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PANTHERPRIDE Midlothian High School

Midlothian, TX

November 22, 2013

Varsity Boys Wrestling will be competing in the Warrior Invtational at Arlington Martin High School Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Yearbook orders Yearbooks will be on sale until Feb. 3 for $65. From Feb. 10 to 14, they will be $70, and that will be the last chance to pre-order a yearbook. Yearbooks can be purchased at

EOC makeup tests

MHS now using Tiptxt In hopes of being more diligent with student saftey MHS has istituted Tiptxt, a program that alows students to text in and notify administrators of a situation that may need their attention. Students can text in to (972) 607-9257 to report anything from fights to vandalism

Band’s first concert will take place on Dec. 12 at 6:30 in the Auditorium. The Jazz band and all three concert bands will perform. A few of the pieces that will be played will be “In the Christmas Mood,” “Minor Alterations,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”



Kaylee Evers Staff Member Midlothian Heritage High School is set to open this coming August for the 20142015 school year as a ninth grade campus. “There has been discussion for about 10 years in the Midlothian community of the possibility of having a second high school,” said Krista Tipton, Midlothian Heritage High School Princpal. “The bond passed in May of 2011 at that point, the plans, meeting with the architects,

Midlothian Heritage High School is currently under construction and should be ready for the 2014-2015 freshmen class by next summer.

and laying out the foundation of needed to have,” Tipton said. what the building would look like “I’m trying to involve the current happened.” eighth graders right now, getting I just want to Involving both them to have future faculty provide a place some ownership and students of the school. I’m where kids want in MHHS in the in the process to be, where planning and of developing a design process student design they want to of the new high team. I’ll have come every day. 30 kids on this school was very important to - Krista Tipton design team to Tipton. start off with “ T h e and we will have architects involved a lot of people committees that break off from from the high school to get a lot that.” of ideas for departments and As of right now there what they felt like the high school are no set in stone plans for when

Midlothian Heritage will expand from a ninth grade campus but as Midlothian grows, Tipton has plans for MHHS to grow with it. “We are watching our enrollment very carefully and once our enrollment brings in enough funds to where we feel like we can progress, then the following year it then it would grow to 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,” Tipton said. The MHHS freshmen will have virtually the same opportunities as students attending Midlothian High School. read more on page 2

Live radio broadcast, performance of A Christmas Carol Thursday, Friday Amanda Penwarden Co-Editor-in-Chief

Panther Regiment Christmas concert

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MHHS prepares for future

Varsity Boys Wrestling

EOC make-up tests will take place the week after Thanksgiving break. Writing 1 will be on Monday, Reading 1 on Tuesday, Writing 2 on Wednesday, Reading 2 and Biology on Thursday, and Algebra 1 on Friday.

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It’s about time to get the Christmas lights out and winter clothes on because the holidays are almost around the corner. While Santa is preparing his elves, the theatre department is getting ready for their production of A Christmas Carol. There will be a live production in the auditorium and radio broadcast on Thursday and Friday for free. A Christmas Carol is a rendition of the classic novel

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by Charles Dickens. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge through his encounters with three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Rather than a conventional play, the performance will be a staged reading, similar to a radio show from the 40s. “Because there is no stage acting, the actors must use their voices and the sound effects to portray the scene to the audience,” sophomore Rebecca Anderson said. A benefit to the show is that actors get to stretch their skills.

“Because it is radio theatre, we get to play several people and change our personas,” senior Rachel Lueken said. Students will be creating sound effects live on stage. “There are 4 people who use instruments or objects to make the noises that make the story come to life and sound more realistic,” Anderson said. About twenty students are involved with this radio broadcast show. “It takes quite a few people for any show, but this particular show requires lots of characters and a sound effects




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crew,” senior Rachel Lueken said. While it may seem too early for a Christmas play, the theatre department has their schedule packed with musical rehearsals. Additionally, December is a busy time at school, making it difficult to find a date and times for performances and rehearsals. “A radio broadcast takes less time and less preparation,” Lueken said. Don’t be a Scrooge and listen in or come see A Christmas Carol Thursday and Friday.



Color Fun Run The Color Fun Run on Nov. 2 was a huge success. “This turned out better than I ever expected,” Dena Petty, director of Movement Toward a Future, said.

THE FEW, THE PROUD THE BAND PARENTS Elli Keener Staff Member The Panther Regiment has a secret weapon. People dedicated to the band and its needs. People who stock the concession stands at football games and then stand for hours selling the food. People who drive vans filled with equipment just to support the regiment. People who get up early for and stay late at band events. People also known as band parents. The most popular way to get involved with the band is for parents to volunteer to work the concession stands at sporting events and band competitions at the stadium. “The easiest way for parents to get involved in the band is working these concession stands,” manager of the concessions Will Coherd said. “This is the lifeblood of band boosters.” Whether it’s raising funds or purchasing new equipment, everything the band boosters do goes back to helping the students. “All the proceeds from

the concessions go right back to the kids,” Coherd said. “They pay for lessons, they pay for some of the salaries of the band directors and they pay for the brand new trailer we’re going to get.” Parents who work the concession stands earn money per hour that goes straight into their child’s Charms account from which it can be used to pay for private lessons, instrument rentals, or band trips. “I’ve been flipping burgers for three years now,” Jarred Lawrence, father of freshman Austin Lawrence, said. “I think it’s a great deal to be able to earn some extra money to pay for some of the trips.” Behind the scenes, certain parents have taken lead roles in running the concessions stands including Coherd and Vice President of Concessions Harry Walden “I’ve been for the past six years managing the concessions stands, purchasing all the products

that go into the concession stands, and making sure that everything runs smoothly during all the football games that we have,” Walden said. Band parents seem to have no limits on the amount of time and effort they are willing to put towards helping the kids. Walden said at times he gets frustrated waiting in long lines at Sam’s Club while purchasing the food for the concession stands, but sees his overall experience as a rewarding one. At times, band parents have the responsibility to feed all the bands that come to perform at their showcase event that hosts schools from across North Texas. “One time we had over 28 bands from all over North Texas,” Walden said. “When you have to feed over 3000 kids that come here for lunch and sometimes both lunch and dinner, it’s pretty exciting.” Band boosters treasurer

We’re doing this for the kids. - Harry Walden

Valerie Hindman actively supports the band by handling the books for the boosters and attending every band event as a chaperone. “Band is expensive, and the thing I really like about the organization is that as a group of people we’re allowed to pool together all the money that we raise and are able to provide additional instruction for the kids by bringing in these visiting musicians,” Hindman said. Thanks to the hardworking parents and their commitment to the band, students are given different opportunities to enhance their musical talents and flourish in the band. “[Band director] Larry Doran has organized a group of really great private lesson teachers who come to our school and make themselves available to the kids,” Hindman said, “and the boosters helps that program by giving some of those teachers a little money because... they’re willing to come out here and teach our kids.” The band family the parents build with the kids in the regiment is truly unique compared to other organizations.

Students get to know all the parents, some on a first-name basis, and the kids are grateful to the contributions made by the parents. “I think all the parents work hard, and they do it together to support everyone’s child, not just their own child. All those kids up there [in band] are my kids,” band nurse Susie Hogue said. Band parents give up time and sleep to support the band. Band parents give the band the funds to do incredible things. Band parents give up their free time to attend band competitions from seven in the morning to midnight. “The band booster organization gives parents opportunities. You can help out being a chaperone. You can help out dragging instruments during the show at halftime. You can help out in the concessions to help raise money for the band organization. You can even just help out feeding the band,” Walden said. “We’re doing this for the kids.”

