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Food drive fuels caring during winter

School collects cans for families worked together for the drive, setting a school goal to collect 50 cans of food per homeroom and 5,000 cans throughout the entire school. “My homeroom has a total of zero cans. It’s been rather disappointing. It’s just sad. We could have contributed so much more,” sophomore Spencer Maddox said. Due to a lack of awareness about the drive, the event,

originally scheduled to end November 9, received an extension until November 14. Beta Club members hoped to raise more cans and hit their goal, to donate as much as possible to charity organizations. At the end of the drive, Ms. Kovel’s homeroom collected the most cans. “[The charity organization] is a church group that distributes the food for families in need for Thanksgiv-

ing,” Beta Club adviser Ms. Goodwin said. Pairing up with a local church group, Beta Club hands over all food collected to the charity that then supplies families with the cans. Around the holidays, the church makes sure to keep less-fortunate families fed. Beta Club, known for their community service work, plans to continue helping

the Kennesaw-Acworth area throughout the holidays. In addition to the food drive, the group makes trips to the North Star Sanctuary to visit the elderly. Members arrive every week to talk and socialize with those living there. Spreading a generous spirit throughout the school, the food drive helps a worthy cause and provides sustenance for those in need. PHOTO BY CARLI TROUTMAN

by Hannah Gleason A Thanksgiving food drive, held by the Beta Club, helped collect cans for low-income families during the holiday season. “[The food drive] was to feed the poor on Thanksgiving, so that everyone can have a good meal for the holidays,” junior Beta Club member Tristan Gerdes said. Both Beta Club and special education teacher Ms. Guidry

Students collected the cans to give to low-income families.

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Suave spy movies entertain and bond fans

Homemade gifts 3D movies promise heightened experience and local events Films disappoint viewers save money

James Bond excites viewers and fixes flaws

Maddie Swab Editor in Chief With the iconic theme song, opening scene, and dapper British spy, the James

Bond franchise evokes nostalgic feelings from the older generations and captivates younger viewers with the spy-ventures. Based off of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, the series begins with 1962’s Dr. No and currently leaves off with this year ’s Skyfall. The series has fostered the careers of Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig, creating a cult classic. While some argue that the Bond movies portray a male character taking advantage of women and using them as sexual conquests, this reoccurring scene composes Bond’s iconic character and does not make up the movies’ main plot.

Bond’s character of using women, drinking during every occasion, and stealing vehicles from innocent bystanders makes him the unique British spy people love. Each movie’s plot contains unique aspects such as the memorable characters and the stories’ timelessness, setting them apart from not only each other but from other spy and action movies as well. Even if James Bond is sexist and misogynistic, some characters in the movie balance out his personality. The Guardian’s Jane Martinson says that Judi Dench’s character M is “in charge [and] shows both emotional power over her subordinates and hu-

man failure” in her column “The Women’s Blog.” Since M portrays M15’s real-life first female director-general Stella Rimington, M represents female heroism. M’s character, along with the movies’ entertainment value, makes the Bond franchise exciting and imaginative. Also, since the movies stretch across six decades, families can watch the movies together. My dad and I have made the James Bond movies a tradition, bonding over each installment. With little time to spend with each other during the day, the Bond movies provide something we both share and enjoy. The Bond franchise has amassed $12 billion as of May 2011, showing a successful series. The

movies grow the careers of the actors who played Bond, the actors who played M15 characters, and the actresses who played the “Bond girls.” Every movie except The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, License to Kill, and The World is Not Enough has received a nomination and/or award for various elements, helping the cast and crew gain prestige. James Bond, the M15 staff, and the Bond girls live on throughout the years. This classic is a classic for a reason: people love the movies. Whether the plot lines, the actors, or the British accents, James Bond has a place in the world’s heart.

Bond fails to burst gender sterotypes

Franchise contains many flaws

Maya McKenzie Page Editor

James Bond has sauntered through decades as the supremely suave spy icon, but the franchise’s blatant sexism imprisons the espionage genre in the 1950s. Bond epitomizes masculinity. He conquers villains, he wears dapper suits, he beds countless women, all with a smirk on his handsome face. Despite all of this iconic charm, a certain sleaziness permeates throughout the franchise. Like most big-budget Hollywood series, the main character is male. Now this in and of itself does not immediately denote a problem, but the fran-

chise’s treatment of minor female characters reveals a troublesome underlying characteristic of the franchise. Most obvious, the outrageous names of the Bond girls should certainly incite some criticism. Girls with scandalous names such as “Pussy Galore,” “Holly Goodhead,” and “Honey Ryder” contribute little more to the story than providing a love interest for Bond. Using female characters simply as “eye candy” reinforces Hollywood’s systematic overlooking of women. Feminist and cartoonist Alison Bechdel noticed this phenomenon and de-

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veloped a test for movies known as the “Bechdel Test.” To pass the Bechdel Test, a movie must fulfill three requirements: 1) include two named female characters, 2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than a man. The Bond movies, as well as many popular movies, cannot pass this test. Of course a film’s female friendliness cannot entirely account for the quality of the movie. Perfectly wellacted, well-directed movies can completely ignore women. The pervasiveness of this occurrence, however, results in a film industry that completely ignores

or stereotypes half of the world’s population. When film franchises, such as the Bond franchise, perpetuate gender stereotypes and negatively portray women, this problem can never end. But, all is not lost. The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, actually passes the Bechdel test with M (Judi Dench) speaking to Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) discussing thoughtfully rather than gossiping. Dench’s role as M also displayed character growth, actually adding depth to a female role. With such an iconic film series striding toward a more equal film industry, hopefully Hollywood can take the hint.

Crafting warms hearts during holidays

Jordan Grubb Photo Specialist

This holiday season, many people attempt to cut back on their budgets; luckily, countless opportunities exist to save money but still have holiday spirit. Cheap gift ideas (always helpful to the budget savvy teen) will bring cheer to a relative, friend, neighbor, or significant other. Just a simple letter can serve as a personal gift. Meaningful and (hopefully) from the heart, a letter will brighten anyone’s day. Just sit down and write about the person. Only crazy people hate some nice, warm, home baked cookies,

so why not give some to a neighbor? All one would need is about $3 for grocery store bought dough and a stove. Then, for presentation, one could decorate a plastic plate or buy one from the dollar store or thrift store. Blankets serve as an extremely cozy gift suitable for anyone and that will get anyone snuggling by a fireplace. No one could ever have enough blankets! If none of these sound like the right gift for a friend, then how about a hot chocolate kit? Get a box of hot chocolate and a couple mugs, and then wrap it up nicely with a bow. This can also serve as a housewarming gift. We not only give gifts during the holidays; we also celebrate! No matter what one believes in, celebrating is a must. Lenox Mall offers a cheap way to have fun this holiday, called “Pink Pig.” This little train goes through scenes similar to Disney’s “It’s a Small World” in Disney. Pink Pig costs only $3 and the proceeds go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Although that can serve as wonderful family bonding, if one is unable to leave home, stay in the neighborhood. Make hot chocolate for everyone in the family, pile in the car, turn on some holiday tunes, and just drive around looking at all the magical lights people have put up.

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Hannah Gleason Staff Writer Legendary star of the 90s grunge scene, the late Kurt Cobain, receives a disgraceful Broadway musical makeover at the hands of his much reviled wife Courtney Love, causing uproar with those that idolize the man. While Cobain deserves recognition for his genius, a play about him created by a woman known for behaving erratically and lying often seems like an inconceivably bad idea.

Of course Love would know much about Cobain due to their marriage, but when Love’s daughter Francis must make public apologies about lies Love spreads to the media, one wonders why to entrust the woman with such a delicate project. Additionally, with Love’s name attached to the scheme, failure remains ensured for the play. By Love (arguably the person Cobain and Nirvana fans despise most) creating this musical, fans will boycott it, regardless of its quality. Money and time put into the project ultimately proves worthless, as no self-respecting Cobain fan dares encourage Love and her crazy ideas. The medium of a musical poses another point of concern. By design, plays reach smaller audiences than outlets like films and tickets cost much more, which makes them available only to those wealthy enough to afford them. A play that only those with excess money could view seems not to fit with Cobain’s philosophy, seeing

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What are students’ favorite Halloween costumes? by Carli Troutman “The hurricane is bad. All the suffering that it has caused is so sad. No one deserves how much those people have been through.” — Senior Kelsey Bashal

“I feel bad for the people that are in New York and I feel extra bad for all the places being affected by the hurricane. Most people were not prepared and were taken by surprise when this happened.” — Junior Brennan Cross

“The hurricane affected the people horribly and I feel so bad for all the people whose houses and lives have been taken with the storm.” — Freshman Rhayne Russell

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as Cobain and Nirvana aimed to spread their music to anyone that wanted it through the relatively universal medium of CDs. While Love later refuted claims of wanting to produce such a play, the very prospect of Nirvana turning into a musical left many fans shaken. Thankfully, any sort of venture about Cobain would likely require their daughter Francis’ permission, and as she seems less prone to senseless outbreaks than Love, Cobain’s legacy remains safe. “There will be no musical. Sometimes it’s Musical purists also remain calm with news that Love no longer owns the rights to Cobain’s image or likeness, and makes no money off of the companies controlling his music. Francis Cobain holds all rights to Cobain’s intellectual property, and hopefully plans to make wiser decisions with these rights than Love. So rejoice Nirvana fans; the legend stays safe from bastardization once again.

“It is so sad that the Stock Exchange Center had electricity while the hospital didn’t. The place that definitely needed light was the place that did not have it. This is such a sad and awful thing to happen.” — Senior Phoenix Durkish

“It is worse than all the other hurricanes that have occurred here, but I am glad I moved here to Georgia although my of my family still lives up North. We do not have any way of getting in contact with them so we are all really scared.” — Sophomore Amy Gameiro


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Opinion Forgotten holidays

Celebrities flub during talk show stints

Carli Troutman Photo Specialist

Once a celebrity loses relevance in the entertainment industry, he or she searches for attention by creating tacky talk shows that bore viewers with vague topics. After a painfully uneventful career, celebrities fall into a lost period where they can no longer appease audiences. They have no work and no one expecting them to star in a film,

so they sometimes become annoying talk show hosts. All talk shows seem to talk about the same celebrities over and over again, never giving the country a break. After becoming talk show hosts, these washed up celebrities go from boring actors to cheesy hosts of shows no one watches except for the exciting and relevant featured guest. After memorizing a script of words written by other people they act like they appear as the finest person television has ever seen. Really, they bore, annoy, and act full of themselves, not realizing how awful they probably are until much later while sitting on Dr. Drew’s therapy sofa. Few talk shows give anything more to entertainment than empty talk. Shows like Ellen are established, help causes, and found charities. These shows should supply our society with interesting facts and information that we care about. “It is annoying to the critics and to the fans and to the hardworking men and women who consider hosting a talk

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show a craft,” Thomas Tennant from said in his expose on annoying talk shows. He is completely correct: people do not treat quality talk shows with the respect they deserve. Possessing enormous talents as a comedian or athlete does not does not automatically make a person a suitable talk show host. This career is not just something to pass the time; one has to actually interview people effectively. Now, it feels like new talk shows come out everyday, and the older talk shows become shoved towards the side to make room for younger people to have room. Now that all these new shows have come up, there is no break from celebrities and people starving for a spotlight on television now. Celebrities do not need the spotlight all the time, nor do they deserve it. We do not need an update on who Justin Beiber dates every day and who broke up with whom in the Hollywood world. What we need is actual news on local hardships and people giving back to their communities.

