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Say YEA to a new Council by Peter Olson staff reporter
Anoka-Hennepin ends its neutrality policy
The Youth Encouraging Awareness club (YEA) has promoted diversity in Mounds View High School for several years by planning events such as the Cultural Explosion, the Somalia Benefit Gala and Black History Month. It may soon hand over responsibility for planning and organizing these activities to another group. This week, YEA members approved the formation of the Diversity Council, a group that would be in charge of planning events previously sponsored by YEA. All that remains to officially create the group is for the Mounds View administration to approve the plan. The hope is that the Diversity Council will make planning for events more efficient. The Diversity Council plan won’t put YEA out of the picture. Rather, YEA and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) will both be subordinate to the Diversity Council. Each club will function as usual, but they will work together to organize big events. The Diversity Council will further elevate GSA’s stature. Currently, GSA is a subsidiary of YEA, which is a schoolsponsored activity. When the first GSA was proposed in 2005, there was a strong push back from the student body. The current GSA was formed last year with little resistance. “I think there was a lot of misunderstanding among some that it [GSA] was an attempt to influence students to leave one lifestyle and adopt another lifestyle,” said Principal Julie Wikelius, who was also the principal when the first GSA was proposed. “I don’t think there’s any concern
about that now.” The proposed Diversity Council plan will consist of eight officers and two to four representatives from each club and each grade. The position of officer is open to anyone, including those who aren’t in YEA. “We hope to get more diverse backgrounds in the Diversity Council,” said YEA President Kami Choi, 11. The process of running for officer will require completing an application. Once the application is approved, Mounds View’s entire student body will vote for who they
photo by Joy Xie
Cultural Explosion, shown above, is one of the many events that Diversity Council may organize if approved.
District offers retirement incentive by Nathaniel Nikoi and Sasha Safonov staff reporters The district has offered teachers nearing retirement an incentive plan to encourage them to retire this year. Only three Mounds View teachers are taking advantage of this plan, although more are qualified. The teachers may cash in their sick days up to a value of $25,000. “I have been pondering retirement, and would have gone parttime this year, so the district proposal was an encouragement,” said math teacher Charlotte Osborn. The other two Mounds View teachers chose not to reveal their names. Teachers who qualify are at least 55 with a minimum of 20 years teaching. John Ward, director of Human Resources and School Operations, said 15 teachers districtwide are using the incentive to retire. This proposal came about because of a shortage of money in the district. “We haven’t had money. The district was scraping by,” said John Ward, Director of Human Resources
want to be officers. “The student body will be more represented in the Diversity Council,” said Choi. “Their opinions will be heard.” GSA President John Voskresensky, 12, supports this plan. “It gives students the awesome opportunity to experience and interact with many cultures.” If the Diversity Council plan is approved, then it will start either at the end of this year or the beginning of the 2012-2013 year.
and School Operations. He said new teachers, who will be hired to replace the retiring teachers, cost less in wages and benefits. Next year, the $25,000 sum plus the cost of a new teacher could equal what the retired teacher would have cost, but in future years there will be savings. “We are spending money to save money,” said Ward. For example, he said, a teacher who has been here for at least 20 years may earn around $70,000 with $15,600 in benefits for family health insurance, a total of $85,600. A new hire would make around $37,000 and have a cheaper benefit package worth $12,900 for family health insurance, a total of $49,900. For participating teachers, this was great news. But this comes at the loss of beloved teachers, like Osborn. “School is going to be like a lightbulb without the light - Ms. Osborn is the best,” said Sola Olateju, 10. Students’ reactions to the incentive plan were mixed. Some were glad to open more opportunities to new teachers. “For most teachers this incentive
plan would be a good thing, because some teachers can adapt to changing times and others cannot,” Olateju said. “It might be harder for students in terms of how the new teachers would be teaching their classes, due to... [their] different teaching styles,” said Noble Koshy, 11. English teacher David Weinberg is retiring, although not under the incentive plan. He said, “It’s good to have new teacher bring all the latest technology and latest teaching techniques,but they lack experience, and you can’t teach experience.” Ward said in addition to the economic benefit, the district saw it as a benefit to teachers. “We were doing it because we thought we were in a financial position to do it,” said Ward, “and really it’s a way of saying thanks for their service.”
Layoff Plan Proposed by Maximillian Wang news editor A recent bill passed by the Minnesota House would modify the current seniority system established for teachers in Minnesota, where teachers that have been teaching for the fewest number of years are laid off first. The new system would rate teachers as “effective” or “ineffective,” so that if layoffs were to occur in a school district, “ineffective” teachers with the least seniority would lose their jobs first. The Mounds View Education Association (MVEA), Mounds View’s teacher union, is strongly opposed to this bill. Barb Kettering, the MVEA president, said, “I strongly believe that students benefit from more experienced teachers in ways that they do not benefit from inexperienced teachers.”
