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Mounds View


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Volume 61, Issue 2

400 acres up for grabs by Emily Ruan staff reporter The largest undeveloped piece of land in the Twin Cities metro area could soon be home to a shopping mall, corporate office buildings, mid-rise apartment housing, and even a national Ultimate Frisbee and rugby field. This promising expanse also happens to lie smack dab in the middle of the Mounds View School District. After over 30 years of neglect, the 427-acre Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) land is finally back in the public eye. Ramsey County bought the land in April, and a partnership between Arden Hills and the county is working on a development plan. An open house Sept. 17 gave the public a chance to express opinions. In fact, all of the possibilities for development listed above were actual suggestions mentioned at this meeting. A mix of different commercial zones, parks, open space, and residential areas are currently under discussion. Ramsey County has set maximum limits on land devoted to commercial and open spaces, with the leftover area going to residential use. The specific combination of development chosen will have longlasting effects on the district. Currently, if the maximum zoning requirements are met from commercial and green areas, approximately 188 acres would be left over for residential development. Children of new families would attend school in the district, and many would ultimately end up at Mounds View High School. However, a major increase in district enrollment is not expected, says Carole Nielson, Director of Finance for the District. “When there is a new development, we typically generate about a .58 student from every house built,” said Nielson. “For example, if there are 100 new homes, based on our projections, we would generate about 58 students.” Nielson also said total district enrollment for the next 10 years is projected to fluctuate between 10,000 and 10,500 students. As statistics for the 2013-2014 school year show an enrollment of 10,235 students, TCAAP development probably will not lead to a great change in the size of Mounds View’s schools. Likewise, the district does not anticipate a substantial change in tax dollars. While these groups will increase the overall property tax base, the amount the district levies is a fixed sum approved annually by the school board. As opposed to the district significantly expanding its budget, the levy will instead be distributed more widely among taxpayers. Students have much to look forward to from TCAAP development. New stores may be available to shop at with friends, and having more restaurant choices near school means an end to driving all the way downtown to find a nice restaurant before prom. For sports-oriented students, additional playing fields and jogging trails will be conveniently located near school. Unfortunately, students will have to wait a long time for construction to begin. Site environmental remediation will last until the fall of 2015, and the plan for development is not final yet.

Game updates and scores are widely distributed via social media.

photo illustration by Ben Kaiser

The Right Connections Staff use Twitter and Blogger in the classroom

by Persis Ke staff reporter The 2000s saw the emergence of social media and a major change in how people connect and interact. Mounds View staff members are taking advantage of this new platform to build student-staff relationships. After hearing that more students were using Twitter, Bob Madison, activities director, created an activitiescentered account on the popular networking site. Twitter gives Madison the ability to share the happenings of multiple activities at once, which perfectly fits his needs. Lucas Shogren, orchestra director, made a Twitter for orchestra to build a community for all orchestra students as well as giving them a place to discuss orchestra. Shogren believes the creation of the Twitter might help give a voice to people who are not as social in class. “I wanted to meet students where they’re at. To me it just made sense to have a Facebook or Twitter,” said Shogren. Reactions to the Twitter have been positive. “I think it’s a good way to bring the orchestra into the 21st century,” said Trygve Eggen, 10.

To me it just made sense to have a Facebook or Twitter.”

-Lucas Shogren, Orchestra Teacher

Justin Benolkin uses Blogger in his AP US History and Modern Philosophy classes. Students post reflections on what they have learned from the textbook and class discussions. “Blog sites [are for students to] reflect on class material in a way people do today,” said Benolkin. Joan Andreas, 11, who takes APUSH with Benolkin likes blogging. “[Benolkin] can comment on it and see it instantly. Other students can also comment on other students’ blogs,” Andreas said. Andreas thinks these blogs can help build connections between herself, other students, and the teacher but acknowledges that there are problems. “Right now, students feel too awkward commenting so it feels like you’re

talking to a wall,” she said. Another drawback of using social media for classes is simply that not everyone uses certain social media sites. When asked about the Mounds View Orchestra Twitter, Alan Wang, 9, said, “I don’t use it, I don’t have [a Twitter].” Benolkin also admits there are disadvantages to using social media for classes, as it creates a divide between “haves” and “have nots.” However, he has seen a shrinking of the divide as more students have access to technology than ever before. Benolkin helps close the gap by providing ample time to complete blogging assignments and allowing students the use of a computer set aside for them in his room. Social media, as used by staff, is still in its early stages, and there may still be changes in formatting. Madison plans to continue reporting on activities but says that by next year, he may use a different format depending on what students are using. “We use Twitter because it’s where the students are at, which makes it more effective. So next year, if the platform changes, I would change with it,” said Madison.

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Make bad monster or candy related puns Entreat the class clown to some Snickers


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Check candy for those pesky razor-blades


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Fund MV, support the tax levy!


Homework, of course!

October 31, 2013


by Alistair Tang editorials editor In 2006, districts all over Minnesota approved levies -- higher property taxes -- to provide more funds for their schools. These levies will expire in 2014, and school districts are proposing all sorts of new levies in order to keep themselves funded. The Mounds View Public School district seeks to renew its current levy of $11.5 million a year. If the renewal is passed by voters, the district will continue to receive the same level of funding that it has been given for the past seven years at no increase to the property tax of residents within the district. Editors In order to retain our current Disagree standard of education, the renewal of Mounds View’s levy is vital. Without it, there simply would not be enough money for the district to function properly. Aside from the funds provided by the levy, the Minnesota State Legislature provides the district with approximately $2 million over the course of two years. This is an incredibly meager amount compared to the $11.5 million received from the levy. If the levy is not renewed, the effects could only hurt students at all levels of education.

