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In the light of recent events, Rockwood makes safety in schools a priority. Highlighting policies that were in place before the recent shootings, Rockwood shows how safe it is.


SCHOOL SPIRIT/ Senior Alexis Clifton shows off her school spirit at the 2013 Winter Pep Assembly on Jan. 11. All levels of Cheerleading performed along with Escadrille. The assembly also recognized various fall and winter sports achievements, including the 80-0 winning streak of the back-to-back State Champion girls volleyball team. (photo by Tanya Grover)



upcoming events

Here are some important dates to plug into your calendar app or pencil into your planners.

Jan. 26/ Trivia Night at 7 p.m. in the Commons Jan. 26/ Winter Carnival at 10 a.m. in the Gyms Jan. 28/ PLC Late Start Day Feb. 4/ PLC Late Start Day Feb. 6/ Parent Teacher Conferences Feb. 8-9/ Musical in the Theatre Feb. 14/ Mr. LHS at 7 p.m. in the Theatre

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Emily Altic, Jessica Brown, Avery Cantor, Eric Deters, McKinzie Duesenberg, Delaney Eyerman, Jalyn Henderson, Abby Howard, Alex LaMar, Hannah Marshall, Garrett McBay, Maggie McDaniel, Hannah Meuret, Lucas Meyrer, Kelly Panzitta, Amber Park, Emily Pascoe, Ben Rachell, Jack Rogan, Zoe Scala , Dakota Shaw and Grace Yun.

As Russia closes its doors to adoption, students and teachers talk about how their lives were impacted by adoption and why Russia is making a poor decision.


Religion in the classroom

The battle between creationism and evolution sheds light on a greater issue of how much religious content should be taught in public schools.


Athletes to watch

Senior swimmer Laura Paskoff and sophomore wrestler Alec Reid talk about their past successes and their hopes for the conclusion of the season.


Grace Bueckendorf.......................................................................Editor in Chief Paige Antolik..................................................................................... News Editor Gabby McDaris................................................. Opinion/Entertainment Editor Katie Blackstone.......................................................................... Features Editor Dylan Corbet. ..................................................................................Sports Editor Arianna Demos...................................................................... Asst. Sports Editor


Adopting Changes

New and Improved?

Hollywood is churning out remakes of such hits as Spider-man and Karate Kid, and everyone has an idea of which onersione was better. Students and teachers give their argument on three movies.


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news / 03 Jan. 25, 2013

Prop S, FY14 budget proposals under consideration Grace Bueckendorf / editor in chief

counseling, summer school and the like. Though two of the original Picture Rockwood proposals included a tax increase, that will not be considered by the board this year. It was not included in the latest set of proposals for the budget as the feedback showed the community is vehemently opposed to any proposed tax increases. However, in the surveys, the community seemed on board with voting for a bond issue, so that was approved. If voters give the bond issue approval, it could also free up additional funds in the operating budges that have been allotted for maintenance and technology. Currently, the board is examining the FY14 budget recommendations. Directors have already removed some of the recommended cuts as areas they will not consider, but there are still many decisions to be made at upcoming meetings. So, though nothing is final, the current budget proposal includes an increase in full-day kindergarten tuition, reducing supplies and services budget and reducing elementary and high school full-time positions to coincide with declining enrollment. The board did affirm at the Jan. 10 meeting that there will be no cuts in staff next year for strictly budgetary purposes. In addition, the proposal calls for increasing funds for intervention, staff development and other areas.





ith the Picture Rockwood results presented and the deadlines to make decisions regarding fiscal year 13 (FY13) and FY14 approaching, Rockwood Board meetings are getting more crowded with everyone wanting different things to be “high priority” with regards to future funding. Part of the charge of Picture Rockwood was to collect the views of the Rockwood community and the “community-at-large” (taxpayers that don’t have Rockwood students). The other charge was to formulate a plan for the future. The group presented its findings to the board this month and presented results of stakeholder feedback on recommendations. A total of 1,647 Rockwood residents were surveyed about the recommendations of the Picture Rockwood process through feedback forms, telephone surveys or online responses. Common themes in the surveys included a distrust in the district leadership, little support for no-cost full-day kindergarten and some community support for a bond issue. The telephone survey asked residents to rank potential components affecting the overall budget as “high priority” or not. Throughout the survey, “maintaining and continually improving facilities” resonated favorably with respondents, as did technology initiatives. Respondents to the telephone survey favored

“cuts to staff and programs” rather than a tax increase in order to balance the budget. Curriculum management was at the top of the list of priorities of residents with 75.6 percent surveyed rating it as a high priority, while tuition-free full-day kindergarten struggled to hang on at 38.2 percent approval. Also, items such as academic interventions, increasing teacher salaries to the St. Louis County median and newer technology seem to take precedence in the community’s minds over items such as lower class sizes and retaining and hiring teachers. The proposed Picture Rockwood suggestion for a bond issue, detailed in full at, focused on safety, technology and facilities, coming to a grand total of about $36.6 million. The board added in additional maintenance items to bring the proposed bond issue to $38.4 million. At the Jan. 17 Board of Education meeting, directors approved Prop S, a $38.4 million bond issue, that will go before voters on April 2, 2013. A four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority is necessary for passage. As for the FY13 budget, the district has outlined three budget proposals, which they explained in detail at the various board meetings. The first proposal has been coined the “current reality”—what will happen if no tax increase or bond issue is passed. This scenario includes about a $5.1 million operating budget, leaving little to no money for interventions,

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ith a movie as cherished as the The Sound of Music, the theater crew does their best to keep in tune with the classic songs and unforgettable plot. “We’re trying to keep it as close to the musical as possible,” Director Natasha Toro said. “People are expecting to see Julie Andrews on the stage but she won’t be there,” she added. With such high expectations, the pressure rises to mimic the original’s exact details. This includes the plot, characters and of course the songs. Who can forget the songs that filled so many childhood memories such as Do-Re-Mi and My Favorite Things? Envisioning Maria twirling in the mountains is what many people consider the original The Sound of Music to be, and what the audience expects from the musical. “It’s all for the audience,” Michele Rodgers, vocal director said. “This musical will be exciting for people because they actually know it.” What the audience wants, the theatre delivers. Although the film’s songs are not entirely the same as the musical’s, the Lafayette Theater Company will still perform the well-known songs Something Good and I’ve Got Confidence that derive from the film version. Rodgers had to rent and pay for the script with the two additional songs from the movie, as well as the pit orchestra’s sheet music.

The pit is expansive with a wider variety of instruments. Junior Julia Sebasty will be playing the lead role of Maria Rainer, fulfilling the picture of a blonde hair, blue-eyed, good-hearted girl. “It’s an intimidating role,” Sebasty said. “Julie Andrews is such an iconic character which leads to more expectations and little details that have to be paid attention to.” There also will be a larger cast due to the movie’s popularity and various characters. Junior Lucas Meyrer will play Captain von Trapp. All the other characters will also be included such as the seven von Trapp children. However, a wider cast means a wider variety of ages, calling for middle school and elementary school children. Most of them come with past experience in theater but also to share their love of the movie and singing. Eleven-year-old Alex Meuret who will play Kurt von Trapp said, “I love dancing, I love the The Sound of Music and I’m good at singing.” Like the rest of the cast, the younger kids have to go through all the same vocal and drama training. In addition, Toro said there will be a “big, ginormous stage set up” under the stage managment of senior Megan Pagliaro due to the various settings and scene changes in the plot. Even though this musical cast believes the show will be monumental and thoroughly detailed to meet the audience’s high expectations, the cast

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THE VON TRAPP COUPLE / Juniors Lucas Meyrer and Julia Sebasty play the lead roles in the The Sound of Music. Meyrer said, “Acting alongside Julia is a joy. She’s really good at making me look good.” (photo by Amber is more excited than nervous about their big debut. Sebasty said, “I’m not nervous yet; overall I’m pretty excited and everything is going well so far.” Toro added she also appericated the determination and diligence of the crew.

“My kids are always working really hard,” she said. As the theater company continues to work hard on every aspect of this musical, they gradually transform their efforts into what everyone envisions this musical to be—a true classic.



