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Fairview High School

1515 Greenbriar Blvd. Boulder, CO 80305

Fall Sports Kickoff


The Knights football team will reload this season and attempt to continue the success that they had last year. The football squad was wildly successful the previous season, making it all the way to the Final Four, but with a small portion of their players returning, only five starters, the Knights are looking to rebuild their success. The biggest impediment to the football team’s goals, beside a lack of returning starters, will be a stacked new conference, including two other state semifinalists, Pomona and Arvada West. The other North Metro conference members are Boulder, Legacy, and Ralston Valley. 5-A restructured all of the football leagues due to the budget crisis, and all the leagues were designed to make the members of each league closer together. Defense will be the key to victory this year, and looks to be the Knights’ strongest asset this upcoming year. The leading tackler is back from last year, senior, Jackson Brockway. Several other defensive positions have returning players who played major roles in Fairview’s Final Four run. The defense has the more experienced players this year, but this does not mean the offense can’t be as explosive as last year. Junior quarterback, Michael McVenes will lead the offensive charge with help from senior running backs, Kevin Kang and Brian Sture. The running backs are accompanied by explosive junior Ben Meyer. They also have two returning starters, offensive lineman Keegan Lamar and wide receiver Sam Heitzer.



Football is in the air and the Knights are looking to repeat the success of the basketball team. One goal will be on their minds this fall, state championship rings.

Junior quarterback Michael McVenes throws to senior tight end Christian Remmo (PAIGE REISMAN).




For Fairview volleyball in 2010, plugging up new holes will be key. This year’s squad will need to deal with a lack of experience on the varsity level. Coming off a strong second-place finish in the Front Range League, the spikers will begin the season with only three returning starters.

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Junior Kendall LaVine spikes the ball over the net. WAIDA).

However, the Knights boast nine upperclassmen, including junior star setter Nicole Edelman. With the team since her freshman year, Edelman not only averaged 6.9 assists per game last season, but she recorded 1.9 kills per game and led the team in serve aces. Junior outside hitter Ali Carleton, who notched 1.4 kills and 1.9 digs per game last season, will also be a key returner for the Knights. Two notable players joining Carleton at the outside/ right side hitter positions will be junior Emma Griffey and new sophomore Paige Lindgren. On the defensive side, the Knights will need to find a way to replace libero Sarah Taub, who averaged 2.8 digs per game before graduating last year. Both new to varsity, senior Abby Readey and sophomore Alex Flynn will help fill that void as defensive specialists. Senior Kelsey Spencer should be a force in middle blocking, but the Knights will be without graduated senior Amy Parlier, who led the team in blocks last year and is now set to play at the University of North Carolina. (KEVIN The Knights begin league play on September 16 with an away match against Mountain Range.



After falling off from an impressive 2008 season, Fairview golf looks to snag the Front Range League title. Led by junior Sam Rock and freshman Kevin Wohlfarth, Fairview has placed well in their first three Front Range League matches. “Even though we lost a lot of players, I think we’re doing pretty well considering what we've got,” said Rock. The Knights lost arguably their second best golfer when Ethan Park transferred to Chicago. Park, a junior, was a key cog in the 2009 team. The addition of Wohlfarth has evened things out in a way. “I was pretty excited to get Kevin,” Rock said of Wohlfarth. “I’ve known him from (Colorado Junior Golf Association) events, and he’s a good golfer, so we are excited to have him on the team.” “We have a good chance of making state as a team,” said Wohlfarth, “but we would have to beat a lot of good teams to win.” Rock and Wohlfarth look to build momentum for the State Championships at Valley Country Club in Aurora.

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Trimmed budgets lead to “paperless” program By janet chen

can be used year after year.” Going paperless may not only be a hassle for students, but for some teachers as well. “It’s definitely been much more of a hassle,” says Cox. “I’ve spent a lot of time working with my website and trying to figure out how to upload things.” However, other teachers don’t find going paperless to be tedious. “I don’t think that it’s difficult,” says

The school is going “paperless” by attempting to limit the number of copies that are made this year. Among the students and the teachers, there are many mixed opinions about the pros and cons of going paperless. “The copying costs took up the lion’s share of each department,” says principal Don Stensrud. “By cutting down on the number of copies, departments can save significant amounts of money.” Although going paperless cuts down on the copying costs for the school, many students have complained about the tediousness of going paperless. Susan Xu, a junior, is concerned because going paperless costs her time. “I have to go onto my teachers’ websites each day. It sounds relatively easy, but a lot of the teachers’ sites are hard to navigate and the time that I spend trying to find things quickly adds up.” Other students struggle with the financial aspects of having to make copies from home. ”If I have to continue printing out extremely large documents for history for the rest of the school year, then it’s not good. I’m not made out of money,” says Shelby Davenport, a junior. “I’ve had to print nearly everything. Ink is expensive, and some families just don't have the re- The copy room sits idle as the school goes “paperless” (Stan Whitcomb). sources to afford lots of it." Despite these difficulties, many teachers have come Daniel Niedringhaus, a teacher in the social studies up with ways to make printing easier for students. “I department. “For me, it’s just a matter of scanning know that some teachers have been helping by offering things instead of copying them, so it takes about the to print copies for students who specifically come and same amount of time. Sometimes, it’s easier. Instead ask them for them,” says Karun Kumar Rao, a junior. of having to print out copies of large documents for all "This is a good middle ground because it saves paper my students, I just post a link to my website and have but allows students who can’t print the papers to still them visit it there.” get them." Other teachers have devised ways to save Going paperless isn’t just specific to Fairview, howboth paper and time for their students. “We’ve created ever. Several other schools in the district have also been a ‘lab book,’” says Brian Cox, a teacher in the science following this trend. “Our teachers have also been cutdepartment. “Instead of printing out the handouts for ting down on papers and copies,” says Antonia Lin, each of the labs and distributing them to students each a sophomore at Monarch High School in Louisville. year, we’ve turned the handouts into a lab book that

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“And it’s not just for copies. We’ve even gone as far as to having electronic versions of our books. I think that it’s great because I don’t have to carry around tons of textbooks and papers everyday.” However, students and teachers have mixed opinions about the benefits of going paperless, and some express concern over whether it may negatively impact the education at Fairview. “I think that it’s a mixed situation,” says Cox. “There are definitely benefits. It forces people to limit the number of copies that they make, and it helps the school out with the current budget crisis situation. But there are also negative aspects of it as well.” Cox is mainly concerned about whether limiting copies hurts the students who need the most help. “I don’t think that it will affect students who are highly motivated very much, since they will automatically be motivated to go online and do the work there. But some students who are struggling will often need the hard copy in front of them.” Additionally, Cox also worries about the time that students have to spend going online and downloading documents. “Students spend a small portion of their time each night for your class, and you want that time to be productive time. If they’re spending a significant portion of that time trying to navigate your website and print documents, then that’s hurting them.” So has going paperless actually impacted student performance? “It’s too early to tell,” says Scott Peoples, a teacher in the social studies department at Fairview. “We’ll have to wait and see if going paperless is actually hurting students. Unfortunately, although going paperless is a way to help the school deal with the budget crisis, it may be financially straining for students. In this difficult time, we’re really looking to students and their families to help our school make ends meet.”

