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by meghan ashford

  With winter creeping near and spring right around the corner, musical directors Timothy Latsha, Kate Pollard and Toni Ann Yates have already started the process that will culminate with opening night of The Sound of Music scheduled for March 4.     Tryouts for the annual spring musical were held last week after school with callbacks that took place Nov. 19. Latsha posted the final cast list soon after.    “The most specific change this year is the audition process; we went with two days,” says Latsha. As for tryouts, he had packets of show music available in the auditorium for the past month and with the musically driven show planned for this season, Latsha expected nothing but the best from students hoping for a major role.     “This year’s show will be performed artistically well, effortlessly and beautifully,” says Latsha, who was expecting a large turnout. But with so much focus on the music, how do the various characters of the story fit into his plans?     “It’s a character-driven show. From the moment you get on that stage, you need to be in character,” Latsha explains. “Characterization is crucial; it will be the thing we will be working on the whole time.”     In the past, dancing has been a fundamental part of BHS musicals, but The Sound of Music will be more focused on the singing and dramatic portions of the play.     After years of rather new productions, the directors have solid reasons to stage this musical standard. “Kate Pollard has wanted to produce this play for years, and it’s a favorite of mine. I really believe that this year we have the people to really pull it off,” says Latsha.     With a large cast and students probably having to assume many roles, Latsha says there are no small roles. “Students have to realize that if you’re cast as a singing nun, it requires true musicianship. There are no fluff parts this year. Besides walk-on Nazis and ballroom guests, everyone sings.”    Latsha is not only planning on spectacular performances but also a phenomenal set that includes video projections, multi-level staircases, a two-floor mansion, baroquelooking scenery and a garden with a gazebo and topiaries.

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photos have been taken by members of the yearbook staff since the beginning of this school year.

AROUND THE SCHOOL by meghan ashford Holocaust survivor and award winning Elie Wiesel poses during an assembly program.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE by meghan ashford

On November 17, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust victim and winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at the F. M. Kirby Center near Wilkes University, and Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History teacher Phil Burrell and his students were there for this historic presentation.    Author of the moral-shaking masterpiece Night, Wiesel shared his personal Holocaust experiences in the one hour event. Haunting and riveting, Night is a book that rocks the very ground upon which humanity is built.      Wiesel’s firsthand account of the Holocaust is introduced here in tenth grade and read by English 12 students. His powerful novel is a personal narrative that dramatically chronicles the events that led up to the tragedy that nearly eliminated an entire culture.     Wilkes University’s Business Department used a grant to bring Wiesel to this annual educational and interactive program that caps a day highlighted by a leadership conference that has become a major event in its own right. “Last year, they had former Secretary of State Madeline Albright speak,” says Burrell.     While sophomores study the Holocaust as a part of the World Cultures curriculum, the (AP) U.S. History class learns more about the U.S.’s role during that time period. “We study the impact and influence that the Holocaust had on our country, what we knew at the time and why we did what we did,” says Burrell.


Campus of Luzerne County Community College

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With the Sophomore Class’s recent trip to Pennsylvania College of Technology out of the way, another college visit steps into the spotlight: the annual trip to Luzerne County Community College (LCCC).   Three years ago, learning support teacher Coleen Lupashunski and former teacher Anne Zelonis planned a trip to LCCC for students who might not otherwise visit many colleges. Since then, Lupashunski has

continued this tradition because she thinks it opens some significant opportunities. “The classes are tailored to what the kids are interested in, and they get to see the common requirements in college classes,” says Lupashunski.   This year’s trip is set for today.“I’m looking forward to giving the students the opportunity to explore options for after high school,” says Lupashunski.

Class of 2011 The Junior Class has started preparations for the 2010 prom. They will soon choose their prom committee which will be in charge of making decisions for the end of school year formal. NAHS

Treefest will be invaded by penguins this year, thanks to the National Art Honor Society. The group has created a fun, kid centered activity that involves plastic eggs, a little paint and some imagination. Treefest opens on Nov. 28 at the Caldwell Consistory on north Market Street.

NHS and JHS Once again, NHS and JHS will provide the manpower to disassemble and load over 150 trees and ornaments following the annual Treefest program on Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 5, 6. Prometheus This year’s Prometheus editors have decided on the theme “The Way We See It” for the annual 24-page art and literary magazine. Entry forms will be available sometime in December. Students interested in serving on either the art or literary staffs should see editors Casey Ward, Shyanne Shaffer or art adviser Dr. Mark Jones. R&W and Yearbook Continuing a three-year tradition suggested by officer Brad Sharrow, the yearbook and R&W staffs will travel to Lewisburg on Nov. 29 to work with the regional Toys for Tots program to prepare nearly 300 packages for children across the state.

