Oct. 1, 2010 Vol. 42, No. 2
Lafayette High School 17050 Clayton Rd. Wildwood, MO 63011
Increasing student usage of the Internet sensation, Skype, is maintaining bonds between friends and more ... See Pages 10-11
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Oct. 1, 2010
The new Skype phenomena has taken over computer screens worldwide. Senior Jordan Malke, junior Josh Scala, Audrey Wood, Class of 2010 and Math Department Chair Danna Phillips all use it to keep in touch with friends and family. (Photos by Alex Vanderheyden)
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RSD charges Boy, Girl Scouts for facilities McKayla Treat / Reporter Starting this school year, the Rockwood School District is making more changes to their building usage fees. In the past, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were the only exception to building usage fees, but at the Board of Education meeting on Aug. 19, the board announced the Scouts will be charged this year as well. Approximately 150 people attended the meeting, and many of them were parents and leaders of scouting groups that use Rockwood facilities. Some parents and troop leaders said if Scouts were charged to use Rockwood facilities, the number of students participating would decline. Other people said that troops would find a different place to hold their meetings. Anne Hanson, a parent of a scout, voiced her opinion. She said, “Our tax dollars already pay for the utilities and maintenance in these buildings. Scouts should not be taxed twice.” Girl Scout troop leader Katie Listerman also had an opinion on the new fees. She said, “If all other groups are taxed, scouts should be, too.” Because of the new facility usage fees, some groups have chosen to find alternative meeting sites. “Now we don’t meet at school. We have to meet at peoples’ houses,” sophomore Amy Bower, Venturing Crew (coed Scouting organization) member, said. However, Girl Scout Troop 2942, continues to hold its meetings at a Rockwood school.
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News 3 Fall Play to offer modern twist on Shakespeare
Maddie Henning / Reporter
While practicing the death scene of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, played by Charlie Frail, lifts Juliet, played by Sierra Buffum. Director Natasha Toro said learning to lift a “dead person” is hard because the person is just dead weight. (Photo by Kara Campbell)
The Fall Play will take the famous Shakespearian tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, in a new direction. Director Natasha Toro said the Lafayette Theater Department is taking a modern approach to the piece. “I’m keeping the language the same, but setting it in modern day. The costumes will be modern and so will the actions. Instead of swords, we’ll use knives,” Toro said. Toro also hopes students will come to the play because of the name recognition, since most students read the book during their freshman year. “I chose Romeo and Juliet because the freshmen learn it. I thought it would be a good way to bridge theater and language arts,” Toro said. Members of the Theatre Department are also looking forward to the updated version of Romeo and Juliet.
Sophomore Sierra Buffum, who will play Juliet, said, “I think the modern version is really cool because it’s different and it’s something that high schoolers can connect to more than the other version.” Junior Swati Sankar, cast as Juliet’s nurse, added, “I think it’s funnier, and the sets are really cool, and it’s just going to be a good time so everyone should come and see it.” Along with the style of the play, the costumes will also be more current than those of traditional Romeo and Juliet. Sophomore Laynie Henning, Costumes Manager, said, “I think that since the play’s modern, the costumes have to be more up to date than stereotypical Romeo and Juliet, like big outfits and stuff. These are going to be less dramatic, and [have] more clean angles.” Tickets will be sold at all lunch shifts in the Commons on Oct. 25-28 for $4 in advance and $5 at the door. The Fall Play will be held from Oct. 28-30 at 7 p. m. in the Theater.
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New Renaissance programs to recognize student excellence Maddie Henning / Reporter Renaissance Coordinator Matt Landwehr has a simple and direct way to describe the Renaissance program. As he said, “Renaissance is to award students and staff for being excellent.” Renaissance Student Steering Committee members have some new ideas to recognize students and make money to support the new programs they are starting this year. One of the programs to make money involves the banners hung at every athletic event. These banners are from Renaissance’s major sponsors, Wildwood Pub and Grill and Royal Banks. Two new major sponsors, Clarkson Eyecare and Petromart/Phillips 66, have been added. Parents are being given the opportunity to support their students and Lafayette with the new Renaissance Parent Program.
“Just like students can be gold, silver, or bronze in Renaissance, with this, parents can be bronze, silver, or gold too,” Landwehr said. Based on the donation amount they would like to give, parents can achieve the gold, silver, or bronze level. For the bronze level, parents pay $25 over four years, equaling a total of $100. For this, parents can have their names listed on the website and get a special listing in the Newsletter. For the silver level, parents pay $50 over four years, equaling a total of $200. Parents in this level get their names listed on the website and a special listing in the Newsletter, and also receive a window decal for their vehicle. For the gold level, which is the highest, parents pay $100 for 4 years, equaling a total of $400. At this level, parents will have their names listed on the website and Newsletter,
receive a window decal for their vehicle, and receive one brick with up to three lines of engraving which will be placed in the school courtyard. The students remain Renaissance’s main focus, so the Steering Committee has thought of two new ways to reward students. Renaissance Steering Committee is also holding a prize drawing every Renaissance Tuesday, where the winning student will be given two tickets to a Pageant show. Any Renaissance student may enter themselves into the drawing. “The shows will vary weekly, so students need to go to the stage and see what show is being offered that week,” Landwehr said. Another idea for student prizes is still being confirmed, but would award free Penn Station subs or Qdoba burritos to four students who would get free subs or burritos for a full
quarter. The plan is to have staff members and departments choose the students who will win the free food, with two students getting free subs and two students getting free burritos. The Renaissance Steering committee is still working out the details of the programs, but also promises to have other surprises through the year to recognize high achieving students. One reward that will remain the same are academic credit cards which will be given at lunch on the stage in the Commons on Oct. 18.
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Cyberbullying Rockwood to implement new policy
Sarah Greenlee / Reporter ver two years ago, Megan Meier, a 13-year-old girl from Dardenne Prairie, MO committed suicide after being continually harassed over the internet. The event caused much uproar due to the lack of a Missouri state law regarding cyberbullying or harassment. The woman who had been harassing Meier was not convicted under any charges concerning bullying or harassment. Therefore, Rockwood has decided they need to update their bullying policy. Cyberbullying is defined by the Rockwood School District as, “the intimidation or harassment that causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property, i.e. physical actions, including gestures or oral, cyber-bullying electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting such acts.”
With the new era of technology, cyberbullying has become a much larger issue. The Cyberbullying Research Center states on their website, “Approximately 20 percent of the students in our sample admitted to cyberbullying others in their lifetimes.” The site continued, “Posting mean or hurtful comments and spreading rumors online were the most commonly reported types of cyberbullying they reported during the previous 30 days.” Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Dennis Griffth said, “There has to be a nexus [connection to the school],” in order to discipline any students. This includes threatening or harassing statements that involve the school, such as, “I’m going to beat you up tomorrow at school.” Cyberbullying would face similar consequences to that of other types of bullying. In regard to incidents including students from other districts, Griffith said, “If [the message] was [sent] from a district computer we could discipline [the student] for bullying,
but it would depend on the circumstances.” However, if the statement doesn’t make a reference to the school in any way, the school cannot discipline the student, but the administrators can call students in to discuss the situation. Furthermore, if a student denies having written the threat, the district cannot punish the student, because they cannot prove that the student actually wrote and sent the message. “We would want to have a pretty solid case determining who sent [the messages] before disciplining,” Griffith said. The Board will further discuss the changes to this policy at the Oct. 7 meeting. Community members will have the opportunity to speak to the Board with any concerns.
