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Manhattan High School Volume 101 Issue 4 Sept. 17, 2013

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Local square dancers begin lessons Rachel Beach Staff Writer

Members of Manhattan’s square dancing club, the Lone Wranglers, dance at their weekly class. Classes are open to anyone and are held every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the senior center. Photos by Rachel Beach, photographer.

From first-time dancers to people who have been mastering the seemingly endless number of steps for years, Manhattan’s square dancing club, The Lone Wranglers, are offering classes for everyone. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. At the senior center at 301 N. 4th Street and are $5 per lesson. “We would love to see more high schoolers out here,“ caller-in-training Tom Hollinberger said. With its rhythm at 128 beats per minute, square dancing is not a spectator’s sport. The caller, Dana Schirmer, is often hired to call for parties for people of all ages. Schnier tries to incorporate music that has a more modern appeal to a younger crowd. Music ranges throughout the lesson from Lady Gaga to Turkey in the Straw. The Lone Wranglers travel to places like Salina and Topeka to join with other clubs and dance. “There are no strangers in square dancing,” Schirmer said. “Once you’ve taken each other’s hand, started dancing, and have a

good time, you’re all friends.” Square dancing is a great place to meet new people in a fun environment. There are 68 calls taught in basic lessons, but even if you are a master there are always more to learn. Partners are not required and square dancing is considered a health and wellness opportunity. One might think “The senior center?” But do not be fooled. The club has dancers from age nine to age 90. Schirmer has been calling for 36 years and can teach anyone. The lesson is over two hours long, but it is not required to stay for the whole time. Tonight The Lone Wranglers will have a guest caller who will call for a more advanced group after the lesson. The caller, Randy Dougherty, is a full-time traveling caller. The club is excited to have him and encourages people to stay and watch after the lesson. “We’ve got good food, good music and good people,” Hollinberger said. The Lone Wrangles have a website at www.SquareDanceMHK. org that can answer further questions.

Food drive provides meals for Youth impact the community students in need Maddie Ross News Editor

Hunger is a problem recognized by many, and efforts to end it spread to all ends of the world. Often times, the big picture is so large we forget about the smaller picture closer to home. This week social worker Gigi Cohen began her fight against hunger at Manhattan High School. The idea is to provide food for over the weekend to students who wouldn’t have meals otherwise. This program is derived from another program called BackSnack. It provides backpacks of food to low-income children to combat weekend hunger. The problem is BackSnack is only available to

grades kindergarten through sixth, while high school students are not eligible. BackSnack is an active program in USD 383’s elementary schools, but Cohen wanted it to expand to high school student population. “It’s to provide students with food for the weekends that they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Cohen said. Every week new food is gathered from the breadbasket and distributed on Fridays. “I go to the Breadbasket every week, and I shop for free,” Cohen said. “I pick out yummy foods that I feel adolescents will like.” In previous years BackSnack provided the backpacks and food, and the school simply had to distrib-

ute them. “I think the way we do it now where I go to the breadbasket and hand-select the food is better,” Cohen said, “because I am able to choose nutritious food, that most enjoy.” Little by little MHS is doing its part to tackle this issue that affects many. “Hunger exists and I don’t want kids to be hungry on the weekends,” Cohen said. In the end all the hard work and preparation pays off. “It’s a lot of fun, to see the students happy when getting the food, and I feel happy giving it,” Cohen said. “It’s a wonderful thing to give them such a necessity that some of us take for granted.”

Allison Olsen Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what opportunities Manhattan youth have to help around the community? There is a group of students who meet once a month called Youth Impacting Community here in Manhattan High School who do just that. The group receives money from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation to distribute to local businesses and organizations. In order to get the money, these businesses and organizations are required to fill out an application. The members of YIC go through the applications to make sure that these places fit the criteria to receive grants.

The president of the group, Christine Shiau, has been part of YIC since her sophomore year. “We have a certain amount of money in our grant system,” Shiau said. “We give it to people in the community who need it.” YIC participates in three main events during the year. They volunteer at the Flint Hills Breadbasket, host Youth Service Day in the spring and the grant process throughout the year. The grant this year is open, so the group gets to decide who is able to receive money. “I like the grant process, how we go interview different companies, and I like the youth service days that we do,” Shiau said. Senior Pilar Dritz is the

vice president of YIC. “The grant process is one of my favorite parts because we get to pick where the money goes,” she said. YIC has many opportunities to do community service throughout the year. “We’re a really active community service group,” Dritz said. “We actually get to do community service activities.” As president and vice president, Shiau and Dritz run the monthly meetings. They are also in charge of going to talk with the community foundation about the distribution of money. YIC is looking for new sophomore and freshman members to join the group.

