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Issue 6, Volume XCII

Southport High School

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‘Tis the season to be giving

Southport students contribute by volunteering and donating to the families in need by Bradley Davis Reporter As the holiday season rolls around, the community begins to take steps to help the needy have a happy holiday season. Hunger Inc., which is the primary receiver of Southport High School’s food drive donations, is a food bank that gives food donations once a month to those who are in need. Volunteers from around the city flock to help out those unfortunate few whenever they can. Hunger Inc. has a volunteer staff of over 50 people. Ms. Karla Borher, long-time volunteer at Hunger Inc., says that having a lot of volunteers helps a lot and limits over stressing other people. “I have been working here for five years,” Borher said. “But, I can only volunteer on Thursdays due to our large amount of volunteers.” This is the time of year is when they need the community’s help. More and more people are showing up for donations at Hunger Inc., according to Borher. This food bank is not necessarily struggling, according to Borher, but at any given time, it could run out of food. If the food bank runs out early, the volunteers have to shut down for the night and tell everybody to go home. “More families come in to get food, especially if they have kids, to be able to save up to have money to spend on Christmas,” Borher said. “But, if there is nothing to give to them, then we have to tell them sorry, and that is really hard.” With food drives going on at Southport and at other schools, Hunger Inc. believes that they can make a huge difference during the holiday season, according to volunteer Ms. Melanie Goldman. She believes that helping out the community will make the city of Indianapolis a better place. “I haven’t been volunteering for long, but I will continue to do this, and later, I hope to be able to do this with my children,” Goldman said.

Southport has done two things to help out Hunger Inc. and the community during this holiday season. The student council set up the school’s annual food drive. This food drive gives the students the opportunity to donate canned goods along with any non-perishable food items and monetary donations in all ranges of amounts to help those who need it. All of the donations from the food drive went to Hunger Inc. to help them be able to give away food throughout the holiday season. Junior class president Jonathon Hawkins says that the food drive was something he hoped Southport would take advantage of to show what The class presidents, (from left to right) junior Jonathon Hawkins, freshman Brett Wright and sophomore Zakary Southport can do. “People shouldn’t Brite stand next to all the canned and boxed food that they collected last week on Thursday, Nov. 21. These three have to beg for food,” run the food drive and help out Hunger Inc. Photo by Bradley Davis. Hawkins said. “Southbeen the leader of putting these baskets together smile on the families’ faces when the baskets port can make it so the needy can receive the food they need to survive.” since she arrived at Southport. The school’s part- are delivered. The baskets consisted of different foods like Freshman class president Brett Wright took nership with Kroger made it easier to buy the food for the baskets, because of the discounts turkey, ham, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce the opportunity presented by the administration and potatoes. The baskets were put together by to participate in the food drive. Wright had a lot Kroger gave us towards the cause. Boone says that Kroger has helped out South- the faculty and the student council members to to say about Southport and what the school can port before but not as much as they do during help families, who cannot afford it, have a tradido to show their “true colors.” tional Thanksgiving dinner. The guidance office “I believe that Southport has been lacking in the building of the Thanksgiving baskets. The class presidents were scheduled get to- goes through all of the families that apply and community contributions,” Wright said. “This food drive gives Southport the chance to stand gether on Nov. 25 to deliver these baskets, with pick as many as they can afford. the assistance of the Southport faculty, during “We base the amount of food on how many up and do what’s right.” The second thing Southport has done to help the hours of 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Hawkins says people are in a family,” Boone said. “No matter out the community was preparing Thanksgiving that this is his favorite part about making the what, we want to make sure everybody has a baskets. Assistant principal Mrs. Amy Boone has baskets. He also says that he enjoys seeing the great Thanksgiving.”

Are online classes beneficial to students?

Plato and Cardinal Academy aren’t differentiated from regular classes on transcripts by Lindsey Farley Reporter

Southport High School graduate Dustin Hinton was having trouble in regular classes when he finally decided to enroll in Cardinal Academy. He graduated quickly last year after completing the online Plato classes necessary for him to graduate in Cardinal Academy. According to Hinton, Cardinal Academy was extremely helpful. “I liked it far better than regular classes,” Hinton said. “You can get through a class much quicker.” According to Cardinal Academy advisor Mr. Kyle Simpson, online Plato courses are used in many cases to help both juniors and seniors graduate early. Like Hinton, some students just need the credit for a course and utilize the online classes to get those credits needed. “I was very low on credits, and struggled badly in English,” Hinton said. Dustin Hinton, According to Mrs. Southport High School Julie Fierce, head of Graduate the guidance department, just because students have gotten their diploma early through Cardinal Academy, doesn’t mean that colleges look at those students any less than a student who received their diploma through normal classes. For example, on Indiana University’s admissions website, as long as a prospective student

{cardinalACADEMY} Students enroll in Cardinal Academy as an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Here are the results of students who graduated in the last three school years. 2010-2011 95 students were enrolled 36 of them graduated 2011-2012 96 students were enrolled 50 of them graduated 2012-2013 95 students were enrolled 52 of them graduated has an accredited online diploma, they will be not be any less qualified to apply than a student who has gotten their diploma through normal classes. According to Fierce, Southport doesn’t distinguish the Plato classes differently when they are placed on a student’s transcript. They are named as the normal class with no specifications that the class was taken online. Many students considering getting their diploma from online classes may have the concern of colleges accepting them or not. Colleges sometimes don’t accept online diplomas becasue they could be fake. However, if it’s through an actual educational institution, then colleges will always accept an online diploma. (Story continued on page 2)

The publications students who attended the JEA/NSPA convention walk along the Freedom Trail in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 16. Photo by Mikaela Maillet.

Journalists go to Boston Southport publications attend the National High School Journalism Convention by Abigail Barrett Reporter According to JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention website, the revolution starts in the shadow of America’s past. From Nov. 14-17. Southport High School students involved with student publications traveled to Boston, Mass. for the journalism convention. Students who are participating in one of the News Bureau, The Journal, or yearbook staff this year, had the opportunity to go to this year’s national convention. “The convention was an amazing opportunity to learn more about being a journalist and being a part of a team,” said Riley Childers, Cardinal Culture group leader of News Bureau. “I loved meeting all the other high school journalists and participating in hands-on activities.” The Sheraton Boston and Hynes Convention Center hosted this year’s National High School Journalism Convention. Various activities were set up for the publications students to take part in and observe. Co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook, senior Kaitlin Watson, had the opportunity to go to

the journalism convention this year. As yearbook editor, Watson revises and makes small changes to all content going into the yearbook. Watson says that she learned how to make a profit and career from her experiences she enjoyed in high school and new ideas and creative elements from looking at other’s spreads at the convention. Throughout Friday and Saturday, students took part in several classes with varied subjects. Saturday evening, the publications students competed in a number of different competitions. They were also given the opportunity to go to a Celtics basketball game and explore the Freedom Trail for some sightseeing. Also going on within the convention were the speakers that gave speeches and answered questions. The keynote speakers of the convention were Ms. Juliette N. Kayyem and Ms. Raney AronsonRatmmh. Kayyem was a columnist for the Boston Globe and worked in several political positions and Aronson-Ratmmh is currently working as deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series FRONTLINE. “The fact that both of them were women kind of inspired me,” Watson said, “because I want to be a journalist when I grow up.”

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Foreign Language

November 26, 2013

{zuamnak PHUNGLAM} Zeidah asi: Vaw lei cung muidawh i zuamnak ngan bik pathum chung ah aa tel mi asi. Zeitik in dah aa thawk: Kum 1952 , California USA ah.

Kawlram aiawh in aa zuam mi Miss Moe Set Wine nih Moscow khua Miss Universe i zuam nak ah zanlei angki fual seh dawh tak mi a piah lio. Photo taken from

