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2270 Highway 133 Carbondale, CO 81623

October 2011

Volume 4

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Photo taken by Sue Rollyson While other things were happening in the locker room that would change the mood of the football game on October 7, The Roaring Fork Rams Football Team put on quite a show, beating Olathe in double over time 23-22.

Theft at football game leads to four 7th graders’ arrest --Shaeley Lough

While everyone was focused on the exciting show the Roaring Fork Football Team put on against the Olathe Pirates on October 7th, other things were happening in the locker rooms that would definitely make a memorable game for both Roaring Fork and Olathe. “I was in disbelief,” stated Rick Holt, Carbondale Middle School’s principal, when he heard about the theft that occurred that night during the second half of the game by four 7th graders who attend CMS. According to Holt and Cliff Colia, Roaring Fork High School’s principal, the four thieves, all boys, managed to steal eleven iPods, a couple of phones, and $400$600 in cash from between both teams’ locker rooms. They also broke into the concession stand and stole candy before the game. Although nobody caught the boys in action, both teams quickly realized that their things were missing after the game.” It was irritating to come in and find my personal things missing,” commented Roaring Fork’s senior football captain Phil Gomez, who had $50 stolen from his bag. Word quickly spread about what had happened and almost instantly names of possible suspects started to flow in. “[Officer] Nino was probably the first to have any idea of who was responsible for the theft,” stated Alvaro Agon, a Carbondale police officer assigned to the case. By Monday morning, with the help of Facebook, of students from both CMS and RFHS, and of the middle school staff, all four boys had been identified and Holt and the Carbondale Police Department began to take appropriate action. “I wasn’t even aware of what had happened until Monday morning around 9 a.m., when Torrey Jensen, RF’s football coach called me,” said Holt “But by 10 a.m. all four boys were sitting in my office.” After taking the boys into custody, charges were immediately filed by the Carbondale PD. “As far as I know, all four boys were given appropriate punishments from the school and all have pending court dates, ”Colia explained. Currently, three out of four of the boys are on home detention and all four are set to appear in court either the first or second week of November. If found guilty, they could either be sent to juvenile detention or be put on probation. As for all the stolen items, most of them were returned to their owners except for three iPods and most of the cash. The boys are responsible for paying back all the money and the remaining three iPods and are also required to write apology letters to both football teams. “The boys made it pretty obvious,” commented Holt, “They came to school on Monday wearing brand new clothes and hats and so did their friends.” While Holt is satisfied with the punishments the boys are receiving, Colia says he will be completely satisfied with their punishment once they have fully followed through with. “ In my 20 years at Carbondale schools, I have never had to deal with a situation like this. I’m just relieved for both our kids and the Olathe kids that it was not anyone from RFHS. They deserve better,” conveyed Colia. Although the sequence of events that occurred that night set a grim mood for both the football teams and the community, nobody will forget what is said to be one of the greatest games played by the Rams, who beat the Olathe Pirates in double over time.

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RFHS students attend Carlotta Walls presentation at Colorado Mountain College --Ricardo Juanlucas

