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People New Superindentant Dr. Robert Shaner
Special Needs Including everyone
AP Art Building a Lego Project
Earth Advocates Art Night
Kayla Jeske AP Computer Science
Ideas Gun Control New Securities Measures
Drugs Prescription Overuse
Victims of Censorship
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entering the school verses the greater risk of accidents, it’s a policy government should brush off. While on the subject of arming teachers and school staff, there’s another significant issue that may lead even the most conservative person to question the idea. Putting guns in every public school wouldn’t be cheap. It’s just money our country doesn’t have. But besides all of the logical issues with the plan, the biggest problem may just be society’s actions. If schools and government are truly worried about the safety of all students in a school, they need to start from the root of the problem. The most effective way to cease the tragedies starts with the Arming security guards way we treat others and looking at our pop-culture. Video games, like or teachers won’t fix the Grand Theft Auto, aren’t benefitting actual problem with gun anybody. violence in schools: the The true solution? Americans need to work towards promoting real people who pull the a non-violent culture, aiding the trigger. mentally-ill, and disarming as many non-official and non-military people here are some people who as possible. just shouldn’t be armed. So, yes. There is the slight With no disrespect, some possibility a teacher could stop a of my teachers may fall crazed gunman. But unfortunately, in that category. But if that’s not fixing the problem. That’s stricter security passes in public not fixing the fact that people schools, walking all the way around with serious mental struggles are to the front door instead of other able to purchase guns. It’s not entrances may be the least of my asking ourselves as Americans the worries. I could potentially be question we’re so scared to: Are we sitting in economics class, two feet promoting a peaceful and nurturing from a weapon stashed under my environment? teacher’s desk. A scary thought. In fact, when considering the chance of an actual gunman
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Info-fun Kaitlin Edgerton Student teacher Kaitlin Edgerton is not the average student teacher, with a previous career in architecture and an avid interest in British Victorian literature. “Both my parents are teachers, so it must have been in my blood from the start,” Edgerton says. Edgerton also confesses an interest in running, and spending time with her 10-month-old baby. “When I’m not preparing for my classes, she takes up most of my free time,” Edgerton says. Edgerton confesses to her eagerness to teach. “I love working with children, and I’m sure this is the job that I want to be doing for the rest of my life,” she says. “I’m lucky to find something that I love doing.”
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Ways to Know Dr. Shaner
The typical ice-breaking personality breakdown
Rochester community schools welcomes new superintendent to the district
Favorite Sport? Football Favorite Food? Venison Steak Favorite Color? Red Favorite Hobby? Hunting Favorite Type of Classic Rock Music? 3 Favorite Movies?
Miracle, River on the Strait and, Lincoln
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is 1. What discipline? the “heart of education” a “method of inflicting torture on students” the “best method for keeping kids contained.”
do we need 2. Why communication? for the “benefit of parents so that they can keep control of their kids” for a matter of “being visible” for student’s benefits it “keeps kids disciplined”
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What should staff to mantain or improve a school’s “culture”? guides students towards a “positive culture”” “Keep the tradition. Nothing’s more important.” “Change is the best.”
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Dr. Robert Shaner, the new Superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, walks into the Downtown Bean and Leaf café and sets his eyes on the only student sitting down with a notecard and pencil in hand. He extends his right hand and greets with a friendly smile. That student is obviously me, but for Dr. Shaner, I should say my first impression of him quite surpassed the stereotypical aloof superintendent I expected to interview
1. His educational policy:
How similar are your views on education to Dr. Shaner’s?
An interview was conducted with Dr. Robert Shaner, giving a unique view on his personality and his personal stance on educational policies.
A falcon. A falcon can see the big picture, the whole world. And it only eats things when it’s hungry.
BY SOOJIN CHUN
With the start of his term, which began officially on Mar. 1, Shaner acknowledges his excitement for his position as superintendent. “Rochester’s an awesome community, and has a great reputation for its schools,” Shaner said. “It’s definitely a district I would be proud to represent and help improve.” Delving deeper, Shaner voices his opinions on three key matters: the importance of guidance and discipline, communication with students, and the overall “culture” of the school. According to Shaner, discipline from educators is another way of showing love to their students. “When you think of discipline, you think of punishment, right?” Shaner asks. “But I think really discipline is the heart of education, about changing behavior, and not so much as punishing the kids for their actions.” He relates his views on discipline with his previous position as principal of Sterling Heights. “I was a pretty strict principal,” Shaner says, “but if you asked the kids from Sterling Heights, they’d admit that I did it out of love, not for punishment.” With communication, Shaner sheds light in the importance of relationship between staff and students, and more importantly the relationship he’ll have with the students. “I realize that I wouldn’t be able to have that close relationship with the students than any staff of Stoney Creek, but I plan on being very visible to everyone. I don’t want to be that one guy in the hallways that no one knows,” Shaner jokes. Finally, Shaner claims his view on the “culture” of schools, as a principal’s standpoint, is unique to every school he has attended. “With every school, I think there’s a certain culture that’s different,” Shaner says, “What our job is, though, is to guide the students in a way that that culture is positive and always reforming for the better.”
