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Sheldon High School 2455 willakenzie Rd., Eugene, Or 97401

senior issue

vol. 46 Issue 8 June 8, 2011

a student newspaper

Farewell to our very-much-loved teachers Students must say farwell to some of their most beloved teachers Jordan Schmidt staff writer With the school year coming to a close, more than just the seniors will be leaving the halls of Henry D. Sheldon High School. Mrs. Brockmann, Dr. Volwerk, and Mr. Stan Washburn are some beloved Sheldon teachers that are retiring after this school year. With the struggling economy there has been much talk about the difficulty of retiring. Although we are sad to see them leave, retirement is an exciting thing and a goal that is not always reachable for some adults. Some people

wonder what these teachers’ reasons are for retiring. “Dr. Volwerk was one of my favorite teachers, and I always had fun in Stan [Washburn]’s U.S. history class,” said senior Eric Levine. “I’m glad I at least got to be in his class.” Sadly, not all Sheldon students will get the opportunity to appreciate these teachers’ classes, but for those who had the privilege they will surely miss them. Even students who have not had these teachers are sad to see them go. Sophomore Henry Asay said, “I’ve heard such good things about those teachers, especially Mr. Washburn. I’m sad I’m not going to be able to have them as teachers. Most seniors that I have talked to have had nothing but positive things to say about [Mr. Washburn].” Washburn has been teaching for over 20 years and he still has the same passion for teaching as he had in the beginning. “The thing

I’m going to miss the most is the students. I love seeing them grow into young adults and it inspires me when they really get into what they’re learning,” said social studies teacher Stan Washburn about his upcoming retirement. Teachers are often underappreciated, but that is not the case with these beloved Sheldon teachers. There is a lot of respect and admiration towards them, and the seniors that are moving on with them only know a little piece of the sadness that Volwerk, Brockmann, and Washburn will be feeling. So if you see them in the halls during these last few days before summer vacation, be sure to thank them for their contribution to your education as well as the community in which they have served, or just give them a much appreciated smile which will surely remind them of the reason why they started teaching in the first place – you.

With one day, Sheldon packs a lot in for Springfest Rain or shine, one day or a week: Springfest is a major success Kathryn Bothman backpage editor Springfest is a yearly tradition here at Sheldon. Classes are shortened so that lunch is an hour long and Sheldon Leadership uses money earned from dances throughout the year to rent various forms of entertainment. This year there was a blow up obstacle course, a cotton candy machine, a rock wall , and a grown-up jolly jumper. They also arrange for an open mic where student musicians can show their skills.

The group Gus and Us was this year’s main feature. Gus and Us consists Elliot Fromm and Cameron Lister on guitar, Joshua Betschart on drums, Daniel Chase on keyboard ,and Dylan Campbell on vocals and bass. They played an array of Beatles songs with Mr. Cabrera joining them for “Revolution.” Junior Lauren Murphy said, “I loved it when Cabrera got up there and sang! He was so good!” Right by the improvised stage was the blow up obstacle course. It was set up so that two people could race through tunnels, around cones, up a ladder and down a slide to the finish line. Sophomore Cassidy Pasley said, “The obstacle course was awesome! It was fun to watch my friends race each other. My boyfriend went down the slide on his stomach and almost face planted into the ground. It was hilarious!”

Not everybody was in the courtyard enjoying the arranged activities; quite a few people took advantage of the hour-long lunch break and went to sit-down restaurants, like BJ’s and PF Chang’s with their friends. Other people used that time to get schoolwork done. Sophomore Aubrey Brown said, “I didn’t really go outside at all; instead I got together with some kids from my lit class to work on a movie script. It was really nice to have an hour to work when we could all be there.” Springfest was a relative success this year despite the overcast weather and the fact that it was only one day long in comparison to three days two years ago and two days last year. Maybe the fact that Spingfest was followed by a furlough day makes up for shortening this event.

clockwise from left: junior Daniel Chase, freshmen Nicole BrodiganNeustel and Isabella Betts, Mr. Phillipo, sophomore Ben Green, junior Tanner Graham, and senior Shannon Sellers.

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Graduates ready for their new adult lives After four long years, it is now the current seniors’ turn to graduate Ben Green opinions editor The seniors are graduating tomorrow! It has only been four years, but for some it probably seems much longer. For some all those late nights doing homework are not over yet, but still a sense of relief, excitement, sorrow, and joy is going to fill the air on the night of June 9 when they graduate.   Some seniors are just going to be happy to leave; others

are going to miss the time that they spent here at Sheldon with the people closest to them. For most seniors the past four years were filled with inside jokes, drama, stress, and happiness. Senior Megan Burch said, “I’m going to miss everybody, but I’m also glad to finally be leaving.” It even can be a little bit of both: they can miss being here at Sheldon but still be anxious to go out into the “real world.” There are a variety of clubs that seniors were involved in such as drama, rock climbing, chess, etc. Senior Austin Neet said, “My most memorable time here at Sheldon was first starting out in rock climbing club.” Here at Sheldon there are so many extracurricular activities that could be applicable to activities and jobs, and also fun to be a part of.

For seniors it varies which year of high school was the best, depending on what classes they had, how much drama they were dealing with, and the friends that they had. Senior Hallie Fox said, “Senior year is definitely my favorite because I got to meet new people.” That might not be the case for other seniors, but probably in most cases it is. For some seniors the realization will not kick in that they have graduated until summer is over with and they start up college or move out. Whether high school was fun or not so much, it is a good experience leading up to life outside of high school. Whether seniors are going to college here, somewhere else, or not at all, they will be missed here at Sheldon High School.

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The awaited death of Osama Bin Ladin After years of searching, U.S. Navy SEALS finally found and killed Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011 Lauren Davies staff writer On the morning of September 11, 2001, no one thought anything significant of it. It was just another day of our parents getting ready for work, and children heading off to school. That morning turned out to be one of the most

tragic days in American history. The 11th of September will be a day in history forever. The reason for this was because of a man named Osama Bin Laden, from Afghanistan. It was he who started the war we have been in ever since the day the Twin Towers fell to the ground. Finally, after years of searching, Americans have found and killed him. This victory for America happened on May 2, 2011, when America found him in his hideout in Pakistan. Parent Ross Davies said, “The terrorism will definitely not fade away. It will keep happening like it’s happened before, maybe even go up.” No one knows exactly what will happen now, but instead, can only speculate about the future. Officials are afraid the death of Bin Laden will ignite terrorism against U.S. The event happened at 3:30 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.) as a 40-man Navy

Seals team raided a compound killing the Al Qaeda leader. The team took about 40 minutes to complete their mission. “I had no idea the Navy was planning on this act; I was really surprised when I saw it on the news,” said junior Shiloh Jackson. Along with Bin Laden, one of his sons and his courier died in the attack. One of the helicopters flown in was damaged during landing and could not fly out with the rest so it had to be destroyed on the ground. Osama Bin Laden was buried at sea by the U.S. military, as it was thought that no country would accept his remains. The burial took place almost 24 hours after the death of Bin Laden. Junior Sam Kibbey stated, “When I heard they buried Bin Laden in the ocean, it reminded me of Transformers when they buried Megatron!” Americans can finally say the justice was served in killing the master-mind behind 9/11.

