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Junior Courtney Sabo won the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest sponsored by the Bloomsburg Task Force on Racial Equity. Her poster (right) featured a profile of Dr. King which included a stylized typography of his portrait and the text of his I Have a Dream speech. For her efforts, she attended the task force’s dinner and was presented with a $100 savings bond. Sabo serves as the editor-in-chief and production editor of the R&W. Her other design awards include first place recognition from the PA School Press Association and a Keystone Press Award from the PA Newspaper Association. Sabo’s page layouts have been featured on NewsPageDesign, an international site for print designers, and the PA School Press Association site.
ART, LIT MAGAZINE OPEN FOR BUSINESS by hillary drumheller, news editor
The high school art and literary magazine Prometheus is now accepting submissions for the 2010 edition. Entry forms have been distributed to art teacher Dr. Mark Jones and to the members of the English Department. Once again, all students and staff are invited to contribute to the 24-page publication. This year’s theme is As We See It, a statement that reflects the personal nature of art and writing. Last year, over 100 poems, stories and essays and over 150 paintings, drawings and photographs were judged by student editors for inclusion into the award-winning magazine. The deadline for all entries is March 2, 2010. They can be turned in to Sam Bidleman in room 215 or Dr. Jones in the art room.
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AROUND THE SCHOOL by hillary drumheller, news editor Junior Honor Society member Katie Knorr leads The Great Art Expedition students into the cafeteria for a snack after the first Super Saturday session, during which the children created animal masks.
VARIETY IS NHS TRADITION by andrea fronsman, features editor
National Honor Society is halfway through their annual Super Saturday program. This year, the 28th consecutive of the four-week enrichment program for elementary school children is highlighted by a “Going Green” theme that will be used by members in each of their unique courses. This year’s offerings include: Sports Enforcers, Arrgg Matey! Pirate Adventure, Mad Labs, The Great Art Expedition, Crazy for Cookies, Bonkers for Baked Goods and Lights, Camera, Act...It Out! Close to 50 elementary school children are taking part in the 3-hour courses taught and supervised by NHS and Junior Honor Society (JHS) members. This is the first program for new adviser Rachel Molette, who is enjoying these Saturday mornings. “The NHS members are doing such an amazing job. They have everything under control, so I have very few things to worry about or do.” Super Saturday will continue for the next two weeks, weather permitting.
FBLA SENDS SIXTEEN TO STATES by hillary drumheller, news editor
Sixteen Future Business Leaders of America will represent the school at the state convention in Hershey, April 12-14. They include: Mason Aungst, third place, Technology Concepts; Aimee Becker, first place, Database Design & Applications; Courtney Sabo and Morgan Lee, first place, Desktop Publishing; Jack Breisch, John Sheehe and Erik Karpinski, first place, Management Decision Making; Ryan Erwin,
second place, Spreadsheet Applications; Cassandra Mandell, first place, Word Processing I; Dan Maldonado, fourth place, Business Law; Rebekah Bisset and Corbin Powlus, second place, Desktop Publishing; Logan Mauk, Electronic Career Portfolio; Ashley Panko, third place, Economics; Brandon Kester, sixth place, Intro to Business Communication; and Dan Wood, third place, Computer Problem Solving.
Publications The yearbook staff has taken over 10,000 images and will be sending in their second deadline on Jan. 28, leaving only 48 pages to finish the book. Work has already started on the school-wide slide show, the senior section of the last R&W, the publication of Prometheus and the musical program. The annual sales and ad campaign is now completed. Robotics Students are finalizing their designs for their robots. They are also working on their 3D models of their designs for actual size and detail of the robots needed for fabrication. Ski Club Ski Club will be traveling to Ludlow, Vermont Okemo Ski Area on Feb. 25 for their annual trip. The Ski Club also hits local slopes each Monday night. See adviser Robert Coy if you are interested. Prom Committee The Junior Class Prom Committee just finalized the date for this year’s junior-senior prom as May 14 with the location set for the Berwick Country Club. Meetings will be held throughout the next few months. Book Club With about 25 members, Book Club has big plans. They are currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and are planning to participate in literature circles, as well as the Columbia County Big Read of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. “I found out about the Big Read in the paper and then I emailed the people in charge and he said there will be a meeting at the end of February,” says adviser DeAnne Casteel. The Big Read is a large undertaking. “What they’re going to try to do is get free books for book clubs so we won’t have to buy them. Then we’ll meet together and discuss it, so when we go in April to those great big meetings, we can share our ideas on it,” says Casteel. Having always wanted a county read, Casteel and the rest of the book club are excited for the start of this event.
