Source October 31, 2013
Volume 11, Issue 2
UN I T ED WE
( MU S T ) S T AND? P. 8
And who doesnâ€™t love a good sweet or two? For more misadventures from this spooky season, check out our spread featuring your favorite Stoney celebrities students. While it may be Halloween time, this issue also proves that some standards of scary movies are, unfortunately, all too real. With explorations on the effects of gun violence and the spread of flesheating diseases, plotlines usually reserved for horror films are taking a stab at the culture of Stoney Creek, the only school I know that would throw the punches right back in the face of danger.
People Nine Stupid Questions
Local family feels national news
Lifestyles 6 Licenses Later 7 Pushed to the Pledge 8-9 Menacing MRSA
Sports Redshaw Reputation and Hometown Hockey
Bader Breaks Boundaries
Perspectives Columns: First Person and Simon Says
On The Cover: Photo illustration by Chase Heinemann
Chase Heinemann Editor-in-Chief
Letter from the Editor I am ecstatic to have finally reached my favorite part of the year as we transition from fall into winter. Serving as the start of this portion of the year, today is one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. As a theatre performer, I have naturally been drawn to the idea of being transported out of my daily life to take on these new personas. As kids, we all had that one costume that we all viciously clung to into our preteens where the pressures of our peers forced us to become more creative in our costume selections. For me, it was Harry Potter. Every year, I simply would bust out my Gryffindor robe and Firebolt flying broomstick and I was good to go. And I was particularly crafty with that selection; by the time Halloween would roll around every year, a new film had been released and that meant new accessories! However, after the release of the final movie, interest for the film series had died down, which led to my final outing as The Boy Who Lived.
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Info-fun The Mini Profile
The Who’s Who
student vs. celebrity
by Adrian Munteanu Honors Algebra 2 and Fundamentals of Physics teacher Craig Rizzi is just as new as the freshman. But there’s a difference. He absolutely loves it here. “It’s just such a fantastic school all around. Students are fantastic. Administration is great. The staff is amazing. The parents are fantastic,” Rizzi said. “It’s just the perfect school in my opinion.” Last year, he student-taught math and physics, and now it’s his first year teaching. But he does have a history of teaching besides what he does professionally. Un-ironically his hobby is extra teaching. “I teach [Marching Band] pretty much every night of the week and Saturdays also, so that’s definitely my biggest hobby,” Rizzi said. “I teach Karate sometimes and go to classes and stuff like that.” Rizzi doesn’t see himself as very newsworthy, giving himself (Pi) on a scale of 1-10 for how newsworthy he deems himself to be.
Thirstrabing Our definition:
To use instead of “hungry” and “thirsty”; a word combing the terms. For example, instead of saying this: “I am so hungry and thirsty right now,” you would say, “I am so thirstrabing right now!”.
The Important Matrix
COSTUME COMPETION Students surveyed for catogories of halloween costumes on the matrix of price vs. popularity.
Senior Justine Turner
Long Beach, CA
Date of Birth
Tiny T Her Fandoms
“Who’s that lumberjack at the dook?”
Red Playing baseball
The big, awesome flow-
WHAT FASHION STYLE SUITS YOU?
T R A T S ERE H
Do you like to make a statement with your style?
Always! Yeah. Right.
Coffee shops are the best.
How much do you sport your inner white girl and head to starbucks? I’m more of a red bull type person. Always Edgy. Studs and combat boots are a necessity.
Duh. And I never forget to post about it. Juicy!
Psh. Forever 21
Juicy Cou ture or Forever 21?
“Hello Kitty fills the empty abyss of my heart.” “I can’t tell if I already learned this or if I’m going crazy.”
Information provided by Justine Turner and Justin Turner’s Official Blog
That should be a word!
OVERHEARD IN THE HALLS
Hipster Wannabe. Always in a flannel, beanie, and thick rimmed glasses.
Indie Indie rock or pop?
Pop and only pop!
Way to be a typical white girl. Uggs, scarf, and yoga pants.
“I can’t go fifteen minutes without being asked what a fox says.” “If you need me, I’ll be curled up in a ball under my sofa singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ to my dog.” “Monday’s are worse than my mom’s cooking.” “Forty-one percent is a good grade, right?” “If you’re leaving for lunch, bring me back a bucket of chicken.” “My mom portions out my food because she thinks I eat too much. But it’s only Cheetos, so it’s fine.”
october 31, 2013
NINE STUPID QUESTIONS WITH
THE DOCTOR IS IN
hoir director Brandon Ulrich has become quite well known for his sweet and sour teaching that separates the “choir boys” from the “choir men.” Contrary to this apparent notoriety, Ulrich has gained fame through his notably harmonious compositions, all premiered with the help of Stoney’s choirs as his guinea pigs. In his time here, his choirs have received consistently superior certifications from the Michigan Vocal Music Association and his work has not gone unnoticed. Last year, Ulrich took a leave of absence to work towards achieving the latest milestone in his academic career: a doctorate. But this fall, he’s making his grand return to the E wing, and this time with a well-earned new prefix.