2. His educational policy:
Grinning his wide smile, Shaner confesses to be a fanatic of football, the father of two adopted children, and a combination of both; an adoring fan of his son’s baseball team. His other hobbies include spending time with his family and learning about the Korean Culture, his kid's original country.
As a father of interracial children, he claims that what he finds most important at a school is its diversity. “What I liked most about RCS is its diversity,” Shaner says, “I think that’s the most important to me and my own family, is to be able to accept that diversity in a positive way.” Shaner claims that he is most curious about what the students want in their representative, wanting feedback that will aid him in making decisions. “Let me switch sides and ask you the questions,” Shaner says jokingly, “What do you want in a superintendent? That’s what I want to know.”
3. His effect on our staff
Shaner has undoubtedly captured the attention of many staff and students, both with his educational policies and appealing personality. Principal Larry Gorwlski shares Shaner’s opinion in the importance of communication. “It’s good to see a superintendent who’s come into the district that finds the communication between students and staff important,” Growlski says. Gorwlski says he was also impressed with Shaner’s friendly nature. “He’s very approachable, and definitely open to interpretation and suggestion,” Gorwlski says, “It’s nice to have that in a superintendent, especially in our district.” According to Teacher Cara Lougheed, one of the attendees of his job interview, having a new superintendent opens up new possibilities for the community. “Listening to his speech, I’d like to think that with our new superintendent, we can expect some positive changes in our education department,” Lougheed says. Teacher Joe Glaser agrees. “I think it’s great that we have a new chance to change some of our educational policies for the better,” Glaser says, “And what’s more amazing is that all of us will feel some kind of effect. This is an event that matters a lot to all of us.” According to Lougheed and Glaser, they wish to have a superintendent who “stays with us” for a long period of time, given RCS’s recent difficulty in finding a superintendent. “I think all of us want a superintendent that will want to remain at RCS, and Dr. Shaner, with his family living nearby, definitely fills that position,” Lougheed says. Glaser further stresses the need for stability for the benefit of the students and staff. Glaser thinks that the staff at SCHS would be “more motivated” with a long-term superintendent. “I think the benefit to everybody, all the way down to the students, is that consistency that I expect with Dr. Shaner,” Glaser says, “and that’s what you want from a leader.” After the interview, I grabbed his hand and shook it. “Thank you for the interview.”
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A.P. Studio Art Students engulf themselves in lego project BY JAMES WATKINS AND ERIKA WILLIAMS
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“I suppose it was a bit more humorous, like how a lot of my other stuff is.”
The Legacy of the Lego -Senior Grant Davis The Legacy of the Lego A look back on how the Lego company has grown over time Source: www.lego.com
1948: Lego has 50 employes.
1932: Ole Kirk Kristiansen founded the Lego group. 6 SOURCE
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he smell of paint and pencil graphite fills the air. In the corner, a group of boys huddle around a table in the back. They select Legos out of the bin in the middle and add them onto their masterpieces. This is A.P. Studio Art. The project? Legos. The A.P. Studio Art class was engulfed in a project involving creativity, emotion, and Legos. During the week of March 4, A.P. Studio Art students were asked to use Legos to inspire their art, according to A.P. Studio Art teacher Diane Heath. But there’s a catch: It can’t be as simple as building a house, the students each have to have their little spin on Legos. “It was very interesting to take a common toy and then push it to a creative piece of art,” Heath said. According to Heath’s website, students are encouraged to take an idea and expand on it to create art. Ideas that are unique. Ideas built by Legos. Heath loved many of the projects, including senior Grant Davis’. “Grant Davis’ [piece] made me laugh. I love a piece of art that can make me laugh, and his was hysterical!” Heath said. Davis decided to combine physical Legos and Photoshop. He made a Lego space ship, he took a picture of himself holding it, and then he used Photoshop to put a picture of himself into the ship. According to Davis, the picture replicates how a child plays, but with a twist on it. “It’s like the sheer joy of what having Legos is all about,” Heath said, “but with a more creative aspect with a little actual person inside there screaming for their life...It’s lovely.” Davis is also pleased with his creation. “I suppose it was a bit more humorous, like how a lot of my other stuff is,” Davis said. According to Heath, the class does an open ended project every week. This type of class set up leads to a lot of projects that give a lot of freedom to the students. Although the general opinion is positive, junior Tyler Rugge was not particularly a fan of open ended projects. “It’s hard to think of something to do when [teachers] just give us random crap they find around the room,” Rugge said. The immense amount of Lego bits scattered around the A.P. Studio Art room brings truth to this sentiment. Conversing Rugge’s statement, open ended projects are a favorite of Davis. “I think it gives you a ton more room to work, like, a ton more creative license. You can put your own twist on it and make it whatever you want, really,” Davis said.
1969: The extension for children under five, DUPLO, is launched world-wide.
