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Taylorsville High School

January 2011

Reflecting back on years of service, colleagues remember Whitaker By Brooke Runyan Assistant Editor

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  Dr. Judy Erickson Whitaker was known at Taylorsville High for many different things, and though the news of her passing is heartbreaking, those that speak about her are not talking about what she can no longer accom-

plish, but rather what she did accomplish for those in her life.   Whitaker worked at Taylorsville High School for a total of fourteen years. Within the time inside the walls of the school, she was able to achieve not just one doctorate degree, but two. Her

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main career at the school was as a career counselor, however, she did a lot more than just the expectations of her position.   Classes like welding, auto shop, foods, and many other career and technical education (CTE) classes are possible because of Whitaker’s desire

to help everyone explore their own   “She was a very versatile woman,” said career counselor Kathy Withers. “She was a big advocate for the CTE program. She served on many local committees, both regional and national.” Whitaker always thought that a stu-

dent should find the career that fit them best. “She knew that college wasn’t for everybody in the world. She loved for kids to go to college but knew it wasn’t for every single person,” said Withers.   Whitaker was not only responsible for bringing see Whitaker page 3

Drill advances to state

Photo by Kaitlin Mounteer TASTY COMPETITION: Taylorsville’s FCCLA members Corinne DiQuattro and Caitlin Hansen participated in the FCCLA Region Competition on Thursday, January 6th.

By Chanel Syme Reporter

“I started cooking because my friend was taking the class and she asked me to do it with her,” said Caitlin Hansen, “and now I love it and I’m here competing because I want to excel at it.”   On January 6th, members from the FCCLA club advanced cooking class, ProStart, competed against Murray, Cyprus and Tooele High Schools for scholarships in the culinary field.   Taylorsville’s team was made up of three students, Caitlin Hansen, Corrine Diquattro, and Angybel Moronta.   Each student on the team was a volunteer and had no idea what they would have to prepare for the judges. The competitors were given a recipe sheet with everything they would have to prepare on it and 30 minutes to plan out how they were

going to do it all.   They had just one hour to cook the food. The only practicing the team got to do was evaluating how to work well together while being efficient with time and technique.   The students were required to make Winter Pear Salad with Orange Dressing, Molten Chocolate Cake with Raspberries and Cream, Pork Schnitzel, Hazelnut Pilaf, and Butter Steamed Carrots.   The judges tasted every dish and evaluated them by flavor, correctness and presentation. “I’m so proud of the girls for winning the competition,” said Christine Katsilas, the pro-start teacher. “They did so well and now the class gets to compete on a state level and I think it will be a great experience for them all,” said Katsilas.



Photo by Dani Beach DRILL DOWN: Drill team performs their kick routine at Regions, hosted by West Jordan High School on Wednesday night. The Chirons qualified for the state competition next Friday at Utah Valley Universtiy.

By Chanel Syme Reporter

  Taylorsville’s Chirons competed at the region drill competition on January 26th, 2011 at West Jordan High School and left with more than just an opportunity to compete at state when 3rd year senior, Kelsea Allen, brought everything to the floor during the drill down competition. “The ‘drill down’ is an individual competition,” said Kelsea Allen,


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“so after everyone is done the whole team goes out on the floor and the judges yell out different calls and it’s all about your focus and your concentration.” Allen expressed that during the competition she wasn’t really expecting to do as well as she did. “I never do well so, I don’t know. My feet were just working like magic,” said Allen. The surprise was a pleasant one and she’s very glad to be able to win an award

in her last year at region. “It’s my last year and I’ve never placed at competition before,” said Allen, “so it’s really random and cool that I got second place.” “I got a plaque that says ‘second place’,” said Allen, “and we get to go to state. You don’t have to qualify for state with drill down but there will be a whole new drill down at state and I’m really excited to see if I can place again.”

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Popping, a new dance form takes the floor By Brittina Gaddaung Reporter

  The static of competition electrified the room as tensions flared and dancers started busting out their secretive moves. It’s the explosive pauses and the bombastic bursting of joints that gives ‘Popping’ its name.   The style of dance consists of fluid, isolated, illusion based and animated type movements, but the basis of Popping focuses on tensing of the muscles rhythmically to the music. Popping was founded in Fresco, California around 1975-1976 by Samy Solomon, aka Boogaloo Sam. The name Boogaloo is from a popular James Brown song meaning “to get down” and the name Popping came from Boogaloo Sam saying, “pop, pop, pop!” whenever he danced.   “I know for a fact that in order to pop you have to make your body feel more staccato,” said junior B-girl (break dancer) Barbara Daughenbaugh. “As a B-girl, I’m amazed at how poppers can look smooth but at the same so stiff.”   On December 29, 2010, the 2nd and final popping battle of the year was held at the Salt

Palace Convention Center during the EVE: New Year Celebration and was sponsored by different business such as America First Bank, Coca Cola and many others.   The event was hosted by Josh Perkins, aka B-boy Text and was judged by other renowned urban dancers: Little Heart Break (Micah Clark), Diga Beats and Soda Pop. The DJ that night was DJ Street Jesus aka Chase.   Because of the heavy snow fall and freezing air that night, only eight competitors were able to attend. Each competitor was placed in a one on one set up and the winner advanced to the next round going from quarter finals, semi finals and finals. Second place won $50 and first place won $150 which went to Tadd Gadduang aka Taddipoe.   “As with every time I step into a circle or on stage I’m nervous,” said Gadduang, “but rather than allowing it to distract me I use it to build excitement thus helping me focus more resulting in just having fun. Winning is a good thing too, but being apart of the event with other people who share that passion is worth a lot more than just a couple bucks.”

Photo by Josie Marine POPPING IT: Robert Reeve (also known as Robot-Rob,) won second place in the popping battle.

Kennecott proposes a plan to improve Utah air quality By Kiley Atkins Reporter

Photo by Kaitlin Mounteer COPPER MINES: Kennecott Copper Mine plans to improve air quality in the Salt Lake Valley by replacing three coal-fired burners.

  Kennecott Utah Copper has recently proposed plans to help dramatically reduce air emissions in the Salt Lake Valley by 2014 while significantly increasing energy efficiency.   Kennecott plans to replace their on-site, coal fired plant to a combined-cycle natural gas operation. Doing so will reduce emissions and nearly double the efficiency.   “Kennecott’s driver in proposing these upgrades is the desire to positively impact air quality in this constrained air shed and we are working hard to develop solutions,” said Kelly Sanders, President and CEO, Kennecott Utah Copper in an interview with KSL News Radio.   Kennecott plans to replace three coal-fired burners with one

larger turbine and boiler fired by natural gas.   This investment means a greater energy efficiency which nearly doubles the power generation.   This upgrade will also provide additional power to the Cornerstone Mine Extension Project while significantly lowering emissions of air pollutants.   According to the most recent Statewide Emissions Inventory, the decrease in emissions at the power plant will be equivalent to roughly 12% of the On-Road Mobile emissions in Salt Lake and Utah counties.   Based on this information, the power plant upgrade project decreases are equal to the decreases that would be made by removing 1 out of every 10 cars on the road in Salt Lake and Utah counties.   “Generating power in a man

ner that results in significant reductions of carbon emissions is a very positive step forward, reflecting industry leadership by Kennecott in improving air quality and protecting our climate,” said Rocky Anderson, Executive Director, High Road for Human Rights in the same interview. “This is an important example to other industries that far more can be done to protect the public health and reduce the threat of catastrophic climate disruption.   Certainly Kennecott can, and should, do more, and we will push them to go even further, but we applaud the proposed power plant upgrade and Kennecott’s ongoing open dialogue with representatives of Utah environmental and human rights organizations.”

