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Volume 64 Issue 2
New policy restricts students from leaving by Shannon Haffely and Joe Pasdo staff reporters Recently, Mounds View instituted new rules in the cafeteria. Now, students are only allowed to leave the cafeteria within the first five minutes of lunch, regardless of whether or not they have food with them. Many students find these changes to be a hassle. “They should just let us do what we want,” says Ryan Kearney, 11. Although many students have needed to shift their personal lunch routines around the rules, the school hopes that the changes will make learn-
ing more effective. “It needed to happen because students were clumping outside of doorways and disrupting classes,” said Ridlehoover. While a lot of students have found the new situation frustrating, some students understand the need for change. “I understand [that the changes] were instituted to avoid people disturbing classes that are in session,” said Mairi Johnson, 11. Principal Jeffery Ridlehoover, however, explained that students at Mounds View have a considerable amount of freedom already. “We have the most
freedom in moving around compared to other high schools.” Albeit there has been an overall negative response from students, teachers seem to think the change is for the better. “I have noticed the noise levels decrease from the last few years,” said English teacher Ted Bennett. Regardless of the negative response from students, the newly implemented cafeteria rules have been created to better the learning environments of classrooms. These adjustments have helped classes in session to be sheltered from distractions.
Do students like the new rules? infographic by Sunny Lim
boys soccer gallery
illustration by Samuel Kwong
51 students polled information compiled by Joe Pasdo
Jacob Wetterling and the foundation by Toni Baraga and Sanjana Dutt staff reporters On February 17, 1978, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped two blocks down from his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He was with his younger brother, Trevor, and friend, Aaron Larson. The Wetterling family was willing to not press charges against the suspected kidnapper at the time, Danny Heinrich, if he admitted to the crime and brought Jacob back. Little did they know, Jacob had been shot right after he was kidnapped and has been dead for 27 years now. Heinrich, who was 26 years old at the time, recently pleaded guilty to the abduction. He released important details about the crime, such as the location of Wetterling’s remains. The tragedy that occurred made the family want to bring awareness to child abductions and exploitations. This lead them to create the Jacob Wetterling Foundation which was founded in 1990. According to the Jacob
Wetterling Resource Center, “The Jacob Wetterling [Foundation] was founded to educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children.” In 2002, the foundation helped pass a law that automatically sends AMBER Alerts to phones. The foundation also helped pass the Jacob’s Law which requires any person who is convicted of a state criminal offense against a victim who is a minor to register a current address with the law enforcement officials of the State after release from prison, parole or supervision. The overall goal of the Jacob Wetterling foundation is to build a world where children could grow up safe, follow their dreams and not be afraid. Thanks in part to centers like the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, the number of child kidnappings have gone down in the US. According to the FBI National Crime Center, the number of missing children reports have gone down 40 percent from 1970 for people under 18. photo courtesy of Jasmin Kemp
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Prepare for Halloween
Watch the Presidential Debate
Dress up as Donald Trump or Biff from Back To The Future
Are kids getting rewarded too much? I feel like a winner, even though I’m not really that special!
Become the knight! Nananana BATMAN!
Ghost your clingy ex
Endulge your evil side by eating all your chocolate
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Hand out toothbrushes instead of candy
Make cobweb decorations ...with real spider webs
Dress up as a clown
Eat Tyler Hong’s stolen candy
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Constant praise leads to narcissistic youth by Samuel Kwong editorials editor It’s the end of an elementary school basketball tournament and every kid walks out with a trophy, regardless of how their team played. But what happens when a child isn’t a winner? Or when a child doesn’t deserve a trophy? Unfortunately, too many adults are unaware of the consequences of peppering children with medals and ribbons to raise their child’s self esteem. Over the years, parents and coaches indulging children with extravagant praise or handing out participation awards on a silver platter has evolved into a cultural norm. However, what these coaches and parents don’t realize is that dishing out a shiny award for simply attending a sport or club absolutely crushes the purpose of participating in the first place. Participation
awards are praising kids for simply showing up. Playing baseball for an hour three times a week doesn’t deserve an award; after all, anybody can swing a bat. However, too many children are being awarded for simply “swinging the bat,” but not for “hitting the ball.” Awards should be given as a result of dedication and success, not for putting on a uniform and blowing on dead dandelions. According to a study by the Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, children subjected to constant and exaggerated praise have a significantly higher chance of being narcissists. All the ovations parents are offering their children give the child an unearned feeling of perfection. Additionally, the study states that many of these narcissistic children often cannot function
without the constant praise of others, since they believe even the slightest of actions require verbal praise. Furthermore, researchers believe that praising children based on their skill, rather than their effort, can be detrimental. When praised on their initial skill, children may believe that they don’t need to put in any more effort into whatever they are doing, since it already exceeded the original expectations. This strengthens a fixed mindset, which may result in the child believing his or her capabilities are fixed traits. Furthermore, this often leads to them believing that talent alone is the only contributing factor to success, and that growth is simply not an option. However, it’s certainly important to recognize a child’s success when it’s due. By rewarding effort, it further
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encourages the child to keep on improving. Awards such as the “most improved” or “most valuable player” truly acknowledge the effort and dedication a participant has put forth. Moreover, this increases influence on a growth mindset within the child. People with growth mindsets believe that their skills aren’t finite. Instead, they believe that their skills can steadily develop with commitment. As a result, deserved praise further increases dedication and motivates the child to keep improving. While scientists don’t have a specific formula on when to praise and reward, most experts agree to praise children when it’s due. If a child puts in noticeable, solid effort, then by all means, give them a trophy or compliment. However, it may be time to ditch that “#1 Best Kid” award.
