Two Â seniors Â get Â Band Â students Â chosen Â down Â to Â business for Â summer Â tour
GEAR Â UP Â offers Â students Â opportunity Â
By Â JULIE Â BANG BUSINESS Â MANAGER
arly Â exposure Â to Â the Â business Â world Â at Â a Â young Â age Â helps Â pave Â the Â way Â for Â a Â better Â future. Â This Â summer, Â seniors Â Adrian Â Trujillo Â and Â Alejandra Â Escobar Â were Â chosen Â to Â represent Â the Â Southwest, Â in Â a Â national Â competition Â held Â at Â Columbia Â Â University Â in Â New Â York Â City. Â Â Escobar Â and Â Trujillo Â experienced Â working Â in Â a Â â€œreal Â lifeâ€? Â company. Â As Â Chief Â Financial Â 2IÂżFHU &)2 (VFREDU managed Â a Â real Â company Â and Â Trujillo Â worked Â in Â WKH ÂżQDQFH GHSDUWPHQW Â Â â€œI Â was Â excited Â to Â play Â a Â role Â as Â the Â CFO Â because Â it Â had Â to Â do Â a Â lot Â with Â my Â future,â€? Â Escobar Â said. Â â€œThe Â experience Â was Â priceless.â€? Â Â Both Â got Â to Â enjoy Â New Â York Â City Â subways, Â foods Â and Â housing, Â but Â the Â best Â thing Â of Â all Â was Â that Â this Â was Â an Â all Â expenses Â paid Â trip! Â While Â enjoying Â this Â experience Â for Â one Â last Â time, Â the Â top Â ranked Â students Â across Â the Â
Both Â enter Â into Â realm Â of Â elite Â marching
country Â were Â able Â to Â New Â York Â skyline Â aboard Â By Â JJ Â GONZALEZ compete Â for Â the Â national Â the Â Harbor Â Cruise. Â STAFF Â WRITER title, Â and Â the Â ultimate Â Â Â â€œWe Â are Â all Â proud Â of Â prize Â was Â a Â share Â of Â stock Â Adrian Â and Â Alejandra Â his Â summer Â from Â a Â major Â corporation. for Â making Â it Â this Â far Â Â when Â most Â kids Â Â Â The Â winners Â of Â this Â DORQJ ZLWK ÂżYH RWKHU were Â sitting Â on Â competition Â will Â be Â GEAR Â UP Â participants,â€? Â WKHFRXFKĂ€LSSLQJ announced Â at Â the Â Youth Â GEAR Â UP Â Coordinator Â through Â channels, Â senior Â $ERXW %XVLQHVV <$% Regina Â Davis Â said. Â national Â banquet Â on Â the Â Â Â Escobar Â and Â Trujillo Â tubist Â Shane Â Montoya Â and Â junior Â mellophonist Â Lili Â Villatoro Â were Â chosen Â to Â tour Â this Â summer Â with Â Drum Â Corps Â Inter-Â national. Â Out Â of Â the Â 8000 Â who Â tried Â out, Â fewer Â than Â 4000 Â made Â it. Â Â â€œDCI Â is Â Marching Â Musicâ€™s Â Major Â League,â€? Â Villatoro Â said. Â â€œA Â drum Â corps Â is Â a Â professional Â marching Â band Â where Â the Â level Â of Â intensity Â and Â dedication Â is Â far Â greater Â than Â that Â of Â a Â high Â school Â or Â college Â marching Â band.â€? Â Â Villatoro, Â whoâ€™s Â original Â instrument Â is Â a Â woodwind Â instrument Â called Â a Â THE Â FINAL Â DAY: Â GEAR Â UP Â students Â exit Â the Â dorm Â clarinet, Â spent Â the Â sum-Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Houston Â and Â head Â back Â home Â mer Â learning Â how Â to Â after Â two Â weeks Â of Â activities. play Â a Â brass Â instrument Â called Â the Â mellophone. Â Ă€RRU RI WKH 1HZ <RUN could Â not Â have Â done Â this Â Â Â â€œGoing Â to Â try Â out Â on Â Stock Â Exchange Â this Â alone. Â They Â both Â thank Â an Â instrument Â that Â I Â November. Â The Â students Â YAB Â and Â GEAR Â UP, Â who Â GLGQÂśW SOD\ ZDV GLIÂżFXOWÂ´ will Â have Â the Â opportunity Â recommended Â the Â two Â Villatoro Â said, Â â€œbut Â if Â to Â network Â with Â senior Â VWXGHQWV DORQJ ZLWK ÂżYH they Â see Â that Â you Â are Â level Â executives, Â others Â to Â Betty Â Tallas... determined Â and Â have Â dedication, Â then Â they Â participate Â in Â private Â golf Â will Â actually Â teach Â you.â€? Continued Â on Â page Â 2 lessons, Â and Â enjoy Â the Â
Â Â The Â students Â were Â gone Â for Â two Â and Â a Â half Â months Â without Â a Â break. Â During Â this Â time, Â they Â practiced Â everyday Â and Â were Â constantly Â on Â
MAN Â IN Â UNIFORM: Â Mon-Â toya Â travels Â on Â the Â road Â with Â the Â corps Â Forte. Â the Â road. Â On Â average, Â practices Â would Â last Â for Â up Â to Â 12 Â hours Â followed Â by Â sleep Â at Â 10 Â pm Â and Â starting Â over Â at Â 7 Â am. Â Â â€œThe Â hardest Â part Â of Â this Â was Â pushing Â through Â the Â summer. Â Everyday Â brought Â a Â new Â challenge,â€? Â Montoya Â said. Â Â Â â€œWaking Â up, Â getting Â up Â and Â repeating Â the Â same Â process Â was Â
a Â challenge. Â The Â people Â around Â me Â were Â always pushing Â me Â to Â keep Â going Â and Â Iâ€™m Â so Â glad Â they Â did.â€? Â Â Besides Â the Â experience Â and Â what Â theyâ€™ve Â added Â to Â their Â college Â resume, Â Montoya Â looks to Â majoring Â in Â music in Â college. Â Â Â â€œApart Â from Â the Â over Â 2000 Â hours Â of Â practice Â and Â life Â long Â lessons,â€? Â Montoya Â said, Â â€œI Â got Â an Â experience Â and Â a Â summer Â that Â I Â will Â remember Â for Â the Â rest Â of Â my Â life.â€? Â Â With Â these Â experiences Â comes Â encouragement Â to Â tell Â others Â of Â the Â band Â to Â try Â out. Â Since Â the Â studentâ€™s Â return, Â the Â band Â has Â become Â more Â focused Â and Â determined Â to Â be Â better. Â â€œThe Â stu-Â dentâ€™s Â see them Â and DUH LQĂ€X enced Â by Â t h e m , â€? Â a s s i s t a n t Â director Â Jeff Â M u n g e r Â said. Â â€œKids Â want Â to Â be Â like Â them Â and Â be Â able to Â join Â a Â corps Â for Â a s u m m e r Â t o o . â€?