1951:First film about Legos is shot.
1987: The brick logo is introduced.
1978: The first LEGOLAND mini figures with moveable arms and legs are announced.
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Bean, Leaf, and Creek
Earth Advocates work towards recreating their own coffee shop in the confort of the school BY DANIELLE DUGGAN
After unhappily receiving a declination on their proposal of The Big Green Gig, the Earth Advocates did the opposite of accept defeat; they immediately began work on their next project that’s like a little brother to the concert. The group has begun work on an art and music night that will take place May second in the main and auxiliary gym. They aim for a cross between The Arts Beats and Eats festival and a coffee shop atmosphere. “We wanted to make it sort of a coffee shop feel by having kind of like an art gallery, music, with a lot acoustic acts, and food,” said the club’s vice president, Kayla Fedewa. “Instead of being a fundraiser like a car wash where people come and go, people will be able to stay and talk and hang out.” The advocates wanted to make art the focus of the night due to the lack of attention the department receives relative to their talent. “The school doesn’t really do anything that makes art the focus of the event so we wanted that to be our main display. It doesn’t hurt that our school has an amazing art department!” Fedewa said. The magnitude of talent amongst the school’s bands and performers also suggested that music be another key component of the event. “The purpose of incorporating music is because music is also a form of art. Also it is to help make the time more enjoyable so you could not only be looking at art work but also listen to music that could correspond with whatever art you like,” said club member junior Christian Nafso. Along with providing students with a
fun, relaxing night out, the event serves as a fundraiser. “The money will either go towards building a native species garden for Stoney, the recycling program or getting a composter, or maybe all three!” Fedewa said. According to Fedewa, the club has been striving towards doing more for the school this year and they see this event as a perfect opportunity. The majority of the art displayed at the show will come from Stoney students, Stoney alumni, and teachers at the school are encouraged to submit pieces as well. “The club wants the school to still see us as fun,” said Fedewa. “The majority of the year we’ve been concentrating on our recycling project and we haven’t really planned events so that’s why this one is so important.” With a productive and very busy year underway, the club begins to doubt that the event will be executed to the best of their ability. “I’m super excited for the event, but trying something new is really nerve-wracking because you don’t know how people are going to respond to it,” Fedewa said. Club advisor and teacher Alex Desantis has complete confidence in the group, though. “I think the club will handle the event just fine,” said Desantis. “Most of them are veterans of the Big Green Gig and I think that was a much tougher event to pull off.” The club continues to meet as they work hard in anxious preparation for the event. “I think that the event will have something for everyone and it’ll hopefully be a huge success!” said Fedewa.
An Eager Leader: Earth Advocates vice president Kayla Fedewa takes the reins on this event. She has been vice president for a year. Photo by Caitlin Tanner.
Green Lingo Need to brush up on your earth vocab? Don’t worry, we have a cheat box just for you.
Composter: A composter is a container used for composting. Composting is the process of recycling decomposed organic material into a rich soil known as compost.
Native Species Garden:
The garden will be a garden that will grow with the school and could house native animals and plants.
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Female junior stands alone in all-male classroom BY STEPHANIE ELANGES
s kids file their way out of the classroom, she makes her way over to her computer station and opens up the project she’s been working on for the past couple of weeks. Junior Kayla Jeske is the only girl in Stoney Creek history to be taking the AP computer science course. “AP computer science is a programing class; we work with java eclipse to build programs that could potentially make everyday life easier. Not to mention it’s pretty fun!” Jeske said. Often times, the biggest challenge to overcome in getting girls interested in computer science is to educate them on what it is according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Jeske first began programming during her sophomore year, taking every regularly offerd class, then moving to advanced courses this year.“I can’t lie, walking into my programming 1 class was pretty intimidating,”Jeske said. “At that point, I was one of probably three girls in the class. I didn’t enjoy it very much until I started getting good at it and realizing how much I really enjoyed it.” An online survey from The Female
Perspective of Computer Science reports that some girls are hesitant about computer sciences because of the stereotypes that come with it and the reluctance to be the odd one out. “At first I was very hesitant trying to imagine exactly what I had gotten myself into,” Jeske said. “But as we went along through the course, I realized how much I enjoyed doing graphics and games through programming. Although it may not seem like it, I’ve always really enjoyed being what you might call a ‘nerd’, I love computers and I took computer programming just to see if I actually liked it.” Jeske believes that girls won’t get interested in computer sciences until they set themselves up for the challenge and try it. “Computer sciences cover so many different areas, you can’t know that you won’t like it until you give it a shot because many aspects of it are common throughout everyday life,”Jeske said. In 1987 computer science college graduates were 37 percent female but today that number hovers around a slim 18 percent even though
people are connected now more than ever according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The gender gap is apparent to me, in my opinion, because of how intimidating the class itself sounds,” Jeske said. “I mean, you don’t exactly hear many people walking around Stoney saying ‘Yeah, I totally aced that test in AP Computer Science.’ The bottom line is most girls aren’t interested in that kind of class.” According to AP Computer Science teacher Erin Roger, “there is a noticeable 20 percent or lower number of girls” in all of her computer science classes. “I don’t feel like I in particularly am breaking a barrier,” Jeske said, “there are other girls in computer programming right now, and I hope they continue on to take AP Computer Science, but it does feel good to prove those wrong who have told me I would never stick with computers because its ‘for boys.’”