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There’s more than one Asian culture by Kevin Sabeti staff reporter Home to roughly 60 percent of the human population throughout 48 countries, Asia is the largest continent worldwide with an expansive range of people and cultures. Yet, despite being one of the most diverse places in the world, Asia is regularly reduced down to stereotypical portrayals that erase the majority of its cultures and people to follow the popularized view of what it means to be “Asian.” From the Mounds View High School cafeteria and its Asian slaw or Oriental salad to people claiming a love for or inspiration from Asian “cul-
ture,” many treat Asia as if its gigantic range of cultures can and should be boiled down to lazy, simplified stereotypes. When referring to something as Asian outside of a geographical context, an entire range of cultures are quickly generalized, many of which are nothing like whatever is being described. People who generalize Asia without taking into account their misunderstanding on its broad diversity often forget that their simplification harms many Asian cultures and implies that anything Asian is foreign or exotic. Often tied to appearances, most people only consider well known East Asian countries like China or Japan to be
truly Asian. With this kind of one-track mindset, many Americans are confused by the fact that people and cultures in countries like Bangladesh or Turkey are also Asian. As an Iranian-American, my identification as Asian is confusing to many. Overlooking the fact that Iran is in Asia, others tell me I can’t be Asian because I don’t fit the stereotype. With Census information to the ACT, Asian is used as a racial term to describe East—and now also South—Asian people while West Asians, known Eurocentrically as “Middle Eastern,” are supposed to choose white—a term historically used to describe Europeans when we are in fact Asian.
Similarly, when people generalize Asians into one racial stereotype, they forget that there is no single way to “look Asian” because the continent is heavily filled with racial and ethnic diversity. With about 4.5 billion Asians and a large range of ethnicities, it’s careless to assume we all are supposed to look the same. Simplifying Asia as if it’s just one culture negatively affects East Asians whose cultures are being stereotyped, but also South, West, or Central Asians whose cultures don’t follow this narrow standard. In our white-majority society, a lack of knowledge on different parts of the world seems so common. With a lack
of exposure, people often view other cultures very simply and are quick to categorize them as foreign. While Asia is described in simple terms, continents largely populated by white people like Europe or North America are constantly recognized for their various cultures through repetitive media representation and our history textbooks. When considering how continents like Asia are discussed, we have to ask whose cultures are deemed valuable and why some cultures found across the rest of the world are generalized and spoken of as if their vast variety and diversity are nonexistent.
Do people at Mounds View generalize Asia?
“ I haven’t noticed the generalization of Asians or their culture at Mounds View. ” -Nick Ballinger, 11 “ [The generalization of Asians] is evident throughout the school. Both in the classroom and out of the classroom.”
Yes, 54% of students believe that Mounds View students generalize Asia.
No, 46 % of students haven’t noticed any generalization.