Kawlram leiin i zuamnak ah Kum 50 a luan hnu ah Kawlram nih vawllei cung muidawh i zuam nak ah minung a thlah by Emily Sung Foreign Language Editor Chin/Hakha Kum 50 aluan hnu ah, Miss Myanmar nih Miss universe i zuam nak ah a tel ve. Miss Universe i zuam nak hi vawllei cung pumpaluk muidawh i zuam nak asi. Kum 1952 in thawk asi i, Miss Universe Organization pawl nih an tuah mi asi. Vawllei cung muidawh i zuam nak nganbik pathum chung ah aa tel mi asi. Hi i zuamnak hi California i a ummi thilthuam company, Pacific Mills nih June 28, 1952 ah Long Beach Municipal auditiorium California, USA ah I zuam nak hi an rak thawk . Cu lio ah cun, Vawlei cung ram 50 chungin muidawh an thim mi nu 50 pawl nih an rak i zuam i, Finland khua , Armi Kusela cu Miss Universe hmasa bik ah thim a rak si. Miss Universe i zuamnak hi kum 2000 in khan kumfatin te tuah arak si i, tukum Miss Universe i zuamnak hi a vawi 62 nak asi. November thla ni 9 ah khan Russia, Moscow khua li pi chung i a ummi, Krasnogorsk Crocus City Hall ah tuah than asi. Vawllei chung ram sawmriat le paruk chungin nungak

muidawh pawl an i zuam than i, cu chung ah cun Kawlram nu zong aa tel kho ve. Kawlram nih hin hi bantuk muidawh i zuam nak ah hin , a luan cia kum 1959-1961 kum ah khan ah minung i zuam ding mi a rak thlah bal. Asi na in, kum 1962 kum in Gen. Ne Win nih ram a uk hnu ah ramleng lei i zuamnak ngawlh a rak si. Kum 50 reng lo a liam hnu ah, Miss Myanmar Moe Set Wine cu Myanmar ram aiawh ah i zuam ding in USA ah thlah a rak si. Miss Moe Set Wine hi kum 25 asi i, USA ram ah Marketing le Business lei ah caa rak cawng mi asi. California Lutheran University in bussiness le Marketing lei ah Degree pahnih a rak ngah i, Dagon University in English caa ah degree a rak ngah mi asi. Miss Wine hi kum 2009 ah khan Kawlram chung i Burmese-Chinese muidawh i zuam nak an tuah nak ah pahnih nak a rak ngah bal cang. Tukum i Miss Universe i zuamnak an tuah mi ah khan, final a kai ding mi ram sawmhnih thimnak chung ah, Kawlram aiawh in i zuam ve ding ah thim a si ve. Miss Wine nih a ti mi cu, hi bantuk in kum sau pi hnu ah mah le ram aiawh in vawllei cung i zuamnak ah aa tel khawh chungah hin lunglawmhnak tampi a ngei tiah a chimh ve. Hi a thil tawn mi nih hin vawllei cung khuazakip, ramzakip sin ah,Kawlram aa thleng cuahmah mi a langhter ii, Miss universe ah thim asi lo na in, kum sau pi hnu

ah hi bantuk in mah le ram aiawh in a dirh khawh mi cungah aa lawm tuk tiah a chimh. “Kum 50 hi Kum caan sau tak asi. Cu ruangah cun, mah bantuk in kawlram aiawh in vawllei cung ah ka dir kho mi hi, tuanbia thar asi. Kan ram aa thleng cuahmah mi chung i thil kan tuah mi hmasa bik pawl ah kaa tel khawh ve caah kaa lunghmui tuk,” tiah Moe Set wine nih cun Journal sin ah caa a rak tial. Cu ban tuk in, Southport Siangin ii Burmese sianghngakchia hna zong nih hi bantuk in an ram thangcho thluamah an theih tik ah an i lawm ngai. Kawlram nih vawlei pumpalulh i zuamnak ah an i tel than khawh cang mi nih hin, ram i thlen cuahmah mi a langhter tiah an chimh ve. Miss Myanmar, Moe Set Wine nih hin Miss Universe sinak ngah hlah hmanseh law, ram aiawh in a dirh kho mi cungah hin lunglawmpi nak tam pi an ngei i, zei tik caan poh ah a fan (uartu) an si peng lai i thazaang an pek khawh nak chung in an pek peng ko lai tiah an chimh. “Kan ram nih hi bantuk in vawllei cung ram hngalhkhawh, theihkhawh ding i zuamnak i, minung a thlah than mi nih hin kan ram aa thleng cuahmah tih a langhter i cu ruangah kan I lawmtuk. Mah i zuamnak an tuah lio ah khan, Miss Universe ngah hram seh tiah kan duh tuk ko. Si nain in a ngah lo zong ah, kan i lunghmui thiam thiam ko i, kan lawmhpi tuk ko,” tiah tanghra a kai lio mi Elizabeth Par nih cun a chim.

America ram ih sungkua hmu awk khawm nak caan a um

Kumtin hman mi Thanksgiving hi laimi pawl tla in hman nak caan an nei by Janet Tluang Reporter Chin/Falam

America ih kum tin ih an hman theuh, thanksgiving, sungkhat pawl thawn tawn awk khawm nak cu, November ni 28 ni ih sin an hmang ding. Himi lai ah, tlawng pawl hmuah hmuh an khar ding ih, Southport High school tla in, ni thum sung cawlh nak caan an nei ding. Thanksgiving ti mi hi , America mi pi zate ih hman mi a si ih, rawl lak thluh ih hman ttheu mi a si. Thanksgiving timi cu mirang pawl ih hman theu mi a si ih, sihmansehla ,North America leh Canada pawl Ruth Mezali, lawng ih hman Phun hleikhat mi a si. Himi puai hi Canada ah cun October zarhnih tlawngkai nikhat ni ah an hmang theu. A si nan North America lam ih um mi pawl cun, November, zarh li nak ah an hmang theu. Himi an hman nak san cu, Native American(Indian) pawl leh American Justin Thang, pawl nih rual rem Chin TV Manager nak an tuah duh ruang ah a si. Himi an tuah nak san cu, hmunkhat ih an umtlan thei nak ding ah leh American pawl in Indians pawl ram an lak duh lo tih hmuh ter duh nak ah a si. America ih an rak hman hmaisakbik nak cu 1621 kum ah Plymouth, Massachu-

setts, ah a si. Phun hleikhat, tlawngta nauhak Ruth Mezali ih rel dan ah cun, nauhak te a si lai ih sin thanksgiving ti mi hi a rak thei dah nan, ziang mi bik so an tuah, ti maw ziak so an ei tih a rak ruat dah lem lo. Thanksgiving ti mi puai a hman hmaisa bik nak cu, USA a rak thlen pek te 2010 ah a si. Zing nazi 10 ih sin sim lam nazi 4 tiang biakinn ah Pathian hnen ih lungawi nak sim in leh Pathian thu zir nak ah an hmang a si, tiin in sim. An khawm theh hnu ah, turkey sa thawn zanriah an ei a si. Thanksgiving cawlh caan ah hin, sung kua hmuh awk khawm nak lawng si lo in, hi mi caan ah hin “Black Friday” an ti mi caan tla hman a si theu. Black Friday hi thanksgiving theh ve ten hman a si theu, himi ni ah hin dawr hmuah hmuah tla in an hnipuan ti vek tla, man awl tak tak in an zuar theu. Hi mi caan nghak ding in, mi tam pi pawl zan lai ih sin an nghak theu. Black Friday hi thanksgiving an hman lai ih nuam awk bik caan, an hman mi pakhat sung ah a tel ve. Chin TV International Manager, Justin SanghrinThang ih rel dan ah cun, thanksgiving ti mi hi a nauhak lai ah a rak siar ttheu ih, lai ram ih an hman mi thlaithar puai ti mi thawn a bang aw zet tin a hmu suak. Lai ram ah cun, thlairah le hmuan suak thlai thar pawl Pathian hnenah an pek theu. Sihmansehla America ah cun Indian pawl ih an rak cawm nak le rawl an rak pek ruangah tuisun tiang lungawi thu an sim mi a si. Hi puai hi, Thang hman hmai sabik nak cu Michigan, 2007 ah a si ih, mirang ngai ngai thawn an hman thei ruang ah a lung awi zet, tiin a rel. “Thu ngai te cun, a nuam zet ih, ka ruah vek a si lo. Biakinn ah kan hmang ih, cumi theh ah zan riah kan ei ih, ziang ah so turkey kan ei ciam co khal ka thei lo nan, a nuam zet a si” Sanghrin Thang in a rel. ih rel dan a cun, Thanksgiving hi miphun zate cawlh nak a si ring ring lo, sihmansehla Sarah Joseph Hale ti mi in kum 1863 ah, President hlun Abraham Lincoln hnen ah miphun zate cawlh nak si ding in a dil. Hi mi kum ah hin, ral do nak tum pi Civil War an ti mi a theh thluh ciah tik ah, rem tuah nak ih hman thei nak ding ah a duh. Himi hi, President hlun in a teh ve ten, October 3,1863 ah, Lincoln in thanksgiving hi

{thanksgiving STATISTICS} Turkey ei mi zat : 51,000,000 Tangka hman zah : $2,375,000,000 Sungkua tlawng pawl : 39,000,000 Tlun ih kan ngan mi hi ih sin lak a si.

November, zarh li nak ah mi phun za te ih hman ding in a puang. Tidai ralkap ih ttuan mi, Andrew Thang ih rel dan ah cun, thanksgiving hi Atlanta ah 2007 ah a hmang thawk. Himi can ah hin, an sungkua hmun dang dang ih um pawl thawn an tawn awk khawm nak a si. Thanksgiving hlan, zan khat ah an rak thleng ih, an thlen ve ten sa em nak (barbecue) can an nei, tiin in sim. A thai zing ah, nu pawl hmuah hmuah zing tak ah an tho ih, sungkua zate hrang ah rawl an rak suang ih, cu mi lai ah, mipa pawl in ping pong, football, volleyball leh soccer pawl leh nak caan ah an rak hmang ttheu. Thang hrang ah cun 2010 hi thanksgiving nuam bik a si , tiin in rak sim ih, ziang ah saw ti le, an sungkua USA ih um mi pawl, ram dang dang ih sin an ra ih, mi tla an tam zet ih, sungkua hmuh tla a nuam zet, tiin a rel. “Thanksgiving ti mi cu, kan dam sung ih kan thil ngah mi hmuah hmuah ruang ih lungawi nak sim caan a si, a hlei ce in, sungkhat tha tak in pek ruang ah ka lung a awi zet Thanksgiving nuam tak ih an hman ceu ka beisei” tiin Thang in a rel.

