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issue three october 3 2006

CODE RED: How ready are we? by [paige cornwell]


tudents sat at their desks during a blockscheduling seminar, listening to their teachers, studying, or day dreaming. Then, a voice came over the intercom: This is a code red drill.  Everything changed. Lights were turned off, blinds were shut, teachers locked their doors and students moved from their desks to the floor, over to a spot away from the doors and window, over to where they weren’t visible to the imaginary intruder.. Administrators walked around the school, making sure that no one was visible from the hallway.




According to SRO John Belzer, East’s code red drill went reasonably well. “The staff had prior notice, what time it was at, and they had maximum order over the students, so that contributed to it going well,” Betzer said. It had been the first code red in a few years. Kansas requires fire and tornado drills, but not code red drills. The code red drill occurred less than a week before the Dawson College shooting in Montreal, where one woman was shot to death and 19 others were injured by a 25 yearold-man who walked into the school and started a shooting rampage.

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“We are supposed to do them on a consistent basis, but it is typically reviewed by the staff so they know what to do,” assistant principal Dr. Ron Mersch said. “Since we have more staff members this year and we want to work closely with the Prairie Village police department, we had the opportunity to do it again.” The school was dark and locked within a few minutes, according to Mersch, who is in charge of security. Both Betzer and Mersch think that the code red drill, for the most part, is an efficient way to prepare students. “The plan that they have is a good plan,” Betzer said.

FALL TV PREVIEW From crime fighters to gamewinning touchdowns, see what’s on TV this fall. 14

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SOCCER SENIORS Senior soccer players finish the season and prepare for their careers in college. 20

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NEWS briefs

HIV testing




Regular HIV testing was recommended on the 21 by the Federal health officials. All Americas from the ages of 13-64 would be tested routinely of the virus, even becoming part of routine physicals. These tests would be done in order to help identify people with the

virus and give them life-expanding therapy, and help prevent the further spread of the disease. The cost of the new policy is not certain and an added burden will be placed upon public health officials as more HIV patients are identified.

Toyota driving course Toyota is offering a free safe driving course for teens on Oct. 13-15 at the Woodlands Race Track. Registration for the course can be done online at There is a limited availability for the course and registration began Sept. 22. The four-hour defensive driving program includes multiple driving courses and classroom instructions. Teens should show with their driver’s license or permit and a guardian.

Preparing Construction set to begin on Mission Road bridge by [michael hake]

Starting in early Jan. of 2007, East students who live in Mission Hills may be forced to take a different route to and from school every day. Belger Construction is set to start rebuilding the bridge at Tomahawk and Mission on Jan. 3, which should close it for four to five months. Although the bridge was patched up in 2001 and 2003, it was tested last year and it was determined that rebuilding would be necessary. According to Mission Hills administrator Courtney Christensen, the new bridge will look nicer, have more lanes and will help the water to flow better underneath it. “It will be an environmentally conscious bridge in addition to being much safer,” Christensen said. The bridge will cost $1,064,000, half of which Johnson County will pay. The other half will be split between Prairie Village and Mission Hills. “It’s a pretty good deal when you get half of it paid for by the county,” Prairie Village Director of Public Works Robert Pryzby said. Many students who live in or near Mission Hills could be inconvenienced by the road blockage if they use the bridge on a daily basis. “I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like with that road closed, I use that bridge about five times a day,” junior John Meara said. “I’ll probably have to take 66th instead, it will take me a lot longer.” Junior Tommy Kennedy estimates that he uses the bridge at

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least five to 10 times a day. “I’ll probably have to wake up a little earlier and take Indian Lane to Mission instead,” he said. “It will probably be a three or four minute detour.” As for the businesses surrounding the bridge, things should work out more conveniently. Construction was intentionally scheduled after the New Year, as to not inconvenience holiday shoppers going to the Village Shopping Center. “A lot of cars come out of Mission Hills. It’s pretty well traveled,” Village Phillips 66 Night Clerk Norman Johnson said. “People will still come up here, they’ll just figure out another route.” The Indian Hills Country Club’s golf course and tennis courts wouldn’t regularly be open during winter and early spring, so the road blockage shouldn’t decrease business for the country club. “I have been in contact with the country club numerous times,” Christensen said. “We’re trying to get it done during their slow time of the year.” Belger Construction has been working with Mission Hills for 12 years, and in that time has built an outstanding reputation in building bridges. “John Belger is a very dedicated person,” Pryzby said. “Knowing John, it will be good, quality work.” Out of the 10 projects Mission Hills has planned for next year, rebuilding the bridge will come before all else. “The bridge is definitely priority number one, “ said Christensen. “We will finish it before we begin anything else.”

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The SHARE garage sale will be on Saturday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium. Donation day is Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the spirit circle.

AIDS ride The second annual AIDS Bicycle Challenge will be held on Sat. Oct. 7. Sponsored by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, it will take place on the Mill Creek Streamway Trail. All the money raised will remain in Kansas City, to support the direct services of AIDS organization that serves the region. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the ride starts at 9 a.m.

License limits reduce crashes California’s car accidents involving 16-year olds have reduced by 23 percent, a new report finds. A 1998 law is responsible for the decrease, which states that even after 16-year-olds get a driver’s license, their driving is restricted. They may not drive at night unsupervised or any time with teens. Nighttime crashes have decreased by 27 percent, and crash rates with teen passengers reduced 38 percent, according to the Evaluation of California’s Graduated Licensing System, which was released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Similar laws in other states are credited with reducing the rate of fatal crashes among teens, the report noted. Kansas currently does not have nighttime or teen passenger restrictions.

With many options available, the Oct. 11 college clinic can help students find the perfect college.

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What’s important to you lege admissions process. The clinic is useful in different ways depending on the age of the student. “The clinic helps younger [non senior] students explore college options and get information about colleges,” counselor Heather Royce said. “ Through college clinic, seniors get the chance to network with admissions reps to colleges they are interested in applying to.” Royce feels that for seniors looking to form a relationship with a college rep, it is important to make a good impression. This can be accomplished by coming prepared with specific questions, background knowledge about the school, and if interested in a selective school a resume. “College clinic is worth going to and not a waste of time if you can go, but ask questions because if you don’t its pointless to go,” senior Katie Wright said. College clinic is open to high school students all across the metropolitan area along with other parts of Missouri and Kansas. The Shawnee Mission East PTA sponsors the clinic with assistance from the SMSD and the Lenexa Rotary Club.

Check the things that matter to you when looking for a college and then find out more about it at out more about at the clinic..





__ Small/mid/large college __ Personalized instruction __Broad academic opportunities

__ Required tests: ACT, SAT, others __ Average incoming freshman test scores __ Minimum high school GPA or academic ranking



__ Far from home __ Small town __ Certain part of the country __Certain climate __Near to home __Urban center

__ Student- to- faculty ratio __ Freshman taught by professors or grad students __ Average class size

__ Tuition and fees __ Clothing __ Housing __ Scholarships and loans __ Food __ Work Study programs __ Books __ Other on-campus jobs __ Transportation back home

__Foreign study options __ Athletic opportunities __ Greek representations __ Recreational and social opportunities

quiz courtesy of Shawnee Mission East PTA

by [sara steinwart] Searching for colleges can be a stressful time during students high school career. With hundreds of colleges out there and a limited number of references, finding a match is challenging. The college clinic, which brings more than 200 college reps to one place at one time can assist with these challenges. The Shawnee Mission East College Clinic brings more than 3,000 to 5,000 students together within the halls of East. It is the largest clinic in the four-state area. Students travel on buses and in cars from as far as Topeka and Lee’s Summit to come to this college extravaganza. It is so large that the PTA produces a directory and pamphlet to answer questions and guide the students through the night. East’s 44th annual college clinic is on Oct. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission information will be available from each college set up around the school. Some representatives will give 20-minute formal presentations beginning at 6:35 p.m., while others will be located in the larger browsing areas in the gum and cafeteria. College clinic is a time for students and parents to ask questions, pick up college materials and gain valuable insight into the col-

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See You At The Pole

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Student led faith-based movement unites Christians across nation.

Juniors Chris Anderson and Courtney Pennington made opening remarks, explaining the mission of “See You At The Pole” and giving their own prayers for students, members of the community and the school.

Laura Wetzel was one of more than 15 students who added their own thoughts to the morning congregation in a series of impromptu prayers. Anderson and Pennington urged students to be comfortable praying in front of fellow believers and attempting to bring the message of prayer to the rest of the school.

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More than 70 students gathered for the 25- minute morning service, which commenced at 7:10 a.m. Anderson, one of the sponsors of See You At The Pole, said, “We want to get people involved, get people plugged in and doing something exciting for the school and for the Lord. We want to ignite their fire, because we have a fire and a passion. We want to pray, to come together as a family, as one, to pray and show our faith.”

