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Volume 53, Issue 1 October 10, 2012
NEWS 7:30 entrance procedure angers students
With new administration comes new changes. This year, students have the choice to stand outside in the morning until 7:30, or eat breakfast and remain in the cafeteria until then. When the 7:30 bell rings, students are allowed to enter the rest of the building. This procedure has raised concerns with some students about their health and safety. “I believe it will raise (safety issues) because when it’s completely cold out... there might be ice coming and that can cause concerns,” said junior Andrew Marshall. It’s not just students who are concerned, it’s parents as well. When the temperature falls below 25 degrees, students will be allowed in the building to stand in the lobby by the mural. For some parents, 25 degrees is too cold. “Anything below freezing, (students) should be able to come in,” said mother Lisa Cleveland. “It’s a health concern when it’s cold because some students that ride the bus get to school early.” Administration says that the weather is not a concern because kids can come inside at any time. “We’re not keeping kids outside. (Students) can just go into the cafeteria and sit down,” said Assistant Principal Susan Cheadle-Holt. “What we are doing is keep them in a contained area.” Students don’t think the procedure will last once it starts snowing because students and parents will complain. “The rule won’t last,” said sophomore Marvin Wright. “So many students and parents will complain and they’ll open the doors.” Some students believe that the procedure is focused on the wrong things. “They are too worried about safety issues inside the building when more dangerous (things) are lurking outside than inside,” said
Kayla Smith Opinion Editor
ELL teacher Robert Dalton points to the mysterious hole in the wall of his storage room. There are conflicting theories of where the ladder leads.
Stories conflict about ‘magical’ hole in room 139
Students gather outside as they wait for the 7:30 bell to ring. A new procedure gives students the choice of waiting outside or in the cafeteria. senior Philip Hicks. While many students don’t support the procedure, teachers overwhelmingly back it up. Cheadle-Holt said that they have received nothing but positive comments from teachers. “The feedback that we’ve received from teachers is it’s a better atmosphere,” said Cheadle-Holt. “The general consensus (was that) it helps them get their classes ready in the morning. Also, more kids eat breakfast.” Some students say Principal Norman Gear is applying policies he used as a middle school principal that do not apply to a high school situation. “I do agree with some of the comments that students are saying about Dr. Gear, because he is trying to do things (that help us)
but are basically taking away from us,” said senior Mohammad Hussein. While most students do not agree with the procedure, there are some who agree with it and said they think it helps the overall atmosphere of Everett. “I like the new changes because it’s organized and also under control,” said senior Michael Young. Administration knows that the transition is hard and that most students do not support the procedure, but Gear said he hopes that eventually students will come around. “I think that change is hard and once they realize the benefits they will support it,” said Gear. Hailey Cleveland and Jasmine McCullough contributed to this report
Lindsay July Reporter In room 139, there is a back room that ELL teacher Robert Dalton uses for storage. In that back room, there is a ceiling. In that ceiling, there is a hole. Leading into that hole, there is a ladder. This ladder has led to speculation among Dalton, his students and colleagues. “The hole leads to a mystical, magical kingdom that only people with a Ph. D can see,” said Dalton, who has a doctorate in education. While Dalton’s Ph. D lets him see a magical world, there are those who just see a hole in the ceiling. The ideas as to what it’s for are more realistic than magical. “Maybe they’re putting in an air conditioner or hiding things in there,” said senior Indra Adhikari.
Other ideas as to what this hole is for is a secret passage for teachers. “The hole allows teachers to go to a happy place. It’s also a back door to the teacher’s lounge,” said social studies department chairman Lothar Konietzko. In the end, the mystery of the black hole isn’t that mysterious. According to head custodian Marisol Torres, the ladder leads to a catwalk that leads to a maintenance area that services access to the exhaust fans. “All it is is access for maintenance... that’s all,” said Torres. It may be that staff like Dalton and Konietzko are having fun imagining the secrets of the mysterious ceiling hole. Maybe they have found a magical world, as they say. When faced with the facts, Konietzko was not willing to part with his story. “She [Torres] is not a teacher so she can’t get in the teacher’s lounge like Dalton and I.”
Freshman Arlexeia Bernard greets her friends on pajama day.
Senior Earvin Ansley shows his school spirit by dressing up for nerd day.
