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Issue 4, Volume XCII

Southport High School

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971 East Banta Road

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‘Embarrassing’ issue persists

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Students and staff should expect these changes after coming back from fall break. Science and Foreign Language Hallways These areas will be shut down for the renovation of classrooms. One science room will become two new smaller E.L. classrooms. Courtyard The courtyard will become seven new classrooms, the new common science lab and the IMC will also be moved here. Cafeteria The north end will be opened for use, including new restrooms. However, the Cardinal Cove entrance will be shut down. Old IMC The old IMC will become 11 new classrooms, with new lockers and new entrances to different parts of the school. For video footage of fall break construction changes visit: Information gathered by Bradley Davis.



The cardinal red and Styrofoam lunch trays were all seemingly scrambled amongst the cafeteria tables on Thursday, Oct. 3. Single ones laid there and others laid in stacks. The lunch dismissal bell rings, and the students piled out of the cafeteria in a scattered group. Custodian Mrs. Sherry Henry began making her daily rounds cleaning up after the students previously eating their lunches. She and other custodians had to pick up 339 trays between the three lunches throughout the day. Each tray left a trail that needed picked up because students didn’t take them up to be washed. According to principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer and Henry, this has been a problem for many years. Henry has been a custodian at Southport High School for 13 years, and it has been a problem throughout her whole career. Henry adds that this is a “roller coaster” of a issue. Sometimes it’s not as bad, and sometimes it’s really bad. But this issue is not all about students leaving behind their messes. It’s why this problem has been and is still occurring since the year 2000. “The kids need to kind of understand where they’re coming from,” Henry said. “They’re growing up and they’re gonna be going on their own.” According to Brouwer, solving the problem doesn’t necessarily require a punishment. Brouwer delays punishment towards students because she wants to instill an important social skill in all students. She believes that it is not all about punishing those who don’t take up their trays, it’s about students developing that internal feeling of doing the right thing. She also suggests students can create a system of one person taking up trays one day, and then switching roles the next day with another person. As the cafeteria renovations continue, more visitors come to Southport to see how the work is coming along. Brouwer says she is very prideful of the school, and that she is proud of the students everyday. She adds that she wouldn’t want to be a principal for any other


by Lindsey Farley Reporter

student body other than Southport’s. But beyond her pride in Southport, she believes when visitors witness students leaving their messes in the cafeteria after lunches, Southport’s reflection as a whole is affected. “It’s embarrassing to me when I take (visitors) down into the cafeteria,” Brouwer said. “Not just to me, it’s embarrassing for Southport High School when I take them down to the cafeteria to see the things that have already changed, and there, the kids get up, leave and there are trays everywhere.” Extra help taking up trays that are left after lunches is provided by some stu- Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer leans over to pick up a student’s tray with food and trash still on it after second dents. As they leave lunch. This was the period with the most left-over trays on Thursday, Oct. 3. Photo by Lindsey Farley. the cafeteria, they retrieve the trays for the to class on time if she takes up her tray. So she habit is important. The website also suggests custodians. Junior Dominique Humphrey is just leaves it, not to risk a tardy. that even when someone is tempted to not clean one of few students who provide more help to Even younger students at Southport Elemen- up, setting a good example for others to follow clean after lunches. tary School can completely clean up their messes can make others to want to do the same. “It’s not that hard to take up trays,” Hum- at the tables according phrey said. “So, I just decided to help out.” to Mrs. Barb Beaver, Henry says she is always trying to remind cafeteria manager at students to take up their trays to try and help Southport Elemenout her and other custodians at the end of tary. She claims that if This was the number of trays that were left on cafeteria tables lunch. While some kids agree to take them up, younger students can after each lunch period on a white day on Thursday, Oct. 3. other students just ignore her. do it each day, so can 152 Henry adds that student’s respect is the older students as well. key when they are told to take up their trays. “They have to take She wants students not to just brush off her their trays up,” Beaver request for help. said. “And they have “Be more responsible,” Henry said. “Respect to take the trash off 111 the adults around here when in the cafeteria.” of their trays. They’re According to a freshman source, students responsible for their 76 who are leaving their trays on the table tops own trays and put are usually too distracted by their friends to them in the window.” take up trays. Socializing after lunches are According to growfinished is what most students do. Freshman, Mariah Evans also adds that it’s harder to get making cleaning up a 50

Students continue to leave their used trays on the cafeteria tables for others to pick up

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Northern community transportation phase out affects this year’s freshmen Perry Township extended busing is ending due to success and achievement by Abigail Barrett Reporter For many years, the northern community students have been provided bus transportation. This year’s sophomore class is the last class to be provided this transportation and enrollment for such students at Perry Township schools. The northern community for Perry Township is located in a wide area downtown in the near-northeast side, according to home school adviser Mr. Scott Evans. The area is then split down the middle with half going to Perry Meridan High School and half going to Southport High School. The northern community program has been in the process of ‘phasing out’ and will continue to do so until the freshman class of this year graduates in 2017, according to theindychannel. com. The children who started kindergarten in 2003 would be the last ones seen as eligible for the program. Perry Township has in fact become more diverse, according to statistics from the Indiana Department of Education. In 2010, Southport Middle School had all grade levels with northern community busing and had a diversity rate of 31.49 percent. Now, in 2013, with no northern community busing, the middle school has a diversity rate of 36.19 percent. “We have been going through a transition since (this year’s) sophomores have been in second grade. It has been what is known as

‘phasing out’ in the districts,” Evans said. The transportation program started because of a desegregation law that was passed in 1981 to help Perry Township become a more diverse school district, according to the Indianapolis Public Schools Desegregation Case Collection, 1971-1999. Other school districts around the Indianapolis area, such as Decatur, Franklin and Warren townships, have provided similar programs to students from the A student walks to her bus after school on Monday, Oct. 7. Southnorthern community, lo- port has three buses that are designated to go to the metro area cated in what is normally of Indianapolis for students. Photo by Lindsey Farley. an IPS district area. purposes after this year’s sophomore class According to the Indianapolis Public Schools graduates in 2016. Desegregation Case Collection, 1971-1999, With these students being the last class there was more involved in the decision than just to have northern community students, many having IPS students go to other school districts. groups of siblings could be separated across The districts that had less than a 20 percent raschool districts. Senior Jada Bell is a participant tio of African American students would begin the in the northern community program and has ‘phasing out’ in the school year of 2004-2005. been for her entire school career. Bell’s younger Throughout this time period, Indiana would brother is just barely in the cut-off range for goprovide funding to help pay for the transporing to a Perry Township school. He instead is a tation and any other inconveniences that ocfreshman at an IPS school, Arsenal Tech High curred through the process. School. Bell says that she strongly dislikes that Due to higher graduation rates in both her brother cannot come to Southport, and that IPS and Perry Township and a more diverse her family feels similarly. community, the program was put to an end. “I feel like he should come out here,” Bell said, The buses used for the northern community “because (Perry Township) has better education.” students will no longer be used for the same


Foreign Language

October 11, 2013

Papel de los sueños

by Karla Salas Periodista

Tang hleihnih a kai lio mi Nu Cora Rudisill le Pa Clayton Bowie cu kum 2013 Homecoming siangpahrangnu le siangpahrangpa caah thim an si. Hi thimnak a phi hi homecoming football game chung ah phuan asi. Photo by Mikaela Maillet.

