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The Olathe East
Volume 21 Issue 3
The Shocking Truth of Domestic Violence
Check out page 3
The Dangers of Testicular Cancer
A Guide to the Scariest Haunted Houses
Critical Acclaim for a Brand New Album
Pages 12 and 13
Ta Co b nt le o en f ts
Cover Courtesy of Zack Neuman
HAWK S EYE News
Domestic Violence Awareness.......................................................3 By Maddy Branstetter
Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat.........................................................4 By Lauren Heinrich
Corey Leach..........................................................................................5 By Katie Thompson
See page 10
Testicular Cancer.................................................................................6 By Lauren Hart
Fashion Preparation..........................................................................7 By Callie Boyce
Speeding Tickets.................................................................................8 By Sean Fiore
Global Reach Courtesy of Google
By Austin Porter
See page 21
Foreign Exchange Students.........................................................10 By Courtney Child
Without Technology.......................................................................11 By Joseph Bush
Haunted Houses....................................................................12 & 13 By Lauren Merino
Dear Thief Courtesy of Google
Election Pullout Cover Art...................................................................................1 By Lauren Merino
Obama’s Platform...................................................................2 By Matthew Gwin
Romney’s Platform.................................................................3 By Matthew Gwin
Reasons to Vote for Obama................................................4 By Maddy Branstetter
Reasons to Vote for Romney...............................................5 By Aaron Yuratovich
By Logan Brockschmidt
Tennis....................................................................................................15 By Kellan Richards
Sports Injuries...................................................................................16 By Paige Schick
Album Review...................................................................................17 By Kelsey Knecht
Simplicity Column...........................................................................18 By Kelsey Knecht and Kellan Richards
Third Party Canidates............................................................6
Halloween Then and Now............................................................19
By Aaron Yuratovich
By Brianne Grudek
Student Poll Results...............................................................7
Sick No More.....................................................................................20
By Peter Hung
By Jessica Goddard
Issue of the Issue..............................................................................21
By Peter Hung
By Sean Murray
Vol 21 | Iss 03
Knocking Down Domestic Spreading the word about the importance of Abuse domestic violence awareness
Maddy Branstetter//Staff Writer
hen most think of October, they are met with a whirlwind of anticipation for events such as Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But one event, affecting a larger number of people than society chooses to acknowledge, also occurs in October. October is Domestic Violence awareness month, which has the goal of not only uniting former victims, but also educating the public about the issue. Domestic Violence Month also focuses heavily on relationship and dating violence. Many students are quick to dismiss the issue of rising numbers of abusive relationships however, thinking that it could never happen to them in the sheltered environment of Olathe East. This assumption is wrong. According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, 7 in 10 14-17 year olds have been subject to or affected by dating violence at some point in their lives. One victim stated, “Domestic Violence awareness month is something that gives me hope. Not enough people know about the issue, and knowing more about abusive relationships and warning signs would have helped me with avoiding an abusive relationship”. But what is domestic violence, what does domestic violence have to do with the dating violence that so many high school students are afflicted with? Domestic violence is defined as, “The willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/ or other abusive behavior per Just because you’re not being petrated by an in- hit, doesn’t mean you’re not in an t i m a t e partner abusive relationship. or family mem-Nicole Etherton ba n oet hragainst er”, on the National Coalition of Domestic Violence webpage. And while this issue is seemingly not a major issue, statistics prove differently. 1.3 million people are assaulted by someone in their family each year. The Coalition’s webpage also states “Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes. Only approximately one quarter of physical assaults are reported to police”. A shocking result of this issue is one that cannot be ignored: domestic violence forms a vicious cycle. Young boys who witness or are victims to domestic violence are four times as likely to abuse their families in the future, and women who witness domestic violence as children are more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships later on in life. To some though, these facts and statistics are something they’ve heard before. Nicole Etherton, teacher of Parenting/ Child Development and Interpersonal & Family relations, makes a point to tell her students about the warning signs of abusive relationships as part of her class. She often has Safehome, a Domestic Violence shelter, come in and present the issue and discuss it with her classes. She stated, “It blew my mind how many teenagers are in really scary relationships… And the scary thing is, from a Safehome perspective, a many of these women at the shelter started in these types of unhealthy relationships, and when they grew up and got into more serious relationships,
an abusive relationship was all they’d ever known”. It is for this reason that awareness is not only important, but crucial to the future health of all students.
Safehome Domestic Violence Hotline 913-262-2868
Get Help The Facts •One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. •In Kansas, an average of 1,017 victims seek the help and housing of domestic violence shelters per day. •Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year. •Surveys show that 1 in 3 teens become victims of dating violence, but two thirds of them do not report the incident. •Kansas domestic violence hotlines recieve more than 13 calls per hour on the average day.
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Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat Thespian troupe goes door to door for a different kind of ‘treat’ Lauren Heinrich//Staff Writer
id you know that one in five (or 16 million) kids in America struggle with hunger? Or that 1 in 6 Americans living below the poverty line suffers from hunger? And that nearly 49 million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from? For this upcoming Halloween, what do you plan on doing? Eating candy, going to a party, or just staying at home is what most teenagers would probably say. The Thespian troupe here at East has another idea. They participate in Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat. Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat (TOT-SKE) is the International Thespian Society’s nationwide community service drive to collect non-perishable food for the hungry. This includes soups, beans, peanut butter and boxed foods. The now nationwide TOT-SKE program started here at Olathe East in 1996. Every year the Olathe East Thespian troupe, consisting of around 30 to 40 students, get together in October to gather the food for TOT-SKE. Eddie Shafer, head of the drama department, commented that they “try to get all of the East area houses.”
Cans collected for TOT-SKE Courtesy of Lauren Heinrich
Last year, Shafer said that they collected about 187 pounds of food in East alone. That was more than the total number of pounds of what the other Olathe high schools collected combined. Across the country last year, over 289 thespian troops collected more than 304,000 pounds of food. Once they have collected the cans, they take them to Mother’s Hand, an East social organization welfare program.
