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West Side reacts to Homecoming BY NICO FRIEDMAN








WEST SIDE PATRIOTS: Students show their American pride at the ‘Merica themed homecoming game on September 27th. The West SIde “Hell Hole” student section was packed and enusiasic throughout the game.

The homecoming game is special for players, coaches, fans, and especially the court of kings and queens. This year’s homecoming game was no different. Since the team has seen a lot of success this year and most of the games are away games, the stands were packed for the 20-14 victory against Rensselaer. The victory for the Red Devils pushed their record to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Hoosier conference. After the victory against Twin Lakes on October 4, their record has been moved to 7-0 and 5-0 in the Hoosier conference. The jam-packed bleachers

full of students got exactly what they wanted on the opening kickoff which was returned 99 yards for a touchdown, the return was the longest in West Side history. The exciting start to the game made the student section the loudest that it has been this year. “The atmosphere is great. More fans come out, and the whole school is there to support us. It’s great to have that as momentum heading into the game,” said Football player, Kyle Turner ‘15. “I think the atmosphere on homecoming night shows Red Devil Pride more than usual,” said She-Devil member, Sammi Bohlin ‘16. Homecoming is different from

other games for many reasons. The student section substantially grows in both size and enthusiasm. Marching band members have a unique opportunity to rile up the crowd. “It’s great to be able to march [with the marching band] on homecoming night. We always do our best at every game, but the homecoming game is special because instead of us performing at halftime we get to watch the homecoming court walk across the field,” said Marching Band Drummer Parker Krueger ‘16. “Also, we are able to get the crowd pumped and ready for the game.” The large audience does not

hinder the Homecoming participants’ performances. “I honestly don’t feel pressured to perform any differently on homecoming night because I think about how supportive our school is of all its students, so it’s easy for me to relax and perform my best but still have fun with it,” said Bohlin. “Coach Fry keeps us prepared. We go into it as if it were no other week. There isn’t any more pressure put on us because we approach it just like any other week,” said Turner.

Shutdown affects West Lafayette BY ERICA GIBSON AND JESSE SASSER


DORMANT DEPARTMENT: The Purdue Agriculture Department recieves money from the federal government. As a result of the government shutdown, many employees in the department are furloughed.

At precisely midnight on October 1, 2013, the United States federal government shut down. The cause was a standoff between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. They failed to pass a budget for this fiscal year due to arguments over the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed in 2010. “Non-essential” federal employees were furloughed, or given

temporary, unpaid leave, because there was no budget with which to pay them. These employees include National Park rangers, NASA scientists, and Department of Agriculture workers, many of whom work through Purdue University. “Both of my parents were furloughed because they work for the Department of Agriculture,” said Melinda Crane ‘14. “I’m the only person I know

with two parents who are out of work.” Crane’s parents have to wait for the government to pass a budget before they will receive their next paycheck, and they could be fired for physically showing up for work during the shutdown. Her family and many others are now restricted in their spending, which has

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New process for starting clubs Shutdown affects West Lafayette enacted Continued from page 1 negative effects on the economy. “800,000 people were laid off, so they’re not buying anything right now. Consumption is down, and many things that would help the economy can’t get done,” said Government teacher Mr. Pugh. He cited mortgage loans as an example, as they are approved by the federal government and cannot be granted dur-

BY JESSE SASSER ing the shutdown. Crane said that the shutdown has put a lot of stress on her family. After the government shutdown in 1996, her parents were compensated for the time they were furloughed, but such backpay is uncertain this time around. “The average person probably won’t feel the effects directly,” said Economics teacher Mr. Ambrose. “It’s indirectly that people are going to

see the effect. I might not notice it personally, but someone on government programs or someone trying to borrow money to buy a house might notice it. It depends on where you’re at in your life.” “I can’t think of anything positive from a government shut down, let’s put it that way,” he said. PHOTO BY JESSE SASSER

New internet comes to West Lafeyette BY JESSE SASSER Metronet, the optic fiber cable internet company, is in the process of coming to West Lafayette. FIRST Robotics and ACSL team member Kameron Lutes ’15 said this was important because having the type of infrastructure needed to support the new internet type is becoming increasingly important. Lutes said that because “without getting too technical, basically the Internet is running out of room for devices, so a higher speed connection will be required to accommodate the growing number.” “Fiber Internet is one of the biggest advances in communication infrastructure we will see for many years. Having a city-wide fiber network is extremely important for our city to keep up to date with current technologies. A fiber network also gives the user