World Suicide Prevention Day brings awareness to cause Retta Lazaris Staff Writer Last Tuesday, Sept. 10, was World Suicide Prevention Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness to the harm that suicide inflicts on family, friends, and those who have considered it. It is also a day to remember those who were lost too soon to suicide. This years theme was “Stigma: A Major Barrier in Suicide Prevention.” “I think it’s good for people to be aware,” personal/ social counselor Erin Spreer said. According to The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, suicide between the

ages of 10 and 24 is the third leading cause of death for young people today. Around 4600 children, teenagers, and young adults are lost by a successful suicide attempt every year in America. Spreer’s job is to counsel Manhattan High students who are going through rough times, some of which may be having suicidal thoughts or know someone with suicidal thoughts. “Even if one kid feels that way, that’s one kid too many,” Spreer said. “Don’t make promises [to friends] to ‘keep it a secret.’ Ask for help; it takes a lot of strength to express that you're having a hard time. Go to a teach-

er, or a counselor, or even SRO, or some other trusted adult.” “I think that suicide is a sad and preventable thing, and that we need to make every effort to help teens and adults feel like they have other options other than leaving the earth,” Gigi Cohen, MHS social worker, said. Cohen finds out about students who need her help through various sources -- other students, teachers, friends, family members or the teen themselves. Her job then is to refer the students to screenings, evaluations or possible hospitalization that can help. “I make sure to get in

touch with the people who love and care about them, so that they can make the appropriate appointments to keep the kid safe,” Cohen said. Often that means counseling. “I always recommend outside counseling to many, many, many students, because it’s so helpful,” Cohen said. “When it seems appropriate, I make that referral, and all cases where a student is expressing that they can be suicidal, in every case, I try to contact the family, and try get them to take their child for a screen, so that they can

Warning signs:

t Talking about self harm or killing oneself t Researching ways to harm oneself t Expressing feelings that life is hopeless and that there is no point in living anymore t Feeling trapped or caged in pain t Abusing drugs or alcohol t Acting withdrawn or isolated from their normal social groups or family

See Suicide Prevention page 5

Special Olympics begins FFA ready for convention ACT scores exceed state, national average for local athletes Adelle Sloan Staff Writer

Tracy Le Graphic Designer Special Olympic volleyball is up and running and just completed their second practice on Sunday. The athletes began practice in pairs and then went to work on serves and continued into team practice. “It’s a good chance for everybody to get out and get active,” coach Jamie Schnee said. “We offer sports yearround for a lot of our students here and also people in the community that have special needs." However, the Special Olympics aren’t just about playing sports. The organization’s main focus is presenting the opportunity to meet new people while having a good time and improving team-building skills. “I decided to join so I can be active and meet new people,” Kasey Morris said. Each sport allow the ath-

letes to interact with new members in the community while building up their skills. “When I first started I didn’t know anybody and then I met everybody here,” Jeremy Foster said. “It was fun.” Schnee has been helping with the Special Olympics for as long as she can remember. Her mother, Kim Schnee, has been a special ed teacher for more than 30 years so she has known a lot of the athletes for a long time. “My favorite part of my job is building lasting relationships with the students. I also love watching them grow and change. It's a good feeling to know you've made some sort of impact on a student's life, big or small,” Kim Schnee said. “I see the confidence level soar in our students. We give them the tools to make themselves See Special Olympics page 5

FFA is an organization meant to make a positive difference in the lives of students and expose them to premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Many members in the group are there for the goal of taking an agricultural career in the future. The chapter’s first meeting was last week. They have plans to meet again in the next few weeks. The chapter also takes part in the dairy cattle, horse, poultry and livestock judging events each year. Land and homesite inspecting is set for this week. “My favorite part is traveling and meeting new people, and I’m looking forward to the leadership conference,” senior Anna Jackson said. Jackson is the president of this chapter. One of her responsibilities is organizing the meetings. On Sept. 28, the chapter

is headed to a leadership conference for American Royal. Another big events each year is the National FFA Convention. The event starts Oct. 30 and ends Nov. 2. “I’m looking forward to traveling to Kentucky and the workshops,” Jackson said. Senior Natalie Dick is also looking forward to the national trip. Her favorite part is “going to the competitions and judging events.” “My favorite part is the Ag Days,” senior Darby Price said. No date has been set for the Farm Bureau Ag Days. Price is not going to the convention but is looking forward. “I like the lead school for judging,” sophomore Dawson Beffa said. He went to the convention last year and is excited to be able to go again. Another big event for the chapter is National FFA Week, which senior Megan See FFA page 5

Sarah Shi Opinions Editor

Manhattan High School’s 2012-2013 senior class ACT test average was 1.3 percent above the state’s average and 2.2 percent above the national’s, an accomplishment that Principal Greg Hoyt said is due to multiple reasons, one being, “Manhattan has really smart kids.” Last year’s MHS seniors had an average composite score of 23.1, a slight increase from the school’s 22.9 average in 2012, and higher than both the state’s 21.8 average and the nation’s 20.9 average. “We live in a university community,” Hoyt said. “These students have the option to go through a tough curriculum, which is really important. I also think that we have a lot of test prep options that the students can take. It’s really a combination of all three.” MHS Career Counselor

Katie Ball agrees that the high school’s rigorous curriculum of Advanced Placement classes can be attributed to the increase in ACT scores. Ball added that the majority of the seniors are college-bound, a big push to do well on the test. “I think as a whole the students who take the ACT are expected to be collegebound. That’s obviously why you would take it,” Ball said. “A lot of the students either do prep on their own or go to a tutor.” This year, MHS is advertising three test prep options for students -- something that the school has not done until this year. The IQ Academy option offers an ACT Prep course through Study Island, a semester-long program that is advised to be taken in the first or second semester of junior year. The ACT/SAT Prep Online is run by the ACT and See ACT page 5

