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BRIEFS

February 2011

Campus Updates Academic Team The Academic Team outscored all opponents in the District Governor’s Cup Competition Jan. 29 to be crowned District Champion. For the first time in more than 11 years, the team also won first place in Quick Recall. The team competed Saturday, Feb. 19 in the Region 8 Governor’s Cup and will compete Feb. 26 in the State History Bowl for the first time. The team hopes to continue the good results and earn a spot in the national competition in May. Band Seven band members performed with the Kentucky All-State Band on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. All band members will be performing solos or ensembles for evaluation at the KMEA District Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 26. The OCHS Winter Color Guard has its next competitive event Saturday, Mar. 12 at Butler High School in Louisville.

Dead Poets Society The Dead Poets Society meets every Monday after school in Room 227. New members are welcome! Come ready to listen to and read poetry of all kinds. Improv Club Haydon Clore and Jake Somermeyer would like to invite all individuals who love to laugh to Improv Club! Come play games, make skits, and eventually help put on a show for our fellow students. We meet every Friday in Room 166 from 3:45 to 5:00. Junior Class The annual semi-formal dance will be Saturday, Mar. 26 at the Frazier Museum. Speech & Debate Congratulations to the Speech and Debate team! The following students made it to the State Tournament: Cortnee Gray, Jennifer Wyatt, and Hannah Lorenz in Prose and Josh Crabtree and Haydon Clore in Duo Improv.

Rotary Students December

Career Goals: Chemical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Materials Science College Choices: University of Kentucky School Activities: Spectrum; FCA; Young Republicans; Beta; NHS Interests Outside of School: Boy Scouts; Guitar; Church; Quidditch Honors or Awards: Eagle Scout; Governor’s Scholar; Commonwealth Ambassador; Hometown USA; Academic Achievement; Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition; Outstanding Youth Leadership

Career Goals: Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Aerospace College Choices: University of Kentucky; University of Louisville; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology School Activities: Band; Winter Guard; Math Team; Beta; NHS; Tri-M; Cross-Country; Track Interests Outside of School: Music; Church Honors or Awards: Multiple Academic Achievement Awards; All-District Band; UofL Honors Band; WKU Honors Band; All-State Band; Governor’s Scholar

January

Career Goals: Major in History; Teach History; Museum Curator College Choices: University of Louisville; Bellarmine University School Activities: Wrestling team Interests Outside of School: Boy Scouts; Youth Group; Camping; Eating Honors or Awards: Eagle Scout

Career Goals: Become a prosthodontist College Choices: Dartmouth College; Hanover College; Centre; Kent State University School Activities: Science Club; Beta; Tri-M; Service Club; Madrigal Choir; DPS Interests Outside of School: Poetry; Drawing; Singing; Reading; Hanging with friends; Volunteering; Baking Honors or Awards: All-State Choir; 2nd violin in Louisville Youth Orchestra; Academic Achievement

February

Career Goals: Become a registered dietitian; Travel around the world as a missionary College Choices: Western Kentucky University; University of Kentucky; Mississippi State; University of Alabama School Activities: Beta; NHS; FCA; Sigma Sigma Gamma; Basketball; Golf Interests Outside of School: Playing golf; spending time with family; serving in church community Honors or Awards: HOBY leadership seminar; Commonwealth Ambassador; AP Scholar; AllRegion Basketball Team

Career Goals: Aerospace Engineering College Choices: Auburn University; Purdue University School Activities: Tennis; Chess Club; Math Team; Physics Team Interests Outside of School: Aviation; Biking; Paintball; Swimming; Martial Arts Honors or Awards: Governor’s Scholar; National Merit Scholar; Four-time State Chess Champion; Perfect score on Math portion of ACT


February 2011

NEWS

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Forking over the french fries

USDA sets higher standards for healthier school lunches BROOKE GORBANDT staff writer Au revoir, french fries! The Department of Agriculture is calling for change in school lunches after 15 years since the last nationwide improvement. In efforts to address childhood obesity rates, nutrition standards will be raised. As a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2011, signed by President Obama on Dec. 13, newly developed guidelines will allow for an improved learning environment for students, one that has potential to set the foundation for a healthier lifestyle. According to USA Today, “the new meal standards are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school.” Schools will have to aim for more frequent servings of vegetables and fruits while limiting students’ exposure to servings of sodium and calories. To meet the prerequisites set by the USDA, schools must

change and abide by a few new amendments: Fewer servings of starchy vegetables Reduce amounts of sodium over the next ten years. On average, school lunches contain around 1600 milligrams of sodium, a number that should be lowered to around 740 milligrams or less Only unflavored 1% milk or fat free flavored and unflavored milk A serving of fruit should be offered at breakfast and two servings of vegetables at lunch, daily Half of the grains served in a school lunch should be whole grain Minimize trans fat levels “The revised nutrition requirements were needed, but there are several requirements that could have a negative impact on our district. We could be hurt financially, and lose existing customers,” Pam Greer, Oldham County Director of School Nutrition, said. Healthier breakfasts and lunches may result in increased fees. With schools already on a limited budget, they may find it difficult to

support and pay for the number of meals accounted for in the free lunch program. The change in health standards will result in a higher need for staff and training with no promised reimbursement from the USDA. “The USDA has stated that the changes would increase our food cost 7.2 cents at lunch and 25.3 cents at breakfast,” Greer said. “In addition, meals that disregard student’s tastes and preferences will result in more packed lunches and a resulting loss of income.”

photos by Buddy Elder FATTY FOODS  French fries, chips and pizza are a frequent entree in the school lunchroom. Recent legislation threatens to end the consumption of these unhealthy meals.

A valentine drama

Popular children’s book brought to life on stage

CASSIDY BLISS features editor

Following the success of “Alice in Wonderland” in January, the drama department recently staged another childhood classic. “Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime,” based on the book series by Barbara Park, was performed Feb. 13 and 14. Students at Buckner Elementary and two general admission audiences

were in attendance at five different stagings of the thirty-minute show. Cortnee Gray, junior, played the lead role of Junie B. Jones, a kindergartner determined to find her secret admirer on “Valentime’s” Day. The play was primarily produced by students for students. “I wanted to put on a children’s play because those are usually fun for everyone,” Maddie Armor, senior and director, said. Katie Benge, senior, and Alex Wright, sophomore, also helped with the show, acting as co-directors. “We added dialogue to help transition some scenes, but

other than that, the play was presented just like the book,” Benge said. Though the play was initially targeted for younger viewers, the cast hoped to reach a broader audience. Performing the show on Feb. 14 gave the play the perfect opportunity to share its universal theme of finding love and affection, even at a young age. First published in 1999, Park’s timeless tale is still widely popular with today’s younger generation. “It’s what I grew up with,” Tori Collins, sophomore, said. “It made me feel like a kid again.”

Junie B. Jones Cast and Crew Directors - Katie Benge and Madison Armor Cortnee Gray - Junie B. Jones Anna Mallek - Ms. Emily Stephens - Lucille Aber Price - Grace Jonathan Hoey - Jim Leila Kronfli - Mother Nick Roberts - Cry Baby William Austin Mullen - Pauli Allen Puffer Cassie Axtell - Sally Zipperman Katy Blazer - Rodger Maddie Patrick - Jamal Hall Emily Houk - Charlotte Callie Craycroft - Lynnie Prapti Anandita - Sabrina Morgan Duling - Sydney Hannah Floyd - Kristine Rachel Gutman - Ham Payton Schutte - Molly


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NEWS

February 2011

Store closings leave students jobless Abercrombie & Fitch stores shut down nationwide MICHAEL ROUP news editor

Popular local stores Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids and their offshoot brand Hollister closed early this year. More “A&F” stores are expected to close down around the country through 2011. The stores have had ups and downs over the past year as they face less pricey competitors as well as the same economic challenges that have affected many retailers during the poor economy. Their close proximity to one another contributed to The Summit stores’ closings. Stores are closing primarily when their current leases expire. A total of 110 stores are expected

to eventually close down nationwide. Daep, senior, left their jobs while others transferred. “They wanted to expand Many of the teen workers their sales d e c l i n e d internationally transferring to increase because of p r o f i t , ” the increase Billy Miller, senior and in travel expenses. Abercrombie Employees employee, said. c o u l d Over 20 have gone school juniors relocated to and seniors Abercrombie worked at the photo by Chloe Sedoris & Fitch, the two stores CLOSED DOORS -- Many students lost jobs as a result Abercrombie when they of recent store closings. The names of stores that may Kids store, closed earlier come to The Summit have not yet been announced. or Hollister this winter. the St. Matthews Mall. Several of the employees such as Hannah in

“It left a lot of [students] jobless,” Daep said. “We all had the option to transfer, but there was a screening process.” The stores being closed around the country are the “low-volume” stores, those that bring in less revenue. The closing of these stores will help the company to afford shipping overseas. The departure of the Abercrombie locations in The Summit has been met by mixed reviews from students. “I’ve never shopped there in my life, so I don’t really care,” Tim Hoey, senior, said. Officials at “The Summit” were unable to provide the names of new retailers that are looking into the recently vacated spaces. “We’re always talking to retailers,” Becky Norton, General Manager of The Summit, said. “[We] can’t say about lease negotiations.”

