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Volume 83, Issue 1
September 21, 2010
Today’s lesson: Student teaching 101 Students involved in Deanna S c h o e f f ’s exploratory teaching class are doing more for their mentor teachers than just grading papers and helping with spelling. Schoeff said almost all the students have put in extra time, dropping by during study hall or stopping by at the end of the day, and their mentor teachers are impressed. For senior Kristin Conway, walking into teacher Kristen Fuson’s developmental preschool class at Van Buren means more than getting a “birthday cake” constructed of toys made for her -- even when it’s not her birthday. Most of the students in the class have speech trouble, a problem that some of the students will grow out of, but some won’t. Conway helps with circle time, goes over the calendar, helps with stations and helps with colors, but one of the main things she wishes she could do during her two
Rachael Roesler Staff writer
SENIOR KRISTIN CONWAY HELPS a student in Kristen Fuson’s developmental preschool class say the names of the colors and count the blocks that they have stacked up. photo/brittany knuckles
periods at Van Buren is help with speech.
“When I leave, they go work with the speech teacher, and I want to be a speech teacher. I want to stay, but I can’t because I have to come back here.” Because Conway helps in a developmental class, one of her favorite things about being in there is watching the students communicate with others and seeing how they progress. With her nephew in the class, Conway found it hard at first to leave because he would cry. After a while, she had to learn to treat all the kids the same way, and not direct all of her attention to one student; she had to begin treating her nephew like she was just any other teacher and they aren’t related. With several siblings, senior Shantelle Meacham is right at home surrounded by youngsters. Like Conway, Meacham enjoys working stations and calendar time, as well as helping with letters and making patterns in teacher Gail Dixon’s kindergarten class. Because Meacham is taking the psychology class, she doesn’t always have a class seventh hour. Instead of going home on days that
she doesn’t have class, Meacham stays at Van Buren for her normal time sixth period to the end of seventh period. Although Meacham doesn’t always understand what Dixon’s instructions are and has occasionally messed up when explaining the rules to the class, she still enjoys every moment of cadet teaching. “I think that you’re going to make mistakes, but you’ve got to learn from the mistakes to be a better teacher,” said Meacham. In order to be a cadet teacher, one must have at least a 3.0 GPA, as well as written recommendations from other teachers at PHS approved by Schoeff. “I don’t necessarily need someone with a 4.0. I need someone that’s patient, willing to work and someone that’s willing and able to make mistakes,” said Schoeff. “They’re going to screw up; I need someone who can take criticism.” Once signed up, there is one week for placement with a teacher. Usually, the first step in the classroom is observing the class, grading papers or tutoring. The program is a chance for students to get involved in the classroom with younger students and explore their interest in teaching “It’s a good program to get into,” said Conway.
At this football game ... there will be blood
Blood drive at Lucas Oil Stadium game will benefit Franklin Community Schools student
School nurse Debbie Draper The game of a offered her view on donating lifetime is coming blood. “It helps someone other up for the fighting than [yourself], and then you Quakers -but feel good.” Draper assuaged the everyone else attending the game will common fear of needles by saying have the chance to save a life. Eligible the process of withdrawing blood donors attending the high school is “just part of life.” It’s the only football games at the Marsh Classic way one can donate blood. “If this Saturday, September 25, at Lucas you’re interested in donating, Oil Stadium will have the opportunity that’s how they get [the blood.]” to donate blood. “You’re lucky if you’re healthy “While we have the opportunity enough to be able to [donate],” to enjoy a day of great high school said Draper. “You may appreciate football with the Marsh Classic, we [blood donations] if you receive also have the opportunity to give the it someday.” gift of life,” said a press release from Draper made it clear that there Franklin Community Schools. Student are always people in need of athlete Evan Meade from Franklin blood. “You see it all the time was diagnosed with Leukemia last January, and it’s because of him that AT ONE OF the Student Council-sponsored blood drives last [because scientists] can’t create the event is being organized. year, then-junior James Grasty donates blood during one of his blood artificially.” She also said file photo/grady farris it could be a fun thing to do “Evan was a typical high school free periods. with friends at the game. Draper sophomore last year,” said Mike After being diagnosed with the lifesaid students might as well do McGraw, executive director of athletics at Franklin High School on the threatening disease in January, Meade something useful why they’re at the game Franklin High School athletics website. spent many days in the hospital and went by helping save a life. Junior John Daum was a blood recipient “Fun and friends were the important things through chemo treatments. At the football game, the blood drive will earlier in his life. He was five when he was in life, and the rest was responsibility – something he was pretty good at be held on the biggest stage at the event in diagnosed with cancer in his 11th rib; and order to serve as many donors as possible. because of the help of blood transfusions, accepting.”
Justin Young Copy editor
he was able to live. On the importance of blood donations, he said, “Your blood goes bad, and you need more. If you don’t get it, you die.” The Mayo Clinic says that only 5% of eligible blood donors actually donate, but 20% of people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lifetime. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone needs blood and that there are 14 million blood transfusions every year. The school also hosts a yearly blood drive, and among the donors last year was junior Katie Wiegand. Wiegand donated last year because she thought of it as “something good to do.” Wiegand has also seen the importance of the donations when her younger brother was once hospitalized and needed a blood transfusion. “That’s one of the reasons I donated blood,” she said. “It helped my brother.” Wiegand dispelled myths of the big, painful needles by saying that it didn’t hurt and only made her feel a little weird after. “Don’t think of blood being taken,” Wiegand said. “Think of it being donated.”
upcoming events: Key Club & Octagon Club are co-sponsoring a canned food drive at the last home football game on October 8 ...
September 21, 2010
[NEWS in BRIEF]
Marching to the same beat
it’s worth it,” said Bloom. Junior Kayla Stewart also is nervous about some competitions. “I am nervous about playing at Though practices started Lucas Oil Stadium because the in the middle of summer, the sound doesn’t vocalize off the band competition season is walls as easily,” said Stewart. just around the corner. The “I’m also worried about Semitheme of the band show State because something always this season is “Midnight goes wrong. I want to do really Sonata” which is based well at Semi-State this year.” off of Beethoven’s work, Included with the marching “Moonlight Sonata.” instruments are an army of vampires In the upcoming wielding flags, rifles and sabres weekends, the band is going weaving in and out of the movements. to be preforming at local “I think the guard show is doing venues including Avon and really good; we are working as a team Lucas Oil Stadium. to try and help each other out and “I’m excited about the it’s doing really well,” said Stewart. competitions because they “This year, I think we have a bigger are exciting and fun,” said guard and I feel like we are stronger junior Hannah Bloom. But together and work harder together.” for some, the upcoming The potential for upcoming season seems to have practices are expected to be great. something missing. “There “The leadership is pretty really isn’t any motivation ON THE FIELD at an after-school practice, sophomore Ben Taylor marches with the band in preparation for an upcoming good this year ... better than I (for me) because we don’t competition. PHS hosted their annual band festival in late September. thought it would be,” said Bloom. photo/grady farris have the awesome seniors And not far behind is the potential from last year,” said of the show, compared to other still approach. “I’m excited for the for Semi-State because it determines if you schools. “I think our show is really good and I Bloom. Even with the absence of the familiarity Plainfield band festival because we have go to State or not, but I’m excited because think we can win State with it,” said Stewart. of previous band members, the competitions our major competition here. I’m nervous we get to find out if we get to go State, so
Chris Rohrer Co-managing editor
testing to begin in December PSAT sign-ups open now ECA November remediation classes lined up Grady Farris Photo editor
For sophomores, it’s free. For juniors, it’s $13. But Guidance Counselor John Newbold feels the cost is totally worth it to take the PSAT on October 13. Newbold believes juniors should take the PSAT because “they can receive scholarships, such as the National Merit Scholarship,” said Newbold. The National Merit Scholarship picks students out of the top percentage of examinees and awards scholarships based on the scores students received on the exam. “Also, they can get access to My College Quickstart [a service that helps students plan for college]. It’s a junior level test, so to take it as a junior would be the most beneficial to get feedback for the SAT,” said Newbold. My College Quickstart is a program offered through the College Board, a resource for college-bound students that
offers information from good study habits to scholarship recommendations. In addition, Newbold noted, “Studies show that the more you take the PSAT, the better a student’s SAT scores are.” Newbold said students should use the study guide available from the Guidance Department, as well as access online programs to prepare, like collegeboard.com photo/grady farris to get up-to-date and relevant information on the PSAT, as well as other national-level tests for students planning for college. Not only should students take a practice test to prepare, but Newbold also advised them to take the test seriously. “Get a good night of sleep, eat breakfast,” said Newbold. “It might be free or a low price, and it might seem like a long test, but take it seriously. Just come prepared and well-rested.”
