Patriot shawnee mission south | OCTOBER 2010 | volume 45 | issue 2
Four Faces of Football
October Contents Issue 02
14 Editor-in-Chief Opinions Terriss Ford News Jimmy Langton Features Davey Jackson Design A&E Danielle Pham Sports Casey Lee Ads Ashley Black Photos Emma Hardwick Web Design Patrick Weaver Staff Writers Alma Velazquez Hunter Young Hannah Strader Staff Photographers Grace Pritchett Emily Jackson
0 4 | NEW S BRIEFS A first look at school journalism budget cuts and KSMS’s recent production 05 | KILLIN’ THE MOOD Beloved elementary school may close down due to enrollment reduction 06 | EDIT ORIAL BOARD Video games take over the lives of teenagers 07 | A FAMILY’S PIXIE HOLLOW Sophomore recalls generational experience through music
Adviser Jennifer Funk
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08 | THE DEB ATE Debate over required electives 10 | LITTLE GIRL, BIG SCHOOL Freshman describes her challenges with dwarfism 11 | SPIRIT WEEK Students dress up and compete for the SMS spirit stick
14 | IMMOR TAL EV O L UTION Vampires evolve from monsters to man candy 16 | SNIPING N OOBS Student tells story of gaming addiction 18 | REVIEW S The latest in music and movies
12 | HOMECOMING RED C ARPET The Patriot showcases the look of homecoming
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20 | THE BIG S WITCH Two students walk in each other’s shoes as they switch sports for a day 22 | UP CLOSE AND PERSON AL Four students tell what they love about football
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Journalism cuts affect SMSD
High school journalism is hanging in the balance as the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is likely to decide next month to cut vocational education funds KSMS’s video “Parkour” features to high school newspaper and juniors Austin Feathers and Jared yearbook programs. Holloway performing amazing feats For the past 10 years journalism of athleticism. The filming and classes have been partially funded narration in this video was done by Career and Technical Education by seniors Kevin Sikes and Brian (CTE), but with the proposed changes Schwabauer. “Parkour is where journalism will no longer fit into CTE’s you move from point A to point curriculum. B in the coolest way possible,” The change is based on a new model Feathers and Holloway explain for distributing funds, which requires CTE programs to prepare students for in the video. They go on to say careers that are high demand, high skill, that it was one method of and/or high wage. According to KSDE, training for the French infanjournalism doesn’t meet this criteria. try used to maneuver quickly The loss of funding is scheduled to through urban environments. happen in the 2012-2013 school year. Shawnee Mission curriculum director Betsy Regan said the loss of funding will not mean the end of journalism programs. “Right now, KSDE says that [journalism] is not considered a career pathway. It’s a dying form of media and communication, and therefore, [KSDE is] telling us that it will not be funded,” Regan said. “ We are not making any changes in our program; we still feel it’s a viable course option for students.” Losses in funding, however, could limit the amount of software, equipment, and conference opportunities that have been available to students in the past. “It’s really hard to speculate but common sense tells you that when you have less money than you’ve had in the past, there are going to be negative consequences,” journalism adviser Jennifer Funk said. Those affected the most could be publications editors who use schoolprovided laptops, cameras and software to produce the Heritage and The Patriot. “It’s really important for editors to have laptops so they can do work on their own time outside of class and photographers, we need cameras and lenses and if there are only five cameras and six photographers need a camera then we won’t have what we need,” yearbook photo editor Ali Lacy said. For The Patriot, which has already had to respond to a rise in printing costs by publishing a web-only September issue and decreasing pages in future print issues, the loss of funds could create more financial challenges. “High school journalism Holloway sa provides students a real-world “I’ve always been a experience, and part of that is climber. I loved the dealing with money issues,” jungle gym in grade Funk said. “We’ll adapt as school.” we have to, but we’ll keep publishing.” by Jimmy Langton 4 | OCT OBER 2010 | NEW S
Feathers advises that one understand the risks associated with the sport before attempting it.
Holloway discovered Parkour in high school.