At first, it may be hard to visualize how important maintaining the current levy is to our daily lives as students in Mounds View High School. However, our high school experience is heavily influenced by the levy. The current levy is what allows classroom sizes to stay relatively small and manageable. Without the levy, classroom sizes would have to increase substantially. In that situation it would be nearly impossible for teachers to address individual students’ needs, resulting in a more generalized and canned learning experience. Think of how hard it is currently for teachers to get students to stop talking and pay attention, or of how many homework assignments, essays, and tests teachers have to grade. Overloading teachers with responsibility over too many students would only lead to chaos and a significantly worse education. Although classrooms would still suffer if the district was forced to make budget cuts, extracurriculars would usually always be the first on the chopping block. The many activities and sports that Mounds View offers require a large amount of money to operate. Here, the effects of not renewing the levy would be

interpreted in many different ways. For athletes, it could mean that old equipment would not be replaced, and the number of athletic competitions teams can go to would decrease. Musicians would feel the effects similarly, since budget cuts would make it harder to purchase new music and instruments, as well as decreasing the amount of concerts/ performances that can be held. It is important to remember that the levy does not only affect high school students, but the rest of the district as well. Middle, elementary, and preschools would feel similar effects from budget cuts. In education, the early years are extremely important to a student’s learning process, as that is when students learn the basics. If students have trouble grasping the roots of what they’re learning, how can they be expected to go farther? This Nov. 5, voters will decide whether to renew Mounds View Public Schools’ levy. If the levy is not renewed, we could be seeing larger classroom sizes, programs cuts, and an overall dip in the quality of education district-wide as soon as next year. Encourage parents and other eligible voters to approve the levy. Education is too important to be inadequately funded.

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Too many deficits will force posterity to pay by Tristan Aschittino editorials editor The impending debt ceiling catastrophe has been postponed -- so we’ll be able to go through the nerve-wracking turmoil again in January. If the debt ceiling, which has been set by Congress to limit the massive national debt, is not raised to balance the budget, the government has little choice but to first prioritize who or what gets paid (investors, social security benefits, etc.), and then default. Defaulting on the debt would pose countless problems. Social Security benefits would plummet, Medicaid would lack adequate funding, government employees would not be paid, and probably most importantly, treasury securities would not yield returns for investors, damaging confidence in the U.S. government. Chaos would ensue. People would feel cheated. Their money and necessary programs would be gone or damaged. Public education would surely feel a default. Infrastructure, retirement, and healthcare would not be capable of supporting the millions it needs to support. To combat the crisis that is narrowly avoided every time the debt ceiling is nearly reached, the government should balance a budget for a consistent stretch of time. A deficit every year, even in times of relative peace and stability, is burdening

future generations. Taxes should be raised and spending reduced, so Congress can approve a balanced budget every year it can. Otherwise the debt crisis will never end, and every time the debt nears a newly set ceiling, the government will panic and default will always be a risk. The problem is rooted in Congress. The legislative branch approves a budget deficit every fiscal year, forcing the President to borrow to balance the budget. In short, government spending on a plethora of programs approved by Congress exceeds government income. Government income comes from two primary sources: taxes and treasury securities (notes, bills, and bonds). Because tax increases are unpopular and they decrease public spending, the U.S. treasury sells securities to increase revenue. People, programs, and corporations with faith in the government invest in it with the hope of obtaining a yearly payback at a set interest rate. They buy bonds because they are safe; the U.S. government is backing them. To consistently and reliably pay back investors without furthering debt, the government should cut spending. Stimulus packages and bailouts have cost billions and seem to have only provided a false sense of security. America has the most powerful military in the world, yet it continues to spend $600 billion on it

annually. According to a recent report from the Office of Accountability, the government has spent $295 billion on redundant programs in 2014, which is more than it has spent on education and transportation combined. Then, there is the annual $220 billion in interest on the debt, which taxpayers are responsible for. Cutting spending and raising taxes would be the ideal combination. An increase in taxes would help to generate secure revenue to fund necessary programs. No one wants taxes raised, but everyone wants social security and other such programs. President Bill Clinton managed a budget surplus from 1998 to 2001 because he, and the Congress at the time realized the consequences of massive debt overtaking the GDP. Since the 1970s there have been no other years with a surplus. As of now, without the President and Congress working in unison to balance the budget, the debt ceiling must continue to be raised to keep the country functioning. The millions of government employed persons have to be paid, treasury securities must continue to yield returns, and programs that Americans have become reliant on must continue to function. But we need to bounce back from decades of deficits. Congress needs to start approving a balanced budget.

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Corrections from the 10/16/13 issue: Ann Nash is the correct spelling of the name of the photographer on Features 5


October 16, 2013

Transforming the TCAAP

Student VIEWS


What should happen to the 427 acres of undeveloped land? Develop it by AlistairTang editorials editor The Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) has played a large role in the our local history. The city of Arden Hills itself was developed primarily to govern the land once the Army had decomissioned it. Now that the TCAAP site is indeed decommissioned, one lingering question remains. What on earth do we do with the land? There are many things to consider when laying out a development plan for the now empty TCAAP site. Location is a large factor. Although a popular opinion is to turn the land into a park or other natural reserve, there are a few issues with this. The TCAAP site borders several major highways, which will ensure a steady stream of loud, smelly cars passing by it throughout the day. Though a park may seem like an ideal place to host picnics or take a lovely summer stroll, what happens when the season changes? Especially given our area’s past records,

there are maybe five months where snow won’t smother park trails and turn fields of grass into mud, and even fewer months where the temperature is acceptable for these activities. There need to be other ways to use the TCAAP site that will not be affected by weather, particularly buildings that people can use year-round. Those wishing to profit off the TCAAP land can easily use the nearby highways to their advantage. A large shopping mall will attract attention with its bright lights and colorful signs. Having a shopping mall in Arden Hills will also mean many of the local residents will not have to travel to Roseville or Maplewood to do their shopping. Building something unique to Arden Hills alone such as a water park or go-kart track will give tourists a reason to visit an otherwise somewhat run-of-the-mill town. Finding a correct blend of natural settings and manmade attractions is key to efficiently utilizing the TCAAP site. While dedicating a section of it as a park would likely be unprofitable, these

“I think they should build a park there and grow plants to counteract the pollution from the city. It will encourage people to go outdoors more, help kids become more active, and help the environment.” -Furqan Syed, 10

information compiled by Kyoka Millard

costs can be covered by a new privately owned sector lining the highways, which will at the same time provide a buffer zone between the natural areas of the TCAAP site and the highways.

If these changes were implemented, Arden Hills would no doubt be a much more fun place to be every day of the year.