Homecoming Southport ah

Kumkhat ah vawikhat tuah tawn mi homecoming cu tlamtling te in tuah asi by Janet Tluang Reporter Southport siangin i kum khat ah vawi khat an tuah tawn mi, Homecoming cu tlamtling te in tuah a si. Homecoming hi US ramchung i sianghleirun le high school kai lio mi pawl nih i nawmhnak puai an tuah tawn mi asi. Hi puai hi kumkhat ah vawi khat tuah asi i, sikpar thlaah tuah tawn mi asi. Mah puai caan ah hin sianghngakchia leh cachimtu pawl, highschool a kai lio mi le a kai ti lo mi nih i tawnnak an ngei tawn. Homecoming ah hin US chung i lentecelh nak ah a ngan bik mi; American football le homecoming Parade (lam ii a bupi in kal ) tuah tawn asi. Physic caa chimhtu Stacey Matlock, sinin kan theih ning ah cun Homecoming hi siangin chung i conglawmnak puai ah a ngan bik mi asi. Hi puai caah hin tampi i timhtuah nak an ngei. Siangin kai chung ah puai nganbik a si caah sianghngakchia tampi cu hi puai caah hin timhtuahnak tampi an ngei ii an thazaang

le caan dihlak an pek tiah a chimh. Tang hleihnih a kai lio mi le Booster Club member asi mi, Kush Parikshak nih a chimh ning ah cun, hi homecoming hi sianghngakchia vialte nih hmunkhat te in an hawi le he an i nawmh nak caan asi hlei ah siangin nawmhter pakhat zong asi ve. Booster club hi siangin ii buu pakhat (club) a si i, minung panga an si. Hi chung i member a si mi pawl nih hin , siangin nih i nawmhnak caan an tuah poh ah an mah nih hin zeitin dah a nawmh khawh lai tiin thazaang tampi chuahtu ani si. Booster club aa tel mi pakhat asi bantuk in, Kush le a hawipawl nih hin i timhtuahnak tampi an ngei. “Riantuantu pakhat kan si bantuk in, homecoming caah hin i timhtuahnak tampi kan rak ngei i, tlamtling te in kan ngei khawh mi cungah kan i lawm ngai,” tiah a chimh chih. Tukum Homecoming parade (lam i a bupi a kal) ah hin sianghngakchia hna nih an mah le an group cio ah a ning te in an kal ti tawn. Lam ah an kal lio ah hin, zoh dawh mi phun phun zong an piah chih ii, sikpar chung ii musical show an piah ding mi zong an piah chih ii mutthai zong a zoh tu sinah an vorh chih tawn. Powder Puff football le homecoming laam a tawlreltu, Pu Joe Leonard nih a chimh ning ah cun, hi puai caah hin zarh 9 chung reng lo

timhtuahnak an rak ngei. Hanley nih a chim rih mi cu hi homecoming hi siangin chung ii a ummi buu (club) vialte caah an mah le an club cio piah khawh nak caan tha bik asi tiah a chimh chih. Mah homecoming ah hin, sianghngakchia pawl, high school bawi alak cang mi hna siseh, saya/sayamah pension a la cang mi, asi loah siangin chung ah a tuan ti lo mi zong, hi Parade le Game ah an rak i tel tawn ve i, Kum fa tin te minung 800 nakin tam deuh an i tel tawn i tukum zong ah hin minung tampi an i tel kho. Puai chungah hin, homecoming siangpahnrangnu leh siangpahrangnu siseh siangpahrangfanu le siangpahhrangfapa an thim tawn. Siangpahrang fanu le fapa hi tang 9 in tang 11 chung ii sianghngakchia pahnih cio hi saya/sayamah le nih an thim i, Siangpahrangnu le siangpahrang pa caah hin tang 12 chungah minung 6 cu saya/sayamah le nih an thim dih hnu ah, sianghngakchia vialte nih vote lakin, homecoming siangpahrangnu le siangpahrangpa cu an thim hna. Mah siangpahrangnu le siangpahrangpa thim hi homecoming phunglam ngei mi pakhat asi ve. “Hi puai ah kan tuah mi vialte hi a tlamtling dih caah ka lawm ngai. Hi bantuk caan hi hmaikum zong ah tuah asi than lai. Minung tampi nih thazaang an kan pekcaah kan i lawm,” tiah Leonard nih achimh chih.

Directores estaban buscando por una inocente Dorothy para el papel principal del musical de otoño, “The Wizard of Oz.” Senior Yesenia Jimenez actua el papel exactamente de esa manera. “Todos los adultos acordaron que ella fue la mejor opción,” directora del musical, Mrs. Emily McDuffee, dijo. “Ella trajo inocencia al personaje, que nadie empeñó tan bien como ella lo hizo.” McDuffee eligió Jimenez para el papel, a pesar de nunca haber estado en una producción antes. Jimenez está envuelta Yesenia Jimenez, en clases de AP y es Senior capitana del equipo de baile, pero este año, Jimenez dice que decidió tomar música como algo más serio y presentarse en audiciones por la primera vez para el musical de la escuela. McDuffee dice que ella sabe que Jimenez es un estudiante que trabaja duro y siempre termina los trabajos en lo que la ha tenido como estudiante en la clase de coro. “Ella tiene sus cosas preparadas. Ella tiene sus líneas del coro memorizadas y su música está preparada,” McDuffee dijo. “Ella siempre está más adelantada del juego, y es un buen, positivo líder en ese aspecto.” Cuarenta estudiantes participaron en la audición para el musical, y Jimenez fue la única que tuvo lo que los directores estaban buscando para el papel de Dorothy. Jimenez se estaba sintiendo enferma el mismo día cuando las partes fueron anunciadas. McDuffee le envió un mensaje de texto para dejarle saber que Jimenez fue elegida para el papel principal de Dorothy en “The Wizard of Oz.” “Yo siempre he soñado en ser Dorothy desde que era más joven,” Jimenez dijo. “(The Wizard of Oz) era una de mis películas favoritas.’’ Estudiantes pueden ver a Jimenez performar en el “The Wizard of Oz’’ musical a las 7 p.m. en Nov. 23 y Nov. 24 y 2:30 p.m. en Nov. 25. Admisión cuesta $8.

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Student Life

October 11, 2013

Southport reacts to effects of modified block schedule

School begins to see long term effects of lengthier periods and separated days by Britton Whitlock Reporter

The first few days of this school year were full of stress and confusion for junior Jonathon Hawkins. He didn’t know what classes to go to or what days his homework was due, not to mention his schedule was different each of the first three days he came to school. Southport High School’s new modified block schedule was to blame. However, the schedule soon became favored by Hawkins despite the stressful first week. “Trying to juggle that and remembering what classes to go to was a struggle,” Hawkins said. With the modified block schedule and the changes that were made, there were some confusions and kinks that needed working out, Jonathon but it turned out to be a positive change Hawkins, Junior for Southport. According to Brouwer, research was done, and they discovered that students learn better when they’re in a class for a longer chunk of time. “We believed that returning to some sort of block schedule would be better for student achievement,” Brouwer said. In the past, when Southport was on a regular block schedule, it cost a lot to employ the larger number of teachers required. There were budget cuts a few years ago, so the original block schedule had to go. Administrators continued to try to find a way to give students longer class time without adding teachers, but they couldn’t find a way to do so with the limited budget. After brainstorming and adding an extra day to the traditional block, the modified


block schedule was born. However, the downside to this modified block schedule is that students can’t meet every day for class. Some classes that rely on meeting each day are finding problems with this aspect of the new schedule, such as foreign language classes. Chinese teacher Mr. Alex Mao teaches at both Southport and at Perry Meridian High School. Perry Meridian is still on the regular eight period schedule. According to Mao, the schedule at Perry Meridian is better for students taking a foreign language because they need to use the language every day to become better and not lose what they have learned. “If they don’t skip a Saturday or Sunday without practicing, it’s even better,” Mao said. “Foreign languages need to practice and use it every day.” Hawkins agrees that the schedule hurts classes like foreign languages, mostly when it comes to practice and retaining information. “It really messes up my German 4 class because we don’t have that constant repetition of classes,” Hawkins said. However, the total amount of time that students are in class is almost the same. “The difference of in-class time is just a few minutes,” Brouwer said. “We believe that in every class, there is a start up time and an ending time where you get ready for class or get ready to leave class. With the new schedule, it works out so that you have more quality in-class time.” P.E. teacher Ms. Leah Enterline finds the extra class time especially useful. Enterline says that the new schedule provides a more structured class. The P.E. classes used to have fitness classes some days and work on unit sports the other days. Now, they can have both every day. This also comes in handy for the swimming unit, giving students more time to get ready after swimming. Hawkins mostly enjoys the fact that his classes don’t meet every day. “Some classes I don’t enjoy going to every single day, and this block schedule allows that,” Hawkins said. Although the schedule has seemed confusing to some, for others, like Hawkins and Enterline, it has proven to be effective.

