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October 7, 2011

Issue 3, Volume XC

Southport High School

971 East Banta Road

Indianapolis, IN 46227

Civic journalism project: The Journal’s English Learner project

by Brittany Hemphill Editor-in-Chief Each year the Journal strives to inform, cover and expose information in the best way and of the best quality. This year the Journal intends to give back to Southport in a way that we have never done before. Our goal is to help the English Learners (EL) of Southport who have come to the United States in search of a better life. In the first issue of the Journal we reported that nearly 100 students are added to the EL program each year. Many of these students lack clothing, have trouble communicat-

ing in English and need tutoring and help with their classes. The Journal feels that we can make a difference in these students’ lives with our civic journalism project entitled “the Journal’s English Learner Project.” By definition, a civic journalism project brings attention and awareness to an issue involving the community and then offers solutions for the issue at hand. The Indianapolis Star used “The Manual Project” to uncover problems and issues within the Indianapolis Public Schools, and it served as the inspiration for our own project. The head of the project, features editor and senior Ali Dehart, saw the struggles of her EL peers and knew that the Journal could play an important role in easing their transi-

tion towards a new life at Southport. We plan to not only bring Southport’s attention to this issue, but to also provide possible solutions and lead the way for Southport students and staff to make a difference in EL students’ lives. We plan to feature “the Journal’s English Learner Project” three more times this school year. We encourage all of Southport’s students and staff to take part in this project by first filling out the “signup to volunteer” form on page 5 and returning it to room 400, Ali DeHart or me. The Journal staff is excited for “the Journal’s English Learner Project” and we fully intend to make a difference in these students’ lives. (read more about the project on pages 4 and 5)

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NEED CLOTHES

Community collaborating for cleanup by Noelle Straub Business Manager & Co-Copy Editor

HELP ME OUT Oct. 24-28

School-wide clothing drive organized for the less fortunate by Austin Andry Reporter

A Southport junior helped organize an upcoming clothing drive to benefit members of the community. The benefit, partnered with the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.), will assist people who are in dire need of clothing or cannot afford clothes for the changing season. Junior Paola Padilla has participated in food drives, clothing drives and other volunteer work. Padilla planned the upcoming drive, which will be done as a competition. All lunch classes will be competing. Throughout her summer, Padilla has kept in contact with Graduate Ready to Achieve Dreams (G.R.A.D.) teacher Mrs. Courtney Worley. “We’re doing the drive to help the people who are in more need than us,” Padilla said. “We’re helping everybody from babies to the elderly.” With contact information and other details being exchanged, Padilla made sure all the important details were delivered. Padilla had been considering the idea of a clothing drive since last year. Volunteering at multiple food pantries, Padilla has had a lot of hands-on experience. Padilla and Worley communicated through e-mail updates. Padilla had done a variety of community work similar to the clothing drive. Worley set up a proposal that outlined the intended course of action, with the competition will be held from Oct. 24-28 in the cafeteria during lunch periods. Bins will be set up in the cafeteria, Student Services, the IMC and in room 246, Worley’s room. Worley’s G.R.A.D. classes organized the drive with English teacher Mrs. Mary Jungemann’s G.R.A.D. class. Worley says that the program will not end after the competition. The community will be capable of donating in an outdoor collection bin. The bins will remain there for an undesignated amount of time. Padilla was responsible for the drive, personally seeing the condition some people are forced to live in. Directors at the Great

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On Oct. 24 the school-wide clothing drive will begin. Bins for donations will be located throughout the school where donations can be dropped off. Ideal items to donate are:

Clothing

Toiletries

-jackets/coats -shirts -pants

-toothbrush -hairbrush -soap

Harvest Food Pantry say that toothbrushes, brushes and other materials are also items that these people go without. Worley has repeatedly referred to Padilla as the “brain-child” who assembled the idea and creation of the drive. “She is the type of person who would see a problem and want to fix it,” Worley said. “So, when she came to me last school year, she was very adamant about wanting to do something.” Worley says that Padilla’s work as a volunteer is nothing short of amazing. When assistant principal Amy Boone received an e-mail from Worley regarding the clothing drive, she remembered an e-mail she received from the D.A.V. The D.A.V. emailed the school, offering to donate 10 cents for every pound of clothing donated. Boone contacted the D.A.V. and Worley, who were both interested in a program to help the needy. The two ideas were put together, and a clothing drive was the final answer. The idea of a competition was thought of by social worker Mrs. Jorie Oskay and Worley while exchanging ideas. The competition, which was made to help the community, will be beneficial to both participants and the recipients.

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A group of residents, Southport students and members of the town council will come together on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the first Homecroft Curb and Yard Waste clean-up. With the help of the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) program, the town of Homecroft is able to participate in a community clean up from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Beginning on Orinoco Avenue, the community will begin cleaning the streets with donated bags and a donated dumpster from KIB. The dumpster will be located in the back of the Perry Township Administration building for the rest of the community to use throughout the weekend. The idea for the cleanup became possible from Homecroft residents Mrs. Roseanne Hunter and her husband Mr. Bob Hunter. By researching KIB, the couple adopted their street block and suggested to Even if this is our the town council how Homecroft first time (hosting should become a the clean-up), I repart of the cause. ally think this is go“I just thought that it (the clean-up) ing to be a smooth sounded like a great operation. opportunity for us to Town council presclean up our neighborhood a little bit, ident, Mrs. Kyle and it wouldn’t cost Jones us any money,” said Roseanne. According to Homecroft town council president and director of the clean-up, Mrs. Kyle Jones, the budget cuts for Homecroft were a motive for the cleanup. Whereas Homecroft used to pay for the town to be cleaned, this is the first year Homecroft will host the cleanup in hopes to save money. “I thought that this was a well-thought and intended suggestion from the Hunters, and it actually helps save tax-payer money, gets the community involved, as well as students,” Jones said. Jones believes the cleanup will be successful with the help of residents and Southport students alike. Her hope is for students and residents to join the cause for volunteerism experience. “Even if this is our first time (hosting the cleanup), I really think this is going to be a smooth operation ... ,” Jones said. “I think it’s going to be a really good day and be a success for us.”

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News Briefs by Marie Prevost

Local: ISTEP changes to technology

National: Prisoners on hunger strike

Global: Nobel prize winner dies at 68

The State Board of Education announced Wednesday, Sept. 28, that by spring of 2012, two grade levels per school have to take ISTEP online. While this is only a minor change from the requirement of one grade level testing from last year, this change still came as a surprise to some. Beech Grove Superintendent Dr. Paul Kaiser welcomes the change stating that it’ll be an advantage to students who have already been immersed to a technological learning base. However, Kaiser worries about finding space to test that large amount of students. Larger School districts are going to have trouble finding places for students to test with such limited space. Kaiser is confident that they’ll make the switch before spring comes.

In eight different California prisons, 12,000 inmates have entered their ninth day of hunger strikes. Inmates started this strike to bring attention to the harsh abuse they believe they suffer. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation released a statement last week stating that they are handling the problem by removing strike leaders from the major population, and demanding those 12,000 strikers to eat. This hunger strike is the second one this year, the last being a week long strike in July. Administrators are attempting negotiations with prisoners. They are even going as far as to isolate the extreme prisoners refusing to follow their demands.

Recent Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman passed away last Friday, only 3 days before the Swedish committee announced his win. Steinman received the award for his work with the human immune system. Steinman, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, used his discovery to create a cure of sorts to aid him through his recovery. Although Nobel Prizes haven’t been awarded posthumously since the 1970s, the Nobel Committee reviewed rules of the prizes and made a final decision on Monday, Oct. 3. With their decision, Steinman will be the first to win this award posthumously in nearly 30 years. This Nobel Prize is the first award of the week, which ends with the notorious Nobel Peace Prize.

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The following stories are in Spanish and Chin. For the English translations of the stories, visit www.shsnewsbureau.com.