Satellite church campus draws crowds of worshippers New location popular with county residents KATHERINE COLLINS staff writer Southeast Christian Church opened a local building for Oldham County residents at Crestwood Station on Jan 16. A former WinnDixie supermarket, the new church was given a five-million dollar makeover and was then consecrated as the Oldham Campus. The satellite church records a sermon from the prior Saturday night service at the main Blankenbaker location and broadcasts Sunday morning at 9, 10:30, and noon. Middle and high school students

meet at 6 P.M. for a service of their own. “I like the video,” Nicole Muller, junior, said. “It’s so different from other churches.” The Campus seats 750 people and childcare is provided up to fifth grade. On opening Sunday, 1600 people were expected to attend. Over 2700 guests actually attended the two services held at 9 and 11 respectively that day, overflowing into the hallways during both services. “In some ways, I’m surprised,” Kurt Sauder, pastor at the Oldham Campus, said. “But in many ways I’m not because of our great God. He is incredible.” Sauder will preach occasionally, but

will allow Dave Stone, Southeast’s senior pastor and Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor, to remain as the video cast preachers from the Blankenbaker campus. The continued high attendance led to the decision to add another service at noon. Many of the Oldham County members have transferred from the Blankenbaker campus and a variety of new worshippers have come to visit the church in recent weeks. Several students have revealed that they and their families have been participating in what’s known as “church shopping” and that this church offered an exciting and different option.

“My favorite thing about the Oldham Campus is that all the people are so jubilant and the size always allows me to meet new people,” Luke Weishaar, junior, said. “My church only has about 50 members.” This is the second satellite church Southeast has now opened. The first was built in Jeffersonville, Ind. and opened April 12, 2009 on Easter Sunday. The Oldham church now has a congregation of 2000 members attending regularly. “The Blankenbaker and Oldham churches aren’t too different,” Katherine Brodie, senior, said. “There are the same people, the same feel; it was a really smooth transition.”


NEWS

February 2011

Psychedelic drugs may have possible beneits

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Scientists test hallucinogens as a solution for mental illnesses DUALL SCHUTTE production editor Hallucinogenic drugs became a hot topic during the 1960s for doctors such as Timothy Leary, who, along with many other enthusiasts, praised illicit drugs such as LSD or mescaline for their therapeutic, spiritual and emotional benefits. Unfortunately, rampant abuse and legal troubles among youth during the ‘60s and ‘70s led to negative attitudes and harsh criticism of such drugs by conservatives of the time, including President Richard Nixon. Such harmful views of hallucinogenic drugs eventually made way for strict restrictions on their production, consumption and even use for scientific research. But recent studies by doctors at Johns Hopkins medical school have sparked new interest in the medical and scientific

community over the potential positive effects caffeine, nicotine or an amphetamine). The of psychedelic drugs. These benefits include participants were given the drug, and then treating depression, obsessive compulsive listen to classical music through headphones as they lay on a disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress couch wearing a sleeping mask. disorder as well as helping rid addictions to In a 14-month alcohol or other drugs. follow up, 67 percent of the In a series of experiments headed participants held the experience as by Dr. Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral either the single biology at Johns most meaningful or among the five Hopkins, 36 volunteers astroman.com.pl participated in a most meaningful DOPED-UP DOCTOR -- Dr. Timothy events of their lives. double-blind study in Leary enacts the effects of hallucinogens Although 30 percent which the subjects were on the brain. Recent studies reveal administered either of the volunteers potential health beneits to drug use. said that it was an a dose of psilocybin (the active ingredient “e x t r a o r d i n a r i l y in “magic mushrooms”) or one of several fearful” experience, only three reported that other control drugs (including Ritalin, they would never try it again and none of

Final Score: computer 1, humans 0

them indicated that the experience had been harmful or that they had had any lasting negative effects. A large majority of the participants claimed experiencing extreme positive changes in their attitudes toward life and their behavior. The positive changes continued on past the initial experience with the drug itself and were confirmed by family and peers of the participants. Participants also noted overcoming insecurities and fears, improved relationships with loved ones and approached life with a newfound enthusiasm. Despite such optimistic results, researchers have voiced concern over people amplifying these studies. They fear that this could lead to abuse of such drugs by teenagers who may misunderstand and exaggerate the possible benefits of psychedelic drugs as occurred in the 1960s. Still, researchers agree the recent findings on hallucinogenic drugs deserve further study and evaluation.

IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, New York hosts epic Jeopardy! challenge CORTNEE GRAY staff writer Kicking off the 27th season of the popular Jeopardy! program, employees of the show and IBM introduced their audience to an extraordinary tournament Feb. 14-16. Two of the show’s best contestants, Ken Jennings, the participant with a 74-game winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the $3.25 million winning contestant, competed against a super computer opponent named Watson. Many eager viewers tuned in to see the results of man vs. machine.

Watson is a newly produced artificial intelligence software developed by IBM specifically for the show Jeopardy! The idea originated as a challenge from the show to IBM to create an operating system that could hear a question, analyze it, and respond correctly. “The composition of Watson’s performance is what we call bracingly parallel,” David Ferrucci, Watson Principal Investigator and IBM Researcher, said. “This means that lots of different threads are triggered at the same time.” Watson is reliant on excessive technologies that must work in a synchronized way in order to answer the questions in a fast-paced manner. 750 servers are needed to retain all of the

knowledge that is needed for it to run properly. The computer runs on POWER7 processors and a new software called IBM DeepQA that gives Watson the ability to evaluate host Alex Trebek’s questions and answer them in less than three to four seconds. “We are at a very special moment in time; we are at a moment where computers and computer technology now have approached humans,” Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, said. “We have created a computer system that has the ability to understand natural human language, which is a very difficult thing for computers to do.” When the three-day special premiered on Feb. 14, viewers got an idea of the time invested in creating Watson and had the opportunity to witness the new super

computer at work. When the first round started, viewers saw a bar graph at the bottom of the screen highlighting Watson’s top three search results and his percent of surety. At the end of the first episode, Jennings was in last, with Rutter and Watson tied at $5000. In the end, machine triumphed over the human victors of Jeopardy! with a whopping one million dollars, which will be donated to charities World Vision and World Community Grid. Jennings earned $300,000 and Rutter earned $200,000. Half of each participants’ earnings will be donated to charities as well. “It’s just amazing that humans have been able to create a machine that can analyze human language,” Nick Tri, senior, said. “Watson can answer a question in a fraction of a second. This is going to be huge.”


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February 2011

iPhone seen on the hori on Most popular smart phone now available on the Verizon zon network JAMES ENSOR asst. photo editor

The much anticipated Verizon iPhone 4 debuted Feb. 10, 2011. Apple’s latest smart phone became available to users after almost four years of being available exclusively to AT&T customers beginning in 2007. “I am very excited to see the iPhone come to Verizon,” Brittany Kokomoor, sophomore, said. “I will hopefully be getting one soon.” While there is much speculation about which company offers the best service, data prices will remain the same for each. Whether you have service with Verizon or AT&T, unlimited data plans will cost $30 per month. The total cost for an iPhone plan at Verizon starts at $70 while at AT&T they start at $55. These prices include both voice and data usage.

“I think the prices are very fair,” Kokomoor said. “I can’t believe I will be able to use my phone to call, text, email, Facebook, and Twitter.” A recent survey of 4,000 customers from ChangeWave Research suggests - ChangeWave Research that AT&T will lose 26% of iPhone users to Verizon, many of whom will switch within the first three months of the Verizon iPhone release. As far as the smart phone is concerned, internet all features are available on both networks. From video chat to advanced graphics, the too,” Katie Benge, phone continues to provide numerous senior, said. “If I have a question that I need help features for users of all ages. “It’s still a phone, but with games and with, all I have to do is use

“AT&T will lose 26% of iPhone users to Verizon”

my phone to find the answer.” The iPhone is much more than just a phone. It is a handheld compter. Not only can users call and text, but they can also use the internet and even download any of the apps available from the Apple Store. “I love all of the games,” Benge said. “Fruit Ninja and Bejewled are my favorites right now.” While the iPhone has been out for several years, both networks gain users every day for many different reasons. “I got the phone because it’s an iPhone,” Benge said. “It’s just awesome.”


February 2011

OPINIONS the clarion view

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staff editorial

Closed covers lead to closed minds With technology’s ever-increasing influence on the lives of America’s youth, the reading of novels is becoming a lost art in many high schools. The average teen would much rather spend his or her time playing video games, watching movies or surfing the web than curling up with a book. What was once seen as the ultimate source of entertainment is now disregarded by many. Though the effects of this apathy for reading may not be presently noticeable, a generation of individuals lacking the imagination, cultural awareness, and vocabulary that literature provides is surely forming. Nothing epitomizes culture quite like a novel. In fact, literature is merely an expansion of culture. Whether bringing the reader in touch with the past or the present, a book is the perfect snapshot of society at the time of its conception. To discard these works is to discard important aspects of our heritage, and, thus, our identity. Literature, in turn, helps to form culture. Author’s ideas introduced through their novels permeate society. This is exemplified by allusion, the reference to a literary work in speech or script, one of the most common, and effective, methods of persuasion and conveying ideas. This practice, however, is completely lost on those who choose not to read. In addition to contributing to cultural awareness, reading helps strengthen the

practitioner’s imagination. The complex presented. In school, reading becomes just concepts and ideas presented through another compulsory assignment. Too often, fictional, as well as nonfictional, narratives students are forced to read novels, typically help to broaden the reader’s intellectual from a specific list of suggested works, with scope. Novels can provide readers with an which they struggle to connect. Instead of escape from reality into a world of their encouraging students to own creation, or even just st open their rea read for pleasure, teachers minds to more creativee problemput deadlines on their solving techniques. However, ever, as the req required reading, making it internet continues to consolidate a te tedious, disengaged chore stories, it is becoming more and for students. more difficult for individuals uals That’s not to say that to find inspiration from reading the classics om what they read. has no merit. In fact, This consolidation it is a vital part of of language is even the learning process more deleterious to to expose oneself to students’ abilities to foreign thoughts and express their ideas. writing styles. However, As social networking there has to be some websites such as Twitter level of compromise and Facebook urge between teacher and their users to keep student. Reading is not their thoughts brief, laborious, and should illustration by Carly Besser individuals are finding it more not be treated as such. Teachers difficult to express themselves fully and must encourage students to read books effectively. Though concision is vital at times, that capture their imaginations, while it is quickly becoming the only way teens can maybe throwing a classic in there every now express themselves, creating a generation of and then. narrow-minded and less literate individuals. There is so much that can be learned from If the benefits of literature are as obvious books that cannot be replicated by any as they seem, why is it that more and more website, T.V. show or movie. These lessons, kids are removing literacy from their lives? however, will be lost if we continue to let this It’s related to the way books are typically generation’s apathy for reading thrive..