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LHS and the City Homecoming theme will bring the big city to Wildwood •Fun Run at 1 p.m. •First 225 get a T-shirt
•Hall Decs •Lunch: Food Eating Contest •“Dress like a Tourist Day”
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•Lunch: Jousting •Juniors & seniors wear spirit shirts; freshmen & sophomores wear black and gold •Powder Puff Game 7 p.m.
Hall Decoration Themes Freshmen- Cairo Sophomores- Tokyo Juniors- Los Angeles Seniors- Paris
•Homecoming Dance 7:30-10:30 p.m. •Tickets: $10 per person 10/13 & 10/14 $15 on 10/15
•Staff Development Day •“Pajamas & College Loungewear Day”
•Jazz Band during lunch •“Spirit Clothing Day” •Pep Assembly •Homecoming Parade at 5:30 p.m. •Game vs. Parkway South at 7:30 p.m.
Then and Now:
Grads recall first Homecoming 50 years ago Alicia Mestre / News Editor Fifty years. Five decades. Half a century. The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Lafayette’s opening and first Homecoming Dance. Much has changed in the last 50 years and James Silvernail, Class of 1963, and Janis Wilson, Class of 1965, recalled some of the details from the original dance from the 1960s. “What I remember about Homecoming is that a lot of [the students] had Flat Tops or Crew Cut [hair styles],” Silvernail said. He continued, “As for the clothes, the girls wore longer skirts and the guys wore button down shirts and long pants.” Wilson said, “I believe [dances] were
a bit more formal back then. I remember the girls wore long gloves with their formal [gowns] and we all wore clip on earrings as ear piercing was not very popular until our college days.” Wilson continued, “High heels were only two to three inches tall, not the five inch stilettos we see today.” She added, “Very few strapless gowns were worn as no one had implants back then.” Not only has the clothing changed, but inevitably, due to the shift from record players to iPods, dance music has evolved. “Of course the music was the great old time rock of the 1960s and 1950s,” Silvernail said. There was “a lot of Chuck Berry, Elvis and slow dance music.”
Before the dance, the Homecoming football game was the center of attention. In the past, the football game as well as the dance were on Saturday. There was just enough time between the game and the dance to get dolled up. Wilson said of being a baton twirler during her high school years, “It was awfully cold to get out there to twirl our batons during halftime in those skimpy uniforms [that] of course look kind of frumpy compared to the uniforms worn nowadays.” Though teenage culture has changed over the years, there is one thing that Silvernail sees as a continuous tradition. He said, “The one thing that I think is probably the same [between then and now] is the [Homecoming] Parade.”
As one of the first LHS Homecoming Queens, Marcelene Forbis represents the best of the 1960s. Forbis was in the same graduating class as Janis Wilson. (Photo from the 1965 Legend)
6 News Briefs
Flu Shot Vaccines
Lafayette will be hosting a flu vaccine clinic Oct. 11 3-5 p.m. for staff, students and local community members. The vaccine will protect against H3N2, H1N1 and the common flu virus. The cost for Rockwood employees is $20. The cost for students and community members is $30. The flu mist vaccine is available for an extra $10.
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Senior Women must attend at least two Powder Puff practices which are Oct. 4, 6 and 12 at 3:15 p.m. , Oct. 5 and 11 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.
The NHS, Community Service class, Freshman Seminar class, and JROTC are sponsoring a winter clothing donation for the St. Patrick’s Homeless Center and Cote Crilliante Elementary School. Bring winter clothing and outerwear to Room 282, 163, or 162 by Oct 27.
Oct. 1, 2010
New area movie theater offers unique experience Max Thoman / Managing Editor AMC and Wehrenberg Theatres are going to have company in Wildwood as a new B&B Theatre is scheduled to open in October. Located in the Town Center Development, the Wildwood Cinema 10 will contain 10 different screens, however, B&B Theatres decided to get a leg up on the competition in their new location by adding specific appealing aspects to their building. The theatre is to be the first in the St. Louis area with all-digital projection and will also be the first theatre in Missouri built without a projection booth and one of the first in the world. The new establishment will also boast complete 3D capabilities and will contain two VIP Auditoriums nicknamed, “The Marquee”. According to B&B Theatres, the Marquee is only to be utilized by persons 21 years of age and up due to its inclusion of a full bar. Separated from the other auditoriums, the Marquee is to be complete with its own lobby, full menu choices, and plush leather reclining seats. These auditoriums will have an additional fee due to their capabilities, however, the VIP auditoriums will feature impressive qualities in terms of the movies shown. Both feature Christie digital projection and Real D 3D, with the larger of the two featuring Dolby 7.1 surround sound. In addition, according to the statement by B&B, every one of the auditoriums will have stadium seating, wall-to-wall curved screens, rocking seats, and DTS surround sound. The art-deco designed theatre will be B&B’s most expansive theatre to date with extra amenities designed for this special market. The final defining aspect of the new B&B Theatre is the “B&B Grand Screen”. The grand screen is “A completely immersive movie experience! B&B’s Grand Screen includes a 56 foot wide wall-to-wall screen with a crystal clear image projected by a Christie™ 2K digital projector that produces millions of pixels on screen for the brightest picture in the industry.” According to the statement, “The B&B’s Grand Screen will also feature RealD XL 3D on select films. The B&B’s Grand Screen features Dolby 7.1
While the construction process is still being completed, junior Sammi Orlowski is excited to have a job at the B&B Theatre when it opens. She said, “I’m a very big movie buff and I like it better than the job I have now.” (Photo by Hannah Boxerman) technology for a fully immersive 360 surround sound experience.” In order to completely immerse the viewers into the movies as well, B&B modified current theatre standards in order to create a full on experience. “Eight amplifiers push 7,800 watts of sound to speakers located throughout the auditorium. In addition to the typical stage and surround sound speaker placements, the B&B’s Grand Screen features ceiling mounted speakers to give a completely floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall, immersive sound experience.”