Through the Years


Over the past four decades, Student Council has taken on many different forms, and after these many years of restructuring and changing, it has transformed and sculpted itself into the organization we know today.


by adam naessig n the 1970s, the function of Student Council was addressing student issues and solving them the best they could. Art teacher Dr. Mark Jones participated in this version. “We actually worked on student problems and student ideas,” says Jones. His student council was more student-oriented and was intrinsically-motivated by solving the problems of its students. Like the current group, this early council held dances and put up decorations, but their main goal was to solely serve the students. This early council was even granted the power to decide some students’ punishments. “If there were simple things like vandalism in the lunchroom,” says Jones, “instead of going before the administration, the students came up in front of Student Council.” Students would have a hearing before council officers who would then decide an appropriate punishment that was sent to the principal. Council’s Goals Become Student Centered  In the 90s, Student Council began taking a modified approach to serving the needs of the school. The format of council and its purpose began to shift. Former business teacher and Student Council adviser Joyce Pealer explains how the council’s goals became centered around dances, decorating the school and encouraging class participation. “We tried to involve as much of the high school as we possibly could,” says Pealer.  This council stepped in a new direction by having annual picnics before the start of school, decorating for holidays, hosting themed dances and organizing All-Sports day and homecoming week activities. Although schoolwide participation remained the goal, the council still kept in touch with students by installing a suggestion box in the breezeway. Students could write comments or complaints which would then be read at meetings where council officers would suggest steps that could be taken to resolve the situations.


Student Council adviser James Yates and officers Alexis Knorr, Kaitlyn Maize, Danielle Lehman, Ali Fornwald, Carlyn Ball, Meghan Ashford, Chloe Kessler and Breanna Kester have many events on the table to plan and organize this year.


We asked Class of 2011 President Logan Mauk, “What would you like to see out of Student Council in the future? collected “I would by likematthew to seesokoloski If Student Council more dances and All- would work with the Sports Day brought administration and back. My brother told the faculty, I am sure me about All-Sports they could find a Day, and he told me way to keep track of that it was great. students.”

Their Next Step Moving into the new millennium, new changes came about once again. Social science teacher Dyan Murphy, who advised Student Council at that time, promoted these changes. “When former business teacher Patti Leighow and I took it over, the students who were in council complained that it wasn’t student-centered enough,” says Murphy. “When there were activities, there were adults doing them instead of students.” Facing this situation, Murphy attended an adviser workshop which taught the proper structure of a modern Student Council and how to make it more student-oriented. “What our council does now,” says Murphy, “is what other councils around the state do.” Newest Adviser Outlines His Plans Now, with first-year adviser and math teacher James Yates, Student Council is once again evolving to reflect the needs of the student body. “Since it’s still my first year, I don’t really know what I’m changing or what I’m keeping the same,” says Yates. “I’m just trying to do what I think is right.”  Although not bent on modifying council, Yates does see how modifications this year are definitely possible. “I’m not really looking to make any changes,” says Yates, “but changes are going to happen, and I’ll take them as they come throughout the year.”   After 40 years of Student Council, the goal remains the same. “I’m looking to make sure that council is primarily a positive organization in the school community,” says Yates. Although the outward look of Student Council seems different, the core purpose of serving the students is still intact. []

Photo illustration by Courtney Sabo


Educational Changes


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President Barack Obama outlined several educational goals in his speech to the students of America this past September. by tyler lunger


long with personal respect and academic goal setting, the president slipped in one idea that some schools have embraced yet most have decided to investigate further before taking action. Among the many educational initiatives the president mentioned, one idea would dramatically change the way students look at the school year. “The challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom,” said President Obama in response to the international educational reforms that resulted in other countries putting students in desks on far more days that the U.S. standard of 180 days and for a longer time each day. However, first-year district superintendent Dr. Cosmas Curry made it clear he had no intention of moving to a year round schooling schedule, but he was not opposed to talk about other ways to improve student performance. “There are only so many hours in the day,” says Curry. “Let’s make better use of the time we have.” Curry’s opposition to the schedule change focuses on the effect such a move would have on local jobs and extracurricular activities. “I support Barack Obama. I think he has good ideas, but not all of them are applicable for Bloomsburg,” says Curry. But if not more days, how about longer hours as part of a solution to the 2014 national goal of 100 percent student proficiency? Some argue that longer school hours would help with student academics as in China, where an average school day lasts from 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. But even the best students feel that such a change should only come after other options have been exhausted. Senior and National Merit Scholar Julia Davis feels if an increase in hours were to occur, “The extra hours would have to be well-managed. I feel we waste a lot of time as of now.”

is used in several courses. “With co-teaching, I have a teammate in the room that I bounce ideas off of, come up with ideas together and share responsibilities,” says math teacher James Yates. Yates combines co-teaching with a type of modified block schedule with his periods three and four math classes. Block refers to a modified class schedule that doubles the time of a regular 42-minute class. Every other day, Yates and learning support teacher Coleen Lupashunski co-teach a double period of Algebra I to about 20 students, which provides both support and extra time to master the course requirements. “With me doing the math end of things and Mrs. Lupashunski more involved with learning support and helping students, I think we make a really good team,” says Yates about the second year program. Responding to the president’s challenge and with the focus on student achievement, Bloomsburg may be in the perfect position to meet its goals. []


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Rebecca Krum “It would suck because there would be no breaks, just school all the time, and you could not hang out with your friends.”

Unlike the traditional schedule, which is the most common and consists of a two to three-month break during summer, a year round schedule allows for more equallydistributed breaks. collected by hillary drumheller, news editor TRADITIONAL SCHOOLING SCHEDULE


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Some Changes are Already in Place The high school administration and staff have already made significant changes to the school day and classroom organization. One of those ways to help students is the co-teaching model, which



Emily Wintersteen (10)

“I think that all students need breaks for their minds to recuperate.”

Emily Tolan (9)

“We should have it because during summer break, we could see our friends on a more regular basis.”


Andrew Adams (12)

“It would be about the same for me. I wouldn’t mind it.”