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ith the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School causing schools to reevaluate their safety plans, Lafayette looks at updates and new improvements to protect students. The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook affected the entire nation. Schools have become more concerned with safety policies and making sure students felt protected in their schools. Rockwood was a part of this movement and has put an effort into making sure all their schools are safe places for learning. Principal John Shaughnessy said, “My reaction [to the Sandy Hook shooting] was one of shock, sadness and concern for everyone involved in that situation.” He continued to say that it caused him to think about the Lafayette community. “I thought about our school, our staff and our students. It made me really appreciate all the great people that make Lafayette such a great place.” While Lafayette was already considered a very safe school before the shooting in Connecticut, plans were implemented into the school’s safety system after the tragedy on Dec. 14. Some safety features already present in the school include cameras, School Resource Officers, extra police and staff training, intruder alarms, staff walkie-talkie radios, disaster drills and locked outer doors. Lafayette Resource Officer and St. Louis

A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY / Stephanie Badick, 21, helps her mother, Laurie Badick hang ornaments on Christmas trees lining the road to Sandy Hook Elementary School Monday morning on Dec. 17, 2012, in Newtown, CT. Twenty-six trees were donated from an anonymous donor in North Carolina. (photo by Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/MCT)

County Police Officer Oliver Helbig said, “Rockwood seriously assessed the current threats and is looking at effective measures that could improve security. School officials, the police department and I are always thinking about school safety.” Rockwood brought the administrative council members together to talk about safety and to examine ways they could enhance schools’ safety procedures. According to Helbig, Lafayette reintroduced a hall monitor seated at the Welcome Center to watch people that enter during the school day, which remains the only unlocked door at the school after 8:25 a.m. The district also requested local police to patrol schools. Picture Rockwood also got involved with the concern of increased school safety, which is at the top of their bond issue project list. The District will spend around a proposed $5 million on projects that include increases in school safety. At the Jan. 10 Picture Rockwood meeting, Superintendent Bruce Borchers said, “Safety remains the top priority for us here at Rockwood. The tragedy at Newtown and the families who are experiencing such a difficult time are reminders for us of the importance of safety

procedures in our schools.” He also said a meeting was held on Jan. 2 among Rockwood principals to discuss safety. In the meeting they reviewed current policies and worked on improvements. According to Picture Rockwood, some of these improvements will include updating and adding over 200 security cameras and installing a visitor ID security system. Visitor check-ins will now be set up at all schools. “While we’ve taken a number of steps to provide a safe and secure environment we will never stop looking at what we can do to be even better,” Borchers said. Helbig and Shaughnessy agree students should not feel unsafe because of the recent tragedy in Newtown. Helbig said, “While the Sandy Hook incident heightened everyone’s awareness [of the threat of a] mass shooter, I think that most of our students appear to be relaxed and in good spirits during school hours, at least as far as safety concerns.” Shaughnessy agreed. “We have a number of procedures and people in place that allow us to deal with any issues that arise regarding safety. I feel confident that Lafayette is a safe school.” Helbig, who always tries to remain visible to

students, cares about their safety and works to make sure it’s the best. He has many jobs as the School Resource Officer that include making arrests, working with local police to address threats and being accessible to students and staff. “Personally, I take school safety as an ongoing work in progress,” he said. “It constantly has to adjust to the changing world around it, to changes in school events and buildings and to changes in the people that visit or attend school here.” Shaughnessy’s constant effort to help students feel safe is also reflected every day in school. Shaughnessy will also work with people outside of the Lafayette staff and local police. “I am providing a parent coffee next month to talk about the safety and security of our building, and to share with them everything we do,” Shaughnessy said. He said Lafayette takes school safety very seriously and all measures that have been taken since the Sandy Hook shooting have been put into place to enhance security, not to strengthen weak systems. “Lafayette is a very safe school any way you look at it,” Helbig said.

Follow the rules/

• If you are in a classroom with a teacher, listen to the teacher’s instructions.

• If you are in the Commons for lunch, follow staff instruction.

According to SRO Ollie Helbig, students have many responsibilities in the event there is ever an intruder in the building. Here are some tips he shared to help keep students safe.

• If you are not in a classroom, go to the

• If there is no staff in the Commons

• Police may not know the difference between the good and the bad guys, so stop in front of the police, put your hands up and wait for instruction.

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during lunch, move away in a safe direction to create distance from the

• Reveal information about the intruder’s physical attributes to police if they are known.

Fifth Quarter Festival

Friday, February 8th

Immediately after Marquette vs. Lafayette basketball game in the MHS Commons about 9-10:30 p.m. Free event features carnival games, tug-o-war, go-karts, face painting, concessions, bake sale & music


news / 06 Jan. 25, 2013


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ussian president has Ellie Bednarek/ Senior Ellie Bednarek was adopted from Wuhan China, a city signed a bill that will in the middle of China with a population of about 4.5 million undoubtedly bring about people. Her story is exceptional. Due to the one child policy in China, Bednarek’s birth mother left her in a zoo as an infant, where she changes to the United States. was found by a policeman. “Because so many people go to a zoo, it would be hard to see Ellie Bednarek and Caroline who left their baby,” Bednarek said. She was then put into an orphanage to be claimed, and finally put up for adoption. She Podgornik talk about their positive hasn’t heard from or kept in touch with her biological parents. “It’s kind of hard since China’s so big, and they probably don’t experiences with adoption. want to be found,” Bednarek said.

At home in St. Louis, Bednarek’s adoptive parents are both Caucasian, which she said is not too big of an issue. “It’s funny to see people’s faces when I’m with them,” she said. She also Gifted Education teacher Caroline Podgornik, has two children has a brother adopted from adopted from Guatemala. Vietnam. “He doesn’t have The adoption process took an interesting story like me,” about 10 months. Bednarek said. Podgornik described the The Image also asked process it took to take her Ellie when she started to kids back to the United understand her situation. States as a tedious one. She replied, “I’ve just always elliebednarek / 12 “You first have a home known, because my parents study where social workers are a different ethnicity. It’s not are assigned,” she said, “And then you have to be approved from something they tried to hide.” that, and you work with an agency here. Then, you get placed Bednarek’s adoption has given her many opportunities that with a referral. And then it’s a whole long paper process.” she may not have received in China. Podgornik also said that for an adoption in Guatemala, a Regarding these opportunities, Bednarek said, “I feel like I had DNA test must be conducted to match the birth mother with the a chance at a better education because in China; it’s based on baby being put up for adoption. how much money you have as to how much education you get.” When Podgornik went to Guatemala to bring her children Bednarek participates in Reserved Officer Training Corp home, they only had to stay for four days; all they needed was a (ROTC), tennis and Swing Dance Club. visa to bring them back to the United States. When discussing Russia’s plan to end adoption programs with After being asked her opinion on the situation in Russia, Podthe U.S., Bednarek reflected on her own positive experience opgornik said, “I think that in the long term it’s going to hurt more portunities through an international adoption and said, “That’s a kids than it’s actually going to help.” shame that Russia feels that way because it just hurts the kids.”

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“That’s a shame Russia feels that way because it just hurts the kids.”




Russia’s [ [changing policy

Russia makes decision to end adoption programs with the United States


ussian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill in late December that banned all adoptions programs that placed Russian children in the United States. Originally, this new law was supposed to halt new adoptions and end adoptions already taking place. The new policy was supposed to be put into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. However, according to CNN, the law is going to take place in 2014 and adoptions in progress will continue. According to RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, 46 adoption cases that had begun before the law was passed are continuing. In 2011 alone, there were 962 adoptions of


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features / 07 Jan. 25, 2013

The Perks of Work Research lab work sparks passion for solving scientific mysteries for chemistry-loving senior

Scholarship to CIA prompts junior to opt for early graduation to pursue culinary career

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Jalyn Henderson / reporter

Felipe D’Andrea/ While some students have jobs as hostesses at restaurants or stock shelves in stores, senior Felipe D’Andrea has a slightly more complicated job.   However, this is one that will definitely prepare him for later in life.   “I wanted to get involved in laboratory work because I was aware of my affinity for science, but could not judge the depth at which I appreciated it,” D’Andrea said. D’Andrea is a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Center for Nanoscience at UMSL, specifically the Surface Nanobioscience Laboratory. He found the program last summer by visiting the website and applied. He helps work towards the goal of developing new technology that could be used to detect and diagnose diseases, such as cancer. “After working in a research laboratory, an initially stressful experience, I was reassured that my passion for science, specifically chemistry, went beyond good grades and lab write-ups in high school.” D’Andrea’s experience at UMSL has helped him gain more knowledge about various areas in chemistry.

