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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 5

THE SPARTAN VOICE

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

WICHITA COLLEGIATE SCHOOL

An Instant Classic! November is upon us, and the air is starting to feel more like winter. November means Thanksgiving, the Musical, and those much anticipated days off. While all these events are important, the most important event during the month of November is No Shave November. What is No Shave November? It’s pretty self-explanatory! No Shave November is pact that men and women make not to shave during the month of November. Originally created for prostate cancer awareness, No Shave November has stretched to every corner of the globe. In 2010 a website was created called Movemember.com, in which men and women can register to participate. The website proudly exclaims that it is “Mustache” season. According to Movember.com any man that participates in No Shave November is a “Mo Bro, and any woman that participates is a Mo Sista. I recently asked Mr. Wren (his beard has often been compared to Paul Bunyan’s) if he would be participating in No Shave November? He replied, “you don’t want to see me after a month of not shaving!” So I urge the entire student body to participate in No Shave November. There

Happy Birthday to our favorite Basketball Coach

So I urge the entire student body to participate in No Shave November. There are many styles of facial hair that are quite tasteful. Maybe a classy hand bar? Or even the notorious Fu Manchu (Mr. Wren!). The possibilities are endless. What ever you decide to go with this No Shave November do it for prostate cancer! By Edgar Corrigan.


Kim Kardashian filed for a divorce after only seventytwo days of marriage. She was married to Kris Humphries on August 20th 2011. Many people think that the marriage was a fraud but Kim continues to claim that she “married for love.” Seventy-two days of marriage does not show true love. Kim also “had hoped this marriage was forever” but she didn’t even try to fix the problems. If a people are really in love, they would at least try to work out their problems longer than seventy-two days. This divorce doesn’t work out People hold a “vigil” outside Kim’s store in SoHo NYC. How will you deal?

well for Kris because he doesn’t have the legal right to get the $2 million engagement ring back, and Kim hasn’t said that she will give it to him. The divorce sadly is not very much of a shock because this was expected to happen. So Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will now be back to their single lives. By Christi Peterson.


T-REX ARMS

Cutting Us “Short.” By James Engel

By Edgar Corrigan Wichita experienced a sudden cold front early this week, which has led many people to question the idea of winter. It seems every year in early October the weather leaves us with the unrealistic idea that the weather will stay comfortable forever. This idea isn’t true of course. It also seems around this time of year that students make a sport out of complaining about the climate of the building. A common expression among students is “why is it soo cold in here?” Or the occasional “ I wish I had a blanket!” This also the time of year the building becomes acquainted with different styles of clothing. Students can be seen around the building sporting anything from snuggies to scarfs. Freshman Parth Khare described his scarf as simply “classic.” Another pretty consistent style among students is the always-enjoyable T. Rex arms. For those of you who don’t know, T. Rex arms occur when a person retracts their arms into their short-sleeved shirt due to the cold. Senior Joey O’Hara has made a career out of T. Rex arms. Though Joey has gotten a lot of crap for his T. Rex arms in the past, he maintains “T. Rex arms allow me to express myself, sometimes I even pretend I’m a pterodactyl!”

DAYLIGHT SAVINGSSA ENDS SATURDAY NIGHT CLOCKS GO BACK!!!!!

This week became the first week boys are no longer allowed to wear shorts to school until next year. Yes, it may be colder outside but there is still the question of why no shorts? Even though it is cold outside, we should still be allowed to wear shorts throughout the year. Other than the thirty seconds between our cars and the doors we are inside all day. The school also has heating so it will always be warm inside. Plus, if we think it is too cold for shorts then we can choose to wear pants, but the boys should still have the option to choose. On the first day of school, Mr. Ashbrook was asked by a freshman why we cannot wear shorts in the winter. After a long moment of thinking, Mr. Ashbrook replied, “I don’t have a reason.” That is really the truth; there is no reason that boys should not have the option. Now one might be thinking who would want to wear shorts anyways? Most boys probably will wear pants but if one feels like wearing shorts then that person should be able to decide for themselves.


