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Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty

by Hannah Greenberg At what point does the Children’s Halloween Parade of Ashland no longer favor the children? For generations, kids and families of the Ashland community have dressed up in their most creative and lively costumes to walk through downtown Ashland. This Halloween day has been a tradition of fun filled activities, excitement and laughter for over 15 years. However, this year Ashland was informed that the atmosphere of this festive holiday would be quite different. On September 6, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the parade in order to redirect the focus to a more “family friendly” environment. For the past 15 years, the Halloween parade has always had trick-or-treating for the kids’ and the community’s involvement, as well as the interactive parade. Within the past couple of years, however, the community has voiced concerns for the kids feeling scared and intimidated by the large masses of people. “For a small kid, it felt like getting lost in a sea of people,” Katharine Flanagan, Ashland Chamber Marketing Director, said. The goal for this year was to have trickor-treating and a community celebration, but no parade, in order to accommodate the concerned community and children. Contrary to popular notions, the parade was not cancelled because of inappropriate costumes of the scariest ghouls and ghosts, or wild behavior- it was simply considered overwhelming for the young children and their families. “We are aware of how creative our community is. We want to support not squelch creativity,” Flanagan explained. The Chamber of Commerce did not feel as though the cancellation of the parade would give the celebration a negative feel, but maintain the enjoyable and imaginative event that the community has grown to know and love.

In honor of the legendary tradition of No-Shave November, The Rogue News will be holding a contest for the manliest, most testosterone filled gentlemen on campus. All those who wish to participate in the First Annual No-Shave November Competition must come by the Rogue News Office, room 202, and be approved by the judges before November 4. Applicants are required to begin the month with a thorough shave, no exceptions. At the end of the month, the most impressive and most stylish beards will be rewarded with pizza coupons for a free Giseppi’s pizza. Participation by the AHS staff is highly encouraged. Trimming, waxing or shaving of any kind will result in a deduction of points. Good luck gentlemen and make our Grizzly forefathers proud!

The Ashland Halloween Parade was just too popular to let go. Many Ashlanders could not dare to think of Halloween without the annual parade. Within a week after the cancellation, over one thousand people sent complaints to the Chamber of Commerce staff. On September 12, the Ashland Chamber committee made the decision to reinstate the Halloween downtown festival. “The parade has become a set tradition in Ashland. It’s part of Halloween,” Katharine Flanagan, Ashland Chamber Marketing Director, said. According to Flanagan, the events put on by the Chamber are for the overall enjoyment of the community. The parade is not excluding adults and teens; however, the Chamber hopes that this year the parade will be less overwhelming for young children. This year the parade will incorporate more unique and exciting experiences for Halloween participants, such as the fallowing: • Entertainment from The Ashland Middle School Band, The Ashland High School Band, The AHS Orchestra, The Jazzman, Samba Like It Hot and the returning Thriller Group. • Photography with costumed book characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be available for young children. • A costume contest on the plaza sponsored by Renaissance Rose (for all ages) The Chamber hopes to keep the time before 3:00 for the young kids and their parents, then everyone is welcome to join the festivities. Although the initial cancellation of the parade may have been considered by many a “community disaster,” it helped the Chamber members learn what the local people enjoy. “We were so glad to learn how many people love the parade,” Flanagan said. “We were not at all disappointed that they wanted it back.”


Want to pump up your Halloween spirit? Come out a couple days early and be a part of something you don’t want to miss! On Saturday, October 29, the Ashland Kiwanis Club will merge with the Ashland Schools Foundation to host the Monster Dash: a fun run for all! Events begin at 9:30 a.m., with those who dressed with zest attending a costume contest on the lowest lawn of Lithia Park (located on Winburn Way.) Registration for the contest is at 9:15 a.m. at Pioneer Hall. There

will be prizes awarded for groups and individuals alike. At 10:00, a one mile runwalk will take place. Racers will jog from Pioneer Hall to the upper duck pond, and make a loop there to head back to the finish line. Following the one mile run will be both the 5k and the 10k runs at 10:45. Running the 5k race will give participants the ability to enjoy the vibrant leaves of the season all the way around the back dirt road of the reservoir. When runners reach Glenwood Park, they will execute

a turnaround, leading them back to the finish line. The 10k race is quite similar to the 5k, however, runners will continue on to Terrace St. once they reach Glenwood Park. Their trek marks halfway when they approach the intersection of Ashland Loop Rd. From there, these ambitious souls will perform the last spurt of their journey, doubling back on the same route. Ashland’s Monster Dash is a spirited event for all to enjoy. If you don’t have a desire to run, but still want

by Haley Petersen

Illustrations by Amelia O’Dougherty

No-Shave November

by Hannah Borgerson

to participate, come to cheer on the racers and check out some of the most intricate costumes around. Want to run? Register online at

