TheLittleHawk Iowa City High School - Iowa City, Iowa - Volume 70, Issue 2 - November 2, 2012 - www.thelittlehawk.com
youth politics and
In October of 2008, City High school was abuzz with electionmania. The hallways were plastered with printed-out posters advertising the Obama and McCain campaigns, and it was not uncommon to find students going door-to-door or making phone calls on behalf of the candidates. Four years later, that enthusiasm has dissipated. Many students have attributed the decline in student participation to the political process. “Its sort of sad. The ridiculous aspect is that the only way that candidates get elected is if they focus solely on politics,” Emmet Adamson ‘16 said. People under the age of 25 were instrumental in propelling president Barack Obama to victory. However, those same voters are now less likely than ever to vote. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the projected youth vote in 2012 is down 10 percent, (62 percent as opposed to 72 percent during the 2008 elections). Despite the decline in participation, many students have not switched their party affiliation. “Neither of the candidates has put out a plan. They’re uncivil to one another, and the election is more about tearing the other person down than it is about solving national problems,” Andrew Brown ‘16 said. Despite this, both parties have made it a point to reach out, primarily to university students. “At the University of Iowa campus, there are University Democrats and University Republicans. Both are pretty active clubs. We’re working closely with the university democrats and they are actively involved with campaign efforts,” Terry Dahms,
Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party, said. However, this has not necessarily translated to high school participation. “I haven’t seen much participation [from high school students]. [Its been] few and far between. Primarily, I don’t think they probably quite understand the importance yet. They’re focusing on other things, things going on in high school,” Dahms said. Despite being disaffected with the political process, many students have taken an active interest in national policy.
SOCIAL ISSUES WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR GENERATION. IT'S THE ONE THING THAT UNIQUELY INFLUENCES all of OUR LIVES.
By Kieran Green
-Peyton Grenzel ‘14
“Social issues will be very important for our generation. It’s the one thing that uniquely influences our lives because so many of us have to live with the repercussions,” Peyton Grenzel ‘14 said. Other observers have cited the economy and deficit as major issues. “[The biggest problem is] the national debt, we owe 16 trillion dollars in debt and that’s going to fall on the shoulders of the next two, three,
four generations,” Cathy Grawe, a former chair of the Johnson County Republicans, said. The economy also weighs heavily on the minds of both students and professionals. Cary Covington, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, focused on this issue. “Big picture, it’s positioning the country economically to be able to compete on an international basis. Developing infrastructure to encourage investment, and getting young people properly educated are both extremely important,” he said. Students have been divided in their approach to re-invigorating the political process. Some support the third-party candidacy. “A serious third party contender would definitely increase interest at this point. The two-party system might have worked well in the past, but ever since the Clinton and Bush years, it has just gone to Hell,” Brown said. However, that interest has not yet translated into support for thirdparty candidates. “I can’t say that we’ve seen much evidence that students are focusing their attention towards third-party candidates. However, we have seen that when you’re younger, you tend to experiment more, and this includes trying out where you stand politically,” Covington said. In the end, there was a consensus that student interest depends on politicians making an effort to reach out. “To get young people involved, candidates have to care about politics, not just attaining office,” Brown said. “They must focus on the country as a whole, and the policies that will improve it.”
STUDENT POLL how many of the debates have you watched?
If so, do you plan on voting in November?
HOW PERSONALLY INVESTED DO YOU FEEL IN THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION?
25% not at all
55% somewhat *250 students polled
Juniors join together for class project U.S. Literature Honors students in Ms. Davis’ class plan volunteer activity for an independent project. By Daniela Perret
This year, U.S. Literature Honors students are turning an annual project into a unique opportunity to come together through community service. Through their year-long, independent project, the students will be visiting nursing homes throughout Iowa City, where they hope to build relationships with residents and ultimately portray their life stories through writing. “I think the project is one of the most valuable things that could be
offered to a student,” U.S. Literature Honors teacher Colleen Davis said. “I think it’s going to be really great for the students. A lot of them are super excited while some are apprehensive which is understandable because this project is really pushing people out of their comfort zone.” The main idea of the project is to have students pair up with senior citizens throughout the community to conduct interviews for portraits that will be written about each senior citizen in the spring. “I’m a little bit scared about talking to a person that I’ve never met before,” Anastasiya Perevezentseva ‘14
said. “It seems kind of scary and I’m not sure if I will represent their life very well but I feel that the workshops that we will have will really help.” The project will have three phases. First, there will be a training session where Working Group Theatre members will train students on how to conduct and reflect on interviews and write portraits. During the second phase of the project, the students will be sent into the community to meet with and interview their seniors. The final phase will be the writing portion of the project during which students will write portraits of the seniors which will take place in
March. “The project should be interesting,” Calvin Windschitl ‘14 said. “It seems like a neat way to look at people’s lives in a different perspective than our own.” The project will also connect ideas of aging and memory and how these aspects affect people’s lives. “I look forward to meeting some of the older citizens of the community and hanging out with them,” Emilie Burden ‘14 said. “It will be cool to see what they were like when they were younger and learning about what they did as a kid.” The finished portraits will be
displayed at the Englert Theatre during the performances of The Broken Chord, a play that is going to be written by Working Group Theatre and will also be on display with photographs of the seniors. There is also the possibility of a book being published containing some of the portraits. “There’s no doubt that for some of these kids, it’s going to be a lifechanging experience,” Davis said. “I feel that it’s a very interesting assignment, I’m looking forward to working with seniors in the community,” Perevezentseva said. “I think I will enjoy it and I’m looking forward to it.”
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
The Little Hawk Feature Magazine
4 NEWS: MISCHIEF APPAREL By Jacob Potash
WHERE’D YOU GET THAT IDEA?
NEWS: EMILY DVORAK AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPLE
By Naftalia Flatté Two City High students reflect on the origins of their political ideologies, and consider the ways that they effect how they think about politics today.
By Ellen Carman Dvorak steps into her new role as interim assistant principal this fall.
Three entrepreneurs build their brand, Mischief Apparel, with the iconic mustache logo.
NEWS: HEALTHY FOOD AT SCHOOL In-Depth News New health regulations have caused controversy in the ICCSD.
5 NEWS: WHAT IN THE WORLD?! By Renata Stewart
The Little Hawk takes a fresh perspective on this month’s world news.
A&E: THE ART OF JOEY VAZQUEZ
By Emma Baxter & Alex Perez A profile on two girls who went to extreme measures such as starvation and diet pills in order to gain body confidence and self-esteem. ine ture Magaz 2, 2012 November Hawk Fea The Little
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By Olivia Hamilton
The Little Hawk has a Q&A with one of City High’s finest artists.
ME BODY GA
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SPORTS: LITTLE HAWK VOLLEYBALL
SPORTS: Girls Swimming Places at Regionals
By Ryan Young
By Olivia Hamilton
City volleyball to head to Class 5A State Tournament after beating West.
ON THE COVER: BODY IMAGE
Four swimmers qualify for the State meet in Marshalltown, taking place on November 3.
OUT OF PLACE: TEEN DEPRESSION By Lilly Reitz The story of serious teenage depression is told as Amber Pirkl ‘13 opens up about her struggle with an eating disorder, loss of a loved one, and the depression that followed.
