For coverage of the vibrant Spring Splatter 5K Run, highlights of the most recent girls varsity tennis home tournament and a profile on softball player Ryan Schiller ‘14, turn to page 5.
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Prom Fashion Show
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For a profile on hairstylist Brooke Wessell ‘13, the scoop on Taylor Weckstein’s ‘16 upcoming 5K run to benefit “G1FT” and the story of Aiden Voss’ ‘16 trip to Ethiopia inspiring a run in June, turn to page 3.
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For tasty reviews of the best finger-licking sandwiches Traverse City has to offer, a look into the hottest Central lunch spot, Paesanos Pizzeria, and profile of master baker Amanda Burns ‘13, turn to page 6.
Spring Choral Concert
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All choirs participated in the annual Spring Awards Choral Concert held at Lars Hockstad April 9. Nicholas Tarsa ‘13 sang in two choirs: Chorale and Choral-Aires. “It was the seniors’ last performance so they wanted to go out with a bang,” Tarsa said. “It was nice showing what we’ve learned and prepared for over the year.”
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The mysterious Scragenschlogerstock, hosted by Student Senate April 19, caused an uproar as students dodged jousts, maneuvered around the dodgeball court and guarded their hands in a game of cards. “This was one of the first events I went to,” Tyrell Shellenbarger ‘13 said. “I liked the jousting because I was good at it.”
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Author Ben Busch talks Michigander Benjamin Busch spoke with students about his experiences as a Marine and artist April 16. Jacqueline Ewing ‘14 moderated the event, along with Susan Roskelley ‘13 and Clara Trippe ‘14.“It was interesting to hear all he had to say because of his varied background,” Ewing said. 1. Jasmine Overholt ‘15 is caught by surprise as feathers are thrown at her on the April 25 Student Senate Prom Fashion Show runway. “I was a little embarrassed to be walking on stage, because everyone is looking at you,” Overholt said. “But I had fun.” 2. Student Senate advisor Ben Berger brought some variety to the sparkles and suits with his “80s skier” getup. “I’m kind of a crowd pleaser so when I got out there, I wanted to put on a show,” Berger said. 3. English teacher and Debate Coach Carol Roerich poses with Coach James Brumfield, whose stage name was “C-J Swaggalot.” “My theme was what not to wear,” Brumfield said.
Student Led Conferences TCAPS’s district-wide implementation of Student Led Conferences into advisory curriculums comes full circle on May 2, when students present portfolios
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Last year, after receiving a small learning communities grant, TCAPS introduced Student Led Conferences, or SLCs, as a district wide initiative to improve student and family engagement. The conferences were implemented last year at Central, but due to the short six week window given to complete them, were waived as a graduation requirement. Most advisories only presented their SLCs to their peers, and parents were only involved in the freshman academy. This is the first year that all grade levels have been required to complete their SLCs. “Over the course of time, as these SLCs become part of our education culture, it will improve family participation in school activities and their kids educational progress,” Kelly Hall, TCAPS Board President, said. SLCs are composed of two parts: the graduation portfolio and the student led presentation. The graduation portfolio includes a minimum of three meaningful works reflections, an annotated bibliography and an essay prompt that varies depending on the student’s grade. The portfolio will be presented to students’ parents and advisory teachers on May 2. “We are doing this to make the educational atmosphere and process
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Teacher Pamela Forton assists a student with his SLC. “If you have to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going, how can that not be good?” Forton said. “Everyone needs to do that, not just high school students.”
more intimate and personal for students,” Hall said. Students were able to sign up for a time slot online, when they would present in front of their parents and advisory teacher. However, the students who didn’t choose a slot before the deadline were randomly assigned. “Most of the kids in my advisory didn’t sign up for SLCs, so they are all going to be assigned a time,” Dan McGee, P.E. teacher, said. “That will create that whole conflict of parents not being able to come. However, it’s still on the students if they actually want to graduate.” To ensure that SLCs will be finished in a timely manner, TCAPS has made them a graduation requirement. However, many teachers feel that students aren’t taking the conference seriously. “There are some kids
that are absolutely sure that nothing is going to happen to them if they don’t finish their SLCs,” Pamela Forton, math teacher, said. “But as soon as they find out that it’s not going to work, then we won’t have that problem any more. All it will take is a couple to find out that they aren’t going to get by with it.” Senior advisory teacher and librarian Kerrey Woughter shares similar concerns. “I don’t think that the students really believe they will be held accountable for graduation, that they will in fact have to have it done to get their diploma,” Woughter said. “It will be a challenge for the administrators to hold students accountable, so that the next group coming through will know that they really have to do their SLCs.” One of the reasons
that students aren’t completing their SLCs is that many feel they have too much on their academic plate. “It’s a good thing for students, but it’s not the best way we could be spending our time, especially before the AP tests,” Skylar Thompson ‘13 said. However, some teachers feel assured by successful SCLs in Central’s freshman academies and at West. “The feedback we got from the freshman academy is that they were well received and meaningful,” McGee said. “Based on what’s happened with parents at Central, I’ve got to believe that these will be good.” Hall agrees. “We do have a record with West, and it’s a good one. There is no reason that it can’t work at Central.”
Con Foster renovations planned The Film Festival is renovating the empty museum to serve as a second location to better serve Traverse
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The Con Foster Museum will be the new location for the Film Festival’s second screen with renovations completed late this summer.
George Madison Staff Reporter
The Traverse City Film Festival is looking to establish another theatre downtown. The vacant Con Foster Museum, located at the previous site of the Clinch Park Zoo, has caught the eye of the organization. After searching the community for many years, Film Fest has found the right fit and proposed a ten year lease on the building. The 150seat venue will be used year-round events as well as during Film Fest. Film Festival Executive Director, Deb Lake, says the new theatre is essential. “For the State Theatre to be really sustainable and vibrant and to serve the biggest cross-section of the community as possible, we did need a second screen,” Lake said. The building, to be christened “Bijou on the Bay,” will undergo renovations simultaneously along with the new Clinch Park area. Bijou on the Bay is expected to be completed by the start of this year’s Film Festival, and cost approximately $800,000. These funds will almost exclusively be used for interior reconstruction, as the tan, brick exterior will remain virtually untouched for a nostalgic aesthetic. “We loved the idea of reusing a historic building and opening it up to the public again,” Lake said. The Film Fest plans to excavate and slope the floor to maximize the space within the theatre. World class sound and projection will also be installed. As for what to expect in terms of design, it remains a mystery. “We are going to keep it simple. We are going to keep it elegant,” said Lake. “We’re working with a lot of really creative people to decide exactly how it’s going to look, so that will be a little bit of a surprise for all of us.” The new theatre will allow for a greater diversity of films and events in the community, with one matinee and one evening film year round, as well as numerous public events in between. ‘Bijou on the Bay’ will also be freed from a deed restriction imposed on the State Theatre, which prevents the theatre from immediately showing any movies that have opened in more than 200 theatres nationwide. Erin Cover ‘13, who has been volunteering for the festival since she was twelve, appreciates the new opportunities Bijou on the Bay will bring. “I think it’s good that they’re expanding, it will be nice for the community,” Cover said. “I know a lot of people like the State Theatre and this new location will definitely give filmgoers more opportunities to see cheap, good movies.”
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What Plan B does: The Plan B: One-Step pill, eponymously dubbed the “morning-after pill” due to its purpose of preventing pregnancy after sex, is the subject of a nation-wide debate of moral and political ramifications. The “One-Step” version of Plan B is accepted as the safest type of emergency pregnancy prevention available, a version of the original Plan B which was a two-pill process. Research has indicated that the pill is most effective up to seventy-two hours after intercourse, afterwards, the efficacy of the drug drops substantially. Controversy and the players involved: How the drug is prescribed and to whom, has been a subject of debate for over ten years. In 1999, the original Plan B was available only with a prescription. Fast forward to April 5th of 2013. Brooklyn Federal Judge Edward Korman repealed the restrictions on the drug to make it available for purchase to anyone without a prescription, regardless of age. Since then, the judge’s decision has been met with derision; the people--parents especially--are up in arms against the overturn. Chief among these protesters is President Obama whose administration has insisted on the age restriction. In 2011, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended no age or prescription restrictions on the pill, it was the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who overruled their decision, citing insufficient research as probable cause. Obama later released a statement supporting the decision, and said that having the seventeenyear-old age restriction was “common-sense.” Minors under the age of seventeen would require a prescription. Passion in the Pub: The Black and Gold staff could hardly come to any sort of agreeable conclusion on this national debate, due to the complexity on both sides of the issue. It also really matters to us because it impacts us most. Our own pub was rife with moral and political furor. In the process of our debate, we all acknowledged the two sides of the issue, but were unable to come up with a definite conclusion. We could not even civilly agree to disagree, a first for us. We would like to
What does the rest of Central think about this?
