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rops of translucent sweat beaded on her scarlet flushed forehead as she meticulously popped her collar in her free style section of the routine. Her fusion of smooth flowy leg movements combined with her intriguing range of jerking head bobs stirred butterflies as the team rehearsed the dance one last time. The City High Hip-Hop Club has begun to slam out sexy exhilarating moves distinguishing themselves as a legitimate dance group (not to be confused with “The Dance Team”). Popping butts, sleek gliding bodies, in addition to shaking everything imaginable, the stylistic talent of this diverse group is finally making a public appearance “The kids are absolutely fantastic and completely full of energy,” said the club’s leader/main choreographer Katie Moffitt. “We definitely possess some real talent in the group.” The cutting edge young group acquired Moffitt through a connection with the University of Iowa Breakers, a student organization specializing in break dancing, hip hop, and popping dance styles. Destinee Gwee ’11 met her through the university group and wrangled the expert in. “I was captain of my high school dance team, so I thought that it would be fun to help these guys out,” Moffitt said. A previous member of Full Effect, an elite Chicago dance group that performed on “America’s Best Dance Crew” (although not while she was on the team), the now University of Iowa dancer drills the club hard, ensuring precision on every move. Known for her random bouts of wicked free styling, Morgan Leigh ’11 moved to Iowa City from Denver after a year and a half of competitive street dancing. Now at City, the flavor of the hip hop club was perfect for her passion of dancing. “I really enjoy [the club],” said Morgan Leigh ’11 “The Dance Team is a little different style and I don’t break. We have an individual spirit and everybody adds a little flavor.” Fusing the flavor of dance and clothing also proves to be a major component for the group. A specific style is expected (i.e. red and black), but the overall effect is booming with originality. Adorned in tight mid drift exposing shirts, sweats and innovative accessories, the visual wardrobe display is almost as artistic as the dances themselves. “[The outfits] were jokingly saying that we look slutty,” said member Ida Sisourath ’12. “I think we just had a cute City High colored theme. Overall it was really fun and we would love to welcome new members.” CHECK OUT PAGE 6 FOR MORE HIP HOP MORE CLUB DANCE PICS ON



guilds societies


Art Club

Best Buddies

Best Buddies will be hosting a Valentines Day Dance on February 11 in the City High cafeteria. “We have one of the biggest events of the year coming up, the Valentine’s Day Dance. We always collaborate with the University of Iowa chapter, and this year we’re also working with Kennedy High School,” Sarah Mitchell, Vice President, said. “It is the most fun school party of the year.” Best Buddies is looking for associate members, and those interested can sign up with Mr. Braverman in room 1407 to attend the dance. By Renata Stewart

Break Club

City High Break Club has continued dancing this week. “We’re getting some new interest,” club leader Chris Wright said. “And we’re all working hard on new moves.” Two times this week a photographer came in to take pictures. “We had someone come in to take pictures of us for both the yearbook and for our Facebook page,” Wright said. By Carl Sessions

Wrestling Team

City High Break Club has continued dancing this week. “We’re getting some new interest,” club leader Chris Wright said. “And we’re all working hard on new moves.” Two times this week a photographer came in to take pictures. “We had someone come in to take pictures of us for both the yearbook and for our Facebook page,” Wright said. By Micheal Hunter


The Ultimate M.P.G. club is working on their fuel-efficient vehicle. “The design will take anywhere from one to three months to build, depending on if there are complications.” Kyle Ertz ‘11 said. The vehicle under goes many changes through out the year after competitions. “After the vehicle has been finished, it is kept and improved, or we may go with a new design, depending on how the vehicle does at competition.” Ertz ‘11 said. By Felix Mulligan


GLOW is planning to sell cookies in the cafeteria foyer to raise money for t-shirts. During recent meetings members have been planning ways to fundraise in order to cut club t-shirt costs for the members, including baking and selling rainbow cookies during the lunch hours. GLOW meets Friday mornings at 7:30 in room 1307. By Sarah Mitchell


As most other clubs wind down at the end of the year, Debate is in a whirlwind of activity. “Our season is well under way,”said Darcie Hutzell, head debate coach. On Valentine’s Day weekend, the team will be competing at the National Forensic League District Qualifiers. Two teams from eastern Iowa will be sent to Kansas City, Missouri for the national championship. Coach Hutzell is optimistic about the team’s chances. “We hope to clear at least one team,” she said.


Besides the tournament, Debate will be going to two more tournaments. Additionally, they are planning a major fundraiser fr next month. “We’ll have a band show at UAY. It’ll cost five dollars at the door, and all proceeds will go to the debate team.” In late February, the will feature local teens, including Izaak Thompson, Clausia Nagy, Graham Klemme, David Steinkruger, Alex Evans, David Koenkhe, and Sam Schlessinger. By Jeff Hadri


BPA meetings are on Thursdays immediately after school. The Club is planning their Chicago Business Trip for the spring right now. The club will be fundraising and preparing for the trip in these next few weeks. “Chicago will be a great hands on activity for members, a chance to learn about business while having fun.” Said Mr. Leman, the BPA Coach. By Maura Channing



Lane Plugge decides whether or not we’ll have a snow day by flipping a coin, and then regardless of what it is, he decides we’ll have school.


It fits, doesn’t it??


Boris Perkhunkov is going to Russian math camp over the summer.

Partially True

Although he is not going this summer, he has, in fact, gone in the past.

We’ve Heard

There will be flying monkey tryouts for the Drama Department’s spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”


davis vonk/mewtwo executive editor


There is a small framed picture of Mr. Peters and Meryl Streep somewhere in his room.

So True!

The frame says “For Troy, Love and Thanks, Meryl”


carl sessions/jolteon executive news

They have had “relations.”

Unconfirmed Both reporters who asked around haven’t been seen in a week and a half......


There are bras that actually double as functioning gas masks.

phil buatti/muk executive opinion



Today is the last day for audtions - better cram on your banana peeling skillz.

Dr. Elena Bodnar won a Ig Nobel Prize for her idea sparked by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.


Art Club students are working on several projects including individual projects such as watercolor paintings and clay sculptures. Students also are doing stain glass work. A major project is mosaic art work for park benches in Hickory Hill Park. Art Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45 in 0512. By Michael Hunter


feb 5 2010 darien vonk



tucker tholen/snorlax executive sports SUBMIT RUMORS TO 2109 FOR THE TRUTH TO SURFACE

andy fenneman humor editor harrison burke photo editor meredith thornton copy editor jordan minner a&e editor


jeff haidri, darien vonk, meredith thornton, felix mulligan, margaret yapp, sarah mitchell, renata stewart, micheal hunter We love your comments/ suggestions/criticism. email us at 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, 319688-1000. 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. opinions The Opinion section is designed as a forum for the staff members of the Little Hawk and the CHS community. Signed commentaries and cartoons are the views of the writer/artist and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board. Opinions of the board are presented in unsigned editorial messages. Letters to the Editor should be dropped off in Room 2109 or sent to All letters must be no more than 250 words in length and must be signed. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit for length, content and style. Iowa City High School 1900 Morningside Drive Iowa City, Iowa 52245 Phone: (319)-688-1040 Fax: (319)-339-5704


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“Full Circle” halfway done Documentary seeks to show students’ changes over their time at City byjeffhaidri The Fas Trac program is now four years old, and this year’s graduating class will be its first from start to finish. The group is working on a documentary to show the dramatic changes during that time, both within the students and the school around them. “When they originally started the program, people thought of them as different. Now we’ve changed their expectations,” said Henri Harper, club sponsor. Fas Trac is an organization at City that provides students, regardless of background, with resources and support in order to go to college. According to Harper, the

photos courtesy of JILL HARPER

THE TRIP: Members of Fas Trac (bottom left) crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge (top left) in Selma, Alabama and visited The Stax Museum in Memphis, Tenessee (right) during their journey across the South in January

South-Bound Trac byjeffhaidri

Slave Haven is a simple, white clapboard house built in 1849 in Memphis, Tennessee. For much of the nineteenth century, it was a critical depot in the underground railroad. Countless slaves have hid in its cellar for the next stop, for eventual freedom. This site and countless others made lasting impressions on members of Fas Trac. “It’s unbelievable that people in that cellar 150 years ago fought for my rights,” said Diedra Williams, ’12. She and twelve other City students travelled across the south, reliving moments in African-American history that have shaped their identities and freedoms. Jill Harper, club sponsor, feels that the trip was an irreplaceable emotional experience. “It’s something you can’t learn from a history book. Talking to people and seeing the sights was very interesting,” she said. ”People were

crying quite a bit.” The memories were so valuable that Fas Trac is planning another trip. “We’re taking a different group of kids over spring break,” said Harper. According to Mr. Harper, the trips have a lot of support. “We had donations from community members and different churches, including the United

original classics of R&B, Jazz, and Blues were recorded. Fas Trac also visited the Loraine Hotel, where Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated. In Mississippi, they visited Birmingham, location of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Baptist Church, the site of a racist bombing. Later, the students stopped by Montgomery, the site of Dexter Baptist Church, where MLK stood at the pulpit. t’s something you They ended their can’t learn from a journey in Selma, Alabama, the home of history book voting rights marches that culminated in repression on the Ed- Jill Harper, Club Sponsor mund Pettus Bridge. Church of Christ. There are a On March 7th, 1965, peaceful lot of people supporting them, protesters were crossing the believing in them.” bridge when officers violently According to Williams, the ended their demonstration. group left on January 13th and For Williams, the moment returned ten days later. In that was powerful. span, they visited six cities in “When we went on the two states. Edmund Pettus Bridge, we First, they went to Mem- walked the whole way. No one phis, Tennessee, home of the was there to stop us.” Stax Museum of Music, where


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National Honors Society Students with culmulative 3.5 GPA get inducted in Opstad this past Monday byfelixmulligan The National Honor Society is a national organization for students who have a high GPA, and demonstrate leadership. The City High National Honor Society was chartered and inducted its first members in the spring of 1958. The primary goals were to create and encourage enthusiasm for learning and to recognize excellence in academics. The average number of new members a year is about 115 students. “City High annually inducts from 105-120 students into the City High National Honor Society,”

said Linda Hoel, the National Honor Society Adviser. The students have to show good leadership and service traits like volunteer work. “We look for a 3.5 cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in juniors and seniors who didn’t meet this their junior year. Some other criteria are service, leadership, character, and citizenship,” Hoel said. Benefits of National Honor Society membership are recognition and honor. “It is a very positive statement on a senior résumé, college or scholarship application,” Hoel said.

“Students are expected to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and if they drop below that, technically they are not eligible for continuing membership,” Hoel said. This honor is beneficial to students because it helps them in scholarship applications and looks good on job applications whether it be job applications or college applications. “Students don’t specifically earn scholarships from being an NHS member; however, NHS membership on an application is a strong endorsement for scholarship consideration,” Hoel said.


Honors! Mr. Coleman was just handin’ ‘em out, and Zach Greimann was pumped to get his!

group has a higher purpose as well. “Be comfortable in your own skin. Don’t let other people dictate who you are. That’s what Fas Trac is all about.” The film, entitled “Full Circle: Do You See Me Now?” will follow the stories of the seniors, starting from before they went to City High. “We’ve been interviewing students, families, and teachers,” said Harper. “We’re even going to Chicago to get stories from their past.” Right now the movie is halfway comleted. Harper hopes to complete it by the end of the school year. If it stays on schedule the movie will be shown at gradution in May.

District speech contest held at City byphilbuatti Rooms were rampaged and classrooms were crowded at City High for the IHSSA Large Group Speech District competition on January 23rd. Over 20 schools from around the area, including Regina, attended this competition hoping to earn a “I” ranking and qualify for the state competition at Linn-Mar on February 6th. City High entered ten teams, eight of which will be advancing to the state competition. Among the advancing are three Group Improvisation teams: Andy Fenneman, Phil Buatti, and Susan Graves; Tareq Abuissa, Zach Greimann, and Elena Fenneman; and James Offut, Max Willard, and Susanna Howard; three Ensemble Acting groups, “A Coupla’ Bimbos Sittin’ Around Talkin’” with Francesca Lubecki-Wilde, Christina Sullivan, Lian Markovich, and Sage Behr; “Mere Mortals” with Josh Ti-


SHUT UP, Joe! Mike Sobaski and Harrison Burke debate Mike’s character’s claim to be the heir to the Russian throne.

tler, Mike Sobaski, and Harrison Burke; “A New York Minute” with Cole Hotek and Shannon Bowling; Reader’s Theatre’s “Bridal Terrorism” with Will Massey, Fredrica Kenyon, Francesca Crutchfield-Stoker, Jason Arnold, Noah Danielson, and Melissa Malloy; and Choral Reading’s “Choral Reading: The Choral Reading” with Jordan Dowdy, Della Nuno, Cole Hotek, Ada Cassell, Michael Gloer, Fidi Nagy, Meg Richardson, Maura Sullivan-Channon, Renata Stewart, Sarah Dvorsky, Magill Schumm, Nadia Razavi, Claire Myers, Emily Merritt, and Andy Fenneman. The competition raised over 5,000 dollars for the Large Group Speech team.