“I believe that the land should be used as a park. Other parks in the area have generated profits over time. Not only would this be a beautiful addition to Arden Hills, it would be a profitable addition in the long run.” -Mark Sheldon, 11

The not so sweet price of fake sugar by Sasha Safonov managing editor

What do a hamburger, a bag of Skittles, and a bottle of Coke have in common? They’re delicious! And apparently they are America’s number one problem. With heart disease as the leading cause of deaths in the U.S. and diabetes ranking in at number seven, numerous attempts have been made at lowering this shocking statistic. The American Heart Association and numerous doctors have denounced sugar as the main culprit. As a result, sugar developed a negative reputation and states such as California and Texas have banned soda from school vending machines. But is sugar, the silent killer, much

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better than the alternative? For all intents and purposes, sugar sweetened soda should be available to High School Students. According to state law, sugar sweetened drinks are a sure-shot way of getting diabetes, which can be true. So what better way to curb people’s consumption of this poison than replace with something much worse? Artificial sweetener, found in diet sodas, is seen by many experts as something worse than sugar. For one, diet sodas don’t stay true to its name. A study conducted by Purdue University discovered that some diet soda drinkers were more likely to gain weight than regular soda drinkers. The same study found that regular and diet drinkers

“All I wanted was a clever editor opinion, but, alas, no.” - James Birr reviews editor

were at the same risk of acquiring obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Both regular sugar and artificial sweetener also have an ability to hook the consumer. Numerous studies have shown sugar to be addictive. Similarly, a study by the University of Bordeaux found that rats preferred the artificial sweetener Saccharin to cocaine. These beverages that are allegedly better than “ordinary sugar” might be toying with students bodies. Even though you are consuming less calories, the artificial sweetener tricks the body into thinking that it is actual sugar, leading to confusion in the digestive processes. In a Huffington Post blog post, Dr. Mark Hymen elaborated on the

“Saul Goodman has big shoes to fill!”

- Neha Sethi spread editor

effect of artificial sweetener, saying that it “makes you hungrier and crave even more sugar and starchy carbs like bread and pasta.” So why don’t we ban all types of sweetener? A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago found that banning sugar sweetened beverages from school vending machines had no impact on overall consumption.

“It is physically impossible to eat more than one cookie from the cafeteria.” - Sasha Safonov managing editor

“A good teacher can take a student much farther than any standardized course. The school should emphasize teaching methods instead of enouraging kids to take a lot of AP courses.” - Alistair Tang editorials editor


October 16, 2013

Help me WolframAlpha, you’re my only hope

Students increasingly turn to the internet for help, with mixed results by Sophie Jaszewski staff reporter We’ve all been there. Staring at the homework in hopes of remembering what was talked about in class. Getting frustrated, trying to complete a packet in the late hours of the night that you never understood in the first place. When the teacher is unresponsive or students are drowning in confusion, they often turn to the internet. While homework help websites can be an excellent tool for students, they can also have downfalls. Utilizing only those resources instead of the teacher’s material may not be an effective way to learn. Nevertheless, sites such as SparkNotes, WolframAlpha, and YouTube have become popular resources for students. By the time they start their homework, students often realize that maybe they didn’t understand the concepts as well as they thought they did in class. Students have to resort to their computers for assistance when all else fails. “Websites help me review my assignments, and understand material that I didn’t comprehend in class,” said Sarah Arfstrom 11. From practice quizzes and note cards, to YouTube videos and discussion forums, the web can be of great assistance.

One popular site for literature is Complete with quick summaries in modern day language, it is a useful tool to review literature for tests. “SparkNotes is from heaven,” said Sarah Mackay, 11. “It helps me review the books we read for class.” Though the hype about the site is within good reason, SparkNotes also has its disadvantages. SparkNotes is often disapproved by teachers because some students tend to rely solely on the website, rather than reading the book. “Some students will only read SparkNotes and not the book, and miss out on great pieces of literature,” said English teacher Rebecca Hauth-Schmid. To combat this, some teachers have began to focus their tests on specific material that SparkNotes can’t provide. “In English last year I used SparkNotes and ended up failing the test,” said Jen Madaras, 11. Though the site is still an excellent reviewing tool, using SparkNotes doesn’t guarantee success. A math-based website called WolframAlpha is also becoming increasingly popular among students. Its complex system of databases and computational software, also known as Mathematica, can provide the solution to nearly any problem. “If the only thing students are doing is typing in the equation to see the

answer, then that’s a danger,” said math teacher Dan Butler. “But if you put in the effort to understand the answer, then there’s nothing to worry about.” YouTube videos from groups like Khan Academy often teach from a different perspective, helping students fully understand concepts that didn’t quite click in class. “If a student is struggling to get help, different view points are essential,” said chemistry teacher David Barhan. “Other viewpoints can help you make connections, which is golden.” Just because something is on the internet doesn’t make it true, or helpful, however. When looking for help online, it’s important that students think about their source and verify its accuracy. Some resources go above and beyond what is needed for the class and only confuse students further. There is also a concern that students seeking help online will not necessarily be better prepared for tests, since the online material does not necessarily match up with the teacher’s curriculum. Like most learning strategies, it doesn’t work for everyone. The great assortment of “facts” can be a disadvantage. “I’m never able to find the answers online. I don’t use those websites because I end up off task,” said Michael Sanchez, 11.

SparkNotes Mission:

“to help you understand books, write papers, and study for tests” Year Founded: 1999 Creators: four Harvard students Bought by: Barnes and Noble in 2001 for approx. $3,555,000

WolframAlpha Mission:

“to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone”

Year Founded: 2009 Created by: Stephen Wolfram, CEO of Wolfram Research Additional info: Wolfram Alpha is written using 15 million lines of mathematic code information compiled by Ryan Yoch

Rocking to a new beat Young director takes Mounds View orchestra in a fresh direction

photo by Anders Nygaard

Lucas Shogren directs class with an upbeat attitude. by Brooke Olson staff reporter The 2013-2014 school year has brought a great deal of change to Mounds View including new Orchestra Director Lucas Shogren. After beloved director John Madura retired last year, Shogren is focusing on keeping the program as strong as it has been in the past.

