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The Bolt

MARCH 2009



Welcome Back, Mrs. Gohl! By LAUREN VALLEE


fter several surgeries and two full rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, we are honored to have Mrs. Gohl back with us at Edsel Ford.

“Cancer, like life, is a series of choices.”

Store in the Library Media Center. The Celebration concluded with the presentaWithout a doubt, most everyone at Edsel has tion of a check to St. Joseph Hospital in been affected by cancer in some way or another. Ann Arbor, in the amount of $2,100. “It was heartwarming to see how Most of us have distant friends or relatives that have battled cancer, while some of us have even the staff and students came together to help. That action should show others that seen parents or close family members face the people were able to reach into their hearts disease. and give selflessly to others,” said Mrs. Mrs. Gohl’s story began last winter, when Welmers, a counselor and Edsel’s NHS her breast cancer diagnosis sent her life on a Advisor. slight detour. Mrs. Gohl’s presence was not only “Cancer, like life, is a series of choices. It sorely missed by her students, but also, the was something I had to face, and I did. My personality has always been to find the problem, staff—most significantly, her own department. take care of it and move on,” said Mrs. Gohl, a “Now our department is complete again!” teacher in our English Department and a cancer said Mrs. Reiter excitedly. survivor. Throughout her entire ordeal, Mrs. Gohl Her treatment kept her from teaching for a constantly felt that she had the support of the full year, from January 2008 through January district and her colleagues here in the build2009. She had planned on returning for the fall semester this year, but tests in August confirmed ing. “I feel like I’ve come back home. Knowthat another round of chemo was necessary. ing that I had someone behind me and a place “I didn’t take missing the fall very well. Everyone always asks about 5-year, 10-year plans to come back to was my light at the end of the tunnel,” said Mrs. Gohl. for the future… but sometimes, plans change,” Even though she is completely cancersaid Mrs. Gohl. free, Mrs. Gohl feels that it is still too soon In May of last year, Edsel’s National Honor after the fact to consider herself a survivor Society organized the “Celebration of Hope” just yet. in honor of Mrs. Gohl. Activities included a “I keep looking over my shoulder,” she staff and student raffle, Breast Cancer Awaresaid. ness Day (everyone wore pink), and the Hope

With a little bit of luck, hopefully the only thing she will see is her Edsel Ford family rallied behind her. Welcome back, Mrs. Gohl!

Keep Recycling



he paper bins are a very vital part in keeping Edsel Ford a pro-environment school and were a great hit in the beginning, but now it seems as though they are fading into the background and becoming less and less important to staff and students. Abitibi is a paper recycler that re-distributes paper to various newspapers for re-use. The school needs to collect two tons of paper per month to meet the Abitibi standards and if we collect more than what is required, we will receive compensation. For the past few months, our school has been coming up short and not meeting the minimum demand. We are now in danger of having this program taken away from us. Without the recycling bins, located in the classrooms and the parking lot, Edsel Ford will no longer have the privilege of contributing to the “Go Green” movement. It is asked that all students become more aware of the paper bins that are passed by without recognition everyday. “We are trying to be a green school,” says Mrs. Haddad. All students should contribute by recycling old papers and even bringing in newspapers, magazines, and other various paper products found around the house. Ms. Dennis’ and Mr. Hamel’s classes collect the contents of these bins regularly. “There should be paper bins in the halls near trash cans because people aren’t going to go out of their way to recycle,” says Michelle Kerr, 10. Any helping hand would be greatly appreciated in Edsel Ford’s goal of two plus tons of paper.

