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e has been playing on the basketball team the last four years, but that could change next year if a proposed pay-to-play policy is adopted for high school sports.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would be willing to play but I probably wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to afford to,â&#x20AC;? said the anonymous student. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might not be able to afford the fee.â&#x20AC;?     This will be the case of many Brevard Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students come next fall if pay-to-play is passed by the school board. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only one.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be our only option in the future,â&#x20AC;? Principal Rick Fleming said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a lot of families who cannot afford it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to lose a lot of players, which is really sad.â&#x20AC;?     Until this year, Brevardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school district had provided what is called equalization money. It takes $70,000 a year for a school to run a comprehensive athletics program. The equalization money would make up the difference if schools fell short of the $70,000 in gate receipts.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to a crossroads,â&#x20AC;? said Gary Shiffrin, Director of Brevard Association of School Administrators and Merritt Island High School principal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first year without equalization money. We have to see how it affects our athletic programs and then go from there.â&#x20AC;?     West Shore has had three major streams for the athletics budget in the past years: gate receipts, money from the district, and equalization money from other high schools, last year having the money from the district and other high schools amounted to $52,000.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that the district isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying any money, other high schools wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be paying us either,â&#x20AC;? said Bonnie Bettis, Athletics Director, â&#x20AC;&#x153;their money is drying up too. No oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting nothing.â&#x20AC;?     When the district stops funding larger schools with football, which previously had funded schools with smaller enrollment sizes and less sports through equalization, those schools will stop funding smaller high schools such as West Shore and Edgewood.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that we had to cut equalization and district funding because some schools can support themselves while others canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? said Amy Kneesy, Brevard County School Board vice chairman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our high schools are very different in this county. We just have to

work with that.â&#x20AC;?     Next year schools in Brevard County have been told theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to operate on receipts alone.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have a huge impact on transportation and officials,â&#x20AC;? Bettis said. Last year, West Shoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation costs totaled $13,000 and officialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay cost $10,600.     According to a 2009 survey from the National Federation of State High School Association, 33 states have at least one district using pay-to-play. Hernando County, already charges $115 for high school athletes to play one sport, in addition to a general activities fee that all students must pay.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pay-to-play is one of the worst things for us to do. We are against it, but there is going to be some provisions that are needed,â&#x20AC;? Shiffrin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money is tight all over, so you have to establish priorities. Athletics is low on the list, so it takes a hit.â&#x20AC;?     Based on a district wide survey of schools conducted a couple of years ago, Shiffrin has concluded that the cost per player could average as much as $250 in Brevard County. The district continues to search for alternative solutions, one being corporate sponsorships.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;We[the school board] are also considering getting with a company that goes out and solicits national corporate sponsorships, like Nike, who would see a lot of exposure and advertising, allowing them to hang up banners and have ads in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publications,â&#x20AC;? Shiffrin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worst case scenario is actually having to cut athletic programs because we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford it, regarding non revenue sports, such as golf, tennis, and swimming. We would have to look at those sports that bring in the least revenue, and then they would be cut.â&#x20AC;?     The school district hopes to have this contract settled by the end of the school year, as five companies have already responded with bids, one of these companies being Sports Media, but pay for play remains on the table.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being done all over the nation,â&#x20AC;? Shiffrin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can only imagine itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working, as long as the athletic programs continue to thrive, they continue to implement Pay-to-Play.â&#x20AC;?     If the district manages to close the deal with a corporate sponsorship it is said that the district would be able to fund all athletic programs in Brevard, until this happens coaches voice their opinions on the pay-to-play fee.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that at our school it will have a minimal response, regarding Pay-to-Play,â&#x20AC;? said varsity basketball coach Tony Riopelle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too worked up about it. We have great parent in-

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volvement, but if you get into schools in non affluent[economically challenged] areas it might be a bigger issue.â&#x20AC;?     Contradicting Riopelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views, Nicole Anagnostis, junior varsity volleyball coach, is opposed to pay-to-play.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad, learning and playing sports has always been publicly funded for all children and now some students may be excluded from our sports programs simply because their families may not be able to afford this â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pay to playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program,â&#x20AC;? Anagnostis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think its right to make kids pay the debt that we

adults incurred. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make kids pay for adultsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; irresponsibility with money.â&#x20AC;?     Whether Brevard County implements the pay-to-play fee, creates a contract with a corporate sponsor, or start cutting non revenue sports is unknown at the current time, schools just have to bid their time and prepare for whatever change it may be.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a crystal ball,â&#x20AC;? Bettis said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to say whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to say what the future of athletics is going to be here in Brevard County.â&#x20AC;?

