Student Prints Mehlville High School • 3200 Lemay Ferry Rd • Volume 54, Issue 1 • September 30, 2010 •
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Co-Editors-in-Chief Ryan Dell Becca Honeyball Photo Editor Katlyn Sansone Opinions Editor Liza DiStefano
Webmaster Brett Heinkel Business Manager Loredana Leone Staff Reviewer Liz Simone
Sports Editor Jacob Vantrease
Reporters Marlee Cox Stephanie David Aurora Miller Matt Vogt Michael Wells
Web Editor Brent Pearson
Adviser Mrs. Erin Moeckel
Features Editor Anushri Thakkar
By Brent Pearson Web Editor Dr. Denise Swanger faces a new environment, students, faculty, and responsibilities. The large space is a far cry from the cramped quarters she has experienced in the past. Coming from a very small high school of 500 students at Bayless, Swangner faces new challenges with nearly 2000 students walking into the doors of Mehlville every day. “The biggest change is size, size of activities such as football, which Bayless didn’t have,” said Swangner. The first week of school brought statements about student behavior and dress that received mixed reactions. The statement was directed toward student dress and behavior in the hallways. “At first, I thought she was controlling, because of all the rules,” said Demarco Dixon, senior.
The hallways filled up with students wearing “I love school” shirts and excessive handshaking. “I think you can dress for success. You are expected to follow the rules to get in the right frame of mind,” said Swanger. Her intentions were that the announcement would be taken lightly, not as a threat to students. “Without knowing me, I should’ve said don’t linger, with greetings that take too long,” said Swanger. Some students reacted with t-shirts stating ‘Free High-fives’ and a Facebook event for ‘Handshake Day’ sprouted up the day of the comment. “It’s like any other teacher with rules in their classroom but you have to give her a chance and get to know her before you judge her,” said Dixon. Despite strong student reaction to the first week comments, Swanger feels she fits in well at Mehlville.
News briefs By Brett Heinkel Webmaster Media literacy instructor awarded by local organization Media literacy teacher Bill Maxfield has been honored with the 2010 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award by Gateway Media Literacy Partners (GMLP). He has been recognized for his achievements in the category of “Educator”. Maxfield will receive his award at the GMLP’s fourth annual Media Literacy Week kickoff event at Webster University on Oct. 3. For more information on this year’s awardees or GMLP’s Media Literacy event to be held Oct. 3-10, visit the official GMLP website at www.gmlpstl.org. Teachers in assorted Nebraska schools use Facebook to update parents Council Bluffs teachers
claim their students’ use of Facebook help them to synthesize the concepts they learn during the day. Students at Nebraska public schools such as Gunn Elementary use the social networking site to recap lessons and update their parents. The class, as a whole, collaborates and edits the content before posting it online. Supporting instructors tout the opportunity for a more practical approach to quality sentence writing and improvement in spelling and punctuation. Gunn Elementary teacher Erin Shoening and her husband, also a teacher, assisted in developing the district guidelines for using Facebook in the classroom. She has also spoken nationally on the subject, and has fielded questions from teachers all around the nation, curious on how to use the popular social
“I love how everyone gets along and those who come up to say hello. The students are wonderful. They are good, healthy, wholesome students with south county values,” said Swanger. Swanger uses character building to structure education and success around the school. Other plans for her include to see more success in the classroom, with a higher graduation rate and
more students planning on attending 2-4 year colleges. Above all, Swanger strives to provide a safe environment for all students to learn and succeed. “I like to see kids be happy, that they be happy, belong at Mehlville, being involved, coming to games, joining a club, and having a sense of belonging. The most important though is proud to be a panther,” said Swanger.
Dr. Denise Swanger gives National Honor Society a pep talk about being leaders to the school at the junior induction breakfast. Photo by Katlyn Sansone
networking site in the classroom most optimally. Pro-privacy social network launched as Facebook rival The recent launch of a new social networking site called “Diaspora” by four U.S. students has proved promising in a bid to make waves in a field dominated by Facebook. The version available to software developers since Wednesday, September 15th is giving outsiders an opportunity to work on applications within its framework, ahead of a public launch, due at a yet undisclosed later date. New York University programmers and project leaders Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer and Ilya Zhitomirskiy have billed the site as the “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network”. In successful appeals to Kickstarter.com, an online platform for projects to find investors, the founders have collected over
200,000 dollars, including input from, mysteriously, Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg. Hang Up and Drive: teaching new drivers the importance of staying off the cell phone Judd Worley is one of two driver’s education instructors at Mehlville. He’s been riding this recently bumpy road with young drivers since 1965. His philosophy and ultimate goal is to have his students make it to their 10-year high school reunions. In Worley’s program branded “Hang Up and Drive,” the conversation between students and instructors about cell phone use occurs both on the road as well as in the 30 hours of class time required to graduate from the program. It comes with a $175 cost, but many parents will and have already vouched to pay in order to put their children through driver’s education here at Mehlville.
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Proposition C holds district’s future By Ryan Dell Co-Editor-in-Chief On November 2, members of the Mehville community will vote on Proposition C, an 88cent tax increase that will begin to fund school improvement programs identified by COMPASS. The levy will address several areas of need that have been outlined by a group of community members to help the Mehlville School District become a top performing district in Missouri. “It is important to make sure that our students are afforded the same opportunities that students receive in other schools,” said district superintendent Terry Noble. If passed, it will allocate funds needed for programs such as all-day kindergarten and better facilities throughout the district. The main at-
traction being relocating Margaret Buerkle Middle School from its current location to a site on Lemay Ferry next to Mehlville High School, at the current location of the transportation department. The three other middles schools will also see major renovations as well as several elementary schools. “It is about student achievement and providing facilities that can better accommodate today’s curriculum,” said Dwight Dickinson, principal of Dickinson-Hussman Architects, the lead architects on the project. The first phase of the plan will include moving the bus department to the former St. Johns elementary school on Will Ave. Next would be to build the new Buerkle Middle School following soil remediation of the former bus site due
to oil and gasoline leaking into the ground. The school is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2012 school year. Next will be the demolition of the Witzel learning center and central office after they are moved to the current Buerkle site. Despite building a new school on the campus, the plan will add parking spaces. Both district high schools will receive state-of-theart 750 seat auditoriums as well as several new improvements to other arts. If passed, the performing arts center is expected to be completed at the beginning of the 2013 school year. The center will also house other departments such as band and choir. Freeing up space for additional classrooms in both high schools. The idea of an auditorium has students in these
The proposed site plan for the Mehlville campus if Proposition C passes voter approval on Nov. 2. Illustration courtesy of Dickinson-Hussman Architects.
