December 2010. Photos and Text by Calallen Publications
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Feature Page 3
Sports Page 11
Op/Ed Page 13
Dear Santa Claus... Entertainment Page 15
ar Chant Simple Song Causes Controversy
Imagine being in the stands, amidst screaming fans and thundering players on the field, at a classic Friday night football game. You are playing a new song you never have before, laughing and dancing, only to find out the next day that you can no longer play it. “I thought it was pointless because a lot of schools play it, so its not “TM’s song,” senior Maire Bustamante said. “I think it’s a general song everyone uses.” “War Chant” was taken off of the band’s set list. In reaction to the censorship, members of the band took political action, and sought answers through interviews with the faculty and administration. “Mr. Ewing told us if we did not like the song being taken out we should do something about it,” senior Matthew Boston said. “As a joint agreement between Samuel Morin and Connor Bryan, we decided to do something about it.” During an interview, Assistant Principal
William Ball was asked, if 90% of all schools in the bi-district area play War Chant, what is
superintendent Dr. Arturo Almendarez said. “I think it should be based on whether or not it’s
It’s Wildcat Time! Band and drum line perform Calallen’s Fight Song. (Photo by: Cami Power)
stopping us from playing acceptable to the general it as well? public, and if it’s not going “Dr. Almendarez to offend any particular got a complaint saying group. That’s what I’d that ‘we are not Tuloso base my judgement and Midway, so why are we decision on.” trying to act like them?’” Craig Ewing, Ball said. “The request Head Band Director, gave was passed down to his own opinion of the not play “War Chant” song being taken out. because the members of “I can see not the community asked.” having us play the song During a meeting because it’s angering with Dr. Almendarez, people for political or it was asked that if religious reasons, or if anything was taken to be the song itself is in bad controversial to some people, would it be taken out? “It depends on what it is, and I’m not trying to cop-out on this question,” (Graphic illustration by: Connor Bryan)
taste,” Ewing said. “‘War Chant’ is not only used by Indians, it’s used by many groups around the world.” Along with Mr. Ewing’s opinion, many of the band students had their own opinion of the song being censored. “I don’t see the point in the song being taken out,” senior Matthew Villarreal said. “It was just a normal song we play, and it was really fun. The football players were saying it was getting them really pumped for the game, so why stop?” Also during the meeting with Dr. Almendarez, the question was asked, “If the football players were getting pumped because of the song, why should it be taken out? Isn’t the point of the band playing at the games to amuse the crowd and get the football
Matthew Boston Reporter(‘11) Connor Bryan Reporter(‘12) Samuel Morin Reporter(‘13)
players pumped?” “I don’t know about amusing the crowd, but I believe that there are a number of people who go to the game just to hear the band play,” Dr. Almendarez said. “I hope what the band is doing is an incentive for everyone that is there.” Brett Orr, Assistant Band Director, was asked why a small negative minority should overrule a large neutral or positive majority? “You can always find someone anywhere in a crowd that is going to view something as controversial,” Mr. Orr said. “The day we live in is a day of sensitivity, and making everyone happy is impossible.” At the end of the interview, there was one surprise statement given. “You three have convinced me that it is okay to play that song,” Dr. Almendarez said. “So I am going to leave it up to the band to decide whether to play it or not.”
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Career Day Sports Marketing and DECA Visit the AT&T Center DECA, along with the new Sports Marketing class, visited the AT&T Center for Sports Marketing Career Day. There they met the off-the-court staff involved with the Spurs, and attended a meeting during which they learned about the behind-the-scenes details of an actual professional sports organization. “It was a great experience,” senior Tanner Vandevere said. “And I learned a lot about the business side of sports, which is the career I’m interested in pursuing.” The students, sponsored by Ms. Adrienne Havelka and Ms. Brenda Bode, left school at 8:30 on October 27. They visited La Cantera mall before reaching the AT&T Center, where they stood and threw free throw shots on the actual basketball
court. They then attended the Career Day meeting, finishing the night by watching the Spurs warm-up before the game. “I enjoyed the whole experience of getting to go somewhere different, and getting to watch the Spurs,
Freethrow Shot. Tanner Vandevere shoots a freethrow shot at the AT&T Center. (Photo courtesy Brenda Bode)
Garrett Weber Reporter (‘11)
and being in that atmosphere,” people are a lot more hands- the Career Day meeting, the sophomore Kaila Duarte said. on than you would think,” students watched the Spurs “It was so much fun!” senior Chad Vanaman said. play and returned from their The focus of Career “They advertise: calling trip late that night. Day revolved around the people, selling box seats. “Business isn’t all meeting, where students sat They got internships, had to work,” senior Jaime Chapa and listened to the history go to college, and worked said. “You get to plan fun of five businessmen and their way up in the business.” events and watch all your women actively involved in The day ended with hard work come to fruition.” the crucial but not readily the basketball game. After evident aspects of managing their traveling, touring, and such a large sports organization. In such fields as customer service, ticket sales and advertising, these five business people shared advice, answering questions about their jobs, and speaking about the processes by which they climbed the corporate ladder. Group Picture. The DECA and Sports Marketing group pose and smile in front of the Spurs’ set “ T h e s e of trophies. (Photo courtesy Spurs staff)
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Send a dirty picture to me Texting Fads Can Lead to Serious Consequences A study conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and CosmoGirl found that 20% of teens (13-19 years old) and 33% of young adults (20-26 years old) have shared nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves through texting. “I feel that the people who engage in ‘sexting’ are just trying to make up for lost time,” senior Jacob Larson said. “They probably feel like they missed out on something at some point.” The definition of sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. “I would consider sexting to be implying that your going to or want to participate