access to more advanced Internet services which will become necessary in the upcoming years,” he said. A customer of the company, Lutes rated their service highly. “So far metronet has provided excellent Internet service. They live up to their claims,” he said. It was a bonus, Lutes said, that we was paying less than before for a faster service. Not everyone is sold on the new service, however. Nikolas Gamarra ’15 said that he just didn’t feel like he was getting enough to justify the change. “I don’t like what I have right now. I feel like they charge much more than what their quality is worth,” he said “I just haven’t thought much about switching because it would take time and effort

to stop Comcast.” Gamarra said that what he really wanted was a substantially lower price before he switched prices. Speed is not a very important factor in making up his mind. “I feel like Comcast overcharges for the speed that they give, but at the same time I’m not upset with the speed that they give,” Gamarra said. He did say that he thought it would be nice to have more local competition in the internet provider market. “I feel like it will probably be good eventually because it will be a more competitive environment for the price and hopefully bring it down a little bit,” he said.

YOUNG RESEARCHERS AT WORK: Kelsey Towers-Jones ’15 leads the Young Researchers Club at a lunch time meeting. In addition to working on projects, the group is organizing field trips for its members. Here they are planning a visit to a particle collider.

As of the beginning of this year, the school is changing the way they evaluate new clubs and organizations. Ms. Newgent, math teacher and staff sponsor of the student council said, the school is not trying to cut down on the number of clubs in total. “The problem that we’ve run into is that students are starting clubs that are similar to other clubs that we have,” said Newgent. According to Newgent, although it is student council’s job to approve the new clubs, now “student council is spending most of their meetings dealing with new clubs.” Heya Kaakeh ’15 founded one of the clubs that has felt the effects of the new system. “I applied to start the Science News Club, and Kelsey Towers-Jones applied to start the Young Researcher’s Club,” she said, “mine was going to be focused on current events in the science world and hers was going to be about helping a new group of students get into doing research at science fairs.” “They ended up being combined because there were similarities in what we did and who was in them,” Kaakeh said. “It makes sense I guess, because the school has to open new accounts for every club and everything,” said Kaakeh “and I’m just happy to see the club I wanted to start get going.” Newgent said that when those clubs get started “we have to start new accounts if they’re school approved and then we have to evaluate them at the end of the year.” “It’s just become a lot of work for us to monitor and do,” said Newgent, “and what happens is that

those students leave and then those clubs fall apart and they aren’t around next year and don’t have sponsors.” As a result of the change in policy, clubs “can form them at the beginning of the year and then at the beginning of the semester, so it’s not all year long. You can’t decide right now that you want to start a club with final exams coming up and all that,” Newgent said. Additionally, Newgent said that the form to start new clubs has been changed. “It used to be that just one person would submit it and now we are requiring that there is a minimum number of signatures so we can see that other students are interested,” she said. There is also a process for deciding which clubs get to stay at the end of each year, according to Newgent, which has remained unchanged. “We have a luncheon where the officers have to come to the meeting and they have to provide information about how many meetings they had and how many members they have,” Newgent said. She also said that while failing that test one year would get a club disbanded, they could always reform and start the process again the next year if they wanted to do so. The changes in club policy have not even been noticeable to everyone involved in school organizations. Mr. Collins, who teaches Earth Spaces Sciences and sponsors the newly founded Astronomy club, said that he wasn’t aware of the new system when the group was formed. “Anuj Patel ’14 came to me and he asked if I would

be willing to sponsor Astronomy club, and they took care of the whole process with applying for it and everything. I said I was willing to be the sponsor and I wrote the call out announcement, but I wasn’t really involved in any politicking to get the club started. All I had to do was say I was willing to be the sponsor,” he said. The Astronomy Club has guest speakers come in from the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society and field trips to the planetarium, and potentially hands on activities to help members learn basic astronomy tools, according to Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins said that he thinks that it makes sense to be more strict on starting organizations. “Let’s face it, some clubs die. Some clubs fade out. There are some old clubs that used to exist. We shouldn’t keep them on the books if they aren’t doing anything,” Collins said. Mr. Collins said that he thinks that it makes sense to be more strict on startHow to start a club -Clubs can only be started at the beginning of semsters -A petition must receive enough signatures -Student Council approves the club -At the end of the year the club is reapproved

ing organizations when sponsors leave, interest dies out, and members graduate. “Let’s face it, some clubs die. Some clubs fade out. There are some old clubs that used to exist. We shouldn’t keep them on the books if they aren’t doing anything,” Collins said.