A typical day for him may include setting up and running lab equipment, or preparing fresh chemical solutions, reading more about his area of research and analyzing data. “I could happily do this for the rest of Felipe D’Andrea my life,” he said. However, the job is not without difficulty— a large amount of independent work is required. “There’s a lot of reading on your own that you have to do and you’re expected to try to go beyond what you know so that you can understand your project. [The job also involves] learning how to use the equipment correctly [and] how to be precise; it’s a whole different research experience than what we do in high school,” he said. He also offers advice to students deciding on careers and majors. “If there is a particular subject you are interested in, do not settle for what is provided to you by the school curriculum. Reaching out independently will uncover incredible passions and change your perspective,” he said.

Ben Geller/ Working at places like St. Louis Bread Company and Sports Fusion are prime ways for students to earn spending money. However, certain teens work for the thrill and enjoyment at their jobs, instead of working for the ‘money in the bank’. Some even hope to pursue their current jobs to further their career. Junior Ben Geller has been working in the culinary arts for four years at high class restaurants like Bistro 1130, Table Three and Fox’s Lobster Pound. Geller received his first job at Fox’s Lobster Pound in York, ME through a family friend. Since then, it has been impossible to get him out of the kitchen. “It started off as just a job to make money, but then I got into it and started working my way up the chain,” Geller said. Soon afterward, Geller started working in a kitchen on a farm in North Carolina close to his boarding school. It was there where his interest in fresh and local products was sparked. When Geller moved back to Missouri, he applied to Table Three as a dishwasher and worked his way up to the position of prep cook. From there Geller applied to Bistro 1130,

where he is currently working. There he prepares dressing, sauces, pastries and appetizers, as well as choosing specific cheeses for the evening’s dinner service. “I really love my job!” Geller said, “[It] Ben Geller pushes me to my limit and past that to make me a better person.” After graduating high school in his junior year, Geller plans to make use of the Academic Scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in New York City he won in the Career Discovery Program last summer. As for his favorite part of workin in a restaurant, Geller said, “I get to do exactly what I want to do after culinary school, I’m getting paid very well to pretty much get a free education.” Geller’s current goal for the future is to start his own restaurant that would specialize in French Cuisine with a modern American twist. Whenever he cooks, his goal is for his food to be something “people want to eat but also looks good.”

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new year, new you Hannah Marshall / reporter

With the start of a new year comes the start of a new you. New Year’s resolutions to become healthier have good intentions, but are hard to keep up with in the long run. Try these ideas as a simple starting point and change will come.




Yoga is a great way to improve your strength, flexibility, muscle tone and reduce stress. Not only that, it is a great calorie burner. Yoga can be adapted to anyone at any fitness level and you don’t have to go to a class; it can be done at home. If you decide to go to a class, a typical half hour session will have you burning about 200 calories. One of the best things about yoga is not having to work up a sweat, which is great if you have to be somewhere right after. If you want to try a type of yoga with a greater intensity, try hot yoga, power yoga and zero gravity yoga.

A 1.5 ounce, single serving of potato chips is 230 calories, where 130 is from fat. This makes up a quarter of the recommended daily fat intake. And who eats just the serving size? This is just for the regular potato chips; the flavored chips including sour cream and onion and BBQ raise the daily percentages even higher. Air popped popcorn has only 90 calories per 3 cups, and only 10 of which come from fat. Eating air-popped popcorn also gives you filling dietary fiber. Even if you eat 6 cups of popcorn, it would still be better than the snack sized chips. Of course, this is not the buttered, salted or flavored popcorn.

One can of Coca-Cola is 160 calories. If you replace one can of soda every day with water, that is 1120 calories a week that is not going into your body. While soda should be cut out of one’s diet completely, starting with taking out one a day is a start. Not only is water a healthier alternative to soda, but according to WebMD, water keeps your skin looking healthy and also helps control your calorie intake. Unlike soda, water has np sodium so it will keep you hydrated and full of energy. If you prefer a drink with a little more flavor, add Chrystal Light, MIO, or just a lemon or lime to disguise the bland taste.

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CHANGING HABITS Don’t skip breakfast/

A good, hearty breakfast has been proven to promote weight loss. It keeps you full and helps you make healthier decisions throughout the day. And no, a Poptart is not classified as a good breakfast. Try a bowl of oatmeal, a few pieces of turkey bacon, a banana and a glass of milk and see how much better you feel during the day.

Take the stairs/

Instead of waiting the extra five minutes for the elevator, you could already be to your destination if you walk up the stairs. Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator will work the muscles in your legs without leaving you breathless.


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features / 09 Jan. 25, 2013

love-less Emily Altic/ reporter

Gladly Single/

While some sulk and sigh about their lack of an companion, others embrace the single life and enjoy themselves on Valentine’s Day. “There’s no stressing out about buying things for your boyfriend or girlfriend,” freshman Katie Phipps said. No date on Valentine’s Day means no priorities; you can spend it however you want, doing whatever you want. Junior Alex Marr agreed and said, “You don’t have to buy anything or spend time with your loved one, you can do anything.” Another popular reason singles celebrate their status is the money saving factor. “You don’t have to buy anything, it won’t cost you as much,” freshman Nathan Brooks said. Although being a one-man-wolfpack on Valentine’s Day isn’t the most appealing idea, it has many bright angles. As stated by junior Garrett Bruns, “You feel insecure about yourself, then realize you’re too good for everyone else.”

Being single on Valentine’s Day is a highly discussed topic. Some dread the idea of being alone on the holiday of love, while others are proud of their status and embrace the benefits. Whether looking forward to Feb. 14 or fearfully counting down the days, students reveal the multiple advantages of being involuntarily available.

Pity Party/

For those flying solo on Valentine’s Day who choose to wallow in empty loneliness and eat ice cream, remember that there are many productive activities you can take part in. “I’m watching Desperate Housewives with my Mom,” freshman Dominic Puetz said. Watching movies on Feb. 14 seems to be a very popular option among the single population. “I’m going to watch movies with my dog and eat a box of chocolates by myself,” sophomore Mallory Laux sighed. When asked what beneficial activities singles can take part in, freshman Jerry Rice said, “You can have a chick flick marathon.” If watching movies and eating your feelings doesn’t appeal to you as a way to spend the evening, the options to choose from are endless. Senior Jon Glaser, who will be celebrating his birthday on Valentine ’s Day, said he would prefer to “go for a walk, chill and listen to music.” Junior Layla Husen said that she and some friends would be spending it by having a “single ladies” dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, then attending Mr. LHS and “wishing they had love lives.”

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What place does religion have in eduZYUi[n = mc


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Gabby McDaris / opinions/entertainment editor


Emily Pascoe / reporter


hen implementing a separation of church and state into public schools, there are many guidelines administrators must follow. At some point in time, a some school subject areas face dealing with content that may be considered religious in nature creating a potentially controversial environment.   Although there are district policies in place, some students are okay with the idea of more religion being included in the curriculum. “I feel that we shouldn’t stray away from it like it’s a bad thing, like not touch it at all,” junior Ryan Schaper said. But, there are also some students who think there is too much religious content taught in schools. Sophomore Sammy Miller said, “Because there’s so much diversity in public school, I feel like there’s no room for religion, at least not within the school hours. I understand after school activities pertaining to religion, but within the school hours, it needs to be cut down.” Specifically, science, history and language arts classes are most controversial in their curriculum.