Students arrived to school this week dressed in all types of fun attire. For the first day of spirit week, students wore their PJ’s and footie pajamas with all types of prints and characters. “My favorite day had to be PJ day because I was really comfortable in my footies,” said senior Justyce Powell-Foster. Tuesday, the halls were full of nerds: suspenders, glasses with tape, and high pants were all seen on this day. “Nerd day was my favorite day to participate in because I got to put on old clothes I don’t wear, and it was just all around comedy,” said senior Des’manique Day. Wednesday was wacky tacky/retro day, and bright colors emerged along with old trends. Many of the guys wore baggy jeans and jerseys. Girls dressed their wacky outfits up,
wearing tutus and plenty of bright colors to tie their outfits together. “Wacky tacky day is the only day I’ve done so far because I liked this day the most,” said senior Brooke Harris. Thursday was senior citizen day, which quickly turned into opposite gender day. After a note taped by the sign with all the themes for spirit week appeared, students decided to skip the senior citizen outfit and instead participate in opposite day. Girls came to school dressed in cargo shorts and T-shirts. Even some took it to the extreme and drew mustaches and beards on their faces. Boys, on the other hand, wore pencil skirts and wigs. “I thought it would be fun to dress as a boy,” said junior Talisha Brown. Friday was class color day. Freshmen wore white, sophomores wore navy blue, juniors wore red, and seniors wore black. “Class color day was the best day of spirit week to me because you’re marking your territory for that school year,” said senior Shaunqual Scott.
Brittany Harris Morgan McIntyre Reporters
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Spirit week lets students go crazy, show their school pride
Junior Marvell Williams accepts a compliment for his costume on senior citizen/opposite sex day.
Homecoming King and Queen Tyaire Bragg and Justyce Powell- Foster pose for photos.
King and Queen: Tyaire Bragg, Justyce Powell-Foster. Homecoming nominees: Santiago Arcaute, Xavier Brown, Tyler Gilson, Damira Begic, Raquel Jiminez, Katie Runyon.
The student section supports their undefeated football team.
Pep rally emcee David Schmidt asks for junior Neya Jones-Jackson’s answer in the Name That Tune contest. The band performs as the homecoming court is announced at halftime.
Junior Representatives: Marvell Williams, Kelsey Moore. Sophomore Representatives: Jared Thompson, Brittanie Guilbeaux. Freshmen Representatives: Antonio Bermudez, Salma Torres.
The dance company and cheerleaders performed, Latino and Asian clubs presented, students beat the staff in the Name That Tune contest, and the class of 2016 learned how to shout their graduation year in the class chant showdown.
Senior Alec Cambric watches the defense hold off East Lansing in the homecoming game.
Freshmen representatives Salma Torres and Antonio Bermudez. The Everett Viking mascot joined the homecoming parade down Holmes Road before the game.
Everett Vikings remained undefeated by beating the East Lansing Trojans, 6-0.
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If someone from the class of 2012 were to come to Everett in the morning, they would certainly be confused. “Why is everyone hanging around outside in the cold? Is there a fire drill?” What previous students never had to deal with is principal Norman Gear’s policy of keeping students outside of the building until 7:30, unless they are willing to be locked up in the cafeteria. A procedure meant to help keep kids safe in the morning is actually causing unanticipated problems, and needs to be changed. In an interview with assistant principal Susan Cheadle-Holt at the beginning of the year, she said that one of the benefits of the new 7:30 entrance policy is that more kids are getting to class on time. This may have been true a few weeks ago, but it seems that now, at least, the 7:30 procedure is causing more students to be late to their 1st hour rather than be on time. Students who have band classes take their instruments home almost everyday. When they come to school the following day they drop it off in the band room and head to their locker then to class. This year, however, band students don’t have enough time to get from the band room, to their locker, then to class. The procedure causes students who do not want to wait outside to start coming later, which causes more tardies. Students who normally would get to school and be ready for class are waiting, and missing the bell. Morning tutoring usually happens on the second and third floor. Students can’t get upstairs unless they have a pass from a teacher saying they can come upstairs for tutoring. This causes problems with the students who do their homework and come across a problem they need help. If they run into a homework issue the night before, they don’t have time to get the necessary pass from a teacher. Some students who don’t get a pass for the morning still try to get to the teacher before first hour, and end up late to their class. We understand that students need to be supervised and in one place. One of the main reasons for the policy is that it is difficult to police the whole building in the morning. Keeping students in one or two groups lets administration and public safety more easily keep an eye on things. But administration needs to understand that their procedure is making it hard for the kids who want to get to school and get to work. We propose a compromise: change the 7:30 procedure to 7:20 to allow students to be on time to class, and allow students to do everything they need to do so they will not be late to their first hour. Those who need morning help can check in and administration can still keep the halls clear until 20 minutes before class starts.