Kaitlin Tipsword Editor-in-chief
The ECA (end of course assessment), previously known as the GQE, will start once again in December for those taking Biology I, Algebra II, English 10 or any student whom has not passed the Algebra I and English 10 tests. The ECA is a standardized test issued by the state to make sure all students are qualified to graduate. It also measures how well the school is following state standards in their curriculum. Algebra II and English 10 tests must be passed, while passing the Biology I test is not a requirement, though encouraged. Assistant Principal of Curriculum Marissa Donovan said, “I think the ECA is good because it forces us to make sure our curriculum is aligned with the way the state has changed the standards.” Donovan works with devising a curriculum that follows state standards, as well as Plainfield’s personal expectations. Donovan believes that most students will have passed the tests by their sophomore years. Otherwise, Donovan said, “Anyone who hasn’t passed is required to participate in some form of remediation.” This year, there are no remediation classes set up for students who have not
passed the English 10 ECA. The school has set up remediation classes to begin in November to prepare for the test. “English 10 remediation will take place before or after class the month before the test,” said Donovan. “Our job is to prepare students for the test.” State standards objectify something that is very subjective, Donovan explained. “What a student knows and understands is very subjective. A teacher who’s worked with the student for years could paint a picture of what that is, but the state and nation want a way to quantify student learning.” The state standards are heading in a national direction. Donovan said that in a few years, the school may see a national curriculum and a national test, much like the SAT and ACT, to “quantify” students’ knowledge. Donovan said that Plainfield would not lower its expectations of its students if the curriculum becomes based on a national standard. She said, “Plainfield will continue to have the same expectations as always, while meeting the standards that we are required to.” “It will continue to change as we get into the common core standards,” said Donovan.
National Honor Society offers tutoring to struggling students Kelsey Dickinson Staff writer
The National Honor Society is opportunity. I would like to see more students participate. sponsoring a tutoring system that The National Honor Society students who are in the is offered to all Guidance Office after students every day each day would like “I hope that it really helps those school after school until 3:30 p.m. to help anyone who needs This opportunity has been available who come for tutoring.” extra help or instruction.” at the school for over 20 years. One of the NHS tutors is --Jamie Nichols, senior First year NHS Sponsor Jamie Alyssa Griffey. She Nichols is heading up the tutoring NHS sponsor explained her introduction system this year. “I hope that it really into becoming involved helps those who come for tutoring,” Nichols said. with this system. “I am participating in tutoring students “Unfortunately, not many students take advantage of the after school as a way to earn community service hours. I
am hoping that I can help students with the classes that I once struggled with,” she said. Griffey has not had the opportunity to tutor yet, but is expecting to soon. “I am planning on assisting in a sessions on specific days that fit my schedule. I believe my strongest academic areas are within Spanish and mathematics,” she said. Students interested in receiving help can stop by the Guidance Office after school, Monday through Friday, to meet one-on-one with NHS students. Questions about the program can be directed to Nichols or any NHS member.
September 21, 2010
PRICE of talent
Sophomore Eleanor Price adds artistic flair to flute, piccolo, piano
Four hours a day. Twenty-eight hours a week. One hundred twenty hours a month. One thousand four hundred forty hours a year. Using these calculations, it took sophomore Eleanor Price about 7,200 hours to become the musician that she is. Price has been playing the flute for five years. Since she moved here from South Dakota, she has experienced many advances in her skill. “I’ve found a good private teacher since I came here,” said Price. “She lives in Pittsboro, so it’s a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. Living next to a city also gives me a lot more opportunity than I had in South Dakota, because I lived in such a small area there.” Not only does Price play the flute, but also the piano and piccolo. Flute instructor Kendra Phillips got Price started with playing the piccolo. “We started talking about it when she saw the piccolo I had,” Phillips said. “For some reason she wanted to play it more than I did at the time, so her parents got her one and she adapted to it very easily.” Price has been playing the piccolo since the beginning of summer in 2009. Playing the flute, piccolo, and piano seems as if it would be challenging and stressful, but Price enjoys it. “I like playing multiple instruments because it gives me an opportunity to change things around sometimes. I think it makes me better, more well-rounded person,” she said. This year marks Price’s eighth year on the piano. She began lessons with Clarks Creek Elementary music teacher Angie Swincher. For about a year after Price moved here, she did not have a piano teacher. Price said, “A friend gave me her phone number when she said she took piano lessons. I had quit after I moved from South Dakota, and I wanted to take lessons again.” Swincher said, “I’ve seen her progress with piano and with the flute because I accompany her. She’s a hard worker and has a lot of natural talent. I enjoy having her as a student because she’s so conscientious. She always wants to do her best. Some of her pieces for flute solos have challenging piano parts, so it’s challenging for me too. It’s forced me to put time in which has been nice.” About piano playing, Price added, “I like that I can just sit down and do it anytime, and I can improvise on it. It’s also less effort to start, because you have to assemble the flute.” Regarding her musical accomplishments, Price had a solo in the marching band last year and she was first chair in symphonic band for a large portion of second semester last year when she was a freshman. This year, Price has yet another solo for the marching band show. Not only is Price involved in all of these band-related activities, her talents spread to the choral department as well. Price is in Belles et Beaux show choir band. Choral director Jonelle Heaton said, “She played the synthesizer last year and a little bit of flute at times, and I don’t know what I want her to do this year.” Belles et Beaux band is an essential part of show choir. “They provide backup music. Without Belles et Beaux band we would have no accompaniment, which would mean we would have no music to sing with,” said Heaton. “When we danced without singing, it would just look ridiculous. I enjoy having Eleanor as a member of the Belles et Beaux band because she is very talented, she is very dedicated and committed to what our goal is. That, and she is just a pleasant young lady to be around.” Even with the challenges that come with being a musician, Price said she wouldn’t trade it for anything. “I like being a musician because I think it makes me see the world in a slightly different way,” she said. “I just formulate thoughts more clearly and it helps me to understand the world better.”
Jordan Jones Staff Writer
Ode to Eleanor: My best friend By Lauren Cameron, 10
“And we have a new flute player this year!” Mr. Cummings said, catching my attention for the first time during his ‘first day of school’ lecture. Band class was usually fun, but the first day was always a drag, and being in eighth grade, I had sat through his speech two times already. It was fifth period, and word had gone around about the new girl. From what I heard, she was small, quiet and apparently played the flute. Curious, I glanced over to the right, at our humble flute section and at the newcomer. Her pale complexion turned pink when he mentioned her name, “This is Eleanor Price.” Mr. Cummings said, and she waved her hand shyly, “You’re from South Dakota, right?” She nodded her head. Mr. Cummings continued, “Well, we’re glad to have you in our band Eleanor, we hope you enjoy it here.” She just nodded again and looked at the ground. I turned around and looked at my best friend in the chair next to me. She gave me a look and I could tell what was on her mind. I nodded, and turned back to face Eleanor. Mr. Cummings talked for a little while longer, but eventually looked at the clock and let us pack up our instruments. Quickly, we sprung into action. We super-speed packed our clarinets and hurried over to Eleanor. She had opened her new locker, and was now securing her flute safely inside. We
smiled and introduced ourselves; now it was time to see just what we had here. I started with a question that took her off guard, “Do you like Star Wars?” She looked at me for a moment, then smiled, a bit taken aback. “Yeah, I like Star Wars.” And that’s how it began. We continued to “interrogate” her, and invited her to eat lunch with us. I think she thought we were crazy (we are) and it turned out she was pretty crazy too, as soon as she started really talking to us. Little did I know that first day when I freaked her out by asking her a bunch of stupid questions that she would end up being one of the best friends I will ever have. Out of our little group of friends, I was probably the one who she talked to the most. We were alike in a lot of ways, and I knew what she was going through. It was only a few years earlier that I had moved to Plainfield myself, so we had something in common there. As the year continued, we got to know her more and more in our group of friends, and before we knew it she was one of us. We’ve stuck together throughout these two years, and still rough it out together now. Most weekends you can find us at her house with a few other friends, playing extreme capture the
“When I think I know her, she does something I wouldn’t expect...”
flag, and doing epic battle reenactments, or just sitting around playing Risk, and watching Monty Python, But whatever it is, it’s always a good time. That first time I met her, I never would have known how good she was at laser tag, or how well she could impersonate the Monty Python historian. That first day of band we all knew that she played the flute. But we didn’t know she was a flute master. I had never heard anything like it. And that was two years ago. She has certainly progressed in her playing abilities in marching band. There were lots of good times during band class, camp and competitions with Eleanor. During our freshman year, lots of it was spent reassuring her for her solo, or congratulating her every time on a job well done. In our group of friends, we often pick on her for being such a beast at the flute, but she knows that that’s our way of telling her how awesome she is. Eleanor never ceases to amaze me. When I think I know her, she does something I wouldn’t expect from a teenager (For example, reading the History of the Anglo Saxons just for fun). It doesn’t happen as often now, but every so often, I continue to learn new things about this epic, funny, considerate, genius, bookworm, peace keeper, nerdy, extreme, friendly and all-around amazing South Dakotan I am proud to call a best friend. page design/ jordan jones
September 21, 2010
Mosque-y business Controversial “Park 51” discussed
Proposed “Park 51” Islamic Center
Aly Weigel staff writer
What’s going on?