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Plan B for Plan B After a district judge overturned the seventeen-year-old age restriction on the Plan B: One-Step drug, the “morning after pill” is again the subject of nation-wide contention
offer our own suggestions, a tailored proposition full of caveats for both arguments, rather than ally ourselves with either Judge Korman or Obama’s stances. Access to Plan B: Here’s where our arguments got hot: a vocal quorum—a minority, but a quorum nonetheless—agreed with Judge Korman and the NPA, who concurred with We at the Black and Gold find a sixteen-year-old age restriction to be far more appropriate than the previous seventeen-year-old age restriction. Our decision comes from the U.S. age of consent, the national age limit that a person is considered to be legally competent to make choices about sexual activity. We’ve seen it in our everyday life. Sixteenyears-old, and you’re allowed to operate a vehicle. It’s an age that represents a shift in maturity and responsibility; we’re mobile for gosh sakes. If we can drive a car, then we should be able to buy the pill and most of us agreed on access at sixteen. However, removing the age restriction altogether establishes too much freedom for too young of an age group. We understand that you may have some reservations about allowing a whole new age group to make this decision. Many believe that lowering the age would send the message to
“This decision eliminates the only deterrent from having sex by Photo: K. Raymond making a pregnancy more likely.” -Ben Saunders ‘14
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“If you are under seventeen, your parents need to know that you are taking
the pill.” -Gabbie Ammond ‘16
teens that society says it’s okay to have sex. Some even feel that removing that obstacle would be “promoting” sex. We at the Black and Gold, for the most part, disagree with such an assumption. Teenagers are immature, yet not immature enough to assume that the availability of the Plan B: One-Step pill means unlimited sex. STD’s, love, failure of the pill and other factors are issues that most consider before plunging into sex. Our ears have heard the cries of the fifteen and younger demographic, too. When a minor has unprotected sex, or if contraception fails, that’s unfortunate. They will either roll the dice, or have an touchy conversation with a parent about Plan B. Obviously, many kids won’t initiate this conversation. Seventy-two hours is a very small window to correct what may be a life-altering mistake. We sympathize.
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“An age restriction at seventeen with parent approval for younger, Photo: A. Hilden even that’s a young age.” -Kelli Nemetz ‘13
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“The parents should know, so that if there’s any change in their child’s life, they
know why.” -Spencer Kroupa ‘15
Standardization makes testing rigid
Students will soon notice the ever-increasing standardization of their testing, much to their chagrin
Aaron Smits Staff Reporter
After years of his profession being belittled, Gerald Conti, a veteran history teacher from Syracuse, New York, stepped down. In Conti’s letter of resignation, he expressed his frustration with America’s addiction to standardization. Conti protested state-mandated, generic, onesize-fits-all curriculum, as opposed to having the freedom to choose how he teaches and assesses his students. Conti asserts that cookie-cutter teaching and testing are not only demeaning to teachers, but there are serious impacts to students. In Traverse City, students are evaluated by their district with CAAP tests, the MME, the MEAP, the ACT, the NAPE, and the PISA. Students can thank the federal government for all of these tests, which were created to better understand
how students are performing. In theory, the government can use that information to improve the educational experience. Other than being mind-splittingly boring, there are much more severe implications to standardized schooling. Teachers like Conti feel demeaned by the standardization of their tests, curriculums and lessons. In many districts across the country, teachers are no longer given the privilege to write their own tests, but instead awkwardly administer a test written by someone who has never interacted with those students. The test writers know nothing about the class’ or individual student’s needs. In extreme cases, the lesson plans for a particular course can be standardized too, which inevitably leads to unimaginative and impersonal droning lectures. When all opportunities for creativity and adaptation are robbed from them, are they teachers, or are they factory workers on an assembly line? If every class was structured in the same way, then there would be no need for critical thinking. The workload would be predictable and the tests would be created the same way every time. Students would not need to adapt to different teaching styles and class dynamics. Some might say monotony is good for students, since it gives educators a way to assess their students in a homogenous manner. However, seeing if kids can adapt and succeed in a mul-
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titude of environments is the only test that can truly evaluate students’ abilities. Unchallenged by uniformity, students are left to putz through a simplified curriculum, devoid of any unique thought. Schools are being molded into learning factories and thoughtful, ponderous minds are scarce. “It’s all very industrial,” Ben Lantz, who proctors all of the standardized tests at Central, said. “It’s been a struggle to strike a balance between standardization and allowing students to be creative.” While TCAPS has yet to adopt the more severe forms of uniform education, there are many aspects of their latest policies that are concerning. In order for all students to succeed, we need a variety of teaching styles. Unfortunately, classes are becoming more regimented, especially in mathematics and science. Already extensive exams are becoming monolithic, so teachers spend more and more class time teaching to tests. Creative teaching and learning are curtailed. “It has turned them into technicians rather than educators,” Ben Lantz said. There is even talk in some states to gauge teacher performance through standardized tests, and to adjust their salaries accordingly. In the world of uniformity, education is treated as a means to an end, rather than a journey taken as an individual. School is for introspection and self-discovery. Testing and grading are here to stay, but it’s important that educators look beyond regimentation and statistics. Teenagers are complex creatures, and for our sake the education system needs to respect that.
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We look up to the brave, intelligent and independent thinkers of the fairer sex. We highlight those special ladies here
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MISSI YEOMANS For our last column, we’re giving props to a woman who has had one of the largest impacts in our lives, Missi Yeomans, our longtime advisor at the Black & Gold. She is known as “Yeomans” or “Yeo” to her pub kids (we can call her Missi when we graduate). Her name evokes images of pterodactyl sweaters, eccentric outfits (black cloak anyone?) and demands for “more fresh meat.” She is the kind of woman you have to meet in person, because when others describe her she sounds almost like a myth. To understand her, it’s best to look at the trophy cases of Black & Gold awards. While she may deny it, those are thanks to Yeomans’ expertise. She has the pieces of paper to certify her skills--she’s currently working towards her second, yes, second, Master’s degree at Michigan State University in journalism. But her natural talent is knowing how people work, an intuition honed through decades of styling hair for fashion design teams (this may explain her outrageous ‘fro of curls.) She trains her students to be both excellent journalists and leaders. It would be easy for her to run the paper alone, but she works immensely hard teaching us students so that we can lead. The Black & Gold staff is the luckiest in the world. Yeomans gives students freedom to explore controversial stories because she believes in our abilities. In reaction to the grinding graphic dustup, there was an outpouring of support from former pubbers across the country, illustrating the long-lasting loyalty that students have for Yeomans. As we’re writing this, trying to describe the unparalleled impact Yeomans has had not only on us, but countless other students, we are really at a loss for words. We have been blessed to experience the tumultuous and indescribably formative rollercoaster that is working with Mrs. Yeomans. Thanks Yeo. KATELYN PATTERSON It’s always difficult when a new person joins the mix. And we can’t imagine a more confusing and weird community to throw yourself into than the publications room. But the Pines’ new yearbook advisor, Katelyn Patterson a.k.a “Patty,” has made the transition with aplomb and grace. Patterson took over for former adviser Yeomans, having never taught a publications class before. But she does know about being a teenager—she was one less than 10 years ago. She connected with the kids and guided her staff to produce a quality yearbook. Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Pines, Erin Cover ‘13, said this about Patterson: “Patterson has a really new attitude towards yearbook, just a fresh perspective. She tailors the class towards her way of teaching, spices things up and make things exciting in the class by adding parties and mock elections. She relates really well to the students, and knows what the younger audience wants.” It has been a pleasure to have such a strong leader at the head of our sister publication. As you may be able to guess, sharing one room and one office between two publications and 55 kids, all in some degree of deadline, can create tension. But we have enjoyed a positive relationship with the Pines this year, thanks to Patterson’s patience and flexibility. The newspaper staff have even tried to be a little neater this year, just for her. Outside of the pub, Patterson is a beloved English and Advanced Reading Initiative teacher. She is one of the most approachable adults on campus, always greeting students with a “hun” or a “sweetie.” She is relatable, smart and a good mentor—a triple threat. We are sure that Patterson will be a life-changer for students, both here at Central and beyond.
