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Varsity football starts season with wins by Emily Jones After defeating the Starr ’s Mill Panthers on August 31, Warrior varsity football competed against Walton Raiders, formerly third in the state, and walked away victorious with a score of 49-17 on September 14. “It was a well fought game, and a great win to kick off a big season,” sophomore, kicker, Zach Connolly said. At Starr ’s Mill, senior wide receiver Xavier Borishade made a 58-yard touchdown and a 71-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Queen took advantage of the Panthers’ missed opportunity and linked with junior wide receiver Latrell Gibbs for a 32-yard gain, making a 10yard pass for a first down in the first quarter. Senior linebacker Shawn Daniels made 11 tackles throughout the game, and senior kicker AJ Borduin was 4/4 on extra points and made six touchbacks. This aura of success created by the first game continued to the remarkable win against the Raiders. In the fourth quarter, Queen connected with Borishade for a 38-yard pass with 8:35 left. Queen made a one yard touchdown run finalizing the game. In the third quarter, senior wide receiver Rom-
elo Lewis returned Walton quarterback’s interception with a 25-yard touchdown. Queen made a four yard pass to Borishade, making a 35-17 lead. In the second quarter, Raiders made a 36-yard touchdown at the end of the quarter but the Warriors quickly returned in the third quarter. In the first quarter, Borishade scored two touchdowns within the game’s first six minutes and a 97yard kickoff return. A 78yard pass from Queen to Borishade concluded the first quarter with triumph. Borduin achieved extra points 7/7 in each quarter, scaring the Panthers in unknown territory. The early by-week aided the success on September 14 for the team practiced hard before conquering the Panthers. With a crowd overflowing from the stadium, the team strived to show off to their fans. Cheers and catchy anthems sprang in the air as fans shouted for defense and touchdowns. After the big win, the crowd rushed the football field to celebrate with the overjoyed football team on the end zone. Because of the win against the Raiders, NC now ranks 6 th in the state and fully anticipates the upcoming games of the season.
PHOTO BY EMILY JONES
Warriors defeat Starr’s Mill Panthers and third ranked Walton Raiders
Senior wide receiver Xavier Borishade runs to the endzone with the ball.
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Student journalists protest changes
Extreme Makeover: Kid Edition
Red & Black staff resign after board decisions
Maddie Swab Editor in Chief University of Georgia (UGA) editors of the student-run newspaper, The Red & Black, resigned when the board of directors made recent changes to the paper, signaling a major event in journalism and news pub-
lication history August 15. Unpopular changes began in April, when directors made the decision to invite a board member skilled in publishing to fix problems they felt had contributed to the decreasing readership over the past several years. The board then hired more than 10 new non-student employees to offer more resources to the staff, which includes naming Ed Morales editorial director. This unwise move obliterated the student-run aspect of the paper. Sure, the board’s job is to direct the publication and make sure the paper runs smoothly and gains readership, but students experienced with The Red & Black could have fulfilled this position just as well, if not better because they possessed direct knowledge of the working staff. This decision led to the resignations, which includ-
ed editor-in-chief Polina Marinova. Marinova decided to leave mainly because she felt like The Red & Black “was not an environment about learning and training students to do quality journalism anymore,” reflecting their conflict with the changes. While some may see the resignations as childish, Marinova and the other editors stood behind their journalistic ethics, which included keeping The Red & Black operations as student-centered. Many problems with the journalism industry today involve journalists reporting for the wrong reasons, sometimes for money or fame. UGA students, however, thought only of the paper ’s quality and strong information in their decision. After setting up a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and a makeshift website, the staff continued
fighting to save the paper they worked countless hours each issue to produce. Naming themselves Red & Dead, they wrote articles and worked on their new publication. The board of directors fought for a different cause: getting what they want through violence. During an open house discussion the paper held on August 17, Grady NewSource reporter Josh Buce arrived to videotape the meeting for a story. Buce said that Montevideo asked him to leave and turn the camera off during the meeting. After Buce told him he would comply, Montevideo began to reach for the camera and demanded that Buce turn it off. Buce tried to protect the camera and Montevideo, completely unprovoked, applied pressure on the back of Buce’s neck forcing him to the ground. While Montevideo said that he asked Buce to turn
the camera off “politely,” he should not have used force. After Buce’s tape leaked to multiple news outlets, many supported Buce and trashed Montevideo. This altercation not only poorly reflects Montevideo, but the board of directors as a whole. Showing anger and violence in the wake of a controversy demonstrates poor leadership and how the board cannot handle small upsets in their plans. The former staff recently re-applied for their positions after meeting with the board and setting guidelines for how they want the paper run. The staff handled the problems well, standing up for journalism and never giving up. Maybe the board of directors, however, should take notes from the young journalists and handle future problems with dignity and class.
Sabrina Kerns Photo Specialist Parents that force their children to tan, wear makeup, dye their hair, and make them look like a mini teen-
WIFE 1.0 replaces flawed females
Maya McKenzie Page Editor Republican Representative Todd Akin recently shocked the country when
The WIFE 1.0 models, however, still provide some use. They now can even manage to bear any number of healthy, hearty baby boys to carry on the family name for any interested man — one need only program in the desired amount. WIFE 1.0 also presents the latest in home cleaning technologies. Equipped with Swiffer TM high-heel attachments, extending arms (to reach those tricky spots that need dusting), and an irresistible desire to serve her man, WIFE 1.0 will always please where human women currently disappoint. Unlike natural-born, inferior women, the WIFE 1.0 lacks any of that pesky “free will” that so of-
ten inspires human women to want a career. The WIFE 1.0 will always enjoy staying at home, caring for her family. WIFE 1.0 will never experience the rabid, wild hormone and mood changes associated with basic human women. The WIFE 1.0 will always greet her man at the door with a chipper smile, an eager attitude, and a warm, homecooked meal. As a bonus, the WIFE 1.0 will raise any daughters programmed to precisely imitate the behaviors of the WIFE mothers, thus training a whole new generation of perfect women. The WIFE 1.0 and the upcoming 2.0 model will
ager need to stop because much exposure to these habits can cause future harm. The rate of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, increases daily in young girls. It increased by 75 percent in the past decade. Why? Parents start exposing their children to sun lamps at an early age. Because they start tanning earlier than most, they face a higher risk for skin cancer in their teenage years. Katie Taylor, a high school sophomore, tanned too much as a child and fell victim to melanoma when she turned 15. It all began with a small mole on the back of her leg. After seeing doctors, she had it removed. The doctor called days later and said although the mole was cancerous, she need
not worry because the cancer disappeared. He was wrong. He had asked her to return for regular checkups every few months, and in July 2007 they found a lump in her leg. Then her other leg started to ache. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan showed hotspots covering her body. Her condition deteriorated drastically, the cancer started eating at her vital organs. A year later, Taylor died of malignant melanoma. The American Cancer Society currently pushes for a law in New York to ban children from using tanning beds. They argue the increasing rate of cancer in children is too major an issue for the government to ignore, as Taylor ’s case shows.
Along with tanning, parents should also avoid constantly dying their child’s hair. Dying hair too often can damage it since the chemicals build up on the scalp and harm the growing hair. Can coloring hair too much cause hair loss? Yes. Any change in the hair follicles can cause baldness. Kids should not dye their hair before they are 12 or 13. They might look spiffy with a new color every week, but they will not look so attractive in twenty years when they have no hair. On top of sun lamps and hair dye, wearing makeup too long also damages skin. Children that wear makeup get acne before most. The makeup
alters the skin cells, forcing them to stick together easily, which occurs in the onset of acne. Makeup can also irritate the skin, causing burning and itching. Parents that dress up their kids and give them makeovers basically view their children as giant Barbie dolls. Go to the store, buy an actual doll, and stop ruining kids’ lives. Everybody needs their skin. Why would anyone want to ruin it? All these treatments in the end will make the child resemble a troll doll by the time they hit 30. Or worse—they could end up with fatal melanoma. Parents need to stop making children appear like beauty pageant girls and let them stay kids.
Todd Akin inspires innovation
he made the ignorant assertion that in cases of “legitimate rapes” women can prevent a pregnancy. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Todd Akin said on St. Louis television channel KTVI-TV. Unfortunately for Akin, the mass populace lacks his savvy biotechnological knowledge. The emergency abort switches will premier with the public release of the WIFE 2.0 model (Womanly Infantproduction and Family Engineer). Sadly for Akin, and the rest of America, “legitimate rapes” still pose a problem for the current WIFE 1.0 models.
Parents mold children into Barbie dolls
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come in any race, hair color, eye color, or any other preferences a man might have. The WIFE models will always act as a man’s dream woman, without any of the respect or decency a regular courtship would require. For men such as Akin, the WIFE models provide a doorway to a utopian future, one where women need not fear harm from men. With the WIFE models freely offering themselves, men will no longer need to threaten or coerce to win what they desire. With so much to offer with the WIFE models, what can a human woman possibly hope to offer the world?
How do students feel about being back in school? by Carli Troutman
“I am excited about being back in school now that I am closer to the future.” — JuniorToby Hayes
“Being back in school is really boring and I am always tired.” — Freshman McKenzie Krause
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“I am glad to be back in school because I can see my friends again and I feel like I am actually doing something productive with my life besides sitting on the couch.” — Senior Jack Bishop
“I am tired all of the time, but it feels good to not be in the Academy anymore now that I am not a freshman.” — Sophomore Krystal Washington
“Some of it is okay, and some of it is not. I do not really enjoy school.” — Freshman Hannah Ross
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Cocky celebrities make poor decisions
Hannah Gleason Staff Writer Many people today wonder “how far is too far?”, but no one has crossed the line or gone too far until their actions or preachings harm or encourage violence towards a particular group, race, or belief. Entertainers such as Mel Gibson and Tracy Morgan should know when their work stops being edgy and crosses into an offensive area. Gibson’s anti-Semitic slurs and Morgan’s rants about gays and the disabled cross into an area not only inappropriate, but also completely insulting. Some may argue that such rants represent only minor indiscretions and will not cause any lasting damage, but situations such as the Sikh temple shooting beg to differ. The perpetrator of this act participated in Neo-Nazi bands and participated unabashedly in the “white power” music scene. Many entertainers use harmless ploys to shock audiences, but messages of violence actually cause harm.
Neo-Nazi propaganda and the so-called white power music scene spout hateful ideas about particular races. Acts like these always hurt society by reinforcing stereotypes and often starting riots. A conundrum on many minds is whether or not the situation with the all female punk band in Russia, pushes boundaries. This band received a two year sentence in a prison colony fro performing a “punk prayer”, in a Russian Orthodox Church. While some may argue that their lyrics encourage attacks on Putin, at no point did their lyrics veer towards violence. This band’s act was one of political protest; they called for change, but never once encouraged physical violence. The shocking messages of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert may offend some people, but these singers come nowhere near the same category as hateful entertainers like Gibson. Gaga protests and stands up for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning community, and Lambert openly displays his sexuality on stage. Many view their messages as unnecessarily graphic, or even insulting to some religions, but what they do transcends juvenile shock and awe ploys. Figures like these help create change in society. People like Gaga and Lambert help push the line of what people accept, and if the line is never pushed, it never gets moved. Pushing boundaries and surpassing the norm helps the world advance, but when entertainers preach antiquated and hateful messages, people need to recognize it as ignorance and bring it to an end.