Flooding causes disaster for Mississippi A devastating flood in the South leaves Mississippi citizens stressed and helpless; the floods also bring students realizations of the power of natural disasters around the world Holly Ford staff writer Floods are unexpected and devastating to everyone involved. Whether a person is directly involved in a flood, or knows someone who is experiencing it, floods can be nerve-racking and scary. Unfortunately, Mississippi just went through the devastation of a flood and knows about the difficulties of dealing with that damage. This terrible event covered thousands of acres with water, and left billions of dollars in damages. With hundreds of people out of work, Mississippi is now hit with tons of stress. When asked if he had heard about the flood, freshman David Brody said, “Yes, through the news.” This is the main source of where people learn about current events, but also some people have relatives down in the affected area. It all comes down to one’s connections. Brody’s basketball partner, freshman Sam Braziel, stated that when he found out, “I was amazed.” But when asked if he thought this was a sign of the world ending, Braziel replied, “No.” This goes to show that even with a lot of recent geological disasters, some people still believe that the world will not end anytime soon. However, lucky for them, neither Brody nor Braziel know anybody�friend or family members�who live in Mississippi.

A lot of people do not know the basic safety rules that should be followed if their city was to flood. Luckily, freshman Justin Forsyth does; his answer was to, “Get to high grounds.” This shows that luckily, some people know how to handle a flood. If Eugene were to flood, hopefully people would follow that simple rule. Freshman Liam Talty said, “I’d stay out of the water,” which is also another smart idea. Getting into the water is not smart; one could possibly drown and die. Nobody wants that. It creates danger, and if you were to get into the water and were to drown, that would greatly impact your friends and family. Mississippi is in a lot of stress and could use some help right now. If you want to help, an idea would be to donate some money to an organization benefitting the cause. That way you do not have to do a lot of research of who to send your donations to and how they Drew Haugen photo will be spent. It is quick and Excessive water can cause devastating damage to structures. easy, and anything helps.

Tornadoes terrorize Alabama Many losses have recently occured in Alabama due to frequent tornadoes that are famous for plaguing the states located in Tornado Alley Melissa Sampels staff writer Each year a thousand tornadoes hit the United States, which is far more than any other country. But in Alabama over a thousand tornadoes have occurred. A devastating amount of tornadoes ripped

through Alabama on Wednesday April 27, 2011, killing at least 128 people, along with smashing houses, businesses, and government buildings. All the while people have lost their homes, family, jobs, food, and many loved ones. Rescue crews worked late into the night to free those trapped in homes and businesses, and to dig through the piles of debris. Over 300,000 people have lost their homes and families in Alabama. This makes freshman Fred Trudaeu feel like crying. Alabama needs help: food, water, shelter, and warmth. Trudeau said, “I would not help volunteer for Alabama because my own life would be on the line.” Most people from Alabama will not move out of state because of the memories and family they have. Trudaeu said, “I wouldn’t move because all the money I would lose.” The tornadoes have not only hit Alabama though. The winds, rain, and tornadoes began late Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning left seventeen people dead in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm had left destruction and death across the South.


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New show:The Voice A battle among unseen singers to see who will go to the next round

Tosh.0 very funny

Savannah Jones staff writer

Sam Green entertainment editor

Many Americans own a T.V. and watch shows from all over the world, for instance, The Voice. This show is about three judges who sit with their backs faced to the contestant and judge the contestant based on his or her voice. Young or old, all over the world men and women come to audition for a chance to be the next voice. If more than one judge clicks on them, the contestant will be able to choose which team he or she would like to be on. Each judge needs eight people on his or her side to go to the next round. Let the battle begin. When interviewed, teens around Sheldon said they had not heard about The Voice. Junior Kacey Baker stated, “I think this show is a cool idea because people aren’t going to be judged on their age, or their size, or what they look like, but they’re going to be judged off of how well they sing. It’s actually really nice.” These judges have been in the musical industry for quite some time. Baker also said, “I think this show will last a long, long time. Maybe even longer than American Idol, just because people are going to like the fact that you don’t have to be attractive to get a record.” Lets hope that this show does last a long time. Many kids look at this show and think it isn’t fair. Freshman Krystal Dewey stated, “It’s not fair that some people get let in with two people. It’s not beneficial for who they’re going to battle. Or the fact that they put younger people up against older people.” Over time age changes your voice; in The Voice, you need a great voice to make it to the battle rounds. Dewey also said, “When I get a little older, I’d like to go on The Voice as well, because they criticize you, and make you better as a musical artist.” What do you think about the people who do not make it onto the battle rounds? Freshman Daniel Rainer said, “I personally don’t think it’s fair because different people are interested in different music. What I might like, somebody else might not. Someone on that stage could have a beautiful voice, and no one could click their buttons because they’re not interested. It would turn down their hope for wanting to be a singer.” The show is about having different types of musical styles like, country, or hip hop. Rainer said, “I think people that go on that show are already winners for going on that show in the first place, Whether or not they get picked, they have the nerve to go and sing in front of everybody that watches The Voice. Even if I knew I had a good voice I still wouldn’t have the bravery to go up there and sing in front of everyone. “ People look at these types of shows and have all kinds if different perspectives. They are trying to have fun, and pursue their dreams in becoming a singer. But maybe that is not all it is about. Watch The Voice any Tuesday to find out!

Many teens have watched the show Tosh.0. It’s an internet redemption show that redeems people from embarrassing videos of their past. It also shows funny or gross videos from the internet. The host of the show, Daniel Tosh, is known for some of his funny stand-up acts. Although many parents don’t like this show because it’s too inappropriate and offensive for their teens to watch, what do the Sheldon teens think about it? Sophomore, Jordan Fisher said, “I like Tosh.0 because I think it’s really funny.” Along with his successful T.V. show Tosh.0, Daniel Tosh also does many standup comedy acts. Tosh has become very famous from his T.V. show, but is he funnier in his stand-up or on his show? Junior Jordan Grey said, “I think Tosh is funnier in his stand-up because it’s all his material.” So is Tosh.0 too inappropriate for Sheldon kids? Junior Kacey Baker said, “No, I don’t think it’s inappropriate for our age group because there isn’t that much violence or any nudity, and cussing isn’t that big of a deal at this age.” When asked how often he watches the show, Baker said, “I watch it as often as I can, I love it!” What are the teens’ favorite parts of the show? Baker said, “My favorite part would definitely be the puke.” Freshman Rebekah Gailik said, “I don’t watch Tosh.0 all that much, but my favorite part would probably be the video breakdown.” How successful do the Sheldon students think the show is and how long do they think it will last? Baker said, “I think the show is very successful and it will last for a couple more seasons.” When asked about the show by a parent or a friend, how would a Sheldon student describe it? “It’s a funny show with “in your face” humor, cheesy jokes, and the kinds of things us teenagers laugh at and think are funny,” Baker said. All the input from the students about Tosh.0 has been positive. Many teens tune into the show every week to watch the new episodes. The show has become very popular in the teenage and young adult worlds, as people tell friends to tune onto comedy central and watch Tosh.0. Let’s just all hope that Tosh stays funny and keeps up the good work!

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Last year, ABC network aired the pilot episode of Modern Family. It quickly gained popularity among viewers, and became “the funniest new comedy of the year” (Time Magazine). Modern Family received six Emmys last year, beating Glee for best comedy. As the second season wraps up, the network has signed for a third season and the series continues to keep viewers tuning in each week, a difficult task in the television world. “It’s because of the humor,” freshman Nellie Jacobson said. Anyone who has watched an episode will agree with her; Modern Family is genuinely funny. It blends good lines with physical humor and bits of real life, creating a show that is extremely fun to watch. Modern Family also manages to successfully integrate diversity, with multicultural relationships and including one gay couple and still manages to come up with original characters. While they may fit a few, none of them are complete stereotypes. “It shows a real family that you don’t see that often,” freshman Marissa Chizum said. The family, while it may not be exactly like yours, is a real one. The situations are realistic. Part of its humor is the way it blends reality into the storyline. And while their reality is somewhat exaggerated, most viewers can relate to aspects of it. The characters are also very likable, and genuine people, “My favorite character is Manny,” freshman Zoë Holub said. “He’s so sincere about everything, and acts like he’s thirty, even though he’s only eleven.” For those who have’t watched the show yet , now is a good time to start catching up, Modern Family returns for its third season in September.