McConn Â returns Â from Â A frica . English Â teacher Â shares Â his Â experience Â from Â his Â Tanzanian Â adventure
By Â KELLEY Â KIM EDITOR-ÂIN-ÂCHIEF
e n o w n e d Â author Â Ernest Â Hemingway Â is Â known Â for Â his Â distinctive Â style Â of Â writing Â that Â generally Â encompasses Â different Â scenes Â of Â the Â world. Â One Â particular Â Spring Â Woods Â High Â School Â teacher Â decided Â to Â retrace Â Hemingwayâ€™s Â footsteps Â in Â a Â journey Â through Â Africa. Â A Â grant Â funded Â by Â the Â Fund Â for Â Teachers Â program Â gave Â English Â III Â AP Â teacher Â Matthew Â McConn Â an Â opportunity Â to Â share Â his Â story. Â Â â€œNot Â only Â did Â I Â get Â a Â better Â perspective Â on Â how Â Hemingway Â
got Â inspired, Â but Â I Â also Â obtained Â a Â better Â understanding Â of Â his Â work Â overall,â€? Â McConn Â said. Â â€œIt Â made Â me Â see Â just Â how Â conditioned Â we Â are Â to Â social Â class Â here Â in Â America.â€? Â Â McConn Â and Â his Â wife Â visited Â the Â northern Â area Â of Â Tanzania Â near Â the Â Serengeti Â Plains. Â In Â addition, Â he Â went Â on Â a Â thrilling Â safari Â that Â left Â him Â in Â awe. Â Aside Â from Â encountering Â numerous Â wild Â animals Â throughout Â the Â trip, Â McConn Â also Â visited Â a Â village Â of Â the Â Maasai Â people, Â a Â native Â ethnic Â group Â near Â Kenya. Â Â Â â€œThe Â people Â I Â met Â donâ€™t Â have Â TVâ€™s Â to Â tell Â them Â that Â theyâ€™re Â poor Â or Â what Â the Â rest Â of Â the Â world Â LV OLNH 7KH\ ÂżQG WKHLU
students Â interact Â on Â the Â blog Â and Â read Â about Â his Â trip Â and Â the Â thematic Â issues Â that Â follow. Â The Â key Â point Â McConn Â wants Â students Â to Â know Â is Â that Â Hemingwayâ€™s Â intention Â in Â his Â writings Â was Â not Â to Â portray Â a Â destination Â that Â is Â too Â far Â to Â reach, Â but Â rather Â expand Â the Â readerâ€™s Â knowledge Â of Â places Â other Â than Â home. Â Â Â â€œThe Â most Â interesting Â part Â of Â the Â entire Â trip Â was Â the Â people,â€? Â McConn Â said. Â â€œSure, Â there Â were Â lions, Â which Â was Â really Â LQWHUHVWLQJWRVHHDWÂżUVW but Â then Â you Â see Â them Â so Â often, Â you Â lose Â the Â A Â HELPING Â HAND: Â McConn Â interacts Â with Â children Â from Â the Â Massai Â tribe Â in Â wow Â factor. Â However, Â their Â classroom Â environment. I Â never Â stopped Â being Â happiness Â internally, Â human Â life Â after Â the Â trip Â a Â blog Â that Â documents Â enamored Â by Â the Â people Â ZKLFK PDGH PH ÂżQG D was Â over,â€? Â McConn Â said. Â Â his Â entire Â one-Âweek Â trip. Â and Â by Â the Â culture.â€? new Â appreciation Â for Â Â McConn Â is Â working Â on Â He Â plans Â to Â have Â his Â
continued from page 1: TWO SENIORS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS ...the Academy of Finance Coordinator. In order to get recruits, Tallas approached the 'DYLV WR ¿QG VHYHQ students who had interest in business. The camp sought ambitious students with a desire to excel in all aspects of their lives, and promote racial and gender diversity by recruiting students from all socioeconomic EDFNJURXQGV 7KH ¿YH other students who were chosen were Gustavo Lucio, Jorge Martinez, Karen Rubio, Victor Sanchez, and Yesinia Vidal, who all had the potential and met the requirements
to be enrolled in the YAB camp held at University of Houston. YAB camp allowed them to take a sneak peak of the outside world by being exposed WR ¿QDQFLDO WHUPLQRORJ\ and learning how to research and analyze public companies. The students were also able to engage in a competition and gain a better understanding of the business world. During the program, the students formed teams and were advised by area professionals who served as business consultants. Each individual group engaged
in the competition by performing mock mergers and acquisitions. 7KLV EHQH¿WHG PDQ\ students as they were challenged to think through their decisions, and all seven agreed this camp motivated them to ZRUNLQWKHEXVLQHVV¿HOG “I am proud of myself that I did not slack off this summer. Instead I learned something valuable,” Lucio said.
