EVALUATING THE RAPIDLY SPREADING CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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Campus Updates 2011 Senior Class Tickets for the April 30 Senior Prom will be available for pick up Apr. 11- Apr. 15 during lunches at the concession stand. The following activities have been planned for the senior class during KCCT Testing: 4/18: Mom’s Against Drunk Drivers and the LaGrange Luncheon 4/19: Late arrival at 10 A.M. 4/20: Senior Service Day Broadcasting OTVX was awarded Best High School Broadcast Class 4A in the Mark of Excellence contest sponsored by the Western Kentucky University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. Rebekah Rees, senior, placed ﬁrst and third in news package and news feature, respectively. Junior Savannah Gowen’s humorous public service announcement placed ﬁrst in videography and Tyler Anderson, sophomore, was awarded third place in sports feature for his piece about his uncle’s NFL refereeing. Broadcast staﬀ members also placed in the recent Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition.
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 Sommermeyer 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. Newspaper The Clarion Colonel will begin the application process for next year’s staﬀ. Applications can be picked up outside of Room 231 and will be due back by Apr. 22. Speech & Debate Congratulations to the Speech and Debate team! The following students made it to the State Tournament at WKU on Mar. 12: Hannah Lorenz, Cortnee Gray, and Jennifer Wyatt. Hannah Lorenz ﬁnaled in the top ten for her prose performance of “The Secret Life of Bees.”
Rotary Students March
Career Goals: Electrical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Design products for Apple College Choices: University of Louisville School Activities: NHS; Beta Club; Math Team; Spanish Club; Phi Sigma Beta; Young Republicans Interests Outside of School: Playing music; Reading; Playing poker; Coming up with really bad ideas that seem great at the time Honors or Awards: Governor’s Scholar; Governor’s School for the Arts; AP Scholar; Academic Achievement; UofL Trustee’s Scholar; S.A.R Bronze Medal of Appreciation; Commonwealth Ambassador; US Achievement Academy Minority Leadership
Career Goals: Acquiring Currency College Choices: University of Kentucky; University of Cincinnati School Activities: Newspaper; Soccer; Academic Team; Tennis Interests Outside of School: Cynicism; League of Legends; Riding ﬁxed-gear bicycles with Matt Stewart; The BAM Squad; Skyline Chili; Demi Lovato Honors or Awards: Governor’s Scholar; National Merit Commended Student; Commonwealth Ambassador; Academic Achievement; AP Scholar
Tension mounting in Japan Earthquake causes tsunami, nuclear reactor complications MICHAEL ROUP news editor
A March 11 magnitude nine earthquake oﬀ the coast of Japan caused a tsunami, leading to a slew of other issues for the devastated island nation. From an epicenter located only 80 miles from Sendai, Japan, the earthquake caused extensive damage to infrastructure and was followed shortly by a tsunami that hit a large number of coastal regions. Waves were reported to have been as high as six meters in some areas. According to a March 25 CNN report, the death toll stands at 10, 102. The number of civilians missing is estimated to be 17, 503 while more than 240,00o people are in 1,900 evacuation centers. Damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has authorities worried about potential radiation contamination in the surrounding area. Contamination from radiation became a concern when it was realized that a number of the reactors at the power station could not be cooled.
Helicopters were used to dump seawater on the damaged reactors in an attempt to cool them down. Breaches to radiation containment vessels remain a critical concern for plant workers who are working to ﬁx the reactors even with a danger of radiation. “It’s pretty awesome that workers are willing to clean up the nuclear power plant waste,” Timothy Hoey, senior, said. “They are the real heroes for risking their lives to save others.” Radiation emissions peaked on March 15 at 40 rem per hour, eight times the exposure American radiation workers are allowed in a year. Three rescue workers inside the No. 3 reactor stepped into leaked water containing 10,000 times the amount of radiation typical for that environment, the highest levels reported to date. While some nearby foodstuﬀs such as milk and vegetables were reported to have higher levels of radiation, the increase was negligible. Remaining residents in the surrounding area were advised not to drink tap water due to an increased presence of radioactive iodine. “At least as of now, what we’re looking at is rather more like Three Mile Island than Chernobyl,” Dr. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at
webologist.co.uk WAVE OF DESTRUCTION -- A Japanese female sits among rubbage from the March 11 disaster. Reconstruction will take time but the nuclear crisis remains a prime concern. Columbia University, said. Many Americans and other foreigners living in Japan crowded the airports in a mass exodus as the scare over the power plant failure escalated. “As unfortunate as this has been, maybe we can learn something from it,” Andrea
Neikirk, chemistry teacher, said. It is estimated that it will take approximately ﬁve years and $232 billion to rebuild the areas aﬄicted by the disasters of early March. “I have a lot of sympathy for the country,” Molly Braden, senior, said. “I feel that we, as Americans, need to help out.”
hours of silence Invisible Children’s initiative promotes awareness, participation TOM SCHALLER editor in chief
April 25 will test just how well students can keep their mouths shut as the Invisible Children Program, whose “roadies” visited the school Feb. 22, initiates their “25” Campaign. For 25 hours, participants are asked to remain silent in memory of the 25 years of war that have and continue to plague the Congo. “We hope to have 25,000 people stand
in unity to symbolize the 25 years of war,” Chris Mulvany, Invisible Children roadie, said. “With $25 dollars from each, we’ll have raised $625,000.” The $25 donation goes toward a “25” Action Kit which includes a t-shirt to be worn on the day of the event, as well as cards that explain the reason for your silence to give to family, friends and strangers and a lanyard to hold your cards. Participants can make their $25 donation directly, or raise money via pledges through the Invisible Children website. “When you sign up [on the site], it sends you an email helping you to set up your fund raising site,” Mulvany said. “It’s really easy to
use.” Those who are unable to acquire the $25 donation are still encouraged to participate in the day of silence. “We want this to be a free event if people can’t aﬀord it,” Mulvany said. The funds that are raised will go directly to Invisible Children’s new Congo Initiatives which have been developed into a “FiveStep Plan for Protection and Rehabilitation.” These initiatives include the building of a radio network to rapidly warn people of attacks from The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the funding of search and rescue teams to locate LRA refugees, and the provision of rehabilitation and family
reuniﬁcation for recovered LRA victims. “We’re pretty excited about the Congo initiatives,” Lauren Grace, roadie, said. “We have never been able to aﬀect areas with LRA inﬂuence so eﬀectively. Yeah, you are just high school kids, but you’re helping to stop a war.” In addition to the donations, the organization hopes that the day of silence will help raise awareness of the injustices that continue to go on in the Congo, as well as the rest of Africa and the world. “We’re around noise so often that it’s cool to think about how much noise you can make without making any at all,” Emily Jensen, roadie, said.
The rain after the drought Junior class projected to keep academic team talent aloat
AUSTIN MULLEN staff writer
he academic team competed in the Kentucky Governor’s Cup Academic Competition March 1314, their ﬁrst appearance to state since 1993. The team placed 12th out of a ﬁeld of 121 teams.
Cory Smith, junior, placed second in the science competition out of a ﬁeld of 85, which was narrowed down from the over 350 competitors who began the competition at district level. “I was surprised. I have had teams in the past who were stronger but didn’t even get out of districts. This year we blew by opponents in regionals, which hasn’t occurred in my 10year tenure,” Bobbi Templet, academic team coach, said. This year’s team consisted of four seniors, two of whom were rotational starters. The other spots were ﬁlled by juniors and even
sophomores at times. This bodes well for the future of the team. “The starting lineup usually consist Cory, Elias [Eells], Tom [Schaller] and myself,” R.J. Ross, senior, said. Two juniors in the starting lineup is something Templet isn’t used to having. “Around this time in years past, I have been stressing out, thinking we are going to have a weak team next year since we are losing all of our seniors. That isn’t the case this year. This year, our team’s strongest members have been the juniors,” Templet said. This is evident in the abilities of Smith,
who placed ﬁrst in science and in math in the district and regional competitions. “Next year we will be even better. We have really strong juniors, so if we have an easier pool next year, we may be able to go to the semi-ﬁnals,” Smith, team captain, said. Anchored by Smith, the quick recall team qualiﬁed for state by placing ﬁrst in districts and then ﬁrst in regionals, but lost their ﬁrst and only two matches by two points apiece. “Cory Smith is a beast, a human computer, the captain, and a strong competitor. He placed second in state in science behind a senior,” Templet said.
Making the gr de
Administration baits rising seniors to achieve benchmark goals for KCCT and ACT BROOKE GORBANDT staff writer
ver recent years, state assessment results, as well as the ACT scores and students’ grades have declined. In an eﬀort to regain credibility, state testing accountability benchmarks have changed and our school administration has set goals for the junior class to achieve. To increase motivation, junior students will be rewarded with various testing incentives.
For those who took the March 2011 ACT, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has set benchmarks for students to meet in order to test out of possible mandated transition classes for the following year. Individuals must score at least a 19 in math, 18 in English, and a 20 in reading. Those who fail to score at these levels must give up elective courses next year in order to make room for the transition classes. “I think the fear factor of transition classes will really set in and make the diﬀerence when it comes to making a change in scores,” Cameron Bryant, junior, said. To inspire high ACT and KCCT scores, incentives have been negotiated for the class of 2012. The class goal is to earn an overall
ACT score of 20.8 to receive an early release or late arrival in the spring of 2011. Every student who earns a 25 or higher on the ACT will have the chance to go to a Louisville Bats game on Tuesday, March 3. When it comes to state testing, students who earn a proﬁcient or better on two or more tests and no novices will get a lunch trip to Incredible Dave’s in the fall of 2011. If the KCCT test scores are strong enough to earn OCHS its place back in the top 20 schools, the junior class will earn a ﬁeld day in the Fall of 2011. “I don’t think [the incentives] are necessary, but, I think they’re motivational for kids who don’t try.” Kelsey Hough, junior, said. For students’ personal achievements,
earning a spot on the “Principals List” for all A’s, or the “Honor Roll” for A’s and B’s, will give students a number of chances to put their name into a drawing to win a prize after spring break. Also, earning the necessary grades and reaching a spot on either of these lists will make juniors eligible for a ﬁeld day. Parking privileges will also be determined by the number of classes passing, GPAs, number of absences, disciplinary infractions, and lastly, a good faith eﬀort put toward state testing. “The intended purpose is to give students something that is tangible for their hard work. We’d like higher scores, but we wanted a way to say “thank you” for [their] eﬀorts,” Brent Deaves, principal, said.
