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shawnee mission south | september 2010 | volume 45 | issue 1

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A new kind of spirit


September Contents Issue 01


19 04 | NEWS BRIEFS The latest news to hit South

06 | KSMS

Preview of KSMS’ upcoming season

07 | E D I T O R I A L BOA R D

Patriot staff’s view on the effects of Facebook

08 | Q&A

Senior Alana Steward


Student recalls first freshman run-in with a senior

10 | T H E D E B AT E


Facebook presents social issues for students


An introduction to the teachers with the biggest shoes to fill

16 | KIFF PREVIEW A first look at the movies playing at local film festival


Senior Madison Wear flaunts her “shabby chic” style

Debate over immigration law in Arizona

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19 | LOS T & F OUND

A compilation of doodles and drawings found around South


The latest in music and movies


A quick look at South sports

24 | EXPANDING THE CHEEROCRACY Junior becomes first male cheerleader in South history


Sophomore describes soccer experiences in the Dominican Republic


Freshman cross country runner talks about first race experience


Monica Yeung, sr., and Abbie Rooney, jr., bond with Rocky the Raider at the Green and Gold scrimmage. photo by Taylor Nugent




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Photo illustration of the sophomore lot by Emma Hardwick

A THING OF THE PAST Administrators have closed the sophomore parking lot in order to tighten security and supervision. “It’s easier to supervise one lot versus two,” said SRO officer Fred Lynch. Lynch said in recent years they haven’t had any reports of vandalism or theft in the sophomore lot. Administration is working out plans this year to make the lot useful without sacrificing the safety and security of students. “We are looking at a drop off and

pick up point for buses. We don’t know exactly when or where but it’s being studied,” said Associate Principal Bill Stiegmeier. Though administrators plan to put the lot to use students are finding it even more difficult this year to leave the upper lot with the added traffic, and some feel strongly about sophomores parking in the upper lot, which has traditionally been reserved for upperclassmen. “I’m upset. I think the sophomores should park in the sophomore lot

because it is a privilege to park in the upper lot,” senior Mairin Kazmi said. The recent drop in enrollment has also played a role in the closure of the lot. According to Lynch, the lot could reopen if the curent enrollment of 1,450 students increases to 2,000. As of right now students will not receive penalties for parking in the lower lot. Stiegemeier said,“At this point we are just making strong recomendations not to.”

By Jimmy Langton

LUNCH TIME, TALK TIME Administration is hoping to lessen last year’s 10,420 tardies with a proposal to allow cell phones during the lunch period. So far Associate Principal Ryan Flurry is optimistic. “We’re looking pretty good,” he said. If students lower the number of tardies significantly, at least 10-25 percent, cell phone usage will be permitted for the lunch period. On October 15, the end of first quarter, Flurry will compare the tardies of last year’s first quarter to this year’s and the cell-phone policy may go into effect as early as October 17.


STUCO President Ryan Knight, who has been working with administrators on the proposal, said as of early September, tardies have decreased 24 percent, which is on track with the administrator’s plan. “It’s nice to have the administrators come to us with this deal and opportunity,” said Knight. Discussions have also taken place about the possibility of allowing cell phones during passing periods if there continues to be fewer tardies as well as fewer cell phones being confiscated in class. Flurry only has one concern if the

proposal is enacted. “My worry is students will spend more time interacting with their phones than people. Lunch is a nice disconnect time from all that technology,” he said. Senior Rachel Iba isn’t as concerned about the cell-phone policy’s influence on social interaction. She said, “I think we use cell phones so much it won’t affect us any differently than when we are outside of school.”

By Jimmy Langton

#5 City: Corbett, OR School: Corbett Index:11.391



#1705 City: Overland Park, KS School:Shawnee Mission South Index: 1.025


#2 City: Ironadale, AL School: Jefferson County IBS Index: 12.721



#3 City: Jacksonville, Fl School: Stanton College Prep Index: 12.562



#4 City: Dallas, TX School: Science/ Engineering Magnet Index: 12.08 The map above shows Newsweek’s top five high schools and where Shawnee Mission South placed on its list. Index is the ratio of the number of IB, AP, or Cambridge exams taken to the number of graduating seniors.

#1 City: Dallas, TX School: Talented and Gifted Index: 14.938


NEWSWEEK WORTHY Newsweek named Shawnee Mission South on its 2010 list of “America’s Best High Schools.” According to Newsweek,the list is based on how each school’s staff worked to challenge students with a college-level curriculum and advanced-placement exams. This was determined by three figures: the ratio of AP, IB, or Cambridge exams to the number of graduating seniors, the ratio of those who took those exams to the number who passed them, and the percent of students eligible for

lunch subsidies. Only six percent of all U.S. public schools made the list. South ranked 1705 on the list, and Shawnee Mission East ranked 938. Last year, both were unranked. Newsweek cautioned that many factors were not able to be taken into account in an objective manner. For example, it did not rate the quality of high school staff, the curriculum, or extracurricular activities.