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News Briefs by Erin Keoppen

Editor-in-Chief of the

A Little More Spooky

If you’re looking for pictures of the worst/best Halloween costumes, lists of the greatest pumpkin patches and haunted houses and a little insight into the taste buds of the more seasoned trick-or-treater, then look no further. Rogue News Online has got you covered for all of the most embarrassingly ugly and gleefully scary aspects of this soon-to-be holiday.

The Weekly Y

There are just some things in life that don’t seem to make sense. Why is there imperforated notebook paper? Why is there disgusting PDA on the Quad? These volatile questions are among those that will surely define our AHS generation, and there is only one man to answer them: sophomore Gabe Young. This philosophical mastermind provides such extensive knowledge on these subjects that you’ll have to resist the urge to thank him. So, on the behalf of the Rogue News Online Staff right now, you’re welcome.

Interdistrict Transfers

Online we continue to update you on the latest school policies and opportunities. This upcoming year will usher in a change-up in the district transfer system, allowing students from the Jackson country to mix it up and enter different schools, despite lacking residency. For further reports, and future AHS news, tune in.

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October 26, 2011

DO’s & DONT’s by Grace Rogan

Every year, when the leaves start to change and the cold weather begins to set in, we are puzzled by the same question; what to do and not to do on Halloween. Well this year, consider yourself prepared, because we’ve got you covered.


Go to a maize maze Decorate your house

Give out raisins

Check out an old cemetery

Eat already-opened candy

Host an all-night horror fest

Use fake weapons for foulplay

Go to a (safe) Halloween party Make sure you can see out of your costume Scare children (not enough that they tell their parents)

Leave a bowl of unguarded candy on your porch (“Take One” means nothing on Halloween)

Wear a costume that you can explain in less than one minute

Cut inline of small children while trick or treating Leave the lights on in your house and not open the door

Fall Athletics Review

Although the fall season of sports has yet to end, our sports staff will wrap up the season, and give the latest rankings on our Soccer, Football, Waterpolo, Cross Country, Cheerleading and Volleyball teams as the finish up their season in top standings. Grizzly pride will emanate as we praise our beloved seniors and give you the preview for the upcoming winter season.

Ask Skidmore

If you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you might consider crawling out to read these hilarious and extremely therapeutic responses to the most burning questions of AHS students. Do you have a sultry secret? A pressing problem? An intense inquiry? Ask Skidmore. Check our website on Fridays for the latest answers.

Listen Up

For high school students, the iPod is as permanent a fixture as a smile during first period on a Monday morning. Online understands the profound influence of music on AHS life, so we have introduced a new section, fully devoted to music. The worst songs, the best songs, the newest albums and the latest on AHS bands and close-range concerts are soon to be up and running on the site. In addition, teacher playlists will provide you with the AHS staff ’s favorite songs and genres. You’ll have to go online for the rest…

Illustation by Amelia O’Dougherty

by Sondra Mayer AHS Theatre will begin the fall season with the awardwinning comedy, “The 39 Steps”. This romantic comedy, based on the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, shows Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Sun. November 20. Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Tyrone Wilson directs a cast of 21 AHS students who will be playing over 50 characters. Each of the actors play a range of diverse characters such as: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. “It’s got a style of film noir but spoofed, a la Monty Python. The audience is going to love it,” producer Betsy Bishop said. The cast features Noah Yaconelli who plays the hero Richard Hannay. General tickets: $10. Reserved seats: $15. Tickets to “The 39 Steps” can be purchased online at, Paddington Station, Tree House Books or the Music Coop.