Rolling to new ground
L aG ran g e Ska te Pa rk to und erg o p os s ible rel oc a ti on SAM TABOR staff writer
The LaGrange Skate Park was scheduled to close, but Mayor Bill Lammlein has decided to instead change the location. “I would like to see a permanent concrete skate park to replace the one we have now,” Lammlein said. The current park, located in downtown LaGrange next to the ﬁre department, consists of rough blacktop on a slight hill
with metal ramps and rails that often rust, making it diﬃcult to use. The change of venue will allow skateboarders to ride on an improved concrete surface rather than a bumpy one. Although there could be beneﬁts for a new skate park,
the concern for how long it will take to build the park still remains. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Will Kronﬂi, junior, said. “Unless they build a new skate park ﬁrst and then close the photo by Sam Tabor current one, it’s SAVE THE PARK -- Local skaters express their views a bad plan.” Many citizens on changing the park’s location. Many fear this will of LaGrange reduce their skating opportunities.
ﬁnd the current skate park to be a negative part of the city, but it gives skaters the opportunity to practice their skills in a designated area, rather than private property or local businesses. “If the skate park closes and it takes forever to build the new one, skaters will have no choice but to skate in public spots,” Skylar Drury, junior, said. Lammlein sees moving the skate park to a diﬀerent location as an opportunity to welcome people of diﬀerent ages to an enjoyable hobby. “What I want to do is make a more user friendly place for both families and young adults to exercise and to enjoy the outdoors,” Lammlein said.
Thinking through the realities of war Literary magazine group stages war-themed poetry jam KHRYSIN SAMUELS online editor The literary magazine, Spectrum, hosted a recent poetry jam, “The Dichotomy of War,” which took place on March 3 through March 5 in the auditorium. This is the second poetry jam that the organization has held as a fundraising event. Last year’s event was a celebrity-themed production and all the proceeds went toward a school in Guatemala. The event incorporated poetry, songs, and monologues/polylogues to raise war-related awareness for an audience of students, parents, and faculty. The Spectrum staﬀ wanted a way to honor the men and women
who ﬁght and have fought for our country. “There’s more to war than onee side or the other; both of them mesh,” Alissa Mudd, senior and director, said. Much time and eﬀort went into the performance. “Student writing for the stage tage is a powerful process,” Matthew thew Kaufmann, English teacher, and Spectrum adviser said. “The process ocess involves research, journaling, ling, workshops, revision, revision, ion, revision, and more revision as it translates from the page to the stage.” Proceeds from this year’s r’s performance are in support rt
of the cconstruction of the Veterans Memorial Memori Park of Kentucky on KY 329, near South Oldham High School. The So park will be dedicated to the soldiers from every branch of the military who wh sacriﬁced their lives for the freedom of our country. fre ““We wanted some sort of service project, something that could pro continue on throughout the years,” cont Mudd Mud said. It is expected that the park will include an area paved with engraved bricks that people can engr purchase to commemorate fallen purc soldiers as a memorial. Bronze sold markers will be unveiled annually mar to honor veterans. The park is not h
only intended to be a memorial, but to provide education and understanding of the military honors to youth. The creation of the park is not directly aﬃliated with Spectrum or the school. Therefore, Spectrum wanted to make an impact by creating the OCHS Military Legacy Book. The book is intended to keep a record of names of the graduates as well as the present and past faculty that serve in the military. “Once that book is ﬁlled, however many years from now, we’ll just get another one and just keep it going,” Mudd said. Not only is the Spectrum staﬀ trying to showcase their talents as writers and performers, but they are using their talents to make a diﬀerence in the community.
6 March 2011 Big store now fits big name
Forever 21 moves into larger mall retail space KATHERINE COLLINS staff writer The former empty Dillard’s mall space has provided an opportunity for the popular Forever 21 store to launch a new, spacious retail space similar to those already formed in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. In New York, the department opened June of 2010, occupying 91,257 square feet of Times Square. In San Francisco, the store takes up 53,400 square feet. The previous Forever 21 location existed next to the food court in a smaller location of 7000 square feet. The new store now occupies 110,000 square feet with 2 ﬂoors.
“I was overwhelmed when I ﬁrst walked in,” Jodie Bramer, senior said. “There was so much more to choose from than regular clothing stores, that I didn’t even know where to start.” A big bonus many students
photo by James Ensor STORE THAT NEVER SLEEPS -- Forever 21’s New York department store is packed. It features four stories of clothes for almost every shopper.
have found with the store is how inexpensive the products are. As opposed to ﬁnding a shirt for $20 at other trendy stores, you can ﬁnd shirts for as little as $3.80 at Forever 21. “It’s so cheap there,” Savannah Wallace, junior, said. “I can get so
many clothes for a lot less money.” The store has attracted many people, young and old, men and women. From the chic silver manikins, to the white glittery ﬂoor and the clothes of almost every style ﬂooding the area, Forever 21 has come to stand out among other trendy shops. “I get that the store is mostly targeted towards girls,” Kyle Daland, junior, said. “But the guy’s section is really cool.” From jewelry, dresses and shoes to maternity clothes and men’s clothes, the store has students coming on a weekly basis to ﬁnd new items to purchase. “I love it there,” Hannah Grau, sophomore said. “It’s my new favorite store.”
Teen mother shares personal experiences Featured MTV star visits and relays her story to students CASSIDY BLISS features editor Karissa Burdette, a 19-year-old teen mother, visited Becky Spies’ Parenting class Feb. 25 to discuss the realities of teenage pregnancy and parenting. Burdette was featured in the Aug. 10, 2010 one-hour episode of the MTV docudrama “Baby High.” “I found the TV show online and showed the class,” Spies said. “I thought it would be a good idea to invite her here because the kids like to see real life people, especially when they’re famous.” The show followed four teen mothers who were enrolled in the Teenage Parenting
Program (TAPP) at The Westport School in Louisville. The TAPP program is designed for pregnant teenagers and teenage moms. According to the MTV website, the school takes particular measures to facilitate the needs of its students, including school buses with infant seats, an onsite daycare and health clinic, and parenting classes that are encouraged for enrollment along with other course oﬀerings. Even the lockers in the school are painted pink. “I am very grateful for the opportunities that TAPP provided me. If it weren’t for them, I would just be another statistic,” Burdette said. With a national increase in teen pregnancy and teen parent dropout rates, TAPP
provides these females with options to stay on track and graduate with a high school diploma. “I liked how honest and blunt Karissa was about the whole thing,” W h i t n e y Crowden, freshman, said. “If I was ever in her
photo by Cassidy Bliss STANDING TALL -- Burdette visits the parenting class. She talks to students about TAPP.
situation, I’d want to do what she did and better myself, too.” Burdette, a graduate from TAPP and resident of Jeﬀerson County, is the daughter of a Baptist preacher. Her son, Peyton, is now three years old. She is currently enrolled as a student at The University of Louisville. In her spare time, Burdette travels around to area schools, sharing her story and answering questions from students in the local community. “It was neat to see her perspective of the issue,” Colton Lanham, junior, said. “She told me the best thing I can do for my girlfriend, who is pregnant, is to just be there and to be supportive.”
the clarion view
International aid efforts leave U.S. priorities questionable As more and more parts of the world enter into political, social, or economic chaos, the U.S. is being tested as to how far its international good-will will spread. So far, the nation’s response to this overextension is, simply, to be selective of who receives aid, turning a blind eye to many troubled areas. While the U.S. should not be expected to function as international peacekeeper, as the world’s only true “super power,” and as exemplar of global etiquette, the U.S. needs to develop a more coherent way to provide aid to struggling nations to prevent future inconsistencies. Our nation was founded on the belief that every voice matters – every life counts - and, in this light, we’ve made great strides in sharing this conviction with the rest of the world. The U.S. has made it clear to the world that we are willing to step in when injustices occur. Be it our decade-long eﬀorts in the War on Terrorism or our recent involvement in Libya, the U.S. has established itself as a liberator for many nations. The problem is, however, that for every nation that the U.S. assists, there are just as many unaided nations, if not more,
suﬀering injustices of their own. In all international matters. However, any Northern Africa, speciﬁcally the Congo, inconsistency in foreign policy is enough children are abducted daily by The for our nation’s critics – and there are lots of Lord’s Resistance Armyy them – to pounce upon. th and forced to ﬁght The U.S. sets the standard for international good-will. in Joseph Kony’s Other nations look to us as the youth militia; the Ivoryy example of what is acceptable/ Coast is plagued by a required as far as the provision resurgence of the civil war that has been the cause use of aid is concerned. When even the appears confused about who should of much bloodshed over U.S. ap the last decade; and several everal receive help, and to what extent that assistance should extend, how can the rest other nations of the Middle assistan world not be? East, like Libya, have begun of the wo And, boy, do we seem confused. to resist governmental mental With the legality of our attacks tyranny. All of on Libya called into question by these places have members of our own Congress, received little to no it is evident that our government publicized support is not on the same page. The from the U.S. legality of our actions on such So, does this mean an important issue should not that the lives of those be up for interpretation. That is living in these troubled d nations are of less value? e? illustration by Carly Besser why the U.S. needs to reassess issues, and develop a more concise Surely not. As a nation ation i way to determine what an appropriate plan with ﬁnite resources, it is impossible for the U.S. to intervene in of action is as far as international aid is
Dear OCHS Students, Oldham County High School holds a special place in both of our lives, just as it will for each of you. Part of what makes OCHS so great is that we can each have our own perceptions and attitudes about the various aspects of high school life. Each person in our community of 1400 may not agree on a subject, but there will always be someone within this community that is here for each of us. Knowing this allows each of us the conﬁdence to overcome obstacles and misperceptions made that are not truly who or what we are. We are able to put those perceived diﬀerences behind us, throw our shoulders back and stand in support of one another. Although it is not often mentioned, it is quietly noticed that this is a common occurrence within our halls and classrooms on a daily basis. We don’t just point out diﬀerences; we work together in an appropriate way to resolve them. There are many things that make us proud to be alumni of Oldham County High School. To list them all and discuss each one in the detail that it deserves would take volumes of The Clarion Colonel, but here are some recent highlights: Sports teams have respectfully represented OCHS when ending their season earlier than expected; we organized ten pep buses and had over 1000 students travel to Rupp Arena to attend the state basketball tournament; members of our Service Club jumped into the Ohio River; the Drama Department showcased unbelievable talents; we have listened to the talents of band and choral students echoing through the halls; we saw our Academic Team compete at the highest level; we have award-winning newspaper, yearbook, and broadcast journalism staﬀs; and we celebrated a top-three ﬁnish for the Colonellettes Dance Team at the state competition. In each of these instances and for so much more, we are proud of you! Please continue the tradition of building each other up and making every high school experience as positive as possible. Congratulations and thanks for being a student body that cares about each other. The eﬀorts that you put forth to make our school successful are respected and appreciated. All that you do for OCHS on a daily basis makes this a great place of which to be a part! Respectfully, Mr. Brent Deaves – Class of ‘93 Mr. Matt Watkins – Class of ‘91
Editorial Board This relects the view of the Editorial Board. The members of the board this month include Buddy Elder, Mandy Hogue, Matt Lawson, Michael Roup, Tom Schaller, Duall Schutte and Matt Stewart.
