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Volume 88, Issue 1

SM North will be first school in area to perform Broadway production

North students use summer to travel, serve others » pg. 7

District changes cell phone policy to keep up with times » pg. 2

{Story by Brittany Wiliams and Nathaniel Zoschke}

This year, the SM North drama department is taking a bold step. North will be the first school in the district to perform the controversial play Rent: School Edition. While the plot and characters of Rent mimic those of La Boheme, a classical French opera about impoverished Bohemian artists, Rent has attracted controversy for dealing with issues such as gay and lesbian relationships, AIDS and homelessness. Due to the content of Rent, special approval was required from the district to perform the play. North theater teacher Mollie McNally said that Rent was announced early on last year to facilitate any concerns or questions about the material in the musical.

Staff Ephraim Chaney.................Co-Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Hinkle......................People Co-Editor Kelsey Larson...................North (News) Editor Ross Lubratovic...............Cover (focus) Editor Nickole Nosal..........................People Co-Editor Mary Rodabaugh...... Lifestyles (A&E) Editor Malcolm Shanks...............................Cartoonist Kerenza Singletary......................Sports Editor Brittany Williams............................Copy Editor Hayley Zahnter..............................Photo Editor Nathaniel Zoschke..............Co-Editor-in-Chief

“There was a long process in getting the show approved,” McNally said. “When we saw that Rent: School Edition was available, we went to Mr. Kramer for approval, and he was completely supportive, but knowing the reputation of Rent for having a controversial subject, thought it would be best to seek approval from district administration first..” McNally said the district wanted the theatre teachers at North to detail their reasoning for selecting the show and provide information as to how they would handle the subject matter while keeping the best interest of students at the forefront. McNally was pleased with the administration’s

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Sports Update North teams step up the game for the 2009 season » pg. 4

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Student Travels

Who r u txting?

Freshman Lorenz-Johnson rides her way to victory

New technology has brought traditional bullying to a whole new level


{By Mary Rodabaugh} he difference from being bullied at school and being bullied on the Internet is the fact that you cannot escape cyberbullying when the bell rings. Cyberbullying follows you, even after you are home from school. “Cyberbullying is any kind of harassment or bullying that occurs electronically: through cell phone, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail..,” head counselor John Stone said. There are many opportunities for kids to cyberbully. According to the National Crime Prevention Center more than 40 percent of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being cyberbullied online this past year. Cyberbullying has been noticed frequently at North. Stone said more students have been coming to the counselors and SRO to talk about messages they have been receiving. Last year there was a cyberbullying arrest that involved

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response. “You have to have that administrative support,” McNally said. “Our building administration, along with the district, has been absolutely wonderful. People need to come to the show ready to have fun and with an open mind.” As opposed to performing the Broadway Edition of Rent, North will perform the school edition, which features the same plot, characters, and relationships as the Broadway edition, but contains language more appropriate for a high school audience. »continued on p. 2


North students: a student reported to the SRO that he was getting several threatening messages. The student who was sending these messages was later arrested, according to Campus Police Officer Ken Lanning. “Cyberbullying is a new problem at North,” Stone said. “The counselors are starting to address it as it comes up.” SM North Student Resource Officer and the Campus Police Officers have given classroom presentations on cyberbullying. “People who cyberbully believe they can get away with it, or do it for fun,” Lanning said. There are multiple reasons behind why someone would cyberbully. “It’s easier over e-mail than a face-to-face confrontation,” Campus Police Officer Lance Balderston said. Lanning and Balderston said that cyberbullying occur more in middle school and freshman year of high school.

{Illustration by Malcolm Shanks}

Stone, however, said it occurs more in high school because students in middle school don’t have all the access to the Internet as high school students do. Lanning said students who are cyberbullied should inform parents immediately and report harassment, threats, and physical abuse to police. During the second week of August in 2008, Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill, introduced by Representative Burroughs, that requires school districts in Kansas to prohibit bullying on school property or during school events. The bill includes cyberbullying as well. Junior Rose Welty, who says she was cyber bullied on Facebook and MySpace, spends approximately three hours on the Internet per day. “I think cyber bullying is when people say hateful things and make you feel bad over the Internet,” Welty said. “It was upsetting when I found out. I told my parents and cried a lot.”

COVER.............................1 NEWS................................4 LIFESTYLES....................2 NEWS................................5 OPINION..........................3 GAMES.............................6

Cyberbullying Percent of global Internet users who have visited each site


26% 24% 19%

Percentage of teens who’ve experienced bullying online by age

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1. Sophomore Elizabeth Nickolette (ensemble) and Junior Chloe McFadden (Mimi) stand at the base of a ladder during the title song. 2. Senior Steven James (Roger) sings One Song Glory. 3. Junior Alex Montgomery (Angel) and junior Steven Roemer hold hands during the song I’ll Cover You. 4. Sophomore Ben Johnson (Mark) and senior Steven James (Roger) during the opening of the play.