Photo by Courtney Sabo
TWELVE CANDIDATES ONE DREAM OF BECOMING DRUM MAJOR
During an afterschool practice, three of the twelve potential drum majors Michaela Martz, Gabby Rogala and Teresa Crane mock hand movements of senior Emily Hudock, who is directing them from the front of the band room. Photo by Cara Mensinger
New Band Leader Three girls stand in a straight line; their arms pumping up and down and around in stylized movements that match the music coming from a CD player that sits next to band director Brian Bercher. by cara mensinger
hese intense band members are just a few of the dozen candidates who are voluntarily spending time before and after school in the band room practicing and learning with Bercher and current drum major Emily Hudock, a senior who will pass on her leadership role to the next leader of the marching band. In late-February, a new drum major will be chosen after extensive tryouts, but the honor will probably be short-lived. Drum majors do not exactly gain privileges but rather responsibilities. “They are leaders on and off the field, similar to a team captain,” explains Bercher about the role he has discussed with the candidates. “They must set examples for the rest of the team,” says junior Michael Rubendall, one of the twelve who are perfecting their transition from playing to leading the musical group. Enthusiasm, conducting skills, an understanding of music and dedication are some key factors that the new drum major must possess. But the most important quality is confidence. During field shows, the drum major will put what he or she has learned to the ultimate test, leading performances in front of hundreds if not thousands of fans at football games and regional competitions. Once the new drum major is on the stand, that student is in charge. No band director. No help. This year, the band earned its highest ranking in school history, with an 18th place finish at the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), or in other words, “the Super Bowl of the band world,” says Rubendall, who plays snare in a band that has remained a popular part of the school music program with 76 playing members. Practice Makes Perfect For the candidates in the band room that day after school, those who were practicing arm movements were not thinking about past glories but of the potential of the 2010 marching season. Eighth grader Gabby Rogala listened intently as Bercher suggested a better arm positions. Freshman Teresa Crane worked on her cues, and freshman Michaela Martz focused on just the music, making sure her gestures matched the rhythmic beat of the song’s drums. It is difficult to imagine who will be chosen, and the pressure is on. Everything comes down to the night of final tryouts, which are scheduled for early February when Bercher, his wife, band front adviser Jane Bercher and two judges from other school bands will put aside grade and gender when choosing the next drum major. “It’s kind of like running a race,” says Bercher, now in his 32nd year as director. “The one you expect to win may not be the first to cross the line. Everyone has their own expectations, but they may not be the end result.” What the judges are looking for cannot be summed up into a few sentences, and musical talent alone will not be the deciding factor. “Even if you’re the best player, it doesn’t mean you will be the best drum major,” notes Bercher. For now, Bercher encourages each candidate, makes suggestions about technique and style, and listens and watches each one, looking for those special skills that will decide the best drum major. 
A PERFECT School District Business Manager Michael Upton proposed a radical plan at a recent school board meeting that would provide every BHS ith technology becoming an everfreshman with a laptop to use growing part of education, many through graduation.
students find themselves without the luxury of having their own computers to access the karpinski Internet and work on school projects. Providing students with their own laptops would even out the playing field for families who otherwise do not have home computers. In an effort to prepare students for lifelong learning, progressive educator Dr. Gary Stager was among the first who explored the idea of the 1:1 laptop initiative, which was named for the ratio of students to laptops in this program. In 2000, Maine’s state Department of Education embraced the 1:1 program, an effort similar to PA’s Classrooms For the Future (CFF), but instead of laptop carts in classrooms, Maine provided each student with their own machine. In the past five years, over $283,000 was spent on laptops for students in our district, and although the district would still need to purchase insurance and software licenses, the 1:1 program would be more economically efficient. “Financially, we would be saving $80,000 a year by purchasing netbooks for each student on a four-year plan,” says District Director of Technology Gary Honabach, who notes that Selinsgrove schools have implemented the program but not without facing several complications. Some students realize that laptops would only be a first step for integrating such technology. File sharing between home and school can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. “Students who only have one computer at home are restricted with saving data and with the amount of time they spend on it,” says junior Tyler Dalious. “Providing every child with a computer could make things much easier.” The 1:1 program has the potential to change everything about teaching and learning. “This could benefit the faculty because it offers the ability to access educational content through technology in any classroom in any part of the building,” says Honabach. English teacher Michael McGarry, whose students use laptops on a daily basis, believes changes will be needed to help the project succeed in an educational manner. “Technology in education is wonderful, but it will be difficult to contain,” says McGarry. Using just one computer for four years has some obvious drawbacks. “I think the initiative has good intentions, but with the way technology changes, the computer that was given to a student for four years could become obsolete by our senior year,” says freshman Forrest Bennett, who uses an Asus netbook that he received for Christmas. “The best case would be the implementation in the 2011-2012 school year,” says Honabach. “But honestly, there is a lot of work to be done.” 
IN THE NEWS: LATEST TECHNOLOGY by hillary drumheller, news editor For months, rumors have spread across the world about the launch of Apple’s new 7-to9-inch touch screen computer tablet. This device will resemble a larger version of the iPod Touch or iPhone. Speculation is that the Apple tablet could leave Microsoft in a technological shock. Blog sites are featuring posts from computer savvy bloggers anticipating that the tablet will come in two editions – one featuring a webcam and the other configured for educational purposes. Hopefully, Apple will release more than hints to clear up the Internet rumors.
