s campaign because she supported the things that I believe in. I canvassed; that means I went door to door and made sure people were going to go to the polls and vote for Claire McCaskill,” Kirwan said. Junior Charlotte Gaw also campaigned for Senator Claire McCaskill. “My friend Sarah Calhoun and I were involved in calling all of these people,” she said. “My friend’s mom got us tickets to the rallies.”
At these rallies, presidential candidate Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton spoke. Gaw said they were very inspirational and that “everyone was really fired up.” Kirwan suggested that students wanting to become active should find a web site for an issue they are passionate about and “you can find volunteer opportunities through those.” Conte maintained that “if anyone has an opinion, they should definitely voice it.”
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april 20, 2007
Miller retires as Activities Director after 14 years and 14 State titles Ryan Bueckendorf • Sports Editor
“And the crowd goes wild!” The frenzied cheers which erupt from the bench and the stands following a Lancer victory aren’t for Activities Director Steve Miller, but they might as well be. With every mob at home plate, every touchdown celebration and every slam dunk, another chapter has been written in the story of the man who has devoted more than a decade to engineer one of the most successful high school athletic programs in the state. Starting next year, however, a new AD will be at the helm. Following in the footsteps of Principal Larry Schmidt, who announced his retirement last month, Miller has announced he will step down as AD at the end of this school year. He felt the time was right for him to retire after having served LHS for 14 years in that capacity. “I love the school, I love the kids, I love the parents,” Miller said, “I love the staff that I work with. That was never an issue. I just felt it was time to step down as Activities Director.”
Miller brought with him to LHS an extensive track record of success at a variety of levels. A three sport athlete in high school at McCluer, he graduated in 1968 and got his first coaching job at Hazelwood Central in 1974. He served as an assistant coach for the Hazelwood Central baseball and football teams. He was promoted to head football coach in 1980. Miller reached the State Finals four times in five seasons during one span at Central winning the State title twice. From 1980-1982, both his football and baseball teams finished ranked first in the Metro Area. In 1982, he moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia as their assistant football coach, a post which he filled for seven years. Miller came on as Lafayette Activities Director in 1994, and has since designed an activities and sports program which ranks in the upper echelon of Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) athletics, public or private. Under Miller’s direction, LHS teams won 14 State titles, including four in the
past five years to go along with 16 top four MSHSAA finishes in that span. LHS teams have won District and Conference with a regularity rarely found outside of private school circles. LHS was selected in 2004-2005 as the best large school athletic program in the Metro area by the Post Dispatch. While Miller appreciates the success which his school has enjoyed, he quickly adds that the titles and championships do not tell the whole story. Nothing makes the Activities Director swell with pride like the feeling he gets watching his athletes enjoy success outside of Lafayette. “What really makes my job great is to watch kids come in as freshmen, have success in college and come back,” Miller said, “Watching kids grow up is probably the most memorable part of my job.” Though he will no longer serve as Activities Director, Miller isn’t done with Lafayette quite yet. “I’m still going to coach,” Miller said. “I’m going to be head baseball coach and an assistant football [coach], and I’m still going to be involved with the District.”
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•Last Call. Posing for a team picture, Activites Director Steve Miller takes a break from his coaching duties. Miller plans to step down from his post as Activites Director after this year, ending a 14 year-run in that position.
Luck of the Lancers: superstitions rule in sports
Unique habits give athletes edge both on and off field Nina Walters • Reporter Superstitions have existed in sports for centuries. These unique and ambiguous habits are utilized with special significance by several Lancer athletes. While sports isn’t the only arena for superstitions, it is certainly where they are most accepted. Athletes commonly engage in strange behavior in the name of bettering themselves and their team. Athletes who aren’t superstitious may laugh, but for some, these types of rituals make or break the game. Sophomore Matt Bleazard’s superstition started out innocently enough. He began watching his team’s baseball games from a specific hole in the fence. “I noticed we got hits when I looked through it,” he said. Soon enough, the habit Bleazard had stumbled upon became a full blown superstition. Now, he looks through it whenever his team is in trouble. “Only during a desperate situation do I look through the fence,” Bleazard said.
