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Mr. Irish Crowned

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March 12, 2010}

Patrick Bryant takes it all after a night of talent Lauren Scott assistant editor It all began in November. All the senior girls were rounded into the auditorium to vote on who they think would be best qualified, and deserving, of the title of “Mr. Irish” for the 2009-10 year. The ten young men that were chosen have become recognizable icons around the Sheldon hallways. On top of their schoolwork, the contestants have tirelessly hustled spare change from students to raise funds for the Neonatal center at Sacred Heart Hospital (totaling approximately $21,000). They’ve sold bracelets, played basketball against South’s Mr. Axeman contestants and later Sheldon faculty, and served ice cream at Coldstone as a fundraiser. All of this led up to the final event: the talent show. The talent show is arguably the most anticipated, and traditionally enjoyed, event of the Mr. Irish Pageant. The ten contestants—Joel Chapman, Caleb Patrick, Joseph Houck, Todd Moore, Nathan Hanson, Justin Sawyer, Patrick Bryant, Blake Elliott, Nick Stringfield, and Nick Thomas—dazzled the audience with their unique talents. There was a healthy dose of competition between the contestants, but Bryant assured, “It never felt like a competition. Winning wasn’t really that important; it was unbelievable for all of us.” A group dance kicked off this year’s pageant’s talent show, followed by the talent portion, a second group dance, a Q&A session, and a final group dance. Performance acts included: singing, and a surprise dance, by Thomas; singing and guitar playing by Patrick and Moore; a song with piano accompaniment by Chapman; an amusing “bee” dance by Houck, and a traditional German dance by Hanson. However, in the end it was Bryant who took the title of “Mr. Irish,” with the help of his senior coordinator Kayla Olson, with a creative performance of a song accompanied by bass (which he learned to play in just two months). “It’s weird,” Bryant said of his victory. “I’m still pretty sure it never actually happened.”

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(L-R) Joseph Houck, Blake Elliott, Justin Sawyer, and Patrick Bryant do one last run-through of their group dance. (Inset) Bryant is crowned Mr. Irish.

Music in Our Schools Month hits home at Sheldon Sheldon celebrates through its variety of extracurricular programs Max Ebert staff writer Music has a big impact on people’s lives. It influences emotions, decisions, and sometimes, futures. No wonder there’s a month dedicated to it! This month is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). It’s the time of year where music education becomes

the focus of schools all across the nation, including Sheldon. Sheldon not only has a concert band, but also a wind ensemble, two jazz bands, an orchestra, a choir, and even a marching band during first term. Some schools don’t have a band at all, so this is impressive. Students at Sheldon who participate in such music studies seem to agree most with the idea that music plays an important role in school, and people’s lives in general. “It is inspirational, and can act as a gateway,” says freshman Taylor Eisele, who is in the Sheldon Symphonic Band. And it’s true, music is a passion of many people because of the meaning that it holds. It inspires creativity and allows people to express themselves openly. It also opens many opportunities in colleges and music

schools for students who want to pursue their passion. “Music is a good thing because it gives students the skills they need to get into performing arts,” said freshman Justice Nunley, who participates in choir, orchestra, and theater. Even students that aren’t in any of the extracurricular musical activities are influenced by music. If somebody walks down the halls, they’re bound to see earbuds in the ears of a majority of the students. During some classes, there’s usually at least one kid who keeps the one earbud in his or her ear despite what the teachers say. Sheldon is a school of many different forms of creativity and learning, including music. Perhaps that’s why Sheldon is involved, without even trying, in March’s Music in Our Schools Month.

Sheldon’s Theatre Department endures loss before big show Director leaves post due to cancer Chasity Barnes photo editor Sheldon High School’s Theatre Department is currently going through some major changes, the biggest of which is the loss of one of their own, Director Lynda Czajkowska-Thomson. She is leaving the theatre after producing and directing for sixteen years. Now that Sheldon Theatre is starting on their hardest play of the year, the musical, the resignation of CzajkowskaThomson has left the students wondering how they’ll make it through. They are pulling together to make it

past the hard times. Senior Hollis Gehrett said, “Theatre is everything I do. It’s my life and it’s what I want to do as I get older. Even though Lynda’s gone, we’ll keep running the great show we know we can do.” They’ll be trying their hardest to make a great performance to show that they are still strong and can overcome the tragedy of Czajkowska-Thomson’s breast cancer, just as she can. The theatre holds a meeting once a week called “Tuesday Notes.” It’s a place where the theatre department can come together and talk about anything that is important. On Tuesday, January 26, CzajkowskaThomson began the meeting by saying how much she loved the theatre and how much she enjoyed watching all of the friendships unfold there. Czajkowska-Thomson continued on this part of her speech for some time, before laying the bomb on them. She had told all of the crew managers of her illness a few months prior. “I thought it

was sad when she told us,” said senior Garrett Caffee. Although she told the crew managers earlier, this was the first time she openly told the entire theatre department. When senior Megan Leckington was told of CzajkowskaThomson’s cancer in the summer time, she said that she was shocked and sad, and when Czajkowska-Thomson told everyone that she was leaving, one thought was running through her mind: “She’s been here longer than I have. It’ll take some time to adjust to her being gone.” Czajkowska-Thomson told everyone not to worry and that the theatre will now be in the hands of their new director, Jerry Ferraccio of the Eugene Shakespeare Ensemble. Leckington said, “It’ll be different now…I think that it’ll still be a great program.” Czajkowska-Thomson also said that she will be there every opening night to cheer on each and every person in the Sheldon Theatre Department.


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McDonald’s enforces new policy Blueprint brings The popular campus restaurant created a minimum purchase policy to prevent teen loitering Tiwanna Hamilton staff writer

The local McDonald’s has a policy that if one doesn’t buy a food item, then one is not allowed to stay and dine. This policy recently came to light, surprising students. Sophomore Brandon Moore said, “I disagree with the policy. McDonald’s is supposed to be family-friend oriented. If you go to McDonald’s with a friend, and you just want to talk with a friend, and you don’t purchase

anything, but they do, then you still can’t be there, because you didn’t purchase anything. That’s not familyfriend oriented; that’s ‘we want your money-oriented.’” Librarian Patricia Kessinger said, “People who just buy a small item or food from the menu and then stay at the restaurant taking up space is what we call ‘campers.’ They don’t buy anything that is worth staying for, but the people who do buy a full meal don’t have a place to sit and eat because of the ‘campers.’ So I think that McDonald’s does have a right to do what they are doing.” According to employees, McDonald’s has always had this policy, but it’s just a matter of students abiding by the rule, or the supervisor at McDonald’s enforcing the rule. Sophomore Bailey Cuddeback, said, “I think the policy is selfish, because what if someone offers to buy someone else food? One person is buying, but both are eating. So it shouldn’t matter.” Like Cuddeback, most students disagree with the policy.

