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october 23, 2009

volume xviii


issue ii

300 richardson place wilmington, ohio 45177

Police arrest local skateboarders Local authorities enforce city ordinance from 1990 Katie Brewer

How many ways can you use a pumpkin? Story p. 8 & 9

Fans come out despite a health threat to support.

Story p. 14

First ever blindness awarness month. Story p. 11

New Fall TV lineup rises and falls Story p. 16


news......................2 opinions................4 the eye..................8 features.................10 sports....................12 entertainment.....15

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and $1,000 fine if I am found guilty.” Many skateboarders have been that’s it you’re resisting arrest with violence Stewart said there are many misconceparrested the past few months around and then handcuffed him and put him in the back of the police tions about skateboarders – that they are all the Wilmington druggies and delinquents. downtown busi“We’re trying to bring the cruiser.” She took a picture “We’re trying to bring the actual sport of ness district. skateboarding to Wilmington with the new According to actual sport of skateboarding of the arrest and police records indicate she said skate park, but these arrests are not helping city ordinance something offensive much with the situation,” Stewart said. 3 0 9 4 p a s s e d to Wilmington with the new to the police and was On Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m., pro skateboarder in 1990 and Doug Brown is coming to Books N’ More found in chap- skate park, but these arrests also cited during the incident. Mangeot said in downtown Wilmington. ter 373 section when he was sitting in “There’s a lot of negative press right 11 of the codi- are not helping...” now,” Stewart said. “Doug wants to put fied ordinances Jennifer Stewart the police cruiser he heard Stewart yelling at a positive light on things for us and help of Wilmington, Skate Park Association President the cops. support the skateboarding situation in Ohio, “No perAccording to the poWilmington.” son shall operate lice reports, Stewart a bicycle or skateboard upon a sidewalk within the downtown business “did recklessly cause inconvenience, annoydistrict.” Also according to the ordinance, if ance, or alarm to another the operator of any bicycle or skate- by making unreasonboard shall violate this ordinance then able noise or offensively they will be found guilty of a minor coarse utterance, gesture misdemeanor and their bicycle or or display, or commuskateboard may be immediately taken nicating unwarranted and grossly abusive lanand impounded. “The ordinance was 19 years old guage to any person, and just out of the blue they started which by its very utterenforcing it,” Jennifer Stewart, Jen’s ance or usage inflicts inDeli owner and Clinton County Skate jury or tends to incite an immediate breach of the Park Association president, said. Police arrested freshman Todd peace and persist after Mangeot, saying he violated the city reasonable warning or ordinance, Stewart and Mangeot request to desist; in violation of W.C.O.509.03 said. “Todd actually skated from one (a2) Disorderly Conduct city block to the next through the Persisting M4.” Stewart went to Edicrosswalk, and based on the city ordinance that’s the only place tor Gary Huffenberger in the downtown you’re allowed to at the Wilmington News Journal with the picture skateboard,” Stewart said. After several attempts, the police she took to try and get a could not be reached for an interview story about Mangeot’s arrest published. on the arrest or the ordinance. “Gary went to the Mangeot had injured his wrist previously at the Backer Bowl and police station to get their stayed in the hospital for three days. side of the story, he actu“I went to roll in and my wheels ally went to Nick Babb hung up,” Mangeot said. “I fell eight who is the Safety Direcfeet to the bottom and I severed tor,” Stewart said. The my spleen and sprained my wrist article was then written and published. badly.” “Two weeks after my When he returned to Wilmington after his hospitalization, he was ar- newspaper article came out [the police departrested by Wilmington police. Stewart was at the scene when the ment] summoned me arrest took place; she said police told to court in the mail for obstructing justice and Mangeot he resisted arrest. “He went to grab Todd’s arm that disorderly conduct,” had the cast on it and he kind of jerked Stewart said. “I am facphoto/ neil vance away,” Stewart said. “The cop said ing three months in jail City sign posted informs citizens of the ordinance



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Local businesses decorate downtown

Wilmington stores support hurricane sports by painting windows and decorating streets

Mercedes Welsch asst. sports editor

for community service, it looks good On every Thursday before the on college applications, gets you inFriday night football game, students volved in the community, and a lot of from Wilmington High School go out people really appreciate it.” and paint store windows in downtown Before every game Wogomon Wilmington. would like big turnouts so he isn’t the Next To New, a new business in only one holding the pride for his team town, is the student meeting place on by doing everything on his own. Thursdays right after school. “We expected a big turnout for the “I lived in a small town that was alall the football ways decorated for games to show every Friday night “I lived in a small town our pride for the game to support team. We wantthe football team. that was always decorated ed everyone evIt always made it ery Thursday to look like a good for every Friday night game come out every spirited town that home and away supported their to support the football game to paint,” football team win said Wogomon. o r l o s e , ” E r i c team.” He said stuWogomon, Next Eric Wogoman dents should to New owner, Next to new owner come support said. “It also made their football it say that you are team and show coming into our some school spirit. territory.” All students of any kind are welJunior Sarah Dixon, and other art come to come out every Thursday department students, help paint winafter school and meet at Next To New dows every Thursday to get Wilmingto paint. Paint and brushes are all ton ready for the games. provided, but all that is now needed “It is a great thing because they are the painters. are really supportive and every week “Come out,” said Wogomon. more and more businesses downtown “Help paint to show your pride for want us to paint their windows,” the team.” Dixon said. “It is a great opportunity

Next to New decorates their store window in support of the Canes

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Area stores take part in “buy local” program Neil eil Vance copy py editor

photo/ libby wetterhan

-Out of $100 in a locally owned business, $32 goes out and $68 stays in Clinton linton County -Out Out of $100 in a non-locally non locally owned business, business $57 goes out and $43 stays s in Clinton County -Leading causes of money leaving Clinton County in a non-local business include: marketing, accounting, imported supplies, etc. -Leading causes of money staying in Clinton County in a local business include: local taxes, community donations, local supplies, etc.