fine arts programs buzzing. “It is so important because it is our dream to have a professional drama center,” said Lauren Rhodes, sophomore. “Everything is outdated and broken,” added Meredith Meyer, sophomore. All schools will receive upgraded heating and cooling (HVAC) systems, as well as upgrades in outdated technology such as computers and digital presentation systems (smartboards, projectors) and full video security. At the current time, the MSD ranks 22nd out of 23 districts in the St. Louis area, trailing only Bayless in terms of per pupil expenditures (the cost to educate a single student in the district), at $7,600. If proposition C passes, the new per pupil expenditure will sit around $8,600. The move will bump the district up only one spot, to 21st on the list. “That is a symptom of where we are. It shows that we have a real need to fund our schools at a higher level,” said Nobel. The tax levy would also get teacher salaries closer to the St. Louis county median. Currently, starting salaries for teachers in the MSD are second to last in the area. The plan also includes expanding the Early Childhood program and every day kindergarten as well
Proposed entrance to the new performing arts center at Mehlville High School. The building of the new center is contingent on Proposition C passing on Nov. 2. Illustration courtesy of Dickinson-Hussman Architects.
as make additions to the buildings that house these programs. It would also help fund the Parents as Teachers program which took a large financial hit when the State of Missouri slashed its funding. With the approval by voters, the district would be able to hire 14 additional staff members. One English Language Learners teacher, six remedial reading teachers, three additional librarians, two Stretch teachers and two Music/strings teachers. If passed, Proposition C will cost tax payers around $106 million, including $94 million in estimated capital (facilities) projects. In order to fulfill every need outlined by COMPASS, the district would
have had to ask for a $2 levy, which would have made district salaries within the top 25 percent of St. Louis County and allowed the hiring of 23 additional staff members. It also would have allowed the district to upgrade the bus fleet and renovate or build state-of-the-art schools. In 2008 MSD sought and passed Proposition T, which provided $5.5 million per year for operating expenses without raising taxes. In Feb. 2005 the district sought it’s last major tax increase, asking for a 97 cent levy, called Proposition A, which failed. Voters can vote for Proposition C as well as other election races on Nov. 2 at their local polls.
Vandals strike Mehlville, golf cart recovered Brent Pearson Web Editor
Around 6 a.m Saturday morning, Sept. 25, Mehlville’s Fathers Club entered Jack Jordan Stadium to find vandalism and theft. The Fathers Club, operating the concession stand for the Mothers Club tailgate sale that morning, found their shed, which sits next to their concession stand and Mehlville’s pool, destroyed with locks cut off and a right door panel violently ripped off. Inside, the contents of the
shed were missing, including the E-Z-GO golf cart. The thieves took off with the golf cart, hopped the two-foot wall on the stadium’s hill and drove onto the field to turn donuts on the turf. They continued their rampage going through the northern entrance to the Mehlville field gate, which had been cut off with bolt-cutters earlier, and onto the St. Matthias field. Tracks led through the Matthias field and onto the parking lot. The tracks from the cart ended at the
edge of the field, leaving no trace of the vandals. The Fathers Club called St. Louis Country Police who responded with their crime scene investigation unit. After only five hours, authorities tracked the cart down only a quartermile away at Dace lane and Buckley road, allegedly still being use when the authorities reached the stolen property. The cart was found in the back of the subdivision. “The incident is under investigation,” said St. Louis
County Police Crime Scene Investigator Brian Schmidt. When recovered, the cart struggled to run, as it needed a push from other Father’s Club workers to operate back to the newly repaired shed. When recovered, the cart struggled to run, as it needed a push from other Father’s Club workers to operate back to the newly repaired shed. The carts average in cost to about $2000 new. No details about the suspect have been made
public. Because the suspects are minors, the police report will never be viewable to the public. Other items stolen remain undisclosed at this time.
Photo by Brent Pearson
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Bringing the alumni (and the pride) back By Marlee Cox Reporter In a continued attempt to resurrect school spirit and restore pride to Mehlville high School, the administration made drastic changes to the route and rules of the upcoming homecoming parade. Homecoming, an old tradition, began years ago at the University of Missouri. It’s purpose is simple: to bring the alumni back and unite them with the current student body. To celebrate the heritage and community of a school with a weekend comprised of a parade, football game and dance. Homecoming marks the true beginning of the fall season and serves as a point around which our social calendars can revolve. Game and dance aside, the parade alone should be the thumping pulse of the
student body, a thriving display of the range of interests, talents, and cultures Mehlville High School. In reality, however, our parade left something to be desired these past few years. To address this issue, Mehlville made several long-overdue changes to this year’s new parade. Last year, there was very little attendance to the Homecoming parade along Lemay Ferry Roadjust in front of the school. The mere location of this old parade complicated life for regular afternoon commuters along such a busy street. Very few student groups and teams participated. This does not paint the picture of the perfect homecoming parade one sees in movies and reads about in teen novels. So this year, the administration plans on re-routing the festivities and taking them into the subdivisions
surrounding the school. “A school is made of its community,” said Dr. Denise Swanger, head principal. By bringing the parade directly into this community, Mehlville hopes to stir up spirit among parents and younger kids. Swanger also has a solution for the lack of student participation. Any and all student groups, regardless of size or the concept of their organization, will be welcome to march and display themselves to the world. Swanger believes that, at Mehlville, homecoming is for everybody. All varsity athletes who play a fall sport are expected to participate, and the Mehlville Pantherette Dance Team will also take part. The Marching Panther Band (accompanied by the Buerkle Middle School Band) may make an appearance. “We’re looking into
it,” said Mr. Tony Brown, band director.”It’s what we’re gearing up for.” Above all, this reinvigorated Homecoming parade is a chance to bring the pride back to a famously proud school. Mehlville is a community and a family as much as it is a place of learning, and we have a distinct heritage begging to be displayed to our families and surroundings. “I think everybody wants to belong to something,” said Swanger. “It’s a unity thing... Restore the roar.” If attnending the parade, spectators are incouraged to gather around the circle on Paschal Dr.
New homecoming parade route
1. Start at Margaret Buerkle Middle School. 2. Turn right on Buckley. 3. Turn right on Paschal. 4. Around the large cirlce. 5. Turn Right on Sunrise. 6. turn left on Gradient. 7. Turn right on Paschal. 8. Turn right on Buckley. 9. Turn Left into St. Mathais.