Americans ignore some holidays for others

Brittany Nelson Staff Writer

Lately some holidays seem like ordinary days people no longer acknowledge, with Christmas overshadowing Halloween and Thanksgiving. Christmas overshadows the rest of the holidays; if one shops around or visits any local stores and markets, they should have noticed that before Halloween had ever passed, stores set out Christmas items. Thanksgiving has not occurred yet, but people skip over it because of Christmas. Modern day people forget true holiday meanings. No one celebrates holidays for scaring spirits away or giving thanks for the better things in one’s life; they celebrate in order to receive a gift or make a profit. Christmas serves as the most

profitable time of year for businesses with new ornaments, Christmas trees, candies, and clothes. Business owners maximize their already enlarged profits by starting the Christmas hype early as possible, which is why Santa arrives at the mall on November 1st. After eating until one’s stomach starts protruding and busting the buckle of his or her pants, American tradition calls for people to stay up until 12 a.m. or wake up at three a.m. to catch Black Friday limited time sales. People use Black Friday to start Christmas shopping. Notice that just hours after Thanksgiving stores mention Christmas, preparation begins yet again. America has the only “holiday cases” where people are trampled on Black Friday sales events in order to get the perfect deal when really consumer sales have gone down and the capital’s original prices stay almost the same. A Wal-Mart worker died after an out-of-control mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through a Long Island store’s front doors and trampled him When the madness ended, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was dead and four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured, Long Island police reported. Many countries do not surpass their holiday traditions as Americans have done, because they still understand the meaning behind each historical day.

Relatives invade during the holidays Children sing about election

Jawann Lawson Artist

During important holidays, relatives infiltrate homes, take over belongings, and invade peaceful sanctuaries, quickly turning happy homes into chaotic environments. It has happened to the best families: the relatives arrive, overtaking the home and its residents, subsequently manifest into irksome presences in the house. Some family members comment too much, play too much, talk too loudly, and intrude on a little thing called “privacy.” The visit usually begins with well intentions, with hugs and gleeful smiles all around. This turns into a pleasant get together until someone makes a spiteful comment or brings up a forbidden topic. In some families, certain in-laws and siblings argue, or maybe the grandparents disagree with their child’s parenting skills. On other occasions, the grandchildren argue, causing their parents

to fight. Unfortunately, in extreme families, brawls begin. In that case, choose not to invite them. Delusional people may say, “My family is perfect. They never get in fights.” Every family indulges in an argument or two or three or seven, and every family has drama. Of course, some hide the drama better than others, especially when around the youth. No matter how nice the family may seem, everyone can overstay their welcome. For example, that so-called favorite uncle or auntie: do they not become annoying after staying in the house for a week? They start taking up much needed space with their belongings thrown around. No matter how much someone may love their family members, if the family begins to annoy them, they begin to resent them, and wish to harm them in extreme ways if they fail to leave after a short time. Ignore those tiring relatives if they make bothersome comments. Ignore them so well that they leave. Also try taking a break from visiting, from every year to every other year or so, to loosen tension. I am not advising people to disconnect or not love them. I am just advising them to choose their battles wisely. Everyone (whether they want to admit or not) dreads family visits. Truthfully, even after ignoring them this feeling may not cease, but always love them. They argue, fuss, fight, cry, and make us fear the holidays, but it is our fault we invited them. For those long holidays, mentally prepare, dismiss them passively, lock your door, keep them away as much as you can, and maybe they will leave. Hopefully.

Song encourages people to vote

Sabrina Kerns Photo Specialist

Sixth and seventh grade students at the Ron Clark Academy created an inspiring song about voting called “Vote Like That,” a parody of Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back,” for this year’s presidential election between candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney that brings people to their feet to vote for this year’s president. “We have challenged, motivated, disciplined, and inspired these students, and we have grown to love them all for their amazing gifts and unique abilities that they display in this video,” Ron Clark, founder of The Ron Clark Academy, said. The song accompanies a video that features the students in two separate groups

dancing and singing, Republicans on the right and Democrats on the left. Each side shows the pros and cons to each candidate, like how Romney supports larger businesses and improved military while Obama wants to enhance healthcare. These kids say that unemployment rates have not decreased although Obama said they would decrease to less than six percent. He also wants the wealthy to pay higher taxes and focuses on strengthening Medicare. They also mention Romney wanting to enhance the military and drop gas prices. The “Republicans” say that he stands as the best choice because Obama made promises four years ago that he did not fulfill. The song clearly displays the pros and cons and they show both of them equally. Both Obama and Romney show promising aspects and both display some characteristics that people might not like. The kids understand the importance of letting people choose who they want to instead of arguing about it. The young students explain before the song starts that everyone needs information about the candidates, and everyone should vote. It seems important that young children continue to stay involved in the presidential election; they show as much of a voice as anyone else, and if schools

educate kids about the election and the candidates then they might bring out useful points that maybe no adults have considered. Smaller kids ensure a different viewpoint and the song shows the importance of listening to them along with everyone else. Some people say that politics create too much conflict and children should not develop an involvement in politics, but kids seem less dramatic about it than adults and if people informed them they would understand more about the U.S. government. Kids should know about their president and what plans they develop for our country, so even though the students at Ron Clark Academy cannot vote, they know everything about the candidates and what they want for the people. The Ron Clark Academy, located in Atlanta, houses fifth through eighth grade students. A year after the school’s opening they created a similar election song called “Vote However You Like” about candidates Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008. They posted it on the Internet and received over two million views. ABC World News Tonight named the sixth and seventh graders ABC Person of the Week. This video truly inspires not only children but also adults to learn about their country’s leaders and to vote for whichever candidate they choose.


Doomsday pushes Listen to music, not insults people to panic

Myths cause overreation

Amelia Carchia Staff Writer As the projected Mayan doomsday looms closer, people continue to overreact irrationally; this drama stems from lacking knowledge about the calendar ’s true meaning and media exaggeration, proving that our advanced society still believes unwise stories. Not shockingly, after watching the film 2012 and reading everything on the Internet, Americans believe that the world will end December 21. Anxiety over these predictions proves reasonable since the media never lies, right? Unfortunately, not ev-

erything in the media upholds such high standards, including the overblown forecast of world wide doom. The media continues to exaggerate issues they believe they can earn money from. Movies such as 2012 depict the Mayan end date and even though new knowledge contradicts the movie’s fictional tale, people continue to believe life will end. Instead, the Mayan date merely means a new turn in history, and they actually predicted dates past December 21. This example of mass hysteria over misunderstood facts and blind belief proves not the first in a series of craziness. In the past people believed outrageous things such as that a wandering uterus caused menopause, or people could measure melancholy through blood separation. These examples of misjudgments trace to a lack of knowledge present in the mass population. With advents such as the Internet, should not myths and misjudgments end? Ironically, people think that silly beliefs no longer exist. Actually the Internet seems to produce more idiotic stories than facts, which leads our technologically advanced society to still be-

lieve incorrect doomsdays and myths. At least in the past, myths remained myths, with maybe some exaggeration on the storytellers’ part. Today, however, because of our technology, myths spread faster and farther, and the more exaggerated and crazy the story, the more money media makes. This then creates hysteria at the slightest provocation. People should search for facts, but that seems to require unwanted work compared to blind belief and panic. On a smaller relatable scale, the high school rumor mill still creates drama and hysteria that people believe as truth. Rumors once served to tell the news since newspapers and broadcasting did not exist. Now rumors simply spread crazy stories far from the truth, which people supposedly know false yet continue to believe. Society’s outdated mass frenzy over wrong facts and rumors still continues. With access to knowledge people have today, they should fact check instead of worrying about “doomsdays” like the Mayan calendar end date. Exaggeration may continue forever, but people should grow up and search for the truth.

Music tastes should not cause controversy

Alicia Bush Staff Writer

Although the current teenage generation appears to embrace originality, differing music tastes create unnecessary battles of comparison. If an individual prefers the poetic vibes of Wale Folarin’s music above the literary references of Aubrey “Drake” Graham’s songs, should mockery emerge? If someone favors the electro pop sound of Katy Perry over Rihanna’s Caribbean pop style, should degrading develop? I find it rather ironic how individuality serves as one of the most encouraged topics, but something as simple as music taste causes people to victimize others. When evaluating music taste, eliminate the simple adjectives “good” or “bad”; perhaps classify them as independent or mainstream. Like taste in food differs due to taste buds, music taste varies due to emotions, social identity, and intellect. Because everyone

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possesses different qualities, people often enjoy music that influences their emotions. For example, a chipper person may enjoy pop and dubstep, while a chiller person might prefer a soft rap. An intellectual person would much rather listen to classical music or jazz, while a rebel’s favorite song fits in the category of heavy metal. One may also like an artist because the lyrics correspond to their current situation. For instance, someone going through a harsh break-up perhaps has a song by Usher or Keyshia Cole in his or her top rated. Studies show that the unlimited access to music and streaming also adds variety to one’s music taste. YouTube videos, music stations, and catchy commercials assist in creating diverse music taste. Attempting to alter or insult someone’s taste in music could result in a huge argument. Nowadays, offending someone because of their music taste compares to offending someone because of the color of his or her hair; taunting their identity results in drastic change. Often times, a challenged music taste causes an individual to conform their style of music to that of the accepted. The person, however, now earns the title of “follower,” a copycat even. How can someone recommend “better music” and flatter themselves into thinking people hold the aspiration to duplicate them? Call me nonchalant, or even senseless, but music taste seems much less severe than others make it. One should listen to what delights their ears. Those who possess a problem with one’s acquired music taste can kick rocks barefoot.

10 Ways... survive November by Brittany Nelson Cold weather and holidays will appear sooner than expected. This guide will help NC students and staff survive November. Step one: Wrap up or suffer! November has cold fronts and marks winter’s beginning. Many people become sick or they have allergies, germ-ing up society’s already polluted air. Step two: Half-way mark! With only two months left until the semester’s end, students should pull up their grades. Step three: Obama or Romney! For many students this means nothing more than finding out the

new president, but Election Day really means a day out of school, so look forward to it! Step four: Give thanks for food! Thanksgiving arrives this month and along with pretending to give thanks, this holiday actually stands for watching football games and eating as much as one can possibly fit into that already protruding “winter stomach.” Step five: Time to shop! Everyone knows bedtime comes early Thanksgiving night because the next morning Black Friday begins, providing the perfect excuse to buy anything for half the price.

Step six: Nature, a beautiful thing! Around this time all of the summer blooms slowly start to die, but with their death comes the trees’ fall colors. Orange, yellow, red, and brown soon ignite the cloudy skies. Step seven: Yummy fall flavors! Holiday spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg all flavor ordinary foods to enhance the taste. These spices transform something plain and bland into something amazing and mouth watering. Step eight: Students, start studying! December’s approach indicates that finals lie ahead and

will result in higher test scores. Step nine: No Shave November! A challenge for men and women to not shave anything the entire month, proving they are hairy champions. Many use this challenge as an excuse to succeed in laziness, so take on November with a full beard and unshaved legs. Step ten: Challenge time! Thirty-day activities and goals keep people busy and focused. Some of these activities consist of weight loss, wardrobe plans, home improvements, and many more. Have fun surviving November the fun way!


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Marching band delivers last performance with zeal

Marchers walk away proud of the season

Warrior marching band blew through their competition, ending the season with a record of 52 beaten bands and only one loss after the Newnan competition. “This was one of our most successful marching band seasons that we’ve ever had. Everything just seemed to click with the members. The show seemed to come together really well, everybody seemed to enjoy performing it, and it has been one of my most enjoyable seasons in my 27 year career,” Mr. Williams, band director, said. Marching band season kicked off in Hoover, Ala. at the Hoover Invitational Marching Festival on October 20. The band competed against 25 other bands in the competition, winning first place with an outstanding performance. At the Blackhawk Classic in Ashville, N.C., on October 27, the band took home first place against six other bands. At the Old South Festival, NC competed as a Class AAAAA along with East Coweta and returning champions Lassiter High School. Twenty five bands from all around Georgia participated in a chance to win first place. Jacksonville State University and the Newnan High School’s Marching Cats performed an exhibition during the competition. The Warrior Band performed their show “Choices” for the final competition.


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several pieces to celebrate the famous composer. “We progressed so much from band camp and even since last year, even though we got second place at our last competition,” sophomore clarinet player, Jordan Floyd, said. NC’s drum line and guard received second in their class. Senior drum

majors Javar Williams and Michael Opitz placed first in their class. The band took home second place beating 24 other bands, only losing to former Band Of America member Lassiter High School. The NC band members remained unmoved by winning second place, assuring themselves they performed well.

