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Eagan Independent Volume 6, Issue 8

Eagan High School | 4185 Braddock Trail | Eagan, MN 55123

May 10, 2011

Senior Timeline Spring Dance Show fuses ethnic and modern styles

By Annika Grassl News Writer


May 11: All library/ text books due with all fines May 12: Senior Retreat May 13: Privileges begin and gown package pick- up May 16: Unclaimed gown package pickup begins

May 17: Scholarship breakfast and award ceremony

May 19: Speaker/ name reader auditions

May 20: Noodles & Company lunch May 23: Panada Express lunch May 26: Raising Canes lunch May 28: Prom 2011: Enchanted

June June 1: CID/ CIP graduation ceremony

June 2: Senior Picnic and graduation rehearsal

June 4: Graduation at 2:11 pm in gym

By Laura Harford News Writer

Eagan High School’s Dance Department will perform its upcoming show, From Near to Far on May 19 and May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All students from the classes Dance Technique 1, 2, and 3 will be participating in the show as part of their class grade. This year will mark their second annual spring dance show. “The spring show is a chance for students to take all of the skills and techniques that they have learned throughout the year and put it all together for this performance.”It is a great show that brings together the diversity of dance from all different landscapes of the dance genre,” said EHS dance teacher Ms. Glaws. Glaws has been involved with the show for four years and has been teaching at Eagan for two years. The different styles of dance featured in the show include ethnic dance, hip hop, modern, rhythmic, contemporary, ballet, yoga, and stretching techniques. Also included are seven pieces of choreography prepared by students for

the audience. More regional musical styles include West Coast krump, college stomp, East Coast modern, and Mid-

closely together to create the best performance, sophomore Damian Nguyen believes that, “If people are prepared [performance nighwill] go smoothly!” Cha adds by saying, “We critique each other and help each other as a class because we spend so much time together and we want to give the best performance as a whole.” During the year, the Eagan dancers have had the incredible opportunity to work with three guest artists, Erinn Liebhard, Mai Maiden, and Eagan alumnus Codi SoePhoto courtesy of the Eagan Dance Department un. Students meet every day and have west passion. For the seniors, been working extremely hard an awards presentation will to polish their dances in order also take place before the to get ready for the show. Friday show. As most students can attest, In order to prepare for the learning the dance in class is various dance genres in this busy and tiresome. At the end year’s show, there are many of the road, however, is a capthings that the dancers do to tivating evening of movement mentally prepare themselves. and music that travels across Junior Melvina Cha explains, cultures and self, a journey “I visualize the choreogratraversing hemispheres and phy and think about how the heritage. audience may possibly react Admission to the event is so that I can better prepare free, and everyone is encourmyself to perform and get aged to enjoy the different the reaction that I’m looking styles of dance, extending for.” In addition, because a across landscapes of genre large majority of the dances and a diversity of craft. are group work, dancers work

New alternatives for vending machines most positive results will be the ones that will soon be seen in the vending machines. In Over the next few fact, some of the taste years, changes in the tested items are already vending machines will being served in the be taking place in an cafeteria. attempt to help kids Once the new items around the state and are placed in the venddistrict make healthier ing machines the people food choices. Christina buying from the maJohnson, the student chines will decide what government president comes next. Supply and says, “I think the new demand will speak for changes will move itself. Keep in mind us in a positive directhat not all food will be tion.“ The changes will replaced with healthy be gradual; only about Photo by Michelle Metcalfe options. The new items three to five new items Students can expect to see a healther snack are just there to offer a each year. options over the course of the years that are to healthier option. Mr. KoStudents at EHS come. vach states “I personally have decided the new like a combination of on a scale of really like, like, snacks that will be put healthy and not- so- healthy kinda, not really, and didn’t into the vending machines. choices- a Snickers or Nutty like. Based on their feedback, Certain PAWS’ taste- tested bar after lunch hits the spot which was sent back to the the food and ranked them for me!” company, the snacks with the By Ellie Mehr News Writer

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School standards of censorship need revisiting By Joe Stelman Editor in Chief “Censorship” is a word with ugly connotations in our society. The words “First Amendment” and “free speech” form the very core of what it means to live in our democracy. We flinch at attempts to ban books in our schools, and our administrators often share the same view. At the same time, however, administrators also have the final authority in deciding whether studentproduced material is obscene and disruptive. The problem comes when we try to define “disruptive.” At a time of year when many students order class t-shirts and other school-affiliated apparel, I sometimes wonder at some of our own school’s standards of censoring “disruptive” material. It’s not that all school censorship is a bad thing, but some of the administration’s restrictions on student material strike me as both unnecessary and a little contradictory. Case in point: A few years ago, AP Language classes presented the administration with a proposal for a class tshirt with the message “Check

Your Diction” That same year, AP Statistics students proposed a t-shirt with the message “Practice Safe Stats, Use a Calculator.” As it turns out, “Check Your Diction” apparently met our administration’s standard of obscenity. Meanwhile, “Practice Safe Stats” was given the go-ahead. I am told that the latter is far more offensive, though personally, I don’t see how. There’ve been additional points of conflict in this whole censorship case more recently, however. Two years ago, senior girls were asked to cover up their Class of 2009 shirts due to apparent subliminal messaging in the phrase “Kiss Our Class Good-bye.” Last year, AP European History students were turned down from sponsoring a shirt with the phrase “We Don’t Need Any of Your Bolshevism” for the same reason. At the same time, however, the cast members of this year’s spring play Cyrano de Bergerac sport one of the main character’s lines on the back of their t-shirt that, in my opinion, is even more overtly offensive: “That thing of yours is big, what? Very big.” Evidence of this contradiction in standards isn’t just