A proposed Islamic Center to be built two blocks north of Ground Zero, the location where the Twin Towers once stood before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The project is led by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan. Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has also been a key member in the decision making of the proposed Islamic Center.
Ground Zero photo/ blog.suntimes.com
Two sides to the story
The top headlines in the news nowadays are the mosque being built by Ground Zero, 9/11 being National Burn a Quran Day and the Islamaphobia that seems to be uprising. Being very controversial subjects, I was asked why I believe the mosque should be allowed to be built by Ground Zero. I am an American Muslim. Every morning, I stand up and pledge allegiance with the rest of my classmates. Many times, I lead the pledge on the loudspeaker. When the plane crashes on 9/11 struck, the reaction of many were along the lines of, “Those Muslims flew two planes into the World Trade Center and killed thousands of people.” THOSE Muslims? It was “We the People” with no regard to what religion one practiced. I am a Muslim who happens to be an American citizen, and an American citizen who happens to be a Muslim. Am I considered any less a part of this society, this community and this school? All Muslims cannot be held accountable for the action of some extremists. Let’s remember, on that day, many Muslims died as well. A mosque by Ground Zero would not be a trophy; the mosque being built by Ground Zero is completely acceptable. What one may counter argue could fall along the lines of, “Yeah, I understand it’s constitutionally okay, but morally?” Well, yes. Morally, the mosque would be a great representation of the values that America has. Building a mosque by Ground Zero would show countries not fond of America that as a whole, we are accepting, tolerant and do abide by the laws that we make. The First Amendment secures freedom of religion to the people of America. If this mosque is not built where it is destined, the signal that is sent to the opposing countries is not good. If this mosque ends up being moved, a chain reaction could start. Already, there have been two mosque building plans turned down around the United States. What is this Islamaphobia that has been created? Where are the core beliefs that our country was built upon?
The World Trade Center site is hallowed ground. It is for many the only burial site they have to lost loved ones. In this current heated issue, location matters. Ground Zero is the site of the greatest mass murder in American history. So when putting a 13 story mosque and Islamic center less than two blocks away from this hallowed site, you can already sense the controversy. Although the acts of 9/11 were done by an extremist sect, which is a minority of Islam, it is still very hard for most people to see this is the right thing to do. A current CNN poll shows that nearly 70% of Americans oppose the controversial plan. And when broken down by party affiliation; 54% of Democrats oppose, while 82% of Republicans oppose, and 70% of Independents oppose the building of the Cordoba House (which is one of the proposed names for the Islamic Center and mosque). Even the name is controversial. Cordoba is of course the city that the Muslim army conquered in Spain. All this, and the founders of the mosque and Islamic center just say that they are trying to build bridges of peace with the American people. But, if they were really seeking to build bridges of peace, they should find another place for the mosque.
-Matt Allee, 11
-Anum Ahmed, 12
To build or not to build?
“I think it is wrong for them to build a mosque there. They could move it a few more blocks away.”
“I think it’s okay to build it. This is a free country, and it goes for everyone.”
“We have churches there, so why can’t they have a mosque? They have rights just like we do.”
“I could see both sides. The terrorists were Muslim, but there were also Muslims who died in 9/11.”
“They have the right to build there without a doubt. Our country was founded on religious tolerance.”
- Cameron Lusk, 9
-Lindsey Turner, 10
-Zach Land, 11
-Sarah Janssen, 12
-Brian Pelkey, history teacher
page design/ aly weigel
September 21, 2010
A look at
Banned Books Week: Sept. 25-Oct. 2 Ready to set up her fifth annual “Banned Books Week” display in the Media Center, Media Specialist Lael DuBois shares her thoughts on the practice of censoring books. Her goal with the Media Center exposition is to inform students about books that have been forbidden elsewhere. Q: What is Banned Books Week? A: “It is a national event to raise awareness on the books that have been banned -but not just for that. I like to set up my display so that students can come take a look at these books and maybe even go, ‘Wow ... I can’t believe that book is banned’.” Q: What does it mean when a book is banned? A: “It means that a book has gotten enough complaints from parents, or really anybody. They can do this if they [those who complain] don’t like a specific genre, or the material specifically in it. However, the book is always still available to students. They can go to a public library and check them out or still buy them at any store because they don’t censor the kinds of books they get. At Plainfield, we don’t ban books from our Media Center. However, we do have a challenge form available. If a parent reads a book that is in our library and believes it’s inappropriate, then they can get a challenge form and have us review it. We’ve never had a parent challenge one of our books before. We always go through our books and review them before purchasing any of them, so we never just get random books and put them on display. We help to buy our books partially by student suggestions.” Q: Why do we have a Banned Books Week? A: “We should have it because everyone has their own views, whether it be religious or ethical. But no matter what, it goes back to the readers choice of if they want to read a banned book.” Q: Have any states ever banned a book? A: “In my times of being a school librarian, no. But there have been school systems that ban certain books from their media center. And those books, I believe, should never have been created. I also do not see any changes in the future that could lead us to banning a book from an entire state.” Q: Do you believe that it is right to ban books entirely from a school? A: “I believe in the importance of the First Amendment that gives us a choice in what we read, but there are certain books that should not be used in schools.”
Zach Golay Staff writer
TEN TOXIC TALES
Several books have made the “banned books list” for their content -- be it too sexual, too socially controversial, too violent, inappropriate for children or containing views that go against religious beliefs. Books that have been banned from schools or public libraries include:
1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 2. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter 3. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff 4. The Twilight Series by Stephenie H. Meyer 5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman 6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 7. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 9. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury source/american library association
Do you think that it is acceptable to ban books in school? POLL
“No, it’s not because it’s just a story and no harm can come from it so long as you’re mature about it.” - Cameron Lusk, 9
“I think that it’s wrong because it takes away from our freedom and our First Amendment rights. And it’s just a story so most of its not true.” - Ashlynn Fries, 10
“I think that books should be censored because kids take some books, like Harry Potter, way too seriously. Then they start dressing like it and basing their whole life.” - Lindsey Cox, 11
“I think that there’s nothing wrong with the book; it’s fantasy. If you can’t handle it, then your choice in reading the book should be at your parents’ discretion.” - Ryan Noonan, 12
say books should not be banned
11% say books should
poll source/ 100 students, 9/14/10 page design/zach golay and case marsteller
September 21, 2010
Rich in tradition
Band Director Brad Roberts uses experience in teaching to propel the band program for the second decade
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What’s with all the traffic? photo/grady farris
Reconstruction project coming to an end
Taylor Werner Walking through dirt, loud noises everywhere from the Staff-writer equipment, not to mention the
traffic. That’s what residents will find if they take a stroll down Main Street. But -- not to worry. “The construction is scheduled to be finished around December,” according to Plainfield Transport Director Don McGillem. The reconstruction of U.S. 40 in Plainfield was planned six to seven years in advance, due to deterioration of the road throughout the past few years. However, the project did not start until August 2009, and is due to be completed by December 13. “The project will probably carry over into spring because of the plants that are still going to need to be planted,” McGillem. Many wonder why this project was even proposed. The answer, said McGillem, was that the sanitary sewer, water lines, storm sewers, sidewalks, new traffic signals and new street lighting were necessary to
recreate the street and shopping center that U.S. 40 once was to Plainfield. Residents located near the construction site find sleeping, maintaining a clean and safe environment and traveling difficult in their current state. Senior Andy Courtot does not enjoy the present state of the environment. “I literally live right across from their main station,” said Courtot. “We call it ‘ground zero’. As you can imagine, all of the Gradex Construction equipment kicks up a lot of dust. It’s been almost a year and I don’t even bother washing my car anymore; it gets just as dirty within a few hours.” He also said that the construction not only affects himself, but his entire family. “During the day, large yellow construction equipment whizzed by my house and I knew it wasn’t going to end well,” said Courtot. The effect on his family is evident when considering the occupation of Courtot’s father. He is a trucker for Con-Way Freight
In less than 20 minutes, one could pick up a meal at McDonalds. One could take a shower, feed the dog or iron some slacks. In less than 20 minutes, one could do any of these things. In less than 20 minutes, junior Markella Taivalkoski and sophomores Brynn Olinger and Kylie Cason can run the 5K. The 5K is exactly 3.1 miles. To run 3.1 miles in less than 20 minutes, each girl must be running at least .155 miles per minute or .0026 miles per second. In years past, the school’s record for the 5K was run in 19 minutes and 41 seconds. On September 11, these girls broke that record. Cason now holds the record with a time of 19 minutes and 35 seconds. Olinger finished closely behind her with only a one second time difference. Taivalkoski finished with 19 minutes and 39 seconds. All of them broke the previous record, achieving personal bests. “As I was coming down the straightaway to the finish, I heard another coach say ‘18:19,’ and then I knew that I was going to either break the record or come really close to it,” said Cason. “That, in itself, made me run harder to make it to the finish.” Olinger, however, was less concerned with the time, using her opponents to drive her forward.