-Chris Kim, 12
information compiled by Aman Rao
Facts about Asia Number of countries: 48 Largest country (area and population): China Population: About 4.1 billion Area: 17,212,000 sq. miles
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Common languages: Chinese, Hindi, Bengali, Japanese, Punjabi, Javanese, Korean Principle religions: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Shintoism, information compiled by Jake Rosenow
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Meet your 2016 Senior Stable captains
by Felix Zhang and Zoe Lindberg staff reporter Wooosh! The football cuts through the air as it makes its dramatic final descent across the end zone. Eyes focused on the ball, the wide receiver sprints in a desperate attempt to catch it. Touchdown! The crowd erupts into an explosion of cheers as a group of seniors on the track direct a chant to the tune of “Seven Nation Army.” This is Mustang football, and this is Senior Stable. Senior Stable Captains have been a tradition at Mounds View High School since 2011, when they replaced Mounds View’s cheerleading squad. In addition to leading cheers and pumping up the crowds during football games, this group of seniors also leads cheers at pep fests, volleyball games, basketball games and many other sports-related events. Senior Stable Captains also want to raise school spirit and encourage more interaction between the grades. “I think we help unite grades and the whole school because we lead them through things,” said Tim Pease, 12. “We get them involved in the school, and that wouldn’t happen without us.” The unity that Senior Stable establishes helps to promote a happier and more inclusive school environment. The Senior Stable Captains have also been given opportunities to interact with younger kids and get them involved in the Mounds View community. During Homecoming Week, they visited the elementary schools in the Mounds View district to spread school spirit and share high school experiences. “I think it’s good for school spirit and getting kids excited for high school,” said Taylor Rimell, 12. For Senior Stable members, it has been an enjoyable opportunity and a highlight of their senior year. “We get to wave the flag and go crazy. It’s just something to look forward to,” said Kristina Quanbeck, 12. Senior Stable has provided a great way for these seniors to bond with their peers and have fun. Whether it be in football games or in school, Senior Stable wants to encourage students to get out there and not be afraid to be loud. “It’s okay to be goofy. A lot of people think they need to live within this box, but it’s fine to just have fun,” said Joe Murphy, 12. Juniors looking to get involved in Senior Stable next year should contact activities director, Bob Madison, for further information.
Senior Stable poses in their U.S.A. themed apparel for a Mounds View home football game.
What does senior stable do? “It brings together people from a lot of different parts of MV and a lot of different people for one common cause. I think that’s probably the coolest part about the group itself.” -Joe Murphy, 12
How did you get involved? “A bunch of my friends were doing it and it seemed like a really good way to get involved with the school and also I’m pretty energetic and it seemed like a good job for me.” -Tim Pease, 12
What is your favorite part? Senior Stable members pose at a football game against Forest Lake.
“In Senior Stable we have been given a lot of opportunities to get the younger kids involved, and it’s good to promote the school spirit and get kids excited to go into high school.” -Taylor Rimell, 12. (Left)
Who wears the horse costume? “What costume? It’s a real horse!” -Joe Murphy, 12 Senior Stable members get the crowd pumped at a home game.
photos courtesy of Senior Stable
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Get to know Ms. Runnals
new assistant theater director
by Ethan Stromquist staff reporter
What made you interested in becoming assistant theater director?
“I was interested in being a part of the theater program here at Mounds View High School because at previous schools I have taught at, I have worked in the theater programs...I was also involved in theater in high school and college.”
Tell us about yourself. What are some of your hobbies?
“I am an English teacher here. In my free time, I love to be outside, going for walks or taking my dog to the dog park. I also love reading and am part of a book club with my friends. I love animals and have three cats and a dog. I love to spend time relaxing at home when I can.”
Do you recommend theater to others?
Tell us about the fall musical and in what ways you have been preparing for it.
“I would definitely recommend theater for others because there are many ways to be involved. Students can audition to be in the cast, they can join crew and be part of building the set, they can join costuming, or they can be part of lights and sound. Even if that doesn’t appeal to someone, I would encourage all to come see the show Nov. 3-5.”
“The fall musical is How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. It is about a man who finds a book that helps him move up in a company through clever and sneaky ways.We rehearse every day after school until 5:15 from the beginning of the school year until show time in Nov. We also come in [on] at least two Saturdays.”
Clocks and Clouds
photo courtesy of Alexandra Runnals illustration by Kallie Slotvig
Orchestra conductor Lucas Shogren leads classical rock band by Christina Mehrkens staff reporter
Clocks and Clouds is a classical rock band featuring Lucas Shogren, Mounds View’s orchestra teacher, playing the cello, his wife and violinist Stephanie Shogren, and their friend Derek Powers on the drums. Since 2010, their band has been performing all over the country with some of their most loyal fans right here at Mounds View. The band travels across the U.S. to spread their music and create a fan base along the way. They’re even performing some of their developing songs on YouNow, a live YouTube channel, so they can be more accessible to fans. Shogren explains how he balances teaching and the band. “There will be times where I have a late night concert and then I have a 6:30 a.m. rehearsal so that makes it hard.” Shogren admits that he rehearses in the orchestra room when there is a free hour. It’s not a perfect system, but he makes it work. The name “Clocks and Clouds” came about after the trio listened to a piece composed by György Ligeti, a famous Hungarian composer, of the same name. Ligeti’s more simplistic parts to the piece is what intrigued them to create the same kind of melodies for others.