XC team displays gratitude

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of parks and recreation. The cross-country team proudly thanks their community for

For the city’s cooperation and partnership, NC’s cross-country team will award Acworth with a check. “I thank the city of Acworth so much for their help in the event. Without them, the 5K would not of happened,” junior Oliver Williams said. The team hosted the Warrior Way 5K, a public road race on Acworth Beach. The city shut down the area to clear the way for the runners. Along with a spacious range, Acworth supplied the runners with shuttle buses. Coach Stephenson and his runners will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to Acworth for the benefit

graciously providing their services for the team. “As a member of the

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and women’s and children’s education and rights in the UNDP (UN Development Programme) and won three awards, so I was really proud of the work my partner and I accomplished,” junior Nikita Topher said. The committees for the GSU conference varied in topics and difficulty. Some committees included General Assembly Plenary, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Food and Agricultural Organization, and the Security Council. Each committee serves to discuss in-depth broad topics such as arms usage, nuclear weapons, or poverty. Issues discussed at conferences tend to mirror what the UN discusses. “This conference went smoothly: the people in charge were a part of the GSU MUN so they knew what they were doing. I worked really hard the first day and won Distinguished Delegates while working with Nick Arehart,” senior Allie Boggess said. Other awards won include China as outstanding

country, represented by seniors Evangelista Barilski, Jacob Bearden, and Megan Kriss; juniors David Kime, Rory Hibbler, Gillian Stark, Nikita Topher, Jeel Oza, and Will O’Rourke; and sophomore Sean Brennan. Guatemala won outstanding country and included juniors Shannon Lehr, Francesca Alverez, MaryFrancis McDaniel, Kyle Rinaudo, and Austin Merideth; sophomore Anna Levy; and freshmen Ben Jones and Nolan Hubbard. Many new delegates won awards due to a new delegates conference held at the beginning of the year Excitingly, the MUN team won a $ 1,250 grant to hold an eighth grade training conference for the entire county in the spring. By next year, upcoming delegates will have a strong background in MUN, creating a stronger team. Delegates confronted difficult tasks in their committees, but after training and group help, they obtained success in making fine resolutions and remaining genuine to their country’s position.


Model United Nations develop solutions to problems Model United Nations (MUN) delegates displayed excellence through developing their speaking, country position knowledge, and resolution-making skills at the Georgia State (GSU) conference on November 7 and 8. “One of the biggest changes this year is that we assigned mentors for new delegates and focused more on learning how to research and write position papers. The upperclassmen especially worked hard training the new delegates and our work paid of when we won two of the four top awards,” Mr. Trepanier, MUN advisor, said. Conferences involve a two-day process where students solve world problems and create resolution papers (papers that address the issue), diplomatically working with other countries like in the UN. Students separate into committees varying in size, focus, and power such as the Security Council. Each conference teaches students the process and internal workings of the UN. “I dealt with energy

because they helped our race succeed,” sophomore Alyssa Dannenfelser said.

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“We are a family. We do what needs to be done, we look at a problem, we know what we need to, and I think we’re really good,” senior Javar Williams said. Mr. Williams and Mr. Panell pride themselves in establishing bonds in the band. Members stay true to the Warrior Spirit competing whole-heartedly and taking pride in NC’s talent.

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cross-country team, I truly appreciate all of the involvement. Acworth deserves the check

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Foreign language club investigates interesting cultures

by Amelia Carchia

Passport Club attempts to turn students into international citizens through lessons about each language’s culture. “The language teachers defined their goal

to make students global citizens and that involves more than learning a language. Passport Club is about achieving that goal by making people aware of cultures around the

world,” Mr. Browning, Latin teacher, said. Every month, the world language teachers feature an offered language by presenting a cultural event celebrated by the language’s

speakers. Presenting cultural knowledge aids students’ abilities to live in other countries like a passport aids in traveling. Club members receive a symbolic passport, which teachers stamp at each event. This represents travelling to a new country without leaving the U.S. “I wish there was more participation, but the club is new and we are still trying to advertise its existence. Next year, I would love to do La Tomintina [a Spanish holiday where they throw tomatoes at each other]. I am excited to see what the Japanese event will be like next month,” Mrs. Padron, Spanish teacher, said. Spanish teachers met and informed students about Dias De Muerte (Day of the Dead) to highlight Spanish on November 1. This traditional Mexican holiday celebrates deceased family members’ lives by decorating their tombs in marigolds, foods, drinks, and candy skulls. These celebrations take a humor-

ous tone because families remember the dead’s past comical acts. During November 1 and 2, families believe their dead loved ones can hear their prayers and eat the offered food. “I think especially because the Magnet program is for international studies that students should learn more about cultures to help them integrate with others in the world,” senior Sarah Ceaser said. Upcoming events include Japanese New Year, Brazilian Carnival, an Arab holiday, a German holiday, and lastly a World Day. In the future, Magnet students can receive some cultural points for attending Passport Club events. As Passport Club develops, they want to assemble events with speakers to emphasize languages’ diverse cultures. Each society includes enjoyable holidays to collaborate and relish in. These holidays provide a gateway into civilizations around the world, fulfilling Passport Club’s goal.

Visitor recollects NC’s past Former NC faculty member inspires students

From a farm boy to Cobb County educator, Kermit Keenum’s book From Sharecropper to Shareholder motivates students to pursue dreams wholeheartedly. “NC planted in me the seed that education is important and something we need to pursue,” Keenum said. From Sharecropper to Shareholder, which took Keenum nearly four years to write, showcases his life on a farm in northeast Mississippi to a superintendent in the most notable school district in the state. Keenum highlights the necessity for education and advises students to take advantage of opportunities. Throughout Keenum’s childhood, he, his parents, and six siblings lived on 12 different farms. Work as a sharecropper on a farm included mules for equipment and early mornings to walk the livestock. Life in the agricultural environment and strong religious values shaped Keenum into the man he became. “Keenum’s visit showed a lot of student’s how amazing NC truly is,” junior Lindsey Tackett said. His father motivated him to conquer the education process in order to live a better life. Once he received his diploma, he earned an associate degree from a local junior college. He then attended Mississippi State Univer-


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Miniature dams show engineering principles Club builds structures to devise stable protections by Brittany Nelson

eCAT members built miniature levees/dams as an experimental assignment for their curriculum on October 31. “The National Guard creates a curriculum every year that they send to engineering classes so students may learn about how the National Guard protects towns and cities. It is appropriate because Hurricane Sandy recently occurred, and better levees and dams create safer towns and cities,” Coach Cogbill eCAT adviser, said. Each student group obtained a plastic box and an unlimited amount of sand, rocks, and clay. They also received limited cotton balls, popsicle sticks, and plastic straws. Students must build a levee/dam until they reached the middle of the plastic box. The activity seeks to show how natural


Spanish holiday shows students a different celebration

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Fascination grows over forensics by Alicia Bush

Keenum encourages students in NC library. sity for his bachelor ’s degree and moved to Marietta in 1960. “There is not a single person here not capable of making a difference,” Keenum said. While earning a master ’s degree from the University of Georgia, Keenum worked at Marietta High School. In 1963, Keenum

became the assistant principal at NC. Originally, NC’s faculty consisted of 20 teachers, 10 of which became administrators or curriculum leaders in the county. From his love for school administration, he also helped open Awtrey Middle School in 1965. When Keenum became superintendent in 1975, 60

schools resided in the Cobb County district, educating 47,000 students with $44 million a year. Now, Cobb County educates nearly 106,000 students within 110 schools on a budget of $875 million. To Keenum, NC offered him dedicated teachers and unpredictable programs. In the book From Sharecropper to Shareholder,

Keenum uses his history at NC, Awtrey, the county school district as well as societal changes and challenges to offer a reference to educators. The book also serves as guidance and motivation to students and teachers, advocating a strong commitment to whatever job or class or action.

resources stop water from damaging or destroying towns and cities. “I’ve heard of eCATS before, and I’m astonished the National Guard sends out lesson plans for students that benefit and teach them engineering techniques that protect the well-being of people,” sophomore Kayla Trumball said. Each team followed creative and efficient methods to stabilize their levees/dams for the water test. If the water did not pass through the structure it indicated a successful levee/dam structure. Water that surpassed the levee/dam would damage the imaginary town. “Running trough the thought process of the National Guard was interesting; I wish I would’ve thought of something that predictive,” junior Will O’Rourke said.

eCats members add sand to the levees/dams.

Sophomore Hannah Ludy examines specimens through a mircoscope.


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by Alicia Bush

Sophomore Hannah Ludy aspires to use her strong problem solving skills, caution, and curiosity by pursuing a career in forensic anthropology. “I want to be a forensic scientist because the body fascinates me, and I always want to know what happens and why,” Ludy said. Though she juggles playing lacrosse, cheering, and studying for her rigorous classes, the Magnet student always makes time to watch the science channel. Clea Koff, a forensic anthropologist and author who worked two missions for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and five missions for the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), serves as Ludy’s leading inspiration. Koff’s successful career inspired Ludy’s interest since she started sixth grade. “She is a brilliant forensic anthropologist and is literally all I aspire to be in my career,” Ludy said. With hopes of attending Penn State University (PSU), she aims to major in anthropology and forensic science

with a minor in biochemistry or criminology. After her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school while working as an intern in anthropology. Ludy’s favorite teacher Mr. Browning, Latin teacher, believes in her ability to succeed in the field of anthropology. “I think she is a great student and I believe she will do well in whatever she chooses to do” Mr. Browning said. Referring to herself as a rational thinker, Ludy intends to accomplish her life goal of working for INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization. This opportunity allows her to travel the world and live her passion. She believes education and enthusiasm paves the way for successful careers. Although she knows success awaits her, she values humility and intends to remain modest. “Hannah is such a breath of fresh air. She is a good student and is taking great initiative to be the best and further her knowledge. She has a bright future,” junior Alana Agcaoili said.

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Student demonstrates outstanding skills on PSAT

Trip highlights the country’s greatest

school career and received the remarkable score of 2260, 140 points away from a perfect score, on his SAT. People in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation determine scholarship recipients in March. Thousands of people in the nation take the PSAT; 15,000

become finalists. 8,300 actually receive a scholarship, but certain finalists receive $2,500 and a handful of semi-finalists receive $1,500. “I think he really deserves this scholarship because he has worked hard for his entire high school career,” junior Arianna Monahan said. The QuestBridge Na-

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Black Friday scares and dares by Taylor Turpin

Do students shop on Black Friday? Girls: O “I think it is too crowded, so I do not go. I do not like dealing with the crowd.” — Freshman Rebekah Ann O “I do Black Friday shopping sometimes, but I only go at night so I do not get the crazy crowds.” — Sophomore Kiana Jean-Baptiste O “I go black Friday shopping because electronics are cheaper like computers, video games and tablets.” — Junior Graciela Vera O “I do not want to be trampled by old women, so I do not go shopping on Black Friday.” — Senior Kristian Long Guys: O “I go Black Friday shopping with my family and we stay awake so we can leave earlier.” — Freshman Cortney Patton O “My family goes shopping. Sometimes I go with them in the morning, but it depends on what they want to buy.” — Sophomore Luis Veros O “No, I stay at home. I’m way too tired to get up in the morning and walk around the stores.” — Junior Kaleb Bouldin O “No, I do not want to wake up early. I want to stay home. The crowds are too annoying that early in the morning.” — Senior Kashka Jefferson

tional College Match helps exceptional low-income seniors’ acceptance into colleges along with full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most prestigious colleges. Seniors apply in the fall and then Quest-

Bridge names around three to four thousand finalists. Arehart remains in the running for the Match scholarship, and as a finalist he ranks up to eight schools for a full four-year scholarship and binding early admission. If he does not

receive the scholarship, he receives another chance by resubmitting his applications for regular admission. Arehart plans to attend college in the fall of 2013. He hopes to receive acceptance into Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He wants to major in either chemical engineering or biochemistry. He believes the recognition and accomplishments bring his dreams to reality. “I think it is a fantastic honor that he is a finalist. He deserves it. His enthusiasm for learning is evident in class,” Ms. Johnson, biology teacher, said. The applications and tests offer countless rewards for the future. His parents feel proud of their son and hope the recognition from the scholarship draws in colleges. Arehart expects success and challenges himself daily at NC.