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The ultimate eight rate superior
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We give you our expertise on the latest in entertainment. Starting with reviews (the good and the bad) and finishing with recommendations
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From left: Michael Payne ‘13, Kyle Stachnik ‘16, Ivan Suminski ‘14, Krista Cole ‘15, Helen Groothuis ‘13, Colin Huls ‘15, and Nick Suminski ‘15 were recipients of the top Superior rating at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Not pictured: Amanda Gardner ‘16
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Eight Central band and orchestra students swept the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Helen Groothuis ‘13, Krista Cole ‘15, Amanda Gardner ‘16, Colin Huls ‘15, Nick Suminski ‘15, Kyle Stachnik ‘16, Ivan Suminski ‘14, and Michael Payne ‘13 all received the top rating of “Superior.” Cole, Suminski, and Payne also received invitations to the next round of competition: The Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYFA). “As a teacher, students qualifying for the MYFA is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world,” Band Director, Dave Hester, said. “Having one student make it that far is remarkable, but having eight students is just unreal. I feel very so blessed to be a part of this organization and to have the dedicated students I do to succeed and perform at the level that they have.”
Ivan Suminski ‘14, Violin
At the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival, students performed in three different divisions. From the top division, the judges pick the performers to continue competing at MYFA. Cole earned her Superior rating as a sophomore, but her entrance into the next round was more impressive since she was in a lower tier, making it more difficult for her to be selected. “There are different rankings so when you’re a freshman, you can’t get into the competition,” Cole said. “But when you’re a sophomore, you are tested only on proficiency, so you only play a few scales.” Students receive a score out of 100 points and comments from the judges regarding their performance. “For a couple years the Solo and Ensemble program was the only one-on-one feedback I could get,” Payne said. “Feedback from the judges is excellent and it’s an opportunity you don’t get very often.” Suminski’s 13 years of practice paid off, as he was one of eleven soloists picked to enter
into the soloist finals, competing to be one out of four who get to perform a solo with a full orchestra. Suminski wasn’t picked in the final round, but the experience showed him his state standing. “Win or lose, it’s a good experience to compete and see where you are,” Suminski said. Solo opportunities train students to handle high pressure performance situations. “I’m never not going to be nervous,” Suminski said. “But, one way to think about it is you’re conveying the composer’s work, not your own.” MYFA is the next step for Suminski, but he won’t be joined by Cole and Payne this year, since they have prior obligations. However, all three are proud of their accomplishments of receiving an invitation to the prestigious festival. “I’m pretty honored, this an achievement that I’m definitely proud of,” Payne said. “It’s nice to work for something, then have a reward for it.”
Krista Cole ‘15, Flute and Piccolo
Michael Payne ‘13, Cello
“My brother ac“I played the flute and “I definitely think companied me at the piccolo and I ranked these type of compethe competition. top in both proficientitions are phenomIt was nice having cies. I’ve been practicing enal. It’s very difficult, my brother do that the flute since I was five at least for me, to because I can practice years old so I figured I’d motivate yourself to with him everyday, have a pretty good shot better yourself in an and he knows exactly what I’m doing. going into the competition.” instrument without having deadlines.” So I didn’t have issues with timing and Photos: K. Raymond such.”
Verdi Michigan’s most prestigious singing contest, Verdi’s 19th Annual Italian Songs and Arias Vocal Competition has accepted Central students Kimberly DeBusschere ’13 and Marin Tack ’14.
Kimberly DeBusschere ’13 “It is an Italian society downstate so it’s really interesting to Photo: A. Hilden learn what your Italian speaking and pronunciation is. I’m going to focus on more of the things I learned last year. I applied to some of the colleges there are adjudicators from, so it will be really interesting to hear what they have to say about my voice because when I auditioned, they didn’t tell me what they thought.” Marin Tack ‘14 “I’m excited. It’s the hardest competition in Michigan. Getting to Photo: A. Hilden get up in front of a professional panel of judges who will give me feedback will broaden my knowledge. I’m going to go down and experience it, even if I don’t win.”
Central’s closet artists revealed Students uncover their hidden artistic abilities
Emma Caldwell Staff Reporter
While some draw or paint, Danielle Evina ‘14 bedazzles. She takes items such as shoes, binders and hats and glues craft diamonds on them. “It makes me unique, and it makes my stuff different than everybody else’s,” Evina said. “It’s something that makes me who I am.” And Evina spends an enormous amount of her time on this part of her. She once spent four hours on a pair of shoes. “They turned out really good,” She said, “It took longer than I wanted to, but it was still fun.” Evina has been upgrading her belongings for about a year, inspired by a bedazzled hat she saw online. To create her art, Evina goes into what she calls “the zone.” “It’s relaxing,” she said.
Hart Cauchy ‘13
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As the lesson drones on, ink fills the notebook, pages intended for class notes. But said “notes” morph into a series of intricate doodles. Hart Cauchy ’13 is easily
“It’s like laying on a hammock, just laying there thinking about everything.” While Evina’s main focus is bedazzling, she occasionally draws. She recently gave Brenna Argue’ 15 a Sharpie and pen tattoo of a dreamcatcher. “I loved it,” Argue said. “The feathers, the beads and everything she added was really cool. She’s not very artistic when it comes to drawing, but that turned out perfect.” When Argue posted the tattoo as her Twitter profile picture, Evina was flooded with compliments. While she appreciates the positive feedback of her peers, Evina tries to please herself. “When I make something and if I like it then I’m satisfied with it,” Evina said, “I don’t depend on other people’s opinions to fit in.” But fear of peacocking doesn’t
Danielle Evina ‘14
bored. “I find that I draw more during the school year than during summer,” Cauchy said, “because I’m in class and it’s just something to do.” Cauchy is inspired to doodle, most often in class at Central, never during his NMC classes, and occasionally outside of school. “I don’t think of some moral thing that’s going on and draw that,” he said. “It’s more of the workings of my mind. It represents my brain on paper.” Cauchy has been creating art since kindergarten, and he isn’t just doodling for entertainment. Artisticness is a trait that runs in his family. “My older siblings and my
mom are very creative people,” he said. “That’s probably what made me pick up drawing.” While working on his art, Cauchy goes into peaceful state of mind where he relaxes and his doodling comes easily. “It’s just letting your subconscious draw for you,” he said. “It’s balancing between letting your mind wander and coming to realizations about the work to change it in a new direction. It’s focusing, and it’s not focusing.” Cauchy is proud of the work he’s produced, but he doesn’t view it as exceptional. “I don’t feel like any of my works are above any others, because it’s just the time that I put into it that makes the difference.”
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keep her from adding a little glitter to life. “I just like shiny things,” Evina said. “I like things that look expensive, and the flashiness.”