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All students at Midlothian Heritage are going to be offered the same experiences and opportunities they would have at MHS. Freshmen taking higherlevel classes, involved in clubs or competing in athletics will still participate just the same as every other student. “[For freshmen taking higher level classes] we are going to provide opportunities for kids to take those classes at Midlothian Heritage,” Tipton said. “We are looking at every single situation for every class, for every extracurricular activity to make sure that we are providing the same opportunities for students at Midlotian Heritage. “If there is a freshmen

who tries out for, lets say, the golf team or is a wrestler or basketball player, volleyball player, band, etc., if they are involved in something that normally they would be interacting with a team with juniors and seniors together...that freshmen will attend classes at [Midlothinan] Heritage from first through sixth period. Then we have a bus that will shuttle them over [to MHS] so that they can attend their athletic period seventh period with the rest of the team. To make that work we’re starting Midlothian Heritage fifteen minutes earlier so that there is a staggered start and a staggered release time and so there is built in travel time for students going from Midlothian Heritage to MHS.

[For freshmen involved in clubs] we are still trying to work out some of the details with the clubs. There will be some clubs that are just stand alone Heritage type clubs and then there is going to be some that are more district wide.” As competition goes, MHS and Midlothian Heritage will not be competing against each other for the time being. At some point in the future however, the schools will split and become separate entities. “Midlothian Heritage students are still considered Panthers. For the purposes of UIL competitions and things relating to that, we are considered still one campus because the freshmen do not have a varsity which they could compete for at Midlothian

Heritage.” When asked what she is looking forward to most about being principal of Midlothian Heritage, Tipton had nothing but high aspirations and excitement to share. “It’s just an amazing opportunity and I’m completely blessed to kick off this brand new school,” Tipton said. “I think I’m just most looking forward to working with the students. “I just want to provide a place where kids want to be, where they want to come every day, and where the teachers have the freedom to take risk with what they are doing to make really engaging lessons, memorable things that the kids are going to go home and want to talk to their families about.

“I want it to be a place where kids have a lot of choice and where they just feel they can really expand the possibilities of who they are and who they want to be.” Jan Wunnenberg, MHS English teacher, will be transferring to MHHS. Wunnenberg shares her excitement for what MHHS has to offer. “I’m most looking forward to a brand new school, a smaller student body, working with Mrs. Tipton – she and I have been teaching together here at Midlothian for a long time – and a new challenge,” Wunnenberg said. Midlothian Heritage will be ready for freshman in August 2014.

As of Oct. 31, Mexico passed an new tax on junk food in an effort to fight obesity, while foods with lower or no calories or a higher fiber content receive a “seal of nutritional quality.” An 8% tax on foods with more than 275 calories per 100 grams, and consumers will be paying an extra eight cents, one peso, per liter of soda.

A surgical procedure meant to remove cataracts safely and cheaply, no stitches required, may reduce the high blindness rate in Myanmar. Dr. Tin Win, chief of the Yangon Eye Hospital in Myanmar, according to ABC, said that he will pass on training manuals and videos at a nationwide eye conference early this month, with the goal of having 60 eye centers set up by the end of next year.

Brazilian surfer, Carlos Burle, set new records on the coast of Portugal, catching a nearly 100 foot wave on Oct. 28. This beats the previously held record of the 78-foot wave rode by Garrett McNamara in Hawaii in 2011. Both Burle and McNamara described their experience as “luck.”

The death toll in the Philippines soared in the thousands, estimated to be about 3,621. The storm displaced numbers close to the hundreds of thousands. Donations have poured into the Phillippines, the United Nations donating $25 million, $16 million coming from the Britain and $20 million from the United States. The U.S. and U.K. have promised to assist in recovery efforts.

Around the world Known as Krokodil, this frightening, addictive drug has recently made it’s way into the U.S., with already two cases reported in Arizona. This drug is known to leave scaly lesions on the addict’s skin, with Gangrene and amputations as common side effects. Addicts normally die within two or three years.


State reduces EOC, STAAR tests

House Bill drops number of tests from 15 to 5 Mia Love Staff Member The number of STAAR/ EOC tests students are required to take decreased, with the original required 15 tests dropping to only five. The sudden lack of tests is the result of the House 5 bill. Primarily stemmed from parental concerns regarding the number of tests students have to take, and how long it would take

to make up the tests--resulting in more time away from classes, which takes away from preparing for their next EOC. House Bill 5 will also give students more flexibility to pursue vocational careers by reducing the number of standardized tests required to graduate. The bill means that Texas high schoolers have to pass one third as many STAAR tests to graduate. The five EOCs will consist of English II (reading and writing), Algebra I, Biology and

U.S. History. It also eliminates the requirement that EOC’s count for 15 percent of a student’s final course grade and the requirement for students to earn a certain cumulative score on the EOC. “I think it is good the tests are less, because it is less pressure on the students,” sophomore Victoria Newton said. House Bill 5 will change a high school student’s core course options. Students will be required to take four English language arts, three math, three social studies and three science classes in addition to credits in foreign language, fine arts, physcial education and other electives.

2013-2014 Testing Schedule Dec. 2-6: EOC retests March 3-6: TAKS retests March 31- April 2: EOC ELAs April 21-24: TAKS retests May 6-9: EOC Algebra I/ Biology/US History May 5-15: AP courses

Student starts up sign language club Celina Robinson Photography Editor When someone says he is bilingual, most would think of Spanish or French, but there is another language less thought of: American Sign Language. ASL is the bringing together of French Sign Language and various home signs that students brought to the school with them. At some point, most people have come in contact with the language, learning a few letters or how to spell their names. But only 13 percent of Americans see or use it daily despite it being estimated as the fourth most used language in the nation. It is perhaps this lack of mainstream representation that motivated senior Kevin Ulmer to start a sign language club. “I saw that the school didn’t have one nor was there a class,” Ulmer said. “I started the club so that I can spark the interest of the students and eventually turn it into a protest to start a class for next year. “It gives students more of a choice than Spanish or French, and it especially offers kids that have a learning disability, like dyslexia, a way to get that foreign language credit that doesn’t

involve them struggling more than they already are.” The club meets every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Library lab, located next to the Library Café. Students gather to slowly build up their vocabulary with new phrases and practice making sentences. ASL is something everyone can learn. It is not just

reserved for the deaf or for those with deaf family members and friends. Many come in contact with ASL through other means. “Actually it started with my vice president,” Ulmer said. “She kinda knew sign language and she signed it around me. I just wanted to learn and so I started learning and then it evolved into something I didn’t think it would be. Its become a part of who I am now.”

A member of the club, freshman Jamie Vargas also joined because of his friends’ connections to the language. “I have a lot of friends coming in [to the club] and I always wanted to learn sign language because it would come in handy later on in the future,” Vargas said. “I like meeting people and I like making friends, and there might come a time where they might need someone who can speak to someone who can’t.” Learning this unique language isn’t just something to add to your resumé. It will also allow you to look into and become part of the deaf culture. The deaf culture was not recognized until 1964 and holds its own language, values and behavioral norms. Although small, deaf culture is extremely diverse. Much like the language, deaf culture has yet to become mainstream. A big step toward solving this would be to offer more opportunities to learn the language.

Breaking down House Bill 5 • Reduce end-of-course exams from 15 to 5. • Create new foundation graduation plan. • Eliminate the requirement that EOC exams must count toward 15 percent of a student’s final course grade. • Create a distinguished achievement and endorsement graduation plans. • Eliminate cumulative score requirements for end-of-course exams. • Establish an A through F accountability rating system for school districts beginning with the 201617 school year.

• Require school districts to partner with at least one institution of higher education to offer college prep courses in English and math. • Require all students entering grade 9 to select an endorsement, allow students to change endorsements at any time, and allow students to opt into the foundation plan with parental consent after grade 10. • Allow a student to satisfy a fine arts credit by participating in a community-based program not provided by the school.