Hunger hurts but starving works
With names like Ana ness? Those who haunt and Mia, you would think the on-line “Pro-Ana” and communities we were talking about “Pro-Mia” those pin-thin, ideal bodied springing up all over the Disney princesses little girls Internet. These personal everywhere adore. How- blogs and full scale webever, these affectionate pet sites share “thinspiration” pictures, fonames reprums for evresent someeryone’s howthing much to-gag needs, darker than and tips and even Ursala tricks to starve herself. These and binge are the names By Liza DiStefano your way given to the eating disorOpinions Editor down to a double-zero. ders anorexia Anorexia and bulimia are and bulimia-nervosa. Anorexia consists of starv- serious illnesses with both ing one’s body in a desper- physical and mental sympate attempt to lose weight. toms. Women and men Meanwhile, bulimia has suffering with these have girls with the same goal in a warped body image that mind binging and purging prevents them from ever by means of self-induced seeing how thin is too thin. vomiting and laxatives. They hold an obsessive fear Who would treat these of gaining weight, and go to two severe diseases with extreme lengths to avoid it. This article is not meant such causality and fond-
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Photo by Liza DiStefano
to bring insult or embarrassment upon those who have this disease, but rather to spotlight the shameful websites which promote and encourage it.* The most sickening things on these “Pro-” websites are wittingly dubbed
“thinsperation” photos, depicting holocaust survivor-looking girls. Ribs showing is probably the least unappealing aspect of these photos,
which display starving, skinhanging-off-bones ghosts of people. Girls who are supposedly “inspirational” and “beautiful”, but to a sane mind appear revolting and unsettling. More of an auditory person? Do not fear! A slew of recommendations f o r
songs that get you in the mood while you are hunched over the toilet litter the sites. Nothing beats self-induced vomiting to lyrics like: “My problems hide in numbers that leave when I gag and heave.”** After you finish with that, you can log on to the many forums of fellow sticks these sites offer and talk with all your Mia and Ana pen pals about your day’s successes; exchanging tips and tricks on how to keep your stomach hollow, and reading up on the latest deadly diet pills. Having your fill of reading about sucking on ice cubes and drinking nauseating lemon-pepper concoctions, you can clear your browsing history as the sites suggest, go upstairs, and make a few fake “dirty dishes” to fool your parents into thinking you ate. You may then proceed to go about your day feeling the superiority of having more self-control than your food-indulgent friends. To most, this sounds
like a sickening and crazed daily ritual, but to someone suffering from bulimia or anorexia, getting support and advice from these sites is part of just another normal day. To anyone who stumbles across these sites, they shock and revolt. It is hard to believe the government is even permitting such a thing on the Internet yet there are dozens upon dozens, running with an active community and hundreds of hits per day. Instead of encouraging recovery and health for those in need of support, these sites promote a slow suicide via starvation. Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia sites give one the means by which to kill themselves slowly and hide it. Just like assisted-suicides remain illegal, so should sickening sites like these which come all too close to the same goal. *If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, there is help. Call 1-800-931-2237 today. **”Numbers” by Pompeii
Dr. Dell: Pen- College on credit ny pinching IDs Here you go Freshman, produced the IDs originally, an ID, the way of life in so the school is already Mehlville. You will need paying the cost to make this to go anythe new IDs evwhere, the ery year. There bathroom, the is no more fees hall or even to be paid. to get your “Do you lose yearbook. Oh your drivyeah, it is the er’s license,” only one you asked Colona. get, so be careNo, but drivful and please ers licenses do not lose it. do not crack, The Methey do not Ryan Dell hlville school fade and they district has Co-Editor-in-Chief do not tear been a place of limited apart at the corners. Affunds for a while now. A ter even a single semester place where white boards many IDs show signs of are drilled in over existing wear. By your senior year chalk boards and lifeless your ID has worn to the ceiling fans hang, unable point where you can hardto move because the dis- ly make out the letters. trict was too lazy to add “I do not disagree with another fuse box. But now, you, I don’t. It is just a situand for the past several ation we have to cover years, Mehlville has be- the cost of people coming come almost too frugal. and going,” said Colona. At Mehlville, students But are three dollar IDs receive one free ID their really going to cover the freshman year, and af- cost of almost 2000 new IDs ter that they are charged every year? No, the district three dollars to receive a is losing money over somenew one. Yet those new thing that sits on a shelf. IDs are already made, sitAccording to Librarian ting under the circula- Judy Carter, IDs sit in stortion desk in the library. age after every year. What Why not give every is the point of keeping an ID student a new ID at the in storage both during the beginning of every year? year and after when the ID They are already made, the can never be used again? cost of their production “It is dumb that we is already have to pay dissolved. for a new “We one every give you year,” said the first Austin Millone, and er, junior. after that Please there is a Mehlville, cost to it. lose your So we have f r u g a l to take into ways and labor costs give stuas well as dents their the materiIDs every als to make year. At it,” said The IDs collecting dust. By Katlyn Sansone least they Angelo can fade Colona, assistant principal. in our pocket, not in storYet Mehlville has already age for the next four years. taken that into factor. They
College-for some, this treme cases, their tuition. is a time to buckle down “I use it for emergencies, and get serious, make-up books, clothes every seafor past academic mistakes son, groceries. Pretty much and prepare for a bet- every couple weeks,” said ter tomorrow. For others, Bobby Peters, Mehlville their acceptance letters graduate and North Park look more like an invitation University sophomore. to a four-year-long party. Tack on the high interWhether atest given tending for to college business or students for pleasure, with little someone has or no credit to pick up history, and the tab at the that mornend of the ing fix of night. These iced cofdays, that tab fee quickly comes at a ends up high rate...of doubling interest that is. in cost. By Liza DiStefano In 2008, stuCollege Opinions Editor dents graduated students are with a whopoften targetping average of $24,186 ed by credit card compain student loan debt, not nies. They have lower living including a cool $4,138 expenses and, once graduworth of credit card debt. ated, their accounts beWith graduates emerging come more profitable due into a shaky job market to their higher earning poand a flat-lining economy, tential over non-students. lower than expected wages These marketers spare along with higher than ex- no expense when it comes pected living costs make to luring in this crowd of paying off loans and credit shiny new customers runbills harder than ever. ning around with More and more college students opt for the convenience of credit for between class snacks, gas, school supplies and, in some ex-
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Mommy and Daddy’s money. Besides the usual direct mail marketing and Internet offers that they pester all potential debtors with, credit card companies actually set up shop on campus to interact with students directly. The tables of hawk-eyed vendors create a sort of carnival atmosphere, playing music, h o l d i n g College costs quickly stack up. Photo by Liza DiStefano print and legal jargon, colgames, and giving away free gift lege students are mislead incentives. These free gifts, and ill-informed about consisting of cash rebates, the dangers of not hancoupons, magazine sub- dling credit responsibly. Abby Geniec, collegescriptions and discounts, are the most frequent bound senior, opts for a reason for complaints debit card instead to keep made about these tables. her spending in control. “I am only able to spend Other complaints are that the vendors follow the money I have in my acstudents, getting “in their count. I avoid spending face” and masking the real too much money on frivoresponsibilities of having a lous items,” said Geniec. However, credit cards credit card. Students state that there was no mention are not all bad and of the consequences of are, at present, necesowning a credit card or talk sary for when one gets of key things such as inter- out into the real world. “It builds your credit score est rates and penalties. With the average as long as your are responcredit card con- sible with it,” said Peters. This credit score is vital for tract running 30 pages of small when one looks to buy a car or take out a home loan. “I use my card when I pay for gas. For snacks and other small things I pay with cash. If I don’t have the cash to pay for it then I simply just don’t buy it,” said Amela Cikota, Mehlville graduate and STLCC-Meramac sophomore. “I try not to use it much because it is easy to lose track of how much you’re spending.” Ways do exist to unlock the extra cushion of credit without too much of the extra cost. Unfortunately, most college students look the other way as they pay by plastic day-by-day. Think twice before it goes on the card, or that college late-night pizza may be showing up on your bills well into your 30’s.