“You won’t like it until you give it a shot”
(Photo by Caitlin Tanner) Smiles for Files: Junior Kayla Jeske flashes a grin while in one of her many AP classes. The junior took computer science for a hands-on experience with programming.
Do YOU have what it takes to succeed in AP computer science? According to APStudent. Collegeboard.com, these are the main requirements and achievements a student can achieve in an AP computer science class. Get firsthand experience with working in an employer/employee workspace Understand and comprehend source codes Gain a considerate knowledge of both java eclipse and grid world Learn testing skills in a non-trivial context If you checked any of the above, you may be a computer wiz or a programming princess!
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How Safe Recent shootings prompt new district security plan BY SIMON SUN
ace it. Students daydream in class. We all do it sometimes. Sitting in a classroom, one can’t help but start to imagine improbable scenarios. What to do if the floor suddenly turned to lava. Where to hide if the world ended then and there. How to react if a shooter broke into the room. But is that last one really improbable? Following a spree of shootings around the nation last year, including the Sandy Hook massacre that killed twenty children and six adults, schools around the nation were thoroughly shaken. The illusion of safety was broken, and those at Stoney certainly felt it. “It kept me on my toes,” security guard Jack Welsh said. Immediately after the Connecticut shooting, teachers were told to keep their doors closed, and all entrances other than the front doors were locked. “We were in a little better spot than the elementary and middle schools because we had security, so the adjustment for the high schools wasn’t as much,” principle Larry Goralski said. The elementary and middle schools, meanwhile, signed up volunteers to watch the entrances. Locked doors are only a shortterm solution for tightening down on security, however. Last month, the Rochester Community Schools board approved a more long-term plan that includes installing security cameras, buzzers, and card reader systems. “I think it’ll be effective,” Goralski said. “Just like in Connecticut, where
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they actually had a buzzer system, if someone wants to get in, it’s actually really hard. [The shooter] actually shot the windows out and came in, but anything you do to prevent someone from that kind of situation, it’s better.” According to the Rochester Patch, the plan will cost approximately $179,000. However, the plan does not include the high schools, where DM Burr security already guards the doors. “They aren’t going to add anything here, but they might allow us to purchase some things,” Goralski said. “One key thing I’d love to buy is a video buzzer down by the bottom doors.” Goralski also stated that increased drills and practices will train students to react appropriately should a shooter enter the building. “I feel we’re pretty secure once we’re in the school. My biggest issue is in the morning when everybody’s coming in and all the doors are open,” said Goralski. “We’re going to have a lockdown drill soon where we do it either in the morning or lunch, which will be a lot harder because we’re going to have to sweep kids in and kids will have to figure out where the safe spots are to go to.” According to Goralski, the school has never done a lockdown like it, but it is necessary. Students need to take the drills seriously, he said. Another precaution the school has taken is enrolling teachers in active shooter training. While the juniors were taking the MME, teachers were taught how to handle an armed intruder. Topics covered included when to run, when to hide, and when to fight. All things considered, with the new steps taken to improve security, just how
safe are we? In the end, it really comes down to the students, according to Goralski. “Years ago, you didn’t even think it was possible. But with the recent shootings, it’s not very likely to happen, but you need
to be prepared in case anything happens,” Goralski said. The kids will see how serious the adults are in the next drill, and we need them to listen to their teacher and take it seriously.”
Making the Grade
Security Service DM Burr passes with flying colors, with three in four students rating the company’s effectiveness as average to above average.
A 15% B 35% C 26% D 9% E 15%
Margin of error: 1%
How to React to an Active Shooter
What YOU Think COMPILED BY GRAHAM KEY
(Based on survey of 100 students)
Should teachers be armed?
Hiding in lockdown is your best bet.
Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Call 9-1-1.
Throw classroom objects and attempt to disarm the shooter as a last resort.
Should Security be armed?
Yes No Undecided
Safe at School?
