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FORKS AND KNIVES: Senior Josh Novorr is ready to start his pizzas in Broadmoor’s fully equipped kitchen classroom. photo by Megan Shay

Pots, pans, pens and paper are Broadmoor students’ tools as they start class Annie Fuhrman

It’s “Scooby Snack Friday” and Josh Novorr, a Shawnee Mission East senior enrolled in the Food production and hospitality class at Broadmoor Technical Center, is enjoying a fresh brownie sundae. Students in white chef’s coats mix brownie batter and get ready to serve their hungry classmates. It’s the first day that he students are in the kitchen after three weeks of taking notes. Each student has a three ring binder with extensive notes on subjects ranging from pots and pans to the internal heat of meat types. “I want to be a chef. Why else would I be taking all these notes?” Novorr said. The kitchen classroom is equipped with long metal tables, industrial size mixers and racks of pots and pans waiting for use. “I have always liked to cook,” Novorr said. “One of my specialties is potatoes, onions, garlic, ham and cheese all fried up in oil. It’s a breakfast thing, but you have to like garlic. A lot of garlic.” The class, which focuses mainly on bread and pastry making, is new to Novorr. He is looking forward to

making pizzas, because he has never baked before. Broadmoor opened in 1988, when 70 students enrolled in the six technical programs that were offered. Now the school offers seven programs and teaches over 550 students. The Broadmoor Technical Center was established to provide an opportunity for students to develop technical, academic, and workplace skills that will allow them to pursue additional education in their areas of interest or join the workforce. Broadmoor is also fully equipped with a recording studio where many school bands come to record CDs. “After two year of class here, the kids could go out and get a very well paying job,” said Dr. Scott Sherman, principal of Broadmoor. “The atmosphere is a lot more focused here. The students want to be here.” Broadmoor was opened in 1988 as a place where students could go as an alternative school. It is available only to juniors and seniors from the Shawnee Mission District and other area high schools. The technical classes offer materials that are not available in an

ordinary school environment. “The grades are not criteria in this class,” said Chef Bob. “It’s more about can they do the job.” His class is designed to introduce the students to the fundamentals of the food service and hospitality industry, incorporating job skills and career development. This year the Food Production and Hospitality students will cover 80 – 100 recipes, getting ready for the Bistros. At the Bistros, held six times per year, the students come together to cook and serve a gourmet meal to parents, teachers, or anyone else who makes a reservation. The Bistro recipes come from ideas that previous students had. “These are actually student recipes,” Chef Bob Brassard said of the Bistro. “I’m not thumbing through magazines and picking them out.” Novorr wants to become a head chef, but is unsure on whether or not he wants to own his own restaurant. He has looked into culinary schools at Johnson County Community college and Johnson and Wales. It may only be his first year at Broadmoor, but it’s a good first step.

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New ways to New projects give students more ways to get involved

SHARE Front Porch Birthdays

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Taste of Diversity Taste of Diversity is a group of students that will get together once a month to learn about different aspects of cooking and how to cook different types of food from all over the world. “I was Bev Timmons lab aide and she wanted me to start a new project, so I thought it would be fun for students to learn about different cultures and the type of food they eat,” senior Rajit Hazarika said, “in addition to cooking for teachers, we will also make meals for patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where I work.”

The group will cook during the day each month at a volunteer’s house. According to Hazarika, they plan to cook South American, northern and southern Indian, Mediterranean, homeade Italian, Polish, Japanese, and all sorts of unique types of food. “You don’t necessarily have to be able to cook to participate in this, so I encourage anyone who is interested to come and try it out. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” senior Jack Spangler said.

Construction of the Jake Shepard Skate Park has been planned to begin on June 7, 2006. For that to happen, 225-250 thousand dollars must be raised. Sophomore Andy Peterson first had the idea to make this a SHARE project in hopes to get more volunteers from school. The project consists of fundraising, such as car washes, bake sales, selling t-shirts, and

selling coupons. Students involved in the project will also help clean up skate parks and will go around to elementary schools and talk to students about safety while skateboarding. “We hope to continue this project at least through our senior year,” sophomore Sean Stenger said, “but we’ll keep fundraising until the skate park is built.”

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Hockey Project The hockey project, which takes place at Carriage Club, was added this year to teach younger kids a sport that they don’t always have a chance to get involved in. “Carriage Club lets our hockey team use their ice to practice, so in return we go up there and teach kids how to play,” senior Ben Huntley said. SHARE Executive Lake

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This is the fourth birthday project to be added to SHARE, but everyone deserves a birthday party, and there’s a lot of kids who don’t get them. The Richardson Front Porth Birthday Project throws birthday parties for little kids, who wouldn’t get a birthday party otherwise. “This project may be new, buy my partner Jaclyn Frankenberg and i are going to make sure that the kids and volunteers havea really good time. Hopefully a lot of students join so we can keep doing this for years to come,” junior Emmie Leek said. Junior Emmie Leek promotes her project at the SHARE fair.