By Hunter Young



ellow Raiders! KSMS is very excited to have partnered with The Patriot this year so we can spread the word about what we do as a staff! In every issue of The Patriot this school year, KSMS will have a page reserved for letting you know what awesome videos we have released! There are several ways to watch our videos: 1. 2. 3. SMSD Online High School News 4. Public Access Channel 18 So be sure to check in with the KSMS Zone every time you pick up your copy of The Patriot to see what will be showing up on our awardwinning TV programs! Be sure to also check out the brand spankinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new www.southksms. com, which is the official place for everything KSMS. We have links to live broadcasts, classic videos, games, photos, and much more! Go Raiders, The KSMS Staff

Flaws of Facebook


It’s nearly undeniable that Facebook is becoming an epidemic for our generation. From Farmville to Facebook chat, this website is consuming the lives of kids our age. The various applications that Facebook has to offer have shifted from quick entertainment to an unconventional addiction. Social networking sites have been a part of our lives for years. Our generation has shifted from using Xanga in elementary school, to MySpace in middle school and finally Facebook in high school. These sites have identified themselves as a part our lives and even our development. We seem to be relying on sites like Facebook as our primary means of communication, a principal source of entertainment and essentially, a second life within our computer screen. So when does this activity cross the boundary between a harmless activity and an

unhealthy social problem? We at The Patriot feel that the Facebook craze, while beneficial in some ways, is quickly getting out of hand. Some teenagers spend more time socializing on Facebook than they do in person. Facebook is becoming a crutch for those who are not confident or comfortable enough to approach others the old-fashioned way. We’ve reached a point where a friendship starts with a friend-request and a relationship is invalid if it is not “Facebook official.” Some people even assume that if a person cannot be found on Facebook then they do not exist. It’s impossible to tell how we’ve come to allow our lives to be defined by social networking sites but it’s evident a change must be made. Facebook is a reliable tool that should be utilized in moderation, but what teens need to realize is that it should not dictate their everyday lives. OPINIONS | SEPTEMBER 2010 | 7

Q: Why is it greater to be a Raider? A: Because we have such a diverse group of classes and activities that we get to be a part of. Q: What is your favorite part of the school day and why? A: Lunch time because I can talk to my friends and see them and not have to worry about getting in trouble for talking in class. Q: What does your life look like outside of school? A: I am always busy, whether it’s doing some of the extra-curricular activities around school, like the different clubs I’m in (Club 121, Pep Club, RADD, Track and Field) or working and going to games here. Q: Can you tell me about your mission trips? A: I went to Africa and South Africa for two weeks. I left the day after school got out and I was there until the day the World Cup started. Q: Did you get to see the World Cup at all? A: I got to see two of the stadiums. One of them I saw when I was flying over, which was really cool because they designed them based on African animals. The one I saw from above was supposed to be a giraffe so they had these really tall pillars on the outside like necks. And then I drove by another one that supposedly had zebra print for the risers. Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years? A: I want to live in Chicago. I really have a desire to experience some sort of urban setting whether it is teaching or missions, I haven’t really decided yet. Q: Who do you admire most? A: Probably one of my youth pastors at my church. She is going to school full-time. She is a senior in college and she also took on the responsibility of starting up a junior high service and ministry at our church. Q: What is your favorite school lunch? A: My favorite school lunch would have to be fruits and vegetables on the side so there would probably just be a salad with really good grapes that taste delicious with chocolate milk; and I’m always a fan of tacos! Q: What are you most passionate about? A: Helping others definitely. It’s amazing to be able to see the gratitude on someone’s face when they really appreciate what you’ve done and know that what you’re doing isn’t even for yourself.