With the downfall of the economy in the past few years, Wilmington businesses have developed a plan to try and help keep them thriving. This plan, which is known as Buy Local First, was put in effect months after the announcement that DHL would be leaving Wilmington. According to the website, “The Buy Local First campaign was launched in November 2008 with one goal in mind: to help people make a difference in Clinton County (www.buylocalcc. com).” “To help promote local business is the primary reason to be involved in [Buy Local], and to stimulate the business community,” Gibson’s Goodies owner, Mary Gibson said Since then many businesses in the area, including Gibson’s Goodies, Books N’ More, Swindler and Sons Florist, and First Choice Video have become involved in the Buy Local Progarm. They offer special deals to local customers who have the special buy local key chain. “I offer a 5% discount on our ice cream products in conjunction with

that,” Gibson said. The objective, according to the website, is for everyone living in the Clinton County area to shop at the local stores instead of taking their business away to shopping malls and other such places. The hopes of buying local are that if the community supports the businesses than the businesses will support the community. According to www.buylocalcc. com., locally owned businesses are more likely to hire locally, more likely to source locally, and more likely to invest profits locally. That means more jobs, more investment, and more local growth in Clinton County. “Well hopefully it will encourage people to buy locally and have to stimulate the sales in the light of the fact that we have seen a decrease,” Gibson said. “It will encourage people to stay within their community and buy from their local merchants to hopefully survive this economic crunch that we are going through.”


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Facts in Clinton County on 2009 H1N1 virus After the first diagnosed and reported case of the H1N1 virus (also known as the swine flu) back in April of 2009, the Clinton County Health Department has been working with the Wilmington City School District and others in the county to help inform and protect students and staff members from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, as of Sept 20, 2009 there have been 300,000 laboratory confirmed cases of the pandemic H1N1 virus worldwide. According to the Clinton County Health Department there have been no confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in the country. In an interview with Curt Bone, Director of Business Operations of Wilmington City Schools he commented on the requirement for a case to be confirmed and reported to the health department. “The only way that they report them in Clinton County is you actually have to be hospitalized. If you are tested positive and you are not hospitalized, it’s not reported to the

health department,” Bone said. If tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the treatment will be the same as if being treated influenza type A. Since the treatment for the H1N1 virus is the same as the type A influenza, the

“H1N1 and type A are treated the same so there is nothing special to do for the swine flu that we haven’t already been doing for years.” Curt Bone Director of Business Operations of WCS

Wilmington City School District is not doing anything special to sanitize buildings. Custodians are continuing the same cleaning routine they have been doing for years. “H1N1 and type A are treated the same so there is nothing special to do for the swine flu that we haven’t

already been doing for years,” Bone said. As for cafeteria procedures, they are the same; nothing is being changed due to the outbreak of the virus. “They [the cooks] have strict sanitizing procedures anyway, as far as food temps and cleaning.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, two vaccines for the H1N1 virus have been produced and licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. The two vaccines are the flu shot and a nasal spray. On Oct 5, 2009 the first live attenuated 2009 H1N1 vaccine were administered and on Oct 12 administration of the H1N1 flu shot began. At the end of October there will be approximately 40 million doses of the vaccine available. With the H1N1 vaccination beginning administered across the country, a question may arise when the vaccine comes to Clinton County. Will students and staff be required to get vaccinated? A school district cannot require a student or teacher to get


vaccinated, nor will they be denied entrance to a school, Bone said. “We can’t require students to get it, when the health department gets the option to be able to give it, we will work with them in order to roll it out to all the schools in the county and us,” he said. Though a vaccination is not required, it is suggested. While the district is not stressing over the new sanitation policies, they are however stressing that faculty and students wash their hands frequently, cough into their sleeves rather than their hands, and not drink after others. “Wash your hands, don’t drink after people, you can use a non alcoholic based hand sanitizers if you would like, cough into your sleeve rather than your hand,” Bone suggested. If a student or even a teacher has symptoms of the flu they should be sent home and see a doctor. If diagnosed with the flu do not return to school until fever free for 24 hours.


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The Clinton County Heath Department works with the Wilmington City School District to protect againt the 2009 H1N1 virus Jessica Maus



Should fear be spreading with the pandemic?



october 23, 2009

This so called “swine flu” is being blown out No one knows how this virus will evolve, and of proportion by the media people have a right to be worried Katie Swindler