Q: Because you are becoming a doctor (in music), have you tried giving students lollipops after class? If I can get my students to sing in tune and read the music, I’m willing to do a myriad of things… Q: You are known for frequenting Fitness 19. Did your fellow doctors persuade you to pursue better physical health? “A minute on the lips, forever on the hips.” A powerful mantra to live by. I like cupcakes way too much to skip my workout… Q: You recently purchased a new car. Why not something more musical like a Hyundai Sonata or Honda Prelude? I despise the commercialization and exploitation of musical terms for profit. Q: Are you, in fact, a carbon copy of Freddie Prinze Jr.? I do actually know who this is, so I am pretty proud of myself for understanding a pop culture reference. He was, though, a star in the late 90’s. Q: Last year, you were on sabbatical while studying at Michigan State University. Was it at all similar to resting on the Sabbath? I did much less resting while away at college. The collegiate experience for doctoral students typically does not include the frat parties of the undergraduate days… Q: Your go-to party hors d’oeuvre is baked brie. Why didn’t you make some for me for this interview? It’s more of a dish to pass thing. You could have some at the next caroling party though! Q: How does Brandon Ulrich compare to, say, Brandon Inge? Without looking this up, I am assuming he’s a baseball player. Maybe for the Tigers? If so, he can probably knock one out of the park better than me, but I can show him up in Renaissance Choral Music Trivia. Unlike Inge, though, I haven’t found a way to get anyone to pay me millions for knowing that stuff. Q: Word on the street is, while you certainly are Stoney’s music man, you did not get the chance to play the role in the Broadway musical in high school. Would you care to comment? I was robbed. Clearly the character was so close to my normal personality that they wanted to challenge me in my acting and give me a minor role. Incidentally, though, I was able to goof around a lot more, and the handful of lines I had were much easier to memorize. Q: Who is your favorite member of One Direction, and why? Are they like the Backstreet Boys of today? I didn’t watch television while at MSU, and still don’t, so I am often clueless about modern teenie-boppers. I do like me some Palestrina though…
Photo used with permission from Brandon Ulrich
Interviewed by Chase Heinemann
OCTOBER 31, 2013
Navy Yard shooting affects local family
M by Tori Phelps “Michael’s gone.” That’s what senior Anne Joy’s mom told her at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Michael Arnold, Anne’s uncle, was one of the 12 innocents killed at the Washington DC Navy Yard shooting. “You never would think that you would be affected in some way by a tragedy like this,” Anne said, “but it really hits you when it does happen because you realize that you’re not invincible.” A Time to Mourn
According to an article by Tammy Battaglia in the Detroit Free Press, Arnold grew up in Rochester and graduated from Rochester High School in the early 1970s. He had no connection with the gunman, who open fired in the Navy Yard around 8:30 a.m. When the Joy family first heard that Arnold was in a lockdown, they believed that he was okay. “All day long I was telling myself ‘He’s just hunkered down somewhere. He’s in lockdown and he can’t get to the phone,’” Anne’s mom and Arnold’s sister, Dr. Judith Joy, said. “There are 3,000 people there. Why would he have been one of the 12? And my sister-in-law thought that the shooting was in a different building…” The Joy family did not know of Arnold’s death until that night, when his wife called them. “My mom came over to try and hug me and I pushed her away. I said, ‘I can’t deal with that right now, don’t touch me.’ I realize that she needed [the hug], but I couldn’t deal with that. I needed to be alone for the first half hour,” Anne said. Counselor Dianna Bissett believes that, although those facing a tragedy may not want
to be with others right away, they should surround themselves with people who are willing to help. “That way when you do break down or you do need a hug or you do need someone to talk to, you have those people who love you,” Bissett said. Dr. Joy and her family met up at her mother’s house and broke the news of Arnold’s death. According to Anne, her grandma went to bed because she thought no phone call meant that Arnold was alive. “Definitely the worst thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” Dr. Joy said, “was to tell my mother that she had lost her son.” After everyone heard the news, Dr. Joy and her family held onto each other until about 3 a.m. the following morning. “We just had to be close—physically together,” Dr. Joy said. A Time to Love
According to updates from the Huffington Post, the names of all 13 fatalities—including that of the killer, Aaron Alexis—were released to the public on Sept. 17, a day after the shooting. Dr. Joy let her close friends know before the news released that information. “My one friend—a very dear friend that I’ve known since I was eleven—every day after that, she texted me in the morning: ‘My prayers are with you. Have strength to get through the day. You’re not alone. I’m here for you,’” Dr. Joy said. “So every morning I waited for that text to come through and she sent it at about the same time every day. One day she might’ve been about ten minutes late and I was almost frantic…I was like ‘Where’s my text? How do I get through my day?’” Even complete strangers stepped forward to support Anne and her family in the wake of Arnold’s death. The week of the funer-
Supporting the Sufferers DO
Rochester native Michael Arnold lost his life in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. Now his family is trying to cope with the tragedy.
al and memorial services, Anne’s family received food donations varying from dinners to homemade sweets. One person even brought Arnold’s car back from the Navy Yard. Anne and her mother have received over 70 cards in the mail. The staff of North Hill Elementary School, where Dr. Joy works, mowed their yard, took care of their cat, and bought their groceries. According to Anne, the Stoney Creek staff was also supportive of her. “All my teachers were helping me and extending stuff for me because I had missed school for such a tragic circumstance,” Anne said. Anne also received a lot of support from her friends and classmates. “People that I didn’t even talk to were messaging me on Facebook and texting me,” Anne said. “For me, knowing that I have people if I need them, that’s what’s getting me through this.” Dr. Joy agreed that the support she received from her friends helped her cope. “The tears that are being shed for my brother are very comforting to us to know that we have that support,” she said. A Time to Heal Now, the flags are back at full-staff. The Navy Yard has reopened for returning employees. Media coverage of the shooting has slowed to a drizzle. In an article about grief, Dr. David Lipschitz wrote that those dealing with grief will especially need support in the months following the tragedy, when life has returned to normal and the mourner is alone. Anne’s friend Brooke Meharg believes that Anne has grown stronger as time has passed. “I think she’s dealing with it really well. It was really hard at first, but she’s pulling
through,” Meharg said. Now that she’s back to her usual schedule, Dr. Joy has moments where she feels numb to the situation. “I’m in kind of a robot stage and I don’t know if I can allow myself to feel all the emotions,” she said. “Something will happen and it will hit me again, but I feel like, for a while, I was just going through the motions and I still am, to some degree.” Bissett believes that the pain of a tragic loss never goes away. “But I think that it softens and I think that we continue to find ways to cope and hopefully remember the person,” Bissett said. To cope, Dr. Joy is focusing on the positives. “I’m not thinking about the monster that did this,” she said. “But I think that my other brother and I are going to be closer…because he’s the only other person that knows exactly how I feel.” Anne sees the support that she has received as a positive. “People come together in times of tragedy. You will always have someone there for you, even if you don’t realize it,” she said. The tragedy taught Anne to always take the opportunity to tell somebody that you love them. “Because you never know what’s going to happen. One minute my uncle was there and the next minute he was gone…,” Anne said. “On my birthday, four days before the shooting, my uncle texted me and said ‘Happy birthday! I love you!’ and he never says ‘I love you.’ And my mom talked to him and called him on the phone and he shouted through the phone ‘I love you, Anne!’ and that was really great. That’s my favorite memory.”
