march 26, 2010
WHS Principal Jeff Fryman steps down Story p. 2
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Ohio adopts new CORE requirements This year Ohio has adopted new CORE requirements which all schools must in turn implement, starting with the class of 2014 Katie Bewer news editor
CHANGES IN CORE REQUIREMENTS
This year new Ohio CORE requirements were put in place in order for Wilmington High School students to receive their diploma with or without Honors. The new graduation requirements only affect the class of 2014, but the new requirements to receive a diploma with Honors affect the class of 2011 as well as the graduating classes after. “The graduation requirements are starting with the class of 2014, so this applies to this year’s eighth graders,” WHS principal Jeff Fryman said. “Really for our students the only big change is the extra credit of math. Currently, only three credits are needed, but now students need four with at least Algebra 2 as the highest.” According to WHS guidance counselor Laura ra Bowersox, she believes a big problem is that a lot of the students udents as seniors would not take any math and cial then they would go to collegee and not literacy. be prepared so they’d be placed aced into “You have to have a lower math. personal finance somewhere and “At this point they’re paying what we’ve done is added that to our money to take college level catcheconomics class,” Fryman said. “We put it up algebra. Where if they would in our economics class have stayed in because everybody has math their se“It’s Ohio’s new CORE to take economics anynior year they way, so that takes care might have re- requirements, so those are of that now.” membered it,” The major changes to Bowersox said. determined by the state and receive a diploma with “When you Honors include: four go off to col- we are required to follow credits of math, four lege you have credits of social studies, to take a math them.” Laura bowersox and four credits of sciplacement test ence including physics guidence counselou r and if you do are now needed instead well then you of the previous three don’t have to credits. pay thousands of dollars for catch“I know some folks freaked out about that, up math.” but you still only have to have seven of eight Another new graduation requirerequirements,” Fryman said. “That doesn’t ment for the class of 2014 is that stunecessarily have to be one of your requiredents must receive instruction in finan-
The increasing dangers of texting while driving Story p. 8
*4 units of mathematics *Instruction in financial literacy
For Honors Diploma:
Local woman recieves incredible gifts and kindness Story p. 10-11
Duct tape: beyond simple mending Story p. 18
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*4 units of science (physics & chemistry) *4 units of social studies ments, but granted if you don’t get a 27 or higher on your ACT that does put you in a bad situation. Physics will be offered though so folks can take it.” All of these new Ohio CORE requirements were put in place by the Ohio Department of Education. According to the Ohio Department of Education, these new requirements were enacted due to the need to address rigorous high school graduation expectations for all students, prepare Ohioans to meet demands of the knowledge-based economy, prepare all students for college and work, strengthen the link between high school graduation and college entry, and reduce remediation at the college level. “It’s Ohio’s new CORE requirements, so those are determined by the state and we are required to follow them. We are allowed to say what we feel our students need in order to graduate Wilmington High School, and then we kind of a line that with what the state requires as well,” Bowersox said. “We don’t want to let them skate by with home economics classes all year. It is used to challenge them, to get them ready for college, and to get them competitive with everyone else.”
march 26,, 2010
Wilmington High School principal resigns Jeff Fryman will be resigning from his position as the Wilmington High School principal at the end of this school year
Katie Brewer news editor
After only two years of being the “I taught English the first year in Wilmington High School principal, what is like after school programs. Jeff Fryman will resign from his posi- I taught English to the five, six, and tion at the end of this school year. seven year olds,” Fryman said. “I also “I’m leaving for personal reasons. taught three college courses at a TaiThe biggest thing is this job is a big wanese university the first year and the time commitment and having two second year I taught science at a misteenagers/presionary school.” teens and with After Fryman “I’m leaving for personal my wife’s job of moved back there being a minister reasons. The biggest thing is were no teaching it’s hard,” Fryjobs available so man said. “It just the time commitment...it just he worked at a doesn’t leave a lot funeral home for of family time is doesn’t leave a lot of family one year. the main thing.” time is the main thing.” “I liked it acP r e v i o u s l y, tually. Then a Jeff Fryman teaching job in Fryman has been a biology teacher Wilmington High School Principal S h e l b y, O h i o and hopes he can opened up and I regain his old catook it, but also reer. had just checked into going to mortuary “My hope is to get back in the school,” Fryman said. “I’ve actually classroom. I taught biology and animal checked into it again this time just in and human behavior, so I’d like to case something doesn’t work out.” go back and teach biology,” Fryman Fryman was a biology teacher at said. “I would love to stay here in Shelby High School for five and a half Wilmington if possible, and I would years until he moved in the winter of look elsewhere in the district if there 2000. is nothing here.” “We moved here and I subbed at Fryman and his family plan to stay Wilmington, East Clinton, Blanchester in Wilmington no matter what and and Clinton Massie while we waited have lived here for nine years. till a full time job opened up,” Fryman “My daughsaid. ter Sarah started “I tell people this, and I know Fryman has school here in also coached W i l m i n g t o n people don’t believe me somemany sports at and now she’s Wi l m i n g t o n , an eighth grad- times, but it is true. I have 900 Shelby, and in er. My other Taiwan. daughter Heath- kids. I’ve got a couple at home “I coached er was only fif- and I’ve got 900 here. I’m going basketball here teen months for two years. I when we moved to miss it.” was a JV bashere,” Fryketball coach Jeff Fryman w i t h C o a c h man said. “So Wilmington is Wilmington High School Principal S t e v e n s o n , ” home.” Fryman said. After gradu“In my teachating from Union College in Barbour- ing career both here and in Taiwan I’ve ville, Kentucky Fryman subbed for a coached many sports: middle school year in Columbus city schools, Ham- football, varsity baseball, JV basketilton Township, Canal Winchester, ball, middle school basketball, JV golf and Groveport. Then he and his wife and varsity swimming. In Taiwan I moved to Taiwan for two years. coached volleyball and softball.”
According to Fryman, he was a classroom teacher for a while, assistant principal for five years, and so “it made sense to just move on to this principal’s position that didn’t work out” for him, but it was a natural progression in his eyes and he’ll miss it.
go back to the classroom that could be something good that I could do.” According to Fryman, he knows that students don’t always like his decisions, but he can’t make everyone happy. “You all know as well as I do though
Jeff Fryman talking to Wilmington High School teachers. “I think the biggest thing as principal you can effect more students, as in all 900. If you’re in a classroom, it’s only about 120 students at a time,” Fryman said. “When I was assistant principal even to go around and be able to see the teachers teach, I really enjoyed doing that. I liked to see what they do well and I would be thinking about if I
that at your homes your parents may not like what you do when you get in trouble, but they don’t care for you any less. That’s kind of the same way I feel here,” Fryman said. “I tell people this, and I know people don’t believe me sometimes, but it is true. I have 900 kids. I’ve got a couple at home and I’ve got 900 here. I’m going to miss it.”
march 26, 2010
Inspired Photography opens in Wilmington
Changes occur in down-town Wilmington as one photographer leaves his studio and another takes over. Late last month photographer Ken Gosney sold his studio space to fellow photographer Cassie DeBoard who reopened the West Main Street studio under the name, Inspired Photography. Inspired Photography has been in business since October of 2009 and on Feb. 15 the business moved into the facility on West Main St. DeBoard was notified of the studio space by mutual friends of hers who mentioned her to Gosney when he made his decision to leave Wilmington. “Ken called me up one night, offering me the place…I couldn’t resist the chance to have the best location in town,” DeBoard said. Location was one of the factors in DeBoard’s decision to move into the studio held by one of Wilmington’s many photographers. “It is in an excellent central location with views into the studio from
both Main and South Street, in historic graphing her own children. Soon after downtown other commuWilmingnity members ton,” Desaw her work, board said. they too want“The studio ed photos of is also fully their own. equipped “I then beto handle gan to take about any interest in type of phophotographtograph you ing more and can imagine. more subjects This allows and eventume to express ally people my art form started knockand produce ing on my photographic door asking memories for to capture the all to enjoy.” memories of DeBoard their families decided to and friends, pursue phothat’s when I tography afknew it was ter she started my gift,” Detaking interBoard said. photo/zach mccune est in photo- Inspired Photography studio. DeBoard
often focuses on photographing children and developing pictures that parents will cherish and hold onto for many years. “My favorite subjects to photograph are babies and children…I like to embrace their innocence and capture their sense of curiosity,” DeBoard said. “I want the child to have fun and I want the parents to see their true smiles when they look into the photographs on their wall.” Among children, Inspired Photography also captures high school seniors, families and pets. “My favorite thing is being able to capture those moments that are truly unique…I strive to reveal unique emotions, spirit and character,” DeBoard said. Inspired Photography is located at 12 West Main St. in downtown Wilmington, to see photos and other information visit them at www. inspiredbycassie.com. To set up a consultation photographer Cassie DeBoard can be contacted at (937)-218-2989.
