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Traffic: Cont. from page 1 keep her sister from being late to class at Della Davidson.The traffic can make the 1.3 mile trek from OHS to Della Davidson last 10-15 minutes. Resource officer Harper Thomas says the parents who leave early and also those who let their children ride the bus help ease up the traffic. Thomas and other officers are doing what they can to help alleviate the traffic problem. Martin has also enlisted the help of faculty “to help monitor traffic,” especially in the afternoon. “(We have) six consistent people out there,” Martin said. “Mr. Kelly, Mr. Nazario, Mr. Liddell, both Colonel and Master Sergeant, Mr. Leake and, administratively, Duncan and myself. I helped out in the back, and I think I might have to go back because on rainy days, kids are reluctant to come out of the building. On cold days it will become worse than that because I’m not going to ask kids to go out in the cold. They’ll just have to wait for their ride to come and run out to the car.” Martin says that Daniel Kelly, Al Nazario, Todd Liddell, Col. Jerrel Townsend, Master Sgt. Richard McCarty and Trey Leake are all volunteers. Thomas says that the traffic problem cannot be entirely attributed to OHS. “We have the most students here at this school and up at Bramlett than we’ve ever had before and it causes problems,” Thomas said. Martin agrees, saying that “sharing Bramlett Boulevard” with the Bramlett students does not help the traffic at all. “Out here this is Bramlett Boulevard, and this is a thoroughfare,” Martin said. “People go through here to go grocery shopping, to the University, or to High-

way 7. And we share it with another school that is about a third of the size as we are. Bramlett now has 350, almost 360 kids, (with) 300 more in the first grade. That’s about 750 kids compared to our 950 or so.” Commuters are also affected by the necessity of “thoroughfare,” which slows their mornings down when they must drive down Bramlett Blvd. “It is an aggravation,” Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson said. “(The traffic) is a product of growth in the school.” As for the future of the traffic problem, Martin says that measures have been made to ease the traffic, but it is hard to work on change in such a limited space. “That’s an on-going battle,” Martin said. “We’ve helped people with parking. We’ve released early. I released last Friday (September 14) early, five minutes early, for car riders just because it was a Friday afternoon (with) a huge game at the University.” Martin says that the new school will be the real solution to the traffic problem. This new system will include “one-way in, one-way out” system, Thomas says, with the cars and buses splitting to ease traffic flow. “At the new school we won’t have to share the landscape,” Martin said, “not with another school, not with a thoroughfare, shoppers and work. It’s a deadend. It is a destination in and of itself. And the parking itself is laid out much more conducive. (OHS) wasn’t built for that. It was planned for a school of 500 and when less people had vehicles. They rode busses or walked or cycled.” With a 275-300 student eighth grade class approaching, the traffic is expected to increase even more next year. People will have to endure the congestion for yet another year, until the new school is completed on the projected date of January in the 2013-2014 school year.

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Administration relocates much senior parking to gravel lot ,-((./'0/'"$(1'2304" 6#'113!(-#%( Beginning this fall, senior parking was relocated to the gravel lot. “When the bus shop moved out of the gravel parking lot, it was the largest place to put the seniors,” Townsend said. “In the afternoon when everybody is trying to get out and leave, the seniors are already gone. The parking helps with the flow of traffic.”

Since the year 2005 the seniors at Oxford High School have had assigned parking spaces, Townsend said. Seniors such as Keenan Arntson and Destiny Ray both say that they don’t mind walking out to their cars because they are closer “unless it’s raining.” “I feel like the seniors should get to park closer to the exit of the school so they can get to their cars faster and leave,” Embrey Inman said.

Many seniors think it is fair to park in the gravel lot. However, others like Garrett Gross is against a seniors only parking lot. “I don’t like where I park because I have to walk too far to where I need to go,” Gross said. “I think that as seniors we should be able to choose were we get to the park.” Seniors driving to school for the first time have no idea what it is like to park toward the back of the school.

“I had to park in the gravel lot last year,” Arnston said. “I didn’t like it because you had to get out to your car early before traffic or you were the last out of the parking lot because of traffic.” The new senior parking policy may not be a popular decision, but Townsend says it’s not changing soon. “As long as I am here there will be no changes,” Townsend said. “That is the arrangement that Mr. Martin wanted.”

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Competing at large international event gives Envirothon insight ,-(567/42"(86"'97"3 +%!63%2-#*( Two months after graduation, recent graduate Jane Wu headed to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania for the last competition of her high school career: Envirothon. Along with her four teammates, seniors Julie Shaw and Yujing Zhang, and juniors Joelle Young and Mark Zhao, Wu captured sixteenth place overall, along with first place in the Soils/ Land Use category. “It’s been a long time since Mississippi last got in the top 20, and I’m thrilled that our team is the one to have done it,” Wu said. Team sponsor Renee Dayan says the competition has six categories, with each team member acting as the “expert” in one primary category: Aquatic Ecology (Zhao), Forestry (Young), Wildlife (Shaw), Current Event (Zhang), and Soils/ Land Use (Wu). The point of Envirothon, Dayan says, is “to increase and promote environmental awareness and education” among young people. “It’s not just written tests and hugging trees,” Wu explains, grinning. “In (my category), I can be given a soil pit and, using only a measuring tape, knife, water, and a Munsell Color Book (to help soil identification), have to be able to tell what the soil texture, color, and structure are and the depth of horizons, water table, and bedrock.” “Then, I have to be able to say if this land is suitable for agriculture, housing, or other types of development. This is exactly how real soil scientists consult farmers and developers about land use,” she adds. With a goal of making it into the top 20 of 54 teams from the U.S. and Canada, Dayan was “very pleased” with the result, an improvement from 32nd place last year. Zhao says they were all “ecstatic,” Dayan especially. Wu, though happy with the success, says she expects the team