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Packed classes, not enough seats Dejana Puranovic Online Editor As the school year began, many classes were packed with students and not enough desks. The number of freshmen enrolled this year increased and crowded classrooms. This is a problem that needs to be fixed; if the goal of a school is to educate students, overcrowded classrooms are keeping Everett from meeting that goal. Counselors and administration need to make sure that the core classes have an even
amount of students in each class, and that the room can hold the amount. Students stuck in the classroom with an overload have a more difficult time learning. It’s not like the administration isn’t trying. They’ve already added five new math classes and a full-time English teacher to the school, but it’s still crowded in classes. In Mr. Hartley’s first hour senior math class, the class is packed with students and not enough desks. It makes it a very uncomfortable learning environment, especially if you’re claustrophobic.
Teachers have a more difficult time with teaching and fulfilling every student’s needs with a large class size. Students in smaller classes get all the help they need, which isn’t fair to the other students in the bigger classes. Although it is a lot of work to get students in every class they want, we need to be a little tighter with class placements. We shouldn’t have this problem two weeks into the school year. Students shouldn’t have to wait to get into their proper class. Administration should not let school of choice students enroll after the first day of school.
Open Campus would benefit teachers, students and clubs Emily Dake Online Editor
A few years ago, students were allowed to leave campus for lunch. Some would take the opportunity to walk or drive somewhere for lunch, taking a midday breather from school. Now, students are restricted to the lunch room, filled with loud people and bland food. The days of open lunch need to return. If students could leave, we could eat what we want and go where we want. It would give us a break from school. Lunch right now is only a half hour long. If we had open campus, lunch would extend to an hour for everyone, which is how the schedule worked in the past. Students would all leave at once, which would give teachers an hour break for lunch, too. The break would give them a chance to catch up on work or meet with students for makeup time. The hour would be a chance for
clubs to meet, as well. This would give students with after-school commitments the chance to be involved in more clubs or activities. If you have B lunch, you know how it splits your 4th hour right in half. B lunch students have less time in class, and the disruption makes it hard to stay focused. Open campus would eliminate the B-lunch problem. The neighborhood around the school complained when open campus existed because students were leaving a mess behind. According to some, complaints from neighbors were the main reason we lost open lunch. But that was a few years ago. Anyone involved in that behavior has graduated. We could change the past and take care of our trash and behave. Students are mature enough to leave school for lunch. If students know that open lunch depends on their behavior, they will step up their behavior. It would extend the lunch and give us a little more freedom. Bringing back the off
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New morning procedure punishes good kids
Students line up to get their lunch. Some students say off-campus lunch would make lines shorter. campus hour lunch would be great. Unfortunately, it’s not open for discussion.
REPORTERS Christopher Buckner Brittany Harris Mikaela Jones Lindsay July Janelle Lewis Noelia Lopez Morgan McIntyre Tori Murine Alexus Patterson Tara Phan Tecora Starks James Vandergrift Sophia Williams Sarah Yang
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School should be fun and entertaining, watching everyone boo at you while they cheer for themselves isn’t very fun.
Forcing unwanted food on students results in waste For the past two years, lunch for all students has been free. Along with free lunch, this year there is a new policy. For students to actually receive free lunch they are required to take everything offered in the lunch line even if they do not eat it. This seems to be a waste of food, and a waste of the grant money that the school district received. The year before, if a students wanted pizza for lunch they could get just that... a slice of pizza and their lunch would still be free. Now you’re required to get pizza, a side, fruit, milk or juice, or you will have to pay. Last year, sides consisted of fries, mashed potatoes, and sometimes a cooked vegetable, but they were never required. This year, sides have been changed to a vegetable every day.
Late acceptance letters unfair to new members In past years the National Honor Society members received their acceptance letter the summer before their junior year. This year, it’s ridiculous we still haven’t received our letters and it’s almost October. Even though we will receive our letter
7:30 procedure doesn’t allow enough time to get to class Everett implemented a new policy during the morning. The rule states that students may not enter the building until 7:30 a.m. unless they have a pass from a teacher, or are going to the cafeteria. The tardy bell rings at 7:40, and for many students that’s not enough time to get to class. Students in band have to go to the band room to drop off their instruments, then go to their locker, then go to class. Depending on where their locker and their first hour is, it can be hard to get there. Especially with how crowded the stairwells are. It’s just not enough time. I understand why the rule was set in place. If you could come into the building so could anyone else, which isn’t safe. Also, when students are scattered out around the building you can’t supervise them as much as staff would like to. Students should be able to set foot in the building at 7:20. It’s not a big change, and I find it to be very reasonable. It keeps the halls clear early in the morning, and also gives students more time to socialize, get their things for class, and actually get to class on time. Brianna Billard, ‘15
Do you think students should be forced to take food they are not going to eat? Why or why not?
