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M theMENTOR Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kan.

Sept. 25, 2012

News Volume 100 issue 5

Open house shows renovations to community Maddie Ross Trending Co-Editor Awestruck gazes. Confusion about where classrooms are located. Surprise about amenities. The hundreds who attended the Manhattan High School Open House and Dedication Celebration on Thursday reacted to the changes that have taken place over the past 25 months. “I only recognize the Indian on the wall, although it was on the floor when I graduated in 1964,” Jim Morrison from The Manhattan-Ogden Foundation said. “There should be no excuses for not learning.” Morrison joined other students, parents, alumni and community members

who toured the building and attended the dedication ceremony, which took place in the renovated North Gym. The dedication gave community members a chance to see what their tax dollars went to, and also to celebrate the completion of the school. Several MHS student groups took part in the cere m o n y. The band welcomed visitors by performing outside the school. This was followed by performances

from MHS Varsity Choir, and Pops Choir. Student led tours were also a prominent part of the evening. Lorena Ingmire’s culinary students provided food for the event. M o s t were impressed with the building and were unable to recognize it compared to its original state. “It’s amazing. It all makes sense, a little overwhelming but great,” retired Spanish teacher Bev Chan said.

“Future children of the Manhattan-Ogden district will benefit greatly from the changes you see before you.” -- Shannon

A program ended the evening, where Principal Terry McCarthy, Superintendent Bob Shannon and members of the school board and construction team addressed the community. They thanked the builders, students, teachers and community members for their accommodation and cooperation during the construction process. The presenters said they believe the improved facility will have a positive impact on students for a few generations. “You said you would do it and we did it,” Shannon said in his address. “Future children of the ManhattanOgden district will benefit greatly from the changes you see before you.”

Head Principal Terry McCarty addresses the Manhattan community at the Manhattan High School Open House on Thursday, Sept. 20. Jordan Morris, photographer

Tri b e T i m e m a k e s a Harden named new coach co me- back Julith Perry Staff Writer

Sarah Shi News Editor Last Wednesday, the USD 383 School Board of Education passed Tribe Time with a seven to zero vote. Tribe Time will start immediately with grade checks as part of the academic progress goal tomorrow. “I think they had a lot clearer idea of what was going to happen during Tribe Time,” Dawn Linsdley, PLT Coordinator, said. “We mapped out a schedule for the year and our three goals that we have, which are academic progress, career awareness and maintaining a positive school environment.” “It was huge,” head principal Terry McCarty said. “We were very grateful and very excited. We have great things in store for the students. I think the fact that we narrowed our outlook

and made things more focused on what we wanted to accomplish that helped us get is passed.” During the meeting, Lindsley, as well McCarty, described what the focus of each Wednesday Tribe Time would cover. They laid out the data proving how Tribe Time was beneficial with visual charts and countable numbers such as graduation rates, state assessment score, bully incidents, substance use, all things could be helped by achieving Tribe Time’s three goals. “We want to make Tribe Time more organized,” Lindsley said. When Tribe Time officially starts, students will complete a survey that will help teachers understand how much of the three goals they already know. Towards the end of the year, students will be required to take a post-survey

to see their progress of the year. “We want to be able to see what progress the students have made throughout the year,” Lindsley said. “The post-survey will have three questions that each relate to one of the three goals.” Tribe Time is also adding on a new segment to the program. “The upperclassmen mentors that went to freshman orientation at the beginning of the year will continue to mentor them throughout the year. They will visit with them occasionally and get to know them better,” Lindsley said. “Tribe Time is something that shows its benefits over time,” Lindsley said. “The students who are going to be really impacted by this are the freshmen this year who would have gone through four years of this by the time they graduate.”

Scholar’s Bowl is an academic team here at Manhattan High. The purpose of the club is to prepare its members to participate in an academic decathlon, where participants answer questions on all academic areas. Club sponsor Ted Dawdy describes the process as “team jeopardy.” Although Scholar’s Bowl is considered a club, it is

Marisa Hoang Staff Writer Many people were excited about the news at the beginning of the school year regarding the new WiFi system. It was said that the internet would not be password protected and that students and faculty would be free to use their own devices to work for educational purposes. Now that Manhattan High School has been in session for five weeks, they have noticed that the system isn’t necessarily working to their advantage. Many people have reported failure in logging into the school system. Failure to log into the computers in the first place causes conflict in access-

ing computers. Frustration strikes in both students and teachers that can’t access the websites they need for their educational purposes. Students aren’t alone. Teachers and principals have firewalls as well. They just have ways of bypassing these firewalls. Science teacher Leslie Campbell says, “My personal opinion is that we shouldn’t have filters. I think we should be teaching responsibility.” MHS assistant principal Dave Holloway says for him, the internet works great. One example of a problem he has had with the firewall was downloading the school calendar from the third party website on the USD 383 Manhattan high school website.

The Manhattan High School Key Club had their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The meeting consisted of fundraiser ideas and volunteering for this school year. The three main ideas discussed in the meeting were having a traveling snack bar, bake sales and a car wash at AutoZone on Sept. 30. “Doing bake sales is such a great way of raising money for the club but only when everyone pitches in,” secretary Siera Haug said. “I hope the car wash is going to be fun for all the members.” Key club officers and sponsor Laura Sapp’s main objective for the members is, of course, volunteering.

than qualified to be assistant coach; she had previously been the academic coach for three years at a high school in Missouri. When the opportunity arose to be assistant coach Harden said, “I saw the opportunity and went for it.” Harden is excited to get to work with the students, and hopes to help the team sharpen their English skills and help them have fun while learning.