Regiment makes top 10 Hannah Splawn Staff Member Saturday Nov. 2, the Panther Regiment competed in their final marching competition of the season at Memorial Stadium in Frisco. The Regiment placed 7th, and Percussion placed 4th. “That seventh is kind of a big deal to me because my freshmen year, we didn’t make finals, so we didn’t get to perform. We didn’t place in the top ten. I think we placed twelfth, and that’s a really big competition,” senior Drum Major Peyton Prestige said. The night prior, the band performed at Hoop Madness. They had their preliminary performance at 3:30, and kept their same standing even after their final performance at the competition. “I can’t say I’m satisfied with getting seventh because I always want to do better, but there has to be a process,” Prestige said. “You can’t just change the status of your band overnight. It has to be a gradual process.” Marching season ended Nov. 8 with the last game against Cedar Hill. From here, the band moves onto concert season. “Getting seventh was really cool, to see how much

we’ve improved in the four years I’ve been here. It kind of gave me that closure, that we’re getting better. I’m definitely content with the improvement we’ve made,” Prestige said. “Maybe not so much how we are but our work ethic. I am content with how that is right now.” They are currently working on All-Region music, which is entirely individual as students compete with other students across the metroplex. The band is already getting Christmas music together. They will be playing at this year’s Christmas parade on Dec. 7, and their Christmas concert will take place on Dec. 12.






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Celtic Thunder

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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TOP FALL TV SHOWS CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC air new line-ups as school begins


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Lead Actor: Jonathan Groff Lead Actress: Kristen Bell Genre: Animation Rating: PG Run Time: 108 min.

Lead Actor: Josh Hutcherson Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 146 min.

Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker Lead Actress: Angela Bassett Genre: Drama Rating: PG Run Time: 93 min.


Elli Keener Staff Member Based on the CBS pilots, “The Crazy Ones” would be the one that caught my eye. I was skeptical about Robin Williams’ return to television after decades since his last show “Mork and Mindy,” but the setup works. The Roberts and Roberts father-daughter marketing team, composed of Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, have great chemistry on screen and portray that never-ending awkwardness that is working with family. Williams riffing on screen leads to a great end product, and some hilarious bloopers tagged onto the end of every episode. Along with Williams and Gellar, the co-stars of the show already have very well defined characters. Another perfect duo is the advertisement partners working for the Roberts and Roberts, Zach and Andrew played by James Wolk and Hamish Linklater. This smart and funny pair play off each other well. With Wolk taking on the bad boy, ladies man, and boss’s favorite role, Linklater’s character goes the opposite direction and is quiet, geeky, and always overlooked for his counterpart in the partnership. “The Crazy Ones” seems to be starting strong, but only time will tell if it will hold up in the long run. I don’t know how NBC does it. With the “Law and Order” world holding strong in the legal drama category for more than two decades and “Grimm” kicking off its third season in

the supernatural drama category, NBC has come out with another hit drama: “The Blacklist.” The show is lead by Emmy Awardwinning James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former FBI agent gone rogue who mysteriously turns himself in. However, Reddington will only speak to one FBI profiler: Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, played by Megan Boone. The mystery in each episode has a clear conclusion, but the true mystery between Spader and Boone’s characters leaves the viewers wanting to tune in each week hoping for a small fragment of the puzzle. I do not have a clue how they come out with this drama gold over at NBC, but they have my Monday nights filled with each new episode of the Blacklist. The new FOX show that I will be catching is “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The show focuses on a group of diverse NYPD detectives and their new by-the-book captain. The lead, childish but talented Detective Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, finds himself at odds with Captain Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher. While Samberg’s comedy has been hit-and-miss for me in the past, this show really brings out his strengths by having the other characters reactions on screen. The absurd setup and exaggerated characters make his extremely comedic role fit the whole feel of the show. The tense, fun character relationships and camera movement through the precinct and at crime scenes has the same feel as “The Office” and works

perfectly with the show. I can’t wait to see how the show progresses, how the characters grow and how Jake Peralta handles his boss. Continuing where “The Avengers” left off, ABC‘s new show “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has drawn me in thanks to the returning face of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and the team of agents as diverse as any Joss Wheadon line-up. From the perfect field agent Brett Dalton brings to life to the scientist Elizabeth Henstridge portrays, the show follows many trends that Wheadon has used in the past. This is a good thing. With Wheadon as creator and producer of the show, continuity should not be a problem and the character relationships should pull at our heartstrings. The characters have a loveable side, but each also has secrets that are hinted at once in a while. However, the big mystery is how Coulson is still alive after his apparent “death” in “The Avengers.” Along with tensionbuilding secrets, I am excited that the enemies the agents face off against are intriguing and have a foot in the real world. While some technology used is attributed to aliens and an endless power source that has yet to have been found, the science fiction side of the show holds its own. Overall, the drama, science fiction and comedy pieces of the show are well balanced, and as long as the writing keeps up with the killer cast, I see great things for this show.

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Video host website aims for new audience with their first televised award show Hannah Splawn Staff Member It seemed the directors missed a chance to show the true talent of YouTube with their first ever YouTube Music Awards. Not to say that YouTube artists are mediocre, but when you bring Katy Perry and Eminem into the mix, the YouTube stars are outshined. There were six main winners of the night. Girls’

Generation won for their video “I Got a Boy,” which won over Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Lindsey Stirling for her Radioactive cover alongside Pentatonix, DeStorm for “See Me Standing,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” by WALK OFF THE EARTH. Eminem took home Artist of the Year, while Macklemore and Ryan Louis won the YouTube Breakthrough award. Overall, the show did not capture the talented members representing the platform. Very

few YouTube artists actually performed, such as Lindsey Stirling and CZDA, but still, not enough. The number of viewers, only 220,000, seems a bit too small considering YouTube’s wide array of members, especially when compared to something like MTV’s Video Music Awards, which gets a little over 10 million viewers. The show did take chances. It was in no way shape or form boring and made an attempt

to emulate popular awards shows. Artists performed live on the show, and it worked out fairly well, at times. However, despite all this, it just did not represent the platform as well as it could have. Overall, it seemed to be a missed opportunity. When they could have chosen to show off YouTube’s brightest stars, celebrities took their place and stole the show.

Desmond Smith Sports Editor Youtube and Beats Music Co. are going head-tohead in releasing their own music services. Both companies said the music streaming services will be available in the next couple of months. Yo u t u b e ’s music streaming service will be different from Pandora or iHeart Radio because customers who buy a subscription will be able to watch music videos along with streaming music. Also, there will be no interruptions, since Youtube plans for the music service to be ad-free. Youtube users will still be able to roam and watch music videos without the subscription, however there will be an option to store and listen to songs on personal devices. Youtube issued a statement in October about the service. “We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content across all screens and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans.”

On the other hand, Beats Music Company is throwing their hat in the ring of music streaming services. Customers will be able to access the music from the web and iOS or Android devices. Beats will also make apps for these devices. Beats Music bought a music streaming service MOG last year in a multi-million dollar deal last summer. Beats was already planning to start a streaming music service, however buying MOG gave them a head-start in their project. According to the the next web Luke Wood COO of the company was quoted saying, “The service is focused on curation, rather than forcing users to search blindly for new tracks or artists that they might like.” Wood added, “We’re talking about real depth of personalization and knowing who I am, who you are, what we’re listening to, what we like, what we’ve listened to before and then offering up music that is highly relevant to our taste profile.” Both companies plan to charge consumers around $10 for a subscription.


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Austin hosts convention at Wizard World newer faces such as several walking dead actor such as Norman Reedus who plays Daryl and Michael Rooker who played Calling all guys and his brother Merle. gals with a love for science There will also be longfiction, tribbles and who enjoy time favorites such as legendary occasionally wearing spandex comic book writer Stan Lee, to look like their favorite comic Captain of the Enterprise William book – Comic Con is coming to Shatner and the guy who played Texas! the original painted green Hulk From Friday until Lou Ferrigno. Sunday, Austin will be hosting So if you have the time Comic Con in its convention and want to have yourself a funcenter. filled weekend to meet science Comic con is great for fiction stars, browse comics and those who are fans of comics, TV everything else falling into the shows, and science fiction movies. category of “geeky,” head on down There are lots of booths filled to Austin this weekend. with interesting items and Q&A sessions and photos with creators to actors. The guest list includes

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Battle of the burgers Hippie Cowboy Elli Keener Staff Member For those of you desiring an expensive burger that does not wow your tastebuds, the Hippie Cowboy is for you. Admittedly, the food is not “bad” per-say, but if you want a mediocre burger, a $5.99 minimum seems steep when all you get is a burger with mayo and veggies and a side of Lays. I went a different

direction and tried a salad. The Groove salad disappointed me on multiple levels. Listed as “Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast,” I was served chunks of cold unseasoned chicken on my salad. However, the combination of flavors using dried cranberries and grapes were tasty, and the house-made croutons added a nice crunch. After a less-than-stellar entree, I held high hopes for the dessert to leave me in a better mood. Four dollars later, a plate with a large piece of chocolate

cake was placed before me. I had seen a cake eerily similar to this before. It looked just like the chocolate cake sold at Costco Wholesale, tasted, and smelled like it too. There was no doubt about it in my mind. From the three layers of chocolate icing to the pieces of milk chocolate lining the sides, everything on the cake was exactly like the cake from Costco that I had eaten many times before and could be purchased as a whole cake for under twenty dollars.