88% Half a Century of School Shootings
(Information from USA Today)
Margin of error: 1%
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of students at Stoney Creek always feel safe at school Margin of error: 1%
University of Texas, TX Aug. 1, 1966 16 killed
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I Open Locked Doors For... Friends Only 52%
No One 24%
Everyone 9% The Non-Threatening 15% Margin of error: 1%
Columbine High Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook School, CO VA Elementary, CT April 20, 1999 April 16, 2007 Dec. 12, 2012 13 killed 32 killed 26 killed MARCH 27, 2013 SOURCE 11
DANGE Prescription- users battle through highs and lows
BY COURTNEY BOURGOIN
or senior Alec Manaia, it was sleepless nights fighting depression, anxiety and personal insecurities. For senior Dan Murphey, it was quick money, an easy high and witnessing one his closest friends in a neardeath situation. Although high school has led them down completely different paths, what the two do share is a history of prescription drugs. And they’re not alone. “I think prescription drug use is increasing, as opposed to street drugs,” Manaia said. “They’re all easily accessible.” And Manaia’s words prove very true, as far as American teenagers go. According to NYTimes.com, a survey proved almost 30% of teenagers use prescription drugs including Adderall and Zanax: drugs finding a stable place in the school’s drug market. And for reasons that vary from user to user. Murphey, whose name has been withheld, used to abuse pills himself. He says some teenagers use them to get a high while others just want A’s on their report card. “They can just make you feel good,” Murphey said. “Or some of them can make you do good on tests.” For stressed students, it may seem like an easy fix. But Manaia, who’s been prescribed to prescriptions by his doctor, believes the students who do not have the mental afflictions are cheating the system. “I feel it’s pretty irresponsible, you should really think about why you’re doing
that if you are,” Manaia said. “It’s reckless, making decisions without looking at the consequences.” But those consequences may just be the tricky part. While assistant principal Amanda McKay deals with a number of cases involving marijuana, prescription drugs are not as easily caught. “There’s far less prescription drugs that we actually catch,” McKay said. Murphey, who was making hundreds of dollars a week distributing the drugs, believes the reason administration struggles to catch the pills is obvious. “You can hide pills easier than other drugs,” Murphey said. “They don’t smell.” But the trouble that goes along with dealing and carrying the pills illegally is nothing to tamper with. According to Oakland.edu, dealing and possessing prescription drugs illegally at school are considered felonies, leading to jail time and fines. But what McKay and police liaison Amy Drehmer worry more about is making known the actual danger of prescription drug abuse. “I had a friend who overdosed and died on a prescription drug at the age of 22,” Drehmer said. “Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.” Manaia has also experienced scary situations with some of his previous prescription pills. “Like Zoloft makes me feel terrible,” Manaia said. “If a drug doesn’t work, it feels awful. It can really mess you up.” Murphey saw this first hand when he
was a junior. After taking too much Xanax, a friend of Murphey’s nearly died. “When he overdosed, I got scared and hoped nothing bad happened to him,” Murphey said. Although Murphey’s friend ended up being okay, McKay is sometimes in situations where she fears for student’s lives. “The worst is when we get students sitting in that chair, their eyes rolling to the back of their head, not knowing what they took,” McKay said. “That’s a of couple scary moments.” With all of the health and mental risks of the drugs, Manaia and Murphey believe life is best without them. “I regret a lot,” Murphey said. “I don’t want to be around the type of people that come with those things. I learned not to do it after what happened to my friend.” For Manaia, stopping means requesting a smaller dosage from his doctor. “I’m in the stage of getting off of prescriptions,” Manaia said. “I’m really working on [personal issues] myself.” McKay hopes to help her students gain the similar mindset. She encourages students who struggle with prescription addictions to reach out for help. “If we did have a kid that got in trouble for being high on a prescription in class, they usually get a referral to a counselor and we really hope they take the appointment,” McKay said. “I want all of [them] to live long, happy lives.”
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I know ______ people who use prescription drugs illegally. Many A few, but not my I’ve never seen the illegal use of these
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I would consider using prescription drugs.
Never If in a desperate situation To help through stressful enviornments To get high
I have tried prescription drugs I was not prescribed. Regularly One time A few times Never
(Photo by Courtney Bourgoin)
“I think prescription drug use is
increasing, as opposed to street drugs.”
(Photo by Caitlin Tanner)
(Based on survey distributed among 119 students schoolwide.)
NEVER:103 ONCE: 6 A FEW TIMES: 5 OFTEN: 5
EASILY: 33 MUTUAL FRIENDS: 34 NO WAY/ CONNECTION: 52
MANY: 20 A FEW, NOT MY FRIENDS: 43 NEVER SEEN ILLEGAL USE: 56
REGULARLY: 3 ONE TIME: 13 A FEW TIMES: 9 NEVER: 94
NEVER: 83 DESPERATE SITUATION: 19 STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENTS: 9 TO GET HIGH: 8
Possible Margin of Error: 8.65%
beware of the
Wherever you are, how you’re sitting- the computer always knows. It decides the information you have access to despite if it’s true or not. This mass censorship is due to filter bubbles.