The phrase “Clocks and Clouds” is meant to describe their music. “In a lot of our music the violin is very beautiful and sweeping like the clouds. The drums and the cello is very much rhythmical like a clock,” said Shogren. Together, this creates the music that captures people’s attention. Clocks and Clouds is releasing a new album in the upcoming year but are still figuring out the name. They only have two songs to write until they’re back in the recording studio to wrap everything up. To gain perspective of how the process works, Shogren explains the steps taken before releasing their albums. “Once we have all the songs, I assume we could get the CD done in six months but then we’d have to figure out our timeline as far as releasing it so we can market it correctly and time things well.” As far as the creative process, Shogren makes it clear that he “doesn’t want to rush it.” For anyone interested in hearing them live, their next performance is Nov. 6th at the Aster Cafe in southeastern Minneapolis, no tickets needed. For more details on events and their band, you can contact Lucas Shogren through his teacher email, visit their website www.clocksandcloudsmusic. com or stop by the orchestra room anytime.
photo courtesy of Clocks and Clouds
How will the next president be elected? by Ben Davis spread editor By high school, most people have seen the red and blue maps of the U.S. that news stations show around election day, and most know that they are designed to show which presidential candidate won, or is predicted to win, in each state. This system is called the electoral college, and it chooses the president of the United States. But how was the system started in the first place? The gist of the system is relatively simple. People in a given state cast their votes on Nov. 8. The votes in each state are then tabulated, and the candidate with the most votes wins that state. When a candidate wins a state, he or she gets the electoral votes from that state (MN has 10 votes). The candidate who reaches 270 electoral votes wins the election. The system may sound simple, but it is actually much more complicated. Nebraska and Maine do not award all of their votes to the winner of the state, and if no candidate gets 270 votes, the House of Representatives chooses a president from the top three candidates in electoral voting. However, the strangest thing about the electoral college is that there are real people who are electors. The actual vote for president is weeks after Nov. 8, and the electors technically can and have gone against the will of the people in a state in the past. In fact, there have been 157 cases of “faithless electors,” and 82 of them occurred because of the personal beliefs of the elector.
The biggest complaint most people have about the electoral college is the fact that a president can lose the popular vote and win the election. This has happened before, most recently in 2000. Many point to the fact that it is technically possible to win the election with only 22 percent of the popular vote. This is due to the fact that every state gets at least 3 electoral votes, even if the population should only warrant one or two electors. The main reason the electoral college still exists is because it is a check. It’s not a check to the power of the elite, but to the power of the masses. The electoral college was designed as a safeguard to prevent people like Kanye West from becoming president. If the masses try to vote an incompetent candidate in, the electors can just say no. Although many want to change the electoral college, it will be the system used in 2016, so it’s best to know how it works and get some context on it.
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The two-party system by Sarah Tang and Elly Gustafson staff reporters The 2016 election is in 20 days with the final presidential debate tonight. Most people know that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, but what are the other options? The Republican and Democratic parties are part of a two-party system. This is a system that dominates politics within the country where two major parties hold almost all of the seats in a state or national legislature. It describes an arrangement in which nearly all elected officials belong to one of the two parties. Other parties are still allowed and encouraged, however they simply do not have the resources to compete with the Democrats and Republicans on a national scale. Third parties only hold two seats in the U.S. Senate and one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, this one seat is occupied by a delegate from American Samoa, who cannot vote. The two-party system in America began with the Federalist party and the DemocraticRepublican party in 1792. The Federalist party grew from the beliefs of Alexander Hamilton, who advocated for larger government and a national debt. On the other hand, the DemocraticRepublican party, founded by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, strongly opposed the ideas of the Federalists.
As history progressed and the Federalists faded away, every candidate for president in 1824 identified themselves as DemocraticRepublican. Even though each candidate was from the same party, there were factions within the Democratic Republicans supporting either presidential candidates John Quincy Adams or Andrew Jackson. Adams won the 1824 election, but in 1828, Jackson won. After 1830, he headed a party named the Democratic party. Another party that emerged in the 1820s was the Whig party. However, it fell in the 1850s because of its lack of leadership and intra-party views on slavery. The modern Republican party didn’t appear until 1854 when it became known as the anti-slavery party and adopted many of the Whig party’s economic policies. Even though there are two main parties, there are many other parties that have candidates for this year’s elections. Examples of these parties are the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties. Although they all have candidates for the presidency, only the Libertarian party’s candidate, Gary Johnson, is on the ballot for all 50 states and Washington D.C. Johnson has a small percentage in the polls, but the other candidates have next to none.