Though Shogren previously taught at St. Louis Park High School and Robbinsdale-Cooper High School for three years, he wasn’t wholly unfamiliar with Mounds View before his arrival. “I didn’t walk in blindly to Mounds View. I student-taught at Mounds View in the fall of 2008,” said Shogren. After learning more about the program that Madura left after 44 years, Shogren began to form his plans for the future. “My approach this year is to try to keep as much of the tradition as possible,” said Shogren. “But the music I pick will be different, because we have different styles of music.” Shogren emphasized that he is striving to respect the history of the program, as well as adding his own personality and ideas to the orchestra. This includes working with the group formerly known as “The Emerald Strings.” The group, who previously played various genres of music, is now rock focused. “I have a large background with rock music and felt it would make sense for my background to focus just on the rock side of music,” said Shogren. “My goal is to get kids to worry less about what’s on the page and start creating music without the use of sheet music. We might even write our own original rock song as a group. It’s still the beginning phases of the group, but we’ll see how it evolves over the course of the year.” Shogren’s teaching style is popular among the orchestra students. “Mr. Shogren asks the opinions of all of the

students, and he adjusts his curriculum to fit all the students,” said Jenny Wang, 12. This resulted in changes to the department, such as the reengineering of OPUS. Shogren has remodeled the Orchestra Proficiency Unit Skills (OPUS) program, a series of assignments and tests orchestra students must complete over the course of the year, which was originally created by Madura. He decreased the amount of material overall, but kept the assignments that he thought were the most important. His changes are intended to alleviate some of the stress associated with OPUS, while retaining the main concepts that students need to master. Thus far, the orchestra students have enjoyed their time with the new director. “Mr. Shogren has brought a modern and lively pulse back to orchestra with his infinite energy and excitement,” said Marin Jaszewski, 11. The refreshing new techniques and style of the director have prominently influenced the students. “I’m really pleased overall, because he shows that he really cares. I appreciate that he wants to make sure everyone knows the basics,” said Jaszewski. Shogren himself is excited for the year. He looks forward to working more with the students and seeing what he can do to improve the program. “My number one goal as a teacher is to get students excited, engaged, and motivated about music and orchestra,” said Shogren. “We will strive to create fulfilling relationships and learn to collaborate and work together for our learning in music.”

October 16, 2013



Memories that last forever Taking quality senior pictures ensures lasting memories

photos courtesy of Dreams Time

by Mikayla Toninato Highway 96 is relatively close to Mounds View. “I went to my cousin because she’s professional staff reporter Most students who want more creative but she did it for free. It was awesome,” said Jake Thirty years from now, chances are you’ll want to control in their senior pictures seek a friend or relative Sievert, 12. with a nice camera to take them. Anderson had her However, some did not feel the need for a look back on your youth and remember the good old professional and just used a nice camera instead. days. Between accidental deletes on electronic devices pictures taken by Anne Nash, who is a professional photographer, but since Anderson knew her, she got a “It saved more money and this way you can take and limited memory space, it’s hard to keep pictures deal. as many as you want and do what you want,” said from many years ago. Getting senior pictures taken Jenna Callinan, 12. ensures the safekeeping of memories. Callinan had her pictures taken by Students want to get senior pictures her mom, who has a nice camera. for different reasons. “I wanted to get Even though she wasn’t a senior pictures taken so I would have professional, Callinan thought it something else to look back on besides worked out because she could stop and the regular pictures they just take at see how they all looked. “I’d realize school, which usually end up looking halfway through I didn’t like my outfit awkward,” said Alyssa Parise, 12. and then I could just go and change it,” However, it’s tough to know which said Callinan. places are overpriced, or don’t give you No matter what route you quality, realistic looking pictures. choose to take, senior pictures mark a One option is to get pictures period in your life that you’ll want to taken by a professional. Students look back and reminisce in. said that one of the perks of seeing a professional is the assurance of quality pictures. Some professional photographers that are popular with many Mounds View students include Lance Hill and David Banks. Banks does a lot of photography for Mounds View sports and activities, so most students are familiar with this company and know that they are in good photo provided by Jenna Callinan photo provided by Gretchen Nesset hands. People who know Banks spoke Jenna Callinan, 12, poses for Gretchen Nesset still has very highly of him and of the experience. her senior photo. her senior pictures. “He’s the man, it was comfortable. I knew they’d for sure look nice because “It was so fun he’s a professional,” said John Archbold, 12. because since I knew Anne, I could stop and fix my Senior Chris Collins took his senior photos with hair all the time and I didn’t feel judged,” said Emma Hill. “It was really fun because he kept making me Anderson, 12. laugh. I think they do that so the pictures seem more This route was taken by many to have the genuine,” he said. Students often use Hill because his location along assurance of nice pictures and not an empty wallet.

Show me the money by Carlie Sullivan staff reporter Every sport has certain equipment and supplies that they need. But with only so much funding, it’s hard to get everything each team needs without raising money on their own. That’s why Mounds View sports teams are coming up with new and creative ways to fundraise. Each team only gets a set budget for their program. The amount per team varies depends on the length of the season, the amount of travel, and the equipment cost. “A majority of the teams do [fundraise]. Some don’t because it is a lot of work and some don’t need it,” said Bob Madison, activities director. The money they need to raise also depends on what type of extra things they do during the season. One fundraiser that most teams do is grocery bagging at Cub Foods. It’s easy to do with the whole team being

There was a contest at every hole. We made over $10,000 on the tournament. -Drew Gran, 11

able to bag in the same place. Bagging also is a good way to raise money since many people tip well. “Bagging was not only a good fundraising activity, but also a good way to unite the team,” said Jordan Nustad, 11. Another common fundraiser among teams is volunteering at the State Fair. The type of fundraiser can vary from parking cars to picking up trash.