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The good, the bad and the Counselors don’t stick hungry While in high school, students deal with stereotypes day-to-day. Most are just ploys made by mainstream media to get a point across about high school. But what about when these ideas really come to life? From mean teachers, all the way up to bullies in the hallways, no school fear ranks higher than cafeteria food. Since the beginning of the school year, many recipes and food options have faced changes including the new baked versions of french fries, the amount of nachos sold and possibly worst of all, Mehlvilles's beloved spicy chicken recipe. As with most change, there are more negative responses than positive, especially when it comes to the student's nutrition. "We're simply trying to go with healthier foods. For example, we've started using 100% juices instead
of the traditional 50/50. And the fries are now baked, which we've gotten
Michael Wells several different opinions on," said Karen Chesneh, head cafeteria worker. But most students seem unsatisfied. "I think the quality has gone down. I miss the old recipes from the last few years. But I actually like the fries and knowing that these are better for us," said Michael Lerbs, senior. Students from all grades have noticed the change.
"It's terrible. The fries are soggy now and everything is over salted and over priced," said Nick Saali, sophomore. However, with the new samplings, students now have more of a say in what foods are introduced for classes to come, sparking opinions on both fronts. "At first I thought it was... well, bad. But I think the food recipes have improved this year and actually foods like the fries have gotten better. I'm still getting used to the spicy chicken though," said Cesar Perez, junior. As the school year is only ending its first grading period, the introduction of new food may still prove beneficial. With something new always around the corner to try, the future of Mehlville's lunches and nutrition concerns are subject to change.
Can you guess the subjects of these photos? Photos by Katlyn Sansone
Upon entering senior year, students will have built up a relationship with their counselor, who could then provide letters of recommendation, assist them in the application process and comfortably discuss any personal issues the student may be having. Reality? The frequent changes in the class of 2011’s counselor lead to significantly less student trust in the support system. If a class’s counselor changes almost every year, how solid can any relationship between student and counselor be? The 2007 to 2008 school year, Amber Lutz counseled the class as freshmen, and then sophomore and junior years, from 2008 to 2010, the face of Carly Roach grew familiar. But as the class of 2011 enters its final year at Mehlville, the district has once again afforded the seniors a new counselor. Lynn Shambro, the latest in the senior class’s counseling parade, undoubtedly has experience. She has taught and counseled students for 17 years. When she chose to transfer from Oakville, Shambro spent about 18 hours per day over the summer sorting through transcripts. “As soon as last school year ended, I was jumping on the MHS bandwagon. I worked every day during the summer ... to ensure
everyone was where they should be,” said Shambro. “I am the third counselor the Class of 2011 has had. As a result, I feel students are not as excited to have me here as I am to be here. I chose the opportunity to
By Becca Honeyball Co-Editor-in-Chief work with the senior class at MHS and am looking forward for [students] to get to know me better.” Meggin Werner, senior, is uncomfortable with the idea of taking her problems to a new counselor. “I don’t really feel like talking to someone I don’t know,” said Werner. This view held true for the majority of seniors interviewed. However, Tionnsha Kent, senior, feels that the replacement of Roach affected her positively. “When I first found out Ms. Roach was leaving Mehlville I was disappointed because I didn’t think I
would feel comfortable with someone new who really didn’t know me,” said Kent. “But after talking with Mrs. Shambro I found her to be more helpful. I really like the fact that she sat down with me and walked me through things that I needed for college and with any other questions I had.” Shambro wants the class of 2011 to know that she will not let them down in their most crucial year. “I know some students have been frustrated at trying to get an appointment to see and speak with me,” said Shambro. “I want [seniors] all to know that I chose this counseling position because I knew [they] were in need of a strong, supportive counselor and I was up for the challenge. I am good for my word and will not let [them] down. I will strive to earn [their] respect and trust in hopes [they] all will soon believe that I do have [their] best interest at heart.” In spite of Shambro’s unfailing optimism, most senior students seem to possess a similar mind set: wariness of the latest change in staff that directly affects them. Like it or not, Shambro was the best person to take on the position of senior counselor at Roach’s departure. She has experience, is willing to put in the hours of effort required and prides herself on her work with students.
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“What seems to be the problem, Officer?” Hats off, hoods down
By Liza DiStefano Opinions Editor
School is not the only place this rule applies. Having your hood up can be considered “obstruction of view” and may make you a target for an officer just looking for a reason to pull you over. Do not give him one over a fashion faux-pas. Pull the hood down. Green light, red light. Running a red light is one of the most obvious things to get busted on, especially with traffic cameras in place at many intersections these days. When in doubt, just wait it out instead of hurling yourself into the intersection with fingers crossed that you make the light.
Best if used by... No one likes expired anything, including registration. Keep track of when your tags need renewing and do not procrastinate.
Roll out-- or not. Rolling through a stop sign may just come second-nature after awhile,
but a cop does not take simply cruising past that red hexagon lightly. Come to a complete stop whenever instructed to do so by a stop sign--you can spare the 5 seconds.
Pimp My Mirror? Fuzzy dice, beads, whatever--file away objects hanging from your rear view mirror into the "obstruction of view" category as well. Stick to decorating your room, not your rear view mirror.
Fix it. You may not see it from the inside, but a burned out headlight or tail light is like a painted target on your car. Always check to see that
every thing works before you head out for the day, and borrow mom's car if it is not.
weapon, problems arise. Keep it at the legal limit. Have you not heard 35 percent is the new black?
Living life in the fast lane.
Do not be a 70-yearold woman.
The left lane is called a passing lane for a reason. Do not use it as your superhighway all the way home to meet curfew. Cops notice when you stick in this leftmost lane, so get in and get out as needed.
We all know the fastest way to get pulled over is speeding, but driving too slow for traffic can get you equally noticed. Keep pace with the cars around you while still going the designated speed limit, or pull over and let cars pass before proceeding.
What are you hiding in there? Window tint is stylish and convenient for those bright autumn days, but when an officer can not see inside your car to see whether or not you have a concealed
What should you have in your car? Student Prints asks: What should you have in your car when you get pulled over? Students answer: "Insurance, your license, any type of identification." –Zarina Muharemovic, 12 "Proof of insurance and your license." –Tom Meyer, 12 "License and registration I think? And be very nice and don't cry." –Katie Raimondo, 11 "Well, I've never been pulled over , but I think they ask for license, registration, and proof of insurance." –Gozie Uzendu , 12
The real answer: License, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.