...to achieve freshman success by Brittany Nelson Step one: Make an appropriate first impression! Respect teachers and fellow classmates to gain respect. Impressing teachers will prevent battling with them throughout the semester. Also, mind that language! No teacher wants to hear his or her students curse; it is like breaking some weird code with them. Step two: Do not worry about what other people think! Everyone has his or her own opinion, so one must ignore and block out everyone else’s mindsets and think of his or her own. Step three: Be original! Remember when everyone bought the “Cool story bro” shirt? Recognize that moment when walking down the hallway and everyone wears the same shirt. Following the crowd is not always cool; it is actually quite annoying. Step four: Never procrastinate! Finishing work faster makes the year easier. Waiting until the last minute never benefits anyone. Besides, finishing everything relieves tension and the teacher does not have to listen to bogus excuses. Just get the work done. Step five: Be open to meeting new people! High school is no fun without any friends. Try not to act too awkward. Instead, act confident so people will feel comfortable. Step six: Bring an iPod, mp3, or any musical device! Listening to that one song will brighten any mood because no one wants to deal with someone unstable. Research has shown that music helps learning and
Domonique Goods Page Editor
Since the Olympics ended, one would think that American athletes would represent their country in a
After years of ridicule from government and health advocates, American parents finally take charge of their children’s health by forcing their children to
sponsibility of buying the junk food, because it tastes better or it costs less than the healthy counterpart. Taste should never be emphasized over health. Parents buying cheap junk food may achieve practicality, but it harms the child. Those parents willing to put their foot down on calorie intake and exercise regimens in their household deserve commendation for their efforts to save the next generation. The overweight children issue would not exist if more parents followed their examples. A balanced diet that follows the food pyramid, plenty of sleep and water, and exercise keep children healthy. Parents must stop
role model-like manner, but instead they merely embarrassed America’s name. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, everyone remembers when the USA women’s soccer team won against China. They also might remember when the team appeared on Good Morning America drunk. Every time the interviewer asked questions, the team members’ speech slurred, and they could not completely answer the questions. Though unprofessional, America did not question this nonsense because they won a major game, but this stupidity and lack of tact ruins America’s image. Because Ryan Lochte won multiple medals, Amer-
MTV? More like trash TV
relaxes the mind. Music is a savior in high school! Step seven: Change! Be open to it because all of those friends from middle school will change. People’s true colors will eventually start to show. Step eight: Be organized! No teacher wants to delay his or her teaching so people can find papers they shoved in their book bag last week. Being organized will make life much easier. It also teaches how to keep up with materials in-
side and outside of school. Step nine: Be appropriate in school! Although kissing, holding hands, and hugging is not banned, people do not want to see other people sucking face with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Do not kiss any strangers. Step ten: Finally the last most important step: enjoy high school! Each high school experience builds student’s perceptions on relationships, education, and life.
Health craze leads to search for perfection
Jawann Lawson Artist
Olympians tarnish America’s reputation
Fitness forced upon children eat right and exercise, but many view this new found health craze as harsh punishment that only embarrasses the child. A few vegetables a day will not torture children. Parents mistakenly believe that a slightly overweight child presents anything other than a problem. Weight issues, however, can lead to serious problems such as heart attacks and diabetes. Is it a crime to attempt to prevent that future? TV frustratingly portrays children who embrace obesity, run for short periods, and only eat chips and doughnuts. Who allows their weight to lose of control? The road to obesity starts with parents. Parents take the re-
Competition by day, party by night
ART BY JORDAN GRUBB
How far is too far?
making this difficult. Children like sweet, delicious, delightful snacks, but being a parent translates to responsibility for the snacks consumed by their children. Ignoring this responsibility compares to leaving the child in the wild. They would unlikely last as long as someone who was prepared. Prepared kids, shaped by parents instilling in them healthy habits, live healthier lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States —triple the rate from just one generation ago.” The same parents that criticized the rightful parents who care
enough to force children to get fit exist as the same ones killing the nation. Becoming an active parent becomes a simple task once taken into account. Tip number one: try to limit fattening snacks such as chips and candy daily. Tip number two: limit TV time to no more than one to two hours. Number three: make sure the child completes at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Tips number four and number five: replace soft drinks with water and make sure the child sleeps 8 hours each night. If all else fails, weight loss camp, despite popular belief, helps ensure a transformation in children already affected by irresponsible parents.
Reality shows replace music videos
Brittany Nelson Staff Writer MTV once stood for Music Television, but now broadcasters have made the channel solely about trashy teen scandals and reality shows. Once considered music headquarters, MTV showed primarily music videos from its launch in 1981. Horrible reality shows such as Teen Mom, Sixteen and Pregnant, The Inbetweeners, Jersey Shore, Snooki and JWOW, The Pauly D Project, America’s Best Dance Crew and many more now pollute MTV. Are Teen Mom and Jersey Shore that addicting that people sit down to watch full marathons? Teen Mom’s lame production value has proven itself through its fake yearbook graphic cartoons for excitement before commercials. On the show, all the girls have problems. They act like spoiled brats on television when they should take better care of their babies,which just proves that babies raising
babies should not appear on television. Grow up! Jersey Shore also tops the list of trashy reality entertainment. Each cast member, new or old, deals with some boring predictable issue. Snooki enjoys drinking until she transforms into an angry gremlin that destroys friendships with anyone close to her. Ron and Sammi constantly break up and make up. Viewers find themselves exhausted by watching the same arguments. Do these shows seriously need to replace music videos? If one looks at MTV’s line up, they will rarely find music during any time slot. Why should they even host the Music Video Awards (VMA’s) ? One would think a network hosting the VMA’s might actually t feature some music videos. They pander to their audience and not their title. Ever since the Internet has grown to become an enormous source of information, MTV has changed from a primarily music-based channel to a reality channel. MTV reaches 387 million homes, making it a powerhouse network. They should live up to their audience, and also appeal to their name. They should change their name to “Everything but Music” or “Hey, we tricked you, these are awful reality shows!” MTV either needs to take most of the shows off the channel or remove all shows together. They should return to the music. Everyone loved the music channel, until trash trampled it. Hopefully MTV can pull itself back together, start playing music videos, and recover from the mistakes they have made.
ica would probably say that he represents American values, but with his silly antics, that might change. During an interview, Lochte told American Idol/E! Producer Ryan Seacrest that after the Olympics he hopes to appear on The Bachelor. He also admitted to Seacrest that during warm-ups, he urinates in the pool. “I think there is just something about being in chlorine water that you just automatically go,” Lochte said. On September 15 Seth McFarlane parodied of Lochte on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. When weekend update anchor Seth Meyers would ask him questions,
he would slur his words and not know world events or issues outside of the pool. When Meyers asked if he liked something, he would tell Myers that he gives them “three swims.” Outside of TV mockery, Lochte embarrasses America by wearing his gold grill and partying all night. Olympians should represent America positively. Kids who look up to Lochte will think whatever he does is acceptable. In addition to erratic behavior, the Olympic Village also inspired suspicion of cheating in relationships. Reports accuse USA basketball’s married Kobe Bryant of canoodling with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice. With
all the ridicule from his past, cheating with Rice would not benefit his reputation. If these accusations prove true, then he sends out a message that in the Olympic Village anything can happen without consequences. The escapades that the Olympians represent may appear normal to athletes, but outsiders may not feel the same way. When someone watches the Olympics, they think of that athlete as their role model. So when a subject matter like this circulates, it diminishes the sense of pride they feel towards the athlete. Even though these Olympians are adults, they should always think before representing their homeland in a poor light.
Drinking age causes controversy
Should legal age rise to 18?
Carli Troutman Photo Specialist Teens often question the U.S. drinking age and argue that lowering it to would benefit America, but this would only lead to many problems this country cannot handle, such as higher drunk driving rates, addiction and health problems. Newly licensed and inexperienced 18-year-olds do not know how to handle themselves behind a wheel. Minors already cause more car
accidents than any other age group, and throwing alcohol into the mix would worsen them. Lowering the drinking age would increase rates of drunk driving and thus more accidents and deaths. Society makes teenagers think that drinking and getting wasted provides a fun experience. While drinking equals partying in many teen minds, that does not mean that it will not produce consequences. Drinking causes lasting brain and liver damage. The thrill from drinking does not last nearly as long as the health consequences. People do not understand the risk drinking poses. The mental and physical effect can ruin someone’s life. An addiction acquired at a young age could stay with him or her for several years. Once alcohol has them addicted, these people still want to drink more and more. They try to change, but they might face difficulty finding the motivation and strength to stop. Those addicted say they will not drink again because of side effects such as the next day’s hangover, but they lack the willpower to stop. Their addiction also
leads to them making decisions they otherwise would not. Large amounts of alcohol can impair the brain’s performance and someone’s judgment. Because brains do not fully develop until age 25, drinking can affect brain development of 18-year-olds. The potential brain damage could also increase adult dependency. Studies show that teenagers who drink tend to not perform as well at mental tasks compared to teenagers who do not. Some argue that because 18-year-olds can vote, they should be able to drink as well. Wendy Hamilton, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, disagrees, countering, “The right to vote isn’t going to kill you; drinking at age 18 could.” Hamilton’s point proves valid—just because these minors can vote does not give them the right to drink. Supplying 18 year olds the right to drink would cause many problems. The fact that people are trying to change the age should disappoint; this country does not realize the consequences of lowering the drinking age. Changing the age would make even younger people consider how many years they have until they can legally drink, potentially motivating them to start earlier. Adolescents do not know how to handle themselves with this much responsibility. The future lies in the hands of these teenagers.
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Inside These Walls Link Crew helps 9th Freshmen appreciate upperclassmen assistance
F l a s h Fo r wa rd
by Carli Troutman
Sophomore Mahagony Williams wants to take her intelligence into the courtroom to defend celebrities as an entertainment lawyer. “I want to be an entertainment lawyer because I feel like it resembles my personality, and I like the image,” Williams said. The Magnet student, who also acts in drama and embraces fashion in her spare time, believes one must love law to prosper as a lawyer. As a dedicated student, her ability to tolerate rigorous work shows prominently in all of her studies. “Mahagony is an
interesting person and I believe she will do well in the field of law,” sophomore Simone Maxwell said. Williams dreams of attending New York University to major in law. She believes her feisty personality would bond precisely with New York’s atmosphere. “I think she would do a great job. From having her in my freshman class, she seems to be pretty intuitive. She is strong in her convictions and beliefs. I think she’d put in the effort to represent her clients well,” Coach Fraundorf, social studies teacher, said. Williams’s determination to succeed definitely shines through to those
around her. Her passion and outlook on life motivates others to achieve their dreams. “When she has an opinion, she has an opinion. I believe she is strong willed and can get the job done,” senior Okenna Okpareke said. Expecting her success to launch by age 25, Williams anticipates the moment when she can truly experience her dream drift into reality.
