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LITTLEHAWK City High School 1900 morningside drive, iowa city, iowa 52240 issue three volume sixty-six


A recap of major events since the start of the 21st century by davisvonk

Gore vs. Bush Apple unveils the iPod and explodes September 11th US invades Afghanistan,Taliban falls Osama Bin Laden escapes Patriot Act Anthrax scare Harry Potter movie American Idol premieres Columbia disintegrates over Texas Martha Stewart goes to prison Madonna kisses Britney Terminator elected as gov of CA Sadam Huissein is found in a hole Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at Superbowl Facebook launches MA becomes first state to allow gay marriage Indian ocean tsunami, 230,000 lives taken Ronald Regan dies at age 93 John Kerry vs Bush Bush’s 2nd term as president Pope John Paul II dies Pope Benedict instated Terry Schiavo Katrina

2000-2009, a decade sprinkled in catastrophe, national patriotism, complete political metamorphis, and a technological explosion beyond conceivable measure. At least for this generation, the dazing events of the past ten years seem to colossally override the 90’s, and vanquish the history book’s version of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Emerging with the misconstrued Y2K prediction of computer-caused chaos, the decade leaped out with a bang. Pop-Culture “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” flew into success as Warner Bro’s opened the portal to the wizarding world through the big screen in 2001. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson transformed into instant figures on the red carpet. 2002 sparked the decade’s infatuation with competitive reality TV shows; with June 11th’s debut of vocal talent search phenomenon American Idol. With the critiques of Grammy award-winning music producer Randy Jackson, award-winning music manager and executive Simon Cowell, and Emmy award-winning choreographer and Grammy award-winning pop singer Paula Abdul, America eagerly clogged the phone lines with their votes for best performance. Winning 58% of the final vote, Kelly Clarkson prevailed, becoming the show’s first and largest success. 2003 stirred up a fiery scandal with the steamy smooch between legendary sex symbol Madonna and 21-year-old pop icon Britney Spears at the MTV VMA’s. A Few Events Nov 4th 2000, the closest presidential election in history; Gore vs. Bush divided the nation, leading to a 31 day delay to finalize the vote of the first president of the 21st century. When the key swing state Florida eventually learned to count their ballots, George W. Bush prevailed (despite speculation), and the Republican party camped out in the White House for the next eight years.

The aftermath of the 2001 September 11th attacks ripped open the hearts of Americans, leaving the nation bleeding. Al-Queda coordinated the suicide missions hijacking four flights, succeeding in three of four terrorist attack attempts. Two flights collapses the New York World Trade Center, while the third flight acutely into the Pentagon, located in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane ended up in rural Shanksville, PA when passengers and crew attempted to re-take control of United Flight 93. The death toll reached devastating heights (3000 plus), with 6,000 more injured. The U.S. responded to the attacks by launching a war on terrorism in Afghanistan and commencing the search for Osama Bin Laden. “In my classroom, a student returned from a dental appointment, saying ‘Turn on the TV.’ We watched for the rest of the day. I’ll never forget that. I just couldn’t believe what was happening. The next day, one of the boys from that class came in and told us how much he loved us,” said Bonnie Hall. Feb 12th, 2004; Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage. By the end of the month, 4036 couples from 46 states and 8 countries were married in Massachusetts. The progressive act resulted in predominantly Roman-Catholic Spain to change laws regarding same-sex marriage, and the Cambodian king to support the view. Forty-one-year old Terry Schiavo became a focal point of the Nation as her parents desperately fought to maintain her brain-dead life by machine. Technological medical advances created an ethical dilemma involving definitions of life and death. Her parents crusade for her life ended when the sevenyear legal dispute resulted in the removal of Terry’s life support on March 18th, 2005. She died two weeks later on March 25. The decade held many dramatic changes. What started out as dreams of the new millinnium ended with sobering facts about the world today. Major issues like global warming, a sinking economy, and global insecurity can only be solved with the hope that starts a new era.

Youtube explodes 2006 Stem cell research veto Pluto leaves family of planets Playstation 3 and Wii ignite Gerald Ford dies at 93 Saddam Huissen hanged, cell video Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House Virginia Tech shooting 32 dead Huckabee and Obama win Iowa caucus Botox rages Pregnant man Rickrolled on computers Michael Phelps wins gold Obama and Biden bromance McCain and Palin Wall Street panic 700 billion bailout Miracle on the Hudson Obama elected Stimulus package Swine flu Michael Jackson dies Clinton flies to North Korea to free two American journalists Ted Kennedy dies Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize


dec 16 2009 darien vonk

guilds societies

Photo Essay



by harrisonburke This Saturday, all City High math students will have the opportunity to compete in the annual Great Plains Math League, or GPML, to those in the need-to-know. The competition will run from 9:30 in the morning till just after lunch. The competition is a stepping stone for many - if a student or team of students scores more than half of the possible points in any of the four rounds, they automatically qualify for State. But such a simple sound feat is not always so easily accomplished. “No, they’re hard problems,” said CHS math teacher Vicky Pederson. “Its not uncommon to miss all of the problems on a test.”

Large Group Speech

by philbuatti

The Large Group Speech team is currently in preparation for the competitions that will take place after winter break. For the first time in school history, City High will be hosting the district competition on January 23rd. “There’s going to be like a thousand emo kids in the halls,” Cole Hotek, ’11., Sessions.



by renatastewart On December 17th, 18th, and 19th, City High Combined Efforts will be taking the stage in the Little Theatre for their 9th annual performance. This year, it is a rendition of the classic “A Christmas Carol”. There are many students excited to both perform and attend the show. “I love the Combined Efforts shows; the costumes are really sweet, and it’s always fun to watch.” said Claire Myers, ’10.

Boys Swimming

by margaretyapp With 27 swimmers the 2009 boys team is the largest it has been in the history of independent City swimming. Returning Varsity swimmers include Senior Kanoe Russell, and state champion Cameron Herting. “We want to take as many swimmers as possible to state,” said Coach John Burkle “Get top 5 at state, and win MVC outright”. The boys swim team had their first meet on December 1st against Pleasant Valley. The Little Hawks beat PV 93-77 and won nine out of eleven events. “It was a good meet,” commented team captain Kanoe Russell, “But we did have five swimmers




4th Ave Jazz Company photos courtesy of ICPIXX

gone, so hopefully at our next meet we can do even better”.

Break Club

by carlsessions

City High is now representing an underground art that originated in Bronx during the 1970’s, with the City High break club. Junior Chris Wright decided to start the break dancing club. “I think people at City should be able to experience the art of break dancing,” Wright said. “It’s a great activity.” Anyone can join, and although the club’s more experienced members work to improve their skills and learn new moves, the club also focuses on the basics of dancing for any new members. “We encourage everyone to come and check it out,” said Wright. The club meets in the lunchroom foyer at 3:30 on Monday and Fridays.

We Defyne Intencity

by sarahmitchell

We Defyne Intencity is a hip hop dance crew founded by captain Destinee Gwee. Their routine was choreographed by Katie Moffitt, the University of Iowa dance major. The club currently has 17 members, and is sponsored by assistant principal Anne Browning. We Defyne Intencity had two performances recently, Dec. 3rd at the Fas Trac Banquet and Dec. 9th at the Winter Assembly.


by darienvonk

With upcoming holidays just around the corner, Interact will be working hard and helping out with their various charities and organizations. The club has been busy making holiday cards and planning a mini dance marathon on Dec 12. to benifit the childrens hospital. “I like the feeling of making someones holiday better.” said Emily Mitchell. The club meets at 7:30 AM on Thursday mornings in room 2305.

Network Security Club

by jeffhaidri

At the start of its season, the Network Security Club sets its sights on its annual competition. The group is welcoming new students, and will start soon. According to member James Haight, ’11, “We’re looking for skilled newcomers who will replace last year’s seniors. They’re what made last year so successful.” Interested students can contact Mr. Audia.

Have you heard?: Colin Berry breaks it down in 4th Ave’s first number “Good Times are Comin’”

Pump it!: MacKenzie Mead has got moves: how ‘bout you?

Special to the Little Hawk Steve and Jackie, Jensen IC Pixx,

Heartthrob: Andrew Wilkes - next tween obsession.

Rockin’: Nathan Zehr holds down the beat during a special act. Get Buff: Coady Sierra, Lauren Maize, Sarah Robertson Shannon Bowling and Rachel Stewart show off their guns during 4th Ave’s first number. The lovers, the dreamers, and me: Sean Smith sang “The Rainbow Connection” from the Muppets Movie as his special act. Left ‘Cause it wouldn’t be Christmas Without You: Mr. Hanson serenaded his wife and the audience from the stage with a surpise special act.

Right Multi-talented: James Offutt accompanied himself on the guitar during “Falling Slowly.”




Rumor - Mr. Hanson is leaving - because he was “forcibly retired”


It’s not certain. His contract, which expires at the end of this year, hasn’t been renewed. That’s it.

Rumor Coleman applied for the open slot, on a platform of “More discipline, more often.”