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events as well. Ryan said,“My favoritegenre of music is hip hop. I like it because the lyrics are diverse.” A great number of students at Sheldon are attending the Kid Cudi concert. Some, such as Ryan Means, are attending the Tech N9ne concert too. The local dances here in Eugene are hosting groups as well as DJ’s. Junior Courtney Farrell said, “I am going to West Coast, Best Coast this Sunday (5/29).” West Coast Best Coast was expecting at least 700 people attending, but the word got out fast about the dance and the number of tickets sold had skyrocketed to about 1,700 tickets. This is just one of the many local dances taking place in Eugene and Springfield.


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Sheldon staff have reactions to furlough days

Students at Sheldon generally love no-school days, but to the staff, those are important lost work days Kelsey Sherman page editor

Furlough days are mandatory absences for employees of a school district; this way, employees will not have to be paid, therefore saving the district money. Many people have different feelings reserved for this subject. Some people believe that furlough days are beneficial to their own learning experience, while others disagree.

Furlough days are definitely profitable to the district because of all the money they need districts to save, but are they really helpful to students and teachers alike? Students and teachers vary their opinions on furlough days. English teacher Ms. Tierney said, “I hate them because we still have to teach the same amount of curriculum, just with fewer days.” The third term of this year was ten weeks long, but the fourth term is only eight weeks long because of furlough days and district decisions. “So we lose momentum and the kids can’t remember what they were doing before the break. It makes it harder on them and on the teacher,” Tierney said. Students seem to have a different perspective on furlough days than teachers do. Sophomore Michael Felsher said, “I like them because I get to sleep in.”

This is definitely a plus side for students, but does it affect their learning? Sleeping in can be good for one’s health, however they are still forgetting a lot of what they had learned the previous week at school. By the time the next week begins, most students feel like they are restarting and have to learn the same things over again. Even though many students like the perks of not having to be at school, many still notice the setbacks. Junior Michael Long said, “I don’t think furlough days are a good idea because students and teachers are crammed for time, so everybody is stressed.” There are definitely many benefits and setbacks that come along with furlough days. People are able to sleep in and enjoy a day off, but at the same time they become stressed from the overwhelming workload that comes with fewer days.

Ms.Tierney gets full appreciation Book banning: Ms. Tierney receives positive feedback from Sheldon students Andrew Ross staff writer She picked up the ice pick and the screw driver and started chipping away. Little did she know what she was getting herself into. Ms. Tierney is a teacher in Sheldon High School’s English department. She teaches English 10, English 10 honors, night school classes and College Now writing. Anyone has had her knows how funny and cool she is. Tierney’s English 10 class is fairly easy, participation is key. Sophomore Andrew Taggart said, “I’ve always been good at English and it is so easy.” Students really like Tierney’s class. Sophomore Aubrie Hood said, “How we talk makes me feel involved in the subjects.” So make it known that the students like the class. Wondering how Tierney feels about her classes? Well, a few questions could answer that. She said, “I’d like to keep my students all year instead of for a semester so that we could dive deeper into subjects.” It is unfortunate that one can not have his/her favorite teacher all year long. She also said, “And windows. I’d really like windows.” Most of the classrooms in the school have no windows. It is very unfortunate. Summer is coming up soon so the question of what she does during the summer came up. She said, “I like to travel, so I usually plan one big trip. I also camp and like to write and decompress until I some

back to teach Summer Bridge with the Summer Bridge kids.” Summer Bridge is a program for the incoming freshman that helps them get used to the school and make them feel comfortable in a high school environment. Ms. Tierney is funny, kind, and one awesome teacher! She cares about her students and she cares about their education. Everyone should take one of her classes. It’s well worth the experience (And the credit!).

Lacy Baker staff writer

Some books can be deemed as acceptable, while others can be said to push the limits of acceptability Jarred Rogers staff writer

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Ms. Tierney’s whiteboard illustration of herself.

Teacher at Sheldon calls it quits A well-known and loved teacher says that he is ready to retire

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of Sheldon High School Students and it was an honor to teach U.S. history.” When asked what he likes the most about teaching, Washburn stated, “I think one of the best sounds is laughter coming out of a classroom. Thanks to all for the good times and memories.” On his list of things to remember Washburn said, “Don’t be a thoughtless consumer, don’t take yourself to seriously, the good that you do may not show right away, and climb that mountain!”After he retires, Washburn plans on volunteering, participating in outdoor activities, doing some traveling, and spending time with his family.

Many of you may know Stan Washburn and have heard that he is retiring at the end of this year. Mr. Washburn has been a teacher for 22 years and always has a smile across his face. He is known to be a pretty funny guy with a great sense of humor and is completely unpredictable in his teaching. Mr. Washburn teaches social studies and will be very much missed by the Sheldon High School students. With his random adventure videos and his quirky personality his class was a must-have. Mr. Washburn is a well-respected teacher here at Sheldon. Ashley Tupou said, “I loved seeing how excited he gets and how the class was happy to answer questions for him.” He made his class interesting for his students and worthwhile to go to. Tupou stated, “I loved having his class, I respect him and wish him a wonderful rest of his life. I always enjoyed being in his class.” When asked if there were any last words you would like to say to Mr. Washburn before he retires, Tyler Mcfarlen said, “Actively pursue happiness daily.” Mr. Washburn teaches what he loves and loves what he teaches. Mcfarlen Chasity Barnes photo stated, “I really enjoyed learning about World War One!” Mr. Washburn said, “I love the support and optimism Mr. Washburn has been a smiling teacher for 22 years.

For as long as they have been made, certain books are deemed unaccpetable and banned by the government. But lately, authors everywhere have been questioning book banning, and more people have been realizing that it may not be doing very much. So what good would book banning do, if any? Why bother, when we see worse in movies and on the streets? “Book banning really doesn’t do anything,” said freshman Chad Carpenter. “It’s just a way for the government to act like they’re making progress with something.” Many writers share this opinion. Author Stephen King said in an interview, “Book censorship is just a way for the government to act as surrogate parent’s for today’s youth. Banning every book that has a couple swear words in it will leave us with virtually nothing of substance.” There is a valid point in that statement. If the government chooses to block out everything that a few people may deem offensive, what will we have left? Likely, we will have no books that show how life really works. In life, people swear, bad things happen, and things don’t always turn out for the best. If ban every book that has those themes, or anything similar, the youth of America will not be prepared to accept the harsh reality that is life. So what could book banning do, and what should be banned? to



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Lonely Island makes a new musical splash The comical musical group plans a future tour across major cities in the US Blake Schaufler staff writer The Lonely Island is a musical group made up of three comedians. They sing and dance along with their comical lyrics. They have grown in popularity over recent years after starting their rise to fame in 2008. The I’m on Boat song was first seen on Saturday Night Live during The Christmas Special. Teens all over the U. S. know about The Lonely Island. The Lonely Island’s vocalists consist of Akiva Schaffer,