-Interview and photo by Ellie Carter 8 | SEPTEMBER 2010 | OPINIONS

Q &A Alana Steward Student Missionary

My Senior Angel

Senior recounts the inspirational story of his first day of high school

By Davey Jackson It was a scene right out of a movie: I, the lowly freshman, was standing in the lunch line on the very first day of high school with no clue what I was doing. The cafeteria was bustling with strange noises, loud music, bizarre smells. I felt as if I was thrust into the Savannah at feeding time. All of it was new and overwhelming to me. In line, towering over me were seemingly vicious upperclassmen bumping into me left and right in attempts to squeeze their way to the front of the line to pay. Adrenaline rushed through my blood, icy cold in my wrists, my hands began to tremble as I set down my tray on the counter. I was almost done, all I had to do was pay and then I would be able to leave and eat in peace. However, it didn’t happen that way. “You’re 25 cents short.” The lunch lady’s words rang in my head as I stood there, dazed and thinking, “You have GOT to be kidding me. Did I really not bring enough money? These kids are going to beat me up for holding up the line like this!” “Do you have a quarter? You’re 25 cents short,” the lunch lady reiterated as I held up the line of starving upperclassmen, ready to savagely attack me because I was keeping them from their friends out in the Savannah and their well-needed nourishment. Scared for what I was about to see, I looked back, certain I would be facing my death when, like a guardian angel, a tall girl in a Senior Girls shirt appeared and said, “I’ll pay for you.” She swiped her card under the reader and said, “There you go!” with a bright and friendly smile. Astonished and perplexed at this upperclassman’s kindness, I looked up and said, “Thank you” with all sincerity and she responded saying, “Not a problem,” with a laugh. I stepped out of line relieved and ready to take on the rest of the day. Unfortunately, these kind upperclassmen seem to be a rare species roaming the halls of Shawnee Mission South these days. So many freshmen come to high school with the notion that all of the other students hate them and enjoy picking on them, but this is not always true. Most of these rude students only pick on freshmen because they, themselves, were picked on at that age. So as you have probably already guessed, there is a moral to this story of strange metaphors. As we seniors can all remember, every freshman has at least some anxiety about high school and making fun of them in the hallways sure isn’t going to help them become comfortable in our school. Even though I never saw that senior girl again, she made an impression on me that still holds strong to this day.

Adrenaline rushed through my blood, icy cold in my wrists, my hands began to tremble as I set down my tray on the counter.



The Debate By Alma Velazquez

Arizona’s proposed immigration bill is an open invitation to racism. The bill gives law enforcement officers the right to stop any person under “reasonable suspicion” and ask them to produce his/her legal documents. The question is, what falls under “reasonable suspicion?” This right allows the continuation of stereotypes, which can have an extremely negative influence on parts of society, and perhaps in turn generate more crime. Officers will be told to look for a certain type of person (i.e. foreign), which can be extremely offensive especially to multi- or biracial U.S. citizens, and which classifies as racial profiling. Furthermore, asking all Hispanic citizens to carry their papers with them as a precaution is unfair considering they have the very same rights as white citizens, who would have no reason to carry their legal documents. What would happen if a lawful U.S. citizen were asked for his or her papers but wasn’t carrying them at the time? It is also a clear violation of the 14th Amendment, which states, “No state shall make a law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” The United States has been known for centuries as a melting pot of cultures and races. Suddenly singling out one of those races, even while trying to filter out illegal immigrants, is a complete judgment of appearances and goes against the foundations of our nation. Problems such as drug trafficking and Arizona’s crime rate can be solved much more effectively and without putting morality in question. Assuming that illegal immigrants are the only crime-causing group of people is turning the other cheek to crime caused by our own citizens. The expulsion of illegal immigrants will not necessarily eliminate the drug problem due to the fact that drug suppliers across the border are only meeting the demands of drug users inside our own country. Asking for papers is completely understandable if the person in question has committed, been caught, or is even suspected of committing a crime, but otherwise, the bill can be closely defined as racial profiling. Perhaps a more effective way to sort through criminal immigrants would be to check their papers after law enforcement has sufficient evidence to suspect them of a crime. Racial profiling is not right, no matter how many illegal immigrants are deported as a consequence. The phrase “reasonable suspicion” is too open-ended. If it were to be changed to even “suspicious behavior,” Arizona’s bill wouldn’t have half the racist overtones that it does now.


“It’s like profiling, it would be similar to if a cop pulled you over while you were driving and put you in handcuffs because you’re under 18 and you’re a teenager so you’re not up to any good.”

-Ian Teeple, jr.

“I think that it is unfair for the people who actually took the time and effort to become an American citizen.”

-Joni Williamson, soph.

Con Should Arizona’s controversial immigration bill be revoked ? The Arizona state law does not allow racial profiling, as

“I think the bill is important because you should be proud of showing your American citizenship no matter who you are and it shouldn’t be a big deal.”

Katie Walter, sr.

“[The bill] needs refining but I think the border needs to be more thoroughly controlled.”

