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Issue 6 April 13, 2012

HANNAH ALANI Students dance to the music of Brice Fox and Daniel Weber, the creators of the “This is Indiana” video.


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April 13, 2012

Emma Kuh Staff Writer Lights dimmed in the Bloomington South gymnasium as participants of the seventh annual Dance Marathon joined hands, formed a circle which stretched to every end of the gym. As “I Hope You Dance” by Leann Rimes played, heads were bowed in a moment of silent reflection. For the past five months, members of the BSDM crew had worked tirelessly to put the Marathon together, and it all came down to this moment. When midnight came it was time to reveal the much anticipated total. Each senior executive was given a card with a number on it. When each raised their card, $63,556.53 was revealed. “I was thrilled,” said Conrad. “I know we didn’t raise as much as last year but it really didn’t matter. I already felt like it was the best, most enjoyable Marathon we’ve ever had so the total was just icing on the cake.” The final amount of money raised was “kept extremely secret by Assistant Principal Joe Doyle until the night of the Marathon,” said senior executive of publicity Michaela Hull.

“I know we didn’t raise as much as last year but it really didn’t matter. I already felt like it was the best, most enjoyable Marathon we’ve ever had so the total was just icing on the cake.” - Mackenzie Conrad

The focus of the marathon was slightly different than years before. “Of course there’s always that goal to one up the year before you [of total money raised],” Hull said, “but this year we are more focused on getting awareness out and getting more people and Riley families to come to the Marathon.”

HANNAH ALANI HANNAH ALANI Various Dance Marathon members gather in the center of the gym during the seventh annual event. The senior and junior executives had been hard at work for months before the Totals from previous years: Marathon, raising money and getting infor mation out around the community. Starting 2006: $4,000 2010: $52,776.49 as early as winter break, the execs donated huge amounts of their time doing a wide 2011: $68,092.75 range of fundraisers, from canning in the 2007: $10,000 mall, to working at Coldstone Creamery scooping ice cream. 2008: $27,000 Hull said they do everything from “painting the cafeteria windows to making the videos shown on the SRT show.” And if they are not already busy enough, each exec personally raises money through accounts on First Giving, a site where people can donate to personal pages online, and going out in the community and finding donors. Along with the awesome music this year, which included Blink 812, the Main Squeeze, and Brice Fox and Daniel Weber, creators of the “This is Indiana” video. Hoosier Heights donated a rock climbing wall which was a huge hit at both the Marathon itself and the Care Fair. As always there was face painting, line-dancing, a bouncy house, and most importantly, lots of food. “I don’t think anyone left hungry,” said senior executive of moral, Mackenzie Conrad. Worn out physically and emotionally, the junior and senior executives were able to go home happy. “At the end of the night,” Conrad said, “the only thing I was upset about was that it had to end.”


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Emily Fath Feature Editor There is good news on the horizon for diversity fans and food-lovers: according to Alicia Song, senior and president of Diversity Club, Diversity Day will be expanded as Diversity Club and other participating cultural clubs are try to get students more involved this year. “People will be focusing on the best way to help others learn and experience the culture they have researched, which may include music, dancing, food, games, or performances of any kind,” said Song. This includes the possibility that students will be able to vote for best dressed, best food, and other “bests.” Although the official date of Diversity Day is not yet set in stone, students mcan anticipate a dance performance by Amigos and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstrated by the Asian Culture Club. “Usually people come for the food, but this will be a good opportunity to really learn about different cultures,” said Hannah Pak, senior and president of the Asian Culture Club. Diversity Club also hopes to get the Black Culture Club involved for the first time.

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DiVersity Day Recipe for Korean Savory Pancakes

Recipe for Mango Lassies: Here is a recipe that yields about four Mango Lassis, an Indian drink which has been popular at previous Diversity Day celebrations. Ingredients 2 (15.25 ounce) cans mango pulp, or mango slices with juice 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup milk 2 cups ice cubes Directions Pour mangos, yogurt, milk, and ice into the bowl of a blender. Blend until smooth.

Here is a recipe from Pak for the Korean version of savory pancakes and dipping sauce. Ingredients for pancakes

2 cups pancake mix 2 cups water 2 eggs 1 bunch scallions Vegetable oil (to fry) Salt and pepper (to taste)

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1 stalk scallion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Chili pepper flakes (optional)

Directions: Mix the pancake mix, water, eggs, and vegetables/meats until blended well. Then fry the batter in a pan with vegetable oil as you would cook regular pancakes. Fry until both sides are thoroughly cooked. To make the sauce, simply mix all of the ingredients together. Serve the sauce and pancakes together.

