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Volume 84, Issue 8
What are couples doing to celebrate this Valentines Day? Find out on page 5.
February 16, 2011
See what makes a student “popular” on page 8.
Welcome to our world Muslim Student Association aims to educate others about its culture Maggie Arnold and Kaitlin Tipsword Staff writers
A “vibrant growing community” is how the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce described the town on their website. “Vibrant” is usually used to describe something resonant. Something, perhaps, profound, catching or pulsating. The Chamber recognizes Plainfield’s vast number of businesses, the perks of living in suburbia and the numerous school opportunities one may have. One thing they do not mention, and one would be able to see only if they were to look deeply into it, is the amount of diversity in culture that can be found in every aspect of the community. This, among others, is the Muslim Student Association’s reasoning for holding their “Annual MSA Gathering” which they say is “for a fun-filled afternoon full of food, games and culture.” “We have this every year to make the community aware of what we [the Muslim community] contribute to this community,” said senior Anum Ahmed. “We want to educate people about Islam, literally bring people to what we do,” said Ahmed, who serves as president of MSA.
understand a Dates for the culture better event in the fall is a great fell through experience,” because of he said. the clashing S e n i o r schedules of the Jonah Barreto other activities the said he joined MSA members MSA because were involved in, his friend is a but the group has member and been determined he wanted to to have the event. about “ W e ’ v e ASSISTING A PARENT, senior Anum Ahmed performs learn one of her duties as an Ambassador. She splits her time friend’s had a lot of between school activities, including Ambassadors and his religion. o rg a n i z a t i o n a l MSA, honors classes, and practicing her faith. photo/kevin terrell Barreto meetings. Mr. also expressed Schwanekamp encouragement to other non-Muslim has been really helpful,” said Ahmed. MSA sponsor, Brent Schwanekamp, students to participate in this group. “[I think other’s should attend] to learn praised Ahmed and fellow senior Saleh Elhatab for getting things organized for about what other people think and have the group and the event. He said that the fun,” said Barreto. Barreto, according to Ahmed, is not group has distributed about 100 flyers the only non-Muslim student who has advertising the event. Schwanekamp encourages students of expressed interest in the culture. “Katie Copeland and Katy Kain come any faith to come to MSA meetings and events and said that the MSA is always to all of the events,” said Ahmed. “We have this event to educate people about our accepting new members. “I think every time you get a chance to core values and show that we are just as
involved in the community as much as the rest of the predominantly Christian part.” The event will host many educational reference points, including a game of Jeopardy, an outline of their basic values, traditional food and socializing in the Plainfield Islamic Center. The venue itself was an important part of their plan to share their culture with the community. “Our ‘mass’ is on Fridays. When we don’t have school, I go to the mosque,” said Ahmed. She lives her life at school, in a “predominantly Christian community,” with all of her other activities at school, which includes the Ambassadors program and many honors classes and she still manages to find time to practice her faith. “During Ramadan, I fast. I pray five times a day. I dress pretty modestly and I don’t wear anything revealing,” she said. “Every night before I sleep, I read some Quran.” Ahmed looks hopefully upon the gathering. “It gives us a sense of value [to be in MSA]. We have a place to be with others of the same culture,” she said.
FCC forcing school to spend thousands on new microphones
In a time of budget cuts the school use. and economic hardships, “The issue is we have this brand new the school is forced yet school with these brand new microphones, again to dig into its funds. and all of a sudden, we can’t use them” In October of 2010, during a community said Choral Director Jonelle Heaton. forum in the school’s auditorium, the The auditorium got 16 new microphones microphone was turned off due to the when the new high school was opened, excessive static all of which being emitted from run in the it. That was the 740-830Hz beginning of what frequency -has proven a costly the frequency procedure. the FCC has In May of 2010, sold. all facilities within T h e the local area that microphones use microphones have been were notified that re-tuned the FCC would be numerous selling the rights to times, but a certain number of the frequency frequencies to cell range that phone companies is still not for new networks, in use is like the powerful shrinking and 4G network that shrinking. is now popping up “ T h e y across the country. started hitting However, the right in the frequencies the middle, right FCC has decided to SENIOR SARAH LANDIS adjusts mics for a Belles et off the bat,” practice. “I get really nervous before competitions, sell are those that Beaux said Facilities because I want everything to work properly,” she said. 20 microphones in photo/kaitlin tipsword M a n a g e r
Justin Young Copy editor