“I think about why I’m running, what’s going to motivate me to race and what my purpose is,” said Olinger. “My goal now is to focus on beating certain people, and not so much on times.” Olinger and Taivalkoski are also team captains. They help to encourage all of the girls to run to the best of their abilities, as well as instill the importance of good practice habits into the team to protect them from injury. The captains form a strong bond with the other girls. Both captains were proud of Cason’s new position as top runner. Olinger said, “She deserves it. She works hard and always keeps a positive attitude. It [breaking the record] showed that pushing each other in practice makes each other better.” Olinger, herself, is merely a sophomore, but she is the former top runner, up until this recent meet, at least. “I still have three years left to run, and I want to get better and improve my time,” said Olinger. All three runners see this victory as a foretelling of what may happen later in the season. Each emphasized the importance of bonding with the team to succeed throughout the whole season, as a singular person and as a team. “It feels so great because I know that I have teammates who have gotten me to this point.” Cason has hopes that reach further than just late season. She hopes to become
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and runs the night time line haul. He sleeps during the day, and Courtot said the noise from the construction keeps him from getting the amount he needs for work. “If you can only imagine working an excess of 70 hours a week and trying to get sleep with, at first, the blunt force of metal on metal, driving the support pillars for the new bridge, and after, the sound of dump trucks, Caterpillar equipment and Ford F150 trucks driving back and forth while trying to sleep,” he said. His grandmother has also been ruffled since the construction has begun. She has been diagnosed with late-stage Alzheimer’s and “the large ‘yellow things’ cause her anxiety not knowing what these things are and and why they are outside of the house,” said Courtot. “I also heavily dislike that there is unexpected traffic coming from all direction,” he added, explaining the amount of traffic behind the stores used to escape the heavy traffic on the main roads. However, Courtot recognizes the reasons
 behind the equipment. “I think they are out there for a legitimate reason, to repair the road, but the city and Gradex seems to be dragging their feet. For example, the laborers have put in all of the sidewalks except for in front of Al’s. Also, with all the brick work, it seems they are either juggling too many projects, or lazy. I just hope they return ‘Ground Zero’ back to, or pretty close to, its original state.” The construction in downtown Plainfield has been a problem and a stress for not only people trying to get from place to place, but also the businesses around that area. “Sales are 25 percent to 30 percent down,” said CarpetsPlus manager Linda Schroeder. CarpetsPlus was one of the few businesses that escaped the ‘facade project,’ because they had already restored the outside of their building. Other businesses also faced the hardships of being located near construction. According to Dairy Queen Office Manager Jill Choate, business is down 60 percent because the lanes are closed to the entrances to Dairy Queen and people are not being courteous enough. She explained, “We put up signs down the alleyway to tell people how to access Dairy Queen easier, but the construction workers keep having to take it down. It’s going to be very nice when it’s done and it’s really going to make downtown Plainfield look nice.” McGillem acknowledged “the project has definitely hurt business while we’ve been here and it’s definitely created problems.” The Town Council had gotten many complaints from Dairy Queen and Al’s donuts. “Flapjacks had a meeting with us not too long ago and even though it’s affecting business, they are still excited with the project.” Acually, many businesses seem pretty excited about it. Some businesses are booming with the construction going on, McGillem noted that Sal’s parking lot and the parking lot across the street are usually full of construction workers from around 6:00 to 6:30. “We will see in time if we can make the sales up and if it will be worth all the trouble,” said Schroeder. “They’ve been telling us for 15 years this is going to come; no one should really be surprised.”
Three runners, one broken record
IN A RACE for the finish, sophomores Brynn Olinger, Kylie Cason and junior Markella Taivalkoski focus on the competition to break the then-current record. “All of them cheering me on made me want to run harder,” said Cason. “I know I have both of them [Olinger and Taivalkoski] to work with and go at the same pace that I do on fast runs, which makes things easier for me.” photo/kevin terrell
a captain in the future, like Olinger and Taivalkoski. “This year, I know more than I knew last year, and I feel as if I understand it better. I think I could help the girls and the team, and I hang out with both of the captains and feel like I understand how they do it,” said Cason. Leadership is a key component on almost any athletic team, and developing leadership is one of the steps towards selfimprovement. Cason said, “My new goal is to try and beat my time again to make the record even lower and see if I can help my team go to State this year. I think this
will show how I will do in other meets throughout the season.” As the end of the season approaches, runners continue to focus on their main goal: making it to State. “[My advice is to] just work hard, give it all you have; and when it comes to meets, run to the best of your ability,” said Cason. “The three of us got faster and the other girls will improve by Regionals and finish off with a great season,” said Taivalkoski. Olinger agreed, adding, “It just goes to show that no sport is a sport without a team.”
September 21, 2010
Shannon Sparks, 12 “Markers are actually my favorite medium, but I painted this because the colors blended well. I also just think zombies are cool.”
Keith Saylor, 11
“I just randomly took it. Nature photography is my favorite [medium] because it’s pretty. I’ll be out for an hour and take 500 pictures.”
Melissa Vazquez, 10 “Kei is one of my favorite anime characters. I like colored pencils because they are cheap and easy to use.”
Madison Eads, 12 The way you look when you walked over, the way you look it’s as if you came and stepped on my heart on the way- and I can’t even escape it now. Proudly,without stopping you’re like a fantasy. I am just a girl bewitched by the eye. -Madison Eads, 12
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September 21, 2010
Scott Pilgrim gets it together At first glance, it’s not always obvious when a movie is based off of a graphic novel, such as in the case of the 2007 hit 300. The recent release Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the complete opposite, making its comic book roots glaringly clear. Director Edgar Wright stayed true to comic artist Bryan Lee O’Malley’s series, not only by closely following the stories, but by adding visual sound effects like comics would’ along with standard video game clichés. It isn’t uncommon in this film to see the word “POW!” cross the screen when one character’s fist makes contact with another’s face. Unlike other films based off comics, Scott Pilgrim brings the comic to life, leaving in key visual elements. For example, music in comics is completely visualized due to the fact that a reader can’t listen to text and pictures. In the film, where music plays a large role, visual sound effects appear onscreen, while a song plays, just as they would in the comic book world. These graphics haven’t appeared during fight scenes since the 1960s Batman, when many viewers considered them cheesy. Junior Clay Swincher is an avid fan of comics and has seen his fair share of big-screen adaptations, naming Batman, Spiderman and The Hulk as some of his favorites. “They were all pretty good,” he said, “The only complaint I have is about
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Hulk; he did not talk at all [in the film].” In films such as Iron Man or The Dark Knight, socks and bops covering the screen wouldn’t quite fit with the dark themes. Why, then, is this a positive element to Scott Pilgrim? Simply because it takes place in a world identical to ours, except slightly spiced up with comic book and video game effects. Without them, Scott Pilgrim could have been just another forgotten film that slid under the radar. The chronicles of a slacker trying to win the heart of a girl with oddly-colored hair wouldn’t be too exciting if its battles were simply bland fistfights. Most comicsturned-movies feature some sort of superhero, one who can use his powers to defeat enemies in a dazzling fashion. Scott, unlike Batman or Spiderman, doesn’t have any superhuman abilities, making each face-off require score counters and bosses exploding into coins for epic battles. So what makes Scott Pilgrim a step in the right direction? Cramming over 1,000 pages of source material into a two-hour movie can be considered a major accomplishment, but the real challenge is keeping its original feel. Wright, by following O’Malley’s stories closely, created a film enjoyable for fans of the series and for moviegoers who never knew about the books’ existence. That’s why future filmmakers should look to this movie adaptation as a guide to how comics should look on the big screen.
