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Giant interactive map of Asia thrills students
From a bird’s eye view... A conversation with Chuck Close page 4 Students meet famous artist at the VMFA. Caution: Results May Vary page 5 Bands rock out Atlee’s Java Jive on Oct. 1. XC girls place first page 8 Cross country gets more than a running start in Orlando.
VHSL bans energy drinks TAYLOR DAY sports reporter
Red Bull, Monster, Amp—you name it, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Sports Medicine Committee has put a ban on it. VHSL’s Sept. 25 ban on energy drinks for all high school athletes during games and practices came after health concerns regarding hydration and caffeine levels, which officials warned could result in severe medical consequences. Co-director of VHSL athletics Tom Dolan defended the League’s decision: “We’ve been fortunate up to this point, but is it prudent for us to wait to see if we have an issue before we do something about this? For me the answer is absolutely not. They’re our student-athletes. We have an obligation to protect them.” Another reason for enforcing this ban was because the contents of energy drinks are not regulated. A number of parents, coaches and students had been pushing for the ban for a while and support VHSL’s assessment. Sophomore Austin Hartness said, “Energy drinks have bad side effects. They might help for a little bit but you will have a major crash later on.” Health professionals appreciate VHSL’s motion to protect student athletes. Dr. Katherine Dec, the Chair of the VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee said, “The kids see [the drinks] as something to give them energy. But it’s not the physical nutritional energy that they need to perform well, so we want to try and keep with that hydration, replenishment concept... so they don’t run into problems with heart rate, blood pressure and jitteriness.” The committee had an overwhelming vote of 24-2 in favor of the ban. Sophomore Austin Fisher, who does not support the ban, said, “If students want to buy and drink energy drinks then they should be able to.” While some students are against the ban on energy drinks, many acknowledge their potential dangers. “They’re dangerous because they are just caffeine, sugar and ginseng,” Fisher said. Junior Lynnse Caler, who plays basketball, agrees. “I never drink them because I’ve heard they’re bad for your heart and health,” she said. Players have been warned. Is drinking that Red Bull or Monster really worth it? A first violation will only be a warning but after that, stricter penalties will be enforced.
History students skip, hop and jump across The Asia Institute at UVA’s giant map of Asia to promote geographic literacy. HANNAH TIBBETT JORDAN SHANKS news reporter
History teacher Caroline Bare devised an unusual lesson plan when Nora Wheeler, the lead specialist for Hanover County Social Studies, contacted her about an opportunity to use a giant map of Asia from University of Virginia’s (UVA) Asia Institute. Bare would use the map to show her Modern Global Studies students the mass degree of diversity which exists in the continent. She would use fun activities and scavenger hunts to both occupy and teach her students without resorting to typical note-taking or lectures. Here’s how it all started: the Asia Institute at UVA was given a grant, which allowed them to lease the map. According to the University, “The ascendancy of Asia and its influence on the economy, the environment, and politics and culture is unmistakable and unlikely to abate.” In other words, Asia’s influence on the world stage, economic or otherwise, is rapidly escalating. The Asia Institute decided to lend the map to public high schools across Virginia in order to promote cultural awareness through geography. The map was then given to Hanover
for a short period of time. Throughout this time, history teachers used the map during and after school to teach kids of all ages about Asia’s diversity. Access to the map wasn’t just limited to the classroom, though. Parents, siblings, and students alike were invited to explore the map afterschool on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Afterschool, some of Bare’s Modern Global Studies students stayed back to help younger kids from elementary schools engage in fun activities pertaining to Asia. “We taught the little kids about things like borders and mountain ranges,” sophomore Austin Heins said. The purpose of these activities was to explain to students that Asia consists of much more than just Chinese people. “Asia is deeper than that,” sophomore Michael Billups said. During school, the Modern Global classes used the map for games that altered the students’ way of thinking. Instead of writing and taking notes, these activities required physical activity. The day started out with a scavenger hunt. The students were divided into groups, then given a certain number of cones with a stack of papers under them. There were directions printed on the papers such as,
“Go to 80 degrees latitude.” The students then played Simon Says, which turned out to be a harsh competition. “I learned that the population and diversity is greater in Asia. The population has become a problem in some countries,” sophomore Casey Clark said, referring to China’s one-child policy, by which a family is only allowed one child because of the country’s rising population rates. “The purpose of this day was to promote geographic literacy,” Bare said. A survey conducted by National Geographic reveals that young Americans are not aware of their geological surroundings. 44% of people who were interviewed could not find Afghanistan or even New York City on a map. “There’s a lot more countries inside of Asia than I thought there was,” sophomore Ashley Ward said. Asia has a total of 47 countries and is currently home to the world’s fastest growing economy. “The fact that Asia’s economy is becoming increasingly stronger does, in fact, attract attention, but I think that amount of diversity that resides within the continent is overwhelmingly interesting. Imagine going from the highest peak of the Himalayas to the lowest wave of the Dead Sea,” Bare said.
“I have a face for radio” On Sept. 29, English teacher Michael Goodrich-Stuart’s Mass Communications I class was awarded a treat when Jimmy Barrett, host of Richmond’s Morning News, arrived to speak on his broadcasting career. Wearing a turquoise polo with tan khakis, he gave the students the impression that they were to have an innocuous and insipid lecture— what they received was far from it. In 2001, Barrett began his 10-year journey with WRVA. “WRVA had a morning show opening, I came down on Monday. I did a show on Tuesday. By Wednesday, they offered me a job,” he explained with a shrug. The winner of the Best Morning Show Award from Virginia Association of Broadcasters also currently announces for the Richmond’s Flying Squirrels. He describes his style as “very upbeat.” Barrett began his journalism career as a high school senior before attending Eastern Michigan University. After studying marketing and business, Barrett broadcasted in Detroit for 25 years. “I’ve always known that’s what I wanted to do. I kind of talked my
way into it…I grew up in Metro Detroit. I was a young kid in the 60s and 70s. There was a station out of Windsor, Canada, called CKLW. They did things that were out of the box. It was more the station than any ‘disc jockey’. I’ve just always seemed to know that this is what I wanted to do.” Though only around 10% of people listen to AM radio, the conservative station, WRVA, ranks among the top radio stations along with K95, Lite 98, KISS-FM, and Beat. Barrett’s Morning News show in Richmond airs from 5 to 9 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, covering a variety of topics, ranging from the hilarious to the solemn. Dr. Bosher of the Education Department at VCU recently appeared on his show to debate the lengthening of the school year. Barrett held no qualms in sharing his thoughts. “I think honestly that lengthening the school year makes a lot of sense. But, interestingly enough, I think the parents would be the hardest to get to go along with it,” he said. When asked about his opinion on the Katy Perry and Sesame Street controversy, Barrett raised his eyebrows and grinned. “What do I think of Katy Perry? I love Katy Perry! She’s hot. It’s amazing to me that it was such a
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Mass comm students who got to interview Jimmy Barrett
Of people interviewed could not locate Afghanistan on a map
Radio talk show host Jimmy Barrett meets with Mass Comm students. MASS COMM