Magnet students absorb Washington D.C.

Seven Magnet seniors traveled to Washington, D.C. for a trip corresponding with their Capstone bundle on November 14 through 17. “I believe the students who went on the trip got a strong sense of how history informs civic policy. They can take to the next level and in effect change as they go forward,” Mr. Stephenson, Magnet coordinator, said. The trip focused on history and included 42 students accompanied by Mr. Stephenson; Dr. Shropshire, Magnet 11th and 12th grades counselor; Mrs. Epps, Magnet assistan; Mrs. Biddy, AP Comparative Government teacher; and Mr. Watters, AP Macroeconomics teacher, as chaperones. The trip’s coordinators designed the trip so that the information learned and sights seen could tie into the students’ classes. Before reaching Washington, D.C., the group stopped for a tour of the University of Virginia, one of two college stops during the trip, to view a prospective college. Students also toured Georgetown University, a school that intrigued students with its beauty and academics. Once in Washington, the group started the first day with a tour of the White House. After walking through different rooms and learning facts about the house, they then visited

Students view the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Air and Space Institute. While the latter ’s information and exhibits were new for most students to experience, the Museum of Natural History reminded students of the Magnet biology class they

took as freshmen. “I feel like it was a good way to connect the classroom with America’s history,” senior Eric Lester said. At night, the memorials fascinated the group. Thursday night, they visited the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memo-

rial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Iwo Jima National Memorial. The group saw the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the MLK Jr. Memorial, and the WWII Memorial on Friday night. Students and chaperones took an astounding amount

of information away from these memorials and also experienced emotional memories of family members and family friends who have fought in wars or who serve now. The group also visited the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol. While in the Capitol, the students and chaperones experienced a privilege usually only given to those with permission: sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives. The group delighted over this opportunity and absorbed some extra knowledge from the security guards who work on the floor. Before heading back to Georgia, the group stopped at the Arlington National Cemetery and drove down Embassy Road. Arlington instilled patriotic feelings in the students after seeing the graves and the changing of the guard, making it one of the highlights for some during the trip. Being able to see all the important people and the lives they sacrificed was inspirational. It is cool to know and see the honor given to my uncle,” senior Megan Lyon said. The Magnet program hopes to make this trip available for future seniors and hopes that those who went on this year ’s trip walk away with more memories and knowledge than they arrived with.

Sources of Strength creates motivational sheets

Realizatons inspire students’ actions

by Dominque Goods

Sources of Strength collaborated with Red Ribbon Week to promote suicide prevention and a trustworthy alliance between students and adults on November 1. “Students can help their friends by telling an adult,” Mrs. Perlin, coordinator for Sources of Strength and counselor for the Freshman Academy, said. According to teenhelp. com, 10 teenagers out of 100,000 between the ages of 15-24 commit suicide every year. To stop this issue, the Sources of Strength program tries to encourage teens to build an adult connection, preventing suicide. The program hopes to break the Code of Silence, which occurs when a depressed person tells his or her friend they wish to commit suicide and asks his or her friend not to tell. Then, when the teen commits suicide, the friend who kept the secret feels responsible for the death. The program plans to raise awareness that telling an


Senior Nick Arehart took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) last year and now holds the finalist title for the National Merit Scholarship because of his astonishing score of 224, 16 points away from a perfect score and earned the title of finalist for the QuestBridge National College Match. “I feel that I’ve got a decent shot at receiving a National Merit Scholarship—as much chance as any other finalist I suppose. I am not completely sure how I stack up, to be honest. I’m just operating under the assumption that if I keep doing my best, I’ll keep standing out,” Arehart said. The National Merit Scholarship awards high school students who achieve a high academic status and obtain a high score on the PSAT. All students who take the test receive a chance to gain a semi-finalist title, as long as they obtain a high score. Later, they receive a chance for the finalist title if they show their ability with outstanding SAT scores. To become a finalist for the Merit Scholarship, Arehart needed to receive a teacher recommendation, which Arehart asked from Magnet counselor Dr. Shropshire. He also kept a high academic record throughout his high


by Sabrina Kurns


Recognition creates high expectations

adult equals saving a life. “I think that Sources of Strength is a very good program because most kids aren’t even brave enough to talk with adults. They can also talk to us because they’re the same age as us and we know what they are going through,” freshman Adam Kovel said.

To advocate the cause, Sources of Strength held a booth in the freshman cafeteria where students signed the “Above the Influence” and “I Can Trust” sheets. For example, with “Above the Influence,” some students wrote that they were above conformity and peer-pressure.

For “I Can Trust,” students said they trusted their fellow teachers such as Ms. Kovel or Mrs. Brown. For Red Ribbon Week, the PTA provided a poster contest: any organization or club that creates the best poster wins $100. “I don’t even know much about the organiza-

tion, but I love it. Suicide is a huge conflict in our world today and I feel like we should take it into consideration,” senior Danay Spencer said. Promoting strength and unity in schools, Sources of Strength hopes that one day teens find help in their desperate times.

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President Obama wins second term


2012 election election results in democratic victory

popular vote and 206 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. “The election is very important to the citizens. Everyone has a chance to exercise their rights,” senior Luis Barros said. President Obama greeted rejoicing voters at his campaign headquarters in Chicago, Ill. shortly after the announcement of his win. He thanked his supporters as well as non-supporters and congratulated Governor Romney and Paul Ryan for their fierce campaign, admitting that the battle held between the two candidates existed simply for love of the red, white, and blue.

“It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people,” President Barack Obama said. Governor Romney presented his concession speech the day after the election because he failed to write one the previous evening. He congratulated the victor, and prayed for the prosperity of

the country. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Governor Romney said. President Obama’s plans of reform for his next term include making education and training a national priority, investing in manufacturing and American energy, and reducing the deficit by maintaining the budget and asking the wealthy to pay more in taxes. Voting day never fails to amaze Americans. A situation in Pennsylvania occurred where a man’s vote for President Barack Obama’s name continuously switched

to Governor Mitt Romney’s name instead. Because the man works as a software developer, he tried to give the machine the benefit of the doubt, but began to assume that the machine rigged the votes for benefit of the Republican Party. In other areas, such as Fulton County, Ga., people stood flabbergasted as the election volunteers turned them away from the ballot because several voters’ registrations were lost. Whether a part of the Democratic or the Republican Party, the result of the 2012 election ends with President Barack Obama leading the country for another four years.

Hurricane Sandy ravages northeastern US

States recover from damage

by Hannah Gleason

Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeastern U.S. and brought floods, winds, and destruction the week of October 22. “I do not want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight, but what I can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done,” President Barack Obama said during his tour of the affected area.

While not strong enough for hurricane classification, Sandy caused plenty of damage through waves and winds that led to the decimation of many homes and public areas, such as Coney Island’s boardwalk. “There is nothing more disheartening than seeing everything you loved as a child get destroyed,” Jon Stewart of the Daily Show said. Many states affected by Sandy share Stewart’s sentiment, as not only beloved buildings but useful utili-

ties such as power lines became damaged. CNN reported that 7.5 million businesses and households lost electricity. “Some people are saying this was the biggest storm of the decade, and I will admit that it was very large. I am just very saddened that people got hit by this and that they were not prepared for it,” sophomore Cain Henderson said. Even worse, for states like New York that rely heavily on public transportation, floods from

the storm invaded subway stations, some of which may shut down for three weeks or more. Additionally, Sandy impacted about three-dozen airports and caused mass flight cancelations. “It was really bad and I just hope everything will be repaired soon and that everyone will have a safe place to stay for the holidays,” junior Pedro Rios said. T h e re c o rd s S a n d y set added to the storm’s h o r ro r. F ro m a w a v e measuring 32.5 feet in

t h e N e w Yo r k H a r b o r t o t h e t ro p i c a l - f o rc e w i n d s that extended over an a re a o f 6 0 0 m i l e s , S a n d y c l a i m e d t h e re c o rd o f t h e s e c o n d l a rg e s t A t l a n t i c S t o r m o n re c o rd . Both federal and state governments started working together after the storm to help repair damage. Especially in the case of Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the storm brought government officials together to effectively help those affected by the storm.

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by Sabrina Kerns

1. Paper makes up a U.S. dollar bill. 2. The dot over the “i” is called a tittle. 3. A polar bear’s skin contains pink pigment. 4. Three eyelids protect a camel’s eyes. 5. Eating dark chocolate cannot actually kill dogs. 6. In the 1830s, people sold ketchup in the U.S. as medicine. 7. Falling coconuts kill around 150 people worldwide each year. 8. No one knows who first coined the word “muppet.” 9. On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag flies over the Parliament Building. 10. Butterflies taste with their antennas.

1. F: Cotton and linen make up a U.S. dollar bill. 2. T 3. A polar bear’s skin is actually black. F: 4. T 5. F: Dark chocolate can kill dogs; it affects their heart and nervous system and can cause epileptic seizures. 6. T 7. T 8. F: Jim Henson first coined the word “muppet” from a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.” 9. T 10. F: A butterfly’s taste receptors belong on their feet.

Although both candidates persistently campaigned and presented the country with necessary plans for improvement, President Barack Obama earned a second term as president of the United States on November 6. “I think the election went well. As a Magnet student, I understood what went on during the process of the election,” sophomore Remy Usman said. With a win of 332 electoral votes, democratic candidate Obama also gained 50 percent of the popular vote. Standing only slightly behind in polls, republican Governor Mitt Romney, only acquired 48 percent of the


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Yousafzai recovers after waking from the coma. Taliban gunmen attempted to assassinate Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai for her promotion of education and women’s rights on October 9. “I find it terrible that a group who says it is religious would single out a child. It is sad because no one’s saying ‘how can we stop this?’” M r s . B i d d y, s o c i a l s t u d i e s t e a c h e r, s a i d . Yousafzai protests the Taliban’s ban on educating girls in the Swat Valley and has broadcasted her efforts throughout the world. In 2009, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for BBC detailing her struggles under Taliban rule and her promotion of female education. The New York Times also filmed a documentary about Yousafzai’s life in the Swat Valley. The gunmen shot Yousafzai in the head and neck while returning home on a school bus, but she lived through the attack. During the days following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition. Her condition later improved and she moved to a hospital in the United Kingdom for rehabilitation. “I am deeply shocked by the brutality of this attack aimed at killing a 14-year-old girl simply because she defends girls’ rights to education,” Irina

Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, said in a press release. On October 12, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā, a legal ruling issued by an Islamic scholar, against her attackers, but the Taliban announced its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father. “Education is a basic right that everyone should have,” senior Jacob Bearden said. She serves as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat, has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize, has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and prominent individuals around the world support a petition to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai’s activism and survival has inspired many nations to promote peace and education. Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Global Education, launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala.” The campaign demands that all children worldwide attend school by the end of 2015. UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon also declared November 10 as Malala Day. “The cowardly act of violence against Malala

