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Vol. 45, No. 3

Oct. 18, 2013 Lafayette High School – 17050 Clayton Rd. – Wildwood, MO 63011

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An update on the Interim Superintendent’s accomplishments

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Lafayette shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On The Web

Lafayette sports entering into postseason play



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Freshman Austin Hindman competes in triathlons at National level

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Do-it-yourself activities for the fall season

Video: Take 5 with Opinion: Are junior Connor e-cigarettes really such Stephens, male lead in a big deal? fall play Fools

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GIRLS ON THE GRIDIRON Male Escadrille creates a tunnel for the Senior Women Powder Puff team to run through on Oct. 10. The Senior Women were victorious in the annual Powder Puff Football game with a 45-6 win over the juniors. Male Escadrille performed the halftime show at the game and again at the Homecoming Pep Assembly. — photo by Caroline Jordan

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Cost of the Classroom In the “West County Bubble” people may not always stop and think about their surrounding luxuries and their costs. That microscope in the corner and those dodgeballs tossed around the Gym all day cost more than you might suspect.




Oct. 18, 2013

No Time to Mess Around

Interim Superintendent creates more friendly atmosphere within district while preparing for permanent leader jackrogan

developing some relations.” While strengthening public relations can be enjoyable, it takes up a good amount of Adams’ time. With its 19 elementary schools, six middle schools, four high schools, an Early Childhood Center, a Center for Creative Learning and an Individualized Learning Center, Rockwood is an enormous school district, which can be difficult for a Superintendent, who must continually go from building to building. “I have worked awfully hard at being in the buildings and I will try to continue doing that. It keeps me moving and I have to be in the car and going all the time. It’s a big district, in number of students as well as square miles. It’s been enjoyable work, but it is time consuming,” he said. Because some adults spend so much time working, making time for both work and family can be difficult. Adams, however, incorporates his family in his job as much as possible. “My children, as they were growing up, would go with me to events and my wife does that all the time. I try to involve my family in my job,” he said. In addition to being present in all Rockwood schools and buildings, making sure Rockwood improves after last year’s state audit is another priority of Adams during his time as interim-superintendent. “I think one of the main things on my plate would be that we had a state audit a year ago and to make sure we implement plans for improvement with fidel-

–asst. news editor– With just a one year contract, Dr. Terry Adams, InterimSuperintendent, has accomplished plenty during his short time at Rockwood. One of the major areas Adams has targeted is public relations. As the leader of a school district, especially a large one, it is imperative to Dr. Terry Adams establish a friendly relationship with all schools and buildings within the district. He said letting administration, teachers, students and parents know that their representative cares about them and makes decisions for the betterment of the community is important. “I have tried to make a presence in each of the buildings,” Adams said, “I think it’s difficult to lead people that you don’t know, so I’m trying to spend a fair amount of my time going place to place, hopefully

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ity,” Adams said. Adams also wishes that only positive aspects of Rockwood, such as student achievements, will be highlighted and become newsworthy this school year, rather than minor issues in the district. He believes Rockwood should be recognized for having outstanding people. “It would be my goal to make sure we’re pointing out things that Rockwood excels in and hopefully they become newsworthy,” he said, “the schools are a lot more than the buildings. What makes our schools special is the wonderful principals, teachers and the student body. That’s what really makes a school special, the people.” While Adams has been focusing on different tasks such as public relations and improving Rockwood after the state audit, another important decision is being made this school year. The Board of Education must select a permanent Superintendent to replace former Superintendent Bruce Borchers, who took a position as Superintendent of Oak Ridge schools in Oak Ridge, TN this past June. Because Adams is only contracted with Rockwood for one year, becoming the permanent superintendent is not a likely possibility. However, he believes he has a great deal of options when it comes to his life after this year in Rockwood. “There are a range of possibilities, like working

outside of education, working as a consultant in education, going to my farm and raising cattle, or being a full time grandparent. I’ve got a number of options and they all sound good to me,” he said. Adams said although he has many options, he hasn’t singled any out yet as ideal for himself. “I don’t know with certainty what I am going to do. I am going to let them present themselves to see what the best option is,” Adams said. With the original goal set by the Board of hiring a permanent Superintendent coming into Rockwood for the 2014-2015 school year, Adams is making preparations to help a new superintendent with an easier transition into the district. “I am certainly willing to assist the Board of Education as we go forward trying to fill the position for a permanent replacement. I’d like to just have a year that is both calm but full of positive accomplishments and provide the base for a good place for a new person to start,” he said. The search for the new superintendent was supposed to have started this past September, but has not yet begun. According to President of the Board of Education, Bill Brown, the Board will discuss how they are going to go forward with this situation in their next meeting. “The Board will be addressing the Superintendent issue at the Oct. 17 meeting in open session,” Brown said.

