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Issue 2, Volume XCII

Southport High School

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Going through the phases brick by brick 2. SPTV

Counseling becomes Gold Star certified

Guidance goes through the steps to win award for a proficient counseling program by Lindsey Farley Reporter The Indiana Department of Education awarded Southport High School’s guidance department with the 2013 Gold Star Counseling Award. Southport joins the ranks of the 175 elementary, middle and high schools in Indiana who have previously won the award since its start in 1997. Southport’s guidance department won this award by providing proof of their accomplishments. They put what they did every day on paper documents and created a data driven guidance program. “Southport went through the process to be awarded a Gold Star this year for the first time,” wrote the Indiana Department of Education School Counselor Ms. Amanda Culhan in an email to The Journal. “By receiving this award, the school is demonstrating that they have a comprehensive, data-driven program.” According to Culhan, a comprehensive, datadriven program means that Southport underwent a diligent process to raise student achievement. This process began by the head of the guidance department, Mrs. Julie Fierce and the counselors. Ms. Brianna Underwood, Mr. LaMont Rascoe, Mrs. Tricia Bender and Mrs. Tina Tracy all participated in training sessions during the 2012-2013 school year. Before the Southport guidance department became qualified for this award, they also had to turn in an online portfolio with credentials that met all nine program standards found in Indiana’s Program Standards for School Counseling. According to the American Student Achievement Institute, these nine standards consist of program foundations, data-based accountability, student guidance, student counseling, student advocacy, program management, professionalism, resources and a school counseling improvement plan. “It involved a lot of work,” Fierce said. “A lot of self-evaluation... we had some extra help from the outside, we had some interns that were able to help us with some the work and people in the community.” According to the Indiana Department of Education, these data-based decisions and tasks that local community advisory groups and partners are to complete is reviewing student data, setting specific student goals and committing to heightening the time and skills of Southport’s counselors. According to Underwood, there are two committees that played major roles in accounting for this data. One was the “steering committee,” which was made up of all the counselors and Fierce. The second was the “advisory committee,” composed of students, community business partners, parents, teachers and even fellow administers at Southport. They helped create the data to put on the documents by reviewing the work done by each of the counselors each day and implementing that into statistics. “It was a huge collaboration and team effort,” Underwood said. “They were able to give us a lot of really good feedback. Just hearing their different perspectives was extremely important.” Although it is already known that Southport is now Gold Star accredited, the award will be presented during the fall conference held by Indiana School Counselor Association on Nov. 15. Along with the Gold Star award underneath the Southport guidance department’s belt, it is now able to apply for the nation’s highest recognition for school guidance programs, the American School Counselor Association’s Recognized ASCA Model Program. Fierce is looking to apply for this. “It’d be a great recognition for our school, and for the work and things we do,” Fierce said. “We do everything we can to help.”

1. Music Rooms The music department was relocated to new rooms in the 400s at the beginning of the school year. Sound panels were installed on the walls and ceilings and a recording system was put in so the teachers can record the students playing and let students listen so they can make improvements. Practice rooms are another added bonus the music department acquired. They will allow students to practice individually or with a small group for events such as the band and orchestra competitions. The new classrooms are also substantially larger than the past rooms orchestra, band and choir classes were originally held in. Photo by Lindsey Farley.

The SPTV production room was also moved to a new location. They are now downstairs in room 145 instead of in the old IMC. The new room is more beneficial because all of their equipment is centralized in one spot, rather than in two rooms as it was in the original room. They now have a real sound-proof studio where students record daily announcements. The lighting in the studio is much better than in the room located in the old IMC. The new room also provides more privacy and less disruption from other classes. Overall, the students involved in SPTV find the new room to be an improved environment to work in. Photo by Lindsey Farley.

4. Courtyard

3. Tennis Courts In addition to the other major changes, the tennis courts were gutted and improved. The old courts were cracked and the paint was starting to fade, so they were completely torn out and replaced by a better playing surface for the players. The area was repaved and freshly painted. Furthermore, the courts are surrounded by a brand new chain-link fence and new nets were installed. The pristine surfaces of the new courts are better quality because they don’t have the cracks and scuffs on the surface that plagued the old courts. Photo by Jesse Roller.

The former courtyard was filled in and is now a completely new hallway that is two stories tall with two levels of classrooms on either side. On the upper floor, there are many new classrooms, some common lab areas and the new IMC. One-way glass panels will be fitted to the sides facing the two-story hallway. A bridge connects the two sides and leads to a staircase to the lower level where more classrooms and a new addition to the cafeteria are. Restrooms, bar seating and restaurant-style seating will be incorporated in this addition. Photo by Bradley Davis.

Shorts by Abigail Barrett

Next stage to start in November

Renovations will continue throughout the school as phase one nears end by Bradley Davis Reporter

In late fall, Southport will go through “phase two” of construction as Assistant Principal Mr. Kirby Schott calls it. The beginning of the new work will include the East part of the cafeteria, the science hallway and foreign language hallways. This phase will last until the end of the 2013-14 school year. According to Schott, the construction will have a bigger effect upon the faculty and students due to the fact that they are taking away a good portion of active classrooms to work on. “Honestly, I don’t know if the school will become easier to understand in the end,” said Schott. “But I think it will make things more manageable for the students.” The science teachers will be moved to the old IMC, where there will be new classrooms and a common lab area. They will later have to move again at the end of the construction period. Science department head Mr. Mark Duncan says that the move will be disruptive for both students and teachers. However, he feels that it will pay off in the end because the common lab area will have better equipment to teach with.


Southport has three phases of construction planned to be completed later this school year. Listed below are the rough deadlines for each phase’s completion. PHASE ONE-Fall 2012 Courtyard, IMC transformations, pool area PHASE TWO-Fall 2013 East part of cafeteria, science and foreign language hallways PHASE THREE-Spring 2014 Math hallway, social studies hallway, black box theater According to Duncan, the seven to 11 new classrooms and the common science lab will have “state-of-the-art” equipment, new cabinets, standup lab tables and a big enough space for up to five classes to be in the lab at one time. “Students and teachers both have to learn to become more flexible,” Duncan said. Physics teacher Mrs. Stacey Farley-Matlock also says it will be an enhancement on learning for both the students and the teachers. She is not fond of

changing classrooms because she has been in her room for 13 years. The foreign language teachers will be moved to the temporary classrooms that are being put in where the courtyard between the English and Social Studies department was. When construction is all said and done, the foreign language rooms will be moved back to the same wing they originally were in. Foreign Language department head Ms. Anna Powell says it will be hard for both the students and the teachers to not only incorporate the moving of classrooms, but also learning the new routes once the hallways are shut down. “I think it will be more of an inconvenience than a problem,” Powell said. Spanish teacher Ms. Patricia O’Connor, who has been in her classroom for approximately 20 years, says that change takes time to get used to and at first will not be easy. She says that everybody will have to adapt to the change in their own way. “It’s not going to be easy for anybody,” O’Connor said. “Students and teachers are just going to have to adapt at their own speed.” When the second phase of construction begins, Southport will regain some of the areas that construction worked on first. The east part of the cafeteria, the “Grand Hall,” which used to be rooms 147 and 148 and the courtyard will be available for use in November.


Foreign Language

September 13, 2013

Kehlei in orhlei- Mai Duh Za Hril nih kum 2013 Miss CCUSA laksawng a ngah lio. Kum thar puai ah lai lam phun phunle talent show phun phun piah asi. Photo contributed by Justin Sanghrin Thang le Duh Za Hril.

Lai Kumthar Puai cu tlamtling te in tuah asi

A voi 12-nak Lai Kumthar Puai CCUSA nih Indianapolis khua chung ah an tuah mi cu tlamtling te in an hmang by Emily Sung Foreign Language Editor

Chin Community USA (CCUSA) nih a voi 12 nak Falam Kumthar Puai an tuah mi cu Aug.30 - Sept.1 tiang Indianapolis khua chung ah tlamtling te in an hmang. Lai Kum thar Puai hi khua adangdang a um mi Chin Falam mi vial te nih hmunkhat ah an nunphung le an phunglam philh lo nak, conglawmhnak puai an tuah tawn nak a si. A liam cia caan September thla kum 2001 hrawng ah khan Chin Falam mino chungah

hawikhomnak, lungngetnak, Chin nunphung leh zatlang himternak le laitlang lei thanchonak caah hmunkhat te ah lungrual te in riantuan ti ding caah hin an rak tuah mi a si. Pu Pa Kap Thio, CCUSA Falam Board President a tuan lio mi sinin kan theih ning ah cun, a hmasa bik Kum thar Puai cu Battle Creek, Michigan khua ah kum 2001 ah khan tuah arak si i, minung 200 hrawng an rak i tel kho tiah a chimh. Mah puai ah a tel kho mi hna nih cun, pumpululh chuih zuamnak, hlasak thiam zuamnak, Lai lam zuamnak tiah zuamnak phunphun in tuah a rak si. CCUSA Youth General Secretary, Justin Sanghrin Thang sinin kan theih ning ah cun, tukum puai cu ni thum chung tuah a si. U.S a ummi hmundang khua 16 pawl sin in zuamnak a um i, minung 2000-3000 hrawng an i tel kho. Mah puai ah hin pahrang zuamnak phun phun tuah asi. Pumpalulh chuih, volleyball, tug of war, tli, lai laam,