–Alex Joyce, soph.

has been readily claimed by people who have not read the bill. In the bill, Article 8, subsection B, it states that a law enforcement officer can only check for proper documentation “during lawful contact,” which basically means they can’t walk up and question someone unless they have a legitimate reason. Hispanic people cannot be approached by an officer at the ice cream shop and asked to show their green cards. A common argument that the bill’s opposition will make is that it lets officers arrest Hispanics if they have “reasonable suspicion.” However, nowhere in the bill is “reasonable suspicion” mentioned. Article 8, subsection E states, “A law enforcement officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed a public offense that makes the person removable from the United States.” This is just a common sense law enforcement issue; Arizona’s new law allows citizens to maintain all their current freedoms. The only reason Arizona enacted this law was because the federal government refused to enforce immigration policies in border states. Arizona’s situation is so severe at this point that there are paramilitary (read: citizens with guns) groups patrolling the borders. Narco-terrorists are rampant, and try as the border patrol might, they simply don’t have enough resources to combat all the human trafficking and drug smuggling that goes on. The government’s lawsuit against the bill makes no sense whatsoever, as there is nothing unconstitutional about it. If they had given Arizona more resources to get the border under control instead of ignoring the problem, we wouldn’t have a situation like we do now. Instead, the government ignored the problem until the state had no choice but to take matters into its own hands, for the safety of its own citizens. This law is important to the safety of Arizona citizens, but the law is not the real topic being debated. The underlying argument is about the system of immigration in the United States, and whether we should give everyone who comes over the border American citizenship. It is an undeniable fact that the naturalization process in America is severely flawed, but if that is the case, then we should reform it, not get rid of it completely.

By Hunter Young

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facebook Facebook Facts Facebook has over 500 million active users. 50% of Facebook’s active users log on everyday. The average Facebook user spends over 21,914 minutes per month on Facebook. About 70 percent of Facebook users live outside of the United States. More than 30 billion pieces of content (links, videos, news aticles) are shared over Facebook each month. More than 100 million websites have integrated with the Facebook platform. Information courtesy of Facebook.

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Between You and The Patriot Alma Velazquez September 17th at 11:50 am It’s 11:00 p.m. You can’t fall asleep and your homework is not done because you couldn’t bring yourself to close the Facebook window. What do you do? Get on Facebook to update your status of course. Students all over the world are becoming moderately to severely addicted to the Internet’s most popular social networking site. As Facebook’s popularity increases at an alarming rate, so does the amount of time and importance it is given. But where does Facebook usage cross the line? Just how responsible are students when determining when to sign out? And are they too reliant on Facebook as a means of communication? “I spend two hours a day, minimum,” sophomore Shelby Johnson said. Since she acquired a phone with access to the Internet approximately six months ago, Johnson noticed a drastic change in her checking habits. “I have like four different apps for Facebook on my phone,” she said. “On the weekends it’s really bad. I’d say the minimum is four hours a day.” In contrast, senior Amanda Foster said her usage has been declining recently. “I’ve actually stopped [using Facebook] as much. Maybe three to four times a week. I just don’t have that much time and don’t do that much on it,” she said. With the amount of time being spent on Facebook, some people sacrifice personal social interaction for social networking. “If people weren’t on Facebook all the time they could actually be getting to know the people they stalk online,” Foster said. She added Facebook communication allows time to think, while in real life, conversations require people to think on the spot. Putting this skill out of practice potentially leads to social awkwardness, producing a chain reaction that leads people to take refuge in Facebook. Another serious dilemma Facebook poses is distraction from schoolwork. A 2009 study conducted by Ohio State University suggested that students’ grades are affected by Facebook when it found college students who had higher GPAs were non-Facebook users. “I feel like it brings people’s grades down because they spend more time on Facebook than on homework,” Foster said. Still, while most people said they do not think Facebook has negative effects on their grades, most said they struggle with Facebook as a distraction from homework. “If my homework’s on the computer,” Johnson said, “You can bet I’ll be on Facebook for the most part.”