“There’s no point in taking it because it’s wasting food.” Javon Moore, 13
“No, because if you don’t want it, you shouldn’t have to eat it.” Tyler Edwards, 14
“No, because they might run out for people who really want it.” Jaliyah Kelly, 15
“No. We should have more of a variety.” Shyanna Walker, 16
“No, because if you’re not going to eat it, why waste the money to buy it?” Brian Janetzke, 13
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This new policy of not being able to enter the building and being forced to stand outside or sit in the hot and crowded cafeteria in the mornings is absolutely absurd. The policy is more dangerous and less secure than having the students inside of the building. I understand that students cannot be watched every second that they are in the building, but at least if a problem transpires, teachers are in their rooms and can call security to deal with the problem much quicker than the students all being huddled outside with only one or two adults outside. There was a day where there was only one adult outside. If a fight took place, who could stop it? Certainly not just that one adult; it takes at least three security guards to stop a fight with only two students fighting. It was between 7:20 and 7:25 when one security guard and Dr. Gear finally came outside. Could those two stop a fight? I for one don’t know if they could, and in all of that commotion would they have time to call for backup? I doubt it! If a fight broke out in front of me my first instinct isn’t to call for help, it’s to get the heck out of there! And their first instinct would be to stop the fight themselves, if they could. This makes it a danger for the rest of the students because we could be near the fight and could get hit, and if someone were to get hit, they could get angry and jump into the fight, adding to the chaos! Two people can’t possibly stop that. Now, if we were all inside of the building, we would be separated, thus distancing ourselves from drama. And in the morning,
Keep people out after school, not before
Pep rallies are the perfect time to show the upperclassmen just how tough the freshmen really are, but the freshmen didn’t do that this year... or last year. They just sat there all quiet while everyone booed. As a class, they should have all stood up and started screaming “one- six!” The freshmen class could be the biggest, baddest class if they stood up for themselves. If they hate how the upperclassmen boo them, they’re just going to do it next year to the new freshman. School spirit and class pride isn’t about booing the other classes, it’s about showing that your class is the most impressive. School should be fun and entertaining; watching everyone boo at you while they cheer for themselves isn’t very fun. Standing up, screaming for your class and making a bit of a fool of yourself is fun. I understand that it can be hard to do that, but most upperclassmen aren’t as big and bad as they seem. If they keep this up, next year they will be just as shy and won’t show their school spirit. Freshmen have another to chance to prove to the rest of the classes that they have class pride at the winter homecoming pep rally. Carly Wiles, ‘14
Being required to take everything given at lunch is an attempt to make lunches healthier for students. Instead of students actually eating the fruits and vegetables, we end up setting them on a table for lunch aids to later throw away. Instead of forcing kids to take food they don’t like, the school district should expand the options we have at lunch and not require students to take what they don’t want. It would be a better way to use the grant and students would actually eat a full lunch. Aneysa Rogers, ‘13
of acceptance to NHS months after previous years, we still have the same guidelines. One of the conditions we have is that we cannot start our community service until after we get our letters. Some students already have multiple hours of community service from this summer and early school year that they will not be able to use. There are also conditions to what an acceptable form of community service is. This means even if you found community service projects that you would like to participate in, it may not be acceptable. Trying to find an acceptable service project gives juniors even less time to get their community service hours completed. More students are going to be more likely not to join NHS because of the limited time that they will receive. I understand that there are new advisors for the NHS this year and that they are trying to get everything organized and under control, but it’s not fair to expect the same of juniors this year when we have less time than normally allowed. Between not being able to start our community service until we receive the letter and having high requirements on what the allowed service projects are, juniors should all get together and discuss how we think this should be handled. Hailey Cleveland, ‘14
Freshmen need to show their pride