The voting process by Mihaela Pinzari staff reporter
ou need to about the election
Turning 18 is a major milestone for American teenagers. On Nov. 8, 2016, those who have crossed into adulthood receive not only new levels of freedom but also the call to exercise their right to vote and to add their own voice to the fate of the nation. In order to vote this year, Mounds View’s voting-age seniors will have to register, either at the polls or before the election. The nearest polling station to Mounds View is Valentine Hills Elementary. The requirements are simple, and almost all seniors need not worry about them. A person needs only to be a citizen, 18 or over, and not have had his or her voting rights stripped by a court. The only thing a voting-age senior needs to register if they vote on election day is an ID, such as a driver’s license. Other types of IDs are listed on the MN DMV’s website under “Voter Registration.” If a voter registers before election day, they do not need an ID.
Once a senior brings his or her ID, they just have to fill out a small form with their home address, birthdate citizen status . Once registered, the next step is deciding who to vote for. Not surprisingly, Mounds View’s votingage seniors hold strong and diverse views. Some voters at Mounds View support Republican candidate Donald Trump. Patrick Jefferis, 12, said, “He is going to protect the borders and create jobs.” Other students, including Maggie Nesset, 12, support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “Clinton is not perfect but at least she is better than the other one, and she will bring our country on track,” said Nesset. No matter what the outcome, the 2016 election will be one of America’s most interesting. Seniors who are 18 by Nov. 8 have the opportunity to take part in this historical event.
How will Mounds View students vote?
39% 16% Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Neither 122 students polled
information compiled by Sarah Tang
background fair use from Wikipedia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Amusing Museums The Weisman Art Museum
by Ameni Hajji staff reporter
Named after Frederick R.Weisman, the Weisman Art Museum is a highlight of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. From its infamous futuristic architecture designed by Frank Gehry to the variety of modern art exhibits, this museum is stunning both inside and out. The museum holds an impressive number of paintings, sculptures and rare pieces of art from different gifted artists of various backgrounds. From Melissa Stern and her quasi-human figures in “The Talking Cure” exhibition, to Maya Lin and her “Silver River Mississippi” sculpture, the museum is small but impressive. These masterpieces are spread into galleries gently lit by the sun drifting through immense windows overlooking the Mississippi River.
Located on East River Road in Minneapolis, the museum is open on all days of the week except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Weisman Art Museum offers both guided and public tours. However, the guided tours are an additional cost and need to be scheduled in advance. Public tours are available every Sunday and Saturday at 1 p.m., and provide insight on the artwork and artists. The gift shop sells unique items such as jewelry, clothing and decorating items such as abstract sculptures and vases. Although some of the items are a bit expensive, the quality makes them well worth the price. Featuring a contemporary art collection and an eccentric stainless steel exterior, the Weisman Art Museum is by far one the best attractions in Minneapolis and will not disappoint.
The Weisman Art Museum.
The Science Museum of Minnesota by Aman Rao staff reporter
photo by Cassandra Downs A view of the Stone Arch Bridge from the Mill City Museum.
The Mill City Museum by Cassandra Downs staff reporter
The Mill CIty Museum was once the largest flour mill in the world until it was closed down in 1965. 51 years later, the mill has transformed into a place where people of all ages can visit and gain knowledge of the Mississippi river, Gold Medal Flour and the Twin Cities. The Flour Tower Tour, a personal favorite of museum goers, is an enticing 19-minute elevator show that features different floors and shows what an average work day in the mill was like in the 1800s. Voice-overs of workers who were interviewed after the mill shut down are on each elevator stop giving the ride an authentic feeling. After exiting the elevator, there is an eight-story glass facade which overlooks the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls. The view is a Mill City Museum favorite that is sure to take your breath away.
Near by, a flour dust explosion demonstration is given on how flour can easily cause devastation. This models the explosion in 1874 that destroyed most of the original mill and claimed 18 lives. Many people who were present at the time of the flour explosion said it felt like a “mini earthquake.” The museum combines a history lesson and entertainment by offering interactive displays, a test kitchen, and a historical run down of the old mill through guided tours and an exquisite gallery. The fee to go on the tours and explore the museum is $6 for ages 5-17, $10 for seniors, $12 for adults and ages four and under are free. The Mill City Museum is worth the visit with its glorious views, informative tours and interactive attractions. This museum makes it easy to picture how the mill built up Minneapolis and put it on the map. The historical landmark is located at 705 South 2nd street, Minneapolis.
