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Sept. 4, 2012

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Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kan.

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Video announcements in the works Dheepthi Perumal Multimedia Editor

Picture day on Aug. 28 ran smoothly with the help of parent volunteers such as Susan Webb who passed out photo cards to students before they took their pictures. Jordan Morris, photographer

Seniors continue picture day trend Julianne Harkness staff writer Wacky picture day has been a senior class tradition at Manhattan High School for ages. The students come up with out of the ordinary pictures for their last year in high school so they can be remembered for generations to come. While the students may think it’s fun, others beg to differ. Throughout the years there have been several complaints from fam-

ily members, school staff and the community. One of the issues assistant principal Dave Holloway saw was with the wacky pictures being printed in the Mercury Crazy poses can cause more problems, depending on how the photo is being used. “We have to be able to see your face in the pictures,” Holloway said. “If the security guard looks at the security footage, then looks for the student through the pictures and they have a clown head on you can’t tell who it is.

Then we have a security issue.” Students make more positive comments about this tradition. “It’s our time to be unique and show what we think is funny,” senior Dareian Cone said. “It’s also how we want to be remembered.” Even newer senior students were excited about it. “I didn’t even know about this tradition, but now that I do I am so doing something weird,” senior Emily Besette said. Underclassmen await the tradition with anticipation

as well and consider it an important part of their legacies as future alumni. “It would suck if they got rid of this tradition. That’s what I’m looking forward to about next year,” junior Dani Adams said. The tradition was allowed to continue this year and there are no plans to ban it next year. The only revision made this time was that multiple students were not allowed to appear in one photo.

The student body executive officers met up Thursday, Aug. 29, to talk about the new idea of video announcements. The idea is to allow students and faculty to watch the announcements in a more interesting way instead of the boring way of hearing it over the intercom. “I think the students would love the video announcements because it’s just more fun and attention catching,” treasurer Drew Kohlmier said. During the meeting the officers and Kathy Ricketts, a business teacher, discussed the basics into making the idea work, which included how the video announce-

Technology becomes more accessible Kayla Dieker copy editor

Instead, the 20-plus students with perfect attendance had to wait until Friday night’s home football game for the drawing of the big prize. Each participant drew a key from a box and the person who got the key that started the car won the car. Ratliff was the seventh participant to draw a key. It was worth the wait. “Awesome and totally unexpected. I did not think at all that I would win it,” Ratliff said. He didn’t set out to win the prize package at the beginning of his junior year. “I did not try to go for

N ews Briefs senior video In previous years Manhattan High has put together a “Senior Video” that was presented at graduation. It used to be done by the senior class sponsor and principal, but this year it is going to be done by

The problem is is that there are two steps to logging in; connecting to the actual wireless server, and then logging into the Novell Client. Student devices aren’t able to log into Novell, which is preventing them from having access to the server. “There are a lot of kinks that we have to work out, but it’s progress,” Gail Hughes, librarian, said. Bring Your Own Device is a learning experience for the district. Each month there is going to be more access and each month the service will be more consistent. Principal Michael Dorst has high hopes for the future of the program. “Whenever we start something new we go through the process of it not working,” Dorst said. Dorst believes that in the near future this type of technology will be the standard for schools. “[BYOD] is where we’re heading in education,” Dorst said. “It will be very common, more common than books.”

Technology is becoming an integral part of education. According to ABI Research, wireless options at college campuses has become so prevalent that it should reach 99% by 2013. Besides higher education, schools between kindergarten and grade 12 are expected to spend $644 million on Wi-Fi equipment by 2013. USD 383 is not far behind the trend. This school year the district unveiled the new ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative. This provides students a wireless network that they can connect to using their own devices. The BYOD project has been a request of students for a while, and with grants at the elementary school level for iPads, now was the perAssistant Principal Dave Holloway hands out keys to fect time to release it to students who had perfect attendance last year. Senior the district. Riley Ratliff, left, ended up winning the car. All students As with any new prowith perfect attendance in 2011-2012 received a package gram, however, there are prize that included an activity pass, a parking permit, and problems that still need a free yearbook. to be worked out. John Rockey, photographer Until further notice stuperfect attendance. It just things go to those who dents will not be able to BYOD continued on connect to the internet page 8 happened,” Ratliff said. work hard.” using their own devices. “I think it shows good

Ratliff wins perfect attendance drawing Senior Riley Ratliff won’t have to worry about how he’s getting to school this week. Thanks to his devotion to attendance, Ratliff is the new owner of a 2000 Pontiac. He won the car in a drawing for all the students who had perfect attendance during the 2011-2012 school year. Students who had no absences win a prize package that includes a parking permit, an activity pass, a 2013 yearbook and a chance to win the car in the drawing. The drawing was supposed to take place prior to the football scrimmage last week but was rained out.

ments were to come on during class, when and where to film and when the announcements can be watched. The final answer to all these questions are not yet decided but is on the way. “I think the main part is to just to broadcast in a visual way to everyone, at this point we don’t have a final answer,” secretary Emma Miller said. The video format for the video announcements are currently in the works. In the end the student body officers just want to make the idea work out so that the final product can be appealing for the students of Manhattan High School. “It’s going to be sweet,” business teacher Kathy Ricketts said.

the students. Starting Monday, Sept. 3, senior class president Da’Marius Ford will be creating a Facebook group for the senior class. All seniors will be added in to this group and will be asked to post their own pictures and videos from the school year to be added to the senior video. This Facebook group will be

open throughout the year so dent may join, and most have Ford can collect as many pic- a small membership cost. tures and videos as possible.

club sign-up Club sign-up will be held this week during both lunches Tuesday, Sept. 4 at East Campus and Wednesday, Sept. 5 at West Campus. There is no limit to how many clubs a stu-

T he Mentor’s 100th anniversary This 2012-2013 school year will mark The Mentor’s 100th volume. However, because the historical documental was not well kept, the earliest is-

sue The Mentor Alumni carries dates back to 1918. But because each year the newspaper renews their issue number in subsequent order based off from previous years, this year celebrates the 100th year of the Manhattan High newspaper publication.