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Oct. 18, 2013

Homecoming week sets prime example of school spirit we should have all year staff ed

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.

It seems like every year it goes the same way. Homecoming arrived and it was time for Spirit Days, Powder Puff, Male Escadrille, lunch games and a slew of other fun activities that anyone and everyone throughout the school could join in. But now the week is over. The banners are gone, the last of the hall decorations have been stripped away and the school spirit that was practically overflowing from every hallway just over seven days ago has started to wane again. There is no denying that our school is not exactly a prime example of school spirit. Sure, there are the Superfans who show up to all of the football games (and leave before the fourth quarter) and there are the Student Council and Advisory members who take some initiative to be more involved in the school, but as a whole, Lafayette’s student community only truly comes together for brief periods. Homecoming is a great example of this. For one week, everyone feels like they are part of something. It only takes a minimal effort to become involved and every activity is enjoyed by lit-

erally anyone who feels like being a part of something. Think about Male Escadrille and Powder Puff. For a few brief moments, students who normally would never even talk to each other in the hallway are playing a game of football or putting on a performance as a team. It doesn’t matter who you are, or who your friends are. There are no tryouts, cuts or competitors vying for a starting position. While it is perfectly fine for the school to sponsor exclusive activities, some students are unable to participate. If somebody wants to be involved in Homecoming Week, he or she can do so with minimal effort. But, the big week is over and things are going back to the way they almost always are. Lafayette does not have a big problem with different “cliques” as a lot of other schools do, but it would be wrong to say there is not separation. Yes, that separation is breached at times, like during Homecoming Week, or Challenge Day, for example, but it is still there all the same.

We need more of these unifying occasions, or rather, we need to take more advantage of the ones we have. On Sept. 11, the Air Force Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) held a memorial service for the lives lost during the terrorist attacks in 2001. One would hope for a school-wide turn out for this important event, but the best we could do was a handful of students and staff members. Events like these are a great opportunity for us to come together as a school community, but so few are taking advantage of them. School spirit is not necessary, but it is important. When we have school spirit, we assemble as a community. The positive energy is so encouraging and yields so many wonderful things (like massive canned food donations to those in need). It’s about time that more people acknowledge this and make it happen with greater frequency. School spirit means more than just wearing a black and gold T-shirt. It means being a community. And there are lot of opportunities to be part of it if you just choose to invest in the school and your peers.

stars & gripes Stars To:

• No school the day after Halloween this year. It’s not like anyone was planning on going to school on Nov. 1 anyway, but now it’s official! • Girls volleyball pushing for their third straight state title. Sitting in first place in the Suburban West Conference with a record of 21-1-1 (as of Oct. 14)? Can you say dynasty? • The Syrian arms conflict actually being resolved with diplomacy and not bombing. This logic and common sense is almost too much to bear for some politicians. • After nine weeks, it’s finally official: Late Start Mondays are completely awesome. •The seniors making a great comeback from their poor showing at the Fun Run and winning Homecoming Week. Bet no one saw that coming.

Gripes To:

• The government shutdown lasting a lot longer than we all thought it would. Good to know that neither side of the political spectrum grasps the concept of a compromise, which was taught to everyone in preschool. • 90s theme for Homecoming. We don’t know why, but none of us really remember the 90s all that well... • Post-Homecoming exhaustion/depression. One Sunday is not enough time to recover from the shocking news that you are, in fact, a terrible dancer. • A 9-year old boy from Minnesota sneaking on to a plane and flying to Las Vegas. So he can just walk on, but we still have to take off our shoes? • Rumors swirling in the District about calorie limits in food sold. We already don’t have real soda, now they dare take away our cookies too? •Pertussis or whooping cough making an appearance at several Rockwood schools. Didn’t that go out with polio and the plague? -Daniel Martinez




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Private corporation leaders should keep quiet on controversial issues Americans love themselves a good boycott. There have been very important boycotts that have led to great things. One example includes the Montgomery bus boycott, which helped lead the way toward civil rights. Although some boycotts may seem ridiculous and unnecessary, they are a great way to get people talking about hot button topics. One of the more famous boycotts our generation has faced was in the summer of 2012 when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy revealed his family’s support for “traditional families.” As a response, gay rights groups called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A , creating a loss in sales from the gay demographic. It is as though we are reliving this event over again after recent comments from the President of Barilla, Guido Barilla, brought up similar ideas on gay marriage on an Italian radio show. Once again, gay rights groups have called for a boycott of the company, and rival pasta companies have jumped on the opportunity to better enhance how customers view them, with advertisements featuring rainbow pasta reading “pasta for all.” The people in charge of these companies need to learn that times are changing and although they may have the right to state their opinions, it is completely stupid of them to do so.