Jorma Taccone, and David Andrew (Andy) Samburg. These men met in junior high, and they got the crazy idea to make their own website and blog. They have been making videos since 2000. Andy Samberg and his two partners got a writing career on the hit comedy skit show Saturday Night Live. In 2005 the Lonely Island announced on their website Andy Samberg would be a cast member on the show. Freshman Daniel Rainer said, “I love the Lonely Island. They have the funniest songs I have ever heard.” The musical group has been making digital short videos that premier on Saturday Night Live. The Lonely Island has not started any tours across the United States or internationally, but they have done some live performances on award shows. Andy Samburg said, “We will hopefully start touring in 2013. That’s what, Akiva, Jorma, and I have been discussing.” The Lonely Island

has had many guest performers at charity events, such as Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Lady GaGa, and T-Pain. The newest album is called Turtleneck and Chain. Their second album, features Akon, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Michael Bolton, Beck, Nicki Minaj, and Santigold! They are known throughout the music industry as the kings of comedy music. They have not won any awards, but have been nominated many times. Freshman Cesar Landrum said, “The group has some pretty dirty songs ,but I don’t mind; it makes me laugh.” The Lonely Island is getting a Tour together for the future. Their agent has announced that the group should start performing around the country in two years. The tour features many big cities such as L. A. and New York City, and maybe even in Eugene at Matt Knight Arena. The Lonely Island will be here soon.

Sheldon’s own bromance: Whalley and Alonso The sometimes-misunderstood word is added to the dictionary and added to the halls of Sheldon Chasity Barnes editor-in-chief We see it everywhere, from in the halls with Ian Rankin and Sora Boyd to MTV with Brody Jenner finding his bro, Luke; to old school TV shows like Star Trek with Kirk and Spock. Bromances are everywhere we look, but would you ever think of two Sheldon teachers having a bromance? The word ‘bromance’ on Wikipedia states; “A bromance or man-crush is a close but non-sexual relationship between two (or more) men, a form of homosocial intimacy.” Senior Tyler McFarlane said, “I would consider that I am in a bromance, with Nick Gray. We just connect with each other.” Here at Sheldon we have a staff bromance amongst us. Chemistry teacher David S. Whalley and multicultural studies teacher José L. Alonso. Three short years ago, Whalley and Alonso started to get to know each other and became great friends while teaching in the Summer Bridge program. Since then, they continually grade papers together and see movies in the afternoons or nights. They also watch many sports games and, according to Whalley, they also argue a bit. When Whalley was asked if Alonso was his best

friend he said, “José is my best friend. He also happens to be the best person (besides my wife) that I know.” People wonder why we must call two or more males being friends a ‘bromance.’ Chemistry teacher Carol Standefer said, “No one gives thought to two women being good friends so I don’t know why there needs to be a special term for two men being friends.” It seems as though it is

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Alonso and Whalley embrace their bromance.

Egging cars has become issue for some Sheldon students Sheldon students have recently become the victims of this annoying crime

houses. However, the damage can be much, much worse. Junior Sam McCaskill said, “Egging can chip paint, break windows, and anger people. Most people don’t realize how annoying it is.” This practice is known as Ryan Land egging, but junior Sean Bellotti thinks it should be called staff writer otherwise. “Throwing baby chickens is what it should be called,” Bellotti said; “When you throw eggs, you are really Have you ever walked out to your car at night, ready killing baby chickens, as well as vandalizing property.” Many adults are also against egging. Parents are easily to go home and relax, or to take a pleasant drive around town, only to find that raw eggs have been maliciously frustrated by the effects of egging houses and cars, and thrown onto your vehicle? This annoying practice, known their anger is usually taken out on the innocent victim, as egging, has become more and more popular over the that is, their child. Egging somebody’s personal property years. The process is simple: grab dozens of eggs from a always results in infuriation and regret. The attackers may store, and throw them at a house, car, or whatever personal think it is funny at the time, but in actuality the victim property you want to vandalize. Egging has caught on usually takes the attack personally and tries to strike back. as a practical prank, and is compared to toilet papering This can lead to even more disastrous events and shattered friendships. English teacher Andrew Cabrera gave his insight on the egging epidemic: “Egging can be seen as a prank to the offenders, but it can actually be interpreted as disastrous to the victim. It is a way of teenagers getting out weird frustrations.” Many other students and teachers had similar opinions about the topic. They felt that it was immature and unnecessary. If you and your friends want to prank people on a certain night, do not vandalize another person’s property. There are many other harmless pranks that do not damage property. You can sticky note a car or even superglue coins to the sidewalk to watch people try to grab them off the ground. I’m not encouraging those actions, but just giving alternatives Ben Green photo to other damaging pranks. Either way, just Eggs that are thrown on houses or cars can damage paint. remember to be safe and respectful to others.

more socially acceptable for two females to be ‘girlfriends’ but not for two males to be ‘boyfriends.’ Thus the name bromance was born. Some students, from their perspectives, rarely see staff as having relationships or hanging out outside of the school setting; it appears to be strange or weird to them. Some students could be surprised that staff members have movie watching relationships or friendships outside of the school with each other. Standefer stated, “Teacher’s have lives and should be able to do things with their peers outside of the school.” For some it could be hard to visualize, a science teacher and a multicultural teacher being friends and going out and doing things such as seeing movies, watching sports games, or even eating dinner together. But being teachers is not all these men do, they have lives as well. José Alonso said, “Dave and I hang out whenever possible. One of the realities is that he has more responsibilities— such as a beautiful marriage, beautiful children, and work demands. On the other hand I am single and tend to have a lot more free time for my friendships.” So next time you hear the term bromance, don’t think of it as a dating relationship, but merely two very close male friends are happy to have such a good friend.

2011 summer hot spots ahead With summer is just around the corner: plans for vacation are a must Gwyn LaCavalier staff writer Summer is almost here and we all know that there is one question popping in and out of our minds: where am I going to go for summer vacation? There are many ideal places to spend an exciting summer. All over the world, it doesn’t matter how you get there (by car, bike, plane, or even foot) these places guarantee you a good time. Choosing the right place for vacation this year you can get you exciting foods, exotic experiences, and create amazing memories. This summer shall be great! Junior Ryan Fitch said that on a scale of 1-10 on how excited he was for summer he was a 10 and a half. Fitch thinks that Hawaii is the most popular summer destination, but he said that his perfect destination would be Italy and he would take Selena Gomez with him. Fitch said that June is the best time to travel. “Flying is the best because “it awesome.” According to, in the Hotels & Resorts catagory, the top ten most popular spots for summer are New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Orlando, Atlanta, and San Antonio. Junior Jurrell Eddens said that in his opinion, California, Italy, and Sunriver are the most popular summer destinations. Eddens said that during his summer this year, he is excited to “catch some rays and roll on babes.” Eddens said that his favorite thing to eat during the summer is pulled pork and ices. Junior Emily Morrison said, “I’m so excited for summer because my destination is Germany!” Senior Shannon Sellers said, “Every summer I go to the coast, I really enjoy it. Also near the coast is the sand doons and those are always amazing! I also enjoy visiting relatives and hanging out with my friends” There are many places that you can explore this summer, so go out there and find your perfect summer destination.

