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NEWS BRIEF Bell schedule altered

On Friday Oct. 11, the administration altered the bell schedule after a recommendation by Robin Thompson. The 11:50 bell was eliminated and the 10:24 bell was delayed until 10:26. The changes were implemented due to confusion by students and faculty regarding the 11:50 bell, and the 11:24 bell previously only provided students five minutes to get to class between R3 and R5.

AHS diversity documentary to air MHz Networks’ Teens in Between, a documentary that features five students from AHS and their experiences in adapting to the United States and high school life, is premeiring Monday Oct. 28, 4:30 to 7 p.m. The showing will take place at the Ernest Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College. The documentary’s debut will be followed by a round table discussion featuring the filmaker Debbie Mintz Brodsky with experts, and other guests. Those interested in the viewing must RSVP by Monday, Oct. 21 by emailing your name, school, phone #, and whether you are a teacher or student to TeensinBetween@mhznetworks.org. Mintz Brodsky, the producer of the film, first came to AHS several years ago with the idea, but it wasn’t until last year that the footage was finally taken for the documentary. “I thought that it was a really poignant film, that really shows the challenges that students new to the country face,” said ESOL Department Chair Kathy Hermann.

Mangled car on display outside Jock Lobby

Sniper strikes Falls Church; administration takes precautionary measures BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor-in-Chief

As a result of the recent shootings in the metropolitan area, all Homecoming related activities have been postponed until the week of Oct. 28 and sporting and after school activities have been indefinitely postponed or canceled. Spirit week will be held that week with the Bonfire, parade, and Powder Puff game being held during the week as well. Tickets for the dance, postponed until Nov. 2, will continue to be sold during all lunches. The delay is a precautionary measure taken by Fairfax County Public Schools while the sniper, who has struck 12 random targets, killing 10 in the last two weeks, is still at large. The school administration has increased its security presence with more patrols of the school grounds before and after school, the times when students are outside the most. Safety and Security Specialist Cliff Cornwell has been advised not to make the safety plans public in case of an incident at school involving the sniper. But he did say that there is plan in case of any emergency and that the teachers and administrators know the procedures in case of an emergency. Last Tuesday at a school staff meeting Principal Don Clausen talked to the staff about the situation. He pointed out that the school is not likely to fall victim to the sniper,

ANDREW MENEGAT

Drunk Driving (MADD) annually puts a ravaged car on display to convey the consequences of driving under the influence. The car is located just off Four Year Run and will be left as a reminder for students until after the Homecoming dance

Practices moved indoors Sports teams have been forced to adapt to practicing inside after FCPS decreed that no outdoor school activities could be held outside. The football, cross country, volleyball and field hockey teams have shared time practicing in the gym and cafeteria.

“Our site doesn’t fit the profile because all [other sites] have been next to an interstate or a highway... you can’t even see the school unless you’re in the backyard [of a house],” said Clausen. Richard McCormack, senior Richard McCormack’s father, believes the same about the school’s location. “AHS is in a residential neighborhood, and there is some solace that some

Book highlights diversity BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor in Chief

To discourage students from drinking and driving the night of Homecoming, Mothers Against

ANDREW SATTEN

61º hi /54º low

In a new book, former AHS parent Eileen Kugler has tried to debunk the myth that diverse schools aren’t beneficial for all students. Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for all Kids attempts to show parents that diverse schools, such as AHS, are actually beneficial for students and add to classroom discussions. On November 7, Kugler will hold two book signings, one at 2:30 for teachers and students, and one at 7:30 for parents and members of the community. All $20 from each book sold will be donated to the I.B.

testing fund. The book signing will also feature a discussion by Kugler regarding diversity in schools. “There are as lot of people [who think that] predominantly white middle class [schools] are better for students, [they] look at standardized test scores and [if it’s] pretty. The point of the book is that your’re missing out on a whole lot of diverse benefits,” said Kugler. She believes that there are three views people have on diverse

Say Aloha to Spirit Week

Do you plan on attending the Homecoming dance?

—The survey was administered to 205 students on Oct. 10 during all four lunches

SEAN SULLIVAN

Yes 54 %

Unsure 19 %

“Parent publishes book” continued on p. 4

Seniors Alex Mott, Loren Sexton, Katie Burton (top row), Ashley Welch, and Itzel Perez (bottom row) show off their school spirit by wearing Hawaiian garb yesterday for Spirit Week. Due to the sniper, however, the rest of Spirit Week has been moved to the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

“Sniper” continued on p. 4

Former student dies in fire ANDREW SATTEN Co-Editor in Chief “Victor was always happy, and always had a smile on his face, no matter what bad things were going on in his life,” said AHS graduate Kelly Floyd, regarding 19 year old former AHS student Victor Delcid, who fell victim to a house fire early Sunday morning on Sept. 29. “He had a lot of friends,” said Floyd. Police arrived at the 5000 block of Wills Lane around Victor Declid 5:45 am and found Delcid dead at the sight. An autopsy later revealed that the victim died of smoke inhalation. AHS graduate J.D. Meade, a resident of the house “AHS Alumnist” continued on p. 4

Capitol Steps to perform BY ABBY SEGALL News Editor

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schools. One being that diverse school populations aren’t beneficial. Another being that it’s probably good for children socially and will not hurt students. And third, being that diversity is a benefit to all students. Her goal is to make more people agree with the latter and less with the first. Kugler had two children who attended AHS, starting in 1992 and has been active in the school community ever since, thus her reason for using AHS as the prime example in the book. “My older child started AHS in 1992, I found it was wonderful... all around me I found people saying negative things — but not who had

schools are tacked into residential neighborhoods. I take some comfort in that, but not much,” said McCormack. Superintendent Daniel Domenech has regularly issued county-wide statements about the steps be-

On Oct. 20 the renowned Capitol Steps will perform in the auditorium of AHS at 7 p.m. One of the members of Capitol Steps is Anne Willis Hill, an AHS class of ‘72 graduate. Hill has been a member of Capitol Steps since 1987. “I was working on Capitol Hill and I heard they were having auditions for this satire group, Capitol Steps,” said Hill. She was a clerk at the Senate Budget committee until 1995. To become a performer for Capitol Steps they used to be required to work on Capitol Hill. “We have gotten so busy that now we even hire professional actors,” said Hill. Even at her early age, Hill knew what she

wanted to do when she was older. “I’ve always wanted to be a singer.” At AHS, she performed in the Freshman Girls Chorus and Women’s Ensemble. She attended Mary Washington University for two years and then went on to graduate from College Temple University College of Music in Philadelphia in 1976 with a major in voice and opera. But how does a person go from majoring in voice to Capitol Hill? “I come from a very political family and I got involved in Jimmy Carter’s campaign,” said Hill. Afterwards she got a job on Capitol Hill where she explains that it is “the best job in the world.” This will be Hill’s second year performing Capitol Steps at AHS. “I asked to come back here because I had such a great time last year,” said Hill who is looking forward to the concert. “Capitol Steps” continued on p. 5


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8 STUDENTS RESEMBLE CELEBS Which Hollywood hunks do these senior boys look like?

Today’s Weather

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Get informed on the situation in Iraq, and how the U.S. plans to topple Saddam Hussein.

For as tough as athletes are suppose to be, even the best are not immune to being sidelined by injuries.

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Jeff Newman, freshman

RALLY MONKEY RILES FANS The Anaheim Angels are set to make a run in the playoffs.

Sniper shootings spur concern, delay Homecoming S

Cloudy with a chance of scattered showers, breezy.

brought to you by NBC 4

NEWS BRIEF Bell schedule altered

On Friday Oct. 11, the administration altered the bell schedule after a recommendation by Robin Thompson. The 11:50 bell was eliminated and the 10:24 bell was delayed until 10:26. The changes were implemented due to confusion by students and faculty regarding the 11:50 bell, and the 11:24 bell previously only provided students five minutes to get to class between R3 and R5.

AHS diversity documentary to air MHz Networks’ Teens in Between, a documentary that features five students from AHS and their experiences in adapting to the United States and high school life, is premeiring Monday Oct. 28, 4:30 to 7 p.m. The showing will take place at the Ernest Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College. The documentary’s debut will be followed by a round table discussion featuring the filmaker Debbie Mintz Brodsky with experts, and other guests. Those interested in the viewing must RSVP by Monday, Oct. 21 by emailing your name, school, phone #, and whether you are a teacher or student to TeensinBetween@mhznetworks.org. Mintz Brodsky, the producer of the film, first came to AHS several years ago with the idea, but it wasn’t until last year that the footage was finally taken for the documentary. “I thought that it was a really poignant film, that really shows the challenges that students new to the country face,” said ESOL Department Chair Kathy Hermann.

Mangled car on display outside Jock Lobby

Sniper strikes Falls Church; administration takes precautionary measures BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor-in-Chief

As a result of the recent shootings in the metropolitan area, all Homecoming related activities have been postponed until the week of Oct. 28 and sporting and after school activities have been indefinitely postponed or canceled. Spirit week will be held that week with the Bonfire, parade, and Powder Puff game being held during the week as well. Tickets for the dance, postponed until Nov. 2, will continue to be sold during all lunches. The delay is a precautionary measure taken by Fairfax County Public Schools while the sniper, who has struck 12 random targets, killing 10 in the last two weeks, is still at large. The school administration has increased its security presence with more patrols of the school grounds before and after school, the times when students are outside the most. Safety and Security Specialist Cliff Cornwell has been advised not to make the safety plans public in case of an incident at school involving the sniper. But he did say that there is plan in case of any emergency and that the teachers and administrators know the procedures in case of an emergency. Last Tuesday at a school staff meeting Principal Don Clausen talked to the staff about the situation. He pointed out that the school is not likely to fall victim to the sniper,

ANDREW MENEGAT

Drunk Driving (MADD) annually puts a ravaged car on display to convey the consequences of driving under the influence. The car is located just off Four Year Run and will be left as a reminder for students until after the Homecoming dance

Practices moved indoors Sports teams have been forced to adapt to practicing inside after FCPS decreed that no outdoor school activities could be held outside. The football, cross country, volleyball and field hockey teams have shared time practicing in the gym and cafeteria.

“Our site doesn’t fit the profile because all [other sites] have been next to an interstate or a highway... you can’t even see the school unless you’re in the backyard [of a house],” said Clausen. Richard McCormack, senior Richard McCormack’s father, believes the same about the school’s location. “AHS is in a residential neighborhood, and there is some solace that some

Book highlights diversity BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor in Chief

To discourage students from drinking and driving the night of Homecoming, Mothers Against

ANDREW SATTEN

61º hi /54º low

In a new book, former AHS parent Eileen Kugler has tried to debunk the myth that diverse schools aren’t beneficial for all students. Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for all Kids attempts to show parents that diverse schools, such as AHS, are actually beneficial for students and add to classroom discussions. On November 7, Kugler will hold two book signings, one at 2:30 for teachers and students, and one at 7:30 for parents and members of the community. All $20 from each book sold will be donated to the I.B.

testing fund. The book signing will also feature a discussion by Kugler regarding diversity in schools. “There are as lot of people [who think that] predominantly white middle class [schools] are better for students, [they] look at standardized test scores and [if it’s] pretty. The point of the book is that your’re missing out on a whole lot of diverse benefits,” said Kugler. She believes that there are three views people have on diverse

Say Aloha to Spirit Week

Do you plan on attending the Homecoming dance?

—The survey was administered to 205 students on Oct. 10 during all four lunches

SEAN SULLIVAN

Yes 54 %

Unsure 19 %

“Parent publishes book” continued on p. 4

Seniors Alex Mott, Loren Sexton, Katie Burton (top row), Ashley Welch, and Itzel Perez (bottom row) show off their school spirit by wearing Hawaiian garb yesterday for Spirit Week. Due to the sniper, however, the rest of Spirit Week has been moved to the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

“Sniper” continued on p. 4

Former student dies in fire ANDREW SATTEN Co-Editor in Chief “Victor was always happy, and always had a smile on his face, no matter what bad things were going on in his life,” said AHS graduate Kelly Floyd, regarding 19 year old former AHS student Victor Delcid, who fell victim to a house fire early Sunday morning on Sept. 29. “He had a lot of friends,” said Floyd. Police arrived at the 5000 block of Wills Lane around Victor Declid 5:45 am and found Delcid dead at the sight. An autopsy later revealed that the victim died of smoke inhalation. AHS graduate J.D. Meade, a resident of the house “AHS Alumnist” continued on p. 4

Capitol Steps to perform BY ABBY SEGALL News Editor

Shall we dance?

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schools. One being that diverse school populations aren’t beneficial. Another being that it’s probably good for children socially and will not hurt students. And third, being that diversity is a benefit to all students. Her goal is to make more people agree with the latter and less with the first. Kugler had two children who attended AHS, starting in 1992 and has been active in the school community ever since, thus her reason for using AHS as the prime example in the book. “My older child started AHS in 1992, I found it was wonderful... all around me I found people saying negative things — but not who had

schools are tacked into residential neighborhoods. I take some comfort in that, but not much,” said McCormack. Superintendent Daniel Domenech has regularly issued county-wide statements about the steps be-

On Oct. 20 the renowned Capitol Steps will perform in the auditorium of AHS at 7 p.m. One of the members of Capitol Steps is Anne Willis Hill, an AHS class of ‘72 graduate. Hill has been a member of Capitol Steps since 1987. “I was working on Capitol Hill and I heard they were having auditions for this satire group, Capitol Steps,” said Hill. She was a clerk at the Senate Budget committee until 1995. To become a performer for Capitol Steps they used to be required to work on Capitol Hill. “We have gotten so busy that now we even hire professional actors,” said Hill. Even at her early age, Hill knew what she

wanted to do when she was older. “I’ve always wanted to be a singer.” At AHS, she performed in the Freshman Girls Chorus and Women’s Ensemble. She attended Mary Washington University for two years and then went on to graduate from College Temple University College of Music in Philadelphia in 1976 with a major in voice and opera. But how does a person go from majoring in voice to Capitol Hill? “I come from a very political family and I got involved in Jimmy Carter’s campaign,” said Hill. Afterwards she got a job on Capitol Hill where she explains that it is “the best job in the world.” This will be Hill’s second year performing Capitol Steps at AHS. “I asked to come back here because I had such a great time last year,” said Hill who is looking forward to the concert. “Capitol Steps” continued on p. 5


2 EDITORIALS Dear Parents of IB/AP students, Recently, we have had several requests for students to be allowed to drop an IB/AP course. The reasons are varied; it is too difficult; it takes too much time; it will ruin my GPA. The fact is that we knew all along that these courses would be difficult and they would take more time in preparation. We thought that we had done a good job of letting parents and students know that this could be expected. It is part of the reason students take challenging courses in the first place. These courses will stretch students intellectually and help them to become better prepared, more organized and less overwhelmed by the college course loads that await them shortly. The staff at Annandale is committed to working through this growth period with our IB/AP students, and we ask that you join us in this commitment. We have seen it year after year. In December, students who stick with it and rise up and meet the demands of a college level course, will wonder why they ever complained in the beginning. That is the way it is anytime we take on a new challenge. It should be more difficult in the beginning and get easier as we adjust. Sometimes, at the end of the first quarter, there are students who have still not adjusted to the increased demands, despite staying after for extra help, completing all assignments and putting forth their best effort. In such cases, the teachers, parents, administrator, counselor and student will meet to discuss alternative placement options. In the past, there have been very few students who are still feeling distressed at the end of the quarter and we have had very few requests to change to another course. Therefore, we ask that you not ask to have your students removed from the class at this time. Please join us in our effort to support your student during this period of academic growth. Together, we can be there, both at home and school, to offer the support and encouragement that will help your student through this time and better enable him/her to handle the demands of college and other difficult challenges in the future. by Don Clausen, principal; Benita Toler, assistant principal; and Steve Sengstack, director of student services

How have the sniper shootings affected your everyday life? “It’s got me feeling more cautious about my life. I’m not scared, but I’m more aware of things now.” —Brian Fields Sophomore

“It makes me scared all the time. Everyday walking to school is pretty scary.” —Jessica Barber sophomore

IB students not treated equally BY HANA NGUYEN In-Depth Editor

As a senior taking five International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, I often spend endless nights toiling over my homework until the early morning hours. As the sun creeps up from just above the horizon and the birds begin to chirp to announce that morning has come, I realize that I only have two hours left to complete my math homework before school starts. As the panic begins to set in, I wonder if any other students across the globe participating in the IB program are going through the same tribulations I’m going through. Well, I didn’t have to go across oceans to see that other students in IB are frustrated about their courses, I just had to turn to many of my peers. This year, an unprecedented number of IB students requested to switch out of their challenging courses because they just had too much on their plate. We want to challenge ourselves, but we also know our limits. However, when students requested to switch or drop out of IB classes, the drop policy was not uniformly applied. “I think that each IB class is demanding alone, and kids are taking four, five, six, even seven,” said senior Liz Tran who is enrolled in seven IB classes. “It’s very difficult to succeed in every single class, and I think that students who want to drop a class because they have the potential of getting a C or D has a valid reason.” While I knew that IB classes were going to be challenging, I am still part of the first class to experience the program at AHS, and I had no former students to talk to

denied that any students were removed from their IB class as a result of being first in line. Additionally, the administration said they didn’t know the exact number of IB students who were allowed to drop one or more classes. “No students were allowed out of the IB program on a first come, first serve basis,” said IB Coordinator Erin Albright. “Each case was looked at individually, and my job was to help students make informed decisions.” Nonetheless, senior Sarah Sherman believes that she was able to transfer out of IB Math Methods II because she came to the administration first. “I think that I was really fortunate to switch out when I did because I came to the administration before other students made their complaints,” said Sherman. The fact that a student was able to drop a class contradicts the contract both students and parents must sign Alexander Silano and Theodore Gibson complete a test in IB History of the Americas. Gibson is one of many students to attempt when students enroll in an IB course. The acknowledgdropping an IB class. ment clearly declares in an underlined statement, “Students may not drop an AP or IB course once the academic year commences.” However, this policy was not impleabout the difficulty of the curriculum. Many students felt mented to all students. discouraged by their IB courses and weren’t given an equal “I’m not saying that we [the administration] is peropportunity to drop them. fect,” said Albright. “Not all of the students who wanted “I was disappointed by the fact that when I felt overto leave the IB program went through me first. I expect whelmed with my workload and the difficulty of all my the process to get better now that we have better commuIB classes, I wasn’t allowed to drop from a higher level IB nication.” class to a lower one,” said senior Torrie Higgins, who is Even though the administration feels that the comcurrently enrolled in four IB classes. “I felt it was unfair munication problem has been solved, the proper process that the basis on which students were allowed to switch for dropping classes should have been applied from the IB classes was first come-first serve, instead of an actual start. Because it was not, many IB students forced to reevaluation of the student.” main in the program and question the integrity of the However, when the administration was questioned acknowledgment they signed. about the first come, first serve policy, they stringently HANANGUYEN@COX.NET

SAT requirements tough to tackle for athletes It’s like saying to a student applying to Yale, even if you have 1600 SATs, and a 4.0 GPA, you can’t be accepted unless you run a mile in six minutes.