It’s hard to know how to respond to a grieving friend. Here is some advice on what and what not to say.
empathize with your friend’s pain express concern listen without judgement offer help in concrete ways talk about what you loved about the deceased person
placate say you understand give advice assume that someone is done grieving avoid the deceased person’s name
Source: Students of AMF
october 31, 2013
No Mercy For MRSA
Students around Metro Detroit fall victim to MRSA by Bridget Bartos
B Sick! A student gets his MRSA infection cleaned. This student was infected with MRSA at Stoney last year. (photo used by permission)
School districts in Metro Detroit that have had MRSA outbreaks in the past few months. Mt. Clemens School DistrictMay 8, 2013
Northville schoolsSeptember 24, 2013
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Van Buren SchoolsOctober 16,2013
Troy Athens High SchoolOctober 14, 2013
lood, sweat, and tears. These are all things that slowly but surely accumulate in the hallways and gym of Stoney. All of these things cause the flesh eating disease, MRSA. MRSA has been found in multiple schools across metro-Detroit in the past few weeks. The flesh eating disease was also found lurking in the halls of our own school last year during competitive cheerleading and wrestling. One varsity wrestlers contracted MRSA last year. “Before the doctors diagnosed it as MRSA, I didn’t know what the big, painful, red bump on my hip was,” said the student who contracted MRSA last year. According to the Oakland County Public Health sheet, MRSA is an antibiotic resistant Staph infection. The infection is commonly found in sports players. According to Channel 4 news, MRSA has become a growing issue over the past few years. The health sheet states that MRSA is spread from skin to skin contact or from an opening in the skin such as a cut or abrasion. It is also found on equipment or clothing. The MRSA infection is not a pretty sight. According to the health sheet, the infection looks like a bright red boil that is extremely swollen. “MRSA is an infection that burrows a hole into your skin so it was really easy to feel,” said the student who was infected. “You can get MRSA from football fields or the gym floor, which are even bigger breeding grounds for staph because they are not cleaned regularly,” said senior Zach Davis, who is on varsity wrestling and is extremely familiar with the MRSA disease. Senior Rakesh Reddy, who was infected with a mild case of MRSA over this past summer by running with friends and working in a hospital, states that since his case was only mild and under the skin, it was only a little red and slightly swollen but still extremely painful. “MRSA is a very prevalent thing; you can get it from going to the hospital or going
into the check up room,” said Reddy. When a student was infected with MRSA last year, it was “just bad luck.” Anyone on any of the sports teams who use the gym or the locker room could have been infected. “Once we discovered the student got MRSA, we cleaned the mats more and made sure to do more skin checks,” said Davis. Skin Checks are crucial in wrestling. They let not only the wrestling team, but other sports teams know if anyone has the disease as well. MRSA is not only found in the two gyms. It could be lurking in any locker room. If the infected student touches even a chair, it could be passed on to the next victim. MRSA also affected the cheer team. According to freshman Alexa Jelley, who cheers on the JV cheer team, even though the mats are cleaned daily they are full of dirt, dust, and hair. “The three teams wash the mats every day and thoroughly clean and cover any cuts,” said senior Kacey Joseph. Because of the infection, the cheer team was required to rigorously clean the mats each day, which took away from practice times for competitions. Good hygiene is the best way to avoid contracting MRSA if you are involved in sports. According to the Oakland County Health sheet, it is extremely important to wash your hands frequently and shower as soon as possible after practice. Direct contact with mats, the gym floor, or the turf is not the only way to contract MRSA. The locker rooms are crammed with sweaty sports players every day and some sports even condition in the hallways by the gym. And the hallways and locker rooms are not cleaned daily. Davis thinks a person is most likely to get the disease from places like these. MRSA can be scary but tamable.
I’ll take shotgun 16-year-olds steer away from licenses
by Anna Butterfield and Yera Patel
ust like many other teens, junior Mario Macioce still hasn’t gotten around to the thing that most teenagers are dying to get: a driver’s license. He is 16 years old and only has his permit, although he eventually plans on getting his license. “I still don’t have my license,” Macioce laughed. According to a recent statistic taken by U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan, Macioce is not alone. In 2010 only 28 percent of 16-yearolds had their driver’s license, compared to in 1980 when about 44 percent of 16-yearolds had their license. There are many possible reasons why teens have been holding back from getting their licenses, including not having enough time or money, according to junior Maddy Kelly.