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Debaters go head to head at Warrior Wars By Brittina Gadduang Reporter

  Two competitors stare each other down knowing the only way to survive this round is to argue, argue, argue no matter what the cost. Even the slightest hesitation could mean sudden death. Only one would walk away with the victor and the glory.   Debate is one of the many sports and activities that exist within the Utah High School Activities Association that consists of not only in-depth research and writing talent, but also performance and speaking skills.   Debate’s season runs from October 1st to the end of March but also holds a national tournament that is always held in June. Here at Taylorsville High, debate classes and all of its students are encouraged to compete not only at the June tournament but also each weekend at smaller debate tournaments.   On January 21st and 22nd, one of the biggest tournaments in the state was hosted here at Taylorsville High with several other schools in attendance from Wyoming, Beaver, Draper and Southern Utah. Since the event took place in the home of the Warriors, it was then named Warrior Wars.   “I have hosted debate tournaments for five years, but Taylorsville began to host this tournament many years before I started

teaching her,” said Michelle VanGesen, debate teacher, “This year we had thirty schools in attendance, even one school from out of our state.” VanGesen also stressed that debate was much different from other sports because there was no size limit for teams. Because of that, students debate as individuals.   Although Taylorsville High’s debate team didn’t have as many students competing as usual, a select few still placed in different events (Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum and Congress). James Carlson won 5th place in Congress and 4th in National Extemp. Sophomore Daniel Jepperson placed 3rd in Congress and sophomore Zack Ortiz placed 8th in Spontaneous Argumentation.   “The big one that my event did was reinstating gladiatorial style entertainment using prisoners on death row,” said senior David Baker, debate student, “I ended up yelling really loud at my opponent but I unfortunately didn’t place.”   Despite the competitive streaks and heated need to prove ones side is right, debate, like activity teams, are still a group of young women and men sharing the same passion.   “You can find all walks of life in debate.” said senior Kira Lake-Allen, “Our debate team is composed of people from many

Photo by Kaitlin Mounteer WARRIOR WARS: Jenny Schlosser and Daniel Peterson practice arguments before the January 21st tournament.

different cliques and have many different interests. I encourage everyone to try debate for at

least a year because you get to enhance your public speaking skills, build more friendships,

and colleges love to see it on applications. Plus, it looks great on job resumes!”

Facebook beats Google for most internet users By Alex Bowen

Entertainment Editor

  The recent publicity from The Social Network (A movie about the founders of the socialnetworking website, Facebook) has brought Facebook more users then google.   Facebook, which had a flood of good and bad publicity last year, grabbed 8.93% of all U.S. website visits between January and November 2010.   Google, which had been in the top spot in 2009, slipped to the No. 2 position with 7.19% of all

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Taylorsville CTE classes, she also brought the Concurrent Enrollment Program (CE) to the school. At one point, Taylorsville had the largest concurrent enrollment program in the entire state, meaning that the school offered more CE classes than any other school in the district.   The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is also a program that was brought to Taylorsville with the help of Whitaker. Colonel Horton said that he and Whitaker were great friends. Horton said, “She’s a great supporter of JROTC. She’s an amazing woman; she’s why I have a job.”   Whitaker also created the student recognition program, “The Warrior Way” is what she titled it and it is why Taylorsville High

visits.   The analytics (application of computer technology and statistics to solve problems in business and industry), firm also reported that Yahoo! Mail ranked third with 3.52% of all visits, while the main Yahoo! site was fourth with 3.3%. YouTube rounded out the top five with 2.65% of all site visits.   Google has been at the top of the food chain when it comes to grabbing the most visitors, and time spent on a web site. Face

School has student of the month and other programs that recognize students for the good things they’ve done.   “She had a profound impact on students’ lives,” said Withers, “they felt like they could come to her and ask questions about college, career choices, and scholarships.”   Another thing Whitaker contributed to was the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. She worked hard on the committee. Whitaker also helped design the road map for New Century Scholarship for the kids who wanted to obtain their associates degree while in high school.   Whitaker started her career teaching Spanish in a junior high school. However, when she applied for the job, she actually applied for a German teacher position since she had her bachelor

book began making its mark last summer.   Facebook and Google battle to another level of competition for 2011 that will force each of these companies to raise there quality in order to stay at the top.   On a personal level, the effects can be seen in daily in the lives of students.   “I get on the computer to do homework and the next thing I know I’m Facebooking it up for the next two hours.” said junior, Arica Pfiel. Illustration by Kenny Huynh

degree in German at that time, unfortunately, the school did not offer German at that time.   The school called her, regardless, and asked her if she would like to teach a Spanish class instead. So, Whitaker accepted the job even though she did not know the language. Wither’s said, “She got some tapes and she taught herself Spanish. She was like two weeks ahead of the kids the whole first year.”   After working at Taylorsville for fourteen years, she was offered a position as an administrator in Salt Lake School District, and though many of the faculty members were sad to see her leave, Whitaker left to make her mark in another place. “We lost a bright, shining star when she left the district,” said Withers.     “She travelled a lot. She had been to all fifty states. I don’t

know anybody besides her that has done that,” said Withers. Withers also shared that Whitaker collected key chains from her travels.   Though Whitaker influenced the lives of many, her life was interrupted when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April of 2009.   Whitaker was determined and was willing to undergo any treatment to overcome the cancer. She had gone through two sets of chemotherapy, but after returning to her doctors she discovered that the chemo hadn’t shrunk the tumor. They had to put her through another round of chemo with a different serum.   “Her husband told me she had only missed three days of work throughout the whole chemo experience,” said Withers. On

January 10th, Whitaker decided to stay home because she had just been released from the hospital. That evening a blood clot travelled into her lung and claimed her life.   Whitaker left behind a husband, four children, and a long list of students and staff of Taylorsville who were impacted by her dedication to the school.   “I think she will probably be remembered for all the help that she gave people, from students to fellow teachers, to the counselors and administrators, she was just a friend to a a lot of people,” said Withers. “She was really connected to the kids. She definitely left a lasting impression on Taylorsville High. She really made her mark. We’re going to miss her. She’s an amazing lady, there’s nobody like her.”

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Chinese band students visit and perform   Arron said that he was very excited to play for the students.   The Shanghai Shixi Senior “I play the clarinet which I have High School Band entertained been playing since second grade Taylorsville’s students on Januand I love being able to perary 26th, 2011 when they played form.” six musical numbers in the au  Arron also said that in Shangditorium in a combined concert hai, school is held for eight hours a day rather than the six hours with Taylorsville’s wind band. and 40 minutes Utah students   The Chinese students, rangspend in school each ing from day. eighth to This school   When asked if tenth gradis more free he liked the school ers, not only and the state, got to play their than ours Arron said music for the back home. that he did students here, enjoy his time but also got to here but he is excited to spend three days following a get home to Shanghai before the student body officer to all of their Chinese New Year. classes to get the feel of a true   The students came from American high school. California which was their first   “This school is more free than ours back home,” said Arron, one stop before reaching Utah. They are stopping back in California of the visiting students, “and the to visit one more school there teachers seem to be very good before heading back home. at teaching. I like the way they teach.” By Chanel Syme Reporter

Photo by Bronco Bolli WELCOMING VISITORS: Visitors from Shanghai Shixi performed for Taylorsville’s student body after spending time in the high school learning the ways of Americans.

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  When two of the top two most watched video are a Justin Bieber music video and a toddler doped up on dental anaesthetics, it’s hard to believe that YouTube could be implemented for anything other than stupid humor, keyboarding cats, and people inflicting injuries upon themselves.     However, on December 17, 2007 brothers Hank and John Green shocked the nation when they initiated the unexpected Project 4 Awesome, a planned day where popular YouTubers produced videos promoting charities by raffling memorabilia from popular videos for donation money.   “We decided to take over YouTube and for one day, YouTube would not be about kittens on Roombas, or about giraffe love; it would be about charity,” said John Green in his November 26 video “P4A, Space Pasta, and Giant Squids of Anger.”   Project 4 Awesome, or P4A for short, turned out to be an immense success, raising thousands of dollars for charities such as Toys for Tots, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many other charities around the world.   At the end of their 2010 Project 4 Awesome, the Greens reached an amazing amount of 100,000 dollars for various charities across the world.   With such an outcome, it is evident that YouTube has evolved from a simple video streaming site to a thriving online community that wants to make a difference.