in sexual activities,” senior David Leal said. The popularity of this trend is growing rapidly due to advances in technology and the new capabilities of our cellular devices. The biggest social danger associated with sexting is the fact that the material can easily be spread over a large area and the person from whom it originated has no control over it. “I know a girl that thought it was okay to sext but when a concerned citizen turned the pictures over to the news, she was forced to transfer schools because her reputation was tarnished,” senior Tanner Sparks said. “It’s a really sad thing.” Generally, sexting is viewed as a trashy trend that
always results in negative consequences and rarely ends well. “I think sexting is completely ludicrous,” junior
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Katie Baker said. “But, I think it should be someone’s personal decision; if they want to take the chance of the whole world possibly seeing their picture, then they can do that!” Many of the people who engage in the act of sexting do so with harmless intentions, but usually end up with many regrets. “I don’t think sexting is okay under any circumstances, even if your in a serious relationship with someone ,because you never know what can happen,” junior Katrina Givens said. “It’s just not smart.” In Texas, the law states that teenagers with photos of other teens aged 18 and under can be prosecuted and face
Booming Birthrates Teenage Pregnancies Continue at Unacceptable Levels
When another one of your high school classmates becomes pregnant, it doesn’t really come as a shock. Teen pregnancy has become a common occurrence in the state of Texas, which ranks as highest among the 50 states. The United States also ranks at the top compared to all of the developed nations in the world. 1 out of 3 teenage girls in the U.S. becomes pregnant before the age of 20. “Nothing really good can come engaging in sexual activity as a teenager,” biology teacher Mrs. Presley said. “Sex can have so many bad outcomes and consequences. If people knew all of the bad things that could happen from the sexual contact of the sperm to the egg, through the development and the 9 months, maybe they would be a little bit more cautious.” 82 percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned. That percentage is predicted to be because teenagers don’t take the consequences of having sex seriously enough. Most teenagers
who are sexually active become that way at the age of 17. “Children shouldn’t be having children,” junior Shelby Pesek said. “How can a teenager grow up and have a life when they have to take care of a child? Teenagers often don’t assess the risks involved in having sex.” Most teenage girls who choose to engage in sexual activity have sex for the first time with a male that is 1 to 3 years older than themselves. It is important to be aware of the contraceptives available and take responsibility. It is proven that abstinence is the only way to stay safe. Condoms are not 100 percent effective, and just because girls keep up with their ovulation, sex without protection can lead to pregnancy a high percentage of the time. “I know there are a lot of teens who don’t choose to engage in sexual activity, but abstinence needs to be taught more in our school,” freshman Reagan Tompkins said. “There are a couple of posters, but it is
not enough. Students should talk to Mrs. Presley, she can scare them out of it!” Nationally, teen childbearing costs taxpayers $9.1 billion a year. Medicaid paid an estimated cost of $41 million that was only dedicated to teenage mothers ages 13 to 17. Taxes also go toward child welfare at $83 million a year. The average cost of having a child in Texas as a teen is $2,997 annually. The local Refuge of Hope gives teens the opportunity to help out with the high costs. “Refuge of Hope is a crisis pregnancy center where we work to help discourage abortion, as well as educate teenagers and promote abstinence,” site director of Refuge of Hope Isabel Diaz said. “We also offer programs for the mothers where they can earn ‘mommy bucks’ by attending parenting and development classes. The ‘mommy bucks’ they earn can be used toward things like diapers, maternity clothes, car seats and a lot of other helpful
up to 10 years in prison, and must be registered as a sex offender. “Personally, I think the laws are a little harsh,” teacher Bruce Jonason said. “It seems like they are just trying to make criminals out of dumb people.” Laws are being implemented in most states to cut down the number of students who participate in sexting and many schools are educating teens about the consequences of this fad. “I don’t think enough is being done to inform kids about how dangerous sexting is,” junior Kaela McLeod said. “It has gotten worse over the years and it is becoming a gateway to other things like teen pregnancy...” Brittany Ferguson Editor (‘11)
items.” There are a lot of ways in which teen childbearing has negative effects on the child and family of the child. The research indicates that children born to teen mothers are more likely to be born at a lower birth weight, tend to have lower cognitive test scores and more difficulty in school, poorer health, less stimulating and supportive home environments, higher levels of criminal activity, and higher rates of adolescent childbearing themselves. Over 90 percent of childbearing teens do not get married. The vast majority of teens raise children as a single parent. “The status of today’s teens is way better than teens as far back as the 50’s. This is the good news,” Planned Parenthood director of education Cinda LeBus said. “Unfortunately, the downside of this is the number of unwed mothers who are teens. Back when teen pregnancy was higher, more of those girls got married and raised their child or
children within a family unit of mother and father. Today, the opposite is true.” Having sexual intercourse as a teenager brings a lot of extra stress to high school and future college students. There are a lot of risks involved, and it is common that teenagers don’t fully think about what could happen. Unfortunately, peer pressure and pressure from boyfriends and girlfriends to make their relationships “more serious” often makes sex okay for teenagers. “Teen pregnancy has really changed my life,” junior Shae Beasley said. “It’s not easy, but with the support of my mom and others, it has made it easier. I have a hard time always making it to school because of my baby. But I have to look at the good side too; I created God’s work. I advise teens not to get pregnant. Wait until you graduate and go to college and start a life for yourself, and find a good husband/father. Make the right choice, teens.”