CCUSA Idol, Miss CCUSA , le fashion show pawl hi zuamnak an ngei mi cu a si. CCUSA ah riantuantu upa pawl sinin kan theihning ah cun , hi puai an tuah channak le an i timh mi ah a ngan bik mi cu, Lai holh le Lai nunphung hi thanchoter le himter khawh an duh ruang ah a si. “Hi puai kan tuah channak le kan i timh mi a ngan bik cu, Lai holh le Lai nunphung hi thanchoter le himter khawh hi asi. Cun hmailei caan ah kan te chin fa par le hna nih zong kan lai nunphung philh lo te in kan i cinken zungzal khawh nak ngha mah puai hi kan tuah nak chan cu asi” tiah Justin nih a chimh. Southport sianginn ah a kai lio mi Lai siangngakchia pawl hna zong nih mah a voi 12 nak Kum thar puai ah hin an i tel ve i, nuam te in an hmang khawh mi cungah an i lawm ngai tiah an chim. Mah puai caah hin tampi cu an mah le thiammi lantecelh le zuam-tel khawhnak ding caah timtuahnak le cinhnak

an rak ngeih cio hna. Southport siangin ii tang hleikhat a kai lio mi siangngakchia, Ruth Mezali zong, hi Lai Kumthar Puai ah hin aa tel ve i, zuamnak zong ah a tel ve. “Mah puai caah hin ka hawi le he timhtuahnak tampi kan rak ngei ve. Lai lam le Lai fashion show piah nak le i zuam nak ah kan i tel ve ii, puai caah hin a tlawmbik ah nazi pahnih in pathum chung, zan fa tin te kan cinh i, zarh thum dengmang kan cinh. Kan tha a baa ngai na in kan i nuam tuk,” tiah tang hleikhat a kai lio mi Ruth Mezali nih a chim. Pu Pa Tin Ko, Falam Board Secretary a tuan lio mi sinin kan theih ning ah cun, hmaikum Kum thar puai cu Frederick, Maryland ah tuah asi lai i, Labor Day zarh ah tuah asi than lai. An i timh ning ah cun tukum nakin hmaikum ah hin tlamtling deuh in le minung zawng tukum nakin an tam chin khawh nak hnga saduhthah nak an ngei tiah an chimh chih.


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Little lion men make big show

While Mumford and Sons was the main act, opening bands were just as talented


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by Vanessa Abplanalp Entertainment Editor

Never in all my years have I ever seen so much plaid and so many flower headbands in one place. It was as if a lumberjack convention had stopped at Woodstock. There’s nothing else I could be referring to other than the Mumford and Sons concert. While they were an amazing main act, the opening bands were nothing to turn your nose up at. The British man band (because no one can consider Mumford and Sons a ‘boy band’) had three opening acts: soulful sole American singer Gill Landry, the facial-haired men of Bear’s Den and fellow indie rockers, The Vaccines. Southern boy Landry’s blues twang and sultry voice had an accent spiced like a hot gumbo. This Creole delight had a sound and genre I’m not acquainted with and actually enjoyed. Envision Jason Mraz with a drawl and knack for making sorrowful songs sound catchy. Following Landry’s love-and-loss ballads was Bear’s Den, a trio of bear-like men themselves with majestic facial hair and a contributor to the plaid party, not to mention marvelous musicians. Bear’s Den music is more comparable to Mumford and Sons, with lyrics such as “let your mind speak louder than your heart” from their song “Don’t Let the Sun Steal You Away.” What I find better of lesser-known bands, such as Bear’s Den, is how tangible they are. Literally, they’re less difficult to come in physical contact with. Preceding their lime light, Bear’s Den held a signing in the plaza next to the amphitheater. It took me less than half an hour to see a band that performed only minutes ago. Having the opportunity to embrace and converse with a band escalates your favor for it. Not only does their music please you, but you are able

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Album- Grouplove: Spreading Rumours, Sept. 17 Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons serenades the crowd. Photo by Vanessa Abplanalp. to leave knowing that their act on stage is not truly an act. That’s how I felt leaving the band’s table with their signatures, photograph and knowledge that I just hugged three talented British men. Yet another British indie band was The Vaccines, with more of a rocker edge. These four reminded me of Vampire Weekend, which was a pleasant relief. Head banging and a very physical presence rocked the stage before the “little lion men” entered. The Vaccines was the other band of the night I was able to greet and capture the memory with a flashing camera and permanent marker. After the meeting, I raced back to see the end of Mumford and Sons first song: Lover’s Eyes. And love my eyes did, but my ears were even more enchanted. I now prefer their live voices as opposed studio versions. They continued with “Thistles and Weeds,” “Dust Bowl Dance” and of course “Little Lion Man.” They even performed a lyrical séance, by singing the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” Putting all the immense musical talent aside, which has an instrument range from banjo to

mandolin, stage presence is a major component. All performers thanked the audience after each song simply for listening. If band members are able to make you feel as if you belong there through their interactions, then they’re doing it right. Lead singer Marcus Mumford complemented our abundance of cornfields while banjoist Winston Marshall made the accurate explanation of American Labor Day as celebrating working by not working. There were honestly no negatives to be put in about the bands, meeting and stage set alike. At that point, only the weather and those around you can affect your time. An example would be the woman adjacent to me, who highlighted the Bible while an amazing concert was being heard from miles around. Overall, this was a favorite concert. These men know how to rock with modest actions and folksy rhythms. They came, they sang, they conquered.

GPA: 4.0

‘Summer Camp’ is a real break

Indie duet band still has the summer spirit and the songs to get you through seasons by Sarah Fowerbaugh Reporter

As summer draws to an end and autumn starts to make its presence known, the music that is being put out slowly turns from peppy beach tunes to songs about sweaters and sap. In a last attempt to squeeze out the last sunshine of summer, the Summer Camp is due to release their second studio album, aptly entitled “Summer Camp.” The dynamic duo is made up of Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey, both from England. Their first full-length album, “Welcome to Condale,” was released in the U.S. in 2011 and the band has since released several low key EPs and fresh new singles. Sankey and Warmsley are taking a new direction with the album Summer Camp, a direction that can only be described as some distant ‘80s girl group. It starts out the album experience with a song titled “The End,” an ironic way to begin an album. Psychedelic beats and a mix of Warmsley and Sankey’s vocals serenade the listener. For the springy music that is featured on the album, Sankey’s voice is a bit full, but it just manages to make the cut for

“Summer Camp” album artwork. Photo taken from both summer and fall listening music. The lyrics to most of the songs are light and airy, with a subliminally deep and wise meanings to each song. The album contains some real gems, including the duo’s newest single, “Fresh.” “Fresh” is exactly what the title says. The tune is addictive and a different kind of romantic, a tune that belongs in an old cheesy romantic comedy. The lyrics talk about a memorable old flame and repeat the phrase “Do you remember the first time?” as the chorus. My favorite track off the album is “Crazy.” The song is a bit more modern than the other tracks, and Sankey’s voice is perfectly suited to the lyr-

ics. The song is very drum and tambourine driven, holding true to the song’s “Crazy” title. “Fighters” is a piano ballad, with some of the best lyrics I’ve encountered in my musical history. “When we used to fight, she said, it was for something and not against each other,” Sankey croons. Sankey’s heavy voice is perfectly suited to this tale of abusive love, accompanied only by a piano and occasional drum beat. Pep returns to the album with the songs “I Got You” and “Everything Has Changed.” The multi-talented Warmsley adds to Sankey’s vocals on both tracks along with a variety of instruments that really take the listener back to better days. The album ends with the tracks “Phone Call” and “Night Drive,” which can only be compared to a summer’s day: exuberant and nostalgic. The album wraps up with “Pink Summer,” bringing the listener full circle as both summer and the album come to a close. In all, I found the album Summer Camp to be extremely consistent, with the one outlying flaw being that the songs sounded similar after a few listens. I will be purchasing the album when it comes out Oct. 6, but for now I will continue to listen to it on the band’s Soundcloud page, where the album is streaming for free. Summer Camp has held true to its name, and in my opinion, is the last real album of the summer.