Continued from Cover “They need to internalize the show, and not just perform it,” McNally said. One of the main challenges in Rent: School Edition is the portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. “People will see relationships on stage that they aren’t used to seeing, but are a part of our society, including our community at North,” McNally said. “People shouldn’t have to hide who they are. Theater is a reflection of reality. There are all sorts of people and all sorts of relationships.” In Rent, junior Alex Montgomery plays the role of Angel, a drag queen, streetpercussionist with AIDS. “Angel represents love, Montgomery said, “pure, unadulterated love. A lot of people don’t get that.” Getting into any character requires some work. “You have to put yourself in their shoes,” Montgomery said. “There’s a lot of controversy surrounding Rent,” Montgomery said, “but I haven’t had any problems.” While portraying a gay character is only acting for some students, being gay is life for others. Senior Molly Cady, a stage manager for Rent, made the decision to be openly gay three years ago. Cady said that being a lesbian has made it easier to completely be herself, recalling the time she first realized she was a lesbian. “I realized I was gay on June 28, 2006, at my grandmother’s house, of all places,” Cady said. “It’s three years later and she still doesn’t know.” With what Cady considers an open and accepting family, it wasn’t hard for her to express herself. Although the very first people she came out to were her closest friends, at first they were disbelieving. “I mentioned it and nobody believed me, so I had to continue going on about it,” Cady said. “They were never not okay with it, I just had to convince them I wasn’t joking.” After coming out to her close friends and family, Cady waited until November of her freshman year of high school to come out openly to everyone. “Some people really didn’t believe me,” Cady said, “but the main reaction I got was ‘that’s cool.’” Unlike some teens who come out at an early age, Cady hasn’t seen friends pull away. “My family hasn’t changed, it’s more of friends that are girls,” Cady said. “They’re more reserved around me with physical contact.” Cady’s parents said they are accepting of their daughter’s lifestyle. “We’re okay with it,” Leslie Seifert-Cady said. “She’s our daughter, and we love her.” Cady’s father expressed similar feelings. “It’s not something we feel the need to focus on or talk about constantly,” James Cady said.e Cady has had a close friend who changed her views about homosexuality simply because she was best friends with a lesbian. “She really wasn’t as accepting of this ‘lifestyle’ until we talked,” Cady said. Unlike some students who experience anti-gay discrimination at school, Cady says that being a lesbian hasn’t been a problem for her at North. “School’s fine, and if anything does happen, I have no problem telling them that they’re being silly,” Cady said. “They’ll most likely grow out of it anyway. “This one kid just called me a fag, so I yelled at him. He didn’t understand why it was inappropriate.” Cady believes progress has been made in gay and lesbian relations, but still sees discrimination as a problem. “We’ve come a long way in the past 30 years,” Cady said. “But things still aren’t equal with any group that have previously been discriminated against. “The fact that we’re the first school in this area doing RENT is a pretty big deal.” As assistant stage manager, Cady is in

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charge of props and keeping things under control backstage during the production. “It’s cool to be a part of this,” Cady said, “and its nice to show that North isn’t prejudiced.” Other students may have a more difficult time finding acceptance for their lifestyle. Erin Rivers, a SM North teacher who sponsors the school’s Safe Zone, a group that promotes equality for gay and lesbian students, says that she still hears comments that can be perceived as homophobic. “I’ve been teaching here for five years, and I haven’t seen any change in students’ attitude,” Rivers said. “Students tell me that it’s still hard to be openly lesbian or gay, despite efforts to counter discrimination. Students are always putting down that which they don’t understand. Students use ‘that’s so gay’ without malice; they don’t think about the ramifications that might have for someone who is lesbian or gay.” “In society in general, the issue of discrimination and bullying of lesbians and gays is still prevalent. Every year, someone is killed or murdered simply because of their orientation. The suicide rate is still very high in the lesbian and gay community because of how shunned and discriminated against people feel.” Rivers said that Safe Zone meetings usually average around 10 students. The current Safe Zone can be traced back to 2006, when then-SM North junior Aniseto Herrera organized the “SM North Gay-Straight Alliance” with the help of Rivers. Later, the group was renamed the “Safe Zone,” and expanded its focus to include bullying as well as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. This year, Melanie Arroyo, a straight senior at North, is the president of Safe Zone. “When I was 13, someone who was very close to me decided to come out of the closet,” Arroyo said. “Her parents didn’t accept her and nobody understood her, but I did.” Arroyo said that she believes discrimination is still a problem. “Today, homophobia is still a problem in our society,” Arroyo said. “I just can’t stand seeing how some people are being discriminated against or humiliated because of their sexual orientation. I’ve felt pain and humiliation before, and I understand that this is what my friends feel after they come out. I want to stop this feeling.” This year’s Safe Zone meetings have followed the routine of previous years, adding that the Safe Zone’s goal is to promote the acceptance of gay and lesbian students and not take a stance on political issues. “We bring in speakers from local organizations such as PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) or EQUAL (Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders) so that students can see what’s out there to help them,” Arroyo said. “We also socialize so that we can work better as a team, and plan events.” Rivers said that the GSA doesn’t have a large presence in the school, but is working to be heard. “The people who come to Safe Zone are such a small representation of the gay and lesbian community at North,” Rivers said. “There’s a much larger community of LGBT students than what we realize. For a lot of people, sexual preference is a private choice.” Rivers sees the way North students have reacted to Rent as a reflection of the gay rights controversy as a whole. “The controversy surrounding Rent at North is a reflection of the controversy of this issue nationwide,” Rivers said. “There are a lot of people who are struggling with this as a moral issue, and a great number of people who don’t see this as a moral issue at all, but rather an issue of social equality and justice.” >> Rent will be performed Oct. 21, 22 and 24 in the SM North auditorium >> For information on Rent and other SM North productions, go to www.