The many different theories that are a possible explanation of life on earth have sometimes caused an uncomfortable situation between students that have different beliefs. According to the official Biology curriculum, only the theory of evolution is taught in the classroom of all creation theories. Carrie Hall, science teacher, explains the Rockwood curriculum for teaching evolution. “As teachers, we have to teach evolution based upon the theory of natural selection and we cannot incorporate any sort of ideas of anything religious. It has to be based upon the natural selection theory,” Hall said. The Rockwood District chose to teach the theory of evolution in the curriculum because it is the most scientifically backed theory. “Teachers allow students to make their own choices in what they believe. I’m not trying to imply anything other than the theories that are out there,” Hall said, “Evolution just means change over time. So, it incorporates fossils, dinosaurs and millions of years of what’s happened. Teachers teach the scientific facts and then the district chose to teach Darwin’s theory of natural selection since it’s so highly accepted.” However, even though the teachers encourage students to build their own thoughts towards their own beliefs, some students, including sophomore Morgan Roberts, believes Lafayette could improve the ways the theories are taught. “If the school feels the need to address the creation of life, the theory of evolution should be taught in class as well as creationism and other theories. There are many possibilities and [all] should be taught if evolution is taught,” Roberts said. Unlike Roberts, Schaper, a Christian, does not believe it is essential to include other theories, such as creationism, in the Rockwood curriculum. “As far as I’m aware, the Bible doesn’t necessarily state [creationism] is a fact or something that has happened, but


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Social studies classes have received their fair share of religious controversy as well. According to the Dec. 18, 2009 Image, some Rockwood parents complained when the textbooks used moved from the (“Before Christ”) and AD (“Anno Domini”) calendar in history classes to the BCE (“Before Common Era”) and CE (“Common Era”) calendar. Though Rockwood said that change would allow students to become more familiar with the BCE/CE calendar commonly used in universities, some were upset with the change. Controversies like these still exist in the classroom today, since religion appears often throughout history. “It’s an important part of history. You can’t just ignore certain parts of history just because they’re controversial,” Schaper said. History teacher Steve Klawiter explained how the Social Studies Department works to keep opinions out of the curricular material. “The study of regional and world religions is a major component of AP World History,” Klawiter said. “We try to isolate the historical context for the rise of these religions, analyze their major tenets and then trace the effects that they have had on the world throughout different historical eras.” Junior Amy Turlington believed religion was covered fairly in history classes. “I feel like that’s part of the history. A lot of wars are because of religion, like religious wars, how could we talk about the Crusades without religion?” she said. Schaper, however, felt that history classes did not cover religion as much as he would’ve liked. “I felt like some of those classes felt confined by the separation barrier, and they didn’t want to talk about it too much. But it’s really important to,” he said. Klawiter also said his class, as well as other World History classes, are able to cover all major religions. Students of all beliefs are able to learn the facts about their religion and others, which allows the class to be more open and interested. “From animism and shamanism to Sikhism and Zoroastrianism, we cover it all in AP World,” he said. “My job is to teach what is required by the curriculum; it is not to preach my personal beliefs or to tell a student his or her beliefs are wrong. As a result, I think most students feel their faith is safe-guarded regardless of whatever controversies the curriculum may pose.”


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something that is more of an allegorical story. I don’t think that would be necessary. If people want to believe that, and they want to learn about that, they can do that at their church. As far as science class, I think evolution would be more scientific.” Teachers may agree or disagree with the theory of evolution which can make the theory difficult to teach. The curriculum prohibits teachers from stressing their personal opinions in class, but some students believe teachers are biased when teaching evolution. “Science classes teach [evolution] like it’s a law, when actually it’s still a theory. It’s not like Newton’s Law; it’s still a theory that people are debating,” Schaper said.

Though there is no world religion class offered in Rockwood, both said they support a class being offered. “I don’t know if I’ll take it because it might not fit my class schedule, but I would definitely consider taking it. I think it would be cool. It’ll just have to be very delicately taught,” Schaper said. Klawiter added, “Though AP World does a fairly decent job of it, I would nevertheless support the course if there was enough student interest to sustain a class.”

Language Arts/

With most religions being based off of a book or type of text, it is inevitable that religion finds its way into Language Arts classrooms. Language Arts teacher Dawn Indelicato-Faw said, “You can’t ignore the religious context of works because obviously the writer’s religious beliefs or disbelief ’s are going to filter into the content; that’s kind of impossible to separate.” Schaper said he believes that with the many allegories in literature, it’s important for students to learn about them. “A lot of the allegories in literature are religious, so it’s important that, even though people may not be familiar with a certain religion, they have to become more familiar with those stories,” he said. Indelicato-Faw agrees and finds that teaching religious texts allows students to understand a piece of literature further. “I don’t consider it teaching religion; I consider it being as informed as you can be about that piece of literature,” she said. Schaper said, “As far as teaching religion, I think it’s important to, like in language classes, teach certain Bible stories and traditional stories from different religions because they’re going to be used and there’s going to be references to them. While Indelicato-Faw has not received any formal complaints from parents, some have had problems with certain novels. “I’ve had parents want their students to read different works because they consider the work too controversial and didn’t really square with their personal beliefs which typically reflected their religious beliefs.” Roberts had disagreed with some of books contradicting with her religious views. “Lord of the Flies teaches that all humans are evil and my religion doesn’t teach that. So I don’t think it’s okay for them to say, ‘All of these books are saying this about humanity and it’s true.’ That’s not okay. That’s not what my religion says,” Roberts said. Turlington also added she felt some books were inconsiderate of some beliefs. “I did not like [Life of Pi] because it was okay with atheism and everything like that but it hated agnostic people and I didn’t really like that part of it,” she said. Still, Turlington believes religion still has to be a part of class. “I think it’s an important part of literature and an important part of society and I understand that,” she said. It is important to realize that all books taught by the Language Arts Department must be approved. “We can’t teach any of the works that we teach without having prior approval through the Language Arts office at the district level,” Indelicato-Faw added.

Rockwood Policies on Religion/ Policy 6242 - religion in the classroom • This policy regulates how religion is taught in the classroom. • As a public school district, Rockwood operates on the principle of the separation of church and state. • Religion, however, cannot be completely removed from the classroom. Educational programs about religion may still be in the curriculum. Religion in literature, history and art classes are appropriate. • Staff are not allowed to give their views for or against religion. • Rockwood allows learning about religious holidays, but school activities may not become devotional or religious celebrations. • A religious celebration is defined as a formal observance of any kind, the display of religious objects and symbols, and the presentation of religious music.

Regulation 1110 - religious expression • This regulates student and staff ’s religious

expression. • Students are free to express their beliefs in school assignments. • Teachers are to grade these assignments with no bias; the student’s opinions will not affect their grade whatsoever.

Rockwood’s Biology curriculum

• Teachers should teach only the theory of evolution, but should allow students to form their own opinions. • Teachers are also allowed to bring in a speaker to speak only about the theory of evolution. No other speakers about different theories of intelligent design are allowed.

Rockwood’s World History’s curriculum • By the end of the course, students should know the major ideas of various world religions and philosophies.

Do you think there should be more or less religion taught in school? More: 28%

Less: 12% No Change: 60%


sports / 12 Jan. 25, 2013

Corbet’s Best of 2012


First semester athletes provide top four moments in Lancer sports Dylan Corbet / sports editor


Boys soccer upsets rival Eureka to claim District Title

The Lancers got off to a rough start, to say the least. Losing their first five games of the season did not leave any high expectations for the rest of the season in the eyes of the fans. They salvaged the season and ended up with a record above .500, going 9-7-3, but with no wins over any significantly dominant teams. The Lancers faced a lackluster Parkway South who they proceeded to blow out 3-0 and move on in the District tournament. Their next opponent would prove much more difficult. Rockwood Summit was going to be a huge challenge to overcome, but the Lancers had nothing to lose. Way into the game, the Lancers scored two clutch goals to shock Summit and propel them into the Championship against rival and dominant Eureka. “The atmosphere in the Final was phenomenal. It was the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a game all four years I’ve played here,” senior Bogi Atanasov said. A back and forth match of “almost goals” quickly went Lafayette’s way when senior Ryan Butchart belted the ball into the back of Eureka’s net. When the final whistle blew, the student section rushed the field and basked in the glory of what the soccer team had just accomplished. “That upset was definitely the highlight of my 2012. It was the first time in seven or eight years that we’ve won Districts. Sharing the win with my team made it even more special,” Atanasov said. Looking back on those first five games of the season, it’s easy to say no one thought they

would be celebrating a District title, which is exactly why this upset makes it into my top moments of 2012.

spot on my top four sports moments of 2012.