Carlotta Walls, a civil rights icon, visited the Spring Valley Colorado Mountain College Campus (CMC) on October 19th. She is one of the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, a term the world used to identify the nine black students who volunteered to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Walls held the presentation in the gym at CMC and talked about the things she went through while trying to attend an all white school. The presentation started at 1p.m. and ended at 2:30 p.m., with a book signing session at the end. Walls was able to stay a little longer after the presentation to answer some questions before going to the hotel she was staying at to get ready for her night presentation. Walls was clear that although other students would yell out offensive things to her in the hallways, she was very determined to not give up. She said, “Quiting was just not an option because that would have been a feather in their cap, and I just had to focus on why I was there.” She mentioned that none of the nine students thought that attending the school would raise any conflicts like the ones that occurred. Walls talked about how the school was great academically as well as athletically and with the great education that was offered, it was an honor to be able to attend it. “It was my neighboring school, it was a mile away from my home and I would have to go an additional four miles to get to the other high school! And it was known as the most beautiful high school in America. Who wouldn’t wanna go there?” said Walls. She also mentioned that Central High School was admired as being state champions in many sports. Denise Wright, the English teacher who took the sophomore English class to the preAbove Carlotta sentation said, “People who have first hand experience in the civil rights movement Walls is signing won’t be around for ever.” This was the reason the students were able to attend the books after her presentation and miss the last half of the school day. According to Wright, the main presentation in the Spring Valley goal of attending the presentation was to, “help kids appreciate the diverse classrooms.” Colorado Mountain Wright talked about her own experience on trying to attend a diverse high school. She College Campus said, “I had to ride the bus for an hour to be able to attend a diverse school.” She went on the afternoon on to say how schools have changed since then and are more diverse, although most of October 19th. students prefer to hang out with the students they are most like. Carlotta Walls is a The following morning all the sophomore students were talking about the presentacivil rights movetion and how glad they were to be able to go. They could be heard saying that although ment icon that went the main reason at first to go was to be able to miss the last two classes of the day, they through rough times to be able to get the realized how important the subject was and how things can be taken for granted nowabest education and days. Some would also say that they thought about being in her position and wouldn’t by doing so helped have dared to have done what Carlotta Walls did. desegregate schools in the South.

Plastic bags may be thrown away for good in the Roaring Fork Valley --Toni Gross

On May 1, 2012 Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale grocery stores will no longer allow the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags. Grocers will be prohibited from distributing plastic bags to their costumers. On August 23, 2011 the town council of Basalt voted 5-1 to pass the first reading of an ordinance placing a fee of 20 cents on single-use bags. Town managers are responsible for implementing the the new ordinance. Aspen and Carbondale’s councils have both postponed the final vote on the second reading in order to study the possibility of a complete ban on plastic bags and of placing a fee on paper bags. In Aspen the new law will ban plastic single-use bags and place a fee on paper single-use bags. Carbondale will allow the use of thin film bags derived from starch-based biodegradable polymers and will charge a 20 cent fee on paper bags. Aspen’s city council is hopeful that this new law will help enhance Aspen’s waste reduction program. This law doesn’t only benefit Aspen, but their grocery store as well. The cities will split the money earned on bag fees with the grocers. Carbondale’s food Coop has always had the policy of customers supplying their own bags. “A long time ago the board directors made a law on the use of plastic bags so our store can be environmentally friendly”, Coop cashier Cody Lee says. The Roaring Fork Valley is not the only community who sees these plastic bags as an issue. Around the world, plastic bags have been proven to pollute the environment and affect natural habitats. More than 80 national and local governments across the world have taken official action to ban throw-away plastic bags or establish fees on such bags. This new law will allow grocery stores to keep $1000 per month to offset the cost administering the program. “This new law will help the environment and it will hopefully help our economy, our customers usually bring in their own

one to three bags so the plastic bags have never been an issue”, Cody explains. Adults in the Roaring Fork valley will remember to bring their own bags but teenagers might see it as a problem. They don’t go into a grocery store to buy large quantity’s of food, they go in for a purchase of a snack and don’t usually use bags, sometimes they will need a bag but don’t want to pay the fees and so grocery stores could possibly lose business. “ I don’t see teenagers remembering to bring bags. I usually bring the exact amount of change to purchase my food and paying an extra fee for a bag might be a problem”, sophomore Taila Howe expresses. Many citizens of the Roaring Fork Valley see this new law as an opportunity to save the environment and are hopeful that Carbondale will also establish this law. “I think it will be good for our community Photo by Toni Gross to use multi-use bags. I see plastic bags along side The Roaring Fork Valley plans to go green by ban- highways and in water resources, I am excited to see ning plastic bags in grocery stores. Carbondale will a healthier environment.” Taila announces. be voting on this issue in the near future