apparent in clothing. As one student pointed out to me, our dance team was permitted to perform the song “Animals” by Nickelback, the lyrics of which deal with sexually explicit activities in a car. At the same time, our own sports teams aren’t allowed to play pump-up music that contains profanity. Let’s put this into perspective for a minute: As a student, I’ve been allowed to watch R-rated movies in class (albeit with parent permission), many of which are littered with profanity, violence and sexual undertones. I am allowed to get “pumped up” watching the dance team dance to sexually explicit music at pep fests. At school dances, I am allowed to “grind” in plain view of administrators (or at least, could do so relatively free from reprimand). But if I wish to produce material with a harmlessly clever pun (Bolshevism) that may carry a mildly profane connotation, I am told I cannot do so. Personally, I don’t have a problem being exposed to any of this material. It’s nothing a twenty-first century teen hasn’t already been exposed to, after all. But my problem

comes with the inconsistency of applying these standards, especially at the expense of what is usually, at the core, harmless student-created work. “Hypocrisy” is probably a strong word – but there certainly are double standards that need to be cleared up. Clearly, we need more consistency in setting standards of restriction. I’m personally in favor of more relaxed regulation, simply because, as I’ve stated before, it’s nothing students haven’t already experienced. Is making reference to a “naughty” word a little inappropriate? Sure. But so is the healthy dose of F-bombs I hear from the mouths of students during passing period every day. Realistically, it’s hard to believe that censoring material on a micro scale is sheltering and protecting us from the stuff to which we’re already exposed. Defining the line of appropriateness is an everchanging boundary that administrators try their best to forge. Obviously we can’t full out cross the line, but I believe we should at least move it over a bit, if not so “Bolshevism” and “Diction” can join the ranks of “Safe Stats.”

Indoor Tanning: Is it worth the risk? By Cameron VanDyke Features Editor Prom night is creeping closer and closer every minute. The anticipation of this exciting event has girls all around Eagan frantically finding dates, searching for the perfect dress, scheduling hair appointments, making dinner reservations, planning the after-party, and…tanning like there is no tomorrow. Considering our spring weather has not exactly been ideal, those that have the desire to be tan so that their skin tone compliments the color of their dress have resorted to indoor tanning salons. Is this a smart move? To many people, tan skin has become a requirement in the definition of beauty; others believe that tan skin appears more as a “healthy glow.” As many of us know, the reality is that tanning is actually extremely detrimental to one’s health. Nonetheless, it seems to be that many people believe that being “beautiful” is a priority over being healthy (especially around prom season!). According to, almost 30 million people use indoor tanning every year in the United States, and about 2.3 million of them are teenagers. Additionally, seventy-one percent of these tanners are girls and women between the ages of sixteen and twentynine. Health is definitely my biggest concern regarding

tanning beds – they are one of the primary causes of skin cancer. Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over one million people diagnosed annually. This means that about one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at one time or another. According to, there are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. All three are extremely serious, but melanoma is considered the most extreme. Once developed it spreads throughout the body quickly, making it the most severe and deadly type. It is recorded by that after going indoor ultraviolet tanning just one time, a person is seventy-four percent more likely to develop melanoma. In addition, the likelihood that a person will develop melanoma can also double if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any time in his or her life. In fact, just one sunburn can have long-lasting, damaging effects. Melanoma is no joking matter; one person dies of this type of skin cancer every hour. Sunlight is a vital part of the chemical process that helps our bodies make Vitamin D, which is necessary to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. But, overdosing on Vitamin

D by tanning can be more harmful than helpful. Skin is exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays that provide Vitamin D through both indoor and outdoor tanning. One may argue that both methods of tanning have equal effects, and though it is true that both can indeed be unsafe, there are still huge differences between the two. First of all, people who regularly go tanning indoors take in as much as twelve times the yearly UV dose compared to the dose that natural sunlight would give them. Also, indoor tanning equipment can have UV radiation levels up to fifteen times stronger than natural sunlight. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has categorized these UV rays as a group one carcinogen. In other words, this level of radiation is as dangerous as tobacco, mustard gas, and plutonium. Tanning beds also contribute to premature aging. The harmful UV rays seep into deep layers of the skin, and may cause frown lines, brow lines, crow’s feet, sunspots, and sagging, tough, and dry skin. All these effects will appear at a much earlier age for those who go tanning frequently. So, it is up to an individual to decide whether looking extra tan on prom night is worth having aged skin as a thirty-year-old. Finally, going to tanning salons can definitely be pricey.

The cost varies depending on the package, how long a person stays, and how often a person goes. However, as with many other things, going to tanning salons frequently can quickly add up and become a major monthly expense. There are many alternative ways to appear tan without resorting to the dangerous option of tanning beds. First of all, there is always natural sunlight. Because this can still be extremely harmful to skin, be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and reapply it frequently. A second option that completely avoids UV rays is spray tanning. Although it may not give as natural of a color and can be equally as expensive as tanning beds, there are no health consequences. The same applies for sunless tanning lotions, tanning towelettes, and other cosmetics. I am not saying that I have anything at all against people who go tanning. To be completely honest, I like being tan just as much as the next person, and I envy those who are naturally tan all year long. However, it is my choice to embrace my pale complexion and not go indoor tanning. So, decide what is best for you. If you are willing to take the risk of indoor tanning, than that is your choice. But at least consider the safer, healthier options. It could be worth your life.

The Staff Editor in Chief Joe Stelman News Mayzong Lee - Editor Annika Grassl Laura Harford Ellie Mehr Laurel Scott Alanna Thelen Features Cameron VanDyke - Editor Grace Ablan Abby Johnson Matt Novitzki Pearce Olson Shelley Sibley Twie Souvannavong Sports Molly Martinez - Editor Bailey Hennen Kenzie Markland Taylor McKenzie Photography Michelle Metcalfe - Editor Haley Davis Ashley DeChaine Rachel Larson Erica Melroe Adviser Sara Stensaas

Editorial Policy The Eagan Independent is a monthly publication produced by Eagan High School students from all grade levels in a cocurricular setting. We are committed to providing a limited open forum within the community of Eagan High School - one in which opinions, discussion and input are always welcomed and encouraged. Comments, questions, thoughts and ideas may be addressed to: Eagan Independent 4185 Braddock Trail Eagan, MN 55123 or e-mailed to: eaganindependent@gmail. com Letters to the editor must be signed by the author and be 500 words or less. Letters to the editor submitted that are more than 500 words may be edited by the staff. Letters may also require editing if they contain false or libelous statements. Editorial policies and content decisions are made by the editorial board. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the writer and/or the Eagan Independent staff and are not necesssarily the opinons of the adviser, administration, students, faculty or Independent School District 196.