Rumor Doug Lestina also applied for the principal job on a platform of “I’m chill. Dawg.”


It’s so possible we don’t even care if its true or not.

Rumor The workmen are installing listening devices in every window sill as they put in the new windows.

Fact Everything they hear will be recorded, and deviators will be hunted down and eradicated. Painfully


Coleman and Lestina (who is a fan of the cameras, btw) don’t think that 49 cameras are enough, and are ordering more for next year.

We’ve Heard

They’re looking at a new model that shoots lasers as well as video. Rule-breakers will be vaporized. Painfully.


The newspaper is way too paranoid.


They’d be the first ones taken out by lasers and listening devices.





dec 16, 2009 carl sessions

4th Ave wows with “Holiday Magic” byharrisonburke From the audience’s prespective, the 4th Ave winter show “Holiday Magic” flowed perfectly from song to song, from performer to performer, each better than the last. But behind the scenes, the stage was a hive of activity. Students scrambled around, calling for bobby pins, eyeliner, shirts and shoes and above all, “What number is on? How long until we go on?” “It was organized,” Assistant Choral Director James Thompson said, “but there was also a sense of nervous energy form the performers.” Although hectic, the show was an especially meaningful night for many seniors, for whom it was one of their last chances to perform for their friends and family. “My song was really like, getting

ready to leave,“ said dance captain Jason Millsap, ‘10. Many other seniors performed: Coady Sierra covered Amy Winehouse with “He Can Only Hold Her” and Andrew Wilkes sang “I’ll Be.” “Jazz Enigma”, with seniors Will Whiteman, Nathaniel Gier and Nathan Zehr played “Strausbourg St. Denis.” Principal Mark Hanson, with a surprise special act, also took the opportunity to perform for what could be one of his final times on the Opstad stage. He sang, and accompanied himself on “It Wouldn’t be Christmas Without You.” He dedicated the song to his wife from the stage, saying, “well, it’s our anniversary in a few weeks– almost 28 years– and this has always been our song.”

Cheese Club bydarienvonk The fine hues of an aged Irish cheese washed over the connoisseurs’ palates. It happened in room 1214. Cheese Club: it seems almost too good to be true. It’s every student’s dream: extra-curricular activities multiplied by the wonderful taste of cheese. Cheese club is a new extracurricular at City High, led by presidents Olivia Louko and Marybeth Fenner. “I went to Grinnell [college] and was told there was a cheese club,” said Louko. “My friend Marybeth and I decided there should be one at City High.” Members assemble in room 1214 to consume the delectable cheese assortments and socialize. Currently, they are discussing possible fundraisers in order to purchase more cheese. The club is already busy, organizing a “bake sale” of cheesy products scheduled for

January 11 in the main foyer. On Valentines Day, cheese-grams (cheese sticks with messages attached to them) will be available for students to purchase and send to their friends. “They will all have cheesy phrases [on them],” said Louko. Although club members are developing phrases, those interested can contact her. For those interested in cheese or being part of the club, members meet on Mondays after school in room 1214.

A large renovation of the City High drama and music wings is in the works. The district has approved money for an architectural firm to draw up plans. Assistant Principal Terry Coleman acknowledges that the current facilities are not sufficient. “It was fine back in 1940, but now we have two times as many students, more programs. The space just isn’t adequate.” Coleman added, “the music wing is one of the only sections of the building that’s still used for its original purpose.” The wing has not had a major renovation during its roughly 75year lifespan. According to Coleman, the debate over City and West’s music funding


he space just isn’t adequate.

-Terry Coleman

State Budget byfelixmulligan Governor Chet Culver’s decision to cut 10 % of the state’s budget next year will have an impact on City High School. “Tough economic times require all of us to reach into our savings rather than make poor choices that would have an adverse effect in the long-run,” Chris Bern, President of the Iowa State Education Association said. “Iowa’s students should not be short-changed by inad-

prompted the decision. West High’s music wing is more modernized than that of City’s. “It [The City-West disparity] did not go unnoticed. Compared to the entire conference, it is by far the least adequate music facility.” Although no plans have been made, Coleman’s wish list includes increased space for rehearsal, storage and practice. There may even be a musical computer lab. There may also be enhancements to Opstad, including a larger lobby and increased handicap access. Coleman says that it is too early


equate course offerings or lose access to world-class educators because districts did not want to dip into their cash reserves, utilize the Iowa School Cash Anticipation Program (ISCAP), or use other re-

sources available to them.” The 10 percent cut from the state results in 5.6 million cut from the ICCSD budget. Last year, the ICCSD made cuts which totaled $3.4 million. They were

“Tough economic times require all of us to reach into our saving rather than make poor choices...” -Chris Bern

President of the Iowa State Education Association

implemented in order to work with the new budget shortfall. Superintendent Lane Plugge said, “the projections were not a surprise because we knew the (federal) stimulus backfilled state dollars last year.” The district has already cut some of the budget by dissolving the Regina’s bussing. This action will save about $260,000 in transportation costs.

Swimming Drama


A new swimming club, the Iowa City Flyers, has opened up. The club, started by the community, is funded and owned by the University of Iowa. The Iowa City Eels, a swim club that has been operating in town for numerous years, is filing a complaint. The Eels state that the Flyers club was founded without communicating with the public. The Flyers have been criticized because the University is supporting a private club that isn’t aimed at the University’s students. The Flyers feel that they have gone through all the right channels and their club is legitimate. They have enough support from the community to start the club. The Iowa City Eels filed a formal complaint to be reviewed by the university. The complaint has been reviewed by a board of advisers, but they ruled to further investigate before deciding on a verdict.



New renovation project set to update old facilities Time line to determine the cost of construction, however it is estimated that the renovations will be completed within three years. “The current Freshman class will get to see the results their senior year of high school,” Coleman said. Choir Student Andrew Brooks, ’13, is unsure about the new construction. “I haven’t noticed any major problems [ in the music facilities],” he said. “It seems a little unnecessary.” However, Orchestra Director Candice Weibener is optimistic about the renovation. “When they rennovated Opstad, we were consulted by the architects and our needs were met.” Weibener was hopeful that the same would happen with the anticipated construction project. “We absolutely need more space,

now, briefly


Olivia Louko ‘10, cuts the cheese at cheese club

Music and Drama Construction byjeffhaidri





Desig n phase: The school talks with architects, blueprints are made, and they make cost estimates


The District awards a contract to a construction company.

Late Fall:

Work beg ins on the rennovation.

18 months-2 years: Costruction complete!

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States. For the City High policy debate squad, countless hours have been spent in relation to this statement, developing arguments to run against other teams at tournaments. City High’s A team, seniors Luke Allen and Noah Rocklin, have succeeded so far this year. “Luke and I have done pretty well,” Rocklin said. “But we’re hoping to do a lot better. We have our eyes set on districts and state.” On Dec. 12, Rocklin and Allen reached elimination rounds at the Dowling Paradigm in Des Moines.

Youtube disrupts Powerschool

by jeffhaidri

by the





Cut needed to balance the budget


Cut actually happening


Will come from Education funding, including Universities


Million will be cut

The district’s computer network, especially the internet and Power School, can be remarkably slow, to the point of failure. According to City High Tech Services, students crowd the bandwidth by streaming media online. The holdup is partly caused by the centralized structure of the district’s internet connection. It is fixed at 32 megabytes per minute, which is considered slow. The school’s bandwidth is nearly full; its system normally uses 30 out of the 32 megabytes per minute. According to Greg Vraspier, Tech Services Director, students who watch video or listen to music online cause major slowdowns in City High’s network. As a possible solution, the district has installed a new filtering system; it blocks parts of YouTube and restricts more websites. Ultimately, it comes down to the issue of content. Vraspier said,” The issue is if students or teachers are [interfering with the bandwidth] for non-school purposes.”