Swimming pg. 4

CCS pg. 2

Slumdog Millionaire pg. 8

Piracy pg. 6

Current Events MARCH 2009




Get Creative—Think CCS


he College for Creative Studies is one of the nation’s leading colleges for art and design, conveniently located in downtown Detroit for students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in advertising design, animation & digital media, art education, crafts, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, product design, and transportation design. At College for Creative Studies (CCS), first year students have the option to enter their chosen department and concentrate on studies in one area, or spend their first semester “undeclared” and take an orientation class to learn about the 11 studio majors. In order to be admitted to CCS, high school applicants must have an official high school transcript with a minimum 2.5 GPA, ACT or SAT scores indicating their potential to succeed at a college level, and a minimum 10-piece portfolio. Letters of recommendation are optional, and personal interviews are available. Application, transcripts, test scores, and portfolio may be submitted separately. Upper-level students have the opportunity to begin working indepen-

dently in private or semiprivate studio settings. Internships give students an opportunity to work side-by-side with art and design professionals. Students may choose to live on-campus in a spacious, non-traditional suite, or in the housing provided at the Park Shelton, located one block from campus. On-campus suites includes mailrooms, laundry rooms, spray rooms, and a fitness room. Suites range from 700 square feet to 1,200 square feet. The two basic styles include a 2-3 person suite with one bedroom and one bathroom ($2,350 per student per semester), or a 4+ person suite ($1,950 per student per semester), with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The College for Creative Studies has a tuition fee of $13,545 per semester for full-time enrollment, which may seem expensive, but 95 percent of CCS students receive some combination of scholarship, grant, loan, and employment assistance, totaling to more than $20 million. Aside from tuition fees, CCS students can be pinned with a $100 commitment fee, accident insurance ($35 per year), activity fee ($100 per semester), studio/course fees ($100-$450 per semester), and a graduation fee of $80.

Michael Berry Career Center Wants You



ith scheduling around the corner, students should take advantage of the opportunities available to them. Before picking classes for next year, juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in health occupations, hospitality studies, and information technology should take a look at the Michael Berry Career Center (MBCC). MBCC offers a wide range of courses, including medical assisting, nurse assisting, dental assisting, sports medicine/physical therapy, CISCO networking, design concepts, drafting technology and principles of engineering, and software specialist. MBCC provides students with hands on skills to succeed in today’s competitive job market. “I really enjoyed medical assisting, and I’m glad I took the course;

everything I do at work is exactly as I learned from the program,” said Gamela Ali, a former MBCC student and Edsel Ford alumni currently working at the Dearborn Urgent Care Center. Completion of the nurse assisting course qualifies students to take the Certified Nursing Assisting Test offered by the State of Michigan. The dental assisting course allows students to participate in a job shadowing project with local dentists. Students in medical assisting are required to participate in an externship or do a job shadowing project. Maybe you want to pursue a career in the health care field, but don’t know which direction to proceed in; in that case, introduction to health occupations is the class for you. Students can then choose to precede with advanced health

occupations, where they participate in clinical rotations at the Henry Ford Fairlane twice a week! Students in hospitality studies work in a real, white-tablecloth restaurant called the Bon Appétit’. All the work in the restaurant is done by the students—ordering, cooking, waiting tables, planning menus, and catering. Completion of CISCO networking qualifies students to receive college credit at HFCC. Students attending MBCC have the option of enrolling in the morning or afternoon. MBCC takes the place of three classes and is conveniently located in Dearborn Heights, allowing a diverse environment of students from Edsel Ford, Dearborn High, and Fordson. “Coming to MBCC has given me the opportunity to meet new people that I would have never

met before, and that’s just one of the many reasons I love coming to MBCC everyday,” said Shannon Jason, 11. In addition to technical classes, MBCC offers a wide range of electives to help students fulfill their graduation requirements. Students will have two technical classes, which will specialize to their interest, and one class for their elective, which usually consists of a social studies class. “Surprisingly, history was one of my favorite classes; Ms. Noora made it so much fun. Instead of just the typical notes and homework, we play games like bingo to help us study before a test,” said Hind Mohamed, 11. If MBCC seems to be the right place for you, see your counselor for more information on how to enroll.