Sports West Side

OCTOBER 10, 2013


Shelby Mann: WoMann or machine? BY WOOJIN CHOE By now, most high school sports fans know who Shelby Mann ‘14 is. She is one of the few three-sport athletes at West Side who is considered one of the best players on every team. In soccer, she is a goalscoring machine who made 27 goals in the first 13 games this year, including an unforgettable eightgoal performance at Logansport on August 26th. She was the basketball team’s leading scorer as a junior in the 2012 season and also made the All Area Team. During the track season last year, she was one of the key short-distance runners on the team. With Mann’s high school career coming to an end after this year, she hopes to impress colleges with her amazing stats and work ethic. There were big shoes to fill at the start of the 2013 soccer season with the team’s primary goalscorer, Katie Bittner, now

playing at Purdue. Coach Aaron Blessing moved Mann to play the forward role rather than the outside midfielder position she was accustomed to. This decision has proved to be the right one. “She has scored in eight of our first eleven games. It’s not just that she scores a lot in some games, it’s that she scores in almost every game so we can count on her to score for us” Blessing said. Mann is ranked fifth in the state in goals scored this year with 27. It only took Mann 14 games to reach this many goals. Last year it took graduate Katie Bittner, the team’s leading scorer, 19 games to score 23 goals. However, individual stats don’t mean much to Mann and she rarely even follows her own stats. “Whether it’s basketball or soccer, my grandma always tells me my stats and she treats it like a job,” said


A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: If you ask Shelby what she wants to do more in a soccer game, win or score, she’ll say that she wants to help the team win without hesitation. Even when practicing, she puts 110% effort into what she’s doing.

Mann. “Personally, I care more about our team winning and I want to help that happen in any way possible. My personal stats do not mean anything to me if our team isn’t improving every day.” Due to her goal-scor-

To pay or not to pay BY NICO FRIEDMAN

ing prowess, Mann is depended on by the team to score almost every game. Mann has accepted the role as the team’s primary offensive weapon well and has changed her play style to be more offensive “I feel like that if I haven’t scored, I haven’t

done my job. I’ve accepted my role on the team, and I don’t mind having that applied pressure because I feel like I play even better with it. When I step on the pitch my goal is to help my team win, and I know that scoring can definitely help with that” Mann said. Although Mann does not wear the captain’s band on the field, her presence during games still has a huge impact on the rest of the team. “Shelby is a great motivator. She’s fun to be around but knows when to be serious and she knows how to get us fired up.” captain Emily Field ‘14 said.


Athletes ask for more student support BY WENDY NDICHU

The NCAA, originally founded by Theodore Roosevelt on March 31, 1906, was created to entertain the public and to give college students a chance to play sports competitively. Now, many people wonder if these athletes should be compensated. Payment for college athletes has been getting lots of attention mostly because of Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman trophy winner and one of today’s top quarterbacks in college, who over the off season was being paid for autographs. Manziel was suspended for a halfgame, hardly a punishment for breaking an NCAA rule. In 2012-13, NCAA revenue was projected at $797 million, with $702 million coming from the Association’s new rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting, the whole agreement with CBS and Turner

Broadcasting is a 14-year $10.8 billion. None of which will be seen by the hard-working athletes that are the reason the NCAA is so prominent in the sports world. “I think [college athletes] should be paid. The athletes are the ones getting money for the NCAA, so they definitely deserve to be paid,” said Maurice Woodard’14. If anything is going to change, a decision will have to come from the board, but the NCAA board of directors has said that they’re not budging and won’t budge anytime in the near future. “I don’t think there’s anything the NCAA could do because the coach is always going to

have some funds that they could use for their program and some funds that could go to recruiting a player,” said Erin Brophy’14 Both Brophy and Delaney Barber’15 said that they would not like to be paid but Woodard disagreed. “I think it would be nice to be paid for college football, but it wouldn’t really make a difference for me,” he said. “Being a student athlete is a privilege, an opportunity to be on a team, with a great group of people and do what you like to do,” said Barber.

West Side is an establishment of education that is not only known to flourish in academic arenas but sport activities as well. All the student athletes sacrifice their time and their energy, never letting go of their resilience, so as to thrive in whatever sport they play. According to student athletes, support, love and appreciation from the parents and the staff are greatly expressed and felt in all the sports played in West Side. The student body’s attention is mostly exclusive to just a portion of the sports played, football and soccer. “I feel that the volleyball team should get more attention and people (students) should come to our games since most of the people who come are parents,” said junior varsity volleyball player Aspen Vanderwielen’16. According to Samuel Day’16 a junior varsity boys’ tennis player, the tennis team does not receive as much attention as it should. “I definitely feel like more people should come to our games and that we

should be given more attention but it’s OK,” he said. Molly Towns’14 a golf varsity player said the golf matches do have a low audience turn out, however, she does not view it as being deprived of appreciation. “I don’t feel that we are unappreciated since golf is a calm, slow pace sport

ed to improving the aptitude of the players. “I think that girl’s sports in general should get more attention,” said varsity volleyball player Tess Debruyn’16. There are various ways to express affection to these sports, according to student athletes, such as going to their matches or even just wishing them