photo by Ameni Hajji
Located at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota is an interactive adventure ideal for curious minds. Countless exhibits, from Dinosaurs to Space Exploration fill the building and provide an informative hands on day at one of St.Paul’s favored attractions. People from all different age groups come together and investigate the fascinating artifacts that are placed throughout the Museum. The dinosaur exhibit offers different interactive activities that include digging for fossils and engaging with visual representations of animated dinosaurs. Another popular exhibit is Space Exploration. You can gain a hands on experience and learn about the different constellations by going in a space simulator. Many different companies like NASA sponsor the space department at the Museum and show off some of their latest work. The Omnitheater, a 90-foot wide screen that spreads throughout a full two story auditorium, screens the latest scientific discoveries at the perfect view angle. The movies played range from wildlife, to the exploration and discoveries of space. A Beautiful Planet
opens Oct. 14 and shows a spectacular view of earth from space and the effects humanity has had on the planet over time. The price of admissions for the Omnitheater is $9 and the entrance fee into the museum is $13. However, a package deal is $20 for entrance to the museum and a trip to the Omnitheater combined. A variety of different cuisines are offered at the food court, ranging from Italian to Chinese with restaurants like Chomp and the Java Lab. The Elements Cafe, a coffee shop, can be found on the first floor of the museum and serves an assortment of drinks and pastries. The Explore Store gift shop has many memoirs and different scientific gifts to choose from such as pictures, necklaces, dinosaur fossils and different “do at home” experiments. The Science Museum offers lots to explore and is guaranteed to release your inner child with its interactive displays and enchanting Omnitheater. Whether it’s a rainy day getaway or an afternoon spent with the family, this museum supplies countless hours of learning and entertainment.
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Fright Farm is fairly freaky by Haley Keeney staff reporter With Halloween just around the corner, haunted houses have started to make their appearance, including Fright Farm located on White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. The tickets for Fright Farm are sold at the door for $10. All earned profits will go towards the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Foundation which enhances youth services, crime prevention and public safety. The recommended age for the event is 12 years old. Dates for the haunted house include Oct. 21, 22, 28-31, and the house is open from 7-11 p.m. If the participant would prefer friendlier experience, the low scare matinee is on Oct. 23 from 12-4 p.m. with $5 admission. When arriving at Fright Farm, guests can choose between walking to the house or receiving a ride in a trailer from the police. While waiting in line actors dressed in costumes with bloody makeup walk around to scare and weed out viewers. Creepy statues are around every corner getting the participant in the mood for their experience. One of the more frightening parts of the house is when walking through a circus themed
room. It’s rather dark and loud banging noises seem to be coming from behind, which comes as a surprise. The first room includes a video of a man dressed as a zombie telling the basic rules of the attraction such as no cellphones, no touching any props or people. He finishes by yelling at the group to go into the next room. After leaving the first room, the group navigates through a winding hallway in the dark, creating a suspenseful air. Succeeding the dark hallway, the group reaches three doors. After a few seconds a man in a mask walks out of one door and makes the group choose which door to go through. One door lets you out and the other leads to nowhere. The event isn’t terribly frightening since actors aren’t allowed to touch thrill-seekers. However, there are times where viewers will be spooked, including when actors walk out of hallways or make sudden loud noises.
The Verdict Fright Farm is a haunted house for people who want a mild scare.
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Dead End takes viewers for a ride by Olivia Stuart staff reporter One Halloween attraction sure to fulfill the hopes of thrill-seekers everywhere is the Dead End Hayride in Wyoming, Minnesota. At $30 per person, or $23 per group of 20 or more, it’s a fun and relatively inexpensive activity for most teenagers. However, the faint of heart should take caution when embarking on this adventure. Even though it is a hayride, the event offers many different thrills. At the end of the ride participants are taken into various haunted houses with fantastic actors and heart-stopping effects. Interestingly enough, the actors are allowed to grab and touch you, making it even more scary and realistic. The hayride itself takes participants through an eerie, dimly-lit woods. This is when participants can expect the chainsaw killer to run out and grab their legs.
The Dead End Hayride also includes various gift shops and food stands. Although the thrills are great, the attraction does have some downsides. After waiting to get in, participants have to wait in a longer line to get onto the hay-filled trailer. Also, getting into the haunted houses requires standing in another halfhour long line. This can be said for almost any haunted house or hayride, though. The Dead End Hayride is definitely worth the money and long lines. The staff are polite and the actors are downright terrifying. People looking for a good scare should take a journey to Dead End Hayride.