Let Me Tell You

gabbymcdaris –editor in chief–

Dan Cathy is not Chick-fil-A , he is a 60-year-old white man with a million dollar pension fund riding on the sale of chicken strips. All he had to do was stay quiet and keep his outdated beliefs to himself, but instead he put his deep fried foot in his mouth and created a rift between himself and some of his customers. Guido Barilla is no different. One would think that he would have learned from Cathy’s mistakes, but he apparently ignored them altogether. How did he think it was going to go? The comment wasn’t going to go unnoticed and he knew that. Otherwise what was the point of saying anything at all? The world is an evolving place. People love an excuse to get angry and these companies are giving them a very good reason to stop purchasing their products and damage the company’s sales and reputations. Even though Guido and Cathy have the right to make these comments, it was pretty stupid of them to

go ahead with them anyway. Guido has now issued two apologies, one a written apology that can be found on the company website, and the other a video of Guido apologizing. Although he states in both apologies that he has no negative views towards homosexuals, it is hard to believe that this is truly how he feels. These comments will forever hang over the head of Guido and his company. Cathy and Guido’s views are unnecessary and unwelcome. Sure, they may want to express their personal feelings on certain topics, but when they became the heads of their companies, they lost that right. In a way, Guido Barilla is the face of the company, so whatever he says, although it may be his own personal opinion, will be taken to heart as the company’s views as a whole. The easiest way for these multimillion dollar companies to stay out of these hot water situations is to keep their mouths shut when it comes to controversial topics. Although it may only create a minor impact, the amount of stress it causes on the companies is not worth the simple satisfaction of stating one’s personal opinions. One thing is for certain, if these companies don’t learn to keep out of political discussions, consumers may keep out of their businesses.

Around the country, across the web and all over the school we find things that intrigue us. Here are a few things that are on our radar this month:


- Haunted houses to visit on Halloween weekend: • Creepyworld • The Darkness • Lemp Brewery • Fright Fest at Six Flags

- Apparently crew members of the Fall Play Fools went on a one-day strike due to what they called a lack of respect from some cast members. Props to them for settling their differences quicker than all those involved in the government shutdown.



- Share the Harvest gives hunters the opportunity to donate their game this deer-hunting season to food pantries. Now they get to kill things and help the needy! More information at

- Back to the 90s lowered the theme bar below sea level, so here’s some ideas for the Homecoming theme next year. • Epidemics Through the Ages • Deadliest Catch Week • Required Health Examinations Week • Back to the Feudal Era • Felonies and Misdemeanors Week


Students should show more enthusiasm for the pledge I remember it coming as quite a shock my freshman year when I found out that we did not recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. Ever since my days at Chesterfield Elementary, I had been accustomed to the pledge being a part of my daily routine, standing up each morning first thing to recite the oath to my country. After the first couple of weeks, I was used to the change. Eventually, I even found myself being surprised every Monday when the student announcers would read it. Earlier this year, junior Taylor Kaddouri decided it was time for a change and started a petition to have the pledge read over the announcements at the beginning of first hour class every day of the week. For some reason this seems to have sparked a lot of controversy, which is ridiculous. Personally, I find the initiative that Kaddouri showed in trying to introduce more patriotism into the school to be very

inspiring. It took time and effort for her to put the petition through the paces and that should be admired. She had motivation to make a change and made it happen. That does not mean I think that saying the pledge every day is necessary. The Pledge of Allegiance is a pledge and a pledge is a promise. We should not have to make a promise to our nation every single day in order to be considered a true patriot. I’m glad to stand every morning and recite the pledge, but that does not make me more of an American than the kid who would rather just stay in his seat. On that note, what is the point of saying the pledge every day if some students are not even going to do it? When it comes time to saying the pledge each morning, most of my classmates have not even left their seats before the pledge is halfway over. Barely anyone actually says the pledge

and those that do say it under their breath as inaudible as possible. Did I sign the petition? Yes, I did, but I would be lying if I said that it was for all the right reasons. It might sound a little juvenile, but one of the main reasons I signed it was because of peer pressure. Everyone else was signing it and I felt it as an obligation to my peers more than anything. I did not want to wave away the petition and look anti-American to everyone in my class. That being said, I still like the idea of saying the pledge every day, even if my classmates are not so willing to comply when the time comes. Is it really so taxing to be asked to stand every morning for all of about 15 seconds in order to pay homage to our nation and those who serve it? It’s a matter of respect. While saying the pledge is not necessary whatsoever, it should still be held in high regard and as a

