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Issue 2 | October 11, 2011
Behind the scenes of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors
Elizabeth Moran Features Editor
The makings of a musical
“Feed me, Seymour! Feeeed me!” demands Audrey II, the alien plant that will be the center of attention on the MN stage this fall. The story of Little Shop of Horrors is based on an amateur botanist named Seymour (played by junior Cole Edick) who works in a flower shop in a poor part of town. He finds an alien
Clayton Annan Staff Writer
a total of four puppets. The puppet ranges from the size of a hand to the size of an arm, a teacher’s desk and finally a grand piano. The puppeteers are senior Alex Melo, Edick, senior Marti Vaughan, and junior Lauren Mallot. “Not many people have puppetry experience. We had to look at size of the people, height, weight, and strength because it takes physical ability to operate,” Dugdale said. T h e plant is
The first order of business is finding a musical that students are going to enjoy thoroughly. Choosing a musical is one thing, but purchasing one is another. The companies that own the rights to all of the musicals purchase them from the people who write them or from the estates of the people who have written them. The companies offer rights to high schools or community theatres or touring groups. However, they put certain stipulations on the musicals. Companies won’t allow high schools, touring groups or community theatres to perform the same musical within a certain time period and mile-radius to prevent the forming of rivalry.
Before choosing a musical, Dugdale asks himself whether or not he has the singers that can perform complex pieces and whether or not he has the personnel that can pull a musical off. “Just because you’re a senior or a junior doesn’t mean you’re going to get the leads,” Dugdale said. “I take all of my students into consideration for the lead parts.” Other individuals that contribute to the overall performance of each musical are the choreographer who teaches each student every dance move in precision and the pit director who leads the band in unity. “Mrs. [Debbie] Martinez is our pit director,” Dugdale said. “We’ve got a really cool pit this year that is an awesome rock band. Debby Massie is the choreographer.”
Tech students play a major role in theatrical productions. They produce a majority of the set and prepare countless backdrops in a timely manner. “Tech students should have the ability to meet deadlines and move at a steady pace while still maintaining a fun working environment, senior and crew chief Tommy Hanlon said. Theatrical production students are expected to put forth their best efforts and be on time to rehearsals. “Musicals are just like sports,” Hanlon said. “Every sport has countless practices, whereas musicals have countless rehearsals. Everyone involved in musicals is required to show up to every rehearsal.” Not only do theatrical production students prepare sets, but they also control and manage sound and lighting effects to enhance the overall performance of musicals.
Illustration by Kelly Bast
Get your calculator out to solve the math problem of the weeks special addition.
plant t h a t attracts business and fame to the shop. Seymour ends up feeding Audrey II blood and people in order for it to stay alive and grow. “I can’t wait for the audience to see the plant puppet. The reaction of their faces is my favorite part,” musical director Scott Dugdale, who has directed this musical three times, said. Audrey II is made up of
made up of cloth, some metal, and synthetic material for the warts and spores. It is rented straight from Broadway in New York for only 14 days, leaving the puppeteers in a time crunch. “It’s scary that we only get the plant for a couple of weeks before the show. At this point, we only have a general idea, not how our individual puppets will work,” Vaughan said. For now, the puppeteers imitate movements to the sound of the plant’s singing voice, played by senior Laura Bruening. “The set is going to be cool
once it’s done. We’re raising the stage floor a foot and a half. One of the biggest obstacles is getting the whole set together so the actors know what area is the workable area,” Dugdale said. The theatre production rehearses every day for one to two hours, creating the set and practicing lines. When the plant arrives two weeks before the musical’s opening night on Oct. 27, they will work with the puppet that costs a whopping $20,000 to replace if damaged. The bloodthirsty plant not only has the ability to dance, talk, and sing but the fourth plant eats three whole actors during the musical. There is an opening in the back that allows the actors to slide right down its throat. “I’m most excited for the tapping stems in the musical. My feet a r e inside t h e stems of t h e plant, and I can tap them which looks cool,” Vaughan said. With 95 percent of the musical matching the original movie from 1986, it is important for the small cast and crew of 30 on stage actors and 30 backstage techies to create a set that is similar to the movie. “We have a very committed cast, but one of the biggest challenges is to grasp what we’re going for. We have great ideas, but it’ll be hard to make it all happen. All we can do is do our best and be the best,” Edick said.
Little Shop of Horrors will be performed October 27, 28, and 29 at 7 p.m. and the 30 at 2 p.m. Ticket sales start October 13. Adult tickets are $10, fifth grade and under are $5.
Junior Miranda Knutson paints MN classmates for her IB art project.
Check out alternatives to typical Halloween plans.
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An upwards of 80 political parties are competing in the Tunisian elections, to be held Oct. 23. As the first elections since the January revolution and the toppling of 23 year reign of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, these ballots will elect an assembly to draft a new constitution.
Between 28 and 37 cents have been added to the minimum wage rates of Washington, Colorado, Ohio, Montana, and Oregon. At $9.04, Washington is to be the first state in the U.S. with over $9 per hour. Similar hikes are expected in Arizona, Florida, and Vermont.
In an effort to clean up dirty dancing at school dances, the Lincoln Southeast High School administration enacted a ban on “dirty dancing.” Among the now illegal dance moves are “freaking,” “juke dancing,” and “grinding,” as per the letters recently mailed to parents.
The end of first quarter is Oct. 11. Conferences will be scheduled for Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m; consequently, there will be no school from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14. The next days off of school for students will be during Thanksgiving break spanning from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25.
Bonds and ballots:
District bond issue may distribute money among schools
Elisha-Kim Desmangles Editor-in-Chief
The Millard Public Schools 2011 bond issue has been making headlines since the beginning of the school year. With numerous articles published about it and local news stations covering it, it will soon be time for voters to decide the fate of the bond issue. At 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, all registered voters in Millard will have turned in their ballot at the Election Commissioner’s office. Their individual decisions on that ballot will affect all Millard schools, as the bond, if passed, will provide $140.8 million to the district to distribute among the schools.
The monies will be used to improve the security and technology of Millard schools, as well as implementing energy-saving projects, building additions, and renovations. If the bond issue is passed, Millard North will receive $21.9 million, Millard South will receive $10.4 million, and Millard West will receive $6.9 million to cover for these projects. The projects projected for Millard North include connecting the two secondfloors of the school, a single entrance to the school to improve security measures, and a new lecture hall and training room. “[The bond issue] means improvement. It’ll provide
excellent facilities for our kids,” MN principal Brian Begley said. However the bond issue has proven to be controversial among some Millard homeowners. Bonds have to be paid off through property taxes, so when voters vote on a bond issue they are also voting for higher property taxes. In the case of the 2011 MPS bond issue, a homeowner of a $100,000 in Millard will pay $15 more a year in property taxes. “It’s controversial to some because it’s expensive. The board and the district are good stewards of tax payer monies. Our past bond projects have been completed on time and under budget, but those concerns are appreciated,”
Begley said. The bond issue would allow the district to remove facility needs payments from the general fund and instead, cover those payments with the bond. “The general fund would not be touched for capital improvements like roofing and other issues that won’t go away. The bond monies would take care of that. Our general fund can then be used to enhance educational programs like the Middle Years Program (MYP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB),” Begley said. Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 5, registered voters will receive mail-in ballots and vote on whether the bond will pass or not.