The Chic Shanty relocates to downtown Emily Schaublin staff writer
The Chic Shanty, a local antique and vintage shop, recently relocated downtown to 36 and 40 West Main Street. The shop is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. They stay open later during special events at the Murphy Theater, Books N’ More, and other downtown places. Shanel Wilson is the owner of the Chic Shanty. “We sell fun and funky chic girlie products. We sell vintage furniture repainted and refinished with a fun flair,” Wilson said. “Made in the U.S.A. candles and we sell French milled soaps.” According to Wilson, her favorite thing to sell is bling bling rhinestone jewelry. The items sold at the shop come from many places. “We go out of state sometimes and out of town a lot,” Wilson said. “We try to keep things local, people who want to get rid of things is our first priority.” The Chic Shanty relocated seven weeks ago from their previous location beside Cassanos. “We could not get the foot traffic
down at the Cassanos building. We noticed that most of the people around there were there for appointments so they were in and out,” Wilson said. “We felt we were too far away from
The Chic Shanty in downtown Wilmington.
the downtown and we have noticed a huge increase in foot traffic at our new location.” Wilson enjoys finding something that would normally be called junk and
turning it into something new. “I love to paint and fix something that someone wants to throw away,” Wilson said. “I can bring it home and it’s like the ugly duckling that finally turns into the beautiful swan.” According to Wilson, she finds a thrill in retrieving products and then selling them. “I love to get up early in the morning and go with a flashlight and dig and dig through peoples junk for something that’s beautiful in any way,” Wilson said. “When someone comes in and says oh I love that, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, it’s the biggest thrill for me.” The name of the shop, Chic Shanty, has a very special meaning to its owner. “The name of my shop is the Chic Shanty. When I was born my grandma, the farm girl, did not like the name Shanel and she thought it was very fancy, to fancy for a farm girl. So she nicknamed me Shanty Wanny Fanny Rooster, luckily that shortened to Shanty,” Wilson said. “The name is actually a tribute to my grandma, who was also the person who got me interested in antiques.”
Inspired Photography opens on 12 West Main St. which is the previous location of Ken Gosney Photography
Wilmington recieves help from donations
march 26, 2010
Thousands of dollars have been given in donations to the people and businesses in the Wilmington community
Madison Law editor-in-chief
In November of 2008, DHL anAccording to Willoughby, Sugartree churches. “And we started feeding the people nounced its plans to close all of its Ministries has been in service for 11 “Our first couple months we had who were hungry and needed blankets, domestic operations in the U.S., cut- years and has expanded from its origia b o u t f i v e things like that. And as that need grew, ting over 9,500 jobs, many of them nal concept of churches acting other churches came on board,” Wil“One donation that was given with us, helping loughby said. centered in Wilmington. a coffeehouse Since then, floods of well-wishes, for, “men and Willoughby said that the main misus distribute food gifts and donations have poured into women who early last year was for $15,000 and clothing and sion of the Ministry is to encourage the town along with big-time charity were dealing blankets and now and help. organizations and celebrities, includ- with addic- and that was from National Bank. 11 years later we “We try to encourage people to, like, ing the Rachael Ray Show, Feed the tions.” It now And we purchase food, and actu- have close to 40, grow their own gardens, you know, eat Children, 60 Minutes, Nick Lachey consists of I don’t think we healthier and so that’s kind of our goal. and The Fray. the Christian ally we’re still working off of that don’t have 40 yet, To help people get back on their feet, Among the media attention are the coffeehouse but we have close trust God, have faith,” Willoughby direct donations received. J o e ’s J a v a money.” to 40 churches,” said. Last Nov., Our Father’s Kitchen “A few boxes of used and new toys, and the local Allen Willoughby Willoughby said. some food, new and used clothes, used food pantry After that, Wil- received a complete makeover, sponDirector of sugertree ministries l o u g h b y s a i d , sored by the Rachael Ray Show. DVDs and artwork were delivered to and clothing “Rachael Ray came in and remodthe City for distribution or auction,” bank, Our Faanother church Laura Curliss, J.D., Executive As- ther’s Kitchjoined wanting to eled our kitchen for that reason [DHL pullout], because we were feeding so sistant to the Mayor said. “The City en and involves nearly 40 different help, and then another, and another. many people,” Willoughby said. distributed to where people diIn addition to the makeover, the rected…The artwork is intended Kitchen also received money and to benefit the Homeless Shelter food donations. and they will auction it in March “We received two large donaor April.” tions of semi-trucks bringing Several of the institutions food from the Columbus Fire which received the gifts inDepartment,” Willoughby said. cluded the food pantry, Our “Yeah, that was wonderful, that Father’s Kitchen, the Homeless was great. It was about 140,000 Shelter, public library and the pounds of food. We shared it with Ho Ho Shop. all the food banks in three or four Curliss said that, “About counties around here. It was a real $4300 was sent to directly to blessing.” the Mayor for distribution at The Kitchen has to buy a porhis discretion. He has solicited tion of their groceries each week referrals from several social serto help feed those who visit. vice agencies for needy cases,” “One donation that was given and that, “There are a few donors early last year was for $15,000 who are still considering their and that was from National Bank. options for giving.” And we purchase food, and actuAllen Willoughby, Director of ally we’re still working off of that Sugartree Ministries said that it money,” Willoughby said. is only the continuous donations Willoughby advises the commuthat keep the Ministry going. “Well we constantly survive nity to, “Hang in there…We have on donations from the commua great community, the reason that nity,” Willoughby said. “That’s we survive is because our commuhow we survive. We just connity supports us to take care of the stantly are receiving public poor, you know, and that’s, that’s funds to help us stay open.” photo/zach mccune just been wonderful.” The kitchen of Our Father’s Kitchen.
march 26, 2009
Texting while driving- the new epidemic
I was in the parking lot at Kroger, making my way through the rows to find a close parking spot, when the car driving towards me started to drift into my lane. I was able to swerve into empty parking spaces to avoid a head on collision, and looked at the driver as they sped past. And guess what I saw? I saw a driver with
a cell phone in their lap texting. They didn’t look up once. They didn’t notice they were no longer in their lane, they didn’t even realize they’d almost hit me. Completely oblivious to everything except their cell phone. This isn’t unheard of. Far from it in fact. This is a problem that plagues American society. Texting while driving. The stupidity of said action isn’t debated, yet, unaccountably, everyone continues to do it. Teens, while associated
with texting most often, are not the only ones guilty of this crime. A surprising number of people text or are engaged somehow with their phone while they drive. If one is on the road and receives what may be an urgent call or text, pull over. It’s as simple as that. Pull into a parking lot, or to the side of the road if there’s room, just don’t whip out that phone and endanger everyone else on the road. If one is fine with risking their own life, okay, but it’s selfish to assume that everyone else on that road wouldn’t be offended by the complete lack of fore-
thought. M o s t people out there wouldn’t be
saying “Oh, you hit me and now I’m paralyzed, but it’s okay, because you answered that text about meeting at the mall.” Many teens would argue that they, unlike others, are capable of driving and texting at the same time without endangering anyone. Oh, if only this were so. Isn’t it a little presumptuous for one to think they’re special in that respect, that they alone have this amazing ability to be multi-task? According to textsafety.com, “each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage.” How many teenagers in that 21% thought they were invincible? How many of them were convinced they could safely text while driving? Another terrifying fact: it gets worse each year. Supposedly this percentage will increase by 4%
each year. I s anyone really surprised? Do the math. One or no hands on the wheel + looking at a phone + trying to punch in the right keys + trying to stay in the correct lane. What does this equal? Serious injury and/or death. How many of those things can be done satisfactorily at once? Not many. Oprah and Katie Couric have both had their say in the matter. “Don’t test fate, that text can wait.” “People on the road can turn an LOL into a great big OMG.”