Tower Power bymikehunter The east side of Iowa City may have a better connection to there cellular phones due to new phone towers added on top of City High. The two phone carriers on top right now are Verizon and AT&T. The towers were added not just for City High but the whole east side of Iowa City. “The reason they chose City High is because it’s one of the highest points in Iowa City” said Assistant Principal Terry Coleman. US Cellular is installing a tower as of now and a fourth Sprint tower will be added in the future.



Though the proposed curfew passed in December with a vote of 4-3, Police say that they will not begin issuing the standard fine of $50 until after March 1st. From December 23rd, when the curefew went into affect, until March 1st only warnings will be issued. The bill passed dictates that 16-17 year olds must be in by 12pm, 14-15 year olds by 11pm, and 13-and unders by 10pm. “Honestly, I don’t think anyone will follow it,” said senior Zoe Gruskin. “But it really does suck for young teenagers. I’m glad I won’t be here.”



Students may have to be even more careful about what they post on Facebook after a student in Tennessee was expelled for his status update, according to “The Tennesseen” newspaper. The student updated his status to say “I’ma kill ‘em all,” from his home computer. “I’ma bust this (expletive) up from the inside like nobody’s ever done before.” He was voicing his frustrations with a school coach that he had problems with. His school said they couldn’t take any chances when it came to death threats. Controversy has been swirling since the incident about just what falls under the school’s responsibility, and what is out of bounds. “Online speech is hazy,” David Hudson, a scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, told the Tennessean. “True threats are not protected by the First Amendment,” Hudson said, “So you have to determine whether it is a true threat or whether there was another meaning.”

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Project Lead the Way

New classes part of National project for engineers, scientists and mathematicians bymerediththornton At City High there are future engineers, mathematicians and scientists. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a program that partners with middle and high schools to help students make pioneering contributions to their societies and world. The main focus of PLTW is to encourage the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creative and innovative reasoning. The educational programs help students by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields. “For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders

must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.” – From the PLTW web site.


or America to remain competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop critical reasoning and problemsolving skills


Skills learned in these classes contribute to a college education. PLTW teacher Nathan Flam spoke of how students really benefit from the classes. “The students are dual enrolled with Kirkwood for credits to transfer to 4 year universities.”

City High began the PLTW program with in its walls in the 07-08 school year. Currently there are 2 PLTW teachers, Nathaniel Flam and Dominic Audia and many classes are offered including Intro and Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Architecture and Aerospace to name a few. There are 16 IED and 20 POE students. “The main focus of IED is the process of how things work,” said Flam. Started by Richard Blais and Richard Liebich in 1986 in upstate New York, the program has taken off. In 1997 the “Pathway to Engineering” program was started after the success of the pre-engineering and digital electronics classes offered to NY students. “It was started by a gentleman whose kids had few opportunities in math, science and engineering, “said Flam.

Currently in all 50 states the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands more than 300,000 students are enrolled in PLTW classes in nearly 3,500 schools. Results of the program include PLTW alumni study engineering and technology at 5 to 10 times the rate of nonPLTW students. In fact, the program seems to be working as almost 80 percent of PLTW seniors say they will study

engineering, technology, or computer science in college whereas the national average in 32 percent. Many cities can now afford the project because of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that was signed into law in early 2009. This will provide states with more than $58 billion in education funding before spring 2010.


marked-out courses, but the Polar Bears run on whatever they can get their feet on. “We run downtown and on the east side of Iowa City, in addition to other places,” Risk noted. Out of the 50 boys who went out for cross country in, there are only five Polar Bears who brave the winter weather. “Scott Mittman, Chris Robertson, Sean Holsher, Zach Greimann and I are the only members.” Risk said. The cross-country coach is Jamie Skay, but the Polar Bears have no formal coach other than the senior runners Scott Mittman and Chris Robertson. “We have no coach because we just run for the thrill of running in the cold climate,” Risk said.

Wizards Among Us bysarahmitchell A conversation aboutWhether or not Severus Snape is truly evil and decorating your very own wizard wand set the scene for Harry Potter Club. Although it’s new, there are already over 30 members. Though many people have questioned the merits of having such a club Co-President, Ava Vargason ‘13 says, however, the choice was simple for the other Co-President, Margaret Yapp ‘11, an avid Harry Potter fan who has read the series over ten times. Yapp and Vargason decided to make the club. “We thought of it, talked to Chip a while later, and it became a real club the day after that. It was really easy!” Vargason said. A very crucial part of The Harry Potter Club is the Facebook group that Yapp created. This is where all the club members are given a special character name by Yapp or Vargason. “Usually we just pick one that matches their personality,” Yapp says about the selection, “And sometimes… it’s based on looks.” Some members have requested a name change, which Bryan Martin ‘11 has found very frustrating. “All my life, I have had one

alter ego: Harry Potter,” Martin said. “Do I have dreams in life? Yes. But the best City High is the Quidditch compliment I Cucio! Bryan Martin, ‘11 busts out his A-game in a could highly illegal rooftop duel against Michael Sotelo, ‘11 ever Pitch that the club will be be given is the name of the building in early spring. chosen one.” “Quidditch is going to There are some flexible be a crucial turning point restrictions for becoming a for this club,” Martin said. member of the club. “Right now we all get along “Ideally we would like great. But when we split into every member to have read houses for quidditch, it will all seven novels,” Vargason get personal.” said. “But if you are a Harry Like most City High clubs, Potter nerd like we are we usually have a hard time turn- HP will soon have t-shirts available, designed with the ing people down.” different Quidditch teams in At the club meetings it’s mind. apparent that all members Some upcoming events are all very well-read in the to look out for from Harry series. “It’s common for a discus- Potter Club are Potions Class, a Sorting Hat ceremony, sion about who the favored broom shopping and finding Weasley Twin is to be going on at any given moment, “Co- a common room. Harry Potter Club meets at 2:30 on Dumbledore,” Yapp said. Thursdays. The permanent One large task that all the location is undecided, but members of The DA (Dumblisten to the announcements ledore’s Army) hope will for the weekly location. become a trend and legacy at

The Polar Bear Running Club likes to run when the temperature is freezing cold. For most cross-country runners the season was over in late October, but for the truly dedicated the season never ends. Even in midst of winter they lace up their running shoes and pull on sweatpants to train for the upcoming season. The club is made up of runners from the boy’s crosscountry team. Every day after school the members run, regardless of the weathereven if it is below zero and snowing. “We run every day after school,” runner Evan Risk ’11 said. “We take pride in our toughness.” During the fall season, the cross-country team runs on

BPA gets professional bymaurachannon Kye Grenko ’11 and a dozen other City High students got a preview of their aspired careers this month. On January 12th, City High’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) met downtown for their Annual Career Day to learn how to operate a business from real business professionals in Iowa City. Students visited with owners from the Bread Garden, Atlas and hotel Vetro. The owners offered advice and shared their business savvy with students. “The day was really helpful

for all of us wanting to go into business in the future,” Grenko said. “Because the owners gave us a little preview of what running a business is really like.” BPA was able to pick the brains of successful local businesspeople and fine tune their own business skills. They took advantage of the many different businesses in Iowa City to understand the business career path and learn from those who have worked in it. “It is more real than a classroom environment, so it helps students translate what they learn into their daily

lives, and possibly their future careers,” said BPA coach, Andrew Leman. Bread Garden owner, Jim Mondanaro, informed students of the importance of doing what you love for a living as well as the surprising hardships of the grocery store business. For lunch, the club headed to the restaurant Atlas. Owner Jack Piper, showed students a fresh salmon that was going to be prepared for an entrée. Piper offered BPA some sage advice: offer the customer something unique. “He told us that there

are a lot of sacrifices made when you are building your business,” Coady Sierra ‘10 said. “You have to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.” HotelVetro was the last business that the club explored on Career Day. They were given a personal tour of the entire property from the owner, Marc Moen, including Moen’s own top floor condo. Moen made a strong impression on many of the students. “Marc brought up the idea to us that while earning a profit is the goal of the business, you have to enjoy the

field you work in to truly be successful,” Jordan Horowitz ‘10 said. Though getting out of school for the day was a perk, many of the students who went on the Career Day field trip found that they could apply what they learned to future plans. “Instead of just learning theory the students got to learn about practice. A teacher can explain how things work, but there is no teacher like firsthand experience,” said Leman.




IC “Healthiest Town in US”

Farms, sidewalks, clean air, green spaces and good weather make Iowa City top the list, according to Men’s Journal magazine


on the

Criteria for determining the “Healthiest Town” included local farms, short nbeknownst to most commutes, green spaces, students, the air they good weather, sidewalks and breathe in and the streets low pollution, all factors they drive on everyday in according to Gupta that are Iowa City are significantly part of a healthy environbetter for their health than ment. any other place in the nation. Students have had mixed reactions about t’s a great place the title. “I definitely to’s very think Iowa City deserved it,” healthy. Andy Chudzik ’11 said. “It’s a great place to - Andy Chudzik ‘11 live, and compared to other Iowa City edged out other, places it’s very healthy.” Others think the award is slightly less healthy towns undeserved. such as Boulder, Colorado, “I don’t think we really Logan, Utah and Charlotdeserved it,” Chris Wright ’11 tesville, Virginia to be named said. “The criteria they used the “Healthiest Town in the United States” by CNN medi- wasn’t really reflective of how healthy a city is. You can’t cal correspondent Dr. Sanjay judge how healthy it is based Gupta in an article for Men’s on how many parks and how Journal magazine. many sidewalks there are. ” The article was published This honor is the newest in the February Men’s Journal of many awards that Iowa article, “The Completely City has gained over years. It Doable Guide to Living to has also been shown to have 100” along with advice about one of the lowest unemployeating well, exercising, and ment rates in the country, lowering stress as part of a and is one of the most gayplan to live to 100. friendly cities in the U.S.


Do you feel healthier living in Iowa City because of the award?

“I feel pretty healthy. And I don’t see very many fat people living here”

“I don’t feel any different.”

-Dexter Curry ‘10

“I feel healthier than ever!” -Susana Howard ‘10

-Evan Risk ‘11

Iowa City was named the healthiest town in the nation in the Febuary issue of Men’s Journal




•Walk in Hickory Hill •Ride a bike •Work out at the fieldhouse •Go to dog park, with dog •Do yoga •Eat veggies •Go to the farmer’s market •Take the polar plunge • park further away • go for a run • drink water • get sleep • play brain games • cultivate friendships • do desk exercises • carry almonds • eat fish 2x week • turn off the tv •drink tea

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Special Olymipics Students excel in The Winter Games



he thick winter snow did not hold back Hayley Musser from City High at the 2010 Winter Games in Dubuque. All City High athletes came out in either first or second place in every state-wide event. The Winter Games are a three day event that showcases the talents of many athletes in Iowa as part of The Special Olympics. This year there were three athletes from City High who took part in the events. On January 12th, Hayley Musser, Sean Zirtzman and Elijah Dean travelled to Dubuque for the 2010 Winter Games. It is not all about athletics. “We do our time trials on Monday,” said Hayley Musser, “But that night we got to have a pizza party and dancing after.” All of the participants in the games stayed at the Grand Harbor in Dubuque, a hotel with a full indoor water park. Zirtzman said that the water park was the highlight of his time at the Winter Games. “We went to the water park Tuesday after our events, and it was really fun

to relax after our events that day,” agrees Musser. Tuesday was the day of The Winter Games. The four events are downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Musser represented City in cross-country skiing. It was a tight race but Musser came in first in her first heat, and second in the second heat. “I got a little nervous right before the race,” Musser said, “But the feeling of accomplishment after the race made it worth it.” Zirtzman also had a great day at the games placing first in both heats of his snowshoeing competitions. “I got really excited and nervous before the race,” said Zirtzman, but the edge gave him enough energy to win. This energy not only came through the participants, but their teacher, Tom Braverman, as well. “The students who chose to participate in Special Olympics have opportunities to excel in areas that they otherwise would not be able to,” he said, “I am very proud of them and I hope that they continue to participate in years to come.”

West High Culinary Class Comes to City byrenata&margaret

Bustling around in tall white chef ’s hats and dark blue culinary jackets, cooking 6 pounds of sizzling ground beef and chopping piles of celery, the Culinary Arts Academy students at West High are busy preparing a meal that may serve their future culinary careers. The year long course is currently only offered at West High, but City High is planning on adopting the course next year. “I think we’ll pattern them pretty much the same as the class at West,” said Ms. Huisenga, the City High Foods teacher.

The fact that this course offers Kirkwood Community College credits for its cooking school makes it appealing to students who are looking to pursue culinary arts in their future. The class includes a lot of textbook work, and introduction to some central concepts of the cooking world. “It gets you some of the basic skills you need to get started,” said Jordan Yordi ’10, who plans on pursuing a career in the culinary arts. “I want to go to either Le Cordon Bleu or maybe do the Kirkwood program.” The Culinary Arts Academy not only offers college credit but also gives students the opportunity to take a test and

earn a Safety and Sanitation certificate. The certificate is a must for working in the restaurant business. “The Safety and Sanitation certificate is a great thing for students,” said Jacque Green. “A lot of kids got a raise in IRP wage after they earned the certificate.” The Culinary Arts Academy will be coming to City High in the 2010-2011 school year. “Hopefully we’ll be able to offer it next year, as long as there is enough interest from students,” says Mrs. Huisenga. photo by RENATASTEWART “We need at least 25 applicants Evan Galing ‘10 and Taylor Fein order for it to become a hlberg ‘11 work hard preparclass.” ing a meal for their teachers.

