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Fighting For Her Life

Read Carol Schulteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspirational fight against leukemia. p. 2

Too Cool For School

While most people acccept high school as the norm for teenagers, there are numerous paths to take. p. 6-7

District wide circulation of Pelladium discontinued If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding this paper via the Town Crier this will be the last edition of the Pelladium that will reach your hands this way. Since its inception in 1944, the Pelladium has been circulating throughout the school district, posting over 22 editions and over 300 issues in the last 22 years alone. Due to budget cuts brought on by the economic recession this tradition will now come to an end. As of Dec. 1 the Pelladium will no longer circulate district wide for free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recommended to the [Pelladium] staff that they explore other means of distribution in order to the save the district $2,000 in the future. While savings are just going to be $1,000 this year, it still helps,â&#x20AC;? said publications advisor Ann Visser. While the Pelladium has its own source of funds for printing by selling adverising space in the paper, the district has been paying for its distribution fees to the tune of roughly 2,000 dollars per year. The decision to cut free distribution was made voluntarily by the staff without any actual budget cuts being handed down by the school board of directors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awfully appreciative of this cut. These cuts arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the kind of thing that can be solved by one area taking a cut, so it says a lot about the staff and the community to chose to take this cut. This kind of situation is one where everyone has to roll up their sleeves and do their own part,â&#x20AC;? said Superintendent Mark Wittmer. Luckily for our readers this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that the Pelladium will stop printing. The Pelladium will continue to go to press but will merely require people who want a hard copy of the paper delivered to their home to complete an online subscription form that can be found at www.pelladium.com. Registration will require a small fee to cover the cost of postage which will come out to be roughly a dollar per issue. The Pelladium will also still be offered at the high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will still try the best we can covering the news that effects Pella high school students and the community that surrounds them. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going anywhere,â&#x20AC;? said Visser. t"OESFX4BHFST TBHFSTQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN

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DISAPPOINTMENT Senior Jordan Youngman waits with the rest of the Pella football team after UIFJSMPTTUP)BSMBOEVSJOHUIFDMBTT"GPPUCBMMDIBNQJPOTIJQSPVOEɨF%VUDIMPTUi* was happy that we made it this far, but at the same time disappointed that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win the state championship. I was very impressed with how we came together in the playoffs. We started playing MJLFBUFBNXJUIIFBSU QBTTJPOBOEFOUIVTJBTJN wTBJETFOJPS#FO$BMEXFMMt1IPUPCZ#FO.VMMFS

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School slashes departmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; budgets as taxes fall Superintendent Mark Wittmer glances at the list placed on the corner of his desk. On the paper before him lies the future of the district, 80 unprioritized ideas that could theoretically ease the burden of a 10 percent cut from the state. At the moment, these money-saving suggestions are only words, but by next April, they could become the reality of the Pella Community School District. These proposed solutions range from the cutting of salaries and positions, to the termination of extra-curricular programs. Governor Chet Culver stood in a press conference Oct. 8 at the State Capitol and announced a 10 percent across-the-board cut from the budget, which would total to about $600 million. Culver was only mandated to cut the budget by 7.1 percent for the 2010 fiscal year, but he insists that the extra 2.9 percent will be available in â&#x20AC;&#x153;preparing for the futureâ&#x20AC;?. Pella Community School District already receives $9,748,870 from state aid funding but will now face a cut of $994,919. Right now, the District has an ending fund balance of $1.6 million in which the school board could choose to