Thespians being silly with cans Courtesy of Lauren Heinrich
On October 24th, the Thespian troupe set out on their mission to collect food for TOT-SKE. They hit three neighborhoods and collected approximately 200 pounds of non-perishable food. Everyone was enthusiastic to be giving back to the community. Janelle Dotson, one of the participants, commented saying, “I think [TOT-SKE] is a fun way to get to know people and to help others without getting anything in return. And to meet cats.” After they get back to East, they left the cans in the theater to be counted tomorrow. Overall, the night was successful and everyone had a awesome time.
TOT-SKE is one of many ways to help make donations to feed the hungry. Kansas has Harvesters, Kansas Food Bank, Mother’s Hand, and more. Giving back to the community is a very rewarding expierence; just ask the Thespian troupes. Shafer said, “Part of becoming a thespian is that they have to do community service...I think it’s our responsibility as a community to help out each other. I think if we can teach students [to give back] at a young age, then they’ll take it more seriously as an adult and hopefully give back when they are older and [for them to] just know that we have certain privileges that a lot of unfrtunate people don’t. Hopefully we can use what we can to help them.”
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...and to think that we’re helping hungry childen, it inspires us as actors to do more than just act. -Luke Harbur, Thespian troupe member
Making the can pile Courtesy of Lauren Heinrich
Vol 21 | Iss 03
A Hawk Hero Olathe East alumnus returns home
Katie Thompson//Staff Wtiter
Recovering with a smile Courtesy of Corey Leach
Private Corey Leach Courtesy of Corey Leach
The Leach family loves their brave soldier, and finding out that their son/brother survived one of the most traumatic situations a soldier may ever have to endure was a victory in itself. Corey was alive, and although the journey was going to be a struggle, he was surviving. The day that the Leach family found out their son was back in his home country they knew they had to go visit Corey. All three brothers, as well as mother and father flew down to Texas to see the man they were all so proud of, their hero. Corey’s mother is still with her son, watching over him, and keeping him company. She will remain there for three and a half weeks. Although Corey’s brothers, Casey, Cody, and Connor could only stay for three days, their presence made all the difference to Corey. Connor reported, “Just sitting talking to Corey alone, I could never had been more proud to call him my big brother.” Corey will receive a purple heart from the army. The future holds hope for the Leach family, as well as Corey. Their son is alive and healing. Corey will stay in Texas for six months up to a year, undergoing physical therapy and recuperation. Corey Leach has a bright future as an Olathe East alumnus, and a veteran of the United States of America.
Corey does not consider himself a hero. He is just doing his job, and loves seeing other people happy. -Connor Leach
n occasion a hero will fall. When Olathe East alumnus Corey Leach was deployed to Afghanistan at age 22, he never expected to end up in a hospital in Germany just five months later, not able to walk, or see out of his left eye. The morning of September 23, 2012, held a horrific phone call that the Leach residence had to receive. They were told on that quiet Sunday morning, over 7,000 miles away, their son had been hit by a roadside bomb and was in the intensive care unit. Corey’s troop was on their sixth mission in five days; they were exhausted. Corey was told that there were IED’s in the area and he and his unit were going to diffuse them. Just as his troop was finishing up on their mission, in a split second, everything changed. Corey saw his comrade sprawled across the hot Afghanistan ground and instantly began to run down the mountain in search of help. When Corey tried to scream, he opened his mouth as wide as possible in hope that someone, somewhere could hear him, but then what he hopelessly discovered was that his screams were producing no sound. As he turned his head down all he saw was blood covering a majority of his body and then it all hit him. Something was drastically wrong; he started to gasp desperately for breath to enter into his punctured lung. Corey was transferred to a hospital in Germany where nurses and doctors struggled to figure out the damage that his body had undergone. They discovered that Corey Leach had a punctured lung, as well as serious damage to his left eye that could be permanent, including a hole in his retina. The damage to his trachea made talking, breathing, and eating a struggle. The final injury was a deep gash in his left leg, which required serious medical attention. Six days after the bomb went off, Corey was transferred back to the United States to a clinic in Texas, where he had surgery to try to repair his vision, so that he might be able to see out of his left eye again.
OCTOBER ‘12 | 05
The Truth Behind Testicular Cancer
The scary disease that is most common in young men.
This cancer may not seem very real to some people. Many people also do not like to talk about the subject. Several famous athletes and celebrities have experienced this devastating cancer. Bicylist Lance Armstrong; football player Brian Piccolo; comedian Tom Green; and former CNN anchor Bob Losure, have all battled with this disease. Lance Armstrong is probably the man with the most well-known case. He was very public with his fight and continued training during and after this battle.
About 360 men will die because of testicular cancer in 2012. If any pain or abnormalities are detected, see a doctor immediately. This type of cancer is highly treatable. If detected early enough and if the cancer has not spread to another part of the body, such as the brain, the mortality rate remains very low. Testicular cancer can be treated like any other cancer, with chemotherapy and/ or radiation.
“This is not a disease that can be prevented by not smoking, not eating certain things, or not doing certain things. It is purely a genetic cancer,” said Motta. If a male relative has had testicular cancer, a male should look for signs and symptoms early on and have regular check-ups. Also, men who experience infertility or gonadal dysgenesis and Klinefelter syndrome have a greater risk of getting testicular cancer according to the National Cancer Institute. Studies have shown that testicular cancer is four times more common in white men than black men. According to the Mayo Clinic, testicular cancer begins when healthy cells become altered and spiral out of control into cancerous cells. Most cases of this cancer go undetected for a while and sometimes go misdiagnosed.
Lauren Hart//Staff Writer
The chance of developing testicular cancer is about 1 in 270.
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ne word can change a person’s life forever. Cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that about 8,590 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in the year 2012. The occurrence of testicular cancer has risen over the past century, although no one really knows why. Although testicular cancer is not the most common type of cancer, this disease is the most common form of cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 34. Why is this cancer not talked about if it is so common? The Olathe East school nurse, Robin Motta, shared her concern with the Hawk’s Eye. “The cases of testicular cancer are ever increasing mainly because of lack of education,” she stated.
The cases of testicular cancer are ever increasing mainly because of the lack of education. - Robin Motta, OE Nurse
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Since this type of cancer is so common in high school gentlemen, more men need to be aware of it. By educating the male population, the number of deaths by testicular cancer can go down. Although it cannot be prevented, this disease can be less devastating to the boys and their family members and friends.