4 Shaveless in November carl sessions dec 16 2009

A combination of efforts

No Shave November takes over the faces of City High. photo by JEFFHAIDRI


On the left: Janet Schlapkohl, director, watches students rehearse durnig practice each afternoon. On the right: Sam Buatti, ‘13, practices shivering in the cold during rehearsal.


about a future group putting on the play “A Christmas Carol.” Over the course of the many rehearsals, lots of students have grown to like the script. Three unlikely elements“I think that the shows we do are really creative,” said actress rapping, Christmas carols and penny pinching old men- are Kelsey Sheets ‘11. “And if they’re not original, they’re certainly coming together in the City High Little Theatre. The mastersomething people can identify with.” mind behind this unlikely conglomeration? Janet Schlapkohl, Other students aren’t as concerned with how popular the former City High associate and drama director. Schapkohl, play is, and are just enjoying the new script. recently accepted into the University “It’s a nice adaption of a classic tale,” said Razzi of Iowa Playwriting Masters program, has written this year’s show, a modern like that it’s a Abuissa ‘11. Iver Hovet agrees. “I like that its a recreation of a famous story of take on Charles Dickens’ classic “A recreation of a Christmas,” he said. Christmas Carol.” The cast and crew have been hard at work practicing and famous story of By re-writing a traditional story and adding in elements that many of the actors know, Slchapkohl meeting every day for many weeks after Christmas. has made the play an easy, fun, and holiday-themed school in the Little Theatre. The play way for the kids to get involved. will open Thursday, December 17th - Iver Hovet, ‘11 And getting involved they are. This year’s cast is and run through Saturday, December one of the biggest yet, and is composed of a very diverse group 19th. Each show will be at 7:30pm, with the doors opening at of students, who joined for many different reasons. 7:00pm. “[I joined] just for fun - I like it a lot,” said Leslie Kennebeck, Schlapkohl started Combined Efforts Drama in 2003, as an ‘11. “I like just hanging out during rehearsal, and all of my alternative theater program at City High. It allows regular edufriends are in it.” cation drama students to collaborate with students in the speOther actors joined because they wanted to see what City cial education department. Originally, the group did one show High Drama is all about, or because they wanted to try their a year, during the winter,but with recent increases in popularity hand at costume or technical design. Yet others joined because they’ve begun a “Summer Stock” program that lets kids put on they like the actors and directors they’re working with, or a second show during their free time in the summer. Along because they had previous experience with CHS drama or with the increase in popularity, the size of the program has also Combined Efforts. grown. Schlapkohl has high hopes for the future. “Me? I like making new friends,” said Kelsey Sheets. “You “I hope that by next year we’ll be able to put on three shows a year,” she said. “I want to have a core group of about 10 actors, meet so many people here you wouldn’t normally because its a combination of different grades and interests.” and then others who will work show to show.” With all the fun they’re having this season, many actors are As with many of the past shows, Schapkohl has written planning to come back next year and want to continue to be this year’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Though it still contains all the elements of the original story, Schlapkohl added involved with Combined Efforts. Kelsey Sheets certainly plans to, “Yeah, no brainer!” a new story line, turning it from the normal story into a play


Waves of grizzly teenagers roamed the hall, but no werewolves were in sight. No-Shave November is a month-long event in which people allow their facial hair to reach its full potential. It is estimated that 100 students, mostly boys, participated. Roughly 20 lasted the whole month. The participants were varied, and they had a plethora of reasons for observing No-Shave. Razzi Abuissa, ’11, wanted to test his “moustache potential”. However, David Gomer, ’10, wanted to be a part of a larger movement. “[I stopped shaving] because I heard it was a City High Tradition.” No-Shave November is observed in various forms across the US, Canada, and Australia. It has been popular amongst college students and high schoolers for years. Society presented many challenges to the beard growers. Gomer said, “For the first few weeks, my girlfriend was in protest, because it [my facial hair] was more prickly than bushy.” For Abuissa, the going was too tough. “I survived for about three weeks, up until Thanksgiving,” he said. “I was getting a haircut, and I had to shave.” Ultimately, the No-Shavers are in it for the fun; some even prolong the event. History teacher Randy Brown said, “I don’t shave in November, December, and January. I follow it with No-Shave February.”


Nonviolence sweeps the school bycarlsessions

City has changed,” Principal Mark Hanson said. “[Kids are feeling] less frustration about school, and they’re building healthy relationships with each other and their teachers.” The decrease in fights is just what administrators were hoping would happen with their new policies, and they’re hopeful about the future. “We’re in the middle of a great school year,” Hanson added. “Both academically and climate wise, and I feel confident that we’ll keep it up for the rest of the year.”

Two years ago, City High had seen its students get in 16 fights before winter break. Following this violence, new rules were added including limitations on hallway usage when class was going on, and tougher discipline for students who ignored rules. Despite some negative reactions to the changes, they have proved their effectiveness with only three fights taking place this year. “The overall climate at

PSTO seeks student participation bymaurachannon In a school of about 1400 students, only one on average makes it to the monthly PSTO meeting. Every student and teacher in the school is a member of the PSTO. The PSTO addresses problems, discusses changes and provides informational sessions. “Being involved in the PSTO is an opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s education and a place for students, teachers and parents to come together to improve the school,” said former PSTO president Susie Poulten. There are always limited ways in every high school for students to influence decisions. “PSTO is a way for students to have power, get involved in their school and help make decisions,” said Markie Channon,

last year’s student senate PSTO representative. “The problem is students are not going to the PSTO meetings and so are missing out on one of the only opportunities to get things changed.” Many parents who attend the PSTO meetings bring the thoughts and concerns shared with them by their children. One way for students’ beliefs and opinions to be heard is to have their parents attend meetings, speaking on their behalf, but another way is to go and speak as a student who experiences the issues. “We would love to have more students involved in the PSTO,” said Natalie Pearson, PSTO President, “We are supposed to represent everyone and we can’t do that unless students come”enough to get things changed,” said Channon.

on the Man, there are so many rules here!

Dude, have you heard about PSTO?

“It’s a parent, student, teacher organization. It sounds boring”-Evan

“I don’t know all that much.”-Christiana Achra-

“I don’t really know about it.”-Luis Lopez ‘11

“I think it’s horse hockey.”-Johnny Millard

Risk ‘11

Nah, what’s Go it to it, about? you can make a difference in school

Today we talked about how we could improve our curriculum at City, I think I made some change

2 weeks later




What do you know about PSTO?

zoglou ‘10





colin mcallister

dec 16 2009


New attendance A year in Africa secretary Ian Stewart traveled to Africa for a year, searching for an enlighning experience instead of going straight to Middlebury College

Renee Tonning brings a new folder system and a wide variety of experiences to the attendance office after 14 years at Horace Mann. lems are solved better with honey than with vinegar.” Renee Tonning, mother of The arrival of Tonning was three City High Alumni, takes greatly celebrated by many the position after 14 years parents. serving Horace Mann as the “She is just a wonderful principal’s secretary, school woman to work with because nurse, calculator of grades for she is always underthe entire school and standing and very everything else. personable,” says “I was ready to “I was ready to work with some Jacque Scannell. work with some older older kids for a change,” she For some parents, kids for a change,” she especially during the said “and the opportunity said, “and the opporflu season, communitunity came up at a came up at a great time” cating with Tonning great time.” becomes a frequent At City she will occurrence. To assist fulfill a more specific -Renee Tonning parents with keeping Attendance Secretary role. their children caught “The main differup in school Tonning ence is that at Horace Mann I strange faces.. has set up a folder system for was the ‘everything’ secretary “It’s always nice to see a fa- teachers to drop off assignwhereas here I am strictly at- miliar face from Horace Mann ments. tendance.” “It has been so helpful for and see how much they have Tonning felt that the only changed in four to five years.” my daughter that even though challenges that she faced Tonning does now deal she is home, her sister can when starting at City, thanks with a diversity of students pick up all that she needs for to a helpful staff, were simple who are often having a bad school, which makes coming things such as where the sta- day. back to school after illness pler is kept. “I think it is helpful for stu- much easier.” “It has been a very nice dents to remember that probby sarahmitchell

transition to City High and all of my coworkers have made it very enjoyable,” Tonning said with a smile. With many Horace Mann graduates at City High Tonning isn’t seeing a crowd of

by andyfenneman

Most high school students would never dream of eating the head of a goat. But as Ian Stewart ‘09 sat down at the breakfast table one morning, he was greeted by the rather repugnant sight of the exotically spiced head of a goat. Now you may be wondering, What kind of college has food that bad? Don’t they usually just eat ramen in college? But Stewart is not like the majority of his peers, who are now attending universities across the U.S.. he decided to spend his first year after high school graduation in the arid west African nation of Mali. He plans to attend Middle-

bury College in Vermont next fall, but decided to take a gap year to help others. Ian will be spending the majority of his time in Mali in the small town of Kati, a village only a few miles from the nation’s capitol, Bamako. He won’t be sitting idly for a year, he will be spending his time teaching English and French to the students at Ciwara Community School, a local school. Stewart thinks it’s the right thing to do, “I don’t think I was really ready to go to college right away, and this is just a really good opportunity to discover myself while helping out.”

photo by African boatman

On a Boat: Ian Stewart rides a small boat off the coast of Mali.


A Commute: Off the coast of Mali three African men find a way to transport goods on a boat.

