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Glencoe teachers participated in “Work to the Rule” on Feb. 22, along with teachers throughout the district. Contractually, Glencoe’s teacher workday is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but many teachers contribute far more. Teachers walked in at 8 a.m. and left precisely at 4 p.m. to demonstrate the contrast with their usual work day. Two weeks ago, Hillsboro School Disrict faculty volunteered over 10,878 hours. photo by ALEXANDER OGLE

Glencoe’s financial future: uncertain by ANDREW ROGERS budget until the summer,” Scott wrote, is looking less likely as news of severe Brace yourselves, student body. “but this gives us a place to start.” budget cuts comes in. Glencoe is going to experience some The money being cut for the 2011“I have no idea [what will happen],” dramatic changes next school year 2012 year will add to the $35.9 million Gibbs said. due to a massive district budget defi- that has already been cut over the past And even though the science departcit. But what are we bracing ourselves two years. ment received a $20,000 grant from for? That is the problem – we do not This leaves the district with a great Intel last year, that money was only alknow. amount of uncertainty. lotted for new technology. It cannot We are at the worst Many teachers cur- be used to update old equipment, like The cuts are deep. The loss time we’ve ever been. rently do not know if microscopes or lab materials, or to buy will be the single their jobs will be se- new textbooks. largest budget cut in the history of the cure for next year, and as a result, stuDespite rumors that a major schedHillsboro School District. dents have no way of knowing which ule change would occur, no decision “This is [unlike] it’s ever been be- programs will stay and which will go. has been made. As of press time, it is fore,” Principal Carol Loughner said. But no matter what the ultimate out- expected that current block schedule “We are at the worst time we’ve ever come may be, every program in the will stay. been.” Hillsboro School District is at risk for “The ‘decision’ to now go to a difThe current estimate is that $19 cuts. ferent schedule is in limbo, and cur-23.5 million dollars will be cut from “Nothing is safe,” business teacher rently it looks the board will decide to the district budget for the next year, as Eric Walker said. “The worst part is, keep our current schedule,” Loughner stated by Superintendent Mike Scott in nobody knows.” said. the a Feb. 22 Hillsboro Argus article. According to John Gibbs, science In an interview with “The OregoHowever, these numbers are not of- department chairpernian,” Scott said that The worst part is, a change to a sevenficial; the state government has yet to son, science classes issue a verdict on Oregon’s education were meant to go nobody knows. period day would be budget and will not do so for at least a through a full texttoo problematic for few months. book adoption next year, meaning the district. “The legislature still has to weigh every single book would be replaced Some changes can be predicted, in and will likely not issue the final with a new and updated version. This like larger class sizes and an increased teacher to student ratio. As of last month, there are 27 students to every Dear Reader, In response to budget cuts, the one certified staff member. Accord“Crimson Times” is launching a new ing to Loughner, each time the ratio online publication today through Isincreases by one (e.g., 27:1 to 28:1), suu.com. This change will cut printapproximately $1.75 million dollars is ing costs and allow you to read the saved in the district. newspaper on a convenient, easy-toMany factors have affected the buduse website. You will be able to flip get shortfall, including the economy, pages with the click of a mouse. increases in Public Employees RetireFor the complete story of the pament System (the state school’s retireper’s move to online, go to page 5 of ment fund for staff), and a loss of fedour online paper at: eral stimulus funds. Issuu.com/GlencoeCrimsonTimes For more information regarding the Editors in Chief budget crisis in the Hillsboro School Hannah Johnston and Bethany Pavlik District, visit hsd.k12.or.us for up-toProduction Manager date information on meetings, listening Rhyan McLaury sessions, and other budget matters.

by RHYAN McLAURY Student’s ability to explore the mystery of science has now been enhanced by $20,000 worth of new equipment this year. The money was awarded to Glencoe’s science department by the Hillsboro Schools Foundation and the Intel Science and Technology grant. Spearheaded by biology teacher Linda Wolf, the entire science department worked to develop a 15-page application that they submitted in May of last year. Glencoe received the “Roving Researchers” grant which gave equipment that allows students to gather and analyze data in the field. The science department received eight Vernier LabQuests, which are handheld mobile command centers for collecting all kinds of data. The AP Environmental Science class has used the LabQuests to measure the effects of fertilizer on an ecosystem. According to senior Zachariah Furrow, the devices fea- ture bright color screens, touch sensitive capabilities, and multiple sensor ports for taking different types of measurements simultaneously. According to Furrow, the LabQuests are easier to use and much more accurate at gathering data than the older sensors used last year in Advanced Biology. In addition, the Anatomy and Physiology classes received LabQuest sensors used to measure aspects of the body. Among the new equipment are multiple spirometers, which measure lung capacity; and dynamometers, which test hand grip strength. All of this equipment came from Vernier Science Technology, a company based in Beaverton and founded by former Glencoe science teacher Dave Vernier. Additionally, the school received a high-speed camera and all the science classrooms received ELMO document cameras. South Meadows Middle School and Lincoln Street Elementary School also received $20,000 each from Intel for science and technology funding. photo by SIERRA DUNGAN