Callie Boyce//Staff Writer
lathe East’s annual fashion show may be four months away, but preparations are already well underway for senior Schyler Slaven. After school, Slaven continues to sketch and create nine pieces for her unique collection. Her entire assortment of navy blue and sea foam green textiles will be featured at the annual Olathe East fashion show in mid-February. Although she spends two class periods a day in Visual Design Studio, Slaven does nearly all of her fashion show preparation outside of school. She portrays her dedication and exceptional talent not only by spending leisure time working on her nine looks, but also by focusing on originality in each and every signle garment she has designed. Typically visual design students rely solely on patterns and templates to make their clothing, but Slaven often freestyles and creates new pieces from scratch. To show off her raw ability for freehand creation, Slaven made an original 50’s inspired bathing suit, to be featured in the February show. Along with her rigorous sketching and constructing, Slaven also chooses and fits each of her models. “I look for taller girls and girls that will know how to walk,” she explained. “And I let almost all the [models] keep the clothes I make. I mean, they fit them perfectly anyways.” Slaven makes a point to photograph each of her meticulously designed garments, however. “I take a picture of every successful thing I make,” Slaven stated. “I’m making a portfolio for college. Maybe I’ll become a fashion designer or something else in the industry.” Slaven’s inspiration to take her first Textile Design class came along after she had the opportunity to model for OE’s fashion show in 2011. Before her sophomore year, she did not know how to sew. This demonstrates how with passion and commitment, one can learn and thrive at almost anything. “I guess you’ve got to love it,” Slaven stated. “You really have to love it.” Schyler Slaven will portray her love for fashion this winter at the 7pm fashion show on February 19.
Maybe I’ll become a fashion designer or something else in the industry. -Schyler Slaven
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Dresses by Schyler Courtesy of Dylan Klohr
OCTOBER ‘12 | 07
Traffic Violations and (Hopefully Not) You A quick guide to avoid tickets
Sean Fiore//Business Manager
Recently in an interview, SRO Jeff Jewett gave the low down on traffic violations. “The first thing an officer needs to stop some one is probable cause. There are hundreds or thousands of violations someone could be pulled over for, the most common of which is speeding. They can range from a ten-dollar seat belt ticket or a multi-hundred dollar speeding ticketed within a school zone. Being younger less experienced drivers you are more likely to speed and break small traffic laws but [the police] have minivan soccer moms speeding to deal with as well. If you use common sense and abide by the rules of the road, you’ll be fine. And especially buckle up.”
•100,000 people are pulled over every day. That’s 41,000,000 tickets a year. At a national average of $150 a ticket, that is $6.5 billion in tickets a year.
1 in 10 people will be pulled over this year. That’s 230 fellow Hawks being stopped and issued a ticket every year.
•The Florida police issue more tickets than any other state in the U.S. Kansas comes in a cool 26th place. •Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 15-25. Nearly 20 million drivers are pulled over every year. Here are some tips on how not to be one of them.
Average speeding ticket prices based on speed
•Drive within the speed limit. •If you are speeding for whatever reason remember there the saying “Above nine you’re mine.” •Check your lights before driving in the dark even the lights over your license plate. •Never drive without your license and registration. •Don’t drive other people’s cars or let other people drive yours unless it’s the only option •Use your common sense. If it doesn’t seem safe or legal, chances are it isn’t.
*Stats courtesy of the Bureau of statistics, trafficviolationlawfirms.com*
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Vol 21 | Iss 03
Testing Day Also known as the “Senior Breakfast”
Zachary S. Neuman//Graphic Editor
October 17th saw the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes diligently testing all morning. Seniors feasted on a Chris Cakes breakfast, a Josten’s presentation and fun and games in the gym.
Caleb Wayne shows his dance moves Courtesy of Dylan Khlor
Sharing a meal together Courtesy of Karen Bourland
Sam Wood and Carly Templeman race to win the lick-the-peanutbutter-off-the-plate challenge Courtesy of Dylan Khlor
Nick Lubeck, Evan Sims, Nam Le in line for pancakes Courtesy of Dylan Khlor
Seniors celebrating a day off from classes Courtesy of Karen Bourland
OCTOBER ‘12 | 09
The Foreign Exchange The Hawk’s Eye met up with two of this year’s five foreign exchange students
Imagine going to a new school with new kids and new teachers, knowing no one. Now imagine that again, but being thousands and thousands of miles away from home. This adventure is one that Shiori Takara of Japan and Malva Carlsson of Sweden are taking this year at Olathe East. They traveled all this way to have an experience of a lifetime. Malva Carlsson, who traveled from the small town of Hudiksvall, Sweden, noticed that since her city is a small city, the people there don’t drive everywhere, but Americans do. She chose America as her traveling destination because as she said, “I want to see how it is and live the American life.” Her family is different because she has known her host family for only two months, and even though she feels comfortable enough talking to them, she says they feel more like friends. Malva trying her first Reese’s Courtesy of Malva Carlsson Another difference between the two countries is the educational systems. In Sweden, the students choose a program to pursue in high school and will take classes for that program with the same kids in the program, for the three years of their high school career. In Sweden, English is required for students to take. The students start learning the language in fifth grade. They study English classes once a week to start, and then while they are in seventh through ninth grade, they take the language twice a week. The students take more and more as they get further into school. Once in high school, students are required to take English for the first two years, but aren’t their last year. How much they take after that is up to them, but they are required to take English. So far, she likes the weather best about America because of the unpredictability -- she said, “One day it can be so hot and the next day it can be raining and cold. You never know.” She has tried some new foods too, and said the Mexican food here is bigger than in Sweden. Also that America very much influences their food. This month, she tried a big first – candy corn. She says, “It’s so good. I love candy corn. When you see it, you don’t think it will taste the way it does.” When she first came to Kansas, she thought she would speak like a cowboy, but found that the accent is not what she expected. She notices a similarity from traveling, “I think wherever you go in the world you will always find some kind of people. Like you recognize people as people. You think, “oh you’re like my friend” or I can know that we act the same way because we are humans. It doesn’t matter where you live. You’re affected from where you come from and by your background, but it’s kind of the same.” She finds a funny difference in the snacks. Americans snack a
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Courtney Child// Staff Writer
lot more and have a bigger variety of snacks than in Sweden. A cultural difference she noticed already is the holidays. The Swedish people don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because it’s an American holiday; Halloween, Christmas and holidays like Valentine’s Day are much bigger here.