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Athletes headed for college athletic success Fellow high schoolers take sports to the next Drew Haugen sports editor For many seniors here at Sheldon High School, the final whistle of their athletic careers has blown. Over the past four years, countless hours of hard work and dedication have been put in, both on the field and off. Now the time has come to hang up their jerseys, as they move onto a new chapter in their lives. However, there are a few outstanding Irish sports stars who are continuing their journeys in the high-performance world of collegiate athletics. These athletes will soon be exposed to a new environment, as well as higher expectations and new challenges.    Senior Danny Herr recently finished up his last season on the Sheldon baseball team this spring. However, the two-sport athlete will be strapping on his football pads again next fall as a Pacific Lutheran Lute. Herr said, “I have enjoyed the great friendships I’ve made while playing football. I’m going to miss the comradery and all of my teammates.”  Herr was a key player at receiver during Sheldon’s state championship run in 2009, and as a senior, led the Irish to an impressive eleven-and-one record. He will be joining an equally successful team next year; the Lutes recently completed a one loss season in 2010. Continued Herr, “I’m looking forward to new opportunities and working hard to achieve new goals.”    Danny won’t be the only SHS alum on the PLU campus next year. Fellow teammate and senior baseball player Andrew Leung will be attending the university as well. Said Leung, “I picked PLU primarily because of the small campus, outstanding academics, and spiritual influence. However, I really hope to be playing baseball there too.”    Just last month, Sheldon track and cross-country star, Louise Mulvey, placed first in the 800 by a tenth of a second at the state meet at Hayward Field. Next fall she will be attending the University of Hawaii, Manoa and continuing her prominent sports career with the Warriors. Mulvey said, “Being an athlete has opened the door in so many ways for me. I’ve made so many friends and it has taught

me to focus.” The transition from rainy Eugene, Oregon, to the sunny islands of Hawaii can be a challenging one, but Mulvey continued, “The biggest change will be the good weather. Also, being on my own for the first time, I’ll have many new responsibilities so staying organized is a must.” Mulvey’s own teammate, pole vaulting sensation J.J. Juilfs, will be attending the University of Washington next year. He was heavily recruited throughout the nation and has high hopes for his college career, saying, “I hope to win an individual NCAA Championship and participate in

the Olympic trials during my time at UW. I will have to put more dedication than ever into my vaulting to achieve these goals.” Juilfs recently recaptured his title as Oregon’s best pole vaulter, clearing a height of 16 feet 5 inches at the state meet. He continued, “Where there’s a will there’s a way. If you love something enough, any goal is obtainable.” It’s safe to say that with numerous Sheldon athletes continuing their sports careers after graduation, many goals will be obtained, records broken, and dreams achieved. The Irish will be well represented in the NCAA for years to come.

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Seniors (L to R): Andrew Leung hopes to play baseball at PLU, JJ Juilfs will pole vault for UW, Danny Herr will play football for PLU, and Louise Mulvey will run track for U of Hawaii, Manoa.

Seniors remember events of 2011 Junior will miss

Departing seniors remember the good times spent at Sheldon Chrissy Walter copy editor

For the graduating class of 2011, the end is near. With a little less than a day remaining, many seniors are beginning to feel anxious and are ready to be done with high school forever. “I’m very excited to be leaving Sheldon,” said senior Logan Burger. Cases of senioritis are being diagnosed all across the school; however, with graduation comes saying goodbye, and that is never easy. Senior Scott Comer said, “I’m a little bit of both; in some ways I’m excited to be leaving and in others I’m very sad.” After four long years of walking the halls of Sheldon, the seniors will say their final farewells today, Wednesday June 8, 2011. Although there have been many eventful moments in the past year, some seniors described their personal favorite senior memories. Senior Chloe Stiles explained that her favorite memory was going on the annual basketball trip to Chico State the summer going into her junior year. Stiles said that her team had twenty-seven wins and zero losses

during their season. “The highlight of the trip for everyone was pushing Tiwanna Hamilton into the pool,” Stiles said. Senior Scott Comer had a completely original memory that he will remember even after he graduates. “My favorite memory was driving across the grass patch in the front of the school and not getting into trouble for it. I must have done it at least five or six times before Officer Savage finally came to talk to me about it. It was awesome; I think I’m the only person who’s ever done it,” said Comer. “My favorite memory during this past year would probably be prom night because I got to go in a party bus after,” said senior Logan Burger. Burger also explained that he went with a big group of people and they all went on the party bus to prom and then the bus picked them up at the dance when it was over. He thought that overall the dance was pretty fun, but the party bus was definitely his favorite part. As one can see, senior year was different for everyone. For some it will be hard to part with the school and teachers that they have been with for the past four years, but for others it is a huge relief to be leaving. As always, the seniors will be missed, but the rest of Sheldon High School wishes them luck as they head separate ways to start their new lives in college or elsewhere.

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This year’s seniors are going to be missed by many for various reasons Chasity Barnes editor-in-chief

It is that time of the year again: the bear hugs happen, the tears fall, and the goodbyes are hard to say. I have had to say my goodbyes to my senior friends. It has been a very hard experience for me to get through. I am in Sheldon Theatre and every year at our drama awards we have this thing called Junior Goodbyes. I had to sit up on stage and one by one, say my personal goodbyes to each senior in theatre that I have come so close to and I personally have grown with. Saying goodbye was harder when it came to certain people. Corinne Cornwell and Kate Landon were two of the hardest people for me to say goodbye to and let go of. Kate has been around the theatre since my freshman year and she is one of the funniest people that I know. She never fails to put a smile on my face. She is such an amazing and lovely young woman. I will miss her greatly next year, but I know she will go very far in life with whatever she may decide to do; I wish her the best. Corinne is someone I hold very close and dear to my heart. She is someone who I can always come to and confide in no matter what it is I have to say. Thinking back on some of the best moments of my life, she is in them. She makes me feel like I can be me with no pressure of having to change myself or who I am. No matter what we do there is always laughter. I may have had to say goodbye to her at Junior Goodbyes, but this is not the end. I will be working with her at a Girl Scout camp in Florence and it will be such an amazing time. I am overly grateful to be able to spend the summer with her before she moves up to Seattle for college. No one likes saying goodbyes, but it is something we must all do. It may cause us pain to think we may never see each other again, but this is a part of life that we must go through. All of these seniors who are graduating tomorrow Chrissy Walter photo have such bright futures ahead of them. I wish them all the Senior Scott Comer recalls driving across the school lawn several times before finally getting caught. best and to have a wonderful life and I believe they will.


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Kerani Arpaia:

Composition Royalty, Photo Student of the Year, French Student of the Year, 4.0 GPA Senior

Amanda Barclay: 4.0 GPA Senior 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Ben Brathovde: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Emily Beckstrand:

Outstanding Visual Artist for 2011

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Senior Class Secretary

3.5+ GPA Athlete

Spanish Student of the Year, Social Studies Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Alvaro Garay-Romero: Raul Garay-Romero: 4.0 GPA Senior

Samantha Garcia:

Emmanuel Narkrong:

Female Physical Education Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Angela Ngo:

Elaina Gayles:

Kevin Gleim:

Bailey Bernheine: Josh Betschart:

ASB President, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

CAD Student of the Year 3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Macy Bothman:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Hannah Brown:

Ceramics Student of the Year

Liz Gray:

Sienna Gray:

Business Internship

J.R. Hanner:

Social Studies Student of the Year

Kaitlyn Harris:

Nicole Callison:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Natasha Cheek:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant Language Arts Student of the Year

Katy Cheung:

4.0 GPA Senior, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Jade Chow:

Yearbook Photographer Student of the Year

Annica Cooper:

A.P. Literature Student of the Year

Amber Craviotto: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Kayla Cunningham: Business Internship

Josh Daline:

