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ublic opinion regarding teachers on Facebook often stems from incidents such as Buell’s and ones like last month when a New Jersey first-grade teacher’s status update read: “I’m not a teacher — I’m a warden for future criminals. ” A judge ruled Jennifer O’Brien should lose her job. “Facebook is abused by some — [such as] in the keeping track of students,” said Kathy Thayer, a intensive reading with an account on the social network. “[But] why should my husband have the opportunity to connect with his friends, and because I am a teacher I am not allowed to? Isn’t that discrimination? Kids ask me all the time to ‘friend’ them. Only in a rare circumstance do I do that. Once they graduate, they are not students anymore, so I can add them.” History teacher Bob Sarver says some limits are necessary. “I do not have an account. Some students made one or two [for me], but I refuse to have anything to do with them,” he said. “There are teachers here that do have accounts, and I think that there should be some controls over their use of those accounts with students.” But what form should those controls take and how far should they go? Missouri teachers fought last spring to keep their right to be friends with students on Facebook. “Senate Bill 54” aimed to prevent inappropriate contact between students and teachers. The impetus for the law arose after a public school student was assaulted by a junior high teacher. Eventually, the bill was rejected because it was so broad and vague it would have prevented even normal contact between a student and his or her own parent, if the parent were a teacher. Physics teacher Cinsy Krehbiel, one of several West Shore teachers with a Facebook account, says she’s careful about what she posts. “I don’t consider Facebook an issues forum for me,” Krehbiel said. “I try to make sure that I never say/post/respond to anything that would make a student (or parent) uncomfortable.” Krehbiel says she likes being connected

with students online . “I have mixed feelings about the topic of banning teachers from student Facebook interaction,” Krehbiel said via email. “If administration makes a rule, I will follow it. If there is no rule, I will probably continue to have positive interaction with students on Facebook.  It’s nice to know what’s going on in students’ lives and especially to keep up with past students.” Other teachers fret about Facebook, saying they could experience additional legal liability if they fail to report things they see online, and that they don’t want to share their personal lives with students. Even with privacy settings available, students or parents are still able to seek the information about teachers by simply searching for an instructor’s name. “One of the reasons that I do not have

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an account is because it has the ability of turning into a situation where the line between student and teacher is blurred,” Sarver said. “I wouldn’t want to risk having any issues by interacting with students over Facebook.” While Sarver avoids Facebook, Krehbiel says the social network a good way to serve as a role model for students. “I don’t have a problem with teacher/student interaction via Facebook,” she said. “I don’t think teachers should solicit Facebook friends, but if a student ‘friends’ the teacher, I’m fine with it. The teacher must never post things that are even remotely inappropriate. There is also the responsibility to report dangerous behavior.  If a student is posting about dangerous or illegal activities, and a teacher sees it, the teacher is obligated to take action — such as inform the parents.  If a student puts me

in that position, I will notify parents and then un-friend the student.” Teachers also have the ability to make class pages on Facebook in which all students have access to see assignments, communicate with each other for help on a problem, or ask the teacher if they don’t understand something. “I don’t see the advantage of using Facebook for a class discussion page,” Sarver said. “There are other ways that are provided by the district to accomplish this same goal. I have interactive audio/ video review sessions from my home with students, but it is covered by school policy, on school software, and is recorded.” New methods are being introduced for teachers to communicate with students over school-related matters without the use of Facebook. “I haven’t even considered using Facebook for my class,” science teacher Paula Ladd said. “I know many teachers use a new interactive website called WIMBA, where you can video chat about school related problems — with the school administration supervision — which seems more practical.” Brevard County currently does not have a social networking policy. But with other districts beginning to limit teacher interaction on Facebook, Brevard could potentially impose restrictions. “I think it is going too far to tell teachers that they can’t have an account,” Sarver said. “But I think that it is quite appropriate to ban them from having students as friends.” Currently, no other profession is as scrutinized for Facebook use. “Teachers definitely need to use discretion and post only what they would share in the classroom,” Ladd said. “I think teachers should have a different set of rules to protect both the student and the teacher. If it’s a teacher’s personal page and the students are still in high school, then no, I don’t think they should interact. On the other hand if the teacher has a class Facebook page dedicated to the subject, then I think that’s fine. Under no circumstances do I feel that teachers should keep tabs on their students.”