For the most part, superstitions come along by accidents similar to Bleazard’s. Players realize they are doing something different and when they see a correlation between their quirk and team’s successes, they start to believe it helps them win. For some, like senior softball player Kathleen Hunter, the results speak for themselves. “I just started writing numbers in the dirt before the innings in softball because it was fun to write in the dirt,” Hunter said. “I was doing it to remember the outs that were left till the game was over. And when I didn’t do it right, we lost in State. So bad things happened.” While some of the most creative examples exist in baseball and softball, they aren’t the only sport with superstitions. In basketball it is good luck to bounce the ball before taking a foul shot. In hockey it is bad luck for hockey sticks to lie crossed. Even fishing has superstitions of its own. Some avid fishermen claim fish may not bite if a bare foot woman passes you on the way to the dock. The girls soccer team has several unique superstitions which they believe give them an edge. During their soccer trips, the soccer players stop shaving their legs.
Senior Alyssa Reis and junior Nikki Rivera get a little more physical. “Before the game I punch Alyssa Reis in the arm for good luck,” Rivera said. The hysteria of superstitions extends even to the world of professional sports. Basketball legend Michael Jordan always wore his UNC blue shorts underneath his Bulls shorts for good luck. Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs would only eat chicken the day of a game. Outside of sports, there are superstitions which most people don’t even realize they’re taking part in. Crossing fingers to avoid bad luck and to make a wish come true and observance of Friday the 13th are superstitions which most people unconsciously observe. Regardless of the reason, superstitions are found everywhere in both the world of sports and everywhere else. They can just as easily help you steer clear of bad luck as propel you to victory in the big game. While some might scoff at their teammates’ superstitions, no one can argue with results. “At the time we needed whatever we could get, so no one made fun of me for my superstition,” Bleazard said.
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Teachers trade homework for hoops Staff forms intramural team, competes against other District schools Ryan Bueckendorf • Sports Editor
A glance up at the clock shows the time to be 2:32 p.m. More than half an hour remains until that bell rings, bringing with it the heart pumping rush of freedom that accompanies the end of the day. Unconsciously and without warning your mind starts to drift away from the lecture, to the basketball court that’s waiting in the warm April sun. Physically, you’re still sitting in a dusty social studies room, but mentally, you’re sinking turnaround jumpers and fadeaway threes with surreal ease. The lecture drags on, but you are no longer there. Little did you know that your teacher, Mr. Thomas Wade, is thinking about the same thing. Wade and several other faculty members have banded together to form an intramural basketball team which has been competing against similar squads from around the Rockwood School District on Thursday afternoons and evenings. “We, along with other schools in the district, were e-mailed by a teacher from one of the elementary schools to see if there would be enough interest to start intramural basketball league for teachers,” Wade said. “It turns out that there was, so everyone decided to meet and play.” Wade, who has dubbed himself “The Mason”, is joined on the court by fellow teachers-turned-teammates Mr. Jason “The Answer” Schneider, Mr. Mike “Dr. Dunkenstein” Wilkens, Ms. Carrie “Bling Bling” Guenzler, Ms. Mary Beth “The Threat” Desloge, Ms. Becky “Boom Dizzle” Boehmer, Ms. Kelli “The Show” Beck, Mr. Steve “The Klaw” Klawiter, Mr. Chris “Sweetness” Lofgren and Ms. Denise “Hot Sauce” Meyer. Intimidating nicknames aside, many of the teachers are simply using the basketball league as an alternative means to stay in, or in some cases get into shape. “I love basketball,” Boehmer said, “and I find it a much more enjoyable way of burning calories. I really struggle with motivating myself to exercise when I think about walking in place on a tread-
mill.” Wade agreed, saying “We hare just trying to be active and have a good time doing it.” The team’s games are played mainly Thursday afternoons and evenings in the Rockwood elementary school gymnasiums such as Ellisville, Woerther and Westridge. The location is a perk for Boehmer who, among others, is still fine-tuning her endurance for the big show. “I like playing in their gyms because the courts are a little shorter and I’m not used to sprinting up and down the floor like I used to be,” she said. The team’s competition, according to Wade, faces similar physical obstacles as they dust off their games. “We face other teachers who are pretty much just as out of shape are we are,” he said. “I know [students] are amused by the idea of us playing basketball because they see us as being old and without any skills,” Boehmer said. The squad offered a preview of their on-court product at the Winter Pep assembly, during a student-teacher exhibition in which many of the teachers took part in. The team hesitates to place expectations on themselves, stressing that it is a recreational league first and foremost, with the goal having fun. “Our expectations are to have fun and get some exercise,” Boehmer said. “If we win, great, but that is secondary to playing as a team and making it fun.” Wade, while acknowledging the somewhat watered-down expectations of his comrade, is more explicit about the demands he places on himself and his team. “I expect to come out every week and dominate, plain and simple,” he joked. That possibility is not too far-fetched when the athleticism of players such as Schneider and Wilkens is factored in, whom Wade describes as “straight ballers.” “They compensate for players like me,”
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•Bookworm Baller. Social studies teachers Ms. Carrie Guenzler takes a break from the action during the Student Vs. Teacher game at the Winter Pep assembly. Guenzler and other faculty members have formed a team which competes against other schools in an intramural league.
he said. “But everyone should be pretty evenly matched.” Both Boehmer and Wade are hoping for a strong student response to the team. They note that it would be an interesting change of events to have the students come out and watch the teachers as opposed to vice-versa.