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True Grit: Bridges inteprets Wayne’s role with accuracy By Brady Simons Reporter

  Movies have changed a lot since the 70’s, but the stories never change. Some people say it’s impossible to make a great remake of a classic movie. Those people have not seen True Grit, a remake of a 1969 John Wayne movie. Considered one of John Wayne’s greatest films, the film has a big reputation to live up to, which it does amazingly well.   True Grit is the story of Mattie Ross, a sharp 14 year old girl who hires a scroungy one-eyed marshal known as Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges, Iron Man) to find Tom Chaney (Josh Broelin, Jona Hex), the man who killed her father in cold blood. Accompanied by a Texas Marshal known simply as LeBoeuf (Matt Damon, the Bourne trilogy), they will face murderous roughnecks, and one of the most famous murdering gangs in the old west, in order to bring the villain to justice.   The 2010 remake is the child of Hollywood brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, (No Country for Old Men) critically acclaimed directors who rank among greats such as Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson. The brothers did an astounding job with casting, with great actors that bring the characters to life in a way that is extremely hard to accomplish. Jeff Bridges who plays Rooster Cogburn the one eyed marshal, has tough shoes to fill in living up to John Wayne, despite this Bridges gives a performance that

Photo courtesy of SEEKING REVENGE: In the action-packed movie True Grit, Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) and Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) search for her father’s murderer.

deserves a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, his performance is phenominal although he is tough to understand at some points.   The story had edge of the seat moments as well as an emotional feel to it, and despite being very rough, it is quite hilarious to those with a more mature sense of humor. Jeff Bridges makes

the adults in the audience laugh out loud many, many times. The humor is a little crude and inappropriate in a way that seems to reflect this era that did not abide by what is politically correct. In one scene the humor is very racist against Native Americans, and will offend some and make others laugh, the humor is very old western.

  Despite the humor the story is still very serious and very gritty. Although the story isn’t quite rated R material the Coen brothers still bring the blood, gore and violence factor they are known so well for, they spare no weak stomach. Every time someone is shot blood spurts and gushes, any time someone loses a finger the blood is there. The violence

is very, very rough for a PG-13 movie, and there is no shortage of violence.   Overall True Grit is amazing visually, as well as it is structurally. The Coen brothers bring the John Wayne feel to 2010 in a way that only great filmmakers can. True Grit is worth every penny spent, but it is not for the faint of heart.

Big Kahuna’s Pizza-N-Stuff puts a Polynesian spin on pizza By Raiatea Faupusa Reporter

  Fifteen minutes away, on 38 East 1300 South, Big Kahuna’s Pan Pizza lives in a little restaurant on the corner of Major Street, right between Main and State.   Known for it’s various ingredients on pizza and its Polynesian aura, Big Kahuna’s Pizza-NStuff pizza has been known to never fail its’ customers. You can even make your own pizza, with anything you want!   To excite your taste buds even more, Big Kahuna’s also serves calzones, salads, sandwiches, and dessert! This warm restaurant has more options than any other pizza place I can think of.     On top of that, the prizes are great, and can certainly fit into any teens’ wallet. For your own personal pizza, it’s only $4.49! But, there’s! Big Kahuna’s delivers all over the Salt Lake Valley.   However, I think you should go check it out yourself, whether with your family, friends, or if you wanted them to cater to your party, Big Kahuna’s continues to bring satisfaction to everyone!   I think one significant quality about this restaurant’s food, is that it also has pizzas with cultural tastes, such as the “Carne Asada”, “Texan”, “Banzai”, and the “Kanaka”. This little restaurant looks like one of those little corner businesses you would

think isn’t as classy as bigger businesses, but it’s definitely worth going to.   My pizza was completely full of flavor. I ordered the Paisano pizza. This pizza has a mix of Itaian sausage, olives... all atop Big Kahuna’s deliciously famous crust. I had the opportunity of taking a friend with me, and she said her pizza was “good”, but she would have rather had no olives on it.   Although this pizza had an inviting description of it when I arrived, I found the crust a little thin for the toppings, but other than that I found it to be of most satisfaction. Another negative fact about this restaurant, it its timing.   It took a while for us to get our food, and it takes longer for delivery (or so I’ve heard). So, before going, I suggest you make sure you have a lot of time to waste.   For dessert, they only had two choices: the Moemoe Special and Da’s Kokoleka. We decided we’d order one or the other, but still have different choices, to review both desserts.   The Moemoe Special is Big Kahuna’s “world famous” tropical fruit tart with mounds of rich creamy vanilla custard on a short bread cookie crust with pineapple, coconut, and a whole bunch of whipped cream. Da’s Kokoleka is chocolate pudding on top of short bread cookie crust sprin-

Photo by Stuart Nelson PIZZA LOVERS: Hidden just off State Street, Big Kahuna’s Pizza serves up delicious hand baked pizzas for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

kled with coconut and almonds with lots of whipped topping. I actually liked the Moemoe fruit tart, because I can remember my dad making a Polynesian fruit tart similar to it. I think that’s one of Big Kahuna’s best qualities. It brings Polynesia and Italy, into Utah. For example, the Kaluah pork, is actually slow-roasted pork cooked in the traditional Polynesian pit style. The Da’s Kokoleka was not one of my favorites, but I figure that’s because I don’t like pudding. So I let my friend eat it, which she thought tasted “okay”.   The decor of the restaurant

was not as great as I would have wished. As for the customer service.... they could use some work on that. The staff seemed to be lost or confused on the job. This kind of made my visit a little annoying, for the reason that they had no skills on being fast. I think that this business could use better and faster employees. However, an impressive quality this restaurant held, was its sanitation. (Yes, I made sure to check out the bathrooms, and they are safe to use, for the most part:) But when I went, there wasn’t as many customers. I’m sure they’d

have problems with cleanliness if there were a lot of buyers there, and the employees barely did anything, like they displayed upon my stay. To be honest, I think I just got lucky, with clean bathrooms, when I arrived.   I would definitely consider this pizza restaurant, before considering other places. A great tip, before you go here, is to have an open mind about the food. If you are really picky, then you may have issues.... if you like trying new tastes, then great! I give it an eight out of ten. Overall, this restaurant was pretty awesome!

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The Tourist: Money, love, twists & turns

Jan. 2011

How to wear what not to wear if you must wear it:

Ugly grandpa sweaters

Photo by Stuart Nelson Photo courtesy of CRIME AND LOVE: Elise Ward (Jolie) invites Frank Tupelo (Depp) to a romantic dinner on the river bank in Venice, Italy in order to make the police and the crime boss think Tupelo is Alexander Pierce.

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  Exotic places and enviable wealth sets The Tourist up to be what it is: an adventure filled with money, love and plenty of twists.   Angelina Jolie plays Elise Ward, a woman hopelessly in love with a criminal by the name of Alexander Pierce. Johnny Depp takes on the role of the man who gets sucked into an inevitable situation all because of a pretty woman: Elise Ward.

  Alexander Pierce, the criminal ward is in love with, has committed many crimes with high costs. As a result, Pierce has the Financial Crimes Unit of the Scotland Yard desiring his arrest as well as a gangster/mobster wishing for his death. A criminal mastermind, Pierce has altered his appearance and is unknown to the Scotland Yard, the mobster and to Ward herself. In an attempt to throw off the groups searching for Pierce, Jolie picks a man similar to Pierce and treats him in a

way that makes the pursuers believe Depp is the man they are after.   Jolie successfully takes on the role of a sly woman with plenty of money and full of love, a role she has played before. The real acting prowess is illustrated by Johnny Depp, who takes on the role of awkward math teacher with such success, it was easy to forget he is also Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Dropping books, acting flustered and making situations much more difficult due to his

naivety, Depp plays this extremely well.   The Tourist, receiving a warm welcome in Russia but shockingly not in the US, only grossed 16.5 million dollars opening weekend.     The action filled movie with a star studded cast delightedly surprised many when it came out a little over a month ago. With one unexpected twist at the end of the movie, a twist only few can guess, this movie filled with adventure is far from boring.

The series comes to an adventerous end By Brittina Gadduang Reporter

  With hard core action and intense romance, Richelle Mead sucker punches readers in the face with amazing twists and mystery in her sixth and final book to the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice.   The main character Rose Hathaway is locked in a Moroi jail cell after being accused of the bloody murder of the Moroi’s queen, Tatiana. Consequences for such a harsh crime can only mean one thing: execution. But with the Moroi world in chaos after the loss of their queen, the fact that Rose didn’t do it, and with Dimitri finally back from the cold path of a Strigoi, Rose is left to watch the discord unfold behind bars and await her death sentence. But not for long. A challenging journey is laid out for Rose and her friends and that quest can lead to the Moroi’s new future: The other last Dragomir heir.   Last Sacrifice breached book store shelves on December 10, 2010; a week before the 2010 Teen Read

Awards winner, Richelle Mead, graced the Salt Lake City Public Library. Despite the minuscule grammar errors, the stories climactic build up was consuming and thrilling. New characters are introduced and old characters that were once loved and adored will soon turn their backs on the reader, showing a new spiral to the story.   From Vampire Academy’s first book to the last, Rose Hathaway has always been the tough sarcastic chick that, although reckless, always pulls through in the end. Still holding those trademark traits, Rose reaches a new level of maturity and sense of self and duty, finally becoming her own person in Last Sacrifice. But she’s not the only one who grows and finally blooms within the book. Lissa, Dimitri and many others finally find their place in Mead’s world. But be warned. A happy ending may be in sight but it comes at a heavy price, abandoning other characters and forcing the reader to wait in agony for Mead’s soon to come

Photo courtesy of LAST SACRIFICE: The sixth and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

spinoff series which she announced during her tour. “Vampire Academy is the only book that had me demanding for more,” said junior Lizbeth Osorio, a loyal fan and reader, “With the book in hand, I couldn’t tear my eyes away for a second in fear of it disappearing. No doubt, my favorite book ever!”   Overall, the book itself

was an easy read with cliff hangers so strong, they make the reader drool for more. It stays true to the preceding best selling books from the series (Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise and Spirit Bound). The adventure packed pages are impossible to put the down.