TILES A MEMORY
SENIOR VISITS HER FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
emories are etched into the halls of Moody, embodied in the classrooms, encapsulated in a time capsule, and imaginatively crafted into the ceiling tiles. However, after 45 years of students passing through its vibrant halls, Dorothy Moody Elementary may soon be nothing more than an abandoned thing of the past. Due to funding issues and declining enrollment in schools, the Shawnee Mission School District is proposing to close five schools by the year 2012, including Dorothy Moody Elementary. Senior, and former Moody student, Corey Byrnes returned to her old elementary school for the first time after hearing about the proposed changes. “It felt weird to be back at Moody after being gone for so long,” Byrnes said. “Everything seems so much smaller than it was when I was there.” As Byrnes took in the atmosphere of the school, she was reminded of fond memories of her elementary school years. “I forgot how much I loved it here. There was so much we could participate in, like the sixth-grade play and ‘Just Say No’ club,” she said. “The best part of being back there was definitely getting to see that my ceiling tile was still there.” Each year sixth-grade students were allowed to decorate a ceiling tile that would forever be a part of the school. The goal of the tile project was to personalize every ceiling tile in the hallways in remembrance of each Moody student. The ceiling tile project came about when former art teacher Mrs. Borcheding decided the sixth graders should be able to take a piece of the school and make it creative. Since then it has become a Tiger tradition. While Byrnes was elated to see familiar sights in
by Terriss Ford
her school she was also surprised to see familiar faces. “I didn’t know Ray, the janitor, still worked [at Moody] and I definitely didn’t think he would have remembered me,” she said. Custodian Ray Gibson, however, remembered Byrnes well. “I remember Corey; she was one of my buddies.” Gibson said the love of students like Byrnes is what has kept him at Moody so long. “I’ve worked at all of the schools in the district,” he said, “but Moody is my primary school. I’ve been here for 15 years. I would’ve loved to finish my retirement years here but it looks like I’m going to have to go somewhere else and finish it out.” Cheryl Conley, a sixth-grade teacher, has been at the school since 1979 and is also quite reluctant to leave. “ I was hoping they weren’t going to close us but they are and oh, well. I always used to tell [my students] I wouldn’t leave Dorothy Moody until they blew it up. I don’t think they’re going to blow it up but if they’re closing it down that’s close enough,” Conley said. Moody has been around since 1966, and if the majority of the school board votes for the proposal November 8 at Shawnee Mission North, then it will be closing after 45 years of providing education for students in the area. Shawnee Mission Superintendent Gene Johnson has proposed the closing of Bonjour and Shawanoe elementary schools and Antioch and Mission Valley middle schools after the 2010-2011 school year. Dorothy Moody, a school that eventually pools into Shawnee Mission South, would follow, closing after the 2011-2012 school year. NEW S | OCT OBER 2010 | 5
The Playstation Move is Sony’s latest product designed to compete with Nintendo Wii.
Xbox 360 The Xbox 360 was released in 2005 with updated graphics and more expansive capabilities than the original Xbox.
Playstation 3 The Playsation 3 hit the fan in 2006 with Blu-ray capabilities that combined gaming with movie watching.
Wii Zapper The Wii Zapper is an addition to the Nintendo Wii designed to provide a more realistic shooter experience.
Out of Control
As technology advances and the gaming world grows, so do the problems associated with it. Many teens play video games on a daily basis, which is far from healthy. Gaming, in some respects, can be an important outlet for kids, similar to a sport or hobby. It can be seen as a skill-building exercise and can even aid critical thinking. Unfortunately, the good doesn’t outweigh the bad in this situation. While the Patriot staff does not recognize gaming as an actual addiction, we do feel that it is something that should be treated delicately. There is nothing about gaming that forces teenagers to pick up a controller, however the lackadaisical attitude kids have toward their responsibilities leads them to forms of entertainment, like video games, that are ultimately a distraction. Excessive gaming distracts our generation from focusing on realistic goals and building
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professional habits for the future. Furthermore, video games have proven to have a significant affect on the habits of teenagers. Those who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games tend to struggle more, socially and academically, than those who play in moderation. Another problem is that teenagers have an unhealthy tendency to use success in gaming as a false sense of self-satisfaction. For example, someone who plays video games constantly will often see their gaming “achievements” as something to be proud of while their academics begin to slip. What young adults must realize is that there are some aspects of gaming they could use to their benefit. If done in moderation it can be a great way to learn how to appropriately balance leisure with responsibility. Gaming is not all bad but it is definitely a problem for today’s youth.