SOFTWARE NEEDED collected by hillary drumheller, news editor
In addition to desktop and laptop computers, schools must provide software for students. Those investments usually involve site licenses which are bought so several or every computer can share the same programs. But how much would you have to pay if you wanted these on your desktop?
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SHOULD THE SCHOOL PROVIDE YOU WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL LAPTOP TO KEEP THROUGH GRADUATION? collected by hillary drumheller, news editor Nick Deutsch (09)
“I like the idea that you get to keep your own laptop. The privacy for each student would be better too.”
Mary Schlauch (12)
“It would be helpful if you purchase it from the school you get to use the same laptop later on.”
Dylan Sorber (10)
“It would be awesome. I think it could further your education and prepare you for real life experiences.”
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“I would like it better than the system we have now.”
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We asked librarian Linda Steffan, “How would our school benefit from the 1:1 program?
“It certainly would be a help for someone who could not afford their own computer. It would advance technology in the classroom because everyone would have their own laptop.” Photos by Hillary Drumheller, illustration by Courtney Sabo
JUMPSTARTING CAREERS Two seniors have committed part of their daily schedules to help prepare themselves for the future that lies ahead of them. by adam naessig
by morgan lee, features editor
HOW TO OBTAIN AN INTERNSHIP
ABOVE: At Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, senior Mariah Crawford demonstrates how to check vital signs on a baby dummy. Crawford goes to Geisinger five days a week for her internship. RIGHT: Senior Shayna Mensch assists sophomore running back Tanner Thrush before the Muncy football game during the 2009 season. Mensch attends all sporting events with mentor Gina Marotta and wants to become an athletic trainer.
Students must first express an interest in a certain subject. “If the student really wants to do something, we can work around the scheduling to try to fit it in,” says guidance counselor Tammy Mrozek. “Some students have even gone before school.” The only formal internship available is at Geisinger for students wishing to become a nurse. Other than that, internships are set up primarily by students who find someone willing to be a mentor. “Medical internships are normally difficult because of all the HIPAA laws,” adds Mrozek. Although internships may be hard to come by, they give real life experience for students looking for a hands-on way to learn.
TOP TEN CAREERS OF 2009 ACCORDING TO CNNMONEY.COM
1. Systems Engineer 2. Physician Assistant 3. College Professor 4. Nurse Practitioner 5. IT Project Manager 6. Certified Public Accountant 7. Physical Therapist 8. Network Security Consultant 9. Intelligence Analyst 10. Sales Director
enior Shayna Mensch has dedicated her time this year as part of an internship with athletic trainer Gina Marotta. During her sophomore year, an injury led her from an interest in personal recovery to a passion for sports medicine. “I hurt myself during track season. I went to Gina’s training room everyday for shin splints and rehabilitation, so I was there quite a bit,” says Mensch. “I observed her taping ankles and treating injuries, and I just developed an interest. After that, she asked me to be her intern for the fall term of my junior year.” Mensch puts a lot of time into her internship. “I come in during my eleventh period study hall, and I’m here until 5 p.m. unless there is a game or wrestling tournament,” says Mensch. “Then I stay longer.” These long days can cause physical strain. “You need endurance to do it,” she says. “I just suck it up. I try to catch up on sleep when I can and try to eat better foods that provide more energy.” Another effect of Mensch’s internship is her personal time that could be spent with family. “I give up a lot of time at home with my parents, and I sacrifice a lot of social time with my friends,” says Mensch. “I’ve become more responsible and committed to the things I do, though.” Although Mensch has a passion for her work, it’s not for everyone. “I would recommend this to people who are really serious about it,” she says. “This isn’t something you can just come in and think of as an after school club or activity. You need a lot of endurance and focus.” However, Mensch is not the only one with an internship in medicine. Another senior is part of Geisinger Medical Center’s program that prepares high school students for careers in nursing. Last year, senior Mariah Crawford was notified about the possibility of an internship at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at a meeting with her guidance counselor Tammy Mrozek. Although multiple students applied, Crawford was the only one accepted from the school. Crawford’s internship began on the first day of school and will continue until the end of this year. Five days a week, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Crawford is hard at work taking vitals, stocking pods and supplies and helping patients in need of assistance. “I like doing vitals because I get to interact with all the kids,” says Crawford. The internship has affected Crawford on a personal level. “It showed me not to take life for granted and that you should be happy with your health.” However, not all tasks are easy for Crawford, especially when dealing with fearful patients. “I just try to tell them what I am there to do and that it’s okay,” she says. “Sometimes it’s hard, though.” Despite the difficulties, Crawford feels that her efforts will aide her in her future path. “For college, I’ll be a step ahead because I will have knowledge of all the terms and definitions.” The future looks bright for Mensch and Crawford, who continue to learn new things everyday through real life experiences.  Photos by Andrea Fronsman
STITCH BY STITCH A warming sensation is sweeping the school as more and more students and staff members learn about the school’s participation with Warm Up America (WUA). by ilea franklin
ounded ten years ago, WUA is an organization that provides afghans and knit outerwear such as hats to those in need at homeless shelters, nursing homes, children hospitals and other non-profit groups. WUA even gives supplies to volunteers, groups and school organizations. Family and Consumer Science teacher Lois Street and junior project director Mary Gottshall got the initiative to start a knitting and crocheting group within the school from WUA; however, they had to buy supplies because “by the time we got the WUA letter, it was too late for any freebies or anything,” says Street. Despite this setback, they continued with their plans to create two full-sized blankets. Their next challenge was getting students involved. New Knitters “We started with announcements and posters,” says Street, “but it was mainly word of mouth that brought the help.” Participants came to Street for yarn, needles and lessons on how to knit and crochet. “It was my first time knitting,” says freshman Maria Polanco. “I was excited to start, but it was frustrating because the first stitch was the hardest.” Many other beginning knitters experienced problems like Polanco’s while working on rectangles for the project. “We were getting a lot of squares, but there were too many mistakes such as additional or missing stitches for us to use them,” says Street.