“It was super fun to clean up at the fair because it was team bonding for us,” said Olivia Fixsen, 12. The girls golf team is known for their unorthodox fundraisers. In addition to selling spirit earrings at lunch for $5 during homecoming week, they do “flamingo flocking”. “My favorite fundraiser is flocking because it is good team bonding. Flocking is when the team puts flamingos in people’s yards. People pay $30 to migrate the flock to the next victim’s yard,” said Kristen Cash, 10. Flocking made the most money for the girls golf team last year. If a person wanted to send the flamingos on to the next person, they paid. If they didn’t want to pay, they wouldn’t be able to choose who the next victim would be. The boys and girls hockey teams do an annual golf fundraiser held at Chomonix Golf Course and Victory Links Golf Course, respectively. “There was a contest at every hole. We made over $10,000 dollars on the

tournament,” said Drew Gran, 11. There was also a silent auction and a dinner served after the tournament was over that brought in more money. A lot of teams also have fundraisers at restaurants like Chipotle, Dairy Queen, and Buffalo Wild Wings. The team receives a percentage of each purchase on the day of the fundraiser. This is one of the more common fundraisers because it is easy to do and fun. “Doing a quick fundraiser at places like Chipotle or Davanni’s is easy, and it brings in money,” said Ross Fleming, Cross Country head coach. One last way to fundraise is to sell books or cards for discounts at places around the cities. Football sells their mustang card every year, which gives discounts at popular places such as Dairy Queen and Bruegger’s.

RACES OF T Across the state, country, and even the world, there are countless opportunities for high school students to show off what they know. Some of the most prestigious competitions include the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, and the International Brain Bee. Can put your brain to the ultimate test?

by Katrina Renacia staff reporter Moody’s Mega Math Challenge (M3), is an internet based applied math competition in which students solve complex and real-world issues using mathematics. The registration is free, and it is open to all high schools in 46 states. Each school can send a maximum of two teams. Teams are composed of three to five students in grades 11 and 12. One teacher-coach is also required per team. Students are only given 14 hours to solve an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a relevant issue. Teams are judged by their solution papers and the top teams are required to present to a panel of judges. Winners of this competition may receive a scholarship fund of up to $125,000. The M3 Challenge is designed to encourage students to study and pursue courses in applied mathematics, economics and finance. It is sponsored by the Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Although competitions are stressful, they greatly benefit students by helping them develop their skills even outside of the classroom.

by Katrina Renacia staff reporter The American Math Regions League, or ARML, is a team competition. Teams are composed of 15 members and made up of qualified students from all around the state. In order to qualify for the team, the students must take a series of exams which determine their abilities. Last year, Vijay Narayanan, 12, participated in ARML. “It was really fun. We ranked 40 out of more than 50 other teams,” said Narayanan. Varun Mangalick, 11, also joined ARML for the second time last year. “It’s pretty cool. You get to meet and even compete with the smartest kids around the state,” said Mangalick. The ARML is simultaneously held in four locations: Penn State University, University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The state of Minnesota sent three teams to the University of Iowa last year.

THE MIND Emily and the Bee

Mounds View student dominates National Brain Bee by Aaron Adams staff reporter The Brain Bee is the first competition of its kind-- a competition that covers almost everything about the brain. Anything in the skull can be tested, from parts of the brain to mental illnesses. The creators intend to “determine who has the ‘best brain’ on topics as: intelligence, memory, emotions, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological disease,” according to its website. The current national champion is our very own Emily Ruan, 10. After joining, something she described as a last-minute decision, Ruan quickly progressed through the ranks. “You take an online test and the top 30 participants make it to the Minnesota competition, which is held at the University of Minnesota, and from there, you just get a pass to go to Nationals,” said Ruan. “At the national level, there are completely different categories. You have to learn neuroanatomy, so they’ll give you real brains, like whole brains and half brains, or sections like slices of brain tissue, and they put pins in them, or label or star little parts, and then you have to identify the name of the structure or the function of the structure or like, ‘What are the structures it’s located around?’” said Ruan. Along with the practical test, there is a knowledge-based test as well. “They give you material to study and the questions come from there; there’s an oral portion where they’ll ask you questions and you write it down and they’re all about neuroscience, so it can be about anything; there’s also a patient diagnosis section, that is one of my favorites.” In addition, participants use diagnostic

as the winner’s; it’s always there,” said Ruan. The biggest rewards, however, come in the field of neuroscience. While winning Nationals wins you an internship, winning the International competition ups the ante with internships with renowned scientists to reward your interest in the field. “I would say that the best thing that you get out of it is the extra knowledge,” said Ruan.

tests to determine the problems of volunteer patient actors. Only after passing through the rigorous national competition does the first place winner advance to the ultimate challenge in neurological competitions: the international competition. The international competition took place in Austria this year. There were students from around the world at the competition. While there are many rewards from doing well in the Brain Bee, don’t expect scholarships or financial aid for college. The national winner receives a $2,000 scholarship to cover costs at the international competition as well as an internship at the neuroscience lab of their choice. Commemorative items such as lab coats and trophies are also part of the winner’s awards. Doing well at the international competition can net up to $3,000, a huge trophy, and a plaque with the name of the winner and year engraved on it that stays at the winner’s high school until the next competition. “It’s cool because it gets recorded on it

by Ross Armstrong staff reporter What competition involves over 70 countries and over $4 million annually? ISEF, or International Science and Engineering Fair, does! Over 1,500 high school kids participate each year, including a number of students from Mounds View. It is the largest pre-college research science competition in the world, and will be held California from May 11-16, 2014. For students in Minnesota, there are two science fair levels to compete in before getting to ISEF. Students can qualify for ISEF from the regional level fair and also attend the state level fair. If a student does not qualify during the regional level fair, he can participate in the state level fair and possibly qualify for ISEF then. Mounds View alum Connor Duffy placed third and won $1000 from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in May 2013.

photos by Anders Nygaard

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October 16, 2013

One exhibit, two exhibit... by Sasha Safonov managing editor “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” With two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize under his hat, Theodor Seuss Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, is widely considered one of the greatest children’s author of all time. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss exhibit is touring across America. The exhibition serves to document the wackiness and brilliance of the man himself. This is achieved by, of all things, a hat collection. Starting in the 1930s, Dr. Seuss set out to collect hats from across the world, ending with 500 hats. Twenty six of these hats are leaving his estate for the first time ever, to the great benefit of fans everywhere.