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 James Ensor
Chief Illustrator Carly Besser
Business Manager Circulation Manager Hannah Lorenz Brooke Daugherty Columnist Matt Lawson
Columnist Kayla Aschenbeck
Adviser Joan Thompson Staff StaﬀWriters Writers Alex Bolus Alex KatherineBolus Collins Katherine Collins Buddy Elder BuddyFields Elder Kirby Brooke Gorbandt Kirby Fields Cortnee Gray Brooke Gorbandt BethAnn Harvey Cortnee Gray Erin Kohnke Erin Kohnke Austin Mullen Austin Mullen Paige Rietveld Chloe Paige Sedoris Rietveld Kristen Chloe Shircliff 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.”
Case 2011-02: Lawson vs. defying authority MATT LAWSON columnist The Defendant: The parentignoring, teacherneglecting, authority-insulting student Charge #1: Parentignoring It is rare to ﬁnd classic examples of parent-child bonding. Typically, we glimpse one kid with his head stuck in a screen while the parent tries to cross the great divide of technology. Other times, we overhear the hushed arguments as a child scolds her parent for being embarrassing. What both
fail to realize is that parents are essential in learning and growth- not enemies in battle. Parents may be embarrassing, annoying, overbearing and meddling at times, but we miss one crucial fact: they are our guardians. It is their job to know what is going on in their kids’ lives. Sure, the Facebook creeping and “heartfelt” conversations can get excessive, but it is all done out of genuine love and care. Our mothers and fathers are who have made us the people we are and helped us succeed. When we forget something, they bring it to us. When we want to go somewhere, they drive us. When we are struggling emotionally, they are the most reliable source of help and comfort. Unfortunately, they are too often treated as expendable or non-existent. Parents are to be respected for their time and eﬀort invested in our lives. Charge #2: Teacher-neglecting The most-abused and under-appreciated
asset of the school are the teachers. Teachers devote hours toward developing meaningful lesson plans and dealing with apathetic students. It is easy to quickly dismiss the eﬀorts of teachers to explain, instruct, and advise, but teachers oﬀer one of the most important possessions a student will ever obtain: an education. The problem is that we don’t see or treat teachers as superiors. Instead, we act as if they hardly deserve our time or attention. We text in class, refuse to do homework, talk back, and socialize with our friends in the classroom. The fact that they are equipping us with the tools and knowledge to succeed is only superﬂuous. We would rather converse about the latest video game or fashion trend than engage in purposeful class discussion. This is what will help us grow intellectually and mentally. For this, teachers are to be valued for the intelligence they impart. Charge #3: Authority-insulting
You are the child; they are the adults. You are the follower; they are the leaders. You have limited authority; they hold all the cards. As a teenager, it is easy to get a bighead and believe that you are smarter and greater than you actually are. The truth is that there is still a lot to learn and we are rather naïve in the ways of the world. Those who are in positions of authority, from presidents to principals, are there for a reason. We may not always agree with them, but it is our responsibility to listen and learn from their instruction. I’m not advocating conformity. I am advocating respect. Rebellion is childish and futile. Consideration and obedience is fundamental. Don’t disregard the guidance of authority. It will be to your beneﬁt to listen.
Supericiality has taken over teens in their ‘dire need to please’ KAYLA ASCHENBECK columnist
We all know one; that no-good, twofaced social queen who wears too much make-up and clothes two sizes too small, or that jock who is more concerned with matching his boxers and his shirt than a meaningful relationship. Though extreme, these are examples of the stereotypical, highly contagious disease I like to deﬁne as: fakeness. People are so consumed with conforming to the standard of guidelines that society has built for us when it comes to how we act, what we say, what we wear, and who we befriend, that some lose sight of what it means to be a teenager. The trouble with
too much ‘people pleasing’ is that people get lost and lose track of what is unique and important to how they deﬁne themselves because they spend all their time trying to get people to like them. Some people will give almost anything to be popular, even if it means cutting ties with previous friends, spreading deceptive rumors, exercising promiscuous behavior or even becoming bullies. People who worry too much about pleasing others are afraid to break the boundaries and be individualistic. Why be an individual when you can act like a character oﬀ “Mean Girls” or the TV show “Skins.” Because that’s cool, right? Going to parties, shrugging oﬀ losers, surrounding yourself with superﬁcial friends that will dump you when the next best thing comes along… that’s fun, right? Wrong. Is it because we live in fear? Fear that everyone around us is watching with a judgmental eye and listening to what we say with a critical ear? Is that why we wear our fake personas like a second layer of
clothing? Or perhaps it’s not a second layer of clothing to cover who we really are, but a shield to cover up our vulnerabilities. Maybe people hide behind fake laughs and cakedon make-up because no one wants to show their imperfections. As if stretch marks and bad skin were criteria on which to base friendships, teenagers have become more and more superﬁcial in their dire need to please. Why should popularity be deﬁned as the number of contacts you have saved in your phone, when it should be based on the number of people you smile or say hi to as you walk through the hallway. It’s the little things that make people likable, and these little things are being lost in the big idea to be ‘cool.’ We’re all guilty of being two-faced and gossipy. But there’s a deﬁnite line in which natural human behavior turns to artiﬁciality. Is peer approval really all there is to live for in life? Who cares if no one likes a certain brand of clothes, a particular band or a video game, you should live your life for you, and not anyone else. Are you really going to give
up what makes you happy just so people around you accept the you that isn’t even truly you? It’s easy to point a ﬁnger in the direction of the media when you ask who’s at fault for the superﬁciality in our society. With Hollywood creating blonde, bimbo-headed gossip mongrels in skintight clothes and guys with bodies ripped beyond belief, it’s a lot for highschoolers around the world to live up to. It’s sad that society deems the behavior of partying to be the standard to which we are judged. We are what we are and I don’t see any point in making illusions. Even if being someone you’re not makes other people like you more, they’re liking a ‘fake you,’ which is far sadder than having people dislike the real you. I get it though. Everyone likes to be liked. But a year from now, no one is going to remember what you wore to school, or what color your hair was, or even the band you jammed to in your car. So go ahead, live it up. You only get one chance, might as well make it count.
Big tests create big problems
End-of-year inals overwhelm majority of students CHLOE SEDORIS staff writer
wo short years ago, students had the opportunity to be exempt from ﬁnals if they had an A with three or fewer absences or a B with two or fewer absences. Since then, students no longer have the opportunity to be rewarded with exemption for a long year’s worth of hard work. When students aren’t allowed exemptions, it almost feels as if all their hard work didn’t pay oﬀ. It is unfair that those who spend the whole year working hard and studying are seen on the same level of those who slack oﬀ. Why even go through all the trouble and eﬀort if one isn’t rewarded? “If we’re capable to work hard throughout the year and have this reward in mind, we will be willing to push ourselves to get the most out of our classes,” Leila Kronﬂi, senior, said. This issue poses an even bigger problem to good students who are bad test takers. If he turns in all homework and does a mediocre job on tests, he can still pass with an A or a B.
Students can do well on school work and still do with Advanced Placement classes. Most believe that after pass with an A or B, but that can all the grueling work change with one and stress over the A.P. exams ﬁnal. Being forced to take a ﬁnal exam in May that that should be enough worth 10% of a cumulative grade to be exempt from can hurt one’s a ﬁnal. “I understand overall average tremendously. why A.P. classes are required So which students to take ﬁnals,” are hurting the Stan Torzewski, most? The ones A.P. Psychology that try, and are teacher, said. now forced to take “It’s so that we ﬁnals. continue the “Teachers wanted to hold students learning process until the end of accountable and the year like any to be able to judge progress,” Brent other class, but in my mind, I Deaves, principal, consider the A.P. said. illustrated by Chloe Sedoris Another Exam the ﬁnal exam in my class.” controversial The majority of students in A.P. classes are topic among students and teachers has to
exemplary and should be allowed the right to take a break after a challenging school year. “As far as A.P. classes’ ﬁnal exemptions, it’s up to the teacher to decide what they want to do,” Deaves said, “They can give a project if they want.” It would be in the best interest of the entire school to allow ﬁnal exemptions. “It’s my senior year; I don’t want to be stressed about ﬁnals. I’m already stressed enough with college and AP exams, I don’t need another burden to worry about,” Kronﬂi said. When students have a reward in mind, they set goals to receive said rewards. People are more willing to work hard if they know that they will be recognized. It’s simply not fair to judge one’s progress for a whole school year with a set of questions and/or essays. Judging where we stand in the course using a test seems somewhat irrational. Exams are nearly a tool to judge a person. When ﬁnal exemptions are allowed, students can be judged on progress not by a ﬁnal exam, but their hard work and dedications throughout the school year.