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iking through the streets of Hillsboro will soon be a different experience. Hillsboro’s roads will soon have more bike lanes, and there will be smooth, lighted paths added to parks, according to Burse Buffington, founder and CEO of the Northwest Bike Safety Council. Hillsboro lawmakers and engineers are working to better the city’s biking community through the Hillsboro 2020 Vision, a program to make Hillsboro a more family-oriented place. “Hillsboro recently updated [the Hillsboro] 2020 Vision plan to [create an] Active Transportation Advisory Committee, [to] plan and map popular bike routes,” said Hal Ballard, a founder of the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition. “[It] provides signs and symbols to direct cyclists in finding their way around the city, and develop[s] safe routes to schools programs.” The main goal is to improve the street condi-

tions. The Oregon Bicycle Bill of 1979 makes it mandatory to add bike lanes to any road that is being improved throughout the state of Oregon. The city of Hillsboro also has a Bicycle Master Plan. This plan lays out which streets should have bike lanes in Hillsboro. “When [the master plan] was developed, citizen input was considered along with the technical standards that need to be met,” Ballard said. Improving the routes to schools is a major part of the master plan. But the Hillsboro School District’s involvement in the plan is just starting. Safe Routes to Schools is a nationwide movement to make it safer for students to ride to school. The Hillsboro School District and the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition are the main organizations who are backing the plan. According to Ballard, the plan has to have political will and community back up as well as input from students. Making Hillsboro more bike-friendly does come at a cost and the city does not have the money right now to do everything that needs to be done. A proje c t can happen when there is funding, and right now there is no specific funding for cycling needs, said Ballard.

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Because of the lack of money and the constant changing of needs in Hillsboro, there is no goal date to have the vision completed, said Ballard. In the meantime, bicyclists must protect themselves on the roads. According to Oregon state law it is a requirement for anyone under 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bike. The law also states that riders must have proper safety equipment on their bikes. “[You need] reflective and lightcolored clothing, have a light on at all times, and have a [properly working] bike,” Buffington said. Another challenge faced in Hillsboro is the cold winters. Sophomore Devon Roberts recommends wearing riding gloves and protective rain gear. Bicyclists must also deal with traffic. If there is no designated lane for bikes on the road, it can be a dangerous for riders, experienced or not. The bike paths on the way to Glencoe can be difficult to navigate. According to junior Natalie Maier, the people walking on the paths can get in the way of the bicyclist. The pedestrians also tend to wear headphones so they cannot hear bikes coming up behind them. Although there are many challenges to bike riding there are still many benefits. According to Ballard, riding a bicycle can be faster than going by car in some situations. This is because that bikes do not have to wait in traffic and can go on paths and sidewalks. “The only time I have been late to school was when I was driving. It took forever,” Maier said. Another benefit is becoming healthier. Riding a bike in the morning makes students more alert and productive in their classes, according to Buffington. Even with the challenges that come with bike riding, sophomore Bailey LuBean still finds reasons to continue. “Biking takes a lot more [effort], usually, but where’s the fun in driving when you could be breaking a good sweat as well as getting some good work in while on a bike?” LuBean said.