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Over the past 30 years, Pat St. Louis has been to eight different schools and has finally landed at Shawnee Mission South to take over the photography position left behind by Guy Malone. With such big shoes to fill, it was inevitable for anyone taking the job to feel uneasy. “I was very nervous. [Malone’s] style is so much different than mine,” St. Louis said. “Because he’s been doing it for so long, his grasp of it is far better than mine. There’s just no way I could do it the same way he did it.” Even with such a looming reputation to follow, St. Louis continues to teach with his own style the best way he can. “The idea is I’m more of a guide, a facilitator. I give students things that they need to do, that they can explore, and help them explore that way,” he said. “It’s really exploring certain facets of art, and then through that exploration you begin to learn not only about the art part of it, but you learn about yourself and self expression.” Receiving his photography degree from UMKC, St. Louis did not want to become a professional photographer because he did not want to be away from his children. He instead decided to teach. “I like the idea that you have the ability to make a difference not only just in their education, but to teach them how to grow up to be good people,” St. Louis said. “You try to be a strong role model; you try to interact; you try to help students find their goals and find their way, especially because art can be part of everybody’s future.” Hired 10 days before school was started, St. Louis has taken on a full load with an Intro to Studio Art class, a drawing class, and four photography classes. “A lot of my students are very eager to learn and some need to be convinced that art is learnable,” he said. “Some people think they don’t have any talent, when everybody has talent. It’s just a way of how we get to it.” And for the record, St. Louis said, “No, I have never lived in the city of St. Louis, nor do I own it.”

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Two new art teachers come to South to fill big shoes jenniferhudson Although only a teacher for three years, Jennifer Hudson has an old soul when it comes to teaching art. Starting as an English major at Emporia State University, Hudson originally planned on becoming an English teacher. However, upon seeing the two-paged book list for all her literature classes, she then changed her major to art. As an art major, her professors tried to persuade her into pursuing art professionally, but Hudson was adamant about becoming a teacher. “I did have a hard time going back and forth between teaching art and doing it professionally,” said Hudson. “You know that saying ‘those who can’t do, teach?’ My professors said, ‘Well you can do it, so why are you teaching it?’ There was a lot of pressure to become a professional printmaker, graphic designer, or something like that.” Hudson is a strong believer of “paying it forward.” She doesn’t think art is beneficial for anyone if you can’t share the tricks of the trade. “I feel like it’s a waste if somebody has a lot of skill, and they don’t share it with other people,” Hudson said. “If I know how to do it, and I have the skill to do it, then I should be sharing that with the community or passing it on.” Hudson tries to provide a balanced approach to art education. In her curriculum, she includes bits of art history and the criticism process along with studio production. At South she teaches Intro to Studio Art, Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, and Commercial Art. “I really do like being in high school because this is the time when you guys can do more complicated stuff. You understand what I’m showing you, and it’s not just art for fun,” she said. “You’re coming up with your own ideas, and I feel it’s really interesting to see people grow that way.”

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kansas film

a preview of the Kansas International Film Festival

127 Hours

Herpes Boy

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to discover he has the courage to extricate himself by any means necessary.

Tired of being teased about the birthmark on his face and his loser life, Rudolph (Byron Lane) posts to the Internet his rant-and-rave videos that no one watches -- until his quirky cousin (Ahna O’Reilly) edits them to attract the hip online crowd. The videos go viral, and Rudolph discovers popularity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Nowhere Boy Black Swan The story of John Lennon’s(Aaron Johnson) childhood as a spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny; growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into art and the new music flooding in from the US. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John’s new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape.

In this psychological thriller, set in a world of New York City ballet, Nina (Natalie Portman), a featured dancer becomes locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival (Mila Kunis). Black Swan takes a thrilling and terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.


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Film Schedule Friday, Oct. 1st

5:30 Mesrine: Killer Instinct 5:45 Soul At Peace 6:00 Stolen 8:00 Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest 8:10 Holy Wars 8:20 Sounds Of Beirut

Saturday, Oct. 2nd

12:30 Room 36 12:45 Five Cardinal Points 1:00 Tapped 2:45 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Of Duncan Christopher 3:00 My Run 3:15 Please Remove Your Shoes 5:00 Facing The Storm: The Story Of American Bison 5:15 Cash & Marry 5:30 In My Sleep 7:15 Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone 7:30 Burning In The Sun 8:00 Conviction

Sunday, Oct. 3rd

12:30 Harvest 12:40 Little Alien 12:45 War Against The Weak 2:45 Addicted To Plastic 3:00 Jack Goes Boating 3:15 Men Who Swim 4:45 Desert Of Forbidden Art 5:00 Charlie Valentine 5:15 The Blacks 7:00 Immigrant Nation! 7:15 To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey 7:30 Nowhere Boy

Monday, Oct. 4th

5:10 Monbella and the Curse of 1809 5:20 Tender Hook 5:30 Cellar 7:25 The Last Survivor 7:35 Pathways 7:45 Kansas City Murder Factory

Tuesday, Oct. 5th

5:10 Jury Award Winner-1st Place Social Justice Documentary 5:20 Breaking And Entering 5:30 Dark Souls 7:25 Animated Shorts 7:45 Black Swan 7:35 Burma: An Indictment