The Power of Pixies Sophomore shares story of family bonding at rock concert By Hunter Young Riding on waves of sound, my family couldn’t have been happier that night. Between the violent electric guitar and the beautiful, serene surf acoustic, the Pixies have everything an audience would want, in one mind-shredding package. We knew the words to every song, fanatically singing along with our favorite band. We arrived at the Uptown, quickly took our balcony seats, and eagerly watched the opening film for the Pixies; the tension and excitement was palpable. When the film ended and the Pixies made their way to the stage, they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans, my family included. They kicked off the night playing three of their most obscure songs, and then launched into Doolittle, taking my family and I on a mind-blowing journey through their best album. With each song, the audience got more and more energetic, and I was no exception. I jumped and thrashed as the music flowed through my bones and broke the little machine in there. There was nothing in the world that could possibly ruin this night. I couldn’t believe it when the Pixies left the stage; I had been having such an amazing experience that I didn’t want it to end. My dad looked over to me and said, “We aren’t leaving until they play ‘Where Is My Mind’.” One look into his eyes and I knew that he was totally serious. I knew there was only one thing to do: scream for more. So I screamed. I screamed and my family joined in. We screamed for what seemed like an eternity. We drew closer to each other, our voices combining into one. We screamed for an encore, and we got not one, but two, that night. The Pixies came back out and started playing, and it was really at this moment that I realized that my family had gained a newfound appreciation of each other — one of love and respect, and this concert had brought us closer together. We all felt it and when I looked into my parents’ eyes, I could tell. I felt incredibly blessed to have a family like this. For me and my family, this concert was beyond words. When we left, all my dad could say was, “We should have paid more for those seats.” For those who weren’t there that September night at the Uptown, the truth is that you will never know how life-changing it was for me; it would be impossible for me to describe it to you. All I can say is that my family was changed forever by this concert. For all of you who think there’s no way to go to a concert with your parents and have a great time, my family is living proof that you are wrong. I’d just like to thank the band that made it all possible: Long Live the Pixies.
We screamed for what seemed like an eternity. We drew closer to each other, our voices combining into one.
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The Debate By Davey Jackson
High school can be frustrating enough for students and fitting in all of the classes you want to take can be challenging because of basic requirements. While required classes may seem like a waste of time, there are actually many benefits to taking them. Fine arts is the newest requirement in our school district, and there are many classes that meet this requirement other than the usual visual arts, music, and theatre classes. For example, industrial tech and wood shop work as well. Fine arts classes introduce students to different careers, give them hands-on skills that could be applied to many careers, and teach them to appreciate the arts. Classes like these often aren’t required in college and are very expensive, so having required fine arts classes in high school is a good opportunity for students to explore their interests and discover talents. Unlike fine arts, P.E. and health classes have always been required because they teach students how to maintain healthy lifestyles. The semester-long health class is an opportunity to introduce students to psychology, nutrition and basic anatomy and physiology. While P.E. and health help students improve their personal lives, computer applications help them improve their shot in the professional world. Computer apps class is not actually required, however computer competency is. While many students, with their Facebook, instant messaging and online shopping skills, may think they are proficient, they lack skills necessary in the professional world like creating an Excel spreadsheet to manage funds and plan a budget, or a PowerPoint that is actually clear, well-designed and readable. For students who think they are up to the challenge, they can take a computer competency test to prove they are competent, but only two out of 10 students in the whole district passed it last month and, on average, less than half pass each time. Taking the computer apps class is the easiest way to become proficient and learn marketable skills. Students often think that classes like these are boring and pointless as well as lack variety. Perhaps the most important part of a broad curriculum is exposure. Without mandatory enrollment, students might never find an unexpected talent. When you think about it, required electives do not take up very much room in the grand scheme of things: only four credits. These classes don’t have to be a chore for students, and should not be if students explore their options and make the most of their high school experience.
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I feel like it’s good that they give you an opportunity to try different things that you normally wouldn’t try on your own.
– Mikaela Carson, jr.
I think it’s good because it balances students out and everybody gets to know everybody.
–Gabe Guild, soph.
Con Should students be required to take specific electives? Required electives: most students are so accustomed to
I think it’s annoying because I hate art. I’m so sad that I’m in art right now.
–Maggie Reid, fr.
I don’t see why we have to take classes that we don’t want to take.