From your editors... Cassie Wassink & Renata Stewart The future of journalism, and consequently The Little Hawk, can be summed up in one big question mark. Daily news has turned into a constant stream of information, and print journalism is having an identity crisis of sorts. Our beloved newspaper (or whatever you might call us nowadays) is no exception. We’ve faced the future head on with our iPhone app and website, and our commitment to keeping up is evident in the iPads that
all of our student journalists have been carrying around for the last month. We’re determined to be pioneers, but this doesn’t mean that crumpling up our print history and throwing it away is the right way to forge ahead. We certainly recognize the value of instant media, being able to “tweet” updates directly from the City-West volleyball game or furnish a web site with ongoing versions of a story as it develops. Yet, we also believe that there are certain benefits unique to a print edition that cannot be replaced with digital media. For one thing, many websites don’t have room for the creative design that we prize so highly. Especially in the features section, we strive to structure the page so that the design works with the story and helps to communicate the message. Page design is an art form that we are loath to lose. Beyond this, we believe that a print edition enables us, as editors, to highlight and emphasize the stories that we feel are the most important and deserving of attention. There is a limited number of stories that can be included in each issue. Thus,
the stories that “make the cut,” as it were, are the ones that we, as editors stand behind, and they are the ones that we are offering to you, our readers, in the hope that they will educate you about the issues most pertinent to your lives as students. So, with these thoughts in mind, what are we left with? We feel that, rather than using our website to accent the print edition, the two must head in entirely different directions. Our website, Twitter, Facebook and any other forms of digital media will follow in the vein of the digital era, employing technology to follow events in real time. Our print edition, on the other hand, will gradually stray towards becoming an in-depth news magazine. This process has already begun, with the addition of the Little Hawk Features Magazine, in place of what used to be Section B. This new format allows for cutting-edge designs that a newspaper simply cannot accommodate. Publishing a story about teenage depression in The Little Hawk Features Magazine, along with a design that accents and contributes to the story, calls attention to this important issue in a way entirely different from
placing the same story in the midst of the limitless bank of stories that is the internet. We are not denying the power or the opportunity that is digital media. We intend to pursue all that this technology can offer with full force. We do, however, firmly believe that there are aspects of the print publication that cannot be replaced despite all of the perks of the digital era. So, we are committed, for the time being, to remaining present with both present and future, whatever that means for our paper. We are part of a changing world, and as such must remain fluid, ready to adjust along with the times. Who knows, tomorrow you may find yourself reading The Little Hawk from a holograph rising from your desk. Either way, however our presence is manifested, one thing is clear: we aren’t going anywhere.
The Little Hawk
22 students make All-State
On October 20, 2012, students from orchestra, band, and choir traveled to Fairfield in order to audition for the All-State Music Festival that will be held on November 17, 2012. By Naftalia Flatté
City High has a remarkable record of sending people to participate in the All-State Music Festival. All-State is the convergence of talented musicians in band, orchestra, and choir throughout the state of Iowa. This year, City had 22 musicians accepted at the auditions held in Fairfield on October 20th. The All-State Music Festival will take place November 15th, 16th, and 17th in Ames. City is sending many returning All-State members, as well as some new faces. “I’m proud of all the students who had the courage to try out, because our district in particular is very difficult and very competitive,” Orchestra Director Megan Stucky said. “And even to say to yourself, ‘I’m going to do this regardless of the outcome,’ says a lot about the person’s character, dedication and overall musicianship.” All-State is a huge time and work commitment, as well as a musical challenge. It gives high school students the opportunity to create music at a higher level than offered at any high school. “It’s a great experience for everyone involved,” Saxophone player Xavier Fields ‘15, who auditioned, said. “Even if you don’t make it, you become so much stronger as a musician.” People trying out receive the materials they will be required to perform near the beginning of the school year and practice them continuously until auditions. “It’s not about how good a musician you are,” Saxophone Player Syl-
Sophia Opitz ‘13 practices in the gym at Fairfield High School before her audition on October 20, 2012. Photo by Emma Gier
via Dean ‘14, who made alternate last year and was accepted this year, said. “It’s about seeing how much you’ve improved.” Each branch of music auditions a little differently. The orchestra and choir musicians receive excerpts from the All-State music that they must learn and be ready to perform at the audition. Band musicians are assigned etudes, which are short
pieces intended for solo instruments to demonstrate musical skill. Band and orchestra also have to play an independent solo piece and scales. “The selection process has a lot of imperfections,” a second year violin All-State member Anna Kaldjian ‘15 said. “So not everyone who deserves it is able to go.” Accepted musicians must also learn all of their music before arriv-
ing at the All-State Music Festival, where they will have three days total to prepare for the concert on the third night. “It was a lot of fun, but it was also one of the most stressful days of my life,” First time All-State member Annie Hartley ‘15 said. “When you look up and see your name on that list it’s one of the most amazing feelings ever.”
iPad test drive opens new doors in class iPads are the newest step towards a technologically savvy City High, but questions remain about whether the school will be able to have a 1:1 iPad ratio. By Sonora Taffa
First came Macs, next came Smartboards, and now iPads are making an appearance in City High classrooms. 40 iPads have recently been purchased, 32 of which will be checked out to students in the same manner as library books. “I think each student having full access to an iPad opens up some doors to us that weren’t open before,” Assistant Principal Terry Coleman said. “I think [technology] leads to higher student engagement. It’s not a magic pill by any means. But if you can get students involved and engaged in a lesson, they’re going to learn more.” The first students to receive the iPads were members of The Little Hawk staff; however, after three weeks they will be handed on to seven other classes. The experiment is designed to test the possibility of expanding a one-to-one ratio to the entire City High population. “We are the first regular education program in the district to use iPads on a large scale,” Coleman said. “If this goes well, and we can prove that there are things we can do with them
that we can’t do without, then that would certainly strengthen the case to work towards a complete one to one ratio.” “We’re two weeks into the project, and what I hear from students is very positive,” Little Hawk advisor Jonathan Rogers said. “The Google Drive app for example was very useful because that is how we on The Little Hawk staff organize our sharing and editing processes. The iPads also allowed us to edit our website with ease through the Wordpress app. I believe that the incorporation of technology into classrooms really engages students and helps them learn. ” Only 32 students have experienced the iPads so far, but the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “At first I wasn’t very excited because I thought the iPads were going to be a huge waste of time and money. I just didn’t think they would be worth it. But then I got my iPad and it turned into the best thing ever,” Journalism student Lily Howard ’13 said. “I use it for online dictionaries in French class, for interviews, for English papers, and for updating The Little Hawk website at a moment’s
notice. I can use the internet whether I’m outside, in the lunchroom, or really anywhere.” Funding for the roughly $20,000 iPad project came from two main sources. One was an $8,000 grant written through the ICCSD foundation. The second was money from the Microsoft Anti-Trust Settlement, which also provided the school with Macs in 2010. “It would be about a million dollars just for City High to achieve a complete one-to-one ratio,” Coleman said. “They probably could fund one school at a time within the district, but I bet if you were a West High Trojan and you heard all the Little Hawks had their own iPads that might not sit very well. So that would be hard to justify, unless there were a plan to extend the one to one ratio into the entire district later.” Although there is speculation over the iPads posing distractions, the situation is being closely monitored. An “exit survey” of sorts will be conducted after each three week session of student ownership, according to Coleman. “The first couple of days that I had
my iPad it may have distracted me a bit, but after that it just became another tool or notebook I use,” Howard said. “Kids really aren’t going to constantly check their Twitter or their Facebook with an iPad. If they were going to do any of that, they would use a smartphone. iPads basically provide the same distractions as those, except they’re way more conspicuous and big.” The possibility of a complete oneto-one ratio within the next five years is still complete conjecture, due to lack of funding, technical support, and bandwith. However, in the last three years alone, City High’s tech support has been doubled, and the school continues to make small technological advances. “From the research I’ve read, student engagement actually goes up when iPads are introduced to the classroom,” Rogers said. “They get really interested in what is being taught along with the incorporation of new technology and fun projects. I believe students can potentially focus more in a classroom with technology as opposed to in a classroom without technology.”