Wednesday, Oct. 6th 5:20 Earthwork 5:30 Herpes Boy 5:40 Reparando 7:25 Milking The Rhino 7:35 Daddy I Do 7:45 IFC Showcase

Thursday, Oct. 7th

5:10 Jury Award Winner-1st Place Best Feature - Narrative 5:15 Made In Dagenham 5:30 Scientist Under Attack - Genetic Engineering In The Magnetic Field Of Money 7:25 Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal 7:35 127 Hours 7:45 Woke Up This Mornin’ In The Arkansas Delta

Ticket Prices Matinee before 6pm - 6.50 Twilight 5-6pm - 6.75 Evening after 6pm - 8.50 Seniors (60+) - 6.75 Festival Pass Prices Before September 24 - $50 Regular - $60 Film League Members - $40 All shows will be held at GLENWOOD ARTS 95th Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66212 913-642-4404 F E AT U R E S | S E P T E M B E R 2 010 | 15

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Patterns are the perfect way to take this summer staple and give it some personality. WAL-MART

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Reviews Resident Evil: Afterlife Due to its somewhat suspenseful storyline and the several action-packed scenes, Resident Evil: Afterlife is sure to appeal to thrill-seeking viewers.To an unfamiliar viewer the storyline is somewhat hard to follow, but quickly becomes interesting.The fourth installment of the Resident Evil series follows Alice, one of few humans inhabiting a zombie-ridden Earth, who must lead her friends to a rumored safe-haven called Arcadia.The story is interesting enough and definitely keeps its audience guessing, but doesn’t appeal well to those who are not familiar with the series. While the general idea is pretty obvious the specifics become hard to follow. This film is perfect for anyone seeking a little quick excitement with basic 3-D effects but is nothing to be fawned over by a true movie-goer. by Terriss Ford

Going the Distance Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) meet up in a bar in New York where they instantly fall for one another. After their relationship gets serious, Erin must return to California to finish school when her summer internship at a newspaper ends, but the couple are determined to make the long-distance relationship work in various comical ways. This romantic comedy is definitely more comedy than romance which is refreshing. It certainly isn’t a family movie with drinking, drug use, cussing, and sexual innuendos that are hilarious but slightly uncomfortable at the same time. The writing was clever, making funny jokes and quippy dialogue, but the overall story line lagged behind in this otherwise enjoyable movie. by Jimmy Langton

Interpol | interpol Interpol’s self-titled fourth album varies from their previous albums in that it is much more subdued. The emphasis is placed on developing a strong, rhythmic core that, despite good efforts, has trouble keeping songs from drifting away and getting lost. Most songs lack the intrigue and mystery needed to keep the listener’s attention. The overall sound is dark and abstract, reminiscent of staying up late at night with nothing to do. There is a saving grace at the end of the album though. The final three songs “Try it On,” “All of the Ways” and “The Undoing” form a “suite,” as described by the band’s bassist, Carlos Dengler, that incorporates elements like focus and climax that are missing from the other tracks. Since few songs truly stand out, this album would make a decent background soundtrack for a long drive on a gloomy night. by Davey Jackson

Tomorrow Morning | eels I have to admit, I had never heard of this band until I listened to their latest album, but I can see why; this band will not be everyone’s cup of tea. The album kicks off with a vibrant sound reminiscent of Beck that stays with it until the end. “Spectacular Girl” and “What I Have to Offer” calm down the electropunk energy of “Baby Loves Me,” quickly and beautifully, while “The Man” is probably the highlight of the album. Afterwards, the album takes a bizarre turn with the gospel styling of “Looking Up,” and then exits with a bang on “Mystery of Life.” EELS’ mix of electronica and pop may not be for everyone, but if you are a fan of Beck or the Flaming Lips, you will definitely enjoy this album. by Hunter Young





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Crandall’s Collarbone South’s starting quarterback injured in scrimmage shortly before first game

Starting quarterback Derrick Crandall broke his collarbone during the Green vs. Gold scrimmage in August. Even with the injury, there are high hopes for the season. “We feel really good, we’ve worked super, super hard,” head coach Brandon Claypool said. “The team was freaking out at first but I calmed them down and told them I’d be back,” Crandall said, “I think we will have a winning season. I will help coach the people who are now in my positions.” Replacing Crandall is junior Alex Forslund, who is being looked at with high expectations. “He really stepped it up,” Claypool said, “he’s had his best week.” Crandall had similar thoughts regarding Forslund. “I have a lot of confidence, he’s very athletic, he and I are pretty much the exact same talent-wise so he should be fine,” he said. Forslund admits that he’s nervous but doesn’t really feel any pressure. “I’ve had a lot of support,” he said. If all goes well Crandall should be back to play in the last couple of games. “We were gonna split the time anyway, so I’ll be glad to have him back,” Forslund said. Coming back will require recovery from surgery Crandall had in August. “I broke my collarbone in three different places. I had to have surgery because the bones were overlapping and my shoulder was pushed in so they had to push it back out and