“I didn’t think we’d get to finish the second blanket.” However, the situation improved with time. “During the break, squares started pouring in,” says Street. Dedicated needle workers including high school secretary Denise Recla, senior Kelsey Plastow and Gottshall continued making squares during the holiday vacation. Persistence Pays Off Gottshall, one of the biggest contributors, stitched away throughout the day. “During lunch and period 11, I knit. Then I knit after school and at home,” says Gottshall. But as project director, she did more than that. Keen on finishing the project, she kept track of the squares and worked on gaining the attention of WUA. “After her repeated requests, WUA decided to send 30 skeins of yarn and 30 sets of needles,” says Street. Now that students have turned in their squares for the Jan. 21 deadline, Gottshall’s next job is to knit together the pieces and deliver them to a community outlet. She’s arranging the collage of colors based on type of stitch. “I wanted to keep the knit squares in one blanket and the crocheted squares in another,” says Gottshall. These knitters have created a warmth that has blanketed the community and even beyond. “I think we do make a difference,” says Polanco, “and I think it’s nice that our school was involved.” 
Junior Mary Gottshall sits with knitted rectangles and blankets contributed for the Warm Up America (WUA) project. Due to the efforts of Gottshall and others in the school, needy people receive warm blankets.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? by briana yablonski, features editor
KNITTING • Two needles are used.
• Stitches are created by row. • Two basic stitches are used: the knit and purl.
CROCHETING • One hook is used.
• Stitches are versatile. • Items are creating with loop stitches.
Photo by Morgan Lee
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be facing a solid So again and will hopeuth Williamsport team top scorer. “Their poto shut down their their points, and sh int guard had most of to dish off the ball e knew exactly when her,” says head coacwhen we pressured shut her down, theyh Jess Brady. “If we anybody else that we really don’t have can’t match up with.” Brady also knows th will be another diffi at Montgomery South Williamspor cult team to face after another tough one t. “Montgomery is to come ready to plafor us, so we will have y.”
Coach Jess Brady has designed several plays for senior shooting guard Jocelyn Schultz. They may look simple on paper, but the team has to work to make them successful. by luke klingler, sports editor
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The guards screen down for the post players, who then replace up top for guards. The point guard passes to one of the post players and then screens away from the direction she passed. The point guard screens for a post and the post makes an easy lay-up or passes it back to the point guard at the top of the key to restart the play.
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This is a 1-3-1 set where passing is the key. Once the point guard passes to a guard, the guard will look high or low post to pass it in. If there are no options there, the guard will swing the ball back to the pointguard, and the point guard will swing it to the other side.
Photos, photo illustration and cover illustration by Courtney Sabo
THROWING DOWN THE COMPETITION DESPITE LOW NUMBERS The varsity wrestling team, once a dominant program showcasing state qualifiers, now surrenders up to 24 points in each match due to forfeits, a deficit that hurts the team’s dual record but has not dimmed the postseason hopes of several individual wrestlers. by casey ward
eaturing a lineup of athletes who have their sights set on Hershey as state qualifiers, team expectations could not be any higher. However, with only thirteen wrestlers and three weight slots vacant, the forfeits make a dual win an uphill battle from the start. Part of the paucity came from three key wrestlers who would have filled those empty weight classes, but injuries have either limited or ended their season. Junior Michael Recla, who was a 2009 sectional qualifier at 285, tore his PCL during football season. Junior Tanner Johnson would have been Recla’s fill-in, but he injured his shoulder. And three-year varsity letter winner senior Aaron Diehl, who finished last year with a 12-6 record at 140, sustained enough concussions in his football career that he was unable to wrestle. Recla has only few qualms about missing the season because he believes other doors were opened. “In a way, I was happy because I could devote myself to the weight room for other sports.” And even with extensive rehabilitation, next season is up in the air. “It all depends on how I feel after football season and what the doctor says,” adds Recla. Reasons for Low Numbers But injuries aside, participation on the wrestling team has dropped from 16 a year ago, and head coach Dan Sevison thinks he knows why athletes have not chosen to wrestle. “It is difficult to recruit
TOP FROM LEFT: Lewisburg brought one of the area’s best wrestling teams to Bloomsburg earlier this month. Tony Tarlecky (160) takes advantage of his top position as he breaks down his opponent. Tarlecky has earned a 11-5 record. Alan Deitrick (140) rides his opponent with a tight waist. Chris Thomas (189) uses a front head lock in the first period of his match. Ryan Longenberger (189) goes in for a single-leg takedown in the second period. Longenberger sports one of the area’s best records at 15-3. ABOVE: Austin Hack (145) lifts his opponent and works him back to the mat in the final seconds of the second period. Bloomsburg lost to Lewisburg 42-24.
