SHO holds Art for a Cause
Buddy up Best Buddies walk set for April 29.
BY EMILY MACK On Saturday April 14th, a small crowd gathered in the junior high gym for the Student Humanitarian Organization’s fourth annual “Art for a Cause” event. All money raised by the silent art auction goes to an organization called “Seeds of Hope,”which is based in Indianapolis and distributes funds to aid schools and children in Swaziland. In the past, West Side has also done a pen-pal program with those students. The art itself ranged from photography and paintings to jewelry and ceramics, all donated by West Side art students and parents as well as local artists. SHO President Erin Sommer and club member Grace Van Sickel explained that they also request pieces from local galleries and businesses. “Sometimes they donate and sometimes not,” Grace said.
BY CRYSTAL WANG
PHOTO BY BRIAGHA MCTAVISH
INTO THE WOODS WE GO: Seniors Mayfawny Bergmann, Jake Weiss, Annie Ellis, and sophomore Anna Roberts partake in the school’s musical, “Into the Woods.”
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Running out of the dark April 28th marks 4th annual Jay Cooperider Memorial 5k. BY ELENA SPARGER
PHOTO BY EMILY MACK
ART SMARTS: Alie Magnante checks out some local art on Saturday, April 14th.
The group collected a total of 90 pieces this year, many of which sold. “If no one buys them, then we’ll just save it for next year,” said Junior Sarah Collicot. She pointed out several pieces that had been in the auction the year before. Senior Clara Danao said her favorite piece was a the threelegged-cup by local artist Virginia Russell because of the unique shape. “There are two different styles and four different colors of flowers on it,” she said. “It’s just very interesting.” Other pieces that drew interest were “Peacock Feather”, a painting by West side alum Caitlyn Casseday, “Melted Crayons”
After having raised $35,000 to benefit two local mental health organizations in the past three years, the Jay Cooperider Memorial 5k will have its fourth run this Saturday, continuing the fight against mental illness in Tippecanoe County. The run was founded by friends and family following the tragic suicide of West Side parent Jay Cooperider. One of the founders was Cooperider family friend Travis Dorsch, who chose to commemorate his friend with a run to promote both physical and mental fitness. He said, “I think runs are something that really bring the community together. Not only that, but it has undertones of health promotion, using physical activity as a means to sometimes get us out of a state of depression, or just feeling low.” Cooperider was also a runner himself, along with his son, West Side alum Zane Cooperider.
The run splits its proceeds between Mental health America of Tippecanoe County and the Lafayette Crisis Center in an effort to improve mental health within the community and prevent similar devastating outcomes. The Lafayette Crisis Center is a local organization providing support for rape victims and suicide prevention, and features a hotline for teens to discuss a wide range of personal issues. Dorsch focused on advocating mental health as a whole as opposed to just suicide prevention. “The two go hand-in-hand,” he said. “The nice thing about men-
tal health is that it’s framed in a positive light, and we’re trying to help people rather than focusing on the negative. I think the important thing is that we’re promoting something rather than trying to prevent something.” Over the past three years the run has brought in over 1900 runners and walkers, including Cooperider’s children, Megan and Zane, and his widow Karen Beasley. This year they expect to have 600 or 700 participants. continued on page 2
On April 29, Best Buddies chapters from across the state will gather at White River State Park Canal to walk in order to raise money and awareness for Best Buddies. Their goal for students is to pair special education students in one-to-one friendships with high school volunteers.The Best Buddies Friendship Walk not only provides local chapters with essential funds, but is also a fun way to raise public awareness. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk has been an integral part of the organization’s annual schedule. To date, it has raised $800,000 and has recruited over 9,000 walkers. The Indiana walk alone has raised around $32,000. West Side’s local chapter has participated yearly since the introduction of the walk in 2009, and each year, more people are recruited to join the walk. Walkers can be sponsored by friends and family in order to raise money. To support a walker, visit the Best Buddies Friendship Walk website. In addition, both members and non-members can also register for the walk for free on the Best Buddies Indiana website. West Side students are also given a chance to meet new people involved in the program.
“It gives members a chance to see that they are a part of something greater than West Side.” - Lexi King Senior
- sign up for the event at JCM5k.org. - registration is $15 (17 and under) or $17.50 (18 and older). - Arni’s will be hosting a pasta dinner on the 27th at the Morton Center between 5 and 7 p.m. - the run will begin the following morning at 9 a.m. at the West Side Athletic Complex.