Anime club hosts dance off Ben Shields Editor in Chief The Manhattan High School Anime Club elected officers on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Since then, they have begun planning for Naka-Kon. Naka-Kon is an annual anime convention in Overland Park, Kan. with numerous scheduled activities ranging from con-

Internet access Key club puts on fundraiser backfires Dheepthi Perumal Multimedia Editor

not cut out for everyone. Those interested have to have the skills of learning, thinking and answering fast. Last year, the Manhattan High Scholar’s Bowl team qualified at State. Scholar’s bowl hopes to improve and go on to do better this year, which is why they brought in a new assistant coach, Regina Harden. Harden was brought on in hopes of helping the team improve on their English skills. Harden is more

The club seeks to reach out to students who would enjoy or want to learn to do community service. “We have many chances for students to get hours for community service,” Haug said. The next volunteering opportunity for members is on Sept. 26, before parent teacher conferences. Members of the club walk around the school and clean all the desks. “We have great students in the club, and desk cleaning is going to be a great turn out, I can just feel it,” president Sophie Wang said.

tests about Japanese culture trivia to fan-fiction writing workshops. Attendees often dress as their favorite anime characters. A bake-sale is on the club’s agenda and will take place within the coming weeks. Dress-up, gaming nights and Asian dinners are always on the schedule. Anime Club will host

their first of many dance-offs on Wednesday, Oct. 3, after school. Anyone is welcome to attend the dance and/ or join the club. Meetings are every Wednesday after school, where members get together to draw, play anime-related card games and discuss manga. Membership is free. To join, contact president Akira Porter.

Spanish Club plans upcoming activities Julianne Harkness Staff Writer The Spanish Club, one of the most active clubs at Manhattan High, is now standing at 250 members. Out of that 250, only 150 members have paid their dues. After the next couple of meetings those who have not paid will no longer be part of the Spanish Club. At the previous Spanish Club meeting they discussed what all they will be doing this year, introduced officers and all paid members were allowed to enjoy an ice cream social. At the next meeting they will be starting their annual club shirt design contest, where members of the club submit their ideas for their shirt and the club votes on

the best ones. They will also be talking about plans for Day of the Dead candy grams, which will go out Nov. 1 and 2. Candy grams are skull shaped lollipops that will be priced at $1 each. The decision on when to start sopapilla sales will be made at the October meeting. The prices for sopapillas in past years has been three for $1. Where to set the price this year will also be determined at the meeting. All the money made from these fundraisers will be used as donations to a family in need. This meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 23. The location is undecided at this point in time but will be announced shortly.


Sept. 25, 2012


Manhattan High School start time satisfactory as is Nick Bandy

sports editor

Last Wednesday a school board meeting was called allowing anyone to speak his or her mind about switching the high school start times with the elementary schools. I was not present to speak at that meeting, but this is what I would have said. Switching these times will only make life worse for everyone. What are the benefits to the switch? I have heard people say its goal is to make more productive high school students by allowing us to get more sleep. I am not saying we get enough sleep right now, but this is definitely not the solution to get us to sleep. Besides forcing us to take sleeping pills there is

no way to get high school students to sleep more. If the start time is pushed back an hour we will simply think, ‘Sweet! Now I get to stay up an hour later!’ Right now, there is nothing stopping us from going to bed at nine o’clock, we just simply don’t want to. We would rather stay up late and suffer the next day than the alternative. Another objective of this plan is to allow parents to be able to drop their elementary school kids off before they go to work. That may help in some cases, but what about the freshmen and sophomores who are driven by their parents? And why were almost all the parents at the Wednesday open forum, both high school and elementary, opposed to this plan? Assuming this plan does have some benefits, here are the negatives that outweigh them. The biggest problem will be high school students getting out at 4 p.m. Anyone involved with sports will now be done with prac-

tice at least after 6, while the elementary kids will go home at three and get an extra hour of playing with toys and annoying their parents. Meanwhile, us big kids will be getting home at seven and doing homework until midnight. So much for extra sleep. Also we will be driving home in the dark during the winter, so hopefully after a few kids crash and die on dark icy roads they will re-think this plan. Along with myself and every single parent in the Here are some additional short thoughts of mine on other school plans: Closed lunch -- Taking away open lunch is like taking away a prisoner’s one phone call. Tribe Time -- Tribe Time will return next week! Celebrate shorter classes and either bully prevention time or listen-to-yourteacher-tell-personal-stories time.

district, many school faculty members such as assistant principal Michael Dorst are against this plan. Dorst spoke at last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting against the plan. I could probably think of several more reasons about why I hate this plan, but unfortunately there is not a whole page of the newspaper devoted to the things I would like to say. The final vote will take place Wednesday, Oct. 10. Senior early release -If seniors want to have a fun last semester, let them have it. They’ve put in three and half years of hard work. They’re just going to skip those hours anyway. Block schedule -- Best idea educators have ever had. If you haven’t realized it yet this would mean half the homework every night.