Yousafzai on October 9, 2012 serves a reminder to all of us that for many girls

around the globe, pursuing an education is an act that requires much brav-

ery and courage,” HEART Women & Girls said in a press release. PHOTO COURTESY OF CSMONITOR.COM

by Maddie Swab

Renewable energy from garbage transforms Sweden’s heating and electricity, reducing landfills and creating a fix to environmental changes worldwide. “With the changing environment and worries of global disaster, I think Sweden offers an excellent example to the concerned countries,” junior Cameron Bakkar said. Since the 1980s, Swedish environmentalists strive to make eco-friendly incineration through waste-to-energy production. Now, with increased limits on emissions levels, the quantities fell nearly 99 percent. The system offers environmental, financial, safe, and stable contributions to the country’s energy supply, says Swedish Waste Management, Avfall Sverige. Although nations all around the globe aim for greener ways to incinerate and diminish waste, Sweden ranks highest when reducing and recycling waste. Globally, 2500 incineration plants decrease waste but none change the environment like Sweden’s 31. Through a long cleansing procedure, Swedes de-

stroy the byproducts of incinerations, including ash and flue gases containing dioxin. Dust passes through an electrostatic precipitator and makes a negative electric charge of the particles. Then, the negatively charged particles attach to positively charged metal plates, get shaken off, collected, and transported into an ash silo, or storage tower. “Sweden’s waste-to-energy production seems like a really creative replacement to landfills, since they have less land then we do in America,” Mr. Stanhope, environmental science teacher, said. In the ash silo, the plant washes flue gases with water in the towers known as scrubbers. Water containing minerals such as lime react with the gas and cleanse the harmful substance. In the three different scrubbers, heavy metals, acidic substances, sulfur dioxide, and moisture depart from the flue gas. Then, a catalytic converter reduces the nitrous oxides as the gas passes through a fine ceramic material, to achieve an optimum effect, and ammonia water solution


Recycling rubbish for fuel

adds to the mixture. The catalytic converter functions the same as a car’s. Once the process ends, harmful substances disappear and only water and carbon dioxide remains. “I hope that we will get waste from Italy or from Romania or Bulgaria or the Baltic countries because they landfill a lot in these countries,” Catarina Ostlund, the senior advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, said to Public Radio International. In Sweden alone, waste incineration plants generate enough energy to reduce CO2 emissions by 2.2 million tons released per year, says Avfall Sverige. Unfortunately, plants cannot incinerate hazardous waste, electrical waste, such as batteries, newspapers, packaging, metals, or plaster. Swedes strongly advocate recycling metals, packaging, and paper, but because the calcium and sulfur chemical compound, plaster offers no energy to the eco-hungry Swedes. “I would say maybe in the future, this waste will be valued even more so—maybe you could sell your waste because there will be a shortage of resources within the world,” Ostlund said to Public Radio International. According to the many Swedes and other Europeans worried about the global warming and environmental problems growing in today’s atmosphere, the renewable energy reduces the requirement for landfills, offers energy for heating and electricity, and presents an innovative way to use waste material. For the large amounts gained from this waste management, Sweden stands as the leader in the environmental movement. 50 percent of incinerated waste comes from households. The remaining waste accumulates from industries and commercial activities. 810,000 homes, about 20 percent, obtain heat from the incinerated garbage. Remarkable and modernistic, Sweden takes “going green” to a new level and sets an example for future waste management.

Scientists find possible new Earth

New planet discovered

by Brittany Nelson


Malala Yousafazai endangered by civil rights support


Sweden: powered by trash

Astronomers recently discovered a new exoplanet four light years away that circles Alpha Centauri B. “Exoplanets are something astronomers should look more into. They need to be further researched and tested more for information on human stability in order to travel there,” junior Christian Finnegan said. Existing outside the solar system, the exoplanet has about the same mass of Earth and circles Alpha Centauri. Alpha Centauri is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Although it appears as a single object, it registers as a binary star system. This means that it has two stars that orbit around its mass, Alpha Centauri A and B. “Alpha Centauri B is of course a very special case—its our next door neighbour,” Stephane Udry of the Observatory in Geneva said. A harp, an instrument measuring the change in color as the planet moves closer and further away from Earth, detected that the new exoplanet

was found closest to Alpha Centauri B, making it closer to Earth than any of the other 840 exoplanets. The exoplanet categorized outside the “habitable zone” canceling out any chances of life. “The news of the new exoplanet opened my mind to look further into space. It interested me to know that there is something further out that orbits other stars,” senior Tristyn Maney said. The exoplanet’s discovery may seem unremarkable and not a landmark to some astronomers and astrophysicists. Alpha Centauri B, Earth’s closest neighbor, matches Earth only in its mass which makes it one of the smallest exoplanets known, and should increase research and examination. “So even if the discovery just stands perfectly normally in the discoveries we have had up to now, it’s a landmark discovery, because it’s very low-mass and it’s our closest neighbor,” Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said. PHOTO COURTESY OF BBC.CO.UK

Young Pakistani activist shot by Taliban

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Chastain Arts Festival encompassed artists with various styles and products that fulfilled the diverse interests of many people on November 3 and 4. “Our goal is to connect artists with the public for a seamless enhancement of the arts in Georgia. We are very community based and supportive of artists.  Our refrain of ‘for artists, by artists, for the community, by the community’ has held us in good stead” Patrick Dennis, co-founder of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS) and the Chastain Arts Festival said. This year, Chastain Park hosted its 4th annual festival that has developed into one of the largest and finest art events in Atlanta. The goals include giving back to the community through art, emphasizing local artists, creating a festival by artists for artists, and establishing a festival different than any other in Atlanta. “The dedication, hard work, and professionalism

of the fine people of the AFFPS made this a most excellent event for both the very talented artists and the thousands of winning patrons who were able to enjoy and purchase a veritable cornucopia of the best and most diverse art available anywhere” Marjorie Bowers, third place overall winner, said. The fair originates and benefits from a scholarship fund for local artists managed by AFFPS. AFFPS helps artist by operating arts and craft fairs in the metro Atlanta area. “I was somewhat dubious about my debut appearance at the festival, as it includes so many craft items and jewelry, wondering how my rather contemporary work might be received. Alas! The setting was beautiful and the show was very successful in all regards,” Renee Dinauer, Best of Show winner, said. Chastain Arts Festival, a two-day admission-free event, featured local photographers, glass blowers, metal workers,

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Sophomore explores artistic side

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Sophomore Alexis May enjoys the difficulty in art and repeatedly challenges herself, creating clean, precise drawings. May’s family inspired her exploration in art. Her family enjoys drawing, so May learned to draw from her dad and has continued art ever since. May uses her artwork to

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Hidden in what may seem like a run-down dive, The Rocky Horror Picture Show brings back the freedom and sexy fun that the film and cast show enjoyed in the 70s and 80s to Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre every Friday night at midnight. “I do not even know how to describe it. The entire show together was exhilarating. There were no low moments. Everything was either making me laugh or making me cry,” sophomore Noah Schindler said.

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deal with any hardships, or difficult moments in her life. Drawing her emotions out on paper creates an alternate escape for her. When she can not go anywhere else, she knows art is always there for her. May signed up for art in her freshman year. Now an art student in a second level art class and Sculpture 1, May works her hardest and always takes the assignments to a new creative level. When she receives a new project, she dedicates herself to it and works until she achieves perfection. Mrs. Fancher, the art teacher, tries to display as much artwork as possible; May’s artwork covers the walls in the art room, as well as the hallways. “She is very creative and has good craftsmanship, especially when she takes her time,” Mrs. Fancher said. Art continues to inspire and always creates an escape from reality. May hopes to see her work inside a New York art museum.

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The film, long revered as a cult treasure, displays the grandeur and ridiculous fun that people love about Rocky Horror when projected on the Plaza’s screen. Enthusiastic cast members further enhance the wonder of this spectacle by performing alongside the screened movie. “It was very interesting. It was a lot more sexual than I thought it would be. I really liked how it was the play and the movie at the same time, and how the cast was involved with the audience,” sopho-

more Rodé Krige said. Lips Down on Dixie, the troupe performing for the Plaza, dress in full costume and makeup to put on the show. Supplying witty banter and commentary, the cast also helps run games and concessions. Vintage cigarette girls, dressing in 50s style costumes and carrying trays, sold candy and raffle tickets. Raffle prizes included gag gifts, such as a battered Barbie doll head, and valuable memorabilia, such as a cast picture signed by the original cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Plaza itself, rather than the cast, receives all profits from sales to keep the venue functioning. Cast members encourage the audience to support the theatre by buying candy, concessions, and raffle tickets to help keep the revered location alive. As the theatre receives no assistance from the Atlanta Historical Society, money from sales directly help keep the Plaza in good repair. While not an event for innocent family fun, Rocky Horror at the Plaza promises participants treasured memories of the charming and captivating performance.

With Christmas coming, the shopping season brings high costs, lowquality gifts, and depleted bank accounts. For a less expensive alternative for holiday presents, try gifting food to friends and family. Food delights anyone and, despite the effort, outweighs the relatively inexpensive cost. Cookies, while cliché for the holiday season, serve as a classy, delicious gift. Although baking cookies and packaging a few in a treat box or other container suffices, gift-givers can transform them in a more creative way such as giving the dry mix in a glass jar with the full recipe atatched. If gifting immediately, roll the dough into a log, wrap in parchment paper, and tie the ends with string or ribbon.

Unbaked cookies serve as a versatile gift, since recipients can either bake them or eat the dough raw, just beware of salmonella! If candy suits recipients better, brittle is a sweet treat to give. People usually make and eat the classic peanut brittle, but pumpkin seeds also serve as a substitute. Make the brittle, break into pieces, and wrap a few shards in parchment paper and tie with string. Flaky crusts and comforting breads also delight recipients. Gifting loaves not only requires minimal effort and baking experience, but also carries a homey feeling. For added pizzazz, bake the loaf in a paper loaf container and gift it in the pan. Almost anyone loves pie, although people do not commonly associate it with gift giving. Baking the pie in a vintage pan makes it classy and special for the recipient.

Lizzie Grant, also known as Lana Del Rey, sparkles because of her unique music and the journey she traveled through to enter the music industry. “I love the new feel she has brought to the music and fashion world,” sophomore Sophia Mackey said. Music has inspired Del Rey from the start. As a little girl, her uncle taught her how to play guitar. Afterwards, she would write many songs with just those six chords that he taught her. At age 14, however, she attended The Kent School, a boarding school for alcoholism. She said alcohol stood as her first love and the inspiration for most of her songs. At 18, Grant went on to perform at clubs around the city and under many different stage names such as Lizzie May Jailer, Lana Rey Del Mar, and Sparkle Jumprope Queen. Grant started recording her songs and producing videos which she posted on her YouTube channel. Stranger Records later discovered her after they saw those videos. Lizzie Grant then changed her name to Lana Del Rey, causing much unneeded controversy. Many people perceived her as trying to reinvent herself and

looked down upon her. “I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba—Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue,” Del Rey said to Vogue. Once her career started, mostly due to her father’s money and the record label, she released Born to Die and later won several awards. She has won the Q Award for “Best New Thing,” BRIT Award for “International Breakthrough,” and the GQ Award for “Woman of the Year.” Del Rey sounds very cinematic and reminiscent of 50s and 60s Americana. Her influences include Nancy Sinatra, Elvis, Janis Joplin, and Brittney Spears. Lana acts as a lounge singer and describes her style as “Hollywood Sadcore.” She uses media other than music for inspiration such as

film noir and poetry. After the release of Lana’s album Born to Die: Paradise Edition on November 12, she will most likely not continue producing music. Everything she wanted to say has already been said and will hopefully continue on to the film business. “When I was starting, I had a vision of being a writer for film and that’s what I am doing now. I’m so happy. Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I’d like to stay in one place for a long time,” Del Rey said to Vogue Australia. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA.ORG

