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Friday, September 27, 2013

Cheerleaders gone, but cheers go on

This year, they will not be on the track leading class cheers during football games. They will not be seen dancing with Melvin, the mascot, or waving their pom poms in the air. After over 50 years of high energy cheers, the cheerleading squad has been cut from school sports. Instead, Senior Stable Captains will be doing push ups for every point scored, writing the upcoming cheers on whiteboards for the entire student section to see, and goofing around with Melvin to make the crowd get a little bit rowdy. In the past 20 years, cheerleading has moved from the sidelines--an activity where girls cheered on boys sports--to a competitive national activity. However, few Minnesota schools are involved, and Mounds View never embraced this trend. Also, the number of girls involved in other school sports has increased, taking potential cheerleaders away. “Some schools still do have cheerleading squads, but the ones that do have many girls and are able to do stunts that we can’t do with our limited numbers,” Activities Director Bob Madison said. “If we’re going to do something, we’re going to do it well.” Recently, more high schools such as Forest Lake, Cretin-Derham Hall, and Irondale have dropped cheerleading as a sport due to lack of numbers.

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Mounds View is losing the traditional view of what a football game looks like, according to Madison. A new group of students, the Senior Stable Captains -Marker, Audrey Sanders, Arianna Stenerson, Nick Ovshak, Lizzie Krinkie, and Griffin Anderson-- have taken over the cheering section, dressed not in skirts and school colors, but rather in theme coordinated costumes. “Obviously there are restriction on things we can’t do that the cheerleaders could,” said Marker, 12, “But we’re doing everything we can to replace the photo by Malia Endrizzi cheerleaders.” In past years, Senior Senior Stable captains take over the roles of cheerleaders at football games. Stable Captains have chosen themes at games, helped “We feel bad that we can’t offer this to girls, with pepfests, organized tailgating, and tried to gain especially because for some of them, this is their only support for other sports, according to Krinkie, 12. way to connect with the school,” Madison said. Their absence was obvious as Homecoming drew Adding in leading the cheers, Stable Captains have more on their plate this year than past ones. “It really near. helps having Emily Marker, the old cheerleading “We ran the whole Homecoming Dance,” former captain, as a stable captain now,” Krinkie said. cheerleader Emily Marker, 12, said. “We not only Their energy is infectious as they write new set up the dance itself but we made all the hallway cheers on the whiteboard and scream at the top of decorations for Friday. We easily had over 30 different their lungs to pump up the crowd. “The main purpose decorations we would put on the walls that Thursday is to get students and parents excited for certain before the pepfest, like Varsity, JV, Freshmen events,” Ovshak said. “I love getting the entire crowd pendants for both football and soccer.” into cheers and to feel the energy coming from the Along with the hard work the girls put in, crowd.”

Practice makes perfect? Homework counts less, tests count more under new policy by Monica Kemp news editor Tests, quizzes, homework. It all adds up to consume so much time and a lot of…points. Talk of the new grading policy is nothing new. It all started two years ago, in the fall of 2011, with former principal Julie Wikelius. Dozens of discussions and proposals later, Mounds View unveiled the new, school-wide grading policy this year. This year, 80 percent of a student’s grade will be performance assessments. This includes projects, essays, presentations, tests, labs, journals, and almost any other method that demonstrates mastery of the material. At most 15 percent is the final exam. The remaining 20 percent of the grade is now focused on practice

assessments. For those who struggle with test taking, this poses a new challenge. “I’m kind of worried about it because I’m not a good test taker… I feel it will definitely affect my grade in classes and it will just depend on the teacher and the type of tests given out,” said Krystal Jamison, 11. Others are excited about the change. “I think it’s better because I study for tests more than I do my homework,” said TaeJun Park, 11. For others still, the new grading policy brings an opportunity of learning how to study. “You still have to practice stuff,” said Emily Albers, 12. If a student invests time in doing the homework, “it is much easier to do the testing,” said Albers. Teachers also have a lot to get used to. English teacher Beth Baxley said it has not so much affected the way she teaches her upper level classes, but it has changed a lot for her freshman courses.

“[For] freshmen, when they come from middle school, it’s a shock because grades in middle school don’t matter as much.” Optimistic and open to what may come of it, Baxley chooses not to have a defined opinion. “I don’t know what I think because I haven’t seen the results yet,” said Baxley. For math teacher Jodie Bias, the changes in grading scale will not necessarily change what she emphasizes in class. “I like to grade homework because I think it helps students to stay organized and on top of the material.” Bias continues to collect most daily assignments and spot check them for accuracy. Even though the new grading policy emphasizes tests over homework, Bias will continue to stress what she knows to be essential. “I’m still continuing to collect homework because I think its important,” she said. Before adopting the new policy, teachers have attended several conferences regarding fair grading and

a grading task force was developed. The task force was made up of a diverse group of teachers who worked with an outside consultant to look at the success of other districts in the metro, national, and international areas. As they went through this process, they established the current grading scale. “One of the many things we realized is that we are kind of all over the board, so it’s an opportunity to get all the arrows pointed in the same direction and in doing that, saying which direction should that be,” said Doug Bullinger, assistant principal. What started at Mounds View, is now becoming a district-wide conversation with Irondale and Chippewa re-evaluating their grading policies. “A strong majority of teachers in this building have had some sort of input on which direction we’re going to with the grading,” said Bullinger.