GRANDPA SUPER SWEATERS: This sweater is a prime example of how somthing gramps would wear can look great on just about anyone, while still managing to keep you warm and comfortable.

By Chanel Syme Reporter

  The outfits that make the average person feel good about what they are wearing normally consist of a plethora of items that not only look good together, but also look good on their own. One of this year’s many winter trends, however, is wearing ugly pre-owned sweaters. The problem is, while the sweater itself may be rather hideous, the outfit as a whole is supposed to look fashionable. Though this may seem like an impossibility, teens seem to be pulling it off splendidly.   The most accessible way to dress up a grandpa sweater is to throw on a pair of the best fitting skinny leg jeans available and give them a small cuff on the bottom. It adds an extra element of flare and draws the attention more to the outfit as a whole rather than just to the sweater. The one thing that must be avoided is the clash of fancy, expensive, over-decorated jeans and a five to ten dollar, used, tacky sweater. Another tip would be to avoid flare jeans. Not only are they basically out of style but the bigger the flare is, the bigger ther person wearing the jeans looks.

With a full, thick weaved, old school sweater on top and a giant flare on the bottom, a person would look somewhat like an oblonged squash. If the weather outside is frightful but it feels like a day for shorts, pair the sweater and the shorts with neutral colored, thigh highs or tights. This way the element of the shorts works with the sweater when fighting against the elements.   Guys seem to be able to pull of the grandpa sweater style just as well or maybe even better than females. The best way to pull off the sweater for a guy is to basically make it seem as though there were no premeditated style ideas for the day. Make it look as though the outfit has been resting at the bottom of the hamper for a number of weeks. The sweater should be wrinkled and messy looking and the pants you pair with it, (the best choice would be dark colored jeans), should be worn out and old. The best places to find sweaters from actual grandpas would be either Savers or the DI. Their prices are low and even though the products are used, they are in exceptional shape.

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Jan. 2011

Tron: Legacy A Visually Mind Blowing Ride into the Grid Grossed

$17.5 Million

on opening day.

By Kenny Huyhn Graphic Designer

Photo courtesy of

SPEEDING HIT: On its opening day Tron: Legacy grossed $17.5 million in in the United States and Canada. By the end of the weekend, it reached $44 million, beating Yogi Bear and How Do You Know for #1 in the box office.



The cream of the crop Taylorsville’s featured artwork

By Bonnie Barrett Editor-in-Chief

  The artwork hanging on the walls of the school add a little “umph” to the not-so-exciting brick walls. The best one? Well, of course to each their own. But for this month’s spotlight, a winner has been chosen. Location, upper F-hall. Description, well, vegetable-ly. What makes this artwork the spotlight for this month? Let’s analyze.

Photo by Stuart Nelson SIMPLY REFRESHING: F-hall is art central, where most artwork is inspired and created. The mastermind behind this piece, Rochelle Edwards was a former art student whose painting now decorates the hallway.

  After the release of Disney’s visual masterpiece TRON in 1982, many expected the company to begin producing sequels to satisfy its cult following. Oddly, it was not until 2008 that Disney announced the active production of a sequel; TRON: Legacy. The big question was, after more than twenty years, how would a sequel compare to its 1982 predecessor?   The movie begins with Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), CEO and protagonist of the original TRON, telling his son Sam a bedtime story of the world of The Grid, a world built inside a computer server. Unfortunately, the situation becomes all too real when Flynn disappears, leaving Sam an orphan and heir to ENCOM, his father’s computer company. The movie jumps twenty years later to a 27 year old Sam (Garrett Hedlund), living as a bachelor in a shipping container with his dog Marv. When Sam gets a page from his father’s office, he embarks on a voyage into The Grid to find his lost father, battling against the corrupted leader of The Grid known only as CLU, the electronic cyber clone of Kevin

Flynn.   The special effects in this movie are spectacular. They really capture that The Grid is a technological world opposed to an organic one. From the fluorescent lighting to the exhilarating lightcycle skirmishes, the visual effects never feel out of place or too condensed in one area. The movie does a good job in balancing visuals with plot, neither one outweighing the other.   By far the best actor in TRON: Legacy was Jeff Bridges. Not many actors can pull off playing two characters, (cough Eddie Murphy cough), but Jeff Bridges does succeeds in playing both the aged Kevin Flynn and younger CLU. Hedlund does a great job in the action sequences, although his delivery of lines comes off a little bland and unconvincing.   Overall, TRON: Legacy is a good movie, but don’t expect it all to make perfect sense. TRON: Legacy leaves many plot holes open to the interpretation of the audience, very reminiscent of the initial reaction when watching Inception. However, if available, watch the original TRON first. Other than that, put on a pair of 3D glasses and watch TRON: Legacy.

Meaning   A simple painting. Vegetables randomly making their mark on a sheet of canvas. So simple, a breath of fresh air. Sure, this may not be deemed “best artwork” from its context to its technique. It’s no Mona Lisa. Other artwork in the school may catch one’s eye easier or the skills behind certain pieces are more unique to that one artist. None the less, the simplicity behind this piece is why I chose

it to be the cream of the crop of this issue. High school is plagued with stress. Whether it be homework, social behavior, or just the thought of having to face a certain teacher every other day, there comes a time when having a little slice of random and simplicity in one’s life will make all the difference. Eye Catching   While walking to class, my eyes skim the artwork, but to my surprise, one made me stop dead in my tracks. Now, over the course of my years spent at this school, I’m sure I had passed this painting hundreds of times. It had never caught my attention until now. It’s a bundle of vegetables. Random? I’d say so. But, that is what gives this little painting the uniqueness factor. Not many expect to see a wide variety of vegetables hanging delicately on the wall on their way to class.

Location   Upper F-hall, can become quite the traffic zone. A pro, but also a con to have the place of habitation for this art piece. Now, usually my focus is on making my way past making out couples, or crowded gettogethers. But, as I pass this area now, I smile, due of course to the array of lettuce, carrots, and mushrooms. To pinpoint the exact location, I’ll send directions your way. Take the stairs to upper F-hall located by the vending machines in the commons. From there keep walking. On the right, you’ll see this glorious piece. A smile will occur. Keep walking now. We don’t want to miss the tardy bell!   Open your eyes to the artwork decorating the hallways. Find the cream of the crop painting that will make you pause, take a minute to smile, and then proceed on to everyday tasks. I dare you.

Accidents: causes, concerns and collision

“Whenever I am in a car and another car ap“proaches at a higher speed than one normally

would, my body extends as if to brace itself for another accident.”

SPEEDING BY: On Thursday, January 27th, after a basketball game against Riverton, teen drivers zoomed by, most likely not realizing they’re driving on ground that has been home to four car acccid

dangerous responsibility in the hands Reporter

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  Learning how to drive is a coming of age. One is set on the path to adulthood when handed that license. The long road, however treacherous, is a necessity to this process. Beginning with getting a permit and taking a course of driver’s education is a priority for those wishing to achieve this.   The driver’s education program at Taylorsville is one of enticing vigor, filled with exciting and terrifying stories. “On my first test drive I was the only student in the car who actually passed the test,” said junior Rachel Herrera. “The only boy who was in the car ran two red lights. The other girl drove on the wrong side of the road twice.”   Herrera isn’t the only student who has seen their share of scary drivers. “I took my test the last day of the quarter,” said senior, James Pearson. “Everyone was so relieved it was the last day, no one was taking anything really seriously. This girl who was older than all of us got into the driver’s seat. I knew it was going downhill already when she didn’t even know how to turn on the car. After we started off, she was asked to do a U-Turn and turned into oncoming traffic. Luckily, she turned all the way back around into the middle lane, so everyone was unharmed.”   For some students, driver’s ed is their first experience with driving. “It’s fairly common for students who are new drivers to drive on the wrong side of road,” said driver’s ed teacher Guy Mackay. “I’ll bet it happens about 5 or 10 times a semester.” Some students are under so much pressure, they get adrenaline rushes and lose track of all body control.   “Most of the kids who get into these

actually passed the test,” said junior only boy who was in the car ran two re other girl drove on the wrong side o twice.”