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School board elections mean new perspectives --Taila Howe School Board: A local board The Roaring Fork school board has a new look since the elections commenced on November 2nd. Three or authority responsible for the new Representatives were voted in, including Matt provision and maintenance of schools (Oxford Dictionary) Hamilton for Carbondale. Matt Hamilton is all for supporting public education. “We can always do a better job at supporting our teachers,” comments Hamilton. “I believe our teachers are the ones who construct our daily classes, make then interesting and develop each individual into a future leader. Why not support them to their fullest?” Hamilton wants to make sure that people have an accurate view of our schools. Some people in the Roaring Fork Valley might think the schools aren’t high quality. Is it because they are small? Public? Embedded with diversity? Carbondale’s schools have had a great increase in test scores, outstanding school spirit and an athletic program that shoots above and beyond. Hamilton wants to keep the enthusiasm rolling, keep his mind open and keep producing strong leaders for tomorrow. Debbie Bruell, a retired Carbondale school board representative, has been a strong contributer over the past years. Bruell’s goal was always about helping the teachers love their jobs and making life easier and more enjoyable for our beloved teachers. Bruel expressed that her own personal motivations for doing her best and being on the school board was to make sure her daughter had the best education she could possible achieve. The school board makes decisions monthly that are beneficial to our school and without a school board these important and crucial decisions can’t be made. If students have any questions or issues with the school, they are able to contact Matt Hamilton. If curiosity develops about a situation involving school, school board meetings are always open to the public. Typically, they meet every other Wednesday afternoon at the District Office in Glenwood Springs by GSHS. It is the school board members’ job to ensure students’ learning experiences are Photo by Taila Howe School board members spend a lot of their time sitting prosperous. It is our job to hold them to that. in meetings discussing how to have the best schools. Matt Hamilton of Carbondale joins Daniel Biggs and Terry Lott Richardson as the three new members of RFSD’s school board.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden

RFHS Calendar of Events November 10: Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8 p.m. November 11: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parent-Teacher Conferences November 17: All School Potluck November 17: 5-7 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Dinner at RFHS, free and open to the public, bring a dish to share if you’d like or just come to eat November 18: Career Fair November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break


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Students from five middle schools come together at Roaring Fork High School --Kelley Farris

Roaring Fork is Carbondale’s primary public high school, but not all of its students go through the traditional public school system. Roaring Fork gets students from five local middle schools: Waldorf, Carbondale Community School, Carbondale Middle School, Alpine Christian Academy and The Marble Charter School. In the interviews below the students from each school share their transition from middle school to high school. Emily Fisher Carbondale Middle School Easiest part of transition: Classes because I was well prepared. Hardest: Being around the upperclassmen. Advice: Control yourself and be more mature than you were in middle school.

Ben Carpenter Carbondale Community School Easiest part of transition: Less classes everyday. Hardest: Longer Classes. Advice: Take it seriously.

Halia Frantzich Waldorf Easiest part of transition: Sports because you’re always accepted. Hardest: Math courses. Advice: Do sports it helps you meet people.

Briana Boland Marble Charter School Easiest part of transition: History courses. Hardest: Having to move classrooms Advice: Do sports and memorize your schedule so you don’t go to the wrong classroom.

Shiloh Merriot Alpine Christian Academy Easiest part of transition: Being closer to the school. Hardest: Not knowing people Advice: Join school activities because it’s easier to meet people and make friends.

