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You just got served! Ashland High School students serve the community one project at a time.

Ashland Food Project by Zach Markovich

The Ashland Food Project is a long-lasting community service opportunity. The project encourages participants to buy a few extra nonperishable items each week to be stored in a green bag, then collected by a neighborhood coordinator. Then the bags are delivered to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. The program currently involves about 23 percent of Ashland families and brings in about 60 tons of food a year. According to co-founder John Javna, “[the project] is a unique neighborhood based door-to-door food

collection program found no where else in the country.” While other food distribution services focus simply on collecting food, the Food Project is about finding committed donors. “We really want to change the paradigm of food donation. It’s about sharing with neighbors as much as it is giving food,” Javna said. If you didn’t make the December 11 collection drive, and you are an AHS student still interested in getting involved, you can volunteer at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank on the next collection date, or leave a message displaying your interest at http://www.ashlandfoodproject. com/.


by Olivia Fidler

Looking for a community service opportunity? ACCESS inc. has an opportunity to give back to your community. ACCESS holds many food drives throughout the year, receives many bulk food items that need to be repacked into appropriate amounts to give to families in need. Students are welcome to come in and help with the repacking, and sort food. Over the holidays, ACCESS is delivering shoe boxes to seniors in need and could use some help distributing! If you are interested in participating in ACCESS’ programs to help serve your community contact Nicki Bell, Volunteer Coordinator, at or visit their website for more information.

Key Club

by Sadie Shelton

The holiday season inspires the Ashland High School Key Club to volunteer. On Friday Dec. 17 Key Club members will buy gifts for children with leftover Giving Tree tags. They will buy gifts at Target after school. Presents will be wrapped at the First Baptist Church Dec. 20 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Salvation Army Bell Ringing is also on the list of activities. Key Clubbers will be seen ringing bells outside of Bi-Mart Dec. 18 from 10a.m. to 6p.m. If any high school students are interested in giving back to the community or are in need of community service, contact AHS teacher Tim Cate.

From left to right: Ruby Thompson, Lily Wilson, Jada Marotti, and Lizzie Hearn.

by Sadie Shelton

Community Dinner by Zach Markovich

The Holiday Banquet, recently held by AHS Interact Club, was a resounding success. According to Interact club member Lee Owens-Oas, “It was awesome… I sat next to a nuclear physicist with Alzheimer’s for a few hours and ate great food.” The Holiday Banquet is yet another example of AHS students serving their com-

munity. The banquet, held on Wednesday, Dec 1, allowed elderly Ashland residents to enjoy an excellent meal with Interact Club members. “It was a great event,” Owen-Oas continued, “I really felt like it was a great opportunity to give back to the community.” The Holiday Banquet truly exemplified the spirit of generosity and beneficence that has gripped AHS this holiday season.

Toys for Tots by Olivia Fidler

Toys for Tots, a program to give needy children the joy of Christmas, is organized by the United States Marine Corps. Donations consist of a new, unwrapped toy. The program asks for donations in their many drop off bins, Ashland locations are: Ash

land Police Department, Bank of America, Bellview School, Baxter Fitness, Chamber of Commerce, Coldwell Banker, Dollar Tree, Fire Station, Premiere West Bank, Sterling Savings, Subway and U.S. Bank. In the spirit of the holidays, make a donation today!

Community Hospital by Sadie Shelton

Key Club students making cards. From right to left: Delaney Swink, Emily Bestor, Ana Thomquist

by Laurel Sager

The Ashland Community Hospital is full of community service opportunities. Volunteers help with various guest services: help patients and visitors navigate around the hospital, sit with patients, run errands and work in the kitchen. The Volunteer Department tries to tailor the student’s work to what they want to do.The number

of times a student volunteers a month is based solely on what the student can manage, but the shifts are usually two to four hours. The Volunteer Department makes a calendar with the student, who is held accountable for showing up. If you’re interested, contact Dawn Dillie, the ACH Volunteer Coordinator, at (541) 201-4029. The hospital currently has 14 high school volunteers and would love to have more.