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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Giving Spirit Fills the Air this Holiday Season While caroling swells, baking smells, and ringing bells all waft through the air this holiday season, there is something else intermingling with all of these as well. More students and organizations from our school than ever before are participating in charity projects to give back to the community. As early as November students had begun to spread the holiday cheer. “Student Council sponsored the food baskets for Thanksgiving,” freshman Student Council representative Regan Tompkins said. “We got all of the school’s clubs and even some classes to help out, and it was great how many people took part - especially because the baskets will go back to people in our own area.” In this year’s Thanksgiving project, our school had the most widespread support ever. Many clubs and classes really gave their all to the project. Mr. Nava and his classes filled twelve baskets, and Mrs. Mackerer and FCCLA donated pies to add to the turkeys and side dishes. “It was a really wonderful thing that we were able to give what we could to people who are less fortunate than we are,” junior Stephanie Hastings said. “We hope to do it again next year!” Several clubs are continuing the giving trend this Christmas with fund raisers and collections of their own, and the student involvement in these endeavors is just as high. “The Interact Club is working on its third annual “Caroling for Kids” collection to benefit the Corpus Christi Women’s Shelter,” Interact Club sponsor Marci Thomas said. “We pass out fliers beforehand and drive through the Wood
River neighborhood singing Christmas carols and taking anything and everything people have to offer, from food, to clothes, to toys. This year we plan to have about 3 trailers full of our kids, which will be our biggest crowd yet.” There are several clubs, like Interact Club, that are doing great things to help out the community, but other organizations are also doing things to help out our own school. Earth Club and Student Council are teaming up to institute a Christmas tree decorating project to fill the atrium. “The plan with the trees is to raise money for the atrium and to do something for clubs at the same time,” Student Council President Reid Tompkins said. “It’s a fund raiser for the atrium and the Earth Club that will hopefully bring some Christmas spirit to the school as well.” The Christmas tree program, like the Thanksgiving baskets, is a school wide, cohesive effort to do something charitable. Any class or organization had the opportunity to donate a small amount of money and decorate their own tree. This is a wonderful way to fill the pockets and brighten the smiles of Calallen clubs. “Well, we have about 20 Christmas trees, and any group who purchased one could decorate it however they liked,” sophomore Earth Club member Kiah Hinojosa said. “The trees are all placed in the atrium and they will light up the surrounding hallways. It will be great.” Outside of school, and the evergreen forest, students have many more opportunities to help the less fortunate this Christmas as
well. Churches, food banks, and many other institutions in the community sponsor charity events and fundraisers
Decorating Dervishes. Students add ornaments to a Christmas tree in the atrium, which will serve the double purpose of brightening the school and brightening a family’s Christmas. (Photo by: Josh Briseno)
during the holidays and volunteer opportunities for students are always available. “Grace United Methodist Church is doing a Christmas project called ‘Operation Shoebox’ where
we fill a shoebox full of little Christmas gifts and treats and send it to a child in need,” sophomore Tate Kirby said. “The shoeboxes are a fantastic way to give on a global scale. I had so much fun buying the gifts and knowing that the shoe box I give is going to make some little child’s Christmas memorable.” This year, it is obvious that something larger than life is going on. Not only are there more opportunities than ever for students, but there are also more students than ever taking advantage of these opportunities. Everyone who participates in or hears about the wonderful things going on praises the value of these holidaybrightening enterprises. I think it’s such a good idea to be a part of all of these Christmas projects,”
junior Shelby Patillo said. “It’s so important to give back to people who have less than we do. They are so appreciative. This school wide attitude of giving is leading to more joining in to help others, whether in our school or out in the community. Wherever you look, the dull frost of winter has been brightened by the warmth of students’ hearts and their earnest desire to do good this holiday season. “I think the most crucial thing, no matter what you do, is to just get involved,” sophomore Student Council President Britton Simpson said. “Whether in our programs here at school or out in the community, just get involved and give back this holiday season. Giving is the greatest gift of all.”
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Art University Versus Traditional University What Students Are Choosing
Taylor Cravey Reporter(‘12)
American universities began with Harvard in 1636, and have continued growth in the traditional way. Art universities and colleges sprung up in the 19th century, diversifying the American college experience. Nowadays, many traditional colleges offer a wider variety of majors that include art colleges majors with their own. Many art students who leaned towards the artistic way are now applying to traditional universities rather than art colleges to better suit their decision.
Art University I want to attend the Savanna College of Art and Design. -Senior Garrett Weber
For art students, art universities are more beneficial because they offer more centralized curriculum and your surrounded by like-minded others.
-Art Teacher Joseph Sandoval
I wouldn’t say the cost of universities are a major factor, but it will affect my decision. My education is more important than the cost of it. - Junior Amanda Geary
From here at the counselor’s office we don’t receive a lot of materials from art universities, so it is difficult to give students seeking an art career proper direction. -Counselor Secretary Janice Babcock
I want to major in Animation at SCAD - Senior Garrett Weber
Traditional University The cost of universities will be a major factor in my decision. Since I’m a triplet it will be extremely difficult to get through college. We are working hard on scholarships to help us along the way. -Junior Jessica Heard
I am not sure what I want to major in at the moment but when I do, I would take a major that takes me straight into my future career. -Junior Steven Flores
I want to go to the tradition filled Texas A&M
-Senior Kaitlin Byerly
COST- Is the cost reasonable? MAJORSWhat interests you? What do you want to do for the rest of your life? SCHOLARSHIPS, LOANS, GRANTS- Money is out there to assist with paying for college. For many students, cost plays a major role on deciding where to go to college or if they can even afford to go. “I have sent my applications, and got accepted,” senior Brittany Ferguson said. “Now, I am eligible to receive merit scholarships.” There is a lot of money out there put aside for scholarships. Most of the money
A traditional university has the benefits of diverse majors, as opposed to art universities that focus only on the category of art.