Sailing, not just a hobby but a way of life for Reynolds -- Walker Soucie

Most people would think the out of school life for a math teacher is very boring and uninteresting. This is not the case for Melisa Reynolds; on her free time Melisa is, believe it or not, a sailor. Reynolds goes sailing every weekend and even sometimes after school. How do you fit in time to go sailing? “I have a lot of time in the summer and weekends, but I usually just go whenever I have time.” “I first became interested in sailing when I went to dropped my oldest sun Tyler off at college on a weekend in late August, the next day when he was gone I went sailing with a few friends. Immediately I got hooked and couldn’t stop talking about it.” stated Reynolds. “I like to sail because its really cool to be able to be in nature, moving only by the wind, and have it be quiet and relaxing.” stated Reynolds. When asked about how students react to Ms.Reynolds sailing hobby Roaring Fork High School sophomore Mealani Gray stated “Miss Reynolds talks about sailing very often in class, and I think it helps her teaching a lot because it relaxes her and makes her more chill.” When asked about whether her math skills help with sailing Reynolds stated “It can for navigation and air flow, but I don’t usually think about math while I’m on my boat.” “My favorite weather to sail is when its sunny without a cloud in the sky, and big wind!” Stated Reynolds. Who inspired you to start sailing? “Its always been in the back of my mind a little bit, but no one person inspired me start or keep doing it, I just enjoy doing it because its the first thing I’ve done in a while that I started without any knowledge of how to do it” Reynolds commented.

Senior Ed Torres: speaks up as more than just a poet -- Mariah Villalobos

We all have our “Big Moments” in high school, well one of Roaring Forks very own seniors had the hardest time picking his out. When he finally made his choice, he stated that winning Roaring Fork High School’s 2009 Talent show with his incredible poetry was one of the best moments of his high school career. If you don’t know who this accomplished student may be, his name is Eduardo Torres. He says that winning the talent show allowed him to gain a lot of respect for showing how well he can express his emotions in literature such as poetry. Unfortunately, Ed hasn’t really been keeping up on it recently. Although, every

once in a while, when he has a notebook and pen around he’ll come up with something to write about and sadly, he doesn’t plan on being in the talent show this year. But you know, poetry isn’t the only thing this skilled kid can do. He’s also got a knack for basketball as well! Another one of Ed’s big moments in high school revolves around taking a trip to the State playoffs during his junior year. He’s played basketball all four years of high school and played football for two years, “It would have been three years, but I missed a year due to knee surgery” Ed explained. He also played football in eighth grade where he helped his great friend, that he’s known since he was just three years old, Felipe

Gomez, get his first interception. Even Coach Holly was his favorite and most inspiring staff member of Roaring Fork High, “Personally, I think the whole staff is really great, if something is wrong and they can sense it, they don’t hesitate to offer advice or help with whatever is bugging you.” Ed said. Coach Holly was his favorite because he taught Ed a lot of things about life and is great at being both a teacher and mentor. “Holly is the type of person who jokes around a lot but when he’s serious, he gives some really great advice that I honestly really take advantage of and should listen to or take to consideration.” After graduation, Ed said that he sees himself as a stu-

dent at Colorado Mesa University, majoring in Sports Psychology. He recently became interested in this field because T.R (Trainer Ryan) had told him about it and influenced him to “think about looking into it”, and so he did. Now, if you could remember back to the first time you met Ed, what was your first impression? Or if you don’t know him yet, what do you think it would be? Felipe answered that easily; “this kid has a goofy head”, he said, reminiscing they’re childhood memories. One of Felipe’s favorite memories with Ed was when they had stolen boxes of lollipops from their first grade teacher, with another classmate of theirs. Ed and his other friend had each snatched

one box and got caught by the teacher. The two ended up crying and apologizing, (and probably returning the sugary treats), while Felipe got away with two boxes and never being discovered. Ed’s advice to any new students of Roaring Fork High School is to “make the most of your high school career, have no regrets because it’s the fastest four years of your life.” We should all have the opportunities to experience more than just a few big moments, and by the time our high school days are limited, we won’t know which one to pick as our favorite, but instead, we’ll simply find ourselves thankful for those ‘big moments’.


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Sibling rivalry put aside for family talent in RFHS sports --Alec Larson

Photo by Camerond Doherty Blake Axelson of Basalt at the addition to the Carbondale Skatepark. Carbondale’s recent addition to the skatepark makes it even more noteworthy.