Club president, senior Lexi King says “Not only is it a fundraiser for Best Buddies, but it also gives members a chance to see that they are a part of something greater than West Side.” Every chapter in Indiana is invited to participate in the walk, giving everyone a chance to socialize with new people from across the
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PROM: is it worth it? OPINIONS, PAGE 7
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News West Side
April 25, 2012
School conducts drug survey by Wonho Rhee
On April 18, a schoolwide Indiana Prevention Resource Center Drug Survey was conducted. Assistant Principal Mr. Tim Slauter revealed that this survey is done every three years. He said, “Each school in the state is asked to participate, but they participate on a rotating basis.” For example, Tippecanoe County, Central Catholic and West Lafayette are doing the survey this year, Tippecanoe School Corpo-
students’ well-being, lifestyles, and environments of each school. Mr. Slauter reported that names are not asked for, that individual responses are strictly confidential, and that students can choose which questions to answer, if any. Only final totals are made known, and this makes honesty, which is crucial to the whole process, much more achievable. The survey information allows for comparison
A lot of people are probably afraid to answer truthfully, and they have no motivation to. - Will Rankin
ration is doing it next year, and Lafayette Jeff will do theirs two years from now. Mr. Slauter explained that the Indiana Prevention Resource Center uses this data not only for the participating schools, but for other government agencies as well “to help identify concerns with drug abuse, or alcohol abuse, or other issues that come up from time to time.” The survey is not just about drugs; issues such as health, safety, and free time usage are asked about to provide a picture of the
to results from three years ago, six years ago, and so forth, “to see if there’s a specific trend or reason to be concerned,” said Mr. Slauter. As for West Side’s status, Mr. Slauter’s belief in the school’s “reputation of making good choices and not using drugs and alcohol” is definitely justified by past surveys. As the statistics listed show, our high school students on average have been decreasing drug usage over time and are below state averages, for the most part.
Juniors with Daily Alcohol Usage 2003: 3.3% 2006: 2.1% 2009: 0.7% State average: 3.0%
Juniors with Daily Marijuana Usage 2003: 0.8% 2006: 2.1% 2009: 0.7%
2003: 11.7% 2006: 6.3% 2009: 2.4% State average: 14.7%
to mess around” but had a more positive outlook. “I think the survey would be good to have if people actually answered truthfully. A lot of people are probably afraid to answer truthfully, and also, they have no motivation to answer truthfully. I think peer pressure has a lot to do with it, be-
Best Buddies walk
Fast Facts: Who: Best Buddies Indiana What: 5K Walk Where: White River State Park Canal When: April 29, 2012 Why: Raise money and awareness for Best Buddies
Recently, Best Buddies put on a convocation to raise awareness for those with disabilities, inviting inspiring models with disabilities to speak and tell their stories. The Best Buddies bake sale has also helped in raising money. The Best Buddies program has been active throughout the year, and the walk is one of their final events to close the year off with an event that is not just local, but invites statewide participants. In addition to the 5K, participants are invited to attend an after party with awards and snacks. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is a great way to have a lot of fun while also giving back to the community and raising awareness for a good cause. Visit the Best Buddies Indiana website for additional information on the walk or to register or sponsor a walker.
Seniors with Daily Marijuana Usage
WEST SIDE’S STATS: Check out the results from the last few drug surveys conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. The statistics included are from WLHS, which tends to be below the state average in most categories.
cause you can see other’s papers. The survey has good intentions, but it just needs an incentive for students to really take it.” An interesting facet of the survey to control for misinformation was the last question, which asked for the degree of truthfulness of the respondent’s
answers. As of now, anonymity and the last question seem the only realistic ways of getting honest information about sensitive, sometimes illegal issues. For our school at least, the results, reliable or not, are reassuring.
Art for a cause continued from page 1
continued from page 1 Club president, senior Lexi King said “Not only is it a fundraiser for Best Buddies, but it also gives members a chance to see that they are a part of something greater than West Side.” Every chapter in Indiana is invited to participate in the walk, giving everyone a chance to socialize with new people from across the state. Junior Cami Brown said, “This is my first year going, but I am very excited.”
2003: 31.4% 2006: 30.1% 2009: 18.7% State average: 29.4%
2003: 9.6% 2006: 5.5% 2009: 0.7%
Seniors with Daily Cigarette Usage
As for a student perspective on the credibility of the survey, Sophomore Jerry Ma was cynical. When asked about the survey, he offered, “It was pretty pointless. People make random things up.” On the other hand, senior Will Rankin agreed that people might “want
Juniors with Monthly Alcohol Usage
by junior Sarah Collicot, and a set of jewelry created by Anne Sommer Entertainment included MDBK as DJs and a performance by the all-girls a-capella group Perfect Pitches.
There was a smaller crowd this year than in years past, which Sarah attributed to tennis and track meets going on that day. “We still have a pretty decent sized crowd,” she said.
PHOTO BY Emily Mack
CRITICAL EYE: Clara Danao checks out some art. The top piece at the show sold for $20.