A3 Mayberry play brings up racial tensions at City By Renata Stewart
New faces were lit up on the Opstad stage this fall. Mayberry, the raciallycharged play put on by the City High Drama department this fall, provided an opportunity for students that hadn’t had any previous acting experience to become involved. “I wanted to do something different,” director Doug Lestina explained. “I wanted an opportunity for minority students to voice their opinions.” The piece, written by local playwright Sean Lewis, certainly allowed for this fresh perspective. Cinque Smith ‘13 had never been in a play before, and was encouraged by Principal John Bacon to audition. He ended up landing a lead role. “I first read the script after I got the part,” he said. His reactions weren’t all positive, however. “I felt like there was a lot of stereotyping, and I was honestly pretty uncomfortable when I first read it. Some of the stereotypes in it were just plain wrong. After reading the script, I definitely had second thoughts about doing the whole thing.” The play wasn’t controversial only to newcomers to City High’s acting community. Long-time actor Christina Sullivan ‘13 wasn’t sold from the beginning. “When I first read the script, I was like, ‘what the heck is this?!’ It was just a really weird script on paper,” she said. “We had to cross a lot of social boundaries, but both whites and blacks were aware of the tensions. Since we were both kind of uncomfortable, it made us bond more and it made the whole thing seem less tense.” Lestina said he was impressed by the amount that the actors got involved in the process of adapting the *continued on PAGE A6
total iPad project will cost around...
came from grant written through the ICCSD foundation
came from money left over from Microsoft Anti-Trust Settlement It would cost about 1 million dollars to fund a complete 1-to-1 ratio for all of City High.
NOVEMBER 02, 2012
Mischiefs Apparel finds success
AP Gov jumps to five Crewcut sweatshirts with an embroidered moustache have become a must-have at sections and welcomes new City. They have also been a source of success for three students and entrepreneurs. off so they decided to head in a new teacher By Jacob Potash direction. Toward the end of Sepjacobpotash@thelittlehawk.com By Cassie Wassink
firstname.lastname@example.org This year, AP Government has jumped from two sections to five. Leading up to this increase, the course underwent the regular curriculum review that takes place every seven years, as well as receiving a new teacher. “I’m certainly pleased to see the increased number of students challenging themselves with this AP course,” Principal John Bacon said. Last year, there were five sections of AP World History and two sections of AP Government, compared with this year, in which there are five of each. Bacon acknowledged that the AP Government route may not be right for everyone, describing the benefits of the trimester social studies courses which allow for one-year completion instead of two. “I have total respect for someone that wants to go that more conventional route, freeing up, for example, the senior year to take elective classes or whatever your passion is.” Bacon said. “but the bottom line is, for students that have an interest in the government of this country and how our country works and politics in finance... it really is smart to take these classes.” Many students expressed curiosity about how John Burkle, the new teacher, would structure the course, as compared to previous years. Juju Wang ‘13 described the thought process that led her to sign up for the course. “I took AP Econ last year and I was like, ‘this year I’ll decide whether I want to take AP gov, or two electives, and I saw that Burkle was teaching it and I’ve heard interesting things about him so I decided to take it,’” Wang said. Burkle, who has not taught this course before, came in right along with the curriculum change. “I’m not sure what the curriculum was before or how it was being taught, so I’ve been teaching it the way I usually teach, which is lecture, discussion, debate, papers, and projects,” Burkle said. “So I teach it as if it’s a college course.” Along with his own ideas, Burkle has partnered with the West High AP Gov teacher to brainstorm for the course. “Even though we don’t teach it identically, we kind of bounce ideas off each other,” Burkle said.
ABOVE: John Burkle takes on AP Gov classes. Photo by Cassie Wassink
T-shirts and sweatshirts embroidered with a small moustache have become hard to miss in City High’s hallways. They are the latest and most successful product from Mischeifs Apparel, a company started and run by Jacob Pajunen ‘13, Dustin Gwee ‘14, and Devin Gwee ‘15. “In these past three weeks,” Dustin said, “we’ve made more money than we have in three years.” Pajunen approached Dustin with the idea for an apparel company early in 2010. Dustin took on the digital side of the operation, learning to code and designing their website (mischiefsapp.com). Later in 2010, their apparel company pitch won them an entrepreneur camp competition together. What the judges did not know was they had already started the company. Pajunen’s mother paid all expenses in their earliest days, and they slowly paid her back. One of their first projects was creating shirts for “The Frugal Filmmaker”, a YouTube channel. They could offer him unusually low rates, and in turn he could get their name out on the Internet. “Actually, Dustin came up with the idea of using a mustache,” said Pajunen, “because a lot of the mischievous male people in shows always have mustaches.” Their graphic t-shirts never took
Women’s XC holds annual Run for Relief By Braden Offerman-Mims email@example.com
Every year the City High womens cross country team organizes a 5k walk/run fundraiser for a program selected by the students. Liliana Coelho ‘13 is in charge of this year’s event. “It’s a great thing that we do every year. It’s cool that this allows people to bond and make new friends while making money for charity,” Coelho said. “We try to include everyone, not just the upperclassmen.” Last year, the team contributed to rebuilding Lipton high school in Joplin, MO. They raised $5,000 and had 150 runners. This year they plan to donate their funds to Children’s Cancer Connection, a nonprofit organization aimed to improve life for children and families affected by childhood cancer, through providing programs for education, recreation, and support. Coelho described a motivation to increase the yield from that of previous years. “We want to beat what we had last year,” Coelho said. “We want the kids to have as much fun at this camp as possible.”
tember, they introduced a new line of t-shirts and sweatshirts with an embossed moustache for decoration. CHS business teacher A.J. Leman has enjoyed having Pajunen in his business class. “He’s smart,” said Leman. “And he has experience with a lot of the things that we’re talking about in class. They’re doing all the work. All the stitching, and all the designing, and the ordering. And it look[s] like a profitable enterprise!” Leman thinks Mischiefs Apparel is a good example of the way the digital age has transformed how businesses are started. “Information now is just not captive anymore,” said Leman. “So the students who succeed in business are the ones who are motivated and who have this idea and then go out and get this information, because it’s all there for the taking.” The young businessmen have many ideas about the direction the company might take. One goal is to get their shirts into stores downtown like Zephyr’s, which is owned by Pajunen’s father, and Full Kit. To find new designs, they intend to organize competitions in City High art classes, and as far as the clothes themselves go, their plan is to “go with the seasons,” which will mean more sweatshirt and beanie hats as winter approaches.