use to cover the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the superintendent at this point. Another to protect as many people and programs area of potential reduction could come as we possibly can, but 80 percent of our within the Teacher Salary Supplement. budget comes from salaries and benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pella receives $1,033,244 from We will have to make some tough decisions Teacher Salary Supplement to help raise for the coming school year, and some will the Iowan teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average salary to the affect people personally. There could be 25th in the nation. We are anticipating some painful decisions pertaining to the about a $103,000 cut from this funding. future of the schools, but we We must keep in mind that will do our best to adjust to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is the ultimate decision will the situation,â&#x20AC;? said Wittmer. be by the Department of on the table, Even with the effort of the Education. Again, everything administration to provide a everything is being is on the table, everything is civil plan for the 2010 fiscal being reviewed,â&#x20AC;? said Wittmer. reviewed.â&#x20AC;? school year, certain ideas In reference to the Superintendent have not been put into place. elimination of positions Mark Wittmer Property taxes are one of the within the school, every job is three main ways a school is funded. For being evaluated all support, teachers, and the past three school years though, the administrators. Though teachers can not be District has continually lowered Pella cut this school year because they are under Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property taxes. From the contract, jobs relating to the support staff, 2007-2008 school year, these sums have such as custodians, secretaries, or associates, declined from $13.88073 to $13.83849. could be under more pressure with any cuts The average in the state ranges around $15 in the near future. Apart from the amount per $1000 of the property being taxed. The of possible unemployment, the availability school has the ability to raise taxes, but of certain programs could be at risk. there has been no recommendation from â&#x20AC;&#x153;When determining the qualifications

of programs, we will look at certain aspects, such as student enrollment, what opportunities are offered and how it can be related to the curriculum. I will make my recommendations in the next following months, and the final decision will be left to the district. Some people will be unsatisfied by what occurs, but we are in some difficult times,â&#x20AC;? said Wittmer. The latest approved â&#x20AC;&#x153;budget adjustmentsâ&#x20AC;? by the board has included a $15 charge for students who wish to â&#x20AC;&#x153;consumeâ&#x20AC;? or keep projects in foods, art, and industrial tech, raised admissions for concerts to mirror athletic contests and eliminating color printing. More nonspecific cuts will come from areas such as Title one adjustments, further library budget cuts and a reduction in the curricular purchase budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I could paint a rosy picture, but the reality is that people will get cut. Some will be irritated by the decisions made in the following months. I firmly believe that if we all stay rational in these troubling economic times, we will get through this,â&#x20AC;? said Wittmer. t.FHBO$BSE NDQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN


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H1N1 blazes through high school, dissipates

A ghostly presence encompassed many high school classrooms during the final days of October as students began to vanish, leaving behind scores of unoccupied desks. Although Halloween was drawing nearer, this atmosphere was attributed not to seasonal festivities, but rather to one of the most explosive epidemics in school history: Influenza A H1N1. The strain made its debut in Pella after sparing the area for a considerable amount of time. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until Oct. xx (waiting on data from IDPH) that the virus was confirmed to have reached local proximity, nearly six months after the first statewide case was recognized by Iowa health officials on May 2. However, by the end of the week of Oct. 19, over 300 student absences had been recorded at the high school. Junior Chris Bandstra was among the first wave of students to contract the H1N1 virus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really think anything of it at first. I was tired all of the time and had a runny nose, but that was it. I was at school with it for two days not even realizing that I had it,â&#x20AC;? said Bandstra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the time I had to go to the doctor [five days after his first symptoms], I had a huge fever. When the doctor said I probably had H1N1, I blanked out. I was so sick that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to think.â&#x20AC;? The disease continued to spread. Between Oct. 19 and Oct. 30, attendance records report a startling 770 illness-related absences alone, the majority of these assumed to be attributed to H1N1 cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen this many

absences or illnesses in my 15 years of being a school nurse,â&#x20AC;? said district nurse Brenda Versteeg. The district is required to relay such data to the Iowa Department of Public Health on any given day when absentees total at least 10 percent of the student population. According to Versteeg, this figure amounts to a net absence of around 70 ill teenagers. In the week of Oct. 26 alone, the high school was obligated to report to the IDPH on four out of five days. While she was awed by the impact of the flu, Versteeg admitted that she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t utterly surprised. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it would come. I had heard of high rates of absence in other districts. People kept saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing good, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stay healthy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but soon enough, here it was,â&#x20AC;? she said. In light of Versteegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictions, and prompts from the Department of Public Health, the district did take steps to prepare for the impending outbreak. Administrators sent a notice to parents of younger children and posted information on the school website explaining some routine practices for evading the flu, and detailed information was sent to teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably, we went through our first wave of H1N1. We are pretty much back to normal absence-wise. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of run its course through here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, predictions change every day. Public health says now that we still have to go through a regular flu season.â&#x20AC;? t/BUIBO,PPLFS OLQFMMBEVN!HNBJMcom)