Zei bantuk in dah an thim: A zuam mi chung in minung 20 semifinalist kai ding in thim an si. An mah chung in cun Mipi nih Online in vote pek i, Miss Universe thim a si. Miss Universe thim mi hna : 2007- Riyo Mori, Japan 2008- Dayana Mendoza, Venezuela 2009- Stefania Fernandez, Venezuela 2010- Ximena Navarrete, Mexico 2011- Leila Lopes, Angola 2012- Olivia Culpo, USA 2013- Gabriela Isler, Venezuela A cung i langther mi pawl hi in lak asi ri.

online classes (continued from page 1) According to U.S. News, many of these nonaccredited diplomas come from diploma mills, which for a certain fee, gives high school students a diploma that is not accredited, and inapplicable when colleges look at students educational history. But, all Plato classes offered at Southport are accredited, considering that Southport is an actual educational institution. Some schools such as Stanford University, George Washington University and Indiana University have even created their own online diploma-granting high school programs, according to U.S. News. Online programs such as these may be used by high school students who have already graduated and are looking to take an additional class or two to boost their transcripts. Fierce says that no matter the foundation of the education received during high school, even when it is online classes opposed to normal classes, colleges really focus on a student’s GPA when they are applying. Simpson checks that each student who is planning to graduate has a proper transcript, with all the credits needed to get a traditional diploma. Simpson adds that he encourages the students to go for a Core 40 diploma. But, according to Simpson, AP and honors classes are not offered through Plato. Therefore, academic and technical honors diplomas aren’t able to be obtained by students enrolled in Cardinal Academy. Still some students become enrolled into Cardinal Academy for various reasons, according to Fierce. “How Cardinal Academy is set up, you got to have some discipline and patience, because you are in front of a computer for two and a half hours,” Simpson said. “I think some people prefer maybe online (classes) better than being in a classroom.” Fierce believes Cardinal Academy is great for students who may be having troubles at home or don’t do well in a traditional classroom setting. These issues could cause students to not be able to make it to school in time, leaving them to not be able to attend all of their classes and not get the credits they need for their diploma. “It’s all a matter of what you are wanting,” Fierce said. “Maybe a different way of getting there.” The guidance department will consider the best approach for anyone who wishes to be in Cardinal Academy no matter what the student is dealing with, according to Fierce. “If I never got into the program,” Hinton said, “then I wouldn’t have been able to graduate on time.”


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Student Life

Overcoming Obstacles

November 26, 2013

Finally home

Burmese immigrant excels here

Thawng recounts the trial of fleeing home country Myanmar and coming to Indy by Britton Whitlock Reporter

Frances Egeler (left) stands with her mother, Ms. Julie Egeler, in front of their new home, the former Lucretia Mott School building. Frances holds the plaque presented to her for winning the national LeTendre scholarship. Photo by Jesse Roller.

Senior Frances Egeler has kept her eye on the prize throughout her 12 years of school. She worked. She studied. She focused. She was determined to go to college. She worked despite her family’s financial fears. She studied even when she lost her home. She focused while living in every friend’s house and every shelter. She was determined even when she didn’t know how she would study that night, even when she wasn’t sure where her family would go once their time in this shelter was up. Until September, Frances and her family were homeless for 14 months. So, when she returned to Interfaith Hospitality Network after school one day and received an unexpected phone call, her prayers were answered. Her dream was that much closer. Frances is one winner of the LeTendre scholarship through the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the first from Indiana. The phone call that day was from the scholarship committee, and it congratulated and surprised her with an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, to receive her award and meet other scholars in her situation. “I was so excited,” Frances said. “For me, the main barrier for getting into college is the financial part. (The scholarship) is only $2,000, but it will help.” Frances’ mother, Ms. Julie Egeler, suffers from an array of chronic physical conditions, and she


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that logic, Frances has missed years of school,” Oskay said. “But throughout all These are the Indiana graduation percentages of homeless of this, she has mainstudents (white) compared to the state average (black) for tained perfect attenthe years 2006 to 2010. Information from dance, A honor roll and NHS. The odds have never really been in her favor, but she did so well in school.” Frances took advantage of study areas in the shelters to excel in her schoolwork. Despite having to worry about relocation deadlines and basic needs such as clothing and food, 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 she stayed focused. “Most people who struggles to maintain a job. Because the famexperience this let it get the best of them, but ily was relying solely on child support payments she will make the most of it,” Frances’ Spanish (which they were not receiving), they were finanteacher Miss Christine Powell said. “She’s not cially unstable and became homeless in the sumusing it as an excuse not to succeed.” mer of 2012, right before Frances’ junior year. This past September, Frances and her famSocial worker Ms. Jorie Oskay was alerted of ily moved into a downtown apartment through the Egelers’ situation when they requested help a government program designed to help those for transportation to Perry Township from their with chronic disability and homelessness, such current shelter. Julie had realized that if they as her mother. The stability has aided Frances stayed where they were, both Frances and her as she makes her college decisions, which inlittle brother Zane (now a freshman at Southport) clude elementary special education. She will would have to go to an IPS school. They found be the first person in her family to graduate accommodations at a friend’s home in Perry just high school and go to college. before the cutoff date for enrollment. “As I apply for more scholarships, I feel that Oskay helped arrange transport for the two fear start to go away,” Frances said. “I see educakids so they could come to Southport, which was tion as the key to my future. I want to break this to be Frances’ fourteenth school during her life. cycle of poverty, and I know that my education “Four to six months of educational progress is and grades are going to get me there.” lost with each disruption in a school year. So, by 55

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Soccer coach changes girl’s future McLaughlin sees potential in girl without diploma and offers a second chance by Sierra Sullivan Reporter It all came to a halting stop when Martha Arellano ran out of time to earn her diploma, after four hard years of constant movement and pressure to keep up. Arellano moved frequently throughout her high school career due to her family’s situation. After attending six different high schools, she was sadly three credits short from receiving her diploma and graduating. Arellano moved in with a friend living in Perry Township soon after completing her fourth year of high school. That is when Southport High School soccer coach Martha Arellano, Mr. Dan McLaughlin Southport graduate got the pleasure of meeting her. One day while coaching the girls soccer team, McLaughlin noticed an unfamiliar face sitting on the sidelines. Arellano went to practices to watch her friend play. McLaughlin introduced himself to Arellano, not knowing at the time that he would have a huge impact

on this young girl’s life. After a conversation with her, he learned the unfortunate news of Arellano’s lack of a high school diploma. “I see this really bright young lady who doesn’t have a high school diploma,” McLaughlin said. “That just puts you so far behind (in life).” After realizing that Arellano was very close to receiving the necessary credits, McLaughlin wanted to take action. However, the trouble with getting Arellano enrolled at Southport was that she had already completed her four years in high school. If Arellano didn’t graduate fairly early in the first semester, she would count as a dropout. With schools now being graded by the government, it would affect the score and appearance of Southport. Still, according to McLaughlin, he saw a kid who could do something and just needed that extra push to help her get it done. McLaughlin arranged a personal meeting with principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer to discuss Arellano’s possible enrollment. After much consideration, Brouwer and McLaughlin both decided it was in Arellano’s best interest to allow her enrollment. “(McLaughlin) came in to me and talked to me about her,” Brouwer said. “She’s been a pretty good student, and we needed to give (her) a shot.” Less than a month later, Arellano excelled in her Cardinal Academy classes and completed her credits to finally graduate. While enrolled at Southport, Arellano also helped McLaughlin on the girls soccer team and maintained a job. Arellano says that she is very proud of her

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Indiana graduation rate in 2012, according to Percent of adults lacking a high school credential in 2010 U.S. Census. Percent of high school graduates who are 19 and under, according to

hard work. She says that McLaughlin was a big factor in her ability to achieve such a task. “I feel accomplished that I’m graduated, and I’m really happy that Coach could help me get through it,” Arellano said. McLaughlin is now prepared to receive an award on Nov. 24 for his act of kindness.