to do even better next year and to recruit more members. “The goal of Envirothon isn’t just to win scholarships, prizes, plaques and medals, even though those are nice,” Wu said. “It’s to get people involved in real life science and teach them how to work as a team, both of which we’ve only been getting better at.” Indeed, teamwork is a major component of the competition. Zhao says that after spending a day identifying tree types, determining bird calls and conducting water quality tests, among other events, the team then spent the next day in a small room for eight hours with only notes and poster boards. “We had to come up with a 20-minute presentation about implementing low impact development in a town in Pennsylvania,” he says, describing the 2012 current event topic: Nonpoint Source Pollution and Low Impact Development. Zhao says Envirothon goes “above and beyond” other academic extracurriculars. The amount of knowledge that competitors accumulate, he says, is equal to that of Environmental Science majors in university. Zhao spent over 30 hours during the summer preparing for the competition. Additionally, the team met several times every month after school last spring to listen to lectures from local experts in environmental science. “We even traveled to different places in Mississippi to learn from experts and to learn in the field,” Zhao said. However, he points out that the best thing about Envirothon is meeting people from all over North America and making so many new friends. “The people on our team are now some of my best friends,” he said. For next year, Dayan says she would “love to win state again” and then build on the team’s success from there. The national competition will be held in Bozeman, Montana.

School implements double-block Algebra classes ,-((1'2?"(1/'9"' 6#'113!(-#%( The new school year has brought some changes in terms of scheduling for some of the students and teachers in Algebra I classes. Instead of the regular 50-minute Algebra I classes, some classes have switched to double blocking with classes that last for two 50 - minute periods. Assistant Superintendent William Hamilton said the change is based on “multiple measures,” including size of the incoming freshman class. Hamilton said that the idea came from Petal High School, which has implemented the same two - period scheduling for their Algebra classes. Hamilton said he “kept noticing a few schools with a good, high QDI such as Petal and Pass Christian.” A Quality of Distribution Index, or QDI, is an overall measurement of state test performance. “They do a block schedule all day,” Hamilton said. “They were taking some students and giving them a two hour block and got good scores on the State Algebra Test.” Hamilton said that the scores of the MCT and Explore Test for

the current freshman class were examined before making the decision. “We had some of the highest Algebra scores in the state,” Hamilton said. “We decided to take 68 to 72 students and put them on a block schedule. We want them to score proficient/advanced on the state test.” Mississippi will adopt the Common Core State Standards in June of 2010, which will be implemented in the 2014 – 2015 term, and the standards will be much higher. “With Common Core coming, we have to get people going further along,” Hamilton said. Four current math teachers will teach the new blocked classes: Chris Cutcliffe, Chris Baughman, Michael Thees, and Jessica Wise. “The four of us collaborate on everything we do,” Cutcliffe said. “We discuss how to pace the class and consider different options.” Cutcliffe said that the change has allowed the teachers to spend more time on their material. “We’ve been giving less homework and more in-class practice,” Cutcliffe said. “That lets the teachers identify where the problems are, then spend more time with the students.

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Sibling  favoritism  an integral  part of  society ,-(;<"3(,0'30'5 &*,7.+-8# It seems as if we live in a world that frequently turns against us. Nowhere is this more evident than from the eyes of siblings. For every sibling who is born into the world, there is a gradual increase in the existence of an imaginary mental disorder that I like to call “Attention Division Syndrome.” The feeling of being short handed due to brothers and sisters both younger and older is unacceptable. It has been proven that parents do pick a favorite child, even if each parent picks a different favorite. There is nothing wrong with that; everyone has a best friend, a favorite shirt, a favorite type of car, a dream job, a dream house and so on and so forth. So, it’s not that far-fetched for a parent, even a loving, doting, and fairly equal one to pick a favorite child. We so commonly evaluate and judge everything around us all the time; occasionally we have to deal with the fact that even though we are equal, others sometimes get a little bit more attention than we do. Yes, parents should and probably do love all of their children unconditionally, after all, their chromosomes joined to form the new living, breathing creatures who are their children; their own flesh and blood. Psychologically, however people all attach themselves to one particular someone more than anyone else in the entire world. Parents attach themselves to and sacrifice things for their children. It is not hard to believe that they might do more for one child than another. I feel like my brother gets the upper hand in a lot of situations. For example, I am occasionally demeaned to the back seat, because he is apparently tall enough now to ride up front. I don’t remember being able to have things my way in the same way that he does. It appears that it is a product of time. I honestly think it is. I know of multiple occurrences in which younger siblings have gotten an edge due to the legacy of their older siblings in places like school and with friends. Is it truly fair though that they get to use what their older brothers and sisters have done to improve their own lives? The power of the sibling can never be understated. I believe that as much as brothers and sisters provide for each other, there will be a sense of disdain at points in their lives. Between getting things that they want, being allowed to do things, getting away with this and that and not having to worry about the consequences there’s a lot to love about being the favorite. It may seem like it doesn’t play to their favor every now and then, and that the tides may have changed; but really, deep down they are still the favorite. Understandably it happens, but it just feels like the world favors the favorite. Age seems to be the primary factor in determining the favorite of the house. The younger child is most of the time babied longer than an older child. We should baby our dogs, food, plants, house, car and anything else. We do not need to baby children, or anyone for that matter that is over the age of ten. That’s it, no exceptions. Nevertheless, I assert that as siblings, we all should just throw in the towel, and give up. Our parents are going to pick their favorites and we are going to have to deal with the ups and downs of being liked that minuscule little bit less. Don’t let it get under your skin.