Max Hetrick. “They started squeezing us toward the top and bottom; we’re out of space now.” Heaton acknowledged this, saying the school can’t keep using the current mics because, “you just don’t want to take that chance.” The school does have a plan to replace the microphones within the next month, using money from the maintenance funds. The cost is $11,944 to replace 16 mics. However, the problem doesn’t stop there. Four other mics within the school also need replaced, which will roughly cost an additional $3,000. Those mics are in the cafeteria, natatorium, main gym and fieldhouse. “There have been some difficulties with the cafeteria,” said Principal Kellie Jacobs, “but we’ve been able to adjust the frequencies.” Jacobs said she isn’t sure how long until the four other microphones are replaced, but they will be re-tuned for as long as possible. “It’s a problem lots of schools and churches are having to deal with,” said Jacobs. The school’s proximity to local cell phone towers and the airport is forcing the school to find a solution faster. Jacobs said that the other four mics will be replaced only when absolutely necessary. She said it will be monitored how much re-tuning has to be done before
those mics need replaced as well. The reason the auditorium’s mics are being replaced first is because of future events that will be held in it. “People have paid to use the facility,” said Jacobs, citing show choir competitions that will be held later this year in the auditorium. The 16 new Sennheiser G3 microphones being purchased are the exact same as the current mics, minus the frequency change. As for the mics currently in use, Hetrick said he will try to have them recycled, but they are “absolutely no good.” Senior Sarah Landis, lighting technician for the auditorium, has witnessed the problems and sees the need for the new mics. “Usually, the mics just get all fuzzy, and sometimes they’ll just turn off,” she said. Landis said the investment in new mics is worth it, citing the State Show Choir competition that will be held at the school in March and the school play in April. “It’s a lot of money, but we need good mics,” she said. As for the FCC’s decision to sell the mics, Landis said, “I guess they have a lot more use [for the frequencies] than the school, but they should somehow help us with the problem instead of making us buy $12,000 worth of new mics.”
February 16, 2011
Nichols joins Guidance [NEWS in BRIEF]
Do the robot? Engineering Club to compete at Purdue
For hundreds of years, Michelle Pea people have dared to Co-managing editor imagine what it would be
like to build a machine that could move robotic arms and display at least one human function. Leonardo da Vinci began the dream in 1495 by making the designs of one. However, since then science has evolved greatly. Most students have heard about the two roving machines that landed on Mars, and now the robot has come to Plainfield. Industrial technology teacher, Johnny Vargo’s Engineering Club has been working since January 8 on a robot for Purdue’s FIRST Robotics Regional Competition. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition “teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way,” according to purduefirst.org. The competition is being held at Purdue University on March 17-19. “There were around 30 students [helping build the robot] and 10 mentors, some who have experience in engineering and robots,” said senior Josh Rychtarczyk. Senior Saleh ElHattab helped to build the robot by “programming the robot and helping it understand how to read lines on the floor and getting it to react to a joystick or X-box controller.” Every year, the teams are assigned a different task for their robots to complete. “This year it [the robot] has to pick up inflated tubes and place them on a peg, and for a portion of the games it has to do that without us controlling it,” said
Working on the Engineering Club’s robot, senior Josh Rychtarczyk prepares for the robotics competition at Purdue in March. “It has to pick up inflated tubes and place them on a peg,” said Rychtarczyk on the machine. The team hopes to do well at Regionals and advance to Nationals in St. Louis. photo/michelle pea
Rychtarczyk. “In the end of the games, it also has to deploy a smaller robot that has to climb up a pole.” “If you do well at Regionals, you can go to Nationals in St. Louis or you can win Rookie All Star which is what we’re trying to do,” said Rychtarczyk. “I think we made a lot of progress for a rookie team. It’s a great opportunity for high school students to become acquainted with complicated machines.”
Plans in works for event at 500 Ballroom Grace Kura Staff writer
D r e s s shopping, finding a date, tuxes, corsages and boutonnieres. Yes, it is indeed Prom season. This year, Prom is closer than it appears. This year it is being held on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. It was going to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, as it was the previous year, but there was a scheduling conflict STUDENTS DANCE AT the 2010 Prom at Lucas Oil that caused the location to be Stadium. moved to the 500 Ballroom at the Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, said Spanish teacher Jeri Meyerholtz, one of the teachers on the Prom committee. “We wanted to have it at Lucas Oil again this year, but it has no water supply. That was our scheduling conflict, and after discussion, we found another location to have Prom at this year,” said science teacher Marci Davis, one of the teachers on the Prom committee. Davis also said that they had to close the whole building down due to the lack of water. The Prom committee meets every few weeks until Prom, and they vote on everything from a theme, to location and even DJ’s. The sponsors choose the location because they play a major role. A big factor in deciding location is a reasonable price. The Prom committee goes through the sponsors, and the principal, but the principal has the ultimate ruling over what happens. More than likely, the ticket prices will be the same this year as well. “I think we have Prom every year because it’s a good tradition to have. Kids have fun, and the girls I know especially look forward to it every year,” said Davis. “It’s kind of an expectation of the students to have it every year as well. It’s kind of fun for the adults that chaperone. We see the kids have fun, and more often than not, we have fun too.”