P.E. teacher Mrs. Rachel Ancelet instructs black 5 class as they get ready for another day in their swimming unit. Photo byJesse Roller.

Southport’s new modified block schedule leaves students discussing which color day is best.

Angel Sanders,

Ty Conatser,

Bayley Young,




“White day. I have all my important classes ... I can accomplish the most on that day.”

“On red days, I have a smooth transitioning schedule filled with simple and fun classes.”

“... Black day because it’s the easiest on me. The work load is less, and I have a lot of friends in my classes.”

Kaitlin Powers, senior

“Red, I get to leave the last two periods of the day. The perks of being a senior.”

Taking different roads for driver’s education Despite high costs of driver’s ed. courses, students agree that the benefits are worth it

{drivingPOLICY} PERMIT With driver’s ed., a driving permit can be obtained at age 15. Without driver’s ed., it can be received at age 16.

by Sierra Sullivan Reporter Junior Jeffrey Parsons couldn’t wait for the sense of freedom and more responsibility that a license and a car bring with them, which is why he enrolled in drivers ed. classes. “My parents wanted me to take it because it would lower my insurance,” Parsons said. “And I also didn’t want to wait.” In the state of Indiana, a person must be 16 and 9 months to obtain their driver’s license. However, a person can also enroll in driver’s ed. to get more information, lower insurance and get a three month head start on acquiring his or her driver’s license. According to Parsons, driver’s ed. helps teenagers get an advantage over other drivers who choose to not take it. Driver’s ed. teaches teens the rules of the road by giving them tests and driving lessons. Not to mention, some students, like Parsons, prefer to learn in the classroom from a teacher rather than their parents. Senior Christian Bravo, on the other hand, preferred to learn from his parents. According to Bravo, the decision to not take driver’s ed. has not affected his driving skills. “Driver’s ed. is the same thing as if your parents teach you,” Bravo said. “Except insurance is cheaper.” According to Bravo, he felt that he didn’t need to enroll in driver’s ed. classes to prepare him to be a better driver. However, Bravo regrets the decision not to take driver’s ed. only because insurance is less expensive if one chooses to take the driving courses.

Junior Jeffrey Parsons believes his participation in driver’s ed. made him a better driver. He feels he wouldn’t have been as cautious if he didn’t take the course. Photo by Sierra Sullivan. According to, teens may receive up to a 10 percent discount on insurance if they enroll in driver’s ed. classes or a defensive driving course. The website states that it is important for teens to enroll in a driver’s ed. course due to the fact that teen drivers may expect high insurance premiums. Teens receive higher insurance premiums due to the fact that teens are more involved in accidents and receive higher amounts of traffic tickets. Students may also reduce the cost of insurance if a student can provide a history of good grades along with taking driver’s ed. Some car dealerships also use this type of technique by offering special discounts to recent college graduates. Along with lower costs of insurance, driver’s ed. courses can help teens learn every aspect to driving, including all of the regulations of the road. Teens review traffic rules, vehicle handling techniques, laws and any other information that is useful to drivers. Another useful aspect of taking a driver’s ed. course is that it can be taken online. An advan-

tage of taking online classes is that a student can complete the course in the comfort of their own home. However, online classes do not go as indepth as actually being in a classroom. “In driver’s ed., you learn more than just how to drive,” Parsons said. “It teaches you how to be mentally aware and cautious.” Parsons and Bravo both believe that driver’s ed. is worth the cost. Prices may differ depending on where students choose to enroll in driver’s ed. classes. Students should always talk to their insurance agent before making any decisions, according to Parsons encourages students to take driver’s ed. He believes that the cost of taking these classes is worth it because of the advantages the classes offer, especially the lower insurance. Bravo believes that not taking driving courses helps save money in your pocket at the moment, but taking these courses would be better in the long run. “I had the money to take it,” Bravo said. “I wish I would’ve.”

LICENSE With driver’s ed., a driver’s license can be obtained after holding a valid permit for 180 days and reaching the age of 16 years and 6 months. Without driver’s ed., a valid permit must be held for 180 days, and the applicant must be 16 years and 9 months of age. HOURS With or without driver’s ed., driver’s license applicants must submit a log of 40 day hours and 10 night hours driven with a licensed adult over 25 years of age. Information from


October 11, 2013


Walking dead break into a run

Indianapolis Zombie Run holds an ‘undeadly’ 5K run for both the living and the not living by Sarah Fowerbaugh Reporter

It is nearly the middle of October and Halloween is coming up fast. While dressing up is a tell-tale sign of Halloween, there are more opportunities than just the holiday to be turned into zombies than one may think. Last Sunday, the streets of downtown Indianapolis were filled with the undead and their victims. Bloodied and bruised Hoosiers fell prey to the walking dead as bystanders laughed and took pictures. It was a massacre for the ages, and it was all in good, clean fun. The Zombie Run is a national phenomenon that takes place in 29 cities and counting. Indianapolis will be hosting another run in the upcoming year, but the date has yet to be announced. This past run took place on Oct. 6 and wound through the White River State Park. Spectators were allowed to stand on the outer edges of the race and watch runners succumb to the zombie hordes. Zombie runs are taking the U.S. by storm. They’ve already taken place in over 20 states and infected over 480,000 people, according to runfo- Mr. Joshua Brown, The English Teacher Indianapolis Zombie Run is one of many in the Zombie Run circuit that spans across America. Over 1,400 people signed up to participate in the run. When running in the 5K race, an individual can opt to run as either a human or as a zombie. For a zombie, the task is easy: infect all humans

A Zombie Run participant gets “zombified” as volunteers splatter her with fake blood. The Indianapolis Zombie Run was held at White River State Park on Oct. 6. Photo by Casey Smith. in sight. To do this, zombies must either pop the human’s balloons or pull their bands or flags. For the humans, the objective is a bit difficult. It’s every man for himself out on the track. Obstacles are set up to hinder runners and help zombies latch onto human prey. The age-old rule of zombies being terrible pursuers is out the window as well. The walking dead can run as fast as any living person. Fighting back isn’t going to be a problem (nor is it

allowed), but keeping away and alive could prove to be difficult. Once the balloons, flags and bands are popped or taken, the human has become “infected.” Series director of the Indianapolis leg of the Zombie Run Chloe Swenson explains in her own words what being a zombie or a human entails. “If you sign up as a zombie, you show up a couple of hours ahead of time to receive a professional zombie makeover,” Swenson said. “Runners