GPA: 3.5

‘City of Bones’ is sure to rattle yours Acclaimed “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” lives up to the book’s craze by Katie Hinh Editor-in-Chief In my experience, titles with the word ‘bone’ in it can always be iffy. Are the bones human? Is there witchcraft involved? Has Goody Proctor been seen with the devil? To my relief, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” was a good movie, even with its witches and bones. “City of Bones” is based around the fact that there is a totally different world that we “mundanes” can’t see. It’s a world of demons, vampires, werewolves and shadow hunters, half-human half-angel beings made to kill the aforementioned demons. The plot begins with a normal, typically artsy and rebellious teenage girl named Clary, who just

wants her non-understanding mother to leave her alone. Naturally, the night Clary sneaks into a club, she sees a grisly murder. The catch? She witnessed the murder of a vampire carried out by the shadow hunters Alec, Isabelle and the dangerous and attractive Jace. Enter angsty teenage love. Later, Jace finds Clary to confront her about her being able to see shadow hunters when at the exact same moment, Clary learns that her mother has been kidnapped. Jace being the strong, tattooed, cocky type, assures Clary that he will help her get her mother back and teach her the ways of the shadow hunter. This journey leads them to a vampire nest, a werewolf pack, a large party hosted by a dashing wizard, an underground city made of bones led by a group called “The Silent Brothers” who sew their mouths shut to ensure their silence and a large ostentatious building called “The Institute.” The

GPA: 3.2

building is naturally hidden in plain sight in the middle of New York City. Now, the movie was good and did follow the book pretty well (yes, I have read the book), but it was the all too predictable teen fantasy flick. Girl meets supernatural boy, falls in love and his supernaturalness pulls them apart. The movie wasn’t as cliché as the sparkly vampire flicks we know and love, but it had its moments. It had an unusual wit that made me laugh throughout the movie. The characters cracked jokes about Jesus and love that made them seem more real to the viewer. I’m not much of a judge of computer graphics, but the monsters in this movie weren’t that bad and sometimes made me cringe at their hideous realness. In the end, “City of Bones” is worth the look, and I’m sure that you’ll be seeing the sequel, “City of Ashes,” coming soon to a theater near you. It was enjoyable, and I couldn’t get enough of Jace or the quirky friend-zoned boy Simon, Clary’s lifelong friend. So the next time you are en route to the movie theater or video store, “City of Bones” should be on your list.

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Tasty new shop debuts with open arms and doors Recently-opened Red Line is satisfactory to the stomach and wallet of patrons alike Nick Meacham Reporter There is a tasty new frozen yogurt place that will leave me coming back for more. It is Red Line Frozen Yogurt on the intersection of Stop 11 Road and Arlington Avenue. They had over 15 different flavors, over 50 different toppings and fresh fruit. You can put your frozen yogurt either in a cone, cookie or in a regular bowl. The price is perfect at 45 cents an ounce, compared to Orange Leaf’s price of 49 cents an ounce.. And they make their frozen yogurt with natural ingredients, whereas other places make it powder. When I went, I got three different flavors. These included a Candy Bar Smash, Peanut Butter Cup and Cookies and Cream frozen yogurt. I got many toppings which include M&Ms, Nutter Butters and gummy bears. Though other places offer the same items, this was actually better. I have to say, it was the best frozen yogurt I have ever eaten. I love this place a lot more than Orange Leaf. It was creamy but still thick enough that you have to eat it with a spoon. It is yogurt, so it is also healthy for you. It is low in sodium and good for your stomach because it has probiotics. The service was amazing. As soon as we stepped through the door, we were greeted with a smile. They had a person that got you samples of yogurt if you wanted to try something new, which since it was my first time, was very helpful. The only thing that was bad was a liquid leaked out of the air conditioning and could fall on someone getting frozen yogurt. The atmosphere was also amazing and realistic. It was a subway setting with a life-sized subway train in the room. There’s a section where the kids can play in the corner with a toy train and a wall with magnets to play with while their parents enjoy a not-so-unhealthy treat. They also had actual seats from real trains. There is a Chicago’s Pizza connected to it. They’re connected due to the two being partens. This would make a good birthday party for kids. I found a new frozen yogurt place, but it was my stomach that fell in love. I would go back for years to come.

GPA: 3.7


September 13, 2013

Cultures celebrate together


Falam dancers break out with traditional dance on the second day of the Burmese Harvest Festival Aug. 31 at he Gathering Place church. Photo contributed by Justin Sang Hrin Thang.

Chins gather as one for festival

by Cooper Davis Reporter Louisiana. Michigan. Alabama. Maryland. Arizona. Texas. The license plates in the engorged parking lot have these states proudly stamped on them, testimonies to the lengthy trips people have travelled for a three-day weekend here in Indianapolis. They come by car, moped, motorcycle, bicycle, foot and most impressively, gargantuan chrome double-decker bus. People have pooled around the entrance. Exhaustion seems evident in most faces, but also excitement and gratification for finally arriving at the 2013 Chin Harvest Festival. “What is Harvest Festival?” Mr. San Taung, organizer/supervisor for this year, said. “Normally in our country, we celebrate the harvest around now. It’s because all the crops have been grown. It is very similar to your Thanksgiving. Lots of people come from different, far states just to join us, because this signifies our identity as a Chin community. This is very important for us.” But it’s more than a celebration: it’s an escape. Passing through the entrance feels like crossing a border between America and Burma. It’s in the atmosphere: the difference

is bold and pronounced. In the distance, there up on their feet. Day two, the rising action. The double are people playing soccer, musicians, models decker bus population has increased, and and pastors. It’s a very comfy cultural niche. with it the number of Burmese festival attendDay one, opening night. It’s a humid, windy Friday and people are just now pulling in. At this ees. Starting at the unholy hour of 11 a.m. on a Saturday, the games begin. point, the crowd is small and personal, they catch “We have a lot of sports competitions up and laugh, many look eagerly through the glass like soccer, or volleyball, tennis and we have doors. At 7:45, doors open and people stroll in, ping-pong, definitely. pay their admissions and There’s running and have nice little chats with the doormen. Around them Lots of people come from shot put too, so if you have strong muscles, are shirts and trinkets, but different, far states to join or maybe if not, then everyone disregards them in favor of the cheap, small us, because this signifies our you can do that.” Van organizer and paper hats with a feather on identity as a Chin community. Thang, planner said. top. But why? The sport he did “That hat represents the San Taung, forget is a nameless Hornbill, because a Hornbill Festival Organizer one that’s a combinais our national bird,” Justin Thang, the Youth Secretary tion of soccer and volleyball. Part infor the group funding the festival said. “We chose that since one Hornbill tense physical ability and part acrobatic skill, incorporating somersaults and turns, diving, can’t live by his self, or you know, herself. It needs lunging, passing combinations and ridiculous to be a couple. Let’s say the husband Hornbill’s back flip kick spikes. wife died, then the other one will not live by itself. “We end our night with a Fashion Show, It will die because it is alone and does not have other to live with and love with.” this is my favorite,” Taung said. “It’s a Chin traditional costume show, and it’s couples The night continues and rolls on and is mostly a meet-and-greet, but eventually a concert starts. fashion. Seven states pick the most beautiful women and handsome men, and they pick One moment it’s the quiet, sincere throb of a love from clothes we brought from Burma. song in Burmese, the next an electric and eclectic Day 3, the grand finale. Church bright and cover of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” early, with lunch afterwards. Nostalgic foods that brings the house down as well as the crowd

Chin Harvest Festival combines Chins from all over the country to celebrate

Germany brews in Indianapolis People of all descents attend Oktoberfest for a experience and to have a “guten” time

by Sarah Fowerbaugh Reporter This past weekend, the German American Klub hosted their annual Oktoberfest. Being of German heritage myself, I took interest in going. I must have seemed German enough, because my parents and I somehow were able to bypass the entrance fee through the help of some festively-dressed workers. And so we beheld the German Park, transformed for the weekend into Indianapolis’ very own festival of Oktoberfest. When the word ‘Oktoberfest’ comes up, images of German girls wearing traditional dirndl dresses and carrying overflowing kegs of ale to thirsty men in lederhosen come to mind. However, Oktoberfest is much more than just a raucous 16-day beer party. Oktoberfest dates back to 1810, with a history as entertaining as the festival itself. Originally, Oktoberfest was a celebration of

the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The first ever Oktoberfest did take place in October, which is where the festival gets its name. Indianapolis’ doesn’t last as long as Germany’s Oktoberfest, but similarities are still drawn between the two. Both Oktoberfests serve authentic German beer, which I did not sample as underage drinking isn’t condoned. My father, however, says that the German-made beer was stellar. The beers served at Oktoberfest actually have higher alcohol content than normal beers. I sampled authentic German cuisine to get in touch with my German roots. I sampled the knackwurst, a short and fat sausage that contains more beef than your average hot dog, and the sauerkraut, being cabbage that is shredded and boiled in its own juices. For desserts, there was traditional and wellknown German chocolate cake, but I went for the lesser-known apple strudel. Somehow, those Germans managed to make it crunchy and sweet, but also flaky and soft at the same time. The strudel was like a nutty apple heaven, handcrafted by an angel in a dirndl. The festival also had booths with souvenirlike items that ranged from pewter chess sets

to handmade flower crowns. My personal favorite was the stein stand. It was a cart that had a variety of intricately carved stone German mugs, specially crafted to keep your mug frosty and frothy. It was neat to just look at all the carefully designed pieces of German culture, with some figurines sale dating back over 50 years. I wasn’t the only Southport High School student shouting “Ein Prosit” (a salute to your well-being). Junior Nickolas Cantrell celebrated Oktoberfest the previous weekend. “I spent time with my family and friends and had a pretzel the size of a plate,” Cantrell said. Cantrell also says that he enjoyed the traditional German music that accompanied German dancers in the center of the festival. The ambience was one of my favorite parts of Oktoberfest, as well. As previously stated, I had never really gotten in touch with my extensive German ancestry before. It was eye-opening to see what actual German food and culture was like up close and personal. It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. You can count on seeing me at next year’s Oktoberfest with a tankard of root beer in hand and an alpine hat on my German head.