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New style of urban art hits the streets by CASEY DALEY tank sits motionless in a courtyard, but something is wrong. Panels of soft pink knitting, sewn together, cover the tank, with a fluffy pink pom-pom adorning the gun. This is the work of yarn bombers, a new wave of urban artists. Both yarn and craft bombing are slowly sweeping the nation, even coming to Hillsboro, with the local tag on an Argus paper box in front of Player’s. A mysterious artist used silver ducting and a few other cleverly recycled pieces to turn the paper box into a robot of sorts. Yarn bombing started when Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please!, from Austin, Texas began placing small yarn bombs to brighten her environment and to make people’s days joyful. “This sounds strange, but I was inspired by the dull landscape around me,” Sayeg said in an email interview. “It was all steel and concrete, and I wanted to add a human element to my urban environment.” JafaGirls, a crew based in Warm Springs, Ohio, started yarn bombing after Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu saw pictures of the work Sayeg did while researching for an urban street art display that they were helping with in their community. “Initially, I was doing research for a street art event in my community.” Bayraktaroglu said. “I saw Knitta Please! and I thought it was really cool. I liked how it recontextualized knitting.” Sayeg said she enjoys seeing the worldwide phenomenon she created. “I love it! I get emails from people all over the world with pictures of their own creations. It makes people happy, and I love being a part of that movement,” Sayeg said. The first project Mellon and Bayraktaroglu created was the Knit Knot Tree, it expanded with new panels A skeleton poses next to a pole decorated with knitting. Yarn bombing, or Guerilla Knitting, is the newest trend in street art. “Bombers” place knitted creations in dreary areas, brightening spaces of urban decay. photos submitted by CORRINE bayraktaroglu

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photos submitted by CORRINE bayraktaroglu A seemingly normal tree stands covered in yarn as pedestrians stroll by in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This is the work of a crew of yarn bombers, a new type of graffitti art that is hitting the streets. and notes added by community members. Eventually the tree had to be taken down, but Mellon and Bayraktaroglu reused the pieces to create another yarn bomb, named the Yum-Yum Pole. “We were having fun with [the Knit Knot Tree]. People loved it, they put things in the pockets; the concept was embraced by the whole village. [Later, we put up the] Yum-Yum Pole in front of the town’s sweetshop. People would leave money in the pockets and the children used it to buy candy,” Bayraktaroglu said of the Knit Knot tree. Most yarn bombers put their work up at night to avoid detection and to remain anonymous, so encounters with law enforcement are rare. Some bombers go by pen or code names to avoid detection, such as the members of K1D2 from Richmond, Virginia. “I’ve never been bothered by cops, and I always install late at night when I have the best chances of

avoiding the public and police,” Knitorious M.E.G. of K1D2 said. Though encounters with law enforcement are rare, they do happen, but the encounters are usually nonconfrontational and the officers do not have a problem unless paint is involved. “I've been questioned a few times, but I've never been stopped. Once in Sydney, [Australia], I told a cop that I was putting up a scavenger hunt for a church's youth group,” Sayeg said. When Sayeg was yarn bombing in New York “The cop just laughed. He didn't care as long as I wasn't using paint,” she said. These crafters believe that yarn bombing is a way to make a statement or bring joy to otherwise bleak urban landscapes. “It tends to be less political and it raises craft awareness. It’s reclaiming space by making things by hand as a group; it tends to be more anonymous,” Leanne Prain, author of “Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti” said. They bomb to brighten their environment, to make the days of those who live in their communities, joyful and less mundane. “I yarn bomb because I like leaving an area of decay brighter than I found it,” Knitorious M.E.G. said. Yarn bombing has been warmly welcomed where it appears and it puts smiles on the faces of passerby. “I’ve not heard of any negative impacts. I usually just hear of new fans and smiles via the few friends of mine who know my alias, as well as people’s comments online,” Knitorious M.E.G. said. Next time you see a tree adorned with yarn or a statue modeling a fuzzy hat, know that it was the work of a yarn bomber, out late at night, spreading knitted or crocheted joy, lightening spaces of urban decay.

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A creative group of yarn bombers placed this festive yarn bomb on a pole in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Junior wins district poetry competition, going to state by BETHANY PAVLIK recite it like she had lived it. “A Noiseless Patient Spider” contains archaic After months of practicing, junior Judiction, which Pham had to make sound lie Pham stood in front of judges to renatural. She said the choice of poem is cite “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt not significant; her performance is what Whitman for the 2011 Poetry Out Loud is judged. contest last November. She won districts, To master her poem, Pham said she and on March 12 will be attending the had to prepare much like a competitor state competition. would for a speech and debate event. Pham, who has hoped to become a “It’s all about the delivery… how you doctor since she was nine years old, appresent yourself in front of the judges preciates both science and the arts in photo by SIERRA DUNGAN when you recite,” Pham said. her life. She wrote nearly 30 poems this The contest, including more than 300,000 students past summer. “It’s not something I’m super devoted to, but it’s nationwide, is part of the National Endowment for the something I enjoy…. I try to paint a good picture in the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. This year, in conjunction with the Oregon Arts Commission, 29 high schools reader’s mind,” Pham explained. Pham said she enjoys poetry but participating in Po- and 21 communities in the state will participate in Poetry Out Loud. etry Out Loud was not a life goal. The state winner will receive $200 and an all-ex“It was kind of by accident. I saw scholarships online… I had to figure out how to pay for my education,” pense paid trip to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C. A total of $50,000 worth of awards Pham said. She said performing is like giving a speech. The and school stipends will be given at the national finals. piece had to be completely memorized, and she had to