As for the service, the workers were all incredible. The woman that waited on me kept checking on me, filling my water, and smiling at me warmly to make sure everything was going well.The atmosphere makes the customer feel at home. The decor and the small, cozy area separates the Hippie Cowboy from the restaurants around them. Overall, the restaurant has great character but disappointed me extensively on the flavor and quality of the food.

mobsterpotraits and rustic aluminum shingles bordering the walls it carries a cozy feeling as if your grandpa built a restaurant in his garage. Though not a first choice venue for a date, Hideout Burger,

with its quick service and to go boxes, is perfect for those game days when you’re in a pinch for good seats. You can even call in an order so that its read for pick up when you arrive. Hideout puts a Texas

spin on the teen diet of fried food, caffine, and burgers. from bacon covered cheeseburgers to all you sweet tea and chicken fried french fry lovers, Hideout Burger is the place to be when looking for southern style food.

anyone’s appetite. Oh, also if you happen to be a weirdo and come to a burger joint and want chicken tenders, or a chicken sandwich, they are available. Sides range from fries, onion rings, chips, or ,if you want to think you’re eating healthy, fried green beans is a go. Okay so since I’ve rambling about all this other stuff I guess you all would like to know how my actual experience eating the burger was right? Well, it was

probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever had and the Barq’s root beer and onion rings only complemented it. Pepper jack cheese, grilled onion rings, grilled jalapeño’s, and bacon, with of course the lettuce and tomatoes, is what the Hollywood Burger is all about. The burger was a little sloppy after a few bites, but honestly, I didn’t care, I was way too enthralled with the taste. I strongly consider this as the best burger place in town.

Hideout Burger Eboni Ellinger Co-Editor-in-Chief Hideout Burger is tucked down in a corner behind a gas station With Italian

Branded Burger Desmond Smith Sports Editor Branded Burger has a lot of pride in their products and everybody who has ever had it knows this statement as well as I do. Not to mention the overall set-up of the joint is what the people want; this company prides itself on a Texas-themed set up with a Midlothian Panther

banner hanging right next to a TCU banner which was kinda odd but not a biggie. A collection of Texas memorabilia hang on the walls from license plates to street signs. The music selection is not exactly what I like but its bearable. Now onto more important matters, variety is not a problem when choosing from seven different burger options. Anything from a Jelly Belly Burger to a Steak Burger can feed



Kaylee Evers Staff Member

Hannah Splawn Staff Member

In Grace Unplugged, Grace Trey (played by AJ Michalka) is the daughter of a former rock star-turnedminister Johnny Trey (played by James Denton). Grace and her father play together in thier church band and after getting sick and tired of doing things her dads way goes against her father’s word and moves to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a chart-topping pop star. There, she discovers the temptation and trials that come with fame. Grace’s faith is put to the test and it takes all her strength to finally put her foot down and say enough is enough. Through her journey, Grace finds out that no amount of money or fame can buy happiness. Grace Unplugged reminds viewers of the importance of faith, family, and true friendship. Through Grace’s trals we are reminded that, at the end of they day, it’s not what you have but who you have around you that matter.

The 2DS managed to bring the blood of older Nintendo fans to a boil with it’s clunky shape, straying away from the usual clam shape that Nintendo has kept with the DS since 2004 when it originally released. However, the 2DS’ main demographic is its much younger fanbase. The 2DS plays 3DS and classic DS games, with, you guessed it, the 3D disabled, though it is easily disabled on the 3DS by either going into the parental controls or just leaving it switched off. Not only is the 2DS easier on the eyes, but it’s also easier on your wallet compared to the 3DS and 3DS XL. The 2DS is only $130. The only thing that might be a problem for those used to the usual DS and 3DS. The 2DS is a good solution, if you haven’t already gotten a 3DS, to getting your hands on the latest 3DS games without draining your wallet on a new system, unless you’re partial to the clam shape and 3D option.



Amanda Penwarden Co-Editor-in-Chief

Kaylee Evers Staff Member

While I wanted to like it, Toby Keith’s Drinks After Work ended up making my head hurt. Personally, I like my country music slow and meaningful. Naturally, I found it difficult to relate to since I don’t go drinking after school. The pace of most of the songs, except “The Other Side of Him,” was very quick and more on the pop side it seemed. Sadly, Drinks After Work got a two-star rating from me on the iTunes Store.


Many teen books today are so disgustingly cheesy that it is nauseating. A misunderstood teen-aged girl finds here true love then something bad happens and they break up but in the end everything turns around and they live happily ever after. Rarely do these books ever face the realities that life throws at us. In John Green’s “ Looking for Alaska” he brings reality to a genre of books that tries so hard to mask it. Miles Halter, a dorky junior in High School who is oddly obsessed with famous last words, transfers to Culver Preparatory School where he meets the mysterious, intelligent, and beautiful Alaska Young. After a tragic accented that turns Miles world upside down he is forced to face reality in it’s most harsh and heartbreaking form. Miles struggles with loss, his first love, and seeks “the great perhaps.” This coming-of-age novel makes readers stop and think about what is truly important in life.


Not lonely, deliberately alone

A prominent leader in school, Josiah Holland is very involved as President of Student Council, Senior Representative and Treasurer of the Engineering Club.

The Seniority Solution Rude. Inconsiderate. Condescending. Mean. I’m not saying all seniors are this way, but there is a certain air about some of them that says, “I’m a senior, and I’m better than you.” They’re the “first born” of the school, the big dogs, the soon to be gone seniors and they expect to have special treatment because of it. The saddest thing is: we let them get away with it. We let them walk all over freshmen and cut in lines with out saying a word about it. In sports, we let them leave the underclassmen to put up equipment and clean up their own messes. It’s selfish. It’s illmannered. And it’s something that needs to be addressed. Students have put up with and accepted the senior’s “rule of the school” for far too long. It’s about time we realize the injustice that has been done and is still being done and do something about it. We need encouragement, respect, and kindness. We need a class to realize that ugly traditions should be abandoned. We need leaders. We need seniors to step up and take the challenge. Seniors are our equals and therefore should not get special treatment that degrades others and infringes on personal rights. We all go to the same school and we all live in the same town. We could spend all day playing the “I’m better than you” game because everyone is better than someone at something. Sure, they can dress up the opposite on spirit days and have their goofy senior pranks. I’m not saying seniors can’t have special privileges, but there is a point where too much is too much and their privileges are abused. It’s as if they think because they are older they are somehow entitled to adopt this idea that they can do what ever they want with no regards to how their actions and words affect others. Instead of degrading, uplift. Instead of holding a sense of entitlement, be humble. People will appreciate and respect you more if you make them feel more important than yourself.