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!"#$"%"&'()*+$'*,)-.$/"+"0(1$"2"3.*+" ,-((4""5(,-0'6 &*,7.+-8# This year the School Board changed the previous exemption policy to a more genuine policy that is more accommodating to the lives of students. This new policy lets students have one excused absence and still be able to exempt an end of the year class if they have a C average or higher. It’s a win-win situation for both parties: students getting an exemption, and the school getting more money for having students at school. This change is overdue and needed to happen after the previous change of the grading scale. ! "#$!$%%$&'(!)% !#*+,-.!'#,(!-$/!0)1,&2!/,11!3$-$4'! 5)6$!'#*-!78('!'#$!('89$-'!3)92:!!;'!/,11!3$-$4'!'#$! school, the parents of the students, and most importantly, the students. For the school this policy is good for many reasons. By encouraging the students to come to school in order for them to receive the exemption, the school

gets funding money for having the students present in school. The money that we get from the state resulting from the attendance funding can be used for '#,-.(!'#*'!3$-$4'!8(!,-!(&#))1:!!!<'#1$',&!$=8,05$-'>! class materials, and simple electricity to keep the lights on are all examples of what the money can be used for. For parents, this policy takes off a good deal of stress. Parents are the ones who normally are responsible for toting their kids around to different appointments and activities. The everyday lives of working parents are already hectic enough while trying their very best to ensure their child’s academic life is a success. ! ?)6!('89$-'(!'#,(!0)1,&2!,(!5)('!3$-$4&,*1:!!"#$! personal lives of all students are very important and &*-!()5$',5$(!.$'!,-!'#$!/*2!)% !(&#))1:!!<1)-.!/,'#! the personal issues come family issues. Some personal issues include having medical appointments. Dentist and doctor appointments are always hard to schedule and are almost impossible to

schedule on the weekends. Students who are sick with a contagious illness should stay home so everyone else in school is not affected with the illness. Plus, if students really are sick, they shouldn’t feel obligated to come to school. The additional exemption grade will make it easier for students to study for some of their other exams as well. However, it is not okay for students to skip school just to skip. I’ve never liked the kids who played hooky. It makes the school look bad and at the same time, is disrespectful of the students. If we want to make our school the best it can be, then all students should try their best to attend. Thank you to the School Board for changing this rule. I have already had my excused absence when I had a dentist appointment earlier in the month. So if I keep up a C average and be at school for the rest of the year, I can still exempt that end of the year exam. This new policy change had a positive effect not just on the student body, but the enitre school.

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According to the Olympic Charter one of the roles of the International Olympic Committee is, “to encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned.” Key words, “fair play.” That’s why it’s a mystery to me why people questioned the Badminton World Federation’s decision to disqualify eight female badminton players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia from the London Olympics over charges that they deliberately threw a pair of doubles matches. “Why would one purposely try to lose a match in the Olympics,” you may ask. Here’s why: according to the Associated Press the London !"#$%&'() *+,) -./) 0,(-) -&$/) */1-2,/3) 1) ,+2435,+6&4) *+,$1-) *+,) 613$&4-+47) 6/*+,/) -./) %"1#/,() /4-/,/3) -./) 8&45+,59+) .+$/) tournament. In order to seed low and not face challenging opponents, these players threw the match. This behavior goes completely against the Olympic spirit, it was very disrespectful to their competitors, and perhaps the most repercussion to come for the sport is the impact on the sport. It is absolutely absurd that these so called “athletes” would do something like throw a match. If they’re not giving their all then they don’t deserve to be labeled as an athlete. If one is going to throw the match then he or she is no different from an actor, basically scripting what’s going to happen. There is nothing more disrespectful than giving up against an opponent. It’s one thing to be up by many points and, out of ,/(%/'-7)4+-),24)2%)-./)('+,/7)62-)-+):1-)+2-)"+(/)+4)%2,%+(/)&() wrong. The ladies who did this should be ashamed and should publicly apologize to their competitors for not giving them a legitimate match. These athletes train for countless hours to compete in the Olympics and then have their competitors basically give up. That’s like saying, “I don’t care how much effort you put into beating me, I’m just going to let you win.” One of the worst things to come out of this scandal is the impact on the sport of badminton. Let’s face it; badminton is not 1)8/""5;4+84)(%+,-)&4)<$/,&'1=))>-)1"81#()*1""()6/.&43)*++-61""7) basketball, and baseball, and recently soccer. With scandals like this, badminton will never even come close to being a sport of interest in this country. That may not seem like a big deal, but in a country as big as ours, any interest in badminton will have a positive impact on the sport and with events like this on the biggest sports stage in the world it will continue to be left behind the other sports.

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,-((./001"(./22"$$"( 6#'113!(-#%( “Suds”, a musical set in a 1960’s Laundromat, is about a girl named Cindy who receives mail delivering bad news on her birthday. Her guardian angels, Dee Dee and Marge, try to help her out, but it is Cindy who helps the angels in the end. The show opened Thursday, September 27 and will show again at 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Emily Hankins plays Cindy. She said this show will be “so different from anything the high school has done.” Compared to other musicals, “Suds” has a very small cast, consisting of three actresses and one actor who portrays seven characters. Junior Emma Pittman plays Marge, and she said that the size of the cast is “really helping.” “We know each other well enough to say ‘okay, I think on this part, you’re doing this !"#$%&' (#' )*+,(' %#' +-"#.%-' /+' +#%*+-*"' 0$1' 23' it,’” Pittman said. Sophomore Walker Abel plays the single male role in the musical, giving him the responsibility of seven roles, including a role as a woman. He said he enjoys the challenge, but that the multiple quick changes are the hardest part of the show. Abel says the part in which he is portrayed as a female “is going to make for a good scene.” Abel also said that not only does the small cast make rehearsing easier, but it also makes rehearsals more fun. “(The other cast members) are all good friends of mine, and we’ve all known each other for a few years now,” Abel said. “It makes it much more enjoyable.”