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Scott Pilgrim Fun Facts The bands The Clash at Demonhead and Crash and the Boys are named after Nintendo games. During the first fight scene, Scott is seen wearing a Plumtree shirt. The comic series was inspired by one of their songs. In the background of the third battle, a poster for a store called Honest Ed's is visible. This was a locale from the comics that was removed from the film. The flashback sequences use panels directly from the comics. Numbers or X's are visible before each battle as a hint to when there might be another brawl with an evil ex. The extra life icon seen in the movie is the same one used in the video game adaptation.
Review: The Game Cooperative brawlers are what really keep friends together. Examples include classic games such as The Simpsons’ Arcade game, River City Ransom, or even the recent title Castle Crashers. Ubisoft added another title to this lineup: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. The game supports up to four players, each getting to control one of four characters: Scott, Kim, Ramona and Stills. All players work together to fight enemies to reach the end, a concept that most people easily understand. To evoke memories of the era of blocky graphics, Scott Pilgrim features an 8-bit art style and cheesy retro sound effects. If you’re in need of betterthan-life graphics, look elsewhere. Readers of the books will be ecstatic to know that the video game adaptation crams in as much as possible to its 8-bit package. page design/case marsteller
From listing Scott’s late fees to the last cent to Gideon’s nefarious machine, Ubisoft’s game has it all. In the era of wireless gaming, though, the fact that it lacks an online component detracts from its fun. Playing alone is no fun, especially since even on its easiest mode, the one-player career is mind-numbingly difficult. There’s also a downside to co-op play: players can’t just drop in and drop out of the game at will; they must go back to the title screen to change the player lineup. Scott Pilgrim’s video game adaptation is a must-buy for fans of the comic, film, or brawlers in general. With friends, it’s a blast; without, it can be a nightmare. It has its fair share of problems, but is an enjoyable experience and a great throwback to pixilated gaming. It is available for download on PS3 or Xbox 360 for $9.99.
Score: 3.5 Power Stars
Screenshot from Ubisoft’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
September 21, 2010
Basically trained Dylan Delph Staff writer
Basic training implies that one starts out with nothing, and builds up a whole new set of knowledge. A soldier learns a certain way of life; something different than what he or she is used to. On many occasions, that soldier will come back almost a completely different person, thinking about things differently and taking things much more seriously.
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hen he left for his basic training in North Carolina on June 2, senior James Grasty felt nervous. He knew he would be gone for ten weeks doing endless amounts of training, day in and day out. Every morning he had physical training. “ [The training] was tough,” said Grasty. “We had to wake up early in the morning, every morning, and immediately start working out.” On the third week, he started his basic rifle marksmanship training, that lasted for two weeks. The total time he spent out in the field was about two and a half weeks. Aside from learning how to shoot his rifle during the day, he also learned how to shoot with night-vision goggles and a nightvision scope. The final test of Grasty’s training was an event called Victory Forge. It was five days and four nights of guarding a base. “The hardest thing about [Victory Forge] was that we had to wear full combat gear,” said Grasty. The gear consisted of a flick-vest (carries most of the accessories, like canteens and extra magazines), a bullet-proof vest, a camel back (it holds about 175 fluid ounces) and the army combat helmet. While wearing the equipment, he said the heat during Victory Forge was almost unbearable. The average temperature was 110 degrees with 95 percent humidity. “The heat wasn’t even the worst part,” Grasty said. “We were so used to getting meals and showers every day; so by the second day, we were sick of not having either one.” Grasty’s training is not completely finished. Next June, he goes to Fort Leonard in Leonard, Missouri for his advanced individual training. This is another camp that is similar to his basic training, but it teaches him more about what his job will be in the field, which is construction equipment repair. Construction equipment repairers maintain and repair trucks, bulldozers, power shovels and other equipment that is used for construction operations. After his contract in the army is up, Grasty wants to be a high school history teacher. “I find it fun teaching and helping other people,” said Grasty. His desire to teach came from when he tutored his younger brothers, Nicky and Phillip. Grasty enjoys helping people because he thinks it’s a nice thing to do. He believes when he needs help, people will return the favor to him. “I feel that after [the training] I gained a lot more discipline and I also take things more seriously,” said Grasty.
oon after school let out for the summer, senior Dakotah Thomas left for his basic training camp at Fort Leonard Wood in Leonard, Missouri. He left on May 26 and returned on August 6. He felt extremely nervous knowing that he would have to do intense training. Thomas said the hardest thing for him during training was being away from home. “I had trouble adjusting to not being around friends and family,” said Thomas. “Not just that, but also doing things I had never done before.” Throughout Thomas’ training, he became qualified with the M4 automatic assault rifle, grenades and other military weapons. He also had a field training exercise in which he was put with a squad and had to guard a base in the woods for four days in full combat gear. His gear included individual body armor, Kevlar, a load bearing vest and a camelback. When the school year ends, Thomas will be sent back to Leonard for his advanced individual training. He will be part of the military police, who enforce laws and protect personnel on military installations. The military police also secure positions that can be used for tactical operations. When Thomas’ contract in the army is up, he wants to go into law enforcement. Dakotah Thomas photo/grady farris He said that it is something that he has always wanted to do. He has been enrolled in the Plainfield Police Explorers, a program for teenagers interested in law enforcement, since December 2008. Explorers do ride-alongs with a police officer, take law enforcement courses that teach them about safety and laws and go out to do field training. When Thomas returned from his basic training he said he felt different. “I’m stronger physically and mentally. I’m also not afraid to fight back,” said Thomas.
“I think the most difficult part of basic training would be ...”
Physical labor: 40% Being away from family: 26% Getting up early: 22% No modern conveniences:8% Same clothes every day: 5%
“The physical work would be the hardest because I’m really out of shape.” --Sydney Patterson, 11 source/student poll, 100 students,9/15/10
September 21, 2010
WITH HIS BUCKET of sugar-packed indulgence, junior Charlie Hoying hands candy to a young parade-goer.
AS HE LEADS the team onto the field, senior Jordan Brouillard stirs up excitement in the crowd. “The fans get me pumped for Homecoming,” said Brouillard. “We’re loud, and we go crazy for the team.”
FIVE MEMBERS OF the drumline eagerly stand on the field as they wait to set off a night of football madness with the powerful sound of their drums.
PUMPED WITH ENERGY from the cheers and shouts of the crowd, junior Matt Clark rushes down the field. “Getting the win was really exciting because we came from behind in the last two quarters,” Clark said. “Winning Homecoming is a big deal.”
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(Right) A MASSIVE PIT of school spirited game attendees screams for the Quakers.
FOLLOWING ONE LAST play that seals the Quakers’ victory, Coach Brian Woodard celebrates modestly. “Any time we get a win, it’s a great feeling,” Woodard stated. “In football, you have a limited number of games, so every time we get a win, it’s special.”
THE WORK OF many float builders sits lined up on the football field track. In the foreground is the senior float; the junior float was declared the winner. AFTER STOPPING THE Rebels on a crucial fourth down play, senior Jordan Massey celebrates with his teammates. “It is a constant adrenaline rush,” said Massey. “We just have fun and fly to the ball.” The excitement visible on the players’ faces became more and more frequent during the last two quarters of the game.