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To volunteer with Tippecanoe County’s chapter of Mental Health America or the Lafayette Crisis Center, go to mhalafayette. org or lafayettecrisiscenter.org for more information. MAPPED OUT: The course of the run goes through neighborhoods in West Lafayette. (right)
- Melted Crayons by Sarah Collicot - Abandoned House by Tom Campanelli - Window by Tom Campanelli - untitled photo by Caroline Oates - MCG by Annie Ellis
Sports West Side
April 25, 2012
West Side’s scores April 12 - April 21 Varsity Baseball WL VS Harrison: WL: 4 Harrison: 8
WL VS Western: WL: 5 Western: 2
WL VS North White: WL VS Tri County: WL: 11 North White: 7
WL: 8 Tri County: 7
WL VS Tipton:
WL VS Tipton:
WL: 6, Tipton: 5
It’s a hole-in-one for Sean Busch BY GRACE PALMIERI
WL: 17 Tipton: 5
Varsity Softball WL VS Clinton Prairie:
WL: 7 Clinton Prairie: 4
WL VS Frontier WL: 7 Frontier: 6
WL: 6 CC: 16
WL vs Cathedral: WL VS Carmel: WL: 7 Carmel: 8
WL VS Central Catholic:
WL: 2 Carmel: 12
WL VS Penn WL: 2 Penn: 12
Track & Field WL VS Twin Lakes, Delphi (4/5/2012): WL: 1st (boys, girls)
WL Relays: WL: 10th (boys), 6th (girls)
PHOTO BY GRACE PALMIERI
Birdie: Sean Busch practices his swing during practice last Thursday. “Sean Busch is a hard worker on and off the field,” commented teammate Rett Berry.
Boys’ Golf Twin Lakes invite:
WL VS Crawfordsville:
WL VS Benton Central:
Benton Central invite:
WL: 2nd w/ 321 WL: 175, win
WL: 195, win
WL: 2nd w/ 334
Girls’ Tennis WL VS Terre Haute: WL VS Fort Wayne WL VS Frankfort: WL: 1 WL: 4 Canterbury: Terre Haute: 4
WL VS Carmel: WL: 0 Carmel: 5
WL: 1 Fort Wayne: 4
Carmel Invite: WL: 5th
WL VS Central Catholic: WL: 4 CC: 1
compiled by wonho rhee
Favorite Golfer: Tiger Woods Ideal Golf Course: Pebble Beach Free Time Activities: casting spells on neighbors and poking moms on Facebook
Senior Sean Busch has been playing golf since he could walk. Coming from a family that loves the game, Sean was exposed to golf at a very young age. Although he has been a threesport athlete throughout high school, also playing football and basketball, he has spent much of his 18 years on the golf course
and will continue his career at Ohio State next fall. For Sean, golf is a sport that just comes naturally. He has played in hundreds of junior tournaments all over the country. Although he focuses on whichever sport is in season, Sean spends a lot of time in the off-season working on his golf skills.
BY Arthi Puri
versatile and can play any position, so when the team needs a player, they can call upon any girl and count on everyone to do a good job. To get pumped for a big game, players usually go out for lunch on game day and encourage each other. Sophomore Lilly GriffinDuncan said, “Although it has been a tough season, Annie Dooley keeps everybody’s fire burning and Carissa Pekny keeps us on track with her cynicism.” Right before a game, the team has a tradition of go-
“His talent comes from a combination of his natural ability, his early exposure, and his experience playing in high school profile tournaments all over the country,” said high school golf coach, Mr. Fry. Sean’s experience has also made him a more consistent golfer. Not only have his skills improved, but he has become stronger mentally since his freshman year as well. His best score for an 18-hole course is 68, while in high school the best he has scored is 35 on a 9-hole course. Sean mostly enjoys the sport of golf because it is really chill, there’s a light environment, and everyone on the team are friends. “Golf is the only sport I play that I’ll be able to play my whole life. It’s not physically demanding. It’s the perfect way to pass time with my bros,” said Sean. He also commented that although he likes everyone on the team, “Jake and I have been keepin’ it real since freshman year.” As far as his future goes, Sean plans on continuing his golf career next year at Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. He also considered scholarship offers from Purdue and East Carolina but chose OSU because he said, “I liked the course, the facilities, and mostly I liked their coach a lot.”
The softball team slides to success
photo by Arthi Puri
And she’s out! Sophomore Megan Moody winds up for a pitch during a game against Clinton Prairie on Monday, April 16th. The team practices approximately three hours each day, six times a week.
This year is a whole different season for the softball team. Although the team lost a lot of seniors, the team is improving and determined to win over half of the games and conference during the season. According to senior Carissa Pekny, “Only three or four players out of all nine are seniors.” Sophomore Meghan Moody said, “We’re a young team and have a lot of work to do, but we have good leadership so we can do it.” Even with a lack of pitchers, Moody is still optimistic, and said, “I love being a pitcher because I’m so involved in every single play, it never gets boring.” The biggest strength of the team is that many of the players are very
ing behind the dugout to stand in a circle and pass the ball around while discussing individual goals. Pekny said “We are all really great friends with each other so it’s easy to motivate others, we know what makes them motivated.” Moody said, “There’s never any drama and everyone is positive.” Griffin-Duncan commented, “We’re all pretty tight. We refer to each other by our superhero aliases. Mine is Spiderman.”