Top: Jason Shannon, Alexander Sanchez-Reyes, Samantha Solis, Jessica Jones, Niko Corbin, JJ Gonzalez Bottom: Jack Rodgers, Chelsea Rodriguez, Dayana Iza, Sam Lopez, Julie Bang, Kelley Kim
Where are they now? 2006 graduate puts what she learned to work back home
By SAMANTHA SOLIS STAFF WRITER Every year Spring Woods sends hundreds of seniors off into the world at the end of May with high expectations that they will achieve greatness in our community. All of them leave with the knowledge of how to survive whatever is thrown at them, and with talents that will help shape their future. One such alumn, Tanya Needham, graduated from Spring Woods in 2006. She then took the next step in her life and attended the University of Houston-Central Campus. She graduated this past May, class of 2010, with a degree in Special Education. After graduation, she was offered the job to be a teacher’s assistant at Spring Woods. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but when I was offered the opportunity to come to Spring Woods, I was excited,” Needham said. How often are you given the chance to come back to the place where you became the person you are? Could you imagine, your coworkers being the people who once gave you homework, or made you go up to the board in front of the entire class to workout a problem just because you were talking? This is something she has
come to realize isn’t really that big of a deal. “It’s funny cause you get to see how much fun it is behind the scenes. It’s a lot more fun to be a teacher than a student,” Needham VDLG2QHRIWKHEHQH¿WV
for everything. I will be able to look at the school in a whole new way,” Needham said. Some of her favorite classes while here at Spring Woods were HOSA, journalism, and biology. But
CAP AND GOWN: Tanya Needham graduated from the University of Hous- ton with a degree in Special Education. about coming to teach at your old high school is getting to relive all the traditions that take place throughout the year. Homecoming, Tiger fest, pep rallies are all things she looks forward to seeing again. “I’m really excited to be here
choosing a favorite WHDFKHU ZDV GLI¿FXOW “I can’t really pick my favorite. I enjoyed all of them,” Needham said. She is enjoying taking what she has learned from her years as a student to help create future graduates.
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New Â Tiger Â Faculty Denise Â Healy
Katy Â Cuddihee
Teaches Â English Â 1 Â to Â 9th Â graders. ,QKLJKVFKRROVKHZDVLQWKHVSHHFK and Â debate Â team. Â Attended Â Freed Â Hardener Â College Â in Â Tennessee Â and Â got Â bachelors Â degree. Worked Â at Â three Â different Â schools;Íž Â Northbrook Â Middle, Â Spring Â Forest Â Middle, Â and Â now Â Spring Â Woods Â High. Both Â of Â her Â kids Â graduated Â from Â Spring Â Woods Â and Â she Â also Â worked Â with Â lots Â of Â our Â staff Â members Â in Â the Â past. Likes: Â To Â read Â and Â write. Likes Â about Â teachingÂł,ORYHVHHLQJD OLJKWEXOEFRPHRQIRUWKHVWXGHQWVÂ´ Likes Â about Â SW: Â â€œThe Â atmosphere, Â teachers Â are Â very Â open Â and Â supportive Â WRWKHVWXGHQWVÂ´ Spare Â time: Â read, Â travel Â with Â family, Â and Â cook.
Choir Â director. From Â Minnesota. Been Â in Â Texas Â for Â 10 Â years. Â Taught Â at Â four Â different Â schools. Â Went Â to Â Nazareth Â College Â and Â got Â her Â Masters Â at Â UH. Likes: Â to Â watch Â people Â perform, Â seeing Â people Â do Â things Â that Â they Â take Â pride Â in, Â and Â when Â you Â pull Â up Â in Â an Â intersection Â and Â the Â person Â next Â to Â you Â in Â the Â drivers Â seat Â is Â singing Â and Â they Â get Â really Â into Â it. Dislikes:FDWVPHDQSHRSOHWUDIÂżFMDPVDQG the Â cold. Likes Â about Â teachingÂł,OLNHLWZKHQVWXGHQWV ÂżQDOO\JHWWKLQJVDQGWKHUHÂśWKDWÂł$KKDÂ´ PRPHQWÂ´ Likes Â about Â SWÂł,ORYHWHDFKLQJDW6SULQJ Woods! Â There Â is Â a Â really Â good Â sense Â of Â community. Â Everyone Â is Â very Â respectful. Â And Â WKHVLQJHUVDUHYHU\WDOHQWHGÂ´ Spare Â time: Â works Â out-Â Â belongs Â to Â a Â gym, Â book Â club, Â cook-Â Â often Â hosts Â dinner Â parties.
What Â do Â we Â do Â to Â keep Â our Â planet Â in Â good Â condition? Â Some Â of Â us Â could Â list Â simple Â things, Â but Â many Â would Â
have Â nothing Â to Â say. Â Recycling Â is Â one Â of Â the Â three Â Râ€™s Â of Â waste Â management, Â along Â with Â reuse Â and Â
reduce Â and Â it Â is Â also Â the Â most Â common Â way Â of Â contributing Â our Â effort Â to Â our Â planet. Â Why Â should Â we Â do Â it? Â Here Â is Â why. Â Â
The Â amount Â of Â trash Â that Â the Â United Â States Â produces Â has Â tripled Â in Â the Â past Â 50 Â years. Â At Â that Â rate, Â we Â will Â be Â producing Â nearly Â a Â billion Â tons Â of Â trash Â a Â year Â by Â 2060. Â
Each Â of Â us Â uses Â approximately Â one Â 100-Âfoot-Âtall Â Douglas Â tree Â in Â paper Â and Â wood Â SURGXFWV SHU \HDU ,I ZH GR not Â recycle, Â we Â would Â lose Â Â 850 Â million Â Â more Â trees Â a Â year. Â
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Our Â oceans Â are Â also Â effected Â by Â this Â because Â there Â are Â already Â ODUJH Ă€RDWV RI WUDVK LQ WKHP Most Â of Â the Â trash Â is Â plastic Â which Â does Â not Â break Â down Â and Â it Â harms Â our Â water Â species.