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HARBINGERstaff Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editors

Living in the Shadow

art by ren li

Sports get all the attention while fine arts go unnoticed and under appreciated

When the debate team finished first in the state last season, no one heard about it. The school has never come at 6:20 a.m. to cheer on the Academic Decathlon team before their match against South, and we’ve never heard the play’s cast announced before a big performance on Fri. night. But before the first football game, the school cheers on the players with a pep rally and Lancer blue spirit wear. The band marches through the halls during first hour, and posters on the walls scream “Go, Lancers, go! Game tonight @ 7:00!” Last season, the football team finished 6-3. That’s an amazing season for the team and a record for our school to brag about – a record that would earn a D in any class it took. The team didn’t make it past regional playoffs. Before their first tournament of the season, debaters scribble notes on the Peace Corps and the socioeconomic situation in the Sudan. There are no posters. There are no pep rallies or thundering drum cadences. There are only yellow Durham buses and plastic crates full of file folders and 14-hour tournaments, with no recognition afterward. If every program in the school was ig-

nored as much as debate or music, or encouraged as much as football, there would be no problem. But that isn’t the case. East is selectively supportive of the school’s programs, choosing to focus on the teams that may not win the most, but garner the most attention from the media and support from the student body. It’s time to put that mentality behind us and support the other programs in the school. East’s co-curriculars– music, drama, debate and forensics – are nationally recognized. You’ll be far more likely to meet someone from out of state who’s heard the name Shawnee Mission East because of the jazz band, the choir or the debate and forensics teams than it is to find someone who’s heard this season’s football record. Football has its merits: it teaches athletes hard work, teamwork and the satisfaction of grueling practices paying off in a game. It gives the student body something unified to support – but it shouldn’t be the only thing everyone follows. High school isn’t just about shuffling from one class to the next to the sound of the bells, or even living for school spirit and the football games on Friday nights. High school is the time to dabble in more than one thing – in everything – and support different interests. This is the time to

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find passions and build on them. That successful passion probably isn’t pro-football or refereeing. It could be music or drama or public speaking, and you’ll never know until you watch an event or talk to a member. The stands at the football games are so full that upperclassmen chant, “Move back, freshmen!” to make space for friends. At band and orchestra concerts, no more than a handful of supportive parents and friends show up to listen for an hour. There’s still room for more. The drama department puts on a short play every Friday after school, more frequently than the football team plays, and the theater is big enough. There’s always room for more. It’s time to begin supporting all the programs at East, and it’s easy to do. Show some interest in music, drama, debate – and cheer them on just as you would the football team. Show some spirit. Show some support.

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Define Thy Neighbors.

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Are food pantry users not one’s neighbors?

One member of the Village Church thinks reconstruction of the food pantry will benefit everyone an opinion of Driving home from school the other day on Mission Road, I was surprised to see black yard signs in stuck front of several homes, displaying the message: “Please reFoster Tidwell spect thy neighbor, Village Church.” As a member of Village Presbyterian Church, I immediately recognized what the signs were protesting. For 12 years now, the Village Church has owned and operated an outreach center at 99th and Mission Road that carries out the daily ministries and community programs that the church’s main building at 67th and Mission doesn’t have space to accommodate. The center houses a food and clothing pantry which serves the needy throughout the metropolitan area. It is home to the Church’s Dominican Republic room, where critical medications and supplies are collected and stored to be sent to those in need around the world. Boy Scout Troop 91 meets in the building, as well as a congregation of African immigrants who gather every Sunday to worship. The center serves the community with a daycare center, as well as a program where Church volunteers gather to rehabilitate computers for various non-profit groups. The building at 99th and Mission Road is a servant center. But the building has grown dated, and Village has proposed a multi-million dollar plan to redesign and rebuild the premises for the benefit of both the programs offered there and the surrounding neighborhood. Now comes the part that is a little fuzzy in my mind. The neighbors have strongly rallied against the Church’s plan and formed a coalition to try to keep the renovations from taking place. They have distributed yard signs and petitions, designed a website and made a ruckus in the community. But why? They complain that the Church should not be operating in their neighborhood; another neighborhood, maybe, but not theirs. What they are ignoring, however, is that the Church is already there; they have been serving the community through the center for 12 years now. The yard signs the neighbors have distributed read, “Please respect thy neighbor, Village Church.” Well, they’ve hit the nail on the head. That sums up the sole purpose of the outreach center: respecting neighbors everywhere. The Church respects and serves their neighbors throughout the community and the world through the ministries they offer. As well, they have respected their Overland Park and Leawood neighbors by going beyond what is required to make sure the building fits in with the surrounding community. The church has made sure the new building is smaller and more attractive, and they have specially designed to fit in architecturally with the community. They have reworked and modified their plans in order to address the concerns raised by neighbors.

The new building is set back further from the street, parking is reduced, and there is more open space. The Church has even added to the park that they own and provide to the community, building a modest welcome pavilion. Why in the world, then, have the neighbors continued to complain? If it’s because they don’t want a large The neighbors of 99th and Mission feel that there should be building, then wouldn’t they be hapno commercial construction at the food pantry because it is pier with the smaller one that is R-1 zoned, meaning the houses are for single family homes. planned? It seems as if the Church is dealing with a group of people who don’t want Most neighbors feel that if construction proceeds they will to be satisfied. have no say about expansions or future activities in the area. I mean, what more can be done to satisfy them? If they achieve the goal toward which they have been so diligently laboring, what do they The feeling is that the quality of life and property of the value gain? They are left with the same old of the neighbors will decrease due to the church’s value “If we building, carrying out the same old Build it they will Come”. functions as before. It’s not as if the Church will abandon their community ministries and leave behind those they serve. The construction is felt to be architecturally unattractive and The neighbors have made it clear out of touch with the residential homes around the area. that they don’t take issue with the ministries that the Church provides at the center—come on, who would— they just object to the location: their beautiful suburban paradise. I’m sorry, but the Church doesn’t have the financial freedom to just go out willy nilly and purchase a building wherever they want. They already own the property at 99th and Mission and it makes no sense to move the operation to another less-important neighborhood. Sure, it would be cheaper, quicker, and more efficient to simply build a warehouse, but the Church has invested millions of dollars so that this doesn’t happen. All for the benefit of the neighbors. All they get in return is complaints.

Oct. 3, 2006

The Position of the Opposition...

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Keeping America Free Religious political agenda threatens individual liberties art by ren li

an opinion of

allowing research to go forward and provide choices for people who are running out of options, these right wing nuts do everything they can to protect these groups of cells that are barely alive, and hardly human. This isn’t science talking – it’s derek martin scripture. Even our President has I’m a faithless, cold-hearted, exhibited evidence of an increasing unforgiving liberal, or so I’m told. religious undertone to politics, and I think gay people should be able he has referenced God in his decisionto get married. I think we should making on numerous occasions. In research the benefits of stem cells. a dialogue with Palestinian Prime And I think abortion should remain Minister Mahmoud Abbas, President legal. I’m what Ann Coulter might Bush said, “God told me to strike at call a disciple of the Church of Al Quaeda, and then he instructed Liberalism, and I’m pretty proud of me to strike at Saddam, and I did.” it. Not only does this seem absurd, I’ve always been a big believer in but this line of thinking seems to the right of someone to make his or impair judgment more than help her own decisions. Faith-based laws it. It seems like every day someone surrounding gay marriage, birth is doing something absurd in control and stem cell research do the name of God, whether it be just the opposite of that: they remove terrorists blowing themselves up, choices, and choice is what America pro-life extremists killing a doctor, is all about. You have the right not or sleazy televangelists swindling to associate with gay people, and I the elderly out of their money, a lot have the right to call you an idiot. of questionable decisions are made Neither of us is more right; we just under the influence of God. have a different opinion. Ultimately, like drinking and The problem arises when we start driving, God and politics don’t mix. imposing our opinions and views on You wouldn’t hand your drunken others, and removing their choices friend the keys to his Escalade, just in favor of our own. That’s what like we shouldn’t hand the reins of these so-called religious extremist this country to someone who has types have forgotten, that religion taken religion too far. Much like is about choice; it’s about what you actual intoxication makes people choose to believe. Public policy, belligerent and absent minded, though, is about facts. people drunk off religion lose touch It scares me to think that major with those around them. They policy decisions in this country are become so wrapped up in their own being determined so as to please ideology it becomes impossible some omnipotent being in the sky. for them to see things any other The decisions made in this nation way. There’s certainly a place for affect the citizens first and foremost; God in life, that place however they should be for the best interest is not in public policy. Those of of the people, not the pulpit. Take for us in the secular majority have a example stem cell research. Many responsibility to steer this country doctors and researchers claim that in the right direction before it’s too stem cell research could provide late. the answer to many debilitating diseases and conditions. Instead of


What role do you think religion should have in government? Freshman Zach Nutt

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I don’t think it should matter. I think everyone’s beliefs should be equal.

Sophomore Kiersty Coulter

Junior Grant Gray

Senior Amy Hollard

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None because to me, religion is an opinion and just because you believe something doesn’t mean everyone should.

I think that church and state should be separated and that religion should be separate from politics. Religion shouldn’t influence political decisions.

I think it should have a bigger role. A person running should be themselves and if they are religious then they should reflect that.

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PRACTICING PROTECTION East students and faculty feel need to increase rehearsals for code red situations in school continued from page 1. by paige cornwell Senior Steph Bruner agrees that the code red drill is beneficial. “Most people take them as a joke now, but it’s not like we’d really be fooling someone if they came in though,” Bruner said. “The code red drills do give us the practices so we would know what we were doing and wouldn’t be as frightened if such an occurance happened.” Sophomore Christina Beynon feels that the present code red procedures aren’t enough. “The code red drills, I feel, don’t really do that much. It’s good to practice the act of emergency but turning out the lights and moving to a part of the class where ‘they cant see you’ seems kind of pointless. The person wouldn’t just come in and be like, ‘Oh, the lights are off and I cant see kids...I’m gonna leave now’ If they came with the intent of hurting someone, lights and locks aren’t going to stop them.” Mersch believes that if a Columbine situation occurred, “lights and locks” would deter an intruder from doing harm. “If someone comes with a death wish, they will take anyone and just randomly go for anybody,” Mersch said. “They aren’t going to try to get into a classroom if it is locked or blast through the door.”