sort of responsibility. Anyone who thinks the pledge is not worth the quarter of a minute it takes to recite has their priorities a little skewed. One of the main arguments I hear being brought up on subject is the fact that only 500 students signed the petition. This means at least 1,500 students, roughly three-fourths of the student body, did not. While this is a valid argument, I do not think the results would have been different even if the petition had been presented to every single student. Like I said, one of the main reasons I signed was as to not look like a non patriot to my fellow classmates. I am sure there are others who agree with me. I guess the point I am trying to make with this is that if the whole school had taken a blind vote, or the petition had simply been made available and not brought directly to the students, we might have seen a different outcome.

I’m Just Sayin’ alexlamar

–opinions editor– Overall, I support the idea of saying the pledge every day, as long as we’re actually saying it. I would like for us to be able to do so, but if everyone in my class is just going to half-heartedly shuffle to their feet and mumble each word, I don’t really see the point. The sad thing is, there is nothing we can do to change that.

Your Turn What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?

jenniferbutler –reporter–

John Hardie, 9

Emily Geller, 10

Smrithi Mani, 11

Christine Schierholz, 12

“My favorite thing about Halloween is dressing up and hanging out with my friends.”

“I like all the different decorations and trying to make everything scary.”

“Hearing my parents whine about teenagers and how they’re always so crazy is probably my favorite part.”

“I love trick-or-treating. I’ve been doing it for a long time and still do.”

Steven Klawiter, Social Studies Teacher

“I like watching my kids get excited and dressed up and taking them out to get candy.”



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Science Department $15,000

Last year, $80,500 of Lafayette’s nearly $350,000 budget was distributed among 15 departments in order to purchase supplies and other classroom necessities. Essentially, this would leave each department with roughly $5,300 to purchase all of their supplies. However, it does not always work out this way due to each individual department’s need for different materials. Principal John Shaughnessy said, “Some departments receive more, and some less, based on the number of people in the department and supplies needed to support its content.” Generally, the departments with more money are the departments that require

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a larger number of consumable supplies. These are supplies that can be used only once, such as paint, dissection specimens and chemicals. Because they have to purchase these materials in mass quantities in order to replenish their stock, the cost of the Fine Arts, Physical Education and Science Departments can quickly add up. “Lab-based classes and Fine or Practical Arts classes tend to have larger budgets based on the materials needed to meet student objectives for those classes,” Shaughnessy said. Though the consumable supplies require a large portion of the budget, the nonconsumable supplies, supplies able to be

used more than once, such as microscopes, probes, bicycles and weights can be just as costly. Luckily, several big ticket items and all textbooks are paid for by the district. For example, the two kilns used for Ceramics I/ II were purchased by the district, as well as the Foreign Language Lab. Departments like Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics and Foreign Language have smaller budgets due to the fact that they require mainly textbooks and fewer consumable supplies. While $80,500 seems like plenty of money for classroom supplies, it is shocking to see how quickly this money can be spent.*

“Each class needs different materials. In Chemistry you’ll use chemicals; in Biology you’ll need a preserved specimen. For a school of our size and for what we accomplish academically, our budget is very modest.” jeffmarx

“It is a really big deal for us to take very good care of our equipment because it is extremely expensive. We rely heavily on grants and are very thankful for the Lancer Parent Organization which basically provided us with $11,000 within two years to purchase bikes.”

The PE Department owns approximately 100 dodgeballs which adds up to over $3,000 solely in dodgeballs. Think about that the next time you rip off the protective coating and pull apart the foam.

Dodgeb alls (6 $200 )


Fine Arts Department $13,000

Lafayette owns two operating kilns used by Ceramics I/II students. Generally, almost $1,200 is spent on clay and glazes each year

Kiln $2,0 00

“Donations are what allow us to have all of the equipment we need. For example, the basketball team is always really good about passing down their old basketballs every year. We’re extremely grateful.”

-PE Department Chair-

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The Physical Education Department is currently replacing the old, rusted Olympic Weight Bars with new stainless steel ones. Eight more bars are still needed.

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-PE Department ChairOver the years, Lafayette has purchased 17 stationary bikes. The bike prices ranged from $800-1,200.