The Banner would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of the brave firefighters who worked to save our homes in the foothills of Boulder. We send our greatest condolences to those who were affected by the Four Mile Fire.

Denver mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate, John Hickenlooper shakes hands with principal Don Stensrud. He visited Fairview to speak to freshmen government classes. (Kevin Waida).


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300 hall work marks end of bond construction By Jennele WInter and Ryan Patterson


Flashy vending machine reflects new food regulations By Brett Matissen

The summer construction to the 300 hall debuts with new classrooms, new technology, and an absence of the teen parent program. The project includes an enlarged tech/drafting room with sophisticated flat screen computers, a much improved catering classroom, a new lecture hall, and a soon to be video editing room. With over six months of planning, a committee consisting of parents, teachers and students constructed a layout that would improve heating and ventilation problems and fill the empty nest left by the teen parents. A sudden change in the location of the program delayed construction that originally included a new teen parent area. To support the hectic lives of the teen moms, the district made the decision to move the teen parent program to Arapahoe Ridge, where most of the mothers take classes. “With the young ladies going to Fairview for the academics, they The new and shiny catering kitchens lo- would end up transferring to Arapacated in the 300 hall.(Stan Whitcomb). hoe Ridge for the flexibility, so it makes sense to move them,” said Principal Don Stensrud. The program had been at Fairview for over twenty years and some students wish that there were still babies rolling trough the halls. “I went down there, and they [had] painted over all the hand prints and I was really upset,” said senior Abby Hackmann. “I miss the babies.” The 300 hall improvements are the last of Fairview’s eleven million dollar construction list, which started with the remodel of the senior balcony and the addition of the new wing in the 600 hall. All the work took almost four years to complete. The custodians, who used to occupy the hallway leading from the cafeteria bathrooms, are both losing and gaining space. They no longer have that hallway to themselves but have extra storage rooms placed throughout the area.

Food Services installed a new vending machine on the bricks over the summer in order to promote healthier food. The Colorado Department of Education ordered the Boulder Valley School District to use the Healthy Foods Initiative Act in all public schools. The sole act of this plan is to limit sugars, calories from fat, and calories per ounce in all food and drink items. By the end of August, Principal Don Stensrud plans to replace three junk food vending machines with healthier options. The drink items will remain the same. Some students, such as sophomore

Connor Corrigan believe that, “no one will buy this crap” while other students say that, “healthier food is better.” Another concern is the price. “It’s definitely more expensive and kids just aren’t into that at this time,” said Corrigan. All of the items in the new vending machines will cost more than $1.25. It is going to be the first machine to accept either a debit or credit card through a portable card charge system. The administrative staff hopes to encourage students to eat healthier, organic food, though some students may prefer the old options.

Senior Matt Ryder examines the juice box he purchased from the new vending machine (Kevin Waida).

Freshmen, IB program thrive amid budget cuts By Lindsay Sandoval

Students are shattering records as Fairview High School commences its fiftieth year, becoming the largest school in the district and boasting a vibrant IB program. The halls may seem more crowded than usual. The freshmen compromise the biggest class ever, featuring more than 580 students. Despite unprecedented budget cuts that take effect this year, the school maintained resources and space to accommodate the freshmen. Administrators made a few changes, building new lockers in the 400 hall and increasing sections of freshmen classes, such as World Geography. Additionally, each assistant principal will manage a fourth of the ninthgraders. As the state funds schools per pupil, Fairview accrued more money than anticipated. In fact, the new conditions prevented widespread teacher layoffs, keeping the number of teachers relatively the same. Assistant Principal Sarah DiGiacomo stated the freshman class actually “offset cuts in the district.” However, the same number of teachers will manage more students, and class size has noticeably increased throughout the school. Isabel Phelps and Rachel Steinetz, freshmen, commented that most of their classes range from 32 to 38 students. Though there is less teacher attention, the large class is “not a big deal,” according to Phelps.

The freshmen candidates for class president impressed DiGiacomo, and administrators appear optimistic about the group. “They seem lovely!” said DiGiacomo about the freshmen class. Equally impressive to the administration is a flourishing IB program. As of Aug. 27, 94 juniors will pursue completing the IB diploma. Freshmen work hard in Darren Bessett, Fairview’s (KEVIN WAIDA). IB Coordinator, said the staff is “really excited” about so many academicallyinclined students ready to take on the challenge. To achieve the diploma, students must pass subject tests in six academic areas, write an extended essay, and complete a certain number of hours in athletics, arts, and volunteering. The notorious budget cuts have not left the program untouched, however. For example, despite having enough students to fill three sections of IB Economics, administrators only had resources for two, inflating class size. Similar patterns have affected science, math, and language arts classes. The large number of IB candidates is baffling; an average class has 50 students. Yet Bessett and IB teachers have a few hypotheses. Since the administration cut many elective classes last year, Bessett

believes students decided to focus more heavily on their academics. And increasingly, teachers and parents have encouraged students to challenge themselves. According to junior Betty Yi, many students felt apprehensive last year about not receiving desired classes. Administrators only Ms. Radis’ Pre-IB English class guaranteed five classes for juniors and seniors, yet assured enrollment into all the necessary courses for IB candidates. Yi admits the security was “a huge incentive” to commit to the program. Ambitions aside, Bessett suggests the answer is quite simple. The junior class is a “particularly good group of kids.” Yi epitomizes Bessett’s perspective. For her, the diploma is all about preparation for the future. “Personally, I just think that going through IB will help transition for the work load in college, and it’s a good experience. We only go through high school once, and I think this is a valuable road to take. I just hope I survive.” Surely, 93 other juniors are mulling over the same thought.