Presented in an old steamer trunk, each hat has a back story. Whether it is a Baroque Czech Helmet that Seuss picked up in his travels, or the white fur hat presented to him by San Diego State University, or the black feather hat that makes appearances in his book, the exhibit is an eclectic mix of silly and serious that Seuss used for inspiration when writing his stories. Along side the hats are reproductions of paintings crafted by Dr. Seuss, which include Surly Cat Being Ejected and Abduction of the Sabine Woman, among others. Paying homage to the great writer, or simply reminiscing on old memories, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss is a blast for anyone with a childhood. The exhibit will be showcasing from Oct. 11 to 27 at Jean Stephens Gallery in St. Louis Park.

artwork by Michaela Morse

Splendid Sculptures

Wonders of the Walker

by Vicky Lee staff reporter

by Emma Blume staff reporter

Often, when people think of art, the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, or some other old painting comes to mind. Art, however, does not only have one form. The Soap Factory in Minneapolis certainly shows the different explosions of color and structures art can offer as it hosts the third Minnesota Biennial Exhibition. As soon as you walk in, you’re open to a new world of art. The lighting is perfectly placed to bring out the captivating sides of each piece’s style. Thirty-eight artists composed 30 art pieces such as sculptures, paintings, and videos that are on display. Each one has its own hidden meaning of either a memory, event, or a symbol. The exhibit gives the viewer a feeling of awe of the human mind and artistic ability. The sound effects such as the audio of an audience and flicker of an antique film projector along with the light adds a vintage and peaceful feel to the environment. As one walks across the wooden floors, the echo of footsteps sets the mood of the displays. One piece being exhibited is Broc Blegen’s Allen Ruppersbeg, Big Trouble. Blegen used 15 cutouts from antique comic strips and plastered them on plywood recreating a lifesized, three-dimensional comic’s world. While walking next to a gigantic Donald Duck, the nostalgia of

photo by Vicky Lee

One of the many sculptures outside of The Soap Factory’s Minnesota Biennial Exhibition. watching childhood Disney cartoons emerges. The must-see exhibit is free of charge and will run until November 3. The Soap Factory is located at 514 Second St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

“Art is not a thing; it is a way” Elbert Hubbard Art is the way to go this MEA. Come on down to the Walker Art Center to experience new attractions and visit some old favorites. The Walker, located in downtown Minneapolis, is the ideal place to see what’s new in the world of modern art. The spacious and contemporary atmosphere welcomes one to a delightful journey. Two of the featured new exhibitions on view are Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City and Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties. Resident artist Fritz Haeg welcomes guests to examine the way gardens are harvested and how they are brought into the home. The centerpiece of the exhibit is made up of a 30 feet in diameter crocheted rug. Crafted by recycled fabrics and rags it invites all to take off their shoes, sip fresh herbal tea, and enjoy the many flowery sights and sweet

smells of nature at its best. In The Sixties, Oldenburg seamlessly blends film, sculpture and paintings to portray his theories of the time period addressing the Vietnam War and women’s rights movements. This show also includes a section centered upon the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry piece, made up of a giant spoon topped off with a tremendous red cherry, featured in the sculpture garden. If guests want to tap into the free aspects of the Walker, the sculpture garden is their perfect destination. The weaving of greenery and sculptures of varying mediums throughout the grounds is a welcome change of scenery, and features more than 40 works of art from the Walker’s renowned collection. The Walker Art Center is an excellent place to break from the every day and embrace the artist within.

The iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry of the Walker Art Center’s Minnesota Sculpture Garden. photo by Emma Blume



October 16, 2013

SMASHBURGER VS. FIVE GUYS Two restaurants compete in the ultimate battle of the burgers

by Clara Wang staff reporter

All things in moderation, including moderation. This was my mantra this weekend, as I indulged in an American classic: The hamburger with fries. I sampled a burger and french fries from two popular burger chains. Smashburger and Five Guys have differing aesthetics and target consumers, but are both essentially a spin on the traditional diner experience. I immediately felt transported into an old-fashioned diner when I walked into Five Guys. Bags of peanuts formed waiting aisles, and the visible pipes combined with red-and-white checkered

by James Birr online managing editor Some days, all you want is a good, old-fashioned burger, but can’t seem to find one that comes from a drive-thru window. Smashburger, located at the Har-Mar Mall on Snelling, serves up that vintage, hearty burger you’re looking for, but with a twist: All the burgers are smashed onto the grill, making for one delicious, mouth-opening experience. I was served the bacon cheeseburger with raw onion, pickle, lettuce, ketchup, cheese, and bacon. I can say that I personally am not a fan of either a bacon burger or a cheeseburger, but, here, the taste blasted any anticipations I had out of the water. The crispy, golden brown bacon paired with the gooey melted cheddar cheese was a pleasure to the tastebuds, and the various condiments on the side made for a varied yet savory eating experience. Served on the side were the “Smashfries”: fried to crispy perfection and then hand-tossed with

surfaces evoked a family-friendly industrial diner feel. It has a focus on American fastfood fare, but in a sit-down setting. I ordered a Little Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.39) with small cajun fries ($2.59) at Five Guys, but was disappointed in how thin my burger was cut, and the failure of the cheese to be melted. The cajun fries were pretty average, although the seasoning was quite good. The service was friendly and fast, and the person behind the counter was very helpful in assisting me with my meal choice. At Smashburger, the dim lighting and sleek modern decor promote more of a hip and trendy atmosphere. I decided to stick with another Bacon

fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil. A modern twist on the classic french fry, their hearty savoriness complemented the cheesy saltiness of the burger to perfection. A restaurant like this could easily be labeled a dive with a quality burger; however, the atmosphere of the restaurant mimics the old diner of yesteryear where you could sit down and enjoy an ice-cold malt-- red vinyl seats and all. And, in perfect mimicry of the old diners, they serve every type of malt and shake you can think of; they even serve handspun Butterfinger shakes in a frosted glass, which perfectly compliment your burger and fries. Like all things good and greasy, Smashburger delivers on its promise of huge, delicious burgers and golden, crispy fries. With a general ambience of a ‘50s diner-- they even feature shakes and malts-- Smashburger makes for delicious food and a vintage dining experience. Next time you’re looking for a huge burger that’s so greasy it could slip out of the bun, Smashburger is the place to go.

