March 26, 2010
Issue Twelve, Volume LXXXVIII
Read about the speech team’s season accomplishments.
Southport High School
971 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227
Check out pictures from Southport’s spring play.
See the difference between athletic clubs and club sports.
3 10 Time to Change
Seven-period days to make major impact on Southport
by Jake Downey Reporter
It was two years into its implementation. Students and staff alike were becoming familiar with it. Now it is leaving after a brief stay. Block scheduling has been cut from Southport’s days due to the township’s recent forced reduction of $6.75 million in budget. Instead, traditional seven-period days will return. It is ultimately only one aspect of an assortment of changes that are coming to Southport next year. As the person who rallied to bring block scheduling to Southport’s halls, principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer is sad to see it go. “I believe block scheduling is what’s best for high school students,” said Brouwer. “If I didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t have worked with teachers and students three years ago to bring it back.” As for which scheduling system is superior, there are arguments to support both. Science teacher Mark
Duncan has taught in both styles in his years here at Southport. For his class, he foresees smaller homework assignments but a wider range of subjects to be covered. Also, he says that the repetition of having classes daily will benefit students in remembering the subjects that they cover. The reason for the transition back to the shorter classes is largely due to the large number of students for which teaching staff will be forced to accommodate. One fewer class for students equates to one fewer place they need to be. Guidance counselor Ms. Briana Underwood says that in times like this, decisions like this must be made. “Here in the guidance office we deal with change all the time…” said Underwood. “We joke amongst ourselves that we just go with the flow.” One of Underwood’s main concerns deals with graduation rates. With two fewer credit opportunities, the change drops the yearly total of earnable credits down to 12 from 14. For struggling students, Underwood worries that they won’t be able to get all
of the credits they need. Earlier this year, students filled out schedules. These schedules worked assuming that block scheduling would remain. Now that this is no longer the case, guidance counselors were dealt the task of reforming every student’s schedule. Administration wanted to let students have a chance to look over the new schedules, so they gave students a say in the process. This handed students such as junior Emily Clevenger an extra step in deciding their schedules. “I had a difficult time picking my schedule because I wanted to take all these classes,” said Clevenger, “but then I didn’t want to overload myself with taking all of these harder AP classes.” Brouwer looks at the situation positively. She plans to work to the best of her ability to keep the morale up and maintain the learning environment that she believes students deserve. “We’re going to adapt the best we can,” said Brouwer, “and we’re going to make the best of a situation that’s not pleasant.”
Check the Numbers Perry Township Cost Containment Staff Reductions: Administrator: 10.50 Retiree: 31.75 Teacher RIF: 42.00 Support Staff: 22.00 Proposed Fiscal Reductions Administrator/Support Staff Reduction: $ 768,660 Non-RIF: $2,005,628 Certified Staff: $3,669,500 Support Staff: $ 660,000 Total $7,103,788 *For more information, go to www.msdpt.k12.in.us and click “Superintendant’s Corner/Cost Containment.”
Photo by Colleen Siegfried.
Insider: How will Perry Township’s staff and students be affected?
Here are four viewpoints from various members of the community at Southport on the changes for the following school year and the impact of the cost containment plan. These individuals were chosen due to the fact that the budget cuts affected each of them in different ways. Stories by Shivani Parikshak, Wes Keown and Noelle Straub.
‘The reductions were... devastating.’
‘I’m honored to get back in the classroom.’
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Little The past few months have been difficult for Superintendent Dr. Thomas Little. “The reductions were forced upon us by the state department have been devastating and really hard to deal with,” said Little. To start with, Little asked the Board of Education to forgo his one percent salary increase. He also gave up other financial increases that he was going to get over the next three years , which make up approximately $20,000. According to Little, he and the rest of the cost containment committee consisting of teachers, administrators and board members worked together for over 30 hours to reach a solution. Little says he’s proud of the work that was completed by the cost containment committee. “(I felt) sadness (because) we had to eliminate and reduce programs that directly impact children and the lives of staff members,” said Little. As for the future, Little says that the state department has said not to expect any increases in funding. In fact, Little says that there may be additional budget cuts in public schools in 2011.
Assistant Principal Mr. Gary Mahoney Assistant Principal Mr. Gary Mahoney will be taking on a different position at Southport next school year. Mahoney will become the new assistant athletic director while also being a teacher. “I’m honored to get back in the classroom,” said Mahoney. “It’s been a long time, and I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and I’ll go back with that same thrill – maybe even a rejuvenated thrill – of being in front of classes of kids.” This position change was due to a decision made by Perry Township. An advisor had to be cut from Southport due to the financial shape of the township. However, the current assistant athletic director Mr. Dennis Dodd is retiring at the end of this year, making it open for Mahoney next school year. “The fact that there was a position that I am thrilled to be in was available is just very fortunate,” said Mahoney. “And that’s very, very good news for me, and I hope very, very good news for Southport and the students.” Mahoney’s new position will require him to teach part time. He has a degree in math, making that the most likely subject he’ll teach.
‘Obviously I want to stay here.’ English Teacher Mr. Brian Auger Mr. Brian Auger knew what was going to happen the day a substitute filled in for him and he was sent to the office. During the process of budget cuts throughout Perry Township, Auger was told he was one of the five teachers to be eliminated from Southport next year. Auger has taught English 9 and 11 during his first year at Southport. He also is a coach of White River Academic League, Brain Game and Academic Decathlon. According to Auger, his students, the faculty and administration have all been supportive throughout the past weeks. “I told my homeroom first,” said Auger. “I thought they deserved to hear first because I see them every day and I told my classes one by one, when they asked. I felt like my classes deserved to hear it from me.” There is a list of RIF (reduction in force) teachers who are eligible to be hired next year. Auger says he needs to be prepared to look elsewhere in case he can’t be re-hired. “Obviously I want to stay here, and I want to come back here,” said Auger. “I hope ultimately I can. But I have to be prepared.”
‘It’s everything. It’s almost traumatizing.’ Student Junior Seth Worland Starting this summer, there will not be a summer marching band program, saving the township $30,000. Junior Seth Worland plays the saxophone at Southport, and has participated in summer marching band. Worland believes this will affect a lot of the band students emotionally, including himself. “(Band) has really had an impact. It’s basically shaped what I want to do for my career.” said Worland. “It’s something I do every day, and it’s part of my life.” According to Worland, the cuts will dramatically affect the way the band will perform next year for different events such as sporting events and pep rallies. Instead of having a few weeks to prepare, the band is only scheduled to have a week in August before school starts to practice. Competitions are also expected to be completely eliminated. Southport has dealt with cuts in the band programs in the past. “Three years ago when I came in here and we had State Fair cut, that was a big deal. Now it’s everything.” said Worland. “It’s almost traumatizing.” News briefs by Shivani Parikshak and Wes Keown.
