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OCTOBER 22, 2010

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CHAMPIONS AGAIN Historic FIRST STATE TITLE in the NEW LEAGUE! By DIANA KIM.

Pictured: Lindsay Funke, Mary Meeker, Grace LeMaster, Jillian Johnson, Keli Dunn,

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Tennis this year has been another outstanding year for Collegiate. From winning State last year and the year before and well, the year before that . . . the Girls Tennis team has again dominated in the State Tennis Tournament. Our Head Coach is our very own seventh grade history teacher, Mr. Hawley. Coach Hawley, a very experienced tennis coach, has worked tremendously hard with the top seven tennis girls this year. ! The girls that went to state are senior Natalie Farha, juniors Jillian Johnson, Grace LeMaster and Esther Cho and sophomores Keli Dunn and Mary Meeker and Lindsay Funke, alternate. All these girls were so dedicated, from practicing early in the mornings and then again in the evenings after school. Needless to say, they have worked extremely hard both individually and as a team to compete in state. ! The final score for our team was impressive. Earning the 21st team title, Jillian Johnson and Grace LeMaster played in #1 Doubles taking 1st place against Conway Springs, Esther Cho took 7th in Singles and Natalie Farha and Keli Dunn played #2 Doubles together and placed 5th. Every single point was needed to claim the title! Our tennis girls did an amazing job at state! Well played Spartans! Spartan Voice Sta: Max Craddock, Editor & Serjay Sambros, Deputy Editor!! Tara Kneller! ! Riley Kemmer! !

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OCTOBER 22, 2010

LOL CATS: A HISTORY BY SERJAY SAMBROS Lolcats, as defined by Wikipedia: A lolcat (usually pronounced LOL-kat, sometimes el-oh-el-cat) is an image combining a photograph of a cat with the text intended to contribute humor. The very first image of a cat with text imposed on it is believed to have first originated in a 1905 magazine ad, but the image that sparked the internet lolcat revolution was first posted in 2001. It pictures ‘happy cat’ asking for a cheeseburger. After the happy cat spark, the popularity and hilarity of this internet phenomenon has had mixed results; loldogs was incredible failure, while lolwalruses have grown a decent following. Although lolcat popularity has declined and plateaued in recent years, even today over 45% of all personal emails feature at least one lolcat. More adorable cat pictures can be found with a quick google search of “lolcats.”

TOP 5 HAUNTED HOUSES. By TARA KNELLER One of my favorite things about October is the Haunted Houses. I decided to compose a list of those that everyone should check out before Halloween! 1. The Asylum Section 8 Rise of the Dead (voted #1 in Kansas). Storyline: A historic mental asylum that was shut down in the ‘70s by the government. Location: Southeast of Rock & Douglas intersection. $20, or $25 for a fast pass. 2.Fear Factor Live (only 4 story haunted house in Kansas). Storyline: A scientist goes mad after accidentally killing his little girl! Location: 6th & School Street (One block south of Kellogg on School Street in Augusta). $15. 3.Field of Screams Storyline: Beware of where the field are sick . . . Location: 4055 N. Tyler, Maize. $15, or $25 for a fast pass 4.Isle of Screams: Lair of the Wolves Storyline: The island was used to store people with the “condition.” They hoped the people would destroy each other . . . apparently it didn’t work out that way! Location: Watson Park, 3022 McLean Blvd. $15, or $22 for a fast pass. 5.House of Terror (largest indoor haunted house in Wichita). Storyline: Blood and craziness flow free through the industrial site 57. Location: 29th & Rock. $23, or $28 for a fast pass.

PAPER TWEET: BY JAKE BARRETT Featuring Coach Fiegel. Q: How gum will the new basketball team be compared to last year’s historic squad? A: Ultimately, that’s a decision they’ll have to make---and I’m anxious to see the result.

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OCTOBER 22, 2010

OPINION BY MAX CRADDOCK The “Rally.” Part II.

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! Who isn’t having a rally these days? After Glenn ! Beck’s extremely popular and patriotic “Rally to Restore ! Honor:, late night comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are having two response rallies. Stewart’s rally to ! Restore Sanity” and Colbert’s “March to Keep Fear Alive” ! ! appear to be more of a joke than anything, but the two satirists maybe on to something. Maybe everybody should ! ! have a rally! Jon Stewart’s rally website states that they only want”the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler.” Even though this is the opposite description of what most people would consider a typical rally-goer, this rally opens up a whole new form of rallying. People now have the option to exercise much more halcyon rallies. We may soon see “The Rally for Shy People” or the “The Rally for Cross-Stitchers.” The possibilities are endless.

After the major influx of rallies that we’ve seen, I only have one questions: When will Collegiate have a Rally? In this day and age everybody who’s anybody is having a rally. It doesn’t really matter what the topic is. we could have “The Rally of Coach Nesmith’s Announcements” or “The Rally of Flannel Friday.” The list goes on and on. Until then however, I say we raise a fund so that the entire school can be in attendance for these rallies. Washington D.C. anyone?

OPINION: By Alex Waldeck ! !

“TRICK or TREAT?”