“Whether you’re for it or against it, I think you should vote. Voters shouldn’t be complacent about this issue. I strongly encourage all eligible Millard voters to vote
Whether you’re for it or against it, I think you should vote. Voters shouldn’t be complacent about this issue. I strongly encourage all eligible Millard voters to vote on this bond issue, even our students who are eligible.” Brian Begley Principal
on this bond issue, even our students who are eligible,” Begley said.
The mystery* behind the Mustangs student queries behind the addition of two new * Unraveling mascots at special MN events with security guard Janie Papp
Why did the school get new mascots? “[Our older mascot] Mighty has put in nine years of service, doing events and sporting events. He has begun to show his age and we were blessed to have the Mustang Booster Club to back us up.” Why did we get a girl mascot? “We got a female mascot because we needed a change, besides she is too cute. Her name is Missy.” What do you like about the new mascots? “Missy is just too cute. Big Blue is just plain handsome and their colors are bright and vibrant. “ Why do schools need mascots? “Not only do [mascots] represent school spirit, but also we represent the school district and keep it acknowledged in the community. Mascots are not just at school functions for spirit, we represent MN outside in the Omaha community. We do volunteer work, and Mighty has become one of the most popular mascots in Omaha. “ How have students reacted? “[There has been a] great response of kids asking about joining the mascot team. And the laughter of students when they are approached and interact with the mascots says it all. Mascoting is positive; we bring laughter and smiles.” Information compiled Justin Deffenbacher Infographic designed by Nithya Rajagopalan Photo by Jennifer Newton
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Research from UCLA scientists indicates that autistic mice display “remarkably similar” symptoms and behavior as autistic human beings. This suggests the distinct possibility of a new series of FDA-approved drugs finding success in human patients.
As per a statement released by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, the death toll from listeriosis infections linked to cantaloupes is projected to increase in coming months. Thus far, the outbreak has stricken over 78 people, claiming the lives of at least 13.
Special Edition Alert: Take a shot at solving this special edition of the MN Math Problem of the Week (Oct. 11 to 21). All solutions must be submitted to Mr. Harding in room 1132 by Friday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.
>> Human Interest
A move prompted excessive nuisance SMSbased telemarketing, India recently implemented a 100 text message per day cap on all mobile devices. In retaliation to this crackdown, many Indian teenagers are resorting to the purchase of multiple cell phones.
In an attempt to promote an interest in math and show atypical problems not usually covered in regular math classes, math teachers Aaron Harding, Tim Higgins, and Weylon White launched the“Math Problem of the Week” project.
All solutions must be submitted to Mr. Harding by a certain date for each week’s math problem. A certain number of raffle tickets for each right answer is determined based on the number of people that get the question correct that week. For instance, if only one person gets the question right, that person will get 16 raffle tickets; this is, therefore, an incentive not to share your answers.
Monthly prizes include UNO t-shirts, backpacks, and movie tickets. The semester grand prize is a TI-Nspire CX calculator.
Information compiled by Justin Deffenbacher Infographic design by Nithya Rajagopalan and James Geiger
The monthly raffle prizes include University of Nebraska at Omaha t-shirts, backpacks, movie tickets, and the grand semester prize, a $150 TI-Nspire CX calculator. Drawings are held at the end of each month and the grand prize drawings will be in December and May. Additionally, solving these problems will benefit students. “The problems show a side of mathematics not seen in a normal math class, allowing for creativity,” said Harding. “Math seen daily [in class] is not as fun or creative as these problems.”
New assistant coach Rohde proves to be a‘seamless fit’ onto the MN debate team Nithya Rajagopalan Editor-in-Chief
For years, many a member of the MN debate team would traverse down to the social studies department to seek the expertise of teacher Simon Rohde, hoping for even a small fraction of his insight into debate topics, questions, and resolutions. However, this year, students won’t need to venture far to happen upon Rohde’s advice. After numerous student requests and several meetings with head debate coach Chris Carroll, Rohde has now been appointed as the assistant debate coach. “Students in debate will seek out individuals, including teachers, who [have] expertise they value. Mr. Rohde is one of the teachers several of my debate team members were approaching,” Carroll said. However, Rohde is not an “expert” in the realm of debate in the traditional sense. In fact, Rohde garners his understanding of debate technique almost exclusively from his rather limited experience as a competitor
on his own high school team. Yet this being said, he also has a vast plethora of knowledge in the fields of history and politics, which will undoubtedly aid him in coaching his students. “I stay up to date on as many issues in the world as possible. [As] a social studies teacher, one of my goals is to teach students to be critical consumers of information and argument,” Rohde said. With this background knowledge, Rohde has already led the charge, compiling fundamental research on one of the team’s first policy debate topics, space exploration. “I am a policy debater [and] I think Mr. Rohde knows his information, is well organized, and is willing to do a lot of research for us. [Mr. Rohde and] Ms. Carroll work well together too,” senior Abhishek Jaddu said. Without question, Rohde has been well received onto the team by Carroll and her students alike. “All of the varsity members were very enthusiastic about his joining and about what he could add. Mr. Rohde fits
CAUGHT COACHING: Assistant debate coach Simon Rohde discusses the policy of debate at a team meeting on Oct. 4. While Rohde has no formal training in debate, he competed on his high school’s debate team. | Photo by Bridget van Beaumont seamlessly onto the team,” Carroll said. With high aspirations for this year’s competitive season, Rohde and Carroll will work together with the team in order to acquire as many breaks (advancements to quarter, semi, and final
rounds) as possible. “[So far,] I have enjoyed working with the students. They have some very creative ideas and I look forward to seeing how they do. [My goal is] to make sure they are the best prepared consistent team,” Rohde said.
Chutes too narrow Nithya Rajagopalan Editor-in-Chief
The elephant in the room The media was in a downright frenzy. A slew of headlines, ranging from “Christie for President? Fat Chance” to “Christie may run (not literally) for presidency,” cascaded their way onto the printing presses and opinions blogs across the nation. What sparked it all? In early October, rumors reached a fever pitch that Republican Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, was considering throwing his hat to vie for the 2012 presidential candidacy. The catch? As those aforementioned headlines so slyly alluded, Christie isn’t exactly what one would call the poster child for Men’s Fitness magazine. In fact, in the words of the fierce Tyra Banks, Christie is indeed a full figured man. Plus-size. Voluptuous, if you will. Admittedly, Christie’s size was a gold mine for aspiring columnist or editorial cartoonist. But be that as it may, Christie’s competency to hold presidential office should have been measured exclusively on his political stances and his policies, not his per capita Big Mac consumption rate. First things first, let’s set a few things straight. Abraham Lincoln was depressed. Franklin D. Roosevelt was in a wheelchair. John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison’s disease. History clearly reveals that though many a renowned political figure has had some form of health condition or ailment, never in the past have these factors limited his jurisdiction or merit to govern the domestic and international policies of our country. Granted, obesity isn’t the same thing as depression, paralysis, or Addison’s disease. Many would retort that obesity displays a lack of discipline, resolve, and strength of character. Yet self-control is a characteristic far more difficult to measure than waist size, proving this to be a fallacious argument. Can we say that every model, actress, or athlete who embodies perfect physique has the strength of character to be the President? Of course not. Even more, obesity cannot certainly be attributed to either environmental and hereditary factors, or personal habits and will. As long as the issue continues to tread such murky waters, it cannot accurately be used to draw such conclusions about any individual. The line between personal and public issues of concern was undoubtedly blurred as pundits across America viciously attacked Christie’s weight for those weeks when his candidacy was still hazy. But that is, by no means, to say that political analysts shouldn’t have critiqued him at all. They could have given him a few points for his partisan stances on gun control, the environment, and illegal immigration. They could have downgraded him for his meager two years of political experience as New Jersey Governor. But they should not have lingered, for more than a moment’s time, on Christie’s size as a determining factor in his political prowess. The bottom line is, we should not hold our political leaders to the same standards at which we hold our athletic trainers or medical professionals. Besides, how we can we strive to be an accepting and tolerant society if we attribute so much clout in the size and shape of someone who was once a possible candidate? And who knows? Perhaps it’s called the Oval Office for a reason, after all.