The Verdict Dead End Hayride is bound to attract all daring thrill-seekers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Shoots and Scores Shooting for State by Diana Zhu Staff Reporter
Since its takeoff in 2014, the Mounds View trap shooting team has doubled in size from 19 to 38 members. Trap shooting, a sport where shooters attempt to hit clay targets that are launched into the air, is quickly gaining popularity among Mounds View students. The co-ed team gathers every Sunday during the six week fall season and six weeks in the spring at the Metro Gun Club. At competitions, students shoot two rounds scored out of 25 points. Afterwards, the coaches record the students’ scores and send them to the Minnesota High School Clay Target League for online ranking against other schools. Mounds View shooters typically excel at competitions, with a number of athletes on the team who regularly shoot over 20 out of 25 targets in a single round. Students on the trap team got involved for different reasons. Junior Amy Helgeson’s interest began at a young age. “I started shooting when I was about twelve because I had a fascination with guns and wanted to go hunting and shoot with my dad,” said Helgeson. For others, trap shooting is a family tradition. Tom Kingsriter, 11, has been shooting since he was eleven or twelve as well. “My dad and grandpa all shot, and I wanted to continue the tradition,”said Kingsriter. As with any competitive sport, students need to take safety precautions. Coach Tom Landwehr ensures students are protected from any possible harm. “Safety is our number one priority. In addition to eye [and] ear protection, we go over safety rules at every shoot,” said Landwehr. “Unsafe behavior is simply not tolerated.” The team’s thorough safety measures seem to have paid off, as there have been no injuries in the history of the team. Although safety comes first, having fun comes in a close second. Kingsriter says the best part about trap is “getting together with my buddies [and] having a blast.” The team’s year-end highlight is the 2017 Trap Shooting Championship in June, a gathering in Alexandria, Minnesota, of more than 250 high school teams and over 8000 participants from around the state. The team hopes to finish the year strong at this Championship.
Illustration by Jackie Gaworski
Goals to get goals by Parker Ruedy Staff Reporter Another season has come to a close for Mounds View boys soccer. With eight new starters for varsity and a number of seniors graduating last year, the team is focusing on building stronger relationships with one another. “I think knowing we have so many new starters, the whole team is trying to improve on the way they work with each other, and communication on the field,” said head coach Chris Scanlon. According to Scanlon, Mounds View is one of the few teams to have played all of the top five teams, including Stillwater. “There have been disappointing results, but I do not think that the results reflect on how the boys have performed. They have proven that they can play with the top teams,” said Scanlon. As the boys get deeper into the season, their thoughts shift towards sections. “I think if we work on our communication as a team, and win the games we are able to, we can finish strong,” said Reuben James, 11. Their coach is optimistic for the future, as well. “There is always a learning curve for new starters moving up to varsity. If we work on limiting our defense mistakes, and [take] advantage of good offensive opportunities, we can adjust to finish strong, and focus on sections,” said Scanlon. With the goal to end the season on a good note, the boys strive to pave a good path. As they tackle the challenge of learning to play together as a new team, while juggling sections and the end of the season, we hope to see Mounds View come out on top this year.
Mounds View boys soccer takes on White Bear
photo courtesy of Nancy Jo
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Remarkable season falls short by Michelle Wang staff reporter
The girls on the Mounds View varsity tennis team all shared one goal this season: to become section champions and compete at state. Well into their season, the team overcame tough competition as they rose through the tournaments. The girls clinched their conference title when they defeated White Bear 7-0 on Friday, Sep. 30, a critical milestone toward their goal. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, they were stopped short when they lost at section finals against Mahtomedi 1-6. This year, the girls varsity tennis team had an exceptionally strong
foundation to start with because they had been playing together since last year’s season. “It’s been an exciting year because everyone on varsity was on varsity last year. We had a strong start, everyone knew what to do and what the expectations are,” said coach Michael Cartwright. Because they had been training together as a team since last year, Alexandra Kopiecki, 12, said that the “whole team has improved a lot since the last season.” Their improvements were evident when they took back their conference title from Woodbury and took on strong opponents in the fight for the sections title. While continuously striving for greater achievements, the girls also enjoyed spending time bonding with
The varsity girls tennis team huddles before a match.
each other. “We sing a lot. We have these team songs that we sing together often on bus rides home from matches,” said Emma Tsai, 12. With a diverse team of seven seniors, one sophomore, and three freshmen, it is important that the girls had the opportunity to grow and bond together. “We are a very unique team,” said Kopiecki. “We aren’t catty with each other, and we get along very well.” This tight-knit team has improved and conquered many obstacles together. “Competition every week is very strong. The biggest challenge is mentally and physically being our best and competing,” said Cartwright. Leading up to sections, the team was really looking forward to the tourna-
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ments, despite having the knowledge that competition would be very tough. Tsai said, “I like tournaments; tournaments are fun because we hang with the team all day, eat food and play matches against really good teams.” The girls varsity tennis team is highly competitive, closely bonded and continuously pushing toward the next level of competition. Despite their loss in sections, the team accomplished a lot this year and had an exceptional season. The team did not qualify for the state tournament, but they are looking forward to training hard to achieve greater triumphs the next season.
Madison Brandt, 12, returns a volley during a match.