You can add any sort meats or vegetables to your liking. Pak prefers to add some sliced onions and diced shrimp. Ingredients for sauce:

¼ cup soy sauce ½ tablespoon vinegar

MADI TAYLOR A Mango lassi at local bloomington restaurant Roots.


Sports

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The new hot trend among yoga practicers

Allison Wilson Sports Editor

Would this be good cross training for athletes?

“There are always ahtletes there. I’ve seen IU basketball players at times. It gives you something to focus on besides yourself.” -Jane Faubion

Rebecca Garcia, junior, practices the seated spinal twist pose. Garcia is a regular participant in the practice of hot fusion yoga.

“As we breathe in, let the heat fill your body from the inside, out,” says hot fusion instructor, Laura Patterson during a typical yoga class. People file in the room, squeezing their yoga mats into every inch of available space. With each extra body, the room only gets hotter and hotter. Soon enough, this room will become a river of sweat. The Vibe Yoga Studio, in Bloomington, has without a doubt become the new hot spot for the unity of mind, body, and soul. With temperatures anywhere from 105 to 115 degrees, and the humidity exceeding 50 percent each class, hot yoga has modernized the world of exercise. With an hour’s worth of 26 routine poses, Bikram yoga is accessible to people of all ages and difficulty levels, making it a popular choice among on-the-go college students and high school students alike. “I wanted more of a challenge,” said Rebecca Garcia,junior, a regular at the Vibe Yoga studio in Bloomington. “It’s relaxing but still an exercise. The heat offers a new level of intensity.” Men, couples, athletes, even seniors find themselves drawn to the practice of Bikram yoga. South teacher Dan Kennedy is a regular hot yoga participant. “I’ve done yoga for four years now. If I can’t go at least twice a week then I just can’t go at all. I strive to go about three times a week. It’s worth it.” Faith Groff, junior, has been spotted accompanied by boyfriend Max Vickers. “He

. How is the room kept hot?

“With radiant heating panels in the ceiling, humidity control, and fresh air circulation.”

-Laura Patterson What does the heat offer in comparison to regular yoga? MADI TAYLOR thought some of the positions were weird but it helped him with his cross country,” said Groff. Patterson, a Bloomington South alumnus, is the founder and director of the Vibe Yoga Studio. “After moving back to Indiana from Boulder, Colorado, I missed the studio where I practiced and became certified as a yoga instructor. I wanted to share my experience of yoga with the Bloomington community so I began to take the steps needed to develop a studio locally.” The Vibe Studio is now offering a teen series of yoga which is ideal for beginners. They will also be having guests visiting the studio like Thomas Fortel, who has been teaching yoga for 20 years. “The added benefits of the heat are detoxification, cardiovascular conditioning, increased circulation, and benefits towards a stronger immune system, promotes relaxation, and heals connective tissue injuries. To name a few,” said Patterson. “I personally have lupus and heated yoga practice has comforted my joint pain and allowed me to increase my range of motion and increase flexibility due to the heat.”

“It is easier to get loose, and the feeling you have afterwards is just awesome.” -Dan Kennedy


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Sports

Former Panthers ride Little 5

HANNAH ALANI Lambda Chi racer Devin O’Leary races in the March 31 individual time trials. The Little 500 is the largest collegiate intramural activity in the world.

Hannah Alani Feature Editor

South alumnus Devin O’Leary took a deep breath before wheeling his Schwinn racing bike onto Bloomington’s Armstrong Stadium track. Anxious to begin his race in his final individual heat of the day, O’Leary harbored the usual pre-race jitters. Thinking about the unpredictability of bike racing coupled with the amount of fatal crashes attributed to human error, O’Leary did his best to remain calm, telling himself to just “go fast.” A sophomore at IU, this is O’Leary’s first year participating in the Little 500; he is racing with the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity team. The individual heat O’Leary raced in Sat March 31 marked the second of three major pre-Little 500 weekend events. While not as important as the actual bike race April 21, the prerace trial “shows where you stand compared to the other racers,” according to O’Leary. Six riders race per heat and the top two place as individuals. Lambda Chi has already made a statement in the Little 500 pre-race group trials with the help of Dan Jackson, an IU senior in the house. “We are definitely the underdog team,” said Jackson, the Lambda Chi racing coach. The house did not place in last year’s group time trials and came in second to last in the actual race. With Jackson’s CrossFit expertise, the team crafted and followed a strict training schedule and placed 11th out of 43 in this year’s group