Teens and adults alike are falling victim to a new, deadly, incurable disease- texting, calling and facebooking all while driving
Healthcare dilemma sickens citizens
Providing all Americans with healthcare is worth the cost
A public option is good in theory but won’t work in reality Madison Law
College students, the unemployed, low income families and single parents are all among the millions of Americans left uninsured every year by the soaring costs of health care and health insurance. According to healthaffairs. org, the number of uninsured Americans is expected to hit approximately 52 million this year. For how long can a government sit back and watch as the costs of a much needed industry cause people to either go broke trying to get treatment for medical complications? For how long can a government sit back and watch millions of its citizens’ physical health deteriorate because they simply can’t
eliminating co-pays, eliminating rate increases based on pre-existing conditions and the inclusion of a public option plan. People would have the freedom to choose from a private insurance plan, an employer-provided insurance plan, or a public option plan funded by the government. What exactly is a public option? A public option simply means establishing a government run insurance company, similar to Medicaid or Medicare, which is available to all Americans, at prices that compete with those of private insurance firms. A public option not only would give individuals a direct link to affordable insurance rates, but also the competition with an affordable government run firm would spark competition throughout the industry, and lowering costs for the consumer.
afford treatment? To combat the rising costs of healthcare Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 early on in the summer, and later passed the bill last November. It is important for the public to know that this bill still remains just a bill and has yet to be finalized and made into a law. According to www.speaker.gov, “Without reform, the cost of health care for the average family of four is projected to rise $1,800 every year for years to come—and insurance companies will make more health care decisions.” This bill will help put health care related choices back in the hands of the American public and away from over-priced insurance companies. This new plan intends on lowering the cost of deductibles for Americans,
Another important provision in the bill is the suggestion of community rates. Community rates are fixed rates based upon the average coverage prices of members of certain communities in different regions. This may mean that a healthy, non-smoking 18 year old may have to pay the same rate as a 90 year old cancer patient, but they might also both share the rate of a healthy 30 year old. This ensures that everyone has to pay an equal and fair rate for their health coverage. While some may frown upon charging the healthy a little bit extra, who could argue with helping your fellow man and giving them an affordable chance at recovery? Many Americans are in fear of this new government plan because they feel that they are going to lose their current health insurance plans. This is simply not true. According to www.
Through over 2,000 pages of twisting legal text, President Barack Obama and his administration try to outline a cohesive and logical healthcare reform planof-action for the United States. Try is the operative word here. At its roots, the plan wants to accomplish these things: help those without insurance be able to afford quality care and coverage, keep the mile-high prices at a reasonable level and provide every American with basic protections. The problem with this is in the way it will come about. The plan is to provide every American who does not receive employer-provided healthcare
Contrary to popular belief, people who are uninsured are not dying in the streets. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there is a law that was passed in 1986 that everyone seems to disregard when talking about healthcare. This law is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, and it states that hospitals are to render their services to anyone requiring emergency healthcare regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. So don’t worry. It’s not as if people aren’t being treated for their heart attacks or strokes. Now individual healthcare may be expensive, but putting the government in charge is not the answer. History shows that anywhere where there is government run healthcare, there are price controls, less doctors, less qualified doctors, less new drugs, rationing
the choice of one single healthcare plan known as the public option. This public option will feature a broad and basic coverage that will keep private insurance agencies ‘honest’ by competing with them. But then all employers will inevitably say to themselves, ‘Well, why should I pay for my employees healthcare when the public option is being offered to everyone affordably?’ Eventually, the public option will be the only option and no average Joe will be able to afford anything else. It will be government-run, socialized healthcare for all…just like President Obama wants. There will be no ‘competing with the private insurance agencies,’ because it is nearly impossible to compete with the government. No competition, no motivation. Just one gigantic monopoly on healthcare that the government will gleefully hold.
and it’s all bankrupt. Medicare and Medicaid is one example of this. They are non-profit government run healthcare plans, which may seem like free services, but are in reality paid for through higher taxes. The care received however, is extremely different from private care. First of all, not all doctors will touch Medicare or Medicaid due to all the price controls and red-tape involved. One simple way to lower outrageous healthcare costs is to remove some of that red-tape. Doctors have to pile on insurance just to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits and often resort to ‘defensive medicine.’ They order numerous, unnecessary tests to cover their own butts and on the off chance they are sued, most verdicts are so colossal that it has raised all prices of healthcare. Tort reform is a proposed cap put on any damages from a mal-
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the hurricane says... Kindness is included in this. It’s not always easy, and it is certainly something that takes work. Volunteer, get out in the world, don’t be a slug and know that the rewards are completely priceless. Hold that door open for that little, old lady, offer that stranger an umbrella, and know that everyone can make a difference in someone’s life. Liberty Mutual has actually gotten it right; acts of kindness do affect others. Not just the people receiving them, but the people who witness them as well. So that is why we, the staff of Wilmington High School’s student run newspaper the hurricane say, “Kudos!” to all those big and warm hearted people on the earth and encourage all others to take a hint and do the same.
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agree. You have to get “approved” for any surgeries or procedures you’re Black- 10th gonna get. I don’t think the ten “ I gra s i government should be paying r don’t like that for people’s healthcare when they’re taking a lot they should work to get away from the older the money to pay for people in America as far as it themselves.” healthcare goes, like taking away Medicaid. I think it’s wrong, I think they’re prone to being sick. I think it’s very unfair and I’m very upset with the fact that it passed.”
may be some things in there that I won’t agree with so much. But over- S o cial S all I think it’s a step in the eld “On tud i f right direction and that we the surface I may find that we have to do not agree with it. make some changes in the I think everyone has a plan over time, but I right to health care but think it needed to it should not be somebe done.” thing that the government should provide. ”
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Especially when all anyone hears these days are the negative facts about life. If a house burns down, nobody hears about the firefighter who saved a six year old from the third story window, they hear about how the mother is suing the firefighter for breaking that six year olds leg on the way out. Negativity and pessimism are part of a very serious epidemic in the world today. It’s a black cloud that hovers above the sunflower field of joy, kindness and little singing children. So we, the staff of Wilmington High School’s student run newspaper the hurricane, salute all those who dare to do kind things and say kind words and just generally be kind people and challenge all the others who sit and just watch to get up and do their part. The only way to change something is to stop whining about it and do it!
We, the staff of Wilmington High School’s student run newspaper the hurricane, would like to draw attention to the givers of America. Those do-gooders, those people-pleasers and the scores of underappreciated, simply kind people who walk the streets every day. From holding open doors, to returning a dropped wallet, to even paying for someone’s meal. It sounds like a typical Liberty Mutual Insurance ad, but the awesome thing is, is that it’s not staged. It’s not rehearsed, not practiced…just good people trying to do good things. Not to benefit themselves in any way, but to benefit mankind as a whole. In this day and age, when social networking runs rampant and faceto-face communication seems to slink off into the shadows, it is so refreshing to witness a genuine act of kindness.
march 26, 2010
Disrespect: You are what you leave
Zach McCune editor-in-chief
It can be seen anywhere, someone will stand up and with all disregard for the environment or the arena they are in, just toss their trash on the ground like it would dissolve right in front of them. What do these people do next? Just get up and walk away, often walking right past a trash can. ut what it truly Call it convenient, but ect. Individua is just a lack of respect. Individuals und is their own who litter like the ground personal garbage bin are exuding ect for those the upmost disrespect around them. They fail to anithink about the janitors who clean their schools afnd ter classes and nts, sporting events, onsider they fail to consider orkers who the city workers he parks and they clean up the also fail to consider the negative effect that it has on ent. the environment. Not only is this behavior lso a irresponsible, but it is also waste of money. Most of the
trash that is disposed of from your car window and out onto the highway and surrounding areas, has value and could be recycled. According to www.greenecoservices.com, in 2005 the value of 135 billion wasted bottles exceeded over $2.1 billion. In an economy such as this, recycling these bottles and pumping the $2.1 billion back into the system seems like the most sensible choice. It really doesn’t take too much effort to save your trash for the big cans that are placed nearly everywhere you can look. So what if there isn’t one in the ca e, car, there is in the house, so just
don’t throw it out the window. Everyone is guilty of it at some point in their life and I’m well aware that just one little piece of trash isn’t going to make plants welt, trees spontaneously combust and global temperatures skyrocket. Thinking this would just be ridiculous, but if every individual in the world would contribute to this epidemic, the world would be overticles of flowing with over 6 billion articles unnecessary clutter. n pieces of dirty, disSix billion ggusting, sting, non-decomposable
trash fl floating in our ocean oceans and covering our nation tionall parks doesn’t sound like a bright and beautiful depiction of tomorrow.