Katie Brewer

opinions editor

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Imagine this: and elementary student sits in class working hard to finish their assignments, and then they sniffle and sneeze. The teacher immediately sends the child to the office fearing that they could possibly have “swine flu.” Panicked, the office secretary calls the student’s parents while the poor child sits there thinking they have done something wrong and are now in trouble. Once the parents are

contacted, they inform the secretary that their child has seasonal allergies. Is this really what our society has brought us to? A constant fear and paranoia of a common sneeze at this time of year? When the weather suddenly gets chilly, as it has this year, a sneeze is to be expected. Just as if the weather was toasty many people would break out in a sweat. But no, the apparently “knowledgeable” media of our society has brainwashed citizens into believing that they’re all going to catch the swine flu and die. Sounds harsh, right? Well don’t believe them. For starters, according to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), 2009 H1N1 has many of the same characteristics as the seasonal flu and majority of people who have contracted 2009 H1N1 recover without need for medical care. Obviously, a person who has previ-

ous medical conditions, such as heart disease, has a higher risk of needing medical attention. Same goes for children because their immune systems are not developed enough to completely fight off any kind of flu. A popular question is how to prevent 2009 H1N1. No, people do not have to walk around with masks over their faces that are uncomfortable and make it hard to breath. In fact, according to there are many ways to prevent 2009 H1N1: one should cover their nose and when sneezing or coughing, mouth wh wash their hands often, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth, try to avoid with sick people, and stay home contact wi when sick. Wait a second, don’t these all sound pretty familiar? th Sounds like the obvious steps to protect one’s health that everyone began learning at about age three. It is a well known fact, thanks to the media letting everyone know about every single one, that there have been deaths caused by 2009 H1N1 and that the world has a pandemic on their hands. When any sickness, such as 2009 H1N1, is caught by one person in an area that is densely populated it is going to spread extremely quickly, and with weak medical services there will unfortunately be deaths. The media is taking the obvious opportunity to use something as overrated as 2009 H1N1 to attract more viewers and readers. Every single detail about w the a new case, a death and now adupcoming vaccine is broadery casting on just about every news cast. orFrankly, it is now a torhe ture to even listen to the d incredibly descriptive and exaggerated stories thatt fthe media now has to offer about 2009 H1N1. When will the media let go of its hold on society? When will people realize swine flu is just like the seasonal flu? When will this end, or at least die down?

Near the beginning, 2009 H1N1, formally known as swine flu, was almost laughable. Students would joke and chuckle and sardonically claim that every sneeze was a result of the 2009 H1N1 virus. But now, with innocent people dying weekly, it doesn’t seem so funny, does it? Can a variant of the seasonal flu, seemingly harmless, become a killing machine? The correct answer is yes. Why is this? Viruses mutate. They become deadlier, sneakier, and able to work around our immune systems and reduce our antibodies to confused, sniveling proteins. “To survive, viruses must adapt or evolve, changing its surface proteins enough to trick the host cell into allowing it to attach,” according to www.cbc. ca. They simply mutate to survive. The Spanish Influenza of 1918 the “mother of all pandemics” according to the official Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, www. The Spanish Influenza consisted of three waves, falling one after another in from 1918 to 1919. The first wave seemed relatively benign, with high illness rates but low mortality rates. Fear didn’t seem necessary. Then the second wave hit. Malicious and bloody, it ravaged the world, leaving few survivors in its wake. The third and final wave was not nearly as devastating, but still murderous. “An estimated one third of the world world'ss population (or about 5500 milli lion persons) w e r e in infected aand had cl clinically appareent illnesses. T h e disease w a s e x ceptionally

severe. Total deaths were arguably as high as 100 million,” said www. Could it happen again? The CDC had a grim answer. “We can only conclude that since it happened once, analogous conditions could lead to an equally devastating pandemic,” said. If one looks at the start of this infamous pandemic, one would see similarities between the Spanish Influenza and 2009 H1N1. Both appeared in the spring, both started off relatively mild. But as November rolled in, the second wave of the Spanish Influenza crashed upon the unsuspecting masses, showering them with deaths. Not having reached November yet, one must wonder if 2009 H1N1 will continue along the pandemic path, or remain virtually inoffensive. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the public of becoming complacent. “There remain many unknowns about this virus. Experience with previous pandemics shows they can come in two or three waves, can start mild and become more severe, can affect some countries more than others and can last for as long as two years,” said the official WHO website for the Western Pacific Region, www.wpro. In addition to this, WHO states that “based on past pandemics and analysis of the currently available data, up to one third of the world's population could yet get infected.” In case anyone was wondering, the world population is currently 6,790,494,589, according to the official website for the United States Census Bureau, www.census. gov. One third of that is 2,263,498,196. Over two billion people. According to the CDC, most of those who have become infected with the virus recovered without medical treatment. But wait, this sounds familiar. Didn’t the Spanish Influenza start out looking harmless? It is certainly possible that 2009 H1N1 will not follow in the footsteps of the Mother of all Pandemics. Maybe it will remain the worry in the back of everyone’s mind. But does anyone want to stake their lives on a maybe? drawings/seth peters


october 23, 2009

the hurricane says...

and discipline? Maybe some of the budget can be allocated for Breathalyzers, administered by police officers? Certainly it is a worthy use of the school’s money, keeping drunken stu-

dents out of the school and off the road. In addition to the students and staff working on keeping students sober, perhaps parents could do their part. Maybe they pay a little more attention to where their kids are going before the dance, ask a few extra questions. There are numerous cost-effective (and free) ways to keep teens from drinking before dances, even drinking at all such as Breathalyzers at the dance, and parents taking an interest in their drawing/katie swindler children. This is why we, the staff of the hurricane, feel that it’s time for the staff, students, and families of WHS to kick it up a notch to keep dances safe and enjoyable. -the hurricane staff