Many people are against racism and are for treating people equally regardless of their color but at the same time many people are ageist. We make a big deal about prejudices regarding race, but we don’t realize that at the same time there is a prejudice against age. I understand that they were freshmen at one point and they got picked on, but so what? Wouldn’t that make you want to be nice to underclassmen since you had to deal with the same thing? Be the better people. Lead the school with humility and not with superiority. “By continuing to be leaders and treating people fairly, seniors can gain respect,” Senior Josiah Holland, an active leader within the school and senior class as President of Student Council, Senior Representative of MHS, and Treasurer of the Engineering Club, said. While some of us find seniors annoying, we also look up to them in ways. They set the bar, the precedent, the example for the rest of the school and the attitude of them affects us all. Their actions should reflect the atmosphere of the school and gain respect from other students. “It’s an abuse of your privilege as a senior to assert dominance over underclassmen physically or through emotional bullying,” Holland said. New freshmen look to seniors for guidance and advice. Seniors should be sympathetic towards their younger “school siblings” since they were also in the same position a couple years before. “Don’t treat underclassmen as less than yourself,” Holland said. Ultimately, we love you, seniors. We really do. We’re just not going to be pushed around any longer. The “tradition” of degrading seniority has to stop somewhere. Will you take on the challenge? “We draw the line where it becomes bullying rather than a privilege,” Holland said.

Mia Love Staff Member It seems to be an almost popular thing for people to be labeled as introverts. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would actually want this title. As someone who sometimes gets a startlingly violent case of Misophonia, people and I don’t always get along. I wouldn’t consider being a wallflower to be a bad thing-it does have its benefits, but also some major downsides. First of all, I never get invited anywhere. Ever. I can not stress this enough, sometimes, I think it is the opposite of me not liking people, and simply them not liking me. Most of the time I stay home and binge on Netflix, living vicariously through through the characters. Being an introvert does not equal anti-social. I do like people, just in smaller doses... and less than everyone else. Then of course, there is always the fact that most people don’t bother speaking to me, assuming I am shy or have nothing to say. This isn’t true, I have more to say than I know what to do with. I’m not shy either, to those curious. I prefer to not speak unless I actually have something to say--I see no point in talking just to hear yourself speak. Along with the fact of people not speaking to me, my opinions often get ignored when I do voice them. For the most part, I’ve given up completely on even trying, though occasionally something will be so grueling I feel utterly compelled to respond. It is heard sometimes, and pretty

much always dismissed, but whatever. On the rare, random occasion I feel remarkably talkative I babble. I’m a total babbler. Babbling, rambling, word vomit-whatever, I do it. The worst part is, I know I should stop, but I can’t. This of course is usually when someone is listening to me. Thankfully I’ve given up on having people consider me a normal person awhile ago. When people do seek me out (sadly they do actually look for me), it’s primarily surrounding the fact that they have no idea if we had homework in a class, or they have decided I would be intelligent enough to give them answers on a quiz. Joke’s on them though, I make it a point to give them the wrong answers. People are also under the impression I am lonely. I’m not lonely. I prefer to be alone. Like stated before, breathing makes me angry with said person. If everyone stopped breathing altogether, I’d probably be a lot less annoyed with everyone. Stop trying to be my friend. Your breathing upsets me. Go away. Finally, my sense of humor is too hard to detect. Unless you have spent years with me, my sarcastic tone and my actual voice are often hard to differentiate. My parents sometimes have trouble, and since most people don’t bother with even acknowledging my presence, the fact that they don’t get my jokes no longer surprises me. Essentially, being an introvert isn’t all as it is cracked up to be (wasn’t aware it was cracked up to be anything... but let’s pretend for arguments sake.). Wallflowers are pretty much just quiet people, who most of the time, don’t feel like wasting their breath to simply be ignored.

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Illegal Alien

The 6-foot-3 freshman was prepared for any hurdle as he waited patiently across the table wearing a purple plaid shirt, blue jeans, and glasses. He sat professionally. Back straight. Knees forward. Clasped hands placed on the table. To accompany his polite demeanor was a modest smile and courteous eyes. When walking into room Jordan Elliot noticed how the aura of the area shifted. Purses were clutched tighter. Children were held closer. And eyes that nervously scanned the room kept inadvertently focusing on the tall Black teenager who was only there to buy a pack of gum. Growing up, Elliot noticed how the people with the same nose, the his eyes, and his skin coated the news channels and movies. Despite the physical similarities, the differences in attitude and belief were obvious to him, but unrecognizable to others. The actor or criminal sported baggy jeans accessorized with gold chains and misogynistic rap lyrics spilled from their lips. This contrasted to the wholesome teen whose always ironed clothing complimented his friendly personality and love for any genre of music. But Jordan Elliot was not the rule. He was the exception. One of Elliot’s first encounter with discrimination was in middle school when his friends confessed to him that they were too afraid to speak to him when he first moved to the school in 6th grade. “They never made and effort to know me. I never spoke to anyone and had to sit by myself,” Elliot said. “After being invited to a kickball game with some kids, they found out that I wasn’t a sterotypical African-American.” Though his comical responses could deflect any suspicion of offense, his mind held on to every comment. As middle school faded into high school, comments such as “you don’t act black” fell into view. Elliot’s family, never ceased to remind him of his past and of present. The phrase “you are a representation of our family”” was Elliot’s mantra. It slid so effortlessly into his life that it engulfed his belief system. “The phrase affects what I do and say.” Elliot said. “I see myself as a representation of my race.” Going against the stereotypes that alter his perception to others was similar to making a touchdown as a running back on Varsity, or scoring a hole-in-one in golf, or making the half court shot in basketball. Elliot could just as easily create a new label for himself just as he could ace tests in History class.

The brunette Aggie fan’s whole body laughed when she toppled joke upon joke. Her body sat charged and ready for the hurdles her last year of high school would throw at her. Despite the gloomy clouds and sunless atmosphere that encased the Monday morning, a toothy, face-consuming smile surged across the student council vice president’s face. Whether it’s science, the history of Batman, or her citizenship status, she was ready for any question. With over 50 thousand Hispanic or Latino United States citizens, “go back to Mexico” signs still scatter the homes of various American citizens. As a Mexican-American who, like her parents, was born and raised in Texas, Analyssa Espinosa was no stranger to the diffuclties of her communiy. As a child, Espinosa never noticed the differences between herself and others. They spoke the same language. Ate the same food. And all had dreams to go to Disney World. However, the media altered and stereotyped her race to the point where it seemed as if all Latin Americans drank tequila, spoke Spanish and were an illegal immigrant.. “When people say ‘illegal alien,’ it makes us sound like we are out of this world when we are human beings,” Espinosa said. “America is about freedom and everyone is an immigrant.” Some of these stereotypes floated into her classroom. Students joked that only Mexicans were landscape workers, and jumped the border. As a place meant to be a learning center about the diversity of the world and its culture, it seemed as if the only subject students learned was descrimination. “Some people sincerly beleive that I am an illegal immigrant,” Espinoza said. “I tell them that I am just as American as they are.” But Espinosa doesn’t hesitate to take on the position of a teacher and educate her peers about the Mexican-American society. With a kind personality and unique sense of humor. Espinosa’s classroom spanned through elementary, middle and high school. “Not all of us build houses,work on landscape, or leech of the goverment,” Espinosa said. “My grandparents came here with six kids and never asked the goverment for help. Latinos work hard for their goals.”

Mae Jemison

She was the first black woman in space. She also holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.


Alberto Gonzales He is the ighest ranked Hispanic in goverment to date, and the first Hispanic U.S. Attonery General and White House Counsel member.


of ArabAmericans are not Islamic


or AfricanAmericans go to college




The skinny Junior loosened himself in his chair in a plain red jacket and white sneakers. He was laid back, calm and confident in his demeanor, like a jock from a Disney movie. His eyes slid around the room. There were better places to be than at an interview in a high school library. He becomes animated, though, when talking about his love for superhero movies, his love for the Lakers, and his love for Eminem. The most vitalizing, however, is the difficulties of growing up as a Pakistani immigrant in a post-9/11 community. Though Hasaim did the same homework, listened to the same music and watched the same television shows, his classmates were unable to overlook the outward appearance that masked the inside personality. They followed a rule of deductive reasoning. Since the people that looked like him on the news fly planes into towers and set bombs off in government buildings, then he must do so also, or at least know someone who does. “You’re a terrorist” they would joke in Mr. Butler’s social studies classroom. “Don’t blow up the school” they would tease in his 7th grade math class. With each breaking news story, came another reminder that Arab Americans were a danger to society. Growing up, Hasaim noticed how Arab Americans were absent from the screen unless a crime had been committed. He noticed the racial generalizations that plagued the occasional news reporter. He noticed how his entire community was ultimately becoming radicalized. “We Muslims, are as positive and negative as other religions., Mumbarik said. “We are equals to the rest of humanity and do not consider ourselves any better.” As a scrawny middle schooler, Hasaim was the brunt of jokes in a world where fitting in was most important. “In 8th grade, after Osama Bin Laden died, kids came up to me and said that they were sorry for my loss,” Hasaim said. The sound of Lakers jump shots to the tune of Eminem’s “Won’t Back Down” carried Hasaim through a period where cliques and false friends were most important. The Lakers entering the 2008 NBA finals swiped out the memories from Mr. Butler’s classroom. Eminem’s “I am who I am and I say what I think” erased the words from 7th grade math class. Now, entering his final two years of high school, the echoes of the racially charged middle school years have since faded. With college quickly approaching, the sound of cheers and graduation caps being thrown into the air is taking hold.