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School Board’s position on Tribe Time cause for outrage, concern As you’ve likely noticed, advisory period, or “Tribe Time” as it was also known, is no longer in practice. The school board made a decision on Aug. 15 to remove it from the 2012-2013 schedule, even though it had been printed in student planners and several advisory-related signs were hung up around school. Now, this probably disappointed very few students. It was no secret; most people didn’t like advisory period. Or if you did enjoy it, you likely treated it as if it were a time to socialize, do other tasks or skip class. I am not pointing fingers; in fact, I did all

three of those things at least once. Despite the fact that even teachers had open feelings of disdain for advisory (more on that later), if you care about school issues at all, the board’s decision to vote it out should concern you. I say “vote,” but really, that’s not what happened at all. The Board of Education violated parliamentary procedures when making this decision. No voting was conducted, which is a clear instance of misconduct. Students and teachers filled out an advisory-related survey last year, and a few board members voiced concerns whether the results of this survey had been properly interpreted. After a few minutes of discussion, the issue was dropped, and ad-

visory period is (for the moment) kaput. This is unacceptable for a couple of reasons. In addition to an improper method of enacting the decision, the board of education really didn’t have the right to strip advisory away even if they HAD voted. The way I see it, school boards don’t exist to police school management. On a final note, yes, I’m aware that the execution of advisory period has not been overly successful so far. Part of this is because there are better ways to do it than an occasional meeting with your fourth hour teacher. But an equally big part of the problem is the attitude of some teachers who have facilitated it. Some prefaced the beginning of advi-

sory period with negative or sarcastic remarks. Others either did so halfheartedly or skipped it altogether. Leadership attitudes like this destine any new initiatives to fail. The poor reception advisory had is in part to blame on these teachers. McCarty told me he is drafting a new plan to present for the Board’s approval and assured me “[advisory] isn’t gone.” There are ways I think it could be significantly improved this time around, but that is a topic for another editorial. Whenever advisory starts up again, I urge teachers to make the best of it and take it seriously. It’s what McCarty thinks is best, and we should respect that.

Right to vote is a privilege Jack Hubler-Dayton guest writer Many of us now return to the halls for one last year, one last time to be high schoolers. During this year, changes are rampant, decisions are made and your future starts to take shape. One of the most important changes is turning 18. This marks the passage from adolescent to adult, and many more rights and privileges are gained. The most important of which is the ability to vote. Football season, rather than campaign season,

has been at the forefront of most seniors’ minds. Not all seniors will be able to vote the coming election; you must be 18 by November 6th to register. For those who are eligible, do it. The ability to cast a vote is sacred. It shows the trust that has been invested in the voter by our whole society. You, at a mere 18 years old, dragging your feet from class to class, have the ability to decide the leader of the free world. Our democracy, which so much has been sacrificed for, has no future if youth refuse to participate.

This may come as a surprise to many, but on Election Day one doesn’t just waltz into a voting booth and cast a ballot. The deadline for registering is October 16. In addition to registering before an election, it is also good idea to become informed. This may prove to be a challenge at the school, considering the firewall which blocks such inappropriate sites as “The New York Times” or “The Wall Street Journal.” It is important to read these publications or others with reliable facts. And an occasional visit

to a fact checking website will most likely reveal disparities between what the news and candidates say and the truth. Who knows, maybe the feeling of helping decide the next president will make eating Salisbury steak in the cafeteria a little easier.

I’ve never seen people more excited for picture day than they are senior year. Plans for ridiculous pictures are all people talk about for the first two weeks of school. As a senior, I love this. It’s fun. As editor of the yearbook, these pictures are the bane of my existence. Maybe seniors this year don’t remember the backlash from last year’s “goofy picture situation,” but I do. There is something particularly upsetting about being the

pictures; I took one and I had fun with it. What I am saying is that the senior class should realize that we, the journalism department, are not responsible for you looking like an idiot if you don’t bring us another picture to use. When your grandma calls you upset because your Lifetouch picture got used in the Mercury or in the senior video (which we don’t even put together), don’t call us and complain about it. It’s not our fault that you chose to do this. It’s not the Mercury’s fault that they printed it. It is your fault. The yearbook staff will be accepting senior pictures until the week

Question of the Week

What should the theme for the Homecoming football game be? “Genocide.” - Caleb Loop, senior “’70s.” - Sierra Reid, junior “Buckets on the head.” - Killian Gorman, senior “I really like the neonout.” - Ben Griese, senior “Cheetah print.” - Taylor Reyes, senior “Glow in the dark.” - Derek Norris, junior

“Duct tape.” - Kayla Wendler, senior “Pjs.” - Charlotte Smith, senior “Office out, Hawaiian out, USA out.” - Ralph Behnke, senior “Formal. I like wearing a suit.” - Marlin Watson, sophomore “Polo-out.” - Pierson Meatee, sophomore

“Strip-out.” - Alexander Richt, junior

“All stripes.” - Anthony Rentaria, sophomore

“Opposite sex night.” - Anna Gregory, sophomore

“Super hero night,” - Luke Stegeman, sophomore

“I think we should have a rave theme. It would be cool to look at the crowd wearing light up stuff.” - Austen Serrano senior.

“Animal night.” - Kayla Gamble, sophomore

“Michael Jackson.” - Derek Norris, junior “I’m so serious, yo. Let’s do cheetah print. I’d literally rock that,” - Madison Volk, senior

“Neon night was my favorite,” - Molly Fiser, sophomore “Winter Wonderland,” - Reshan Fadul, sophomore “Tennis.” - Caleb Loop, senior

Want to contribute a guest column in The Mentor? Contact Editor-in-Chief Ben Shields at mhsmentoropinions@gmail. com

Yearbook editor: Don’t blame us for goofy picture consequences only person in the newsroom when administration comes in to see the senior pages, wondering why half the kids have three people in their picture or are wearing giant moustaches. This is why there were rule changes this year, which I heard complaints about more than once. When Lifetouch gives us your portraits, they don’t give us names they give us numbers; it is up to us to identify the people in those photos. It is extremely hard to do that if there is more than one person or if your face is completely obscured. Sorry, not sorry. I’m not saying that we should ban the senior class from taking silly

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before Winter Break. They can be hard copies, brought in on a thumbdrive or emailed to us at mhsbluem@gmail.com. Lifetouch is also going to take special senior portraits Friday, Oct. 26, for those who don’t want to go to a third party for their pictures. Please, for the sake of my sanity, take advantage of these opportunities. If you don’t, the goofy picture will be in the yearbook, it will be in the Mercury and it may even be shown at Graduation. If you’re okay with this, great. Just please tell this to your parents, grandparents and extended family beforehand so they don’t take it out on us.