Dear Kayla Aschenbeck,

Dear Mandy Hogue,

When it comes to your column concerning chivalry in teenage guys, I completely understand. Holding the car door open when you pick me up for a date is one thing, but I don’t expect a guy to go out of his way to do everything for me. He has to know that women can be independent and can do things for themselves, but he also has to know when to do the polite and courteous acts.

I feel terrible for the students of Liberty Elementary. Not only is their school closing, but they will have to drive additional distances just to get to school everyday. This can become costly with 10-20 mile car rides daily and gas prices skyrocketing. Sending kids to schools on the other side of the county is just like the school assignment plan in Jefferson County, and will add fuel to the fire on the issue of overcrowding.

Si incerely, Sincerely,

y, Sincerely,

Lizz Faith

Steven Estes

Editorial Board This relects the view of the Editorial Board. The members of the board this month include Carly Besser, Kirby Fields, Cortnee Gray, Paige Rietveld, Tom Schaller, Chloe Sedoris, and Kristen Shircliff.

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colonel staff

Editor in Chief Tom Schaller

Managing Editor Matt Stewart

Production Editor Duall Schutte

News Editor Michael Roup

Opinions Editor Mandy Hogue

Features Editor Cassidy Bliss

Sports Editor Kyle Stewart

Online Editor Khrysin Samuels

Photo Editor BethAnn Harvey

Asst. Photo Editor James Ensor

Business Manager Circulation Manager Hannah Lorenz Brooke Daugherty Columnist Matt Lawson

Columnist Kayla Aschenbeck

Chief Illustrator Carly Besser

Adviser Joan Thompson

StaffWriters Writers Staff AlexBolus Bolus Alex Katherine KatherineCollins Collins Buddy BuddyElder Elder Kirby KirbyFields Fields Brooke Gorbandt Brooke Gorbandt Cortnee Gray Cortnee Gray Erin Kohnke Austin Mullen Erin Kohnke Paige Rietveld Austin Mullen Chloe Paige Sedoris Rietveld Kristen Shircliff Chloe Sedoris Sam Tabor Kristen Shircliff The clarion colonel welcomes letters Sam Tabor to the editor. Letters can be put in Mrs. Joan Thompson’s mailbox or be sent to: Newspaper, Oldham County High School, P.O. Box 187, Buckner, Ky 40010 “The clarion colonel” is published monthly by the students of Oldham County High School, Buckner, Ky. Oldham County High School is not responsible for the accuracy of opinions or claims appearing in “the clarion colonel.” Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the staff or its publisher. The appearance of any advertisement does not constitute endorsement of any product in “the clarion colonel.”


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February 2011

The Law

Case 2011-01: Lawson vs. Being “cool” MATT LAWSON columnist The Defendant: Groups that divide, pressure and stir up discord among the student body. The Prosecution: The concept of “cool” creates the common problems currently corrupting school systems across the country. When students consider themselves socially superior, the

outcome is a school plagued by cliques, condescension and rabid peer pressure. Many manifestations of “cool” exist in schools across the nation. In the hierarchy of the student body, some sort of commonly accepted idea of whom and what is “cool” and “un-cool” exists. These concepts motivate, influence, and, in the end, destroy the ideals of acceptance, equality and individuality. “Cool” is an exclusive group of people who are under the delusion that they are popular and superior to others. Their condescension is a large result of the judgment and condemnation that occurs naturally when one sees a certain “foible” or difference that someone else may have. It is personified in gossip, jokes, and exclusivity. In looking down on others, one only destroys his or her own self-worth; and to what avail? Is it to make you feel better?

“Cool” causes a school to be so rigidly divided that one is considered “un-cool” if he or she crosses the great divide between social congregations. We see it every time we walk through the hallways. It is expected for a certain clique to sit in a certain place, a certain group to not participate in a certain activity, and for a certain kind of person to hang out with a certain circle of friends. Each day we come into a divided school where people do not interact because it is not “cool.” Maybe if we didn’t feel like there were huge walls between the social groups of our school, we could find some common ground and unity. “Cool” is when one must sacrifice who he or she is in order to fit the unwritten criteria that people consider to be “cool.” Let’s face it; school populations are overrun with drugs, sex, cheating, and partying. It seems like in order to be “cool,” one must throw away

their morals and ideals to fit the mold of “cool”-ness. For any clique, there are certain unspoken expectations that one must adhere to in order to be considered normal and accepted. Everyone wants to be accepted, but acceptance unfortunately comes at a price in both our society and our schools. While for many the first reaction is to say that I am no part of this problem, one must consider that the potential to be “cool” can be found in each one of us. We are all prone to judgment of others and isolation from certain people we dislike. We each have an idea of what is “cool,” but the challenge is to rid ourselves of these judgments and social standards and start treating each other as equals. Be cool. Don’t try to be “cool.”

Case Closed

\Skit-suh-KAYLA-free-nee-uh\ High school relationships spell nothing but drama KAYLA ASCHENBECK columnist First…a single glance. Then…the flirty interactions. Followed by…the exchange of phone numbers and late night conversations. Special dates, holding hands, first kisses, meeting the parents, and then the mother of all romance milestones: the label. Being a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” means that you’re committed to another person in a way that is more than just friends. But too many teens cross the line into relationship extremism. Slightly less ridiculous than middle school relationships (although there are exceptions to everything), high schoolers often associate “relationships” with “happiness.”

Contrary to popular belief, when I think of “relationships” in high school, I think of too many teenagers who take something that’s supposed to be fun and carefree and turn it into an unhealthy, stalk-you-day-and-night type of ordeal. Just because your girlfriend texts another boy, or your boyfriend looks at another girl (how dare he!), it does not give you the go-ahead to have a mental breakdown and spread accusations of cheating. Who jumps to those kinds of conclusions instantaneously instead of being mature and talking things out? Using inside voices and common sense is far more effective than ripping up pictures and burning love letters. Heaven forbid your significant other goes out grocery shopping with his or her mom without asking your permission first. Teens tend to hold the leashes so tightly in relationships that there is no wiggle room. I know couples who set rules for each other about what they’re allowed to do and not. Exes are off limits, don’t text, or even look at anyone of the opposite sex, and before you even think about going out with your friends, you better double check with your

warden (aka your partner) to make sure it’s okay. Who wants to be so wrapped up in someone else’s life that every second of every day you have to be in constant communication? I’m talking about texting morning, noon, and night, spending every hall break together, and hanging out after school and on weekends. The worst part is that some of the people reading think that it’s the norm to be with your partner all of the time. How do you not run out of things to say when you text all day, and spend all of your time in each other’s presence? And why stay together when all you do is fight? There are certain couples in the hallway that are always red in the face from yelling at each other, or one is glimpsed consoling the other because in some way, shape or form, they’ve let the other down again. I mean, is it worth the tears? Is it worth the embarrassment? Because if you’re not embarrassed when you make a scene and start yelling and crying in the hallways, I’m embarrassed for you. No one wants to have to listen to couples duke it out over the smallest of matters. It’s uncomfortable, and

who likes being the center of lunch-table talk? I understand that there are certain necessities in life like food, water, or air; however, your significant other is not one of these. Give me a break; if you can’t be apart from your boy/girlfriend for more than a day, then you either need to re-evaluate your priorities or make more friends. No one is interesting enough to spend every waking moment with, no matter how fascinating you think you are. It’s like playing the same video game, on the same level, with the same character, over and over and over again. Eventually you get burned out and frustrated, and all that’s left to do is simply go through the motions. There’s no spontaneity. There’s no spark. Did you know that less than two percent of high school relationships actually turn into marriage and don’t end in divorce? Maybe you should consider this before you devote your whole life to a person when you’re a teenager. A teenager. You shouldn’t build your life around someone as a teen when this is the time in your life when you should be building who you are as an individual.


OPINIONS

February 2011

Snowy parking lots slip under radar

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Ice and snowfall leave cars sliding around campus MANDY HOGUE opinions editor

Father Winter’s dominant presence, laying down large blankets of snow and ice and has resulted in eight snow days. Typically, I am confined to my house on the days of school cancellations, due to my mountain of a driveway and the apparent horrible road conditions. When the streets have been cleared and school is back in session, I cruise to school with ease. That is, until I reach the ice rink, formerly known as the junior parking lot. The conditions of all school parking lots after a snow fall are hazardous and traitorous. “[The parking lot] is absolutely terrible when it’s snowed. I can’t see the lines, or

even the number of the spot I’m supposed to park in,” Brittany Burns, junior, said. Being new drivers, the junior lot is a dangerous place when the pavement is clear. With the added layering of snow and ice, it’s practically a ski slope. Not only am I scared while inside my car, I also fear for my life when I take the trek into school. I have already slipped and fallen down once, surely it’s only a matter of time before I have to dodge a traction-less car coming straight for me or even my vehicle. “The car that parks next to me was trying to pull into its spot, but couldn’t stop and ended up crashing into the back of mine. The parking lots are horrible,” Kassie Hart, junior, said. I understand that our custodial staff is in charge of plowing the lots when school is in session. However, it’s not their fault that

their job is deemed less-than-mediocre. estimate for the snow removal,” Jordan The homemade plow that is used is Mamrak, senior, said. I don’t feel unqualified for the need to the task. It’s duck and merely a John cover while I Deer tractor roam the halls, with a plow nor do I want stuck on the to squeeze my front of it. eyes shut and There are a wish myself handful of away out of students who fear when offer to shovel I’m in class. out driveways This sense with their illustration by Carly Besser of security trucks and should be who have the adequate equipment to actually clear the extended to the parking lots, when the spots are clear,and when they are snowparking lots. “I’d be willing to give the school an covered.

