Students learn to master manners BY KATHRINE SCHULZE
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GEARING UP: Freshman Andrew Moser and Sophomore Jerry Sha examine the robot’s progress at a meeting in Mr. Florence’s room.
The robot is ready BY ARTHI PURI From March 15th to March 17th, the West Side Robotics team will be participating in their first competition of the year at the Purdue Armory. The team, consisting of approximately forty to fifty people, has been preparing for this competition all year. From January to February they worked on the robot for three to six hours
daily. As soon as the game is released at the beginning of build season, the team designs the robot and decides what the best approach is to win. For the next seven to eight weeks, the team gets down to work and actually builds the robot. From March to April, they prepare for multiple future competitions by making adjustments and
upgrades to the robot. Currently, since the build season is over, they are building a practice robot which is identical to the actual robot. This year, the task of the robot is to be able to shoot baskets and push down a bridge. The competition is international and the world championship has been sponsored by many celebrities. “Will.I.Am is a
big sponsor, and last year Morgan Freeman was actually commentating one of our fields.” said Albert Hwang, a sophomore who helps with the wiring and electronics. “This year we actually have Barack Obama, both Bushes and Clinton coming to our world championship competition.” Sponsors ranging from NASA to Ford
Knowing which fork to use for the salad can go a long way to success in college, while looking for jobs, and beyond. Anthony Cawdron, house manager and events coordinator for Westwood, the residence of Purdue’s president, says that employers “are looking to see if you can multitask--if you can handle a fork and a conversation.” On Monday February 20th, around 50 juniors and seniors arrived at Purdue’s Marriott Hall for the first annual etiquette dinner. Before it started, many were less than excited for the coming event, citing their parents as the only reason for attending. The etiquette dinner was not a new idea, but one that had been considered for the past few years by the parent council. This year it was put into motion when the parent council, who, according to council member Nancy Gatmaitan, approached the Hotel and Tourism Management department at Purdue. The dinner was planned to coincide with a class in the department as a project. Before the actual dinner, students had to learn how to properly conduct themselves in social and dinner settings. And who better to teach etiquette but an Englishman who had planned events for two of the most stately homes in Britain? According to RHEA: A Student Driven Learning Source, in addition to being the events coordinator at Westwood, Professor Anthony Cawdron also teaches business etiquette and advanced service at Purdue. Growing up in England, Cawdron traveled throughout his childhood.
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Science Olympiad wins regionals BY EMILY MACK On Saturday, February 25, eight teams from seven schools across the state (Park Tudor had two teams) brought their all to the Science Olympiad regional competition. West Side’s team of ten was among one of the smallest there, but took first place with 54 points and 10 out of 23 first place medals. There were twentythree events, all of which could be categorized in the broad categories of biology, chemistry, phys-
variety of what coach Mr. von Werder referred to as “pencil and paper type of activities” requiring lots of math and fact based knowledge. “We each have to pull our weight as When asked how much time the team spent prepart of a team in order to succeed. paring, Mr. von Werder That’s what makes it so rewarding.” chuckled. “We actually didn’t meet very regularly - Lucy Han until recently,” he said. Senior Sophomore Phoebe Moh explained that most of the ing component. Some of cluded chemistry labs, preparation is individual the building projects had analyzing rock samples, work, like studying for the to be built beforehand, like forensic experiments and a continued on page 2
ics, earth science or technology. About two-thirds of these events had some type of hands-on or build-
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News West Side
MARCH 7, 2012
Schools sever free speech BY NEHA RAMANI Cancer awareness is a cause supported by most schools. At West Side, the Hoops for Hope event, the volleyball team’s “Dig Pink” games, and the annual blood drives all aim to raise awareness about and aid cancer research. Most other schools have similar events and fundraisers. However, in early January, Roosevelt Middle School in Monticello, Indiana banned an eighth grade student from wearing a bracelet in support of breast cancer. The bracelet said, “I heart boobies” and was deemed inappropriate and lewd by school officials. Although the bracelet did not cause any disruption for the two days it was worn to school by the boy, the vice principal spotted it and asked the student
to turn it inside out. The student’s parents filed a lawsiut against Roosevelt Middle School saying that their son had a First Amendment right to wear the bracelet. Several schools around the nation have banned the same bracelet. Controversy has arisen in districts in California, Pennsylvania and Texas. In Pennsylvania, a case over the right to wear the bracelet went to the district court, where it was ruled that the First Amendment protected its wearing. Officials said that since the bracelet was being worn for a cause, it could not be deemed a disruption. West Side sophomore Chris Zhang agreed that a bracelet in support of breast cancer had to be allowed, because it cannot be determined why However, he said, “If people are abusing that right and
flaunting it, it should be taken away.” Senior Lucy Han feels it is difficult to determine where the line should be drawn. She said, “I think it has to be stopped when whatever is happening is
bracelet were to be worn by a West Side student, Principal Shriner said that “I’d ask them to find a different way to show their support.” According to Shriner, while “freedom of
“Freedom of speech should be limited in schools if it becomes a disruption.” Will Rankin senior actually inappropriate or offends someone.” In most cases, when the school environment is being disrupted by freedom of speech, then a court will rule on the side of the school and the administration. However, it becomes harder to determine when the reason for exerting the “speech” is rooted in a positive action. If the controversial
speech” controversies are not alien to West Side, there hasn’t been an occurence in the past few months. Shiner said that if an incident were to occur, students who were to wear what might be considered offensive would never be given disciplinary action, but would simply be asked to re-evaluate their choices.