-Dr. Robin Conde, Principal of Chula Vista Arts Elementary
If I was dead set on attending a traditional university, even though my passion is for the arts, I would try to find a major that directly got me where I want to be, career wise. -Junior Brittany Yekel
School Scouting How to Find the Perfect Place The quest for a perfect college is in full-swing. Some seniors have taken advantage of the cost-free admissions process by sending in applications early. “It’s such a relief that I got my application in early,” senior Kaley O’Brien said. “That’s one more thing I don’t have to worry about.” For the many that don’t have a clue as to what they want to do or what college to go to, take this into consideration: LOCATION - Do you want to stay close to home or travel far away? SIZE - Is small class sizes ideal or a huge auditorium filled with people what you’re looking for?
Alex Price EDITOR(‘11) doesn’t even get used because students do not apply for the scholarships. “I have been applying for scholarships left and right,” senior David Schumacer said. “I have completed 10 so far, I am just waiting for the deadlines.” Usually most of the financial pressure gets relieved through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Through FAFSA, the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) figures out how much money your family can pay for college, then once that has been determined, the college/university can provide loans, grants, and scholarships. “The FAFSA is very helpful to students who want to
Scholarship Buzz. Kaley O’Brien applies for A&M scholarships. (Photo by: Josh Briseno)
go to college and need financial help,” Go Center representative Kelly Byerly said. “I recommend all students take advantage of the FAFSA.”
Sports also have a major role on deciding which college is your perfect match. I have opportunities to play football at various colleges,” senior Nick Ginn said. “All I need to do is find the right match.” Whether it’s cost, academics, or a sports team is hindering your college decision, don’t fret, there is a perfect match out there. Here is a list of a couple of web sites that are school and scholarship finders: zinch.com cappex.com fastweb.com
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Process Tech interview One Student’s Take on a Real-World-Skills Class
Shelby Whitworth Reporter (‘11)
Many students are benefitting from the new courses that fall under the broad jurisdiction of Process Technology. One of the popular classes this year is Principles of Manufacturing. This course covers application, design, and production applied to manufacturing. Included is the knowledge and application of the principles of control and operation of plant manufacturing and processes. The basic principles of process plant equipment including valves, pumps, motors, etc., will be the focus of the course. One student, Felipe Mendieta, was willing to share his experiences welding with the Wildcatter. Do you enjoy welding?
What is the reason you took the class?
Yes, because you can make something useful for everyday life, and make money off the things that you weld.
I took the class to get the experience I need for the real world.
You welded a table for a project in this class. How long did it take to weld the table?
Has Mr. Jonason influenced you to weld?
Yes, he has explained the money I can make as a welder, which is a key component in my decision on what to do with my life.
Do you want to weld when you get older? At this moment in time I do not plan on welding when I get older.
The table that we welded in class took us about 4 weeks.
Have you ever welded anything else?
Finished Product . A student finishes the table the welding class has been working so hard on. (Photo by: Josh Briseno)
Believe it or not, the table is the first thing that I have ever welded. For it being the first thing to weld, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the experience. I plan on welding more sometime throughout this year.
Major Educating Junior Achievement Program an Academic Success Junior Achievement is a volunteer-led program in economics classes that teaches students work skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Our school uses the Financial Literacy program and the Titan program as tools to build these skills in students. Each class is led by a volunteer once a week during Coach Presley’s economics classes. “Both programs are very hands-on,” economics teacher Walter Presley said. “They give students an understanding of what the ‘real world’ is like, and they add variety to the class.” Students who take the class say that the things they learned will be put to good use throughout their lifetimes, and they will use the skills they
have learned to save them from hardships down the road. “I liked learning how to handle money and be more responsible,” senior Morgan Whitley said. “It really opened my eyes and definitely prepared me more for the real world.” Not only do students learn about the business part of life, they also learn about responsibility and how important it is in life. “South Texas has one of the lowest average credit scores in the nation,” Junior Achievement volunteer Sarah O’Brien said. “I believe this is because people are not taught why it is important to take care of their finances and how to take care of them. By teaching financial responsibility in
high school I hope to make a difference in some lives.” Junior Achievement began when Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Company in 1920, and Theodore N. Vail, president of AT&T, decided that business professionals and volunteers needed to help in educating students about work, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. “The future of our country depends upon making every individual fully realize the obligations and responsibilities belonging to citizenship,” Moses said. “Habits are formed in youth…what we need in this country now…is to teach the growing generations to realize that thrift and economy, coupled
Kaley O’Brien Editor (‘11) with industry, are necessary now as they were in past generations.” Since the beginning of the program, Junior Achievement has developed into many different programs taught at all levels. The Financial Literacy program teaches students about making good financial choices. In the Titan program students compete online in the business of selling and advertising a “HoloGenerator,” a fictional item in the program. These are the two programs that are offered in our economics classes. “Financial Literacy teaches how to handle money and make wise choices,” Presley said. “The Titan program gives a taste of what it’s like to run a company and compete with other
companies. By the end of the class, some kids know more about finances and entrepreneurship than their parents do.” Students who take this class have a positive outlook on it and believe that it is successful in teaching them about finances. “It makes you think about your responsibilities,” senior Cody Morris said. “It really teaches you how to take the reigns on your life.”