ABOVE: Dustin Gwee (front) and Jacob Pajunen (back) work on their clothing line. Photo courtesy of Devin Gwee It is easy to forget that these entrepreneurs are also teenagers, but reminders occasionally surface. Asked for any parting words, Pajunen furrowed his brow pensively, looked up,
and said, “Follow us on Twitter.” Mischiefs Apparel’s Twitter handle is @MischiefsApp.
Senior spends year in Poland By Lilly Reitz
firstname.lastname@example.org Nan Baron ‘13 left for Poland on August 14th to spend her senior year experiencing something new, learning about other ways of life, and allowing herself to relax and let life work itself out. “Not caring is the best thing you can do,” Baron said. “Plans have a way of never working out. If you let life make its own plans, you’re a lot happier. I wanted to spend time in Poland so I could experience more of that.” Baron’s friends recognized some of the qualities that led her to take this trip.
“She’s a care-free, fearless spirit,” Juliette Enloe ‘13 said. “There’s no one else quite like her.” Baron is staying in Poznan, the second largest city in Poland, with a host family with two other children. “I’ve got a host brother, Konrad, that’s my age. I have a host sister too, Zuzia, who’s a year or two younger,” Baron said. Living with her host family gives Baron a lot more independence than she would have at home. In Poland, she lives alone with her two host siblings. “Konrad, Zuzia and I live in our own flat,” Baron said. “And then their parents live in a flat below us.” Baron spends her time experienc-
ing Poland and letting life, or the tram, take her wherever it wants her to go. “I love tram hopping,” she said. “I just get on a tram and take it wherever it wants to take me. The other day, the tram took me to Ikea, and I saw a very old, short, man with very long, puffy, hair only on the side of his head, walk and get honked at by a small car driven by a man with big eyelashes.” Ultimately, Baron’s decision reflected the care-free personality that her friends described. “Going to Poland was a big decision,” Baron said. “But I made it impulsively. I didn’t have a real reason for going to Poland, I just wanted to experience something new.”
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
WHAT IN THE WORLD?
What in theW RLD?! YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO MALALA YOUSAFZAI IS... She is a Pakistani student and education activist born in 1997. She fights for women’s rights in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has been known to ban girls from attending school. At 11 and a half, she went undercover and wrote a blog for BBC sharing the story of her life under Taliban rule, and promoting equal education rights for girls in the area. On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck on her way home from school in an assassination attempt by Taliban members. A few days later she was sent to a British hos-
pital for intense rehabilitation. The Taliban has since reiterated their intent to kill both her and her father. She has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
LIST OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST
1. Carlos Slim Helu (Mexico) - telecom mogul 2. Bill Gates (USA) - Microsoft 3. Warren Buffett (USA) - Berkshire Hathaway 4. Bernard Arnault (France) - LVMH 5. Amancio Ortega (Spain) - Zara 6. Larry Ellison (USA) - Oracle 7. Eike Batista (Brazil) - mining, oil 8. Stefan Persson (Sweden) - H&M 9. Li Ka-shing (Hong Kong) - diversified 10. Karl Albrecht (Germany) - Aldi
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You’ve heard about it in all the debates, you’ve read about it in all the newspapers, but:
WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN SYRIA? The Syrian Uprising, now known as the Syrian civil war, is an ongoing internal conflict between the Syrian army and the Free Syrian Army. The fight started as a chain of peaceful protests, with citizens pushing for democracy and political freedom. According to the United Nations, up to 11,000 people have been killed and about 1.2 million Syrians have
been displaced within the country. Both sides have been accused of human rights abuses. The United States, Arab League, and EU States (among others) have condemned the use of violence, and Syria has been facing sanctions from around the world. As of August 2012, the Syrian government is prepared to discuss the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad.
*information from Wikipedia
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Grads recycle eyeglasses for non-profit In 2011, City High grad and then-medical student Jeffrey Lynch founded the online non-profit ReSpectacle. The program takes used eye-glasses, repairs and catalogs them, and then ships them out to those who cannot afford to pay for glasses. There are now five different sites throughout the country. by Cassie Wassink
As a medical student, City High alum Katie Lynch found herself able to relieve a patient of one main complaint within a single day. This rare opportunity sourced from the nonprofit ReSpectacle, founded in 2011 by her brother, Dr. Jeffrey Lynch. “When you can’t see, it starts to become more important than other things in your life,” Katie Lynch, site director for the Iowa City chapter, said. “So that was really rewarding to know that it was that easy, and I got to tell everyone on my team about it, and they didn’t know it existed so that was exciting.” ReSpectacle was sparked for Dr. Lynch by a trip to Peru in 2006. Dr. Lynch went with a group of eye doctors while a medical student at the University of Iowa, planning to perform cataract surgery. Upon inspection, it became clear that cataract surgery was unnecessary. Instead, the patients simply needed glasses. Lynch thought back to a nonprofit that he had been involved with as a med student, attempting to collect glasses from U of I students and then give them to UI patients who could not afford glasses. According to Lynch, this program “dissolved” due to a number of barriers, including lack of sufficient space. Yet, coming back from his trip, Lynch was reminded of this effort. “Those two experiences juxta-
posed with one another made me think there must be a better way to connect this resource that so many people have and are willing to give away, to the people who actually need them both here in the US and more importantly in other countries.” So, out of this realization, ReSpectacle was founded in 2011. “I thought about doing it for many years, but finally in 2011 I decided to just try it as a project,” Dr. Lynch said. “And I didn’t have any experience starting a business, I never got any training, but I thought it would be kind of fun to try. And if it failed, who cared?” Instead of simply revamping the previous non-profit, Lynch decided to create his own program, with a new method of organizing and distributing the glasses: the Internet. “ReSpectacle was unique when it was first started because it uses the internet,” Katie said. “So if you go to the website, all you need to have is a mailing address and a prescription and you can order glasses.” There are now five ReSpectacle sites in four different cities. About once every other month, volunteers gather to process the donated glasses. At the Iowa City chapter, most glasses come from the UI ophthalmology clinic, as well as some local churches. Volunteers clean and service the glasses, read the lenses, take photos, and load the information onto the website, before Katie stores
them in ziplocked bags and takes them home, where they are ready to be shipped out. As well as shipping nationally, the Iowa City chapter has been focusing recently on establishing international contacts. Recently, ReSpectacle volunteer Tyler Risma went along on a trip to Haiti in order to measure prescriptions, so that a shipment can be sent containing appropriate glasses. As a contact-wearer herself, Katie described some of the motivation that drives her to devote time and energy to this nonprofit organization. “... I can’t go without contacts,” she said. “I know that I would not be a functional person. I would not be able to drive, I wouldn’t be able to read very well, I wouldn’t be able to have a job without corrected vision. So to think that some people, because they don’t have either the access to health care or they don’t have the money to get these eyeglasses... it’s easy to do this, and it’s easy to be excited about this.” According to Dr. Lynch, ReSpectacle has been well received in its initial stages, but he hopes that it will continue to grow over the next several years. “I think [ReSpectacle] would work very well on a very large scale, meaning the more glasses we jam into this database, the better chance that you as an individual coming to the website will have at finding a pair that matches your prescription.”