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Wooten had the idea to make it into a SHARE project to get more students involved. “You don’t have to be able to play hockey to help with this project, and you don’t have to have a bunch of equipment or anything. If you’ve ever wanted to try hockey, you should do it,” Huntley said.

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Legal action taken against downloaders Holly Garringer Since the creation of the Internet, many questions have risen over whether things done on the World Wide Web were legal or illegal. For some, the question has just been answered. On Monday September 8, 2003 the legal threats that the recording industry had been throwing around for the past three years finally turned to reality when exactly 261 lawsuits were filed against music file-sharers. It wasn’t just college students or Internet nerds either. One was a twelve year old girl from Los Angeles who didn’t know what she was doing was wrong. Another was a 71-year-old man from Texas who didn’t know how to use his computer; unfortunately for him, his grandson who visits him over the summer was able to download over 1,000 songs on to

his hard drive. With a scope this wide, it seems that anyone with a computer could be at risk. “ I have about 345 songs on my computer, I really hope that nothing happens, but just to be safe, I stopped downloading about a month ago, when the news about file sharing really got big,” said Senior Tina Harris. The trouble all started in 1999 when the owner of Napster, a music sharing website, was sued for violating copyright laws. The case started a controversy among Internet users and the music industry over whether downloading was legal or illegal. Although Napster has been shut down, many other peer-to-peer networks have gained prominence on the Internet, but most of them still violate copyright laws. Since then, the Recording Industry

Association of America (RIAA) has been contemplating its course of action. “ The first thing I ever downloaded off of the Internet was Napster. When it got shut down I downloaded Kazaa. So, even though it was said to be illegal, I never really thought about stopping until now,” said Sophomore Miranda Vance. The RIAA insists that it will continue legal action until all offenders have paid some kind of debt for their crime. The monetary penalties range from $750-$1,500 per song. The RIAA states that at this point users are only being targeted if they have 1,000 or more songs on their computer. However, the RIAA has offered a sort of amnesty for file sharers. If an internet user comes forward and acknowledges that they have

downloaded music onto their computer, and then proceeds to delete all the songs off of their hard drive, they will be cleared of any wrong doing. “ Even though I stopped downloading, I don’t really plan on deleting the songs I already have off of my computer. Even if I did, I have burned all of them onto other CD’s, so its not like I would be giving anything up,” said Senior Becca Wing. Unfortunately, the RIAA is not the only industry or company that could sue file sharers for damages. If a person comes forward, that person opens themselves up to the knowledge of other parties that could use that opportunity to sue for copyright infringement. Specific record companies or artists are just some of the many people who might choose to sue

file sharers. Another important thing to remember is that the person who will be sued by the RIAA is the name that appears on the Internet bill of a certain household. For example, in the Wing household, Becca is the one that downloads music, but her father, David Wing, is the one who pays the Internet bills. “ I think its safe to say that my dad would be less then pleased if he got in trouble for my music downloading,” Wing said. Right now there are only two logical courses of action that can be taken. The first is a user can stop downloading all together, and delete all their music off their hard drive. If Internet users are unwilling to do this, then, according to the RIAA, they should start looking for a lawyer.


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California recall shows bizarre faces Pat Ryan Larry Flynt probably won’t win the California recall election. Neither will adult film star Mary Carey. And what about former child sensation Gary Coleman? Let’s just say his list of qualifications are short at best. These people, among other entertainers, know that they don’t have even the slightest chance of becoming the governor of California, but who says that their campaigns wont pay off ? Flynt may sell a few extra copies of Hutler, Mary Carey is bound to attain some new fans and Heck, Gary Coleman might even land a decent acting role! These candidates, among others, are willing to

make complete fools of themselves in order to make a cheap buck: “I am probably the most unqualified person to run for governor, but I’m willing to do it as a goof if you are,” Coleman said in a recent MSNBC article. If people like Gary Coleman want attention so bad, why don’t they go jump off a famous landmark or curse in public w h i l e standing on top of their heads? Entertainment has a time and a place in our lives, and politics is not one of them. When voters elect candidates for office in

any institution, they are entrusting those candidates to run the institution smoothly. Politics are a serious business, and having celebrities dance around on the political podium to try to get laughs is not a good thing. All they manage to do is embarrass themselves and embarrass our country. Before these goofy candidates are allowed on the election roster, they should be required to go through rigorous political and intectual testing, in order to make sure that they are qualified i n d iv i du a l s. The only things needed to run as of this publication are 65 signatures and about $3500. Political intelligence or

any intelligence whatsoever in not required to be a candidate. The candidates are not all goofballs fortunately. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good example. He has no need to attain any more publicity, being that he is already a worldwide star. He simply wishes to make a serious difference for working Californians. Peter Ueberroth is also a serious and potential candidate.There are around 100 candidates looking to replace Gray Davis and plenty of them are political goofs. The political landscape of America needs to maintain an attitude of seriousness and send the clowns back to the circus.