Fun Learning. Students learn while playing a board game for junior achievement. (Photo by: Josh Briseno)
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People To People Student Plans For Far, Far Away This summer, Chase Gallagher will travel to Mediterranean Europe for two and a half weeks through the People to People Student Ambassador Program. This program gives Chase the opportunity to travel to Europe and learn about the cultures and people in a new place. Pamela Wright, Chase’s local sponsor, has helped him to get through the application process, and prepared him for his journey. “This program is, for most students, a once in a lifetime experience,” sponsor Pamela Wright said. “This experience is life-changing
for those who participate, and it is a memory they will never forget.” Chase underwent an application process consisting of a paper application, and two live interviews. Only a handful of the students who applied for the program were accepted. “The application process was nerve-racking,” freshman Chase Gallagher said. “Thankfully, it was over quickly, and went quite well.” Chase will travel to Greece, Italy, and Sicily over a span of two weeks in June. While in Florence, Italy,
Reese Gallagher Editor (‘12)
he will meet with a group of Italian students and get to hang out and learn with them. “I’m uber-excited for this trip,” Gallagher said. “I’ve always loved Italy and Greece!” The People to People organization was brought up in 1956 by president Dwight D. Eisenhower. With nearly 50 years of experience, more than 400,000 alumni, and destinations on seven continents, People to People is one of the world’s most recognized and respected educational travel provider. “I wish I could travel to Italy,” freshman Luke
Beautiful Travels. Chase Gallagher is excited for his intellectual trip to the Mediterranean. (Photo by: Brittany Ferguson)
Craziness In A Can Four Loko Energy Drink Banned In a recent press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to 30 manufacturers of caffinated alcoholic beverages regarding the safety and legality of their products. Among these were the makers of the recently popular “Four Loko.” "Having them banned is just going to make them more fun to drink for teens,” senior Kyle Sporer said. “It’s a pointless endeavor.” Three alumni from Ohio State University created the power drink in 2006, which was then introduced in Ohio, followed by Arizona, California and Illinois by the middle of that same year. This energy drink contains the usual suspects, caffeine and taurine, but with the added kicker of alcohol, 3 times the percentage of regular beer. “I believe that the mixture of caffeine and alcohol is not healthy when ingested together,” junior Sid Pimentel said. “It can lead to destructive
consequences.” In 2009, Four Loko ranked fourth in sales growth among alcoholic beverages. The drink’s popularity has been growing expeditiously ever since. “Since the ban has already been put into effect before I turn the legal drinking age,” Foster Burris said. “It hardly affects me personally.” Recently, the federal government has given a short time line for the manufacturers of these types of energy drinks to provide proof that adding alcohol does not pose dangerous health concerns. “I heard that they taste gross anyways,” Jay Murphy said. “Calallen minors do not need anything else to make us look like a bunch of alcoholics.” Many of the head officials in charge of the FDA have said that the drink has the “blackout effect” on young people. It has also been established as “legalized liquid
Shirley said. “Then I could finally retrace my lineage, and see how my true family lived!” Students participating in the People to People program will not only gain cultural knowledge, they will bring diversity and outside education to other students who haven’t had the privilege of travelling around the world. “It’s very exciting to have Chase participate in People to People.” Principal Mrs. Neth said. “It allows him to experience new people, new places, and new cultures!” Katie Owens Reporter (‘12)
cocaine,” and that it is also “eating holes in the stomachs of the brave drinkers.” “That is an irrelevant comparison,” senior Austin Ferraro said. “Yes, I am sure it is bad for you, but who is one to make the judgment, if it is not scientifically proven?” One of the main reasons
(Photo courtesy of MCT Campus)
why the sales of Four Lokos are so known to the younger scene is because of the extremely low price tag. The cost of the can
ranges around $3.00. Another reason is the convenience of buying them at your local convenience store, and the attractiveness of their colorful cans. “The price of those drinks are 2 for $5 and to me, that is a deal many underage drinkers admire,” Kacie Bell said. “No wonder so many youngins buy them!” Websites and campaigns have even been put together to stop the selling of this drink. “Hopefully the teen drinking and driving rate will decrease,” senior Chase Whidden said. “We really do not need anymore wrecks around here.” The Four Loko makers are also undergoing large lawsuits because of the caffeinerelated death of a few college students. “The company should not be sued for death,” senior Tyler Miller said. “If the person chose to drink alcohol, and knew
what was in it, it is their fault.” The sale of these drinks will be banned until the companies can show that the amount of caffeine and other ingredients is not fatal or highly dangerous. “I think that they should just leave them the way that they are,” junior Lauren Eckhardt said. “People who drink Lokos are given magical powers, like Lady Gaga,” The company will most probably have to include a label that specifies the harsh repercussions of Four Lokos. The high levels of ingredients must be shown on the can to be approved by the FDA. Until then, the drink is no longer being sold. “I’ve never had one of these here Four Loko things, but I’d imagine they’d be mighty tasteless,” Cody Morris said. “My momma said not to drink, so I don’t.”