Sports The Mentor

Football wins defensive battle over Emporia Chris Klug Blue M Sports Editor Most people would prefer watching a high-scoring game rather than a low-scoring grudge match. However, the Manhattan High varsity football game against Emporia Friday night was a defensive battle. In a game that ended with a total of nine points, nobody on either offense put up any gaudy numbers. The Indians offense was able to find the end zone late in the fourth quarter to top the Spartans 6-3. Limiting Emporia’s offense to three points was no easy task. The Spartans dismantled the Shawnee Heights defense in a 44-0 beatdown in their opener last week. The Indians defensive line proved to be a

difference maker, plugging the middle and keeping the big plays to a minimum. The first quarter began with both teams exchanging punts. With both defenses strong, neither team was able to score until the second quarter. The Spartans got on the board first, connecting on a 30-yard field goal with 4:44 left in the half. Neither team was able to find any offense until the Indians found themselves in good field position in the fourth quarter. Facing a fourth down deep in opponent territory, the Indians tried a trick play in hopes to get on the scoreboard. Quarterback Kellen Myers attempted a backwards pass to wide receiver Bret Fehr on what looked to be a wide receiver screen. Fehr then at-

Athlete of the Week Chris Martin Junior Chris Martin strides toward the end zone with 3:15 left on the clock Friday night against Mill Valley. He scored the only touchdown of the game and put the Indians ahead for good. Martin’s 50 yards rushing came off 7 carries, making him the Indians’ leading rusher for the game. The Indians came out on top of this matchup with a final score of 6-3 for their first win.

tempted a pass back to quarterback Myers down field to catch the defense off guard. Myers made the catch and nearly reached the goal line before being dragged down. The play was called back, however, after Myers backwards pass to Fehr was ruled a forward pass, thus making Fehr’s pass back to Myers an illegal forward pass. The ruling led to a loss of down and a turnover on downs, giving the ball back to Emporia. After another punt by Emporia, the Indians had one more chance to either tie the game up or to take the lead. Junior running back Chris Martin led the way reaching the end zone from 20 yards out. The Indians point-after attempt was blocked, keeping the score at 6-3. The Indians defense remained strong, and sealed the victory after a long Emporia field goal was missed with less than a minute in the game. “It wasn’t pretty, but give credit to the kids. The put together a drive when they had to,” head coach Joe Schartz said. The Indians rushing attack was led by Martin who finished the game with 50 yards on seven carries. Myers finished 5-8 passing with 44 yards through the air, and Fehr led all receivers with three receptions for 30 yards. The Indians look to continue their success this Friday as they travel to Seaman High school.

Senior Bret Fehr looks for a pass during Friday’s game agianst Emporia. The Indians won 6-3 after a go-ahead touchdown by junior Chris Martin with 3 minutes left. Conner Bliss, photographer

Volleyball defeats Seaman Soccer uses off Kennedy Felice Copy Editor The Lady Indians volleyball team faced hard play last week with J.V. at home playing in a triangular against Junction City and Seaman, while Varsity traveled to Shawnee Heights for their first quad against Silver Lake, Seaman and Shawnee Heights. “The girls have been practicing hard and working toward improvement,” head coach Lisa Kinderknecht said. “We have a ways to go but we’re getting there.” J.V. held their own against Junction City but fell to Seaman in all three sets. “The girls pushed themselves but we definitely need to focus more and find a way to make our communication more effective,” Kinderknecht said. Varsity ended their quad 1-2, having lost to Silver Lake and Shawnee Heights. “We played well, but the other schools just had that edge last week,” senior Jessie Kujawa said. “We are going to hit practice harder because we are definitely capable of winning over the

schools we played.” Manhattan was able to hold off Shawnee heights in the first set but fell in their last two. The team was able to beat Seaman in all three matches, earning the Lady Indians their first League victory. “A win is a win, and I am definitely glad the girls finished it out against Seaman. We want to work more, though, so that winning isn’t even a question,” Kinderknecht said. With their season well underway the team looks toward furthering their abilities. “We have a great group of girls. There is a lot of talent. With some more work and the girls’ continued dedication we will definitely win more,” Kindeknecht said. Tonight the Varsity team will play in their first home triangular against Rossville and Clay Center while J.V. will travel to Riley on Thursday. “These girls want to win and they know how to,” Kinderknecht said. “So now we have to put everything they know together and finish.”

week to improve

Michael Melgares Assistant Sports Editor Returning from a 10-day break from game play on the soccer pitch, the Indians travel to Topeka tonight to face Shawnee Heights. While a break from the high intensity, pre-game jitters and physical demands that go hand-in-hand with games play may sound nice, the last thing the past week has been for the team is relaxing. For coaches Frank Alonso and Michael Lopez, a week free of games has been an opportunity to work out some kinks as well as increase the team’s overall fitness. “We’re trying to up the fitness level a little bit,” Lopez said. “We’ve also tried to work on position-specifics.” Lopez had the J.V. team

An MHS J.V. player blocks a Seaman player’s shot at their home meet last week. They lost to Seaman in three sets but defeated Junction City. Kesha Johnson, photographer

Tennis scores 10 points to take first Matt Bandy Staff Writer

Freshman Younjin Song prepares to serve at the J.V. home meet last Tuesday. The J.V. team placed fifth out of the six teams. Shaley Fisher, photographer