The current code red drill, which is considered a relatively new drill, is subject to change. “We are always thinking about what we are doing and how we can revise the drill, there are always questions,” Mersch said. “And we have realized there are places of vulnerability.” Places of vulnerability include any large volume of space, such as the gymnasium or the cafeteria. Both the Columbine and Dawson College shooting involved a shooter going to a cafeteria, where a large number of students were eating lunch. Still, Mersch believes that East is overall a secure building. “You can’t always protect 100 percent of our kids, and we are always talking about that,” Mersch said. Everything changed in Columbine, when you have that vendetta, schools are very vulnerable. We do what we can to secure the building; I can’t imagine the actual situation.”      

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College Clinic 6:30 PM @ SME

Oct. 3, 2006

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student prepares for by [meg shackelford] In first grade, current senior Mike Stalzer was asked to draw what he would look like when he was 60 years old. According to his mom, Jan Stalzer, he drew a soldier. “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be in the army and I would run around and play with guns,” Stalzer said. “I was told by my recruiter, Sergeant Killingsworth (he likes to be called Sergeant K) that two things stand forever: medical field and the army.” He chose the army. Nine weeks of basic training will begin June 6 at Fort Fill, OK. During those nine weeks, Stalzer will be expected to wake up at the crack of dawn, take a ten-mile run and just exercise the entire time. It’s also where they will learn discipline, such as saying the infamous “sir” before every word when speaking to a higher rank. “Basic training is more mental and it’s all about following orders,” Stalzer said. “We will have to take a six-inch pencil and make sure our pillow is six inches to the left and right from the sides of our bed, and when our sheets are folded [over], they have to be six inches wide.” After basic training, he will be spending seven weeks in AIT—Advanced Individual Training—for his job, 13-Delta. Stalzer will be choosing coordinates of a gun and telling the 13-Bravo—who is a cannon crew member that loads the artillery pieces and fires it—where to shoot. An example of something Stalzer will be doing is receiving a map of a country on a computer, and then he will be given a target that needs to be blown up. He will then tell 13-Bravo where to direct the artilleries. After these sev-


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en weeks Stalzer will be deployed to a country—he doesn’t know where—and will be there for a year to practice his job. “Even if I don’t like the training at first, I will toughen my way through it no matter what because it’s been a goal I have set for myself,” he said. Stalzer wants to eventually be a part of the Special Forces (depending on if he isn’t staying with the 13-Delta). The Special Forces are an elite force that does various missions that regular infantry soldiers wouldn’t or can’t do. “They are the best of the best,” Stalzer explains. “ That’s why everyone wants to be one of them, they are specifically trained in everything from holding a gun to hand-to-hand combat.” When Stalzer signed up for the army two and a half months ago, he then signed up for the Special Forces because it was included with all the papers. After four years of working as the 13-Delta, which Stalzer explains is a doorway to the Special Forces, they may ask if Stalzer is still interested in being a part of it. His mom, Jan Stalzer is fine with his decision and says that he has a good background for it and is in good physical shape from swimming. She goes on to say that she can really see him succeeding in it, since it’s something he really wants to do. “When it comes down to me and my goals nothing will stand between the goal and me,” he says. Senior Kelcei Glasgow, who is a good friend of Stalzer’s,

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doesn’t want him to go at all. “He always talks about how ready he is to go,” Glasgow said. “But I just don’t want my friend I’ve had for ten years losing his life wherever he goes.” In all, Stalzer will be spending sixteen weeks with just receiving and sending letters once a week, and is not allowed to bring a cell phone during basic training. He is more scared about the prospect of losing his friends than he is about actually going to the army. “I can take it though,” Stalzer said. “When we’re deployed to countries we’re allowed to bring whatever we want in our trunks, X-boxes even, so I’ll bring my laptop and I’ll be able to e-mail my family and friends because the army has wireless internet.” Jan Stalzer says that being a part of the forces will help him grow up faster, and the army will help him “see more of what the world is really like.” He isn’t doing any preparation in school for the army, which has allowed him to have a rather relaxing year because he purposely chose easy classes “that wouldn’t really matter,” such as Team Games and being a Lab Aid. He even spends the rest of the day at Broadmoor taking core class and Multimedia II that requires him to work with computer graphics and sound boards that all tie in to his future job, 13-Delta. “But for right now I’m focusing on swimming year-round for the Swim Academy,” Stalzer said.

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Habitat Garage Sale Saturday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m.

SHARE Dodgeball Tournament October 3-4 @ 5:00 p.m. in the East Gym

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know your RIGHTS

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the truth about what can and can’t be done when dealing with the police

by [daniel heady]

at a house...

Senior Ross Cannady was standing in the kitchen holding a “Natty light.” The beer was flowing and the shots were getting poured. Cannady and his friends were listening to the Ying Yang Twins and having a good time. Then there was a knock on the front door. He dismissed it as just another person coming to the party. After all, they were well into their second case of beer and had already polished off half the handle of Knob Creek “Everyone was standing around having a good time,” Cannady said, “and then someone yelled “police”” That magic word turned a close group of friends into a race of every man for himself. The person who opened the front door took off, leaving the it wide open. That granted the police entry into the house. “Everyone ran out the back door, I was the first one to get there and ran into the screen door and fell down,” Cannady said. As everyone trampled over him, the only thought pulsing through this head was “get away.” “As soon as I got out the door, I took off,” Cannady said. Running from the police when they say stop can be considered obstruction of justice, and even perhaps fleeing a crime scene. When Cannady realized he wasn’t going be able to get away, he hid in a pine bush. “I crouched down and sat in the rain for about 15 minutes, praying that they wouldn’t find me,” he said. That’s when a cop car illuminated the bush. He knew he had been caught. He came out prepared to face whatever was next. “He asked me my name and if I had been drinking, I was completely honest,” Cannady said. The police officer took down Cannady’s name and address and home phone number, then he called his parents and they came and picked him up.

Cannady made the same mistakes that most teenagers make every time they attend a party. The first of which is drinking. “The best way to stay out of trouble is to not drink at all” attorney Carl Cornwell said. “The main contact teens have with police is when they are at a party drinking” Most lawyers when they speak with their clients about a search of their home they go over the three ways an officer can legally search someone’s house. The first of which is consent. “If an officer wants to search you home and you are not doing anything wrong then by all means let them” Cornwell said, “there is no reason to be difficult unless you have to.” The second option is if something is in plain view. If an officer looks in you window and sees a case of beer on your kitchen table and they suspect something illegal is going on they may enter the house. The third and final option is they can get a warrant to search the house. However don’t think that just because they have to get a warrant you are off the hook. The police often “lock down” the house where they post officers at all exits from the house so that you have to walk past them before you can leave. “After my parents picked me up I realized that I luckily got away with out anything too serious.” Cannady said. House parties are one of the only places that teens have contact with the police and the tension from those interactions is the reason why teens and police don’t get along. Staying out of trouble is the most effective way of staying out of trouble, but once you have committed your crime it is important to know your rights.

in a car...

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remain silent and your right to an attorney “It was my brothers car so I forgot to turn on my headlights because I thought they were already on” Krugh said, “That is why I got pulled over initially” They were not drinking but the officer claimed that he smelled alcohol in the car. “We had nothing to hide so I consented to a search of my car,” Krugh said They pulled Krugh aside and asked him questions for about 20 minutes in the rain. He was given a Breathalyzer and passed, they let him go. The rules for searching a car are slightly different then a house search. Car searches are based upon “probable cause” which is defined by as “sufficient reason based upon known facts to believe a crime has been committed” “A car can move, houses can’t,” attorney Carl Cornwell said, “so there is a little more leeway for officers on the basis of probable cause for car searches” If the officer claims that he wants to search the car and you don’t feel it is necessary then you do have the right to say no. If they feel it is necessary to get a warrant, they may keep you at your The right of the people to be secure in car until one is obtained. “It all starts with the their persons, houses, papers, and effourth amendment. We fects, against unreasonable searches have a right to be secure in our persons” Cornwell said. and seizures, shall not be violated, The bottom line is that and no Warrants shall issue, but upon you can say no to a search of your car, it’s a matter of probable cause, supported by oath or what the basis is. affirmation, and particularly describ“No stop is the same” Cornwell said, “there isn’t ing the place to be searched, and the one set procedure to deal persons or things to be seized. with a police stop, the best way to avoid it is to not do anything illegal.”

As his gray explorer cruised around the corner of 75th and Mission, junior Joe Krugh saw flashing red lights in his rear view mirror. He pulled over and waited for the officer to come to his window. “It was just me and four of my friends after the 311 concert and we were driving around looking for something to do.” When the officer came to the window Krugh rolled it down and answered the officers questions. The officer asked Krugh his name, where he was going and where he was coming from. In this instance Krugh did the right thing according to Attorney Carl Cornwell, “You have to answer all of the questions about your background but you never have to incriminate yourself,” he said. “Once they start to ask you questions about the legality of what you are doing that is when your Miranda rights take in effect” Your Miranda rights are the right to



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by [katie jones] This isn’t a rehash of the lecture your counselors gave to you in your third hour. This isn’t a magical step-by-step guide to find The Perfect College For You.  And this is definitely not The Answer.  This is just a little shove in the right direction.  There are some tips and a few lesserknown resources to aid you in your college search. There’s also some information on the kinds of alternative ways to choose a college.  On my honor, some of this advice just might work.



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When it comes to the topic of the college search, there are stacks of reference books to choose from. There are books, like CollegeBoard’s 2006 College Handbook, that contain thousands of colleges and their basic stats.  Others, like The Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Unofficial, Biased Guide to the 328 Most percentages, and so on.  However, the more subjective college guides allow students to get a better feel for the student life, campus environment, and what goes on inside the classroom.