New addition opens in Carbondale Skate Park --Cameron Doherty Blake Axelson of Basalt grinds the coping of the new 3600 sq. ft. addition to the Carbondale skate park, located in the North Face sporting complex on Meadowood Drive. The Great Outdoors Colorado grant had been given for the town of Carbondale to build onto the skate park. The new section contains a mini bowl and a street section. Blake says “The new section is really sick. It’s smooth, and ride-able for just about any age.” Blake also says his favorite feature of the addition has to be the mini bowl. With such an advanced bowl section in the current park, it’s a challenge for some skaters just to drop in. This new section offers the youngIt is geared towards the er community of skateboarders a chance to learn the basics, younger skaters in hopes and it is also a more relaxed it will help them prog- park, even for advanced skat- ress and have more fun ers like Blake. The initial 13,000 sq. ft. skateboarding. main section of the skate park, including the 18 ft. capsule, the vert bowls and street section were made by the Grindline Skate Park company, based out of Seattle Washington. Although Grindline did a fantastic job with the first part, the gig to build the addition was given to Billy Coulon of Evergreen Skateparks. Billy is known for his outstanding job building the Windells skate park; a skate, ski, and snowboard camp. With Carbondale becoming a top destination spot in the U.S., it’s skate park very much adds to its attraction. The skate park is home to the Thrasher Magazine Carbondale Run competition, where world renowned skateboarders such as Ryan Sheckler skate the park. With this much attention and publicity, it truly did become one of the premiere skate parks in the U.S. This new addition makes it that much better. Overall, the new section completes a well rounded skate park. It is geared towards the younger skaters in hopes it will help them progress and have more fun skateboarding. The Carbondale skate park upgrade is state of the art and has created an even more diverse park for skaters of all ages.

The sibling rivalry is something that everyone with a brother or sister knows about. Siblings are always competitive towards each other in some sort of way. This competitive side can be seen in sports. For the Gianinetti twins, volleyball is where the competitive side of the girls comes out. Hattie and Megan both play varsity volleyball for the Roaring Fork Rams. “We do probably compete more then others,” says Megan. Both of the girls agree that playing a sport with your sibling makes it easier. “We push each other more,” remarks Hattie. Megan agrees that taking advice, even if it’s rude, is easier to take from a sibling. “At the end of the day we are going to have to go home, eat dinner and see each other no matter what. That just makes it easier to forgive each other,” explains Megan. During the off season Megan and Hattie also play basketball for the Rams together and doubles volleyball in the summer. The twins have played the same sports together forever so for them, playing with their sister is just what they know. While the girls bump it, set it and spike it together on the hard wood, two brothers crush their opponents on the gridiron. Shay and Tanner Gianinetti both play football for the Roaring Fork Rams. These two brothers don’t get as competitive as their cousins. Yes all four of these athletes are related. Shay is a freshmen and is on Junior Varsity, Tanner is a senior and is on Varsity. Since they are not both on one of the teams the brothers don’t clash on the field. Shay says that his brother lectures him all the time. “Whenever we are at home Tanner is always telling me to do my homework. Then whenever we are at school he is telling me that I have to go to practice,” says Shay. Shay said it is opposite. He is either getting lectured on doing his homework or on going to practice. If you are a freshmen and you are on a team it can be scary. As a freshmen you are the smallest person on the field. Tanner knows this and respects it. “I try to go easy on the freshmen because I remember what it is like being a freshmen,” remarks Tanner. Tanner said he remembers being the small, freshmen on the team so he tries to take it easy on them. Most younger sibling look up to their older siblings. Shay looks up to his brother in football. “The only reason I did football was because my brother did,” says Shay. Siblings are natural rivals. These siblings show that this rivalry can be tamed in sports. The Gianinetti siblings put their rivalry aside and work together to tackle opponents and help make the amazing Ram teams that we have.