Southport siangnn in a dih mi zohchunh Awktlak Siangngakchia by Biak Chin Par Thawngthanhtu High school kumthum chung Southport ah a kai dih hnu ah Hlawm Kip Tlem cu minung ruah nak nih phak lo tiang in a thleng. Hi Southport sianginn ah hin a nun chung vialte a philh khawh lo ding a si mi tuanbia tha tampi a rak tial tak. Amah cu Laimi siangngakchia tampi caah zoh chunh awktlak mi siangngakchia tha pakhat a rak si. “CBS” TV zong nih bia an hal mi a si. Hlawn le a innchungkhar cu aluan cia mi kum thum ah U.S ah an rak phan. Amah nih a chim ning ah cun Southport sianginn a rak kai ka te ah hin harnak phun kip a rak ton. Zeizong vialte hi a caah thil thar lawng te an rak si dih. Abianabia ah sianginn, bus, khaan le sianginn kal ning cang te pawl hna a rak thei hna lo. Sianginn a kai hmasabik ni hna ah cun sianginn bus cit ning cang hmak a rak thei lo zeicaah ti ahcun laitlang ah sianginn bus a um lo. Hlawn hi tangkua thlakhat lawng a rak kai mi asi. Mirang holh tlawmpal a thiam mi a rak si cang ko nain sianginn a kai ka cu ca hna a rak harh ngai. A geography khan hna ah “D” hna a rak ngah tawn. Hi ka U.S ah cun homework tuah a herh peng ti hna a rak thei lo. A chel caan ah cun test le quiz a ngeih zong a rak thei lo. A schedule i aa tial ning te in a khan kip ah a rak kal i zei manh thei lo in a rak thu sawh tawn. Sayamah Amy Peddie le saya adang te bawmh nak in Hlawn cu thil a rak theih bal lo mi le a caah ah thil thar a si mi U.S sianginn kal ning cang pawl tampi a rak cawn hna. Na in schedule kal ning cang pawl tu cu tang hra a si tiang a rak fiang lo. Nikhat chung ah, gym khan voihnih hna a rak ngei. Cun highschool diploma phun thum a um mi zong a rak thei lo. Tang hleikhat a si hnu lawng ah Academic Honors aa tel mi Core 40 kai a duh mi a si kha a rak i fiang nain a caan a tlai deuh ah a rak theih. Zeicaah ti ah cun a khan (class) tam deuh hi regular deuh an si Honor le AP khan hna a rak ngei lo. Honor le AP khan an rak um hna hi tang hleikhat a rak si hlan cu a rak thei lo. “Sayamah Jungemann ka sayamah a rak si hlan cu zei tin in dah college hi ka apply lai, zei ban tuk college te hna dah ka apply ah a that lai ti zong ka rak thei loh,” tiah Hlawn nih a ti. Sayamah Jungemann hi Hlawn i a mirang ca 11 le 12 a chim tu a sayamah asi. Sayamah nu nih hin a siangngakchia pawl hi college kai hna seh tiah a forh fial peng hna. Mah lak ah cun Hlawn zong hi a rak i tel ve. Sayamah Peddie khan zong ah hin zei tin dah college sawk khawh a si ning cang hna hi tang

2010-2011 siaginn kai kum i Hlawn Kip Thlem chun cawl a rak ei lio. Hlmantla tu Brandon Bushong. hleikhat a si hnu lawng ah a rak theih. Tang hleikhat a rak si ah hin college kai ding ah a rak i timh lamh pah cang. Tang hleihnih asi ah cun college kip ah sawk hram a thawk. College kai a rak duh bik mi hna cu IUPUI le Purdue an rak si Evansville kong a rak theih hlan ah. “Evansville kong hi sayamah Jungemann khan in ka theih. Sayamah nu a fa nu hi Evansville ah a kal mi asi i nikhat cu kan khan ah a rak kan leng i kan i tong. A fanu he cun bia kan i ruah hnu ah Evansville kong hi ka lung ah a rak cem pah,” tiah Hlawn. Kan sianginn ah college pawl an rak rat tik ah Evansville lei i a pehtlaih mi pa(representative) he bia an rak i ruah. Amah pa he an i ton dih hnu ah cun Evansville hi a hmasabik college kai a rak duh bik mi ah a cang. A si nain Hlawn hi college kai nak ding ah a nu le pa nih an bawm khawh ding a rak si lo. A unau pahnih he highschool an rak dih tti. Amah te in college man liam a hauh caah scholarship tam pi a rak sawk. A zuam ban tuk te in Eli Ly Ly scholarship a ngah i kumli chung college man ruang ah Hlawn cu thin phan a hau ti lo. A tu hi Hlawn cu Evansville ah Civic Engineering a kai lio a si. Laimi siangngakchia tam pi caah Hlawn a nunzia hi cawn awk tlak a tha mi asi i siangngakchia tha pakhat zong a si. Amah zong hi Laimi siangngakchia tam pi bantuk in a um nak khua holh le an nung zia pawl a rak cawng ve mi a si ko na in tu hi Hlawn cu aa timh mi lam lei ah tluang te in a kal cuah mah cang. Hlawn a duh bik mi phungtlukbia pakhat cu Eleanor Roosevelt nih a tial mi “ Hmailei kong cu ka tuah khawh lai tiah a zum mi lawng ah asi.”

Differentes tipos de diplomas para las necesidades de todos de los estudiantes by Paola Padilla Reportera

Core 40 Diploma

El Core 40, el Core 40 con Honores Técnicos, y con el Core 40 con Honores Académicos. Muchas personas piensan que tienes estas tres cosas que son muy importantes. Si es muy importante cuando se trata de tu futuro. No hay mucha diferencia pero las cosas sencillas que son diferentes son las que en realmente importan. Todos los estudiantes del octavo grado tienen la oportunidad de escoger qué clase de diploma desean. Muchos tienen una idea de lo que desean en la vida pero algunos no. Especialmente cuando el estudiante no es de EEUU y no tiene mucha experiencia con el idioma inglés. Eso es el problema principal que la mayoría de los estudiantes tienen. Muchos esperan graduarse con un diploma alto, pero eso significa que tiene que tomar clases más dificiles. Muchos estudiantes toman sólo clases sin saber realmente qué diploma desean. El diploma que la mayoría de los estudiantes desean es el Core 40 original. No requiere tanto esfuerzo como los otro dos. El Core 40 con Honores Técnicos es más para estudiantes que desean una carrera corta y el Core 40 con Honores requiere clases más dificiles que los otro dos. Los tres diplomas requieren clases básicas: 8 créditos de inglés (inglés 9, 10, 11 y 12), seis créditos de Matemáticas (álgebra, la álgebra 2, y la geometría), 6 créditos de la ciencia (la Biología, la Química Integrada, física), 6 créditos de estudio social (Geografía, o Geografía Mundial, la Historia de EEUU (el Gobierno y la Economía), 2 créditos de la educación física, 1 crédito de la salud y 1 crédito de discurso. Más alto el diploma, se requiere más trabajo. El Core 40 requiere 10 créditos de clases electivas como artes, cursos profesional/técnicos, u otras clases. Ambos Core40 y el Core40 con honores técnicos no requieren un idioma extranjero, pero muchos colegios requieren dos años. También Core 40 con honores técnicos requieren 17 más créditos: ocho créditos de carrera/programa técnico y nueve créditos de otras clases. El diploma técnico de honores está bien para estudiantes que no planean ir a la universidad. Pueden entrar a la fuerza de trabajo después que se gradúen de la preparatoria. Para que los estudiantes puedan completar un programa profesional/técnico, los estudiantes pueden ir a Central Nueve Centro Profesional (C-9).

2 créditos de enucacionificia 1 créditos de salud 8 créditos de inglés 1 crédito de discurso 1 crédito de historia de E.E.U.U. 1 historia del mundo 6 créditos de matematicas 1 crédito de govierno C-9 tiene muchas oportunidades para estudiantes que quieren conseguir una ventaja en su carrera. Está oportunidad está disponible para estudiantes en once y doce grado. Los estudiantes van medio día a la escuela y medio día a C-9. Si los estudiantes completan dos años de C-9, podrán conseguir un certificado para entrar a la fuerza de trabajo. C-9 tiene ingeniería, tecnología, y fabricando. También Salud & Academia de Ciencia, transporte, deportivo y motriz. De esa manera los estudiantes pueden terminar su educación y C-9 inmediatamente. Para el Core 40 con Honor Académico es requiere tener 17 más créditos aparte de los requisitos básicos para completar el colegio secundario. Se necesitan dos créditos de matemáticas, seis créditos en un idioma extranjero o 4 créditos de dos idiomas, dos créditos de artes y otras clases. También, los estudiantes deben completar uno de los siguientes: dos cursos de AP (4 créditos) y el examen correspondiente de AP o dos cursos de créditos de duelo (6 créditos) o también una combinación de un curso de AP y un examen correspondiente de AP y de los cursos de crédito de duelo. También tienen que sacar un 1200 o más alto en el SAT combinado con lectura crítica y matemática o un 26 o más alto en el ACT. Para estudiantes de que tienen EL durante cuatro años, dos de esos años pueden contar como un idiomas extranjeros dijeron la Sra. Fires. También, si estudiantes no terminan su clase de inglés dos de los créditos de EL pueden contar como un crédito para inglés. Ahora estudiantes pueden ver por qué es tan importante hacer bien en la escuela y saber qué clases son necesarias.