Rebekah Bisset (12)

“I would prefer it because we would have more frequent breaks, and it would be easier to transition.” Photos by Andrea Fronsman


Changing homelands

OH, CANADA Sophomore Andrew Zimmerman knew his family’s plan to spend this year in Canada since he was in eighth grade, but the reality of the move was always too far away to be much of a concern. by casey ward


WHERE IN THE WORLD? Although pointing to Canada on a map may be simple, many stereotype Canada as the land of maple syrup and maple leaves. Here’s a look at Ontario, Canada, the province where Andrew Zimmerman lives.

he year is here, and Zimmerman is adjusting to life 75 miles north of the border. Even with the advanced notices, Zimmerman was caught off guard. “I didn’t really think about it. When summer came, I thought, ‘Holy crap, this is really going to happen.’” The decision to move to Guelph, Ontario, Canada was made when Zimmerman’s father, a Bloomsburg University professor, planned a sabbatical year to complete research abroad with other educators. Professor Zimmerman chose between a full year at half pay over a semester with full pay. Noticeable Differences With his father involved with his projects, the younger Zimmerman is participating in some research of his own, focusing on the social differences between the two countries. So far, he has noted some significant ones, especially within Canada’s education system. “They do not have middle school here,” says Zimmerman. “They have K-8 in one school, so the maturity is way below than what I was used to in Bloomsburg.” A sure sign of this immaturity was shown when Canadians referred to Zimmerman as the “American Idiot,” but he is quick to add in his defense, “They put milk in bags.” Another difference is class schedules. Zimmerman’s previous 42-minute class periods have been replaced with four 75-minute periods in a block schedule. Once this semester ends, Zimmerman will move to four new classes to end his school year. Zimmerman noticed the largest change in sports. “Playing for your school is just playing for your school. Most serious sports are run by clubs or ‘rep’ teams. Playing varsity soccer at your high school is not a big deal at all.” Music Prevails In some ways, Zimmerman has found a way to duplicate how

THE DIFFERENCES by casey ward Changing schools during high school can be intimidating for a student, especially after moving to a different country. Despite this, junior Aulia Mustamir is trying to enjoy her time in Bloomsburg as an exchange student from Makassar, Sulwesi, Indonesia.   The main goal exchange students want to achieve is to have the ultimate American experience. Mustamir accomplishes this by taking classes not offered at her home school, such as Jewelry, which is one of her

Since moving to Canada, sophomore Andrew Zimmerman has visited many famous Canadian destinations. Among his favorite is the Hockey Hall of Fame. Below: Indonesian foreign exchange student Aulia Mustamir is enjoying her stay in the U.S.

The Canadian National (CN) Tower is located in Toronto and stands 1,815 feet tall. It is the second tallest freestanding structure on land and attracts approximately two million visitors each year.

he lived in the states. Last year, Zimmerman was involved in theatre and chorus. In Canada, he is working on his music as part of a local band Fresh Off the Boat, and he is auditioning for his school play The Importance of Being Earnest. In last year’s BHS production of The Wiz, he starred as the title character. With The Sound of Music coming up in a few months, musical director Timothy Latsha is finding that the success of Zimmerman’s onstage performance last year has motivated a new group of actors. “All of a sudden, Zimmerman’s shoes are easier to fill because a lot of boys have come out of the woodwork, which was a real surprise and a real treat,” says Latsha. Zimmerman will be returning to the U.S. on June 30, that is unless he runs into trouble with the law. Zimmerman jokes that he is trying to avoid deportation and will finish his high school career in Bloomsburg. []

favorites. As for sports, Mustamir joined the swim team since she was on her school’s team in Indonesia.   Mustamir has realized many dissimilarities between Indonesian and American schools.    “This school is really different because in Indonesia, we stay in a class and the teacher comes to us. Also, there is a different subject Monday, Saturday and Wednesday, and we go to school six days a week, Monday through Saturday,” says Mustamir.       While Indonesian students’ school weeks are longer than those of American students, Mustamir claims that Indonesian schools have more breaks, so the time evens out.    Despite the many differences between the

two schools, Mustamir says she does not prefer one over the other. “I like moving between classes because I see different friends, but I like switching subjects because it makes me interested and I’m not bored,” she says.    As Mustamir learns more about American school throughout the year, she hopes to see her time in America as a useful experience. 

Also located in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame displays Canada’s most popular sport. Besides showcasing famous players and teams, the Hall also shows hockey history.

Horseshoe Falls is the Canadian waterfall of Niagara Falls. Water plummeting over Horseshoe Falls drops 173 feet at a rate of 600,000 gallons per second. Photos by Cara Mensinger and provided by Andrew Zimmerman

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Eating Right


VEGETARIAN For most high school students, nothing is better than Tuesday night wings at Quaker Steak & Lube, where chowing down on large quantities of barbecue chicken is almost a rite of passage.