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Caffeine serves as sleep substitute Leanne Beasley / Feature Editor No longer are students plagued with the all nighter hangover. The emergence of increased caffeine consumption is student’s saving grace as they rely on the plant-based alkaloid for its stimulating effects. Every morning, students arm themselves with a thermos or an energy drink filled with caffeine and walk out the door. Junior Katelyn McConnell starts her day with two cups of sugar and crème laden coffee in the morning and has yet another at lunch. “I normally go to Starbucks when I’m on break at work, and when I am at work, I normally drink soda,” she said. Health risks are not a consideration of McConnell’s at this point; she will go to whatever measures it takes to stay awake and functioning when sleep is not an option. “With homework, work, school and you’ve got to have Jersey Shore in there somewhere, I don’t have any hours to sleep,” McConnell said. McConnell’s mother Chrissie McConnell agrees with her daughter on coffee being a necessity. “Our house wouldn’t function without coffee. We could have no food but just as long as we had coffee, we would be fine,” Chrissie said. Senior Nicole Miinch is a moderate caffeine consumer. Only when the stimulant is truly needed will she take as much as she can get. “When I drink caffeine it is usually because I’m super tired and it helps me stay awake for my classes. But I don’t rely on caffeine, it’s more of a last resort. These sort of instances don’t happen regularly,” Miinch said. Miinch relied heavily on a caffeine-intake when she became sick and needed to be able to function properly during classes. “I’m not a supporter of soda or soft drinks in general, so I don’t drink them normally. However, last week I was sick and I had one to two Amps or sodas a day so that I could make
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Piercing guide prepares for ‘hole’ story Once used as a tradition in ancient Egyptian and Native American cultures, piercings have now been transformed mainly into expressions of personality and identification. A 2001 survey in the publication Clinical Nursing Research found that 62 percent of people who pierced had done so in an effort “to express their individuality.” Others received piercings for purely aesthetic value or as a religious ritual. The Church of Body Modification, for example, requires followers to engage in body manipulation practices like piercings to connect the mind, body and spirit. The taboo tradition has assuredly increased in the past 20 years as the rate of piercing studios have been on the rise and adolescents are among the largest client base. This guide to everything piercing related will take you from the chair to after care hopefully ease the pain before you jump the piercing gun. Kelley Bauer / Reporter With varying techniques used today in the piercing field, new trends are always emerging. Microdermal anchors, otherwise known as surface piercings, have become increasingly popular in professional piercer Ricardo Hernandez’s studio along with many other studios across the country. “I’ve noticed more people requesting microdermals from everywhere along the collarbone to the stomach. Typically, we have to use a scalpel to insert them, and it heals like a normal piercing,” Hernandez said. In his opinion, one of the most difficult piercings to perform is what he calls, “ear projects.” “They are two or more piercings connected with the same jewelry,” Hernandez explained. “What makes them difficult is that you have to measure the ear perfectly to fit the jewelry.” Senior Jaime Andrae received an ear project by Hernandez last year. “My three ringed ear is one of my favorite piercings, because it’s so unique,” Andrae said. However, she described the pain as the most excruciating of all of her 10 piercings. “I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about piercings now because I have gone through so many and I’ve learned something from each,” Andrae said. While getting her last piercing on her navel, Andrae discovered the importance of relaxing on prepiercing table. “I woke up in the chair confused and the piercer told me I passed out
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after he stuck the needle through,” Andrae said. To avoid fainting mid-piercing, she recommends calming your nerves since the adrenaline causes the blood to thin. “Relaxing helps, just take deep breaths and maybe eat a little chocolate to raise your blood sugar,” she said. Senior Jordan Vehlewald also considers herself experienced with piercings as she has given herself five ear piercings. “I figured it was easier than going to a place, and I didn’t want my parents to know,” Vehlewald said. She described the piercings as somewhat painful, however, they were at no cost besides the earring itself. “I just took the earring and put it through,” Vehlewald said. “I didn’t numb or clean the area before or after either.” Although Hernandez recommends not piercing your own ear, none of Vehlewald’s piercings have become infected or irritated. “People don’t realize when they pierce their own ear that the jewelry has to be measured with space for swelling and there has to be the right type of metal. Otherwise infections and other problems can occur,” Hernandez said. Unfortunately for senior Dominic Manno, he is one of the few whose piercing became infected. Last year, Manno noticed his left earring starting to get very red and swollen. “My ear ended up growing over the earring clamp. The doctor had to go in and remove it” he said. To prevent infections, Manno advises to clean piercings regularly.
Rotating a piercing is unnecessary. In fact, touching the piercing at all during the healing process may lead to harmful scarring.
Potential Piercing Problems
When an irritation occurs, the area around the piercing appears swollen and sore. Causes range from lack of cleanliness to an allergic reaction from jewelry. Hernandez recommends to soothe the skin by using natural remedies . Usually, he advises a chamomile tea soak. Another problem which can occur is hyper tropic scarring, appearing as bubble-like scars which arise in cycles beside the pierced area. Avoid this by being careful of bumping, touching and moving the jewelry during the recovery time. However, there is no cure for hyper tropic scarring. Senior Jaime Andrae added to her collection of piercings by getting an ear project last winter. Although the process was painful, she now considers it one of her favorite piercings.
After Care Rules
According to the APP (Association of Professional Piercers) guidelines, piercings need to be cleaned at least once a day during the healing period. Depending on the type of piercing, recovery time varies from one month for piercings such as the tongue to one year for ear cartilage. The APP recommends using a sterile saline solution with no additives, meaning a spray bottle full of contact solution is perfectly acceptable. Yet, it’s important to avoid cleaning with harsh soaps and rubbing alcohol. During healing, discoloration, itching and a whitish secretion normally forms some crust on the jewelry. To protect from possible irritations, wear breathable and clean clothing. Lakes, pools, hot tubs and etc. are also off limits for the first two weeks due to the possibility of bacterial infections. The piercing may appear fully recovered before the recommended period, but it’s crucial to keep taking care of it. Piercings heal from the outside in so the tissue remains fragile on the inside.
Where To Get a Piercing
Hernandez recommends potential customers assess for two important details when making their initial visit. First, request a piercer portfolio to review past work experience. Also, take a look at the cleanliness of the piercing station. Make sure sterile, unopened pouches of needles, clamps and jewelry are used. If you are under 18, parental permission for a piercing is required. At Hernandez’s piercing station in the St. Louis Tattoo Company, he displays his certification from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) and photos of his clients proudly showing off their latest piercing. “I go to the conference held in Las Vegas every year, and I always learn something new about my field,” Hernandez said. “Seventy-five percent of the successfulness of a piercing depends on the piercer,” Hernandez said. “So it’s important to choose wisely.” Iron Age Studio (314) 725-1499 6309 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130
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Students sport special extensions during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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All around the globe, courageous women continue to fight the battle against breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that “based on current rates, 12.7 percent of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives.” In an effort to raise awareness for the fight against cancer, local hair salons in the St. Louis area have begun selling pink hair extensions. Among those participating is Salon Joli, located in Ellisville. Last year, the salon sold about 500 hair extensions ranging in color from light pink to magenta, with each extension sold for $10 a piece. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Salon Joli takes walk-ins. No appointment is necessary for the extensions, for it only takes about two or three minutes. Many students choose to show their support for Breast Cancer by partaking in this fundraiser. Senior Ashley Coffman and her mother Cathy
Coffman received the extensions last October. “My Grandma died of breast cancer, and a couple of my neighbors were recently diagnosed too,” Ashley said. Sophomore Mara Worley has also chosen to sport the pink accessory. “My aunt died of breast cancer when I was really little, so I thought it would be a good thing to do and support the cause,” Worley said. Worley got her extension at the Blonde Flamingo Salon on Manchester Road. She said that her time at the salon was also very quick, and the Blonde Flamingo does not require appointments. As this simple, yet eye-catching way of displaying support becomes more popular among teens and women, those who have been diagnosed with and survived breast cancer can continue to have more hope for a cure. Worley believes the pink hair extensions are a great way to spread awareness. “It’s good to know that awareness is getting bigger, and that it’s a larger cause than it used to be. Even the little things matter, and we [teens] can help,” she said.