September 21, 2010
Injuries sideline players for season, career
Darci Armitage Staff writer
Taking a break from sports was far from the mind of junior Eli Wheeler, but it became his only option. While Wheeler was at summer practice, he tried to deflect a pass and tore his ACL and meniscus. “It was kind of a freak accident. My leg turned the wrong way and I was on the ground. I couldn’t straighten or bend my knee so I knew that something was up,” Wheeler said. Freshman Amanda Hoffman definitely understands that feeling of knowing something is wrong. In the weeks before the Plainfield Relays, she was starting to feel cramps in her leg. While running in the relays, Hoffman hit a hole in the last mile, resulting in a stress fracture and a torn Achilles tendon. As an athlete on both the girls cross country team and a cheerleader, she now has many restraints on what she is allowed to do. A soccer player used to plenty of game time now also has to take time off from his passion. Varsity soccer player sophomore Caleb Fouty broke his collarbone during the game against Avon. Now out until September 23, he’s forced to put his sport on hold. “I play year-round, so it’s different to just stop at any point and time,” Fouty said. While being on a break from what she is always involved in, Hoffman has learned some things about life. “I want to push myself so when I come back I can be the best,” Hoffman said. Now, she wants others to learn from her mistake. “If it hurts tell your coach so you don’t end up like me,” she advised. Though she knows it wasn’t a fully preventable injury, this has been a learning experience for her. Two days after his incident, Wheeler underwent an outpatient surgery. “They took a third of a tendon in my leg as a new ACL. Then they had to screw my meniscus down to my leg,” Wheeler said. For about a month, he was on crutches, not allowed to do much. With friends visiting often, he spent a portion of his summer just lying around. Along with physical therapy, rest
has been a key in his recovery. Wheeler will be out for the entire football season this year, but he still attends practices to help with drills and show his Red Pride support. He’s been okayed by the doctors to ride a stationary bike and lift upper body in order to keep going for basketball season. He still is not allowed to run or let any cuts on his leg happen, as part of the recovery process from the surgery, but he is projected to be
alright to play again, in mid-January. After a month of leaving his collarbone alone with little treatment besides a sling for comfort, Fouty will be allowed to return to practices. He’ll still have a restraint keeping him from taking any contact, but he’ll be preparing for his reappearance on the field. Knowing he will still feel sore, he’s ready to get back in the game. Not only can an injury cause physical pain, the emotional side is also a factor. While Wheeler is still a part
“I want to push myself so when I come back I can be the best.” - Amanda Hoffman, 9
of the team, not participating fully isn’t what he had planned for the season. “I would really like to be out there playing, but ... I know I can’t.” Ranked in the top four of the cross country team, Hoffman would much rather be running instead of her daily stationary bike routine. “It’s horrible seeing everyone doing what you should be doing,” she said. She’s realized this injury will bring down her endurance and leg strength, so Hoffman compensates with abdominal and upper body workouts. For cheerleading Hoffman still attends practices, even though she just attends as a spectator. “Sitting and watching the girls learn and have a good time really stinks.”
Putting it all back together Step-by-step of Eli Wheeler’s emergency surgery
Step 1: Going into the meniscus to reconstruct by laying it flat out Step 2: Do the first stitch to get the meniscus back as one Step 3: Do the final stitch of three Step 4: Take a tendon out of the leg to be used as the new ACL Step 5: Go into the ankle and place in the new tendon
In sickness and in health Student athletes before, after their injuries
Sophomore Caleb Fouty DURING THE GAME against Whiteland, Caleb Fouty runs the ball down the field. This game is the only game Fouty got to play in, because the game following this was against Avon in which he injured his collar bone. “It’s supposed to be sore after I heal. That’s not going to be fun,” he said. page design/ darci armitage
Junior Elijah Wheeler IN A PRACTICE last year, Eli Wheeler was working on running the ball. Even though he will be out all of this year’s football season, he still attends practices to show his support and dedication. “I can ride the bike and I lift upper body all the time. Also, I use the stair stepper,” Wheeler said about what he does to stay in shape.
Freshman Amanda Hoffman ALONGSIDE CROSS COUNTRY teammate sophomore Brynn Olinger, freshman Amanda Hoffman motivates herself during the Plainfield Relays. Shortly after this, Hoffman hit a hole while running and injured her leg. Hoffman is ranked fourth in the school, and she always works to be better. “It’s been extremely hard because I like to push myself,” Hoffman said.
September 21, 2010
IN THE CENTER of the crowd, junior Austin Kurkowski cheers on the football team. “I think it’s important to show school spirit because it shows you care about and you support our school,” he said. Kurkowski explained that he went to games and showed spirit because he liked supporting the school.
Against Whiteland, junior Trey Hessler (#64) guards the opponents to win the game. “We’re pretty under-ranked this year, so we’re trying to prove how good our team is,” he said.
On September 3, after an exhausting play, senior Jordan Massey (#8) regains composure. “We can play with anyone, and our defense is solid,” he said. Massey said that he thought the Quakers could beat any team and stop any team’s offense.
ATHLETES IN ACTION Katie Copeland, 12 “She is always a positive teammate. She is a hard worker and she is never down on herself or other players. She is a good leader. She is a DS, which is a defensive specialist. She’s good at everything, but really good in the back row.” -Jody Bolser, coach
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Kory Pritchett, 12 “He’s always positive and always tries his hardest. He never gives up on a point, and never throws in the towel. I know he balances a lot of things, like I know he’s involved with his church, and especially his school. He’s a role model.” -Keith Parker, coach
September 21, 2010
Senior Leadership Council Emma Simpson Staff writer
Helping to improve the school
Twenty students on a mission: To accomplish as much as possible for the senior class in 180 days. The Senior Leadership Council, a group of 10 senior boys and 10 senior girls, comes from a wide variety of backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is that they were nominated to be on the council, based on specific criteria. From 20 studentsw, the group is divided into four subgroups: the Senior Exemption group, the Philanthropic group, the Spirit group and the School Life at PHS group. Senior Leadership Advisor Torrey Rodkey explained, “The Senior Leadership Council tries their best to improve the high school [through these sub-groups].” Each year, the work of the Senior Leadership Council is based on the goals and needs of the current class, according to Rodkey. In the past, the council has presented a Halloween safety presentation to the elementary students, created an informational video about school rules and reintroduced senior exemptions. “I’m in the School Life group,” said senior Michelle McGary. “Our goal is to improve life at PHS. This year, we are trying to improve attendance.” Fellow senior Matt Acton is a part of the Senior Exemptions group. “This year, we have a new plan for the attendance policy of senior exemptions. Instead of five allowed absences, like last year, this year we plan on only having four.” To kick off their time on the council, the group attends leadership training in the summer under the direction of youth speaker Ted Wiese. McGary felt that Wiese helped the Senior Leadership Council learn more about leadership skills, “...in fun and interesting ways.” She added, “[Wiese] had activities that forced everyone to lead and follow; the activities were humbling.” According to Acton, the leadership skills he learned at the summer training have already applied to his work in Senior Leadership. “The leadership training taught me to value others’ opinions and realize that others value mine,” he said. McGary agreed: “The activity put us into other people’s perspectives; it gave us an appropriate way to approach every unique student.” Hopefully, the leadership skills that seniors gained through the training will extend beyond high school. Both Acton and McGary plan on using what they have learned and applying it to future careers. “In the future, I see myself coaching, so this can help me lead in fun and interesting ways,” said McGary. Acton added that the club teaches him to lead through giving service. “The best leaders are followers,” he said. As advisor to the Senior Leadership Council, Rodkey’s responsiblity is “...to guide and not push the students. My goal is to give the seniors an oppurtunity to make senior year productive and fun. You’re only a senior once, so have fun, make it a great experience; that’s what high school is all about.”
“I’m in the Philanthropic group. We hope to give back to the community.” - Darrilyn Beemon, 12 Future perfect: 2010-11
What difference are YOU going to make?
In order to accomplish as much as possible, the Senior Leadership Council is divided into 4 sections, each with its own focus Taylor Gibbs, 12
“Our goal [as the Senior Leadership Council] is to make a difference in the school and potentially the community.”
“[I want to] get the student body more involved in the school and make the school more enjoyable for students.”
Cody Jones, 12
“My group deals with student life. We want to make school life easier, and get student input on school rules.”
Saleh El Hattab, 12
“We want to get more students involved in activities, improve attendance and have senior exemptions”
Kaylee Fulford, 12
“I’m in the Philanthropic group. We want to have a Halloween safety day for the elementary school kids.”
• create a new senior exemption plan • discuss plan with administration
• choose themes for home football games • encourage students to take pride in the school
“We want to improve the attendance at school and athletic • organize a major fundraiser for every events. We want to make the school more enjoyable for students holiday and teachers. We also want to make sure everyone is aware of • plan service projects the school policies.” School Life at PHS
- Alec Smith, 12 • improve life at PHS through increasing the attendance rate page design/ emma simpson
September 21, 2010
‘Mazing Margaret Senior participates, excels in many different endeavors Belles et Beaux “I love to sing. Belles et Beaux creates this giant family of people you would probably never talk to (otherwise). There’s so many different people who are brought together by music.”