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100 percent or 75 percent of their tuition, students are receiving less money. ,-.//!0(1-$(2 “I feel like Bright Futures [scholarship money] being Since seventh-grade, senior Maegan Larsen has faith- reduced is taking away from what people worked hard fully completed the school’s 20-hours-per year com- for,” senior Jordan Bellamy said. “Not only that, but it munity service requirement in order to qualify for takes away from the opportunities of kids who can’t afFlorida’s Bright Futures Scholarship and a low-college ford college.” The Legislature also has tuition future. But last spring the raised the minimum for stanLegislature changed the rules, dardized test scores and gradeforcing Larsen to scramble. point averages. In order to “It kind of stinks because they receive the Florida Academic already decreased the amount of Scholarship, students must money, and now we just have to have at least a 1270 on the SAT work harder,” Larsen said. “I do or a 28 on the ACT. Relay for Life — that’s how I get !"#$%&'()'"*$"%+,,-$*./")'&0*%'"&'1-*&','$." “Because we are a school the majority of my hours — but """""234"5"677"8+-&)"9*$%&'()':";&+,"<=>" built around service learning this year I had to make up more """""2?4"5"<="8+-&)"9*$%&'()':";&+,"7"8+-&)>" and giving back to the commubecause I did the bare minimum nity, I think the main concern of 20 all the other years. Now !"#$%&'()'"*$"2?4".').")%+&')";+&").-:'$.)" ""@&(:-(.*$@"*$".8'"A76BCA76D"(%(:',*%"/'(&E" of students and parents is the I need 40 this year in order to """""43F"5"66<7"9*$%&'()':";&+,"67=7>" increased test-score requiregraduate and get Bright Futures. """""3GF"5"AH"9*$%&'()':";&+,"AB>" ment,” Lovel said. It’s just one more thing that’s Senior Michael Todd, howevmaking senior year harder and !"4.-:'$.)"(&'"IJKL#IJM".+")-N,*."($"'&&+&C """;&''"23243";+&"O&*@8."2-.-&')P"2Q+&*:(" er, doesn’t think those changes more stressful.” """I')*:'$."3%%'))P"R&($."($:"3%%'))".+"O'..'&" will be a problem. The increase from 80 to 100 """S'(&$*$@"($:"J:-%(.*+$"R&($.E" “I think that it won’t affect hours of high-school communi- """T+"23243"U"T+",+$'/ our class very much,” Todd ty service isn’t the only change to said. “The changes are being the program. The state also has raised the grade-point-average and SAT/ACT score re- implemented in stages so we don’t have to much too quirements for both the Florida Academic and Florida worry about. I don’t think it will be a major impact in Medallion scholarships which have been in place since our scholarships or affect our graduation much at all.” Competition in gambling venues has had a significant 1997, funding more than $3.2 billion in college expensimpact on Bright Futures, and Lovel says students who es for more than 500,000 students. Guidance counselor Glenda Lovel says the changes already have received the scholarship will be affected were made because of a decrease in demand for Florida too. “The awards for people who have already graduated Lottery tickets. “There are not as many people buying into the lotto,” will change each year in terms of the funds they receive Lovel said. “The lotto is what funded students going to and what those funds can be used for,” Lovel said. Assistant Principal for Curriculum Jacqueline Ingrat[college]. I think they are trying to limit how many kids they are paying to go to [college] because where the ta says she believes Bright Futures will keep changing until the program is completely gone. money is being funded from can’t pay out.” “It’s unfortunate because, if anything, now is when The Bright Futures Scholarship Program was created to provide scholarships to students attending state students need the money,” Ingratta said. “There’s lots universities, but Lovel says ever since the program was of discontent because of job losses in addition to the started, students have seen a decrease in the amounts decline of the economy and the value of the American dollar.” awarded. Future graduates can expect even more cutbacks as “When Bright Futures originated, the Academic scholarship funded 100 percent of tuition and the Me- lawmakers further increase the requirements for the dallion funded 75 percent,” Lovel said. “Now the Ac- classes following 2012 and move the scholarship toademic funds $101 and the Medallion funds $76 per ward a needs-based model. “Right now they just don’t have the money,” Lovell semester hour.” With a fixed cost-per-credit-hour award instead of said. “They’re focused on keeping the program afloat.”