“It would be a lot of fun if the tables were turned, and the students came out to watch us play for our school for a change,” Wade said. “Deep down I think they get the idea that you’re never too old to have fun doing what you enjoy,” Boehmer said. “Even if your vertical is only four inches.”
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april 20, 2007
New student becomes “King” of court Alex Davis • Reporter Junior Ryan King, a tennis player out of the Chicago area, moved to St. Louis at the beginning of the year. In that, he is not alone. A lot of students move prior to school year’s start. There’s something about King, though, that sets him apart from the droves of teens who find themselves at a new school. King is recognized as one of the best high school tennis players in the country. King, who is in the top 200 players in nationally, said he was “very motivated and excited” about his move to St. Louis and his upcoming varsity tennis season. “It’s kind of hard because Districts are different, and local rankings don’t transfer, so I kind of have to start from scratch,” King said. Coach Brian Fish knows the type of success a player such as King can bring to a team. “I’m really excited about our chances,” Fish said. When talking about his move to St. Louis, King views his new city in a positive light and has high hopes for his new school and team. “So far so good,” King said. “[For tennis] Chicago is a little stronger. Competition was tough. Sam Sweeney was always great competition.” Sweeney, of Prairie Ridge High School in Chicago, was always known as King’s main area rival. Before King’s move, King had won the last match up between the two. “Sam and I are really good friends. We met through tennis when we were young and played each other a lot,” King said. King, a 14 year tennis veteran, has the experience so many teams are looking for in a sport where most players start at the high school level. “I have been playing since I was four. I just enjoy playing,” King said. That love for the game, coupled with the experience of playing it, has materialized into what many hope will bring about a level of success rarely seen at LHS. The Lancers have always fielded a strong boys tennis program. They have, in recent years, failed to penetrate the tightly knit circle of dominant area schools. King, however, may be the answer. Competing, in a national tournament he recently placed eighth out of 196 competitors. Will King’s talent carry him into another decade of playing tennis? He cer-
tainly hopes so. “My dream and goal is to go pro in tennis,” King said. “It’s very hard and I hope to do it, but I’m realistic.” King is grounded enough to keep his priorities in order, knowing college is the more pressing need for him as a student and an athlete. He remains on the lookout for his big break. “Right now I am just focusing on college tennis. But if the opportunity presents itself [to go pro,] then of course I would take it,” he said. King has several scholarship offers from “Top 25” schools for tennis. Potential suitors for King include Illinois, Boise State and Clemson. “Illinois is ranked seventh, Boise State is ranked 19, and Clemson is ranked 25,” King said. “I am most interested in Boise State because they have contacted me the most.” Sweeney, King’s long-time tennis friend and competitor, is going to University of Illinois-Chicago-UIC. He is one year older than King. Because of his talent, King has been blessed with many opportunities which never would have been made available to him if it weren’t for the role tennis has played in his career. “I am able to travel a lot because of [tennis]”, he said. “I have met kids from different countries such as Brazil and Thailand.” King’s influence on his team and his school extends beyond merely sports. “He is a phenomenal kid,” Fish said. “He’s an excellent student. Unlike many top players, he is not arrogant. He is very humble. He walks the talk and is always looking to give extra help.” For King, however, it is all about the upcoming season. The main thing people will be looking for in King is whether or not he will attain the same level of success he reached in Chicago. Fish, however, knows his team will benefit from King’s presence regardless of whether or not this happens. “He is a tremendous lift to the program. When you have him on the team, it raises everyone’s play,” Fish said. “Guys just feel more confident. It’s kind of like Albert Pujols with the Cardinals. Think about how much better he makes the Cards,” Fish said. King also seems to be meshing with
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•Special Addition. Following through on a hit, junior Ryan King returns a ball against DeSmet on April 18. King and his brother Adam moved to St. Louis and LHS from Chicago at the beginning of the year, and have since become forces to be reckoned with on the tennis court.