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7ULSWR,VUDHODZDNHQVMXQLRUŇ&#x2039;VVSLULWXDOVLGH 0LOOLH5RVDVFR 6WDII:ULWHU During the beginning of September, every time the news is on, a video showing an airplane crashing into the twin towers is guaranteed to be shown. Every single video we see, was taken on one tragic day in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Likewise, in Israel, every time the news is on a video will appear, but the videos shown are from any given day, any given place. When I read of the news that Israel suffered another terrorist attack on Aug. 18, 2011, I realized it might have been just another attack for them, but I couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been on the bus that was shot down. This summer I experienced Israel for the first time with my age group at the Jewish camp Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been going to for almost 10 years. Everything in Israel is different, even the way people dress. Because Israel is the Holy Land, I saw a lot of orthodox Jews, who must have their shoulders (sometimes even elbows) and their knees covered at all times. Once the women marry they wear wigs whenever theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in public. Because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a reformed jew, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to follow those rules all the time but to just be in a country where that was the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dress codeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the complete opposite of coming from the country where we have nude beaches. For the three weeks I resided in the Holy Land I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forced to wear clothes that would give me worse, than, soccer tan lines, though somedays I was tempted to sacrifice a good tan line because of the dirty looks I, rather my skin, would get. One of the places we had to abide by is the Western Wall. This site is so sacred that some travel to Israel just to touch it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customary to write a note to G-d and put it in the cracks of the Western Wall, but in order to get close enough to the wall to touch it, whether on the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; side or the

boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, one must be fully covered. If one has the audacity to believe that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to follow those rules, the workers at the wall will have cloth put over them in order to meet the not-so-bare minimum. Though Israel thrives on tourism, the people also form their entire lives around the military: physically, metaphorically and emotionally. The gaza 3KRWR0LOOLH5RVDVFR strip is where the 6+2:,1*7+$1.63ODFLQJKHUQRWHLQWRWKH:HVWHUQ:DOO0LOOLH 5RVDVFRĂ&#x20AC;QGVKHUVHOIEHFRPLQJPRUHFRQQHFWHGWRKHU-XGLDVP actual fighting takes checkpoints. Two terrorists dressed as place, which is located on the Southwest coast of Israel. But just like Israeli military personnel stepped on the cancer, if one part of your body is infected, bus and began shooting. The checkpoint the whole body responds. Of course Gaza where that happened on the border with was nowhere on our itinerary, but all of Egypt, was on the road I traveled a week the highways we drove on were somehow before. That couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been my bus, my connected to Gaza, considering one can friends- or me. Highways werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only place that drive the whole vertical length of Israel in came with high security. From when we 10 hours (trust me, we did it). On those highways, the military checked into El Al airline at JFK Airport the has checkpoints, which are similar in check-in assistants questioned us about our appearance to American tollbooths. At purpose for traveling to Israel in hopes of checkpoints no shekels, the Israeli currency, keeping people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t belong there, out. Going into malls or any highly populated are exchanged. Instead, two military personnel climb area had the level of security we have in onto the bus, with guns capable of taking airports because terrorists first goal is to kill out any threats. If the personnel donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see as many people as possible. The videos we see once a year for anything suspicious at their rest position at the front of the bus, they proceed to walk commemorating the lives lost on 9/11 are down the aisle pointing their guns at every the same type videos people in Israel are person, looking for anything suspicious. If I forced to witness every day. Israel has been didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the difference between Israel adjusting to their military-driven country and the states before the first time one of for the whole 63 years of their existence, those guns was pointed at me, I sure felt the after September 11, 2001, our all rainbow and unicorn safe world could possibly be difference then. The terrorist attack that took place on heading in the same direction. Aug. 18, 2011 happened at one of those