Local ReSpectacle volunteer Tyler Risma recently traveled to Haiti to prescribe glasses. Later, a batch with matching prescriptions will be sent to Haiti. photo courtesy Tyler Risma
Founded in 2011, ReSpectacle now has five different sites nationwide. for more information or to donate,visit: respectacle.org
Dvorak takes on administrative role
Dvorak says that being in an administrative position at City High is her ‘dream job.’ One trimester into this new job, she reflects on the transition and looks ahead. ByEllen Carman
email@example.com Last spring, Emily Dvorak was poised to take a job as an administrator in Highland, Iowa, but couldn’t bring herself to leave City High. “It was really hard, I was conflicted because I don’t want to work anywhere but City High, but I went to school to be an administrator and that’s a dream of mine,” Dvorak said. “However, it was just being in class and being back in the hallway that made me realize I don’t want to be anywhere but here. I thought, ‘it doesn’t matter if I’m ever an administrator, what matters to me is that I’m at City’.” Over the summer, former assistant principal Ann Browning stepped down in order to become the principal of Tate High School. Dvorak now fills the role as interim
assistant principal. She has already been in the building for four years; two as the welcome coordinator and two as the fresh/soph dean of students. “I think just knowing the students in the building and the families makes things so much easier. It’s all the other things I have to learn,” she said. “The transition I’m undergoing is adapting my life to the longer hours.” There are similarities between the positions Dvorak has held at City High, however, every new job comes with new challenges. “I think it’s the shift from student focused problems to things that teachers come across that you have to help solve,” she said. “I didn’t have as much of that last year, so the biggest things are going from working with students to adults and how to problem solve to help teachers while allowing them to continue to do what they do best which is teach.” Other challenges include keeping up with a bigger workload. “I think before I was in this job I had a lot more time to dream and envision what I think the perfect high school would look like or how
we could do things better so that everybody learns and everybody gets what they need,” Dvorak said. “That looks very different for everybody, so I think there is a little part of me that’s sad right now because I’m just trying to learn and understand and I don’t have the time to do that dreaming.” Dvorak’s aspirations for the school span from changing the length of the school day to updating current curriculums and adding new electives. “I just think that we have done school the same way for a really long time... like a really long time,” she said. “Our student population is much different than it was 20 years ago or 50 years ago and when I think about what high school should be, I think that we should provide so many more avenues and so many more things for the school.” Many of the changes Dvorak wishes to implement revolve around school fitting students schedules better. “The kids are getting further and further away from this typical model and we are trying to stretch all this stuff to fit into one day. In-
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stead of stretching, let’s just rethink some of this,” she said. “I mean, what if we had school from noon to seven? What if school was more like an open campus so it looked more like a college campus where you came in for second and third period and maybe you come back from five to seven for two classes? Maybe that fits into people’s lives better if they have more responsibilities at home, I mean there are more and more families that are relying on high school students to take care of siblings, to get a job or to help out.” Dvorak realizes these ideas will have to wait until she gets accustomed to her new job. She also said that she would need the support of the community to make these dreams a reality. “This is my dream job. Once I started working at City High I knew that I never wanted to leave. I love all of the students; they are hysterical, they’re witty, they’re funny, they talk back and they yell at me,” Dvorak said. “At the end of the day, I don’t go home bored. I’m always thinking about what transpired. I just couldn’t imagine sitting at a desk and crunching numbers, that’s just not for me.”
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play to the high school stage. “The students actually did a lot of the work,” he said. “They did a great job of self-editing and giving each other creative feedback. That was really cool to watch as a director.” Through this process, Smith’s attitude towards acting and Mayberry itself shifted greatly. “I came to realize how the play really portrayed some of the important cultural shifts happening at City High right now,” he said. “And after getting the opportunity to be on stage as an actor, I have truly found a new passion.”
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
Student Senate takes on new issues By Anes Kapo
Student Senate has finished their work planning Homecoming and Spirit week and are now setting their sights on new improvements for the school. The current problems relate to the parking lots not having enough space, and frustration over the locker distribution. The recycling project was started last year, and is still under development. “We are currently discussing topics regarding recycling here at City High, problems with the parking lots, and locker distribution,” says Ryan O’Malley ‘13, vice president of Student Senate. The planning takes a lot of cooperation between the members. The agenda for the week is set up on Monday, and group members have an open discussion about their plans for resolving a problem or starting something new. “We’ve been working very hard to keep everything going, things have been running very smoothly,” said O’Malley. Students believe that they have made a lot of progress. Mohamed Rouabhi is the Student Senate president. He keeps the group on track at their meetings and discussions. “Without us, it would be extremely hard to keep track of everything that’s going on,” said O’Malley, “It takes loads of responsibility, but it is extremely rewarding.” Student Senate welcomes new members. For more information, talk to Mr.Hellwig or any of the other teacher coordinators.
Debate season starts off strong Debate team captains Kieran Green ‘13 and Ava Vargason ‘13 are starting this season with strong rounds and high hopes. Hard work and dedication are their key to a good season, and all the members of the team are putting in the effort. By Will Lubaroff
To begin their season, City High debate has performed well at several national tournaments, and is ready for more. Kieran Green ‘13 is kicking off his senior year as captain of City High debate. He has been a member of the debate team since his freshman year. Green is a member of Policy debate, partnered with Ava Vargason ‘13. Vargason is captain of Policy Debate. In policy debate, two debaters either defend or attack a proposed new government policy, called the resolution. Green and Vargason are skilled at policy debate. “This is going to be a pretty strong year for debate,” Green said. “We’ve gotten off to a good start so far, we went 5-1 at Valley,” Vargason tells a similar story. “At Valley we were ranked the 8th seed, out of over 100 teams,” Vargason said. “We made it to the double octo-finals.” Vargason has had a lot of inLEFT TO RIGHT Ava Vargason ‘13 and Kieran Green ‘13 celebrate their debate on October 27, 2012. Photo Courtesy Kieran dividual success so far this season. She was ranked as the 20th best Greeen speaker at Valley, and the 19th best to be eligible to compete in it, Green doing well this season. Joe Weideman ing home any big trophies.” speaker at New Trier, another recent and Vargason must receive two bids ‘16 is the only freshman member of Throughout the season, debate tournament. from tournament judges, by doing varsity debate. Weideman is also a partners learn to work together as a “I got a cool trophy for that one, well enough and advancing to a cer- member of policy debate, partnered team, and develop a special relationit looks like a grammy,” Vargason tain point in a tournament. with Michael Olesburg. Joe has real- ship along the way. said. “We almost got a TOC bid at “I’m feeling good about this istic expectations about this year. “They’re like a combination of New Trier.” season,” Vargason said. “We worked “I want to go to a lot of tourna- a spouse, a sibling, and an annoying The TOC, or Tournament of really hard over the summer, and I ments and do well,” Weideman said. child you hate,” Green said. “But that Champions, is the biggest debate think we’ll do well.” “I’m hoping to improve along the last part might just be my relationtournament in the country. In order It’s not only the seniors that are way, but I’m not counting on bring- ship with Ava. But all that aside, you
City Students travel to Camp Wapsie for leadership retreat
City-West robotics plans for success in new 2013 season
The City-West robotics team looks to improve upon their success from last year. They will attend the regional competition in January that they finished second at last year. By Lilly Reitz
Students eat breakfast at Camp Wapsie at the annual Leadership Retreat, Oct. 1819, 2012 . Photo by Emma Gier
By Christian Kennedy christiankennedy@thelittlehawk. com
Seventy seven City High students returned happily from the annual Leadership Retreat held at Camp Wapsie. The event was held in Coggon Iowa. For many students this was not there first time attending the retreat “Last year’s retreat was great, so I knew I wanted to go again this year.” Said Neve Heimer-Lang ‘15 “I wanted to learn more about good leadership skills.” During the trip students participated in many activities, ranging from team building games, to writ-
ing and performing skits. “It was really enjoyable getting to know all of the people in my cabin.” Heimer-Lang added. The retreat was also attended by many city high staff. “Rick Spears, the school’s UAY representative lead the students in several leadership games” said Elise Goodvin ‘15. The retreat concluded after lunch on Friday. In the end It was a valuable experience for many students. “The leadership retreat helped me gain the knowledge of how to make the change I want to see in the world happen,” Goodvin said.