Excuse Me Courtesy and Politeness are virtues we can all work toward

{By Brittany Williams} “Excuse me. Sorry.” “GET THE **** OUT OF MY WAY!” Times square. It’s rush hour, passing period. Being short, making my way from one end of the building to another is quite a feat: especially when halls are crowded with people standing around, waiting to bump into people. Not only are they waiting- some are looking for innocent bystanders to run into, scream and curse at, and insult. This has happened to me on numerous occasions, and I’m tired of being labeled as a stupid white girl for trying to get to class on time. I get it that we’re not supposed to judge others, but honestly, I don’t care what color your skin is, how you dress, or even how you speak (try binary code, mix it up. I guarantee nobody would understand a curse word in that language). Most of my teachers take away points for being late, and as a senior that’s something I can’t afford. So just… move. Say excuse me, or nothing, but get out of my way. There’s no need to scream in my face and call me names, or tell me that it was my fault. At this point, it seems to me that people are making themselves fit a certain stereotype. Why? To put blame on “the man”, instead of themselves; to be able to call others names and have an excuse to get angry at the world. This should change; this should not be the norm. Aren’t we supposed to defy stereotypes? As teenagers, we are talked about as nasty, hormonal, slackers who frankly don’t give a rat’s derriere about anything. I know how untrue that is. We are thinking, caring, intelligent creatures who can debate with the best of the best on issues ranging from global warming to sex before marriage. Some bits and pieces of conversations I’ve had the privilege of catching in Times Square are astounding. Can we all just stop bristling every time somebody brushes our shoulder, or we hear someone mention a skin color? It’s unnecessary. Maybe we should think twice before speaking, and give the other person a chance. On behalf of all “stupid (insert rude insult of choice here) girls and boys,” I apologize. For running into you, slipping and saying something that could be misinterpreted as offensive, and stereotyping. I want to be the change, and I can’t do it without help.

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Cellularific New cell phone policy is a step in the right direction for students who watch where they’re going

SM North’s new cell phone policy has been a pleasant surprise for most students. No longer do we find ourselves being policed between classes and during lunch for sending text messages. The new policy is a step in the right direction, a necessary, longanticipated break from an archaic policy that was out of touch with our time. It’s pointless to regulate cell phone usage when there’s no disruption to students’ learning. And it’s a hassle for teachers and administrators to constantly harass students about cell phone usage. The administration is to be commended for making a positive change to an obsolete policy. Many older students can remember the days when cell

phones were novelty items, large, bulky devices with giant numbers and an on/off button used by elite business professionals and politicians. Then low and behold, cell phones became a mainstream consumer product almost overnight. Cell phone stores popped up at every major intersection. Cell phones became more affordable. Carriers began to offer family plans, and cell phones in schools became more and more common. Now, everyone has a cell phone. Cell phones are snappy touch-screens with fancy gizmos and gadgets people can use to take pictures, surf the web, listen to music, watch movies, play games, and send and receive text messages. The cell phones of the 90s and

early 2000s look like cheap, plastic toys. Cell phones are as much of a fashion statement as they are a practicality. We are a screen culture. We can interact with others without even talking to or seeing them. Technology has made our lives, faster, more efficient, and more connected with other people. But with all the tremendous benefits of technology come drawbacks. The use of technology in schools, like everywhere else, has its advantages and disadvantages. Cell phones, however, are particularly troublesome. Cell phones are a distraction to students who use them during class. Students who are texting during passing can easily forget where they’re going, and

students who use cell phones during lunch can text their friends who are in class. Regulating how and when cell phones are used is a difficult issue. Most North students can attest to the ineffectiveness of the old cell phone policy. It was impractical and arbitrarily enforced. Some teachers would allow students to have cell phones out, while others would gleefully confiscate any cell phone in sight without prior warning. While students will continue to text in class, and teachers and principals will continue to confiscate cell phones as before, the new policy acknowledges the fact that cell phones are here with us to stay, and that using cell phones outside of class isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

They did it, too!

Teachers shouldn’t justify extreme workloads based on others’ actions

{By Ephraim Chaney} “It’s for your own good. We’re preparing you for high school.” A phrase I heard over and over again at Hocker Grove Middle School. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. “The reason we assign so much homework is because we’re getting you ready for college,” my high school

teachers informed me. I can already imagine what I’ll hear once I get to a university. My preparation for the real world will never be complete until I endure an overbearing workload. It’s a shame, really. To think that the large workload is justified simply because “they’re doing it, too.” As children, weren’t we taught to never use that excuse? Justifying your actions simply because others have done the same thing is no valid reason for you to commit the same acts. Nevertheless, I understand why teachers feel the need to defend their homework policies. Homework is a necessary evil I have come to accept.