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Prescription drugs are a real danger
Things to Do During March Blizzards
Make an indoor snowman
Buy a palm tree online
Memorize all the lyrics of “Ice Ice Baby”
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Boost your immune system by running around outside
Re-learn the Soulja Boy dance Snuggle with Keshav Mangalick Channel your inner husky and nap in the snow
Enter a state of denial
Put Jimmy John’s to the test
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- Tristan Aschittino, David Gonzalez, Allison Hare, Selin Kurtoglu, David Liu, Nathaniel Nikoi, Peter Olson, Alexander Safanov, Adam Toninato, Matthew Voges, Mikaela Warner, Joy Xie
It is hard to watch the remorseful newscasts about Whitney Houston’s death and not feel a sense of déjà vu. Many major celebrities have been leaving well before their time: Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” dead at age 50 from intoxication of anesthetics; Heath Ledger, “The Joker” in the 2008 blockbuster, The Dark Knight, dead at age 28 from a deadly mix of prescription pain medications; Anna Nicole Smith, a famous model, dead at age 39 from a mix of sedatives and antidepressants. The frightful trend of high-profile deaths among celebrities from prescription drugs reflects a startling and quickly spreading epidemic of the abuse of prescription drugs among the general populace. And why not? These drugs are legal and cheap, and much more addictive than many illegal drugs. They are also much more dangerous. This inconsistency reflects the troubles in American drug policy, where a militaristic “War on Drugs” is being waged on a short list of illegal drugs instead of a more holistic policy to control all toxic substances. Prescription drugs are
the second most abused class of drugs, behind marijuana. According to a National Institute of Health survey, in 2009, 20% of the population had used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, and the rate is on the rise. The reason for the high usage
Adderall to stay awake to study for finals. A Hennepin County Medical Center study found that one in every four ADHD patients fake or exaggerate symptoms to obtain prescription drugs like Adderall. The DEA should shift its focus from marijuana to more dangerous drugs like Adderall and Oxycodone, while keeping pressure on more lethal drugs like cocaine and crystal meth. The DEA’s crackdown on marijuana has largely been ineffective. Though most students can name at least a few “druggies” in their school, the DEA is still having photos courtesy of MCT Campus trouble ending the epidemic. Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston A 2009 survey found that and Michael Jackson, all of whom 42% of all high school seniors had tried marijuana. About struggled with prescription drugs. half that number had smoked marijuana sometime in the rate is two-fold: prescription last month, constituting one in drugs are often perceived as every five students. safer than illegal drugs, and A better approach at since they are left in unlocked decreasing marijuana usage medicine cabinets, they are would be through education. easy to obtain. Tobacco usage dropped from Adderall in particular has 42 percent in 1960 to 20.8 become a problem on college percent by 2003 because campuses. In a recent article, of widespread education “Students faking ADHD to on the dangerous effects of get drugs”, the Star Tribune tobacco smoke, as well as a followed U of M student number of studies showing Christopher Meyer, who uses the side effects of smoking.
Government restrictions on where and when people can smoke also contributed to the decreasing rates. Decreasing the use of prescription drugs involves a different set of policies than dealing with illegal drugs. Whereas illegal drugs were taken down by “crackdowns” and “drug busts,” prescription drugs are much more decentralized. Thus, while the DEA should be closely involved in the process, regulations that restrict access of prescription drugs only to those that really need it is the most important way to fight prescription drug usage. Decreasing the amount of pills prescribed at a time would also reduce the number of extra drugs on the market. These policy changes won’t end the prescription drug epidemic overnight--it took four decades to bring tobacco usage down to its current levels. But it’s a start, and hopefully greater knowledge about the subject will being to bring down the levels of drug usage, so that celebrity deaths will one day become a thing of the past.
11 Editors Agree, 3 Editors Disagree
Electronic muscle stimulation provides fitness without the sweat by Tristan Aschittino staff writer Attention Mounds View athletes! You needn’t worry any longer about rigorous training and hard work to condition for sports. Due to a new breakthrough technology, you can get in shape for any athletic activity and not exercise at all. Nothing is better than getting in shape and not having to do anything to achieve a better fitness level…except eating a chocolate donut and getting rock-hard, toned abs at the same time. Why work out if one can sleep, eat greasy, delicious foods and get fit simultaneously? The AbTronic electronic “instant ab” machine is a key example of how someone can relax, strap a machine across their stomach, and get abs of steel. It can relieve people from the horrors of what
SATIRE atspace.org (the AbTronic Website) calls “strenuous, time-consuming workouts.” It is a unisex machine, so a dangerous raised heart rate from strain is not something an ardent AbTronic user has to fret about. It uses electronic stimulation to flex muscles, so the user does not have to move their own muscles; that would be far too much effort. Skeptics of the effectiveness of machines such as the AbTronic and its competitors, the Ab-Energizer and Fast Abs, are widespread. The lunatic professor of exercise, John Porcari went so far as to say that electric stimulation “workouts” offered no noticeable changes in the size and strength of muscles. Who cares if he had a valid study to back it up? Studies are
wrong all of the time. A fitness review on review. com said electric stimulation strengthens muscles, so what does Porcari say to that? If a fitness review says it works, then it works. Do not question the power of EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation). The ads that sponsored the site even said that users could “Live Good” with EMS technologies, plus they have low shipping. The site is obviously not remotely biased. The gym. The dreaded gym. The place where people have to exert their bodies, break a sweat, and not sit down while they workout. People can injure themselves at the gym. Muscles can be torn, weights can drop on fragile fingers and toes, and an unsuspecting individual can get going out of control on dangerous exercise machines like treadmills and fly off the back, hitting their unsuspecting
heads on the equipment behind them. Working out is dangerous and it makes people sweat, and it’s no fun to sweat. Sports aren’t any better. Think of all the sports injuries in the world. Imagine a safe world where everyone stays in their homes, strapped to an AbTronic. Children could go to online schools, everyone could communicate through Facebook and work over the internet. Hooray for EMS! EMS can change your life. Simply watch the infomercial and call the number on your screen to order and pay one easy payment of $99.99, but wait! They will give you the Ab Tronic for only $39.99 plus shipping and handling, a $100 value all for one easy payment of $39.99; you save $60.00. Ten minutes using the machine is the same as 600 sit-ups. Call today toll free at 1-800ITDOESNTWORK.
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Corrections from the 2/10/12 issue: Senior Hanning Wong’s name was mispelled.