Eagan Independent | Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Muse: Blogging EHS Online

By Laurel Scott News Writer

Due to budget shortages, EHS’s Muse magazine – which for many years has published student-created art and literature – is no longer a physical magazine. Instead it is now a Muse website that is continue the tradition of showcasing Eagan’s artistic talents, and has added several new strategies through which to display students’ creative flairs: music, video, and fashion. “In the last four years fewer and fewer people have been purchasing the magazine,” said Muse adviser Mrs. Terhark. “Because of that we have had less money to work with. We’ve tried reducing the price of the magazine but that wasn’t apparently a fix… Dr. Reikowski and I have been talking for a while about ways to make the book not a print form. We thought a blog would be the best way to have student work showcased without any money being spent.” Said Muse writing editor Victoria Anderson, “There is writing, art, and music; and some information about the [upcoming] coffee house is on there as well.” Nimisha

Bhakta, a Muse staff member, added, “There’s a fashion forum on there too.” Both stated that they thought the blog would help the magazine’s popularity by connecting to more students online. An important new element that Muse includes on its website is fashion. Students who possess a unique fashion sense may find themselves interviewed by Muse staff, with their pictures posted on the blog as a testament to their sense of style. “It definitely allows us to not have a deadline… so that’s really convenient. And now we have two media [outlets] that we’re trying to capture - music and video. The music we haven’t had for many years and the video is totally new,” said Ms. Terhark. Terhark believes that the most difficult aspect of incorporating Muse into the new medium is that “we have to advertise to people that we want [them].” Muse’s new online project is far from complete, however. The blog’s music section is still in need of postings. “This is where the music would go if we had any,” as it says on the Muse blog. “But YOU can change that! See Ms. Terhark ASAP…”

Trimming the Cost of Travel

Students look for creative ways to save as they feel the pinch of this summer’s school trips. By Alanna Thelen News Writer Foreign travel is a good way to use new languages skills and experience new cultures. It is, however very expensive. With trips from this summer to Germany, Spain and France during spring break 2012, many students will be faced with the looming challenge of paying for their trip. This challenge can be met in many different ways, and students are forced to get creative. Many students get jobs in anticipation of their foreign travels. German teacher, Frau Carlson, says that many students start planning for the trip their freshmen year. “They start saving when they’re just in the beginning level of German because they’re thinking of going on a trip, so they’ll start saving.” She explains that many of the students get jobs where they work extra hours to pay for the trip. Mathew Fischbach, a sophomore in German has been saving for his trip

to Germany since last summer. “I got a job last year at a camp working as a lifeguard and all the money I saved up from that went into the trip.” For spending money, he explained that his mom took a part time job to help him and

Graphic by Michelle Metcalfe

his brother out with the extra money for the trip. Students on average will spend anywhere from $2,975 to $3,075 depending on a group of 16 to 18 students along with two leaders. However, despite high prices, the program that EHS goes with has many ways for students

to save money. For example students can save $150 if they host an L&F foreign student or they can get $125 of their final balance by simply turning in their applications before the given due date. Though students pay a large fee, the fee includes a roundtrip airfare, five night hotel accommodations, a five night family stay, and transportation. Though there are many other things included in the fee, a large majority of the money goes to the actual trip Besides taking advantage of the discounts that the program offers, getting a job or oftentimes approaching one’s family for travel money are other great ways to fund your trip. For example, students may ask family members for money to put towards their trip as birthday presents rather than an actual gift. However, it is also a wise idea for students to ask for birthday gifts that would aid in their travels, such as luggage and neck security pouches for passport and money.

Speech shines at state: 9 finalists, 2 gold medals By Alanna Thelen News Writer Eagan Speech has triumphed once again, this year sending sixteen of the school’s best speakers to the state competition at Chanhassen High School on April 16. Nine students achieved state finalist distinction, including two performances that took home first place. Finalists include: Jacob Guzior, fifth, Creative Expression; Emily Dallager, third, Discussion; Will Cox and Arny Roy, second, Duo; Billy Thomas seventh, Extemporaneous Speaking; Nicole Wagner, sixth, Great Speeches; James Gage, third, Humor; Lauren Stopfer, second, Poetry, as well as State Champions Tom Dyke in Oratory and Tyler Larkin and David Stevens in duo. Though this year isn’t Eagan’s strongest at state, a change in the section makeup going into state faced the Eagan team with new competition. “We’ve had as many as 22 before, but our section is very, very difficult. Our section changed so now we have three top national programs in the same section, we have Eastview, Apple Valley, and Eagan all together. Before we

were all together in one section, we took more to State, now we divide it up ever

Six to ten hours per week of preparation and work during the drafting of the speech was not uncommon. The speeches performed at state were only a culmination of the ever-changing and improving speeches of the contestants throughout the year. The state champion duo of Tyler Larkin and David Stevens even went so far as to completely change their speech before State. As Larkin explains, they had been working on a different duo for the beginning of the season called “The Sword in the Stone.” Individually, Larkin was performing “The Taking Tree” as his humor piece for the year, a parody based on the Photo submitted by Emily Dallager children’s book, “The Senior Emily Dallager is all smiles after a Giving Tree.” hard-earned third place in the category of “At the end of Discussion. the year we decided we wanted to pull toso neatly,” explained head gether a new duo so we threw speech coach Ms. Anker. together “The Taking Tree” as A harder section, howa duo for State and it ended ever, didn’t stop the deterup winning. We should’ve mination of the speakers. done it more!” said junior,