Cheeseburger ($5.99), with sweet potato fries ($2.29). The fried onions in my burger were overly salty, but who could dislike anything with that amount of fat? The burger melted in my mouth, and the bacon was liberally cut. The sweet potato fries were also heavenly, embodying the essence of a good fry: crispy on the outside but buttery soft within. However, the well-prepared food was offset by very slow and negligent service. Although Five Guys provides for a more pleasant dining experience, Smashburger one-ups Five Guys in terms of delectability. Overall, I would say that in terms of simply getting a good meal, Smashburger has triumphed!

by Sean Sabeti-Oseid staff reporter Five Guys is a new burger restaurant off of Lexington Ave. that has a dedication to the quality of their meals, and they aren’t afraid to charge you for it. When you walk in, you see a restaurant covered in red and white tiles, large bags full of potatoes are stacked forming line walkways to the cash register and bins full of complimentary peanuts to eat while you wait for your meal. This along with the smells left me feeling hungry while waiting for my food to be ready. My personal order was a double bacon cheeseburger, but there are several other options ranging from a simple single-patty hamburger to the more complex. I had the option to choose the size of fries that I wanted, and I made the utter mistake of choosing large. Unlike other restaurants, Five Guys doesn’t cut corners on their fries and they overflowed into the bag. The fries tasted freshly made

and hot, and weren’t flimsy like other fast food restaurants tend to make them. The burger itself was the size of any other, but packed with two patties, bacon, ketchup, lettuce and grilled onions. The burger is cooked before your eyes and tastes just right in the sense that it isn’t very welldone. Halfway through eating it, I was struggling to keep the burger together while furiously biting at the well cooked and an equally wellgreased burger. The burger itself tasted incredible and they didn’t hold off on the addition of condiments.This along with with the softness of the bread nearly caused it to fall apart in my hands, but it held. Regular students like me won’t be coming to a place like this very often as full individual meals can reach high prices, but their families might enjoy the delicious food, company, and gainful conversation, along with added weight.


October 16, 2013

Can’t stop running by Maddy Rosenow sports editor

Cross country is a sport that not only consumes one’s time, but lifestyle as well. For Carly Bandt and Andre Hessini, 12, cross country has definitely affected their life. From the time these athletes wake up to when they rest their heads on their pillows, running is always on their minds.

4:00 a.m.:

Carly Bandt rolls out of bed after minimal sleep. With the little amount of sleep she gets, it may be closer to a nap. The first thing on her mind is the schoolwork she couldn’t complete the night before.

6:00 a.m.:

Two hours later, Andre Hessini groggily sulks out of bed. Just like Bandt, his unfinished schoolwork is his first priority. “I proceed to frantically finish any homework that I didn’t get done the previous night,” said Hessini.

6:30-7:00 a.m.:

Upon rushing to finish their endless homework, Bandt and Hessini eat a hearty breakfast and run out the door.

Fast forward…Lunchtime:

Being a cross country runner takes a lot out of one’s body. Bandt and Hessini are always watching what they eat to be sure they’re getting the nutrients they need for their physically demanding sport. “I have eliminated all pop and for the most part candy from my diet. I have also tried to stay away from any

artificial or processed sugars and focus more on natural sugars,” said Hessini. For Bandt, it’s hard to find a balanced diet. Due to health issues, she cannot eat any dairy, red meats, or refined grains. “I eat a lot of vegetables and healthy fats to make up for the nutrients I am missing,” said Bandt.

2:05 p.m.:

As the school bell rings, it may be the end of the day for some students, but for Hessini and Bandt it’s hardly close. After taking a few moments to breathe, relax, and talk with friends, they both head off to their own practices. Their practices vary depending on whether they have a race the following day or not. “The day before a race we do something called a DBR in which we do an easy run of approximately 21 minutes...and then we do accelerations after that,” said Hessini. When there isn’t a meet the next day, practices get pretty intense. “We usually have two or three hard workouts, either hills, intervals, or speed. The rest of our runs are 40 to 70 minutes long, with eight by 30 meter sprints, and ab work at the end of practice. Twice a week we lift weights,” said Bandt. As for the boys? “I’ve done practices as easy as just a 20 minute run with core, all the way to four mile repeats at 5:02 pace, followed by an 800 at a slightly faster pace,” said Hessini. “We have a super close team, so I always look forward to going to practice and talking with the other girls during our runs,” said Bandt.

aturS day morning:

Bandt hops out of bed, ready for this morning’s meet. She slips on her uniform, and pulls on her lucky pants. Next she digs through her sock drawer in search of her sacred socks. She walks into her bathroom and whips her hair in a ponytail using the same hair binder she does every week. She strolls into her kitchen and whips up her oatmeal with flax, chia, blueberries, protein powder, and Greek yogurt. In the Hessini household, Andre is chowing into his own nutritious breakfast, eating just enough so he can endure these next few hours of activity.

Race time:

As Hessini prepares for the starting line, he has to make sure he’s fully stretched and warmed up for his race. “Right before the race, a sufficient warm-up with plyometrics and accelerations is essential,” said Hessini. Not only does Bandt physically warm up, she makes sure she’s mentally prepared for her race as well. “Right before I race I visualize myself and pray to help calm my nerves,” she said. All this may sound insane, but to Hessini and Bandt it’s become their life, and they wouldn’t want it any other way. “Running practically every day has become a part of my life, and who I am as a person, and I love every second of it,” said Hessini.