CENSORING c l assics Timeless novels edited for politically correctness

CORTNEE GRAY staff writer

Since its publication in 1884, “Huckleberry Finn” has been on the shelves of public and personal libraries worldwide and since its release, controversy has followed it and other novels like it. Recently, “Huckleberry Finn” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” have been deemed offensive and have been removed from some shelves for the original language choices of the authors. In my opinion, this 2011 need to censor is unjust. In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn,” readers take a deeper look into racism and witness the hurtful repercussions that come with it. I must wonder if the newly offended are being too sensitive to the lessons these authors were trying to teach us with using the “n-word” and other words that are politically incorrect today. We have been taught that original, purposeful language accentuates an author’s point, authenticating it for reader understanding. What some critics fail to see is that Stowe

and Twain hoped that in using words, even in doing that, we are generalizing and unpleasant ones, readers would notice and misrepresenting the historical context of take offense and possibly take justifiable the African-American people of that time as action…like end hatred and prejudicial a whole. “The idea that the ‘n-word’ is being purged treatment of others. What is it about today that makes some think that original from this text and particularly purged and replaced with the word authorial selections need to be “cleaned ‘slave’ is somehow up” and made more going to fix this viable for modern “They were trying to censorship problem is inaccurate,” Melissa readers? make readers realize Harris-Perry, professor, “I made a list of in an interview every time Stowe how cruel that kind of said uses the term ‘woolly with MSNBC’s Keith racism could really be.” Olberman. “It suggests headed niggers.’ She that young people must have used don’t hear the ‘n-word’ the phrase 200 -Lynnette McGiffen-Newkirk as a part of their pop times,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Africancultural milieu.” American professor, This is a very true statement. It is said. “To get Stowe’s big points across, you have to wade through inaccurate to imagine an entire day at high that. That kind of racism makes it hard to get school without hearing a string of racial new black readers through the first chapter.” slurs in some context. Are we saying it is Gates’ solution is to replace the “n-word” acceptable to ban the racial slurs that are with the more generic word “slave,’ but used in classic literature and represent a

particular reality of a particular moment in history? If so, then we best move on to modern films and rap music, as they are loaded with racial insults far more offensive. “I do not think that they should change the language of any of these books because it interferes with the message that was trying to be sent by Twain and Stowe,” Lynnette McGiffen-Newkirk, history teacher, said. “They were trying to make readers realize how cruel that kind of racism could really be.” When you censor an author’s original text, you deprive all readers of the true intentions behind a published work. How would today’s books read if we removed every chapter that contained a curse word or a scene that involved prejudice? We would be reduced to reading fluff that lacks any realism. We would be shortchanged the original connection with the author. We would become meaningless audiences for words with no depth of idea. I say that unless our world is sanitized from harsh words and divergent thinking, our tools for learning shouldn’t be free of them either.


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an mentality typically involves cheering on or supporting a cause, whether it’s a sports team, political party, religion, or one’s own school. They proudly wear team colors and logos, paste politically-themed bumper sticker decals on their cars, and adorn their bodies with jewelry or even tattoos that depict religious thinking. Fans are loyal, sometimes boastful, and even defiant in the name of belief. So, when does a fan crossover and become a fanatic? By notion, a fanatic is someone marked by extreme and excessive enthusiasm and often intense, uncritical devotion. We all know that extremes can push people over the edge, so how should one know when he or she has gone too far? The problem is, fanatics often don’t know their limitations. They tend to go to extreme lengths to support whatever it is they’re

in public or elicit text messages, “fandom” ndom” starts to breech a level of completely creepy and way over the top extremism. Scenarios like this aren’t limited ted to Hollywood. Fanatics can appear anywhere, where, and can be obsessed over anything.. Even when it comes to school sports, fans’ behaviors can cross the line to becoming oming completely inappropriate, illogical, and even embarrassing. “My love for Nick Jonas is more than my love of most people,” Glancy said. We can even see this melodramatic behavior in our own school games. “It’s one thing to have a goodnatured, fun rivalry, but once you get into name-calling and pointing rt out individual players, you start getting into disrespect,” Matt Girardin, social studies teacher, said. “No fan should ever cross that line.” So, whether it’s an obsession with a celebrity, a sports team, a faith, or the political system,

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crazy about, sometimes losing their grip on reality. Often, the result involves a battle of intense emotions versus logic. “It becomes a lifestyle,” Jillian Boon, a wellknown Johnny Depp fanatic and senior, said. “It’s a part of me.” Ask yourself… what do the names Mark David Chapman, Robert O’Ryan, and Mark McLeod have in common? They are all celebrity fanatics. Chapman, John Lennon’s stalker and assassin, O’Ryan, Shawn Johnson’s stalker, and McLeod, Miley Cyrus’s stalker, are all examples of fans that have gone too far. And with all the mass media and coverage of these obsessed fans, overly obsessive actions appear glamorized and notoriety seems normal. “People tell me I’m crazy all the time,” Katie Glancy, a passionate Jonas Brothers fan and senior, said, “I don’t care what they say; it’s who I am.” Now, don’t get me wrong; admiration can be a good thing, I imagine it would feel nice to be looked up to, but once the fan mail starts morphing into “surprise” meetings

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there must limitations. be limitations People cannot continue to go on thinking that their radical behavior is acceptable. “Have fun in the right way and a way you can be proud of,” Girardin said.

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istorically, students find themselves drifting into groups of people that share common interests often known as ‘cliques’. To some, it provides comfort to know they have found where they belong for the next four years. However, others think that this way of grouping is unfair. Traditionally, this system of categorizing occurs primarily in schools, but lately it has found itself outside the doors of the classroom, and onto the ever popular Facebook. ‘Oldham’s Best’ is a profile that has received much attention among all three county high schools. The idea of having more judgment upon students outside of school is simply ridiculous. ‘Oldham’s Best’ is a profile made by an anonymous user, with the purpose

to nominate local students for different categories. Some of these categories include ‘hottest guys,’ ‘cutest utest couples,’ ‘best party crews,’ ws,’ etc. Such knowledge of the student body most likely means that the creator is a classmate, possibly with the intent of staying unknown to avoid controversy. According to the profile information, ‘Oldham’s Best’ states thatt “only the best of the best get in here!” A truly superfi cial ficial statement. “I just don’t understand why hy these people are considered d ‘the best.’ Facebook is becoming a publicity stunt,” ,” Nathan Burkhead, senior, said. d. Alongside Oldham’s Best, other profiles have been made in dedication to the exploitation of students such as ‘Oldham’s Worst’ and

‘Real Hookups Oldham. ‘Oldham’s Worst’ focuses on the way students look, how dress and their personalities. they d This profile has been reported Thi aand deactivated. However, ‘Real Hookups Oldham’ is still active. This notorious profile creates a list of students who have ‘hooked up’ with each other, posting it as a status. This kind of defamation is humiliating to a lot of people h who have been targeted, and can wh lead to unwanted drama in class. think it’s alright. Things “I don’t d like that shouldn’t really be announced. That’s someone’s ann personal business,” Jade p Morris, junior, said. M Even though ‘Oldham’s Best’ isn’t as harsh as ‘Oldham’s Worst’ or ‘Real Hookups Oldham’, it involves the same concept. It promotes the judging of

students and identifying them for possible harassment by others. This idea does more harm than good, and many nominated students have no idea that they are even mentioned on the profile. “I think [exploiting pages] need to go because they’re really inappropriate. It’s not right that someone these kids don’t even know is telling their business to everyone,” Chloe Rice, senior, said. It seems ironic that the page is called ‘Oldham’s Best’, because it has the potential to bring out the worst of people. Because of this, the page has received a lot of negative attention through wall posts, which are eventually deleted by the creator. If we have enough beauty contests when we vote for the next prom queen, elections and cliques at school, why should we give into participating in the same exact thing online? The only way to truly stop the exploitation of our fellow classmates is to neglect these sites and eliminate the reason for them to be updated in the first place.


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A brief look into the lives of the courageous souls who paved the way for equal rights ALEX BOLUS staff writer In reverence of the courageous and outstanding individuals who persevered through years of bigotry and torture, Black History Month pays respect to those who contributed to the African Diaspora. Initiated in 1926 by Carter Woodson as Negro History Week, Black History Month was decreed in 1976 and is celebrated every February in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Carter Woodson was the son of former slaves and worked as a Kentucky coal miner. At the age of 20, he enrolled in high school and proceeded to excel academically, earning a Ph.D. at Harvard University. Much to his dismay, his studies largely ignored the black American population; and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time. Taking action, Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later, founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. Launching Negro History Week became an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of African people throughout American history. The majority of devotees advocating for civil liberties lived in the mid-twentieth century. Rosa Parks, who is considered the “mother of the freedom movement,” refused to sacrifice her seat to a white man in a segregated transportation bus on Dec. 1, 1955. Arrested for her protest, Parks’ story stirred a wave across the nation, enabling her to collaborate with famous civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal, Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most influential civil rights leaders in history.

Today, the mindset that used to be the norm is considered an atrocity by law. An epidemic of tolerance has surfaced, spreading through precedent of the Civil Liberties movement. Only 50 years ago, black citizens couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain, let alone receive the same pay and degree of respect that white people have been demanding for centuries. Children of all races are now enabled to pursue an equal course of knowledge and prosperity. “I have a dream that one day…little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with other little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers,” King, Jr. famously said. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a n a t i o n where they will not b e judged by the color of their skin, but rather the content of their character.” “Most history courses tend to focus on predominantly European history. Bringing in diverse topics is much more important and recognized than it used to be,” Lynnette McGiffen-Newkirk, history teacher, said. While dedicating a month to black history is vital in raising awareness, it also teaches respect for other societal “taboos.” “Comments regarding race, religions, sexual orientation, and ethnicity are still frequent. Stereotypes are still floating around. It’s important to know about all different races, regardless of the outcome,” Newkirk said. But there are some differing opinions. “I haven’t faced very many struggles, aside from a few racist jokes, because it’s not common,” Kaity Hunt, junior and African-American, said. “I haven’t gone through what they did. I can’t really relate.” This is a good thing. The equality Hunt lives by today would never have been

achieved if these brave men and women had not stood up and opposed the unjustifiable treatment society had given them for so many years. Black History Month is a way of saying thanks and offering remembrance for their brave sacrifices and for the contributions to the brighter futures they have made for all children. “We deserve acknowledgement,” Hunt said. “We faced hard times with the

slaves… Martin Luther King, Jr. had to die for our freedom.”