chemistry during and outside of tournaments. “I’d just say our character plays off each other. Just how it reflects and how we can command a room,” said senior, Larkin. “Just being extremely ‘bro’ in and out of our duo. The fact that we’re best friends out of it and best friends when we’re doing it so we can laugh at each other the entire time,” added Stevens. Dyke attributes his success to the coaches. “The coaching staff at Eagan is wonderful. I wouldn’t be anywhere I was Photo submitted by Nicole Wagner today without Ms. Anker. I put a lot Senior Nicole Wagner poses with coach Rob Baron (left) after claiming a sixth place medal of work into it but anything I do is in Great Speeches. reciprocated by her and it’s just incredible how committed she is to there this year was awesome. the team.” I didn’t expect to win so it For next year, juniors was just a crazy fun experiDyke and Stevens aim for ence,” said junior, Tom Dyke, another trip to State and a third-year speech team hopefully a trip to Nationals, member but a first-time memfor which Dyke has qualified ber of the category of orathis year. tory. Larkin and Stevens attribute their success to their David Stevens with a laugh. For each of the state champions from Eagan, this was their first time to State. “I got fourth at sections last year which was one away from making it state. Just getting

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Who said chivalry was dead?

By Abby Johnson Features Writer

Chivalry. A word that reminds us of knights and castles like the ones we see in movies. However, this term is rarely applied to modern day society. Due to the fact that we have learned how to get by in life without someone defending our honor, and we have learned how to become more self-sufficient, this term often goes unnoticed. So is it true? Is chivalry really dead? Putting this theory at test, here is an interpretation and application of some of the codes of chivalry.

“Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.”

-- In simpler terms: Society should respect everyone, including the weak, and should make it their duty to help them. Image courtesy of -- Application to modern day society: This still holds true, whether with volunteer work, helping countries in need, or those who sick—we still feel an obligation to help the less fortunate. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.”

-- In simpler terms: We should never lie, and stick to our promises. -- Application to modern day society: Although we know that lying is wrong, and that it is important to keep our promises, we’re human. We all make mistakes. No matter how good our intentions may be, sometimes we slip up, and as long as it’s not a common trend, it’s all right. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image courtesy of

“Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.”

-- In simpler terms: We should be generous and give charity or gifts to others. -- Application to modern day society: As more resources are made available to us in order to keep us updated on current issues in society, we are, for the most part, putting others before ourselves and seeking ways to help them. Not only in hopes of doing good, we feel the need to show our appreciation for people, most commonly through gifts. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.”

Prom around the world By Twie Souvannavong Features Writer Prom is one of America’s oldest traditions, but is it celebrated in other countries? The answer is yes. In fact, some of our fellow foreign exchange students in Switzerland (Eva Pasche), Germany (Neslihan Gueven, Jana Koehler) and Brazil (Robson Garcia) have experienced similar traditions, but they don’t call it “prom.”

Switzerland The Franco-Swiss call prom “Bal de Printemps,” which translates to “Spring Ball.” The event is usually held at a hotel, and the occasion is open to all students rather than just juniors and seniors. It is unique because it consists of many schools and not just one. That would be like the whole district getting together and partying the whole night. There is just one requirement at Bal de Printemps: all teenagers attending must dress formally or else they won’t be allowed to enter. This keeps the party looking “fresh,” as the Franco-Swiss say. To top it all off, Bal de Printemps have no parents or teachers. The kids are still supervised but it’s the hotel representative surveying and not the schoolteachers. Here, the cost for the dance would be twenty-three US dollars. That sounds cheap but the majority of kids lose money by spending it on champagne and alcohol (considering it is legal in Switzerland).

Germany The end of the year party is called “Abi-Ball.” The name is made up by two words, “Abifeier” and “Ball.” Abifeier is the equivalent to graduation where seniors receive diplomas. Abi-Ball is the formal postevent. Traditionally, German students have graduation later in the day, and Abi-Ball is the nocturnal spectacle. The formal attire is usually a ball gown for the ladies and tuxedos for the gentlemen, similar to that of America.


-- In simpler terms: We should always make it our top priority to stand up for what is right, and work to stop others from doing what is wrong. -- Application to modern day society: People are constantly being rewarded for doing good deeds. Whether it is the Nobel Peace Prize or Student of the Month, we are motivated to spread good in order to help not only ourselves, but also in others. Although there are many greedy and bad people in the world, there are far more selfless people hoping to make a difference in the world.

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The schools in Sao Paulo celebrate “Bailes de Formatura.” What’s different is that at Bailes de Formatura, the whole family is invited to attend. The admission is usually free but anyone who drinks has to pay the tab. At this event, fashion is very chic. Since the event is in Sao Paulo (a very urban setting), students at the ball are usually dressed in high-end “hipster” wear. The style is urban and “indie,” given that it’s a bunch of kids in the city.

WORD IN THE HALLs: how did he ask??? Emily Foertsch & Jake Persons

kelsey scherf & billy thomas

Katie palluck & jake lee “He made a life-size cutout of himself and put it at my desk in PAWS. In his ‘hand’ was a card that asked me to prom.”

“We were hanging out and he was playing guitar for me and teaching me how to play. When I wanted to try playing he handed me the guitar and on the back of the guitar it said prom!” “He put a stuffed animal seal in my locker. It had a ‘bloody’ stick in it that said prom on it. The seal is an inside joke... I guess I’m not good with arctic animals and shouldn’t have one as a pet!”

By Grace Ablan Features Writer

Elena Jimenez & Lucas Petersen “He gave a poster with a funny picture of me on it to my first hour teacher. It told me to go to the counseling office, and at the counseling office another poster was hanging in the window with another funny picture of me. The poster told me a surprise was waiting for me in fourth hour. Then in fourth hour the most embarrassing funny picture of me was posted in the front of the room telling me to meet him at the east entrance at 2:15. He came up to me with a rose and asked me to prom.”