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mockingly.” As Muslims, Mirza and seventh-grader Huda Naas also recite five prayers each day from the Qur’an. They pray at home because it would be too conspicuous an act at school. “It would be hard to pray at school,” Naas said. “I’ve heard that certain schools allow Muslims time to pray during the day.” Abdulla says the difficulties of doing the prayers at school lies in their procedure. Muslims must face towards Mecca, a city in Saudi Arabia considered the holiest in Islam, kneel and put their foreheads to the ground during these prayers. Eighth-grader Leena Quader says it’s not a big deal to pray at home and that she usually has time, but what bothers her is the occasional prejudice. “Last year in a class, we were learning about all the different religions,” Quader said. “When Islam came up, some boy said that [Muslims] were terrorists and I felt offended by it.” AP World History teacher Kirk Murphy covers religion in his course and tries to dismantle negative preconceptions towards Muslims when he goes over the religion. “When we have to talk about Islam, normally I start out with ‘We tend to think of muslims as terrorists, but what percentage of muslims are terrorists?” Murphy said. “They’ll say 10% or 15% and I say ‘You realize you’re talking about 1.5 billion people. Do you really think there’s 15 million terrorists?’ and we can work it down to when they see that just like everything there’s extremists and normal people.” Murphy says that it’s important to recognize that the school has religious diversity and to be patient and calm with people because of this. “Every single major religion in the world today, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism has a golden rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you,” Murphy said.

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Two-lunch schedule makes lines even longer I believe some changes need to be made regarding our lunch schedule. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why we have two lunches when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both still only 30 minutes long. Honestly, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point of combining the lunches if it only makes the cafeteria more crowded and makes the lines even longer. I have second lunch and have to walk all the way from the auditorium building. By the time I get to the cafeteria, the lines are already almost to the door. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really no point in me even waiting in line to buy lunch if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only going to have five minutes to eat. All Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m asking is for administration to take the time to think of adding five or 10 minutes to our lunches to give students the time needed to eat their food. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyler Moscrip, junior

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The media center used to be my favorite spot to hang out. If I had time before school, I would go there and find a book, or use the computers to check my email. After school, I would work on homework before swim practice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Mondays and Wednesdays, swim doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start until 5:15 p.m., so I have nowhere to go and nothing to do. But now that the library closes at just a few minutes after the last bell rings, I hardly have time, even after power-walking from seventh, to stick a book in the book return slot. Most of the swim team has started going to the Melbourne Library to do homework

before practice, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doubt that there are others who have substituted other libraries for the perfectly good one on campus. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the afternoon traffic the media center is missing out on. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found that because I get another libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books and use another libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computers, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visit West Shoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library in the mornings anymore. It seems to me that because of this seemingly minor time change, we are wasting valuable money and resources on maintaining a library that half of the school has abandoned. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Callie Heuser, junior

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Making athletes pay to play should be a last resort Imagine being a poor high school student. Your parents have fallen on tough times, your grades are less than spectacular and your friends aren’t exactly model citizens. Where do you turn? Often the answer is athletics. Being on a sports team gives you a sense of belonging, and a family-like atmosphere. And now, that opportunity could disappear because you can’t afford the nearly $300 fee to play sports at your high school. Tax revenues have fallen and school boards have been forced to make hard choices. Districts — including Brevard — are considering charging kids to play sports. The money has to come from somewhere, but a better option might be to find corporate sponsors. Let them make our players walking billboards, if necessary,

but to charge athletes from deprived backgrounds is cruel and unacceptable. West Shore students generally don’t face extreme financial issues and typically don’t get into trouble with the law. But that certainly does not apply to all schools in Brevard County. There are kids at schools who turn to one place and one place only to stay out of severe trouble or even prison, and that place is sports. Their teammates are the right kind of people, and the constant practices and games keep them busy with legal and even enriching activities. It’s understood that the school board is broke, but charging kids to play sports should not be done. It must be avoided. There has to be another way.

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