Not only do people disrespect our environment, but they often disrespect the property of their fellow citizens. There are often too many cases of teenagers who key people’s cars, egg houses and smash mail boxes. st cross the These types of pranks just line from innocent and harmless, to imnd disrespectful. Do they re mature and realize the cost of their actions? These iin-
noc e n t victims are often left to clean up the mess left l by the car carelessness of oth others. Whether it be littering or vandalizing, there seems to be a lack of respect for each other and our environment in today’s society and it’s scary to think what kind of a world we are creating for ourselves and future generations.
New honors requirements incite horror among students Katie Swindler opinions editor
A junior is excitedly scheduling their senior year of high school, trying to balance the classes they need and the classes they want. Idly, they flip to the honor’s diploma requirements, to make sure they are still on track. They are taken aback when they see a new requirement on the list: physics. Out of the blue, with no warning whatsoever, students are required to take physics to fulfill the requirements for an honors diploma. The truly appalling part is when this rule takes effect. Next years’ seniors will be the first class to shoulder the requirement; those who are least prepared and equipped to accommodate their schedules. The state of Ohio mandated that the class of 2011 be the first class to receive this extra requirement. Incoming freshmen, even next year’s sophomores, could have moved around classes to ensure they would be able to take physics later. But for students
scheduling their senior year, it is next to impossible to work in an extra class, especially when it’s fifth period, without bending over backwards. Physics, due to its focus on lab work, is best taught during the only extended period of the day, fifth. The problem is that this is not the only class that must be fifth period. Journalism, for example, must also be scheduled fifth period due to the immense amount of work that goes into creating each issue of the hurricane. So what are students to do if they want to receive an honors diploma and a fantastic resume and life experience? Perhaps this wouldn’t be as much of a problem if the rule started with the incoming freshman, those who have four whole years ahead of them to hash out their schedules. But no, this new requirement is a burden to the class of 2011. Think about what this does to the physics class. Formerly, physics was a class for the scientifically elite, those who truly understand both mathematics and science and can handle the workload of physics. But now, with students rushing to fill all the require-
ments, physics will be flooded with students who have no place in a physics classroom. This culminates into a major educational failure. Good going Ohio,
thanks for keeping our best interests at heart. The State of Ohio has failed its youth in this aspect and should rescind or regret the decision to add physics to the honors requirements.
Point/Counter Point Continued from page 6 For healthcare
speaker.gov, an individual can indeed keep their current plan if they chose as well as their doctors. The freedom of choice is one that Americans truly value and this House bill does not seek to diminish it. In all, the Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 will help bring affordable health care to the American public still struggling with high unemployment and uninsured rates, and assist in pushing America into a healthier future.
-practice lawsuit. Essentially, under a tort reform, a limit is put on damages inflicted upon doctors, so they can’t be sued based on a highly interpretive charges like ‘pain and suffering.’ Though Obama’s proposed government-run, socialized healthcare plan sounds like a winner, a good rule of thumb is to actually stop and think rationally about what it is that is really being approved…a good and practical money-saver, or just another waste of time.
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Winter guard takes focus and stamina staff writer
Tosses, throws, catches, stamina, strength; winter guard consists of 16 members that practices as a group two days a week. The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 preparing themselves for upcoming events. Stephanie Thompson is the coach for winter guard. “I have been in guard 8 years and 15 seasons, but more then performing I like coaching these girls and helping them understand how to improve themselves,” Thompson said. “Winter guard is just like color guard; except it is strictly a competition sport and they perform indoors in an arena or gymnasium,” Thompson said. Guard is difficult, she said. It takes a lot of hand and eye coordination along with strength and stamina. Aside from the technical aspect one must be able to perform and deliver a show to the audience, she said. This season is all about having fun and doing as best as possible. “This season we’re just going out and trying to have fun, all we can ever do is ask for someone to do their best,
and have fun. That’s what any activity pating in winter guard this year. “The tosses are definitely the most is about,” Thompson said. Although the techniques are similar, difficult and catching them of course,” “Wilmington this season I think will winter guard is different than color Welch said. “We stretch, warm up, and then start working on our routine during practices.” Welch is looking forward to upcoming events that winter guard is involved in. “I’m looking forward to going to contest and everything with the winter guard,” Welch said. Winter guard is enjoyed by both students and the coach. “I enjoy guard a lot,” Welch said. “Guard is definitely a lot of fun and anyone who wants to try out next year should,” she said. “I love guard, I have been in it for 8 years and 15 seasons, but more then performing I like coaching these girls and helping them understand how to improve themselves,” Thomson said. Coach Thompson has many hopes for The winter guard team before competition on Saturday March 19. her winter guard team. photo contributed/mckenzie fawley do very well,” she said. “They’re brand guard. “I just hope to give the girls a season new and that means the audience will “With winter guard you’re in a bigger they’ll remember and want to come back give them a lot of support while they’re group, but in regular guard all eyes are to, Thompson said. I want the girls to performing,” Thompson said. on you,” Welch said. have fun while trying their best,” she Freshman Haleigh Welch, a freshGuard can sometimes be difficult, said. man, is one of the 16 members partici- Welch said.
Farming: from the fields to facebooks Emily Schaublin staff writer
When thinking of a farm, a computer screen and digital animals doesn’t usually cross minds. Farmville is an online game on facebook, where farms are created and nurtured. Farmville is played by many ers at people, including staff members Wilmington High School. Debbie Nicholson, secretary to the principle, is a dedicated Farmville player and is currently on level 22. nd “On Farmville you log on and create your own little farm. You rees have fields you can plow up, trees als. you can harvest as well as animals. Animals can also be gifted to you from friends on Farmville. You start building a farm slowly, by getting neighbors and expanding your farm,” Nicholson said. “It’s a game s; you in that you go to different levels; add up your points and get ribbons.” “I’m a want to be farmer, so it’s really fun because you’re raising and almost nurturing your crops and animals. I like little tiny bit of competiveness, and its fun to watch your farm grow and earn points,” she said. Sandy Hartman, an aide at Wilm-
ington High School, has been playing Farmville for three or four months and is currently on level 43. “I kept saying I wouldn’t play Farmville and I tried it, I got hooked on it,” Hartman said. “ I
“You get competitive, I try to be quick and be the first to fertilize all my neighbors’ crops,” Nicholson said, “All my neighbors are here from this school.” Farmville makes you think. “Before I go out I
play all the time, everyday, about a couple hours a day,” she said. A computer game such as Farmville can be addicting and competitive. “It is additive, because you keep wanting to get more and more, make more money and get higher to a higher level,” Hartman said.
hhave to go iin a hharvest my crops, otherwise there going to wither away and die and I’m going to lose all these points,” Nicholson said. Farmville is for any age, she said, “I’ve got young people and some teenagers for neighbors, students and a lot of my older friends, “she said, “I think older people really love it.”