Shiori Takara from Naha City, Okinawa, Japan chose to spend a year in Kansas. She thinks that Kansas is “a very good place”. She noticed that in America, we have a custom to hug and kiss our families, but in Japan, they do not. Our shoe customs are also different. In Japan, they “do not enter [their] house with [their] shoes on”. Similar to Sweden, the educational system is different because students abroad have a set classroom and classmates and cannot choose their classes; however, here, they are able to enroll in any class. Her favorite classes are sign language and photography. She says that they do not have such unique classes in Japan. Her least favorite is American History because it is so difficult for her to understand. In her Japanese high school, she cannot wear her own clothes; she must wear a uniform. She likes this part of our school. Also similar to Sweden, schools require students to take English classes. Shiori likes the food best here, and her favorites are frozen yogurt and macaroni and cheese. She chose to come to America because she is interested in the cultures, customs, and education. Her sister studied abroad here two years ago, and it made a good enough influence on her that she wanted to come. The people here are good and kind to her; they make her feel welcomed. When they ask her about Japan that makes her happy. Shiori at the Irish festival A difference she noCourtesy of Shiori Takara tices is that in Japan, she must respect her elders, even if they are one year older than her, but in America, she does not have to respect students who are so close to her age. Another thing she notices is that here in America, students can drive at sixteen, but in Japan, they must be eighteen, so she is jealous of peers who can drive here. One major thing that she will remember about her trip is being a part of the tennis team. She misses playing with her teammates already because in Japan, they are part of a club for a whole year. At one of her tournaments this season, she took first place. Malva and Shiori’s experiences will be ones that they will never forget. Their friendships will last a lifetime. Their stories, memories, and photographs will preserve for years and years to come.
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Without Modern Technology Students who live away from tech advancements
Joseph Bush // Staff Writer
The evolution of technology is truly amazing. Only ten years ago, cell phones were a relatively small industry dominated by flip phones developed by then-giants Nokia and Motorola. The Internet still trickled to computers through dial-up connections, and television was based in grainy standard definition. The most amazing thing, however, may be the simply massive spread that technology has today. Nowadays, rarely will one meet a high school student who does not have access to some of the luxuries created by modern technology, despite the fact that many did not rely on these in the recent past. Though the fact may be shocking to many, some of these people do exist, and have chosen, for one reason or another, to live without the conveniences that modern technology creates. These “technology renegades” live without the usage of technologies such as social network site Facebook, cell phones, and cable television.
iPhone The mobile phone industry has grown exponentially from humble beginnings in car consoles and massive beige antenna clad bricks to a new breed of sleek devices capable of much more than just calls. Mobile phones are also further spread out, as their stigma of being used only by businessmen and drug dealers in the early 1990s has been replaced with a mass appeal to people of all ages and occupations. The spread has widened because of a greater importance and a lower cost for usage in both service plans and device costs, and now nearly four billion people worldwide have cell phone access. Most high school students, especially here at East, have and use cell phones often. Yet, still, some choose to live without the convenience created by these modern devices. Junior Tyler Gartenberg’s lack of cell phone ownership stemmed from his parents’ stinginess. He said simply, “They wouldn’t let me get one.” The inability to use a cell phone has created a difficulty for him to be in contact with friends. In getting around this issue, he said sarcastically, “I just don’t have any friends.” Though the cell phone market has expanded to a massive audience, cell phone usage has not yet become essential.
Social networking giant Facebook works to take up the time of many high school students. Over 150 Million people use Facebook in the United States alone, over 50% of the entire population of the country. The reason for this success is because of its incredibly widespread user base. The appeal, while massive, could also be described as Orwellian. Some are turned away from Facebook because of the site’s overwhelming influence over society, creating a rescource for prospective colleges, relatives, and future bosses to see any unwanted documented activity. Others, such as sophomore Linnea Brown, have simply never felt the need to log on. “I was never really interested,” said Linnea. Though many may feel a need to use Facebook every day to get connected, she said, “I’ve never really had a problem.” Though most others have and use Facebook every day, she stated, “I’m fine the way I am.” Although social networking seems to be an inescapable influence today, many still find an easy way around.
Television has redefined how information becomes transmitted to the public. Modern digital cable has developed more access for almost any programming desired, now in multiple languages as well. Yet, still, some choose to live without cable. Junior Luke Evans does not have cable access due to a number of reasons, chief among them being his family’s lack of desire to pay the high rates set by the company. This does not affect him much. He said “Every once in a while, I’m out of the loop, but that’s about it.” Though digital cable has an immense spread, viable alternatives still exist. Luke chooses to use popular video streaming service Netflix for when he wishes to watch television shows or films. Luke’s family has had cable access previously, however, due to a technical malfunction with his neighbor’s cable box, accidentally providing both houses with access. “We lost it once they went digital,” recalled Luke, and they are now without cable access in any way, legal or not. Though cable and satellite access has expanded to be much more widespread today, cable remains avoidable for those who wish to live without it.
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Four Fantastic Frights Olathe East conquers The Beast
Lauren Merino//Staff Writer
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Spine chillingly horrendous
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THE BEAST T
he Beast is America’s largest haunted house. With the very open and unexpected format, the time it takes to travel through can be unpredictable, although 40 minutes is the standard. The Beast is known as the most elaborate haunted house of all, and there is a reason why. The Werewolf Forest is not only an overwhelming quarter acre and enclosed in a haze of fog, but you have to find your way out in complete darkness, anxiously awaiting to be pulled away by a beast. Passing the bridge over the swamp is impossible without being chomped at by the hungry alligators. The final exit is a straight down, exhilarating, four story-tall slide that will not leave you disappointed. Fans say The Beast gets better every fall. They also advise anyone with a serious phobia or who is not comfortable with being videotaped to not come to this haunted house attraction. If you enjoy being scared, The Beast is highly recommended, towering over the others not only with the quantity of time but with the quality.