big deal.” Although Barrett remained candid throughout the interview, he declined to talk about two specific topics. “I won’t talk about abortion or gun control because 50 percent will love your opinion and the other will want to shoot you in the parking lot,” he said. Barrett admitted that he has become overly emotional on air before. “I haven’t sobbed, but, yeah. I’ve cried. I get very weepy over strange things. There used to be a commercial around Christmas for Maxwell House [Coffee] that always made me cry. I also got a little weepy for Fishers House [Charity].” Barrett works with the producer of the show, Trey, to feature the stories
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WHERE IS THE SUMMER GOING? Obama wants future students to attend school into the summer months MAX BERRY news reporter
Obama is pushing the lengthening of the school year as to prevent students from losing the skills they learn at school during the summer. Unfortunately, this may mean a lot more book work than the average student is used to. HANNAH TIBBETT
President Obama recently stated that students should have a longer school year, in order to bring the United States’ education system up to par with other countries such as New Zealand and Japan, both of which send students to school an average of three weeks longer than the United States. This issue affects most students, as many of them are used to a long summer vacation. Sophomore Jacob Ducey said, “Students need a break in school I think there should be a certain amount of time for school, but there should be a certain amount of time for rest.” Learning all year round is an experience that could prepare you for the real world, as you don’t get a summer vacation with most jobs. On the other hand, students aren’t in the “real world” yet, and a year round system might not allow students to take educational trips. Freshman Haley Nininger said, “It could be bad because students get tired, but it could be good because some students need more help.” World History teacher Brian Smith disagrees. “I think we ought to go to school all year round. We should go nine weeks in, three weeks out, then nine weeks in, three weeks out,” Smith said. A system similar was implemented
in an elementary school in the Topeka, Kansas, area; however the system failed after one year. As Diane DeBacker, the Kansas education commissioner, said, “The community was just not ready for kids to be in school all summer long. Kids wanted to go swimming. Their families wanted to go on vacation.” Another issue to consider is the A day/ B day schedule. Godwin and Douglas Freeman High Schools both have all their classes every day. This may be a reason why they have the highest SAT scores in Henrico County. Among the most recent graduating class at Douglas Freeman, 51 percent scored in the top five percent of Henrico county on their SAT’s. “[With all classes every day] You wouldn’t be able to do your homework; you’d have less time to do it,” junior Rachel Rack said. The A day/ B day schedule leaves one day in between to do homework. If the system was eliminated then students would need to do all their homework every night. Nevertheless, having students do all their homework the day it was assigned would discourage procrastination. Geometry teacher Karl Lippa used to teach at Blacksburg High School, where they operated on a schedule where all the classes are in one day, so he has experienced both systems. “I think the self-disciplined students will do fine no matter what scenario,” Lippa said.
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School accreditation has been a prized possession of Hanover County schools for nine years. “Accreditation is basically for school improvement., how we can continue to improve our policies,” science teacher Carole Forkey said. Being fully accredited has been a strong tradition in Hanover County. Every school in Hanover has been fully accredited in the past, and for good reason. SOL scores show the schools’ reputation of high academic standing. In English, Biology, VA and US History, Chemistry, World History II, and Algebra I and II, Hanover County schools scored above the state average in 2009 alone. On various days throughout the month of October, representatives from accreditation organization
walked through the hallways observing the students and teachers. Some representatives even pulled teachers and students for interviews and meetings. “We just had our visit on September 25. A team of people from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools came to see if we were meeting the basic standards,” Forkey said. The standards Forkey is referring to include: Vision and Purpose, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Documenting and Using Results, Recourses and Supporting Systems, Stake Holder Communication and Commitment to Continuing Improvement. Many students were interviewed about school accreditation. Sophomore Cassie Davis said, “They asked us general questions about how we liked the school and what the school had to offer us as students, like
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that appeal to his audience best. “You just try to filter out what is important and what isn’t. I would take a local story over a national story about 90% of the time.” As the world constantly evolved, Morning News faced the inevitable decision to change, as well. “I think the show is more opinionated than nine years ago. My show is more information based. There is a lot more opinion. There is a lot more humor. The #1 thing you have to be is entertaining,” he stated. Through his years of broadcasting, Barrett has remained humble and honest. Barrett adamantly refuses to consider himself a celebrity. “I don’t. And, if I ever do, go ahead and smack me,” Barrett remarked, looking at a student straight in the eye. Through his years of broadcasting, Barrett has remained humble and honest. With more fame than the average person, Barrett adamantly refuses to consider himself a celebrity. “I don’t. And, if I ever do, go ahead and smack me,” Barrett remarked, looking at a student straight in the eye. As for Barrett’s dream job, he replied, “I think I’m living the dream. My goal always was to make enough money to live comfortably and truly enjoy my job.” His life at the radio station is in a constant transformation. The days
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continue to pass by, and Barrett sees himself with Morning News for the rest of his broadcasting career. “I want the show to evolve. One thing I’m always fearful of is complacency. I have to be willing to change to be successful,” Barrett said, nodding his head in anticipation of the future of his show. Barrett, however, announced his problem with the broadcasting field today. “The only thing I really don’t like about my business is that radio has become very corporate. It takes away a lot of individuality of radio shows.” Regardless, he enjoys seeing prospective broadcasters grow and learn in the business. As the journalism world expands, Barrett’s best advice is summed up in a single statement: “Perseverance will come in handy.”
the kind of leadership opportunities it offered us to have.” The panel asked questions pertaining to the school’s mission and its standing in comparison to other high schools in the district. The students agreed that Hanover does deserve full accreditation. Sophomore Mae Collins said, “We have great students and a wonderful staff and a beautiful facility to work with. The staff will do anything to make their students succeed and prepare them for college.” Hanover County receiving full accreditation is nothing new, but in this day and age it is a big deal. “The county being accredited will help the county because most colleges nowadays will not even accept college applicants if they have not graduated from an accredited school. It also maintains the county’s great reputation as some of the best high schools in the country,” Davis said.
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This year’s Club Fair on Sep. 28, was hard to miss. A number of tables were set up throughout the cafeteria to inform students about the clubs’ activities and to generate interest in club participation. Tri-fold displays, colorful posters and interest sign-up sheets covered the clubs’ tables. Language clubs were well represented at the fair, with representatives from the French and Spanish Clubs working tables. The French Club will be electing new student leadership this year and plan to participate in Homecoming by building a club float. Alex Howell, co-president of the Spanish Club said, “We’re having movie days every Tuesday.” Movie days will include a movie in Spanish with English subtitles. DOTM is gearing up for another exciting season, but cannot begin building their robot or planning for the game until Jan. 8. “The game won’t be announced until Jan. 8, but we’re a pretty solid team, we do pretty well every year,” senior Tyler Clark said. Tri-M, FCA, Environmental Science Club and Newspaper were also present to promote their respective clubs.