Common for freshman on their third week of school, an excited yet fearful expression hung across the teen girl’s face as she sat on her hands. With homework from her pre-AP classes, a homecoming princess award and a cheerleading uniform to hang on her reputation, 5-foot-tall Mari-Kate Northcut was nothing short of an All-American girl. Despite her numerous accolades, she was still under pressure to reach a higher potential. Originating in the 1950’s, Asian Americans were seen as the ‘model minority’ in regards to their successful assimilation into society in comparison to that of Hispanics and Blacks. Northcut, like other Asian Americans, is held to a higher standard. An exemplary education and a submissive attitude marked the steps on the ladder to success. Every academic mistake was noticed by her peers. “The correct answer was four, not seven,” the teacher would say. “Come on Mari-Kate. You used to be smart. How did you get stupid now?” a student would tease. Every “four not seven” or low test grade, held a comment that was known all too well. “I’m not going to get everything right., Northcut said. “I am a normal person.” As child from Changasha, Hunana, China living adopted into a white family, Northcut noticed the pictures. Her hair, her eyes, and her skin shone through a mix of hazel-eyed brunettes in family photos. Though her parents reminded Northcut that she was one of the family, the camera and her classmates noticed her physical differences. “The one thing I would change about myself is my eyes.” Northcut said. “When I smile, me eyes get small and I feel selfconscious.” Despite the aspects of herself that Northcut couldn’t hide, her family tried to emphasize the parts of her that they believed were not a mistake. “It was God’s purpose to place me with my family.” Northcut said. “He knew I would grow. He knew my future. If He wanted me to be different, then He would have made me dfferent. There is nothing to be ashamed of about being God’s creation.” With 1 Timothy 4:12 as her armor, Northcut shields herself from every insult and insecurity. The verse, “Set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,” allows her relive the pressure from those who judge her. “Even if we, Asians, don’t look the same we still have good hearts,” Northcut said. “We can show love. We still make mistakes.”

She is the first Arab American, Lebaneese American and Muslim to win Miss USA.

Dat Nguyen

He holds the Aggies’ record of 517 career tackles, is in Texas A&M Hall of Fame and was first Vietnamese player in NFL history.


of Asian Americans drop out of high school

27% of 2010 U.S. population are minorities


of the projected 2050 U.S. population will be non-white

Defying Stereotypes

Rima Fakih

of Hispanic and Latino Americans make up the U.S. population


Hairy business

No-Shave Nov. aims to bring attention to prostate cancer Kaylee Evers Staff Member It’s that time of year again, time throw out the razors and let the scruff come in. No-Shave November is upon us and even though MHS has strict no facial hair rules, there

is more to this annual tradition that the rugged looks. Many foundations have taken this tradition and have turned it into a month of men’s health awareness. Organizations like The No-Shave November organization and The Movember Foundation, partnering with The Prostate Cancer Foundation and

Livestrong, have taken advantage of the month and are using it to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer and men’s health awareness. Even though at MHS we can not grow out our beards, there are plenty of ways we can still participate in the noshember fun.

Organizations like TOMS Shoes have created a Movember mini collection and with every purchase will make a donation to the Movember Foundation for men’s health initiatives. Anyone interested in finding or hosting a No Shave November event can register

online at The Movembers Foundations website. Donations can be placed at both The No-Shave November website and at the Noshember website.

Fitness “We Can’t Stop” Workout Workout


Jumping Jacks


Hip Twist


Bear Crawls


Wall Sits

30 sec.

Single Leg Raises



1 min.

Recipe Turkey Pinwheels

Ingredients • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened • 1/3 cup spinach leaves • 1lb sliced turkey • 4 (12 inch) flour tortillas • 1/2 cup sliced Chipotles

Directions 1. In a medium-size blender combine cream cheese, and sliced chipotles. 2. Spread this mixture on each tortilla. place spinach and turkey over the cream cheese mixture. 3. Roll up the tortillas, then wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. 4. Chill for two hours.


Go green in 10 easy steps Kaylee Evers Staff Member 1. GO PAPERLESS- Schools everywhere are now sending things like important newsletters, report cards, and homework via e-mail or online. This reduces the paper use significantly and saves money. 2. INVEST IN A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE- Each year Americans throw away nearly 29 billion water bottles every year, more than all other nations. Reusable water bottles are cheaper and can reduce CO2 emissions. 3. REUSE OLD SCHOOL SUPPLIES-Instead of throwing away used school supplies save them and reuse them next year. This will save money and keep all that waste out of land fills.

4. BUY RECYCLED SCHOOL SUPPLIES- For every 42 notebooks, made out of %100 recycled paper,used in place of a normal notebook, a tree is saved. This again reduces the amount of waste in landfills and saves trees. 5. CARPOOL- For those students who drive to school by themselves, get a group of friends who live near you and carpool. Carpooling reduces CO2 emissions and saves gas money. 6.RECYCLE- Recycling is almost just as easy as throwing something in the trash and is much better for the enviorment. 7. OPEN UP THE BLINDSClasses with windows should open up the blinds when it’s sunny outside that way electricity isn’t waisted and money is saved.

8. NO MORE PLASTIC BAGSInstead of using plastic bags or baggies to bring your lunch in, buy reusable containers and bring your lunch in a lunch box. Reusable lunch boxes and containers will save money and reduce waste. 9. USE BOTH SIDES OF YOUR PAPER- When taking notes students should use both sides of the paper. This will save paper and prevent students from having to buy a new note book after every six weeks. 10. UNPLUG ELECTRONICS WHEN YOUR NOT USING THEM- (This is mainly for teachers) If you have a lamp in your room or a plug in air freshener at the end of the day unplug it! This will reduce electricty use and save the school some money.


Let the M a d p n o o e H Begin s


Leap of faith

Boys, girls basketball teams gear up for promising seasons Desmond Smith Sports Editor Basketball season has already tipped off for our Panthers with the Girls Varsity Basketball team coming away with two wins in a row over Bryan Adams and Ennis. The Varsity Boys’ team are traveled to L.D. Bell last week for their season opener as well and played hard the whole game but fell short in a loss. The Lady Panthers started their season with a 23-point win over Bryan Adams on, competed in a tournament where the record the team went 1-2, and a 21-point win over Ennis at home. The girls have been lead in points by seniors Meghan Turner, Lauren Paschall, and Phylicia Kirk. T h e Varsity Boys Basketball team began their tipoff against Hurst based basketball team L.D. Bell. The score was close for most of the game but the Blue Raiders pulled away and the Panthers lost 50-59. The Panthers went to a tournament in Highland Park on Nov. 14, however the results the were not available at press time. “The first half was alright we only made a few mistakes


which was good. We wanted to focus get back on defense and crash the boards,” senior guard Adrian Gordon said, “The fourth quarter is what went down hill for us, we had some turnovers, and just some bad decisions down the stretch. The first game was good but it didn’t end the way we wanted.” Varsity Boys Coach Terrance McCloud who has been coaching for nearly 30 years had a different perspective on the outcome of the season opener. “With us being so young in experience we were just trying to get out there and play hard, and do what they’ve been coached to do,” McCloud said, “I just wanted them to try to execute, try to get some experience playing at a high level and basically just go out each game and get better. We did a lot of good things that we executed on and I was proud of that, I mean we made young inexperienced errors which I was expecting, but i didn’t read a lot into it. Coach McCloud is entering his second year coaching the Panthers coming from 3A class Kemp High School where he coached 14 years. McCloud feels