Business Internship

Allison Davies: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Erik Davis:

ASB Vice-President 4.0 GPA Senior

Kayla Dillon:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

McKenzie Doe:

10th Technology Assistant of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Lisa Domanick:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Sumin Dong:

Garth Henry: Daniel Herr:

Male Physical Education Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Daniel Hoover:

Business Internship, 3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Alexa Hoselton:

Yearbook Student of the Year

Bridget Jamieson: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Tyree Johnson:

Business Internship

Sarah Kerrigan:

4.0 GPA Senior 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Rebecca Eddy: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Amanda Engstrom:

OSAA Honor Award (Foreign Language), 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Brandon Forsyth: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

4.0 GPA Senior

Garth Parham:

Japanese Student of the Year

Mac Powers:

Senior Class Secretary, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Rex Putnam:

Senior Class Vice-President, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Kenneth Quillan:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Thomas Quisenberry: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Emily Radke:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

Jordan Schmidt: Business Internship

Amanda Smith:

French Student of the Year, 4.0 GPA Senior, A.P. Literature Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Kelsey Spellman: Mason’s Scholarship

Kassandra Stevenson:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

A.P. U.S. History Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Andrew Leung: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Ross Lindly:

4.0 GPA Senior 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Naima Lobby:

Auxiliary Scholarship

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Megan Eckrich:

Samantha Olson:

Elizabeth Kline:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant Dance Student of the Year, Business Internship, Yearbook Student of the Year

ASB Treasurer

James Ketchum:

A.P. Literature Student of the Year

Brooke Doyle:

Composition Royalty

Greatest Contribution to Video Production Student of the Year, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Spanish Student of the Year, 4.0 GPA Senior

Megan Dougherty:

Lauren Murphy:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

Senior Class President, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Cassidee Fosback:

Louise Mulvey:

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4.0 GPA Senior, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Haley Barrong:

Elliott Fromm:

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Caitria Mansfield: Courtney Martin: Ellie McConville:

Alisa Stewart: Chloe Stiles:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

Scott Stoner:

Technical and System Support Student of the Year

Bailey Streeter: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Colton Surcamp: ASB Publicity 4.0 GPA Senior

Alicia Theophil:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Taylor Trimboli: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Sydney Turner:

ASB Secretary

Business Internship

ASB Spirit

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Kaylin McConville: Matthew Melancon:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant, 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Joanna Merrell:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Annalyce Miller: Business Internship

Allison Mohler: ASB Activities 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Kaitlin Montoya: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Angela Vanderbelt: Derek Vandervies: 3.5+ GPA Athlete

Nicholas Van Eekeren:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Megan West:

3.5+ GPA Athlete

Kayla Wilkinson: 3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Kathryn Wright:

3.5+ GPA Activity Participant

Thomas Yates: 3.5+ GPA Athlete


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Hunting is viewed differently based on the person Is hunting a necessity or sport? Cody Koch staff writer Hunting is a very controversial topic. Many people feel that hunting is cruel and unfair, but others argue that hunting is how humans have gotten their food for many years. Some people consider it a sport, but some say it is not. Either way, as long as there is hunting there will be people protesting it, and there will be people fighting back. Hunting is something that some people are very into. When senior Talon Barber was asked if he thought hunting is ethical he responded, “Yes, hunting is awesome!” He was later asked if he has ever hunted and said, “Yes, I love it!” It is clear just from these two lines that some people hold hunting very close to them. A very big problem with hunting right now is poaching. Poaching is when you illegally take a game animal or protected animal. The most common form of poaching is taking an animal after dark with a spotlight. If you spotlight an animal in the road it blinds them as long as

the light is on them. People will shine the light in their eyes and shoot them while they are blinded. Talon Barber was asked his thoughts on poaching and responded, “Poachers should be shot on scene!” Most people are against poaching because it is unfair to game, takes away peoples hunting rights, and takes game that real hunters work hard for. Hunting has been around since the world began, whether it is an animal hunting another animal or people hunting animals. Most anti-hunters are not against animals hunting animals, but if a person hunts animals they feel it is unfair. They say that animals are hunting for food, but hunters argue that we are doing it for food as well. Hunters try and go out to the woods and work hard

for food instead of going to the store. Hunting is a major part of population control for animals. Since logging is now banned in Oregon the elk and deer populations have started to decrease. As a result of the declining population, our hunting is starting to be affected. The late season archery cow hunt for western Oregon is now being revoked. Some hunts are being shortened or taken away completely. Some people believe that animals are being over hunted and that is why the population is declining, but most hunters believe that it is because of the lack of logging. Logging provides new growth and plants that deer and elk thrive on. Hunters biggest hope is that we can find some way to open up logging again and increase the population.

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If you see a poacher call 1-800-452-7888.

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This Oregon taxidermy can be found at Cabellas Sporting Goods in Springfield’s Gateway Mall.

Country versus rap: which genre do you prefer more? Students state their opinions on which they think is better: rap or country Hayden Haugen staff writer Music has been around for a long time, and there are many different styles of music that define who we are in a way. Rap and country are two very different

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genres of music in which artists come from very diverse backgrounds and influences. Rap seems to be more popular among young male adults, but that’s not to say that girls are excluded. Country seems to be popular among girls and people from rural areas. Both seem to be fairly popular in today’s mainstream music scene, but which one is more popular? Everyone has differing views in terms of music; some are more opinionated than others. Junior Chris Ulloa said, “I like rap, country sucks. Why would you ever listen to that crap? Well I listen to Taylor Swift, but that is all.” It’s hard not to criticize music that may not suit one’s personality, but people need to realize that it’s a privilege to have such diversity in the music that is offered to them. Junior Madison Dunne said, “Country is way cooler than rap because it tells the true story.” Is this true though? Many would argue that rap tells stories that are as good, if not better, than country. Country has always

been a genre that prides itself on the story-telling aspect of music, but many hip-hop artists consider themselves connoisseurs of telling stories. However, the way in which they convey those stories is very different and the content of the stories is different as well. Both genres reflect the artists’ life experiences even though artists in each style come from very diverse backgrounds. Junior Joe Bando said, “I like country because they are actually artists; they don’t have to auto tune their voices.” There has been a lot of controversy about the nature of the hiphop genre and the rise in the use of auto-tune software. Some people criticize rap artists for using auto-tune software because it takes less natural talent to produce a hit song. Music will always have diversity and there will always be those who approve and disapprove of certain types of music. Music is very individualistic and no one genre will ever be liked by all. That’s what makes music so great; music exists for all types of people.

Rebecca Black gets badly criticized The song “Friday” gets bad reviews Kendyl Fletcher staff writer Many students, and even adults around the country have heard of Rebecca Black’s single, Friday. However, most often, the reviews on the song have not showed that it is well liked. She has received hate mail and death threats simply for singing a song that people do not like. One of the most frequently-asked questions about her is: How did she become so popular when the majority of people think that the song is extremely annoying? That answer is simple: her parents paid for her to have the experience of recording a song, and it became wellknown for its stupidity. Freshman Liam Talty said, “I think that all or nearly all of the students at Sheldon have heard of the song Friday.” This is most likely due to the fact that it spread throughout the country because people think it is funny that it is so bad. Talty stated his opinion on the song: “I think it is really annoying and bad because it is extremely repetitive.” Clearly, he is among the majority of people who do not enjoy Friday. What is the main reason that

people do not like the song? Freshman David Brody said, “The lyrics have no meaning and they are very repetitive.” It is true that the lyrics do say the same thing over and over again, but so do many other songs. Could there be another reason? Brody stated, “Her voice is also very annoying. It is really squeaky and has a weird tone.” This seemed to be a common reaction from people after hearing the song. The few people who liked it said it was because it is catchy and always gets stuck in their head. However, most people have completely different opinions and simply hate the song. According to Black, people have written messages such as: “I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.” She also said that people have been even more brutal and suggested that she “go die in a hole.” Freshman Blake Richardson said, “I think that is going too far but I also think that the song is bad”. Out of the 112 million Youtube views the video has received, there have been 300,000 “likes” but over 2 million “dislikes.” Richardson stated, “She definitely doesn’t deserve to die but she shouldn’t have recorded such a horrible song.” In conclusion, Rebecca Black’s song is strongly disliked by many people.