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What’s in Your Winter Wardrobe? Students Share Their Must-Haves and Favorites of Winter Fashion Where’d you get your cute sweater from? “It’s from Wet Seal; I like to wear it because it matches almost anything.”
What’s your favorite thing to stock up on and keep in your closet? “My flannel shirts!”
What are your three favorite stores to shop at? “Forever 21, Hollister, and Abercrombie!”
Cori What’s your favorite thing in your closet to wear? “My dark wash American Eagle jeans are my absolute favorite!”
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How many pairs of jeans do you have in your closet? “20 pairs from American Eagle and Abercrombie!”
How many pairs of shoes do you own? “I have 23 pairs of shoes in my closet.”
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Ashley Simmons Editor(‘12)
What makes you, well you? “My hair identifies me. If it’s not the same, people don’t recognize me.”
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What are your favorite kind of jeans? “Skinny jeans! They’re the only kind I wear because they go with boots and heels.”
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What’s your favorite accessory to wear? “A scarf! I love scarves.”
ega What completes your look? “My Abercrombie and Fitch jacket pulls my whole winter look together.”
Where do you get your clothes from? “Definitely Forever 21 Buckle and vintage resale shops.”
How many pairs of boots do you own? “Eleven, but I have 5 that are my favorite to wear.”
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I’ll Start Walking Your Way, You Start Walking Mine Meet In The Middle Club Helps Students Realize Equality Meet in the Middle is a new club in our school that brings students of all abilities together. In society today, many people seem to have a negative attitude towards people who seem different than themselves. We do not understand that or those who are unfamiliar to us. Meet in the Middle Club is a way for us to reverse this ideology, and to begin to understand our special-needs students better. “Our hopes are that with this initiative friendships will be built, stereotypes will be broken, and partnerships will be formed,” Director of Families and Outreach of Special Olympics Texas Mike Sullivan said. “Most importantly, we hope that respect will be established with two diverse groups.” This club has a tremendous effect on the way its members interact with the special-needs students at our school. This is the main goal of Meet in the Middle. “Intellectually-disabled
students face enormous challenges every day, and hopefully Meet in the Middle will bring about understanding, friendship, and familiarity between regular and special-needs students,” Meet in the Middle Director Kristi Kirchoff said. “You should join the Meet in the Middle club if you would like to meet with your regular and specialneeds peers, and participate in fun, interactive activities that foster acceptance of all students.” Students in this club feel that this has been accomplished in their lives, and hope that it is throughout the school. “I originally joined the club because my friends were in it, but I realized that I love being around the kids with special needs, and I learned that I want to work with them when I get older,” freshman Kristin Kunkel said. “You get a personal connection with them, and you become friends with them.”
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Students may have joined the club for many different reasons, but they all seem to have the same attitude about the club and the students with disabilities. “I don’t think that people realize that they are people too,” freshman
Layton Hart said, “If they could get past their disabilities, they would see how great these kids really are.” Members of Meet in the Middle interact with the special needs students by talking to them in the class room and by going to the Special Olympics to cheer them on. This deepens the relationship of the students, and everyone appreciates what is being done. “I like having people there to cheer me on,” special
needs student Tony Segundo said. “It makes me excited.” This club changes lives. The regular needs students learn that they can use their abilities to help those who might not be as fortunate as them as far as abilities are concerned, and the specialneeds students feel more accepted and encouraged. “People should join this club because it makes you realize how fortunate you are, and that life is more than just going out to parties,” freshman Jordan Price said. “The students with disabilities don’t get a lot of attention, and by being in the club we can give them that attention. That way, they don’t just get left out. When we walk in the room and they see us, their faces just light up.” Not only do students get to build relationships in this club, they also learn skills that can be used throughout their lives. “I’ve learned how to talk and communicate with them, and say things that make them feel good about themselves,” freshman Lexi Wahlen said. “They deserve to be treated in this fashion.” Learning how to communicate with the kids with disabilities is key in developing
Kaley O’Brien Editor (‘11) relationships, and this club has helped the students learn how to do so. “One of the special needs students, Jessica, has started to get a little more comfortable around me and is trying to communicate with me,” Price said. “She offers me the ribbons that she plays with instead of keeping to herself. I think it’s cool that she can’t actually talk to me, but she is still trying to communicate with me. If they are trying, then we should, too.” Meet in the Middle is a club that will have a lasting impact on its members’ lives. The relationships and the skills that you can develop will help to bring a change from the generally negative attitude of society. This is not an easy task, but it starts with people and organizations just like this. “It’s an opportunity to meet new people and experience new things,” freshman Reagan Tompkins said. “I’ve become more comfortable around the specialneeds students by interacting with them when we go to events like the Special Olympics. I realized that they are just like me, and love being around us. They’re really sweet, and I love them.”
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Coaching troubles at Dallas Dallas Cowboys Fire Wade Phillips Recently, the Dallas Cowboys have made history just within the first eight weeks of the season. Sadly, it is not for the greater good. The Cowboys have gotten themselves into a pinch as they fell to a heartbreaking 1-7 start to a sure-to-be terrible season. Of course, whenever a team has fallen to such a dramatic decline as this, changes must be made. Jerry Jones’ change to try to fix the problem is to fire the head coach, Wade Phillips, hoping that a new coach will step up and fix whatever is needed.