Sports... are they worth it? by Mitchell Mattison staff reporter Playing sports is a fun activity, but it comes with its share of risks and injuries. Some of the worst injuries athletes suffer can keep them out for full seasons or even longer, and even minor injuries can negatively affect an athlete’s future if they’re not careful. Concussions are one of the most common injuries among high school athletes in contact sports. Concussions occur after an impact to the head causes the brain to move back and forth. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness and excessive fatigue. According to doctor Frederick P. Rivera, a pediatrician at the University of Washington Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, a player’s attempt to continue playing through concussions often worsen the injury, only creating more problems because their symptoms are not external. Other common injuries include ligament sprains, knee tears, and hamstring tears. Football player Luke Johnson, 11, tells us about his experience with a fracture. “I tried to intercept the pass, but when the ball hit my hand, both my index and middle finger shattered,” said Johnson. He made the mistake of playing through his injury until the end of practice. This made his recovery
time longer than usual. Yaquub Mohammed, 12, is another football player who has had to sit out due to an injury. “I had an ongoing knee problem throughout last year, and barely got to play last season. After a lengthy recovery, though, I’m back on the field this season, and I feel great,” said Mohammed. Despite the risk of injuries in every sport, Athletic Director Bob Madison strongly encourages everyone to participate in high school sports, as he is very confident in the school trainer and the staff’s ability to handle athlete’s injuries. “Our trainer, Beth Honomichl, has been with us for 8 years, and she’s still doing an incredible job,” said Madison. No matter the sport, it is very likely injuries will occur at some point or another, no matter how minor they are. However, with a commitment to staying healthy and a love of the game, overcoming these setbacks and having fun is a possibility for all athletes.
Fil Gilbert, 11, holds the crutches he got after injuring his ankle while running for cross country.
Photo by Jack McCoy
wednesday, October 19, 2016
Cinematic Costumes by Ada Joy Carysse Villar staff reporter With Halloween right around the corner, high school students are starting to brainstorm costume ideas for the spookiest holiday of the year. This year, costumes are bound to be based off of hit 2016 movies, including Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Ghostbusters. Since its release on Aug. 5, 2016, Suicide Squad has been a highly talked about movie. In this movie, DC Comics assemble their most notorious villains to become the government’s secret weapon. The Joker’s crazy girlfriend and partner in crime, Harley Quinn, has a very interesting look that is simple and easy to put together. Along with the dark personality of the Joker, this crooked pair will be a great option for a couples costume. A new Ghostbusters movie with a female dominated cast is guaranteed to inspire costumes this year. The jumpsuits in this movie are sure to empower any girls who wear them. A Tim Burton take on
the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland also made its debut this year. Through the Looking Glass is chock-full of unique costume opportunities. In the movie, Alice takes the audience through the dreamy world of Wonderland, which is filled with unique special effects. The dreamy mood of the movie creates a perfect template to create a magical costume. Lastly, Deadpool has made a big splash in the movie industry this year. The main character, Deadpool, is about a not-so-typical superhero looking for revenge on an evil doctor that has transformed his face into a mangled mess. The sardonic humor found within the movie creates a unique experience that is unlike any other Marvel movie to date. Deadpool’s outfit, a red and black bodysuit, is original and easy to create.
Halloween lookbook by Lauren LaFaye and Jaden Blomberg staff reporters Harley wears a signature red and white baseball-style shirt that reads, “Daddy’s Lil Monster” on the front. Over it is a red and blue bomber jacket that is paired with red and blue leather shorts and a studded belt. Her blonde hair is pulled back into pigtails, with one dyed blue and the other a pastel pink. Harley has many tattoos up and down her legs, which can be imitated using temporary ink. To create the Ghostbusters’ uniforms, all you need is a button up khaki shirt with long khaki pants. Pair these with a pair of black lace-up combat boots. Finish this costume off with a tool belt, backpack and pair of quirky sunglasses. If you decide to wait until the very last minute to choose your costume, this is a great, simple option.
Seeing as Alice’s wardrobe in the new movie is very unique and hard to put together without buying the costume from Party City, you can dress up in the famous outfit she wore in the original movie. All you need is a pale blue dress and a pair of knee high, white lace up boots. With these two items, you, too, can look like the girl who fell down the rabbit hole. Dressing up as the new superhero, Deadpool, can be an easy task this Halloween. Just use any set of red long underwear and pair it with a red long sleeve shirt. With a black marker, color in the shoulders and the sides of the shirt. For a unique accessory, use a two piece curtain rod to act as Deadpool’s swords and tie them on your back in an x pattern. In no time at all you will be transformed into this Marvel character. illustrations by Samuel Kwong and Marley Jones