Practice makes perfect: The volleyball team practices before their coaches arrive. They do this as a whole, both varsity and junior varsity combined.

and that is its nature. So when people don’t come I don’t feel under appreciated since I got my team,” she said. Both the volleyball and the golf teams practice every day after school for two hours, five days in a week. The boys’ tennis team, also holds practice sessions. All these sessions are dedicat-

good luck or patting them on the back as you pass by them in our hectic hallways. “I feel disappointed that sports like football and soccer get more attention since more people go to their matches,” said junior varsity golf player Miley Kim’16.

Features West Side


OCTOBER 10, 2013

The Hogwarts Generation

J.K. Rowling’s new cinematic undertaking divides the long term fans of her Harry Potter novels. Pick-up Lines BY MAIA RABENOLD AND STEPHANIE LEE

BY ERICA GIBSON The date is July 20, 2007. Although it should have closed for the night several hours ago, Borders bookstore is completely packed and fully staffed. Nearly everyone is dressed in cloaks, ties, and pointy hats, and some of the workers are scouting out the best costumes. There is a sampling station for oddly flavored jelly beans, a trivia contest, and a lively debate. It’s the eve of the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter novel by J.K. Rowling, and people are celebrating. After a five year hiatus from the “Potterverse,” J.K. Rowling has announced plans to write a new movie set in that world. The movie will be loosely based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a companion book to the Harry Potter series. The announcement is a huge surprise for the generation of readers who grew up on the novels. “I’m for [the new

movie]! I’m excited for more Harry Potter, for more of that world,” said Mackenzie Breneman ‘14. She felt very influenced by the series and said that the books were a huge part of her childhood. “Harry Potter taught me to love reading, and I really define myself by that,” she said. “It teaches the importance of friendship and standing up for people.” “They [the Harry Potter books] had idealistic characters, something you could aspire to. The series really stressed staying true to your word,” said Daniel Hallet ‘15, who said that the series contained some of the first chapter books he read. “The books really got me into reading.” Isabelle Li ‘16 also said that Harry Potter inspired her love of reading. She read the books in fourth grade to rack up Reading Comprehension quiz points, and ended up loving them. She is not looking forward to the new film because

it will be set in the 1920s, long before Harry and his friends attended Hogwarts. “I think that [the movie] is extending it too far,” said Li. “What people liked about Harry Potter was the characters.” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a field guide of mythical creatures within the Harry Potter universe. In the real world it is written by Rowling, but in the magical world its author is Newt Scamander, who will be the star of the new movie based on this book. “I didn’t think that the book was as good as the actual series,” said Hallet. Li and Breneman agreed, though Breneman thought that the book was fun anyway. “I think that the movie could go either way,” said Hallet, “ but I’ll definitely go see it.”

West Side Marauder’s Map BY PAIGE JACKSON

Today, pick-up lines are just funny and usually obscene conversation starters for those who want to impress their prospective love interest. However, pick-up lines shouldn’t be discredited completely, because when done right, they can really work wonders. Here are some pick-up lines that we “picked up” from West Side’s student body: “Are you a parking ticket? Cause you’ve got fine written all over you.” -Kaveri Sheth ’15 “You can fall from the sky, you can fall from a tree, but the best way to fall is in love with me.” -Jake Gutwein ’15 “Are you a beaver? Cause dam.” -Natalia Ochoa ’15 If you were in a meat market you’d be the prime rib.” – Alicia Cheng ’15 “Do I know you? Cause you look a lot like my next girlfriend.” -Woojin Choe ’14 Some students seem


Boy tells Girl a pick-up line. They fall in love and it’s happily ever after.

to have a never-ending list of pick-up lines, like Chris Zhang ’14: Are you Mr. Wickham? Cause you Brighton up my life. Hey girl. You’ve got curves like a sine wave. Did you cast Wingardium Leviosa? Cause I just got swept off my feet. Not even Azkaban could protect my heart from being stolen by you. If you looked at the Marauder’s Map, you would see the circles my heart is running around for you.

I don’t need to cast Lumos, cause you light up my life. To teenagers, they are something to throw out during a conversation with friends, but the next time you run out of ideas on how to approach the person you like, go ahead and be bold and throw out one of them. Who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up something else along the way.