Local: Final Four to offer many activities
National: Health care reform passes
Global: Google ignores Chinese request
Indianapolis will be offering more than just the Final Four NCAA Tournament next week. From April 1 to April 5, other sport-related activities are scheduled to occur, ranging from a slam dunk competition hosted by State Farm to watching the teams practice for the last time before the national semifinal games. Fans can check out the NCAA Hall of Champions each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also each day, CocaCola Zero will be hosting Bracket Town from noon to 8 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center. Fans can enjoy competitions, clinics, autograph sessions and more. For three days, from April 2 to April 4, AT&T and Coca-Cola will be hosting The Big Dance Concert Series. Free concerts will be in place at various times throughout the day at the White River State Park.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed health care reformation legislation into law. The bill passed with a 219-212 vote in the House of Representatives with 178 Republicans and 34 Democrats opposed. This $940 billion plan will be the biggest expansion of public health care in over 40 years. The bill will help roughly 32 million Americans get insurance coverage. Most Americans will need to have health insurance, and larger employers will be required to provide coverage, or risk financial penalties. Obama has been fighting for the health care reform ever since 2007 when he made a speech about his goals in Iowa City, Iowa. Obama traveled back Iowa City on Thursday to persuade people who weren’t on board with the new bill.
Internet search engine Google has stopped running the censored version of their website in China. People who go to google.cn will be redirected to the Hong Kong based site google.hk, which is uncensored. The Chinese government has been censoring search items in their country. Subjects such as the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen Square and others that the government sees as a threat are unable to be found when searched. Google has decided not to follow the government’s requests to follow the blocks on the content, and are also aware that the government could intervene in the new redirection plan. Google’s motto is “don’t be evil,” and they are making sure they are following it by trying to spread internet freedom.
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S TUDENT LIFE Speech Events: humorous interpretation
radio original oratory
discussion memorized duo
d r a m a t i c interpretation
original interpretation d o m e s t i c extemporaneous original performance
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Two students proceed to speech nationals by Tanna Carpenter Reporter
Senior Joshua Farrow and junior Daniel Smedema head to the library after school, just like they always do for speech practice. But recently these practices have been a little more important. These speech team members aren’t just preparing for another meet. They are preparing for nationals. During the week of June 14, these speech team members have the opportunity to attend speech nationals in Kansas City, MO. Smedema participates in events for original oratory, original presentation and broadcasting. Smedema qualified for nationals for the speech he wrote for original oratory, which is an event in which the participants choose a topic in which they are interested and create a speech that they continually edit and improve. Smedema started working in this category last year. “Stephen Shapiro did it last year,” said Smedema. “I was really impressed so I kind of got into it.” Smedema has worked hard on improving his speech since January and has practiced a lot with coach Mr. Joe Troyer. “(Troyer) helped me with the editing phase,” said Smedema, “and making sure that everything I said made sense. He helped me with the speaking phase, emphasizing certain words and getting the right tone of voice to convey a certain emotion.” Although Smedema is involved in a lot of activities at Southport, speech is at the top of his list. “On the Saturday at districts where I qualified, I could have been three other places, but I chose speech,” Smedema said. Even though most consider nationals to be a big accomplishment, Smedema says that winning state last year for broadcasting was his proudest moment. This past weekend at the state meet, Smedema made it to semi-finals for original oratory and original presentation. Farrow will be joining Smedema at nationals but will be competing in the event of international extemporaneous, which is event in which the participant is given a question regarding politics or something going on around the world, excluding the United States. The competitors are given 30 minutes to gather information from sources brought with them and prepare a sevenminute speech. Along with the event for which he is going to nationals, Farrow takes part in events for impromptu speeches and one-on-one debate. Farrow has done a lot of work
on all of his speeches with help from all of his coaches. He considers nationals to be a great accomplishment that took a lot of time and dedication. Although the team has come a long way, Farrow admits that in the beginning it took some getting used to. He prepares three to four speeches a week to practice. “My first speeches, they weren’t good,” said Farrow. “But pretty soon you stop being nervous, and it becomes more natural to be seen in front of people.” Next year, Farrow will be attending Purdue University. He plans to continue with speech and is hoping to make it to nationals his freshman year. Along with Smedema and Farrow, Junior Jonathan Goodwin qualified to go for his participation in congress. The participants in congress are given the opportunity to prepare arguments for or against certain bills. Although Goodwin qualified to attend, he is unable to go. “I did some work this year,” said Goodwin, “So if I do a little more work next year I’ll definitely be going. ‘J-Goods’ will definitely be there.” So as summer rolls around and most high school kids will be doing their best to keep school out of their minds, Farrow and Smedema cannot stop working. They will be preparing to give it their all against the best – not just from other schools, but from all around Josh Farrow, Senior the country.
Speech seniors complete final season, state competition by Rachael Dillon Reporter
Three team members tack a giant piece of dark blue paper onto a wall as eyes scour over the words written on it. It’s titled “The Voyage to Victory,” written in silver Sharpie, and has an island with a palm tree drawn in the corner. Chuckles fill the tiny room as the people see their nicknames written on the paper, such as “Frozen Custard” for sophomore Brandon Ritter. But this is not just a paper of nicknames and palm trees: It outlines the schedules of the individuals that made it to state finals for the speech team. Although it is custom to lose seniors every year, last year came the departure of many strong seniors, according to speech teacher and coach Ms. Sara Berghoff. This required the seniors of 2010 to really step up and help out during the 2009-2010 season. These seniors include Sarah Stewart, Brandon Reed and captains Cait Molloy, Josh Farrow and Scott Maitland. “(Being a speech team senior) means a lot of hard work,” said Maitland. “It’s been a long road to get here, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Cait Molloy Events: Dramatic Interp.
Maitland has been on the speech team all four years of high school and has experienced many of the changes. According to Berghoff, the biggest achievement this for this year was having 23 people attend the state meet, having two people compete in nationals – something that no other club or sport at Southport has achieved. The team also came in seventh at the state competition, the highest placement the Southport speech team has ever received. But for the seniors who are leaving, it’s been quite a long season. “Just looking back, I can recall all the hours being put into it and all the long evenings, long Saturdays and just a lot of time sacrificing other things for speech,” said Maitland. Starting during fall break, the speech team begins its season with a call-out meeting. At this meeting, hopeful members were shown how the team works. During Maitland’s freshman year, he had no intention of joining. He was at the call-out meeting because his brother was his ride home, and he became more and more interested as the meeting went on. “I sat there and I was like, ‘man, I can do this,’” said Maitland. “I did radio for a couple years and stuck it out, and I’m still here.” At speech practice, there are meetings and discussions in the
Sarah Stewart Events: Dramatic Interp. Memorized Duo
Josh Farrow Events: Dramatic Interp. International Extemp.
beginning. Every Tuesday, Maitland discusses issues with the team, such as fundraising, and the practice schedules for upcoming meets. After the primary meeting, the individuals or duos practice their certain speech pieces in front of the coaches or in front of some of the seniors. These practices all lead up to the meets. The three coaches, Berghoff, Mr. Joe Troyer and Ms. Mandi Cowgill, work with the speech members throughout the season. Many times, alumni of the speech team will come and help out during meets or practices. Maitland hopes to be able to do so next year when his college plans are solidified. “The seniors help me by keeping me encouraged,” said freshman member Tanner Musser. In the future, Berghoff hopes that next year’s seniors will step up as this year’s seniors have. “I think that we have established a tradition of taking the season all the way to the end, of getting up on stage, which means you’re in the awards ceremony,” said Berghoff, “so I think that next year’s seniors have some big shoes to fill, but I think that the tradition of being up on stage is only going to continue. I see great things for our program.”