As I sat down to take the SATs this past Saturday, along with everyone else at Westfield High School, I was nervous. I had a lot riding on the test. An SAT score can make or break college acceptance. However, for athletes, the pressure to make a satisfactory score on the SATs dwarfs the tension that the average student endures. Instead of just determining whether or not one gets into their first, second, or third choice of schools, for athletes seeking a college scholarship, the stakes are high, and can result in an athlete being barred from going to college period. This pressure is not foreign to students at AHS, as there are many senior athletes this month struggling to make the SAT requirements, some of whom will fail, and will be denied the opportunity to receive a college scholarship. For as much as what is made about athletes ruling the school system, being cut breaks and receiving preferential treatment, the rigid SAT requirements by the Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plays no favorites, but instead does athletes an injustice. In 1983, the

NCAA adopted Proposition 48 in reathlete from receiving a college scholsponse to the lackluster graduation arship for their first year. rates of college athletes, which manInstead, athletes should be forced dated that athletes had to score at to prove themselves worthy of a colleast 700 on their SATs to play college scholarship by meeting GPA and lege sports, much to academic standards durthe chagrin of the ing their first year of colBlack Coaches Assolege. ciation headed by It’s unfair to have a former Georgetown standardized test detercoach John Thmine whether or not athompson. He letes can receive a college thought this Andrew Satten scholarship. It is not reprequireresentative of their work ment racist, ethic, character and the as its effect predominantly pulled many other factors that should conscholarships from underprivileged tribute to the requirement. black athletes. In recent years, imSome students are just not good provements have been made. Propotest takers, and the current system sition 48 was replaced with Proposiunjustly penalizes them. Its like saytion 16, which provided for a sliding ing to a student applying to Yale, even requirement scale that took into conif you have 1600 SATs, a 4.0 GPA and sideration both SAT scores and GPA. substantial extracurriculars, you Nevertheless, the bottom line is, can’t be accepted unless you run the SAT scores should have no part in mile in under six minutes. College determining eligibility should not be based on a an athlete’s single factor. collegiate eliThe SAT hurdle that the NCAA gibility. Extensive research has places before athletes is not even an proven that the SATs have no bearissue that should be under their juing on how a student will perform in risdiction. Instead, the NCAA should college. Therefore, a new system work with coaches and athletic dishould be established, in which there rectors to address the problem. Duke are no SAT requirements that bar an Coach Mike Kryzewski has had a

Making the Grade California educators lightening students’ load

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The schools in California have finally found a new hazard in its school: heavy books. The state is finally concerned that students are at risk of injury from backpacks loaded with thick textbooks. This concern is being backed by the California Medical Association, which reports that kids have back problems.

Schools take proper measures to ensure safety

“I’m not really scared, but it made me realize it’s a crazy world.” —David Merril freshman

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Fairfax County School officials took the necessary precautions in order to ensure the safety of their students following the sniper attacks. However, in order to ensure safety, many after school activities and sports were canceled or postponed, including the last week’s West Potomac football game was rescheduled for yesterday, then cancelled indefinitely.

Senior superlative nominations shoddily shipped

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The senior superlative nomination forms—for best hair, best eyes, etc.—were distributed last week in an unequal fashion. Seniors complained that the forms, which were distributed during lunches, were only given to a few lunch tables, resulting in the same students being nominated for multiple categories and an unfair representation of the senior class.

Cheating investigation in Chicago schools “It makes me sort of scared to do normal things like getting gas for my car or going to the store.” —Mary Burke senior

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stellar graduation rate among his athletes, and if the NCAA worked in coordination with individual programs, the graduation problem would best be resolved. Further, as much as the NCAA would like to believe that athletes go to college with the vision of becoming a Rhodes Scholar, they are mistaken. Athletes are there to play sports, and get a quality education along the way. A difference of 50 points in their SAT score should have no bearing on their opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship. Many of the kids struggling to make the SAT requirements are not from affluent families that have the resources to inundate their kids with SAT computer programs, classes, and private tutors from which other students benefit. The NCAA should go the final step, do away with SAT requirements once and for all, and adopt more appropriate academic standards to determine collegiate athletic eligibility. SATTDOG3@AOL.COM

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Police abuse power at Pershing Park Joggers, tourists, and journalists alike stopped in Pershing Park on Friday, Sept. 27, to curiously observe (or record in the case of the journalists) a large group, both on foot and bike, protesting against World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Without warning, they were surrounded by police in riot control gear who proceeded to slowly close in on the unsuspecting group. All those in the park, several hundred people, save a few journalists with large media associations (such as The Washington Post) were arrested. These indiscriminate arrests are perhaps the most drastic example yet of the decadent state our justice system has fallen into since Sept. 11. This philosophy of preemptive action, while not entirely unreasonable, was, in this instance, both severely misused and unconstitutional. We are allowing fear of disorder to justify the violation of people’s natural rights. The police were entirely justified in arresting hundreds of protesters who were disrupting traffic while demonstrating without a permit, incommoding, or committing various acts of vandalism. However, the police abused their authority when they took it upon themselves to make mass arrests such as the one at Pershing Park. Over three days of protests 654 people were arrested. A week later, less then 12 of these remained in custody, while 5 faced felony charges. Most of those arrested were held on minor charges and released upon paying small fines, ranging from $50-$100. The basis of those arrests were often insubstantial. By and large, witnesses testify that there were no

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GETTING INTO COLLEGE This year marks the second in which AHS has offered I.B. courses. Many students have taken an exorbitant amount of I.B. courses in the hopes of increasing their standing among their fellow college applicants. Some senior I.B. students have found these advanced courses too much to handle. With the realization that this would hurt their G.P.A., these students attempted to drop some of their harder courses, but, ironically, the administration has been reluctant to allow this. (See story on page 2.)

warnings or commands made on behalf of the police, and yet many were arrested on charges of “disobeying a police order.” In the case of Pershing Park, it seems the police just arbitrarily slapped charges on protesters and bystanders alike. Yet, Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey justified police action by saying that the arrests were made on the basis of individual acts of lawbreaking. The arbitrary arrests of the people in Pershing Park were made in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment, which states that people who are arrested are “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.” Since n o police Mohammad Edris Qarghah o r Editorials Editor ders were made to the people of Pershing Park, “disobeying a police order” is not a valid accusation. While a large portion of the crowd at Pershing Park were undoubtedly protesters who may have committed one or more offenses, the police are not justified in simply arresting everyone there on the actions of a portion of the crowd. Overall, police action was unwarranted unless in regards to a specific incident. With 1,100 police to control 2,000 protesters, there was not need to make mass and indiscriminate arrests. For the people of Pershing Park, those innocent bystanders: the school journalist (Maryland University’s Diamondback newspaper editors were among those arrested), the person who commutes by bike to work, or the curious tourist, this violation of their rights, they will never forget.

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The Star-Spangled Banner not effective Singing the StarSpangled Banner at sporting events is a useless and dated tradition

BY EVAN ROWLAND Staff Writer The crowd rises to their feet, as the highly anticipated Annandale vs. Robinson varsity football game is about to start. The announcer presses play on the stereo as our country’s national anthem begins. Once finished the crowd sits down, and no one gives even a thought to what just happened. ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ our national anthem, was written by Francis Scott Key in 1813, but for what purpose? The poem was written by Key to promote patriotism in the U.S. after the War of 1812. According to Liane Hansen of the National Museum of American History, 71 years ago an act of Congress declared ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ our national anthem. The Negro Baseball League Hall of Fame said, “The national anthem was played at the beginning of baseball games as a call for patriotism [during World War

I].” In World War II, the anthem became a regular routine to play at the beginning of all national sporting events. The routine of repetition has led to the national anthem becoming near insignificant. Playing the anthem at the start of every sporting event nationwide is unnecessary, and it trivializes the poem. Our country has gone through harsh times such as two world wars, and the September 11th incident; but the overplaying of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at our nation’s sporting events is an ineffective way to bring together fellow Americans, in the light of such tragedies. Many sports players share this sentiment. In a recent interview with The Edmonton Sun, New York Islander’s general manager Mike Milbury spoke out after the fans booed the Canadian national anthem at a hockey game. “I know this

Hell on wheels: roller backpacks Backpack: (bak’ pak’) n. v., 1. A pack or knapsack, to be carried on one’s back, sometimes supported on a lightweight metal frame. 2. A piece of equipment designed for use while being carried on the back. If only this were the truth. One autumn day a few weeks ago, I was strolling through the jam packed hallways of my prestigious school, completely minding my own business. I was thoroughly intent on arriving at my next class within the 7 minute window of freedom I am allowed between blocks. However, one thing stood in my way. The noise in the hall was deafening. So deafening, in fact, that I didn’t hear the telltale woosh of quickly moving tires over the tiled floor. That is, not until I suddenly felt my ambling gait interrupted by an obstacle in my path. As my feet escaped me and I stumbled onto all fours, I came face Kathy Saupp to face with what has quickly become Editorials Editor the scourge of the school and the bane of my existence -- the roller backpack. Websites such as thegsmstore.net that sing the praises of the so called “roller-bag” do so because they believe that it is dangerous for a student to be carrying as much as one-third of their body weight on their backs. While the backpacks on wheels do ameliorate unnecessary back strain, who is looking out for the other students, who have to hurdle these cumbersome monstrosities while they are navigating the busy halls of the school (which is no mean feat in and of itself). The solution for the quandary concerning the load that students carry should not be a better, “safer” backpack. It should be lighter textbooks, fewer binders and notebooks and bigger lockers. If these factors are combined, a student would still be able to bear the weight of their studies on their back, thus making the hallways safer for all of us.

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might get me in trouble, but I am not a big fan of anthems at sporting events. It’s supposed to be a sincere moment, but in a hockey arena fans are thinking more about the rivalry amongst the teams,” said Milbury The playing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in this case has done the exact opposite, undermining patriotism by inciting conflict between citizens, rather than unity. Fans don’t go to a sports stadium focused

on showing off their patriotism, they go because they want to watch the game. Playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at AHS sporting events is also unnecessary because the students and other fans who go to the events are there just to watch the game, not to be political. If citizens wanted to show patriotism, they should do something of their own accord: wearing red, white and blue clothing, or placing an American Flag bumper sticker on the back of their car. What remains to be understood is that real patriotism is not the thoughtless recitation of what once were heartfelt words, but the realization of what our nation provides for us: freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As a solution to this problem, the U.S. should join in with many other countries and save ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ for championship and international sporting events, where we may assert our national pride with conviction. DUDERANCH14@AOL.COM

P to the G and Special K’s Top Ten List BY KYLE SMEALLIE AND PAUL GLEASON

The Top Ten ways Bush plans on winning the war against Iraq 10. Wow the Iraqi leaders with superior “strategery.” 9. “Colin Powell versus Saddam Hussein” as marquee matchup of Celebrity Boxing.

RESPONSE TO RIBBON WRITINGS To the Editor of The A-Blast: Although I wore red, white and blue on September 11, 2002, to commemorate a national tragedy even worse than Pearl Harbor, I was disappointed to be given a baby blue ribbon for remembrance. Although others may sympathize with Americans about the events of that day one year ago, it is distinctly an American tragedy. In his column, Edris Qarghah wrote that some people here are foreigners and might not want to wear a red, white and blue ribbon because it would indicate “conformity to imposed social ideas.” What does that mean? Does it mean that wearing such a ribbon indicates that we enjoy selfgovernment, that we choose our leaders, that every citizen over the age of 18 has the franchise? Does it mean that all Letters to the across our Editor country people enjoy constitutional protection from police brutality, from having our basic freedoms abridged and from unfair trials? Does it mean that we celebrate freedom of speech and religion? If that is what wearing a red, white and blue ribbons means, then every American should be proud to wear one. Qarghah refers to foreigners. Who is a foreigner? The only foreigners in this school are a tiny group whose parents work for their own governments, employees of embassies, for example. Everyone else is an American. What is an American? John Adams, one of our greatest Founding Fathers, defined an American as someone who is a person and who is here. I stand by that definition. My grandmother was an American despite the fact that she never became a citizen (because she was illiterate). Nikki Ogunnaike was wrong when she stated in her letter to the editor that the ribbons were to inspire a new mentality. What new mentality? We already believe in fighting for our rights to life, liberty and property. Over the last 226 years, from Lexington to Concord to the Persian Gulf, we have done it many times. September 11, 2001, was a reminder that we have to do it repeatedly. As Thomas Jefferson, another Founding Father, wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” September 11, 2002, was to remember those who died a year earlier, not to “inspire a new mentality toward people.” As far as forcing others to wear our colors, again I do not understand Ogunnaike. I didn’t know that anyone was forced to wear a ribbon. In fact, in one of my classes, not one student was wearing a ribbon because ribbons had not been given to them. Some students indicated a desire for a ribbon, but apparently the system for distribution was uneven. Kudos to Anteneh Addisu and Karen Steinbuechler for interpreting the issue correctly! This was not a day about Muslims, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Shintos, Jews or any other religious group. It was not a day about AfricanAmericans, German-Americans, Korean-Americans or any other hyphenated national group. This was a day about Americans, and it was a day totally appropriate for showing our colors. Wearing a red, white and blue ribbon is a political statement. As in all other political activities in this great, free nation of ours, the decision to participate was a personal one. —A.P. U.S. History Teacher Eleanor Shumaker

8. Throw up under table at Iraqi dinner party; like father like son. 7. Deploy elite Power Ranger desert force squadron. 6. Send Saddam a box of special pretzel’s from Bush’s personal stash. 5. Train U.S. soldiers with the Vulcan Death Grip and Jedi mind tricks. 4. Have Hilios throw ‘dem bowes with Hussein 3. Bribe Hussein out of power with money saved from Medicare cuts. 2. Loosen Saddam up at one of Jenna Bush’s keggers. 1. Have police bust the Jenna’s kegger and have Hussein removed because he signed the regime’s “Extracurricular Policy Pledge.”

CORRECTIONS ISSUE 2 • Pg. 7 “Struttin’ your stuff” Senior Bayla Whitten’s name was misspelled. • Pg. 20 “Weekend Update” Freshman Vinnie Athey’s name was misspelled. • Pg. 20 “Weekend Update” Senior Anteneh Addisu’s name was misspelled.


4 NEWS SCHOOL NEWS Students win National Merit Scholarship Program Seniors Rebecca Clark, Elaine Filadelfo, Preston Gisch, Gina Sobel and Rebecca Wise have been named Commended Students in the 2003 National Scholarship Program. In winning this, they will recieve a “Letter of Commendation” from the National Merit Schaolarship Corporation. 34,000 students throughout the nation have been awarded this scholarship.

Teacher News On Saturday, Sept. 28 teacher Robert Barrow got married to his sweetheart of two and a half years, Leticia Bellamy, a fifth grade teacher. They were married in Old Town Alexandria at10:30 a.m. and they honeymooned in Puerto Vallirta, Monico.

Marching Band Fall Schedule 10/19 State Marching festival 10/26 Community Parades (Annandale Community and Wakefield Chapel) 11/1 Home Football (T.C. Williams) 11/8 Home Football/Senior Night (West Springfield)

AHS Choral Department Dates 10/21 - 11/4 German Choir Exchange 10/24 Fall Concert Rehersal 10/26 District Chorus Auditions 10/27 Fall Concert with German Choir

Latin assembly completes Hispanic Heritage Month KATHY IBARRA Staff writer As Hispanic Heritage Month wrapped up, Latin American students at AHS presented an assembly celebrating their culture with a bang. “We wanted to show people how proud we are of our heritage and to give them a glimpse of what our life is like,” said Marcela Zeballos, who showed off her Panamanian pride in the fashion show segment. “Our culture is rich and they should be able to experience it.” Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct.15 each year, but this is the first year there was an assembly in honor of the month. Spanish teacher Antonio Rivadeneira organized the sequence of events. “I saw the potential of the kids,” said Rivadeneira. “If I had even one doubt, I wouldn’t do the assembly,” said Rivadeneira. Hehas been preparing his two fluent speakers classes for the assembly ever since the second week of school. The assembly itself took place during flex Oct. 11 in the auditorium, with over 800 audience members. It began with the singing of the StarSpangled Banner, followed by a slide show of students at AHS and a fashion show. The fashion show included girls sporting everything from soccer jerseys of Colombia to bright blue Bolivian dresses.

Next was the color guard, then succeeded by the traditional dancing of Bolivia and clips of Brazil’s victory for the World Cup. But the audience was the most excited about the salsa dancing, starring junior Carolina Sambrana and her partner Jose Asmat. The assembly ended with dancing that revved up the entire audience. “The message we wanted to get across to the audience was that our culture has a lot of patriotism in our traditions and we reflect that in our dancing,” said Rivadeneira. But many of the Latin Americans discovered a lot about themselves this month, such as sophomore Ana Sophia Horner. “I learned that just because I don’t look Spanish doesn’t mean I’m white,” said Horner who exemplified her Mexican spirit in the assembly by wearing a traditional dress complete red, white and green ribbons. “I should be proud of the way I look.” Other students are looking for more Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in the years to come. “We are very lively, full of rhythm and spice,” said sophomore Ana Rosa Alvarez, who participated in the fashion show dressed in a traditional Salvadorian dress. “I love everything about being Hispanic. I was very happy about the celebration, and I hope we have one next year, but better.”

Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. at Edgar Allen Poe Middle School

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Sherri Edelen from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be performing. Edelen also received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for The Rink, Assasins andShe Loves Me.

‘Above and Beyond’ is a program designed to recongnize outstanding faculty members. The program is sponsered by the AHS Acedemic Task Force. Nominations can be made by students, parents, staff or anyone else in the community. The Task Force looks for nominees who have provided support and guidance in many areas used in approach that has a significant impact on a student or students and who has shown a committment to a student or group of students that goes well-beyond what is expected. Winners of the award are recognized by the AHS community. For more information call Judy Miller at (703) 503 8643.

Junior Carolina Sambrana dances with Jose Asmat during the Hispanic Heritage Assembly Friday.

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Four days after the fire, a charred mattress sits outside Ottis and Lois Meade’s house at 5004 Wills Lane, Annandale.

—con’t from pg. 1 and close friend of Delcid’s, managed to escape the blaze. The homeowners, Ottis and Lois Meade, were attending their 30-year AHS reunion the night of the tragedy. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Meade’s home which was originally constructed in 1958 will be rebuilt on the same plot of land. Delcid had built many strong relationships within the Annandale community and had remained close with a number current students. “He was pretty much like my brother,” said senior T.J. Mudd, who worked with Delcid on a daily basis at Fairfax Honda. On Monday night, a day after the tragedy, a moving candle light vigil was held in Delcid’s memory. A procession of about 100 friends walked from the sight of the fire to Delcid’s home, and presented roses and candles to Delcid’s family. In describing Victor as a son, his father Jose Ramirez simply said, “He was a good guy. He finished high school.

NHS calls for new members BY JOSH LEWIN Videographer The National Honor Society is a group that inducts new members every year who excel in academics and exhibit the four cornerstones of the society; character, scholarship, community service, and leadership. It is the premier academics organization, and it is widely respected across the nation. In order to become a member, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA based upon four semesters to be able to apply. Aside from this, emphasis is put upon extracurricular activities, including sports and clubs, and an active interest in one’s community. A council of six teachers decides which applicants will be accepted, and which will be declined. Not every student who applies and meets the basic criteria will be

accepted. Last fall, there were 55 applicants and only two inductions; therefore, it is truly an honor to be selected as a member of the society. Students who wished to apply to become a member this year had to fill out the application form which they could download from the Annandale High School website,www.fcps.edu/AnnandaleHS. The application form can be found under the link for activities. The form tells applicants qualifications necessary to apply and the dates they must do so by. Thus far, about 25 applications have been received but more are expected. An information meeting for new members will be soon; its date is posted on the web page. As of now, the induction for the selected applicants is tentatively scheduled for October 23. The NHS is sponsored by Ms. Hrobowski and Ms. Hall, who are located in rooms 145 and T-18 respectively.

He wanted to be a mechanic and join the Navy, those were the two things he wanted to do in life.” In the days following the fire, “people have been sitting outside the house, just talking about Victor,” said Floyd. Delcid had friends that spanned all grades while he attended AHS, and despite being a full time student, each week he worked extensive hours on top of school. Delcid’s funeral was held Friday Oct. 4 at the Everly Funeral Home. Almost 150 graduates and students were in attendance for the service, which featured a three-mile long car procession. Delcid is survived by his mother and father Jose and Maria Ramirez, a younger sister, older brother and a step brother. Delcid attended AHS from the fall of 1997 to the spring of 2001, and received his high school diploma during the summer of 2001. Graduate Kent Smith, a friend of Delcid’s, remembered him as “the guy that made everyone smile and laugh.”