Senior vice president Van Bawi Tha Thawng came to America at the age of 16, without knowing hardly any English. Thawng and his older brother’s parents passed away when the boys were young, so they were all each other had. Thawng was put into a child development program where his older brother and his wife stepped in as parents for him. “My brother is my hero for that,” Van Bawi Tha Thawng said. Thawng, He illegally fled Senior Myanmar when he was only 12 years old because Christianity, his religion, was not accepted in Myanmar, and it was dangerous for them to stay there. “I know it’s not a great country for my life and education, but it’s where I grew up,” Thawng said. “It’s my home, Mrs. Amy so I felt like I was Peddie, leaving everything EL teacher and losing everything, but nothing really changed because my God never changes.” Leaving Myanmar was incredibly risky. They didn’t have much to eat or drink, and sometimes they would walk for five hours if they weren’t on a boat. According to Thawng, the whole experience was extremely scary. When they finally got to Malaysia, they were there illegally. “I was so lucky,” Thawng said. “I never got arrested, but (the police) always stopped me. I would say God was really good to me.” He lived in Malaysia for three years after leaving Myanmar and went to a refugee school where he learned to speak English. Thawng and his brother later took a flight to America that they thought was going to Indiana. They actually had a connecting flight with a layover in Salt Lake City, Utah. Neither of the brothers could speak fluent English, and they weren’t sure what to do and got lost in the airport. “I had no idea what was wrong,” Thawng said. “Eventually someone explained to me what was going on. When we got to Indianapolis, everything was great.” However, the ordeal was not over. To do all of the school work that American students do, students need to be fluent in English. Thawng was not fluent when he arrived. “I wanted to take AP classes like everyone else, but I couldn’t,” Thawng said. “I had to start with the newcomer program. But, God has been very good so things are going well now. I’m in Calculus AP and Chemistry II AP, which I never even dreamed about.” According to Thawng, it was difficult for him to adjust, but there were a lot of people who helped him along the way. “My biggest inspirations are all my teachers and friends,” Thawng said. He is very focused on his studies and takes pride in his grades. He spends most of his weekends doing nothing but studying and trying to catch up on work he might not understand because of the language barrier. Southport EL teacher Mrs. Amy Peddie believes that Thawng is one of the hardest workers in the school. “I’ve known him since he first came to Southport,” Peddie said. “He’s always been one of the hardest workers. He stays after for extra help and he has been preparing for college since the beginning of his junior year.” Thawng tries to do anything he can to make American friends and to do as well as he can in school, according to Peddie. “I like to listen to English songs to try and understand English better,” Thawng said. “I even write essays sometimes. Anything to help me understand and get better.” Thawng also manages to juggle his church dedication along with his drive to do well in school. He spends a lot of time worshipping on his Saturday nights and Sundays at church. “The point is just to try our very best,” Thawng said. “Try hard and not waste any time. I know that time is so precious, so the best thing is to use our time wisely to achieve everything.”


November 26, 2013

Changing minds lyric by lyric


Musicians hope to bring people together and take listeners on a journey with their two bands by Sarah Fowerbaugh Reporter

Music. It blares. It whispers. It speaks. For one senior, music is what he uses to diffuse ideas of togetherness, inspire and take listeners on a journey. Senior Noah Ashrafian has been drumming for seven years. He is currently involved in two bands outside of extra-curricular activities, and he takes both bands extremely seriously. “I’ve always been philosophical,” Noah said. “That’s kind of what made (the band) go towards making music in general. We want to get this word out there. We want to change the world.” This philosophical feeling has influenced his presence in the two bands. The band, comprised of Noah and his brother, Southport High School graduate Mr. Adam Ashrafian, take ideals from various religions to form The Guided. The brothers also play in a band called People As A Whole. This band presents ideas of togetherness to the listener in all of the songs. People As A Whole is what Noah describes as more than just another undiscovered, indie band. He says the idea behind the music is to change the minds of listeners and turn them to current world events. It’s to open eyes and ears of listeners to what it means to be one, to be people, as a whole. “Look at society in general. Everything is always divided,” Noah said. “You have cliques at school. People have hatred towards one another. (The band) is saying let’s all join together instead of being jerks to each other. Let’s collaborate on ideas instead of fighting over things.” Noah describes both of the bands’ sound as indie, folk rock or alternative. Adam says that Noah got involved in music at an age a little older than he did, but both brothers hold a musical love. As for who inspires Noah, he says that the in-

Senior Noah Ashrafian’s drumming experience led him to be the percussionist and back-up vocalist in two bands. Mr. Adam Ashrafian and Noah practice and record in Adam’s room, where there’s a soundboard, computer and microphones. Photo by Vanessa Abplanalp. spiration for the many original songs produced by both bands comes from various icons and artists. “One person who has inspired me and my brother lately to change things is John Lennon,” Noah said. “He led one of the biggest peace movements of modern-day America.” Both describe The Guided as a kind of spiritual journey where the listener can explore all different kinds of music styles and religions along with the brothers. Adam uses the term “songs for a higher power” when talking about The Guided. He says that King Crimson is a major influence of his. According to Adam, music has always been a large part of their lives. “My great-grandpa played banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, guitar and harmonica,” Adam said. “My mom

was in a band too. When I got old enough to like music, I found a guitar in my grandma’s basement, and I went from there.” According to Adam, being brothers, they’re always around each other. Because of this, it’s easier to practice, play and stay together. The brothers plan on Mr. Adam Ashrafian, pursuing music in their fuLead Vocalist ture. The Guided and People As A Whole prepare to release EPs in upcoming months. With many songs written for both bands,

studio practices and talent that practically runs in the family, it’s clear to the brothers that music is what they want to do. “I don’t want to be someone who sits at a desk,” Noah said. “I want to change the world, make a difference. I want to be useful in my life to people.” For the two, the true reward comes from doing what they love. “A lot of people base whether you’re a musician or not on income or if you’re famous,” Noah said. “I consider myself a musician because I play music all the time, and I love it. I want to do it for the rest of my life. I want to be out there. It’s not just for the money. I want to do what I love to where my career is not a job.”

Burmese dance group connects cultures

Students incorporate dances of their homelands and combine and embrace American styles by Cooper Davis Reporter

They had no idea just how much, and how fast, things would change. In the beginning, there were simply four sunbaked boys laying out in the summer sun. They were sprawled out under a tall, shady tree listening to music, unsure of what the day might hold but open to anything. While they sat deep in thought over what to do, sophomore Lal Rin Awm says one of their favorite American songs came on radio. Feet started tapping. Not long after, they were breakdancing, show boating and trying to one up another. Before they knew it, they’d danced the day away. That was the start of their Southport High School dance group known as Mizo BoyZ, IMBZ, whose main members include sophomores Lal Rin Awm, Lal Rem Mawia, Josh Thang and Perry Meridian Middle School student Zo Shu Thang. “(We started practicing) a couple weeks later. It started slow, but we practiced and played around a

Mizo Boyz showcase moves at Chin National Day. Photo contributed by Lal Rin Awm.


lot. No one was too serious for a while. We were just trying, having fun. We only had a few practices because we were having problems finding a time when we all weren’t busy.” But, at the same time the Mizo BoyZ were trying to practice, some members were caught up in the traditional Chin dances with their elders at their churches. This was exhaustive and difficult for those members. Trying to learn the complicated and intricate Burmese dances devoured their free time. Awm says they also had a hard time keeping dances straight in their heads, sometimes jumbled them up and embarrassing themselves. Awm says this situation wasn’t too unfamiliar. He describes this as a very typical struggle of immigrants. “We’re used to that now. Being part of a Chin community and going to (an) American school every day is hard. We all want to be like the other kids from here so much, but we also want to be true to our heritage and families. We’re part of both, but they don’t mix a lot,” Awm said. “One day, we tried out some Burmese moves with our hip-hop dancing routine. It was really exciting for us. Combining them showed people who we were.” Shortly after coming up with this combination and perfecting it, they decided to dance for their whole community. It was a difficult choice because they had their reservations and fears, but eventually, they shoved aside their doubts and did it. As soon as they finished, they knew they’d made the right choice. The whole community excitedly and ecstatically clapped and called for an encore. Mawia says afterwards, a few parents came up to them with tears in their eyes. Audience member Mr. Robert Thang says it was some of the best dancing he has seen in his whole life. Mizo BoyZ took off locally after that. According to Mawia, shortly after, they were invited to dance for the Indianapolis Chin National Day and also a Mizo celebration, two of the biggest festivals for Burmese people. They say it went well, and they garnered acclaim from fans and high praise from the festival organizers. Mizo BoyZ were even invited back for the next festival and the one after that. Now, they keep up with a steady flow of festivals, competitions and shows. A lot of practicing keeps them in tip-top shape for whenever the call may come or the beat might drop. The Mizo BoyZ will be performing at Falam, Zopei and Mizo festival in Indianapolis over the next few months.

Senior Devon Brewer produces his music and the music of others in his homemade music studio: his room. Mixing, mastering and recording also take place here. Photo by Vanessa Abplanalp.

Producing a music dream

Senior works with past student to pursue his musical passion and becomes signed artist by Vanessa Abplanlap Entertainment Editor

Youtube videos, music artists and friends have led to an in-home studio, passion for music, improvements in all areas of life and an unforgettable opportunity for senior Devon Brewer. Brewer says it all started when he happened upon Redhooknoodles, a rap and hip-hop artist on Youtube. Since then, he’s been pursuing his music production for a year and a half. Producing, mixing and mastering music, composing, singing and playing piano and guitar fall under Brewer’s musical abilities. A $500 Malcolm Gatewood, keyboard and a request Rapper and CEO for his parents to help with construction later, Brewer’s room turned into a homemade music studio. According to Brewer, he was “stupid and young” when he made the hasty decision, but he’s loved every minute of it. Former Southport High School student Malcolm Gatewood, known as Transformation Tragic, formerly Lil Tragic, has produced with Brewer. Both produce, mix and master together. Brewer has about 200 unreleased songs and 20-30 out. Time is the biggest obstacle in producing music, according to Brewer. Along with being a student, Brewer holds down a job and participates in track.