Features West Side

10 OCTOBER 2013

Finding costume inspiration #1

BY SARA JOHNSON Halloween is a great holiday not only because of the candy and spooky/ creepy vibe but because it’s the one day where you can dress up as whatever you want and it’s cool. So here are some quirky outfits inspired by various characters in films and real-life historical figures that can be worn as everyday style or be exaggerated just in time for trick-ortreating.

2. Enid (Ghost World) Enid has so much teenage angst that it’s even clearly expressed through her 80’s school-girl grunge style. A band tee, plaid skirt, and some cat eye

Burying the baby costumes: The Costomb BY MICHAEL KING Little munchkins around the globe are preparing to participate in one of the only holidays when it is acceptable for grown up strangers to give candy to children. As they get older, most people outgrow this day of the year because society considers it “childish” and “only for the little kids.” Your costume could say a lot about who you are and what you think of the holiday. Your costume might fall under one of the following types: The lazy costume. This is the type of costume that I see most on high schoolers. You originally planned to just pass out candy, but the thirst for more candy was real and you decided to go in your basement pull out a mask, text your friends, and go get some sugary goodness. The “Oh, is this too much skin?” costume. If you have ever gone to an adult or college Halloween party, this is the most common among girls. This type of costume has no intention

glasses would be perfect for her look.

3. Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice) This Tim Burton film is a classic comedy horror fantasy movie perfect for Halloween. For Lydia Deetz, all you really need is a bottle of gel to spike your bangs into little points and some black lace or velvet and a choker. As for Beetlejuice, black and white striped pants and creepers 1. Margot Tenenbaum would suffice. (The Royal Tenenbaums) Thiaw iconic Wes An- 4. Frida Kahlo (Not derson character haa very Pictured) unique look. Margot TeFrida was a total nenbaum owns the most hipster, decorating her variety of striped Lacoste dresses I have ever seen. halo braids with flower Along with the dress, she crowns way before any wears a fur coat and a red of us even had the idea pin to secure her blonde of putting plants in our bob. hair. And, of course, her




famous full dark brows are a key statement to her bold look. She wore a lot of festive, colorful, flowy clothing with big bohemian statement jewelry.

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of being worn in front of trick or treaters, or their parents. The try hard costume. We all have seen that one person that spent well over fifty dollars on their costume. This person could go into Middle Earth or Hogwarts and fit right in. They do this because, YOLO. The one who just wants candy so didn’t even dress up costume. I’ll admit to being one of these people. I don’t have time, I don’t want to go to the costume store and I just don’t want to dress up. We all just want the candy, and we’ll do almost anything to get it. The cheating double costume. This costume is difficult to pull off, but if you do, it is truly impressive. You first go out and get as much sugary goodness as you can wearing your first costume, taking notes on which houses are the best. Half an hour before the night ends, you go back to your house and change your costume. Then you go to the best houses again and get more candy.

West Lafayette Public Library Friends of the Library Fall Book Fair 2013

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Arts and Entertainment

OCTOBER 10 2013

Mary Zhu ‘15 is the Queen of Paper BY SARA JOHNSON


“Rush” races to award season



Zhu stands with her paper mobile and artwork. She likes making crafts in her free times and is constantly

adding to her collection.

Give Mary Zhu ‘15 a pair of scissors, some glue, and a piece of paper, and a masterpiece is made. Zhu is skilled in all aspects of art, having taken 2-D art, Drawing I, and Ceramics, but she especially enjoys and excels at paper art. Zhu’s paper art is like origami taken to the next level, creating anything from 3-dimensional flowers, present boxes filled with hundreds of little stars, to delicate mobiles. “It is easy to work with. From what I have seen, I believe almost everything in life can be resembled by paper,” Zhu said.

She started getting into paper art two summers ago by learning from her older sister and looking up templates and designs online. “I think it’s really creative,” Renee Zha ‘15 said. “It takes a lot of talent to make the shapes that small and precise.” Zhu said it’s all trial-and error and figuring out how one design works with another and experimenting. One of the great aspects of her paper art is that most of it is made from recycled materials and she never wastes a single sliver of paper. She likes to collect pretty and colorful ad-

vertisements and use them for craft making. “Paper is a material that I always have in hand, so I try to use whatever is available and try to make the best out of it,” Zhu said. Zhu also makes a lot of presents and decorations for her friends and family and likes giving people her paper art work. “I like how papers can be folded into many different forms. Almost anything can be made out of paper,” Zhu said. She believes that making gifts herself for her friends is more meaningful and unique. “It’s a common deco-

rative device that I use in my room,” said Delaney Barber ‘15 about her paper mobile. It takes around 30 minutes for a paper card depending on what she adds on to it. But if she makes everything from scratch it will take around an hour to complete the piece. “When you work hard, you produce well,” said Mrs. Fusun Gulen, the art teacher. “And she’s one of those [people].”