Makin’ the Case Casey Waughn Opinions Editor
Little Moments I am not a fan of country music, at all. But after hearing Little Moments by Brad Paisley, I became a semi-believer. The song is all about remembering little moments that made you smile or laugh and will stick with you forever. Taking time to remember little moments in life, whether it’s celebrating small victories like acing your first timed write, learning to ride a bike or bigger things like additions to your family, are needed to keep us grounded in the busy life of high school. Each year on Oct. 16, my family celebrates our own self-proclaimed holiday “Korea Day” where we celebrate the day that my brother came into our family. It was nearly 11p.m. on Oct. 16, 1998 at the Des Moines Airport. The rest of the airport was long since closed and we had spent the balance of the day at the airport encountering delay after delay. Parents, grandparents and children alike were antsy, pacing around the terminal and gates, checking monitors, anxiously awaiting the arrival of one airplane from Seoul, South Korea. The plane was carrying babies and infants being adopted through the Holt International adoption agency. Three families were about to be drastically changed, with new additions, forever. For me, this meant getting a five-month old little brother. When the hot pink plane finally surfaced on the runway, families rushed to the gate and were greeted by three young woman who had accompanied each baby over for the plane ride. The first time I saw my brother he was swaddled up in a blanket, wide awake. Little moments like the pink plane, biting my tongue, running up and down the gates playing paper airplanes with my dad and talking with other excited families will forever be ingrained into my memory. Each year my family relives this night together. Telling stories and reminiscing this night by pulling our pictures and sharing stories about how we made paper airplanes to pass the time throughout the delays allows us to always remember what this night meant to us, and allow him to know as well. No matter how busy we are as a family with sports and other activities, this is one night I can count on spending together. Our night together puts things in perspective and reminds me that in the crazy world of athletics and activities, time can always be carved out to spend with the people who mean the most to you. In the words of Brad Paisley, “yeah I live for little moments like that.”
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Big East switch a foul on tradition Nick Beaulieu Staff Writer
Tradition, a word representing the steeple of class, has graced collegiate sports from its earliest beginning. Classic matchups have occurred for years but due to conference realignment, traditional rivalries in college sports are dying and it’s bad for college sports. For the past two years, teams have been jumping conferences and shaking up the athletic outlook. The departure of Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East conference is a prime example of why tradition is fading. Although The Big East has
only been in existence for a little over 30 years, the teams belonging all have storied traditions dating back to the early 1900’s. When all the teams came together to create a basketball super conference, something special was made. The Big East has been the most powerful conference for college basketball for the past decade. A vast majority of the teams are always ranked in the top 25 as and many of them make the NCAA postseason tournament. This type of competition makes for very exciting in-conference play as well a great conference tournament. By abandoning the Big East, Pitt and Syracuse are ending one of the more beautiful contests in college sports. “The Battle at the Garden” or the
“I like football games because I’m around friends and we’re having a good time.”
Big East tournament, held in New York City will no longer be as exciting as before now that two of the powerhouses are gone. This tournament has delivered some of the greatest performances in NCAA basketball history, such as the thrilling six overtime game between Georgetown and Syracuse in 2009. Another traditional match up that will die includes Connecticut vs. Pitt. The two are the top Big East schools in winning percentage in the past decade and both teams have played in seven of the last 10 Big East conference championships. Despite Syracuse’s plans to play in New York as well as schedule games verse Big East opponents, it still won’t
compare to conference games that had a lot of significance to them. Although Pitt and Syracuse are severely weakening the Big East, they are strengthening the ACC to become a Super Conference. With the opportunity now present for Pitt and Syracuse to play basketball giants North Carolina and Duke, many exciting games will take place as well as a more interesting conference tournament. Despite how astonishing the ACC now looks with the additions of Pitt and Syracuse, traditions will be lost from the Big East. It will be sad to see the death of the Big East if the conference does not survive. Unfortunately the battle in the city that never sleeps might finally come to a rest.
“I like Halloween because it’s fun to dress up. I also love the weather and how it’s kind of cold and not freezing.”
Austin Graves, 10 “My favorite fall memory is Vala’s Pumpkin Patch because Vala’s has pumpkins and it’s just a good place for families to bond.”
What is your favorite fall memory?
Morissa Miller, 11 “My favorite memory is when I went to a War of Championship for soapbox derby and placed really well out of 500 people.”
John Adair, 12
Emily Coughlin, 9
Denouncing drinking: MN should frequent new alcohol testing policy Athira Jayan
Students are excited, nervous, and thrilled all at the same time for homecoming. They’ve spent hours working on their makeup and hair, buying the flowers and suit, and making sure the limousine picks them up on time. But as they stand in front of the school, waiting to enter, they find themselves asked to blow their breath into a device called an AlcoBlow, which is used to detect alcohol. Just recently, MN has decided to enforce an alcohol testing policy at randomly selected school events.
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Although it is a good idea to use AlcoBlow Wands at randomly selected school events, AlcoBlow Wands would be more effective if they were used at all school events instead of randomly selected ones. Although students may feel as though the AlcoBlow Wand policy is an invasion of privacy and a sign of mistrust, the policy is there in order to protect students. Students are on MN property when they come to school events. Thus, they have to follow the rules that are set up on school grounds and respect said rules. Not only that, but it is illegal to drink before the age of 21. No student should even be drinking in the first place.
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Enforcing the AlcoBlow policy more regularly also shows students and other schools that MN does not tolerate intoxication. It sends mixed messages to teens if schools denounce drinking, yet there is no alcohol testing at school events to make sure that students are following this policy. If AlcoBlow wands are used only at randomly selected events, the purpose of the wands seems to be catching teens that are drinking rather than preventing drinking. Conducting alcohol tests at every school event will cause students to be more cautious than if they were used at random events. Teens would be more willing to drink if they thought that there was a
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possible chance they could get away with it. According to the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) website, around 72 percent of teens have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school, and nearly 37 percent have done so by eighth grade. As students pop dozens of breath mints into their mouths, brush off the invisible piece of fuzz on their shirt, and try to hide their nervous palms, alcohol will be the last thing on their mind as they are quickly tested at the front door. Now students can enter the school and focus on more important things such as dancing or cheering for their favorite football players.