It takes an hour to compose, a half hour to an hour to lay it out and about five hours to mix and master one good song, Brewer says. Of his idols, Ryan Leslie, Harvard University graduate and multi-million dollar producer, has influenced Brewer’s production and makes him try harder in school, Brewer says. Besides school, music has helped in other fields of Brewer’s life, such as with maturity and emotions. According to Brewer, if he’s ever angry, he gets on the piano and expresses it through music. Another person with an even greater influence on Brewer is Gatewood. “Before I met him, I didn’t talk much. I met Malcolm, we got into music,” Brewer said. “He’s doing so much for me. Malcolm’s my best friend.” Gatewood and Brewer have known each other since Gatewood’s junior year after meeting in the locker room as Gatewood sold his mixtapes, and Brewer agreed to produce music with him. Brewer doesn’t want to only be a local artist, but a world-wide one, Gatewood says, and no one works harder than Brewer does. Gatewood also says it’s about inspiring people. Brewer agrees with that. “I want everyone to know what I do,” Brewer said. “I want to inspire people. If I could do this for the rest of my life, I’d be happy.” Gatewood recently became CEO of his own record label, Transformation Entertainment LLC. Gatewood asked Brewer to be the first artist he signs. Brewer eagerly agreed, and the two continue in their music dreams. “I’m very proud of Devon,” Gatewood said. “I’m happy he finally gets the recognition he deserves, and everybody can know who he is for his music.” Check out for videos of Brewer rapping and reacting to Gatewood’s offer. Brewer’s website: Brewer’s twitter: @dnbroo Gatewood’s twitter: @tstragic Comic by Hope Randall.



November 26, 2013

Some gay teens face struggles

- Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

but he was not willing to hide. For Crumpacker, he has found refuge from the struggles of discrimination and stereotypes at school with his friends in the Pride Alliance Club. This club is not just there for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) stuby McKenzie Witherell dents, but also for their peers who want to Reporter help and support. The main goal of the Pride Alliance Club is to create a sense of comIn today’s society, there are more and more munity and acceptance for ‘pride’ students. people “coming out” and disclosing their sexu- English teacher Ms. Erin Ancelet is one of al orientation. Now, at Southport High School, the sponsors for the Pride Alliance Club. there is a community of gay and lesbian teens “I still see students facing the unfortunate that experience and understand the struggles plague on their lives of living in fear of judgof high school, which are sometimes coupled ment for being who they are,” Ancelet said. with the discrimination they face for being “The issues are real and there is still an ungay or lesbian. derlying tone of wanting to be accepted.” Freshman Maddie Morera is just one of Ancelet started to sponsor the Pride Alliance these students. club because it acknowledges an issue that she “My dad doesn’t accept it at cares about. As a sponsor, Anceall,” Maddie said. “He says I’m livlet’s role is to help host meetings ing a lie.” for discussions. Struggling with disapproval It didn’t feel Senior Evan Mabie, is the from her father, Maddie made the of the pride alliance, right being president decision to no longer see him. Alhas faced struggles all throughdiscriminated out his high school career. though she faces discrimination from her dad’s side of the family, “There are many cases where against for someone she says her mom supports her was uncomfortable something even making eye contact with 100 percent. Carol Morera, Maddie Morera’s that is just a me,” Mabie said. “Once a year, I mother, believes homosexuality is catch the name calling as I pass part of me. someone in the hallway.” wrong, however, she is still accepting of her daughter. Freshman Rachel Clouse Paul Crumpacker, made the decision to come out “I love and support her,” she junior said. “I don’t treat her any different to her family. or look at her any differently.” “I came out at the beginning Morera’s father, Gabriel Morera, of eighth grade,” Clouse said. “I may has a different view on his daughter’s wasn’t about to deny my feelings I had for this lifestyle. According to him, however, she is specific girl.” still his little girl. With having a gay aunt on her mom’s side “I love my daughter no matter what,” he said. of the family, it wasn’t abnormal. They acSimilar to Maddie, junior Paul Crumpacker cepted her. The time came for Clouse to tell sometimes faces struggles that other teens her step-mom, who is religious, but she still don’t face, exclusively because he is gay. accepted her. According to Crumpacker, during his fresh“I actually do (feel accepted) even by teachman gym class, the boys would hide from him ers and all of my peers.” Clouse said “I didn’t in the locker room because they didn’t want expect how much people would accept me.” Crumpacker to “check them out.” The main effect of coming out has caused “It didn’t feel right being discriminated Clouse to gain more friends and be happier in against for something that is just a part of who she is. According to Clouse she has become me,” Crumpacker said. more confident in who she is and her friends He did not know what to expect when he have told her that she is in fact more confident. came out. But, according to Crumpacker, his LGBT teens sometimes face struggles inmom would always talk about gays in an ac- side and outside of school. Although not all cepting fashion. After he came out, his mom parents and fellow classmates agree with the completely supported him. sexual orientation of these students, many do Crumpacker says that he was afraid that he not lose encouragement and are able to find might be discriminated against for being gay, places with those that are accepting.

After admitting sexual orientation, students feel discrimination at times

LGBT Hoosiers pursue marriage rights

State legislature disputes gay marriage ban as local activists support a change by Alexandria Musser Reporter

One major topic the past couple of years has been same-sex marriage. Indiana is currently a state in which same-sex marriage is illegal, as it is in 34 other states, according gaymarriage. However, there are many Hoosiers pushing for equality and many pushing against it, yet the state remains united. According to, every year since 2004, the Indiana state legislature has proposed on a constitutional amendment to exclude same-sex couples from the right to marriage. The website also claims that 54 percent of Indiana residents oppose changing the state constitution to allow gay couples to marry, while just 38 percent support doing so. “As we debate this very emotional, personal issue,” Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Brian C. Bosma said at a press release November 19, “is that we do so with the recognition of the dignity of every Hoosier in here and elsewhere, and also respecting each

other’s strongly held positions.” This constitutional amendment is called HJR-6. It is an amendment that seeks to narrowly define marriage in Indiana. HJR-6 does not allow members of the same sex to wed. If the amendment is passed, it will be the first time in Indiana’s history when the constitution is amended to take American’s rights away instead of grant them. Indy Rainbow Chamber is a volunteer organization that promotes the public appreciation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people in the business community. However, they also have opinions about HJR-6. The Chamber’s president, Ms. J.J. Gufreda, is a representative who plans to vote against HJR-6. Gufreda herself is a part of the LGBT community. Being a transgender, Gufreda has strong opinions about same-sex marriage, mostly because HJR-6 could end her marriage. “When we got married over 35 years ago, it was a quote-unquote normal marriage,” Gufreda said. “But, now (after my change), it would be considered as same-sex marriage. I don’t want to have my marriage of over 35 years in danger.” Gufreda says that there are more than personal reasons for her being pro same-sex marriage. According to Gufreda, passing HJR-6 will hurt Indiana’s business and economy. LGBT people and their supporters aren’t going to

{marriageLAWS} States with legal same-sex marriage Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota and New Jersey

States with legal civil unions

Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin want to come to Indiana because of discrimination, making Indiana lose many possible opportunities, Gufreda says. From the opposite perspective, same-sex marriage is bad for Indiana. In an interview with Huffington Post, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R), an Indiana Republican Congressman, argued that marriage is a God-created institution and not a “civil liberty.” “This is not about marriage,” Stutzman said. “It’s not a civil liberty. It’s an institution. It’s above. It’s something God has created and is a cornerstone of civil society. It’s vitally important that we protect marriage as something unique.” Stutzman has been expressing his opposition

Highlited states represent those with either legal samesex marriage or legal civil unions.

about same-sex marriage since he took office in 2010. The Indiana Republican co-sponsored a bill that disallowed courts being able to have jurisdiction on cases under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is an act passed that defines marriage as a federal law and enables states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, the Family Research Council says. Although there are extremist on both sides of the debate, Bosma quoted Abraham Lincoln and said that Indiana must not seek the Republican or Democratic answer, but to “seek the right answer.” “We can do this together,” Bosma said. “With your help, it will happen.”

New styles appear as the winter season approaches With fall coming to an end, fashion trends begin turning warmer and more stylish by Christina Hemphill Reporter

Mrs. Jackie Elliot models an upcoming look for this winter. Photo contributed by Jackie Elliot.