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Any scientific model, such as the body model shown, is purchased using the Science Department’s budget. The cost of models range from $15-$200.

dels o M Body 15 $1

-Science Department Chair-

*Prices provided by Department Chairs

Physical Education Department $3,600

Specimens used for dissection are expensive. Depending on the species and other specifications such as the size and number of injections, prices can range from $5-65.

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–features editor–

“How much we allocate within a particular division of our budget really does vary from year to year. It just depends on what we have on hand and how many kids are enrolled in a certain subject.” jeffmarx

pe o c s o Micr 409 $



Fetal Pig $25

Microscope $409

“We try to scavenge supplies and use recycled materials as much as we can; a lot of supplies are donations. We’re as frugal as we can with the budget that we have.” laurensakowski

-Fine Arts Department Chair-

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A single box of photo paper contains 250 sheets of paper. That means each piece of paper costs $1.32. Fine Arts teacher Joy Lamb said she conserves as much photo paper as possible by cutting it into smaller test strips for her novice students.

“An individual tube of paint isn’t much, but when you’re purchasing in mass quantities, like we are, those totals really add up.” laurensakowski

-Fine Arts Department Chair-

mera a C g o l Ana $300

Because the equipment used in Photography I/II is so expensive, students are required to pay a $10 studio fee.

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What More Can You Do?

Students take action during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month meganrigabar –reporter–

Schools, organizations, businesses and teams nationwide are raising awareness for breast cancer this October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lafayette is no exception. Football, girls softball and field hockey are among many of the Lafayette teams that are all showing their support for the cause through fundraising games and activities, as well as sporting pink, the trademark color of breast cancer. In addition, students in Business Management are taking action by producing and selling socks for the cure. Lafayette’s support reflects the growing prevalence of breast cancer in the nation and the increasing need for a cure. “I think because the information has been shared and it has become more prominent, there are more teams now figuring out how they can get on board,” Activities Director Steve Berry said. Student support is helping paint the school pink, one team at a time.

>Getting Down to Business Students in Business Management are knocking the socks off of cancer with the production and sale of socks for breast cancer through their company, Lancer Elites Inc. Led by business teacher Betsy Rivas, the students decided their sock sales would be a great opportunity to give back to the community. “Since we do most of our sales in October, we figured it would be perfect timing,” junior Paige Randazzo, Vice President of Finance, said. The students developed three different sock choices including one sock for breast cancer, which is pink and white. People can choose between athletic socks and crew socks, which are more generalized. “Originally our socks were going to be $12 for one [pair] and then two for $20, but for the socks that we are going to donate to breast cancer, we are going to sell $10 per pair. Then we are going to donate a dollar for each sock sold back to Susan G. Komen,” senior Moe Othman, President, said. The socks also include the Lancer logo, so students can show school spirit. “Football season is in full swing right now and we thought it would be a good thing to get awareness out there if we sold these with the LHS logo, so you can show school support and support for the cause,” junior Brendan Carnahan, Vice President of Production, said. However, the business class has found competition. “Our only competitors are the Booster Club, and they are selling their socks for $15 a pair. Ours are

going to be $12 for one [pair] and 2 for $20, so it’s a discount for similar socks. Our breast cancer socks are going to be $10, so that’s even more of a discount. They’re just cheaper with the LHS logo, and you’re supporting a good cause,” Othman said. In the past, the business class has raised money for other organizations, but this is the first time the money has gone towards breast cancer. “This is the first time that we’re branching beyond the boundaries of Lafayette and giving back to the community in a larger way in something that can impact people beyond our boundaries,” Rivas said. Besides raising money, the students aim to set a precedent for future classes to continue giving back to the community. “We want our class to be kind of the example. Not just because of the breast cancer awareness, but us as a whole. We have a good group of people that are willing to do stuff for the class and the company so we want to be an example that we donated and that our team brought it all together,” Othman said. Together, Rivas’ students are encouraging future classes to give back to the community and raise funds for breast cancer, one sock at a time.

>Knocking Cancer Out of the Park The girls softball’s annual pink-themed game against Marquette at the Ellisville ballpark on Sept. 14 helped raise funds to strike out cancer. “We moved the games back so more parents and fans could come. All the girls wore some type of pink, either on their uniform, a hair bow or socks to raise awareness for breast cancer and support those that have gone through it and those that are fighting at that moment,” Assistant Softball Coach Ashley Lewis said. For Lewis, the game is more than just a way to raise a little money. “It really hits home with me because my mom had breast cancer and she’s been in remission for 15 years, so it’s pretty awesome to see her and know the struggles she went through,” Lewis said. On the field, the bases were painted pink. Outside the field, there were softballs made of pink construction paper with the names of cancer survivors or people who have passed away from breast cancer. The balls serve to honor those who struggled with breast cancer, like Lewis’ mom. “All those people that have names on those balls went through a similar type thing and it’s just sad because it’s hitting so many people,” Lewis said. Throughout the game, people donated money, which was later given to the Susan G. Komen fund. The team raised $788.50 through both the junior varsity and varsity games with some help from the umpires, who donated $100. For varsity player junior Marissa Gress, having an