BY MILA MURRAY AND NICOLETTE DESANTIS
here is a mass censorship of information that is affecting every computer user in the world. It’s invisible. It is giving us bias information. It is controlling our opinions. It knows where we are. Beware of the filter bubble. “Wow… it’s kind of unreal that this is how much control we’ve lost,” said senior Angela Kim. “We can think that we’re so educated and informed about issues but really we may only be getting one side of it.” A student wouldn’t know that websites, information, and Facebook posts are blocked unknowingly on their very own computers. This is due to filter bubbles. According to Eli Pariser, on Ted Talks, a filter bubble is one’s own personal unique universe of information that depends on the users search history, location, and 57 other signals. But we don’t choose what goes in and don’t see what gets edited out. When researching for something as important as a research paper, filter bubbles are anything but helpful to students, even though their purpose is to personalize our Google search results. Information can be biased. If someone usually clicks on opinionated blogs when searching for information, only biased blogs will show up. Other information is blocked. The biased information flow can lead people to be more closed minded. In The filter bubble talk, Pariser warns that filtered searching “closes us off to new ideas, subjects, and important information.” “Living in the area, as well as having that kind of filter, can really lead to close minded students,” computer teacher Laura VanEtten said.
Not only does this censorship create a biased information flow that affects student’s research, the filter bubbles filter and personalize news sites such as Yahoo to the point of controlling what information we read. According to Pariser, Facebook news feed is controlled to only show you the kind of pages, pictures, and posts that are more commonly liked, and to not show the ones ignored. If more funny pictures are liked rather than links on terrorism, then funny pictures it is. There are a ton of more examples of the strange controlling nature of filter bubbles; Yahoo news, ads, and even online shopping. “I have ignored this evidence or seen it as a pure ‘coincidence’ that the necklace I’d just been searching came up as an ad on the sidebar of my computer.” VanEtten said. The bias from the filter bubbles is especially hand on the young generation, who are practically dependent on the computer. “Everyone is so addicted to the internet, using Google, Twitter, Facebook all that stuff almost constantly… I don’t think knowing about filter bubbles will affect how dependent we all are,” Swigart said. The filter bubble sounds like the end of the civilized world as we know it, but it’s not just yet. For now, as the problem exists, different ways of researching should be practiced in order to get accurate information for research papers. “I try to use databases besides Google because finding things on Google is never really all that reputable anyways, at least for research projects,” Swigart said. For now, beware of the bubble.
PROTECT YOUR HEAD
Tools and Tricks to keep you safe from the bias 1 A NOVEL IDEA Believe it or not, books are still alive and well, providing much less bias.
2 THE AP OFFICE The Associated Press that is! It’s one of the few non-biased news sources out there.
3 FIRST IS THE WORST Try your best to look beyond the first search on google, even if it may seem unbiased.
4 THE REAL DEAL Talk to an expert and get a face to face interaction with a real person rather than just internet.
5 DATABASE Mediabases such as Gale don’t buy ads, so they aren’t influenced by certain sources.
MARCH 27, 2013
Surviving the Sequester In sweeping budget cuts, politicians slash school budgets and more BY GRAHAM KEY
he federal government is trying to lose weight, but they’re cutting muscle. With sweeping cuts which don’t discern between defense spending and educational spending, the Sequester, which took effect the first of March, risks not only economic stability, but it risks the futures of the kids in school…our futures. The Sequester was meant as a consequence, not a solution to our debt crisis. There is one thing that both parties agree on with regards to the Sequester: it’s not a responsible debt reducer. According to the American Association of School Administrators, 89.5 percent of school administrators nationwide reported that they would not be able to absorb the additional spending cuts brought on by the Sequester…so pretty much everyone…ugh oh. Even if Rochester Community Schools stays afloat in the 10.5 percent, many of our neighbors will have to bail for their lives. That means larger class sizes, lowered teacher pay and virtually no after-school activities. It means less time to learn. The Sequester’s effects haven’t even hit yet, and Pontiac schools can’t afford toilet paper. WHAT!? What do they stand to lose when more cuts come? And what does it say about our nation’s priorities if there isn’t room in the budget for toilet paper, but there is room for $255 million worth of new Abram tanks that the military doesn’t want? That our school will sail through the storm, I have no doubt, but that’s because we’re supplementing state and federal money by paying to participate, increasing class sizes, privatizing basics like transportation and food while slowly-but-surely dismantling the school libraries. If our leaders stay the course, not only will there be less money to educate the young in the here and now, but we, the youth, won’t be qualified to fill the seats in Congress held by the nincompoops picking the budget. It’s a cycle, and it’s going the wrong way. I don’t have the whole solution, but we need to raise questions, because without questions, we can’t get answers. Without answers, we won’t find a solution, and without a solution…we lose everything.
MARCH 28, 2013
“Pontiac schools can’t even afford toilet paper. WHAT!?”
MYdeas MYDEAS What do the students think about intermet censorship?
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“Mr. Koch uses YouTube for his lessons, but it’s blocked on the school’s internet, so I can’t use it to learn.”
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A different perspective on web censorship
“I feel stripped of my personal freedoms.”