by cara mensinger


small yet growing number of students have chosen another diet lifestyle. Becoming vegetarian isn’t about starving yourself or changing the way you live entirely but rather is a way of regaining control over your health and values, say those who follow a “no-meat” personal belief. “I chose to become vegetarian when I watched YouTube videos showing animals being tortured. I did not want to contribute to that,” says sophomore Dakota Black. And although many meat eaters may think it would be too difficult to change their ways let alone stop eating those tempting hot wings, the ones who have already switched their habits are content and have stayed that way for months and in some cases, years. “It’s not as hard to live without meat as some people think,” says junior Olivia Klingerman, who has skipped out on meat for the past 11 years. “I have absolutely no craving for it whatsoever.” Klingerman began her vegetarian diet when she found out that McDonald’s chicken nuggets came from actual chickens. Making the Change Even the dedicated non-meat eaters slip up sometimes, and the effects are definitely something vegetarians will notice after changing from a meatcentric diet. Black explains how she fluctuated back and forth from eating meat to becoming vegetarian before she stopped eating meat all together. Once after several months on the no-meat diet, she ate meat. Her body did not respond well, and she became ill. “It was so difficult,” Black says of her new lifestyle, “because the majority of my former diet was mostly

meat.” A feeling of guilt overcame Black after her illness subsided, and she returned back to a non-carnivorous lifestyle. However, for students looking to change their lifestyles, switching to a vegetarian diet is not that complicated. It is as simple as planning what to eat and when, knowing exactly what is in food and where it comes from and making sure the diet is healthy and balanced. Many restaurants offer vegetarian meals as more customers are taking charge of their own health. “Locally, both Rose Marie’s and Bloomin’ Thai offer vegetarian entrées,” says junior Briana Yablonski, who has not eaten meat for over three years and rarely dines out, preferring either to make her own meals or eating a vegetarian option with her family. Vegetarians are not in this for the attention nor do they enjoy the criticism of those who continue to remain carnivores. Yablonski notes that some students are just curious about her changes; however, some can be critical of anyone like her who lives differently. “That’s when I get mad and annoyed because I’m not pressuring anyone to become vegetarian,” says Yablonski. When she is asked one of these cornering questions, Yablonski replies with a sarcastic comeback like this: “I’d rather eat a deer someone shot than a hamburger; at least the deer lived most of its life peacefully.” And maybe that is just what vegetarians are looking for – peace of mind and body.[]

MISCONCEPTIONS collected by andrea fronsman, features editor 1. VEGETARIAN DIETS ARE NOT HEALTHY

While many believe that additional supplements are needed in order for the body to be properly nourished, vegetarians eat all the nutrients they need from a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. In fact, vegetarian diets have been shown to lower the chance of life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and cancer, as well as increase life expectancy. According to a study from Loma Linda University, on average, vegetarians live 7 years longer and vegans live 15 years longer than meateaters. So in theory, a vegetarian diet is actually healthier than a non-vegetarian one.

2. ALL VEGETARIANS ARE MADE ALIKE Many sub-categories of vegetarianism and semivegetarianism exist. Lacto-ovo vegetarianism, the most common form, consists of a diet that excludes all meat but includes dairy and egg products. In contrast, veganism, a much stricter variety, bars any animal products, including eggs, dairy products, honey and even gelatin. One form of semi-vegetarianism is pescetarianism, which excludes all meat except for seafood, while polpescetarians eat both fish and chicken but no red meats. An increasingly popular trend of “flexitarianism” describes a partial aversion to meat. A flexitarian would adhere to a vegetarian diet most of the time but occasionally eat meat in small quantities.

3. ALL VEGETARIANS ARE RADICAL ANIMAL-RIGHTS ADVOCATES Some do choose vegetarianism for ethical purposes; however, there are other reasons to live a vegetarian lifestyle. In many religions that originated in India, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, vegetarianism is either mandatory or encouraged. Another reason to choose vegetarianism is for health issues. Generally, vegetarians have a lower chance of developing diabetes as compared to non-vegetarians. Some even choose a vegetarian lifestyle to slim down; on average, non-meat eaters have lower body mass indexes than their carnivorous peers.

Photo Illustration by Courtney Sabo


Life on the Farm



BY THE NUMBERS collected by morgan lee, features editor

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TEACHERS DON’T JUST TEACH by morgan lee, features editor

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Corn is the main crop for Shuman Family Farms this year. They harvest it in October and November.

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Math teacher Debra Shuman feeds Star, a week-old calf, on her farm.

Science teacher Todd Davis volunteers at the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department whenever his pager sounds. His main duty is driving the engine, getting the apparatus and firefighters safely to the fire and supplying the equipment. “The best part is getting back after we’ve done a good job and just joking with everybody,” says Davis.

Industrial Technology instructor Kirk Marshall extends his talents and skills into a part-time career with home repairing and remodeling. Marshall explains that the hardest part of juggling both careers is time management factor but he enjoys success in both. “I love seeing a job come together smoothly,” says Marshall.


Teaching is a full time job, but math teacher Debra Shuman has another occupation that focuses on family, personal interests and the desire to keep busy. by ilea franklin