will show up right before start time and we’ll give them a belt that has flags, or lives in this scenario. And then we’ll start them on the 5K, and as they run through this 5K, that’s when they’re going to come across these four or five different zombie zones. The zombies’ goal is to try and steal the human lives.” But, just because a life has been lost doesn’t mean the run has to stop. The newly-infected are encouraged to finish out the race with the living and dead alike. Everyone is welcome to the after party where zombies and survivors can mingle. Swenson says that her favorite part of the entire run is watching the newly-appointed zombies get made over. “Just watching people get transformed from their everyday self into a zombie with these professional makeovers is really cool to watch,” Swenson said. “You’ll get a crowd around watching these transformations. It’s really fun to watch that.” As the Zombie Runs spread across the country, more and more people are getting bit with the urge to run. English teacher Mr. Joshua Brown participated in the Indiana leg of Run For Your Lives, a race like the Zombie Run that was held last Sunday. In Run For Your Lives, Brown ran as a human and made it out alive. This run actually took place on Boondocks Farm in Knightstown, Ind., rather than in downtown Indianapolis. Brown ran in a rural setting versus the urban setting that the Zombie Run was based in. Being pursued by zombies in movies and video games doesn’t compare to the real-life aspect of the run, Brown says. “Being chased, even if it’s not a zombie, is an interesting feeling,” Brown said. As for the experience, Brown believes that it is one that others should partake in. Brown says that the experience was a lot of fun, and that he plans on doing it again the next time the run comes to Indiana. When the Zombie Run comes back to infect Indianapolis once again, the walking dead run could turn out bigger than ever. What it really comes down to is that there are those that survive, and there are those who fall prey to the zombie hordes.

‘Outliving the undead’: facts and survival

Zombie experts give survivalist advice in books and zombie-culture website

Illustration by Hope Randall.

by Vanessa Abplanalp Entertainment Editor While the undead may not be walking amongst the living, there are those who want to assist in zombie survival and education, such as zombie survivalist-website founder and also zombie-survivalist author. One such author with more than his share of zombie information is Max Brooks, author of “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “World War Z.” From zombie myths, to strategies to recorded attacks, Brooks offers advice and information in his survival book. “Make sure your escape route is planned and your gear ready to go,” Brooks wrote. “In the uncertainty of battle, it may be necessary to abandon your home.” Another writer is Mr. Jake Sepulveda, founder, writer and unofficial zombie expert of Sepulveda has had a two decade-long fascination with zombies, offering help to those wanting to “outlive the undead” on his website. Currently a Portland Community College student in Portland, Ore., 28-year-old Sepulveda created the website a year and a half ago. “I started Zombease as a way to communicate logical and scientifically-backed information on the undead and survival,” Sepulveda wrote in an e-mail to the Journal. “I was/am tired of others simply making up facts and/or sending out false or inaccurate information.” Sepulveda says that as a child, he would use movies, mostly horror, to escape the real world and problems in it. According to Sepulveda, it was easier to focus his fears on movies instead of real life. Advancing in zombie knowledge, Sepulveda started forming his idea. According to Sepulveda, he began testing himself and making plans to see whether or not he would survive through a zombie attack. The Crew compromises the staff of the website, which is composed of a psychology major, tactical adviser, zombie combat expert, coeditors and more. There are five types of zombies, Sepulveda says: Type I Viral, Type II Viral, Chemical, Parasitic and Haitian Vodoun Zombies. Of the five, the three most likely are the viral types and Vodoun. According to, a Vodoun Zombie is a deceased per-

Zombie expert playing card information. Photo contributed by Mr. Jake Sepulveda. son who can be revived by a Bokor. “The most serious and sad information would be that Vodoun Zombies are real,” Sepulveda wrote. “People are taken from their homes and families, poisoned, buried alive and then dug back up in such a frail and mentally broken state that they are then under the power of a Bokor (evil priest or priestess). These are VICTIMS and not something to be joked about.” In “The Zombie Survival Guide,” Brooks also mentions a type of zombie similar to this. According to Brooks, a “voodoo zombie” is one that has been raised from the dead, and voodoo houngans, or priests, turn humans into zombies by magical means. On, there are articles geared toward survival, such as storing food, building kits, safer disaster locations, medical guides and DIY projects, Sepulveda says. “Always be prepared and have an Every Day Carry (EDC) - Knife, way to start fire, cordage, water,” Sepulveda wrote. “Be realistic. I see a lot of folks loading their Bug-Out Bags (emergency kits) down with 50+ pounds of gear. They’d never be able to carry that out of a real disaster zone.” Sepulveda says that the website receives 2,000 to 2,500 views a day, with the articles being backed by actual research and facts. Finally, Sepulveda encourages people to come together as one in zombie situations. “People ignore when it comes to the undead and preparing for them is that community is the only real way to survive anything,” Sepulveda wrote. “Human beings started banding together in groups for a reason; we need each other to stay alive.”


1. Chemical Zombies: They have the ability to move quickly, speak and survive brain and body damage, such as in “Return of the Living Dead.” 2. Vodoun Zombies: A deceased person that is revived by a Bokor or sorcerer. The person is poisoned by the Bokor. This is often used for revenge. 3. Viral Type II Zombies: The potential to have a human-made virus strain with effects leading to zombie-like symptoms is more likely than one may think. An example is exaggerated in the movie “28 Days Later.” Information from

Zombies through the years

“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – This was back long, long ago when being a zombie still meant you had a speed limit of 2 mph. As the first major film to claw its way into the box office, it drew crowds to the theater like a crowd of zombies to fresh, squelchy brains. It’s eerie, but cow-like monsters stole (and devoured) the hearts of drive-in couples across America.

“Return of The Living Dead” (1985) – After slews of zombie movies, “Return of The Living Dead” did it ‘80s style. Then, the acting was cheesier, the violence bloodier, the women more promiscuous and the macho men heroically, and hilariously, endeavor to save the day and get the girl. Past the layers of goop that covered zombies of the disco age, there’s a little bit of fright in their bite.

“Dead Alive” (1992) – “Your mother ate my dog, Lionel!” “Not all of it.” The ‘90s brought the smiles and slapstick. It was then appropriate to laugh when someone’s dear old mom started to chow down on the neighbor’s Chihuahua. Described/discredited by critics as being one of the goriest, and stupidest, movies ever, it starts small with nibbles from an undead Sumatran Rat Monkey and cumulates into a squishy, scene where they mow over zombies to make pulpy, bloody compost. “Warm Bodies” (2013) – Apparently, young love can live on in hearts that aren’t even living anymore. The romance of “Warm Bodies” proved that. Going with the sweet-and-sour approach, the movie jolts and gives horror junkies their scare fix, while also sugaring it up a bit with a little love and teenage angst. Though the screams were pretty minimal, it’s still better than Twilight. “World War Z” (2013) – For one of the first times ever, the zombies’ scare tactics aren’t in their despair-inducing, overwhelming numbers, but in their incredible speed and piranha-like chomping power. Brad Pitt actually has to brush his long, luscious man-locks away from his face to deal with these evolved undead, and it’s pretty awesome. This is a great example of how far the zombies have dragged themselves since 1968.

Information gathered by Cooper Davis. Photos taken from,,, and


October 11, 2013

Familiar faces by day turn frightening by night Students enjoy working at various haunted houses in Indy by Alle Musser Reporter

Senior Brooke Taylor poses as the puppet in the Pinocchio room of the Haunt Out Hunger haunted house. Photo by Hope Randall.