kids for wrestling because there are other options like basketball, indoor track, swimming and diving,” says the fourth-year coach. Despite low numbers, Sevison believes his baker’s dozen team can compete with the best. “At the Darren Klingerman Invitational, we took third place,” says Sevinson. “Looking at our record, you wouldn’t expect us to place that high, but we have five or six wrestlers who can go out and compete with the best.” Those wrestlers can also beat the best. At this point in the season, six are looking at only five losses or less in at least thirteen matches. Seniors Tony Tarlecky (160), Garret Curland (152) and Garrett Graham (130) have a combined record of 38-13 while juniors Tyler Lunger (215) and Remington Weigle (171) have a combined record of 23-8. Sophomore Ryan Longenberger (189) is an area leader with his record at 15-3. If these six wrestlers continue winning matches, their shots at qualifying or even advancing in District 4 brackets will sweeten the season. Senior Tarlecky has his eyes set on advancing in the postseason to highlight an excellent dual season. “I think if I work hard enough and work on my conditioning, I can make it to regionals,” he says. The team finishes their season with a tough remaining schedule, wrestling against Milton tomorrow, Warrior Run on Thursday and a trimeet at Mt. Carmel on Saturday. 
BY THE NUMBERS - WRESTLING ROSTERS YEAR WRESTLERS
Photos by Courtney Sabo
Junior intramural player Adam Sosnoski prepares to set the ball during an after school game in the high school gym. The popularity of volleyball has some students wondering about a varsity program.
GUTTERBALL BHS offers 15 varsity sports, but those who believe there should be even more variety have so far rolled nothing but open frames. by tyler lunger
BHS students attended volleyball intramurals on Jan. 4
students on the Southern Columbia bowling team
tudents can’t claim that there isn’t anything to do when it comes to sports at the high school. The extensive selection rivals even much larger schools from nearby urban areas. But limited winter offerings have some students wishing that one or two lifetime activities would find a place in the athletic lineup. Junior Matt Williams is one of those students. Williams already spoke with physical education teacher Andrea Heckman about starting a bowling team. He noted that upperclass gym classes already bowl and that some students are excellent bowlers. “We should have a talk with the athletic director because a lot of people would have a good time on the team,” says Williams. Bowling is also popular outside of school. P-Nut Bowl manager Josh Roberts says, “On weekends, a lot of Bloomsburg students come here and bowl.” He feels the high school would have enough kids for a bowling team but could not guarantee the turnout. “It really depends on whether or not the kids who come here play other winter sports,” says Roberts. If bowling is added, some will question why other lifetime sports could not be added too. Take It to the Nets After school on Mondays and Thursdays, the gym is jammed with students waiting to play intramural volleyball. “We always have a full house,” says physical education veteran Robert Coy.
Obviously, the interest in volleyball as a sport is already present. “I don’t think it’s a matter of having a team; it’s a matter of going through the process of starting one,” says Coy. “I think we have enough interest to have one.” Many share Coy’s enthusiasm. “I feel we should have a volleyball team,” echoes junior Spencer Eriksen. “I don’t think numbers would be an problem. I think we would have more than enough kids interested.” But athletic director (AD) Bill Perkins gave two reasons for not adding either program. “The first reason is budget, and secondly, we don’t always have enough kids to fill the teams we have now,” says Perkins. With the wrestling team forced to forfeit three matches and the boys’ swim team numbers at an all time low, the AD’s view is that students may just want or need a break in the winter. “The fall is a big time to play sports, and in the winter, kids just want to hang out,” says Perkins. But with Berwick, Central and Danville already offering these sports, could BHS students join their teams much like the Millville wrestlers and Southern Columbia swimmers who joined BHS teams? Perkins is quick to note that PIAA regulations would need to be followed. “We have to have a co-op sponsorship with those schools,” says Perkins, who also points out that such a program can only be with districts that share geographical borders with Bloomsburg, which would eliminate Berwick’s volleyball program as an option. Change will take time, but continued and growing student interest in these sports may prove too much to be ignored. 