Varsity tennis headed to tennis at Kossover in Topeka last Tuesday while J.V. hosted the Manhattan Invitational at home. The Varsity team that played the same day scored 10 points, placing first out of four teams by one point. Sophomore Kathy Lei played as the number one singles players and won all three of her matches. Junior Kristen Fraley, the number two singles player, also won all three of her matches. “We were very happy,” head coach Joyce Allen said. “Last year we tied with Topeka High.” The number one doubles team consisted of Bianca Pedrozo and Caroline Sager, while the number two was Tracy Le and Pajsoua Lo. Both of the doubles teams went 2-1. The J.V. girls team placed fifth out of six teams. “We could have done a little better in certain categories,” J.V. coach Bob Kelly said. The J.V. team also played a quad at Topeka on Thursday and tied for third out of five teams. In order to run a tournament six players have to play See Tennis page 5

running through a drill in which he would toss a ball in front of two players and an outside back would have to chase down a center back, whose side the ball was thrown to, and prevent them from scoring. Lopez’s J.V. team will be taking the field tonight against Shawnee Heights coming off a 17-day break. On the other side of the field, Coach Alonso split varsity into two teams and held a scrimmage, after which the losing team was required to do a certain amount of sprints more than the winners. Kickoff for the Indians is tonight at 4:30 p.m. for J.V., followed by the Varsity game at 6:30 p.m.

Cross Country headed to Joplin Gage Benne Staff Writer It was just last week the boys Varsity cross country team swept the Manhattan Invitational. The meet at Warner could be viewed as the peak of the Varsity crew’s season. However the boys still have a lot to show when it comes to running. “Fast” describes senior Chris Melgares, who finished seconds short of breaking 16 minutes in his 5k race. All varsity members ran fast enough to make it in the awards ceremony at the end of the meet. Five of the boys, including freshmen Jackson Schroeder, made it in the top 10 with times all under 17 minutes. The varsity boys placed first as a team. The girls varsity team,

lead by team captain senior Alaina Schroeder, placed third overall. Schroeder placed first, almost 30 seconds ahead of the next runner. Sophomore Megan Ochoa and freshman Cara Melgares also finished in the top 10. Next up the runners who ran at least 240 miles (180 for the freshmen) over the summer will compete in Joplin, Mo., this Saturday. Seniors Chris Melgares and Nick Bandy were recognized for their high achievement of running over 700 miles this summer. The top five Varsity runners -- although most achieved the required miles -- will also be able to compete at the meet. In total, 12 boys and 12 girls will travel to Joplin to represent MHS Cross Country team.

Golf takes first in Salina Nick Bandy Sports Editor Nine holes was not enough to decide the champion when the Manhattan High girls golf traveled to the Salina Central Invitational on Sept. 16. Junior Kylie McCarthy and senior Hannah Devane ended up in a three-way tie with an opponent from another school after the regular round. The three of them headed into a playoff. “I was a little nervous but

excited at the same time. It was my first playoff and it was nice having a teammate there,” Devane said. On the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, McCarthy chipped the ball six inches from the hole and putted it in to take first. Devane and the other opponent tied on the first hole and on two more holes after that. Finally on the fourth hole of the playoff, the stalemate was broken. See Golf page 5

Opinion The Mentor

Split on Syria war. However, as a general consensus, it was thought the general public, especially high school students, were Regarding how much the not taking the issue of Syria U.S. should get involved in seriously, a common behavforeign affairs, there has ior of a society that has been always been a dichotomy desensitized. Even though between exerting our leaderwe may not be directly imship through military power pacted by the violence from or showing it through huSyria’s civil war, high schoolmanitarian efforts. The Syria ers need to understand the situation is no different. severity of the situation and Since President Barack how a simple turn of Obama expressed his events can lead into disapproval of senda war. Furthermore, ing ground troops for a of us have not possibly imminent never knows how many considered how a posries of limited military strikes to the Middle quickly the tides can change sible war might affect Eastern country, people and suddenly the U.S. is in families right here in Manhattan. A town are discussing whether the U.S. should indeed the midst of yet another war based around the military base Fort Riley is send troops to placate with the Middle East. bound to feel the impact Syria’s brutal civil war of military drafts. It’s or whether it’s even the always better to fully U.S.’s responsibility to to Syria and instead limit the understand the situation take action. Violence erupted from U.S.’s help to only shipping and its possible outcomes beSyria in April 2011 after over aid and setting up refu- cause one never knows how earlier revolutions in Egypt gee camps. In essence, Syria quickly the tides can change and Tunisia inspired Syrians needs to sort out its own and suddenly the U.S. is in to challenge their dictator, problems. We acknowledge the midst of yet another war President Bashar Assad -- an as a world leader the U.S. with the Middle East. action not taken well by the has some responsibility to government. At first, the help a country torn in a civil

The following is a compilation from a discussion held by the Editorial board.

government’s security forces killed activist in secret, and then moved on to kidnapping and torturing their family members, including children. The Syrian troops took the next step and started shooting civilians during protests. Eventually, they began fighting back and a civil war began. The majority of The Mentor’s editorial staff sided with not sending U.S. troops