Barber breaks national field hockey record for career assists

Football wins Districts, plays in Final Four for State

The Lancers boasted one of the most dangerous defenses in the St Louis area. In addition, the running game, led by senior Deonte Robinson and junior Kevin Hampton, was a lethal offensive weapon for the squad. During the 2012 season, the Lancers beat their regular season opponents by a combined score of 400-48, with a record five shutouts. The team went into District Playoffs with an undefeated record of 9-0 and would blow out Northwest in the first round 45-0. The next game was of similar ease to the Lancers, beating Marquette 35-0. “It was an amazing feeling to know that you were undefeated, but at the same time we knew we had a target on our backs,” senior Shacquille Holley said. The stage was set for the District Championship game against arch rival Eureka. A late interception return for a touchdown by Holley clinched the District Title for the Lancers and moved them on to the Final Four to face Francis Howell. “Being a Final Four finalist was a huge accomplishment for our team. We showed opponents that we weren’t a typical Lafayette team; we were really something special,” Holley said. Although the Lancers would not be able to conquer the Vikings and move on, they still put up an incredible fight and made it an exciting game to watch. The historic season by the 2012 Lancers will go down in history and lands the number three


Senior Kate Barber will easily be a name remembered at LHS for field hockey. Barber had four outstanding years on varsity, led the team to their first State Championship in 2011 and accumulated numerous awards throughout her career. Barber was also recently featured in the Nov. 26 issue of Sports Illustrated. As if leading the team to a State title wasn’t enough for her to be remembered by, Barber’s name will be listed in the national record books for assists in a career. Barber recorded an astounding 135 assists during her career, a record that will stay unbroken for some time. Barber’s outstanding career will be forever marked by her State Title and her national record of career assists, an accolade that makes my top four sports moments of 2012.


Volleyball goes undefeated; repeats as State Champs

The Lady Lancers shocked the state of Missouri last year when they took home the 2011 title at Southeastern Missouri State University. With the loss of numerous key contributing seniors and their long-time Head Coach Steve Burkard, the 2012 season was a mystery as to what would happen. “We knew we would still have a good amount of skill remaining, but I think we may have underestimated ourselves a bit going into the year. However that was also something that helped

us realize the potential we had collectively as a team,” junior Lily Johnson said. The team proceeded to not only win every match they played, but every single game as well. Anything having to do with losing seemed to repel from this incredible team. “When we kept winning late into the season, we understood how special this group of girls really was,” Johnson continued. The Lady Lancers marched into the State Championship looking to repeat and make history for Lafayette. They faced off against Lee’s Summit West. They started out slow and let Lee’s Summit West jump out to an 11-6 lead in the first set. Strong kills by Johnson would get the team back into the game. It was game point, 24-23; the Lady Lancers were about to lose their first set of the year, but strong energy from the whole team tied the game up. The ensuing serve by senior Ashley Beaton would graze the top of the net on roll over on the opposing side to give the Lancers the lead. They didn’t look back from there, scoring the next point to win the set 26-24. The Lancers came out firing on all cylinders in game two and jumped to an large early lead. They were just a few points away from making history with a perfect season; however Lee’s Summit West made a comeback and put the pressure on the Lancers. The ball was returned out of bounds by Lee’s Summit and the Lancers clinched it, 25-19. The team rushed to the center of the floor celebrating their perfect season 40-0. “Our final [national] ranking was #2. While it would’ve been awesome to be on top, it’s still an incredible accomplishment that we’re all very proud of,” Johnson said. The seniors leave this team a back to back championship run that will be remembered for a long time and is my definite top moment of 2012 in Lafayette sports.




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wo hopeful athletes are training hard as they prepare for State. Reaching the peak of their seasons, senior swimmer Laura Paskoff and sophomore wrestler Alec Reid are January’s athletes to watch.

Laura Paskoff/

  Hoping to bring her team to a victory in the pool this season, senior Laura Paskoff is a major contributor to the varsity swimming team. Already committed to Illinois State University, Paskoff is looking forward to a memorable last season. Signing her Letter of Intent in November, Paskoff is fully dedicated to swimming at Illinois State. Although she has a huge season ahead of her, she said, “There’s a lot less pressure this season than there was last year. I’ve signed the contract to attend school there so they can’t take it back.” She added that this season she can focus more on her goal to make it to State. Coach Todd Gabel said when it comes to

sports / 13 Jan. 25, 2013

Paskoff, Reid reflect on past seasons, look toward future

pressure, “Laura dealt with a lot of pressure as a freshman to perform well on varsity. As a senior she has taken her experience and has positively used it for herself as well as put into the team as their leader.” Favoring the 50 meter freestyle, Paskoff holds the second fastest time in the Suburban West Conference, only .83 seconds behind Parkway South’s Sam Crocker. The Lady Lancers’ top competitor in the Conference is Parkway South. Gabel said at State there will be several teams that will be fast and hard to beat. Holding the school’s most State championships, the girls will use Conference to help them prepare. Paskoff ’s goal for the season will be to place well at State and score top eight in both events. Laura and the rest of the team will next swim Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. vs. Oakville.

Alec Reid/

  Escaping the position as an underdog on the team, sophomore Alec Reid is a threat to be reckoned with. Staying focused on the mats and continuing to work hard, Reid is a

contributing member to the varsity wrestling team. Wrestling an outstanding District tournament and being one of the six athletes hoping to take home a State title last year, Reid is looking forward to experiencing it yet again. Coach Jonathan Sumner said about Reid, “Alec not only pushes himself to be better, but he pushes his teammates and forces them to challenge one another.” Although some would say being the underclassman on the team is a disadvantage, for wrestlers it’s the complete opposite. The nice part about being younger on the team and wrestling upperclassman is that there is no pressure; the upperclassman are expected to perform. As the Lancers continue to excel in tournaments and holding undefeated headto-head match records, they will soon be preparing for State. Sumner said that skill play is an important part in wrestling and as coaches they are always critiquing and correcting things that need to be fixed. Reid needs to be in better shape than anyone and this will help him pull out close matches.

RISING STAR / Sophomore Alec Reid is proclaimed the winner of a home match. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Bogar)


sports / 14 Jan. 25, 2013


Sharks in the Water Lady Lancers continue quiet excellence



how the lancers

stack up

*Rankings in St. Louis Area as of Jan. 17

50 Freestyle: 4th: Laura Paskoff, 00:25.42 100 Backstroke: 14th: Katherine Lucken, 1:03.25 21st: Mae Riordan, 1:04.10 100 Breastroke: 2nd: Claire Kirchhoeffer, 1:10.42 12th: Mollie Macrae, 1:14.99 100 Butterfly: 16th: Taylor Holz, 01:02.92 100 freestyle: 9th: Laura Paskoff, 00:55.53 200 Freestyle: 4th: Mae Riordan, 01:58.33, 7th: Laura Paskoff, 02:00.04 13th: Gretchen Cox, 02:03.64 23rd: Lauren Hansen, 02:09.06 200 IM: 6th: Claire Kirchhoeffer, 2:14.63 8th: Mae Riordan, 2:15.91 23rd: Taylor Holz, 02:22.27 500 Freestyle: 4th: Mae Riordan, 5:17.80 10th: Gretchen Cox, 05:27.03 16th: Laura Paskoff, 05:29.71 19th: Lauren Hansen, 05:40.09 200 Freestyle Relay: 2nd: Lafayette, 01:44.73 200 Medley Relay: 3rd: Lafayette, 01:55.71 400 Freestyle Relay 5th: Lafayette, 03:50.12 Diving 14th : Emily Slater, 215.65 18th: Kelly Shaw, 209.4 20th : Kasey Pyatt, 197.4 Conference Meet: Feb. 7-8 @ Home State Meet: Feb. 15-16 @ St. Peters Rec-Plex