Binge drinking used by students as a way to escape the reality of their lives The dangers of drinking excessively outweigh the momentary highs Drew Miner copy editor Binge drinking is defined as drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary objective of getting intoxicated in a short amount of time. There is much suspicion that the age in which people begin to binge drink is constantly getting lower. More and more kids are beginning to illegally binge drink and there are few high schools that are not affected by it. Sheldon is most certainly affected by binge drinking. “I blacked out and woke up in a pile of my own vomit and reeked of alcohol,” said an anonymous Sheldon junior, who is among many that binge drink. Determining why students drink is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The reasons vary from low self-esteem a false sense of maturity. “I drink because my friends and I love to get trashed and do stupid things; I never drink alone,” said a senior. Younger binge drinkers never prefer to drink alone, and a number of Sheldon students have a group that they like to drink with. Popularity is something that a number of students feel they can achieve through drinking. “I would go with my friends to a house on campus, get

drunk, and then one of us would drive home. The driver was always the sober one, and often times knew someone at the party we were going to that allowed my friends and me to get in,” said a senior at Sheldon. Most students binge drink at parties. Although no one speaks of it out loud there are large numbers of people who know where parties will be held and when. Parties can occur anywhere; it is not limited to a certain side of town or a certain house. Parties can also be associated with any age group. From teen years to adulthood people party and binge drink, so this makes figuring out where kids party even more difficult. What do kids drink and how do they get their hands on alcohol? This is a commonly asked question and many people, mostly parents, are oblivious to how their kids get access to alcohol. For some younger siblings it is accessed through older siblings of the legal drinking age. But this is not the only way, according to Sheldon students. “There are markets that sell alcohol to people without checking identification, this is very popular among kids especially for beer,” said a senior. Students have access to alcohol that they shouldn’t, and they are binge drinking because of it. Binge drinking is a problem among students. Students drink to become intoxicated for a number of reasons, including the search for acceptance and the desire for maturity. Students often drink at parties, usually acquiring alcohol through those of legal age, or through certain markets that sell without carding. Binge drinking is a problem that needs to be solved.

USA rakes in record number of medals World athletes perform their best despite early luge tragedy Shaynah Vandegriffe staff writer 2,622 athletes representing 82 nations came out for the 21st Winter Olympic Games this year in Vancouver, Canada. 86 events were held in seven sports. The Olympics were held at BC Place Stadium, from February the 12th to the 28th. The Olympic Torch was lit by Rick Hansen, Catrione LeMayDoan, Steve Nash, Nancy Greene, and Wayne Gretzky. The games were

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officially opened by Governor General Michaëlle Jean, and this year’s motto was: “With Glowing Hearts.” Apolo Ohno, Lindsey Vonn, and Nodar Kumaritashvili were just a few of the thousands of very talented athletes in Vancouver this winter. These Olympic athletes trained most of their lives to make it on Olympic teams in February. Ohno won second place in men’s speed skating, taking the silver medal. He also broke the record of most medals ever won at the winter Olympics by an American, by gaining his seventh Olympic medal this year. Skier Lindsey Vonn was not completely at the top of her game this year, after she broke her finger during the Games. Even though she was coping with a broken finger, she still won a gold medal for ladies downhill skiing. Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, died a tragic death during the luge practice on February 12th. He collided with a steel pole at 90 miles per hour after he turned an extremely sharp corner on the Olympic track. This was just hours before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The luge track was changed before the event started to accommodate the turn and any fears from the athletes. Kumaritashvili’s father said, “I wanted to throw you a wedding party; instead I’m throwing you a funeral.” Nodar’s death caused overall apprehension among the athletes as they mourned the loss. The United States of America had the most medals, with a total of 37 after the Olympics ended on Saturday, February 28th. The United States had nine gold medals, 15 silver medals, and 13 bronze medals. Germany came in second with a total of 30 medals. They had ten gold medals, 13 silver medals, and seven bronze medals. Last but not least, the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada was third with a total of 26 Olympic medals. Canada had 14 gold medals, seven silver medals, and five bronze medals. All in all, other than the tragic loss of luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili, the world had a great 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

diversions for the younger crowds in Eugene area New downtown club holds high school parties to attract different ages to its popular establishment Taylor Ilg staff writer When looking for a good time around Eugene there are not many options. You could go to the mall and check out all the beautiful beings around you, you could take a walk around our ravishing Alton Baker Park, or go BK lounging. However, the popular night club, The Blueprint, has become a new attraction to young people around the city. The club prides itself on having minimum ages of 18 to party and 21 to drink. The club also puts on high school nights, where local high school students can join the fun that takes place at The Blueprint. This gives the opportunity to students to experience the wild party scene at The Blueprint. “The Blueprint is by far the greatest thing that has happened to Eugene,” said senior Brad Kinch. “You can party like a rockstar, but also know that you are in a safe environment.” The club’s headlining DJ is Tekneek from the local radio station KDUK. “DJ Tekneek really understands how to get a party started with his music choice,” said junior Isaac Larson. Not only is the club a great spot to spend free time and to listen to today’s popular music, but it also is a great place to meet new people and create lasting friendships. There is something about dancing with a complete stranger to great music that forms a bond between two people. Junior Parker Gray, a frequent party-goer at the Blueprint, enjoys the numerous friends he has met at the club. “I have met at least ten people at The Blueprint that have ended up becoming some of my best friends. I think that environment there allows for people really step outside their comfort zone and show who they really are.” Whether you are looking for something to do, a place to dance until you fall over, or just looking to meet a friend, The Blueprint is a great place to let go and experience life.