Clayton Annan Nick Beaulieu Alan Davis Justin Deffenbacher Elizabeth Graff Brent Griffiths Marin Hartfield Emily Hefeli Athira Jayan Jenna Pfingsten Sarah Cushman Brian Begley
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Too tough on turf: Addition of turf vital to MN Staff Editorial
Having a field turf surface is no longer a luxury, but a necessity due to safety, constant use and the need to cut back on continual costs at MN. History has a tendency to repeat itself with problems and responses to issues. This is proven in the community response to the turf portion of the $140.8 million bond issue package Millard residents will vote on later this month. Similar to 2005, the issue of installing artificial turf on the MN soccer field is receiving unnecessary, harsh criticism. In reality, having at least one turf surface at each high
school is no longer a luxury but a necessity that is vital to the success of school and community activities. A turf surface would not only be used for practice, but for all levels of soccer games and practices, and freshman, reserve and JV football as well. Non-athletes, such as band students and physical education classes, would also use the field regularly. With all of these groups currently using the existing surfaces at MN, there is no time for proper regrowth and reseeding for spring sport athletes, meaning that the fields never fully recover from one season to the next. Not
only is this unfair that these students get worse practice and playing conditions, but it is a safety hazard as well. The current state of the fields more closely resemble a mud pit than a usable surface for students. One wrong step in the mud and an athlete’s season, or even career, could be over with an injury. With turf, having a muddy surface is never an issue and getting holes or ruts that are common with grass is rare. With the addition of turf, mud, dirt, and other safety hazards such as holes would become nearly nonexistent. Many critics say that having turf in high school is a luxury, and
not a necessity, when this is not at all the case. Every high school in OPS has an artificial playing surface on their campus and all except one are field turf. Overall, the turf portion of the bond issue accounts for merely $3.2 million, a small fraction of the $140.8 million. Pending passing, only 30 cents per year of the increased property taxes would be from the turf, which is minute in the overall $15 increase. To currently maintain the fields, they must be watered, mowed, fertilized and reseeded. All of these current maintenance items cost money, and people must be paid to carry out these
tasks. Installing turf would make all of these additional costs vanish. With all of these benefits costing less than the price of a postage stamp, it would be foolish to vote against the bond
Having at least one turf surface at each high school is not longer a luxury but a necessity that is vital to the success of school and community activities.
issue simply because it includes field turf. The addition of turf will increase athlete safety and be beneficial for all participating in activities at MN.
T h e Sugar S m a c k d o w n Silent ignorance:
update What is Bullying policy needs harassment in schools. Emily Hefeli Although it isn’t ideal for the best public schools to confront issues shrouded by as much as homosexuality, Halloween Sexual orientation. Two controversy it’s important to point out that as administrators, it’s far eight syllables, and candy? words, more important to protect 17 letters. When viewed
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separately, these words come across as irrelevant to most young people. Yet, when placed side-by-side, they morph into a social issue that has constructed countless barriers within our own society. With all of the recent progress in America’s acceptance of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning) citizens, it’s unacceptable for many of the country’s public school systems to continue lagging behind with policies that don’t include LGBTQ rights. In an article published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (or AFSP) 61 percent of students have said they know someone who has been called gay or lesbian. While name-calling seems like harmless juvenile behavior, its effects can reach beyond school hallways. In the same article, almost a quarter of students who have been harassed by someone who perceived him or her to be gay or lesbian reported to having attempted suicide in the past year. A number that is three times the rate reported by their peers. Consider the case of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who took his own life last month after being tormented by peers about his sexual orientation. Although most of the responsibility for tragedies like this is attributed to bullies, administrative interference, or the lack thereof, also plays a key role in LGBTQ
the integrity and well being of each and every student, rather than to leave room for bullying to get out of hand, as it did with Rodemeyer. In the same AFSP study, students from schools with an inclusive policy (which protects LGBTQ students as well as other groups) have reported feeling safer at school (54 percent versus
By not matching the world’s social progress, schools are condoning a harmful climate where ignorance is only met with silence and objective opinions.
36 percent) than in schools without a similar policy. This figure reciprocates a school climate survey conducted by The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Networks (GLSEN) where approximately 61 percent of LGBT youth have reported feeling unsafe in their school environments. For a system that operates around the safety and wellbeing of its students, inclusive policies shouldn’t be a matter of discussion. The purpose of school is to educate children so they can grow to thrive in the world. By not matching the world’s social progress, schools are condoning a harmful climate where ignorance is only met with silence and objective opinions.
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The Five Finger
Photo Illustration by Bridget van Beaumont
MN students talk about the temptations of theft
Emily Seymour Sports Editor
Sydney Livingston* lost track of the number of times she has shoplifted. This serial shoplifter stole everything from clothes to make-up, feeling no guilt as she snuck items out of stores and into her possession. “I [stole] at first because we needed stuff and didn’t have money for it. Eventually, I had a job, but I had too big of a problem and didn’t want to pay for it. It was the best of both worlds because I still had money and got what I wanted,” Livingston said. Starting as a casual occurrence with friends, Livingston’s shoplifting habit soon spiraled into an addiction. “[Friends] influenced me to start it, but didn’t influence me to continue,” Livingston said. “It feels good to have new stuff.” Livingston’s shoplifting addiction continued, as she constantly stole without being caught. Even with money,
Livingston and many others still gain their trust and prove your shoplift, knowing that there is responsibility is gone and you a slim chance they will ever get have to start over.” caught. While Livingston’s “[Shoplifters] believe they shoplifting experience can get away with it and it is a ended when she faced legal challenge. They punishment, many others stop would rather spend money on something else,” Resource Officer John Martinez said. While on a shopping outing with a friend, Livingston attempted to shoplift. Unlike her other endeavors, however, Livingston got Sydney Livingston* caught. Livingston faced the consequences of shoplifting for personal reasons. her actions and entered the Martin Montgomery’s* first diversion program after being and last shoplifting experience given a $300 fine and countless occurred at his local grocery hours of community service. store. “I stopped stealing because “I was thirsty and was buying it’s not worth it,” Livingston something else and didn’t said. “It’s an intense crime and have enough extra for a pop,” you lose [your parent’s] trust. Montgomery said. “There are Everything you worked for to much bigger problems in the
I stopped stealing because it’s not worth it. It’s an intense crime and you lose [your parent’s] trust. Everything you worked for to gain their trust and prove your responsibility is gone and you have to start over.”
world than shoplifting. Us kids in West Omaha have enough money than to go shoplifting petty items.” Other students, however, have a much different viewpoint on stealing. For Cassie Baker*, shoplifting items goes against her moral standards. “I don’t shoplift because it’s just dumb,” Baker said. “I feel better knowing something I have is because I earned it rather than because I stole it.” The viewpoint is one echoed by many individuals. For some, the environment in which they were raised provides the foundation for the anti-shoplifting attitude. “I was raised to only expect what I earned. If I were to steal something I didn’t earn, I cannot appreciate it as much,” Gail Meyers* said. For Carlisle Roberts*, however, stealing is the norm. Roberts steals directly from his employer, a chain supermarket, without feeling any guilt or moral qualms.
“I have no problem with [stealing] but it depends from what store—a mom and pop store, that’s bad. Don’t take from little stores,” Roberts said. According to Roberts, the boredom and frustration associated with his job spurs on the stealing. Instead of stealing off the endless shelves stacked with a wide assortment of food, Roberts steals directly from backrooms of his employer. “What I take is never even registered. In a store that grosses 100k a month, it is nothing,” Roberts said. Even with businesses profiting vast amounts each month, the ramifications of individuals shoplifting affect everyone, even those detached from the shoplifting crime. “If you’re stealing from a store and if there are thousands of shoplifters, that affects the bottom line of business and raises the cost for everyone who purchases honestly,” Martinez said. *Name has been changed.