Scott Maitland Events: Dramatic Interp. Original Oratory
Brandon Reed Events: Dramatic Interp.
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“Habits,” Neon Trees by Karalie Hensley
The Good: With hypnotic beats and addicting guitar riffs, the indie rock band known as Neon Trees does not disappoint with its new album, “Habits.” Front man Tyler Glenn has a certain uniqueness to his voice that caught my attention automatically. The band uses the usual instruments but makes them sound incredible in a combination I haven’t heard in a while. The beat varies without being too erratic and the rhythm pulls listeners in.
She’s Out of My League by Tanna Carpenter
Kirk is a five, while his beloved Molly is a 10. After a few put-downs from his friends, Kirk decides that there is no way that he and Molly Reporter could ever be together, and from there his inKirk (Jay Ba- securities start. Kirk’s cute personality makes ruchel) has never the movie sweet to watch, although it made been with a girl quite me question whether or not this could really like Molly (Alice Eve). happen. Molly has dated a lot of bad guys, and But after helping her reach her plane while once she meets Kirk she realizes that maybe working in the airport, Kirk finds himself a having a “nice guy” in her life would be good little bit of luck. It’s a nice little coincidence for her. So while Kirk is a little unaware of Molly’s true feelings, when Kirk realshe really does like izes that Molly him for who he is. has left her After seeing prephone behind. views for the movie Obviously MolI was afraid that the ly needs her movie would get a phone back and little…inappropriate. the only way But it ended up being for that to hapa lot more of a chickpen is for her to flick that I thought. meet Kirk at a The movie is a good party. one for anyone lookOne thing ing for something that bothered to watch on a date me about this night, or something was the stereofor a “girl’s night out”. type. The fact Other than that, I’m that certain not sure this movie people are too is really good enough good for others to watch again. really shouldn’t I felt like it was a be the case, Professional Reviews of little misleading in even if it is a “She’s Out of My League” the fact that it relittle idealistic. ally wasn’t all that The character funny, and I didn’t of Kirk not only really focus on too represented St. Louis-Dispatch much of the comedy guys, but any throughout watchgood-hearted ing the movie. “She’s person who Los Angeles Times Out of My League” gets looked over was something that by others in life. was entertaining, Although the but wasn’t filled with plot provided Rolling Stone some sort of deep, some comedy, heart-wrenching it’s a little rude meaning. Overall, the that Molly inimovie wasn’t bad, tially considers Chicago Sun-Times but it wasn’t really herself to be so that great either. The superior to anymovie wasn’t very one who’s not a “10.” But the fact that she warms up to the memorable, although I enjoyed myself while idea of Kirk and his personality helped me watching it. It was like a few hours of not being bored but not really being entertained like her character a little more. On the dating scale it’s determined that either.
The Crazy School by Ali DeHart Reporter
The Good: Good: The Crazy School is a wonderfully-written, exciting mystery novel. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. The main character, Madeline Dare, is a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, where they try to help the troubled, misunderstood kids that go there. These kids were entertaining to me because they change so much during the story. I thought they were stereotypical kids that don’t care about school, but they come in handy to the main character as the mystery unfolds. All of the parents of the students that attend the “crazy school” are somewhat brainwashed to think that the founder of the
The song “Animal” is deserving of all praise it receives and was by far one of my favorite songs, but my favorite song had to be “In the Next Room.” I could basically feel the angst in his voice as he belts out the lyrics. Every song had some sort of deeper meaning or interesting story behind it, and I loved it. Actually each song was completely different, and most artists cannot manage such a feat. The whole album contains music that would make anybody feel super cool when it is blaring in the car. The Bad: I couldn’t find anything wrong with this band and I hope they continue to put out more hits.
Santangelo Academy has the ultimate cure for their disturbed kids’ problems, which is one of the biggest and interesting mysteries in the whole story. Madeline is an unpredictable and interesting main character to read about during the novel. The length of the story is on point, which makes this fast-moving story very readable. I loved this novel, which kept uncovering multiple mysteries that help to reveal the very exciting and unpredictable ending. The Bad: At a couple of points at the beginning, the story goes slowly and gets a little boring. The author lets the readers know something about the main character that is very misleading at the beginning of the first chapter. This makes the plot more confusing to follow because it doesn’t make as big of impact as the reader might anticipate it should.
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and icing combined to make a gooey and creamy taste. Photographer Apart from the food, the general layout The Good: This place was very nice. They had a big dry-erase is fantastic. I decided to board with the daily specials written on it, try their peanut butter and if that wasn’t enough, their display winand jelly cupcake, one of dows also presented these same specials. their weirdest confections. Yes, I know it The yellows and whites of the walls were very welcoming and invitsounds like somebody just ing, and I could see myself mashed up a peanut butter Want to try some for yourself? returning sometime soon. and jelly sandwich into a Kim’s Kake Kreations is locatThe Bad: The coffee cupcake, but it really isn’t ed at 5401 Madison Avenue. shop was just too small, like that at all. They inject which caused me to see some jelly filling into the (317) 748.5252 the workers making the middle of the cupcake, and food in the back. That then top it with some spemade me really uncomfortable while I was cial peanut butter flavored icing with a dab of jelly filling on the very top of the cupcake. waiting for the nice lady to package my I bit into it and a little something called bliss food. Also, the tile floor was uneven, forcing happened. It tasted just like a peanut butter me to stand in an awkward position. and jelly sandwich, only sweeter. The jelly
Coming Soon... Movie, book and music releases 3/26 - 4/13 How to Train Your Dragon - Movie - A teenage Viking lives in a fantasy land where all dragons are sworn enemies of humans, the two eternally condemned to be in a constant struggle. This teenager learns about the sweet side of dragons in this animated feature.
The Greatest - Movie - Two grieving parents begin a paranormal investigation after receiving mail from their son who was presumed to be dead after going missing for many years.
Vincere- Movie - This limited movie documents the infamous leader Mussolini and his quest to institutionalize his first wife.
Solar, Ian McEwan - Book - Michael
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Beard is a Nobel-Prize-winning physicist who’s past his prime. He travels across the country leaving his family at home, which contributes to the crumbling of his fifth marriage. Can a man with such a broken life save the world?
This indie / rock band from Indiana releases their fifth studio album including the single “On the Dark Streets Below.”
Date Night - Movie - Tina Fey and Steve Carrell are a married couple who just wanted a night away from the kids, until they realized this “calm and soothing” night would be anything but that, including high-speed chases of survival from an unknown pursuer.