Cartoonist Halsey Camera

“Blurred Lines” condones rape Madeline Marshall

Songs with violent or offensive lyrics aren’t uncommon. However, songs of that nature aren’t usually ranked at number one for 12 consecutive weeks, like “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke was. (It only dropped to number two this past week). As people grooved to the generic pop, but ‘70s-esque, tune, it made its way up to the top, beating records held by music greats such as Elvis Presley and Destiny’s Child. It’s a title the song, and its maker, do not deserve. The song is loved by many because of its ‘catchy’ tune and style, but people should

take time to listen to the lyrics. The fact that a song with such a sexist and rape-laced message could make it that far before being noticed is a sad awakening for our society. The portrayal of women within this song and music video is demeaning, offensive and promotes rape. It depicts women as nothing more than sex objects, saying things like “Just let me liberate you,” which implies that Thicke has ‘power’ over women and sees them as nothing more than possessions. His smug, often-repeated, “I know you want it,” doesn’t help his case. The song just gets more vulgar as it goes on, as Thicke assumes that the subject of this song “wants it,” because, obviously, he is irresistible. The entire song is based on “blurred lines” of consent and Thicke’s dislike of them. When the song goes on to say, “Can’t get it past me...I

hate these blurred lines, I know you want it...Must wanna get nasty, go ahead get at me,” the message of taking control of a woman’s body becomes more evident. It specifically shows the subject’s lack of consent, or inability to give consent, and Thicke’s complete disregard for it. That mentality of ‘no means yes’ and ‘doing’ whatever you want is exactly what leads to rape. The video adds insult to injury as Thicke and his crew (ahem, T. I. and Pharell,) ‘check women out,’ hit on them and predatorily prance around these almost naked women, all while smoking and drinking. It gives a message that if a woman is scantily dressed, she automatically ‘wants’ it. This ideal is not only wrong, but unfair. If women have to watch how they dress in order to compensate for the lack of self-discipline of men, the man is the problem. Thicke

gets more assertive with his moves as the video goes on, blowing smoke in their faces, grabbing them, all while pouring another drink. Many people will fight for the song, saying that there are tons of songs that are just as offensive as this one. However, those are blatantly offensive and come with warning labels. They get bleeped on the radio, if even allowed to play there to begin with. Their tone is one of violence, as opposed to one of rape and sexism. It needs to be addressed when a song has a message of this type, not just when a song drops the ‘f bomb.’ Inappropriateness has grown to be so much more than bad words and violence. If our society doesn’t realize this, cases of everything from murder to rape will become more and more common, more and more socially accepted, and our society will reach an all time low.

Question of the Week: “Crickets. Not kidding.” sophomore Israel Wheatley

What is your biggest fear? “CHAPS.” - sophomore Muhammed Ciftci

Mainstream artists deserve some cred Danielle Cook

In today’s world, music is one of the most powerful modes of expression. Music is universal, and anyone can be moved by it in some way. In fact, I’d be a little worried if some form of music didn’t mean something to you or help you express your emotions and personality; there’s literally some kind of music out there for everyone. Between everything played on the radio -- pop, hip-hop, rock, country, even classical and ethnic music -- and everything out there you may not even have heard yet, there’s some type of music out there you enjoy, something that moves you and expresses who you are. And no one has the right to insult who you are. No one should be judged by the music they listen to. It sounds irrelevant, but, really, it’s part of every day because music is such a big part of our culture. No type of music should be labeled inferior to another. No person should be labeled inferior because of the kind of music he or she enjoys, because of what moves them. Just like you can’t judge a

book by its cover, you can’t judge someone by their music. You can’t define someone as uncultured because they just listen to what’s on the radio, or like you can’t define someone as boring because the listen to classical music. Before you write someone off for listening to something you don’t find so cool, like, say, Taylor Swift, or One Direction, or (dare I say it) Justin Bieber, think about how your world differs from theirs. Think about how the music you enjoy reaches you. Consider the fact that it’s possible, though you might not find the same kind of music lyrically intelligent, musically brilliant or even just good, that the song you hate, the one that makes you cringe, might make someone else insanely happy. Give a little credit to those “mainstream” artists. Yeah, their music might be typical, but it’s typical because it’s popular. But it’s not just this pop music that takes the heat. A lot of times, considering where we live, there are tons of conflict between those who listen to country music and everyone else. The same thing applies to country music as it does to the pop -people enjoy it, whether you do or not. The same thing applies to every kind of music -- hip-hop, rock, country, classical -- everything. Everyone is entitled to their own forms of expression.

The Mentor EDITORS:

Liz Logback, Editor-in-Chief/Trending Maddie Ross, News Editor Sarah Shi, Opinions/Content Editor Dheepthi Perumal, Entertainment Editor Nick Bandy, Sports Editor Connor Bliss, Features Editor Danielle Cook; Kennedy Felice, Copy Editors Alan Brown, Multimedia Editor Tracy Le, Graphic Designer Allison Olsen, Photo Editor

“I know it sounds like I’m joking, but quesadillas. There’s something about them that just weirds me out.” - junior Nick Clark “Not being able to think of my greatest fear for this question.” - sophomore Greg Woods

“89.9%” - sophomore Soichero Hiromasa

STAFF WRITERS: Matt Bandy Gage Benne Madeline Marshall Michael Melgares Kristen Batson Rachel Beach Retta Lazaris Adelle Sloan Chris Klug


Jerry Sextro, Business Manager Kristy Nyp, Adviser Eric and Lisa Ross, Caterers

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MHS competes, performs at State Fair “It was weird because I performed on the same stage, and same outfit as the boys this year,” Pape said. “Although, now the girls perform in better outfits than when I performed.” “I think it’s really cool, because he understands what we go through because he did it when he was in high school,” Stenberg said. “It creates a circle with the student becoming a teacher.” Five seniors from the