Naomi McClendon, Cartoonist

the Mentor staff editor in chief/opinions -Ben Shields news editor -Sarah Shi entertainment editor -Naomi McClendon sports editor -Nick Bandy features editor -Liz Logback trending co-editors Connor Bliss Maddie Ross photo editor -Kaitlin Wichmann copy editor -Kayla Dieker multimedia editor - Dheepthi Perumal adviser -Kristy Nyp cartoonist - Naomi McClendon

staff writers and photographers - Tre Fuentes Julianne Harkness Tristan Knott Jordan Morris John Rockey Seth Runyan Derrek Williams contributing writers - Jack Hubler-Dayton circulation - Kristyn Baker Leonard Castilow David Clinkinbeard Patrick Falcone Corey Garrison Sam LeFleur Kasey Morris Mallory Morris Kendall Oatney Emma Rowley Austin Tatum Seth Wagner

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Manhattan High School performing arts students shine at Purple Power Play Naomi McClendon entertainment editor Every year, over 20,000 people gather on Poyntz Avenue to kick off the first K-State football game of the season at the townwide pep-rally known as Purple Power Play on Poyntz. The two-day event consists of many attractions, including over 80 vendors and booths, rockin’ live music, bouncy-houses, appearances by the K-State Marching Band and cheerleaders and even live reptiles. Some of the most popular vendors include a fried-food truck, a facepainting and airbrush tattoo booth and a lady with a scarily huge Anaconda snake that you can hold— if you’re brave enough. Poyntz Avenue was also lined with tables from local businesses, charities and non-profit organizations. Many of the vendors, even the smaller ones, had something that everyone likes—free stuff. Senior Abby Sarvis said, without a second of hesitation, that the best part of Purple Power Play was the lengthy list of free things she received, including Axe hair gel, scented lip balms, and a t-shirt. Junior Ethan Schmidt also enjoyed free

samples, but was more excited about the social aspect of the event; seeing friends and making them. Although Purple Power Play is a K-State kickoff, Manhattan High School sure made itself known at the event. The stage at the end of the street that featured the K-State Dance Team and a band of music majors known as “The Funk Tribe” also featured some of Manhattan High’s own. On Thursday night, eventgoers enjoyed performances by Pops Choir, the new founded Varsity Choir and an interactive mime display put on the by the Manhattan High Thespians. Pops Choir has performed at Purple Power Play for years, and is an expert on the affair. Senior Michael Hornsby, a member of Pops, was excited to perform for Manhattan’s community. Hornsby said the audience seemed to enjoy their presentation of fun classics, including Cindi Lauper’s “True Colors.” While Pops choir has done this before, Thursday night was not only Varsity Choir’s first time at Purple Power Play, but also its first performance ever.

Charlotte Benjamin, sophomore, takes center stage as part of the new Varsity Choir’s public debut performance at the event on Thursday. Jordan Morris, photographer

According to senior Philip Lamberson, a member of Varsity Choir, their debut concert went well, and was great publicity for Manhattan High’s newest choir. Juniors Ellie Mankin and Olivia Fry said “The concert was fun. It was cool to be on the other end of the event; performing instead of watching.” They are both excited to perform again next year, and the only complaint they had was something that both choirs agreed on—it was really hot outside. The MHS Thespians put on a great show every year along the sidewalks of Purple Power Play. The mimes are hard to miss—drama students dress in wacky, rainbowcolored clothing, bright, tacky makeup and stand completely still and silent until someone drops change into their tip-jar. Upon receiving change, the mimes quickly take on a new pose, and remain there until more change is dropped. Although the number of mimes was smaller than last year, the Thespians raised almost as much money. The mimes had no comment on the event because, well, they’re mimes. After they were done miming though, junior Macy Thespians mime as part of the street performances at Purple Lanceta and sophomore Power Play. Derrek Williams, photographer Trevor Bashaw agreed

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that miming was a challenge. It was hot, uncomfortable, and, according to Bashaw, “sweaty 11 year olds with purple snow cones like to mess with us.” Despite the challenge, the two said it was fun and something they’d definitely do again. All three MHS groups agreed that Purple Power Play was fun, and are hoping to perform again next year. Pops choir members perform at Purple Power Play. Jordan Morris, photographer

Fall musical announced: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ Ben Shields editor-in-chief

It’s official: ”How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is the Manhattan High School fall musical. Drama department head Linda Uthoff posted the announcement on the MHS Thespian Facebook page last week, and auditions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30. It is only required to come on one of the two nights, but it is recommended to attend both if possible. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a satire with elements of romantic comedy that had its first Broadway run in 1950. The main character, J. Pierrepont Finch, rises from a window-washer to a high-powered executive in a short amount of time by following a handbook

of which the musical named after. As he learns more and more about the business world, he soon is forced to become a part of the backstabbing, double-dealing and dirty politics of the office. Frank Loesser, best known for his score of “Guys and Dolls,” penned the music and lyrics, and the play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The show had a revival in 2011 and starred Matthew Broderick, Brad Finch, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas. “How to Succeed” has never once been performed at MHS, and the multitude of roles, 13 named parts alone, make it a good fit for the always large cast size at our school. “It’s one of those shows with lots of small parts, it’s fun, and has quality music,” Uthoff said. “[Chad] Pape and I agree Manhattan expects

a typical Broadway, story show. We have the vocal people to handle it.” The selection this year was purposefully made as a sharp contrast to last year’s musical, “Phantom of the Opera.” “It’s very different than ‘Phantom,’” Uthoff continued. “It’s a funny look at business, and a timely choice. We’re obsessed with Wall Street corporations now. It will be interesting for the audience to see some things change and some don’t in corporate world. [The show has] elements of sex, greed and ambition. Maybe we need to laugh at these things and not get all caught up in getting to the top.” Uthoff urged all students with intention of auditioning, especially underclassmen, not to expect a large part. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Sept 6.

Mar. oct. 6th- Andy McKee one of the world’s best acoustic soloists and YouTube sensation 21st- The Intergalactic Nemesis a comic book brought to life

5th- Bill Engvall comedian, Grammy nominee 11th- Cirque Chinois acrobatics from Beijing 19th- Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama a blues music group

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FEB. 5th- A Leahy Family Christmas an award winning family performs holiday tunes 11th- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast a broadway musical based on the classic film

1st- Sweet honey in the rock a Grammy-nominated a capella ensemble 8th- drumline live! theatrical marching band 12th- Shrek the musical an exciting production based on the hit movie

12th- mummenshanz classic miming mixed with art, dance, and puppetry 16th- the celtic tenors Irish dancing group

14th- Rock of Ages hit broadway musical with ‘80s pop metal soundtrack.