Current Events MARCH 2009


Extracurriculars on the Rise



ith every new club, it becomes easier to get involved at school. Only this year, three new after school clubs have formed. These include Video Game Club, Knitting Club, and Chess Club. At Video Game Club, members vote each week on what game they should play the following week. Then, they spend the rest of the time taking turns gaming with friends. Everyone contributes by bringing in games, controllers, and game systems. “I always wanted to play video games at school, now I finally can,” says club founder Jordan Bigone, 12. Another new club, which started just this month, is Knitting Club. Here members bring their knitting projects and meet to knit together and teach each other new things. “Knitting is a fun way to relax with my friends,” says Christina Soliz, 12. Chess Club allows students to meet to play the classic game. Members meet once a week to test new strategies and learn new techniques. Sometimes they even get the opportunity to compete against other schools. All of the new clubs available at Edsel Ford ensure that there really is something for everyone.


Lost Credits Found Here



t seems that with all these new graduation requirements, and grading policies, change has been a theme for this 2008-2009 school year; one change has buzzed its way through school, giving students a chance at fresh start.

Credit recovery is an after school program designed to help students make up a core class that they have failed. Unlike night school or summer school, credit recovery is done on the computer through a program called NovaNET. This program features all core classes a student is required to have for graduation. “It allows students to make up lost credits which would hopefully allow them to graduate with their class,” says Mrs. Gutkowski, a credit recovery teacher. This is a situation some students may be facing: the struggle to walk on graduation day with their proud senior class. Although credit recovery seems like an ideal solution, it is not for everyone.

“I would recommend students for credit recovery that got what I call an E+, who failed but received a 40-50% in the class. Also only for students than can work independently on the computer,” Mrs. Gutkowski says. Mrs. Gutkowski also stated that those who complete the program are getting higher grades than in a regular classroom setting. Whether students heard about it through word of mouth, a school counselor, or the announcements, credit recovery has had a good turn out overall, with students taking advantage of its perks. “We had 29 students enroll first semester, which was full capacity, and this semester we will be at full capacity again, but with 15,” says Mrs. Gutkowski. Through all the changes made this year, the credit recovery after school program may be an option worth looking into. Although the school year is ending, there is always next year to look forward to.

Stores Shut Their Doors—For Good Celebrate Black History



tore closing signs have been popping up all over Dearborn. Some of our favorite stores have put up their going out of business signs and quit. This has come as a complete shock to many. How can so many stores close down and go out of business at one time? We listen to the news about our failing economy, about the thousands that are being laid off, and about the people losing their homes to foreclosure because they don’t have the money to keep up with paying the mortgage and all the bills. Why so many closings? Maybe because the cost of keeping up businesses is sky rocketing. Many don’t have the strength to just keep their businesses running. “The thing that shocks me is that they all closed around the same time. It happened really fast, it makes you wonder just what is going to happen next,” said Marwa Hammood, 10. A handful of stores that are closing down are Kroger on Michigan Avenue and Schafer, Rainbow Plus on Michigan Avenue, Avant Garde on Michigan Avenue, Micheals on Michigan Avenue, Steve and Barry’s at Fairlane Town Center, Kids “R” Us on Ford Road, Circuit City on Mercury Drive and Kids Spot on Telegraph. “We’re closing down because we’re running out of business and we have to minimize how many stores we’re going to keep up and running,” says an employee at Kids Spot. In America 600 Starbucks stores are closing down and 18 of them are in Michigan. Kids “R” Us is closing down 146 stores and nine of which are in Michigan. My dad is involved in a family business. It has been difficult for him this past year. I have heard my dad say, “Business is slow these days.” He says this almost everyday because many people just don’t have the courage to spend as much money as they use to anymore. Hard times are coming our way. But the question is are we prepared?



es we can. February is black history month and this year we have a lot to celebrate. For one thing, our country has elected an African American to be our 44th president, when only less than a century ago African Americans were deprived the right to vote. This is a significant time in history not only because it’s black history but because it’s American history and the spotlight is on Barack Obama. He isn’t only faced with pressure of reconstructing the economy but also with the pressure of being the first African American president that must meet the needs of all citizens around the country. Some people see the struggle of African Americans as hurdles that can and have been surpassed. “We have a long way to go, there are still racial tensions between various people, but Obama being president is a breakthrough America as a whole made,” said Kirstin Siupik, 10. “There are people out there that are really racist and this past election went out to show that racism is all in our heads, and that we are all equal,” said Shane Mayhew, 11. “1969 was one of the most violent years because of racial tension between blacks and whites, 40 years later, a black president is elected. That goes to show how great America can be,” said Sara Abdulla, 10. “We have to acknowledge the progress we made, but understand that we still have a long way to go. That things are better, but still not good enough,” said Barack Obama on Larry King Live on Oct. 19, 2006.