Janet Schlapkohl Inspires Combined Efforts Drama production of “Christmas Carol” will premiere Thursday December 17, 18, and 19.

by margaretyapp At City High, the same students always seem to act in every show, often making it hard for others to get involved. Janet Schlapkohl aims to change this. Janet is the director of Combined Efforts Drama, which she describes as “a theater group which focuses on people’s talents, and includes performers who come from all of the education programs at City High”. In other words, the actors in Combined Efforts are from both general and special education classes. Janet has been directing Combined Efforts for nine

years. Throughout this time, she has influenced people as both a director and a friend. Chip Hardesty is a familiar face at Combined Efforts practice and helps with set building. “It’s amazing to see people, some of which are challenged, some of which are not put on these complicated productions. It’s a tribute to Janet that she never writes down to people. She gives people the chance to succeed,” he said. The actors in Combined Efforts also notice the difference Janet has made at City High. “She is a great person because she has a lot of patience with everyone,” says

Sophie Neems, ‘12. “Your ability doesn’t matter; she includes everybody and is willing to work with everyone.” Janet writes all of the Combined Efforts plays herself. This year, she wrote her adaption of “A Christmas Carol” with the help of Louisa Hill, Julie Goodlaxen, and Mary Vasey. “It really makes you think,” says Janet. “It becomes a good character study”. Janet has been writing plays since seventh grade, and for the past ten years has been writing and directing plays at Country Camp, a summer camp that she runs. All of this practice has paid off: Janet was recent-

ly accepted into a playwriting program at the University of Iowa. In two years, she will get her masters in playwriting. Although Janet loves writing and directing for Combined Efforts, her real dream is to have it take off without her. “My dream is to one day have Combined Efforts come to a nice sized theater, maybe 200 or 300 seats. I get a ticket at the door, I know the people working, but I’m not in charge. That’s when I would know that it would be taking off on its own. That would be my dream, that would be so cool.”


Direction: Janet Schlapkohl directs one of the final rehearsals for the Combined efforts play.

Another bell has been rung bymikehunter For the first time in the history of City High a warning bell rings a minute before classes start, encouraging students to move faster and get to class on time. The warning bell was instituted in October to cut down on students arriving late to class. “If you hear a warning bell you are most likely to hurry up to class” said Dean of Students, Doug Lestina. “And the bell seems to be working so far.”


the number of students tardy to class info down,” Principal Mark Hanson said. “It was brought up by the •there are 22 bells in one school day administration staff.” •7 of those bells have recently been added in Some teachers are •the new bells are signaling 1 minute before the confident in the new tardy bell bell’s effectiveness. “It’s effective” said geometry teacher The new bell is undergoing Mrs. Knoche. “I am a trial period of one month having less students arrive late before the effects will be eval- to my classes.” uated and administrators will However, other teachers decide whether it’s necessary. are skeptical about the need “The intention is to bring for such a reminder.

“I think students need to be more responsible” said english teacher Mr. Mitchell. “So we don’t need a warning bell.” For the most part, student reaction to the new bell has been negative. “It is confusing and not needed to get me to class faster” Katherine Van Derwoude ’12 said. “I don’t think we should have it.” “We’re high school students, and we don’t need the school telling us that we only have a minute left,” said Erin Helm. “We’re mature enough.


Jingle bells: the new one minute warning bell has been seen as unnessesary by students.




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The Little Hawk polled over 200 City High students on what they thought were the most groundbreaking and entertaining items of the last 10 years.To the right of City’s picks, the LH staff chose what they thought was the best of the decade.

City Picks Best Albums

1. Tha Carter III (Lil’Wayne) 2. Fearless (Taylor Swift) 3. The Fame (Lady Gaga) 4. This Is It (Michael Jackson) 5. Breakout (Miley Cyrus)

City Picks Best Books

LH Staff Picks Best Albums

1. Twilight (series) 2. Harry Potter (series) 3. Looking for Alaska 4. My Sister’s Keeper 5. Angels & Demons

1. Cross (Justice) 2. Fearless (Taylor Swift) 3. Tha Carter III (Lil’ Wayne) 4. Kid A (Radiohead) 5. Is This It (the Strokes)

Most Influential

Musicians/Artists Musicians/Artists 1. Lil’ Wayne 2. Taylor Swift 3. Lady Gaga 4. Beyonce’ 5. Michael Jackson

1. Animal Collective 2. Lady Gaga 3. Lil’ Wayne 4. Taylor Swift 5. Radiohead

Best Invention

Best Invention

1. iPod 2. iPhone 3. Snuggies 4. Touchscreens 5. Xbox 360

Best TV

1. Family Guy 2. House 3. Spongebob Squarepants 4. The Office 5. Scrubs

Best Movies

1. Twilight (series) 2. Dark Knight 3. Harry Potter (series) 4. Transformers 5. Hangover

1. President Obama 2. George W. Bush 3. Miley Cyrus 4. Oprah Winfrey 5. Michael Jackson

LH Staff Picks Best Books 1. Twilight (series) 2. Harry Potter (series) 3. Holes 4. Kite Runner 5. America (the book)

Most Influential 1. President Obama 2. Oprah Winfrey 3. George W. Bush 4. Michael Jackson 5. Steve Jobs

1. September 11th, 2001 2. George W. Bush 3. Global Warming 4. Economy 5. Hawkeyes losing

Most Overrated

Best TV

1. George W. Bush 2. Michael Jackson’s death 3. President Obama 4. Iraq 5. Twilight

1. Arrested Development 2. It’s Always Sunny... 3. The Office 4. House 5. Family Guy

Most Successful

Best Movies

1. Election of Obama 2. Social Networking 3. Apple Inc. 4. City High Sports 5. Green technology

1. Slumdog Millionaire 2. Lord of the Rings (trilogy) 3. An Inconvenient Truth 4. Dark Knight 5. Benjamin Button

1. September 11th, 2001 2. Global Warming 3. George W. Bush 4. Economy 5. Jon and Kate break up

Most Overrated

1. Twilight 2. Michael Jackson’s death 3. Jon and Kate 4. Snuggie 5. Crocs

The Review This Month’s movie:


Sports Café

by jordinminer Mondo’s on the Highway 6, since reopening last November following the flood, has maintained popularity and regard in its community. Among the amenities the restaurant offers is its Sunday Brunch, a brunch that should make owner Don Giavanni hide in shame. Upon entering Mondo’s, the decor is very striking, it has an air of

•Y2K scare dismissed •Rage Against the Machine play outside of Wall Street. Forcibly closing the stock market. •George W. Bush is elected President


•Both of the Twin Towers in New York City are destroyed in a terrorist attack •Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opens in theaters generating $93.5 million dollars on opening weekend •Gladiator wins 5 Oscars


•The Osbournes TV show premieres on MTV, following the life of a retired metal musician •The No Child Left Behind act is signed by President Bush


•The United States invades Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction •Space Shuttle Columbia explodes on reentry over Texas •Saddam Hussein is captured by US troops •President Bush is reelected president •Enormus Tsunami hits Southeast asia, killing up to 200,000 people •Former President Ronald Reagan passes away


by jeffhaidri I have not had a good scare in a while, yet Paranormal Activity is a breath of fresh air. What’s being called the Blair Witch Project of the decade is something uniquely 21st century, a viral hit that attacks our deepest fears. The film has been a striking success. Although it had a production budget of just $15,000, Paranormal has earned over $100 million. This makes it the most profitable indepen-

dent film ever. Director Oren Peli, made the movie as realistic as possible, there are no elements of the standard Hollywood flick; there are no cameramen, songs, transitions, or big stars. It’s just “recovered footage,” audiences can imagine it really happening. The entire film is captured on a single camera, only taking place within the house which gives the movie an intimate feel. Peli makes the viewer experience the fear firsthand.

sophistication and gaudiness. The layout is very modern and pleasing to the eye, but the collection of knick-knacks and photos all across the walls take away from what should be a classy set-up. The arrangement for the buffet appears promising at first. There are at least a dozen silver, roll-top containers and a table covered with plates of delicious fruits, salad, and desserts that make up the buffet. However, the pretty exterior of this feast is quickly proven quite deceiving. The breakfast half of the brunch


•Hurricaine Katrina hits the Southwest destroying New Orleans and many other cities •Iraq holds parlimentary elections, electing leaders to replace the Saddam Regime •Pope Benedict XVI becomes 265th pope


•Steve Irwin dies after swimming with a sting ray and getting stabbed through the heart •Saddam Hussien is executed •North Korea claimed to have test detonated a nuclear bomb


•Evel Knievel and Anna Nicole Smith both die •Northern Europe is hit with a hurricaine •Nanci Pelosi become the first woman to be Speaker of the United States House of Representatives


•A massive earthquate rocks China killing nearly 80,000 people •The 2008 Summer Olympics are held in Bejing, China •Barack Obama wins the 2008 presidential election becoming the first black president


•Micheal Jackson, Billy Mays, and Walter Cronkite die •Swine Flu outbreak sweeps the nation •Time table for leaving the Middle East is formulated by Obama

Most Successful 1. Social Networking 2. Hybrid cars 3. Apple Inc. 4. Election of Obama 5. Jon Stewart

The action is slow and deliberate. The film is a masterwork of suspense; you always expect the worst, but are frustrated with just a swinging chandelier or moving sheets. After an hour, the sense of security is lost. Demons lurk around every corner and there is no escape. The being that haunts the couple is shapeless and undefined. There’s no way to know what they’re facing, though it’s powerful and otherworldly. This fear of the unknown is what makes

buffet contained waffles, bacon and sausage, scrambled, and potato hash. These would-be decadent foods, by 1:15 were less than desirable. The waffles were fair but lukewarm, the eggs were gummy, the hash was lukewarm and under seasoned. The only thing that was passable was the bacon and sausage which were cooked perfectly and well-heated. As far as the lunch portion of the buffet, it was worse than the breakfast. Roast pork, pasta in tomato sauce, roast beef, mac and cheese, and loaded potatoes made up the lunch options. Not one of

the characters (and the viewer) feel so powerless. This is also why Peli shot all of the haunting scenes at night, when the couple is asleep. There are a few issues with the film’s character and plot development. Micah (the husband) is obvious and simple. He’s aggressive, whether he’s “defending” them or filming the demon I recommend Paranormal to anyone who is dissatisfied with Hollywood gore movies and wants to be scared.

the aforementioned items are worth any regard. The meat was cold, the pasta was flavorless, potatoes were dry, the macaroni was ordinary. The only food that could be positively remarked on was the fruit. A less than savory meal is already an injury but the insult was yet to come. After enduring every dish of the brunch, when the check came it was revealed that it runs a whopping $16 per person. With price and quality in mind, the meal and buffet was a flop.