“The experience was very unique. It felt like a real production day,” Crawford said. “I would recommend it Petting zoos, turkey legs to the underclassmen and and crafts have been part people who are on producof the Kansas State Fair for tion staffs,” senior Christian 100 years. But for ManhatGulker said. tan High students it was also In mid-October the stua place for singing, reporting dents who competed will and 4-H competition. attend a banquet where the Members of Pops and results will be announced. Varsity Choirs traveled to “I was happy with the end Hutchinson on the opening result,” Crawford said. “And day, Sept. 6. Pops performed the experience was great besix pieces and Varsity percause I got to talk to formed four pieces. a lot of people who Although Pops has have been part of been going for decades, this was VarAnd the experience was great be- the fair for many sity’s second year. cause I got to talk to a lot of people years.” Even with “It was strange because our calendar who have been part of the fair for groups from MHS going to the state for this year fell on many years.” fair, there were the opening day for -Crawford students who atthe fair,” MHS Choir tended individuDirector Chad Pape ally. Seniors Anna said. “So we didn’t have a big audience, but they Blue M yearbook staff also Jackson and Emily Kelley traveled to the Kansas State were part of the fair this still do good.” The fair was the first real Fair early on Sept. 11. The year. Jackson competed in community performance students competed in the multiple 4-H events includthey have done. They had to Scholastic Press Corps pro- ing Home Environment and learn all the music over the gram, which was developed Photography. Jackson also summer because they didn’t to provide high school stu- qualified to judge events at dents with an opportunity to the fair such as Family and have to practice to perform. “It was very difficult be- further their skills in journal- Consumer Science and Fashcause I had to learn my parts ism and video production. ion. Kelley also helped judge all on my own,” junior Alex The students competed with FACS. The complete results from Stenberg said. “But it taught other schools to create a us responsibility and when four-page newsletter cover- the fair will not be announced we came back from summer ing that day’s activities. They for a couple months, but break we expected everyone students had a deadline of 6 Jackson did receive a red, to have learned their parts.” p.m. to complete all stories, or average rating, in home environment and in photogPape was also in choir as a photos and design. “It was a very stressful raphy she received a purple, student at MHS. In the fall of 1991 and 1992, Pape went to day,” senior Kelsey Craw- which is the highest award ford said. possible. the performed in Pops. Dheepthi Perumal Entertainment Editor

Above: Students part of “Blue M” at MHS layout pictures on their publication at the Kansas State Fair. The results have not been announced yet for the competition. Right: Members of Pops Choir perform at the Kansas State Fair. Pops choir along with Varsity choir sang a total of 10 pieces on the opening day. Courtesy Photos


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Arctic Monkey’s “AM” proves entertaining all times of the day Alan Brown

Californianization. It happens to Brits, too. In their new album, “AM,” lead singer Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys have ventured into new territory. They’ve shifted away from their signature sound, indie rock influenced by British

nightlife, instead choosing to experiment with elements from classic rock ‘n’ roll to hip hop. The album proves to not only be consistent from start to finish, but its fresh style is pleasing as well. When the news broke that the British band was planning to record in Los Angeles, suspicion grew that they were up to something new. The city, which Turner once described as being “built on rock ‘n’ roll,” has certainly made its mark upon the band. Throughout the album, influences from past and current American musicians are present. The track “Arabella,” for example, features rock riffs with similarities from bands The White Stripes and The Black

Keys. The band has also admitted that hip hop star Dr. Dre, a native to California,

had a major impact on the album as well. Similarities are most prevalent in “Why’d

You Only Call Me When You’re High.” “Do I Wanna Know?” the lead single for “AM,” opens the album in typical Arctic Monkeys fashion. It’s the spooky mid-

night beat that drives the song forward, and Turner’s intense vocals that pilot it. “R U Mine?,” “Arabella,” and “I

Want It All” feature the band flexing their rock ‘n’ roll muscles, and they are some of their most hard rocking tunes to date. For the rest of the album, however, the tempo takes an abrupt turn and the songs become more tranquil. The soothing flow of “Party Anthem” and “Mad Sounds” is quite relaxing. “One for The Road” and “I Wanna Be Yours” are other key tracks. “AM” should be considered one of the top rock albums of 2013. Turner continues to use his unconventional lyrics successfully. The band’s instrumentals have been taken to another level, combining elements from multiple aspects of mu-

sic into their melting pot. Turner’s originally harsh Northern English accented vocals has transformed into a much calmer, clearer voice, providing a pleasant complement to the album’s steady beats. It doesn’t hurt to have strong backing vocals, too, as fellow band mates occasionally take center stage and provide a nice change of pace. Overall, the album is nothing short of a piece of genius. For a fanbase that suspected the band were on the decline since the turn of the decade, “AM” should serve as a sign that brighter days are indeed ahead. They can thank the California sunshine for that.