There is a man I used to know who couldn’t get out a do much and he enjoyed to garden. He loves his Farmville, it gives you an opportunity to use your imagination and it’s probably very good for older ppeople. It teaches them comp computer skills, and keeps their minds active,” she said. Farmville is a learniing experience for little ki kids as well, Nicholson sa said, “It teaches them ab about money, without act actually spending any; Th Things you can buy and ho how to handle money,” she said. The popularity of Fa Farmville is growing. “Farmville is growi n g so much, I know it keeps asking me to refresh my page, I think because so many people are on it,” Nicholson said. “There’s a lot of people getting into it, it’s just fun, Hartman said.” “Farmville is very time consuming, and it’s addictive. But it is so much fun,” she said. logo/www.jennylawrence.files.wordpress.com
hurricane | THE EYE | march 26, 2010
Under a contract negotiated by DHL Express and UPS in May of 2008, ABX Air’s night-sorting operations were eliminated and up to 6,100 jobs were suddenly gone from Wilmington. ABX employee Lora Walker was one of those who left her job as part of the voluntary separation process on Dec. 18, 2008. “The company was cutting back and employees had the ability to request to be let go or wait until the company laid them off,” Walker said. “Employees who got to be laid-off first, had seniority compared to other employees, and were based on their work area.” Walker had to go through a termination process and sign up for a meeting that would provide an in-depth explanation for the separation. “We were told 60 Minutes was in town doing a story on the closing of the airpark,” Walker said. “They would be filming one of the more in-depth sessions on Monday the twenty-second of December.” Walker said that anyone who wanted to attend the session they had to sign up for it and were told that camera crews would
be present. “I immediately signed-up and looked forward to telling them what happened,” Walker said. “At the meeting Scott Pelly came in to do the interview and he sat directly in front of me. When he started asking questions, I was the first to raise my hand and begin to speak.” Walker introduced herself to Nicole Young, another producer at the meeting who she remained in contact with over the next year. Walker said that she felt that keeping an open forum for communication was the only way to bring attention to the problem. “I took the initiative to sign-up to speak to 60 Minutes,” Walker said. “I spoke freely to Mr. Pelly and the other media outlets…I kept the lines of communication open. I did it to bring help to the community. It was never about us.” A week later Walker received a call from another producer for the show, Sol Granstein. “He said they enjoyed meeting me and wanted to know if they could follow me for a year,” Walker said. According to Walker she was only one of several contacted, and remained in contact with the producers via e-mail and phone. “Nicole actually came to Wilmington 13 times throughout the year. She fell in love with the community and our citizens,” Walker said. “We became good friends.”
Left- Lora Walker stands outside with members of the Marr family after they arrive in Wilmington from Chicago
Walker felt humbled and admitted that it was hard at times to speak about her situation. “You have no idea how many times during my one-on-one interview with Scott Pelly, my talks with Nicole, and in my emails I say, ‘This is embarrassing to tell a national TV show that my electricity gets turned-off and my phone gets turned-off,’” Walker said. “But this is the reality of what happens. Someone has to speak-up. Someone has to let it be known what happens to good hard working people when things are out of their control. These are the realities of life. So I took the opportunities I saw before me and I made the most of them, in an effort to help others.” Walker not only received numerous gifts, but did plenty of giving as well. “If I wasn’t crying, I was directing calls to the Mayor’s Office in an effort to spread the help to those most in need,” Walker said. Walker, who was born and raised in Xenia feels that even though she has experienced hardships and obstacles in life, that there is always hope and peace to be found in the world. “I thoroughly believe God takes very good care of us,” Walker said. “I believe He has a plan for us and it is up to each of us to recognize the opportunities He puts before us…I may not always understand why certain things happen, but I believe it is all part of His great plan. I trust Him.”
Below-the Marr children with Lora Walker’s miniature horse, Sweetie Petie in late December 2009.
Lora Walker and her daughter Allison after her graduation in 2008.
Letter recieved by Lora Walker from a college student from South Carolina who wrote to show the Walker family her support.
Letters and donations came from all across the nation for one Wilmington family after their story was featured on 60 Minutes
Big Hearts Meet Big Needs
While at Frishes’ with a group of former employees from ABX, Walker realized that they were missing the bond of friendship and closeness that they shared through work. “Every night at work we helped each other with good times, through bad times, shared stories of our children and grandchildren,” Walker said. Now, we were scattered to the wind….We needed the support of each other more than ever. I formed the emotional support group right then, Air Park Friends.” Walker said that the Air Park Friends were filmed twice by Feed the Children, interviews and filming for 60 Minutes, and interviews for both the Associated Press and People Magazine. “We still meet monthly to keep the communication alive,” Walker said. When the 60 Minutes piece aired, Walker said that she came home to find numerous messages on her phone from people all over the United States and Canada. “The calls kept coming for several days,” Walker said. They were from, “unemployed people, crying, thanking me for telling their story too.” Walker said that she and her daughter would sit together at night and take turns opening the letters and reading their supportive words. “What do you say to a person you’ve never met, who lives on the other side of the country, and they want to know what you need? Think about it a lot,” Walker said. “It left us speechless and in tears. We didn’t know what to say. We never expected anything like it.” Walker said that people offered help in the form of money, hay and grain for the horses, wanting to help us with chores around the farm. A “wonderful” family from Arlington Heights outside of Chicago even drove seven hours one way to meet Walker and her family in person. “One lovely woman made us hats,” Walker said. “A company that makes memory candles sent one in honor of my husband. Cards came with no return address and signed, ‘from a friend.’”
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photos contributed/ Lora Walker
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Soccer player by day, social butterfly by night Senior Emily Ledford lives everyday to the fullest, with many multitudes of interests.
Jessica Maus features editor
Senior Emily Ledford wants people her friends and actively participates in to know that she is no different from extracurricular activities. One of her any other 17 year old girl. She strug- favorite extracurricular activities is gles, has dreams and has aspirations just like any other teenager. “I want them to know, that no matter how different I might be, you know, obviously being a lesbian.” Ledford said. “No matter how different I might be, I’m still just like everyone else. I’m still struggling to find my way, struggling to find what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. I’m still making the same decisions that other kids [are]. I just want everyone to Ledford playing in her last Mason tournament. know, I am who I am.” Though Ledford seems like a playing soccer. typical teenager, she believes there are “I started playing soccer when I was things that set her apart from other stu- in kindergarten, so I guess I was five, dents in Wilmington High School. and I have been playing ever since,” “I think as far as the students in Ledford said. “I think a lot of my best Wilmington High School go, I’m a memories involve soccer. I know that’s little bit more outgoing than most kind of silly, a lot of the friendships I people. I think I talk to many different have, have been made through soccer. groups of people. I’m kind of like a A lot of the fun times have been, hangsocial butterfly so to speak,” Ledford ing out with the soccer girls, even when said. I was younger.” Ledford has the typical hobbies of Being such an avid fan of soccer, any teenager. She spends time with Ledford named her dog after a famous her girlfriend Deidra, hangs out with soccer player. “ I have a 7 year old Siberian husky named Mia, after Mia Hamm the soccer playe r. S h e is pretty, we like e a c h other a lot,” she said. Along with her f o u r legged companion Mia, Ledford is supported
Emily Ledford has been playing soccer since she was five years old.
by her parents. “My dad, he has always been supportive when it comes to sports, talking about how he loves to watch me play soccer and how he loves watching me play, so he is supportive that way. And my mom, she is more like the emotional support; she is my best friend,” Ledford said as she was asked about her parents. Not only were her parents supporting her through the good times in her life, but also the rough times. “When I was younger I had to deal with accepting myself as who I was, who I am. I’m pretty sure everyone knows, but, I am a lesbian. When I was growing up I had to deal with that before I could allow others to deal with it, I had to deal with it myself,” Ledford said. “In the beginning it was really hard for me to come to terms with it. Once I started telling people, obviously people reacted in different ways, my friends s t a y e d friends, but it’s the people I didn’t know w h o treated me differently.” Ledford said it was around fifth or sixth grade when she realized that she wasn’t into all the same things the girls her age were into. “It could have just been that I was a tom-boy, but then as I got older and started realizing that was like an option, not like an option, but you know, there were
other people like that. It kind of made it easier for me,” she said. Ledford’s life just like anyone else’s has been no cake walk. She’s had her ups and she’s had her down’s. Though she says she knows it sounds cliché, her philosophy on life is seize the day. “Live like everyday is your last,” Ledford said.