Big comfy sweaters, cute little beanies, knitted leg warmers and studded combat boots. All paired with the colors of crisp fall leaves and the warmness of a pumpkin spice latte. Fall fashion is unfortunately coming to an end as winter is right around the corner. Don’t worry just yet, though. Many trends people saw in this year’s fall fashion will be transitioning into winter along with the new winter styles. PATTERNS Mrs. Jackie Elliot, owner of Utterly Pink, a girly boutique in Broad Ripple, has seen fall and winter fashion first hand. Elliot says that patterns are one of the biggest trends this year.

“You will find patterns in everything this year,” Elliot said. “Just be bold and mix and match those patterns. There are no rules. Just have fun.” A pattern she spoke of is plaid paired with a bright unexpected color and a different patterned or velvet blazer. Another pattern is a summer dress layered on top of a long sleeve blouse, leggings, boots and a scarf. JEWELRY Elliot says bold and colorful are two things to pay attention to this winter, especially in jewelry. Gold is being seen a little more than silver, but silver is still in. Also, rose-gold is being seen more and more. Elliot says that even though bold and colorful is in, still pay attention to the small dainty pieces that have been returning in necklaces. GOODBYE SKULLS Elliot says that the skull trend that has been very popular the last few seasons is starting to make its way out. “Don’t stop wearing what you might have,” Elliot said. “But, I don’t see this trend continu-

ing into next spring.”

HAIR Southport High School graduate Emily Nichols has been in beauty school at Paul Mitchell since July 2012. Being in beauty school, Nichols gets a look every day at hair and makeup trends. She says short bobs and avant garde haircuts are being seen more often as well as block coloring. “Block coloring is a thick section of one color in your hair, or a thick section of multiple different colors in one area,” Nichols said. “Avant garde haircuts are more alternative, like you could say if one side is a lot longer than the other.” MAKEUP According to and Nichols, cateye eyeliner and bold lips are the things to try for makeup. Colors like deep plum and orange work well for fall. Another thing mentioned by is skin with a shine. Instead of going for the matte face, go soft on the makeup and let natural shine come through.


November 26, 2013


Experience is key for boys basketball success The boys basketball team is honestly the most-hyped team at our school this year. Yeah, the football team went 11-1, but no one even acknowledged their success until they beat Terre Haute North in a double overtime thriller. I’m not saying they weren’t a legitimate team. It’s just that the boys basketball team this year can be so successful, and people aren’t seeing the whole picture. The team went a dismal 1-19 last season, and after the addition of three transfers and a few new kids, things are definitely looking up for them. They already had senior Tim Jewell and junior Malik Bennett back from last season. Now, when you bring in prospective Division I athletes like sophomore Joey Brunk and freshman Paul Scruggs, the team is sure to see improvement. Also, Paul’s brother, senior Nick Scruggs, and senior Elisah “El” Konneh are newcomers as well. Regardless of the team’s record last season, this is a new year, and they have new players, but I don’t see a “from worst to first” scenario like you saw with the Boston Red Sox this year. I see more of a “we’re lucky to make it above .500” kind of year. Now, I’m not ripping on the team saying they’re not very good. Because seeing what they were able to do in the scrimmages they have had so far, the team is far and away better than last year. But, those lights are a little bit brighter when the regular season opens up, and I don’t know if this cookiecutter team can mesh well enough together to be successful right out of the gate. It might take them a few games to get used to it. I mean, Paul has never played varsity basketball. Even with AAU being as prominent as it is today, I don’t know if he’s ready for that kind of spotlight so soon. But, in the Red-White Scrimmage, he was able to run the offense well, and he played more confident than any freshman I have ever seen. Things will be looking good for the team as long as he is a focal point in the offense. Bennett started playing with the team after nine games last season and immediately made an impact. You could see just how much extra experience he brought out there on the floor. He helped the offense and was a key player in the team’s only win of the season. Brunk is talented and adds another dimension to the team’s offense because he’s 6 feet 10 inches tall. I see the team utilizing him down in the post but also as a big body to clear out some driving areas for the guards. There is definitely only an upside this year, and I see the team succeeding later into the year, but the schedule for them isn’t exactly ideal for their roster. With the likes of Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit, Bloomington South and Columbus North in the first half of the season alone, it might take a while for the team to get on a streak and stay with it. The season might be just one big roller coaster for them. I see them starting off their season with a win tonight against Decatur Central, but then they have two tough road games in a row with Brownsburg and Ben Davis and those will be tough ones to go out and get. I really don’t see them getting by Coach Kyle Simpson’s old Bloomington South squad, not with as highly regarded as their teams were over the summer. But, their fifth game comes in the Forum Tip Off Classic, which we host, and I see that as the start of something big for the team. They can rattle off four or five, maybe six wins in a row, which would make them Marion County Champs. I see this team as a contender, but I don’t know if they can be as immediate as it might seem like they are built to be. A 12-7 record would be exponentially better than last year, and I think it’s fitting. The team has plenty of young guys, and their core lineup will be back next year. So, look out for success from the basketball team. Just don’t expect a state title or an undefeated record.

The Answer with Nick Holland

Junior Shayla Wright (11) runs out to the court before the girls basketball game against Plainfield on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Wright led the team with 19 points, but the Lady Cards lost the game 63-52. Photo by Lindsey Farley.

Returning varsity players aid team in improvement

Prior playing time helps returners help the team pick up where they left off by Derrick Gray Reporter

Last year, the combined forces of Southport High School graduates Bria Wright, Grace Clark and Ja’breena Gardner led the Lady Cards to a 9-10 season, skating just below .500 and losing a tough first-round sectional game against a 17-3 Brownsburg team. Although this year’s Lady Cards starting lineup varies greatly from last season, everyone on the starting squad has had some sort of varsity experience. The starting five this year consists predominantly of only two seniors, Molly Bridges at center and Madison Kendall at forward. The gaps left by Wright, Clark and Gardner have been filled by Bridges, Kendall and sophomore Karlee Welding. While these girls are the typical starters, varsity head coach Ms. Leah Enterline expresses that there is no set line-up, and it is always changing. Welding is one of the youngest Lady Cards starting five and is playing guard. So far this year, Welding has struggled on the court with only one point in the team’s first three games and only eight shots taken. Not to mention the fact she is tied for the team’s most turnovers with 11. According to Enterline, Welding isn’t the only player on the team that is struggling. She

says that each girl has a varying amount of to be having a tough time. After Kendall and varsity experience, and they are all working Wright, the points per game drop from the towards playing confidently at that level. En- teens to single digits. “It’s expected to see some of our players terline continued to explain that she was not overly concerned because she knows the cali- outscoring the rest,” Enterline said. “We have made it very clear that our players need to ber of play everyone is capable of. have a scoring mental“I haven’t started off ity or else they aren’t very confident this year, going to play.” but I’m putting in the The team has also time to fix my mistakes made a few game-play for me and my team,” 2012-2013 changes going into Welding said. this season, the most On the opposite end Grace Clark 11.1 important of which is of the spectrum, Kendtheir defensive stratall and starting junior Ja’breena Gardner 9.90 egy. According to guard Shayla Wright Bria Wright 7.25 Enterline, the girls have come out of the are transitioning togate strong. This is 2013-2014 wards stressing press Wright’s second year Shayla Wright 17.3 defense. Enterline is as a varsity starter, and it shows. With an averhoping that this added Molly Bridges 11.0 pressure to the opposage of 17.3 points per ing team’s offense will game in her first three Madison Kendall 10.3 force turnovers and games and a shooting create points. percentage of 69 perThe Lady Cards cent from two, Wright have yet to get their first victory after three is making a major impact on the court. Just behind Wright is Kendall with an av- games into this season and losing two nail biterage of 10.3 points per game. While Kendall ers to Center Grove and New Palestine. Both may know how to score the pull-up two, where games were very close with scores of 49-41 she really shines is from behind the arc. In the and 63-61. “It’s the little things that have been holding first three games, Kendall is five for ten with a 50 percent three-point percentage. us back,” Enterline said, “from turnovers to foul Although Kendall and Wright are put- shots, but we are working on these things and are ting up points, the rest of the team seems hungry for a win.”