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT Students in neighboring districts find unusual ways to attend HHS DEREK MARTIN features reporter
How would you feel if your parents had to dish out $4,500 every year for you to come to Hanover High School? Students who don’t live in the school district area have to experience that burden every day. Knowing this, they try their best to be the best, so they can stay at Hanover for the rest of their high school careers. Tuition can be daunting, but there are alternate ways to attend the school without paying tuition. There are certain classes that only Hanover provides, so if one of the students who was supposed to go to a different Hanover County school was interested in this class, he or she could take the class and attend full-time. Engineering is the most popular of these classes. “Engineering is something I definitely want to pursue in the future,” sophomore Andrew Knizner, who lives in the Patrick Henry area, said.
Another class that is only offered at Hanover is Home Integration. The goal of the class is basically to teach students how to install home theater systems or other electronics. Junior Roy Sprouse, who would ordinarily be attending Atlee High School, is taking the course, which allows him to come to Hanover. “It’s pretty cool; we basically just learn how to wire home theaters. Not many people know about it, but a lot more people should definitely take it. They’ll get interested in it really fast,” Sprouse said. Living farther than the rest of us from school sounds like it would pull in lots of tardies and waiting for parents at the end of the day. Surprisingly, students find ways around the consequences. Sprouse for instance, rides his bike to and from school just about every day. His mom or uncle sometimes drive him if he is late or if it is raining outside.
“I live only about a mile away from school, so it’s not as much of a work-out as most people think it is,” Sprouse said. Knizner and his friend, sophomore Usman Mahmood, who also would be attending Patrick Henry, have a completely different system set up for transportation. Mahmood’s mother drives both of the boys to school, where they arrive on time every day. After school, Knizner’s mother comes to pick them up and drive them home. One may wonder what it’s like to live in a neighborhood with rival students. Sophomore Shannon Albright, who should be attending Atlee, lives right in the middle of Milestone, which is across from Fox Head. “It’s not fun at all; nobody likes me from the neighborhood, so I have to find friends in Fox Head to hang out with,” Albright said. Some teachers pay for their children to come here. Cindy McNamara,
one of the art teachers, chooses for her daughter, sophomore Carson McNamara to come to Hanover. They live in Henrico County and McNamara pays $1,500 a year for her daughter to come here. This is less than the normal amount because Cindy works here. The school division takes it out of her paycheck every month, so she doesn’t have to pay it all upfront. She pays for this because she believes it is much easier for her and her daughter to come to the same place every day instead of Cindy having to worry about getting Carson on the bus every morning. They get here at about 8:15 every morning and if neither are required to stay after school, they leave at around 4:00 in the afternoon. “It’s actually pretty ironic, because I usually end up waiting for Carson after school because she has creative writing club, the plays, and a lot of other little things,” the elder McNamara said.
Hawk spreads his wings and steps into new school
Relaxing in the entrance to his new school, junior George Dennehy shows his Patriot pride, but is still a Hawk at heart. JADE HAWKINS ANNA WEST features reporter
People come and go, but memories will last. The experiences people have in high school will stay with them forever. Many people have grown up together from kindergarten until graduation. Some, however, move away somewhere in the middle.
“We moved due to that fact that we couldn’t fit everyone in our old house, eleven kids and five dogs,” junior George Dennehy said. This past summer Dennehy moved into the Patrick Henry school zone. The first day of school brings fear of not knowing who teachers are and what classes will be like. New stu-
dents are also intimidated by making new friends and fitting in. “The first day of school was flatout insane. I was really nervous and scared. Lunch was bad, [I] sat with people I didn’t know or don’t wish to get to know,” Dennehy said. Not knowing very many people and being in a new environment were
Go green! (And light blue, too) BRITTANY ALLEN features editor
Students and teachers are working toward lessening the school’s environmental impact and making it a greener place. Starting this year, science teachers Jessica Orth and Wendy Pruden are organizing the Environmental Science Club. “We had been talking about it for a couple of years, but we finally decided that it was time to stop talking about it and to get things started,” Orth said. One of the club’s primary goals is to start projects within the school that will help increase awareness and motivate people to accept environmental responsibility regarding their everyday decisions. To accomplish this goal, the club plans to have students and teachers undertake an Environmental Challenge Pledge in an attempt to live green for a single week. This will take place during Earth Week, Apr. 17-23, to generate consciousness of students’ roles in the consumption and conservation of resources. The club also plans to get directly involved with facilitating the school’s waste management by working with the Emerging Leaders class to enable recycling for number five plastics. Currently, there are very few recycling facilities able to process these plastics. It is expensive and timeconsuming for individuals to get the plastics recycled, but hopefully, the club’s efforts will make it easier for
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the school and the surrounding community to dispose of the materials. The Environmental Science Club also hopes to provide recycling containers in the sports stadiums to use during events, as well as working with art classes to create projects using recycled materials. Students interested in joining the Environmental Science Club should feel free to contact Pruden in room 2113 for more information regarding membership and upcoming events.
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additional things Dennehy had to deal with on his first day of junior year. “The people here at Patrick Henry are actually pretty nice. People have come up to me and talked. [That] is really admirable to me, being new and all,” Dennehy said. Every school has its class clowns, jocks, nerds and cheerleaders, and Dennehy said his old school is no exception. “The big thing is cliques. Hanover is so cliquey; if you weren’t cool, don’t hang out with the cool people, or if you’re super smart, no parties for you. Everyone’s clique [kept] to themselves. One thing I love about Patrick Henry is that it isn’t like that. Everyone mingles with each other. It’s just great, very easy to make friends,” Dennehy said. Many students pay to come here year after year. Others move away but still love it. “As of right now, I still love Hanover a lot. I’d go back no question, if I could. I felt like I belonged there, and I still feel that way. Fine Arts teacher Lucretia Davis and the Hanover orchestra were like a family to me. Patrick Henry orchestra is really different, but I like Hanover better overall,” Dennehy said.
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STUDENTS MEET FAMOUS ARTIST Chuck Close exhibit and personal appearance draws a crowd
Sophomore Carson McNamara and senior Kathryn Mayes meet Close at the VMFA. CRISTINA MANSILLA
Artist Chuck Close and his biographer Chistopher Finch gave a talk at the VMFA about Close’s life and his works of art, including his childhood, depicted in this picture. KATHRYN MAYES CHRISTINA COX arts reporter
Since July, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been paying tribute to one of America’s greatest artists. Works made by Chuck Close will be featured in the museum’s Focus Gallery 3 until Nov. 14. The exhibit, named “People Who Matter to Me,” features over two dozen works, all done over a 35-year period from 1974 to the present. Close is most recognized by his massive portraits, both painted and photographed.
Not only has Close personally given some of his collection to the VMFA, he also agreed to give a talk. “Talk: A Conversation with Chuck Close” took place on Oct. 1. Featuring Close and his biographer, Christopher Finch, who, besides writing two books about Close, has known the artist since 1968, the talk wrapped up with a book signing open to the public. Ph.D. students from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Media Art Text (MATX) program taped the program. A few Hanover students were lucky
enough to meet Close and go to his talk. “It was blow your mind, knock your socks off amazing!” sophomore Carson McNamara said. Although she didn’t have a ticket for the talk, junior Angie Huckstep got to meet Close during the book signing. “I went in and bought a flip book of his work and got him to sign it. It was crazy. For me that would be like meeting a famous celebrity. I told him I wasn’t lucky enough to get a ticket, but I had to come and meet him and shake his hand, and I told him how much I appreciate him and whatnot. He told me that I couldn’t sneak in, I wasn’t smart enough anyways. It was hilarious! That was the extent of my Chuck Close experience.”