“Wade Phillips was not a bad coach,” Senior Sol Rodriguez said. “But I guess the evidence is in the wins.” In the need of a new coach, Jerry Jones appoints Jason Garrett, the offensive coordinator, as the new head coach for the cowboys hoping that beneficial changes will be made to the Cowboys. “I think he’s really amazing,” sophomore Kiah Hinojosa said. “He has helped the Cowboys come together tremendously.” The feedback to the
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Taylor Schwartz Reporter (‘13) promotion of Garrett has fed some positive results as the Cowboys have won three more games, but lost two. “They’re adjusting to Garrett well,” substitute teacher Roy Valesquez said. “They actually won, and he used to be a quarterback for the Cowboys, so he knows what it’s like and can connect with his team.” Most Cowboys fans are very happy with the changes that have been made and are beginning to like what they see. “Absolutely,the Cowboys
are better,” sophomore Alex Tanguma said. “Jason Garrett motivates his team, which allowed their true talent to show.” The Cowboys will not be able to be in the playoffs this year due to the start that the cowboys have came across.
“Even though the Cowboys will not make the playoffs this year, there is always next year,” junior Amanda Hullum said. “They will be able to bounce back from this bad season and come back next year.”
WEEK 15 BIG GAMES Tyler Kirksmith Editor (‘11)
Sloan Whites Reporter (‘11)
SLOAN’S BIG GAME NEW ORLEANS vs. BALTIMORE Both the Saints and Ravens are fighting for the lead in their own division, and both are a game and a half down from the leaders (Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburg Steelers). Both teams have great hope that their division leader will lose, putting them only a half of a game behind. Although Baltimore has a great defense, I believe that the Saints are better conditioned, and will prevail due to a fourth quarter comeback.
RED’S BIG GAME PITTSBURG vs. NEW YORK (JETS) The Jets came into the season as a favorite to win the AFC East Division, with only the New England Patriots in their way. After already finishing the season series between the two, the Jets were only able to come away with one victory, putting them in second place in their division. The Jets will have to finish strong and do their best to win out in order to secure a playoff spot. Only AFC North leader, Pittsburg, is a tough contender in the way. I believe that the Jets will still be looking for a momentum boost after the an embarrassing 45-3 loss to the Pats, and will come into this game strong, finishing the same way with a victory.
Letters To I am skeptical that you truly check you list twice. I mean, c’mon. It’s a list of over a billion names that grows every year, and you check it twice? Yeah right! I guess you might have time while you just sit in your office for the whole year, but I highly doubt you spend your time like that. You probably play Call of Duty and procrastinate until the very last moment. At least, that’s what I would do. But you should really work hard at not procrastinating and begin working on that list because Christmas is just a few days away. If you aren’t more careful, you are going to make a mistake and kids will stop believing in you because you checked them off of your naughty list when they were really quite nice. I’m telling this for your own benefit. If you don’t turn your life around no one will even know who Kris Kringle is. Start working on your procrastination problem and I will, too. Sincerely, Tanner Konarik P.S. I wanna MacBook this year.
Dear Santa, What’s up? How are you doing? I don’t know about you, but it’s hard keeping the weight off this time of year, huh? All those cookies are a killer. Watch out – obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease! I have been a very good teacher this year, so maybe you could look into your merry old soul and bring me some wonderful Christmas gifts: 1. Please bring me some students who can spell. Im relly tyred of triing to red they’re righting. 2. I would also like a teacher’s lounge with an ice cream bar, a disco light, and massaging recliners. 3. Could you bring me some kind of time turner so I could magically make the day just fly by? I’ve really got more important things to do than spend eight hours at school! 4. I really have Beiber Fever – could I have a Beiber calendar, a Beiber t-shirt, and a totally sweet life-sized Beiber poster? 5. Finally, as a favor to me, could you remind everyone how lucky we are to live in such a great place and attend such a wonderful school? Christmas is a time to give thanks for everyone and everything we often take for granted. So, Santa, tell everyone to give Peace a chance. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Mrs. Day
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Trubies Vs. Twihards The Vampire Dramas of Today Face Off Trueblood and Twilight are two very popular works based on a highly popular subject in today’s youth: vampires. The HBO series, Trueblood, is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlene Harris, where as the Twilight movies are based on the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer. “Trueblood has way more action,” sophomore Cassie Willson said. “And still has that steamy love plot tied into all it’s chaos, as to twilight which is basically all about Bella a n d
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other.” Fans of either series are fiercely loyal to their Vampire dramas of choice. There are some that say Twilight is equal to Trueblood, and others that say there is no comparison. “I can’t say I truly like Trueblood,” choir director Jolene Stallard said. “Twilight has everything: action, drama, and romance.” Human or vampire, no matter what the characters do the fans still love them. “My favorite characters are Bill Compton and Sookie Stackhouse,” English teacher Amy Citzler said. “Bill is such a fun example of that dark, brooding bionic hero. The one with a soft side and a dark side. And Sookie is just a strong female protagonist, gotta love that!” As there are those loyal to their favorite characters on Trueblood, there are also those loyal to Twilight.