March 2, 2012
Viewer asks, students answer: High schools across the nation use random drug testing on athletes, which was ruled constitutional in Vernonia v. Acton in 1995. “Performance-enhancing drugs at every level should be banned, regardless of proficiency. That being said, random high school drug testing is warranted and should be implemented. This will ensure that all athletes are given the same opportunities to compete.”
Do you think random drug testing of high school athletes should be implemented?
Ann Lindberg, 12
“I strongly oppose random drug testing of high school athletes. This would expose students who may not have a high self-esteem, hence the performance enhancing drugs. High school sports aren’t even that important; studying should come first.”
“I feel that drug testing is a double-edged sword. In one way, it’s making it fair. Yet, on the other hand, it shows a distrust, albeit a valid distrust, in high school athletes. If an athlete isn’t taking drugs, and is forced to take a drug test, they might dislike the system. It may actually force athletes away from doing sports. Besides, high school sports are nowhere near the level of the pros.”
Mitchell Gu, 10
Alec Mitchell, 12
“I don’t think that random drug testing would do much good, but I would not oppose random drug testing as long it was not discriminatory and did not target certain groups of athletes over others.”
Beth Knopf, 12
Andrew Wang, 10
“I think they shouldn’t have random drug testings for athletes. When the school has to randomize drug tests for kids, it’s pretty much showing they do not trust their students and want to prove it. A school should be able to trust its students and the students should know the consequences of their actions if they do drugs. Also, the tests would take out of the school’s budget (unless specified otherwise) which is already very limited.”
“I think that sporatic random drug testing should be used because it would hold athletes accountable to the waiver they signed at the beginning of their sport’s season. Many athletes don’t take the waiver seriously, but it is a binding contract that needs to be followed. It is what holds student-athletes accountable.”
Ayanfe Adewoye, 11
What your Viewer editors think of various issues.
“Mounds View should give students wtih a B-average or higher discounts at sporting events.” - Nimmy Koshy Features editor
“Yes, I feel that there may always be a chance drug use happens. No matter what level you play it, it’s always unfair when you when when you’re not supposed to.”
“Coastal schools are for rich, self-entitled students. Mounds View graduates can do better. Whether or not I go to an East Coast school is irrelevant.” -Ryan Slechta Editor-in-Chief
by Deputy Gulden guest writer Recently there have been a lot of theft reports for missing phones and iPods. I often receive calls from parents who tell me that their child’s electronics were stolen out of a locked locker in the locker room or hallway. After speaking with the student, I learn that it was left unsecured in the locker room and that they just did not want to tell their parents the truth. As a parent of teenage daughters, I realize that your cell phone is your life and your iPod is essential to your being. With that being said, it is your responsibility to safeguard them to prevent them from being stolen. Your first precaution should be enabling the GPS functions and the auto locks if you have an iPhone or an Android phone. Secondly, keep them in your pocket, not on the desk or in your zipped back pack. Do not carry them in the mesh water bottle pocket on your backpack and do not leave them outside the media center. If your electronics are lost or stolen report it to me, because they are found almost daily around the building and turned in to me by staff and the custodians. Deputy Tim Gulden 651-621-7123 Tim.Gulden@ moundsviewschools.org
Varun Mangalick, 9 “It seems kind of pointless. You would only be able to test a few athletes, which seems kind of dumb. There will still be other kids getting away with drug usage. The only way drug testing would really be worth it is if all student-athletes are tested.”
Sola Olateju, 10
Brian Burke, 12
Matt Wilson, 12
“Yes, kids shouldn’t be able to get away with taking drugs and random drug testing is a way to be able to find out.”
Alan Zhao, 12
“Yes. The issue is both one of health and fair competition. Random tests would help dissuade some athletes who choose to use performanceenhancing drugs, which can be incredibly detrimental to their bodies. Athletes should be encouraged to follow healthy methods of training and discouraged from ones that hurt the competition and themselves. It isn’t fair to honest athletes if ones who cheat are overlooked.”
“I think it is fair to give any and all athletes a random drug test. As an athlete I know that drugs harm my body and my ability to perform and my judgment. This serves as enough motivation for me to steer clear of any such substances, but if it takes a random drug test to make others avoid them, so be it. In my opinion it isn’t an invasion of privacy as long as the test is used only for the purpose that is declared to the athletes.”