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As the law buckles down, students should buckle up By Anushri Thakkar with reporting by Aurora Miller Getting pulled over is possibly a greater issue than new or inexperienced and experienced drivers may realize. Most teen drivers become are familiar to a with traffic ticket, tickets, but some consequences are much harsher than a simple slap on the wrist. More serious consequences for traffic violations can include license suspension, increased vehicle insurance incr¬ease, cost, or even traffic school. Drivers can be ordered to go to traffic school for point removal, dismissal of a traffic ticket, or to simply become a better driver. This course can cost anywhere from $20 to $35. These courses are available online. The driver learns about anything from highway safety to
basic vehicle operation. To some drivers these consequences may seem ridiculous, but no driver can be easily exempted (because the courts want to ensure safety on the streets). Although the traffic laws vary among states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of most states has a point system. Points are added to one’s driving record depending on the violation. For example, if one is caught driving without a driver’s license, they are in violation of state law will have two points against their license as a penalty, second offense means four point penalty, and the third offense is a six point penalty. For Tom Meyer, senior, his absent license did not involve the points,
greater distances have more factors like traffic and lights, making their time even more vital. As their nerves increasingly get tense, but certainly gave him a scare. When roaming around at night past curfew, Meyer found himself in an unsettling situation. “I was driving in a subdivision when this car started following me. They had their lights on high beam and I was unable to see [behind me], so I turned at a stop signed to try to lose them,” said Meyer. He was unable to lose his tailgater, later identified as a police officer. “Come to find out it was the cops. He pulled me over; I didn’t have my license, insurance, nothing. He asked me to step out of the car, another cop arrived at the scene and I was handcuffed. He began searching my car and he made me call my mom. I didn’t get a ticket or anything he just wanted to scare,” said Meyer. Police officers will not use physical force for a simple traffic violation; however,
What was your most interesting experience being pulled over?
“Someone stole the renewal sticker off my license plate and [the police] pulled me over. But now I cut it into pieces so they can’t steal it.” –Shirley
“We told [the police] we were lost. [It was the] first day my friend had his license. ... [We were] nervous; we had three people when we were supposed to have one.” –Patrick Kreamalmeyer, senior
“One time I got pulled over because of expired tags on my license plates, and they told me my car wasn’t even registered. So, technically, I was driving a car that didn’t exist.” –Jill
so does the pressure on their gas pedal. This is where the programs come in. It helps teachers to pay off their speeding tickets at a reduced rate, knowing how much money and hassle it can be.
How to survive getting pulled over Compiled by Loredana Leone, Business Manager
[Switch on Blinkers and Pull Over] Pull over on the shoulder or a nearby parking lot. Don’t coast, meaning to drive slowly for several blocks without stopping.The officer will think you are up to something.
[Put Hazard Lights On]
if a person physically resists an officer’s legal demands, then the officer will take the necessary actions to subdue the subject. Mustafa Husein is no stranger to traffic violations. He has been pulled over four times: twice in St. Louis and twice in the state of Illinois. Although he is unsure of the total amount of points that have accumulated against his driving record, he is positive that those tickets have affected took a toll on his wallet. “I paid all of my tickets, they weren’t cheap. In Illinois it’s $35 for a speeding ticket,” said Husien. Husien understood that he has the price of tickets straighten him out, but also that he needs to take driving seriously if he wants to keep his license. “I’ve learned my lesson, my dad told me they’ll suspend my license if I continue to be a careless driver,” said Husien. Husien learned the importance of a good driving record, but even more importantly, of the need to be a safe driver. “Don’t speed because in the end you’re either getting a ticket, could possibly lose your life in a crash, or [you’re] just saving yourself three minutes in the trip,” said Husein. “I say just flow with the road.” The consequences that could arise of traffic violations are certainly not worth the time or money that one might have saved. Driving safely will save money, time, and lives.
This shows other drivers to slow down in that area where you pulled over, keeping you and the officer out of traffic and danger. Do not turn off the engine, especially if your vehicle is an older model. It might not start, ending up stranded on the side of the road, finding yourself calling one person after another to help you out.
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[Switch On Interior Lights] Turn on the lights before the officer approaches the vehicle. By doing so, this also gives the officer a better visual inside the car.
[Stay in the Car & Hands on the Wheel] For the officers safety, along with yours, keep both hands on the wheel because they do not know if there are any weapons in the car or not.
[Registration & Insurance] Obviously keep them in the glove compartment, but ask to retrieve them or wait until the officer requests them.
[Be Careful What You Say] BE POLITE. Nothing is better than the situation ending on a good note. Cooperation and honesty goes a long way. Do not argue with the officer or even inquire as to what you did wrong. They ask the questions, not you.
•If you stay polite, sometimes cops will leave you with a warning. •Make sure that the vehicle does not have any missing mirrors, bumpers, and lights. •Speeding is a major factor in recieving a ticket. Make sure you watch your speed on the road. •Make sure to wear seat belts when you and others get in the vehicle. •Do not use your cell phone while driving; laws have been passed in some cities and states on this issue. It will cost you $150 - $300 in fines for being on the phone while driving. •Keep current and valid registration, inspection, license, and insurance. •Turn the music down and do not blast it on the road. •Do not eat, brush teeth, apply make-up or even shave while driving. By doing so, you place yourself and others in danger.
September 30, 2010
Will work for food By Anushri Thakkar Features Editor “If they can’t afford food, then we ask that they volunteer,” said Terri Barr, hospitality and volunteer coordinator of this Clayton location. Panera Bread, aka St. Louis Bread Co. recently opened its very first nonprofit community café. Beginning on May 15, 2010, St. Louis Bread Co. took a substantial risk when launching this non-profit café. “In order to sustain this café we want those that have more to donate more, we need to generate enough profit to stay up and running,” said Barr. When I first walked into this Panera Bread café I noticed a table to my right. At first I only glanced but as I took a better look I realized it was a table full of bread. “Take what you need, leave your fair share,” said the sign in front of the table. I laughed, not because I thought that people would take advantage of this (but that did cross my mind), but because I hadn’t seen or heard of stores doing anything like this. Rather than thinking of it as free food, they think of it as a chance to help the less fortunate. “We highly discourage people to take advantage
Many people depend on this Bread Co. to feed their families. Photo by Brent Pearson
Cleaning: one way to earn money. Photo by Brent Pearson
Place your order and donate money. Photo by Brent Pearson
of a free meal, if you don’t have money then we ask that you volunteer for an hour and we will give you a voucher to redeem a free meal,” said Barr. So, I asked Barr if I could volunteer for a free meal, “Of course, you and anyone else that would like to volunteer. We’re open to everyone,” she said. She showed me a few simple tasks that hourly volunteers must complete: washing windows,
watering plants, wiping tables and chairs, sweeping and/or mopping, etc. I was able to complete a few of these before closing time at 4 p.m. While I was working I realized that the overall atmosphere of this café was different than others, it is calmer and the workers are very friendly. I felt comfortable working because it’s a cheerful environment. The staff was always smiling and seemed
to be proud of this new café in their community. When I was discussing the purpose of starting this café, Barr explained that the goal is to make sure that no one goes home hungry. “It’s a community café, we all share the responsibility. It’s a pay it forward system. We say it’s not a hand out, but a hand up for those in need,” said Barr. When speaking to her I realized it really was all about dignity. No one knows how much money you put into the donation box or if you can’t afford to pay for your lunch. So this is a system where you don’t have to give a reason for volunteering, you could simply be volunteering out of generosity or because you need a meal. This is beneficial because it allows you to keep your dignity and no one will question your motives. “Don’t waste food. Live simply so that others may simply live,” a quote I once heard that accurately describes the
circumstance at hand. None of the food made here goes to waste at any time, or at any Panera Bread. Through a program called ‘Doughnations’ all of the baked goods are donated to different food banks, charities, or organizations at the end of each day. The profit generated at this location will go towards a program for at-risk teens. “We want to teach them basic life skills,” said Barr, “We want to help them find direction. Many teens lack good role models; we also want to help them learn to interact with others.” Not only that but this Panera Bread also offers an opportunity for special needs children to work. “They come in with a job coach and have to be able to complete specific tasks, usually pretty basic. That helps them to learn skills to apply for a job. It is really rewarding for us to see these kids at work,” said Barr. This new component of the Clayton community
serves as a model for future non-profit organizations. They are set out to benefit the community and their sole motive is to help those in need. It is about everyone in the community joining in and sharing in the responsibility to make a difference.