4 EDGE OF HELL T
his haunted house started out as the oldest and best in Kansas City. Although being about 10 minutes shorter than The Beast, the staff is constantly recreating all five floors of the warehouse it is located in, improving the quality of this house as well. The Edge of Hell has proudly evolved into the nation’s emblem for celebrating the pleasure of fear. They have a total of 45 live impersonators waiting to paralyze the visitors with horror, along with the brand new fascinating technology used just to send shivers down the spines of ones who dare to take a chance. Those with snake anxiety will jump out of their skin when a live 20-foot long Anaconda appears out of the dark and threatens to smother its victims. Having the largest snake in captivity living in their own haunted house really sets the stage for an authentic fright. The reason the “granddaddy of them all” never fails to terrify its prisoners is because of how phobia-directed the presentations are.
Macabre Cinema Y
ou know the feeling when you’re watching a really intense horror movie? In the Macabre Cinema, you’re not watching the horror occur, you are in the horror movie. The main character is you, and your fate lies in the hands of your predator. Except instead of just one, several are waiting at every corner. Like the Beast, this haunted house imitates the same open format, making those who enter completely vulnerable to any peering attacker. The good news about the difference between this haunted house and a scary movie is that the Macabre Cinema lasts 45 minutes shorter, so the nightmare is semi- short-lived. But featuring creepily realistic scenes from classics like Saw, Children of the Corn, Friday the 13th and many more, the Macabre Cinema puts the “classics” behind the Edge of Hell to shame. Still, being that all the haunted houses are so different in their own ways, it’s difficult to rate them in order solely based on their attributes. Spectators might place this one at the bottom of their list because of its brevity and possibly its newness, therefore being not as advanced as the others.
CHAMBERS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE E
nthusiasts of this haunted house are fans of how thematic it was made. Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s twisted and imaginative tales, the journey is nothing less than a completely surreal experience. Featuring his famous poems like “The Raven”, “The Black Cat”, “The House of Usher”, and even more, the dark, nightmarish fables not only come to life right in front of the guest. They become a part of everyones’ biggest nightmare. The Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe was designed to appeal to everyone’s biggest fears, such as being suffocated or buried alive. Obviously this house of horror is not fit for anyone with a claustrophobia problem. But known as the most thematic and petrifying nightmare-like of them all, and for those that can handle the horror, the Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe is guaranteed to make the hair on the back of necks raise. Participants may wish this one would last longer than it does. This place will eventually be appreciated as one of everyone’s favorite if they continue to build the constructionup to a maximum potential.
OCTOBER ‘12 | 15
Fantasy Football for Dummies A guide to Fantasy Football
Logan Brockschmidt//Staff Writer
It all started in the King’s X bar in 1963. A group of dedicated Oakland Raiders Fans in Los Angeles decided to add fun to the game of football. The first league consisted of eight players, all of whom had season tickets for the Raiders. The way of finding stats consisted of checking the paper, and calling across the nation to find out whether the guy threw four touchdowns or threw three interceptions and fumbled twice. Since then, the industry has exploded. On average, fantasy football now distracts working Americans nine hours for every regular season week. The average fantasy football lineup consists of: one quarterback, two running backs,a flex of running back/wide receiver/tight end, two wide receivers, one tight end, one defense/ special teams, and one kicker. Then, there is a bench that consists of six players/defenses. Two teams compete each week to try to win. You can score points by your player getting a touchdown, or just going for a lot of yards. At the end of around 14 games, you begin the playoffs. Depending on the number of people in your league, the entire league could go to the playoffs or only the top eight could advance for the chance of winning a share of the pool. The playoffs consist of people trading to teams that are no longer in to get an advantage on the rest of the opponents. To quote Coach Herm Edwards, “You play to win the game.”If you actually want to play Fantasy Football, don’t be that person that messes around and purposely has the worst players in the league, then complain how bad your team is. When you want to join a league, don’t do it with people who you know who aren’t even going to compete with you. While some leagues are free, many people choose to play in a “in it to win it” league. In these leagues, there can be an entry fee from anywhere from $10 to $150 in a winner takes all league. ESPN and Yahoo! are the most commonly used places to play in leagues, while Fleaflicker and NFL are other places to play. FANTASY FOOTBALL QUICK TIPS 1.Draft A Great Quarterback When you play in a league, find a way to get a quarterback from a playoff team. 2-14 teams do not have a quarterback putting up a 40 point fantasy game week in and week out. 2.Get a Good All-Around Team While having a Tom Brady and a Calvin Jonhson is good, going up against a guy who is very well balanced and has one or two good players will cause a loss nine times out of 10. 3.Kicker Believe it or not, these guys can be some of the most consistent players on the team. When they get on the field, their only job to do is to kick a field goal or an extra point. These guys are often what win or lose the games. 4.Play the Matchup There is not always a need for All-Stars when trying to win a big game. When in a really tight squeeze and need that W to get into the playoffs, go on the waiver wire and pick up a guy or two that are going up against defenses that will not be able to stop that one unknown player that was just picked up.
ESPN is the 2nd most used Fantasy Football website.
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Yahoo! is the most used Fantasy Football website
STATISTICS ON FANTASY FOOTBALL Number of Players (in Millions)
Amount of Money Put in Pools (in Millions of Dollars)
Lost Money from Lack of Productivity Anually (in Billions of Dollars)
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OE’s Gymnastic Champions Congratulations to the gymnastics team for winning state
Gymastic team wins State Courtesy of Dylan Klohr
Top row from left to right: Assistant Coach Mindy Flacks, Darby Gertsema, Cassidy King, Allison Meads, Ashley Kelly Bottom row from left to right: Mackenzie Hill, Erin Newkirk, Maddi Sanders, Shannon Sewell, Coach Julie Bayha
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No Pain, No Game?