September 27, 2013

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The library has done it again! One more step on the path to student freedom within the sanctuary of books, media resources, student gatherings, and quiet conversation. The library has grown more and more free over the years. Eight years ago, strides were made by the library staff, including Becky Stouten, Library/Media Specialist, to make the library more welcoming and user-friendly. Because it was used by students, she said, the decor should reflect the students themselves. Consequently, murals began to liven up the static, emotionless walls of a school library with the fire of student expression. Within the last two years, numerous additional changes have taken effect. Last year, the required sign-in system was eliminated. This took away from the official nature of the library, making it less like a mere time-slot in a busy schedule. In addition, iPads recently joined the array of technologies available to students, keeping up with the times and giving more options. Such changes were met with the open arms of the student body, but they were just the beginning. This year, new furniture augments the cozy atmosphere. Backpacks and bottles with secured caps are now admitted, keeping the hall clear of backpacks and adding to student accessibility of supplies. This is especially nice for those that spend multiple hours at a time studying or doing homework. The mustang “corral” room in the back of the library is now open for use by student clubs and groups as a place for discussion and studying. The library has even started its own “all-are-welcome” book club. It had its first meeting September 19.


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Nick Day and Sam Mastenbrook relax in the library. And, finally, Stouten has extended the book checkout period to three weeks. It’s true, the library is not completely the embodiment of perfection. It would be nice if the library hours were longer, but insufficient staffing currently renders this impossible. Still, students should appreciate what the library has done for us. We shouldn’t take it for granted; we should appreciate our new freedoms and resources. Thank the library staff if you want, but don’t abuse what you have. In a survey of libraries conducted by Stouten prior to the new policy implementation, she found that most libraries still require their students to sign in. Unfortunately, as the library

implements more liberal policies, the cafeteria has become more authoritarian. Many students must skip lunch altogether if they want to go to the library. It is quite difficult to obtain permission to go from the lunchroom to… well, anywhere. So, the comfortable student refuge and all of their progressively freer policies are somewhat out of reach during students’ most free of times. The administration has its reasons for preventing students from leaving the lunchroom, but maybe when they see the success of the library’s policies, even that staple element of old-school authoritarianism will be a thing of the past.

Let’s stop this nonsense over Syria by Tristan Aschittino editorials editor As the tension boils down in America, and war with Syria becomes less imminent, let’s take a moment to think about what almost happened this month. America almost began yet another long, expensive, and uninformed war in the Middle East: a war where the enemy and the friend are not so obvious. U.S. President Barack Obama had established a fragile “red-line” (the use of chemical weapons) that, if crossed, would justify American military action with a “shoot first and ask questions later” mentality. Reports surfaced in late August that in fact, chemical weapons had been used, and Obama called for a military strike. Logically, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had no motivation to gas his own people. He was winning the civil war and calling the attention of the world by committing an internationally illegal act would be harmful to his regime. Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper, claims Assad to be innocent, based on German military intelligence They have reasonable evidence that Assad did not order the attacks, though they

cannot identify the guilty party. Some, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, claim that the attack was possibly ordered by groups trying to pit powerful nations against Assad. Not to jump to conclusions, but perhaps it was even the work of the U.S.’s closest ally faction within Syria: the Syrian Free Army. We don’t know. The UN has sent investigators and the world has speculated, but there is yet to be concrete evidence identifying a culprit. With that being said, the UN is in the process of drafting an accord to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. It seems American involvement is completely avoidable. There won’t be any more chemical weapons and things can go on as before (which is still a bloody civil war). The initial drafts of the accord were opposed by Russia and China because of the military action it authorized at the slightest hint of Syrian dissent. Some think it to be the responsibility of Americans to patrol the world and crush evil; that it is the just, American thing to do. But as Putin so bluntly stated in his New York Times editorial, we, as Americans, are not exceptional. We should refrain from taking offense and realize that he is making a valid point. No one is

exceptional. America has made mistakes. General Colin Powell declared WMDs to the world plunging America into a useless war in Iraq. Let’s not forget that our country has also committed acts of evil in the name of defense and justice. Back during the Vietnam War, we used Agent Orange (which had lasting effects on the ecosystem and populace of Vietnam), and we used napalm, engulfing our enemies in flames. The American government quelled domestic protesting at Kent State, by firing on the crowd. Let’s worry about making ourselves truly exceptional before we try and force our way into international affairs. The progression towards democracy is trailed by a wake of bloodshed. It may be a lengthy process, but it is achievable. And as history shows, it will prevail. When we don’t know who is fighting for democracy, how can we possibly make the progression shorter and less bloodless? So it goes. The world is getting better. The crusades and slavery are long behind us, and individual liberties are ever increasing. When will we finally leave the world alone and step back from our roll as international police? We can’t fix everything with a magic wand. Or multiple magic wands. Or multiple bomb-shaped magic wands.

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New grading policy gets an A+ by Alistair Tang editorials editor The new grading policy is arguably one of the best changes at Mounds View in the past few years. The implementation of this policy is a huge step forward in improving the overall fairness and accuracy of students’ grades. The most notable components of this policy are the new school-wide grading scale, the due date and deadline concept, and increased weighting on learning assessments when calculating a grade. Having a standardized grading scale is already a no-brainer. It only makes sense that a school uses the same grading scale in all classes; otherwise the school would be inconsistent in its distribution of letter grades. In previous years, teachers had the freedom to decide their own grading scale. For example, having a grade of 88 percent might have been an A minus in one class, while in another it could be a B plus. It is only unfair to students if they received different grades simply by having different teachers. The enforcement of the school-wide grading scale will add to the overall fairness of Mounds View’s grades. The separation of the due date and the deadline can only help hard working students. If a student is usually consistent in turning in assignments, it does not make sense to overly punish him/her for unintentionally missing a due date one day. Everyone makes mistakes, after all. By reducing the amount of points teacher can take off from late assignments, hard working students will not be severely punished for an accident. As a school Mounds View should not stress

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being perfect, but instead that effort is rewarded and mistakes are okay to make. Weighting learning assessments higher than practice assessments is by far one of the best changes in the grading policy. Just as you would not take a professional football player’s stats from their practices, it does not make sense to grade students based on their learning process. Simply being a poor test taker should not be an excuse to dread this new policy. The learning assessments also include items such as group projects and labs, which are equally weighted and are completed differently than tests. Even bad test takers are helped by having an extra emphasis on tests, as their test taking skills will slowly, but surely, improve.