Letter to the EDITOR Dear Editor, In response to the commentary piece by Mr. Andrew Finnerty, we have done some intensive research and have assembled a counterpoint of substantial strength. We will address his article on a point by point basis starting from the beginning of his article. Point 1: The deployment of troops in Iraq was the next chapter in the saga of American Imperialism. Counterpoint: Mr Finnerty is quite sorely mistaken when he refers to our deployment of troops as imperialism. American imperialism was finished long ago. The author’s stern and yet unaccredited belief in the exploitation of Iraqi resources by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for. Point 2: The use of ( w w w. i r a q b o d y c o u n t . n e t

and www.iraqometer.com) as viable information sources. Counterpoint: We did some investigation on both of these web sites and could not find any evidence that supports Mr. Finnerty’s use of them as credible sources of information. The site w w w. i r a q b o d y c o u n t . n e t was unable to provide us with an author or legitimate sponsor and therefore cannot be considered a valid source of data. We were quite dismayed by what we saw on www.iraqometer.com. This site appeared to be nothing but leftist yellow journalism in a format that is unfit to draw fair and accurate data from. We encourage all readers to have a gander at both of these web sites for good measure. Point 3: If Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, he would have used them early on in the initial

United States strike on Baghdad because he had nothing to lose. Counterpoint: It would have been foolhardy of Saddam Hussein to use his enormous stockpile of weapons of mass destruction against a far superior army. This action on his part would have given the United States, a far superior army, unabridged justification for the preemptive strike on Iraq and it’s Brutal dictator. Point 4: Through the conflict in Iraq, The United States has ignored Africa and all of the millions of people who die there from various conflicts and ailments which somehow makes the United States a hypocrite nation. Counterpoint: Finnerty believes that the Americans are hypocrites because they don’t help Africa. The fact of the matter is that no African country poses an immediate threat to the U.S.. And let us

not remind him of the peace keeping missions sent out to Liberia and many other troubled nations. Finnerty also forgets to realize that no matter how great and helpful a nation is, it can’t solve everybody’s problems at once. Point 5: Hours after the war on Iraq began, Americans were already beginning to gather in protest of the war in protests that grew into hundreds of thousands in various cities across the country. Counterpoint: Andrew, there is nothing wrong with protesting something. Protesting something when you yourself do not have a more constructive solution to the problem at hand makes your protest unvaluable to the millions upon millions who felt threatened by the threat of Iraq’s possible WMD’s being brandished by a malevolent dictator. It made me cringe

when I turned on my news to see images of a bunch of leftist liberal hippies lying in the streets of San Francisco because they did not agree with the actions being executed by our government. I’m most certain that there is a better way to get out the message that they would like to see a change in our government policy. In closing, Mr. Judd and Myself would like to remind everyone that we do not dislike liberals or Andrew Finnerty in any way other than some political views. This is merely another view on his many valid points. -Jeff Judd, Andy Limpic


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Taboo and controversy:

Guns and cowardice

Rajit Hazarika Basic handguns, automatic assault rifles, ballistic projectile launchers, and any other weapon that causes massive death counts—these are the most commonly chosen methods for taking human life. What purpose do these weapons pose? Why do we need them? Why was councilman James Davis (New York) shot for the ideal of violence management. There were 11,127 gun casualties in America last year. Remember hearing that in the film, “Bowling for Columbine”? Are we not safe with all our handguns and other

weapons? Then why do so many people suffer? America is not the only place suffering casualties. This is a worldwide epidemic. Guns are just a symbol of cowardice. Cowardice is defined as “a lack of courage.” How about defining it as “a lack of trying to consider or look at different methods, ideas, and perspectives?” We let our guns do the talking for us. Look at the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The government of Israel views the Palestinians as a massive threat. On a daily basis, the West Bank and Gaza Strip are bombarded by Israeli artillery. With recurring hostility, at least one individual is very likely to die at least once a week in that conflict zone. Let this fact be known. On the siege of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, the government ordered a non-stop siege until the “radicals” gave in. Afterwards, it was reported on PRI (Public radio International)

on 89.3 FM KCUR that the Israeli soldiers had more sympathy for the Palestinians than their own people. On the other hand, the government and the general populace would rather have it that “they (the Palestinians) shouldn’t get so much as an inch of land.” It seems that everyone was afraid to acknowledge that the Palestinians deserve a home as much as the Israelis’ do. The Israelis’ didn’t think about the Palestinian suffering, they brought out the guns. Cowardice did the speaking.Again, in the invasion of Iraq, the guns did the speaking. Saddam should have been toppled, but the methods used were ugly and did not support the image of a generous, accepting free America. In my opinion, the Iraqi civilians were cowards not to “revolt,” however their reasons are understandable. America was cowardly to use only the big guns, and nothing else. There was