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Schulte named 2010 Tulip Queen Heidi Schulte, a dual-enrolled senior, was chosen 2010 Tulip Queen Nov. 9 during the annual Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Announcement Party at Pella Christian High School. Seniors Morgan Anderson and Courtney Kelderman were named to the Court, along with Pella Christian seniors Sara Van Gorp and Bekah Posthuma. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole experience was amazing; it was great to get to know the other girls during the rehearsal and backstage. We all shared a common bond; we all had the same butterflies in our stomach, we all stood on the same stage and represented Pella in our own way,â&#x20AC;? said Anderson. Pella High seniors Alexis Heerema, Hillary Nossaman, Olivia Schouten, Jordyn Vande Lune, Lisa Vander Meiden and Madison Vander Well were also candidates. Candidates presented different attributes about themselves in a symbolic way, including artwork or dance.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really stressful getting ready for my presentation. My mom helped me with my speech, so I tried memorizing it every second I could. Then, I got dolled up. It felt like I was going to prom again,â&#x20AC;? said Kelderman. Thirty-four judges chose the royalty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked for candidates whowould be great ambassadors of Pella; all 12 candidates were good,â&#x20AC;? said judge Barb Kniff. Schulte was surprised at her selection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow! It sounded so strange to hear the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heidiâ&#x20AC;? as being addressed to me! It probably sounds weird, but I also had this amazing feeling of calmness and expectancy! My prayer had been that God would make it clear what His will was for my life in the midst of this incredible opportunity with the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Announcement Party and He did,â&#x20AC;? said

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Affected by cancer, Schultes find peace, encouragement through God

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think on Tuesday they will do a bone marrow test. The prayer is that this will somehow be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;emptyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of leukemia... Then we wait for stem cells still in my body to grow back.  During this time they give me blood and platelets as needed because my body canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make them. It seems that if everything goes well, my stay here this time [will be] about 30 days.â&#x20AC;? This excerpt from Carol Schulteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online blog details her and her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey after receiving the news of her leukemia. Schulte was diagnosed May 13, 2009, with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow. Carol, wife of math teacher Matt Schulte, received seven rounds of chemotherapy and underwent her potentially final one Sept. 25, 2009. In her blog, Carol called the therapy Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifeblood to her. She has braved hair loss and multiple blood transfusions, saying that nothing is out of His will or control. AML targets the blood and bones, so blood transfusions have been a major part of Schulteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treatment, often receiving two â&#x20AC;&#x153;six packsâ&#x20AC;? of platelets a day. In fact, in 24 days 104 peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood has kept her alive. The Schulte family has given every aspect of life and their battle over to God, from praising Him for the strength to

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walk two miles, to giving Him the credit for her short-term homecoming last summer. They entrust every detail of the future to His hands, trusting in His goodness to provide. She writes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone through places of doubt and worry in all of this and have asked the Lord some hard questions. He

hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given me all of the answers, but God isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t through with me yet. He is teaching me to trust his heart. ... I have been given 30 days to get to know our Lord and Savior more fully, being carried by the prayers of His people. And yet, even as we enjoy the sunny days of life, we need to constantly keep our eyes fixed on eternity and our Lord and King who reigns and longs to reign in us!â&#x20AC;? In all of this, the Schulte family has not been alone. Last summer, the Pella Swim Team made t-shirts and donated all the profits to Schulteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[We are] doing fine. So many people are helping out, bringing food, and looking after the kids,â&#x20AC;? said Matt. Giving back has also been a big part of the Schulteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. During her final round of chemotherapy Carol was often found ministering to the new patients anticipating their first full-month treatments, claiming she was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;in their shoesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mid-May and can remember the friends who ministered to her and answered her questions.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cancer can be a time of despondency and despair, but Schulte has managed to keep her chin up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My prayer is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to see my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children and greet many in heaven because of what God is doing.â&#x20AC;? t)FJEJ(SJUUFST IHQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN


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When looking at the town square one canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but notice the numerous small town businesses and their Dutch fronts. These businesses do a lot more than give a small town feeling to Pella. During the current nationwide economic recession small businesses are important to Pellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well being. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small businesses are extremely important to Pella. They employ people who live here and the money they earn goes directly back into the community when they buy goods or services as opposed to buying at national chains in cities like Des Moines,â&#x20AC;? said Pella Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Eischen. These stores do a lot more than just keep money in Pella. The Chamber estimates that MPDBMCVTJOFTTFTEPOBUFEPWFSNJMMJPOEPMMBSTUPWBSJPVTDBVTFTBSPVOEUIFDJUZJO  ranging from youth sports recreation leagues to high school activities. This is a substantial amount of money that would otherwise become a burden for other citizens. With the current economic recession, doubts linger about how well small businesses are adjusting to the new economic climate. While there has been a slowdown in industries, such as retail and manufacturing, there are encouraging signs that the recession hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit 1FMMBBTIBSEBTCVTJOFTTFTIBWFPQFOFEBOEIBWFDMPTFETJODFUIFCFHJOOJOHPG â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chamber is doing a lot to encourage local businesses in Pella. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Go Local, Grow Pella,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a program which encourages local residents to buy from local businesses. We have visual reminders of this with banners around town and stickers in the windows Sophomore Reagan Cooper does not wear the DoWell project. This consists of selling of every memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business. Employees of Chamber business members also have discount dresses. Her style has never before included UTIJSUT UP SBJTF NPOFZ GPS UIF   cards that give discounts at other Chamber businesses to encourage them to buy locally,â&#x20AC;? flowing skirts and lacy tops. But for a fund. Since beginning to sell them in mid- said Eischen. week in October, Cooper swallowed her October, Hibbard, who is the bookkeeper t"OESFX4BHFST TBHFSTQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN

own phobia of girly attire to help benefit for the operation, said they sold 66 shirts. distressed natives thousands of miles away 'SPN UIF  TQFOU PO UIF UTIJSU   in Haiti. Along with other students, Cooper is given towards the Haiti cause. Hibbard helped raise money for the organization, is quickly running out of available t-shirts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Promise for Haiti,â&#x20AC;? through a series of BOE JT OPX ĂŤMJOH GPS B TFDPOE PSEFS 5P sponsored challenges. Established by Third place an order, contact Hibbard. Reformed Church the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gutsâ&#x20AC;? program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how fast we sold the shirts. along with other fundraising activities, It was great to know that we are making IPQFTUPSBJTF GPSUIFDSFBUJPOPGB some contributions. I think students are necessary well for a school in Haiti. buying the shirts because they know they â&#x20AC;&#x153;A family associated with the church lives are making a difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, in Haiti, and they told the congregation which they are. This way, the school can about the seven schools in need of wells. have their well and the students there can Our youth group theme for the past few focus on their studies, not where they are weeks has been about going beyond the going to get their next glass of clean water wall that you normally wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t without from.   I only hope that the shirts sell as the help of Christ. We kind of decided many with the second order,â&#x20AC;? said Hibbard. that this would be the perfect example to â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think other students should get promote this idea, by helping out people we involved with either â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guts,â&#x20AC;? DoWell or wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t otherwise take the time for. So this they can form their own kind of fundraiser is where the idea for â&#x20AC;&#x153;gutsâ&#x20AC;? and the DoWell idea. If I can wear a dress for a week, and project came from,â&#x20AC;? said junior Christina SBJTF   BOZPOF DBO DPOUSJCVUF &JUIFS Hibbard. way, they get to help the people in Haiti, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gutsâ&#x20AC;? is not the only active fundraiser and that is what counts,â&#x20AC;? said Cooper. for the well, though. Hibbard, along with t.FHBO$BSE NDQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN

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Five place in dance competition Senior Lauren Cooper performs her solo in the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Solo Competition held Saturday Nov. 7 at Pella High. Four other Forte members also competed: senior Hillary Nossaman, colorguard; juniors Leah Englebrecht, Olivia Warner and freshman Holly Reimer. They all received a Division I rating. In addition, Reimer placed second overall in her class; Nossaman placed second overall in colorguard in her class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solo contest is very nervewracking, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also very fun and rewarding to know I accomplished doing something on my own,â&#x20AC;? said $PPQFSt1IPUPDPVSUFTZPG Holly Reimer

MYSTERY. Senior Nicole Stafford (Vera Claythorne) and junior Ben Palmer (Philip Lombard) perform in the murder mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Then There Were Noneâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 30-31. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoyed playing the character of Vera. I have never played a character quite like her. It forced me to step out of my comfort zone as an actress,â&#x20AC;?said Stafford. t1IPUPCZ#FO.VMMFS

Eleven musicians perform at All-State Festival Eleven musicians represented band, chorus and orchestra programs at the All-State Music Festival Nov. 19-21 in Ames. After auditioning Oct. 24, the following were chosen. Band: freshmen Conner Naaden, baritone; Sarah DeVries, clarinet; junior Mika Hrdlicka, bassoon; seniors Hannah Axt, flute; Lisa Vander Meiden, clarinet.

Chorus: juniors Rachel Wiley, alto; Jacob Martin, tenor; Matt Nunnikhoven, bass; and senior Todd Wegter, bass. Orchestra: freshmen Nathan Han, violin, sophomores Shenstone Huang, violin; and Chet Aldrich, first cello alternate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised! I thought it was almost a miracle that I made it because I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d totally blown my audition. It was

exciting that I made it,â&#x20AC;? said Naaden. The excitement of making All-State was soon interrupted by a tough decision for senior Todd Wegter. As a member of the varsity football team, Wegter had to choose between the championship game and the All-State Festival. He chose to attend All-State. t)FJEJ(SJUUFST (hg.pelladium@gmail.com)

FOCUS. Freshman Nathan Han plays his violin in the orchestra concert Oct. 27. Han, who has been playing since he was six years old, was one of the 11 participants at the All-State Festival. He was 17th chair of 40 second violins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to try-out in the future, and hopefully, I can get a better chair,â&#x20AC;? said Han.

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Parents embrace childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes in volleyball, football

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At any given high school athletic event, the stands are volleyball and football teams has been amazing.â&#x20AC;? populated by hoards of parents who have poured time, The Fessler family also considered the opportunity more money and physical labor into supporting their children of a blessing then a burden. on the field or court. By their voluminous cheering and â&#x20AC;&#x153;With two kids in both programs, it has been exciting to spirited pom-waving, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear to see that these parents see such success and all the great memories and relationships would do anything to see their kids succeeding in the sports they have been building. Ben and Brooke are both so close they enjoy, even if it comes to long drives across the state, that they get a lot of encouragement from each other. For us chasing more than one offspring from championship to it has been a lot of travel and busy schedules, but I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t championship. change it for the world, â&#x20AC;? said volleyball coach and parent When state football and volleyball playoffs commenced, Bob Fessler. three Pella families found themselves in such a With the volleyball team advancing to the state strenuous yet rewarding situation. Lori and quarterfinals and the football team claiming the title of Dave Forsythe, Stu and Brenda Kelderman, as state runner-up, athletes are just as grateful for their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; well as Bob and Deb Fessler each support. spent their November following a â&#x20AC;&#x153; M y parents are our number daughter and son through the volleyball o n e fans. They support us and football varsity post-seasons. a t every event no matter â&#x20AC;&#x153;In total, we spent around 15 h o w busy they might be $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$%@@-K'**I hours in the car driving across Iowa themselves and help us $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$J8*=$K)177$-L to watch Blaine and Hannah in the push ourselves and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$L<+**+'H=KB&?$8$<M post-season,â&#x20AC;? said sports mom Lori strive to be our best,â&#x20AC;? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$L$N&+((0**$8$<M Forsythe, who despite this, found said senior Courtney $$$$$$$$$$$$$M$6())1$<7,$K(85(/<&))($N$:O M$K(*1/$%1))7$<7,$P(2$Q1GB508$N$:O the season to be an absolute Kelderman. M$K(*1/$%1))7$<7,$Q1/)18$N$R$ delight. t"EEJF4NJUI BT â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have both of our S0))(3>1))9$F0B$T$%&8&7D(/=$K)177$-LM6())1$<7,$U80V<&))($N$:O$M pelladium@gmail. 6())1$<7,$K1/)&7)($N$:O$M$U80V<&))($<7,$.08*A/185N%(//1/$N$:O$M kids be able to share K(*1/$+1B&*7$<7,$W1/&08$N$R com) in the success of the