This will aid them in the future, especially those planning on attending college. “As a PSEO student at the University of Minnesota, I know first hand that almost all professors and departments make homework almost optional and a large part, if not the entirety, of your grade is based off of performance,” said Sola Olateju, 12. Students should not be graded on skills they have not yet mastered. Rather, they should have a benchmark and be provided with ample time to reach that benchmark. Once that time is up, students should be ready to be tested on their progress, and in turn receive a grade based on their progress. In order to reach that benchmark, students must also have to complete homework assignments--this policy does not make them any less important. Learning is still key to determining the grade, just that now students are graded when they have learned all the material, not when they are still learning. This new grading policy can only serve to improve the accuracy of Mounds View’s grades. Improving the fairness of grades, emphasizing effort and timeliness, and preparing students for future situations are all effects of this grading policy. Though students may find it tough to adjust to the increased emphasis on tests, it is better for them to get used to it now than later. As this policy is still new, solid evidence can not be given on its effectiveness. However, if Mounds View intends to improve its system, then this policy is the way to go.

Music moves in One (fabulous) Direction by Sasha Safonov managing editor


Many were taken by surprise. Others simply saw it as a continuation of what has been happening for the last 20 years. Loved by few, despised by many, Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance was innovative, ahead of its time, and nothing short of brilliant. Raw and grotesque, Miley showcased true art, running a fine line between “disturbing” and “just plain gross.” How could Cyrus’s brilliant performance receive such backlash? She is only there, after all, by popular demand. Whatever is at the top of the charts must be the best of the best. It’s really that simple. It doesn’t matter how the charts are calculated, which underhanded methods artists use to boost their ratings, or in what ways producers alter their music. The charts never lie. To those that automatically dismiss the artists of new as “no-talent-hacks” and practices of the music industry as counter intuitivewhere’s your proof? Music critics like to complain about

modern pop music. But really, who cares what these critics have to say? When we want to know what’s good in music, we look to Billboard magazine, which utilizes an advanced method of information analysis on popular songs, including air plays and online plays. This is fantastic because it allows eager artists such as Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Beyoncé and Avril Lavigne to get recognition for all their hard work, including the generating (and unfortunate removal) of “fake views” on Youtube. Similarly, an artist like Prince made concert-goers buy a copy of “Musicology” (even though they probably already had a copy) in addition to paying for the ticket. This drastically increased album sales, causing it to top the charts, and the fans got two copies of their favorite album! Mariah Carey reduced the price of the struggling album “Loverboy” to 49 cents, shooting it to number two in the

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Top 100 charts. While such approaches may leave more honest artists behind, their lack of effort in questionable business practices probably extends to their will to make good music! But the true genius behind Billboard is that it knows if you like a song or not, even if you don’t! Whether you watch Cyrus at the VMAs just for a laugh, showed Rebecca Black’s music video “Friday” to all your friends, or you are one of the 3,621,667 people hitting the dislike button on Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” you are subconsciously supporting revolutionary music and increasing the amount of views on his music video, helping them in the charts. The best part is that recording studios are forced to put out good content, largely due to Billboards, social media, and people’s general lack of an attention span. Music has to be catchy and stand out, leading to the“Loudness Wars,” or the modern practice of normalizing recordings in order to make them louder. Meager things such as quality are worthy sacrifices to an increase of volume.

“The freshmen who say cheers are ‘lame’ or don’t participate are missing out and that’s too bad. It’s just a fun part of MV pride. You’re lame if you don’t cheer.” - Nina Bertelsen business manager

Simpler is better. Music once riddled with creativity and diversity caused pains for the ordinary consumer, and frankly took too many listens to appreciate. In a study that analyzed 464,411 distinct music recordings, from 1955 to 2010, the Spanish Research Council showed that modern music has far fewer “pitch transitions, [and] homogenisation of the timbral palette.” In other words, songs have similar note progressions and similar effects on instruments. Audiophiles rejoice! In 2009, MTV had enough. Television viewers became smarter. A channel focused entirely on music wasn’t stimulating enough. And like that Jersey Shore was introduced. Sure, some may say that the music industry is broken in its practices and constantly need to one-up themselves with scandalous attention grabbers in order to increase viewership, and sacrificing quality as a result. But that’s blasphemy! How would they ever get away with something like that?

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September 27, 2013

AP Amateurs

Seven teachers adjust to college-level courses

by Ryan Yoch features editor You’ve heard it in the cafeteria. You’ve heard it in the halls: The sound of students excitedly analyzing their classes. Though singing Spanish teachers and British chemistry teachers never fail to ignite conversation, it’s the new AP teachers that really have the school abuzz this year. “I’m worried that they won’t tell me the right things and so I won’t be properly prepared for the AP exam,” said Maggie Peck, 11. “They just don’t seem to know as much about their subjects as the old AP teachers do.” These concerns and more are echoed by many of the 819 Mounds View students taking an AP class this year. Since this number is up 253 from last year, it comes as no surprise that Mounds View was forced to expand its AP teaching roster. Though they are unfamiliar with the pacing and rigor of an AP class, the seven rookie teachers are confident that they are AP-ready.