What started in 1992 in a high school gym in Wisconsin with 28 teams competing now involves 250,000 teenagers, including a team from right here in Iowa City. The combined City-West robotics team participates in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition in January. “Everything you look for in life is all in Robotics,” Abram Nothnagle, ‘13 said. Nothnagle is the Robot Pilot and Electrical Team Captain for CityWest Robotics. Robotics is a program that includes students from both City and West into one club. “[Robotics] unites the two schools that always seem to be rivaling...it connects us,” Doron Tsachor, ‘13, said. The two schools are unsure of how many students will participate, but they expect between 20 and 30 students to be involved in Robotics by competition season. Robotics meetings started in September, and during this time they discuss plans for the upcoming season.
“We mostly just talk about fundraising, our website, and what we want out of the season,” Tsachor said. The season starts in January when members are given an assignment, and they have to program a robot to go with the assignment. After receiving the assignment, Robotics members discuss the best way to go about accomplishing their task, then they program the robot and design their project over the course of six weeks. “Those six weeks are short, but very intense,” Boris Perkhounkov, ‘13 said. After members of Robotics have planned and assembled their robots, they will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the regional competition. The team that wins this competition, or receives a grant, will have the opportunity to go to nationals in St. Louis, Missouri. Last year, the City/ West Robotics team nearly went to nationals, winning 2nd place in the competition. This year, Robotics members hope to do even better. “I think we have what it takes to get to nationals this year,” Zach Wil-
liamson, ‘13 said. The season starts in January when members are given an assignment, and they have to program a robot to go with the assignment After receiving the assignment, Robotics members discuss the best way to go about accomplishing it, then they program the robot and design their project over the course of six weeks. “Those six weeks are short, but very intense,” Boris Perkhounkov, ‘13 said. This year City-West robotics hopes to improve on their accomplishments from last year.
Laws of the Lunchroom
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
New regulations change cafeteria
Since the national legislation “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” was passed, new regulations have changed the City High lunchroom. Students must now cut down on bread and are required to take a fruit or vegetable. By Oli Peters & Sonora Taffa
New food regulations in the ICCSD have taken effect this school year. Students must now add a serving of a fruit or vegetable to make their purchases a meal. These changes are part of “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act”, a piece of national legislation that was passed August fifth and implemented immediately afterward in schools across the country. “Nobody likes change when it first happens,” City High Kitchen Manager Erin Randall said. “I think the regulations are something that everyone will get used to and come to really appreciate. I am very hopeful that kids will start to enjoy more of the fruits and vegetables. Kids are geting a wider variety of foods that they didn’t have before.”
Members of the City High cafeteria staff can attest to the large amounts of waste created by the modifications. “I saw a girl with an apple in her mouth and once she came out of the lunch line, she spit the apple right in the garbage,” a CHS lunchroom worker said. “I’ve heard of other schools that set up baskets, in case students refuse to eat their fruits or vegetables. That way they can give the food to an after-school program or a food bank. It would be nice to see something like that at City High so people aren’t wasting food.” Another outcome of the new regulations is a reduction of the bread serving sizes each week from 15 to 12 servings per student. “The bread serving sizes are too small,” Parker Reineke ‘13 said. “High school football players shouldn’t have to eat the same amount of food as an elementary school student; it’s not enough. We’re extremely active so we need more food to help us through our games and practices.”
ICCSD Food Director Alison Demory appreciates the efforts that the regulations have to combat childhood obesity; however, she thinks that improvements can be made. “What we have is a set of requirements that is the same for 9th through 12th graders and there can be a huge difference in the needs of these students. Particularly, the calorie needs of kids in that age group differ depending on what their activity level is,” Demory said. “I want kids to be healthy, not hungry.” Along with new food regulations, the City High cafeteria is making efforts to be more “green” and add locally grown foods to the lunch menu. However, there are many complications that arise when local produce comes into the picture. “The Farm to School Program brings locally grown foods to schools in the ICCSD and we did it a lot last year but this summer has been hard on our suppliers because the weather wasn’t
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1/2 cup fruits and veggies per day, per student
1 cup fruits and veggies per day, per student
15 grains per week, per student
12 grains per week, per student
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ideal for crops,” Demory said. “I know we were going to get some broccoli from that program and some of the growers didn’t have enough to supply our whole district so we weren’t able to. We have been trying to get local foods in the cafeteria but it is difficult because of cost, quantity, and preparation problems.” Although there are dilemmas when it comes to having a greener lunch room, Demory says they will continue to try to put locally grown foods in the cafeteria. “I’m very excited about what opportunities lay ahead for us in terms of local foods,” Demory said. “We’re always trying to involve the community in the ICCSD schools and I want to provide the healthiest options for our students.” This year City High’s main food supplier is Martin Brothers in Cedar Falls and commodity items are provided by the government. The pizza served in the lunchroom is from Papa John’s while all of the milk is from the company Anderson Erickson. “People think that it’s all unhealthy foods but we have so many strict guidelines that monitor the nutritional components about what we provide and I’m not sure people fully understand that,” Demory said. “We can’t serve any foods that have trans-fat and we have to monitor the sugars, total fat, and calories that we serve.” Due to the lack of education in the ICCSD communities, Demory has made it one of her goals to keep people informed about school lunches. “The new ‘Engage Iowa City Schools’ website is a good forum; it gives people an opportunity to get their opinion and questions out there,” Demory said. “It makes it obvious that there’s a need for education about what we’re trying to do which is certainly a responsibility. We have to make sure families and students are informed.” Despite initial speculation, the cafeteria staff and Demory are entirely hopeful that the new regulations will result in positive and more diverse diets among students. “I believe that the intent of the regulations is good, which is that kids should eat more fruits and veggies, and that all people should eat more fruits and vegetables,” Demory said. “But for me it’s not just about putting those fruits and vegetables on the tray; it’s about getting kids to eat them and enjoy them which is hard to do. I think that’s where the controversy sparks, because kids sometimes just end up throwing them away if they’re forced to put them on their trays.” Though the regulations are an effort to improve students’ health, Demory believes that they should only be viewed as one step toward a healthier youth. “As far as what the government does with this down the road, I don’t really know what to expect. I hope that they will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of this lunch program,” Demory said. “I understand the reason that they started the regulations was because they’re concerned about obesity. I think school lunch is just one part of any student’s day so to fully combat obesity, students have to make changes in their whole life as well.”