Biggest Disappointments Biggest Disappointments

1. iPod 2. iPhone 3. Water-purifying straw 4. Highspeed internet 5. HPV vaccine



Next Up: Upcoming events

Music Dec. 21

Lil’ Wayne - Rebirth Rammstein - Liebe ist Für Alle Da

Usher - Raymond V. Raymond

Movies/Plays Dec. 18 Nine

Dec. 23

Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakuel

Dec. 25

Sherlock Holmes

Concerts Dec. 12

Cuddle Magic @ the Mill, 9pm




One of Iowa City’s buried little treasures, this innovative LEED certified school brings learning to an entirely different level. by merediththornton



uzzled between trees and rooftops sparkling with snow and ice is a haven of learning for many. Willowwind School, the only Gold LEED certified elementary in the state is a most remarkable piece of Iowa City. Almost 100 preschool through 6th grade students reside daily inside the eco-friendly cardboard walls. Class sizes are limited, so students are not overwhelmed. “Our class size is small, we limit our elementary size classes to sixteen,” said Head of School, Matt Ruzek. With three preschool and four elementary teachers, three licensed associates, part time music, art and French teachers, and a full time Spanish teacher, elementary students are provided with the best of all worlds. “We sing Happy Birthday to every child in Spanish, French and English.” Ruzek said. “I love to be with some of the same students and see them grow,” said 1st and 2nd grade teacher Brooke Orrell.

But these opportunities come with a price. For elementary students, tuition is $6,500 and for everyday preschool attendees $5,700. Financial aid is a big part of how deserving students have the ability to attend Willowwind. “We have a variety of financial aid,” Ruzek said, “We rely heavily on private and public donation.” While many remember the old location for Willowwind School, downtown on Burlington, the building wasn’t large enough for the growing population at 1,700 sq ft. Their new building located on Dover St. is close to 17,000 sq ft. greatly increasing their size. Students and teachers are all on a first name basis, making the atmosphere more comfortable. Tina Vo, the Before and After School Program Director speaks of how the school works “We can enrich kids as we see fit, let the kids work at their own pace.” The school basically ignores the idea of ages and grades, letting children work at a pace that they can handle in subjects they enjoy. The school bases their ideas on how kids improve and strive to learn, not what grade they are

Address 950 DOVER STREET Founded in 1972 Grades PRESCHOOL AND K-6 Enrollment 53 PRESCHOOL, 55 K-6 Class Size PRESCHOOL: 20-22 K-6: 14-16 Tuition FULL-TIME PRESCHOOL $630/MONTH, K-6 $6600/YEAR

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technically supposed to be in. This lets younger, advanced students join higher classes. In fact, most classes are mixed grades to ensure students are always looking for a challenge. Even the playground equipment is interactive. “The playground equipment is based on kinesthetic learning,” Said Vo. “Kids know their limits; you’d be surprised that they know when to stop,” said Vo upon watching the students use the equipment with ease. Willowwind has a rich and colorful history. Administrators and staff encourage people of the community to experience their history, and what they are holding on to. “People need to come and experience us. We’re discovering and trying new things, but there’s so much history. Have folks come and take a tour,” said Ruzek. If you are interested in visiting Willowwind School please call or email a staff member before you go visit the grounds. All of their information is on the website at

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Right: Tholen attempts to keep his balance, as the Willowwind students keep steady with ease. Below photo by DAVISVONK

Left: Tholen spins ‘round and ‘round on the small spinny chairs on the preschool playground


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system in which buildings can be graded on their Environmental Impact (aka “green-ness”) based on set criteria • Around 40 buildings in Iowa have some type of LEED certification. • “Green building will support 7.9 million jobs and contribute $554 billion to the US GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the next four years, according to USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). • RUMOR: Willowwind was the first LEED-certified school in the nation. ANSWER: Willowwind is still researching this story, but it is possible.

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or most, switching medication four or five times for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) would prove too much. But Bryan Martin, ’11 doesn’t seem to have a problem. “I excel the most in math, but my favorite [subject] is science.” ADHD causes people to have trouble paying attention, be unable to control impulsive behaviors and be overly active. They can be unfocused, forgetful, squirm or fidget, talk too much, have trouble taking turns and interrupt others. Students with ADHD are Predominantly Hyperactive Impulsive Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type, or Combined Type. Even reading can be a challenging task. “It’s harder for me personally to read because it’s harder to stay focused on the book. I read a lot slower and have to pay more attention to detail. “ While ADHD usually starts in young children, symptoms can stay until adolescence and even to adulthood. Bryan Martin’s 6th grade twin brothers have ADHD. Martin himself was diagnosed at a young age. “I was diagnosed [in 3rd grade] because my teacher asked my mom to get me tested. I shouted out answers and stood up a lot in class. “ About 4.5 million children aged 5-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD by 2006. But even with that relatively small number, only 2.5 million or 56% are being treated. But some students say that undedicated students don’t highly affect them. “I have quite a few friends that have ADHD and when they take their meds they’re just a calmer version of themselves,” said Michael Sotelo ’11. While others may not always see the difference between medicated and unmediated ADHD students, those affected feel the difference. “It’s really hard to stay focused on anything, even conversations. I zone out a lot and sitting still is impossible,” said Martin. While doctors and researchers are not sure why ADHD happens, but the leading causes are brain injuries, environmental exposure (e.g., lead), alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature delivery and low birth weight. Whatever the real cause of ADHD, commonly know “causes” aren’t legitimate. Bad parenting, too much or too little sugar, food additives or allergies, lack of vitamins, fluorescent lights, too much TV, and video games are not causes of ADHD. Many researchers have found that parents seem to believe that children will grow out of ADHD, but this is simply not the case. While hyperactivity usually stops in the late teen years, about half of the kids who have this continue to have mood swings, be easily distracted and be unable to complete tasks. Working with professionals and those who really care help those with ADHD. To truly help a student affected by ADHD, you need to understand the issues. Students may need more structure and clearer expectations along with counseling, and/or medication. To further help, make a schedule, set clear directions, focus on effort, not grades and talk to teachers. Others – specifically teachers - will not know what is appropriate if they do not know about a situation. “ADHD makes you fidgety and inattentive,” said Bryan Martin.

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t is a common misconception to think that ADD and ADHD are separate and unrelated disorders. In reality, ADD ( Attention Deficit Disorder) is just a subcategory of ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). The term ADD is now considered outdated and no longer used in the medical world. There are three separate types of ADHD. The first is termed ‘ADHD predominantly hyperactivity and impulsivity’, which is the least common subcategory. Kids with this type often give impromptu remarks and display overzealous behavior. The second is ‘ADHD predominantly inattention. “This type of ADHD is what used to be known as ADD” said Debra Kay, a local psychologist. The third category is a combination of the first two types: inattention mixedwith hyperactivity and impulsivity. This is the most common type of ADHD. The diagnosis of ADHD has changed dramatically during recent years. “In the past, young hyperactive boys, who were likely to cause trouble in school, made up a majority of the diagnosed cases,” said Kay. Recently, many more young girls are being diagnosed. Still, boys are two to three times more likely to have ADHD than girls. ADHD is one of the most researched mental disorders of children and teens, but the precise cause of it is yet to be discovered. It is a neurological disorder in which a low level of



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dopamine (a brain chemical) is found in diagnosed children. Some research has pointed to a genetic cause of the condition. Many parents of affected kids had symptoms in their childhood. The disorder is commonly found in brothers and sisters within the same family. While there have been many improvements in medicating ADHD, there is a long way to go. “The old medicine was a stimulant and had some severe side effects, such as worsening depression,” said Kay. She specified that this is not the case with everybody. “It really depends on the person. Everyone reacts differently to medication,” she said. With improvements, there are now non-stimulant medications. The release of the medication has also been improved, with a slower and more even dispensation. But for some kids, medication isn’t always the best way to go. “It’s super fun to be off meds. It’s like you’re a five year old, and you could run around in circles for hours,” says Maura Channon ’11, who regularly takes meds for her ADHD. “In my opinion, ADHD is not as much of a disorder as it is a deficit,” said Kay, “Children with this condition are active, visual and spatial learners. They just don’t want to sit in a desk and listen to a teacher talk the whole day.” With two million children in the U.S. currently diagnosed with ADHD, and many more cases too mild to be medicated, the condition has become a norm within our society.