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aunt who is a breast cancer survivor made the game even more fulfilling. “It makes me feel better during the game knowing that the money we’ve raised is going to help find a cure and continue research,” Gress said. Almost everybody knows someone who has had breast cancer, so recognizing those people with the pink softballs made it a special night for those who attended. “It’s a neat night for a lot of people because for probably everyone involved, they know someone somehow that’s going through it, so it’s pretty neat,” Lewis said. All the money raised by the girls softball team at their pink-themed game is sure to throw a curveball at cancer.

>“Stick it to Cancer” Field hockey played its annual “Stick it to Cancer” game in support of breast cancer awareness on Oct. 14. The tradition began three years ago as a way to donate and raise awareness for the cause. “It got started by a group of seniors. The leader was Kelsey Clayman and she kind of took it to heart. The seniors have kind of run the tradition every year,” Field Hockey Coach Melissa Lantz said. To raise money, senior players collected donations during lunch and junior varsity players collected during the varsity game. In addition, another donation was made after the game. “Sometimes the other team will raise money as well and we will donate together, so it’s kind of a collaborative thing between the other schools that we are playing,” Lantz said. Although past donations have been given to Susan G. Komen, this year’s donations will be more widespread. “We might do it a little different this year, since some of our players have been affected directly by cancer. We might split to different organizations but all dealing with cancer,” Lantz said. Besides raising money, varsity players wore pink T-shirts as jerseys for their game and junior varsity wore pink socks or ribbons in support. Through the “Stick it to Cancer” game, field hockey teams have continued their legacy of raising awareness for breast cancer.

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Upcoming Events to Benefit the Cause: • Spare Nothing for the Cure: Help strike out cancer on Oct. 27 at the Brunswick Zones in Chesterfield and St. Peters. Events are held at both locations at either noon-2 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. You can register alone or with a team; registration gets you a T-shirt, two hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental. • Race for the Cure: Although the St. Louis race is not until June, registration opens soon. Mark your calenders and keep an eye out for more information!

Ongoing Events: •Need a little retail therapy? Dillard’s, JCPenny, the Loft, Macy’s, Target and True Religion Jeans are among a few of the many stores offering various new collections of clothes, accessories and personal care items benefiting breast cancer awareness. •Get active with breast cancer awareness themed athletic gear from Asics, Dick’s, Kohl’s and New Balance. •Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for you and the cause. Stock up on select General Mill’s products that are part of the PinkTogether campaign to turn packaging pink. Participating products include Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Honey Nut Cheerios and Nature Valley. •Need a snack? Grab a Yoplait yogurt! Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign donates 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Fund for every pink lid that is mailed or redeemed online.

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Hindman takes grueling sport to national level hannahmartin –sports reporter–

Most 5-year-olds spend their days learning their A B Cs, coloring or playing on the swings at recess. Freshman Austin Hindman was a little busier. He is what you would call a prime example of what it takes to be not just an athlete, but a triathlete. He competed in his first triathlon at age 5. Triathlons have been the fastest growing sport around the world since the first recorded triathlon took place in 1974. Running, swimming and cycling come together for the ultimate test of endurance, speed and strength. “I started with swimming, then biking and running came after and since my dad was doing triathlons he signed me up,” Hindman said. The support and encouragement that Hindman’s dad has given him has been a major contribution in what he has achieved so far. “My dad is my role model,” he said. What sets triathlons apart from other sports is that you have to train for three different events instead of just one, and there is no set distance for any event. Each course is different, so it’s hard to go by time. Triathlons take place in the summer. During that time, he trains six days a week swimming, running and cycling. He continues his intense training during the school year. He is a member of the swim and cross country teams. Hindman runs four days a week on

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. That would leave only one day a week for swim practice, so Hindman swims every morning before school. Hindman said he doesn’t have as much free time as he would like because of the demanding training schedule, but the hard work has paid off because Hindman is the number one ranked youth triathlete in the country. “That’s probably my biggest accomplishment so far,” Hindman said. Hindman wants to continue doing triathlons and become a professional triathlete when he’s older. His passion for the sport will surely get him there. “I love all of it when it’s all put together” Hindman said. On the way to the top, there will always be downs. Last year before Nationals, Hindman pulled his glute and couldn’t run until four weeks before Nationals. “That was kind of a big problem I had to deal with,” he said. Hindman saw the challenge and overcame it. The hard work has only just begun for Hindman as next year will be a very big year for him. “It’s the first year that I can start qualifying for International races,” Hindman said. His next race is this summer in Richmond, VA. It is a Worlds qualifier called the Pan American Cup. Only the top three men from the U.S. in his age group, 16-18 years old will advance. Hindman’s strategy for the event is simple. “Worlds is my goal,” he said.