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October 26, 2011

The Trick-or-Treat Tussle

What’s the one day of the year when adults and teens can be kids again? Halloween. What’s the one day when you can eat an entire bucket of candy and not be chewed out by your doctor for it? Halloween. What’s the one day you can prance down the street dressed like an idiot and not be shunned by society?You guessed it—Halloween. However, it was brought to my attention that for us high schoolers, prancing around like a fool is “okay,” but prancing around asking for candy is socially and morally “unacceptable.” Why is this? Why should asking for candy on Halloween be any different from asking for anything on any other day? If you see a hobo graciously asking for financial support on the corner of a popular freeway exit, you are most likely not going to spit on him and curse him for not being more successful in his life pursuits, at least I hope not. This is not feudalistic period Europe. The higher road would be to simply toss 40 cents out the window and speed away. Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty Last Halloween, I attempted to trick-or-treat with some of my friends. At one house we were blatantly disrespected, along with our costumes, by a homeowner who felt we were above the trick-or-treating age limit. Needless to say, I was offended. If you’re going to turn an “over-age” trick-or-treater down, you should be polite about it. If a couple of well-dressed young gentlemen knock on your door with the intention of giving you an informational pamphlet and having an intelligent conversation with you about said literature, are you likely to bellow at them and throw that pamphlet back in their faces? Most likely, you are not. The polite thing to do would be to either hear them out, read the literature, have a personal religious awakening, and move to Salt Lake City or simply to just dispose of the leaflet in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Last but not least, those who say teenagers are too old to mooch candy from their neighbors have probably forgotten one thing—we teenagers are still kids. We do stupid things that put ourselves at risk and most of us are completely incapable of supporting ourselves. We may be closer to adulthood but we aren’t there yet. Let us be kids.

There is no doubt that Halloween is among one of the most magical nights of the year. Nothing compares to the joy one experiences when prancing around the town in extravagant and frivolous costumes, while collecting a stash of free candy that would sustain a bear through the hibernation season. Trick-or-treating just might be the perfect physical embodiment of childlike merriment as it combines the most distinctive features of childhood: creativity, innocence, imagination, naiveté and a crack like addiction to anything with sugar in it. Very few legal sensations can even begin to compare to the felicity one experiences on Hollow’s eve. Unfortunately, if you are reading this, you’re too old for it. I’m sorry to report this to you, but once you pass a certain age, dressing up like Aladdin and going door to door asking for treats is no longer cute, it’s harassment. And personally, I am strongly opposed to the idea of provoking a new generation of aggressive free loaders that we simply cannot afford to sustain in America. Post-pubescent trick-or-treating is a threat to society that should not be taken lightly. Past a certain age, this act of creative panhandling should no longer be tolerated as it promotes an overbearing sense of entitlement, just like social security. America can’t afford to pay for any more retired superheroes or over aged princesses, that’s why at my house, we require ID. However, despite the possible collapse of our already fragile economic system, some individuals still claim that you can’t put an age limit on acting like a child… Well you can…And I did... And it’s 14. Past the age of 14 it is simply unacceptable to go toe-to-toe with a five year old over the last box of Sugar Daddys. Halloween is supposed to be about the celebration of childhood, and nothing can ruin the spirit of the day more than seeing a 6 foot tall version of Elmo. Besides, when the time comes that you find yourself older than the girl giving you candy, you know it’s time to throw in the towel.

Pondering Over the Parade by Olivia Fidler

Traditions in Ashland have grown larger and more abundant over the years, the Halloween Parade is no exception. The traditional parade has recently caused our town some distress over at what age it becomes inappropriate for participation in the parade. Should the older generations be able to participate in the parade as they wish? The most important thing to the community is that the parade happens I believe we can all agree on that. Most people who grew up in Ashland had the tremendous opportunity to participate in the parade. From their experiences, it is clear why they continue to participate. The Halloween parade is a public event, therefore it is only reasonable that all ages are allowed to attend and participate as they please. Monitoring the older generation’s participation in the parade would be unjust.

If Ashland is going to host the parade, all residents and community members should be able to participate. As senior Elane Delgado said, “the Halloween parade is a tradition for people of all ages, therefore it would be unfair to prevent certain ages from participating.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. It is clear that the Halloween parade is a holiday celebration and tradition celebrated town-wide. Although monitoring the amount of teens, young adults and older generations would cause an uproar, there are other ways to monitor the shrieks, screams and scares. The younger children who are overwhelmed with the mass of people can participate before 3:00, as suggested by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Rogue News Rogue News is published by the newspaper classes of Ashland High School, 201 South Mountain Ave., Ashland, Oregon 97520. (541) 482-8771 ext. 195. The editorials written by the Rogue News express the opinions of the editorial staff on issues relevant to the staff, the school and the community. Personal columns do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire staff and are written as the opinion of the individual author. Letters to the editor, which should be under 250 words, are encouraged. They can be dropped off outside of Room 202, put in Mr. William Gabriel’s box in the main office or emailed to No letters will be printed without a verified signature. Letters received in the second week of production will not appear until the next issue. The Rogue News staff reserves the right to refuse to print any potentially libelous or obscene material, anything that would invade the privacy of others, or anything that could cause a disruption of the school environment.