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Troubles of Theft:
Teens pocket merchandise, consumers feel the pinch Alan Davis Staff Writer
Security guards roam the aisles of a store while cameras patrol the area. Cashiers look upon suspicious customers as thieves, and they phone security in to question them. These are just some of the procedures that stores have in order to combat shoplifting, but often times, they are not enough to deter thieves. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention states that a large department store can spend millions of dollars on security and still manage to lose up to $2000 a day due to theft. Families also pay for shoplifters through increased prices at an estimated $400 per year. Teens are beginning to shoplift more and make up the largest shoplifting demographic in the United States. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, in 2006, teen shoplifting rates increased by 50 percent, and the National Crime Prevention Council says that 24 percent of apprehended shoplifters are teenagers, aged 13 to 17. This shows that teens find it increasingly acceptable to shoplift, and teens are beginning to steal even more. The National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition states
that 72 percent of teens say that their shoplifting acts are not premeditated, and 33 percent of teens say that, even when they’re caught, they will still continue to shoplift. Therefore, teens often decide to shoplift once they are in a store. They also are unaffected by the consequences of their actions.
kleptomania. According to the Shoplifting Treatment Center, drug addicts, who also became addicted to stealing, have described shoplifting as having similar effects as their drugs. Therefore, shoplifting shows its appeal through an adrenaline rush. Teens also shoplift because
You hope that the shoplifter won’t steal. You want the honesty at that particular moment to come forth, and there’s not much else that you can do.” Officer John Martinez Resource Officer
Shoplifting largely occurs due to peer pressure. People steal because of the high they get afterward. If they feel empowered, they will continue to steal. Many say that the high is the “true” reward and not the merchandise that they steal. To many people, this high sounds like a possible effect of kleptomania, a compulsive shoplifting disorder. However, only three percent of shoplifters actually suffer from
of the stressed economic times. According to the Centre of Retail Research, people are stealing in order to achieve the lifestyle they had before the recession. This can explain why teens take pricey items, such as jewelry and designer clothes. While people caught shoplifting are usually issued a fine and a warning, it is the ones who don’t get caught that truly hurt everyone. According to the National Crime Prevention
Council, 30 percent of stores that close are shut down due to shoplifting. For those businesses that don’t close, they are forced to pay for added security and lost merchandise through increased prices. There are not many solutions to the problems that shoplifting poses. Many stores already provide high security and train employees on how to deal with possible thieves. The way to stop shoplifting in its tracks is trusting that potential shoplifters will do the right thing and not steal. “You hope that the shoplifter won’t steal. You want the honesty at that particular moment to come forth, and there’s not much else that you can do,” Resource Officer John Martinez said. Throughout the years, the rate of teens choosing to steal has increased dramatically. Teens are now finding it more socially acceptable to shoplift from retail stores. Teens continue to be the largest group of shoplifters in the U.S. Many teens receive a bad connotation because of this. “A shoplifter is a thief, and I don’t think highly of thieves. Shoplifting is dishonest, and it affects all of us. It’s black and white, plain and simple,” Martinez said.
According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, $35 million worth of items is stolen everyday from stores. The MN Hoofbeat asked 120 students to provide their opinions about shoplifting. Have you ever shoplifted?
Do you know of someone who has shoplifted?
Do you think shoplifting is bad?
Survey conducted by Justin Deffenbacher Infographic design by Elisha-Kim Desmangles
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Painting protégé: Junior uses people as canvases Casey Waughn Opinions Editor
Walking down the halls, it is easy to stereotype a person based on outward appearance. The clothes they wear, their hairstyle, even who they’re walking with. However these outward appearances seldom reflect the personality of the individual. For her IB Art HL project, junior Miranda Knutson used students as canvases, painting on their bodies to show personality as an outward appearance. “We had to pick our own theme that we’ll stick to over the next two years for all 24 projects. My theme is extrication of the mind,” Knutson said. Over the course of a week, Knutson took eight students to her basement for her project titled “Exterior Idealisms of the Interior Core.” Knutson bought her own supplies including paints, brushes and poster board. She also used leaves, flowers and newspaper in creating her project. “This has been my favorite project I’ve done so far, but it was the most time consuming and costly. I’ve never really painted before, that’s why this project was fun,”Knutson said. For her project, Knutson initially chose to paint junior Brandon Manyara, and
seniors Mark Bai and Shikha Baishya to show diversity, but expanded her project to eight students. Although each person is masterfully created, Knutson doesn’t take time to plan out in detail what she wants each person to look like. “After I asked them about their heritage, backgrounds and interests, I would just sit down and sketch out what I wanted them to look like. I really would decide five minutes before I painted them. I just kind of wing it,” Knutson said. After briefly sketching her ideas, Knutson would sit the subject down on a chair and begin to paint the person, starting at the head and working her way down using brushes and her hands. “[The paint] was really cold and tingly. It kept cracking. Taking it off hurt like a BandAid being ripped off. A week later I was still finding chunks of paint in my ear,” junior Courtney Cain said. Once the person was painted, Knutson took about 50 to 100 pictures in various positions to capture her work. “My favorite was Brandon. I put a tribal influence into it. It was cultural heritage and tribal history. The graffiti was more a way that we see blacks. The word free on his lips shows equality and how
far we’ve come,” Knutson said. Junior Alex Allbery was also painted for Knutson’s project but instead of painting shapes and layers like the other seven people, Allbery was covered in words. “For me she wanted to use literature and turn me into an actual piece of literature and use writing to make me because I’m a writer,” Allbery said, “I loved knowing I was being turned into art and just that I was a canvas.” In order to capture the essence of her theme, Knutson painted herself. “I did myself so I could really do whatever I wanted. When you’re doing yourself, you can really do anything,” Knutson said. Though to the commoner Knutson’s art could simply look like high school students smothered in paint, the project contains much more meaning. “Most people are like ‘oh paint on me,’ I don’t think a lot of them get that it has purpose behind it,” Knutson said, “I really wanted [people] to think about the purpose which was to show the interior core on the outside. What if people actually looked like they who they are on the inside?”
HUMAN CANVAS: (Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Juniors Brandon Manyara, Alex Allbery, Miranda Knutson, and seniors Shikha Baishya and Kendrick Au were used as canvases for Knutson’s IB Art HL project. Her theme is “Exterior Idealisms of the Interior Core.” | Photos contributed by Miranda Knutson
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Senior brings the beat of Bollywood to Omaha From her basement, Eshita Singh teaches Indian dance classes Elizabeth Groth Entertainment Editor
The beats of Bollywood music float through the air as the rhythmic tapping of feet emerge from the senior Eshita Singh’s basement. There, a small group of students dance on a weekly basis to a melodic mixture of Bollywood and mainstream western music. They strive to master the skills of Bollywood dance. The experience of running an Indian dance studio is foreign to many students, but Singh runs one comfortably from her basement. “I used to teach my sister and my friend would teach her sister in a small group. We had other people who wanted to learn from us, so it just kept getting bigger,” Singh said. Before moving to America when she was six years old, Singh took a year of classical Indian dance in India. She relies on her background in classical Indian dance to provide the basic disciplines of dance to better her routines and teach her students. “In India, I took classical dance which helps you get the
rhythm, so I have a good sense of rhythm. But when I came here, I didn’t take any dance classes,” Singh said. Singh’s love of dance, and the lack of Bollywood dance classes in Omaha, prompted her to develop her own studio. “I have a passion for dance, but I didn’t have an interest in the classes in Omaha, so I decided to start my own,” Singh said. Singh teaches three different dance classes in her basement studio. These classes are based on age from four to six years, eight to twelve, and thirteen and above with an attendance at the studio of 12 or more students per week. Students pay $20 per month to learn Bollywood dance. Singh works alongside sophomore Tushita Shirvastav to make each class and dance as creative and worthwhile as possible. “The preparation is quite some work and it takes some time to choreograph the dance But it’s also fun to use your creativity and make new steps,” Shirvastav said. Choreography isn’t the only aspect of running a
dance studio that requires inspiration. Singh designs her own costumes to go with each dance number. “I design my costumes for every student. I draw it out and we go to stores like Justice or DEB and get sparkly stuff. For the boys, I draw out what I want their costumes to look like and I give it to their parents,” Singh said. This year, the costumes are closer to traditional Indian garb whereas in years prior the costumes have been
Indian than western and every year we have had more western costumes so it’s nice for a change. We are ordering them, and I am really excited,” Kashish Singh said. Singh doesn’t limit her studio to coaching her students with formal dance steps. She also instills in them a sense of accomplishment. “I love finishing the song and, when I perform, all the smiling faces I see when people recognize my efforts. It’s a good form of exercise and I like spending time with my friends and adding to my dance song c o l l e c t i o n ,” Kashish Singh said. S i n g h’s students work toward a dance recital at the studio called Rhythms of India. “I really love dancing with Eshita because we spend so much time together and we both like dancing together for Rhythms of India every year. It’s a fun time and a great experience,” Shirastav said.