Prepare to dance till you drop Students are warming up for the West Lafayette Dance Marathon. BY GRACE PALMIERI Although dance marathons have been going on since the Jazz Age of the Roaring ‘20s, this year marks the first time West Side is hosting one of its own. The West Lafayette Dance Marathon will take place throughout the high school, in the gyms and commons area, on March 31st from four to ten p.m. The goal is to stay standing for the entire six hours. Several activities will be going on during the event so that there will be things to do for people who do and don’t like to dance. Last summer, Junior Cailey Daluga originally got the idea to have a dance marathon at West Side from her brother, who is in charge of the mini marathons happening at Purdue. She thought it would be a great thing to do here
Robotics continued from page 1 support the many teams of the multimillion dollar competition. As for the team members in charge of the top responsibilities, David Afolabi is the president. Darian Williams holds the chairman position which is the most prestigious award in robotics, and concerns
too, and that’s when the planning began. “It’s been stressful, but when you do the events you realize the impact you’re having and see how much people
en by children who have undergone treatment at Riley Hospital talking about their experience, and a dance lesson taught by members of the club.
care,” said Cailey. The executive board of West Lafayette Dance Marathon consists of Cailey Daluga, Katie Sigurdson, Amber Harriger, Katie Bittner, and Chase Lewark, who are in charge of fundraising before the marathon, as well as at the event itself. Some events being organized for the event include a dodge ball tournament, speeches giv-
In order to raise money during the months prior to the actual dance marathon, members of the club have done things such as Christmas caroling in the neighborhoods of University Farms and Barberry Heights, canning at Walmart, organizing a Rat Trap dance, and running the “Miracle Minute” during which they went through the stands at a basketball
game for a minute collecting as many donations as possible. “It’s good to do something around the community that profits families here,” said sophomore Meghan Moody. So far, $3,000 has been raised, not including the money not yet accounted for. Organizers hope to raise much more at the big event. All donations and money raised will go to Riley Children’s Hospital. For those interested in attending the West Lafayette Dance Marathon, registration forms are available outside the high school office until March 9th. A ticket to the event costs $10 dollars. An addition of a bag and t-shirt is $10 more.
what can be done to improve. Henry Williams is the head of technology, while Ben Carson also helps to build the robot. John McDougall does the main programming while the animation job goes to Duri Park, Anand Hastak, and Chris Strickler. Sophomore Brian French said that despite all the hard work, “the competitions are definitely worth going to; it’s fun
meeting people from many different places. It’s also fun to work with the robot and try to figure out how to win the competition.” West Side usually does well in the robotics competitions. Hwang said, “We’ve won the world championship website award twice, and we are one of the best
in the area.” West Side has also won the CAGE award twice, and this year they were runnerups. French says, “We’re really good at being finalists, but we’re usually outplayed during finals due to bad luck. Other than that, we’ve improved every year.”
“It’s good to do something around the community that profits families here” Megan Moody sophomore
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PASS THE SALT: Professor Anthony Cawdron illustrates the proper etiquette for dealing with a formal table at Purdue’s Marriot Hall during the Etiquette Dinner.
Students master the art of manners continued from page 1 Traveling to different countries was a major reason for his pursuit of a career in hospitality. After his schooling he served the Duke of Marlborough before going on to serve at the Sutton Place, a home of an American billionaire. His work at the Sutton Place brought him into contact with a vast number of famous artists as well as several members of the royal family including Princess Diana. He later went on to Switerzland before traveling to the US to work at Iowa State under former Purdue president Martin Jischke. When the Jischke family made the move to Purdue, Cawdron accepted the position as the Westwood events coordinate. Professor Cawdron guided students through social etiquette as well as the proper etiquette for a business dinner “Everyone is watching,” said Cawdron. “Anyone could be filming you.” Cawdron started the lecture with the proper way to respond to an invitation and carried on through an entire evening of greeting strangers, eating food off platters,
and properly giving toasts. “It was definitely a lot more focused on the little things that make a big impression,” commented senior Wylie Gorup. Cawdron kept students entertained with a dry sense of humor and an abundance of pop culture references. When speaking of responding to an RSVP, Cawdron said, “You can’t do the Katy Perry thing: Your yes then your no then your yes then your no then your yes.” His effective style of teaching kept students awake and ready for dinner. With the warning that they would be taped during dinner students sat down at their assigned tables looking a little apprehensive. “I felt really judged,” said senior Adrian Potts, but she “liked that the servers were the students.” The four-course meal of salad, soup, a main course, and desert was highly praised by many of the students. Senior Tyler Smith said that the desert was the “best chocolate bread pudding I’ve ever eaten.”