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Litter: we have trashcans for a reason Name any afternoon and, here at Fairview, you will find an egregious amount By Emily sandoval of trash strewn across the campus. Particularly in the Senior Lot, fast food wrappers and uneaten sandwiches dot the asphalt like zits on a face. Let’s wash up, Fairview! Most of us have grown up in Boulder and pride ourselves on our CFLs and our MPGs, yet we can’t seem to do something as easy as throwing our trash in a trash bin. (I know, it’s a crazy idea.) Seriously though, what is so hard about carrying our trash 20 feet to the new bear-proof bins? Or even

just throwing it into the back of our cars? The view from our school really is much more than “fair” and this insane laziness makes us seem like we really don’t care. South Boulder really is a beautiful area that we shouldn’t take for granted. Also, is it really the job of our fine custodians to pick up our trash for us? Where has our outlandish sense of entitlement come from? We need to be responsible for ourselves and stop making other people clean up after us. Not only is litter gross to look at, it’s also harmful to the wildlife. Bears and mountain lions belong in the mountains and foothills, but if we continue to leave them the easy prey of a half-eaten Big-Mac, we can expect nothing less than

an abundance of kitty funerals. Or worse, mountain lions in search of dinner will literally eat students. I know that I’ve spent a good portion of this column ranting against our actions, but I do have some ideas for improvement. Maybe the school could install more trash bins in the parking lot, or maybe we could start a new anti-litter club. Ultimately though, we need to change the culture at Fairview. We have to make everyone feel guilty again when they litter. Most friends will still respect you if you ask them to properly dispose of their trash. The consequences really are too great to continue our lazy and pro-littering attitude.

U-Turn Sign: A rule for our safety or a robbery of justice?

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As I entered the senior parking lot on a misty Friday morning in August, I found myself frozen in my By kevin wade tracks by a huge line of cars. Why on earth are there so many vehicles clogging up the only entrance to the fabulous kingdom that is the senior lot? As I weave through the early morning crowd of cars trying to avoid a wreck in the crowded senior lot, I do not see strong, confident seniors piling out. No, instead I see small, humble freshman meekly crawling out of their parents’ cars in anticipation of another nerve-wracking day at Fairview. This is a problem. The end of the

median running up Greenbriar provides a perfect spot for parents of freshman and sophomores to stop right in front of the horseshoe, make a quick U-turn and let their kids frolic along across the campus of our high school. A simple concept that, when put into action, seemingly works well for everyone and makes the whole situation better for both the freshman and the seniors. Everyone except for the administration at Fairview. With the “concern” for the safety of all the students, the law put a no Uturn sign into place and is effective between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. This presents a problem for all the parents looking to quickly drop off their kids so they can get rid of them for the day. The newest solution the parents

have come up with: go into the senior lot. A great idea for everyone except the seniors. A traffic jam is the current result of every single senior trying to park in the morning. Justified? Absolutely not. Is there a more reasonable solution? I certainly like to think so. If we open up the horseshoe in the morning to all the freshman parents, it will provide a quick and effective drop off zone for parents who want to quickly eject their small freshman from their vehicles. For seniors, it finally gives them the freedom they’re entitled to by the senior lot privilege. I was under the assumption that the senior lot is for seniors, but I guess we’re sharing it with the freshman this year.

The vision of technicolor locks

Let me tell you a story about my personal lock that’s been taken away By Miah yager by the Administration. I had my sister’s lock on my locker. I liked how a lot of my friends didn’t know my combination because it was my own lock. But I was not allowed to have it because of the school policy on locks. The policy is that you have to use a school issued lock. So they took my lock away for two days while they got me a school issued lock instead. I was nervous because it was left open while I was waiting for my school issued lock. I didn’t like this policy because I felt uneasy about the situation so I talked to Mr. Hill the Assistant Principal. He had really good points : 1. If you have a hand me down lock that’s been in your family for a really

do something about it. Go above and long time (like your sister’s) you can’t beyond and let your voice be heard use it. You are advised to have BVSD and help support the school policy on locks, so try to be willing to have lockers. enough time to wait to get the right lock. 2. A lot of times you might tell your “inner circle” your combination. It may cause some issues for people Triple Entendre that can get to your locker, so next By Stan Whitcomb time DON’T TELL ANYONE. 3. There are Safety Issues such as vandalism. If someone wrote mean words in your locker that can cause a tremendous effect like crying. 4. The Administration really needs to have access to your locker. They have to check to make sure that the weapons are not at school for example. As life goes on it’s not easy to have lockers. It is just that your safety counts too; the Administration wants to have the ability to tell you that having lockers is a really big deal. If you really do care then

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Paperless is a problem We all know what a hassle going paperless can be. What with virtual textbooks, online class schedules, and other foolish options, it seems we are trying to By Vally Dikovitskaya forget that paper ever existed! Yes, going green is important. Yes, we humans are cutting down rainforests at an unbelievable rate. Yes, Ecocycle will hate me for saying it, but PAPERLESSNESS IS A HASSLE. For one thing, teachers not printing things out is only wasting more paper. How does that work? Well, at home most people use fairly thick, decent paper. When they print things out at home, they have top-notch, beautiful copies of things like worksheets and syllabuses. These copies they use one time, maybe two, and all that wonderful, expensive stationery goes to waste. On the other hand, when 25 kids get copies from a teacher, the paper is so thin it looks almost transparent. The environmental price for these flimsy pieces of paper is much less than for the thick sheets from home! And school paper absolutely cannot use more trees than the more luxurious option. As far as convenience goes, paperlessness goes

nowhere. At least, not for students. Say I walk into Language Arts after being sick for a few days, and I find out that I need to have a printout of some discussion questions. Technically, if the teacher never gave the class copies of the class schedule, and I didn’t print out my own, then my only remaining option is to check online. If I haven’t had a chance to look at the online calendar, because I, supposedly, just stopped throwing up, then I have no idea at this point what the discussion questions are. I also have no idea that I should have a copy of them. I then have no idea why I have a zero in Infinite Campus where a 100% should be. So many different unfortunate problems like this one can arise - simply because teachers are not giving out any printouts! I said it once, and I will say it again. Paperlessness is a hassle. But do not fear, Fairview! I have a solution. Why not try ‘everything in moderation’? Can we keep the least important information online and the most necessary-for-class documents on paper? Can we be conservative and print on both sides of the sheets we do use? Can we buy more thin paper to use at home? I know we can do all these things with relatively no fuss. Fairview, let’s do it - and I know paperlessness will be easy as pie.

Paperless: a hassle or a step forward?