It’s dark. So dark, junior Garrett Coffey can’t even see his own hand a few inches from his face. Slowly lurking around the corner, the victims don’t know what awaits them in the next room. Maybe a mad scientist, or perhaps a psycho, blood-covered clown. It could be masked Coffey, anticipating jumping out in order to spook the upcoming sufferers. “You never know what’s around the corner or when someone’s about to jump out at you,” Coffey said. At the end of the night, the terrorizing Jason takes off his mask, puts up his chain saw and goes home to finish his homework. Not only is he not real, he’s a teenager. Student actors work weekend after weekend to scare victims until they cry for their mommies. Many teens at Southport High School enjoy doing the haunting in the goose bump-rising October thrill. According to, Nightmare on Edgewood is voted Indy’s most intense haunt. With evil clowns, bloodthirsty butchers and unexpected characters ready to frighten their victims as much as possible, says Nightmare on Edgewood is the best place to go for a real scare. Juniors Garrett Coffey and Austin Lindbeck are actors at Nightmare on Edgewood, along with six other students who attend other schools on the South Side. The house is open every weekend

in October, along with a few Thursdays. I’m doing something for the community.” Being a newcomer to Nightmare on Hunger, Inc. is a volunteer organizaEdgewood, Lindbeck sees what it’s like tion that has been feeding families in to be on the other side of the haunt. Perry Township and Beech Grove since “It’s a lot different than going through 1983. Haunt Out Hunger has been a haunted house,” Lindbeck said. “I think donating since 2009. From the beginit’s a lot more fun.” ning, they have made donations of over Unlike Lindbeck, Coffey is a returner to a thousand canned goods such as macNightmare on Edgewood and has had more aroni and cheese, pork and beans and encounters with startled guests. Coffey Hamburger and Tuna Helper. works in “Pandemonium,” which means The house is owned and ran at the chaos, torment and confusion. “Pandemo- Randall family’s home. According to nium” is a pitch black maze where victims, the Ranmust find their way out without being dalls have loved Halloween ever since able to see anything around them. Coffey the owners of the haunted house were enjoys scarkids. Years ago, ing people to as a family trawhere they dition, every can’t take it “Last year, I scared a girl so Halloween the any longer. Randalls held a bad, she jumped back and fell haunted house “Last year, I in their garage right through the wall.” scared a for close friends girl so bad, and families to Garrett Coffey, she jumped enjoy. A few junior back and years ago, they fell right decided to let through the everyone into wall,” Coffey said. the haunt with a donation of a canned However, haunted houses aren’t al- good for charity. ways about scaring people until they Haunt Out Hunger may be family jump through walls. Haunt Out Hunger oriented, but victims still come out in is a family-oriented haunted house. It’s great terror. free to get in, but Haunt Out Hunger “I was a dot person once,” Taylor said. encourages guests to bring at least one “The whole room was black with black canned food item to later give to a local lights and neon polka dots. I came up food bank Hunger, Inc. behind a kid and scared him. He hit his Seniors Tayla Franklin and Brooke head on the ceiling he jumped so high.” Taylor are both returning volunteers at Although the benefits from working Haunt Out Hunger. All of the actors and at different haunted houses aren’t the crew members are volunteers. Not only same, all haunters have one thing in do they get the thrill of scaring others, common. They all love to scare innobut they get the satisfaction of helping cent victims. Whether it’s young chilthose in need. dren or grown men, the actors all feel “Everything goes towards charity,” accomplished when they get a reaction Franklin said. “That makes me feel like out of someone.


With two weeks for fall break, it might seem hard to find something to do. Luckily, there’s still a lot Indianapolis has to offer. Shorts by Christina Hemphill and McKenzie Witherell. Photos taken from by

Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Hoosier Herpetological Society is bringing their reptiles and amphibians to Garfield Park to show the animals off to anyone who comes. There will be snakes, lizards, frogs and more! This exhibit is open on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Garfield Park and is free.

Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra while they perform music from “Singin’ In The Rain,” as the movie plays. The performance will be playing at the Indianapolis Hilbert Circle Theater downtown on the circle. The shows are Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. The tickets start at $15.

Brown County Magic Show Come see a complimentary magic show at Common Grounds Coffee Bar & Tea Shoppe in Brown County. The show is Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. You can stop by Brown County State Park on your way and hike through the beautiful park. Both activities are free.

Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio Come see all kinds of marionettes at The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio. The show takes place at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio located at 25 E. Henry St. in downtown Indianapolis. The show is from Oct. 12 through Oct. 27. Weekday tickets cost $10, weekend tickets cost $12 and children under two are free.


October 11, 2013

Give credit only when they deserve it Give credit where credit is due. Everyone has heard that saying for years. But usually it doesn’t involve giving baseball players more than $30 million a year. However, some people, like college athletes, deserve the credit they ask for. Others deserve the firstballot hall of fame nod, the sports-casting gig or those few dollars here and there that they believe are withheld from them. They deserve credit because of the class they exhibited all throughout their career. While $30 million plus is outlandish, I’m not surprised. We live in a society where money is the answer to 99 out of 100 questions, according to social studies teacher Mr. Daniel Jones. So, I don’t blame the Yankees All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano for asking for that much. He’s worth it. But, after everything that happened with the whole A-Fraud fiasco I don’t believe that $300 million over 10 years is anywhere near what he will get. Let’s break it down. Cano hit 204 home runs in his first eight seasons. He wants Alex Rodrigueztype money. A-Rod hit 241 bombs in his first eight seasons. Even though his eighth season fell in 2001, when he admittedly started doping while on the Texas Rangers, so you can take the rest of his career with a grain of salt. But, you have to look at the rest of A-Rod’s career. Once he got his monumental $275 million dollar contract the curse struck, the curse of getting old. He lost production and began to lack in all baseball areas, so for the Yankees to take another risk on a player like Cano who would be 40 by the time his contract is done is too risky. Too much risk, not enough reward. Cano is no doubt the best player on the Yankees now that Jeter is getting older and Rivera has retired, but after A-Rod’s recent downfall, the Yankees should be wary to give Cano more than $20 million a year. I give him an A for effort, but right now as an organization that has scrubs like Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells, the Yankees need to focus on resigning Cano at a reasonable price in order to be able to put enough pieces around him to give him the opportunity to win another World Series. People like Cano are those people who want more credit than they deserve. College athletes are the opposite. Over the past few weeks, many of the prominent college football programs in the ACC and Big 10 have seen their players wear attire that is covered with the acronym “APU,” which stands for All Players United. The movement is the college athlete’s protest to the NCAA’s continued dismissal of the idea that they are going to give any kind of compensation to student-athletes who bring in tens of millions of dollars on average for the universities. I give credit to these college athletes for standing up for themselves. They are fed up with allowing the NCAA to profit off of their hard work. I mean, Alabama football coach Nick Saban is making more than $6 million dollars a year. I don’t believe you give him all the credit for that though. You give the credit to the athletes who work their butts off to balance schoolwork and a sport. You give the credit to those people who have no time or viable way to make any money or support themselves through college because of all the amateurism requirements. So, I give all the credit in the world to college athletes finally standing up for themselves and telling the NCAA that they are tired of being the unpaid talent in a multimillion dollar talent show. In these situations there is someone who deserves credit that either doesn’t get it, or thinks they deserve more than they are worth. Cano has a lot to improve on before he will be anywhere near the realm of $300 million dollars. The NCAA needs to understand the athletes are doing them a service and needs to pay up accordingly. Credit is something that is seldom distributed correctly. Most athletes don’t get enough, but there are those athletes whose egos make impossible for anyone to get the recognition they deserve. Maybe Cano will get his money in Texas or L.A., and maybe the NCAA will learn not to treat its most valuable assets like third-world workers.

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Senior Lawm Bik steals the ball from a Franklin Central player on Tuesday, Sept. 17. This was the Cards ninth shutout on the season after they won 2-0. Photo by Mikaela Maillet.