One of the most prominent differences between AP and non-AP classes is the pace. With only five months to teach what is traditionally a yearlong course, perhaps no one feels photo by Anders Nygaard the clock Carolynne Ladd lectures to her first period AP Psychology class ticking been through new courses before, and more than I will work through it. I actually think an AP Literature teacher. I’m looking forward to going at that In her first year teaching AP faster pace.” Literature and Composition, more With AP power comes AP commonly known as AP Lit., Mary expectations. Students want their Carney is working on adjusting to her teachers to be all-knowing, but new curriculum’s speed. “Pacing is sometimes it’s okay to say “I don’t the most difficult thing for me,” said know.” Carney. “It’s a new course for me, “I think a lot of kids don’t which is a challenge in itself. But I’ve

understand that AP teachers don’t always have all the answers,” said Michael Kauls, who taught AP Human Geography for the first time last year. “A lot of times I am more of a coach than a teacher, and I don’t think kids come in thinking that way.” But the students aren’t the only ones with enthusiastic coaches. Without the behind-the-scenes support of APpros like Dan Butler and Rebecca Hauth-Schmidt, adding new teachers would be nearly impossible. “I’m working as a part of a team. [Mrs. Hauth-Schmidt and Mrs. Nesset] are vastly experienced with this course and that’s something that I can draw on,” said Carney. Her sentiments were mirrored by Carolynne Ladd, who works closely with Martha Rush to keep her AP Psych class organized and fun. “I think that’s why Rush and I did it this way. Neither of us would feel like a first year teacher because we have each other for support,” said Ladd. “I think when that is possible, it will make both the kids and teachers feel more confident.”

DANGER DOMINATES THE SUMMER 173 students compete in the first ever MV Nerf Assassins tournament

by Phoebe Ke editor-in-chief A horde of Mounds View students surrounded Patrick Murray, 11, and Sam McGinnity, 11, at Sitzer Park in Shoreview, Aug. 28, 2013, as they prepared for their showdown. Murray and McGinnity started back to back, walked four paces, and at the signal, spun to “shoot” at their opponent. After four rounds, neither one had been hit. In the fifth round, Murray turned and shot McGinnity in the shoulder. Thrilled, Murray celebrated becoming the first ever winner of the Mounds View Nerf Assassins game with his teammates. It all began when Robins Mdoka, 12, came up with the idea of having a Mounds View version of Nerf Assassins--a game where students tried to hit each other with Nerf gun darts without getting shot--after seeing other schools around the metro area such as St. Thomas Academy, and Edina High School participate. Along with Mdoka, Chance Carnahan, 12, moderated the game. Through word of mouth and social media, 173 Mounds View students signed up, contributing a $5 joining fee to be part of the game. “The first week we had 120 or so. And then we had kind of a pre-game, and then we found out there were a lot more people who wanted to sign up. So we restarted it and had everything going with the full 173 people,” said Mdoka.

“It started out with mainly seniors signed up, and then the juniors caught wind of it, so it kind of trickled down to everyone.” Joining the game was simple enough, but the objective--staying in--was the tough part. Teams of up to four people had to have at least one kill a week to stay in the game. If a team did not meet the quota, it was out of the game. If a participant was not in a safe zone--such as a school event or a sporting event--when he was shot, that participant was “killed,” and the shooter advanced to the next week. In order to keep participants informed, social media played a leading role in the game. Using Twitter, Mdoka and Carnahan posted kills, pictures, revive token clues, team lists, and rules. Once a week, students would have the chance to find a hidden revival token aided by clues posted on Twitter to re-enter the game. After getting someone out, students usually tweeted with a picture to prove it. The moderators would then update the official document to inform participants of who was still in the game. Since the moderators were not present during many of the “kills,” conflicts did arise. Often, students became very invested in the competition. Olivia Fixsen, 12, was playing beach volleyball at Snail Lake beach with friends when Kellen Rholl, 12, and Ben Davis, 12 started running towards her with Nerf guns. To avoid the shots, she ran along the edge of the lake. Instead of getting off the hook, the ambush

on Fixsen escalated. As Davis got closer, Fixsen ran off the trail, jumped into the lake, and swam out to her friend’s house; her friend gave her a ride home. Wanting to continue her beach volleyball game with her friends, she paddle boarded back to the beach. But Rholl and Davis showed up soon again, and Fixsen paddle boarded back home. There, behind a bush, Davis spotted Fixsen and shot her. During the game, participants were always cognizant of their surroundings, on the watch for anyone who might shoot them. Murray said, “There was a constant worry of getting shot. I was always constantly watching my back. That was basically the biggest part of my summer. Actually trying to get anybody wasn’t hard, it was just the fact of trying not to get killed. I would bring a Nerf gun wherever I went--like a small pocket gun.” Another participant, Emily Fleming, 12, said, “I didn’t really go to the beach, ever, because people would get out at the beach… It was scary being out in public--like getting gas. Like I would crawl,” said Fleming. “It was a really intense game...It was stressful and it got annoying and kind of long. But I’m glad I did it.” With the addition of Nerf Assassins, students’ summers became even more enjoyable, as they were able to spend time with friends and battle against each other. Currently, there are no plans to have another round of Nerf Assassins. To describe the summer in one word, Murray said, “Exhilarating.”


September 27, 2013

‘If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.’


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New Principal Jeff Ridlehoover brings his passion to Mounds View by Sasha Safonov managing editor To many, fun job is a horrible oxymoron. For Principal Jeff Ridlehoover, it is what he has been doing for the past 16 years. “I had done some coaching when I was younger, and I wanted to be involved with kids,” he said. “And I really knew that I wanted to teach. So that’s what I decided to go into, and I’m so glad that I did.” Starting out in the Lakeville district, Ridlehoover taught ninth grade science and coached multiple sports. He quickly knew that he had made the right choice. “I really enjoy working with kids. I like being able to see the light bulbs

go on when they find something new, or discover something they didn’t know before. And I just loved having an effect on kids, a very positive effect as a rolemodel and as an educator.” Ridlehoover went on to Champlin Park High School to teach chemistry and coach football, basketball and baseball. His first role as an administrator began in Andover, at Oakview Middle School. After one year as an assistant principal, Ridlehoover spent the last nine years as an associate principal at Wayzata. Ridlehoover’s years as an associate principal proved to be very productive, landing him awards such as the Assistant Principal of the Year recipient for the Hennepin Division,

the Innovation award, presented by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals for his work with the highly successful math program, and the 2012 NASSP Dr. Ted Sizer High School Dissertation Award for his research on leadership characteristics that best impact students and teachers. “What I have done in the past that has been very successful was bring people together, towards a common vision--spell out very succinctly what those goals might be for achieving the success that we would want.” Ridlehoover received his Master’s in education at St. Thomas, and obtained his Ph.D from Hamline. For him, the next logical step was Mounds View. “Mounds View is an amazing district, both as a district

and this high school in particular was really appealing to me. The things were already in place, with student achievement, and a great community, there really are no negatives about this place.” Ridlehoover is most excited about getting to better know students and staff alike. “I’m really looking forward to being in classrooms, watching our kids do amazing things with their teachers. I’m also looking forward to attending as many of the co-curricular activities as I can, because it’s really fun to see kids outside of the classroom, watch them do things that I wish I could do, and just be amazed at their talents and gifts.”