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The hurricane is a student-produced newspaper published eight times each year by the Wilmington High School newswriting class. All printing costs are paid through advertising revenues. The purpose of the hurricane is to inform and entertain the students of Wilmington High School and the members of the community. It is an open forum for student, faculty, staff, and community expression. The hurricane is a member of the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) and the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Letters to the editor are encouraged. They must be signed; however, names may be withheld if the editorial board determines that the situation warrants it. In addition, the staff reserves the right to edit material for length, grammar, libel, poor taste, or obscenity. All signed columns are the views of the writer only and do not necessarily reflect the views of other staff members, faculty, or the administration. Staff editorials (those without bylines) are the consensus of the editorial board, who makes the final decision concerning the content of the newspaper. Editor-in-chief (visual): Zach McCune Editor-in-chief (content): Madison Law News Editor: Katie Brewer Opinions Editor: Katie Swindler Features Editor: Jessica Maus Sports Editor: Megan Phillips Asst. Sports Editor: Mercedes Welsch Entertainment Editor: Libby Wetterhan Asst. Entertainment Editor: Emilia Lander Copy Editor: Neil Vance Adviser: Maggie Krohne Letters to the editor should be sent to Wilmington High School room 214. Letters may discuss previous articles or columns published in the hurricane, or other newsworthy issues.


fact, it is just about the epitome of idiocy. The responsibility falls not only on the students (though most of it does), but the WHS staff as well. Maybe less money goes into the decorations, and more money goes into prevention



We, the staff of the Wilmington High School student run newspaper the hurricane, feel that if students take the effort to get ready for a dance, they should take the effort to go sober. We feel dances are given to students as a reward for their efforts at school, the long weeks full of notes and tests they endure. Why, then, must students ruin this gift by drinking? Many students take hours getting ready for dances, and will readily admit that. One would think this fact means one would actually like to remember the three hours spent at the dance. But it has been seen, time and time again- drunk students at the dance. Aside from that, dozens of hyped up, drunken students on the roads of Wilmington, at night, isn’t exactly the pinnacle of safe, responsible behavior. In


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october 23,, 2009

Buy local first, second, third and fourth

Zach McCune


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Imagine a type of economy that thrives from its local resources, a community that is intra-dependent and doesn’t rely on outside commerce to survive. Now imagine that type of economy taking place in our very own community. To achieve this status of intradependence, members of the community must learn to buy locally and support their local businesses. What does it mean exactly to buy locally? To buy locally simply means putting money to use around your community; at local markets, restaurants and grocery stores, rather than travelling out of town to shop, thus pouring local money into big businesses and other towns. Following the rippling effect of DHL’s departure from Wilmington, Clinton County’s economy has been struggling to recover. From job loss, to home foreclosures, the road to recovery has looked bleak for many citizens and businesses, until a plan was proposed in which local businesses came together to help increase local spending and the success of Wilmington businesses. So why is it so important to buy local? Well just think about it, where is

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businesses such as Jen’s Deli, or The Mediterranean, the money of the purchase will be used h cost off preparing i the h meal, l to cover the

paypay the ing th wages oof the workers who wh food, made the food packagthe packag ing and the all of th supplies supplie needed. needed Who works those at thos hometown restaurestau rants? We d o . We , t h e people o f Wi l m ington, our ou neighbors, families and friends, those are ar the people who wor work at local food joints an and they are the ones who receiv receive money your money.

Putting money back into the hands of the people of Wilmington is why it is so detrimental toward the success of the community. It gives our citizens the money that they work for, as well as motivates them to spend on other local businesses. For example, let us say an individual works as a cook at a place like Jen’s, they receive a weekly pay check made possible by the money of hungry townspeople coming into the restaurant for a meal. Now what do they do with that money? Spend it. Where do they spend it? On their water and electric bills which in turn is another local service and pumps more money into our own economy. This is opposed to the track the money would follow if taken to out of town businesses. That money would go out to a person from a different community, thus trickling down to big commercial businesses such as Wal-Mart and McDonalds, rather than places like Community Markets and McD’s Pub. So next time you are deciding whether or not go venture out of town to satisfy your hunger or go shopping, consider who needs the money more, that neighbor struggling to make ends meet or an over sized inconsiderate corporation like Wal-Mart? My vote goes to the neighbor.

New problems roll in for downtown skaters Neil Vance copy editor

With the recent arrests of local skateboarders one has to ask themselves, what is this town coming to. Why are police officers just now starting to enforce skateboarding laws? For years local skaters have been able to skate up and down Main Street peacefully and without harm. Now they are getting arrested for what they didn’t know was against the law. Once a law is set in and not enforced one should expect it to be broken eventually without knowledge that it was ever a law.

These local teens are getting arrested as if they were harming other people. They mean no harm and they definitely should not be punished when thee local police are the ones at faultt for not even enforcing nforcing the skating laws in the he first place. There have also been ary rests for simply carrying your he skateboard on the sidewalk after riding across the street.. ough downtown Is skating through bl ? Iff iit’s ’ even causing any problems? not, then why would someone want

to fix it? If it wasn’t for the stereotypes of skaters being up to no good then these arrests would never have hapar arre rr sts wo ppened. pe ned Most of Wilmington’s M skaters are doing somesk tthing with their lives in a positive way and are living as good examples. If Wilmington’s cr crime rate is so low tthat ha they have to focus oon n sk skates than that is great, bbut ut un unlikely. h iis no sense in the reason for There the arrests, which is that it is a danger