BY CHASE HEINEMANN
he computer lab is stuffed with agitated AP English students. A tiny girl stands suddenly and viciously slams her fists into her desk. She grabs up her keyboard and shakes it with the erratic demeanor of a caveman. “You have got to be kidding me! This was my best source of research!” she shrieks. This girl is a victim of censorship. Her computer screen is covered with the hopeless, tragic label, “Your request has been blocked because it may violate the Rochester Community Schools Acceptable Use Policy.” Recently, as internet access has become more prevalent and essential to schoolwork, the district has tightened down on the websites that students can access, supposedly based on their necessity to curriculum. The system that has been put in place, however, must be changed by the administration, instead of relying on an electronic filter and crossing their fingers.
Students with perfectly good intentions should be trusted with advanced web privileges, as long as they aren’t abusing them. A prime example in this case would be YouTube. For every 40 students who use the helpful video sharing site for educational purposes, there’s probably roughly one dufus who has to ruin it for everyone, with his fascination with something related to “boobies.” Next up to the plate comes web email, such as Gmail or Yahoo. This is the one that really stumps teachers, parents, and students, since the services are actually quite useful for both communication and file sharing purposes. This is 2013. If the administrators think students are still emailing each other during class, they are horribly mistaken. Arguably the strangest part of the censorship, however, is the listed “reason” for blocking these sites. My favorite certainly being the restriction of the Rochester Patch, labeling it “tasteless and offensive.” A little harsh to call out a pack of soccer moms for
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their scandalous cookie recipe that may or may not have had enough coconut for your liking. And you may question, “What gives the district the right to do this?” Well, for one thing, they’re supplying you with free Internet. The least they should be able to do is block Facebook and Instagram so you pay attention in class. And while you may cry, “But what about my free speech?” these administrators aren’t taking that away, by any means. And if that’s not good enough, all of you Starbucks wielding tyrants are more than capable of sticking with your brand-new iPhone’s 4G internet. But this isn’t necessarily just the administration’s fault. The district, not the individual schools, use software to filter out inappropriate content and the sites--for all grade levels. But, in order to really maintain a smooth and usable internet connection, it would be best if real people supervise what the filter has selected, and, if possible, determine on their own whether or not it is appropriate for the grade level and class.
Kyle White “I can’t view sites necessary for class because some of the sites are inappropriately filtered.” (Photos taken and compiled by Chase Heinemann)
GRRR Spring Hasn’t Sprung!: Turns out the groundhog lied....and he’s also a fish. First Full Week of School since SM1: Luckily, it is immediately followed by no school for 12 days!
PRRR Les Miserables DVD Release: You can finally hear the people sing from the comfort of your own barricade. What’s new, Buenos Aires?: First nonEuropean pope elected to lead Catholic Church.
MARCH 27, 2013
Spring Sports Preview 2013 The Great Evolution of Cougar Sports by ALISA NOVELLI, CAITLIN TANNER, STEPHANIE ELANGES, and THIES EY
Track and Field
The Cougars had a great season with all runners competing at regionals and many moving forward onto States.
“Last year was very successful for such a young program,” Assistant Coach Katie Antrup said. “We had a lot of good, young talent”
In 2012 the lady cougar’s spring record stood at 9 losses matched with 2 wins and one tie.The girls came in second place at the Romeo Invitational and placed 5th at regionals during the post season.
Stand-Out Player Senior Laura Johnston qualified in hurdles. Both girls and boys distance relay teams qualified in the states four by eight hundred meter races.
Up and Comer The team has seen significant growth in number than in years past. Hopeful Coach Case is “excited about [the] sprint team this year because [they] have a lot of new kids out.”
Team to beat The team maintaines their everlasting rivalry with Adams and Rochester High School.
Stand-Out Player Jen Semaan, this is her fourth year on varsity softball. “Jen is a hard worker,” Antrup said. “She works harder than any student I’ve ever seen.”
Up and Comer Three sophomores are returning to Varsity this year, Casey Cribbs, Sarah Buyer and Emily Garmen will be the players to watch this season.
Team to beat Adams High School and Rochester High School “It’s always good to beat the other schools in your district,” Antrup said.
Stand-Out Player Senior Captain Rachel Cannon worked hard during the off season and will be a spotlight player on the team.
Up and Comer Tennis fans should keep an eye out for ‘excellent’ freshman Kara McKay who will be making her Varsity debut this year.
Team to beat The team hopes to improve their record for the coming spring season and beat their rivaling Rochester schools competitors.
Hurdling consistently remains one of the strongest events throughout all the teams. The relay teams have grown in strengthfor both the relay teams and individual runners.
The girls have real strengths as a team. “They are just hard working, good, kids,” Antrup said. “They have great chemistry.
This season the lady Cougars will have much more depth in players than in years past according to varsity coach Angel Snitgen.
Team Weaknesses The team needs to work together more and supporting each other through all events.
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The program and team members are rather young, which could give them a disadvantage according to Antrup.
Players on all teams need to perfect their basic skills.
Girls Soccer Last Season
Pulling a 9-6-2 record, the girls finished with a successful season last year.
Stand-Out Player According to Head Coach Jessica Matthews, this year star player such as sophomore Savannah Remold (Goalie)will be returning.