–Erik Stockler, sr.
hearing these words together that they don’t realize how much of an oxymoron it is. An elective, by definition, is something that is optional. Students are supposed to be able to choose their elective classes based on their extra-academic interests. Requiring electives is unfair to students wanting to take specific classes that apply to their interests. One of the purposes of high school is for students to get a basic understanding of all fields that interest them so they can decide which ones they want to go into. A student might be missing out on a great opportunity to develop his or her talents merely to be in a class that he or she does not feel is necessary. An example of this occurs with fixed programs such as CIS and Project Lead the Way. Students involved in these programs often have difficulty fitting in the health, art, computer apps, and P.E. requirements, forcing them to take time out of school to complete them online or in summer school. Though the student body as a whole needs certain core classes, students individually should not be expected to follow the exact same curriculum. Furthermore, if students do not harbor any enthusiasm for the classes they are taking, they are more likely to do worse in the class itself and regard it as unimportant. While required classes do offer pertinent information, a lot of it is either common sense or information most students find pointless. Health for example, is a class that students often regard as unimportant and too basic. Perhaps a better way to incorporate health would be to offer it to students who struggle with health-related issues, have a history of peerpressure problems, or whose parents think it beneficial. Though it may not seem like such a big deal, taking just one uninteresting course can have an impact on one’s high school experience. Many students complain that the health and computer apps curriculums are too basic and dull, and they “just don’t see the point.” With overwhelming academic classes that students perhaps already struggle with, they should be able to choose something they enjoy as an elective. Though it would not be wise to completely cut out these requirements, changing the number of required credits might help. Education should not be generalized to fit “the average student,” because no two students are exactly the same. Each student is an individual who should be able to adjust his or her schedule to specific needs or interests.
By Alma Velazquez
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Just like you Freshman discusses her challenges living with dwarfism
I’m just like you. I want to be a good student. I have the desire to be a good athlete. I worry about fitting in. I love hanging out with my friends. I want to impress the person I have a crush on. I worry about how my outfit looks. I want to be in theater, and I hope to manage the boys swim team in the winter. But I am different than you. I have achondroplasia dwarfism, a spontaneous gene mutation that can affect 1 in 25,000 births. Any average-statured individual can have a child with my form of dwarfism. It is a bone deformity, and therefore I have shorter arms and legs. Getting around school is a little bit of a challenge for me. I have to maneuver around people who don’t see me; I can’t reach some of the water fountains; and sometimes I have to have my friends reach something for me in the lunch line. I can’t see over the counter in the front office and when I’m sitting in the desks my legs don’t touch the ground. Yet, I don’t feel different. I still feel very much a part of this school. A huge part of that is my good friends who don’t see the fact that I am a little person, they just see me. One of my friends is Clara Chollet. We make quite the unusual pair of best friends. She is 6 feet and 4 inches tall while I am only 4 feet and 1 inch tall. People are always mentioning the height difference between us. We have been friends for as long as I can remember, starting when I moved to her street. Even though we are so different on the outside we are basically the same person on the inside. We understand each other because we both struggle with our height. We both have hard times finding clothes that will fit our very different figures, especially when it comes to jeans and dresses. Clara has a hard time finding jeans long enough while I have to wear capris so they look like jeans on me. We always say how we wish we could be each other for a day just to see how different it is.
by Kelly O’Connor
Pulsing with PEP
1) Giving a look of disgust to her sloppy date, Haley White, jr., participates in a Pep Club skit about Homecoming etiquette. 2) Kendra Martiny, Erin Steppe, and Laura Meschke, srs., (left to right) give a salute on America Day. 3) Jon Tobaben, sr., and Kristen Jenson, jr., get their geek on with spiffy Nerd Day outfits. 4) Breaking it down at the bonfire, Avery Washington, jr., enjoys the nightâ€™s festivities. 5) During a Southette routine, Caitlyn St. John, jr., raises her flag with perfect form.
anastasia gough, jr. dress - donnaâ€™s dress shop belt - vintage flats - new york & co.