photos contributed /Emily Ledford
march 26, 2010
A day in the life of...
photo contributed /Kathryn Hansen
What job includes solving problems, helping people in the chemistry field and being friends with protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, and safety shoes? You guessed it; a chemist. Kathryn Hansen, a lady chemist from Chicago moved to Cincinnati to continue her work as a chemPam Johnson, Christina Mangan and Kathryn Hansen are ist. “I am mar- member of the Chemstation “Green Team”. ried; we have “The most memorable work related 3 adult children, a dog, a cat, a very accident I had was breaking my foot large carnivorous snake, and a big leaving a customer on a winter day. I house with a large fish pond. I like to simply missed an icy step. It was so do outside activities, and swim all year. embarrassing. We kept right on going We have enjoyed the last 20 years in to complete our day’s business. It was Cincinnati, but I also love life in Chi- only later that I realized it was broken. cago where I grew up,” Hansen said. Driving with one’s left foot is not Hansen may seem like the best plan.” the average American Hansen considers hermother, but behind self successful and says the scenes, she’s her job has its good t. On a very different. days and its bad days; ansen daily basis Hansen but mostly good. g from does anything “I can provide for consulting with myself and family nd cussalespeople and while solving problems eloping tomers to developing to make others succeed retail product such as; as well. I have Windex, air not tried a life fresheners, of idle relaxand other ation lately, household but I suspect it products. is over rated.” Luckily, thee H a n s e n only accidentt quotes Henry Hansen had David Thoreau ve any of the did not involve in advice “Go confidently in the dangerous chemicals she works with direction of your dreams. Live the life on a daily basis. you have imagined.”
asst. sports editor
From the cleanest jobs to messiest or help the patients with simply living jobs, a surgeon would be categorized again. All surgeons love to see their as a messy job. Dr. Joy D. Leverich patients do well after they have treated is a general surgeon at Clinton Me- them. “My favorite part of my job is morial Hospital. “I wanted to be a interacting with people and children of physician since I was in first grade. I all ages, identifying their problem and originally went to medical school to fixing them,” Leverich said. Leverich is not be an obstetrician/ just a surgeon; she gynecologist but is happily married discovered I didn’t for 26 years and really enjoy delivis a parent of an ering babies. But eighth grader at I fell in love with Roger O. Borror surgery,” Leverich Middle School. said. She also loves To be a surgeon cats. one has to know Like any other what they are doprofession, suring or they could geons set or have ruin someone’s goals that they life forever. Many would love to surgeons are in achieve…just like practice for a long Dr. Leverich has time before beJoy Leverich is a general surgeon at Clinton Memorial Hospital and set for herself. “I ing on their own. has been in practice for 16 years. would like to con“I have been in photo contributed /joy leverich tinue to provide practice 16 years excellent surgical care this July,” Leverich said. When becoming a surgeon many in Clinton County. I would like to take have to brace themselves before enter- a more active role in physician leadering the job because there is a lot to see ship at the hospital,” Leverich said. Leverich feels that there are a lot inside the human body. “People sometimes do strange things to themselves-I of jobs out there that might be easy think I best leave it at that,” Leverich or might be hard to get into but it is worth all that school and time that is said. Surgeons not only see what is inside put into it. Many need to enjoy the job the body, but they also have fun in what they pick, that is just what Leverich they do. They help patients walk again has done.
GENERAL SURGEON: JOY LEVERICH
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February: teen violence awareness month Katie Brewer
Clinton County comissioners have proclaimed Febraury as Teen Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Is violence ever really the answer? and 45 percent of girls know a friend According to the Ohio Attorney Gen- or a peer who have been pressured into eral, nearly 1 in 5 teenagers in a seri- either sexual intercourse or oral sex. ous relationship have reported being Friends and family who know a teen slapped, pushed, hit, threatened, or who is in an abusive relationship have many options when it comes to helping coerced by a partner. To spread awareness and prevention the teen. “The awareness campaign is also on the issue of teen violence February has officially been named Teen Violence aimed to help bystanders know what and Prevention Month, while the first to do. Too often, after a tragedy occurs, week of February focuses mainly on friends will say that they knew the victim was scared of the other person, but teen dating violence. didn’t know what to do “Governor Strickland and the Ohio Attorney “The growing use to help,” Harris said. “If someone confides General’s office proin you that they are mote state-wide teen of technology has being abused, the best dating violence awareness activities,” Brenda opened doors to new thing is to listen. Many times, we want to fix Harris, Court and Family the situation and tell Advocate at the Alterna- types of abuse, such them what we would tives to Violence Center as cyber stalking.” want.” said. “Governor StrickBrenda Harris There are many land designated the first week in February as the court and family advocate ways awareness and information on teen focus week state-wide. violence is spread. Clinton County com“An informational missioners have proclaimed February as the Teen Violence Awareness and board is on display at Clinton Memorial Hospital, activities are planned at Prevention Month.” In December of 2009, Ohio passed CCYC, and information has been disHouse Bill 19, also known as the Tina tributed to all county school districts, Croucher Act, which will require school as well as to SSCC and Wilmington districts to provide dating violence edu- College,” Harris said. Warning signs include: Unexplained cation within the health curriculum for marks or bruises, not going out with students in grade 7-12. “The bill was named after Tina friends or family as much, making exCroucher, who died at the hands of her cuses for the other person’s behavior, boyfriend. Another bill, House Bill 10, overly possessive or jealous, excessive is still pending in the Senate,” Harris IM or texting, being afraid of making said. “If passed, this bill will allow the other person upset, giving up acprotection orders to be issued against tivities to be with that person, constant juveniles whom are committing abuse put-downs, etc. “The growing use of technology has toward a boyfriend or girlfriend.” Many teens are too afraid to ask for opened doors to new types of abuse, help when they are in an abusive rela- such as cyber stalking. Excessive tionship or don’t know who to turn to. IM or texting are becoming common “There are many reasons teens don’t ways of knowing where someone is want to tell parents or other adults; at and whom they are with,” Harsometimes they are afraid they won’t ris said. “Overall, it’s important for believe them or they don’t want the teens to remember that you are your other person to get into trouble,” Har- own person and no one has the right ris said. “However, without appropriate to hurt you physically or mentally.” intervention and guidance, the cycle of If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship or has questions abuse will not stop.” According to www.abanet.org, 57 about teen dating violence, please conpercent of teens know someone who tact Alternatives to Violence Center has been physically, sexually, or ver- (A.V.C.) at 937-383-3285 or 1-866bally abusive in a dating relationship 296-5415.
One in five teenagers have reported being abused by a partner.