When assigned, homework is the tool that makes sure the student knows how to use what skills they have learned in class. Without homework, I would never know how much I have learned until I took a test, and by then, it would be too late to save myself from a failing grade. But is there ever such a thing as too much? The Shawnee Mission School District homework policy states that high school students should expect three hours of homework per night, or 15 hours per week. On an average school day, I have practice, and I won’t get home until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Factor in 30 minutes for dinner and it is already 5:30 p.m. On a night when I have been assigned the

prescribed amount homework (quite often), that means I won’t finish until 8:30 p.m. Often, my family’s social life consists of, “Good morning,” and, “Good night.” Hardly what you would call a functional social life. Some would argue that this conundrum could be avoided with good time management. I would dispute that by saying there are only so many hours in one day. An adolescent can only do so much, and with pressure to do extracurricular activities mounting, their workload also increases. Carrying the world on your shoulders simply to “prepare” for something worse is not a good enough reason to overwork yourself.

(Un)diverse: we have ignored the larger picture It’s time for a new approach to diversity

{By Nathaniel Zoschke} “Diversity.” Everywhere I go, I’m constantly surrounded by this word. From a very early age, we are told that each of us is different, and that we need to accept everyone for whom they are. We live in a globalized society, one that is increasingly multi-cultural and

diverse. We interact more with other groups and cultures than we ever have before. The one objection I have with the term diversity is its usage. In order for something to be diverse, it has to include that which is different, and in order for something to be different, it must deviate from what is considered normal. The problem is that “normal” doesn’t exist because each person is completely different. The use of diversity in our culture seems to revolve around the concept of racial and ethnic diversity. In a country with a past torn by racial and ethnic conflict and discrimination, we feel the need to compensate for a bias that preferred white males.

Yet on a global scale, the concept of normal is particularly confusing. No one gender, culture or group of people is predominant. The notion that “white” is normal and diversity is “everything else” seems to only reinforce the Eurocentric worldview that we are trying to leave behind. We have gone way too far in our attempts to correct the past. In 1960, “racist” was a term used to describe someone who advocated racial and ethnic segreation. A “racist” was someone who wouldn’t hire employees because of their skin color. In 2009, a racist is a person who slips up and says something they don’t really mean (I’m not talking about racial slurs) and finds themselves

ridiculed and called other offensive terms as punishment. This contant, paradoxical political bantering has trivialized the racism of the past and the racism that still does exist. We are forgetting what diversity is all about. A racist sees a person as a color. A non-racist sees a person as an individual. Race and ethnicity do play a role in who we are, but we are so much more than a color or the country we are born in. When we talk about diversity, let’s focus on the internal qualities that truly make us unique: our personality, beliefs, ideals, values, goals, intellect, and character.

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phone crazed

SM North adopts new cell phone policy


SM North gets pumped at fall 3


Policy allows students to carry cell phones during lunch, passing

{ By Ephraim Chaney} enior Ellie Davidson walks through the halls of Shawnee Mission North with her phone in her hand. A year ago, this would have been a cause for concern, as it would violate SM North’s cell phone policy. However, the administration has instituted a new policy, and Davidson, along with any other student, has the right to use a cell phone during passing. “It’s a lot easier not having to hide your phone all the time,” Davidson said. “And being able to make important phone calls during lunch is really helpful.” Students are now able to use their phone during any time of the day except class periods due to changes in the new policy. Gone are the days of confrontation and confusion over whether or not phone use was acceptable, such as texting a parent. After having informal discussions with parents, students and teachers, Principal Richard Kramer decided it was time for a change. “Parents said, ‘My son or daughter carries a phone because I want to know where they are and I want to get a hold of them.’” Kramer said. “And it’s hard to argue that. Teachers in our own building use cell phones to contact their kids. So we just thought, ‘To heck with this double standard, let’s try to get everybody where we can use a policy that all can respect.’” Kramer also noted that many teachers were uncomfortable with confiscating personal property. “They didn’t want to feel like they had to enforce a rule that was really hard to enforce,” Kramer said. “What happened was some teachers were enforcing and some weren’t, and it was causing some inconsistencies across the board.” Some teachers, like math teacher Sarah MacMann, didn’t want to go through the process of assigning punishments for repeated cell phone use. “In my Algebra 1B class, if it was out, I usually took it, but I didn’t really do the whole detention thing,” MacMann said. Teachers often found confiscating phones to be more trouble than it was worth. The event usually led to a class disruption, and creative students found their way around losing their phone. “They had SIM cards, and they would just take out the SIM card and use another phone,” Kramer said. The administration decided the policy did more harm than good, and that a change was necessary. “We decided that we would find some common ground where kids could see that we’re trying and hopefully they would respond and show us that they could try.” Kramer said. “The student can use their cell phone anytime during the day except during an instructional block.” Kramer has received a lot of positive feedback from both teachers and students alike. “I like the new rules,” Davidson said.