Sports MARCH 2009



DU Hockey Faces Off Against Divine Child



earborn Unified’s bad luck continued as they fell to their rival, Divine Child, on Jan. 31 at U of M Dearborn. The biggest event of the Dearborn Unified season is the Mayor’s Cup game against DC. This year, the game took place the last Saturday of January at Divine Child’s home rink, U of M Dearborn. The starting line up included Edsel’s Justin Brassell swims breast stroke at a recent meet Kyle Tomalak, and Chris Wach, along with Dearborn’s Alec Colson, Eric Holgate, William Millere, and Michael Depper in goal. The game started with D.C. taking the lead within the first five By CHELSEA RAVASANI-ASL minutes of the game. D.C. scored “I like swimming, and I do again ending the first period with hat splashy sound you swimming outside of Edsel Ford at a 2-0 lead. Edsel’s Trevor Waller hear is the sound of DRD,” says Bradley Ash, 10. DRD took the net at the beginning of the victory as the boys stands for Dearborn Recreational second, replacing Depper. Senior Edsel Ford swim team has Dolphins and they also practice at Kyle Tomalak knocked Divine won seven out of the last nine Edsel Ford. Child’s chance of a shut out by meets. The swim team competes putting Unified on the board. The team is not undefeated any- against teams like Fordson, Allen The goal did not slow down more because they lost to Monroe Park, Woodhaven, Trenton, Mon- Divine Child, as they scored four and Trenton. They have had conroe, Redford Union, Southgate, sistent winning records for the past couple of seasons. They have even “I like swimming, moved up from the Mega White to the Mega Red division. and I do swimming The boys swim team got first outside of Edsel place at Woodhaven Invitational. They beat our cross-town rivals Ford” Dearborn High on Jan. 29. The final score of the meet vs. Dearborn was 55-47. and Belleville. The captains are Kevin Cislo, “The team is practicing harder Hussein Dabaja and Will Hough. than ever because of states being They practice in the morning at a couple weeks away,” said Brad about 5 a.m. and right after school. Ash, 10. Good luck to our swimThe teams’ work outs vary and mers at the state meet! they swim about 6000 yards a day.

EF Boys’ Swimming Dominates


more times before the second buzzer. D.U. went into the third period strong, and Divine Child only managed one more goal with an ending score of 7-1. “We’re a young team and they let the nerves get the best of them,” said Tomalak, 12. The D.U. let down was not a disappointment for everybody at Edsel. Social Studies teacher and D.C. hockey coach Mr. Dallas was pleased with the victory. “Going in, the records summed up how the game was going to be, but they did put up a good fight and made it challenging. I wish them luck on the rest for their season,” said Dallas. The Mayor’s Cup game is always a toss up, both teams play their hardest and the astonishing can happen. Although D.U. is a young team, D.C. will lose fourteen of their seniors after this season—the next Mayor’s Cup should get interesting.