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Teaches Â Algebra Â 1 Â and Â Geometry. Mother Â of Â two Â kids Â and Â has Â a Â dog. Â This Â \HDULVKHUÂżUVWUHDOWHDFKLQJMRE6KH ZDVDORQJWHUPVXEIRU,3&SK\VLFV DQGÂłSODWRÂ´DWRWKHUVFKRROVÂł0DWKZDVQÂśW P\EHVWVXEMHFWLQKLJKVFKRRO,QHYHU GUHDPHG,ÂśGEHWHDFKLQJDQG,GHÂżQLWHO\ ZDVQRWWKHVPDUWHVWVWXGHQWEXW,WULHGÂ´ Goal Â is Â for Â nobody Â to Â fail. Â Likes: Â to Â read Â Russian Â poetry, Â watch Â 3URMHFW5XQZD\DQGXVLQJELJZRUGV Dislikes: Â smoke, Â and Â anything Â bad. Likes Â about Â teaching: Â â€œWhen Â a Â student Â VD\VÂł2KJHWLWÂ´ Likes Â about Â SW: Â â€œThe Â staff Â is Â very Â nice, Â DQG,OLNHDOOP\VWXGHQWVÂ´ Spare Â time: Â Lifts Â weights, Â YMCA, Â trains. Âł,KRSHWRHQOLJKWHQP\VWXGHQWVEHFDXVH LWÂśVERULQJWRMXVWWHDFKRQHWKLQJSDUW RIDWHDFKHUVMRELVWRKHOSVWXGHQWVIHHO FRQÂżGHQWÂ´
*Stay tuned: each issue the Regit will highlight more new SWHS teachers.
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recycle Â worksheets, Â failing Â tests, Â and Â anything Â we Â do Â not Â want Â in Â our Â binder. Â Memorial Â High Â School Â actually Â has Â a Â very Â well Â developed Â recycling Â program Â which Â
has Â recycled Â an Â average Â of Â 400 Â bottles Â per Â week Â withing Â a Â 93 Â day Â period. Â ,I RXU VFKRRO WRRN RQ a Â similar Â program, Â my Â God, Â would Â we Â be Â contributing Â to Â our Â planet.
7KH5HJLW&RPLFV The Regit has a new face in comics this year. The Bully’s Choice (drawn by Jason Shannon) features a variety of unique and comical characters. The main character “Punk” is a thirteen year old boy who is only three feet high. Because of his size he gets picked on by a variety of bullies, including an eight foot lout called “Sajerko”. Despite his enormous stature and menacing look, Sajerko lacks in brains what he has in size and is often outwitted by his victim: Punk. Whenever Punk is confronted by these delinquents, he responds with sarcastic remarks and other humerous forms of escape. The comic includes the daily life of Punk and his friends DQGWKHULGLFXORXVVLWXDWLRQVWKH\¿QGWKHPVHOYHVLQ 7+(%8//<·6&+2,&(%<-$6216+$1121
with Â the Â exchange Â students of Â 2011
Laura Â Niewendick
Lisa Â Zeppenfeld
What Â program Â or Â organization Â sponsored Â your Â trip?
What Â program Â or Â organization Â sponsored Â your Â trip?
What Â country Â are Â you Â originally Â from? Â Germany
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How Â long Â have Â you Â been Â in Â the Â United Â States? Â About Â four Â weeks Â now
Whatâ€™s Â your Â favorite Â part Â about Â Spring Â Woods? Â
Umm... Â everything! Â I Â really Â like Â the Â school Â spirit Â that Â we Â donâ€™t Â have Â in Â Germany.
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Who Â is Â your Â host Â family? Â
Itâ€™s Â a Â family Â living Â here Â in Â the Â neighborhood, Â they Â are Â really Â nice.
What Â country Â are Â you Â originally Â from? Â Iâ€™m Â originally Â from Â Germany.
The Â organization Â in Â Germany Â is Â called Â â€œInto Â SchĂźler-Â austausch.â€?
Whatâ€™s Â your Â favorite Â part Â about Â Spring Â Woods? Â
I Â like Â the Â different Â classes Â like Â choir, Â soccer, Â photography, Â and Â psychology. Â I Â also Â like Â the Â teachers;Íž Â they Â are Â very Â nice.
,KDYHQRSUREOHPVLQWKH86$2IFRXUVHLWÂśVDOLWWOHELWGLIÂżFXOWWRPLVVP\ family Â and Â friends Â in Â Germany, Â but Â I Â have Â a Â great Â family Â here Â in Â Houston.
I Â live Â in Â a Â small Â village Â in Â Germany, Â so Â itâ€™s Â really Â exciting Â to Â see Â how Â big Â Hous-Â ton Â is. Â The Â stores Â are Â bigger Â and Â you Â have Â a Â lot Â of Â different Â stuff Â to Â buy. Â In Â Germany Â itâ€™s Â colder Â than Â in Â Texas. Â I Â love Â it!
My Â host Â momâ€™s Â name Â is Â Phillis Â and Â my Â little Â sister Â is Â called Â Trinity.