Timeline T 1947T

A history of of the device students love, teachers dread

The concept of a cellular phone is developed by Bell Laboratories, inspired by the use of police radios in cars.

1954 1968


The car phone is invented, although it isn’t used widely until the 1970s.

The Federal Communications Commission lifts a regulation limiting radiospectrum frequencies to allow research for better communications.


Martin Cooper of Motorola invents the first cell phone by applying portable technology to the existing car phone.


The Motorola DynaTac 8000X is the first cell phone available to the public. The DynaTac 8000X weighs two pounds and costs nearly $4,000.


The first text message is sent between two young computer programmers. Because cell phones of the time were not equipped to send text messages, the message was typed on a computer keyboard. There are 11 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S.


The Intellect, the world’s first wireless camera phone, is produced. The Intellect is capable of still image and non-live video transfers.


Sprint debutes the Sanyo SCP-5300, the first mobile camera phone available to U.S consumers. The Danger Hiptop, one of the first swivel phone and one of the first cell phones to offer mobile E-mail and web browsing, is introduced. There are 140 million cell phone subscribers in the United States.

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The first generation iPhone is introduced, and over one trillion text messages are sent. There are more than 250 million subscribers in the United States, compared with 55 million in 1997 and only 92,000 in 1985.

1. Assistant Principal Eric Rembold speaks to students at the first assembly of the year, held Sept. 4. 2. Senior Abby Row practices an extension prior to the assembly. 3. Cheerleaders cradle Freshman Emily Kellar. 4. “Junior Junior!”Seniors Seth Hydeman and Danielle Woodring lead class cheers during the assembly.

Pandemic School is back in session, and the flu season is rapidly approaching. The 2009 flu season has raised concern with the advent of the H1N1 Flu pandemic. The H1N1 Flu has the same symptoms of the regular flu, and is accompanied by a fever. The virus is spread between persons, mainly through coughing or sneezing of infected people. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 8,000 cases of the H1N1 flu have resulted in hospitalization in the United States since the virus was first spotted


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in April 2009. The good news is that an overwhelming majority of cases have been treated without complications. The hospitalization rates for those infected with the virus are similar to or lower than the rates for those infected with seasonal influenza. The bad news is that schools are breeding grounds for the virus, which has caused a greater disease burden on persons under 25 than the regular flu. The CDC advises practicing proper hygiene and maintaining social distance to prevent contact

What is the H1N1 flu?

The H1N1 flu is a virus strain that contains two genes normally found in pigs in Europe and Asia, bird (avian) Information from the CDC to answer your questions abou the H1N1 flu genes, and human genes. The virus was originally referred to as the “swine flu,” because it was once thought to contain genes found in North American pigs.

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How does H1N1 differ from the seasonal flu? Every year, an average of 36,000 people die from flu-related complications, and an average of 200,000 are hospitalized. The vast majority of cases have been treated without complications, and hospitalization rates compare favorably with the regular flu.



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Weird news from around the globe

Only in Florida


Viva Viagra

{By Kelsey Larson} On Monday Sept. 7, Keith Marriott, 41, was arrested on the beach in Madeira, Fla. after a witness said he would pretend to drown, and then began to throw jellyfish at nearby teenagers. According to a sheriff ’s report, Marriott caused “concern of his safety” when he would submerge himself under water and float back up to the top. Marriott was soon charged with disorderly intoxication. He was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, because according to the St. Petersburg Times, Marriott had a pocket knife in his shorts. Marriott was being held on a $250 bond.

{By Nickole Nosal} The new Guiness Book of World Records largest meatball was produced in Mexico om Aug. 5by chefs at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun. Originally the meatball was supposed to promote the upcoming movie “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” based on the children’s storybook. The meatball weighed in at 109 lbs. beating the previous record by 37 lbs. The meatball was then served to onlookers.

{By Brittany Williams} Sept. 9: retired Israeli army sergeant Arye Sachs put a 20-foot- long missile in front of Pfizer’s Manhattan headquarters with “Viva Viagra” on the side. Constructed from decommissioned parts, Sachs loaded the missile into a trailer and drove through the Midtown Tunnel. This piece of art reminded the public just how powerful phallic imagery and satire can be, although Pfizer didn’t exactly “get a rise” from the 20-foot implication placed in front of their headquarters. Even after Pfizer had their feathers ruffled, Sachs is not stopping any time soon with his satirical statements. Next, he plans on parking the front end of a fighter jet, guts exposed, in front of the headquarters. The caption emblazoned on it? “Ladies: This is your heart on LIPITOR. Any questions?”

school survey

The Mission polls 100 SM North students to see what’s hot around the school








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The Shawnee Mission School District advises students with a fever to stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. “I would advise everyone to just be healthy, to eat well and sleep well,” Polise said. “If we’re run down, our bodies’ are less capable of fighting what comes along. When school starts, everyone gets busy. Sometimes that means staying up late to finish homework. It is important for students to manage their time, and that means not going out sometimes.”