Sure, you’ve heard of and and commonap. com. You might have even heard of the Counselor-O-Matic system inside the Princeton Review.  But really, that system can help a whole lot.  It can find specific matches for you if you’re having trouble looking.  And if you’re having trouble finding information on colleges you want to research more, try collegeprowler. com—a site containing undergraduate student opinions on 200 top colleges.

Besides our counselors here at East, a growing amount of high school juniors and seniors have begun to meet with college counselors outside of school. Because of the rising pressure put on upperclassmen for applications and financial aid and scholarships and research and test scores, these counselors are gaining more and more popularity.  Most students meet with their counselors approximately once a week, discussing what colleges the student is interested in and what he or she can do to prepare for the college application process.  They usually will provide helpful organizational and college profile worksheets as well.

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It’s not required to develop a long list of colleges and then spend months researching them and visiting them narrowing them down. Around half of the student body uses different approaches to find their school. Senior Drew Miller decided he was going to Fort Louis in Colorado simply because he loved the state’s environment and the easy access to snowboarding and hiking trails. “It’s a really easy going school,” Miller said. “They give you a lot of off-time to go [snowboarding and other outdoors stuff.” Miller started his college search by looking at schools along the Rocky Mountains to as far as Wyoming. “Last summer some of my friends and I went backpacking and boarding through Colorado, so that’s when I started visiting the schools I had been looking at,” Miller said. After he decided to go to Fort Louis, he looked at their website to learn about their classroom requirements. “I figured out what I should take, and then I enrolled in those classes.




Max McFarland

Freshman participates in a reality TV show on the Discovery Channel

McFarland and the other 19 contestants in the Sierra Mountains

McFarland and the other 19 contestants with host JD Roth on site in the Sierra Mountains before filming.

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Photo credit: Mike Yarish/DiscoveryKids

by [nathan yaffe]

“Max is going to camp.” This is what freshman Max McFarland’s Facebook status said this summer when he departed for the Sierra Mountains in Nevada. McFarland was going to compete on Discovery Kids’ popular reality television show, “Endurance.” Each summer, Discovery Kids selects twenty kids from a field of more than 15,000 to compete on a show that has often been compared to Survivor except with youth participants. Competitors must abandon civilization for two to three weeks and can’t let anyone outside their immediate family know where they’re going. The show airs on Oct.. 14.

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Cellular Sickness by [tom grotewhol]

Among the bacteria detected on cell phones in the British study was the dreaded staph (Staphylococcus aureus), which can be responsible for viruses such as meningitis and pneumonia. The staph bug was found to be growing on nearly half of the 25 mobile phones recently tested by a University of Arizona microbiologist. The sole of a shoe is home to fewer germs than your cellular.

On average, there are more germs on your cell phone than on a public doorknob.

The phrase “potty mouth” now has a whole new meaning. A recent study by microbiologists at Manchester University revealed that cell phones can contain 10’s of millions of bacteria – that’s more than most toilet seats. The warmth they generate combined with their frequent contact with our faces and hands – and therefore everything our hands have touched – make cell phones a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of microbes in every square inch. Today more than half of all Americans use cell phones, and that means more than half of all Americans breathe in blood, sweat, urine and mucus every time they talk into their phones.

The truth of the spread of germs has prompted the newspaper, The Belfast Telegraph, to call for a ban on cell phones in Northern Ireland hospitals.

.fixing.the.problem. • Frequently wash your hands and face • Wipe down your cell phone with a moist towelette, careful to avoid electrical openings • Invest in a germresistant phone

Money Problems

choir students struggle to pay for school trip by [erin morrissey]

When February rolls around, East girls will be in a frenzy preparing for that one crazy occasion where they get to ask the boys to the dance: WPA. But not the Choraliers. Next February, Mr. Resseguie will be taking upwards of 120 students to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall. The trip will last from the 8th to the 11th, causing the students to miss classes and the WPA dance. While in New York, the choir will be performing an original composition by Daniel Forrest called “Arise, Shine!” They will also be performing Lux Aeterna by Morton Lauridsen. The actual concert will take place on the 11th, following which the choir will take a dinner cruise around the harbor. It wasn’t always certain that the trip would be taking place. When Resseguie got the offer, he was excited, but not sure if they could get enough students to go on the trip. Recently, however, the numbers have been worked out and the trip has been finalized. The whole group of Choraliers will not be in attendance, though. With a cost of $1400, the trip is too much for some families to afford. “I really wanted to go to New York,” one choir student, Rebecca Johnson* said. “But we couldn’t afford it and I had schedule conflicts. Resseguie was nice about it, he just said he wished I could go.” Junior Kylie Brewer wasn’t always certain that she wanted to go on the trip. She was upset about missing WPA, but Resseguie convinced her to go. “It’s a huge deal to premiere a piece of music,” Brewer said. “Ressegiue made it clear that if enough people didn’t go, we would miss out on this opportunity.” Resseguie denies that financial issues played a part in the decisions of those students not going.

“The students who are going are very excited,” Resseguie said. “And those who aren’t going, it’s not because they can’t afford it. They’re just choosing to spend money on other things, like a big spring break trip.” Dr. Mersch, who is most likely accompanying the choir on the trip, feels that parents have to decide if the experience is worth the cost. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Mersch said. “Parents have to decide if they want to fund a valuable experience and if it is something they are able to do.” Last year, choir families shelled out roughly $2500 for a ten day trip to Ireland. Johnson feels that compared to this, the cost for four days in New York is a bit much. “I think Resseguie expected more people to be excited about it,” Johnson said. “But it’s costing almost as much as ten days in Ireland. I mean, it’s exciting to premiere a piece, but people were way more pumped about Ireland last year.” The choir will be participating in fundraising projects to make the trip easier to afford. No projects are set up yet. Last year, to raise money for Ireland, Irish band The Elders performed a benefit concert at East. As for missing school, Resseguie doesn’t feel as though it is an issue. “The orchestra misses school for their trips. The band misses school for theirs,” said Resseguie. “It’s just what happens.” *Names have been changed

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COMMERCIAL DESIGN by [ronan mcghie] When commercial design teacher Catherine Siegel heard that students were opening a coffee shop, she immediately thought of the possibilities for her commercial design classes to apply what they have learned. “It’s a great way for students to do something and it makes them see real world applications” Siegel said. Her students were awarded the opportunity to work on the logo for the shop. Each student was required to make a logo, using techniques learned in class. The marketing teacher, Mercedes Rasmussen, then decided upon aspects she liked from different logos and incorporated them into one design. She chose “Columbia Brew Black and White” as the name, a font style, and a character, which is a Lancer drinking coffee.

fee fac f o c t t s s a f Twenty-seven percent of U.S. coffee drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee.

With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the United States or its territories. Until the 1870s, most coffee was roasted at home in a frying pan over a charcoal fire. It wasn’t until recent times that batch roasting became popular. Flavored coffees originated in the United States during the 1970s. information courtesy of http://www.


by [ronan mcghie]

Every year, Marketing Two students divide into groups and take on a project called Learn and Earn, which is part of the DECA organization. Three seniors – Ben McNamara, Kristin Simpson and Alex Laprade – were approached by marketing teacher Mercedes Rasmussen for a special project: to help the special education department open an in-school coffee shop. Work began last summer when the Roasterie coffee machines and new counter tops were installed. Simpson, McNamara and Laprade have been delegating parts of their project to other groups throughout the school to help keep the project student-run. The commercial design classes are designing logos and the psychology classes are surveying. While the marketing students are helping run the coffee shop, they are also learning new marketing skills. “I’ve learned all about management and getting organized... what it really takes to run a business,” Simpson said. The coffee shop will be on the fourth floor near the library and is scheduled to open on Oct. 17.


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The job skills will help them transition from high school to the community. These are things that they learn in the curriculum, but now they are handson and real.

— Colleen Broadwater, learning center teacher

Special and general education classes work together to prep by [adrienne wood]

Senior Jenny Abitz lives to serve. Naturally, when Abitz learned that a coffee shop called Columbia Brew is opening on the fourth floor, she applied to be a server in the student-run project. “I love to bring food to people,” Abitz said. “I have a job at Brighton Gardens as a dietary aide—it’s a blast.” The coffee shop, Columbia Brew, opens school-wide Oct. 17 in room 417 and will serve a variety of coffee drinks, tea and hot chocolate, as well as biscottis from 7:15 a.m. through second hour, Mondays through Thursdays. Marketing II students will manage the shop and oversee the general education and special education students working behind the counter. Plans for a coffee shop began last year when learning center teacher Colleen Broadwater arrived from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Atlanta, a school that had greatly benefited from its own coffee shop. Broadwater brought the idea to East because she believes that the life skills the special education students learn working behind the counter are invaluable. “The special education students [in Atlanta] were in the classroom all day, and they didn’t have any opportunities to go to regular education classes and interact with the rest of the school,” Broadwater said. “Through the coffee shop, they learned job skills and daily living skills. It made them popular with the student

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“I chose this job because I’m looking forward to working with the [special education] kids,” McNamara said. “I’ve known some of these guys since middle school; they’re all so nice and to incorporate them into everyday school activities and to be with them adds to their experience as well as ours.” Several weeks ago the students involved learned the different jobs they could choose from—greeter, cashier, brewer, grinder and server—and experienced writing their own job applications, a skill they can use later in life. “I applied to be a server because bringing food to people looks like fun,” Abitz said. “I will help make people more awake if they are down in the dumps, and I love the smell of coffee.” After turning in their job applications, Abitz and the other students were interviewed by the Marketing II students, who will take shifts opening and supervising the coffee shop. The next step is to assign each student a job and train them with the equipment. Once the students know how to use the coffee making equipment, they will do dry runs until they are ready to serve. “I think we’ll see immediate results on so many levels,” Broadwater said. “They will gain social skills, and when they see kids in the hallway, or at a school dance, they will talk to them instead of being isolated.”