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"#$#%&'#( ,-.//!0(1-$( ure determination emanates from eighth-grader Ingrid Freeman as she makes her way up the hill. Her eyes warn the competition that she is coming through, floating with flawless movements across the terrain. International competitors surround her, but can’t throw off her concentration. The judges look on, ready to render their decisions. “I’ve known that I would be a horseback rider since I could walk,” competitive rider Ingrid Freeman said. “It all started with riding ponies when I was about 3 or 4, and I haven’t stopped ever since.” Ingrid’s passion for horseback riding is in her blood. Her grandmother grew up on a farm with a barn full of horses, and her whole family is involved in the sport and has participated in several competitions.  “Ingrid is one of the most motivated people I know,” her riding companion, Windin Saundry said. “It’s always so exciting to watch her race because you never know what is going to happen next with her. She has mastered a lot of difficult tricks and routines, and I see her going far in her career.”  Countless hours of training and a strong will led Ingrid to a seventh-place title in Western Pleasure at Ohio’s Pine Crest ranch on June 30. Western Pleasure is a style of competition that evaluates horses on manners and suitability for a relaxed but collected gait cadence. The horse is to appear to be a “pleasure” to ride with comfortable, smooth movements. Earlier in the year, she won a thirdplace National title in Trail, which requires riders to cover a marked trail for a distance that is usually between 15 and 40 miles per day. Some rides are one day long while others may run as long as three days. “I felt elated and full of exhilaration,” Ingrid said. “There were a total of 78 competitors in the class. They split the group into three cuts, and you have to make the cut in order to get into the finals. After that you have to compete in the finals, and then you get judged for ribbons and trophies.” In order to win her seventh-place National title, Ingrid went through three trials and made it to the finals. Her scores were two fifth-places, one fourth-place and a sixth-place which totaled up to an overall seventh-place finish. Throughout the years, she has ventured to Lexington, Va., Fort Worth, Texas, Syracuse, N.Y., Jackson, Miss., even to California, in addition to competing in Tampa and Jacksonville. “While there is certainly a lot of cost involved in horseback riding, we feel the benefits far outweigh the expenses,” Ingrid’s mom, Sharon said. “We are blessed to have our own equestrian property with a barn and riding ring. We keep the horses here and in Ocala where Ingrid’s trainers are.” Those trainers, Mike and Cindy Mergaert, are internationally known and have followed Ingrid throughout her riding career. “We travel to Ocala on weekends,” Sharon said. “During the week, Ingrid trains by herself at our barn and works on tricks that her trainers have taught her in attempt to perfect them in time for her next training session in Ocala.”

Ingrid’s training consists of practicing patterns to memorize for equitation, riding smoothly around the ring and having good technique on the horse. “It really helps that my parents have a background in riding because they always give me best advice for my competitions,” Ingrid said. “My mom grew up on a big horse farm and has been riding her entire life. She won reserve champion and second in the nation in Western Pleasure. My dad has won many ribbons and first place in Western Pleasure. My parents have done so much for me, from driving all over the country to compete to helping to keep my horses healthy.” Ingrid has owned several horses, each specializing in different events. She rides 20-year-old Ed for recreation these days, but she used to show him when she was 5. Her mom passed down 13-year-old Nick, and she shows him occasionally. )*&+,-,$&.%/01%.&2(& But her most 3#$,+.4&5/067&80(&2,& competitive horse is a 409%&#+&,6:.,&%/$4,; 6-year-old <.&9/23,.:.:/+4=& from Ocala that she rides ,-,$(/+,&>+/54& in almost ?/22(&5%,+&.%,(& every race. 4,,&%:2;&*.@4&7,A+:.,6(& “My show horse Tommy #&3604;B& is one of the best Western Pleasure horses in the country,” Ingrid said. “One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is trying to teach him Trail, since he had never done it before I bought him. We have had some difficulties on certain parts of the course, but we have worked on it so much that we pretty much have it mastered now.” Ingrid has faced her share of bumps and bruises. “I have fallen before while riding, and so has Ingrid, but we understand that injuries are part of the sport, and we are willing to take that risk because of our passion for the sport,” Sharon said. “We try to be as safe as possible though.” Ingrid remains appreciative of her family’s support. “I never thought my parents would buy me such an elite horse like Tommy that not only cost a great amount, but is fought over by many to use him to show,” Ingrid said. “At competitions, everyone knows Tommy when they see him. It’s definitely a plus that the judges know of him because they always give him high rankings when I show him.” Like Tommy, Ingrid has her share of admirers. “Ingrid really encourages me with my riding, and I look up to her,” Saundry said. “She’s a really hard worker and every time I come over to hang out all she wants to do is ride horses out on her barn.