Hankins said she also likes the smaller cast, though there are a few drawbacks. “I like having the big, giant cast because it just seems bigger and more fun,” Hankins said. “(With a smaller cast,) I feel like Mr. Davenport

is able to focus more on our roles so we can be better at our notes and stuff like that.” Along with the size of the cast, Hankins said she also

Olympian’s nutritionist notes importance of healthy lifestyle ,-((3""4(567$89(:";19(( 6#'113!(-#%( People all around the world have now heard of the >)*' F/((' (+.1*$+' 0$1' I.);6#"+' native, Brittney Reese, who recently won gold in the London >)J56/7(' ;#"' +-*' )#$%' K.56A' However people are unaware of the importance of Reese’s nutrition for her recent competition. Sports nutritionist Melinda Valliant acted as a personal dietitian to help Reese in preparation for +-*'(.55*"'>)J56/7(A'' “Sometimes when athletes are traveling to other countries, you have to research what they’re going to have available, which might be something different than what we have in Mississippi,” Valliant said. “It’s different because of the travel schedules, the time zone changes, and also the foods that are available.” Valliant also says that a large part in planning an athlete’s diet overseas is just investigating the differences in what will be offered. In countries where there is no safe drinking water, food safety also becomes an issue. Valliant has been working as a professor at the University of F/((/((/66/' ;#"' (/3' J*0"(&' 0$1' 0' sports nutritionist for 10 years.

“As a professor I teach students who are studying to be dietitians, and as a sports RD I do individual counseling. I plan menus, tell athletes what to eat, or not to eat,” Valliant says. It is Valliant’s belief that nutrition is as important to an athlete as their training. In order to effectively help an athlete, Valliant must work together with the trainer, along with feedback from the athlete. “I get the workouts from the trainers, and then I get information from the athletes, like how they’re feeling. Sometimes, it depends, we do body fat percentages to see if they need to gain weight or lose weight,” Valliant said. Valliant works together with the training workout to put together a meal plan, so that the athlete can plan his or her meals around their workout times. Because most athletes work out two or three times a day, Valliant must make sure they are eating often enough to have enough energy to keep the individual healthy. ' BL*#6)*'!-#'*3*"7/(*'"*%.larly need more calories- calories equal energy. So, for active folks, they need more calories to fuel their activity. Carbohy-

drates are the best source of energy, and people who are active have a little higher vitamin and mineral needs. So a little more vitamin C, more calcium and iron, but mainly calories,” Valliant said. Valliant normally advises athletes, like Brittney Reese, based on what he or she is currently doing, or what they could change in their current meal plan to make it better. After this initial step, a large part in planning an athlete’s diet is based on feedback from the individual. “It’s up to them to monitorthey have to self-monitor. Some people send me food records or write it down and bring it in or email it, or keep it on an app on their phone so I can look at it. It’s really up to them to regulate. I count on them to say ‘I feel better’ or ‘I feel worse’ or ‘I’m sore’ or ‘I’m not sore’. I get their feedback and adjust their diet from there,” Valliant said. Valliant also stresses the importance of nutrition for high school athletes. It is her belief that there is not enough attention brought to nutrition in high school. 7*(3#$%318,,39%(6-*+3*13#$-63'(#-&,%:39-6-#3 !!!"#$%&$'()%(*+,-+%"&*.

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enjoys the time period of the musical. “It’s fun. I absolutely love the ‘60s,” Hankins said. “The music was so good, it was so fun, I just love it.” ' 4#56)*+*'!/+-'0'7-*78*"9#0"1':##"&'7#)#";.)'9.9bles on the walls, and a coca-cola machine, the set of “Suds” is the picture of ‘60s, as are the costumes. The characters wear full-length a-line skirts and have huge hair, and all the songs come from this time period as well. There is a lot of music in “Suds” that students may recognize, such as “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and some of Elvis’s hits. Junior Abby Wilson, who plays Dee Dee said, “There’s just a lot of really, really good songs.” '<-/(' /(' =/)(#$,(' 2"(+' )*01' "#)*' /$' 0$' >3;#"1' High School production; she plays Dee Dee. She said that it is “so much fun” to play a lead, but there is more work involved. “In “9 to 5” I was Cathy and I had like 2?*')/$*(&@'=/)(#$'(0/1A''BC#!'D'-0?*'0'!-#)*' script.” Pittman said that the hardest part of this show for her is putting everything together. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' BEF*5#"/G/$%' +-*' (#$%(H' /(' 1/;27.)+&' 9.+' once you’ve got it, you know the songs forever,” Pittman said. “Memorizing lines is not that hard; it’s just memorization. Then, the dancing’s not that hard, but when you put it all together in one thing, it’s really overwhelming.” Wilson said that one of her favorite parts of the show has been rehearsing with the rest of the cast. “I love Walker, I love Emily, and I love Emma,” Wilson said. “It’s been really easy to work with them, and everyone should come see this show, because it’s going to be awesome.”