Swim team’s leadership roles to be spread among all members Swim coach thinks all swimmers are necessary to fill gaps from last season by Brooklyn Raines Reporter Hide-and-seek is just one of the activities that takes place during the swim lock in. The girls swim team and the boys swim team participate in a lock-in that occurs after practice and includes a team dinner and many games, according to returning swimmer junior Maddison Bethel-Brown. According to BethelBrown, something as simple as a lock-in helps the teammates bond with one another. She believes that this is just one of the activities along with breakfast after morning practices that is important to the growth of the team. The team has no returning seniors from last year that are participating in this season. Junior Alexis Odle and Bethel-Brown are the team’s head girls that help organize events outside of swimming and also prepare the girls for the season, according to swim coach Mr. Josef Horvath. According to Horvath, there are no set captains on the team, but there is a lot of leadership potential within the team. “We are not going to choose captains for the girls team until later on down the road as the season continues to develop,” Horvath said. “We are still trying to figure out which girls have the leadership potential to lead. If there is a sophomore girl that has leadership potential and is able to rally the team, then that is the type of person we would have as a

Sophomore Caroline Chappell races in the 200 meter Individual Medley on Nov. 21. She finished third in the race, and the Lady Cards won the meet vs. Ben Davis. Photo by Nick Meacham. captain. It’s not just seniority.” Horvath feels really good about the group of girls he has despite the lack of senior returners. According to Horvath, the sophomore swimmers, including Jaclyn Boyer, Caroline Chappell and Delaney Bucker, are really talented. Horvath is looking up to these core swimmers to recruit freshmen. Horvath says that returning swimmers help the new and younger swimmers learn how to balance home life, school, swimming and their personal life due to the fact swimming is such a time-consuming sport. According to Horvath, the team faces a challenge this season since there are no divers. “We have had girl divers, but they have con-

secutively quit one after another. Due to the stress of diving, the girls that have dove for us either quit or come over and started to swim,” Horvath said. The nice thing about swimming is that it has nothing to do with seniority. It has to do with the amount of time you practice, Horvath says. “I’m going to have girls that are freshmen that are going to beat seniors this year,” Horvath said. “I have sophomores that are going to beat seniors this year.” Horvath won’t necessarily rely on BethelBrown and Odle to lead the team and believes that the team has the potential and the athletes to be a well-led and successful swimming squad.



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for many millennia in human history. Since people should still have the right to be in a this has been a phenomenon in cultures relationship with whoever they want to be for many years, we shouldn’t discriminate with and should not have to feel guilty for it. People still discriminate every day over against these people today. We believe that this issue. It is 2013, and by now, many of even if someone doesn’t agree with us have learned the It is 2013, and by now, homosexual behavdangers of discrimination and the horior or same-sex marmany of us have learned the riage, they shouldn’t and atrocities it dangers of discrimination and rors can lead people to. try to restrict them of their legal rights. No one can make the horrors and atrocities it After the United up someone else’s can lead people to. States has had many mind or tell them civil rights movehow to feel, but ments to give every people always have American citizen the right to live their equal rights, why shouldn’t homosexuals be lives the way they want to. Others shouldn’t able to marry who they love? mind if someone chooses to be with a memThey’re humans who have feelings too, ber of the same sex. They don’t have to accept and they should be free to love and legally the ways of someone else’s life, but they most commit to the one they want. Although gay certainly don’t have to treat someone else like marriage has been legalized in 16 states, they are less of a human.

The first recorded homosexual couple in history were Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, an Egyptian male couple, who lived around 2400 BCE (before common era). The couple is portrayed in a nose-kissing position, which is the most intimate pose in Egyptian art. However, many societies became hostile towards same-sex relationships since the introduction of religion by European missionaries. It wasn’t until the diffusion of religion, mainly Christianity, that caused many cultures to question whether these practices were moral or not. The role of homosexuality in today’s culture has only recently gained any form of legalization or non-hostile recognition. The fact of the matter is that homosexuality and same-sex relationships have existed

{head SCRATCHER} What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

“Pumpkin pie with EXTRA whip cream.” Precious Kioni Freshman


Colin Harris Sophomore

“I just really like turkey.”

Comic by Hope Randall.

Appreciate the ones you love “I’m a unicorn in a world full of donkeys.” My heart dropped, and my mind was blank. I felt like the oxygen had been sucked out of the room. Some day in February, I was sitting in Chemistry class thinking it was just another average day when I received a text message from my mom that completely altered my day and my life. I stared at the small digital screen in my hand. I opened the text and sat there frozen in disbelief. The only words I could manage to focus on were “massive heart attack.” A flashback to earlier that day popped into my head. When my dad dropped me off at school that morning, I could recall telling him goodbye, but I was unsure if I told him that I loved him and hoped that I did. The worst feeling was knowing that my last words ever spoken to him might not have included “I love you.” Without so much as any other explanation, she texted me she was on her way to come get

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letter to


Congratulations to the 2013 Southport High School varsity football team, student body and fans for a historic season. The Cardinals were the undefeated champions of Conference Indiana, posted an unbeaten regular season record of 9-0 and became the only team in SHS football history to start a season with an 11-0 record. The support of students, fans and adults in the community was outstanding at home games and, especially, for the 6A regional championship game at Center Grove. The 100-plus vehicle two-mile caravan and the standing-room-only Cardinals crowd that roared as the team took the field Friday night. The outcome was not what Southport fol- Al Stilley Southsider Voice lowers desired. correspondent The team’s 2013 record of 11-1 is in the books; however, the 2013 Cardinals also should be remembered for bringing together SHS and the community as well as a resurgence in the identity of the city of Southport.

The Southport football team enjoys their victory against Arsenal Tech on Nov. 1. Photo by Jesse Roller.


“Just pumpkin pie.”

by Sierra Sullivan Reporter

Luckily, my dad had pulled through. Afme, and we were going to find out if my dad was OK. It terrified me to think that my mom ter my mom and I talked to the doctors, they was unsure if he was even alive, which made told us that if he were to wait any longer bemy heart pound so loudly in my chest, I was fore coming to the emergency room, then he would no longer be with us. almost sure it would burst. After that day, I have enjoyed For the rest of the day until my every moment that I spend with mom picked me up from school, I The worst my father. Even the little mohad to sit through each class wonfeeling was dering if I would ever see my dad ments, like watching a movie or again. I nervously bit at the end of knowing that eating dinner with him, have become cherishable moments that I my nails while tapping my foot as my last words will love forever. Thinking that I I stared at the door waiting for it to open with my pass of freedom. ever spoken to lost him that day really changed When a small yellow pass printmy perspective. It made me rehim might not alize how precious life truly is ed with my name on it arrived to my classroom, I hurriedly gathered have included and how someone you love can be unexpectedly ripped away my belongings and rushed down “I love you.” from you, without so much as a to the office to greet my mom. My heart dropped as I saw her eyes chance to tell them goodbye or a simple “I love you.” were stained red around the rims, Every day I spend with my as I could tell she had been crying. I sucked in a deep breath and managed to hold dad and mom, are days well spent. I remember this day like it was yesterday, and back the tears. We rushed to the hospital and through the that helps to remind me not to take them emergency room. Nervously, we asked where for granted. Life is delicate, and tomorrow we could locate my father and found my grand- is never guaranteed. As we grow older, we ma pacing in the waiting room, waiting for us. sometimes forget that our parents are growShe pulled me in for a hug and told me the ing older too. I encourage everybody to appreciate news on my father’s condition. According to National Institutes of Health who they have in their life, and remember (NIH), more than 1.2 million heart attacks oc- that the words you speak to people are imcur each year in the U.S., and 460,000 of those portant. You never know when the last time are fatal. you talk to that person will be.

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Fast doesn’t mean healthy by McKenzie Witherell Reporter

“You can’t ask people why they’re white.” The fast food industry has taken the world by storm. As of 2013, there is a shocking amount of over 160 thousand fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone. That means that there are 192 countries not counted for. So, the real question here is, what are they really serving us in these fast food chains? Recently, I have been thinking about topic as I read the book “Fast Food Nation.” To be completely honest, I was a skeptic. I did not want to believe what I was reading, but the facts are shocking, and I am not one who argues with fact. I sometimes indulge in a chocolate milkshake and a patty melt with pepper jack cheese and caramelized onions from Steak N’ Shake. That is probably one of my favorite meals, but eating that is not only out of the question but super unhealthy. I want to know what is in the food that I consume religiously. In the book, the author talks about how the companies create the aroma and the delicious looking pictures of the food, but all of it is really manufactured at a series of

large chemical plants off of the New Jersey Turnpike. Chemical plants. I spend my small amount of money to eat food made in plants that also make chemicals. That in itself makes me not want to eat. That’s not all. One fast food burger contains meat from up to 100 different cows. Once a highly paid profession, meat packing has gone downhill. It is now one of the most dangerous jobs in America. It was once a respected and renowned profession that was like an art. It is now a job that is performed by transnational immigrants. Now, the thing is, these same meat packing companies, who really don’t care for their workers, have introduced dangerous pathogens into the meat, for example, E. coli 0157:H7. This type of E. coli, in rare cases, can cause death, and the infection from this type is contagious. That is just the food part. What about other factors of the dining experience of the fast food restaurants, like fountain drinks? Fountain soda machines sometimes contain fecal bacteria. Gross. According to CNN Health, 48 percent of fountain drink dispensers have traces of fecal bacteria. The average American spends nearly 7 percent of their life in a car, it is bound to happen that we will eventually have to eat. With my family that means drive through to the closest fast food place. So, the next time you slap a 10 dollar bill on the counter to quench your hunger, remember how unhealthy fast food is and all the processed stuff that goes into making that fast food.