A FAMOUS ADHD PERSONALITY About 5% of the population is affected by ADHD strongly enough to be medicated.

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What do you think of when you hear someone has ADHD?

“Without meds? Just a calmer version of themselves.”

“A lot of fun until you have a headache.” -Shannon Bowling ‘10

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“Someone who can’t focus and hyperactive. A lot of energy!” -Alexandra Perez ‘13


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What are you doing over Winter Break?

“I’m not sure but I may go to Alabama. They love me in Alabama.”

-Randy Brown

I’m going to Denver, Colorado. I am going to ski and eat.”

-Ava Vargason ‘13

For the New Year

“I’m going to visit family and probably see friends. It’ll be chill.”

-Lauren Maize ‘10

Sleeping in and hopefully enjoying some snow.”

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s the winter days grow increasingly frigid, the hallways seem to fill with half-asleep students wearing baggy sweatshirts, saggy sweatpants and grungy slippers. ”Cold weather is no excuse for dressing like a bum,” warns Hannah Siegfried ‘10.


Boots aren’t just being worn to keep dry these days, they are the thing to step into this season. “Boots in general are huge this year, everything from Uggs to platforms to peep-toes,” said Lorenz shoe store owner Ann Ashley, “There isn’t one particdular style.” This boutique, on Clinton St. is filled with boots of every sort, and

they are selling like crazy. Over the knee boots are really returning, and the ankle boot has also been a big hit. The boot is quickly becoming the “it shoe” this winter.

COATS A good coat is not just something to keep you warm, it is a must in terms of good style. Most coats this winter are not based on ruffles and bright colors, but on neutrals; black, grey, navy, etc. Coats that accentuate the waist are really big, as well as those with defined shoulders and fur trimmings. “A long down coat or a fitted pea coat would be really hot,” said Stevie Hardesty of Inbox, boutique also on Clinton St.


A thousand people can have the same top, but with a one-of-a-kind accessory you can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. “Fingerless gloves and plaid scarves are really big this season,” says Catherine Champion, owner of Cheap & Chic. Scarves are not just being worn in the world of high fashion, but around City High as well. “I really like scarves. They’re like necklaces but less work,” said fashionista Zoe Grueskin ‘10. “They can have crazy colors and patterns I wouldn’t necessarily want in a shirt.” This season, fashion-wise, is all about being yourself.“It really doesn’t matter, just be an individual,” said Champion.

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Wrapping paper, bows and long receipts are common images that fill a holiday scene. But will this year be the year to gift by giving back? This holiday season there are many people choosing to forgo the traditional idea of spending money to share their love and instead give in a bigger way, or to forgo gifts altogether. “The Holiday season is all about giving to others. That’s what holiday spirit is,” Kelsey Sheets, ’11 says. The no-gift holiday trend has been picking up in the last few years due to

some economic woes. The idea is to skip giving material gifts for the holidays to help bring back the ideas the holiday season are all about, spending time with friends and family. Another idea in place of gifts is a monetary donation to a charity or organization that is important to the recipient. To make it extra special you could find charities that can tell you exactly what you will be giving. Junior Annelise Jacobson and her family buy vaccines for children in developing countries. “We have so much,” Annelise says, “And it’s easy to forget about people who don’t have very much. We

just like to remember those people. Such as giving to the Iowa City Shop With a Cop Program where you can be told exactly what the children picked out as a gift when they went shopping. A unique idea that takes place instead of gift exchange in some larger families is to donate your time and volunteer and then when it is time to get together for the holidays everyone will share what they did to make a difference instead of exchanging gifts. There are many easy ways to give alternatively in Iowa City during the holidays. At Barnes And Noble you can add book to your charge and donate

“Just hanging out at home, and my grandma is going to come for Christmas.”

-Hayley Musser ‘10

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-Fidi Nagy ‘10

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-Razzi Abuissa ‘11

it to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in a loved one’s name. To volunteer in Iowa City you can serve lunches with the Free Lunch Program of Iowa City at the Wesley Center. If someone has a no-gift holiday and their family is looking for something to pass the time that would normally be spent exchanging gifts you can volunteer wrapping gifts at the Coral Ridge Mall to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. The gift of giving is very powerful and the memories last much longer than a DVD or video game ever could.

“I’m going to Newton to see my dad and spend some family time together.”

-Josh Titler ‘11

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City High is all about the love. But Personal Displays of Affection push the boundaries of what is appropriate for school.We at the Little Hawk love the feelings, but not the sights.


n search of a Diet Coke with Lime, I ventured into the cafeteria. Upon entrance, I was appalled to discover two sophomores prostrate on the ground, touching their lips together passionately. Needless to say, I was horrified that such horrific events were happening in the place I eat. Personal Displays of Affection (PDA) are a growing problem at City High. It is not uncommon to encounter a schmoozing couple between nearly every period these days. “It seems that there are more (PDAs), but the level of intensity of their...’actions’ is less,” Doug Lestina said. There is actually a rule about PDA outlined in the planner. “There is a rule, but it is enforced very inconsistently,” Lestina said. It states that “Administration and staff encourage students to give each other space.” However, it also says, “but does realize a friendly hug or touch is important.” This leaves a very grey area. What actions classify as PDA? Any contact with lips is a definate offense. Hugging is acceptable if to say hello in the morning or goodbye at the end of

the day. Hugging for over 5 seconds however, is an offense. Hand holding is just unneccessary. “Its gross! Its like, ‘Hey, we’re not going to see each other for fifty minutes, lets make out!’” Danielle Hudacek, ‘11, said. Contact should be in moderation. Creme brulee is a delicious desert. But too much of it clogs arteries. Likewise, too much touching spoils relationships. It creates realtionships based solely on phyisical contact. Said relationships never succeed. Isn’t it embarrassing? If you were caught snogging by a parent, wouldn’t you feel really awkward? Physicality between people shouldn’t be made public. The phyiscal bond between couples is something that they share with each other, and not with other people. By showing their affection physically in public, it ruins the foundation of the relationship. It all comes down to one question: Where is the shame!?

“Administration and staff encourage students to give each other space, but does realize a friendly hug or touch is important.”

he Iowa City Eels Swim Club is being attacked by a newly created rival group: The

Flyers. The Iowa City Flyers, funded by the University of Iowa, has begun stealing swimmers from the Eels, sucking away its budget and talent. The Iowa City Eels Swim Club has been operating for 40 years, training swimmers that have swum on division one college teams and in national meets. The Iowa City Eels has a reputation around

Iowa City as a premier sport club. The Flyers are a new to the I.C. Their groups run from novice swimmers to experts. They don’t emphasize taking the sport seriously: they even have a group for high schoolers that don’t want to commit their schedule entirely to swimming. The Flyers are a potential threat to the Eels, not necessarily because of talent, but because of the Eels’ loss in clientelle. The Iowa City Eels are funded solely by the swimmers. Fees go towards

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paying for the typical services, plus paying for use of the pool. The University is giving pool time free to the Flyers. Because of this, athletes and their parents don’t have to pay as much for admission. The purpose of paying for a club team is to extend athletic opportunities further than high school teams can and emphasize personal acheivement. As the saying goes, “You pay for what you get”, and the purpose of paying for such involvement is to recieve direct benefits. Basically, by signing with the Flyers, student atheletes recieve what they pay for, plus what the University chips in. So naturally, who wouldn’t want added benefits? But that doesn’t make it fair for the team that has been around for ages. The Eels have paid their dues to the pools for 40 years. So why should the new team get it for free? Because the Flyers carries an affiliation with the University of Iowa, they are labeled as a University sponsored team. Naturally, that looks good to parents looking to get their children involved in athletics. With it also comes the assumption that their methods, coaching, and services are University grade. The split between the Eels and the Flyers split mainly along the East - West boundaries. Most of the west-side swimmers on the Eels were the people that left to join the Flyers. This only adds the the hostility between the groups. The Eels shutting down isn’t an option for some of the swimmers still on the team. Many have disagreements with the Flyers coaches and strategies. The future of the two clubs is entirely up to debate. The Eels have sent a formal complaint to the University to be reviewed by a board. If the Flyers are shut down. ICE will be the only club in the foreseeable future. If the complaint is denied, the two clubs will have to duel out for members and pool time. The Eels and Flyers competition will be an issue for the next year or two untill things settle down.