his teammates well. “It’s been an exceptional relationship. Everyone seems to like him. His actions speak louder than words,” Fish said. “He has definitely settled in well with the team. It is definitely a respectful relationship. He tries to bring as much enthusiasm as possible.” With new players like King and his brother, freshman Adam King, the team’s overall play is sure to improve. “They certainly helped the team reach a new level. [Expectations] a little higher, because we are strong on top. But we have a well balanced team through the middle and bottom of the varsity ladder,” Fish said. The team, reaping the benefits of both their newly imported talent and that which they grew at home, has incorporated a new set of goals for its season. Fish, in particular, is excited about their prospects. “It’s realistic to finish top four of Districts. Then go to Sectionals, and then State from there. It will be our best chance in a while. The whole team is better, not just the two guys.” Adam King is number two on the varsity singles list behind his brother. Having both of a team’s top two varsity
players from one family is rarely seen. It is indicative of the importance and emphasis the King family places on their sport of choice. Having two tennis players in one family, and both high schoolers, would seem like enough tennis for one family. The tennis involvement does not stop there, however. Their parents, having played a significant role in the boys’ tennis development, are quite involved as well. “I keep in contact with them frequently,” Fish said. “Their mom is a huge supporter. She has one of the tennis shirts with her name on it and is very polite.” The family first contacted Fish and LHS over the summer to discuss the team’s tennis program. The team is not only fitted with the two excellent brothers but has obvious talent from top to bottom of their varsity roster. “Brad Havelka, Tyler Witzig, Dan Olson, our three, four and five single players should all have phenomenal seasons.,” Fish said, also mentioning that the doubles teams should enjoy significant success this season. Overall, the arrival of King has lived up to its hype. It’s up to him and the team, however, to carry that hype into the season fans have been waiting for.
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Lancer season off to rainy start J.P. Bartmess • Guest Writer photo courtesy of Dave Myers
•New School, Same Pool. Perfecting her stroke, senior Emily Buss practices during the girls swimming season. Buss has signed to swim next year for Truman State University.
Seniors to continue athletic careers in college Josh Handler • Sports Editor The following seniors have signed with colleges to play their respective sports next season. Baseball Catcher Brett Hendricks, Bradley University (.227 batting average, 2 doubles, 1 run batted in) Pitcher/Outfielder Johnny Kelly, Lindenwood University (2 doubles, 3 runs batted in, 2.33 ERA)
Swimming and Diving Emily Buss, Truman State University (part of state champion 200 medley relay team) Girls Track Kaitlin Moore, Missouri Baptist University (16’10.00” high jump) Boys Volleyball Jordan Winters, Missouri Batist University (7 aces, 12 points)
The Image staff enlisted junior J.P. Bartmess to chronicle his experiences in a journal as the 2007 varsity baseball season kicked off. Dear journal, It has been a hectic couple of weeks for the baseball team. With the weather ranging from mid 60s to low 30s, rain and shine, it has been typical St. Louis weather for this time of year. As for baseball weather, it has been a completely different story. April is the rainy season and it is important to get in as many games as possible for later in the season. We are doing well so far as a team, but we need to be more consistent. The pitching is there, and the defense is improving but we struggle to put runs on the board. With our type of challenging schedule, playing the teams we play, we can’t afford to go
into a prolonged hitting slump. We need the entire team to contribute day in and day out in order to win. We can’t rely on just one or two people and expect to win games. J.P. Bartmess is an outfielder on the varsity baseball team. Through last weekend’s games he was hitting .211, starting in each of the team’s first seven games.
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april 20, 2007
When it comes to the draft, there are no locks In 1984, the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers held the top two picks in the NBA draft. With the top pick, Houston selected 21 year old center Hakeem Olajuwon. At number two, the Blazers made a pick that would change history and the fate of the Blazers and the next team to pick forever. On June 19, 1984, then-commissioner Lawrence O’Brien stepped to the podium and announced to the world that with the second pick in the draft, the Trail Blazers had selected center Sam Bowie. The Chicago Bulls hadn’t won a NBA title at that point but little did they know that the next name O’Brien read would create a dynasty. That name was Michael Jordan. While there have been plenty of good first overall picks, a few bad apples have teams kicking themselves for the rest of history. Remember Michael Olowakandi? I didn’t think so, but he in fact was the number one pick in the 1998 draft. The next picks in the draft saw such players as Vince Carter, Larry Hughes, Antawn Jamison, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce picked. The “Kandi Man” has a career 8.3 points per game average and just stayed in the Clippers organization just five years making little impact on the future of one of the historically worst franchises in basketball. Those five picks that followed have all averaged at least 15 points per game in their careers and Nowitzki could easily be on his way to leading the Dallas Maver-
icks to a NBA title at this very moment. The number one pick in the 1991 MLB draft was Pitcher Brien Taylor who went to the Yankees. In 1993 Taylor got in a bar fight, tore his labrum and never made the big leagues. Later in that round the Cardinals selected all-star Dmitri Young, the Indians took Manny Ramirez and the Blue Jays picked Shawn Green. With the number six pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Rams took Torry Holt. The top pick went to the Cleveland Browns and was quarterback Tim Couch. The Rams, as we all know, did pretty well the next season; the Browns? Not so much. Pro-bowl wide receiver Randy Moss hung out on the draft board in 1998 until Minnesota picked him at number 21. The second pick that year was Quarterback Ryan Leaf. Leaf went on to have a lackluster three year NFL career, never playing a full sixteen game season. In that career he threw for just 14 touchdowns. Moss on the other hand is a five time pro bowler and fifth all-time in receiving touchdowns . In 1966 the Mets drafted catcher Steve Chilcott with the top pick in the MLB draft. The second pick that year was a young outfielder named Reggie Jackson. Chilcott is now recalled as one of the few players in history to be taken number one overall and fail to make the big leagues. Jackson won five World Series titles, and hit 563 home runs on his way to becoming endearingly known to fans as “Mr. October.”