“There needs to be more emphasis on ‘n3rdlyf3.’ Science Olympiad will be pwning n00bz this Saturday, and you all need to be there.” - John Ke Managing editor
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“Leaving letters out of words when typing or texting is confusing. Stop being lazy and write it out. You watch too much TV anyways.” -Alyssa Belsito Editorials editor
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Mounds View Math Team: a sine of greatness by David Gonzalez staff reporter The Mounds View Math Team has had a long spell of close calls. Since its last state victory in 2006, the team has come teasingly close to winning the season, coming in second place last year to arch-nemesis Wayzata, state champions four years running. “Everyone wants to get at Wayzata, because they’re a bit ridiculous. As in ridiculously good,” said Vijay Narayanan, 10. However, this year Mounds View is better
positioned to win the state tournament than it has been in years. Recent performances at meets have demonstrated that the goal of state is very tenable. Going into State, the team is ranked fourth (only one point away from third place), and the standings are very close. Mounds View also placed 11th in the world in the first round of the American Regions Math League Power
by David Gonzalez staff reporter
Math competition. Math Team is a pretty self-descriptive activity. Teams compete in events that test their knowledge of mathematical concepts and have them solve difficult problems, individually and as a team. However, participants assert that it is a lot more exciting than some might think. “It’s a competitive, yet engaging environment in which [competitors] can
express their mathematical interests through interesting and challenging activities,” said Varun Mangalick, 9. Students participate in Math Team for the great food, typically donuts, and the opportunity to have fun while practicing their math skills. Narayanan enjoys talking to fellow math lovers. “I don’t feel weird for liking math,” he said. The team was aiming for a 500 point season, and has surpassed the goal by two points. Points are gained by the varsity team and its members by answering questions correctly in the
After several years in transition, Speech now has a solid team, with a good group of new members and many talented returning ones. The team has been having its best season in years, taking first place at its meet at Prior Lake on Feb. 4, and performing well at its other meets. Speech members credit their team’s success to having dedicated members who have stuck with the program. “We’re doing really well because the talented members that joined a few years ago have now had time to mature and develop their skills,” said Ayanfe Adewoye, 11. Another factor in speech’s stellar season is the motivation and the energy provided by the coaches. “[They’re] really making people treat speech like a sport,” said Will Weightman, 11. One of Mounds View’s most popular academic activities, Speech Team draws together a wide variety of students who are passionate about developing their public-speaking skills. Students from all types of cliques are united by speech, said Speech Captain Beth Knopf, 12. “People clump us all together like random drama people, but we’re actually a really diverse group,” said Knopf. Speech is a competitive public speaking league that pits participants against each other in various categories, from Storytelling, where competitors present their interpretation of a folk tale, to Original Oratory, in which contestants write and present a persuasive speech. The multiple categories offer something for everyone. “They allow speech to appeal to a wide variety of people,” said Sophie Gorham, 11. Students do speech for many reasons. Some do it to get better at public speaking. “I’ve become a better speaker and better with team efforts,” said Alexandra Sitka, 11. Others do it for the fun and the challenge. “It’s engaging, it’s competitive,” said Kelly Caitlin, 10. “It’s got a communal atmosphere; it’s really like a team sport.” Team members credit the community as a major part of their dedication to the activity. Gorham calls the speech team “a great group of people,” and Speech Captain Zach Rolfs, 12, refers to the speech “family” as “friendly, inclusive, and a little bit quirky.” The team is led by new head coach Anjanette Arnold, ESL teacher at Mounds View. This is her first year as head coach, the position previously being held by Janelle Hallberg, who retired last year. Students report that the transfer of power has gone well. “Not much has changed, really,” said Gorham. A change in coaches is not that big a deal anyway, said Rolfs, “Speech is entirely self-motivated.”
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individual and team events. The marked improvement of the team has been celebrated by its current captains. Math Team Captain Sam Kim, 12, is happy to have a balanced, talented team. “We have a lot of depth, but no real superstars.” Math Team coaches and participants cite the new Hybrid Problem Solving class as one of the main reasons for this year’s marked improvement. Started in conjunction with Math Team, it introduces students to math concepts they wouldn’t come across in a typical academic environment, such as combinatorics and number theory, which are very helpful to Math Team contestants. “I think the Hybrid Problem Solving Class has made a big difference. We do a lot of math. And if you do a lot of math, you’re going to get good at it,” said Dan Butler, Math Team coach. Samuel Lee, 9, said that the class improves Math Team by teaching problems and concepts that will be covered at meets. “You know all the information, you just need to know how to apply it,” said Lee. As March 12, the date of the state tournament, approaches, the team looks forward for its best performance in a long time.
Friday, March 2, 2012
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Teacher reactions to memes
Justin Benolkin Social Studies Teacher
“I think it’s funny. Plus, that picture is 4 years old, so joke’s on them.” - Benolkin
<written by John Ke and Max Wang>
First things first; What is a meme? While Mounds View Memes was only just recently formed, memes have already an extensive history around the globe. But, what exactly is a meme? The term “meme” was originally coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, which popularized many principles of evolutionary biology. In the book, memes were defined as a “unit of cultural transmission.” Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “meme” as “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme not only includes those funny pictures on Facebook, but also those million-hit Youtube videos and those hashtags on Twitter, to name a few examples. Unlike television viewership, where shows gain a committed fan base, often by being broadcast on a major TV station, memes are much more likely to flare from unknown obscurity to widespread
popularity. This makes memes an inexpensive target for marketing firms and political campaigns. Advertisements for the Shake Weight, a modified dumbbell, are perhaps the most notable, and most successful, example of “meme marketing”. Because of the sexually suggestive nature of the product, Shake Weight infomercial clips have been placed all over the Internet. The result: over $40 million in sales for FitnessIQ, the developer of the Shake Weight. Memes are also effective in political campaigns. Even the rising power of “super-PACs” this election cycle fails to compare to major political memes that have circulated on the Internet. “We are the 99%” became a common chant that resonated throughout America as the Occupy Wallstreet movement moved through the nation. Its lasting effect in American politics can be seen with the increased focus on wealthy
presidential candidates, most notably Gov. Mitt Romney. The use of the Internet as a medium for spreading memes means that those that don’t follow these trends often feel left behind. One of the most prevalent memes, “It’s over 9000!!!” came into existence as a result of the TV show Dragon Ball Z. Yet, most people are unaware of the context of the meme. Instead, they interpret it as a joke that only geeks laugh at. Yet, these funny memes are coming from pop culture, with inspiration coming from sources like MTV’s Pimp My Ride, My Little Pony, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Memes are more than funny images to illicit laughter. They provide an outlet for social activism, via advertising or campaign slogans. It is an idea that can sweep the nation. Who knows? Maybe the next great meme will come from Mounds View--as long as it doesn’t take an arrow to the knee.
IT’S OVER 9000!!! (ok, more like 500...)