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Siblings team up one final time Michael Melgares Assistant Sports Editor Ever get on your sibling’s nerves? Do they get on yours? When you’re around them for too long do they start to annoy you? While this may be true for some siblings, brothers J.T., Matt and Ben Turnley, who are all members of the soccer team this year, have made it work. This trio of brothers has joined forces together on the same sports team this year for only the second time ever in their brotherhood. The first time was in an indoor soccer tournament when they were younger. “Me and Ben have always played on the same team but this is really one of the first times we’ve played with all three of us,” sophomore Matt Turnley said. Ben and Matt, both sophomores, have been playing on the same city traveling team, the Manhattan Fury, together ever since they were little.

Their older brother, J.T., says this helps to generate good chemistry between his younger siblings on the soccer pitch. “Since they [Matt and Ben] played on the same team since they were really little, I think they have good chemistry together,” he said. And as for how he fits in with his younger brothers’ chemistry on the field, J.T. is able to adjust to his siblings’ playing style. “I’ve seen them play; it takes a little bit of getting used to actually playing on the field and getting that chemistry down,” he said. Although they play well together on the field, they do, as any siblings would, get competitive with each other at times. However, this competitiveness between brothers does not result in nuggies and wet-willies in the middle of practice; rather it pushes them to better themselves and each other. “It’s a team sport,” J.T. said. “Sometimes you’re working with them against other people, it’s a little bit different but

I think we get a little bit competitive.” J.T.’s younger brothers agree. “It’s like you always have a competitor and you are always trying to beat him,” Ben said. “I think so,” Matt said, “especially with J.T. being older than us you see all the stuff that he’s done and you kind of have to try to match up with that and live up to that.” Playing on the same team for the Turnleys is reassuring. However, knowing that they have each got each other’s backs at all times. “He’s always been there,” Ben said With the oldest of the three, J.T., graduating next year, the brothers are not taking for granted their rare opportunity to play together this year. “It’s pretty cool that with J.T. going to college next year that we’re all playing on the same team for one of the last times,” Matt said. The Turnley brothers huddle after soccer practice. The three brothers play together on the MHS soccer team. Michael Melgares, Photographer

Heart set on OSU

Clem excels at Society of Invertebrate over summer

In the land of purple, she shines in orange. Senior Madi Fellers has wanted to go to Oklahoma State for as long as she can remember. Her father and uncle both graduated from the university, allowing her dream to become that much more real. Growing up, she attended all of the OSU events and “dreamed of being apart of homecoming one day.” “I have a lot of family down there, so I’ve grown up there [Stillwater, Okla.] just as much as I have here [Manhattan],” Fellers said. Fellers has lived in Manhattan since she was three. And she has heard just about every joke in the book for her OSU fandom. “Everyone always gives me a hard time and when I go to stuff in Stillwater they're like ‘What? Don't you live in Manhattan?’ It’s funny the reactions people give me.” Still, Fellers stands proud

in her orange. “On the day of the first KState football game this year everyone had purple on and I wore my OSU football dress. I was like ‘OSU plays on Saturday.’” Although Fellers sports her orange, she recognizes the fact that Manhattan is her home, and it has even put a little purple pride in her. The Fellers family are KState season ticket holders and attend just about every game they can. “I’ll cheer for K-State, but whenever OSU and K-State play each other, I cheer for my team. But K-State will always be in my heart,” she said. “This is my home and where I have grown up. It’s nice knowing it will always be here and I’ll probably miss going to K-State games.” Fellers even expects she’ll post a Powercat in her dorm room at OSU. “Some people give me grief for going to another Big 12 school, but OSU is as close to me as KSU is to everyone here.”

With two parents who are biologists, Stian Clem has always been involved in science. “I became interested in [science] because both my parents are biology professors so I was just brought up with it,” Clem said. Clem has taken most of the advanced science classes at Manhattan High, including AP physics, AP chemistry, genetics and anatomy. He has also done extensive research on his own, which earned him a national award this summer. Clem earned honorable mention on his poster titled “Characterization of the Role of Baculovirus Sulfhydryl Oxidases in Virion Morphogenesis” at the meeting of the Society of Invertebrate in Pittsburgh on August 14. Only five other people out of 24 were recognized.

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keep them safe.” Screenings help detect warning signs that a person may be dangerous to themselves. Though these risks do not always result in suicide, there are several signs that a person may be at risk of committing suicide, such as feelings of being trapped by physiological pain, researching or talking about self-harm, or expressing thoughts that life is hopeless. Drug and alcohol abuse can also be a red flag for someone who may be thinking about suicide. “I think that as a young person, the best thing you can do is let a caring adult know. Be encouraging, sweet, and kind of course, but to make sure that you let a caring adult know, so that student gets the help they really need,” Cohen said. “When in doubt, ask for help.” Suicidal thoughts, or selfharming actions have never been ‘just a phase’ in some young peoples lives. Suicide is preventable, and students at MHS (schools everywhere for that matter) should know that keeping these feelings a secret will never make them going away. As Manhattan school counselors have said, tell someone that you’re feeling this way. Don’t write yourself off as a nobody who wouldn’t be missed. There are people who are always willing to listen to you, and who will help you fight your battle, but you need to trust them. It is important that anyone feeling this way, or anyone who suspects that someone feels this way contacts a trusted adult. If you are having suicidal or self harming thoughts, there is also a line, open 24 hours everyday, that you can call. The number for the National Suicide prevention lifeline is 800-273-8255. Make the call, at the very least, and talk with someone. Everyday you have a chance to do something wonderful. Seize this day, and give the world your wonders.

better athletes. They take what they've learned and what they've seen in themselves and the other athletes and really make Special Olympics a fun and positive thing.” Teammates help each other improve their game and urge each other on with encouraging words and supportive claps. "It's nice watching people with different personalities play,” Tracy Schoonover said. “Oh trust me,” Josh Medicinebird said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

FFA continued from page 1 Lundin likes best. “I’m looking forward to the convention, especially since I went last year,” she said. Lundin likes the judging competitions and FFA activities. Currently, the chapter is taking orders for new FFA jackets with the deadline to be announced. Its annual fruit sales fundraiser kicks off in a few weeks.