potential fighters are much too drowsy to seek out their opponent throughout the school, whereas outside they are near and easy to find. After school it is understandable to urge everyone to leave. People have the energy to fight and have the pent-up anger from the drama of the day to take out on someone they don’t like! So pushing students out is understandable, but having us stand outside of the school like children in the morning? At Gardner, students had to do that, but we were immature children at that point in time; we would have gotten into some type of trouble; but now? We are in high school; I’m pretty sure most of us are more mature now. I think we can handle ourselves inside of the building. We’ve been doing it for years with minimal problems, why is there a need for change? There is no need for change. If things are going along fine, there is no need to change it when there is the potential of problems. And what about the kids who have to ride with their parents on their way to work, and they get to school early? Some students get to school as early as 6:30 because they have to! What are they supposed to do for an hour until they can get inside of the building? Stand outside, alone where someone can easily cause harm to them? There’s your liability problems right there; it’s still school property, if something were to happen to a student you can almost guarantee you’ll have a lawsuit on your hands! And what about our marching band? The tradition of marching the halls before every home game had to come to a screeching halt! Now they have to stand outside with all of those people crowding around them; this hardly hypes up students like seeing them march through the halls doing their routines. And to make it even better, the band doesn’t even like playing out there! And then, what happens when the weather gets cold? Instruments don’t do well in cold weather; will playing before home games just be stopped altogether at that point? This standing outside in the morning needs to come to an end. If teachers don’t want students disturbing them in the morning, they can simply have their doors shut as they have for years, which is not a big deal. Not being able to get inside of the school, other than to sit in the hot and crowded cafeteria, threats of security, the overall feeling of being treated as a child, and for the sake of our marching band; this standing around is pointless, unnecessary, has everyone angry, and needs to be stopped. TaPara Simmons, ‘14
Students find hair to dye for
Pinterest feeds digital scrapbook addiction Melanie Matchette Photo Editor
Cooler temps have students looking for fall fashions
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Mikaela Jones Reporter
As fall approaches, it gives people the opportunity to shop for the incoming fall trends or must-haves. This year’s trends include shoes like Sperrys, Toms, moccasins, and various types of boots. Also, yoga pants, crossbody bags and much more. As Fall approaches, it gives people the opportunity to shop for the incoming fall trends or the must-haves. This year’s trends include shoes like Sperrys, toms, moccasins, and various types of boots. Also yoga pants, nice jeans, blouses, crossbody satchels or purses and much more. “Every fall season I get excited because it gives me a chance to shop for new boots, scarves, sweaters, and leggings,” said junior Deja Cannon. The hottest thing out right now are the shoes Toms and Sperrys; most people can’t wait to get their hands on a pair. “No, I don’t own any Sperrys or Toms yet, but I plan on getting some cheetah-print Sperrys very soon,” said junior Jade Thompson. Shopping for the fall season can never get old. “I really shop too much, but it’s never enough, and you could never have too many clothes,” said freshman Arlexeia Bernard. Sometimes its gets a little chilly during fall but people make sure they have fleece coats to keep warm. “My North face fleece is perfect for the fall weather,” said junior Talisha Horton. “ I could wear it all the time,”
Popular styles of shoes for this Fall include, from top: Moccasins, Toms, and Sperrys. Many students wear or are planning to get these this season.
Students have found yet another way to express themselves by adding blues, pinks and purples and every other color in the rainbow to their hair. For most students, the decision to go green (or red, or orange) is about a change of pace. “I get sick of my normal hair color,” said sophomore Gabrielle Denton, who went from Many stores offer colorful hair dye options having brown hair to electric blue hair. to choose from. Parents of students have mostly positive reactions to their teens dyeing and bleaching hairdresser Diana Hollenbeck, who has been their hair. working on people’s hair for over 30 years at “My parents encouraged it. They’re all her salon A Cut Above. about self-expression and all that,” said sophoThe only possible bad thing that comes more Erika Wentworth, whose bright blue hair out of dyeing/bleaching your hair over and stands out among a crowd. over is that hair breakage and over processing Teens have been dyeing their hair for which can lead to further damage including years, but just recently the trend has gone early hair loss. mainstream due to celebrities like Nicki Minaj “The blue and pinks in their hair are fun and Katy Perry. but it need to be in moderation or breakage “Celebrities and social media have a and such will occur,” said Hollenbeck. “The lot of impact on today’s teens, causing them only way for such things to be prevented is by to do things they normally wouldn’t do... in- giving you hair breaks in between colors and cluding dyeing their hair bizarre colors,” said letting your hair regrow.”