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n the world of Facebook and Jersey Shore, the thought of voluntarily picking up a book typically crosses a teen’s mind anywhere from rarely to never. When we’re forced to read books in school that may not suit our tastes, books in general get a bad reputation. The Clarion Colonel staff strongly suggests that you reconsider your preconceptions about reading and try out some of these favorite selections. complied by Hannah Lorenz & Duall Schutte

The Kite Runner

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

By Khaled Husseini

By Douglas Adams

Amir Sodallah finds himself face-to-face with his past mistakes as he returns to his native Kabul, Afghanistan after fleeing the county due to the Soviet take-over. Though Kabul is nothing like he remembered, Amir quickly finds that some things never change.

Ar Arthur Dent, a perfectly normal guy, suddenly finds himself hit hitchhiking through the galaxy with his alien friend Ford Prefect aft the Earth is demolished to make way for an interstellar after by bypass. As the universe does increasingly maddening things to him Arthur treks through space with nothing to rely on but an him, ext extremely useful towel.

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

In the futuristic society of Panem, the oppressive Capitol deprives it citizens of food and other necessities. Katniss, a strong girl its fighting for her family’s survival, is chosen for the annual Hunger G Games, a government-sponsored fight to the death in order to win ri riches for the winner’s homeland. As she struggles for her life, C Catniss is a beacon of hope against the oppression of the Capitol.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story By Ned Vizzini C Craig Gilner got accepted into New York’s most prestigious high school. Great. However, he quickly breaks down under hi the stress. After checking himself into the mental ward of a th hospital, he meets a cast of unique characters who help him get ho his life into perspective. hi

Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov He Heartbroken after the death of his childhood sweetheart, mi middle-aged Humbert Humbert develops a strange kind of lov for younger girls – much younger girls. He falls in love love wi Lolita, a playfully seductive 12-year-old, but their romance with lea to an intricate and intriguing chain of events that leads ma bee the death of them. may


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FAVORITE FICTION The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger “Th Catcher in the Rye” captures the story of an average, “The introverted youth searching for his place in the world. As Holden int Caulfield wanders around late 1940s New York, he encounters Ca two parallel worlds: one of prostitutes, sleazy bar owners, bums and alcoholics, and one of kids on merry-go rounds and his own childhood memories. chi

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The TTh h DaVinci Code By Dan Brown After Aft being suspected of murder, Robert Langdon must, in the cou of 24 hours, uncover a shocking, centuries-old conspiracy course to clear his name – a conspiracy that would challenge the very nat nature of religion as we know it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Mitch Albom

By Stephen Chbosky

Mi Mitch Albom’s first biographical novel follows his relationship wi his old sociology professor, Morrie, who was diagnosed with wi with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The relationship between the me mentor and his student is touching, emotional and filled with wiisdom and honesty. wisdom

“T “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” provides a glimpse in the introspective world of a traumatized high school into stu student. “Charlie” experiences the evolution from childhood to adulthood in a confused tangle of drugs, sexuality and re repressed memories.

The Shack By William P. Young Mack Phillips’ daughter was brutally murdered on a family Ma camping trip. Her remains – one tattered dress – were found in a cam remote shack. Called back to the infamous place by a mysterious rem note, no Mack learns about his relationship with God and how such horrible things can be allowed to happen. ho


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beyond the classroom Staff members serve double duty as military personnel KAYLA ASCHENBECK columnist Patriotism surrounds us. As students, we should be proud of three individuals who have worked to protect and maintain our rights as American citizens. Tim Anderson, social studies teacher, has been an active member in the Army for 24 years. He is ranked as a Master Sergeant and is positioned as Chief Paralegal NCO (noncommission officer), assisting with courtrelated business. Anderson served in Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991 and was also mobilized from February 2003 to June 2004 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Although he never served in the field, he was mobilized,

and has been to forts throughout the state. “I enjoy the challenge,” Anderson said. Mike Cole, Plant Manager, served in Vietnam, and has been diagnosed with cancer due to being exposed to Agent Orange during his 18-month tour as a door gunner when he was 17. He is very ery open about his illness and treatment, and nd also about what he experienced. d. “War is not a good thing. ing. It took away my youth. I grew ew up too quick,” Cole said. Gabe Kessler, science teacher, has been a member of the military for nearly 10 years and is ranked as a Staff Sergeant in the Air

National Guard. Although never mobilized for active duty, Kessler remains an active member, and a humble one at that. “The military gave me my confidence and sense of pride. I don’t draw attention to it because it’s just who I am,” Kessler said. Anderson will be on leave Anders from school February 21 to March 1 to attend the Judge Advocate Generals Ju sschool in Charlottesville, Virginia, taking courses V on operational law of o warfare. If you’ve ever had a class with Mr. Anderson, you know that he takes both his military job, as

well as his teaching position very seriously. The desktop background on his computer features combat uniform print and his classroom décor denotes a plethora of military paraphernalia. “The Army is part of who I am. It’s as much a part of me as being bald,” Anderson said. Students are unaware of the sacrifices that military service men and women must make. Taking for granted the rights that we have as American citizens such as being able to speak and practice religion freely, and the right to be educated and to be individuals all result from the fact that brave people out there who fight for what is right. “I’m not proud of what I did, but I would do it all over again. I’m that much of a patriot,” Cole said.

Associated Student Body breathes new life into school organization Program improves traditional approach to student government of school activity planning and implementation, building school pride and staff writer a positive student-oriented school ‘climate,’ and information dissemination in the hands of the students themselves.” Instead of handling school business and A student body led by the students has been the vision of the Associated Student concerns through meetings before or after Body program, or ASB, introduced at the school, as has been done in previous years, the ASB concept has been start of the 2010designated to bring the 2011 academic year. class officers and their Initiated by Matthew “governments” together Girardin, ASB adviser to plan activities that and social studies promote increased teacher, the program school participation. involves ASB officers The idea for the class who are elected by originated from a school and represent the in California where student body, not Girardin previously just a particular photo by Brooke Daugherty taught. The students graduating class. enrolled in the class According to UPDATE -- ASB member Cody Mason, are assigned duties that course policy, the sophomore, keeps track of upcoming include lead officer roles, model for the ASB events. Organization is key when a fine arts commissioner, concept “places planning school activities. a spirit commissioner, the responsibility

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a club coordinator and even an alumni and community relations commissioner, to name a few. “What I have really hoped for is a goal of implementing increased ideas and a safer and more fun environment. Increased camaraderie with clubs is also a priority,” Billi Greenwell, ASB president and senior, said. Initiatives already put into action and intended to bring about more student involvement include the creation of the “O-Zone,” the organization of student fans and cheers for sporting events, and pep rallies organized to promote athletics. Publicity of events has been a focus of the group. Increased use of promotional fliers made by ASB has improved informationsharing related to activities around the school. “This program informs the students about ways to be involved, especially for freshmen who don’t always know what’s going on. It is not always easy for freshmen to get involved, so any program that encourages this is a

good thing,” Amber Connelly, freshmen class sponsor and social studies teacher, said. In addition to efforts in athletic promotion, ASB also handles the traditional planning of dances, including the homecoming dance and the homecoming week as a whole as well as activities linked with clubs or different extracurricular activities in which students participate. “As pep commissioner, I work to make school more enjoyable for everyone. ASB is the voice of what students want and attempt to make it happen within reason,” Matt Tarter, junior, said. With a full class period to meet each day, ASB students are able to generate ideas and have meaningful dialogue related to the creation of new initiatives that enhance the vision of the school. “Student climate is what ASB focuses a lot on,” Girardin, social studies teacher, said. “Our commitment is to what we can do to make that better for all students not just some of them, and how that environment affects our school as a whole.”


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Behind the scenes: Calling a snow day Process of canceling school complex but necessary KHRYSIN SAMUELS online editor Due to the numerous winter weatherrealated snow days, the school year will not end until June 2, 2011. Neither school officials nor students expected such a white winter. With so many missed days, students can’t help but wonder what determines a snow day. Paul Upchurch, Superintendent for the Oldham County Schools, has a trusty team of people helping to decide what days need to be declared snow days. Much work and time goes into the decision, which is a multi-step process that starts with Margaret

Johnson, Director of Transportation. Once a prediction of snow has been made, Johnson dedicates her nights to area weather reports. If the forecast calls for snow, Johnson calls Rick McHargue, Assistant Superintendent, by 3 a.m. to discuss the actions that need to be taken for the day. Johnson’s transportation staff takes a drive around the county to check the main roads and back roads to assess the potential dangers. The group then meets with McHargue to discuss their findings at 5 a.m. If conditions are bad enough, Johnson contacts the highway departments to see how the road conditions are being handled and the rate at which they can be cleared. The decision then falls on McHargue to

delay, close, or keep open district schools. Making the snow day decision is not always as easy as it may seem. Not only do school officials count on meteorologists to accurately predict the forecast, but they have to think about the safety of all of the county’s drivers. As a former bus driver, Johnson knows how buses react to roads and she can predict how the buses will take to the road conditions. The decision to cancel school relates to the answer to her question, “Would I feel safe driving in these conditions?” “Any decision for a snow day is based on safety. If there is ever any doubt that any student will be in danger, the board will cancel school,” Lynnette McGiffen, history

teacher, said. Ultimately, some trust must be placed in the forecast. “I think that some snow days could’ve been avoided, but I understand that the Board of Education has to rely on The Weather Channel, or other local weather stations, which are not always reliable,” Rochelle Hansen, junior, said. Sometimes the weather we receive is unexpected. Instead of taking a chance that people could be injured, there are precautions that are taken to ensure safety countywide. “It’s better to err on the side of caution than to make a decision that would endanger a student,” Upchurch said.