more in touch with his players this year than last year. “You always feel more comfortable the longer you stay somewhere. The team has been around me a year, so it’s a year longer they get use to me and vice versa,” McCloud said “Last year I had to learn them on the fly and we really didn’t have a lot of prep time to know each other and the season started. But, with the team now I’ve had a whole calendar year plus the beginning of this year to get better acquainted with them to know what they can do. Basically I’ve already watched them before they moved up to varsity which kind of helps me as well. I think the longer I’m here and the longer we work with the kids I think we’ll only improve.” Practices have been going on since last year for both squads. The boys team began their practicing when their season ended last year with a 10-20 overall record and 1-13 district record. The boys have played in spring leagues and summer leagues to prepare for the 2013-2014 season. The girls varsity team has been practicing in the summer with open gym practices to improve as well. Official practices for both the girls and the boys have been going on since basically August. All we have been doing is drills, driils, drills,” Senior foward Phylicia Kirk said. The Lady Panthers practices consisted of different drills from offensive and defensive positioning, to work on guard and post skills. And of course for endurance they “run,run run”, as Kirk put it. The Varsity Boys team

did some unorthodox training in the sweltering heat of the summer with sled pushing, tire flipping, and different drills in the sandpit. The training was for mostly conditioning and strength. In the midst of the girls basketball team preparing for the season the team has already had to deal with a loss on the team. Varsity Girls Coach Glenn Hartson became ill and had to relinquish his duties to interim head coach Heather McClelen. No time table has been set on when he will return coaching. “It’s definitely hard starting without him,” Kirk said, “All of of us on the team and coaching staff miss him. Coach M and Coach Rogers are doing a good job keeping us in a positive mindset so that we can focus on having a good season while Coach Hartson gets better. We actually don’t know whats wrong with him the coaches said it was intestinal but he hasn’t fully said whats wrong to us.” Both the girls and boys varsity teams have been in a competitive district the past couple of years and this year will be no different. The girls will have to battle two-time in a row state champion Duncanville Panthers who are currently on a 70-game winning streak. For the boys will have to take on Class 5A Region I champion DeSoto Eagles who were 39-2 last season. Both varsity teams will have other tough competitors as well such as Cedar Hill, South Grand Prairie, and Mansfield Timberview. “The district is going to be tough this year but we’re practicing hard to be prepared for

any challenge,” Kirk said. “Our district is always going to be tough if not the toughest in the state. DeSoto is always going to be good, South Grand Prairie, Duncanville is always talented, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie is going to be scrappy and the Mansfield schools are also going to be competitive so top to bottom we do not have a night off,” McCloud said. To kick off the season right, the community of Midlothian supported both the girls and boys basketball team in the first annual Hoop Madness Nov. 2 in the MHS Arena. The band, drill team, choir, cheerleaders, and blue crew came out to the event to celebrate. Also, the Dallas Mavericks mascots Mavs Man and Champ provided entertainment for the basketball filled evening. “Hoop Madness was an exciting time for the program, I’ve never been a place where they’ve did that. I’ve only seen that in one other place is at the college level, so to me that was a feat in and of its self,” McCloud said “I think it was a big success a lot of people came out and witnessed it. The team loved it and it was a huge public relations activity. The event generated a lot of excitement to start the season.” Ever since coming into the class of 5A neither the girls or the boys temas have made it to the postseason. However that didn’t stop Gordon from keeping his hopes up. Gordon stated “First, I wanna go to the playoffs, then I want move on to state I believe we can accomplish that.”







Junior running back Najee Mustafaa and his teammates celebrate after Mustafaa’s score gainst Waxahachie. The Panthers beat Waxahachie 49-14 on the season opener.

Sophomore setter Emily Sheehy serves the ball against Highland Park Sept. 3. The JVPanthers lossed to Highland Park in two sets.





Senior Ashton Rawlings attempts to block a spike against Cedar Hill.




Sophomore quarterback Zach Humpherys runs the ball into the endzone untouched against Keller Timber Creek. The Panthers won 54-7.



Senior running back Victor Williams runs down the sideline for abig gain homecoming night against the Grand Prairie Gophers. The Panthers won 43-35.


Senior running back Victor Williams high steps into the endzone Homecoming night against Grand Prairie. The Panthers won 43-35.


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Hannah Splawn and Celina Robinson Staff Member and Photography Editor

You head over to the table, the lady hands you a flyer with attractive smiling young adults and the “coolest” page designs aimed at us young’uns. You pop it open for a peep inside and are greeted by big bold numbers, with at least one comma in them. Tuition: 9,000, boarding: 10,000, books: 800. So it’s settled. You’re going to this college for a set fee of 19,800 per semester. Boom, bam, done. Though, you forgot to include the cost of transportation, your weekly ramen supply and emergency fees for all the stupid stuff you do, because you know, according to your parents, college is the time and place. From instruction fees, to room and board, to textbooks, the amount one would be paying for college varies.


Tuition varies between college and majors, and going out of state or attending a private college only adds to the bill. According to the College Board, the average tuition during 2012–2013 was $29,056 for those attending private colleges, and between $8,655 and $21,706 for those attending public colleges, depending on whether or not one was attending a college in or out of state. The prices most colleges provide up front are normally the minimal. Most clump tuition and fees together and don’t break them down to show what all the fees include. This isn’t including things like travel expenses, the cost of food, lab fees, books, and other various supplies. According to the College Board, the average college price tag, for an in state, public college during 2012–2013 averaged at over $22,200. For a private school, it adds up to over $43,200. After averaging the price of attendance of four school’s, A&M, TCU, Baylor, and OU,

the cost came to about $53,139.50 annually. An Associates degree, which is two years, would cost $106,279. A Bachelors would be twice that much, $212,558. A Masters, six years, would cost $318,837, and a PhD, eight years, would add up to be $425,116. Let’s not forget other expenses, dorm décor, groceries, and if you decide to buy a new car before heading off to seek a higher education. S i n c e personal expenses normally aren’t included in the advertised price, it can often leave you in a bit over your head when it comes to figuring out how much college will really cost you. A&M estimates travel and personal expenses to cost about $2,849, but that all really

depends on you– how often you’ll be going home, what you’ll be buying, and if you really know how to make a budget work. TCU estimates the cost of books to be $1,050 annually, and However, both these numbers might be just a little under what you’ll be paying. According to the Huffington Post, the price of college text books is increasing faster than inflation, as the cost has risen 812% since 1978, with a single text book costing up to $300. The best solution would be to see if you could purchase your textbooks used, as they’ll always be more affordable. Ask your professor if the latest edition is necessary for the material covered and tested in class. New editions are printed about every four years, but often with minimal revisions. Financial aid is always available. However, depending on how many classes your take in a semester can make or break your eligibility, for instance, if you take less than six credit hours. Some colleges will recommend that you get anywhere from 12 to 15 credits per semester. This all adds up to be quite a heavy workload. I f you choose to take 12 credit hours, you will be spending 12 hours in class and anywhere from 24 to 36 hours working outside of class, and unless your parents are paying for each and every dime you spend while you’re away at college, chances are, you’ll have a job to balance alongside it. Scholarships are always good to apply for, no matter where you decide to go. Whether it’s only $1,000 or a full ride, any

it’s possible to go to school fulltime and work full-time, have a social life and sleep, and balance it all. - Claire Douglas

amount of money will come in handy. Even if you don’t receive a scholarship, or don’t apply for one at all, as long as you’re prepared for what’s ahead, you should be fine. Former students Claire Douglas and Emily McGee represent both sides of the spectrum. Douglas received a full scholarship, $55,224, to University of Texas at Dallas, and is currently a freshman. She is double majoring in psychology and child development with the intention of working with foster teens. “I figured, if I was going to get a free ride to college,” Douglas said, “I might as well do something good for the world, and what’s a better way than loving the fatherless?” Room and board at UTD is $651 a month, and the school has a mandatory meal plan, because they don’t want freshmen becoming malnourished and living off of ramen, for freshmen that costs $1680 a semester. “On top of my scholarship, I qualified for FAFSA,” Douglas said. “The most money you can get as a freshmen is $5500, which is what [the loan] I got. The school pays me to go here, and then they give me $1000 a semester. “ Since this is the perfect time to mention it, FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that can be filled out my college students annually to determine eligibility for financial aid and provides most of the student aid available in the United States. “All of my tuition and mandatory fees are paid for.” Douglas said, “which basically means that I can take as many classes as I want. Room and board is pretty much covered. The only things I have to pay out of pocket for is my car payment, gas, and meal plan.” Douglas’ car payment drains $135 out of her wallet each month, and she estimates that she spends $70 on gas monthly. On top of 17 class hours,