human works at least two hours every weeknight with her husband Rich and two children on the family farm, time that fulfills a lifelong involvement in agriculture and a work ethic that she shares with her students in class and outside of school. With she and her husband working the late shift, Shuman has turned farm work into a shared effort. “We all go out to the barn at night,” says Shuman. “It’s a family event.”   She takes along her nine-year-old son Steven and her five-year-old daughter Courtney, giving them responsibilities similar to her own when she was younger. “My job was to feed and take care of the calves,” says Shuman. “Only when I got older did I get into milking.”     With this experience, Shuman learned how to manage her time when she was in high school, using study halls to finish homework and tending to the calves before late-night basketball games. To her advantage, these skills have stayed with her throughout her life and serve her well. “I wake up about 5:30 and arrive at school around 7:00,” says Shuman. After school, her time is spent helping students in AIC, but because of her farm duties, she must be home by 4:00.      After assisting her students and completing work on the farm, Shuman’s day ends with cooking dinner, helping Courtney and Steven with their homework and preparing for the next day. “I often fall asleep with my daughter at 8:00,” says Shuman. Although family and teaching responsibilities are her first priorities, Shuman enjoys working on the farm and has had a lifetime to get used to it. “I’ve lived on a farm all my life,” says Shuman.  Her earlier farm experience on a dairy farm makes her an expert at what she does now. “I milk about two hours a night,” says Shuman, referring to the twice-a-day responsibility she has with 30 of her cows. Avid Avocation    With Shuman’s lifestyle comes difficult “You’ve got to love professional and personal decisions. “My what you’re doing, or responsibility needs to be there,” says Shuman it becomes a chore. of the farm and family, which makes extracurricular school participation improbable Farming is a great but in the past, not impossible. “I was life.” with SADD (Students Against Destructive Debra Shumann Decisions), Student Council, and I was a class adviser,” says Shuman. “This year, I was a powder puff coach.”    Her 15 to 17-hour days are tiring but rewarding. “You’ve got to love what you’re doing, or it becomes a chore,” says Shuman. “Farming is a great life.”

The Shuman family uses the no-till grain drill to plant grains without eroding the soil.

Biology and chemistry teacher James Perry is also an assistant coach for Hazleton High School’s swim team. He additionally coaches Sandlot-Sluggers, a summer baseball league. Perry plans to soon substitute his swimming nights for bimonthly city council meetings. “Although they are time-consuming, they are all well worth it,” he says.

In addition to teaching Ecology, Doug Vanbrunt spends his summers at the Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville working as either a manager or a chef about 30 hours per week. “When I’m managing, I just run the restaurant, but my favorite part is interacting with the public,” says Vanbrunt.

Student helper    Although Shuman usually faces these long hours with her family, every Sunday is highlighted by a helping hand. Senior Jack Breisch is there when crops need to be harvested or other large jobs come up.    “I wake up at four and help with feeding and milking the calves,” says Breisch. Shuman says that Breisch is a diligent worker who lends a hand around the farm if she or her husband happen to be sick or take a rare vacation. Breisch even helps out during the summer by unloading hay and performing other labor intensive jobs.     With farm prices low and expenses continuing to rise, Shuman knows the reality of her decisions. “You have to have some other type of income, or it’s difficult to make ends meet.”    Regardless of the hard work and the long hours, Shuman feels the farm is well worth the effort. []

Although Shuman Family Farms appears undisturbed, it bustles with activity every weeknight when the members of the Shuman family complete their duties. Photos by Morgan Lee and Courtney Sabo, cover illustration by Briana Yablonski


Feeding the Hungriest

SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT Some fans cheer. Some dress in school colors or paint their faces. One local businesswoman has taken a different approach to express school spirit for her alma mater by feeding the varsity football team before every game. And that’s just where the story begins. by gavin pellitteri


Members of the football team enjoy subs and chips at Steph’s Subs Friday after school before the Lewisburg game. This tradition started in 2007.

or the past three years, Steph’s Subs owner and 1971 Bloomsburg High School graduate Steph Severn and her staff have provided free meals to BHS football players. “They keep winning, so I keep feeding them,” says Severn jokingly. Severn decided to open her own sub shop after years working at Berrigan’s Subs which once occupied her business’s current Main Street site. “I made subs for many years, and I decided that I should open my own shop,” says Severn, whose sandwiches have become a favorite with the high school and college crowd. Every Friday afternoon during football season, Severn welcomes the varsity squad into her restaurant where the menu consists of a variety of Steph’s sandwich creations. The Ritual’s History “This all started when [former player and graduate] Colin Barton came in one day before a game, and he continued to bring in more kids every Friday. It just grew from there,” says Severn. One year has turned into three, and football Friday nights have never been the same. “It’s not necessarily that I picked the football team, they just kind of picked me. It was just something that we started, and it soon became a tradition. We just keep it going,” says Severn. The players realize the benefits of her service. “It’s nice to have somewhere to go to and relax and eat before every game,” says junior running back Michael Noll, who patronizes the restaurant whenever he gets a chance.

Severn and her staff also provide discount subs to the boys’ soccer team. “I’m always starving after games, and the concession stands are usually all out of good food, so now we get subs from Steph’s,” says junior fullback Joe Gillespie-Hill. Not Just BHS Severn also contributes to a number of non-profit organizations. In the past, she has helped flood victims and volunteer firemen and donates to the regional food cupboard. “We’ll give to anybody who needs help. We try to do our part because we’re all in this together, and it is just a small part of what you can do to help our community,” says Severn. Her unselfish attitude extended to the those involved with the recent West Main Street fire. Severn opened her shop during the early morning hours that Sunday and prepared sandwiches for victims and firefighters alike. “These people are the ones who contribute to me. They are my customers; it is the least I can do for them,” says Severn. Like the firefighters, the football players mean a lot to Severn. “The staff and I root for the team every Friday,” she says. “We always hope our subs give them that extra boost.” Severn can’t wait for a Friday night game for the opportunity to feed her football players. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of kids who have come through here, and it has just worked out for the best,” says Severn, whose generosity has surely created a generation of grateful customers. []