to the people around the local businesses. If a skateboarder is advanced enough to skate fast down the sidewalk, wouldn’t they have the skills to stop and at least be aware of any “dangerous” obstacles? If the skater is a beginner than they wouldn’t be any risk to people in the area because they wouldn’t be going fast in the first place. Don’t get me wrong the police department in Wilmington does a lot of good for our community. They have lowered the drug rate and made the streets of Wilmington safer, but with the recent arrests it does make one question what is going on. drawing/kevin brewer

october 23, 2009



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Next To New a new business that his own store but it has always been has come into the small town called scary because you never know what Wilmington is trying to help out with you are going to get into. It seemed families that had lost their jobs through DHL/ABX. “Everyone was starting to lose their jobs, money was getting tidier, and the economy was kind of going south. So we wanted to solve and help everyone’s needs by opening up this store,” owner Eric The Next to New store located in downtown Wilmington Wogomon said. Next to New is a shop that has donated like the right time and the right thing clothes and shoes for men and to do. “We kind of opened this more women and even teens. There are to be a part of the community and to also dresses for a special dance with help other as well start a store at the affordable prices. It may not be like same time. It helps people that need a big Kohl’s store but it has clothes money that have clothes that don’t from stores like Aeropostale, Amerihave a job and this is their only from can eagle, Hollister and, more. Next of income of selling their clothes at to New tries to hold designer brands our store,” said Wogomon. so people can still look nice, get the There are no Wal-Mart or Kmart clothes they used too, but not pay brands, it is all named brands, near the price they are now. “ All are prices are very low and Walking into the new business affordable for everyone to have,” one is greeted with a great owners Eric said. welcome. Owner Eric and his wife If Next to New is on ones path Sandy ask “how they may help you” then it is located on 14 N. South St to get started. come out and get some new close for Eric always wanted to open up some good prices .

Madison Law editor-in-chief

For minors living in the United States, there are whole scores of safety regulations on things like driving, drinking, smoking, and applying to the Armed Forces. One more has been added to the list. Thirty one states including California, Florida and New York now regulate the use of tanning beds and salons by minors. “Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma,” a recent report made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Most of the states that regulate underage tanning prohibit minors under 14 from tanning, while minors over the age of 14 must have a parent or guardian sign a special health waiver provided by the tanning salon. Dr. Jennifer Conlon of the Pediatric Associates of Dayton believes posting regulations for minors is logical. “We post regulations for minors for other things that are going to be potentially harmful,” Conlon said. “As long as you’re still a minor and your parents are still responsible for your choices it’s not a bad idea to limit something that we know is potentially harmful.” The current law in Ohio according to the National Conference of State Legislatures is that for all those under 18, “facility operators must obtain written consent from a parent/guardian before each tanning session (signed at the facility) that authorizes the number of sessions the minor may purchase. For that number of sessions, the minor may sign for themselves.”


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Next to New is next Tanning laws to to new in town protect minors

The proposed legislature for 2009 in Ohio, however strictly prohibits all minors under the age of 18 from using a public tanning bed unless a prescription for ultraviolet radiation treatments is prescribed. Conlon believes there is no safe way to tan, whether it’s in the sun or a salon. “And actually its interesting because the tanning industry I think, is trying to make a push saying, ‘Oh but we all need more vitamin D,’ and certainly sun exposure does create vitamin D for our bodies, but the bottom line is that there are safer ways to get vitamin D…you can take a supplement and not expose yourself to skin cancer,” Conlon said. Some common side-affects of tanning include sun stroke, sunburns and premature aging. Some other side-affects include melanoma and nonmelanoma cancers, which according to the National Cancer Institute is the most common form of cancer. “It’s the increased risk not only for skin cancer, but for premature aging. And you know, when you’re 18, you just never think about the part where your skin is gonna look older than your age when you’re say, in your 40’s or 50’s,” Conlon said. “Most teens are going to tan because they think that the tan look is more attractive.” According to Conlon, tanning in all forms remains a risk that countless teens will probably take until regulations are put into place. “You see people walking around that aren’t that old and their skin looks very old, tanning is one thing that will prematurely age your skin, from ultraviolet sun exposure,” Conlon said.

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“The uses for pumpkin are endless, ranging from foods, instruments, to home decor...”

The uses for pumpkin are endless ranging from foods, instruments, to home décor, and new things are always being created.

The pumpkin is not only used to create sweet treats but can be used to make chili. A l l r e c i p e s . c o m h a s t w e n t y e i g h t d i ff e r e n t r e c i p e s f o r p u m p k i n c h i l i . As it is obvious, the pumpkin is a very versatile fruit.

In Africa it is common to find instruments made from gourds. The most common instrument created from pumpkins are drums. When a pumpkin is cleaned and dried out it creates a deep hollow sound. If creating a pumpkin bird house or instruments is not of interest, there are always the tasty sweet treats such as pies, cookies, cakes, rolls, muffins, pancakes and ice cream.

According to making a bird house is fun but could take months of planning. Making bird houses are not the only unique use for pumpkins; a pumpkin can be used to make a musical instrument.

Along with the yummy treats, pumpkins can be used to make bird houses. According to the Better Homes and Gardens website, all one would need to create a bird house is a pumpkin, a spoon, a drill or knife to create holes, paint, and glue.

Now the question remains, what exactly can be created from a pumpkin? There are a variety of uses for the fruit of the season besides the original carving of the pumpkin, such uses include baking tasty sweet treats, making musical instruments, and making bird houses.