“I actually got my Master’s degree After spending 11 years in 1998,” said Nichols. “At that time, I in the Guidance Office, Dr. opted not to take a few more classes that Kathy Burnell has decided I needed to in order to get my counseling to retire. license. I finished up those classes and did “I have a friend in counseling who told my internship about three years ago. I’ve me when it’s time to retire, you’ll know it. had my license since then, but I’ve been I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s waiting for the right opportunity.” true,” she said. Both will miss interacting with students Burnell’s retirement has been in the the most as they works for “nearly a leave their former year.” “Hopefully, I’ll build some jobs. Spanish teacher “I still love Jamie Nichols will strong relationships and be teaching. I will also be experiencing able to guide my students miss my colleagues, a change. Nichols effectively.” seeing the same will be replacing -Jamie Nichols, students every day Burnell in the Guidance Office Spanish teacher in class, travelling abroad every other next year. year and just the “I will begin fun that we get to have through some of my new position the week before school the silly conversations in Spanish,” said starts next fall, officially, but I am starting Nichols. immediately to work with Dr. Burnell and “[I will miss] students,” said Burnell. the other counselors, so that transition is a “I like talking to, working with and being bit easier,” said Nichols. with students. If I can help them with their Although Nichols is a Spanish teacher, schedule or help them go to college, that’s she has had her counseling license since great.” about 2007.
Emma Simpson Staff writer
Math Department reviews textbooks for 2011-12 To r n standards.” pages, The standards may tattered also be changing spines, for Plainfield High worn edges. These are School according textbook conditions that to math teacher will no longer be factors Teri Carpenter. for math books starting “We are thinking next school year. Every about changing our year, new textbooks are standards to follow purchased for a certain national standards department. Next instead of state year, will be the math standards. This department’s turn. means, we will need Although the actual to find a textbook textbook has not been that goes along decided, all math Using the current geometry with them,” said textbook, freshman Evan Schneider teachers have received works on an assignment. Carpenter. a list of possible books The teachers may and have been given be excited about the the opportunity to choose which one they arrival of the new textbooks, but what see will be the best fit for the curriculum. about the people who will actually Math teacher Jared Mackey along with be using them? Junior Markella other math teachers is in the process of Taivalkoski said, “It is important to choosing a new textbook. “We got the list get books with the newest information on February 2nd. Now we’re just in the and newest ways to present material so decision making process. We’ve spent a students are able to learn better. Updated lot of time looking through each book information gives students more accurate individually to make sure they coincide information.” with the curriculum,” said Mackey. “In Math is one of the core classes, and math, numbers aren’t going to change, starting next year, new textbooks, new but the standards will. So we need to standards and even new material will be find a textbook that will align with those presented to students.
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student submissions “I like to write stories, so I like to draw pictures interpreting the stories . . . I can make animated faces from memory.”
February 16, 2011
Tracy Luther, 9
“My dad has always been a great artist, so I guess it had to just kind of rub off on me. I figured if you are good at something, you should do it.”
1 1 , y d a r B s a l o Nich “Ever since I was little, I enjoyed drawing. I have gotten better over the years. I like to draw fantasy characters, characters from movies, video games and making up my own characters.” “I enjoy all mediums of art. Art is a way for me to express myself and relieve stress.” page design/dylan delph, jason thomason
February 16, 2011
Fat-fighters or firefighters?
Two students dispute their case about the better ‘sub station’
VS photo illustration/ case marsteller
Senior Nolan Buckner defends his case that Firehouse is the best sub sandwich restaurant in Plainfield.
Sophomore Michael Hynds defends his case that Subway is the best sub sandwich restaurant in Plainfield.
“I think Subway is better than Firehouse Subs because it’s healthier. There is a lot more variety at Subway. Also, people can count on Subway no matter what because they have been around for a while. Subway has great locations all over Plainfield and Firehouse has just one. Subway has far cheaper prices and it’s got a healthier selection than every other fast food reastaurant. Also, Subway is catered to the high school and people buy it, including me. That’s proof enough that Subway has great food. And whenever I go to a Subway restaurant, I notice they keep a clean restaurant and have plenty of food to choose from. They have the $5 footlong and that’s amazing compared to anything Firehouse has to offer. Subway is better than Firehouse, period.”