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Fatimah Omar ‘13

Lark ChristiansenSzalanski ‘10

Wyatt was chosen for taking many advanced courses, and being a compassionate student.

Davis Vonk ‘10

Davis was nominated for her dedication to the newspaper and her decent GPA.

Fatimah was chosen for being on the honor role, holding a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, and for her pleasant attitude.

Mike Sobaski ‘11

Mike was nominated for his dedication to City High’s fine arts programs.

Lark was chosen for her good attitude in class, and her involvement in the school community.

Jordan Theisen ‘12

Jordan was for volunteering at homework club and for her volleyball skills.

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CH recieves $308,000 City High: one of the benefactors of the class action lawsuit against Microsoft.


settlement for the 100 plus nationwide class action lawsuits brought against the company. The settlement agreement will provide more than $1 billion dollars to over 12,500 schools within the United States and its territories assisting economically challenged schools in gaining access to computer technology. Eligibility for the vouchers required a school’s free and reduced lunch count to be 18.9% or above for high schools in the state of Iowa. “Basically the schools in Iowa were ranked from

high to low free and reduced lunch,” said Terry Coleman. “If you were above a certain level you got money, and if you were below that level, you didn’t.” Among the schools receiving money from the settlement in the Iowa City Community School District: Southeast Jr. High, Northwest Jr. High, and about half of the elementary schools. West High did not qualify. “We can actually begin for applying for the money now,” Coleman said. “[But] we only have the ability to apply


to decide where to spend the entire $308,000, icrosoft got their the departhands slapped and ment chairs City reaped the t is frustrating that have been benefits receiving vouchers many of the items that scramfor $308,000 awarded over the bling to next three years as part of the we would like are not meet with class action lawsuit. staff on the state approved the Microsoft allegedly used to decide “anticompetitive means” to how their list. ensure a monopoly in the department software market, resulting wishes to in over-charging consum- Nicole Scott, science dept. chair spend the ers for Microsoft products. money. Although denying the claims, chunks.” “We asked the departthe mega-power has reached a With a May 11th deadline ments to talk about what they would like to see for the future of City .What type of equipment would really put us on the cutting edge?” said Coleman The money received has to be part of an overall goal for City High. The committee for this settlement is taking the individual ideas and meshing them into a bigger project. “For example, if math and science had similar requests, by darienvonk than the committee would put these ideas into a bigger picture to meet the $50,000 threshold,” said Coleman. ith the Twilight Saga becoming an almost cult-like sensation among American The award also comes youth, vampire lore is becoming ever more popular in teenage pop culture. Chriswith percentage requiretopher Offut, father of City High junior James Offut worked as a writer for one of the increasingly more popular vampire series, True Blood on HBO. “I think it [the writing] is all right.” said Bobby Razavi ’12, a follower of the series. “My favorite [epifrom the cover: sode] is the one from the first season. They kidnap that one vampire and put him in the basement, then take his blood.” His son, James Offut frequently bounces ideas around with his dad about the character, plot, and how to improve the show. “I am his inspiration. We talk about it all the time,” said James. “There is even a character named Sam James, which are my brother and I’s names.” Chris joined HBO in 2008 as a writer for True Blood, before moving on to become a writer for a season of Weeds in 2009. He is currently working on his new t.v. series, Tough Trade, which has become a big hit in Hollywood. The show will be aired on EPIX, a new company that is somewhat like fusion of HBO and Netflix. It will allow people to purchase and access movies at home from their computers, with Tough Trade being the only series on the network. “Val Kilmer auditioned for it [Tough Trade], but he didn’t make it.” said James. James, however, did make the cut when auditioning as an extra in an episode of True Blood. “I was in an episode [of True Blood].” James said. “Some black vampire came in and put her arm around me and was like “Hey babe.” I wasn’t allowed to talk, so I just breathed heavily.” James explained that child actor laws prohibit children from being on set for more than ten hours a day, and three of those hours must be spent doing school work. Even though he was there on spring break, he was required to attend a class taught by the same teacher that taught as Zac Efron and Frankie Munitz. “I was only in it for four seconds, but was on set for nine hours.” said James. “I just sat with her in a room and read a book for three hours.” James says that there are some benefits to having a dad who writes for Hollywood. “I could have connections and stuff, if I needed them.” Although James’ acting remains uncertain, Chris Offut’s new creation Tough Trade leaves audiences eager with excitement and waiting to download when production is completed. by davisvonk

for the money in $50,000


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ments. Fifty percent must be spent in the form of general purpose vouchers, and the other fifty percent spent in the form of software vouchers. In addition, thirty percent of the general purpose voucher must be spent on professional development services. All wishes/wants to be purchased must also be on the list of approved items. “The math department is aiming for all the math rooms to be equipped with smart boards, projectors and elmos,” said Vicky Pedersen, math department chair. “Elmos are [devices] so that whatever you set underneath, it shows up on the wall.” “It is frustrating that many of the items that we would like are not on the state approved list,” said Nicole Scott, science department chair. “The state gives us $300,000 and we have to spend it [almost immediately].” As recipients of a fairly significant chunk of a software/ hardware enhancing technology program, the staff is scurrying to put together pleas by the May 11th deadline.

Hip hop at City

photo by DAVISVONK

PSYCHED: The club gets pumped up for their jaw dropping performance at the girl’s basketball game.



Adoh Sisourath ‘11 “DOH BOI”

Morgan Leigh ‘11 “MO-MO”

Jenni Smallwood ‘10 “BUTTERCUP”

Andrea Starks ‘11 “LADEE BUG”

Destinee Gwee ‘11 “DYNASTY”

Shawn Wright ‘11 “STEPZ”

Lynn Truong ‘10 “PIXIE”

Ida Sisourath ‘10 “IDA-HO”




Dear John


The Review



jordin minner Feb. 5 2010

by merediththornton

ear John (intheaters 2/5) is a moving romantic drama by author of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks. The story intertwines two people through out their adult lives. John Tyree meets Savannah Lynn Curtis in Wilmington, NC while on leave from the Army. They become friends after John heroically saves her purse from the ocean water and throughout the summer become more than just friends. The movie follows their journey from new acquaintances to the letter from Savannah to John that defines their lives. This film should prove to be as enthralling and emotional as the book. The plot will make viewers reevaluate relationships and be prove to be a thought provoking story.



The Droid is a crazy powerful. It can take high-resolution photos, play games with ridiculous speed, and surf the web pretty much anywhere on Verizon’s excellent 3G network. But, it’s not particularly easy to use. Things that seem like they should be easy and smooth on a smartphone in 2010 are confusing and bulky. Since it can multitask, it crashes all of the time. It’s got a lot of power, but it’s definitely not a phone for everyone.

The phone everyone has or is mindnumbing jealous if they don’t. While many of the features of the iphone are 123% worth the praise (ie apps galore, and the awesome apple logo on the back). the one point that the phone goes dull on is service. Although not near as bad as it’s reputation (as it works everywhere in City except minor services drops in the math wing) it no where near compares to the service of verizon.

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SPOT Are you going to go see Dear John this weekend? Why or why not?

Television’s “Marquee Moon,” though released in the heyday of punk rock, had a distinctly post-punk sound.

PostPunk “Love at first sight and letters for seven years. Hmm?”

Liliana Coelho & Nora Holman ‘13

“We are going to go see it and we will make sure to bring tissues and waterproof eyeliner!” Max Ibsen and Sam Buatti ‘13

Next Up: Upcoming events STAFF PICK:


Dear John (in Theaters) From Paris with Love (in Theaters)


One Life Stand (Hot Chip)


Heligoland (Massive Attack)


“I do not want to see this movie. I would rather see something with more action.” Tia Smith ‘13

“We will not be going to Dear John. On the other hand our moms would love something like this movie. Ethan Zierke & Calvary Tutson ‘13

“It looks like a romantic tragedy, but a must see! Even if the movie sucks at least their is Channing Tatum.”

Erin Danielson, Alli Siglin, Elizabeth Hubing, and Randi Pitzen ‘13

Symphony and Orchestra Potporri Concert @ City High 7:30 p.m.

St. Vincent @Blue Moose (Iowa City)

Valentine’s Day (in Theaters) International Auto show in IC


2.12 2.13

Jazz Shocase @ City High 5:30 p.m. William Elliott Whitmore @Blue Moose (Iowa City)


Valentine’s Day Frederick Douglas’ 191st birthday



Almost, Maine @Des Moines Civics Center Jazz Band @ TALL CORN FESTIVAL

UNI 2.23

Yes! (K-Os)


Orchestra - City High



fluid genre. Post-punk was and Another facet of born from the punk rock scenes in New post-punk featured York City and the more Jamaican dub, UK, though it did not electronic, and glam emerge fully until af- rock. For instance, ter the punk ruckus bands like Gang of died down. Origins Four and Public Imare arguable between age Ltd- the latter of England and New which was formed by York City; however Johnny Rotten (the both Recommended share listening: signific ant Entertainment! by Gang of Four, cont r i bu - “Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunt i o n s nymen, Kitchen Tapes by the Rainto the coats, “Venus” by Television, Gary genre. Newman and the Tubeway Army, The Siouxie Sioux and the Banshees. postpunk s ou nd is defined by its use of ex- former lead singer for perimentation, blend- Sex Pistols) - experiing different genres mented with dance together, and vamp- and funk sounds. Songwriting withing (improvisation). Many post-punk in the genre is highly bands emphasized personal in most bass riffs, and featured cases, and contains singers with a mono- a lot of existentialtone or wailing voice. ism. If philosopher Most notable for these Friedrich Nietzsche characteristics were were alive in the time bands such as Joy post-punk reigned, Division, Echo and he would have surely the Bunnymen, and been a huge fan. Joy Television. Other ex- Division is especially amples, though more known for their inexperimental are The tense and introspecFall and the all-girl tive lyrics, paired band the Raincoats. perfectly with their hooks. However, post-punk melancholy is an ever-changing




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CityHigh Continuing a City High tradition. by sarahmitchell

by sarahmitchell


n 2006, Thomas Cech was under consideration for president of Harvard University. While he did not receive the position in the end, this is one of many highlights in his life. Thomas Cech has been passionate about natural sciences all of his life. Growing up in Iowa City, he took interest in many of the science courses offered at City High. After graduating from City High in 1966, Cech attended Grinnell College where he received his Bachelors degree. In 1975 Cech received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and in the same year started school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


“I really enjoy the environment here.” City High has always been a large part of Hellwig’s life, his daughters will be the fourth generation in his family to become City High graduates. “If I could do one thing over,” Hellwig said, “I would have studied harder.” Hellwig was involved in many activities at City High ranging from football to choir. Hellwig was in football all four years of high school and the highlight was in 1993 when the football team won the state championship. In choir, Hellwig’s favorite memory in choir was the trip to Orlando, he said.

“We competed against some of the best choirs in the country, but we ended up doing really well,” said Hellwig. Hellwig enjoyed all his classes in school, and says he cannot pick one favorite teacher. “I would have a list of 30 favorite teachers,” said Hellwig. East side pride was a large part of Hellwig’s reasoning to stay in Iowa City, he said “The East side is a great place to live” Hellwig is a 3rd generation City graduate. “I think that really speaks about how family feels about this school,” said Hellwig.


While in school Cech was constantly involved in keeping up with his world renowned research at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he continues to do research today. From the many awards that Thomas Cech has received as a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, the one that really stands out is his Nobel Prize. Cech received this in 1989 along with his colleague, Sidney Altman. This achievement was followed in 1995 when Cech received the National Medal of Science, a huge success for any researcher. Along with great lab work, Cech has become known as one of the best college chemistry professors in the country. He was awarded lifetime professorship at Columbia University.




In 1999, Tim Dwight’s Career peaked at the 33rd Super bowl in Miami when he had a 94-yard touchdown return. Dwight grew up in Iowa City and attended City High. At City High he excelled at Track and Football, setting over 4 school records. After high school, Dwight continued to play football at the University of Iowa. Dwight is still a fixture in Iowa City when he comes back every summer to host a football camp that has several other NFL players on staff.