Pinterest is a fast-growing social-networking website, often called the Internet’s bulletin board. Pinterest was opened in 2010 on an invitation-only basis until August 2012, when it was opened to the public. Now that everyone has access, there are more than 10 million users. Despite its over 10 million users, few students at Everett use Pinterest. In a random survey, only four students out of 80 said that they used Pinterest. Most of the students who said that they did not use Pinterest had never even heard of it. Pinterest’s large amount Pintere st of features can be a little overboard. U is a fast grow in sers ca whelming at first, but once new n quick g social-netwo ly post Pinterest users take time to browse and visual li rking website with nks to fa o learn some of the things they can do on the that topic, or vorite re ften called the cipes, c rafts, de Internet bulleti website, they can’t stay away from it. they can “re-pin” by clicking the n signs o r photos “It takes a little time and patience to get “re-pin” button on an already existing link on menu . into, but once you get the hang of it you won’t Pinterest and adding it to the board of their where different topics such as DIY & Crafts, Fashion, or be able to stop,” senior Huong Nguyen said. choice. Here’s how it works: Users can create or “I love getting creative ideas from it, like Cooking can be selected and pins in that category can be viewed and re-pinned. contribute to “boards” that are labeled as cer- food ideas,” Nguyen said. “Pinterest is a great way to get into having tain topics, such as “Music” or “Desserts.” To Pinterest can be used to plan a party, a vaan interesting life and learn new things,” junior contribute to those boards, users can “pin” links cation, or to learn a new craft or recipe. On the to articles, pictures, or anything that has to do home page there is a “Categories” drop-down Christina Pulido said. screen
Tori Murine Reporter
Entertainment October allows chances to visit variety of fall festivals Alexus Patterson Reporter
Frankenweenie (October 5, PG). This is a movie about a young kid trying to bring his dog back to life. It’s directed by Tim Burton. Maybe you can take your younger siblings or you can enjoy it with friends. Pitch Perfect (October 5, PG-13) This is a movie about a girl joining a singing group and the group takes on rivals at another school. Starring Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick and Anna Camp. It’s great for you to have a girls night and see with your best friends. Maybe guys want to see it too. It’s great for anyone. The Paperboy (October 5, R) It’s about a reporter who returns to his hometown to write about a death-row inmate, who might be innocent. Starring Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and John Cusack. If you’re interested in dramas, then you should see this movie. Be warned that reviews of this movie mention one potentially very disturbing scene. Taken 2 (October 5, PG-13) In this follow-up to Taken, the retired CIA operative and his wife are taken hostage while trying to rescue their daughter. Starring Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace. If the first one interested you, then this one probably will too. Here Comes the Boom (October 12, PG) Starring Kevin James. It’s about a high school biology teacher, who wrestles to earn money for the school. This would be a great family movie. Paranormal Activity 4 (October 19, Not yet rated) If you like scary movies and like the first couple Paranormal Activity movies, then you will probably want to see this one. It’s about a girl noticing strange things
Fun Size (October 26, PG) It’s a comedy about a girl who loses her brother on Halloween and has to miss the party of the year to go find him and discovers a few things about herself along the way. Starring Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann and Chelsea Handler. It’s perfect for you to take a sibling and show them what not to do on Halloween. Nature Calls (November 9, Not yet rated) It’s about a guy who wants to honor his father's legacy. So, He takes a group of kids, that sneak away, on a camping trip and everything goes wrong. It’s a comedy, starring Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt, and Rob Riggle. Twilight Saga: Breaking dawn-Part 2 (November 16, PG-13) It’s the final movie of this series. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. If you have seen all the movies and read the books, this movie probably will interest you. It’s vampires and werewolves. Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
It’s almost October, which means many festivals and events coming to the Lansing area. One of the main festivals is Oktoberfest. Held October 5-6 in Old Town, it is Lansing’s only German-style festival. It includes live Polka, German fare, and of course German beers, for the elders, with souvenir mugs to remember the event. Though students can’t drink alcohol at the event, college student Dustin Cotton said Oktoberfest is a good time for all ages. There are many places to eat, entertainment, and sales going on at Oktoberfest. The most popular foods include hot dogs, duck dogs, and sausage located at the Grand Grillin’ and What Up Dawg. “The hot dogs are terrific!” said Cotton. “I wanted to try something new, so I tried the duck dog. I didn’t expect it to be this good.” The entertainment involves the bands The Polish Muslims, and The Kielbasa Kings. Cotton said the bands were not what he would normally listen to, but it was nice to hear something different. Another festival in October is Color
The Hobbit ( December 14, NR) It’s a prequel to the lord of the rings trilogy. It’s about dwarfs going on a journey with Gandalf the Grey. They have to fight many things along the way like giant spiders, dragons, wolves and Hostile elves. If you’re interested in the Lord of the Rings movies, then this is definitely the movie for you. You won’t want to miss it.