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Editors-in-Chief.............................................Olivia Fidler/ Elias Opgenorth Front Page............................................Hannah Borgerson/ Elias Opgenorth News Page............................................................Allie Halprin/ Ian Smeenk Opinion Page.................................................Olivia Fidler / Elias Opgenorth In-Depth page..................................................Halie Haynes/ Megan Ganim Feature Page.........................................................Delaney Swink/ Ian Wurfl Sports Page..................................................Molly Cochrane/ Dylan Molnar Backpage.......................................................Emily Bestor/ Rhianna Terrien Chief of Design....................................................................Elias Opgenorth Online Editors..............................................Erin Keoppen/ Jasper Raynolds ............................................................................../Wyler McAninch-Ruenzi Managing Editor......................................................................Sofia Harrison Business Manager…….…..…....................................................Christa Tapp

by Halie Haynes and Ariel Clark

White Country’s Farm Fall Festival: Dates: October 29-30 Times: 10 AM to 5 PM Where: 3939 West Main St, Medford (White Country’s Farm) Come join White Country’s Farm Fall Festival! There’ll be hay rides, pony rides, face painting, bounce house, slides, 5 acre corn maze, kid’s corn maze, a petting zoo, pumpkins, and food. All ages are welcome. Renaissance Rose Where: 37 N Main Street Ashland, Oregon 97520 Hours: Open 7 days a week. 10 AM to 6 PM Renaissance Rose offers complete new and used costume sections with choices including wigs, hats, makeup, adult costumes, theatrical masks, boas, fairy wings, and everything in-between. Located conveniently in the Ashland Down Town Plaza, Renaissance Rose carries all the essentials for an excellent Halloween costume

Spooky Science: P Date: October 29-30 Time: Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday 12 to 4 PM Where: 1500 E. Main St, Ashland (Science Works Museum) Join in spooky experiments which include messy slime, smoking bubbles, and much more.

illustrations by Amelia O’dougherty

Magic Man Costume and Fun Shop The Magic Man carries all types of costumes and supplies including wigs, masks, hats, make-up, magician supplies, and accessories. Maxamillion’s Midway of the Macabre Location: Randall’s Warehouse Theater10 E. 3rd Street, corner of Front & 3rd Streets, Medford, OR. Hours: October 26-October 31 6:30PM-the show ends. Come enter the weird world of Dr. Rutherford Maximillion the 3rd as he presents his twisted festival of the bizarre! A scary, theatrical haunted attraction event with twisted carnival midway games and temptations such as the Midway of the Macabre haunted house, the Sinister Seance Stage Show, live actors and computer controlled and air driven props that will make your skin crawl! The Farm Location: 51 South Stage Rd., Medford, OR 97504 This festival includes a pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a gift shop, restrooms, snacks and a refreshment stand.

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Pierson’s Pumpkin patch Where: 1735 East Main, Ashland. Hours: Pumpkin patch opens for sales on Saturday, October 8th Monday-Friday: 3:00PM6:00PM and Saturday-Sunday: 10:00AM-6:00PM Carrying approximately 700 pumpkins, Pierson’s has a selection varying from White to Cinderella pumpkins, some weighing over 200 lbs. Pierson’s is a legendary pumpkin patch around Ashland, infamous for their imaginative jack-o’-lantern carvings that illuminate Ashland on Halloween night.

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Goodwill The Goodwill stores have been invaded by the spirit of Halloween. Check out one of their 16 stores in Southern Oregon for a great selection of costumes and masks, plus new packaged wigs, jewelry, fake nails, make-up, gloves and stockings. Find good costumes at a good price for a good cause! YMCA Halloween Party: Date: October 31 Time: 6:30 to 8 PM Where: 540 YMCA Way, Ashland (YMCA) Price: $1 per child This Halloween party includes games, face painting and prizes for all Trickor-Treaters who come and join.

Monster Dash: Date: October 29 Time: 2 PM Where: Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Price: $25 per adult (Pre-registration) $20 per adult $10 per child 11 years or younger Join in on the 3rd annual 1-mile fun run with additional 5K and 10K races. All profits support Ashland Schools Foundation grants in the Ashland public schools.