Sub-dep initiation has no place at Manhattan High Ilana Budenosky Guest Writer Last Monday I found myself walking the halls and sitting in class with sophomore girls dressed in garish outfits, the scent of the previous night’s “activities” lingering on them and cottage cheese stuck in their hair. It was that time of year again; Sub-deb initiation, a ritual where the most popular junior girls pick the most popular sophomore girls to terrorize for a week. I have nothing against these girls (I have been friends with quite a few of them and acquaintances with oth-

ers); it is the ritual I have a problem with. Not only are they taken out of bed and made to do exhausting, and even disgusting, things. One year they were made to swim in Anneberg pond and then not allowed to shower for a day. In addition to the costumes they have to wear, there are humiliating chants yelled in the hallway that the girls must respond to. If showing up to school the next day tired, smelly, in hideous outfits you have to wear all week, and having to respond with “Roast your wiener” when someone yells “Hey firecrotch!” at you in the hallway is not

demeaning, I don’t know what is. All of this adds up to an extremely degrading week for the girls and an extremely distracted week for the other students. It is frustrating for me as a member of the MHS student body to be called the wrong name by Mr. Marsh while he tells me to take off my beret, because it “distracts from the learning experience,” and then see all of these girls walking around with no one saying a word. The administration is being extremely inconsistent with the dress code rules (on whom and when they apply) and I

am not the only one that is noticing this. Junior Liz Logback was almost as upset when she found out someone was already writing this editorial as she is at the whole situation. I don’t know about her, but I know I’m happy I was not “popular” enough as a sophomore to be chosen for the committee. I know they take it all in good fun, and maybe I would too, but as a spectator looking in, I can see that this indoctrination is flawed in a multi-faceted way and does not belong at MHS.

Superficiality too prevalent in society’s expections of women Liz Logback

features editor

“Lady Gaga’s weight gain.” It was that four-word headline that really got me thinking. I am appalled at the idea that America is so concerned with a body figure that they would choose to write an entire story reporting a pop star’s alleged weight gain. Shows such as “Fashion Police” and “What Not to Wear” are focused solely on the way people present themselves. Commercials are continually advertising new makeup and face washes, and there are even all-day telethons selling the latest shoes or new jackets. We are obsessed with how other people look and, consequently, how we look. When the media is constantly advertising that the looks of a person are the most important as-

pect of one’s personality, our brains are going to be trained to think that way. I am concerned for the young women of this generation who are forced to grow up in such a beautyoriented world. Celebrities in the public eye are no longer looked at for their deeds or what they have achieved, but rather for their dress on the runway or their hair at a movie premiere. Reality television shows such as “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders” and “America’s Next Top Model” promote that in order to be in the public eye, or to even be accepted, you must be a certain weight with no excess skin or flab hanging out. Movie stars are constantly under the scrutiny of the press, and as much as I feel for them, I can’t help but wonder how that is affecting the young girls and teens growing up in the shadow of it all. According to, 40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15 to 19 years old. Over 50% of teenage girls and nearly 33% of

teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives. In a survey of women on a college campus, 91% had attempted to control their weight through dieting; 42% of girls in first through third grades want to be thinner and 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. The non-stop badgering of people in the public eye has really affected the way people growing up in this generation look at themselves. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that the judgement America has adapted is only going to continue to get worse. However, there are ways you can stopping buying into the lies and pressures the world is throwing at you. 1) Avoid tabloid covers in the convenience store. Enjoy a nice conversation with the person in front of you instead. 2) Don’t watch shows that promote looking a cer-

tain way or bash the way others look. 3) Find your style. Figure out what you are most comfortable in and roll with it. Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from presenting yourself the way that fits your personality best. America is a buzzing country always trying to stay one step ahead with the latest looks and fashions. You will never be skinny enough, your skin will never be clear enough and you will never be beautiful enough by the standards of this corrupt country, but you came into this world as a unique individual with your own special talents and beautiful aspects. Don’t let the media around you stop you from thinking of yourself as anything less than gorgeous!


Question of the Week How would you like to see technology utilized as a teaching school at MHS? “Use iPads instead of pens and paper.” - Nathan Hardin, junior “More use of the Internet during school, like laptops and such especially during lunch.” - Jason Kildow, sophomore “[The school] could supply technology. It makes things more portable and we wouldn’t have to carry textbooks around.” - Christina Martin, freshman “I wish our computers were Macs.” - Josh Chapman, freshman “For science classes I want students to use animations and simulations as a technology teaching tool.” - Brad Fabrizius, teacher “I don’t think I’d want electronic books. I like the paper in front of me.” - Marlee Evans, junior “I don’t really care how technology is used.” - Charlotte Smith, senior “I enjoy the idea of more online classes.” - Levi Jones, sophomore “They should use more updated tools for teaching languages.” - Alex Paulson, sophomore

“I want everything to be elctronic and eliminate all paper. All textbooks and assignments on tablets.” - Wesley Garibay, junior “Better WiFi.” - Ilana Budenosky, senior “I would like Smartboards for math class.” - Mykayla Moore, junior “More computers in science.” - Zach Langston, freshman “Toaster, convection oven and refrigerator.” - Riley Ratliff, senior “Use it to provide students with more hands-on experiments.” - Cole Gritton, freshman “I would like to have our assignments available to do online.” - Jack Mehoff, junior “As we become more dependent on technology as a society, we as teachers need to find more ways to use technology as well.” - Kane Davis, teacher “When students are gone a lot for sports or other reasons, they should be able to access videos of all the lectures that they missed.” - Sarah Mortenson, senior

Want to contribute a guest column to The Mentor? Contact Editor-in-Chief Ben Shields at Students and faculty are welcome.