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by [adrienne wood]

Painting students will leave their artistic marks on Columbia Brew with an Andy Warhol-esque mural of coffee cups and ceiling tiles covered with airy swirls. Art teacher Cortney Sivewright asked her painting students to sketch their ideas for the mural and ceiling, and then chose her favorites. She expects to begin painting the room soon, and looks forward to displaying student art beyond the art department. A bulletin board in the shop will serve as a display for artwork. “The students will enjoy painting something besides canvas,” she said. “And the rest of the school will be able to see the art we’re working on. This coffee shop is a great cross-curricular project.”

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Fall TV Preview

As the fall television season begins to take turn, our critics will tell you what shows to glue your attention to, and which shows will quickly flop.

by [hanna cosgrove and peter goehausen]

Lost Lost 8 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC

Grey’s Anatomy 8 p.m. Thursdays on ABC

After two exciting, action packed seasons, ABC’s drama series “Lost” prepares for the premiere of its third season, airing tomorrow. In season three, the story will focus on “The Others” and their history, ranks and goals. “Lost” has won over 30 awards in various categories in just two seasons on the air. Much credit for the show’s success has been given to writer J.J. Abrams, who also created ABC’s “Alias.” With a total of 23 episodes in the third season, they will be broken down in to a group of six in the fall and 17 in Feb 2007.

“Grey’s Anatomy”, ABC’s hit series, launched its third season September 21 with back-to-back episodes . The highly-anticipated premiere starred cast members Ellen Pompeo (above), Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and was written by Shonda Rhimes. The show performed strongly in its new time slot pulling in 25.14 viewers beating out CBS’s “CSI” for the no. 1 spot. “Grey’s Anatomy” has won numerous awards in its mere two-year run, including the Television Critics Award for the Program of the Year in 2006. As far as the rest of season three is concerned, viewers themselves are not even sure what to expect as the show is known for making many sudden, unexpected turns.

Smith 9 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS


This fall, CBS is the first to pull a 180 on crime drama, through the eyes of the criminal. One of 10 crime-based shows on CBS, “Smith” follows the end of a career for Bobby Stevens (Ray Liotta), who is trying to make a few last high purse thefts so he can retire to his family. Stevens’s only remaining obstacle in the business is keeping it secret from his wife and staying away from an FBI agent who is hot on his trail. Aside from Liotta, the rest of the cast is topped off by Amy Smart, Virginia Madsen and Johnny Lee Miller.

“Shark,” a new series by CBS, began its run in the prime time market September 21. This widely acclaimed show follows the life of Sebastian Stark, a self confident LA defense attorney who decides to take his cut-throat tactics to the other side, the prosecution. The pilot starred Academy Award nominee James Woods, Jeri Ryan, Danielle Panabaker and was directed by Spike Lee.

Friday Night Lights

Studio 60 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC

If a book and the 2004 movie were not enough to show how beloved football is in Texas, NBC’s newest television show should do the trick. Friday Night Lights, which premieres tonight, is NBC’s attempt to lure in teen viewers: with a drama packed story line following the season of a highly successful football in the small town of Dillon, Texas. This year the Dillon Panthers have a newly appointed coach Eric Taylor, Kyle Chandler (King Kong and Greys Anatomy), and an all-world quarterback Jason Street, Scott Porter, the both of whom are feeling heavy pressure to win another Texas state championship while fighting off other pressures. Outside of Chandler the cast is described as “fresh” NBC’s website, which translates to a cast of no-namers trying to make it big.

Although the Emmy Award winning “The West Wing” retired after seven seasons last spring, the show’s producer Aaron Sorkin is back: writing and producing Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It takes the serious approach of The West Wing but filled the cast with comedy actors, such as Matthew Perry (Friends), and chronicles the life of a late night television show. Matt Albie (Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford, “The West Wing”) are a big-time writing team who, once fired from Studio 60, are rehired by new network exec Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet, “The Whole Ten Yards”) in order to resurrect the show. Rounding off the rest of the cast is D.L. Hughley, “The Hughleys,” Steven Weber, “Wings,” and Sarah Paulson, “Down with Love.”

9 p.m. Thursdays on CBS

7 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC

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Students recall memories of their old, forgotten toys

by [rachel birkenmeier]

Sophomore Danielle White

Pop Star Barbie was tan, with long blonde hair down to her feet. She wore a glittery gold outfit with star earrings and a microphone in her hand.   “My sister gave her to me for Christmas,” sophomore Danielle White said.  “I liked her a lot because I thought she was really pretty, and her hair was cool.  My sister also gave her to me, so she was special.”   One day when White was over at her friends’ house, they were playing Barbies.  “My Barbie had gotten kidnapped or something, so she was sent to the dungeon.  It was on an end table near a lamp.”  They stuck the Barbies head up to the hot light bulb. When they pulled it away a few seconds later, some of the Barbies hair was melted to the light bulb.  “I got really scared because I thought I was going to get in trouble.  So I tried to pull the hair off, but it didn’t work. My friends sister came downstairs and saw that we were upset, so she went and got her parents.”   Her friend’s parents weren’t mad, they just simply changed the light bulb.  “I showed my mom when I got home and she was sad for me, but when I showed my sister she started crying because she liked the doll a lot.”  They cut off the rest of the doll’s hair, but White photos by katie woods and abba goehausen still played with her until sixth grade.

Junior Austin Hunzeker Junior Austin Hunzeker had just gotten his red Lego boxes in Kindergarten. They weren’t like normal Legos, because they were as big as diaper wipe containers. “I liked my blocks the most because I could play all day with them just making towers and never get bored,” Hunzeker said.  “There were two older boys that lived down the street from me that came over to play,” Hunzeker said. They all decided to build a tower around him in his front yard, complete with a mini moat filled with water from the hose. “They told me I couldn’t get out or else I would drown in the moat, so I stayed in there for two hours, crying.”  He made a hole in the tower and ran out of it, and the two boys started chasing him.  “I started screaming because they made their fingers into the shape of guns.  So I ran inside screaming ‘They have gun fingers!’ and my mom started laughing at me.”  He grew tired of playing with his blocks when he was in fourth grade, and his mom got rid of them soon after.

Junior Julie Halper When junior Julie Halper first got her doll, she was mesmerized by the blue eyes and tan colored hair that was etched on the doll’s head.  It was about the size of a newborn baby, and she named her Jessie.  She received the doll as a Christmas gift from her aunt and Uncle when she was about five.   “I really liked babies when I was little, and I thought [the Baby doll] was cool.  I had a lot of other dolls but I liked her the most because she was life-size,” Halper said. One day, when Julie was up in her room, her brother had a friend over.  They called her downstairs into the basement.  Julie went into the dark back room in her basement and all of the lights were off.  Halper walked into the room, and her brother flicked on the lights.  And there, hung from their necks by small nooses made of yarn, were her beloved dolls. At least 20 of Halper’s dolls decked the ceiling, including Jessie.  “I guess I had been playing with her down in the basement and left her down there or something.  Seeing my dolls up there scared me pretty bad, so I went and told my mom.”  She ran upstairs crying, and wrote in her journal.  “I feel sad because my brother and his friend hung my dolls from the roof,” it said.  “I played with that doll for so long.  One time her eye came out, and so we replaced it with another baby doll’s eye.  I even tried to give her a shot with pink pen, but it didn’t come out.  Jessie’s covered in water stains too from the time I tried to take a bath with her.”  Halper stopped playing with her dolls when she was in sixth grade, but still remembers Jessie’s blue eyes.

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Syke’d up for Wisconsin by [mike hake]


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Steve Sykes came to East as a sophomore last year faced with having to get used to a new school, a new city, and new people. One thing about him stayed the same despite his move from Chicago. “Being different by wearing Wisconsin clothing every day has helped me fit in,” Sykes said. “It makes me unique.” Now, in his junior year at East, Sykes is known around the school as the biggest Wisconsin sports fan you’ll ever see. “I’ve never known anyone that has as much attire of one team,” Junior Blaine Ennis said. Sykes has been wearing his Wisconsin apparel nearly every day since seventh grade. “Occasionally I’ll mix something in,” Sykes said. “But for the most part I wear a Wisconsin shirt every day.” Sykes love for the University of Wisconsin began when he watched his very first football game. “I watched a Wisconsin football game when I was five, and I thought [the Badgers] were really cool,” Sykes said. Sykes moved here last year from Chicago suburbs, because his dad wanted to work less. Despite only going to Wisconsin two or three times a year to visit family, he has still attended five Wisconsin sporting events. “Everyone seems to get along with him [because] he’s always so happy,” Ennis said. “Just being around him makes your day better.” As for this season’s football team, Sykes has big expectations as usual. “I think were going to have another 10 win season,” he


13: 7: 4: 2: Pairs of UW socks Wisconsin T-shirts

Wisconsin sweat shirts Wisconsin hats


photos by frances lafferty


Tips Tricks

[quick at-home remedies]

by [rachel mayfield]

Mosquitos Away! To keep these bugs away, keep a dryer sheet in your pocket.

Panty Hose

photo by rachel wooldridge

Its easy to get deodorant on your clothes but hard to get off. Get a pair of panty hose and rub the hose where the deodorant is and it comes right off!