By Â JESSICA Â JONES STAFF Â WRITER Â It Â seems Â as Â if Â the Â whole Â world Â is Â a-tweeting Â as Â Twitter Â becomes Â more Â SUHYDOHQW LQ WRGD\ÂˇV society. Â This Â social Â networking Â site Â allows Â users Â to Â post Â what Â WKH\ÂˇUH GRLQJ DQG VHH what Â their Â friends Â are Â up Â to Â as Â well. Â It Â can Â be Â compared Â to Â a Â newsfeed Â on Â Facebook, Â minus Â everything Â but Â WKH VWDWXVHV ,WÂˇV VR easy Â to Â sign Â up Â and Â start Â posting Â that Â 300,000 Â people Â are Â joining Â everyday. Â Â Many Â students Â at Â SWHS, Â as Â well Â as Â teachers, Â have Â Twitters. Â One Â of Â them Â is Â the Â resident Â AP Â Biology Â instructor, Â Adrianne Â Stone Â (@swhAPbio). Â Â â€œI Â use Â it Â to Â send Â out Â reminders Â EHFDXVH LWÂˇV D ORW more Â convenient Â for Â students Â to Â check Â their Â phones Â getting Â a Â text Â message Â from Â Twitter Â than Â their Â emails,â€? Â she Â said. Â Â This Â rings Â true Â as Â more Â and Â more Â teachers Â realize Â what Â a Â resource Â Twitter Â can Â be Â when Â it Â comes Â
to Â communicating Â with Â students. Â Â â€œI Â do Â know Â that Â is Â it Â changing Â the Â educational Â world. Â A Â lot Â of Â educators Â have Â Twitters Â right Â now Â and Â they Â use Â it Â to Â share Â resources,â€? Â Stone Â said. Â Â The Â Â site Â has Â only Â been Â around Â for Â four Â years, Â but Â it Â has Â exploded Â with Â a Â whooping Â 750 Â tweets Â per Â second. Â Twitter Â is Â very Â simple Â and Â it Â appeals Â to Â users Â by Â RÓ˝HULQJDTXLFNZD\WR let Â their Â followers Â know Â ZKDW WKH\ÂˇUH GRLQJ LQ 140 Â characters Â or Â less. Â Â Although Â the Â site Â has Â 160 Â million Â registered Â users, Â millions Â more Â use Â the Â website Â to Â simply Â read Â tweets Â posted Â by Â others Â and Â celebrity Â ÓžJXUHV )RXQGHU Biz Â Stone Â (@biz) Â has Â seen Â this Â trend. Â Â´7KHUHÂˇV D lot Â more Â people Â actually Â using Â it Â as Â a Â consumption Â tool, Â something Â to Â get Â information, Â than Â they Â are Â actually Â tweeting,â€? Â he Â said. Â Everyone Â from Â Justin Â Bieber Â to Â Barack Â Obama Â tweet Â and Â people Â want Â to Â get Â
on Â Twitter Â just Â to Â see Â what Â their Â favorite Â celebrities Â are Â saying. Â Â Another Â feature Â on Â the Â site, Â called Â @ replying, Â lets Â users Â tweet Â back Â and Â forth Â at Â each Â other. Â By Â placing Â an Â @ Â sign Â in Â front Â of Â the Â SHUVRQÂˇV XVHUQDPH LW
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I Â live Â with Â a Â great Â family. Â My Â host Â momâ€™s Â name Â is Â Amand Â Mares Â and Â she Â has Â a Â son Â named Â Grayson, Â he Â is Â 8 Â years Â old. Â I Â love Â them!
creates Â a Â link Â to Â their Â SURÓžOH DQG VKRZV XS in Â their Â @reply Â feed. Â This Â is Â how Â users Â can Â communicate, Â but Â for Â the Â most Â part, Â people Â just Â send Â out Â one Â Tweet Â at Â a Â time. Â Â As Â Twitter Â continues Â to Â gain Â
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1. Senior, Ashley Favor: Colorado “Colorado is the most beautiful state I’ve ever traveled to so far, and I can easily see myself living there.” 2. Junior, Carolina Gomez: D.C. “What made me want to go check out the memorial was that I just saw walls. It was pretty interesting how all those people were in- volved in the Vietnam War.” 3. Senior, Ivan Gonzalez: Barcelona, Spain “Going to Spain was quite intense, but I enjoyed being around new people, different people. The atmostphere was more than I expect- ed.” 4. Sophomore, Jack Rodgers: Europe “London-Amsterdam-Innsbruck-Venice-Rome-Florence-Lutzern-Paris!” 5. Senior, Kelley Kim: South Korea “It was a totally different environment than Houston, and it just felt good to be back there. I felt at home in a way.” 6. Senior, Ricky Elias: Guatemala “I went to Guatemala to visit my family. I enjoyed being in the place where a part of my cultre is expressed.” 7. Senior, Scott Glezen: Maine “Going to Maine was a lot of fun. I went boating and camping while spending time with friends and family.” 8. Sophomore, Jasmine Salmeron: Ecuador “I visited my family in Ecuador and we got to different rivers that are there.” 9. English teacher, Matthew McConn: Tanzania, Africa “I traveled to Africa because of Hemmingway. I had always wanted to go after reading his literature. It was life changing.”
Tardy policy de- serves second look Teachers decide on reasonable changes Dude, is that AP? How can you live with yourself...
you guys are tools. I think Snooki would make a cute traffic cone. Cher’s had her face lifted so many times, she’s on the 80th floor. o’ real.