Come watch them play! May 2: 5:00, Varsity vs Twin Lakes May 9: 5:30 AM, Varsity vs Central Catholic May 10: 5:30, Varsity vs Tipton May 14: 5:30, Varsity vs Western Boone May 16: 5:00, Varsity vs Northwestern
Features West Side
APRIL 25, 2012
Prevention is cure for teen suicide BY NEHA REMANI KMS! The acronym, which stands for “Kill Myself!” is commonly used by many high school students as a self-deprecating joke. However, suicide is no joke, and is in fact a se-
“If a student is concerned about friend’s safety, it is responsible of them to report it. They should talk to whoever they feel comfortable with.” Mrs. Guebert Guidance Counselor
rious and prevalent problem among teenagers. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death among
To pay or not to pay... BY BRIAGHA McTAVISH Since the rise of the feminist woman, the male population has had numerous questions, one being “Who pays for the date?” The preference in this subject changes from girl to girl, so here are a few tips to keep from getting either dumped because you didn’t pay, or dumped because you did. First of all, discuss it with your date before you’re on the date. I understand that you’re a
adolescents in the United States. In Indiana, all ninety-two counties have suffered at least one youth suicide in the last 10 years, according to the office of the state Attorney General. A 2007 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that one out of every fourteen of Indiana’s youth, or 7.2%, attempted suicide in that year and more than 34,000 were projected to make an attempt in the next twelve months. On March 22nd, 2012, a fourteen-year-old student at Tecumseh Jr. High School in Lafayette was reported by the Journal and Courier to have taken his own life. Just four days later the J&C reported that eleven-year-old Jacob Bean of Rennselaer was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. While there have been no instances of student suicide in West Side’s recent history, some students note that there may be
greater risk here than elsewhere because of the pressures put on students to succeed by themselves and the environment. “The social and academic pressures are greater here than at other places,” said junior Gwenaelle Calais-Hasse. The positive to this is, she explained, “Since everyone is going through the same thing, if you are having problems, you have a whole school of people you can talk to.” Stress, along with confusion, pressure and worries about selfworth are common problems in many adolescents that could trigger suicide, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Family history, substance abuse, and mental illnesses such as depression are other common causes. According to the Harris County Psychiatric Center at the University of Texas, approximately 75% of people who commit suicide suffer from depression. If students are feeling de-
poor high school student and you can’t afford to take her to any place, even McDonald’s. Tell her your exact situation. Say something like, “Hey, I’m kind of broke, so I don’t think I’m going to be able to always treat you to things.” You don’t have to use these exact words, but convey your economic status in a polite way instead of surprising her with the check. Next, NEVER EVER make her pay for your stuff. I understand getting separate checks, but she should never be expected to pay for your food, that’s just lame (unless you have some prediscussed arrangement where you alternate who pays or something). Your girlfriend may be an ultra-feminist but that doesn’t mean that she wants to be your sugar daddy. If your girlfriend is one of those ultra-feminists don’t try to
fight it. I’d say it’s pretty dumb to try to fight not having to pay for something. You pretty much struck the double jackpot: you have a girlfriend AND you don’t have to pay for stuff. Now this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t offer to pay at least once in awhile. She may roll her eyes and act all annoyed, but she really feels special when you do. It’s just a way to show her how much you care. If you are somehow offended by the fact that she refuses to let you pay or is just plain ridiculous about it, talk to her about it. I know it sounds cliche, but tell her your feelings. I’m sure you guys can figure something out. And if she gets angry, give her a little space and try again later.
pressed or anxious, guidance counselor Mrs. Guebert advised that they talk to a teacher, administrator, counselor, or another trusted adult. “We are trained in helping students with academic, career, and personal/social matters,” she said, speaking of the guidance department. West Side also has a student assistance team in place, composed of a group of faculty and staff who provide help to students in need. In addition, if a teacher notices evidence of harmful behavior, they are
required to report it. For students who are worried about a friend’s safety, Mrs. Guebert said, “It is responsible of them to report it.” Mrs. Guebert stressed that confidentiality is of the utmost importance, with the only goal being the preservation of the safety and well-being of the student in question. The rationale is that if the warning signs are recognized and help is sought early on, the situation can result in recovery rather than tragedy.
Suicide Warning Signs • • • • •
Preoccupation with death Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior Making arrangements; setting one’s aﬀairs in order Signi!icant loss or gain in appetite Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
West Lafayette Human Relations Commission seeks student involvement The Human Relations Commission of West Lafayette serves as a forum for all discrimination related issues in the community including but not limited to problems related to treatment of a person solely in the basis of their age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability status, familial status, and sexual orientation. The group has the legal authority to investigate any problems reported and can start the process to take any legal actions. The commission strives to protect the rights of citizens and to ensure that West Lafayette remains a fair and inclusive community. The commission is currently looking for a student intern to serve as an assistant to the secretary, and take down minutes. The minutes would have to be transcribed and emailed in a timely manner. Meetings take place four times a year. Applicants should be interested in government, be conscientious and diligent, have good computer and writing skills, and live in West Lafayette city limits. Please send your name, grade, and a 200 word essay stating why you should be an intern for the West Lafayette Human Relations Commission to email@example.com, cshook@shook. com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Features West Side
April 25, 2012
Advice for students:
The Columbian Park Zoo entertains all ages. by kathrine schulze
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Listen up! Mr. Reinhard teaches his 7th period U.S. History class. He says he was inspired to teach after reading WWII books as a kid.