Top 10

by [joey soptic]

In the next few months, when listening to the radio, don’t be surprised to find one of your old classic favorite songs being sung by a robotic computerized voice. Named Dictionaraoke, the site is a listing of songs that have had the voiced over by a Microsoft Sam type, who obviously lacks singing talent. Word of the site has been spread internationally for their strange renditions of popular songs, old and new. At, the singers’ voices have been removed or turned off on the songs and Webster’s dictionary pronunciation voices added in. A strange idea, but provides a few laughs anyway. Each word in the songs are replaced with a perfectly enunciated one from different dictionary wesites. An example of such a song is the Beatles, “Michelle.” The Lyrics are “Michelle, my belle, these are words that go together well.” The songs on Dictionaraoke have a different monotone computerized voice singing each word creating an amusing sound to the song. A strange concept, this site was made by a group of experimental musicians, who happened to discover that the big dictionary websites now include verbal pronunciations of all the words in their dictionaries. Adding these to songs after removing the vocals, created an eccentric new type of music. Their name for their creation, Dictonaraoke.

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As a junior high teacher at an inner-city school, Dan Dunne wants to reach out to his students in any way possible with the hope of changing their lives. Although his ambitions within his career are admirable, his own life needs some reworking. As a drug addict, Dunne struggles with partying too much at night and waking up for class on time in the mornings. After catching him getting high in the school’s bathroom, one of his students, Drey, discovers her teacher’s secret in the midst of his downhill progression. After the incident, the two form a bond and begin to learn that the struggles of life cannot be dealt with alone.




by [ally heisdorffer]

“Half Nelson” was a thought-provoking and intense film. Overall, I enjoyed the movie and never felt disinterested. The images and film work were original and made the audience feel like they were a part of the scene watching from a third person point of view. The plot moves quickly, but jumps in places and neglects to tell the audience what is happening. I wouldn’t recommend seeing this film if you’re in the mood for something light and comical. “Half Nelson” is moving and powerful and has a dense story line. The racial themes were fascinating and the reality of the characters’ situations kept the audience glued to the screen. Along with being very real, the movie holds nothing back. Every emotion felt by the characters is intensified with powerful visual images that represent what it’s like to be low. Although “Half

All of the actors in the movie played their parts phenomenally. Each role was filled by an actor who looked the part and felt comfortable in the characters positions. Ryan Gosling, the heartthrob from “The Notebook,” played the perfect image of a cracked-out teacher. His scruffy look and skin-and-bone appearance just fit the character. In her first film, Shareeka Epps plays her character with such intensity and emotion. For a hard first role to be in, Epps did a fabulous job of portraying the life of an inner-city child who must be tough enough to survive. Besides Gosling, none of the other actors had big names or recognizable faces, but each played their role accurately.



with Ryan Fleck, the director

“Half Nelson”?

Not really sure. This kind of film is rarely made in the U.S. these days, but was more common in the 1970s: a film about flawed characters that weaves in social and political themes without beating the audience over the head with them. It gives the audience room to breath and think for themselves. I think this film will make people feel and think about things in a way they haven’t felt or thought at the movies in a long time.

Half Nelson

Although “Half Nelson” was slightly depressing at times, it was heart-felt and ended hopefully.

Nelson” was slightly depressing at times, it was heart-felt and ended hopefully.

by [ally heisdorffer] 1. How did you come up with the idea for

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Both Dunne (Ryan Gosling) and Drey (Shareeka Epps), the main characters, were dynamic and kept my attention through their realism. Drey’s compassion and determination will melt your heart as she deals with mature situations like drug-dealing and the loss of family. Dunne is the kind of character the audience will root for in hope that he will change his life. Other minor characters were Frankie (Anthony Mackie), the local drug dealer and Drey’s unofficial guardian. There was also Rachel (Tina Holmes), Dunne’s ex-girlfriend who has cleaned herself up from past drug abuse, and Isabel (Monique Curnan), Dunne’s current love interest.

2. Do you and Anna Boden work together with all of the movies that you have directed? Yes, with the exception of my earlier student films, we’ve worked together on everything.

3. What was Anna’s job on the movie and what was yours? Anna and I co-wrote the movie. She was also the producer and editor. I directed, but we collaborated on just about everything.

4. I read that you raised the finances for “Half Nelson” through another production, “Gowanus Brooklyn.”

Is this true? Could you tell me how much money you had to raise? Well, when we first wrote Half Nelson in 2002, we didn’t have the resources to make a feature film. So we wrote a short version of the script, shot it on video very cheaply (about $800), and sent it off to film festivals in the hopes of getting producers and financiers interested in Half Nelson.  “Gowanus, Brooklyn” won the short film award at Sundance in 2004 and got us an agent, who helped us put together the financing, which was a little less than $1 million.

What’s New • a&e event ticker

The Fray, Uptown Theater, 10/10 • Julie Roberts, Voodoo Lounge, 10/12 • Aerosmith with Motley Crue, Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, 10/17 • Nich Lachey, Oct. 3, 2006

Uptown Theater, 10/25 • James Blunt, Memorial Hall, 10/26 • Five for Fighting, Grand Emporium, 10/29 • Gov’t Mule, Uptown Theater, 10/31 • Los Lonely Boys, Uptown Theater, 11/2 •

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The Ever-changing iPod

Newest and smallest iPod has arrived in stores

by [nora salle] Junior Lauren Omana wasn’t happy with her brand-new iPod. Soon after she got it, a new, more advanced iPod came out. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. “When I got my first iPod I was pretty excited- it was a 60GB,� Omana said, “but really soon after I got it, the video iPod came out and that was what I really wanted so I didn’t charge my iPod until it died completely and I splashed a little water on it. When I took it into the Apple store, I told them it just stopped working. They didn’t have any more of the iPod I had in stock, so they upgraded me to an 80GB video.� Like Omana, Junior Kate Barnes’ timing was slightly off. “I got a job last summer and saved up $250 to buy a pink Mini,� Barnes said, “but by the time I got it, it wasn’t soon until the picture iPod came out, and that is what I really want. I was pretty upset that I couldn’t get that one.� Like Omana and Barnes, customers of the Apple iPod have a hard time staying up to date with the newest technological advances. With five generations and four different sizes of iPods, teens are always looking to upgrade the numbers of songs and features. However, this isn’t the case

Above: The new iPod shuffle pictured above, though appears large in the photo is actually smaller than a belt buckle and can hold around 250 songs.

for the newest addition to the iPod family: a shuffle about the size of a book of matches and capable of holding only 240 songs. Although this new iPod, coming to stores in mid October, is smaller than ever and only costs $79, the least expensive iPod yet, teens aren’t interested. Sophomore Chelsea Olson said that if she were to have the new shuffle, she would probably forget it in her pockets and send it through the wash on accident. “I also don’t really like how few of songs you can have on there,� Olson said. “Teenagers like having a lot of songs to listen to.� Sophomore Sam Bolanovich feels about the same about the new iPod. “I like being able to have all of the songs I like on my iPod,� Bolanovich said. “With this new one it seems like you would have to change the music all of the time. Maybe someone that doesn’t have that much music would like it. I think my mom wants one.� The main feature of the new shuffle besides its size is a clip that comes attached. With virtually no advertisement and no interest shown by teens, the sales for the new iPod might not go as well as The Apple Company planned.


Apple iNfo Bytes


The earnings during Q4 of 2005 was 5.75 billion dollars, up from 3.49 billion in Q4 of 2003


Apple’s iTunes music store sold over 275,000 songs in the first 18 hours of operation


Pulling Power by [davin phillips] As I watched All the Kings Men, starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins and James Gandolfini, I gained a new insight to the human tendency to become corrupt when gaining power and the abuse of that power. All the Kings Men is a redone version of the (date) film, this version claims to follow the book that both movies were based upon much closer then the original movie. The book itself was based upon the real life of Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, who’s downfall in politics was due to his greed for power, status and money. As a man representing the poor, Governor Willie Stark (Penn), is used as a pawn when he is told to run for mayor of Louisiana. After he discovers this plan we see his almost overnight change from a timid man trying to get his point across to a fiery loud politician. We also are a witness to his slow downfall as he gains power and support of the people with his intimidating speeches. The abuse of his power changes his platform from helping the poor to helping himself in the goal of keeping and gaining more power. The story is told through the eyes of reporter Jack Burden (Law) who he himself is changed into doing what he is told to buy his boss and friend governor Stark. Burden sees the wrong that is being done, but does not care enough to stop it. In different ways both men are selfish in nature. The scenery in this movie reflects old time Louisiana, from the poor farmers and swamp dwellers to the modest towns to the mansions of the wealthy. Details of hogs

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“All The King’s Men� stuns viewers with eyeopening views on power and politics being slowly roasted over a fire bring the scenes to life. The camera angles, while some are unusual have a great effect on the feelings received from each scene. The side story of Burden’s past history brings to life the characters that would not others have seemed that important, and gives more reason to why his almost betrayal of these people he grew up with are so significant and ties even more emotion to the main story of Stark gain of control. All the Kings Men is not a light movie. Its dark undertone and thought-provoking plot is not the easiest to follow. The thick Louisiana accents of the characters and the fast pace in which they speak can be difficult to understand. The political aspects of the movie are not the hardest to follow but previous knowledge of politics helps the viewer follow. If you get lost during the movie it is not the easiest to catch up in, but the dramatic and emotional thrill with in the movie helps make sense of everything. While this is a fantastic movie it is a movie that is more thought provoking than pure entertainment and is to be watched very intently. This movie teaches you a great deal about the gain for power and how all morality can be lost on the road to gaining it. GRADE: B+

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Even after four years, some seniors are still

next in line

by [jayne shelton] Friday night there is about 55 football players suited up for the game, although only about 45 will get to play. Some of the rest find a place on special teams and some manage to play every once in a while, but they mostly stand on the sidelines ready to go. Even though lots of these players know they won’t see the field that night, it doesn’t discourage them from practicing and training as part of the team. Senior offensive tackle Alex Myers has found a spot on special teams, which he doesn’t mind. “I like special teams,” Myers said. “There’s more room for error on it even though there’s more time to play on offense.” Senior Tyler Parman played quarterback for both sophomore and junior varsity teams and suited up for varsity two years ago as a sophomore. He was more nervous then before games than he is now. “My title was backup for Brett Condie,” Parman said, “they’d probably put someone else in but I was still pretty nervous. I’d think ‘what if Condie got hurt?” Parman still gets nervous before the games. “I still get pretty nervous since everyone’s hyped up, but after I get out there, I’m not as much,” Parman said. Since starting running back senior Colin Hertel is injured and junior Forrest Miller is now the quarterback, Parman is the second string quarterback again. “I’ve never been a star player, I’m always filling in,” Parman said.