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The real meaning of flowers

Born this way

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By Shelley Sibley Features Writer

Fashion Column By Abby Johnson Features Writer

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In America, flowers are given out on a daily basis. They can be given as a token of love for someone, or maybe as showing the deepest sympathy for someone else. But what is the meaning behind each individual type of flower? Now might be the time to find out, especially with prom approaching quickly. During the Victorian ages, flowers had many different symbols and meanings. Back then most people communicated through gestures and meanings more than through spoken words like we do today. Flowers then had more significance because the selection was very limited. Today, flowers have only the meanings that are given to them when picked for a certain occasion. There are many different meanings to flowers, but the dictionary defines the traditional meanings of flowers for those looking to convey a personal message in their flower selection. Here are just a few of the many flowers: Ambrosia: Your love is reciprocated Apricot blossom: Timid love Baby’s breath: Happiness Buttercup: Childishness Cactus: Bravery and endurance Chrysanthemum: You are a wonderful friend Daffodil: Emblem of annunciation/ regard, unrequited love Dandelion: Faithfulness Eglantine: Spring and poetry Everlasting: Constancy Fennel: Strength Fir: Time and evaluation

Lady’s slipper Image courtesy of modesty Jonquil: Violent sympathy and desire Lady’s slipper: Capricious beauty Lotus: Mystery and truth Magnolia: Dignity, splendid beauty Mimosa: Sensitivity Narcissus: Egotism, formality Nasturtium: Patriotism Oleander: Beauty and grace

Geranium Image courtesy of Geranium, oak-leaf: Friendship Goldenrod: Treasure and good fortune Holly: Foresight Hyacinth, yellow: Jealousy Iris: Faith, wisdom, valor Ivy: Friendship, fidelity Jasmine, yellow: Timid and

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Is Minnesota really that By Matt Novitzki Features Writer “nice?” No matter where people find themselves within the United States., each state and region has a few stereotypes about it, and Minnesota is no exception. We’ve all heard that Minnesotans allegedly say “Yah” a lot, as well as having a Scandinaviansounding accent, but probably the thing that’s brought up the most is about how nice people are here “up north.” We’ve all heard more than a few times about Minnesotans being “Minnesota nice”, but as a nice Minnesotan myself, what exactly does that mean? Is being “nice” really that specific to Minnesota, and what exact behaviors make us “Minnesota nice” in the first place? First of all, “Minnesota nice” begins with general politeness. We try to greet

most people and are willing to make nice small talk with strangers, and be overall courteous to others. We are said to slow down a little bit to let others merge easier into a lane, be less confrontational in daily life, as well as have a strong sense of community. But not everyone believes that Minnesotans are really that “nice.” Playwright Syl Jones believes our friendly demeanor is more about keeping up appearances rather than being genuinely kind. Some critics also say that our “Minnesota nice” leads to passive-aggressiveness and a resistance to change. While critics can call our kindness fake or try to find the downsides of it, the evidence of “Minnesota nice” is still there. In fall of 2004, when there was a shortage of

Pansy: Thoughtful recollection Poppy: Imagination Queen Anne’s Lace: Fantasy Rose, bridal: Happy love Rose, light pink: Admiration Smilax: Lovely Sweet basil: Good luck Tulip: Symbol of the perfect lover Tiger Lily: Wealth and pride Violet: Modesty and simplicity

Zinnia Image courtesy of Viscaria: Will you dance with me? Wallflower: Friendship and adversity Wisteria: Youth and poetry Xeranthemum: Eternity and Immortality Yarrow: Healing Zinnia: Thoughts of absent friends Zinnia, Pink: Lasting affection Image courtesy of flu vaccines around the country, Minnesota wasn’t affected that badly as citizens would pass up their shots for others who needed it more. Sometimes former Minnesota residents even say they have to let go of some of their Minnesota niceness just to interact in troublesome situations in other states. So while other states might perceive us rocking Sarah Palin accents and living in log cabins, the one stereotype we can definitely be proud of is just how nice we are. Maybe we’re less likely to start an argument, and we might slow down to let someone pass us driving in a lane, but is “Minnesota nice” a bad thing? It could just be the Minnesotan in me, but I’d say we’re doing all right.

A couple of days ago I was being interviewed for the Muse blog. Amidst being asked about my fashion inspiration and favorite accessories, one question took me by surprise: “What advice would you give to others about fashion?” Sure, I’ve been asked which shoes look better, or what accessories to pair an outfit with, but never one about fashion in general. Suddenly, it felt like I was being expected to hold the secret recipe to being fashionable. However, I couldn’t help but notice that I had absolutely no clue what to say. For the same reason that fans and paparazzi ask celebrities and athletes how they got to be so successful in what they do, people are always trying to find that magic ingredient to success. Just to be clear, I am by no means considered “successful” in the fashion realm. Almost ninety-nine percent of the time when someone asks me how I put together my outfits, I usually laugh it off with a “Thanks, and I don’t know…I just spontaneously get a fashion vision/idea.” The fact of the matter is that I don’t like telling other people how to dress. I’m not going to make a list of what’s “in” and what’s “out.” I’m not like that stuck up girl from The Clique book series that creates a “Current State of the Union” list. Why is it that we depend on the advice of others to tell us what is fashionable when we hold the answer all along? I have come to a conclusion since the Muse interview that it all comes down to a need to fit in. When someone starting wearing Uggs

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and carrying a Coach purse to school, everyone seemed to make a beeline to the mall to join in on the trend. We depend on the advice from Rachel Bilson and people at school to set the precedent for current trends. Perhaps it is because we’re afraid to trust our own instincts, and therefore we assume that someone else’s is better. True, I may never be the girl that carries a Coach purse and an outfit straight out of Seventeen magazines, but that’s fine by me. In fact, I prefer it that way. So here’s my piece of advice to anyone that is reading this: “Society makes us feel like we need to dress alike in order to fit in. That is wrong. You should wear what you want, and not worry about whether or not Seventeen magazine or Glamour deems it as “fashionable.” If you’re wearing what you want, and you feel good about it---you will always be fashionable. Throw out the summer fashion checklist from all of your favorite magazines and start listening to yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or make you feel bad about dressing a certain way. When you dress like everyone else, you’re covering up who you really are. In the words of the ever-fabulous Lady Gaga: “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, cause we were born this way!”