I have a passion for dance, but I didn’t have an interest in the classes in Omaha, so I decided to start my own.” Eshita Singh Senior
more western influenced. Kashish Singh, Singh’s younger sister and student, age 12, is looking forward to receiving the new style of costume. “This year our costumes are Indian suits because most of our songs are more
Students surf Omaha’s concrete waves Marin Hartfield
“Cool” seems to be the key word in longboarding, the reason most people want to do it, or in many cases be seen doing it. Longboarding is the new fad. “Kids do it because it’s cool right now. Some kids call longboarding going somewhere and sitting down, they just want people to think they longboard,” senior Thien Chê said.
Junior Grant Buchanan feels a rush of adrenaline as he “surfs” the cement streets on his longboard. He reaches speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, a possible wipeout pushed to the back of his mind by the thrill he gets from flying down hills, and sliding around hairpin corners. Longboarding took a mere sixty years to make its’ way to Omaha from its birthplace in California, but once here, it immediately established itself in the free time of MN students, becoming popular in the summer of 2010. Thien Ché No one can pinpoint exactly who started Senior longboarding first in Omaha, but many of the now Chê and his brothers, The, serious longboarders at MN who graduated last year, and just knew they wanted to try Thinh a sophomore at MN, it. have all been longboarding “I was just always around for nearly three years, longboarding, my friends did and have been credited it, so I wanted to try, it seemed by many longboarders for pretty cool,” Buchanan said. introducing the sport at MN.
“The Chê brothers were the ones everyone saw doing it first, and after that everyone wanted to try it; they showed how progressive it could get,” Buchanan said. While the longboarding craze sees its’ peak in the summer, it has found a way to sneak its’ way into early fall with a competition that will be attracting longboarders from the Midwest, of all ages. Hummel Havoc will be at Hummel Park on Oct. 22nd, which is usually associated with anything but extreme sports. “Hummel Park is hard to find, but it’s perfect for the competition, right in the middle between Omaha and Iowa, and has great hills and turns,” Buchanan said. Buchanan, Thihn, and Thien will all be competing in a variety of events. Buchanan
Kids do it because it’s cool right now. Some kids call longboarding going somewhere and sitting down, they just want people to think they longboard.”
When I was 16...
will compete in the free ride and long distance push; Thien in the time trail, the slide, and big air; Thihn in the downhill and time trail. With both Chê brothers competing and expecting to do fairly well in the event, they are no longer competing just for the prize, but for brotherly bragging rights as well. “I just want to win something, downhill race is my best chance,” Thinh said. All three riders will be showcasing different styles that will benefit them in the events they are competing in. Style is the essence of longboarding, their autograph on the pavement, declaring who they are as a rider. “The Chê brothers are fluid with their moves, smooth and connecting, it makes them unique,” Buchanan said. Longboarding is a lifestyle. It affects how they spend their weekends, who they hang out with and what they talk about. A permanent staple or a quick lived phase, only time will tell, but for MN longboarders the moment is now.
I turned 16 in 1985. I drove a 1974 Oldsmobile Omega. My car got stuck on some ice and when I got out to push it, it crashed into a sign.
Gnome what I’m sayin’ Elizabeth Moran Features Editor
Root of the Matter Around this time of year, more than the autumn leaves are changing color. Hair color is in high demand as girls dye their hair darker to follow with the seasonal alteration. Leaves turn a brilliant red, orange, or yellow color while hair turn to an autumn brown or other shades of deep brow, Since I was a tiny tot, I’ve always loved my natural blonde hair. I’ve lived my whole life following the infamous phrase “blondes have more fun” until a few weeks ago. I was convinced to darken my hair on a whim, spontaneity at its finest. After the dye had already been applied, I was terrified. This hair color was a HUGE change to me. I was sprinting around the bathroom as my friend was trying to comfort my obvious doubts. I was forced to rip off the “Caution, Blonde Thinking” bumper sticker on the back of my red 1990 Beretta. I woke up the next morning wondering whose brown hair was in my hairbrush. It’s odd how hair color can really change things. The slight switch in pigment changes perception. I automatically feel smarter after switching to my cocoa bean brown color. A school friend exclaimed “You look so smart that I would actually come to you for advice now. Start your own Dr. Drew show.” Aside to the perception change, all people treat you differently. Previously, customers at my grocery store job would comment “dumb blonde ditz” when an item rang up at the wrong price (which by the way, I can’t control). Drivers assumed that I was an idiot because of my hair color. Others were surprised by my list of extracurriculars and scholarly grade point average. Stereotypes are so concrete in everyone’s minds. Blondes have the unfortunate stigma of being deemed unintelligent by some. However, there is no scientific evidence to support the view that blondes are less intelligent. Now instead of judgemental slurs, people assume it wasn’t my fault at work. It’s as if hair color really proves your count of brain cells. How can people really say that hair color, or skin color for that matter, constitutes intelligence levels? Hair color shouldn’t affect how people see you. It has nothing to do with personality or self worth; it’s only about the color. People may look different, but they are the exact same on the inside. In the end, whether blonde or brunette, I’m still the same other person, and everyone should see that too.
I participated in band, choir, cheer leading, basketball, volleyball, and drama. I was a stud at Pizza Hut! I was a great pizza maker. I attended a small school, where I loved to go to all the dances! Answer: Mrs. Betzold
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Just the right ‘ingredient’:
Midtown Crossing restaurant uses refined recipes to satisfy customers Jenna Pfingsten Staff Writer
The atmosphere is light and airy as I walk in. Hanging lights line the spacious room, and a vibrant chandelier hangs as the center of attention above both booths and tables. This is Ingredient restaurant, located in Midtown Crossing. Located within walking distance of the Mutual of Omaha and Kiewit buildings, Ingredient is a gourmet-casual restaurant that uses only the freshest products available. Ingredient attracts many young diners because it’s gourmet, yet quick and laidback. In the main dining area, counter tops line the perimeter of the room overlooking the street, and large windows allows for an escape from the typical restaurant scene. Tables and booths provide seating. Upon arrival, I ordered in a slightly unusual way. Rather than a waiter coming to my table and taking my order, I ordered at the counter and received a number to place at my table. I also filled my own drink at the fast food style soda fountain.