Photo by Arthi Puri
Student teachers learn on the job By arthi puri
“West Side students are very enthusiastic and always willing to listen.” This general observation was made by three of the student teachers at West Side who are currently teaching a full load of classes for at least 16 weeks, in preparation for becoming a full time teacher. Even though we students make their job easier, they face a few struggles (and rewards) along the way. They have to plan, prepare and implement lesson plans that are evaluated by their university supervisor and their cooperating teacher at the high school. Mr. Matt Jackson teaches all of Mr. Collins’ five periods, including 7th grade science, Earth Space science, and Earth Space II. His favorite thing about teaching is explaining science and interacting with students. Although he loves his 7th grade science class, he prefers Earth Space science because it integrates many aspects of science into one subject. However,it’s not all fun and games for the student teachers; they also go
through a series of evaluations. Mr. Jackson’s supervisor sits in on one of his classes weekly and in turn Mr. Jackson has to keep a “self-reflection” weekly journal. Decision-making when faced with problems in a classroom is easy for veteran teachers but can be challenging for student teachers. “I also don’t care much for grading or prep work,” says Mr. Jackson. This semester’s band student teacher, Mr. Brandon Anderson, was interested in playing drums since he was five years old. He has been part of a school band since elementary school and in high school he took every band class possible before going to IU. The hardest part for Mr. Anderson is having to act like an adult every day from 8:05 to 3:20, and also having to come to a city where he doesn’t know anyone. Mr. Anderson’s passion for music makes him a winner with students. Sophomore Brad Krause exclaims, “He is the greatest student teacher I have ever met!” while sophomore Chris Zhang says, “His
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If you thought that the Columbian Park Zoo consisted of a single building with a couple of rabbits and a snake, prepare to have your mind blown. After recent renovations the new zoo is seriously impressive for the size of Lafayette. While they cannot boast about their lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) they can go on about their Otters, Prairie Dogs, and, wait for it... Wallabies! Yes, these incredibly adorable marsupials find a home at the zoo. Probably the coolest part of this set up is that they have their own enclosure that you can walk through so that you are separated from possibly the cutest animals on earth by only a small piece of wire. In addition to the Wallabies the zoo also holds an 80 year old tortoise that might be the last of its kind. Although, I did not get to see him personally since he was apparently hiding from everyone. What makes the Columbian Park Zoo so entertaining for any age is how interactive it has become. The Prairie Dog enclosure, for instance, is built around tunnels for actual people so you can crawl around just like the dogs. There are also bubbles that you can pop up in to get up and personal with the Prairie Dogs. The petting zoo is also a pleasure to hang out in. Besides the giant llama, miniature horses, and pot-bellied pig, there are also a lot of goats that walk right up to you. If you are not careful though they might try to eat articles of your clothing... or your camera strap. The Columbian Park Zoo is fun no matter how old you get (there was a lot of other high school students there) and is a great way to waste a few hours this summer, especially if you are broke- it’s free.
presence in the classroom lightens up the mood. He makes band more fun.” During the first two weeks of following Mr. Conaway’s lead, Mr. Anderson had a tough time disciplining students. He says, “Unlike Mr. Conaway, students don’t believe me when I’m mad because I end up smiling in the end.” He loves seeing the impact of his words on students, and how he encourages them to learn and change for the better. Mr. Joel Reinhard teaches all five periods of Mr. Mullis’ U.S History class. He decided to become a teacher following his Dad’s example since he was familiar with a teacher’s lifestyle. Mr. Reinhard says, “I love being in a classroom and getting to know the kids and going to extracurricular activities and seeing them outside of class, which is also the biggest challenge because I have to be an authority figure but I also want to be a friend and work with the students.”