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Movie: Scary Movie 5 Unsurprisingly, Scary Movie 5 takes an unamused approach to parody with B-list movie stars and stale pop culture icons. The franchise once renowned for its biting satire has lost it’s mojo; the latest installment fails to provide intelligent witticisms and elicit chuckles. What potential Scary Movie 5 may have is muddled with mindless, idiotic jokes and shameful nods to celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, and the lovely Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator. The progress of the storyline is dull, unimaginative, and what unexpected moments appear, fail to relate to the context of the movie (pool-vacuum keg party, anyone?) F TV: Hannibal Hannibal is a psychological thriller television series based on the novel “Red Dragon,” by Thomas Harris and narrows on the twisted relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist and Graham’s worst nightmare. Hannibal is a beautiful manifestation of blood and phantasmal cinematography with just the right amount of violence to propel the storyline. The script masterfully illustrates Graham as the bizarre and intriguing character driven by fear who empathizes with serial killers. Hannibal is sophisticated horror succeeding due to excellent performances from the leads and sinister mysteries. Hannibal is deeply brilliant. A Music: #Willpower The Black Eyed Peas founder and entrepreneur, will.i.am, released his fourth solo album #Willpower April 19, as a mix of hip-hop and electropop collaborations with high-powered guests Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Miley Cyrus to name a few. With striking pop anthems and club-ready singles, vocalist/producer will.i.am has delivered a successful album riding on rough-cut beats and dance heavy echoes mastered to pump adrenaline into crowds. Will.i.am, however, dares to intertwine heavy orchestral influences throughout club-pumping songs like “Good Morning” and in the opening and closing of “Fall Down” creating an awkward theatrical sound. The transition into the theatrics is unbelievable and uncomfortable, creating a conflict of genres. B-
David Reinke A&E Editor
Recommendations Movie: The Impossible When Maria and Quique Belon took a vacation to Thailand with their three young boys, they expected relaxation in a sunny, stress-free environment. What they got was a hurricane, and thanks to happenstance, a film about their life. This is that film; a carefully crafted collage of fear and tragedy. Disaster movies are too often a template for a lame melodrama. Finally, this is a disaster film where survival takes the backseat, and aftermath and tragedy take center-stage. The film’s highlight strikes at the beginning: the hellish wall of water and debris comes thundering down on the family, destroying both the audience and family’s hopes for a happy resolution. Overall, The Impossible is a visceral foray into the atrociousness of tragedy and the realities of survival. Its messages scream as loud as the deafening roar of the hurricane and cut as deep as the debris of infrastructure and scrap that ripped the family apart. TV: Bates Motel Instead of gender-bending murderers, a relationship takes center stage in this eerie dive into the territory of horror master, Alfred Hitchcock. It’s the parasitic relationship between the manipulative mother, Norma, and her son Norman, most engrossing perhaps because it often resembles the real life parent-child paradigm. These premises are carried well by the acting of Vera Farmiga as Norma and Freddie Highmore as Norman, who uncannily conveys the confusion preceding the inevitable, slow downfall of his character. With the setting serving as a stark reminder of the source material, audiences watch with bugged eyes for any sign of that psychotic villain who will dress himself as his mother and lurk outside showers. Music: The Terror by The Flaming Lips An album that utilizes musicality to create atmosphere, the pulsing tracks create an image of a glossy, glistening future on an extraterrestrial world. If there is such a planet, this music was conceived there. If you know the Lips, then you’re probably not surprised by that. After all, they are known for their spacey songwriting and evolutionary nature, especially frontman Wayne Coyne. But unlike their previous albums, these tracks are far more melancholy and industrialized; the krautrock influences are obvious. Softening the hard edges of the mechanical music are choir-voiced angels and Coyne’s own sandy singing, a smart contrast when one is trying to create an album that sounds like the backing track to, Blade Runner. “Turning Violent” is an especially excellent track that starts out thumping and ends up throbbing, while Coyne’s solemn vocals echo in the foreground.
Beautifying Traverse City, one haircut at a time
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A Mother’s Day G1FT Taylor Weckstein ‘16 will organize a 5K run through Hickory Hills to fundraise and support her charity, G1FT Mady Basch Staff Reporter
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“It’s gonna be completely off-trail, which I think is nice,” Weckstein said. “Hickory Hills sounds daunting because it’s a ski resort, but it’ll be on relatively flat areas with some hills. It’ll be an interesting new course.” From contacting sponsors, getting volunteers, mapping out a course and even getting park permits, Weckstein’s Mother’s Day run has taken
Brooke Wessell ‘13 has worked at Epiphany Salon since she was 14. She is constantly experimenting with new hairstyles. “It’s fun to work with a lot of people. Kids from school come in during the week, ” Wessell said. “My close friends let me do anything with their hair.”
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Four years ago, whilst in a fury of scissors and makeup, Brooke Wessell ‘13 found her passion. After a two-year apprenticeship and 1,500 hours of public work, Wessell is a licensed cosmetologist, giving her the training, skills and the permission to beautify the world. “On Saturdays it’s all updos and makeup, and then during the week, it’s hairstyles and facials,” Wessell said. Since age 14, Wessell has worked at her mom’s downtown salon, Epiphany, starting as a receptionist, then working her way up to hairdresser. “At first clients get nervous when they come in and see how young I am, but after a while we talk and they get more comfortable,” Wessell said. “Some don’t realize that I’m as young as I am.” As an Epiphany receptionist, Wessell was just a sophomore looking for a job, but soon she developed a passion for the art. Three years later she was fully licensed. To receive her cosmetology license, Wessell had to undergo 350 hours of desk work, followed by examinations over twenty six beautification techniques. After passing her exams, Wessell moved on to practicing hundreds of hours on mannequins and finally, 1,500 hours of work on the public before getting certified. Now she works at Epiphany five days a week from 11-7. “The whole process was stressful, especially in the first year before I started Work Experience classes,” Wessell said, “but I’ve been watching my mom since I was young, so I caught on to the hair scene pretty fast.” Wessell’s mother is a certified instructor of cosmetology and former platform artist, not to mention Wessell’s main inspiration to become a cosmetologist. “I used to be a tomboy, with my dad all the time. We’d go dirt biking,” Wessell said. “I never thought I would be where I am now. Now that me and my mom have spent so much time together, we’re almost inseparable.” Wessell has developed her own sense of creativity, drawing ideas not only from hairstyles in magazines, but in school and public. “Just walking around school, you can see everything that’s new,” Wessell said. “You never have to stick with one haircut.” Wessell has recently observed the “Ombre” style coming into popularity: a mix of dark and light colors in the layers of the hair. She encourages clients to try different ‘dos. “Because we live in Traverse City, we get less exposure. When you go to New York and Chicago, you see styles we don’t have,” Wessell said. “People come in looking for a little tweak and all of a sudden, they’re back for more.” Experienced in hair color and extensions, Wessell also works as a nail tech, facialist and make-up artist, most of which she does in the summer for events like weddings and performances. Wessell and hairdresser-in-training Brooke McManus ‘13 pair up to work at the Old Town Playhouse and other Epiphany events. Last year Wessell worked with the
There’s always going to be someone who needs a haircut. -Brooke Wessell ‘13 “Global Collection Fashion Show,” a fashion extravaganza through the Women’s Resource Center. “It was really hectic and got pretty nerve racking sometimes, but in the end we all had a good time.” Wessel also showcases her talents outside of Michigan. She attends hair shows in Chicago, and in Oct. will participate in “The Congress Hair Show” in Minneapolis. As Wessell strives to build her Epiphany clientele, she is also in the process of getting her instructor’s license, a degree like her mother’s that will allow her to train students to become hairdressers and estheticians. To further improve her skills, Wessell plans to take a platform art class once she graduates. “It opens up so many opportunities to do onstage work, and I guess work on famous people if you wanted to.” Despite participating in out-of-state shows and wanting to diversify TC’s hair environment, Wessell said she wants her work to stay local. “I’m sure it would be fun to work with some big names,” Wessell said, “but I just think it would be too stressful.” No matter where Wessell directs her business, she’s confident her hair career will not be cut short. “See that’s the cool thing about hair,” Wessell said. “You can go anywhere you want, because wherever you go, there’s always going to be someone who needs a haircut.”
Most eleven year-olds would splurge extra funds on candy or the latest gadget, but in sixth grade Taylor Weckstein ‘16 decided to pool her built-up bank account of allowance and birthday cash to start her own charity, G1FT—“Giving 1 Family at a Time.” “I’d been saving money up in my bank account and I didn’t know what I was going to use it for,” Weckstein said. “I realized if I donated it to a charity, it’d be helpful but it would just end up as a bunch of cans or a dinner. It wouldn’t change any lives or truly make a difference. That got my ideas going.” Since Weckstein started her charity, she’s organized twenty small fundraisers including popcan drives, garage sales and bake sales. Weckstein’s most recent fundraiser is the Mother’s Day run, May 12, at Hickory Hills; her goal is to raise $10,000. All proceeds will go to her charity, G1FT, to help more families in need.
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six months to plan—the biggest event to support her charity yet. This is Weckstein’s fourth year directing G1FT; her charity helps struggling families get back on their feet. So far she has raised around $17,000 and has served five families. “We gave one family a year’s worth of Internet and a laptop so a single mom could go back to college online, while looking after her kids,” Weckstein said. “For another family we helped create a sustainable garden so that they could have fresh produce.” Weckstein was inspired to help the poor during a childhood visit to New York. Soon afterward she began seeing poverty in Traverse City areas she once perceived as pristine. “I realized how lucky I was and how there’s people out there who work harder than me every day,” Weckstein said. “They have it
unfair and are going through such a rough time to get food on the table, so I wanted to give them a chance.” There are many processes to sponsor a family. “First, we send out a letter to all of the churches, nonprofits and schools in the area, asking for recommendations for deserving families,” Weckstein said. After filling out forms and interviewing the family, G1FT assists the family towards greater independence, a journey Weckstein finds very gratifying. “I think it’s the look on all the families’ faces when we first tell them we’re starting,” she said, “and how excited they become in how they’ve progressed and changed.” But more people besides the families Weckstein assists appreciate her charitable efforts. “She’s one of the hardest working students I’ve ever had,” Math teacher Pam Forton said. “She sets a goal for herself, and she goes for it. For her to come up with this at such a young age is very cool.” Forton as well as her daughter will be participating in the run May 12. Weckstein welcomes students, families and members of the community alike to join in G1FT’s Mother’s Day run. “We’re doing a lot of different things to make it fun on Mother’s Day. There will be free food, T-shirts, prizes and music,” Weckstein said. “It’s a good way to spend Mother’s Day if you’re not sure what to do.” Although G1FT has only been around for four years, and Weckstein is only a freshman, she will continue her charity’s efforts. “I have some high ambitions that I think we can make happen,” Weckstein said. She is even hoping to install a class at Central that sponsors a family and teaches students how start a program like G1FT. “Since I started this when I was eleven, a lot of people didn’t take me seriously, but I’ve learned that younger people are really able to make a difference,” Weckstein said. “If you have enough ambition, and enough drive and passion, you can get what you want done. Other students can do stuff like this if they’re interested.” The Mother’s Day run will be Sun., May 12 at 9:00 a.m. Registration is available until the run, Sun. morning starting at 8:00 a.m. Adults cost $35, kids $25. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Contact Taylor Weckstein at (231) 342-8094 for additional details.