Photo by Andrea Fronsman, illustration by Courtney Sabo
Rock n Roll All Night
Guitar Hero is a mega-phenomenon that blew away all competition when it appeared on the video game market about five years ago and boosted the sales of songs associated with it a staggering 200-300 percent. But even with those high scores, does the game earn its name – are its players true “heroes”? by meghan ashford
ero designations are usually reserved for those with exceptional courage, nobility and strength. However, in the case of guitars, actually playing the instrument sets it apart from those who pretend. When Guitar Hero was released in 2005, it changed the genre of video games by putting the player on the stage, jamming along to a variety of rock songs. Hero morphed a plastic guitar into a controller possessing the realistic qualities and digital requirements to rock the world of music lovers and challenge that of gamers. Hero reeks of true adolescent values as users take on the lifestyle and personality of their favorite musicians. Longtime gamer and Central Columbia High School sophomore Riannon Caflisch says, “As for the goal of Guitar Hero, there is obviously more than one, but I think the original purpose of it is to make you feel like you’re playing an actual song on an actual instrument in an actual band without actually doing so. It’s a fantastic party game which brings friends and family together.” Caflisch feels
that people love the game because it appeals to a large audience, saying that it contributes a wide array of music to the masses and gives lesser-known bands more publicity. Which is Better Music? However, not everyone in the real world is quick to praise the Guitar Heroes of the gaming world. Many musicians note that learning to play a real guitar would be time better spent, while Hero is simply for fun. Actual guitar players such as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the White Stripes’ Jack White publicly bash the game, claiming it encourages a false sense of musical ability and that playing air guitar is not the way to be introduced to music. Freshman Evan Moffitt, who has been playing guitar for over two years and Hero for about a year and a half, follows the majority of the guitar-playing world’s mindset. He notes, “Having played both, the greatest pleasure is in actual guitar. First of all, it’s not just that it’s more respected, it’s also that there is a different feeling when I
pick up a block of wood with strings on it than when I pick up a piece of plastic with five buttons.” Guitar player Joe Gillespie-Hill shares Moffitt’s feelings but understands that most people can make the distinction between virtual world and real world. “Generally, I think people realize there’s a massive difference between being good at the game and being an actual musician. Playing guitar is definitely more satisfying,” says the junior. And while these passionate feelings of real instrumentalists are understood, players of Hero share a common opinion – “Hey, it’s only a game.” They play it for fun and don’t actually believe they could get up on stage with Cheap Trick and strum the chords to Surrender. Junior Jose Gonzalez, who can play Hero ambidextrously, has a well-rehearsed answer to the lack of respect he receives for his skills. “I don’t feel that I’m practicing a musical talent; I’m playing this game for fun, not for a life skill. Playing a real guitar can take you somewhere in real life; a video game cannot.” 
overall game franchise ranking Guitar Hero holds in history, behind only Mario and Madden
months it took for Guitar Hero III to surpass $1 billion in North American sales
million songs downloaded in just 10 weeks for Guitar Hero III
home console installments of Guitar Hero released to date
million copies of Guitar Hero games sold worldwide
contributing artists to Guitar Hero 5
TWO FRIENDS, ONE COMMON PASSION A pair of freshmen turned their interest in playing guitar into a study of music in all its forms. by andrea fronsman, features editor
hen freshman Hugh Hopkins picked up the guitar two and a half years ago after finding inspiration in guitar-driven music by the likes of Led Zeppelin and The White Stripes, longtime childhood friend and classmate Evan Moffitt quickly followed suit, helping to realize their special talents and solidify their friendship. Now, the pair refine their skills together at the Uptown Music Collective, a Williamsport “community of local musicians who devote time to teaching a culmination of performance, technique and theory,” as described by Moffitt. The nonprofit organization founded in 2000 offers private lessons for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and bass, as well as workshops for
specific genres of music such as rock, blues and jazz. Both Moffitt and Hopkins participated in a blues workshop this past semester and plan to enroll in the jazz workshop in the upcoming semester. In addition to the workshops, the two attend private one-on-one lessons and music theory classes, further expanding their musical knowledge. This knowledge comes at a price, though. “I devote my Monday and Tuesday afternoons to the Collective,” explains Hopkins. While time consuming, the Uptown Music Collective offers an unmatched experience according to Hopkins. “The Collective’s goal is to not only teach us where to put our fingers on the guitar but also why we do so. That is what I feel I’m getting out of my experience there – a more complete musical education.” 
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Something to Say
Bloomsburg High School 1200 Railroad Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 February 2010 V87 N6
Editor-in-Chief Courtney Sabo
Senior Editor Hillary Drumheller Associate Editor Anthony Sainclair
Senior Editor Briana Yablonski Associate Editors Andrea Fronsman, Morgan Lee
Senior Editor Matthew Sokoloski Associate Editor Luke Klingler
Senior Editor Morgan Lee Associate Editor Andrea Fronsman
Illustration Editor Briana Yablonski Production Editor Courtney Sabo
Writers Meghan Ashford, Lauren Ball, Ilea Franklin, Brittany Karpinski, Seth Loff, Tyler Lunger, Cara Mensinger, Adam Naessig, Casey Ward Adviser Sam Bidleman The R&W is the magazine serving the students, faculty and administration of the Bloomsburg High School community, written, designed and published by the Journalism I and II classes. Views expressed in the R&W represent those of the writer, not necessarily those of the high school. Unsigned commentary represents views of the Editorial Board. Find us on the web @ http://my.highschooljournalism.org/pa/ bloomsburg/bhs Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bhsredwhite The R&W is printed by the Press Enterprise, 3185 Lackawanna Avenue, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Kathy Malkoskie, PE Customer Service Representative Letters Policy The Editorial Board welcomes all comments and letters. Please sign and send all letters to room 215 or our online address: email@example.com. The Board does not condone abuse deviated from the subject matter directed at one or more individuals. PA School Code 22 Chapter 12.9 Students have the right to express themselves unless the expression interferes with the educational process, threatens serious harm, encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with individual rights. School officials may not censor material simply because it is critical of the school or its administrations The R&W is a proud member of the Pennsylvania School Press Association.