no diplomacy talks. The actions seemed somewhat Imperialist in nature. The current state of Iraq definitely does not show a democratic, idealistic America. This is a fact of war, but when the 3rd United Infantry resorted to forceful looting, things must be said. What do murders in America; Israels’s enforcing curfews on Palestinians, and the “War on Terror” have to do with this column? Using the biggest guns possible to speak for you, and afraid to use any other means of thought. Cowardice. I will say that no matter who or what the cause, guns, bombs, and other destructive weaponry are pathetic. It is pathetic and cowardly when guns speak your words. Before you point out the “villain(s),” at least look at the different point of view and try to understand where it comes from. All should. Don’t point fingers. Just try and look.

RIAA, not downloaders, responsible for falling CD sales

*This Staff Editorial was supported unanimously by the Editorial Board.

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music downloading for the music industry’s problems, the industry should look at the positive effects of downloading. Because of music downloading, people can find out about bands they never would have heard of without downloading songs. And people can go to concerss or buy a band’s CD after listening to downloaded songs. But, the industry fails to recognize this and instead tries to sue downloaders.

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The RIAA is currently suing about a thousand Internet music downloaders for violations of copyright laws in the next step of their campaign to blame others for the dropping record sales. It is the record companies’ fault that their sales are down and people are downloading music from others’ with programs such as Kazzaa. The price of a CD with 80 minutes of music is $14-16, and usually there is only one or two hit songs. The pricing is ridiculous and more people would actually buy Cds if they were cheaper. And instead of blaming

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Five major networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, WB, and FOX, are soon to roll out the carpet on TV’s most impressive shows with promise for even more intricate plots and dynamic actors. Here’s a short list of five shows that are highly anticipated in the coming 20032004 season.

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(Jorja Fox) may finally have something more than romantic tension this coming season. In the premiere, titled “Assume Nothing”, is reported to be a doozy. Executive producer Carol Mendelssohn quotes, “All I can say, is that no one should leave their LaZ-Boy (recliner) during the last five minutes.” Premieres: September 25th

ANGEL

(WB:Wednesday @ 8) With Angel’s gang now running the evil law firm Wolfram and Hart, look for just about anything to happen. Angel (David Boreanaz) will encounter some “soulful” help from ALIAS Buffy’s last vampire beau Spike (James Marsters). Rumor has it that Spike (ABC: Sunday @ 8) is a ghost. Spike was With a heart-stopping cliffhanger, presumably killed in the Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) found series finale of “Buffy” herself in Hong Kong after a fight with 100 year rivalry: Angel last season. Longtime the evil Francie (Merrin Dungey), and (David Boreanaz) and favorite Cordelia also found new love, Michael Vaughn (Charisma Carpenter) (Michael Vartan) sporting a wedding and Angel’s son Connor ring. Vaughn (Vincent Kartheiser) will not be informs Sydney that returning. Also confirmed, Angel’s she’s been missing love, the vampire slayer herself, Buffy for two years. The MISS (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has been story picks up confirmed to be in two episodes later with all the same MATCH in the year. The premiere picks up characters but with Angel taking over the running of with new changes. the law firm and meeting with a new Look for the character, Eve, who seems to be calling (NBC: Friday @ 7) arrival of Vaughn’s Alicia Silverstone, best known the shots. Spike is said to appear in the wife, Lauren, and as Beverly Hills matchmaker second episode. ex-SD-6 enemy, Cher Horowitz in the movie Premieres: October 1st Arvin Sloane, “Clueless,” has returned as (Ron Rifkin),who another matchmaker! has supp o sedly BACK AGAIN: Looking for true love made a jump to the light side of Sydney Bristow (Jennifer in all the wrong places the force. But is it Garner) returns to pick up was Cher’s mistake TRU and now Silverstone’s for real? Sydney’s the pieces of her life. CALLING in a new realm: divorce dad, Jack Bristow, court. But this time she (Victor Garber) has landed in jail for working with wife, ex- doesn’t have the usual high school setting. As divorce attorney Kate Fox, (FOX: Thursday @ 7) KGB agent, Irina Derevko (Lena Olin). Silverstone strives to find a little bit of Eliza Dushku, best known as rebel Premieres: Sept. 28th true love in her work that discourages slayer Faith on “Buffy the Vampire it. When someone credits her for her Slayer,” plays Tru Davies, a college matchmaking work, the news spreads graduate working as a morgue CSI of Kate’s matchmaking skills. Trying attendant on the graveyard shift. Crime Scene Investigation to live with all her male co-horts, Soon she finds herself able to relive matchmaking, and the search for her a day to try to change the lives of the people who end up dying. With new own true love is all in a days work. (CBS: Thursday @ 8) friends and new loves, the lives of the In last year’s finale, Catherine Willows Premiere: September 26th characters interchange to make an (Marg Helgenberger) came face to face interesting storyline revolving around with her real father, and Gil Grissom how Tru changes fate and how it affects (William Peterson) went into surgery those around her. to restore his hearing. With “CSI” one Premieres: October 30th can only hope for new, grizzlier cases and further character development. Grissom and co-worker Sara Sidle

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: “Matchstick Men” stars Nicholas Cage and Alison Lohman.