Superficiality demolishes traditional values Younger generation is left at the mercy of trashy pop culture ALEX BOLUS staff writer
op culture, a ubiquitous dominatrix, greatly impacts the youth of our society. Subjugating the television screen, the news, the radio and even your headsets, an epidemic of superﬁciality is negating the way Generation Y should be viewing the world. Rather than invoking a sense of optimism, perseverance, and a probing mind, the media (speciﬁcally television) projects ideas embracing self image, materialism, rash or violent behavior, a lack of motivation and the discard of traditional and stable morals. Not only do these ideals suggest that beauty and wealth are the most vital attributes one could possess, but they also deplete the selfconﬁdence and self-love of those who do not meet these standards. MTV is one of the biggest enablers of said dreaded pressures. Prior to 2010, when they dropped their thirty-year-old logo, MTV was known as “Music Television,” featuring the latest musical breakthroughs and video art.
But as the company’s focus shifted to reality shows in the nineties, any musical impact has been thrown to the wayside. “Jackass” was one of the ﬁrst contributors. A heavily tattooed man slurping down worms and allowing medicine balls to be thrown at his pelvis is not a positive role model for the station’s main demographic: teenagers. Neither is a scantily dressed woman publically featured as a “Guidette,” (the made-up, feminine version of a highly oﬀensive term for an Italian) who resides in Jersey Shore and whose daily life consists of sleeping late, tanning in the afternoon, and drinking excessively every evening. This lifestyle can be attributed to today’s mindset of zero responsibility, the abandonment of worries and the vitality of youth and beauty. Another show, “Bad Girls Club,” featured on Oxygen, depicts a group of self-centered “Bad Girls,” infamous for being kicked out of clubs, bars, and thrown in the big house. Their bondage of sisterhood and friendship achieved through bragging about the felonies they’ve committed acts as an excuse for their sexual, violent and irrational
behavior, which sends the message that it’s acceptable for followers to reenact. Ranging anywhere between thirteen and thirty, these young viewers abandon cognitive labor and absorb the “values” that television has to oﬀer – be them corrupt, dirty, or pointless. Because of the fact that television inﬁltrates our daily lives, viewers could develop the same thought processes, habits and behaviors that are glamorized by favorite TV characters, which could prove detrimental to growth as mature citizens of a community. “Cribs,” “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” and even hip n’ trendy shows like “Gossip Girl” or “90210” exploit an addiction to wealth and partying. “Skins,” the latest addition, has received very mixed reviews and controversy. Troy Patterson of “Slate” magazine stated that it is “superior teensploitation, enabling youth to rejoice in the fantasy of their corruption.” Pointless television isn’t just MTV or its sisters… it’s leaking into children’s channels, advertisements, and even the news. Disney Channel, who previously broadcast shows
that were easily relatable to children coming-of-age and taught valuable lessons, has now focused on next to impossible scenarios – such as a “normal” girl living a double life of stardom, or twins enrolled in a ﬂoating boarding school. The day Justin Bieber cut his hair was such a global issue that it surpassed even the revolutions and violent unrest taking place overseas – and rightfully so! Who wants to hear about social and political conﬂict, when one could merely recline and catch up on the latest celebrity gossip? The priorities advertised and exploited by television and mass media damage the wellrounded foundations instilled in today’s youth so vital to a properly functioning community. What ever happened to the good intentioned and easily-relatable Lizzie McGuire, speaking out to the girls that were coming-of-age? Where are the situation comedies, like “Full House”? I fear that the corrupted ideals spoon-fed to easilyinﬂuenced youth will eventually destroy our chances as a mature, rising generation, a generation that could drive the world.
THE GREAT CELL PHONE DEBATE
School takes a positive step toward progressive education
New policy has good intentions, but is a bad idea
business manager The school is abuzz with talk of the new cell phone policy. Students were so excited during the ﬁrst days of new privileges that they called friends at tables ﬁve feet away. By allowing cell phone use during lunch and in some classes, the administration shows that is willing to listen to students and embrace accessible technology. “I think it’s a good idea because they’re ﬁnally incorporating technology into school,” Moises Cruz, junior, said. Most students come to school every day carrying tiny computers in their pockets. These devices are free for the school and can often access the internet, so why not use them to the school’s advantage? Cell phones or iPods can be used as calculators, ﬂash cards and more. Need to translate your Shakespeare to modern language? There’s an app for that. Kindra Noe, biology teacher, has been using cell phones in her classroom since the beginning of the school year. “We mainly use them to get information online,” Noe said. “It’s a way to ﬁnd answers outside of the textbook.” This policy is not only practical, but also a way of creating mutual respect between students and administrators. I congratulate oﬃcials for drastically changing the dress
code in the past four years. The collaredshirt-tucked-in-with-a-belt dictatorship has given way to much more realistic standards. Similarly, our new cell phone policy shows a positive response to complaints omplaints about unreasonable rules. I’m not saying that ourr school is suddenly perfect, but we’re deﬁnitely taking a step p in the right direction, and the orchestrators of this policy olicy deserve some applause. se. Students usually ﬁnd thee administration unfair and unwilling to provide suﬃcient rationale for school rules. Now, instead of ﬁghting a clearly hopelesss ﬁght against cell phones, thee school is oﬀering a perfectlyy acceptable compromise. I know that some people can’t handle this freedom and are already abusing the policy. Call me an optimist, butt I think most students can n handle it. We will never be able to control the apathetic etic students at our school, but this policy will enhance thee learning process for those who actually care about it.
staff writer Our twenty-ﬁve minutes of lunc lunch has turned into a cell phone pho power hour. Incessant chatter has been replaced ch with wi repetitive clicking of key keyboards to text, to tweet an and to update statuses. As a result of a new policy c change, students are now the control group for the administration’s test run involving cell phone usage during school lunch breaks. i my belief that this attempt It is at policy change is going to tu into a downright disaster turn for students and staﬀ alike. T This idea of cell phones in school scho is one that may appeal to the masses, but doesn’t exactly appeal app to the nature of school academics. aca What I question is the t potential for abuse as most of us will take this new freedom freedo for granted and stretch it to the limits. While thankful for fo this new opportunity at a independence, I highly doubt the policy will have d much success or productivity. mu
“Students will push the new policies and that’s a fact” Gabe Butkus, junior, said. “When a kid gets any kind of freedom, he pushes it and pushes it until everything is later taken away.” This is evident in experiences from previous policies, including the revised dress code. When students were given a bit of leniency, some students took, and are still taking, full advantage of revisions by sagging and wearing low-cut shirts, or shortened hemlines. When we are given freedom, some of us violate the guidelines that had been set from the start. “Day one, people were texting like crazy on their way back from lunch,” Kelsey Recktenwald, senior, said. “The minute we can text in the hallway, everybody will then be using them in class, too.” This makes me wonder if we are even capable of a task as simple as putting our phones away. Do we have the ability to keep them from being a distraction in class? “There is really no point in having our cell phones during lunch or in school at all,” Mallory Ackles, sophomore, said. “We are either right next to the person or we are distracting someone who’s in class.” We can’t encourage a policy that takes away the entire purpose of school: our education. Personally, I don’t think we should have to compromise our scholastic needs for our sociable desires. Although the policy has good intentions, the likelihood of its eﬀectiveness is slim to none.
School workload overwhelms students KAYLA ASCHENBECK columnist
t’s a typical response for any high school student to complain when the teacher walks up and down the aisles, passing out homework. I mean, we’re teenagers; homework is the last thing that I want to do when I get home from a long, hectic day, and I’m not the only one. Between carrying a full 7-period workload, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities and sports, it’s a wonder that some students can even ﬁnd time to breathe. “How can teachers expect me to get seven classes worth of homework done at night when there is so much else going on outside of school as well as inside?” Zac Estes, senior, said.
As a student, I wonder if teachers forget that we go to six other classes a day, most of which involve six other opportunities for assignments and projects. It’s so stressful to have projects that overlap with projects that are due in other classes, on top of nightly homework and studying for assessments. It would be slightly absurd to request that teachers compare schedules and work around each other when assigning work, but it’s all about moderation. Excessive homework overwhelms, forcing even the best of students to make decisions of what to complete and what to skip. “Sometimes when I have a lot of homework in more than one class, I’ll either do a little bit of each assignment, or just complete all the work for one class. I don’t have enough time with sports and work to get
it all done,” Emily Melton, junior, said. How is it fair that whatever teachers don’t cover in class is sent home for students to self-teach? Congratulations, Mr. Teacher; just because you know how to do the work doesn’t mean that I’ll be able to go home and master it on my own. Also, what’s the point of homework that is passed out to us as we are walking out the door? There isn’t any time to look over the work and ask questions. If teachers know a majority of their students aren’t going to do the work, I don’t see the point in assigning it. They’re setting everyone up for failure. There is no punishment or reward that can be placed on homework assignments that will give students an extra push to complete them. Minus the notably few kids who actually do their homework at home each night, the
rest are either furiously copying their BFF’s assignments in nearly any hallway schoolwide before the morning bell or lost it mere moments after it was handed out. It’s either the complete lack of organizational skills or the fact that students these days just don’t care. I’ll admit that I’ve fallen prey to senioritis, but it’s alarming to see signs budding in ﬁrst-year high school students. I’m waiting for the day when students and teachers can ﬁnd a comfortable middle ground when it comes to homework. Our lives shouldn’t be deﬁned by school work. “I’m a senior, and I refuse to let my life be overrun by homework. If it’s important and beneﬁcial to the class, I’ll do it; but, if a teacher hands out busy work, I just stick it in my binder and take a zero,” Tayler Grissinger, senior, said.