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Right on Point


At five years old, current junior Dakotah Cleaver was asked by his father, “How would you like to start archery?” by lauren ball


ver since, he has put in the time and effort to accomplish goals that have made the “Old Man” proud. Cleaver has a wonderful talent that was obvious at an early age. At five, he started in the sport of archery, and ever since, he has been hooked on it. “I certainly did not use a bow like I do today,” says Cleaver. “I watched my dad in his competitions, and I picked up the sport quickly.”   Since Cleaver now participates in competitive archery, he uses a special Hoyt Advantage Elite bow, which is known as a target bow and is considered one of the better competition bows. Target bows come in bright colors unlike hunting bows, which are usually camouflaged. Started Young Cleaver first started competitive indoor and outdoor archery three to four years after he started with the sport. “They both definitely have their advantages,” says Cleaver. The indoor competitions tend to be more climate controlled than outdoor competitions, so he doesn’t have to worry about warm weather, insects or wind. Although the climate conditions may be better indoors, it’s not always the best scenario.    “It gets kind of dull always shooting twenty yards, which is the distance I am always shooting at in every indoor competition,” Cleaver says. “When I go to outdoor events, there are many distances from the target. There are also bigger targets outdoors than there are indoors, so it allows more room for error at the longer distances.”    When Cleaver was just thirteen years old, he attended his first national outdoor archery. At the national event, he shot a series of four distances, the closest being 30 meters and the farthest being 90 meters with 50 and 70 meters in between. At the two longer distances, larger targets are used, and at the two smaller distances, competitors shoot at slightly smaller bull’s-eyes.

Easton Eclipse X-7

collected by luke klingler, sports editor


Dakotah Cleaver takes aim with his Hoyt Vantage Elite bow. Cleaver has earned both state and national honors with his marksmanship, a skill he has developed since he was five. $89.99 (per dozen)

Easton Quiver $69.99

Hoyt Vantage Elite $179.99

Cater Insatiable $179.99

Unachieved Goals   Although Cleaver earned two second place awards and a third at the Keystone Games, he is still not satisfied. “For whatever reason, I’ve just had trouble at the Keystone Games, and I wasn’t on my game when I was there,” he says. “I would like a first place to go with the seconds and third. Hopefully I’ll get that this year because this will be my last year in this age group before I move up and shoot with adults.”    Like most sports, archery requires physical conditioning, and Cleaver does his best to be in top shape for shooting. Surprisingly, he rarely lifts weights. “I’ll actually go out and shoot the bow because that’s the best way to tone the required muscles, which is typically the upper back around the shoulder blades. It’s not really arm muscles, which most people think.”    Cleaver remains hopeful to find a sponsor to help pay for replacement equipment, and he wishes to travel and add to his two current state championships. However, he will be pleased if he places in the top five at the national event.[]

Photos by Andrea Fronsman and provided by Dakotah Cleaver


Absolutely Flawless


Senior Chloe Kessler reaches for the ball in front of the Millville goal. Kessler was the anchor on the offense’s left side.

Senior Mary Schlauch blocks a shot. Schlauch belongs to the defense that has contributed to the Panthers’ success.

Cheyenne Martin takes a free hit into the circle. Sadly, her senior season was interrupted by an ACL and meniscus tear.

After four years of pursuing an undefeated season, the field hockey team rolled through their schedule without a blemish, finishing with their first perfect regular season in over a decade. by seth loff

Goalie Chelsi Oxenrider deflects a shot during warm-ups. Oxenrider allowed only 8 goals to be scored against her during the regular season.

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ver since Coach Chuck Baker took over the field hockey team in 2005, the program has experienced only winning seasons. Because of their unity as a team and their love for the game and success, this year’s team stood out a bit more than the others.   Even with 25 years of field hockey coaching experience, Baker feels particular pride in this year’s senior players and the work that led to the perfect season. “It’s nice because these kids are up to the hard work we put in. Not just this year but since the senior class has been in eighth grade, they have done everything that I have asked,” says Baker. “It’s just a great experience to be around them.”    With playoff wins against Central Columbia (3-1) in the first round, Millville (4-1) in the second, and the team’s first loss to Selinsgrove (5-0) in the District 4 finals, this dominant force with a 19-1 record used the regular season as a springboard to the playoffs. “This was a fun season since I played with a group of hardworking teammates,” says senior forward Rachael Wardrop.    From preseason to postseason, these players have spent hours of conditioning and months of practice together, and they’ve even shared a few superstitions along the way. When it comes to preparing for the next game, senior forward Chloe Kessler says, “I personally don’t have any

rituals, but as a team, we always huddle up and do a thing that we call ‘energy fingers.’ It’s kind of weird but it gets everyone pumped for the upcoming game, and it didn’t fail us through the regular season.”   With numerous offensive weapons, the defense has been free to focus on its side of the center line. And holding down their stingy defense was the best goalie in the league.    Senior Chelsi Oxenrider practices different skills than her offensive counterparts. “I work hard on my kicks, and I try to be as prepared as I can for the shots. Every second counts,” she says.    Oxenrider’s preparation paid off as she allowed only 8 regular season goals against, averaging less than one per game.    After a 17-0 regular season and high expectations deep into playoffs, Kessler remains surprised with their success. “I never could have imagined that we’d be undefeated and the first seed in playoffs. When we were younger, I think field hockey was more of a fun thing to do. Since we’ve been playing together so long, we’re all really close, and there isn’t a better way to end our last season playing together than this.”    Even with their loss to Oley Valley (1-0) ending their season, neither Kessler nor any other player will soon forget their perfect effort. []


Junior Olivia Klingerman takes a shot on goal against Danville. Klingerman returned this fall after a season-ending injury last year.

collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor

















Right: With 23 goals and 16 assists this season, senior forward Alexis Knorr led a strong offense that outscored their opponents by over 50 goals.