AHS parent publishes book —con’t from pg. 1 kids in the school,” said Kugler. She said that both of her children have found that their experiences at AHS have better prepared them for the real world, and put them ahead of others who grew up in homogenous schools. Five years ago Kugler began speaking about the benefits of diverse schools for the PTSA. While doing this she also helped to produce a brochure with the PTSA. This is also where she began to formulate her ideas for the book. Kugler has already written three articles for USA Today, the National School Board newsletter, and for the National School Publications Association on the same topic as the book. When she began to do research for Debunking she read similar articles from around the country to give a more nationalistic view. She was first approached by the publisher, Scarecrow Press, Inc., after speaking to parents a year and a half ago. Kugler says that the book took her about five months of 12-15 hours of work, seven days a week after writing a “detailed outline.” “It just poured out of me... It was like a faucet, the ideas were so strong in my heard,” said Kugler. To write the book, Kugler researched on a national scale in both books on similar topics as well as articles on the Internet. However, much of research was done through interviews conducted from June through October 2001, where she interviewed more than 80 people from all over the country who were part of a successful diverse school. The novel is organized so that it is split into seven myths and three school realities and two societal realities. These myths are common misconceptions that many parents often believe, such as “Diverse schools are not safe” or “Minority parents don’t care about their children.”

Sniper attacks alter all areas of school life —con’t from pg. 1 -ing taken to provide better security for students. “I think [the administration and FCPS] are doing an excellent job at protecting our children, without frightening them or causing panic,” said Emilie Wheat, mother of senior Bethany Augliere-Wheat. “[I have been] driving my daugher to school, [and] stayed at the bus stop with my younger child,” said Wheat. Other parents have begun driving their children to school to keep them out of harms way. “I drive my kid to school in the morning now. I don’t feel comfortable with him standing outside at the bus stop all by himself,” said Kim le, mother of senior Quang Vu. She expressed the feelings of concern that many parents share in the area. “We advise [Warren] to walk in groups, and we take our middle school child to the bus stop and wait until the bus arrives,” said Jan Jacob Dekker, father of senior Warren Dekker. Though other than trying to make the trip to school safer, most parents haven’t instilled too many restrictions. “I’m not going to lock my kid inside the house. I believe we should go on with our daily routines. We should just be more alert and careful,” said Le.

“I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary,” said McCormack. “If they had occurred here [my kids and I] would have changed our daily routine.” Student athletes have been affected by these recent events by Superintendent Domenech’s recent mandate that all practices be moved indoors and all outside activities canceled. “I’m glad they canceled all after school activities. I think it’s smart and prudent,” said McCormack. Since Oct. 7, all practices were moved indoors as mandated by Domenech. This has forced teams to practice in both gyms at school, the mat room, the lecture hall, and in the cafeteria. The practices have been broken into twohour periods; one from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and the other from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Afterwards, any teams or persons who want to continue practice are allowed to do so. “It will affect their conditions and skill. You can’t practice football indoors... [nor any other] sports indoors,” said Student Activities Director Angelo Hilios. The varsity football game against West Potamac was rescheduled to Oct. 22 with the Lake Braddock game being pushed back one day to Oct. 26. Field hockey is the only other team that had a game postponed or canceled according to Hilios. “Everything will be played, we just don’t know when,” said Hilios. Last

week’s Field hockey game has been postponed until Oct. 24. The cross country team also missed an invitational that was canceled on Oct. 12. All cancellations and postponements have been made through the Domenech, according to Hilios. However, may games have been postponed indefinitely because the county does not want to reschedule games until they are certain they won’t be moved again. As the community continues to grip with the tragic events, people want to continue on with their lives. “We cannot, and will not be hostages to this person, we have to go about and live our lives, we just have to use greater caution and be alert,” said Wheat. Cancellations, postponenments and general feelings of angst are likely to continue until the sniper is brought to justice. “I was ducking and weaving because I was scared of the sniper at the gas station and I ran straight into the pump,” said senior Vincent Keung. “When I was pumping gas, I was thinking ‘Does he have me in his sites?’ It’s absolutely unprecedented. Its like out of a horror movie,” said McCormack.


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In Run Robber Run, sophomores steal the show BY LAURA JOHNSON AND ELIZABETH NOWROUZ

Where can you find some of the most talented actors and actresses that AHS has to offer? Class Acts of course! Oct 9, the theatre department put on their annual class plays to great avail. The performance featured four plays, each completely student produced, directed, and performed. The freshman class put on their version of Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. Full of witty humor that could only be expected from Shakespearean comedy, the true to the times outfits and modest but perfectly adequate props, the play was a hit. Freshmen Julia Singer commented, “I think we put on the best play that we could, and it was all a one act play so we couldn’t fit it all in, and plus doing Shakespeare isn’t exactly easy.” The freshmen’s Comedy of Errors was an imaginative and amusing recreation of Shakespeare’s classic. The sensational sophomores put on Run Robber Run, directed by Andrew Hawkins. An old fashioned all girls school was torn upside down when a western country star is secretly invited, without the permission of the fragmented headmaster, played by Amy Jacobs. All the while, two disguised robbers are in the process of taking two thousand dollars from the school safe. Perhaps one of the most humorous scenes in the entire show was when Mr. Alden, played by Faqir Qarghah was accidentally hit in the face with a pie. Qarghah said, “I think we did pretty well [in our performance], we had a really great director. But the juniors did a really good job also.” Run Robber Run was full of humorous antics and outstanding acting. The junior class’ play was one laugh after another.

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Sophomore Nick Schwind played “Otto” in Run Robber Run. The sophomores won Best Play and sophomore Amy Jacobs took home Best Actress.

Titled This is a Test, their performance got the best audience response. Chronicling a day in the life of Alan, a hapless teenage boy in the most stressful midterm of his life, the test was packed with great irony and laugh out loud humor. Ian McLeland, who played Alan, was certain his life was headed for “dullsville” when this midterm rears its ugly head. Becoming increasingly depressed and paranoid of his classmates and teacher, he lies down in sorrow and...wakes up. Or does he? This is a test, isn’t it? This

is a Test gives some humorously familiar feelings and thoughts that current and former students will all be able to relate to. In contrast to the former three plays, the senior play, Sorry Wrong Number was a spine-chilling tale. Mrs. Stevenson, played by Bayla Whitten overhears a deadly phone conversation, when a phone operator accidentally connects her to the wrong number. She overhears that two men were plotting a murder in a location close to her home. She tries everything possible to reach a caring authority, but is surrounded by incompetence. At the time that the murder was to take place, Mrs. Stevenson is stabbed. Ironically, when the phone rings the murderer picks up the receiver and simply replies, “Sorry, wrong number.” The classes eagerly awaited the judge’s final decisions, and these were the final results: The award for Best Supporting went to the Chorus of the junior play, Ashley Jones, Susan Lanier and Jonathan Seiden. Best Supporting Actor was awarded to Chris Sopher of the freshmen class with Best Supporting Actress to sophomore Tamara Friedler. Ian McLeland of the junior play won for Best Actor and Amy Jacobs of the sophomores as Best Actress. And the winner for Best Play was... the sophomore class for their performance of Run Robber Run. When the results came in, the classes cheered, sang and celebrated together. Cast and audience members will hopefully remember the many laughs and thrills of Class Acts 2002. All the hard work put into the play certainly showed in the performances, and even though the sophomore class won, each act deserved an award for their achievement leading up to, and culminating in that night.

PSAT adminstered yesterday Students take the PSAT, FCPS pays for sophomore test results SAADIA JAMIL Staff Writer Fairfax County organized the PSATs for public schools on Oct. 16. All underclassmen took this test during their R1 class.

“I think PSATs give an idea of what kind of questions will be on the SATs and what approximately our scores would be,” said sophomore Meghan Johnson. PSATs are produced by the College Board Of Education who also publish the NMSQT, SAT and other tests provided to find out the educational levels of students. The PSATs are a chance to give high school students an experience for advanced tests. “It also allows the students to be skillful for getting the scholarships,” said Paul Litwinetz, guidance counselor. With taking the PSATs, students become eligible for

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“Probably all the new classrooms.” —Mike Lusby freshman

many different scholarships offered by colleges. The sophomores did not pay this year or last year for their results. Fairfax County has organized to pay for their test expenses. The score report will include the student’s scores, educational plans and answers to the test questions. “They make a base for your higher education and the test report tells you the weak areas so you can work on them,” said freshmen Saad Cheema.

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“The bathrooms are nice and clean.” —Stacey Hampton sophomore

BY LAURA KELLY

Staff Writer The AHS Choral Department made the school community proud when seven of its choral students were selected for the 2002 Virginia Honors Choir. The students selected for this honor are Victoria Benson, Bayla Whitten, Becca Wise, Jeanie Adkins, Meg Stoltz, Owen Beste, and Michael Weinberg. Seven students selected for Honors Choir is a new record for AHS surpassing the previous record of five students. Before the auditions, Choral Director Carleen Dixon coached her students to be competitive. She worked with them both as a group and as individuals. Outside of the Chorus department, the students received individual study and practice time with their private voice teachers. “I was pretty confident that some of them would make Honors Choir,” said Dixon. “I have some very talented students.” Over 600 seniors state-wide competed for placement in the Honors Choir. Students were judged on tone quality, expression, singing in tune, musicality, technique and sight reading. There were hundreds of very talented senior singers present that created intense competition. “I could tell by looking at the scores that the competition was very stiff,” said Dixon. Despite the high level of competition, the students did an outstanding job in the competition. Choral student Victoria Benson received the highest score in her category! “I feel very honored and I’m really excited,” said Benson. “It should be a very fun experience.” The Virginia Honors Choir will perform in Norfolk on Nov 23 as part of the Virginia Music Educators Association conference. Choral student Owen Beste summed up the feelings of all the honors choir members when he said, “I was very excited about making Honors Choir and look forward to singing with many talented musicians in the state.”

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Capitol Steps performer Anne Willis Hill graduated from AHS in 1972 Capitol Steps from pg. 1 cause I had such a great time last year,” said Hill, who is looking forward to the concert. Capitol Steps has been performing at AHS since 1994. They perform numbers which include; “Working’ 9 to 10,” “Ronald R. Superstar,” “I want a man with a slow mind,” “Don’t go fakin’ you’re smart,” “Livin’ Libido Loco”, and “Unzippin’ my doodah.” They also carry a CD entitles Sixteen Scandals: Twenty Years of Sex Lies and other habits of our great leaders. The concert is hosted by the Stuart and Annandale Coalition

sponsored by Safe and Drug Free Youth section of Fairfax County Public Schools. The chair of the Annandale Coalition is Fran Tunik and of the Stuart section is Susan Goncarovs. The Coalition also sponsors activities such as the KADA festival and they support the Poe Middle School after-school program, which is four afternoons a week with the purpose to help children enrich their school operations. The goals of the coalition are to inform the community about violence and an antidrug lifestyle. ŁŁTickets are $20. For more information, call Sara Astrow at (703) 5697016.

“I like the way that the halls are brighter and there are more lights. I don’t feel like I’m in prison anymore” —Janet Partlow junior

“Definitely the new bathrooms with doors on the stalls. I actually feel comfortable going in and touching something” —Justin Gray senior


6 NEWS College representatives at AHS in the career center October 16: Delaware State University 8:55 a.m. Old Dominion University 9:00 a.m. Randolph Macon College 9:45 a.m. Guilford College 10:00 a.m. Davis and Elkins College 1:30 p.m. October 18: Randolph Macon Women’s College 9:00 a.m. Roanoke College 9:40 a.m. Christopher Newport University 9:40 a.m. Trinity College 10:00 a.m. October 22: Ferrum College 8:45 a.m. Towson University 8:45 a.m. Sweetbriar College 9:00 a.m. Salem College 9:45 a.m. University of Tampa 10:00 a.m. October 30: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 8:55 a.m. George Mason University 9:40 a.m. November 1: University of Maryland 9:40 a.m. November 7: McDaniel’s College 9:00 a.m. College of Notre Dame of Maryland 8:45 a.m. November 11: Pennsylvania State University 9:40 a.m.

College Fairs in the NOVA area October 20 FCPS College Fair 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fair Oaks Mall October 21 FCPS College Night 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hayfield Secondary School October 24 Military Fair W2 and R7 flex Upstairs Gym November 3 Performing and Visual Arts College Fair 1:00-3:00 p.m. Kennedy Center November 7 NACAC College fair 9:30 am - 12:30 p.m. 6:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. Washington Convention Center

Parents go back to school Information station, PTSA offer guidance to parents BY SOHAIB KHAN Staff Writer Back to School Night was held at AHS on Sept. 30. At the event parents were informed about teachers’ policies and curiculum. “I came to school because I want to know how my son is doing,” said parent Suhaiur Dajani. Most parents appreciate the oppurtunity of meeting teachers. “It is a great oppurtunity to know what the curriculum is like and what their philosophy is,” said parent Gary Evans. Parent Kathy Bacon said, “I try to touch on personality of the teachers and figure out how they will interact with my students.” Many activites and clubs were present that evening. The SGA students attempted to raise money for the class of 2004 by selling bricks for the walkway. The Athletic Booster Club sold athletic apparel, and it began selling raffle tickets for a 1992 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. The Key Club students worked as tour guides, babysat children and guided the traffic.

“[Back to school night] is always interesting because you can match the parent faces with the student faces and figure out whose parents they are,” said chemistry teacher Sheri Whited. “I enjoy meeting parents and getting their perspective because it gives me a chance to explain my goals to the parents,” said English teacher Katie Ingwersen. Back to School Night can prove very stressful. Just like students, parents have a time limit to change classes. They have five minutes between classes and they listen to 10 minutes speeches in each class. “It is stressful because the time given to [us] is limited, and teachers do not have time to present a program for ten minutes,” said Spanish teacher Marcela Vergara. This year Back to School Night was arranged in the gym instead of the cafeteria. Also, shuttle buses brought parents to school who parked their cars on the Heritage Plaza parking lot. “Having the meeting in the gym made it much easier to focus on the program,” said former AHS parent Susan Collins.

A parent walks around the booths during Back to School Night. During this night many different clubs, activities and coalitions had sponsors to promote themselves.

Cultures hold nights

Construction moving along slowly to Phase III

BY CHRIS KALLENDER Staff Writer

BY SABRINA STACY Staff Writer Drilling, hammering, workers moving supplies in and out of the school. There is only one thing on our mind: what are they working on now? Phase II is coming to an end with the front entrance and main office completed. The next big project that is going to be worked on is the English and Foreign Language hall. In these classrooms new heating and cooling systems will be installed, new windows put in and the rooms will be painted. There will be new classrooms and bathrooms redone during Phase III. While all these new changes to the school are exciting, the construction still remains five months behind. The renovation is scheduled to be finished in 18 months. Most of the construction completed during the night. This is an advantage to teachers and students, as most of us can relate back to last year with the disturbing noises and smells due to the renovation. It’s mostly peaceful and quiet this year. Construction has not been disrupting even to the staff in the main office, which now feels like a whole new school. “I like the construction because we have new classrooms and bathrooms,” said sophomore Kristin Davis. “Having the construction during school makes it more exciting, and I can’t wait until it’s done.” As the construction is starting to look like something, now we are all waiting the complete outcome on how it’s

The old guidance office, now torn apart, will become the new music classrooms. The guidance office is now located at the front of the building.

going to turn out, but the most anxious person is Principal Don Clausen. “I can’t wait until it’s done,” he said. As teachers get moved in and out of classrooms all around the building, they become excited about their new classrooms while some are still wishing they got to move into the new math wing. As the days go on, and the process begins to wrap up, students and teachers are looking foreword to enjoying the comfort of a brand new school.

Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese programs host their own nights

AHS is holding five different nights for the parents of Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese students. “These are very helpful events,” said consuler Kazue Watlington. “It is a great way for parents to get involved with their kids in school.” This will be the third year of hosting these various parents nights. They are holding these night due to the increasing diversity in the student body. “Parents can also mingle with each other and of course students themselves are welcome,” said Watlington. Translators will be present at each specific night to help the people who are not fluent in English. The ESL staff has also volunteered to help out. Each night is held in the Career Center at 7 p.m. Spanish night will be on Oct. 17, Korean night on Oct. 22 and Vietnamese night on Oct. 30.

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Help AHS Register to help to have a percentage of your purchases at Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter or Kmart benefit AHS. Numbers to Register: Giant- 01821 Harris Teeter- 4555 Contributions can also be made when shopping online through www.schoolpop.com or www.schoolcash.com When shopping at these sites AHS will recieve a rebate at no extra cost to you. These sites link to a number of online stores including www. amazon.com, Office Depot, LLBean, JC Penney, Sports Authority and Dell.

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College Tango Step 1: Freshman Year

Taking the big step from high school to college is easier if you know the right moves Step 2: Sophomore Year

Newly introduced to high school life, you are now learning the importance of preparation for college. Besides keeping your grades up and always challenging yourself through advanced classes, you need to make sure you are varying your activities, because colleges love variety. AHS offers a huge number of ways to get involved, from the Thespian Society to the Muslim Students Association. Guidance counselors are also a great resource, and can give you some valuable advice on how to plan well for college from the beginning. Also sign up for the PSAT, and practice questions and skill-building tutorials. If more help is needed, go to the SAT Prep Club.

With freshman year done, keep up your grades. Make sure you’re taking challenging courses. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a language. Schedule an appointment with your counselor and make him or her aware of your plans for attending college. Also sign up for the PSAT, which is a great indicator of how well you will do on the real thing. Finally get involved in the community. Colleges love students who go beyond by helping the community. Volunteering at a hospital, library, or church are great ways to impress the admissions director.

First come, first serve BY ELIZABETH NOWROUZ Staff Writer The early decision program is targeted towards students of high academic caliber who have a strong first choice school. Students apply in November and get a response in early December. If accepted, the student is contractually bound to enter that college. If denied, the student is then able to reapply in general admission that spring. One of the advantages of early decision is that students get the answer much sooner than they would in general admission. Most schools will give an answer in about one month. Many schools offer special scholarships and financial aid for those who are accepted early because those students are considered the elite of the college population. Another perk is that most schools will offer priority in housing, meal plans, and other parts of life on campus. Colleges see it as a way to make sure that those students who really want to go to their particular school are given the chance to step out of the crowd. Currently, 277 colleges and

universities have an ED program in action, including six of the eight Ivy League schools. Early Decision is a big commitment for any student. Some prefer the less binding option of Early Action, which does not hold them down as ED does, but others are sure enough of their first choice school that they are willing to take the responsibility on. Many students see Early Decision as a great opportunity to get a head start on applying for colleges. Senior Dorsa Hassas applied Early Decision to the University of Virginia. “They say you have a better chance at getting into the college you really want to go to. But even if you aren’t accepted ED, your application goes and is considered again for regular admissions later,” Hassas said. However, most students are not that sure about which schools they want to go to. Those who have the commitment and dedication see it as a valuable opportunity. Though not yet the norm, early decision is becoming a valid option for many college bound students.

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Step 3: Junior Year This is it, crunch time. You get a sense that colleges are watching your every move, just waiting for you to mess up. This is the most important year of your high school career, and you need to make the best of it. The application process will take up much of your time, and in addition to these problems, you are facing the most difficult year in terms of academics. It’s important to keep with the pace and to take the most difficult course load. Also practice for the PSAT, and SAT since you will be taking both of them this year.

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University of Virginia (www.virginia.edu) Accepted Average SAT: 1274 Average GPA: 3.693 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4 Rejected Average SAT: 1186 Average GPA: 3.545 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4

OUR DANCERS: MARIKO CARRINGTON AND JUSTIN GREY

Step 4: Senior Year Its finally time, you are about to embark on an amazing journey that will effect the rest of your life (not to put any pressure on you). Seniors are preparing their applications, and putting the finishing touches on the college essay. Plan and prepare to take the SAT, since this is an important factor for admissions officers. Determine what type of college best suits you. Find schools that match your needs and preferences by visiting the Career Center. Also meet with your guidance counselor about colleges that interest you. Finally find scholarships, grants, and loans that match your skills and interests.