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Club News by Michaela Anderson

SADD Club:

Meetings will begin after Winter Break. The club has gained permission to visit and talk to middle school classes.

Catholic Club:

The Catholic Club will be having a pie auction on January 8. Proceeds will go toward funding the club.

Bible Study: A new Bible study, held

in Mr. Huard’s room, will meet Wednesdays at lunch.

National Honor Society:

Planning for Winter Formal will continue after winter break, including making posters.

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Storyville in the Park by Caytie Siegl Do you enjoy ice skating at the Rotary Centennial Ice Skating Rink, but hate the worn-down shack used for rentals and the outhouse bathrooms? A new lodge, consisting of a restaurant and coffeehouse, will provide upgraded facilities for the beloved rink: a zamboni garage, a rental room, bathrooms and a viewing room – for parents to

watch their children – to name a few, provided that the project gets approval from the city. Storyville in the Park Inc., the company behind the project, needs to get approval from the Historic Commission followed Scale model of the proposed lodge. by the Planning Commis- have to be removed, and sion before construction a few transplanted, one can begin. The building corner of the building’s will be 10,632 square feet. basement will be curved While a few trees may to preserve an old Oak

tree. Have an opinion on the building? Visit us on to share your thoughts.

by Annika Hearn

Through an online relationship, Dana Rensi has taken her Spanish 4 class to East Northport, NewYThe ork. “I wanted to have a Gay Straight Alliance will be hosting their second group of native speakers annual Gender Bender Dance on Jan. 8 from 8:00 or a group of students of pm to 11:00 pm at Science Works. the same proficiency level On December 10, the for my students to interact with so that they could exInteract Club and the Ashland Elks Lodge sponperience some authentic sored a Holiday Dance which raised over $1200 language and communicafor Action Against Hunger. tion” Rensi said.

When creating a crosscultural relationship via the internet, collaborators must have equivalent technological abilities. This can make connections with some Latin American countries difficult, so Rensi decided to look within the United States. She became connected with Sherri Davis, a fourth year instructor at Elwood

be selling See’s Candy to raise money to attend a convention in March.

Gay Straight Alliance: Interact Club:

Elevation: 6,866 ft

- John H. Glenn High School, and their students have been interacting since mid-November. Spanish 4 students from both schools created a “Wordle” (an online collage of words) and recorded essays about themselves in Spanish. Their works are posted on an online site accessible to all participants. Classes

Mt Bachelor Elevation: 9,065 ft

listen and respond to each other in Spanish. “I want it to be fun and interesting, but primarily I want students to have greater language acquisition” Rensi said. This exchange creates cross-cultural relationships and improves student’s technology skills and language abilities.

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E l e v at i o n : 7,300 ft

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Illustration by Kailey Cockell

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Elevation: 7,500 ft

Photo by Annika Hearn

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Tis’ the season to be jolly, or is it?

Dante’s Inferno Angelic Messages

by Angelica Florio There is nothing I love more than the holidays. No words can truly capture the joy I feel when I hear the first Christmas song and see those beautiful flying geese that hang in the Rogue Valley mall. Everything is better when paired with the sweet scent of pine and the sweet sounds of Michael Buble’s Christmas CD. The cold air and beauty of the holiday lights makes this season full of romance, as citizens escort their lovers to the nearby ice rink. While romance and family are great, the most important part of the season is presents. Whether you

photo by Laurel Sager

celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, or Paganism, gift giving is a crucial aspect of this time period, even if it is human sacrifice. Nothing brings more joy to the face

of a youngster then a lovely package wrapped in gold paper with a red ribbon from dear old Grandma Arlene. Unfortunately this joy is ephemeral, as the child quickly discovers that it is merely a pair of socks. I know that my enthusiasm for this season is not shared by all. However, the Grinch is living proof that everybody can love the holiday season. I must agree with this holiday loving mentality, and I will be sure to make the best of the season by watching the “Polar Express” for the hundredth time, and anticipating the large amounts of gifts I be receiving. Hint. Hint.