Singing with a new crowd New choir teacher brings in whole new experience for students by Nicole Wahlin features editor After seven years as choir director, beloved teacher Erik Espe left big shoes to fill. But Sheryl Brame, the new director, was unfazed. Coming into Mounds View with previous teaching experience at Robbinsdale-Cooper High School, Brame brought fresh ideas and lots of positive energy and thinking. Making the change to Mounds View was not an easy one for Brame or the students. Brame had to find the right mix between what she was used to doing and what the students were used to doing. “I just tried to blend two worlds into one. The students were really helpful in telling me where they left off and what they wanted to learn this year,” said Brame. The decision to come to Mounds View felt right to Brame. “I had needed a change in my life, and this was it,” said Brame. Brame comes with lots of prior knowledge. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Bethel University and got her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education at St. Thomas University. Now she is completing her education at Hamline University by getting her Doctorate. Brame also sang in the Bethel College Choir and the Minnesota Chorale.

After having taught choir for 20 years at RobbinsdaleCooper, Bethel University, and the Eden Prairie Elementary schools, Brame has the knowledge to know what she wants to do and what direction she wants the choirs to go. “I want the singers to grow personally, but I also want the program to maintain and grow. I want to build a community that is welcoming, somewhere where everyone feels comfortable,” Brame said. Brame has introduced new styles and is teaching the history of choir in her classes. “We are learning new music, but we are also doing more things like interval training and learning the history of choral music, which is all new,” said Megan Bethke, 12. With her experience, Brame brings lots of positive thinking and enthusiasm for the students to grow and be the best they can be. “She is very upbeat and gets you going and singing right away when you get to class,” said Bethke. Brame is excited to have this new chapter in her life begin. “I’m looking forward to building relationships with the students, presenting concerts, and just having a good time. Everything about being here is a positive for me.”

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by Neha Sethi spread editor Today, “Homecoming” means a lot of different things. It could mean attending the Homecoming football game, asking the perfect person to your first dance, finding the most slimming dress, or participating in the spirit week at Mounds View. But homecoming began with the intention to unify alumni and students through sports, parades, rallies, dances, and speeches to create a stronger sense of school pride -- a meaning that has been mostly lost. Although the University of Missouri seems to be the first to have hosted a homecoming event, there are other colleges that claim to have hosted the first homecoming, including Baylor University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The homecoming hype started as with the innocent rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas in 1911. The University of Missouri was allowed to host the game at their campus against the Kansas Jayhawks for the first time ever and decided to invite alumni to come back inaugurate the new field. Over 10,000 alumni attended the game. The screams of thousands of roaring fans decked out in black and yellow could be heard from miles away.

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Charlotte Helgeson

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Kylie Monson

Extra-Curriculars: Swimming, Lacrosse, Marine Biology Club, NHS Describe yourself in less than 5 words: (; What do you want to remembered as? There’s more to life than being really, really ridiculously goodlooking What does not go with peanut butter? Peanut allergies

Extra-Curricular: Hockey Describe yourself in less than 5 words: Great singer/storyteller What does not go with peanut butter? Grapes Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? I like water If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? The ability to fly

Extra-Curriculars: Golf, Volleyball, Mustang Mentors, NHS What does not go with peanut butter? Ketchup Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? I’m getting seasick If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? Soaring, flying, there’s not a star in heaven I can’t reach.

Sam Kimball Extra-Curriculars: Football If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? Night-Vision If you were allowed only to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate What does not go with peanut butter? Fruit

Corey Larson Extra-Curriculars: Basketball, Baseball, Drumline Describe yourself in less than 5 words: corndog If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? Ability to eat an unlimited amount of corndogs, cause they’re awesome. Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? Are corndogs buoyant?

ook at an ld Tradition By the 1920s almost all university and college campuses had adopted some type of homecoming celebration. Now, almost all high schools have homecoming as well. A big part of homecoming is the royalty, or the homecoming court. It consists of a group of students that has been nominated by fellow students for extensively contributing to the school and community. After an equal number of males and females have been chosen for the court, there is another vote to decide the King and Queen. Many schools also host numerous events to amp up the excitement and spirit for the game and dance. These events include: tailgating, spirit days, parades, rallies, picnics, and competitions. Some schools even throw a homecoming banquet to recognize the accomplishments of past and present students. Homecoming is a prime example of a tradition that has been carried on for decades--blending the old and new ideas together to make it popular and enjoyable.

oming Royalty TOP LEFT: TJ Conlin and Annie DeWitt , 2013 Graduates TOP RIGHT: From L/R :Marnie Zilka, 11, Hannah Roeder, 11, Emily Michaelson, 11, Maddy Rosenow, 11. BOTTOM: From L/R: Erika Johnson, 12, Tucker Gran, 12, Christina Nelson, 12, Henry Morris, 12, and Britta Menk, 12.