How can I prevent the H1N1 Flu? Everyday hygiene habits are effective and preventing the H1N1 flu. People should cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbows as opposed to their hands, and avoid touching their faces. Hand washing is essential, and social distancing is advised.

What should I do if I have flu-like symptoms?

It is advised that those wit flu-like symptoms stay home and avoid unnecessary social contact. Parents are advised to keep sick children at home. The CDC recommends staying home until 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications).




Harry Potter






Google v. Bing





Music during passing


Harry Potter


Blackberry v. iPhone



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Red v. Cardinal




Football v. Soccer




Pepsi v. Coke



Walmart v. Target


Math v. Science Twilight v. Harry Potter the book Twilight v. Harry Potter the movie








Handwashing when to wash

>> Before preparing or eating food >> After going to the bathroom >> After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom >> After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing >> After handling an animal or animal waste >> After handling garbage >> Before and after treating a cut or wound

soap and water

hand sanitzer

>> Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.

>>If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.

>> Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.

>>Apply product to the palm of one hand.

>> Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.

>>Rub hands together.

>> Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend. >> Rinse hands well under running water, and dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet

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Exchange students describe differences between U.S. and their homes countries

Oscar Klamer

Senior Oscar Klamer

Songran Shi

>> School in Sweden is more personalized >> Drinking age is lower in Sweden, but driving age is higher >> Says American style of dress is more casual than in Sweden >> School in Sweden is more “personalized,” and students have more elective classes >> Very little fast food in Sweden compared with the United States

Senior Songran (Tim) Shi

Senior Markus Luther

Markus Luther >> Summer break in Germany is only six weeks long >> School in Germany lasts from 7:55 to 1:25, and lunch is eaten at home >> Has 45 minute classes with longer breaks in between >> Doesn’t have sports teams at his school in Germany; plays varsity soccer at North >> more cultural diversity in U.S.

>> Cars and cell phones are much cheaper in the United States than in Shi’s home country >> Says America is a “totally new experience” >> Says that people in America are more relaxed and casual >> Enjoys taking music classes at SM North


North students travel overseas to vacation, experience other cultures I t was May 30. Sophomore Kathryn Zoschke had been anticipating her trip to Italy for well over a year, and she was going to leave the very next day. Her cousin, Jacob Pierce, who would travel to and from Italy with her, had just arrived in Kansas City. There was only one problem: Kathryn’s passport hadn’t arrived yet. Fortunately, her trip was rescheduled and the passport arrived eventually. Unlike many students who travel abroad to vacation and study foreign cultures, Zoschke’s main goal was to share her faith with others. Her aunt, Kathy King, and her husband, Frank, have been Protestant church-planting missionaries in Italy since 1975. “We came here to help people develop a personal faith in God,” King said. “Doing spiritual things or being religious isn’t the same as having a personal faith in God.” King and her husband, Frank, have planted three churches in the Venice area, including a Gypsy church, a Filipino church, and an Italian church. King said that having different churches for each group was necessary to overcome language barriers and cultural differences between the groups. “People develop a personal faith through the word of God, the Bible,” King said, “and for many years, the Italians couldn’t because their religious leaders did not allow them to read the Bible for themselves.”

While in Italy, Zoschke sang at churches and helped facilitate youth programs and Bible studies. Although she didn’t speak Italian, her uncle and aunt translated for her. “We helped out with a giant barbecue, which I got to sing at,” Zoschke said, “and I got to speak to people a lot. I got to share my testimony and I think it helped me develop a closer relationship with Jesus.” Zoschke’s aunt said that she had no problems socializing with people. “It was nice for the people to meet Kathryn,” King said. “We had her sing everywhere: for the Italians, Gypsies, and Filipinos. People really enjoyed hearing her sing. She wasn’t afraid of people, and she enjoyed being around them.” Zoschke said she enjoyed meeting new people. “The people there are really nice,” she said. “But the gypsies hit on us a lot.” In addition to her missionary work, Zoschke also went shopping and sightseeing. She recalls using a boat to get around in Venice, which isn’t adapted to automobile traffic. She returned to Kansas City from Italy on July 10. King, who visits the United States during

Sophomore Kathryn Zoschke stands over the Grand Canal in Vencie with her cousin, Jacob Pierce. Photos courtsey of Kathryn Zoschke

furlough, recalls her niece’s visit fondly. “I haven’t been able to spend very much time with her except for brief visits through the years,” King said. “This was a very unique moment. We became very good friends. I felt a closeness to Kathryn because not only is she my niece, she’s also my namesake.” David Zoschke, Kathryn’s father, said he was extremely happy that she got to take the trip. “It was the perfect time for her to go, because she isn’t that busy right now,” David Zoschke said. “I have no regrets about the trip. I think it was a life-changing experience for her.”