Photo by Brent Pearson
Photo by Brent Pearson
September 30, 2010
Small talk getting smaller Anushri Thakkar Features Editor Hey how’s it going? Generally the question that starts a conversation. But the controversy is how that question initiates, maybe face to face? A phone call? Through a text? In this generation not only teenagers, but adults as well have become techsavvy through texting and Facebook. A study done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2008 shows that 77 percent of adults in the U.S. own a cell phone, while teens fall shortly
behind with 71 percent. The means of communication have significantly changed over the past couple decades. “I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was in college, now kids are getting them in middle school. Plus, we didn’t have text messaging then, I started text messaging only about four years ago,” said Aimee Schulte, biology teacher. When looking beyond cell phones, statistics prove that millions of people spend a good portion of their time online. For example, official Facebook
statistics show that there are over 500 million users, and 50 percent of them get online on any given day. Years ago when people did not have Facebook or cell phones, how did they communicate? The good old-fashioned way. They talked face to face, and in doing so they built stronger relationships with people. “I like to text people because it’s quicker and I have unlimited texts, plus I don’t have to use my minutes when I text,” said John Allen, sophomore. Allen is only one of millions of teenagers across the country that uses text messaging as a primary form of communication. The 2008 study found that 76 percent of teens in America use text messaging on their cell phones, and it is Are they texting each other? Photo by Anushri Thakkar l o g i c a l
The one that I want to read Liz Simone Reviewer
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“The One That I Want” depicts a woman named Tilly Farmer, a character whose world has been turned upside down. Her old high school “friend” is a palm reader and gives Tilly “the gift of clarity”. Now Tilly, being faced with uncertainty, mixed emotions, and her sudden premonitions, is forced to look for answers from others and most importantly from herself. This novel, written by bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch, is 270 pages and has been available in stores since June 1, 2010. Allison Winn Scotch does a phenomenal job
And they call Latin a dead language. Photo by Anushri Thakkar
to assume that this percentage has increased. Many researchers speculate that this generation of youth lacks a strong ability to communicate and build healthy relationships. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of talking is “to communicate or exchange ideas, information, etc., by speaking.” So technically, in order to talk someone has to open their mouth. Daniel Smith, senior, agrees, “I prefer talking face to face because you can get a direct answer quickly. Plus I think that text messaging takes away
from personality, you don’t know how they’re saying it, but only what they’re saying,” said Smith. However, students seem to disagree with that statement. A poll conducted of about 194 Mehlville students ranging from freshmen to seniors shows that 78 percent of students prefer to talk to people face to face. “I prefer to talk face to face because it is a comfort level, you can see facial expressions and what a person really means, especially if it’s a personal topic,” said Schulte. According to the study,
38 percent of all teens in the U.S. send text messages daily; A poll conducted of 194 Mehlville students found that 72 percent of students use their cell phones for text messaging rather than calling. They say that times change and society is simply supposed to adapt, but maybe this change should be questioned before simply adapting. Building relationships and frequent human interaction is vital for success in any profession.
describing setting and characters. She creates stories that her readers can easily relate to and learn lessons from as well. The main character of this novel is a well-to-do woman with a seemingly normal marriage. The drastic changes in Tilly’s life force her to make some very hard decisions. She can either say goodbye to her life as she knows it, or risk having to say goodbye to certain people for good. Other characters in this story include Tilly’s dad, a recovering alcoholic, Tilly’s husband, Tyler, a fairly laid-back man, Tilly’s sisters, Luanne, who had a miscarriage and is now pregnant again with high hopes but slight doubt, and Darcy, the rebel with a cause, who never quite figured out how to move
on when their mom died. There is also Tilly’s longterm best friend Susanna, a woman with two sons that has recently been cheated on and is trying to pull her life back together. Winn Scotch never creates a dull moment in this novel because she has plotted many different story lines to pay close attention to. The intertwining of the people’s lives in the book demonstrates how small towns really operate. Also the blatant character development emphasizes one of Winn Scotch’s themes in the book: that people may not know themselves the way they think they do. What lies in someone’s heart can surprise even that person. In this novel, Winn Scotch takes readers on a long, emotional journey causing
them to have to think about their actions and how they have affected others and ultimately themselves. The events and changes these characters go through are often events readers have experienced as well. Winn Scotch provides a comforting, everpresent message in this book. That message being, sometimes people are forced to let go of the past and welcome change, but that will only make them stronger and wiser. This book encourages readers, making them laugh, making them cry, making them realize not to take advantage of the life that has been given to them.