Stifling defense leads to broken records

Boys soccer team credits winning season to returning players’ experience by Brooklyn Raines Reporter

Last season, the boys soccer team had 190 saves on defense. This year, however, the team cut that number down to 34 saves in their first 12 games, by allowing fewer shots on goal. In their first 11 games, the team allowed 85 shots on goal, with less than eight shots a game. Varsity head coach Mr. Josh Brown credits the cut down in saves and shots allowed on goal to the amount of pressure the defense puts on the teams they play. “We pressure the ball extremely well. The pressure limits shots and allows offense longer possessions,” Brown said. The team has had nine shutouts this season, and the best record in school history as well, with a record of 10-4-1. The team will have the least losses in school history, even if they were to lose the rest of their games. Up until the Columbus North game, the team had only allowed three goals. The team is out-shooting opponents, with 232 shots so far this season and 49 goals scored up until this point this season. The defensive unit consists of seniors Andrew Clevenger, Jake Jurgen, Roberto Aguayo, Mitchele Harris and goalie Caleb Bernhard. Clevenger, who plays sweeper back, attributes the experience on defense to the success they have had this season. “We have had four defenders play together since eighth grade. The comrade helps. Due to the experience we have had together, we don’t even have to communicate anymore,” Clevenger said. “We just know where each other are without communicating.” Clevenger says this is his favorite season because of the team’s record, and the team won the Westfield tournament for the first time. According to Brown, the midfielders and forwards on the team pressure the ball. This allows the opponents to have less time

with the ball and to make more mistakes. The team double and triple teams the opponent making it hard for them to recover, according to Brown. One of the team’s main strengths is out-pressuring their opponents, says Brown. “If we lose the ball, I tell the defense I want the ball back within five or six seconds of losing it,” Brown said. Brown credits this season’s success to the 17 returning letter winners and the momentum the team built coming off of last season’s sectional win. Last year, the team only graduated two seniors. Due to the fact that the team is mainly returning experienced players, in practice, the team practices refining skills rather than building them, according to Brown. The team also returned an all-conference, all-county player, junior Van Lian (Alian). Alian plays left wing for the team. “The two wings have to get back on defense, we pressure the ball every chance we get,” Alian said. Alian also received second team district and was one of the only six sophomores last year in the state to earn a spot on the second team. Alian only got to play seven games last season and still managed to be a part of the second district team, according to Brown. This season, Alian has the second most goals on the team, with 11 goals, behind Senior Van Sui Lian with 12 goals on the season. Alian credits his 11 goals this season to teamwork and his team. Alian credits his confidence this season to being part of the second district team last season. “Being part of the second district team last year makes me want to be part of the first district team this year,” Alian said. According to Alian, the team will need to continue to pressure the ball like they have been in the first 12 games in order to go to regionals and then onto state. Brown believes the team is very capable of winning sectionals and regionals. “If we work hard and stay sharp winning sectionals and regionals is very possible,” Brown said. “If we play like we did the first 15 games, it is very possible.”

by the



Information gathered by Nick Meacham

7 18 21

The number of goals the boys soccer team has given up as of Oct. 8.

The average number of shots the soccer team takes on the goal per game this season.

The boys soccer team state rank as of Oct. 8.

2.4 12

The number of assists the soccer team averages per game.

The amount of goals senior leading scorer Van Sui Lian has.

Girls soccer team struggles with teamwork before sectionals Communication issues are worked out by team prior to sectional matchup by Derrick Gray Reporter After a 2-13-1 season last year, the girls varsity soccer team seemingly had nowhere to go but up. The girls started off this season struggling once again, not winning a game until their fifth attempt. The season is quickly nearing its end and the girls are yet to repeat their triumphant act. According to head coach Mr. Dan McLaughlin, the team is struggling to achieve solid teamwork. Instead of seeing the entire field, the girls are zoned in on themselves and how they can succeed as an individual. McLaughlin believes that the struggles in teamwork stem from the inexperience of his players at the varsity level and for some, even soccer in general.

“We have a number of girls who start varsity that have only played soccer for a little bit over a year,” McLaughlin said. “We are still spending a lot of our time on the individual skills and individual decision making.” On the other hand, junior Mikaela Maillet attributes the lack of teamwork to overall strong player personalities. This, in turn, causes tempers to flare, and a losing record does not help at all. Instead of accepting mistakes on an individual level, the girls blame each other. According to Maillet, all teams have these problems. The persistent losing magnifies the effects, and girls are simply not always going to get along. “If we were winning, then I feel like our differences wouldn’t matter that much. If we just accepted our mistakes we would have much better teamwork,” Maillet said. With the regular season reaching its completion two weeks ago, the girls sealed up a 1-14 record. Sectionals will be the girls’ last chance to pull everything together and perform at their best.

Senior Cheyenne Caldwell attempts to pass the ball around a defender at practice on Wednesday Oct. 8. Photo by Nick Meacham.



October 11, 2013

Though driving law is inconvenient, it is worth it journal ADDRESS

vised driving, 40 hours during the day and ful, and high school students often believe 10 hours at night. These rules might seem that the world is out to get them and the trivial and inconvenient, but the Journal be- GDL is a good place for them to put blame. However, students lieves that this law justifies itself. need to understand that the driving law According to a review of all the litis for their safety and Waiting those six erature published not just to annoy us months might be teenagers. Students on the GDL done by the University should also be aware inconvenient, but it does that Indiana is not of Massachusetts, pay off in the end. it included the fact the only state with that even though a GDL requirement. the varied studies More than 30 states have had a very have also enacted a wide range, from GDL requirement for 5-60 percent, all of the studies on any GDL teenage drivers These facts aren’t meant to say that teenhave shown teenage driving improvement. According to, 16 year olds are 10 agers are bad drivers, because we know we times more likely to get into a crash than an aren’t. It’s to show that waiting a little longer adult, plus teenagers are much more like- does make the road and our passengers safer. ly to be distracted by passengers and cell Waiting those six months might be inconvephones. Being a teenager is hard and stress- nient, but it does pay off in the end.

Gone are the days of elaborate sweet 16 gifts of the first car. Gone are the days where riding the bus after 16 was simply a myth. Gone is the freedom that once came with turning 16. Now, the age 16 only signifies the start of another countdown to actually obtain a license. That is the effect of Indiana’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) requirement. According to the Indiana GDL requirement, teenagers must be at least 16 and a half to obtain a probationary driver’s license, and that’s only after taking driver’s education, which can come with a hefty price tag. Otherwise the soonest a teenager can get their license is when they are 16 and 270 days. Also every new teenager that comes through wishing to get a driver’s license must have completed 50 hours of super-

{head SCRATCHER} What do you enjoy most about Halloween?

“Saying trickor-treat.” Celina Caluza Freshman

Comic by Hope Randall.

“The candy.”

Roddrick Morris Sophomore

Body image isn’t everything “I should have been a blonde.”

Our society puts the definition of being skinny on a pedestal. Celebrities’ pictures are everywhere, with young girls and boys growing up thinking, “that’s how my body is supposed to look.” This is incredibly wrong in my eyes. I don’t think people should look at a picture of J-Lo and wish they were as pretty or have a body like hers. I think people need to realize they are never going to look like her. Some people have bodies that are never going to have the wanted thigh gap, the beautiful blue eyes or even the small hourglass figure. But, that’s OK. Everyone’s body is different, beautiful and unique in their own way. We need to stop comparing our bodies to others and instead, love our bodies for what they are. According to, 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and try to use dieting to obtain their ideal body. With only 5 percent of women’s bodies be-

{cardinalQUESTION} Are you doing anything over fall break? If so, where are you going and what’re looking forward to the most?

by Bawi Phutin Sophomore

“Over fall break I am going to play soccer with my friends. I am not going anywhere. I will just stay in Indiana. The thing I am looking forward to the most is to have fun with my friends, play soccer and sleep.”

by Maruida Gonzalez Senior

by Sydney Dearth Sophomore

“My fall break will revolve around the people who need me most. They’re always there for me. I’ll return the favor. First, my sister wants her GED, then to enroll in college. My friend who graduated last year, needs a love interest, or guidance at least. Wants my help. My best friend just got out of the hospital, so i’ll have some comforting to do. Vastly, my dearest boyfriend. I’ll always have time for him. For he is my sunshine.”