James Madison University (www.jmu.edu) Accepted Average SAT: 1189 Average GPA: 3.648 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4 Rejected Average SAT: 1032 Average GPA: 3.102 Number of AP/IB Classes: 2

Virginia Tech (www.vt.edu)

IB gives students edge Advanced classes prove beneficial for studnets applying to college

ment of six IB categories. Of students who are enrolled in IB classes, 56 percent are shooting for the full diploma and 44 percent for the certificate. In the United States, 75 percent of the diploma candidates pass the requirements, with the world rate of 84 percent passing. BY LAURA JOHNSON Taking higher level classes also has a Staff Writer large effect on SAT scores. The average Even though the International Baccalaudiploma candidate scores a 1312 (91 perreate Organization has been at AHS for two centile) on the SAT and a 28.1 (93 percenyears, it has shown a profound effect on coltile) on the ACT. Certificate candidates lege acceptance rates. Some colleges give full on average score a 1128 (69 percentile) on or half credit for freshmen the SAT, and a 25.3 who took IB classes in high College Acceptance Rates (82 percentile) on school. the ACT. On Sept. 30, many IB Not only do IB Average IB Rate teachers went to a conferclasses help stuRate ence to discuss the IB dents get into colWilliam and Mary 34% 72% classes, and how well they leges, they also may are doing at AHS. IB coorU. of Virginia 37% 67% aid them financially. dinator Erin Albright comResearch shows 347 V i r g i n i a Te c h 66% 88% piled a Power Point presendiploma candidates Johns Hopkins U. 33% 83% tation for the teachers. It were offered scholarshowed the percentages of ships, and 148 cerGeorgetown U. 51% 21% students accepted to coltificate candidates leges, their test scores and are given money for (Nationwide statistics) the breakdown of IB stucollege. The Univerdent information. sity of Redding in Of students taking higher level IB classes, England offers a full four year scholarship 97 percent apply to one college or university, for IB Diploma students. Many schools in and 99.5 percent of them are accepted. With the U.S. will give students sophomore most prestigious colleges, an IB diploma or cerstanding with the diploma, such as Florida tificate can sometimes double or triple the State University. student’s chance of getting in. Overall, IB classes impact college acIn order to achieve the full IB diploma, you ceptance rates, and challenge the students need to take a class that fulfills the requireto be more successful in college and at life.

Accepted Average SAT: 1199 Average GPA: 3.684 Number of AP/IB Classes: 3 Rejected Average SAT: 1061 Average GPA: 3.103 Number of AP/IB Classes: 2

College of William and Mary (www.wm.edu) Accepted Average SAT: 1296 Average GPA: 3.439 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4 Rejected Average SAT: 1100 Average GPA: 3.377 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4

Mary Washington College (www.mwc.edu) Accepted Average SAT: 1261 Average GPA: 3.636 Number of AP/IB Classes: 4 Rejected Average SAT: 988 Average GPA: 2.999 Number of AP/IB Classes: 2

Check out these cyber geeks online conversion about the pros and cons of early admission REBECCA KRAUSHAAR

Virginia Commonwealth University (www.vcu.edu) Grenade Shams: sup? Rebexellent: Ughhh...I have to write my history paper 2nite Grenade Shams: Whoa. I finished that 3 weeks ago Rebexellent: over achiever Grenade Shams: no. I’m just not an ugly smelly procrastinator Rebexellent: That hurts...I am so not a procrastinator. Rebexellent: u just have to do everything ahead of the game. i bet you’ve already picked out where ur going to college, what job u want to have, who ur gonna marry & ur kids names Grenade Shams: actually, i do know where i’m gonna apply 2 college. early decision to Georgetown, baby. and Jennifer Garner and i will be very happy in our little villa off the souther coast of France. Rebexellent: how can u be so decisive? i’m only a junior & i’m sick of all this pressure. give me a chance to be a high school student before i pick what kind of a college stud i want to be

Grenade Shams: ya but with early decision, you know if ur gettin to ur top school, earlier. Rebexellent: but i don’t even know what my top school is. early decision sucks, man Grenade Shams: ya but for some of us, we’ve known our dream school since 1st grade, and want to just get accepted Rebexellent: Loser. most studnets aren’t like u. in fact early decision can be harmful for some students. especially those who need financial aid. if they apply early decision they don’t get to compare the amount of aid they would receive from other schools Rebexellent: Plus, its binding. i have trouble chosing between wendy’s and subway. chosing what college ur going to is a huge decision that takes a lot of time. and this convo could take mucho tiempo, but i ggtg. bye!

Accepted Average SAT: 1040 Average GPA: 3.145 Number of AP/IB Classes: 2 Rejected Average SAT: 860 Average GPA: 2.501 Number of AP/IB Classes: 0


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3 Staff writer Laura Johnson has a smashing resemblance to the King of Tennis, Pete Sampras’s wife

Always spirited Cecilia Mallory looks almost identical to the cheerleader uniform donning, Kirsten Dunst from the boxoffice hit, Bring It On.

4 A-Blast sweetheart Amanda Schaffer has a smile that is so pretty, it’ll steel your heart away.

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A-Blast adviser Alan Weintraut deserves a “TeachER of the Year”award for his smooth operation in the classroom.

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I don’t really think I look like her. Maybe the hair color. I’ve really never compared myself to celebrities.

Senior Ricky Tackaberry is a dead swinger for George of the Jungle and The Mummy star, Brenden Fraser.

I’ve never seen her because I’ve never watched ER. But a lot of people have told me of the resemblance.

Sophomore Marcela Zeballos was first told by a friend’s mom of her uncanny resemblance to former ER actress Gloria Reuben.

Noah Wyle

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I think we have the same eyes and body type. But her nose is a lot bigger and I am far clumsier on skates.

Comdeian Chris Tucker Latin singer Ricky Martin Bridgette Wilson

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(From left to right) Sophomore Davis Murillo and senior studs Bryan Williams, Jose Varela and Monte Moyer all look like well-known celebrities.

Senior Liz Tran admits she has a definite resemblance to World Champion figure skater Michelle Kwan.


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Digging into your deepest darkest fears fear of an object or situation. BY RACHEL JONES The most common specific Ad Manager phobias are from animals or insects, What do flutes, string, vegetables and the color red such as a fear of all have in common? They are all phobias that people spiders. A fear of have. Phobias range from the common fear of spiders a certain situation (arachnephobia) to the less common bogyphobia (fear would be fear of elof the bogeyman) or peladophobia (fear of bald people). evators, fear of Although some seem unbelievable, phobias are real lightening or fear diseases. A phobia is a continual, unreasonable fear of of being in an enan object, activity or situation, which causes people closed space. avoidance or stress when they come in contact with the These phobias feared object or activity. Phobias often affect the person’s have the least efeveryday lives. A person may go out of their way to fect on daily acavoid the feared object or situation. tivities because Not all phobias are life-altering fears. Senior Liz they can generBalun, who has a fear of flying, typically avoids flights ally be avoided or deals with her fear. “I get really nervous while on with only minor planes so I try to listen to music or sleep during the inconveniences. flight,” said Balun. “I won’t kill The exact causes of the different phobias are unspiders or go near known, but could be hereditary. People may develop them. If they are phobias after a certain traumatic experience or hearnot moving I’ll leave them alone, but when they start to ing about a frightening experience. Phobias can be demove I put a cup or bowl over them,” said sophomore Sara veloped in association with depression, anxiety or exFargo, who has a fear of spiders. cess drug and alcohol abuse. Some people just react Social phobia also known as social anxiety disorder is emotionally and physically more dramatically to fears one of the severest phobias. People with social anxiety disthan other people. order might be afraid of feeling embarrassed, humiliated or Five to ten percent of Americans have a phobia that scorned in public. Social phobia often affects the person’s affects their day-to-day lives and activities. Generally job performance, emotional health and personal relationtwice as many females have phobias than males, and ships. most people do not start to develop real phobias until Social phobia is not the same as shyness. A person who teenage or adult years. Young children often have temsuffers from social phobia may have fear of using public porary phobias that are outgrown as the child matures. restrooms, speaking in public or going to parties, while shyPeople respond to their feared ob- ject different ness is due largely to self-consciousness rather than fear. ways. “I like to pretend I am Agoraphobia is the fear of having a sever anxiety or panic a statue so they don’t attack in public, particularly in a place they cannot get out see me,” of easily. Agroaphobia is very serious and is often accompasaid nied by panic attacks. Standing in line, going to malls or using public transportation are all fears of people with agoraphobia. People who suffer from agroaphobia often avoid public places and may never leave their homes. Symptoms of phobias often vary person to person. PH Common symptoms included anxiety or increased O TO IL heart rate when they come in contact with the LU ST feared object. The attacks range in length and RA TI O can last from ten minutes to an hour. Other N BY M symptoms include poor motor control, A RT HA elevated blood pressure and sweatA M ing. A person who suffers from O A KO phobias may have feelings of weakness and low-self esteem after avoiding their object of phobia. People can also feel nervousness or anxiety from a feared object or situation even if they themselves are not in contact with it. “My mother travels a lot and I always feel nervous when she or anyone I know flies,” Balun said. “I have a really vivid imagination. So when I see one of those Annandale There are no known prevencockroaches, I imagine it crawling on my shoulder and running down my shirt tions to phobias there are sevthen coming out my pant leg,” said senior Zarrin Chua. eral methods of treating or reducing the symptoms. Systematic desensitization is a behavior technique that evolves senior Riana Boville, who has a fear of animals and relaxing and imagining the phobia. Another method to water. counter a phobia is direct real life exposure. If a person fears There are three main types of phobias: specific phogoing over a bridge then they could gradually cross a bridge, bia, social phobia and agoraphobia. Specific phobia is

FEATURES 9 UNUSUAL PHOBIAS Abluthophobia; fear of bathing Achluophobia; fear of darkness of the night Acousticophobia; fear of noise Aelurophobia; fear of cats Agyrophobia; fear of crossing the street

Sophomore K.C. Vandenheuvel peers over the edge as he looks at the terrifying drop. Vandenheuvel suffers from a fear of heights also known as acrophobia.

starting with a very low and stable one. The success of these treatments often varies depending on the severity of the phobia or the amount of phobias a person has. Another way to ease the effects of phobia is a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercises, nutritious food and plenty of sleep may reduce the effects of anxiety or phobias. People who suffer severely from phobias often turn to drugs and alcohol. This only worsens the phobias and anxiety and often causes additional problems. If someone is suffering from phobias the best thing to do is not to offer false reassurance or blame or reject the person.

WHAT MAKES YOU CRINGE? This survey was taken Sept. 30 during B and C lunch. 143 students were asked what which phobia applies them. Animals (Zoophobia)

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Aphephobia; fear of touching or being touched Arachibutyrophobia; fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth Arrhenphobia; fear of men Aulophoiba; fear of flutes Barophobia; fear of gravity Cacomorphobia; fear of fat people Chrorphobia; fear of dancing Chrometophobia; fear of money Chromophobia; fear of colors Chronophobia; fear of time Cibophobia; fear of food Climacophobia; fear of falling downstairs Clinophobia; fear of going to bed Deipnophobia; fear of dining and dinner conversations Gallophobia; fear of France or the French Genophobia; fear of sex Geumophobia; fear of tastes or flavors Gynephobia; fear of women

People, especiall y in groups (Anthrop ophobia)

Ridicule (Katagelophobia)

Helminthophobia; fear of being infested with worms Hylephobia; fear of wood or woods Ideophobia; fear of ideas Japanophobia; fear of the Japanese Laliophobia; fear of speaking

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Levophobia; fear of objects on the left side of the body Melophobia; fear of music Novercaphobia; fear of your mother-in-law

Confined Spaces (Claustrophobia) 15%

Fear factor: overcoming your phobias phobia is receiving treatment from a professional. After conducting careful examination and diagnosis of the particular phobia, doctors can use both medication and psychotherapy to help the patient overcome their fear. “I am absolutely terrified of things like atomic explosions, the bogeyman, and being eaten, but I’m able to reassure myself that we won’t realistically be attacked with nuclear weapons, that there is no bogeyman, and that I’m not going to be eaten b y

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anyone or anything,” said junior Charlie Dickinson. There are two main types of psychotherapy, cognitive Staff Writer behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, has the aim of changing the Your heart beats faster, your palms begin to sweat, patient’s perspective on the object or event that they fear. you feel the anxiety take over. You know that you are With a different view of the situation, the patient will, in becoming the victim of a paralyzing fear, but how do most cases, have a much less severe reaction due to a you deal with it? There is light at the end of the tunnel. lesser fear of the object or event. Your not alone in your fear and there are ways to overPhobias are often treated with desensitization therapy, come it. or exposure therapy. In desensitization therapy, a paPhobias are psychological disorders brought on by tient is very gradually exposed to the item or event that fear of certain objects or events. The National Mental they fear with the goal of increasing the patient’s tolerHealth Institute estimates that anywhere from 5.1% ance of that particular object. After a while, the patient’s to 12.5% of Americans nationwide suffer from various fear of that object or event will be gone or greatly reduced. cases. Phobias, the most common mental illnesses in Another treatment is counter conditioning. With this women and men above the age of 25, are more serious treatment, patients are trained to replace their reactions than many Americans make them out to be, and are of fear and anxiety with a reaction that is more relaxed problems that are difficult to treat because of the and laid back with hopes of permanently replacing the nature of the disorder. Phobias have a broad reaction. By doing so, the patient’s fear is virtually cured. variety of symptoms depending upon the Recovered phobiacs often join groups type. that offer support to others that suffer from “It’s hard to give a diagnosis phobia by discussing the problems and any without conducting prior resuggested solutions they may have. search because there are so many Most Americans have some sort of mivarying types of phobias,” said nor fear, such as heights or small spaces, psychology teacher Scott but most of these cases of fear aren’t as seHambrick. rious as actual, panic-inducing phobias. “I In many cases, an individual have a mild fear of elevators,” said junior will experience a panic attack Julie Stone. “I’m always afraid that the when encountering an object or cable is going to break, but my fear has event for which they have a phonever been too serious.” More often than bia. Despite these attacks, many not, people’s fears, such as the latter, are individuals that suffer from phonothing too significant, but many people do bias believe that they can simply suffer from phobias, but those that do overcome their fears. Unfortushould see a doctor for a chance to cure their nately, this is not the case. The Frustrated and confused junior Ramin Naghdi tries to block out the world as he copes with his overbearing fear. anfij anxiety. best place to start with curing a BY MATT WIEST

Aibohphobia; fear of palindromes (a word that is spelled the same forwards and backwards)

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4000 South 28th Street Arlington, Virginia 22206 703-931-0777 Carlye Grand Cafe dishes up great American food such as steak and chicken. Expect the average appetizer to cost between $4 and $6 with entrees between $12 and $22. The restaurant has an urban/art deco decor that is enhanced by displayed artwork. Reservations are accepted.

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This cap-sleeve lace dress ABS by Allen Schwartz is a knock-off of Reese Witherspooon’s 2002 Oscar gown. The dress is covered with sheer mesh and lace, which captures the romantic look. The dress can be found at Nordstrom department stores.

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Sweetwater Tavern, located 3066 Gatehouse Plaza in Falls Church, is one of the best choices for Homecoming dinner. The restaurant is a classic American steak house offering Certified Angus prime rib and steaks. It has a casual family-oriented atmosphere that is highlighted by the southwestern style decorations. Appitizers range from $5 to $9 and entrees range from $12 to $29. For reservations, call 703-644-7100.

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This strapless glitter ball gown by Jessica McClintock as a fitted bodice with boning for secure support. The ankle-length dress is made of royal blue chiffon and contains princess seams to add a romantic fullness to the A-line ball skirt. This dress can be found at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom department stores.

a.) $200 b.) $300

029 S. 28th St. Arlington, VA 22206 703-931-3203 T.H.A.I. boasts a very inviting and pleasant atmosphere, which is coupled with modern decor. The restaurant won Best Restaurant Ambience in 1996 from International Interior Design Associations. Appetizers range from $5.25 to $7 and entrees range from $9 to $15.

This four-button black jacket and pant suit by Viva Lucci is imported from Italy. It is made from polyester and contains faux button cuffs and is fully lined. The suit and extra accessories can be found at mallportal.com.

a.) $150 b.) $175 c.) $199 d.) $220

This San Mortiz suit contains faint silver pinstripes against black on a polyester fabric. It has three-button faux cuffs, three outer pockets and is imported from Italy. This suit can be found at mallportal.com.

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Five Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria VA 703-836-2151 Radio Free Italy is a casual Italian restaurant that serves boasts river front patio dining, dining room, and counter seating. Its menu includes fresh pasta, brick oven pizza, and a kid’s menu. The atmosphere is contemporary and casual. Appetizers range from $4 to $6 and entrees range from $9 to $12.

Silverado 7050 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003 703-354-4560 Silverado serves innovative, Southwestern food in a casual atmosphere. It was selected one of the best neighborhood restaurants by the Restaurant Association of Washignton, D.C. Appitizers range from $4 to $8 and entrees range from $10 to $20. There is an 18% gratuity for parties of six or more. Information compiled by Josh Lewin and Hana Nguyen

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c.) $400 d.) $500

One Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria VA 703-648-5080 The Chart House offers waterfront dining, a spacious cocktail lounge, an outdoor patio, and fire lounge. The restaurant boats hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, prime rib, lobster, and salad bar. Appetizers range from $6 to $10 and entrees range from $12 to $22. Reservations are required.

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BY SAADIA JAMIL Staff Writer Students who expect a bland Homecoming this year would be surprised when they find the exact opposite. Barring cancellation by the sniper incidents, dusty crate paper will be replaced by up-to-date board game decorations. The Homecoming dance will create an atmosphere filled with the quintessence of passion and enjoyment that will make it hard for students to resist the dance floor. AHS has made some spectacular changes to make the Homecoming experience unforgettable. The gym will be decorated by the Student Government Association (SGA) which is going to spend approximately $1600-$1700, scrutinizing every detail. Every necessary service for the comfort and ease of the students are planned to be made by the organizers with a variety of great thoughtful ideas. “We are having the dance in the gym because it is bigger and we can have an exciting atmosphere, having a larger area and open space for the students. We are expecting a great turn out this year because of significant changes,” said Jack Hiatt, the sponsor for Homecoming. SGA plans to have a great DJ and hopes to make the dance a different experience from past years. “Every one likes new experiences, because they always bring new hopes, new goals and more expectations. The changes made in the events of the Homecoming will bring something new to the old traditions, and I hope that it would be

much nicer then last year,” said senior Hassan Jamil. Tickets for the Homecoming dance are the same as last year, but there would not be any tickets sold at the door. Tickets are $10 for singles and $20 for couples. Presale tickets can be purchased until Friday during all

school faculty and parents. “We are going to divide the students because last year it took a lot of time to fit the whole school on one side of the stadium, and the ramp also did not allowed us to get in their fast enough,” said senior Daniel Rumber, SGA president.