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She is always willing to give me advice on riding, and she’s overall just a helpful person. What inspires me most are all the obstacles she overcame in her riding career. One of her horses bit off half of her finger last year, and she didn’t let it get her down.” Ingrid’s team, the Paint Horse Club, travels together to scheduled shows throughout the year. “My favorite part of horseback riding is travelling all around the country to compete and meeting so many new people along the way who share the same interests as I do,” Ingrid said. “I’ve had so many great experiences being with the girls I compete with on trips, and going to late dinners with our trainers and friends from our barn on the way to shows. One of my favorite memories was when I was called first for every judge in Jackson, MIS. After winning my na-

tional title in Mississippi, I received a $100 check to bring home to help maintain our barn. Another good time was when I got High Point in Syracuse, N.Y. and won an enormous trophy.” Ingrid’s ultimate goal is to continue placing in the Top 10 in the world and to work her way up to winning a national title. Currently, she’s working toward a riding scholarship at The University of Florida and putting her love of animals to use by going to veterinarian school. “Horses are not for everyone, but at the same time they possess many qualities that can sometimes even help a handicapped child bond or say their first word to these magnificent creatures,” Sharon said. “Ingrid certainly has the love, the stamina, the discipline, the concentration and a God-given ability to succeed and look beautiful as she rides.”

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ing and exercise are just a few things that you can do. They actually make adult coloring books that you can color to relieve stress. Also writing letters or emails or talking to a friend helps too. Even just a five-minute stretch break can help. It’s very simple to relieve stress in other ways than just eating.” Other strategies include to learning to breathe easier and to lighten up. Junior Michelle Chin says laughing helps her cope better in stressful situations. “It was the week of finals, and I knew my math exam was going to be really hard,” Chin said. “I didn’t understand any of it, and suddenly I started laughing. Once I started I couldn’t stop. Afterwards, I realized how much more focused I was because I laughed pretty much all my stress away.” A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that the amount of sleep is directly related to academic performance and stress. But senior Nikki Gregory says sleep is a luxury she can’t afford. “I have tons of homework to do when I get home,” she said. “And I can’t go to sleep unless all my homework is done. Normally I catch up on all the sleep that I miss on the weekends.” Actually, catching up on sleep isn’t healthy, according to researchers at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It’s better, they say, to get a full night’s sleep every night no matter what. When all else fails, you can always try talking to yourself, which, believe it or not has been proven to lower stress levels. “Talking to myself lets me express feelings that I would have had to keep inside,” sophomore Genna Owen said. “By letting all that stress go when I talk to myself, it works pretty well. Plus it makes me laugh because it is kind of ridiculous. It’s my proactive healthy way to feel better.”

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Dress code crackdown causes distress When it comes to dress code, I’ve always been very frustrated by it. I have never personally gotten dress coded, but I’ve heard stories of my friends getting dress coded and it has always upset me. I feel like when it comes to dress code, some of the things people get in trouble for are quite ridiculous. For example, I feel like as long as your undergarments aren’t showing then you shouldn’t get dress coded. I don’t see anything wrong with wearing racerback shirts, in the heat of August, in Florida, as long as you aren’t exposing anything. As long as the tank top covers everything then it should be acceptable to wear. The other thing I am bothered by is the issue with shorts. I can understand that if someone is wearing shorts and they are exposing themselves, then they should get dress coded, but I’ve seen people get dress coded for their shorts and they aren’t even exposing anything at all. Whenever I hear an explanation from a teacher or administrator to why people get dress coded for shorts being “too short”, they say that it’s because their shorts are shorter than their fingertips when they hold their hands by their side. What I don’t get is that people have different proportions, some have longer legs, and some people have longer arms, so how can you judge shorts on someone with super long legs when nothing is exposed or someone with really long arms? It’s

hard to judge that. Also, the style changes and right now it’s hard to get shorts that are that long because the style is shorter shorts. It’s kind of difficult to find long shorts at this time. I just don’t understand how the dress code can be so strict, when people are different shapes and sizes, style changes so much, and the weather is extremely harsh here in Florida. — Desiree Corbin, junior