Exhaustion for Ethiopian education Aiden Voss’ ‘16 adventure in Ethiopia motivated her to continue supporting education improvement in Ethiopia, including the upcoming Solstice Run
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Besides pushing for hours through the uneven terrain of rural Ethiopia, Aiden Voss ‘16 also benefitted these areas just by interacting with the local children. “I played with the kids often,” she said. “They were hard to communicate with, but they were so excited.”
John Minster Staff Reporter
Although the Ethiopian heat blisters, exhausted Aiden Voss ‘16 continues jogging through the barren desert dotted with small villages. As she passes through, impoverished people cheer her on. Voss is on a mission. “I ran ten to twelve miles each day for four to five hours,” Voss said. “The heat and altitude made it very tough. But the cheers, and running with my friends and family, there was no way I was going to stop.” Voss and her family are big contributors to Run Across Ethiopia (RAE), a charity founded three years ago to further education and fair trade for farmers. RAE was founded by On The Ground, a Traverse City-based organization, which assists disadvantaged communities worldwide. It was inspired by one of the owners of Higher Grounds Coffee, Chris Treter. “Ethiopia is one of the biggest coffee traders in the world, and is responsible for much of what we drink in Northern Michigan,” Treter said. “It is one of the very first places humans existed. It’s the cradle of humanity. Yet, in this cradle, exists some of the highest poverty rates in the world. We need to change that.” On The Ground will hold the Solstice Run June 20. The goal is to create awareness of the deprivation of education in Ethiopia. The Solstice Run will span a 40-mile course through Leelanau County, that commences at sunset. All proceeds will go toward building a library in an Ethiopian community. Voss and her family got involved in RAE—a twelve-day run through Southern Ethiopia—in 2011, when her father was informed of the event by a friend from On The Ground. “We all love traveling, so we figured this would be a great way to get more perspective on the world around us,” Voss said. Voss gained a broader worldview from witnessing poverty in Ethiopia. “There is barely any education there,” she said. “The schools are small, with no textbooks, desks or writing utensils, and are quickly
deteriorating.” Not only is education scarce, but even simple necessities are a struggle. “They have to walk hours just to get water, a lot of which isn’t clean,” Voss said. “While we were running, we’d toss our empty water bottles away and the kids would even fight for them.” Voss jogged past numerous tiny tin-roofed huts; most had walls made of sticks, which had holes. The 10X10’ huts housed families of five who slept on hay. The farther Voss ran, the more it became clear of the desperate conditions in which rural Ethiopians live. “It was such a shock. It was so hard to go there and see that, and not be able to change their situation right away,” Voss said. “It brings you back into check. I realized how much we take for granted.” While the face of such poverty is daunting, Voss remains optimistic. “My family and I are driven toward making a difference,” she said, “so traveling to a Third World country and experiencing that was amazing. It was a beautiful thing.” The original RAE in 2011 generated over $200,000, which went towards constructing three schools, funding a nutrition program for those schools, helping teens gain work experience, as well as support for a trade union that represents over 800,000 Ethiopians. Ultimately, the Voss’s are one of the biggest reasons there are three more schools in Ethiopia. “The Voss family has been instrumental in both the formation of the RAE, as well as the execution of it,” Treter said. “They helped gather money and gain support, without them, it would have been much harder to pull off.” Even with the tremendous success of RAE, the work is far from over. On The Ground is also looking at planning a similar project in Chile in a few years, which interests Voss. Her experience in Ethiopia motivated her to keep making a difference in countries abroad. “People would come from miles away to cheer us on, knowing what we were trying to do,” Voss said. “I’ll never forget the experience. I’ll definitely be participating in the Solstice Run. It’s just another opportunity to help others, and I’m not going to pass it up.” The Solstice Run will begin Thurs., June 20, at North Lighthouse Point at sunset (approximately 9:30 p.m.) and will continue until sunrise (approximately 9:30 a.m.) on Fri., June 21, and come to an end at T.C.’s Clinch Park. The run is free and there is no registration, though participants are asked to voluntarily donate and try to get pledges from family and friends.
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A typical classroom in Ethiopia. Classrooms are few and far between. “There’s one teacher, one chalkboard and hundreds of students grades K-12 packed into a tiny room,” Aiden Voss ‘16 said.
Traverse City Central High School Black & Gold May 2, 2013
Trojans sweep home tournament Future greats walk the halls of Central every day, from future politicians to young chemists. Here, the future greats of the sports world are decorated a few years early because of the dedication, persistence and outstanding athletic ability they show
After rescheduling the Great Lakes Invitational for the fourth time, the Trojan girls tennis team swept both singles and doubles Shannon Weaver Guest Writer
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Rescheduled for the fourth time due to inclement weather, the Trojans finally had the chance to sweep a home tournament at the Great Lakes Invitational. Two single’s Kelly Milliken ‘13 had one game left in her match against St. Francis and was ahead 4-0, 3-1, before the tournament was postponed. Milliken returned on April 24 to finish the match and defeated her opponent in just one game. “I was confident with my lead but had to stay focused,” Milliken said. “I had a good start but there’s always the chance of losing it.” With the whole team earning a top seed in each flight, captain Milliken kept the team focused towards the anticipated victory. “I told the girls to start off strong because it is easy to lose the lead when playing short sets.”
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Ryan Schiller ‘14 lasers a ball across the plate at practice. Her focus and intensity are what makes her a future great. “I don’t hear anybody but my coaches when I pitch,” Schiller said. “I just see my catcher and the glove and concentrate solely on that. I block out anything distracting me and if I happen to be angry at the time, I try to use that positively in any way I can. Usually my pitches are faster when I’m angry.”
She stands in the circle, cleats digging into the rubber. Ryan Schiller ‘14 looks for her sign and whips the ball in . . . strike three. The Varsity softball team is graced with her mental toughness and physical ability on the diamond. Though Schiller has always had raw talent, she played head games with herself. So last winter she checked herself into the mind gym. It is no small thing to evolve from barely being able to get through a game, to becoming hard diamonds. This transformation is what makes Schiller a future great. Last softball season, Schiller struggled as her mind impeded her physical ability. This was a mental toughness barrier many athletes and performers struggle to overcome. Schiller isn’t an athlete who is enthused by simply playing her sport; she has an intensity. When she sets her mind to a task, steel ‘s not safe. If she wants to strike you out, watch out. I’ve been in the batter’s box against her and she is one of the most intimidating pitchers I’ve faced. Her intensity is evident in her body language. She has a passion for the game few girls have. She demands the attention of the crowd when she steps into the circle, her mind in complete focus no one can break. In her junior year, Schiller made the tough decision to leave basketball to dedicate more time to her pitching. Sacrificing one sport you love for another one you love more is a bittersweet kind of divorce. Off season Schiller was in the pitching room three days a week; man, does it show. She went from an average high school pitcher, to the pitcher many girls don’t want to face. Schiller’s intensity for softball transfers to the classroom as well. Schiller challenges herself with honors and AP courses with the ultimate goal to study athletic training in college. She lives for sports and will one day be the head trainer at the University of Michigan in the Big House. This girl is a wolverine if ever there was one. She will give her athletes her all—everything she was and everything she will become. I bestow upon mental master and pitcher extraordinaire Ryan Schiller, the title of head athletic trainer at University of Michigan. Schiller, a once and future great.