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can rent an Afghan, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy him.â&#x20AC;? A familiar saying from Afghanistan, this aphorism holds more truth than one might initially think. President Obama signed a $680 billion defense appropriations bill on Oct. 28, which will pay for military operations in the year 2010. Under the Commanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Response Program (CERP), a Taliban reintegration provision is included in this bill. One provision would give commanders the ability to pay Taliban members to switch sides. Many different thoughts, theories, and opinions have emerged surrounding this idea of a buyout. Presumptions range from full-throttle support of paying off the Taliban to a strong belief that doing so will only create problems as opposed to solving them. An issue involving an undercurrent of controversy, the decision has already been made, and now the consequences can begin to be evaluated. The CERP is now receiving $1.3 billion to help win over the Taliban allegiances. The intent is that local Taliban members will be disconnected from their leaders by being paid off. The truly devoted will be separated from those who are somewhat neutral and this will, in turn, diminish the opposition. Experts say that many of UIF ĂŤHIUFST BSF NPUJWBUFE QSJNBSJMZ CZ

the need for a job and do not swear loyalty based on ideology or religious devotion. They look for work where security is offered for both themselves and their families. Their allegiance falls to whoever is handing out the check, no matter what side theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on. With such unreliable sources, is it really in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest to buyout the loyalties of Taliban members? It would seem that doing so only lays the groundwork for a shaky foundation, one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based only upon bribery, and one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based upon nothing more than temporary allegiance. If money is the sole motivation behind what UIF5BMJCBONFNCFSTBSFĂŤHIUJOHGPS UIFO thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no real passion or devotion behind their mission. Without passion or motivation, loyalties are divided and dissolved, thus a highly unstable situation is created. America is taking an ignorant gamble, not only with monetary values, but also with something NPSFTJHOJĂŤDBOUɨFGBDUPGUIFNBUUFSJT  you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for allegiance or buy trust. A bigger, more important incentive should exist, something to drive people, something UPJHOJUFBĂŤSFUIBUXJMMCVSOFUFSOBMMZGPSB DBVTFXPSUIĂŤHIUJOHGPS t+PDFMZO7BO%ZLF (jvd.pelladium@gmail.com)

!"#$%&"'!"#$%&'( What are your thoughts on paying Taliban members to switch sides? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How sure are we that this will work? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very big risk, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in total support if it can save American lives.â&#x20AC;? -Sophomore Shenstone Huang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bribing an enemy to become your friend usually doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to work on any scale.â&#x20AC;? - Freshman Nathan Han â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just gonna use the money to buy bombs. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been ĂŤHIUJOHGPSIVOESFETPGZFBST BOEUIFZXPOUTUPQOPXw -Sophomore Shaun Sokol â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think maybe in theory itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea, but in all reality itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the best idea because paying them doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll support us.â&#x20AC;? - Senior Kelsey Schippers â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to have a better relationship with them, built on trust instead of just paying them.â&#x20AC;? -Junior Kirsten Maakestaad t+PDFMZO7BO%ZLF(jvd.pelladium@gmail.com),

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Reaction: Action The aftermath of the economic downturn has caused the state of Iowa to rethink their spending. Governor Chet Culver proposed state budget cuts as a necessary means of keeping the state budget balanced. In late October, Culver released a statement reducing government spending across the board by 10 percent. Because of this reduction, all areas of the school district expenditures will be scrutinized in order to meet the schools financial obligations. The greatest impact on the district will most likely come during the 2010-2011 school year.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily think that it is right because the school employees already donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make enough money, and if their salaries are cut any more, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be hard for them to make a living.â&#x20AC;?