Senior Derrick Crandall watching and coaching from the sideline.

connect the bones with a titanium plate and eight screws,” Crandall said. “The surgery went perfect, everything is back were it needs to be.” Even with Forslund, Crandall’s injury is a huge loss to the team for a number of reasons. “It impacts us in several ways. He was a quality player and a good leader. Just ‘cause he’s hurt doesn’t mean he’s not a leader,” Claypool said. “He was a huge influence on me,” Forslund said, “he made a difference.”

South’s football team huddles in between plays against opponent Olathe Northwest.


Cross Country


Boy’s Soccer

Record: 1-1 Last game: Win 19-3 vs. SM North Next game: Friday, September 17 against Lawrence High School Quote of the Month: “It’s goin’ good, we’re gonna rewrite South’s history,” senior Deaven Jensen said.

Record: Placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in every event. Last meet: Quad against Lawrence Free State, Lawrence High School, and Shawnee Mission West. Next meet: Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Shawnee Mission West Quote of the Month: “We’re feeling good but we’re definitely gonna get stronger as the season goes on,” sophomore Monica Funk said.

Record: Undefeated Last meet: Emporia Invitational. Next meet: Double-header Saturday, September 18, Heartland and Baldwin invitationals. Quote of the Month: “I feel like our guys are really strong and our girls have been working really hard,” sophomore Ashey Tripp said.

Record: 2-1 Last game: 3-2 loss against Lee’s Summit North. Next game: Tuesday, September 14 against Shawnee Mission West Quote of the month: “The season is going pretty good. We started off with a bang in the Lee’s Summit tournament,” senior Dan Boxler said.

Sports Briefs Volleyball

Record: 0-8 Last game: Loss in a tournament against Wichita Southeast, Olathe South, and Manhattan. Next game: September 29th against Olathe Southeast. Quote of the Month: “I would say that we have had a rough start, but we are coming together as a team to increase our record,” senior Megan McCaffrey said.

Junior Jay Michaels pushes hard as he races at the recent Shawnee Mission South cross country meet.


Photo by Emily Jackson

One of a Kind

South cheerleading squad welcomes its first male cheerleader


The bleachers of roaring students, the brassy sound of the marching band, the intent, excited faces of everyone around him, and the charged atmosphere are what junior Gabe Alaniz loves about being a cheerleader. “I always wanted to be a part of the Shawnee Mission South cheerleading program since my freshman year,” Alaniz said. “My cousin has always been a cheerleader and I’d go to her games and stuff. I loved the excitement of it, and they always appeared to have exceptional strength.” Alaniz’s interest in cheerleading began with his perception of cheerleaders as strong leaders and enthusiastic, upbeat people. Though every year there are new additions to the squads, this one was particularly revolutionary; Alaniz is the first male cheerleader in South history. “[Shawnee Mission] West has like 10, and I know a lot of other schools have some too. We were the only ones who didn’t until now,” cheerleader Sami Farrell said. Though males on squads are gaining popularity throughout the area, Alaniz’s role is slightly different from those on other squads. “Yeah, they all have yell leaders,” JV cheerleader Cody Matthews said. “Not male cheerleaders though. I think we’re the first ones in the Shawnee Mission school district who have one.” Of course, being the first anything always comes with its challenges. Before trying out, Alaniz admitted to hearing rumors of disapproval. “I am sure that there are people talking. These people only make me better. They make me want to cheer that much more,” he said. The morning of tryouts, Alaniz said he felt the usual nerves, but tried for a positive mentality. “I woke up excited, nervous, and anxious. Of course I ate breakfast and drank lots of water,” he said. Once there, Alaniz did his best to keep calm, and maintain his goal. “In my head I was thinking varsity. I always