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Abby Palisin ‘13 and her partner Devon Dotterrer ‘14 came close to sweeping all three of their matches. The partners’ win helped lead the Trojans to yet another victory. “I felt like our team was pretty united coming into today,” Palisin said. “Winning raised our confidence and it was good to be able to celebrate as a team.” Although they earned a victory, it came with minimal practice due to cold temperatures, rain and snow that has thrown all spring athletes off. Many of the spring sports have had multiple cancellations due to weather. As a result, teams have had to prepare in different ways and rearrange the rest of their seasons to accomidate the schedules. “I don’t feel quite as prepared as usual because of the short sets and lack of outdoor play,” Palisin said. “The win today really helped keep us on the right track for States.”
One single’s Paige Cooley ‘15 was especially proud of the team’s performance. “All of the wins we gather help us build confidence towards States,” Cooley said. Because of the cold weather, the balls didn’t bounce as high, and it can be harder for a player to warm-up. “I was a little off my game, because some of my shots that I usually win were going into the net,” Cooley said. “My serve really helped make up for it though.” The previous weekend gave the team experience against up-north and downstate teams alike as the Trojans played against the former state champion team, Grosse Point South. “We wanted to see how we measured up against them and ended up losing 6-2,” Cooley said. However, Central was not far behind, as four of the eight matches went into tie-break.
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Three single’s Christi Druskovich ’14 secured three wins in the tournament against St. Francis, T.C. Christian, and Central’s Varsity B team. After achieving her first win on the prior date, Druskovich only had two matches left to play. “Knowing I had already won one a match gave me more momentum to hit harder and be more consistent,” Druskovich said. “It really helped me relax too, and get into the groove.” With a goal in mind to win all of her matches, Druskovich fought hard throughout the day. “I executed my goal by not only focusing on my strokes and staying consistent, but also hitting strong shots at the right time.” Druskovich’s final match against St. Francis was the toughest of the day because she was fighting off an ailment. “I didn’t really go after all of the shots that I could’ve, and I restrained myself from hitting a lot of powerful shots.” Druskovich was proud of her performance though, as she fought the sickness to bring glory to her team’s win. Head Coach Larry Nykerk was especially proud of the team’s accomplishment of having none of the players lose a set in the tournament. “It’s always nice to win more matches in the Traverse City area,” Nykerk said. “What we’re really focused on is playing the top teams in the state to see how we’re gauged against them. That’s the real litmus test.”
Spring Splatter brings color to a late spring With snow on the ground, runners took to the line oustide TCC. Dressed in white and prepared to be transformed to a palette of color, this was a first time event for TC
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Donning pristine white running clothes, over 200 runners lined up in front of Central for Student Senate’s first annual Spring Splatter 5K. “I got plenty of color on me, on my teeth, my face, my nose and in my ears,” winner Kyle Dotterrer ‘14 said. “I don’t even think its all out yet. Since it was cold, when I was breathing out, my breath was colorful.” The 5K was a playoff of The Color Run, where runners wear white clothes and have different colored corn starch powder thrown at them at five color stations, one positioned every kilometer. “My favorite part was probably how many friends and cool people were there,” Sabryna Cisneros ‘15 said. “The turnout was really good. I ran with my dad and it was fun because it was like a father-daughter thing.” Senate members Niki Roxbury and Emily Decker, both ’16, co-hosted the charity event, with the help of the rest of Senate and adviser Ben Berger. “We wanted to do a 5K to benefit a cause,” Roxbury said. “Since this is such a new race, we thought it would be a really good idea to come up with something really unique and something that Traverse City has never seen before.” Senate chose the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) as the charity beneficiary. “When we found out we were going to be having the run in April, we knew that was Child Abuse Prevention Month,” Decker said, “so we thought we could kind of do a playoff of that. The CAC is a local organization, so we thought that would be even better.” Over $3,000 in proceeds were made for the CAC. Even during last minute registration, $700 was made. All costs were covered by the run’s benevolent sponsors, who collectively donated $1,250. “We know its going to a good cause, and it really
means a lot more because its local,” Roxbury of that loop, ending with a shortcut through the said. “We’ve been working with the CAC, so we woods behind Eastern Elementary. know where our money is going and we know Dotterrer said he enjoyed the course. “Except it’s not just some random charity.” at one point I came out of the woods and didn’t Senate plans to trademark Spring Splatter and know where I was going, but I figured it out.” make it an annual event, forming a partnership Each registered runner got a “swag bag,” that with the CAC. contained information on the CAC, sunglasses, “The race ended up turning out even greater T-shirts, and coupons from various downtown than we had hoped,” Decker said. “ Everything stores. Every business asked to be a sponsor worked out and the turnout was phenomenal. immediately agreed when told all proceeds were When people going straight to the were running CAC. through the col“Our sponsors for or, it looked like the run were extremeclouds of color ly generous and just everywhere in really great,” Roxbury the air, or cotton said. “Because of our candy. It made sponsors, we were me feel happy really able to give evbecause it was so erything we could to exciting.” the CAC and raise that Considering it much more without was the first year worrying about race planners hosted costs.” the race, there Roxbury and Decker were few complihope to improve cations. their event in years to “Other than come, however agree the fact that the it was a success. yellow and green “I think we have stations ran high expectations for out of color, it ourselves to do better covered the runand live up to the ners really well,” expectations held by Roxbury said. the color run,” Decker The course Photo: C. Rasmussen said. “The best part started on the of planning it out is Graham BeVier (left) runs through the final color stations corner of Milgetting to see your liken, wended up in the Spring Splatter 5K. “The very very first time we got hard work and origiEastern, looped sprayed with color, I didn’t know what to expect, and nal plans and ideas around NMC— it was kind of like a snowball fight but instead of snow, payoff and playout.” it was like giant clumps of cornstarch, BeVier said. “I then runners run cross country so I have run many five-Ks but I have rewound a never run one like this, this race was just something else. shortened version It really put a huge spin on what I was expecting.”
Traverse City Central High School Black & Gold May 2, 2013
TC’s sacred sandwiches Bread, meat, and cheese is all you need for the culinary masterpiece known as a sandwich. Here are the best sandwiches the area has to offer Mary’s Kitchen Port’s Gobbler
Garrett Kosch Staff Reporter
Focaccia Bread Cheddar Cheese Lettuce Turkey Breast Mayo This county-wide famous treat is the perfect combination of savory, sweet and salty all in one bite. “The Gobbler,” as the sandwich is affectionately known, has been a local classic for over three decades. Divine in its own right, the Gobbler needs no fancy mustards or imported high-end cheeses; classic requires no fluff. With its simple ingredients of bread, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, the Gobbler is Traverse City’s sandwich supreme. It all starts with the bread, which makes or breaks a sandwich. The Gobbler is encased in a rustic fresh-baked focaccia lightly sprinkled with flakes of sea salt. The bread is soft and tender, yet firm enough to hold the iconic sandwich together perfectly.
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Tomato Next is the thinly sliced turkey breast, raised in Michigan. This quality cut is unlike the standard processed grocery store scraps. Finely shredded, aged cheddar cheese lies atop, which melts in your mouth, bite-to-bite. Then there’s the garden: crisp lettuce and freshly sliced tomatoes give the sandwich a cool crunch and adds to that classic turkey sandwich flavor. Real mayonnaise lightly spread on the soft focaccia unites the ingredients and gives it a tangy kick. Perfect execution. The majority of Central students have already discovered this culinary classic; the Gobbler is a lunch hour staple, ensuring its legendary status will reign for another generation. It lives up to its name, for it’s “gobbled down.”