Matthew Smith Extra-Curriculars: DECA, Soccer What does not go with peanut butter? Water Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? I am a paddle boat If you were only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Five Guys If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be? Fast

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Molly Hancuh

Extra-Curriculars: Volleyball, NHS, Mustang Mentors Describe yourself in less than 5 words: I am awkward and funny. What does not go with peanut butter? Mashed potatoes If you were only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Turtle cake

Extra-Curriculars: Soccer, Viewer, NHS If you were only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Deep fried pickles Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? I’d sink the Titanic James Zhang If you could have any superAustin Heath power in the world, what would it be? Fly, so I can fake fall off Extra-Curriculars: Science Extra-Curriculars: Soccer, the wings of airplanes and scare Olympiad, Tennis Snowboarding, Bowling, NHS people. Describe yourself in less than 5 If you could have any superwords: Toaster lover power in the world, what would What does not go with peanut it be? Ability to make what ever butter? Tomato food I want, whenever I want, If you could have any superand feed everyone. power in the world, what would Imagine you are a boat, any it be? Teleportation for convethoughts? Please rock me. nience Imagine you are a boat, any thoughts? My life is awesome.

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September 27, 2013

Taste Temptations The Viewer presents the best dessert shops in the north metro

Keys: A lock on desserts by James Birr online managing editor

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“The food you grew up with,” boast the signs inside of the familyowned Keys Cafe and Bakery in White Bear Lake. And rightfully boast, they do. The restaurant, which has nine locations, is well known for its homestyle cooking and friendly atmosphere. Along with this, Keys boasts an incredibly diverse and delicious bakery featuring breads, cakes, cupcakes, and more. The meal started out well enough with the housemade bread and butter. It was fresh, warm, and delectable, and it became obvious any other baked good this place had to offer had to be a treat. Next was the house specialty, the Chocolate House cake. Sporting a white buttercream, the cake was divine. Unlike most cakes, it was not

heavy, chewy, or dry; rather, it was light and heavenly. The rich homemade buttercream all but complimented the delectable chocolatey-ness. Finally was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy bar. I experienced the same level of savoriness and satisfaction supplied by the House cake. The thick, sweet milk chocolate on top of the bar made the crispy Special K cereal underlayer all the more appetizing and tempting. However, the biggest surprise when looking into Keys is that although they have many locations, they still maintain a hometown bakery attitude. Everyone there seems to have a love for what they do, even going so far as to suggest what’s best on the menu. While expecting the same old fashioned bakery, I came out craving even more. Keys Cafe and Bakery has nine locations, with closeby locations in Roseville and Saint Paul on Raymond.

by Nina Bertelsen business manager


Since 1988, the Donut Hut has a been a neighborhood staple, serving up 30 different kinds of donuts daily. The atmosphere when you walk is that of a friendly neighborhood coffee shop. On the wall there are picture boards of their customers. And a group of older gentlemen, the regulars, sitting in the corner, around one of the very few, small tables, proudly proclaim that it’s the best bakery in town. Owners Tiffany and Tuan hand-make every donut starting at nine at night and work till the morning. They have 30 different kinds of donuts ranging from a BearClaw or long-john for 80 cents, to their basic sugar doughnut, light, airy, and warm, coated in a dusting of fine sugar granules (70 cents). All the donuts are deep fried and not baked, as to make them fluffy, all the while coated, sprinkled, or glazed in sugary goodness. But you better get there early; the store is only open from 5am-2pm (6am-2pm weekends), and if they sell out early they will close down, sometimes just a few hours after opening. Located at 31 Little Canada Rd E off of Rice Street, you can’t find a better donut in the city.

photo by Nina Bertelsen

Grandma’s: Feel Right at Home by Namrata Gadela variety editor

photo by Namrata Gadela

Open since 1978, Grandma’s Bakery has been serving an array of delicious desserts. When one walks in, one is instantly surrounded by a delicious aroma of freshly baked bread. The window display of mouth-watering treats is front and center in the store, and opens up into the main bakery. Checkered tablecloths and white chairs evokes a nostalgic backat-home feeling.The quaint and friendly atmosphere makes anyone feel like they are at Grandma’s. The bakery has many varieties of treats to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. One of their more well-known desserts, catering to dedicated chocolate lovers, is the Hockey Puck. Layers of chocolate frosting, supported by a soft, airy brownie make it a chocolate delight. Besides brownies, Grandma’s prides itself on

a cookie department that offers 12 different types of cookies such as double chocolate, and an Italian biscotti. Some of the cookie recipes have been pleasing crowds for over 100 years. Another trademark item of Grandma’s are the donuts. The immense variety of them is sure to make your head spin. The rolls are known for being fresh, sweet and flaky. The most popular items on the menu are the decadent apple fritters and bismarcks. These coveted items are the toast of the town and often run out. The bakery also boasts an affordable menu, with donuts, rolls, and pastries under two dollars. So come on over to Grandma’s Bakery--a trip that will not disappoint. Grandma’s is in two locations in White Bear. The retail store is located on 2184B Fourth Street and the main bakery on 1765 Buerkle Road.



September 27, 2013

The Top 5 Viral Videos of the Summer We asked, you voted. See which one of your favorite videos made it onto the list. Go to for the linked videos.


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by James Birr online managing editor What Does The Fox Say? Apparently, “Ringding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!” Yes, even I feel like I lost brain cells reading that chain of words, but, somehow, I laugh everytime. The video, which was made by Norwegian brother band “Ylvis,” is nothing short of stupidity (nearly 4 minutes of it, too). But who knew that watching people propose various noises a fox could emit could be this side-splittingly hilarious? The video starts out with various animals and their noises being described--did you know the elephant says “toot?”--before verging into a large group of people dancing to various moronic noises

2 by Neha Sethi spread editor As AWOLNATION’s hit single “Sail” rose to the top of music charts around the world, a video of cat merely jumping off of a building got more than nine million views on YouTube. This sly cat struts its stuff as “Sail” plays in the background. Every time the verse changes the cat reveals its mischievous nature by first abruptly turning away and descending behind the clothesline, then rising back up show its sly eyes. It makes its way to the ledge of a balcony or terrace, and culminates with the cat jumping off of the ledge as the singer belts “Sail.” I do not argue that this is one of the most pointless videos I have ever watched, but it is most certainly one of the most entertaining. I have watched this 36 second video more times than I would like to admit, but it gets funnier each time. This video represents an increasingly popular trend of cat related gibberish that is being posted all over the internet. Us humans literally spend hours watching cat videos as they are planning to take over the world. Although the cat in the “Sail Cat” video seems genuine and sincere, do not let it fool you. This cat will probably be taking over the world in the next couple years, clothesline by clothesline.