Where’s the hype for Hannukah? by Olivia Granach & Elle Swarttouw Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I hate Christmas day. Christians and Catholics have their Christmas and Jews have their…Hanukkah? “In my opinion Hanukkah is not the Jewish equivalent to Christmas, it’s just a giant pity party for Jews,” senior Sophie Javna said. Picture yourself in a circle of friends, each one spouting off their Christmas traditions. Oh, the Toll House cookies and one percent milk left out for old Saint Nick. The personally decorated stockings full of Dollar Tree classics and best of all the smell of fresh scotch tape and wrapping paper beneath the tree Dad cut down with his bare hands, while Mom waited with the engine running, on the lookout for forest rangers.

by Dante Toppo Ladies and gentlemen, I hate the holidays, always have. I’ve been told that I need to “put on a smile” and get into the “spirit of giving.” I’d rather just put up some lights and get into the spirit of electrocution. I’ve learned that the spirit of giving is a freakish, flamboyant, festooned depart- ment store filled with crying mothers and screaming children. The spirit of giving is a four hour wait in line behind some ancient woman who personally knew Tiny Tim. The spirit of giving is an overwhelmed, overworked, over-weight employee in a elf costume who is weighing the merits of enveloping the old bird in overbearingly festive, yet religiously neutral, wrapping paper, and leaving the

photo by Sierra Kistler

obligatory “Holiday Tree” so he can take his 15 minute cigarette break. It gets worse. People stampede into local malls, trampling any young children in their path, in order to, ironically, get a gift for their own child. Meanwhile, I’m driven half mad by the noise.

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Oh the noise! There’s one thing I hate; all the noise, noise, noise, NOISE! Every radio station, TV channel, and squadron of carolers incessantly screeches the musical equivalent of a war crime. Worst of all: Santa Claus. He knows everything you did that year, watches you while you sleep and sneaks into children’s bedrooms offering sweets and presents built by slave laborers in some arctic gulag. He is either my creepy neighbor who lives in his van, or a KGB agent. Either way, his lap is not safe for our children. To that I reply, “Bah humbug!” As for the rest of you moronic merrymakers, I will begrudgingly wish you a happy holiday. But don’t start expecting a card.

Editorial/Designer Board

Editors-in-Chief...................................Grace Riley-Adams, Hannah Sayles Front Page....................................................... Hannah Sayles /Olivia Fidler News Page..................Michaela Anderson, Caytie Siegal/ Elias Opgenorth Arts and Entertainment...............................Angelica Florio/ Megan Ganim In-Depth page.........................Sarah Kasiah, Anya Ludwig/ Hannah Miller .............................................................................................Taylor Patterson Opinion Page............................................Elle Swarttouw/ Jasper Raynolds Sports Page......................................................Neil Presicci/ Zack Hartman Backpage................................................................Ryan Mills/ Ian Smeenk Online Editors...................................................Mack Conroy, Dante Toppo Managing Editor......................................................................Sadie Shelton Chief Designer.......................................................................Hannah Sayles Photography Editor...................................................................Laurel Sager Business Manager…….…..…..................................................Talen Heater

Suddenly your friends realize there’s an outsider among them and, not wanting to appear anti-Semitic, turn to you with a sympathetic smile And there you are just like every year feeling like the only kid whose Jewish mom wouldn’t let you go to your friends birthday barbeque. It seems like no matter where you are during the holiday season, Christmas paraphernalia surrounds at all corners. Where is the Star of David? The gelts, menorahs, the Hanukkah bush, how about a little more white and blue and a little less red and green? However, some Jews feel that the holiday spirit is universal. “The holidays have become more about receiving gifts, so we may as well all enjoy one holiday together regardless of religion,” senior Ryan Bellinson said. Ah, what a prophet. At the end of the eighth day of Hanukkah or the twelfth day of Christmas, the sentiment behind each holiday shares a thread of meaning in family friends and a little faith to warm the hearts of believers in the brunt of winter. So before your celebrations begin, bear a fond thought for each holiday this season.