Science olympiad continued from page 1 trivia and working on the building projects. West Side also had a small team, only taking ten of the fifteen people allowed. Almost all of the team members were competing in four or five events over the course of the day. Melinda Crane, who has been involved in Science Olympiad since seventh grade, attributed this to State ISSMA being on the same day, leaving her and several others unable to participate. Melinda said most of these teammates are planning to attend the State competition at IU on March 24th. Moh said she took place in five events this year: Experimental design,
thermodynamics, game on, sounds of music, and rocks and minerals. She explained her favorite of these was Game On. “It’s basically where you program a short computer game, and you only have 15 minutes to do it. It was really fun for me because I like programming.” She also said that Game On wasn’t a “real” event, but a trial challenge that is a test to see how participants react to these possible future events. “We’re like guinea pigs.” Phoebe said. When asked her favorite part, she said the awards ceremony. “It’s over; it’s done, so you can just cross your fingers. There’s always this moment of “did we do it”?”
Sports West Side
MARCH 7, 2012
Girl’s tennis To Melissa, athletics is art Melissa Fresier talks about her career as a baton twirler. team ready to serve up success BY HARINI SURESH
BY ELENA SPARGER The coming of spring marks the beginning of the tennis season, and this year, West Side’s team is making some changes. Not only is head coach Tim Wright making cuts for the first time this year, but also some of the team’s top players, including junior Sarah Cai, are leaving this season. While the loss of these players is an obstacle for the team, they are optimistic that they will succeed this season without them. “We’re going to have to work very hard, and obviously them not playing is a loss, but I think we’re going to go on and win the matches we have to win if we work hard,” commented junior Rachel Berry on the effect that losing players will have on the team this coming season. Cai said of her decision to quit the team that she wants to focus on USCA tournament competitions, adding, “My national ranking dropped a lot because I couldn’t play tourna-
ments.” While the loss of such a valuable player does affect the girls’ team, they are confident that with hard work they can accomplish their goals of winning the Hoosier Conference, making it to sectionals, and beating their biggest rival: Harrison. Last season the team had nearly fifty players, a number that Coach Wright plans to cut down on this year. The coach’s past refusal to make cuts is widely-known and grumbled about by the players, who lost playing time and practice space because of the excessive amount of players. With cuts, the team will be more manageable, and practices more beneficial. While making cuts is undesirable, it will ultimately prove advantageous to the team, who will have more time and space to focus on improvement so that they can accomplish their various goals for the season.
“...I think we’re going to go on and win the matches we have to win if we work hard.” Rachel Berry Junior
You’ve seen her sparkling on the football field during halftime, leading the SheDevils dance team, and maybe even twirling fire. Senior Melissa Freiser started baton twirling when she was eight years old and has been at it ever since. “My coach said she saw something in me,” remembered Melissa of her first session. “She went up to my mom and kind of begged her to let me keep on twirling.” Melissa started taking private lessons then, and continues to this day. A year ago, her coach moved to Indianapolis, so Melissa drives down every other weekend for her lessons. Melissa’s twirling coach Veronica only had positive things to add: “Her resilience and perseverance along with her immense positivity make it a joy to coach her and watch her during performances.” During practices, Melissa said she works on learning new tricks. “As a beginner, you learn the basics,” she explained. “Now most of the tricks I learn are just advanced styles of the basics.” Like mastering any sport, Melissa admitted that it’s always hard to learn a new trick. Hard, high tosses can take weeks of practicing to learn, and Melissa has plenty of bruises to prove it. “I just try to do them over and over again to try and increase
the percentage of times I can catch the baton.” As a freshman, Melissa also joined the SheDevils dance team to improve her twirling skills, now reflecting that it has definitely helped her with little things like keeping toes pointed during routines. She became the co-captain when she was a jnior and continues this year. Her current cocaptain Junior Haley Ardnt commented, “Melissa is a dedicated teammate who passes on her enthusiasm to the rest of the team.” During the school year, Melissa performs with the marching band at football games. From December to April, she goes to twirling competitions once or twice a month. Next month, Melissa will be competing in one called Miss Majorette, which is a pageant to qualify for the National tournament in the summer. “Twirling competitions are a lot like track and field or swimming,” described Melissa. There are several different events at every competition. For example, a typical competition might start out with modelling, which Melissa describes as “presenting yourself gracefully to the judge.” After that, the participant talks with the judge oneon-one, answering questions ranging from themselves to current events. Another event is “strut-
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BIG SMILE: Melissa puts on a performance for spectators at Hoops for Hope on Friday, February 17th.
ting,” which is marching or doing a routine without actually tossing the baton. Finally, there is a solo event, in which the participant can do whatever they want. “Basically, try to do as many tricks as you can,” explained Melissa. “From a technical perspective, Melissa has a wonderful handle on twirling multiple batons,” adds Veronica. “This not only takes excellent one baton basics, it also requires exceptional timing.” Though Melissa plans her routines for competitions, she says she does it “on the fly” when she’s with the school marching band.
Next year, Melissa hopes to twirl at Purdue, and is waiting to hear back after auditioning last weekend. “I really like it because its a sport that not a lot of other people do,” she explained. “It kind of makes me different.” It’s Melissa’s love for the sport that ensures that no matter where she goes, she will always continue twirling. “It motivates me to twirl in front of large crowds,” she smiled. “Even though I might get super nervous, when I’m out there doing it, that reminds me of why I love twirling so much.”
Dedicated athletes continue to train year round BY BRIAGHA McTAVISH
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SERVED: Andre Woloshuk practices his skills at the Schwartz tennis center during off-season.