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 business manager - Jerry Sextro adviser -Kristy Nyp staff writer/photographers - Tre Fuentes Julianne Harkness Marisa Hoang

Tristan Knott Julith Perry John Rockey Seth Runyan Derrek Williams Jordan Morris contributing writers - Ilana Budenosky circulation - Kristyn Baker Leonard Castilow David Clinkinbeard Patrick Falcone Caorey Garrison Sam LeFleur Kasey Morris Mallory Morris Kendall Oatney Emma Rowley Austin Tatum Seth Wagner

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Sept. 25, 2012



This year, Manhattan’s largest music event will feature three bands from Manhattan High School


MEMBERS Mason Wheatley Guitar

Jake Nyswonger drums

Genre: Metal Influences: Death, Metallica, Slayer, The Melvins, Pantera

Kyler Reith vox

Member spotlight Mason: “Since last year’s Aggiefest show, White has become a lot more technically skilled. We can tackle more complex material now.”

band’s BEST SONG: “Leviathan” “It’s a song that challenges every member of the band.” Mason

Noah Schmidt Naomi McClendon Andre Middendorf Albert Cochrane Guitar/vox keyboard/vox bass drums

new wave rock Influences: talking heads, the go-go’s, lou reed, modest mouse, the pixies

Member spotlight Albert: “I add a new style with my drumming. It’s very experimental.”

band’s BEST SONG:

at aggiefest

where: o’malley’s bar (Back patio)

when: 5 p.m.

Triangle park

“Operation Blackboat” “When I play it, I get so into it my fingers start to sweat and it becomes really difficult to play.” - Andre

when: 7 p.m.

Jackson meyer claib Harris Vox/guitar/keys vox/guitar

Genre: alt-rock


INFLUENCES: Band of horses, mutemath, all time low, civil twilight, morning parade

Seth Meyers to perform at K-State You better not have any plans this Saturday, because the head writer for Saturday Night Live and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is paying a visit to Bramlage Stadium. Meyers is replacing originally-scheduled Andy Samberg doing his standup, but after a change in his schedule with a movie, the Union Program Council had to find a new comedian. The UPC committee overseeing the event is the Entertainment committee. “We received a list from Samberg’s agent listing other comics that were

at aggiefest



Seth Runyan staff writer

Sam Hatcliff Bass



Caleb Loop guitar

available that day and the committee thought that Seth would be perfect fit to come give us his stand-up,” UPC Program Advisor Ben Hopper said. According to Meyers’ bio on, the actor is currently in his 11th season on Saturday Night Live, his sixth season as head writer and anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update. Before Meyers set his focus on Weekend Update, he was most known for his uncanny portrayal of Senator John Kerry on the show’s satire of the 2004 Presidential election. Meyers is a graduate of Northwestern University. He studied and performed at ImprovOlym-

pic (where most of the SNL staff got their start) before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His popular show, “Pick-ups and Hiccups” with partner Jill Benjamin, toured Europe and then caught the interest of “SNL.” Most recently, Meyers hosted the 2010 ESPY Awards on ESPN. He currently lives in New York. “‘An Evening with Seth Myers’ is an incredible opportunity for people because they can go and watch the Head Writer of SNL and anchor of Weekend Update. I’ve seen his stand-up and it’s great. He is definitely one of the fun-

nier comics in the market,” Hopper said. “It’s even better that this is election year because of his political-savvy humor.” The tickets for the event are selling quickly with floor seats being $35, $30 for gold ring seating, and $25 for other seats. The ticket prices also come with military discounts of two dollars. The event is scheduled for at 8 p.m. this Saturday at Bramlage Stadium. For ticket information and questions about “An Evening with Seth Myers,” call 1-800-221-CATS, go online at or visit the Bramlage Ticket Office.

Sam rozell guitar

Adam hagedorn austin cranston drums bass

Member spotlight Sam: “I think I bring eccentricity to the group. Also glow in the dark and neon stuff.” band’s BEST SONG: “Flash of Green” “It’s all soloing. There’s one verse of vocals, and the rest of the time everybody just goes crazy.” - Claib

at aggiefest where: kathouse lounge

when: 8 p.m.

Playwright-in-residence coming to MHS Ben Shields editor in chief

Richard Broadhurst, playwright, actor, writer and educator will begin a week-long residency at Manhattan High School tomorrow. An MHS alum and Manhattan native, he will spend the week conducting a writing workshop to assist drama students with writing original works, particularly submissions for the upcoming One Act Play Festival. Broadhurst will sit in on all of drama department head Linda Uthoff’s classes, as well as musical rehearsals. He will also be available every day after school for students to talk with about their writing, as well as all day Friday when school is not in session. Uthoff’s students will per-

form one of Broadhurst’s plays, “Lillian,” based on the life of President Jimmy Carter’s mother, on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. “[Broadhurst] has come to the school before, and the kids have always gotten a lot out of it,” Uthoff said.

One Act Reminder Any student planning on submitting an entry to be performed at the One Act Play Festival should be aware the due date has been extended to Friday, Oct. 5 at the end of the school day. All entries must be under 30 minutes and school appropriate. The festival will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.