On Mondays, Ingredient has a special on any one topping pizza for only $5, as opposed to the regular $10.95. Taking advantage of this deal, I ordered a simple pepperoni pizza. The food was served within ten minutes and was still hot. My pizza was a large 10-inch with six slices, and enough to easily feed most couples. Judging on the pizza’s appearance, I was expecting a mix between New York style pizza and a slice of Little Caesar’s, but my first bite couldn’t be compared to either. It tasted natural, and the pizza sauce had a fresh tomato taste. It was easy to tell the chefs used only the freshest of products. The three cheese Italian blend was light brown and gooey. The crust was the way it’s supposed to be—crispy on the outside but doughy on the inside. The rest of the menu was focused on salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers. Aside from the more usual options such as Crispy Asian Salad and Blue-Jay Burger, there are many options for the more particular customer in the “create your own” section of the menu.
You can create your own salad, pizza, burger, or combo. Priced at a reasonable $8.95, Create Your Own Salad has numerous options to satisfy even the pickiest customer. You pick your greens, then choose up to five ingredients from a list of over 50 choices. You then pick a dressing and other options such as grilled chicken or salmon. One of the more atypical features of Ingredient is the no tipping policy. Instead, they urge you to do a philanthropic act such as giving to charity or saying hello to a stranger. The only negative aspect of my experience was the lack of interaction between server and diner. The only times I saw my server was when ordering and receiving my food. While some might see this positively, I enjoy someone checking if the food is satisfactory. Aside from the slight abnormality of my dining experience, the atmosphere of Ingredient was excellent and the food was even better. The combination of gourmet and casual dining, along with the more unique features of the restaurant, make Ingredient a one of a kind dining experience.
MIDTOWN MANIA: Located at 33rd Street and Farnam, Midtown Crossing is home to many restaurants, clothing stores, and apartments as well as a lush, green park area. Midtown Crossing is advertised as offering a more urbanized feeling of living to its residents. | Photos by Elizabeth Groth
Ghost legends linger at several Omaha locations Mystery Manor Where: 716 N 18th St When: 7:30pm-10pm How much: $10.00 per person
This house was built in 1887 as the home of William and Greta Hall. In 1929, William Hall lost all of his money in the stock market crash. Enraged, he chopped his wife’s body to pieces with an axe and buried her in a grave in the yard. The next week, Greta’s brother avenged Greta’s death, with the same axe putting William’s body with Greta’s. On Halloween, The brother’s body was found near the grave with the same axe.
Sources: http://www.mysterymanoromaha.org http://www.hauntin.gs http://www.hauntworld.com
The White House Apartments are modern apartment buildings that were once used as a hospital. Some residents who live on the first floor report seeing a woman in a long white gown walking through the hallway. Where: 1240 S 10th St When: Anytime How much: Free
White House Apartments
Hummel Park Where: 11808 John J. Pershing Dr When: Anytime How much: Free
This city park in Omaha was notorious for lynch mobs in the early 1900’s. The trees started to stoop over the road leading to Hummel Park due to the people hung from the branches. Now, the new trees lean over the entrance of the park. Also, cult activity is rumored to take place in the park in the day time.
Information gathered by Elizabeth Graff Photos by Jennifer Newton and Elizabeth Groth
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Senior cross country runner returns after seizure scare
FINAL KICK: Senior Jeff Yau strides out at the Millard West Invite as fellow teammates trail close behind. On Sept. 17, Yau suffered a seizure shortly after crossing the finish line of during the Heartland Classic at the Iowa State Cross Country Course in Ames, Iowa, but returned to running the following Wednesday. | Photo by Courtney Cain
Emily Seymour Sports Editor
Senior Jeff Yau sprinted across the finish line in Ames, Iowa on Sept. 17. With a time of 17 minutes, Yau’s 5K race earned him 56th place overall in the Heartland Classic at the Iowa State Cross Country Course, a race that featured 27 teams from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota.
“I tried to go as hard as I could all three miles. I liked the race because it was just a kick the last 800 [meters] and I liked my time,” Yau said. However, after Yau crossed the finish line, the best race of his life spiraled into his worst race. After taking two steps and drinking a sip of water, Yau collapsed to the ground and blacked out. “It felt like a bad dream and I was just shaking, not wanting to die,” Yau said. “It felt like a normal race and normal effort. I tried to give 100 percent.” Iowa State University’s athletic training personnel immediately took action, performing CPR and, eventually, using an automated external defibrillator. However, Yau quickly began having a seizure. Meanwhile, fellow boys cross country members were finishing their race and saw Yau as they sprinted to the finish. The girls’ team, however, was completing a
cool down when they heard the news. “Coach [Knudson] came rushing over telling us that we needed to go to the team area right away. We weren’t really sure what was happening until one of the boys told us what happened and that he needed the AED,” senior Jessica Levinger said. Fear soon kicked in for teammates, as all many of them could do was watch. “I was super scared. Obviously, if an AED is needed, it’s a big thing,” Levinger said. “We didn’t know if he had responded to the AED or if he was conscious at all.” Yau was stabilized before being transported to the hospital via ambulance as a precautionary measure. As another provision, Yau was told not to run for a few days, before being cleared the following Wednesday. “I was really disappointed I couldn’t run after because I felt fine the next day,” Yau said. Throughout the whole
ordeal, Yau’s teammates stood by, hoping and praying that Yau would be okay. “I heard that Laura [Ney] cried for like half an hour after she heard I was unconscious. It means a lot to me that my teammates cared about me so much,” Yau said. The sentiments were not left in Ames, however, but were carried back home to Omaha. “The team became a lot closer. When you share an experience like this, you cherish each other’s presence a lot more and are more appreciative of each other,” Levinger said. The cross country team’s closeness became more apparent after the experience to both runners and coaches alike. “Our varsity kids are a pretty tight knit group,” coach Terry Thielen said. “I’m sure that they were just hoping Jeff would get better, which he has. He’s back to his normal abnormal self.”
Hudl up: MN grad develops new way to watch game film Brent Griffiths Staff Writer
Gathered around various tables at lunch, MN varsity football players on defense dissect their upcoming opponent’s offense. Yet, this simple gathering is a departure from the typical film room for football teams. No longer is watching game film a complicated process where coaches have just one tape or players need to be in school to see the game film. Hudl, a computer program developed by MN alum David Graff, gives both coaches and players greater access to game film than ever before. This gives them more opportunities to make game plans and adjustments, increasing the likelihood of a win on Friday nights. “With Hudl, each coach has his/her own account, and they can do their work from any computer with internet access. Instead of wasting time on Saturday waiting for their turn on the computer, they can be sitting in the comfort of
their own home watching T.V. as they get their work done,” Graff said. Graff developed the program while working in the sports information department at the UNL under then head coach Bill Callahan. There, he noticed some problems in how film was being managed by the team. “I was able to see some of the pain points and inefficiencies they had with their existing processes. They didn’t have a great way to share that video out with coaches and players when they left the facility,” Graff said. Many players also enjoy the ability to access game film through Hudl based on their schedule. “It’s easy access to all the games as you can get on [Hudl] if you’re bored or in class,” senior Joe Dugan said. Hudl allows coaches to cut hours of film into small impactful clips. This lets players see firsthand the schemes and plays upcoming teams will use. “Overall, it’s really
beneficial to our defense. We can see our opponent before the game and prepare. It gives us a good visual on our offense,” junior Nick DeLuca said. While players mainly use Hudl to prepare for upcoming games, coaches use game film to reflect on past games and improvements that can be made. Then, players can see what adjustments need to be made. “The kids can learn a lot from watching film. They can see plays—good or bad— now,” Petito said. As the players shuffle out of the room, they leave equipped with insight that may prove vital during the game. This insight allows each player, and ultimately the team, to gain an extra edge. “The extra time spent watching opponent video gives players and coaches an added level of familiarity and comfort that translates into wins on Friday night. As of last season, we had over 50 state champions across the nation,” Graff said.