Year of the Black Rainbow // Coheed and Cambria - CD
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Golden Girls and Boys Students assess the benefits and risks of by Brittany Hemphill
never tan again. On top of the worry and fear within those 2 weeks, the doctors advised Simion to go through a body cleansing Sophomore Brittany Simion thinks procedure that is most tan skin is beautiful. She works at Tanoften recommended for Tastic salon and used to tan 2 or 3 times skin cancer patients. a week. Luckily for Simion, -Skin Cancers: $600- $1,200 for It was a surprise when Simion’s mothwhen she received the removal er pointed out a mole on her shoulder test results she found -Premature aging: $39.99 for blade a couple of months ago. The mole out that the news Olay Pro-X Skin repair (2.5 oz.) had changed over time and her mother was good. insisted she get it checked out. “It ended up just -Eye damage: $2,140 for laser“They told me there was a big possibeing benign,” said based vision repair bility it could be cancerous,” said Simion. Simion, “which is “I freaked out.” not cancer… But, -Allergic reaction: $4.49 for Simion is one of millions of tanners still, I stopped Benadryl Extra-Strength itch across the country. In fact, according to tanning that stopping the Skin Cancer Foundation, 2.3 million much at all.” -Immune Depression: $1,300 teen boys and girls use indoor tanning. The danfor an average hospital visit The foundation also reported that one ger of tanin five people will develop skin cancer in ning is Information compiled by Megan Springer. their lifetime. caused by “Tanning makes me feel happier,” the efsaid Simion, “and I feel better about myfect the self when I’m tan.” UV rays have on the top layers Due to society’s conception that tan skin is beautiful, the de- of the skin, or epidermis. The mand for the dark glowing skin has risen in the past five years goal of tanning is to add more reported the Tan Skin Association. Recently, in these spring melanin to the skin cells by months leading up to spring breaks and proms, people desire a exposing them to UV rays. tan for the occasions. Also, according to the Indoor Tanning As- A tan is actually a sign that sociation tanning makes one feel happier and gives you more the skin is protecting itenergy. self against the damage Parallel to that, skin cancer has also become more com- of the UV rays. mon. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the form of As one continues melanoma has risen. The rise could partially be because of the to tan, the chances frequency of people, generally the younger generation, who ex- for more extensive pose themselves to the ultraviolet (UV) rays. damage to the skin When Simion and her mother visited the doctor, the doctor and the possibilsurgically removed the mole – and another mole they found ity for skin cancer that day—and sent the samples for a biopsy report to test for increases. Therecancer. They received the test results two weeks later. fore, long-term Over the long wait, Simion swore to herself that she would tanners, and Reporter
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those who begin to tan at a younger age, do have more of a chance of getting skin cancer. For those reasons, the International Agency for Research on Cancer recommends legislation for other counties to ban youth tanning. For example, Howard County in Maryland banned anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. “I don’t understand it,” said freshman Alanna Heath. “Tanning causes cancer. The bad outweighs the good so much.” Heath says she can understand, and supports, tanning in preparation for a vacation to a sunny area to prevent possible skin poisoning or a really bad burn. But, for cosmetic and societal reasons are not alright. The agony and fear that Simion felt within those two weeks of waiting for test results is one of the many reasons Heath, and many others, stay away from tanning. “I’ve heard so many stories,” said Heath, “and, for lack of better word, ignorance is the only excuse.” A survey of Southport students chosen at random reported that 47 of 100 students were in favor of tanning. Most of those who did oppose, however, did so strongly. Some responded with phrases like “Why pay for skin cancer?” and “You’ll get skin cancer and die!” While Heath strongly opposes, Simion, after her frightening experience, still falls somewhere in the middle. She admits to still tanning once every two weeks until spring break, but then she plans on stopping for the summer. “It makes me feel better,” said Simion, “but, (to the more frequent tanners) I would say to just wait for the summer. A tan isn’t worth all of that.”
Photo Illustration by Megan Springer.
Teacher dedicates time to make student memories by Ali DeHart
She began to take private voice lessons her sophomore year at the University of Indianapolis. Her choir directors had a great influence on what she has become today, and because FitzgerChoir teacher Ms. Jeanne Fitzgerald can often be found in- ald came from a family of teachers, she was motivated to be a teacher. volved with anything to do with singing here at Fitzgerald says Southport. Whether her time is spent with her her current job choirs during the school day, individual stucomes with chaldent rehearsals, musical rehearsals, or show lenges, as every choir, Fitzgerald is dedicated with improving the job does. FitzgerSouthport choirs. ald is focused on Fitzgerald has been teaching in Perry Townimproving her ship for 20 years, 10 at Southport. She directs choir program, five choirs and also directs the musical every which sometimes year here at Southport. Fitzgerald is most known causes her to pull for the show choir, Simply Chic, which she started out negatives in during her fifth year of teaching here. After forwhat her students are accomplishing. She somemer principal Mr. Terry Thompson approached times tries to more often recognize the good her about the idea of having a show choir, she parts about what a student has achieved. ended up starting it because of her experience “Sometimes the hardest thing to rememMs. Jeanne Fitzgerald, as a show choir member in high school. ber is to give praise for the good things,” said She received her first piano at eight years Choir teacher Fitzgerald. old, and also played clarinet in the marching Fitzgerald cannot be a “regular” teacher. She band at Center Grove High School. She also teaches a class in which she can’t just show Powerpoints daily sang in a choir for her church. However, in high school, she startand tell her students to write notes. She has to do something difed singing in the choir instead of participating in marching band. ferent to keep the children engaged in what needs to be accom-
plished. “I don’t have papers to grade every day, so kids can’t keep track of their progress as easily,” said Fitzgerald. “…it’s kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s a whole different thing. I still run into a lot of the same problems, though, [like] motivating students, and getting their cooperation,and getting them to understand that what they do is very important.” All of Fitzgerald’s activities keep her very busy. She has intense dedication not only during the school day to keep improving but also after school. Fitzgerald doesn’t do this for herself, but merely for the memories that she knows she’s making for all of the kids she comes in contact with. “It’s something I have great memories of,” said Fitzgerald, “and to know that I’m making some good memories for some kids that they will remember the rest of their life is kind of cool. It’s obviously not about the money, and not about me…It’s just that I enjoy being around the kids, and making memories, and to feel like I’m touching lives.”
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Censoring original creations unfair to artist
Media paints negative picture of world travel Adrienne Wagner, Student Life Editor
Wes Keown, Reporter
“I’m thinking about joining the mathletes...”
“I’ll be your wooden post.”