PHOTO BY SABRINA KERNS
by Alicia Bush
Sophomores appreciate the change from the academy
PHOTO BY JAWANN LAWSON
Academy creates easy transition into main halls
by Jawann Lawson Sophomore Class of 2015 starts its second year battling the transition troubles of moving from the Freshman Academy to the main building. “The goals for the Freshman Academy are better discipline, stronger academics, and a smoother transition into high school. Discipline is down five percent since
last year, the national average for freshman retention is between forty and forty-five percent, and last year’s Freshman Academy retention rate was only seven percent,” Ms. Luckett, Academy administrator, said. The Freshman Academy opened on August 11, 2011 to over 700 freshmen with an inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony that gave parents an
early look at the new addition to the campus. Classes started on August 15, 2011, which placed students in an isolated environment to help them focus on their work. The Academy includes an interdisciplinary lab, 40 classrooms, and a freshman cafeteria. The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funded project began to expand NC, as well as offered a
place where freshmen could become respected upperclassman. SPLOST exists as a penny sales tax to fund the building of schools, parks, roads, and other public projects. Administrators spent months studying the results of other Freshmen Academies around the country, attempting to create the best possible facility for freshman students. Building the Academy began by setting a goal to lower the retention rate, creating an area suitable for freshmen, and making the switch from middle school to high school easier by presenting the students with more responsibility. Teachers in the Academy work together in an attempt to establish familiar conditions for freshmen. The Academy accomplished its initial goal by lowering the rate of expulsions and in school retention. “It [transitioning] was okay because last year I already had classes in the main building,” sophomore Bintou Sillah said. Students of the Academy only take their core classes in the Academy building, but other electives take place in the main building, exposing students like Sillah to the rest of the campus. A small taste of the school’s other buildings allows an opportunity for students to become acquainted with other sections of the school grounds. Due to block scheduling, students remain in the Academy, on
average, for about half the school day. Sophomores find it easy to transition to the main building, although transitioning students feel the Academy looks exceptional compared to the older main building and prefer it over the crowded halls of the main building. Moving from one building to another can remain a terrifying experience. Facing the potential challenges of more open surroundings changes the productivity of the educational environment. When students remain in a more open setting, it complements interaction with more individuals. However, distractions can affect the quality of work produced by the students. “I have a lot of sophomore friends that are in my weight training class and they ride my bus. I hang out with them at varsity games,” freshman Chistian Morgan said. The Academy allows time for freshman to interact with upperclassmen. The Academy does not isolate its students from the older students. Students that attend the Freshman Academy were eased into high school life and interaction since they are not pushed into the high school atmosphere. Prepared sophomores who transitioned in 2012 to the main building know how to battle the stresses of high school, already armed with lessons of responsibility and maturity learned while attending the Academy.
and the upperclassmen now. I can already see this helping a lot,” Ms. Luckett, Freshman
“Our Link Crew leader tells us all about high school and how fun it actually can be
Academy coordinator, said. Link Crew plans to host events where they can promote the Crew, which helps inform and involve more people. The Crew plans on making appearances at football games and tailgate parties, as they try to recruit members so the Crew can continue next year.
if you get involved with clubs and sports,” freshman Farrah Boehringer said. Many see this project improving relationships in the school. Different grades bonding and connecting is Link Crew’s main priority. Students and faculty anticipate wonderful progress from the Crew for years to come.
Georgia teachers adjust to changes in the classroom
Standard alters school curriculum by Jordan Grubb
Journalists pursue goal UGA offers seniors chance to shine
by Alicia Bush
Replacing the Georgia Performance Standard (GPS), NC introduced the Common Core School Standards (CCSS) to better equip students for a more rigorous education this year. “For the teachers, this will be a completely new way of thinking and teaching. The students will be way more prepared than previous graduating classes,” Mrs. Lawson, English teacher, said. NC recently utilized the GPS standards until the Georgia Department of Education
specific subjects with which students most struggle. The standards enhance learning abilities and critical thinking skills rather than promoting memorization. This skill tactic equally prepares students for college. “My teaching hasn’t changed much. I’ve been teaching like this for a while,” Mrs. Reedy, history teacher, said. Georgia originally adopted the CCSS July 8, 2010 by changing math and language arts standards across all grades. Certain standards will begin at different grade levels; changes
(DOE) introduced the new standards proposal in July 2010. Teachers began preparing for new standards in 2011. The CCSS focuses on the
from the CCSS, however, create only slight differences compared to the GPS. Because Georgia helped write the Com-
mon Core, the school board wanted to keep as much of the old standards as possible, though they share similarities. Results will not become obvious until a few years later, once teachers adjust to the Common Core. Some students have not recognized the changes to the curriculum. “I have not noticed a change at all,” junior Patrick Malilay said. The Common Core offers a competitive atmosphere to prepare students for life after high school. The real world presents competitive job searches. Now, due to the Common Core, everyone has a chance towards the same K-12 knowledge. Furthermore, the Common Core remains a choice for states, not a federal mandate. “Today’s students must be prepared to compete in a global economy. These state developed standards make sure that our students are prepared for college and the workforce,” former Governor Sonny Perdue said.
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Sophomore anticipates lawyering
Link Crew, a new program aimed at helping freshmen through their high school transition, began the school year with upperclassmen leaders guiding freshmen though their first high school year. “I really enjoy Link Crew, and all the freshmen in my homeroom are sweet. I love it, and I am really happy that I joined the Crew,” senior Briah Woods, Link Crew leader, said. Link Leaders help and motivate the freshmen. Mentors meet once a week in the freshmen homerooms and encourage the freshmen to engage in school activities. Freshmen benefit from Link Crew because they need other perspectives to prepare for the years beyond the freshmen walls. The staff and student body support the crew fully with all of their plans. “There is a greater connection between freshmen
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After acquiring an interest in journalism from writing on The Chant, seniors Maddie Swab and Leah Tongco furthered their talents at the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA) Journalism Association held at the University of Georgia (UGA) in the summer. “I know the things they learned at UGA are techniques they can use for our newspaper. They have so much to offer and teach to the rest of our staff,” Ms. Kovel, newspaper advisor, said. Designed for high school journalists, the Academy showed the Warriors a bite of the Bulldog experience. The camp incorporated specific classes in journalism with lectures and nightly activities such as bowling and a movie night. “I really enjoyed the camp and meeting other young journalists. We were able to discuss our goals and exchange ideas for our publication. It was great!” Swab said. GSPA’s student journalism camp provides students with the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and UGA’s Grady College faculty and staff. Campers attended one of six core classes: TV news broadcasting, graphic design, editorial writing, news writing, feature writing, and photojournalism. Tongco’s creative abilities and devotion to The Chant stirred an interest
in graphic design, while Swab embraced TV news broadcasting, as she hopes to join the broadcasting industry one day. “I chose to do graphic design because I knew that the knowledge I would gain at the camp would allow me to help The Chant,” Tongco said. Tongco’s role in developing the student newspaper required her to edit and layout. Volunteering as the paper ’s copy editor, she checked and reviewed articles and headlines to ensure correct grammar. Knowing she would work as copy editor of The Chant for this school year, she decided the experience would help. “I liked being a part of the UGA campus, even though class was not in session. I still felt as if I were living like a college student. It made me excited about going to college and pursuing a career in journalism,” Tongco said. Swab brainstormed stories, interviewed others, and edited video bits to put together her broadcast package. She was awarded the Rising Star award for her class and the Dynamic Duo award for her great work with one of the other student journalists from the camp. “Living on the campus of UGA made me more interested in the school and their journalism program. I have always wanted to be a news broadcaster, but the camp really solidified my choice,” Swab said.
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Senior Evangelista Barylski studied abroad to master Mandarin Chinese and immerse herself in Chinese culture for six weeks this
Administrators and Tomahawk Today introduced the “No Text on Board” campaign, an awareness effort that encourages students to understand the dangers of texting and driving, on Wednesday September 19. “I was very pleased with the students’ response. All students signed the pledges and many signed the banner,” Mr. Brown, administrator, said. During the extended homeroom on September 19, Tomahawk Today featured the documentary “The Last Text,” which described the experiences of various people who, suffered after they, or someone they knew, texted and drove. Students also received car decals and pledge forms. The documentary showed the siblings and friends of people who died in
texting-related car accidents, as well as a man mentally disabled by injuries suffered in a wreck. Any students wishing to pledge may sign a banner in the lunchroom stating “No text while driving ¾ the Warrior Way.” “[Texting] can wait. Obviously, do not do it because it can affect more than you realize,” senior Sebastian Holt said.
summer through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). “Studying abroad helped improve my language skills by immersion, which forces a
To promote the campaign, Liberty Mutual provided a wrecked car for display, Principal Dr. Page, principal, sent a voice recording to parents describing the day’s purpose. Announcers will promote the campaign at home football games. For more information on the No Text on Board campaign, visit www.att.com and search for “No Text on Board.”
Assistant principal thrives at NC
New addition creates cheery vibes throughout halls
person to use the language,” Barylski said. Barylski plans to teach English to Chinese students, so every summer she travels to China to learn more about their culture and language. Her love of China and the language motivated her to study and understand Chinese. NSLI-Y helps students learn foreign languages as exchange students. The student exchange program provides opportunities during both the summer and academic year to study languages abroad. “Evangelista is a joy to teach and truly loves learning. She loves culture and is PHOTO BY DOMINIQUE GOODS AND LEAH TONGCO AND DIGITAL ART BY LEAH TONGCO
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Officially inducted into the Warrior Nation this year, Assistant Principal Landon Brown hopes to flourish and prosper along with the faculty, staff, and students. “I think he is awesome. He is going to be great to work with,” Ms. Edwards, attendance clerk, said. Previously the principal of Lindley 6th Grade Academy, Brown received a Bachelor’s in Math Education from Georgia State University (GSU) and a Master’s in Middle School Education from Mercer University. With persistence and appreciation for education, the Phi Beta Sigma member returned to GSU to pursue a Ph.D in Educational Leadership. Students and teachers should expect to exchange “Mr.” for “Dr.” within the next year. “I knew that education was my calling at a very young age. I know this may sound cheesy, but I’ve always loved to play school. My friends would always vote for me to be the teacher or principal,” Brown said. With 14 years of experience with middle school students, Brown admits that his high school transition went unexpectedly well. Brown observed the maturity differences between junior
high and high school students immediately and decided he appreciates the contrast. “High school students are definitely more mature than middle school students. They are trying to plan out their futures with college and everything else. Middle school students just do not get it yet,” Brown said. Brown appreciates the administrative team for training him and helping him with his transition from middle school education to high school education. “Sometimes you’re thrown into the fire without help. The entire administrative team took me under their wing and made sure I was always okay. I truly appreciate them,” Brown said. After school, Brown enjoys playing cards, seeing movies, and evolving into a chef, cooking gourmet items such as smothered chicken and red velvet cake. Brown also serves as a judge in the Georgia Stepper’s League (GSL), an organization where regional step teams are able to compete against each other. An attendee of the 6th grade academy during Brown’s administration, sophomore Tayler Farrington admits that seeing Brown makes her proud. “Mr. Brown is an amazing leader. He knows what he is doing and is very supportive,” Farrington said.