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he most dominant sports team in Lafayette’s history may surprise you. These exceptional athletes have collected 10 State titles since 1992 (including six this millennium), and yet their events are essentially vacant of student support. These athletic standouts recently compiled a streak of 26 straight Suburban West Conference titles, yet are effectively unheard of. This team has two four-year varsity competitors committed to racing in Division I on athletic scholarships next year, but the team gains little recognition save pep assemblies and the occasional lunch announcement of yet another victory. Girls swimming may not get the glory it deserves, but their success and the immense talent of their program continues steadfast anyway. Swimmers like senior Laura Paskoff, who recently committed to Illinois State, continue to excel under the student body’s radar. “I feel like we’re really underappreciated and I wish we got more support... [swimming] is a cool sport to watch and no one really knows it,” Paskoff said. Paskoff has excelled in the pool for each of her four years on varsity, and along with seniors Gretchen Cox, committed to Bellarmine University, and Taylor Holz, leads a dangerous state contending team this year. Along with the seniors, juniors Lauren Hansen and Mae Riordan return as upperclassmen state competitors to the undefeated Lancers. Senior Kelly Shaw also comes back from last year’s State diving team, and lead the Lancers on the board. “Every team, including us, usually goes in feeling like the underdog against Lafayette,” Marquette swimming Head Coach and Lafayette Physical Education teacher Joe

STARTING STRONG/ Senior Laura Paskoff and junior Lauren Hansen show off their impressive form off the blocks at Parkway West on Dec. 14. The Lancers dominated this dual meet, trumping Parkway West 104-82. (photo courtesy of Prestige) Schoedel said. “[They won] 26 Conference championships in a row; they’re always good every year.” Head Coach Todd Gabel’s program consistently churns out talented swimmers like Paskoff, who feels she’s “definitely” grown as a swimmer at Lafayette. Paskoff personally won State with the team in 2010, and she has high aspirations for the team and herself for the Feb. 15-16 competition. “We really want to get a trophy, and I really want to score top eight in both my events,” Paskoff said.

The State goals set by Paskoff are echoed by sophomore and two-year varsity swimmer Claire Kirchhoefer. “I’d like to make top eight individually, and as a team I hope to do better than last year of course,” Kirchhoefer said. Kirchhoefer was the only underclassmen to compete at State last year for the Lancers. Kirchhoefer and freshman Katherine Lucken have consistently performed meet after meet for the Lancers, and collectively represent the perpetual influx of young talent in the swimming program that al-

lows them to succeed from year to year. Kirchhoefer will soon be an upperclassman leader on the team, yet feels no worries about the team’s future results. “We’re getting a lot of new people, so I think things will go well,” said Kirchhoefer. The immense talent of the swimming program is best summarized by Schoedel when he talks about facing the Lancers. “I’m just hoping for one of these years to be on the winning side of it,” Schoedel said.




sports / 15 Jan. 25, 2013

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Scales brothers, Scott twins shine together in varsity competition

Arianna Demos / Asst. Sports Editor


iblings competing together on the varsity level have become a common occurrence at Lafayette. They have learned to handle the pressure of trying to out-perform each other, while still maintaining a close relationship. Each athlete playing alongside their sibling realizes the other’s strengths and weaknesses, which has proven to be helpful in competition. Scales Brothers/

so much alike. Sports have definitely brought us closer, but we for sure have our differences Using their close relationship as an adin how we see things through athletics,” Evan vantage, brothers junior Evan Scales and said. sophomore Cameron Scales both start on Through many years of sports, the varsity basketball. They have been competing brothers have developed strategies and key together their whole lives, feeding off each tactics that are important for play-making. other’s athletic abilities. After high school, the dynamic duo may “We have be obligated chemistry like to separate no one else I’ve as Cameron ever played wants to play with. We can basketball in always predict college, and where each Evan hopes to other will be continue with on the court,” evanscales/ 11 football. Evan said. “No matter Not only what, I’ll always be compared to Evan in do they share the basketball court, both any sport I play, especially since we look so Cameron and Evan have found football as much alike. We have such a close relationanother passion. ship which makes us work together and In middle school, the brothers played support one another through tough battles,” quarterback and wide receiver on the same Cameron said. team, constantly finding each other for touchdowns. “He could always trust me and knew that Scott Sisters/ I’d make a play for him, so it was pretty fun. Attracting national recognition, juniors We have always known each others’ tendenJackie and Maggie Scott are twin sisters that cies and how to communicate easily, unlike both dominate on the volleyball court. anyone else I’ve ever played with,” Cameron Sharing the same passion, Jackie and Magsaid. gie have learned to use their unique bond as Competing with a sibling has its disadan advantage in athletics. vantages, though, as the brothers describe “My favorite part is that since we have the themselves as more critical of one another same interests, it gives us something to do than any other teammate. During practice, together that we both love,” Jackie said. they have more disagreements than normal, As the volleyball team advanced to State but it just comes with the territory. in hopes of a Back to Back championship “We argue and bicker a lot because we are run, the Scott twins stood out in the game



“We have chemistry like no one else I have ever played with. We can always predict where each other will be on the court.”

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that made history. The girls were part of the squad awarded Team of the Year, while also receiving the National Guard National Ranking Trophy. “Winning back to back titles is definitely the most memorable moment with Jackie. There is nothing better than seeing our names next to each other in the banners in the gym,” Maggie said. Although they are constantly being compared to one another, both Maggie and Jackie have overcome the stress to top each other. Each of the girls has become successful in their own way, both strongly recruited by Division I colleges. “This summer I gave my verbal commitment to play at the University of Oregon. Jackie is still sorting through her options, but we will be playing in different places, which will be very hard for both of us,” Maggie said. Many siblings, especially twins, may struggle sharing the same sport, friends, and interests, but Maggie and Jackie are the exception. Of course they may be harder on each other than the rest of the team, but volleyball has brought them closer than ever. “Jackie and Maggie have a connection I have never seen before. From the outside, they seem to get along well and effectively communicate on the court. It will be fun for everyone to watch them continue playing for top college teams,” junior teammate Hannah Marshall said. This season, Jackie led the Lady Lancers defensively while Maggie earned herself the title of an “elite setter.”

SWEET REPEAT/ Juniors Maggie and Jackie Scott celebrate the win that advanced their team to State. At the conclusion of their season, Jackie made 226 digs, while Maggie made an incredible 872 assists to kill. (photo by Lori Scott)


opinions / 16 Jan. 25, 2013


American [Staff Ed] two party system limits choices for Efforts toward security measures Opinions expressed on the editorial pages do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or official policies of the school administration. All editorials (unsigned) represent a majority opinion of the Editorial Board. Signed, columns, blogs, editorial cartoons and reviews reflect the views of the author and not necessarily those of the Image Editorial Board.

should be redirected to student welfare After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, schools across the country have scrambling to evaluate and try to improve their security systems. Across the nation, security cameras are being installed, some districts are considering arming staff members and millions of locks are being installed. The Rockwood School District, which already has an extensive security plan in place, has begun to do their part in beefing up their security because their number one priority is the safety of the students and staff. The Board of Education has approved a bond issue in April that includes ocver $5 million in safety and security improvements. The $5,020,000 bond issue would pay for an update to current security

cameras , a visitor/ID security system and a new locking system. The Image sees many problems with this proposal and believes there are better ways to spend that money. The first problem is with the security cameras. We don’t need to see if there is a gunman in the school at five different angles. Our problem is not seeing the gunman; our problem is stopping him. The second problem is with the visitor check in centers at the front of the schools. No gunman is going to sign into the school under the name “gunman.” And unless the guy sitting at the front is secretly Rambo, there is no way he is going to stop the angry person with a firearm. The third problem is with the new locking system. Adding additional locks to doors will not prevent a

gunman from entering. There are many classrooms with windows that a gunman can easily get through. Let’s not kid ourselves, if a gunman wants to come into a school and hurt others, he or she will find a way to do so. This already broke district is spending $5 million on an impractical and useless security measure under the guise that it will make students safer. It may sound harsh, but the fact of the matter is this: a school shooter has one goal in mind and almost nothing is going to stop them. School shooters exist because they are angry at something or someone. The only way to stop a shooter from developing is helping them before anything escalates. Instead of spending $5 million on security to stop a security threat, the

$5 million needs to be spent on help for those in need. This means hiring extra counselors who actually focus on counselling instead of just on schedule changes. Our counselors are already incredibly busy as it is, so placing troubled students in their hands would be incredibly foolish. The district has made it clear they have the money to spend on school safety, so it is vital they spend it on something that will actually make a difference. This money should be spent on hiring additional counselors or social workers to focus on the mental health of the students and on training administrators and staff about how to spot students in need of help. That is the core of a safe school community—not more locks.