Matt Hayek

City High Grad Turned Iowa City Mayor by merediththornton City High students have accomplished many great feats, while many are profound thinkers, professional athletes and high paid executives, few have the opportunity to have a major role of leadership in their hometown as Matt Hayek does. Unanimously elected as mayor on Saturday January 2, Hayek replaced former mayor Regenia Bailey. He spoke of the process of being elected. “I got the nod.” Hayek will be the mayor at large until January 2, 2012. He has plenty of leadership experience as he was a former chairperson of the Iowa City Housing and Community Development Commission, former chairperson of the Iowa City Scattered Site Housing Taskforce and the former president of the Englert Theatre board of directors, to name a few. Hayek graduated from City in 1988 and was a member of The Little Hawk staff as managing editor. Hayek still harbors affectionate feelings towards The Little Hawk. “It was and is a great newspaper.” Noteworthy journalism stories include advocating for a school code change that would eventually get passed and covering a presidential debate in Des Moines. “Student journalism is among the

best extracurricular activities a high schooler can get into”. Many high school students are busy and involved in multiple extracurricular activities while at the same time performing and maintaining their scholarly duties. While not everyone appreciates the things high schoolers participate and achieve in, Hayek encourages students to further broaden their horizons. “Collect all the diverse experiences you can. Learn about opportunities that help you decide what you want to do with your life.” Hayek is also familiar with other types of leadership. He now co-owns his law practice; Hayek, Brown, Moreland & Smith, L.L.P. after working at law firms in Atlanta and Chicago. Now an attorney for 13 years, it is just “his day job” as he is a father of 2 young children and a husband. Following his graduation from City and getting his BA from the University of Michigan in 1992, Hayek became a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1992-994. “It, (Bolivia), changed my life. It was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had.” Few go through the challenge of helping an extremely impoverished country install and provide clean drinking water in poor, isolated

regions. “We went way up into the mountains and really remote places. The contrast between that and studying for finals in college was incredible. I was exposed to extreme poverty and really harsh conditions.” Hayek continually encourages students to do things throughout their schooling and lives to help shape their futures. “Every chance you get to experience something, you learn what the possibilities are.” Keeping an open mind and jumping at an opportunity are things he says students should relish. Listening to the people who push you to your best and encourage you to try new things could be the ones that have the most impact in your life. “Jack Kennedy, (former Little Hawk adviser), he pushed us so hard and made us think and that inspired us. By treating us like adults and expecting us to push ourselves, combined with a sense of belief in our ability to do great things he gave a lot and expected a lot.” From City High grad, Matt Hayek we can learn that what imagine happening isn’t always the result. We should take chances and be aware of the things in our world. “It takes a sense of adventure. It’s too easy to close your eyes to everything that’s out there.”

City High graduate, Matt Hayek posing for City Council photo.



colorblue animalgorilla childhood gameAtari sportbaseball athletejohn mcenroe shoenike actorbill murray quirkpen twirling skill learned in debate “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.” -Robert F. Kennedy





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From video games, to movies, to trading cards, Pokemon was the phenominae of our generation. On this page, we hope to revisit the joy we felt as children.

- When Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl, its swirl changes direction. - The legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres have the Spanish numbers for one, two, and three (uno, dos, tres). - Ash Ketchum is called Satoshi in Japan. - Ekans spelled backwards is "snake" just as Arbok spelled backwords is "kobra" - Pokemon is pronounced "Poketto Monsuta in Japan.

Nostalgia by philbuatti Pokémon played a huge role in the childhoods of the children of our generation. From the Game Boy games to the trading cards, it had everything that children loved. Children look for mystique in fantasy. Pokémon introduced a whole new world filled with unique creatures that you could befriend. What little boy wouldn’t want to be best friends with a fire breathing monster? Friendship and trust was the foundation of the Pokémon television show. It showed kids how to work together and love and fight for justice. Evil never prevailed, as the infamous Team Rocket would get “blasted off again”. The role playing video games instilled in the children hard work, patience and persistence. Kids had to work hard to train their Pokémon to become strong and powerful enough to defeat their foes. Yet, many times a player would have to be patient while in search of a rare Pokémon, or lost inside a dark cave without the


move “flash”. As the games took over the lives of children, so did the trading card game. Children loved to collect their favorite Pokémon and then trade them with their friends. Pokémon even found its way to the playground as children would play games of pretend. As Pokémon trainers, they would act out their battles as their Pokémon and defeat evil enemies. Such nostalgia continues to infect high schoolers today. Many still are avid fans of the Pokémon video games. “They were there when your friends weren’t around,” said Fred Meraz, ‘11, “And Charmander was so cute, you just melted every time.” Has the Pokémon saga dragged on too far? Some believe that Pokémon has stretched its limits, increasing its original creature total to 493 different Pokémon. Yet, its intentions still remain the same. It continues to represent adventure and good morals, many of which it instilled long ago in us high schoolers.



1995 1996 - Pokemon, created by Satoshi Tajiri, debuts with through Nintendo as two interlinkable Game Boy games: Red, Green (Japan only) and Blue versions. 1998 - Pokemon: The First Movie

1999 - Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition released in North America with the aim to be more similar to the animated television series 2000 - Pokemon Gold and Silver versions released for Game Boy Color. Later, a special edition Crystal version was released.

on the SPOT

2000 - Pokemon 2000 The movie

What is your favorite Pokemon?

2003 - Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire released for Game Boy Advance, and continued with the recreation of Red and Blue with FireRed and LeafGreen versions. Lastly, an enhanced Emerald version was released.


-Alex Mills ‘13

2006 - Pokemon Diamond and Pearl released for Nintendo DS. Later, Platinum version was released

“Mewtwo. He’s so much better than Mew One.” -Alex Christopherson ‘10

2010 - Coming soon, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver versions!








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LH’s Scouting Experts Say: Jam Session is the evolutionary brain child of last year’s Dunder Mifflin team. Although losing second team center Jake Koepnick from last year’s squad; an easy schedule, two returning key players in Nathaniel Gier ’10 and Hans Hollander ’10 and a good zone defense could mean a successful season for Jam Session. Look for this team to take advantage of a zone, inevitably neutralizing the bottom half of teams in Rec League. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 2 (Cupcake) Game To Watch (Rivalry Game): Jackin’ it Early & Often - Feb 10th Team MVP: Hans Hollander ‘10 Predicted Record and Place: 6th, 4-3

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: Tate High is the most athletic team in the league. Returning with all key players from last year’s squad including preseason POY (Player of Year) candidate, Zach Washpun ’11, Tate could potentially go undefeated and win the league for the first time in their school’s history. They will look to carry momentum from last year’s 5-2 record and third place finish in the league. The more Tate works together as one unit the farther their teamwork will carry them through the post-season tournament. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 8 (Play Top Half of the League) Game to Watch: Lightning Strike - February 3rd Team MVP: Zach Washpun ‘11 Predicted Record and Place: 1st , 6-1

“I’ve been around a while, I kinda know these things.”

- Larry “The Legend” Bird

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: This will be Jackin’ It’s inaugural season. They are a new team and have zero players that have ever played a game in Rec League. Carl Fleener ’11 brings one of the most potent jump shots in the league. Will Benson ’11 and Jack Kregel ’11 need to control the game by avoiding both bad shots and turnovers. Nick Beckman ’11 must use his size to his and his team’s advantage. Look for the talent on Jackin’ It to make up for their inexperience. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 7 (Nice and Hard) Game to Watch: Lightning Strike – March 3rd Team MVP: Carl Fleener ‘11 Predicted Record and Place: 4th , 4-3

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: Baked Potatoes picked up the highest ranked out of state prospect in Tamir Allen ’10 (from New Jersey) which will hopefully add some much needed leadership to the team. Jesse Leyendecker ’10 will also be a force to be reckoned with as his middle position combined with his height should make rebounds difficult, and Avery Winegard ’10 can take over a game at any time. Although they are likely the most inconsistent team in the league, watch for the Baked Potatoes to pull some major upsets. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 6 (Middle of the Road) Game to Watch: Tate High - February 17th Team MVP: Tamir Allen ‘10 Predicted Record and Place: 7th , 3-4

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: Tyler Nelson ’10 and Jack Verducci ’11 look to lead this Regina squad to a three-peat as Rec League Tournament Champions. This is a completely different roster from last year’s senior laden team, The Milf Hunters. Regina hits the weight room harder than any other team in the league and with luck their ever-increasing physical strength can translate into “wins” for this young team. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 4 (Come and Talk to Us if You Want a Challenge) Game to Watch: Lightning Strike – January 27th Team MVP: Jack Verducci ’11 Predicted Record and Place: 5th , 4-3

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LH’s Scouting Experts Say: The Tricky Dicks, in honor of the late and great Richard Nixon, look to use the group’s collective effort to improve on last year’s record that put them at the bottom of the league. They changed their name (formerly Team Felix) in an effort to raise their win tally, have fun, and most importantly forget last year. Look for Peter Mosher ’10 to lead by example as the team’s starting point guard. David Gomer ’10 looks to use his size and experience to be a productive force in the middle of the lane. Desmond McCalla ’12 will make a late season push for Rookie of the Year. Strength of Schedule: 6 (Middle of the Road) Game to Watch: Baked Potatoes – February 10th Team MVP: Desmond McCalla ‘12 Predicted Record and Place: 9th , 1-6

The worn-out black leather jacket shows its wear. Dan Fracassini’s grey whiskers hold the stories of the past ten years of Rec League Basketball at the Robert A. Lee Rec Center. “I’ve seen the league go through a lot of changes, a lot of different players but it’s going to be a competitive year, it’s always competitive in this league,” Fracassini said. Known as “Super Fan” to those who encounter him, Fracassini is now in his tenth year of coaching Rec League basketball. His teams are always near the top of the league in both skill level and in the standings. “I’m very proud of all my teams. It’s a great thing to be a part of; it’s a great bonding experience, these people mean a great deal to me. It’s been a very positive experience. I love my team,” Fracassini said. His record as a coach speaks to his legacy and the winning tradition of the teams he coaches, shown by his 61-10 record in regular season

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: The bottom line is Lightning Strike doesn’t rebuild, they reload. This year LS will look to continue on last year’s undefeated record and regular season title without their star player, Parrish Shaw ’09, and starter Tyree Payne ’10. (Payne is now playing varsity basketball for City High). LS added Nick Reuter ’10, who brings athleticism to the team. Look for LS’s to turn their furious man-to-man defense into offense. LS will look to make a run for the championship building off their “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” motto. LS will be lead by sharpshooting Matt Evans ’10, inside-outside threat Tucker Tholen ’10, shifty and fearless leader Jakari Smith ’10, and the scrappy James Taylor ’10. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 8 Game to Watch: Tate High – February 3rd Team MVP: Lucas Roach ’10 and Coach “Super Fan” Dan Franchinni Predicted Record and Place: 2nd , 6-1

LH’s Scouting Experts Say: Formerly the Cherry Poppers, the MonSTARS have made a collective effort to “mature” their image and public relations after a rough backlash to the immaturity of their name and style of play. This is the MonSTARS’ first year in the league as a team but their players have experience. Lead by Richard Strommer ’10 and Joseph Fefe ’10, the MonSTARS look to make a shuffle at the top of the Rec League standings. Austin Razavi ’10 looks to bring some balance and consistency to a team that desperately needs it. Look out for the new kid from Illinois, Todd Turner ’11, to be a productive and positive player. Strength of Schedule (1 to 10): 5 (Not too Hard, Not too Soft...Just Right) Game to Watch: Jackin’ It Early & Often – February 3rd Team MVP: Joseph Fefe ’10 / Todd Turner ‘11 Predicted Record and Place: 3rd , 5-2

play and 15-8 in the playoffs. He’s never posted a losing record and his teams have always advanced to at least the semi-finals. “My teams have always played hard, no matter what, and we take pride in that. It’s been a lot of fun,” Fracassini said. “Super Fan” is currently in his second year with Lightning Strike, who earned a number one seed in the post season tournament and were the regular season champions last season danfracassini by posting an undefeated record. They lost in the semi-finals to eventual tournament champion Regina. “You know the team is having a lot of fun, we’re going to work hard to bring Super Fan his second championship. This guy is the Phil Jackson of Rec League, the man is a winner and we love him,” Lightning Strike player James Taylor ‘10 said.

“I’m on a mission. Somebody has to pay. Somebody is going to pay until I end my career.”