China offers a life changing experience to senior by Emily Jones
Spending a school year abroad intimates many, but for senior Sam King, the year away in China ultimately changed his life. “It was the best year of my life. I not only learned about the culture and views of Chinese people, but I also learned about myself,” King said. King recommends a School Year Abroad (SYA) to any student interested in foreign countries. The secondary-level program allows students to live with a European or Asian family for an entire academic year while earning U.S. graduation credits and preparing for selective U.S. colleges and universities. Each year, each one of the SYA schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain enrolls approximately 60 students to complete their junior or senior year of high school. Education in China governs households. King’s host family supported King in his studies and cheered when he received excellent grades. Unfortunately, he hung out with his host brother approximately two times throughout nine months. His brother studied for the high school entrance exam, which fully controls a students entry into a Chinese college. Only memorization skills determine the grade a student receives on the exam. Sometimes, a student who fails tests in China will move
to America because for the lenient curriculum, making that student a genius. Entering an over-populated and polluted Beijing stimulated anxiety in King when he first arrived. He claims one could taste the pollution and debris in the dry, dirty city. His host family lived in a luxurious apartment outside of the 3rd Ring Road, a 48-kilometre city road that encircles Beijing. The 3rd Ring Road generates terrible traffic jams and because of the over-population, the government forbids families from driving on day out of the month. Despite ongoing traffic, King lived with the subway, train stop, and stores right outside his front door. Exchanging his dollar for 6.2 UN, he took advantage of the shops and cafes around his neighborhood. King spent days without homework at the park with other students from SYA and local friends. King took time adjusting to the different high school environment. Classrooms spoke little English and the foreign language department resided on the 7th floor of his high school. His schedule consisted of two Chinese courses, math, history, English, and a Chinese society and culture class. In a music class, he learned how to play the erhu, a two-string Chinese violin, which he played at the SYA’s Christmas family dinner. The extracurricular helped him enjoy his time in China as he
conquered the curriculum. Chinese culture sparked King’s interest. Certain things seemed odd to him, like fortune cookies’ nonexistence. He found humor out of Chinese people’s indiscreet farting and burping, whereas Americans use caution in public when creating stinky odors. Chinese society views disabled people as inhuman and they lead difficult lives. The government does, however, help disabled people in certain circumstances for necessary jobs. For instance, colleges enroll blind people to study massage therapy. Chinese New Year left King speechless. Floats and people paraded the roads of each miao hui, a temple fair. People even lit firecrackers and fireworks outside on the crowded street all day long. King recalls trying to study on the last day and a sparkly firework blew up right outside his window. Once home, adjusting to time zone, food, and car rides troubled King. He admits he, as well as other SYA students, did not leave the country fluent. The trip taught him how another country sees his home, how an over-populated city thrives, and how to see himself as an individual. Appreciating a culture requires lots of energy and hard work but King flew away from Beijing summer of 2012 loving the opportunity he will cherish.
open-minded to new things. It was a joy to help such an enthusiastic student,” Mrs. Sedlacek, German teacher, said. Mrs. Sedlack helped Barylski apply to NSLI-Y. NSLI-Y accepts only 20 percent of applicants on average. The application process included a minimum 2.5 GPA, essay, teacher recommendation, and parent statement. Her marvelous grades and proficient Chinese skills aided in the application process. “The presentation of her trip to China was really interesting, it made me want to go and experience Chinese culture,” freshman Quaniesha Manning said. In China, Barylski attended language and culture classes at a local high school everyday, so she traveled daily by public transportation. Commuting alone scared her at first, but she soon enjoyed the benefits
of shopping after school. She also visited tourist sites with her NSLI-Y group, such as the surrounding gardens and museums of Suzhou. Barylski stayed with a host family for three weeks, whom she misses since leaving. Her host mom cooked remarkable dishes such as her favorite shong shao rou, a pork dish, which Evangelista craves since arriving home. The whole family, however, did not speak English, but Barylski felt this helped further her proficiency in Chinese. For the first time in four years, Barylski started to truly understand the Chinese language. The study abroad trip taught Barylski more about a difficult language and gave her independence in a foreign country.
Misson trip highlights profession
by Amelia Carchia Senior Allie Boggess encountered various obstacles such as paperwork problems and language barriers on her mission trip to teach Slovakian students English this summer but ultimately returned with a passion for missionary work. “This trip started out as an obligation but turned into something I was called to do,” Boggess said. Before even arriving to Slovakia, Boggess and her group of 25 missed their flight to Prague. Two group members flew out while the rest of the group stayed in London for a day and explored places such as Big Ben and the Prime Minister’s house. When Boggess finally arrived in Slovakia, she and her group further traveled to camp headquarters where the group split into thirds. The three smaller groups then journeyed to their campsites. Allie then traveled to her campsite at Dolny Kubin, located in Northern Slovakia’s Zilina Region. The lack of English print road signs and few English-speaking people first overwhelmed Boggess. Only
the campers in her group spoke enough English to converse with her. The slight vowel differences also made it difficult to differentiate names. Allie felt the duty to partake in the mission trips, but by the end of the trip she felt at home and realized missionary work as a future job. Camp began with introducing everybody and sorting students’ English level rank. Since Boggess’s group knew the most English of the campers, she taught the advanced English group with six students and two translators. Her class met two hours daily and mainly talked about topics such as American culture versus Slovakian culture. At night, everyone met and for themed parties in order to bond and learn about each others’ lives. The trip challenged Allie daily. English camp almost closed due to the health inspector after paperwork confusion. The group resolved to continue camp even if in other people’s houses or at a local church. Allie found her talent when teaching Slovakians English and hopes to participate in more mission trips. PHOTO BY AMELIA CARCHIA AND DIGITAL ART BY LEAH TONGCO
Students embark on international trips Senior thrives in foreign environment and language
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Distant learning becomes productive
Homecoming season brightensWarrior Nation
Senior travels to South Korea to learn culture ture when visiting small villages and about South Korea’s advancement in sixty years from lectures she received at Yanze University. Valuable learning experiences such as tours of Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) show countries’ development and conflict, which Scott enjoyed. While in Seoul, Scott spent the longest time away from her family, but her host family created a home setting. Scott stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Kim along with their two children Esther and Peter. Scott’s apprehension about living with an unknown family quickly vanished when they celebrated her past birthday. She hopes to continue studying abroad and learn more about South Korea through different programs and on her own.
by Breckyn Bibb
The 21st Century Humanity Learning Center (CHLC) grant awarded NC with over three million dollars to promote with clubs, extracurriculars, and primarily the Freshman Academy. “Grant money helps with students getting more involved and participating in more groups and classes,” senior Keoni Rodriguez said. The process began this summer with administrators visiting schools and collecting information about various grants and support programs for students or to design upcoming courses. The school acquired this grant for the next three years. “This grant gives students better chances to learn and do more things,” junior Mylique Lanning said. The CHLC grant provided NC enough money to not only build the Academy, but supply subject tutoring, enrichment programs, video technology, biology technology, and a 9th grade literary magazine. These clubs and groups can now buy more supplies and produce more activities. This money also allows
for a PSAT five week course to help prepare students for the standardized test. A new summer program helps students stay in touch with school and remember all the information they learned throughout the school year. Businesses such as Kaplan K12, Le Cordon Bleu, and the YMCA in metro
Atlanta have teamed with NC. EOCT scores improved vastly for freshmen last year. Freshmen experienced a 95 percent pass rate in English and biology. Students showed an improvement in fail rates for all students and only had a seven percent average fail rate for core classes. The fail rate for NC averages 40-45 percent. “The grant provides opportunities after school for students and a more diverse support system,” Ms. Bryant, assistant principal, said. The CHLC grant money improved the learning and social environment for freshmen. Students and faculty appreciate all the grant offers. All of the opportunities now available for students aid them in the development of their learning. PHOTO BY BRECKYN BIBB
Boys: • “It is definitely different. I have known her as Hannah Montana, so the new hair confuses me.” — Senior Nick Arehart • “Her hair is not the best looking, but she donated it for a good cause.” — Junior Eril Burgos • “Her nose looks even bigger with the new haircut, and she looks punky.” — Sophomore Mateo Arango • “Her new hair disgusts me.” — Freshman Quin Parham Girls: • “She looks like a boy, and I do not like it.” — Senior Bianca Diaz • “Her new hair looks cute and free-spirited.” — Junior Kelli Johnson • “It is brilliant! My mom wants that style.” — Sophomore Bryanna Cunningham • “It looks terrible on her, and even though she acquired the style for a movie role, it ruins her image.” — Freshman Christina Vivona
Homecoming season to the Kennesaw-Acworth community.
Tribal Connections created a stream of in-school activity, to amp up Homecoming excite-
and posed to put on a show for students. All the events and games culminate in the Homecoming dance. Couples and groups of friends all anxiously await the chance to dance and party on September 29. Tribal Connections decided the theme for this year’s dance to be Oceana. Dressing the part in sea colors and oceanic accessories makes students part of the fun. Decorations fitting the aquatic theme promise to create a memorable time. Outside, a Caribbean beach theme welcomes the students, and once inside, students plunge into the water with an “under the sea” theme. Homecoming season brought forth a flurry of activities for students to partake in, and such events continue a valuable tradition in the NC community.