Driving Statistics Only 12.7% of 19 year olds didn’t have their license in 1998 Segment 1 requires 24 hours in a classroom Segment 2 requires 30 hours of driving
The Road Test requires 50 hours of driving time Less than 30% of American 17 year olds have their license Source: The Baltimore Sun & Courtesy Driving Schools
“About every other day I drive someone without a license.” Junior Janani Chinnam “I’d have to pay for my driver’s training, car and gas for my car,” Kelly said. “And between work, and school I would hardly have any time to put towards my license.” But for some students, being busy and unable to set aside time for a license isn’t the case. Junior Madeleine Raab just doesn’t need a ride. “I don’t do many things that I’d need a ride for, and when I do, I can normally easily get a hold of someone who’s available to give me a ride,” Raab said. Raab is like many kids nation-wide. According to 17-year-old Hannah Hart in an article in USA Today, “Kids can entertain themselves completely at home. People aren’t going to the movies as much. People haven’t been going to arcades. If I didn’t have a computer or have a cellphone, I would definitely push myself more to get a license to go out and do things.” Teens like Macioce count on their friends with licenses to get around, and according to him, that’s not a problem. “My friends don’t really mind,” Macioce said. Junior Mackensey Rookstool has her license and drives people home from swim practice four to five times a week, and she agrees it’s no big deal. “They’re all on my way,” Rookstool said. “The people I drive are either seniors or juniors who do not have their license.” With fewer teen drivers on the road, there is an added upside—that they’ll be driving together. “Carpooling is good for the environment,” science teacher Liz Tigue said.
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Against Bellamy’s views, a phrase to the Pledge was added, “the Flag of the United States of America,” limiting the amount of people who could use it.
by Adrian Munteanu
OCTOBER 31, 2013
of 124 students did not know every line of the Pledge
Pledge of Allegiance written by Socialist Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy. Originally 22 words, he hoped for it to be used by citizens of any country.
A brief history of the controversy of the Pledge of Allegiance
the flags. In other words, RCS bought each and every flag, not just at Stoney Creek, but also at the other two high schools, the four middle schools, and the thirteen elementary schools, out of its own pocket. “Many of our elementary buildings had flags already in them, but Stoney Creek needed flags added to all classrooms. I do not have the total spent but it did come out of general funds,” Goralski said. In other words, the money used to purchase the flags sucked away funds that could have been used for buying new technologies, training teachers, or even just fixing a computer. More importantly, these are taxpayers’ dollars. Our parents are paying for our education, not flags. According to Goralski, even poorer districts such as Pontiac have to buy their own flags, and, according to the Oakland Press, they can’t even provide basic educational needs such as paper, pencils, or even toilet paper. And while patriotism is a big part of being a citizen, the economic issues seem a lot less abstract and a lot more daunting and immediate. In the end, the problems with these laws boil down to three main issues. For one, the whole legal status is cloudy and unclear. Additionally, the law detracts from our focus on the bigger educational issues, and, finally, the installation of flags suck money from other more important school funds. Others may argue that others are risking their lives to serve our country and that the least we can do is say an oath, which are certainly respectable arguments, but is it really worth the time and the money, especially for something that is merely symbolic?
Feel positive about the Pledge
One Past, Under God
where the chant becomes simply overused. Is it truly necessary to say it every day? Others may compare saying the Pledge to singing the national anthem at ball games. However, I have no problem with this, as doing so is truly optional. Saying the Pledge, on the other hand, is apparently mandatory if one does not have conflicting beliefs. In other words, the government is telling us what to do, which seems to contradict the ideas of freedom and liberty held within the Pledge itself. According to the Huffington Post, Bay City Public Schools superintendent Doug Newcombe voices another concern: “Is this the most important thing we’ve got to deal with? Why are we spending time on this kind of stuff?” According to StudentsFirst.org, barely 38 percent of American twelfth graders are at grade level, meaning the majority of the graduating class is “below proficient” at skills in math, reading, and writing. The US ranks only 25th in the world at math. With these alarming statistics, a law enforcing something as trivial as a trite and perfunctory mantra is completely and utterly wasteful. The time those congressmen used to concoct these bills could have easily been used to propose a more purposeful law to improve our state’s education. But the uselessness, wastefulness, and impracticality of the laws pale in comparison to another issue. A worse problem is that while these laws set up mandates for the Pledge, they don’t provide any funding to carry them out. Bill 637, for example, dictates that a “United States flag is displayed in each classroom or other instructional site in which pupils recite the Pledge of Allegiance,” but there is no mention whatsoever about monetary assistance to purchase
he government just nearly went bankrupt, and the Michigan legislature is concerning itself with… buying flags and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. House Bill 4934, which governor Rick Snyder signed into law last September, requires that every school set aside time for students who wish to say the Pledge. Additionally, Senate Bill 637 requires that all classrooms where the Pledge is to be said must possess an American flag. But the new laws are also extraneous and even detrimental, not to mention bordering on unconstitutional (According to FindLaw.com, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments in 1943, stating that forcing students to say the Pledge infringes on the freedom of religion and the separation of church and state). Although Bill 4934 doesn’t require the saying of the Pledge and only ensures the opportunity to do so, the opt-out option is designed to only be applicable if there is a conflict of beliefs. Otherwise, according to Principal Larry Goralski, students are still required to say the Pledge. Therefore, its legality is still extremely murky, and raises many questions. Is requiring students to stand considered an infringement of rights? Does saying “under God” every day in a public facility violate freedom of religion? These questions should have been answered before the laws’ implementation, not unanswered, up in the air. I’m truly not devaluing the Pledge. It certainly is a patriotic symbol for this country, and as an American citizen, I do feel that pledging my faith to my nation is an important duty. But there comes a point
Feel indifferent about the Pledge
by Simon Sun
Feel negative about the Pledge
Michigan’s new laws are unnecessary and harmful
Say the Pledge has never interrupted their class
(Infographic by Simon Sun)
= 5 students
Pro & Con
116 of 124 students say they fully participate in the Pledge Of 124 students say their teacher always leads the =10 Pledge
Said the Pledge daily in elementary school
Pressured? Compelled Discouraged
“Bellamy Salute” dropped due to its similarities to the Fascist salute.