Swiches’ Mile High
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Who needs lettuce and tomatoes when you have meat and cheese? This is a man’s sandwich. The only challenge you’ll encounter is wrapping your mouth around it. Here’s a sandwich that drips, gushes, and discharges streams of flavor that is nothing short of an edible masterpiece. Tip: Have napkins at hand. Blending the superb tastes of salty pastrami and aged swiss cheese, the Mile High is dressed with stone mustard on a homemade, thyme infused herb bread. The first bite is like the doorway to food heaven. The exotic flavors swim in bread soaked from luxurious pastrami drippings. No restaurant has quite
Enough with the complex, ingredient-intensive sandwiches. It’s time to get back to the oldschool flavors that defined this country, all harmonized in a club sandwich. Sometimes, all that’s needed to make a distinguished taste, amazing is that one secret ingredient. The GT Club is a classic club where, for the most part, what you see is what you get. The sandwich is simply itself. With that first bite, you’re as hooked as a fish on a line. Smothered on both slices of bread rests a rich pesto mayo. This establishes an intense flavor profile throughout the sandwich and completely decks it out. This exquisite sauce
mastered pastrami perfection like Swiches Deli. Despite the standout tender pastrami and its nutty cheese, the mustard in this sandwich is what makes it pop. As the best condiment known to man, a decent mustard can drive an ordinary sandwich over the finish line. But with the extraordinary Mile-High’s special stone mustard and its tangy explosion, every bite completes a montage of heavenly flavors. Ensure when you get the Mile High, you have lots of time, because you will need a nap afterward. The Mile High is amid the highest level of satisfactory; other sandwiches just don’t stack up.
starts with a standard mayonnaise base, lemon juice and egg yolks, infused with the aromatic herbs of garlic and basil. The unique flavor rockets this classic sandwich into the sandwich pantheon. The bread is a simple white, soft yet crusty. The turkey is tasteful and moist; no gushy-greasiness. You can eat the club at a club, sporting a tie, without getting a spot on you. Under the turkey lies crispy, smoky bacon, lending a delectable crunch that perfectly complements the crisp lettuce. Juicy and ripe, tomato adds zing. A nutty provolone cheese graces the base. Anytime is lunch time; what are you waiting for?
Tomato Bacon Provolone Cheese
As soon as the double monotone bell rings unleashing the masses, students pile into cars, dispatching themselves to myriad lunch destinations. McDonald’s and Jimmy John’s, are favorites. Yet, among all
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Brie Goodno ‘14 enjoys a Paesano’s lunch combo, accompanied by Bianca Richards ‘14, Delaney Gartland ‘14 and Delaney Beers ‘16. Unlike most other Central students who prefer to eat their pizza with a fork and knife, Goodno has a different style. “I like to do the fold technique where I squeeze both ends of the pizza together,” Goodno said. “It’s easier to keep everything intact and fit it in your mouth.”
1. Burns’ homemade peach tart. 2. Burns’ six-layer rainbow cake. 3. Burns’ award winning lemon, buttercream cake with gum paste flowers.
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Chef’s Inn’s Reuben (on rye)
In a culture of bigger, greasier and cheaper food, the sandwich connoisseurs at The Chef ’s Inn have maintained the same stellar quality throughout their twenty-six year run and their reuben exemplifies their culinary prowess. This sandwich is a balanced proportion of spiced-by-hand corned beef, organic kosher sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and swiss cheese. The salty and smoky flavor in the corned beef can be credited to their neighbors, who conveniently know a thing or two about meat: Burritt’s meat market. The sandwich holds a cutting contrast between the sweet, Thousand Island dressing, and
bitter sauerkraut, both bound by mellow swiss cheese. The bread? There’s no loafing around here. Chef ’s Inn has been extracting the very same yeast starter from each batch of their homemade rye since opening.; essentially, the bread has been living longer than the high-schooler consuming it. This signature touch not only enriches the bread’s sugars, it also gives the sandwich nearly 30 years of resonance. When the rustic kick from the rye graces your palate, the chasm of depth in flavor goes back in time to when the first batch burst from the oven. So when asked what bread your reuben is to be crowned with, let them take you for a rye’d.
Swiss Rye Bread Cheese Sauerkraut Corned Beef Thousand Island Graphic: I. Schuler
As Central’s most popular lunch destination, Paesano’s Pizza has been serving up the famous lunch combo for over a decade of the choices, one restaurant has students hooked and coming back, day in and day out. It is a unique pizzeria in the heart of downtown, with good eats: Paesano’s Pizza. “Paes,” as it is affectionately known, is just close enough to campus, but far enough to give the feel of getting away. But as with
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Paesano’s, a central tradition Garrett Kosch
Baker extraordinaire, Amanda Burns’ ‘13 childhood dream to become a pastry chef comes alive
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Grand Traverse Pie Company’s GT Club
Passion for pastry
all restaurants, it’s the food, with a dash of ambiance that keeps customers coming back for more. Since Paesano’s opened in 1981, owner Bob Kolarik has been serving the area with the same quality deep-dish pizza. From the hand-kneaded dough, to the finely spiced sauce, Paesano’s has held its pie to the highest standards. With pizza around every corner, why is Paes pie the favorite? “Quality,” Kolarik said, “with homemade ingredients, there is no institutionalized flavor.” It’s not only the place to see and be seen at lunch, Paes is also popular because of smart marketing. They sell the students’ fave: the pizza by-the-slice, lunch combo. “We bundled together the popular items to give the consumer a better deal,” Kolarik said. “It gives them a complete meal at a great price.” For $4.25, the lunch combo includes one massive slice of pie, two freshly baked breadsticks, and a 16 ounce soft drink. As an added bonus, the customer receives a lunch card, ten of which are worth a free slice of pizza. “Everyone loves pizza,” Maddie
Morley ‘13 said. “Paesanos’ offers the hottest, freshest pizza for a great deal.” Since students flock to Paes in mass. Monday to Friday around noon, there is a line out the door. However, Morley has mastered a way to beat the rush. “I have a free third hour so I wait for my friends outside of the gym doors,” Morley said. “Once they get in the car, I get there quickly and drop my friends off at the door to buy for me.” Paes staff is welcoming and prepared to meet the high demand of Central students. “Through years of experience, we know approximately how many pizzas to make for the high schoolers,” Kolarik said. “We try our best to prepare enough food for all of them, while still keeping it fresh.” There is something special about Paes that has transformed it into a tradition for students. “Paesano’s is the place to be during lunch,” Morley said. “You are always greeted with a smile from Pizza Bob and the flavor never disappoints.”
Photo: courtesy of A. Burns
Last Nov. Amanda Burns ‘13 entered the Festival of Cakes and won first place in her division for a lemon cake with buttercream frosting decorated with elegant flowers. Burns’ cake was inspired by the beautiful flower markets she had seen on her trip to Paris last Spring. With the festival win, Burns graduated from amateur pastry chef, to professional. “It was the first contest I’ve won,” Burns said. “As I was leaving, people were complimenting me about how beautiful my cake looked, which was nice to hear.” Competition cakes need to be sturdy enough to sit for hours and not melt or lose shape, so Burns chose to bake a lemon cake because it was simple yet strong. She made the flowers, which were placed atop of the buttercream, from gumpaste, which is malleable and durable. “I worked on the flowers for two hours straight and had to let them dry before I could work on the cake and the frosting,” Burns said. “The cake took an additional two hours to shape, and I ended up finishing at 1 a.m. the night before.” Whenever Burns fires the oven up, it can be assured that something amazing will result. Since she was ten, baking has been Burns’ greatest passion. “When I was little, I would watch my mom bake,” Burns said. “One day she asked me to help her make cookies while she was taking care of kids in daycare, and I fell in love.” Burns started out making simple baked goods like brownies and has now advanced to culinary wonders like macaroons, though Burns likes to stick with classic confections. “My favorite things to make are my red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting,” Burns said. “They are simply delectable.” In her efforts to attain pastry mastery, Burns has had to leave her comfort zone. When she was still an amateur baker, she attempted to make a white sponge cake. “I was trying to impress my family with a fancy cake, but it ended in disaster,” Burns said. “I added too much water and I ended up serving them a soggy cake that resembled bread pudding.” This past fall, Burns took advantage of dual enrollment by taking an Intro to Baking class at NMC’s renowned culinary department. “The class gave me a head start to my degree,” Burns said. “I also got a taste of what culinary school is going to be like, and it reinforced that I want to pursue baking.” Burns was accepted into many prestigious culinary schools but ultimately decided upon Kendall College in Chicago for a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. “I chose the school where I knew I could get the best culinary education,” Burns said. After school, Burns plans to open her own bakery. “A chef ’s ultimate goal is to own their own kitchen,” Burns said. “It is my dream to hear someone tell me how delicious my pastries are.”