Trunk- Or- Treat: Date: October 31 Time: 6 to 8 PM Where: 522 W. Sixth St., Medford (Medford YMCA) Price: $1 per child or food donation Children are invited to Trick-or-Treat from cars. Best decorated cars and trucks could receive awards like “Best Trunk” and “Best Truck Bed”.

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October 26, 2011

Everyone has heard the stories; ghosts roaming hallways, creeping in bedrooms, showing up at night when all the lights are off and no one else is home. People brush these stories off, thinking of them as silly myths, but here in Ashland, Oregon, we have our very own buildings that are haunted by real spirits.


Seniors: 56% Juniors: 51% Sophomores: 53% Freshman: 34%

Elizabethan Theater

Swedenburg House

by Delaney Swink

by Natalie Acheatel

Many people have seen the eerie, white house on Siskiyou Boulevard, but what is the real story behind the myths of its haunting? Southern Oregon University has its very own witnesses. “We were sitting at the base of the stairs at 5:30 AM,” Dan’iel Tharp, faculty advisor of the SOU Paranormal Student Group said, explaining a story about him and his coworker, Dan Cook. “We started hearing unusual sounds like running water and footsteps near the bathroom. Everyone else was asleep. Dan saw the lights dim and said ‘what’ as we saw the doorknob turn with a squeak.” Tharp had several other stories of encounters with spirits at the Plunkett Center. In 1919, Dr. Swedenburg bought what is now the Plunkett Center on

the SOU Campus, but unfortunately passed away than 20 years later, leaving the fate of the building unknown. The house was used as Dr. Swedenburg’s hospital and stories of the spirits that came and went in his presence have arisen over the years. Tharp also described times when chairs were found eerily arranged in the same way Dr. Swedenburg had arranged them years before, and staff members experienced a Pepsi can being dragged mysteriously across a table at a staff meeting. Women in white have appeared on the stairs and deceased children have been heard speaking. Everyone who has recalled their experiences have described a weird energy that fills the building.

Illustration by Amelia O’Dougherty

At Ashland’s very own Oregon Shakespeare Festival, mysterious happenings began to occur when Charles Lawton, an old British movie actor, felt the desire to start acting on stage again in order to revive the way he started his career. Lawton decided to contact Angus Bowmer, the owner the theater was named after, to suggest that he be cast as King Leer in the next production. Unfortunately, Lawton passed before he was able to fulfill his dream of continuing stage acting. To this day, OSF actors and staff tell stories of strange occurrences that happen mainly in The Elizabethan Theater, claiming that it might be the ghost

of Lawton coming back to achieve his life goal. “I’ve never seen him,” OSF Prop Master Paul James Martin said, “but I’ve been in the Elizabethan late at night and you can hear creaks.” During the festival’s production of “Faustus,” actors Jim Edmonson and Michael Kevin Moore witnessed real bats swarming them on stage during the scene in which Faustus sells his soul to the devil. On other occasions, actors tell stories of hearing his footsteps throughout the theater. Stage managers have felt his breath on their necks and daggers have appeared mysteriously on stage, showing that the fate of Charles Lawton may still be in action.

Suzanne Homes: SOU Dorm by Delaney Swink On a cold and stormy November day, over 50 years ago, construction on the Suzanne Homes dormitories of Southern Oregon University began. On Thanksgiving weekend the crew left the open trench, soon to be the basement of the resident’s hall, expecting to return to work the next week. During this week vacation, a young boy who lived nearby wandered towards the deep foundation that had been filled by the heavy rain. The job-site was a mess;

tools were left out and debris from a previous excavation was sill strewn throughout the area. Among the rubbage, the boy spotted an old mattress that he attempted to use as boat, pushing it into what had become a man-made lake in the basement of the building. In one swift movement the boy slipped off the mattress and was pinned under it, meeting his death. Today, many residents of the Suzanne Homes dormitories have claimed to have seen the “Suzy Boy” in the

years since his death. “The most shocking thing is that most never know the story until something happens to them,” Tharp said. Tharp tells a story of an SOU student who heard a knock on her door at two in the morning. Opening the door, she encountered a young boy, shivering and dripping wet, asking her for a towel. After running to grab him one, she returned to find no one there.