124 students of all grades were surveyed for their views on the Pledge.
History teacher Channon Washington views herself as a patriot who loves her country, but understands that others, citizens or not, may not share her opinion and equally deserve a voice for any matter. “If you’re not a citizen, I wouldn’t expect you to pledge allegiance to the American flag,” Washington said. “Even if you completely disagree with the history and the concept behind the Pledge, [or] if you disagree with the intent of the law or the school policy, I absolutely support [you] not saying it.” On the other hand, Washington herself loves her country and shows off her pride in many ways, including her pledge to the American flag. “It’s predictable and it establishes a routine and that if we get through it a couple weeks it will just be like second nature,” Washington said. She also has no qualms about the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. “I think they are what they are and if you don’t like a part of [the Pledge of Allegiance] you don’t have to say that part or any of it,” Washington said. “I understand how they got to be that way and the story behind it doesn’t offend me or disturb me at all.” However, she also believes that the wording should be subject to change. “When you look at the history of changing things, I think that it should always be debated,” Washington said. “I definitely think that whether or not ‘under God’ is in the Pledge should always be discussed and should always be debated because it would be very un-American of us not to question it.” Washington thinks that way because she thinks it coincides with American values and ideas. “I think there’s very little about anything in America that’s not controversial,” Washington said. “You can find controversy in everything and that’s kind of what makes it a great democracy because there is always something to debate.”
Although German language teacher Bethany Dunning does not view herself as patriotic, by no means does she believe that anyone should be discouraged from showing his or her pride, or their lack of it, in the United States after the state policy is now in effect. “I like the fact that it is not required for [the students] to say it,” Dunning said. Having lived in Germany and being the daughter of a Canadian-born father, she understands why immigrants could resist the idea of a pledge. “This is not their home and they may or may not have allegiance to this country,” Dunning said. On the other hand, she also knows why some might accept the custom with open-arms and pride. “Some immigrants, to a certain extent, are more American than the people who were born here because they made the choice,” Dunning said. In Germany, during Hitler’s reign in the World War II Era, people had to prove their pride and love for the Third Reich. As a German teacher, Dunning understands why some people may claim that the Pledge is similar. “I took two semesters of classes in Holocaust literature and National Socialism, the Nazi Movement,” Dunning said. “One of the things that started happening is that [they] had to have a German flag in every [class] room, and then [they] had to start... the ‘Heil Hitler.’ You had to have a picture of Hitler in every room...It’s just kind of reminiscent.” However, Dunning rejects the idea that America and Nazi Germany are anything alike. “I’m not saying that this country is going in that direction at all,” Dunning said. In the end, Dunning just hopes that students will be able to judge their own beliefs and make an informed decision. “I just hope all students realize that they have the choice and feel comfortable making that choice,” Dunning said. (Stories and photos by Adrian Munteanu)
To combat the anti-religious Communist Movement, Congress and President Eisenhower approved the addition of “under God” to the Pledge. Photos used under creative commons license
“Under God” challenged in Massachusetts Supreme Court in accordance to the state’s Equal Rights Amendment.
Sources: ushistory.org, oldtimeislands.org, legion.org, cnn.com
october 31, 2013
Having a Horrible
Halloween With morph suits and cats prancing around Stoney on Halloween, something is bound to go wrong. These students share their Halloween mishaps, from the awkward to the just plain out painful. In for a Killer Treat
Make No Bones About It
“We were walking up to this house and I tripped over those little decorative fences. I landed flat on the concrete and broke my arm. So, yeah, that was not a fun Halloween for me.”
- Senior Christian Nafso
Cursed Costume “I was sleeping in my bed on Halloween night in seventh grade, and I heard tapping and whispering at my sliding glass door. It was a guy in a bloody clown mask saying, ‘I will kill you.’ My dad came in and he ran away because, turns out, my dad scared him earlier that night. Later I saw him in the back of a cop car.”
“One time, in elementary school, I wore my costume to school, and when I was getting on the bus, I stepped on my costume. I fell with my face flat on the stairs.”
- Junior Colton Drewyor
- Sophomore Bryn Ropeta
“So, I was Trick or Treating, right? And I’m going to this house, and this guy throws a banana at me. I said, ‘dude, where’d you get that banana’ and he said, ‘I don’t know.’ I was a banana that Halloween.”
“I was trick-or-treating with my best friend and this lady thought we were dating. It got really awkward and I turned really red.”
- Sophomore Kieran Fulkerson
- Freshman Cam Lee
Scared, Slipped, and Scarred “When I was five, I was a vampire for Halloween. I got my candy at someone’s house and turned around and tripped on my dress, hitting the kid behind me- it was like a domino effect. Then there was a bunch of kids sprawled out on this lady’s lawn.”
“I was Trick or Treating, and my friend ran up behind me and tasered me and scared the crap out of me. There was a puddle of water and I just slipped and fell on my butt.”