No football means fewer opportunities for students

I would like to bring forth a pressing issue. It is my opinion that not having a football team is hurting West Shore. I have known good students who have decided to leave West Shore, because they want to go to a school with a football team. Many of our students, including myself, enjoy playing football. We would love to play and represent our school. I think it would be a morale boost to have another sports team to root for. The most important thing, however, is that our students are missing out on possible scholarship opportunities that would allow some of them to go to college. I would love to play football for my school, and I know others feel the same way I do. — Matthew Booe, sophomore

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feedback Q: How do you feel about being friends with teachers on Facebook? “Most teachers don’t stalk anyone and give you space so I think it’s OK.” — Balaji Thoguluva, 12th

Q: What are your opinions on further reducing free and reduced lunch ? “It kind of makes sense because less people can pay for their kids’ meals.” — Nathan Johnson, 10th

Q: Are you affected by the stricter dress code? “One of my teachers would yell at me for my shorts but she wouldn’t really send me to the office or do anything, so not really.” — Mikayla Almeida, 9th

Q: How has the reduction of Bright Future’s affected you? “In seventh grade I thought that I was going to get the full Bright Future’s but now it’s more financial stress on my parents.”! — Rachel Kershaw, 11th

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Teachers deserve same Facebook rights as everyone Many people, especially students; have the misconception that because teachers are only seen at school, and all they talk about is the subject they teach, then they must not have a life outside of school. However, teachers are just people and deserve equal rights as anyone else receives. With this being true, does it really seem ethical to ban teachers from being a part of the most connected online website in the world? With the era our society is in today, it’s only natural to feel disconnected from the world without a Facebook. Take a second to imagine someone clearly forcing you to remove yourself from the world. It shouldn’t matter what profession you are involved in, people are people and deserve equal rights. Teachers are held to such high expectations that they are taking a risk by posting personal information online, hence having a

Facebook. As long as they keep their profiles secluded to their own groups of friends and they don’t act inappropriately with students they decide to ‘friend’ on their account, they shouldn’t run into any problems. During school, the administration doesn’t monitor every little thing that teacher’s do,- so what’s the difference of them being able to communicate with their students online pertaining to school-related matters? Teachers are caring, and helpful, and constantly look out for their student’s concerns and strive to help society by educating students that will be in charge of the next generation. There is a decline button for a reason, if you really don’t want to be freinds with your teachers, don’t accept them. Who you are friends with online is your choice.

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I don’t understand why it’s so hard for teachers to realize that students get stressed out when they have three tests in one day. Staying up all night watching the sun rise after studying for AP Lang, physics and Spanish tests is not what most kids call a fun night. Junior Shaye Wilson has experienced this too many times. Because of having multiple tests in one day, she gets little or no sleep due to the fear of failing. By staying up until 1 a.m. most students are not retaining the information they have been studying and because of that, English class can be covertly used as study time for AP Psychology. Since West Shore opened in 1998, the school has designated testing days to prevent students from having an overload of major assessments. But in reality the policy is not working out as administration had hoped. “Having each department test on only one day is too restrictive,” Prinicpal Rick Fleming said. “We could try and get the departments to talk to each other, but it’s hard enough to have teachers talk in their own department.” The administration is stressing to parents that students aren’t getting enough sleep, but going to bed is the last thing on our minds if we have to stay up and study for our physics, AP Lang and Spanish tests. “I think it’s dumb,” Wilson said. “By the third test I’m burned out, and I can’t focus.” While few schools in the district have assigned testing days, we know that our administration is trying to look out for our best interest, but it’s only making things more stressful. Administration thinks that sending out emails to teachers, reminding them of their testing days will help the problem. What they don’t understand is that it’s not that teachers don’t follow their testing days, it’s that all the teachers who test can test on Tuesday and Thursday decide to test on Tuesday. “I find that the freedom to test on any day allows me to focus on where my students are and adjust accordingly instead of sticking to a schedule,” said Viera High School teacher Heidi Heath, who last year taught at West Shore. West Shore is a school of excellence, but we can’t achieve excellence if students are spending their class time studying for the two additional tests they’ll have later in the day. Administrators say they haven’t heard of any conflicts with multiple tests on one day, but they don’t know the truth.  Tell teachers and administrators this is a problem, and maybe something can be done to fix it.