By Kiley Atkins

kinds of situations are those who mistake the gas for the brake,” said Mackay. “Once that happens, they panic and that’s the end of that. I have to break for it and it’s done. One girl was really nervous and mistook the gas for the brake and we did a U-Turn and ran up onto this guy’s lawn, stopping about 5 feet from the house.”   “Another situation happened out on the range,” Mackay went on. “We were parallel parking and she was in reverse. Yet again, she mistook the gas for the break. She ran up over the curb, through the road, over the next curb and ran through the student parking lot, hitting three students’ cars.” The unfortunate thing for the teachers on the range is that they are not in the cars with the students to help with the break. “All you can do in a situation like that is yell ‘STOP!’

over the loudspeaker.”   Getting on the road is different from learning in the driving range. With hundreds more distractions, concentrating can become difficult. “I get so used to pulling my phone out of my pocket when it vibrates,” said Herrera. “It is a hard adjustment to make when driving. I almost ran into a trashcan in my neighborhood when I was looking for my phone. It’s an issue.”   “Students get distracted by the smallest things,” Mackay added. “The scariest driving test for me was on the freeway. We were going 65 on a sharp curve in the far left hand lane. The girl was messing with her sun visor. She tried to put it down with one hand, and without thinking, used both her hands to move it. After she let go of the wheel in the curve, we shot straight for the cement

barrier. We missed it by inches. After that, she didn’t want to drive anymore. We moved on to a new driver.”   Some drivers who don’t pass the test in the driver’s ed class, must go on to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test with a highway patrol officer. “I failed my test in the class,” said Pearson, “so I had to go to the DMV and take it with a cop. It was the most nerve racking thing in the whole world. I though the driver’s ed teachers were intimidating; the cop looked like he wanted to kill me. He had absolutely no patience for anything.”   Learning how to drive takes a lot of time and patience from both the student and the teacher. “You can only be a driver’s ed teacher for so long,” said Mackay. “After awhile, all the patience you have leaves you. Once I feel like

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By Brooke Runyan Assistant Editor


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dents this year.

of teens

  When most turn sixteen, they cannot wait to get behind the wheel, turn that key, and put the pedal to the metal. However, the sad truth is that though turning sixteen can be exciting, it can end in tragedy.   Car accidents are responsible for 36% of all deaths between the ages of 15 and 20, and for each mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are about four times more likely to crash than other drivers (according to the Centers for Disease Control). While not every teenage driver out there is reckless, many are, making negligence the lead cause of accidents on the road. Senior Josh Shewell shared his story. “I was coming up on the intersection at 4800 South and Redwood Road; the light had just turned green so, like I was taught to do, I got back up to speed and went to make the light.   “Just as I was passing through the intersection, a woman hit me just in front of my back, right tire. I was in the far left lane when she hit me, and after I went over the hood of her car with ease, I had noticed that I was airborne. I felt the truck falling,

student in the car who r Rachel Herrera. “The ed lights. The of the road

to get testy, I know it’s e for me to find a different ach. The biggest thing is nce with the kids.” nd a handle on road rage are nt things to have when first matter where someone is, car they are driving or who h, danger and distraction is eachers hope for students to rom the class with not only ding of the rules of drivwith the understanding of fe. “All of these stories just hat just because you’re in car, doesn’t mean you’re not really safe in any car on the road,” said Mackay. driving and driver’s ed is business.”

featuring Taylorsville’s finest: teen drivers levelling itself to the road once more.   “When I felt parallel with the road once more, I realized that I was once again airborne. This time I wasn’t just heading forward, I was rolling. I found myself rolling from my far left lane across the other lanes to my right progressing all the way across the other lanes when I came to an abrupt halt on the side walk just outside of the Circle K gas station. But something was even more confusing once I landed. I was up-side down. Once I had a somewhat natural sense of things again, I unbuckled my seat belt causing me to fall onto the roof of my now demolished, prized possession. I crawled out of my shattered door window and pulled myself upright, to sit against the upside down, concave vehicle.”   Accidents cause both emotional and physical responses. “I felt a heightened sense of things.

I watched my windows shatter as they hit the road, one of my tires flying off its bolts. Everything was moving so slowly and yet it all happened within 4 seconds. After I had landed on the side walk, I managed to squeeze my way out of my window to sit beside my truck. I felt nothing. Not one emotion coursed through me,” said Shewell. “Whenever I am in a car and another car approaches at a higher speed than one normally would, my body extends as if to brace itself for another accident. It has been over a year and nothing has changed with that.”   Utah Law states that an accident doesn’t have to reported to the state as long as there is no more than one-thousand dollars in damage, though insurance companies should be contacted.   To prevent accidents, there’s one simple thing that drivers can do: pay attention. Failure to do so can result in fatal accidents

and leave both drivers scarred for life, sometimes even passen gers. According to, 63% of teenage passenger deaths in 2008 occurred in which vehicles were driven by another teenager. So, while cruising around with friends might seem like a harmless act as simple as hanging out, certain activities like showing off, playing with the radio to find your favorite song to sing along with, or any other form of distraction can kill your friend as well as yourself.   Accidents don’t only occur on the road, but commonly in parking lots. The school parking lot, alone, is full of potential accidents every day. Since most kids were young, they were taught to look right, left, then right again, before crossing the street. But, that lesson never seems to cross minds when behind the wheel.   “I was in the school’s student parking lot driving down the main lane deciding which sublane to turn into to find a parking place,” said senior Cailtin Hansen, “when suddenly a car zipped out in front of me. He didn’t even think about stopping. So, freaking out, I slammed on my brakes, but it was too late. I t-boned him.”   Instances like this occur almost daily in the student parking lot, luckily not ending in an accident. However, it does cause frustration that some drivers are not observant. If drivers were smarter about driving, we could not only save cost, but save lives.

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Jan. 2011

Sanderson’s The Way of Kings makes best sellers’ list By Preston McCullough Reporter

Photo Stuart Nelson SANDERSON’S VISION: Number seven on the New York Times best selling list in its first week of release, The Way of Kings has been widely accepted among readers.

  The New York Times best-selling novel, The Way of Kings, is filled with intricate story lines, exceptionally developed characters and enough action to stimulate even the mind of a teenage male. As Brandon Sanderson’s first novel in his series entitled The Stormlight Archives, he truly lives up to David Farland’s review as “the real thing--an exciting story-teller with a unique and powerful vision.”   The story follows three main characters: Kaladin, a soldier-turned-slave, searching to redeem him-

self from his past failures; Shallan, whose desire to become the student of a famous scholar is only a cover up for a devious plan of thievery; and Dalinar Kholin, a warlord whose visions of the past have left him questioning his sanity.   With wars raging and ancient magic returning, The Way of Kings is only the beginning to an enormously intriguing and promising series.   Kaladin’s story is by far the most captivating of all the characters, as he becomes the main hero of the book. While Shallan and Dalinar’s stories may not be as enjoyable, the

reader’s interest is never lost.   After over ten years of writing, devising and finetuning, Sanderson’s epic is anything but another typical fantasy novel. Smart, mature and original, The Way of Kings explores a new, surprisingly realistic world called Roshar.   The story kicks off with an intense, tightly-written assassination scene and only gets better from there. Interwoven with intriguing interludes and sub-plots, the scope of the massive series begins to unfold.   At first glance, the monstrous 1,000 page book might be less than

appealing to most readers, but rest assured, not one of the 380,000 words is wasted on useless information or pointless storyline. The length and depth of the story only provide the reader with a way to become completely immersed in the world Sanderson has created.   Hailed by Elitist Book Reviews as “a fantastic opening entry to a truly epic (in every sense of the word) fantasy series,”   The Way of Kings is a must-read for any fan of reading, whether you’re a fantasy guru, or a newcomer to the genre. In a nutshell, read this great book.