“If I could go back I would have worked a lot harder for better grades and a scholarship. But still, enjoy being young because this is the last time you will have no responsibilities.” ~Mr. Jackson, Student Teacher for Mr. Collins
“You don’t have to figure out your life so quickly. While you’re young, relax, because when you’re older you don’t get to.” ~ Mr. Anderson, Student Teacher for Mr. Conaway “I know a lot of kids say Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once) and it’s really accurate. High School is a big part of your life that you’ll always remember so make the most out of it while still making wise decisions.” ~Mr. Reinhard, Student Teacher for Mr. Mullis
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CATWALK TO CLASS Hannah Lazarz is a frugal fashionista. BY NEHA RAMANI It is almost a requirement for the fashion-conscious in high school to also be budget-conscious. Some choose the route of buying a few nice items and spending the season rotating through them. Junior Hannah Lazarz uses creativity to stretch her budget, creating for herself a varied and expansive wardrobe. Hannah laughingly described her style as “very Goodwill inspired,” and added that it is
“sometimes girly, sometimes a mixture of patterns, or whatever I throw together.” She enjoys wearing skirts and dresses. Some of Hannah’s favorite places to shop include Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and the clearance racks at Old Navy and Target. She also makes a lot of her own clothes. “My mom taught me to sew in the 4th grade for a 4-H project,” she said, “and it sort of took off from there.” The skill enables
Hannah to find unique pieces at vintage stores and alter them to her liking. Vintage and second-hand shopping can seem like a daunting task to many, and Hannah agrees that it can be difficult at times. She said, “It’s actually kind of tricky, because there are no sizes, and everything is all mixed up.” Her advice is to enter the store with an open mind and an idea of what to purchase. Sometimes, stores such as Goodwill will have new merchandise that still have their tags on. “You have to keep an eye out, “said Hannah. According to her, the key is patience. Hannah developed an interest in fashion at the start of high school. She said, “Sometime
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then, I realized that since I could sew, I could do really unique things.” She gets her inspiration from what she sees others wearing, and by reading a host of fashion blogs such as The Sartorialist. “I just try to mix things up,” she said. She believes that students should make an effort to dress up for school. “Teachers dress up, and people dress up to go to their jobs,” she said. She reasoned that since school is the job of high school students, they should try to look nice. She said, “It’s really not that difficult, if PHOTO BY NEHA RAMANI you kind of put a little bit of FLOWER CHILD: Hannah thought into it.”
dresses for spring in a loose, flowy skirt, a casual tee and sandals. She tops off her look with stylish black, half-rimmed glasses.
Into the woods we go West Side’s Spring musical scores a high rating with stellar acting. BY BRIAGHA MCTAVISH The school musical is an annual occurrence at West Side. The shows chosen are usually little-known musicals that have questionable morals (for example, last year’s undoubtedly politically-incorrect and confusing “Little Mary Sunshine”), but the musical chosen this year was a lot more well-known. This year’s choice was “Into the Woods,” a play about Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel whose lives cross in the woods. The characters that bring the stories together are a baker (Jake Weiss) and his wife (Annie Ellis) who are cursed by a witch so that they can’t have children until they find four items. They find the items, the baker’s wife gets pregnant, Red Riding Hood’s (Anna Roberts) grandmother is safe, Jack (Alec Canada) becomes rich, Cinderella (Mayfawny Bergmann) gets her prince (Nick Larew) and Rapunzel (Maggie Oates) is also united with her prince (Brian Anderson). It’s all great and everyone’s happy. But wait, there’s more. I seriously thought that the play was over. I was getting ready to leave when I realized there was another act. How could things get better? All of the problems are solved. But no, I sat back down and watched the next act. In this act everything goes crazy. A giant comes down from the beanstalk and terrorizes everyone, wanting to kill Jack. Rapunzel ends up committing suicide because she was abused as
A.J.’s Burgers and Beef fails to impress with a long wait for mediocre Chicago-style food. BY ELENA SPARGER
Photo by Briagha McTavish
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Mayfawny Bergmann acts as Cinderella in a rehearsal of “Into the Woods.” The play, which is a mashup of many different fairy tales, featured several other widely known characters.
a child. The baker’s wife cheats on her husband with Cinderella’s prince and then dies. Jack’s mom (Darian Williams) is killed too, and the witch also meets an end. Basically half of the cast, including the narrator, dies in the second act and Little Red, Jack, Cinderella, and the baker decide to live together. The end. Despite the wacky (and/or depressing) story line and the fact that my favourite childhood fairytales were corrupted, I was pleasantly surprised because the actors’ performances were quite good. One scene that especially stood out to me was when Little Red Riding Hood comes across the wolf. The scene itself is quite disturbing; but the actors, Anna Roberts and Paul Yoon, executed it flawlessly. I even checked the broadway recording to see if that’s really how it is in the play and their performances were absolutely identical. The whole cast stood out to
me as performers. Mayfawny Bergmann’s Cinderella was loving and sincere without being useless, Gaia Attardo’s witch was comical but still terrifying, and Maggie Oates’ Rapunzel was confused but also tragic.
As the year winds down, students are becoming increasingly anxious to get out of school. So anxious, in some cases, that even just a lunch period away is a satisfying hiatus. If you’re looking for a place to spend the occasional, and much-needed lunch period and a half, look no further than AJ’s Burgers and Beef. The Chicago-style beefery is perhaps the slowest fast food restaurant in existence. Lucky for them, their food isn’t bad. When I walked into AJ’s at lunch, a wave of fear for the
I’m not much of a hot dog eater, especially with all the random toppings someone decided to carelessly pile on top of that heart attack in a bun, so I ordered a normal cheeseburger with fries on the side. After I ordered, it took a good fifteen minutes in which three other people ordered and received their to-go meals before I got mine. Needless to say, I was unimpressed by the lack of celerity. In their defense, the burger was grilled-to-order, which is better than McDonald’s de-
The unextraordinary words used to describe the scenery can also be applied to the restaurant as a whole: nice and tolerable.