by Sarah Kasiah

Latkes Recipe

Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Ingredients: 5 potatoes 2 onions 3 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour Oil for frying (canola is recommended) Preparation: 1. Peel potatoes and place in a bowl of cold water. 2. When ready to prepare the latkas, drain the potatoes. Place potatoes and onions in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse until smooth. Drain mixture well. 3. Pour potato mixture into a large bowl then add beaten eggs, salt and pepper, and just enough flour so that the mixture holds together. 4. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep frying pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. 5. Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the hot oil. 6. Flatten the pancake slightly and fry each side until golden brown.

Who: Followers of the Jewish religion. What: Hanukkah celebrates the rededication the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Where: The celebration of Hanukkah began in Israel, but is celebrated in many different countries around the world today. When: On the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah begins on the twentyfifth day of Kislev; In the secular calendar, the celebration begins anywhere between the end of November to the beginning of December, depending on the year. This year it began on December 1 and ended on December 9. Did you know? Hanukkah can be spelled seventeen different ways.

Recipe found at

by Ian Wurfl Who: Anybody! Festivus is for the rest of us! What in the heck? Festivus is a nondenominational holiday that was made famous by the TV show “Seinfeld.” A writer for Seinfeld, Dan O’ Keefe celebrated the holiday with his family for years after his father found mention of it in a holiday book of outlandish holidays that was published in 1966. Later, O’ Keefe would introduce the idea to the Seinfeld staff, leading to Festivus’ debut in the 1997 episode “The Strike.” When: Dec. 23 every year. What are Festivus “activities…?” Festivus rituals include the Festivus Pole, a Festivus Dinner, the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. Find more about this fascinating holiday celebration on Illustration by

by Anya Ludwig Who: Kwanzaa was created specifically for African-Americans in the 1960’s, and it continues to be celebrated by them for the most part, although some people who are not African-American do participate as well. What: Kwanzaa is based on seven principles of that when combined make up Kawaida, which is Swahili for ‘tradition’ and ‘reason.’ Each day is celebrated in accordance to one of the principles. Houses and people are adorned with bright

African tribal colors, and a candle of the kinara (similar to a menorah) is lit each day. There is plenty of music and food involved throughout the week, and it ends with a gift-giving ceremony on the last day. When: It is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Did you know? No, it’s not ‘Happy’ or ‘Merry’ Kwanzaa, it’s Joyous!’

by Sarah Kasiah & Morgan Carne

Eggnog Recipe

(Serves 6)

Ingredients: 6 fresh eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg (for sprinkling) Preperation: 1. In large bowl, beat whites until fluffy; add 1/2 cup sugar. 2. In another larger bowl beat yolks until creamy; add 1/2 cup sugar. Fold egg whites into beaten yolks. Carefully stir in the cream, extract, milk and nutmeg. Pour into a large punch bowl. 3. To serve, ladle into cups and sprinkle top with nutmeg.   Recipe found at Cooksrecipes. com     

Who/What: The Biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ sparked the idea of Christmas, although many ancient peoples have held festivals and celebrations durying the beginning of winter since ancient times. Where it originated: In Norse countries and the Roman Empire, some form of winter celebration, motivated by the notion of Christmas, has existed since ancient times. Now, the holiday has spread to nearly every corner of the globe. When: The Norse peoples have been celebrating Yule and the Romans the feasting festival of Saturnalia before the winter solstice since the times when Christianity did not exist − before the first century C.E. In the fourth century, the church of the Roman Empire made Christmas an official holiday and the world gradually accepted the pagan traditions of gift-giving, decorating trees and feasting to bring Christmas to its current position on the calendar of Dec. 25. Did you know? The famed icon of Santa Claus came about after the death of a well-loved Turkish bishop named Nicholas in the fourth century C.E. Saint Nicholas Day was then set as Dec. 6 - the anniversary of the revered clergyman’s death. On this day, children received gifts that, they were told, were from Nicholas himself.