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Let the games begin stay humble and never be too prideful. I go in strong and never take a play off. I want to do my The Tribe opened the best, play my best, every season with a big win single down on every on Friday night, oversingle play all night long whelming Mill Valley from the first whistle to with a final score of 43the last whistle,” Hud21 in Manhattan’s favor. gins said. Head football coach Joe While Hudgins did Schartz said, “Those his part to give the Indiguys had a chip on their ans momentum, it was shoulder today, and the play of quarterback played like it.” senior Jacob Holloway Throughout the game, that set the pace of the the Indians defense game. Holloway went 8-for-11 passing with 169 yards and a touchdown through the air. He added 12 carries on the ground for 167 yards and three touchdowns. His whole performance looked very similar to that of Kansas State Quarterback Collin Klein. Holloway attributed the Indians’ success to the whole team. “More than anything it was our teammates,” he said. “Our defense especially An MHS player is tackled as he runs with the ball. This is one of the played well, made some few times they were slowed down on offensive as they put up over 40 key interceptions, and points. held off the Mill Valley Derrek Williams, photographer offense so that we could Tre Fuentes staff writer

played aggressively, and the Jags were not able to put points on the board until the fourth quarter. But it was the Indians explosive offense that put the game out of reach. Senior Chris Hudgins scored a touchdown on a 4-yard carry early in the first half to give the momentum that the Indians needed to carry through. “Going into the game, I just wanted to

T he Next Level Tate Synder

Indians to a 10-1 season and was named an AllState linebacker. He then red-shirted for KSU in 2010. Injuries then begin to dominate the next part of his football career. “No doubt he would be a big part of their team,” MHS Head Coach Joe Schartz said. “He just has to get healthy.” Snyder has had multiple knee surgeries as well as shoulder issues over Nick Bandy the past few years. If he sports editor does get healthy, he could The grandson of KSU be a major contribution Head Coach Bill Synder to the Wildcat’s defense has potential, but has and special teams. been held back by injuries in recent years. In 2009 Tate Synder led the

Senior Jacob Holloway runs the ball. Holloway put up impressive numbers in his first game as starting quarterback and helped lead the Indians to a victory in their very first game against Mill Valley. Derek Williams, photographer

make some plays.” This win improves their regular season winning streak to 28 games in a row. This week will feature a much tougher

opponent for the Tribe as Manhattan faces Emporia on Friday at Emporia State University. “They’re a tough football team,” Schartz says,

“We thought tonight was physical. Next week will be extremely physical.”

Currently in the Kansas State University football program there are three past Manhattan High football players, all of whom have a story of their ups and downs and their transition for high school to college.

Deante Burton

downs. He has been practicing over the summer Burton played defen- with the team and Harpsive back in high school er said he will “probably and won all All-State hon- be red-shirting this year.” ors for his play at that po- Even though you may sition, but KSU coaches not see Burton in many games this and teamyear, playm a t e s “He’s done really felt that well. He [Burton] has ers on the team have he could a lot of potential.” noticed be more - Collin Klein his hard helpful for work and the team believe he as a wide has a good future. receiver. “He’s tall. He’s “He’s done really well,” good in height and size,” K-State wide receiver KSU Quarterback Collin Klein said. “He has a lot Chris Harper said. Burton also played of potential.” Look for wide receiver for MHS Burton in future years and had 20 catches for as an important wide re327 yards and five touch- ceiver for K-State.

BrandonKlimek

football at KSU. To prepare for the more challenging atmosphere he did several kicking camps between high school and college. After red-shirting in 2008 and not seeing much action for most of 2009, he finally got his Despite only making chance. In his one colleone high school field giate field goal attempt goal, Klimek is now play- he nailed a 46 yarder ing college ball. His 25- against Texas A&M. “I was pretty excited,” yard goal to help the Indians win the game Klimek said. He went against Topeka. Klimek two for two in his extra played football and soc- points against Tennescer at the same time for see Tech. Kilmek is one of the few elite kickers to two years. “It was games all the have never missed a field time, three or four a goal or extra point in college. He hopes to carry week,” he said. He prioritized play that streak into this year.

Tennis off to slow start Tristan Knott staff writer The J.V. and Varsity Girls Tennis teams are underway. Last Monday, Varsity played Topeka High in a duel at the Indians’ home court, but they were not able to capitalize on that advantage as a team. The Indians only pulled out two wins for the day. Senior Jenna Stigge won her singles

match with the final 8-3. She and partner Kat Colburn, senior, also had a win in doubles with a score of 8-3. The Indians finished the duel with an official score of 34 points. They fared a little better on Tuesday against Wamego. Varsity won about half their games. J.V. has also seen action, but with similar results. The J.V. played at Emporia on Aug. 23.

Despite some good technical performances from players, the team ended up with a total score of 12 points, placing them in fifth place in the meet. Participants included Stigge, who played the first round of singles; senior Danielle Miller, playing second round singles; senior Brittany Jones and senior Carly Tracz, playing the first round of doubles; and junior Macy Lanceta and sophomore

Kaylee Kipp, who finished off with the second round of doubles. Chuck Kipp, coach of the J.V. team, noticed his team’s athleticism. “We have a few girls who are veterans, and even some who’ve never played tennis before, but their experience in other sports has given them an The Indians practice to prepare for their duel against Topeka upper hand at playing High. They ended up losing that duel despite scoring 34 points but played much better against Wamego. The J.V. team finished tennis,” he said. fifth at the Emporia meet.

Tristan Knott, photographer


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Cross country starts out strong at home Dheepthi Perumal multimedia editor Four of the five first place medals at the Manhattan Invitational Cross Country race on Saturday went home with runners from the Indians team, and the Varsity boys and J.V. girls teams placed first, as well. The home meet was the season opener for MHS. Teams from 10 schools competed in Varsity and J.V. boys and girls as well as C-team boys. Overall, the team thought it was

Junior James Leblow charges in to a third-place finish. Courtesy Photo

a great start for the year, even battling against high temperatures. “We did amazing as a team even with the tough weather conditions, but today was a new start to new traditions,” senior Brave James Leblow said. The first race of the morning, the J.V. boys, was the only one in which the first Indians runner did not take first place. Senior Zane Hayden placed sixth overall with a time of 18:35.23. As a team, the J.V. boys finished the race in fourth place. “I think I did spectacular today. I was happy while I ran my race and it was an amazing start to this year,” Hayden said. Following the J.V. boys were the J.V. girls. The race was a tough one with over 117 runners. Senior Emily VanNatta finished in first with a time of 17:09 while senior Jessica Smith came in third and Katherine Culbertson in fourth, giving the team a first-place finish. “Today was a good day, I won. My plan for this meet was to stay in the front and towards the end of the race to give it my all,” VanNatta said,