You are so dumb...f
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By ALEX SANCHEZ-REYES in more than a few in-
According to the new and already altered tardy policy this year, students with an unexcused tardy in any class, are required to attend a 15 minute lunch detention in room 267B. Those who fail to show up to lunch detention, or receive two or more tardies will have to attend Monday afternoon detention from three to ¿YH , EHOLHYH WKDW WKH changes have improved the policy by making it easier for students to follow and teachers to handle. This summer, 12th grade assistant principal Lynn Austin and a committee of teachers decided to improve last year’s tardy policy, which apparently was confusing for both teachers and students. From what I experienced last school year, I would GH¿QLWHO\ VD\ WKDW WKH former policy was indeed confusing with the need for some polishing. Students last year were not sure when to attend their detentions, and in some cases, did not show up at all which resulted
school suspensions. The new and improved policy is rather straightforward and should be simple enough to follow. Initially, I was not in favor with the new policy. Before several adjustments were made, students had to attend
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Legality vs. Morality
Why the mosque-erade is more than just a fuss over a blue print
By KELLEY KIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF America: The Land of the Free. Our nation’s founding fathers taught us to embrace countless ethnicities, religious denominations, languages and faces. But my question is: If we are such a free and desirable nation that is proud of our constitutional roots, why do some Americans continually question their inherent rights to religious freedom? About two months ago, the Park51 project— or the “Ground Zero M o s q u e ” — b e c a m e a heated topic. The building would replace an old, abandoned Burlington Coat Factory in lower Manhattan. The controversy? The proposed site for the Islamic community center is about two blocks away from (in other words, “too close to”) Ground Zero—the hallowed site of where America’s prized Twin Towers used to stand
prior to the 9/11 attacks. Now, the question we face as Americans today: Is it right? Or is it about what is right? :KHQ , ¿UVW KHDUG about this issue, I had the same reaction as everyone else—how insensitive for that man to build a mosque near such hallowed ground. It would remind so many Americans about how those Muslim extremists crashed into the proud twin towers and covered all of lower Manhattan in tangible despair. However, even though it may be too soon to even consider putting a giant welcome mat over a ten-mile radius from Ground Zero, we should not let the remnants of our hearts spoil atop of our ground and contradict what we believe in as Americans. %HIRUH , VROLGL¿HG P\ opposition, I had to be able to back it up. In the process, I actually found hidden truths behind the façade created by popular media. As political commentator
and comedian Jon Stewart interviewed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg stated how the plan had already been set since December of 2009 and the center of worship has been in operation since last summer. Quite frankly, the only reason I believe this is such a heated issue is because of the upcoming midterm elections. But the bigger issue we are blinded from yet face today is not about the ethics of the building’s placement or even the building itself—it’s our identity. In my eyes, we’re losing our face in this world as a nation. The ugly side of America is emerging from the dark corners over temporary issues such as Park51 that is all spurred by the malicious media sources. Hateful opinions that clearly display signs of bigotry are literally making my jaw drop in disbelief that someone could do or say such things. Clear signs of this “Islamaphobia” can be seen in
controversies such as the priest in Gainsville, Florida who planned to burn several copies of the Quran on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 and those who followed through. Because of narrow-minded ten- dencies like this, I’m becoming more inclined
to be in full support of the center’s construction. Sure, I’m opposed to the moral idea of it, but we also must not forget who we are— Americans who believe in the Constitution. It is incredibly hypocritical to simultaneously exercise one’s right to
WKH ¿UVW DPHQGPHQW by demanding the government to prevent another group from exercising it, too. In addition to the land being private property owned by private people, how can we restrict another American’s rights? It may be an insensitive move for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to place something that reminds us of the terror attacks ten years ago, but I think it’s even more insensitive to ignore both the Constitution and the Imam’s intentions. Rauf has stated time and time again that he wants to build this community center to show our community that not all Muslims are extremists or warmongers. This is not a victory for anyone, and if anything, pushing the issue away only makes matters worse internationally. Sure, many Americans believe it should not be built out of sensitivity, but if he and his wife have the right to, who is to stop him?
Theater Â begins Â new Â season
Opening Â weekend Â of Â Big Â River Â dazzles Â audiences
By Â JESSICA Â JONES STAFF Â WRITER Â Â Â Â As Â a Â new Â year Â of Â theater Â begins, Â Thespian Â Troupe Â 127 Â opens Â the Â season Â with Â their Â rendition Â of Â Big Â River: Â The Â Adventures Â of Â Huckleberry Â Finn. Â The Â musical, Â based Â on Â the Â novel Â by Â Mark Â Twain, Â tells Â of Â Huck Â and Â his Â friend, Â a Â runaway Â slave Â named Â Jim Â and Â their Â trip Â up Â the Â Mississippi Â River. Â Â Â Playing Â the Â role Â of Â Jim, Â senior Â Mark Â Frazier Â continues Â to Â shine Â on Â the Â stage. Â As Â he Â looks Â forward Â to Â another Â great Â year, Â he Â feels Â like Â he Â shares Â a Â slight Â bond Â with Â his Â character. Â Â â€œI Â feel Â like Â I Â can Â relate Â to Â Jim Â because Â sometimes Â people Â still Â use Â race Â
LET Â THE Â LIGHT Â SHINE: Â The Â cast Â of Â Big Â River Â illuminates Â the Â stage. as Â a Â means Â of Â judging Â people,â€? Â he Â said. Â Opening Â night Â came Â fast, Â so Â the Â cast Â buckled Â down Â and Â got Â focused Â during Â rehearsal. Â A Â timeline Â was Â created Â to Â map Â out Â what Â had Â
to Â be Â covered Â at Â each Â rehearsal Â and Â the Â thespians Â stayed Â late Â to Â get Â it Â done. Â Director Â Terry Â Hibbert Â noticed Â the Â work Â ethic Â of Â her Â students. Â Â â€œWe Â have Â an Â amazing Â group Â of Â actors Â this Â
season, Â very Â energetic Â and Â talented,â€? Â she Â said. Â â€œWeâ€™ve Â had Â great Â turn-Â outs Â for Â everything Â so Â far Â and Â weâ€™ve Â seen Â a Â lot Â of Â dedication.â€? Â Â Not Â only Â did Â the Â troupe Â work Â toward Â perfecting Â
By Â DAYANA Â IZA STAFF Â WRITER
and Â heads Â of Â course Â make Â us Â twist Â in Â our Â chairs, Â but Â always Â makes Â us Â look Â at Â our Â neighbor Â and Â say Â â€œBEAST!â€? Â Â The Â movie Â itself Â offers Â nothing Â unique, Â but Â the Â cast Â is Â what Â makes Â it... different! Â It Â was Â the Â great Â action Â heroes Â of Â the Â 80â€™s Â that Â drove Â millions Â of Â Americans Â to Â theaters Â and Â purchase Â a Â ticket, Â though Â many Â of Â us Â just Â went Â to Â see Â the Â hot Â babes Â LQ WKH ÂżOP 6WDOORQH may Â be Â in Â his Â sixth Â decade, Â but Â he Â is Â still Â as Â amazing Â as Â in Â â€œRocky.â€?