ARB DAY 2011 By Elly Vosburgh Last Saturday Pro-H sponsored a trip to the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plain. About ten people went to spend a day in the great outdoors. Volunteers helped clear out flowerbeds and pull weeds. Lunch included hot dogs and s’mores roasted over a fire. We took a tour of the arb and went on a forest walk on the “Trail of Champions”. Of course Ms. Macy couldn’t resist giving us a geometry lesson about the bridge currently being built. When asked about Arb day, Ms. Macy said that she “loved seeing all my besties and showing off the Trail of Champions and educating city kids about the great depression of 2011.” Because of lack of rain last summer the creek is completely dry and the arboretum is not flourishing as much as usual. On Sunday the 13th the arboretum is featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in concert as a fundraiser to dredge the creek bed. If you have never been, I would highly recommend making the trip to see this beautiful historical landmark. All photos by Cora Burgoyne.g


An Interview with HUNTER MORRIS Arkalalah la la la. By Diana Kim As most of you know (kind of) the Wichita Collegiate Band, instructed by Mr. Fischer and Mr. Hake (also known as Shake n’ Bake), went to a marching festival last Saturday at Arkalalah. The band did very well with a score of a 1-, 2+, and 2 from the judges, with 1 being the highest score. This would be Collegiate’s only second year of competing in Arkalalah, or a marching festival in general. I myself am not surprised we, as in the band, got way better scores this year than last year (second to last place.). With morning practices starting at 7:20 AM and marching at the break of dawn, I would say the judges would’ve been crazy if they gave us a score lower than 2. The week before the festival was crazy. Not only did the band had to come in early for school and practice (for what felt like five hours) in the freezing weather, we had to come in after school and march out in the field for another half hour. Other than that, I have to admit that all the practices paid off obviously at Arkalalah. Although the morning practices ended up being very helpful, it was not a very pleasant memory for most of us. Marching for a good two hours outside in twenty degree weather with nothing to do but play music and slowly become hypothermic, we could easily conclude that it was terrible. Anybody would be considered idiotic to me if they said they liked practicing outside at 8:00 in the morning… When asked about early band practices in the morning, Jonathan Dennill said: “It was really hard waking up in the morning knowing that I’d have to spend an extra hour out in the cold. And Diana wouldn’t share her hot chocolate with me because she’s mean.” Jonathan, first of all, you didn’t ask soon enough. Second of all… there is no second of all. Vafa Behzadpour, also asked about the morning practices, said: “They sucked eggs.”

Q: What are a few of your favorite things? A: Kittens, cream colored ponies, whisky and kittens, blue satin sheets, but my favorite things are nuns. Q: Would you play mixed doubles tennis if it was offered at WCS? A: Oh yes, . . . in a heartbeat. Q: Do you expect to make girls cry in your upcoming performance of ‘Sound of Music?’ A: Every time, I have the voice of an angel. Q: Best male dancer in the show? A: Joey, his moves are hypnotic. Q: Have you developed a crush on your Romantic lead? A: Yes, a huge one. Q: Have you ever tried sounding enthusiastic? A: Once. It came off as angry. Q: How about enthusiastic? A: Worse. Q: Do you sing to yourself? A: Yes, in the shower... Q: Do you make up your own lyrics? A: Umm, ya, I rhyme on my free time. Q: What is your favorite Halloween candy? A: Hmmm, that reminds me of a song. Q: What is your favorite Open Lunch spot? A: Panda Express. I get the orange chicken at least twice a week. Q: Who is older you or Harrison? A: We don’t know. Mommy won’t say. Q: Do people ever get you guys confused with the other Morris twins from KU? A: NO. Even with Harrison playing BB. Q:Twin telepathy? A: Yes. Q: Parent trap movie? A: We have never seen it.


PAPER TWEET:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or not?