Sept. 25, 2012




Indians rout Highland Park 61-6 Tre Fuentes staff writer After losing two straight games for the first time in nearly eight years, Manhattan High looked red hot in a 61-6 victory over the Highland Park Scots. The Indians were dominant in every aspect of the game, and while people expected for the Tribe to improve as a team this week, very few expected this kind of a performance. “We performed in all three phases of the game,” coach Joe Schartz said after the game. “Offense, defense and special teams all contributed to the win, and I am very pleased with their effort.” From the get-go, Manhattan looked like a lot more focused team than the previous two weeks. Senior Devin Cossman returned

the opening kick-off 93 yards to take it to the house on the very first play of the game. Then, on their second possession, Cossman again saw the end zone on a 40-yard touchdown pass courtesy of quarterback Jacob Holloway. “We played a pretty good game last week,” Cossman said, “but didn’t quite follow through. Tonight our offensive line did a good job blocking up front, and Holloway was throwing some great passes.” Holloway had 108 yards rushing on the ground, as well as the touchdown toss to Cossman. All of this was before the eight-minute mark in the second quarter when Holloway went down with a leg injury. It is not yet known how severe of a condition Holloway is in, or whether he will

be able to play next week. “We hope it’s not too bad, and it doesn’t look like it, but we’ll know more in the morning,“ Schartz said. “Hopefully he will respond to some treatment and we can get him back as soon as possible.” Even with the absence of Holloway, the Indians stayed strong. Junior Darian Taylor came in for the injured Holloway, ran for over 90-yards and scored both a 9-yard and 40-yard touchdown, respectively. Kellen Myers also took some snaps as quarterback for Manhattan and looked impressive. All in all, the Indians put up a staggering 498 total yards against the Scots. Defensively, the Indians were also impressive. They kept Highland quarterback James Fulton and

The tribe’s defense closes in on an Highland Park ball carrier. The tribe’s defense dominated Highland Park as they held them to only six points. Kristie Kutei, photographer

the rest of the Scots offense in check all night as they failed to score in the first three quarters. Overall, it’s safe to say

Tennis on losing streak Tristan Knott staff writer The girls J.V. and Varsity tennis teams are closing in on the end of their regular season meets. Last week, Varsity dueled against Shawnee Mission East on home soil. They then traveled to Lawrence Thurs-

day to compete in a dual against Lawrence High. As for J.V., they competed in the Junction City Invite Wednesday. On Monday, Varsity dueled against Shawnee Mission East, only winning two of their matches. The duel against Lawrence unfortunately turned the same

An MHS doubles team competes at Lawrence High. MHS lost the duel against Lawrence. Tristan Knott, photographer

way, with Manhattan only winning one of their 12 matches with senior Kaitlin Wichmann being their lone victor. “We all tried our best and had a great time, unfortunately it just wasn’t enough,” senior Brittany Jones said. At the J.V. dual against Junction City, the girls went on to win seven matches and lose five. To start with the doubles, sophomore Kaylee Kipp and junior Macy Lanceta placed fifth, where they lost a close tiebreaker match. They won only one of their three matches. Finishing in second place, senior Katarina Zdolcek and junior Louisa Friedrich won two of their three matches, where they received a silver medal.

XC competes at Rim Rock Kayla Dieker copy editor

Manhattan High’s Cross Country teams had two meets last week. The J.V. members who didn’t go to last weeks MSSU meet traveled to Tonganoxie on Tuesday and the whole team went to the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence on Saturday. Manhattan took 14th in the Varsity boys race at Rim Rock and 11th in the Varsity girls race. Junior Chris Melgares took 21st overall and was fastest for Manhattan, running 16:12.93 in the boys 5k race. Junior Alaina Schroeder took sixth overall and first for Manhattan, running 15:04.71 in the 4k. The boys and girls J.V. teams placed 12th and fifth, respectively. The C-Team placed 19th.

Seniors Jessica Smith and Emily Liebe help the varsity girls to a 12th place finish at the Rim Rock meet. Matt Bandy, photographer

At the Tonganoxie meet, sophomore Taylor Efurd got first overall in the J.V. girls race with a time of 17:01.00. Freshman Nathan McClendon got first overall in the J.V. boys race, run-

ning 18:21.00. The team’s next meet is at the Junction City Invitational on Saturday.

In the singles division, senior Carly Tracz and sophomore Danielle Miller placed third, where both of them won two of their three matches. Coach Charles Kipp said, “The girls did very well and have shown considerable improvement over the course of the season.” This week, the J.V. team will finish off their regular season Tuesday, with a duel at City Park against Junction City. The following week, the J.V. will travel to Topeka for the Centennial League Tournament. Varsity will compete in the Emporia High Invite Monday and the Topeka West Invitational Tuesday.

that the Indians are back. They are back at .500 for the season with a 2-2 record, and 1-0 in the Centennial League. The Indi-

ans will be looking to keep momentum on their side as they travel to Topeka West next week.

Volleyball has perfect day Nick Bandy sports editor Last Tuesday all three of the Manhattan High volleyball teams went undefeated. Varsity defeated Concordia, Topeka West and Topeka at an MHS home game. J.V. traveled to Highland Park where they defeated Seaman, Washburn Rural and Highland Park, while the Freshmen team defeated Washburn Rural and Wamego. After an exciting night on Tuesday, it was back to practice for the Varsity team as they prepared for the Seaman tournament, which took place Saturday. They worked on building endurance for the tournaments, which have at least four games and often have more if the team advances into elimination brackets.