Master of intensity: Darren Aronofsky directs a seat gripping film By Nathanael McCarthy Reporter

  Perfect is the word that comes to mind when thinking of a word to describe Black Swan.   It is easily the best movie of the year and certainly should be on the list of greatest movies ever made.   This movie will leave the viewer with a sense of euphoria when the credits role in. It is a guarantee that your heart will race as the master of intensity, Darren Aronofsky returns.   Aronofsky, director of Requiem For A Dream, and Pi keeps his reputation of one of the best directors alive with this new masterpiece.   Black Swan is the story

of Nina Sayers, a ballerina in one of the best companies in the world. The season begins with the production of Swan Lake.   Swan Lake is the ballet created by Tchaikovsky. It is a story of a princess turned into a white swan, a curse that can only be broken with a kiss from her true love. After her evil twin, the black swan, prevents her from breaking the curse, she commits suicide and finds freedom in death.   Nina is selected to play the swan queen. She must play the innocent, virginal, white swan and her twin, the lustful and spiteful black swan. Nina is perfect for the role of the white

swan. She is precise, elegant, and fragile, but lacks the state of mind for the black swan. A new ballerina, Lily, perfectly contrasts Nina, being seductive, and much less concerned with perfection. As Nina begins to suspect the role is being taken from her by Lily, she finds a persona imitating the black swan that’s been caged through repression and pressure is what she needs to be perfect.   The most impressive aspect of this film is how deep it goes into the human psyche. It covers repression, confidence, self-esteem, independence, duality and death. The movie itself it just a giant example how complex the

human mind can be.   The visuals range from beautiful and elegant, to horrific and heart racing. Black Swan is easily one of the most intense movies since Alien. Even for the director of Pi and Requiem For A Dream, this is an intense film.   The soundtrack is amazing, with Clint Mansell recreating Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece creating the perfect atmosphere for each scene. Many will scream and clench their seats in certain scenes. There is no other way to describe it than mind warping. The last two scenes are nothing but an adrenaline rush with a very subtle climax that is very fitting.

Photo courtesy of SWAN LAKE: Natalie Portman takes on the role of a ballerina performing the black swan and the white swan.

  Black Swan is a movie that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re a fan of Fight Club, Requiem For A Dream, or just enjoy a movie that

will make you think, just a great movie at all, Black Swan is a must see for any movie lover.


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Jan. 2011

Kennecott Copper Mine renovation will harm, not help By Kiley Atkins Reporter

Utahns have all seen it. The smoggy, repulsive, suffocating, polluted air hovering over the valley. Signs on the freeways often read “Red Air Day, Drive Less.” The reason pollution worsens in the winter is due to the increased burning of fuels, the higher usage of cars and the storm clouds locking the pollution in. The heat that rises, trapping the cold in the valley, also traps the hazy pollution with it, leaving terrible air quality until the next snow fall. Although there are many causes of this horrible air quality, two factors top them all: transportation and fuel combustion in stationary sources. One of the largest fuel producers in the country is located right here in Salt Lake City, the Kennecott Copper Mines. In 2009, Kennecott produced 25% of the United States copper supply. If someone were to gaze across the beautiful mountains surrounding the Salt Lake valley, this person would be utterly repulsed at the sight they would find when gazing upon the section of the mountain cut out by Kennecott in order to mine that 25% of copper. In a press conference with the Salt Lake Tribune, the CEO of Kennecott Copper, Kelly Sanders said, “ Mining does alter the landscape and, like other industries, creates pollution and waste products--but many of

the comforts of modern life are not possible without [copper].” Unfortunately, those with lung problems and asthma among other health conditions may disagree with the prioritizing of these productions. With Salt Lake City’s air pollution rising to sixth place out of the top ten most polluted U.S. cities, these people are having to go to extreme measures such as calling into work and school sick, not being able to go outside due to poor air quality. The productions of this company preempt the right of the general public to good health.

is that since Kennecott will now be operating more fuel efficiently, the process of mining copper will undoubtedly quicken due to efficiency. Since Kennecott already accounts for 25% of the nation’s copper, there is the obvious idea that that percentage will rise. A higher percentage of copper being mined more quickly means that, unfortunately, those beautiful mountains will be cut into even deeper. Soon enough, one will no longer be viewing gorgeous mountains, but rather large piles of dirt encompassingseveral holes where the mountains used to be. Another question rises when thinking of the copper being completely stripped from the mine. What will become of the mine when they are done with it? “I’ve always just thought they should turn the mine into a landfill,” said Tony Ivins, a science teacher at Taylorsville High. “Since we’re running out of room everywhere else, just use the mine.” There are environmentalists

Kennecott will continue to demolish the beauty of our state and turn it into revenue.

In the midst of all the smog, there is luckily some good news. Kennecott has a new plan that will decrease their emissions and increase their efficiency. They will be replacing three of their coal burners with a more fuel efficient boiler that uses natural gas. According to Sanders, once the new system is running, the emissions from Kennecott will drop by 20%--the equivalent of removing 1 in 10 cars from both Salt Lake and Utah county. Considering the significant amount of cars in these highly populated counties, it is unfortunate to hear that only 20% of their emissions will drop in relevance to removing that many cars. The even more horrific news

Illustration by Zackariah Augotharp

and nature lovers alike out there and are all fighting for their own revolutions. However important the causes may be, this one hits home for people across the city and state. “My question is how they are going to restore

the mine,” said Ivins. Something needs to be done, and soon, or Kennecott will continue to demolish the beauty of our state and turn it into revenue while Utahns suffer the health consequences.

The American act of elitism: All men are created unequal By Dylan Wilson Chief In-Editor

Illustration by Simione Taufalele

The American society is at a breaking point.

(U.S. News and World Report)   The answer lies in the famous phrase, “all men are created equal.” What Jefferson meant was all members of the aristocracy, elite members of society, or the modern day terms, C.E.O.s, presidents, senators and representatives are equal. And when all of the “elite” of a society combine their power, no one can revolt and no one can fully better themselves. This given time becomes a fact ignored and an entire society succumbed to a stationary status.   Above all, American society revolves around the notion that “it’s all about who you know”. For too long the economic and social conditions of an individual at birth have defined what that one is and can become. The American society is at a breaking point. Either fair and equal chance is given to all classes or the middle and lower classes will revolt and society as known right now will cease to exist.

By high school, we’ve all heard Jefferson’s famous phrase, “all men are created equal”. The fact about the phrase too often neglected is not who said it, but rather, what he genuinely meant by it. Being born to one of the most prominent families in Virginia, Jefferson was allowed access to education, which in and of itself is one of the paramount pieces that make up humanity. Unfortunately however, when only upper class members, such as Jefferson, are allowed access to education an elitist society is born.   In such a society, much like the U.S.A., only a small percentile of the population of the United States was, is allowed access to education. Education in this case means: degrees from the most prestigious universities such as Harvard or Yale, not for instance the University of Utah or Brigham Young University.  

A current example of elitism can be seen in the world’s most powerful man, Barack Obama. The current president not only attended Harvard but Colombia as well. A clear mark that educational elitism is still the American way.   The extreme stratification in society does not come from the

amount of education but rather the access to education and even more so, the “weight” of education. There is nothing wrong with education. In fact, education is what leads to progress and everyone should pursue as much education as possible. That being said, why is it so hard for a middle class man or woman to go to the most prestigious schools? Better yet, why is a Ph. D. worth more from Princeton than Southern Utah University?