Junior Liz Finn - Africa


unior Liz Finn, who has family living abroad, traveled to many parts of Africa this summer. During the course of the two-week trip, Finn visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. “It was mostly for vacation, because we have family in Botswana,” Finn said. “But we got to learn a lot about different cultures and people also.” Of the myriad of things to do in Africa, the activites Finn participated in included visiting many cultural villages, going on safaris, and visiting Victoria Falls, the serengeti and the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. “Some of the coolest parts of the trip were just going to all the different villages,” Finn said. “Getting to see how they lived and interacted with each other. It was a lot of fun. Finn said that the worst part of the trip was the travel. “The planes were definitely the worst,” Finn said. “All the different stops, and the jet-lag. It was horrible.” But, most of all, Finn said the trip taught her many valuable lessons, like how important family is. “It was a real eye-opening experience,” Finn said. “It brought us all closer together, and made me realize what a great life I have.”

Kathryn Zoschke and cousin Jacob Pierce stand with members of a gypsie church started by Frank and Kathy King. Kathryn Zoschke eats Italian gelato with cousins.

{Stories by Nathaniel Zoschke and Ross Lubratovic}

Senior Sky Clingan - Japan


uring the summer of 2008, current senior Skylar Clingan took a trip around the world to spend 10 days volunteering in Tokyo, Japan. Now she is also planning to go back to Tokyo again in the summer of 2010. “I went last summer, and it was amazing,” Clingan said. “And I can’t wait to go back next year.” Clingan spent her days in Japan helping with her youth group, learning about the Japanese culture and seeing all of the cities famous tourist attractions. “It was great to just see their culture and learn all about them,” Clingan said. Of the millions of possible tourist destinations in Tokyo, Clingan went to Itabashi City, Chiba Park, Yoyogi Park, and also attended a Japanese worship service. “It was really interesting, watching the worship service, because of the language barrier,” Clingan said. “Definitely one of the best experiences of the trip.” Clingan said that the worst and the best thing about the trip was the food. “I loved their food,” Clingan said. “But their version of American food was definitely not American.”

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Fall Sports Roundup

Cross Country

{By Kerenza Singletary} Last season North’s Cross Country Team competed for the State Title in Lawrence. The North team fell short, but placed 6th out of 32 schools. Two seniors who graduated last year made a huge impact on the team. “It’s never good to lose good athletes,” Head Coach Ryan Colburn said, “but they did a good job of showing the underclassmen what it takes.” Working as a team is one of the squad’s goals. Senior Jeremiah Craighead said that he hoped people would “run as a team” and not individuals. Taking the state title is another goal and priority for the team. “It’s a very good chance that you could see us back in Lawrence on Oct. 31 if we continue to work hard,” senior Ephraim Chaney said.

North freshman strives for best in show in contest

Jennifer Lorenz-Johnson rides her way to victory {By Nicole Nosal and Lindsay Hinkle} At the age of three a fire was lit in freshman Jennifer Lorenz-Johnson’s heart by a horse named Bingo. “I remember Bingo planting rough, smelly kisses all over my face, then he trotted away with my heart,” LorenzJohnson said. At eight Johnson nearly gave up her love for horses and riding due to a fear from a near fatal accident. She was thrown over the head of her horse, and then the horse fell on top of her breaking


{By Kerenza Singletary} The North Varsity Football Team is looking to improve their 3-6 record from the 2008 season. The team won their first two games against Lawrence and Leavenworth. In addition, Coach Ryan Majors was named “Coach of the Week” by the Kansas City Chiefs. The team scored 17-14 against Lawrence on Sept. 4, and 41-0 against Leavenworth on Sept. 11. The team wants to extend their season this year from past seasons, and they feel they have the ability to do so. “We have a very high chance,” senior Brandon Currie said, “we have a lot of returning starters.” With all senior key players returning, Head Coach Ryan Majors, said much of the responsibilities will fall on their shoulders. “The role of accountability will be on the seniors,” Majors said, “as opposed to me and the coaches driving the hammer, telling them to do this and do that.” Additional changes include a new Varsity Defensive Coach, Jayson Poppinga, and a new Positions Coach, Henri Childs, with the loss of Bryan DeLong and Marvin Brown. “It’s hard on the team to lose a set of coaches that have been there for a while,” senior Dallas Buck said, “plus, DeLong is such a great Weights Coach.” Senior Kevin Park said that he will miss last year’s coaches that aren’t with them anymore. “I liked them both, and liked being coached by them.” said senior Kevin Park, “It’s O.K. because I know they’re going to help some other kids out.” Changes have been made on the field. Senior Arthur Rucker is now a running back instead of quarterback and, junior Kyle Goodburn has taken his place as quarterback. “Arthur didn’t do anything wrong its just Kyle made quick decisions as quarterback when we needed him to”, Majors said, “Rucker is what you call a ‘Football Player’, he’s not just a quarterback or a Running back or safety, he can do it all. We need both of them on field at the same time.”