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that a fox couldn’t possibly ever make. Somehow, a bearded man mimicking these noises in a rocking chair ties into it. Like I said, moronic, but somehow, so funny I might just get abs if I watch it one more time.

3 by Maddy Rosenow sports editor First, imagine goats. Then, imagine humans. Then imagine goats yelling like humans. It might just be the most influential video in the world. The combination of the two provides enough comedy to leave throats hoarse for weeks. If you thought goats couldn’t shriek like a teenage girl, you’re wrong and this video is out to prove it. Besides high pitched screeches, the goats have flung themselves into the viral world with spitting, grunting, and bellowing. It may not be the most common way vocalists find themselves fame, but for the goats it was an instant four minute success. They really got their vocal career going with a feature in Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” music video. Okay, it wasn’t her legit video, but whoever made it sure was clever. No offense to Taylor, but the goats really do fit right into her latest hit. The goats may never ever get back together with Taylor Swift, but with 20 million views and counting on their video, they may not have to. Whether the goats decided to stick with Taylor, or go on a solo career they will no doubt continue to deliver countless cackles and leave you yelling for more.

What strikes me as the funniest aspect of the video is the seriousness with which it is played. Even when the brothers are flying in the air, calling a fox their “guardian angel,” they keep a straight face, wholly aware of their stupidity, but wholly aware of their hilarity. Ylvis currently announced that they have no plans to release the song on any sort of physical release, planning to keep it as an online phenomena; it is a shame, though, because I could imagine nothing better than jamming out to “The Fox” on the radio.


4 by Sasha Safonov managing editor It seems like no matter what inordinate number of cat videos get added to Youtube every day, there just aren’t enough! From cat video compilations, to extended dialogues between two cats, I have seen it all. Yet I haven’t seen anything like “I am Maru 5.” While the typical cat video is a short bit of entertainment, “I am Maru 5” is a journey of relaxation, careful in its subtleties, yet an extremely potent dose of mental yoga. As cheery, instrumental music plays in the background, you get to the see Maru, a so-ugly-it’s-cute type of cat, perform various exploits: from entering various objects to laying around basking in the sun. But a simple word description does it no justice. In these simple cat tasks, Maru always seems to put his own spin on it-- tumbling this way, and contorting that way. If you approach the video expecting a constant fit of laughter, you will be disappointed. But if you want a charming, whimsical diversion with a side of humor, Maru is for you. Famed Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus once famously wrote, “I’d buy an album of Dylan breathing heavily.” Similarly, I would be perfectly content watching Maru doing nothing but lying in the sun, softly breathing, for hours on end.

by Jonathan Kim staff writer Cows may be the one of the more boring animals out there, but the video “Cows Cows Cows” may be putting cows in a great light. The video starts with an eerie electronic song and cows. As the song progresses, the cows start moving in a very strange way to the beat of the song. Every time the music changes pace the cows do more impressive acts, like backflips and transforming into blobs. As if this was not weird enough, the cows start to transform into spider shapes and multiplying in a very intricate way. I did not really like it at first, but I kept finding myself watching the video on repeat. The video itself was very idiotic, but after watching it many times, I actually enjoyed this eccentric video. The video has no point, yet you can not seem to escape the cows. Watching the mesmerizing cows, I realized I clicked replay many times. The different ways the cows were shape shifting and moving was odd but also intriguing and very enjoyable to watch. Love em’, hate em’, this trend of “unusual” viral videos is definitely getting more popular. Even detractors will have trouble denying that videos like “Cows Cows Cows” contain a certain charm.


September 27, 2013



with him before so it’s a lot of fun.” Even though this is their first year on the same team, both boys have played soccer their whole lives and spend plenty of time with each Gunkel passes to Gunkel. Gunkel receives it, other and a ball. looks around, and passes it back to Gunkel. Gunkel “If we don’t have practice, we’ll just go to lays it off to Gunkel, Gunkel shoots...GUNKEL the park and play,” said Austin. SCORES. Strange play, right? But for the senior and The boys share a last name and a love for sophomore duo, Stephen and Austin Gunkel this could the game, but besides that, the boys are rather be, well, ordinary. different. Stephen is a returning varsity player The brothers moved from Georgia to Minnesota and a captain, and for sophomore Austin, it is his last year, and are both on the varsity soccer team this first year on varsity. fall. Playing together is not only a new experience, but On the field, the boys are diverse not only a fun one. in stature, but in their style of play as well. “I’m “It’s pretty awesome to have him on the field,” smaller and less physical than him,” said Austin. said Stephen. “I’ve never played on the same team “I use skills to get around people, while he passes and moves off the ball.” Their abilities differentiate them even further. When asked who was better, neither seemed to hesitate and answer “Stephen.” According to Austin, he’s better at everything. However, Stephen was quick to defend his little brother. “Austin’s got one of the best shots I’ve ever seen,” he said. In addition, they even have different mindsets. Although they both play midfield, the way they play is much different. “Austin is probably more attack minded, whereas Stephen is more defensive,” said head coach Chris Scanlon. Beyond that, their chemistry is pretty unique. “There’s almost a sixth sense, and I always know where he is and can anticipate what he’s going to do next,” said Stephen. That anticipation and sense is something that most players never get with their teammates, even if they photos by Anders Nygaard have been playing forever together. Stephen Gunkel, 12, works on his moves at practice. “What they have really is special,” said by Maddy Rosenow sports editor

Austin Gunkel, 10, cracks a shot at practice. goalkeeper, Nolan Carlson-Stevermer, 11. “You’d think they’ve been playing their whole lives together.” Just like most siblings, the boys have a competitive nature against each other. But what’s different about the Gunkel brothers is they do not let the rivalry get the best of them. “We try not to get too competitive against each other, because we want the best for our team,” said Austin. At the end of the day the boys will always be brothers. They are able to connect over a sport they love, and that’s something not many siblings can say. For Austin and Stephen, soccer has built a strong relationship both on and off the field. And whether they’re at practice, or at the park, the Gunkel brothers will continue to bond over this sport they both love.