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future state of my stomach washed over me when I saw that no one else was in there eating. For your sake, I ordered anyway. Their food was a little expensive. Most entrees cost around five dollars, drinks are around $1.50, and their side items range from a little over a dollar up to over five dollars. Because they’re a Chicago-style eatery, their menu features several different hot dogs: Chicago, Jumbo Chicago, Chili Cheese, Jumbo Chili Cheese, Polish Sausage, and Beer Brats. However, none of these are made from pork--the two Chicago and Chili Cheese hot dogs are all beef.
frosting me a burger in ninety seconds. It ended up being okay, but it wasn’t a five-dollar burger, by any stretch. On the contrary, the fries were pretty spectacular. The person I went with ordered a gyro, and while it was the smallest gyro I have ever seen, it was pretty good as well. The ambience was nice as well--they played tolerable music (and by that I mean not B102.9), and they had a nice mural of the Chicago skyline covering one wall. But the unextraordinary words used to describe the scenery can also be applied to the restaurant as a whole: nice, and tolerable.
LOCATION: 124 South River Road DISTANCE FROM SCHOOL: 1.5 mi. PRICE/PERSON: $5+ GENRE: Chicago-style Check out their menu at http://www.eatajs. com/menu.php
Opinions West Side
APRIL 25, 2012
Proma Drama Prom. Many claim it is the best experience you will have during your four years in high school. For that reason it becomes all we can talk about for the last quarter of high school. We have dreamt over it, cried over it, and practically drooled over it. Now that it is finally here, the staff of The Scarlette would like to briefly pull you out of
the haze of tulle and cummerbunds to put everything in perspective and make prom a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Here at West Side we take being asked to prom way too seriously; almost to the point of ridiculousness. Although we admit that the theatrical prom invites are fun to watch and often very sweet, when it puts too much pressure on
both girls and guys to find a date in a big way, it gets to be too much. With that we also tend to put a stigma on girls asking guys or even to a person going alone. With the Junior class in particular there are many more girls than there are guys which makes it impossible for everyone to go in pairs. The possibility of a group of people going to prom, then, is much more probable and in some ways preferable. Going with a group alleviates a lot of the pressure associated with prom as well. In going with people you know and, most importantly, enjoy, it will most likely lead you to having a better time than if you go with a date you don’t know because you
felt you had to and then have to dance with them the rest of the night. Speaking of dancing, this year we would like to recommend at least a visible lessening of the grinding that we have recently become so fond of. We do not understand how this form of so-called dancing came about, but we find it
PAGE 7 ing alone. Grinding also makes it harder to go to prom without a date since it is strictly a two person dance, and many may feel left out or uncomfortable “letting loose” their dance moves so close to so much blatant PDA. We would like to see a comeback of the old dance moves, even if it’s just jumping up and
“Prom, no matter how you dress it up, is just a day.” to be unpleasant to watch. In addition, it puts pressure on a date who does not want to grind to do so anyway at risk of go-
down with your fist in the air, because even though they might look slightly silly, at least they are easier to watch.
If you end up going to prom with a friend, is it really worth making your friendship super awkward because you think you have to grind? The answer is simply no. A friendship, no matter how close, is not worth damaging through a completely inappropriate “dance.” We would like to leave you with this: prom, no matter how you dress it up, is just a day. There is no use getting hung up on every little thing because twenty years from now you probably will not remember the name of your date or the chicken you ate, but instead the friends you danced with and the excitement you felt.