Paddy’s Pub

Rabble Rousers

Game to Watch: Tricky Dicks – February 17th Team MVP: Aaron McDonugh ‘12 Predicted Record and Place: 10th, 0-7


Predicted Rec League Tournament Outcome


- Gilbert “Toy Gun” Arenas

Game to Watch: The Rabble Rouser’s – February 10th Team MVP: David Steinkruger ‘11 Predicted Record and Place: 8th, 2-5

Regina (56) Regina (64)


Tricky Dicks (38)


Jackin’ It (51) Tate High (68)

Tricky Dicks (48) 9

Rabble Rousers (35)

Tate High (71) 1 2



Tate High (71) Lightning Strike (61)

Baked Potatoes (42)

Tate High Lightning Strike (62)


Baked Potatoes (51) Paddy’s Pub (29) 3

Lightning Strike (67)

MonSTARS (62) MonSTARS (54)


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Emo MUsic


* *notself-mutilationorweepy teenagers


We are all trapped in prisons of the mind it’s a hard sensibility but we’ll see it through in time But when words come between us Noiseless in the air Believe me, I know it’s so easy to despair But don’t Tonight I’m talking to myself There’s no one that I know as well Thoughts collide without a sound Frantic, fighting to be found And I’ve found things in this life that still are real a remainder refusing to be concealed And I’ve found the answer lies in a real emotion Not the self-indulgence of a selfdevotion. –Rites of Spring, Remainder


This page is designed after the infuencial emo band Sunny Day Real Estate

EvolutionDifferent genres incorporated emo sounds into their music. Punk/Emo bands Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker become popular. Indie rock band Texas is the Reason emulates elementes of emotional driven hardcore with a traditional indie sound


Birth-Rites of Spring creates Emotional Hard Core, a subgenre of Hardcore, in DC

Early 2000’s

New GenerationEmo gains popularity as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World get airtime and major record signings


The original Emo has been broken. Screamo, dyed hair, and skinny jeans are now all associated with the original art




inner soundtrack of thousands of teenagers across the country is a genre of music called ‘emo.’ Surrounded in falsifications about self-mutilation, weeping teenagers, and sappy poetry, emo, a clipped version of ‘emotional,’ is a subgenre of Punk that’s known for the emotive style of its lyrics. For Sophomore Tom Elleson and Senior Graham Klemme, Emo has been in their lives since they were in junior high, growing along with them. “I got into emo in 5th grade,” Elleson said. “Something just clicked, I really liked it.” Emo originated in the 1980’s DC hardcore scene, where it was known as “emotional driven hardcore”. Bands like Rites of Spring kept the visceral passion found in typical Hardcore bands while shifting away lyrically to personal realms, exploring things that hadn’t been expressed before in a poetic way. “Like most new musical genres, emo gained followers and its own type of subculture and fan base as time progressed,” Elleson said. In the 1990’s, other bands picked up on emo’s distinct style. Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker combined the violent passion of Hardcore with the tortured artistry of 1980’s emo bands. Together with the personal lyrics and intimate connection with listeners at shows, they both gained loyal fan bases and enjoyed greater popularity in the underground music scene. “As music evolves new bands put their own style into the developing genre” Klemme said. “The inevitable result is a sound that’s not like the original.” At the turn of the century, emo entered the mainstream, and bands like Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World led the newest sound. However, their sound was distinctly different from that of their forbearers. With the newest emo bands getting radio air-time and major record signings, the form started to become watered down. “Forms of screamo have been around since the 90’s,” Elleson said “But when they started getting on TV and the radio they made faux emo kids out of 5th graders.” Dashboard Confessional’s acoustic sound and poetic lyrics appealed to a completely new fan base, one of kids who never were into the underground music scene. This sparked another addition to emo, one that was targeted to musically inexperienced kids. “Most modern day cats who refer to themselves as emo wouldn’t dare listen to any of the original emo,” Elleson said. “The lack of makeup and screams in [the band] “Texas is the Reason” would scare them away. As well as the fact that their vocalist doesn’t have a pretty voice-they would hate it.” This new faction of the original emo, a poppy, screaming genre has paved the way for the misconceptions about emo that exist today. “They formed their misconceptions by the people who say they’re emo, but they’re not,” Elleson said. “Now, cutting is synonymous with emo, but emo music doesn’t tell you to cut yourself or cry all the time. Actually the first song on [the influential emo band] Thursday’s first record, “Waiting” is a song against suicide. The stereotypes are mostly untrue, from kids who don’t know what they’re talking about.” Thanks to the internet, emo music has spread across the country, but there’s more to the scene than just listening to music. “Iowa City doesn’t get any emo bands. Our scene is nonexistent” Klemme said. “The last emo show was The Get Up Kids earlier this winter.” Emo’s success, and part of its downfall is the nature of its lyrics. “Emo music is real,” Elleson said. “It reflects what kids like you are feeling. You’re not listening to rock stars, you’re listening to people like you, who sing about stuff you care about.” “Although a lot of kids hate on the emotional style of emo, whatever,” Klemme said. “Because you need to connect to music to really enjoy it, and that’s what emo does for you.” “The whole attitude of emo is that being emotional isn’t anything to be ashamed of,” Elleson said. “Music’s always had its emotions, but emo did it in some way that just worked.”


essential emo albums

Estate 1 “Diary”-Sunny Day Real ?” -Texas is 2 “Do you know who you are the Reason 3 “Sirens and Condolences”Bayside at World rican”-Jimmy E 4 “Bleed Ame 5 “Stay what you are”-Save s the Day 6 “Perfecting Lonliness”-Je ts to Brazil -The Starting Line 7 “Say it like you mean it”




8 “Nothing fe els good”-The Promise Ring 9 “Something to write home about”-The Ge Up Kids t 2 18 k d”-Blin 10 “Self-title

davidsteinkruger Emo. The three letter word that’s currently used to describe a group of people rather than a type of music, which was its original intent. Emo expresses the thoughts and feelings about loneliness, as well as a reflection of the painful times of broken hearts and dreams. These feelings are expressed by anger and a sense of being lost. Through screaming lungs and melodies, Emo music brings me back to certain periods in my life when I listened to my old CDs again and again, sharing my hurt with the sounds of others who were doing the same. I, along with many others, am tired with today’s cliché associations with Emo, classifying kids who have eye-covering haircuts and tight skinny jeans with the word. Emo is a musical style that has been reshaped and transformed to express the people who listen to it. It’s for people to express their personal problems. Emo has exploded rapidly through the music scene, and what was once a single great idea is now a corrupt, capitalistic, empty style of music, diluted and morphed by major record labels as a way to make money. Before your start a rant about your idea of Emo, please know that it does not mean to cry and cut your wrists until you bleed to death. Real Emo is about the questions and shit that some kids deal with. Not everyone can understand it, which is good, because it’s not for everyone. Emo fundamentally is about those moments when you can barely get of bed because you’re so are burdened by the weight of life. And for me, I couldn’t ask for anything else from it.




darien vonk feb 5 2010


MArtial artists Many City High students want to do martial arts. Most only end up learning one type. But for Bankuya Jiles, martial arts is a passion that knows no boundaries. “I’ve been doing martial Evearts since I was eight years geney old, and have been Kolyvonov, trained in nine a member of different the City High Wrestling team, believes that he would be able to use wrestling as moare than just a sport, for self defense as well. “Yeah, I could take a mob.” Kolyvonov said. “He could only take on a mob if he had his wrestling shoes, and the mob was trying to take his food.” said teammate Dwight Donohue. ‘Genya’ has been wrestling ever since he first started in seventh grade. “I started [wrestling] because my friend Dwight Donohue told me to.” said Kolyvonov. “It looked cool, and Russians are good at it.” Now a member of the wrestling team, Kolyvonov has developed techniques and strategies during his matches. “I try to be more defensive in the first period, to get them tired. Then I get more offensive in the second and third.” said Kolyvonov. “My strengths are offensive shots, rolls and stamina. My weakness is defense, and getting pinned by state champions.”

Evegeney Kolyvonov

styles.” Bankuya fondly remembers his early days when he started Judo. “I wanted to learn discipline, and b e

B a nk u ya Jiles

able to protect my friends.” said Jiles.

Over time, his fighting preferences have changed. “Now I feel most comfortable using Kendo, because it involves using a sword,” he said. GeHown y a’s special moves i nclu d e ‘ T h e Russian Tie’ and ‘The Koly Roll.’ “It’s a roll where there is a ninety percent chance that you will pin yourself on accident.” said Genya. But the secret to his sucess is not only due to his strategies, moves, and experience. Genya also has his pre-match routine. “I do the Russian Dance, and clarify the rules with the referee.” Genya will continue to be a competetor, athlete, and martial artist throughout his highschool career as part of the wrestling team.

City’s Secret Spots Catwalks:

ever, Bankuya knows that swordsmanship, and fighting skills in general, have their unique responsibilities. “Don’t show off. I only use it [martial arts] if I have to,” said Jiles. “I will talk it out first. Violence is always a last resort.” Because of this, Bankuya says that he rarely has to fight in his day-to-day life. However, he is involved in intramural competitions. “I often go to tournaments for different martial arts.” Although Bankuya brings his “A” Game, there are some moves too powerful to use there. Some of his favorite moves include the DS Hazuki, For Iron Palm, and Gisai RyakPatrick ouha. Bankuya refers to Dolan, ’11, Gisai Ryakouha as his Tae Kwon Do is “last resort” because not just a hobby; it it involves breakis a way of life. ing both “I used to [take lessons] twice a week, about an hour per session. Now, I’ve been going at

his and his opponents necks at the same time. The DS Hazuki is a high kick in which Bankuya would do a handstand. In the Iron Palm, Bankuya would strike his opponent’s lower sternum with Cu rhis palm, resulting in instant r e n t l y, loss of breath and possible Dolan has breakage of bones. been working For Bankuya, with the Unilearning complex versity of Iowa Tae moves requires Kwon Do team for some much devotime. He said, “I’m not action and tually on the team; I just take time. lessons. I will definitely join if I end up going to the U of I.” Although he performs martial arts at an advance level, Dolan could not think of any particularly exciting techniques. “We don’t really have special moves,” he admitted, “It’s mostly kicking.” Tae Kwon Do has a different nature than most other martial arts. According to Dolan, “If you want to learn how to disarm someone, try something like judo. It’s more about looking cool than killing people.” Additionally, the fighting style is characterized by its strong focus on formal competition. Tournaments are a significant part of the Tae Kwon Do lifestyle. Dolan said, “At competitions, I get to spar against other people. Each person gains points that determine their rank at the tournament.” Besides trophies, Tae Kwon Do offers many rewards to anyone interested. Dolan said, “It’s an excellent workout for the legs and arms.” He would recommend it for anyone who is interested, including the vertically challenged. “In my experience, a good short person can be awesome, beautiful, and utterly terrifying.”

Patrick Dolan

least three times a week, and on top of that, help with kids’ classes,” he said. Dolan, a first-degree black belt, is perfectly qualified to teach those youngsters. He has graduated through ten belt colors since he started at the age of six.

They are the places students have always heard rumors about - secret tunnels and catacombs beneath the school, trapdoors onto the roof and secret ceiling walkways.

Bell Tower:


Many a student sitting at an assembly or concert bored out of their mind has tilted their head back and peered into the inky blackness of the theater ceiling. Some may have even noticed faint outlines of something emerging from the far off rooftop. Those strange shapes appearing out of the gloom are the catwalks - a simple network of suspended walkways that enable the Opstad Tech Crew to reach the highest lights in the theater and to rig special effects. The catwalks ranks up there in the grand list of “dangerous things at City High.” A four or five story fall out of the ceiling is not good for one’s health. There are only two ways into the cats. the 1999 renovations to the theater. The other is a ladder recessed into the wall of the balcony, with a padlocked and screwed shut trapdoor at the top. There is one more piece to the cats however. Above the stage there is a separate system know as the “Grid.” Explicitly forbidden to students, the Gridd is a web of I-beams that suspend the lowerable bars that hold curtains and lights. Riddled with large holes and crisscrossed by a network of high tension cables that suspend the bars, the Grid definitely ranks high on the “Dangerous parts of City High” list. Falling would mean a long drop to the stage floor, stopped only by the large metal bars that one would hit on the way down. Also, after you got out of the hospital, you’d likely be suspended for a week or two.

Everyone knows about the bell tower - it as after all, fairly easy to spot. The fairly visible door is an unassuming wood slab on the third floor in between the language office, and the door to the Little Theatre balcony. It’s usually (but not always!) locked. As many tower is now home to a Verizon cell tower, but there are a few things that most people don’t know about the tower. For instance, AT&T will soon also have rental space in the tower. iphone coverage anyone? Have you ever noticed the small closet on the ground floor of the Little Theatre? It’s just a small, triangular room with a door in the front. But it doesn’t have a ceiling...just bricks ascending into blackness. Yup, it goes to the tower, two and a half stories straight up. Rumor has it there are old two by fours nailed to the walls that an enterprising student could use to scale the sheer walls... Rumor also has it that there are pictures floating around Facebook of enterprising students scaling the outside walls of the tower...




andy fenneman feb 5 2009

TELEVISION SHOW? Could Iowa City handle a national

The Little Hawk explores possible TV shows that could be set in Iowa City for fun and publicity!


The I.C.

The Adventures of Walking Dude

Survivor: Coral Ridge

Glee: 4th Avenue

CSI: Pedmall

12 people. 1 year. NO RULES. Well, actually, there are some rules. But you have to spend a year in the mall! With no supplies! It’s surprisingly tough.

Well, it’s essentially Glee, but with more 12hour long workshops. Also, James Brown!

We already have a mall that’s notoriosly hard to survive in.

A class act show choir that has all of the drama, catchy music numbers, and attention-loving compression-short wearers!

Lots and lots of PAULAs waiting to be issued. More help is generally appreciated, even if it is fictional.

The show focuses on the lives of over-priveledged, under-loved, Iowa City residents. Lots of artsy shots of Coralville reservoir beach parties.

You know that creepy guy who walks around Hickory Hill with the combat boots and balistics glasses? Adorable Cartoon character waiting to happen!

What Iowa City has to Offer to a television show.

Lots of 18-24 year olds looking for the chance to be on TV.

A lovable/creepy dude who walks around and talks to him self! What other towns have citizens of this calibre?


The actor who plays Tai, the main character’s top bro, is discovered to be 43, Canadian, and bald.

Walking Dude is actually the ancient druid spirit who roams the wilderness searching for his long-lost spirit bride!

The guy who gave the participants unlimited free samples at Panda Express got fired! What will they do for sustenance now without stale Orange Chicken?

Lip Syncing! At State! Scandal!!

Is the night after a winning home Hawkeye football game really too much for the investigators to hand? Find out next week on CSI: Pedmall.

Benefits for the Community

Increase in the desirable “tan” demographic. Something Iowa City needs dearly.