Paperless is the future

My movement toward paperlessness started last spring. One of my seniors walked into class one day and tossed his notebook at his By Sarah zerwin desk. It missed the desk and hit the floor, exploding with unit calendars and paper rubrics and various documents that I thought were vitally important to my teaching. I was astonished at the magnitude of it all. A short conversation ensued: Doc Z: “Do you actually use those documents I created for you?” Student: “Nope.” Doc Z: (looking at the class as a whole): “Does he speak the truth?” Class: “Yep.” From that moment on, I stopped making copies. Our world is changing. Being literate in our society requires far more than simply reading and writing. By “literate” I mean being able to use language effectively to build one’s future success and have a positive effect on our world. You’ll need more skills than being able to keep a three-ring binder organized with all of the copies of things your teachers give you. There’s an avalanche of information out there and you need to know how to manage it effectively, to sift through it to distinguish what’s bogus from what’s reliable. You need to know how to use Web 2.0 tools to help manage this information and communicate with others about it. Web 2.0 tools are the places where we can use the Internet to create content, not just access it and read it. Think blogs, wikis, social networking

sites, Google Docs--anything that connects you with others for the purposes of communication and shared projects fits under the Web 2.0 umbrella. You can use Facebook to figure out your plans for the weekend, right? But can you use Google Docs to manage a group project for a class? Can you set up a wiki to facilitate your work with students who aren’t even in your class? Have you ever worked on something collaboratively with students on the other side of the planet? Would you even know where to start? Our world will expect you to be able to do these things. If you can’t, you’ll be left behind. It’s a literacy issue. So instead of requiring you to organize all of the pieces of paper we hand to you, we can ask you to navigate the World Wide Web to access necessary materials for class and to use Web 2.0 applications like Google Docs to manage and submit your work. We’re talking here about a different way of doing school, a paradigm shift--both for you and for us. If I’m asking you simply to print out the documents that I used to copy for you, I haven’t made the shift. I’m just making our copy problem your copy problem. But if I create a dynamic website to support what happens in my classroom, use it when I teach, and make it indispensable for you as you complete your work outside of class, then maybe I am moving toward that paradigm shift. According to treasurer Ronda Pendergrass, your teachers made 2,012,551 copies last year. That’s over 1,000 pieces of paper on average for each student. Making fewer copies will trim costs in face of this year’s budget cuts. But this is an invitation to innovate. Instead of seeing this as a hassle, let’s see what’s possible.

5 Diplomacy: a waste of time Today is a special day. For those not aware of the occasion, I will provide a hint: today is a day in a week in a month in a year between 2008 and 2012. That’s right, it’s complain about Obama day! Today’s topic: reBy tristan hill ligion. From an objective standpoint, building a mosque near ground zero was probably a bad idea due to the fact that absolutely anyone could have predicted the outcry that resulted. But now that someone has broached the idea, and it is far too late to avoid the neoconservative hate-train once again crashing into the public viewpoint, it is the president’s job to moderate. For some reason. Too bad he’s done such a bloody poor job of it. At first, it looked like he had finally grown a spine and was going to politely remind the nation that yes, the first amendment does in fact apply to Muslims. But then he remembered that he was a politician and as such has an obligation to not tell people when they’re being idiots. To be specific, Obama’s official statement on the matter as of August fourteenth was, “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding.” For those not fluent, this is politician-speak for “You are all wrong, but I’m so afraid of alienating you that I can’t risk telling you that.” So, why am I upset? After all, even though he can’t say it, it’s clear that he’s supporting the Muslim community in spirit, right? Well, what bothers me about the whole thing is that it is exactly this attitude that has caused the whole administration to be woefully ineffective. Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of spending who knows how long trying to find a solution that appeased every single lunatic neoconservative in the senate, Obama had just told them they were wrong and crazy? The unfortunate fact of the matter is that in politics, there will always be extremists who will not be satisfied with anything other than a proportionally extreme solution. There’s no hope that these people will accept what most of us would consider a reasonable compromise, so why even bother trying? Is there something fundamentally wrong with overruling the lunatic fringe every once in a while? And keep in mind that I’m saying this fully acknowledging the fact that I myself am part of a subset of said lunatic fringe. The primary issue here is that this kind of excessive diplomacy is a phenomenal waste of time, during a period where time is at a premium. Are these inane ramblings really the biggest crisis Obama has to deal with right now? Maybe if he were just willing to throw diplomacy out the window every so often, we would have already solved some of those looming, pressing issues. Like, you know, the education budget. It’s worth considering.

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By Megan DeBruyn and

Paige Reisman

ilanthropic iew, the SWC was a ph irv Fa of ars ye rly ea e th Back in around their in the yearbook centered club, with its own page appeared to s ha “club” all more recent years, the sm In d . rk an wo id ty ari tim ch as ke T-shirts, d ma ies to en are perceive an excuse for senior lad g eye contact an in th ak re m mo In general, freshm if le as litt , be lls e ha or on day out of through the the freshmen feel inferi them. But on ke of ma d h an while they scurry at s, de car e th int pa be adey are the esssmen would y Spencer and Abby Re hool year, lse sc Ke w rs ne with any uppercla nio ch Se ar. ea ye of e th to redefine its first full week year’s SWC and sought ual, as if hiding is us th an of rs th the Friday of the e ize or an m org l en tia sen utation, be on edge ev to change the SWC’s rep thless, feeds on nt ru wa is lly or freshmen seem to rea at e ed “W . pr s ns hi tio inten ty predator. T e this year rather than seekout its from a bloodthirs re on community ser vic stop at nothing to mo ll us wi d foc d an ree that an , rs en he hm ot es encer. Many students ag ded day Fr Sp ea s dr say is the humiliation of g,” th zin ll ha ca al e ion W the tradit dominance. zing freshmen and much prey and exert its y is much less about ha da Fri n me s sh ito Fre rr bu : iority. Throughout iday Friday. s showing their, well, sen about Freshmen Fr s ior ie sen or t st ou e ab d th re an d mo s ar op he senior “pranks” bus st You’ve all the most well-organized e kids standing at of th e at on , s ars ow ye tt le nd en wi of rec r y ior-to-junior less wa launched from ca the freshmen, but is a sen just another harm ern e nc lik co s en em ev t se no It es s. p? do parking lot, the to pee filled balloon gh they have their own arge--but is it over ou th ch s, in ior s, o’s sen ar e wh ye Th 5 k. r ow an fo pr that the School ting freshmen kn and park in the street so rly of Fairview High ea l pa tra ci ex l in oo pr t , sch bu to ud , sr ay arrive Frid school. This Don Sten posed to Freshmen ially far away from the ec op y esp el rk et t pa pl in to m po ve co e ha s ’t th junior says that he isn d or pressured to lish their reign over the y. The lps the seniors to estab ers feel embarrasse he nn ad fu gr ion g h dit in 9t tra e be s th op en st wh en it g safe at school, th on their juniors. of no longer feelin force anything up is year, it did not turn ly al tu ac n’t do ey ed th Friday came and went th n at nn me pi th sh m an Fre ai cl hm ter s es Af or fr a ni d se was expected to y ha d for the freshmen as it 0 pound senior gu “F ” on his de 22 ea an a dr if ite as t wr be bu d to s, t ul im ou co ct vi r if he essed by the lack of d asked him or he freshmen were unimpr “no thanks”, ny y, sa ma t, to fac le In . ab be be against a locker an an uld a small freshm chnically pranks and scandals. or her forehead, wo graders are not te they would’ve th 12 e th gh en ou m th ss la en disappointment. I wish a rc Ev s ? pe wa y] up da om Fri fr an re hm su res and walk away “[F So are e pres sey Andringa, freshman. en do anything, th Ca s say .” ks an pr re mo “forcing” freshm done them look unavoidable. . Senior e event, or do some of th en to hm sed es po fr op e rs th de ng gra makes the pranks hazi all 9th g harassed and abused, well. en’t the only ones Maybe instead of feelin part in this day as it? The senior boys ar ge to rd lar wa ry for ve a s ay with e upperclassmen. SWC, pl crave attention from th t-shirts to go along Women’s Club, or em d th re r of ei ny th ma by ed terd by freshmen, anticiidentifi used to be a day dreade SWC has been “in y e These girls can be da th , Fri n st me pa sh s ar Fre ye t of as the day that their stick. In big smooches on assmen. It is still though rcl their bright red lip em pe th up ng all vi by gi ted by pa en a result of the rclassm break down into tears as ment. acting” with unde to ss rs ra de ha gra al 9th xu s ce se of for ed wever, thing nsider seniors administered. Ho rs, the kissing is a e be cheeks could be co th at em th m ks C an pr SW fic e rri m ho arly an ing to so “Freshmen Friday” is ne be Although, accord to d use at wh ys, da em th ays these y I refuse to kiss more buzz in the hallw the past. cooties. That is wh school day, with a little ve ge ha era av do , ct fa in , “Freshman ng Le. than usual. ay,” says senior Sa on Freshman Frid