Attendance policy unfair to responsible students BY HARINI SURESH As those who have had the pleasure of receiving one or more “red slips” know, this school year marked the beginning of a change in West Side’s attendance policy. A student is now allowed nine non-exempt absences per semester, a decrease from last year’s twelve, before they are removed from the class with no opportunity to earn credit. On the surface, this requirement doesn’t seem too unreasonable--as Assistant Principal Mr. Slauter explained, the number nine comes from the fact that the school expects students to be in attendance for at least 90% of school days. Some flaws emerge, however, when the scope of “non-exempt” absences is examined. Parent-excused absences are
included in this category, with the most commonly encountered being the case of a student staying home sick without seeing a doctor. The problem is that not all reasonably serious illnesses require immediate medical attention. The cure for relatively common ailments like migraines, fevers, or food poisoning is not to rush to the doctor’s office, but to take some over-the-counter medicine and rest at home. Nobody would argue, however, that students suffering from these ailments should attempt to agonize through the school day. Why is it, then, that when a parent calls in for their child in such a situation, it counts towards that child’s nine non-exempt absences? Above all, the stricter attendance policy is simply unnecessary. As a rationale for the policy, the
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WLHS student handbook states, “Regular school attendance is a valuable characteristic and crucial to student success in the classroom.” This seems to imply that missing over nine days of school will cause a student’s success in the classroom to plummet. If this is indeed the truth, then the policy is unneeded. Students will learn their lesson independently. A student who sees their grades suffering because of a lack of attendance will either be punished in the form of a unsatisfactory report card, or will realize what’s going on and start coming to class more often. If, as is more likely, the assumption made in the handbook is not the case, then the policy is even more unnecessary, and ends up punishing those whose performance would not worsen as a result of
missing school. The students who would miss more than nine days of school would probably do so, and be permitted by their parents to do so, because they know they can handle catching up on the material outside of class. It doesn’t seem fair that a student who misses nine days of school cannot miss another for a valid, parentexcused reason, even if they are consistently earning A’s on all the tests and assignments for that class. The other side of the issue does have valid points: students that chronically miss class will probably not have the same educational experience, or perhaps don’t “deserve” a credit. However, opposing the current attendance policy in no way means that the school would default to a total free-for-all where students could stay home and laze in bed whenever
they felt so inclined. The limit should stay the same for unexcused absences-that is, non-parent-excused skipping for no actual reason. But for those students who have reasonable warrants--for example, someone whose family is attending an out-of-state wedding or a senior who wants to
visit multiple colleges--it only seems fair that West Side adopt a more lenient policy, one that acknowledges that most students here are responsible and conscientious, and will not continue to miss school if their performance is actually suffering as a result.
Attendance intervention procedure according to the student handbook: • After five non-exempt absences, an Administrator will attempt to notify the parent/ guardian via phone call, email, or letter. • After seven non-exempt absences, a parent conference will be offered to include the student, parent, and administrator. • Beginning with the tenth non-exempt absence in a credit class in one semester, a student will be removed from the class with no opportunity to earn credit.
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People West Side
APRIL 25, 2012
Meet West Side’s own Jake-of-all-trades BY ABBY BIEN
PHOTO BY BRIAGHA MCTAVISH
STRIKE A POSE: Jake the baker stares down the witch during this past weekend’s production of “Into the Woods.”
Jake Weiss is a multitalented man. Not only is he successful in the classroom, he sings, plays sports, is a Superfan captain, and is an all-around likeable guy. Jake’s hearty laugh and smile help him to have a positive influence on the school population. He always seems to be having a good time here at West Side. Jake is a member of both the tennis and golf teams. In sports settings, Jake is positive and focused. He likes to do well during the game, but he never forgets to have a laugh and a good time. While working hard during practice for results during the match is important, Jake never forgets about how his decisions will help him in the future. “[The sports I play] will serve me well in my future country club endeavors,” he said with a laugh. The other activities Jake partakes in make him seem like the real life Finn from “Glee.” He says he enjoys singing and acting because
“I get to showcase what I’m good at and I enjoy being on stage and sharing the gift of music to others.” The confidence Jake exudes help him to land lead roles on stage and solos during the a cappella group Priority Male’s performances. When Jake isn’t busy with his jam-packed schedule, he enjoys “hanging out with bros, which aren’t to be confused with Da Bros” and finding new channels to watch on TV, even though his favorite show to watch is the 90’s
hit “Seinfeld.” As for Jake’s plans for next year, he’s still deciding between The University of Michigan, Indiana University, Brandeis, and the University of Miami. Wherever he goes he plans to study political science, which seems fitting as he is a member of Student Council. Mr. Ambrose, one of Jake’s favorite teachers, sums up Jake perfectly when he says, “He sings, he golfs, and he wears vintage NY Giants jerseys. Sometimes he does all three at once.”
Jake’s Favorites Movie: “Caddyshack” Restaurant: any Kosher deli Actress: Meryl Streep Musical: “Little Women”
Who am I???
What TV show do you want to be on and why?
- I was born on January 15th, 1951 in Wabash, Indiana. - I have also lived in Arizona, California, and Washington. - I attended Manchester University. - The most fascinating place I’ve ever been is the Badlands in South Dakota. - In high school I didn’t play any sports through school, but I was on a club team. - The best decision I ever made was getting married and raising a family. - I am distantly related to Proctor and Gamble. - Before I die I want to ride in a hot air balloon or parachute out of an airplane. - Favorites: - Author: J.A. Jance - Musicians: Simon and Garfunkel - Movie: “1776” - TV Show: “The Good Wife” - Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse - Actor: Paul Newman - Actress: Sandra Bullock - Food: Beef and Noodles - Store: Macy’s
“‘Rob Deerdeck Fantasy Factor’, because you get to hit people.” Jeffery Wells Freshman
“‘The Bachelor.’” Steven Borders Sophomore
“‘How I Met Your Mother.’” Owen Patrick Junior “‘X-Files’ because Fox Mulder is a fox.” Cassie Anderson Senior “‘Modern Family’ because ‘How I Met Your Mother’ was taken.” Profe Barry Teacher SERIOUSLY SPEAKING COMPILED BY NEHA RAMANI AND CRYSTAL WANG
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