My grandma died of breast cancer, and a couple of my neighbors were recently diagnosed.” -Ashley Coffman, senior
Oct. 1, 2010
Jordan Malke, senior 5:12 p.m. Wildwood, United States English jordanmalke
For senior Jordan Malke, using Skype was more than just communication; it was a learning experience. Malke used Skype last year to video-chat with a close friend and soldier, Casey Weiss, who was stationed in Iraq and has now returned to Missouri. “Casey suggested Skype [as a means of communication] while he was in Iraq,” Malke said. “He’d been keeping in touch with his family that way.” Although the two spoke through Facebook as well, Malke preferred to use Skype. “Skype was much more meaningful than Facebook, as it was really personal. It was like having a conversation with him face to face even though he was thousands of miles away,” she said. The only difficulty Malke encountered while using Skype was finding times that worked for both of them to be online. “I got to Skype with him pretty often if he wasn’t too busy, but it usually had to be on a specific schedule because our times were so different. Around eleven p.m. our time it would be about seven a.m. there, so we would Skype late at night or during weekends in my afternoons,” she said. Due to her memorable learning and personal experience with Skype, Malke does not believe that the program is a mere fad. “I highly disagree that Skype is a fad. I think it’s going to grow in popularity dramatically,” she said. “It’s a great program and so convenient for loved ones who are far away. The changes in means in communication nowadays are so crazy, but so beneficial.” Soldiers using Skype may have other beneficial results as well. Recent studies show that using Skype and other online tools to maintain contact with loved ones while deployed helps to significantly lower the risk and severity of post-traumatic stress disorder endured by soldiers in the Iraq War. During these conversations, not only did Malke get to speak to a close friend, but she had the opportunity to learn more about the life of a soldier as well. “I got to see the environment he lived in, and the different soldiers he became friends with [in Iraq]. It was a really neat thing,” she said.
Audrey Wood, Class of 2009 5:12 p.m. Wildwood, United States English audreywood
For many Lafayette graduates, the hardest part of leaving the school is parting with good friends, many of whom will attend colleges across the country. “When I graduated from Lafayette, I definitely left behind a huge group of good friends,” Class of 2009 graduate Rachel Gilman said. “The hardest part was realizing that I really wouldn’t get to see my best friends on a regular basis anymore.” These friends include Audrey Wood, also a 2009 Lafayette graduate. Wood decided to Skype in college in order to keep in touch with friends like Gilman. “I have more free time as a college student than as a high schooler, which is nice. I get to Skype a lot. I like to Skype with my friends from high school and my friends still in high school to check in with them and see how they’re doing. It’s a video, so it’s almost like being with them for real. It’s a better alternative to Facebook chat,” Wood said. Gilman agrees that Skype is the best option for maintaining contact for friends that no longer get to see each other on a daily basis. “With Facebook chat, communication is possible, but it’s a lot more effort than with Skype,” she said. However, Wood dislikes the fact that Skype conversations are limited to two people at a time. “I wish Skype could do more than just one-way chat so you could video conference with a whole group of friends rather than just one person other than that, Skype is awesome,” she said.
Face to face interaction abilities grow on internet Hannah Boxerman / Reporter
A new verb has recently been added to students’ dictionaries. “Skyping”, or using the web program Skype to video-chat with friends, has become a widespread pastime in the five years since the Luxembourg company was bought by eBay and turned into an online phenomenon. Originally called “Sky peer-to-peer”, Skype allows members to make free video-calls to other members across the world. The chat windows display the faces and voices of the members via web cam to each others computers, creating the illusion of face-to-face contact. However, some students only use Skype to talk to friends as nearby as down the street. “I only use it for my close friends. I’ve never Skyped with anyone farther. I just think that Skype is a little more interesting than talking on the phone,” junior Lexi Ramadan said. Yet, other students believe that Skype is just a passing fad. “Although [Skype] is nice to have when friends are far away, I’m sure the popularity of it will go down, just like with the Silly Band fad,” senior Heather Rightler said. Four Lafayette students and staff, however, use the program to maintain relationships with loved in ones in distant areas. For them, Skype has become a vital tool.
Danna Phillips, Mathematics Department 5:12 p.m. Wildwood, United States English danaphillips
Mathematics Department Chair Danna Phillips receives her Skype videos from across the world. Her son, Chuck, 34, works as a construction manager overseas. He has lived in various areas around the world such as Iraq, Kenya and Antarctica. He met his wife, Timea, in Djibouti, Africa. Originally, the family used instant messaging to keep in contact. However, faulty connections made the experience less than ideal. “There were times when Instant Messenger just would not connect or would not stay connected. So about two years ago, Timea hooked us up to Skype,” Phillips said. The Phillips’ used Skype to keep in touch whenever the couple was out of the country, video-chatting with them at least once a week. Phillips enjoys Skype because of its user-friendly format and dependability. “Skype seems to work most often. And it is very easy to use,” she said. Despite how often she uses Skype to speak to her son, the program’s capabilities still amaze her. “I can remember back when I was a teenager and people would say that someday you would be able to have a telephone where you could see the people you were talking to. It was such a futuristic thought that it seemed like science fiction. You have to remember that was over 40 years ago and some people did not even own a telephone,” Phillips said. However, Phillips believes that technology will improve even more in the future. “I feel sure that as fast as technology moves there will be new and better communication opportunities every year,” she said. “The fact that we are all able to see someone smile when we say hello from half way around the world is amazingly wonderful. I can only think and hope that is just gets better and who knows what will be next . . . [being able to] touch? Smell?”