STARTING STRONG Hindman competes in his first triathlon at age 5. Throughout the years, he has continued to pursue his passion with the ultimate goal of going pro. As a top ranked youth triathlete, Hindman hopes to one day represent the United States in World’s Competition. — photos courtesy of Austin Hindman












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Picks of the Month

TV Show: The Originals

As The Vampire Diaries began its fifth season, the CW has released a spin-off called The Originals. In their last appearance on The Vampire Diaries, three of the five original vampires, the inhumane Klaus, the morally righteous Elijah and the isolated Rebekah, left Mystic Falls to go their separate ways and now find themselves in New Orleans. As seen in the premiere, a group of vampires has forced the witches of New Orleans to cease all magic. As a result of these desperate times, a witch appeals to Elijah for help. The witches have captured a werewolf named Haley, who is pregnant with Klaus’ child. Needing to keep Haley alive, Elijah agreed to lend his services and convince Klaus to help. But does Klaus care enough about his family to be selfless? Or are his intensions completely selfish? The first season of The Originals is on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on the CW network. Being a fan of The Vampire Diaries, I was immediately intrigued by this new show. The Originals’ premiere proved itself as an individual show, cutting all ties to The Vampire Diaries. This allows the audience is able to develop new thoughts and feelings on the main characters. The Originals is being taken in a direction that will keep viewers on their toes. Even if you are not a hard core fan of The Vampire Diaries, I still recommend this show to anyone with a love for unpredictable, never-ending drama.—Emily Pascoe

The Image staffers give their entertainment picks for the month of October.

Movie: Carrie

Album: Pure Heroine

In a few short weeks it will be Halloween, so now is the perfect time to go see a scary movie. Why not Carrie? It’s a film adaptation of an acclaimed Stephen King novel, it comes out in theaters today, on Oct. 18 and it’s the only horror film coming out this month that appears to have any plot whatsoever. The trailer pretty much gives away the whole story, but there isn’t much to give away in the first place, seeing as this is the third remake. Hopefully Chloë Grace-Moretz does a better job playing the lead role than Angela Bettis did. At least they didn’t cast a 30 year old woman to play a teenager this time around.—Alex LaMar

It’s tough not to feel bad about yourself when you learn the story of sixteen year old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde. Early this year, her song Royals reached #1 on US and New Zealand’s charts, as well as The Love Club EP reaching #2 in New Zealand, #23 here in the US. On Sept. 27, she released her latest album, Pure Heroine, featuring some of her best music yet. Being only 16, her lyrics are much more teenager-centered than the typical music heard today. Lorde’s lyrics are deeper and emotional, showing that electronic pop music can still be dynamic and intelligent.—Katie Blackstone

App: Sleep Time

Game: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

Sleep Time by Azumio will completely change how you wake up in the morning. Sleep Time uses a 30 minute wake-up window, waking you up slowly and more naturally, leaving you feeling refreshed. Put your phone under your pillow at night and the app uses the phone’s accelerometer to measure how much you move in your sleep, your stress level and how many hours of sleep you got. Once the app learns your sleep pattern, it decides when you are sleeping the lightest during your 30 minute wake up window and the alarm goes off then. —Jessica Brown

The sixth generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, released on Oct. 12 for Nintendo 3DS and set new standards for the classic series. This is the first core entry in the series to feature entirely three-dimensional gameplay (as opposed to the regular top-down view). Also, players will be able to choose two different starter Pokémon this time around: one new sixth-generation Pokémon (Chespin, Froakie or Fennekin) and one from the first generation (Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle). This is the first Pokémon generation that was to have the same release date internationally.—Alex LaMar