“My goal for this year is to be on Varsity and to do my best.” Varsity boys ran next and as a team finished by getting first at the Manhattan Invitational, which has not happened since 2008. First place finishing was junior Chief Chris Melgares with a time of 16:50. Coming right behind was Brave James Leblow in third. A battle to the end placed Michael Melgares in fifth and Isaiah Koppes in sixth. Third to run were the Varsity girls. In the end the girls got second as a team behind Lawrence by only two points. First for the team was junior Brave Alaina Schroeder with a time of 15:29.14. “My running today was not my best but it was a good start this year and I had fun,” Schroeder said. “My goal for this season is to beat my personal best.” “As a team I think we did really good. Winning the home meet was amazing,” Chris Melgares said. “Individually I think I did well with the conditions we had today. In the end I finished strong.” The final race of the

Varsity girls start out fast at their home meet in Warner Park. Junior Alaina Schroeder (on right, number 49) started out in front and never lost her lead. Courtesy Photo

day, the C-team boys race, consisting of all the runners who don’t make it into the top 14 Varsity and J.V. runners for their team, included 106 runners. The last race of the day gave another fourth place finish for the Indians. First place individually went to freshman Austin Telck. “Today was an awesome start to this season. I was very proud of all the runners,” coach Melgares said. “Conditions were challenging today but the runners were fighting out there on the course. I could see the fierceness in their eyes.” The next meet for the Cross Country team is Saturday in Emporia.

XC shoe earns votes Dheepthi Perumal multimedia editor Indians fans have a few more days left to vote for a shoe designed by cross country chief Chris Melgares, senior. Melgares followed in the footsteps of a member of last year’s cross country team to enter the Kinvara 3 contest on Flotrack. He designed a Saucony show that looks like fish bones and is colored black, pink,

yellow and green. The public can go online to vote for the shoe. If Melgares’s shoe wins, the entire Manhattan High team will get new shoes from Saucony. “It was a good experience to design the shoe, and also the free support from the cross country to vote for the shoe is very appreciated,” Melgares said. “We still have a chance and I hope our tribe gets the chance to win.”

Volleyball prepares for first quad J.V. triangular also set for T hursday Emporia, Seaman and Washburn Rural, but the Varsity and J.V. teams Manhattan High won’t compete until this School’s volleyball team coming Thursday when will be one of the last J.V. will take on Junction sports to start the com- City and Seaman and Varsity will play Shawpetitive season. The freshmen team nee Heights, Silver Lake played their first game and Seaman. Like other Indian on Thursday against Tre Fuentes staff writer

sports members of the volleyball team spent their summer conditioning, both separately and as a team. “During the off season I did a lot of conditioning, I went to open gyms, and I did a lot of hard work,” senior Kayla Shields said.

Shields is one of three seniors returning to the team this season. The other seniors are Colby Brooks and Ally Massanet. Having three seniors to serve as leaders can work to the team’s advantage, since they’ve been playing together in past seasons.

Boys so ccer wins o pener Derrek Williams staff writer Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the Manhattan Boys Soccer team started off with Varsity and J.V. wins this season. Friday, Aug. 25, the MHS Boys Soccer team had their first game in Lawrence. With turf and nerves playing against them, the team had some problems getting composed and to the level of game the team is comfortable playing. With only one goal

scored by Eric Gray, the MHS team had problems getting scoring opportunities and following through. “We had a few passing mess ups that we need to work on,” Reever, senior, said. The Lawrence team had more opportunities to score but goalkeeper Kai Reever had four goal blocks to keep Lawrence at no points. For their first game against an intense and physical team, the MHS soccer team believed that they got good results but

it could have gone better. “I thought it would be a hard fought game, and the score reflected that,” Jacob Stutheit, senior, said. The team will be traveling to Wichita to play in the Titan Tournament on Sept. 2, 5 and 8. The Boys team has been taking part in the Titan Tournament for 15 years but has never been able to win. Head coach Frank Alonso said that big factors in winning are how far they are traveling to play, the teams that they

are playing against and the team not being very emotional. He says that they’ve always had the ability to win but are never able to pull it off. The team is hoping to change that. They are striving to have a winning record of 2-1, though they believe it would be best if they could go 3-0. Players remain confident following their opening win. “Success,” senior Killian Gorman said he expects from the Titan Tournament.

“Because our team has similar personalities we can work together and that gives us an advantage,” Brooks said. Shields agrees on the importance of team. “Main objective is to stay positive on the court. We want to stay focused as a team and always

work hard,” she said. Camaraderie and learning to cooperate are a big part of the sports experience, but it comes down to competition. “Our goal is to win. If we can bring home the victory that proves we are doing something right, Shields said.

Girls golf shows promise Maddie Ross trending co-editor Both Varsity and J.V. Girls Golf teams competed in tournaments Monday, Aug. 28. The Varsity team traveled to Cypress Ridge in Topeka where they received second place as a team. Leading the team was senior Blake Fingalsen who got fourth place with a score of 83. Sophomores Kelsey McCarthy and Kylie McCarthy followed, both with scores of 84. “Overall we are going to have to work extra hard to get first place at other tournaments. Besides getting first we

need to stay positive, give it our all, and most of all have fun,” Kelsey McCarthy said. The J.V. competed at Concordia where they earned a second place finish for the team. Junior Amy Levin placed 10th with a score of 108, junior Janelle Collado got 11th with a score of 115, and sophomore Taylor Schalles finished in 13th scoring 116. “We did pretty well for our first real tournament. I think there is always room for improvement. That is our big goal, to keep improving,” J.V. coach Craig Ackerman said.