march 26, 2010
Finding love on and off the ice editor-in-chief
Once every four years, the entire world’s attention is riveted upon hundreds of athletes competing in the ice and snow. For Lisa and Matt Geggie, the ice has been a part of their lives since they were little. “I have been skating since I was a little girl,” Lisa Geggie, a first grade teacher at Denver Place Elementary said. “My mom and grandparents took me to the pond at the local park when it froze solid every winter to skate.” Lisa, who attended Bowling Green State University, never actually took formal lessons. “Everything I learned was by trial and error each winter,” Lisa said. “I got to be pretty good by teaching myself.” One of the gym classes Lisa took at Bowling Green included figure skating, and it was through that that she became involved with the Falconettes, the skating team. Her gym teacher was also the coach. “She told me about the skating team and that I should think about trying out,” Lisa said. “I watched the Falconettes skate before some of the home hockey games. I decided that I wanted to try out for it.” Lisa tried out and made the team, knowing it would be hard work since most of the other girls had already been skating competitively throughout childhood. “I made it, even though I had no formal experience,” Lisa said. “It was amazing that I made it against some girls that had been taking lessons for years!” Lisa continued skating with the Falconettes for three more years before she graduated and competed in many skating competitions in Ohio and Michigan and performing before the Falcons’ home games. “I skated in two Ice Horizons shows. One show was with Scott Hamilton, one with Kitty and Peter Carrothers,” Lisa said. “I learned so much about figure skating by the time I graduated.” Among discovering a newfound passion for the ice, Lisa also found
The Geggie family poses for a Christmas photo. The Geggie’s met on the ice rink, falling in love with their sport and each other. They later married and had two beautiul children together. her husband, Matt Geggie, a hockey player, through figure skating. “I was getting ready for a skating show before a hockey game. I was in my dorm in college and I was looking in the hallway full-length mirror to be sure that I had everything on the right way before I took off for the game,” Lisa said. “Mr. Geggie was on his way down that same hallway to get his sister, who lived on my floor in the dorm, right around the corner from me. That is when we first met.” About a week later, Lisa said, she was skating around the arena and warming up before a practice. “I was a little upset that night,” Lisa said. “Mr. Geggie skated over to me
and told me that it looked like I could use a smile. So, he gave me one of his! Cheesy, right?” Lisa and Matt began dating shortly after that, “and the rest, as they say, is history!” Lisa said. Now happily married with two children, Matt and Lisa keep skating a big part of their lives. “Mr. Geggie and I take the kids to Open Skates in the area...both in Kettering and in Sports Plus, an ice facility in Evendale/Sharonville. We go to Columbus to cheer on the Blue Jackets (NHL Hockey team) as often as we can!” Lisa said. Their younger son Noah has begun skating lessons once a week in
photo contributed by/ Lisa and Matt Geggie
Evendale and will eventually take up hockey lessons there as well. “He has his own stick and helmet and loves to go outside to hit a tennis ball around with Mr. Geggie!” Lisa said. Emma, the Geggie’s eldest daughter is involved in competitive gymnastics. “She doesn’t take skating lessons...but she has shown us that she is definitely Mr. Geggie’s and my daughter!” Lisa said. “Although both of us would love to be skating again, we know that now is the time for the kids to be involved in their sports! And that is a love of ours, too! Watching our kids be successful in their sports!”
When Lisa Geggie was a kid, not only did she find passion for ice skating but she also found passion and love with Matt Geggie
16Varsity basketball falls in tournament game
march 26, 2010
Megan Phillips sports editor
The Wilmington varsity basketball team has been through a rough, but exciting season; ending their season with a record of 16-6. “This season was filled with adversity especially with all the injuries we had to deal with. Our best basketball of the season was our dominating back to back performances against Walnut Hills to win the conference for the third year in a row. This was the first team in Wilmington history to go undefeated in the FAVC,” head coach Mike Noszka said. Winning the conference this year was big for the team considering they had to share the FAVC title last year with a devastating loss that ended in overtime to Walnut Hills. “Yeah, we won the FAVC but we were expected to do that. We were successful last year by reaching the regional semis and we still weren’t satisfied with that. We wanted to go back there and go farther on to state and win it; and this year we didn’t even
win our sectional. I guess it just wasn’t meant for us to bring back a state title,” senior guard Quinten Rollins said. Going into the tournament games the team got scheduled to play Oakwood and had an easy victory winning 81-47. Three days later, they were scheduled to play Thurgood Marshall, a team they have lost to for the past two years. Unfortunately, the ‘Cane could not pull out a win and lost in overtime 50-51. “We did not play our best basketball against Marshall but our defense gave us a chance to win,” Noszka said. The group of seniors, as the past four graduating classes has built a foundation of winning basketball games and thrilling the community with their play. “It felt good to know that our community was there to support us and it just made us want to win that game even more because we didn’t want to let anyone down,” senior forward Jordan Berlin comments after the Thur-
good Marshall game. In the past 5 years, the basketball program has won 84 games. “I can probably speak on behalf of all the seniors in saying that we all had a blast playing for WHS. The competition, friendship, and memories we shared will be remembered forever,” senior guard Brandon Arehart said. “As the saying goes, tradition doesn’t graduate,” Noszka said.
Senior guard Quinten Rollins goes up for a shot in tournament game against Thurgood Marshall, Sat. March 6, 2010 at Kettering Fairmont High School photo/ linda rinehart
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Left 4 Dead 2 is bigger and better The player is standing on a balcony in a white plantation house next to a river. The warm air just smells like death and rotting flesh. Behind them is a half broken bloodstained door from the last wave of Infected that rose against them. Their teammates are all taking positions on the bottom floor preparing for the second wave when they hear the blood-curdling shout of hundreds of Infected running their way. The player’s only thoughts are to survive and keep their team of four alive. This is only one level of the four campaigns that are in “Left 4 Dead 2.” “Left 4 Dead” improves on its pre-
decessor “Left 4 Dead” in many ways that only makes it bigger and better. First, one of the new features are the new variety of primary weapons, secondary weapons, and melee weapons found throughout the levels. The melee weapons are especially handy if you like to get up close and personal with the Infected. There are a variety of options from frying pans to chainsaws which increases the options in what you use to fight with. Then there are The Infected (humans who got some type of infection before the game, turning them into mindless zombies) who return with new characters as well. One of the new Infected is
the Charger. When he charges you into a wall, he picks you up and own continually until slams you down a teammate can an help. Another is the Spitter, who spits pits stomach acid at your feet, causing you to have to move out of the liquid. Then, there is the Jockey who jumps on n you and rams you into a variety of obstacles. tacles. “Left 4 Dead 2” is challengngting and exciting and a greatt game for those who love shooting up zombies.
Call of Duty elates Josh Beck contributing writer
The long anticipated arrival of the next title in the “Call of Duty” franchise is here, and it was most definitely worth the wait. As the title suggests, this is in fact a sequel to the first “Modern Warfare,” a game that opened new ideas for weapon customization in multiplayer, and interactive storytelling for the plot. “Modern Warfare” two takes place five years after “Modern Warfare,” in which the Russian Ultranational-
ist and a threat to the U.S. Imran Zakhaev was killed. Unfortunately, a colleague of his rises in his place, named Vladmir Makarov, who has similar plans as Zakhaev. You play as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a member of Task Force 141; a group of the best of the best soldiers in the world. The storyline and the action sequences are quite compelling, but multiplayer is definitely something you will spend hours over. Online, the new, broader weapon customization will treat fans with a little diversity and a
LOT of options with weapo n s , especially now that there is a Killstreak Customization option. This basically allows the player layer to choose from a variety of options tions what they want to be awarded for getting a number of w without dying. On the kills in a row here are also Deathstreak other hand, there ning the exact opposite. awards, meaning so a new option for fans There is also who want to continue doing missions even if they have beaten the game.
There are a series o f misrandom m sions called Spec Ops in which you simply have to These complete the objective. The culty, come in all types of difficu busy. so it will keep everyone bu “Modern Warfare 2” hhas improved in many drastic ways from graphics, to storylines, to multiplayer. IIt is a must-buy for those die-ha die-hard fans of “Call y ” o f D u t y.
Super Mario Bros. makes a splash Josh Beck contributing writer
Mario’s done it again in his next big adventure for the Wii, “Super Mario Bros. Wii.” In the beginning of the story, we see Mario, Luigi, and two unnamed Toads; one blue, and the other yellow. It’s Princess Peach’s birthday party, and there is a great big cake brought out for her. But the cake turns out to be holding Bowser’s minions who kidnap Peach and get away in a flying ship, with Mario and his three
companions in pursuit. This sets up the familiar plot for the rest of the game. But not everything is exactly the same as in previous games. In fact, there are many improvements that make this game a huge success. First and foremost, the game has a new option: multiplayer. While in the past, players could only play together on an isolated setting specifically for multiplayer, there is now the option
to play the whole storyline with up to three other players. This is incorporated well, thanks to the fact that the screen will stay on all players at one time; meaning that if one player lags behind, the screen will get larger and cover more distance in order for the player to see what he or she is doing, but only for a certain distance. If they lag too far behind, and the player in front doesn’t slow down, the player in the back will die and lose a life.
Also, there is a ture in which you Mushroom Houses can find by doing tasks. These houses items that will help your journey to save and defeat Bowser. “Super Mario Bros. big step in multiplayer and is definitely an experience for all.