“Rush” was just that, a rush from start to finish. Director Ron Howard truly delivered with his cinematic mastery. “Rush” details the events of the 1975 and 1976 Formula One racing seasons and within that, the major rivalry between British racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth, known to most as Thor) and Austrian racer Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl, a relatively unknown German actor). Hunt, a pretty boy, prefers to spend his time partying rather than training. Despite his lack of hard training, Hunt has a natural raw talent. This coupled with his reckless nature on the track and an unending drive to win, makes him a formidable opponent. Lauda prefers to spend his time on the track and in the garage making sure his car is at the top of its condition for each race. He is cold and calculating and considers racing a job not a sport. “Rush” takes you through the 1976 Formula One season where Hunt is trying to steal the championship from Lauda after his narrow defeat by Lauda in the ‘75 season. Ron Howard spends a large amount of time introducing the major players in his film, but this was not boring or wasteful in the slightest due to the inter cut facets of each person and the perfect balance of action in the form of racing. The time spent introducing the characters also

FAST FACTS: Peter Morgan wrote “Rush” on speculation (with no one lined up to buy it). Chris Hemsworth dropped 30 pounds to go from Thor to James Hunt.

allows one to invest in each of them and begin to care about what happens to them as they fly around curved tracks at 200 miles per hour. The racing scenes in this movie can be compared to no others. The camera work and the shot selection was phenomenal. “Rush” was one of those movies that just has to be seen in theaters to get the full experience. In the theater you can feel the concussion of the sound of the engines starting and see the bright colors of the cars as they speed past you.If you want to see it, go soon, you will not be disappointed. Ron Howard and “Rush” truly deserve the praise and Oscar buzz that they have been getting.

Early Oscar buzz shows many front runners for the 2014 award season BY CADE KANE Although the 86th Annual Academy Awards are slated for March second, critics are already starting to speculate what will be nominated for Best Picture for the 2014 Oscar season. Many critics have weighed in on the many possible best picture candidates including Clayton Davis ( editor and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association) and Henry Barnes (editor of The Guardians on line film section). Three movies are currently earning the most buzz so far. “Rush,” directed by Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind” “The Da Vinci Code” ) was released on September 27th. It stars

Chris Hemsworth, better known to most as Thor from “The Avengers,” and a little known German actor named Daniel Brühl. “Rush” retells the dramatic rivalry from the nineteen-seventy’s between Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. With strong directing and strong actors such as Olivia Wilde, this movie is a hot topic among many critics. The next film slated for release is “Gravity,” which makes its way to theaters October fourth. This movie is about two astronauts who are set adrift in space after a cataclysmic accident involving space debris. “Gravity” comes from Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón,

who is most well known for directing “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The reason that “Gravity” has so much buzz is that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the only people appearing on screen. The most talked about movie so far this year is “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen (not the Indiana born actor). “12 Years a Slave” is adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup. A free African American who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery for 12 years, hence the name “12 Years a Slave.” With another powerful cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and

Brad Pitt this film shows extreme promise. It is opening in limited release October 18th. The movies above are merely a few opinions on the 2014 Oscars. There are a lot of factors going in to the nominations and there are always black horses that arrive late but steal the show. Some other movies to watch out for going in to next years award season are “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “The Monuments Men”, “Captain Phillips” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Although it is still very early in the 2013 fim season.


Opinions West Side

OCTOBER 10, 2013


Carry your Head High and Smile It is foolish to say bullying does not exist in our school. We have all seen it in the classroom, in the hallways, and in social media. You might not realize what you have seen, as physical bullying here is a rarity and news of a fight spreads across the school like wildfire. Emotional bullying, sadly, is much more common. We at the Scarlette believe the best way to deal with being a target is selfconfidence. If a person insults your outfit or person,

respond with pride. They may not like your skirt but hey, you do, and that’s what matters most. Taking pride in your appearance and in yourself is a life skill that students should learn in high school in and out of the classrooms. However, this is easier said than done. If you struggle with confidence, or with portraying an air of pride, use the “fake it till you make it” method. Confidence is not something that can be formed

overnight, but you can always try your best to give off an air of self-assuredness. Bullying does not stop after high school; nasty people live all around the world and you will encounter them everywhere. Starting to build confidence now will help later, as you will have found something in yourself to turn to. Popping on a smile and thinking positively about yourself can change your day and your responses to harassment.