Six Warriors spend summer broadening education
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Money supports excellence He Said She Said NC uses grant to enhance student life by Taylor Turpin
Preparations for the Homecoming season excite students and faculty with parades, a fashion show, the dance, dress up days, Cow Plunge, and the football game. The entire student body buzzes with the news of whether the football team won or lost their last game. Each match brings the Homecoming game closer. At the first season’s home game on September 14, teachers and students gathered to cheer on the Warriors. Decisively defeating Walton, the Warriors built more excitement for the Homecoming game. Additionally, the Homecoming parade strolled through downtown Acworth on September 27. Attracting big crowds, the parade spreads the message of enthusiasm for
ment. Cows falling from the sky and student models drew students in for Homecoming season. The annual “Cow Drop” received a fresh makeover this year. Now called the Cow Plunge, students and administrators purchased a stuffed cow toy to be dropped from the sky into a kiddie pool. The cows that fall into the pool win their owner a special prize, such as a free Chik-fil-a for a year or a giant stuffed cow. Spirit Week, the week leading up to Homecoming, asked students to participate in theme days. Monday through Friday, themes were Twin Day, Paradise Day, Nerd Day, GQ Day, and Spirit Day. These reminders kept Homecoming at the front of students’ minds. The fashion show created spirit amongst students by displaying student talent. Boys and girls alike practiced
Students partake in extreme learning
What do students think of Miley Cyrus’s haircut?
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The Counsel of International Education Exchange (CIEE) helped senior Kapri Scott journey to Seoul, South Korea to gain knowledge and appreciation of the culture for two weeks this summer. “This trip was one of the most life changing things I have done. I met new people and tried new things. I had never left Georgia before so it was an entirely new experience,” Scott said. Scott applied and received a scholarship from CIEE. CIEE, a non-profit group, promotes acquiring and understanding knowledge to live in a diverse world. She exhibited interest in South Korean culture, and CIEE presented her the perfect opportunity to satisfy her curiosity. “It was awesome seeing Kapri’s videos in South Korea. It was like experiencing the trip through her eyes,” sophomore Jay Samie said. Traveling revealed the interconnectedness in the world for Scott. Her love and recent knowledge assist her as co-head of NC’s Chinese-Korean club, where she teaches club members South Korean language and culture. “She is very active in Chinese-Korean club, and has applied her experience to help the club by sharing videos, stories, and pictures,” Ms. Qi, Chinese teacher, said. During the trip, Scott learned about South Korea’s traditional village cul-
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by Amelia Carchia
Parades and dress-up days ignite school spirit
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Pursuing their passions, seniors Nick Arehart, Megan Greene, and Michael Opitz; and juniors Jeel Oza, Kyle Rinaudo, and Jordan Shoemaker chose to further their education in the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) for four weeks at Valdosta State University from June 24 to July 21. “It is an awesome opportunity for students to go and truly participate in subjects they love. Students that have gone tend to form a different appreciation for their field than prior to going. Graham Husband, who went in the past, told me, ‘No offense, Ms. Biddy, but I learned more at GHP than in your class,’” Mrs. Biddy, social studies teacher, said. The extensive application process begins when NC teachers nominate students in one of 20 areas, which serve as majors at GHP. After schoolwide interviews, prospective students advance to county and then to state, practicing interviews and occasionally contentbased components at each level. Opitz, who majored in music, completed an audition consisting both of a music theory test and playing assessment. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) published the results on their website after a nerve-wracking three months. GHP majors allow students to pursue their interest and potential
career choice. Passionate about their individual field, Arehart, Rinaudo, and Oza majored in social studies; Greene in math; Shoemaker in field biology; and Opitz in jazz saxophone. Students also completed an intensive research project relevant to their major and interest, which they presented in an open display board fair during the final week. Arehart’s project, titled “Just Eat It: What Fast Food Won’t Advertise,” explained the impact of fast food, agribusiness, and government policy on America’s increasing obesity epidemic. A fan of international sports, Rinaudo uncovered the economic impact of the Olympics on host cities.
Oza explored the psychology behind witch hunts, researching the Salem Witch Trials, European Witch Trials, and the Red Scare of 1920, as well as the effects of fear, heresy, and the scapegoat theory. Working with fellow biology majors, Shoemaker sought to find out how pollution affected water’s chemical properties. Greene’s only limit was that her project be math-related. Using a process born of both calcul a tions and pro-
gramming, she determined how many clothing items can fit into a suitcase to optimize space and minimize laundry needs. Unlike everybody else who
worked on a single cumulative project, Opitz performed in at least one concert a week with other music majors. “The projects were fantastic and thrilling to do. Sure, they were a bit stressful, but they were also remarkably freeing and deeply motivating: we all chose a topic and were given as close to free reign as possible to research it and present our findings creatively,” Arehart said. In addition to majoring in a specific field, students minored in a separate interest, which the administration particularly encouraged to be outside their comfort zone. Opitz, Greene, and Rinaudo minored in education with a focus on policy and law, and Shoemaker in counseling. Meanwhile, Arehart and Oza connected with their artistic sides: Arehart minored in
atre, specifiCommedia dell’arte and Melodrama, and Oza in visual arts with a drawing focus. Al-
though GaDOE’s budget cuts shortened GHP time from six to four weeks, students accomplished sizeable goals, both academic and personal. “I cannot really pick a favorite part of GHP. I knocked three things off my bucket list there. I learned how to 19th century waltz, I paint splattered and, I learned how to make a piñata. I learned so much and met so many phenomenal people. The people, the teachers, the RAs, the students, the faculty—they all have such a profound impact. You don’t really realize that until the end,” Oza said.
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amaze the nations of old? The “Not What It Seems” exhibit definitely attempts to break down or at least crack pre-existing notions of art. “The exhibit was interesting, but had a tad too much of the same items I see everyday,” Alex Bailiff, exhibit attendant, said. Connoisseurs of the fine arts or anyone wanting to view of local artists’ work have plenty of time to check it out, leaving no excuses for not visiting this unique exhibit. “The exhibit really opened my eyes to how ordinary things I see and use everyday are masterpieces,” Judy Brown, exhibit attendant, said.
by Breckyn Bibb Senior Skylar Newton, sculptor and painter, continues exploring art at home and in class. “When I am stressed, I just grab a paintbrush and start painting away, but most of the time it is just an idea that starts flowing and becomes something,” Newton said. Newton began her first sculpting class last year and enjoys the freedom and creativity of abstract art and
by Maya McKenzie Marietta Square’s 26th annual Arts in the Park festival showcased various artists’ works from September 1 to 3. “The festival features high quality art, is well juried, and is a good festival for everybody,” Deborah Martin, didgeridoo vendor, said. The festival included various types of art, including sculpture, woodcarving, metalwork, and painting. The festival also provided the artists and vendors an opportunity to sell their wares, connect with other artists, and promote their work. Businesses such as Taqueria
Tsunami, Cool Beans, and Go Fish, which surround the Square, also experienced increased traffic due to the festival’s activity. “The festival provides a great chance for people to support the art community,” senior Sabrina Mackey said. A new addition to the festival included a contest involving decorated and altered cars, started by the nonprofit group ArtcarPalooza. Festivalgoers could vote on the most decorated cars in several different categories such as Best Use of Technology, Best Painting, and Best Overall.
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Festival celebrates barbeque BBQ, Anything Butt, and Que’n, Stew’n & Brew’n. Large varieties of food and fruit samples were provided and distributed amongst attendees. Va r i o u s barbeque cookoffs took place at the festival. Participants received the opportunity to win up to $15,000 and other prizes for their winning home cooked recipes. Businesses such as Scana Energy, 97.1 The River, and Freedom Power Sports sponsored the festival, assisting with weekend events and providing services and exclusive merchandise. The festival and its barbecue theme will return next summer with more cook-offs, and various activities for the whole family. Animal lovers can bring their pets and admire the petting zoo’s. The community can expect the amount of visits to grow in the next year. The events will increase in size, and the list of activities will expand in the next festival.
by Taylor Turpin
Kennesaw’s “Pigs & Peaches” festival drew in over 40,000 visitors while entertaining people all over the community with music, cooking contests, children’s activities, petting zoos, helicopter rides, crafts, and barbequed food on August 24 and August 25. “I did not really care for the food, but other than that it was pretty cool, and the dancers were really good,” Brittany McEver, local Marietta resident, said. With over a dozen live performances from dance teams and cover bands, the festival entertained families from all over the community. The festival had various vendors such as Backyard
career she stayed bright and cheerful even through divorce. She even played pranks while on tour with her agents. Diller loved cooking and would bring a portable kitchen with a mini stovetop and herbs on tours. Diller grew a passion for painting later in life, but still indulged her passions for cooking and vintage car collecting. Diller lived fully, accomplishing many different things from acting, writing, and playing the piano. The comedy industry lost one of its most notable comediennes. Fans and comics will miss Diller because she changed the lives of many through laughter and inspiration.
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Freshman Adam Kovel sported a sophisticated, cleancut skater-esque look while wearing a t-shirt from H&M with tiny shirts emblazoned on it. “I do not know what it means, but it looks cool!” Kovel said. Also wearing tan shorts and well-worn blue Vans, Kovel maintains his effortless and trendy style.
Freshman Najwa Brown appeared especially spiffy in a Forever 21 chiffon and lace top covered in flowers. An adorable matching lace headband held back her hair. Brown favored her colorful Sperry Topsiders the most. “I got them for my birthday from my mom, so they are really special to me. However, with my style, I am not down with all those name brands. I do not want to look like everyone else,” Brown said.
housework and her (fake) husband, Fang. “I never watched any of Diller’s stand-up acts until I heard about her death. When I did watch one, I laughed so hard I almost peed myself,” senior Megan Lyon said. Diller excelled at her unique stand-up comedy, and she claimed the stage with her signature selfdisparaging humor. She ruled one-liners onstage, quickly connecting one anecdote to another and craftily building upon each joke. “Diller was one of my favorite comediennes and I enjoyed her weird stage look,” junior Mary Francis McDonald said. Throughout Diller’s
Pigs and Peaches entertains community
Artists display their skills
Art festival astounds by Jordan Grubb
Phyllis Diller, legendary comedienne and actress who paved the way for female comedy, died at the age of 95 on August 20. “The only tragedy is that Phyllis Diller was the last from an era that insisted a woman had to look funny in order to be funny,” Joan Rivers, famed comedienne, tweeted August 20. Diller began comedy in 1952 at a time when comediennes were rare and not expected to possess charm or comedic timing. The time mindset fed Diller’s famous wild hair and exaggerated hats with colorful dresses and feather boas. Diller’s jokes onstage focused on
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Senior Anna Jacobson donned a unique half-sweater, half-jean jacket, cutoff jean shorts, black ankle boots, and a tie-dyed shirt with dozens of cats on it. She purchased the cat shirt from eBay. Jacobson also enjoys thrifting at Goodwill. “My style is more of the desire to not leave the house naked. But I really enjoy getting different looking pieces and just putting them together,” Jacobson said.