The Big Picture
PERFECT PLACEMENT: Junior Nick Roth steadies the football as junior Andy Bayne attempts the extra point in the homecoming game against Bellevue West. Bayne successfully completed each of his five extra points during the game. | Photo by Courtney Cain
Step 1. Do your routine, whatever it is, like slapping the ball, basically showing the ball who’s boss.
Step 2. Toss the ball out in front of your hitting arm and smack it as hard as you can like it’s nobody’s business.
Step 3. The key to hitting the ball hard is to think of something you hate. I always think of Morgan Thompson.
Step 4. Make sure the ball goes where the coach tells you to serve it. Aim for the person’s face you’re serving at. Now you’re a pro!
Photos by Kelly Kuwitzky
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Not so solo sport:
Sip on that haterade
Trish’s Troop cheers on tennis, increases support
TRISH’S TROOP: Tennis coach Trish Faust chats with senior Keaton Moss during a match against Omaha Burke as Trish’s Troops cheers. The formation of Trish’s Troop increased tennis attendance. | Photo by Bridget van Beaumont Bridget van Beaumont Front Page Editor
Varsity tennis captain senior Keaton Moss backhands the florescent green ball over the net, into the court of a fierce Burke competitor. The crowd is buzzing with excitement, socializing and supporting as they watch the ball bounce back and forth between the two players. While this tennis match may sound like nothing out of the ordinary, what sets this game apart is the mass of students witnessing it.
In past tennis seasons, the bleachers looking upon the MN tennis courts have remained neglected and abandoned. A drastic change has occurred this year due to tennis team managers, senior Christopher Davidson and junior Alexis Maine’s efforts to boost attendance through ‘Trish’s Troops’. The ‘Troop’ is the tennis counterpart to MN basketball’s Bahe’s Brethren. It provides a regularly attending crowd of 10 to 20 students at varsity home matches. “Keaton Moss and [junior]
Jock Talk Maddie Hancock Softball 09
Rohan Khazanchi told us many times that we should stop by practice sometime, especially to check out the tennis prodigy, [junior] David Liu, so Alexis and I did. We came a few times, made friends with the team and Trish, the coach, and eventually became team managers. Keaton was the one who made the name “Trish’s Troops” and then we all tried to spread the word, like by making the group on Facebook,” Davidson said. For the first time in years the tennis players are being recognized and cheered on by
an actual crowd. Not only has the increase of students caught the attention of the MN tennis team, but has been noticed by other school’s teams as well. “We never had any students show up at all before Trish’s Troop, so there were basically only parents there. I did hear one awestruck Westside kid say ‘They even have fans’,” Moss said. Additionally, the student section has provided a warm welcome to MN’s new tennis coach Trish Faust. Having a student section gives Faust an opportunity to know the students and school that is an advocate to her team. “I’ve never have a student section, especially named for me, after 20 years of coaching at Westside,” Faust said, “I’ve only been here a semester and now I have an affiliation with MN.” Having student spectators amplifies the excitement and enthusiasm of winning matches like never before for everybody. The students’ presence provides another reason for the competitor to play their best. “Having a match is more exciting with the student section because you’re playing for more than just yourself. You don’t want to disappoint the people who took their time to come watch you. You realize that there is support and it really helps you perform better,” Moss said. As for next year, Trish’s Troop will be a continued legacy with a little enthusiasm, and a lot of support from underclassman. “There are some juniors and sophomores who are already in the troop, so I can rely on them to keep it going, also through the underclassmen on the tennis team,” Davidson said.
MN athletes share their interests in and out of the sports world.
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What is one thing you have to do on game day? Brush my teeth twice
We have to break it Show up early to down and dance in Get a mani/pedi get a good seat the locker rooms
I analyze my opponents
What activity should be added to the Olympics? Baseball
Fifa 12 on X-box
Practice is best when... We don’t have to run
We don’t run 3 When we’re on the I’m beating Coach Petito makes fun of down and backs in range aiming for K in Words with people 35 seconds 42 times the guy on the cart Friends
What’s the worst trend?
Guys and skinny jeans
Guys wearing girl sunglasses
When people tie the backs of their shirts
Emily Seymour Sports Editor
Fan frenzy I’m a fan of fans. Though obviously I would rather watch the game, the fans are sometimes just as enjoyable to observe. At any given sporting event, fans spanning every spectrum of support show up to support the team. The fair weather fans a.k.a. the bandwagoner. For anyone that went from loving the Chiefs to rooting for the Lions, this is your category. The fair weather fan follows the winning team or whichever team is the most popular at the time. Ask them about their favorite player in an given sport and they will respond with whoever is in the limelight the most. Loyalty and fair weather do not get along at all. Consistent, this fan is not. The fantasy team fan. To put it simply, this fan only cares about one thing: the success of their fantasy team. They could care less whether or not their home team loses, as long as the players on their fantasy team are triumphant. The success of a team that doesn’t even exist is clearly more important than the real teams. The “when the weather is nice” fans. You will see this fan all the time, that is if the weather is sunny and warm. Don’t be fooled by their heightened enthusiasm during a warm fall day, however. If a slight chance of precipitation or a cold front is predicted, this fan finds better things to do with his or her time. They are the literal “fair weather” fan; they don’t just don’t flip from team to team. The Debbie downer fan. Call them pessimists, cynics, Debbie downers, or whatever else comes to mind. Nothing can put a positive outlook into this fan’s mind. A 35 point lead? Nope, the team cannot possibly hold off the other team. A losing record? There is no way the team can win a game...ever. One injured player? Well, the whole team should just quit now. Nothing in the world can improve the ideology of this fan. The “Did you just see that?” fan. A perfect ball spiraled, landing in the arms of the open receiver located in the back of end zone. The play sends the whole crowd into a loud outburst of cheers. Your friend next to you turns and asks, “Did you just see that?” Of course I saw that nimrod; how could anyone miss a perfectly executed play like that? The “Did you just see that?” fan doesn’t know when to not ask questions. As one of the most obnoxious fans in the crowd, this individual will ask whether or not you witnessed the play…every single time. If you answer no just once, they will enter a long description, recounting every detail that just occurred on the playing field. A true winner if you despise being disturbed during the game. The die-hard fans. This is the true fan. Their team can be losing by a large margin while it is -50 degrees and blizzarding outside. Doesn’t matter. This fan will be standing amongst the crowd, avoiding getting frostbite in the Antarctica-like surrounding, rooting for their underdog team to make a comeback. Through the winning seasons and losing records, you can bet this fan will be there, likely dressed head to toe in team apparel or painted with team colors. There is nothing to stop this fan from attending the game, whether is be weather, team records, or other factors. For some of us, myself included, our category of fan is not listed. I consider myself a hybrid fan, a combination of multiple categories. There is no way I would ever bare a harsh blizzard to watch any team play, but I try to stay loyal. I hop on the bandwagon when I have no other team to cheer for, but I did just see that last play to win the game. It’s not about which type of fan you are, it’s about consistency.