You know you’re a freshman if all of your friends went to your middle school.

You study during your off periods when your homework is done.

I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much money on homecoming and saved that money for prom instead. “ -Julia Donahue (Senior)

Don ’t ditc h clas s unle ... ss it’s real ly impo rtan t

Five m time inutes is to e witho make it nough to cl ut ru as the h n alls.” ning thro s ugh -Kels e (Juni y Dilz or)

Things wish I I kne w when I was Fresh man... a .

-Tay l (Sop or Kesso hom c ore) k

Get y o mit O ur perN yo ur birth day. -Ste ph Lee ( anie Junio r)

It’s not co 30 or mo ol to sit in a pod re kids o of n the gra during lu ss nch.

-Emma G riffey (J unior)

Freshman president prepares for job

By Leo Leong

With nearly six hundred freshman enrolling in Fair view this year, it’s true that the class of 2014 is one of the largest Fair view has ever had. A major pro blem with a large class is making sure every student is represe nted and heard. 20102011 freshman class president, Lar ry Zhang takes on the responsibility of representing the fres hman class and has many plans ahead for serving his class. One of the goals Zhang has for this year is getting to know as many freshman as possible and communicating with his classmates.

“I told them in my speech that I wou ld be open to any sug gestions they may have to help mak e this year better. I also told them that they could simply talk to me any time about anything so I hope that I can bec ome friends with a lot of freshmen,” said Zhang. Zhang is currently working on des igning school T-shirts for games against Boulder High. Zha ng hopes to take part in other activities this year, such as Fair view’s 50th anniversary and the homecoming dance. Other projects for this year are not yet confirmed, but the school year is already off to a grea t start for Zhang. Zhang states that his motivation for bein g the president is to make this school year fun and enjoyable for the freshman class. “That way the freshmen can get a part in the bigger activities. I think that even though we are the youngest of the school, we can still make a really big difference, especially because there are 600 of us,” said Zhang.

If driving to school requires a parent or guardian in the front seat.

-RB Staff

You know you’re a freshman if you clump at the top of the school. (Nancy Ross - Junior)

You know you’re a freshman if you always walk into the wrong classroom (Caitlin Higgins-Senior)

Map o f the New Wing

You know you’re a freshman if you think riding the bus is cool. (Krissy Wegen - Sophomore)

You know you’re a freshman if you’re really small with a really big backpack.

If you are scared to go anywhere alone. (Hannah Cangilla - Sophomore)

You know you’re a freshman if you walk around the halls with your laminated class schedule and brand new Forever 21 bag with the tags still attached. (Soph La Chance-Sophomore)

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Fresh faces debut in the castle Royal Banner: Where are you from? Virgile Du Plessis Dargentre: Paris, France. RB: How long have you been studying English? VD: Five years. RB: Do you like Fairview? VD: Yeah. RB: How is Fairview different from your school? VD: The choice of courses is bigger, more flexible. In France, the school decides the schedule. Here, it’s the student who decides. RB: How are the students here different from the ones at your school? VD: The students are the same. That depends on the school, not the country. The clothes are more free, though. In France there are no shorts if they don’t cover the knees, no hats, and no sunglasses.

Royal Banner: Where are you from? Petter Bergseth: Norway. RB: How long have you been studying English? PB: Since first grade. RB: How old are you? PB: Seventeen. RB: Do you like Fairview?

PB: Yeah, sure. RB: How is it different from your school? PB: There are more people, harder to find classes, more sports. RB: How are the students here different from the ones at your school? PB: They dress differently, and they’re more approachable. Interviews conducted by Vally Dikovitskaya



Petter Bergseth

Virgile Du Plessis Dargentre

Foreign Exchange students find their way

show too much. Jeggings make a compromise and with the increased popularity of the belly shirt; the jeggings compliment it perfectly. The most important shift, however, is from the big bag to the little bag. Last fall, the big, bulky bag allowed for women to carry every potential need, which proved to be very unnecessary. This new small tote that lies across your body is designed for carrying the basic necessities. Along with the jeggings, the combination is perfect for the on-the-go look. What are these fashion advancements leading its users towards? The old high-waisted skirt concealed the upper thighs contrary to what it may seem, but jeggings expose the upper thighs. The old oversized bag could be used as a shield but the new one doesn’t hide anything. This idea of showing less skin while actually displaying more shape is clear this fall.

As the temperature dies down, so do the fashions from last summer. The high-waisted skirt and over-sized hobo bag dominated the fall fashion of 2009. Replacing these now cliché items with skin-tight jeggings, a hybrid between jeans and leggings, and small crossbody bags, fashion has redefined itself at a more advanced level. Why does the public prefer jeggings over high-waisted skirts? The jeggings allow for more mobility without the worry of overexposure. Traditional jeans can be too stiff, but at the same time they work with the majority of short shirts, because the jeans and short shirts create a balance between too much and too little skin. The leggings of 2008 are extremely comfortable, but can be very limiting when wearing them with short shirts. If a person wears leggings with a short shirt they are likely to

New teachers talk on the record To kick off the 2010 school year, we decided to interview the newest additions to Fairview High School other than the freshmen, the faculty. We have new members from many departments all the way from Language Arts to Counseling to World Language. Royal Banner: What is your favorite high school memory? Any embarrassing moments? Mrs. Blakemore: The activities and getting my college acceptance letter. Soo-o many embarrassing moments... usually involving guy crushes.

Wendy Blakemore, World Language Dept.

Chris Weber, Language Arts Dept.