Freshman Quay Schaus â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could cause serious problems for extracurriculars. The programs that are not required will be dropped, and that will cause lots of controversy. A lot of sports and clubs will have to find funding for themselves.â&#x20AC;?

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"#$%$&% ! Liz Core (ec.pelladium@gmail.com)

Like a Parachute Over three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably heard this statistic before. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like me, you probably read it, felt kind of guilty, and then pushed it to the back of your mind. It is nothing shocking about hearing that there are millions of people who are too poor to sustain life. We may feel remorse for those in need and look at them with pity, but after a while, statistics like this one become merged into something completely unreal and unimaginable to us. We have never been directly exposed to the reality of those three billion suffering people so, to us, they are just a number. Something distinctly detestable exists about how we live in America, and I think we all know that. We have too much; others have nothing. We know. So, why do the privileged countries of the world continue to ignore the devastation? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because no one cares. Caring is something that Americans are uniquely good at. What I think it is is that we simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the horror of the situation. It is almost impossible to imagine that others are in so much distress when we are surrounded by warmth, nutrition

and entertainment. Our media system, the epicenter for American opinion, has taken control of the majority of our attention. Whether it is the economy or inner-circle politics, Americans are constantly bombarded by what the media deems important enough to worry about. Of course, there is nothing wrong with news sources; they are one of the most important sectors of social change. But, as long as we are unable to turn our gaze from the problems occurring in our own country, we will never be able to make a change in the world outside of our borders. It should be easy for the privileged in the world to take charge. We have all the ammunition: the money, the information and the health. However, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much lethargy in the mindset of the modern American as well as too much preoccupation with what is going on in our own country that we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on anything else. Our eyes are so set on gas prices and unemployment rates that we cannot see the hopelessness in the eyes of our world co-inhabitants. For those of you that argue that what we are going through right now in America is deserving of all our attention, realize that

we are not the only country and we are not the only people suffering right now. According to UNICEF, 24,000 children die each year due to poverty. Most of those children die without a funeral, burial or any recognition at all. Yet here we are, scrambling for enough vaccines for a flu virus that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily fatal. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even take any credit for the aid we send to developing countries, because for every one dollar we send, 25 dollars are spent on debt repayment in America. How did we allow this to happen? Young people are quick to forget that within a few years, we will be the ones making the decisions that will change how people live, work and function. Instead of setting the blame on the baby-boomers, our own generation has the ability to make a permanent change in not only our country, but in our world. Once we can establish a way for our overabundance to spread out evenly to developing countries, our own bloated economy will probably deflate but stability will increase. Americans need to level out the playing field. In toning down our own media hysteria, our fear of change will diminish as well.

Nathan Kooker (nk.pelladium@gmail.com)

Reading is Dangerous You are reading. Congratulations, you rank among the literate of society. Now, why do you do this? If you share a motive with the rest of the newspaper-perusing population, you read because you want to attain the information and insight provided here within. You, my audience, and I, the writer, are making a connection, a transfer of knowledge, and we are doing so through the phenomenon of language. Language by definition is communication via a system of symbols, signs, sounds or gestures, and communication is the sharing of thoughts between the minds of two beings. In light of this, it is language which has enabled the dispersion of knowledge between men, and in effect, it is language which has shaped society. We cannot deny this significance, but allow me to shed some light on a different side of things. Forget â&#x20AC;&#x153;Language: the foundation of all that is prosperousâ&#x20AC;? and meet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Language: a hindrance to clear communication.â&#x20AC;? Read slowly. The ideas that originate from within our noggins are the products of elaborate and circuitous thought processes. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more is that each of