Some players make an impact without even hearing their name on draft day. Wayne Gretzky was never drafted. We all know where he ended up. Another way that teams lose out on their top prospects is by trade. Cubs legend (is that an oxymoron?) Ryne Sandberg would never have worn the cursed blue pinstripes were it not for his being dealt to Chicago with Larry Bowa for Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg is a Hall of Famer. DeJesus is far, far from Cooperstown. Of course as a Cardinals fan, I must mention the worst trade the Cubs have ever pulled off, when they sent young Outfielder Lou Brock to the Redbirds for aging pitcher Ernie Broglio. Broglio won a total of seven games in his two and a half years following the trade while playing for the Cubs. The Cards could be in a much better outfield situation right now had they not dealt then-shortstop Covelli Crisp to the Indians along with minor leaguer Luis Garcia for pitcher Chuck Finley in 2002. Finley ended up retiring after he was beaten by his wife, actress Tawny Kitaen, who ended up arrested. Crisp, however moved into the outfield for the Indians and now goes by his nickname, Coco. He is enjoying an above average career, now in Boston. How can anyone forget the trade- actually sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, a deal that according to legend kept the BoSox from hoisting the World Series trophy for 86 years. Most of all make sure your team’s GM
is in a good mood on draft day. When Buffalo Sabres GM Punch Imlach was aggravated with the draft in 1974, he Josh Handler Sports Editor took Japanese Center Taro Ts u j i m o t o with his 11th round pick. Two weeks later it was discovered that Tsujimoto didn’t actually exist. Imlach had made him up to show his frustration. The point of this column is not to cause further grief to the owners and management that made these infamous decisions, but it is meant to be a friendly reminder to you, the fans not to be too excited when your team drafts Jamarcus Russell or too disappointed if your team picks QB Trent Edwards next weekend. Remember draft position doesn’t mean everything. Russell could be the next Lawrence Phillips (drafted sixth overall by the Rams in 1996). Similarly Edwards could be the next Dan Marino (drafted 27 by the Dolphins in 1983). So enjoy yourself watching next week’s draft and just pray that your team doesn’t pass on the next legendary Walter Payton (drafted fourth overall by the Bears in 1975) to take a useless Steve Bartowski (number one by the Falcons in 1975).