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Stud ent collects backpacks for Mexico Maddie Ross Trending Co-Editor Sophomore Katie Bussmann has spent recent weeks preparing for the school year, but not just for herself. Bussman has been busy collecting schools supplies for 125 other students at a school in Anapra, Mexico. Bussmann was first introduced to the children in Anapra on a mission trip with the First United Methodist Church last Spring. When they arrived, Bussmann and fellow members of her

youth group helped to clean and fix up the school. By the end of the week Bussmann was satisfied with her work, but still wanted to do more. She took action and went to work collecting school supplies, including backpacks for all kids at the school. “It was so crazy trying to balance both school and making the backpacks, it was a mess. At times I felt like I was not accomplishing anything,” she said. Since the trip, last spring, Bussmann has

still in need of her help. “The kids there do not have many things that we take for granted,” Bussmann said. Donations of both money and supplies and a great response from her church, family and friends helped to make this effort possible. Sophomore, Mai Mizuno was one who felt this project was important and donated. “I think that what Katie and Liz [Logback] Sharing the bounty. Katie Bussmann, sophomore, and Liz Logback, are doing is phenomenal, junior, pack school supplies to be delivered to Mexico. it really proves you can Courtesy photo make a difference. I am been in touch with the doing this she learned really proud to say I school’s principal. In how much the school was helped with this cause

and to call them my friends,” Mizuno said. On Saturday, Bussmann and junior Liz Logback, who has assisted in the project, went to Anapra to present the students with the all of the backpacks filled with supplies. Prior to the trip, Bussmann had high expectations. “I can’t wait to see their faces. It will be so rewarding to see the reason I did this,” she said. Contact the Features department at mhsmentorfeatures @gmail.com.

Coming to America! Mortenson attends Exchange Student Spotlight they do have a class similar to P.E. She hopes to compete in water polo at Katarina Zdolsek K-State by getting a spechose to leave the com- cial activity waiver signed fort of her hometown of by her parents back in Linkoping, Sweden (pop. Sweden. In the mean150,000) to spend a year in Manhattan. She didn’t choose Kansas but she did choose the gateway airport in Houston to fly into based on the fact that “Texas is hot.” If hot is what she wants, that’s what she got. She described Manhattan as “nice, and very hot.” Back in Sweden, Zdolsek Foriegn Exchange student Katarina Zdolsek describes herself as “social and spends her time friendly.” as an avid water Kaitlin Wichmann, photographer polo member. In Sweden students must do their sports out- time she is playing on the side of school; however tennis team and plans Kaitlin Wichmann photography editor

to join swimming in the Spring. Zdolsek describes herself as “social and friendly.” She wants to get to meet as many new people as she can during her year in America. For fun in Sweden she would go to the mall and watch movies at her friends’ houses, such as her favorite, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Compared to Sweden, Manhattan has a few cultural differences. “When you first meet people, they are way more friendly here. It’s harder to get to know people in Sweden,” Zdolsek said. Zdolsek plans to make the most out of her year in the United States and encourages classmates to get to know her. She will be in Manhattan until next summer, June 27, and then return back to Sweden on her 18th birthday.

Joffrey School of Ballet Liz Logback features editor Dancing has always been a passion of senior Sarah Mortenson, and this past summer that passion lead to an incredible opportunity. Mortenson traveled to New York City for a month where she trained and learned from some of the country’s top ballerinas at the Joffrey School of Ballet. “[Leaving home] wasn’t scary at all,” said Mortenson. “It was my first time being in NYC and I absolutely loved it.” She and several other dancers from across the country attended a live audition and submitted photos of themselves before being accepted. After the judges had watched them perform ballet and pointe, they were dismissed. A few weeks after the audition, emails were sent out either con-

firming or declining their application. Receiving the acceptance letter was emotional for Mortenson. “I was slightly nervous, but mainly super excited to go,” she said. She arrived in NYC in early July and checked into her room in the Pace University dorms. Mortenson quickly jumped into the busy schedule of being a dancer. Each day was started with an hour and a half ballet class, then another hour of pointe. The afternoon consisted of two more rehearsals, either ballet or pointe, and the occasional dance history or nutrition class. In one particular class, Mortenson said the ballet instructor had them take their pointe class without any toe pads (pointe shoes have wooden blocks stitched inside of

them, and dancers must balance on that block with their toes). After one rehearsal without her toe pads, Mortenson decided she respected the dancers who could dance like that, but she preferred to keep her toe pads in her shoes. “It was great to experience so many types of teaching in such a short amount of time,” she said. Mortenson said that being on her own in New York and getting to dance with so many amazing people made her realize that she never wants to stop dancing. She will continue to dance at Washington Dance Studio on one of the studio’s dance performance teams, Senior Company. After high school Mortenson plans to either double major with dance, or minor in dance.

New teachers D u n t z t a k e s o n r o l e on the block o f s e n i o r c o u n s e l o r Dheepthi Perumal multimedia editor Manhattan High School has started the 2012-2013 year with many changes, including the new building and of course a new class of students. But some people tend to forget about one of the most important aspects of the school: new faculty. This year MHS has six new teachers: Tahnee Matuszewicz, Janet Neal, Katie Kramer, Alex Reinecke, Noah Busch and Elizabeth Crooks. Matuszewicz (Math), Kramer (World History), Reinecke (World History) and Busch (Biology) are teachers at Manhattan High School East Campus. Crooks and Neal are teaching Auto Tech and Math, respectively, at MHSW.

“I am so excited to work at MHS. I think it is going to be so much fun in the new ninth grade center,” Algebra teacher Matuszewicz said. “My goal for this year is to make my class comfortable for the students and allow it to be a smooth transition into high school.” All the East Campus teachers are excited and ready to get into working, World History teacher Reinecke said. “I believe this year is going to be fun. My goal is to make the freshmen better as a whole.” Most of the teachers have past experience, so coming to Manhattan High School won’t be totally foreign for them. These new teachers are sure to be invaluable additions to the MHS faculty.

John Rockey staff writer Any high school student, from seniors on down, will need help regarding their day-today goings- on at school. For most, it’s a matter of switching out of classes or getting their schedules fixed to meet different needs. More so than underclassmen, seniors are in need of help when it comes to college -- letters of recommendation, learning about or applying for different subjects, or planning for college and working thereafter. At MHS, the academic counselor for this year’s group of seniors, Dustin Duntz, not only helps seniors with their

schedules and preparations for college, but also helps to prepare for graduation. This is his first time taking on the responsibilities of working as counselor for the senior class. The job is more challenging in that there are more things to be done as an academic counselor for seniors. “You don’t have a margin of error to miss,” Duntz said. There are a great number of things he will do as counselor that will help students later in life. It’s a matter of working constantly on scholarships and making sure progress is being made by students in terms of graduation and college, as well as things like the Board of Regents and what is done after high school and college. He works constantly with them to

counsels some of the seniors he had in class. “It’s exciting to seem them grow. Some of them I’ve taught as freshmen,” Duntz said. Duntz said he will miss seeing this class as they're some of the last students that will remember him as a teacher, and they're going to miss him just as much. "Duntz was a great geometry teacher and he has helped me to organize my schedule," senior Eli Redeker said. He’s very Dustin Duntz in his new office working as a excited about senior counselor. what they’ve Jordan Morris and Liz Logback, photographers a c c o m plished from been a counselor. He the time they were sophtaught geometry at MHS omores and freshmen. for a few years and now ensure that they will go on to do well after high school and in college. Duntz hasn’t always