Members of the DU team chase down a loose puck

Edsel Wrestlers: A Team Worthy of Respect



he boys’ wrestling team is looking to improve their record after a shaky start to their season. The wrestling program was hoping to set up a new squad this year. Last year’s team did not have many wrestlers, and the team was rebuilt with the large group of freshmen that tried out this year. “Give it a year or two and our team will be a solid team that should be feared,” said Jeff Abdullah, 10. Given the large number of underclassmen, the team has a lot of room for improvement. “We are doing really good this season even with a bunch of freshman on the

Leroy Jackson attempts to take down his opponent

team but there is room to improve and grow. But we are still doing well,” said senior captain Darren Snedecar. Overall the team is struggling, but as individuals, they are succeeding. At a recent meet, multiple wrestlers finished on the podium in all different weight classes. This meet was between the three Dearborn schools: Edsel, Dearborn and Fordson. “In the beginning of the season I was wrestling just to stay in shape, but not anymore. Wrestling showed me what I was really made of. I give props to everyone who is sticking it out and coming back next season,” said Austin Masalskis, also a senior captain wrestler.

Sports MARCH 2009



Boys Basketball Gears Up for Districts



some key losses to Kennedy and Crestwood, the boys’ aren’t doing as well as they had hoped. However, the record isn’t stopping them from reaching what they want—a trip to the district finals. “We are Coach Baydoun draws up a play during a timeout struggling as of now but coming our way,” said Yasser Sufyan, who is I guarantee that we are district finishing his last year. champions,” said Moe Elhaj, 11. As long as the players keep up their intenMost of the boys said they besity and their will to play basketball, we should lieve they can do it, and they say expect something good out of our Edsel Ford it shows in the way they practice. boys’ basketball team. They feel their practices have “Coach Baydoun never gave up on us, so been nothing less than construcI don’t plan on giving up on him,” says Obad tive, and that practicing hard on a Mawry, 11. daily basis should pay off in the The boys begin March Madness with their long run. opening game with a rematch against Crest“We have been working hard wood at Fordson on Monday March 9. all season and something good is Moe Elhaj (#3) attacks the Cougar defense

he boys’ basketball team has been off to a rough start, but they still have a goal to reach the district finals. The boys’ varsity basketball team has had an average season. With a 5-13 record and

Unified Skating Deemed Worthy of Varsity Letter


The only frustrating thing was that many of the girls were not able to get a varsity letter for all their hard work. “I know that I was very frustrated that we had practice and competitions but we still were not recognized as a sport to the schools,” says Dearborn High junior Christie Schauder. Before the season started this year, some of the girls got a call saying that the Board of Education EF junior Leanne Abushar spirals across the ice wanted to see a video of them practicing. They were going to use this to determine if fter three years of being a club, the Dearborn Unified Figure Skating Team the skating team should be a varsity sport. “I was so excited when I found out that we finally lands a varsity letter. finally might get the chance to show the Board In the past, the skating team was something what we do and how we deserve to get our letthat most people did not know that Edsel and Dearborn had. The first year, the team was able ter,” says senior Katilyn Peterson of Dearborn to win districts with just a B team. The B team, High. The Board of Education decided on making just below an A team, does challenging elethe Unified Team a varsity club, so the eight ments. “It was great for the team to do that well the skaters on the team are now eligible to get their varsity letter. first year. It really shows the dedication of our “I could not believe that we were finally able team to be the new kids on the block and do to get the letter. I didn’t think it was fair that that well,” says Coach Cindy. Last year, Dearborn Unified was able to have all the other unified sports, like gymnastics and hockey, got it and we didn’t,” exclaims Molly an A team and snatch second place at districts. A lay back spin is performed by one of the team This was a major accomplishment for the team. Kalep, 10. members


MARCH 2009




“Arrrrrr” YOU a Music Pirate?


usic piracy is a hot topic for our generation, and being considered illegal it could arguably be the most frequently committed crime among youth.