West Side’s sports teams are pretty intense. From warm-ups to conditioning sessions, the season seems like a blur that ends abruptly. So what do athletes do when their sport isn’t in season? Some students choose to participate in other school teams, while others choose to continue in their sport, but off season. The purpose of off-season sports is to maintain the players’ proficiency. Two of the most popular sports that carry on into the off season are tennis and swimming.
Most tennis players play at Purdue’s Schwartz Tennis Center for their Junior Tennis program. The season, however, isn’t as intense as the school’s season; the group meets on three days of the week for an hour and a half. The program consists of a group of local players, not just from West Side. Another school represented is Harrison. West Side’s tennis coach, Tim Wright, encourages the players to participate in the program. Junior and tennis player, Lucas Owen, explains, “he helps run the lessons. He also encourages us to play in as many tournaments as we can.”
The center offers seven tournaments throughout the winter months for an assortment of ages. Swimmers that participate in Boilermaker Aquatics during the off season have a much more intense schedule. “We practice two times a day, five days a week, and on Saturdays,” sophomore Rachel Ho says. The swimmers compete in numerous meets in an Olympic size pool. “[We’re] not just training for nothing,” she says. Not as many of the swimmers on West Side’s team participate in the program as past years. “We have a lot of swimmers that are younger... that are
coming up,” Rachel explains, “Pretty much all of our top swimmers all swim BA or have swam BA in the past.” The swimming coaches encourage the team members to participate in the sport. “Swimming is one of those things where it’s really key for you to stay in shape,” Rachel explains. So do the athletes ever get bored of their sports? “No, not at all,” Owen says, “I like all of the people, and tennis is really fun and relaxing for me.”
Features West Side
MARCH 7, 2012
Parents with perks Dealing with clingy girlfriends.
Faculty members’ children discuss the plight of having a parent at school with them. BY WONHO RHEE
BY BRIAGHA McTAVISH So I kind of railed on you guys before Valentine’s Day for being overprotective. But never fear, you’re going to love this issue’s topic: clingy girlfriends. Throughout your dating career, you’ve probably either been involved with a clingy girl or seen one of your friends being eaten alive by a possessive monster. Here are the warning signs that you might be in a relationship with one of these said creatures. 1) She tells you that she loves you within the first week, and then says that she wants to marry and has your children’s names picked out two minutes later. I know, sounds ridiculous, and that’s because it is. Your first reaction is probably, hmmm this is really weird... but I’ve never had a girlfriend so... “Love you too!” No. Just no. The first thing you need to know about these girls is that if you enable them, their grip just gets tighter; so whatever you do, do not tell her you love her too. Sure, she’ll probably break up with you, but would you really want to be in a relationship with that? 2) She calls you literally five times a day and asks you who you’re with, what you’re doing, why she always has to be the one to call, etc. If this is your girlfriend, just sit her down and explain to her that she doesn’t need to know everything in your life. 3) She wants to hang out 24/7. First of all, you need to sleep sometimes. Second, it’s really bad in a relationship to always be with each other. Tell her you need some guy time or alone time, and encourage her to hang out with her own friends. The thing about clingy girls, and any girl, is that they like a guy who’s honest. So if you’re feeling weirded out by her possessiveness, tell her. It might salvage your relationship, and if she gets angry, she probably wasn’t worth your time anyway.
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PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE: Social Studies teacher Mr. Pugh offers some useful advice to his two children Taylor (Sophomore) and Michael (Senior).
Most of us are used to escaping the influence and control of our parents at home when we go to school, only to surrender our freedom to teachers, administrators, and academics. Some of us,
“The only downside... is that I cannot procrastinate on any assignment... without him knowing.” -Michael Pugh Senior however, have the worst of both worlds. There are ten students at our high school whose parents work here also: Katy Brewer, Jacob Mills, Thomas Pechin, Sam Porterfield, Michael Pugh, Taylor
Beat out spring break blues at the bowling alley. BY KATHRINE SHULZE Many students are jetting off to warmer weather this spring break. But if you are not lucky enough to leave behind the bitter weather for a week of beachbumming and roller-coaster-riding, it is still possible to enjoy a
week free of the hallowed halls of West Side. Since it is often still chilly during spring break I suggest you spend you spend some time at the memorial union. With a lot of places to eat and a bowling alley in the basement the Union has a lot to offer. And since the
Pugh, Melanie Sadeghi, Claire and Reed Shriner, and Matt von Werder. Yet after a closer look, this situation is not nearly as bad or strange as it might seem. According to Michael Pugh, “Most people are surprised to find out that I enjoy having my dad as a teacher.” He cites benefits such as not having to ride the bus, getting his questions answered at home rather than having to wait until the next day, having access to his locker after class hours are over, and getting permission slips signed quickly. Katy Brewer mentions many of the same things and adds, “It’s actually not as weird as most people might think. I do see my dad sometimes in the hall, but other than that, school’s the same for me as everyone else.” Thomas Pechin takes the positive sentiments a step further by saying there are no cons to having his mother teach at West Side because she “is such a lovely lady.” Both Pechin and Sam Porterfield agree that their mothers
are, as Sam puts it, “a convenient source for any cash.” However, Porterfield offers some insightful, more serious remarks about the experience of having his parent as an actual teacher. “In the classroom, it was hard for me to adjust to giving my mom the kind of respect and obedience I would normally give a teacher,” he explains. “I am used to being loose around her; I usually enjoy teasing her. During her class, I made frequent trips to the hall for being disrespectful.” Michael Pugh is more lighthearted about currently having his father as his Government teacher, remarking, “I have a lot of fun in my dad’s class primarily because I understand his humor and I have seen the movies that he quotes. The only downside to having his class is that I cannot procrastinate on any assignment or project without him knowing. I also cannot get by without studying for a test.” All in all, these students get to enjoy a lot of perks having their