Close talked about his works of art, including this self portrait. KATHRYN MAYES
Close’s artwork means something different to each person who sees it, and his work changes depending on the context in which you view it. “The fact that each square is a different swirly mix of color that comes together to build the face is mindblowing. The faces he makes are stunning and beautiful and full of wonder it just makes you look at each person a little differently,” McNamara said. “I love that his artwork is so bold and his process is different than any other portrait artist. I’ve been interested in his work ever since I really started taking art in eighth grade,” senior Kathryn Mayes said. McNamara added, “It’s really hard to get the average joe to take art seriously, and with Chuck Close, you can justify that talented artists are still making art. I’ve been to the exhibition three times already. It’s so worth it.”
Joel Goodloe makes regional orchestra tions students from the South Central Region of Virginia. Goodloe auditioned on Sept. 25 at Charlottesville High School with four other strings students from Hanover. “I wasn’t nervous because I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it,” Goodloe said.
Senior Joel Goodloe is on Senior Regional Orchestra. JOEL GOODLOE
“I was pleasantly surprised about the results of my audition, considering the fact that I was almost positive I wasn’t going to make it.”
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Senior Joel Goodloe just might be the orchestral prodigy of Hanover High. Goodloe was the only student from the strings program to qualify for Senior Regional Orchestra, a prestigious symphony group that audi-
dition. Students didn’t know what scales they would be asked to play until they were in the audition room with the judges. “The competition is really tough because the region is so big. It spans from Charlottesville to Ashland, including Henrico, Chesterfield, and
-Senior Joel Goodloe The students were required to play one orchestral excerpt and one etude, both given to them in advance, one major three octave scale, and one minor three octave scale in their au-
Richmond. The Richmond area also includes all of the collegiate schools. It’s quite an accomplishment to make this group,” orchestra teacher Lucretia Davis said.
Goodloe placed 10th out of 40 violas that auditioned that day. Only 16 violas were accepted from the region. “I was pleasantly surprised about the results of my audition, considering the fact that I was almost positive I wasn’t going to make it. I think I just had the music for so long that I just knew it. I came out of the audition room happy with how my audition went,” Goodloe said. Senior Regional Orchestra concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Meadowbrook High School. Goodloe will get to miss school on Friday, Nov. 12 for a rehearsal that will last all day. “I’m not sure what pieces we’ll be playing, maybe the overture to Romeo and Juliet because that was the excerpt we were given to play at our audition,” Goodloe said.
Art project soars in hallways CAITLYN DELILLE arts reporter
Students of IB art teacher Cindy McNamara were recently given the task of creating any type of art piece of their choosing using fabric pieces from a sample fabric book. “I sat in front of my TV stapling and hot glue gunning 240 birds for my art project but ended up only using 120,” senior Taylor Healy said. It also took her eight hours to put up her project. “I learned that I enjoyed creating installation and sculpting art pieces more than traditional pieces,” Healy said. It took her eight hours to assemble the project. “My inspiration in creating and
naming my project actually came from a summer experience in a round-about way,” Healy said. Over the summer Healy worked at VCU for the dentistry program. One day, one of the elderly patients had forgotten to get her medication so instead of making her go back up four floors Healy decided that she would go get it for her. “She had forgotten it four floors up and I thought that it would be too much work for her to walk back and up and then back down again, so I went and got it for her,” Healy said. While on her way up Healy witnessed a bird fly into a wall at full speed. “It was just lying there trying to get up but failing to do so,” Healy
After ten minutes the bird still hadn’t gotten up and Healy had to go back to work. By this time she was crying and Ben, her co-worker noticed and asked if there was anything he could do to help. She told him about the bird and he volunteered to go see it. She told him not to tell her if it was dead. Ben went to look for it but it had already flown away. He told Healy that it reminded him of Anastasia because like Anastasia the bird had just disappeared. “I hadn’t ever told him that Anastasia was my favorite movie,” Healy said. Healy’s project is located outside the art room in the hallway.
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Schools from all over VA march at Hanover EMILY SMITH arts reporter
Hanover High is welcoming marching bands for the sixth annual Hanover Hawks Marching Invitational. HHMI is held at Hanover on Oct. 16 and admission is $5.00. HHMI is held to provide bands all over Virginia with a place to come together and perform in order to gain constructive criticism. Judges will be evaluating the bands to assist with improving their performances for future competitions. “All of the band students really bond throughout HHMI, especially
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when we all have to huddle up because it gets so cold outside,” senior Genevieve Campbell said. Campbell has volunteered in the past and says it’s a great learning experience. Ms. Dovey, the long-term substitute for Birdsong, is excited to say that there are a wide variety of bands attending this year. “About 25 to 30 bands are joining us; it should be a really good year,” Dovey said. Dovey has worked for HHMI in past years but this will be her first year as a substitute for Hanover dur-
Birds made by Taylor Healy for her IB art project
ing the event. “I have done everything from adding up all the scores of bands to coordinating volunteers and telling them where they should be going,” Dovey said. “It is a very long day of work but last year we all made up walkie-talkie nicknames. Little things like that made the day go by faster. It is also pretty funny to pick up the walkietalkie to the name ‘Big PaPa,’” Dovey said. Any students interested in volunteering may talk to Dovey; any help is welcomed.