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Ubisoft’s ‘Motion Sports’ disappoints by ZACH HAVELIND Ubisoft’s track record of making excellent, high quality video games has finally been broken its newest Kinect release, “Motion Sports.” It’s clear that Ubisoft put most of its energy into the other Kinect release: “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved,” and less time on “Motion Sports”, which is underdeveloped and lacking in core quality. In each game the player controls a character portrayed as a sports hero and must complete events and challenges for each sport. “Motion Sports” features six sports: football, soccer, horseback riding, hang gliding, downhill skiing and boxing. Although this game does have a strong variety, the variety comes at the price of quality. While bugs are not common in this game, its control system does not create a real-life experi-

ence, which was the idea of the game. The timing between a player’s body movements and the system is just a little off and the movements tend to go too far or too short of what the player is trying to do. In the end, Ubisoft’s Motion Sports was not impressive. With timing issues, bad choices for

mini games, and a low quality of content, it does not shine in the Kinect world. If you are looking for a new Kinect game, do not waste money on this one, but try one of the fitness games instead.

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Girls Basketball Coach’s Corner with Matt Humphreys:

With the girls basketball team ranked second in the league and ninth in the state, Coach Matt Humphreys said he is proud of his team. “We have very good players, and with returning to the top league this year we are doing really well,” Humphreys said. Hosting a state play-off game this year, Humphreys would like to see more students at the game to cheer the basketball team on. Going into the state playoffs the basketball team is 19-5-0.

Senior Players:

Allysa Gillepsie, Emma Hamel

Ski Team

by TINA ANDERSON

Coach’s Corner with Ray Beeber:

Representing Glencoe at the state ski competition are sophomore Denise Bosak and seniors Amanda Larkins and Makaela Boleen. These three girls will be heading to Mount Bachelor in Bend on March 3-4. Coach Ray Beeber said he’s looking forward to the state competition. “I think they’re all going to do really well,” Beeber said. “I’m really optimistic.” This season was a rebuilding year because the team lost several competitive racers to graduation last year. Beeber said they are hoping to gain new members next year, and wants students to know that no previous experience is necessary to join.

State Competitors:

Denise Bosak, Amanda Larkin, Makaela Boleen by MATTHEW KISHLOCK

Wrestling

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Boys Basketball

Coach’s Corner with Matt Schmidt:

After struggling pre-season, the boys basketball team “picked it up” and as of last Tuesday, was 6-0. Coach Matt Schmidt’s highlight of the season was when the Tide beat Hilhi twice in a row. The boys’ team won in overtime on Feb. 22 against McMinnville, winning the title of co-league champions.

Senior Players:

Trevin Kellow, Josef Khalifeh, Morgan Kellow, Joseph Duvall, Kory Kirwan by BETHANY PAVLIK

Coach’s Corner with Jason Harless:

The wrestling team has had a strong season. “We have an extraordinary team,” Head Coach Jason Harless said. “We have guys full of integrity, honor, and hard work,” said Harless who is finishing his first year as head wrestling coach. State qualifiers are sophomore Kyle Flaig, and seniors Mark House, Cody Stock, and Trevor Mannen.

Senior Competitors:

Nick Aerne, Bryan Alvarez, Derek Baxter, Connor Callahan, Tyler Funk, Steven Galland, Zach Holmes, Mark House, Trevor Mannen, Brandon Sahlfeld, Cody Stock, Matt Teeter, Mark Trujillo.

Swim Team

Coach’s Corner with Shannon Corbeau:

Swim team had a successful season, sending sophomore Taylor Frank to state competiton after she won both the 200 and 500 freestyle at districts. Coach Shannon Corbeau said the team showed much progress this year after moving up to a new division. “6A is a lot more competitive. Everybody improved their times from the beginning of the season to the end,” Corbeau said. The team also grew significantly in size. “We had a lot bigger team; we went from 19 last year to 33 this year,” Corbeau said. Corbeau wants to keep the team growing to make it more competitive. “We’re hoping to build the team so we have more depth,” Corbeau said.

State Competitors: Taylor Frank

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Going Online: by MATTHEW KISHLOCK

Sophomore Marly Anderson makes a basket near the end of the first half at the girls basketball game against the McMinnville Grizzlies on Feb. 22. The girls came out on top, crushing the Grizzlies with a score of 79-35. This victory is sending the Tide to the playoff game against the Newberg Tigers.