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Effects of social networking and students Bad experiences do not deter Facebook use Students use web outlets to communicate by Allison Gaffney Reporter Browsing through Facebook, sophomore Bailey Kemp noticed something out of the ordinary: there was another Facebook account containing her name and multiple pictures from her own personal account. It was the work of an imposter who created a fake Facebook account, pretending to be Kemp. “There was like 12 pictures of mine (on the account), so I started freaking out,” Kemp said. Kemp explained that this impersonator had falsified eight other profiles of other people on Facebook. This imposter made an account under Kemp’s name and Sophomore went on Kemp’s FaceBailey Kemp book friends’ walls and wrote things pretending to be her. “People thought I was flirting with other people and it made a lot of drama,” Kemp said. Kemp immediately reported the fake account to the Facebook support center, and eventually it was deleted. She said that she still does not know who the imposter was, but she is still experiencing the backlash of this person’s actions. Kemp originally only told her mom and some people at school about what had occurred over Facebook. Kemp explained that people still think that her actual Facebook account is the fake one. Because of this experience, Kemp contemplated deleting her Facebook account altogether and just staying on another social networking site, Twitter.

She decided against it though, and her legitimate account remains activated. Unlike Kemp’s Facebook account, the account that sophomore Molly Bridges created with a group of friends one night after a basketball game cannot be found on the site anymore, because Bridges deactivated it before two days even passed. Bridges and her friends created one of the multiple Southport burn books in January of this year. Bridges explained that she made the account with her friends “in the heat of the moment,” and because her and her friends were bored. “I usually don’t say stuff about people, and I’m not mean like that,” Bridges said. Eventually, Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer found out about the burn book. After that, Bridges and her mother had to meet with Brouwer to discuss the repercussions of creating such a Facebook page. Bridges was then suspended for a day after the incident. She explained that she regretted making the burn book, and that she learned to “not abuse Facebook for bad stuff.” Bridges also said that this experience affected her friendships. “Never make bad Sophomore decisions with (your Molly Bridges friends) because it kind of messes up your friendship,” Bridges said. Even though Bridge’s and Kemp’s experiences on Facebook have not been very positive, they still continue to use the site.

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With increasing use of social networks by students and staff, some classes and extracurricular activities shave been trying to get connected. Sports: • The SHS Athletic Department • Volleyball Clubs/Activities: • Speech Team • Best Buddies • The SHS News Bureau • The SHS Journal • The SHS Anchor

Classes and Teachers: • Ms. McDuffee • Mr. Eccles • Mrs. Gillis • Physics • Algebra 2 • World Literature • Speech Class • Humanities

With a sister over 5,000 miles away in Iraq, senior Genevieve Clayton uses the website Skype to serve as a form of face-to-face communication between her and her sister. Skype allows them to video-chat using a webcam. Clayton’s sister Brittany Essex has been serving in the Army in Iraq along with her husband Zach Essex for about six months. Every Sunday, Clayton and her mother Skype with Brittany and Zach Essex. “(Skyping) keeps us closer,” Clayton said. “I know it makes (Brittany) a lot happier when we talk on Skype.” Clayton talks to her sister about her experiences in Iraq, and Clayton keeps Brittany up-to-date on things that are going on within the family back in Indiana. Clayton explained that she feels privileged to be able to communicate with her sister via Skype. She said that many other families do not have the ability to Skype each other. Instead, they have to wait until their loved ones gets home to see them, or send letters. She also emails Brittany, but Clayton said that she prefers to use Skype because you get to see her expressions and hear Senior her voice. Genevieve “You get to see Clayton (Brittany) face-to-face,” Clayton said. “It’s more personal.” Clayton explained that she likes Skype because even though her sister and brother-in-law are thousands of miles

away, it helps to keep a strong family relationship. On the other hand, Senior Claire Stebbe uses the internet to communicate as well, except she communicates her opinions of Christianity. Stebbe created her website called clairesworld.net in seventh grade as a way of sharing information about herself and how religion plays a role in her life. “When you go to my site, I just hope that you feel encouraged,” Stebbe said. Her website contains beauty tips, a list of websites that she recommends, her blog containing inSenior formation about her Claire Stebbe own personal life endeavors and an advice column about everyday struggles where Stebbe answers people’s questions by using passages from the Bible. Stebbe said that even though she does not update the site very often, she tries to update her blog around once a month. At first, Claire only told her family and a few immediate friends about her website. Stebbe explained that they help to support her along with her website and they comment about which aspects of the site they like. She said that she hopes to teach her site’s visitors about inner beauty and Christianity and how to incorporate God into their lives. “Life is a lot easier when you let God take control,” Stebbe said.

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According to principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer, in the next six years, Southport plans on no longer using text books. Instead Southport is going to switch to Android-based tablets, where students’ books would be on the tablet. Not only would the classroom books be on the tablet, but homework would be able to be sent right after completion to the teachers. Also superintendent Dr. Thomas Little has been advocating the MSDPT Facebook and Twitter. They hope students and parents will follow the sites so MSDPT can get information out, like two hour delays and school closings, out to the township faster.

Classes use social networks to connect to students A majority of the students at Southport have either a Facebook or a Twitter account, which many get on at least once a week. Some teachers at Southport like chemistry teacher Mr. Mark Duncan have created Facebook or Twitter accounts for their classes. “I usually am one of the teachers that tries out the new technology and helps at the township level in determining policies and with the advent of students being on Facebook, I just thought it would be a natural progression in order to communicate with students outside the classroom so it’s just another avenue for communication,” Duncan said. Duncan has a Facebook and Twitter account for each class that he tries to update daily. He evens pulls it up during class. He began making Facebook and Twitter accounts three years ago, and has found it to work well. Duncan isn’t the only teacher who uses social networking sites. Biology teacher Mrs. Amanda Schnepp made a Facebook account for her class this year in hopes that students will use it as

a virtual study group and ask questions if they’re going to succeed or fail. It’s just one more avenue that they can choose to help they need help. This year is more of a test drive for her with using Facebook for her themselves. So, right now I have students classes. Schnepp has only made a Facebook who are choosing to help themselves and some that aren’t.” account for her Biology II AP class because the class is a college level course, and the Both Schnepp and Duncan explained that students who don’t have a students are required to do more work on their own Facebook or Twitter account than her other classes. She aren’t at a disadvantage. There’s nothing that the does plan on using FaceTechnology is book in the future for all of teachers put on Facebook your world. or Twitter that students her classes. Math teacher Mrs. Mary who don’t have accounts -Ms. Barbara Wheeler has also gotten in wouldn’t be able to get on their own. They post on the action. She created Brouwer a Facebook account called videos, reminders about assignments or tests “Pre-Cal Pals.” She created the page and has been posting sample and sometimes just a problems and links to help students in what link about what they’re learning about in class. Senior Lauren Welch is among those they may be struggling with. All three teachers mentioned how they students who don’t have a Facebook or Twitter. Welch doesn’t feel like it is unfair think it will only help students if they actually use the page. Wheeler found that she at all because she can always get in contact with her teacher if she needs help. had better results last year with the page than she has had this year, even though “I think a bunch of people like it because you know kids check their Facebook all the she has had a couple of questions on the Pre-Cal page. time,” Welch said. “I mean, it always comes down to how Although more and more teachers are beginning to use social networking sites, much the student is wanting to learn,” Wheeler said. “I don’t think that having a the school doesn’t believe it should be mangroup like that is going to necessarily mean dated. Some teachers may be okay with us-

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ing social networking sites but others may not feel comfortable using them. Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer said that the school doesn’t encourage using social networking sites, but at the same time, doesn’t discourage it. Brouwer is concerned about students using social networking sites negatively, such as cyber bullying. “There are proper ways and improper ways of doing almost any sort of social networking,” Brouwer said. “If teachers are using that to positively communicate with students and students are positively communicating with the teachers through Facebook. That’s absolutely a positive use of the social networking site. But for academics and educational purposes, yeah it’s great.” Brouwer does acknowledge that there are some teachers who don’t know how to use that kind of technology or others who just aren’t comfortable using it. The school will begin using more and more technology within the next couple of years, and social networking is a kind of technology that some teachers have taken a step towards. “Technology is your world,” Brouwer said. “We’re doing you a disservice if we don’t push technology in the direction of students and we have to do that through the teachers and putting technology in your hands.”