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October 26, 2010
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RESULTS MAY VARY PLAYS LIVE
Senior Cordell Rainock talks about perfoming and his band
A. Senior Dylan Benjamin wore a Harry Potter shirt while playing the HP theme song. LAURAJANE BLASER entertainment editor
On Oct. 1, Atlee High School served as a host for aspiring student musicians and bands that performed for an audience of about 100 people at Java Jive. Seven groups performed. While the majority of the artists performing attend Atlee, there were a few Hanover student musicians present as well. Seniors Cordell Rainock and Dylan Benjamin are members of the band Results May Vary with two other people, a student from Atlee and a Hanover graduate, Matt Seidita. Rainock does the vocals, backing-track and records for the band. Seidita plays the bass and Benjamin covers guitar. Carrington DeAtley, an Atlee student, is
the drummer. Rainock said that he started a band “To have something useful to do with my time; music replaced football. It was more like I had an absence of something, so I needed to find an outlet and use my creativity.” Their creativity certainly shows in their diverse music and dynamic band name, Results May Vary. “We all have very different musical backgrounds. We don’t want to be held down by a genre,” Rainock said. The formation of their band was an accident. “Last year at lunch I openly said I was looking for a guitarist and Dylan was sitting at my table. I’d never really talked to him. He came over a couple days later and started working,” Rainock said. Results May Vary practices after-
B. Senior Cordell Rainock pumps up the audience. LAURAJANE BLASER
school, on weekends or anytime they have a chance for the whole band to work together. “Sometimes we have individual practices where it’ll just be me and Carrington, or just Dylan and I,” Rainock said. They write their own songs and lyrics. Rainock said he is inspired by “musicians that shoot for originality.” He is particularly inspired by Rivers Cuomo from Weezer. This was the second year Results May Vary performed at Java Jive. They were the last band to play. The vocals weren’t clear to due to technical issues. “I was really upset about that because that’s been a problem at every single one of our shows. I worked hard to get it right and it still wasn’t,” Rainock said. Although the vocals
The story behind Facebook
Justin Timberlake stars in the film The Social Network JAKE LEE sports editor
Topping the box office at $22.4 million in revenue its first week, The Social Network captures the real life story of Mark Zuckerberg and his wild ride that led to the creation of Facebook. As soon as a picture is on the screen, the character of Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is seen at a bar located near Harvard University struggling to keep his date engaged in a conversation. Zuckerberg doesn’t realize how fast and offensive his dialogue is, which leads to the girl walking out and leaving him with a bad taste in his mouth. Zuckerberg takes his anger out on his blog and eventually comes up with the idea of coming up with a new website called “Facemash.” “Facemash” used photos of several Harvard sorority club members for the purpose of voting and comparing which girl was
hotter than the other. This was such a huge hit that it crashed the online campus servers and infuriated administrators and women alike. It also got the attention of three other Harvard students, who wanted to create an upgraded version of Harvard’s social networking site. Zuckerburg accepts their offer but eventually separates himself from them because he’s too busy creating his own site and doesn’t see the other three as a valuable source of help. Instead, he chooses his best friend Eduardo Savrin, who is played by Andrew Garfield (confirmed to be the next Spiderman). Savrin’s role in the website was to give financial aid to help get it going. The new website that started as “The Facebook” let Harvard students set up profiles that included status updates, poking, pictures and a relationship status. It became so popular that they expanded to Yale, Cornell, Columbia and eventually to Stanford.
When it reached Stanford, Napster’s genius Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, took an interest in the website. He met with Zuckerberg and Savrin and told Zuckerberg to keep it as a nonprofit site until it had matured. Savrin disagreed and thought they could make millions at the time. In the movie, Timberlake said, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars!” Throughout the film, the scenes would cut in and out of Zuckerberg arguing with his best friend and the three other Harvard students in two separate lawsuits while the story of the creation of Facebook was being told. The theme of the movie is, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” At times Zuckerberg gets a bad image for backstabbing his friends, but it only takes a few clicks to see how successful he became.
Mark Zuckerberg at first created Facebook for students attending Harvard like himself. SBDC.PSU.EDU
weren’t clear, the guitar and drums and back track created an exciting atmosphere with their techno tunes and fast-paced beat. “[Java Jive] was successful and good practice for our upcoming show. It’s better than sitting at home and eating passion fruit and doing yoga,” Rainock said. One of his favorite parts of the whole night was dressing up for it. “I’m making it a tradition for every show to wear clothes from Goodwill. I’m going to get a new costume everytime.” “I want to start my own label/production company. I love both recording and performing. But performing is better now, because recording is what I want to do when I’m older. I want to use my band to grow connections,” Rainock said.
Upcoming Movies CHANCE LEE entertainment reporter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Premieres Nov. 19
The trailer for the newest Harry Potter movie is confusing. There is a short voice over, but other than that, the trailer is a showcase for the updated special effects. This film will most likely gain its sales because it has Harry Potter in the title, not necessarily because it looks promising. Sophomore Lexie Gotchall said, “They’re going to cut stuff out and it’ll be terrible.”
MegaMind Premieres Nov. 5
J-Lo and Aerosmith singer new Idol judges CHANCE LEE entertainment reporter
For the longest time, Fox’s hit reality show American Idol has had a panel of three judges. In 2008, during the show’s eighth season, Kara DioGuardi joined in addition to Idol veterans Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Fans may have thought that the new judge would be the end of the turmoil at the panel, but soon Abdul left the show. In order to replace Abdul, another new judge came to light, Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres only lasted for one season before announcing that she would also leave the show. The worst blow came on Jan. 11, 2010, when it was of-
Judges on American Idol’s panel
ficially announced that Simon Cowell would be leaving the show. “I’m going to miss Simon,” sophomore Shannon Albright said. “He made the show funny.” Since Idol couldn’t possibly happen without at least three judges, Fox has decided to go with Jennifer Lopez and the lead singer for Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, to fill the panel for the show’s tenth season. Another large change to the show was announced on Sept. 15, 2010. People will now be able to try out for the show via Myspace with a 40 second audition. They will be judged in much the same way as the in-person auditions, and will be accepted from Sept. 15 through Oct. 6. Sophomore Ashley Richardson
The cost of a ticket to see The Social Network
stated that the changes may actually make her start watching the show. “J-Lo is amazing and I’ve never watched more than ten minutes of American Idol, so I’ll watch it for real,” Richardson said. Ever since its seventh season, American Idol’s ratings have slowly declined. Season nine ended with an average of 29.8 million viewers as opposed to the show’s high point in season six when it garnered an average of 37.4 million. Whether the decline has anything to do with all of the changes is unknown, and it remains to be determined if American Idol will remain on top as the most watched series for another season. American Idol’s tenth season will air on Fox on Jan. 12, 2010.
Artists that performed at Java Jive
Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt star in the animated film, MegaMind. Ferrell is the villain, Megamind, while Pitt plays the hero Metro Man who quits his responsibility of saving the city. The trailer reveals the majority of the plot. This film is geared toward a family-oriented audience and may not be worth viewing in theaters. Sophomore Michael Billups said, “I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD.”
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October 26, 2010
OPINIONS KENDALL BURGESS
DISFAVOR SHOWS LACK OF SUPPORT The public disapproval of war takes away honor from veterans CHRIS STEGNER & ALLYSON SCHETTINO opinions reporter & copy editor
With our country in the midst of rebuilding and recovering from the economic recession of the past few years, many Americans are finding it easy to forget that we are still actively fighting a war. Even though President Barack Obama recently stated that the combat efforts in Iraq have officially ceased, numerous U.S. troops are still putting their lives on the line and fighting for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though there is no longer any active fighting, a great amount of danger still lies within the deserts of Iraq, and its neighboring countries. The war, which officially started in 2003, has evoked many negative feelings and emotions from foreigners and Americans alike. Overall, many people hold a negative opinion of our efforts in the Middle East. However, while all are entitled to their own personal thoughts, we, as a country, need to stand behind our troops regardless of our feelings. Every day, we have young women and
men risking their lives for a country that seems to shun their efforts and sacrifice. One of these unrecognized heroes is Michael Faison, a veteran who served for a total of four years in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also the
“There is a big difference from when I got back from my first tour and my last. The first one there were banners everywhere and a huge crowd of people. But when I got home in July we just got off the plane and went to debriefing,” Faison said. “I don’t want
“It was really moving to see all of the Afghani people come and try and give us food and to see them waving American flags. All the children came up and were hugging us and running along our hum-vees.” -Veteran of the Army’s tenth Cavalry division, Michael Faison cousin of a Hanover High school sophomore. Faison was just released from the Army’s tenth Calvary division this past July, and he has spent a total of six years risking his life for us. Though Faison was excited to be home with his family and friends, he received little respect and honor outside of his immediate family and fellow service men.