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Guys and Dolls opens at WHS Bell Ballentine staff writer
Guys and Dolls ran last weekend at the high school and it was a hit. Before the show, director Bryan Wallingford said there was something in the musical for everyone to enjoy. “[It’s about] New York gamblers and women who love them. Basically, tough guys with big hearts and girls who want to change them. There will be romance, action and comedy,” he said. The cast of the play was absolutely phenomenal. Every single actor made their character come to life and they were all very believable. From the accents, to the dances, to the songs, all of it had the audience smiling and wanting it to go on and on. Wallingford explained the play was meant as a distraction from reality. “[It will be] a good time. There’s so much drama and negativity in life, it’s just a good old fashion musical. We’ve got cool songs, great dance, just a night off from reality.” Boy, did he accomplish that. The two main couples, Nathan Detroit (Patrick Blouin) and Ms. Adalaide (Sara Horsley) and Sky Masterson (Shadrach Brausche) and Sarah Brown (Rachel Beck) were just fantastic. The audience could feel the chemistry between the actors and it was clearly shown on stage. The way the stories intertwined within the main plot, the romance and all the dance numbers were reasons to love this show. There really wasn’t anything not to love about this performance, even the set sparkled and it was evident a lot of work went into it. “Fifth period independent study built the set. Total I would say about 85 students worked [on the set,]” Wallingford said. This play was amazing and highly recommended for any student looking for a laugh and a good time. The show deserves an A + + for the music, dances and the performance as a whole.
Josh Beck, Stacey Taylor and Andrew Davis belt out the number “Guys and Dolls.”
Katie Swindler opinions editor
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march 26, 2010
The Lightning Thief strays from original story
Leaving the theatre, the same question reverberates in the minds of devoted fans: “Did the screenwriter even look at the book?” The only kind thing that can be said about “The Lightning Thief,” directed by Chris Columbus and based off of the series written by Rick Riordan, is that they got the names of the characters right. Sadly, that was the ONLY thing that stayed true to the books. Even the one thing that is supposed to remain constant from books to movies changed. The plot. One of the most disappointing things by far was the plot. To an outsider, the average movie-goer, it’s fine. It makes sense and it travels at a decent, two hour pace. But to the loyal fans of the book series, the plot is almost unrecognizable. Not only was it changed, presumably, to rake in cash, but the plot in its stead failed to be gripping. Instead of the brilliantly complex series of twists and turns and surprises that was Rick Riordan’s “The Lightning Thief,” one found themselves watching a third grade level plot with adult humor, the half aborted brainchild of Columbus and Craig Titley. It was not appreciated. The rest of the movie was a string of stunts that were fabri-
cated or actually in the book then manipulated beyond recognition. The name of the school in the first ten minutes of the movie was correct, but they failed to correctly depict a pivotal fight scene. Seriously? They can get the name of the school right, (Yancy, in case anyone was wondering), but they can’t even get an important scene right? Numerous events that add color and depth to the characters and develop the plot were left out entirely, leaving faithful readers shaking their heads, wondering if the screenwriter read the back cover of the book and thought they knew enough to create the movie. Because, quite honestly, the information found on the back cover was the ONLY information correctly shown in the movie. After the first half hour, devoted Percy Jackson fans came to the realization it was unsalvageable, and resigned themselves to watching the butchering of a fantastic book series. All of this goes past creative liberties, destroying a book like Columbus and Titley did should be a punishable offense. NOTHING important was done right. The best and worst thing about this movie is that though there are four other books and the movie didn’t leave
room f o r m mo ree. It I more. didn’t set et up up a sequel, much less th thee re rest st ooff the series. The tale of Percy Jack kso son will Jackson not go on, and that is tragic. But, the silver lining is that Hollywood can’t touch the rest of them, and butcher them li like it has “The Lightning Thief f.” Thief.” As movies go, “The Lightning Thief” wasn’t a poor one, it was even okay. It hadd well timed humor, though more for young adults and over, unlike the age group the books targeted. The action scenes were interesting and left watchers cringing, not because of cheesy choreography, but because the pain looked real. They had substance without dragging it out, for the most part. As a movie, it wasn’t bad. But, if one is judging it based off the book, it failed spectacularly, and receives a solid F-, a “demand refund on ticket and storm out” rating.
Shutter Island fails to shock and awe Jessica Maus features editor
Shutter Island is a suspense filled film directed by Martin Scorsese. Though the movie is full of apprehension, there is not much wondering. The movie is a very predictable, but is also a psychological mind game. The movie starts off with two detectives, Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the main character Teddy Daniels and Mark Ruffalo, who plays Daniels’ partner Chuck Aule. Daniels and Aule are investigating the disappearance of a murderer who has escaped Ashcliffe Hospital and is running around on Shutter Island. Soon after Daniels’ investigation, solving the case seemed promising until hospital administration refused him access to records that would help him close the case. Shortly after Daniels’ request for specific records was denied a hurricane hit Shutter Island. As Daniels’ request for records were denied, it seemed as though the staff of the hospital had something to hide. At this point the movie became very predictable. Pieces to the
puzzle were slowly being put together. As the hurricane caused mass amounts of chaos on the island and allowed other dangerous patients to escape. Among the chaos things aren’t as they seem. Daniels found himself confused and questioning everything including his memories, his partner Aule, and even his own sanity. The movie was a confusing psychological mind game, it was not until the last 20 minutes that the pieces of the movie were starting to make sense. Having a background knowledge in psychology will help for a viewer to better understand the movie as a whole. Without even the slightest bit of background knowledge the movie may have viewers leaving the theater confused and not understanding the main character. If a psychological mind game is of interest, Shutter Island is perfect. Otherwise, this movie is not up to par. In several newspapers and websites the ratings range from “A’s” to “F’s”. However, this movie deserves a D-.
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Dear John, you’re a contradiction Readers and viewers alike have conflicting opinions about how the novel Dear John compares to the recent film adaptation of the novel. Megan Phillips sports ediotr
Dear John, I love you. The novel Dear John, written by Nicholas Sparks, is a romantic, yet action filled story. The novel starts with a rebel, John, dropping out of school and enlisting in the army not knowing what to do with his life until he meets his soon to be first love, Savannah. Their attraction for each other grows quickly as they hang out almost every day over the summer. As John is set to start his duties off again in the army, he realizes how much he loves Savannah and will miss
her. Although, there is no backing out of his duties; he continues to go to the army and serve for his country. As the time goes by Savannah is left alone for many months without John, they write letters to stay in touch with each other but it’s just not the same. Shortly after being in the army, John has to come home because his dad is dying of complications with autism. He stays to take care of his father but shortly, his father passes away. 9/11 has then struck the United States. John finds it as his duty to re-
enlist in the army to serve for his country. Savannah is devastated in his decision knowing they will still be apart. After re-enlisting, John gets a letter from Savannah, Dear John, were done; pretty much sums it up. John was heartbroken and came home shortly after with his time in the army being up. He heads home to only find Savannah married to her old best friend. Dear John is an amazing and romantic story. Anyone who reads it will fall in love with the book, just like girls fall in love with the handsomely, John.
Jessica Maus features editor
Some people believe that the money brought into the box office during the first weekend of a movie release means that particular movie is very good. People are so caught up in the weekend gross that they don’t take notice to the decline in ticket sales on the second and third weekend. Those numbers say more than that a lot of people came out to see the movie the first weekend and that no one came out the second or third weekend. They show what friends say to their peers about the movie and what reviewers say in the daily papers the
w e e k f o l l o w i n g t h e p r e m i e r. The motion picture Dear John, directed by Lasse Hallström is based on the best selling novel written by Nicholas Sparks. According to boxofficemojo.com, Dear John hit the top of the box office bringing in $30,468, 614 in the first weekend, but a week later, the weekend gross almost dropped by half, o n l y bringing in
bers express something more than money. The $30 million in the first weekend represent the hype of how good the movie was supposed to be. The $16 million brought in the second weekend represent the actuality of how terrible the movie was. Dear John, the novel, was terrific; the movie, not so much. In fact it was terrible. Characters lives and their stories were skewed, whether the director thought the changes would make the movie better, or that they were only minor changes, will never be known. Critics alone on average gave Dear John a “C” after reviewing the movie. A “C” rating is being generous after the director warped characters, settings and plots that were included in the novel $16,071,526. that made the novel so great. A “D” is These num- a more deserved rating for Dear John.