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The story behind the ‘Crimson Times’ change

The staff learned in January that the newspaper budget had been cut, newspaper adviser Juanita Reiter said. As a result, the “Crimson Times” would not be able to print all the issues planned for the year, and for Co-Editors in Chief Bethany Pavlik and Hannah Johnston, this was a difficult change from their previous hopes to come out with more issues than in previous years. “I was sad,” Johnston said. “We had spent all summer planning a really good newspaper that students would really look forward to reading.” The staff immediately began brainstorming ideas on how to save money and expand an to online component, which has been an ambition for the past few years, Reiter said. After extensive discussion and brainstorming, it became apparent that going online was a high priority. Journalism and newspaper student teacher Charity Thompson found Issuu. com, which caused a sudden change in the mood of the newspaper staff. Pavlik said that it was difficult learning about the budget cuts, but when the staff learned about Issuu.com “it was a 180 degree turn.”

“It made [dealing with the budget cuts] a lot easier,” Johnston said. “Issuu’s a really cool website.” Thompson said that Issuu.com will provide a simple and dynamic outlet for the newspaper with new creative freedoms such as additional pages and color photography. “It’s more interactive, very visually appealing, and easy to share,” Thompson said. “It works with how students think.” Johnston said that Issuu.com will provide new opportunities for the staff. “I think it will help our readership,” Johnston said. “[Nowadays], going online is a much more natural thing.” Pavlik said she was excited by the prospect of expanding the “Crimson Times” readership, and having more of a presence throughout the community. “With Issuu, we have the opportunity to connect with students, parents, [and] relatives,” Johnston said.


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From crawling on the carpet as infants to leading independent lives, sibling relationships are the longest lasting relationships formed

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hile they share many physical features and mannerisms, Royal and Luke Stearns could not be more different. Royal, a junior describes his sophomore brother as the type of person who will always be content and comfortable with his life no matter what. While Luke on the other hand said Royal can be a pain in the neck even though he’s a cool guy with a great work ethic. “[Royal] is definitely more of the ‘get things done’ guy,” Luke said. Both enjoy playing sports. However, Royal said Luke always seems to beat him, whether in sports, video games or getting out of trouble with their parents. “I can’t help that I’m better and cooler,” Luke said with a smile. “I know how to sweet talk my way out of things. It comes naturally.” Though these brothers are close, Royal Stearns said they are not best friends. “[Luke] and I don’t talk much. We

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just like to do our own thing,” Royal said. “But it also has to do with maturity level. I’d say that I’m more mature than [Luke] is.” Royal added that he never sees his brother at school, but Luke had a different take. “We could literally be walking towards each other, make eye contact, and then turn the other way without saying a word,” Luke said jokingly. Although these two brothers are constantly contradicting each other, both agree that they have shared some of the best memories together. “We’re completely different and do get on each other’s nerves but no matter what, we’re always there for one another,” Royal said.

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hether they are selling cookies for Girl Scouts or dancing on the dance team, fraternal sophomore twins Lindsay and Jennifer Wagner said they always enjoy their time together. Older sister Lindsay describes Jennifer as dedicated. “It’s something I’ve always admired about her and without her I’d probably never get anything done,” Lindsay said. Though they are twins and best friends, the girls admit they get into arguments all the time, often over ridiculous topics. “The last time we fought was at the bus stop, and it was over an umbrella,” Jennifer said. “We usually just yell at each other and then get over it.” The sisters appreciate and embrace being twins. Lindsay said having a twin means she always has someone to depend on and talk to. “We do get competitive with each other sometimes over dance or something, but I think having a twin is more of a positive than a negative,” Lindsay said

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neaking out of the house was a constant activity for Michael Alvarez, a junior and Jasmin Aguilar, a freshman. These siblings used to steal their neighbor’s cat, pretend to be Indians, and make mud pies together as children. Now as teenagers, the two are hang out around their house or get into play fights with each other. Both said they could not imagine their lives without one another. Jasmin said she would have made a lot of mistakes in her life without her brother to watch over her. “He’s like my best friend; I’d go crazy without him,” Jasmin said. For Michael, having a sister means the world to him. “[Jasmin] is very funny and outgoing. I would be extremely bored if she wasn’t in my life; she keeps me entertained,” Michael said. Having shared countless memories, the siblings admit they do not always get along. Jasmin said that they do not get Top: Jasmin & Michael into serious fights often, but they Bottom: Jasmin & Michael do get into arguments when she takes jokes too far or if her brother annoys her. “[Michael] is usually the bigger person when it comes to [fights]; he’ll come in my room, give me a hug, and apologize,” Jasmin said.