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Alice in Wonderland captivates audience

Tim Burton’s Alice wasn’t something to go mad about—or rant about Jordan Flowers opinion editor

Alice in Wonderland is a classic novel that was popularized as an animated movie by Disney. The story itself is very complicated and starts with Alice, a young and bored girl, who sees a white rabbit run across her path. She follows the rabbit, and she goes after into the amazing world of Wonderland. On March 5th the latest version of Alice and Wonderland came out. It was directed by Tim Burton, and scored by Danny Elfman. The cast features Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover and Helena Bonham Carter. Disney is behind the release of this film as well. The movie is available in Real-D 3D as well as 2D. This is not surprising because of how detailed and strange the world of Wonderland is; 3D just immerses the audience one step further. Also, this version of Alice in Wonderland is the first live action attempt at the film. The movie is fairly exciting and the sets of the movie

are breathtaking. Tim Burton did a bang-up job with the aesthetic aspect of the movie, however, the plot of the movie is not exactly stunning. The movie becomes fantastic very quickly when Alice travels to Underland. The sets are beautiful, and the world is deep and complicated. Costumes and special effects are great, and many of the characters are portrayed very well. The Red Queen’s card knights are very interesting, compared to their predecessors, who were just cards. The monsters and digitally animated creatures are incredible as well. The Cheshire Cat and the Bandersnatch are very interesting characters that are met in the movie. Helena Bonham Carter played an amazing Red Queen, and her maniacal ways are made very clear. The movie itself pushes a lot of boundaries for its rating, there is a lot of odd stuff present in a PG-13. It seems as if Mia Wasikowska was not very excited about being Alice. She wasn’t the best choice and it seems her character would have done better if she were bold, like the Alice in the book. Anne Hathaway, who played the White Queen, did a great job as an odd character. Her character was very ethereal, as if she was from space. In the end, the movie was okay, but Tim Burton seems to have gone down in his movie-making. The movie is worth seeing and is definitely a visual treat but if you are looking for a story, Alice in Wonderland may not be the best choice.

Valentine’s Day cast creates laughs in its own unique way Ensemble cast shows the holiday through different perspectives Stephanie Barnes features editor Valentine’s Day: a hallmark holiday featuring love and romance. However, not everyone is a fan of February 14th, especially if you don’t have that “special someone.” The movie based on this holiday focuses on numerous L.A. residents as they sift through the trials, tribulations, and joys of the day of love (or hate, in some cases). Starring an all-star ensemble, Valentine’s Day is sure to capture the attention of everyone. To begin with, Valentine’s Day seemed like it was one of those sappy, cookie-cutter romance movies that simply involved a lot of different people. But as the movie went on, I began to see how intricate and sometimes awful the character’s lives were. The lives of all the characters were intensely intriguing. Throughout the whole movie, the different aspects showed practically every type of

relationship you can have, whether it is good or bad. The plot of the movie is so complicated that it is hard to understand, even if I write it out. It is definitely a movie worth seeing though, as it keeps you intrigued and alert throughout. Valentine’s Day is one of those feel good, romantic chick flicks that people will watch over and over again. And unlike many romantic stories, the entire plot line takes place during one day: Valentine’s Day. It is interesting to see this movie because it gives you a perspective about how much goes on in the world in only one day. However, my one criticism of the movie is the involvement of Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift. Their characters were strange and completely unnecessary. In fact, it takes a little enjoyment out of the movie because their roles are so idiotic and pointless. I suspect they were hired on simply because they are big names and could get a lot of publicity for the movie. Despite that fact, however, Valentine’s Day is definitely a movie worth seeing, and one that you should go see with a date, because it makes you feel happy and carefree. It lets you see all the joy and happiness that can come out of a pointless Hallmark holiday, and allows you to believe in the freedom and joy of the phenomenon of true love. And sometimes, its where you least expect to find it.

Oscar ceremony celebrates excellence in film for 2009 Many received nominations, but few won the ultimate reward Hailey Cates staff writer The flashes of cameras, eye-popping gowns, and a plush red carpet were to be seen by the millions of Americans tuning into the 82nd annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. As the limousines rolled up, more and more celebrities piled on to the red carpet and took their turns being interviewed. “My favorite dress was Sandra Bullocks’,” said sophomore Bailey Cuddeback. “She wore a beautiful metallic-gold dress with sparkling flowers on it.” In the Kodak Theatre, the ceremonies started with a surprise, as Neil Patrick Harris sung the opening song. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin soon took over the stage with a stunning entrance when they floated down on a glittering platform. The humorous duo effortlessly cracked jokes, making the crowd roar with laughter. They wasted no time in introducing Penelope Cruz, who announced the winner of best supporting actor, Christoph Waltz for his role in Inglourious Basterds. With little doubt, Best-Animated Film went to the adorable movie Up. Director John Hughes, who died in 2009, was celebrated for his work on many well-known films such as Footloose, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and

Ferris Buellers’ Day Off. Dressed as a blue Na’vi from Avatar, Ben Stiller announced Star Trek as the winner for Best Makeup. Best performance by a Supporting Actress went to Mo’Nique for her role in Precious. It was a rewarding night for the film Avatar, which took the Oscar in art animation, cinematography, and visual effects. Actress Sandra Bullock scored the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for her role in the The Blind Side, and Jeff Bridges won the award for leading actor in the film Crazy Heart. “ I thought the Oscars were really surprising; I thought George Clooney was going to win Actor in a Leading Role,” sophomore Mandi Comer said. This year, ten films were nominated for Best Picture for the first time since 1944 when Casablanca won. This most anticipated award was given to The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, in the end. The Hurt Locker also received an award for directing, soundmixing, and writing (original screenplay). Sophomore Brandon Moore said, “The best part of the show was when [The Hurt] Locker won best picture because I was expecting Avatar to win, and I didn’t like that movie.” The night ended with several huge afterparties for the celebrities. “I really hope they choose another pair of funny guys next year,” said sophomore Roberto Tort. “Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin really made the show a hit.”

If you are a fan of Johnny Depp, it is a great choice. Alice in Wonderland gets a 3 out of 5: not completely a waste of time, but not fantastic.

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Joan Cavin’s design class stages a Mad Hatter tea party in honor of Tim Burton’s rendition of the story.