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Â â€œThe Â Expendablesâ€? Â is Â another Â action Â movie Â ÂżOOHG ZLWK VWXQWV JXQV bombs, Â intense Â violence, Â and Â of Â course, Â hot Â guys! 7KH ÂżOP KDV LW DOO and Â may Â I Â say Â there Â is Â even Â more Â for Â women. Â Sylvester Â Stallone, Â Jason Â Statham, Â Terry Â Crews, Â Jet Â Li, Â Dolph Â Laundren, Â Randy Â Couture, Â Steve Â Austin, Â and Â Bruce Â Willis Â all Â in Â a Â single Â movie! Â Amazing! Â Insane Â
muscles Â and Â pretty Â faces Â just Â makes Â us Â not Â take Â our Â eyes Â off Â the Â screen! Â While Â our Â boyfriends Â are Â so Â into Â the Â action Â packed Â movie, Â we Â just Â stare Â at Â the Â super Â stars Â on Â screen Â and Â wonder Â why Â on Â earth Â they Â are Â so Â cute! Â Â Â The Â movie Â itself Â does Â not Â have Â the Â best Â storyline, Â but Â it Â does Â a Â swell Â job Â of Â keeping Â us Â entertained. Â The Â action Â explodes Â throughout Â the Â whole Â movie, Â so Â much Â so Â that Â the Â movie Â can Â be Â called Â a Â single Â action Â scene. Â The Â breaking Â of Â bones Â
By Â NIKO Â CORBIN STAFF Â WRITER Â Â Waiting Â in Â the Â dark Â cold Â theater, Â I Â could Â feel Â my Â eyes Â begin Â to Â water. Â These Â were Â tears Â of Â happiness, Â for Â this Â is Â a Â heart Â warming Â story Â of Â ÂżYHPHQRQDPLVVLRQWR destroy Â a Â vicious Â dictator. Â 7KH WHDUV EHJDQ WR Ă€RZ DV , JRW D ÂżUVW JOLPSVH of Â Sly Â Stallone Â and Â Dolph Â Lundgren Â together Â DJDLQ IRU WKH ÂżUVW WLPH since Â â€œRocky Â IVâ€?. Â Then Â I Â remembered Â that Â I Â was Â in Â a Â guy Â movie Â and Â couldnâ€™t Â cry Â for Â fear Â of Â
losing Â my Â last Â man Â card. Â Â I Â sat Â and Â watched Â for Â WKH ÂżUVW WLPH LQ D ORQJ time Â a Â true Â action Â movie. Â $ Ă€LFN ZLWK VR PXFK testosterone Â that Â it Â made Â me Â seem Â manly. Â This Â ÂżOP LV PRUH WKDQ MXVW Adonis Â like Â men Â blowing Â things Â up. Â This Â is Â a Â movie Â about Â one Â manâ€™s Â search Â (Stallone) Â for Â the Â redemption Â of Â his Â soul. Â Â Amongst Â all Â of Â this Â action, Â â€œThe Â Expendablesâ€? Â has Â something Â not Â every Â movie Â has, Â and Â thats Â good Â acting. Â Even Â with Â
only Â a Â few Â brief Â moments Â on Â the Â screen, Â Academy Â Award Â nominee Â Micky Â Rourke Â with Â his Â role Â as Â Tool, Â a Â retired Â member Â of Â the Â team Â steals Â the Â show. Â His Â role Â is Â pivotal Â and Â deep, Â as Â he Â helps Â 6WDOORQH ÂżQG KLV ZD\ Â Â This Â is Â more Â than Â just Â another Â run Â of Â the Â mill Â action Â movie, Â with Â massive Â explosions, Â bulky Â men Â and Â hot Â women. Â This Â is Â a Â truly Â good Â movie... that Â just Â happens Â to Â have Â explosions, Â lots Â of Â them. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
ÂżQLVK 7KH ELJ RSHQLQJ number, Â Â â€œDo Â You Â Want Â to Â Go Â to Â Heavenâ€?, Â shows Â the Â entire Â town Â of Â St. Â Petersburg Â telling Â Huck Â to Â shape Â up Â if Â he Â wants Â to Â go Â to Â heaven. Â This Â song Â sets Â the Â stage Â for Â the Â rest Â of Â the Â show, Â as Â the Â story Â begins Â to Â unfold. Â Â The Â events Â that Â follow Â weave Â a Â magical Â story Â of Â pranks, Â close Â calls, Â hard Â times, Â and Â discovering Â who Â you Â really Â are. Â The Â season Â opener Â brings Â high Â hopes Â for Â the Â theater Â department. Â â€œI Â really Â think Â we Â are Â going Â to Â see Â an Â excellent Â year Â of Â theater,â€? Â Hibbert Â said. Â â€œWe Â want Â everyone Â to Â come Â out Â and Â see Â our Â shows Â because Â weâ€™re Â very Â proud Â of Â our Â thespians.â€?
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the Â show Â for Â the Â community, Â they Â also Â prepared Â the Â production Â to Â be Â adjudicated Â for Â State Â festival. Â Only Â two Â schools Â in Â all Â of Â Texas Â will Â be Â chosen, Â so Â the Â FRPSHWLWLRQ LV ÂżHUFH Hibbert Â and Â co-Âdirector Â Anne Â Yancey Â picked Â the Â show Â that Â they Â felt Â gave Â them Â the Â best Â shot. Â Â â€œWe Â thought Â it Â would Â be Â the Â perfect Â show Â to Â highlight Â our Â students Â talents. Â By Â doing Â this Â show, Â we Â are Â also Â bringing Â a Â very Â important Â American Â classic Â to Â life,â€? Â Hibbert Â said. Â The Â combination Â of Â unique, Â hilarious Â characters Â and Â the Â charm Â of Â the Â southern Â setting, Â Big Â River Â will Â captivate Â audiences Â from Â start Â to Â
Performance Â Dates:
Ticket Â Prices:
Septemebr Â 24th Â @ Â 7:30 September Â 25th Â @ Â 2:30 Â & Â 7:30 September Â 26th Â @ Â 7:30 October Â 1st Â @ Â 7:30 October Â 2nd Â @ Â 2:30 Â & Â 7:30
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What Â happened Â to Â good Â TV?