We are having the dance in the gym because it is bigger and we can have an exciting atmosphere, having a larger area and open space for the students. We are expecting a great turn out this year because of significant changes. —Jack Hiatt Homecoming Sponsor

lunches. Last year the dance was held in the cafeteria, the atmosphere and excitement was tepid and unenthusiastic among the students. The service was not good enough as in the snack line, most people complained about the soda and drinks spilled all over the floor. This year there would be a tarp that would cover the gym floor from getting crowded with shoes. “The atmosphere was good but hot and mossy, I would like it better in the gym because it will be more space and people can breath,” said senior Raja Hassan. The security arrangements for the students have also been kept in mind and will be provided by the police,

If the pep rally is held outside, the new bleachers will be a welcome site. Seniors and juniors will site on the home side, and sophomores and freshmem will sit on the visitors side. “I always like parties and fun activities, although I have been in the U.S. for one year only, I cannot wait for the Homecoming as I heard about the impressive changes made this year. I am also looking forward to the Homecoming to be a great and wonderful event of for our school,” said freshman Saad Cheema. “The new location, improved changes, better advertisement and new bright ideas for the Homecoming will entirely change the atmosphere and excitement of the whole

occasion,” said sophomore Jimmy Cannon. Some of the changes made this year also include the advertisements for the Homecoming events done two weeks earlier to get better participation and getting the school in the mood. The route of the Homecoming parade has also been changed. Last year the parade started out from Ravensworth but this year it is starting down Pomponio Place. The spirit week is also going to be longer this year, starting on Friday, because of the Columbus Day holiday. This year along with many changes, it will be the first time that the events of Powder Puff day and Bonfire would be held on the same day. “I think that the changes made this year, will make the Homecoming events even more wonderful. It’s always an experiment and I think that we would have positive outcome,” said Hiatt. Everyone is hoping and looking forward for the smooth execution of this mega event of Homecoming. There has been no dearth of implementing new ideas and innovations by the organizers who are hoping for the best results. This year, the school is expecting a great spirit and participation from students, in the homecoming events because of the changes made.

BY CRYSTAN BLANCO Arts Editor One of the best things about starting a new school year is the upcoming event, Homecoming. Freshmen get their first taste at high school fun, and for seniors it’s one of the many “lasts” they will encounter. “I’m excited because it’s my last one and I want to make is the best of it,” said senior Caitlin Hackney. “It’s sad.” Even though Homecoming is a time for celebration, floats, football games and posh attire, it takes a great deal of time and effort to really make it a success. “I had no idea so much work went into preparation. Leadership is in charge of getting the DJ, selling tickets, decorations, security, organizing the chaperones and the photography,” said senior Karen Steinbuechler, who is in charge of the Homecoming committee. “The biggest challenge is getting the word out—keeping the student body informed.” For students who do not partake in the scheduling or preparation, but still plan to attend, Homecoming is less demanding; however they are still subjected to the task of finding a date, wardrobe and restaurant. Many girls spend numerous hours at the mall trying to find that “perfect dress.” Nail and hair appointments are also made. “I’m wearing a light blue dress and it has sparkly beads at the bottom. And I’m going to

wear heels. It looks sexy,” said freshman Kassie Davis. Girls can find a large selection of dresses at JcPenny or Macy’s at any major mall. Class Acts in Fair Oaks mall is also popular when choosing a dress for any formal occasion. The guys, however, don’t seem to have much to worry about. Normally a simple suit is worn which is adorned with a boutonniere that his date has given him. Once students have found their dates, plans are made as to what restaurant to go to, whom they will go with and what time to meet. It is usually very important to parents as well as the students to take formal pictures. It is not every day that the parents see their children looking like stars. Usu—Jason Bracken ally they meet bejunior fore dinner with their dates and group shots. The exchange of flowers between dates is another typical shot taken by the wanna-be photography parents. Some of the popular restaurants are Clyde’s in Vienna and Old Town, The Charthouse in Old Town, and Macaroni’s in Fair Lakes. Many couples enjoy going to Old Town to walk along the river or cobblestone streets, enjoying the exciting atmosphere. “I’m looking forward to going to dinner at The Chart House and taking long romantic walks along the boardwalk,” said junior Jason

I’m looking forward to going to dinner at The Chart House and taking long romantic walks along the boardwalk.

Bracken. There are the students that will not be going the dance for whatever reason, may it be no date or simply no desire to go. For the majority that chose not to attend, it is on their own will and they have no hard feelings. “Tall, goofy people shouldn’t dance, therefore I will not be going to Homecoming. I never have,” said senior Jack Shea. All in all, Homecoming is a time for a night on the town with your friends. Even if you don’t have a date, going with a group of “stag” friends will provide a comfortable and easygoing atmosphere—no need to worry about awkward silences and a first good night kiss. This year’s Homecoming will be slightly different the past dances at AHS. It was decided that the dance would be held in the gym, due to its recent remodel, instead of the cafeteria. The decorations will be based on the “Board Games” theme. “I think the decorations will be really great. This is our first year of holding Homecoming in the gym, and we don’t know how it will turn out. But it’s looking good,” said Steinbuechler.

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Buying flowers for Homecoming can be more complicated than just buying an ordinary flower. Boys buy corsages for girls and girls buy boutonnieres for boys. Sometimes there are boutonnieres to match the corsage, but if the girl does not know what kind of corsage she is receiving, it is typical to go with a white or red rose corsage. The boutonniere is supposed to be pinned on the left lapel. Whether the pin goes through the button hole or not, that does not usually make a difference. For the most part, getting it to stay on for the whole night is a task in itself. Some choices also have meaning for the color of the rose. Flower Den usually has a variety of meaningful colors including red for “I love you”, white means “purity,” red and white means “unity,” and yellow means “friendship and joy.” For girls, there are more choices and things to consider for the guy to buy a corsage. It is important for the flower to match the dress. There are wrist corsages, which are more common than the pinned corsages. Wrist corsages are traditionally worn on the left wrist.

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Kate Bagnulo looks in the mirror preparing herself for the homecoming dance. Making sure she has her nails, hair and clothes all ready, so she will be all set for the big day.

HOMECOMING EVENTS

Tie the short ends of the sheet together around your waist.

Step 2: Pick up the remaining corners of the sheet.

• Pajama Day • Powderpuff Game 3 p.m. • Bonfire 7 p.m.

Thursday • Hat Day

Friday

Step 3: Match up the two corners and tie them over your left shoulder.

Congratulations! You’re ready for toga day!

• Senior Toga Day and Color Class Day • Pep Rally during Flex at end of the day—find out the results of the Homecoming King • Homecoming Parade 4:30 p.m. • Homecoming football game 7:30 p.m. • Half-time show of the football game- find out the results of Homecoming Queen

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Once you buy your flower, especially if you buy it in advance, keep it refrigerated, so that it will stay fresh and beautiful until you give it to that special someone. Check out the following stores in Annandale for your important choice of flower.

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A new fad in the making of corsages is the use of orchids in the flower arrangement. Orchids are exotic plants that add an unique touch to the flower arrangement.

• Homecoming Dance 8-11p.m. Tickets sold presale only during lunches through Friday— $10 each. No tickets will be sold at the door.

7857A Heritage Dr. (703)941-7465 Pink Posey is a very popular spot for high school students, often offering discounts. They support AHS fully, being so close to the school.

Annandale Florist, Inc. 7224 Columbia Pike (703)256-2666 Annandale Florist takes a lot of corsage and boutonniere orders around Homecoming. The most common bought corsage is the five sweetheart roses, which comes in a variety of colors so that it can match the color of the dress.

Flower Den Florist 6920-I Bradlick Shopping Center (703) 750-9400 Flower Den usually takes walk-in orders for many high school students and has a lot of color meanings for their flowers.


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ART 101 AT AHS

What classes are available? Art 1

In Art 1, you learn the foundation for the art program. Students explore a wide range of art media and begin to study art history, art appreciation, and aesthetics from a multi-cultural perspective.

Students build on the foundation they have aquired in Art 1. They extend their skills into a range of media, processes, and techniques including: drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, and crafts.

Art 3 Students further build on knowledge gained in Art 1 and 2. They also incorporate art criticism and begin forming their individual styles and goals.

IB Visual Arts SL/HL Students take on an advanced study of art processes, aesthetic issues, art criticism, history and culture while maintaining the self-discipline of the working artist.

Photography 1 Students gain understanding of fundamentals of black and white photography. They also study light, design, cameras, films, basic darkroom techniques and the history of photography.

Photography 2 Students expand on knowledge gained in photo 1. They continue to process their own film while using an in-depth knowledge of equipment.

Computer Graphics 1 Students learn the basics of creating original art of personal expression using the computer as a tool.

Computer Graphics 2 Students expand their knowledge in the application of hardware and software to create their art. Students are also introduced to web page design, multimedia presentation and animation software.

Art 1 students will later be creating their own cameras out of shoe boxes called pinhole cameras. So, if you have a yearning for art, you may want to look into taking one of the many different art classes David Mahen works in Computer Graphics 1 drawavailable to you. “This is an exciting time to pursue a ing a self-portrait just before it is scanned into the comcareer in the visual arts. The opportunities are unlimputer. He then sits at his computer pondering the colors ited,” said Art 1 and Computer Graphics teacher Ann and textures that can bring out the Yin and Yang of his Harper. profile. Just around the corner, in the next room, freshman Using his skills of scanning, mixing colors, playing Hector Castillo begins to start a similar project dealing with blends and textures, and using tools in Adobe with his self-portrait. He first uses a mirror and pasPhotoshop, Mahen tries to capture the balance and optels to take certain facial features (such as the eyes) position of Yin and Yang. The students in Computer and mix colors to match their own. He then carefully Graphics 1 are currently working to express themselves draws a shaded picture of himself with an expression using their vision, originality and skill to form self-porof his choice using a mirror, stump (a tool used for shadtraits. ing as an alternative to your finger) and pencil. First students were required to draw a sketch of their The end result of his project will be a contour drawface and upper body using mirrors and pencils. Next they Junior Andrew Evatt works on a project in his computer graphics ing of himself, showing the skills he has absorbed. Felhad to learn to scan their sketches into a computer in class. Evatt uses creative techniques to add flair to the Design. low students in Hector’s Art 1 class are also currently order to digitally enhance it. Once the projects are comworking on the beginning of their contour drawings. pleted, the students will have a self-portrait exhibiting dents are starting their newest photography project just They will be required to show their knowledge of down the hall. Photographers will be studying and worktheir knowledge of shading, colcolors, contour, texing on Straight Photography. ors and shapes for their final I really want to f ind ture, scanners and “We’re currently working on historical styles of phoproduct. computers. “I think something unusual that people tography. This is the second of nine that will be touched Freshman Faizal Abdullahi the project helps upon throughout the year,” said Photography 2 teacher wouldn’t think of taking a is currently using the skills he bring out another Scott Saylor. has obtained in the class thus picture of. I want to ensure side of a person you The students will be taking pictures of unpicturesque far to express a devilish side of don’t usually see,” that my picture is like no objects and traditional landscapes. In addition to having himself, especially in his eyes. said freshman an unusual theme, the picture must have extreme depth “The main purpose for the selfother. Katie Payne Jamie Brothers. of feel and detail, good use of light and an unusual view portrait is to concentrate on the Junior Annandale’s art point. elements and principles of deprogram provides “I really want to find something unusual that people sign, and to learn basic skills in Adobe Photoshop, which an excellent foundation for all art lovers. The 15 differwouldn’t think of taking a picture of. I want to ensure is the primary program for Computer Graphics 1,” said ent art classes allow students of all skill levels to express that my picture is like no other,” said junior Katie Payne. Computer Graphics teacher Bob Christie. their artistic abilities in a variety of ways. While the Computer Graphics 1 and Art 1 classes diliFuture projects for Computer Graphics include the gently work on drawing self-portraits, the Photo 2 studesigning of CD covers, magazine covers and movie cases. BY ANDREW MENEGAT Photographer

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What is your favorite piece of art and why?

Media Focus 3-D 1 Students use basic techniques to become proficient in the technical aspects of threedimensional design.

UPCOMING EVENTS El Lugar Ideal El Lugar Ideal will be held Thur. thru Sat., Oct. 17-19 at 8 p.m. and Sun. Oct. 20th at 4:00 p.m. at Warehouse Theater. This hilarious comedy about contemporary Cuban life is sure to make you laugh.

Sweet Honey In The Rock Anniversary Concert Sweet Honey in the Rock’s 29th anniversary concert will he held Fri. Oct. 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theater. It is sure to bring the audience to their feet with dancing and singing.

Cypress String Quartet Featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Quartet is known for their musical diversity. The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater will be holding this event on Tues. Oct. 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

King’s Singers and Emanuel Ax- Night and Day Ax and Singers join together for a tribute recital for Schubert, Brahms, Reger and Rheinberg. They will be playing on Sun. Nov. 3rd at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

“I like The Melting Clocks because the illusion it creates is odd and the clocks are not something you see everyday.”

Rennie Harris Hip-Hop Legends Project This intriguing production incorporates video footage from the early days of hip-hop with modern live dance creating one of the most entertaining hip-hop shows ever to hit the stage. Playing Sat. Nov. 9, at 4:00 p.m. at the George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts.

—Jessica Griffing sophomore

—Matt Cowan freshman

“I like the Mona Lisa because wherever you go, it feels like she is still looking at you.”

“I like all photographs by Alfred Steiglitz. I think he has done a lot of interesting work.”

—Michael Torbert sophmore

—Julie Bowes junior

“I enjoy Red Dragon and the Lady in Distress by Steven Blake. It looks so alive.” —Vincent Keung senior

Expanding your artistic knowledge Art Portfolios are often required in addition to normal admissions

BY AMANDA SHEAFFER Staff Writer Planning on applying to art school? Most schools require a portfolio in addition to the normal admission process, particularly if the school is a member of the National Association of schools of Art and Design. Often schools require attendance at their National Portfolio Day so work may be viewed. If this is not a requirement, you may also need to send slides or qualities copies of your work for review. There are many art schools in Northern Virginia area. One in particular called Chubb Institute has been around since the early 1970s, and continues to be very successful. The Art Institute of Washington is located in Arlington, VA, and it offers real world education programs.

located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of the most prestigious schools in its field and well known to everyone in the art world. In finding the perfect art school for you, there are a couple different approaches you can take. One common approach can be done from your Brooks Institute of Photography located in Santa Barbara, own home. GoCalifornia, allows artist to perfect their skills. ing on the There are 24 of the Art Institutes Internet to sites such as across the country. www.artschoolsandcolleges.com. Perhaps the most desirable art Not only can you discover requireschool in the metro area is Maryland ments and application advice, but Institute College of Arts. MICA is you also can receive a list of differ-

ent directory programs in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. A few other well known art colleges located throughout the United States include the American Intercontinental University, located in the U.K. and Brooks Institute of Photography, located in Santa Barbara, Cal. Another popular option has become the Art Institute Online. It is a very beneficial course to take, as well as being convenient, as it is can be accessed from anywhere in the U.S. and around the world. Pursuing art in college is becoming an increasingly popular option to high school students, as they become more exposed to different forms of art in high school. Preparing early is the way to go for admissions. The career center has also proved to be a resourceful option.

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Universes A troupe of five multi-disciplined performers hailing from the South Bronx, Universes fuses poetry, jazz riffs, and hip-hop with politics, down-home blues, and Spanish boleros, producing an exhilarating theatrical event. Showing Nov. 8-10 at Dance Place.

“I like Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I don’t know why I like it, though.”

Expressionism makes big after WWII BY JOHN REISS Staff Writer New York City, 1942, a World War II ravages Europe as America watches in horror from a distance. Americans were distraught by German advances and fearful of the war’s outcome, but despite all of these hard times people found hope in a new form of artwork, Abstract Expressionism. Developed in New York in the early 1940s, and popular throughout the 60s, Abstract Expressionism is a form of art in which the artist can express him or herself purely through the use of form and color. It is a form of nonrepresentational, or nonobjective, art, which means that there are no concrete objects represented. Basic to most abstract expressionist paintings was the attention paid to surface qualities. For example, qualities of brush stroke and texture, the use of huge canvases, the adoption of an

approach to space in which all parts of the canvas played an equally vital role in the total work, the harnessing of accidents that occurred during the process of painting; the glorification of the act of painting itself as a means of visual communication; and the attempt to transfer pure emotion directly onto the canvas. The movement had an inestimable influence on the many varieties of work that followed it, especially in the way its proponents used color and materials. Its essential energy transmitted an enduring excitement to the American art scene. Pieces by artists such as Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock were among the first to be described as abstract, and has grown to be recognized as the first American artistic movement of worldwide importance. The impact has not only been felt in America. Today, many artists still paint in the style of Abstract Expressionism and it has become a part of art curriculum in all levels of art classes around the world.

This painting is called Farbstudie Quadrate Mit Konzentrischen Ringen and was painted by Wassily Kandinsky in the year 1913.


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This map shows Iraq’s size, 437,072 sq. km., in relation to the U.S.

While students may not have vivid memories about the U.S.’s war with Iraq 11 years ago, for many Americans, talks about an Iraqi war seem all too familiar. The U.S. and United Nations went to war with Iraq in 1991, after it invaded Kuwait, and the country has been present in the news ever since. The majority of Americans feel they have adequate knowledge about the home of Saddam Hussein. However, most people would be surprised at how much they do not know about this infamous middleeastern country. Here is a quick review for those who may be less informed than they thought: • Iraq is home to the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys. Many of the world’s greatest civilizations, including Babylonia, Assyria, and Mesopotamia

developed in this area. Modern Iraq also has numerous Arabic cultural influences,which are shown in various surviving artifacts. • The capital, Baghdad, was founded by the Abbasid dynasty in 762 AD. Baghdad became an important commercial, cultural, and intellectual center in the Middle Ages. It was also the cultural capital of the Islamic world. • In 1932, Iraq became an independent state. • In the 1960s and 1970s, Iraq was put on the list of states that sponsor terrorism mainly because the Iraqi government wanted to lead the Arab world in their opposition to Israel. In the 1980s, there was a sudden shift in the U.S. policy after Iraq invaded Iran, another bitter foe of the U.S. • Most movies in Iraq come from Egypt, India, and France. All films are censored before being shown to the Iraqi public. • Iraq was removed from the infamous list of “terror sponsors” and arms, chemical and biological weapons were given to the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. In 1990, Iraq invaded another one of its neighbors, Kuwait, thus starting the Persian Gulf War. • Ninety-five percent of the Iraqi population is Muslim. Sixty to sixty five percent of these Muslims are of the Shiite branch, while the rest are

Sunni Muslims. • Soccer is a national craze in Iraq. • Arabic is the official language of Iraq. Kurdish is the largest minority language. •Approximately 70% of the Iraqi population is urban. While a six-year education is mandatory in Iraq, many people in rural areas have never attended school because it was not available. A mere 60 percent of Iraqis 15 years or older are literate. The country has seven universities. • In 1967, the Iraqi government banned all privately owned daily newspapers. There are currently nine papers (government-owned) in the country today. • Unfortunately, quality of Iraqi health care has seriously declined since the Persian Gulf War, when sanctions were imposed. Health standards are very low because of poor sanitary conditions, and the average life expectancy is about 65 years. • Dates are Iraq’s principal export crop. Iraqi dates account for a major part of the world trade in this product. Apples, figs, grapes, and pears are also large Iraqi exports. • Cell phones are illegal in Iraq. Copy and fax machines are available only with government approval. There is one Internet service provider for the country.

Congress gives President Bush authority to atack Iraq

On Oct. 10 the House voted 296 to 133 to grant President Bush the authority to attack Iraq without U.N. approval; to remove Saddam Hussein from power; and to abolish that country’s nuclear, chemical and biological weaponry. The Senate approved the same measure Oct. 11 in a 77 to 23 vote. The President has not won such a broad and flexible authority to carry out an undefined military operation since the Gulf of Tonkin resolution during the Vietnam War.

Should the U.S. go to war with Iraq? “No, we should not go to war with Iraq because we already have sanctions, and there is no proof from the U.N. that there are chemical weapons.” —Danny Heider sophomore

Showdown “Saddam Hussein must disarm himself, or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.”

“It [Iraq] will not succumb to, or be shaken by, the propaganda of foreign powers.”

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“No, there are enough problems. We need peace, no more drama.”

—President Saddam Hussein (The Washington Post)

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AHS weighs in on war with Iraq This survey was distributed to 265 students on Oct. 8 & 9 during all R5 English classes. Its purpose was to determine AHS students’ opinions and reactions to the current events regarding Iraq.