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Since her mother Whitney Houston’s passing in February, it appears that Bobbi Kristina Brown has found comfort with other family members and moved on from mourning. Anyone who watches the OWN network, or anyone who just watches the juicy interviews (i.e. Rihanna and the Kardashian family) remembers Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Houston family on March 12. When Oprah interviewed Brown, the 19-year-old appeared willing to discuss her mother. Brown told Oprah that some days proved harder than others, but she must progress forward. She also said that she

would continue her mother’s legacy by singing, acting, and dancing. Brown most recently appeared in For Better or Worse episodes and stared in her new reality series, The Houstons: On Our Own. The series filmed three months after Houston’s death and includes family members Brown, sisterin-law and manager Pat Houston, brother Gary Houston, cousin Kayah Houston, and grandmother Cissy Houston. The episode’s premiere consisted of Brown receiving backlash from becoming engaged to childhood friend and family member, Nick Gordon. Hous-

ton accepted Gordon into the family when his mother kicked him out of the house. For years, Gordon lived in the Houston home playing the brother role, which confused the Houston family as to why Gordon would go from just a part of the family to fiancé. “It really bothers me that everybody has our relationship screwed up. I was never adopted nor am I her blood brother. We just really care about each other,” Gordon said on The Houstons: On Our Own. Although Brown and Gordon see no harm to their relationship, family members and people from all over the world

condemned the pair’s relationship saying that the relationship seems wrong and incestful. “She has gone through a lot of trauma, so your natural

inclination would be to cling to someone who you know that understands; who you’re familiar with,” Aisha Tyler, host of The Talk, said. PHOTO COURTESY OF HIPHOPNEWS24-7.COM

painters, sculptors, and musicians. Some musicians presented included local Prisca Strother, To Be Announced (TBA), Jeno, and Wesley Cook. The fair also included local food trucks such as Yumbii and King of Pops. All food trucks present contained natural and healthy ingredients to represent a new focus of the fair this year. “I was so honored to receive the 1st place ribbon. To bestow it on me was confirmation that others receive my work in a good way. Although I create my works because I love art and I have to create (it’s one of my gifts), it is always great to be received and accepted by others,” Elliot Hubbard, First Place winner said. The winning artists included 1st place Elliot Hubbard, who creates 3D mixed media with vibrant colors and a musical theme. Second place was Clinton Henri, who photographs striking work reminiscent of his native Chicago. Third place went to Bowers with her skilful pen technique. Other awards included Best of Show, Best Booth, Best Show, and honorable mention. Mentionable artist that did not win an award consist of Dana J. Lea, from Athena Jewelers, who had youthful, original jewelry. Another artist, Wayne Trinklein, a metal worker of 40 years, makes gorgeous metal trees with a stone base. Chastain Arts Festival provided a lovely collection of artists in a beautiful park. The festival catered to everyone regarding a wide variety of food, musicians, and artists. PHOTO BY AMELIA CARCHIA

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Going Places, Making Faces by Jordan Grubb and Carli Troutman

Pink Pig ride delights patrons Priscilla leads kids on holiday journey



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Photojournalist’s describes wealth disparities

Spiderman takes off his mask and he turns into Peter Parker, but we take off our masks and turn into cats.

When someone says our newspaper crew resembles The Office, we take it to the next level. Next we will make posters and release new episodes, probably better ones than this season’s lackluster ones.

Still reverberating throughout society, Peter Menzel’s photojournalistic work shows the materialism and food issues faced in today’s world. “I want people to understand their own diets better and their own chemistry and their own biology, and make better decisions for themselves,” Peter Menzel said in an All Things Considered podcast. Menzel and his wife, Faith d’Aluisio found inspiration in the culture and wealth differences around the globe, which led to the creation of five books. Each book, while focusing on different issues, all display wealth differences. Faith d’Aluisio writes the information for Menzel’s pictures to further develop the meaning. “Where do I fit in? Where do other people fit in? Who are these people? I have never see anyone from this country before, but they are a lot like me. That is why I do these books,” Faith d’Aluisio said in an All Things Considered podcast. Places such as the United Nations, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the National Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science in Boston, and Visa Pour L’Image, an annual international photojournalism conference in France, displayed Menzel’s work. “Menzel’s work showing families’ food made me think different about what I consume compared to others around the globe, and I felt privileged for what I had,” senior Kapri Scott said.

When journeying around the world and trying native foods, Menzel lost touch with American society and upon returning discovered the rising amount of obesity. This inspired Menzel to photograph 35 families’ food intake in 26 countries for his book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, which displays the difference in food through the amount of meat and processed foods that people eat. He decided to convey this message by photographing families’ with their week’s food allowance. This helped him conclude that families in wealthier countries seem to shop more at supermarkets and consume unhealthier diets of fats and meat. Another project Menzel completed included photographing families’ belongings outside their home, once again illustrating the disparities in wealth. It also displays what families in different cultures and wealth valued. The family in Texas, for example, most valued their Bible, while in India the family cherished a print of Hindu Gods. Menzel points out poorer families actually eat healthier because their diet contains lower fat and fresher food. Instead the lack of money to buy food or weak soil leads to poor nutrition. Menzel’s decision to photograph his inspiration led to the realization for some of the reality concerning food and belongings among nations. His passion for activism inspired his work and should inspire more to follow their dreams.

Macy’s annual Pink Pig ride opened for the holiday season at Lenox Square, creating a fantasy world for children and adults to travel through from October 27 through December 30. “I liked how they added history to the ride without making it too much for the little kids. It was also a really good price! For two times around, you only pay three dollars,” freshman Riley Swab said. The retro, pink, and pig themed ride takes its place in a white tent on top of the Lenox Square Macy’s, creating a sparkly, festive atmosphere for all who climb aboard. Priscilla the Pink Pig takes attendees through her Christmas storybook on a train that goes through the attraction twice. Children and adults of all ages can ride the Pink Pig, and riders can find something to delight in during their time. Children delight in Priscilla telling the story of how she celebrates the holidays with

her friends and family, complete with scenes of her night before Christmas story time, her family cooking and baking for the holidays, and a mirror full of pink pig faces. Adults will love the facts scattered about the ride telling of the history behind the ride. Priscilla and her ride first debuted in 1953 at Rich’s downtown store and relocated to the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees for a short time. The ride shut down in 1991 and reopened on its 50th anniversary in 2003 at its new spot. A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, supporting patient care, research, and education to enhance children’s lives. If looking for a new holiday tradition or brimming with curiosity and excitement over Pink Pig, just spot the giant Priscilla in her poodle skirt on the Macy’s Lenox Square upper level parking deck.


BIG KNITS: Big knits provide a perfect, comfortable way to complete any outfit on a chilly day. Whether using knits in scarfs, cardigans, or bulky sweaters, all complement an outfit. The most popular knit item, huge infinity scarves, have appeared everywhere. Another possibility, just wait a couple weeks and ask grandma to make you a big, cozy scarf.



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BOOTS: Yes, boots once again remain a must have for fall. They not only help keep legs warm, they work with every outfit. Leather boots and booties seem like the top boot trends this fall. Booties and ankle cut boots serve as a sassy staple to any woman’s wardrobe. DIGITAL ART BY JORDAN GRUBB

Peter Menzel investigates consumption

PANELS: Panels can adorn pants, dresses, and even shirts. Panels, usually seen on sport referees, now appear in high fashion everywhere. Recently fashionable, they also provide slimming and lengthening illusion.

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Auction empowers artists

Imaginary Million reinforces art’s worth by Brittany Nelson

Kennesaw State University’s Imaginary Million, an art exhibition and auction sponsored by Elevate, exists for artists to empower other artists and motivate them to help release themselves physically, on October 24. “The ability of artists to transpose their thoughts and feelings onto a canvas, be it paper, painting, writing, sculpting, is an ability that those will never be able to let go,” junior Parker Woosley said. One might think becoming an artist takes little effort, but in reality becoming an artist takes a lot more than just throw-

ing paint on a canvas and earning money for it. “Artists open ideas up to other people and express the unexpressable through their work,” sophomore Kayla Trumbull said. In modern day society, connoisseurs can see art in the museums and purchase it for large sums by collectors. And yet the normal artists can become disconnected from the top levels of success. The reality of a professional artist consists of effort, thinking, organizing, marketing, strategizing, researching, and pure relentless obsessiveness with no guarantee of fi-

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nancial return as one tries to make an impression. Becoming a professional artist takes time, experimentation, and an enormous amount of work. The artists will receive ten thousand dollars in “currency” from KSU, bidding applies to the artists only. This motivates the artists and makes a great way for them to relieve stress. Kennesaw State University understands the struggle of young artists trying to make a name for themselves and they will make a difference in the art industry. Simply donating will make Imaginary Million happen again in the future.

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Book and movie create fabulous fantasy

Film reincarnation of Cloud Atlas soars and stuns by Maya McKenzie PPPPP Seemingly insignificant coincidences transform into a divine order as David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas enters the world of film. Cloud Atlas takes the form of six narratives interwoven into one story. One character’s adventures in 2012 inspire a revolutionary in the futuristic South Korea to reform an inhumane society. The six main characters include a 19th century American notary, an early 20th century English composer, a journalist in the ‘70s, a curmudgeonly book publisher in 2012, a service clone in “corpocratic” South Korea, and a goatherd in a post-apocalyptic Hawaii. Throughout the novel and the movie small, subtle coincidences, such as a birthmark, connect the characters throughout time. The story’s premise may seem confusing, especially in the movie. Unlike the book, the movie switches rapidly between narratives, not allowing much time for the audience to comprehend specific storylines. Though the film begins in a befuddling

manner, the confusion quickly dissipates as the story entrances the viewer. The movie and the book also differ in the themes they choose to focus on. While the book provides insight into one character’s transformative reincarnations and the way past life experiences influence their current incarnation, the movie manipulates characters and events to create an eternal love story. In spite of their differences, both execute their respective insights equally well, though one certainly ends more happily. One brilliant aspect of the novel which the movie could not encompass lies in language. Just as each narrative possesses a distinctive style and a different genre, the novel also demonstrates the evolution of language. Through vocabulary usage and spelling, Mitchell conveys the transition from the strictly formal English of the 19th century to a completely colloquial English in the postrevolutionary world. Mitchell also uses language to reveal distinctive aspects of certain settings. In futuristic South

Kore, for example, “movies” become “disneys,” “cars” become “fords,” and iPod type devices are known as “sonys.” By granting commonplace items corporate names, the consumer culture of the society stands out. Unfortunately, one can only witness this brilliant mastery of language by reading the novel. Though the movie translated Mitchell’s novel surprisingly well, it at times appeared too self-aware. Characters would speak dramatic monologues while striking images from each narrative would flash across the screen, thus bombasting the audience with ideas that the book merely subtly suggests. While this seemed somewhat silly, it did successfully inform the audience of its more esoteric elements. For a film adaptation of such a complex book, Cloud Atlas more than succeeded, but, due to the different plot elements and atmospheres, the two should be considered only loosely similar. Whether through words or images or both, the story of Cloud Atlas should certainly be experienced.

by Hannah Gleason PPPP Underrated British pop star Mika’s third album, Origin of Love, strays radically from his past albums and uniquely blends Mika’s signature style with a glittery pop blast. While many fans of Mika’s previous works feared his new album after promises of a style change, they need not worry. Unlike Mika’s former albums, Origin of Love presents less of a child’s fairytale and more of a realistic outlook on daily life. Mika kept his promise by showing off a much more deconstructed and simplified side to his sound, but no loss of quality occurred due to this new simplicity. Many pop albums lose themselves in a wave of discordant, mechanical noises and meaningless lyrics, but Mika avoids these follies and turns each song into a symphony. The stunning string ensemble in “Make You Happy” displays Mika’s knack for

creating striking compositions that involve both synthesizers and real instruments. Eloquent and memorable lyrics also factor into the high quality of each track. From the poignant lyrics of “Origin of Love” to the blunt and hilarious “Love You When I’m Drunk,” Mika showcases his ability once again to write lyrics that listeners relate to and delight in. Known for clever, story-telling songs, Mika’s reputation remains intact with clever and engaging lines about love and relationships. Most songs feature wit and beautiful musical compositions, but a few suffer from less exciting lyrics or sounds. All in all, lackluster tracks, such as “Heroes” or “Kids,” receive redemption by so many other amazing songs featured on the album. Origin of Love surpasses all expectations held for it, and keeps all of Mika’s former fans pleased while attracting new ones.