In-class movies are worth the while BY PAIGE JACKSON When a teacher pulls out the SmartBoard remote and queues up the projector, a wide variety of responses can be seen from the students. Some students pump their fists into the air and yell “YES!”, while others groan and roll their eyes, and still others pull on their hoodies and prepare for a 50 minute nap. Despite the wide variety of attitudes towards movies shown in class, teachers still insist on using them, and some even do so on a frequent and regular basis. Do movies actually help students learn? Or are they just fillers so that teachers don’t have to prepare a lesson? More often than not, students tend to “check out” when the lights go down and the movie starts. “It’s a good time to catch up on sleep,” said Michael Noll ‘14. West Side students, especially, are guilty of caring only about the information that will be included on the test and will therefore write the movie off as unimportant to their learning experience. Contrary to the popular belief that teachers use movies as filler material, most teachers aim to use

Photo by Paige Jackson

ACTION!: The library provides multiple movie options for West Side teachers. Movies are shown to supplement the student’s learning experience.

film to enhance the classroom experience. “It provides an opportunity for me, as a teacher, to appeal to a variety of learning styles. For example, sometimes I provide different ways for kids to respond to a particular question like on an essay,” said Mr. Mullis, who is fond of showing movies in his classes. Teachers would like for their students to become interested in whatever subject they are teaching, but sometimes it can be hard to fully cover and engage the students in the topic being studied. To remedy this, they turn to film to put a visual aspect on the subject matter. “When you can see it happening, it sticks in your mind better,” said Victoria Glotzbach ‘14. “I like to use it to build

interest in a topic and to try to make course content more relevant to students. It provides a way to extend the topic or what you’re learning about, beyond the textbook,” said Mullis. “Ceasing to be passive and making it an active experience is how to make it worthwhile,” said Mr. Shaeffer, West Side’s own movie expert, and teacher of the Film Literature class. A lot of forethought is put into the choosing and use of in-class movies and the decision to use them should be respected as a method of teaching. The students of West Side should look past the test and try to engage themselves in what the teachers are trying to convey with the movies that they choose to show.

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How can we greenify our school? BY MAIA RABENOLD “Being green” is a worldwide goal, now that the population at large is aware of the threat of climate change and global warming. To do our part, West Side should start looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Our school is fairly good about recycling and cutting down on electricity, but there is always room for improvement. One of the biggest contributors to our school’s effort to be green is Eco Club. Every week, they collect the plastic bottles and cans that are not recycled in the classrooms, which is a significant help to the custodial staff. “We participate in more infrequent recycling opportunities as well - the last few years we have recycled at the homecoming game. We also participated in the Subaru Stars competition, which was a traditional recycling drive but also included toys and games and other children’s items that were then donated,” said Mrs. Smyser, teacher sponsor of Eco Club. Eco Club has many projects, including the purchase of a can crusher in the cafeteria to recycle the metal from all the cans that are used by the cafeteria staff to make lunch every day. The can crusher has been selected and paid for, but has not been ordered yet because of the setup necessary before it actually can stay in the school. Eco Club was also responsible for the implementation of the reusable plastic trays in the cafeteria instead of the styrofoam trays, but the cafeteria staff is frequently unable to use the reusable trays. “We have to have a full staff to wash the reusable trays. However, we are switching styrofoam trays from the beige trays to white trays that are

Photo by Maia Rabenold

STYRO THE KILLER FOAM: Lexi Umberger ‘17, Becky Oates ‘17, Allie Jin ‘17, and Brianne Abrahamson ‘17 use styrofoam trays in the cafeteria. The styrofoam trays are used when the cafeteria does not have enough staff to wash reusable trays.

more eco-friendly: they break down faster,” said Food Services Director Jim Tyner. Even with these advancements in our school system, there are still some things that we could improve on. A lot of paper is wasted daily because there is no limit for how much paper teachers can use. We could also do more than just entertain the idea of a composting system. Since the main problem with a composting system is the need to separate food scraps from wrappers and trays, this could be overcome if students were motivated to sort it themselves, and scrap only excess food into the compost bins. “We could do a much better job of recycling at the athletic complex and during track and field and swimming events. There’s no recycling there. It’s not just games, there are practices out there every night, and tons of Gatorade and water bottles - none of that, unless a student

takes their empty bottles home and recycles them at home, gets recycled,” said Smyser. There are also many ways that students can tweak their daily habits to make our school greener. Food waste is a significant problem at many schools, and it is always a shame to see almost-full beverages and sandwiches with a couple bites taken out of them in the trash cans. Students need to make sure that they will actually consume what they buy. This is a good thing from an economic standpoint as well: throwing away food means throwing your lunch money away with it. “When you waste food, it gets put into a landfill where it creates harmful methane gas, so try not to waste food. Bring a lunch box instead of paper bags, and instead of buying plastic water bottles every day, try to bring reusable ones. And always be sure to recycle,” said Arthi Puri ‘14, Eco Club President.