Mark Dieter Chemistry Teacher
“It’s true... I probably should get another [sweatshirt]. I am just too lazy, and I like to keep warm.” - Dieter
Graham Wright Chemistry Teacher
“[It is] wonderful, harmless fun. Keep it creative and keep it respectful.” - Wright
500; that’s the number of likes that the “Mounds View Memes” page on Facebook has received since it was created on Feb. 13 by Joe Kelly and Vince Kato, 2010 Mounds View graduates who are currently enrolled at the University of Southern California. The two drew inspiration from the USC’s memes page. “We got to talking about all the hilarious things that went on at Mounds View and how they could be turned into memes,” said Kelly. Just recently, these schoolbased meme pages have popped up at college campuses around the United States. According to the Huffington Post, the University of Texas’ meme page gained over 14,000 likes on their meme page in the short span of a week. The pages have invaded campuses like Duke, Columbia, Yale, and even across the pond at Oxford University. The Mounds View Memes page consists entirely of studentmade memes. Many of these memes target specific teachers, noting certain habits or quirks in teachers’ personalities. Others are based on issues that all, or most, Mounds View students can relate to -- the high price of pizza, the lack of parking spots at Mounds
View, and the excessive amount of homework. Kelly hoped that the page would inject some humor into the monotony of school. “We thought the USC memes were pretty funny and even began conversations in the real world... [We] figured that kids would enjoy it and be able to talk about the funny ones at school,” he said. With students being students and the Internet being what it is, there have been several memes with offensive content, either railing on the Mounds View administration or specific teachers. “I am almost certain that every one of the memes on the page could be considered offensive,” said Kelly. Yet, the Memes page has faced trouble with “trolling,” the writing of inflammatory comments on a discussion forum. Arlo Stafford, a former Mounds View student, posted comments on the Memes page that made many people angry, starting a massive war of words that essentially left the Mounds View Memes page in organizational shambles. “I was angry due to his harsh insults of the fine school of Mounds View High School,” said
San Mackey, 11. Stafford could not be reached for comment. Kelly had expected a situation like this to occur sooner or later, but didn’t anticipate the magnitude of the conflict. “We did our best to delete posts that were excessively obscene and ban him permanently, and his other profiles,” said Kelly. The page took a slight dip in user participation, but Kelly hopes that the page can get back on track. “We would rather talk about the good side of our page,” he said. Now that the page has been cleaned up, traffic has increased, introducing even more students to joy of memes. Some students that were initially critical of the page have now found it a good source of entertainment. “I was rather irked at the whole memes sites popping up for every school thing, but the content people are putting on the page is legitimately hilarious,” said Hanning Wong, 12. Multiple new memes are posted daily on the Mounds View Memes page. It looks like this will be a popular site for Mounds View students for a long time to come.
‘ w e ’er Toys transform over time by Allison Hare staff reporter
Every generation has played with the classic toys - a ball, a jump rope, checkers, hula hoops, scooters, or a doll. However, some toys that are all the rage at one point don’t last in their popularity - after wild success one year, they fade into oblivion the next. Many teachers at Mounds View, for example, played with toys in their childhood that are no longer popular today. “When I was a kid, I played with a model of the Apollo Lunar Rover,” said chemistry teacher Graham Wright. “I used to play with that thing so much. When I look back on all the toys I wish I could find today, it would be that Lunar Rover. They’re just not made like that anymore.” Math teacher Dan Butler also remembered playing with toys that are no longer produced. “They used to make these blocks like Legos, but better because you had to use your imagination to build things,” he said. “They were called Building Bricks. I used to make all sorts of things with them - I could sit there all day!” Some toys, however, have teachers unsure if they are still produced. Gretchen Nesset, English teacher, remembered one such toy. “When I was little, we played with these dolls
called Flatsy Dolls,” she said. “They were just these weird dolls that were flat, and they wore mod 60’s clothes and had bright hair. They were awesome! But I’m not sure if they make them anymore.” As time went on, the popularity of toys began to change. According to a survey of 110 students at Mounds View, students favored Barbies and Legos more than any other toys as children. However, children’s toys today differ even more from what they were like ten years ago - yahoo.com lists the “LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet” as the most popular toy of the 2011 holiday shopping season. According to the article, it is “essentially an iPad for kids between the ages of four through nine.” Some students at Mounds View are unsure if their favorite toys from childhood are even made anymore. “When I was little, I was obsessed with Polly Pocket dolls,” said Makella Daley, 11. “Now I don’t even know if they sell them. The toys they make are so different now.” One concern about toys today is that they have become too electronic, expensive, and often violent. Many toys exercise the mind or body, but few do both. Child Psychology and Development teacher Julie Coopet has a mixed opinion on the issue. “I see toys being more expensive, electronic, less social and some ex-
tremely violent,” she said. “They also gotten educational too, but if can’t share the knowledge they h learned with a parent or caregive interaction happens, learning falls flat.” Although toys have been dra changing over time, some of the popular things children play with have been around for years - and cases, decades or centuries! Acco Forbes magazine, stone yo-yos were firs in ancient Greece around 1000 B kites appeared in China at around same time. Many toys from the tw century are around today as well - board games like Monopol Scrabble and Sorry have been aro since the 1930s, and are still som most popular games to play today “I love board games,” said D Teske, 11. “Some have been arou ages, but they’re still a lot of fun Especially with friends.” With all of the changes that h pened to toys over the years, one popular toys now like LeapPads, copters and Tickle Me Elmos stan
What’s your favorite toy? 110 students were polled. These were the top five favorites
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on toys’ stylish appeal. “Nerf Guns are the key to popularity at the university level,” said Madsen. “Also, I don’t need to be driving a swanky sports car as long as I can roll up to frats on my Razor Scooter.” Though most students have sentimental feelings towards their toys, some think it’s about time to move on. Pat Dewitt, 12, sees the silver lining through this tough stage of life as he explains, “Being the avid philanthropist I am, I have committed to dispersing my toys throughout the young guns of my street in hopes that they too will choose to carry on the Pat Dewitt lifestyle of giving,.” Jeff Johnson, 12, having few tender feelings towards his childhood toys, agrees that getting rid of them is the first of many steps in the growth process. “Toys were cool…then I turned five,” he said. “I’ll probably store them in the attic, throw them in the dumpster, or sell them on the street.”