everyone to think that I expect a huge celebration though.” This lack of support and respect is a direct effect of the disapproval of our nation’s involvement in the Middle East. Shouldn’t our troops at least be shown a little more appreciation? Every second spent, awake or asleep, presented unbelievable danger and at any minute, someone could have lost their life. Why can’t we as a nation,
put aside our regrets and disapproval of an act, and unite behind these brave men and women who have risked everything for us? The return of our soldiers should carry great meaning for us. We should be proud of the selfless actions of these young people. However, pointless and insignificant news about the failing economy and celebrities still plague news and radio stations. News about our soldiers and their sacrifice should trump news about the latest celebrity in rehab again. We should never lose faith or support in our troops. They are the people who secure our freedom and protect our safety in day-to-day life. Our troops should not feel forgotten. The lack of support reflects poorly on our nation. We have young people in their twenties and thirties losing their lives for us, and we hardly even bat an eyelash. The war doesn’t have to be an obsession or a preoccupation, however, we should simply show more support for our troops. Just reminding ourselves throughout the day that they are still there, fighting for the safety of us, and the safety of those in Afghanistan, can make all the difference.
A: Michael Faison walking with the young children back to their village in Afghanistan after his unit cleared a bomb. B: The children loved the soldiers and looked up to them. They really didn’t want them to leave because they felt much safer with the troops there. C: The troops have a strong bond with each other and have one another’s backs no matter what. SUPPLIED BY CHRIS STEGNER
Eliminating prejudice KENDALL BURGESS opinions editor
Every little thing takes its toll on breaking a person down. This is shown to be extremely true with bullying and harassment over a person’s race, sexual orientation, mental impairment, religion, etc. There is no excuse for these types of discrimination, regardless of what a person’s religion may say. Even if someone makes decisions in his/her life that you don’t agree with, you have no right to verbally or physically abuse them. Those are exactly the types of things that make living in this world more difficult for everyone, not just for the person suffering. “It’s ridiculous for people to make fun of others for how they want to live their life. They have the choice and shouldn’t be told what’s right and wrong,” junior Lew Johnson said. The source of the problem is narrow-minded people not accepting those who are different. The best piece of advice to be given to those people is “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This can be applied to so many situations and whatever rude comment, big or small, can be held back. Some people regard teasing and taunting others as just fun and games with no real consequence. Those who think that are incorrect; each little comment builds up to making a person’s self-worth drop. In severe cases, a person could take their life over a constant reoccurrence of hurtful words and actions. How guilty would you feel if you realized that you were an addition to the breakdown of a person? “I think it’s a shame someone would take their life over what other people think,” junior Carly Stratton said. Cruel words and actions affect a person’s well-being. One person can make a difference for the better in someone’s life.
Trend from scare to scandal
Costumes cause a loss of modesty among teens and adults EMILY WIGGINTON opinions reporter
Halloween has become more of a scandal than a scare as the years have passed. Looking through pictures from Halloweens past, most people will discover the pink-cheeked and red-nosed faces of princesses, fairies, spacemen and superheroes. If you go out shopping now, the walls and shelves are filled with short skirts, low-cut neck lines and heels reaching six inches tall. As people age, it seems playing dress up is no longer just for fun and games. Whatever happened to becoming a different person for the mere imagination? Sexy and possibly inappropriate costumes line Halloween stores’ walls for teenagers and young adults. While everyone is entitled to dress and express themselves as they please, it seems that
every holiday the costumes get more revealing. The tradition of dressing up for Halloween started with the Celtics, who believed on that night the dead came back to earth. They dressed up in order to ward off spirits. Lately though, the world seems to want to attract the spirits with skimpy outfits that would mortify parents. Such outfits have been heavily advertised for many years now. Costume stores have shelves stocked with these outfits and provide few conservative costumes for teens to choose from. Many teens go to costume parties on Halloween night. Do parents really want to send their daughters to co-ed parties in outfits so revealing they might as well not wear anything? No, I do not think so. Imagine all the children scarred be-
cause they saw things their developing minds were too young to handle. Parents don’t want their kids learning that public figures such as police officers, fire fighters and Wonder Women wander around with little to nothing on in public; not to mention the scantily clad nuns. Come on guys, be classy. “Dressing provocatively on Halloween is stupid if you are going trick-ortreating because you’ll be seen by young children. If you’re only going to a party with your friends, it’s probably going to be alright,” junior Shayna Maust said. Halloween is a time to show true personalities. Choosing costumes isn’t simply based on what the buyer thinks is cute. It shows a side that doesn’t often get to come to light. Think about the message you’re sending to the kids in such costumes. It’s truly your subconscious feelings being displayed.
Quality should overpower quantity in education KENDALL BURGESS opinions editor
The buzz right now is all about the extending of the school year and the shortening of students’ beloved summer break. The reason for this demand of change is that our country’s scores, on math and science in particular, are lower on average than Japan, South Korea, Germany and New Zealand. The problem is being pinned down to the loss of about a month of instructional time in our country, but is that really the root of the problem? I beg to differ in stating that maybe the quality versus the quantity of instruction is the real issue. Not to say that extending the school year wouldn’t be beneficial as well, but if teachers aren’t doing their jobs, there’s virtually no point. You can’t solely base success off of the amount of instructional time. Good teachers are the main attribute that will make an ultimate difference in our country’s downfall or uprising.
tours served by Michael Faison in the war in Iraq
Holding students in school longer will only be helpful if they have high-quality teachers. That being said, maybe we need to be more concerned with the selection of the right teachers for the job. The most effective teachers have the best interest of their students in mind, even if their course is harder and challenges the student at a higher level. With the course being more difficult, you can expect lower averages than say, a teacher who gives incredibly easy work. This goes to show there needs to be further investigation into teachers’ “successes” with their students, not only in their grade percentages. Firing teachers on the basis of their performance is an extremely rare occurrence that is almost unheard of. This is not to say we need to necessarily fire any teachers, but we need to be completely sure that they are doing their job to teach students effectively. And if they aren’t, that is what we are going to need to do to fix the problem.
of children and teens come up with a plan for suicide each year
For generations, America has represented and supported its teachers. USPS.GOV
It’s very apparent to school districts and their administration that firing is a long, painful process and can turn out being very costly with lawyers and lawsuits. These points make it much easier for the schools to just blow it off and let the teacher continue teaching, regardless of their negative effect. This does more harm than they may be aware of to the overall growth of every student’s education. While the effects of an exceptional teacher can be lasting on a student, the same can be said for the effects of a bad teacher. Keeping ineffective teachers in the school system is damaging the future success of our students.