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Even though we all know it to be true, it still causes Americans anguish to know that our government is two-faced. For a country based on immigration, hope and opportunity, we continue to remain extremely xenophobic and racist in terms of who represents us in the Oval Office. I am referring specifically to the clause in Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution which states that no one can be president unless he is born on American soil, “or [are] a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution.” Sure, since the country was not old enough at the time, who cares if the first handful of Presidents was born here? I understand the purposes behind the number of years of residency and the age restriction, but to ban all people born elsewhere is a ridiculous idea. Immigration to the U.S. today is through the roof, and perhaps that’s because we’re politically and economically stable enough for other countries to notice. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of legal immigrants to the United States has reached over one million per year since 2000. Legal. So they have done nothing wrong, and have been naturalized as well. However, because they are not “naturalborn citizens,” they remain ineligible to run for president. Having someone from another country who still meets the residency and age requirements would benefit to our country, and maybe they could teach Americans something about international relations. If they were able to run for office, they would still have to win the hearts of voters before winning an election. Having only those born in the U.S. able to be president isolates us from the rest of the world, never allowing us to break the continuous cycle of American blood. We remain enclosed in our own little spheres of “American ancestry.” But what is that ancestry? Does it even exist? Our ancestors all came from somewhere else, some other land. What made our Founding Fathers different from any legal migrants today? Americans born elsewhere who moved to the U.S. with their families as babies, should without question be eligible to run for Executive Office. Babies and children do not retain anything nontraumatic in long-term memory until the age of 5, anyway. If you add this age with the age requirement for presidential candidacy eligibility of 35 years, your sum will be the age of the majority of all of the recent presidents. It angers me to know that my cousin who was born here, lived here for 14 years, then moved back to Venezuela permanently can run for Oval Office, yet I have resided in the here most of my life, but being born elsewhere keeps me ineligible. We abolished slavery more than 100 years ago. One would think that the racism and discrimination would have ended by now. Most Americans are guilty of prejudging immigrants without knowing their stories. We need to get off our high horse, and give them the rights and power they should be given. The natural-born citizen clause of the Constitution has been argued in the Supreme Court, but the original jurisdiction remains upheld. That doesn’t go to say, however, that the clause could be altered if someone truly president-worthy came along.

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ollywood. Fifty years ago it was the place to be for anyone wanting to be different and creative in life. But now, in the second decade of the new millennium, more originality is found in Mel-boring than in present-day Hollywood. Not one day goes by without hearing about some “new” movie that is a remake in production. A good portion of movies in 2011 are remakes: Straw Dogs, Footloose and The Three Musketeers, just to name a few. And don’t forget about the excessive amount of sequels this year, the dominant ones being Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Hangover II, Paranormal Activity 3 and Final Destination 5. The saddest part is that most producers with common sense know that sequels can never top the original, yet they continue waging on them because their overwhelming hunger for money is unrelenting. Hollywood this century has basically turned into a black hole for the greedy. Yet the absolute best display of unoriginality is the beloved re-releasing movies in 3D. Take for example The Lion King 3D, which earned a whopping $29.3 million opening weekend alone, more than all of its competition combined. Now let’s see if Finding Nemo 3D can do better than that. You heard right. Pixar plans to re-release the animated oceanic epic about a lost little clown fish in three dimensional in 2012, before the world ends. The art of remaking transfers over to television as well. Most recently, Charlie’s Angels on ABC prime time. In all honestly, producers Drew Barrymore and Leonard Goldberg should feel blessed if the double remake even reaches a second season. But seriously, what do you expect from a show that is a remake of a movie that was a remake of the original TV show? If they’re looking to win an Emmy, it’s never going to happen. The Emmy