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Spreading R2010, civil unrest has radiated to surrounding countries, leading to revolutions throughout ebellion has struck the Middle East. Beginning in the streets of Tunisia in December
Tunisia and Egypt. A massive uprising in Libya quickly followed, which has led to the U.N. establishment of a no-fly zone. With a total of 18 countries of the Middle East experiencing similar rebellion among their populations, The Clarion Colonel takes a look at common governmental opposition factors within the affected nations that are causing revolt to spread like fire.
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social networking sites such as Twitter and YouTube has been a common tool for many of the Middle Eastâ€™s protestors. Several awareness groups and antigovernment rallys have been organized in nations such as Egypt, Bahrain and Syria via Facebook and Twitter while uploads on YouTube have been utilized to shed light on the cruelty being enacted upon the people by governmental forces throughout the region.
overnmentsâ€™ surveillance and control of both people and the media is a prevalent issue in many of the affected Middle Eastern countries. Libya is considered one of the most censored countries in the world, with almost 20 percent of the population working in government surveillance. Under Libyan law, discussing politics with a foreigner is punishable by up to three years in prison. In attempts to slow down opposition organization, a handful of governments have attempted to shut down internet access, primarily to social media sites
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87 percent in Libya while Egypt and Tunisia are not far behind, with approximately 71.4 percent and 74.3 percent respectively. A large portion of the protestors calling for governmental reform involve the newly educated youth. University students have been central participants in the fight for political freedom, human rights and better living conditions throughout the nations of North Africa and the Middle East..
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people. Labor unions are essential participants in many of the anti-government protests and calls for change. Unemployment has reached as high as 9.9 percent in Algeria, 13.4 percent in Jordan, 14 percent in Tunisia, 15.3 percent in Iraq, 30 percent in Libya and 35 percent in Yemen as compared to around nine percent in the United States.
he global recession has played a large part in revolt of many Middle Eastern nations. As inflation increases the prices of food and other essential goods, while unemployment rates continue to increase and wages are not adjusted, citizens are demanding governments that will resolve solve issues of poverty and poor living conditions that are currently being faced by the majority of the population.
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is a clear factor for the rebellion in the Middle East. The longstanding emergency laws in a majority of the affected nations have restricted or entirely removed many of the citizensâ€™ natural human and contsitutional rights. Those who dare to practice their political and social freedoms often face cruel acts of police brutality. Several Facebook groups have been formed and YouTube videos have been shared in an attempt to reveal these attrocities to the rest of the world.
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Freshman overcomes daily struggles and keeps his ‘cool’ Marcus Cooley prevails through personal dificulties to maintain positivity MANDY HOGUE opinions editor
he morning bustle before the tardy bell is loaded with students trudging to lockers, scurrying to ﬁnish the last of homework assignments, and chugging down caﬀeine to keep their eyes from drooping closed. With our brains set on autopilot, we neglect to truly see who our eyes scan every day. Marcus Cooley is a freshman who you may have noticed as you rushed by on your quest to beat the bell. Marcus was born with Muscular Dystrophy (MD). MD is a genetic disease that weakens the body’s muscles. People with MD have incorrect or missing information in their gene coding, which prevents the body from forming the proteins muscles need. Because the disease is genetic, it’s not contagious. Estimates show that 500 - 600 male newborns are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy each year in the U.S., according to the
Witkowski is just one of Cooley’s peer Genetics Home Reference website. Because MD severely weakens muscles, Marcus tutors who helps him throughout the school day. He attends transports mainstream h i m s e l f classes alongside around the his fellow building in classmates. a motorized Cooley endures wh e e l c h a i r. the same With the diﬃculties, if not combination more, as the rest of his disease, of the student a grueling body. school day, “My biggest and daily s t r u g g l e stresses at photo by Hannah Lorenz throughout the home that we all endure, OVERCOMING ADVERSITY -- Cooley retains a day is mostly just getting around, M a r c u s conident outlook in the face of many hardships. His especially through dream is to one day become a video game programmer. Cooley has doors,” Cooley every reason said. to make excuses or be negative; however, While many students take any minor that is far from his reality. excuse to slack oﬀ, Marcus shows initiative “Marcus is pretty hilarious,” Travis and doesn’t let his disability restrain him from doing his best in and out of class. Witkowski, senior, said.
“[Marcus] contributes in class. He doesn’t act like he sees himself as being diﬀerent from the other students,” Becky Moehlmann, science teacher, said. Students who know Marcus do not even seem to take notice that he is in a wheelchair. “He’s got a great personality. He’s caring, and really easy to get along with,” Taylor Martin, freshman, said. When Cooley isn’t in school, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing video games, and spending time outdoors. Cooley doesn’t take himself or his condition too seriously. “He’s got a really positive attitude. He jokes about everything, even himself,” Gabby Peters, senior, said. Needless to say, Marcus Cooley is not only a remarkable student, but an admirable person. His disability is the least of his worries, and his dreams of becoming a comedian or a video game developer take ﬁrst priority. “My dream is to go skydiving someday,” Cooley said. With his drive, commendable personality, and peer support group, that dream is likely to become a reality.
Student leadership program brings fresh deas to community OCLA works with youth to improve district’s educational experiences JAMES ENSOR photo editor
he Oldham County Leadership Academy I (OCLA I) was introduced to interested high school juniors at the end of last school year by the Board of Education. The organization’s purpose is to bring together a group of 24 students who exhibit success in academics, social, and extracurricular activities in order to provide service to Oldham County schools. This application-based program was implemented this school year, and has already made an impact.
“Oldham County Leadership Academy I is an exciting new venture for our district juniors,” Jackie Howell, GATES resource teacher, said. “They will deﬁne leadership, evaluate their personal characteristics, and learn how to eﬀectively work with people to achieve a desired outcome.” OCLA I meets the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are held at the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. Participants meet with guest speakers and work on district-wide projects for half a school day. “When we meet, we work on our service project ‘Tec Trek,’ listen to speakers on leadership, and do workshops,” Grace Warren, South Oldham junior, said. “Not
only are we discussing important issues, but we are also making new friends across the county.” The ﬁrst project the whole group is working on is called “Tec Trek.” The project’s goal is to fund technology for all district schools, including high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. “We are trying to fund enough money to buy technology that would be used for educational purposes,” Jennifer Wyatt, junior, said. “To do this, we are seeking support from local businesses.” OCLA I will be hosting a fundraiser in the form of a 5k run/walk. It will be held in May, and all students are encouraged to attend. “We chose this event because it is a great
way for the community to get out and exercise, and needing technology in schools has become really important in the past few years,” Warren said. “It’s something everyone should consider participating in when we release all of the information.” Currently, applicants are undergoing the interview process to be involved in OCLA II. The program’s second year group will continue to beneﬁt district schools and provide service by creating their own service projects. “I would deﬁnitely recommend that all sophomores apply for OCLA II,” Lindsey Adams, North Oldham junior, said. “It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot about leadership while meeting some pretty cool people.”
riends takes spelling to a new level
Scrabble-like application challenges smart phone users CASSIDY BLISS features editor
ith numerous free applications available for download onto smart phones or iPods, user intrigue is growing over a game that involves putting together words for points. Zynga’s Words with Friends, a technological version of Scrabble, has been available for download since 2009. Only recently has it found its way to the top of popularity charts. As a multiplayer game, competitors can either type in the username of
a person you know, or select “Random Opponent” to set up a game. Each player receives a set of seven letters, all worth a certain predetermined amount of points. After forming a word, users drag and drop each letter to the square where it belongs. Like Scrabble, certain squares can double or triple a letter or a word’s value. “Any kind of gaming, whether it’s online or an organized team at school, has a competitive edge to it,” Stan Torzewski, psychology teacher, said. “I like it because it’s good exercise for the brain; you have to use creatively only what you’re given.” Words with Friends allows players various
options. Players can make their moves at any given time of the day, and can have 20 games going simultaneously. As a result, this application has won over the hearts of fans of varying technological skill levels. “It’s addicting, I play every night,” Sam Gruber, sophomore, said. While the game’s pace is up to the user’s discretion, so, too, is the level of diﬃculty. Depending on how serious one takes the game, there are those who play based on strategic moves and speciﬁc Scrabblebased spellings, and those who won’t hesitate to only use two letters at a time. “I play with guys that can get up to 500 points
a game. Then, sometimes, you get someone who doesn’t make it past 200,” Torzewski said. The “Chat” option, a feature similar to texting without giving out any phone numbers, could also add to the appeal. “I only chat with my friend Olivia,” Chelsea Armstrong, junior, said. “But I always change my user name so at ﬁrst she never knows it’s me.” Until a new download is released that’s able to please at least one in every crowd, Words with Friends appears to be here to stay. “I like it because it makes me think,” Andrea Neikirk, science teacher, said. “It’s even helped my vocabulary some, too.”
FEATURES The most important meal Popping the question The perks of eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast March 2011
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MATT LAWSON columnist Cereal, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, bagels, muﬃns, donuts, fruit, pancakes, waﬄes and granola bars. These beloved American morning food staples were celebrated this past month during National School Breakfast Week March 7-11. This week commended the “super energy” that the morning meal provides for teachers and students. While many ﬁnd an excuse to skip the all-important ﬁrst meal of the day, they fail to realize that eating breakfast contributes to an improved outlook, increased health and peak performance. Breakfast’s status as the most important meal of the day is well earned. The reason is that it is what gives us a jumpstart. After a long night’s sleep, we wake up with hardly anything in our stomachs to power our bodies. Breakfast is what provides us with the energy and drives us to start oﬀ the day in an invigorated and renewed way. “Breakfast ‘breaks the fast’ from not eating and kicks starts the metabolism,” Susan Hack, math teacher, said. “It gets everything ready to function for the day which helps in the classroom.” According to WebMD.com, eating breakfast is actually beneﬁcial in controlling one’s weight. Skipping the ﬁrst meal of the day causes one to be hungrier throughout the day and eat a larger lunch and more snacks. Instead of cutting down on calories by not eating breakfast, students put themselves at a greater risk of gaining weight. “Starting your day with a large meal packed with both carbohydrates and lean protein, can help lessen cravings and hunger the rest of the day, which can lead to signiﬁcant weight loss,” Serena Gordon, a reporter with HealthDay News, said.