I went to Wal-Mart, against my will, one day with my mom. She went to the grocery side of the store and I went to electronics area to keep myself content. I browsed through the bargain bin movies and looked through the CDs and found that many of them were edited. The CD I held in one hand was edited for a few cuss-words, while in my other hand was Kill Bill vol. 1, an incredibly violent movie that Wal-Mart was selling unedited. Do bad words take priority over death and destruction? People shouldn’t be censored for speaking their minds and putting their opinions out there. People’s works shouldn’t be cens o re d due to an image. Artists shouldn’t have to change w h a t they’ve put so m u c h work into to fit society’s expectations of decency. But I understand that censorship may not be able to be totally eliminated. America is apparently desensitized to violence and drugs but gets up in arms when it comes to the human body and words that have pretty much lost their offensiveness after being used every day in real life. I’m against censorship, but if it’s going to happen, then it should at least be consistent. On the news, there are tons of violent images and drug cases. There are countless crime shows that have autopsies on corpses. However, an f-bomb or a sex scene causes major controversy. Enormous amounts of hype erupted after Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction of 2004, and now we’re getting “safe” half-time shows. If the organizations, like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), behind censorship are trying to protect people, they should educate people about what is in the products they are distributing. If parents really wanted their kid not to see a movie, they should find out what the movie is about and what the context of the content is. I feel that people relying solely on ratings should be the ones that find out what’s really going on in a movie. Yes, there are cases in which people have been influenced by the media around
them and have committed horrible acts. John Lennon was killed after Mark David Chapman was allegdely influenced by The Catcher In The Rye. The Columbine shooters were allegedly negatively influenced by violent movies and video games. However, as popular as these items are, they can’t be completely at blame for the crimes based off how many people are exposed to these and there aren’t nearly that many incidents. In most cases the creators of the censored works are made with everything in the final product for a reason. There are a lot of films that are released to controversy but end up getting high hono r s . T h e highly controversial “A Clockwork O r ange” was released in 1971 to a lot of people being shocked by the graphic depictions of violence and sex and was rated X. Even with all the controversial content, it ended up nominated for four Academy Awards. The film was banned from home video release until 2000 but is now a very well regarded film, ranking on the American Film Institute’s top 100 films of all time. Of course there are times when a work has content in it just to appeal to target audiences, just so money can be made. Luckily some artists have taken a stand against censorship. The band Green Day released their album 21st Century Breakdown in 2009. Wal-Mart doesn’t allow albums with the Explicit Material label to be sold, so they have the music edited for retail sale. Green Day didn’t feel that their work should be censored for that reason and decided to not to give WalMart the rights to sell their album. In Europe, there are advertisements displayed on public television with nudity. In America, the public seems to be afraid of the human body, but will get awfully raunchy with sensuality and violence. I’m not saying that I want to see naked people when I turn on the TV, but I do feel that something natural should be less of an issue than pushing the limits without showing skin. I mean, what the *BEEP*?
When I was in fourth grade, my family and I took a trip to Mexico. I wanted to get my hair braided, and to do so at a reasonable price required a three-mile bike ride into the downtown city area. I’m not entirely sure what went through my mother’s head as she took her 10-year-old daughter down a sidewalk-less street into an unfamiliar city of a foreign country, but after being clipped by several mo-peds, riding for nearly two hours and learning a few Spanish words they don’t teach us in class, I can say that I successfully received glorious five-dollar corn-rows that day, and lived to tell about it. During the course of my lifetime, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit. I’ve been on a airplane by myself many times, driven to several different states and been out of the country seven different times. Although these things have become fairly normal in my life, it recently came to my realization that for most, this isn’t quite the case. Maybe America has been misinformed. Maybe we are scared. Maybe the comfortable Homecroft town is all we’ve ever known. Ignorance might be bliss, but bliss is relative. Homecroft might seem splendid, and it is to some extent, but until you’ve seen everything, how can you say it’s where you belong? I conducted a survey within a few different classrooms within the past week and found that only seven percent of the students have been out of the country, the most traveled place is Florida and several students have never left Indiana. These statistics were expected from high school students, however as people get older, the young dreams of travel are typically not fulfilled. According to a survey conducted by roadandtravel.com,
Knowledge of history makes for easier future Blake Stebbe, Photographer “What are you doing with my Folgers?” Hey you! You reading my editorial. Do you know about The Battle of the Bulge? No? That’s the problem. People today focus too much on right now and tomorrow, instead of the past. It’s ok for teenagers to enjoy today and anticipate what the future has to offer, but we need to know where we have come from and recognize America’s glorious (and not so glorious) past. I love history. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve come from a long line of history buffs. My dad has a master’s degree in history and taught me a lot about it so, I’ve been interested in America’s past since before my preschool days. My favorite part about history is the people who have shaped our country to the way it is today. An excellent example is Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, when he was president of the Union, he single-handedly held the country together when the nation was divided because of slavery and other issues. Years later, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt left his mark on American history by coming up with programs that gave people jobs on the way to economic recovery during The Great Depression. Some people believe FDR was the most successful president in US History, and a lot of that is based on his job programs he provided to the suffering people. U.S. history is filled with amazing people, great wars, and other great events, but it seems teenagers are very apathetic about all of it. They seem to care more about modern technology and the latest gossip than the sacrifices their ancestors made to create better lives for those of us living today. I’m not asking that teenagers know everything there is to know about America’s past, but knowing the history behind where we are now can help us know where we’ll be in the future.
We have never seen Jordan East more excited about ANYTHING.
Required Study Hall
Those of us who have had 7-period days didn’t mind it as much when we didn’t have to waste a period on study hall.
American Idol You’re all mediocre. Go home.
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Looks like her craft website is her only redeeming endeavor these days.
It should be a requirement for everyone to ride in one at least once in his or her life. We were beginning to think winter would never end. Oy!
I think the only way to mend a problem is to look back, find out what we did wrong, and learn from our mistakes to fix related problems that may arise in the future. Sometimes, we can use events in history as examples for what to do when similar disasters strike. Besides being practical, history can also be simply interesting. If you haven’t taken U.S. History yet, I recommend you go to the library, check out a book, and start reading now. You might be surprised what you’ll find. For example, on his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere didn’t actually say, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” He actually said, “The Regulars are coming out! The Regulars are coming out!”, because Americans at that time called the British “Regulars”. Did you know that, according to www.brucevanpatter.com, Abraham Lincoln grew his famous beard because of a suggestion from a child? An 11year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote him a letter saying that he would look good in a beard and it would help him win votes, so he took her advice and the rest is history. I just think those little tidbits of history are really amusing and fascinating. It’s a crime that so few teens have interest in history , but it’s not entirely their fault. One reason teens know so little about history is because they haven’t had enough exposure to it. History isn’t included in most standardized tests, so it often takes a back seat to the “more important” subjects. Standards should put more focus on history and include influential events that everyone should know about. In order to advance to the next level of schooling, history should be just as valued as english and math. Even so, teenagers should take it upon themselves to consider the history that has made this country great. We may be suffering from a recession, but America has throngs of inspirational, aweinspiring people shaping our country today. I would bet they are well aware of U.S. history and that their inspirations came from great Americans before them.
I think the only way to mend a problem is to look back, find out what we did wrong, and learn from our mistakes to fix related problems that may arise in the future.
Thumbs Up The Journal would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Spring Break!
How can we describe an ocean without ever going to the coast?
Artists shouldn’t have to change what they’ve put so much work into to fit society’s expectations of decency.