veronica belvedere, fr. dress - windsor necklace - claireâ€™s sandals - old navy
mecoming photos by Ellie Carter
marlee schuld, jr. dress - jessica mcclintock earrings - a nashville boutique flats - dillardâ€™s
kindall shenefield, sr. dress - windsor clutch - jcpenney pumps - shoe carnival
the evolution of
ampires By Hannah Strader
It’s no secret that the vampires in today’s pop culture have changed drastically since the days of Dracula. It’s no easy feat to jump from terrifying creatures to beloved boyfriends. But just how did vampires go from bloodsucking monsters with some serious daylight issues to sparkling vegetarians with relationship problems? There are many theories on how vampires first came to be. Some relate to the history of Christianity, including ideas that revolve around Adam and Eve and even the suicide of Judas Iscariot. Another very popular idea is that of Greek and Roman goddesses Lamiae, Empusae and Striges, who did indeed drink human blood and were viewed by most as divinities who took on the human form. Count Dracula moves to London where he meets the beautiful Mina Seward and her friend Lucy Weston, who takes interest in Dracula and is attacked and becomes a vampire. Dracula next preys upon Mina, but with help from Mina’s fiance and Van Helsing, a vampire slayer, Mina is saved.
Count Orlack Count Dracula (Nosferatu) (Dracula)
In earlier days, becoming a vampire was a bit more complicated than simply being bitten. Frequently, theories included anything that would displease the church, such as suicide or excommunication. Anyone who did these things were believed to be damned to return as vampires. Werewolves even tied into this process, and it was believed that if you were killed by a werewolf or died as one, you would return as a vampire to walk the earth for all eternity. During the 14th century when the bubonic plague hit Europe, people would bury their dead, and to avoid infection, would not check to see if they were truly deceased. Often, survivors would try to claw their way out of a heap of bodies and the blood coming from the injuries they acquired whilst Sam and David Emerson move to Santa Carla, California, the murder capitol of the world. Sam befriends The Frog Brothers, who inform Sam of the vampire population inhabiting Santa Carla. David, however, begins befriending a motorcycle gang of vampires. David begins having vampire-like symptoms and Sam, with the help of The Frog Brothers, takes down the head of the gang to return his brother to normal.
David Emerson (The Lost Boys)
Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
doing so created a vampire scare. But these, of course, are simply the vampires of the past. Today, vampires seem to have mellowed down in character. In the case of the hit TV series True Blood, vampires are even accepted as a part of daily society by living off synthetic blood. This change perhaps started with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles (1976), which portrayed main character Louis de Pointe du Lac as a vampire repulsed by his need to drink human blood and introduced the idea of covens of vampires, living together to abide by the vampire law. This, combined with the idea of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s attraction to vampire Angel, perhaps paved the way for the future vampire romances of today.
Set in Bon Temps, Louisiana, where vampires have come “out of the coffin” and are now accepted as members of society. In this world, humans find it a sexual thrill to be bitten by vamps and they get high off vampire blood. In this edgy portrayal of vampires in the real world, viewers follow Sookie Stackhouse, a telepath, and Bill Compton, a 173-yearold vampire, who face different supernatrual obstacles that come to their town.
Stefan Salvatore Bill Compton (The Vampire Diaries) Edward Cullen (True Blood) (The Twilight Saga)
Count von Count (Sesame Street)
more than just a
South senior shares stories about the impact video games have on his life
omewhere in the back of senior Jon Tobaben’s mind he hears the voices of his parents nagging him to do his homework, but he is too mesmerized by the Xbox controller in his hand and the images on the screen to heed the words he knows all too well. Tobaben began playing video games in kindergarten when his brother acquired a Nintendo 64. Eventually after-school games of Donkey Kong and Zelda turned into competitive gaming with the online gaming community Xiled and a sponsorship by 5-Hour Energy to compete in Major League Gaming (MLG) tournaments. According to the official MLG website, the professional video game league’s tournaments take place throughout the U.S. and Canada and offer prizes ranging from $2,250 to $100,000. More than 800,000 teams and people from 28 countries compete against each other in games like Modern Warfare 2, which Tobaben played. It was at these tournaments that Tobaben met other competitive gamers and admitted to picking up habits like throwing the controller and screaming when he lost games. Bad habits were not the only negative affect gaming had on him. Tobaben’s relationship with his parents, who disapproved of the time he spent playing, became tense. “My grades were taking a hit,” he said. “I had friends, but no real
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good friends. My parents didn’t like that I did it, but they wanted me to find out on my own.” Tobaben eventually sold his Xbox 360 in an attempt to quit gaming cold-turkey. He admitted that his gaming affected his social life drastically and he wanted to get back to a normal life, but quitting all at once didn’t solve his problem. “I couldn’t stop thinking about wanting to play,” he said. According to counselor Joan Jacobson, Tobaben’s behavior was symptomatic of an addiction. Though video gaming is not listed as an addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it can be dangerous. “Like any addiction, it does require attention. It affects quality of life issues,” Jacobson said. “I would suppose that like most addictions, [gamers] would have to accept and admit it’s a problem and look at how it affects other people and their life.” It was this sort of admission that led to changes in Tobaben’s life. “It’s a bad habit. No one should get into it, there are better things in life,” he said. His time in competitive gaming isn’t something he likes to look back on. It interfered with school and he wishes he hadn’t spent as much time on it as he did. Giving up a habit like gaming can be difficult, though, especially for people as successful as Tobaben, who had set three number-one scores in the world.