During this time of year scary movie sales go up, candy is being bought by the truck load and almost every kid in America is getting a costume to wear for the spooky Halloween night. At this school Halloween used to be a pretty big deal for us. The little kids in Early Childhood get to dress-up in their costumes and parade around the quad during the Mother Goose Parade and then party! The Lower School students can dress up and then indulge in vast amounts of sugar at a huge party at the end of the day. Even the Middle School celebrates with their advising groups by having a small party. So, where is the love for the high schoolers? ! Obvious ramifications would need to be put in place for costume wear, but should we still be allowed to do something! Granted, Halloween isn’t on a weekday this year but we should get to dress-up like the ghosts and ghouls for one day of the year. On the 29th of October, which is the Friday before Halloween, the Upper School students ought to be allowed to come in festive garb, eat candy, hand in homework and then do nothing all day! The Little Devils! !

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CAN PLAYING FOOTBALL ACTUALLY CAUSE LONG-TERM BRAIN DAMAGE?

OCTOBER 22, 2010

The statistics of young people who play football are very high and many of them will accrue brain damage, By Jake Barrett. varying in severity over the years. More than 3 million ! kids play football at the youth level and 1.2 million of them suit up for their high school teams. No other ! In short, it does. Football is the leading cause sport causes as many serious brain injuries as football. of brain damage among students grade five through In 2008 there were 351,992 sport-related head injuries professional NFL players. Most people would think among high school students. High school players that you don’t get brain damage if you don’t get a report 43,000-67,000 concussions each year yet the concussion. On the contrary, it is more probable to number of unreported concussions is likely much have brain damage from repetitive hits to the head higher. More than 50% of concussed athletes are play after play. Many players think that their helmet suspected of not reporting their symptoms. protects their head. This is only partly true: your helmet protects your head not your brain. ! Larry Leverenz, an athletic training expert and professor of health at Purdue, says that there is no ! Helmets prevent skull fracture but they can’t sign or symptom that would require a coach to pull a stop brain movement during hard stops and starts. Think of it like a car when you slam on the brakes; the player out of a practice or game, so they send them right back in the game to get hit again. e also states person in the passenger seat flies into the windshield that half the players that appear fine showed changes because he’s unprepared. Every play, linemen and in the functions of their brains. They weren’t linebackers charge at their opponents, ram together concussed, but the data e collected obviously showed and cause their brains to fly around in their skulls. a great amount of impairment. Another study, One report states that average players receive more conducted on the students of an Indiana high school than 1,800 hits during practices and games, and many football team, shows that many injuries go of the hits have the force of twenty times the force undiagnosed. Four players, who had never been that you would feel if you were riding a roller coaster! They may not be concussed but they are still damaging concussed had brain impairment that was at least as bad as any player who had sustained a concussion. their brain. It is actually worse that they do not get a The impairments were surprisingly worse than the concussion because they continue to play and repeat players with concussions. These players showed huge the process thinking they are not hurt. Concussions, drops on routine cognitive tests. Brain scans also also known as mild traumatic brain injury, are head showed less activity in the parts of the brain injuries which cause a temporary loss of brain function. Symptoms effect anything cognitive, physical associated with memory. and emotional and it is caused by a jolt or a blow to ! So now that we know all these bad things that the head. (See http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/ result from hard hits in football, is there anything we 2010/10/20/sports/football/helmet.html?ref=football). can do to avoid them? Many coaches overlook the issue of brain injury because of the zest of the game, ! Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University but one step that could be taken is to reduce or limit researcher, received many donated brains of former full contact practices. This would be similar to NFL, college and high school players. In every one, baseball coaches limiting their pitchers from she saw a protein, called Tau, which defines a overthrowing to prevent arm injuries. debilitating disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Symptoms of CTE include ! Being conscious of the problem now may memory loss, depression, and paranoia. A common prevent serious ‘unconscious’ problems later. name of this disease is punch-drunk syndrome, because until recently, mostly boxers were affected by this disease. Of the dozen brains McKee examined that had CTE, ten were from linemen or linebackers. CTE can still be developed by players who have never received a concussion. !


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OCTOBER 22, 2010

University of . . . By Rachel Klingenberg For the class of 2011 it is senior year and that means college is a top priority. Mr. Mykel and our teachers have been telling us since freshmen year to start thinking about college. They weren’t exaggerating! If, by senior year, you have no idea where you want to go you will have unnecessary stress. ! You should not fully invest into one college. You need to also apply to several back-up schools in case your first choice does not work out. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! One of the most important things to pay attention to are deadlines. If you miss the deadline, it’s over. There are no second chances. ! The good news is you are not alone in the process. Mrs. Shamas, Mr. Myers and Mr. Mykel are the college councilors that are here to help you. It is their job to relieve some of the stress that comes along with applying to college. It is still your job to fill in and complete your college applications, the college councilors are here if there are snags in the road. They will smooth everything out! ! Do not wait until the last minute to start the college process. The more time you give yourself to get everything done the less stress you have overall. So, make a list, research schools you are interested in, ask lots of questions and try and visit schools if possible! By waiting too long to finish your college applications you will end up putting your homework off. That, as everyone knows, is bad and frowned upon. So it is best to balance your schedule between homework, school time, musical rehearsals, sports, friends, family and of course applying for college! !