Should President Bush take military action without United Nations approval? Yes 27% 38% No 35% Unsure

Who do you think poses a greater threat? 37% Saddam Hussein 31% Osama Bin Laden 32% Unsure

How likely do you think war with Iraq is? Likely 53% 20% Not Likely Unsure 27% Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Bush is handling the current situation with Iraq? Approve 24% Disapprove 53% Unsure 23%

President Bush urged the U.N. to encourage Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to comply with the U.N. resolutions or “actions will be unavoidable.” Bush said that Saddam has repeatedly violated 16 U.N. Security Council Resolutions,passed from 1990 through 1999, which include a call for Iraq to disarm its chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs. Here is a key resolution that Hussein violated:

• RESOLUTION 687 Adopted: April 3, 1991 Called for Iraq to “unconditionally accept” the destruction, removal or render-

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‘No, because if they [the U.S.] go to war it will affect our social and economic lives.” —Shams Wardere senior

“Yes, if Saddam Hussein does not comply with U.N. resolutions for inspections.”

Resolution violations ing harmless “under international supervision” of all chemical and biological weapons and all stocks of agents all related subsystems and components and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities.” Demanded Iraq to “unconditionally agree not to acquire or develop nuclear weapons or nuclear-weapons-usable material” or any research, development or manufacturing facilities. It also demanded Iraq to “unconditionally accept” the destruction, removal or rendering harmless “under international supervision” of all “ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometers.”

—Mike Borowski senior

“No, because I think it’s a personal agenda of the government against Saddam Hussein that should not involve the populations of both countries.” —Hana Sarsour senior

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“I’m not really sure what I’m going to do on my birthday but I plan to have a lot of fun.” — Mary Rose Gaygay senior

“My best friend, Mandy and I will probably go to the powderpuff game and then do something together because we have the same birthday.”

a half-dozen freshman football players, Walsh was said to be a welcomed team member. “I think it’s fine, she’s just another player,” said freshman Freshman Allison Walsh is not Addison Orr. a guy, and neither is she broad “It’s good that she’s not scared, shouldered and beefy, but she is she’s actually willing to play,” said the only female player on the freshman David Ryan. freshman football team. Big deal Just because she is a girl does since there are no tryouts and evnot mean she is any less competent eryone makes it on the team, at being kicker than any other guy right? Wrong. would be. “It’s not like every other girl can “She is just like any other player,” be part of the team, coach Bill Maglisceau said. “Nobody takes it easy on her.” Infact, according to Ryan, Walsh “has more guts than the other guys do.” She wants to play. “She works hard at improving and when she gets in their, she does a great job,” said Maglisceau. The young athlete is at an advantage because she grew up playing neighborhood sports in predominantly male groups. “It doesn’t really bother me because I’ve always been the only girl playing sports,” said Walsh. “Even in elementary school in recess I was the only girl.” At times, Alison Walsh does double duty on the freshman football however, she yearns team, playing both the kicker and receiver position. for presence of her own gender. “Sometimes I hate being the only girl beshe has guts to be playing on it,” cause guys are so much different said Walsh’s friend, freshman from girls,” said Walsh. “I don’t have Nicole Mott. Being the only blonde anyone to relate to at practice.” haired blue-eyed girl in a group of However, Walsh is unsure of wishfully masculine teammates playing football in the future. “I’ll sometimes causes friction. continue if I like it at the end of the “Some of the boys are mean to season.” Being the only girl on the me,” said Walsh. “They pick on me team, she has her parents’ and and they don’t think girls should friends’ full support and is looking be playing football.” forward to making her first year at However, in an interview with AHS a unique experience. BY SAMAN HUSSAIN Profiles Editor

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“Because my birthday is on the same day as Halloween, I plan on going trick-ortreating.” — Charlie Mallory freshman

BY LAURA HOLLOWELL Profiles Editor Pom-poms, megaphones, bouncy hair and short skirts. If you’re thinking spirited, lively girls, you’re not looking hard enough. Cheerleading, once only a girl’s sport, is now more acceptable for males. Senior Kevin Ocampo and junior Benjamin Orchard are two male cheerleaders on the varsity squad, and they both love what they do. “I get to be around pretty girls everyday and my teammates are so great,” said Ocampo. “What more could a guy ask for?” Both of the boys got involved in cheerleading when they heard about tryouts and went to the interest meeting even before the season started. They came out for tryouts and amazed the judges with their incredible talent and skill. “Ben and Kevin are very devoted to this squad,” said varsity coach Shawnice Wright. “It is obvious that they love what they do or they wouldn’t be here.” There are various components that make up cheerleading. In competition, judges give scores based on things such as difficulty of stunts and crowd interaction. Other things like tightness of motions and loud voices are also scored highly. “Stunting is my favorite part of cheerleading because it is so crowd appealing and everyone loves to watch it,” said Orchard. “ Tu m bling is

• I have been teaching for ten years. • I like music, riding my bike, camping and just hanging out with friends. • I am single and have no children. • I never bought any textbooks when I was in college, if I really had to read an assignment, I’d get the textbook from the library and read it. • I keep Coconut John in my office, a souvneir bearing a great resemblance to John Lennon, that I bought on a school trip.

• II live in my grandparents old house, and so I’ve learned how to repair small machinery. • My motto in life is “Have a good time all the time!”

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• He’s been teaching for 13 years after serving 20 years in the Navy. The best things in his life are tacos, sports cars and women.

multiple seasons. “We wouldn’t be half as good as we are if we didn’t have Kevin and Ben on our squad,” said senior Amie Sharaf. “We are in the running to win districts this year, and I think that with all the talent on our squad, we will win.” Both Ocampo and Orchard participate in other sports at AHS. Ocampo is also on the wrestling team, while Orchard is an avid diver. They both wouldn’t choose to do another sport over fall cheerleading. “Cheerleading is such a team sport and you have to be very focused and patient towards your teammates,” said Ocampo. “It’s a lot of hard work, but in competition it will all pay off.”

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Pro-athletes get hurt celebrating BY EVAN ASHE Atomic Athletics Editor

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In football, nothing can be expected. From underdogs making a a miraculous run through the playoffs to fights breaking out in the stands, and teams being evacutated do to pepper spray anything is possible. The same be said about the injuries that occur. While the violent nature of the NFL dishes out its fair share of bumps and bruises to its players, injuries also have occurred at times when they were least expected. Such was the case in the week 12 match up between the Giants and the Cardinals when standout rookie kicker Bill Gramatica was called in to kick a 42- yard field goal near the end of the first quarter. Gramatica and his brother Martin, both excellent kickers in the NFL, had been known as much for their excessive on-field celebrations as they were for their accuracy. So when Gramatica split the uprights on his field goal attempt in their game against the Giants, it was no surprise when he began leaping and pumping his fist on

his way to the sideline. However, as his right foot landed after one of his jumps, his knee twisted in an awkward manner and he fell to the ground in pain. Gramatica was listed as having a sprained knee and was out for the game. With their kicker out, the Cardinals could not attempt field goals and struggled on kickoffs. These inabilities proved to be costly and the Cardinals ended up losing their fourth quarter lead and fell to the Giants. Another similar injury took place during a 1997 NFL game between the Giants and the Redskins. After then Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte scored on a 1- yard run late in the first half he celebrated by ramming his helmet into the padded, but still concrete barrier behind the endzone at Fedex field. In doing this, Frerotte sprained his neck and was taken to the hospital at halftime for precautionary measures. Frerotte and Gramatica are proof that in sports, sometimes a simple high-five can avoid an absolute catastrophe.

How do injuries affect the way athletes play? “Sometimes, before I set the ball I get scared that it will hurt, but the tape I wear to support my wrist helps a lot .” —Angelica Ramirez sophomore volleyball

“Being hurt doesnt really affect my playing anymore, but I still like going to the training room everyday to flirt with the trainers.” —Billy Steinbuchler junior football

Students deal with injuries Sports injuries can be serious and long lasting BY KYLE SMEALLIE, LAURA KELLY AND DAVID MARIN Staff Writers and Sports X-tra Editor During the varsity football game against Robinson on Oct. 4, senior Dae Yoon’s life changed dramatically. On a kickoff late in the 2nd quarter, Yoon took one hit too many. However, he remained in the game for two more plays. Yoon was running back to the huddle when he collapsed. Athletic trainers Kathy Ayres and Kemba Ford rushed on the field. After a few minutes Yoon was taken off the field on a cart and put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital Yoon had suffered an increase in pressure in the cranial cavity in his brain as a result of the many blows to the head he sustained. The doctors had to take out a piece of his skull to allow his brain to heal. Yoon was in intensive care for two days, and was released from the hospital last Oct. 9. Yoon is expected to make a full recovery and will return to school sometime in the next few weeks. While Yoon’s injury is rare, it is an injury that could happen while playing any violent sport, such as football. The training staff at AHS, including Kathy Ayres, Kemba Ford and four student trainers, deal with a wide variety of injuries, ranging from broken bones to sore muscles. “The majority of the injuries that we see are mild strains and sprains,” said Ayres. “Unfortunately, Dae’s injury brought this back to our attention. There is always a risk, but we don’t think that it could happen to us.” Nagging injuries can be very painful and frustrating to a player. Sophomore Sara Fargo sprained her ankle while playing on a playground in the 5th grade. “When I fell on the playground I didn’t expect my ankle to still be bothering me five years later,” said Fargo. She re-injured the ankle while playing soccer for her travel team, but continued to play through the pain for a month and a half. She went to the doctor, but they had a tough time recognizing the injury at first because the frac-

ture occurred behind the growth plate. Fargo was forced to watch her team from the sidelines, as her crippling injury left her in a cast for five weeks and on crutches for the next three years. She also had to endure two magnetic resonance imaging’s (MRI’s), physical therapy, and treatment from two different orthopedic doctors. Fargo is still in physical therapy, as the elementary school injury has turned into a problem that she cannot escape. Recently, Fargo has experienced knee problems while trying to compensate for the ankle. Although Fargo is playing Field hockey, the ankle has left her without an important part of her game. “I don’t have the speed that I used to, and it has definitely affected my game,” said Fargo.

I don’t have the speed that I used to, and it [the fall] has definitely affected my game.

Sara Fargo sophomore

Injuries are something that no competitor is immune to, illustrated by the many talented athletes who have had their careers cut short after an inopportune play. From Bo Jackson to Charles Barkley, professional athletes have suffered career-threatening injuries that ended their quest for stardom. One of AHS’s best athletes, senior Travis Johnson, also had a serious injury that threatened to keep him sidelined for his first year of varsity baseball. After years of lifting weights and playing football, Johnson learned that he had a 16-inch blood clot in his right shoulder. This injury could have deprived the baseball team of the arm that was pivotal to their post-season success and appearance in the Patriot District Championship game. However, Johnson worked hard to get back to playing condition. Surgery relieved the stress placed on the veins

in his shoulder, which originally caused the clot. Johnson had one of his upper ribs removed during a three-hour operation, in which he Hiatt Johnson had to fly to California so that speacialists could perform the operation. The surgery was successful, and after months of rehab consisting of swimming laps in a pool and an overall strengthening of the shoulder. Johnson was cleared to play for the varsity squad. “I wasn’t supposed to play baseball after I learned I had the blood clot, but the surgery went smooth and I got to play anyways,” said Johnson. Johnson has come back to be a premier pitcher and third-basemen in the Patriot District, receiving the honor of 1st team all-region for his play at third base. He is also the quarterback for the Atoms, and is currently the number one ranked passer in the region. Johnson’s baseball coach, Matthew Caudle, was devastated after Johnson went down last year. Johnson’s status to play was uncertain when he was told the extent of his injury, but Caudle was prepared to play the powerfully-hitting Johnson after his surgery was successful. “In a perfect world, you want your players to be 100 percent healthy, and you can bring them back before they are perfectly healthy, but they should be 100 percent,” said Caudle. Along with the physical side effects of injuries, they can also leave a mental scar on the hurt player. Injuries can lead to intimidation and fear of re-injury, and can also make the sidelined player feel distant and a burden to the team. Junior Tracie Hiatt went through the mental trials of an injury during her sophomore year. After Hiatt experienced back pain during the beginning of the soccer season, she went to the doctor’s office and had tests and xrays. The tests revealed a lower back stress fracture that eventually left her in a brace and out for the remainder of the spring season. Beside the physical therapy and trips to the orthopedist, Hiatt also suffered through a season without being able to help her team on the field. “I was really upset and bored, I didn’t feel like a part of the team because I couldn’t practice,” said Hiatt even had to give my jersey to someone else.”

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“I can’t run as fast as I could, my foot hurts everytime I try to run.” —Charlie Malory freshman cross country

“It sucks not being able to play. Coach hasn’t really played me since I broke my arm; he only lets me in to run block plays.” —Loren Sexton senior football

NFL STANDINGS AS OF 10/14 NFC East NY Giants: 3-3 Philadelphia: 3-2 Dallas: 3-3 Washington: 2-3

NFC South Carolina: 3-3 New Orleans: 5-1 Tampa Bay: 5-1 Atlanta: 2-3

NFC North Chicago: 2-3 Green Bay: 5-1 Detroit: 1-4 Minnestota: 1-4

NFC West San Fran. 2-1 Arizona: 1-2 St. Louis: 0-3 Seattle: 0-3

AFC East Miami: 5-1 New England: 3-3 Buffalo: 3-3 NY Jets: 1-4

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AFC South BY DAVID MARIN AND JUNAID SHAMS Sports Xtra Editor and Academics Editor San Diego vs. Oakland Coming off a high scoring game in Buffalo, the high-powered offense take on Marty Schottenheimer’s old school Chargers this week. As the only undefeated team in the NFL, look for another victory for the Raiders. The Raiders’ veteran defense will shut down Tomlinson, and give second year quarterback, Drew Brees a frenzy. Our Pick: Raiders 45 Chargers 17

Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh Before the season, the Steelers were the favorite to win the Super Bowl. Now after a slow start, Bill Cowher has replaced Pro Bowler Kordell Stewart for former XFL star Tommy Maddox. However, against the Colts newly improved defense, Maddox will realize he is no longer in the XFL. With a struggling Steelers defense, look for the big three (Manning, James, and Harrison) of the Colts to have a big game. Our Pick: Colts 27 Steelers 16 Washington vs. Green Bay The Redskins seem to have saved their season after a critical win versus the Titans. With the quarterback

situation seemingly solved, it appears the rookie Patrick Ramsey is able to lead the Fun ‘n Gun offense. However the biggest improvement was made by the defense. Led by linebackers Jerimiah Trotter and Jessie Armstead, the squad has been a lot better lately. However, this week they face Brett Farve and the Packers, who will definitely be one of the best offense that they will face all year. Our Pick: Packers 25 Redskins 23 San Fransisco vs. New Orleans This game will be won on defense. Both teams have potent offenses and questionable defenses. The Saints are led by multi-threat quarterback Aaron Brooks and big play specialists Deuce

McAllister. If Deuce breaks loose in the 49ers suspect secondary, then it will most likely put the 49ers in a situation that even Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens could not bring them out of. Our Pick: Saints 37 49ers 21 LAST ISSUE: Week 4 was a strange week in the NFL. From Trent Green’s 5 touchdown passes and Kansas City’s upset of Miami to St. Louis’s heartbreaking loss to Dallas on a lastminute field goal by rookie Billy Cundiff, our normally solid predictions weren’t as accurate as usual. We hope this issues predictions are as accurate as normal.

Indianapolis: 2-1 Jacksonville: 1-1 Houston: 1-2 Tennessee: 1-2

AFC North Cleveland: 2-4 Baltimore: 2-3 Pittsburgh: 2-3 Cincinnati: 0-6

AFC West Denver: 4-2 San Diego: 5-1 Oakland: 4-1 Kansas City: 3-3


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Golf Players make Districts

Seniors Nick Ryan and Richie McCormack and junior Chris Evans were selected for Districts. The tournament was played at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Senior captain Katherine Kishiyama, the number 1 seed for Annandale, made it to the semifinals in the Patriot District tournament. Senior Rachel Jones, junior Stephanie Lugar and freshman Molly Sterlacci also were selected for the district tournament for their respective seeds.

Killings keep sports inside As a safety precaution all outside afterschool activities have been moved inside or cancelled. Fall sports teams are now pressed for gym time and some pratices have been cancelled altogether. Games scheleduled for last weekend were cancelled. These measures are not Annandale’s decision, but a policy enforeced in all Fairfax County schools.

West Potomac and Lake Braddock games moved Annandale’s Varsity football games versus West Potomac schedueled for Friday October 11 will be moved to Tuesday October 23 at 7:30 pm. In consequence the football game against Lake Braddock schedueled for Friday October 26 at 7:30 pm will be moved to Saturday October 27 at 1:00 pm. These scheduele are subject to change depending on safety of the playing conditions.

BY LAUREN STERLACCI Staff Writer Being in the midst of the fall season, the football team is looking to score big against their upcoming opponents Oakton, Lake Braddock and what looks like will be our new Homecoming game, against T.C. Williams. With five big games behind us, the Atoms are respectively 3-2 in the District. They scored big against Hayfield having a well deserved 21-6 win. Senior Travis Johnson said, “We played really well that night. It’s one of those games where you know you are just on, and it showed because we all came together and played football the way it’s supposed to be played. I know we have a lot left in us for the rest of the season and it’ll show in the up and coming games. We may be playing some tough teams, but we are really looking forward to going out there and just having fun.” Although they played well, the Atoms weren’t enough to beat the Robinson Rams, and were inevitably defeated 3417. Senior Jose Gonzalaz said, “I was really glad that we were able to play so well against Hayfield and I hope that in the next few games we’re able to play as well as we did that day, because then we are really going to show everyone how good we can play when we are on.”

Senior Mendralt Peralta commented, “That was a really tough game and we came in knowing that it wasn’t going to be easy. We were proud that we were able to do as well as we did, but also disappointed because we know we could have scored more. This season a lot of the younger guys have really stepped it up and made a lot of good plays. We’re not really where we want to be right now, so we are going to work really hard to make sure we get our goals accomplished for the rest of the season.” With the next few games around the corner, the Atoms will be facing some heavy chal- The football team practices plays for their upcoming game which is scheduled for Friday against Oakton. lenges that they are looking to succeed showed this with Hayfield and Robinson. were going to be pretty decent. Every in. We will definitely continue to get better game we play we have all seen and made Junior Justin Wade said, “We knew as long as we are allowed to play.” much improvement. We especially at the beginning of the season that we JOHN BERNHARDT

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Volleyball loses to West Springfield in straight matches BY KATHY IBARRA Staff Writer

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Despite a decisive 31-14 victory over the Tennesse Titans. two weeks ago, last Sunday the Redskins fell to the New Orleans Saints 4327. This pushes them to 2-3 overall and last place in their division.

SPOTLIGHT ATHLETES

Mike Flint Grade: 12 Sport: Cross Country Achievements: Ran a personal best 15:52 for a 3.1 mile course this year. Personal: Mike plays guitar and is a member of the Guitar Club. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Julie Stone Grade: 11 Sport: Field Hockey Achievements: Made All-District for girls lacrosse last spring Personal: Worked as a lifeguard over the summer

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Coach Ruth Johnson gives a pep talk to the volleyball team before their match against the West Springfield. Unfortunately, the Atoms fell in 3 consectutive matches to the Spartans.