from the homeland are on plates everywhere, they even have an exceedingly bizarre and interesting food called lahpet, which is actually fermented or pickled tea that is eaten like rice. A few in jerseys don’t eat, choosing to prepare for the approaching soccer finale, a furiously paced game with manic foot skills. This day ends earlier than the rest, so the last show comes on 6:30 p.m. with a beauty pageant. Twelve Burmese beauties all smile, give speeches, some even sing or dance, and eventually they pick a Miss Chin. And just like that, the 2013 Chin Harvest Festival is done. For Labor Day weekend, from midday to midnight, they build their own Burma in 82,000 square feet, with over 2,000 people for 72 hours. It’s long, but the whole night, interview after interview, every person, performer or friend loved it. There’s such repetition and emphasis placed on fellowship and friendship: this isn’t the hodgepodge group of people with only a country in common that you might expect. Instead, it’s more of a long anticipated family reunion. The perfect metaphor for this Burmese family is that of the aforementioned Hornbill. “No Hornbill can survive without its best friend, ever,” San Taung said. “That’s why it’s our national bird, you know? That represents we all need to be together, and we can’t be apart. We can’t stay away from each other, no matter what problems come. In the end, we all are Chins, and we need to be joined together in order to truly be happy.”

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September 13, 2013

Recreational flying turns professional Piloting offers career options for those who dream of flying for a living by McKenzie Witherell Reporter

Senior Blake Davis takes off for a flying lesson with instructor Mr. Tom Jeffries. Davis is in the process of obtaining his pilot license. Photo by Alle Musser.

Senior preps for flight Obtaining a pilot license proves stressful yet possible for a Southport student by Alle Musser Reporter

Some people are too terrified to fly in planes with professional, experienced pilots. Some people are even too terrified to climb up skyscrapers, ride roller coasters, and parasail 500 ft. over the ocean. But for aspiring pilot, Blake Davis, a senior at Southport High School, height is not an issue. “I love being able to relax and to see everything from up above.” Davis, who is currently in the process of earning his private pilot license, said. Davis began aspiring to fly when he was a little kid, since both of his great-grandparents were pilots. However, becoming a pilot is a long, challenging process that takes years to achieve. On top of that, being involved in school could only take the process longer. There are many things that go into flying a plane. It’s not simply pressing the gas pedal and you’re good to go. The basics of taking off and landing is a challenge in itself needing to reach the required speed, make perfect timing and calculating the wind direction is complicated. Getting a private pilot license is similar to getting a driver’s license. The overall process of earning a license is composed of three steps. Before even hopping in a plane, aspiring pilots must take ground school, a class similar to driver’s education, to teach the basics of flying. Students are required to fly 40 hours, at least 20 of those with an instructor and 10 of them flying solo. Then students take a final exam composed of an oral, written and flying test at the end of the process. This process is not cheap. Each hour renting a plane costs $110. Receiving an instructor’s help costs $40 an hour. Three weeks of ground school costs $400. There’s a reason for the extreme price. The fuel used for planes is over $6 a gallon and

an hour of flying uses near seven or eight gallons. Once the math is done, plus profit for the airport, the price is around Jeff Air Pilot Services Indy Flight Training $110. For ground Greenwood Municipal Airport Indianapolis Regional Airport school, students 799 E. County Line Road 3867 Aviation Way have to purchase Greenwood, IN 46143 Greenfield, IN 46140 many books about the technology (317) 610-1081 317.336.3610 and technique of flying a plane. jobs in an airport as a manager, engineer, techTo pay for this outrageous payment, Davis works at his grand- nician and a traffic control specialist. Like Davis, Hawes has been dreaming to fly father’s auction, Mike Hemiel Auction Service. Davis pays for his entire flying education on his ever since he can remember, and is taking steps own, making it more of a challenge to get ev- to achieve his goal. Already having his private pilot license and attending Purdue, Hawes is erything finished quickly. “You can get (flying hours) done pretty hoping to become a commercial airline pilot, quick, but that’d cost a lot of money,” Davis which can be extremely difficult. “It’s really stressful,” Hawes said. “One missaid. “I like to spread my flies out so it doesn’t hap and you probably fail.” cost as much.” It’s a long and expensive journey for But to find time for flying is a huge obstacle. During the school year, Davis spends the ma- Hawes as well. Airlines expect a 4-year dejority of his time playing football and lacrosse gree. Only beginning his sophomore year at and throwing in track. To balance school, Purdue, Hawes still has a long road ahead, friends and flying, Davis usually tries to work needing to study at Purdue for two more on flying during the summer where there is years to earn his commercial pilot license and to pass the FAA Instrument Rating Test plenty more time. Davis still has yet to get his license, but he in order to receive his instrument rating, has flown all of his required hours and taken which allows him to fly through clouds inthe required classes. Davis is still trying to find stead of going around them. An estimated $15,000 was spent on receivtime to make sure he is prepared and to take ing his private pilot license, and now Hawes has the final exam. Davis flies at The Greenwood Municipal to pay roughly around $60,000 a year to atAirport with instructor Mr. Tom Jefferies and tend Purdue. However, learning to be a pilot is not all hard dreams to study at Purdue University to become a commercial airline pilot, which is a work and treachery. Hawes is able to fly wherdream that Southport 2012 graduate Ethan ever and whenever he wants, whether it’s to go to different cities with friends or to escape from Hawes is currently pursuing. Hawes is currently pursuing a professional the real world. “There are so many things that happen on flight major and a MS in aviation, which is a master of aviation major at Purdue University. the ground every day,” Hawes said. “It’s a very With these degrees, Hawes will be able to ei- stressful world. I feel like by flying, you get to ther fly a commercial airline plane or with a MS escape those things and see earth the way it’s in aviation degree, Hawes will be qualified for supposed to be.”


Interested in getting a pilot license?

Only a handful of pilots have reached the highest rank of a piloting license: the Air Transport license. Captin Kevin Tolle is one of those few people, but the drive for flying did not just appear one night in a dream, it has been a passion of his for a long time. “When I was 15 years old, my parents bought me a discovery flight,” Tolle said. “I just fell in love with it.” A discovery flight is a flight that basically takes a passenger up and flies around to see if the person would like to learn to fly. With his future in sight, Tolle set off to obtain his dream job. Getting a pilot license was not the easiest thing to get. Unlike getting a driver’s license, a pilot license takes much more time and focus. “It takes drive, hard work and dedication,” Tolle said. To obtain the a private pilot license, it takes 40 hours of actual flying time. Mr. Kevin Tolle, After that, the time Airline Pilot keeps building to the ultimate goal of Air Transport pilot license. This license allows the person to be a captain for any profiting airline. The job is not all fun and games, and it comes with a lot of responsibility. “Before the plane can take off, every little thing has to be accounted for. In a car, if the windshield wipers aren’t working, it’s no big deal,” Tolle said. “On an airplane, it is.” Part of this challenging profession is also knowing how to land on only one engine or with any other major failure. Hopefully those Mr. Tom Jeffries, frightful occurrencPilot Instructor es will never happen, but, the pilots have to know how to deal with them. The odds are only one in 11 million flights will result in a crash. Tom Jeffries, who is a pilot and a flight instructor at Greenwood Municipal Airport, gets to see the other side of flying. Jeffries, who started out as a pilot with Continental Airlines and then retired in 2005, was not ready to stop flying, so he went back to teaching aspiring pilots. “I can take pilots of various levels from zero flight time and all the way through the commercial and multi engine license,” Jeffries said. According to Tolle, unlike all other careers, there is no preparation for this job. “Compared to the person who works the nine to five desk job who has emails to send when they get home,” Tolle said. “That does not exist in my world.”

New initiative brings more police to school

Local police forces make new efforts to improve safety for drivers on the roads by Christina Hemphill Reporter

It’s 2:18 on a Friday afternoon. The fieldhouse is packed with kids screaming with excitement for the football game less than five hours away. The bell rings and junior Blythe Nelis rushes out the doors and into her car. In a rush to get to her friend’s house and get ready for the game, she zooms out of the parking lot. Nelis looks in her rearview mirror and sees red and blue flashing lights directed straight for her. She slows down and pulls over to the side of the road. “I was going 34 in a 25,” Nelis said. “I was about to cheer at the first football game and I was excited.” Nelis says now that she got pulled over she is

more aware of the speed limit. As a new driver, she challenged at watching the road, other drivers and the speed limit signs at the same time. She also realizes that speeding not only risks her own life, but the people in cars around her. With the speed limit usually at 30, teens forget that it drops five miles on the streets surrounding the school when it is in session. This is why the most common ticket for teens is a speeding ticket, according to Homecroft District Chief of Police, John Ryan. Ryan says the number one complaint in Homecroft every year is about the speeding and running of stop signs around the school. “There are good drivers and there are ones that aren’t,” Ryan said. “Some of those who are not good drivers get the opportunity to meet the police to discuss driving techniques and often receive mementos of the occasion.” The memento Ryan speaks of is a speeding ticket. Although Nelis got only a warning, the officer that pulled her over did leave her with the advice to not let her emotions affect her while driving.