Skyfall seamlessly combines old and new Bond

by Maddie Swab PPPPP Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, brilliantly combines the old Bond legacy with the new Bond, exciting fans and bringing back the classy Bond of the 20th century. After Daniel Craig’s other

Bond movies, Bond-lovers experienced a bit of disappointment. Craig portrays a rougher Bond instead of the gentleman Bond of the past. Skyfall effectively combines the old with the new, highlighted in Bond’s childhood home’s keeper Kincade’s (Albert Finney) words, “The old

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by Leah Tongco PPPP Enthralling audiences with haunting stage effects and performances, Georgia Shakespeare’s rendition of Voodoo Macbeth successfully amplifies the classic tragedy’s horror elements to create a chilling effect. As the play unfolds, the screens and projected images might surprise audiences and initially emit a gimmicky feel. Georgia Shakespeare, however, effectively uses this technique to illustrate not only the settings but the protagonist’s downfall into madness as well. Macbeth’s gory hallucinations of his victims flash onto the screens, revealing his ambition’s ghastly result. These projections give more insight than an actor screaming at a force invisible to the audience. The cast’s performance also delivers on the rendition’s terror. Victor Love,

Dayne Brown, Enoch King, and Carrie Smith as the witches deserve special mention for their creepy behaviors and grotesque witchcraft, especially as they summon dead spirits for Macbeth. In the famous sleepwalking scene, Cynthia D. Barker as Lady Macbeth highlights the guilt that consumes her while disturbing viewers. Do not think, however, that the performance falls short on tragedy. Joy Brunson’s dying wails as Lady Macduff mourns her dead children could kill any audience. Macbeth’s death, portrayed by Neal A. Ghant, creates a heavy sobering effect even after t he breathtaking sword fight with Greg Lockett’s Macduff. The distracting anachronism created by certain props and costumes serves as the play’s only shortcoming. One character, a

journalist, runs around with a camera, snapping shots of characters posing as if the photo will end up on Facebook or Instagram. Likewise, when the setting momentarily switches to England, a character appears far too dapperly dressed in a time more befitting of tunics. Nonetheless, the audience soon forgets these misgivings, especially as the plot approaches its climax. U l t i m a t e l y, the rendition captures the play’s tragic nature while fully exercising its potential as a horror story.


Macbeth’s tale continues haunting audiences with Georgia Shakespeare by Leah Tongco

Holiday vacations and school breaks signify more game time, but relatives’ visits can easily rob that gift, replacing it with snooze-inducing stories of Aunt Betty’s last visit to the grocery store. Luckily, gamers need not fear: moms’ demands for family time and one’s desire to worship the console can reach a compromise. Thanks to games that provide multiplayer modes and simple controls, the holidays can foster familial bonds while still involving videogames. TT Games’s Lego titles serve as the prime example. Games such as Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones, and Lego Harry Potter appeal to all age groups and lovers of the corresponding franchise. Each game retells stories in Lego form, which produces humorous effects such as characters or objects bursting into pieces. Players can easily slide into co-op mode and can choose to play as

almost any character. The Katamari series offers eccentric yet charming hilarity as players roll up objects, animals, and people to create an ever-growing clump. The game’s reliance on analog sticks to turn and move backwards and forwards allows any elder or child to pick it up. While a competitive mode exists, each stage’s short timer can let players switch back and forth. Lastly, Portal 2 differs from most games on the market in that violence does not serve as a main aspect. Instead, one solves puzzles using spatial reasoning and elements such as momentum and gravity. While some levels might prove especially challenging, Portal 2 rarely verges on frustration. While gamers might lose the chance to rush through Halo 4 or Assassin’s Creed III for several straight days, the holidays offer a chance to bond with relatives over one’s beloved hobby.

ment to the movie with their modern portrayals of past characters. While some view Skyfall as the typical action movie, it includes much more than just explosions and car chases. Unlike most Bond movies, the plot contains more emotion and more connection between characters. With such a powerful Bond movie captivating audiences, fans hope for an even better movie to follow. Skyfall’s emotion and message shows the evolution from the first Bond movie and sets up a plot for a future installment.


ways are the best ways.” Beginning with a lengthy dream-like introduction including the iconic silhouettes of women and a theme song by Adele, the movie reminds viewers of the past installments. Throughout the movie, items from Bond’s past appear in the plot, showing that the producers mend the mixed feelings surrounding the new movies. The MI6 characters and the villain carry nostalgic traits and names, adding to the movie’s combination of old and new. Judi Dench’s return as M adds more to Skyfall than just an authority figure. Dench incorporates M’s strength and resilience into her portrayal, revealing more about the character through her acting. The movie also introduces new characters, such as Q, whose portrayal by Ben Whishaw contains the past Qs’ quirks and mannerisms. Whishaw and other new actors add freshness and excite-

Cee Lo’s Magic Moment reclaims tradition Green revamps holiday favorites

by Alicia Bush PPPPP CeeLo’s Magic Moment, a festive album of Christmas covers produced by CeeLo Green, reflects his animated personality and musical expertise. The album’s leading song, “What Christmas Means to Me,” enhances holiday spirit and urges listeners to rockout. While the album’s holiday theme failed to match its release date on October 30, spectators who once anticipated Halloween could expect to forget orange and black color schemes and more onto holiday cheer. While listening to the rendition of “The Christmas Song,” a sudden craving for gingerbread cookies and peppermint patties may ambush taste buds. Green’s soulful version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside (ft. Christina Aguilera)” consists of the two powerhouse voices smoothly alternating as they sing. Considering his younger audience, Green added an R&B twist to the children’s favorite, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (ft. Straight No Chaser).” Songs reminiscing on the birth of Jesus such as “Silent Night” and “Mary, Did You Know?” add sentimental meaning to the holiday season. After creating several hits,


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there comes a time in a singer’s career when he or she must produce a Christmas album. It serves as a rite of passage, representing the time to step up to the upper echelon of music. With the album serving as Green’s first holiday album release, his popularity and the loyalty of his fans weigh heavily upon the album. Because Green merely covered the songs on his album, people will attempt to compare past favorites, but they should applaud Green’s efforts. The album guarantees a unique and respectable cover of each song. Green will entice listeners with his warm vocals and rhythmical instrumentals. The Motown

vibe of the album runs shivers through every Christmas-lover’s body. Though CeeLo Green paired his sturdy voice with somewhat soft tempos, he made sure not to boast too much. As soon as radio stations get the album, the whole world will soon experience the joy of Christmas—over and over and over again. Although Santa, his reindeer, and his helpers currently groove to Green’s new CD, hopefully the world purchases the album to dance along as well. The fact remains, no matter how well the CD sounds, the audience determines the success of the new release.

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Tyler Perry’s foray into sci-fi flops

Alex Cross unpolished and lacking insight Losers, and Prometheus, so in August when reports revealed the cast, anger arose once viewers learned that Perry would star as Cross. Elba would have suited the role better than Perry. In addition to horrible casting, it appears that director Rob Cohen did not take enough time to direct this movie. Some parts of the movie included loose ends and terrible concealing of stunt doubles. Several times certain scenes in the movie would not explain the topics in depth. It appeared that when every time an important event occurred, the director just left the audience with dead ends. Usually when one sees a movie, a stunt double creates

the illusion that the actor can do certain stunts, but not in Alex Cross. For instance, towards the end of the movie, audiences saw Perry hanging from a broken ceiling. When the camera rolled over him, a different person appeared. The stunt double clearly had a darker complexion and looked nothing like Perry. This scene reflects terribly on Perry’s performance because producers and directors boasted about how Perry’s work in this movie would surprise people, but this scene will clearly leave viewers unimpressed. In the end, Perry proved to his fans that he should definitely stick to comedy and stay away from action movies.

by Carli Troutman PPPP Mayday Parade and The Maine, featuring The Postelles, came to The Masquerade for an amazing night full of music and surprises on October 31. The night started off

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picions arise. With unpredictable friendships, an ambush and malevolent secrets pulling the readers in, the heroic duo clashes with another intriguing mystery. Their swift diligence and intelligent tactics challenge readers’ minds, making them constantly think about the arriving hazard. The House of Silk delivers extravagant cases with secretive characters and builds anticipation for another novel about the infamous Sherlock Holmes.

but then would pick the pace right back up, never boring them. After Mayday Parade’s last song, the crowd loved them so much they called for an encore right after the band left the stage. They played a crowd favorite “Three Cheers for Five Years,” causing everyone to sing along. The energy of the crowd spread though the room so strongly, everyone danced and jumped. The last song remained the highest part of the concert and proved to be the best part of the experience. The music united the audience, forming a strong bond everybody felt. After the very last song, no one wanted to leave. Slowly, the crowd left the Heaven Floor at the Masquerade, still thinking of how electrifyingly the band performed. The whole concert turned out exciting and crazy and no one left disappointed. Everyone took something positive away with him or her, whether the amazement came from listening to these spectacular bands live or seeing their idols on stage. The bands sounded exceptional, they looked tremendous, and they emitted a positive energy that gave everyone chills.

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in the Afghan War, the action builds and “the game is afoot.” In The Flap Cap case, an Irish robber gang destroyed client Edmund Carstairs’s` painting and murdered his patron, causing Carstairs to turn to Holmes. He then employs the aid of young children known as the Baker Street Irregulars, and attempts to locate the hotel where a supposed gang member resides. When one irregular turns up brutally murdered, the plot strengthens and sus-

een, the male band members dressed up as girls, wearing wigs and lipstick. The Maine came onto the stage and everyone showed how excited they were to see them by screaming. The lead singer wore a Harry Potter

costume while all the other members dressed up as wizards and witches. They played “Ice Cave,” an intro song to energize the crowd. The band played 14 songs and each one caused even more excitement. The band played loudly so no one could turn away from the performers. Usually bands do not always perform as well live as they represent themselves on their record, but these bands performed just as well or even better on stage as they did in their albums. The Maine showed such a marvelous job on the stage that they upset everyone by leaving, but the crowd anticipated the main act. After a 40 minute break, Mayday Parade entered the stage. The lead singer first began the song by himself on the piano before the rest of the band came out and kicked up the vibes with their guitar, bass, and drums. The band played both new songs and their older songs. They played the first song they wrote and also played songs off of their newest album. At no point in the concert did the band let down the crowd; they performed slower songs so the crowd could relax for a bit,

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New Sherlock Holmes mystery premieres by Emily Jones PPPPP Delivering Arthur Conan Doyle’s signature style, The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz expands the Sherlock Holmes canon to a new mystery. As writer of Foyle’s War on PBS and 35 books, Horowitz follows all Sherlock Holmes mystery archetypes. In The House of Silk, he makes Sherlock similar to Doyle’s character. His tone and writing evolve in the mystery, creating a cherished story for Sherlock-fanatics. With the endorsement of the Conan Doyle estate, The House of Silk’s suspenseful mysteries exemplify the originals’ flare. The storyline and murder cases engage the reader as Holmes and Watson conquer another energetic predicament. Cliffhangers and twisted plots enable readers to linger in the new story line and continue reading. As a reader sinks into the novel, characters, murder, and The House of Silk slowly hint towards the unsolved mystery Watson and Holmes anticipate solving. Watson, as the narrator, describes the case as “too shocking to reveal until now” at an elderly age and hides it away for 100 years. As he addresses their circumstances

with a new band called The Postelles. Though not many people in the crowd knew the band, the band definitely kept them entertained and excited. They played eight songs, all with an indie rock sound. Because of Hallow-

Most books for young adults published now consist of supernatural elements, angsty relationships, and poor writing. With outlandish plots inspired by questions such as “what if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star?,” a stroll through the youth fiction section can depress any reader fond of substantial literature. Some authors, however, still strive to offer young adults quality books. Young adult powerhouse, Francesca Lia Block writes stories revolving around her idyllic view of Los Angeles. Her most famous series, Weetzie Bat, chronicles the life of the eccentric Weetzie Bat, daughter of a Hollywood actress and a New York playwright. The books follow not only Weetzie’s life, but also the life of her family: her stepdaughter Witch Baby, her friend Dirk, and her daughter Cherokee. The books, written from the characters’ perspectives rather than from a simply realistic viewpoint, mix reality with the imaginative outlooks of the Bat family. Block’s focus on individual characters, their individual struggles, and their unique views on life celebrates