Jan. 2011

Warrior Ledger Opinion

Some teachers make school almost bearable Photographer

The bell rings, time to go to second period. Not a joyous thought, but after second period comes third period. Now that really is a happy thought. It has nothing to do with the class. Teachers are the ones that affect whether a class is an “ugh” class or something to actually look forward to. Contrary to popular belief, the teachers that students remember at the end of their schooling careers, and even further in life, are not the ones that made class easy to pass: giving no homework, telling life stories instead of teaching and being so oblivious that students can get away with anything. These teachers are easily forgotten. The teachers that really make a mark are the ones that genuinely taught something. More than that, they made a

students want to learn. All great teachers make their mark in different ways. Some are the entertainers, making students want to arrive to class because English is now a fun topic, unlike before, when it put the class to sleep. Others are caring, creating a bond with students that makes it impossible to skip their class. A few become idols, instilling a sense of respect in students that leads to a desire to impress. All these teachers create a relationship with students and make them think that school might not be such a bad thing. The comedian teacher: this teacher makes class time feel like an HBO comedy special, filled with jokes on topics such as the Han Dynasty or the placement of commas. Sophomore Tony

Largaespada said, “Funny teachers are my favorite. They make me want to listen.” Students find it impossible to miss this class, for it would be like missing a favorite television show. Whether it’s dry humor, undeniable wit

that class would end with a feeling of guilt. “This one teacher I have is so amazing. She genuinely cares about every single one of her students no matter what. She is very patient and kind. She treats us like we are all her kids,” said senior Courteney Healey. Coming to this teacher with problems is easy to do, and asking for help is not frightening at all. The enjoyment of this teachers prescense is felt during class time, making it seem almost enjoyable to be at school. The idol teacher: the goal of all the students with this teacher is to be like them. Doing poorly on a test is embarrassing, and impressing the teacher is what students aim to do. “I want to

The bond of respect creates a relationship between student and teacher, banishing fear and disliking.

By Kailtin Mounteer

or energy impossible to ignore, listening is no longer hard to do and falling asleep is out of the question. The parent teacher: school suddenly becomes a second home for this class period. Mom/ Dad stands at the front of the room teaching about whatever the subject may be, and skipping

be like this one teacher I have because she’s great. I show up to class because that’s what she would do,” said junior, Alex Mahood about one of her favorite teacher. The idol teacher gets a quiet respect. Students wish to do well in the class out of respect to the teacher, and missing class would seem like a disappointment to the teacher. Suddenly this class becomes something to look forward to, like a concert or movie starring a favorite celebrity. Through all the different types of good teachers, they have one thing in common: respecting the students. The bond of respect creates a relationship between student and teacher, banishing fear and disliking. School becomes something to enjoy and do well in, whether the class is taught by a comedian, a parent or an idol.

Illustration by Zackariah Ausgotharp

Teachers’ attitudes have a heavy toll on a students’ motivation Reporters

“A bad teacher is a pushover. He/ she does whatever the students want and they don’t stick to what they planned,” said senior, Ana Arenas. The effect that a teacher can have on his or her students’ lives can be momentous. But if the teacher lacks enthusiasm or the will to educate his/her students, the result will be another meaningless adult in the daily drone of a student’s school life.   “[A bad teacher is] someone who just gives you a book and homework and expects you to learn it on your own,” said senior, Kelsie Facemyer, “they

aren’t being a teacher because they aren’t teaching--they are just assigning. And if you don’t get it right, they treat you like you are stupid.” This is a very noticeable trait of bad teachers; they seem to assume that students already know the material they are neglecting to teach.   Junior, Randy Van, said, “A bad teacher is someone who is not willing to help the students in their educational learning

process. He/she is only working in this career to have a stable income. They don’t care and try to work with their student to

There is nothing more aggravating than having to do work for a teacher that doesn’t care whether you pass or fail their class.   Students also don’t always make up excuses like bad teachers always assume. “Bad teachers don’t understand where kids are coming from in some situations. Not everyone is making up an excuse to not do something,” said senior, Gabbi Holbrook.   Teachers don’t have to act like

A bad teacher is someone who is not willing to help students... achieve their goals.” This causes students to have less motivation to do the work they are assigned as well.

By Alan Brown & Chanel Syme

they are better than the class in order to keep control of them. In most cases, students will act like adults if they are being treated like adults. Teachers that talk down to students are either feared and talked bad about or else not listened to. High school students don’t do well with intimidation. Drama Club President, Michael Retzlaff agreed by adding that, “A bad teacher is a teacher who puts him/herself above the class.”   Whether the student is given with is a good teacher or a bad one, the teacher that the student will remember will be the one that they learned something from.

Jan. 2011


Warrior Ledger Opinion

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A dream yet to be realized

Illustration by Zackariah Ausgotharp

By Dylan Wilson Editor-In-Chief

  After the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King’s “dream” has yet to come true in America. Race and gender dictate most of the opportunities allowed to every individual in the United States.   More often than not, Ameri-

cans are not a product of their environment or of their expectations. But rather Americans are the result of their ethnicity and sex. This notion goes against everything that the United States, the land of the equal and free, represents.   Consequently, the problem of discrimination in America cannot

be denied and therefore, must not be ignored. Recent scientific research has shown that the very first thing that anyone sees in a complete stranger is the race of the said stranger. (Barbara Fredrickson Ph. D.) Needless to say, there are some ramifications of seeing race as the predominate feature of humanity.   One consequence is the average wages of different races in the United States. For instance, in 2009 the average household income for whites in the U.S. was $55,530 whereas, the average household income for Hispanic-Americans was $37,913 and even worse, the average African-Americans household income was $34,218. (U.S. Census Bureau) .   You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure out that the average white American makes an enormous amount more than both Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans. How can we claim to provide equality when a sect of the American population makes a significantly less amount of money due only to the ethnic group which they were born into?   The same notion, one is more or less valuable than another at birth , is applied to women in America. Since women suffrage in the early 20th century, little has been done to ensure

equity among genders. Census statistics in 2010 show that yearround-working women make 77 cents per dollar that yearround-working men. Simply put, American men are paid more than five dollars for every four dollars that American women are paid.   Women in this modern time can do, as general statement, anything men can. A small exception comes in the case of lifting heavy objects repeatedly, in which case men are naturally better at due to higher amounts testosterone. The exception is voided, however, due to the industrialized state of society; in which, man’s labor has been replaced by machines. Therefore, women, who are of equal intelligence to men, can operate, to the same effect, the tools of industry. Ergo, equality should be given to a gender of equal ability.   Not long ago, the Obama administration tried to fix discrimination with the Paycheck Fairness Act on Nov. 17, 2010.     President Obama decribed the bill in very simple terms. “As we emerge from one of the worst recessions in history, this bill would ensure that American women and their families aren’t bringing home smaller paychecks because of discrimination,” he said. “It also helps businesses that pay equal wages as they

struggle to compete against discriminatory competition.”   Essentially, the bill would have prevented businesses from discriminating against and paying lower wages to families, who in the current economy have to work for any amount of money. Businesses, which were trying to provide equality to their workers, would have also benefitted from the Paycheck Fairness Act.   The bill was supported by the House but didn’t receive enough votes in the Senate. Every Republican in the Senate voted against considering the act, clearly demonstrating the capitalist fear of government regulation of business.   To beat back discrimination and to truly change the United States and furthermore the world, we as Americans must set the example of society should work. We, as Americans, must not disregard the differing ethnicities in our amazing nation. But instead, we must accept those who are unlike us, learn from them to better ourselves and see how beautiful diversity is.   We must come to the realization that though we are different, we are equal. We must allow equal chance to all and let every individual be the product of their own hard work.

School assemblies promote student sluffing and disorderly conduct By Jack Link

Editorial Editor

  An average day for a student consists of sluggishly dragging their feet to class, followed by nonchalantly zoning in and out, attempting to listen to the teacher. However, on a seemingly typical day, the student may catch wind of an assembly to be held sometime in the near future and that could change everything.   The almost immediate response for a student is to call up all of his or her buddies and find out who is driving so everyone can get out of another pointless assembly. [A pointless assembly which is often times way too full.] It is beneficial for a good chunk of the student body

to sluff assemblies because the maximum occupancy of the school’s main gym can’t even hold the entire student body. High school assemblies are just obsolete and unnecessary, why would any student, or teacher for that matter, want to be cramped into an inferno of a gym and forced to watch the same old song and dance we have been seeing at assemblies since day one of our education? [While still trying to somehow make yourself comfortable despite the obvious over population of bored students.]   There is no good reason to keep students in school any longer than necessary, especially when the student body has already figured that out and

takes matters into their own hand, by sluffing assemblies all together. We should just move any planned performance of an assembly to an optional-afterschool-performance. That way, whomever is performing has an audience of people who care. It could potentially end any unnecessary rowdiness from a fidgety student: who is wanting to be somewhere else but couldn’t manage to get out of school quick enough before the administration did their trademark cow herd of students to the auditorium entrance.   Assemblies should be moved to after school. Those who care will show up and those who don’t, can carry on with life.