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hile both have played sports their entire lives, this year will be the first time that Lauren and Sophie VanDyke will play lacrosse together. Lauren, a junior, said being on a team with her sister is fun and has strengthened their relationship. Lauren said she and Sophie, a freshman, used to be more distant and would do things separately. “This year brought us a lot closer than we’ve ever been before,” Lauren said “Before, we didn’t talk much, but now that we’re both in high school, we relate more. We always give each other advice now.” Sophie describes her older sister as a happy person who can brighten anyone’s day and said she would be lost without her. “[Lauren] is my mentor and my best friend,” Sophie said. “I’d be a million Top: Lauren & Sophie memories short Bottom: Sophie & Lauren without her.”


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Mitchell Marinello, a.k.a. Captain Crimson, is also the singer and keyboarder of Serotonin, the band that took third place at this year’s Battle of the Bandz.

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First-place band, Pretty Boys in Sweater Vests, performed “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake, featuring a cow bell played by Adam Heyen with vocalist and trumpeter Sam Saunders and bassist Collin Ruark.

The competition was fierce and the music blasted all night in Glencoe’s auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 12 during Glencoe’s “Battle of the Bandz” competition. Of the six bands that competed, three took home awards. First place went to Pretty Boys in Sweater Vests, second to Redd Tabb and third to Serotonin. The other three bands that competed were Northward Bound, Controversial Magic and Terran Lamont. Photos by Alexander Ogle Alex Culley of the second-place band, Redd Tabb, blew out the eardrums of the audience at the Battle of the Bandz while playing Redd Tabb’s cover of “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses.

Richard Kroell, of the band Northward Bound plays a unique cross between country and indie music resulting in a very rhythmic performance.


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Mr. Glencoe Pageant contestants practice their group dance routine. They practiced daily at lunch for about a month.

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Mr. Glencoe contestants raise funds, spirit

AJC: Well there’s not much competition for me, obviously. I’m pretty confident. I’m going to win. Really.

by CRYSTAL HILL On Feb. 28, the Mr. Glencoe Pageant contestants finished their weeks of fundraising for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and crowned a winner. Before the big night, five contestants shared their perspectives on their experiences

What is your favorite part about being involved? CM: Probably the fact that I get to help children. AC: Just that everything I’m doing is for a good cause because I’m not the dancing type so doing this is kind of out of my comfort zone. HP: Definitely, the dancing. I love to dance.

Why did you want to participate in the Mr. Glencoe Pageant? Dillon Taylor: I remember watching it last year and seeing all the seniors having fun and raising money for the kids, and I thought that was pretty cool. Anthony Cowan: I wanted to participate in the Mr. Glencoe Pageant because I thought it’d be really fun to make a fool out of myself and I’m doing it for a good cause. How was the visit to Doernbecher hospital? AC: It was awesome! I had never been there before so it was really cool to walk around to see some of the kids and see what exactly all the money that we’re raising goes to.

How long did you consider doing the MGP before your senior year? CM: When I first saw it I thought it’d be fun to do. I never really, like, seriously thought about it until my senior year when they nominated me. AC: When I saw it the first time my sophomore year I thought it would be really cool, so since then.

Joseph Duvall, Perry Anderson, and Christian Wasilk get their boogie on. Hunter Peoples: It was sad. There’s like a bunch of kids there that need help. It was a good lesson learned. You get to see what actually goes on in the hospital. I liked it.

Who do you think are the top contestants and why? AC: Hayden because everyone likes him. And AJ Cole because he’s actually really good at dancing. AJC: Hunter thinks he’s good, but nope. Stuart is good, and Hayden Plinke. But I’m going to win, just for the record.

What are you doing to prepare for the pageant? DT: To prepare we’re practicing the dance every lunch. We’re raising money. It’s difficult, but it’s a worthy cause and we are practicing our talent, which is a secret so you can’t know it. AC: Mainly just practicing my dance. It’s going to be pretty interesting. I’m in my brother’s [Anthony Pernisco] group for the actual skit so I’m just going to mess around and let him do his thing and get to do whatever he asks me to do. HP: I’m getting mentally and physically ready. How do you feel about dancing in front of a crowd? Chandler Miller: I’m glad that I’m in the back. AC: Nervous. It’s very much out of my comfort zone. HP: I love it! I love to perform and act like a fool. AJ Cole: It’s going to be pretty crazy; I’m not going to lie, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m at the tip of the triangle for most of the dance so I have to know pretty much all of it.