Up and Comer With soccer player such as sophomore Rebecca Nagy on defense, soccer lovers should get some tips from the girl who can “kick with fire”.
Team to beat Their main goal is to beating their top rival, Adams High school, and they hope to improve their skills and rein as champions for the new season.
Team Strenghts These Lady Cougars hope for some epic wins with their great communication on the field and ease with passing the ball to one another.
Team Weaknesses Players need to get a fair chance to get some time on the field. Everyone is equally as important according to Coach Matthew.
n like cub, out like a cougar. Yes, it’s a little different than the average saying, “In like
a lion, out like a lamb” but here at Stoney, it means that baseball, soccer, golf and more sports are back for their spring seasons, and students are ready to come out as a pack of Cougars. With old-time rivals on the horizon, star players are coming back to the spot light and new players are getting ready to suit up.
Their record standing at 6-7 in official season matches last year the girls have their work cut out for them
The boys ended the 2012 season third in their division with a over all record of 3-13
Stand-out Player Senior Marley Watson takes control as captain and junior Kendra Gill becomes a strong goalie.
Up and Comer Sophomore Megan Vazana leading the attack after being on Varsity freshman year.
Team to Beat After beating crosstown rival Adams High school twice the girls see new strength from Rochester high as they lost to them 13-5 and 8-17.
Team Strengths The team believes that their ability to work together will help them throughout the season.
Team Weaknesses According to Head Coach Haley Noonan the girls may be timid at times when they need to pick up the intensity to win.
Stand-out Player This season the team is coming back with experienced players like senior Spencer Lendzion. Putting the points in, he was the top Cougars on this year’s team.
Up and Comer Junior Connor McBride came up from JV to varsity due to his outstanding record last year.
Team to Beat The team hopes to finally beat rival Adams high school and create a huge upset against a team they have never beaten.
Team Strengths According to Head Coach William Slade the passion the players have for the game is huge.
Team Weaknesses Coach Slade believes that their unlucky breaks from bad weather and bad bounces is what hinders the team.
The Cougars had a season record of 7-12.
Last year Varsity baseball finished as District champs and second in their league.
Stand-out Player Head Coach Michael Dungan sees his new star group emerging in seniors Mike Angeli, Tanner LaFrance, John Anthony Stepp and Nino Minaudo.
Up and Comer Junior Ross Payne, the team’s goalie, who stood strong against the older competition last year.
Team to Beat Dungan wants to take down his old high school Birmingham, to whom the Cougars lost 4-15.
Team Strenghts A strong defense that helps the offense build momentum.
Team Weaknesses The intensity the boys have during games according to Dungan
Stand-out Player Junior Joe Cox is the one to watch this season according to Head coach Clint Rodger. “[Joe’s] very hardworking,” Rodger said. “His strength, speed and hand eye coordination make him a great player.”
Up and Comer Sophomore Eric Gilgenbach is the youngest player on varsity. “[Eric’s] learning,” Rodger said. “He’s a great leader. He and Joe lead by example.”
Team to Beat Lake Orion beat our team at leagues last year, they are the varsity baseball’s main target this season according to Rodger.
Team Strenghts The team’s great defense according to Rodger.
Team Weaknesses The team lacks know-how in pitching, “We have the talent, but not the experience,” Rodger said.
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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS HEATHER KELLY?
Senior Heather Kelly travels around the nation for dance auditions
Leaning forward, lift your right leg up. Make sure you open your arms to balance.
BY SOOJIN CHUN
“Where in the world is Heather Kelly?” Senior Heather Kelly asks, laughing, “it sounds like where is Carmen Sandiago, you know, the elementary game.” But truth of the matter is this; we really don’t know where Kelly will be at any given time. Flying to California one week, to New York the next, then back to Chicago the following week, Kelly admits having to do some intense traveling. So maybe there is something related to her and Carmen Sandiago after all. But rest assured, Kelly is just chasing her dreams, not being chased by imaginary FBI agents. Applying to over 7 name valued dance studios across the nation, she says she is trying to get what’s the best option for her. “Since I’m going to dance, I really want this chance to get into a good academy. I feel like now would be the one chance that would help me do that,” Kelly says. Kelly admits to starting dance when she was four, improving her skills over the years. “At first, I wanted to do gymnastics
Stretch your legs, and sit straight. Point your feet and pose in position.
instead, but then I started to really love dance, and after that there really was no question to that,” Kelly says. Which brings us to our current state. So let’s take a look shall we? Where in the world is Heather Kelly?
LEAP America’s Got Talent, IL Juliard, NY NYU, NY University of California Irvine, CA Chapman University, CA
Dance like Heather Kelly
Jump and lean back, lifting your feet. Point your feet and lift your head to the ceiling.
Standing on your hands, lift your feet up. Point your left foot and bend your right leg.
(Illustration by Soojin Chun)
FInd Heather Kelly!
Lifting your left leg up, lift your arm.
Hold onto something if you lose your balance. (Photos taken by Caitlin Tanner)
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