college students will be gone for break you will have the union all to yourself. The bowling alley is by far the best in town, not to mention the best in Lafayette as well. Possibly the best thing about bowling is that it does not matter who you play with. No matter if you come with your friends or your parents it is almost impossible not to have a good time. If you are still not convinced on the wonders of bowling, though, there is always the arcade conveniently located in the same room as the alley. The arcade features the regular point
and shoot games, air hockey, and Dance Dance Revolution. It also has a multitude of pool tables to practice your skills on. After you wow your friends with your amazing bowling skills you will probably be pretty hungry. Lucky for you, there is an entire floor filed with all sorts of food just up the steps from the bowling alley. The Union includes subs shops, a Starbucks, and a delicious pizzeria all with in a reasonable price range. And if you can not possibly tear yourself away from your bowling game you always have the option of ordering your food from the
parents as teachers at the school. But also worth mentioning are Claire and Reed Shriner, children of principal Mr. Shriner. Claire notes, “I get to see my dad every day, so that’s really nice. I remember going to middle school
“I do see my dad sometimes in the hall, but other than that, school’s the same for me as everyone else.” -Katy Brewer Junior and only getting to see him a couple hours a couple nights a week.” On the other side, she states, “Some cons would be having him around too much, maybe, like at sporting events or social activities.”
alley and having it delivered to you. So if you are unlucky enough to be spending your spring break in West Lafayette this year consider making a trip down to the union. Union Rack and Roll Hours: Sunday- Thursday: 10:00AM12:00AM Friday- Saturday: 10:AM1:00AM Union location: 101 N Grant St
Features West Side
MARCH 7, 2012
Kids are commonly choosing certain classes BY WONHO RHEE
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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE: Sophomore Esther Yoon shows her nautical style during Good Weather Promotion Week.
Students summon sunshine BY ARTHI PURI Wouldn’t it be great if you could spend Spring Break wearing t-shirts and shorts rather than being bundled up in multiple sweaters and coats? Well, from March 5th to March 9th, West Side students are trying to improve West Lafayette weather by dressing up in summer clothes for Good Weather Promotion Week. The
tradition started in 2009 when a group of seniors decided to wear summer clothes. “Miraculously, the weather cleared up and it was in the 60s all week,” says senior Jake Weiss. Each year, West Side students dress differently for a week according to the theme of each day, as listed.
GOOD WEATHER PROMOTION WEEK THEMES
Monday - I’m on a Boat Tuesday - Summer Sports Wednesday - Summer Camp Thursday - Life’s a Beach Friday - Early Spring Break
There are dozens of classes available at West Side. Of these, 33 classes are electives for the 201112 school year, excluding the 15 AP classes offered at our school. There could actually be more electives available, but which classes are offered is determined by how many people sign up for a given class. For example, Sociology was offered last year but was not offered this year due to lessened interest. There are some interesting things about the numbers of students taking certain classes. Four of the five most popular electives are in the area of English: Etymology (103 students), Film Lit (91 students), Speech (72 students), and Debate (70 students). The other elective, the third-most popular, is Psychology (75 students). These seem to be the most worthwhile classes to take
before graduating, but maybe this is because English requires two elective credits for graduation. On the other hand, the areas of Health and PE, Music, and Science only have one elective each, again, not counting AP classes. The Anatomy section of Biology II AP takes the cake as far as popular AP classes go, with 59 students enrolled this semester. This could be because it is only a one-semester commitment, unlike most other AP classes. Science is also the most taken subject out of the AP classes, perhaps because all of the science AP classes are natural extensions of Biology I, Chemistry I, and Physics I that are taken by most students anyway. Biology teacher Mr. Overley offers another explanation: “We are around Purdue University, which has a lot of people who are interested
MOST POPULAR ELECTIVES BY SUBJECT English: Etymology (103 students) FACS: Child Development (25) Health and PE: Weights (24) Math: Probability and Statistics (55) Music: Percussion Ensemble (21) Science: Earth/Space Science II (17) Social Studies: Psychology (75) Business/Tech Ed: Business/Law (25) Visual Arts: Photography 1 (56)
WORLD LANGUAGES French I-IV (176 students) German I-IV (106) Spanish I-IV (301)
in sciences. Probably if we were in the, say, IU community, there would be more humanities.” In terms of world languages, Spanish is by far the most-taken language overall and most-taken language AP class. World Language Department Head Mr. Ohlhaut explains, “It’s pretty standard, actually, to have a lot more students in Spanish than any of the other languages. That’s largely due to circumstances in U.S. society where visibility of Spanish is a lot higher in day-to-day life.” An impressive fact about French at our school is that, while about 13% of the overall students taking Spanish and German are taking the AP class, a significantly higher 19% of students taking French are in AP. To account for this, Mr. Ohlhaut says, “I can only tell you anecdotally that, students who
take French are making a deliberate choice to run counter-current from the beginning, and there’s a certain degree of loyalty and fierceness of belief in their choice.” The three most difficult classes at our school, according to senior Connor Couetil, are Calculus ABBC AP, English AP, and Physics AP, because of the “amount of work.” For Calculus, he reports having to do “an hour to an hourand-a-half of homework each night,” for English, he says there’s “a lot of reading and papers which take hours to complete,” and for Physics, he says, “the homework is really difficult to finish.” While many seniors may not want to accept this workload during their last year of high school, Couetil finds the classes to be “a challenge that is rewarding.”