Many speculate the popularity of Apple’s iPad due to its similar features and price The new device is smaller than a laptop, but larger than an iPod Naima Lobby staff writer For the past 30 years, Apple has been a highly profitable business, creating new ways to browse the web and listen to music. In 2001, Apple launched a new music player called the iPod. Since then, they have expanded the product and now have several different iPod models. In January of this year, Apple announced they would launch a new tablet similar to an iPod Touch called the iPad. The iPad runs on the same operating system as the iPhone, called the iPhone OS, and features many of the same applications. “I can see iPads being a successful product for Apple because of all of its great features that it has to offer,” said Junior Devin Calhoun. Senior Brant Stanley feels differently: “The iPad seems like a good idea, but it seems like a waste of space because it provides nearly the same features as an iPod Touch or an iPhone, yet larger and more expensive.” The iPad features many different functions such as speakers, microphone, volume rocker, and a multi-touch screen display. In comparison to an iPhone or iPod touch, the iPad has a larger 9.7 inch LED-backlit multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024x768. Apple is set to launch two different models: a 3G model and Wi-Fi model. “I think iPads would work well in schools because other Mac products such as iMacs and Macbooks aren’t used to their potential,” said Campus Supervisor Travis Melvin. “iPads provide the basic uses essential for students in a more simple product.” The Wi-Fi version of the iPad is set to go on sale at the end of March 2010, while the 3G version will be on sale at the end of April.


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Sheldon’s KRVM St. Patrick’s Day transformed radio program into various fun traditions gives voice to What was once a religious holiday the students is now family-oriented celebration celebrate it. I wear green. However, I used to live in a neighborhood with an Irish family down the road, so then we did.” In Ireland the pubs were all closed on St. Patrick’s Day until 1995, when the Irish government saw an opportunity for tourism in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. People Anthony Rhoads celebrate St. Patrick’s Day differently. Freshman Jake ads manager Roehl said, “I wear as much green as humanly possible, but every year I hand out green things for people too.” The color green and the shamrock became the symbol of The holiday of St. Patrick’s Day has been around for a St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland when the English invaded and thousand years as a religious celebration. The man who it told them that they could not practice their religion. The was named after, St. Patrick, was born in Britain to wealthy Irish decided to pin shamrocks onto their clothes to show parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed resistance to the English. Freshman Wesley LaVassaur to have died on March 17, around said, “The only 460 A.D. Although his father was thing I practice a Christian deacon, it has been on St. Patrick’s suggested that he probably took on Day is pinching that role because of tax incentives, someone if they and there is no evidence that Patrick don’t wear green.” came from a particularly religious St. Patrick’s Day family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick is celebrated by was taken prisoner by a group of a lot of people, Irish raiders who were attacking his especially at family’s estate. They transported Sheldon, the home him to Ireland where he spent six of the fighting years in captivity. During this time, Irish. Not only does he worked as a shepherd, outdoors the color green and away from people. Lonely and appear quite often, afraid, he turned to his religion for but people really solace, becoming a devout Christian. get into the spirit. The first St. Patrick’s Day Some of the people parade took place not in Ireland, can get pretty but in the United States. Irish crazy: some go as soldiers serving in the English far as to dye their military marched through New hair green too. All York City on March 17, 1762. in all, St. Patrick’s Along with their music, the Day is not only a parade helped the soldiers to religious holiday reconnect with their Irish roots, for the Catholics, while away from their ancestor’s but a holiday for homeland. Pat Kessinger, substitute Lauren Scott photo the whole Sheldon librarian, said, “I don’t particularly Hundreds of shamrocks adorn Sheldon’s halls. c o m m u n i t y .

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A Sheldon club strives to improve the quality of the school as well as that of surrounding community Alicia Luck backpage editor Key Club is an active part of Sheldon, running and organizing events to promote better community outreach and service. It is part of an organization called Kiwanis International, which helps to organize community service opportunities for students. Kiwanis directly translates to “we trade” or “we share our talents” from the Native American tribe Nunc Kee-wanis language. The international Key Club motto is “Caring—our way of life.” This organization has been in operation since 1915 and operates in more than 70 countries with 16,000 clubs. Sheldon’s club is one of hundreds in the state of Oregon that participates in a Pacific Northwest regional grouping. The members in this club hope to create a better environment for the school and surrounding communities. Sheldon’s chapter meets on Tuesdays during lunch in Spanish teacher Chris Engstrom’s room. During the meeting an advisor from the International Key Club sits and helps to organize community service projects that can run over the entire school year. The perspective of Engstrom is that it will help the students who strive to do well in school

and other activities. Engstrom said, “It’s a student-run club and we have a Kiwanis advisor, Raymond Albano.” Albano said, “There are two parts of Key Club. One is all the Key Club students are doing service. This Key Club for example is doing service involving Birth to Three, Head Start, and Committed Partner for Youth/ Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The other part is leadership.” Senior Key Club president Jimmy Huynh said, “It’s a really great way for good people to branch out and do good things. In previous years we weren’t an official Key Club and now we are, because we raised money to be a part of the Kiwanis organization.” One of the main community projects that the Key Club has worked on this year is the UNICEF trick or treat boxes, which helped to raise money to support vaccination projects in Africa. Locally, Sheldon’s chapter of Key Club has participated in the annual Truffle Shuffle and Mushroom Festival. Huynh said “Our next project will be to help our school. We are planning to renovate our ‘community garden’ to bring a little more life to our dull concrete school.” The Kiwanis also sponsor groups in the elementary, middle school, and college level. K-circle is the college level which helps to provide further outreach for students in higher education. During Spring Break, two of Sheldon’s active Key Club members will go to Seattle for a district convention where they will meet other kids from different schools in the Pacific Northwest. Junior Key Club member Stephanie McCumsey said, “I’m super exited to go to [the District Convention] in Seattle! I’m hoping to learn good leadership skills and make life-long friends.”