Recycling Tips • Don’t recycle bottles with liquid still in them - try to dump out any liquid before recycling. • Do not recycle trash! E.g. food wrappers. • What to recycle: Plastic, metal, paper • If in doubt, ask!

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OCTOBER 10, 2013


Erin Brophy ‘14 is truly multi-talented BY PAIGE JACKSON Erin Brophy ‘14 with a violin and bow means mellifluous sounds that fill your ear. Brophy with a soccer ball means domination on the field. Brophy with running shoes means zooming past the finish line. Most students are whole-heartedly involved in one extracurricular activity, whether it’s academic, musical or athletic. It is an arduous task for many students to tackle all three, but Erin Brophy ‘14 proves that it can be done. Though Brophy plays a crucial role on the girls’ Varsity soccer team today, soccer wasn’t the perfect match for her when she started playing at the age of four. “I started it [soccer] and I played it for one season. I absolutely hated it. I tried gymnastics instead, but that was a disaster, because I’m not flexible at all. So then, I went back to soccer and I kept doing soccer and I have ever since,” said Brophy.

Being on varsity is a significant achievement for anyone in a high school sport, but being a captain of a team is a whole different privilege. “I really like being captain because I feel like I get to bring everyone together. The second thing I try to do as a captain is to be a role model to my teammates,” she said. From soccer in the fall, Brophy gets her running shoes on for the track team in the spring. Her main events are the eight hundred, four hundred, and sixteen hundred meter. Not only does she have an athletic background, but a musical one as well. Brophy is a skilled violinist. She has been with the school orchestra since fourth grade and has been part of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony since she was in eighth grade. “Erin is a great role model overall. An excellent student. Very diligent in her work. As a violinist, she is extremely competent and plays beautifully

and is an extremely good leader,” said orchestra director Carol Letcher, a long-time mentor of Brophy. Even with the extracurricular activities and the work of getting ready for college, Brophy doesn’t stop there. She is the president of a wellknown club at West Side: WLDM. “I think it’s fun, because there so many people on the executive board, so I don’t feel like there so much pressure on me so I think it’s more fun than work,” she said. As with any senior, Brophy also has her hands full with college applications. She plans on attending either Kalamazoo College, Washington University, or Hope College. She plans to play soccer in whichever school she ends up going to and study kinesiology or exercise science. She says she would eventually like to go into physical therapy. With the weight of the future upon the shoulders


FOCUSED: Erin Brophy ‘14 concentrates during soccer practice. She plays the midfielder position.

of seniors, it can be hard to keep up with the social aspects of high school life. According to Jade Doty ‘14, even with all the practices and meetings, Brophy still has time to be “a little goofy at times, like talking in accents and stuff ”. Her busy schedule doesn’t seem to prevent her from having fun and caring for others. “She’s been my best friends since fifth grade

Seriously Speaking

because she puts others first, always. Best of all, she is so bright and funny. She can keep things lighthearted and always

interesting. Her smile is contagious to anyone who is around her,” said Shelby Mann ‘14.

Favorites Soccer Player: Andrea Pirlo Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chip and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Animal: Cow TV Show: Bones

Who am I???

Why is the school so cold? “The brain is like electronics, and electronics run best in the cold.” Savanna Gray Freshman “They ran out of failing grades to burn.” Cyrus Hulen Sophomore

“Because there are polar bears in the basement.” Costa James Junior

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“Dementors. We can’t see them because we’re Muggles, but dementors.” Allison Talbert Senior

“Because of my cold, cold heart.” Mr. Levy History teacher


I was born in Iowa on December 3, 1982. I went to Camelback High School in Phoenix, AZ. The most interesting place I’ve been to is Pacos, TX. I got my bachelor’s at Arizona State University and masters at Northern Arizona University. The number one thing on my bucket list is to get a PhD in the future. This is my second year teaching at West Side. I like to spend time with my fianceé, hike, play disc golf, and tango. I played baseball, soccer and ran cross country in high school. The best thing I like about West Side is the atmosphere in general, because I like the staff and the students. It feels a lot like where I came from so it feels comfortable. The best decision I’ve ever made is deciding to teach. Favorites: Actor: Morgan Freeman Food: Spaghetti Book: Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad Sports Team: Everton Color: Blue Animal: Austrailian Cattle Dog Restaurant: DeFalcos TV Show: “Castle”


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