by Ian Wurfl Who: Followers of the Islamic religion. What: During Ramadan, followers of the Islamic religion from all over the world fast during day light hours. It is a time for Muslims to purify the soul, refocus on god and practice self sacrifice. When: The ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. The dates rotate every year and in 2011 Ramadan will occur from Aug. 1 to Aug 30. Where: In Muslim communities worldwide. Did you know? During Ramadan, every part of the body is restrained. Tongues must refrain from gossip, eyes must refrain from looking at unlawful things, hands mustn’t steal and feet must keep the body away from sinful places. Ramadan is much more than just a fast from food and water; the whole body observes the fast.

Kailey Cockell

by Morgan Carne Who: Julius Caesar was the one who made Winter Solstice an official holiday. Where it originated: Celtic countries, East Asian countries, Persia and some Jewish groups originally celebrated the Winter Solstice. It eventually spread from culture to culture to become a worldwide holiday. When: It was in 46 B.C.E. that Julius Caesar set Dec. 25 as the date of Winter Solstice according to his Julian calendar. Throughout the centuries, differences between calendar years and the tropical year have moved the date steadily

backward to its current date of Dec. 21. Did you know? In most East Asian countries, the Winter Solstice Festival/ Extreme of Winter is celebrated around Dec. 21 as one of their most prominent holidays. Because the solstice is the day with the least amount of daylight hours of each year, the longer days following it are often seen as indicators of positive energy. This belief originated with the yin and yang philosophy.

Rogue News Online The Rogue News has a twin! The online edition of the school newspaper is a powerhouse of articles, videos of school events, photo galleries and more. Online you have access to extended stories from the print edition, as well as a plethora of new articles. For more info, visit Adds for the online edition can be placed for $25 to $45.

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“How To” Craft of the season by Amelia Farber

Need a crafty gift idea? Homemade calendars are the next best thing. 1. Go through your own collection, or an online stash, of photos and pick out 12 that you can use for your calendar. 2. Go to Word-Processing. Click program and fill in and modify a calendar template and then print out the pages along with your photos. 3. In Microsoft Word, go to ‘file’ then ‘new’, and select ‘Templates on Office Online’, or ‘On My Computer’ from the menu on the right. Either download a free calendar template from the online selection, or use ‘Calendar Wizard’ which you can find under ‘Other Documents’ in ‘On My Computer’. 4. Once you have your template, you can fill in specific dates for the recipient of the calendar (i.e. their birthday, special anniversaries or family gatherings). 5. Press print.

Nora Godfrey holds a 2010

Photo by Jack Thomas.

6 . Bind your calendar yourself using hole-punchers and twine or ribbon, or spend an extra few dollars to have it bound at a print shop.

Cheap holiday gifts •

Personalized mug from Hot Pots Total cost for a 6” tile: $7.00.

Make a collage with special photos and display it in a photo tumbler. Total cost: $3.99 for tumbler.

Fill a special mug with candy. Total cost: $3.99.

Nail polish with a free manicure coupon. Total cost: $7.98 for manicure kit and polish.

Knit an iPod case for a friend. Don’t know how to knit? Never fear! This is a perfect first project and KnitWits would be glad to teach you where to start. Total cost: $ 8.95 for needles and $5.00 for yarn.

Mixed CD, it’s a classic. Total cost: $15.00 for 30 CD’s

Compile a family cookbook. Total cost: $5.00 for binder and plastic sleeves .