Karate “My parents wanted me to take some selfdefense classes and once I started them, I fell in love with the art and have stuck with it.” photo/grady farris
Michelle Pea Co-managing editor WANTED: World traveling, intelligent female who loves to sing and dance. Must be skilled at self-defense. Ability to score high on tests a plus. Serious applicants only, please. Of the people scanning this want ad, a few might think they could adequately fill it. However, only one person fits the bill in all areas: senior Margaret Tharp. Tharp has done some “pretty amazing” things in her 17 years. For example, this past summer, Tharp participated in the IU Honors Program in Foreign Language where she traveled to León, Spain, with a group of 27 other Spanish students from around Indiana. According to the IU Honors Program for Foreign Language, the program is very challenging and can be academically, personally, physically, socially and, emotionally demanding. To become accepted into this program, students take a test which lasts about two hours. It consists of grammar, reading, listening comprehension and a small writing sample. If accepted, students spend seven weeks in the country where the language they are learning is spoken. Here, students take classes and learn the cultures of the native people. When not studying in foreign countries, Tharp is studying at home. Tharp received an 800 on the critical reading section of her SAT. “I didn’t prepare for the critical reading and writing sections, but I did take a math SAT prep class before I took the SAT a second time,” said Tharp. Outside of school, Tharp has other hobbies. Two to three times a week, Tharp does karate. “It’s a great stress reliever,”
she said. “You can’t think about anything else except for the karate and your techniques.” She is also a member of Belles et Beaux. “I love to sing,” she said. “Belles et Beaux creates this giant family of people you would probably never talk to [otherwise]. There’s so many different people who are brought together by music.” Tharp is always working, and to keep from getting too stressed, she tries to get things done ahead of time. “It is difficult a lot of the time,” said Tharp, talking about finding time for everything, “but I find time here and there. It is really important to use whatever time you do have to get work done.” As far as college, Tharp said her plans change a lot. “Right now I’m pretty sure that I’m going on a biochemistry/pre-med track,” said Tharp. Her grandfather suffered from Macular Degeneration, which is one of the reasons why Tharp finds this field interesting. “I want to do research on diseases that don’t have a lot of face time, but are still debilitating to people who have them.” Tharp feels that Plainfield High School has helped prepare her for her future. “[It’s helped] by offering all their AP classes and preparing me for college,” she said. “All the different activities we have the opportunity to be in have prepared me to work in groups and work with others.” Her family is also very important to her. “My parents always encourage me,” she said. “They keep me going when I’m under a lot of stress.” Tharp advises students to be sure that activities they are involved in are ones they really enjoy. “Don’t do any group just for a resumé,” she said. One lesson that can be learned from Tharp and all her “amazing” accomplishments, is that anything can be accomplished by pure will power and ambition.
SAT “I was not at all expecting to get an 800 in the critical reading section of the SAT. I read a lot, and I think that helped me to do well on that particular section.”
Spain “I spent seven weeks living and going to school in Spain ... we each stayed with a host family that quickly became like our real family.” page design/ michelle pea
September 21, 2010
Right or not? Debate arises over mosque Our Position
A new mosque being built close to Ground Zero is the Constitutional right of the Muslim community and is not unpatriotic toward the events of September 11. With a mosque in talks to be built blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Centers, many Americans are debating whether this is an insensitive move toward the families and victims of September 11. Many Americans argue that building this mosque so close to the site is insulting to the families and victims of the terrorist attacks. They believe that building a mosque like this will promote people with terrorist ideals to the area, thus resulting in a possible additional attack to the city and its citizens. However, what most people do not know is that this is actually a faith center. In other words, it is a place where anyone of any religion can come and worship. It is not a place for extremists to come and
Do you believe that the mosque should be built?
gather for the sake of causing harm to others. But most people only see the words Muslim or mosque and their minds go to the terrorists. We believe that you cannot associate a whole religion with the acts of a few members of the religion. This would be just like associating Catholics with the acts of Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. No one person defines a religion, and the Muslim faith should not be treated as terrorists. The whole actual meaning of the Quran comes down to peace. Also, something people do not take into account is that a lot of Muslims also died in the World Trade Center attacks and had nothing to do with the attacks or the terrorists who planned it. If saying that building a mosque close to the site is insensitive to the victims, would it not also be insensitive to the innocent Muslim victims? If there is one thing that the attacks of September 11 should have taught American citizens, it is to be more accepting of one’s neighbors,
“It doesn’t look good right next to Ground Zero. It’s compromising the memory of what happened there.”
-Dominic D’Angelo, 9
because in the end, we are all Americans with the s a m e rights and freedoms. If building a mosque near the site of an American tragedy is what is upsetting people most in this c o u n t r y, they need to realize that we have yet to catch some of the members of who were the cause. We should be focusing our energies on rebuilding lives and structures that were destroyed from these attacks, not taking our
“I don’t think it should be built out of respect, but I do understand where people are coming from when they say it should be built.”
-Alli Lynch, 10
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Why do people always insist on spreading rumors? I don’t get why they do it. It’s okay if you don’t like someone, but that doesn’t give you the right to go around the school telling lies about them. Sometimes, you just need to stop and think about what will happen to them. They might lose their friends or it might spread to teachers or bosses. If a rumor is about you, then just ignore it, don’t pour gas on the fire. Just tell your friends it wasn’t true and if they are really your friends, then they’ll believe you. I hope this letter will mature some people, but please stop spreading rumors. -Tyler Mayer, 9
Submit your letter to the editor in E102
“It should, because we have freedom of religion. Who really cares what you believe?”
-Cami Sorensen, 11
Editor-in-chief Kaitlin Tipsword
frustrations and fears out on a whole religion. What happened to the World Trade Center was done by a sliver of a population who just happened to be Muslim, not all Muslims.
“It is well within their rights. It could be offensive to some, but there isn’t anything legally wrong with it.”
-Todd BinDaar, 12
“Yes, anybody has the Constitutional right to have their freedom of worship protected. There’s no better way to prove to those that want to do us harm that we live up to our founding principles.” -Chris Cavanaugh, social studies
Because the Quaker Shaker is an open forum, letters to the editor will be accepted. However, if they contain profanity, sexually suggestive or libelous material, they Managing editors will not be published. Students can submit letters to room Michelle Pea E102 or online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Rohrer Views expressed in letters to the editor, editorials, opinion pieces and student submissions do not reflect the views of Cartoonist Case Marsteller the Quaker Shaker staff or Plainfield Community School Corporation. The Quaker Shaker is associated with the Photo editor Indiana High School Press Association, National High Grady Farris School Press Association, Quill and Scroll National High School Journalism Honorary and the Journalism Education Staff writers Darci Armitage Association.
Copy editor Justin Young
Margaret Arnold Dylan Delph Kelsey Dickinson Zach Golay Jordan Jones Grace Kura Case Marsteller Josh Ragsdell Rachael Roesler Emma Simpson Aly Weigel Taylor Werner
The purpose of the production and distribution of the Quaker Shaker high school student newspaper are as follows: A. To report and explain the importance of school news to students, parents and faculty. B. To provide an open school forum for the unrestricted exchange of ideas and opinions in the form of columns, letters to the editor, interviews, etc. C. To educate the reader to do more than distribute information, but to promote free-thought and self-formed opinions. Business manager D. To serve as a check on decisions made by Carrie Farris administrators which affect students.
Advisers The Quaker Shaker student newspaper also serves as Michelle Burress Kelsey Rigdon a training ground for those who want to be professional journalists, as well as an outlet for student submissions.
September 21, 2010
Justin Young Copy editor
Fellow Americans, the end is near. The government has once again raped our Constitution by changing my definition of marriage. Our government has decided to support Satan’s agenda by allowing gay marriage to be legalized in the state of California.