The varsity volleyball team played a hard game against the West Springfield Thursday night, but it was the Spartans who left the court victorious. The Atoms fell 0-3 pushing them to a 2-11 overall record. “It was a good game” said starting player Kari Wolfe. “We’ve had a lot of practice, concentration, and intensity. We all wanted to win.” The first serve of the first match belonged to junior Kari Wolfe, who served up Annandale’s first point of the game. The Spartans scored 2 points before senior Jeanie Adkins came up to add 4 points to the scoreboard, when a timeout was called. After a brief respite, AHS gained only one point as the Spar-

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to come. Ramsey’s debut against the Titans was a nearly flawless showing and despite four interceptions in his starting debut, Ramsey still After Patrick Ramsey’s stellar showed promise and potential for the debut, he was hailed as the quarfuture with his cannon arm and good terback of the future as he vision. If it weren’t for the middle of led the Redskins to victory. the offensive line being a sieve and However, in his second Rod Gardner having stone block start, the Redskins were hands, Ramsey would have had a far crushed by the New Orleans more impressive showing against Saints. How did Ramsey New Orleans. He also showed a lot play and did he continue to of toughness and resilience fighting show promise as a starter? through seven sacks and being • Ramsey’s John: I will adknocked down after mit that Ramsey nearly every pass. performances had an impressive Brings me back to the game against the days of Shar • Baseball Titans throwing for Pourdanesh anchoring 268 yards and 2 the O-line. playoffs touchdowns. HowJared: The best I hardly conway to sum up • This year’s ever, sider Ramsey the Ramsey’s performance QB of the future afHeisman on Sunday is with one ter only one prom- Spurrier comforts Ramsey phrase—bad decisions. ising showing. Last candidates He has to make smart Sunday against the decisions, which he didn’t last SunSaints, Ramsey started off pitiday and has 4 INT to prove it. But fully with 3 interceptions in the first with time and practice he has all the quarter alone. The Redskins cannot physical abilities to become a decent expect to achieve success with a inQB in the NFL and under the guidexperienced and unreliable quarterance of Steve Spurrier I think he will. back. Last Sunday night the AnaReid: I believe that Pat Ramsey heim Angels defeated the Minnewill be the QB in D.C. for many years sota Twins in game 5 of the

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tans crawled back, tying up the game at 7-7. It’s the Spartans, however, who broke the tie and continued to rack up the points. Before the match ends, the atoms scored another point, but it wasn’t enough to stop West

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Springfield from ending the match at 8-15. It’s in the second match, AHS really started to hussle. The two teams

ALCS, taking them to their first World Series in franchise history. Both Minnesota and Anaheim came out of nowhere this season, shocking the baseball world simply by making the playoffs. Why are the Angels so good and what do you expect from them in the World Series? Reid: First of all, I must commend the Angels on knocking the Yankees out of World Series contention. It has made for a far more interesting playoff race to say the least. The Anaheim Angels have been fantastic. Pitchers Jarrod Washburn and Francisco Rodriguez have provided solid pitching for the Angels. The Anaheim Angels have made their mascot, the rally monkey, the most famous primate in America, much to the dismay of Donkey Kong, Gissipie and Curious George. Jared: The Angels are an amazing story. They were 4th place last year in the AL West and were a dismal team. This year they rebounded to have the best year in team history and make it to the first world series in team history and I feel they have a great chance to win. Besides, who can root against the rally monkey. John: I agree completely that the playoffs have been much more unpredictable this year especially with early exits of the Athletics and Yankees. Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon have anchored the Angel’s offense, while their Troy Percival can seal-the-deal which is an invaluable asset. My prediction— The Angels will be victorious in the World Series. With half of the college football season complete, there is no clear leader in the Heisman race. Many players have shown talent, but no one has been dominant. Who will win this years Heisman award? Jared: The best unknown in the group will win the Heisman this year.

continued to score back and forth until they were at a deadlock once again, this time with each a score of 12. Another timeout was called, and the Spartans’ strategy proved to be successful, winning the second match 15-1. The third and final match started out with a 4 nothing lead for West Springfield. Sophomore Meghan Johnson served up several points for Annandale, bringing the score up closer. The team really started to hussle then, with new enthusiasm, but they still fell as the Spartans ended the match at 5-15, also ending the game as all three matches went to West Springfield. “We played hard, with our hearts,” says Wolfe. Varsity’s next game is Wednesday against T. C. Williams. “I hope we win,” says Wolfe. “I hope we crush T. C. Williams.” Seneca Wallace, QB, Iowa St. He has the entire package, run, throw, and even catch; he caught a 19 yard touchdown earlier in the season. This kid is Michael Vick, but with improved decision making and he is leading an Iowa St. team to a 4-1 record. Willis McGahee, Miami’s RB is another contender who is filling tough shoes as a Miami starting RB, but he is doing a great job and leading the Big East in rushing. John: Ken Dorsey will be a contender partly because of his teams ranking. However, Michigan State wide receiver Charles Rogers should win this years Heisman award. He has consistently put up big numbers averaging over 6 catches and 137 yards a game, including 7 total touchdowns. Against undefeated Notre Dame, Rogers caught 2 amazing passes, one being a touchdown which put the game into overtime. Big players make big plays and Rogers has been the go-to man for Jeff Smoker. He should be this year’s winner— hands down. Reid: Midway through the season it is hard to say who will come out the winner in this race. There is certainly no dominant or exciting player like Eric Crouch was last year. Crouch has now retired from the NFL after a long, satisfying fourweek career with the lowly St. Louis Rams as a wide receiver. Which just goes to show that the Heisman is the award of the best player in college and not necessarily the best or most gifted player. I believe that right now this player is Miami’s Ken Dorsey. He has kept Miami undefeated and at the #1 spot on all college polls. However, Dorsey has a weak arm and not much mobility and will probably never amount to anything in the NFL. Other viable candidates right now are QBs Byron Leftwich and Seneca Wallace, Rogers and my dark horse candidate freshman running back Maurice.


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BY MATT WIEST Staff Writer With the unfortunate shootings that have recently taken place in the metropolitan area, the varsity field hockey team, along side all other school sponsored sports teams, have had some changes made to their schedules. Field hockey practices have been moved inside with the other sports, creating a limited availability of space and a difficult change in practice routine. Despite changes conventional field hockey training, the girls plan to keep up their hard work and continue to dominate the district. “I hope things can get back to normal soon. Everything has been messed up and it’s made practicing difficult. Once we start playing again, I hope we’ll be able to keep up our progress,” said junior Tracie Hiatt. However, the alterations in the girls’ schedules began well before the sniper shootings. The Sept. 26 game against the Lake Braddock Bruins was canceled due to rain and was rescheduled to be played on Saturday, Oct. 5. The girls suffered a hard fought 1-0 loss as game day came. Although the team felt ready, the Bruins were set on revenge and were determined to beat the Atoms this time around. The team hopes to look at the positive and negative aspects of their loss and use it for their benefit for future games. The 7-2 Atoms look to beat Lake Braddock depending on whether or not the two teams face off in districts. AHS rebounded from its defeat by Lake Braddock with victories over T.C. Williams and Hayfield. Against the T.C. Williams Titans, Julie Stone scored a tie-breaking goal to put the Atoms up 1-0.

Stone’s goal would stand as the game winner as strong play from Annandale’s defense would hold the Titans scoreless. “We started out a bit shaky, but we pulled together and we were able to come up with a big win. We needed to win to get our spirits back up after the Lake Braddock game,” said junior Chrissy Castaldo. Continuing their rebound from the Lake Braddock game, the Atoms beat the Hayfield Hawks on Oct. 2 by a score of 4-0. Goals from junior Julie Stone, junior Cameron Wells, and two from junior Erin O’Brien left AHS on top of the Hawks. Another strong defensive performance gave the Atoms their second straight shutout. Indoor field hockey practice has been particularly difficult for the team because the balls move much faster across the slick gym floor. The adjustments have the potential to alter the team’s play, but the girls hope that the recent changes in routine won’t affect their strong play that they have continually been improving upon throughTracie Hiatt out the season. Junior “Right now, everything is on a day to day basis,” said Student Activities Director Angelo Hilios. “We find out the night before if outdoor activities will be canceled. Teams haven’t had outdoor practices for a while so hopefully it won’t affect the outcome of their season.” As of now, the team looks forward to a quick return to normalcy and they hope to continue their success throughout the remainder of their season and on to districts. “If we continue to play well, we should do well in districts and we can begin to look at a good spot in regionals,” said Hiatt. “The whole team is looking forward to playing Lake Braddock again.”

Alex Akuetteh

JV FOOTBALL Record: 0-3 Result of Last Game: 48-0, loss to Robinson Captains: Chris Barns, Sam Boyd, Jared Smith Key Players: Alex Akuetteh, Sam Boyd, Chris Barns Coach’s Quote: “We are coming off a tough loss to a good team but we are coming along and developing.” Coach Marshall Jefferson

Once we start playing again, I hope we’ll beable to keep up our progress.

ANDREW MENEGAT

Girls tennis fares well in districts Junior Stephanie Lugar punishes a forehand during a district match. Lugar was one of four girls from AHS to play in districts. Seniors Katherine Kishiyama and Rachael Jones and freshman Molly Sterlacci were also selected for the Patriot District tournament. Kishiyama made in all the way to district semifinals as AHS’s top seed. Sterlacci was the no. 4 seed for AHS, Jones was the no. 3 seed, and Lugar was the no. 2 seed. Jones and Sterlacci lost their doubles match to West Springfield 1 and 2 seeds. Lugar also lost her singles match on the first day of the tournament.

Patriot District Standings Team, Overall Record, (District Record)

LEADER

Addison Orr

SEAN SULLIVAN

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL

Senior Riana Bovill runs past a Hayfield defender as Annandale tops the Hawks.

Cross country excels at Invitational BY JOHN REISS Staff Writer Sweltering 90-degree heat on a Saturday morning is not an ideal temperature for a cross country race, yet the Cross Country team came, they ran, they won. The team traveled to Williamsburg two weeks ago to compete in the William and Mary invitational. The race began in the early morning of Sept. 5 with the boys varsity race. It was a grueling 3.1 mile course, under equally grueling temperature. Senior runner Mike Flint finished the course with an astounding time of 16:09, placing 7th out of 257 runners and received a medal. Sophomore Brandon Flowers placed high as well, closely followed by seniors Publio Agrafas and Lam Vu. All three runners ran personal bests at the meet. For the first time in years, the boys team was able to muster enough freshman to run in the freshman boys race. They finished 8th out of 235 other teams thanks to aggressive races from freshman Bryan Plunket, Edgar Galeano, Joe Kruse, Sorrie Fornah and John Galvin. While the boys team had a great showing at William and Mary, it couldn’t match the performance made by the varsity girls team. Led by junior Lauren Edwards, and sophomores Samantha Muchmore and Katie Littlefield, the girls team finished 2nd out of 35 teams (missing 1st place by only one point), making this their most impressive showing in over a decade. All three runners received medals for

the race, and senior Victoria Dinh and sophomore Enwei Liber had breakthrough races, which contributed to the team’s success. “We did awesome as a team. I’m proud of all the girls and I think we will do well in districts,” said junior Lauren Edwards. The Atoms returned from William and Mary pumped up for their upcoming district races, but as a result to several shootings in the region, all cross country (and every other sport) practices have been conducted inside. The cross country team has utilized the upstairs gym and cafeteria for practices, but due to the hard surfaces in both these places, runners have been suffering injuries, resulting in a recent cancellation of practices. “Having indoor practices are really unfortunate,” said cross country coach Robert Christie. “It’s hard to get a good workout so close to districts but everyone is suffering from the current events in our area.” Despite these cancellations, the cross country is gearing up for the Patriot Festival on the 18th for the junior varsity, and the district meet for the guys on Oct. 24. Coach Christie feels, “We have the potential to do well in districts, however we go up against some of the top teams in the state.” The team is not worried about the upcoming challenges at districts, but they are hoping to focus in on personal and team goals, and focusing in on the future.

Record: 1-2 Result of Last Game: 29-0, loss to Robinson Captains: Drew Cowles, Jason Rutherford Key Players: Keith Watson, Tyler Okasaki, Mike Lusby, Shrink Sindi Coach’s Quote: “We’re disappointed with all the distractions, but when we get to play, we’ll be ready,” said coach Bill Maglisceau

Sarah Sheehan

JV FIELD HOCKEY Record: 5-2-2 Result of Last Game: 2-0 win over Lake Braddock Captains: Amy Suddarth, Sarah Sozio Key Players: Megan Berry, Sabrina Stacy, Ally Wheeler, Natalie Gilbert Coach’s Quote: “This is a team that works well together. They always put their best effort fourth during practice and it shows at games,” said coach Katie Stribling

Emily Eckert

FOOTBALL West Springfield 3-2, (2-0)

FRESHMAN FIELD HOCKEY

Robinson 5-0, (1-0) West Potomac 4-1, (1-0) Annandale 3-2, (1-1) TC Williams 2-3, (1-2)

Record: 3-1-2 Result of Last Game: 2-0 loss to Chantilly Captains: Elizabeth Eckert, Jill Guerin Key Players: Elizabeth Eckert, Jacky Barret Coach’s Quote: “Everyones working really hard and they have a great attitude. I’m impressed.,” said coach Kelly Eklund

Robinson Rams

Lake Braddock 2-3, (0-2) Hayfield 1-4, (0-2)

FIELD HOCKEY Annandale 9-2, (8-2) Lake Braddock 9-2 (6-1) Robinson 5-1 (4-1)

West Springfield 1-5, (1-5) West Potomac 0-7, (0-6)

JOHN REISS

TC Williams 5-5 (4-5) Hayfield 3-5 (3-5) Annandale Atoms Freshman Joe Kruse and John Galvin run laps on the track. Although practice was cancelled, some runners decided to run on their own or with a group of teammates.


18 ENTERTAINMENT Red Dragon is monstrous hit the

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Cast James Ven Der Beek, Jessica Biel, Shannyn Sossamon Synopsis In this Roger Avary adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel, a group of New England college students, and their circle of friends mix drugs, booze, and sex while neglecting their schoolwork. Van Der Beek is a drug dealer who’s got a crush on Lauren (Sossamon), who longs to give her virginity to the absent Victor (Kip Pardue). Throughout the movie, he tries without much success to get her into bed. Release Date Oct. 11.

“Red Dragon is a perfect mix of clever... dialog as only Anthony Hopkins can bring to the screen...”

BY ERIK ROONEY Staff Writer “Why on earth would someone bring a child to a movie like Red Dragon?” I thought, as I turned and gave the couple with child behind me the Jerry Seinfeld “evil eye.” What were these parents thinking? The movie, based on Thomas Harris’ novel The Red Dragon, is by no means kid-friendly. Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the elegantly evil Hannibal Lecter, who FILM RATING is lending his RED DRAGON expertise in forensic psychology to the young and ambiA great addition to tious FBI the Hannibal Lecter agent Will trilogy Graham, played by Edward Norton. They join forces in a seemingly unsolvable string of gruesome murders. In a weirdly ironic twist of fate, Graham realizes the man he has trusted is, in fact,

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Cast Johnny Knoxville, Jason “WeeMan” Acuna, Tony Hawk, Spike Jonze, Bam Margera, Phil Margera, Steve O, Chris Pontius, Synopsis Big-screen version of the two-year MTV series that featured Johnny Knoxville and his pals performing a series of dangerous, stupid, and juvenile stunts. Release date Oct. 25.

THE RING

Cast Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella Synopsis This remake of a 1998 Japanese film focuses on a female journalist who finds and watches a strange videotape. But she doesn’t realize the potential threat the tape poses—everyone who has watched it has died within a week. Release date Oct. 18

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Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) returns to evil in the enticing Red Dragon.

the man he is trying to catch. With a bit of luck, Hannibal is put behind bars, as Graham retires and tries to resume his life. However, he is asked to come back and help Agent Jack Crawford (played by Harvey Keitel) solve a new string of murders. The plot thickens as Graham realizes the only way to catch the madman is to implore the help of Dr. Lecter. Ralph Fiennes, as the deranged Francis Dolarhyde, treats us to a truly chilling performance. Dolarhyde is also known as the “tooth fairy” for his trademark of leaving bite marks on his victims. This mentally and physically deformed product of a traumatic childhood believes he is the manifestation of the Red Dragon, a painting of a half-man/ half-dragon towering over a woman. Adding contrast to his evil persona, the director uses Dolarhyde’s interest in Reba Crawford, a blind coworker played by Emily Watson, to show his human side. Red Dragon is the first in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy. As expected, this movie is readily measured against Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, installments two and three, and is the best of the series. Hannibal was too gruesome and lacked depth; Silence of the Lambs was a masterpiece of psychological suspense, but was often slow. Red Dragon is a perfect mix of cleverly disturbing dialog as only Anthony Hopkins can do it, and the coldblooded, twisted world of psychopaths. Although it was old hat for Anthony Hopkins, this movie showcased many talented actors playing in these types of roles for the first time. Ralph Fiennes, who made his big screen debut in Schindler’s List and starred in The English Patient,

Anthony Hopkins as the “elegantly evil” Hannibal Lecter. This is the third installment of the series starring this well-known psychopath.

does brilliantly and rivals even Sir Anthony in his demented depiction. Emily Watson has starred in such films as Breaking Waves and Hilary and Jackie. Edward Norton, always an intense actor, is no stranger to the nature of his role. Norton has covered a wide rang of emotions and characters in movies, including Fight Club, Death to Smoochy and American History X.

Red Dragon is a devilishly clever, psychological murder-suspense masterpiece, which stands firmly on its own and brilliantly next to Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The excellent use of lighting invokes a haunting image sure to leave you breathless. Just remember: you might want to leave the kids at home for this one.

‘Kingdom Hearts’ is no ‘Fantasy’ BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor in Chief When two media titans collaborate in any effort, especially a video game, expectations are elevated to an insurmountable point. Kingdom Hearts is Disney and Squaresoft’s joint venture to create the ultimate combination of the two companies’ skills. Square, known for its Final Fantasy series, was in charge of title development, and Disney lent the characters. This megamix falls short of its godly expectations, but still manages to be a great single-player experience that will suffice for most gamers. Underneath the childish exterior lays a wellGAME RATING designed and decently executed KINGDOM HEARTS game that features enjoyable gameplay and a story worthy of one’s valuable time. While the story is bland and trite, it is probably the best forged asset the game has. A perHackneyed plot may fect combination of Disney hulbe the best part of the game. labaloo and Final Fantasy’s sensuous, emotional appeal composes this tale of friendship and love. The story is no Shakespeare tale, but remains interesting solely due to the cameo-filled cut-scenes of cutesy characters from the Disney universe. The gist of the story is that Sora (you), has to find his friends while being the “chosen one” to save the separated Disney-themed worlds. Basically, this all boils down to Sora travelling from world to world, visa-

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Disney characters make varied appearances in Kingdom Hearts, Squaresoft’s latest release for Playstation 2.

vie gummi ships, eliminating some unwieldy force and saving the native Disney character. One of the first worlds features Sora and his band of players helping Tarzan defeat the evil hunter from the feature film. Simple and straightforward, the basic play mechanics are manageable even to a child, exactly as the two moguls had planned; but this is the only area that the game pleases all ages simultaneously. The actual game plays similar to Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series transfused with Square’s own Final Fantasy. In theory, this would be heaven for most gamers, yet the poor execution of the battle system and the difficult challenges make it an alienating experience for both young and old. Abandoning the turn-based battle system established in Final Fantasy games, Kingdom Hearts uses real-time fighting to keep the action fresh and unam-

biguous—but the lack of depth and deftness required transforms otherwise fun fighting into bland battling. Ultimately, the test of skill and strategy solely is equivalent to the speed in which the “X” button can be pressed. Defensive moves and parrying are more often performed by accident than by intention. Magic and items can be used in the heat of battle, yet selecting either from the in-game real-time menu can feel awkward, troublesome during a heated battle. Though this does not make usage impossible, it does impede utilization of such abilities. Most of the game is spent battling on foot as you traverse seemingly boundless movie-inspired lands; but to reach the new worlds, gummi ships are required. These abysmal attempts to spice up the monotony of the game prove to be a horrendous hassle. The “spaceshooter”-esque mini-game seems more like an afterthought—minus the thought. To pour more salt into this gaping wound, the graphics in this portion of the game are egregiously ugly. This is the sole section of the game that lacks graphical appeal. A majority of the game contains well-crafted figures that reflect the 3D representation for the 2D icons. The Final Fantasy characters that make a cameo also look like next-gen models of the 32-bit counterparts. All the cinema scenes look identical to the in game screens but contain professionally done voices such as Hayley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense). This titanic effort falters in several key areas, but has enough charm to keep most playing hour after hour.