A fine festival for winter arts The 2010 Winter Fine Arts Festival was a night of students’ art, dance, music and theater. Not only did hundreds of students perform in the Mountain Avenue Theater, but audience members bid on hundreds of silent auction gifts, and over $9,00 0 was made.   The annual event this past Friday, December 10, is put on by the Ashland High Arts Advocates to fund the endeavors of all arts classes at Ashland High. Solo acts, including a

special performance by Tasker Crow, winner of this year’s talent show, complemented the pieces that the orchestra, percussion class, band, and choirs performed. Show choir clad themselves in all black and snuck up on the audience with a choreographed rendition of James Bond.  The band displayed fine talent in Holst’s First Suite in E flat, while the presidents of the Ballroom Dance Club, Noah Yaconelli and Rowan

Dec. 17, 2010

Traditional Holiday Poll

When Ashland High was asked what their favorite things about the holiday season were... by Angelica Florio

What is your favorite holiday movie? How the Grinch Stole Christmas...38% A Christmas Story................. 29% It’s a Wonderful Life..............12% The Polar Express...................12% The Santa Claus.....................9%

What is your favorite Holiday song?

by Grace Riley-Adams

Baby it’s cold outside.............32%

All I Want For Christmas Is You......21%

Pick your favorite photo and turn it into a Christmas tree ornament. Total cost: $10.00 (shipping is free through Wal-mart). Home baked bread, include recipe .

Paint an old cigar box .

Cover an old can with stamps to make it a pen holder .

Write a poem .

by Amelia Farber Heglie, twirled their partners to a lively West Coast swing. Student artwork lined the halls in a gallery for all to see, and Freshman Kendra Farber and Sophomore Anjelique Brownlie demoed their art work on easels.  The night wrapped up with all the performers gathering onstage to sing holiday carols, complete with falling snow. Go to www.therouguenews. com to find pictures and videos of the event.

Walking In a Winter Wonderland...19% White Christmas......................19% Jingle Bell Rock.........................11%

What is your favorite winter activity? Snuggling up by the fire.........36% Skiing/Snowboarding............34% Sledding...................................18% Ice skating................................14%

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Dec 15, 2010

Lady Grizz under new direction by Jonathan Mills Emily Brookins Head Coach Girls Basketball

Photo by Laurel Sager


The Purple Cobras: Jake Scarminach, Brent Hegdahl, Brady Thomas, Lee Dodds, Neil Presicci, Christian Morrison and Max Anderson, celebrating their victory.

Photo by Laurel Sager

Tony Akpan Assistant Coach Girls Basketball

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This year’s intramural dodge ball tournament is not just a bunch of teenage boys running around throwing red, cushy balls at each other. No, it means more than that. This year, Stevie Dickey and Cal Thomas are organizing the tournament for their senior project. Anyone out there who thinks organizing an intramural tournament for their senior project is a cop out has obviously never watched a quality game of dodgeball; refereeing is no easy task. “It’s really stressful. Everyone just gets mad at me. It’s hard to keep order,” said Dickey of his job as referee. “People are very passionate about intramural dodge ball.” Thomas and Dickey haven’t always been referees though. For the past three years, they’ve enjoyed success on their respective teams, the Cats and the Italian Stallions. However, they’ve joined forces for this year’s wildly successful, yet hugely controversial team, Catz III with a….Z. If you see Thomas and Dickey, thank them for the great job they’ve done, and wish them luck crossing the street…. by Josh Harris

High School: Crater High School. College: Played basketball for four years at SOU, Photo by Sierra Kistler graduated in 2010. Coaching experience: First year. Favorite part of coaching:“Connecting with the girls, teaching life skills: responsibility, commitment, dedication.” Season goals: “Have fun; gain the most knowledgeaboutbasketball.Wewillplayevery game like it is the State Championship.”