Josh Scala, junior 5:12 p.m. Wildwood, United States English joshscala
Junior Josh Scala used Skype to combat the challenges of carrying on a long-distance romantic relationship. He and his girlfriend at the time, Jess, both grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey and began dating shortly before Scala moved to Missouri in the summer of 2008. For the first nine months of their long-distance relationship, the couple kept in touch via Facebook and their cell phones. However, they later decided to buy web cams and try using Skype. “We would Skype every other day at least, depending on how much time we had after school. Face to face calls every so often definitely extended the life of the relationship, to a point. It was just much more fulfilling than talking on the phone,” Scala said. Although the relationship ended in the summer of 2010, Scala thanks Skype in part for the relationship’s long success. “Although I can’t imagine that the creators of Skype though that long-distance couples like us would be the majority of Skype’s users, I’m sure they thought about the possibility,” Scala said. “It’s definitely a helpful thing.” According to the a 2005 study by the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships these types of couples become more common each year as communication technology increases and the members of the relationship become more accessible to each other. Scala is adamant that the benefits of face-to-face contact by way of Skype helped to keep his relationship going. “People don’t realize how much of communication isn’t verbal until you try to remain intimate with someone you can’t be with everyday,” he said.
Oct. 1, 2010
Lancer Sports: Then & Now Much has changed, but winning has remained constant in 50 years Christine Jackson / Sports Editor Lafayette sports have been around for 50 years of victories and defeats, of championships and disappointments. To celebrate the golden anniversary of the Lancer and Lady Lancer tradition, a team has been picked from each decade, the 60s through today, as the best of its time. While we appreciate every team who has worn the Lancer black, white and gold, these five teams are the most successful of the bunch. For the 60s, the team of the decade is boys basketball. They were the first sport to represent Lafayette, and while their first years weren’t successful, it is their mere presence which earns them the spot. For the 70s, baseball reigned supreme. The boys won three consecutive State titles, from 1970 to 1972. Softball dominated the 80s, with State titles in 1980, 1982 and 1987. The 90s were defined by the boys swim and dive team, which won State in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Finally, the 2000s. The team chosen to represent this decade has dominated like no sport before it. The girls swim and dive team won the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010 State Title, making them not only the definite team of the decade, but also of the last 50 years.
The boys baseball team dominated the early 70s with three State Championships from 1970-1972. The team also produced multiple Missouri All-State team players. The 1972 State title, which was won 10-0 in five innings against DeSmet, was the last one baseball has won to date.
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With the 1960s came the first Lancer sports team, and the first sport to compete for Lafayette was boys basketball. Though their first few seasons weren’t successful, Head Coach Charles Brooks built up the program, and by 1968 the team had a successful 19-7 season and in 1969 they were North County Co-Champions. The team went all the way to Missouri State Regionals before losing to Webster Groves 59-66.
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“Teamwork! Teamwork! That’s what it takes to make a good team really great! This team’s got what it takes! Lafayette Lancers on their way to State!” This was the chant of the 1980 varsity girls softball team that brought home the state championship for Lafayette. The girls defeated Ritenour in the State Championship game 15-2. The girls softball team went on to win titles again in 1982 and 1987. The team was coached by Bob Smoot, whose legend lives on today through the Lafayette softball field which bears his name.
1990s Boys Swimming
Although the boys swimming team emerged as force in the previous decade, it reached its peak in the 1990’s. Coach Jean Chard added to his legendary resume with three consecutive State titles from 1995-1997. The team displayed incredible consistency during the decade, winning ten straight Conference titles as part of a 23-year streak that began in 1984 and ended in 2007.
No team in school history has dominated as the girls swim team has over the past 10 years. Under Head Coach Jean Chard, the Lady Lancers continued their success of the 1990’s with four straight State championships from 2001-2004. After a brief down period, for their standards, they claimed another banner in 2007 in Chard’s final season. With Todd Gabel as head coach, the team capped the decade with a State title in 2010.
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Oct. 1, 2010
Football fans turn passion into competition with fantasy sports Sean McIntyre / Reporter Football season is underway. That can only mean two things: more disappointment for Rams fans and fantasy football. According to ESPN, there are more than 27 million fantasy football participants. That is just shy of 10 percent of the American population and its leagues are still growing. It used to be a game that only a small portion of football fans played to prove to their peers how much they knew about football. But today, fantasy football is a craze that seemingly every serious sports fan is a part of. The trend has become more and more appealing to the younger generation. Senior Jackson Ruck is someone who knows how it is to be affected by owning a fantasy football team. “When you watch the games on Sunday, you feel a part of the game,” Ruck said, “You are more than just cheering for a team, you are watching every play hoping your guy makes a play.” There is also a fine line between getting your fantasy team a victory while still remaining loyal to your favorite team. “As a Rams fan, when my players are playing the Rams, it definitely has a little conflict of interest there, you have to be a loyal fan first,” Ruck said. Players can have their whole week built
around their fantasy match up. ESPN says fantasy players spend on average nine hours playing fantasy per week. Fantasy plays a big part of sophomore Brett Renken’s week. “Since I am always looking forward to the games, I never forget to check my lineup and do research on who I should start or sit,” Renken said. Some fantasy football players play more casually and just for the fun of it. “If I have time to do it, I will. I totally just do it for fun,” junior Anders Fladda said. Unlike some more serious players, some only check their lineup once to check that it looks good to them. “I really only check fantasy like once a week to make sure no one is injured and that I like my lineup,” Fladda said. The most fun that comes out of fantasy can be the connections players have with their friends and competing while simultaneously watching football. “My favorite thing about fantasy I guess is competing with people I don’t always get to compete with,” Ruck said. Renken said, “It’s the best of both worlds, a great excuse to talk about football non stop and it’s always fun to go head to head against your buddies to see who knows more about football,”
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A passionate fantasy football player, sophomore Brett Renken intensely manages his team throughout the week. (Photo by Sean McIntyre)
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-A league consists of roughly 6-15 teams -Each team drafts NFL players to fill their roster -Owners choose which players to start and sit for each week’s head-to-head matchups -Teams earn points based on the statistics of their players. -After week 13 of the NFL season, the top teams advance to the playoffs. -In weeks 14-17, teams are eliminated until a champion is decided
Teachers can play, too Lewis continues to show passion in league play years after high school Dominic Corvington / Reporter Two-time softball state champion. Recordholder at LHS for most three-pointers in a season. The first girl to hit a home run over the varsity softball field and a college intramural flag football All-American. The list goes on and on for health teacher and assistant varsity softball coach Ashley Lewis. Lewis is a graduate of LHS graduating with the Class of 2003. Over the course of her high school career had earned All-State honors both her junior and senior year. Serving as the team’s pitcher, Lewis had been joined by Physical Education teacher Christine Bodine who played catcher during their 2001 State title run. Lewis had begun playing softball at the age of eight and over the years was later able to translate her abilities into a Division I athletics,
earning a scholarship to play at the University of Tennessee-Martin. However, she played just two seasons with the team before switching from collegiate play to intramurals only. After her college years and into her days of teaching, Lewis was able to find a way to reconnect with the game. She signed up to play in an adult summer fast-pitch softball league out of Manchester, reassuming her high school positions as a pitcher and outfielder. “There’s something about being part of something that’s bigger than yourself, and I love the game so I had to figure out some way to still be a part of it,” Lewis said. Her team, Theiss Plating, beings holding a weekly practice during April and from there plays a double-header every Wednesday night. From there, the actual season running from May until August with champion being crowned as the team with the best record.