photo by Anders Nygaard

October 16, 2013

Girls soccer scores big

by Max Van de Werken staff reporter

The Mounds View girls soccer team is undefeated.They were a perfect 15-0 in the regular season and have set very high goals for the rest of the year. On Oct. 1, the Mustangs clinched the conference title by beating Cretin Derham Hall 3-1 and was rewarded the number one seed in sections. The team has really taken off this year after last year’s season when they finished .500 and fell short of beating Irondale in the first game of sections. There are many components to the Mustangs’ success this year. Their great team chemistry, changes in the coaching staff, and great help from the sophomore and junior classes have helped to bring on their success. Team chemistry has greatly increased the teams success. Julia Anderson, 10, said, “One of my favorite things about the season was just spending time with coaches and friends. Overall this year has been a great experience.” The Mustangs have also had great leadership through their captains Erika Johnson, 12, Molly Hancuh, 12, and Marnie Zilka, 11. Johnson said, “One of the most important things about being a captain is being able to communicate with people on the team whether it being what to wear, when and where practice is and organizing the defense. But most importantly it is to make the younger players feel at home and that they belong on the team.” This has clearly helped towards the Mustangs success this

year. Zilka added, “It is also very important that we lead our team in warm-ups making sure we are all mentally prepared for the game.” Two new coaches have also been added to the Varsity team after long time coach Sharon Swallen resigned after last year. Katelynn Fast and Mounds View Alumni Terri Patraw have both done an excellent job in coaching their new team. “I think what the coaches have done best this year has been their positivity and encouragement,” said Emily Nash, 10. Patraw has also been named the Suburban East Conference Coach of the Year. Her experience as head coach at both the University of Nevada and Arizona State have given her more than enough insight to coach high school soccer. Fast has coached for Prior Lake and, alongside her husband, is a Training Development Director for NSSA. Not only has Patraw helped the team mentally, but she also helped them physically. “Terri’s been great,” said Emily Michaelson, 11. “She’s done a very good job helping us work on the little things which I think has helped us win many close games.” The team’s spectacular season has led to many fans attending the game as well. Soccer fan Joshua Macho, 11, said, “I go to as many games as possible. I love supporting the team and I’m very hopeful they go deep in sections and make the state tournament.”

photo by Malia Endrizzi

Emmy Michaelson, 11, flies past a Spring Lake Park defender during the section quarter final when the Mustangs won 3-0.

photo by Malia Endrizzi

Defender Britta Menk, 12, clears the ball up the line to secure the shutout.

Car crashes take tolls on teams by Ryan Kaczynski staff reporter After Mounds View defeated Woodbury 27-7 to open the football season, Mounds View students were elated. Four fans piled into a car to celebrate the win. They were blasting some music and having a great time. They didn’t have a worry in the world, not even the driver. This happens every weekend, but in Ohio a few weeks ago, it had a tragic ending. Cincinnati freshman football player Ben Flick and Miami (OH) University freshman Sean VanDyne both died in a crash on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Hanover Township, Ohio. Two of Flick’s teammates, Mark Barr and Javon Harrison, were also injured in the crash. Van Dyne, a high school teammate of Flick, was the driver. Police think that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to USA Today Magazine.

Officials at both schools released statements regarding the crash. “As a father and a coach, it’s something you hope you never have to go through. Ben (Flick) was so proud to be a part of this team and university,” said Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, quoted in USA Today Magazine. Miami University was also devastated by the crash. “A UC student lost his life and it’s a tragedy because these were young people, whose futures were fully in development,” Miami spokesperson Claire Wagner said. Although this incident did not happen here, Mounds View students admit that they also are not completely focused while driving. “I know a lot of people at Mounds View who are distracted when they drive, and I’m probably one of them, especially after games,” said Dayton Honkanen, 11. With all the distractions we have in our cars, friends are probably the big-

gest one. “I think kids this age are generally distracted, and driving escalates that to another level,” said Head Coach Jim Galvin. A similar accident happened to a Mounds View athlete around 10 years ago, although it happened in the morning. The student lost control of her vehicle and it rolled over. She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt when it happened and lost her life. “It was very sad and unfortunate,” said Michael Cartwright, a teacher at Mounds View. No one else was hurt and the cause of the crash was never determined. Galvin said the Ohio accident is a good reminder to Mounds View students what can happen when you goof around while driving and don’t take it seriously. “Kids should put the phone away, and know the importance of driving and keeping yourself and passengers safe,” said Galvin.



Athletes of the Issue

Cadrian Axelson and Tessah Indelcoffer Seniors Volleyball After both being pulled up freshman year to continue volleyball tryouts with the upperclassmen, Tessah Indlecoffer and Cadrian Axelson became quick friends. Their faith and drive to reach their full potential has brought them closer.Anyone watching the girls set and spike the ball can see how the powerful chemistry between Axelson and Indlecoffer helps the team reach their goals. Q: How long have you been playing volleyball together? Cadrian: Tess and I have played volleyball together since freshman year htorugh Mounds view. Q: What advice do you give underclassmen hoping to play varsity one day? Tessah: For any underclassmen that have the desire to play at the varsity level, some advice i would give is to always try your hardest and never give up. Q: Why do you think you play so well together? Cadrian: Since all the girls on the team are really good friends off the court, it makes it easier to play together on the court. Tess and I play really well together because we hold each other at a high standard of playing. Since we both know each others potential, we push each other hard so we can both keep improving. Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Tessah: If I could have one superpower it would be the power to go anywhere int he world I want with the snap of a finger. Cadrian: If I could have one power it would to be able to speak any language that existed information compiled by Molly Hancuh


October 16, 2013

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Students roam the halls of Mounds View High School in a potpourri of clothing styles. As the weather turns to autumn, the trends of a past decade are folding back into array of teen fashion. A few variations from the past year have surfaced this season, from shirts to shoes. In particular, styles from the exuberant 1990s have resurfaced. Siobhan Reynolds, 11, said, “A lot of people have started to incorporate the ’90s into their clothing, with aliens and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The return of ’90s style also brings back neon tees, leopard and other loud prints, and bold lipstick. “The cuts in shirts are very similar, and I see a lot of patterns layered on patterns in girls’ clothing,” said Joe Morey, 12. Oversized T-shirts, high-waisted skirts, and Doc Martens again dot the halls of Mounds View. An extension of ’90s fashion is reflected through the retro look of hipsters, a trend that was originally a resurgence of the ’40s. It didn’t gain much interest until 2010 and is now characterized by skinny jeans, unkempt hair, and thick-framed glasses, paired with a generally irreverent attitude. One must wonder what generation will be revived next in modern day culture.

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Issue 2 2013 - 2014  

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