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October 26, 2011

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by Bryce Rogan

Intimidating, strong and frightening are just a few adjectives that describe Alec Ralston, October’s Monster of the Month. Ralston has attained this most prestigious honor because of his intense play on both sides of the ball for the Ashland Grizzly football team, being both an offensive and defensive lineman. Other than being a great player, Ralston brings with him another attribute that is necessary for any real monster; the ability to personify terror. Every time Ralston steps onto the field, an aura of intimidation surrounds his six-foot three-inches, 210 pound frame that instills fear in every player on the field. “My goal is to rip off my opponents’ arms at the same time. Total dismemberment,” Ralston stated. He has yet to reach this goal, but his ferocity forces onlookers to be concerned for the well-being of his opponent’s arms. Also, the quarterback’s face is in jeopardy. “On defense, my goal is to eat the quarterback’s face. And I

By the #’s by Bryce Rogan


tell him that almost every play,” Ralston said. Aside from Ralston being the most menacing athlete on campus, he is also an exceptional offensive and defensive lineman. On offense, his job is to protect the quarterback from opposing defensive lineman and on defense his job is to take down the opponent’s quarterback. He has performed these jobs at a high level, helping to lead the team to a 6-2 record thus far. “Once I get going, I don’t stop. You can’t stop a freight train.” Overall, Ralston’s monster-like demeanor on the football field contributes to his dominance of the game and all opponents he faces. When asked if he enjoys being scary, Ralston replied, “Absolutely. Makes my day every time I hear I’m scary. It’s the biggest compliment I could receive.” He is so feared that if you were to make a list of the things people fear most, it would be sharks in third, public speaking in second and Alec Ralston in first.

by Molly Cochrane

Points scored by Ashland Grizzlies football through eight games.


Goals by Sarah Kasiah after eight

4. Last name of boy’s water polo goalie 5. Defense ran by girl’s varsity soccer 8. Last name of the boy’s basketball player who


Number of overtime victories for the girls soccer team this season.


Time by Dana Greenblatt in the Concordia Classic 5,000 meter race.


1. Last name of boy’s varsity soccer top scorer 2. Team with the most recent state champion-

ship 3. Number of volleyball games needed to win a match 4. Number of swimming strokes 5. Girls varsity basketball player chosen for All-Star team last season 6. Last name of 2008 quarterback 7. Last name of bowling team coach

292 games.

Photo by Anja Harriss

Sports Crossword

Blocks by Miles Furuichi after 15 waterpolo games.


Ralston is indeed a true monster.

Go to for the answers!

scored the winning shot against Eagle Point last season 9. Last name of 2011 baseball pitcher 10. Last name of football’s starting center 11. Team that won state championship in 2008 12. Last name of last years girl’s tennis #1 singles

Witches’ Fingers

by Maya Terry-Shindelman

Last Minute Costumes with a Sheet by Emily Bestor

It just dawned on you that Halloween is less than a week away and you have no costume ideas what so ever. Never fear, we’ve got your back. Your last minute costume begins with a sheet.

Greek God


Take one corner of the sheet and place it over your shoulder. Wrap the sheet around the front of your body one and a half times and tie the corner to the other corner on top of your shoulder. Put on sandals and a grape-leaf crown on top of your head.

Tie the corners of the sheet around your hips, add a pacifier and teddy bear, and start crying.


Cut the sheet into two inch strips and attach them to each other. Wear white and wrap yourself in the strips, leaving room for your eyes, nose and mouth.

photo by Maya Terry-Shindelman


1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup whole almonds 1 small tube of red decorating gel


Tie the sheet around your neck like a cape and go look for someone in trouble.

Mount Rushmore


Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop one heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Put the cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.

Grab three friends and cut four holes in a white sheet big enough for your heads. Paint your faces white and hang plaques around each of your necks for the Presidents.

Top Five Movies for Halloween

by Sam Cower

Halloween has many traditions associated with it - costumes, trick-or-treating, Paganism, you name it. But if there’s one Halloween activity that perhaps outclasses all of those, it’s the watching of movies. Movies, horror movies in

#5: IT #4: Manos: The Hands of Fate #3: The Room

Recipe from

Illustrations by Amelia O’Dougherty

particular, have become a Halloween staple over the decades, the greatest ones offering more enjoyment than all the refined sugar cane and food colorings money can buy. From the scariest thrillers, to the most laughable black comedies, to the uncanny flicks that hover somewhere in between.

#2: Halloween/ Friday the 13th/ Nightmare on Elm Street #1: Troll 2

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