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EL student accepts help from Americans

English Learner Project Lai holh in a rel mi caah: English learner Project kha a civic journalism project ti’n ruahchannak thar he tuah ding kha Journal staff nih a tu kum sianginn kai kum ah a timh. Volunteer Service in Southport I EL mipi bomhnak caah an tuah mi project asi. Ni kum ah Perry Township ah hin EL sianginn hngakchia 935 an si. Mah EL sianginn hngakchia hna hi an thiamnak levels aa dang cio. Atu kum kan I timh mi a tlin khawhnak caah Journal nih timhnak tam pi a ngei. Southport I EL mipi nih thil tam pi ah harnak an ngei. Journal nih EL sianghngakchia kha mirang holh in America phung lam tiang an thiam/an theih khawh ve nak hnga bomh a timh. Kan I timh bik mi cu EL sianghngakchia le chung khar ah than chonak um seh ti

kha asi. Southport area ah kawlram I refugees a phan thar mi an um. Kawl EL sianghngakchia hi 246 an si. Cu cu Chin le Karen in an si. Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer nih southport I lai mi pawl zei tluk in America caa cawnnak an duh kha a hngalh. Brouwer nih “Laimi culture cu caa cawnnak asi” ati. “Lai sianghngakchia pawl nih fim thiamnak a thatnak kha an hmuh I cawn an duh nain mirang holh ah harnak tam pi an ngei” ati. Atu kum I Journal staff nih a zumhmi cu EL sianghngakchia an thang cho lai ti hi asi. Kan thang chonak zong kha theih ter cawlh kan I zuam lengmang lai. Translated by Van Dawt Zi.

by Donna Knight Reporter

For our English Readers: The Journal staff for this school year is working on a new endeavor, a civic journalism project, which is titled the English Learner Project. This project will be designed to help the EL population here at Southport through volunteer service. Last school year in Perry Township, there were 935 EL students. All of these EL students are on different levels, who all have different struggles. The Journal has many goals to address throughout this school year in order to complete this project. The EL population at Southport struggles with many things. The Journal plans to help the EL students with everything from speaking basic English to introducing students to new American culture. Our main goal is to help the EL students and their families, and to ultimately make an impact in their lives. Most recently, there has

been refugees from Burma that have relocated in the Southport area. Currently, there are 246 EL students who speak languages from Burma, which are Burmese, Chin or Karen. Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer knows how much Southport’s Chin population wants to have an American education. “The Chin culture is all about education,” said Brouwer. “A great number of our Chin students want to receive an education, and they’re seeing what the education is doing for folks, but they struggle so much with the English language.” The Journal will be taking volunteers to help this project The Journal staff is hoping to make a difference during this school year for the EL students in the community, and will be keeping you updated on the progress of the project. Introduction by Ali DeHart.

Para nuestra audiencia hispana: Este ano escolar el personal del Journal está trabajando en un proyecto cívico de periodismo llamado El Proyecto de English Learner. En el anterior año escolar había 935 estudiantes de EL en Perry Township. Todos estos estudiantes de EL estan en differentes niveles y tienen diferentes dificultades. El Journal tiene muchas metas las cuales ayudaran a completar este proyecto. La populación de EL en Southport batalla con muchas cosas. El Journal planea en ayudar a los estudiantes de EL con todo desde aprender lo

básico del idioma ingles hasta introducirlos a la cultura americana. Nuestra meta es ayudar a los estudiantes de EL y a sus familias, y a la larga tener un impacto en sus vidas. Recientemente ha habido refugiados de Burma que se han colocado en el área de Southport. Ahorita hay 246 estudiantes quienes hablan un idioma de Burma, cuales son Burmese, Chin o Karen. La directora, la señorita Barbara Brouwer sabe cuánto la populación Chin desea tener una educación americana.

“La cultura Chin está involucrada en educación,” dijo Brouwer. “Un gran número de nuestros estudiante Chin quieren recibir una educación, y están viendo lo que puede hacer una educación para la gente, pero ellos batallan mucho con el idioma inglés.” El personal del Journal espera hacer una diferencia para la comunidad de los estudiantes de EL durante el año escolar. Los mantendremos al tanto del progreso de este proyecto. Translated by Jessica De La Cruz.

As a sixth grader, Sui Tin was extremely proud to be coming to the United States. She’d been facing many struggles in her life at the time, and she couldn’t have been prouder to be coming to where the “American Dream” was still running strong. Coming originally from Burma, Tin had to deal with difficulties. She and her family left Burma because of the troubles such as the overpowering ruling of one person because Burma is controlled by the military. Leaving Burma wasn’t easy, in fact, it’s illegal to leave the country. But Tin and her siblings wanted to live as ordinary kids. “We wanted to act like any other kid, that’s the reason why we came. It’s not that easy to come here,” Tin said. Between Thailand and Malaysia, Tin and her family, along with others, had to ride in a single car through the country. Tin says this was not a good experience. “It’s one car, like a sport car, it’s really small, we had like ten people and we had to ride there. It’s pretty much hard,” Tin said. The difficulties didn’t end when Tin and her family departed from Burma. Life in Malaysia, according to Tin, was no picnic. She and her siblings were unable to attend school, instead Tin had to work. Her dad had previously came to Malaysia, and had been living there for some time before Tin and the rest of her family came to be with him. They did not have citizenship in Malaysia, so they were able to get arrested. They had been in Malaysia for only a month, when she remembers her dad being arrested. “It was night and they were at the store drinking like juice and all that, and they arrested him. While he was in jail my mom was the only one that worked... and we couldn’t support us, we had to borrow money from someone else,” Tin said. “When my dad was in jail, our living condition was really bad, ‘cause we had nothing to eat.”

Sophomore Sui Tin sits in her living room with her sister on Monday. Her family is from the Chin state of Burma. Photo by Jesse Roller. Tin was told she got to go to United States. She was very excited and felt very fortunate to come, because she would get to go to school. She would be able to do what she wants with her life “Before I even came they told me ‘You’ll be going to school. You’re going to have a chance to become whatever you want,’ I was really proud,” Tin said. The single biggest difference between life in Burma, Malaysia and the United States is the language. When Tin came to America, she didn’t speak any English. It was to the point that she didn’t want to go to school, because of the language barrier holding her back. But, nonetheless, she started in the 6th grade, because she had been to school only briefly in her lifetime. She had an extremely hard time with the language change in school. She constantly felt like she was being talked about, and made fun of for her appearance. “People would be talking to you, and you don’t even know what they’re talking about, so I was having a hard time. And sometimes people would talk about you because of your dresses and how you look and stuff, but that’s the way it is. You have to take it, whatever it is,” Tin said.

Learning a foreign language is difficult in high school classes, but being completely surrounded by that language wasn’t a choice. “I can’t even describe how hard it is. But somehow, as times go by, I learned it. I work really hard to become whatever I want to be... I hope one day, whatever my goal is, that I reach it, because my family worked really hard to come over vhere, and that’s where my dream is,“ Tin said. The “American Dream” is a big appeal to those from foreign countries. The promise of what tomorrow can bring if you just work for it was a huge impact on Tin’s life. She knows now that anyone can become whatever they want. She hopes one day she will be able to help give people from Burma the opportunity to have the choice to work for their success. “I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to help our people to get here and I’m going to tell them whatever I know all about it,” Tin said. Tin notes that the struggles still continue now that she’s in America. Her brother, who is in 8th grade, also had to learn English. Her mother on the other hand, still cannot speak English, which has been very hard for her. “She said the worst thing is that when she first came here she didn’t speak any English, and she didn’t have anyone that was going to help her,” Tin translated for her mother. Tin’s father does not live with her family. He found work in Georgia, and has had to stay there in order support his family. Even though now Tin is in the United States, and has left the struggles she faced in Burma behind, new obstacles have come up. She realizes that her people need help. She’s seen many without shoes and without food to eat. She wants to make a difference for those people. She’s learned English, but she knows she needs help with math. Tin notices that others could use help as well, and she wishes for help to come. Tin is extremely thankful for anyone who will help her family, herself and her people deal with the difficulties that they still face today.

Venezuelan finds better education opportunities in America by Rachel Patterson Reporter Families have not been safe in Venezuela. There is a war between the government and its citizens. The families that do not want to take any part in the conflict turn to America for shelter, food and safety. “I left Venezuela one year ago,” Gabriella Capote said. Starting her second year in America, senior, Capote, is still glad she left Venezuela. Capote’s mother had been to America before, working at a business and as a masseuse. But Capote was still surprised when her mother told her one day that they were leaving Venezuela the next day to go live in America. Capote was skeptical about the news her mother told her and the plans never went through due to their financial problems. But later on Capote and her family soon raised enough money to make their journey to America. Capote’s father had to stay behind in Venezuela due to his work contract. But Capote and her

mother were able to leave Venezuela so they left for America together. After Capote and her mother got to America they spent two weeks there together. But Capote’s mother had to return to Venezuela because it turned out she had a work contract to fulfill. During the three months that Capote’s mother was working in Venezuela Capote stayed with family friends. Once Capote’s parents were done with their work contracts, they both returned to America and all were reunited. The traveling wasn’t over for Capote’s mother yet. Capote’s mother stayed in America for another three months continuing her work. But Capote’s mother again had to return to Venezuela for six months because of her work. After Capote’s mother’s work was finished her mother again returned to America and to her family, but this time it was permanent. Capote’s mother likes living in America and has picked up English quickly. But unlike Capote’s mother, Capote’s father doesn’t know much English at all. Capote likes America more than Venezuela, but she finds that learning the

{student PREVIEWS} The Journal’s goal is to make an impact on as many EL students as possible. These are some of the students at Southport that the Journal hopes to help during this project. Headshots by Ali DeHart.