Lewis also believes the desire to win is still a driving force that has stayed with her since high school, and may even be a greater motivation than what it had been in the past. “I think I’m more competitive now just because I understand the game so much more so when I’m there I want everybody focused,” she said. She plans on continuing to take part in the league until she is physically unable to play, or has lost interest in the sport. “It’s just fun to be out there,” Lewis said, “I can’t stress how much you enjoy doing something until you can’t play it anymore.” A four year varsity veteran, Lewis had been a standout pitcher for the Lady Lancers during their 2000 and 2001 back to back State Championships and was All-State both her junior and senior year. She also played on the varsity girls basketball team, however she turned her love of softball into a coaching job for the freshman and varsity teams. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Lewis)
Kreienkamp plays for the love of the game Dominic Corvington / Reporter He may first and foremost be known as a Language Arts teacher, but Don Kreienkamp can just as easily be found on the diamond or hardwood as in the classroom. Finding time around his schedule during the summer and school year, he participates on a number of adult softball, basketball and volleyball teams whether they are recreational or competitive. He also plays pick-up adult roller hockey in South St. Louis on the weekends, however only for enjoyment. “I’m probably playing a sport three days a week. During the summer usually five or six days a week,” Kreienkamp said. Coming out of their schooling years, it can be a tough task for adults to find new leagues fit for their age groups. Recreational sports offered by organizations such as the YMCA or city leagues can be a perfect match for those looking to continue to their athletic careers. “I do it because there’s not as much opportunity for competition when you’re out of high school and college intramurals,” he said. Kreienkamp has been playing softball since he was just 15-yearsold, and since then has continued to take part in the sport. Still, his first love lies with basketball, however he is unable to consistently play because of a lack of leagues available. Instead, he spends part of the year acting as a teacher of the game, serving as an assistant coach for both
Not even his own wedding could keep Kreienkamp away from the softball field. He played in a Thursday game of the Concordia Lutheran church league with members of his family less than 48 hours before being married. (Photo courtesy of Don Kreienkamp) the freshman basketball team and junior varsity baseball team. Kreienkamp is currently a member of a recreational squad but is also a member of a competitive slow-pitch club sponsored team supported by Malones Pub and Grill and Doc’s Harley Davidson. He is also on a co-ed YMCA team which also features his wife,
Amanda, that has won three straight league championships. Taking part in athletics has also proved to be a type of leisure for Kreienkamp as he is able to take his mind off the world around him and focus solely on the game itself. “It’s a stress relief for me, everyone needs a release. Some people write, some people gossip, for me, its
sports,” Kreienkamp said. However, playing sports is not just a hobby Kreienkamp enjoys on his own. Sports has become a sort of ritual that he has come to share with his entire family and has practiced nearly his whole life. Along with his local relatives acting as his teammates, Kreienkamp’s
family have made a weekly habit of competing in a softball league at the Concordia Lutheran church of Kirkwood, and the family’s commitment to the sport has since stayed strong. He said, “It’s what our family does on Thursdays. I’ve been doing it since I was probably three, and my dad’s been doing it for 30 plus years.”
Oct. 1, 2010
Just Like Old Times Walters, Tusinski reunite after starting soccer careers at Ritenour Gian Wessel / Sports Editor
(Above) Soccer coaches Tim Walters (left) and Frank Tusinski (right) have coached together at Lafayette since 2002. While Walters coaches both boys and girls at the varsity level, Tusinski does the same for junior varsity. (Photo Courtesy of Frank Tusinski) (Right) Featured in Ritenour’s school newspaper, The Pepper Box, Walters and Tusinski are praised for their efforts in 1976. That year, the team reached the Missouri State semifinals and Walters set the school record for goals in a season with 28. His nephew David has since played under Tusinski and broke that record.
Everyone’s Got Game Gian Wessel, Sports Editor
Since Tim Walters and Frank Tusinski began coaching boys and girls soccer together eight years ago, Lafayette has boasted one of the best soccer programs of any public school in the area. With Walters as head coach and Tusinski his assistant, the two teams have combined for a 284-60-49 record and 10 District titles in that time. Needless to say, they have accomplished a lot together. But this isn’t the first time they have shared success on the soccer field. In 1976, Walters played under Tusinski at Ritenour High School and carried the team to the State semifinals before losing 2-1 against Vianney. Tusinski, who was in his first year as head coach, called Walters the best player he had ever coached. As a senior, he earned All-State honors and broke the school’s single-season scoring record that year. Walters said, “Senior year in high school was by far the best year in school. We were competitive and had a coach who actually cared about us and our future. He continued, “[We] kind of turned the soccer program at that time into the talk of the school,” After graduating from Indiana University, where he played in two NCAA championship games, Walters landed on various professional indoor teams during the 1980s. He took over as coach of the Lady Lancers in 1993 while teaching at Kehrs Mill and then filled the boys coaching vacancy a few years later. “I’ve been at LHS a long time and love it. I have worked with some of the best administrators and [athletic directors] that there are in the state,” he said. In 2001, Walters found himself in need of an assistant and knew exactly who to call. A year later, Tusinski retired from Ritenour after nearly three decades of teaching and coaching at the school and was more than happy to join his former pupil on the sideline. “We had been close friends for a long time. I knew Tim had a great program at LHS so I knew it would have been a bit of a change. I enjoy being around the game. It gives me a chance to be around the kids and my job is to make them better players,” Tusinski said. Known only as Frank to his players, he has fit right in and is beloved for giving fair playing time and sharing his passion for the game. The same can be said for Walters, which is why there’s little doubt about their impact at Lafayette. “Because of the foundation of their relationship, they can be honest about their opinions on personnel and philosophies. It’s huge. Right now they are the Lafayette soccer program.” Activities Director Steve Berry said.
Cardinals go down, Rams struggling to get back up If the sports gods have any compassion for the city of St. Louis, they will find some way to repay us for the past six months spent watching the Cardinals and what we’re probably about to see from the Rams. Despite fielding an arguably more talented roster than the team that won the World Series in 2006, the Cards were just 80-75 as of Sept. 27. The disappointment of a season will mercifully end next week with the team currently 6.5 behind the Reds in a weak division and seven games out of a wild card race. It certainly won’t be the first time that the Cards have missed the playoffs. But in recent years, we could at least expect our team to put up a fight in September. Not only did the Cards fall out of contention midway through the season, but they spent the past month losing to bad teams and were swept by a sub-human team. I don’t even need
to say who that was (They wear blue). That’s not something you want to see from a team with Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. With five All-Star quality players, including Yadier Molina, the Cards looked like a sure thing for the playoffs. Unfortunately, that group just couldn’t overcome the injuries and poor play of their teammates. So after all that, what have we been rewarded with? It looks like another rebuilding year from the Rams. The same things that made last year a 1-15 disaster are already creeping into this season. Dumb penalties, dropped balls and a lack of talent have contributed to a 1-2 start against three mediocre teams. Even with quarterback Sam Bradford providing some big-play potential on offense, the Rams just aren’t talented enough to compete
with most teams. They don’t have a receiving threat for him to throw to, an offensive line to protect him or good play calling to utilize his abilities. So when the defense does play well, like it has so far, the offense hasn’t stepped up to take advantage. Until they stop relying on Steven Jackson to make every play, the Rams will continue to lose games they should win. But fans have be to patient to see results. Although plenty of NFL teams have seen their fortunes change overnight, none had as much work to do as the Rams. Thanks to years of bad draft picks, they have been slow to build a competitive team and are still a long way away. Now that the team has a real quarterback to lead the offense, we can only hope they take the right steps to build around him. Over the past 10 years, we’ve been spoiled by a Super Bowl and World Series. Question is which team will get back on top first?