Sheldon’s little-known radio class gives students opportunities for learning as well as job experience Breanna W. Boles staff writer

It’s about time someone stood up for the voices of the Sheldon student population. What about a radio class that could be broadcasted to the general public of the Eugene-Springfield area? This is not the first time this topic has arisen in hallway conversations. Interestingly enough, Sheldon has a radio class already. 91.9 KRVM is the home of “Irish on the air.” In this class, which may be considered under-acknowledged, students are given the opportunity to try out an exciting career option, and is immensely appreciated by the few students who have had the opportunity to experience the class. In a typical conversation with a Sheldon student, there was little to no knowledge of the alleged radio class that has been successful at sneaking under the radar. Senior Kelsi Van Heise, one of the students that has limited knowledge about the class, gave a candid, “Yeah, I don’t know,” when asked if Sheldon had a radio class. However, senior Justin Sawyer was relatively well-informed of the class and said that “they play music and stuff.” In a less general sense, the radio class at Sheldon is publicly broadcasted to the Eugene-Springfield area. It is a class in which the students actually learn how the radio works, how to record soundtracks, and how to be a DJ. They are able to hear themselves on the radio as one of 20,000 listeners that the KRVM station reaches. That is a lot of power for a student, who is often considered insignificant, to have. Radio class provides students with an introduction to a job of on-air entertainment. Senior Caleb Patrick, who is currently in the class said, “I have always thought about how cool it would be to be a DJ,” and potentially in the future, “this could be a reference.” More than providing job experience, radio class has also helped condition Patrick for other important hurdles in life, such as talking in front of people. “I feel more comfortable talking to groups of people, because if you think about it, you’re talking to 20,000 people at a time, but you have to do it, like, one-on-one.” On occasion there are people from the community who come it volunteer their time to do a show. “The shows are really random, but it’s cool that the shows are so diverse,” said Patrick. Radio class isn’t all about fun, however. It is important to note that KRVM is a respectable local station that follows strict censorship guidelines. Patrick agrees with the fines that could arise from violation of censorship rules, “because you don’t really know who’s listening and you don’t want to make the radio look bad. It should be professional.” This is just one more way a student could combine legitimate job experience, entertainment, and school. The seven students that can be in the class at any particular time are given vast amounts of responsibility to govern how they learn. Given this opportunity, responsibility, and actual experience, students would have the chance to diversify while enjoying what they are doing. Perhaps more students will have knowledge of the class, and desire to be a part of it. If handled in the right way, radio class could provide beneficial experience.

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Senior Colt Best mans KVRM’s radio controls.


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Urinetown a comedy true to its name Sheldon’s spring musical will be a show full of comedy and drama Jackie Jones staff writer

Sheldon Theatre is notorious for exciting, comedic, tragic, and mythical shows year after year. With productions such as Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof, and Gypsy, it’s hard to find a show that raised anything other than praise. But this year, a new title is thrown around that has parents and students mumbling questions and concerns. The 2010 production of Urinetown, to be performed in May, has many wondering, “Is this really just a play on words, or is this actually about urine?” True to its title, Urinetown is a musical revolving around a town that has suffered a twenty-year drought and everyone has to pay to pee. There’s no getting around it, either. And if you try to find a secretive place to do your business, the city officers take you off to Urinetown to compensate for your lack of pay. When asked about the show, senior Micah Sachs said, “Yeah, it’s called Urinetown, but it’s not a bad show because there’s a good story behind it.” The story’s narrators, Officer Lockstock and Little Sally,

Choir to raise funds for endof-year journey Fundraisers for the arts help Sheldon’s choirs stay on their feet as well as afford fun trips abroad Anissa Chin staff writer Every school activity needs money: it’s a fact. However, most art programs don’t get close to the amount of funding for their needs. Choir, for example, gets funding only for music. On top of that, they need money for costumes and out-of state trips to places like Washington, D.C., and a possible upcoming trip to Ireland. Obviously, choir needs quite a bit of money, which leads them to fundraisers. Choir does many fundraisers, many of them seasonal. During Christmas time they sell wreaths and during Halloween they sell kettle corn. The students also work concessions at Duck games and go door-to-door selling coupon books. About $2500-$3000 is raised on average each year. “Fundraisers raise money so that students can become b e t t e r , stronger singers,” says sophomore Varsity Choir m e m b e r Nicholas Rea. Lauren Scott photo The money raised also goes toward trips. Choir needs to raise $3000 dollars for their trip to Ireland. If their goal isn’t reached, the students will have to either pay for their own fare or miss out on the trip altogether. “Missing the Ireland trip would be sad because we’ve been saving up for it and looking forward to it for so long,” says Samantha Little, a sophomore in Concert Choir. Choir director Nancy Anderson would like to raise enough money for new risers, which will add up to about $7500. Anderson says that people can help choir raise money by going to concerts and making donations and buying items when a choir student asks. Very importantly, there is a fundraiser on March 15 at the Coburg Road Papa’s Pizza. Choir kids will be singing Irish music from 7-8 PM. Nancy says, “Come eat pizza, listen to music, and support choir all at the same time!”

add their own touches of comic relief to the play’s rather low moments, with the plot “bordering on dark humor, but not quite” said senior Megan Leckington. Along with brilliant musical numbers and romance, only the mysterious Urinetown proves to truly be a terror amongst all. Happy isn’t it? But it’s not all bad; young Bobby Strong— the musical’s protagonist— starts a revolution against the Urine Good Company, or UGC, proclaiming that being forced to pay for the body’s natural cycle is beyond any measure of wrong. And within this revolution, he finds love in Hope Cladwell, the daughter of UGC’s CEO, Caldwell Cladwell. But a show like Urinetown takes more than simple line memorization and plunks of a keyboard. Musical director Nancy Anderson says that a production such as Urinetown takes “about three months at least” to construct and perform. As it is, one song in Urinetown takes a good five to ten rehearsals to learn (this

including the words, vocal ranges, and choreography). When asked about the issues and challenges already faced, Nancy says that the worst is when people can’t make it to blocking (choreography) rehearsals due to prior conflicts such as sports and jobs. “In a perfect world, people would come in knowing their lines and cues, they’d take great notes in their scripts, and they’d mentally go over the rehearsed scene before we ran it again. Then on performance nights, they’d do it perfectly. Unfortunately, such a world doesn’t exist,” she says. Urinetown— despite the concerns parents showed based upon the title and context— is planned to be an entertaining show. It is a show that will be remembered for years to come. Nancy explained her reason why she believes this to be true. “People need to come see it to understand why. It’s really a totally fun show that makes fun of itself and musical theatre, not to mention, bodily functions!” It should be a great show, and the cast and crew have worked hard.