English language is quite abstruse. Capote is the only one in her household that is somewhat comfortable using the English language on a daily basis. It makes it difficult for her to speak without help from a translator. She had a translator but it was only when she first got to America. So now Capote relies on ENL to help her learn English. Southport has three English as a New Language (ENL) teachers and one teacher who is part time. ENL is for students who aren’t familiar with English, as it is not their first language. In class the main things they try to teach are reading, writing, speaking and comprehending of English. This class is smiliar to regular English classes at Southport. It is a foreign language class where the target is learning English. Capote tries hard in school even with the language barrier that she and others face. Mr. Kevin Sitzman is Capote’s ENL teacher and he believes Capote definitely wants to learn. “She’s definitely engaged, wants to learn and is on task,” Sitzman said. Learning the English language is the only real

Age: 18 Residing in U.S.: One year He wants help with: Speaking English senior Pau Sawm Dal

struggle Capote is facing in America. But the struggles in Venezuela aren’t only the lack of food and other necessities people need to survive, but also the past violence and lack of proper education. In Venezuela it doesn’t matter if people go to school or even receive an education. No one makes them go to school and they don’t get in trouble if they don’t go. “In Venezuela the schools are bad. School teachers don’t teach much,” Capote said. But Capote came to America for the chance to have a better life. After all she was excited to go to America. Now her plans for after high school are to attend a college. Though she has not decided yet where she wants to go, she does know that she wants her major to include something with photography. “Schools here are very good,” Capote said. Capote and her family are currently all together and are still learning the English language. She’s been through a lot and hopes only for the best to come. “(Compared to Venezuela) America is different, but it’s a good different,” Capote said.

Age: 17

Age: 18

Residing in U.S.: Three months

Residing in U.S.: One year He wants help with: In-class work

He wants help with: Clothes for his family sophomore Bawi Za Kham

Gabriella Capote does a two-minute writing excercise in her EL English class on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Photo by Jackie Smith.

sophomore Van Bawi Sang

{thejournal’sPLANS} In-Class Tutoring -Homework -During study halls

The Journal has many plans for the new EL Project, and these are the beginning of these goals. Please let us know on the volunteer form below if you have any other ideas for this project. They are all greatly appreciated.

English Tutoring Culture Experiences -Basic English -American cultural -Non-English-speaking activities parents can benefit

Donations -Different times of the year -Specific needs of EL students

Non-English-speaking student begins freshman year after fleeing by Andie Reinhart Reporter Imagine fleeing from home, never to return. Imagine leaving the familiar places, sights and sounds for a place that is entirely new. The people at this new place do not speak the same language and have an entirely different lifestyle. Imagine struggling to grasp a new language and going to school for the first time in this new place. Just imagine... Freshman Biak Tha Chin has been in this situation for almost a year now, and she has had to overcome many struggles to get to where she is today. Chin is from a state in western Burma called Chin State. She was forced to escape Burma as a refugee. She fled Burma because her brother was going to be arrested. In order to save herself and her family, keep her freedom and stay out of jail, she fled from her home and headed for America. Chin’s family joined her on this journey. Her family consists of her brother-in-law, sister and brother. As for her parents, her mother and father both passed away long ago. After escaping Burma, Chin and her family then had to wait to gain refugee status in America. In doing so, Chin had to stay in Malaysia until all was worked out. She stayed for three years and seven months. From there, Chin traveled to America under her new refugee status and now lives in a house with her family. Upon arriving in America, Chin had many emotions going through her head. “I’m so happy...,” Chin said through a translator. “I feel so happy to come over here.” Chin had finally made it to America. Her journey from Burma was over, and she could now begin her new life. But America is a very different place from Burma, and one of the differences that Chin noticed was the difference in transportation to and from school. “Compared to my country and the United States that I am now living in, we have to go to school by our foot every day (in Burma) but then here we have transportation like buses, and things like that,” Chin said. Here in America, Chin is attending school for the first time. She has spoken a little English since she was very young, but it is not enough. She must go through classes with English speaking teachers and students. Math class is not an issue, but English is a different story. English is the hardest subject for her, and she often has trouble understanding the material in class. Chin is also a student in the Newcomer program. The Newcomer program is designed for students who are brand new at Southport that have had interrupted schooling. The students usually have been in a refugee camp for a year or two without schooling. The class is built to allow the students to build their English vocabulary pertaining to classes and social situations here in the United States. The students learn facts and vocabulary from subjects like science and health. The newcomer program allows students to get credits and become comfortable in the classroom environment while still learning English. Chin is one student in particular who stands out in class. “She’s a hard worker. She is kind of a leader in the class. She works really well with the kids and she is really well liked by the newcomers,”

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Freshman Biak Tha Chin recieves help using verbs from her teacher, Mrs. Marsha Manning. Photo by Kaitlin Fallowfield. Mrs. Marsha Manning, the teacher of the newcomer program, said. “She does struggle with English, but I have seen a lot of improvement. She is always answering questions. She raises her hand. She goes up to the board when I ask her to. She’s definitely made a lot of improvement.” For Chin, the most difficult part of school in the United States is not within the material or the studies, but within the social aspect and daily communication during school. “Speaking English and communicating with other students is the main hard thing,” Chin said. Due to the language barrier between Chin and the other kids, she cannot converse with American students. She has befriended the other students who speak her language, but she has not been able to bond with American kids. “I don’t have any American friends. I only have my own kind.” Chin said. Chin is personally dealing with the hardships that come along with a new country and a new language, but she cannot do it all on her own. She still needs help in order to be successful here in the United States. Chin relies upon her teachers to help her understand her homework and study the material. She would love to have even more tutoring and even more help to fully understand her work and be successful in school. Chin also wishes to make friends with American kids who could help her learn English, tutor her and get her more involved in American culture. Manning believes that Chin having American friends would be very beneficial to her success in America. “I think that it would be good if someone would come and pick her up and take her to ball games, school activities, or the to the mall just to hang out with her. I think it would be good for her English and to make new friends outside of the Chin community,” Manning said. Chin has already had to deal with many hard times and obstacles throughout her life. Even though she has overcome the challenge of making it to the United States, she still has a long way to go. She still has much yet to face, and Chin cannot face these struggles without the help of her fellow students, teachers, and friends.

The Journal’s English Learner Project will not be able to succeed without help from volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with anything during this school year, please fill out this form and turn it in to room 400, Ali DeHart or Brittany Hemphill as soon as possible.

Connection to Southport: _________________________________ Would like to help with:

Tutoring

Cultural Experiences

Donations

Students, what period is your study hall?: __________ Any more ideas for volunteers during this project? ________________________________________________


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Entertainment

October, 7 2011

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Ellen Hopkins’

‘Perfect’ by Casey Smith Reporter

What does being perfect mean to you? What would you do to get there? New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has released “Perfect,” unfolding the story of four high school seniors trying to find out what “perfect” means. Having read a few books by Hopkins before, I had expected a great read. Although most of her novels are usually around 600 pages, I knew the depth and creativity would be appreciated. Some of her other novels such as “Impulse” (the prequel to “Perfect”) and “Crank,” a book based on Hopkins’s own daughter, were both excellent reads. She does a wonderful job at keeping all of the typical teenage over-the-top love drama out of her novels. Instead she puts in realistic situations that really make the reader think. The content isn’t the only fantastic thing about this novel. Hopkins’ writing style is highly unique compared to other teen fiction reads. She creates verse novels, or in other words, a type of narrative poetry used to form a novel-length narrative through poetry. This is an immense part of what helps make the novel so fun and interesting to read. Cara, Sean, Andre and Kendra may not all necessarily be

best friends, but they’re all looking for that one complex idea-perfection. They are all reunited from Hopkins’ last book, “Impulse.” For some, finding the meaning of perfection is an individual pursuit. While for others, being perfect is a way to live up to the expectations of their parents and families. The daughter of a family under stress, Cara has the pressure of keeping a reputation as the “perfect daughter” while trying to figure out what’s best for her. Her twin brother, Connor, had attempted suicide and their parents have hidden their family away in an attempt to keep a good image. This leaves Cara on her own, expected to be the “perfect everything.” However, she develops mixed feelings about what is expected of her and what she really wants to do with her life. Sean, Cara’s boyfriend, is striving to be the best of the best at baseball. College scouts are everywhere and he wants to stand out to the best colleges. Sean turns to the power of steroids to help him get noticed while pulling off the best scores and records. He’ll soon learn that his endeavor to be perfect will be overwhelming on field and off. Andre is the son of hardworking parents and is a descendent of a successful family. He’s expected to follow in their footsteps and be a great achiever along the way.

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However, Andre has different plans for himself though his parents wouldn’t approve. And then there’s Kendra, who desires the perfect face and figure. She aspires to be a runway model and has her own plan on how she’ll get there. She’s willing to put herself through vicious workouts, extreme diets, drugs and now a series of cosmetic surgeries to get her 107 pound figure to what she thinks is the perfect body. Kendra’s efforts at a faultless beauty will show to be physically and mentally demanding. Throughout the characters’ different endeavors to find their meaning of being perfect, Hopkins does a marvelous job at making the novel flow. Sometimes reading novels with many different characters and story plots can be difficult. Hopkins however does a great job at making each unique situation actually connect to one another. For example, both Kendra and Sean are found working through different personal dilemmas, while Cara and Andre are seen attempting to keep their families and themselves happy. Once finished I realized the mixed stories of the four showed realistic situations teenagers go through today. “Perfect” is a great example of how difficult it can be to find individual perfection and how sometimes, the idea of perfection can be a little outrageous.