Staff Development Days unproductive for students image Staff Editorial The Image staff believes Staff Development Days, or half days, are for the most part unproductive. These days are likely one of the largest wastes of time students will have to deal with when attending high school in this district. Four hour days with half hour long classes do not contain enough time to be beneficial. More often than not, teachers do not introduce new material due to the shortened class period and lack of student attendance. With events like STAR, advisory meetings and class meetings or drills, as well as some students occasionally treating it as a day off,
This month the Image asks... What should Rockwood do concerning Staff Development Days?
or the pick day to make dentist or doctor appointments, teachers often do not even attempt to teach a lesson and instead use it as a review period.
“They should just keep them the same, because it is more confusing if they change it.” - Andrae Mason, 9
“They should be put before days off because then you get a longer break.” - Alodia Girma, 11
Half days also contribute to wasting electricity, gasoline for bussing and countless other resources all for a school day that is mainly utilized as a study hall. Half days also pose an issue for after school activities and school sponsored sports. Many clubs and groups cannot hold after school meetings due to half days. As for athletics, it is unreasonable for students to have to leave school at noon only to return three hours later for a game or practice. The district should be more creative in how they plan staff development. The fact of the matter is there are other
“Place them before days off because it allows for more time and activities.” - Jason Maddox, 10
“They should leave them the same because there is no point in changing them.” - Scott Carlson, 12
options the district could take advantage of to better serve the staff and students. For example, the district could replace half days with full days off. In order to make up for the fewer days in the schedule, they could add a few more days to the end of each school year. The district could also combine the half days, so every other month students would have an extra day off, thus students would have a school day that would actually be useful. We believe these solutions will help create a much more fruitful experience for students concerning staff development days.
What others thought Do a whole day off every other month (17%)
Whole days off and add to the school year (11%)
*108 students polled
Keep the same (26%)
Move Staff Development Days to right before days off school(46%)
Oct. 1, 2010
Obama’s promises take a toll on the nation Tomorrow’s Answers Today
Caleb Cavarretta Opinions Editor
A general rule in politics is that politicians lie. It is a basic concept I believe for the most part can be applied to both sides of the aisle. Campaign promises and White House promises are definitely not exempt from this rule. If a politician keeps these key promises, they will be justly rewarded with popularity from their base. If a politician breaks important promises, then it will most definitely come back to bite them. The promises that a politician keeps and breaks are a strong determinant of not only their character, but also their ideology. The Obama administration will likely have to deal with this problem at some point in the next two years. President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was one of the most promising in history, and by promising, I do not mean it gave me something to particularly look forward to. Obama’s promises were vast in quantity and scope. One of the President’s most well known promises was when he said, “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” This promise has already been broken in the first half of his presidency. Raising taxes on things such as cigarettes, allowing the Bush tax cuts on income to expire, as well as the taxes that will go in effect in 2014 according to his health care overhaul all contribute to make this a clearly broken promise. The health care overhaul is the worst of all. It will slap a 2.5 percent tax on someone’s income if he or she decides against buying health insurance. Small businesses that make less than $250,000 will have to pay over $700 for each employee they do not insure. If someone employs simply two or three employees, they will be forced to buy insurance for them or face paying a tax. Now you might say, “Well they are taxing the business, not the family!” The idea that raising taxes on a business that makes less than $250,000 a year is not just as bad as taxing the family that owns it is simply an absurd conclusion.
The administration also claimed that with its stimulus bill, unemployment would not break 8.5 percent. Yet according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment has been over nine percent since May of 2009. Obama has also made a myriad of promises concerning the supposed new age of government transparency that should have occurred under his administration. When campaigning, Obama said, “When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as the president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.” This has been broken on several occasions. During his campaign, the president also made claims to go after pork barrel spending. Pork barrel spending is the assignment of funds to a representative’s own district that is often inappropriately put into a bill. While campaigning, Obama said, “We need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” Yet most of the major bills that
have been signed into law during his presidency have had pork in them. The stimulus bill passed last year was overflowing with earmarks. The financial overhaul had ear marks in it that were practically paying senators to vote for the bill, such as Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska who suddenly changed his mind about the bill after a backroom deal was made to excuse his state from having to pay for new Medicaid patients. The President has kept several of his other promises. For example, he did pass a financial overhaul bill. The economy would have been likely better off if he had not kept this one. The reforms control the size of banks, a huge overstep of the government’s authority. It also creates more red tape and government bureaucracy that just gets in the way of economic progress, and is simply not going to positively affect the country. This is what we got when this country voted Obama into office. Everyone should start to wonder how much longer we can afford Obama’s promises, both kept and broken.
Political dynasties hurt the political process Amid the attack ads and biting remarks being thrown around during this election year, a simple injustice seems to go unnoticed. The fact is, the American public has become accustomed to and has become comfortable with a specific type of faction in their government: families. Over the past century, namesakes have become a greater and greater advantage to those who hold them dear on both sides of the political spectrum. The Kennedy’s, the Bush’s, the Roosevelt’s, the Lee’s and even the Adam’s all are well known names associated with politics, especially on the national level. Without a doubt, these names have become household terms, used to describe entire states and political ideals. Unfortunately, the American public has made these political ideas hereditary, without even asking questions.
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The public has become overly comfortable with leaving their votes up to the names which they know. This is disappointing. The fact that society is so freely willing to give up one of the most important individual rights in the name of common knowledge and comfort thwarts all of the intentions of the founding fathers. The United States was to be a unique land where voting would be untouched by the hands of government, which is an idea that succeeded. However, the hands of ease and comfort along with ritual and convention have taken away that basic right. The element of namesakes strips us of our right to know the individuality presented by each candidate, giving us only a mask of what the true person will provide in government. Names have taken over for politics. Policies and beliefs have
been shoved aside. The true candidates are hiding behind the brute force of their namesakes, set up since the dawn of the American era. And the “little guy,” often the best choice for the nation in terms of politics, has been left behind. Every state has such families identified within their history, Missouri being no exception, and during this election year the state is able to see two political dynasties fight it out for a seat in the U.S. Senate. The Carnahans and the Blunts have been dominating surnames within Missouri history for many years. With this year’s election between Robin Carnahan (Democrat) and Roy Blunt (Republican), the ballots finally provide voters with the unique opportunity for the state of Missouri to return to voting on the basis of qualification. Because both names are popular
and common in Missouri, it is up to the public to research the facts. This would be the prime time for a voting revolution, but only the voters can lead the charge. We must forgo the attack ads, forget about the rumors and most importantly we must judge for ourselves who we need in government. The choice for our representative in the Senate should not be between the “Tobacco Lobbyist” and the “Rubber Stamper.” It should be between Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan: who they are, what they believe in and what they will do. There is no rhyme or reason to why one name should out weigh the other this year and therefore, I urge all voters to return to their roots of consideration of policies, agendas and upon all else, facts. It is time to return to the truth. It is time to return to our rights.