- Freshman Ashyln Moran
- Junior Alisa Novelli
Photos by Erika Williams
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Quotes compiled by Mila Murray and Erika Williams
144 students are going to Halloween parties
are going to a haunted house
of students are wearing costumes on Halloween
students are decorating their house for Halloween =27 students
students are going trick-or-treating
Data compiled by Mila Murray and Erika Williams Statistics based on survey of 180 students Illustrations by Erika Williams
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Cougar hockey affected by rise of travel teams
by Harrison Dover reshman Ryan Maselli isn’t after a varsity jacket. Like many hockey players, Maselli plays for a travel team and will not be trying out for the Stoney hockey team Oct. 31. A varsity jacket and school fame as a hockey player doesn’t compare to the benefits of travel hockey, according to Maselli. “You have to end up getting scouted, and that comes with getting better throughout your years,” Maselli said. Many players prefer to play on their travel squads because they believe it can give them a better chance to get looked at by a big time college in the future. Because so many players are deserting their school teams for travel teams, Stoney’s hockey program has not been what it used to be. Varsity was the runner-up for the state championship in 2004 and hasn’t come close since. Many students have migrated over to travel for the intensity it brings, the longer period of time that is put into it and the experience, with more than three times the games than high school teams. Sophomore Alex Davis is currently on JV. Davis’s goal is to make varsity and then eventually join a high leveled travel team. Before playing JV, Davis played for a Double A team out of Fraser called the Michigan Travelers. The Travelers’ season is made up of almost 90 games every year while varsity doesn’t even hit the 30 mark, according to Davis. However, right now, Davis still prefers the school team because of its convenience. “I hated the long drives to and from
“You have to end up getting scouted, and that comes with getting better througout your years.” Freshman Ryan Maselli games on the weekdays and weekends,” Davis said. He also thinks the school team offers something a travel team cannot. “The JV team is much more fun [than the travel team], and I like it more because I am with friends on and off the ice,” Davis said. Freshman Ryan Maselli is currently playing for the Oakland Junior Grizzlies, a Double A team currently ranked 11 in the state for that age group. He disagrees with Davis. “I would definitely rather play for my travel team than the school team,” Maselli said. “The competition is way higher and it has just become a better all-around organization. According to Maselli, playing travel definitely has its advantages. “[There’s] better competition, so you get better as an actual player,” Maselli said. The Cougars’ season begins away Nov. 16 against Birmingham Groves.
Best of the best: Sophmore Max Jones shoulder checks an opponent from Moscow, Russia into the boards. Jones’ team, HoneyBaked ’98, scored a victory at the Compuware HoneyBaked Invitational earlier this month, taking home the Gold division championship on October 6, according to the squad’s website. In the finals, they beat the number 2 ranked team in the US, Victory Honda, by a score of 5-0. (Photo used by permission of Manon Rheavne.)
Hockey’s loss, Stoney’s gain: Redshaw brings legacy by Kyle Krucki
redshaw’s stats Total of 139 points 73 goals, 66 assists 145 games played 310 total penalty mins. 12 source
Athletic director Shane Redshaw knows a thing or two about sports, and not just because he directs them. Redshaw was once a college hockey star at Western Michigan University during the 1980s and 1990s. “My mother and father got me involved when I was 3 years old and it just continued from that point forth,” Redshaw said. He later moved on to travel hockey, playing in the Metro Junior B League for the Markham Waxers Junior B Team and for the Pickering Panthers Junior B Team. In the Ontario Junior C League, he played for the Uxbridge Bruins. Eventually, he was offered an athletic scholarship to play hockey at Western Michigan University. “It presented me the opportunity to further my education and become the first person in our family to attend University
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back then,” Redshaw said. At WMU, Redshaw was a very aggressive player “I remember facing off in a fight my senior year against Jim Cummings who played for Michigan State at the time and now plays for the Red Wings. Michigan State was a big rival when I played,” Redshaw said. Despite being aggressive, Redshaw earned several prestigious awards. “It shows that everyone contributes on a great team and that it’s not all about just one person,” Redshaw said. “I’ve gotten to play with some great people in college who eventually made it into the NHL.” But there is always one thing that any sports player strives to get at least once in their lifetime, a championship. Redshaw was also part of the team when they won one of the biggest championships in Michigan at the time, the Great Lakes Invitational
in 1988. “It was a big point in our season because we beat both Michigan and Michigan State in front of around 18,000 people and at the time, Michigan State was one of the top teams,” Redshaw said. Redshaw’s background prepared him for his current job. “Mr. Redshaw has great integrity and he has the most interest in Stoney sports,” Principal Larry Goralski said. “I think Mr. Redshaw is a great fit as the athletic director because of his sports background.” Redshaw’s hockey talent runs in the family. His son, 2013 graduate Dakota Redshaw, is currently playing in the OJHL for the Stouffville Spirit. “I feel like it’s a great experience for him which can lead to an opportunity to play college hockey at some point,” Redshaw said.
Worth A Shot
Bader By The Numbers 139 2012-2013 3 pt.
Field Goals Made
357 Career 3 pt.
Travis Bader looks to break NCAA record
Field Goals Made
40.3% 3 pt. Field Goal Precentage
by Matt Schmucker akland University basketball announcer Kevin Beers must be really tired of making his threepoint call after he used it every time redshirt senior Travis Bader hit a threepoint shot at home. According to sports-reference.com, Bader hit 139 three-pointers last year, giving him a career total of 357. That’s only 100 three pointers away from the all-time record of 457 career three-pointers set by J.J. Redick in 2006. Bader and Oakland open up the season on Nov. 8 at North Carolina. “He’s just so confident every time he Team Player: Guard Bader working on dribbling tirelessly at a team practice. The season shoots the ball.” Beers said. “He’s certainly begins for Bader and OU on Nov. 8. (Photo by Matt Schmucker) got a shot to break it.” Bader’s Background Bader has always made three-point shots, but last year’s pace was a jump up even for him. Bader went from making 94 three-pointers in his freshman year to his unbelievable 139 last year. “He’s developed a great deal.” Oakland University head coach Greg Kampe said. “We called him McLovin’ when he got in here… He went from 6’4” 150 [pounds] to 6’5” 197.” Beers agreed with Coach Kampe, as well. “He’s gotten so much stronger,” Beers commented. “And then his confidence, too… and I think a lot of that goes to Kampe. There was a game where Kampe yelled at him [Bader] for not shooting.” When asked about how much work he’s put into basketball, Bader said, “Well, how long do you have?” On a more serious note he added, “I’m someone who prides myself on hard work… I don’t think I was just blessed with this talent to shoot the ball. It’s come from all hard work.”