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Boys, girls cross country season begins; big expectations for both squads this year end of last year and that’s big. One of our biggest events is the Jesse Owens meet where a lot of teams will be competing,” Carter said. he Oxford Charger Cross CounSenior Callie Mayo participated in the Saltillo try Varsity team competed in the Race with the girl’s varsity team. Pontotoc Invitational September 8. ( :;&( '#'( ,&<<( =&7->$&( )%#$( ,-$( />?( !?$)( ?&-<( Both the girls and boys teams placed race. We practice hard during the week, but we 2nd overall as a team, while Saltillo’s need to try and improve our time,” Mayo said. boys and girls teams both placed 1st. One “standout” on the team according to Boys Mayo is sophomore Emily Hankins who has been Senior Austin Carter says the team did well on running with the high school September 8 when the team traveled to the Ponto- )&-.($#"7&()%&(2)%(8?-'&9((@-"- !We’re strong as toc Invite. kins came in 6th at the Ponto- a team if we run “We had three guys under 18 minutes which )/7(A"B#)&(,#)%(-()#.&(/0 (1C3419 to our potential. is really good for the beginning of the year,” CartHankins says she trains by Our goal just er said. having a lot more hard days and like every other year is too win Sophomore Tristan Orman also feels the few easy days. team did well at the Pontotoc Invitational. Orman “My goal for this year is to state.” !"#$%&'()%&(*+(,#)%(-()#.&(/0 (123456(7/.#"8(#"( make all state which is the top 2)%9 14 girls. It would also be great !"#$%&'( )"*&' “It’s a good thing we got 2nd because it makes if we won state as well,” Han- !"#$"%"&' us want to win 1st at our next meet,” Orman said. kins said. Orman ran cross-country last year on the During races, Hankins says her strategy is to run varsity team as a freshman and has been trying to -)(-(8//'(D-7&(0/?()%&(!?$)(.#<&(-"'(8-#"(-$(.-"E( improve his running over the summer. spots as she can toward the last part of the race. “Outside of JD (Hankins) and Austin I feel Both of the varsity teams competed in the I’m a leader on the team,” Orman said. “We’re F-<)#<</( A"B#)-)#/"-<( /"( F&D)&.=&?( 1*6( ,#)%( =/)%( strong as a team if we run to our potential. Our teams placing 4th overall. goal just like every other year is too win state.” ( G%&(=/EH$()&-.(,-$(<&'(=E(I?.-"(,%/(!"On October 6, both teams will compete in Ala- #$%&'( 1J)%( #"( )%&( *+( ?>"( ,#)%( -( )#.&( /0 ( 1234*9(( bama at the Jesse Owens Invitational where other G%&( =/EH$( $&7/"'( =&$)( !"#$%&?( ,-$( K9L9( @-"M#"$( cross-country teams from across the south will ,%/( %-'( -( )#.&( /0 ( 1N3O4( 7/.#"8( #"( OO"'9( ( G%&( race. =/EH$(B-?$#)E()/)-<()#.&(,-$(134O3PN9 “The Jesse Owens meet is a good course we ( G%&(8#?<H$()&-.(,-$(<&'(=E(Q-E/(,%/(!"#$%&'( do well on, and it gives us practice for our last two C)%(#"()%&(P+(,#)%(-()#.&(/0 (1C(.#">)&$(-"'(OC( events of the year,” Orman said. seconds. The girl’s second best time was Hankins “Its early for sure to tell what were going to ,%/(!"#$%&'(5)%(,#)%(-()#.&(/0 (1C(.#">)&$(-"'(P*( be like this year,” Carter said. “We’re hitting times seconds. The girl’s varsity total time was 1 hour, already this year that we weren’t hitting until the ON(.#">)&$(-"'(*($&7/"'$9

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( I"(F-)>?'-E(F&D)&.=&?(O5)%6(=/)%()%&(=/EH$( and girl’s varsity teams will run the Booster Club *M(-)()%&(IR0/?'(G?-7M9(((@/$)#"8()%&(&B&")(#$()%&( Oxford Endowment for Public Education Organization and The Oxford Charger Athletic Booster Club. This is the second year that Charger Challenge has taken place. Apart from the races, there will be games and activities suitable for the entire family. ( G%&(?&8#$)?-)#/"(0&&(0/?()%&(*+(?>"S,-<M(-"'( )T$%#?)( #$( UOJ9( G%&( *+( ?>"S,-<M( ,#<<( =&8#"( -)( N( a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run will take place after the *+( ?>"S,-<M( -)( 5( -9.9( ( G%&( ?&8#$)?-)#/"( 0/?( )%&( 1-Mile Fun Run is $10. The Carnival, which starts -)(5(-9.96(#$(0?&&(/0 (7%-?8&9((V<<(D?/7&&'$(0?/.()%&( &B&")( #"7<>'#"8( 7/"7&$$#/"$( =&"&!)( )%&( IR0/?'( School District. ( G%&(W%-?8&?(W?/$$(W/>")?E()&-.(,#<<(?>"(!B&( ./?&(?-7&$(-0)&?()%&(X//$)&?(W<>=(*M9((((G%&(Y&gional Championship run at Saltillo High School /"(I7)/=&?(O26('&)&?.#"&$(,%/(,#"$(-(?&8#/"6(=>)( does not determine a team’s position going into the State Meet. The State Meet will be held on November 10th in Clinton where both girl’s and guy’s varsity top 8 will compete for the state title.

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New coaches assume duties amid positive buzz from teams 81(!393(:#;9.1;1 5#'1136(-#%( This year athletes are seeing changes in the various sports staffs at Oxford. Three of the biggest changes are in track, cross country, and softball as new coaches have been hired. Chris Patton, an assistant under former track and cross-country coach Scott Kendricks has taken over as the new head cross country coach. “It’s like a dream come true,” Patton said. “I never would’ve imagined that I would be back here coaching, especially as the head coach.” Making the transition to head coach has not been too hard for Patton, because of the “experience he received from working under Kendricks.” “One thing I’ve learned from him is how to lead,” Bush said of Kendricks. He was an exceptional leader, and I learned how to lead by example from him.” Patton’s runners seem to like this about him and note some key abilities he has a leader and coach. “He is fun, but the practices are a lot harder,” Hankins said. “(Coach Patton) is really encouraging, and before a meet we all get fist pumps or high fives.” Another position that is being filled in with Kendricks’ departure is the head track and field job. Chris Bush, OHS history teacher and another one of Kendricks’ assistants has filled the position. “It’s a great feeling,” Bush said. “I get to walk in some big footsteps, but at the same time I get to build on his foundation and bring in my ideas.” Bush’s runners have quickly gotten used to

those ideas. “Coach Bush has a very upbeat personality,” senior Austin Carter said. “He’s always making us strive for more and push our limits but always making our practices enjoyable.” Senior girls track and field runner Jule Campbell agrees with Carter. “It’s very great, because he’s recently out of high school and he understands the pressures you feel being a student-athlete. He’s very encouraging, and he’s not just a teacher and a coach but also a friend.” Another head coaching position change has been softball. Former baseball assistant Steve Blackmon has taken over that job. “I saw being a softball coach as a new challenge,” Blackmon said. Blackmon who was approached about the job felt honored. “It spoke to me because someone came to me and told me I’d be good for something,” Blackmon said. “So I said ‘All right, lets do it.’” Although, practices have not yet started Blackmon has been able to work with the girls this summer, and they seem to be happy with their new coach. “He takes his time and works with us,” said senior Nikki Grilliette. “He also brings a positive attitude and really good hitting skills to the team.” Some other changes include the addition of baseball assistant Micahel Thees, Grant Goolsby as basketball assistant, Bobby Sanders as assistant varsity and 9th grade football coach, and Sugi Wiltcher as assistant softball coach.