Elisabeth Denizot, World Language Dept.

Susan Stensrud, Social Studies Dept.

Mrs. Stensrud: Red Patent Dansko Clogs.

RB: If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?

What is your advice to High School students?

Photos: Kevin Waida

Ms. Denizot: Buying an airticket to Australia and going with no planning.

Language Arts and Psychology. I really enjoyed how these classes made me think and question life.

Ward Robertson Language Arts Dept.

Mrs. Halstead: I would probably want to meet Julia Roberts. I have loved her movies since I was little and we both have big mouths! I think Sarah Halsted we would get along well. Art Dept.

Michelle Kletzky, Counseling Dept.

RB: Where is the coolest place you have travelled? Ms. Eggleston: Oh, tough choice. During high school I had the opportunity to visit Peru and go deep into the Amazonian Rainforest.

RB: What is your favorite article of clothing?

Mr. Weber: 1) Going to see Chick Corea perform in Boston for my history of Jazz class. 2) Prom? No details available.

Mr. Robetson: Don’t procrastinate! Appreciate your time here and build memories!

RB: What was your subject in high school?

RB: What is the most spontaneous thing you have done or want to do?

Erica Eggleston Language Arts Dept.

Marcia Stern (Languge Arts): Jerusalem, Israel. Not Pictured

Not featured: Dennis Chandler

What’s a word to describe your high school experience. Denizot: Enriching Eggleston : Unforgettable Halstead: Marvelous Robertson: Fleeting Stensrud: Fabulous Weber: Dramatic

Interviews conducted by Megan Moore and Caroline Kruger

Entertainment Boonin-Vailable for Comment

A letter to studio executives Dear Sirs,

There is a scourge of this great nation’s movie industry. It destroys all that crosses its path or is dumb enough to sign a contract with it. The reputation of anything that Eli Boonin-Vail works with it, be it Entertainment Editor the most unknown gaffer or key grip to the largest producers in America, is besmirched with its foul stench for eternity. To sign this menace to one more movie is to do unto the movie lovers of Earth a most grievous harm. I am speaking of course, of M. Night Shyamalan. It is the duty of every man, woman, and child of taste to hate this director with a passion. How awful is he, you ask? He directed “Lady in the Water”. He is that awful. Did you not see “Lady In The Water”? Congratulations. Do you need other examples to convince you? You’re in luck, he has made countless other horrible movies. He directed “Signs”, in which glasses of water and baseball bats fight off an unstoppable alien invasion. He directed “The Village”, in which a town of stupid people does stupid things for nearly two hours while you have to watch. He directed “The Happening”, in which angry trees magically drive much of the human race to suicide in what is apparently an apocalyptic arbor day. Trees you ask? Yes, trees. “The Happening” was so biblically catastrophic in its failure to put on anything vaguely resembling actual cinema that it came within inches of killing my affection for Zooey Deschannel. Do you gentlemen understand what it takes to make me stop loving that woman? No. You do not. Just because he directed the “Sixth Sense” doesn’t mean he gets a free pass to ruin movies for everyone! This year he directed “The Last Airbender”, a movie that A.O Scott of the New York Times says is best watched “with your eyes closed.” And now you have the gall to let him release a new movie, “Devil”, just months after he released the soul-crushing “Airbender”. Is there nothing sacred in this world? It is undeniable that “Devil” will prove to be the worst thing to ever happen to movies. After all, the movie came from the worst part of M. Night Shyamalan’s body, his mind. When I saw the trailer for “Devil” at “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”, the woman next to me groaned as if in pain when she saw Shyamalan’s name. The rest of the theater gave her applause. I blame this kind of behavior not on Shyamalan, but on you, the movie producers and executives who have let this atrocity torment the innocent movie-viewers of the world for far too long. Studio Executives of the world, it is time that you cease your tolerance for M. Night Shyamalan’s barbaric films! You have let him pillage our eyes and ears with his asinine anecdotes without mercy, and I for one am sick of it! With All Due Respect, Eli Boonin-Vail

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Summer Documentary Roundup While everyone knows that summer is the best time for Blockbusters, few know that it’s also the best time for documentaries. This year, there have been some seriously strong films running the festival circuit, especially at Sundance. Here are a few of them that you should consider seeing.


Exit Through the Gift Shop

Restrepo “The Hurt Locker” wishes it was “Restrepo.” There, I’ve said it. Though it was a juggernaut of tension crafted by experts, everything about the movie intends to make the audience believe that the characters were actually going to die any second. In reality, most actors have contracts that prevent life-threatening scenarios from playing out on camera. However, the men of “Restrepo” do not have that luxury. The film depicts the single year that American journalist Sebastian Junger and British photographer Tim Hetherington spent in the Restrepo outpost of the Korangal Valley of Afghanistan. Embedded with a single platoon, the men sought to write the autobiography of modern war, in which soldiers are suddenly required to be ambassadors, merchants, and negotiators. Footage from the outpost complied with interviews of the surviving members of the platoon weave together to paint a harrowing tale of struggle and sorrow in the most dangerous place on Earth.

A Film Unfinished

What is art? Why do we make it? When does art stop being art? Are we all being duped? The fastpaced street-art documentar y “Exit Through the Gift Shop” seeks to provoke all these questions without answering any of them, which is fine by me. The film’s got everything a good documentary should have: a crazy Frenchman, an interesting topic, and plenty of illegal activity to go around. Initially, the documentary focuses on French U.S. immigrant Thierry Guetta and his obsession with filming street artists after he realizes one of his relatives is a massive figure in the Paris street art scene. Guetta begins to rub elbows with international figures and eventually the British street art mastermind and man of mystery Banksy. But after some serious change ups midway through, Guetta becomes the artist and Banksy the filmmaker. Banksy takes his own unique approach to shaping the narrative and eventually wraps it around the neck of Guetta in a comedic war of wit. In the end, Guetta comes out looking like a fool, Banksy remains the anonymous wit manufacturer he’s always been, and the audience comes out highly satisfied if they have the right sense of humor. Is it all Banksy’s ruse? Probably. Is it worth your time and money? Definitely.

Posters (Wikimedia commons)

It turns out selling a Ghetto is harder than it looks. At least, that’s what Nazi film-makers discovered when, in 1942, they tried to make a “documentary” that would paint the Warsaw Ghetto as a nice place for Jews. Unfortunately, for the Riefenstahlites, Nazis had a habit of never completing the lofty goals they set off to accomplish. Since Jewish relocation was replaced with a more aggressive policy, “Das Ghetto” went unfinished. After American soldiers uncovered it at the end of the war, the incomplete footage ended up in the resource trough for Historians to lap up. However, director Yael Hersonski isn’t going to let Nazi propaganda murder the truth and go unchecked. Now, after more footage from the original 1942 film has surfaced, Hersonski reexamines the making of “Das Ghetto” in “A Film Unfinished.” He examines how the Nazi directors manipulated their “everyday” sets to fit their purposes, at points forcing Jewish subjects to act rich and prosperous when they were in fact starving. “Unfinished” uses the power of film to correct its own past atrocities, and it looks to be freshly intriguing for such a dark and often visited subject.