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Fall T. V . preview four shows not to miss and one to avoid Ben Shields Editior in Chief

The bad news is “Breaking Bad” is on hiatus again and “Louie” doesn’t have much longer before it does the same. The good news is that the fall TV season looks downright incredible. As usual, network TV is a near-dead zone and unless you’re seriously pumped about Miley Cyrus joining “Two and a Half Men,” cable rules the game. Here are the highlights and low points of what’s coming. Boardwalk Empire: 9/16 (HBO) Terence Winter says the Prohibition drama’s third season will pick up

December 31, 1922, more than a year where season two left off. This means things will only get more violent and tense as people begin to run short on booze. The show has just gotten better and better, and with Jimmy’s death last season, Nucky has less in his way for power. We’re so in. One suggestion: get Scorsese directing again! Homeland: 9/30 (Showtime) We last saw Carrie Mathison in a hospital bed about to undergo electric shock therapy. Seconds before being sedated, she remembered one crucial detail that could help prove her ridiculed accusations that American war

hero Nicholas Brody is really working undercover for Al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Nazeer. It may not be “Mad Men” or “The Wire,” but it’s one of the most gripping shows on television. Claire Danes, you’ve come so far since “My So-Called Life.” Britney Spears on The X Factor: 9/12

Season two of “Homeland” starts on Sept. 30 on Showtime. Photo from Showtime.

(Fox) As if we weren’t already done with American Idol, Britney stepped in and guaranteed our allegiance to “X Factor” faster than you can say, “It’s Britney, b****.” There have been reports of behind-the-scenes drama pretty much since she set foot on the set: Demi Lovato, who has somehow been allowed in the same room with our girl, apparently finds Britney to be “a twit.” Lovato, Britney and “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell all denied the rumors, be we know better. New Show to Watch: The Mindy Project: 9/25 (Fox)

Connor’s Summer record reviews Hits and Misses summer months. I attempted to make roughly half of them B plus or higher. Four of 11 was the best I could muster.

Miss: The Republican National Convention was last week.

Hit: That means lots of material for Jon Stewart to work with.

Miss: K-State had its first football game, the only time of the year Manhattan actually has traffic.

Miss: RIP to “The Office” after this season, which premieres Sept. 20 on NBC.

Hit: “The Avengers 2” is coming out May 1, 2015, so be patiently excited.

Here’s how it works: A means great, B plus means close to great, B means good but not always memorable, C means either unremarkable or, in most cases, not enjoyable, D means verging on musically incompetent or perverse artistry, F means it shouldn’t have been released. A-plus albums hardly ever pop up. I change my mind on grades very frequently, often times immediately after publishing it, so take to heart what the review says more than the grade. Every couple months or so, I’ll use this process to dissect a bunch of albums in a few sentences. I have to live with an album for awhile, so the reviews aren’t always timely. Here is the latest batch, alphabetically by artist. All were released in the

Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel…”: She’s Justin Bieber for hipsters, though far less convincing. It’s free of hooks, never a good thing, and her pain is not as compelling as EMA’s. B MINUS Baroness, “Yellow & Green”: Sludge metal ingeniously couple with guitar riffs that could be KISS or Van Halen. The album they have been trying to make their whole career. A Best Coast, “The Only Place”: Folk music for people who have never left their gated community. B MINUS

vincing sound of a young celebrity caught between his youth and the adult world ahead. B Liars, “WIXIW”: An amazing footnote to Radiohead’s “Kid A” that rails against the idea of humanity. It’s one of the best albums of the new decade that reveals more pleasures with each listen. Essential. A PLUS John Mayer, “Born and Raised”: Surprisingly includes one excellent cut. Otherwise, unsurprising. C PLUS Frank Ocean, “channel ORANGE”: He is obviously a huge talent, yet the baggage he’s carrying weighs down the whole album. The tune about a girl named Cleopatra working at the Pyramid strip club turns into self-parody fast. Lighten up, man. C PLUS

Justin Bieber, “Believe”: A bit draggy, but the lead single, “Boy- Reviews continued on friend,” is brilliant. A con- page 8

Judges for season two of “The X factor” include LA Reid, Simon Cowell, Demi Lavato and Britney Spears. Photo from Fox.

Network sitcoms (except for NBC) are, as a rule, wretched, but Mindy Kaling’s new sitcom looks hilarious. Kaling, excellent as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office,” plays a gynecologist unlucky in love who worships Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan,

and just wants a boyfriend with Michael Fassbender’s endowment. What’s not to love? We’re laughing already. One to Avoid: Animal Practice: 9/24/12 (Fox) Justin Kirk gets credit for continuing to appear

‘Office’ has much to accomplish in final season Connor Bliss Trending co-editor

show will not have to miss is Dwight’s misadventures. Coming in the fall is his own spin off, “The Farm,” which will revolve around Dwight’s farm and B&B. “The Farm” will run a pilot sometime during “The Office” season, and if picked up will probably air during NBC’s 2013 midseason lineup. I can see great potential in guest stars due to the bed and breakfast angle. I’m hoping for some reappearances from Dwight’s old co-workers. This last season has a lot to do to regain all the love season eight lost. One problem the show had was with Andy. Going from a loser in his first season, to my favorite character with his bursts of song, and now

After nine seasons, Sept. 20 will see the beginning of the end of hit TV comedy, “The Office.” “The Office” has definitely been the funniest comedy of my lifetime; making me laugh on my couch countless times at Michael’s (Steve Carell) offensive sterotypes and Creed’s (William Schneider) weird habits. Although the last season was a letdown, I am still going to miss it. From Jim (John Krasinski) putting Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) office supplies into the vending machine to Michael’s extreme hatred of Toby (Paul Lieberstein), to Andy (Ed Helms) floating away in a sumo suit during the beach games, I’m going to miss it all. Office continued One thing fans of the page 8

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Have games gone too far in glamourizing violence? Seth Runyan Staff Writer In early June, gamers gathered in excitement for the Sony Presentation at the E3 Convention in Los Angeles, Calif. A trailer for an upcoming game, "The Last of Us," was presented and left the crowd in awe. Toward the end of the trailer, it showed a character shooting a pleading, unarmed enemy in the head with a shotgun. The crowd roared with excitement after the closing shot, which brought controversy within the country as many began to question this type of violence in games.