But what constitutes piracy? Lately, it seems that the line between music downloading and music piracy has become indistinguishable. If the downloader has ownership of the album, should they not also be able to obtain a digital copy without being deemed “pirate?” If one wants to send a song to a friend through email, does that make them an accessory to a crime? As the term becomes more and more vague, it also becomes all the more common. In 1999, a college student and some pals had an idea to start an internet program that would allow them to transfer music files from person to person. Napster became a hit, and people all over the world had the opportunity to share music. A year later, lawyers backed by the likes of Metallica, Madonna, and Dr. Dre took Napster to court resulting in its demise in 2001. To their dismay, this only increased the publicity and appeal of internet music piracy. Both sides have taken a strong stance on music sharing. Music industries have begun to attribute the decline in CD sales on music piracy, but a report by the Wall Street Journal interpreted this as a shift in the way people purchase their music. They also gathered information that shows most people who use a sharing program rarely download more than one CD’s worth of songs, resulting in an effect on album sales that was “statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

Most Popular Peer-To-Peer Software P2P Program Kazaa WinMX LimeWire BitTorrent Ares Bearshare Shareaza eMule BitTornado Morpheus iMesh

Market Share 10.48% 8.74% 7.23% 3.49% 2.73% 2.58% 2.26% 1.99% 1.84% 1.11% 1.01%

Now I am by no means a music pirate. Perhaps a music collector, or music explorer, but I find this to be a different concept. Many blogs have emerged over recent years dedicated to promote music of all genres, and often promote a “try or buy” policy: a link to download the album for free, and a link to purchase the album from a distributor. These blogs, especially those promoting rare or unusual music, have had a staggering but positive impact on the music industry for two reasons. First of all, the internet has become a primary source of promotion for artists. Without it, where else would I have ever discovered the bleakness of Finnish black metal, or the political unrest of Brazilian punk rock, or a David Bowie single that has been out of print since 1972? Yes, without the internet our exposure to music may be miniscule.

“...the internet has become a primary source of promotion for artists.” Secondly, mine as well as many others’ music collections are made up of records, rather than CDs. In response to the recent high (and surprising) demand for vinyl records again, modern record players come equipped with an output to connect to your computer, giving you the ability to transfer records into MP3, but these often come with a hefty price. Searching these blogs, one can almost always find a digital version of the album just purchased, allowing them to transfer it to CD or MP3 player for easier access, such as while driving, for example. Piracy is illegal. But discovering, exploring, and sharing is anything but wrong.

In Need of New Textbooks



oo many students, not enough textbooks. Many teachers and students are noticing the ridiculously low amount of “usable” textbooks in the classrooms. Some students are also beginning to wonder where the money we make or our taxes are being spent on when we don’t even have enough books for one classroom. “In my world civ. class, there are about 10 good books that we can actually use,” said Bianca Osborne, 12. Not only are there not enough books, but every textbook is in pretty bad shape. “I take my book home in sections because it’s held together with masking tape,” said Terra Devine, 12. The students can only take care of them for so long before some clown goes and wrecks it by not taking care of it. The freshman class just got a new set of textbooks for almost all of their subjects, when the seniors are the ones that need to know as much as we can before graduation. But we are not given this privilege because of the low supply of usable textbooks I’m not saying it’s the teachers fault that students cannot take care of their books, but when we still have textbooks from the early 1990’s , and half of the pages are missing, someone should do something about it and order new ones, or at least buy enough for one classroom set. “I think it’s stupid that every student can’t have their own book for history class, we have to either borrow one from the room, and get first dibs on it or else someone will take it,” said Lindsay Prato, 12.



s teenagers, we all seem to be so involved in ourselves and the things going in our own lives that we come off as indifferent about so many significant issues around the world that affect us. We talk to our friends about the movies we see, the books we have read, the parties we have gone to or the gossip we have heard, unable to fathom how the war in Gaza or the attacks in Bombay affect us. We don’t want to believe. We don’t want to see what is on the outside of the protected world we live in. We depend on our textbooks to tell us how to survive in the real world, but in the real world you can’t find the answers printed on paper. The world is not that simple. Teenagers in the world today are showcased as drug-doing, appearance obsessed, alcoholics who are addicted to texting. Are these accusations true? Decades ago, before texting or MySpace were the new fads, teens actually stood up for what they believed in. continued on page 7

Editorials MARCH 2009

Are We Uninformed?