Off the bench
*Last two scores represent the last two games played prior to deadline
Record: 3-4; 1-1 in league play Key players: Seniors Mark Davidson (2-1, 3.20 ERA), Johnny Kelly (2.33 ERA, 3 RBIs) Last two: April 9 vs. Marquette (9-5 loss), April 12 vs. Howell (5-4 win) Next two: April 20-21 in the SLU tour Player’s Take: “(We are) slumping a little at the plate but pitching’s doing good. We’’ll progress as we get used to pitching and get the timing down.”- Shawn Finney, 12
Record: 3-2 Key players: Senior Brian Holthouse, Sophomore Josh Day Last two: April 10 vs. Northwest at House Springs (20 win), April 12 vs. Ladue at Creve Coeur (2-0 win) Next two: Tomorrow in the Mehlville tournament, Monday in the Summit tournament Player’s take: “We have a good chance at state because we have beaten all of the schools in our District in the regular season.” - Bryan Whitman, 11
Record: 5-0-1; 3-0-0 in league play; ranked 10 in metro area Key Players: Junior Nikki Rivera, Senior Rachel Hoff Last two: April 10 at Kirkwood (3-0 win) , April 12 vs. Mehlville (3-1 win) Next two: April 26 at Howell North, April 28 vs. McCluer North Player’s take: “We’re doing well and if we continue to work as team we will continue to do well” - Emily Leeker, 11
Boys Record: 7-2; Key players: Seniors Tim Hibbard, Gerry Jehling Last two: April 7 at CBC (11-5 loss), April 12 at Lindbergh (10-1 win) Next two: April 21 at Rockhurst, April 27 at Parkway South Girls Record: 4-1, 3-0 in league play Key players: Seniors Erin McFerson, Katie Martin Last two: April 10 vs. Parkway South (18-3 win) , April 12 vs. Summit (18-4 win) Next two: April 24 vs. Kirkwood at Nipher Middle School, April 26 vs. Parkway South at Babler
Key Honor Roll: Senior Kyle Meyer (01:59.10 in the 800), Junior Michael Izuchukwu (42’11.0” triple jump), Senior Joe Whittenberg (147’10.75” discus) Key players: Senior Kyle Meyer, Junior Aaron Piggee Last meet: April 12-13 in the Henle Holmes meet at Parkway Central Next meet: April 23-24 in the Vianney Relays Player’s take: “We aren’t doing as good as we thought but as we go through the season, we’ll get better.” - Piggee
Record: 5-2, 1-0 in league play Key Players: Senior Mike Horton (28 kills), Junior Nick Battenberg (12 blocks) Last two: April 14 at Parkway South (2-0 win) , April 13 at Howell (2-0 win) Next two: Tomorrow in the Parkway Central tour, April 24 vs. Lindbergh Player’s take: “Our season started off good. [We] lost two big early matches. We’re coming together as a team.” - Nick Battenberg, 11
Record: 4-11; 0-2 in league play Key players: Seniors Stephen Noce, Daniel Flavin Last two: April 14 vs. Desmet (11-5 win), April 14 vs. Marquette (10-5 loss) Next two: April 23 at Parkway West, April 25 vs. Fort Zumwalt West Player’s take: “We’re improving a lot from our first games, playing as a team a lot more, younger guys are stepping up, a lot of JV kids are stepping (up). I have high hopes for the rest of the season.” - Morgan Dodge, 12
Record: 5-2 Key Players: Junior Ryan King, Senior Tyler Witzig Last two: April 12 at Parkway Central (5-2 loss), April 1 vs. Oakville (7-0 win) Next two: Today and Tomorrow vs. Rockbridge in Columbia Player’s take: “This year our top four singles are equally strong which makes us a tough opponent to beat.”- Brad Havelka, 12
Key Honor Roll: Senior Jillian Kyle (01:02.08 in 400), Shelby Krammer (31’06.50”), Key Players: Seniors Jillian Kyle and Kaitlin Moore Last meet: April 14 in the Lady Lancer invitational Next meet: Tomorrow in the Dale Collier invitational at Kirkwood Player’s take: “We don’t have as strong of a distance team as we used to (due to graduation) but we are all working well together.” - Danna Lynch, 12
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“My God you look so much different/ From mirrors you looked like a fool” -“Now That You’re Home”
Nicole Castellano • Entertainment Editor “Cause disasters a disaster/ no matter what Christian language you drag it through,” a line from opener “Wolves at Night” sets off the tone for Manchester Orchestra’s debut LP I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child. Front man and guitarist Andy Hull’s strong, yet uniquely whiney voice is backed up by the heavy mix of strumming guitars and racing drum beats during the first song. Themes of confrontation with the supernatural and visions created through the eyes of Hull’s own spiritual battle rings loud and clear throughout the whole album. When Hull was a junior in his hometown of Atlanta, his calling to become a songwriter was definitely visible. This led him to homeschooling himself his senior year so he could focus on writing and recording an album, thus Manchester Orchestra was born. As quoted on their website Hull said, “I think these songs are about me and how I really don’t understand anything and I’m trying to battle demons in my life and things that I’m trying to grasp.” “God, my God, my God/where have you been?” is a phrase repeated many times throughout the end of the song “Where Have you Been?” It seems that something happened to Hull, causing him to question God’s existence. At the beginning of the song, Hull draws refer-
ences to a spiritual being just coming back to life for holidays. The band’s EP, You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs a Good Editor, was put out in 2005 on the band’s own label Favorite Gentleman. In the brilliantly haunting song “Sleeper 1972”, the band throws out a subtle nod to Woody Allen, who gave them much musical inspiration, as well as in the songs “Golden Ticket” and “Alice and Interiors.” Manchester Orchestra has quite the year ahead of them in the midst of touring. After finishing up a tour with Brand New and starting a new one with Say Anything and Saves the Day, their goal of 250 shows will undoubtedly be reached. The ending song “Colly Strings” ends with perfect closure: “You can’t believe, without bleeding.” This concept is familiar as the Goo Goo Dolls had a similar quote from their song “Iris”: “Yeah, you bleed just to know you’re alive.” This album tells a story that anyone can relate to and is worth getting if you’re ready for the ups and downs of Hull’s mind. After one or two listens, you will already be humming along to the catchy tunes of every song.