Ryan O’Rourke and Joseph Duvall work hard during a lunch-time dance practice.

How do you feel about your competition? AC: I feel like we have tough competition. There are a lot of great guys doing it.

Ty Funk takes a break during dance practice.


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Game Review

Newest ‘Fallout’ game is best in the series by ZACH HAVELIND

The desert of the Mojave Wasteland becomes a place of wonder and intense action in Bethesda’s newest video game release: “Fallout: New Vegas.” This game sets a new bar for role playing games with its beautiful, massive world and unlimited possibilities. The player begins the game as a courier, recovering in the home of a doctor after being shot in the head by a thug. But with a little loving care and some backwater medicine, the player will be ready to explore the Mojave Wasteland. This game’s design and content allows the player unlimited possibilities and challenges. Every decision, every action, and every faction joined will change the world and will likely change the end result of the story. Creating over 50 different endings to the game and creates hundreds of hours’ worth of unique play-through. But “New Vegas” still has all the same bugs, glitches, and soul-draining loading screens that are common of Bethesda role-players. Throughout a player’s travels in the waste the player will find characters floating in the air, locked dialogue texts, invisible walls and other nuisances that make this game heartbreaking at times. However, the positives far out weigh any glitch or error a player will encounter thanks to its strong plotlines, unique characters, and excellent weapon systems, such as the V.A.T.S. aiming system that adds gory crack shots and decapitations to the more subtle and simplistic iron sight system, new to the “Fallout” series. There’s a never-ending list of things to do: fight, create, collect and affect allowing the players to create their own worlds. This game is one of Bethesda’s absolute best and is a strong release to add on to the “Fallout” series. If you could only get one game for the next three years, get this one.

photo courtesy of Oregonlive.com After hiring a house sitter and explaining the intricacies of their house, even how to flip the light switch, main characters Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s characters reveal that they will only be gone for two hours.

Satire ... or auto-biography? by HANNAH JOHNSTON

The new TV series “Portlandia” reveals the sterotypically weird Portland. This show is becoming famous for the situational irony and hilariously detailed moments that Portlanders can relate to

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ith its hilarious story line and memorable quotes IFC’s new television show “Portlandia” is managing to “keep Portland weird.” The show is enhanced with the appearance “Saturday Night Live” comedian Fred Armisen. “Portlandia” celebrates the city where “the dream of the ’90s is still alive,” and where “young people go to retire,” as Armisen and his co-star Carrie Brownstein discuss in the first episode. The show starts with Armisen telling Brownstein about a magical place called Portland, Ore., where the style of living

photo courtesy of Oregonlive.com Main character Carrie Brownstein lived in Portland for 10 years. is completely laid back, where people are encouraged to be different. After a quick song about the ’90s, Armisen and Brownstein end up in a restaurant. In complete mockery of the animal-friendly ways of Portland, Armisen asks about the chicken on the menu. No, he was not simply asking about how the chicken was cooked, but about the environment in which the

chicken was raised. The waitress leaves and returns with the chicken’s personal file, and explains, “Tonight you will be dining on Colin.” After a quick side story about a feminist book store where the owners trap a man inside because he used the restroom without buying anything, the story returns to the diners driving 30 miles to the farm where Colin was raised. While a show that stars Fred Armisen and revolves around Portland, Oregon could not be expected to be completely Grated, other than a few awkward moments at the farm, the episode was clean and hilarious. The two actors truly capture the joy and peculiarity that is Portland. This could be because Brownstein lived in the city for 10 years and Armisen frequently visits, allowing them to truly understand the wacky ways the city works. The show does not disappoint, and in a non-hurtful manner captures the ways of Portland. So Portland, hold onto your 15 minutes of fame, because at one point the millennium will hit and the ’90s will be over.