ommentary “Should I take Baking or Spanish III or AP Biology or Publications or Introduction to Business?”
fter the scheduling books are handed out, we ask ourselves these questions time after time until we often make rash decisions and jot down courses as we apprehensively hand our finished schedules to our homeroom teachers a week later. But with 122 courses offered, why is it that we actually have so few options? The abundance of course choices slowly diminishes as we fill out the basics of our scheduling sheet. The tedious graduation requirements include having 16 total credits of English, math, science and social studies, typically filling four of our eight periods a day. Add Driver’s Education, health, a gym and/or and a language, and we could have only one period left. But for particularly assiduous individuals who schedule AP classes, which are double period classes every other day, their schedule could essentially be complete. However, even they stop and think, “Where are the good classes?” We have dismissed the idea of taking the interesting courses like Advanced Art, Sports and Entertainment a personal view by editor Courtney Sabo Marketing, Creative Writing Honors or As a Junior Honor Society member, I was required Foods and Nutrition simply because we to attend Super Saturday and was asked to shoot do not have room for them in our busy photos there, a seemingly simple task. So, after the first session was over, I traveled schedules filled with honors and AP downstairs to Mad Labs with classmates and friends classes. Even if we would have a vacant Season Whitenight and Morgan Lee. period to use for a non-honors elective, After taking a few photos, senior Alek Szilagyi gave would we really want to? For students us some borax polymer slime, which was one of their who have all honors or AP classes, a many hands-on activities of the day. As I was playing with the slime, an elementary non-weighted elective will lower their school boy began screaming at me and insisted that I GPA, even if they have a 100 average in had stolen his slime. After yelling “give it back” about that class. This in turn puts their class seven times, he actually pried it from my hands. rank at stake, which for some students I have now learned my lesson: just put down the makes this a risk they refuse to take. slime, and everyone will be just fine. What’s the solution? Nothing is easy here. The high school is what it is. We have so many classrooms, so many teachers, so many periods a day. Shorter periods and more of them is not an option nor is lengthening the school day. We doubt adding an additional 42 minutes to our already tiring day would be appealing to anyone. With the state and national pressure to be successful with No Child Left Behind, cutting back is impossible. And if electives such as Publications or Band moved to extracurricular activities, how many of us would actually sign up for them if they were not a class with a credit and a grade? Obviously, school officials could cut the .5 from classes even though AP and honors courses often require lab opportunities, but solutions to the whole school problem require something to give. Colleges post courses online and offer admissions counseling and guidance to every student. Admittedly, a college day is longer and more flexible than ours, but showing students their options, filling courses starting with seniors and those scheduling second levels of their chosen elective classes looks like one way to put students in charge of their academic destinies. Too many of us are looking either forward or backward on our high school careers and wishing that we could have or should have scheduled Personal Finance or Journalism or Desktop Publishing. Maybe it’s time for another look at changing the scheduling process to provide some options that will surely be just as beneficial in life as any core subject. 
Illustration by Courtney Sabo
Points of View
Letter to the Editor
“If you could bring back one person from the dead and have a meal with him or her, who would it be?” collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor
“I would bring back Babe Ruth. He was an amazing baseball player, and I would ask him for some tips on my hitting.”
“I would bring back Robert Neville from the movie I Am Legend. He was an amazing person and saved the human race.”
“I would bring back Marilyn Monroe. I would ask her if her death was an accident. It would be really cool to talk to her because she is my idol.”
OUR FAVORITE IMAGE OF THE MONTH IS WORTH
A THOUSAND WORDS
by courtney sabo, editor-in-chief, production editor, photographer My journalism adviser Sam Bidleman told me that wrestling was exciting to watch but difficult to photograph. That sounded like a challenge to me. When we arrived for the Lewisburg match in the middle school gym, the physical layout was different from anything else I had shot this year, which included the sidelines of football games, the baselines of basketball games and the deck of the pool. But with over 3,000 photos already taken, I was almost ready for anything. Almost. Bidleman said the best shots were those that showed the physical struggle of the sport, the strain on the face, the force of a pinning combination, those moments that are so rare for a sports photographer or those that capture a moment when athletes are shown in a singular moment of skill and talent. In this meet, I was closer to the action than in any other sport and even had to jump out of the way a few times. Wrestling is faster than you think when watching it from the mat, so I was always looking through the viewfinder, trying to anticipate their next moves. In this photo, I caught a shot that reveals the strength and speed of this sport and also the conditioning of each wrestler. Here, 145-lb. Austin Hack of Bloomsburg lifts his Lewisburg opponent and is preparing to slam him to the mat. Not a Canadian Destroyer, but what amazed me even more was that both wrestlers shrugged it off and continued with their match. I will definitely have to try this move next soccer season.