Blink-182s’

‘FIFA ‘12 ’

Jonathan Levine,

‘50/50’

‘Neighborhoods’

by Stefanie Maier Reporter

by Noelle Straub Business Manager & Co-Copy Editor

by Cara Hinh Entertainment Editor

“FIFA ’12” is the newest title in the FIFA Soccer series. I don’t usually play sport videogames. Despite this, I absolutely love “FIFA’12.” In the game you take control of either a team or a single player. The number of teams available to play as is mind-boggling. According to the game developers’ official website, the game contains “more than 15,000 players.” You can also create and customize your own players with one of the best character customization machines I have ever seen, which has an overwhelming amount of customizable characteristics. After a team is chosen and any custom players are created, there are still many more options to choose from, such as what types of matches will be played and which player or players that can be controlled. The way that you play depends on the options you chose. Playing as the entire team is much different than playing as one character, in the sense that you have to plan for switching between characters. Yes, strategy. If you want to win in “FIFA ’12” you have to have some form of strategy, especially if you don’t play on the easiest setting. As a team, you need to have a plan for passing, scoring and tackling. As a single player, you need to decide whether you want to be the star player or the player who does his job, as well as how often you’re going to try tackling to get the ball. No matter what you do, you have to think about it, and not just button mash. This game takes practice The graphics in “FIFA ’12” are outstanding, especially at the main page and in the customization area. “FIFA ’12” is an amazing game. It has lots of choices to make, great gameplay mechanics, excellent graphics and even a bit of violence. Unlike other games, it also takes thought to be good at.

It’s finally here. The much anticipated, sixth album from rock’s favorite punks Blink-182. It has been eight years since the band’s last album together. During that time there was speculation that the band would not get back together again when they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. After a series of solo projects and tragedies within the band members lives, they came back together in 2008 to record “Neighborhoods,” an album produced by the band without an outside record producer. As a fan of the genre, I had high expectations going into the album. I was hoping that the eight years apart would not have a drastic change on the sound of the band. Blink-182 does not disappoint. For those of you who are looking for the 90s lyrics about parties and stupid things teenagers do, you are in for a change. Blink has done a bit of growing up within the album, and in their personal lives. Like when drummer Travis Barker almost died in a plane crash in 2008. The lyrics have gone from “she won’t be wearing underwear,” to “everyone’s cross to bear the crown they wear on endless holiday,” within the album’s first single, “Up All Night. “ It is a good choice for a first single, the instrumentation being similar to earlier work. Barker is an amazing drummer whose beats have carried the band album after album. On “Hearts All Gone” Barker’s drums mix perfectly with the buzzing guitar and thumping bass to create a song that is one of the best of the album. Though in reality there wasn’t a song on the album that wasn’t great. Another strength of Blink would be having two vocalists. It adds dimension to their sound, and the blending Mark Hoppus’ deep voice paired with the high (and sometimes on the verge of annoying voice) of Tom Delong makes for another beautiful album.

Adam was only 27 years old when the doctors nonchalantly told him about his “malignant spinal tumor.” After researching his disease, Adam discovered his survival rate was only 50 percent. In Jonathan Levine’s new film “50/50,” written by Will Reiser, the story of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is told. Adam seemed like a normal, healthy young adult – for the first five minutes of the movie. When Adam is diagnosed with cancer, his only question was “why me?” With the help of his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and amateur therapist Katie (Anna Kendrick), Adam attempts to live an everyday life. Inevitably, Adam’s chemotherapy treatments, countless MRIs and elementary therapy sessions show the audience the severity of the life of a cancer victim. The movie is loosely based off Reiser’s own experiences with cancer and Levine’s directing portrays Adam’s cancer experience efficiently. The process of Adam dealing with his cancer is expressed perfectly from the moment of his diagnoses to his emotional breakdowns all the way until his final surgery determining his survival. Although the movie was labeled as a “dramedy” (dramatic comedy), it was definitely a lot more dramatic – with a slight comedic undertone. Rogen plays the same type of character in every movie, the loud, crude and brutally honest best friend, and he plays that character in “50/50” flawlessly. His jokes, ranging from the use of medical marijuana to Adam looking like Lord Voldermort after shaving his head, kept the movie from being completely depressing. “50/50” was a film that constantly kept me wanting to laugh and cry. Despite ending with Adam asking “now what?” I still found myself wanting to know more about his life. If you’re looking for a crudely-comedic heartfelt film, there’s a 100 percent chance you’ll enjoy “50/50.”

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October 7, 2011

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Photo by Jackie Smith.

After returning from a 35-28 win over Bloomington South at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Cardinals celebrated homecoming throughout the week of Sept. 19-24. With the powderpuff and the football games, the parade and the dance, students came together to have fun and share their school spirit with each other.

(Above) The Cardinals score a touchdown at the game on Friday, Sept. 23. The Franklin Central Flashes defeated the Cardinals 28-21. Photo by Becca Tapp. (Right) Seniors Matt Lytle and Kayla Chappell dance at the Homecoming dance on Saturday, Sept. 24. Lytle and Chappell were the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen. (Below) Juniors Kellie McAllister, Clara Leslie and Julia Dembroski walk the junior class banner in the parade. The juniors won first place in the banner contest. (Left) Senior Sarah Owens and freshmen reach for the ball at the Powderpuff Game on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The seniors defeated the juniors and were crowned the champions. Photos by Jesse Roller.

(Left) Junior Max Doughty blocks a Franklin Central player at the game on Sept. 23. (Right) Senior Ethan Hawes dances with friends at the Homecoming dance on Sept. 24. This year, instead of having the dance in the cafeteria, the dance was held in the East Gym. Photos by Becca Tapp. (Below) Senior Cameron Ellis leads the team out through the banner before the game on Sept. 23. So far, the Cardinals are 4-3 (as of Oct. 3.) Photo by Kaitlin Fallowfield.

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Opinion

October 7, 2011

Video games prove to help establish basic skills Andie Reinhart Reporter “When in doubt, press X”

I will gladly admit that I am a gamer. No, I’m not someone who spends hours upon hours on World of Warcraft when I should be doing homework, but I love my fair share of video games. To me, nothing is better than spending the weekend relaxing on the couch with my Xbox 360 controller in my hands, my hair up and no makeup on. Due to my interest in gaming, I have heard all sorts of praise and criticism. The praise comes from my peers, because let’s face it, people don’t expect a little blonde haired girl to be a devoted gamer. I also hear the reprimanding voices of others as well. People tell me that video games are a waste of time and that they cause violence. I do believe that with some games that may be the case, but in most cases, I do believe that the benefits of gaming outweigh the negative effects. As almost every person has heard, motion gaming, like the Wii, provides many benefits. Besides the benefit of weight loss in some cases, there have been

studies showing that the playing of motion gaming results in improved balance, coordination and strength. Also, it has been proven by the Office of Naval Research that gamers have better perceptual abilities and short-term memory. For example, in games such as “L.A. Noire” one must find hidden clues at a crime scene and watch a character’s facial expressions to catch suspects who are not telling the truth about their crimes. It also demands that the player remembers small details of the crime scene to catch the suspect within a lie. This teaches the player to become more observant in real life, and it allows the player to catch small ticks in a person’s facial expressions. I know that this game allowed me to do those things, and I have found myself noticing the small corner of a jacket sticking out of a door, or the miniscule amount of dust collecting in a corner. I have also become more observant overall, many times remembering the smallest details over the big picture. Games allow people to think on their toes and make quick decisions. Games like “Tetris” make the player decide where to situate the blocks of different shapes in just a way as to create straight lines and not block out the other areas. It may take some practice, but with time the split second decisions become quicker and more accurate. The benefits of gaming do not only

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apply to the younger generation, as some may think. Studies have shown that gaming in the older generation prevents the possibility of falling due to improved balance, keeps the mind “young” and allows older people to maintain their motor skills. With all of those benefits, it’s no wonder that Wii Bowling has spread around retirement communities and nursing homes like wild fire. All of the aforementioned benefits are only a few positive effects of gaming. Gamers have been found to be less depressed and, contrary to popular belief, more social with others, even if it is only within the online community. Even with all of these positive effects of gaming, some people still see it as a waste of time with no beneficial attributes.

Many people see gaming as a highly negative activity. I have heard people say that gaming makes a person introverted, lazy, unintelligent and, in some cases, violent. I am by no means stating that I do not see some negatives effects of gaming. I do not deny that violent games like Call of Duty can urge a violent person to act upon his impulse, or that some kids spend all of their time on the computer playing games instead of doing homework, but I believe that there are great benefits in playing video games every so often. Games are a great way to unwind and relax while also reaping some great benefits, but too much of a good thing, can quickly turn bad. So the way I see it, gaming like many other activities, is a great thing in small doses.