End result don’t always accurately reflect effort There is a saying I developed this past year. If you try and fail you are seen as stupid, if you don’t try and fail you are seen as lazy, if you try and succeed you are seen as smart and if you don’t try and succeed, I despise you. It’s nothing personal, it’s just a personal grudge I have developed about kids who are able to process things much more easily than most others. I know there are kids in high school where everything just comes easy to them. They don’t need to study for tests but still ace them. Their grades are consistent and easily maintained all while trying only half as much as others. I am aware it is not their fault, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be resentful towards them. Here I am sitting with my mom studying for a science test for four hours and managing to produce a B while the person next to me

proudly lets me know that he didn’t study at all but still manage to pull out a higher grade than me. It’s not those students personally that I am bitter toward. It’s their brains. There is the kid who doesn’t pay attention in class and does none of his work but because he has a photographic memory he is able to maintain a 4.0. And then there’s kids like me who need their parents help studying for a test until midnight and still come back with a B- result. I am not asking for a grade change, but just some recognition. It is so frustrating that I do not receive the recognition I deserve for the work I have put in. At the Academic Pep Assembly at the end of the year, who gets recognized? The kids with the highest grades and highest standardized

test results or the kids who studied for a test for multiple hours but still What is the point of studying for multiple hours if all the will result from it is a high “C”, a look of disappointment from my teacher and a “we will just have to study more next time” from my mom. Why should I bother trying anymore if this is all I am getting from all of my work? Administrators across the country need to begin to realize that not everyone can produce a B average or better on a regular basis. These students are seen as the best and brightest of the school, not because of the work they put in, but because of what is on paper. This is not the fault of the students who easily succeed, but an administration which does not take the time to pay attention to who else deserves recognition.

Outside The Box Gabby McDaris, Opinions Editor I understand there is no way to tell who is trying the hardest out of all students, but there is a way to make sure to not jump to such quick judgment. All students deserve recognition for the time and effort they put into their work, even if the end results don’t show it.



Teachers should be highest priority As I was sitting through the patron comments at the Jan. 10 Board meeting, there was a man who started out his speech by declaring that he was “all for the teachers.” To put it lightly, by the end of the three-minute speech, he had repeated the phrase one too many times and even the teachers present laughed.   He wasn’t for the teachers. He was only for the teachers if declaring so didn’t siphon money from his wallet. According to the Picture Rockwood findings, many of the survey respondents rated building maintenance above maintaining teachers, which is unbelievably short-sighted. All you need for a good school is good teachers. All of the rest of it—shiny buildings, glossy pamphlets full of well-planned curriculum and a top-tier athletics program—is for show. In order to compete with other schools around the country, we don’t need upgraded SMART boards or new football uniforms. We need to make sure all of teachers stay, and are paid enough to ensure it. I have come up with two theories about why the “community-at-large” rates teach-

Gracefully Said

Grace Bueckendorf, Editor in Chief

ers as so low priority. Either it is because they understand the importance of teachers, but don’t want a small increase in taxes for their children, or they simply do not understand how important a good teacher is. While he was talking, I couldn’t help but think of a scenario that would force him to see that students, and even intellectually superior folks such as himself, need teachers and cannot simply learn the material to themselves. Maybe it is just me, but I think it would be

humorous to jam his printer so intricately he would have to find some way to resolve the problem. He tries to solve it himself, but cannot seem to figure out how. After about five minutes of frustrating work in vain, he shuffles over to the book shelf to see where the manual is, but where the manual should be, I have instead placed a post-it note reading, “What? You mean you need books?” in response to his disregard for the importance of the library. At this point, he is probably relatively angry, and resorts to Googling the phone number to the manufacturer. He begins to fumble for the phone, trying to call and have an operator explain the problem for him, but only finds another post-it. “What? You mean you need help? You need to have someone else explain it to you?” Maybe then he’ll begin to understand the importance of someone to help you with the material and guide you through the struggle of learning. Or maybe he’ll just get frustrated and buy a new printer (more money than the tax increase would’ve cost), but at least I tried.

[My Turn Now]

Gun control aims to protect, but may hurt instead Zoe Scala / reporter With the tragedy at Sandy Hook, gun control has once again become a hot topic for politicians and citizens alike. Some, if not most, are calling for reform on current policies in place for more strict guidelines prohibiting which persons can get and legally own guns. Others believe gun control stems from the media and its violent nature— be it movies, video games or some other form; they believe it is not guns that need to be controlled, but the media. It is not only harder to pass laws on “violence in media;” it is also a flimsier subject— what is “violent” defined as? Are “fighting words” allowed? In addition to the vagueness of the term “violence,” it is a law that, if passed, would most likely do little. This is due both to opposition from the other side, but also because Congressmen and women don’t want to anger their constitu-

ents— after all, as a member of the House or Senate, the number one job is being re-elected, not personal beliefs or ideals. Because of this, any bill passed will likely do little to actually curb much of anything (except for maybe the public’s hope in our elected officials). To do much of anything, the bill will have to tailor to both sides. Perhaps giving hunters more leniency when it comes to hunting rules and regulations in exchange for more in depth background checks would be a start. Allow the National Rifle Association to input a few of its idea as well as pro-gun control interest groups? Maybe considering doing something as simple as upping the consequences on those men and women who legally purchase guns, and then barter them off illegally. All in all, there is no doubt some items that could get passed with both sides’ support, if you cater to both sides of the issue. And then there are the people who believe

media creates violence. When it comes to the “violence of media,” I do not believe that media impacts most of society in a violence-inducing manner. It is all contained within the imagination and the confines of the TV screen. If anything was to transfer to a person, those persons are not sound of mind. Yes, video games could show graphic and violent scenes to someone who is a sensefilled human being. However, all it is is gore; it doesn’t make people commit violent acts. To those who have clear moral guidelines, this should not have any impact. It is those who do not have clear moral guidelines that are our problem, and if we curb media for all of society, it will do little in the long run. What I’m trying to say is this—what happened at Sandy Hook was catastrophic, and it is clear that we are doing something wrong. That being said, we shouldn’t rush into a bill that will do nothing but anger the public and curb gun rights completely.

opinions / 17 Jan. 25, 2013 stars & gripes Stars To:

• Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on their top notch hosting of the Golden Globes. #dynamicduo •Facebook for enabling free calling for iPhone. Unfortunately, the calling system is faulty and still being developed. #dontgetyourhopesup •Kim Jong Un’s loosening of fashion and food restrictions, making burgers and fries now available in North Korea. #unhealthyfoodbridgesallgaps •Arrested Development has been scheduled to released new episodes on May 4. #itsthefinalcountdown •Pixar for a long awaited second installment of Monsters, Inc. #newandimprovedchildhood

Gripes To:

• Leo DiCaprio going home Golden Globe-less once again. #maybenextyear •Taylor Swift and her not so graceful loss to Adele. #protipworkonyourpokerface • Lance Armstrong going on Oprah to admit to doping. #didntseethatcoming • Manti Te’o and his imaginary girlfriend fiasco. Lennay Kekua was unable to be reached for comment. #becauseshedoesntexist •Removal of Early Dismissal days, and the substitution with later Late Start days. #ifitaintbrokedontfixit • Kim Kardashian wanting baby privacy despite being on a reality TV show. #didyoureallythinkthatout? •The death of Stan “The Man” Musial. #cardinalsnationweeps

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entertainment / 18 Jan. 25, 2013




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Alex La Mar / reporter


ome students find themselves heading out to see a flick almost every week. And why shouldn’t they? Movie theatres provide a great experience. No matter what sort of drama is going on in life, theatres provide a space where anyone can get away from all of the noise and engross themselves in two to three hours of mindless and enjoyable distraction. This being said, those who live in the West County area have an amazing opportunity to do so. Between the Wehrenberg in the valley, the AMC in the Chesterfield Mall and the B & B in the Wildwood Town Center, the quality entertainment is infinitely available to anyone with $10 in their pocket. But are these “big three” really the best theaters around? In the movie theatre business, small chains and privately owned theatres can become white noise when faced with super-sized contenders like Wehrenberg. Because of these, a superior movie experience could be hovering right under the radar. Here are some lesser-known theatres that may offer a better movie experience.