aim really high and end up coming just a little bit shorter, but I was so happy I made JV,” he said. According to his fellow cheerleaders; however, Alaniz does not fall short. “He’s really passionate; he works really hard. He’s never cheered before and he’s just as good as everyone else. Actually, I’d say he’s up there [with the best of the squad],” Farrell said. Despite Alaniz’s skill, the addition of a male to the squad changes the dynamics. “Some things he can’t do, like certain dances and holding pompoms but we made it work. I cheered with a guy in middle school so it’s not that different for me,” Farrell said. His cheermates admire his love and dedication to cheerleading. He described the squad as very united and naturally cohesive. He is an active motivator for the rest of the squad. “He’s just always happy, he loves to do it. He’s never come to practice in a bad mood and he’s willing to try anything,” Matthews said. His leadership abilities might stem from the support he gets. He feels his friends, family, fellow cheerleaders and coaches are all standing behind him. “I always knew my mom would be there for me, she’s always on my side and really supportive. My dad had to come around, but he’s really happy for me too,” Alaniz said. As for the future, he hopes to inspire not only more males to join squads, but also anyone with a goal to put aside their inhibitions and do their best to achieve it. Alaniz said, “I really do hope [more males] do [join]. I mean, it’s pretty fun being the only guy but I would enjoy having another one. I wouldn’t want to be the first and last. But I think being the first male cheerleader at Shawnee Mission South is definitely something to be proud of. I had to work really hard to make the squad and I hope to inspire others to achieve their goals no matter what stands in their way.”


A life-changing experience


Sophomore shares story of growth and enlightment during her trip to the Dominican Republic By Casey Lee

For them it was heaven, for us it was hell. With no running water, air conditioning, toilet paper or showers, I thought, how can anyone live like this? On June 16, I was on a plane headed for the Dominican Republic. Earlier that week my coach had invited me to play soccer with the Women’s National Haitian team. This was crazy, I was 15 and I was going to go train and play with national players twice my age? It seemed like a nearly impossible dream. But when we arrived I quickly realized that this wasn’t the vacation I had been expecting, and to make it through the next 12 days I was really going to have to push my limits. I was the first on my team to arrive. When we drove up to the building I saw guards holding guns. The guns went off every night at midnight. My coach told me that we had to have protection at all times because well, we definitely weren’t in Kansas anymore. The next morning as I stepped out the front door I saw stunning bright orange flowers. I stepped down the stairs to see the field we would be training on. It wasn’t exactly like the fields we have back at home. There wasn’t much grass, but when it grew long they brought in wild horses to eat and cut the grass. Not lawnmowers, but horses. Later that afternoon my coach and I ran across the highway, into the town. It was a run-down community, and trash covered the streets. There were some nice buildings and shops but most of them were dilapidated. Everyone stared at me because I was white. It was such a small town I didn’t think they had ever really seen a blondehaired, blue-eyed white girl. When the other girls arrived I actually started to enjoy myself. We go to tournaments all over with each other and it’s like reuniting with sisters. We have some girls from Florida, California, Canada, and even England; we come from all over. When the Haitians finally arrived we shied away but they immediately pulled us in. We couldn’t even


speak the same language and yet we understood each other so well. They made us feel like family. Altogether we played three games — ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­all of which took place in the drenching rain. And when we practiced, we definitely pushed it. It’s a different atmosphere down there, because everyone loves soccer. For them, soccer is all they have. Running water was scarce. The toilets only flushed once every two or three days. We brushed our teeth and washed our face with water bottles. The showers rarely worked. We showered with a hose and there was no way to wash our clothes. We practiced twice a day and since it was so hot, everyone’s shirts turned from light gray to dark gray by the end of practice. Since our coach wanted us to match we wore the same shirt everyday, so we were basically wearing our own stench for two weeks straight. I remember the last couple of days I was begging to go home, nearly going crazy. But as soon as I got home life picked up again and I was begging to go back. It was nothing like I had expected. When I thought about the Dominican Republic I thought white sand, palm trees and beaches. Well, I thought wrong. When my coach invited me on this trip I never thought it would open my eyes like it did. These girls had nothing and they were the happiest people I have ever met. They always had smiles on their faces and somehow found joy from the smallest of things. It really made me think — here I was complaining about my life and complaining about what I didn’t have and how I wasn’t happy. I had everything anyone could ever want and was still so unsatisfied with my life. I realized, it’s not money or possessions that make you happy it’s the people who love you and impact your life in more ways than you know.

Top: Before practice, Casey Lee prays with the Women’s National Hatian Team. Middle Left: Sitting with her soccer team, Casey Lee is photographed with Domincan children. Middle Right: Members of the Boys’ Dominican Junior Team pose for their American visitors. Bottom: Casey Lee and her team stand triumphant after a 5-2 win against the Women’s National Haitian team.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finally getting to the finish line was a good reward, but I could have done better.â&#x20AC;? Freshman Josh Harrell participated in his first cross country meet on September 2nd at Shawnee Mission Park. photo by Grace Pritchett