HIGH SCORERS [Statistics as of Nov. 9]

collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor

by matthew sokoloski, sports editor

lthough Knorr has contributed 23 goals and 16 assists that were a large part of the team’s offense, don’t expect her to be bragging about her scoring prowess. “I did not really expect too much,” she says. “It is my senior year, and I just wanted to do my best.”   Her best has not gone unnoticed by her teammates. “It gives us all relief when someone can finish the ball in the net,” says senior midfielder Jocelyn Schultz. “We all work hard to get the ball to the forward line and to have someone that you’re confident in scoring helps us win games. It’s great when we are all doing our part.”    Schultz is quick to add that it is not just scoring that sets Knorr apart. Schultz appreciates the leadership that Knorr gives to the team. “She’s quiet but leads out on the field, and sometimes that is better than yelling and screaming,” says Schultz. “She is a quiet leader, and the team respects that.”    The team also respects Knorr’s unselfish play. To her, assists are just as important as scoring goals. “When I help a teammate score, I know that they will return the favor,” says Knorr.    Knorr wanted the end of her four year starting varsity career to be picture perfect. “I wanted to cap off my field hockey career with a perfect season and with a gold state championship medal around my neck, but I am glad we got as far as we did,” says the four year starter. []

Hillary Drumheller forward 12 goals

Rachael Wardrop forward 11 goals

Jocelyn Schultz forward 8 goals

Photos by Morgan Lee and Andrea Fronsman


Something to Say


Bloomsburg High School 1200 Railroad Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 November 2009 V87 N2

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, Brittany Karpinski, Seth Loff, Tyler Lunger, Cara Mensinger, Adam Naessig, Gavin Pellitteri, 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 @ bloomsburg/bhs Follow us on Twitter: 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: 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.

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ommentary Wake up, go to school, go to practice or work, go home, complete hours of homework. Repeat. Sound familiar?


ver the past few years, we have been blessed with newly designed classrooms accompanied by advancements in technology, but one aspect of our school life has yet to change – homework. Author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing Alfie Kohn states, “[The reality that students have homework] is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few people ever stop to think about it.” So, let’s think about it. So much of what passes for homework today can be termed busywork that isn’t worth two minutes of our time let alone two hours of our time, and so we think: “Why haven’t our teachers realized this?” Rarely, if ever, have teachers asked us what we thought about the previous night’s homework and if it was beneficial. They simply assume that their homework is promoting a personal view by editor Courtney Sabo learning. Kohn writes, “[Teachers] decided ahead of time that children When I heard that R&W photographers planned to will have to do something every night shoot photos at Shuman Family Farms for our page (or several times a week).’” 8-9 story, I also wanted to go and explore Mainville, And if teachers argue that pouring an unknown area to any townie like myself. it on improves PSSA scores, they can When we arrived on that rainy Saturday morning, think again. After analyzing dozens I gazed at the mystical land of crops, mud and cows. of studies, Professor of Education and I saw some calves, and although I’m not the most graceful individual, I decided to try and feed one Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke anyway. University Dr. Harris M. Cooper When I positioned the water bottle near the calf ’s found that “doing more than … two mouth, it viciously (yes, calves can be vicious – don’t hours [of homework] a night in high be fooled) yanked on it. The calf was uncontrollable school is associated with, gulp, lower but luckily let go of the bottle after a few seconds. There I am, the city slicker, freaking out. So, what [standardized test] scores.” do I do? I panicked. Next time the calf came for the Studies prove the cons of homework bottle, I accidentally squirted water in its eye ... and largely outweigh the pros. Selfthen all over its face, too. Whoops. confidence is trashed each time we I think I’ll stick to feeding myself and not the farm don’t understand an assignment. Sleep animals. is reduced each time we have to write another mundane five-page essay. Everyone wants us to participate in sports, become involved in clubs and activities, volunteer in the community, work at a job and oh, by the way, “Here is another study guide you need to complete by Friday.” We stay up much later than some teachers and wake up earlier than them, too, and they wonder why we always look exhausted. Okay, some of us just don’t do homework, but these slackers just don’t care and more homework is not the answer to their apathy. Most unfortunately, we continue to lose our childhood. We may not consider ourselves “children,” but we are still in the early years of our lives when we should be spending time with family and friends and being involved in something that matters, not being buried under endless assignments in languages, math, science and English. Although homework should only be given when it is truly necessary, we do not have much say in the matter. Do teachers want to create hundreds of depressed, sleep-deprived, stressed students who despise school, or do they want to create diligent, responsible, rested students who are ecstatic for that first bell to ring? We need our teachers to embrace new initiatives that call the status quo into question. This is a crucial decision for teachers because after all, they reap what they sow. []

Just saying

Points of View



just Asking

collected by hillary drumheller, news editor

“If you were given a million dollars, what would be your first purchase and why?