MHS advanced out of pool play and defeated Junction City to finish third. “It’s a tough tournament,” head coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “There’s a lot of good teams.” Meanwhile, the J.V. and Freshmen teams continue with more meets this week, including a J.V. home meet on Thursday. However, their focus is on their upcoming league meets, which are the climax of the season. Volleyball is the only fall sport that offers league tournaments solely for Freshmen and J.V. “It gives them something to shoot for,” Kinderknecht said. The Freshmen league tournament is this Saturday at MHS while J.V. has the league tournament next Saturday at Emporia.

Soccer suffers close loss Derrek Williams staff writer The Manhattan High School Varsity and J.V. Boys Soccer teams brought home a pair of losses against Great Bend on Saturday, falling to a Varsity record of 3-2. In the J.V. game Great Bend scored two times in the first half. Meanwhile the only score for MHS came from freshman Kirkland Lambert. In the second half Great Bend scored another time and MHS didn’t score again with the final score of Great Bend three, Manhattan one. In the first half of the varsity team game Jonathon Turnley scored for MHS. There were another 12 attempts taken on the goal but because they were playing into the wind they weren’t making them. The team went into halftime with a lead of 1-0. But coach Frank Alonso

lectured the team for their lack of intensity and asked them to step it up in the second half. Peter Maier hurt his ankle halfway through the second half but continued to play for a few minutes until the coaches pulled him off. Although Maier had previously broken the ankle, which worried the coaches, they later found out the ankle was sprained, and he was put back in.

The Indians kept their lead up until they were within five minutes of the end. Then, with 2:42 left, Great Bend scored after five attempts that were saved by goalie Kai Reever to make the score 1-1. In the last few minutes both teams scrambled to score for the win, unsuccessfully. Only about 30 seconds into overtime Great Bend scored a goal to win, leaving the final score 1-2.

Sophomore Adam Gray kicks the ball past a Great Bend defender. Tristan Knott, photographer



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Food policies change school meals Sarah Shi News Editor

of the Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by congress with

When the federal government called for dramatic changes in school meals, including limiting greasy tater tots, sodium and calories and offering students more fruits and vegetables, it was obvious that school lunch menus across the nation would soon be giving off a healthier vibe. In January 2012, the National School Lunch Program, administered by the US Department of Agriculture, composed new meal and nutrition standards for the first time in 15 years. The new plan, aimed to improve the health and nutrition of students while maintaining a healthy weight, was part

First Lady Michelle Obama advocating it as part of her Let’s Move! campaign. These new standards, set forth by the HungerFree Kids Act, are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children

who order school lunches every day and the 11 million that eat school breakfast. These changes are the “first major improvement” in the standards that “we’ve seen in a generation, and it reflects the seriousness of the issue of obesity,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. T h e s e new food requirements “aren’t that bad,” junior Madeline Colley said. “I really like the fact that there’s more variety with the food.” “I like that you can’t leave without a having serving of fruit on your plate,” junior

Sierra Newberry said. “We should be eating healthier. We shouldn’t be known as the most obese country in the world.” However, the new nutrition guidelines pose problems that students might overlook. Because of the limitations of certain foods and the demand for others, the Manhattan school district venders have had to adjust the food they provide to fit the new requirements. For instance, the whole wheat rolls that were available last year have long disappeared with Papa Murphy’s pizza, which “hasn’t been received well,” Manhattan Assistant Food Service Director Tiffany Brax said. “This year, 50 percent of our grains have to be whole grains. We’ve had

to change some recipes to adjust,” she continued. “As for the rolls, we’ve had to drop them because then we would be serving too many grains per week.” Next year, the schools in the Manhattan district must convert to 100 percent whole grain. To help students ease into the drastic change, Brax is looking at incorporating white whole wheat flour into foods such as the hamburger bun that will make it easier to eat. However, Brax said she can’t do anything about the lowered amount of calories per meal. “I’ve gotten complaints about kids who are going hungry because they aren’t getting enough calories in their meal,” she said. The limit on calories

per lunch has sparked some discontent within the student athletes who participate in after-school sports who argue that the new meal plan doesn’t keep them full through practice. “The food doesn’t really fill you up if you’re going to do a sport after school,” Katherine Culbertson, junior cross country runner, said. “They really don’t have enough things on your plate to keep you full.” But some benefits have come out of the new plan. “I like the fact that there are more fruits and vegetables and that we have a wider variety of greens that the students get to choose from,” Brax said. “Making half of the plate filled with fruits and vegetables is a really good idea.”

I PS stud ents bond at Cam p Woo d

Interpersonal Skills students connected while shooting arrows, riding horses and climbing towers at Camp Wood on Monday, Sept. 19. The camp gave members of this year’s IPS class a chance to interact and do team-building activities. “Camp Wood is a big part of what holds the class together throughout the year,” para educator Jamie Schnee said. “Mentors and mentees will look back at those memories all year, and some for the rest of their lives. It’s the first chance they get to work together as a team. Camp also gives a lot of mentors and mentees confidence. It’s great to see how they build each other up and support each other.” Kayla Dieker, Photographer

Fo re i gn exc h a n g e p ro g ra m offers o p p o rt unit y Kaitlin Wichmann Photo Editor Each year, around six to eight foreign exchange students from around the world come to Manhattan High to experience an American high school. Many aspects of traveling to a new country for a year are very enticing; new friends, new culture and a new family. But the process starts nearly a year before traveling to the country and it requires dishing out some big bucks, unless of course the student interested is lucky enough to get a scholarship. “The first thing I do when I find out a student is interested in exchanging is to show them their options,” counselor Tony Wichmann said. “I show them the benefits of each exchange program and find out which one fits their plans best. Many things can be factored in to make their decision such as scholarships, what countries they’re interested in and if they want to stay for a year, a semester or just for the summer.”