Record? Really? Is Bader thinking about the threepoint record? “It’s hard not to think about when I have all the media reminding me about it, but I’m trying to put it out of my mind.” Bader said. ”Of course my focus still is on getting another ring here first and making this team better.” When asked of feeding Bader the ball behind the three-point arc, Coach Kampe dismissed the idea. “No, he made 139 last year in the confines of what we do,” Coach Kampe said. “I would suspect that he puts up another 300-some shots like he did last year, so if he can’t make 100 out of those than he doesn’t deserve the record.” Even though Kampe will not be pushing to have Bader break the record this year, OU’s fans are excited about the possibility this year. “It’ll be awesome if he breaks the record.” freshman and Oakland season ticket holder Brendan Przywara said. “I hope OU does something special if he breaks it.” Horizon League Hopes
Oakland fans hope that Oakland’s conference switch to the Horizon League won’t set Bader back. There are a couple of things that separate this year from last year for Bader, though. This year’s in-conference schedule is tougher for OU as well as Oakland’s out-of-conference schedule. Oakland switched out of the Summit League this year and moved into the Horizon League. Coach Kampe gave a couple of reasons why he is so thrilled to be a part of the Horizon League. “We’re very excited for a couple of reasons.” Coach Kampe said. “Number one is the proximity for our fans, before [in the Summit League] we were flying everywhere… now we can drive to Detroit, drive to Valparaiso, so that makes it easier on them. Second thing is that it’s a higher rated league. We went from the nineteenth best league in the nation to the eleventh. So that makes it better from a recruiting standpoint.” The Horizon League also has one more component that makes it better. “Detroit?” Coach Kampe said, “they don’t like me and I don’t like them.”
1670 Career Points “I’m someone who prides myself on hard work, I don’t think I was just blessed with the ability to shoot the ball” -Redshirt senior Travis Bader Oakland’s archrival Detroit Mercy is in the Horizon League, as well as old Summit League rival Valparaiso. “I think the rivalry is huge.” Bader said. “Coach Kampe’s been stressing it a lot.There’s been some previous tension between the two of us.” Oakland will be on ESPN during Rivalry Week against Detroit on Feb. 14. “It’ll be awesome if Bader manages to break the record at home against Detroit on ESPN,” Beers said. “That’d be huge.” Out-of-Conference Craziness Oakland also has a very difficult non-conference schedule, facing storied programs like UNC, UCLA, Cal, MSU, and Gonzaga. According to sportslistoftheday. com, these five teams have a combined total of 50 final four appearances. Oakland has three NCAA tournament appearances ever. Is Bader still capable against the better competition? “All the great players that we’ve had, we’ve always scheduled tough for them.” Coach Kampe said. “We do it to showcase them against the best teams in the country… it gives Travis a chance for pro scouts to see his talents.”
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columnist: JUNIOR simon sun
simon says: The fault in my stars
Junior Simon Sun was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 8. As a result of complications with the medications, he developed symmetrical brain damage, which rendered him with cerebral palsy-like symptoms. In Simon Says, he writes about surviving high school with a disability. You may read and follow Sun’s most recent columns on The Source Website.
edditors who have had cancer, what were your first symptoms and what ended up happening?
The question struck my eye as I was browsing the front page of the forum-esque website Reddit. It was the end of summer, the day still long enough that it was bright even at 9 o’clock at night. My Nook lay idly on my bed, the dreaded summer reading contained inside, half-annotated. My laptop’s malfunctioning fan whirred away on top of my desk, where I was now poised, hunched over the keyboard, eyebrows raised in curiosity. My disappointing sophomore year of high school was still fresh in my mind. Everything seemed to have gone wrong. Not-up-to-par grades, arguments with my parents, a failed homecoming, and bad test scores were just the tip of the iceberg. Deeper, I had noticed that year that I was slowly getting distanced from my peers. I felt alone. No one understood what I was going through. The frustration that came when my disability impeded what I wanted to do, the stress that came when I realized that the next couple years may decide my entire future, the annoyance that came when I literally wasn’t understood. And so I sat there, curious. I had met plenty of
people who have had cancer, but I never got to hear their stories. I had never told my story. It seemed that I didn’t even think about it when I clicked the topic. I spent nearly half an hour reading through the posts. Many of them were adults, a few were teenagers. But although I couldn’t see their faces, I could still feel a connection to them. Many of their stories were similar to mine: bruises, paleness, got leukemia. It was as if here were all the humans that shared memories, had the same experiences. Here, everyone understood what the others were going through. Here, everyone was welcomed. I wasn’t sure why I clicked the “add comment” button. I wasn’t sure why I spent ten minutes telling my story. I wasn’t sure why I hit “submit” without hesitation. But I did, and within seconds, there was a new reply. “Hang in there bro. I know what that feels like, and trust me, it’ll get better.” I don’t even remember the guy’s username. But what I do remember is that that night I felt like I belonged somewhere, that I wasn’t alone. All these thousands of commenters knew what I was going through. Since then, I had never truly felt alone. After all, “what ended up happening” was that I met a group that made me feel welcome.