our own processes is utterly unique. We all experience those moments in daily life when we â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;trip over our own words,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and sputter syllables aimlessly as our pressured minds struggle to construct a phrase which conveys a thought. Our own logic can seem so unambiguous until it must be communicated to someone else. This paradox has roused a philosophical question: Can language serve as an accurate representation for all ideas? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the philosophical answer: Nope. There exists a contemporary school of thought regarding the matter known as ordinary language philosophy. It reasons that language is merely a quasi-perfect means of communication, and thus it is impossible for someone to wholly express the thoughts which they conceive in the complexities of their mind. There will always be a dichotomy, or a difference in opinion, between what a thinker means, what they say, and what an audience interprets. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be rational, accepting ordinary language philosophy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t render verbal language completely ineffective. Expressions such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dog attacked the mailman on

Tuesday,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drinking motor oil will lead to your death,â&#x20AC;? are not easily misinterpreted. Mankind has, since the dawn of language, been able to flourish because verbal communication was successfully designed to transplant concrete information from one mind to another, just not the logic behind it. Until scientists invent telepathy, we are stuck with verbal language. To propose that we stop speaking words would be more farfetched than to propose we stop breathing oxygen. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not implying your reformation, just your consideration. With ordinary language philosophy in mind, communicate with more conscientiousness. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that there is no guarantee the unaltered logic of your own mind can be successfully paralleled to the minds of those who hear your words or read your writing. Strive for simplicity in your logic, and examine the factual validity in your speeches, in your essays, in your daily conversations, in your humor, in your grammarless text messages, and even in your Facebook posts. Are we all on the same page here?


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Built to Spill returns to the forefront of the indie scene with their seventh full length album, There Is No Enemy. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Doug Martsch, carries the sound and tune he pioneered and has seemingly perfected over the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventeen year ./60( â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indieâ&#x20AC;? band, Built to long career. Somehow, though, Built to Spillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest Spill album sounds fresh and Martschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s straightforward ./*$0( Their new album, and simple voice projects its message flawlessly over There is no Enemy the effect-laden guitars. There Is No Enemy fails to hide any hint of passion from Martschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics and the energy of the music behind what is seemingly just simple and subdued guitars. The album opens up with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aisle 13,â&#x20AC;? a song that would fit right into any album from Built to Spillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catalog. A few songs after is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boredomâ&#x20AC;? which is probably the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest emotional and energetic point. Catchy, and still effect-laden, guitars play as Martsch sings out the opening lines â&#x20AC;&#x153;Break out the water/kinda celebrate/ Welcome back good old boredom/Not so bad seems great.â&#x20AC;? Essentially, it is about being content with your life, and the serene, untroubled state your life is in after getting through a tragedy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice break from the more somber and emotional subject matter that most of the songs deal with. The angry, frustrated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patâ&#x20AC;? kicks off the second half of the record while 3 f-bombs are dropped in succession in the faux calmness of almost all the lyrics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doneâ&#x20AC;? returns the album to its more composed roots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planting Seedsâ&#x20AC;? somewhat spikes in your ears after listening to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Done,â&#x20AC;? but it still is signaling the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming end. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a song that I could hear at the end of a mediocre 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teen movie and be interested enough to watch the credits roll to hear its tune. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Fall Apartâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;? clock in at a combined 14 minutes, as time is no stranger to Built to Spill albums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;? is an almost perfect end to a brilliant record, displaying a range of emotion and feeling in its nearly 8 minute shell. In its entirety, There Is No Enemy is a complete record. It has its shining moments, but no one or two songs will out shine anything single part. It almost begs to be listened to in one sitting, and in that one sitting Martschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always relaxed voice will take you on a roller coaster with his lyrics and guitar.    t#FOKJ.D&MSPZ CNFQFMMBEJVN!HNBJMDPN

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