Finally, a healthy morning meal provides one with the nutrients necessary to perform well throughout the day. A nutritious breakfast has been linked to better concentration, higher grades, improved athletic performances and an overall healthier physicality, according to mayoclinic.com. It is essential in getting the necessary amount of nutrients each day. This can be explained by the fact that the average cereal with milk contains over ten vitamins and minerals, often including vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. “Eating breakfast gets me energized for the ﬁrst few periods of the day and makes me more alert in the classroom,” Elyse Andersen, junior, said. id. A healthy breakfast ast is quick and easy to make. It can be as simple as grabbing a granola bar or throwing ing milk and cereal into a bowl, as deliciouss as cooking blueberry muﬃns or chocolate te chip waﬄes, and as light as a bowl of fruit. The excuses are unnecessary and weightless eightless in this matter. With breakfast, the possibilities are endless and the beneﬁts are essential.
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Man in the white suit exposed Autobiography unveils the life behind the Twain name BETHANN HARVEY staff writer Samuel L. Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, has delighted readers with his works since his very ﬁrst publication in 1869, “Innocents Abroad.” Twain, author of commonly read and recognized novels including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is fascinating avid readers again, even a century after his death, with the “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1.” At the age of 42, Twain made multiple attempts at his own autobiography, and by 1905, he started but never completely ﬁnished 30 to 40 works. In January of 1906, Twain hired a stenographer, Josephine S. Hobby, who recorded nearly daily dictations of his life. The “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1” is composed of more than just dictations written by Hobby. Edited by Harriet E. Smith and published by the University
of California ornia Press, the work also consists of personal onal diary entries, a diatribe between Twain and hiss late wife, Olivia, and excerpts cerpts from his daughterr Susy’s biography with explanations and interpretations tations about them. Speaking from the grave, ve, Twain’s voice is encapsulated in capsulated travel notes, dictations, anecdotes, es, essays, critiques, s, lecture passagess and news clippings, ippings, and more. re. In 1906, Twa i n h a d finally found the proper method to pen an autobiography, it at b h which h h was to “start “
no particular ttime in your life, wander at your own free fre will all over your life, talk only about the thing which o interests you for the moment, in intruding itself into your mind in meantime.” This technique is m exactly how Twain went about exa writing his own autobiography. writ Although this century-old literary work is a diﬃcult casual litera read, it is highly fascinating in intellectual aspect. Readers the in of Twain’s admirable are reminded rem narcissism, wit and contagious narcissi sarcasm throughout the work. Readers meet Youth, the nickname from his wife, as well given Twain T the 14-year-old Clemons who as th danced naked in a room, d unaware that he was being watched. These personal wa glimmers do justice to Twain, glimme portraying a rrounded examination of the man in his white suit. h famous f
This captivating autobiography a beloved and The Verdict of remembered man is a remarkable one. While a lengthy read at 760 pages, the book allows for the opportunity to skip around throughout, as Twain intended. For fans, this ﬁrst volume of three is wonderfully insightful and charming. It is available from Barnes & Noble with member pricing of $21.38 for hardcover and $9.79 for a NOOKbook version. If you like the “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1,” try: “The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography” by Fred Kaplan “Mark Twain: A Biography” by Connie Ann Kirk “Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography” by Ken Burns, Geoﬀrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan
Norton Commons’ secret garden Verbena Café offers fresh, original brunch delicacies PAIGE RIETVELD staff writer Located in the private community of Norton Commons at 10639 Meeting Street, Verbena Café is a venue that all breakfast lovers should consider. An atmosphere of French-inspired décor, ﬂoral excess, and food presentation combine to create a breakfast or lunch experience to remember. The menu oﬀers variety and new twists on nostalgic morning and mid-afternoon dishes. Traditional food items are scarce as European-inspired items populate the choices. Diners might think that this café has extreme prices to match its elegant cuisine; however, the prices of selections are quite reasonable. My pancake platter, which consisted of two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs any style, and two sausage patties, along with a hot chocolate, came to about $12. For breakfast, Verbena Café oﬀers traditional French Toast, Belgian waﬄes,
omelets, and classic egg platters. The menu is organized to highlight each dish; under each sub-category, there are four or more diﬀerent ways to enjoy each menu item. Lunch selections oﬀer salads, hot or cold sandwiches, and burgers that all contain a unique surprise. The café’s signature salad is served with cranberries, candied walnuts, cranberry walnut bread, and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. Unique ingredients are added to each dish, whether it’s paired with a side of fresh s, fruit or tossed ﬁeld greens, p. French fries or a cup of soup. nclude Other ﬂavor twist include pesto mayonnaise like on the Turkey Sandwich Panini or diners can pair the cold deli-style sandwich with Italian cheeses like gorgonzola or mozzarella or Greek cheeses such as Feta. Special touches like the honey
wheatberry sandwich bread and the dusting of powdered sugar on your waﬄes provide uniqueness in every bite. Compliments go to the café’s food presentation, which was imp impeccable, similar to that of a ﬁve-star restaurant. The aatmosphere also made the experience that much better, with light and dark green-shaded walls and large windows across the front of the venue that allow for cozy lighting. Large paintings adorn the walls and delicate trinkets, such as ﬂowers in vases and th the ivy-entwined chairs and ligh lights, line the booths and chairs around the restaurant, making the overall feel of the café one of a French-themed garden party. The Verbena Café’s hours may make it hard for the local student body to enjoy, since it’s closed on Mondays and open from 6:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. However, the café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, making dining a little more convenient. The Verbena Café was refreshing. The food has a taste that cannot The Verdict be duplicated and the atmosphere, along with the very friendly staﬀ, produced an overall happy vibe. I would highly recommend this venue because of the amazingly tasty foods and the budgetfriendly prices. If you like the Verbena Café, try: Wild Eggs (Westport Village) Fleur de Lis Café (1574 1/2 Bardstown Road) North End Café (1722 Frankfort Ave)
Mother Mons er hatches spectacular performance Lady GaGa performs in Louisville, entertains 20,000 KIRBY FIELDS staff writer
On March 12, 2011, 20,000 little monsters gathered in Louisville to witness just one out of the 201 events of Lady GaGa’s Monster Ball Tour. Lines stretched from the KFC Yum! Center, ﬁlled with all walks of life, nearly half of them emulating Lady GaGa’s infamous wardrobe stylings. The concert started with an energetic and ﬂamboyant performance from the Scissor Sisters. They strutted across the stage for 30 minutes, singing about self-conﬁdence and money and screaming about how essential it is that people treat every day like a party. While most of the spectators seemed unaware of their music, they successfully got the audience hyped for the proceeding production. After an hour of restless waiting, Lady GaGa took the stage. No matter how many dancers or elaborate props crowed the stage, she emanated an energy that dominated the
room. The set was conducted rather like a recounting to her eager fans the lessons she’s play, with a storyline that lasted from the learned in life. She compelled the audience with the empowering beginning to the very end, message that no matter enhanced by interactive narration from both Lady what point you’re at in your life, you are perfect in every GaGa and her back-up performers. way and life will continue to improve and grow. She Every second of the concert even drew a phone number was utterly breathtaking. from a collection that was GaGa’s powerful voice compiled at the beginning boomed throughout the room, accompanied by two of the concert, and called one of her admirers in the guitar players, a synthesizer, middle of the show. and the occasional piano. Commanding the arena Without missing a beat with an unparalleled in the choreography, she intensity, GaGa retained belted every note with stunning quality. She even a seeming intimacy with abandoned the synthesizer focusonstyle.com each person in attendance for a handful of songs to MAKING FANS GAGA -- Lady by interacting physically manipulate keyboards, GaGa performs “Bad Romance” with the crowd and conversations which went from being at the Monster Ball. She keeping hidden under the hood of changes costumes multiple running between each a car to having its surface times throughout the concert. song. The atmosphere of Louisville that night was engulfed in ﬂames. Between songs, GaGa occupied time by unprecedented. Even those dragged along
who lacked interest in the show were moved and inspired by the dazzling performance.
As someone who has seen productions on Broadway, I have to say that Lady GaGa gave me the most beautiful piece of art I have ever witnessed. Even when facing down a giant monster, adorned with tentacles and ﬂames, she managed to maintain every eye in the arena upon her. She’s not only a beautiful musician, but an inspiration.
If you like Lady GaGa, check out: Dragonette Marina & the Diamonds Gwen Stefani
‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is fated to please audiences
Romantic sci-i thriller caters to all cinematic tastes ERIN KOHNKE staff writer Adapted from a short story written by Philip K. Dick, “The Adjustment Bureau” discloses the story of Congressman David Norris, who discovers the behind-the-scenes workings of fate, the Adjustment Bureau. After discovering the existence of the agency, Norris is pursued by the agents of fate and with the help of one rogue agent, he must attempt to control his own destiny. Norris is then forced to either accept the predetermined plan devised by The Adjustment Bureau, or to embrace his free will and be with the woman he loves, Elise. Director George Nolﬁ squeezed this meaningful movie into a 105 minute package, but the ﬁrst 45 minutes passed by slowly enough for it to seem longer. The set up for the plot was the majority of the ﬁlm, but once the true story began, it was nonstop excitement and action.
Film stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt portray David and Elise, and these two will have you falling head over heels for the main characters as they fall helplessly in love with each other. Their ﬂexible and finessed acting skills are riveting as they race through the streets of New York or have a casual conversation on a bus. Anthony Mackie plays the rogue, soft-hearted agent and Terrence Stamp portrays a stern-faced agent that ﬁghts against Norris’ struggle to be under his free will.