Although many kids dream of becoming a doctor, teacher or even a mad scientist when they grow up, assistant principal Stephen Bressi dreamed of becoming a funeral director. “I don’t know how it all started. It might have been a few lost loved ones that made me interested,” says Bressi. Although his parents viewed him as being a “sicko,” Bressi was fascinated with the dead. Bressi says, “I was interested in biology and then becoming a funeral director. I took a lot of biology and anatomy classes in high school and college.” When Bressi was in high school, he sent out letters to surrounding funeral homes stating his interest and inquiring about employment. One day, he was informed that he had a job. “I was kind of nervous at first. It was scary and strange,” says Bressi. One of his first tasks was to help clean a body. Part of this consisted of making sure the hair and nails were cleaned. Over time and with each new client, Bressi mastered the many steps required of a funeral director, even one day learning how to embalm a body. In college, Bressi looked at mortuary schools as one possible way to further his education, but a successful experience with student teaching convinced him that his future was going to be with living students. He refocused his efforts in secondary education and science, which led him to a teaching position and eventually into becoming an assistant principal. Regardless of his career outcome, Bressi considers his experience with the dead a good opportunity and one that helps him with his current job. “It [funeral director] is a very interesting job and gave me a good perspective on death,” says Bressi.

collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor


“I would buy a yacht so I could have a lot of parties on it.”



“I would donate some of the money to my church and to my family because those are the two most important things in my life.”

“The first thing I would buy would be a new Dodge Charger because they are my favorite car, and the car I drive now is getting old.”



PROCRASTINATION ON HOMEWORK collected by morgan lee, features editor

Oh, crap.

by lauren ball

I need to do that.


Believe it or not, archery takes much more strength than you would think, I should know. For this story’s accompanying image, photo editor Andrea Fronsman, R&W adviser Sam Bidleman and I set up a photo shoot with Cleaver, and we all received lessons about shooting or trying to shoot a competitive bow. Cleaver’s hi-tech bow weighs about five pounds, and the arrows are almost weightless. He easily drew the string back about six or seven times while talking to us. We insisted on trying.   Being older, Bidleman went first, but his age did not help, and he failed to draw the bow that Cleaver had just held for up for 30 seconds so Fronsman could snap some photos.    I was determined to try and even more determined to be successful even though I had the grim feeling that this was going to be more difficult than I thought. Like me, I’m sure a lot of you would watch how effortlessly Cleaver pulled it back and think to yourselves, “That can’t be too hard; it looks fairly easy.”    I want to be the first to say that it is much harder than

I should do that. I’ll do it later. It can wait.


one may think. Even with my determination and trying time and again, I was only able to pull it back about six inches.

When assigned

After school

9:00 p.m.


Midnight Homeroom

Photos by staff


& Nothing Else Matters

UNBOXED a look at the new stuff


by brittany karpinski

by thomas hippenstiel

Junior Thomas Hippenstiel plays Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at Christian Tloczynski’s house on a Friday afternoon. This game remains one of Hippenstiel’s top picks.

  In Uncharted 2 for PlayStation 3 ($59.99), the player takes on the role of Nathan Drake, treasure hunter and descendant of the 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, while game developer Naughty Dog wastes almost no time jumping straight into the action.    In the opening sequence, Nathan wakes up to find himself bloodied in a train car hanging from a mountainside by a single coupling. This scene does not simply play out as a movie for players to watch as would be the case in many other games. This sequence is fully interactive gameplay, in which you control Nathan in his near death state as he climbs for his life.    This time around, Naughty Dog centers Drake’s adventure on a search for Marco Polo’s lost fleet. The story evolves and expands as the game goes on, always giving you the feeling that you’ve discovered something truly amazing. Every step of the way Uncharted 2 flows seamlessly. The transition between gameplay and movie sequences is often subtle and can occasionally go unnoticed for a few moments. The visuals are stunning, and the characters show such an incredible level of realism that at countless points throughout the game, it could be easily mistaken for a movie.    Uncharted 2 certainly does not fall short of any expectations. This story full of action, adventure, deception, and betrayal makes Uncharted 2 an adventure you won’t want to miss.


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 brittany karpinski Viper SmartStart


Tap Tap Revenge 3






AIR BOARD Almost every child dreams about flying, and at a pricey $14,000, the Air Board can fulfill their dream. This piece of technology hovers over various surfaces including grass, asphalt and concrete with skateboardstyle steering. Powered by a gasoline motor, it has a top speed of 15 miles per hour.

NIKE T-SHIRT GUN While t-shirt guns were once reserved for only professional sporting events, now they can be purchased by anyone willing to pay the $1,500 price. Using a CO2 canister for power, the limited edition Nike T-Shirt Gun shoots premium Nike t-shirts hundreds of feet in the air. Each gun is specially numbered and signed by a Nike athlete.


During cold mornings, nothing is worse than leaving a warm house and getting into a chilly car. You can now start your car from the luxury of your own home with a tap of this app.

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Move your fingers to the beat. Tap Tap Revenge 3 is similar to Guitar Hero, but instead of using a guitar to hit the notes, you use your fingers.

Eating a balanced diet is a key part of staying healthy, and Foobi will create a personal diet consisting only of the healthiest foods you like to eat.

Have you ever fumbled around in the dark to find a key? Flashlight solves your problem. You can even slide your finger across the screen to change the flashlight color and pattern.

Mowing the lawn is a dangerous and time consuming task. The Husqvarna Automower charges itself and has ultrasonic sensors to avoid colliding with items in your yard. The almost silent automower is waterproof and comes with an anti-theft alarm so while unattended, there is no need to worry about it being stolen. The price has yet to be announced. Photos by Morgan Lee

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