Dear Editor, It has come to my attention that in the last two years, the attendance at sporting events has declined. Our school spirit or lack thereof concerns me because it is a delicate part of high school. It looks depressing when the bleachers are filled only with a few parents and teachers. To me as a student and an athlete, it is important to have students attend not just sporting events but also other activities in the school. When I was a sophomore, any athletic events always had a packed student section that was filled with kids would come to the games all painted up and had signs and air horns. And when the students stormed the field or court, it was like a medley of people. I believe these things made a difference in the level of play and attitude in the sports. As a non-starter my sophomore year, I didn’t feel the effect of the crowd on the field, but I saw the crowds grow bigger. As the crowds grew, so did the level of play and intensity because the players knew that the crowd was here for them. As a senior, I don’t feel that same intensity as a high school student attending athletic events. The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have not had very successful years. Some may blame it on the coach or even the players, but the attendance at the games is very low, too. To me as a student, it is embarrassing when it’s a home game and the opposing team’s student section is bigger and louder than ours. I could understand why these teams seem to be more successful than ours because of the fan support, and that’s definitely something our school needs to improve on because that will lead us to victory. I’m not trying to force students to attend every high school game but rather to encourage them to attend rivalry games. There is no better win than one in a packed house with the student section roaring so loud that you can’t hear the coach talking in front of you. School spirit shows how dedicated the students are when they go to sporting events even when they aren’t the players. It also shows character when students go to games – whether it’s a rivalry game or a game that our team is suppose to lose by 40 points – because it shows that they support their friends, classmates and school. Charles Franklin 731 Catherine Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Bloomfballer87@yahoo.com
WORST THINGS ACCORDING TO TEACHERS collected by morgan lee, features editor Work turned in late
Students who don’t try
Going to the bathroom during class
Photos by staff
& Nothing Else Matters
UNBOXED a look at the new stuff
DANCE MARATHON WAS A BLAST
by seth loff
by matthew day, contributor
Flappers Evan Davis, Meghan Ashford, Courtney Langmeyer, Nate Reibsome, Andrea Fronsman and Tyler Dalious show off their appropriate costumes.
Sophomore Dylan Sorber teaches the group a new break dance move at 10 p.m. during the dance marathon.
Returning after two years, the BHS Dance Marathon rocked W.W. Evans Elementary School the night of Jan. 8 and well into the morning of Jan. 9. I was saddened to hear the marathon was cancelled during my junior year, but when the 12-hour fundraiser-turnedparty returned, it was more than I expected. Classical dances such as the waltz, Latin and swing were taught along with more modern variations such as hiphop and break dancing (which I was surprisingly proficient at). Food was never scarce and from 2 to 4 a.m., and Sandlot Heroes played a private show. They even stuck around to learn a dance or two which provided some laughs. If you are up in the air about attending next year, remember that the money raised goes to senior scholarships. And if you don’t dance, don’t worry. No one there could, and we still had a great time.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
With about 85,000 applications in Apple’s App Store, you can find almost anything you want. Not all of them are games used for wasting time, and many apps are free. Here’s a look at four apps we thought you would find interesting.
by seth loff The Moron Test
ESPN 3D Now that 2010 has arrived, the decade’s first form of advanced entertainment comes from worldwide leader in sports broadcasting ESPN. The newly-announced ESPN sports channel will feature over 85 live sporting events in 3D, including the 2010 World Cup and 2011 BCS National Championship game. However, a new 3D-capable HDTV ($TBA) will be required to view the channel.
LG EXPO The LG Expo is a standard smartphone much like a Blackberry. This $200 phone has a 3.2” touch screen and 5 megapixel camera with a $180 DLP Pico projector that straps to its back. The projector can display bigscreen images from up to 8 feet away.
KODAK SLICE TOUCH SCREEN CAMERA
Ever wonder if you or your friends were complete morons? Put that question to the test with this app. Answer seemingly simple questions and find out.
The new 3GS is no longer needed to shoot and store incredible videos with the iPhone. With the improved iVideoCamera, sharing and storing videos with friends is easier than ever.
MyHomework is the perfect app for any student who needs a more organized way to keep track of their homework, classes projects and tests while interacting with a cool design.
Bring the classic boardwalk game to the palm of your hand. With a quick flick, roll the ball up the ramp into one of the numbered holes to beat high scores and win tickets and unlock achievements.
The newest piece of photography is now on the market. The Kodak Slice Touchscreen Camera sports a 3.5-inch screen on the back and a 5x optical zoom lens. The ultra thin camera is selling for around $350, including a rechargeable battery and more.
Photos by Andrea Fronsman