Toys of our lives
A closer look at our top three favorites
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Barbie In 1959, Mattel, Inc. launched the Barbie. The idea for the Barbie was created by American business woman Ruth Handler. She often watched her daughter, Barbara, play with her dolls and give them adult roles. Upon noticing this, Handler mentioned the idea to her husband who was the co-founder of Mattel toy company. Once Handler got the company directors on board with her idea, the first Barbie created. The doll was based off of a German doll called Bild Lilli. The first Barbie wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and a topknot ponytail. In 2009, Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday. Today, Barbie is as popular as ever. There are thousands of different types of Barbie dolls, even men and baby dolls.
Legos The LEGO Group was created in 1932 by a carpenter from Denmark, Ole Kirk Christiansen. He began making wooden toys and based the name of his company off of the Danish phrase leg godt, or “play well.” In 1947, the company expanded and began making plastic toys. The famous LEGO blocks were introduced in 1949 and were called “Automatic Binding Bricks.” Today, there are thousands of different LEGO sets with varying themes: space, robots, pirates, underwater, dinosaurs, castles. The LEGO Group has also branched off and has begun to produce other toys such as Bionicles. According to the LEGO website, they are, “the world’s third largest manufacturer of play materials.”
information compiled by Malia Bacig photos by Allison Hare, Youngjun Park, and Megan Ruan
8variety Psycho for good pizza March 2, 2012
Psycho Suzi’s offers some of the best thin-crust pizza in the Twin Cities. They have over 22 toppings including: rum-soaked raisins, sun-dried tomatoes, and homemade sausage.
The fried food at Psycho Suzi’s has the nostalgic taste of the State Fair. The red rockets are battered, fried hot dogs with a gold brown exterior.
Fresh Salads Great Atmosphere The interior of the restaurant resembles a Polynesian tiki lounge. The atmosphere is casual and makes the diner feel relaxed and warm.
The salads at Psycho Suzi’s are all made with care and include homemade dressing and crunchy croutons.
Great Hamburgers The hamburgers at Psycho Suzi’s are juicy, and the toppings are as delicious as they are varied.
Psycho Suzi’s serves up great food and atmosphere by Matthew Voges staff reporter With a misty waterfall handshake and a tropical wood setting, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, located at 1900 Marshall St. Northeast Minneapolis, goes above and beyond to provide a unique dining experience. Open until 2 am every single day of the week, the restaurant is a great place to visit any time of the day. In the dead of winter, Psycho Suzi’s allows the diner to break away from the cold Minnesota winter and enjoy some well-made, gooey pizza. A certain “spunkiness” characterizes Suzi’s. From the eccentric menu and plush seats to the raucous bar and rock music, everything adds to the carefree, party atmosphere. The detailed Hawaiian theme involves grand wooden tikis, wooden everything—even the entryway carpet design—soft orange lights, and a grand window for natural lighting. The room is open and warm—it’s a place for laughter. The food at Suzi’s fits perfectly into the casual atmosphere. Hamburgers, a variety of appetizers including buffalo wings and cheese
photos by Youngjun Park
curds, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, and even brunch are all within their expertise. Where Suzi’s most excels is in the pizza department. They offer fully customizable pizzas with four possible sauces, six meats, regular or deep dish, six cheeses, and 21 toppings. One may, of course, select from the many enticing menu pizzas as well such as the Paradise City with sweet red onions, pineapple, canadian bacon, and rum-soaked raisins . My pizza, a regular pineapple mushroom with cheddar and the house red sauce turned out spectacularly. The crust gave a respectable crisp at the ends, but was not brittle in the slightest. The cheese was wonderful— if a tad stretchy—while the juicy pineapple and textured mushrooms gave the pizza a sweet and earthy flavor. Everything on a Suzi’s pizza comes together brilliantly to form not the single greatest pizza I have ever had, but not far from it. This combination of great food and all the features of a perfect social destination at a good price—a bit more than $10 a person—makes Suzi’s the best local restaurant for a Hawaiian get away in the middle of a city, especially during the dead of winter.
March 2, 2012
The Woman In Black by Matthew Voges staff reporter
Based on the novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is a well-made horror film directed by James Watkins and featuring Daniel Radcliffe--best known for his role as Harry Potter--as protagonist and lawyer Arthur Kipps. As a horror film, The Woman in Black can be a little slow at times and a bit repetitive in its shot mechanics, but manages to be deeply disturbing--but not terrifying--and surprisingly moving for a horror film. Kipps is up against an eerie terror. Beginning with three little girls’ inexplicable suicide, the ruptured heart of a mother embodied in her scream, and continuing throughout the film in degenerate toys, then culminating in the dead children becoming monstrous, The Woman in Black makes it clear that its method of terror is the shameless perversion of youth. A chiming music box soundtrack further embodies this perversion. Behind these crimes is the legendary Woman in Black, whose mere sighting results in the inevitable death of a child. The Woman in Black is the bitter ghost of Jennet Humfrye, who hung herself, and longs to be reunited with her dead son, whom she was kept from in life due to mental illness. A humble and caring fellow, Kipps is quickly proven sympathetic due to a beautiful, but thoroughly dead wife. The sympathy only grows with a departure from his adorable little son for the sake of paying the bills. In fact, with Radcliffe’s gentle features, calm but troubled glances, quiet startles, and impractical bravery (or else insatiable curiosity), Kipps is among the most well-wished of ill-fated horror film protagonists. He embarks via train to a little town on the east coast of England where the rest of the tale begins to unfold. Kipps, whose job is to manage the estate of the deceased Alice Drablow, finds only a belief in the supernatural and many untimely deaths in store. A great many questions are raised early on as the understandably outraged residents of the city add duality to the supernatural problems that Kipps must endure to finish the estate job—or else risk losing his livelihood.