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by Jonathan Mills & Josh Harris It was a fitting end: “the Catz” vs. “the Cobras.” A matchup of two contrasting teams made up of seniors in their final intramural dodge ball games. The third seed “Catz III with a…Z,” was an unlikely squad made up of soccer and tennis players, facing off against the fifth seeded Purple Cobras, a stereotypical collection of some of the finest varsity athletes in the school. The first game in the best-of-five series was the blow-out that everyone expected. The Catz put up little fight, and the Cobras won easily. In game two, the Catz took it up a notch thanks to a courageous effort by Stevie Dickey. Dickey was the last remaining member of the Catz, single-handedly bringing them back to a one-on-one situation against the Cobras’ Neil Presicci. In the end, after an intense

College: Played football and basketball at the University of Hawaii. Playing career: Portland Photo by Sierra Kistler Chinooks in the International Basketball League (IBL), Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Coaching experience: One year as Assistant Boys Basketball Coach. Season goals:“I want to see people succeed.”

duel, Presicci caught Dickey’s last throw to secure victory for his team. In the third, an elimination game, the Cobras proved to be the better team, handling the Catz without much difficulty. For his superior play in the championship series, Brent Hegdahl has been selected as the MVP of this year’s intramural dodge ball tournament. Hegdahl’s attitude on and off the court earned him unanimous votes from the Rogue News Sports Department. “I’m truly honored,” said Hegdahl, “but the team winning the championship means a lot more.” Hegdahl led his team with five kills in the last three games. Congratulations to Brent Hegdahl, and to the rest of the Purple Cobras, the 2010 Intramural Dodge Ball Champions. The Cobras’ championship parade on the quad was justified by their performance on the court: a true underdog story.

Flying this holiday season? Here’s a our guide to hassle-free travel

Essential Travel Items 1.) Toothbrush and toiletries 2.) Extra underwear 3.) Personal pillow 4.)Waterbottle 5.) Extra shirts and pants 6.) Jacket 7.) Stephenie Meyer novels 8.) High quality suitcase 9.) Teddy Bear 10.) Passport

How to Get Past

Airport Security

by Ryan Mills

While the holidays are often considered being the happiest time of the year, for many they represent the worst time of the year. The reason is more than likely directly related to travel. Like a bad ‘80s movie, people everywhere are hustling and bustling to get to their loved ones on Christmas Eve. The only difference between real life and a classic Christmas movie is that the ending in real life is not quite as happy as the movie. This year, travelers will discover that they are more likely to spend their Christmas in an airport than in the arms of a loved one. According to -The average person will spend twenty to twenty-five minutes at one checkpoint. -Wait times have increased from 13 minutes in 2004 to 20 minutes in 2010. -Last month passengers were forced to sit on a plane for 23 hours because of “security concerns”. -Only 5% of people obtain boarding passes from the internet which can surpass the majority of tedious check-ins. -59% of people check in at the airlines main counter which takes about 20 minutes. The writers at Rogue News have decided to provide you some travel disaster relief alternatives to the right.

How to avoid getting

Locked up in Line -Leave early. Try to leave as soon as you can and try not to depart on December 23. At the very least, make sure you get to the airport with plenty of time before your flight. -Take a train, car or bus instead. You would be surprised how much of difference this will make in your holiday season. -Leave for your vacation after Christmas break. -Pack light. The less time security spends mistaking a toothbrush for a flamethrower, the better. -Just stay in Ashland! Enjoy the beautiful city during the glorious holiday season!

The Art of Penflipping: A How-to Guide by Zach Markovich How many times have you been sitting in a class and seen that groovy kid next to you frantically twitching their fingers, effortlessly moving a pen between their knuckles? Well this sight is not an uncommon one. In recent years the Pen Flip has grown into a world wide phenomenon. While it drives teachers crazy, pen flipping can also be one of the most entertaining in school activities. There are even national competitions to determine who is the greatest flipper of them all. The most common flip is is the one shown at right, however this is only the begginning of the pen flipping world.

1). Begin with the pen clutched between your index finger and thumb. The middle finger should also provide support farther along the edge of the pen.



2). Carefully push the pen around your thumb with your index finger, while simultainiously spinning the center with your middle finger.

3). Catch the pen with your index finger and thumb, bringing the placement back to where it began.


Photos by Laurel Sager

December 15, 2010  

The last issue of 2010. Ashland High School's student newspaper.

December 15, 2010  

The last issue of 2010. Ashland High School's student newspaper.