Douglas works full time, 20 hours a week, at Barnes and Noble as a barista in their cafe. “To all the kids worried about their finances,” Douglas said, “it’s possible to go to school full time and work full time, have a social life and sleep, and balance it all, though it’s really normal to feel like you want to run away from all of your problems, because I do all the time, especially if you have lots of money. Not that I do, but I did at the beginning of the year. I fantasize about running away from college on a regular basis. I think about using my loan money to buy a plane ticket to Australia and never come back.” Emily McGee, a freshman attending Mary Hardin Baylor University, a private school, started with a few scholarships, about $7,500 each semester in total. She is majoring in Early Childhood, through sixth grade, Education. Including tuition, books, her meal plan and housing, McGee’s total bill is approximately $12,500 each semester. “My family is covering the costs for now,” McGee said, “but we’re counting on me getting a few more scholarships. Apply for scholarships as early as possible, and apply to as many as you can. It’s good to keep in mind the scholarships that your college offers too.” McGee works on campus in the school’s library, 13

hours each week. “It’s not easy to balance school work with my job, since I work almost every day after classes,” McGee said. “I either have to stay up late or study a lot on the weekends to finish all that I have to do.” McGee is about to begin h e r second semester at Mary Hardin Baylor and is currently taking 16 hours. S h e estimates that she spends another 15 hours e a c h w e e k studying. “To be honest, it is very overwhelming,” McGee said. “I made the mistake of taking too many hours, and it has been a struggle to find enough time to finish what I need to. I don’t think that the classes will get any easier, but I think that it will get easier to manage my time and find motivation as I get further along. As nerdy as it sounds, a planner has been my lifeline when it comes to time management.

There’s much more to remember in college, and it has helped tremendously.” Overall, look into the schools you’re considering. Find them at college fairs, email their representatives with questions you have. Letting them know that you are interested in what they have to offer will make them all the more willing to answer your qu e s t i ons , whether it be about f e e s , financial aid, or what the dorms are like. Vis it the campus on your own time to get a real feel for the school. Sometimes, you never know if you’ll really love a school until you get there. If you don’t want to venture out to find the answers you need, you can always see our College and Career councilor, Mrs. Ballard.

I don’t think that the classes will get any easier, but I think that it will get easier to manage my time and find motivation as I get further along. - Emily McGee

Senior Christina Atherton has already been accepted into four schools, UTA, UTD, Texas Tech and UT. Her current plan it to attend UT and become a teacher. you considered how much it’ll cost you to go to Q Have college?

depends on the school you go to. At UTA, it’s about A “It$17,000 a year, and for more educated schools, it’s about

$35,000, not including books which you have to buy on your own. I want to try and get as many scholarships as possible so I won’t have to have to worry about it and move on with my life.”

you planning on going to any of the schools that Q Are accepted you?

on going to UTA for two years and then transferring A “Ito plan UT to finish my education, so I can lower my debt and still graduate from the school I wanted.”

you paying for everything yourself, or is your family Q Are pitching in?

family will help me with some, but I have to get a job A “My in college so I can pay most of it. That’s why getting a lot of scholarships is important.”

Q Do you think you’ll get a job on campus? know yet. I’m looking for a job that will pay A “Ianddon’t allow me to be able to succeed in college. Whatever reasonable job I can find, I’ll take.”

Colette Allred, former student and A&M freshman, is majoring in biology and minoring in neuroscience, with the plan of becoming an optometrist.

do prices compare to your original expectations? How Q How are your expenses being handled? are way more expensive and crucial, in most A “Textbooks classes, than I was expecting. Most people got all their books

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at the campus book store, and I know some paid over a thousand dollars. I would definitely advise checking Craig’s List, college Facebook pages and just Google in general. That’s what I did, but I still ended up paying around $200. There’s no way I could pay for all the necessary expenses on my own. I have some scholarships, grants and loans that help a ton, but my family is pitching in quite a bit. It kind of stresses me out to think about how I have at least three more years to pay for somehow.”

Q How is the workload? may just be the professors I have or the classes I’m A “Ittaking, but I’m way busier with school work than I was in

high school. I always have something in the back of my mind that I need to be doing. The tests are a lot harder too. I actually have to read the textbook if I want a decent grade because my professors don’t cover all the material in lecture, so I spend a lot of time studying.”

Q Why did you pick you particular major? currently majoring in biology and minoring in A “I’m neuroscience. There’s a lot I could do with a biology major, and I’d like to keep my options open. And neuroscience is just so interesting.”

advice would you give to juniors and seniors who are Q What thinking about college? you need to make sure your grades are good A “Obviously enough to get into whatever college you want to go to. It’s

helpful to have a job and money, but that money will go fast once you’re on your own. Take AP classes that do apply to your prospective major and take dual credit classes that don’t apply. The AP classes will help you so incredibly much when you take the college equivalents. You’ll have a head start over most people, especially if you actually learned in the AP class. If you take the dual credit classes, you’re saving money and time, as long as they don’t apply to your major. You get them out of the way and might even be able to graduate a semester or two early. As far as study habits go, unless you’re already in the habit of reading every word of every chapter for every test, your high school success strategies have no use in college. You may be able to get by at first with your previously established base of knowledge, but the smaller details grow in importance as you go.”



FUN RUN The Color Fun Run hosted by the Movement Toward a Future mentoring program on Nov. 2 was a huge success. “This turned out better than I ever expected,” Dena Petty, director and coordinator of Movement Toward a Future, said. “We had over 500 people show up and were only expecting around 300.” The run was aimed at raising support and awareness for the mentoring program that works to help “at-risk” students succeed and reach their goals. “I think we definitely we were succesful in raising both support and awareness for the program,” Petty said. “We wanted to raise awareness, get people to go to our website, and come out and have fun with their families and their community.” Petty’s favorite part of the run was seeing the community come together to support the cause. “We had judges, attorneys, city officials, teachers, administrators, kids from out program, families from all walks of life... Everything was represented,” Petty said. “It was just a great community event.”

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LEFT: Senior Kyle Flaherty runs the last tenth of a mile of the race. Flaherty placed first overall in the 5K. “I have never won an entire race before, but it was a great feeling coming across the finish line and claiming the win for Brookshire’s, who sponsored me,” Flaherty said.

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BELOW: Senior Allie Deese throws pink powder on a Fun Run participant. “It was fun because I got to spend some time throwing colors with fellow students, and I got to see friends run the race,” Deese said. “It was fun to be able to encourage them.”

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J.A. Vitovsky Elementary School office employee Cindy McDonald finishes the race with vibrant colors covering her clothes. “I love how the town got together, and I love what the run supports,” McDonald said.

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Junior Erin Gilbert runs through the finish line ending in 255th overall. “I thought it would be a fun experience, and had always wanted to do a color run,” Gilbert said. “It was a great opportunity to get involved.”

LEFT: Getting covered in blue powder, Camden Clemmons, brother of senior Samantha Brewer, throws color at the last station before the finish line. Participantsin the race ranged in age from babies being pushed in jogging strollers to a man of age 68.

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