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ICCSD strives to cut down on waste
Iowa City schools have new incentives to become more waste aware, and West High is doing just that. However, issues of sustainability continue to remain a problem in the ICCSD. By Eli Shepherd
Since the passage of the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, lunchtime in the nation’s cafeteria has seen some changes. Controversial calorie caps and the fruit and veggie initiatives have drawn fire at some schools, and in some cases, even protests. However, in the ICCSD this has not been the case. One Iowa City school in particular has distanced itself from those bringing their own lunch or “brown bagging it” in protest. Students from West High describe decidedly positive feedback following their contributions of fresh food to the lunchroom. “We’ve gotten a lot of posts on Facebook that have been like ‘oh my gosh you guys are so awesome! Thanks for bringing 20 pounds of zucchini to the cafeteria!’,” Co-President of West High’s Environmental Advocates Taking on Sustainability (EATS) club Kate Anstreicher said. “It’s awesome; it’s like the best food they’ve ever had.” Anstreicher, a junior at West High School, has led the efforts to supply the produce grown in the West High Garden to students in the cafeteria on a regular basis. The produce has been well received by staff and students as a tastier version of the now required fruits and vegetables. Although she acknowledged that a full-fledged embrace of the practice is not present, she said that there is a lot of appreciation for
the work the EATS club does. Even with local, fresh produce increasingly available to students at both West and City, federal minimum serving requirements have caused an increase in waste; students would have to take fruits and veggies they didn’t want, and the food would subsequently get thrown away. Seeking to steer clear of such waste increases, the Recycling Coordinator at the Iowa City Landfill Jen Jordan has recently increased her education efforts in pursuit of a waste-aware society. “It’s not so much about the individual meal, but it’s about the cumulative waste; how much that really is,” Jordan said. “It’s probably shocking to most people how much food gets wasted in our country. A little bit from your meal and a little bit from my meal doesn’t seem like a big deal but overall it’s a huge amount.” Jordan also said the same principles apply to all areas of waste. “Wasting food or wasting resources such as plastic or cardboard or metal that doesn’t get recycled, or paper; it doesn’t seem like a big deal to throw that one or two pieces of paper away or that cardboard box, but 25% of what goes into the Iowa City Landfill is food waste, and another 27% is paper and cardboard,” Jordan said. “Our individual efforts don’t seem like they matter a lot of times, but they really do because they add up to make a huge cumulative difference when we’re composting or recycling.” She explained that she has recently worked on starting a composting program at South East
Junior High, and also helped to start Regina’s composting program, “which they have in place and running.” Following in Regina’s footsteps, Anstreicher and West High’s EATS club recently put their efforts into composting in the cafeteria. “It was kind of astonishing. We got a scale from our physics teacher, and we weighed the waste West High students make and put in our compost bins,” Anstreicher said. “I think we collected over 900 pounds of food waste in three weeks.” Despite the huge success, the club ceased composting after three weeks due to the unsustainable nature of the process; they had to haul 75 plus pound buckets daily, and students weren’t always showing up to help. Even with all the fallacies in the West High composting process, Anstreicher said the desire to compost still remains. She also explained she is not alone in the fight for school composting, having been joined by Jordan, among others. Jordan said that she believed there is still work to be done in the field at schools. Beyond her work, however, she strongly encouraged students to look at the bigger picture themselves. “It’s above composting, it’s above recycling; the best thing that people can do is to think about the resources they use, to think about the food that they are taking, and if they know they’re not going to eat it in a cafeteria situation, if they know they’re not going to eat it, don’t take it,” she advised. “If they know they’re not going to eat it, don’t just take it and then throw it away,
because it’s going in the landfill.” Jordan also acknowledged that, under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, students may be required to take food they know they will not be eating, and said that that is an issue that needs to be addressed. “I think that this is a really good opportunity for students to get involved in shaping what that legislation looks like, frankly,” Jordan said. “I mean it’s important for people to eat healthy, and it’s important for people to eat the right amount of food, but, it’s also important to consider the waste that might come from that. It’s an opportunity for students to get involved in making policy changes. You know it also ties to the Farm Bill; it all ties back to the politics of it which is kind of sad, but it’s true.” While pushing for changes within schools and policies regarding health, she continued her encouragement consideration of waste, even beyond the school grounds. “All the decisions that we make, at home, at school, at soccer, at Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, at church; we produce waste in every step of our lives, so thinking about, you know ‘do we really need a new sweater when we have a nice new one at home that’s just going to get thrown away?’” Jordan said. “Think about where those things go, and if we really need them. I guess the point of this is think about the things we use on a daily basis, and where those end up if they get thrown away, because they don’t just go away, they go to the landfill.”
The Little Hawk
The Changing Face of Bullying (and how we can react) LH Executive Editors
renata stewart, cassie wassink
As the years have gone by, bullies have changed their tactics. However, the damage that bullying causes, while not always visible, must still be addressed.
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sonora taffa, kieran green
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mission statement The Little Hawk, the student newspaper of City High School, aims to inform, educate and entertain readers; to provide an educational opportunity for the students who produce it; and to provide a medium for commercial advertising. Equity Statements English Version: It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Director, Ross Wilburn, at 509 S. Dubuque Street, 319-688-1000. Spanish Version: Declaración de Equidad: Es la política de Iowa City Community School District no descriminar en base a raza, credo, color, género, origen, religión, edad, estado civil, orientación sexual, estado de veterano, incapacidad, =estado socio-económico en sus programas educacionales, actividades, o políticas de empleo. Si usted piensa que usted o su hijo (a) han sido descriminados o que han sido tratados injustamente en la escuela, por favor comuníquese con el Director de Equidad, Ross Wilburn, 509 S. Dubuque Street, teléfono: 319-688-1000.
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Whether they admit it or not, every student at City High has encountered bullying. Though we are long past the days of the traditional “schoolyard bully” (the chubby, leering brute who goes around mugging kids for their lunch money), we are still affected by forms of “covert” bullying. To put it in layman’s terms, instead of going around beating students up on the playground, bullies are tormenting their victims by beating them down emotionally and psychologically. While the method may be different, the results are just as, if not more, harmful. One need look no further than the local news feed to find stories of depression, psychological damage, and even suicide that have come about as a result of excessive bullying. We here at City High are fortunate enough to have an administration that has taken a solid stance against bullying in City High. The “Wear Orange to Combat Bullying” day is just the latest in a series of efforts to raise awareness about bullying. However, as valuable as these efforts have been, The Little Hawk staff believes that it would help to focus our efforts to eliminate the aspects of bullying that may be overlooked.
While it is rare to see racial slurs being thrown around in the hallway, hate speech towards homosexuals and those with disabilities is still disturbingly prevalent. While administration-mandated controls on hate speech seems like it could be a pos-
Which do you think is the worst form of bullying at City High? SOCIAL EXCLUSION:
sible solution, such draconian measures are often poorly enforced and counterproductive. After all, it’s a basic human reaction to say “you can’t tell me what to do or say,” and then to go right on doing what they were doing in the first place. Instead, this is one situation in which students have to take matters into their own hands. Student groups could quite easily take a lead here, by organizing campaigns to spread awareness about diversity through non-traditional means. Campaigns such as the “Spread the Word to end the Word” have proven extremely effective in combatting hate speech, and in making it socially unacceptable. Similar efforts could be undertaken to spread student awareness about other marginalized groups. Student groups could also use social media to reach out to students, organizing social events to spread awareness.