Injuries that occur now may affect you later in life
Paige Schick//Staff Writer
,359,897. This outrageous number repre- then go back, and you haven’t sents the amount of high school athletes that improved, then the injury will were injured in 2010. High school athletics keep reoccurring,” explained are highly encouraged throughout students’ four Cooper. Untreated injuries can years in high school, but what happens later in also lead to surgery in adult life life with the injuries they receive? and arthritis later on. Athletes Many different injuries can occur during the must ask themselves, would they numerous sports available for high schoolers. rather stick it out for the rest of From football to tennis, no athlete can escape the season and possibly cause the aches and pains that come with their sport. more issues or take the season off Over 3,698 different kinds of sports injuries exist, and get the injury fixed? varying from concussions, broken bones, frac- Senior Mitch Beller pondered tures, and strained muscles. Sports like football this decision recently. The unthinkand wrestling are more prone to extract injuries able happened the last day of soccer because of the repetitive collisions in each game tryouts. ”I went to hit the ball and all or match, respectively. Some injuries are minor the momentum went to my knee and I with quick recovery, but many major injuries can heard a loud pop,” Beller stated. He have long term effects tore his ACL and for high school athletes. has been in reIt’s the hardest thing Olathe East is known covery for about for its award-winning two months now to have your passion athletic program, and after his surgery in taken away from you. the vigorous workouts August. Beller will -Mitch Beller athletes encounter be out for the next throughout the season four months. As the reflect that. Although captain for the varcoaches may see improving results in the ath- sity soccer team, he still attends the team’s letes, constant stress on the body is known to practices and games. “It’s the hardest thing create injuries. With overwhelming expectations I’ve ever had to go through. It’s the hardand pressures to be the best, many athletes end est thing to have your passion taken away up overlooking or ignoring injuries that need to from you, but it will make me stronger like it be treated. Some athletes believe that the best already has,” Beller said. way to face pain is to “suck it up,” but when pain Like Beller, Hunter Goff, junior, was also persists after workouts, there is good reason to out due to a sports injury. “When I was out it stop. Pushing aside an injury increases chances was tough,” Goff stated. Goff has just gotten for more complications later in life. back to the junior varsity soccer team after be Ron Cooper, Olathe East’s athletic trainer, ing out for two and a half weeks with a concussees anywhere from 10 to 30 athletes each day. sion. “First day back I was really excited,” Goff “Feet and ankles are always a popular choice mentioned. Despite only being out for this long, [for injury] because it involves movement. Shin Goff stated, “I felt pressure to get back quick.” splints are also common in running sports. In- Getting injured is not unusual when participatjuries vary from sport to sport,” Cooper said. ing in high school sports. However, there is a Many untreated high school sports injuries can fine line between knowing when to stop and reoccur later in life. “I go by the two week roller overdoing it. Take care of yourself now so you coaster. If you stop your sport for two weeks and don’t have to pay for it later.
62%ofofhigh highschool school athletic injuries 62% athletic injuries occurocduring cur during practices. practices. 21% of all traumatic brain injuries are associated with playing sports. 30% of sports related injuries were due to overuse.
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Mitch Beller’s scar Courtesy of Zack Neuman
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“Babel” Takes Us Back To Our Roots Mumford and Sons is back with their Sophomore album
he banjo. That grungy, low voice. Those power cords. If you are a fan of the popular folk-rock band Mumford and Sons, you know exactly what I’m about to say. The boys are back and even better than before. Their new album, “Babel”, uses simple Americana sounds and a homey, singalong stomp that keeps itself stuck in the mind day after day. A truly moving album, that helps me remember how much I love Mumford and Sons. For those people who don’t know, Mumford and Sons, a band from England, emerged from the “West London folk scene” back in 2007. Since then, they have brought fans “Sigh No More” their first album that hit listeners hard with a new kind of down home folk, and “Babel”, their sophomore groundbreaking album. “Sigh No More” made fans weep with emotion and sway with the music that touched their hearts. “Babel” takes all of those feelings and knocks them up ten more notches. Their songs wail of general emotion, and connect with memories of any kind of person. Their tunes strip folk music completely bare, and use
Kelsey Knecht//Staff Writer
that raw sound to create quiet chills, and powerful, forceful moments with those acoustic guitars and of course that banjo. The new songs on “Babel” like “The Boxer”, a cover of the classic Simon and Garfunkel song, and “From Those Below” really bring a new kind of sound from Mumford, infusing their signature sound with something fresh and exciting, creating an old, classic folk sound. Other songs like “I Will Wait” and “Broken Crown” bring forth that classic Mumford sound that their fans love, and keep them coming back for more. If you don’t listen to Mumford and Sons, now is your time to start. Tired of those terrible pop songs on the radio? Look up these fellas. They’re completely worth your time. “Babel” has hit Mumford and Sons fans hard, and impacted them in completely different ways. Finally, the people can listen to real music that makes you think. Thanks, Mumford.
The Hawks Eye hits the street for students favorite Halloween Movies
Logan Brockschmidt//Staff Writer Jessica Goddard //Managing Editior
Hocuspokas - Elisa Welsh
Sinister - Blake Parkinson
Twitches - Tyler Carr
The Shining - Bryant Carranza
Paranormal Activity -Brooke Munch
The Exorcist - Mathew Rosa
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Simply Be Declutter Your Life
Kelsey Knecht & Kellan Richards//Staff Writers
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ -Thich Nhat Hahn
ou are stressed out. Feeling like you’re going to explode from stress. How can you get back on track? How can you focus on your goals, and actually reach them? Well, we’ve got just the solution to your problems. With our simple tips for decluttering your life, we’ll turn you from a ticking time bomb to a breath of fresh air. Let’s dig in. 1. Put away that iPhone, kiddo. If you’re one of those people who is always glued to your phone, it’s time to step back into the real world. Don’t you realize what you’re missing? Without the constant texting and Facebooking, you can actually focus on your homework, understand it, and do well on your next test. You can get to know your friends better by actually talking to them. There is so much to do in this world, don’t waste that time playing Temple Run. 2. One assignment at a time. You’re freaking out about all those tests and quizzes you have coming up, and you are about to blow steam with stress. Well, it’s simple -- take it one quiz at a time. What do you need to do to get a good grade on it, and to truly understand it? Don’t look at all the things you have to do, but instead, look at your homework as a series of steps. Each step you take, you get closer to success. 3. Clean out your backpack. Over the months, my backpack becomes a mess. I have to dig for miles to find a pencil, and can barely find my notes from last week. This makes me extremely irritated, which doesn’t help my homework stress. Is this what your backpack is doing to you? Go home, and dump it out completely. Trust me, it’ll feel like liberation from school. Throw away those papers that are useless, the broken pencils, and the gum wrappers. That’s step one. Step two: find a nifty way to reorganize your homework system. If you use binders, maybe an accordion file folder will be a nice change. Once you declutter your backpack, your life will seem a whole lot less stressful. 4. Lose the music, and get more done. We know you love your tunes, but once you turn on that catchy pop song you love, we all know that pretty soon you’ll be having your own mini dance party and getting nothing done. Suck it up; turn off Pandora and focus. Speaking from experience, once you turn off the music, you’ll get a ton and a half more done. Then you carelessly can jam and chill all you want afterwards with no interruptions.