“If we’re good at something, we tend to get tied up in it,” said psychology teacher Nicholas Platko. Perhaps this sense of achievement is what keeps gamers coming back for more, but Platko points out that these achievements can’t always be applied to real life. Even after quitting, Tobaben recieved constant e-mails from players requesting to play with him, which led to temptation. He still has friends in competitive gaming and said it would be easy to go back, but after losing so much time with family and friends, he stays busy to keep his mind off of it. “So much of my life is gone,” he said. “Video games was Jon Tobaben and Jon Tobaben was video games. It wasn’t a fun time.” Tobaben’s father, Warren, said he saw a drastic change in his son’s attitude when he stopped gaming. “I would say there was a period of time [he had trouble] [...] that he was spending too much time on it, but that’s changed quite a bit and I think the way he plays has changed quite a bit,” he said. “He’s getting things done on his own without needing to be hounded.” Today, Jon uses a healthier attitude toward gaming to stay connected with his brothers, one of whom lives away from home. Although Jon came to the realization that video gaming was beginning to take hold of his life, many teens are still lost in the clutches of a video game addiction. by Hannah Strader
photo by Grace Pritchett
Jon Tobaben still occasionally plays video games with his brothers. For Jon, gaming has gone from an intense competition to a fun way of keeping in touch.
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The percentage of parents who believe games are a positive part of their childrenâ€™s lives
Video game sales in the United States in January 2009
The percentage of American households that play computer or video games
The amount of money spent on HDTVs directly attributed to the XBox 360
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Reviews The Social Network If Facebook’s popularity wasn’t enough of a phenomenon, the story of its creation has now come together in a major motion picture. Rather than a heartwarming story about a genius who realizes his wildest dreams, the film exposes the cold, cruel world of business. Using incredible insight into the glamorous, intellectual world of Harvard, The Social Network takes you through Mark Zuckerberg’s intense transformation into CEO of the world’s most popular social networking site. The plot is structured around two lawsuits Zuckerberg faces at the height of his accomplishment with flashbacks as he is asked to recount his actions. Sharp and sophisticated, the movie quickly becomes multifaceted as it delves into the scandalous and deceitful world of the intellectually elite and explores the morality of the multibillion dollar super-website. by Alma Velazquez
My Soul To Take Wes Craven’s latest film, My Soul To Take, is without doubt the most ridiculous thriller since Jennifer’s Body. The movie opens with the introduction of the Riverton Ripper, a serial killer who terrorizes a small town. After being chased by police the Ripper is killed at the edge of a river. Several kids from Riverton gather at the edge of the river in an attempt to resurrect the Ripper. However, the kids are interrupted before they can complete the task causing the Ripper’s soul to roam free in the town. The plot line of the film is so poorly executed that it is pathetically difficult to stomach. There isn’t much in the movie that is thrilling or frightening and all of the killing seems lazily put together. For those who are frightened easily this may be a good film to see, but someone seeking a real scare and an admirable story line should not waste any money on this film. by Terriss Ford
Halcyon Digest | deerhunter Deerhunter comes back again with their third album, Halcyon Digest, but even if you are new to them, this is a good place to start. Their sound is light and airy with a good balance of simplicity and experimentation. Their beautiful brand of fuzz pop is fresh and organic, reminiscent of the Shins and the Strokes, but still strictly Deerhunter. With its mellow and light tendencies, listening to this album makes you feel like you’re floating in an ocean of different sounds and static. Their sound is raw, original, and dreamlike, right out of the minds of people who know what they’re doing without even trying. by Danielle Pham
Doo-Wops & Hooligans | bruno mars It’s no wonder Bruno Mars titled his new album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. This album revolves around a vintage blues sound to match Mars’ soulful voice while offering a great balance between slow serenades and fun songs to play on any Friday night. “The Lazy Song” is definitely worth a listen with its funny and easily relatable lyrics, but “Runaway Baby” steals the show with it’s catchy beat and easygoing vibe. This album will make anyone yearn for poodle skirts and sock hops while appreciating the modern R&B twists. by Hannah Strader