The occasional repetition or slowness to the film emerges as he walks tantalizingly slow around corners of the house. This is not necessarily bad however, for all horror movies must build suspense—The Woman in Black simply crosses the line into “tiresome” on rare occasions. The Woman in Black has all the characteristics of most any horror film: murky lighting, close-ups, low shots, subtlety, blood, doorway suspense, pop-outs, and a considerable amount of unreasonable decision making. The plot is well-written especially for a film of the genre macabre. Nothing too exceptional adorns The Woman in Black as noted in the infrequent plot twists—though the ending is surprising, satisfying, brutally ironic, and even a bit moving—and the temperate level of terror. The film is chilling in the blackness, suspense, and corpse white English skin that covers even the living. Where The Woman in Black gains some autonomy is in the nature of its production. The lighting and film techniques are fascinatingly diffused even in daylight. Wide-open windows seem to give as much light as the flickering candles, making the entire film feel a bit off, like a dream—a feel further insinuated with the surreal finale. Another distinguishing aspect is in the nature of the screams. Whereas many films involve screams of pain or fear, The Woman in Black employs screams of anguish. Screams of mothers whose babies have been killed. Screams of heart wrenching loss, of “it should have been me.” This stands less to terrify the viewer than to sadden him. The Woman in Black may not be the most frightening horror film, but at the very least it has some variety to the field of emotion meant to be experienced. Not exceptional, but yet certainly worth the ticket and the trip. The Woman in Black is a decent horror movie, and overall a pretty good film.
An Interview with Daniel Radcliffe
Erika Batiz, online editor, and David Liu, staff reporter, had the opportunity to interview Daniel Radcliffe via webcam at the Fall 2011 NSPA Journalism Convention in Minneapolis.
Q: What kind of physical and mental preparation did you have to do for The Woman In Black? A: Apart from crushing my own natural entity which has an effect on the physicality of character, there was no physical training for this film. In terms of the mental side of things it was just about really trying to understand the character and where we find him in his life, which is in a moment of total emotional paralysis, and I just need to get into his head.
Q: What was it like leaving Harry Potter after working on
it for so many years? A: Everyone from Potter moved on to big movies like War Horse and X-Men and some of them came to The Woman In Black. We were just this low-budget, independent movie shooting and all our friends were going on to these big films. It was a horrible time for us, to leave Potter, because we were so lucky with Potter, to able to work on it for 10 years.
Q: What would you like the audience to take out of The Woman In Black?
A: As well as being as scary as it is, it’s kind of a comment on grief and loss and how death affects different people, and I think that’s what fanatically runs through film making. The importance of love and family are themed as it’s kind of a comment on the grieving process.
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How to save a dying genre by Akshay Patke reviews editor Three years since the release of their selftitled sophomore album and chart-topping piano rock single, “You Found Me,” The Fray returns to the music scene with their third,
more pop-oriented album, Scars & Stories. With their third album, The Fray attempts to move in a new direction-- away from their U2-rock style and towards a Maroon 5-pop style. At first, this sounds absolutely horrible, as The Fray has always been known for their ability to repeatedly reproduce meaningful power ballads. However, The Fray handles this change of style quite well, and manages to produce a decent follow up to their first two
successes. The most noticeable changes The Fray makes are heard in the album’s lead single, “Heartbeat.” The song starts with an energetic mid-tempo-ed guitar riff then transitions into lead singer Isaac Slade singing about running and not looking back in his new, slightly country vocal styling (which unfortunately continues throughout every song on the album). The song continues on with guitar and Slade’s vocals leading it. In “Heartbeat” and the rest of the album, the piano rhythms that drove the first two albums take a backseat--a huge mistake. However, despite these attempts at creating a pop sound, “Heartbeat” and songs like “Run For Your Life,” “Be Still,” and “I Can Barely Say” manage to be energetic, catchy pop rock songs while still sounding similar to The Fray’s classic style. Unfortunately, most of the other songs on the album are too complex and lively for The Fray, failing to meet the standards of the band’s past albums. Although the band includes catchy and innovative guitar riffs in these songs, they try to force too many musical elements into one song, like the loud bass line and the synthesizer humming in the background of “The Wind.” Those who were expecting another How To Save a Life will be sorely disappointed. The style alterations The Fray makes results in some overly complicated songs that are balanced out by a few songs that sound similar to The Fray’s past albums. With Scars & Stories, The Fray have shown that they are the most talented pop rock band out there and that they have the potential to innovate this genre.
photo courtesy of www.thefray.net
March 2, 2012
Girls hockey skates to state
by David Liu
photos b ergh
The girls hockey started the season with a solid 5-2 record. They blew out conference rivals Woodbury and Hastings 8-1 and 4-1, respectively. But an obstacle arose that threatened to knock them off track. After seven games, the team was without a coach. Bob Madison, activities director, was soon phoning around trying to search for a replacement. Madison soon got in contact with Peter Aus, a retired hockey coach from Madisonâ€™s alma mater, Bethel University. Eventually Aus took the job. With his experience and leadership, Coach Aus led the team to a 18-6-1 record, good enough for second in the conference and a third seed in the section bracket. The teamâ€™s season almost ended in the first round of the playoffs. For the first round game the Mustangs faced the Irondale Knights. After a hard fought battle, Captain Lindsay Wolter, 12, put in the winning goal in the fourth overtime. The Mustangs rode this momentum and soundly beat their next two opponents giving the team their first state tournament berth since 1999. After a overcoming large obstacles and an innumerable odds, the girls hockey team is writing a new chapter in their history. They faced a tough Edina team in the first round. In a down-to-the-wire finish,
the Mustangs fell heartbreakingly short, losing 3-2. They moved into the consolation bracket, where they decisively beat Grand Rapids/ Greenway, 3-1. The team finished up the season in the consolation final, but lost to Roseau, 3-1. Overall, the team achieved much more than what was expected of them, and set a precedent for all future teams.