New Â television Â shows Â lack Â luster Â of Â oldies
By Â NIKO Â CORBIN STAFF Â WRITER Â Â This Â epidemic Â of Â bad Â TV Â is Â spreading Â faster Â than Â the Â Swine Â Flu. Â You Â canâ€™t Â even Â watch Â cartoons Â anymore Â without Â losing Â brain Â cells. Â Â Having Â watched Â Â countless Â hours Â of Â television, Â I Â feel Â that Â Iâ€™m Â VRUW RI DQ DÂżFLRQDGR That Â being Â said, Â I Â can Â tell Â a Â bad Â show Â when Â I Â see Â it. Â Shows Â like Â the Â â€œReal Â Worldâ€? Â donâ€™t Â really Â show Â reality. Â They Â just Â show Â a Â
bunch Â of Â dumb Â people Â drinking Â excessively. Â The Â only Â thing Â wrose Â than Â reality Â TV Â might Â be Â the Â new Â wave Â of Â cartoons. Â Â â€œDragonball Â Zâ€? Â and Â â€œThundercatsâ€? Â were Â the Â pinnacles Â of Â story Â driven Â cartoons. Â When Â we Â were Â kids, Â we Â sat Â on Â the Â edge Â of Â our Â seats Â waiting Â to Â see Â if Â the Â hero Â would Â prevail. Â With Â new Â cartoons Â like Â â€œFanboy Â and Â Chum Â Chumâ€?, Â we Â canâ€™t Â even Â tell Â if Â there Â is Â a Â hero. Â Â The Â way Â I Â see Â it, Â TV Â changes Â with Â the Â masses Â and Â unless Â we Â
stop Â watching Â these Â shows Â now, Â good Â TV Â will Â be Â lost Â forever. Â Â What Â has Â happened Â to Â TV? Â The Â answer... we Â did. Â We Â are Â both Â the Â problem Â and Â the Â solution. Â Rather Â than Â watching Â smat Â satirical Â comedies, Â we Â would Â rather Â watch Â Snooki Â get Â drunk Â and Â party. Â We Â can Â still Â save Â TV Â by Â ignoring Â the Â â€œJersey Â Shoreâ€? Â and Â have Â everyone Â watch Â the Â â€œDaily Â Showâ€?. Â With Â every Â good Â show Â that Â springs Â up, Â I Â feel Â Â thereâ€™s Â hope Â for Â TV. Â
Must Â see Â TV! 1. Â It's Â Always Â Sunny Â in Â Philadel-Â phia: Â This Â is Â how Â you Â make Â political Â Â Â Â Â Â Â commentary Â funny. 2. Â The Â Daily Â Show: Â Just Â a Â smart Â and Â Â funny Â news Â show. Â 3. Â Modern Â Family: Â Theyâ€™re Â like Â your Â Â family, Â but Â funnier. 4. Â Wipeout: Â Need Â I Â say Â more? Â 5. Â Dexter: Â Great Â show...if Â youâ€™re Â into Â serial Â killers Â who Â kill Â serial Â kill-Â ers.
Texans rise Â above Â all Â in Â AFC Â South
By Â JJ Â GONZALEZ COLUMNIST
Â Â Hey Â everyone. Â I Â will Â talk Â about Â the Â 2-Â1 Â Texans Â but Â ÂżUVW OHW V WDON DERXW WKH more Â important Â team. Â $V PDQ\ RI \RX NQRZ the Â NFL Â season Â has Â begun Â and Â Super Â Bowl Â ;/9 LV DW -HUU\ -RQHV VWDGLXP WKLV \HDU <HV , love Â the Â the Â Dallas Â Cow-Â boys Â they Â demolished Â the Â Texans Â this Â weekend Â giving Â me Â hope Â again. Â Â Â Â Growing Â up Â in Â a Â town Â where Â criticism Â is Â heavy Â on Â quarterback Â Tony Â 5RPR , ZRXOG KDYH WR completely Â agree Â with Â how Â terrible Â he Â is. Â Being Â inconsistent Â for Â the Â past Â WKUHH \HDUV 5RPR KDV single Â handedly Â caused Â the Â heartache Â of Â fans Â by Â allowing Â them Â to Â see Â the Â offense Â do Â nothing Â but Â score Â on Â occasional Â ÂżHOGJRDOV%XWWKHUHDUH times Â where Â Romo Â mans Â up Â and Â shines Â as Â one Â of Â the Â best Â in Â the Â league. Â Â The Â defense Â is Â young Â and Â arguably Â the Â most Â talented. Â Besides Â the Â score Â on Â the Â fumble Â against Â the Â Washington Â 5HGVNLQV LQ ZHHN RQH the Â defense Â allowed Â only Â six Â points. Â This Â creates Â FRQĂ€LFW EHFDXVH ORV-Â ing Â close Â games Â can-Â not Â happen Â if Â the Â Cow-Â boys Â hope Â to Â make Â it Â deep Â into Â the Â playoffs. Â Â Â The Â biggest Â surprise Â so Â far Â this Â NFL Â season Â has Â come Â here Â in Â Houston Â where Â running Â back Â Ari-Â an Â Foster Â ran Â on Â 33 Â car-Â ries Â for Â a Â whopping Â 231 Â yards Â and Â three Â touch-Â downs Â averaging Â seven Â yards Â per Â carry Â in Â week Â one. Â The Â once Â shortly Â beloved Â Steve Â Slaton Â is Â now Â just Â a Â back Â up Â who Â is Â now Â their Â kick-Âoff Â re-Â turner. Â With Â Arian Â Fos-Â ter Â having Â both Â speed Â DQG SRZHU KH ZLOO EH the Â every Â down Â back. Â Â Â My Â wish Â is Â to Â see Â a Â Texas Â showdown Â in Â the Â Super Â Bowl. Â If Â the Â Â Cowboys Â can Â maintain Â the Â the Â focus Â they Â had Â DJDLQVWWKH7H[DQVWKHQ it Â could Â happen. Â With Â WKDW EHLQJ VDLG , ZLOO EH GULYHQ WR VD\ WKURXJK the Â ecstasy Â of Â seeing Â WKH7H[DQVZLQQLQJWKDW they Â might Â just Â win Â it Â all. Â My Â prediction Â is Â the Â Houston Â Texans Â losing Â to Â the Â Dallas Â Cowboys Â .
V-ball allstars: Coach REbovich
What’s YOUR Summer Secret?