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for each school. Due to grass allergies one of the Manhattan players was unable to compete, which left the team in a bind. They eventually had to borrow a player from Topeka High. Both teams head to tournaments today. The J.V. will play at Salina Central and the varsity will play here.

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When it was time to start applying to colleges, Fellers tried to keep an open mind. She visited K-State and looked at some other

schools, but none of them felt right. “I got something in the mail from OSU one day and I started crying. I told my mom ‘I just want to go to OSU!’ and my mom was like ‘That right there shows that’s where you need to be,’” Fellers said. “And then I went and visited, I've been there 100 times, but when I looked at it like ‘Are you going to college here?’ it just felt right. I didn't have that with KState.”

Madi Fellers shows her excitement after being accepted to Oklahoma State University. Courtesy Photos

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“I was in shock for the most part,” Clem said of his award. “It was really surprising. I was just really happy to have gotten anything.” He began conducting research in January 2013 at Kansas State University, where both of his parents are biology professors. In his research he mutated a virus and switched genes from another virus to see how it would react. Throughout the months he was researching he went in a few times a week after school, usually for a couple hours. Ironically, Clem doesn’t plan on going into science. Instead, he wants to major in mathematics. “After college I don’t have any solid plans, I’ll just play it by ear,” Clem said. “I’m interested in science as well, but i just wanted the experience of working in a lab and it taught me a lot about the scientific method and process.”

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“I had a good drive but then I just loafed my iron shot to the left and she hit hers onto the green,” Devane said. Devane lost by one stroke on that hole to finish third. The team finished first with a score of 178, led by Kylie McCarthy and Devane, who each shot 40, not including the playoff. Following them was junior Kelsey McCarthy who took eighth after shooting 46 and senior Cassidy Harper who shot 52. “Cassidy’s score helped. It’s the first time she’s contributed to the team score so that’s good even though I know she’s capable of getting even better than that,” head coach Chris George said. The team showed improvement from its first meet after they spent the week of practice working on their short shots and making good decisions on the course. “We worked on taking shots we know will better our score instead of taking risky shots,” Devane said. “Just playing smart.” The team plans to work on their consistency by not having bad holes that hurt their score. They will travel to Lawrence for their next tournament on Tuesday. “It’s one of the bigger tournaments we go to and it’s a tougher course. It’s always a challenge to play there but if we focus and play well then we can compete with a lot of the schools that are there,” Devane said.

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MHS takes bite out of new Apple products Apple annouced this past week that their new products, the 5c and 5s, will be released on Sept. 21.

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Connor Bliss Features Editor You have been using iOS since the birth of iPhones and iPod touches, and it hasn’t changed much since it’s conception. It’s always been a nice warm 73 degrees and there has always been a sunflower. But now, stuff is really changing, and it’s not just some new required apps. Apple is moving away from their tactile design of the green felt and real world objects to flat design. Junior Bryan Poyser has been using the beta of iOS 7 for around four months. “I don’t miss anything,” Poyser said about the old operating system. “My favorite thing is the ability to do everything by swiping up.” By swiping, almost all necessity settings are available: airplane mode, wifi, portrait lock, do not disturb, volume, brightness clock and camera. Poyer also said he feels too used to the new system to go back. iOS 7 will be available to the public on the 18. While Apple might be revolutionizing the software side of things, it is also making strides in the hardware side. Last Tuesday Apple announced not one but two iPhones: the iPhone 5c and 5s. While the 5s is innovating the 5c is only a colorful plastic iPhone 5 aimed at the Chinese market. The iPhone 5s is moving forward with a finger scanner and camera with two flashes one warm and one cool for white balance. This presents a buyers dilemma: which do you get, the cheap, colorful plastic one or the expensive one with all the new features? This page represents all things iPhone from the new features to what you actually think about the new and the old products.

5s fans

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98 MHS students were surveyed about their new iPhone preferences.

What type of phone do you have?

98 MHS students were surveyed on their phone preferences and current phone status. The following displays the different types of phones students in Manhattan High have.

Graphic by Tracy Le Apple announced that on Sept. 21, they will release two new products; the iPhone 5c and 5s. The 5c is very similar to the current iPhone 5, but the 5s has a lot of new features and upgrades. Some of the new perks to the phone are shown below.


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The back camera has bigger pixels along with a warm and cool flash for a sharper image. The camera has the capability of taking 120 frames of video per second.

The finger scanner is an inventive way to lock and unlock the phone. It will also allows the user to pay bills or make online purchases.



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The first phone to have a 64 bit processer that is able to run applications that require higher RAM.


Parallax is a new feature that gives the sense of the apps moving as the user moves the phone back and forth and up and down.


When the user swipes their finger upward, they will be able to acess all of the phone’s settings.


The music app has a built in radio setting, that is similar to Pandora or Spotify.

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