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phil buatti executive opinion

tucker tholen executive sports andy fenneman humor editor harrison burke photo editor meredith thornton copy editor jordan minner business manager


jeff haidri, darien vonk, meredith thornton, felix mulligan, margaret yapp, renata stewart, michael hunter, maura channon, sarah mitchell, colin mccallister goals The Little Hawk, the student newspaper of City High School, aims to inform, educate and entertain readers; to provide an educational opportunity for the students who produce it; and to provide a medium for commercial advertising. Equity Statements English Version: It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Director, Ross Wilburn, at 509 S. Dubuque Street, 319-688-1000. Spanish Version: Declaración de Equidad: Es la política de Iowa City Community School District no descriminar en base a raza, credo, color, género, origen, religión, edad, estado civil, orientación sexual, estado de veterano, incapacidad, estado socio-económico en sus programas educacionales, actividades, o políticas de empleo. Si usted piensa que usted o su hijo (a) han sido descriminados o que han sido tratados injustamente en la escuela, por favor comuníquese con el Director de Equidad, Ross Wilburn, 509 S. Dubuque Street, teléfono: 319-688-1000.

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phil buatti dec 16 2009


The merits of Corduroy Pants darienvonk


s the beginning of the new decade approaches, I have begun to realize the few constant truths that I can always rely on: myself, frozen pizzas, and most importantly, the merits of corduroy pants. Corduroys (or “cords” for those feeling especially hip) are the perfect way to enhance your look with a splash of trendy freshness. They are quite possibly the swankiest accessory on rec-corduroy. The way the supple fabric hugs your thighs will keep you rubbing yourself for hours on end. The fun never stops. The corduroy magic appeals to others around you as well, proving to be the ultimate way to seduce a member of the opposite sex. “Corduroy pants turn me on.” said Megan Vance. “They definitely make boys spicier.” “As a guy who’s attracted to girls, I can honestly

say that when I see a guy wearing cords I am attracted to them. Borderline sexually attracted,” Graham Klemme ‘10 said. This feeling of sexual confusion is commonly understandable for those exposed to cords, but is an experience like no other. This sensation of uncontrollable lust results in a spiritual connection of mind, body, and soul. Once this state of nirvana is achieved, we will forge a new legion in the fires of our burning desire for fashion. This new brotherhood can only be

H&M Manticore Egg nog, virgin, of course. achieved through new world c-order-oy. Now, if you are thinking “This is the answer to all my problems!” than you are absolutely correct. Corduroy pants changed my life. So what are you waiting for? Go embrace the magic! Together we will bring the world to a new age, governed by the merits of corduroys.

Public option Happiness is jeffhaidri


ealth care reformations will pass soon, and America’s health care system will be forever changed. The controversy now is the public option. It’s the source of high emotions on either side, and may be cut out in final negotiations. The public option would be a nationwide, government-run health insurance program. It would focus on covering its costs while also providing care at a reasonable rate. It’s designed to stop insurance companies from seeking unfair profits by setting a market price. However, it would allow private insurance agencies to stay in operation, while forcing their prices down to more reasonable rates. In the real world, most people would still get private insurance, and the government program would be fairly small. For City High, this is a large issue, since a large percentage of the school qualifies for free or reduced lunch. There are people at the school whose families do not have health insurance, and the bill will make them purchase coverage. If there isn’t a competitive option, those people will have to pay more than they should. Opponents say that a public option would be an inefficient bureaucracy, but estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that the program would be fairly small and cover its costs. Ultimately, it’s the government responsibility to provide for people what the free market can’t. If people can’t find adequate care in the private sector, they should be able to choose a public alternative. The coming bill will greatly increase the number of health insurance customers. Without a public option, patients will be at the mercy of the health care industry.

Panic enforcement bell philbuatti


ing!” At the sound of the bell, students are released from class, only to get ready for their next. With routine routes, they have marked their way to get to class before the five minute passing time expires. At the bell, either you’re in the clear, or you’re tardy. “There are a lot of students who aren’t trying. The bell stops silly excuses,” Doug Lestina said. Students have been failing a simple requirement of class, being timely. Tardies disrupt the class, and affect precious attendance records. To stop these incidents, City High has adapted a new policy of enforcement: fear. The new bell makes it seem like students are late to class. “We don’t know for sure... but it seems that the amount of


chool is an institution that looks down upon fun. It is eliminated as if the students were in Azkaban prison, sucking the warmth out of every student. So where’s the optimism? Just as the donkey will behave and follow the carrot, students react positively to optimism from staff. The administration and staff should foster a beneficial relationship with students by doing kind things for students every once in a while. They should create fun things in school in order to earn the trust of the students. Remember in elementary school, teachers gave out candy in exchange for good behavior or scores? Just because high schoolers happen to be older, doesn’t mean that their love for sugar has dissappeared. Also, the added nutrition will aid the hundreds who neglect to eat hearty breakfasts in the morning. Lecture/discussion heavy classes should take a break from the difficult discussions of hidden themes and relax after long periods of learning. Play the trivia, the didgeridoo, or balance objects for your class. Homework shouldn’t be given out every day in certain classes, namely math. Doing repetetive problems every single night without a break is frustrating to keep up with, especially if you’re at school until eleven o’clock at night cleaning your locker, at a practice, or trying to meet a deadline for newspaper. Every once and a while, lay off the assignment load and give students a breather. With heavy class loads, students will appreciate the small acts of kindness, and begin to trust their teachers. Through trust, students will begin to believe in the vast amounts of knowledge in teacher-brains. by philbuatti

tardies is lower,” Lestina said. The fact is, fear is a method of enforcement that works. In history, cruel kings have threatened and terrified their subjects into submission. During the infamous Reign of Terror in France, all opposition to revolution was demolished. Eventually, everyone was afraid make a mistake. By presenting the worst case scenario, execution via guillotine, common folk followed the rules. The bell has always meant one of two things. Either you’re out of class, or you’re late. The new bell is something that is alien to the school routine accustomed mind. With that simple sound, instant reactions of dread are invoked in students. Tardy students are criminals, and you can’t baby a criminal into being a good person. Its a permanent state of mind. But no rule-breaker wants to get busted. So threaten them. Wave that can of mace in their face, because no one will cross a trigger-happy man with a gun.

Boris and his Rubix cube Bacon mints Look Around You: Maths New newspaper staff. More people = less work. Corduroy pants. WROCK Ray-Ban immitation sunglasses Printing things to the West High newslab

PDA. Get a real room; Practice rooms don’t count. Smoking. Especially in the parking lots. Showchoir workshops Alien Skull Rock Metal. Not even funny. Tiger Woods. Gatorade’s possibly former slogan: Is it in you? Farmville, Fishville, and Mobsters Metal Mondays, to much additional hate.




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A Team with a Tradition to uphold

With such a rich history the City High boys wrestling team looks to keep its roots alive and well and try to continue the Little Hawk domination. by MikeyHunter

goal this year would be to go to State Duals” Hamm he City High Wres- said. tling team won their Head Coach Brad Smith first dual on Decem- will be going into his 31st ber 3rd against Cedar Rap- season as a head coach and ids Washington with a score his 17th as the City High of 40-21. Kody Dailey ( 152) head coach. The Little and Isaac Thompson (119) Hawks fingained falls. ished 13-5 “I just in duals last upcoming meets kept hand year and fighting to seventh in 1/23/09 set it up” the MissisCity High host Bean City Duals. Dailey said. sippi Valley “Then I hit Conference 12/17/09 a headlock tournaWaterloo West at W. West and pinned ment. The him.” team had 3 1/07/10 Alex state qualifiIowa City West High at City High Sullivan ers last year, (160) and Stephen 1/09/10 (Cody DonBlayer(130) Winterset Tournament, Winterset, Iowa nelly) got Jimmy Ladecisions. zaro(119) There were and Kevin also 5 forHarp (285). feits given The to the Little second dual Hawks. will be against Dubuque The Little Hawks have Hempstead at City High 11 returning letterman and December 10th. The Little 50 wrestlers in the room Hawks have four home duthis season. The captains als this year. The City High for this year are Alex Sulli- Clyde Bean Duals will also van and Brent Hamm. “Our be held January 23.


photo by MikeyHunter

Beating up on the competition: City Highs Alex Sullivan ‘10 wrestles last weekend at the FiveSseason Duals. Sullivan won the match.