time trials. O’Leary attributes this success to Jackson’s presence. “If we get DJ as our coach and [have] a training program to follow, we could be in the top five [next year],” said O’Leary. O’Leary was not at all surprised by the success generated by Jackson; his experience with the coach extends beyond the bike track. Jackson was O’Leary’s swim coach while he was in high school. The swimmer-coach relationship that O’Leary and Jackson developed while O’Leary was in high school eventually became a friendship. Now back to having an athlete-coach relationship, Jackson is happy to have pushed O’Leary to participating in the Little 500 race. “You develop constant friendships,” said Jackson. “Who wouldn’t benefit from that?” South counselor and former Little 500 champion Joel McKay can vouch for Jackson on calling the Little 500 a beneficial experience. “[The Little 500] absolutely changed my life. I did better in school when I was riding,” said McKay. “It’s a really awesome environment. Everyone gets crazy about it…You stay tight. Half of the guys at my wedding I knew from Little 5.” McKay’s passion for cycling led to his desire to coach his fraternity’s team after graduating from IU in 1992. “I know it sounds corny, but I love seeing college kids become men,” said McKay. “There’s nothing better than the feeling of being a part of a winning

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team…The coaching is an exhilarating experience [too].” McKay’s team’s last Little 500 win was in 2001. Tim Nixon, another South graduate, is participating in the Little 500, but has had somewhat of a difference experience than O’Leary and McKay. Nixon raced his freshman and sophomore years for an independent team created by his dorm mate. After the team fell apart, he sought a place with the independent Cutters, bearing the famed black and white Cutters jersey at the individual time trials. “The Cutters is the best team,” said Nixon, “They have the best program and coaches to develop one as a rider.” The Little 500 has helped morph Nixon’s long-harbored passion for competition and racing to a pure love for biking. “You develop an identity in college,” said Nixon. “Being on this team has

made me realize…Damn, I just like going out and riding.” Replacing assumed college partying with biking 200 miles a week all pays off for O’Leary and Nixon during March and April, when they are faced with various critical pre-race heats and time trials. Sweaty and exasperated, O’Leary wheeled his bike off the track after being eliminated from the time trials. His mother, coach, team mates and friends greeted him with warmth as he approached the stands. He placed fifth out of sixth in the individual heat. Despite the unsatisfactory results, O’Leary was not discouraged. “I did what I wanted…The heats are really aggressive,” said O’Leary. “I’m excited [for the team]. I predict that we will be in the top 25. If we ride this momentum, there is no limit to what we can do.”

HANNAH ALANI Devin O’Leary (middle) stands with biking coach Dan Jackson (left) and mother Debbie O’Leary (right). O’Leary hopes to become a professional triathelete.


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FEATURE

April 13, 2012

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Boyd in Review:

Being inside is a drag for South junior Boyd Haley. Instead of sleeping, doing homework, or playing video games, Haley would prefer to revel in the great outdoors. Whether he’s taking care of one of his 55 farm animals or whittling a new figurine out of wood from his backyard, Boyd Haley is always outside. Haley developed his love for the outdoors at an early age. “It was a tradition passed down from my dad,” explained Haley. Haley grew up on a farm, where he was surrounded by all sorts of different animals. At a young age, Haley became involved with the Monroe County 4-H program, which is structured to help kids learn farm community values. Haley is the president of the 4-H poultry division and is required to lead meetings almost every week. The 4-H club also hosts the Monroe County Fair, which occurs every summer here in Bloomington. Haley has won several titles for his pigs at the fair, and has made a substantial amount of money selling them. “4-H is a good way for rural community citizens to get money for college,” said Haley. When he is not doing work for 4-H club, Haley enjoys brewing. Haley has made several different ginger ales and apple ciders. “The store-bought ginger ale is too sugary,” said Haley, “The stuff I make is healthier.” Haley has considered studying chemistry in college and may open his own brewery. Haley’s craftsmanship extends beyond brewing, including a passion for whittling

Whittling -Haley whittles small figurines for fun Rugby -Haley plays rugby for the Bloomington Spartans 4-H Club - Haley is the president of the poultry division - Haley’s pigs have won several titles at the county fair