Sheldon student great example of diversity Garth Parham helps lead two school clubs and is a wonderful example of staying true to yourself

Number 23 and is the story of a man with Jim Carrey playing the main role—a serious role, oddly enough. Being president of G.S.A. is a major hobby for Garth. One thing he dislikes is that people think that G.S.A. is only for people who are gay. “It’s not just for people who are gay, that’s why it’s gay and straight alliance,” Garth said. Japanese culture is an influence in his life, as is his Vanessa Hendricks participation in Japanese Club.Yoshiko Shioya, Sheldon’s staff writer Japanese teacher said, “He is a dedicated Japanese Club member; he likes to draw and is an enthusiastic learner.” “Better to reign in heaven than serve in hell,” was the Junior Garth Parham is a major leader in Japanese Club quote Parham chose that most describes him. This quote reflects his personal as well as the club philosophy. president for G.S.A. His style is (Gay-Straight “complex and Alliance). Though weird,” as he many people would described it. describe him as Among his favorite fun, intelligent and foods is Pocky. just plain awesome, Pocky is a Japanese he is not only snack food made of comfortable with biscuit sticks with himself but great different flavored to be around. He coatings, like says that most of the most popular it began in middle flavors, chocolate school, when he and strawberry. really changed to a Complex and better person. Garth definitely unusual is kind and patient in the best of ways, as well as funny. Garth Parham “He is a ninja!” is a person you said sophomore would definitely Hunter Anderson. His musical Parham aspires to be an author like his hero. Chastity Barnes photo want to meet. preferences include Dir En Grey, formally titled Diru An Gurei. The band originated in Osaka, Japan and plays mainly metal but conscribes to no certain genre because of some of their experimental components. Music plays into Parham’s life because of some of his personal goals: he aims to become a writer and change the world through writing and music. Almost 18 and thinking about college, he wants to start at Lane Community College then transfer to the University of Oregon. He hopes to become as excellent of a writer as his hero, Holly Black. His main literary and film preferences include anything independent and psychological while having many fantasy based qualities. One of his favorite movies is The


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Debate of teaching Pro-life: a student’s opinion sex ed gets heated Do women have the choice Sex ed has always been a tough topic to talk about in schools; the question is, teach abstinence or safe sex?

to have an abortion, or is it taking away a life? Gwyn LeCavalier staff writer

Rayven Wray staff writer Public schools have been facing the choice of teaching either abstinence or protection for decades. There have been controversies with the government and conflicts with parents. There is also a problem of deciding which was the better and more appropriate form of birth control to teach to students. Abstinence is obviously meant to keep kids from having sex. Teaching protection assumed that kids were already having sex, or were thinking about becoming sexually active. Assuming that sexual activity would continue and was already present, many argued that teaching protection was necessary. On the other hand, schools wanted to stray from promoting sex. A recent poll showed that only 7% of Americans think that sex education should not be taught in school, but it was also shown that 15% of Americans think that abstinence should be the form of sex education (www.guttmacher.org). I interviewed junior Angela Ngo, asking what she thought of the two forms of sex education. She told me that she thought learning about protection was important because you become aware of the negative aspects of being sexually active and the consequences too. I asked her if she thought that teaching protection encouraged teens to have sex, and she stated, “No. If anything, teens get discouraged because they learn that even though protection can be effective, it isn’t always going to be.” She stressed how adults don’t give kids the credit they deserve, “We are capable of making logical decisions…some just abuse the privilege.” Hoping for a different point of view, I sought out IHS teacher Craig Wiebe. He said that sex education has actually increased since his early years in school. He couldn’t remember having much of it, if at all. Instead, he remembers learning more about health and sexually transmitted diseases. Halfway agreeing with Angela, he said, “Sex education needs to include abstinence and protection. Not either or.” He doesn’t believe that the two forms should be separated; instead they should be taught together. I can’t even begin to describe the hatred he had towards my question, “Which do you think is better to teach teens?” His strong belief that they shouldn’t be separated was obvious. He also expressed the need to teach sex education when kids are at a young enough age that they haven’t already gotten an STD or pregnant: early enough to inform them before they make the mistake. He stated, “Knowledge is power.” When it comes to health, there is not a better way to put it. I am happy to say that nowadays the once heated debate on sex education has simmered here in America. An actual decrease in teen pregnancies has occurred. Unfortunately, the United States still has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the world. It is sad that most government support in America is aimed towards abstinence-only education. “More than nine in 10 teachers believe that students should be taught about contraception, but one in four are prohibited from doing so” (www.guttmacher.org). Something is obviously wrong with the system. It is understandable that parents would want to protect their kids from sex and its consequences, but that only makes it even more reasonable to inform teens on how to protect themselves. Agreeing with Craig Wiebe, a good balance between abstinence and protection ought to be the solution. Or perhaps to try to mirror the policies, which are obviously more effective than ours, of a country with a lower teen pregnancy rate.

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This is an opinionated piece and I am not trying to offend anyone. I do respect both sides of this subject. Approximately fifteen thousand babies are victims to abortion daily worldwide—that’s forty two millions babies per year. It is often argued when “life” officially begins. Medical textbooks and scientific reference works consistently agree that human life begins at conception. Is it a baby at that time? A baby’s heart starts beating on the twenty-fifth day of the pregnancy. During abortion either the child dies and the mother lives, proving that they are two separate individuals and the child isn’t just tissue at conception. Almost all abortions take place in the first trimester when the baby can’t survive without their mother. Abortion is the most selfish act a woman can commit. When a mother kills her child because of the inconvenience of having a baby, that crime will haunt her for the rest of her life. Some say that abortion is a safe medical procedure, but they are completely wrong.

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a baby, resulting in death of the child. Abortion can also lead to various health and medical complications. Abortion can cause blocked fallopian tubes, weakened cervix, uterine scarring, and damage to the woman’s reproductive system which may make her unable to conceive in the future. Abortion can also causes hysterectomies, miscarriages, still births and premature births. Abortion also causes higher rates of depression, mental illness, and substance abuse among postabortive women, compared to women who gave birth. Studies have shown that women who have abortions have a higher suicide rate than women in general. In fact, giving birth reduces women’s suicide risk. Post-abortion suicides have tripled in past twenty-five years. Adoption is a common-sense choice for pregnancies that occur at an inconvenient time, but statistics show that very few women who give birth choose to give up their babies. Abortion is the removal of human life, so how is it not murder? Pro-choice doctors are making abortion so much easier for mothers to kill their child. They have created a way to kill a child at eight months! What’s the difference between an unborn child of twenty-five days and an eight month old unborn child? There isn’t a difference: they’re both living children with beating hearts! It is sickening that people are willing to kill a child because of bad timing. A baby is a baby no matter how small or premature; abortion is murder.