Shultz leads bowling team Both teams head into the season as controversy over P.E. waivers for girls and not for boys heats up the sport by felixmulligan The doors creak open as the bowling team puts on their leather soled shoes as they prepare to roll a stone sphere down the freshly oiled lanes. The bowling home season kicks off on December 4 when they take on Waterloo East. The bowling team started with 30 members which was cut down to 10 girls and 15 boys. The girl’s team is very small compared to last years, resulting in less ability to improve. The boys and girls teams also have the same season time resulting in less practice times for each of the four teams from both West High and City High. Due to West’s home lanes being flooded, they currently share Colonial Lanes with City’s teams. Because of a sport law, women’s bowling is considered a sport, but men’s bowling is not, which also makes you able to get a P.E. wavier for women’s bowling but not men’s bowling. “I do it somewhat for the wavier but I also enjoy it at the same time.” Beyond a waiver others bowl for the perfect game. Dan Sahler, City’ captain has thrown a 300 game and

upcoming meets 12/18/09 vs. Dubuque Senior, at Colonial Lanes

1/08/10 VS. Dubuque Hempstead, Away

1/15/10 VS. Dubuque Wahlert, at Colonial Lanes

1/2/10 VS. Cedar Rapids Washingtion, Away

garnered love. “My Love Dan Saehler did it last year.” said Halee Shultz. The rivalries in bowling carry the same integrity as football and volleyball, but bowling is a more mental than physical game resulting in more brain power than brute strength which makes for a bigger need for fans. “As our shirts said last year, we are always “Rolling over the Trojans”.” Although the girl’s team is small

they are mighty with only ten members. “We are in the need for more girls,” said Halee Shultz. Halee Shultz is one of the returning members of the women’s bowling team and has been bowling with the team since sophomore year. “I started last year because it sounded fun and I wanted to get better at bowling. I bowled every once and a while before but not competitively.” Women’s bowling is one of the sports which you can get a P.E. wavier for and is causing more women to go out for bowling. It was the easiest sport that you can get a wavier for and I wanted to get better at bowling,” said Shultz As many students are thinking of college and what scholarships they can use to make it cheaper, Halee is thinking of what other things she can use besides bowling to get scholarships, “I won’t go to a school on a bowling scholarship.” Often, people have to set goals to succeed, and the girls bowling team is doing just that.


Dan Saehler by MikeyHunter Dan Saehler is the only City High bowler in history to get a 300 during competition. Although Dan wants to improve as an individual, he also wants his team to improve more. “Our goal this season is to get a .750 record as a team and place,” said Dan Saehler. The team had four MVC bowling honors last year: Dan Saehler (second team); Brice Luebbers and Will Redick (honorable mention); Bradley Nutter (allacademic). “My average last year was 200 for school and 185 for Saturday league,” Saehler said. “I practiced four hours a week, with some extra time besides practice.” Dan practiced after school at Colonial Lanes with the team and some extra time spending his own money. “I started when I was 8 years old so this will be my 9th year” said Saehler. Dan bowled a 300 against Dubuque Senior last year. “I was standing right behind him when he got that 300” said Coach Jerry Maye. “It was very exciting.” “It was definitely my biggest accomplishment” said Saehler. The week of his 300, he got the Mississippi Valley Conference athlete of the week. Dan also qualified for State as a freshmen and took 2nd team honors last year. “This year I want to place at State and improve my average” said Saehler. City High’s first home dual was against Linn Mar on December 4th at Colonial Lanes.

on the SPOT What would you do if you bowled a 300?

“I would cry, but it would never happen.” -Claire Myer ‘10

“I would be estatic.” -Brandon Kidwell ‘10



LITTLEHAWK swim team

Kanoe Russell leads swim team


Little Hawks State Title tucker tholen dec 16 2009

With 27 swimmers, the 2009 boys team is the largest it has been in the history of independent City swimming. Returning Varsity swimmers include Senior Kanoe Russell, and returning state champion Cameron Herting. “We want to take as many swimmers as possible to state,” says Coach John Burkle “Get top 5 at state, and win MVC outright”.

Bowling team

Girls bowling team “dangerously small” The City High Bowling Team has kicked off their season with 30 dedicated athletes. Practicing this season will be tough on time because West and City have to split time at the only bowling alley in Iowa City. Despite the troubles, Dan Sahler remains optimistic, “We have a couple of new bowlers working together for a better team, besides the lack of experience.” The girls team is dangerously small, “We still need a couple of girls to fill up the Junior Varsity Team,” says Head Coach Jerry Maye, “I feel as though we have a good team though, varsity will be strong

PHOTO by Andy Fenneman Alone On Top: The Little Hawks take a team photo after their dominating win over Marshalltown in the class 4A state championship. It’s the Little Hawks first football state championship in 13 years.

byTuckerTholen In the mist of City High’s first football state championship in 13 years the individuals held strong to their belief in succeeding as a team. “It felt amazing. I was happy I was apart of that team,” wide receiver Nolan Amelon ‘10 said. City High finished 14-0 this season, having their first undefeated season since 1996. RECORDS The team broke the most

points in game with 65 against record and the most touch- most passing TD’s in a season. the number three ranked Ce- downs in a season with 15, Derby also broke the record dar Rapids Washington War- is Ellis Jordan ‘10 who is also for longest punt with a kick of second for rushing yards in a 70 yards. riors at the time. The Little Hawks were In that same game they season. 4A All-State team captain known for their stingy defense racked up over 600 total yards, and future Iowa Hawkeye, AJ this year. also a record. “I didn’t know hitting peoThe Little Hawks had three Derby broke the record for the ple was so much players break fun,” first year school records. player Amelon John Chelf ‘10 “It felt so amazing, I am said. broke the most happy I was apart of that The defense receiving yards in was led by first a season with over team.” team All-State 1000 yards. Break-Nolan Amelon 10’ linebacker James ing the City High Taylor ‘10 and great Kahil Hill’s

third team all-state Nick Reuter ‘10. Jesse Leyendecker ‘10 was voted to the first team AllState team along with Ellis Jordan and Matt Tvedte. But even with all the individual awards this team exemplified the word team. They participated in various activities to help the community, such as visiting the ICU for kids at the University Hospital and developing relationships with soldiers overseas. Actions that will be remembered. “It’s good to know people

Wrestling team

Sullivan and Hamm named wresling captains The wrestling teams with captains Alex Sullivan and Brent Hamm have been practicing everyday after school. The Little Hawks preApare for their big meet against number one in the state and cross-town rival West High. The Little Hawks next meet is Thursday against Waterloo West in Waterloo.

PHOTO by Andy Fenneman

Out-numbered: Marshalltowns fan section took up the whole west stands and spilled into City Highs side, but the out numbered Little Hawks came away with a win in The DOME. Taking A Trot: City Highs running back Ellis Jordarn 10’ histeps his way into the endzone during the first quarter of the state championship. PHOTO by Andy Fenneman

Breaking Away: City Highs Jasper Washington ‘12 breaks Marshalltown defenders and tackles en route to the endzone to seal the deal for the Little Hawks.

PHOTO by Andy Fenneman

Strong shooting and high goals



by tuckertholen

oubts filled the gym last month about the this year’s City High basketball team. Former or potential players did not go out for the team or are on academic probation, but the Little Hawks are still looking to win. “Our goal, in simple terms, is to be 1-0 every night. We are always looking for improvement, but we want to be 1-0 every night we step on the floor,” said Head coach Adam Loria. The Little Hawks have done exactly this with an early record of 2-0 with wins over Des Moines Lincoln and Davenport West.

With players such as Nolan Amelon, 10’, returning with varsity experience, the Hawks look forward to staying undefeated. “As one of the better 3-point shooters in the conference last season, we’ll be looking for [Amelon] to be more of a scorer.” Loria said Star football player John Chelf 10’ is one of the team’s key guards. He led scoring in the sub-state final last year, when City High lost to crosstown rival West High. With two players in post (Terrance Brown, ‘10, and Carson Heath, ‘10, ) are inexperienced, but working hard. “These two guys will work as hard as any post player we will see.” Loria said.

LittleHawk: How many years have you been playing basketball? CarsonHeath: I’ve played for as long as I can remember. YEAR: Senior SPORT: Basketball HEIGHT 6’4”

LH: What position do you play? CH: 5-man, the center LH: Are you planning on playing basketball after high school? CH: the Fieldhouse. LH: What is one fact that most people don’t know about you? CH: I’ve played piano for ten years.

by margaretyapp LH: Do you do any activities besides Basketball? CH: I’m also on the tennis team. City High tennis is what hard work and dedication really is. LH: What is your favorite basketball memory? CH: Playing on the Firehawks. LH: What do you like most about playing Basketball? CH: Dropping Dimes. LH: What do you dislike most about basketball?

CH: Running up and down the court. I hate running. LH: Do you listen to music before you play? What do you listen to? CH: Usually yeah, mostly rap. LH: What question would you like to be asked? CH: Why do you listen to the radio and watch TV at the same time?? LH: And the answer is? CH: Because I like to party.




“Virg i n i a Johnson is our key returning player. I expect her to play as well as any player


Inexperience turning into winning experiences

in the state of Iowa,” McTaggart said. The Little Hawks have suffered an early season loss to the highly ranked Linn-Mar team, but is looking to improve. “If our girls continue to make improvements week by week, we can achieve our goals.” McTaggart said. To help them achieve these goals, the Little Hawks also look to freshman guard Micki Hanche 13’ to do damage from the three point line. The team is talented, but there are some issues that coach McTaggart would like to see solved, “This team has talent but it is too reserved. We have to develop a tougher attitude and we must want to dominate our opponents.”

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he Little Hawks girl’s team is setting high goals and shooting better than any other team in the state. “Our goal is to win our conference and then win the 4A State Title,” Head Coach Bill McTaggart said. There are many players returning to play this year, including the Johnson twins, who won the state championship two years ago. The team is starred by all-state player Virginia Johnson 11’ who has been a star player since she was a freshman.

dec 16th.2009





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