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Coaching change follows championship

by Tommy Sletten spread editor

Less than two months after winning Mounds View’s first ever state baseball championship, head coach Jon Nuss agreed to step down to an associate coaching position, letting former head coach Mark Downey (2006-2009) take over again as head coach. The decision was a surprise to players, coming at the end of a successful season and with no forewarning and little explanation. Still, most players took it in stride. “I was surprised,” said Nate Albers, 10. “He had just won a state championship, and I thought he would go for more.”

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Alec Abercombie, 11, piles onto his teammates to celebrate the State Tournament win. “It was something with a time commitment, I think,” said team captain Sam Hentges, 12. On June 16, at the close of a 20-6 season, the Mustangs pulled off a victory against Rocori High School in the Class AAA State Championship. “It was a dream come true,” said Nuss. Six weeks later, on August 29, a letter was sent out to parents and players from Activities Director Bob Madison explaining the change in leadership. The letter said: “Over the past few weeks, I have been engaged in a number of discussions with Coach Nuss regarding the time demands and responsibilities required of the head coach. As a result of these discus-

sions, Jon has decided to transition into another role within the program, and will now serve as associate head coach.” Players interpreted the letter to mean that Nuss had made the decision to step down. “Coach Nuss made this choice because he believes it is the best decision for himself and the organization as a whole. That is the only explanation that we need,” said team captain Chance Carnahan, 12. However, Nuss said that it was not a family issue, and that both his wife and children are very supportive of his coaching job and the time it requires. Nuss and Madison both declined to explain the exact reason for the change. “I think it’s fair to say it was initiated by Mr. Madison, but that I agreed to it,” Nuss said. Madison declined to comment on the matter. Madison and Nuss both said that no specific event or personality conflict led to the decision. Some players said they perceived no chemistry issues with the team whatsoever. “There was for sure no problems between the team and the coaches,” said Max Knutson, 2013 graduate and member of the state championship team. “The coaches coached the right way and helped us to a state championship.” Other players said there were slight problems, but nothing that completely ruined the chemistry, or prevented them from winning. “On every team there’s going to be friction between coaches and players, which is just the reality of sports,” said another 2013 graduate, Ethan DeCaster. “Not everyone agreed on everything, but in the end we came together and made our run.” Principal Jeff Ridlehoover, new to Mounds View this summer, was unable to comment on the issue. Players did not object the change, however, anticipating that the new arrangement will be a team effort between Downey and Nuss. “He’ll be the second guy behind Downey, and I still think he’ll play a big role on the team,” Hentges said. “Last year we won state, so Nuss must have been doing something right.” Keith Kubitschek, 2013 graduate agreed. “I don’t see it as ‘replacing’ Nuss, I see it as a great addition to

Athlete of the Issue

Senior Football

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Nuss coached the 2013 team through a winning season and to the Class AAA State Championship.

With three wins and one loss on their hands, the Mounds View Varsity Football Team is off to a promising start. Captain Matt Hunt, 12, believes their strong run will continue into the rest of the season and hopefully into the state tournament. Having three touchdowns already under his belt, Hunt is ready to push his team to the top this year.

A: I expect our team to go at least to the state title

Q: How long have you been playing football? A: I’ve been playing since 2nd grade.

Q: How do you and the other captains plan on prepar-

Q: What’s your favorite part of the game? A: I love to see the players execute the perfect play on

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the field, like when Josh [Bertsch] comes down hard and we get a nice kick out block on the end.

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the coaching staff. They both are head coaches in their own way, and that is why I like to think of it as just adding another head coach to the team.” Carnahan also felt that they would not be losing any of Nuss’ value as a coach on the team, saying, “I do not feel that we are losing any of Coach Nuss’ value now that he is in the associate head coach position. It is understood that he will still have a very strong role in the coaching staff, and now we have even more coaching talent and experience to accompany him with the addition of Mr. Downey as head coach.” Downey left the program in 2009 to accept an assistant coaching job at St. Olaf College. He left that position to return to Mounds View. In his four years of coaching, the Mustangs’ winning percentage was 47 percent. Since 2011, with Nuss as head coach, the Mustangs had a winning percentage just shy of 70 percent. Both Madison and Nuss said winning is not the most important thing in high school sports. “Winning is a byproduct, it’s more of a conclusion, a component of all the work we do,” Madison said. Despite the unusual circumstances, Nuss said he is glad to still be part of the team. “Ultimately, I love working with the players, I love coaching, and I still get to coach,” he said.

Q: What expectatoins do you have for the team this year?

game. Cretin and Stillwater should be a good test for that.

Q: What advice would you give to underclassmen hoping to play varsity one day? A: Train hard and don’t get in trouble. Always have the best intentions on and off the field. ing the team for the Homecoming game? A: We plan on having a really good week of practice.

Why? A: My superpower would be psychokinesis. I think moving things with your mind would be so cool, and I could be the laziest person ever! information compiled by Molly Hancuh


September 27, 2013

You were wrong (thankfully) On the doorstep, entering high school is a terrifying feat. A new batch of freshmen and some upperclassmen explore the gap between what they expected and their first impressions of Mounds View.

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