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cates, this exhibit constantly challenges people’s perception of art. The gallery displays simple items, causing viewers to see the beauty in its simplicity. Upon first glance, most items in the exhibit look like simple tools and objects. With a critical eye, one can see the artistic elements in each piece, such as the symmetry, texture, and shape, that are overlooked. If Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David were as commonplace in people’s daily routine as a soap dispenser, no one would think of them as a masterpiece. Why should something deemed trivial to humans today not
sculpting. Although she aspires to someday become a nurse, art serves as her passion and an outlet for stress. “Skylar’s art is very different, always something original,” senior Bianca Diaz said. Newton’s exposure to art came at an early age through her grandmother ’s love for many art forms, which include drawing and painting. “Skylar does very well crafted and well thought out artwork,” Mrs. Fancher, art teacher, said. Newton displays a few of her artwork pieces in her family and friends’ homes. Whether used as a hobby or future career, art will surely continue to enrich her life as she grows personally and artistically. “Art is all about trying new things and experimenting. As your experience grows so will your artwork,” Newton said. PHOTO BY BRECKYN BIBB
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Senior sculpts superbly
Art exhibit transcends “commonplace” Kennesaw State University (KSU) recently opened the “Not What It Seems” exhibition where patrons can observe everyday, ordinary items as glorified masterpieces with free attendance for viewers August 25th through October 25th. “The audience should come away thinking differently about the role of illusionism in art,” Joe Thomas, director of the KSU School of Art and Design, said. With subject matter consisting of household items situated in an art gallery setting, one cannot help but feel a little confused at this perplexing juxtaposition. Containing common items from mops to death certifi-
Phyllis Diller’s legacy remembered
Seeing beauty in simplicity by Brittany Nelson
Renowned comedienne passes
by Domonique Goods Robert Pattinson ended his three-year relationship with Kristen Stewart after Stewart’s cheating scandal with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders came to light July 27. The couple still appeared amorous at the Teen Choice Awards on July 22, but their
love went awry when an unknown paparazzo released damaging pictures of Stewart with Sanders just four days prior to the awards. Immediately after selling the pictures, U.S. Weekly and People Magazine published the story, making “Twi-hards” furious. Fans defamed Stewart’s name on
the Internet and posted their thoughts on YouTube. Since the scandal, Pattinson moved out of their shared Los Angeles, California home and went missing until paparazzi found him a few days later at friend and former costar Reese Witherspoon’s home. Pattinson and Stewart later fought over who would take custody of their adopted dog, Bear. Rumors circulated on August 15 that Stewart would not be playing the lead role in the Snow White sequel, but Universal Studios revealed that they were proud about the Snow White franchise and wanted to continue using Stewart. Although the situation seems heartbreaking, fans should give their idols some air. The Breaking Dawn premiere in early November will already seem awkward between the two, so why make it any worse?
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Arts & Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment Outside These Walls by Maya McKenzie September 28, 2012
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o Explosion at Malmö Jewish center rocks Sweden’s Jewish community.
New York bakers educate Atlantans
Just Eat It Foie gras feeds chaos
Exhibit explores imagination From ordinary to illusory
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by Jordan Grubb Kennesaw State University currently hosts the art exhibit “Paper Moon,” which showcases art from around the world from August 30 to December 6. “It always amazes me how creative people are in their ability to see potential in a found object,” Mrs. Fancher, art teacher, said. This exhibit forces the observer to use his or her imagination in different ways to interpret simple, everyday objects. In addition, “Paper Moon” examines the art of imagination. The artists used ordinary items to create illusions of something else. One artist, Adam Parker Smith, covered an entire wall with jellybeans, jewelry, flowers, and doughnuts in a certain pattern that imitated expensive wallpaper, titled this side of paradise (I lost all my money in the great depression and all I got
was this room). While substituting random objects for wallpaper, Smith’s concept conveys that someone possessing a few simple objects can make some-
thing extraordinary and meaningful. Just because someone lacks money does not mean he or she cannot create beautiful things. Another display asserts money’s insignificance. Using old, recycled metal pieces, the artist replicated a dollar bill and a few coins. Likewise, all the artists express the imper-
fect substitution of life’s little qualities. “The subtle representation of the forms and lines of the objects were both surprising and obvious. The outline of an object is all the mind needs to conjure the function and aesthetic of said object. Brilliance is sometimes simple,” Sheila Grubb, exhibit viewer, said. The initial viewing of the exhibit can seem confusing because of the objects’ simplicity. After one reads the short summaries of the art, however, he or she understands the meaning. Each piece executes extreme detail; viewers observing all the tiny pieces can stand for long periods to take it all in. One can definitely sense all the work put into the making of the art. “This exhibit sounds really interesting. I hope I can see it before it closes,” sophomore Tanner Collins said.
Fact or Fiction by Sabrina Kerns 1. The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum has existed for almost nine thousand years. 2. The letter J in the alphabet does not appear in any U.S. state name. 3. Stretched flat, a standard slinky measures to about a foot long. 4. The Kea, a New Zealand bird, eats the rubber off of people’s cars. 5. North America contains a larger percentage of wilderness than Africa. 6. The color red angers bulls. 7. When escaping a crocodile, run in a zigzag. 8. Mice frighten elephants. 9. The most harmful spider in the world is the daddy longlegs. 10. When sprayed by a skunk, scrub skin with hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap to eliminate the smell.
1. T 2. F: The letter J shows up in New Jersey 3. F: A standard slinky stretched out flat measures out to around 87 feet long. 4. T 5. T 6. F: Bulls attack, not because of the color red, but because of how the object moves. 7.F: Crocodiles move so quickly that it will not matter which way you run. 8. T 9. F: Even though they contain venom, their fangs cannot actually bite due to their length. 10. T
o A second, younger-looking version of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci discovered.
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o Pictures from NASA’s Curiosity rover show that streams of water once flowed on Mars
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Poliafito and Lewis prepare a pumpkin almond cake with pumpkin frosting.
by Maddie Swab Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, from Red Hook’s Baked bakery, stopped in Atlanta during their book tour while promoting their newest addition to bakers’ hearts, Baked Elements, on September 19. “We really enjoy touring. It gives us both a chance to chat with faraway fans and friends, and eat our way through bakeries across the United States,” the bakers posted on their blog “The National Baking Society.” The duo’s new cookbook takes 10 of their favorite ingredients (caramel, peanut butter, booze, lemon and lime, pumpkin, malted milk powder, chocolate, cinnamon, banana, and cheese) and turns them into mouth-watering desserts, including the bakery’s famed Brooksters, a cookie and brownie combination. Unlike a typical book signing where people wait in line to have their books signed and photos taken only to be
told “Don’t go too close!” or “No pictures, please!,” Lewis and Poliafito’s event followed a laid-back approach and encouraged questions and discussion. Attendees happily asked the bakers their questions, which provided not only a fun experience and a signed book, but also new baking knowledge. They even reminisced about past book signings and events, which made the fans feel even more involved and jazzed. “You get the fanatical people. I’ve had an experience where someone knew an answer to a question about me that I didn’t know,” Poliafito said. The event began with a demonstration of a recipe from Baked Elements. Lewis and Poliafito went through the steps to produce their pumpkin almond cake with almond butter frosting. While mixing, food processing, and icing, they offered tips for baking the cake that can also apply to other recipes. Attendees left
knowing how to make their own buttermilk, use vanilla bean paste to add a vanilla speckle to frostings, make frostings in a food processor, replace buttermilk with Greek yogurt or sour cream in cake recipes, and much more. After the demonstration session, attendees snacked on slices of cake, spoonfuls of salted caramel sauce, and pieces of their brown sugar blondie (Williams-Sonoma sells the mix for the blondie and many other mixes from Baked instore). The main event commenced, and excited fans chatted with Lewis and Poliafito, took pictures with them, and happily offered up their books for signing. “The demo was really insightful. I learned a lot from the tips, and the food they baked was delicious,” freshman Riley Swab said. The night ended with the grand prize giveaway of a Le Creuset Dutch oven, Edgeware knife sharpener, Edgeware zester, and a Baked loaf pan (sold, along with a square pan, at Williams-Sonoma). Eager fans will anticipate Lewis’s and Poliafito’s next gift to the baking world, whether through their cookbooks, merchandise, or blog (“The National Baking Society”).
by Maddie Swab Foie-mageddon broke out after California recently bannned the French delicacy foie gras. Translating to “fat liver” in French, foie gras consists of a specially fattened duck or goose liver. Unlike any normal liver from an animal, foie gras’s fattiness results from gavage. Gavage, or force-feeding corn, fattens up birds so they can ultimately be consumed in the form of mousse, parfait, or paté. This specific technique caused the ban, since California claims it violates safety standards concerning the humane treatment of animals. As the first state to ban foie gras, California has angered foodies and French alike. In July, French President Francois Hollande waged war against the ban, saying that foie gras meets all the required safety standards. Hollande claims that breeders now stray from the traditional gavage and try to humanely prepare ducks and geese for their foie gras future. While the ban will not hurt France’s foie gras trade (France consumes most of its annual 19,500 tons production), Hollande fears the anti-foie gras trend might gain popularity. Similar to the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, some California restaurants secretly serve foie gras since
the ban came into effect on July 1, eight years after being signed into law. Since the California food scene knew about the impending demise of foie gras, chefs offered farewell dinners and events for the beloved food before July 1. Even after the ban, some restaurants skirt the law by giving away foie gras, since the law only bans sales. When California’s foie gras suppliers stopped their shipments, liver lovers chose to indulge in chefs’ frozen stocks of foie gras. Officials claim that the law’s vague terms make enforcing difficult. Most of the 340 to 400 restaurants previously serving foie gras, however, removed it from their menus. California serves as the United States’s largest foie gras consumer and the only state to enact a ban on the delicacy. The question remains: could the anti-foie gras sentiments spread across the nation? Culinary hotspots from the west coast to the east coast serve foie gras, which include Atlanta’s own Richard Blais’s Flip Burger Boutique. Blais, who first gained fame on Bravo’s Top Chef, offers a foie gras liquid nitrogen milkshake. If the ban spreads, however, foie gras lovers, chefs, and foodies could start a revolution to save the unique eat. Chefs and foie gras hoarders now ponder one question: to foie or not to foie?
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The Possession proves positively putrid imagination on the part of the viewer, but when The Possession kills the storyline of an entire character just so that the divorced parents will reunite, viewers feel cheated. From characters mysteriously disappearing to demons conveniently losing any power in crucial situations, the film merely confuses viewers. Unfortunately, clichés abound. Feuding divorcees come together through their daughter’s ordeal, and everyone lives happily ever after. Oversimplifying the solutions to obstacles makes the viewer feel cheated and downright insulted. Additionally, the hokey sentimentality garners enjoyment only from the truly naïve. All in all, The Possession leaves audiences bored. Those looking for an exorcism film that actually frightens should just stay home and watch the classic, The Exorcist.