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Oxford football players, coaches attend church Sunday church services 81((=/91(>./%;0/6 5#'1136(-#%( Senior quarterback Parker Adamson is expected to fill a lot of roles this season. “Star player,” “senior leader,” and “starting quarterback” to name just a few. This year, however, he’s stepped into a more important role than ever before, one that extends beyond his skill on the football field. “Off the Field Leader.” For the past couple of weeks, the team has been visiting churches around Oxford, going to a different church each week. The original concept came from none other than Adamson himself. “It was Parker’s idea, and he put it together with his mom,” said FCA sponsor and coach Jason Russell. “The churches loved the idea

immediately.” Head Coach Johnny Hill also loved the idea. “I had thought about doing something similar before. When Parker and his family suggested it I was behind it all the way.” Players and coaches emphasized that it was in no way mandatory, and no one would be judged by their attendance. “It’s completely optional, and everyone seems alright with it.” Said senior defensive lineman Xavier Pegues. “It’s completely up to the players. We notify them of what church we will be visiting each week, but no one has to go.” Russell concurred. “No one is ever criticized for not coming. We don’t take attendance or anything.” The idea has also received praise from the players.

“It’s a good thing to do, we all need the Lord. It helps us bond, and brings the team together.” Said senior defensive lineman Xavier Pegues. Senior guard Hunter McCullough also sees the positive effects of the church attendance. “It’s good team building, but more importantly, it shows we’re about more than just sports.” McCullough said. “It introduces people to new beliefs and communities.” Russell also saw this value of attending church. “Some things are more important than sports, and Church is one of them.” Russell said. “Church teaches them about faith and character, helps them grow as people, and makes them better citizens.”

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per 100 editions of print. However, Apple and their iPad are continuously catching up and pushing sales forward. The day of the release of iBooks 2, consumers downloaded 350,000 books. The introduction of the interactive multitouch textbook changed education as well as the way knowledge is presented. Availability and the consumer-based society of today are partially the cause. The ability to buy digital editions of books, magazines and other forms of literature at a whim fits in perfectly with what is desired today. Society wants instantaneous gratification. If e-book demand continues to grow, digital might have the upper hand in the war between print and e-books.

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ideas they present tend to appeal to teenagers. “I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that dystopias are always focused on rebellion and standing up to authority,” Daughdrill said. “It’s appealing to (teenagers) because of the age they are at.” Sophomore Anna McGee believes the appeal of dystopian novels has more to do with the fact that the books are exciting. “They’re just something new and interesting,” McGee said. “It appeals to people because they’re exciting and different.” Junior Susan Sabatier agreed, but she says the bandwagon effect may also be at work. “They appeal to teenagers interested in those kinds of things,” Sabatier said. “It seems like people jump on because everyone’s doing it.” % 5'/6$-*"00%7+0"+&+8%#$'#%#$+%"19/:%;< % books of the same genre is largely caused by the publishing industry. “First, you get a book that’s huge,” Daughdrill said. “Before “The Hunger Games,” we had “Twilight,” and then (publishers were) trying to get their hands on anything with a vampire in it. Publishers really sink their teeth into it and make it a really big trend.” While “The Hunger Games” may have been the spark that ignited the blaze of dystopian stories, other novels have contributed to the success of the genre as

a whole, Daughdrill says that James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner,” (which followed a group of boys trying to escape from a gruesome maze), and Ally Condie’s dystopian romance, “Matched” (set in a world where the government plays matchmaker and decides who people will marry) were also well received. The genre has had its fair share of criticism as well. Many have felt that the books were too dark or violent, and others just felt they were poorly executed ideas. Sophomore Libby Sleeper feels as if the authors of such books were writing to the market, especially concerning the love triangle presented in “The Hunger Games.” “It’s like they’re playing to the audience rather than being true to the book,” she said. Sophomore Sadler Bullard had other opinions on why the genre became popular. “The two most recent ‘popular’ series have been darker and more twisted,” Bullard said about “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner.” “I think teens want to feel like they’re enjoying a more ‘sophisticated’ book, and they think that darker books are more serious.” Even so, the books’ popularity is still going strong, and Daughdrill said that they are still being checked out frequently. “We still have to put ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy on hold,” she said.

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three pages each,” Dayan said. Publishing is important to Dayan, and she says that though none of her works have been published yet, her goal is to become published one day. With the decline of print, though, Dayan’s “published work” may be an e-reading or subscribed Internet page. Collins says that the change from print to technology is “bad.” “The switch from print to digital is bad for creativity,” Collins said. “It’s easier to write something when I’m sitting down with a paper and pencil. When I sit down in front of a computer to type something out, it is a lot harder because

as you’re typing you get this feeling that it’s not good and that it is so much easier to delete it rather than when you are actually writing it down.” Dayan disagrees. She says that the decline of print is “good” and she is “all for it.” “It’s actually eco-friendly for the trees because we waste a lot more paper than we think (with books and print),” Dayan said. While some say the decline of paper is apparent, it does not correspond with a decline in writers, as students like Dayan and Collins show. Modern writers may just become more accustomed to a keyboard than a pen.