To just sit and contemplate all of its uses may overwhelm the simple minded, but the culinary experts and experienced decorators know otherwise. Well, okay maybe it isn’t necessary to be an expert, all one needs is the inspiration to make something successful out of the fruit of the season.

Without doubt, the pumpkin itself has become the universal symbol of fall. Sure, there are other symbols such as the adolescent trick-or-treater, Halloween costumes, turkeys and the hallmark-like spirit of giving, but none encompass the essence of fall such as the pumpkin.

The time when the air becomes a cool crisp remnant of the seasons past and fills all with memories of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, carving pumpkins and well, pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins.

It’s that time of the year again, the time where the subtle green hues of the trees burst to life with vibrant yellows, reds and oranges.

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october 23, 2009


Overcoming silence through song Born deaf does not stop Maryssa Houser from living her life to the fullest

Madison Law editor-in-chief

“You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” That small piece of advice from the beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, often rings true. In the case of Maryssa Houser, one doesn’t need to stand in her shoes to know her. As one of three deaf teenagers currently enrolled at Wilmington High School, Houser, a freshman, is open and friendly, and isn’t afraid to jump up and say hello to anyone.

involved in a wide variety of sports and activities. “I really enjoy softball, soccer, cheerleading, cross country and hopefully soon I’ll get to enjoy swimming,” Houser said. She ran with the WHS Cross Country team this fall. Aside from sports, Houser is also involved in the Choraliers, WHS’s audition choral group lead by David Beck. “You never really know “I am their first deaf in the Choraliers,” a man until you stand in his person Houser said with a smile. “And some of the kids shoes and walk around in know a little bit of sign language.” them.” Houser knew sign lanHarper Lee guage right from the start. “It is my first language,” Author of to kill a mocking bird she said. “My grandmother was the first deaf person Maryssa Houser and friend Justin Proffitt carry a conversation on at lunch. photo/ zach mccune born…my grandfather was born hearing, and got the mom and her siblings how to sign, so people sometimes choose not to go they knew how up and try to talk with her. “I want to show my “I’m most frustrated because not to—they knew personality, I want everybody will talk to me,” Houser sign language to show that I love growing up. And said. “And I’m a very social person to be involved with so when I was and some people won’t communicate atp what’s going on…I’m born and I was all. I like to go in and meet new people a very friendly perdeaf, my mom and I don’t like to sit there with nothing son,” Houser said via was able to com- going on…I understand the hearing interpreter. municate with me world, and I’d just like to join it.” Houser was born In school, Houser said that what she and she taught me in Wilmington, and enjoys most is her computer classes, ASL (American has been in the disSign Language) choir and math. trict for three years. “I’d like to go to college,” she from the beginBefore that, she spent said. Houser is interested in two colning.” some time at both FayH o u s e r b e - leges specifically at the moment; OSU etteville and Clinton lieves she can (Ohio State University), and Gallaudet Massie, as well as the sign pretty well College in Washington, DC. She is Ohio School for the for now, but has interested in acting, mechanics, and Deaf in Columbus. trouble with lip- mortuary science, “I think it’s very “I think living here interesting, I’m a bit nervous about that reading. is pretty cool. I think “Mostly when though,” she said. what I like best is that Houser definitely believes one I communicate it’s very peaceful and doesn’t need to be deaf or even know w i t h h e a r i n g quiet around here, I enpeople we write sign language to get to know her, or joy that,” Houser said. notes back and step into her shoes, per say. “There doesn’t seem to “I’m a very friendly person, I’m forth,” Houser be a lot of commotion fun to be around, and I would resaid. “I want to going on.” learn how to lip- ally like to teach other people how Houser has three Maryssa and Justin talking at lunch about their day. photo/ zach mccune read. Maybe some to sign, I want to help people, you stepbrothers, one of of my friends can help me learn how know if they’re sad or depressed, I’d which is also a freshreally like to help them feel better, man at WHS and one real sister. Aside flu and became deaf. And I was the to do that. I really enjoy hanging out and I think I can do that,” Houser with all of my hearing friends.” from meeting new people and hanging next generation, so my grandparents Houser feels most frustrated when said. “I want everybody to have a out with her friends, Houser likes to be of course, who were deaf, taught my great life.”

october 23, 2009


First ever blindness awareness month


Katie Brewer news editor

Across the globe, a child goes blind every single minute. Around 124 million people are severely visually impaired and about 37 million people are blind. This October, New Jersey and Pennsylvania welcome the first ever Blindness Awareness Month (BAM) thanks to The Little Rock Foundation (TLRF), Governor Corzine of New Jersey, Governor Rendell of

“I believe it is important to bring awareness to people that there are many children and adults who are blind and visually impaired.” Debbie Nichols Tlrf community events cordinator

Pennsylvania and many others. “We are honored that Governor Corzine and Governor Rendell have recognized the importance of expanding the education of the public and named October as Blindness Awareness Month so that many organizations can work together to build a better world for the blind and visually impaired,” executive director of TLRF, Tina Fiorentino said in a press release. According to, TLRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are visually impaired from early childhood to adulthood. TLRF was founded by Tina and


With over a 150 million people across the globe visually impaired or blind, New Jersey and Pennsylvania welcome the first ever Blindness Awareness month.