Featuring Coach Fiegel. By Jake Barrett

Every year when the leaves start to change the age old argument of when is it the right time to bring out the Christmas spirit arises. Some Christmas enthusiasts argue that it’s never too early to break out Bing and mistletoe, in contrast though some argue that Q: Q: If you could have Christmas displays in the middle of October are somewhat erratic. anything in the world for your In previous years I always considered the Christmas displays in birthday, what would it be? October to be way too much. However, this year over this last A: If I could have anything in weekend I found the Christmas cd’s to be a temptation I could not resist. There is just something really familiar about Christmas carols the world for my birthday, and some Christmas enthusiasts love them so much they listen to note that that is a loaded them all year long in anticipation for the big event. Christmas carols tend to transport people back to when they were children and fill question, I would choose to them with the spirit of the holiday, so why wouldn’t people want to spend as little time in listen to them as soon as it starts to chill and Christmas starts coming purgatory before going to to the forefront of their minds? Personally, I believe this is why heaven as people start bringing out Christmas stuff so soon, the sooner they bring it out the longer the season, the longer the joy. possible. (helped to the For those of you who aren’t so giddy about breaking out the answer by Coach Reed). Christmas spirit and argue that the season is painfully prolonged or, if you aren’t in choir and you haven’t been singing Christmas carols since September and you think that the Christmas season lasts too long then perhaps you just need a hug and a peppermint mocha. By Bell Schwartz

COACH FIEGEL’S CHICKEN ENCHILADAS 1 T. Butter

1 can (11oz. ) enchilada sauce

1/3 cup chopped onion 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken 1 can (8 oz.) stewed tomatoes 1/2 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles, drained 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili powder, or to taste

8 flour or corn tortillas 1/3 cup of sour cream 3/4 cup shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese Chopped green onions, for garnish.

salt and pepper Preheat oven to 450°. In a large frying pan, melt butter. Add onion and sauté until softened. Add chicken, tomatoes, ¼ cup of the salsa, the chilies, if used, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through. Keep warm over low heat. Cover the bottom of an 8 x 12 x 2 baking pan with half the enchilada sauce. Once at a time, dampen each tortilla with water and heat on both sides in a hot, ungreased frying pan until soft and pliable. Place ¼ cup of the chicken mixture on each tortilla and roll; place in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce, remaining salsa, the sour cream, and cheese. Cover and bake until heated through, 15 minutes. Serve garnished with green onion!


“Grow Older. Get Shorter.” That’s How Life Works. Parth Khare Remember all those times you questioned if humans get shorter as they progress in life? Well, confirmation has arrived. A shocking new study recently released states that as you get older, you will indeed get shorter. `On a daily basis, an average person is 0.5 inches shorter in the morning then during the day. Why? Every day, your vertebrae contract. The average man’s height in America is 5 feet 9.5 inches, but over a period of time things happen in the body that cause it to slightly decrease in height. An accumulation of data proves that men lose about 1.5 inches between the ages 30 and 70 and a total of 2 inches by the age of 80! The average women height in America is about 5 feet and 4 inches. Between ages 30 and 70, women lose an average of 2 inches and by the age of 80 they lose 3.1 inches. Now, here is the icing to the cake: Why does it happen? The gel- like pads between the vertebrae, also know as disks, loose fluid over time. This causes them to flatten out. Also, the arches in your feet flatten out, which further decreases ones height. But, what is so bad about this decrease in height? This decrease most likely results in a medical condition called osteoporosis, in which the bones become brittle and weak. Rapid height loss also signifies heart disease in men. Other diseases are more noticeable by height loss in men because most men’s bones have more mass, thus lose bone marrow more slowly. For example, researchers found that men who’s height dropped more than 1.2 inches over a 20 year span were 46 percent more culpable to suffer from coronary heart disease, and 64 percent more likely to die from any other cause. Also, losing height rapidly can increase chances of vertebral fractures increase by 20 percent. Here is the catch; this can be easily reduced by commonly ignored tips given by doctors. To reduce it, all you need to do is to eat nutritious foods with plenty of vitamins and calcium and exercise. Don’t deny that fact that your doctor and mother tell you to these things.

JOEY ANGELO TREVOR MYLES HARRISON JONATHAN D VAFA TRACERY PARTH JACK NARON DEVON & MAX HUNTER . .


SPARTAN HOROSCOPES November 5 Aries: Your extremely hard headed nature will prove itself useful in the following week. your chances of drowning have doubled. Swim team? Taurus: This week confrontation with Seniors may arise; you will be publicly humiliated. Unless you are Dr. Nixon. Gemini: Luck is coming your way, all your miseries will cease with your rejuvenation over the weekend. Just stop eating so much Halloween candy. Cancer: You will get food poising from your favorite restaurant and it won’t be your favorite restaurant ever again. Stick to Sage. Leo: Your dog will die after discovering buried treasure. You determine if that is good or bad. Go Spartans.