September 30, 2010
Underwear Wars spark rivalry Players play, parents watch By Matt Vogt Writer
A war broke out between district rivals Oakville and Mehlville. They were fighting over...underwear. They were collecting underwear that at the end of the competition was all donated to the St. Patrick’s Center. Leadership classes, which started this project to aid those in need, are brand new this year in both Mehlville and Oakville. Both classes put their heads together to think of something that would spark the rivalry between the two schools while making an impact on the community. When they learned about this from a parent they talked to the St. Patrick’s Center. After talking to CEO Dan Buck, the schools were shocked by how much these collections help the St.Patrick’s Center. With donations each year they save an average of $9000
CEO Dan Buck of St. Patrick’s Center stands proudly with the check of 4,821 pairs of undergarments donated. Both Mehlville and Oakville’s leadership classes presented the large check shaped as underwear. Photo by Brent Pearson
on regular necessities like electricity and clothes. The following week, each school handed out boxes to each TAP for the collections to be placed in. Donations consisted of socks, bras and boxers. Mehlville offered many incentives to collecting the most pairs. These included a donut party for the winning class, and head principal Dr. Swanger said she and the staff would
wear the underwear atop their clothes if they beat Oakville. Both schools by the end wanted to have a grand total of 10,000 pairs. Far short from the goal, the schools together ended up collecting 4,821. Going into Friday night, Mehlville trailed Oakville by a very steep margin, and it looked like the Tigers would get the best of Mehlville. Mehlville rallied back from their overwhelm-
ing deficit, and as a result, walked away with the trophy for the first annual Underwear Wars, which was designed by Oakville. The Panthers also walked away with the pure enjoyment of beating their district rivals twice in one night with a victory in the football game, 25-7. Swanger followed through with what she said, and on Monday the staff showed up in good fashion. All four grade principals and Officer Rodriguez sported the underwear over their usual clothing. For the seniors it was Sutton’s TAP leading the charge, along with Eilerman for the juniors, Ehrhart for the sophomores and tieing for freshmen was Ferraro and Lamping. All of these classes will receive a donut party for having the most pairs donated. Mehlville pulled through and once again claimed its spot atop the rivalry.
Defense powers Panthers past Fox By Ryan Dell
Co-Editor-in-Chief ARNOLD • Poised with a strong run attack and great defense, Mehlville ran past Fox for a 14-8 win in Arnold Friday night. The Panthers (3-2) continued their season dominance on the ground and Zach Hayes threw for a season high 74 yards as the defense forced numerous fumbles, taking the ball away three times. Sophomore Chayse Brown led the Mehlville rushing attack, gaining 77 yards over 16 carries. The Panthers combined to run for 207 yards as they cruised to defeat the winless Warriors (0-4).
The loss dropped Fox to the basement of the Suburban West conference. Troy Parrott ran for 74 yards as the Panthers were able to quickly move the ball down the field. Trouble came when fumbles and penalties stalled early drives that could have easily put the game away in the beginning quarters. “The penalties were huge and the fumbles costly. They were just small mistakes, we need to fix it at practice and get back after it,” said Parrott. Fumbles by Hayes and tailback Remington Grigsby stalled progressing Panther drives, Grigsby’s coming at the Fox 2 yard
Quarterback Zach Hayes rushes for a 21 yard gain during a 14-8 win Photo by Brent Pearson
line following big rushes from Brown and Parrott. “Turnovers are never easy to accept. It almost cost us the game tonight,” said head coach Eric Meyer. Mehlville would get on the board when Hayes lofted a 35 yard touchdown pass to Brown. The touchdown was Brown’s fourth of the season and gave Mehlville a 7-0 lead. Following the Mehlville score, Fox took out starting quarterback Tyler Thompson after he suffered a broken collarbone. Thompson, a freshman, had been starting for the Warriors in their previous games. He was replaced by sophomore Daylon Harper who had the same struggles moving the ball against the Mehlville defense. “The defense was looking pretty good in the first half. We thought we had a W coming out in the second half and got sloppy,” said Mike over Fox. Wuellner, senior.
Fox received the ball to start the second half and drove the ball down the field, aided by 25 yards in Mehlville penalties. Jimmy Huskey, sophomore, would punch in the touchdown after dragging the pile 10 yards. The extra point attempt was blocked by Mike Sulya, junior, and Mehlville led 7-6. Mehlville would quickly answer back. Hayes scrambled on a 4th and 8 to pick up 21 yards and the first down. Three plays later Hayes would connect with Parrott on an 11 yard touchdown pass. Brandon Zufall tacked on the extra-point giving Mehlville the lead 14-6. “They were just binging everybody, so we could just beat them over the top, and that’s what I like to do,” said Hayes. After a first down run by D.J. Chambers, Fox punted and pinned the Panthers at their own 4 yard line. Following a 3 and out, Mehlville racked up three penalties and forced
Playing sports gives a wrong, they quickly blame special thrill to people of all the officials, because ages. The fresh air, excite- they’re either blind, or ment, and the feeling of were paid by the other belonging to a team draw team to give them every many people into sports. call. They shout absurd Watching sporting events and usually wrong obscenican be a great thrill as well. ties at referees , which By cheering on their favor- only make their team look ite teams through thick and worse. They leave those thin, the majority of fans around them saying, “Shut do their best to help and up and learn the rules.” support those on the field. If their kid gets put on the While it is great for par- bench for even one minents to encourage their ute, they assume the coach children to participate, is either dumb or just does they must understand that not like him. They don’t sporting events revolve stop to think that maybe around those the player got playing, and tired from the not those intensity of watching. the game, or As much as that maybe parents want the coach to see their wanted to be son or daughfair and allow ter make the everyone an winning basequal opporket or finish tunity to play. first in the Worst of race or meet, all, they yell By Jacob Vantrease at their own sometimes Sports Editor they need to children and just sit back and enjoy the their teammates when game, no matter the result. they make a mistake. They For the most part, act as if they’ve never adults get this. They often done anything wrong, grew up playing the same and like they would never sports as their kids, so strike out, or miss a shot, they know how the game or lose a game. Let’s not goes. Their advice comes forget that there are two from the heart, and is only teams on the field, and intended to help others. one of them has to lose. But every once in a So parents, please just let while, we see those loud the people on the field conand crazy parents; the trol the game. You’ve had ones who have probably your own chance to play. never played the sport, And when you see these and therefore assume people committing this their kid is the next Kobe harebrained act, let them Bryant or Venus Williams. know how absolutely ridicWhen something goes ulous they look and sound. Zufall to punt from the back of his end-zone. The punt attempt was blocked by Huskey, resulting in a two-point safety and giving the ball back to Fox. After the kickoff from Zufalll, Chambers fumbled on consecutive plays, recovering the first and Wuellner of Mehlville recovered the second. Mehlville would go three and out
on two consecutive drives and were forced to punt. “The difference between last year and this year, last year we would have quit, this year we got a win. You have to be happy for that,” said Parrott. Mehlville would run out the clock, securing a 14-8 victory. Mehlville had 281 yards of total offense and 75 yards in penalties.