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The following definitions are from the Urban Dictionary. Since the Image Entertainment staff believes it is essential for students to improve their slang vocabulary, this column aims to assist students in that pursuit. Finna: the state of being about to do something. i.e. “You know what you finna do, finna? You Finna get out-- now!” Janky: of inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and dilapidated. Refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to people. i.e. “We tried to pick up on these girls waiting for the bus, but I was driving my sister’s janky 1989 Geo Metro, so we just got clowned.” Oh, Snap: interjection conveying unpleasant surprise. Popularized by Tracy Morgan on Saturday Night Live. i.e. “Did you hear? The due date for our chemistry project just got bumped up today!” “Oh, snap!” Golden: complete, good to go, all right. i.e. “Once we get this test finished, we’ll be golden.” Stunna shades: large eyewear worn by urban youth. i.e. “With my stunna shades on/cause the haters don’t stop.” (Brooke Hogan’s “About Us”) Procrastination: what you’re probably doing right now. i.e. “I meant to do my homework but procrastinated and checked my Facebook.”
The Academy Is... will not disappoint fans willing to hear something new Aaron Casias • Reporter When light was first shed on the newest work by The Academy Is… via a stream of their song “LAX to O’Hare”, it generated anticipation from all fans of the band; some excited to hear 10 more tracks just like it, and others praying that “LAX…” was just an accident. After former guitarist Tom Conrad severed ties with the band late last year, the band found comfort in guitarist Michael Guy Chislett, formerly of Butch Walker’s band The Let’s Go Out Tonites. As a full member of the band, Chislett became part of the songwriting process. This change of staff seemed to not only justify a new sound, but welcome it with open arms. Many will undoubtedly be disappointed by the band’s departure from their infectious, power chord-laden 2005 debut Almost Here. However, what the band sheds from their previous sound are all the things that made it slightly generic and boring
after a few listens. The strangest aspect of the new album, Santi is that very few tracks can be considered stand-out material. That sounds like a negative, but it works brilliantly. Santi ends up functioning better as a whole than any of the tracks do alone. This is certainly an album to be listened to in its entirety rather than as singles which will no doubt be found in the form of radio-edits and videos on MTV spanning the coming months. There are certainly songs that work better as single units than others. The first of these is the album’s opener “Same Blood”. The song opens with the sound of feedback and a single muted guitar which explodes into a pulsing array of quick guitar strums and cymbal clashes. The band is certainly not concerned with easing their way into the game subtly, as they did with Almost Here opener “Attention.”
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They show off their confidence in a classic take-it-or-leave-it manner. The song regains composure as the lyrics begin, “Like a cold day in August/ I was not prepared for this…” as if front man William Beckett knew the band was catching us off guard with the unfamiliar sound of the track. Beckett’s vocals are at their best, with his high register soaring over the dense guitar riffs and bass licks that dominate Santi. Nowhere are vocals more impressive than on the track “Everything We Had”. While it is the most subtle track on the record, it is certainly not boring. Beckett’s vocals and lyrics truly are the saving grace for this song and keep listeners intrigued despite the slow pace and redundant phrasing of the music. The album saves the best for last with the epic closer “Unexpected Places”. “Places” builds from its breakdown into a fury of Beckett’s driving melodies
and lead guitar riffs until finally coming to a quiet close of drummer Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek’s muted tribal tom beats. The downfall of this album is not the production of the album, but the producer. Butch Walker’s signature “glam rock” style seeps through into every track on the album, adding to the already foreign sound of the new tracks. This is not to say that Santi is completely the brainchild of Walker. He is absolutely the influence that directed much of the songwriting for the record. Santi, the latest effort by The Academy Is…, has to be heard in order to be understood. Santi is now available in local record stores. It is well worth the 10 dollars for hours of enjoyment and fun from a band that is sure to gain stardom in the near future.