November 26, 2013

Nurture shouldn’t determine future by Rachael Samm Managing Editor-of-Content Devin Moore was convicted of capital murder after taking a patrolman’s gun and shooting and killing two officers and a radio dispatcher in Alabama in 2003. He proceeded to take off in a stolen patrol car. After arrested, Moore told police, “Life is a video game. Everybody has to die sometime.” Though Moore’s lawyer claimed that playing a video game called “Grand Theft Auto” caused him to kill these officers, I’d make the argument that the abuse he received in his life made him more susceptible to making those violent choices. The main nurturer in a child’s life is supposed to be the parents. But, what happens when those nurturing parents neglect and abuse their child? As my AP Psychology book puts it, “We are the product of nature and nurture.” Nature is in your genes, but we learn ways of thinking and acting from our relationships with our families or close ones. Moore may have been influenced by the video game, but it would be foolish to say this video game caused him to kill these three police officers when his background shows child abuse and a lack of positive nurture in his life. I liked the way my AP Psychology teacher, Mr. Dan Jones, explained it. He calls the video game a stimulus that may have triggered this violent outburst. But, nurture definitely had a huge effect on Moore’s actions. The way people are treated can either help or hinder their future, and with love and nurture, a person is more likely to make positive choices in life. Jones also mentioned that everyone has something called moral agency. What that means is that everyone knows the difference between right and wrong. It’s unfortunate that Moore was abused as a child, but that didn’t affect his moral agency. It may have made him care less, but it wouldn’t have taken away his conscience. Just because Moore was abused as a child, doesn’t mean that every child who is abused will go to the extreme that Moore did. Moore was a rare case. There are kids at Southport High School that have been abused in some way who didn’t receive nurture from their parents. I’m not just talking

about being beaten. Any form of abuse, whether it be emotional, physical or sexual, can affect children significantly and stay with them for the rest of their lives. But, just because someone had a horrid upbringing doesn’t mean that their lives need to be affected negatively by it like Moore. Take Oprah Winfrey for example. When Winfrey was 9 years old, she was sexually abused by her uncle and continued to be abused by her uncle and other relatives for the next few years. Winfrey explained in an interview with David Letterman that her sexual abuse as a child led to her sexual promiscuity. This resulted in a pregnancy at the age of 14. Winfrey used her abusive childhood in the future to reach out to others. For years, she had victims of sexual abuse and their molesters on her show to talk about the horror they’ve been through and spread awareness of sexual abuse. Not only that, but Winfrey has her own channel, has started schools in Africa, has given millions of dollars to charity and has been a part of so many organizations to help others. Winfrey didn’t let her crappy childhood define who she was. She didn’t let her past affect her future. She used the unfortunate events of her childhood to reach out and help people who were going through the same things as her. Soon after Winfrey came out about her abuse as a child, several other stars like Tyler Perry began to talk about the abuse they went through as a child. According to ABC News, Perry began to talk about beatings his father would give him when he was little. He recalled a time when his father whipped him across the back with a vacuum cleaner cord until the skin was coming off of Perry’s back. Perry now has several successful movies and TV shows but hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Perry became involved in Jena 6, a





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court case involving the beating of a student. He gave millions to charities that feed the hungry and built Perry Place, a 20-home community for Hurricane Katrina survivors to live. Perry used his story to inspire people in his books. He even has an “Inspirational Corner” on his website which he posts videos about being successful and being a better person. These are perfect examples of people who turned their lives around and used their troublesome childhoods to help others. They are perfect examples that people who are abused as children or teens can overcome that abuse. According to Jones, the only way for people to not let their horrible upbringing affect their future is if they put in the effort to keep it in their past. If they genuinely want to not let it affect them, then they have the power to do so. According to the Adults Surviving Child Abuse website, it’s important for survivors to find help through a therapist. They also provide a self-help book called “Survivor to Thriver Manual” that “describes the transformative journey from victim, to survivor, to thriver.” The manual includes steps to getting through the stages of recovery including remembering, mourning and healing. You are more than your past, and as long as you genuinely want to be better, then you can make your past not affect your future. To the victims of child abuse, choose to either leave your past behind you or use it to reach out to people like Winfrey did. But, please, don’t let your past create a negative future.

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“Mom, why do you always call me lettuce?” Look up the word “retarded” in the dictionary. Do it. Search it on your phone even. Once you do, you’ll be surprised to find that it reads “slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress” or “less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one’s age” instead of “stupid” or “pointless.” Seeing this, I don’t understand why people are too inconsiderate to realize that just because the word doesn’t offend themselves, it may deeply offend others. I believe that people should take the “R-word” more seriously. To those of you who don’t understand why the “R-word” is so serious and why it matters enough to me to try to reach out to others about it, the “R-word” is an extremely offensive word toward people classified as retarded and their families and friends. According to, it makes them feel unwanted, alienated and flawed. However, they are anything but flawed. I believe the individuals who have any disability of some sort are stronger and have more willpower than anyone I know. I have been blessed to see firsthand someone who has to deal with the setbacks of Asperger’s, a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills. My sister deals with difficulties every day, but she is very accomplished and works exceptionally hard to achieve what may come easy to others. I have watched my sister grow as an individual in the past years more than I ever thought would happen. Beginning in elementary school, she was the outcast. Everyone could tell she was differ-


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STAFF LIST Editor-in-Chief KATIE HINH ‘14 Managing Editor-of-Content RACHAEL SAMM ‘14 News Editor MOIRA MCKINNEY ‘14 Foreign Language Editor EMILY SUNG ‘15 Student Life Editor TORI UPDIKE ‘15 Entertainment Editor VANESSA ABPLANALP ‘15

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Roberta Thompson

@birdiztheeword “I hate when you think you did so good on a test and then you get it back and nope ... fail.”

‘R-word’ can take more of a toll than wanted by Alexandria Musser Reporter


Features Editor CASEY SMITH ‘14

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ent and nobody wanted to be her friend. Through the years, there would be a person now and then who understood Tayler’s situation and reached out to her. But, compared to the average teenager, she had nobody. Girls are so mean too. Yes, being a boy with a disability is definitely hard, but boys aren’t as mean as girls. To girls, if you aren’t wearing the right brand of clothes, you’re instantly not good enough. There were many incidents where my sister was trashed and belittled by girls all because she was a little different. Why? Why couldn’t people just be nice in- Tayler Musser (left) and Alexandria Musser (right) pose on Panama stead of making her feel City Beach in Florida last spring break. Tayler was diagnosed with a million times worse Aspergers at age 9. Photo contributed by Alexandria Musser. about herself? She alpeople may not mean to harm, but it does hurt. ready knew she was difNo, I’m not here to scold you or tell you ferent and tried to be as normal as possible, you’re a terrible person for saying the terrible but it isn’t possible. But, Tayler’s case isn’t word. It is just a word. I’m even guilty of saying even the worst. Many others struggle with the it before. But, once I became mature enough, I same or worse barriers than my sister does and even worse bullying than my sister expe- saw what my sister has gone through and realized that although it’s a simple word, it doesn’t rienced in school. But, if you meet Tayler today, you wouldn’t have a simple meaning. The “R-word” labels even be able to tell she has Asperger’s. She has people and separates them from the rest of the grown into a beautiful, young adult who has her world. One simple word makes disabled people own job and is getting a higher education. She feel small and powerless, when in reality, they may not be mature enough to live on her own are some of the greatest people on this earth. Using the “R-word” usually comes from the by her 21st birthday this month, however, she is working hard and loves what she’s doing. Her lack of knowledge of the word and its impact. disability does not stop her from being where So, alongside that dictionary you have out, maybe pull out a book or two on intellectual and she wants to be. This is why it breaks my heart when I hear physical disabilities. I promise you’ll learn a people using the “R-word” disrespectfully. Most thing or two.



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Correction(s) In issue 5 page 5, Mr. Dan Jones’ quote should have read, “They knew 40-65 percent of people who buy their insurance individually would have to change their plan.”

Shipping up to Boston!



November 26, 2013

{ourSTORY} From Thursday Nov. 14

through Sunday Nov. 17, a group of publication students traveled to

Boston for the annual JEA/ NSPA Fall Convention.

Eight Southport students were recognized in the JEA national Write-Off contest.

Visit for contest results and photos!

The QR code above is your way to awesomeness.

(Above) Heading towards the Hynes Convention Center, senior Jordan Gamble is one of many crammed in a Green Line Train. The “T,” like many other forms of transportation, are integral to Boston’s population for commuting. (Right) Senior Katie Hinh, the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief stands amidst nearly 5,000 students to ask a question to the keynote speaker. Hinh had the opportunity to speak after a team effort to get noticed by the mic holder. Photos by Jesse Roller.

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(Above) A view from the top row of the TD Ameritrade Garden, home of the Boston Celtics. Photo by Bryanna Fox. (Below) Senior Jordan Gamble takes a selfie with some of the yearbook (The Anchor) staff. (From left to right). Gamble, Mr. Sam Hanley, senior Kaitlin Watson and junior Maddison Bethel-Brown. Photo by Jordan Gamble.

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(Above) Journal staffers junior Tori Updike (left) and junior Caitlyn Jones (right) ride the green-line train on Saturday Nov. 16. Photo by Caitlyn Jones. (Right) At the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Statue along the Freedom Trail, junior Alicia Jones takes a selfie. The statue is at the site of the first public school in America. Photo by Alicia Jones.

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