Americans were asked where they wanted to vacation within a year, with 65 percent wanting to visit a foreign country. Of that 65 percent, only one percent actually went outside of the United States. Only 23 percent of Americans even own a passport. Of this 23 percent, only 10 percent have ever set foot outside the US border. According to the same website, the biggest concern, or in my opinion- excuse, is the fear of losing a credit card while inside a foreign land. Other fears include getting lost, being hated for being American and just an overall fear of the outside world. These irrational fears flood the minds of people everywhere, simply because of how the outside world is perceived. The media does its best to show us the worst part of nearly every country. Unfortunately the American people as a whole take this horrid news into their brains, crossing out countries right and left, deeming them “too dangerous.” The sad irony is that we have created the world that we are so afraid of. This is the world we live in. A world where leaving Midwest suburbia is out of the question. A world where America is the home to everything we could ever need. A world without question, adventure or bravery. The world is violent. It’s poor. It’s dirty. It’s savage. It’s overall terrifying. The news has successfully this painted a picture into the easily influenced minds of America. We can study the past in history class. We can look in our geography books and see mountains. We can read travel blogs online. These things are a fabulous introduction to what the world has in store, yet it can’t stop here. How can we describe an ocean without ever going to the coast? A geography book would tell you that an ocean is a vast body of salt water that covers almost three fourths of the earth’s surface. A geography book could not give you the bitter taste of salt water, the feeling of sand between your toes or the sound of a million waves crashing all around you. There are many things we must simply experience on our own. America prides itself on being a cultural melting pot, but I think it might be time to cash in on our freedom, and live a little bit more.
It’s like Tae-Bo on steriods. And then it makes you look like YOU’RE on steroids!
Sneezing You’re just going about your own busine... ACHOOOOOOOO!
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Erin Maddigan today has been great! spring break is almost here :)
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Xander Myers “Yo dawg, I heard yo and yo dawg like yo yos so we put yo dog in a yo yo so yo can yo yo yo dawg while yo dawg yo yos, dawg’’
Corey Inman is a lonely onion in a patch of petunias.
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What are your spring break plans?
“I’m going to Southland Skate Center to skate, and I’m going to the mall to hang with my friends.” freshman Elizabeth Trego
“I’m just hanging out.” sophomore Amber Wombles
“PCB 2010, here I come!” junior Brandon Iaria
The Other Day...
with Emily Theis Managing Editor of Content
Public should accept unfortunate music cuts
The other day, I brushed my hair behind my shoulders with the back of my hand and sat down at a black grand piano. Behind me, a measly crowd of impatient parents, squirming children and sleeping grandparents shuffled in their pews because I was the last of many to play. I opened up my music, running my hand along the crease of the pages, then sat back and set the tips of my fingers on the ivory keys. After a quick breath, I began to play. Last Sunday I played in my final piano recital, after being taught by the same teacher for about eight years. I’ve played a spring and fall recital, as long as I was able to attend, since my playground days. I have also spent a good six years putting in my time at school as a percussionist. I’ve spent far too much money on iTunes and wasted even more time listening to my favorite songs and looking for new favorites. Music is a huge part in my life, and it has undoubtedly played a role in shaping who I am. The recent budget cuts forced upon Perry Township have resulted in a major decrease in funds available for, well, anything. But the areas that must take the hit the hardest are the arts, the extracurricular activities and anything that doesn’t show up on a standardized test. The blow is tragic, and that is undeniable. There seems to be a good chunk of the public who isn’t taking the news of decreased music funds very gracefully. “Save the arts!” is their cry, and as much as I’d like to cry with them, it’s about time practicality took the lead. These changes have to happen. If the township isn’t going to cut music funds, what is it going to cut? Let’s try academics. Wait, no, we can’t do that. Academics are driving force behind the entire concept of school. Teachers? Unfortunately, this is already the case. But any student can attest to the fact that a good teacher is one of the most important parts of learning, so we certainly can’t risk harming teachers any more. Okay, athlet-
ics? Yep. A total of $269,250 is being saved in various cuts that affect athletics, all the way from cutting middle school and freshman B teams to eliminating intramurals entirely. And as much as “save the arts” protesters like to claim the unintelligence and worthlessness of athletics, sports teams do just as much, if not more, to shape students into better and more dedicated people. Even musicians have to get into college. They have to submit their SAT scores and transcripts. Only prodigies and major exceptions are considered based solely on musical talent. Basic academic classes are undeniably essential, and they should be protected from any financial harm that would be detrimental to students’ learning. And as a frequenter of band classes, I have seen that there are unfortunately a whole lot of kids who don’t like music classes and don’t benefit from them as much as we’d like to think. Let me say this again: I love music. It’s extremely important. I don’t want any music teachers to be out of a job or any musicians to be without an opportunity to play. But this cut is necessary, and instead of complaining without solutions or suggesting irrational ones, it is time to simply accept the situation. Even further, crises like these call for creativity. While it appears unfair, the musicians among us are going to have to start fundraising more, volunteering more and being much more creative with limited resources. Music hasn’t stopped existing. It can be, in fact, a perfect source of solace and escape during “hard times” like these. It just has to change in the way we experience it, because the money to fund it in school simply isn’t there.
by Karalie Hensley
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The Southport Address
“I’m going to Hanover to climb waterfalls.” senior Emilio Santellana
“I’m going to the French Riviera.” Home school advisor Mr. Scott Evans
The Southport Address is an editorial that represents the consensus opinion of the three leaders of the Southport publications: Jess Bratton, Bureau Chief of the SHS News Bureau, Morgan McClellan, Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor and Lucas Sweitzer, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal.
Budget cuts caused by public unawareness Over the next few years, the community of Perry Township will be playing the blame game about our schools. If you attended any of the school board meetings this past year, you know all too well how parents, teachers and students alike are already pointing fingers about all of the budget cuts that are now becoming very real to our community. Some blame teachers, saying they should have given up their pay increments, or maybe even take a pay cut. Others say the administration could have done a better job choosing what to cut. And as always, the government is blamed for putting a cap on the property tax in the first place, cutting schools’ available funds. But there is one group of people that the community forgets to blame: themselves. Last November, the taxpayers of Perry Township had the opportunity to pass a referendum that could allocate necessary resources for our schools to function properly. They had a chance to guarantee the future of many beloved programs at Southport. But, it was put to a vote, and ultimately decided the taxpayers of Perry Township were unwilling to take any property tax increase for schools. Beyond this decision, all other choices made
during this budget crisis have been logical: teachers want to get paid what their contracts tell them they will get paid, the administrators cut what was necessary to have an economically feasible budget. So now in order to pay for the extra programs that make this school so great, dollars will be coming out of taxpayer’s pockets. This would be fine, except now students suffer who can’t afford to be in everything they want to be in. Our township’s budget crisis is no longer hypothetical. We’re no longer talking about what might be cut, what might be changing, whose jobs might be at risk. There is a list of eliminated positions. Programs are ending. All because the township declined to give education the budget it deserves. It’s easy for the 40-year-old accountant to say schools demand too much money. They don’t see how it gets used like we do. Without school sponsorship, it’s possible you might not even be holding this paper now. The schools of this township will continue to suffer until the public can concede the usefulness of tax dollars in education. Until that is accomplished, expect many more heated school board meetings in years to come.
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Issue 11 Corrections Senior Ben Ramey was listed as a junior under his picture on page 3. Decatur Central High School’s enrollment and location was incorrect on page 5.