award was created to celebrate excellence and creativity in television, not the brainless art of recreating last generation’s popular shows in an attempt by producers to double their already loaded paychecks. And then there are reality shows: the ultimate acts of desperation to rake in money. Now in the pre-teen years of this century, it’s impossible to turn on any television without coming face-to-face with a “reality” show, most of which are scripted, ironically. The amount that these reality TV stars get paid now is absolutely repulsive. The three main characters of MTV’s Jersey Shore-Snooki, Mike ‘The Situation,’ and Pauly D—each get paid $100,000 for every episode that airs. Let’s do some quick math: with 13 episodes per season, and 100 grand per episode, Snooki gets $1.3 million a year; that’s more than triple the amount President Obama gets paid annually while in office. You know the economy isn’t doing too well when a girl named Snooki, who considers tan to be an ethnicity, gets paid more than the U.S. president. Young girls are getting pregnant, tone-deaf people are causing the nation’s ears to bleed, housewives from every county are bickering 24/7 and the morbidly obese are shedding hundreds of pounds at a dangerous rate. One word to describe this whole reality mess: depressing. Why can’t producers begin to generate their own ideas? Why can’t the CEOs of major television networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox veto a few of these reality shows in order to make room for originals? In this case, I don’t blame them. For some odd reason whenever a new sitcom or drama airs, it gets cancelled within two episodes; sometimes they make it a whole season, if the network feels generous. All I want is a show that displays even just a teensy tiny bit of creativity. No more remakes. No more realities. No more re-enhancing. Just a much-needed revolution in 21st century television and cinema that is necessary to keep our generation’s pop culture alive. Is that too much to ask for?

Federal guidelines permanently bury Wildcat Cafe Despite the dispute between the Wildcat Cafe and the school board, there is no way the cafe will be opening back up in the near future. Last year, the Cafe was shut down last year because it violated laws regarding the sale of food and beverages on campus. “I wasn’t happy with the district shutting us down, but when you violate something like this you can lose millions of dollars in federal funding for our district,” Principal Rick Fleming said. Federal laws require school boards to regulate food and beverages sold during school, so that it does not compete with the food services program in that district. If approved by the board, items may be sold one hour after the closing of the last lunch period. “I wasn’t very happy when the Cafe shut down, since it funded for cool stuff like the giant chess board and things like that for for

our school to look more unique,” Junior Erin Berube said. If West Shore were to continue with the cafe and be caught by a state auditor, Brevard Public Schools could lose up to $ 14.7 million in federal funding. In addition there is also an issue of hygiene and food safety for the students. The U.S. Department of Health says that under this administrative code, a school would need to have a permit to operate any sort of store, a state auditor to review the site of the store, a health inspection and documented food handling and training required to sell food. “It is important to understand that all of these regulations are in place to protect the health and well being of our students,” Director of Food Services Kevin Thornton said. -Ciera Misner, staff writer

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./00%01)&2'&()3-+3'-+4) 52-)(%4)62/1(+46)-'&+)7+6 $%&'()*+,+,-.//!0(1-$( Jason Whitworth has wanted to finish first in every race he’s ever run. Now he is in a race for his life. Whitworth was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS affects approximately five out of every 100,000 people worldwide. “I first found out I had ALS on Sept. 23,” Whitworth said. “I went to the hospital after having muscle twitches, fatigue, and my right hand was weak, where even turning a key was hard. The hospital ran tests and formed their opinion. I went to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville to get a second opinion and they confirmed it was ALS.” The cause for ALS is unknown, but in those who have it, nerve cells (neurons) waste away or die, and can no longer send messages to muscles. The disease is progressive and eventually leads to muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability to move the arms, legs and body. “I want people to be informed of this because I would have never have thought I would be one of the ones to have this disease,” said Whitworth, who has been the school’s cross country coach for six years. “Whitworth is perhaps the most underrated cross country coach in the county,” Finch said. “No one has any more experience running than him. Go with one of the greatest coaches you never heard of, that’s the story here. His story needs to be told.” Whitworth, a former track star himself, has been a key factor in the success of this year’s team, the fastest team he has ever coached. The boys’ team has gone to the state competition the past two years and the girls team went three years ago. Everyone on the team raced at Districts on Nov. 5, and the top 13 finishers qualified for Regionals. At the race at Regionals, this year’s team did not qualify for state. Junior runner Sarah Day is the only runner to qualify for state as an individual. “There have been many great individual standouts this year, but the team as a whole is what makes it unique,” Whitworth said. The middle-school athletes on the team were also credited with