HANNAH ALANI Boyd Haley (right) stands with his rugby coach, Sam Enari, after a tough loss to Cathedral. wooden figurines. Haley whittles a variety bies, Haley also wrestles and plays rugby. of items, including wooden chains, walk- Now that wrestling season is over, Haley ing sticks, totem poles, and, currently, a has immersed himself in rugby. “A friend skateboard. from wrestling got me started,” said Haley. Haley gives away all of his creations to “I really enjoy how fast-paced the sport is.” friends and family. “If I did it for the mon- Haley noted that he enjoys the contact of ey, it would be a job and I wouldn’t enjoy football and the speed of soccer, so rugby it,” said Haley. was a perfect fit for him. Along with his several unique hobWhen asked about playing in college,

Brewing - Haley brews his own home-made ginger ale and apple cider

Boyd said he would only participate if it were an intramural sport. However, this does not undermine his passion for rugby. “It’s really fun, and everybody should play,” said Haley. Boyd also is the co-president of the Backpacking Club at South, along with Conor Galvin, another junior. The Backpacking Club is currently planning a trip to Red River Gorge in May. Galvin commented on Haley’s outdoor lifestyle, “The kid spends every waking hour outside. Fishing, camping, hunting, you name it. Boyd does it all.”


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STUDY LINKS FACEBOOK USE TO LEVEL OF NARCISSISM Hannah Alani Feature Editor Natasha Mohney, senior, has 39 photo albums, 458 friends, and likes 757 things. How does she keep track of all her belongings? Well, it helps that none of them are tangible. While there is no shame in being an avid use of social networking sites, many scientific studies have connected one’s amount and type of Facebook use to their level of narcissism. In the grand scheme of things, Mohney’s voluminous accumulation of Facebook stats are not that obscure. Conscious of the “level of narcissism” given off by her Facebook profile, Mohney once went through and deleted more than 500 friends and 2,000 pictures. “Eventually I realized that I just look dumb,” said Mohney. “I don’t know why I ever thought that that was cool.” For the vast majority of high schoolers who do in fact have thousands of virtual friends and photos, Mohney wonders if it stems from a self-esteem issue. “It’s stupid, but people want to hear other people telling them that they look good,” said Mohney. “If you’re spending time taking pictures and that’s all you have to do, you need to do something better [with your time].” Christopher Carpenter, 30-year old assistant professor of communication at Western Illinois University, led a particular study titled “Narcissism on Facebook: Self-promotional and Anti-social Behavior.” His study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Dif-

ferences and details the complexity of the relationship between the content of one’s Facebook “status” and their level of narcissism provoked by low self-esteem. “I think that people use Facebook to complain about their lives. It comes off as them pitying themselves,” said Mackenzie Conrad, senior. “They need reassurance that they’re attractive. It fuels their selfcenteredness.” If Facebook provides an outlet for narcissism, does that mean that it has created a more narcissist culture? “People didn’t use to just take pictures all the time,” said Maggie Holahan, junior. “Facebook is a tool…It brings out the narcissist in us.” However, Holahan questions if the need to present oneself well on the internet is a negative or a positive. “It bothers me because it gives me a bad impression of them,” said Holahan, seeing the various “mirror pics” and “duck faces” on Facebook. “But it lets you know that they’re kind of self-absorbed.” Boyd Haley, junior, sees this issue of internetprovoked narcissism mirrored in our culture. “It’s not something that they are intentionally doing,” said Haley. “It’s just happening because of the way our attitudes have changed…away from being humble and [towards being] more self-centered.” Holahan admits to committing the same virtual faux-paus as Mohney, often updating her status and profile pictures. “Nowadays, it’s normal to be a little bit narcissistic,” said Holahan. “I think everyone’s guilty of it. Is it vain if I want a good profile picture?”


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Preparing for a princess-y prom

April 13, 2012

Amanda Brooks-Kelly Staff Writer Doomsayers tell us that this year may be our last, and the Junior Advisory Board has responded in kind, with its party-like-there’s-no-tomorrow “Mayan 2012” prom. South girls are already busy lining up dates, dinners, and most importantly, dresses.

Left: Josie Arcuri poses in her vintage mid-century prom dress. Top right: Abby Karcher’s dress hangs on the wall, awaiting May 12. Bottom right: Maddie Malone poses in her white prom dress she received through Green Prom.