Rocco Fiorentino after their twin baby boys, Michael and Rocco, were born four months premature in 1996. Michael died at birth and Rocco had less than a 5% chance of survival, but after ten surgeries he survived and was left with total blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The Fiorentinos were desperate for support and information and, after experiencing frustration at the lack of resources available, they decided to form a foundation to help other parents with similar challenges. “I believe it is important to bring awareness to people that there are many children and adults who are blind and visually impaired,” TLRF Community Events Coordinator, Debbie Nichols said. “However, there are not enough blind children population that doctors are totally educated on how to treat a blind child.” During the month of October, because it is BAM, there will be a number of activities and events to help spread awareness of ways to prevent, treat and cure blindness and other visual impair-

ments. BAM came from the idea and determination of 12 year old, Rocco Fiorentino. “Last year, I had an idea about educating the public about eye diseases, eye care and to address the rising trend of blindness and severe visual impairment.” Rocco Fiorentino said. “So I

word!” Adults and children with visual challenges need the help of others and according to Debbie Nichols, people should not be intimidated to ask a blind person if they need help. “To make a difference in the life of a child who is blind or visually impaired,

went to our local Assemblyman, Lou Greenwald for his support in asking the state of New Jersey to recognize October as Blindness Awareness Month . With his help and Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, they were able to convince Governor Corzine to sign a bill into law officially naming October as Blindness Awareness Month.” According to Tina Fiorentino there are currently 80 organizations participating in BAM in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “Anyone can get involved too by going to our website at for details on fundraising events and ideas,” Tina said. “Please help us spread the

accept them in your school and be a friend to them,” Tina said. “If you see them facing a challenge, such as finding a classroom or going down a flight of steps, give them a helping hand.” Remember, October is BAM only in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but could possibly expand to other states as well. “We are very excited about the opportunities to tell the stories of people like me who face life with the challenges of being blind or visually impaired,” Rocco said. “Maybe we can start in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and take this nationwide!”




october 23, 2009

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No paint, no pride New rules keep students from body painting at WHS sporting events

Megan Phillips Sports Editor For many years, students and fans have been able to paint up at football games, basketball games, soccer games; pretty much every sporting team the high school offers. Starting this school year, the rules and restrictions have changed. Students are no longer allowed to full-body paint up (the chest and back). The new rules state that students must follow the dress code in the student handbook every student got at the beginning of the school year. If students do want to paint up, they’re allowed to paint their arms, legs and face. No other body part on a student should be showing. Is it really fair that students in the past could paint their chest, face, arms and legs, anything they wanted as long as it was appropriate, and now students are not allowed to today; for no reason at all? No one was ever harmed, so why change the rules? “I think it’s not at all fair,” senior Jerica Doyle said. “Why change the rules now? It’s never been a problem in the past. Students are just having fun and showing good school spirit.” The administration said the rule is state-wide. “The rule about going shirtless and having full body paint is a rule from the OHSAA in all tournament contests,” Principal Jeff Fryman said. “The rule is more about the shirtless issue than the body paint. I believe that if you cannot do that at a state contest (sectional, district, or other); why should we allow it at our regular season contests? Students can still show their school spirit without being in full body paint.” Students at the high school are not happy with the changes made this year; painting up being one of them. Even with this disagreement on the rule, students should always respect school rules. Students, fans, and spectators can enjoy the game; just make sure you don’t show too much skin doing so.

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Student athletes abuse study tables Mercedes Welsch

asst. sports editor Study Table is a requirement for all athletes to attend if their grades are dropping, but it is being over used by atheletes who don’t try in class?. All athletes that have dropping grades and have to bring them up before their game need to go to study table. It is not a source that all athletes should rely on, because then they just don’t try in class. Personally, getting up earlier, having to do work before I have to is a no no for me. Being in a sport should make an athlete think of what should be done in the classroom. Do all the assigned work, pay attention, and a BIG thing keep your grades up! That way you don’t have to go to Study Tables. “Anytime we can help our student athletes to better their academic performance, I am for it. Our study table rules are in place to help our athletes understand their present performance in a certain class, and try to help them with that performance,” Athletic Director Mike Wallace said. Ask yourself this question: do I want to go to college and what do I want to go for? If the major object is why you want to go to college is to be the best at that sport. Then I would want to think about my grades, and what I can do to keep them up. Colleges look at a high school transcript that contains final grades for the

9th through the 12th grade. They look at your final grades, class rank, and the type of classes taken. If high school offers College Prep, Honors, Accelerated, or Advance Placement are you taking those kinds of classes? Since high schools may offer different kinds of classes, colleges want to have some“Our study table thing to which they compare students rules are in place no matter where have attended to help our athletes they high school. That is why the ACT/ understand their SAT is required. Colleges also present performance want to know if in a certain class, and students demoncommunity try to help them with strate or school service activities, leaderthat performance.” ship activities, and Mike Wallace extracurricular acAthletic Director tivities. Many colleges will require an essay to demonstrate their ability to communicate through the written word. All of these things together make up a “holistic review” as colleges like to put it. So athletes should not rely on Study Tables to pull up their grades, unless it is absolutely neccassary. Student athletes should try harderer the FIRST time in their classes, before they slack off and head to Study Table as a way to compete in the next game or match.

photo illustration/ mercedes welsch

photo illustration/ mercedes welsch

14Homecoming, a victory over the Knights



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The varsity football team defeated the Kings Knights 35-14 Sunday night, Oct. 18, 2009 all photos / zach mccune

The varsity football team runs out to take the field against the Kings Knights on Oct. 18.

The football team strives to raise the score against the Knights

No illnesses for our student section.