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Oxford authors share inspiration behind writing ,-((./"0(,1'01'2 6#'113!(-#%( With the progression of the digital age many authors are adapting to the styles and new formats of e-Books and increased accessibility of their writings. Oxford features many writers who are joining in on the wave. 3456"(710$'"55 Julie Cantrell, author of the novel “Into the Free,” has always been a writer, and she thinks the progression from print to digital is just part of the circular trend of writing. “I always wrote in journals, even just for myself. I honestly never planned to publish anything. But I just felt like the story was told to me and I was supposed to share it,” she said. The purpose of her writings was more to bring hope to people than for singular self-gain. “Hearing a reader’s connection to the story or a character is what matters to me, it was never about the ratings or the money,” !"#$%&''( )"*+,( -./#0$( 1&$( 2&( 3%/#1( 4( +&5nitely don’t take the reviews or bestseller status for granted, but that was not what it was about for me.” While the trend of moving away from print can be controversial, Cantrell is actually a proponent of the movement. “I am probably the last person on earth to not read an e-Book. I still love the smell, feel, and sound of the pages. It is a sensory

experience.” The idea of a platform switch doesn’t bother Cantrell also due to the fact that she has personally seen it work in “magical” ways. “Being a speech therapist and an author is an interesting mix, because I get to work with kids that sometimes can’t read a normal book. For example if I can change the background of a book on a screen from white to black, instantly dyslexic kids can read the story and enjoy it, and they can’t do that with a real book. Connecting to the reader in any form and enabling people to feel something through writing is what it’s all about to me.” 81$6"(902"':;0 For Katie Anderson, the introduction of writing into her life came later in her life. “It was the weirdest thing. The desire to write just hit me out of the clear blue one day when I was about 32. I had never wanted to do it before and hardly liked to read. But then one day I got this idea in my head that writing screenplays would be a fun and easy hobby. Boy was I wrong,” she said. “It was fun alright, but it was the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted. Writing books for children came several years later. I began by trying out picture books and a graphic novel, but when I discovered novel writing, I knew I’d found my medium. It was both the most challenging project I had ever attempted and also the one I became most obsessed with

learning.” The shift from paper is a reluctant move for Anderson, but she mentions its contribution to her own writing. “I have every kind of device you can have and yet, at the end of the day, I prefer paper. I like the feel of a book in my hands. 4('*6&(7*88*#1(9":6("#+(;/%$<(9&$3&&#(8")sages I love. I like writing in my books and underlining things, and I will never switch. That being said, I don’t like to write my novels on paper—only on a computer,” she said. “So I understand that some technology 5$)()/2&(8&/8'&(9&$$&%($<"#(/$<&%),(4; (4(<"+( been born 20 years earlier, I would have never become a writer because I can’t write by hand very well. My handwriting is messy and my mind works way faster than I can write. It’s not even enjoyable for me to write a letter or even take notes on my books, which I have to do all the time.” Anderson understands that many readers may just like the e-book format more than print. “E-books might be the same for some people. Maybe they weren’t readers before, but e-books have turned them onto reading. So in my opinion, if that’s what it takes for them to discover books, then that’s a good thing. I’m all about a good story whether it be found in a paper book -- my love -- an e-book -- my mother’s love -- a movie -- my husband’s love -- or out of the mouth of a good friend or audio books -- the love of my children,” she said.

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With the rise of technology, devices such as the Apple iPad are slowly replacing even the textbooks that have inhabited classrooms for ages, and OHS is preparing for this innovative technological shift. During the 2011-2012 school year, science teacher Nicole Roberson’s classroom was equipped with a set of iPads to test the use of technological devices in the classroom, rather than textbooks. “(Using the iPads) is easier than writing on paper,” Robertson said. “The students don’t have to use textbooks.” Junior Peyton Martin is a student who participated in the iPad lab. She found the *C"+)( 9&#&5:*"'( $/( $<&( :'"))room. The iPads were used rather than textbooks, during labs and other activities. “The labs were easier,” Martin said. “We were able to 5#+(2/%&(*#;/%2"$*/#(/#(/E% own.” While Roberson’s iPad lab is still in her classroom, the iPads are awaiting synchronization of "88)?(3<*:<( <")( #/( :/#5%2&+ time of completion. The iPad lab that maybe the beginning of a gradual, complete transformation to these devices. While the plans for switching completely to iPads %&2"*#(E#:/#5%2&+?(A*:&(8%*#:*pal Kathy Howington says that there is a possibility of students getting “either laptops or iPads” if this transformation is made. With the completion of the new high school estimated to be January of the 2013-2014 school, each student is planned to equipped with some sort of device such as the iPad. This plan is called the “1 to 1 Initiative.”

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on October 17. The folk rock band from Denver, CO released their debut album, which peaked at #11 on US album charts, in April 2012. The band has also already landed a song at first place on a few charts. The Lumineers will be a pleaser for those in Oxford looking for a happy and folksy evening. It’s not however, a show for those looking to party hard. Oxford senior Toler Presley who is an avid listener of The Lumineers feels like the band will add a nice balance to the upcoming lineup of concerts. “They’re very chill and laidback,” Presley said. “From what I’ve heard they’re really good entertainers, so I’m ready for it.” 3LAU- If you’re looking for head banging mashups and EM in October, 3LAU is the way to go. The young House/ Mashup producer from Las Vegas, is known for his party music all across the nation’s colleges, and is a great show for those looking to have party on October 25.

Passion Pit- Perhaps the most awaited show in the month of October is for Passion Pit. The electro-pop five piece recently released their second studio album Gossamer, which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200. The band will be making their first appearance in Oxford, on October 26. Oxford senior Edward Terry who discovered the band two years ago, is excited for the concert. “His new album is really different so I’m excited to hear it live,” Terry said. “I think the show will be great, and it will bring a more alternative feel to the environment of Oxford.” Other artists who will soon be performing at the Lyric are: Vibe SquaD, Slightly Stoopid, Rand Rogers Band, Josh Abott Band, Silversun Pickups with Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius, Jerrod Niemann with Jackie Lee, Zoogma with Higher Learning and DJ Smelly, Beats Antique with Lynx, Moon Taxi with Tea Leaf Green, and Big Gigantic with GRIZ.