Megan Mcaffrey the Volleyball Player Soccer players are often labeled as “foot-fairies.” They’re the guys that aren’t big enough to play football, and are never recognized as the “star” sports player. Soccer is the sport that is pushed aside and prioritized under other, equally physical, sports. “There’s definitely a European mentality towards soccer [...] not being physically as tough maybe as some of the other sports,” head soccer coach Travis Gatewood said. All sports have their stereotypes. Football players don’t work hard. Volleyball players aren’t althletic. Swimmers are all weak. Golf takes no skill. In an effort to explore these stereotypes The Patriot sent two players to different sports practices so they could experience what it was like to play another sport. When volleyball player Megan Mcaffrey stepped on the soccer field she was quiet and shied away from the group, but the team pulled her in and treated her just like one of the guys. They joked around and patted her on the back for encouragement. “We started off by doing some drills and taking a jog. Then we scrimmaged C-team and we did more drills, and then we ran a
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grundle,” she said. It’s drills like the grundle that soccer players are used to. A grundle is a full-out sprint to the 40-yard line and back a total of three times. Players who don’t complete the drill in less than a minute must do it again. Grundles weren’t Mcaffrey’s only challenge. Simply passing the ball requires a certain amount of techinique. “You have to use the inside of your foot to pass the ball. It was tough because it didn’t always go where I wanted it to,” Mcaffrey said. One of the biggest differences Mcaffrey had to contend with was the amount of running involved in soccer. “In soccer you’re looking more at an 80-minute extended sport where there’s a certain amount of endurance that’s required that maybe isn’t used in volleyball,” Gatewood said. “I would say Megan showed marked improvement. She finished with a shooting drill and did an outstanding job by the end of practice.” Gatewood said. Though Gatewood said Mcaffrey improved in just one practice, Mcaffrey wasn’t as convinced. “It was fun for a day but I’m really bad at soccer so I probably couldn’t do it.”
Dan Boxler the Soccer Player
Knee pads and skin-tight spandex covered varsity soccer player Dan Boxler’s tan calves and snow-white thighs, as he dove for the volleyball. He was the first thing to catch a spectator’s eye. Before becoming a volleyball player for a day, Boxler admitted to his biased opinion about the sport. “[Volleyball players] suck and aren’t athletic,” Boxler said, “I’m physically more fit, and [volleyball] isn’t a man’s sport.” Despite his open disregard for the sport, on the day of practice, the volleyball team treated him like any other player. “They were very comfortable with me, they made me do the things that they were doing. They didn’t cut me any slack,” Boxler said. After practice started Boxler quickly realized he was in for a lot more than he originally anticipated. “What should I expect? To play volleyball and excel?” He asked. “It’s a lot more jumping than I expected and [volleyball players] actually have to be somewhat physical. They have to be more precise in hitting than I expected.” Boxler’s athleticism helped him through drills that involved speed and quick cutting. Just like jumping for headers in soccer, he easily jumped up to spike the volleyball. But he struggled with diving and getting to the ball quick enough. “We started hitting drills, it got very very difficult.
[Head volleyball coach Jennifer Goodson] was just hitting balls at me and I couldn’t serve back. It was just really difficult,” he said. “My top skill, she told me, was my fitness ‘cause we did down and backs and I burned everyone. It was pretty nice.” Head soccer coach Travis Gatewood said volleyball can help Boxler improve his soccer skills. He understands that each sport is different, but they all have their own physical aspects. “I think the agility factors in soccer [are the same]; there’s tackles to jump up from [in soccer] so you’re diving around, and same thing with volleyball. They all have to be agile and cover a lot of space on the court,” he said. “I think teamwork, especially [in] soccer you’re kinda coordinating a pass up and down the field, [and in] volleyball you’re coordinating how to win the ball, set it up, then knock it back over.” Throughout practice the girls worked together encouraging Boxler. They clapped, yelled, and cheered for each other after every drill, sprint, and scrimmage. Boxler said, “They have a lot of team spirit and I like that.”