The uniqueness of this ﬁlm puts a whole new face on the classic love story. Norris must make his decisions that aﬀect his relationship with Elise, but due to his interaction with the bureau, he already knows the outcome. Choosing which path to take leads Norris on a personal journey that truly has no right answer. What really makes thecinemasource.com this ﬁlm interesting is the multiple inspirational themes coupled with the raw way they are incorporated into the plot. “The Adjustment Bureau,” unlike other movies that are now playing, is deep
and has a lesson to be learned as the story unfolds. After the ﬁlm closes, viewers will continue to contemplate their own fates. This movie beckons the viewer to choose between falling victim to his or her own passiveness, or to chase what is truly loved. The combined love story, exciting action, and sci-ﬁ elements allow “The Adjustment Bureau” to suit a wide variety of viewers. This memorable ﬁlm will be one to watch years from now.
If you liked “The Adjustment Bureau,” try:
“Inception” (2010) “Knowing” (2009) “Paycheck” (2003)
Rupp, Rupp and away Boys basketball team reaches state tournament for 14th time KYLE STEWART sports editor The basketball team was named champion of the Region 8 tournament with their convincing 20-point win over Spencer County in the ﬁnal game on March 8. Fans, parents and students ﬁlled Rupp Arena on March 16 for the ﬁrst round game of the state tournament. The team, who ﬁnished with a record of 25 wins and eight losses, ended their run with a loss to Clark County in the ﬁrst round game held in Lexington. The team reached this point by ﬁrst claiming the district title with wins over Trimble County and rivaled North Oldham. Throughout the regional tournament, the team marked wins over Simon Kenton, Henry County and Spencer County to become the eventual victors. The last time the boys team advanced to the state tournament was during the 20062007 season. Current seniors, Blake Payne, Dylan Henderson, Nolan Denise and Dylan Sims, had not advanced past the regional tournament in their four years of play.
“The team went to state when we were in eighth grade, so we didn’t want to be the ﬁrst class in a while that didn’t make it past regionals,” Payne said. Though the team may have been disappointed with a loss in the round of 16 at the time, the team performed at a high level throughout the season. The team beat rivals South Oldham once and North Oldham twice during the season, and their accomplishments were symbolized by their appearance at Rupp Arena. “After the state game, Mr. Watkins was talking to us in the locker room. He told us that it was a lot better to be ﬁnishing our season in the locker rooms of Rupp Arena rather than the Henry County locker rooms where regionals are held,” Payne said. Along with the seniors, the junior class contributed substantially throughout the season. Kerry Smith, Alante Flores, Tyler Wesley and Parker Simpson were all vital players in the rotation that took the team to the state tournament. Smith, who led the team in assists, and Wesley, who led the team in rebounds and blocks, were both
continuous members of the starting lineup. The future looks promising for upcoming years. “The experience we got this year will make us that much better. We now know what it will take to make it back next year, which is our goal,” Smith said. The team had plenty of support for the game. Over 1000 students and 30 staﬀ members made the trek to Rupp Arena for the game. In addition to students and teachers, parents and local fans swelled the arena with the color blue. “The support at the game was ridiculous. Even though the court and arena were big, we could still hear all of our fans,” Smith said. The team may have walked oﬀ the court with their heads down, but when one looks at this season as a whole, pride is evident in the work of a team determined to taste success again. “Though the loss was disappointing, we’re proud we made it to Rupp and of the memorable season we had. It makes us look forward to next year,” Wesley said.
Council creates camaraderie Group of inter-athletes focused on unifying school sports teams BROOKE DAUGHERTY circulation manager Camaraderie plays a major role in athletics both on and oﬀ the ﬁeld. Teams bond through countless hours spent at practices, traveling and games. Though the bonding makes the team a stronger knit group, it can create a tension between diﬀerent athletic teams. In response, the ASB has created an Interathlete Council that will be organized by the Girls and Boys Athletic Commissioners and will consist of a single member from each sports team. Members will be chosen by the athletic commissioners based upon their success on and oﬀ of the playing ﬁeld. “The Inter-athlete Council was formed to bring teams together and create unity, so, if you are a soccer player and there is a basketball game, you cheer on the basketball team and vice versa,” Dylan Sims, Boys Athletic Commissioner, said.
Council members must maintain a 3.0 at school. From playing baseball, I know GPA cumulatively, be in good standing that the baseball team as a whole tries their as far as disciplinary measures and best to support other teams at games,” Kody Maikranz, senior baseball be upperclassmen. The council has been player, said. “I feel that the he student body is council will be beneﬁcial implemented this year as a deﬁnitely making to the school’s teams blueprint for the making of an eﬀort to create a because it gives athletes a next year’s council. brighter future and “Having standards set like standard to strive for that’s being an upperclassmen above and beyond athletic tighter knit community performance.” and having good grades are in the sports realm. Although no one is sure of important because those the eﬀects of this council, it people are more likely to be involved,” Ericka Hardin, senior girls is certain that the student body is deﬁnitely basketball player, said. “They most likely making an eﬀort to create a brighter future know what’s best for the team and genuinely and tighter knit community in the sports realm, which will hopefully carry over into care about the team’s best interests.” During monthly council meetings, the school in general. “We want athletes to strive to complete members will work on promoting games they would like support for, talking about their academic goals while making a brighter athletic fundraisers and other matters to be future possible for their teammates,” Sims said. “Creating this atmosphere will discussed and determined by the council. “Being a senior, I have seen ﬁrsthand the encourage the student body to strive for apathetic attitude of athletes to other teams excellence.”
Sidelines GIRLS BASKETBALL The team ﬁnished with an overall record of 16-12. They marked a 7-7 district record while ﬁnishing 3-2 in regional play. The girls ﬁnished second in the district tournament and were eliminated on March 1 during the ﬁrst round of regional play by Anderson County. Ericka Hardin, senior, recorded her 1000th point scored during postseason play.
LACROSSE Lacrosse players participated in their ﬁrst regular season game on March 19 against Woodford County. The team won the game in double-overtime. As of March 24, the team had a record of 1-1 after a loss to South Oldham.
BASEBALL The baseball team started their season with a 2-0 record with wins over Valley and Holy Cross, as of March 23. Both games were shutouts. They recently took on rival South Oldham and have also played games against Ballard, Henry County and duPont Manual.
DANCE The Colonellettes placed 3rd in the state competition on Feb. 26. The team will be holding tryouts from April 13-15 after school in the gym.
SOFTBALL The girls softball team, as of March 24, posted a record of 2-1 with wins over South Oldham and Shelby County. The team recently participated in the Ballard Invitational and will be a part of the Oldham County Spring Break Classic on April 1.
TENNIS Through March 24, the boys team had a record of 0-1, with a loss to South Oldham, and the girls had a record of 1-1.
SPORTS 20 March 2011 Examining America’s pastimes Reasons why youth grow up playing basketball, baseball, and football AUSTIN MULLEN staff writer
s a result of American sports ideology, young children are more likely to be introduced to and to play baseball, basketball, or football than other sports. This is not because those are the sports or activities youth will play as adults or may even watch professionals play, but it is the norm for parents to sign children up for participation in traditional “pastime” activities. Young children typically don’t have the choice of which sports to play as most of their parents choose for them. Parents function in a continuous cycle of signing their kids up for baseball, basketball, and football because these sports have the
readiest availability in terms of ﬁve key tedious and most events only gain viewership factors: on the ﬁnal Length: The holes of the longer a game last day of the tournament. is tends to Physicality: put a damper on the sport. B a s e b a l l Audiences gets certain often grow attention when someone is frustrated with hit by a pitch. long drawnBasketball out games or events. More talents receive applause after than two hours spent on an they draw a foul with shooting athletic event and make the is excessive, which is a important reason that basket or block a critical shot. baseball, basketball, As well, football players draw and football r e m a i n large crowd illustration by Kirby Fields reaction when popular. Even those with a they make a long attention span ﬁnd golf matches to be hard hit. Intense play is alluring…enough
said. Speed of play: If team play is not rapid or has constant stoppages, fan support diminishes quickly. Pacing is critical to the interest-level of an event. Even baseball games, despite long innings, have opportunities for both oﬀensive and defensive plays that generate crowd enthusiasm. Locality: Even if there is a team that you don’t root for but live within 100 miles of, watch them play. Local games create local banter about a previous night’s win or loss. Baseball, basketball, and football gain much of their popularity since nearly every state has professional and collegiate-level teams of merit. Crowds: The atmospheres of certain sports just can’t compare. At some events, fan noise is forbidden, while at others, horns sound and tunes blare. Traditional sports not only condone these reactions, but expect them. Sports traditions create life-long enthusiasm and love of the game. While some sports grow in popularity, three in particular deﬁne how America passes its time.
The magic of March Madness
NCAA tournament reigns as personal post-season favorite
MATTHEW STEWART managing editor
t’s that time of year when homework suddenly ranks second to ﬁlling out brackets, and that good old CBS March Madness theme song gets stuck in your head again. Forget about spring training. The NBA can wait. And hockey is, well, just hockey. It’s that time of the year. March Madness is here. It’s the best sporting event in the world, period. There’s no ridiculous computer system telling humans who should play who, or no overpaid athletes complaining that they don’t get the ball enough. It is simply just good, clean, competitive basketball. It’s everything a sports fan would want in a postseason; a “win or go home” format
that makes every game that much more important, a tournament in which any team has a chance to succeed and make a name from themselves. Where else can you bring together family members, friends and teachers to get obsessed over the same sporting event? Where ere else can your “American n Idol” infatuated sisterr pick that crazy upset when ESPN’s college basketball “so-calledexpert” didn’t even see it coming? Where else can you watch 48 8 basketball games in four ur days and actually be excited for the outcome ome of every single one of them? Now, it’s a huge statement to call March Madness the best sporting event in the world, but after examining the other sporting events, it’s easy to see that March
Madness is unbeatable. Fans from all around the world cheer on their countries in the Olympics and World Cup, but there are now so many Olympic events that it’s diﬃcult to generalize the Olympics y p as the best. Plus, the World Cup only comes around once every four years, o and the Olympics, every two. Olymp Then there are the NFL playoﬀs and the Super S Bowl. Super Bowl Sunday has basically turned into a national holiday and it’s more recognizable worldwide wor than March Madness, but there’s just Madn something magical about the someth beauty of college basketball combined with the athleticism it takes to play the game through six rounds that makes it more enticing than the Super Bowl. The MLB playoﬀs are an excellent ﬁnale to
every baseball season, but how often do we actually witness a memorable World Series? And while the NBA playoﬀs have become more intense in recent years, we just don’t see the consistent action March Madness brings to the table year after year. And last of all, the college football postseason has been tarnished by the BCS system, which completely takes away the human element from deciding which team is actually the best. It’s no random coincidence that more and more people every year want a playoﬀ system for NCAA football that is similar to March Madness. When it gets down to it, people make sports special. And during March Madness, the players involved are the heart and soul of the greatest-ever sporting event. Witnessing players diving across the ﬂoor for loose balls, fans that show just as much passion and intensity as the coaches and players, and games that play out better than a movie script, it all makes March Madness the best.