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Four corners Chevron provides quick, easy pickup cuisine on the go ,-(84"9(:1962 &*,6.+-7# One of my favorite parts about living in the south is the food. I love my southern comfort food. Oxford has amazing restaurants to cater to this cuisine too. Ajax, The Beacon and many others. One of the most overlooked sources of this amazing food is a very unorthodox place to get food. I’m talking about gas stations. Gas +$3$&-1+%&1%=>5-).%3)(%.(!1&$('7% a hidden gem in the food world. Sure they are infamous when it comes to late night snacks and sobering up drunken college students, but these places have more to offer than chicken on a stick and potato logs.

I’m talking about plate lunches. The Chevron located in between campus and the Square on University avenue, better known by the name that Ole Miss students refer to it as “chicken on a stick,” is known nationally for its, well, chicken on a stick. I am a big fan of this treat, but recently I decided to get a plate lunch from the kitchen tucked away in the back of the gas station. My lunch consisted of a fried pork chop, sweet potato casserole, fried okra and a roll. The pork chop was outstanding just as the fried okra was. The sweet potatoes were a bit soggy, but tasty nonetheless. I arrived a bit after the lunch rush apparently,

and there were slim pickings on the rolls, so mine was a bit burnt. The food portions weren’t as ,&"%3+%7-0%8&"#$%!1.%&1%3%$)3.&tional restaurant, but for all of my food plus a drink I only paid a bit over six dollars. This is a great deal for a quick pick up lunch if in a rush and fast food just doesn’t cut it. “Chicken on a Stick,” “That Chevron over by Abners,” or whatever you want to call the Chevron on University avenue, is in my book a place I can see my self skipping school- I mean going to after school- and enjoying a nice lunch on a high school budget. Chevron earns 3% $#)((% 31.% 3% #3'5 % -0$% -5 % !?(% stars.

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Avett Brothers album fails to impress completely out of place on a previous album is “Live And Die,” a happy/sad tune with a catchy chorus. In addition Fans of the Avett Brothers will to this, the album is overly chocked full hear a new side of the group with the of ballads, a style extensively featured debut of the group’s seventh Studio al- but not quite dominant in their previous bum, The Carpenter, which hit the air- work. waves on September 11th Many of the songs, featuring the The previous Avett Brother’s al- same basic sounds repeated in every bums were built on quick, folksy banjo track, offer little distinction from each riffs, the southern twang of an acoustic other. While the other albums ranged "0&$3)4%3%/&31-%!$%5-)%3%6(+$()1%+3'--14% from an almost punkish bluegrass at a and sharp, bouncing drum beats. breakneck pace to calmer banjo-based Meanwhile, The Carpenter is de- slow songs, The Carpenter has little di!1(.% ,7% 3% +'-6()4% 8(''-6% +-01.% 6&$#% versity in its sound, as most of the songs solemn guitar riffs, melancholy singing, exclusively offer a calm, mellow feeling. A notable deviation to this trend and drums slowed almost to the point of mundaneness, giving the album an al- and the Avett Brother’s overall genre is most sluggish, lethargic feel. Gone is the the song “Paul Newman Vs. The Deband’s sharp contrast between verse and mons,” which features an electric guichorus, as both the band’s instrumentals tar riff reminiscent of Seth and Scott and vocals progress little through the Avett’s earlier band Nemo. Overall, the stark difference in majority of the songs on The Carpenter. The only song which wouldn’t seem sound is both a good and bad trait for ,-((34/-(524%1647 &*,6.+-7#

the album. % 9#(% :3)/(1$()% &+% .(!1&$('7% ;3'8()% than any previous album, and is certainly better if you are in the mood for relaxing, but lacks the diversity and originality that powered the Avett Brother’s previous work. The band has moved farther 3637% 5)-8% $#(&)% !)+$% 3',08% <:-01$)7% Was” and became less folksy, and more pop and based. While originally sounding both like a throwback to classic bluegrass and a completely new genre, The Carpenter is almost to close for comfort to mellow acoustic such as Jack Johnson. The band reached it’s peak after the release of the 2006 album Four Thieves Gone, and this success carried through into their subsequent albums, including 2009’s I And Love And You, their most popular album to date. All in all, The Carpenter is a step down from their previous work, but still a solid album. 3 out of 5 stars

We’ve all heard those clichés; “no matter how bad it gets think of the kids in Africa, or think of the kids in Asia, or think of the victims of some disaster.” People use those clichés to get us to stop complaining about our problems. Those clichés aren’t wrong, but they aren’t completely true either. We should complain about our problems, we should cry, we should sing, whatever our favorite cathartic activity is. (That doesn’t mean go drink away our sorrows, smoke till we can’t feel, !"#$% $&''% $#()(*+% ,'--.% /-0)&1"2% no, that means do things that don’t hurt us or anybody else.) At the end of the day we have to realize things are going to get better, and those experiences we have been through will help build our character. No matter how bad we think a situation is, it’s what we do with it that matters. What we experience makes us who us are. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. The good part: some people know how to mold their character using those experiences. Others however, let those experiences mold them, that’s the bad part. One group has control, they are their own leader, and others let those experiences lead them. That’s why we see two people who have same past experiencing two totally different presents. Here’s an example. Two brothers lose their father at the age of 5, lose their mother at the age of 8, and are taken in by an aunt who is on crack. One brother uses his surroundings to motivate himself. He promises himself that one day he’s going to leave and have a successful life. The other brother uses his surroundings as an excuse to join a gang, use drugs and complain about his life. That is the problem with humanity. Not enough people realize this simple fact. I realized something toward the end of school last year. I would walk down the halls of OHS and see kids who seemed like they had things going for them unhappy, and complaining constantly, but even after complaining they had no idea why they were unhappy. That’s when I put something in words that I feel like I’ve always lived by. It’s a reason I love life. I don’t measure my success in what I have around me or not. I don’t measure it in fame, fortune, or popularity. I measure it in how many people I’ve made smile. How many people see me and are happy, how many people miss me when I’m not around. I’ve found that if I live by that, everything else will fall into place.


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