The food and service was great, along with the cleanliness of the restaurant.
Cons: The food expensive.
photos/ zach golay, michael turinetti page design/zach golay, michael turinetti
Firehouse Subs is a new member to the Plainfield fast food chain. With a broad menu and quick service, Firehouse provides a formidable opponent for Subway. Firehouse gives off a different vibe than expected from a sub restaurant. Additionally, it has clean facilities and is a great place to grab lunch with a few friends. Firehouse currently occupies the previous Ritters ice cream location. When compared to fast food restaurants around Plainfield, the service could be considered slow. But when compared to dine-
“Firehouse is the best sub place in Plainfield. I work there and the atmosphere is great; the subs are fabulous and the meat is much better than Subway. The tables are cool and the restaurant is very clean. I love Firehouse, because the selection is much better and everything tastes good and fresh. It is freaking amazing. The bosses rock and get along with everybody. We give discounts to firemen. We also donate and Subway just keeps all their money. Subway brags about their calories, we brag about our taste. Firehouse is wondrous.“
in restaurants, service is relatively quick. The selection consists of a wide variety of subs, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Firehouse offers in many of their sandwiches, a ‘double meat’ option for a minimal increase in payment. All things considered, Firehouse is a ‘wondrous’ place to eat.
Feburary 16, 2011
Love is in the air Juniors Amanda Storms shows boyfriend Cameron Miles a book that she wants him to buy for her at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. “We’ve been dating for a little over 13 months,” said Miles. “I see her as a person that is attracted to me and that I can always have fun with.”
Junior Tori Grogan and senior Keith Humpert share their time together at Humpert’s house. “Our relationship is good. We’re with each other all of the time. Usually, we either go to his house or my house and watch TV , go to the movies, hang out with family members or go out to eat,” said Grogan. “The week we we’re in Florida was one of my favorite memories together.”
Shivering from the cold -- but not minding at all -- junior Wesley Russell and sophomore Stacie Kammerling sled down Russell’s hill in his backyard. “We go and see movies and spend a lot of time hanging out after school,” said Russell. “Stacie is extremely beautiful and fun to be around. We’ve never had to argue about anything.”
On the way out of Charlotte Russe, senior Madison Eads drags senior Matt Fries by the ankle “He hates shopping and I love to shop, so I was just dragging Sophomore Tiffany Camden shops for a Valentine’s Day card at him along,” said Eads. “He’s just a little sweetheart. Hallmark for her boyfriend sophomore Eric Pritchett. “Valentine’s He’s adorable and goofy. I love him.” Day is a day to appreciate the people we love in our life.”
February 16, 2011
ATHLETES IN ACTION Ethan Hetzler, 12
Nick Allen, 10
 Jackson Charles, 11
Jon Jarvis, 12
Athletes of the Month “I have been wrestling since sixth grade. I started because one of my good friends convinced me to try it and I really liked it. I mostly do wrestling because I like the feeling of winning a match. I have won about 28 meets.”
Benjamin Macri, 10
“He qualified for SemiState and he won Mid-State Conference.” - Coach Paul Nicodemus
Amanda Underwood, 12 “She has a great attitude and is always a good team player.” -Coach Anita Collier
“I have been cheerleading since seventh grade. I was in junior varsity when I was I freshman and I was varsity when I was a sophomore. I started cheerleading because I wanted to be in a sport but I wasn’t too coordinated. I like cheerleading because I enjoy dancing and [performing] stunts.” -Amanda
page/dylan delph photos/colin dixon, morgan blake
February 16, 2011
blocking more than necessary?
Our Position: The corporation’s Internet blocking policy is too strict and too vague. Our generation has grown up using the computers on a daily basis. Even since elementary school, short projects have been based upon how well we can manuever ourselves around the web. But now that high school’s here, and research papers, huge projects and a variety of other computerneeding assignments require the use of the world-wide web, students are finding that it isn’t quite as “world-wide” as they had hoped during class. A trip to the computer lab these days often ends with a lot more “ACCESS DENIED” pages than actual sites with factual value. Factual value is time value. The problem is, the material that’s being searched for isn’t what’s causing all the problems. Students aren’t finding sites blocked because they’re hoping to find something “inappropriate,” it’s the school’s current filtration system that’s telling them the information about
Do you think the corporation’s Internet filter is too strict?
marijuana that’s needed for a health paper is blocked. While it’s understood that there does need to be a filtration system within the corporation, especially for the younger students that could possibly stumble upon something deemed inappropriate, is there really a need to block everything? The corporation seems to think so. “Unknown” “blogs and forums” and “games” are the most common reasons for “access denied” to show up on the computer screens. But why are all of these things blocked? While blogs and forums might not be the most scholar-approved ways to obtain information, they offer a lot in opinions that could be successful for finding a side for an argumentative paper. Games are blocked to keep kids on task -- but if they choose to be off task in the first place, blocking some game sites won’t be the
“I don’t think it’s too strict because I think it’s fine for high school kids, and they don’t need to be exposed.”