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by Leah Tongco P Thrill seekers tempted by the promise of scare and suspense should expect only disappointment from The Possession. Horror movies must shock and surprise the viewer. The Possession fails spectacularly in this, in that it borrows overused horror motifs like demons, exorcists, and scary children. Paying homage to The Exorcist presents no real problem to viewers, but blatantly stealing The Excorist’s idea of the devil corrupting innocence makes The Possession boring and unoriginal. Over time, the idea of demons possessing young girls fails to scare. New ideas must surprise audiences, and this movie delivers none. Not even the film’s flaws provide originality. As with many scary movies, questions remain unanswered to cater to the storyline. All films require
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Honey Boo Boo shames Georgia
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Maya’s Library Russian legends revitalized
paperwork, and Koschei the Deathless waits to drag Marya into a war worse than the one consuming Russia. The book reads like a fairy tale and, like many legends, relies on the story’s retelling never actually changing. The characters, borrowed from Russian legends, play out the roles they always have played and find themselves unable to resist the predetermined plot. While Russia descends into chaos, its future seeming bleaker and bleaker, the characters desperately try to adapt to the changing times, but can never manage to break out of their archetypes. Even more compelling than the story itself, Valente’s prose adds to the book’s magnificence. Her style, leaning heavily towards the poetic, weaves a lurid world full of heartbreak and beauty and chronicles Russia’s endeavors to maintain its culture in a more controlled environment. This simple review can barely begin to relay the absolute splendor of Deathless, which one can only truly experience by reading it. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON.COM
Babel continues Mumford and Sons’ sound grows out of Sigh No More’s fame. For example, on the track, Mumford croons “These days of dust , which we’ve known, will blow away with this new sun,” which makes listeners compassionate toward the music. The quartet’s year and a half they took writing and recording songs improves the album’s quality songs filled with heavy emotions and real experiences. That extra vigor people enjoy persists in each song, which offers Babel many opportunities for another Grammy nomination. Mumford and Sons spent three months testing out their new album at music festivals and concerts. The band plans to enlarge the perception of their music with Babel. Fresh listeners stand amazed and longstanding listeners continue
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Indie band impresses listeners by Emily Jones PPPPP Mumford and Sons’s new album, Babel, released on September 25, broadens the acoustic and folk aspects of their Grammynominated debut album, Sigh No More, even further. Inspirational and delightful, the acoustic sound and sincere lyrics of Sigh No More echoes their previous album’s success. The vivid rhythms explode in listeners’ ears and the quotable refrains inspire listeners. With the consistent four essential instruments (the banjo, upright bass, mandolin and piano) Babel brings the folk spirit fans anticipate. Metaphorical phrases enlighten listeners, which creates a hypnotizing fondness for the music. Mumford and Sons’s trademark phrases that people love continue in Babel, which
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Horror movie fails to “possess” audience
worshipping the Mumford and Sons style. “Ghosts That We Knew,” for example, enfolds acoustic fingerpicking and serene lyrics. The song shines on coherent lines that contain metaphorical and logical meanings. Harmonic verses and contributions on banjo and accordion send goose bumps up listeners’ arms and evoke love for the passionate voice that croons to them. As pre-orders launched the album to Number One on iTunes, Babel’s first single “I Will Wait” sold 153,000 copies the first week because of the developed vocals and harmonies. Babel, even before its release date on September 25, strides into the spotlight. Mumford and Sons prepares for their exceeding fame that 2.4 million copies of Sigh No More created.
by Maya McKenzie PPPPP When Stalinist Russia collides with traditional Russian folklore, it results in Catherynne Valente’s lush, poetic, and enchanting masterpiece Deathless. Deathless recounts the tale of Marya Morevna, the “fourth oldest and fourth prettiest daughter” of a formerly bourgeois family living in Petrograd, once called St. Petersburg. Marya, a girl who “read[s] too much Pushkin,” becomes privy to Russia’s secretive, magical side, where birds transform into husbands, house elves form committees and gleefully file
by Taylor Turpin P The latest dreadful addition to the overdramatized reality network TLC, a disastrous spinoff of Toddlers & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, features a Southern family obsessed with their youngest child’s pageant fame. The show features the Thompson family of McIntyre, Ga. and focuses on Alana, age 6, whose mother, June, forces her to compete in beauty pageants. The show also covers eldest daughter Anna Shannon’s teenage pregnancy and the family’s attempts to lose weight. The show only proves worth watching if people enjoy watching ridiculous rednecks playing in mud and wrestling with their pet pigs. In one episode, the family travels to a restaurant attempting to spend time together as a close-knit family. Even though the family attempts to slim down, June
has no problem ordering four different items for her youngest child Alana. Alana ordered a hefty portion of barbequed chicken, ribs, potato salad and baked beans, clearly too much food for a six-year-old child. When Alana first reached
stardom on Toddlers and Tiaras, she entered a pageant where her own ignorant mother gave her Mountain Dew mixed with Red Bull, affectionately named “Go-Go Juice.” Alana drinks this mix on a regular basis so she can “perform” properly during the pageants. This show teaches young people that energy drinks are acceptable for six year olds!
Acquaintance with energy drinks at her age could result in high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, and heart palpitations. The entire family takes pride in their ridiculously trashy acts. While displaying their loud and obnoxious personalities, they push Alana into humiliating and embarrassing beauty pageants that they pay for by carefully clipping and collecting coupons. The whole family represents Georgia poorly. Not everyone in Georgia likes to mud-wrestle and listen to country music all day, but they make it seem that way to the public. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo remains an awful show, but it draws in its audience by shocking them with the oddities of the “typical” Southern family. The show is similar to watching a car wreck. Everyone wants to turn away, but the show stands out from all others, making it hard to ignore or overlook.
by Leah Tongco Boasting a paper world held in players’ god-like hands, Tearaway debuted as a forthcoming 2013 PlayStation Vita adventurepuzzle at GamesCom on August 15. Developed by the creators of LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway tasks the player with assisting iota, a s c r a p p y, one-eyed messenger who sports an envelope for a head. As one expects from any adventure game, the player controls iota’s running, jumping, frolicking, and more. Tearaway surpasses the adventure game archetype and gives players mastery over the paper dimension. Mimicking LittleBigPlanet’s colorful setting and inspired by papercraft, Tearaway’s world embraces the properties of paper, in all its whimsy and fragility. This characteristic synthesizes with Vita hardware, such as the rear touch panel, camera, and microphone, to create its god-like experience. The announcement trailer exhibits each component’s potential use and effect on the game world. Blowing into
the microphone sends airplanes flying, while shouting, in more dire scenarios, sends enemies sailing. Taking a picture with the Vita’s camera blends the real world with the paper world, such as when iota makes an elk a new polka-dot skin to wear. By simply pushing the rear touch panel, players’ fingers tear into the paper craft world itself and protect iota from threats, signifying the player’s role as iota’s everpresent guardian. Since his debut, LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy has transformed into a PlayStation 3 mascot, appearing in several adverts for the system. Will Tearaway’s plucky iota rise to the occasion and meet similar success or fall paper flat?
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In another story, Greta and Phillip’s child, Charlotte, befriends Oliver, a male who identifies himself as female. The story deals with the body betraying the
san, and Robot attend a local party. Frank tells Robot to converse with Susan’s robot. Her robot is an older version and not as smartly processed as Frank’s. Susan’s robot can only give certain responses back compared to having an actual conversation with Robot. Directors attempted to make a not so funny joke about the 1.0 version of Susan’s robot and a newer faster 2.0 version of Frank’s Robot, but the joke falls flat. The movie premiered in limited theaters, and this alludes to Robot and Frank’s poor quality. Limited theaters equal poor movies. As a result, Robot and Frank proved itself wrong by ever thinking this film had a chance. The movie tries to catch the audience off guard with a far-fetched plot that just fails miserably and disappoints audiences.
in this pitiful performance. The movie’s quirky sense of humor that most audiences seemed to enjoy leaves a viewer ’ minds boggled by its lack of logic. In one scene, Frank, Su-
Experimental writing detracts from plot
The Dog Stars lacks finesse mind, as this little boy explores his feelings, which do not match his body. Betrayal demonstrated the most interesting and skillful story in the book. The taboo topic of transvestites showed a hidden lifestyle in “My Olivia”. Due to this perspective, Ringwald’s constant explanations guided the reader better than in “Harvest Moon.” Unfortunately many of the stories end neatly, which rarely happens in real life when dealing with complex situations and people. Ringwald writes in an exposition heavy style, which can leave the reader lusting after more action. Nevertheless, Ringwald gracefully saved herself with strong character development.
by Sabrina Kerns PP Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars stands as a badly written, yet wonderfully plotted, story of a pilot named Hig and his dog Jasper, who struggle to survive in a postapocalyptic world. The story begins with a flu outbreak that kills 99 percent of the human population, and the ensuing global climate changes quickly kill many animals. Hig and Jasper survive, and live in a deserted town with a man named Bangley. Bangley and Hig, alone in the town, help each other throughout the first half of the book. They make an unspoken agreement to keep each other alive. Hig flies his plane around the perimeter of the town while Bangley watches out for scavengers from his house. The author writes his debut novel awkwardly, and reading it can confuse readers at times. He refuses to always write complete sentences and it rarely makes sense. For example, Hig shows his sadness about the loss of wildlife, but Heller takes away from the emotion with his writing. He writes, “The tiger left, the elephant, the apes, the baboon, the cheetah. The titmouse, the frigate bird, the pelican, the whale, the collared dove. Sad but. Didn’t cry until the last trout swam upriver look-
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PPP Molly Ringwald, 80s teen actress, describes betrayal while tackling topics such as infidelity and child stardom that prove provocative and insightful in her debut novel of short stories, When It Happens to You. Ringwald’s characters reflect her belief that most people focus on changing their flaws and searching for happiness. These characters faults and problems help connect readers to Ringwald’s protagonists. Short story arrangement begins with one couple, but later stories continue with characters affiliated to the couple. This organization excites readers initially since the reader can explore different storylines while reading about the same characters. The first story titled “Harvest Moon” describes the emotional betrayal of infidelity. Ringwald humanizes the unfaithful Phillip while displaying the emotional breakdown of Greta by telling the story through both perspectives. Ringwald’s tedious explanations slow down the plot in “Harvest Moon.” Greta and Phillip, due to their complex relationships, make reading about their unhappy marriage compelling through their story. If one prefers characters to plot, the book would immediately captivate the reader.
sentimental movie, director James Scherier tries to add excitement by making it unpredictable. His twist: the old man and robot form a heist team. That is exactly what the audience did not expect nor care about
The Bourne Legacy proves unoriginal
ing for maybe cooler water.” His writing style renders the book boring and uneventful. Heller also makes knowing which characters are talking difficult by refusing to include quotation marks in the dialogue. The book presents itself in such a confusing way that it definitely takes away
from the story. In spite of this, the plot of Hig and his journey truly inspires, and the adventurous and heart-filled book can really force emotion out of the reader. The Dog Stars remains a fascinating story told in the mind of a captivating character.