The Hurricane defense holds off the Knights from scoring a touchdown on Oct. 18

October 23, 2009

Obsession: a continuous and disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable feeling attached. The term obsession is taken to a completely unheard of extreme in the domestic thriller, Obsessed, starring the music industry’s Beyonce Knowles. The home of Knowles’ character, Sharon, along with her husband Derek (Idris Elba), has been infiltrated by the seductive office temp with a disturbing attachment to her boss, Derek. As the plot progresses, the tensions in Derek’s office do as well. The seductive temp named Lisa (Ali Larter), transitions into more than just a temp, she becomes a haunting temptation. Lisa’s continuous sexual advances begin to make him uncomfortable and cause him to question her role in the office and whether or not she is trustworthy. Lisa’s character is further questioned at the office Christmas party, where she nearly traps Derek in the bathroom, hoping to persuade him. When the slightly intoxicated Derek refuses, it sets Lisa on the obsessive rampage she will follow for the duration of the film. She becomes the predator and Derek becomes her prey. Following the first temptation, Derek returns to work the following Monday in hopes of getting her terminated from the job, when he discovers that she mysteriously quits. His moral and spirits begin to lift and he believes the awkward tensions to be at an end. Unfortu-

nately for Derek, Lisa continues to pop back into his life at the most in convenient times. The biggest inconvenience for Derek was Lisa’s belief that she and Derek were in love and were in a relationship. Although she was sadly mistaken she continues to act on her obsession. Lisa locates Derek at a work retreat, sneaks into his room after they have had an angry altercation and attempts to commit suicide, which created an eerie and disturbing undertone at this point in the film. When Derek is forced to take her to the hospital because he feels morally obligated to do the right thing, he must confront his wife Sharon (Knowles) at the cost of losing some of her trust. Trust is lost, yet quickly gained back as Knowles’ character witnesses her husband’s attempts to push the estranged Lisa farther away from their family. No efforts succeed and Lisa’s attempts to win Derek and replace Sharon become even more extreme. Pushing the fiery and strong willed Sharon to the breaking point, as the two have an altercation in the end of the film. Overall, the film was enticing and able to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat. At times the plot lagged and some of the events became a tad bit predictable and reminiscent of another similar domestic thriller, Fatal Attraction. Although there were some weaknesses, as is true with many other films, the star powered Obsessed, holds its ground and sticks out from other films, earning a grade of a solid B+.

Neil Vance



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Sarah Dixon and Stacy Taylor run lines during one of Scapino’s first practices.

photos by Neil Vance

-A letter from a cast member.

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The auditions are finally over and it’s time for the work to begin. The pattern starts with this season’s fall play “Scapino.” “Scapino” is a play based on four lovers living in Italy and a mischievous servant named Scapino. In this twisted love story, the fathers of these lovers visit them to tell them about the wives they have picked for their sons. Little do they know the sons are already with two women they found themselves. Throughout this complex plot Scapino works to trick and scam the fathers out of money that the sons need to keep their loves. The practices consist of long fun-filled hours, boasting blocking steps and rehearsing scenes over and over. Everyone, no matter what part, has to give out effort to make the show come together. As the show draws closer the tenser the practices become. The director starts to focus on everything and the actor becomes more in character.

The hours of practice start to pay off as one starts perfecting the little things that give a show personality. It takes many volunteers to put a show together. If one thing doesn’t get done then a show can fall apart in an instant. Other students help with the production by building the set in their theater classes. Many of these hard workers are the crew whom are the backbone of the production. They work on keeping everyone on the same page with what’s going on and help with the transition into different scenes. One reason why students participate in the play is so that they can freely express themselves without having to worry about what others may think. The play has a long way to go but with the continuous work and effort put out by those involved,“Scapino” is a play that can be enjoyed by many on the 13, 14 and 15 of November.


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Flash Forward

ABC’s much anticipated drama “FlashForward” brings in a suspenseful and mysterious twist to television. The show in which the world population blacks out around two minutes while having glimpses into the future leaves the viewer wanting more. A team of investigators try to figure out what these visions mean, will they come true, and if this will ever happen again. Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and Agent Demetri Noh (John Cho) a r e t h e m a i n c h a r a c t e r s i n t h i s e x c i t i n g n e w s h o w. The problem with “FlashForward” is that it is has the potential to put out a great first season, but whether there is enough content to last more than one season is the question.

Yet again NBC attempts to air a show that has no real plot or potential with the new comedy “Community”. “Community” takes place at a community college where a group of characters make their way through its obstacles and achievements. “Community” doesn’t live up to expectations. It is funny but lacks plot and is slow moving. “Community” might have had a chance to make it to season 2 if only it had a specific audience it was focusing on. “Community” will only get my attention if there was absolutely nothing else to do or watch on TV. If you are one of the only people involved with “Community” don’t get your hopes up, the chances of it returning to a second season are slim.


The newest pop culture phenomenon “Glee” is the best show of the season. “Glee” is about reject high school students competing in their glee club and overcoming dramatic obstacles. Not only is “Glee” entert a i n i n g b u t h i l a r i o u s l y f u n n y. Aside from Cory Monteith who plays Finn who can neither act nor sing, all the characters are extremely talented. One up and coming actor this season is Chris Colfer who plays Kurt. Kurt is a gender confused reject at the high school which is set in Ohio. Whether you’re the captain of the football team, or the lead in the choir “Glee” can be enjoyed by everyone. “Glee” is exactly what Fox needed to pump up its ratings.

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