Photo by Alec Larson The twins, Hattie and Megan Gianinetti, show that they get along in pictures. The twins both play RFHS Varsity volleyball together. Above, Tanner and Shay Gianinetti look a little more hostile towards each other as they get their picture taken, but they both get along just fine. Tanner and Shay play football together for the Rams.

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The battle over Thompson Divide matters to you

--Kyle Bruna

Many students in our valley and their families love to participate in outdoor activities in the Thompson Divide area. However, many students do not know the controversy that is brewing in this area. The Thompson Divide area in western Colorado has been used for agricultural and recreational uses for many years. This area is home to hundreds of plant and animal species. This area is also home to a wide range of outdoor sports and activities such as mountain biking, four wheeling and hunting. The lower Roaring Fork Valley relies on Thompson Divide for water that is used for various reasons. SG oil interests, an oil and gas company from Houston Texas, which they want to buy and develop the Thompson Divide area. SG oil wants to put in a number of natural gas drilling rigs in the 221,500 acres of land that makes up the Thompson Divide area that spreads over five counties in western Colorado. According to the 2011 Sonoran Institute Economic Impact study, outdoor recreation supports more than 107,000 jobs across the state of Colorado and brings in over $500 million dollars in sales tax revenues as well as $7.6 billion dollars in sales. This study also shows that more than 43,000 ranchers make their living of the Colorado land that produce more than $16 billion dollars in economic activity. More than 105,000 jobs depend on agriculture business in Colorado. This means that if the Thompson Divide area were to be developed and become private land, Colorado could not only lose thousands of jobs but may also lose millions of dollars in taxes and retail sales every year. The development of Thompson Divide would not only have a strong economic impact on western Colorado, some feel that there would be a great deterioration of the environmental quality. A major fear to local residents is that the water in both the Crystal and the Roaring Fork rivers would become tainted and lose quality because of the oil drilling runoff. “We are exposing ourselves to serious long-term consequences,” says Roaring Fork High School agricultural science teacher Hadley Hentschel, he also states that “we need to prevent this at all costs”. The Thompson Divide provides domestic and agricultural water for the lower Roaring Fork Valley. People, animals and our local foods rely on this Photo by Kyle Bruna clean water running out of the Divide. The Crystal river near the Thompson Divide area. Many fear that the quality of our water in If you would like to take action and help fight the valley will deteriorate if drilling begins in the Divide. for the Thompson Divide, you can do so at www. On the website you can contact Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet by sending them an email. You can also donate any amount to the cause as well as like their facebook page to receive updates on the issue.

No ICE in schools: let’s have a safe community --Journalism staff The topic of ICE has been a controversial subject in Carbondale and in Roaring Fork High School recently. The groups AJUA (Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion) and CIRC (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition) held a public forum meeting on October 20th requesting that the Roaring Fork School District (RE-1) adopt a policy that prohibits School Resource Officers (SRO) from also serving as federal immigration enforcement officers (ICE). AJUA and CIRC make clear their position on school resource officers and district policies in their lay out vision of perspective changes and in in their joint statement issued at the public forum meeting held in Carbondale. The groups express that public schools are meant to be a safe and welcoming environment and the presence of immigration enforcement agents is threatening that safety. AJUA and CIRC’s position is supported by a federal law prohibiting public schools from disallowing education to students based upon their immigration status in the United States. It is believed that student resource officers doubling as immigration enforcement officers is violating this law. “Evidence and testimonies collected by AJUA and CIRC demonstrate that during the past year, Officer Alvaro Agon served in the dual capacity of assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside of the schools while also serving as an SRO in the schools,” states AJUA and CIRC. The groups have also been provided with 28 student testimonies

expressing their feeling of unsafely in Carbondale schools with ICE officers present. AJUA, CIRC, and parents and students in the community have asked the Carbondale Police Department that Officer Agon to be reassigned to other duties that do not involve the schools. After a letter was sent to the RE-1 Superintendent Judy Haponstall the school board members replied that AJUA and CIRC’s proposal was being taken into consideration, and a meeting will be held with Chief of Police and the School Administration. This will allow the school district to gather more information and determine how they should proceed. Overall we think that having ICE in school should not be allowed. The Public Schools should be a place of comfort and safety. Students shouldn’t be walking around with the fear of putting themselves and their families in danger. We want this to be a open safe environment. We hope that our voices will be heard, and that they adopt a policy.