Computer companies face off Macs and PCs: it’s like the Royal Rumble of computers Danny Herrera staff writer Adults and students alike get in heated debates about which is better: Mac or PC. People choose PC over Mac because they are cheaper, but they do get viruses faster than the Mac. The latest operating system for a PC is Wi n d o w s 7, and many believe it runs faster and has some neat features. Even with this new development for PCs, some people just are not fans of the PC. Macs perform quicker, the graphics are better, and the chances of getting viruses are slimmer. Early on, it was clear that Windows machines were cheaper and more easily configurable, and the software choices were clearly superior. Over time, Apple has attempted to lure Windows users away, most recently by adopting the Intel processor so that Apple machines can now run both Windows-based and Apple-based operating systems. On average, Windows-based machines

cost less than Macs, but the gap is narrowing. While Windows machines are cheaper, it might you more time when it comes to configuration and support. Sophomore Travis Streeter said, “None deserve to win. There are better computers out there than a Mac and PC. Also, they have been fighting for so long to the point where I don’t care who wins.” Teacher Charlie Cisco said, “I think both of them don’t have the choice to win because the use of technology gets higher and higher and more expensive to buy, but if it comes down to the wire, I choose the Mac.” My choice would have to be the Mac, because they are good for college as they are versatile and don’t get viruses as fast as the PC. Plus, Apple offers a student discount. It is all-around a good computer. I have one of my own and I get all of my projects done easily, so hopefully the Mac prevails.

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Sports

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UO recruits bolster roster despite arrests The 23-player class, noted as the best in school history, hopes to improve football program despite recent suspensions and dismissals Michael Chase editor-in-chief The world of college football has always been a nation wide spectacle from the months of August to January. With old-school traditions such as the Army-Navy Game, Ohio State’s Dotting of the “I,” and Notre Dame’s Touchdown Jesus, the sport has always had a huge fan base. Yet in the past few decades, with the aid of improving technology, this fan base has grown exponentially, and new traditions have grasped the attention of eager fans. One of these newer traditions many fans follow with a passion is National Signing Day: the one day a year where top prep recruits from around the nation sign the dotted line and officially declare where they will be continuing their football careers. The Oregon Ducks, fresh off an outright Pac-10 title

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Oregon-bound Curtis White (left) and Montana-bound Jordan Johnson conclude their high school careers with two state titles and earned individual full-ride scholarships.

and a top-12 national ranking, were able to many people around the athletic add an abundance of talent to their roster department, have full confidence for their upcoming season, signing 23 “Curtis is an offensive that Kelly is doing everything he prep athletes. The class, ranked 13th in player. He’s a dynamic can to do what’s best for his team. the nation as a whole, included many four- player with the ball in White said, “The way Coach and five-star athletes who are expected Kelly handles things is that if to contribute immediately to the team. his hands. Curtis White you mess up, there’s always One of the marquee athletes for the Ducks’ is a tight end.” someone behind you to take your 2010 class is Sheldon’s Curtis White. The spot. It’s a good way to give - Chip Kelly senior tight end and defensive end, who new players new opportunities.” finished his Sheldon career with two state During an interview on championships and numerous accolades, gave his verbal ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Kelly said of the 2009 Pac-10 commitment in February 2008, seemingly unprecedented championship season, “[The recent legal troubles have] in today’s recruiting world. “I’m looking forward to a tarnished it. Certainly tarnished it.” However, optimistic lot of things, mainly getting out of high school, and to fans have pointed out the fact that Oregon is not the first being at a new level of competition and a higher level of high-profile program to experience internal issues. Senior excellence in academics and athletics,” White said. Many Jack McCaskill said, “Obviously [the off-field issues] speculated White would play defensive end for the Ducks, are unfortunate, but a lot of top programs in the nation yet head coach Chip Kelly quickly shot down those rumors have had legal troubles so [the Ducks] aren’t the first to in his annual National Signing Day press conference. experience these issues and they likely won’t be the last.” “Curtis is an offensive player. He’s a dynamic player The Ducks have been widely considered to be a with the ball in his hands. Curtis White is a tight end.” national title contender in 2010. While they signed Among the other highly-touted recruits on the offensive a top-15 recruiting class, off-field issues have side are five-star running back Lache Seastrunk and endangered the team’s future success. The future four-star running back Dontae Williams, both from could be bright, but only time will tell whether or not Texas, along with Army All-American Keanon Lowe these issues will have a lasting effect on the program. of Jesuit and dual-threat quarterback Bryan Bennett of California. On the defensive side, five-star defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli of Utah fills an immediate need for the Ducks, and four-star defensive backs Dior Mathis and Erick Dargan seem to have outstanding potential. All of these recruits have the capabilities of playing early in their careers, and some of them may get their chance sooner than expected based on recent behavior by current members of the team. Since the Rose Bowl, nine players have been in hot water with the law or in the athletic department. Four of those players have left the team, while one has been suspended for the entire 2010 season. LaMichael James and Jeremiah Masoli, two of the highest-profile Ducks, have both been charged with criminal acts, stemming from Michael Chase photo a domestic dispute and an on-campus theft, respectively. While Coach Kelly has received praise for his team’s Oregon head coach Chip Kelly announced his success in the 2009 season, many have criticized his extreme pleasure in his recruiting class, but handling of disciplinary issues during his nearly one-year also noted how recent arrests have tarnished tenure as the Ducks’ head coach. However, White, like an otherwise memorable 2009 season.

Coaching changes fail to hinder 2010 campaign The senior-led baseball program is feeling optimistic about this season despite new coaches Zach Kayser staff writer Most teams find that preparing for an upcoming sport is a stressful thing because there is simply not enough time. Teams are allowed to start practicing only a month before the start of games. Coaches will say that it is quite a push to incorporate every part of a system into the practice plan so the team will be ready come game day. Coaches rely on players that have been through the program before to

help speed up the learning process of the underclassmen. This however, poses a problem for the Irish. With a new coach comes a new system, as Sheldon recently hired former freshman coach Scott Wright to take over the leading job. Although key personnel return from last year’s team, they will have the responsibility of learning the new system, which could make it difficult to speed up the development of the younger players. This has caused speculation from fans: “A lot of people are saying we can’t hit,” said senior shortstop Garrett Horning, proving the players aren’t concerned about any negative talk about the team. “Or we don’t have deep enough pitching,” added Horning Confidence is one thing this team doesn’t lack and could be a key factor in their run through a tough Southwest Conference. “I expect to compete for a league championship,” says Horning. “We have a lot of returning talent and people who have been around

[the varsity level], and they know what to expect.” The Irish will start the season off with a spring break trip to Arizona after a single home game against Crescent Valley. The Irish took advantage of last year’s spring break stay in the desert, playing six games against top level competition to get them ready for league play. The trip will also give them time to mesh as a team. Freshman infielder Cooper Stiles said he can’t wait to make the drive south: “I’m looking forward to the trip. It will give us a good chance to learn about our new coaches on a level outside baseball.” Sheldon’s success in Arizona should not, and will not, be measured by wins and losses, but by how well the Irish learn to play together as a team while getting acclimated to the new system. It is also just as important that they learn how their coaches work. Senior catcher Jared Corey said, “The team’s camaraderie is at an all-time high, and we’re just ready to start the season on the right foot.”