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Manipulative techniques of thriller ilms dissected for viewers ERIN KOHNKE staff writer

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ffects from psychological thriller movies, whether good or bad, can be long lasting. They can alter your perception from minor details about life or life’s purpose as a whole. The 2010 smash-hit film “Inception” can make anyone question where reality stops and dreaming begins. Likewise, 2011’s “Black Swan” has made viewers skeptical of what is real. While each film director typically has a specific technique that he or she employs in each of their movies to enhance the psychological twists of their stories, most utilize common features in their work. Generally, there are six different themes that directors work with to give their movies a psychological feel: reality, perception, mind, purpose, identity, and death. In a movie like “Shutter Island” (2010), the main character is trying to establish what is real and what is not. Through the theme of reality, the viewer often does not know what is real either. Being insecure in what is real and stable can lead to distorted feelings

even after the movie credits roll. “I am entranced by psychological movies that really cause you to think and determine reality for yourself. They reflect a need for finding ourr own realities in society,” Madison Theiss, senior, nior, said. Then there are those movies that manipulate ipulate the viewers’ perceptionss and make them understand d it in one specific way. The movie “Memento” (2000) viewers forces to understand stand only the perspectives es of the main character, who has shortterm memory ory loss. No other viewpoint is even possible for the viewer. Alteredperception films often have twist endings ngs that will blow your mind,, as is the case in this film. Anotherr prevalent theme is that of thee mind mind, where characters have to battle their own wits in order to achieve a higher understanding, as in the film “Signs” (2002). In “The Sixth Sense” (1999), main character Cole searches for an answer or solution for his unique problem of seeing the dead. Then, there are movies like “A

Clockwork Orange” (1971) in which the main character, Alex, searches for his true self and changes his personality. The last major theme that directors use to death. In enter a person’s psyche is that of dea character “Donnie Darko” (2001), the main cha These is obsessed with death. T viewers’ movie genres get the vie minds reeling about their own fates and what death. comes after d Psychological created thrillers are cr purpose with the pu manipulating of manipu viewers’ the vie and thinking work to shock surprise and su audiences. “I love it when have movies unexpected Courtney plot twists,” twists ” Cou Trimble, junior, said. Often these stories are told through the main characters’ point of view; but when the main character is not mentally stable and the truth is distorted, viewers meet an unreliable narrator. Movies like this

manipulate the audience’s view of the situation, even if the truth is not what is perceived. Film hits “Fight Club” (1999) and “Hide and Seek” (2005), demonstrate plots in which the character’s truth is not reality and he struggles to see what is real. “Finding yourself on the edge of your seat as a result of a thought-provoking film is an amazing feat for a director to create,” Carissa Hudnutt, senior, said. “I am never bored when I am that connected to a film.” Sometimes when a movie really affects a viewer, there can be side effects associated with these mind-bending flicks. Issues such as anxiety, sleeplessness, and sometimes even phobias have been reported after watching an especially creepy movie. Yet, many directors aim for their movies to haunt you long after it has ended. Alfred Hitchcock, king of psychological thrillers himself, was once quoted as saying, “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” Though psychological thrillers have purposeful side effects, they are still a good alternative to traumatizing slasher films. Their ability to keep the viewers guessing the whole time draws the attention of many different viewers, keeping the audience engaged in thrilling and unforeseen plot twists.


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‘Slicing’ into the newest local pizzerias MATT LAWSON columnist

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Pizza Hut Papa Murphy’s Little Caesar’s

Little Caesar’s -$5 Papa Murphy’s- $8 Pizza Hut -$8

Service 1. Papa Murphy’s 2. Little Caesar’s 3. Pizza Hut Other suggested pizza places Hometown Pizza Impellizeri’s Pizza Bearno’s Pizza

A different kind of superhero New show attracts viewers with ‘charismatic charm’ KIRBY FIELDS staff writer Superheroes and comic books have reclaimed cultural prevalence—including the “Spiderman” trilogy and more comedybased films such as “The Green Hornet”. In response, NBC premiered its own addition to this trend Jan 9. “The Cape” is based around Vince Faraday, police officer and father, in the fictional Palm City, California. The show’s premise is based upon a villain, dubbed Chess, who has been terrorizing the city and murdering prominent figures in politics and the police force. Faraday takes it upon himself to investigate the corrupt police force, and finds that it is being manipulated by Chess. Faraday is discovered inspecting a shipment that is stocked with a deadly toxin, hidden

inside teddy bears. Faraday is framed and during an intense police chase, he climbs under a cargo train, which is shot at and explodes. Seconds before its ignition, he drops into a sewer and finds a travelling circus. After making a series of deals, they begin to train him in working with a special cape that is able to be used as a weapon. He takes on the role of “The Cape”—modeling his alter-ego after the comic book he used to read with his son. Even though it’s been taken on in modern times, the plot reads as any classic comic book should. The cape can be used very similarly to a whip, along with a few additional features. Aside from the capability to strike, it can hook itself around objects, let Faraday evaporate with his will, and essentially punch. As a long-time fan of comic book culture, I was skeptical of the relatively new creator

and director of this series, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. “The Cape” balances violence with plot perfectly, so one doesn’t outweigh the other, which is a breath of fresh air. Action films and shows receive a lot of grief for being too violent, but that isn’t a problem here. However, the characters are willing to fight when necessary. The most alluring aspect, though, seems to be the characters. The writers have cultivated an eclectic band of personalities, all of whom are fascinating. Having a strong cast, even though many of the actors are newcomers, truly brings these characters to life and entices the viewer. The writing is a little cliché, but in all honesty, this is truly to be expected from, first, a superhero production and, second, a network television series. All-in-all, however, I was impressed by everything in

the show, and I plan to continue watching on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. to see where the story goes. I would definitely recommend this show to people from all The Verdict walks of life—from the avid comic book fan to someone who is completely disinterested in superheroes. It’s hard to describe the charismatic charm of “The Cape,” but whatever it is, it’s certainly got my attention. If you like “The Cape,” watch: “Smallville” Fri., 8:00 p.m. (The CW) “Fringe” Fri., 9:00 p.m. (Fox) ““Supernatural” Fri., 9:00 p.m. (The CW)


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REVIEWS

February 2011

Where art thou original ideas? Gnomantic comedy comes up short despite stellar cast PAIGE RIETVELD staff writer Judging from the commercials for the newly released movie, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” the animated ilm looked to be a promising rendition of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” But don’t be mistaken by the alluring hype of persuasion, “Gnomeo and Juliet” falls short of the classic romance. “Gnomeo and Juliet” reveals itself as a watered down version of the worldrenowned Shakespearean tragedy. The plot features two households, or two different colors of garden gnomes, clashing with each other. Mimicking the play, the children of the feuding parents ind each other and fall in love at irst sight. Following several days

of sneaking around together, a miraculous event occurs and the other group of gnomes is immediately blamed. All out war ensues, leaving the lovers to defend their garden. From the beginning, the movie is aimed at a juvenile audience. If you are not under the age of 12, this movie is just painful to sit through. The plot drags on to the point where you beg for your own vial of poison, relentlessly hit with corny punch lines and some simplistic, parent-approved action. The only time I remember giggling was in response to the hysterical laughter from the young girl sitting behind me. Voiced by an all-star cast with James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the leads, the picture features an array of cameos from the voice talents of acting legends and musical

icons to retired wrestlers and action heroes. Dolly Parton is one voice that you will immediately catch, but you have to listen closely for Ozzy Osbourne and Hulk Hogan. The director, Kelly Asbury, is known for other movie successes including “Shrek 2” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” This ilm was pitched to a long list of production companies before being picked up by Starz Animation, which is a division under the Touchstone Pictures Company. I now see why production efforts took some inagling to secure. Yet, I do thank producer, Elton John, for infusing his music into the ilm. The featured songs “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer,” coupled with some quality animation, were the only aspects of the movie I enjoyed.

Unless you are stuck babysitting on a Saturday with young The Verdict night children, do not spend your money to see this movie. Save the cash and rent an array of Shakespearean ilm adaptations which will give you much more quality entertainment than “Gnomeo and Juliet.” If you liked “Gnomeo and Juliet,” try: “O” (1995) “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1999)

‘The King is Dead.’ Long live The Decemberists! Indie folk band combines crisp lyrics with catchy music in successful album MATT STEWART managing editor

Indie folk rockers, The Decemberists, have returned to their roots with their sixth studio album, “The King is Dead.” The band spent six weeks in a barn in Oregon to record the LP, and the product, which was released Jan. 14, is as authentic and organic as you’d expect a record made this way to be. The stripped-down tone of the album is a sharp contrast to the group’s previous concept records, 2009′s “Hazards of Love” and 2006′s “The Crane Wife.” Most of the frills and festoons have been trimmed from The Decemberists’ sound, leaving behind a lean, rootsy mix of folk songs.