Iowa City’s favorite vagrant will be immortalized in the hallowed halls of television! As an adorable cartoon psychopath nonetheless!

The near-starving, bearded “Survivees” provide entertainment for bored spouses and children stuck at the mall.

Promotion of a classact singing and dancing group! Also, a vast number of “Gleeks” would probably descend upon City High in a kind of pilgrimage.

Well, ticketing tipsy co-eds is something that needs to get done anyway, but now it is done by glamorous actors.


At least $2.99 per episode for red cups. Winter coats for afformentioned beach parties during most of the year.

Enough to pay the Guatemalan sweat shop laborers/animators that will make this loveable lunk come to life.

Beard trimming fees. It’s really quite a task to get all of the beards on Survivor ready for TV.

$600. Per year. No exceptions.

Famous actors, while generally more adept at acting than regular policemen, also have multi-million dollar contracts. Yikes.


Instead of solving murders, the CSI team is repurposed as an elite underage drinking prevention team to be deployed downtown late at night.

“Ancient oriental wisdom harnessed to make your life just a little less hectic!”

ARIES- Career Suggestion: Jersey Shore. They’re accepting applicants for season two! You can probably pull off the absmaybe not. The stars are pulling for you. TAURUS- Party in the USA is the pinnacle of human artistic achievement, and any accomplishments you may call your own in this short life will pale in comparison. GEMINI- Stop it. Stop it right now. CANCER- This week you’ll open up your range of mind, try new things, and generally binge on phsychedelics. LEO- Take the time out of your busy schedule to read! And drink three glasses of milk a day! And remember to play for sixty minutes outside every day! (every 28th horoscope has to be a positive PSA, or we, well.... we’d rather not say.) VIRGO- Invest in virtual reality. TRON is only a few years away. LIBRA- Your attempts at learning how to play this guitar are terrible and a little hilarious. The only sure fire way to learn the guitar is by selling your soul to a guy in a dark suit with a southern accent that smells vaguely sulfuric. SCORPIO- People have been friendlier to you as of late. This is a sign of weakness. Take advantage! SAGITTARIUS- Have you ever thought about Pterodactyls? It’s like an eagle/dinosaur combo! If you could teach it judo, it would probably be unstoppable. CAPRICORN- Opposite Day! AQUARIUS- It’s probably flamable, dude. PISCES- Lobotomies! They’re a great way to lose weight.

As a newspaper editor, I have love for both the pen and the paper. Some of my best friends and companions that will join me on my journey of life I will have met through high school journalism. Yet, rivalry between high school newspapers seeks to destroy these bonds and rip apart the muckraking unity that is journalism. Who honestly cares about what the other high school is printing? The fact is, only that school will read their paper, and no one else. Additionally, nobody actually reads what is written in the newspaper 90% of the time. So what does it even matter? Most City High students have never even heard of the West Side Story, and I’m sure its the exact same over there. Why is the hate so prevalent? What would possibly drive somebody to burn a paper or throw it into a razor-sharp fan? It’s as if those temper-tantrums will send a message to the world, “Hey, everybody, I’m really tough, tougher than the people who wrote the stuff on this paper.” One should read the newspaper to LEARN what others think, or what is going on in the world. Start caring

about what matters, like AIDS or water on the moon or the PROMENADE. You’re high school students, for goodness sake. The fact is, people are different than you, and other things happen in the world than what is publicized in a newspaper. Journalists are supposed to be a society of secretive, elusive, mysterious people who wear fedoras and report the news. They are a group of people who seek pleasure in finding the faults of others, not the faults of each other. They are supposed to work as vessels of truth around the body of lies that is the world. In the eal world, journalists fight to hurt others, not each other. Just put on your swamp waders and get out there in the muck and start raking for Pete’s sake. Don’t high school journalists have enough to worry about with homework and sports and other scholarly activities than to sling poo at each other like chimps? If were chimps, then our newspaper’s personnel choices should be questioned, as chimps have not let learned to understand the English alphabet, and are really quite ineffective as journalists.


right to

remain silent “I’m generally not a fan of surprises, as long as they don’t deal with highgrade chocolate.”- English teacher Tom Yates “If you don’t take physics, I’m going to find you and kill you.”- Chemistry teacher Greg Muilenburg tells it like it is. “I’m going to forcefully press my foot onto your buttocks.” -Yearbook advisor Jeff Morris threatens Jon DeMars ‘10 “I’m going to school you in basketball all night long Tucker.” -Jonathan Rogers lets the world know of his secret talent. “I hate humans.” -our dear leader Davis Vonk ‘10 “No child labor laws at the Hellwig household. Take that, Government!”- Social Studies teacher Nathan Hellwig explains how things work at his house. Everyone loves a quote that someone will instantly regret; and putting it in print gives it that cutting edge that tears the heart apart. Give Mr. Rogers or executive editor Davis Vonk some quotes from your teachers and classmates, and you’ll be able to mock them for all eternity.


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philbuatti feb 5 2010

Redistricting Ruckus Will City High still be the school that leads?


In Iowa City, the public feels that City High is becoming an obsolete school. This is incorrect. City High has always and will continue to offer top-notch educations to their students ow can an outsider assume that City High is becoming the poorer and worse school when they never have or never will attend it? Parents scream and yell at the prospect of having to send their children to a “ghetto” school, yet last year, West High had approximately 300 suspensions, while City High halved that number with 150. The truth is, many west side parents know absolutely nothing about City High. They don’t know that City High inducts over one hundred students into the National Honor Society every year. They don’t know that City High offers plenty of advanced classes, taught by teachers who really care for their students. In addition, City High’s music program sends dozens of students to the All-State Music Festival, and has been nationally acclaimed with three Grammy awards. How do these attributes and accomplishments make City High “ghetto”? It is painful to think that parents are horrified of City High; that some parents even refuse to let their children wear red and white. This is possibly the most selfish and childish act a parent could make. Parents are supposed to set

a good example for their children, not fear and hate others. Due to the raised complaints and the ruckus caused by the unreasonable west side parents, the taxpayers think that City is obsolete as well. Taxes fund the school, so the school district must cater to taxpayers about school decisions. Now, the people think City High needs to be more like West High. One example of this can be seen in the new P.E. programs for next year, which mimic West’s program. Even if City’s system has worked just fine for years. Other unfairness can be seen in the changes of City’s bell schedule, while West’s remained untouched. When a extremely valued City High official decided to make a stand against the unfairnest, he was removed from his position. The public needs to realize what a great school City High is. They cannot assume things without stepping into City High for a day. The issue of redistricting cannot be solved without compromise. Hate cannot exist between the schools. Instead, they must unite and work together to solve the daunting problem at hand.




Perception H



The Iowa City School District has made the final decision to build a third high school in the North Liberty area, which will be very costly. It is estimated that it will be open around the 2014 school year. However, some of their planning is still flawed.


Facts - A third high school will be built in the North Liberty area, with completion estimated to be around 2014. - City High is projected to still have a f/r lunch rate of 29 percent - West High had around 300 suspensions last year, dwarfing City High’s 150


n order to pay for this project, the district is cutting teachers’ salaries across the board, as well as cutting spending in other departments such as foreign language and sports. As of now, the administration will not take cuts. However, in our opinion the people who run the district, should volunteer to take cuts to help make up the deficits. The purpose for building the third school is to help ease the overcrowded City and West high schools. Yet, the third school is being designed to only accommodate 800 students, slightly contradictory to the problem. With the continued growth of the district, it is projected that by the time the third school opens, it will already have exceeded capacity. It would have been logical to assume that a group of sup-

The gap between City and West is growing as City’s free-and-reduced-lunch (F/R) rate continues to increase as the district changes. So, the logical solution is to change the boundaries to help balance the schools now uneven spread. School


et according to most of the proposed solutions, The could become true in the years to come if the problem new high school is projected to have 11 percent F/R, is not solved. City High is not a school with dangerous problems. while West High would have around 15 percent. Yet, City High would have 29 percent on free and reduced But, unfortunately, these problems could become more lunch. Additionally, City’s rate is expected to continue to realistic if they are not addressed. The redistricting issue needs to solve more than just rise as the population does. the overcrowding problem. It should So this solution does not solve this also address the rift that has been creproblem at all. Apparently, it is still Editorial Vote: ated between the two schools, othacceptable to send twice the amount Should redistricterwise that gap will only continue to of F/R students to City than to West. grow until City High would be comPeople are afraid that City could ing redirect focus to pletely different. It could no longer be become a different school after the equality? the school that leads. new boundaries are drawn because City High is a fantastic school with of the amount of F/R kids would conexcellent results. It has some of the tinue to rise. YES: best academics, music, and sports in The majority of students who the country. It would be unfair for stuhave recieved suspensions are F/R NO: dents to be unable to recieve an excelstudents. Additionally, most of them lent education, just because of the way recieve lower than average grades as they live. If these issues are not solved, well. Both of these directly affect how the school works, functions, and looks to the outside more and more students will request to go to West High, world. It is clear that City High now has a bad, yet un- and the gap will grow even worse yet. Redistricting needs to keep the population at the true reputation. The false accusations of City being a “ghetto” school schools balanced so the schools remain equal.

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posedly well-educated members of the community might have foreseen this issue.

Editorial Vote:

Should the third school be built bigger?

6 NO: 0 YES:

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City High




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feb 5 2010

phil buatti

The second f - w ord jordinminner


here are few words one may use to describe oneself that will dismay as many as the “f-word,” and I don’t mean the one that rhymes with “duck.” I mean “feminist.” Forty years since the second wave feminist movement of the late sixties and seventies, and the 8-letter word still brings gasps and raised eyebrows, yet feminism is still a necessary movement. As a senior, I have met only one other girl in the last four years who was also a feminist. Even some of my closest girlfriends are reserved to sheepish gazes when I discuss inequalities and gender roles. Though not in opposition, it would seem they’re stricken with indifference and passivity when faced with double standards and subjugation our society hits women with daily. Much of this apathy seems to arise from the negative connotations the “f word” possesses. When asked if he was a feminist, Brendan Correll `10 said, “I can’t say I am…I don’t believe women are better than men, I think both sexes are equal.” But feminists do not believe their sex is superior. We do not think men are the enemy; we simply want the highest possible degree of equality between the sexes. Several anti-feminists insist that there is no longer a cry for feminism. However, the 2008 presidential election was a prime example in opposition. Contrasting politics aside, the divide in the treatment of Sen. Hillary Clinton versus Gov. Sarah Palin represented the very sexism that fuels many feminists today. Clinton was described as a “nag” and “intimidating.” She even had her femininity questioned because she chose to wear pant-suits rather than skirts. Palin, a former beauty queen, was praised by multiple media outlets for being a “foxy mother of five,” basked in her “hockey-mom” title, and in news polls overwhelmingly beat Clinton as to which woman men rather come home to. Despite a political record of almost double that of Palin’s, Clinton was rebuked, often times because she wasn’t the woman society wanted her to be. Before I step down from my soapbox, I must declare that young women of today must step up. We may be able to vote and hold office, but we are still “sluts” rather than “studs,” and earning one-fourth less than men for the same jobs. Until the day societal balance occurs, the “f-word” must still be uttered, either with disdain or pride.


Terror-ism O

ver winter break, a Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a small bomb concealed in his underwear on a Christmas flight to Detroit. Although the bomb failed to ignite properly, the attempted attack still struck with a force and safety measures were stepped up across the nation. When Senator Dianne Feinstein said that in order to prevent such acts, “I’d rather overact than underreact,” she voiced what many Americans were feeling. “Why be sorry when you can be safe?” was a question many asked in response to the critics of the increased safety measures. The disruption of airports and the media fire that ensued after the attempted attack echoed this larger American sentiment. We are genuinely fearful of attacks by Al-Qaeda and we seem willing to circumscribe our world, including our freedoms, in ever-increasing ways to prevent future attacks. The truth is that even though the bomb failed to ignite, it was still a success in the perpetrator’s eyes. The purpose of terrorism isn’t necessarily to kill hundreds of people, but rather to disrupt the feeling of


safety of those they terrorize, and to strike enough fear into them that they’re constantly seeing shadows in the darkness outside their homes. Under these criteria, the terrorists won, a sentiment expressed in Osama Bin Laden’s video last month claiming as much. Putting entire countries on the “no fly list,” patting down more passengers, and profiling Muslims probably won’t be effective in stopping another terrorist attack, carlsessions but it is effective in assuring the American people that there is indeed something major to worry about. The fear that has gripped our leaders and America’s citizens is exactly the kind of overreaction that AlQaeda is looking for, even after an attack that injured none, aside the fumbling terrorist. The war on terror isn’t necessarily won on the sun baked sands of Afghanistan; it’s won here, with us, where they are attacking. As soon as we overreact and close our country and our lives to the outside, they’ve achieved their goal. When the next attack comes, I propose we accept it, acknowledge the tragedy, help however we can, but don’t overreact. That’s exactly what they’re hoping for.