Fall Playlist Campus -Vampire Weekend

The Underdog -Spoon

Jack and Diane -John Mellencamp Id Enganger -Of Montreal

Mushaboom -Feist Litzomania -Pheonix

Positively Fourth Street -Bob Dylan

Missed the Boat -Modest Mouse By EMILY SANDOVAL

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Restaurants of Boulder: Illegal Pete’s Horoscopes By RYAN PATTERSON, PAIGE REISMAN, and MEGAN DEBRYUN

by Artemis Wysteria (Staff Seer) For all the poor students with a lunch period that starts before you’d normally even be awake on a weekend, we have the perfect food destination. Illegal Pete’s is known for its huge and cheap burritos, with the contents mixed to perfection. Another loved menu item is the warm and cheesy quesadilla with sour cream or guacamole served alongside. The breakfast menu is similar to the lunch and dinner menu in that it also serves burritos and quesadillas, but instead of having the usual chicken or steak meat options, Illegal Pete’s has scrambled eggs and chorizo, a type of seasoned Mexican sausage. The Mexican-style breakfast is perfect for 10:00 am, a time too early for lunch foods but too late for the sickeningly sweet taste of pancakes, waffles, and fruit. Illegal Pete’s has locations on both The Hill and Pearl Street Ideal for: Mall, so whatever your plans are for the mid-morning, you can Underclassmen on block days find a way to work in a breakfast burrito or quesadilla from Upperclassmen any day Illegal Pete’s. The competing Mexican-style restaurants are Chipotle and Qdoba. Some people are die hard fans of one of these large chains and neglect to expand their horizons. However, three simple reasons why you need to make the switch. Firstly, Illegal Pete’s Cost mixes the ingredi(meal and drink): ents in their bur$6-$8 per person ritos, so that every bite includes the variety you should expect from your burritos. Secondly they offer breakfast burritos, a nice change of pace from the burritos offered at the big-named, traditional companies. And lastly, Illegal Pete’s is strictly a Coloradan company. Support our The Banner’s food critics stand in front of the subject of local Mexican restaurants! Location: 1320 College Avenue (The Hill) and 1447 Pearl Street (Pearl & 15th)

their latest investigation (Kevin Waida).

Mile High Music Festival: the retroview By MEGAN MOORE

The Mile High Music Festival, a treasured annual event in Denver, took place Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th. It hosted some of today’s hottest musicians, including The Chain Gang of 1974, Amos Lee, Nas, Damien Marley, Rusted Root, Cypress Hill, Roots, Phoenix, Jack Johnson, Train, Atmosphere, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band. Along with many others, they performed all types of music, from alternative to indie to rap. This variety of music allowed for a large spectrum of fans to hear not only the music they traditionally listen to, but also the kinds of music they hear less often. Jack Johnson graced the stage on Saturday night. Johnson, a large believer in giving back, donated the proceeds from his last two performances to 150 particular community groups. This is not the first time he has given back in a large way, in 2008 he raised $845,000 for 184 nonprofit organizations. However, his generosity was not the only subject of his performance. Johnson’s soulful, relaxing music was a great end to the first day. The second day was just as great as the first. The musicians continued their good vibes with the fans, which allowed for a bonding experience between the two. Train’s lead singer, Patrick Monahan, invited a few girls on stage and encouraged the fans to be a part of the whole experience

when he asked the crowd to echo the lyrics with him. Their performance showed that despite taking time off, they seem to have rekindled their love for music. Dave Matthews Band closed the festival. Everyone was excited to see Dave Matthews Band as rumors were circulating that this festival was to be one of their last performances before the band took some time off. The band faced hardship on August 19th, 2008 when, LeRoi Moore, a band member from the beginning, passed away in an ATV accident. Within a year, the band produced its only album, “Big Whiskey.” They performed many songs from this album on Sunday, which was only days before the two year anniversary of Moore’s death. The band posted on their website that, after 20 consecutive years of touring, they are taking 2011 off. The Mile High Music Festival fulfilled every one’s expectations, and in many cases exceeded them.

Virgo / 8.23 - 9.22 / Happy Birthday! The position of the moon on the 24th will prompt you to make a rash decision. Just be sure to stay away from a buffalo wings eating contest. Libra / 9.23 - 10.22 / Danger is your middle name. Go crazy. Scorpio / 10.23 - 11.21 / Looking for inspiration? Listen to Ke$ha. All life’s answers are in her lyrics. Sagittarius / 11.22 - 12.21 / You are not The Situation from Jersey Shore. Stop thinking you can take off your shirt and have the same effect. Capricorn / 12.22 - 1.19 / Do not match your socks. Good luck will come your way. Aquarius / 1.20 - 2.18 / You will have a financially prosperous month. Start spending. Pisces / 2.19 - 3.20 / Wait before you throw those bright blue crocs away. They will come in handy in the future…. Aries / 03.21 - 4.19 / Stop feeding your cooked sweet peas to your dog. He hates it as much as you do. Taurus / 4.20 - 5.20 / That wish you keep making at 11:11 is clearly not coming true. Stop losing sleep waiting for the clock to turn. Gemini / 5.21 - 6.20 / Remember that cute person you think is checking you out in math every day? Get over yourself. They’re actually staring at your abnormally large pit stains. Invest in some deodorant…please. Cancer / 6.21 - 7.22 / Your horoscope is much too frightening to report. Just… watch your back. Leo / 7.23 - 8.22 / You know how when you’re alone in your car singing along to Celine Dion and you think no one can see or hear you? You are sadly mistaken.