“Over fall break I am planning on going to Caribbean Cove hotel with my friends and family. I am also going to the Covered Bridge Festival in Mansfield, Indiana. I may also be going up to Chicago to visit my family and finally get to go up in the Willis Tower and the beach on Lake Michigan.”

Charles Wise Senior

“Haunted Houses.”

Dorothy Brownlee

by Christina Hemphill Reporter

ing able to look like the image media shows read an amazing quote from J.K Rowling, a off, why is society so worried? writer of many books including the Harry In other parts of the world where hav- Potter series. She doesn’t understand why ing enough food to eat is a privilege, larger fat is thrown out to hurt people the most. women are the ones put on the pedestal. It’s “I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a seen as wealthy and beautiful. human being can be?” Rowling wrote. “Is Unfortunately, body image is directly re- ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallated to self-esteem. The less a person thinks low’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’?” of their body, the lower Rowling their self-esteem is, and went on to talk about a low self-esteem brings how she has two Every person on this unhappiness. Nobody girls who she would deserves to be unhappy, rather see strive to earth should learn to and the easiest way to independent, inlove themselves for every be achieve happiness is to teresting, idealistic, unique aspect of their be happy with yourself. kind, opinionated, Unfortunately, the original, funny and body and work to make age self-esteem starts other things before themselves better. becoming an issue is ‘thin’. Rather than dropping as years go by. being empty-headed, I’ve seen a little boy I self-obsessed and babysit, who is two years old, cry because the emaciated clones. swing set moves when he swings on it. This I live by this statement. The way other people boy has been living not even 5 years and al- look, or the way you look to other people should ready criticized his body for being “fat.” not matter. Loving yourself and your unique This brings me to a big disturbance of body is better than loving a body that another mine, the word fat. person already has. When did being fat start to become the Every person on this Earth should learn biggest insult someone can throw at another to love themselves for every unique aspect person? I’m unfortunately guilty of this too, of their body and work to make themselves but the first insult that comes to mind that better. Not work to make themselves be an will really hurt someone is fat. exact clone of the movie stars and celebriI first started hating the word fat when I ties that seem to have the “perfect bodies.”

“Costume parties!”


“Hanging out with friends.” Rachel Burwell Senior

Rules can be positive by Britton Whitlock Reporter

“I hate cutting words.”

It was 6:25 a.m. on a red Monday and I wanted nothing more than to wear some comfortable sweatpants. As I forced myself to go to school in jeans, I thought about how much more I would like school if just a few little changes were made to the rules to make all of our lives easier. When it’s around 100 degrees in September, it would really help out a lot of girls if we were allowed to wear shorts, as long as they were tasteful. Also on days like that, shirts with sleeves really aren’t comfortable. A few shoulders showing here and there never really hurt anyone. Being able to wear something comfortable without risking getting lunch in ISS could really take the toll off of all the school work we get. I know that after a long night of cramming for classes, when I wake up, I don’t want to get out of bed, let alone put on jeans. On test days, we have enough to worry about without being uncomfortable in tight, long pants or shirts that make you break

even more of a sweat than an extremely difficult test. I know that this is mostly from a girl’s perspective, but boys, you have to understand that for most girls, the “status-quo” is to wear skinny jeans, not men’s cargo shorts. The things that are comfortable for girls aren’t allowed with the dress code. According to, 80% of teenage girl’s clothing is not in the average school dress code. This makes it so much harder for girls to find clothes that we like while still following the school dress code of having sleeves and not wearing sweatpants or shorts above the knee. In all seriousness, some of this could actually happen. However, there is always that handful of people who won’t follow the rules and risk losing things that make the rest of us happy. Sure, maybe you won’t get in trouble that day, but don’t think that means that no one notices. Teachers do, and when there are a lot of students wearing see-through leggings or basketball shorts, it makes teachers question whether or not we’re mature enough to handle any more new freedoms. There are a lot of little things that would just make school more enjoyable, but please don’t be the person to ruin it for everyone else. The main reason we have so many rules is because several students constantly break them. Keep your hood down, wear jeans instead of leggings and boys, please keep your pants up. Maybe there could be less rules if we can all work together to follow dress code and comply with rules.


October 11, 2013

Teens let out their inner animal by Rachael Samm Managing Editor-of-Content The beloved high school comedy, “Mean Girls,” demonstrates the reality of high school drama. Although some things in the movie are a little dramatized, the main idea of the movie easily shows the troublesome lives of teenagers who aren’t just transfer students from Africa who plot to ruin the lives of others with their new found friends. One of my favorite aspects of the movie is the scenes that she imagines in her head as “the animal world.” Since the main character, Cady Heron, grew up in Africa and the only socialization she got was with an elephant and a young African boy who rejected her at the age of 5, she coped with the trauma of the “real world” by imagining it as the animal world. In one scene, Cady becomes enraged at mean girl Regina George for dangling her boyfriend, the dazzling Aaron Samuels, in front of Cady. Cady only knew how the animals in Africa would settle such a dispute. The scene suddenly takes a turn for the worst and the cafeteria turns into a room full of screaming monkey teens and Cady clawing Regina while viciously roaring like a lion. Obviously, such a thing wouldn’t happen in real life, but if you hit the mute button on this scene, this animalistic enactment matches the actions that would occur in a fight in the halls or cafeteria. Kids jump on the tables to get a view of the cat fight and those surrounding the attackers cheer and shout for them like chimpanzees. In fact, the actions of teens really aren’t that much different from animals when you think about it. The Pig We’ve all seen it. It’s Sunday football, everyone’s in their colt’s jerseys and sweatpants with a drink in one hand and massive plate of food in the other. The chairs are reclined as people rub the food baby that results from the Sunday football feast. People pig-out for the simplest occasions, but we all enjoy food. I mean, who would turn down a chance to become a pig and devour Grandma’s cookies or a nice, hot Papa John’s pizza with breadsticks?

The Lion and the Gazelle Ever made your mom mad? That feeling of fear is much similar to the fear a gazelle has as it is hunted down by a hungry lioness. Her yells are that of a ferocious lion and the punishment is almost like getting torn apart, limb by limb. The Kitten

Every teenager resembles a kitten. All kittens do is eat, sleep, play and bask in the sun. What do teenagers do? They devour everything in sight, sleep until noon, hang out with friends and for those teens worried about looks, hit up the tanning beds to soak up those UV rays. The Bird Birds can fly wherever they want whenever they want. Think back to that sweet moment when you passed the driver’s test, and the keys were turned over to you. Sweet, sweet freedom. It was like you could then drive wherever you wanted whenever you wanted. Unfortunately, we are tied down by our parents unlike the bird. But one day, that sweet freedom will be entirely yours.



The Peacock

The peacock flares out its colorful tail to attract a mate. Girls put a bunch of colorful stuff called makeup on their face to attract a mate. The peacock’s colorful tail will always be there though. One time through the shower though and a girls face will turn from a beautiful masterpiece of color to an unrecognizable creature. I don’t care what Drake says, when I’m chillin’ with no makeup on, I feel like a naked mole rat, not a beautiful Peacock. But, don’t think I forgot about the boys. I see the way you guys strut by hot girls with your chest puffed out just like a peacock puffs out it’s tail.

Stolen Phones

Two full weeks of sleeping in.

Get your own!

Sopo Cardinals

Haunted Houses


Paying to get scared, ew.


Spending money

Love those cute faces.

It doesn’t grow on trees.

Room 400

Taking stuff off walls

Twerk-free zone

You’re in highschool, people!