Police officers are getting a push from the state legislature and school system to improve the security and safety at the schools. One of the ways they are pushing them is by having a law that funds officers for the school. Ryan says that it is not that there was a specific incident that pushed the need for more patrolling, Local police forces are increasing patrol routines around but rather events that Southport High School in an effort to improve the campus have been happening elsewhere, such as the security. Photo by Jesse Roller. Sandy Hook incident. are more careful and aware when driving. This incident has pushed the police around “I’m always looking for cops and making Homecroft to provide a safer environment for sure I’m not speeding,” Nelis said. “No matter the school and everyone surrounding. what I’m feeling I try to remember to not let it Since the patrolling has increased, student’s risk my life or others.”

Student Life

September 13, 2013


Salt decrease just the beginning for healthier lunches Southport follows the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program to improve school meals by Sierra Sullivan Reporter Senior Joey Lane is one of the many Southport High School students who have noticed the recent decision to eliminate salt packages from the cafeteria, and approves of the school’s healthier decisions. “There’s no real reason to have it,” Lane said. “The food is already salty enough.” This is exactly the argument that led to the disappearance of the salt packages as Southport transitions into serving less-fattening meals. This year, Lane, along with the other students, must learn to adapt to the different food options available. Southport and many other schools across the country have adopted the National School Lunch Program in hopes of providing healthier school lunches for students. The program began when First Lady Michelle Obama decided to try to help curb childhood obesity. She wanted to create a program to provide healthier food options for children in schools.

According to the program, students who eat meals proportioned according to their guidelines are more likely to be at a healthy weight. As a part of those guidelines, more schools are reducing or eliminating the amount of sodium present in school lunches. And more schools are falling in line. Sixtynine percent of districts across the nation are eliminating or reducing sodium in foods, according to the School Nutrition Association. Southport now falls into that category as salt packages have been taken away entirely. The national program strictly requires that its schools reduce or eliminate sodium from their lunches, and it is primarily because of this that Southport has cut back as much as it has on salt in students’ daily meals. “We have to lower the amount of sodium in our food,” Mrs. Linda Magee, Southport’s dietitian, said. “So we got rid of it in its purest form.” However, salt isn’t the only thing disappearing from Southport’s lunch lines. Along with the phasing out of salt, Southport is also expected to transfer to 100 percent whole grain bread next year. “We have to make restrictions and changes,” Magee said. “The government makes the rules and we have to follow them.” Senior Bridget Purcell has experienced all

of the changes in the school lunches throughout the four years she’s been a student at Southport. She has noticed the increasingly healthy foods being placed in the meals but believes certain foods such as the French fries tasted better before the school eliminated the salt packets. Though Purcell believes it is While salt has been taken away from Southport’s cafeteria, pepper a good choice to eat is still available to season lunches. The removal of salt is part of a healthier, she also national health program. Photo illustration by Jesse Roller. thinks that students Magee said. “There (aren’t) many things we should be allowed to prepare from scratch.” choose what kinds of foods they eat. But that doesn’t stop the cafeteria staff from However, the sodium isn’t only in the salt packages. Southport is still working on ways to trying to keep the food they do make by hand try and decrease the use of sodium in cafete- as healthy as possible. By subtracting the more fattening foods and ria food, but the majority of the sodium in the lunches are from manufacturing companies adding healthier choices, Southport hopes that that send Southport the food products directly. students will adopt the healthier diet as a life“Most of the products where the salt is the style choice and continue to eat healthy even problem are the chicken, the pizza, et cetera,” after graduating from high school.

Exchange experience unforgettable


{izabelaZBYROWSKA} Native language: Bulgarian Favorite color: blue Favorite food: salad What she likes to do: run and play tennis Best thing about Bulgaria: people and friends Best thing about America: people and nice roads Worst thing about America: no public transportation What she’ll miss: Southport


{giovannaCOSTA} Native language: Portuguese Favorite color: pink Favorite food: spaghetti What she likes to do: dance and sing Best thing about Brazil: people and food Best thing about America: football games Worst thing about America: She loves it all! What she’ll miss: Southport and her host family

Izabela Zbyrowska (Left) currently lives with the Koerner family as their 12th exchange student. Giovanna Costa (Right) currently lives with fellow Southport student Taylor Treece as the first exchange student for her host family. Photos by Jesse Roller.

Exchange students adjust to Southport

by Britton Whitlock Reporter This year, exchange students Izabela Zbyrowska and Giovanna Costa have made their ways to Southport High School, from Vratsa, Bulgaria, and Brasília, Brazil, respectively. Besides having to leave their families and cultures behind, they have had to adjust to a whole new way of dealing with school. Almost every aspect of how Southport works is very different from anything seniors Zbyrowska and Costa are used to.


At Galois, Costa’s school in Brazil, students are hardly ever assigned homework. “We have more tests,” Costa said. “There isn’t much homework.” However, when she does have homework, she says that it contains more difficult content than the homework she has been assigned during her short time in America. At Zbyrowska’s school in Bulgaria, Hristobetv, homework is also infrequent. “The homework is not necessary. If you want to do it, that’s OK, and if not then that’s OK, too,” Zbyrowska said. “And we only have one subject’s homework once a week.”


Costa’s school doesn’t offer extracurricular activities at all. “If you want to do something you have to

pay a place,” Costa said. In Bulgaria, extracurriculars are also scarce, and even when they are offered there are only a few sports. “There’s only football and volleyball,” Zbyrowska said. “We don’t have any clubs or anything else.” Zbyrowska is involved in theater here at Southport, which she finds fun and really likes the teacher, Ms. Barb Whitlock. Costa is involved in SPTV, the dance team and Best Buddies.

family the most, while Zbyrowska misses her dog and the Bulgarian people in general. But her family isn’t all Zbyrowska left behind. She also misses the geography of her homeland. “I miss the mountains,” Zbyrowska said. “We have a lot of those at home but there aren’t any here.”

Adjusting to a New School

Costa and Zbyrowska like Southport so far, even though its style is very different from that of their schools. “I like it here because I think it’s School Schedules cool that you can switch classes and The first Zbyrowska only goes to school walk around school and go to a diffrom 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and only time I came ferent class,” Costa said. “In Galois, has 40-minute classes with 10-minwe stay in the same class the entire here, it ute breaks in between. day, so it gets boring and you just was really “We have a lot more subjects,” want to go out.” Zbyrowska said. “You don’t choose Zbyrowska was timid at first, but different. what to study, but you study a lot now she’s begun adjusting. more things.” “The first time I came here, it was Izabela Zbyrowska, In Brazil, Costa goes to school really different,” Zbyrowska said. “I senior from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In a typidon’t know if that’s good or bad, but cal day, students at Galois take six I like the teachers a lot. All the ones I classes for 50-minute periods with have are really good.” a 30-minute break. Students at Galois don’t eat Costa personally feels that since she has lunch at school, instead eating when they go been at Southport, she has become more home for the day. open-minded. In both girls’ schools, the teachers switch “I used to be a lot more judgmental,” Costa classrooms instead of the students, similar to the said. “You guys wear whatever you want and style of American elementary schools. you don’t care about other people’s opinions.” When it comes to classes, Zbyrowska takes Costa says that in Brazil, the people are some of the same classes at Hristobetv that very close-minded. She believes that SouthSouthport requires, such as chemistry and Eng- port has opened her eyes to being her own lish, but she is also required to take German. She person and less self-conscious. enjoys the variety that Southport has to offer. Both girls say that even though it was rough at first, they are beginning to look forward to the Missing Home Costa says that she misses her friends and rest of their time here.

Foreign students discuss differences between U.S. and home schools

by Aygul Tereshkina Foreign Correspondent “Reese’s will be my reason to come back to America.” I can still remember walking into Southport High School for the first time. Unfortunately, I can also remember getting lost every day during my first month there. I got used to stopping strangers in hallways with the face of a lost puppy, and almost begging them to help me get to the right class. I remember wondering why the 400s always seemed as far away as Russia, my motherland. Some of you might know me, but for those who don’t, my name is Aygul Tereshkina, and I was an exchange student at Southport last year. Since I returned to my home country, I think of my life as two parts: before and after America. First off, being an exchange student wasn’t easy. It took a lot of courage for me to go and live with strangers in Indiana, where no one knew me and where some people didn’t know anything about my country. I started loving answering questions about Russia: “No, we don’t keep bears at home. No, Siberia is not in Africa. No, I’m not an alcoholic.” But once the stereotypes were set straight, the strangers became close friends and Indianapolis felt like home, it was time for me to leave. Even though I took a “no-bake cookies” recipe with me, American sweets didn’t make my homecoming less bitter. Although I’ve been living in Russia for 17 years, going back to my pre-America routine still feels weird. Now, I have to remember to answer people in Russian (which sometimes doesn’t happen) and explain to those who have never tried peanut butter what Reese’s are. Plus, my Russian school, where the dress code doesn’t allow me to wear jeans, makes me miss Southport even more. However, I never regret being an exchange student. No doubt, my English has improved, but this experience was much more. I’ve definitely grown as a person. I became more responsible when I lived away from my parents, more flexible as I endured a lifestyle that I wasn’t used to, more open-minded as I dived into American traditions and more eager to share as I gave people a piece of Russian culture in return. Moreover, I now believe that nothing is impossible, thanks to my trip to America that was my dream come true. As for my future, I’ll fully enjoy being bilingual. For example, I became a volunteer for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where I’m likely going to be an interpreter and practice my language skills with people from around the world. I also remember walking into Southport High School for the last time. Unfortunately, I also remember how heartbreaking it was to leave the people who became my close friends, the school that welcomed me, the teachers who supported me and the strangers in the hallways who were always willing to help me. Now, you know my story. And if you have the chance, I strongly suggest becoming an exchange student to challenge yourself, to make new friends and to share your own story.