After the students pick out the program they feel best fits their needs, they begin the application progress by filling out a preliminary application or local form to express their interest. Spending a year in another country doesn’t mean that the student has to give up a beloved school year. Senior Taylor Warner is applying to study abroad for a gap year between high school and college. “I chose to study abroad because I’ve always loved traveling and being in new places,” Warner said. “I also love learning new languages.” Warner’s top choices to live in are France, Norway and Italy. One of the top troubles for studying abroad is learning a completely new language, so it helps if students already have previous knowledge of the languages. “I know a little bit of French, but not enough to form any actual sentences,” Warner said. “I don’t know Norwegian or Italian. I’ve looked online about several language learning lessons

so hopefully that will make it easier. I haven’t seen a Norwegian one though, so I have no clue how I would learn that.” For her exchange program Warner chose to travel through Rotary. “I chose Rotary because I feel like I have more freedom of choosing the countries I want to go to, and it’s a lot cheaper than other exchange programs,” she said. “To apply I have to fill out an application to be accepted by the local district first. The application includes references and a 700 word essay on why I want to become an exchange student.” Warner exemplifies all the nerves and excitement that would be expected in a future exchange student to a foreign country. “Right now I’m just really excited and I can’t believe that I have this opportunity,” she said. “I’m nervous too because I’ll be an 18 year old in a foreign country living without my natural family.”

C o m in g to A m e ri c a ! Exchange student spotlight Tre Fuentes staff writer

a band called Overdue, and is their electric guitarist. “It’s weird because family life [in Manhattan] is not that different from where I come from. My

his busy schedule as he is also an active member of chamber choir and part of Some exchange students the Thespian club. He has enjoy a “celebrity” been working with the cast status at their American of this years fall musical, schools simply “How To because of where Succeed In they’re from. Business But Norwegian Wi t h o u t exchange student R e a l l y Jakob Borgen was Trying.” a celebrity of sorts Borgen before he came to thinks he’s America. adjusting to Borgen, who MHS and attended a Manhattan performing arts fairly well. school in Norway, “I wanted to played the lead exper ience character in a something couple of popular Senior Jakob Borgen came to Manhattan this year from his different. I TV shows, Linus hometown in Norway. He is staying with the Myers-Bowman wanted to i Svingen” and family and will be here unitl the end of the year. learn about the sequel “Jul Tre Fuentes, photographer d i f f e r e n t i Svingen.” His cultures, and character, Linus, I wanted was a child who played mom is an actress and my to improve my English,” with his school friends. dad is a movie producer, Borgen said. There were five episodes in and my host family here Jakob’s host brother, all, and in the sequel, which also have a passion for Cameron Myers-Bowman, was a Christmas edition, music and theater,” Borgen said, “I thinks he’s great. two new school kids move said. Our family has hosted seven into town and become While the experience foreign exchange students, friends with the rest of the as a student at Manhattan and Jakob is definitely one “crew.” High School so far has of the best we have had.” Back in Norway, Borgen been “new and unique,” also enjoyed music. He is in Borgen hopes to increase


Sept. 25, 2012



Horror film fails to deliver Julith Perry

staff writer “Is that Mr. and Mrs. Dead People’s house?” That quote was the first indication that House at the End of the Street was going to be a big disappointment. Going into the cinema to watch this movie I had high expectations for

it to be goosebump evoking and just an overall great film -- but it was neither. Everything from Jennifer Lawrence’s singing voice to the cliché “haunted house” was just mediocre. The trailer for this movie made it seem like it was going to be a horror film in which the new girl falls for the creepy boy next door who happens to have a crazy sister who murdered their parents. It wasn’t a horror film, he doesn’t have a crazy sister, and the new girl thinks she can fix the damaged boy and make him her

boy toy. The big question is who actually murdered the parents. Lawrence stars as Elissa Cassidy, the naïve girl who doesn’t think the world is fair because mommy and daddy split up and she got stuck with her “don’tdo-anything-I-would-have done-in-high-school” mother. Playing the creepy next door neighbor, Ryan Jacobson, is Max Thieriot (to be honest, I didn’t even know he existed before this movie). Playing the overprotective mother, Sarah Cassidy,

Naomi’s Hits and Misses

is Elisadidn’t serve a b e t h purpose, besides Shue. Gil the occasional Bellows appearances p l a y s that did nothing the cop, to contribute to Officer the plot of the Weaver, movie, whatever who not that was. only flirts I’ll be comwith the pletely honest, mom but Jennifer Lawrence stars in there were moalso pro- ‘The House at the End of ments that I did tects the the street.’ Photo courtesy of jump in my seat. c r e e p y However those boy. The jump-in-my-seat rest of the cast isn’t even moments were caused by worth mentioning -- they the sound effects, not the were there but certainly actual content of the film.

iPhone 5: no drastic changes

Miss: American Idol still exists. Every year since Paula left, American Idol has become less and less relevant. It’s sadly obvious that the show is clinging to its final hopes as this season’s judges are announced: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Hit: Kittens Approximately 70,000 kittens were born this week. Meow.