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1897: World’s First Car Dealer opens in London. 1934: Pretty Boy Floyd is killed by the FBI in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio. Floyd had been on the run for four years following the ‘Kansas City Massacre.’ He was wanted for the death of four officers, a federal agent, multiple bank robberies and ambushing federal agents with machine guns. 1962: President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island. 1964: Jean-Paul Sartre wins and declines Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pictured above: The History making Girls Golf Team. Coach Hapward, Faith Kim, Kati Broberg and Tara Kneller. All three players qualified for state this year.


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HOROSCOPES ARIES: Venus is in retrograde for your sign this week, which you’d think would mean problems in your love life, but actually indicates imminent botulism. Interesting, isn’t it? TAURUS: Mars and Venus will both appear in your sign this week, as will Zach Galifianakis, who is in everything these days. GEMINI: They say that knowing is half the battle, but they never talk about how the other half is tactical deployment and careful use of grenades. CANCER: Your selfdestructive behavior is beginning to get out of control, which is mostly notable due to how long you were able to control your behavior while destroying yourself. LEO: You’ll be pleased to find that science has long since achieved your dream of creating a smaller cuddlier, domesticated version of the tiger.

OCTOBER 22, 2010 VIRGO: It will take considerable amounts of food, water and oxygen, followed by a long period of sleep to preserve your life for but a single day, a routine doctors say won’t work forever. LIBRA: The king’s men part you can understand, but you’ve never really comprehended how all the king’s horses were supposed to help. SCORPIO: Sometimes it feels as if your life’s long, empty hours are all beginning to blur together, but take heart, there really aren’t many left. SAGITTARIUS: Raise your voice in anger and rail against the gods all you want, but they only have it it blue and not in your size. CAPRICORN:While you are often disgusted by the shallowness and ignorance you see all around you, you have to admit it has made it easy for you to get dates. AQUARIUS: It comes down to whether you can play an instrument or drive stick, but no, you still aren’ t that cool. PISCES: Oh man, next week is going to be really something for you. No kidding. Seriously, it’s a shame you have no way of knowing what’s about to happen. (Liberally adapted from the Onion).

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VOLUME 4 ISSUE 4! lead to many problems at the administrative level. By Riley Kemmer That being said one of the and Tara Kneller biggest problems now faced by young Facebook users is how College admissions handle Facebook is one of the Facebook. It is accepted as fact biggest and fastest growing websites in the world. In nearly the Colleges will look at an applicants Facebook profile six years Facebook is now when determining whether to receiving over 175 millions admit someone to their logins a day. The popularity of University of give them a Facebook is skyrocketing. At scholarship. Any inappropriate the end of October last year it had 20 million people create an pictures, comments or just account. As of now this number plain weird stuff is enough for them to change their mind has more than doubled in the about admitting you! past year to 500 million users. One of the main reasons for Mr. Myers, the new College this “Facebook boom” is the Advisor in the Upper School new integration of Facebook attests to this practice. He says mobile. Only about 305 of that while many schools will Facebook users are currently use Facebook as a recruiting living in America. Out of 500 tool and “Friend” potential million users on Facebook students, the flip side is they about 46% of them are can review their applicant pool. between the ages of 13-20 years This is a very important factor old. to keep in mind when posting on Facebook, especially when Because of this massive adding colleges that you’re amount of adolescent users interested in as friends or liking Facebook has had to integrate certain college’s pages. new and improved security options. Although these Even if you are using the features are available, only a new integrated security options small percentage of users are on Facebook, that doesn’t mean currently utilize them. your information is protected. A recent article in the Wichita In high schools that currently do not have Facebook Eagle shows that when users play games on Facebook like privileges blocked, there are Farmvile, Fishville and Cafe, many issues about students world corporations can in “friending” teachers and using Facebook during classes. Many essence rip your personal information off your Facebook students do not realize that and sell it to others. people other than their “friends” can see information A common misconception once it has been posted, i.e. with Facebook is that your “browse” their photos. This can privacy settings set, your

FACEBOOK IS EVIL

OCTOBER 22, 2010 information is completely private; however, Facebook is not an online secret diary. The information you put on the internet can spread and can come back to haunt you. With the astounding number of photos people now post on Facebook, a complete stranger can easily track the location of photos and stalk you, thanks to to the GPS “places” app. linked on many pictures. (You can opt to have this turned off in iphoto). Despite the negative qualities and any disadvantages to its use, Facebook has taken over the roles of many older communication systems such as email and voicemail. Many kids prefer to check messages on Facebook rather than checking email. Ashia Woods says she uses Facebook almost continuously throughout the day. “I use Facebook between every class, lunch, when I get home for a few hours, probably 3 to 4 hours, and it’s always on my phone so whenever I need to use it.” Woods says “ I have email but I never check it.” So next time you are on Facebook keep in mind that you are either being stalked by some super creepy 50 year old guy posing as a 16 year old girl, or being reviewed by the college of your dreams! Be careful and don’t put posts or pictures on Facebook that you wouldn’t show Mr. Ashbrook.


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