September 13, 2013

Fight of the year might be overlooked

Sophomore Kayla Fox (left) tips the ball to two Perry Meridian blockers last Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Lady Cards lost to the Falcons, 3-0, and their record stood at 5-7 after 12 games as of Sept. 9. Photo by Jesse Roller

Volleyball coach hopes experience pays off

Volleyball team changes structure to improve their overall chances in conference by Derrick Gray Reporter

Knees bent, hands ready, mind focused. Head volleyball coach Kyprian Harasymowycz slams the ball off the ground, and the play begins. Senior Alexia Smallwood jumps into action: bump, set, spike. Raising over the opposing side of the net comes senior Bailey Brothers. Clearing the entire court she leaps into the air blocking the ball. The field house erupts with excitement. After a 9-18 season last year, the Southport High School varsity girls volleyball team is looking to turn things around by making positive strides towards a better, more competitive team. “Last season was tough on the girls. We had the skill. We just needed more experience on the court, and that just comes with time,” Harasymowycz said. According to Harasymowycz, the girls have always worked hard, and overall team success has never been tainted by poor work ethic. Each girl strives to do their best at each and every practice. The practice style has stayed predominantly the same the last few years under Harasymowycz coaching with occasional practices spread throughout the summer and a more aggressive and frequent

approach as the season creeps closer and closer. Last year was 2012-2013 2013-2014 a year to gain experience for the PIKE L 3-0 PERRY MERIDIAN L 3-0 Lady Cards with a team consistLAWRENCE CENTRAL L 3-0 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH L 3-0 ing of a majority of underclassPERRY MERIDIAN L 3-0 FRANKLIN CENTRAL Sept. 10 men. The squad graduated two BLOOMINGTON SOUTH L 3-0 BLOOMINGTON NORTH Oct. 8 seniors last year (Bria Wright and FRANKLIN CENTRAL L 3-0 COLUMBUS NORTH Oct. 15 Michaela Ullrich) BLOOMINGTON NORTH L 3-1 and is returning *There are only five teams this year due nine varsity startto LC and Pike moving to the MIC. They COLUMBUS NORTH W 3-2 ers, five of which will be replaced next year by teams TBD. are now seniors. “We have strong senior leadership schools in the state are in our division.” this season with (Brothers), (Skutt) and (SmallHarasymowycz believes that communicawood),” Harasymowycz said. “Hopefully these tion between the players will be key throughgirls keep doing, what they are doing, and steer out the rest of conference play and the seaus in the right direction.” son if the team wants to be successful and Harasymowycz believes the girls have surpass the previous season’s win total. made a solid start this season with four con“We have times where the ball will just hit secutive wins. The team now holds a record in between two girls,” Harasymowycz said. of 5-7 after 12 games. After beating Pike and “We have been working on it though, and I as of Sept. 9, the team is on a six game losam hoping that we can resolve this issue and ing streak. Overall, the Lady Cards won only move on to bigger things.” three conference games last season, so any According to Harasymowycz, the girls have wins that are conference can help them tie or all the tools they need to succeed and are imbreak that number. proving everyday. Now, he believes that they “Well the teams (in conference) are a lot just have to go out and make it happen. tougher,” Brothers said. “Some of the best


Golf team prepares for sectionals by focusing on course management Golfers play more practice rounds and study courses to improve before end of season by Nick Meacham Reporter With sectionals coming close, the girl’s golf team is taking precautions to make sure that they have a good rest of the season. The girl’s golf team has been having trouble the past couple of matches due to mistakes on the field. The golf team finished last season with an average score of 195.2, per nine holes, after playing 12 games. They are looking to be better this year, even though they are having trouble with penalties. And they have to settle with a loss of a key player. “They are working hard at trying to get better,” girls golf coach Bob Humbles said. “We are taking too many penalties, and we need to make our course management a little better.” There is one penalty that the team does the most, which is hitting over penalty areas instead of trying to go around it. They are trying to improve this the most, according to Humbles. The team lost a major player this season which greatly affected the team in a big way. The team lost Erin Marsh who graduated last year, but her sister, Chloe Marsh, is on the team now. According to senior Kaitlin Powers, the team has been taking a lot of extra practices and contributing more hours to help improve their hitting technique.

Another reason the team has been getting so many penalties is because there are many new girls on the team, and they really do not know how to hit the ball with direct contact yet, so they fly into the water. Humbles also says that better ball striking will help with some of their problems. According to Powers, the team knows a lot of ins and outs of their course which will help with some of their problems. This includes where the water is at, if there are ditches that you cannot see or where the flags are. And for other away courses, the team studies the scorecard and makes sure they ask the other players about hidden penalty shots. The team is also improving during the year. They are winning more games than Powers expected even though Powers is leading her team with good scores. Powers is the number one scorer on the team because she keeps her score one of the lowest in every match. The team benefits from how well Powers scores. “Powers is our number one girl. She is our medalist usually every week,” Humbles said. “She is consistently keeping her score low and the lower the score, the better your team will be.” The team had a record of six wins and nine losses last season. They have improved to seven wins and seven losses this season with Kaitlin Powers leading the team with 44.9 as an average score and 17.8 as an average score for putting for nine holes. Girl’s golf sectionals are being hosted at our home course on Sept. 21, at Southern Dunes, and the team thinks that they will have a shot of winning because they have been playing their course more than usual.

Senior Kaitlin Powers sets up for a putt against Pike on Sept. 4. Powers was the team’s low scorer. Photo by Brad Davis

Two fighters, 86 wins, 0 losses and one chance to cement themselves as one of the greatest fighters of all time. The undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., 44-0, vs. upstart Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 42-0-1 will happen tomorrow night. But how many people even know this fight is going to happen? From the late 1960s all the way to the 90s, boxing was one of the biggest sports in the world. It began with the emergence of Cassius Clay and ended after Mike Tyson’s loss against Buster Douglas and Lennox Lewis’ free fall. But Mayweather has been doing it since the mid 90s and is now the front man of American boxing. Also, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently held an event in Indianapolis and while 74 percent of the arena was filled this time compared to 63 percent the previous September, the popularity is not as high as that of other cities like Las Vegas. What seems to be the case is that people are gravitating away from these individualistic sports and moving more towards team sports. Boxing ratings lagged to 500,000 viewers in events that didn’t include Mayweather in 2011, while the first preseason NFL game of 2011 pulled in 4.4 million people alone. Whether this may be because of the lack of individuals who can particularly stand out in the sport or because the idea that a team is easier to root for than an individual, I can’t say. Boxing and mixed-martial arts are two sports that were considered to be dead a few years ago by some sports writers, and now Mayweather and Brazilian middleweight champion Anderson Silva are clawing the sports up the popularity charts among the American public. TV ratings for boxing declined in the 80s and 90s before finally coming back up in recent years with Mayweather’s fights topping out as the top-five most-bought pay-per-view fights ever. He single handedly brought boxing back. Back in 2010 UFC peaked at 2 million viewers, and even with the emergence of Fox Sports 1 as the primary destination to see UFC, there were still 1.8 million viewers outside of the TV station. Why is it so hard for people to accept these sports though when only a few decades ago football was in its early stages of developing a fan base and basketball was just entering the era of the greats? I think that individual sports help break that trend that you see in team sports. You see the same players doing well, (LeBron James), the same ones doing not so well, (Lamar Odom). Whereas in individual sports you don’t hear about the same thing all the time. Athletes in these sports walk a thin line. Their whole careers can be affected by one fight. I think that we should give these athletes the respect they’re due. In these sports if you have one bad showing, you’re done. It’s you against one other person, and if you don’t deliver, you lose. It isn’t the same for basketball where if you struggle, you have teammates to pick you up. All the pressure is on the fighter’s shoulders because there are no backups. The sad thing is that even soccer is more popular than these sports, and we all know how interesting soccer is to watch. It’s like watching paint dry or grass grow, maybe even less than that. Regardless, individual sports are in an uphill battle for popularity and it is only that way because of the mentality of this society and how centered it is around team sports. But how many people understand a right hook or a jab or ground game? There is more out there than football or baseball. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy those sports myself, but I am saying that if people took some time to appreciate the other sports out there and understand the hard work that goes into them, then they could understand how difficult it is for these athletes to make a name for themselves and how much pressure is placed on them to succeed every time they fight. These athletes are very unique because their sports require the same amount of difficulty, dedication and skill level as any other sport, and they come with double if not triple the pressure. Individual sports are something that in time, will gain the appreciation of people, but it’s still a matter of time.