“Matchstick Men” bedazzles the mind Evan Favreau

This movie is not what it seems. Chances are that you saw the previews and commercials for this movie and thought that it was nothing more then a light comedy about a obsessive compulsive conman (Nicolas Cage) who comes upon a daughter (Alison Lohman) he wasn’t sure existed. But this film, directed by Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Gladiator”) is much more. And I’m not just talking about the surprise ending. This is a film that you have to think about once its over. But that’s where the faults come: Unanswerable questions arise. It’s possible that the simple remedy to this would be another viewing, but I doubt it. Unfortunately I can’t go into detail, for it would ruin the movie. You just have to see it for yourself. And you should see it. Even if the plot is a little questionable, everything is spectacular. Nicolas Cage easily gives one of my favorite performances of the year, ranking with Johnny Depp in “Pirates.” The daughter is good as well, even if Sam Rockwell, playing the partner in crime, gives a performance that shadows it. The sets, as well as the cinematography, are very well constructed. And they have to in order to display the mood of Cage’s character, who lives a strange and secluded life. You should see this film. Don’t dismiss it as a small comedy, for it is a film that will make you think. Just don’t think too hard.

Ian McFarland “Matchstick Men” starts off great, fueled mostly by Nicolas Cage’s performance as Roy, a conman that has UCD, with odd necessity of swishing the door back and forward three times before he can keep it open or closed. Also to be commended is the amazing Alison Lohman, who convinces us easily she’s 9 years younger than she really is, and director Ridley Scott for his retro California imagery, and portraying Roy’s panic attacks as eerie as imaginable. But the problem of the movie is it’s ending. I don’t want to give anything away but the ending completely reverses the entire feel of this movie. I’ll give props for it’s mind-blowing turnaround, but it’s just so uneasy. The movie really suffers purely because of its resolution That’s not to say it isn’t nearly flawless until that though. Cage’s character is fascinating, the imagery is just plain cool, and until the end, it provides to be a great feel-good movie.


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As the leaves start to fall and the cold of winter approaches, people will seek refuge in movie theaters. Among the timetravelers and elves there are adventurous battles on the sea and a legendary battle retold, not to mention two trilogies that will come to an epic close. During a fall of various movies, these are the films that should pop out at you. Kill Bill Vol. 1 – October 10 • Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”), Lucy Liu (“Charlie Angel’s”) • Directed By Quentin Tarantino (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”) In his latest film since “Jackie Brown,” Quentin Tarantino presents a story of revenge. Uma Thurman plays The Bride, betrayed by her boss Bill on her wedding day. After four years she emerges from a coma and swears to hunt down her former boss and his assassins. The film was deemed too long for one feature, so it will be released in two volumes with the second debuting February 20.

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The Haunted Mansion – November 26 • Eddie Murphy (“Dr. Dolittle”), Don Knotts (“Pleasentville”), Jennifer Tilly (“Liar Liar”) • Directed by Rob Minkoff (“Stuart Little”, “The Lion King”)

After “Pirates of the Caribbean”, it will be interesting to see what Disney does with this ride-based property. Eddie Murphy stars as a father who, along with his family, goes to a job interview at (you guessed it) a haunted mansion.

Timeline – November 26 • Paul Walker (“2 Fast 2 Furious Gerard Butler (“Tomb Raider: Th Cradle of Life”) • Directed by Richard Donner (“Lethal Weapon” series, “The Goonies”)

Elf – November 7 • Will Ferrell (“Old School), James Caan (“Eraser”) • Directed by Jon Favreau (“Made”) Saturday Night Live veteran Will Ferrell portrays Buddy, a human who was mistakenly grabbed by Santa as a baby and raised by his elves. Now an adult, Buddy realizes where he belongs and moves to New York in search of his father.

The newest of many movies based on popular author Michael Chricto “Timeline” is about three history students from Yale are who are sen 1357 France to rescue their profes now stuck in “a time of fear and madness.”

Though “Master and Commander” takes place on the sea, you can expect the complete opposite of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. It’s about Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe) and his crew who are chasing down the Acheron, a ship who launched an attack on Aubrey’s ship.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – November 14 • Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”), Billy Boyd (“The Lord of the Rings”) • Directed by Peter Weir (“The Truman Show”, “Dead Poet’s Society”)

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The Last Samurai – December 5 • Tom Cruise (“Minority Report”), Billy Connolly (“White Oleander”) • Directed by Edward Zwick (“I Am Sam”) Set in the late 1870’s, Tom Cruise portrays Woodrow Algren, a Civil War veteran turned gun spokesman. He his sent to Japan to train the troops of emperor Meiji, who is waging a war to wipe out the traditional samurais. When Algren is injured and captured by the samurai leader, he learns the samurai code and must choose what side he’s on. The trailers promise epic battles and plenty of drama.