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October 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD ASKS: WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Celebrities cripple the future of their children with bizzare names Hollywood has provided the best of the entertainment to America since the 1920s. Not only have Hollywood’s movies amused and entertained us, but the antics of our favorite celebrities have also provided no insignificant national past-time. In this edition of G2G Nick Allen and Cody Pace will examine the strange and wonderful topic that is Celebrity Baby Names. Name: Camera Ashe. Parents: Arthur Ashe and Jeanne Moutoussamy. Allen: To be perfectly honest, this reminds me of something you clean out of your photography equipment after not using it for a long time. It only really works if you shorten it to Cam. Name: Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence. Parents: Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence. Pace: I feel like we just entered Neverland. Where in the world did they get Hiraani from? This reminds me of a quest I performed on W.o.W., it took me three hours to find the divine tiger lily leaf for the dwarf emperor. Name: Kal-El Coppola Cage. Parents: Nicholas Cage and Alice Kim. Allen: Call me a Sci-Fi freak, but
for some reason I feel like this kid was born to be a Jedi. I can tell just by his name that he has exceptional lightsaber skills. Pace: Background on this name; Kal-El is Superman’s birth name before he left Krypton. It seems somewhat unbecoming of a responsible
that pilot inspector, even though this occupation doesn’t exist? Pace: This name is derived from the song by Grandaddy titled “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot.” Charming. Name: Moxie CrimeFighter. Parents: Penn and Emily Jilette.
parent to put those kinds of expectations on a baby. There’s no way he can fill shoes that big. Name: Pilot Inspektor. Parents: Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf. Allen: Speaking of unreasonable expectations, how can this child possibly practice any other profession
Pace: Jillette explained “We chose her middle name because when she’s pulled over for speeding she can say, `But officer, we’re on the same side, my middle name is CrimeFighter.’” Chuck Norris would be proud. Name: Poppy Honey. Parents: Jamie and Jools Oliver (also the parents of Daisy Boo and
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Buddy Bear). Allen: Jamie Oliver took the cooking lifestyle to unprecedented heights when he named his daughter Poppy Honey, also the name of my favorite after school snack. Name: Sage Moonblood. Parents: Sylvester Stallone and Sasha Czack (also the proud parents of Seargeoh). Pace: This kid was born to go to war, become mentally deranged, and battle law enforcement officers in the small town of Hope, Washington. Intentional reference to Rambo: First Blood. Allen: Conan the Barbarian has a new nemesis. Name: Jermajesty Jackson. Parents: Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Oaziazia (also proudly parenting Jaafar Jeremiah Jackson). Allen: Blanket, Princess, and Jermajesty Jackson, that’s an all-star play date in the making. Pace: You would think royalty would be able to spell Your Majesty. Name: Zuma Nesta Rock. Parents: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Allen: This should be another addition to the growing list of already bad list of music genres. You would, Gwen Stefani. You would. Pace: It could be a fusion of Stefani’s band “No Doubt” and the “Spacesynth” music genre. Basically, it’s drivel.
Success of students shines in essays Section One of the SAT proves to be the most humorous ALLYSON SCHETTINO copy & humor editor
Students prepare by taking practice tests. HANNAH TIBBETT
Timed writing makes for the most diff icult section. HANNAH TIBBETT
The SAT is a test that most everyone will take before the end their high school career. The long nights of relearning lost Geometry, committing to memory the meaning of the word “bolster,” are all typical methods taken to prepare for the four hour test. Most tutors can teach the Pythagorean Theorem and ninth grade vocabulary however possibly the most difficult section to master is the dreaded section 1: The Essay. In this portion students are asked to formulate a cohesive essay on a certain topic. The topics are bland, and the scores are predominantly low. The recycled prompts dealing with loss, leadership, and morality tend to put a sour tone on the already unfortunate experience.
While some essays really hit the point hard, others fall completely flat and though the SAT is not graded on strict historical accuracy, some of the responses are too stupid to ignore. It is difficult to stick with the notion that we are all secretly moderately intelligent beings at our cores. Some essay responses are so blatantly wrong, they are only deserving of a spot on the Humor page. Here are some examples. “The United States saw a rise in leadership at the start of the Civil War when Barack Obama refused to sit on the back of the bus...” “One of the most technologically advanced inventions of the 21st century was the printing press…” “A strong leader demonstrates the attributes of former American President Bush-Chenney…” “Hopelessness is a feeling many Americans felt after the German at-
tack on Pearl Harbor in 1962…” “President Jimmy Nixon evaporated the Water Gate in his 1973 presidential victory…” “As a higher-level arithmetic pupil I experienced my first bout of disappointment when I failed my test on imaginary numbers because I tried to make them up. They aren’t real, so who cares?” “We as humans are merely comprised of Adams of an infinite universe with limitless possibilities to the restrictions of our psyches…” “I recently realized the extent of the scientific advancement when I visited the house of King Isaac Newton in Orlando, Florida, where he watched oranges drop from a bush in his front yard…” “The greatest struggle of my lives has been becoming a fluent speaker of the Latin language…”
Bobcat starts brawl during college basketball game
A fight between mascots quickly turns into chaos for Buckeyes and Bobcats CODY PACE humor writer
Students and teachers, I bring you breaking news live from the newspaper room. The biggest fight the state of Ohio has ever seen began on Sep. 18, 2010. The encounter happened between Rufus the Bobcat of Ohio University, and Brutus Buckeye, of Ohio State. The mascots engaged in fisticuffs before the game started as the Buckeyes were entering the field. Rufus attacked Brutus the Buckeye mercilessly while still in costume. Some fans were appalled while others were filled with joy. This fight made headlines on the websites of CNN and Sports Illustrated for a reason. Rufus the Bobcat, after stalking his prey and giving him a demoralizing sucker punch, used his instincts that were instilled in him to attack the prey seemingly without cause. When I sat down for my interview with Brutus, he was in a state of shock. The Buckeye had fallen into a stunned state. As any good reporter would, I questioned him about his side of the story. “I just felt like I was being watched.
villians defeated by Moxie CrimeFighter
So, I turn around only to get punched in the face and brutally attacked,” he said. Because of the unruly behavior, Brutus has been moved to an undisclosed high security location which made it difficult to get in contact with him. But, through my connections I was able to make a few calls and get in
“Last time I confronted him, he was talking all sorts of smack towards me. So, as you can see, I had no choice but to unleash my karate power upon him the next time I saw him,” Rufus said. With that information, I proceeded to ask him about any strategies he used to give him an edge in the competition.
Ohio University mascot Rufus the Bobcat avenges Brutus the Buckeye OHIO.EDU
Brutus the Buckeye prepares to f ight back against his nemesis SAGU.EDU
contact with him. Now that I had him where I wanted him, I needed to get some answers. My first question was about his motivation.