Instead of providing teens with worthy role models or any semblance of useful advice, most young adult fiction promotes unhealthy ideas concerning self-image and overemphasizes the importance of intense romantic relationships. Though young adult fiction may seem overwhelmingly shoddy, some gems shine through the mess. After the Twilight series caused a stir in the young adult book market, many other novels like the series joined the legions of mediocre young adult literature. Like Twilight, most of these series’ central plot points revolved around romance, and offered little else.

originality and reminds readers of life’s wonder. Another charming series, Abarat by Clive Barker, describes the adventures of Candy Quackenbush, a frustrated girl who stumbles upon a sea amidst the fields of Minnesota. The series follows Candy’s explorations of the world beyond the sea. Like the Weetzie Bat series, Abarat advocates independence and praises individualism. Barker describes Candy’s troubled home life and her remarkable ability to remain fiercely strong despite it. Books for teens should show readers that individuality and self-awareness rank far higher in importance than PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA.ORG

by Domonique Goods P In Hollywood’s latest book to film thriller action disaster, Alex Cross, Tyler Perry shows his fans why he should stick to his best genre: comedy. Once viewers adjust to a celebrity playing a certain role, they expect that celebrity to stay the same. When the celebrity ventures into something different, they start to lose fans. Perry’s role in this movie adequately represents this because, although Perry can act, he cannot perform well in action movies or act seriously. Reports originally slated Idris Elba to play Cross. Elba has appeared in various action movies such as Takers,


less personal and more about selling a hit. After her lead single, the rest of the album proves just as similar to the rest of her work. People revere Swift for writing her songs, but her lack of extensive musical development presents the same themes with different beats. True, from 15 to 22 Swift’s music grew from country singer to pop star, however, the actual content and theme have not. Swift needs a break from album making to redefine her sound and message because the same things do not work as well when Swift has changed. The only difference between Swift’s songs 15 and 22 lies in the age. Both songs contain generic stances about both age groups. If “22” focused more on Swift’s personal life as a twenty-two year old, the song would development interestingly, because the listener could relate to quirky traits or connect to Swift. Instead “22” relates more about partying and never develops attention grabbing lines such as, “We’re happy free confused and lonely in the best way.” Swift has moments of genius emotional songs and note worthy lyrics, they are not present in Red though. The bland album offers nothing new or different from her past work combined with the lack of genuine feeling leaves the listener wanting more.

Concert creates community


by Amelia Carchia PP Red, Taylor Swift’s new disappointing album attempted originality and difference from previous work but due to its similar lyrics and but lack of genuine emotion of previous works fails to inspire listeners. Almost like an untold promise, Swift’s new album contains songs on ex-boyfriends, new love, and of course more about turbulent love. Top singles include “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Red,” “State of Grace,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” lead single, first hit the market before the album and since rapidly climbed the i-tunes and the U.S Billboard Hot 100 charts. Unfortunately, America continues to love this new single, but it remains far from art or interesting. At best, the song’s constantly repeated lines stick in people’s heads and at worst it leaves people bored. This new single sounds eerily similar to all her past break-up songs. A notable difference from previous break-up songs lies in the genuine emotion felt. Where did the emotion for “Teardrops on my Guitar” or “Back to December” go? Instead listeners receive an almost cliché song about never getting back together with someone. Compared to other songs “We are Never Getting Back Together” seems

Mayday Parade and the Maine play at the Masquerade



Swift stuck in lackluster rut



Red continues childish songwriting

CW channel butchers television Unoriginal shows continue broadcasting

by Brittany Nelson P CW’s attempts to boast their show’s acceptability and family-friendliness, actually make young adults and even teenagers beg for mercy when the monstrosity of the channel accidently appears on their TV screens. Shows such as Beauty and the Beast; Arrow; Hart of Dixie; 90210; Emily Owen,MD; Gossip Girl; Vampire Diaries; Nikita; and Supernatural rarely shock audiences and instead plummet in ratings. What were CBS and Warner Brothers, the producers and owners of the network, thinking when they decided to create a network so poorly planned and aimed at 15-year-old girls? Executives at Time Warner sitting on a throne: “Ridiculous plotlines that never end! And we’ll make millions!” The show’s crappy gimmicks do not thrive in the entertainment section. CW created melodramas that

reflect Disney movies; Beauty and the Beast and Arrow seemingly come off with the same story line, but instead of cartoon characters they hired real actors and made the stories into modern day fantasies. Vampire Diaries and Supernatural both also portray childish horrors. People: vampires do not exist. Two brothers do not hunt nonexistent demons. The shows not only humiliate the channel, they constantly throw out fake graphics that catch viewers’ eyes immediately. Viewers also notice the stiff actors that have little or no acting background. It seems as if CW found random people on the street with no talent whatsoever, and asked “Want a job?” Then again, one should not expect much from such a low budgeted production network. Watching CW will only add positive ratings to their channel. Stop this horror and bring the network to its demise: change the channel, America.

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Warriors win season’s first swim meet

What to expect when expecting...sports

Senior Briah Woods prepares for a free throw.

Regular Column

Warrior of the Month

by Amelia Carchia

Sophomore guard Kyrie Chandler improves her basketball guard skills through intense practicing and motivation to make varsity this year. “I enjoy basketball and hanging out with

my teammates. I hope to continue to improve and win more games,” Chandler said. Last year Chandler achieved competent guard skills, which she hopes to apply to the team this year. For their first game,

Chandler and her team look forward in competing against Peachtree Ridge on November 17. She hopes that the Lady Warriors make it to the Elite Eight again this year and advance further than third place. “Kyrie is only a sophomore but she started her freshman year as a junior varsity player and contributed a lot. She is one of the hardest working kids on our team while being in Magnet and making great grades. Her strength has been fundamental to the team,” Coach Williams, girls basketball coach, said. Off the court, Chandler enjoys working out, cooking, and completing do-it-yourself projects. In the future, Chandler wants to continue basketball throughout high school, hopefully gaining scholarships in the process for her skills. Chandler also involves herself in community service activities, such as working in shelters. “Chandler is a hard worker and she is selfmotivated to improve the team and herself,” senior Amber Reeves said. Chandler continues to display Warrior qualities by excelling in her favorite sport, displaying teamwork, and obtaining superior grades.



Kyrie Chandler

Chandler waiting for the ball.

The swim and dive team won first rank for their first meet at Central Aquatic on November 10. Competing against Allatoona, Wheeler, North Cobb Christian, Marietta, and Sprayberry High Schools, NC proved that they stand as the superior team. While impressing the audience, the team won against all competing schools at the meet and earned profit by selling programs for visitors. Members of the swim team work tremendously hard when they practice so they can maintain these impressive qualities while swimming. Every week Monday through Thursday, members of

Steele and his teamates warm up for the big game.

Assisting in the varsity basketball team’s success, senior point guard Saxon Steele starts his fourth and final year with the team. The sport provides an outlet for Steele to showcase his immense talent in helping make plays and passes. Many of his teammates view him as an integral part of the team. Basketball plays an essential role in Steele’s life. From age five, Steele participated in the sport, and playing in groups such as the Smyrna Recreational League shaped his talents for basketball through the years. Steele displays an unparalleled aptitude for

athletics and this talent earns him much recognition. As part of the Cobb County Tip Off Club, a group used to honor outstanding athletes, Steele received many accolades. These awards include his position as the November-December 2011 Player of the Month. Steele’s plans for his future include continuing with basketball throughout high school, and hopefully playing on a college team. While undecided on which college he wants to attend, Steele says that any school offering a scholarship for basketball greatly appeals to him. He plans to study sports management and pursue a career in that field.

the team must practice in the water for an hour. The coaches and parents play an enormously important role in the team. Coach Almy and Coach Rankenburg ensure faith in all of the swimmers while challenging them to unleash their full potential. Parents of the swimmers work extremely hard by helping the kids. They make sure the students exceed preparation at practice and meets. Parents also cheer on the swim team and provide support emotionally and financially. Over the years, the swim team has been through seven state championships and has had

state finalists and runner-ups, two two-time county swimmers of the year, and 11 All Americans. Various swimmers have gone on to compete on a collegiate level, some on scholarship. The entire team focuses on all aspects of swimming, producing many fantastic seasons through much practice. Everyone on the swim team works excruciatingly hard, and they earn every high rank that they receive. The swim and dive team continues to win phenomenal ranks and scores bringing more awards to their record. Even though the team started out small, they have grown massively and the program works perfectly as a team.

by Domonique Goods

The varsity football team won both of their playoff games on November 16 and November 23 with a score of 42-14 Even with their over-time, the varsity basketball team won their game on November 28 with a score 65-60.

Basketball team watches intently on their teamates.

Regular Column

Health Expo The tools for obtaining a fit body by Emily Jones

by Hannah Gleason


Football team prepare for playoffs.

NC swims for victory. by Taylor Turpin

Sports Corner


While not yet training, the tennis team held a meeting November 15 for all aspiring athletes to get information and play scrimmage games. Especially in the winter months, preparing for the sports season poses extreme challenges. Many successfully push through these obstacles to ready themselves for the games ahead. The swim team practices in indoor pools during the winter months and must deal with the cold in addition to tough training. “There’s practice every week, and I’d say we have about four practices a week,” junior swim team member Jacob Clark said. All of the swim and diving team’s practice paid off in their first meet November 10. As always, the team made NC proud by winning in their competition. Pushing through the challenge, athletes train for the forthcoming sports season.

As the human body exercises, the brain, muscles, heart, lungs, and body experience an upgrade. People who exercise release natural chemicals in the brain including serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine which make them genuinely happy. These bodily organic chemicals relate to happiness, stress, and exaggerated feelings. The positive effects last hours after engaging in any endurance or aerobic exercise. Afterwards, people feel accomplished and determined. This effect makes a work out more motivating when the brain strengthens and changes attitudes. As the muscular system works and improves, the body’s appearance improves by toning muscles and altering body structure. Muscles need blood and oxygen to remove cellular waste and improve energy circulation required for physical activity. With repetitive muscle contractions, such as flexing the legs while walking on the treadmill or flexing the arms while lifting weights,


With the swim, lacrosse, basketball, and tennis teams starting their seasons soon, athletes train and condition to ready themselves for their sports. “Practice is five days a week, and each practice is about two hours and 15 minutes. We go through the fundamentals and practice how to execute them in a team format,” Terry Gorsuch, varsity basketball coach, said. After time off, working out and exercising prepare students for their sport. Lacrosse especially trains for endurance and puts both the boys and girls teams through running trials. Athletes in all areas struggle through intense training with some attending more than four practices a week. “The training is really hard. We run up and down the bleachers in the stadium and do sprints. It’s really difficult,” sophomore lacrosse player Maria Mesa said.


by: Hannah Gleason


Swim team dominates six other schools for first place

Upcoming season preview struggle’s and anticipated triumps

muscles enlarge. This process protects bones and joints from problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Working out requires concentration. If an exercise looks impossible to maneuver, complete the exercise halfway to test ability. For example, a side plank work-out may create unsteadiness, so try the exercise on the floor or with two feet spread apart. During an exercise, one must adjust to one’s own needs. Stretch before every exercise. Running, jogging, yoga, or P90X all require an effective long stretch to create a successful workout. Stretching reduces injury risks. Also, the muscle’s elasticity changes and the exercise becomes more comfortable to complete. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, over-stretching results in damage to ligaments,

muscle fiber, and tendons. So while stretching, move gradually and only stretch to the degree muscles allow. As energy releases and the body “breathes,” stretching prepares any body type to conquer a workout. Remember to breathe when exercising. Whether the Insanity DVD moves too fast or the yoga instructor talks too slow, focus on each breath so the exercise’s effects show. Breathing slowly and consistently helps lungs function well and last longer during a strenuous workout. To keep the body moving and motivated, catchy phrases that provide inspiration help tremendously. For instance, wear a Nike tshirt that says “Train insane or remain the same” for the boot camp class at the gym. Creating a playlist with favorite artists and songs also inspires a beneficial and effective workout. Exercising helps the human body upgrade. Be careful while working out and gradually conquer a hard exercise.

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Veterans honored at celebration

November Issue 2012  

Third issue