October Lit Link Crossword

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DIY: Fall Flavors & Fashion

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Fall calls for picking up a new hobby, attempting new recipes Making a Pumpkin Spice Latte Make sure to stock up on all the seasonal goodies. At Bread Company, pumpkin muffies make an appearance. Einstein’s Bros harbors an Autumn Roast coffee, pumpkin bagels and pumpkin “shmear” or cream cheese, and pumpkin muffins. At Starbucks, pumpkin-flavored products are all the rage: pumpkin bread, pumpkin cream cheese muffins and pumpkin scones dazzle the fall-crazed masses. Starbucks also hosts the Salted Caramel Mocha and Chocolate Chai Tea latte as well as the widely-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. Directions 1. Grab your favorite mug. Gather your ingredients: two cups of milk (the recipe calls for whole milk, but skim milk is a healthier alternative) two tablespoons canned pumpkin, two tablespoons vanilla extract, one-half teaspoon of pumpkin spice, one to two tablespoons of sugar and one-half cup of coffee and whipped cream. 2. Put the pumpkin, milk and sugar on the stove and whisk the three together until the combination begins to steam. 3. Take the mix off the heat and add the vanilla and spices of choice (the recipe calls for pumpkin spice, but anything from nutmeg or cinnamon would work as well). Then mix everything with a wire whisk until foamy. 4. Pour the mixture into your cutest mug (depending on the size of the mug, you may have to pour in your second-cutest mug as well) and then add the coffee or espresso. 5. For a more Instagram-worthy drink, swirl some whipped cream on top and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice. 6. Enjoy your own spin on this fabulously-popular autumn drink. Recipe courtesy of The Kitchn.






The leaves are changing, the air is turning crisp, pumpkins are growing and summer clothes are being packed away for a semester-worth of hibernation. After a long, hot summer it is finally time to whip out the warm hoodies, chestnut Ugg boots and purchase a seasonal latte. This year, be ahead of the game. Below are a few simple ideas to improve your fall inventory.

Making a Garter-Stitch Scarf Knitting can be a fun and affordable way to create fall or winter pieces. It is a cozy alternative to keeping warm this autumn. Learn from my mistake though, knitting isn’t as simple as it looks. Though grandmothers make knitting appear to be a painfully easy way past time, knitting takes a lot of practice, help and experience. Michael’s craft store hosts classes for teenagers and elders alike that hold an interest in learning to knit. Despite the initial difficulty, knitting is a great hobby with impressive results. If you want to learn how to make a scarf but you don’t know where to begin, check out for more information. Below is how to make a basic garter-stitch scarf. Directions Materials: 180 yards of yarn or 165 meters of medium weight yarn, size 11 needles (8 millimeters) and tapestry needle. 1. Cast on 20 stitches, leaving a four-inch tail. 2. Work in the garter stitch, meaning knit every row, until the scarf is about 52 inches long, or 132 centimeters. Continue until enough yarn is left to tie off stitches and fasten yarn tail. 3. Bind off stitches loosely. 4. Cut the yarn with four inches remaining. 5. After threading the tapestry needle, weave throughout the bound-off stitches to band. 6. Then, lastly, weave in the yarn tail at cast-on edge. 7. Voila! A cozy new scarf. Instructions are courtesy of TLC



Making S’more Brownies A signature trademark of fall is bonfires. Though bonfires are fun, you can still enjoy a great s’more without the fire and a new twist. For s’more fans, this recipe will be a perfect dessert without the campfire. Brownie lovers will go crazy for this delicious twist to a classic s’more. Directions 1. Gather your ingredients: Crust: six tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, one and a half cups crushed graham cracker crumbs, two tablespoons sugar, pinch of fine salt. Brownie: eight tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, four ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped, one cup packed light brown sugar, three-fourths cup white sugar, one and a half teaspoons pure vanilla extract, onehalf teaspoon fine salt, four large cold eggs, one cup all-purpose flour. Topping: four cups large marshmallows and two Hershey bars. 2. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 3. Lightly butter the 8x8 inch square baking pan. 4. Stir the remaining butter with the crumbs, salt and sugar in a bowl. Then line the bottom of the pan evenly with the crumb mixture. Bake this until golden, or about 20 minutes. 5. While the crust is baking, start the brownie. Add the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Put in microwave to melt for about two minutes. Stir until entirely melted. 6. Stir the white and brown sugar, the salt and the vanilla into the melted butter/chocolate mixture. Put in the eggs and also the flour. 7. After all ingredients are added and the batter is thick, pour the batter on top of the crust prepared earlier. 8. Place in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes. A good way to check is to dip a toothpick in the brownie and if it comes out clean, it is done. 9. Take out from the oven and turn on the broiler on low heat. Then layer the marshmallows and the chocolate (preferably smaller-sized) on top of the brownies and put on the broiler until golden-brown. It will most likely take 2 minutes or less. 10. Take out and let cool. Cut as desired. Recipe courtesy of Food Network





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