the success of the team being one of the best teams in Brevard County, as well as the state of Florida. “With the seventh and eighthgrade students pushing the upper classmen, the competition among teammates has helped the progression of the team,” Whitworth said.  Whitworth ran in middle school, high school and college. He held record times in middle school with 58 seconds for the 400 meter and 2:14 in the the 800 meter. He ran at the state high-school competitions for track and cross country for three consecutive years where his personal best for the mile was 4:22 and 9:30 for the two-mile. As a result, he received a scholarship to Western Carolina University in North Carolina where he ran every distance event. While in his last year of college, he began coaching at Smokey Mountain High School in Sylva, N.C., initiating a desire to continue coaching. Whitworth met his wife and lived in North Carolina for two years before he came to Florida to teach at St. Joseph Catholic School then eventually coached track and cross country at Melbourne Central Catholic for about five years before coming to West Shore.  “I like seeing other people set goals and strive for their best,” Whitworth said. “I started running to get out of the house and found out I was pretty good at it. Running has always been a part of my life. I kept running for fun after college until 1999 when I had a brain tumor. After that I lost motivation to try again. I got back into a lot of other things like surfing, fishing and being a dad to my two great kids, Alexis who is 12 and Luke who is 10 and a half.” Senior Adam Kline credits his success to Whitworth. “He always pushes you while telling you what you need to

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website.” With the help of Eau Gallie High School junior Brandon Springston, Vaughn was able to get the perfect shot. “After [crew] practice one day, he wanted to recreate a picture he took a few weeks earlier,” Springston said. “We got his camera and took about 50 shots to find the exact same angle and spot to shoot from.” The two went near a gas station in Palm Bay to take the picture. “I was shocked when they messaged me on Facebook,” Vaughn said. “They said one picture stood out the most when they announced the winner, so I think it’s because my picture looks like I’m on the edge.” He received a new set of wheels, was featured on the front page of the EDGE

website with an interview, the front page of Silverfish Longboarding, and in an ad in Concrete wave, the biggest longboarding magazine. “I needed a new set of wheels and I’ve never been featured in a magazine,” he said. Vaughn has been skating for seven years. “It all started with playing Tony Hawk back when I was a little kid,” he said. “Now I skate mostly with Jeff and Matt Dickens. Clermont is the best place on earth, I love skating there.” Vaughn says he wants to skate professionally after high school. “I plan on going to college in California and joining the downhill racing circuit,” he said.

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songs and writing new ones that fit the concept of the album and were tailored to a seven-piece band. I probably threw away over 20 songs in the process as my writing style changed and matured.” Q: What is a typical day of recording like for band members? A: “We try to start recording as early in the morning as possible, stopping for assorted sweets on the way to our drummer’s house where the recording took place. The album was very rushed as we had to switch drummers when our original drummer moved without telling us. A majority of the songs were recorded in about a week.” Q: Which bands influence the music of Stork ,-./#'!0++1./'2/0-34!52//!6#'"0#' the most? A: “We draw influence from everything; from Defiance, Ohio to Modest Mouse to Do Make Say Think to modern folk bands. I try not to be influenced too heavily by any single artist.” Q: How difficult is it to get the whole band together seeing as most members live in different areas? A: “We hadn’t played together for about two months except for five hours before the album-release show. It annoys me to no end that we do not live together.” — Morgan Miller, Entertainment Editor



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these talented dancers have in performing, they lack in acting. Julianne Hough is 24 in real life and plays a 17-yearold. Although this is done with most movies today, Julianne Hough looks closer to 30 instead of 20, which is frankly irritating to look at. The music was surprisingly not cringe-worthy and actually had some enjoyable points between all of the bad acting and silly plot lines. I found myself tapping my foot to songs like “Bang Your Head” and the revamped classic “Footloose.”


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December 2011 Issue  
December 2011 Issue  

The December 2011 issue of West Shore Jr./Sr. High School's student news magazine.