Boy’s Soccer


{By Kerenza Singletary} The North Varsity Soccer Team is striving this year to improve from their 2008 season record of 3-9-1. Teammates agreed that 2009 senior Brad Remy has left big footprints for someone else to fill. However, the team still plans to move forward without him. “It will affect the team,” senior Derek Plowman said, “but, he will be able to be replaced, we have good captains this year.” The players believe that this season will really be something to pay attention

“It’ll be interesting,” senior Nick King said, “we have a couple unexpected but, skilled players.” The team plans to lengthen their soccer season. “We have to start out getting wins,” senior Carlos Vargas said. “When we play bigger competition we can attack.” Head Coach Steve Collins has a new strategy to approach the season. “I am going to make sure we focus on technique and tactics”, Collins said, “so, we can put a good product on during our campaign.” On the announcements early on in the school year there was a specific announcement pertaining to the soccer tryouts. It said if you tryout, the first 20 people get a nice free bag. “It was an infomercial,” Collins said, “I was just foolin.” On August 28th the soccer team had their first game of the season against Barstow and lost that game 3-2. To recover from the loss the team matched up against Gardner on September 1st and won that game 1-0.

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multiple bones. “I remember thinking at the time of the accident that I could be paralyzed for life,” Lorenz-Johnson said. Grateful for encouragement from family and friends, she resumed riding and used it as therapy to heal body and soul. “Show-riding is a combination of dress, posture, and always having outstanding horsemanship,” Lorenz-Johnson said. Dress standards are proper attire consisting of, dark-colored riding pants (Kentucky Jodhpurs), Jodhpur boots, a form-fitting sweater or shirt, tie and vest. “Maintaining a well-composed appearance has everything to do with your posture, which takes a great deal of mind and body training,” Lorenz-Johnson said. Another aspect of show riding is good horsemanship, which involves working with, and appreciating all aspects of the horse. “The horse is not only your partner and your friend, your horse becomes a part of you,” Lorenz-Johnson said. Lorenz-Johnson has competed with

six horses but the two she owns are the ones she has competed with the most. Her favorite horse is named CO Perfect Timing or, as he is known in the stable, Timmy. She now competes with a horse named RWF Walk in the Park also known as Parker. “Jennifer will be competing in the 18 and under divisions,” Susan Lorenz, Lorenz-Johnson’s mother, said. Her mom and grandmother are both proud that Lorenz-Johnson has done something that she hadn’t already been good at. “I think unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow,” Lorenz said. In Lorenz-Johnson’s horse show career she has won nine 1st place’s, five 2nd places, twelve 3rd places, eleven 4th places and seven 5th- 10th. Also in her most recent show, this past week in Springfield, Ill.,s she took 2nd in Jr. Exhibitor English Pl 17 and under as well 6th in Junior Exhibitor English Pl Championship. “My favorite ribbon is, believe it or not, my baby blue 10th place ribbon,” said Lorenz-Johnson. “It is my favorite color and it is hanging up in my baby blue room.”

Girl’s Tennis

{By Kelsey Larson} This season’s girl’s tennis team has about 20 members that are looking to improve last year’s season. “We are going to be a little stronger and more competitive this year,” coach Aime Schick said. This year Schick is planning to condition the team a little bit more to get them ready for some intense matches. Over the off-season junior Ceara Boldridge, sophomore Lindsey Beger and sophomore Sara Thompson played in tournaments and took lessons to improve their tennis skills. “I had many tournaments over the summer,” Beger said. “It was tough, but it helped improve my strokes.” When the 2008 tennis season ended the team only lost two seniors. This year they will lose eight seniors. “It’s one of the best sports ever,” senior Aimee Busch said. “I’m going to miss it a lot and I’m definitely not going to stop playing.”

Girl’s Golf

{By Kelsey Larson} Golf is a sport that the SMN girl’s golf team thinks is misunderstood. “Everyone thinks that it’s boring,” sophomore Haley Lathem said. “If I could tell someone one thing its that golf is not boring.” Lathem is a new member to the team of 13 girls. “It’s been fun meeting all these new people and learning new things,” Lathem said. Last season only seven girls joined the golf team. “It’s been pleasant and surprising that all these girls tried out,” Coach John Stone said. “It’s going to be a great season.” The loss of last year’s seniors left a void on the team. “They were coached their entire high school career,” Stone said, “It was sad to see them go.” This season the team is only going to lose two seniors. “The thing I’m going to miss most is being part of the team,” senior Tessa J. Huffman whose played golf for two years said. “I’m also going to miss Coach Stone and his advice.”


{By Kerenza Singletary} In the 2008 volleyball season the Varsity team had a record of 13-21 to end the season. They weren’t pleased with how the season went, because there was another new coach to adapt to. In the upcoming season, there’s yet again a different coach, Sarah Price. “It’s hard to adjust to a different coach,” senior Mary-Pat Specht said, “since I’ve had so many. This year the girls are pumped up to take the state title. “We have a super high chance to go to State; not even a question,” senior Amy Carlisle said. “We’re first in Summer League.” The team also lost five seniors last year that contributed to the team. “Seniors this year will have to step up,” Specht said, “to take last year’s seniors’ spots.” Showing school spirit and pride means everything to the athletes on the court or field. “Everyone always talks about football and basketball,” senior Kara Cornwell said, “when people talk about volleyball, it feels good. On Sept. 3 the girls had their first night of matches of the season at Shawnee Heights. The team finished the night with wins of 2-1.

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