Jersey Bore Jersey Shore premiered on MTV on December 3, introducing eight Italian-Americans that were to spend a month on the New Jersey shore, specifically Seaside Heights. The show is packed full of clubbing, fighting, and all around idiocy. Jersey Shore has some great aspects to it. Who doesn’t want to watch girls and guys, which are probably more obsessed about their looks than the girls, party for a couple weeks? The show captivates the audience because no one openly wants to be like the people on the show The show is a great escape from an ordinary life to experience the life of a bulked up, beauty obsessed, testosterone pumping alpha-male, or an over-tanned, easy, and scantily clad babe. The show has received lots of complaints from Italians because they accuse the show of stereotyping Italians. Domino’s, Dell, and American Family Insurance have all taken their ads off MTV when the show is air-

Letter to the Little Hawk Dear Little Hawk, As a rule I try to be open to most points of view, and can respect a person’s position of a given issue, but in regard to last November’s edition of “Cynically Speaking”, on why driving intoxicated should be legal, I reached a point where I felt I had to write this letter. I’d also like to point out that this is not a letter angrily directed at the entire Little Hawk newspaper and staff, but simply a response to that specific article. T h e w r i t e r ’s main argument was that with the estimated 16,000 people killed in traffic fatalities in 2006, “only” 37% were alcohol related (over 5,000 people), meaning that 63% were not alcohol related, and that people were simply bad enough drivers that intoxication should not be a further penalty. The author also freely acknowledged alcohol can easily damage a person’s reaction time, vision, and judgment, especially in a driving situation. So in other words, he believes that over 5,000 very preventable deaths a year should not be a cause for further



legal action. Furthermore, if the author believes there should instead be a harsh penalty on reckless driving, why should there not be penalties on driving while intoxicated? The entire point is that being intoxicated leads to reckless driving. As a former writer here, I can understand how some things – especially when presented on the Humor Page – can be misinterpreted or misconstrued as something m u c h than jacobyeates worse the actually intended satire they initially were, but in this case I can say with almost total certainty that no such mistake is being made here. At the very beginning of the column, the writer stated it wasn’t written simply for shock value, but in all honesty, aside from ignorance border-lining on downright stupidity, it seems like that could be the only explanation for writing such an utterly thoughtless piece. If the author truly stands behind what he wrote, then I implore him to take his argument to someone who has lost a loved one to a drunk driver.

ing. The habits of the Jersey Shore Cast have also been insulted, accusing them of promoting unhealthy traits like tanning, smoking, and drinking. It is too bad that the staff at MTV had to pick only Italian-Americans, and not balance it out with other tools that weren’t Italian-American. Yet, no matter how you try to make it balcolinmcallister anced, there is always someone that will take offense. Most Iowans can go back to 2005, when William Shatner convinced Riverside, Iowa that they were making a movie there for Star Trek. Iowans felt like they were pictured as gullible idiots. Jersey Shore will definitely be remembered as one of MTV’s greatest hits on the reality television genre, but some discretion should be involved next time when watching the show. Even though this group of Italian Americans are hilarious to watch, be careful not to relate these people to everyone.

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any students have at one time or buses will run if small children will get another used “It’s a free country!” frostbitten on the way to school, does or “This is a democacy!” as a feeble ex- it? I belive that there should be one adcuse to try and justify their actions to a teacher. Although the school district ditional factor to their decision. I don’t is most definitely not a democracy, per- mean whether or not the lazy highschool kids haps it want to have should be school or not run more - we all know like one the answer to - particuInstead, lary when harrisonburke that. the parents’ concernand teaching snow ers’ opinions days. should be facT h e sole power to decide whether or not to tored in. What’s the use have a school day of having school if rests on the school a teacher who lives board. They have to in another district decide via a vote if can’t go because there will be school his or her kids are or not depending out of school? If upon a number of hundreds of kids factors, including are being driven the temperture, to school instead wind chill, road of driving themconditions, busing selves because their abilities in the bad parents don’t feel weather and rarely, the roads are safe if there is power to enough, perhaps the entire district. that reflects the All of these play public opinion that a large part in determining whether or not there will be there should not, in fact, be school? school. After all, it doesn’t matter if the


Tucker Tholen’s Custom Pillows. Bleaching your hair. Spring Break. Ladybug and other cool Hip Hop nicknames. The Feburary Challenge. The WSS. Great features, guys! Throwing rival publications into ceiling fans. Flying Monkeys. Rooftop duels. Secret admirers. Flash-mobs. Student Teachers. High fives, fist bumps, and organized handshakes. Snow days.

School in June. A lot of it. Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground. Asians who say “I’m Azn!” Cold, colds, and cold medicine. Farmville, or any other Facebook game ending in “ville”. Winter blues. They make it hard to think of thumbs ups. Perv rec-league names. LOL. Taking it personally.




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It’s not rock climbing It’s bouldering.... by davisvonk



CLIMB IT UP: Weston Engelstad ‘10 demostrates his skills at the Field House in Iowa City. Before embarking up the wall, Engelstad geared up with climbing special shoes and ate an energizing banana.

Hittin’ the


by margaretyapp

In the midst of extensive cornfields and the high bluffs of the Midwest, seniors Jodie Gartner ‘10 and Peter Mosher ‘10 search for the perfect snow. The presidents of ski club are looking for some of that fluffy white stuff. “We haven’t skied yet but we want to as soon as possible,” Co-President Jodie Gartner says. Gartner started the ski club with fellow student Peter Mosher. Their goal is to get people together with the common interest of skiing and hopefully get some discounted rates. The club plans to ski at Sundown Mountain in Dubuque but also might take trips to Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois. Sundown Mountain has 21 trails, and 2 terrain parks for skiers to enjoy. “My favorite part of Sun-

down Mountain is the terrain park,” Peter Mosher says. The club plans to have two official trips this spring and a Facebook fan page to organize trips every weekend. “We might have competitions later this year, but in the meantime we are going to hang out, talk about skiing, and ski.” Peter Mosher said. The club includes members with all different skiing and snowboarding abilities. Some, like Jodie, have been skiing for most of their lives. “I have been skiing since I was one,” Jodie Gartner said. “I go to Sundown with my family at least two days a week every winter.” Others, like Peter, discovered their love of skiing during the Southeast ski trip. “Our goal is to get as many people involved as possible,” Peter Mosher says. “Snowboarders are welcome as well.” “But they can’t ride in my car,” Jodie Gartner adds.


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Members in CHS Ski Club

Skate skiing A new winter sport is gaining popularity within by jeffhaidri


Terrain Parks at Sundown Mountain


Dollars off when you ski with the club


Students that Skate Ski

Students that should Skate



Calories burned in one hour of Skate Skiing


asually slouched in his chair, his easygoing vibe casts a veil of genuineness around him. His magnetic personality pulsates with the essence of “chill” that illumiates the room with a curious sense of comfort as he speaks. Embezzled in a head of California beach shag, the leggy senior seems to cruise a wave of self-confidence, completely enveloped in his fiery passion for climbing. Weston Englestad ’10 first tasted the savory endeavor of climbing on January 23rd, 2008 at age 15 in Virginia per the request of his brother. That very first bite sparked his tantalizing new life, unlocking the portal to a captivating new world. When [my brother] came back [from Virginia] he would not shut up about how sweet [climbing] was and telling me how I would be so good at it,” said Englestad. “I finally went and it ended up being really sweet and it turned out I was pretty good.” Since that influential day two years ago, Englestad has managed to expertly weave climbing’s philosophy into all aspects of his existence; the sport inking onto all the pages of his life adventure. “When you climb nothing else matters,” he said. “It takes so much focus you just block out everything else in the world. It’s just a really good therapy as well as being extremely challenging. It’s really the best of both worlds mentally and physically.” Indulging in his passion most days of the week, En-

glestad climbs at the Field House every Monday and drives the 120 miles to Des Moines twice a week for practice at Climb Iowa, Iowa’s largest indoor rock climbing center. The gym provides 10,000 square feet of top rope, boulder and lead climbing. He crams in two hours of practice before starting the lone drive home, returning to Iowa City just an hour before midnight. “Weston is a very determined climber. His willingness to work that hard and put in the time makes him an impressive climber for his age,” said Dylan Huey, program director at Climb Iowa. “He is one of the happiest, hardest working, easygoing guys I know which is why I love him on the team.” Adored by even his coach, Englestad’s mix of dedication and pure talent has allowed him to compete with climbers from all over the country. His outstanding performance at the Midwest Regionals snatched him second place, only surpassed by long time climber bud Cory Wilson from Minneapolis. “I had never beaten him before and in the qualifying round I beat him,” Englestad said. “He came back and beat me in the finals. It’s cool because it’s really easy to gage your improvement because you can see your results.” Floating atop the wave of life, Englestad will continue to dominate the sport, and continue to reap pure enjoyment out of his love. “I’m going to climb the rest of my life,” he said. “Basically until my fingers give out to arthritis.”

Iowa City scene has a strong following. The hard-packed snow “A lot of local bicyclists rushes past the skier’s swift do it to stay healthy through form. His legs pumping, arms the winter, including Jason swinging, clouds of breath McCartney, who’s on Team escaping from his mouth. In RadioShack with Lance Arma state with few opportustrong.” nities for extreme winter “I would recomsports, skate skiing is a mend it to anyone breath of fresh air. who likes endurance his gives me the “Here in Iowa, there sports. It’s a good same feeling[as aren’t any hills for downhill way to get exercise skiing.” Mr. Dodge says. throughout the windownhill skiing]. “This gives me the same ter .” Dodge said. feeling.” However, there Skate skiing was devel- - Steve Dodge, Econ teacher are roadblocks for oped by professional crossthe amateur skate country skiers in the 1970’s and more glide.” skier. The new style is hard to 1980’s. In recent years, it has Experienced skiers can master. “It takes a little while to gained wider appeal amongst complete four kilometers in get used to it,” Dodge said. the public. Skate skiing is simi- less than twenty minutes. Also, the skate skis lar to cross country, but uses Iowa City has opportuni- themselves present an issue. techniques borrowed from ice ties for those interested. The “The biggest problem is the skating. They push with both University of Iowa has two equipment: rentals are hard to poles at the same time, instead special courses: the Ashton find, and it’s expensive to buy.” of alternating. In skate skiing, Cross Country Course and the But ultimately, Dodge feels that the path doesn’t have grooves; Macbride Nature Recreation skate skiing is not just a fad. skiers propel themselves on Area. “I think it’s here to stay” wide, flattened paths. According to Dodge, the According to Steve Dodge, economics teacher and avid skate skier, these subtle modifications allow for skate skiing to be more intense. “[Skate skiing] allows you to travel a little faster and have


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Wheeler to Shrine by tuckertholen Elizabeth Wheeler was chosen to be part of the 38th annual Shrine Bowl, a game made to raise money for Shriners Children’s Hospital. This event held every year takes the best football players and cheerleaders from across the state. It is split up into north and south regions. There are 30 cheerleaders from each region. Wheeler was chosen after a intimidating try out. “There were two of us trying out at a time, me and a West cheerleader, but it was only us. And two judges in a giant room is scary,” said Wheeler. Wheeler is the first person ever to be invited to the bowl for cheerleading from City High. “I’m so excited I’m the first from City High and when I found out I got so excited I like, had an asthma attack.” Former football player and teacher Randy Brown was chosen back as a football player. Shrine bowl participants are given 25 tickets to sell for the benefit of the hospital. This years game is on July 24th in Ames, Iowa.




Hungry For Wins

Young and injured Little Hawks send message lately with their winning way and look to face off with anyone.

by mikeyhunter


Fieldhouse charge by jeffhaidri The University of Iowa is erecting a new recreational facility that will surpass the old one in both size and quality. However, students at City High are concerned about the potential loss of what has become a major hangout spot. “I pretty much eat, sleep, and drink over there. If they start charging, I’ll basically need a new place to live,” said Jon Kusner, ’11. According to Kerry DuBay, Associate Director at the University of Iowa’s Division of Recreational Services, the entry rates are being approved this week. “It’s tentative, but youth under age 17 will be charged five dollars a day; adults ages 18 and up will be charged seven dollars a day.” The Field House will begin charging admission once the Community Wellness and Recreation Center is completed. “The Field House will eventually switch to a membersonly basis,” said DuBay. It will be renovated slightly so that it only has one entrance. According to her, athletes will have to check in at a membership desk before entering the building. “We’ve already started renovations,” said DuBay, University students will have automatic memberships; the public will have to pay for them, students who have dual enrollment will probably be admitted free of charge. Most high schoolers, including Kusner, will not become members. “For me, [the new field house] is completely useless: I won’t be allowed in,” said Kusner.

Reversing fortune: Coulten Hansen wrestles his way to a victory at a local tournament.


The season began by going 1-3 at the Five Season Duals at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, starting seven underclassmen, and battling injuries. “We had a rough start, but we are improving,” said Co-Captain Brent Hamm ’11. The team currently has a 5-7 record this season with a win over Cedar Falls. Individually, team captains this season are senior Alex Sullivan and junior Brent Hamm. Sullivan is leading the team in falls and takedowns. The captains see injuries as a big obstacle this year. “The injuries on our roster are hurting us” said Alex Sullivan. Youth has also been a factor. The wrestling team has never fielded a team with seven underclassmen. Sullivan also sees a benefit in the youth. “We have a young team,” he said. “Which is good for the future.” This year, City placed seventh in the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament, which was held at Dubuque Senior High School. Senior Dexter Curry made the finals at 189. The Little Hawks had nine place winners. To earn a place winner a wrestler must finish in the top eight. “We did pretty well in the consolation round,” said sophomore Evgeney Kolyvanov. On January 28th City hosted Senior Night. In a dual meet against Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dubuque Hempstead the team went undefeated. In an important match coming from sophomore Kody Dailey he scored a pin over the 10th ranked 171 wrestler. “I got a headlock right away then I put him away in the third” Dailey said.