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raised many eyebrows in the school. turn her life away unlike Montheih. Even though these stars have brought We believe young celebrities like Selena embarrassing attention upon themselves, Gomez, Dakota Fanning and Taylor Lautner they still have a lot of room for redemption should get more attention than those who are and there is plenty of room for a 360 degree getting the spotlight on them for their out-ofturn around. control behavior. These stars have been able to Hip-Hop artist Macklemore is a prime stay in the limelight and maintain a humble and example that it is never too late in life to under control persona. They do not behave outmake some major changes. Macklemore, rageously, even when the perfect opportunities who once battled with drug abuse and alco- are presented to them to do so. holism, turned his life around after entering Teens and students at Southport should try rehab and has been to really look into sober since 2010. He this subject. Even shares his struggles though it is really with us in his album easy to give these Macklemore is a prime “The Heist.” There is out-of-control stars example that it is never hope for these young the attention they’re people that soon crying out for, or too late in life to make they will wake up twerking out for, we some major changes. and truly transform should try to steer not only into great away from giving role models, but inthem that attention. dividuals that they The attention we will look back at and give these negative be proud of. role models fuels their generator that proGlee star Cory Montheih, did not get duces their wild antics, which they crave. to undergo that transformation however. Positive actions should be applauded, but Montheih battled with an evil drug addic- not the ones that are hilarious and make tion that eventually caught up with him Youtubes homepage. and took his life away at the young age of We understand people are going to make 31. He paid the ultimate price of poor deci- mistakes, especially young people with the sions. Unlike these other young stars, he public eye always on them, but there are did not get a second chance at life. also young people in the media that have Lohan, a once idolized actress, deals been able to keep their cool and should with a substance abuse problem just like be the ones being idolized, not the Miley Montheih did, but still has the chance to Cyrus’s or Justin Bieber’s in the world.

The Monday morning after the VMA’s occurred, one performance seemed to be part of a majority of the student’s conversations. Even though there were a handful of good performances, Miley Cyrus’s performance was the one that was being discussed in the Journal room and in other parts of the school. From this performance, that included a lot of gyrating, attempts to twerk and poor singing, we all concluded that there needs to be more positive, young role models for teens and students at Southport High School. This is not meant to slander Miley Cyrus or any other young stars in the media for negative reasons, but to bring light to how their actions should not be looked up to, and positive role models should get more attention in the media. Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, Justin Bieber and Lindsey Lohan are just a few young celebrities that have been in the news for drug abuse, erratic behavior and trouble with the cops .Bieber has made recent news for his questionable behavior like his comment about Anne Frank being a belieber and him spitting on a man that complained about his speeding in a residential area. Bynes’s tweets that encourage irresponsible behavior as well as her barely recognizable new appearance have

{head SCRATCHER} What is your most favorable memory here at Southport?

“Opening football games.” Kalin Lomax Senior

“Definitely the football games my freshman year.”

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Dameion Rutledge

“When I pinned a Perry wrestler in our own fieldhouse.”


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Time to get tough

accused of underage drinking. He “slept through his alarm clock” and got kicked out the Manning Training Camp. by Bradley Davis Manziel went to the NCAA office and made Reporter a deal to reduce his sentence to only one half of a game. With all of the evidence that Manziel had against him, he should have been sus“Just call me pended for multiple games, if not, the season. head honcho.” These students should be held accountable for all of their actions. Reggie Bush, running back for the Detroit Lions and former running back at the University of Southern California, forfeited his Heisman Quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor, Johnny ManTrophy that he won in 2005 before ziel and Teddy Bridgewater, and it was stripped from him. running back Reggie Bush all Bush had all of the credentials have one thing in common, they to win the Heisman Trophy. Rushhave all been under investigation In the ing for 1,658 yards and 15 rushing or almost under investigation touchdowns, Bush won the Heisman mind of a by the NCAA. These athletes all with the most 1st place votes in the have done something that they college history of the Heisman. all know was bad. This is why I But, he lost this prestigious award believe that the NCAA should be athlete, because he took improper benstricter with college athletes. efits from partying According to the National Cenan agent. ter for Education Statistics, the avand sports Bush had erage age of a student in college as to give up come first. a freshman is 18. College athletes the most are now supposed to be responprestigious sible adults. But, in the mind of a award a college athlete, partying and sports college athcome first. Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback of the lete can earn because Louisville Cardinals, was going to be under he messed up. Another example of a punished athlete is investigation for the selling of his autograph, Terrelle Pryor, quarterback of the Oakland but there was not enough evidence to follow it up because there was no audio or proof by Raiders and former quarterback at Ohio State who sold his Rose Bowl rings and his Big Ten signature on a document. To the athlete who has been in the news the championship rings with his autographs with most lately, quarterback at the University of Texas them on eBay for money. He was suspended A&M Johnny Manziel. He was suspended for one for five games the year after. Manziel’s actions are perfect examples of half of the first game of the season against Rice. too much attention given to these college athHe was under investigation for the supposed sellletes, who then turn this attention into ways to ing of his name. An NCAA bylaw states that stuact a fool. They need to be punished more sedent athletes are not allowed to sell memorabilia verely. Bush’s punishment was very harsh and or their name to any fan, according to dailycomit was the only time i have agreed with any of Manziel had audio against him the NCAA suspensions. saying to his “agent” that he would deny everyThe NCAA needs to take a stronger stance thing if he told the NCAA if he did this, according on these players. If they keep letting players to ESPN. Manziel has been to multiple sporting get by with very little punishment, players events, many award ceremonies including will still do what they want, and not expect the ESPYS and multiple parties. He has been any punishment in return.

Time to get real There are thousands of college athletes and just because one makes a really dumb decision and chooses to violate a rule doesn’t mean that all colby Nick Holland lege athletes are any type of way. Sports Editor There have honestly only been a few athletes who have committed major infractions. Former “Just call me Southern California running back Reggie Bush forfeited his Heisman trophy from 2005 after the Big Daddy.” NCAA ruled he had been receiving impermissible benefits while he was in college. Also, current Chicago Bull and former Memphis guard Derrick Rose caused his team to forfeit all wins from his College athletes have been in the news lately, time there, including their birth in the national most notably college football players. championship game vs. Kansas Texas A&M quarterback Johnny because of inconsistencies with his Manziel was just recently suspendSAT scores. ed because he violated an NCAA Whether these athletes are at How can bylaw about a player profiting off fault or not really was never deterof their status. the NCAA mined officially. The NCAA ruled Many people would say what privately on each case and the expect Manziel and other athletes have done decisions on the sanctions against is “immature.” I would say it’s just a these kids each school. college kid In Bush’s case, even if he did to live up to trying to accept benefits, he was only doing those years make it. it so he could support himself and College his family. He accepted things like without any athletes are a house, household necessities and money? some of the a car to get around campus, acmost highly cording to an NCAA report. scrutinized Rose wanted to benefit from y o u n g someone else and hurt his school, adults on the planet. Every move they make, right team and the NCAA in the process. I agree that or wrong, is publicized and blown up to make a what he did, if he did do it, was wrong. I don’t story. They almost can’t win. think the NCAA should change any of its rules Every time a kid goes off to college he/she associated with eligibility, I just think that they says college is the time to live their life. You hear could be more lenient on how college athletes adults who have gone to college tell others that support themselves. they shouldn’t take their college years for grantI understand that a college baseball played. How can the NCAA expect these kids to enjoy er may not be as marketable as Manziel or college without any money? Bush, but either way, each athlete should These athletes, regardless of their sport, spend be entitled a means to support his/herself. most of their time, both in and out of season, pre- I agree that some college athletes have paring for their sport. They don’t have time to get crossed the line in the past, but if the NCAA a job and some of them don’t have parents with stays complacent and holds firm and doesn’t deep pockets to support their every whim. allow college athletes further their brands, I’m not saying that the NCAA needs to pay its then what incentives do college athletes athletes, but it does need to allow them to pur- have to give their universities billion dollar sue opportunities that could help them gain some TV deals? College athletes aren’t being imform of support during their years in college. mature in their pursuits, if anything they are Regardless of the decisions some athletes being mature. I never knew that looking for might make, this isn’t one of those scenarios a way to support yourself and further your where one person can ruin it for everyone else. livelihood was immature.