14 Paying the field By Brent Pearson Web Editor
The sun on Saturday morning rises to find athletes and community members using the high quality facilities at Mehlville High School. But what goes into the cost to use these? The basic fee for the turf is $415, which covers the cost of use for four hours. Also included in this cost is a $40 charge for lights per hour, custodial costs at $21 per hour, and each additional hour of use tacks on $100. The school district brings in nearly $615. So the district should be gaining money, right? Making a profit is not so easy, said Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch. “A piece of the rental fee go towards the turf upkeep fee. The rest goes to the operating costs such as lighting, workers, and clean-
up costs,” said Knobloch. The turf is cleaned twice a week by a roller brush pulled by a John Deer gator, which realigns the turf pebbles on the field. “There is more than just cleaning the field. We have to repairs to the turf holes. The total up keep of the field amounts to about $190,000 per year,” said Knobloch. The $190,000 stems from the cost of the turf’s building and interest rate since its installation in 2007. Both the turf field and the gym have rental rates that over 500 organizations around Missouri use. Some to name would be St. Louis Youth Soccer Association Soccer, St. Louis Metro Volleyball, and the semi-pro football league in St. Louis. “The turf field is convenient for all-weather use, eliminating the use of other facilities for practice,” said Scott Gallagher
soccer coach and math teacher Scott Jackson. Teams and clubs can use the field without worrying about rain and other elements due to the turf drainage and strong material used in the building. This has also given Mehlville a home-field advantage during rained out games at away high school facilities. District and sectional Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) events have been hosted at Mehlville due to the turf. Normal costs are paid for these events. One event that cannot be held on Mehlville’s facilities would be an official MSHSAA track meet. The track’s build forms an unregulated track. Its improper shape comes from the turf’s massive size. No plans have been stated for fixing the track, which would involve cutting off the turf Security, which has been an issue at Mehlville and cross-town school Oakville, will be a thing of the past,
September 30, 2010
What’s the “deal” with the turf?
Approximately $1 million to build Yearly Expenses: $190,000 per year So you want to rent the turf out? Base fee: $415 which covers 4 hours of use Lights: $40 per hour Clean-up: $21 per hour Each Additional Hour of use: $100 per hour with new cameras going up in the coming days. “We are working on getting new security cameras for the turf, but not a set date when will be installing them,” said school resource officer Charlie Rodriguez. Lighting around the track is scheduled to be improved due to low lighting
during the morning and late nights in which community members use it to exercise. The facilities of the track and field are open to all community members during the suggested hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday only, although members still choose to use them
during the weekeneds. The turf, usually lasting about 10 years, may have to be replaced in the future. The turf field, one of the highlights of Mehlville, is more than meets the eye, and more than what meets the pocketbook, too.
September 30, 2010
Sports shorts By Matt Vogt
Panthers hand Tigers “ugly stick” The Panthers entered their annual rivalry game with Oakville having lost each of the last two showdowns, but this time it was different. The Panthers came out firing on all cylinders as they quickly took the lead in what would become a 25-7 victory over the Tigers. According to STLhighschoolsports.com , “The Panthers broke out the ugly stick and cracked it upside Oakville’s head,” a statement that everyone at Mehlville can agree with. Bradford, Rams break losing streak Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford completed 23 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown as the St. Louis Rams ended their 10-game losing streak. In a 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins, the Rams forced two turnovers and
Mehlville vs. Marquette Preview Football puts its two-game winning streak on the line for the annual homecoming game.
Cardinals fall short in playoff race As October approaches, St. Louis Cardinals fans suffer a disappointing end to their 2010 season. Heading into the year with playoff aspirations, the Redbirds have struggled for much of the season, and the Cincinatti Reds took full advantage, winning the National League Central. The Cardinals will have several positions to fill in the off-season, including the possible retirement of manager Tony La Russa.
By Ryan Dell
held the ball for nearly 35 of the 60 minutes. They host the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, looking to continue their strong play. Mehlville rebounds from rough tournament opener After a 4-0 loss to CBC to begin the CYC Tournament , the varsity soccer team bounced back with wins over Duchesne and Webster Groves. The rivaled Oakville Tigers won the tournament, defeating CBC in the title game. The Panthers next take on St. Mary’s Oct. 2 at 11:30 at Mehlville. The team’s record stood at 7-6 at time of press. Former Heisman winner forfeits award Saints running back and 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush returned the award to the Heisman Trust. Bush was accused of accepting gifts and benefits from agents and school boosters during his time at USC. Many think that the trophy should be given to the runner up in the voting, former Texas quarterback Vince Young.
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Co-Editor-in-Chief Photos by Brent Pearson
Mehlville Panthers Record 3-2 (3-2) 4th in the Suburban West Points scored• 102 (20.4 avg) Points allowed• 103 (20.6 avg)
vs. Northwest • W • 42-12 at Eureka • L • 41-14 vs. Lafayette• L • 35-7 vs. Oakville • W • 25-7 at Fox • W • 14-8
Homecoming 2010 Coming off their first winning streak in almost two years, the Panthers take on the Marquette Mustangs as they celebrate their annual Homecoming game. The Mustangs come in after blowing out Suburban West leading Lindbergh. Their only loss is to Eureka, the fifth best team in the area according to highschoolsports.com. Mehlville will look to continue their dominating run game with a combination of Grigsby, Brown, Parrott and Zufall to beat the speedy Marquette defense.
Panther Leaders Leading scorer• Remington Grigsby Leading passer• Zach Hayes Leading rusher• Troy Parrott Leading reciever• Mike Sulya Leading tackler• Dan Parrott
Marquette Mustangs Record 4-1 (3-1) 2nd in the Suburban West Points scored• 190 (38.0 avg) Points allowed• 103 (20.6 avg)
vs. Sumner • W • 39-6 at Oakville • W • 59-40 vs. Eureka • L • 24-8 at Northwest • W • 49-12 vs. Lindbergh • W • 35-21 Mustang Leaders Leading scorer• Dante McKinney Leading passer• Anthony Dudley Leading rusher• Dante McKinney Leading reciever• DeAndre Cain Leading tackler• Anthony Dudley
Trivia Time! If you think you’ve got the answers, send them to room 116 by 10:15 on Thursday, Sep. 30. A drawing will be held and five winners will be chosen to win a prize. Don’t forget to include your name and TAP teacher. 1. Who scored the last-minute, game-winning touchdown in the Mizzou Tigers 27-24 comeback win vs. San Diego State?
2. The St. Louis Blues kick off their regular season on Oct. 9, when they face-off with the Philadelphia Flyers. Which Blue led the team in 2009-10 with 57 points?
a. Wes Kemp b. De’Vion Moore
a. Alexander Steen b. David Perron
c. Michael Egnew d. T.J. Moe
c. Andy McDonald d. David Backes
3. Who led the Panthers in rushing yards in their 14-8 victory over Fox?
4. As of Sep. 23, which varsity soccer player netted the most goals for the Panthers?
a. Troy Parrott b. Remington Grigsby
a. John Troske b. Faik Hajderovic
c. Chayse Brown d. Brandon Zufall
c. Aris Nukic d. Neal Wallis
September 30, 2010
4 Mehlville High School Journalism Department 3200 Lemay Ferry Rd. St. Louis Missouri TO:
(1) The Green Pit celebrates with the Underwear Wars victory over Oakville on September 17. (2) Senior Troy Parrott splashes water trying to cool down during the Mehlville-Eureka Football game. The Panthers fell 38-14. (3) Freshman Haylee Wabiszewski drives on the first hole at Quail Creek Golf Course. (4) Senior Blake Westerman punts the ball down the field against Parkway North. (5) The Pantherettes perform during the Mehlville-Oakville football game. Photos by Brent Pearson.