Girls Basketball The girls basketball team has a record of 19-5 and will be competing in the first game of sections this week. They hope to make it to the state tournament. The first section game was on Thursday at home against Maple Grove. Check mvviewer.com for results.
The wrestling team had state meet aspirations but suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Maple Grove Crimson. Seniors Richard Carlson (182), Daniel Keeler(220), and Junior Mick Nelson (Hvwt) will competeh in the state meet as individuals. March 1-3 at the Xcel Energy Center tickets are $9 per session
information compiled by Adam Toninato
See mvviewer.org for more coverage on the game
sports11 Mighty Mustang March 2, 2012
This ’07 grad moves to the big leagues
by Adam Toninato and Camry Kelly
Question and Answer
staff reporter and sports editor
Seth Rosin was propped up on the couch watching the Minnesota Twins battle it out against the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 World Series, when he was a preschooler. According to his mother, Liv Rosin, he was completely immobilized while watching the game. In the first picture taken of Rosin, he was wearing a Twins uniform with Spaghettios all over his face. He then grew into a young boy playing tee-ball while picking grass in the outfield. It was clear from the start that this kid had a passion for the game of baseball. Rosin, a 2007 Mounds View graduate, is currently at spring training for the San Francisco Giants, pursuing his dream of playing in the majors. Although Rosin has made it big, he faced challenges most high school athletes face today; he did not make his goal of being on the varsity team during his sophomore year. “That was the first time in my life I didn’t make a team I was striving for,” said Rosin. After this defeat, he was determined to work hard, making the varsity team his junior and senior year. Jonathan Nuss, the Mustangs’ baseball coach for nine years and Rosin’s pitching coach during high school, said, “Seth was a good athlete. The thing that separated him was that he was so big yet he could still be very athletic. There was a game against CretinDerham Hall in ‘07 that he pitched really well. He was just dominating. He had double-digit strikeouts.” Rosin still counts playing high school ball as one of his most memorable experiences. “Coach Downey and Coach Nuss really helped me develop as a player. My teammates helped me develop as a person. They were all really good guys, friendly, supportive, nice. Everyone treated everyone with respect,” said Rosin. After graduation, Rosin went on to play for the Minnesota Gophers, where he experienced his most memorable moment in baseball. “When I was a junior in college we had a game against Cal State. They are a baseball powerhouse and we were not suppose to even be able to compete,” he said. “I ended up pitching eight innings and having a really great game. We did win in the end; it was great.” All these wins come with losses. While Rosin is
Athlete of the Issue
Seth Rosin Q. What was your favorite class at Mounds View? A. I liked Spanish. Half the people I play with are native Spanish speakers.
Q. If you could be any athlete who would you be?
Seth Rosin happy to be in his current situation, he has regrets about missing several of his family and friends’ milestones as a result of the time commitment of his current career. “I miss a ton of stuff; weddings and graduations,” he said. “I haven’t been in Minnesota for the summer since 2008. There are a couple of regrets of missing stuff, but people understand that this is my job.” Rosin explained that to be successful in and out of sports, students really have to find the balance in life. “You can’t ever be up too high or down too low, I thinks it’s really important that you stay even keel. It will help you out a lot.” One thing he does to stay right in the middle is yoga. “It’s really good for you and it can help you focus,” he said. His advice to current Mounds View students? “Do everything you can to act professional,” said Rosin. “Do the right things in the classrooms, do the right things after school and do the right things during sports. Know you gave 100% of your effort. Don’t leave any regrets.”
Steve Hokanson is the only Mounds View Nordic skier who made it to state this year. He is only a sophomore and already has a commendable skiing career. His best time for a 5k race is a remarkable 13:30. Q: When did you start skiing? A: When I was five years old. I joined the Mounds View team when I was in 8th
A. Lebron James. To be that fast, big, and strong like Superman.
Q. What is your favorite movie? A. I really like Happy Gilmore, back when Adam Sandler was funny
Q. What do you eat for breakfast before a big game? A. Scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon.
grade, and I started skiing varsity my freshman year.
tricky though because there is no off season.
Q: Why did you start skiing? A: My dad convinced me
Q: Who has been your biggest influence so far? A: The upperclassmen on the team have really been an influence and helped me.
Q: Do you find it difficult to be in three sports: Cross Country, Nordic and Track? A: The sports themselves aren’t so bad because they all work pretty much the same stuff. Balancing with school is
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: Just don’t feel sorry for yourself. Just learn to pick yourself up
and keep moving forward.
information compiled by Adam Toninato
ULTIMATE March 2, 2012
Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, and is gaining traction at Mounds View. Several students at Mounds View have opted to join the independent Spinferno rather than a MSHSL sanctioned sport. Spinferno competes in the Minnesota High School Ultimate League and plays against various metro-area teams. The season starts in late February and lasts until June. Those interested should contact Captains Alyssa Belsito, David Lacher, and Karl Rehfuss.
The official Frisbee used in games weighs exactly 175 grams. Players pass the “disc” in a variety of fashions, including “the hammer” and “the finn.”
Ultimate is a self-officiated sport; players call their own fouls. This requires all players to be honest, and defines the sportsmanship and “spirit of the game.”
photos by Alyssa Belsito