continued from page 6

Protests were thrown and teenagers fought, yelled and even defied authority because they had beliefs, opinions, they were informed. That rarely happens today. Are we at fault for our lack of real-world knowledge? Absolutely. But I also believe that we are taught that we aren’t experienced enough or haven’t lived through enough years to have something useful enough to say. We are led to think that life begins when we are adults. But that is far from true. What if during the 1960s, teenagers didn’t protest against the Vietnam War? Teenagers were excited then. They didn’t just shrug their shoulders and hope things got better on their own. They realized that everything in the world was their business, that everything in the world was somehow connected to themselves. And most of all they realized they needed to draw their own opinions, and they didn’t have the attitude that said, “I can’t make a difference; nothing ever gets better.” Now I’m not saying we should protest in the streets over every issue we don’t agree with, we should just be more aware of the world around us. We should know that the world isn’t black and white and understand more than just the confines of our homes. We must be informed.



his semester, a new class has been introduced which is designed to give the junior students more preparation for taking the ACT and MME. The class is taught by Mrs. Katzman, who instructs the students on standardized test taking skills and strategies, and also administers ACT and MME based practice tests. “I feel this class is really going to help improve my ACT score. I am learning useful strategies to help me do better on the test,” said Gabby Toupin, 11. While this class is useful and helpful to the junior class, it also gives them an advantage that students in previous years had to pay hundreds of dollars for. Students who are less fortunate and could not afford to pay for this type of class can now get extra help without the extra expense. This makes me wonder why a class of this kind wasn’t provided in prior years. It could have given students who needed help with standardized test taking and a lack of financial capabilities a better chance of earning scholarship money. The classes graduating post 2009 are constantly given more help and opportunity for success. The most obvious examples are the Freshmen Academy and Link Crew. “This once again shows how the classes of 2010 and below are given more opportunity to succeed and do well with the help of the school and lack of personal expense,” said Katie Jesulaitis, 12.


“Secret Life” to Real Life



hrough all of the TV shows, and other forms of media, are we teaching the American youth right from wrong, or are we giving them the wrong ideas? With shows on teen pregnancy, drinking, and many other issues, the number of actual teens getting drunk and becoming pregnant increases each day. I cannot say that the media is completely responsible, but I do think it’s what puts ideas in impressionable minds. For example, ABC Family’s show The Secret Life of an American Teenager hits all of the issues every American teenager supposedly encounters. I do not doubt people go through the issues presented in this popular show, but must they be displayed so bluntly? A pregnant 15-year-old girl, a pair of sex addicts, sexually abused children, gay couples, all along with their parents’ problems and many other issues that are covered in this breakout show. It is as if a group of ten kids will encounter every problem possible on a daily basis. As if the world’s problem can be condensed into one school. It suggests every single teenager is solely concerned about sex, rather than anything else. Not only is one issue alone overwhelming, but throwing all of them together in hour long episodes is taking it to an extreme. Should a show consist of all of these serious issues at one time? I am not saying that this show is not informational and that it doesn’t accomplish what it was meant to accomplish, but it’s quite jam-packed. The writers and producers arrange the show in this fashion to present all of the issues and to make the show relatable to any and every audience. It makes people aware of what’s going on in the world, even if it is unlikely that all of these things would occur within one small group of friends. The show was created to make things real, to bring to light the reality of every situation. But is it really informing or is it giving the wrong impression of teenagers? Are we really all that shallow? I would like to think we are not, but somewhere in the country these things are happening and Secret Life presents that well.

Economy Crisis, Family Catastrophe By RANA ALHADI — EDITORIAL


oday’s economy not only leads to unemployment and financial issues but also to suicide and murder. Mr. and Mrs. Lupoe, a family who struggled with the economic crises committed suicide after murdering their five children. The Lupoe’s death happens to be the fifth murder or suicide case because of economic problems in a year. After being fired from their jobs because of misrepresenting their employment to an outside agency to obtain child care, Mr. and Mrs. Lupoe decided to not leave their children “in someone else’s hands.” Mr. and Mrs. Lupoe were fired from their jobs because of one mistake they com-