-Caitlin Colgrove, 9
biggest problem for teachers to face. For the unknown sites ... if the information is unknown, why block it unless it can be proven harmful? Fear of the unknown was never the solution for anything, even if the Internet wasn’t exactly what was in
“I think it’s too strict “I know they block certain educational sites, because it hurts some of when people might need the educational sources them. I think it’s fine for we can look at.” blocking like Facebook and -Matthew Galenski, stuff, because students 11 would get distracted.”
-Kylie Cason, 10
Are you opinionated? Is there something on your mind?
Are you bothered by something troublesome to students? Do have something to say to the school, but can’t get it out?
Please bring your
Letters to the Editor
to room E102
Editor-in-chief Kaitlin Tipsword Copy editor Justin Young
“Yes, it is too strict, because it interferes with research when you are having to search for certain images and sites that are blocked.”
-Cody Shields, 12
“No, I do not believe it is too strict. In a school environment, they have to be extremely cautious about the risks of things that are accessable..”
-Kyle Tutterow, English
Managing editors Michelle Pea Chris Rohrer Cartoonist Case Marsteller Staff writers Margaret Arnold Dylan Delph Zach Golay Grace Kura Case Marsteller Andrew Pea Josh Ragsdell Rachael Roesler Emma Simpson Jason Thomason Michael Turinetti Aly Weigel Taylor Werner Business manager Carrie Farris Adviser Michelle Burress
mind when this idea was brought to life. The permission to look at porn is not what the school needs, but a chance to gather good information would be appreciated.
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 will not be published. Students can submit letters to room E102 or online to email@example.com. Views expressed in letters to the editor, editorials, opinion pieces and student submissions do not reflect the views of the Quaker Shaker staff or Plainfield Community School Corporation. The Quaker Shaker is associated with the Indiana High School Press Association, National High School Press Association, Quill and Scroll National High School Journalism Honorary and the Journalism Education Association.
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. D. To serve as a check on decisions made by administrators which affect students. The Quaker Shaker student newspaper also serves as a training ground for those who want to be professional journalists, as well as an outlet for student submissions.
February 16, 2011
s g i n i t efin wha
“I think that popular means being liked by everyone, not because of what you wear or who you hang out with, but because you’re yourself and not afraid of what people think of you. I’d have to say generally happy and outgoing people, and someone who’s honest.” Maddie Hardwick, 9
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“Someone that’s nice and trustworthy and doesn’t start a lot of drama. Someone that’s just themselves.” Alexandria Bowen, 10
How can you tell what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’ “I think popular people are the people that are well-liked and nice to everyone. I think that movies give the wrong idea about it. I think as far as girls go, usually the skinny and blonde picture comes to mind, and for guys, usually the taller athletes.” Rose Flood, 9
“People that are liked more than others, or appear to ‘outrank’ them. For example, tall people, who are in shape and wear expensive clothes.” Josh Rychtarczyk, 12
“I think popularity is defined by who has the most friends or who is in a sport.The people considered 'popular' talk to everyone who is in a sport, or the teams girlfriends and their friends, because they are like them in some unspecified way. The people that participate in athletics know a lot of people because there are so many people on the team that know other people. People like to know the facts, judge, gossip; people wont admit it, but in their minds, it's all they do.” Darci Cowell, 11
“My definition of popular would just be something or someone that is widely accepted or liked by a majority of people.” Sam Marsh, 10
“Popular can be two things, one being you have lots of friends and many people consider you friendly and a good person or the other being a more stereotypical popular where the ‘popular’ person hangs out with the athletes or more attractive group of people as a political statement if you want to call it that rather than being a good friend. There aren’t too many stereotypical popular people anymore just various clicks that are thought of in unique ways.” Charlie Hoying, 11
“Popularity usually lies with the people who best understand cultural trends or are part of the majority. In our school, people who run for the homecoming court would be a specific example they get the majority vote of their student body, which makes them ‘popular’.” Ben Gaddy, 12
“My definition of popular would be someone everyone knows. Some characteristics of popular would be people who usually play sports and are outgoing and have lots of friends.” Hannah Brickey, 11 page design/chris rohrer & josh ragsdell