Goodbye football, hello boring Sundays
Disputes with contract postpone 2011 NFL season KYLE STEWART sports editor Anyone who has tuned into ESPN lately has certainly heard about the impending lockout that the National Football League faces. Listening to coverage of the possible “sportspocalypse,” sports fans can get lost in the confusing and diverting jargon that they are fed. From attempting to understand what the Collective Bargaining Agreement means to comprehending what a rookie wage scale is, following these events has become diﬃcult. It’s time for someone to explain what is actually going on. To begin, let’s deﬁne the teams. In the left corner are the players. Opposing them, hailing from the right corner, are the owners, managers and other people high on the totem pole that run an organization.
What are the two sides disagreeing on anyway? This is where it gets confusing. The central issue of divergence is, unsurprisingly, money. The league has a stash of $9 billion in revenue. Owners, under the latest contract, were allowed to take one billion of that and use it toward new stadiums and infrastructure. The owners are now advocating for a raise in the amount of money that they can use. They are asking to have the power to withdraw up to $2.4 billion instead of the previous $1 billion. The owners do have the stats on their side. “Over the last few years, the values of most franchises have increased exponentially, so it appears as though the owners are making good use of this money,” Holden McGinnis, contributor to Bleacherreport.com, said. This has upset the players because it
will lead to a decrease in pay, beneﬁts and monetary guarantees. Another big issue that has arisen regards the length of the season. Team owners and managers want to expand the length of the regular season to 18 games. With this, two of the current four preseason games would be eliminated. The owners are striving to make this change because it would bring in more revenue. From the players’ perspective, this is unfair because they would be playing two more games, taking 120 more minutes worth of brutal hits and sacriﬁcing their bodies for two more Sundays without getting a pay raise. Another point of emphasis has been the split of revenue. Currently, the owners receive 51 percent of the revenue while
All for one and one for all
the players come out with 49 percent. The players are ﬁghting to change this to an even 50-50 split, which would in turn raise their salaries and bargaining power. The players are currently being “locked out.” The labor contract between the owners and players expired, meaning that, as of now, there will be no football this fall. The conﬂict is now in the hands of the court. The players will be ﬁling a lawsuit against the owners, and it will likely be left up to a judge to determine which side will eventually win out. Whatever the issue is, one thing is certain: with the league’s collective bargaining agreement (the contract that lays out the relationship between players and owners) already expired, something drastic has to happen for football fans to be able to watch their favorite sports teams play on Sunday afternoons.
No cut teams allow every student a shot at sporting glory KRISTEN SHIRCLIFF staff writer Student athletes typically dream of becoming stand-out stars on their favorite sports teams. In reality, some have trouble even making the team due to the intense, star-athlete players that ﬁll the team rosters. However, there is still hope for these students because of the unique opportunity that is oﬀered by no cut teams. Though the number of no cut teams varies from one school year to another, this year we have ten, according to Matt Watkins, athletic director. These teams, which include such sports as tennis, wrestling, cross country, track, boys lacrosse and color
guard, provide chances for students to play and take advantage of the opportunities oﬀered. “I feel that no cut teams are great because they give students an experience and a chance to enhance their skills in an activity that they might not otherwise have,” Hannah Guest, senior and tennis player, said. These teams help to encourage students to do their best as well as to help to raise conﬁdence levels. No cut teams help athletes to excel at their own paces and reach their own goals. It’s an easy and simple way to allow everyone to have fun and it gives beginners a chance to explore their interest in the sport. “I would say that one of the biggest
advantages to no cut teams is the friendships that can be made throughout the course of playing,” Loni Hammons, tennis coach, said. Since no cut teams are so open to giving everyone an opportunity, a variety of students come out to join these teams. The assortment of competitors that participate allows many new friendships to be made. It also lets students branch out of their normal social groups and befriend those out of their usual circle of friends. Though no cut teams are great, they can be overwhelming when they begin to reach excessive participant numbers. “Though cross country/track has a large number of players, we have a large coaching staﬀ that well accommodates the team,”
Emily Robison, senior and cross country runner, said. Sometimes these large numbers make it diﬃcult to organize the team, causing a challenge for coaches to help players on a one-on-one level. However, the coaches do an eﬀective job organizing practices and helping all players to excel. Despite the few drawbacks, no cut teams oﬀer a great way to be involved with school programs, and help everyone to succeed at not only a sport, but a hobby that one can participate in for years and years to come. “You never know how something as simple as allowing everyone a chance to play on a team is going to change an individual’s life in the future,” Hammons said.
Coaches caught red-handed
College athletes’ innocence compromised p at the hands of unfair recruiting tactics CARLY BESSER chief illustrator
raditionally, people play sports purely for the fun of the game. Pick-up basketball games are played during the summer to pass the time and everyone remembers getting out the old red ball for a harmless kickball match. However, when sports move up to the collegiate level, the idea of fun is traded eﬀortlessly for cutthroat competition to get the best high school recruits that money can buy. Though the competitive nature is welcome, and even encouraged to win the recruits of their dreams, college coaches have taken bending the rules and crossing the line of appropriateness to an extreme. Recently, the sports world has been booming with news of recruiting violations against college basketball and football coaches. The NCAA requires coaches to limit their communication with potential recruits. According to NCAA.org, coaches are only allowed “to send questionnaires, camp brochures, and are allowed to accept phone
calls made by the recruit.’” ruit.’” However, stories of inviting recruits ts to personal parties and using moneyy bribes to win their commitmentt have he become a mainstay in the news. The most recent case of recruitment bribery was committed by the University off Connecticut’s head ad basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, when he reportedly ortedly called a junior recruit excessively as well as paid aid for odging, all of the player’s lodging, transportation, and meal al costs to discuss his future standing anding expense in the team. This all-expense ents the paid negotiation represents n. With unfairness of competition. a coach calling frequent hours of the day and paying, how could a own the basketball player turn down n’t sound allure of an oﬀer? It doesn’t like a negotiation, but more like intense pressuring of a young
Having the bullseye
ath athlete. If these players go further into at athletics pursuing professional tier careers, then they will have to face this kind of pressure anyway. It’s unfair that they have to start dealing with overbearing coaches so early in their athletic development. In some cases, players will be oﬀered a salary to stay on their college team. Reggie Bush, now a rrunning back for the New Orleans Sai Saints, was forced to give up his He Heisman Trophy awarded to him in 2005 after facing allegations of acc accepting a salary from the University of Southern California. These types of all allegations ultimately make big-name co colleges seem less like educational ins institutions and more like business po powerhouses. It’s only logical to see both sides of the argument. The job security of co coaches is extremely low, and they are under close watch as soon as the team goes through a losing
season. These circumstances can be a reason why coaches will go to great lengths to claim the most talented players. “It’s not even the coaches. Big D-I schools involve so much money, making tournaments and coaches’ jobs are low security. It’s almost like a war,” Coy Zerhusen, freshman boys basketball coach, said. I see how people can argue that competition grows quickly and the other colleges need to use more alluring tactics to get a good roster, but the rules are the rules. No money should be involved, and nothing should be exchanged under the table for ethical reasons. I can understand trying to make a program look more appealing to risk a recruit than another, but does it have to the possible reputation of the school in jeopardy? Players will ultimately face these intense circumstances if they go into the realm of professional sports, which is beyond college. They should not have to face this music as much more impressionable and younger people in college. The warped logic of some collegiate coaches is ultimately ruining the principle of winning: to do it fairly.
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Assessing the beneits and disadvantages of high expectations BUDDY ELDER staff writer
eens have expectations for themselves and for their futures, not only set individually, but by parents, relatives, and inﬂuential peers. From childhood, parents have stressed the ideal of doing well in school, working hard in athletics, and putting forth great eﬀort to achieve goals. For athletes, increased expectations yield varied eﬀects on ability and on team
camaraderie. The basketball team experienced this sense “Expectations can be both positive and of expectation-setting, having had great negative; positive for the push they give our hope put in front of them at the beginning team, but negative of the season by in the sense that “Expectations can be both positive and being picked to they give our team negative; positive for the push they give ﬁnish number one cockiness. But I in both the region our team, but negative in the sense that think they end and the district. up evening out,” they give our team cockiness.” “I think -Austin Padgett, sophomore expectations are Austin Padgett, s o p h o m o r e great. They made football player, said. “I think in a world our guys realize we had to do something without these expectations, teams would special this season,” Jason Holland, varsity have no drive or nothing to ﬁght for.” boys basketball coach, said. “Sometimes
expectations can make you realize and bring out your potential.” The boys team realized their potential this season by living up to those expectations, winning district and the 8th Region Championship for the 14th time. “I think we were motivated to have the title as number one, and to keep it the whole season. We needed to run with it into the state tournament,” Holland said. In the end, knowing how expectations can aﬀect a player or a team can be highly beneﬁcial to the positive eﬀects and statistics teams can claim in the record books.
Having Fun With... Central Park
photos by James Ensor
Statue of Liberty ew York City is the hottest destination for your 2011 spring break travels. First, stop by Central Park to see the greener side of NYC. Then, visit 5th Avenue to hit up all of the latest stores. Donâ€™t forget to stop by Liberty Island to see Lady Liberty up-close. The Empire State Building observation deck is where you can see the legendary skyline of the city. Empire State Building Finally, go to Times Square to see the nightlife Observation Deck light up and see a Broadway show.