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Matty’s Mind

Rockies must rally W

hile watching Rockies games for the past month or so, I’ve listened to nothing but my dad’s nonstop ranting about the Rockies’ various failures. He seems to find so By Matt Johnson much of what the Rockies are having trouble with, everything from Huston Street’s closing woes to Todd Helton’s power outage, as reasons why they will not make the playoffs this season. I do have a problem with what my dad is saying. However, the problem isn’t that what he says annoys me. The problem is that he’s right. 2010 has been a truly wild ride for the boys in purple pinstripes. First, injuries to Troy Tulowitzki, Jorge De La Rosa, and Todd Helton in May through July left the Rockies without a few of their offensive and defensive leaders. Then, in early July, Colorado was on cloud nine (and seven games above .500) after scoring nine runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cardinals, whom they swept. However, the good feeling evaporated quickly, when the Rockies lost an atrocious eleven of their first thirteen games after the All-Star Break. The bottom line, as the up-and-down roller coaster ride of Colorado’s season has displayed, is that the Rockies are not a consistent team. Never this season have they won more than five in a row, and in the month of August they finished 15-12—not a good enough record for a team that is trying to make a playoff push. Some of the Rockies’ problems this year have been due to injuries, but many of their major issues have been more controllable. One of these has been the (un)reliability of closer Huston Street, who with a 3.96 ERA and 4 blown saves through September 7. Another problem has been a lack of consistency at the plate from Todd Helton, Dexter Fowler, and Clint Barmes. However, the worst problem of all has been their inability to hit on the road. On August 29, the Rockies were 25-40 in away games, compared to a 41-21 mark at Coors Field. They hit a dismal .228 on the road, compared to an incendiary .298 at home. They also had 124 more hits, 118 more runs, 119 more RBIs, and 28 more home runs at home than they had on the road. If the Rockies keep playing the way they did during the first four months of the season, they have no hope of making the playoffs. If they play the way they did in August, especially at the end of the month, they could make things interesting in the National League Wild Card race. However, they would still be too inconsistent in their offense and bullpen to pass the powerful Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies in the Wild Card. As the Rockies come down the home stretch of the 2010 season, they need to keep exploring their options. Why not shake up the lineup if they have trouble finding a spark on the road? Why not try more small ball to manufacture runs in tight games? Why not use speedsters like Jonathan Hererra and Eric Young Jr. to their advantage on the basepaths? With some answers and a bit of late-season magic, they have the opportunity to make another run into the playoffs. If not, they will have to spend a long offseason thinking about what could have been—and they’ll prove my dad right.


Fall sports springs forward

From Page 1

XC hopes to run to state

Softball swings for the fences

By Alec Pronk

By Matt Sparkman


cross country team is set for their season and look to continue their recent success with new coach, Josh Glaab, at the helm. The team recently ran a time trial around Viele Lake to finalize their top seven varsity runners for the first race. Glaab was an assistant coach for the past few years and is excited to lead the Knights. Former coach Teri Cady still occasionally stops by during practice to run with the team. The Knights return their top girls’ runners, junior Kelsey Piper and senior Kristen Narum, from last year who finished 49th and 50th at state, respectively. The boy’s team, on the other hand, lost their top two runners to graduation. However, they return a multitude of strong runners, including, seniors Kyle Krahenbuhl and Kevin Hale. Ricardo Kaempfen, junior, also qualified for state last year as an alternate. Both teams are experienced and show much promise for the upcoming season.

Winegardner, Combs lead tennis By Jordan Myres


ennis season has returned for the Knights and the team has very high hopes for this year. The Knights have a great amount of talent as seniors Chris Cartwright and Will Kuelthau, junior Johnny Combs and sophomores Kevin Chen and Eli Winegardner all return this season, and the Knights have seven new full Sophomore Eli Winegarder hits time players to a forehand winner. (Kevin Waifill big roles from da). last year. Head Coach Chad Tsuda expects great things out of the returning players, as well as the new players coming in. He hopes that his team will have as much success as last year and hopefully have a shot at state. The Knights have high expectations for the season and come into every match ready and prepared to compete. Some standout opponents the Knights will take on this season are Cherry Creek on September 13th, as well as Boulder on September 23rd. Both of these exciting games will be played at home.


espite a coaching change, softball brings back a wealth of talent from a 2009 team. Junior second baseman Daria Caraway and senior shortstop Kinsley Hogdson figure to lead a team that will be introducing a new coach, Danielle Kim. Some games that loom large for the Knights include road games at Legacy and Monarch, and a home tilt Senior Grace Modisett fields groundagainst Boulder. The Knights ers. (Kevin Waida). improved dramatically in their 2009 campaign and return most key contributors. The program went from 3-15 in 2008 to 9-10 last season. Former Coach Rod Beauchamp stepped down due to rigors associated with coaching two sports. Beauchamp will enter his tenth season as girls basketball coach this winter.

Soccer looks to build on playoff run By Justin Song


oing to state quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, Knights soccer looks to stay strong. Though they lost most of their starters, returning players with playoff experience such as Shane O’Neill, Soren Frykholm and Jared Davis hope to lead the team on another good run. “We lost a lot of good players,” said Frykholm, senior midfielder and the team captain. “But if our team chemistry gets better, I think we can go far as last season or even farther.” Sophomores Bryan Windsor and Eric Kronenberg, who joined Varsity their freshmen year, will look to develop their talents and help their team reach their goal. Shane O’Neill, who had 11 goals and 8 assists last year, hopes to take the team farther than they had ever been. “We need to work hard,” said Tobias Albrightsen. “Sky’s the limit.” Their first key game is on September 16th Senior Jared Davis juggles the at Fort Collins. ball. (Megan DeBryun).

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Buffs start strong against Rams, stumble in Berkeley By Ryan Patterson

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The Colorado Buffaloes won a big game against Colorado State in Denver on September 4th, but then lost a tough matchup at California-Berkley on September 11th. The Buffaloes were off to a nice start to their season after beating in-state rival Colorado State at Invesco Field at Mile High by a score of 24-3. The Buffs started off in style with an 18 yard pass from quarterback Tyler Hansen to wideout Travon Patterson and never looked back. Colorado went on to score 10 more points in the half with help from receiver Scotty McKnight’s touchdown reception (which broke the CU all-time receptions record with 168 catches) and a 28 yard field goal from kicker Aric Goodman. Colorado State’s only chance to score was thwarted when their field goal attempt was blocked to end the first half. The Buffs would add on to their 17-0 lead when Hansen ran for a 1 yard touchdown to make it 240. The Rams would not score until the 4th quarter when kicker Ben DeLine hit a solid 43 yard field goal with ten minutes left. The Buffs were flying high after the game, but there were some areas that needed work if they were to beat Cal the next week. Colorado committed ten penalties for 104 yards against the Rams. The penalties would come back to haunt the Buffs against the Cal Golden Bears when they committed seven penalties for 66 yards. While Colorado struggled on offense, having only 85 yards of

still has yet to win on the road since 2007 when, they beat Texas Tech in Lubbock.

total offense in the entire game, the Golden Bears did the exact opposite. Cal Quarterback Kevin Riley threw for 2 touchdowns and 81 yards in the first half. Cal’s defense added a touchdown when Hansen tossed a pass that a tight end bobbled into the hands of linebacker Michael Mohamed, who would take it all the way back. Cal would lead the Buffs at half by a score of 31-0. The second half was no different for the Buffs; the offense struggled and the defense could not get a handle on the Cal offense as the Golden Bears cruised to a 52-7 victory, the Buffs’ worst lost since 2008, when they lost to Missouri 58-0. Colorado

Tyler Hansen worked efficiently against CSU, but struggled against California (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)


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