Miss: Kanye’s gift to Kim Earlier this week, Kanye West bought girlfriend Kim Kardashian a new Persian kitten. Although I’m a huge fan of both Kim and Kanye, I don’t think either of the two is capable of caring for a living being other than themselves.

Hit: House at the End of the Street Many people, myself included, expected a scream-inducing horror movie. Instead, we received a fresh, thoughtful thriller with a great twist.

Hit: iPhone 5 Apple’s latest device may just be a taller, slightly prettier version of its last, but the release of the new iPhone 5 drove down the price of the iPhone 4S, which means I can finally afford to join my generation.

‘Revolution’ anything but revolutionary Connor Bliss

trending co-editor

We live in the technological age where our every need is met by hand-held devices. What would happen if suddenly every electronic device in the world turned off all at once? That is the very interesting premise of the new show “Revolution.” Sadly, that is one of the few interesting things in this cliche-filled “adventure.” Unfortunately, the most interesting part of that premise, how the world is forced to adjust, is glossed over and the show skips ahead 15 years. Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) is tracked down by a militia because they are searching for an artifact which can return power. His son, Danny (Graham Rogers), pulls a crossbow on the militia and Ben gets shot, and an anti-climactic battle breaks out. The militia captures Danny and takes him away. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), his sister, goes on the hunt for him with two other companions to meet up with estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke).

Now let’s talk about those cliches I mentioned. First off, the relationship between Charlie and Miles is a relationship you can see in any coming-of-age, warming-of-the-estranged relatives type of movie. There are also the typical “taking-off-of-sunglassessay-something-dramatic” scenes, and of course the main villain used to be a friend of Miles’. Oh, I almost forgot, there’s the one

good guy at the top of the stairs with bad guys charging up in a sword fight. Don’t even get me started on the cliffhanger at the end of the series premiere, which is a woman using a device to power up a computer and chatting with another person. That in itself is not a bad cliffhanger, but what follows ruins it. The person on the other end finishes the episode by typing, “so what now?” That’s

There were moments that I laughed, and I am certain that a horror film isn’t supposed to make you laugh. I walked into the cinema prepared to scream like a little girl and not be able to sleep when I got home. I walked out disappointed and feeling like I had just seen a completely different movie from the one advertised in the trailer. I lost my Sunday afternoon and my $5.50 (that is a grande frappuccino right there) on a movie that was a complete waste of my time.

Julith Perry

staff writer

The much-anticipated launch of the iPhone 5 has finally happened. On Sept. 21, Apple released the iPhone 5, which to no one’s surprise is not much of an improvement from the iPhone 4S. Apple is calling it the “biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone,” but besides being a larger and thinner model there are not many big changes. Apple claims that this model is faster than any of the other iPhones, but I own an iPhone 4S that has the 4G network, same as the iPhone 5, so I don’t really see what the big difference June 29, 2007: the first iPhone was released.

is when it comes to that aspect. One improvement that I just personally love is the new maps app. The old maps app was a great useful tool that helped us navigate; the only downfall it had was that it did not speak the directions to you. The newer version of the app does exactly that, making it easier to navigate around. The camera has also been improved and now shoots and films in HD. The new iPhone is also made entirely out of glass and aluminum, which in my opinion is just another way for an already-fragile phone to break easier. Another improvement that I consider to be beneficial is that you no longer need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to use FaceTime; you can now use your cellular network for it. Apple released the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21 for those who had pre-ordered it,

July 11, 2008: the iPhone 3G was released.

June 9, 2008: the iPhone 3G was announced.

the type of thing I am supposed to say to someone I am watching the show with, not what a television pilot should go out on.

June19, 2009: the iPhone 3GS was released.

June 8, 2009: the iPhone 3GS was announced.

Sept. 8, 2010 : the iPhone 4G was released.

June 24, 2010: the iPhone 4G is announced.

though there were those who got theirs a day earlier on Sept. 20. For users who have the iPhone 4S, consider yourselves lucky; iOS 6 was released on Sept.19 and it is the most amazing thing ever. iOS 6 allows some other not so old iDevices to experience some the cool things that the iPhone 5 has. If you have the iPhone 4S, you really aren’t missing out on anything. At Manhattan High School, students have mixed reviews. Senior Thora Omarsdottir is all for the new thinner design of the iPhone. “I would consider getting one. I like that it’s thinner but I don’t like that it’s longer,” she said. On the other side of the spectrum is sophomore Charlotte Benjamin, who said, “I have an iPhone 4S and I like it. Honestly I would be too scared to break the iPhone 5.” The iPhone 5 is now for sale starting at $200. Oct. 14, 2011: the iPhone 4GS was released.

Oct. 4, 2011:the iPhone 4GS was announced.

Based on the premise, this show should be what saves NBC, but I won’t be coming back for it. I give

Sept. 21,2012: the iPhone 5 was released.

Sept. 12, 2012: the iPhone 5 was announced.

“Revolution” a three out of 10 for having a really cool idea but nothing cool about the real show.

MHS Mentor Issue 5  
MHS Mentor Issue 5  

The Sept. 25, 2012, edition of Manhattan High School's newspaper, The Mentor.