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Stuck on You – December 12 • Matt Damon (“The Bourne Identity”), Greg Kinnear (“We Were Soldiers”), Cher (“Moonstruck”) • Directed by The Farrelly Brothers (“Dumb & Dumber”, “There’s Something About Mary”) Walt and Bob (Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear) are Siamese twins conjoined at the torso. After high school graduation, Walt wants to move to Hollywood to pursue acting and Bob reluctantly moves with him. When the two happen to land a spot on a television show with Cher, they achieve fame and glory, which leads to unavoidable problems.

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CL A SH of the Titans The Matrix Revolutions – November 5 • Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”), Laurence Fishburne (“Biker Boyz”), Carrie-Anne Moss (“Memento”) • Directed by The Wachowski Brothers (“The Matrix” trilogy) Possibly the most anticipated movie of the year, “Revolutions” will end the war for Zion. The Wachowski brothers will likely answer most of the questions set up in the previous movies, while at the same time finishing the story of Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity.

New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – December 17 • Elijah Wood (“Deep Impact”), Viggo Mortensen (“28 Days”), Ian McKellen (“X-Men”) • Directed by Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) The finale of this epic trilogy arrives in theaters this December, and according to cast and crew, it’s easily the best of the three. While shadow of Mordor is growing and an epic last stand is approaching, Frodo and Sam are closer to the Cracks of Doom. Anyone who’s read the books knows the story, but that hasn’t handicapped the past two movies or their box office take.

Legolas and Aragorn in “The Lord ot the Rings: The Reurn of the King


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Bigger,

Staff

John Mayer’s new album fails to pull at the heart strings

Annie Harrigan When it comes to fame, John Mayer’s already done the hard part. His debut album, Room for Squares, went platinum and soon become a modern milestone for today’s singer/ songwriters. He did everything right. Until he tried to do better. B y naming his

second album Heavier Things, Mayer was clearly attempting to expand his musical palette. While the title may imply a more meaningful Mayer for your money, inane lyrics and indistinct melodies result in a Heavier that’s light as a feather. It’s clear why Mayer has given himself over to the school of bland songwriting. He’s been touring constantly over the course of two and a half years, performing to adoring audiences nightly. The idea that these audiences would reject a new song h e’s

playing live for them is unheard of. Mayer must have taken this obligatory acceptance as expert approval, because the lyrics on this album are vapid and colorless. The album-opener, “Clarity,” features the album’s most inane lyricism: “The rock candy’s melted/ only diamonds now remain.” It’s as if he’s trying to get the worst out of the way.

Mayer used to rely on the acoustic guitar for structure and would add electric guitars for sparkly nuances. He primarily uses the electric guitar for this album, to dull results. His electric sound lends itself to indistinct melodies, save for the single “Bigger Than My Body,” a piece of catchy radio candy. Save for the “ ret ro ”

kickedup beat of “Only Heart,” the boring melodies on Heavier blend into each other all too easily. The album fails to achieve the emotional levels Mayer was reaching for. Still, it’s hard to hate the guy. He wears his heart on his sleeve and so eagerly wants to appeal to his listeners that you can’t help but find comfort in the numbness. Heavier Things is pleasant in its pointlessness, but ultimately fails to satisfy the desires of Mayer fans new and old.

This issue: Barrett Emke

Recommendations

not better

The New Pornographers Electric Version Matador Records; 2003 These guys play rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form, blending male and female pipes backed by crunching guitars, quaking drums and a plethora of keyboards. The result is the hook-filled Electric Version.

The Pixies- Doolittle Elektra Records; 1989 I believe this is one of the greatest rock albums ever. Lead man Frank Black alternates between singing and just plain hollerin’, and with his odd-ball lyrics and the band’s unconventional songwriting, Doolittle always makes for an exciting listen. Just try to sit still while spinning this disc.

moe. brings live show to album, Warts and All Most bands struggle trying to bring the precision of their albums to live shows. The problem for moe., a guitar-driven jam band from New York, has been capturing the magic of their live shows on their albums. They avoided this problem with the Sept. 9 release of Warts and All Vol. III, the third in a series of live shows released on CD. It’s the oldest show despite being the most recent addition to the trilogy. Vol. III was recorded in 1998 while I and II were recorded in 2001 and 2002, respectively. moe. covers a grab bag of musical genres on the 3-disc CD. The opener “32 Things” covers a few itself, showing shades of funk and rock before turning into a country-metal tune. Much of moe.’s firepower comes from the guitar duo of Chuck