Letter by James Franco to his 16 year old self.

Virgo: You will have the urge to hurt those around you. But you will refrain and prosper this next week. Write a paper instead. Libra: You will be betrayed by a loved one or someone dear to you. Kill them on the football field. Scorpio: Your extreme good looks will be noticed by those around you. Especially by freshmen. Sagittarius: You will find love in the most unusually and awkward places. Like the basement. You’re on the short track to get married. Capricorn: You will be blessed with a sudden growth spurt, but then spill acid on your face and die. Aquarius: Tell those dear to you, you love them. We love you Sydney Lower. Pisces: You will find yourself falling madly in love with French class.


PHONE TAG As always, I will start with Android phones. First off, there are tons of different phones, which in itself is a plus. You can find the exact phone that serves your needs, such as if you want a full keyboard, nice camera, high processing speed, big screen, small screen, and even 3 dimensions. This allows for the consumers to purchase the precise phone that they want, with nothing they don’t. Next, there are many free apps on the market. Android utilizes a very well thought-out system where most apps have a free version and a payed version. The free version is usually just the whole app with ads on it for various products. If you want to remove the ads, pay $0.99 for the ad-free version. Other free versions sometimes restrict content, but otherwise is still the whole app. Rarely, you will see a demo that lets you play one level then tells you to buy an app, which you see all too often on the Apple store. Android phones are also generally cheaper (generally because there are ALWAYS exceptions). After you buy the phone and the plan, usually the iPhone and its plan cost more. Lastly, Android phones are very customizable. They have more freedom than any Apple phone. You can change the whole interface, download new software, and utilize the standard four buttons (instead of just one). Now don’t go and say, “Well the iPhone is a higher quality phone than all the Android ones.” because it’s not. The phones are about equal in technology-specs, battery life, and display resolution. A medium-to-high-end Android phone can function just as well as the iPhone, and both always have pros and cons. The iPhone is a very popular phone. You can rarely go out in public without seeing one. The phone itself is a status symbol that gives off the vibe, “Yeah, I can afford this.” To be fair, there are a few good things about the phone. It was revolutionary in its design when it first came out. They continue to try to be innovative with Siri and other features that they put on the iPhone 4. Siri is admittedly really cool. It just takes the place of a Google search that would be almost as easy, but it looks cool. Battery life is consistent. Not particularly good, but consistent. The touch screen works pretty well, with few glitches. The phones rarely crash, but when they do, they are awful. It is a good phone for what it’s made for, but it doesn’t do anything extra that is particularly outstanding. You get what you get, with an iPhone, and you don’t throw a fit. It may seem like I’m biased toward Android, which I am somewhat, but truly, the phones are about equal. Android is gaining ground and maybe even surpassing the progress of Apple in the phone battle, purely because they keep making new things more often. Apple releases a new phone every year, or so, and this one was basically just an upgrade to the previous, disappointing a lot of people. If you want a phone, do some research on what YOU want. If you look at the top Android phone on the list of phones that fits your specs and the iPhone 4s, and THEN you pick the iPhone, more power to you. The phone should be what YOU want, and the whole point of these articles is to address those who say, “iPhones are better. End of story.” because they aren’t truly. (You can’t really say something is better than something else until you have had both, and I have (my mom got the 4s and lent it to me for a week. I couldn’t stand it.)) To give a conclusion: the phones are about equal. (How anti-climactic of me...) Though Android does show potential to pull ahead in the near future. By Jake Barrett THE SPARTAN VOICE ACCEPTS THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES: The Spartan Voice is a newspaper operated by students at Wichita Collegiate School. Content in the Voice will consist of articles, editorials, letters, and any other material pertaining to the Wichita Collegiate community. The Spartan Voice was founded in the principle that all students should have an equal opportunity to share their opinion in an open, unbiased forum of discussion.

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Edgar Corrigan, James Engel, Andrew Feist, Perri Fisher, Bell Schwartz, Elly Vosburgh, Riley Kemmer, Parth Khare, Christi Peterson, Kara Maloney, Diana Kim, Eric Kelly and JOEY O’HARA.


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