Do you think it is ok for a School Resource Officer to be involved with ICE as well? “No because it’s none of their business.”- Mariah Ahumada, junior “No because students without citizenship should not be afraid of an education.”- Juila Williams, senior

“No because we all have a right for education.”- Georgia Ackerman, junior

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Our Staff Editors: Thomas Cerise, Sheija Binshaban, Madison Handy, Kenia Reyna, Tanya Murillo Reporters: Kyle Bruna, Charles Conrad, Cameron Doherty, Kelly Farris, Alexander Fisher, Jane Gross, Taila Howe, Ricardo Juanlucas, Alec Larson, Shaeley Lough, William Masters, Rosa Roybal, Walker Soucie. Mariah Villalobos, Brandon Williams


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RFHS home field advantage should be at our home

--William Masters

When I asked around about what people thought of making the Roaring Fork practice fields into the new home field to the Ram’s football and soccer teams, I came back with both positive and negative comments. Mia Wedemeyer a junior at Roaring For High School said, “I think it would be easier for the players because it would be very close to the school; also because of the locker rooms, but on the other hand, where would our practice field be? I mean we wouldn’t want to ruin our stadium field.” Keegan Fawley another junior at Roaring Fork High School added, “It would be very expensive but also would be cool.” He also was concerned if the stadium was built, where would the soccer teams and football teams practice?” Felipe Gomez, who is a senior football player at Roaring Fork, thought it was a stupid idea and added with a negative connotation, “ Why would you do that?” The field now is used by the soccer teams and the football team. It is about 80 yards wide by 130 yards long which is plenty wide and long enough for a football/ soccer field. There wouldn’t be enough room for a proper track but we will always have the one at the middle school. The main variable of constructing this new field is, of course, the cost. The field right now is sloping towards the road, so we would have to level it out which would be the biggest cost. We would have to fence it in and pour cement or asphalt where we would put the bleachers. We wouldn’t have to worry about buying new bleachers because Roaring Fork owns the bleachers at the middle school and also the lights. The cost to have them both dissembled and moved over to the new field would be expensive but would be very minor compared to buying new lights and bleachers. I asked Cliff Colia, the principal and athletic director at Roaring Fork, what he thought about the idea. He said that it is an awesome thought, but he just doesn’t know if we will ever have the money to make it happen. “You and I can’t be the only ones that want to make this happen,” he said. “We need not just the whole student body behind it, but our whole community of Carbondale.” A lot of people I talked to were all for the new field, but some like Teddy Benge, who is a senior football player here at Roaring Fork, was worried about the loss of tradition. Being a senior, Teddy is among many generations of football and soccer athletes who have gone through many emotional times at the current field, over victories and losses, in playoff games or just against the rivals in our league . “The school would lose a lot of tradition if we made the switch. Just think of the hundreds of players who played there before us. This would be sad, but it might be OK to move the program and school into its own identity,” Teddy says. If the decision was up to me and money wasn’t an option, I would definitely turn our practice fields into the new home field of the Roaring Fork Rams. Despite losing the tradition of the old field and the old high school, we would make our own tradition and make a new history for Roaring Fork sports at our own field. But, unfortunately, I am not the only one who can make this happen and money is a huge factor in the construction of this field. If there will be any chance that this will happen, we will need the support of our entire school and of our community. If you are interested and have an idea or source that can help, talk to Mr. Colia at RFHS. Photo by Will Masters The practice fields at Roaring Fork High School. This is the space where the stadium should be built.