The Otter

Did you know that otters hold hands when they sleep? How adorable. Who doesn’t love a good cuddle when they’re trying to go to sleep? No one. He sleeping otter is the cuteness level that every couple aspires to reach.

The Goose

If you tell me that you have never chased a flock of geese with your arms flapping and your best goose impression roaring, then you’re lying. How many geese do the same thing right back to you? Geese and people do the same exact thing to each other! It’s like a prank war going on between the two species, but neither of them realizes that it’s even happening.

The Goldfish

The goldfish has a memory of 10 seconds. Honestly, how “forgetful” are teenagers? The common excuse for not doing homework or chores is because one simply forgot. Though this may not be true in every case, it is a viable reason for not getting your stuff done. Yes, you may blame this on the lack of responsibility, but teens do seem to have the 10 second memory of a goldfish.

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It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, school is back in session and there’s a certain nip in the air that symbolizes the end of hot summer days. Fall is back with a vengeance and the holidays that come with it are fast approaching. Halloween is the main event of early Autumn, though it falls at the very end of October. The entire 31 days of October are just one giant set up for one semi-lame night of freezing to death for a bunch of peanuts, tainted unwrapped candy and fifty cent toothbrushes. The one redeeming factor of Halloween night is getting to dress up in the most ridiculous or visually pleasing costume you can find. The point of a Halloween costume is being able to freely express oneself without fear of judgment from others. However, every Halloween there is someone who doesn’t appreciate a perfectly well-done costume. If it’s not too scary, then it’s too revealing or promiscuous. It has become increasingly difficult to get it right when it comes to choosing a costume, mainly because there are so many ways to get it wrong. When choosing a costume, there are several factors that one needs to take into account. How would you rather be percieved? Would you rather be a terrifying, grisly creation of Frankenstein? Or is a cuddly kitten more your speed? Are you more comfortable wielding a magic wand or a blood-drenched machete?

Whichever you decide should be influenced to be freezing her tail off on a night that’s only by your views. supposed to be full of tricks and treats? HowWhat really irritates me is when some- ever, said girl deserves to wear whatever the one is criticized for wearing a costume that Halloween she wants if she’s willing to face makes him or her genuinely happy. To me, a the bitter October cold to look like a sexy Halloween costume is a reflection of a per- clownfish. Though the highest temperature in son, more or less. recent years for Halloween has been a mere When I was a kid, I always dressed as an 60 degrees according to indianapolis.about. iconic figure, or as what I wanted to become com, girls still venture out in thin, skimpy when I got older. Though there wasn’t exactly costumes. I’m not one to brave the cold, so I a job market for mermaids or astronaut balle- would rather bundle up than look good. But rinas at the time, it was what made me happy. that’s just my opinion. It was a reflection of my five-year-old self. Scary costumes are another area I’d like That philosophy still holds true for me to address. I should hope that those donning today. This year, I plan on dressing as my bloody lab coats and hockey masks don’t ascurrent inspiration, the one and only Ellie pire to become mass murderers in the future. Goulding. Goulding Halloween can be all is someone I admire fun and games so long a lot, so embodying as we all remind ourher for Halloween selves that it’s just a What girl wants to be seems like a great holiday. Everyone can’t freezing her tail off on a option for me. please everyone. night that’s supposed to be I understand Halloween is one day that some costumes a year out of 365 where full of tricks and treats? aren’t exactly a mirsociety’s rules of dress ror image of someare cast aside. So wear one’s hopes and your bloodiest white dreams. It’d be a little dress. Pull out that weird for some teenskimpy nurse’s outfit. age girls’ goal in life to become a sexy dragon Paint your face like a Jack-O-Lantern. Buy the (one of this year’s most popular female cos- scariest mask you can find. Wear your sparktumes according to ly mermaid tail with pride. Fluff your tutu and But for those who are against promiscuous brush out your nappy wig. Go overboard with costuming, it needs to be said that Halloween that fake blood. Become someone you aren’t is the one day a year when you can be some- or become someone you wished you were. one you aren’t. Saying that, it can be implied Don’t allow someone tell you what to wear that the girls (or guys) wearing particularly on the scariest day of the year. Ultimately, scandalous costumes don’t typically dress your costume is up to you. Wear what you like that on a daily basis. Halloween costumes feel comfortable in. If all your friends are gocan be taken as seriously or as jokingly as the ing as the Powerpuff girls, but you want to go wearer decides. as Doctor Who, then you wear the heck out of Personally, I don’t understand the draw that fez and bow tie. Halloween is meant to to the wanton costumes that are offered by be a fun-filled holiday. Let’s not poison it with the Halloween party stores. What girl wants petty judgments and social standards.

“Why do I always draw triangles?”


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Fall Break

The Penguin Though I would love to compare the penguins from Happy Feet to teens, I’m afraid penguins don’t actually dance or sing in real life. However, penguins have very short legs which causes them to waddle. If you’d take a moment to walk down the halls of any high school, you may see some boys who have the apparent small legs and waddle that a penguin does. Do not be fooled! These boys are simply sagging their pants to look like penguins when they walk. We all know that they’re obviously imitating penguins and clearly not trying to look cool by allowing their trousers to descend to their knees. They’re just trying to evoke their inner penguin.




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October 11, 2013

Home Sweet Home Homecoming ‘13

(Above) Sitting atop the railings, senior Alex Myers leads the Booster Club section in a cheer during the homecoming game on Oct. 4. Photo by Lindsey Farley.

Southport’s quiet queen

by Cooper Davis Reporter

(Upper Left) Southport’s 2013 homecoming king, senior Clayton Bowie, stands at the 50-yard line of Ray Skillman field after receiving his crown. Photo by Bradley Davis. (Upper right) Southport’s 2013 homecoming queen Cora Rudisill (left) receives her cloak after being crowned. Graduate Bria Wright (right), last year’s homecoming queen, presented the cloak. Photo by Mikaela Maillet.

(Above) During powderpuff football on Oct. 1, senior Bryanna Fox runs the ball for the senior team. The junior girls won this year against the seniors. Photo by Mikaela Maillet. (Upper right) Social studies teacher, Mr. Dan Jones receives a pie to the face during the game’s third quarter. The Booster Club members and special ed. teacher Mr. Scott Whitlock were also pied to support Riley Dance Marathon. Photo by Nick Meacham. (Lower right) Senior Chinoya Phiri runs the ball on Oct. 4, preparing to elude Terra Haute South’s defense. Photo by Nick Meacham (Below) Mrs. Stacey Matlock’s son, Collin Matlock, stands in front of Homecoming court candidates senior Meg Mobley (left) and senior Cora Rudisill (right). Matlock was a crown bearer for homecoming. (Lower left) Mrs. Rachel Ancelet’s daughter, Emma Ancelet- also a crown bearersmiles for the camera as she holds the homecoming queen’s tiara. Photos by Mikaela Maillet.

Former homecoming queen Bria Wright passes on the homecoming crown to senior Cora Rudisill during half-time on Oct. 4. Wright offers a brilliant smile and kind words of congratulations, but Rudisill says she was too shocked, too intimidated, too caught up and captured in the moment to say anything back. With the homecoming king Clayton Bowie at her back and a teeming, screaming crowd of students in the bleachers to her front, she admits that it was just plain nerveracking. A week ago she wouldn’t have even expected to be there. “I was so excited just to have been nominated,” Rudisill said. “But actually being elected? Wow.” It may seem like it all happened rather quickly, but she’s still really excited that it did happen. According to Rudisill, she has attended every homecoming since she was a freshman. “I remember seeing the kings and queens being introduced when I was younger,” Rudisill said. “It was something special. So, when they told me it was going to be me up there, can you blame me for getting nervous?”

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