Traverse City Central High School Black & Gold May 2, 2013
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Traverse City Central High School Black & Gold real stories, real people
Dr. Rick’s latest trick
As TCAPS realigns its curriculum, Principal Rick Vandermolen enlightens The Leek on the future of academies Jake Myers, Alec Reznich Leek Editors-in-Chief
Due to confusion over academies, Principal with complementary color-coded class rings Rick Vandermolen has drafted a visufrom Jostens once they have identified their ally vibrant color code to clarify the “color.” “nuances” of small learning commuThe color wheel debuts next fall, but nities, grouping students by common institution depends on the approval of a $22 personality attributes. In his million state grant. cleverly arranged color wheel “We could just divide students by classes scheme, students will now truly and teachers, but how would that evolve the get the purpose of academies. cooperative engagement structures and fuel “Everybody unbrain-compatible instruction?” Vandermolen derstands color, even said. “My dream for the learning communifirst-graders,” Vanderties are color-specific T-shirts, teacher lanmolen said. “When yards, gym shorts [not for teachers], and even I say ‘red,’ you know netbooks. Business cards for students too. what I mean. Our Yup, we need those for ‘real world, global new color wheel engagement.’ We will fully utilize that aims to meet all $22 million.” learning styles. We The Ricky V. ColorWheel™ was had to embrace created in partnership with Dawn an alternative for Billings, a renowned color virtuoso curriculum from the hit 1980’s infomercial integration.” series, Color Me Beautiful. Red: 2+ gym classes, All students in “Although I’m an expert on abrasive, big smile, problemtheir academies implementing Higher-Ordersolvers, confident, determined, pretentious, bass-boosted car will be tested Thinking stratergery , the audio Purple: for their color psyche of colors just isn’t Orange: American Eagle, You might be a red if you profile, and my realm,” Vandermolen Popular, vivacious, concise, a(n): camo/tank top sorted accordsaid. “So I consulted sassy, ADHD, personable, accepting, wearer, protein shake ingly. Dawn; I absolutely gaudy, 106 KHQ, attentive, lame enthusiast sloppy, articulate “Three acadlove her You might be a purple if you emies didn’t videos, You might be an orange if are a(n): Younglifer, gamer, achieve our initial so she you are a(n): Paesanos CHS staffer regular, student senator goals, and proved was too confusing,” eager Vanderto help me molen assess my Blue: politically active, good memory, Yellow: silly, ambivalent, musical, explained. color-based impressive vocabulary, patient, picky eaters, trivial, punctual, timely, geeky, boring “That’s why curricuGreen: good organizers, zany, night owls we expanded lum.” stinky, You might be a blue if you are to six.” With peaceful, You might be a yellow if you a(n): Sci-Ma-Tekkie, debater, are a(n): Natural Helper, talkative, As part of special future Ivy-Leaguer enthusiastic, FCAthlete, French student his gradupermislack of regard for ate studies sion personal hygiene, abstract conversations in student from behavioral
May 2, 2013
Disclaimer: The Leek is heavy satire. It is not true, but sometimes we tell the truth. Really.
News in brief Scott Hardin, Tyger Bell Leek Editor, Staff Reporter
Graphic: N. Mulvaine
Scragenschlögerstock boasted the largest and most eclectic contest of skill ever presented by Student Senate. Combatants met their mettle in the Pit of Scragen. Tournaments included a sweaty Ken Burger demolishing 1,000 Ballpark Franks in praise of the Scragen-Gods of Old. Clad in his breast plates and horned helm, Burger proclaimed, “The Burger always trumps hotdog!” Burger lead the Scragenschlögerites to the Shrine of Scragenschlöger for the ceremonial naming of King and Queen Scragenschlöger. The crowd chanted sacred hymns as Grady Birard and Bidi Mattle, both ‘13, toasted the blood of the holy general Scragen Schlöger from the sacrificial skull and were proclaimed royalty by High Priest Burger. Sealing the sacrament required the flogging of the High Priest, so sayeth the sacred texts of the Traverse City Central Course Selection Guide. The beaten and bruised Burger slurred, “Long live Scragenschlöger!”
Turmoil in Arkansas
You might be a green if you are a(n): hipster, tunnel snake, smokehole-io, vegetarian, gardener
Graphic: N. Mulaine
science at the University of Western Ontario, Vandermolen analyzed students’ physical and mental energy in accordance to the MBS Energy Level scale, ranging from extroverted (green), to structured (yellow). “Obviously, I’m a blue. Everyone knows that. I focus on timing and precision, have a fantastic memory, and am most definitely predictable,” Vandermolen said. “The evidence from my study shows students perform at their peak when removed from students with varying ideas and interests, so that’s why I patented the Ricky V. ColorWheel™.”
Gamboge: Intelligent, quirky, well-dressed, bachelors, humorous, Mediterranean beach house You might be a gamboge if you are a(n): Leek Editor
When asked about diversity, Vandermolen scoffed, adding that the data wasn’t solid. Vandermolen’s color wheel, sporting six lively colors, stereotypes students based on academic predispositions and is said to accurately predict their future success. The Ricky V. ColorWheel™ system also offers special bonuses, such as rewarding students
Dr. Vandermolen, The Leek staffers are excited to unveil this spring’s special edition of the Ricky V. ColorWheel™, complete with a seventh color for talented and gifted students, called “gamboge,” a tantalizing shade of orange and yellow. “Aren’t the colors just lovely?“ Billings said. “This color wheel is extremely accurate and will give you important information that will help you learn about YOU, which will enable you to better work with, inspire, encourage and love those around you. Enjoy!” Vandemolen stressed that the system will also help you learn.
Headlines from around the world Red Bull Music Academy opens in New York; Coca Cola corporation announces new Institute of Throat Singing in apparent retaliation Student neglects SLC, now unable to succeed in anything American companies caught mistreating sweatshop workers, consumer cares at all time low
Global Perspectives Iranian scientist Ali Razeqi contacted reporters on Wednesday claiming that he had developed a time machine. But Razeqi is hesitant to reveal the device for fear that the Chinese will steal his idea and mass produce it. What do you think?
“I would love to be in San Francisco during the gold rush days.... I hear it was quite the naughty town.”
Danielle “The Rock” Jones Unemployed
“I really haven’t quite figured out how a time machine can benefit a cabbage. YET.”
Stacy Muff Cabbage
“Village cricket, anyone?”
Jack Williams Retired pastor
“Are you sure it’s not a time machine of mass destruction?”
Mo Vorlenza Life Coach
Photos: Courtesy of Reuters
Graphic: N. Mulvaine
The town of Mayflower, Arkansas, was recently ravaged by an oil spill from a damaged Exxonmobile pipeline. Government officials have been stumped as to how to clean up the mess, but an Exxonmobile official has recently claimed that he knows exactly what to do. “I know exactly what to do,” Exxonmobile CEO Rex W. Tillerson said. “Exactly.” Tillerson plans for Civil Air Patrol volunteers to air drop Quilted Northern’s Ultra Plush bath tissue over the spill. “Quilted Northern is soft and strong, like the resilient people of Mayflower,” Tillerson said. “It helps you get clean while keeping your hands clean!” In a $55,000 study, Exxonmobile analysts concluded that Quilted Northern was exactly what Mayflower needed due to it’s “two layers for softness and third layer for absorbency,” citing it being the only three layer tissue with a premium Innerlux Layer. “Ultra Plush has a thickness you can see and feel,” Tillerman said. “The best part is it’s biodegradable, in line with Exxonmobile’s environmentally friendly promise.”
Element of mystery
The Leek Dear The Leek, I plan on hosting a dinner with my friends before prom. I feel I should provide them with a meal fit for the ranks of Chef Boyardee, but I don’t know how. Help! Bivy Ailey Received via Google+ Dear Bivey Ailey, The Leek shall guide you through your culinary gauntlet as your sous chef. Purchase an industrial crate of creamy chicken Ramen Noodles. Discard all noodles but save the flavor packets-the key to your culinary spontaneity. Mix with peanut butter. The mixture will have a gritty consistency, much like wet sand. Let sit for 2 weeks on a sun-exposed patio so the flavors will meld. The oils in the peanut butter will separate from the chicken flavoring into a muddy consistency. Strain the excess oil into a deep fryer. Pack the dry matter into perfect spheres. Crank the oil to high and let the chicken balls cook till golden. Serve with Cheese-Nips. They will love it. Trust us. XOXO Guest Leeksters C+T
Photo: K. Raymond
A wave intrigue has spread across campus due to the mysterious appearance and disappearance of a lime green Honda Element that was parked in the CPL for over three months. The Leek hastily dispatched Editorin-Chief and Senior Honda Element correspondent Jake Myers. “After I got the scent, I was able to track the Honda down to Brickyard,” Myers said. “I live for the hunt.” The Honda lay barren and unlocked, primed for forensics. “Marlboro Red butts crunched as I crawled my way into the driver’s seat,” Myers said. “It took me a second to recover from the sticky, opaque stains on the upholstery. The car reeked of CPL.” At press time, we await Myers’s report. The casts from both CSI Las Vegas and Miami are currently in a bidding war to receive DNA samples recovered by Myers in the car’s trunk.