This time around, the band’s instrumentation is far less experimental, and front man Colin Meloy’s lyrics are straightforward, clear and concise. Although Meloy utilizes his expansive vocabulary in his lyrics, he manages not to sound too overzealous, making “The King Is Dead” an easier pill to swallow than its predecessors. “The King Is Dead” kicks off with pounding drums, acoustic guitars and Meloy’s rustic vocals on “Don’t Carry It All.” The track is surprisingly catchy, and the vocal harmonies supplied by multi-instrumentalist, Jenny Conlee, are soft, yet strong. Meloy has said that R.E.M. was a huge influence for the album, and the opening track, along with “Calamity Song” and first single “Down by the Water,” actually feature R.E.M guitarist, Peter Buck. From the slow country waltz of “Rise to Me” to the more upbeat “This Is Why We

Fight,” “The King Is Dead” is dynamic enough to keep your attention without the band forcing any aspect of their sound. After the first few minutes, it’s clear that the songwriting on the album is a major leap from the band’s previous, more progressive material. In fact, the entire album never strays too far from the simplistic formula of the opening track, and it works to the group’s advantage. Ten crisp rock tunes in a mere 40 minutes, the album finds The Decemberists in serious course-correction mode, which is a relief, but also sort of sad. “Hazards” was a disappointment, it’s true, but it is hard not to admire the band’s chutzpah; here they seem a little chastened, and the result is a relatively unweighty effort from these career overachievers. That may in fact have been what they were after: “Let the yoke fall from our shoulders,” Meloy sings in opener “Don’t

Carry It All,” before urging us to “raise a glass to turnings of the season.” The Decemberists don’t need all the bells and whistles of The Verdict their past records to captivate their listeners. Ultimately, “The King Is Dead” will allow you to feel as though you’re hearing a beautifully recorded live performance. With some strings, an accordion, a harmonica and acoustic guitars, they’ve created a cohesive piece of art that flows effortlessly. If you liked “The King is Dead,” try: The Shins Iron & Wine Neutral Milk Hotel


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SPORTS

Lacrossing the finish line Popular sport becomes oficially sanctioned SAM TABOR staff writer

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needs is a set amount of kids “All the school need play,” Lane said. “Girls that are willing to p hockey could be possible lacrosse or field hoc the sports for t future.” Lacrosse, a game that combines basketball, soccer, and hockey, is considered to be America’s cons sport. It was originated by oldest spor Americans for religious the Native A well for solving conflicts. practices, as we It is now the fastest growing sport, with over 169,000 169,00 high school players, according to wsoctv.com. wso sanctioning of the lacrosse team The sanctionin new team to be made was the first n official in years. years The team hopes to and fan support increase membership membe in the years to come. “The sanctioning of the lacrosse team was a great idea,” Ryan Templet, senior, said. “It’s awesome to be able to play for our school, and great to see new people playing.” photo by Cassidy Bliss

fter a lengthy process of meetings involving several organizations, the Board of Education sanctioned lacrosse as an official school sport in October 2010. This month marks the beginning of official team practices. Prior to the lacrosse team’s approval, the organization was merely a club team, meaning that there was no JV or varsity team, and students from different schools could join. This year, not only will there be separate JV and varsity teams, but there will be official team gear. This process found success through Marcus Lane, school alumnus and lacrosse coach, who organized enough players and raised sufficient funding to change the club team into a school team. After North

Oldham received sanctions ns three years ago, and South Oldham was sanctioned last year, it was OC’s turn. “It was a group effort,” Jacob Fairfield, junior, said. “Thee players and parents all pitched in money to finally get something going.” oing.” This new opportunity tunity increases possibilities forr the future of this sport, such uch as being able to play lacrosse sse in college. More students nts can get involved in the he sport, possibly receiving ng scholarship opportunities ties and having a greater chance nce of playing it in the future. “I’m really glad we’re sanctioned,” Chris Johnson, senior, said. “I did it to stay in shape, but now it’s my favorite sport, and I hope to play in college.” The start of a new school sport could also allow other sports to be offered.

NBA could head our way Louisville named potential sight for professional basketball team KRISTEN SHIRCLIFF

Greg Fischer said. The potential for a new team has been staff writer praised not only by sports fans, but by University of Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari as well. ith several arenas and an “I believe [the NBA] is good for the city of abundant fan base, Louisville is Louisville,” Calipari said. Calipari feels that considering introducing an NBA the team would benefit Kentucky’s economy team within the next couple of years. as a whole. Many believe that an NBA team Along with Calipari, newly-elected would increase Louisville Mayor development of Greg Fischer is the local area and “I certainly can afford the ticket, considering the idea. help to sustain the but can the average fan?” However, on the many small, local other side of the -Rick Pitino businesses that spectrum, Rick Louisville calls its Pitino, University own. of Louisville head “I feel that an NBA team could help basketball coach, doesn’t feel that an NBA the economy and bring more unique team in Louisville would be successful. business opportunities to Louisville,” Kevin “I certainly can afford the ticket, but can Montgomery, junior, said. the average fan?” Pitino said. Showing “If it makes sense financially, it’s something concern for the average Louisville citizen, we need to take a real hard look at. It could Pitino feels a team would be too costly for bring a lot of excitement to the city,” Mayor Louisvillians to obtain seats, causing there

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to be a lower interest take. Perhaps most interesting is the talk of the possible teams that could come to Louisville. Recently, there have been discussions about teams such as the Detroit Pistons and the New Orleans Hornets, who are currently looking to sell franchises. Along with these established, there are teams less likely such as the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder, which many hopefuls would love to see come to Louisville. The prospective team would presumably play in the KFC Yum! Center. However, there are still some who think differently and feel that the NBA team should play elsewhere. “I think they should use Freedom Hall because it would help make good use of the facility,’’ Alex Vogelgesang, freshman, said. Many people feel that an NBA team in Louisville would create a place for family fun and entertainment. “Though it could be a good new source of revenue, it could be two or three years before Louisville sees an NBA team,” Patrick Heelan, freshman, said.

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Sidelines BOYS BASKETBALL As of Feb. 16, the basketball team had an overall record of 19-7 and 9-1 in regional play. They began the district tournament on Feb. 22 at South Oldham. The team played Trimble County to open the tournament. If they finish as one of the top two teams in the district, they will move on to regional play.

GIRLS BASKETBALL The team had recorded 14 wins and nine losses through Feb. 14. On Feb. 23, the team opened the district tournament against North Oldham. The girls had a 2-1 record in district play during the regular season and are looking to end as one of the two teams from their district to make it to the regional tournament.

WRESTLING On Feb. 12, 13 wrestlers competed in the regional wrestling tournament. All 13 of these wrestlers advanced to the state tournament, which was held on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. The team also took home the title of regional champion due to their performance in the regional tournament.

SWIM TEAM The swim team competed in their regional meet on Feb. 11. The girls team finished 8th in the region while the boys finished in 9th place. Five individuals placed high enough to make it to the state tournament while four relay teams qualified to advance.

CHEER On Feb. 18-19, the cheerleaders participated in the Cheersport National competition held in Atlanta. 900 teams were present at this event, making it one of the largest organized competitions in the world.


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20 February 2011 Not your everyday routine Choreography diverts positive attention students deserve KYLE STEWART sports editor

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’ve been to a lot of basketball and football games during my four-year stint at this school. Traditionally, at halftimes of these sporting events, the dance team performs a well-choreographed routine for the fans. Through the dozens of performances I’ve witnessed, the level of provocative and sensual motions and moves has continued to surprise me. Despite seeing the team dance frequently, I’m still embarrassed, for lack of a better word, of the “actions” that represent our school. If the dance team managed to highlight their impressive dance talent rather than emphasize inappropriate and suggestive moves, we would all benefit. In no way is this a personal attack on the character or skill of the members of the team. I’m convinced that they are all exceptionally

skilled and in no way does their dancing reveal anything about their general dispositions. I am, admittedly, not an expert on the sport of dance, but I can look at the big picture and make a judgment that these types of performances are not beneficial to anyone. I’m certain that all of the performed dances are technically sound and difficult to complete, but, honestly, they are uncomfortable to watch. I find myself wondering what the parents and children in the gym are thinking while they also watch the routines. These dances should not be a representation of our

photo by Chloe Sedoris BREAK IT DOWN -- Dance team members practice their routine after school. The team’s choreography has been a point of recent discussion.

school to visiting fans and teams. I think highly of our school, and unfortunately, for many people at sporting events, this is one of the only aspects of our school that they get to see. It is not in anyone’s interest for guests to leave our school thinking that sexual and inappropriate behavior is acceptable and allowed. The provocative and unnecessary dance moves don’t put emphasis on the skills and aptitudes of the dancers. By performing persistent pelvic thrusts and other suggestive

movements, the members of the team are not fully displaying their potential skills and talents. These skills have been highlighted at certain times lately with impressive performances at inter-school competitions. Of course, it is tough to design a routine to any current song that doesn’t involve gyrating, but the team should work to choreograph dances that highlight their abilities, not their bodies. This sport is completely comparable to other sports teams. Basketball teams, in order to win, can’t take excessively long three-pointers, try to dunk every easy lay-up or attempt to stuff every defender that enters the paint. Baseball players can’t aim for the fences on every swing, try to steal a base every time they’re running or attempt to throw heaters past the batter on every pitch. These players are taught the fundamentals of the sport, and I advocate the same for the dance team. By doing this, the sexual and inappropriate behavior will be erased, allowing me to be confident at the next halftime show that our student body will be represented well.

Steroids ‘strike-out’ true talent Professionals sacriice morality to the relentless desire to win HANNAH LORENZ business manager

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edia exposés on steroid use have grown more and more common since the classic case of sluggers Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa. With the competitive pressure that professional athletes face, the temptation to give themselves an edge is often too appealing to pass up. “[Steroid use] is becoming normal,” Kane Reyes, junior, said. “There are so many athletes doing it. Only some of them have been caught.” The question that inevitably arises is

whether steroid use is even a “big deal.” Yes, it is a big deal, and it always will be. Athletics should be about developing a strong character through hard work, not taking short cuts to get ahead. In an age when professional athletes are also spokespersons and role models, they need to learn to be responsible and set a positive example. When teenagers see their heroes using steroids, they often think it’s okay to use the drug themselves. The more professionals use it, the more acceptable it becomes to the athletic world. A few students have said that they know about steroid use here at school, but the problem is by no means restricted to Oldham County. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, steroid use among teens has more than doubled since 1991. Not only is this a moral concern, but it’s also a health issue. It’s common knowledge that steroids can cause serious problems in males and females alike: excessive hair growth, raging mood swings, and the development of traits of the opposite gender.