Their biggest concern, however, was the effect of this "ultra-violence" on the innocent minds of children. Countless studies have been done trying to find a link between violent games causing violent behavior. Not everyone is convinced of the connection, although Manhattan High School social worker Gigi Cohen believes there is a link. "I have not researched the topic. I do believe though, that sitting in front of a television murdering people and being entertained by such gore is not a healthy habit for anyone's mind," Cohen said. "It normalizes ab-

normal behavior and this was founded, creating a behavior ratings sysdesensitizes that “I do believe tem the person provides though, that sit- c o n c i s e playing." This coninformating in front of a troversy tion for the television muris a conconsumer, tinuation of especially dering people parents. events dating back and being enterThis isto as early sue grew tained by such 1993 with even more the release gore is not a in 1999 two of “Doom.” healthy habit for when This comColumputer game anyone’s mind.” bine High introduced stu- Gigi Cohen School ultra-viodents shot and killed lence and an extremely mature set- 13 people in the school ting to the world of gam- with one of their exing. As a result, the ESRB cuses being that violent

video games influenced their decision to commit the shooting. This event immediately prompted studies linking the effect of violent video games and violent behavior with minors. "From my professional stand-point, I never had a suspect claim violent video games influenced their decision to commit a crime. However, children with less-strict Violen ce continued on page 8 Contact us at mhsmentortrending@ gmail.com


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What’s next for advisory sarah shi news editor The USD 383 Board of Education is opening their schedule to allow the Tribe Time Committee a second chance to present their proposal after it was declined at the Aug. 15 Board meeting. Tribe Time was passed by the BOE earlier this spring, but because the school year provided an extra seven to eight weeks of time that did not include advisory, the Tribe Time Committee went to BOE that Wednesday to ask for a few more sessions. However, the extra sessions of Tribe Time did not get passed at the meeting, and instead was Violence continued from page 7 parents and a developing conscience cannot see a difference with reality and the extremely violent video games, and parents should start being more responsible,” police officer Brian Swearingen said. In the past few years, states such as California have tried to ban the sale of certain video games to minors if deemed too violent, but this law was ultimately not passed as the supreme court dubbed it as an unconstitutional law by breaking the First Amendment. Those who play games

tabled by the BOE, who went on and revoked the allowance of Tribe Time for the entire year. “We’re frustrated as a staff,” Dawn Linsdley, PLT Coordinator, said. “There was a staff that worked on the same type of advisory period seven years ago but it didn’t get passed because of the cost to maintain a program like that. For the past two or three years, our committee has tried to not make Tribe Time a costly thing by holding it inside the school day.” “I feel like there is a misconception,” Linsdley said. “Because usually only Terry McCarty and I go to the Board meetings to present the ideas of Tribe Time, I think have varying opinions about the need for regulation. Senior Allan Cabanatuan said, “I think that you should at least be in high school to play extremely violent games because I don’t think it can be good for [young kids.]” Many retailers do not sell mature games to minors, bringing into question the necessity of a law that prohibits the sale to minors. The problem with these rules, however, is that parents can still purchase these games for their children, which happens quite frequently. When this happens and their kids tend to display

com” aired on national television. But all credit stops there. The premise of this dismal-looking in public after the sneak comedy is a veterinarian preview for his new “sit- who has a human-like Review continued from page 7

it looks like we are the only ones who are gungho about it. But in reality, we have a whole group of staff who are behind it as well.” Currently, McCarty is working with the Tribe Time Committee to formulate a new proposal, one with more substance and evidence behind the benefits of advisory. The worst case scenario, if Tribe Time is not passed for a second time this year, is that time used to discuss bullying and post-secondary careers would then cut into students’ core classes. McCarty and the Tribe Time Committee are doing everything in their power to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Junior Lane Sorrel demonstrates what not to wear to school while freshman students look on at the East Campus fashion show put on by StuCo. Derrek Williams, photographer

Review continued from page 7 Passion Pit, “Gossamer”: Their first was a doozy, even by “indie” standards, and this one violent behavior, instead droops just as low. “Take of blaming their par- a Walk” attempts politienting, they blame the cal commentary. The rest game. Cohen has some struggles to feel like an ideas to stop this from attempt at all. D happening. “I think we should def- Rick Ross, “God initely change the way Forgives, I Don’t”: they inform you on what Luxury rap’s godfather content the game contains. They need to improve the system with a BYOD continued from visual example or just the page 1 employee making sure you know what is in the game. Since it’s such a Parents and students complex system, instead have voiced concerns of blaming the parents or over the safety of devices the game for the actions they could potentially kids commit, we can bring to school. The disonly blame our society trict is not liable for any for what we accept to be stolen or damaged deamusing to us,” she said. vices and the potential of theft at MHS is a real one. “The majority of the connection with his patheft seen at MHS is from tients, yet relates horribly devices that are left unatwith people. And one of the other doctors is a monkey. Watch if you Office continued from page 7 dare. definitely back to my least favorite character. The worst thing about it is I can’t tell if the writers meant to make him unlikeable or not. Last season did have some funny episodes like “The Incentive” and “Garden

delivers his third triumph in a row (four if you count the mixtape from February). You’ve never heard bragging quite like this; Ross manages to turn his seizure problem into something to boast about. The whole record feels like a drive in one of his Porsche’s on a joyride to heaven. A MINUS

dancing yet not right to play in the house. Maybe a Portland waiting room? C

tended, unsecured, in areas that can’t be monitored,” Dorst said. For some students the benefits of having a device outweigh the risks. Senior Jake Seaton began bringing his laptop to school during his junior year. For Seaton, having a laptop made note-heavy classes easier to approach. “It’s extremely useful. I was amazed by how convenient taking notes for

History, English, Chemistry and Debate was,” Seaton said. Seaton does worry about the security of his device, but less about it getting stolen and more about losing the information. “I sometimes worry about things happening to it, not so much it getting stolen,” Seaton said. “If someone were to take it they probably needed it more than me.”

Party,” but only those two; the rest were really hard to get through, and season nine cannot afford to do that. The show’s end doesn’t look too promising, but it might pull it off by bringing back Greg Daniels. Daniels is the man who originally adapted “The

Office” from its British predecessor and was executive producer for the first five seasons before leaving to create another hit, “Parks and Recreation.” Can “The Office” regain its greatness in season nine? We’ll find out on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Americana”: An amusing, occasionally hilarious middle finger to retromania. Highlight: a threatening rendition of “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the The Very Best, “MT- Mountain.” A MTMK”: Not good for

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