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June 8, 2011


Summer sports provide athletic opportunities for students Sheldon High School athletes will be gearing up for a new sports season during the coming summer months Brennan Schaufler staff writer Although the school year is almost over, many student athletes will be continuing sports in the summer months. Sports don’t have to be played during the school year; a lot of sports are played year-round, including lacrosse, basketball, soccer, football, golf, baseball, and many more. Some club sports have tryouts, while others are just for fun in recreational leagues. Organizations like EMFC (Eugene Metro Futbol Club) and City League run sports all year-round. Other sports that are played in the fall, such as soccer and football, have summer workouts to prepare for next year’s season. Junior Brandon Moore said, “I might be playing summer league lacrosse for Imperial to sharpen my skills and stay active.” Imperial lacrosse has leagues all year-round,

The 2011 NBA playoffs are Heat-ing up quickly The Dallas Mavericks have proven they can match Miami’s Big Three Spencer Haugen staff writer For many years, the NBA finals have provided millions of fans from all over the world with intense and exciting basketball action. The 2011 NBA finals are no exception, and the fans are excited to crown a new champion. From the Western conference to the Eastern conference, teams are ready to write their names in the history books. With explosive plays, deep three pointers, jump shots, and huge slam dunks, NBA players are ready to use every trick they know to win. Every basketball player dreams of someday winning an NBA championship and the playoffs are the place where those dreams can be either achieved or dashed. There are two teams still alive in the NBA finals and the excitement is higher than it has been throughout the playoffs. From the Western conference the Dallas Mavericks remain and from the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat are still standing. Junior Kolte Rotherham said, “The 2011 NBA Championship is turning out to be a very intense finals. Even though the competition is at a very high level I still believe that my team will pull through and win the championship. Nobody can stop the Miami Heat and their three star players, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.” Junior Sam Hannah said, “I thought the Chicago Bulls couldn’t be stopped. They just looked off in the finals and didn’t play their game and the Heat got lucky and took advantage of that.” The Miami Heat beat the Bulls to win the Western Conference series four to one and now faces the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA championship. Hannah continued, “It’s easy to win when you have Dirk on your team! I predict that the Heat will destroy the Mavericks to win the NBA finals, because a team that beats the Bulls disserves to win the finals.” Hannah is one of many people who predicted that the Bulls would win and ended up being disappointed. Hannah still can’t wait to see how the tournament plays out. Hannah later said, “The Bulls will be back next year and this time they will be ready.” Junior Joe Bando commented, “It’s as simple as one word: Dirk. He’s seven feet tall and can’t be stopped, plus he has an all-around solid team with good chemistry.” Dirk is a star player for the Mavericks and leads his team in scoring and rebounds. The Mavericks have to go through the Thunder in order to have a chance of going to and winning the finals. Bando later said, “I want the Mavericks to win and I think they will, but the competition is high and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Go Mavs!”

including a winter indoor league run out of the new indoor facility, U.S. Sportsplex, in Eugene for indoor soccer. Workouts for soccer and football will also be starting during the summer. Football has weight-lifting and field workouts and soccer has conditioning and field workouts. There are also a variety of camps that athletes can go to, to get some professional help. Junior Sam Hannah said, “The summer workouts will better prepare me and the team for the upcoming season.” The school runs summer basketball for players looking for some extra playing time before the winter season. Junior Joe Bando said, “The summer basketball season is a good chance to let us play more than just one season to improve our game.” Another sport that is played through the school during the summer is baseball which has two leagues, Challengers and Legion. There are a lot of options for playing a sport and staying active throughout the summer. The summer is a great time to go out and have fun and meet new people with the same interests in sports. Most athletes Drew Haugen photo would agree that the summer is the best time to play, Preparation for a championship starts in summer. rather than during the other three rainy seasons.

Mixed martial arts pack a punch

The intense sport of mixed martial arts is quickly gaining popularity with both fans and competitors alike Connor Dryden staff writer

Mixed martial arts is a rapidly-growing sport in other countries as well as the United States. Competitors can be of any age and size, but their skill is defiantly not a reflection of that. This is a sport where you truly must work hard towards your goals. Many people may not know mixed martial arts (MMA) by name but if you mention UFC, they instantly recognize the sport. MMA has other applications than just for sport. MMA is one of if not the most affective self defense system. Many people get into martial arts for the self control and discipline and not for the martial art forms themselves. The most commonly recognized form of MMA sport is cage fighting in a large eight-sided cage. A lot of people consider it a barbarian’s sport. Freshman Quinn Daniel said, “Because [some] fights end with somebody getting knocked out or injured.” This may be true. However, the regulations of MMA are surprisingly strict to ensure that everybody stays safe. For example, if you get knocked out in a competition then you cannot fight for 90 days to ensure a full recovery. This also helps professionals have longer careers. A lot of professional’s careers end because the fighter was not physically or mentally prepared before their fight. Blood is also tested before every fight to be positive that the fighters will not spread any diseases and are in top shape. One of the down sides to MMA as a spectator sport is that some of people try to imitate what they see at home. This is one of the main reasons that a lot of people are saying that this sport should not exist. Freshman Korben Almeida said this of MMA being seen as influencing violence on others: “I don’t think so, there are just some people who don’t understand that [MMA] is not just a game.” 34 year old Jesse Aguero commented for a more adult answer: “It is a violent sport no matter how you look at it, but it is just a sport.” Street fights are an example of violence. Daniel continued, “Street fights create street gods, but they would not stand a chance in the ring in a UFC fight.” Stating that one might be an amazing fighter on the street is one thing, but if one does not go through all of the training that a fighter in it for the sport does, one probably would not last a second. MMA is also used as a weapon of self defense. Knowing multiple martial arts can put you in a better position if you get attacked. For instance, if your attacker knows Karate and you use Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Muy Thai, etc., who do you think is more likely to get away unharmed? Somebody who is trained will be able to protect themselves and the others around them and know what they are doing so nobody will get seriously hurt. Almeida

said, “[If] you use MMA as self defense you may do something that your attacker has never seen before so you could get away faster and easier.” Aguero stated however, “I view MMA more as a sport than a self defense system.” There are a lot of people who see MMA and want to start this as a sport or even for self defense but do not know where to start. It is simple, just pick a martial art style one likes and begin to train. Nowadays it is even easier to train in M i x e d Martial Arts because there are places that focus on the sport of MMA by teaching m a n y martial art forms in every day of training. These MMA schools are popping up all over the country and locally too. In our society the sport of MMA is still a taboo but is growing in popularity and interest. It is a misunderstood sport that many people think should be abolished. But in fact, it was started as a way to protect oneself when attacked and should be, if possible, practiced by everyone.

“This is a sport where you truly must work hard towards your goals.”