#1 seed for boys basketball City High boys find way to win with senior leaders by tuckertholen


ith many doubts at the beginning of the season the Little Hawks boys basketball have showed the state their here to play. City Highs senior leader Nolan Amelon was sidelined by a mild ankle injury in the middle of the season. “ It sucks being injured during the season, especially during my senior seson.” But missing one of their key player the Little Hawks still found a way to win. Posting a 3-4 record without Amelon and playing teams all with winning records. The Little Hawks have a record of 9-7 this season. Losing their last game to the high powered LinnMar team lead by sophomore star Marcus Paige But even with the lose the Little Hawks still received the number one seed in the sub-state. “It’s awesome that as a team we have come together and win games and it has all payed off in the end.” Senior Alex


Sealing the deal: CIty Highs Chelsea Kroeze 10’ hits a 3 over a Prarie defender. On their way to a convincing win.


Over the top: CIty Highs Kelsey Coleman 11’ puts up a shot attemp in the first quarter against Praire.


Aiming High: Andrew McNulty shoots a three over Davenport West Defender.

Christophersen 10’ said. The Little Hawks next game is tomorrow against cross-town rival West High. The game will be held at

our dear old City High. City lost to West High by two in overtime their last meeting on December 18th at West High.


Getting Pumped: The Girls basketball team rallies around each other before there first Linn-Mar game. The Hawks are 10-4.





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With all the upperclassmen running the halls, someday the torch will be passed on to these athletes who will uphold the greatness of City High.

Erin Danielson Placing in the top ten is usually an accomplishment seniors achieve. Erin Danielson passed this mark her freshman year. “Running is what I love. My favorite run is to West Branch and back in the summer,” Danielson said. After three years of cross country Danielson now runs a 3K time of 14 minutes and 48 seconds. “We would practice six days a week during season,” she said. Danielson placed in the top 25 at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota and was also the second best runner at City by placing 7th at the 4A State Championship. “I want to place in the top 5 next year,” Danielson said.

Eddie Marcelino Grant Simpson

Mickey Hansche

Brook Price

Eddie Marcelino’s first time in the cleats was flag football in the third grade. “My brothers Santiago and Taurino got me into football,” Marcelino said. This year playing for the freshmen team, Marcelino started at wide receiver and defensive end. By the end of the season he had two touchdowns and five sacks. “My favorite memory was beating West High this year” he said. The freshmen team ended up 3rd in the CRANDIC. “My favorite thing about football is tackling people” he said. “I don’t like the fourth quarter drill though”.

Mickey Hansche started playing basketball when she was four years old. “I started on my neighbor’s driveway with my brother,” Hansche said. “As I got older I have played on some travel teams”. Hansche is currently the starting guard for the girl’s varsity team. They are currently 5-4, with a 68-58 win over cross-town rivals West High. “My favorite memory so far is beating West,” she said. Hansche has goals to play basketball in college. “I want to play Division I basketball somewhere. I’m not sure where though.”

Most of the cross country runners who placed at state were upperclassmen. That wasn’t the case for freshmen Brook Price. Price began cross country while in eighth grade and this year was City High’s second best runner. “My biggest accomplishment was placing 17th at state” Price said. Price was the highest placing freshmen at the competition with a time of 16 minutes and 24 seconds. Price has a personal record of 16 minutes and 13 seconds.

Grant Simpson, who is a four sport athlete, began golfing at a young age. Grant played baseball, track and basketball on the freshmen level for City High. “My grandpa got me into golf when I was four,” Simpson said. Simpson competed on the varsity team this year with a 39 stroke average. The golf team practiced everyday during the season at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. “My biggest accomplishment was beating Bubba Maske by one stroke at Finkbine,” Simpson said. “My next goal is to be a state champion.”

Profiles by Mikey Hunter

Rec League has serious effect

With one of the most competitive Rec League seasons to date, each team fights for their spot in the play-offs. by tuckertholen The tears poured from the eyes of Lightning Strike players after a season ending in defeat last year. Upset by the Regina Milf Hunters, player Seth Saeugling ‘10 sat on the bench head, already thinking about January 2010. “There’s always next year man,” Austin Razavi ‘10 told Saeugling. That year has arrived. The 2010 Rec League year has begun with ten teams set up for battle. With few veteran teams returning to the league, experience this year is at a low. The Cherry Poppers from last year have taken their game out of the gutter by changing their name - Phillip to a more professional one. “The MonSTARS”, are named after the famous Disney movie “Space Jam”. The team also added some new star recruits “I hit the recruiting trail hard.” Razavi said. The MonSTARS picked up Richard Strommer ‘10, formerly a member of the star-studded Killa Nuts, as well as Todd Turner ‘11 and the talented Joe Fefe ‘10,

both newcomers to the league. However, this team also has some issues to resolve. “Austin is slow; he needs to work on that. He is also a weak leader and we need more out of him,” MonSTAR member Taylor Artz ‘10 said. Unfortunately for the always strong Lightning Strike, the team will be coming out this season with some of their key players from last year gone. The loss of Player of the Year, Parish Shaw ‘09, will hurt. New pick-ups will hopefully help the team out. “L i g ht n i n g Strike doesn’t ightning Strike reload; they just doesn’t reload; rebuild,” MonSTAR member, they just rebuild. Phillip Riley ‘10, said. Another Riley, ‘10 strong team this year will be the very athletic, Tate High, who will be returning with almost all of their players from last year. Even with the loss of predicted Player of the Year, Zach Washpun ‘11, due to legal issues, Tate looks strong for achieving their first Rec League title. Week One This year’s first week of games was cancelled due to severe weather, so the Recre-


ation Division added the first week to the end of the schedule. The opening game of the Rec League season was Tate High against the newest expansion team, Jackin’ It Early and Often, led by team captain Jack Kregel ‘11 and soft spoken, prolific scorer Carl Fleener ‘11. Despite Jackin’ It having no subs, the team was leading by five points at the end of the first half. But fatigue caught up with Jackin’ It and they eventually lost by 15. The MonSTARS opened their season with a victory against the Rabble Rousers. “This is a statement game.” Razavi said. The MonSTARS led in scoring with Austin Razavi scoring 16 points and Phillip Riley scoring ten. Lightning Strike, led by former Little Hawk player Nick Reuter ‘10, continued their winning ways by beating the Regina team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. “I had a lot of fun and, of course, winning always helps,” Noah Cmiel ‘10 said. Tricky Dicks fell this season to Jam Session (formerly known as Dunder Mifflin) by 22. Tricky Dicks is missing PlayerCoach, Peter Mosher ‘10, due to a knee injury. Jam Session was almost forced to forfeit until star player, Phred Mraz ‘11, lead them to victory. Team Baked Potatoes won against Paddy’s Pub.


SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS: Tucker Tholen ‘10 prepares for the first rec league game of the season.

Eyanson qualifies for Junior Nationals in Ohio by maurachannon City High’s fastest female swimmer, Beth Eyanson ‘10, competed amongst hundreds of the nation’s fastest high school swimmers in December at the 2009 Junior National Championships at Ohio State University in Columbus. Eyanson qualified to go to Junior Nationals at Sectionals in Wisconsin last spring after beating the Junior Nationals qualifying time. She qualified to compete in the two

hundred meter backstroke and the one hundred butterfly stroke. From there she managed to move up in her national rank. “It’s the highest meet I have ever been to and when I got there, oh man, there were thousands of people. It was really scary,” Eyanson said. Each race had 200 swimmers competing from all across the country. “At night when the really

fast people were swimming, I would go and watch. It is so cool because you never knowsomeday some of those kids could be in the Olympics. I will get to say I swam in the same meet as them back in the day,” Eyanson said. Eyanson has been swimming since she was seven, spending over eighteen hours a week at practice; swimming before school every other day and giving up her weekends

to competing. “Beth has a great body frame and work ethic for swimming,” said her coach, Eric Jetter. “She is tall, has long arms, and is double jointed in almost every joint, which allows her to get more power. It takes a lot of hard work to make it as far as she has.” “You are racing for your time, and when I get my time I feel like everything I have

been doing up until that point was well worth it, it feels good and I like that feeling,” Eyanson said. Eyanson came close but did not get any of her best times while at Nationals. However, she did move up places in rank while she was there. “I want to swim next year in college, so any time I can put some good times on the board is good.”


FIRE THE GUN: Eyanson prepares for 100 back stroke.


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Taking it to the pool

The boys swim team continues to improve year by year, and plan to get a top five place at state this year. by colinmcallister


he pool is quiet in anticipation as the meet is about to start. Faintly heard from the locker room is the muffled beat of music. The door is opened as the City High men’s swim team walks out with their newly acquired boombox playing D.A.N.C.E. by Justice. They walk past Cedar Rapids Washington, a rival that is about equal in speed and numbers as City High. City went on to defeat Washington by fifteen points. “I think we’ve done well this season. Everyone swam where they should so far. If everyone rests well, we should do great at state,” said coach John Burkle. The team has twentyseven swimmers, plenty more compared to last year’s turnout. The larger

number of swimmers equals more points at meets, which means higher places. The varsity team, composed of Kanoe Russell, Carl Arhendt, Cameron Herting, Colin McAllister, Ben Weideman, James Davis, Sid McMillin, Stu McMilian, Kelly McNeilly, Julien Recher, Judd Hayes and Brady St. John have led the team to victory at most duels and invites. Junior Cameron Herting will be facing off senior Garret Moses from Cedar Falls High School for first place in the fivehundred freestyle. After winning last year’s five-hundred, Cameron is looking to get his second title. “I feel like it will be a lot tougher race than last year,” he said, “But it will be more fun.”

The team’s goal is to get in the top five at the state meet. “We’re gonna do awesome, everyone will try hard, and we should get in the top five at state,” said senior Kanoe Russell. James Davis, Cameron Herting, Sid McMillin, Kanoe Russell, Colin McAllister, and Ben Weideman all are ranked to get on the podium at the meet. To get to state, the swimmers will compete at Districts this weekend. To qualify for state, swimmers need to place in the top twenty-four over all of the divisional meets. “We will do well, everyone is looking strong, and we will be ready to take it out strong and get a top five,” says Coach John Burkle.

Look inside


Reality TV shows take over Iowa City.


An examination of the redistricting solutions



Takeoff: Cameron Herting ‘11 takes off the block in the A relay for the 400 yard freestyle relay against West.

students find new way to pass time by climbing rocks

10-11 The most detailed rec league preview in years. Come witness stars in the making. photo by MARGARETYAPP

Water on the mind: Kanoe Russle ‘10 prepares to start the 200 free relay against West High.


Varsity Swimmers


Wins-Loses This season


potential state qualifiers on the team


Practices A Week



On to the next one: Kelly McNeilly ‘12 gets out of the water after Ben Weideman ‘11 jumps in on the relay.


Takeoff: Colin McAllister ‘11 gets ready to start his leg of the 400 freestyle relay.

18 Wrestling, Boys and Girls Basketball.

19 photo by MARGARETYAPP

Face of Determination: Ben Weideman ‘11 focuses before the 400 freestyle relay.

Men’s Basketball

Womens’s Basketball

Men’s Wrestling

City v. Washington 77-63 City v. West 56-58

City v. Lincon 68-51 City v. Washington 57-59

City v. Xavier 51-25 City v. Hempstead 46-32

PLAYMAKERPROFILE austin razavi LittleHawk: How long have you been in rec league? AustinRazavi: My second year, my first year with the Cherry Poppers and now with the Mon-stars.

YEAR: Senior SPORT: Rec. League HEIGHT 6’1

LH: What would you say your roll is on the court? AR: I’m the faciltator, the John Stockton of the Mon-stars with a sick mid-range J. LH: What are some things we don’t know about you? AR: I enjoy long walks on the beach, watching the sun rise and


Finish: Sam Bills ‘12 checks his time on the board after finishing his race.




Men’s Swimming

City v. Hempstead

City v. West 93-23

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City @ MVC 4th Place



New fieldhouse opening, Beth Eyanson Junior Nationals and the new up and coming athletes at City High.

by tucker tholen listening to Mozart. LH: What other activities do you participate in at City High? AR: I play tennis and I’m in BPA. LH: What do you enjoy the most about rec league? AR: The competition. It drives me to be a better player and person. LH: What’s your pre-game ritual? AR: I soak in my bubble bath :). LH: What made you decide on the name the Mon-stars? AR: Well I thought if i wanted to win rec league we would have to

have the best team this world has ever seen and if it wasn’t for MJ the Mon-stars would be known as the best team EVER!!! LH: What are you looking for in this rec league season? AR: The perfect season and a rec league title. LH: What question would you like to be asked? BM: Who runs this town? LH: And the answer is? AR: ME!!!!!!!!!

February Little Hawk  

The February issue of The Little Hawk features the Hip Hop club, swim team, and opinion articles surrounding the redistricting of Iowa City...