“I decided to scare him at first with a sneak attack from behind, and from there I used my bobcat skills to stalk him until the appropriate time to unleash my bobcat fury. Once I had de-
punches thrown by Rufus the Bobcat
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cided the right time, I used employed the karate I had learned in China to finish him off once and for all,” he continued. After gathering all of the information I could from both parties, I looked at the video myself for a play by play breakdown. The fight went like this, Rufus the Bobcat came up from behind the Ohio State mascot and gave him a tackle that proved to be ineffective. Brutus quickly shook it off and continued his routine of pepping up the audience. However, Rufus is not one to give up. The bobcat took the “Sneak-inthe-Crowd-Then-Attack-With-theFury-of-a-Thousand-Suns” method in his stalking, which also is employed by a certain Sylvester Stallone. Brutus, taken completely by surprise, was knocked to the ground and beaten heartlessly by the vicious bobcat. Just before the fight could turn deadly though, a swarm of small and adorable puppies overwhelmed the two fighters with balloons which took them away into the sky. Both parties felt they were the clear winner of the fight and each are awating an apology. Needless to say, the outcome of the engagement has yet to be determined.
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October 26, 2010
SPORTS JAKE LEE
PINK IS THE NEW GREEN FOR HAWKS Fans and players participate in Hanover’s ‘pink’ events for the Cure JAKE LEE sports editor
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This means that several organizations, celebrities and sports teams are wearing pink to remember those who lost or are dealing with their fight against breast cancer. On Oct. 19, the girls’ Field Hockey team held a match against Atlee called “Play for the Cure.” “[On the day of the original match] we made t-shirts to get the idea out there. It was a walking advertisement. We had pink field hockey balls, pink wristbands and bandanas to use during the game,” junior Brenna Crawford said. This game was perhaps the most important event of the year because Atlee is a district rival and was competing for first place. “[The game] was a double whammy because we are playing Atlee, who is our biggest rival. We are so evenly matched and we are the only team that has beaten them,” Crawford said. “If they win we will tie for first in the district. If we beat them we secure our spot for first place.” At the game, Susan G. Komen collected donations dedicated to members of both Hanover and Atlee families who had been affected by breast cancer. “The VHSL promotes it [“Play for the
Cure”] and any sport can do a ‘Play for the Cure’ anytime of the year,” Varsity Field Hockey coach Sarah Bottorff said. “Many of the players had family members with breast cancer; my mom is a breast cancer survivor, The Atlee coach and I took the idea of the game to the players and they took it from there.” During the Oct. 8 football game against Varina, the Bird Cage supported breast cancer by having a ‘Pink Out’. Joseph Cross is the spirit leader of the Bird Cage and is also active in getting information to students through his “Hawk Swag” Facebook page. “[The ‘Pink Out’] shouldn’t take away from the game if taken seriously. I will be wearing a pink sweater and sweat pants. I hope to see a sea of pink,” Cross said. Every Sunday in October, many of the players in the NFL wear pink shoes, wristbands, chin straps and more. The Redskins celebrated the tenth anniversary of the ZTA Think Pink initiative at their Oct. 12 game. After this year’s event, the Redskins will have given nearly a quarter of a million pink ribbons to fans. “All these events are great because all those people come in pink and watch the football games or participate in walks, which promote and give people knowledge about breast cancer,” freshman Jacqueline Arechiga said.
The student section is Pink to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness. CAITLIN IVEY
Hawks’ Cross Country achieves first place at Disney KENNY SPURLOCK sports reporter
“The trip was a blast, but finishing and throwing up a mixture of Clif bars and Gatorade on the finish line, and then finishing off with the adrenaline screams made all the pain of the race worth it,” senior Baylor Dickerson said. At the beginning of October the Varsity cross country team traveled to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Walt Disney Cross Country Classic, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. “It was an intense race that had teams from all over the country competing, with over 150 runners in each race,” Dickerson said. The team left Thursday Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. to fly to Florida. When they got there, the team had a long plane ride to Orlando so they relaxed for the night.
Freshman Molly Breidenbaugh places first in the nation at Disney. ANNA GORDON
On Friday the team slept in, performed pre-race activities and rituals, relaxed until 2:30 p.m. and drove to the race complex. The girls competed first and then the guys ran right after. The team managed to accomplish a lot and showed that Hanover has a
very strong running program. The guys placed third overall, and the girls placed first overall. Senior Michael Goolsby ran the best time for the boys, while freshman Molly Breidenbaugh placed first in the girls’ race. “In my race I ran 3.1 miles, and it was a very competitive race,”
Breidenbaugh said. “During most of my race there was this girl who was in first for the majority of the time, so as the second mile mark came I pushed myself, and I passed her.” Breidenbaugh received a t-shirt and a gold medal for winning her race, while the girls received a Mickey Mouse trophy for getting first overall. The team woke up at 8 a.m. on Saturday and traveled to Universal Studios Island of Adventure for the day. “We spent quite some time exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is legit and jaw-dropping,” Dickerson said. On Sunday, the team went on an hour-long run at a state park, then relaxed by the pool. At night, they went to Downtown Disney. “During this trip, the team bonded very well and we grew closer as a cross country team, which is important for running,” Dickerson said.
Hawks overcome Springers KENNY SPURLOCK sports reporter
In 2004, Hanover scored 0 points against Highland Springs. In 2010, Hanover scored 27 points compared to Highland Springs’ 8. For seven seasons the Springers have defeated the Hawks. On Oct. 1, the boys changed that pattern by defeating the Springers on their own field. On the first day of October the boys came out on the Highland Springs field hungry for a win against the previously fifth-ranked Springers. The whole week the boys were studying and watching film of themselves and the Springers to see what game plans would be successful against them. “It rained most of the week so we practiced and watched film and made sure we knew our assignments,” senior Deon Farmer said. The team knew that Highland Springs was fast and had to get used to tracking down small guys. With a 5foot-6-inch, 165-pound running back, running a 4.36 second forty yard dash, the boys were ready to shut them down from the start of the game. In the first quarter the Hawks started out by getting used to Highland Springs style of play. In the second quarter, the Springers were on the 2-yard line, but quarterback DJ Johnson fumbled on the fourth down. The Hawks took advantage of the opportunity by scoring within three plays on quarterback Sam Rogers’ five-yard run.
place the girl’s cross country received in Orlando
“The game really started to get hyped when we first scored and everyone regained faith in us,” Farmer said. The boys ended the first half with the score being 7-0, with no injuries and a definite idea of what they needed to come out with in the second half. “At first we had a rough start, I don’t think we were playing our best game. In the second quarter it really got going. The guys were playing like they wanted it more, definitely,” junior Abbie Wisner said. The boys definitely did that, with two interceptions by senior KJ Weatherspoon, and senior Deane Cheatham scoring on a 38-yard pass from Rogers. With a final score of 278, the Hawks defeated the Springers. In the game of football, practice, hard work and team unity are vital. In the stands the fan support was also helpful in the team’s stride to victory. “The birdcage was rowdy and hyped as we always are,” junior Josh Hadley-Goggin said. “I wore some jeans and my white-out t-shirt along with everyone else so I blended in perfectly.” This game was thought of as a statement to the rest of the teams in the region that the Hawks are a tough team to play against. “It was a huge step getting this milestone and checking it off the list,” Rogers said. “Now we can look to Varina next week. Every game is the most important game for us.”
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