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rights in the USA. According to Cleveland. com, data collected in 2010 shows that at Stefanie Maier that time women were making almost 79 Reporter percent of what men make for the same amount of work. A woman can legally be “He’s dead, Jim.” president, yet we have not had even one female president. Twenty-two countries, including Switzerland and Ireland, have had women presidents. That’s not even including all the countries which currently have or have had women as prime The USA is a young nation by global ministers. Yet, somehow, we claim to treat standards. If you consider the European women and men equally. countries to be fairly mature adults, that Denmark became the first country to makes us a teenager meddling in the affairs allow same-sex marriages in 1989. In of others, thinking too highly of ourself the sixteen years following this, eleven and generally being immature. The main other major European countries all passed teenager-like trait that we have today is our laws allowing same-sex marriages or civil habit of thinking that we are the country unions. Yet Tuesday, Sept. 20, the DADT with the highest equality between citizens, (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) policy was officially while actually falling below repealed in the USA. The the level of equality other effects of this repeal include countries hold. Our ability allowing every member to break from England in an A woman of the military to publicly attempt to give every citizen acknowledge his or her can legally be equal rights put us ahead at sexual orientation is and the time, but this is a new president, yet ending the investigations time with new standards of current troops. Getting we have not had for equality. We have not rid of this policy also allows blazed a new trail of equal even one female openly non-heterosexual rights, nor do we have as people to apply to join the president. much equality as we make military and even allows ourselves out to have. those who have been One of the first fights for discharged because of DADT equal rights that our country to reapply. The fact that we has fought was the fight to abolish slavery. have just now gotten rid of this ridiculous We are taught in school that the abolishing policy shows how far behind we are in of slavery in 1808 was revolutionary. efforts to give equal rights. We’re just However, Denmark made slavery illegal now giving this right to non-heterosexual at least five years before we had. Britain citizens, while about twenty countries offer had made slavery illegal the year before, same-sex marriages or civil unions. in 1807. Britain also kept pace with us in Before its official beginning, the US the 1950s and 1960s during the fight for claimed to be something it wasn’t - a black rights. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 nation based on the idea of equality. This brought about an actual change in black hypocrisy still exists today. The Declaration rights in the USA as laws were being passed of Independence states that “all men are in Britain to give equal rights to all races created equal”, but we have yet to show that and ethnicities. At no point have we been we truly believe this. As long as we continue ahead of Britain in giving equal rights to to naively believe and claim that we have different races, despite what we claim. equal rights, we will continue to prove that Women are also not equally given we are an immature, teenage country.

of seemingly uninterested note taking by school administrators. A sit-in would entail legitimate, in depth analyses of every Cody Foster teacher. Reporter Another problem with the modern education system is the use of standardized “Why you staring?” testing. First off, I completely disagree with the concept of test scores as a means of measuring intelligence. It is inaccurate to assume a student’s knowledge is at a certain level, simply because he or she cannot It is not a secret that the education recite the information somebody wrote in a system in America is extremely flawed. textbook. It seems that most teachers these Many educated people can agree that days are teaching just to the test, practically changes need to be made within the giving you the answers through questions education system. Although some problems that mirror those on the test. This leaves no with education may be beyond our control, time for real learning. Don’t get me wrong, others can and need to be fixed. I don’t mind being spoon-fed the answers Tenure is a wonderful program for all to my tests, but sometimes I’d like to think teachers who have been deemed worthy I’m actually learning something. I do not enough to obtain it, but it believe standardized testing should is also one of the biggest be used to judge a school or problems with the current the academic proficiency of education system. Tenure its students. I completely is the program that gives One proposed solution teachers a cushion, to to the problems of the disagree with the where they cannot be fired education system is the use concept of test for any personal, political, of “merit pay.” This is the or other non-work related scores as a means judging of a teacher’s salary reason. Although it gives based on the average test incentive for new and young of measuring scores of his or her students. teachers, it can also be This is completely insidious. intelligence. seen as a reason for older A teacher, especially in public teachers to stop improving. school, has no control over Because of this, many the academic capabilities believe that the tenure program should of his or her students, and most definitely be done away with altogether. I believe should not have his or her salary affected that the basics of tenure should be kept, by student performance. No matter how but changes should be made. To reduce well a teacher teaches a subject, he or the abuse of tenure, an evaluation process she cannot control a student who simply should be administered annually. A proper does not care. Ultimately, a students’ system for the evaluation of teachers with performance stems from his or her social tenure should involve student feedback. situation, not the teacher. This is the best way to see how a teacher The current tenure system, as well as the truly is when he or she is alone with a use of standardized testing are two of the class full of unshaped minds. Another many reasons why the education system requirement of the new tenure system in America needs to be reformed. I hesitate would be sit-ins by administrators during to put my faith in any satisfactory plan to class. This is already a requirement for be proposed in the near future, as it seems most schools, but I do not believe it is being we have already had enough struggles used efficiently. Unlike what I have seen, a implementing an overall-pleasing and cost“sit-in” would not translate to five minutes effective education system.

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A quick segment of mini-confessions by Ashlyn Bridgewater Managing Editor-of-Content I figured I’d do something different for this column, veering from my plan of talking about others. With this in mind, I decided to ask a few people what they wondered about me, what they really wanted me to reveal about myself. After discussing it with a group, and trying to stay clear from the cliché questions like “What do you regret?” the following questions were compiled. What do you do that makes you the happiest? To be totally honest I don’t enjoy work or school that much. Most of my spare time is spent at Starbucks. Reading, writing, making things or sometimes just sitting. I’m like a regular to the employees there. Recently I’ve been working on a tree constructed from wire. I sat for five hours straight the other night working on it. I have also been creating a journal entirely from recycled materials. This may sound like a bore to most people, but right now I can’t come up with an activity that makes me happier. I truly enjoy it. Simply put, it makes me feel good. I enjoy creating things. Be it sewing, ceramics, wire trees, knitting, paper mache or painting, I love every second of it. I also enjoy reading. After a trip to the downtown library recently, I came home with three new books, all of which I’m trying to read at once. But I have been trying to improve lately – making time for the things I want to do and not just the things I need to do. It’s hard, but I’m trying. What’s it like to live life as an adult

when you’re still a kid? How are you dealing with it? For those of you who did not read my first column – or do not personally know me – I basically am alone. Long story short, my family said adios a while ago. How am I dealing with it? Hm. I’m doing my best to keep a firm grasp on reality. I’m doing my best to stay focused and not become emotionally sidetracked. It’s an understatement to say it’s hard. Things like financially supporting myself aren’t the hard parts – it’s .knowing I don’t have family to hang out with and just talk to that gets to me some days. Overall though, I guess I’m just taking it day by day, figuring it out as I go. What is the most important thing to you right now? The people I care about and the things I genuinely enjoy doing/have a passion for. Don’t get me wrong, I work incredibly hard when it comes to my jobs and school and newspaper. But I’ve recently had a wake up call. For me, RIGHT NOW is what matters the most and I’m trying to fill my days with the things and people I enjoy. The future is important, but I don’t want to miss the things that are happening in front of my eyes. I’ve taken a small step back from a few things lately as to not let everything else slip by me. Why are you so secretive (about your personal life)? What

are you scared of? This question may not be incredibly clear to you guys, but I had the askee explain it to me. So I’ll just answer it to how they explained it to me. I’m so closed off because quite frankly, people come and go. Letting people into my life is like giving away a piece of me. Since people seldom stick around, I don’t want “pieces” of me everything. That’s it in its basic form. I very rarely come across people that I feel can understand where I am coming from with my feelings, ideas and outlooks. If I do find a person – and I can tell from the start – then I may open up some. It just takes some time. But what am I scared of? I don’t know. Subconsciously maybe I’m afraid of being left. Maybe not. I guess I’d have to tap into some hidden parts of my brain to figure that one out. Who do you surround yourself with? I try to surround myself with people who have some sort of substance. I have a hard time relating to the constant chatter of things like Homecoming weekend and a scandalous encounter on Facebook. Someone who has been influential in my life recently is Chemistry teacher Mrs. Melissa Baskett. A woman of true character. She tells me about her son, and I admire the love she has for her child. To me, that is incredible substance, incredible strength to recognize what actually matters in life. Aside from her there are few people who I have become close to recently. I thank them though.