On The Contrary Max Thoman Managing Editor
• The Kona Ice stand that is selling snow cones at Lafayette sporting events. Even though it is getting colder out, their sales are still growing.
• Progress reports no longer being mailed home. Now we cannot run home and throw it in the trash before our parents see it.
• The Rams for winning their first home game since 2008. While no one should get their hopes too high, St. Louis could be looking at a decent season.
• Not having enough food in the Cafeteria for third lunch. Is this the district’s next step in removing unhealthy snacks and meals from the cafeteria?
• A baby giraffe was born at St. Louis Zoo. Good luck, guys. Your girlfriends will be dragging you to the zoo to see the new addition.
• The PSAT taking place in the middle of Homecoming week. Now many juniors and sophomores will miss out on pajamas day, however it is likely they will still wear them to the test.
• The winter clothing donations that NHS, Community Service class, Freshman Seminar classes and JROTC are sponsoring. Charity should be an activity we all take part in.
• Texting while walking. This unforeseen consequence of the new cell phone policy is causing quite a bit of hallway jams.
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Mike Posner @ The Pageant
What’s poppin’ in October? Check out whats hitting the streets this month in music, movies & more
Drive By Truckers @ The Pageant
Citizen Cope @ The Pageant
Flyleaf @ The Pageant
Ciara- Basic Instinct
Meat Beat Manifesto- Answers Come in Dreams
Secretariat My Soul To Take
Loop Under Ground @ The Pageant
Michael Franti & Spearhead @ The Pageant
Conviction The Girl Who Knocked The Hornet’s Nest
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Kid Cudi- Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Disturbed @ The Pageant
Taylor Swift- Speak Now
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Band Of Horses @ The Pageant Red
Saw 3D: The Traps Come Alive
Ludo @ The Pageant
The Foreign Exchange- Authenticity
Paranormal Activity 2 The Prisoners
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David Archuleta- The Other Side of Down
Chuck Berry @ The Pageant
The Fresh and Onlys- Play It Strange
Abandon All Ships- Geeving
Warpaint- The Fool Small Black- New Chain
Bob Dylan- The Bootleg Series: The Witmark Demos Papa Roach w/ Skillet @ The Pageant
Guster @ The Pageant
Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and The Magnetic Fields
Picks of the Month
Alyssa Knowling makes entertainment choices for October
It’s Kind of a Funny Animal: Mike Story Snow Starring Zach Galifianakis, Jim Gaffigan and more, the movie will premiere in theaters on Oct 8. The story follows a 16 year old boy who checks himself into a psychiatric ward. The few days that he is there, he learns much about himself and the others around him.
Released in 2009, the album is a mixture of eclectic beats and complicated vocals. The entire album has an 80’s revival, electronic feel making it dance-like without taking away from the complexities of the music.
Vampire Weekend Glee: Season 2 Vampire Weekend at the Chaifetz Arena on Oct. 3 will be a blast. Between the great opening bands, Beach House and The Very Best, and Vampire Weekend’s fun sound, the concert is sure to be both exciting and interesting.
The second season premiered on Sept. 21 and kicked off with a dramatic bang. The rest of the season is sure to bring great music and many laughs through the dynamic characters and elaborate plot lines.
Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower Charlie, the main character, is writing to an unknown person about his life. His story is both heartbreaking and hilarious, always provoking thoughts. Stephen Chbosky’s book is extremely relatable and is full of interesting ways to view life.
Oct. 1, 2010
Afraid Of The Dark? A look inside what it takes to make a haunt Adam Harris / Entertainment Editor When passing by 1525 S. 8th St. in Soulard a black banner hangs reading The Darkness America’s scariest haunted house. This statement is far from exaggerated seeing as The Darkness has stayed in the St. Louis area for close to 20 years. “While I was learning to be in Radio/TV we did a Halloween special on haunted houses and saw some really bad ones and said, ‘we can do better’”, The Darkness, Creepy World and Lemp Brewery owner Tim Kelly said. Kelly and his crew work on each haunt for four months apiece. “I like to do the technical stuff, getting heavy stuff to move safe and smooth. We try to make things durable for minimal repairs,” he added. According to Kelly, “Complexity is key. You’re not going to find a house like this apart from theme parks. Customers expect more and more each year and it’s hard to outdo what you did before. New technology helps add to the haunts some years and others we just have to work from scratch.” “Sometimes we find something really cool to base a scene around. This year we remodeled the mansion into a funeral home with real morgue doors and drawers,” Kelly added. Along with the complexity of the haunt well-dressed, good actors are an important aspect. Kelly and his crew try to play on phobias,
filling a room with fog, spiders or clowns for instance. “Variety is important so we make sure we make everybody feel uncomfortable,” Kelly said. Longtime actor, Scary Gary, has worked at The Darkness since its opening 18 years ago. “It is getting gorier each year which appeals to the audience and seeing the expressions on their face shows that it is a top notch haunt now that money is not an issue,” Gary said. “We pay attention to the little details, no one else can really match that. We guarantee a good quality show and put our heart, soul and our money into it,” Kelly said. Check out times and locations of all three haunted houses to see if they satisfy your “scare” fix. The Darkness Hours: Oct. 1,2,8,9: 7 p.m.- 12: 30 a.m.; Sun-Thur: 7 :30 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Oct. 15,16,22,23,29,30,31: 6 p.m.- 12: 30 a.m. Location: 1525 S. 8th St. Creepy World/ Lemp Brewery Hours: Oct. 1,2,8,9- 7 p.m.- 12:30 p.m.; (CLOSED Oct. 4-7,11-14); Oct. 3,10,17-21,24-28- 7: 30 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Oct. 15-16,22-23,29-31- 6 p.m.12: 30 a.m. Location: Creepy World- 1400 S Old Hwy. 141
A variety of special effects and props fill the walls of The Darkness located at 1525 S. 8th St. in Soulard. According to owner Tim Kelly, “Complexity is key. You’re not going to find a house like this apart from theme parks. Customers expect more and more each year and it’s hard to outdo what you did before. New technology helps add to the haunts some years and others we just have to work from scratch.” (Photos by Daniel Clutter)
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