Garvey and Al Schneir. The two share soloing responsibilities and bring their own styles to both lead and backup roles. The indulgence of the pair is in full-force during the 26-minute “Timmy Tucker,” a song featuring gaudy, four-plus minute solos for both Schneir and Garvey. “Timmy Tucker” never ends. Well, not really. Upon its would-be conclusion, moe. flows seamlessly from “Tucker” into “CalifornIA,” a song showing a strong semblance to moe.’s jam band counterparts. After “CalifornIA,” the CD’s lone instrumental song, moe. decides to change things up once againnot by stopping to play another tune but by sliding right into one. “Moth” turns this first-set-closing trio of songs into a continuous, hour-long experience. moe. is a band that can play a 15-song set that lasts four hours. If you think “Stairway to Heaven” is

Such is the case when “Buster” molds into “Sensory Deprivation Bank.” As Garvey wails “Buster” to a close, moe. pulls out “Havah Negilah,” teasing the traditional Hassidic number before putting a heady twist on Pseudo Echo’s “Funkytown.” “Funkytown Jam” lasts until bassist Rob Derhak drops with a slaphappy bass solo, ending where “Sensory Deprivation Bank” starts as drummer Vinnie Amico hops in, starting step four of the segue. Warts and All Vol. III showcases the improvisational style that doesn’t fit on studio albums. The freedom provided by a live show is the only setting that does moe. justice, and their most recent release is an exclamation of what they can do with that freedom.

photo courtesy of www.moe.org

David Vranicar

JAMMING: Members of moe. do what they do best. too long, then the 10-minute plus segues that moe. uses to perfection may rub you the wrong way. But it is important to remember that they

are going somewhere with their sometimes lengthy escapades, though they may arrive in a roundabout way.


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After summer program at MIT, senior Arup Sarma proves heʼs got byte

Cynthia Goldman When mentioning MIT students, the grand majority would think of rocket scientists and Nobel winning mathematicians. But a Shawnee Mission East high school senior would be very unlikely. Except that’s just what happened this summer with senior Arup Sarma. As an excellent math and science student at East, senior Sarma wasted no time in putting his skills to the test. Last year after surfing the net for the Research Science Intellignence (RSI) program at MIT, Sarma submitted an application with his high school transcript as well as two essays on specific areas of interest, similar to a college resume. This summer, Sarma was selected from about 900 applicants from around the world. With the program’s 5.6% acceptance rate, Sarma was one of 79 other high school seniors admitted: 50 Americans and 29 students from foreign countries such as Morocco, Bulgaria and Singapore. While these students were exposed to a variety of mathematic and scientific projects, Sarma took up Speech Recognition Error Correction. “Speech recognition is whereDuring his mentoring session at MIT, Sarma perfects his speech recognition error correction project. you speak into a microphone and project, have lunch and play ping-pong. He Finally during the last week, Sarma had to the computer converts your words into text. would then return to work at 1 until 5 p.m. write a 12 to 20-page paper with a 10-minute Say a person says ‘Iraq.’ The computer will for dinner. Later a Nobel Laureate lectured presentation. commonly mistaken the word and translate from 7-8:30 p.m. After all the work, Sarma “It’s cool to be with other kids with simiit into saying ‘a rock.’ My job is to work on would play lar interests as you,” a method to improve speech recognition,” Frisbee or soc- I encourage people to do these commented Sarma, said Sarma. cer from 11:30 “You make completeprograms and pursue their Sarma’s intensive six-week camp con- p.m. to 1 in the ly different bonds passions. This has definitely with these kids since sisted of week filled with lectures on subjects morning and including math, physics and biochemistry. A socialize. Then you hang out with changed my life. typical day for these four weeks began at 7: at 4:30 a.m., every day.” Arup Sarma them 45 am. After breakfast, Sarma would take he’d sleep and Besides being the subway to meet with his mentor from Vi- repeat the daily routine the following day. around a friendy and bright group of kids, rage Advance Technology at 8:30 am.Then Additionally, he read literature to see how another benefit from this experience was from 9 am to noon, Sarma would work speech recognition worked and listened to that it was completely free. Sarma paid for single-handedly on his speech recognition lectures on business ethic every other day. airfare and later received extra money from

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MIT for the subway and food. Sarma said his project was successful even though it could still be refined. Since he plans to submit his project to various competitions including the Scholarship Intel STS competition, Sarma chose not to go into detail about his research. If Sarma wins the Scholarship Intel STS competition, he could receive up to a $100,000 scholarship. “RSI was the most incredible experience of my life to date,” Sarma said, “Being away from your parents and with different people, doing what you love is just awesome. I encourage people to do these programs and pursue their passions. This has definitelychanged my life. I hope college will be just as fun.”