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Josie Arcuri Josie Arcuri, junior, has always loved digging around her grandparents’ attic, so when the time came to pick a prom gown, she considered no other source. “My grandparents hoard old family things,” Arcuri said. Her greatgrandmother, a ‘50s-era housewife in Nebraska, had left behind a treasure trove of hand-made dresses. “I found two that fit me,” Arcuri said. One was bold— fire-engine red, with a deep V in back and big bow. The other was more subtle—soft black, with a “poufy” tulle skirt and embroidery on the bodice. Arcuri went with the second, calling it a “princess dress.” She does not know who will accompany her to prom, yet she is determined to take this chance to wear her greatgrandmother’s gown: “If I don’t get a date, I’m just going to go with friends.”

Abby Karcher Abby Karcher and Holly Cornwell, both juniors, thought that shopping out of state would ensure that no one had the same gown. Karcher found a dress in Florida and Cornwell purchased hers in Tennessee. But when they came back home and compared notes, “It was like ‘that looks familiar’ ” Karcher said. They had bought the same dress. However, there will be no who-wore-it-best smackdown for these two. “We couldn’t care less,” Karcher said. “Holly’s one of my good friends.” Moreover, they got the gown in different colors. Karcher raved about her dress’s navy blue hue. Her purple 2011 prom gown was more “flowy” and this year she had wanted something different. The creation that she and Cornwell found is “kind of form-fitting,” but still “comfortable.” Karcher also has her mother’s thumbs-up. “My mom’s one of my best friends. I trust her style pretty well.”

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Opinion

April 13, 2012

Go bilingual or go home: Why language programs need a makeover Griffin Walter-Bailey Staff Writer Younger children who are exposed to foreign languages not only learn them easier but also have been shown to do better in school. Francois Thilbaut, who runs The Language Workshop for Children, also states that children taught foreign languages are more open to diversity. His schools teach children between the ages of 6 months and 9 years of age multiple languages including Spanish, Italian, French, and just recently Chinese. Thilbaut has developed nine schools located on the East Coast and is seen to be a “pioneer,” said USA Today, in the foreign language field for younger students. Parents are starting to realize the importance of bilingualism and want their children to be able to adapt in our globalized world. Before all the studies and research were done proving the benefits of learn-

“64 Times since December 2008” -Amanda Martindale, senior

ing a second language, many thought that teaching a second language to elementary students would have negative effects. According to USA Today, learning a language as a child is proven to increase cognitive skills and increase standardized test scores. At South we are lucky enough to have numerous language classes available to us, including Spanish, German, French, and Latin. At the middle school level the only language option is the lone Spanish course. At Batchelor, where I spent my two years of middle school, French was listed as an option, but always ended up falling through due to a shortage of student interest. At the elementary level, MCCSC has no foreign language classes. Recently, The New York Times published an article proving that being bilingual makes you smarter. So why aren’t we starting our foreign language programs earlier? Studies have shown that learning a second language at a younger

age is easier simply because you become engrossed and surrounded by the language. Besides increasing intelligence, being bilingual has numerous benefits and can only help in today’s world. “We want to become a global economy but not everyone can communicate,” said South teacher Stephen Sobiech, who teaches German and Spanish. “English isn’t going to be on top forever,” said Sobiech. It’s a big world and not everyone knows English, which is precisely why I believe our school system needs to incorporate more foreign language classes into middle and elementary schools. According to Tim Krefeldt, a foreign exchange student here from Germany, it’s the norm to learn English starting in third grade in German schools. “You can’t expect everyone to speak your native language,” said Krefeldt. If we want to start getting serious about adapting to our golobalized world, our school system needs to

“Once every six months” -Jack Sprinkle, senior

incorporate foreign language classes into elementary and middle school curricula.

Check the Optimist website to vote which foreign language you think should be offered at south! bloomingtonsouth.org

“One time every three months” -Rex McHaley, sophomore


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Mark Chandler Professional Role Model As the school year comes to an end and summertime approaches, it seems only natural that things might get a little rowdy at Bloomington South. When that happens it can only mean one thing: referrals. With no more breaks between spring break and graduation, students need some way to let off a little steam which often times results in a lot of shenanigans in the classrooms. Surprisingly though, this pre-summer anticipation doesn’t lead to significantly more referrals. In the three months leading up to graduation there was an average of 1,464 referrals a month handed out over the past four years. The highest month? October. October has seen 2,126 referrals written in the last four years, almost 200 more than any other month. “People seem to chill out after spring break,” said Assistant Principal Joe Doyle. “Right before winter break is the worst.” December has the highest daily average at 26 referrals per day.

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