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Faces of Football
Students share their different perspectives on South football
Deaven Jenson The Football Captain How does it feel to be on the field? It feels like you have all the power in the world. You just wanna show everyone what you can do.
How do you think the fans view you? They don’t view us very well but we’re re-writin’ the history of South. We’re comin’.
How does it feel to be captain? That’s pretty sweet, you know. I like to lead people. I like to show them what they can do, let them know that they can do more than they think they can.
What’s the best part of being on the field? Just being able to play, I just love football. I like to tackle people.
When you hear all of your fans cheering for you, how does it feel? Oh, that feels great, you know, hearing them chanting your name and stuff like that, it’s really awesome. Do you ever wish you could be up in the stands? No. I like playing a lot more than being a fan. How do you think the cheerleaders feel watching you play? I’m sure they feel great. I’m sure they like to watch us.They’re cheering for us through wins and losses. They feel the same emotions we’re feeling.
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What’s your favorite part of being a football player? Probably, you know, you get to play with all your friends, get the experience of being on a team, and possibly go somewhere with your life with it. When you look back at football games what will you always remember? Probably all the emotions that go through the game, the way my teammates feel, all my friends and how it feels to play as a team together. How would the games be without the cheerleaders, fans, and band? Probably pretty boring. It would be a lot less noise and all you’d be able to hear is the coach’s yelling. That wouldn’t be as fun.
Krissy DeVaux The Fan How does it feel to be in the stands? I get excited when I see other fans all excited to see the game. Do you ever wish you could be a part of the game or on the sidelines? I’d prefer to be a coach I guess just to slap them around. I’m small, so I’d be too scared to actually like play, but yeah you wanna play because you know what they’re doing wrong. What’s the best part of being a fan? I think the best part is the energy. In a way, it brings our school together a little bit more; it unites us when we’re all together, no matter how different you
are, you all are going for one goal. What are some of your favorite chants? I guess the football one: “When I say football, you say football.” I also like the Viagra cheer. How would the games be without the cheerleaders and band? I’ve talked to the football players and they say it definitely makes a difference when we’re louder, and they definitely notice a difference, like if we’re there with them I feel like they play better and they pull through the bad plays and then if we don’t cheer, they just give up. I think it helps out.
Blaine Anspaugh The Band Kid How does it feel to be on the field? I love it, especially as a drum line. The drum line is a little bit more,intense than the rest of the band.Just the adrenaline when we’re performing, it’s awesome.
a big group and having amazing goals.
Do you think you ever miss out on anything because you’re on the field? I mean I can see talking to my friends in the stands maybe, but when we’re not out during halftime on the field performing we’re still in the stands for most of the game anyway.
How would the games be without the cheerleaders, band, or fans? They’d be more dry, just watching play after play without any breaks maybe would get a little old.
What’s the best part of being in the band? I guess just being a part of
When you look back at football games what will you always remember? Definitely playing in the stands.
How does it feel when the fans are cheering for you? Usually I’m so into the music I don’t really pay attention, but when I do, when I know that they really like the perfor-
Delaney Eilts The Cheerleader Do you ever wish you could be in the stands with the fans? Yes, sometimes because I think it’d be fun to see the game from the student perspective with all your friends up there doing the crowd cheers and dances and things like that. Do you think you ever miss out on anything when you’re on the sidelines? You miss out on the energy in the crowd because they’re all together in a group, but also you’re with the cheerleaders so it’s like we’re feeding off the crowd’s energy. What’s the best part of cheering? The best part of cheering is interacting
with the crowd and the parents and your fans because it’s fun to get them pumped up and have them do things with you. When you look back at football games what will you always remember? I’ll always remember being out there on a Friday night and being at the game with everyone and the crowd, [and] the band ‘cause we’re all there for the same purpose, having fun and cheering on our team. How would the games be without the band or the fans? They would be lifeless; it would not be that exciting.
Rocky the Raider unveiled the spirit stick to the school at the Homecoming pep assembly. The spirit stick was awarded to the seniors for showing the most pep during Spirit Week.