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TAKING THE BOW: The soccer team takes their traditional bow after their game against BV Northwest.

photo by Linda Howard

11 playing as 1 Lacking the stars, the Lancer varsity soccer team hopes to win with teamwork this year Patrick Haverty

The

When a team sends five seniors on to play college soccer, you would often think that the next season would be a rebuilding season, in which a team would try to improve on what they lost. That is not the case for the East team, according to Coach Jim Ricker. “We don’t need to improve upon anything. We did lose a lot of talent, but we will replace it this year with good players,” Ricker said, “ If anything, this year’s team is improved. This year the team has something that last year’s team lacked, that something is team unity.” According to Ricker,” This year’s team isn’t as talented individually, but we are defiantly a more united, and team oriented team than last year.” And the people who will unite the team and take them to the

under the spotlight, as the 2002 Varsity team did. That team had bushels of talent and experience, but didn’t bond and play together. This year’s team isn’t boasting several D1 prospects with unsurpassed varsity next level are the three player experience; several members elected captains, seniors Jack haven’t played a minute at the Spangler, Will Pendleton, varsity level. and Jordan Spangler is Martin. convinced that “Those three will not deter them are really from a winning good for the season, however. team, they “Team chemistry lead by the is what is going way they Jack Spangler to lead us to wins play and act Senior: Co Team Captain and help us come and everyone Center Midfielder out of close games else feeds with victories as off of that,” Played varisty since late well,” Spangler sophomore sophomore year. said. keeper Isaac As much unity Kostrow Has played for talented and spirit that said. premier teams. First with this team has, The three the Celtic Dragons and the package also captains now with the Legends. includes some know what good players. The its like to be “I wear number 8 because team is fortunate on a team that is how many homies to have three with great I have lost. If another one solid goaltenders, expectation goes, I will wear 9.” Kostrow, Clif but faltered

Sports Ticker

TENNIS 1. Kristen Bleakley 2. Mimi Blick 3. Melissa Lem 4. Elizabeth Simmons 5. Lainey Macky

CROSS COUNTRY 1. Justin Simonich 2. John McCormick 3. Tim Rowe 1. Cailan O’Grady 2.Kelley McCormick 3. Kelly Cochran

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Ashley, and Ian Hutchinson. The defense will be led by seniors Lake Wooten and Pendleton. Spangler, Martin, and senior Aaron Gaedert round out a strong midfield, and the scoring threats will be sophomore Garrett Webb and senior Erik Geller. According to Ricker, “You can have all the talent in the world on a team but if the talent doesn’t want to play together you wont win. You have to have people that want to be successful.” This year’s Lancer squad mixes their talent, chemistry, and hard work into what they hope is a winning formula. They lack experience off the bench, but there’s only one way to help that; get fresh players out on the pitch. They’re also a cliché, because they will get better every game. The upcoming games against Shawnee Mission South and Northwest will test the team. Hopefully, these Lancers will surprise some teams. With an underated team, they hope to

SOCCER

RESULTS Topeka West- L (SO) Grandview- W 5-0 Wash. Rural- W (SO) BVNorth West- L 4-1 SM West- L 4-1 9-18 @ Olathe South* 9-23 vs. SM South 9-25 @ Free State** 9-29 vs. SMNW 10-1 vs Leavenworth 10-3 vs Aquinas 10-7 @ Olathe East* 10-9 @ Olathe North* 10-16 @ Lawrence*** 10-22 vs Olathe NW ! Home Games at Shawnee Mission District Soccer Complex at 7. *- Game is ODAC at 7. **- Game in Lawrence at 4. ***- Game in Lawrence at 7. !- Senior Night

make some noise.

vs The Lancers will try to

Number of overcome a poor previous record against the SM West Vikings. goals scored They will do this by counting on a by strong push from their offensive Sophomore line to fuel the offense. They will “Its a rush. I didn’t Garret Webb also have a new kicker, either JD Christie or Cliff Ashley because expect to score.” Senior in one game the original starting kicker is out Ryan Knuth on his 70 against wiht foot pain The lancers are Grandview. yard TD catch against much imrpvoed since their first game. Leavenworth.


TOSS IT IN: (left) Senior Carson Black finishes the hole with a nice toss. FOLFING: (above) Carter House and Paul Thompson hang out while playing a game of folf.

Frisbee + golf =

FOLF East Students spend their weekends outdoors playing an activity combining both golf and frisbee

photos by Jessie Fetterling

TEEING OFF: (left) Senior Paul Thompson prepares to teeoff. Much like in the game of golf, distance is the goal of the tee-off toss. LINE ‘EM UP: (above right) Seniors Carter House, Paul Thomson, Kyle Rensenhouse, and Braeden Carr enjoy a game of folf at Rosedale Park located at 33rd and Mission Rd. The boys all walk to the next hole together. There are 18 “holes” in folf, just like golf.

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Bistros SHAWNEE MISSION EAST What’s Inside ISSUE 2, SEPT. 22, 2003 Annie Fuhrman • This year’s bistro theme is American regional cuisine. •...

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