Fellowship of Christian Students By Shelley Sibley Features Writer

Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) is a Bible study group for students at EHS that meets every Tuesday from 6:45 to 7:15 in the morning. Senior Jessica Swanson is the leader of group and is joined by many other likeminded students, such as past and former students Lindsey Ogawa, Mitch Johnson, Victoria Anderson, Nicole Moran, Mariam Amirikian, Luke Gartner and Hannah Vollmuth. EHS graduate Emily Goshey founded FCS several years ago. “Usually we choose a book from the Bible, such as our current book which is One Corinthians, and we go through about a book a week,” stated Swanson. Besides reading from the Bible, they also use their time to pray and study other books such as Letters from a Skeptic and daily devotionals. “We [also] participate in ‘See you at the Flagpole,’ which is the global day of student prayer at the beginning of the school year around the flagpole,” Swanson reported.

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Even though Swanson is the leader, all the members take turns leading the Bible study so that they hear different viewpoints of the Bible. FCS is a small, laid back group that lets students have a flexible schedule, and though close-knit, is not necessarily a weekly commitment. “Every few weeks we have a faculty member join us as a ‘guest speaker,’” said Swanson. “There is a faculty Bible study [also], so we find teachers or faculty members in that [group that] would be willing to come and speak.” Some of those faculty members lending a hand include Ms. Retka, Ms. Brink, Mr. Elliot, Mr. Kranz, Ms. Love, and many more. “FCS is great way to connect with other Christian students and faculty members,” expressed Swanson enthusiastically. Members of the Bible study support each other through prayer and friendship, and welcome any new members that are interested in participating.


Dinner& Movie

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California Pizza Kitchen By Matt Novitzki Features Writer A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to the Southdale Mall in Edina with my two friends, fully intending to go to P.F. Chang’s, as I’d never been there before. After the twenty-seven-minute trek, we finally made it there. Unfortunately, we found to our dismay that we’d have to wait an hour or so for a table. All of us were incredibly hungry, so we headed downstairs to California Pizza Kitchen. Though I had been there before, it had been about five years, so I was excited to return. After we were seated in the restaurant’s “fake patio” (it was a patio off the restaurant yet still in the mall), our interesting waitress arrived. It wasn’t that she wasn’t nice; she just had something odd about her. When my friend asked what she thought of something on the menu, she flat-out said she didn’t like it, not giving a suggestion to follow her blunt dislike of one of the pizzas. But her biggest eccentric-

ity came out later once she began delivering drinks. Each time someone got a refill she would find the most interesting angle to swoop in and drop it off as quickly as she could; it was a bit vulturelike, and a tad nerve wrecking. I ordered the “White

Pizza,” which wasn’t the most appetizing-looking thing in the world, but because I had ordered similar pizzas from other restaurants and always enjoyed it, it wouldn’t hurt to give this one a try. The pizza had a variety of white cheeses, which gave it somewhat of a sharp taste, as well as sautéed spinach and applewood smoked bacon. These two toppings both did a good job balancing the plethora of cheeses. The portions were rather big; each person received a pizza for his or herself that was comparable to the size of an average frozen pizza. If two people

Images courtesy of had similar taste, it would definitely work nicely to split one, but even when ordering one alone, the pizzas were fairly priced for what they’re worth. After we got “to-go” boxes for our leftover pizzas, we paid the check and continued having a conversation at our table, until our dear waitress returned, now crossing into slightly rude territory. She came too quickly to collect our tip as she was done working for the night. So, after feeling a bit rushed to leave, we headed out. While our service at the California Pizza Kitchen was a tad unique and not the best, I still would probably go back for the good food, reasonable prices, and hopefully, a less crazy waiter.

Prama hits the big screen

By Pearce Olson Features Writer

Prom on the mind? Well now it’s on the silver screen. Prom the movie follows a group of teenagers as they prepare for the big night. Everyone has a different level involvement in the festivities, with the main focus on Nova, the main character. Nova, the class president and honorary overachiever, has come down with a complete obsession with prom as she is the chairperson of the prom planning committee. After many months of planning and constructing prom decorations, the planning committee stores all of their hard work in a school shed. In perfect Hollywood style, the shed burns down, leaving Nova and her staff back at square one with only three weeks until prom. Like a miracle in disguise, Principal Dunnan orders a hard-nosed, motorcycle riding, misunderstood tough guy named Jessie to help Nova as a form of punishment after skipping class. At the beginning of this new “punishment” Jessie puts on his tough guy routine, as he lacks motivation and continually makes wise crack jokes that wear on Nova’s patience. Again in perfect Hollywood style, Jessie eventually cuts the act and begins to fall for

Nova. Together their hard work pays off and prom goes on as planned – but not without a few bumps along the road. I like cheese on everything. Cheeseburgers, cheesy bread, cheese curds, cheese fondue, cheese pizza, extra cheesy nachos, and cheese crunch burritos. But do I like it in or on my movies? Maybe. Because I have cheese on the Pearce “O’s” Rating Scale Zero “O’s” = Are You Kidding Me? One “O” = Waste of Time Two “O’s” = Wait for DVD Three “O’s” = Go Four “O’s” = Must See! mind, let me get one thing out of the way concerning this film: it is super cheesy. So cheesy, in fact, that I was caught not once but twice laughing out loud in a completely silent theater as my fellow movie-goers gushed over the ultra-sweet one liners Jessie pulls out on Nova. Unsurprisingly, Prom was full of these little cheesy gems to the point where I was becoming oddly a little uncomfortable and tense as I had to sit through what was becoming my worst nightmare.