Whoopers: Volleyball goes to regionals SNOW!!!! Halloween Carnival Soccer hosted a state game Rampage School store opening Basketball

Bloopers: SNOW Soccer lost Halloween on Monday Cold Halloween Nobody dressed up for school(Halloween)

A new literary device or censorship? --Rosa Roybal

We were given the freedom of speech. To openly speak and express what we think. School is probably the one place where we use the first amendment the most. We speak, write and express ourselves everyday in school. As teenagers and high school students we express ourselves differently than a teachers might. For example, a teacher might say that something was awesome where a student might say “Dude that’s dope!” A lot of the time you may here some slang term like “dope” or you will hear a cuss word even though we have been taught throughout school that cussing isn’t a good way to talk. Why? Why is it that we are not allowed to cuss? Could it be that school is seen as a more professional work place and you typically don’t use derogatory terms in a professional work place? Many students would probably tell you that school is just a place to learn or just somewhere they have to go. Rachel Reed, a student at Roaring Fork High School says, “ It’s primarily both, its like a work zone for the youth and it’s our job to go to school but its also a place to learn as much as we can as well.” So maybe school isn’t as much as a professional work place but represents one. Maybe school is there to prepare us for what don’t normally experience as high school students, until we go to College. When Principal Cliff Colia was asked if he agreed that school was meant to represent a professional setting he replied with, “ I agree school has a more professional atmosphere that incorporates respect and derogatory terms don’t promote a positive communication of ideas.” Inside the classroom and in the halls, however, teachers frequently hear students using those derogatory terms and it hasn’t been a big problem at Roaring Fork High school.” Why isn’t it allowed? I guess the real question is does it serve a legitimate instructional reason? If students were just allowed to throw f-bombs around like it meant nothing then the school wouldn’t be the same. The level of respect between teachers and other students would go down and the way that other people view the school would go from good to bad. So what would the school be like if students were able to use derogatory terms as a literary device? Would the students be like the authors in the books we read? School is a place that we use to learn many things, so why not learn to use swear words in an appropriate manner? Teenagers already often use them, so learning to use them appropriately or as literary devices could potentially be good.

-Taila Wasilawski

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Random Thanksgiving Facts

-T Conrad

-When William Bradford, the pilgrim leader, organized the first Thanksgiving in 1621, he invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to join him. -Forks were not used; knifes, spoons and fingers were. -The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds. -When fully matured turkeys will have up to 3500 feathers. -Turkeys gobble, but hens make a clicking noise. -In Canada, thanks giving is celebrated on the second Monday of every October.

Pick-Up Lines -Alec Larson If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together. I’m sorry, were you talking to me? (No) Well then, please start. If you were words on a page, you’d be what they call FINE PRINT.

Exercise your Brain

-Kyle Bruna & Walker Soucie

You must be a Snickers. because you satisfy me. My lips are Skittles, want to taste the rainbow sometime?

Top 5 Songs -Shaeley Lough 1.Someone Like You by Adele

nna Riha y b Love d n u arris e Fo 2. W Calvin H . Feat 3. Moves Like Jagger by Marron Five Feat. Christina Aguilera 4. Se xy LMF and I kn AO ow It by 5. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

Have an amazing Birthday! -Kelley Farris

Juniors: Michael Wampler11/12/94 Madison Handy11/16/94 Sarah Wisnoski11/16/94 Mariah Corpus11/23/94 Dakotah Grett12/05/94 Antonio Contreras12/07/94 Shaeley Lough12/07/94

Seniors: Gisselle Ramirez- 11/15/93 Thomas Cerise- 11/17/93 Paola Santiago- 11/19/94 Itati Petatan- 11/20/92 Sophomores: Luis Tellez- 11/10/95 Elide Andrade- 11/12/95 Adalberto D ominguez11/26/95 Alejandro Zavala- 11/30/95 Cindy Pena- 12/07/95 Freshman: Eric Garcia- 11/14/96 Edgar Garcia- 12/04/96

November 2011  
November 2011  

Roaring Fork High School's student newspaper.