These effects are even more dangerous in teenagers, whose bodies are still developing. However, many student athletes (and professionals, for that matter) are willing to overlook the risks in order to give themselves an unfair advantage. In high school especially, with college scholarships on the line, the pressure to win is enormous, and some athletes will do whatever it takes to get an edge. “A win is a win in my book,” Reyes said. “I’m not promoting cheating, but I love winning, and I know I’m not the only one like that.” There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your accomplishments, but those accomplishments should be your own, not the product of illicit drugs. A victory that results from steroid use is a hollow victory. It’s like writing the answers to a test on your desk and then getting 100%. Yes, you won, but not because of your own skill. “The biggest thing in sports is the competition aspect,” Matthew Brown, football coach, said. “You compete in life,

and sports help students learn the mental aspect of competing.” A little competition is healthy and is useful in life. However, the desire to win shouldn’t trump everything else, such as pride in teamwork, perseverance and an honestly earned accomplishment. Too many of today’s athletes feel like winning justifies cheating, that the rules can be bent just for them. I completely disagree with everything about this attitude. This attitude doesn’t just apply to sports. The bottom line is that steroid use by professionals sends a message to younger athletes who look up to them, and that message translates into all aspects of life. It says that it’s okay to cheat, that getting ahead is more important than maintaining integrity, and that character falls by the wayside for the sake of money and fame. Athletes must realize that they are role models, and that the ethical standards they apply to their sports are reflected in the morals of their biggest fans.


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Blast from the past: Colonel’s story told

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Investigating the history of the legendary icon circulation manager For the students and faculty that involve themselves in more than just academics, the symbol of the iconic Colonel embodies school spirit. For years, the mascot of the gentleman in his white suit has depicted Colonel pride, but few know the history of why the Colonel was ever chosen to serve as our mascot. “The mascot has been in place since the school opened in 1953,” Steve Lauterbach, science teacher, said. Lauterbach has taught at the school for 31 years and sees the mascot as a representation of pride and ambition. According to the school website, the school’s mission statement is for their graduates to “pursue a life of continuous learning, contribute to their community,

participate thoughtfully in the American democracy, and compete successfully in the local, national and international economy.” The mission statement directly correlates to the Colonel mascot as both are focused upon representation of service, virtue and achievement throughout the state. “The Colonel has been knighted as a symbol of Kentucky throughout the years,” Jay Jones, registrar, said. “The Colonel represents charity and success. It’s been linked closely to the Kentucky Colonels, a charitable organization.” The Kentucky Colonels’ purpose, as stated by their website, is to be

“irrevocably dedicated to and is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.” The Kentucky Colonels originated in 1813, when the Kentucky militia returned from the War of 1812. After the soldiers had returned, the current governor, Isaac Shelby, asked Charles Todd, a prominent oficer, to remain in Frankfort and gave him the title of a Kentucky Colonel. The organization would then bloom into the large charitable franchise that it is today, helping many charities such as the Apple Patch Community, Big Brothers Big Sisters, photo by BethAnn Harvey

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Boys’ Haven and The Salvation Army. Mascots are often chosen by institutions to relect a desired quality that a program or school wants to possess. Mascots are also supposed to bring good luck to the program they represent. The Colonel has been seen as an emblem for campus spirit, pride and success for many years. This school has been fortunate to have many alumni return to teach at their alma mater. Wes Husband, business teacher and former coach, graduated from the school in 1996. Along with other faculty members, he feels a strong connection to the Colonel and its symbolism. “Every time I see the Colonel, I think of the community and its representation. Because I have grown up here, I feel like I am a part of this community and need to represent it well,” Husband said.

Down in the slumps Easy ways to break through one of sports’ most common misfortunes KYLE STEWART sports editor Merriam-Webster defines a slump as “a marked or sustained decline.” Whether it is consistently rimming out free throws or going games upon games without getting a base hit, nearly every athlete experiences some form of slump in his or her playing career. These struggling players are known to take excessive measures to slough off their enduring poor performances. Mark Kotsay, a major league outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, once had his bats burned in a fire pit during pre-game to end his batting struggles. Jason Giambi, currently a Colorado Rockies first baseman, has been reported to wear a golden thong while he is hitting poorly to enhance his play. Some

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hockey players tap the goalie’s pads during the batting cage and take basic cuts at a ball warm-up and certain basketball players have off of a tee,” Zach Johnson, senior baseball been known to take the last shot in pre-game player, said. shoot-arounds for good luck throughout Simply relaxing can also help. Often, the game. If these quirky athletes that are strategies benefit those experiencing the dark involved, more power to of being caught in “Everyone will go through days them. However, there are a slump get tense during multiple other ways that a slump at one time or practices and games. any athlete can break a another” They feel extra pressure frustrating slump. prove their ability to -Karleen Sugarman to Slumps usually come coaches, fans, teammates about unexpectedly, and, most importantly, to and to reverse their themselves. effects, the athlete must make some sort The mental aspect of slumps is just of change relatively quickly. Resorting as vital to address as the physical fixes. back to the fundamentals can get you “Everyone will go through a slump at one back to performing at a high level. Over- time or another, only you can control the complicating techniques will frustrate you severity and length of it by your patience, and set you back even further. concentration and mental attitude,” Karleen “When I am going through a slump, I go to Sugarman, a sports psychology consultant,

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said. While in a slump, try, as hard as it may be, to avoid over-practicing. Working more than normal will make you confuse yourself about your own techniques. Another tip is to simply clear your head. Every now and then, quit thinking about the sport. Doing this will allow you to minimize the negative emotions and feelings you have toward the sport. Try not to panic. This is how athletes manage to do the most damage. If you go a couple of games without getting a hit or scoring a goal, don’t fret about your performance; simply acknowledge that every player has disappointing games. Any athlete that plays sports for an extended period of time will be susceptible to a slump. What the premiere athletes do, though, is manage their struggles by making the necessary adjustments and quickly working out of slumps just as fast as they fall victim to them.

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22 February 2011 Does it pay to play? Looking into the inancial burdens of student-athletes’ favorite sports staff writer Student athletes often experience extreme financial burdens to participate in the sports and activities that they love. On top of traveling fees, which include gas, food, and hotels, they have to pay for their equipment as well as the basic fees to play on their teams and in competitions. We asked students to estimate the costs of involvement in their favorite athletics. Basketball “I played on an AAU team called ‘The Ville’ from seventh to ninth grade. I usually spent five hours a week practicing and playing games. There was a team fee and we had to pay traveling expenses because we went to Texas, Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and South Carolina. The money was worth it because I learned teamwork skills and had individual instruction,” Tyler Wesley, junior, said. Other costs for basketball include shoes, uniforms, and other equipment. An estimated cost for one season of AAU basketball is between $600 and $1,500 dollars. Cheerleading “I cheerlead for a team called Gymtyme Platinum and it costs about $4,000 a season. A big expense is travel. I have been to Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, and Maryland. The price of being a cheerleader is worth it because I have met a lot of people and it has prepared me to be a cheerleader in college, which I have tryouts for in May,” Devon Swoboda, senior, said. Other costs for competitive cheerleading include team fees and uniforms. An estimated cost for a year of competitive cheerleading is over $4,000 dollars. Dance “Dance participation costs approximately $50 to $150 a year, not including travel.

Traveling and being in contests cost the most money. I have been to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Nashville, Knoxville, and Baltimore. I think the expenses are reasonable because I have become more social and less shy than I used to be,” Colton Viehmann, junior, said. Other costs for formal dancing include travel, lessons, attire, and competitions. An estimated cost for one year of competitive dancing is around $2,000. Golf “In all, golf costs can be very expensive. I play seven days a week during seasonal times of the year and usually spend over 20 hours a week playing and practicing. Golf is my life and I have learned respect for people, dedication, and how to persevere. I have been to South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee,” Trey Render, junior, said. Other costs for golf

include clubs, green fees, and tournaments. An estimated cost for a summer of competitive golf averages between $2,000 and $3,000. Horseback Riding “I ride horses and have been to many competitions around the country. I have been to Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, and Missouri. I have aged out of most competitions, but when I did compete, it took a lot of my free time away. It cost $900 a month to lease and show a horse,” Maggie Schuh, senior, said. Other costs for horse riding include barn fees, horse upkeep, saddles, and the horse. An estimated cost for a year of horseback riding is about $10,000. Soccer “During the winter, spring, and early summer, I play soccer for Javanon. I have practice and games four days a week and

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it is about $2,000 a year. I have been to North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and Michigan. I have gained social, communicative, and cooperation skills by working with others, so it’s worth the time and money,” Dallas Moore, junior, said. Other costs for soccer can include cleats, balls, and uniforms. An estimated cost for a season of competitive soccer is between $1,500 and $3,000. Softball “I play softball year round, but when it isn’t high school season, I play competitively. To play on the team, it costs $350, which doesn’t include tournaments or traveling. We usually go to Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Texas, and Tennessee. By participating, I have learned time management, how to have a competitive edge, and how to maintain a positive attitude,” Alli Veech, junior, said. Other costs for softball include traveling expenses, bats, cleats, and other team equipment items. An estimated cost for a season of competitive softball is between $1,000 and $2,000. Volleyball “I have volleyball four to six days a week, which can range from anywhere between eight and 20 hours. I would say volleyball is worth the time and the $2,000 expense we have per season. I have been to Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, and Wisconsin,” Evann Dickerson, junior, said. Other costs for volleyball include equipment and tournaments. An estimated cost for a season of competitive volleyball is between $1,500 and $2,500. The miles traveled and the money spent continues to rise, but so do the positives of involvement in activities. Our classmates have clearly benefitted from their experiences of traveling with their competitive sports teams or activities. Clearly, the love of the game outweighs the costs.


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