s you learn to declutter your life, get organized and betial ways to clear your mind and distress is to simply exist. Just come more efficient the pressure of daily life naturally defind a comfy spot, sit back, and be. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of life. Also this mental inactivity will benefit compresses. This said here are a couple of tips that I have found to help further alleviate stress you once you return to your work. in your life. Drink your tea slowly and rever- Decluttering your mind will allow Take advantage of meal times. In your focus to reach another level; ently, as if it is the axis on which the its simplest form, a meal is a time it’s strange how taking breaks can world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, make you more productive. where you refuel your body and supply it with the energy needed to Maybe those tips will help, without rushing toward the future. maybe they won’t. But if you want continue living. A time to resupply Live the actual moment. Only this the body with what it needs, is also those straight A’s this year, take our moment is life. -Thich Nhat Hanh the time to replenish the mind with advice. By turning off those tunes what it needs. In most cases taking and technology, dumping out that backpack, and taking one step at a time to simply enjoy your meal withtime, you’ll be on the road to success. Then you can drink your out distractions will relax and refresh your mind, allowing you to get the most out of the rest of your day. Starbucks Frappuccino and take as many naps as your heart Make time for nothing. One of the most effective and essendesires. Happy homeworking!
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Vol 21 | Iss 03
Halloween High Do we ever become too old enough for Halloween?
s the sun goes down on Halloween night, jack o’lanterns are lit and somewhere eerie music blasts from select houses. The night is ready for little witches, goblins, and ghosts to fill the streets in search of treats. Somewhere, there are older witches, goblins and ghosts celebrating Halloween. Too old to trick or treat, their celebration takes a different path. Celebrating Halloween when we were little was easy. My dad and I would carve pumpkins the night before Halloween. I remember reaching into the pumpkin to pull out the seeds and feeling the cold, stringy pulp inside. The lighting of the newly carved jack o’lantern signaled the start of Halloween night. Finding a costume to wear was the most important task. The choices of costumes were abundant with adorable kitty cats, puppy dogs, and princesses. Boys could be police officers, firefighters, even Batman or a Power Ranger. Costumes were cute whether made by a parent or bought at a store. I remember a cat costume my mother made for me one Halloween night with a long tail and cute fuzzy ears. No matter where it came from, it was ours to wear for one night, then we would go to fill our candy bags, walking with friends and parents through the streets of the neighborhood, going door to door yelling, “Trick or treat.” Hours later, we came home to spill our bags and look at the mounds of candy that would create sugar highs for the
Brianne Grudek//Senior Writer
next couple of weeks. However, somebody decided that when a child becomes a teen they are too old to go trick or treating. Halloween can still be fun with people finding different ways to celebrate a holiday that we do not want to outgrow. Instead of watching parents carve the pumpkin, we are now able to use the knife and let the artist in us come to life. Haunted houses become a new rite of passage. The excitement of the unknown and being fearful replaces the neighborhood streets with scary music. Groups of teens get together to brave the fear of a haunted house such as The Edge of Hell or The Beast. Screams and laughters fill the cold evening air. Time is spent with friends going to Halloween parties rather than spending time with family answering the door on Halloween night. Costumes become t-shirts with logos on them paired with jeans or shorts. The simpler the costume, the easier it is to get around from party to party. The mounds of candy collected door to door now becomes bags of candy bought at the store. Even though we are older, the sugar from the candy still gives us that amazing high. The jack o’lanterns are blown out as the neighborhood streets become still with silence signaling an end to another Halloween. No matter what age we are, Halloween will always be fun. Even though trick or treating days are over and the cute little costumes are gone, celebrating it differently is just as entertaining.