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PHOTOS (left) She’s Brainwashed: Princess Ingrid (senior Morgan McClellan) points a gun at Maxwell Smart (senior Nathan Laswell) and Agent 99 (senior Cait Molloy). (below) The Phone: Agent 44 (sophomore Westin Faulkner) talks on his shoe phone while hiding in the trash can. Photos by Chelsea Stillwell.
‘Get Smart’: Southport’s Spring Theater Production
On Fri., March 12, Sat., March 13, and Sun., March 14, Southport’s theater department put on “Get Smart,” based off the old television show. The play was directed by Mrs. Barbara Whitlock.
(left) Duty Calls: Agent 44 (sophomore Westin Faulkner) answers the phone during a party with the college kids. (above) Negotiation: Mr. Big (junior Treavor Gebhart) calls Maxwell Smart (senior Nathan Laswell) to negotiate a deal for the hostages. (below left) The Bug: Members of Control listen to the bug planted on Miss Finch (junior Sam Doughty). Photos by Chelsea Stillwell.
(above) Studying: College students take prepare their test. Photo by Chelsea Stillwell. (right) Prep Work: Senior Michelle LaMarca applies her make-up before the final show. Photo by Brandon Bushong. (below right) Charlie’s Angels: Mary, Shirley and Betsy Wong (seniors Chrissy Carmichael and Michelle LaMarca and sophomore Leigh Bowles) introduce Mr. Big into the scene. Photo by Chelsea Stillwell. Making Trash: Sophomore Amy Moore fills a trash can for a scene. Photo by Brandon Bushong.
(above) Greetings: Princess Ingrid (senior Morgan McClellan) welcomes Maxwell Smart (senior Nathan Laswell) to her hotel room. (below) Mission Report: Chief (senior Taylor Farley) gives orders to his agents as his secretary, Miss Finch (junior Sam Doughty), reviews past missions.
Photos by Chelsea Stillwell.
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High Knees: The girls’ softball team does the high knees drill during softball practice on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. The team is also doing a conditioning program called P90X. Photo by Blake Stebbe. Throw The Ball!: Senior Kaitlyn Dreibelbis throws the softball during a drill in practice on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. The team does many throwing drills to help them prepare for the season. Photos by Blake Stebbe.
Multiple off-season workouts help start softball season by Stephen Gearheart Reporter A total of nine innings are all that show for a softball team’s hard work. The game is the only thing that the fans get to see. It takes only a short amount of time to play a softball game, but it takes months of hard practice and working out to play well in the game. According to head coach Mrs. Melissa Franzosi, the girls’ softball team worked out year-round. From August to October, the girls worked on hitting and fielding. During October through December, they lifted weights and conditioned. Before the season started, during January and the beginning of February, the girls had morning practice from six to seven to work on their hitting. Senior Kaitlyn Dreibelbis says that the off-season workouts helped the girls not be rusty and to get to know each other. Once try-outs came around, the girls had to go through hitting
stations, fielding stations (ground balls and fly balls), a position play station, a base running station, time conditioning stations and a pitching and catching station. Franzosi also says that the varsity softball players are strongly recommended to have a weight-lifting class. “We lift and condition to strengthen the muscles and for injury prevention,” said Franzosi. This year, the girls also began participating in P90X, a video conditioning program. The girls used the P90X two or three times a week during the off-season. For an hour on those days, the girls participated in this work-out video, during which they did yoga and worked out their arms, legs and abdominals. There are multiple different videos that the girls use for their exercising. “(P90X) is helpful because you build up your core strength,” said Dreibelbis. “It also helps because you strengthen your arms for throwing and your legs for running the bases. It strengthens every part of your body.” The softball team also has team bonding to help the girls play
harder and better together. Once a week, every week, the whole team gets together to do a team activity to get to know each other. One of the things they’ve done took place after a Saturday morning practice. The girls all got M&Ms and for each M&M that the girls had, they had to tell the team a fact about themselves that no one else from the team knew about. “(Team bonding) helps because (the team) gets to know you and it helps (the team) come together,” said Dreibelbis. “At the end of the season, we have a friendship with each other. We look forward to getting to know each other and not worry about softball.” Franzosi’s goals for this year include winning the county tournament, winning conferencew and being in the championship game of sectionals. She believes that all the hard work that they’ve been putting in will, in the long run, help them reach these goals “We have all of our starting players back from last year,” said Franzosi. “We hope that everyone comes out and supports us.”
throw a shot put
Throw it: Senior Becca Lomax throws the shot put at practice on Friday, March 19. Lomax also competes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays and the high jump. Photo by Brandon Bushong.
Senior track athlete participates in several events by Clayton Leslie Reporter Senior Rebecca Lomax has a different track workout every day, but her training does not vary in length or speed. Rather, Lomax’s training varies depending on the event she is focused on, be it a relay on the track, the high jump or shot put. Lomax is Southport’s only athlete who participates in running, throwing and jumping events. Lomax has spread her abilities over many track and field events, instead of choosing to focus on a small amount of similar events. Events Lomax competes in include the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 4x100 meter relay, the 4x400 meter relay, high jump and most recently, shot put, in which Lomax has qualified for the indoor state meet. “I had never done shot put,” Lomax said, “but coach Lezon told coach Fishel about the weight I was lifting and (Fishel) told me I should try it.” After quickly learning to throw shot put over the course of a week, Lomax competed in the Wabash indoor invitational and qualified for indoor state on her first throw, something that doesn’t usually happen according to head coach Mr. Nathan Fishel. He considers this accomplishment
a testament to Lomax’s athletic ability and how well-rounded she is. Fishel says that athletes like Lomax who are well-rounded are important for track teams, because they allow the team to strategically add individuals to events that may require some extra help in order to snuff the other team out. According to Fishel, Lomax has grown accustomed to her role as a multi-event athlete over the past three years, and he thinks she will excel this year as a senior. As a junior, Lomax received all-state honors in the high jump and plans on returning to the state meet this year in any event she can. “If we had a decathlon, with all of our athletes, with all of our events, Rebecca would definitely win,” said Fishel. Practice for Lomax does not remain consistent. Her week often includes one or two days of endurance-type running, and an easy sprint day. The remaining day is dedicated to her field events: shot put and high jump. At most meets, Lomax says that she will dart from the shot put ring and prepare to run her race, only to go to high jump as soon as she finishes. “Going back and forth constantly can get stressful,” said Lomax, “but I am competitive enough to where I can put it out of my mind.”
Photos by Colleen Siegfried.
by Aubrey Rudisill Sports Editor The four steps to throwing a shot put, according to an interview with junior Eric Dean:
put it in the center of the ring, with all your weight on your left foot. Bring your left foot all the way through to the front, switching all your weight to your left foot. Your body should be twisted backwards and facing the opposite way of the sand.
1. The start: Start with setting the shot 3. The power: Use your left elbow to help under your right chin bone, if you are righthanded. Have most of the ball’s weight in your fingertips. Go to the back of the ring and point your feet away from the direction you want to throw. Your center of mass should be lowered primarily your right leg.
2. The spin: Pick up your right foot and
keep your shoulders up. Drive your left elbow back with force extending your right arm forward.