AP CLASSES Computer Science AP (24 students) English Literature AP (28) European History AP (31) Micro/Macro Econ AP (25) French IV AP (34) German IV AP (14) Spanish IV AP (38) Calculus AB AP (25) Calculus AB-BC AP (37) Statistics AP (17) Bio II AP, Evol/Ecol (48) Bio II AP, Anatomy (59) Chemistry AP (41) Physics AP (17) Art History AP (18)
Arts and Entertainment West Side
Chauncey Hill Mall’s Ah Z Sushi provides a fresh alternative to old favorites with its Big Ten menu. BY ELENA SPARGER On my quest to find new and interesting places to go for lunch in an attempt to animate the monotonous routine that is senior year, I found Ah Z Sushi. The name of the Japanese Fusion restaurant is fitting, because when I took my first bite into their aptly-
named Purdue roll, the only thing I could say to express my immense satisfaction was, “aaahhhh.” The aforementioned roll came from their Big Ten menu, which consisted of a different roll named for each Big Ten school. I had read a review on Yelp.com beforehand that said their rolls were sloppy, and while
CATWALK TO CLASS Adam Folta is dressed for success BY NEHA RAMANI
this was true of the Purdue roll, it was completely the opposite for the other roll I ordered. And since when did Yelp become “Top Chef ”? I say if it tastes good, eat it. And so I did--and it definitely paid off. I got ten Purdue rolls for just eight dollars, and they were pretty huge, so it was well worth the money. I also ordered the Chauncey roll, which is named after the restaurant’s location in the Chauncey Hill Mall. The Purdue roll, which was made up of crab, cucumber and avocado, and topped with tempura batter, was mouth-watering. The Chauncey roll, which
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CASUAL COLLEGE STYLE: Adam dresses trendily in khaki shorts, a light-colored polo.
clothing, but also enjoys shopping on his own. “My mom takes me shopping but I actually figure out what I’m getting,” he said. Adam also observes what celebrities wear and tries to incorporate that into his own style. He advises that others do the same, admitting that
“I don’t want to be the average guy who wears sweat pants.” - Adam Folta the fact that most boys dress down for school, with sweatpants or jeans and an athletic t-shirt or sweatshirt, the attire of choice. He eschews this in favor of taking care of his appearance. “I don’t want to be the average guy who wears sweat pants.” Adam says that his style is heavily influenced by his older brother. “He’s really good with style,” Adam said about his brother, “He reads style magazines sometimes.” Adam wears some of his brother’s old
sometimes celebrities “go over the top,” but adding that it is pretty easy to “modify that and make it work for yourself.” At the recent semiformal dance, Adam wore an olive colored suit with a purple shirt and tie.“I bought it a couple weeks ago,” he said. “I didn’t actually own a suit and I’ll probably need one for college next year.” Whatever school he ends up at, Adam will coast through looking classy and cool.
thirty different types of sushi, noodle soups including ramen and appetizers (one called “Heart Attack”--order at your own risk). Ah Z also has a meal called a Bento Box, which includes a choice of teriyaki chicken, spicy chicken, or chicken katsu (deep-fried chicken breast) with miso soup, rice and a salad. The Bento Box also only costs $7.50, which is very cheap for the amount of food you receive. The cheapest roll you can get is your standard California roll, which is only four dollars, and drinks are only 85 cents as well.
Overall, their meals are very cheap, you get a lot for your money, and it’s cleaner than some other restaurants. And as an added benefit, they’re quick enough to eat there for lunch. So if your stomach is rumblin’ for some good ole sushi, I definitely recommend Ah Z to quiet that embarrassing tummy thunder.