Illustration by Zackariah Ausgotharp

Warrior Ledger Staff The Warrior Ledger is a publication of Taylorsville High School, 5225 S. Redwood Road Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Tarell Richards: destined for greatness By Dylan Wilson Editor-In-Chief

  Tarell Richards can’t be defined in one word or a simple sport cliche. Instead, his time at Taylorsville High School can be seen in the lives of the hundreds of students that he has affected for the better.   To many, he was known as the inspirational fitness for life or weight training teacher, who actually connected to students. Photo courtesy of LifeTouch Richards gave students a time of release to simply let the endorphins flow and better yet, a time for me whenever I needed anyof relief for 86 minutes to forget thing, like a father figure,” said about the rest of the crap going Martinez.   on in life.   Throughout the course of an   Those who Richards coached, interview, Richards displayed saw him not as just another inhis genuine character. And he different explained why he coach You always re- felt now was the trying to time to pursue his gret the things dream: becoming make a name for himself. But rather, that you don’t a head football Richards was seen coach. as a role model that do in life. You   “You always accepted nothcan not take regret the things ing less than what that you don’t do in opportunities his athletes were life. You can capable of. He not take opbut it’ll hurt and pushed his team not portunities eat at you. just to be the best but it’ll hurt athletes that they and eat at could be but to be the best men you.” answered Richards. “But that they could be. when you take an opportunity   On a personal level, Richards and make a mistake, I can live has helped Taylorsville alumni, with that, knowing rather than Eric Martinez, pursue his dream. regretting.” Richards coached Martinez last   Currently, Richards is the year and turned him into a corhead track and field coach, an nerback prodigy. After making it assistant football coach at Cotclear to Richards that he wished tonwood High School. Only to pursue a career in coaching, time will tell what will become Richards then got Martinez a job of Tarell Richards. But one thing as an assistant football coach. remains certain, he is destined “He [Richards] has been there for greatness.

Photo by Garrett Christensen

DRIVING IN: Captain of the Taylorsville High School Warriors, David Smith, leading his team to victory on tuesday the 25th of january, against Kearns.

Miners excavate Warriors’ defense By Dani Beach Photographer

  Billowing white and blue jerseys; passion you could smell in the air and feel in the rocked, aging bleachers, the Taylorsville boys’ basketball team started off Tuesday night with a *3-7 overall record. Defense began somewhat slow, but by second quarter the Warriors shifted into gear with most of the pregame kinks worked out.   The first half concluded, 2050, Bingham holding a substantial lead. Finally, Taylorsville habitually stepped up in the

third quarter. A new comer to the Warrior’s offense, freshman, Sydney Freeman, shot a three after the half; amplifying enthusiasm from fans.   But the peak of piercing shouts was heard when senior, Isaac Fullmer, effortlessly scored a three at the buzzer, ending the third.   The Taylorsville crowd and team rallied for a fight to the finish, but Bingham’s offense proved its strength bringing the game to a close, 42-80.   Though smiling faces seemed futile at this point, nothing

could have been so easily spotted on Taylorsville’s wave of people exiting the gym. Win or lose, Warrior basketball games are an experience for everyone. The boys basketball team goes out every week, the enthusiasm of the community ringing through the gym. They fight for us, so why not fight for them? Make a plan to go out and support Taylorsville basketball! There is nothing like watching a team with unwavering heart push for glory. * Taylorsville’s standings from

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Bowling team pins a win against Alta High School By Kaitlin Mounteer Photographer

  Like many of the unmentioned sports, the bowling team deserves its share of recognition. With a great record and promising future events, the team is hopeful for the rest of the season.   “We’re first in our division, so we’re doing pretty well,” said team one captain, senior Eric Tsuchida.   The bowling team, separated into two divisions, consists of team one and team two, both of which are first in their respective divisions.   Team one suffered their first loss of the season on January 26th against Granger, but still remains first in their division. Team two, tied for first in their division, had a match on January 27th against Cottonwood at which they did their best but suffered a close loss.   Not only is the bowling team doing well as a whole but individuals on the Taylorsville team have some skills to utilize as well. An upcoming singles event will have four girls and six boys from Taylorsville competing for the title of best boy or girl bowler in high school. On top of this, the

Photo by Kaitlin Mounteer PINS GALORE: Andrew Robles and the Taylorsville High bowling team took on Alta High School in a glorious game where Taylorsville won 16-11 on January 6th, 2011 with great scores from all team members.

team has state to look forward to in a couple of weeks.   Other upcoming events include a position round against

West Jordan at the beginning of February. “We have a lot of 200 games, people scoring 200 or higher,” said sophomore Janie

Schlosser, hopeful for future matches and the singles competition. Despite the common question, “We have a bowling team?”

Taylorsville’s bowling team is finding a way to make its mark through high scores and a first place status.

In closing seconds Lady Warriors best Miners on the hardwood

Photo by Stuart Nelson LADY WARRIORS: Brooke Slade takes the shot on the night of January 13th in the game against the West Jordan Jaguars.

By Dylan Wilson Editor-in-Chief

  As the final seconds of regulation ticked away on Tuesday, January 11th, the girls basketball team found themselves losing by one point on the road to their region-rival, Bingham.   Desperately in need of a quick basket, junior, Siu Lo’Amanu, threw up up a mid-range jumper. Four seconds were left hanging

on the clock. The shot bounded of the rim, a miss. Lo’Amanu quickly snagged her own rebound and swiftly put another shot up. A simple shot made and the crowd ignited. The girls had done it: a road victory over a regional power Bingham.   The game ended after a prolonging of Bingham fouls with a final score of 54-52, a true nailbiter. Neither team led by

more than six at any given point, making the entire game an edgeof-your-seat roller coaster ride.   Lo’Amanu finished the game with 19 points and the title as the heroin of the game. Other note worthy performances were put on by Whitney Mitchell with 13 points, Pela Tapusoa with 8 points and Brooke Slade with 8 points each.   The current condition of the

girls basketball team seems almost unstoppable. Since a close loss in mid-December, the girls have gone a streak of 7-1, running through Hunter, Kearns (twice), Bingham, Copper Hills, Herriman and West Jordan. The reason for this nearly juggernaut state lies in the team’s dynamism.   The team has a spectacular transition game, stemming from

the long hours spent running and improving cardio-vascular endurance. Yet, with the height available, the team is capable of utilizing a slower tempo style, which has proved successful as well. Individually, the team has a player for every role.   The team will likely head into the post season with a second seed in Region 3 and high hopes for a run at the state title.

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Wrestling creates pride in Taylorsville athletics By Preston McCullough Reporter

  After a less than satisfying season last year, the wrestling team has captured a new sense of work ethic which has led to a productive season. The team won eight duals this year, far surpassing last year’s record.   With the regional tournament around the corner, and even more importantly, the state tournament for those who qualify, the team possesses a confidence unparallelled in recent years.   “This year has been different from the last few years particularly in moral and attitude,” said Chance Miller, senior captain of the wrestling team. “I’ve never been on any team, ever, that has worked harder or had as much success.”   The improvement of the individual wrestlers on the team has been an additional result of an increase in moral. Juniors such as Jordan Pieper and Daniel Panky demonstrate the growing swagger. Both of which have wrestled successfully at the varsity level this season.   The change in moral can, beyond any doubt, be credited to the change in coaching this year. Wayne Watts, the first year head coach, has, in one way or another, installed an ambition in his team.   The arguably best wrestler on the team, senior captain, Nick Pappas, shared how the coaching staff had changed things this year. “They have done a really good job at keeping the practices fun and productive,” he said. “They connect with the wrestlers really well and I think we all feel comfortable with our coaches. That’s

Photo by Stuart Nelson TOSSING GRIZZLIES: Dillon McVicker hit a double overhook throw at the wrestling meet at Copper Hills on Thursday, January 27th. After having to give up a forfeit in the 140 pound weight class, a six point gain for Copper Hills, the wrestling team lost 42-37 in true heartbreaker. Notable victories came in the 145 pound weight class with Chance Miller beating the Copper Hills captain and in the 152 pound weight class with Nick Pappas winning with a “honeymooner” pinning combination.

been a huge part in the success we’ve had this season.” Wrestlers will now enter the final stretch of the season with high hopes. Only two

members of the wrestling team qualified for state last year, but this year, the team captains, Miller and Pappas, expect a majority of the team to advance to state

this year. And with a recent domination over Granger, the captains’ expectation is seemingly more likely.

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