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“My favorite character is Alice,” sophomore Chyanna Nelson said. “Any vampire who escaped from an asylum is okay by me!” Both series are based on books that fans say are without a doubt better than the shows. “I made myself read the books before I saw the movies,” Stallard said. “And I must say the movies are amazing, but lacking in details.” Some fans choose a different route to follow. They saw the shows, and avoided reading the books. “I haven’t gotten around to reading the Sookie Stackhouse
novels,” Willson said. “But I am very eager to do so. The show never packs as much details as the books do.” Some have raised the argument that the action in today’s entertainment is too much, and is setting a bad example for the youth of today. “I am an action movie junkie,” Citzler said. “I don’t mind the violence; it’s just mindless entertainment, though i can see why the show is frowned upon by some parents.” Some also say there isn’t enough action in Twilight, but the Twihards of today disagree. “I think that the movie had a little more action in it than the book,” said Nelson. “But that’s how you sell tickets, and I also don’t think the book needed more action. That would be taking away from the story, and making some of
Dissapparate Harry Potter Leaving with a Bang It all began with the release of the first book on June 30, 1997. Millions of readers were hooked after reading the first chapter about the young boy living in the cupboard under the stairs. “I’ve been reading Harry Potter since I was in the second grade,” senior Osaki Benibo said. “It has definitely made me the avid reader that I am today.” Now, the age of Harry Potter is finally coming to an end with a two-part finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “I enjoyed all the Harry Potter movies because they keep you at the edge of your seat the whole time,” junior Maddie Matula said. “I’m glad it’s going to be in two parts because I highly doubt I’d be able to sit through a 6 hour movie.” Part one of the movie had a huge crowd at the midnight
opening show. After just ten days the box office rates were at $600 million. Many dedicated Harry Potter fans dressed up in cloaks and wizard costumes to go see the movie. “It was great to go at midnight; we bought our tickets so early we didn’t even have to wait in the cold with everybody else,” sophomore Tate Kirby said. “But I did not dress up. Personally I think dressing up is too much. “ The Book Club took a trip to go see part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the weekend before Thanksgiving break. “Going to see the movie with the book club was a fun outing, because it is always interesting to see how they are able to portray the book in movie form,” book club cosponsor and librarian Lori Villa said. “We were all pleased, because the movie did the book
the readers upset, and that’s one thing we don’t need is a bunch of emotionally compromised Twihards.” Concerns have also been raised that the shows aren’t gender-friendly. “I think Twilight is gender-friendly, even though others disagree,” Stallard said. “It has elements of action and romance, and it is easy to read. I think it’s a great series.” Some say Trueblood may not be gender-friendly, either. “I believe it is gender friendly,” Citzler said. “I think they have a variety of characters that appeal to both genders. All in all, it’s an awesome show.”
Kayla Watkins Editor(‘11) justice. It was almost an exact retelling of everything in the book, because they were able to separate it into two movies.” Harry Potter was so popular that 15 million copies of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
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were sold in just 24 hours. “I love the Harry Potter series,” freshmen Darrean Parker said. “My favorite character is Hermione, because she always knows all of the answers.”
The 7 movies have gone through 4 different directors, David Yates being the director of the latest 3 films produced. Yates has spent about 6 years working with the Harry Potter cast. “We feel we’ve grown up with them; I work with them, and I have affection for the people and the characters, so I really feel for them when they’re out on the road and being threatened,” Yates said. “But a lot of the audience and the serious fans have the same relationship. They feel close to the kids. That gives you a very special dynamic.” Harry Potter has become so popular that a theme park has been created for it. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened June 18, 2010, at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. The park includes the
Flight of the Hippogriff, Dragon Challenge, The Forbidden Journey, Frog Choir, Dervish and Banges, Ollivander’s Wand Shop, the Village of Hogsmeade, and the many other wonders of the Wizard World. “The park itself outshined all of the other parks; the careful detail of the developers brought J.K Rowling’s imagination alive,” junior Will Walz said. “All of the scenery was three dimensional, unlike the previous parks in Universal.” Part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will come out in theaters this summer on June 17. “I am really disappointed that the series and movies had to finally come to an end,” senior David Schumacher said. “But I expect Harry Potter will make an impact on many generations to come.”
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While many schools feature two or three dances, for the past few years Calallen has had only one. Since the homecoming dance was removed over 5 years ago, prom has been the only dance for students to look forward to. However, this year, Student Council Are you from Texas? plans to break the chain with the introduction of the “Snow Ball.” Susan Wishar . s r “I was really shocked to hear that Calallen had only one dance all year. My old No, I’m from Iowa. M d school had 8 dances a year,” senior Stephanie Casey said. Due to the recent requests, Student Council decided to organize and host a semi Who is your role model? -formal dance in the winter. Besides the addition of this second dance, Student Council Paula Dean wanted to change things up by having the dance in a Sadie Hawkins style, where boys are asked by the girls as dates. What college(s) did you “The Sadie Hawkins style will make this dance fun and unique,” senior Paige attend? Lubianski said. “I’m looking forward to it because it’s different than the others.” Underclassmen are anticipating the dance, seeing as prom is traditionally exclusive UNLV and Texas A&M to upperclassmen. “I was excited to hear about the new Snow Ball dance,” freshman Nick Lastrappes Did you participate in any sports in high said. “I’m pumped that it’s open to freshmen.” With all the hard work from the dance committee and the new styles incorporated, school? the new dance should be a success. If all goes according to plan, Student Council hopes Gymnastics christmas crossword that the Snow Ball will become a tradition at the school. Down: ashley simmons “There’s nothing better than a Sadie Hawkins dance,” senior Jordan Hartman Across: 1. Holiday Greeting Often Spoken 6. Houses are Decorated With said. “I’m going to wear my favorite sweater and my khaki pants.” 2. Santa’s Snacks for da newspaper 1
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