guest columnist: Senior charles miller
first person:Black, not like me
Senior Charles Miller was inspired to write this column by a prompt for a college application essay. He said, “I wanted to write something that was significant and unique.” Miller will study medicine or theology in college. First Person is a regular guest column that accepts presonal essays from students. Read more essays or submit your own on The Source Website.
ou’re not really black.” I remember pausing. To this day, I don’t remember who it was that said those words. I don’t remember why, or when, or where. Was that an insult? A failure on my part? Had I betrayed myself? “Yes…I am.” Of course, I am black. My mother is black, and my father is black. My dog is black. There are two black cars in my garage. My skin and my eyes and my hair— all black. That’s not what the kid really said, though. He (certainly, I remember it being a he) had looked beyond skin color. He had undone what King had once fought for—equality of the inward man. He had given “black” tangibility. Was black a style? Was it a way to walk and to talk and to think? Surely, I had not fulfilled those entry requirements. Yes, I reasoned. I have failed something. I have missed some “blackening” in my life. So, naturally, I must find it. My younger self would occasionally observe my black cousins. I studied my peers in my dominantly African American church. I learned that my clothes were
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rather white—dipped in some invisible dye, perhaps? Stitched with some foreign thread? And my speech— that was different too! My likes and my dislikes, my music and my favorite TV shows—all foreign, all false. At first I was horrified. “Mom, I want to be white,” I once said. Truly, I didn’t mean it. But I was lost ethnically; I had no “people” to share everything with. That didn’t seem fair to me. I changed perspectives; surrounded by white, I could still be black! Throughout school (subconsciously, as I now realize), I rarely gave a speech if it was about a white person. In kindergarten, when all my friends were “four-scoring,” I was reciting lines of King’s dream. In elementary school, it became Ray Charles. In high school, I taught on Marquette Fry, the Watts Riots instigator. I shouted as a Black Panther. I orated as Barack Obama. Doesn’t that make me black? Some of my white friends would shout “Say it loud!” and, with a pause, I would retort “I’m black… and I’m proud,” and think to myself, am I passing? As I live and grow and learn with whites and browns and reds, and as I type this and I think and I drum my fingers over the keys, I can’t help but wonder, maybe I’ll be black tomorrow?
EDITORIAL: IN OUR HONEST OPINION
NOT BY A LONG SHOT With mass murder rates on the rise, gun control is needed
tudents push desks and chairs against the two doors of math teacher Kelsey Knapp’s classroom. The lights flash off. Crammed up against the back wall of the room, the class continues conversations at a whisper. Just as sitting on the hard ground begins to feel uncomfortable, a voice over the PA system announces that the drill is over. On Oct. 16, a month after the Washington DC Navy Yard shooting, the school held an “active shooter drill,” which aimed to prepare students and staff for a situation where a gunman walks the halls. The horrifying reality of the pretend situation was muffled by immature giggles and whispered jokes. Mass shootings are more of a problem than we can imagine here in the sheltered town of Rochester. As you read in our issue, one student has been personally affected by the tragedy at the Navy
Source Staff Vote: Mental health checks for gun applicants should be more extensive.
Yard. How can such shootings be prevented? The best solution is for more extensive mental health checks for those applying to purchase a gun. In simpler words: gun control. After learning about the troubled pasts of Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Navy Yard shooters, lawmakers are turning to focus their attentions on mental health. According to Ashley Killough’s article on CNN, in a poll from February 2013, a majority of people agreed that mental health services would help solve the problem of gun violence. Indeed, many mass murderers have exhibited signs of mental illnesses, but, according to Jonathan Stray’s article in The Atlantic, a diagnosis existed only in two cases. Evidently, more extensive background checks for mental health will combat the high amount of gun violence that exists in America. It is important to remember that many mentally ill people are
not mass murderers. To prevent tragedies like the Navy Yard shooting, though, precautions should be taken. According to Trip Gabriel of the New York Times, Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, suffered from insomnia and claimed to hear voices speaking to him. Despite these red flags, Alexis was never committed. He was allowed to purchase the gun that resulted in the death of twelve people. Though we feel safe in the midst of our locked doors, security guards, and nonexistent “armed threats,” we must remember that this is our reality. A situation where the school is threatened by an active shooter is unlikely, but mass murder rates are still on the rise. We should take this menacing cataclysm seriously and work to combat it by supporting stronger mental health checks for gun control.
Sophomore: Lena Kim
“I think guns should “If we didn’t have guns be allowed to people in the first place, no one could shoot each other.” with licenses.” Photos by Tori Phelps perspectives
PRRR Attack on Adams: The Cougar varsity football team will face crosstown rivals in the first round of playoffs on Nov. 1. Geekvember: With November comes some of the most anticipated fandom events of the year: Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary Special, and Disney’s Frozen.
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years since Halloween began
MRSA infections per thousand
What is your opinion of gun control?
Freshman: Taylor Weimer
We Don’t Want to Know: We’ve been asked what the fox says one too many times.
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, FOLKS!
Piercing Piccolo: The pledge is introduced every morning by a whole band. What’s better than having your ears shattered by a piccolo each morning?
Junior: Jenna Malofey
“Guns should be regulated more heavily...we should know who we’re giving guns to.”
Senior: Zack Peklo
mass shootings in the past seven years
average miles driven daily by an individual
“There doesn’t need to be any more restrictions.”
years Mr. Ulrich has taught
current threepoint record
Sources: USA Today, The Atlantic, History, Face the Facts USA
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