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Picks of the Month

entertainment / 19 Jan. 25, 2013

Social Media Coordinator Rebecca Ferman chooses the entertainment picks for the month of January.





This is the debut studio album from this Las Vegas-based band. Since it was released last September, the alternative-indie rock album has continued to rise in popularity. It’s Time is probably the most well-known track, since it was featured in the trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower and covered on the TV show, Glee. Other good songs to listen to include Demons, Tiptoe, Bleeding Out, and my personal favorite, Radioactive. I highly recommend downloading this from the iTunes store.

The blend of the iconic film series and the popular smartphone app may just be one of the smartest ideas ever. Players can flick those ever-furious birds, now your favorite Star Wars characters, into those pig-like Stormtroopers. You’ll even be able to wield a lightsaber, shoot lasers and use the force throughout over 100 levels of gameplay and several bonus levels. It’s tough enough to keep anybody occupied for hours— for just $1, it’s definitely a must-have for any Angry Birds lover or Star Wars fan.

A teenager known only as “A” wakes up each morning in a different body. One day they might be a blond, athletic girl; another day they might be a shy, withdrawn boy. But everything changes for good when they meet Rhiannon, the girlfriend of the boy A is inhabiting one day. For the first time, A is in love. Released in the fall of 2012, best-selling author David Levithan presents a unique, heartbreaking love story as A tries desperately to find Rhiannon all while in the form of different people.

Based on the well-received novel by Isaac Marion, the movie focuses on the teenage zombie “R” (Nicholas Hoult) and his love for the stillliving girl Julie (Teresa Palmer). The supporting cast includes John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco and Rob Corddry. It appears to be another variation of Romeo and Juliet, but hopefully will not go to the extremes like the Twilight series did. Nonetheless, this movie looks different, funny, romantic and suspenseful, and will be in theatres Feb. 1.

Night Visions

Angry Birds: Star Wars

Every Day

Warm Bodies


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image Reasons for Remakes/

Hollywood has been remaking movies since the early 20th Century, but in recent years it seems as if the only movies produced are sequels, remakes or adaptations. Students and teachers discuss which versions they prefer. Avery Cantor / reporter The Karate Kid (1984) is a classic underdog story, in which 17-year-old Daniel (Ralph Macchio), moves from New Jersey to California and does not fit in. He then befriends his elderly neighbor, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who teaches him karate and several life lessons. In comparison to the newer film, most agreed the original had better actors, in addition to stronger characters in general. “Ralph Macchio did a much better job as the karate kid. No offense to Jaden Smith, but I don’t respect him as an actor yet. As for the instructor, I like Jackie Chan, but I just felt like Pat Morita did a better job capturing the essence of karate,” Brian Reed, foreign language teacher, said. Another major aspect of the original film was the fact that it was one of the first karate movies. Gifted Counselor, Paige Hereford, said “I love the first Karate Kid. The original was unique at the time because it didn’t fall under a reoccurring category, like football movies. It was different.”

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) tells the story of five children who win a tour of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. However, the factory isn’t what it seems; it is a psychedelic wonderland full of tricks that eliminate the tourists until a sole victor remains. He/she wins a lifetime supply of Willy Wonka chocolate. The original film was a musical, with songs throughout the entire movie. “The old one was happier and less creepy than the remake. The songs added lightness to it, unlike the remake which was just dark and scary the whole time,” sophomore Rebecca Handler said. Even without the cheerful music, the original movie in general was a lot more family-friendly than the remake. “Gene Wilder was a more playful and innocent Willy Wonka. The original as a whole was just more joyous and almost Dr. Seuss like. The scenery was artistic and handmade, so I think there’s something special and beautiful about the old one,” Bixby said. Spider-Man (2002) features Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy high school student who, when bitten by a radioactive spider, gets superpowers such as the ability to hang from walls and shoot webs. With his powers, he must defend the city from the Green Goblin. Spider-Man was one of the first superhero movies of the 21st century, giving it a creative edge over the endless amount of superhero movies today. “I prefer the original, although the sequels did get progressively worse. The first one was great because it was one of the first superhero movies other than maybe Batman,” Flannery said. Additionally, several found that the original followed the traditional Spider-Man story, and that Tobey Maguire was the superior Peter Parker. “I really liked the old one. Tobey Maguire was better because he was nerdier, like Peter Parker is supposed to be. It also just sticks to the original story more,” Handler said.

*Survey of 200 LHS students

Karate Kid % 7 5 % 3 4

Willy Wonka % 2 6 % 8 3

Spiderman % 2 5 % 8 4

The Karate Kid (2010) features 12-year-old Dre (Jaden Smith) and his to move from America to China. Dre has trouble fitting in until he meets the maintenence man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who teaches him kung fu. In this film, character relationship development, mainly between protagonist and antagonist, was well executed. “Since they developed the relationship between Jaden Smith and his enemy it gave the story more meaning because it wasn’t just some random kid learning karate. For me, the new movie represents a true karate kid in today’s age,” senior Joe Flannery said. Some found the differences between plots interesting, as Dre is only 12 and had to move to a completely different continent. “I didn’t want to like the new one, but I did in spite of myself. I liked how an American parent had to move to China to find work. It created a huge culture shock,” science teacher Ryan Bixby said. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) has a plot identical to the original, but lacks the musical aspect in the original movie. The film was directed by Tim Burton who is famous for creepy movies such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Because of this, many interpreted the remake as eerie and dark. Hereford said, “The remake was scary. I didn’t like it at all. I would not show the new one to my little kids because it’s so creepy. I really love Johnny Depp, but he should not have been Willy Wonka in this movie. I would not want to go to his chocolate factory at all.” However, some found lightness in such a dark movie. Junior Sarah Coy said, “The new one is so weird and funny that I almost liked it better than the original. The special effects were so much better.” Flannery agreed. He said, “Although I think Johnny Depp was really strange, he added to the movie. It was an interesting angle.”

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) follows a similar Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) who is bitten by a genetically modified spider and receives superpowers. He then battles a villain known as Lizard, who attempts to turn New York citizens into lizard creatures like himself. Although the story may have strayed from the original Spider-Man story, some found the new version more captivating. Bixby said, “Peter Parker was cooler, the girl was cooler, the special effects were cooler; all around it was a better movie with a better story and better graphics.” However, others found that the new angle on Spider-Man took away from the overall movie. “In the new movie, the fact that Spider-Man didn’t actually get the power to shoot webs and made a machine to shoot webs kind of detracts from the idea that he is Spider-Man,” Flannery said.

Reinventing past successes in the movie business is a common practice. With this, directors have the ability to take a spin off an old idea or recreate an older movie with better graphics. Although newer technology and the opportunity for different story angles are important influences behind movie recreation, they are not the sole reason for them. One of the main factors is the economy. Film Club sponsor Steve Klawiter said, “When the economy goes downward, Hollywood corporations and production studios don’t want to risk putting an untested idea out there, so they start to remake what was previously successful.” Remakes benefit Hollywood financially because of the large audience they draw in. Younger generations are typically interested in remakes because they generally have not seen the original film. Older generations, who grew up with the movie, watch it to reminisce. However, remakes often negatively affect screenwriters who are looking to have their original stories put on the big screen. “Remakes ultimately stunt creativity. There are a lot of good ideas that now have no way to get funded because nobody wants to take a chance on them unless it’s a famous director,” Klawiter said.

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