I was cracking under the pressure of overacting, an extremely predictable plot, and the whole perfectness of it all. But just as I was thinking of doing the unthinkable (walking out), I suddenly caught this wave of joy that seemed to be spewing out of the screen, like some sort of laughing gas or something. I can’t attribute my drastic change in feeling to anything expect what I now call the “Disney effect”. When you boil this movie down and look at the individual components of the film like plot, dialog, and acting, this movie should have sucked, but when you put together all of these horrible negative aspects the final product is not bad, but actually somewhat good. It’s a weird formula and one that only Disney can pull off, but after all my negative stabs at this movie I walked out of the theater feeling good, and a little happy. Why? I have no idea why, but this movie worked for some reason. Then again, I hope you realize to keep my praise of the film in perspective, as Prom is certainly not worth your $9.50 at the theater, but this is good enough to wait for DVD. Prom receives 2 out of a possible 4 O’s.

1. Most played song on your iPod? - “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele. 2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? - Pam from “The Office.” 3. Who’s your role model? - My mom. 4. If you could witness any event in the past, present, or future, what would it be? - Woodstock! 5. What do you miss most about being a kid? - Being able to play outside, and just not worry about anything. 6. Favorite movie that you could watch a million times and never get sick of? - Anchorman. 7. Who or what inspires you the most? - Adele. 8. Favorite piece of clothing/outfit? - My black dress. 9. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why? - New York; because it has the best shows and play scene. 10. Who would play you in the movie of your life? - Sandra Bullock. 11. What are you anticipating the most about summer? - Graduating, and hanging out with friends. 12. Biggest fear? - Sharks. 13. Where do you see yourself in ten years? - On stage or teaching. 14. If you could rob a store, but not get into trouble for it, what would it be? - The Apple Store. 15. What would be your superhero name and power? - “Invisibilista” and I would have invisibility. 16. If you were to skip school, what would you do? - I would go to Lake Nokomis. 17. One word that sums up who you are: - Bubbly. 18. What was your favorite TV show when you were younger? - Blues Clues. 19. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? - Stuff twenty marshmallows in my mouth. 20. If you could give one piece of advice to little kids, what would it be? - Don’t try and please others—be yourself!

Eagan Independent | Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coach of the Month

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Coach Copeland By Molly Martinez Sports Editor Coach Copeland has been coaching at Eagan since 1994. He started as an assistant basketball coach from 1994 to 2002. He coached Soccer as an assistant coach as well from 1995 though 2001 began coaching boys track in 2000 and became the head coach in 2004. Copeland competed in track as a high school and college student as a 200 and 400-meter sprinter, long, triple, and high jumper. His love of the sport is evident. “I like the idea that individuals are rewarded for their effort but with a team concept,” Dr. Copeland admits. His lectures inspire, but perhaps Dr. Copeland is better described by his philosophy students as the “master of time, space, and dimension.”


Baseball looks to Finish the Season Strong different they are “still doing well,” says senior Tommy

By Bailey Hennen Sports Writer The baseball team has been doing very well so far this season with a respectable record of 10-3. With 10 Seniors, Shay Sward Infielder and pitcher, Charlie Conkel pitcher and outfielder, Adam Gibis pitcher, Ben Fischer 1st basemen, Collin Baska pitcher, infielder, and outfielder, Mike Marsh center field and outfielder, Tommy Bodeker catcher, R.J. Walleen pitcher, Brady Loew infielder, and Ryan Burmester infielder, leaving at the end of this year, the rest of the team will have to pick up the slack next season. This year the new incoming and returning players have stepped up and filled in where last years seniors left off. Even though the team is

get to play with the people you have grown up with and

The Eagan baseball team warms up before a game.


Bodeker has been playing baseball for Eagan for four years now; he says that he “enjoys the fact that you

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people that you enjoy to be around.” Practices are also fun for the teams, they have the time to get to know and trust each other so they know

that they can count on one another in games and tournaments. The hope for the team this year is to make it to the state finals at the end of the season and hopefully sweep the tournament. As of the close loss to Burnsville 8-9, the boys have 7 more games before they reach the tournament, playing teams that include Apple Valley on the 18th and Rosemount on the 21st. The baseball team has games this week on Monday may 12 against Jefferson at 4:15 on the Eagan fields and on Thursday May 16 against Lakeville North at 4:15 at Lakeville North. Go out and support our boys as they bring home a pair of wins.

Boys Lacrosse looks to State By Kenzie Markland Sports Writer The Boys Lacrosse team has a record of 4-1 with many games that have been rescheduled due to weather. The team has many new editions to the team since seniors left last year. The captains for this year are Junior Lucas Peterson and Senior Nick Dolan. On Friday April

29th, the boys played Lakeville North and won 9-5. Sophomores Connor Simpson and Cullen Willox have been leading the team in scored goals. Connor Simpson has been on varsity for two years and this year has scored eight points as of April An Eagan wildcat looks for an 29th. He open shot. Photo by Rachel Larson played with the all-senior

line last year and is known and has built up a reputation as the “backfor Eagan. bone” for the First year attack position. varsity player and Head coach sophomore, Tom Bob Felter Powers said, “I said, “We have didn’t suspect to [seven] games make varsity and left and these it was a surprise kids have been when I did.” Tom getting better is one of many each day.” sophomores Last who have made year the team varsity along with got third in freshman Max state and they Elsenheimer. The have the skills boys are played to get there Bloomington Kenagain. Felter nedy on Tuesday has been head May 3rd. Eagan practicing their defense. coach for Photo by Rachel Larson twelve years

Boys Tennis has a Perfect record in the Lake Conference. By Bailey Hennen Sports Writer With a record of 7-3 boy’s tennis has a good chance of getting to state. Right now the boys tennis team is flying under the radar and improving each match. This year the team has a majority of young team members, with only two seniors, Jeff Smith and Brendan Hollidge. The team this year has been strong so far, even with all of the young members, Captain Senior Jeff Smith commented that a freshman is “looking to be one of the better players on the team” and that the underclassmen have been “really supporting the

team and bringing it along”.