LOCATION: Ah Z Sushi, 111 N. Chauncey Ave. DISTANCE FROM SCHOOL: 1.0 mi. Price/Person: $5+ GENRE: Japanese Fusion
Briagha McTavish breaks into the big leagues The junior makes strides in Hollywood with her original music. BY ABBY BIEN
It is sometimes said that those who dress better for school tend to perform better. If this is true, then senior Adam Folta has a future as bright as the colorful polos he dons on a regular basis. His preppy style is synonymous with the collegiate look. However, he adds his own edge. “I try to mix the preppy style with a hipster look,” he said. Adam’s favorite stores are J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, and Polo Ralph Lauren. On most days, Adam can be found wearing neatly pressed khaki pants with a polo shirt. His shoes of choice alternate between popular brands Sperry Top-Siders or Converse. He often tops off his look with a pair of thick, dark brown glasses and a Puma watch. Adam acknowledges
was salmon, avocado and cream cheese, all deepfriend, was also delectable. However, I’ve had the same roll at Maru Sushi, who tops it with a sauce that adds extra oomph to the roll. Nonetheless, soy sauce proved to be a good substitute. Although the place was very small, the owners apparently have a good knowledge of feng shui, so I didn’t feel like I was packed in a can of sardines. They also played Japanese music videos on their television, which added to the modern Japanese ambiance. The menu was immense--they have about
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If you know who Briagha McTavish is, you probably think of her as a quirky dresser, who is outgoing and talented with a viola. What you might not know is that she is an aspiring singer and songwriter, writing both the music and melody with piano and guitar. She began singing when she was a wee child and has dreamed of making singing a career ever since. “I think she has quite a voice.” said her friend Maggie Oates. Briagha has labeled her music as pop with some rock influence, and those who have heard her music compare her to musicians like Colbie Callait and Sara Bareillies. While she enjoys those artists, Briagha takes a lot of inspiration from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Regina Specktor. Although Briagha enjoys singing, songwriting is her passion. The purpose of songwriting, she said, is “to tell a story” and because she is a teenage girl, a lot of her sto-
ries focus on the ups and downs of her relationships with boys. Besides singing original music, Briagha has recorded some of her dad’s songs too, with most of them having been written about her mom. “My dad’s songs are much more deep than mine,” she said with a laugh. Briagha takes her dream of performing at the Grammys very seriously. She has a voice teacher, Steven Memel, who is based in Los Angeles and gives Briagha lessons over Skype. Memel has worked with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Sara Bareilles. He also worked with the actors on the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movie series. She also has attended the Taxi Convention, and also the Hollywood Immersive in L.A. Both programs are for aspiring artists to learn about the industry and improve their talent. Briagha said that these experiences, in particular the Hollywood Immersive “really improved [her] voice because it was really bad until a few years ago.” Here in West Lafayette, Briagha sings at her
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ROCKING OUT: Briagha performs at First United Methodist Church. The junior began singing as a child, and has continued ever since, eventually writing her own music.
church every Sunday and she tries to give herself an hour a day to work on her skill. With all of this happening in her life, we’re sure to see Briagha’s name in bright lights in the near future.
Where to find her: www.BriaghaMcTavish. com West Lafayette Youth Council Talent Show on March 30th, 7p.m. @ Morton
BY ALYSE ALLRED
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Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus BY EMILY MACK With the wide array of social media available at our fingertips today, everyone has options of which one they want to spend their time obsessively posting to. Some say Google+ is lame, others say it will make Facebook obsolete. People might spend their time tweeting away, thinking up ways to condense their joke or experience into 140 characters, but some people believe it’s just for celebrities. Google+, Google’s way of trying to claim control of everything on the Internet, is the most recent social network to hit the scene. But really, Google+ looks a lot like Facebook. Logging on was simple;
I just entered my name, and people on my email list showed up for me to “add to my circle,” which is the equivalent of friending someone on Facebook. Since none of my friends are on Google+ for me to add, there is a feed called “Hot on Google+” with popular pictures, videos, and jokes posted by various people. Between the similarity to Facebook (including the annoying notifications on my Google Homepage), and the lack of interest among my friends, I don’t see myself using Google+ very much. According to an article from venturebeat. com, Google’s vision was not to compete with Face-
Between the similarity to Facebook and the lack of interest among my friends, I don’t see myself using Google+ very much.
Our high school is not like Hollywood’s When you think of a cliquey school, you will probably picture the cafeteria in “Mean Girls”. During lunch, there are the jocks, nerds, artists, and obviously, the mean girls. The school is a human food chain with the star football player and cheerleaders at
the top, and the science geeks at the bottom. When the Scarlette staff analyzed West Side to decide how our high school compared to Hollywood’s perception, we agreed that our high school clique experience has been very different than those shown on the screen.
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book, but for Google+ to be an extension of other Google accounts like email, Youtube, Google Docs and Blogger, and to help identify yourself through your Facebooklike profile on those sites. I don’t utilize Twitter as much as I did at one time, but I use it to keep up with online friends, celebrities and post things some of my other friends may not be interested in. The difficulty of Twitter is the statuses are limited to 140 characters (versus 430 for a Facebook status), so long conversations can be confusing and frustrating to follow among the other Tweets on your feed, especially since Twitter lacks the chat box featured on both Google+ and Facebook. I use Facebook to keep up with family, people from school and friends I meet other places, like at church or camp. It’s
also the source of several study groups, where I go to question assignments and ask and give help. Several students have stated that study groups are the only reason they get on Facebook during the week. Some things on my Face-
book and Twitter are the same, such as the type of pages I “like” or “follow”, but I wouldn’t be able to chose which one is better between Facebook and Twitter, because to me they serve different purposes. So will one rise to the top
over the other, soon making Twitter and Facebook as obsolete and forgotten as Myspace? Because of the major differences in their style and the different purposes they seem to serve people, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
We feel, in our school environment, the majority of the students feel comfortable, safe, and friendly around their fellow classmates. Although there are specific groups of friends who hang out on the weekends, once we step inside the door on Monday morning, that definite line between cliques becomes quite fuzzy. We don’t even think that the stereotypical meaning of clique relates to us. With that word, bullies and reputation ruiners pop into our head, and those types of instances don’t seem to happen in our hallways. There are few, if any, regular scenarios involving bullying. Most people seem to accept and appreciate everyone else’s
interests and differences. For example, our superfans and athletes seem to value the marching and pep bands as an important part of the games atmosphere. A large majority looks forward to their performances at games and pep rallies. In movies, the jocks look down upon and make fun of the band members, but that is not the case at West Side. Almost all students seem to be appreciative of their peers’ talents and differences. The Scarlette thinks that our lack of cliques provide a positive enviroment. We all feel comfortable talking to the majority of our grade, and a lot of us have multiple groups of friends. The West Side
student community is very easy-going, which we enjoy. If you’re an underclassman, you might be thinking that your experience thus far in high school hasn’t been anything like what was previously stated. And our response to that is– just wait, it will get better. Through the staff ’s experiences we have noticed that as we get older, the atmosphere in our grade gets better. Most mean girls stop caring about their image and start being friends with who they want to be around, not with who they think they should be around. The social aspect of school becomes much more relaxed, and your grade will become more willing to interact with each
other, not a bunch of little groups of four or five. Now keep in mind, this is based on personal experience, so your time later in high school might not go exactly like this. We advise you to have an open mind, and look around at the people around you. Step out of your comfort zone and talk to someone new. Have a positive attitude and don’t think West Side is anything like “Mean Girls”or “Easy A”.