shows Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) fighting wolves, weather, and his depleting supply of “chems,” pills that make up the Operation Outcome program that Cross participates in that enhance participants’ physical and mental abilities. Cross later escapes too many neardeath experiences meant to kill off the Operation Outcome participants. These events make the beginning scenes predictable, since it shares elements with other similar action films. Cross later rescues Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), the sole survivor of a failed murder-suicide in the lab that tests Operation Outcome as a result of a brainwashed scientist. The government attempted to kill Shearing because of her affili-
by Maddie Swab PP The Bourne Legacy gifts society with yet another action-packed film full of explosions, motorcycle chases, drugs, and lackluster romance between the hero and his damsel in distress. The movie begins in some random Alaskan wilderness and
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by Brittany Nelson P Actors Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, and Susan Sarandon pathetically attempted to make Robot and Frank a funny comedy but failed tremendously at the box office. R o b o t and Frank features 70– year-old exjewel thief Frank (Langella), who steals, neglects his family, and acts rudely. Because he lives in seclusion and experiences early stages of dementia, his two grown children worry he cannot live alone. His son Hunter (Marsden) buys him a five-foot-tall robot butler programmed to cook, clean, and help with Frank’s fleeting memory. As the movie continues, it picks up a boring plot line that insures Robot and Frank plummets to its death. Instead of creating a
Bourne burgles from Bond
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ation with the failing program, pathetically using the predictable “scientist goes mad” approach. They then fly to Manila so Cross can fulfill his drug addiction and encounter oddly familiar action scenes, while establishing a strong romantic bond with one another. The Manila scenes act as the highpoint of the movie and slightly distinguish the movie from Mission
Impossible and other such films. While The Bourne Legacy provides another basic action flick, the storyline seems semi-interesting. The plot of secret government operations, like agents killing innocent people and drugs that basically turn normal people into super humans, keeps viewers mildly entertained. This knockoff action
movie peaks at the ending. Perhaps James Bond provided inspiration, or more likely the screenwriters could not think of an original ending themselves. Whatever the reason, writers just copied James Bond’s notable habit of whisking his rescued women away to a boat cruising the ocean and “getting lost,” therefore living happily ever after.
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by Domonique Goods Although they played with relentless persistence, the Lady Warrior JV fastpitch team lost against the Lassiter Trojans with a score of 13-1 on September 24. The highlight of the Warriors’ game occurred at the top of the second inning. When junior first baseman Sarah Merced bunted the ball, she ran to first base. Later in the game, when freshman outfielder Hannah Ross bunted the ball, she started to run towards first base. A Trojan tried to stop her by catching the ball, but they dropped it, leaving Ross to steal second base and Merced to gain the lady Warriors first point of the game. At the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Warriors appeared irritated. When freshman pitcher Hannah Ross pitched a fastball, one Trojan thought she threw a pop-up and that she could run to first base, but the Trojan could not. The Trojan bunted and quickly ran to first base. Later, one of the Trojans threw a pop-up, causing her to run to second base while her teammate ran from second to home, scoring a point for the Trojans. In the fifth, a Trojan pop-up confused the Warriors. As the Trojan tried to run to first base, base. Freshman outfielder sophomore third basemen Carli Farrah Boehringer tried and Troutman somehow caught the failed to catch the ball, which ball so that she could get one caused three Trojans to earn of the other Trojans who were points. Later, Ross tried to coming towards third base out. catch a Trojan’s pop-up but As Troutman threw the ball to could not, losing another freshman first baseman Anicia point to the Trojans. Gomez, she caught the ball but “Tell them we quit dropped it, leading one of the because that is what we are Trojans to second base and the playing like,” JV softball, other from third to home. Coach Williams, said. The fourth inning’s lack of Later in the fourth, Ross defense and conviction allowed attempted to throw the ball the Trojans to gain points. When to freshman second baseman one Trojan threw a pop-up, she Sarah Sutley so that the then ran to first base. Another Trojans could not earn a Trojan threw a high ball and ran point, but she unfortunately to first base while her teammate dropped the ball, leading two ran to second. Afterwards, a Trojan of the Trojans to earn points bunted the ball and ran to first with 11-1.
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Last JV fastpitch games end in disappointment
Sophomore Carli Troutman bats the ball
“Tell them we quit because that is what we are playing like,” JV softball Coach Williams said.
Varsity softball takes triumphant win
Warriors savegely slaughters McEachern Indians
by Carli Troutman The Lady Warriors softball team shined at their second home game against the McEachern Indians with a score of 20 to eight on August 23. In the fourth inning of the game, the Warriors were winning by four runs when senior center Rachel Bartoe hit a homerun, which scored three more runs, leading them by 12 runs. In the third inning, the Lady Warriors scored eight runs. Junior short top Erica Clifford started the inning offense with a single, which ended with landing 2nd and 3rd base. Then sophomore catcher Kayla Trumbull hit a double, which in turn made Clifford score. Junior left field Joy Lowery and sophomore right field Casey Page both bunted and scored. At the end of third, the Warriors leading with 11 runs and eight runs for McEachern. The infielders led the defensive side of the inning. Trumbull made the first out in the 2nd inning. The batter bunted the ball and Trumbull picked the ball up and threw the ball to first, throwing the batter out. The 2nd out was by sophomore third base Bryanna Vazquez then 3rd out was by senior first base Megan Anderson. Inning’s offense was the longest; there were three walks and more singles by Clifford and Page, a double by Bartoe, and triples by
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Warriors vs. Trojans
Lady Warrior bats homerunning ball
Vasquez and freshmen second base Taylor Krause. The inning ended with seven for the Lady Warriors and eight
for the McEachern Indians. Although the first inning challenged the team, they prevailed through it. During the inning, the Warriors
scored one run from junior designated player Jordan Lewis to left field advancing Bartoe home for the run. With drive and
determination, the Lady Warrior varsity fast pitch team played an eventful and accelerating game. The team will soon attempt Georgia state ranking.
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The Health Expo Rest for the weary
by Emily Jones How do some students stay alert and positive during long, tedious school days? Unhealthy night habits spoil healthy habits during the day. Without enough sleep, a person who eats a healthy diet and exercises three or more times a week can still lack focus and performance. Men who maintain a healthy diet start to show signs of aging after only a few restless nights of sleep, as shown in a study
done by Dr. Eve Van Cauter, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. “After four hours of sleep for six consecutive nights, healthy young men had blood test results that nearly matched those of diabetics. Their ability to process blood sugar was reduced by 30 percent, they had a huge drop in their insulin response, and they had elevated levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which can lead to
hypertension and memory impairment,” Dr. Cauter said. As a result of this study, scientists researched connections between sleep deprivation and obesity. In a study run by cardiologist Dr. Andrew Calvin, researchers found that individuals sleeping less than their normal sleep time increased their food intake proportionally to the amount of sleep lost. People cutting down on sleep risk unwanted
weight gain and obesity. Even if a person maintains a healthy diet, nothing compares to the importance of a good night’s sleep. “I have a designated sleep time. I make sure I get everything done so I can have those eight hours I need to get through the next day,” junior Allen Gordon said. Sleep plays an essential role in the consolidation of memory, which enables the human mind to learn and retain information. When
the body sleeps, the brain goes through four stages called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep cycles. Dreams occur in these stages. In a study done in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, scientists hypothesized that REM helps the acquisition of learned material and helps retain essential memories. “I wish I had better sleeping habits because only sleeping five hours makes me
Warrior of the Month Tyler Queen Samantha Lockamy by Hannah Gleason
league and participated on a football team there for more than two years. Queen’s father, Coach Queen, coaches the varsity football team. While some kids would feel pressure if their parent coached them, Queen enjoys the discipline and constant training it provides. In his off-season, Queen enjoys playing baseball for the junior varsity team. He also studies for the Magnet program. In the future, Queen plans to continue with football throughout high school. He also hopes to coach football himself.
With incredible skill and leadership, sophomore setter Samantha Lockamy dominates on the JV volleyball team. “I enjoy playing on the team and being close with all the girls. I also like being captain; it is nice to be a leader,” Lockamy said. As team captain, she shows special skill in leadership. Her fellow teammates and coaches recog-
nize this talent in her. “Sam is a really hard worker and a great leader on the JV team,” Coach Auld, girls’ JV volleyball coach, said. Leading and staying close to her teammates factor heavily into Lockamy’s game. Showcasing her talent in leading a group adds to her enjoyment of volleyball. “She is a very good leader, and she is very vocal,” sophomore outside hit-
ter Savannah Gonzales said. Off the court, Lockamy remains close to volleyball by participating in volleyball club. Her other extracurriculars include the LifeTeen program at her church. In the future, Lockamy plans to continue with volleyball throughout high school and in college. While undecided about which college she will attend, Lockamy would like to major in education.
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by Hannah Gleason With every tackle, sophomore Tyler Queen, quarterback, showcases his talent and dedication for football. Playing on the varsity team, Queen keeps a keen focus to make sure he excels. Queen values teamwork and the experience of learning different skills from his teammates. This, combined with the chance to compete, factors heavily into Queen’s enjoyment of the sport. Football has played an integral role in Queen’s life since he was four-years-old. Queen started out in a Powder Springs
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Warriors win close game
Lady Warriors beat the Hawks in their own nest
by Alicia Brown Dominating the court, the varsity Lady Warriors volleyball team defeated the Hillgrove Lady Hawks with a score of 25-23 on September 18. Determination in their eyes, and a passion blazing in their hearts, the teammates worked together for one goal: to protect their title and bring glory to the colors of orange and blue. Despite being a few miles away from their home school and numerous fans, the Lady Warriors refused to let that discourage their winning streak. “ I feel that the wins help us build momentum, and we do not let it go to our heads. It pushes us to continue to work hard and get better so we can excel in the state playoff,” junior defensive specialist Alana Agcaoili said. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Miller had 100 percent serving over the course of the game. Sophomore outside hitter Savanna Gonzalez earned eight kills, hindering the opposing team from
“ I feel that the wins help us build momentum, and we do not let it go to our heads. It pushes us to continue to work hard and get better so we can excel in the state playoff,” junior defensive specialist Alana Agcaoili said. scoring any points against her precious team. Junior right side hitter and setter Madi Dukes earned five kills, her best of the season. Junior libero Tate Pember broke NC’s record with 861 career digs as a junior. During the second set of the game, the Lady Hawks attempted to triumph against the Warriors and began gaining several kills and faults. With a pep talk from Coach Auld and supporting parents, the girls made a comeback and beat the Hawks in their own nest. Junior middle hitter/blocker Kaitlyn Woodruff and senior middle hitter Shauntell Luke protected their team from the incoming volleyballs. Sophomore defensive specialist Karla Radillo and junior defensive specialist Alana Agcaoili canceled the attempted spikes of the Lady Hawks. “I’m really proud of them because I know it’s been hard. I really love those girls, and I hope to be as good as them one day,” sophomore Kristina Ledna said.
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Homecoming spirit week