These players that are always filling in are important to Hertel. “[The players] are probably one of the biggest parts of the team,” Hertel said. “They keep the morale up.” Football Coach John Stonner appreciates how anyone on the sidelines cheers for the team. “The attitude on the sideline is so much more important that the attitude on the field,” Stonner said. Stonner was a star player in high school, but in college he didn’t get to play much, which helps his coaching in his opinion. “I know what both sides are like,” Stonner said, “so I try to include as many of the kids as I can in everything. I always tell the parents ‘The only thing you can be upset about is what happens between the lines.’” There are activities that the team does with parents like the mother- son coffee, there are also ones only for seniors on the team. There is a canoe trip the seniors take every year. “It’s fun being part of the team,” Parman said, “I like to just go out there with my buddies.” Senior Errick Schmidt feels the same way about playing with his friends. “I play because it is a fun sport,” Schmidt said, “You get to hang out with your friends and meet new people.” The friendly atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome. “These fabulous kids,” Stonner said, “are just as much a part of this team.”

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by [jayne shelton]

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It’s fall and the boys swim and dive team have already started preparing for their season this winter. The difference is that this year, one of the staple meets of the year will be missing, the MO-KAN invitational. This year, Missouri has switched the sport to fall, which makes any competitions with the state impossible. Competitions like the MO-KAN help the swimmers hone their swim skills since it is a major competition

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number of seniors on varsity


number of game balls received by Colin Hertel


average number of yards senior Bobby Miller has per reception


total number of points from so far this year


number of seniors who have played together for four years


record last year (ranks as one of East’s best seasons)


number of years the Lancers were in the playoffs in the last four years


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Senior Stats

Fall is now Missouri’s boys swim and dive season of this region with the best swimmers from both states. Since the swim and dive team is one of the top ranked teams in KS after winning state the past two years, dive coach Shelley King thinks it is most beneficial for the team to compete against teams from across the state line. “In MO, there are strong divers, they raise the bar for us to work harder,” dive coach Shelley King said. Senior swimmer Luke Tanner thinks that the quality of competition in the league won’t be as good because of the change. “We only get to swim against

the good schools in Wichita once or twice, so there’s less good competition around here,” Tanner said. “It will weaken the talent pool of good swimmers in the metropolitan area,” said Coach Wiley Wright The routine for the swimmers will the stay the same. “[The Mo-Kan Invitational] was halfway through the season, then we had state, we just have to stay motivated [without it],” Tanner said. Regardless of changes, the team’s ambitions won’t change either. “Still, our main goal is to win state,” Wright said.

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The college coaches told you to play hard, but that it didn’t mean anything. Consider taking the year off, just don’t get injured. The question is....

DOES HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER MATTER? photos by Samantha Ludington

by [clark goble]

East’s 1-0 double OT win against South on Sept. 19 was a case-in-study why senior leadership is so crucial to high school soccer. The team subbed in eight of them throughout the game and both overtimes. A senior, Andrew Block, scored the game winner off of another senior’s foot. Senior Peter Krivena is the team’s leading goal-scorer. Too bad college coaches couldn’t care less. LaPrade is one of four seniors on the soccer team who have been recruited by numerous colleges across the country. However, their play in the current high school season, in most cases, does not correlate to their ability to garner a soccer scholarship. LaPrade took some advice from Xavier head coach Dave Schureck after verbally committing to Xavier before school started. “[Coach Schureck] told me that they didn’t care about high school soccer,” LaPrade said. “They just said not to get hurt.” Schureck sees the importance in playing high school soccer, but also considers the fact that the quality of high school soccer is significantly lower than that of club soccer. “We try to watch any game we can, whether it’s school, club, or Olympic Development, but generally we are watching for a single athlete’s performance as opposed to the team,” Schureck said by e-mail. Varsity coach Jim Ricker has realized in his years of coaching that college scouts do not often attend high school games for a simple reason. “[College scouts] have to decide to go see one player at a high school game or go to a huge tournament and see possibly many players,” Ricker said. Ricker also believes that taking the alternate route, that is, playing club soccer from a very young age and going to 15+ tournaments in the junior and senior years, can burn a player out. “They all look forward to playing for their high school, but many are dropping out of club,” Ricker said. Senior goalie Peyton Warwick and senior defender John Jandl have been playing club soccer since third and fourth grade respectively, and both still play it currently. Indeed, they do have many tournaments to attend, and in Jandl’s case, missing concerts, 4th of July celebrations, and last year’s basketball game against Rockhurst is all part of the experience. But these tournaments are often one of the

only ways soccer players can get their name out there. Both DePaul and Elon, two of Jandl’s possible schools, saw him play in a showcase. His other potential school, Rhode Island, did not see him in a tournament and found out about him through a highlight DVD Jandl made. All the college coaches Jandl is in contact with request that he send them DVDs of high school games. Warwick also sends DVDs to his potential schools, which will use the highlights as more of a guide to his potential. Statistics for goalies are generally based more on the quality of the team’s defense as opposed to the goalie’s skill. “Stats are not a big deal at all,” Warwick said. “College coaches could care less about high school soccer and actually recommend to their recruits not to play their senior year. Club is where a player gets seen.” The goalie being recruited by the University of San Francisco, UNC-Wilmington, Rhode Island, Drake, and Richmond believes that the high school game and the college game are completely different worlds. “I have two older brothers that played college soccer and they have passed down valuable info to me and have kept me prepared throughout this whole process,” Warwick said. While Warwick may believe that the two games are different, Ricker thinks that the high school game, while still different than college, is closer to the university level game than club soccer is. As in college, high school players must maintain grades, a positive standing in the social community, and compete for their spot every day. “I think players today are playing too much soccer and we are finding that many kids don’t want to go on to college because of that,” Ricker said. “I have probably five or six kids who should be playing some level college soccer but they have decided for many reasons not to go that route.”

how are they playing? The condition of three seniors and current college choices

Senior center midfielder Alex LaPrade committed to Xavier. Soccer statistics can be very misleading, but LaPrade is in control of the middle of the field.

Senior center-back John Jandl is looking at Rhode Island, DePaul, and Elon. As center back, he is often responsible for marking assignments and controlling the defensive backfield.

Senior goalie Peyton Warwick has two clean sheets to his record this season. He is looking at the University of San Francisco, currently in the top 25 nationally, among others.

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The flame burns on The American Jazz Museum, located on 18th and Vine, has teamed with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and is showing a display of pictures and interesting facts about the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin. The museum covers Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the persecution of German-Jewish athletes, African American Olympians who participated in the games, and the rest of the words response. The display is open Tuesday through Sunday, the admission is free, and it will be in Kansas City until December 9. The museum covers a new subject of the games about every two weeks. On Oct. 4 the display will present a special production on the background of the Black athletes and their part in the Olympics. On Oct. 21 an educator’s class will present an individual display covering racism, propaganda and antiSemitism. The last day that will have

special tours will be Dec. 9. This day will cover Germany in the 1930s. The beginning of the display shows timelines covering the rise of the National Socialist party. Stories about laws and prejudices that Jews were forced to face are revealed, and diaries/testimonies of Jewish athletes are shown. Books and pamphlets the Nazi Youth learned and studied are on display to read. Some of the lessons the youth memorized was how to determine between a Jewish man and a man of the “Aryan” race. Dozens of pictures and paragraphs that tell stories about Jewish athletes, who tried to participate in these games, but were unable to because of their religion, are on display. Other walls tell of the laws that banned Jewish athletes from using any gyms. Other walls on display told of Jewish athletes who had been the top player in their sports, but were forced to quit because of their

religion. Adolf Hitler viewed sports as a tool to prepare the young for war. The government basically harnessed sport as part of its drive to strengthen the “Aryan Race.” A section is dedicated to African American athletes and their stories of persecution and perseverance. Eighteen African American athletes from United States participated in the Berlin games, and 10 of them won medals. Many Americans were in favor of boycotting the Olympics because Germany had broken the rules by forbidding people based on race and religion. The 1936 Olympic Games display has loads of unknown information that sometimes isn’t even covered in your history class. The exhibit is fairly short, and is a great thing to visit someday this Fall.

Friday the 13th 1st Quarter Ends - NO SCHOOL! -------Boys Varsity Football Game @ Shawnee Mission North SME vs. SMN -------Be there to support your Lancers!