‘Dirrty’ tunes invade fall season Dave Navarro, influenced Stripped’s making, giving the album an eclectic ensemble of styles. Justin Timberlake Justified It’s that time of year again, when big Taking a break from his multimillion dolnames in the music industry drop their latlar boy band, Justin Timberlake will be reest releases. This year, there are all kinds: leasing his debut album, Justified, by early from easy listening to “dirrty” pop. November. For his solo project Timberlake Christina Aguilera not only worked with colossal hip hop stars Stripped like P.Diddy, Mario, Brian McKnight, and As seen at left, Christina Aguilera has the Clipse, who are featured in his first single completely reinvented herself... for the bet“Like I Love You,” but also teamed up with ter? Her latest album contains all kinds of the talented Neptunes to improve the grown-up themes for a grown-up album’s quality. Timberlake has adopted a Mouseketeer, starting with her first single, whole new R&B style, leaping across bound“Dirrty.” With scandalous dancing and barelyaries never before attempted. there clothing, Aguilera quells all good-girl Santana misconceptions and tarShaman gets a more mature auAfter releasing Supernatudience. Despite her quesral, selling millions of copies tionable morality, worldwide, and restablishing Aguilera is still full of talhimself as one of the biggest acts ent, and worked with big in music, Carlos Santana renames in recording her turns with Shaman. As with his latest disc: Alicia Keys previous album, Shaman is a co-produced and is feacollection of guitar-propelled tured on the ballad “Imtunes mixed with today’s most possible,” which promising voices. The album Aguilera co-wrote. Artconsists of collaborations with a ists from all genres, like motley variety of artists, rangEve, featured on “Can’t The cover of Santana’s latest, ing from the perky Michelle Hold Us Down,” and Shaman. BY KATIE STANTON AND ALEJANDRO SALINAS Entertainment Editors

Cast Daniel Radcliffe, Sean Biggerstaff, David Bradley, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane Synopsis Harry returns to Hogwarts despite an elf’s warning, and, sure enough, he gets himself into trouble. The dreaded Chamber of Secrets is open again at Hogwarts, and the unknown Heir to Slytherin is determined to wreak havoc on Muggle-blooded students. Release Date Opens in theaters everywhere Nov. 15

Aguilera says goodbye to her good girl persona, trading it for a more “dirrty” image

The cover to Timberlake’s latest musical reincarnation, Justified.

Branch, with whom Santana sings the album’s first single “Game of Love,” to artists such as Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, POD, Placido Domingo, and Macy Gray. The album is scheduled for release during late October. Nick Carter Now or Never The youngest Backstreet Boy goes solo in a desperate attempt to retain his popularity. The album contains more rock-oriented songs, while staying faithful to the bubbly tunes that made him popular. Now or Never was available as of October 15, and for a short time comes with a limited edition DVD.


ENTERTAINMENT 19 The Misanthrope allows the truth to speak for itself the

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The Arena Stage’s comedic production charms audiences BY PHILIPPE PODHORECKI Co-Editor-in-Chief In the candid world of The Misanthrope where the truth always hurts, it shines of wit and excellence. Now playing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Moliere’s comedic play that leaves no one free from the truth provides a delightful experience for both literary geniuses and casual viewers. The Misanthrope, one of Moliere’s many plays, follows Alceste in his attempts to avoid trouble and woo Celimene. Alceste’s problem is that he believes that people should be absolutely candid in all that they do, a characteristic that will surely bring trouble his way. This character trait proves to be more than enough to keep the laughs flowing. Originally written in French, the translation of The Misanthrope is both well done and modernized. Common language and profanity is strewn about to create a perfect poetic cadence for the play. Witty comments and jeers are both rhythmic and funny, an amazing feat considering it is a translation. Ranjit Bolt’s version retains all the humor the play had when Moliere first wrote the humorous quips nearly 350 years ago. Director Penny Metropulos does a marvelous job of bringing the most out of the entire cast. Her direction helps to set the mood of 17th century France, with beautiful music and scenery. William Bloodgood’s stage design is

magnificent. An enormous portrait of, presumably, a French king adorns the center of the arena with beautiful marbleesque flooring. Only a few pieces of furniture are used, but they are constantly moved, seamlessly part of the play to keep the staging fresh. The costumes are spectacular in every respect. Color-coding the individual players allows for the audience to immediately recognize which player is who. The coats and ribbons the men wear look stunningly real, while the elegant gowns are splendidly designed by Deborah M. Dryden. Yet as fantastic as these sets and costumes are, the actors are what really bring this play to fruition. Michael Emerson, best known to the general public for his role on The Practice as a serial killer, turns in a humorous and near-slapstick performance. His sometimes Jim Carey-like facial expressions and outlandish body motions prove to be sensationally enjoyable for all viewers. The lines are nowhere near butchered as Emerson delivers each with perfect cadence and clarity. John Leonard Thompson’s enactment of Philinte, Alceste’s close friend, is absolutely exquisite, and nearly steals the show from Emerson. His speech is perfectly clear throughout the play and his actions speak even louder than his words. He is perhaps the funniest of all the characters as he points out the flaws and attempts to restrain his friend. The Arena Stage’s The Misanthrope serves up delectable comedy everyone can enjoy. Don’t skip out on this hilarious comedy of truth just because its not playing at the local movie theater or you’ll be missing out.

If today is your birthday: Scorpio is a direct influence on your life. You are a genuinely nice person, but this may prevent you from telling people the whole story. You appreciate balance in your life and feel uncomfortable or bothered when it isn’t possible. Financial problems should be cleared up soon, but problems in the family might take a little longer. Lucky numbers are 13, 2 and 7.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’re feeling increasingly petulant as time goes by, but it’s silly to let little things get to you. It’s a good idea to do something healthy lately; that’s sure to cheer you up, and, at the very least, get you moving. Ask an energetic Aries to go with you. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Even if you enjoy seeming like the mysterious type, you might be compromising a potentially gratifying relationship. Open up to the people around you a little; what’s the worst that could happen? Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Lately you may have been encountering people from your past. These friendships started anew will be even better than they were before. Watchout for bad motives from a Cancer.

The Misanthrope Translated from the original French, The Misanthrope is playing at the Arena stage in Washington DC. Featuring a varied cast, brilliant costumes and simple, yet effective, sets, it chronicles the main charcter’s attempts to woo his beloved.

Too good to be true: movies and music you can’t afford to miss

Palahniuk sings new Lullaby

BY KATIE STANTON Entertainment Editor

BY WIDAD KHADRAOUI Staff Writer

From books to music to independent films, some of the best parts of the entertainment world are those you never knew existed. INDIE FLICKS Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) An international award winner, Atanarjuat is a modern remake of an ancient Inuit legend, set in the 1,200person community of Igloolike. It tells of an unknown shaman who enters a small Inuit community, leaving a bitter curse that upsets the harmony and peace of the villagers. Their leader is murdered, and the new chief drives away his rival, Tulimaq, through mistreatment and ridicule. Tulimaq, still resentful years later, has two sons: Amaqiaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, who become the best hunters in the camp. Already viewed as rivals by Oki, the chief ’s son, the situation worsens when Atanarjuat fights for and wins Oki’s promised bride, Atuat. Oki vows revenge, and, after killing Amaqiaq with a spear, ends up chasing a starknaked Atanarjuat across the arctic ice, until he escapes with supernatural help and is nursed back to health by an old couple that left his village many

Words can be powerful instruments if used properly. They can educate, motivate and entertain, but at the same time betray, hurt and deceive. This is made clear in Chuck Palahinuk’s new novel, Lullaby, where words themselves have power over life and death. Part of this novel’s appeal includes the elaborate plot. The story revolves around jaded journalist Carl Streator, who suffers from a tragic past, and eccentric Helen Hoover Boyle, a real estate agent whose specialty is the sale of unsettled homes, haunted by the crimes committed inside. Both have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, by reading their babies an ancient magic Af-

Natar Ungalaaq plays Atanarjuat, in a movie by the first ever Inuit production company.

years ago. It is up to Atanarjuat to find his true path and return to save his family and village, without starting anew the bloody cycle of revenge. Atarnajuat is an indie-film produced by a predominantly Inuit company in Canada, the first of its kind, and offers a new awareness, respect and understanding of the Inuit way of life. Showing in select US theaters; access http://www.atanarjuat.com for showtimes and info. Igby Goes Down Kieran Culkin stars as Igby Slocumb, a rebellious 17 year old attempting to survive in the world of

Kieran Culkin plays Igby Slocumb, a rebellious adolescent struggling to find himself in a world he couldn’t control.

privilege he was born into: his father (Bill Pullman) is schizophrenic, his mother (Susan Sarandon) is distant and self-obsessed and his brother (Ryan Phillippe) is Republican. Igby flunks out of countless prep schools, and is finally sent to a military academy—but ends up in New York with his mother’s credit card, hiding out in his godfather’s weekend home and meeting a myriad of characters in this darkly funny quest to find himself. Igby Goes Down runs along the same lines as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, chronicling a struggle every teenager goes through to escape the oppressiveness of home. Showing in select US theaters; access http:// www.mgm.com/ua/ igbygoesdown/ for showtimes and info. AUTHORS Chuck Palahniuk His first novel was made into a hit movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and his fifth novel was just released in the U.S.: Chuck Palahinuk (pronounced Paula-nick) writes in a striking style about the foibles of society, exposing the dark side of man. An Oregon based writer, he caught his first literary recognition in 1996 with Fight Club, which received excellent reviews and was made into the actionbased screenplay we know and love today. His following novels, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke and, most recently, Lullaby, use the same twisted commentary and mocking satire as his first; his striking style is something everyone should be exposed to. MUSIC Jack Johnson

Anyone even mildly interested in the world of pro-surfing should know this name. Jack Johnson, a Hawaii native, began surfing when he was a toddler, and was hitting championship waves when he was 10 years old. Sponsored by Quiksilver, he mastered the Pipeline, one of the world’s most dangerous waves, by age 17. He discovered his musical talents while exploring cinematography, when Johnson and two friends made a surfing documentary partially featuring his tuneful ability. Johnson’s first album, Brushfire

The cover of Jack Johnson’s first album, Brushfire Fairytales.

Fairytales, was released in winter of 2001, with the help of musician Ben Harper. Johnson mixes blues, rock and hip-hop, using skilled guitar and lazy vocals to create a brand-new rock sound; think of a less-peppy John Mayer. Interested listeners should hear “F-Stop Blues,” the music video for which, ironically enough, features internationally renowned pro-surfers.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You keep reminiscing about your past; the only thing to do is to hold your head forward. You’ve got a lot of options right now that you should be taking advantage of. There is a Leo who’s watching out for you, but they’re staying hidden. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Watch out how you treat people; as an air sign, you’re a little spacey at times, and you might not realize how the things you say affect the people around you. Prioritize your life; get help from a Virgo. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You have a lot of energy that you sometimes don’t know what to do with. Use it constructively and you’ll get farther than you ever thought you could. Make friends with a Libra if you’re feeling imbalanced; I hear they’re pretty nice people. Aries (March 21-April 19) Maybe things aren’t going your way; that’s no reason to give up now. You’re really very lucky if you think about it. Don’t forget to relax every now and then. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Unlike most of your friends, you tend to stick with your decisions. Don’t give that up now; it’ll take you places. Somebody’s got both eyes on you; make a move if you see a sign. Gemini (May 21- June 21) You are too tense. There’s no reason to be paranoid now, especially since a surprise will be coming soon. If you’re looking for love, you may have already found it. Cancer (June 22-July 22) You just keep falling in love over and over again. Without some self control, you could lose it all. Take a step back, but keep your good mood. Scorpio figures prominently.

r i can ‘culling song.’ Once the poem is in the mind, it kills the person with whom it resides. As Streator and Boyle embark on a quest to destroy the remaining 200 books containing the poem, they are joined by two witches-in-training: Helen’s assistant, Mona, and her boyfriend, Oyster. The mission soon becomes a power struggle between those who comprehend the poem and individuals who are aware of it. As the story progresses, the reader understands Palahnuik’s purpose: to show how society has such a strong hold on its inhabitants. Lullaby shows how humans crave power, and how having control over life and death can change people. The plot itself is terrifying on its own in its intensity of human emotion and feeling. Ideals from this novel can intimidate many, as Palahinuk allows the reader to get in touch with their dark side.

Leo (July 23-August 22) You’ve been staring at closed doors for so long, you haven’t realized many more have opened. There is an Aquarius that loves you somewhere in your life; don’t forget that they need taking care of too. Virgo (August 23-Sept. 22) Feeling frustrated? Maybe just unhappy? It all has to do with your perspective. There really is always a reason to smile. Taurus should be an influence soon.


20 WEEKEND Let the good times

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—KW Williams Awareness Aid

“I plan on going to Homecoming and chill with my friends.” —Renzo Garcia sophomore

“I’m going to go to the football game and the dance. I will probably go to the movies with my friends too.” —Zuineb Baywa Freshman

“I’m going to eat dinner with my girlfriend and go to the dance. I’ll probably just hang out afterward.”

BY MIKE MAHN

Videographer Bowling, a sport mastered by mainly disrespected middle-aged athletes, is played all over the world as a casual form of entertainment. Little did you know that you are participating in one of the oldest sports known to man every time you decide on spending your hours at the quaint and tranquil bowling alley. A Brief History Most historians agree Bowling began as early as 3200 B.C. in Egypt. Since then the game has been refined down to the form it is seen today. Once a stone ball, it became smoother, composed of the most gripping and reactive elements, and eventually gained three holes. Once merely objects for the game, pins became well-crafted into the shape you see today. The lanes have also transformed from grass, to dirt, to wood, and now to oily synthetic wood. Bowling in AHS Nowadays absolutely anyone can bowl. It doesn’t take a professional athlete to enjoy this game. Bowling alleys have set out to entertain people of all ages and experience levels. Avid fans of the game can join competitive leagues that involve monetary rewards. Both can join by themselves or with friends. Casual players can bowl on Saturday nights with “cosmic” or “extreme” lights and music glaring and blaring or during the daytime for a much more affordable amount of money. “I love bowling because I am a goofy athlete,” said senior Jack Shea. “Bowling is one sport that I am actually good at.” Bowling is a sport that is easy to play because it requires less strenuous work and more concentration. “As long as I concentrate I have very good games, otherwise bowling can be quite a hard men-

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tal game,” said senior Andy Pelenberg. If you are a casual bowler, you may fear slight humiliation by making a critical faux-pas at the alley. Just remember to grab a ball that you feel comfortable using. If it is too heavy then you will be ineffective, and likewise if it is too light your game will suffer. If you decide to take bowling to the next level, be sure to buy a ball that is tailored to your style, certain balls react more on those oily lanes.

Right now bowling is played in over 90 countries by over 100 million people. Would 100 million people lie about how much fun bowling can be? Alleys in Annandale With winter approaching, many students seek other weekend activities indoors to avoid the cold weather. Bowling alleys provide students with an easily accessible way to pass the time. Recently, bowling has taken a twist, with new events such as “extreme” or “cosmic” bowling. Extreme bowling usually takes place after 10p.m. and lasts till as long as 2a.m. Extreme bowling features

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CAMERON KYNES Weekend Editor “Man cannot live on bread alone,” He needs toast too! The warm lightly toasted subs from Quiznos are full of flavor. They make the bland, cold subway subs taste like pig fodder. The two restaurants provide a very similar dinning atmosphere. Both have self-serve fountain drinks, both have a variety of chips to supplement your sub, and they both are small with little seating space. I personally was far more comfortable with the seating of Subway. Quiznos was too small and crowded and the stool seating was uncomfortable. In terms of atmosphere Subway has a small advantage. Price is not a factor. Some may contend that the $1-2 extra that one will pay at Quiznos is just too much, but in reality the subs are bigger, not necessarily longer, but thicker. Subs at Subway range from $2 to $6 while subs at Quiznos range from $4 to $8. Subway has 4 inch round subs, 6 inch and 12 inch subs. Quiznos has small, regular and large subs. But, when it comes to the most important factor, the food, Quiznos pulls far ahead. In addition to the subs, Quiznos offers a variety of salads, soups, and desserts. The bland, icy taste of Subways cold cuts can not compare to the warm meat of a Quiznos sub. And the microwaved chewiness of the hot subs pale in comparison to the textured crunchiness of Quiznos lightly toasted bread. The menu at each restaurant is quite extensive, accommodating almost all tastes, from the greasy pizza sub to the healthy veggie sub. The best choice at Quiznos: the Black Angus Steak sub. The best choice at Subway: the Spicy Italian sub. When searching for the superior submarine sandwich choose Quiznos. Subway is located at 7120 Columbia Pike. Quiznos is located at 7042 Columbia Pike.

Freshman Vinnie Athey is a regular at Annandale Bowling Lanes.

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balls and pins that glow under black light, swirling laser lights, and high energy music for a “multisensory bowling experience.” Alleys accommodate both younger and older crowds by adding arcades and pool tables in addition to bowling. For those who are not as experienced or beginning bowlers, most alleys offer bumper bowling, which prevents embarrassing gutter balls by covering the sides so your ball doesn’t fall into it. Alleys also have lane side cafes too feed your growling stomachs as needed. Some bowling alleys such as AMF made “fun packs” which include 2 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, a pitcher of soda, and one large popcorn (for and extra $10 add 1 onetopping pizza). More and more students are turning to the alleys as entertainment. It’s a good place to hang out with friends and is relatively inexpensive, costing no more than a movie. The laid back environment provides a relaxing escape from schoolwork. The closest lanes in the surrounding Annandale area are AMF located at 4245 Markham St. off of Little River Turnpike and Bowl America located at 6446 Edsall Rd. For more information check out http:// www.amf.com.

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“I will be at the game on Friday and my wife and I will be chaperoning the dance. My wife will take me to Red Lobster before the dance.”

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Which is better? The battle of the subs is won by the better tasting Quiznos sub with its original toasted bread.

Students often go to the AMF bowling alley right here in Annandale. Lanes are open at almost anytime.

Salvation Army: savings for students BY JOHN REISS Staff Writer Shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch: $25. Pants from American Eagle: $40. Shirt and pants from the Salvation Army: priceless (well not priceless, but you aren’t going to pay more than $4 for both of the items). The Salvation Army is located on Little River Turnpike in Annandale and is the place to find old and used clothes at cheap prices. Most people perceive the Salvation Army as a dirty, rundown store where only poor people can shop. However, this is not so. Due to the recent “old school” style fashion trend that has been growing in popularity, many people have begun shopping at the Salvation Army, where rare vintage shirts are in great supply. Many people are skeptical about wearing something that someone else has already worn, however the Salvation Army guarantees that it washes and dry-cleans all of its items before they hang them on the racks. Clothing is not the only thing the Salvation Army sells though, it also carries furniture and other household furnishings. It is a great place to go when fixing up your room, you can find comfortable chairs

or couches, or a nice desk for all that late night cramming. They also carry exercise equipment, books and shoes. All of the items at the Salvation Army are priced quite reasonably compared to today’s expensive consumer standards. Every shirt costs no more than 99 cents and pants are usually sold at about $2.99. Furniture goes for more usually. “I bought my computer desk from the Salvation Army. It was originally valued at about $900, but I bought it for $400 after it had been used for one year,” said senior Ashley Welch. Although the Salvation Army might be a great place to buy cool clothes, that is not its only purpose. It is an international organization formed as part of the Universal Christian Church. The Salvation Army is located right down the street from school, at 6528 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. It is open everyday of the week except for Sunday from 9:30a.m. to For more information on the Salvation Army, visit http://www.salvationarmy.com.

This Salvation Army in Annandale gives students a cheap alternative to the outrageous prices of stores like Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle.

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Subway vs. Quiznos

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