Oktoberfest October 5-6, Old Town.
Music and food in a German atmosphere. www.oldtownoktoberfest.com
Color Cruise and Island Festival October 12-14, Grand Ledge
Demonstrations, river rides, food and entertainment. www.grandledgechamber.com/color_cruise.php
Boo at the Zoo October 27-28, Potter Park
See the animals while trick-or-treating. www.potterparkzoo.org
Superfans wait in line for Borderlands 2 midnight release
Red Dawn (November 21, PG-13) It’s about a group of people who fight back against foreign invaders who invade the country. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson. If you like action movies, this one is great for you! Rise of the Guardians (November 21, PG-13) It’s about superheroes getting together to fight evil. Starring Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude law and Alec Baldwin. You could take your siblings or your friends. Either way, anyone who likes superheroes would probably like this movie.
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Fans wait outdoors at Edgewood plaza for the midnight release of the video game Borderlands 2. Chris Buckner Reporter On September 17, about 150 people camped in the cold outside Gamestop on Edgewood Boulevard to get one of the very first copies of game Borderlands 2, which went on sale at 12:01 a.m. At 10:00 p.m., some people in the line had been waiting for a while. There were people lined up, many with camping chairs. One group had a Sam’s Club cart upside down as a chair. “I am extremely excited for this game. I think this game will be better than the first, because there are new characters, guns... I could go on all night if I wanted to,” said Gamestop
employee Kalvin Demski. “The midnight releases are a part of the job, but a part I enjoy.” Staying up past midnight with a crowd of excited fans may not seem like everyone’s idea of a good time, but Demski said that working them are fun. “Working the releases are hectic, and exciting,” said Kalvin. “It’s not my first release, (which is) why I’m outside managing the line.” Senior Micole Duncan was also there, excited to get his hands on the new game. “I am psyched for this game.” said Duncan, “You get to be a mechromancer, and they have a bazillian guns,” said Duncan. “I’ve also been to the MW3 and Black Ops release, and it was better than Chuck E. Cheese’s.”
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It’s that time of the year. It’s getting colder, the leaves are changing colors and falling off the trees. That means fall is here. It’s not warm any more, and you can’t really hang out outside. A good thing for anyone to do to have fun is go see a movie. Here’s a preview of some movies that are coming out soon. You could take a group of friends and have a great time.
about her neighbors and she might find out some interesting things.
Brooke Burns Entertainment editor
cruise and Island festival on the October 1214. This involves a trip down memory lane in an old-fashioned covered wagon or a float down the Grand River on a riverboat. The last and more than likely the best festival is The Boo at The Zoo October 27-28, at Potter Park Zoo. This event involves little girls and boys enjoying two afternoons of spooktacular fun, tricks and treats for the whole family including crafts, straw maze, hayrides, and the famous Boo Tunnel. The admission for this is the general four dollars. “I’m ready for this festival this year! I’m excited to see what’s new and going on at Potter Park,” said senior Makayla Marinoff. With all these events going on, who couldn’t wait.
Lucas Barner Sports Editor College football. Every young athlete who plays little league and in high school strives to play at a big time college, but big time college ball just isn’t for everyone. That isn’t the case for three Everett football players. Seniors Jaleel Canty, James Mills and Anthony White are all looking at playing Division 1 football next year. Anthony White Anthony White is a six foot two inch, 205-pound outside linebacker and running back. He runs a 4.41 40 yard dash and bench presses 250 pounds. White is a three-year starter who lettered All-Conference Honorable Mention his junior year. White is being recruited as an outside linebacker by Michigan State, Iowa, Central Michigan, Akron and Ball State, which is his only scholarship offer so far. White’s best ability on the football field is his speed and strength. The recruiting process is different for every athlete in every sport. Athletes enjoy various parts of their process through recruiting. “It’s been real good (recruiting) because I get tickets to games and campus visits,” says White. The thing that catches his eye most
when he’s interested in a school is the alumni and tradition and also how big the campus is and the environment. Jaleel Canty Athletes from the Lansing area dream of being in Jaleel Canty’s shoes. Canty is a five foot ten inch, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back who has already committed to the University of Cincinnati. Canty is a four year varsity player, three year starter, and lettered 1st Team All-Conference his sophomore and junior year and also All-Area and All-State Honorable Mention as a junior. The most dangerous part of Canty’s game is his speed. Some college players right now aren’t as fast as him. He runs a 4.37 40yard dash and bench presses 260 pounds. Canty is being recruited by Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and all of the MAC schools. He has offers from Cincinnati and all of the MAC schools and is being recruited under the broad category “athlete,” meaning he can play multiple positions in college. “It’s been stressful and enjoyable (recruiting) at the same time because the coaches hammer you on why you should go to their school and how it will benefit your life, but at the end of the day you’re making a life-long decision,” said Canty. He is rated a three-star athlete (out of
five), according to Rivals. com. His decision will be based on his education, size of the school, competition in conference or schedule, coaches, and players that have been sent to the NFL. Canty made his verbal commitment to Cincinnati in late July and he said that it felt good to know that he’ll be getting an education and be playing big-time college football. “I was excited, happy and relieved. It was just an enjoyable conversation (committing),” said Canty. Cincinnati is a big time program in the Big East and they are always contenders in conference championships and BCS bowls. “It just seems like the right fit,” said Canty.