4. The throw: While extending your arm,
begin to jump. While jumping, release the ball from your finger tips with a flip, when your arm is in full extension.
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Clubs not considered official sports by Kinsey Goff Extras Editor Two coaches, full varsity and JV teams, practices, games and even managers. These are the characteristics of a sport, but according to IHSAA, boys’ volleyball and lacrosse aren’t technically sports. There are three levels of athletics, sports, athletic clubs and club sports. Boys’ volleyball is an athletic club, but lacrosse is a club sport. “I do volleyball because it’s one of the most fun sports I’ve played,” said junior Bobby Blackwell. “It’s a lot different from basketball or football though because there isn’t a cheer block and most of the school doesn’t really consider it a sport.” For Blackwell, the difference in the way boys’ volleyball is treated is obvious. He doesn’t like that he can’t call all the long practices, games and tournaments part of a sport. Boys’ volleyball is called an athletic club. This means that the athletic department has accepted it as a sport even though they aren’t sanctioned by the IHSAA. The athletic office gives boys’ volleyball money for the facility and transportation costs. Each coach has to make their team’s own schedules, but the athletic office helps coordinate the schedule with sports. But the coaches have to be volunteer and only part of uniform and equipment costs are covered. This gives the coaches a lot of responsibility and time into something that they aren’t getting paid for. “I played boys’ volleyball all four years I went to (above) Guarding the Castle: Senior Alex Krizman defends the goal at lacrosse practice on Thurs. March 18. The team practices at Southport and all my coaches were volunteer,” said Assistant coach Mr. Mary Bryan Elementary School. (below) Bump, Set, Spike: Senior Josh Dougherty and junior Bobby Blackwell are both members of Nate Thompson. “I the varsity boys’ volleyball team, which is considered an athletic club at Southport. Photos by Brandon Bushong. Team Info thought it was a really Below are the athletic clubs or club sports and their coach and faculty sponsors cool thing. I wanted to sport to become an athletic club, it has to be following all of the Boys’ Volleyball give back to the team and make sport rules and have a faculty sponsor. Right now, lacrosse is a Head coach: Mark Slaton sure they got to play too.” Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Leonard club sport, but is well on its way to becoming an athletic club. Lacrosse This is Thompson’s second year This is the second year for lacrosse and they now have a faculty Head coach: Doug Aldrige coaching. His two brothers, Jack sponsor, Ms. Sarah Bellinger. Faculty Sponsor: Sarah and Sam Thompson, are also on Boys’ Bowling According to senior Alex Krizman, the lacrosse team has to buy Head coach: Jeff Thompson the team. According to him, that’s everything they use. This includes equipment and 900 dollars Faculty Sponsor: John Lefever a big reason why he coaches. He in referee fees. Luckily, this year they get to use Mary Bryan Girls’ Bowling knows all the guys on the team Elementary fields for free. They have to drive to every game and Head coach: Courtney Clark Faculty Sponsor: John Lefever and wants to be a part of their practice because the athletic department doesn’t cover their lives and make sure they stay on transportation fees. the right track. The lacrosse team puts in a lot of time and money into their High school boys’ volleyball is a sanctioned in both Ohio club sport. According to Krizman, they are working hard to make and Illinois, but isn’t in Indiana. This upsets a lot of the players it an athletic club, but they wish they could make it a sanctioned because athletic clubs have to follow all the same rules as IHSAA sport. sports and they receive the same awards, just aren’t technically Lacrosse practices every day, and even in their off season they sports. practiced every Wednesday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Boys’ volleyball It is an in-school decision for any high school whether they practices most nights from 6 to 9 p.m. The days they practice want to accept the club sports into the athletic department. A depends on what else is going on in the gyms. Actual sanctioned club sport doesn’t have to follow the rules of a sport such as not sports get priority in gym time before volleyball gets the chance having physicals and not following the GPA guidelines. For a club to use it.
Pick your final four and beyond. Below each region are the teams remaining. Turn in your picks to room 400 or the main office by end of day Friday. The winner will have a photo and a quote in the next issue of The Journal and a bag of candy. Good luck.
Kentucky, Cornell, Washington, West Virginia
Northern Iowa, Michigan St., Tennessee, Ohio St.
Duke, Purdue, Baylor, St. Mary’s
Syracuse, Butler, Xavier, Kansas St.
Total points scored by both teams in championship game
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March Madness is the greatest tournament in sports It has officially arrived. The madness is here and in full force. March Madness. The greatest tournament in all of sports puts the entire nation into a wonderful frenzy like none other. The greatness of March Madness is not easily explained with words. It lies in the buzzer beating shots, the Cinderella teams and the unthinkable upsets from years past. It lies in the George Masons, the NC States and the Stephon Currys. It lies within the 1979 championship game, in other words, Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson. And currently, it lies within the Cornells, the Murry States and the Ali Farokhmaneshs. And no, that is not a typo. The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament is so unique and special because it completely contrasts every other major sports tournament. It offers more to the fans, than any other sport, collegiate or professional. Sixty-four teams from all over the country have a shot at winning any given game. There are no seven game series, or a national championship decided by a computer rating. But the tournament is completely set up to favor the higher seeded teams, matching the 1-seeds against the 16-seeds in the first round, the 2-seeds against 15 seeds
and so on and so forth. Just through the first two days, is obvious that this year’s tournament will be one to remember. To start things off on the first day of action, 13-seeded Murry State sank a buzzer beating shot against the favored 4seed, Vanderbilt. Only to be topped the next day when the 14-seeded Ohio University knocked off the heavily favored and Big East Conference finalist Georgetown. Ohio finished 7-9 in their considerably less competitive conference, but made a magical run to win their conference championship. That alone, is madness. The tournament unites strangers who may have picked the same team to win and are glued to a T.V. for the end of an exciting game. It becomes the topic of almost every conversation, and for three weeks, everyone and anyone becomes a college basketball fan and lives and dies with their favorite teams or, more likely, the teams that give them a chance for winning their bracket pools. Each year, when the end of March rolls around, everyone from bracketologists to soccer moms are constantly checking their own personal master piece of a bracket. Everyone participates. But the majority of bracket fillers have their brackets destroyed by one small school or one no name player turned national star
overnight. Yes I am referring to the previously mentioned Ali Farokhmanesh and his magical 9th seeded Northern Iowa Panthers. And yes, I never knew they existed before last week either. The Panthers have wreaked havoc on most brackets, including yours truly. This Farokhmanesh guy, believe it or not, has taken the nation by storm. In the first round he hit a buzzer beating three pointer to beat UNLV. Then followed that up by sinking another three pointer towards the end of regulation to seal the win against the number one team in the country, the Kansas Jayhawks. A team that will most likely have at a minimum, three players entering the NBA draft, were defeated by who? Northern Iowa? So as this spring is brought in by the tournament, take a second and enjoy that buzzer beating shot, even though it completely destroyed your bracket. Enjoy watching young men who have nothing to lose, and the world to gain on the biggest stage of their lives. March Madness is here and gone in just a few short weeks. Take advantage and enjoy the experience.
With Jordan East, Reporter