in•out•about Am I A Gamer? No page 20 • entertainment
Reports of online gaming addiction sets reporter on a quest to see what the big deal is about WoW . . . she wasn’t wowed
Nicole Castellano • Entertainment Editor
I am not a gamer. I’m a writer, a singer and a student. The closest I have ever come to gaming would be Tetris, The Sims and the occasional Super Mario Bros. But when I heard that many students at my own high school were avidly playing World of Warcraft, I had to see what all the fuss was about. Quite honestly, I was terrified that I would become addicted. I started to download the game and in one hour it was at six percent. I thought to myself, “Awesome, only several more painful hours to go.” I later borrowed the game from a friend who had a free 10 day guest pass and installed it the old fashioned way— with five discs and a fat manual. This approach didn’t take as long, other than the fact that I started the downloading process at 11 a.m. and started playing the game at 9 p.m. At this point, I didn’t want to play. I had wasted my whole Friday just setting up the game. I was so aggravated with the time that it took to download considering I would only be playing it for a few days. After taking several deep
breaths, I loaded up the game and started my journey. When I got to create my character I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Perhaps I had a chance of enjoying the game a little. I was chosen to be in the Shu’ Halo Realm. I still don’t know what that means; I’m guessing it’s just a part of the game that I was located in. When I got to choose my character there were many options and I enjoyed reading all of the explanations. I decided to be a female Gnome Warlock. I chose this because she ended up looking so cute. Gnomes are smart, fast and the word warlock sounds really cool. After that I was ready to go out into the scary world of online gaming. I was taken to this snowy place with many characters running around fighting and killing rabbits and wolves. I felt so small and brainless. I instantly started flipping through the manual but it was no help. I was already lost with the controls on my computer and wanted to quit on the spot. I tried talking to different characters to get some guidance but they weren’t very friendly. After fumbling with every possible key on my keyboard, I figured out how to kill wolves. Like in the real world, I easily made a friend by the game name of Conder. He lived in North Dakota. He was really nice and helped me find some fat guy with a question mark above his head to give me a quest. I had to go and kill eight wolves for some gloves. In my mind that’s a little ridiculous… but “it’s a game.” After killing four wolves, I was getting bored with the game and really didn’t grasp how people get sucked into this. I came across a small crag boar and tried to fight it, but it killed me. I got sent to WoW heaven and didn’t know that I could’ve talked to the angel lady. Instead I trekked all over looking for my body to resurrect myself. Upon coming back to life, I found Conder who challenged me to a battle and I died again. By this point I wanted to cry. I wanted to just uninstall the game and chuck it out the window. I, fortunately, have a life and couldn’t continue the game. I still have a little more than a week left of free gaming, so who knows? I would really like to know how this game can ruin lives, friendships and even the grades of students at Lafayette. Good luck to all you gamers out there. Let me know how it goes, and perhaps one day I can grasp the concept of gaming. But for now, I will just write about it. photo • Mary Belzer
Online Gaming: Avid addiction or harmless hobby? Aaron Casias • Reporter Gamer. It is a word loaded with many negative connotations and harsh generalizations. Student gamers at Lafayette are anything but stereotypical. A common misconception about gamers is that they are often devoted to gaming and do nothing else with their time. Junior Derek Brinkmeyer disagrees with this idea. “I’m involved in football, baseball, cheerleading and Key Club,” Brinkmeyer said. “[Gaming] doesn’t take away from my schedule because I manage my schedule around it.” Brinkmeyer has been playing games since he was about 11 years old. According to statistics from the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) website, “Gamers devote more than triple the amount of time spent playing games each week to exercising or playing sports, volunteering in the community, religious activities and reading.” While there are students who break the mold and are involved in several other programs, senior C.C. Zheng has seen instances where a student’s social life has been altered drastically by gaming. “It gets to be a problem for some people. You forget reality and get
permanently sucked into this alternate reality,” Zheng said. Zheng, also gamer, can speak from experience about the possible dangers of becoming too involved in online gaming. “I would play for two to three hours a day if not longer. I would do my homework with the game open on the computer,” Zheng said. “My grades started to suffer and I learned a valuable lesson.” The idea of obsessive gamers is a typecast very few students fall into. ESA statistics show 79 percent of gamers report exercising or playing sports an average of 20 hours a month. “If I have a project due or a lot of homework, I’m not going to play nearly as much. I’m going to do that first,” Brinkmeyer said. Obsession and addiction to gaming is a very rare thing. People who play games can still have social lives and live the way they want without letting gaming take over. “Gaming becoming an obsession isn’t a problem for me. If you can manage and control it, the games won’t have control over you,” Brinkmeyer said.
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