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Have you ever gone through your news feed on Facebook and seen some of the pages your friends have “liked”, such as PreCal Pals, SHS Chemistry Honors and SHS AP Biology? They’re liking these pages for a good reason. With teachers using social media like Facebook and Twitter, it offers students more opportunities to get help outside of school when they need it. Teachers can go online to answer questions and remind students when tests, projects or labs coming up. For example, Mr. Mark Duncan uses Facebook and Twitter for his classes. He posts reminders about labs and assignments. A lot of students find it helpful. Students aren’t coming into class the next day surprised and wearing the wrong attire. Social media is a fast way for teachers to relay something to students. According to the Pew Research Center in 2009, 73 percent

of online teens and a nearly equal number (72 percent) of young adults used social media sites. Surely, those numbers are higher in 2011. With so many students checking Facebook and Twitter, there is a smaller chance that they will miss something posted. Just a few years ago, teachers were being cautioned when adding or following students or giving out their cell phone numbers. Now, it isn’t that big of deal. Every Journal staff member has Mr. Klopfenstein’s number. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to communicate with him as easily as we can. While emailing can be effective, it is not as easy or quick as calling or texting. Emailing him about something happening in 10 minutes would be pointless because he will more than likely be away from his computer and will not be able to respond. While we understand that not every teacher can give out his or her number, in situations like this,

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it makes life easier. Mrs. Mary Wheeler ‘s Pre-Cal Pals page on Facebook is another example of a source for her students to use to get help. Students can go on the page and post a question from that night’s homework assignment and she will try to answer them. She also posts problems that might help with an upcoming test or quiz a few days before. Teachers are taking that extra step to try to help their students and these sites play a major role in that. Social networking is becoming a very big part of today’s society. It is everywhere we look. With it being such a big part of our lives, it makes communicating with students easier and also helps get things done. We on the Journal think that more teachers should start going onto social media to communicate with students. It gets our attention, and to be honest, it will probably be the one way we remember.

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Senior’s domination on the golf course pays off

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by Derrick Gray Reporter Get to state and win. That was the one goal for senior Zoey Freese this year. She wanted it all. Freese has won both conference and regional and was right on track to achieving her dream. Freese jumped into the season playing at her very best. At her first tournament of the year, Freese led the Cards to third place out of nine teams, where she broke the school record for 18 holes shooting a 73. Freese also broke the school record for nine holes at Southern Dunes, shooting a 34. At county, the team placed fourth place out of 16 teams. She was also Southports’ medalist for the tournament placing third, shooting a 79 in 18 holes. Unlike many of her fellow golfers, Freese faced an unforeseen variable on her road to glory. On Aug. 13, Freese attended the Sugarland concert and witnessed the stage collapse. This event consumed Freese’s thoughts and concentration, making it difficult for her to perform at her game the following day. “I felt like crap,” Freese said. “I had too much going through my mind too much to handle.” As a result, Freese shot her worst game of the year – 45 for nine holes. “You could just tell she really wasn’t thinking about golf,” fellow teammate sophomore Jordan Gamble said. According to Freese, her determination helped her pull through her tough time, and she continued down her competitive path. Once Freese recovered, she immediately sky rocketed back to the top, taking the conference tournament head on. She started off the match with two birdies, finishing the front nine holes at even par. Freese bogeyed three times, but recovered with six straight pars. She finished with a five stroke lead over second place, shooting a 75 for 18 holes (three over par), greatly improving from last year’s score of 93 and a placing of 14th. With that score, she sealed her individual win and helped lead the girls to third place. As Freese progressed to regionals she was faced with stronger competition, but adapted well and pulled out another victory. She finished the tournament shooting 42 in the front nine and 35 in the back nine, defeating all of her competitors. “I played all right -- crappy front, great back,” Freese said. “But all in all it was a good day.” Mr. Bob Humbles, head coach of girls’ golf, agreed with Freese, saying she started off slow but came on strong in the final nine holes against good competition. Both her teammates and coach had full belief in Freese and her ability to tag on another win at the state tourney. “I think she is very capable to win the state title. She has to have her best

Football record: 4-3

record: 9-13

last two games:

Lutheran: 3-2 W Perry Meridian: 3-0 L next game: Tuesday, Oct. 11 vs. Columbus North

Boys’ soccer

Girls’ soccer

record: 5-7

record: 3-10-2

last two games:

North Central: 12-1 L Herron: 4-1 W next game: Friday, Oct. 8 Sectional round two TBA Senior Zoey Freese swings at the ball at the state tournament on Friday, Sept. 30. Freese was two strokes away from moving on to round two. Photo By Emma Hoskins. game and her short game has to be near perfect,” Humbles said. The weather conditions were 48 degrees with winds reaching 50 miles plus, creating an unforeseen obstacle for everyone. Freese tried to adapt to the conditions by lowering the height of her ball, but even then she had difficulty with her short game. According to Freese, the greens were rough and very hilly. Freese finished shooting an 83, her worst round of the year. She missed qualifications by two strokes. Although Freese didn’t pull out a win, her coach was still very proud of her. “I just took over last year and in these two years she has come a long way on her game and it shows by making it all the way to the state finals,” Humbles said. “She worked on her game almost daily and, as far as maturity, she used to get so mad at herself last year. This year she took it in stride if she messed up.” Even though Freese didn’t pull off the state win, she still has a future built around golf. Freese will be signing to the University of Indianapolis in November and plans to play for all four years. After her college career, she hopes to play on tour just like her male idol, professional golfer Rickie Fowler.

last two games:

Franklin Central: 28-21 L Lawrence Central: 49-14 L next game: Friday, Oct. 7 @ Bloomington North

Boys’ XC

last two games:

Beech Grove: 4-0 W Lawrence Central: 5-1 L next game: Friday, Oct. 8 Sectional finals TBA

Girls’ XC record: N/A

record: N/A

last two meets:

Perry Meridian: 1st place County: 11/16 next meet: Tuesday, Oct. 11 Sectional @ Ben Davis

Boys’ tennis

last two meets:

Southport Invite: 9/13 Brebeuf: 12/16 next meet: Tuesday, Oct. 11 Sectional @ Ben Davis

Girls’ golf

record: 3-16

last two matches:

record: 6-6

Manuel: 5-0 W Fishers: 5-0 L next match: Friday, Oct. 8 Semi-State @ North Central

Predict the score of the Bloomington North football game.

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Regional: Senior Zoey Freese 77 State: Senior Zoey Freese 83 (did not qualify for second round)

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Predict the score of this game and turn it into room 400 by last period today. The winner gets his/her picture in the next issue of the Journal and a free popsicle.

1st and 10 with Taylor DeHart Tebow is not given the credit that he deserves Honestly, Tebow doesn’t have most Orton and Tebow stats from or any of these qualities. He doesn’t the 2010 NFL season Everyone is taking jabs at Tim have the throwing Tebow these days. motion wanted for stats Orton Tebow “He can’t play. He can’t throw. quarterbacks, he ...What [former Broncos coach] runs the ball too Josh McDaniels saw in him God record: 3-10 1-2 much for a quarteronly knows. Maybe God does know back and he lacks --because the rest of us don’t,” Foraccuracy. QBR: 87.5 82.1 mer NFL QB and current radio host The things that Boomer Esiason said. really make Tebow “I just watched Tebow throw 5 YPA (passing): 8.0 7.3 stand out are his out routes to a wide open WR! He heart, hustle, desire was 1 for 5!.. That throwing motion and hard work. YPA (rushing): 5.3 4.4 he changed? U can’t change who But most imporu r! Just watched 2 throws and tantly... Tebow is a he throws like he did in college!!” rushing yds: 98 227 PROVEN winner. ESPN analyst Merrill Hoge wrote All of those on Twitter. qualities cannot rushing TDs: 0 6 The NFL is known for its quarbe taught. He was terbacks. Peyton Manning, Tom born with them. Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the His leadership is stereotypical quarterbacks of the league. They all inevitable, and the way he publicly conducts himself have a fast release, are mostly pocket passers and is unlike anyone else in sports. Not many people are proven winners. are just able to win, no matter what. Being a winner But to be successful in “the league,” do you have trumps all other qualities that an athlete can have. to have the style of play that those three guys do? But Tebow does not have the look or the style of the

by Taylor DeHart Reporter

poster-child quarterback of the NFL. Therefore, he has not been given a shot to compete. Tebow is commonly regarded as one of the best college football players of all time. In college as a starting quarterback, Tebow led the Gators of Florida to two national championships in his time in Gainesville. Tebow won the Heisman Trophy at UF and was in the top five for voting two other years. As a starting quarterback, he led the Gators to a 34-6 record (.850). Those are just a few of his many accolades while at UF. The Broncos are making a crucial but wrong decision when giving the starting quarterback spot to veteran Kyle Orton. Orton is a very mediocre quarterback at best. Yes, he is an extremely accurate passer, but Tebow is a dual-threat QB (he runs and passes very well). The Broncos should just give Tebow a shot. They won’t be hurting anything if Tebow turns out to be a bust. Orton is 1-3 this year and has a 4-13 record over the past two years with the team. If I were the coach, I would want someone to spark my team and ignite the fans, why can’t it be Tebow? But the thing is, not everyone is trashing Tebow. “Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER!” Lebron James wrote on Twitter.


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