Three football players looking for Division I fame
Senior defensive back DiQuan Hunt covers an East Lansing receiver during the homecoming game. Everett defeated East Lansing 6-0, to cement their spot at first place in the conference. 40 yard dash and bench presses 295 pounds. Mills has been a starter since his freshman year and has lettered 1st Team All-Conference, his first three years and in his junior year he was All-Area and All-State Honorable-Mention at linebacker. Mississippi State, Missouri, Ohio State, Toledo and Eastern Michigan are recruiting him, but he has yet to receive a Division 1 offer.
James Mills James Mills has established himself as a monster. “My best ability is hitting people and scoring (touchdowns), because I like hitting people and it takes a lot of my anger out,” said Mills. He is a five foot ten inch, 215-pound linebacker and running back who runs a 4.7
Although he doesn’t have a D-1 offer, he still has a couple of Division 2 offers, including Grand Valley State University. He is being recruited as a linebacker by D-1 schools and as a running back in D-2. He has visited Toledo, GVSU, SVSU, and EMU so far. On November 22, he’s visiting Mississippi State and on December 5, he will be going to Missouri.
Last chances to catch a Soccer team searches for winning strategy in rebuilding year fall season game CROSS COUNTRY
Everett’s soccer team has struggled this season, unable to put together a win. Last year, the team had a winning season under former coach Steven Horn. Horn was let go from his position last spring, and the team has yet to find its stride under new coach Scott Wesley. “I think adjusting to a new coach is always challenging,” said Athletic Director Cindy Short. “The adjustment needs to be made in order to be successful.” The adjustment would need to come quickly to pull out a win, with the final soccer game fast approaching. Players will admit that the team has Sophomore Travon Rogers dribbles the ball past an Okemos defender. Everett it’s weaknesses, but it also has its strengths. “We are all good players, but we don’t play went on to lose the match. as a team and we don’t listen,” said sophomore adjustment will come soon. Travon Rogers. “The team has overcome a lot. They are on their way to becoming The team has had its struggles but are looking to finish out the a team,” said Short. season strong. It hasn’t been easy for the team since the firing of Horn, To win the last few games the team to has to remain positive and but hopefully things will turn around. work through a lot of setbacks. “My hope is to beat Owosso, our last easy game,” said Rogers. “It has been a challenging year for everyone. We need to all come The team has high hopes for the end of the season, as well as next together and look back at the positive things,” said Short. season. The firing of Horn has changed some things, but hopefully the
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10/9 - @E. Lansing-G. Ledge 10/11 - @E. Lansing JV Invite 10/13 - @Greater Lansing Invite 10/18 - CAAC Meet 10/27 - Regionals Coach: Candace Dill
10/11 - @Williamston 10/18 - WAVERLY 11/2 - CAAC Meet 10/3 - CAAC Meet Coach Staff: Bryan Scott, Nate Burchfield
10/5 - GRAND LEDGE 10/12 - @Sexton 10/19- @Jackson Coach: Marcelle Carruthers
10/8 - CAAC Tourney 10/10 CAAC Tourney 10/15 - Districts Coach: Scott Wesley
10/9 - @Jackson 10/13 - CAAC @Eastern 10/15 - City Tournament 10/17 - CAAC Tournament 10/22 - CAAC Tournament 10/24 - CAAC Tournament 10/29 - Districts Coach: Jube Falcon
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