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We’re not like Mean Girls; there’s no “burn book” here.
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Sameer Mishra casts us under his spell BY CRYSTAL WANG If you were to choose two words to describe senior Sameer Mishra, it would probably without a doubt be “hard working.” Everyone’s seen Sameer walking around the halls, socializing with his friends in a laid back manner. But behind his quaintly comical nature, there is a tenacious and assiduous student who will go to great lengths to triumph. Everyone has seen proof of his studious nature at the 2008 National Scripps Spelling Bee, and although Sameer admits that he has eased up on studying words
and a part of the reason why he enjoys them. In addition, Sameer plays an integral part in many clubs around the school. During lunch, his schedule is crowded with not only AP Bio labs, but also a plethora of club meetings. He is the president of both the UNICEF and Red Cross Clubs, and also a member of West Lafayette Youth Council. Friends of Sameer’s refer to him as motivated. Senior Will Rankin says, “He’s passionate and driven to succeed, like a politician.” Almost every person who ev
“He’s passionate and driven to suc succeed.” - Will Rankin Senior
in the dictionary, he has not stopped his academic endeavors in the slightest. At school, Sameer enjoys taking all of the hardest AP courses. His favorite classes are AP Biology taught by Mr. Overley and AP English taught by Mrs. Helton, which are arguably two of the most difficult,
has known wn Sameer agrees ag that he would do anything in order to succeed. This motivation to succeed is apparent in his success with West Lafayette debate. Sameer debates policy with his partner, Matthew Campell. The power duo have debated together for three years,
placing in the top 16 at the State level and qualifying for nationals for the past two years. “Debate has definitely given me confidence and made me a better speaker,” said Sameer. His peers also agree that Sameer takes great pride in his Indian heritage. He often attends Indian events and gatherings such as Diwali. His favorite foods are paneer, an Indian cottage cheese, and samosa, a spicy fried Indian pastry stuffed with potatoes and other vegetables. In his free time, Sameer enjoys taking naps after school, eating paneer, and watching Food Network. “He has introduced me to a whole new world of food,” commented Shiv Attul Panigrahi, who along with Sameer, is part of a group that visits Shaukin, an Indian fast food joint, almost every Thursday. In addition, he is also an ardent fan and follower of Purdue Basketball. To gain more insight into the life of champion Sameer Mishra, follow him on his Twitter account, @smishra101.
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HE’S NO NUMBNUT: Sameer smiles shyly during his P.E. class. His humble, friendly attitude enchants all.
Sameer’s Favorites Food: Samosa and Paneer Channel: Food Network Yogurt: Mango lavored Greek Yogurt Part of Spelling Bee: Traveling Musical Artist: Kanye West Favorite word to spell: humuhumunukunukuapua’a (a Hawaiian ish )
Seriously Speaking What class do you wish was offered?
“Naptime.” Sasha Sokolchik Freshman
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“Spanish 5.” Caroline Oates Sophomore
“How to pick up girls 101.” Andrew Redd Junior
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I was born on May 16, 1980 in Evansville, Indiana. I attended Purdue University and majored in Education. I have two brothers and one niece. In my free time, I enjoy running, watching baseball, reading, and hanging out with my family. My favorite movie is “Back to the Future” and I have several favorite shows including “Seinfeld”, “The Simpsons”, “How I Met Your Mother”, and “The Office”. My favorite restaurant is Bruno’s. My favorite fiction book is “The Book Thief ” and nonfiction book is “Outliers”. The best decision I’ve ever made is working at Springhill summer camp in college. One of my many nicknames is “The Denominator”. My favorite store is Amazon.com. I have a dog and a cat. The best part of teaching in my opinion is living through the students vicariously and motivating them to do their best. My favorite actor is Edward Norton and favorite actress is Tina Fey. My favorite sports team is the New York Yankees. I once ate breakfast with Drew Brees, and I always carry a protractor around in my wallet. Before I die I want to run the Boston Marathon.
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