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Facts about the Games •Before the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Hitler said that the Games would show what a superior race the Germans were. •Hitler was considering not letting minority athletes, like American sprinter Jesse Owens, participate in the Games. •The 1936 Olympics were the first Games to be televised.

Important American Athletes •Jesse Owens, Track Owens won four gold medals at the ‘36 games after Adolf Hitler called him racially inferior and almost didn’t let him participate.

•Betty Robinson, Track

Robinson was the gold medal winner of the very first women’s 100 meter race. She was only 16 years old.

•Adolf Kief, Swimming

Won the gold in the 100 yard backstroke. In high school in Illinois, he had a record time of 58.6 seconds in the same event.

graphic by libby nachman

by [john mcguire]

Commemorative exhibit of Hitler-led 1936 Olympics tours Kansas City through Dec. 9

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by [sylvia shank]

Under a clear April sky in 1996, five-year-old Terrance Thomas sprang out of the starting block and shot down the track. Arms pumping, legs accelerating, he pushed hard off the rubber turf with each step. 12 seconds later, it was over. He’d come in second out of 10 at the SM West tournament for elementary-aged kids. After the race, another runner approached him. He told Thomas, a black junior athlete, that “black people have an extra muscle in their calf.” Thomas hasn’t forgotten the comment. As a member of varsity football, basketball and track, he deals with similar assumptions daily. “Probably a lot of people are looking at me and thinking, ‘Ah, he’s black and it’s natural-born talent,’” Thomas said. “If a white or a Mexican was good, they’d say he’s a hard worker, but that AfricanAmericans are just born with it.” Sports-related racism puts pressure on black athletes at East because of the expectation that they will be naturally athletic. Junior Mary Newman, a friend of Thomas, is offended by this kind of stereotyping. “He’s naturally gifted,” she said. “But he’s good because he works really hard. He plays almost

every night. He puts sports before everything else in his life.” Throughout his childhood, Thomas encountered athletic stereotypes. He lived in Lawrence until 2000, and when he played football, other kids would tell him that black kids got all the playing time “because they’re better than us.” Their perceptions could have come from watching ESPN. Just look at the 69 percent black NFL, and the NBA, dominated by 72 percent black players, according to statistics on Blacks face assumptions that they will excel at sports because of their dominance in professional football and basketball. “They expect you to be faster. They expect you to jump higher,” senior Kelcei Glasglow said. Glasglow is black, one of approximately 40 at East. “Since there’s not many of you here, you almost seem singled out, but at the same time feel wanted because they want you to play,” Glasglow said. He knows students have sportsrelated racism. It’s a fact of life for him. Students at East assume he’ll be better because he’s AfricanAmerican. Yet when Glasglow tried out for

East basketball freshman year, he didn’t make the team. He almost gave up until some friends convinced him to try out for the AAU recreational league. Since his freshman year, he’s played each winter and spring. He loves the teamwork and the adrenalin of a fourth quarter push, but sometimes the pressure of so many high-profile black athletes casts a shadow over the game. “They’re like, ‘You can do this. You’re black,’” Glasglow said. “And I’m like, ‘Okay, there are people who aren’t black and can do the same thing.’” To Glasglow, dealing with the stereotypes is normal. He hears about it “all the time.” But up until his junior year, it made him uncomfortable. “It kind of made me feel that they expected me to be the best and I wasn’t,” he said. “It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore because I’ve grown out of it. When you hear it so much...” Junior Candyze Harris, a varsity gymnast and track runner and JV cheerleader, hears similar comments. Like Glasglow, she lets them roll off her back. “People joke about it and say things like, ‘African-Americans are always fast and they’re good

at everything,” she said. “I don’t think about it that much. I take it as a joke.” Yet Harris still trains harder because of her color. She sets higher goals for herself. Goals to have the best 100 meter time in the school. And go take her floor routine in gymnastics to state this year. “I want to be better because they expect me to be better,” she said. *** It’s 2:50 p.m. Down in the trainer’s office outside the boys’ locker room, Thomas lifts his leg up onto the counter. Trainer Jenny Edwards pulls out her roll of medical tape and wraps it around and around his ankle. His stillhealing ACL, dislocated shoulder and multiple sprained ankles are evidence of Thomas’s hard work in basketball, football and track. “Everyone has to work equally hard to be where they’re at,” he said. “It’s not realistic to say African-Americans are better athletes because at our school there are African Americans that aren’t athletes and can’t participate in varsity sports.” But even Thomas has his athletic weaknesses. His foible? “I’m pretty horrible at tennis.”

Balancing act


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A look at different races in pro sports in 2004-2005.

: white : black

: Latino : Asian




information courtesy of Detroit News

Standing out

Black athletes encounter sport-related race stereotypes

Gymnasts continue to practice different routines for upcoming tournaments. by [jenny howard]

Far left: Freshman Katy Cooper balances during a balance beam routine. Left: Freshman Grace Gillaspie practices a uneven bars routine, considered a strain on the wrists and arm muscles. Freshman McKayla Smith does a right split on the balance beam. The balance beam is 4 in. wide and about 5 meters long. Above: Gillaspie falls on the mat after a uneven bars routine.

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ways to watch...

•Instead of watching the ball, watch one player. Try the center midfielder (Alex LaPrade) or a striker (Peter Krivena). •Check out both goalies occasionally. If the ball is on their half, they most likely will be barking out orders to their defenders. In an empty stadium, you can pick up some of what they say. •Ride the other team’s left or right midfielder, depending on which one is closer to you. Find out his name or his girlfriend’s name and yell it at different times. •Pretend you’re playing FIFA on the PS2. When an East player receives the ball, try to decide what his best move is. If he makes it, cheer. If he doesn’t, sit quietly.

Senior Andrew Block takes aim in the victory over South.

•Watch the coaches go crazy when a goalie drops a save or a defender leaves a man unmarked.


addictive sports websites

• This website pokes fun at everything from ESPN anchors to professional athletes’ criminal records. The writer updates his blog around 20 times a day, and you’ll be sure to get a laugh out of at least one of them. It will soon become the first sports site you check. • While also a hot-spot for music videos and the like, a bounty of sports videos can be found here. If you are questioning whether Michael Jordan’s game-winner against Cleveland in the 1992 playoffs was a three or a two, this is the place to find out. • Again, not just a sports website, but the information you can find here is even with that of ESPN. This summer, the World Cup standings were updated after every match, and it all could be found on one page. Also, if you ever want to know the rules of badminton or roller derby, this is the place to look. • This blog covers the Chiefs and the rest of the NFL world. It’s the place to get Chiefs’ information blended with commentary you can’t find in the KC Star. They will gladly rip Herm Edwards if he makes the wrong call or Eddie Kennison if he can’t keep his mouth shut.

photo by Samantha Ludington

:03...... :02......:01...... games to catch


Boys’ soccer vs. Olathe East @ SM North- This is a huge test for the boys’ team. The Hawks are ranked #1 in the state by the state’s soccer coaches. The Lancers’ defensive four need to contain the goal-scorers for Olathe East. Volleyball- SM East Quad- First year coach Scott Dowis and the volleyball team play host to three teams in our home gym. It’s Senior Night and the matches start at 5 p.m. Free T-shirts are being given out before each match.

THURSDAY Football vs. Leavenworth @ SM South- This one may be key to the Lancers season. Sophomore Marcus Webb has been a workhorse for the team, carrying the ball over 30 times against SM Northwest in a victory. If Webb and the running game can be productive, look for an East win.

athletes to watch

PETER REISZ- SENIOR- CROSS COUNTRY- Reisz was the best male runner in the Sunflower League in the Metro Championships. He recorded a personal record time, besting his old time at the distance by 40 seconds. KASEY SAULS- JUNIORVOLLEYBALL- The volleyball was 17-4 heading into the SM West Quad Wednesday night, and Sauls is one reason why. Her set efficiency, a measure of how many sets lead to successful points, was in the top 10 in the Metro-area at 0.46. The team is ranked in the top five in the state and looks to be a contender for the title. photo by Jenny Howard

amazing play 5

Imagine the moment. Double OT. Nothingnothing tie. The opponent? The biggest rival East has. With the time running down and a tie looming, Andrew Block (5) boomed home a cross that gave East the 1-0 victory. In a game East had to, and more importantly, wanted to win, this is the play that defined it. compiled by Clark Goble

Oct. 3, 2006

page 24 [photo essay] Drill Team members, sophmore, Johana Cook and, junior Paige Brulator hold steady the back of the float as a parent volunteer drilled on the front. The Drill Team’s theme was “Austin Powers”. photo by samantha ludington

Below: Junior Maia Schall pours paint while working on the Junior float. The junior’s theme was “Toy Story”. Schall was painting a giant toy block pink. The juniors constructed a giant-sized red wagon. photo by karen boomer

Senior Darcy Letourneau paints a cardboard cylinder white while working on the senior float. The cylinder would become a column on the float. photo by kelsey stabenow

Theme Trailer Paint Costumes Assemble


Different groups work hard to make the perfect Lancer Day float

Sophomore Zach Millburn attached a paper palm tree to the theater float at a work day. Theater chose “Jurassic Park” as their theme, and incorporated acting by having live “dinosaurs” on the float trying to escape. photo by samantha ludington

Senior Will Becker spray paints “Seniors ‘07” on an old couch donated to the Senior Float. The senior’s theme was the movie “Animal House”. photo by samantha ludington

Senior varsity cheerleaders, Abby Law, Kelby Polfer, and Bailey Thomas joke while adding tissue paper to the bottom of their float. The cheerleaders’ theme was “Sixteen Candles”. photo by samantha ludington

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