Backpage Arizona Tea; a good alternative? This beverage has been a favorite with Sheldon students because of its low price. But is it a good alternative? Annie Todd features editor Arizona Iced Tea has become a very popular drink in the last two years. Students have been drinking coffee, soda, and other drinks with caffeine for almost a century, mostly to stay awake during class. Also, long nights of studying have been draining students of energy, since school was invented! Although Arizona Iced Tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as some of the other drinks; Dutch Bros., Starbucks, and colas, it has become just as popular.

Is it better for the student population than the soda, and sugary coffee drinks students have gotten used to? Sophomore, Jordan Marshall does not drink any kind of tea, “I’m not really a tea fanatic, but I’d think Arizona Tea would be much better than soda or coffee for students.” Although Marshall says he drinks soda instead of tea or coffee, he agrees that tea would be the healthiest alternative. Besides the nutrition facts of Arizona Tea, there is also the amount of money for the standard can of tea. When asked about the prices of these cans, Sophomore Michael Felsher said, “It’s less than a dollar for a whole lot of tea! Plus it’s delicious. A dollar is a bargain price.” Felsher stated that he usually drinks Arizona Iced Tea once or twice a week. “If they have it at Market of Choice, I usually get the raspberry tea, but a lot of the time they are out, since the drink is so popular.”

Chilean exchange comes to a heartfelt close Family bonds can extend miles over land and sea. The surprising thing is when you find them so far away from home Jackson Darland contributing writer

The time in Chile has slipped by as if I were riding a slide, building momentum until each individual moment has become a fluid movement in which each day, or even each week, flows one into the next, everything passing more quickly as I near the ending of my experience. At times I find myself trying to slow everything down so as to savor each minute I have left, but other times I just feel a longing to embrace my family and friends back in Eugene. In sudden realizations throughout each day, I remember that I will terribly miss all of the wonderful people I have come to know in the past four and a half months. The relationship that has grown between my host family and me, as well as the friendship that I have found with my classmates at San Mateo, are the most outstanding elements of my experience. I remember the very first day I arrived in Osorno, my host family told me that their house was my house, but now, I see that they opened up much more than just their house. I feel a complete trust with them as we have shared so many thoughts around the dining table, and walked together through so many different landscapes on all of our trips. As I have improved in my ability to communicate and express myself, we have really been able to bond. In the evenings, though my host family only consists of Luz (my host mom) and Nati (my host sister), I have hardly gone out with friends because I am so content to be at home at my house.

At school, the boys in my curso have accepted me as if I were one of them. A camp that all thirty-seven of us went to a few weeks ago finalized my adoption into their circle. For twenty-four hours, we spent time talking to each other as a group at a cabin in the pueblo called Cascadas. Our objective in the camp was to resolve problems we have had within our group so as to put ourselves on the right track in finishing the final two years of high school together. In our final discussion-which lasted from 10:00pm until 3:30am--I was deeply touched by the emotional words and complete honesty of my classmates. I cried several times with my friends as they recounted hard times and made heartfelt apologies to each other for hurtful things that had been said or done in the past. Guys in the class who normally never talk actually spoke up and were also spoken up for. There was a beautiful outpour of feeling and compassion that night. The following morning, we hiked to a gigantic waterfall and actually swam in the pool at its base despite the very cold temperature outside, none of us bothering to take off our pants or shoes in the icy water. Air and spray blasted in our happy faces as we yelled into the rock walls that surrounded us. It was refreshing and pure. All of it goes to show that people all around the world have something in common--empathy is powerful. It’s the human heart and the capacity to feel hurt, to feel bliss, and ultimately to love. When I return to Eugene, those are the experiences that I will remember; they are the experiences that will most profoundly change me as a person. The people I have come across and gotten to know are what have made my time in Chile special, beyond the new foods and the interesting architecture and art. I would hope that I could stay in contact throughout my life with as many as possible, and even better, return to Chile someday to see them. I will cherish the last two weeks I have here.

Chipmunk invasion during staff meeting causes giggles Dr. Bob may have been prepared for interrupting students, but he was caught off guard when this cuddly creature came to get an education Nikkita Lehto copy editor Our library has books on chipmunks, and many other animals, but an actual chipmunk? Yes, it’s true there was a living, breathing chipmunk running free in Sheldon’s library. It was discovered during a staff meeting around eight in the morning. Dr. Bob noticed some teachers giggling and watching the invader, a small brown chipmunk running back and forth under the front counter. A small fugitive, which managed to evade our teachers and staff members for three full days. By the time the small chipmunk had been caught many people had heard about it, whether it be from the librarian,

a talkative teacher, or a friend. Was trapping, and letting it go better than other options that the school had? Junior Layne Brown said, “Yes, it didn’t do anything wrong, it was just walking around being a chipmunk, so to speak.” Brown believes that the chipmunk being inside a building is an issue due to how much damage they can cause to electronics, boxes, and books. Not to mention the diseases that they can carry. Acting librarian Pat Kessinger, gives us her first thoughts upon seeing the small rodent: “All I could think of was him chewing on the books!” Kessinger and day custodian Jeremy Rutledge both think that the small rodent had gotten in through human error. “I came in around six in the morning on Wednesday and the door to the courtyard was propped open,” said Rutledge. It is assumed this is how he got inside. As to why the door was propped open, is beyond the knowledge of Kessinger and the rest of the staff.

DQ and OJ? Dairy Queen and Orange Julius join forces to bring you Blizzards and Smoothies -- all at the same time Kristina Tamburinni staff writer Everyday during lunch, students explore off campus grounds to find food or to hang out. Dairy Queen is one of the hot spots for lunch. With a recent remodel and new additions to the menu, students have become very excited. Orange Julius originated in 1926, but in 1987, Dairy Queen bought them out. With recent changes to Dairy Queens around the United States, it was bound to happen in Eugene. The Coburg Road DQ added Orange Julius and remodeled the inside and outside. Though DQ’s outside still looks like a barn, the inside has more of a modern style and has more of a welcoming feel making it more open and brighter. Freshman Anthony Tamburrini said, “I like the new remodel; it gives Dairy Queen a better feel and the addition of Orange Julius adds more of a variety to the menu. However, now it is a harder decision on what to get.” Many of the students at Sheldon have agreed with Tamburrini, knowing lunch will be more of a difficult decision on what to choose at the restaurant. The new addition to DQ will be bringing new customers to try Orange Julius. When sophomore Annie Juilfs was asked what she thought about Orange Julius, she said, “I don’t know what Orange Julius is,

so I can’t give my thought on it. But since it’s a new smoothie place next to Sheldon, I actually might try it.” A lot of the student body goes off campus away from the school for lunch, either in their friend’s cars or their own, and are never around DQ. Senior Cayla Bollinger said, “I’m never around the school area for lunch, but if there is a new smoothie place, I might try it for the last few days I’m at school.” The new addition it has given a lot of attention to DQ. Many don’t go there often, and in fact, most of the kids drive somewhere further or go to a different restaurant. From what people have been saying who have tried Orange Julius, they actually liked it and thought it was a really good addition to DQ. Some even say it can be comparable to Jamba Juice, though they don’t have as much of a variety of flavors like Jamba Juice does.

Volume 46 Issue 8 - June 8, 2011  

Farewell to our very-much-loved teachers. With the school year coming to a close, more than just the seniors will be leaving the halls of He...

Volume 46 Issue 8 - June 8, 2011  

Farewell to our very-much-loved teachers. With the school year coming to a close, more than just the seniors will be leaving the halls of He...