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September 13, 2013

The ‘senior’ title doesn’t make you a leader unless you act like one

by Rachael Samm Managing Editor-of-Content

Being a senior gives me a whole lot to do in a small amount of time. As a part of Southport Presbyterian Church, I got the opportunity to attend the senior luncheon with seniors from different schools who attend my youth group. After enjoying some barbecue chicken pizza and some laughs with friends, my youth pastor stood up to talk about why we were really there, because he was obviously not buying us all pizza just for funsies. He started off the conversation by asking everyone if their senior year is what they expected it to be like. He then moved on to the point of the whole meeting. As seniors, we have the most influence in the school. We’re the top of the food chain, and it’s our job to see that the rest of the school acts appropriately. Mr. Paul Gearhart, my youth pastor, talked about the importance of leadership and how being seniors made our level of responsibility even higher. He challenged us to go to our principals and ask them what the school is like when there’s a bad senior class. I took him up on the challenge and did just that. Principal Ms. Barbara Brouwer talked to me about how important it was for the senior class to do what’s right. She says that we lead by example and if the seniors are not just talking the talk but walking the walk, then the rest of the school will follow in our footsteps for a less troublesome year. It made me think of my freshman year. We had a phenomenal group of seniors that everyone had mad respect for. My brother was a senior that year, and I was around his friends a lot. They respected every aspect of the school. They were respectful to the teachers and always encouraged me and gave me advice. I was involved in track and the speech team with those seniors, and I looked up to so many of them. The seniors on the speech team were the ones I spent the most time with and the ones who influenced me the

most. The way they treated each person with respect and kindness made my year so much different. The booster club, Myers, Myers, Smedes and Wire, were at every event and made sure our school spirit was always high even if we weren’t doing that well. I remember every Friday, the halls would be filled with the red “Flight Night” shirts and people would always be looking forward to their videos on announcements. These guys led the school without being vulgar or acting out, the way that our students should be acting. The seniors this year influence the next four years for the freshmen, two years for the sophomores and how the junior class will lead the school next year just like those seniors influenced me. Watching the seniors struggle to grow up and take responsibility of their leadership role is a lot like watching an episode of Maury, except we already know that this is our school and it’s our job to take responsibility of it. Take a moment to think of a leader in your life. I think of the newspaper advisor himself, Mr. Mike Klopfenstein, or Mr. K for short. He’s ridiculously humble and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that man get angry. He looks out for my well being and stresses the importance of getting things done. He gave me advice at the end of last year about being a leader. He said a good leader first leads by example. If I’m doing all of my work and being the best I can be, then others will begin to do the same. His advice inspires me to lead others by being the best that I can be.



So, how should seniors be acting if being carefree hippie children is not acceptable? Let’s paint Perry’s rock red. Let’s tell Homer thank you. Let’s be the loudest cheer block at the games. Let’s not diagnose ourselves with senioritis so we don’t have to do anything. Let’s bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and let everyone eat and be happy. Let’s pick up our trays in the cafeteria and all of the others around us. Let’s not get into any fights. Let’s actually say thank you to our parents for all the things they’ve done for us. Let’s not throw up gang signs in our senior pictures. Let’s dress up for all of the spirit days. Let’s go to all of the school concerts and games and plays. Let’s actually get into our dream college. Let’s do something good for the community. Let’s go spring-breaking with our friends. Let’s scream “Brouwer Power” as loud as we can. Let’s go to the Justin Timberlake concert and fangirl without shame. Let’s enjoy our senior unassigned lunch and gain 10 pounds from eating so much McDonald’s. Let’s actually smile about something for once rather than constantly complaining. Let’s not procrastinate, and then let’s not lie to ourselves about not procrastinating. Let’s take a moment to enjoy the last year we have in these halls. Let’s break some records. Let’s leave something behind for people to remember us by. Let’s be the leaders our school needs.

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On average, a person convicted of premeditated murder receives 25 years in prison, and a person convicted of manslaughter can receive up to 10 years in prison, but someone who teases and slanders someone to the point of suicide or spreading rumors about someone to the point that they can’t sleep at night receives little to no punishment. The bystander that watches the tormenting take place receives no punishment either. Too many kids watch their peers get verbally abused, I believe bystanders that do not step in to help kids getting bullied should be held just as responsible as the bullies themselves. Seventy-seven percent of teens in America have experienced some type of bullying, from cyber bullying, verbal abuse and physical violence, according to I don’t understand how a person can just watch someone get verbally or physically bullied and not feel the need to step in. People can only take so much tormenting before they snap, whether it is physically or mentally. Tragedies like suicides or Columbine are results of kids being bullied and no one stepping in to give a lending hand. We could prevent a lot of this if we just opened our eyes to the problem at hand instead of thinking another person will step up and help that person. Half of teen suicides are related to bullying, according to This

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statistic could be cut down if just one person lucky to get through that phase of my life and stepped in and tried to comfort the kid and move on to the happier high school stages. If let them know what they’re going through I didn’t have the supportive people there by is not OK, and they have someone there to my side, I don’t know how I would’ve gotten support them. through it, and I know there are a lot of kids I’m so blessed to have had good friends that get bullied and go through it alone. and my parents there by my side during my It upsets me when I find out one of Southfreshman year when I was going through port’s own students got physically abused on a tough time and felt like an outcast. I had the school bus and the students on the bus people who I had been close to for a good did not step in to help him out. People try to majority of my life shun me and leave me out act like bullying doesn’t happen in our own of various activities because my basketball school when it does. Students should not skills were not what they used to be. I also have to be ashamed of what their values are was teased because I took my schoolwork se- and what they believe. School should be an riously and was labeled environment where stua “nerd” for challenging dents should feel safe, myself academically. not where students People can only take so My family and should be paranoid to friends were very supbe themselves or attend much tormenting before portive during this in general. It is 2013, they snap, whether it is time and explained to and this shouldn’t even me how real friends be a problem, but sadly, physically or mentally. don’t leave your side it is a huge problem. over basketball and my If people would just dad added comically, open their hearts up that nerds run the world. I eventually moved and have compassion, a lot of people would through this stage of my life and even found not feel alone and bullying wouldn’t be as big a new family, my family on the journal. I get of a problem as it is. If everyone considered to be surrounded by people that accept me other peoples feelings we would be more for me, even the slightly weird, corky me. compassionate people. People don’t realize They accepted me with open arms and I’m so how something as simple as support can be blessed to have that, Even though I was not the difference between a kid staying on this sure about adding this vulnerable piece of my earth and leaving. life because I’m a very private person, I did If we would just drop the brick walls we are because I realized that me sharing this expe- all guilty of putting up, even myself, we would rience could help someone come out of the see all the similarities we have, rather than shadows to share their story with me. the differences. A simple smile in a person’s Even though it doesn’t seem like a type of direction or introduction can make someone’s bullying, whenever a person feels isolated and day go from horrible to great. So Southport, I whenever the cute teasing leads to a person challenge you to step up your game and stand feeling uncomfortable, it definitely is. I was so up for those around you.

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(Above) Senior Trey Young plays the alto saxophone as the Marching Cardinals travel down Madison Avenue in the Miracle Mile Parade on Aug. 31. The Miracle Mile Parade is an event that supports the south side of Indianapolis. Photo by Jesse Roller. (Left) After a touchdown, the flying cardinal sails behind assistant marching band director Ms. Rejeana Overmyer as she aids drum majors in conducting the school’s fight song on Aug. 30. Photo by Mikaela Maillet.

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Assistant band director replacement brings a helping hand to the table by Rachael Samm Managing Editor of Content At halftime of every home football game, the Southport High School Marching Cardinals perform their show, “Ozology,” which contains music from “Wicked,” “The Wiz” and “The Wizard of Oz.” As the band begins to perform, assistant marching band director Ms. Rejeana Overmyer watches as the magic of the show unfolds on the field. Overmyer began directing the band at the beginning of this school year. In the morning, she teaches band at Southport Middle School and comes to the high school to teach piano classes at the end of the day. Overmyer comes to the full marching band rehearsals to work with the band as a whole and

(Left) On Saturday Sept. 7, junior Troy Bridges performs his trumpet solo at a marching band contest at Columbus North High School. The Marching Cardinals placed fourth with their show “Ozology” in their first contest of the year. (Above) Band director Mr. David Copeland speaks to the band after their performance at Columbus North. (Right) Junior Jake Rose plays the tenors during the Miracle Mile Parade. (Lower right) Junior Winona Cleary leads the way for the color guard during the Miracle Mile Parade. Photos by Jesse Roller. (Lower left) During the band’s first full performance of “Ozology.” (Lower right)On Sept. 6, sophomore Austin Jones plays the marimba in the front ensemble. Photo by McKenzie Witherell.

individually with woodwinds. Overmyer was a former woodwind player herself with a ton of leadership experience. “I was a drum major in high school and college,” Overmyer said. “This is my first high school job so I got to kind of use everything I learned from all that here.” During band rehearsal, the band splits off into sections to work on their individual parts. Overmyer works personally with clarinets, flutes and saxophones because of her personal experience with playing a woodwind instrument. Band director Mr. David Copeland believes that Overmyer is a big help to the band and not just woodwinds. “Basically, she has her hands in everything,” Copeland said. Senior Samantha Crowe plays the alto saxophone and works with Overmyer during the individual section practices. “Even though she’s new, I think she’s really starting to get the hang of things,” Crowe said. “I just really think that she’s doing a really good job.”

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