mitted. I believe that such a terrible punishment should not have been enforced on the Lupoe family. There were different alternatives to punish the Lupoe’s family for such a crime. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in West Los Angeles, could have asked for a fine or community service from the Lupoe family. The Medical Center knew that Mr. and Mrs. Lupoe had five children under the age of nine; however they fired them and cared less about what could happen to the children. By firing them, the company knew that they would take away the roof on their heads, the food on their table, and the clothes on their back. Knowing that this

was their fate, Mr and Mrs. Lupoe decided to take away their lives and the lives of their children. I am not supporting Mr. and Mrs. Lupoe whatsoever, but I understand their loss in hope and trust in the economy. However, I disagree with their decision in committing suicide and murdering their innocent children. There are job centers, foreclosure counselors, and mental health professionals provided to help families from falling apart like the Lupoe family. But there is no serious need for these programs in the first place if only companies, such as the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, would keep families employed especially in an economy like this.

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oday is the biggest day of Jamal Malik’s life. He is only one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? This question has got everyone wondering whether or not it was really destiny that the orphan child in Slumdog Millionaire answered all the questions in the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” The story takes place in Mumbai, India. It revolves around the life of an 18-year-old slum dweller named Jamal Malik, who becomes a contestant on the show, but is suspected of cheating. When he’s just one question away from the astounding 20 million rupees, the show runs out of time. As he leaves, he is arrested by authorities. During his interrogation, he is beaten and tortured. The host of the game show, Prem Kumar, does not believe Malik has the wits to have made it so far in the show, knowing that he is

a nobody from the urban ghetto. Little did Kumar know each question that he asked him was an event of Jamal’s life. Other essential characters in telling Jamal’s story are his brother, Salim, and the love of his life, Latika. The Danny Boyle directed film Slumdog Millionaire won 8 out of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for, including the Oscar for Best Picture. “This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat, and put you on an emotional roller coaster, riding from happy to sad, funny to serious, and everywhere in between. One of the best movies I’ve ever seen,” said Anese Yaffai, 12. Kafah Hussein, 12, says it was, “an interesting movie about love and life, nothing like I’ve ever seen before!” With a zest of love and adventure, Slumdog Millionaire isn’t your average love story, but an original.

It’s About Taking a Leap of Faith



ou’re standing on the edge with only two choices—jump or back out.

That’s what it felt like as I was standing on the platform ready to bungee jump with the Victoria Falls behind me. I was about to fall 365 feet in four seconds with only a bungee keeping me attached to the bridge. It was a scary thought, especially when you know that it is the highest bungee jump in the world off a bridge. However, it was more than a way to make my adrenaline rush, it symbolized something so much bigger. It was the “leap of faith” I took by traveling to Africa. I was venturing into the unknown. There was no way to prepare for the culture shock and the things that I saw that would be forever ingrained in my mind. The images of 10 African children each holding onto one of my fingers is something that I will always remember or seeing 100 children running out from underneath the stage because they didn’t have any shelter for the night. No matter how you look at it, I was taking a huge step and doing something about my faith—something that some adults are even scared of doing. I was told by someone on the team that a member of a previous Zambia mission team said that the trip will make your world bigger and Jesus bigger too. It did just that. I realized that there was more to the world than the The bridge that crosses from Zambia into Zimbabwe images that were portrayed in movies and on TV—there are actual people that suffer daily, while I have a comfortable bed at home. I saw that God was doing an amazing work throughout the world. The trip opened my eyes to a brand new perspective. Bungee jumping was one of the exciting opportunities that came along with the trip, but the overall purpose made the trip memorable to everyone that participated. As a group we share stories, laugh at the times when we say “it’s a Zambia thing, you wouldn’t understand,” and together we share a bond by experiencing something so life changing to all of us. I get to take the leap of faith one more time and this summer I will be returning to Zambia. The bungee jumping experience not only can be related to my Zambia experience and my leap of faith, but it can be related to any risk that people are willing to take in life. There are two options that every person has when they make a decision, A member of the team bungee jumping to either take the jump or to back out. What would you do?

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