The players have two goals for the year, to beat Eastview in sections and to go to State. The boy’s tennis team has gone to State for the last 3 years. Smith says and that he would “like to see them go back again this year to end his high school career.” Don’t underestimate the seemingly inexperienced team this year. “Even with the young team that we have this year Simon Barnicle looks to return the serve. we have been Photo by Rachel Larson going good so

far, but with the young players not many people outside have faith in our team, so they have been flying under the radar so to speak, and that is what it makes it fun,” says Smith. In Brendan Hollidge volleys the ball to his past years opponent. the tennis Photo by Rachel Larson team has been in the top ten ranked schools in the conference and so far this year they have not been ranked, but they are hoping that they can reclaim their spot in the

top ten before they head into sections on June 6th and the 9th. The wildcats battled against Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Chisago Lakes, Fairmont, Forest Lake, and Hibbing in the Husky Invitational on May 7th.

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Girls Lacrosse: United for Success By Kenzie Markland Sports Writer

The combined team of Rosemount and Eagan Girls Lacrosse team has been doing well this season with a record of 2-3-0. On Thursday April 28th, the girls lost a heartbreaker to Lakeville North; the score was 12-11 with the last goal in overtime. The wildcats have lost 2 close games in overtime. There are four captains for the two schools combined, two from Eagan

leading scorer, with eleven goals as of the game against Lakeville North. Since making varsity as a freshman she has held the position for top scorer for the team. “It is a record I would like to keep,” Haugen announced. Last year the girls were 12-4 and were fourth in the conference. The head coach, Jeff Smith, has been coaching the girls for two years and has been very successful. “I would really like to see the girls win the conference and sections together,”

Emerald Egwim By Taylor McKenzie Sports Writer Simone Haugen and team look on as Burnsville attempts a goal. Photo by Molly Martinez

and two from Rosemount. The Eagan captains are Junior attack Simone Haugen and Senior midfield Abi Rodstein. Simone Haugen is the team’s

Smith said. With the captains leading the team and the girls that continually score it is possible for the girls to win the state and sections.

Girls Golf gets the Swing of things By Taylor McKenzie Sports Writer The Girls Golf Team’s season is underway and looking very strong. This season, the team is lead by Captain Jordy Drenttel who has

going very good, we finished first place in Cambridge match which was really nice.” Varsity member Ina San Jose agrees, “The team is looking great! We really try to pump each other up before matches and help each other out in

Shelby Braun follows through on her swing.

already qualified for the State Tournament after winning the qualifying. Jordy had a career best score at the conference match where she golfed a 78. Head Varsity Coach Joran states that the season “Is

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practices and in matches.” The team has played in two conference matches, placing first out of ten and third out of ten. Their next conference matches will take place on

said. Playing with girls from different schools means that they must become close. “I like playing with my friends and hanging out at the pasta feeds because I don’t get to see them at school,” Junior Taylor Budge said. The girls played on Tuesday May 5th away against Eagan rivals Eastview.

Simone Haugen looks to the goal. photo by Molly Martinez

Track looks to True team By Molly Martinez Sports Editor

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Freshman track star Emerald Egwim has been off to a fantastic start this season. Emerald, who has been competing in EAA track since 6th grade, is now a very successful varsity track sprinter. After qualifying for and competing in the Hamline elite meet, Emerald ran 13.08 in the 100 meter at Hamline Elite, placing 5th in the prelims. She also ran a season best with 12.93 seconds in the 100-meter dash, placing 6th. Her personal best in the 200-meter dash is 25.96. With all of the multiple meet cancellations, Emerald says that the season is going really “well and that everyone is working really hard.” Her favorite events are the 200-meter dash because “it’s still a sprint but still time to pick up speed.” One of her strengths in track is he finishing speed and the last 50 meters. So far this season, she has been at the top in most of her events, whether it is her favorite event: sprints, the long jump, or a relay. “Just the running and the feeling of working so hard and being so fit for it, that’s the best part about track,” Emerald states. She has been a member of the Eagan track and field honor roll since last year, as well as All-Conference. Emerald has helped contribute the Eagans qualifying time in the 4 by 200 meter relay in which she ran anchor. Not only is she proving herself as a track star, she also shines as a member of choir, the speech team, and was in the fall musical Hairspray.

It is not all about winning though. “It is cool to see two rival schools come together and play as a team.” Smith

and juniors Sarah Linder, Lauren Praska and Haley Seiberlich. Sprints are seccessful as well with Emerald Egwim running sprints, and lets not forget about state competitor KT Kvas throwing shot. Likewise the distance team is doing well with sopho-

“Please excuse us for some end of the day announcements: Track is cancelled due to the weather.” This spring track has definitely suffered some set backs due to the abysmal weather. For the meets that the Eagan track and field teams have competed in, “I would think we’re doing pretty well,” states boy’s head coach Mr. CopeSophomores Emerald Egwim and Shelby Williams land. practice their hurdles. The Photo by Haley Davis boy’s team has been doing espemores Phoebe Craig, cially well due Danielle Anderson, to Derrick Mora and senior captain competing in the Michael Banz lead110-meter hurdles ing the team. and long jump, Most recently Sidney Spear and perhaps most competing in the impressive is mile and the two sophomore Danielle mile, and Alex Anderson record Barta throwbreaking two mile ing the discus. time of 11:23, nine “Working with seconds of the previthis bunch of ous record of 11:32. guys is about the “My goal now is to easiest thing in keep working hard the world,” said and to improve,” Coach Copeland, said Danielle. “They are a really Both the boys and great group girls teams Chrtian Bergevin races to the finof guys.” have plenty ish line, The of time to Photo by Haley Davis break some girls are doing equally Eagan as well this year, particularly records at the upcoming True the high jumpers that include team. sophomore Kelsey Doucette May 18th at Heritage Links Golf Course and May 24th at Rich Valley Golf Course. Coach Joran credits the team’s recent success mainly in part to the fact that the team has pretty good balance when it comes to each individual’s final scores. “When you have five or six players staying pretty much the same

scores it just turns out good,” reports Coach Joran, “balance in golf is important.” The season has also been filled with players reaching career bests, which not only helps the individual but with how the team does as a whole. The girls have their next match facing Apple Valley on May 18th.

Eagan Independent - May 2011  

Student newspaper of Eagan High School, Minnesota.