Cheerleaders ignore critics, make their way to Nationals Hard work pays off for Sheldon’s acrobatic and spirit-filled athletes amid criticisms of athletic talent Lauren Davies staff writer Whether it’s cheering at school games or kicking butt in a competition, cheerleaders are always rooting on their team. No one really pays much attention to how hard cheerleaders actually work. They put their blood and sweat into everything they do for cheer. Their hard work definitely pays off. People always question whether or not cheerleading is a sport. The real question is: how is it not? Cheerleaders, even though it doesn’t seem like it, do very daring and dangerous things. “Our flyers have to trust us [bases] that we will catch them on their plunge back down to the ground. It can be very scary and dangerous placing your life in others hands just like that,” sophomore junior varsity cheerleader Megan Haith said. Cheerleading consists of tumbling, stunting, jumping, dancing,

cheering, and a lot of conditioning. “It is really tiring on our bodies when we have to put everything into one practice, but it pays off big time in the end,” Haith said. “My favorite season to cheer for would have to be football season,” freshman junior varsity member Andrea Haxby said. Football season for cheerleaders means cheering through cold weather. They also do performances

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The cheerleading team performs their dance routine during the Hello assembly. They are competing at Nationals this weekend.

at half time. But no matter what cheerleaders always put a smile on their faces and do their best. “It can get really cold during football, but our coaches let us wear our sweats and sweatshirts. It helps a lot,” Haxby said. Cheerleaders, as with all other athletes, have to maintain a certain GPA to be able to cheer. If cheerleaders don’t meet the expectations, they have to sit out and watch until they get their grades up. Along with sitting on the bench for grades, cheerleaders with injuries also have to sit out. Athletes on cheer teams are very prone to injuries. “I hurt my knee from doing a stretch full down. I was in a lot of pain for a while and I had to sit out for two weeks,” freshman junior varsity cheerleader Alexi Bevans says. It can really kill a team when someone gets hurt during competition season. But Sheldon cheerleaders still pull through and place well at their competitions. Both junior varsity and varsity squads attended State competitions this year. Varsity will be attending 2010 Pac West Nationals in hopes of placing first, as they placed third last year. The definition of a sport is a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and is often engaged competitively. Whether it’s throwing someone or their selves in the air, dancing or cheering, cheerleading fits that definition completely.


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Irish Cultural Festival returns to SHS for 2010 run Lane County looks to showcase Sheldon by having the school host parts of the Irish Cultural Festival Kaitlyn Gaughan staff writer The Irish Cultural Festival was on March 5th and 6th 2010, and is an event that has been held annually for seven years at and around Sheldon High School. The festival is a healthy,

family-friendly event that shifts the focus away from alcohol and towards celebrating the positive aspects of Irish culture. Lane County shows its Irish heritage with rich Irish music and other artistic expression. Irish “jams” take place weekly in town clubs, and there are a few stands dedicated to showing the Irish culture and heritage. According to Joel Searl, the website manager for the Irish Cultural Festival, their mission is “to cultivate exposure to, and participation in, understanding and enjoyment of a broad spectrum of authentic Irish culture, both past and present, by way of an annual Eugene Irish Cultural Festival.” This festival is important to a large local population. “In Lane County, ten percent of the residents identify themselves as being partially or fully of the Irish heritage,” said Searl. This is the 7th annual Irish Cultural Festival being held

in Lane County, and has proven to be very successful. March 5th was the Irish Concert at the Beall Concert Hall, where Teada, who were voted “Best Young Irish Traditional Act” at the Ireland Music Awards, performed. The daytime festival held March 6th at Sheldon High School featured non-stop music, workshops on Irish Instruments and language, creative family activities, and afternoon of Ceili and food craft vendors, and lastly, a performance by Ordinance at 5pm. The Irish Cultural Festival is a non-profit organization run be a volunteer steering committee staffed by people who have an incredible passion for the Irish culture. The Irish Cultural Festival has been attended by Sheldon students in the past, and is a great way for students to learn about the Irish culture and why it is important to so many.

Spring break provides stress-free vacation opportunities Diverse spring break destinations give teachers and students an abundant selection for vacations Payton French staff writer Spring break is when vacationers can relax, bask in the sun, and enjoy having no responsibilities. Most teachers, students, adults, and everyone in between gets a week off to enjoy life without the stress of daily activities. Spring break is often known as the party week for teenagers and young adults, but this is not true for every person. Most people love the week off, but some students feel that they receive too much homework, and they often feel stressed when they shouldn’t. The entire purpose of the week off is to enjoy the time and get a break from the usual pressure of busy lives. Just because someone does not have extravagant plans for the week off doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun. Although many people may go to sunny California or

somewhere tropical and humid for spring break, there are also many hot spots here in Oregon. Currently, the United States is in a state of financial stress; as a result, our local community has been greatly affected. The wallets of many have been emptied and the population wants to conserve money any way possible. Therefore, many people do not want to spend a large sum of money during spring break and the registers at hot spots will take a hit. Sophomore Laken Johnson said: “You can make the best out of your situation and have fun with whatever you do!” Although all teenagers love having the week off, sophomore Jamie Whistler said, “I love having the week off, but we get too much homework.” There aren’t too many complaints from students about having an entire week off from school, but more than one student protested that they receive too much homework for the vacation. Sophomore Tori Wilson said, “I think we should get two weeks off, so we have lots of time to celebrate spring break, and still have time to do our homework.”

Anywhere someone goes for spring break, the goal is to have fun. Spring break was first initiated so college students could have time off, but since all students and some adults get the week off, everyone should treasure their time and enjoy a few stress-free days off.

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