Students, the government is trying to be progressive, and we cannot have this. It is not the government’s job to decide who gets discriminated against. It’s my job, and I say we can’t allow gay marriage to ruin our society. Gays getting married means they could be seen as equal, destroying the American family, disrupting our American peace and causing Nazis to once again ride on dinosaurs. Love is not love, I assure you. Gays think they know what love is. They think they have the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t. The Bible strictly forbids homosexuality (as well as shaving and polyester clothing). Our government was founded upon Christianity, and we must keep these principles if America is to survive. Here are a few reasons why gay marriage is evil: • Marriage is sacred and cannot be altered. That’s why we allow divorce. • The purpose of marriage is to produce
kids. That’s why we allow elderly couples to marry. • The government can’t go against the people’s wishes, even though the Constitution promotes equality. That’s why we still have slavery and women can’t vote. • Gay marriage will turn others gay, much like how being around tall people makes you tall. • Same sex couples would want to adopt kids after getting married, but kids clearly need a mom and dad. That’s why there are no single parents with healthy, normal kids. • Homosexuality isn’t natural. That’s why it’s exhibited in almost all other mammals. • Gay parents will raise gay children, much like straight parents raise straight children. Now do you see why we can’t allow same sex couples to marry? Instead, we should preach to them about how disgusting their
lifestyle is. I am sure if you sound ignorant and loud enough, they will lie about who they are for you. Our country is already on the verge of collapse by this socialist president. Don’t let his message of “peace” and “equality” reach our churches, the places in which we are safe to practice our prejudice. Some will argue that I’m fighting for the liberal scum, but I promise I’m am as patriotic as you, and through my patriotism I know that it’s wrong for two people in love to get married even if it affects me in no way, shape or form. If the government allows gay to marry, they better let us marry animals too. It’s the exact same thing, except I can actually tolerate animals. Except the gay ones. Thankfully, faithful Americans, we are not alone in our cause. There are millions in this nation who think like this. While almost all are ignorant hicks, at least they’re fighting for what’s right.
Poll: 100 students were asked whether gay marriage should be legalized in Indiana.
You’ve been Graced
It’s very easy to be in a typical teenage relationship, girls. First, find a member of the opposite gender to which you are attracted. Next, tell said member that you are attracted to him. If he receives the compliment nicely, continue to step three. If the person does not, you have probably experienced what is called rejection, which is the worst thing a teenager can go through besides death itself. Next, fall deeply in lust, and regard this person as a companion for hanging out (when no one else will) and smooching. After getting into a relationship with this person, continuously talk to him and spend time with each other, while getting mad at the person for no reason, in random spurts. You must also tell the person with whom that you are in this relationship that you love him. This event can occur anytime from the day after the relationship commences to two weeks after, but no sooner. If you are hesitant about telling your supposed significant other that you love him too early, ignore the hesitancy. You must then proclaim to everyone you know that you two are soul mates, are in love, and will be together forever. Optional actions include showing public displays of affection that are sickening to others (making them tell you to get a room) or
Grace Kura Staff writer
Fairies shouldn’t marry: ‘No’ to gay marriage
eliminating all subjects in your mind so all you talk about is your significant other. After a time frame of approximately two months since you two first got together, you must then break up with said person for either no apparent reason, or for a very senseless reason, i.e. “Because I got bored,” or “The spark died.” During this “break up” period, you must be talking to the person and telling him that you miss him (as well as that you love him.). After around two days, you must then get back together for about one week, then break up. Optional actions include, but are not limited to: badmouthing the person whenever you get the chance or crying after the relationship ends, as if it had some legitimacy. Are you confused by all this? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one. To me, love needs to be something that doesn’t just conveniently make my world spin. Love should be about both me and the person that I’m with. I don’t like to see any kind of end when I get into a relationship. That being said, I won’t get into a relationship with anyone in the first place now if I know that it isn’t worth it, or that it won’t last. Those of you who know me also know my past dating habits, and I used to fit that “typical teenage” criteria to a tee. I don’t anymore, and I’m happy to say that. To quote someone I know: “(I’m not trying to) freak you out, saying ‘Oh, I’m going to marry you,’ because that isn’t what I’m saying, either; just that if I saw an end, I wouldn’t get into the relationship to begin with.” Why waste time with someone if you’re only going to hurt that person later?
About a girl Jordan Jones Staff writer/columnist It was another monotonous day at school, and classes were going by as usual. A girl walked into class, and I observed that her shorts were so tiny that her pockets hung out of the bottom. While many looked at her as they would look at someone with pants on, I looked away in disgust. I considered walking up to her with genuine concern, and saying, “Excuse me, I don’t mean to alarm you, but you’ve forgotten your pants.” I rethought it, doubting that it would do any good. So the question remains: What would it take to get students to respect their bodies enough not to walk around so scantily clad? I completely understand that everyone has the right to dress however they please outside of school. However, I think that when you walk in the schoolhouse door, you should have respect for all parties involved: for your school, your fellow students and yourself. Most of you probably think that I am calling out only girls for their too-short shorts and their low-cut shirts, but the
truth is that boys have problems with looking nice as well. It’s not difficult to see that many male students are adhering to the style of “sagging.” They also have a reputation for liking to wear jeans with holes in them. Not only do I think this is inappropriate for school, but it also just makes you look silly. Why would someone want to use make that type of impression in school? I may sound old-fashioned, wanting to see people cleaned up for school, but I think that it could help with participation and learning in the classroom. Not only does dressing nicely send a good impression to teachers, it also allows you to avoid distractions, such as constantly having to pull the neckline of your shirt up or pulling up your pants. We do not have uniforms here, so we are able to embrace our senses of style. However, I think the more often students push the boundaries of the dress code, the closer the administration is to making us wear uniforms. This is an assumption, but it would probably be running through my head if I were a part of the administration. It may just be me, but the more I see people sloppily dressed, the sicker of it I get. It comes down to respect and what sort of respect you have for yourself and the people around you. What you think of yourself is reflected in your dress, and a first impression for many people is based on how you dress. There is nothing wrong with dressing however you see fit outside of school, but when you are in school, keeping your dress clean and respectful is best.
saywhat Interesting things heard around the school...
“On a scale of one to Adam Lambert, I was probably an Ellen Degeneres.” “I don’t know who Summer is, but I sure like winter.”
“I am totally a Jam Legend Hero.” “A rat or a mole ... who do you think would win in a fight?”
“What’s Ground Zero?”
“I typed in 43 divided by 4 in my calculator and I got 10.75. Is that the same thing?”
“Mrs. Hood is definitely the goddess of physics.”
“I kind of feel like our shirts are best friends.”
page design/kaitlin tipsword
September 21, 2010
I couldn’t live without my... Faith Coffey, 9
What?: Plaid clothing Where can you find them?: American Eagle and Buckle Why?: “My mom made me buy it and then I started liking it and it’s cute. It’s long sleeved with pink and brown and creams.”
Andrew Wright, 11 What?: “Man Flops” Where can you find them?: Aeropostale Why?: “[I wear flip flops] because I like to be at least close to barefoot.“
Then & now Bandanas
English teacher Stacy Sanford used to have a huge bin full of about 40 scarves that she’s aquired over the years, but her husband, who can’t stand clutter, convinced her to donate her collection to Goodwill. Soon after her donation, scarves came back in style and Sanford saw someone wearing one of her donated scarves. Sanford has been working on rebuilding her scarf collection and is now up to eight scarves. “[Scarves] are an inexpensive way to spice up an outfit,” she said. “You can always put a scarf on an outfit to express yourself and your moods. Scarves are like jewelry: they create a unique flair. It’s like a finishing touch.”
Jessica Crager, 11
What?: Silly Bands Where can you find them?: “I got mine from walmart and from my friends.“ Why?: “I think the shapes are cool and I like the Spongebob ones.“
Christen Bailey, 12
What?: Glasses Where can you find them?: Charlotte Russe, Hot Topic and Claire’s Why?: “GLasses look good and make me look smarter.“
Lesley Fisher, 11
“I think [neon] is great; it’s a fad we should keep. I think the bright neon colors makes people happy.” - Larry Early, social studies
“Personally, I like them because they are comfortable, but not everyone should wear them without a really long shirt.” - Stephanie Eldridge, English
Caleb Hoffman, 11 What?: Skinny Jeans Where can you find them?: Charlotte Russe and Hot Topic Why?: “I’m a musician and all of the people I look up to in the music business wear skinny jeans.”
Andrew Pea, 9 What?: Video Games Where can you find them?: Game Stop Why?: “Because I usually don’t have anything to do and I just think they’re fun. I’ve always liked that kind of game.“
What?: Jersey Shore clothing Jersey Where can you find it?: Shore “I bought my Pauly D shirt at Rue 21“ Why?: “I like Jersey Shore because it’s hilarious and the people i0n it are entertaining and I love Pauly D.“
Kaylyn West, 11 What?: Jeggings Where can you find them?: Charlotte Russe Why?: “They’re so comfortable and it’s like wearing sweatpants and they’re so comfy, but you can wear them with anything. I have two pairs,They’re heaven.“ page design/maggie arnold and kaitlin tipsword
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