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Victory is Sweet
A Hawk’s Eye staff member talks about living with Lymes Disease
Waiting for an answer, always wanting to know. The doctors have no clue; it’s all so weird. Constant wondering of what is wrong. The endless tests. Negative. Negative. Negative. Positive? Finally an answer. You would think finding out you had Lymes Disease would be the worst thing EVER, but at least you have an idea of what is wrong. At least you can find a way to get treatment. An answer is all you want when you’re sick. Lymes Disease affects you in ways you would never think of: your memory, your emotions, your diet, your body, everything. In the summer of 2008, I started showing symptoms such as, high fevers, cold sweats, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, insane moodiness like raging teen hormones on drugs, and severe pain. I had absolutely no clue what was wrong with me. For a twelve-year-old girl just wanting to be normal, this was terrifying, life-ruining, the worst thing that could ever happen and any other hyperbolized “end of the world” preteen silliness. Numerous doctors’ visits interrupted my summer shenanigans. Test after test came back all reading the same diagnosis: negative. This puzzled my doctor and in a last Hail Mary-like move, he tested me for Lymes disease. This was highly uncommon because doctors. In Kansas don’t recognize Lymes as a present disease in Kansas, even though you would be surprised by how many people are affected by it. A few days later the test results came back. Positive. That word was music to Eating a ”victory” cupcake my ears. Now we could create a game Courtesy of Jessica Goddard plan and I could be better soon, or so my naïve mind thought. Little did I know that I would fight a three-and-a-half year battle. My mother did loads of research about a Lymes specialist to see. After a few weeks of searching she found Dr. Christ, who had been recommended by everyone my mother had talked to. The only problems was that his office was is in Columbia, MO, and his waiting list was months long. Luckily right before my mom called, another patient canceled their appointment. Talk about a blessing. So we scheduled my appointment, dropped everything, and traveled three hours to Columbia. We had to be at our appointment one hour before the actual time so we could fill out paper work. So we stayed at a hotel and ordered pizza and a movie; I had no clue that that would be the last normal pizza I would have for awhile. At the appointment I filled out endless amounts of paper work and then we went in to talk to the doctor. He Basically gave me a run down of how my life was going to work now. Loads of pills and a new drastic diet was to be my new normal. The new diet was absolutely no gluten, which is a byproduct
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Jessica Goddard//Managing Editor put into everything to make food taste better, and no sugar. What, no sugar? Crazy, I know, a teenager being sentenced to a life with no sugar. I was a little bit overwhelmed with all the information. At the end we scheduled our next appointment because I would have to see him every six months just to make sure everything was okay. When we got home we went straight to the store to find food I could eat, a pill box like the one elderly people use, you know, like Monday through Sunday four times a day. To say the least I wasn’t exactly thrilled. But I got used to the pills and the new diet and life became my new normal. The only thing that totally sucked was the fact that all my friends were eating sugar and I’m sitting there like, “Yummm, vegetables.” After about five months of being gluten free, my doctor decided to see if it was the sugar or gluten that was causing me to get sick. With some paitents it’s both, and with other patients it is one or the other. As it turned out for me it was only suger. My first battle won with Lymes. A turning point of my internal war. It gives you hope when something so little happens. You begin to see what you are fighting for. When I started my freshman year, my Lymes was, for the most part, under control and I was doing great, getting into the swing of high school adjusting to the insanity that ensues. Then when the winter hit I took a turn for the worse. I got terribly sick like I had never been before. I was terrified. This was not suppose to happen at all. I was getting better wasn’t I? No, apparently not. When my doctor’s appontment came around we were looking for answers and a new strategy to defeat the unseen enemy. I got completely new meds and we headed in a new direction. I had a new fighter’s mentality and it was my mission to defeat this at all costs. To rise to the top. Beat the odds. So three and half years later on September 26, 2012 I went to see my doctor for the last time. I hadn’t been sick in a really long time and things were looking up. My doctor delivered the good news that I could go off my medication and my diet too, and go back to a normal life. I was overjoyed and I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was over. I was in remission. I had a completely new outlook on life, a better, more positive one. To all the people fighting something out there, keep going, and never ever stop. Use this story as inspiration. I promise the light at the end of the tunnel is amazing. You are strong and wonderful, and I believe in you. If I can do it, so can you. Just remember, smile and stay strong. I send all my love and strength to you. Stay beautiful, Olathe East.
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Issue of the Issue
Column for rants: Thieves Sean Murray//Editor
ver had anything annoying to gripe to somebody about? Ever notice somebody doing something that makes you want to grab and shake him or her while shouting “HEY! STOP THAT”. Well now we have the chance to rant on numerous issues we experience. Hopefully you all can relate and say, “OMG, I hate when they do that!”, and if not, you’re probably the offender we’re speaking of.
Dear Thief, It wasn’t until after a rigorous cross country practice on an otherwise calm night that I really realized how desperate people like you are. I might have second-guessed my decision to leave my car windows cracked open two inches. But I guess that’s my fault for questioning your expertise. I mean the car was locked. It had a functional security system. It was parked out in the open. But apparently that two-inch security breach was all that you needed. I applaud your handiwork. You can imagine that I was not exactly overjoyed to find out what you had done. After two tests, seven hours of learning, mounds of homework assignments, and two hours of cross country work outs, I was a little on edge. So it is no wonder that I went a bit crazy when I walked up to my car to find the glove box hanging open, my instruction manual thrown all the way into the back seat, and insurance papers strewn all over. I quickly unlocked the door and immediately reached for the middle console. Empty. I searched the floor, the backseat, and even the trunk. After doing a full inventory of the car, I realized that the wallet that I had accidentally forgotten to grab that morning was nowhere to be found. Right about now you’re probably laughing to yourself, knowing all the trouble you caused me. But the joke is on you, thief. Was it really worth the seven dollars that I had left after eating at Firehouse Subs the night before and the pile of coins filling up my cup holder? Oh, but let’s not forget, you did get my debit card and driver’s license, all of which became void minutes after I realized they were missing. Although you were crafty enough to break in, it clearly didn’t occur to you that my debit card wouldn’t work. You unsuccessfully tried five times to
guess my pin number, assuming the bank would just let you take all my money. And since you obviously aren’t a law-abiding citizen, you have no use for a driver’s license. And that’s not what even what I’m mad about. I’m not one to know, but apparently stealing is really exhilarating. Judging by the tornado that struck the inside of my car, it must be near impossible to go about theft in an orderly way. Why just casually sift through the papers in the glove box when you can throw them all over the car? I don’t blame you. You have to release that adrenaline somehow. Also, was it necessary to actually take my wallet? You could have just taken the money, and the debit card too if you really felt like it, and I wouldn’t have even been mad. I would have just been taught a lesson. But no. Instead I am forced to spend an hour at the DMV getting a new driver’s license, an hour on the phone getting my debit card cancelled, and an hour filing a police report. I mean if you are going to steal, at least keep it classy. But worst of all, who walks around with the sole intent of stealing? It’s not like my car had a sign on it saying, ‘steal from me,’ or anything. From a distance, my car looked just as secure as any other car, which leads me to assume that you actually took the time to walk car to car looking for loot. Who does that? Apparently you do. I pity people like you. I can’t even imagine how desperate you must be to result to stealing. I would actually rather ask for money than take it, and I’m sure most people feel the same way. That’s why I am starting the Help Scumbags That Have Insufficient Economic Values who Enjoy Stealing. I hope my HS THIEVES foundation will eliminate the need for people like you to do what you do. There will be flyers locked in the trunk of my car if you want more information. All I ask of you in your future misdeeds is to at least keep your thefts under control. I would ask you and your friends to simply stop, but the law is asking the same thing and clearly you aren’t listening. If you really feel the need to steal, at least have the decency to do it respectfully.
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