Game Review

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ is a comeback for Treyarch

by ZACH HAVELIND Players around the world will be blown away to find out that Treyarch, a company with a terrible track record making shooting games, has finally created a quality game: “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” This game follows Alex Mason, an agent in the C.I.A., through a riveting campaign covering the events of the ’60s and ’70s. While

the game has flaws with its multiplayer experience, its campaign is spot on and detailed and is one of the best campaigns in the “Call of Duty” series. The single player experience is similar to the other “Call of Duty” (or “C.O.D.”) games with its short campaign but thoroughly detailed plotline. The “Black Ops” storyline is by far the most dynamic of all the “C.O.D.” storylines featuring a creative and involving plotline. The single player experience is definitely the best part about this game, but the multiplayer is not too far behind. While the gameplay in multiplayer is very similar to the “Modern Warfare” series, it does not quite compare. This game is more prone to camping (hiding in one spot to earn easy points) and requires less skill to play than the “Modern Warfare” series did. It is also not as fast paced and features a much worse weapon selection,

making this game’s multiplayer not as desirable as “Modern Warfare’s.” However, “Black Ops” makes up for this with all the new features it has introduced to its multiplayer system. This game replaces “Modern Warfare’s” kill count advancement system with a more effective and all-around, easier-to-use currency system. “Black Ops” also integrates Treyarch’s Zombies game, an online multiplayer game in which a player must survive wave after wave of attacks from the undead. Since the length of the campaign and the quality of the graphics are very similar to “Modern Warfare,” this game is not a groundbreaking release. But all in all it is a good game with excellent improvements made from its predecessors and is definitely a step forward for Treyarch.


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Will you go to prom with me? Being asked to prom is almost as memorable as the dance itself

How TO ask someone to prom Take all day Suspense is everything, so make him wonder. At the beginning of his classes have his teachers give him a note. 1st period- Will You 2nd period- Go to 3rd period- Prom with Then in his last class, greet him with a bouquet of roses and a sign saying “Me!”

The boom box It is a classic; grab a boom box and hold it above your head while it plays her favorite song outside her house. Then, when she opens her window or door turn the music off and ask her to prom. Just make sure she is home before you start playing loud music in her neighborhood.

Pizza Delivery The best way to anyone’s heart is food. So take a pizza and write out “Prom?” in M&M’s candies and have the pizza delivered to his house. Make sure you get the pizza delivery man to say who it is from. You may have to put the M&M’s on yourself and simply have the pizza delivery man deliver it for you.

Cupcakes If you want to make your potential date feel special, make cupcakes for the class. On the cupcake you give to that special someone have “Prom?” written in icing. Make sure it is a class that you have together; do not be the random guy who walks into a class with cupcakes. If you do not have a class together, give out cupcakes at lunch, then you will not only get a prom date but a bunch of friends.

When in doubt sing it out First, ask the teacher if it will be okay to disrupt the class. Then, get a group of your friends together and create a short song for your potential date. Singing it to her will be a very memorable surprise.

photo by SIERRA DUNGAN It is important to be creative when asking someone to prom. Try ideas such as writing on cupcakes, singing, or delivering a pizza to a potential prom date.

How NOT to ask someone to prom Facebook It may be the social network of the century, but it is not the way to get a date to prom. Next time you log on she will want to log off.

Texting Texting is great for flirting, and that is it. No matter how many smiley faces you put into those 160 characters that little screen will not be a cute way to ask someone to prom.

Just saying it

Do not simply grab her and ask. Make sure that she knows that it was planned and that you really thought about asking her. If you are shy you can still make a simple question sweet and romantic. No girl wants to be a last thought. by HANNAH JOHNSTON

Local teens taste stardom with “Leverage” by KIRA TIEMAN Children of two teachers have performed in the hit show, “Leverage.” This award winning TV show stars Academy award winner, Timothy Hutton as Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator who is determined to bring the corrupted wealthy to justice. He and his highly specialized ex-criminals use their talents to catch the wealthy who abuse their power to manipulate others. Drama teacher Lori Daliposon and English teacher Duncan Wyndham, have children who have appeared in “Leverage.” Daliposon’s son, Connor Daliposon, a sophomore at Century, was a main character in a side story during the second season’s epiphoto submitted sode, “The Order 23 Job.” He played a boy named Randy Trent who was beaten by his “Leverage” a TV shown on TNT is shot inbn Portland, Oregon. father. The show has given local children a chance of being on televiConnor has had a casting agent since the sion. age of 9 and has been interested in cinematog-

raphy since he was young. He participates in the speech and debate team at Century, which helps build his confidence and speaking skills that will in the long run benefit him as an actor, said his mother. Wyndham’s daughter, Qian Wyndham, was also in the season two in, “The Fairy Godparents Job.” “She played the part of Judy Kim who was exceptional in the spelling bee,” Wyndham said. Qian’s agent told her about the auditions in Portland and said she had an advantage. “There are not very many Asian actresses in Portland, so she had a pretty good shot,” Wyndham said. Qian got an agent when she was 12 years old and has had one for years now. While she has been in a popular TV show, acting is more of a hobby, and she does not plan on pursuing it as a career.


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