Most students, at some point in
their lives, will encounter the feeling of being “left out.” After all, the stereotype of the “person staying home from prom to read” has been around for so long that it has become a media cliche. However, social isolation is oftentimes a major obstacle in the process of integrating students into City High’s society. While it’s fairly obvious that we can’t “mandate” that students be included, it is certainly possible to foster an environment that would be more conducive to building a stronger student community. For example, there may be students who are interested in starting clubs or groups, but are turned off by the idea of having to fill out paperwork. Many aren’t even fully aware about the requirements for putting a club together. To remedy this, we could set up an outreach that would be enacted through the guidance center, where students could meet with counselors to set up the logistics for starting and maintaining new club and organization activities. We could also set up
an administration-approved Facebook page or forum on the City High website to connect students who share similar interests, and to facilitate networking. In the end, it is just a matter of providing an environment where students can connect with one another.
Cyber bullying has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years. However, from an administrative perspective, it has been difficult to combat cyber bullying. Online communication exists in a sort of “grey zone.” While cyber bullying has been proven to disrupt students’ learning capabilities, the cyber bullies themselves are technically protected by laws covering private communications. As of right now, school administrators do not have much jurisdiction to prosecute students who harass others online, and the jurisdiction that they theoretically have is not welldefined. However, there are several court cases pending that clear up the “rules of engagement” for administrators seeking to curb cyber bullying. In the meantime, efforts to combat cyber bullying have to be student-centered. This would involve making more of an effort to educate students about cyberbullying, as well as student-run efforts such as the establishment of a student group specially dedicated to combating online abuse. Student-run groups like SADD have already done an excellent job in raising awareness about drunk driving. It would be intriguing to see the effect that a similar group could have on cyberbullying.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
HEAD TO HEAD ON
THE CLASS RANK
ver the course of last spring break, I, like many other juniors at City High, went on a series of college visits. During these visits I had the opportunity to explore schools’ campuses, learn about the different courses, and see if I stood a good chance of being accepted into the school. I was also able to meet and be interviewed by several admissions officers. This part of the visits could be somewhat intimidating, but I thought through my answers beforehand and had memorized my own stats better than a fifth grade boy with a baseball card obsession memorizes Derek Jeter’s. So the interviews would be going reasonably well, until the admission’s officer asked one fateful question. “Now, what is your class rank?” they would say. My big “charming” smile would slip every time, replaced by a stricken expression I had to fight to hide. I then had to explain to the admission’s officer that my school, City High, doesn’t offer their students ranking statistics. Every time, a look of pity would cross their faces as they continued to inform me that my lack of class rank would put me at a distinct disadvantage in the application process. Many times admissions would just pass over my application rather than put in the effort it took to find the same information that a class ranking was supposed to supply, from several different sources. Needless to say I was disappointed. All the things I had actually worked for were taking the back seat to a decision my school had made for me. When I asked the counseling staff why City High does not provide class rank statistics for students, they explained that the decision to eliminate class rank was made by the school district years ago due to the ranking process “harming” certain students. The students negatively affected by class rank were mainly
by LILY HOWARD those applying to Iowa’s state universities. Back then, a student must be ranked in the top fifty percent of their graduating class in order to be accepted. The school district decided that this requirement put students who attended highly competitive high schools, such as ours in the Iowa City school district, at a disadvantage. Since then the admissions process has changed when referring to schools like ours but the non-ranking rule has yet to be revisited. I wonder, am I being harmed by a rule whose original purpose is no longer valid? As a student here at “The School That Leads,” I would appreciate any extra achievement on my resume, any small advantage, in the increasingly competitive and stress-laden world of college applications. I also wish that my high school experience would not coddle me, by giving students the false impression that school, or even life for that matter, is not a contest. The reality is that after graduation, City High alumni will fan out across the state, country, and even the world. At every turn we will be confronted by contests of every kind; in higher education, in the work place, and in our personal lives. By refusing to give students a class ranking, the administration is creating a group of young adults who are completely unprepared for the competition they will meet in the real world. Wouldn’t it be better if our education taught us to become accustomed to the competition we are bound to face as soon as we apply to colleges or look for work? If we really are “The School That Leads,” isn’t it about time that our students are equally prepared for real world challenges, as are those of other top high schools in the nation? By choosing not to provide a class rank, City High is not only placing its students at a disadvantage in the college application process but in the race for success in their futures.
by CASSIE WASSINK
find it hard to believe that this is my senior year and that finally it is me searching and dreaming and planning and, it’s true, freaking out. As you may have guessed, I am referring to the mad, feverish curse that plagues seniors everywhere-college applications. As my time is eaten up by countless hours spent poring over applications, I’ve noticed one jarringly consistent anachronism from within these otherwise seemingly progressive “apps”: class rank. Some City High students scoff upon hearing the term, others nod indifferently, and still others screw up their face in bewilderment as they rack their minds for a term as foreign as “typewriter” or “landline.” While class rank is seen by many students and high schools as obsolete, many colleges continue to employ the statistic as a real and critical component of their assessment used to determine a prospective student’s merits. City High, as a rule, does not publish class rank, a somewhat contentious decision as it leaves achieving students feeling disadvantaged at that moment when they are trying to bolster their résumés with every possible distinguishment. I, however, firmly support City High’s decision not to publish class rank. High school is challenging enough without the added competition and feelings of inadequacy that unfailingly accompany a comparative ranking scale. It’s like taking a boiling pot of teenage angst, insecurity, and self-doubt, and then raising the temperature several hundred degrees by introducing just one more way to pitch students one against the other by comparison. Class rank essentially combines the rigor of your schedule (how many classes and how difficult) combined with your GPA, puts this through a mathematical black box, and churns out a number. This supposedly captures the quality of your entire academic career and is used to compare you with your classmates. Seems sketchy, right? I see two main problems with this system. The first springs from a strong reluctance to reduce academic achievement, which is affected by a multitude of subjective factors, to a single number. How can this possibly convey all of the effort and circumstances that con-
tributed to the final result? The answer is, it can’t. Instead, it displays only the final result. This creates a mindset focused solely on ultimate achievement, rather than the learning occurring throughout the process. Yes, there is no doubt that grades and learning exist with direct correlations to one another. Yet to put the focus of academic success entirely on this perfect combination of classes and grades that yields the highest number discounts so many values that have the potential to make high school something more than simply a calculated set of results. Friendships born of shared efforts and late study sessions together are lost in the wake of competition and rivalry. Satisfaction in the triumph of giving a subject one’s best fades in the cold light of objective grades and course rigor. Beyond damaging our mind sets, class rank is a detriment to the college application process. The fact that a student would be excluded from a desired school simply because they did not make a particular cutoff assigns a power to class rank that it should not hold. While these colleges dealing with tens of thousands of applications may simply be trying to economize their admissions process, the effect negatively skews the distribution of students across the nation. Only those students managing to achieve perfect grades with the highest number possible of AP or honors courses can attend selective schools, while those students choosing to take an arts or music class are excluded solely on the basis of a lower class rank. Along these same lines, some schools do not offer the same amount of AP or honors classes as others. Thus, it is unreasonable to base admissions off of a factor that varies from school to school beyond a student’s control. So, while class rank can provide a useful generalization about a student’s academic success, it is only a ballpark estimation, and should never function as the basis of a student’s acceptance or rejection from a particular school. As I search for countless evasive bits of information to fill all of those maddeningly empty boxes, here at last is one answer that I am content to leave blank.
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Politrickin’ by KIERAN GREEN
“entertainment” has become hopelessly blurred, often to the point of indistinction. But to paraphrase Shakespeare, the ultimate fault is not in the stars (hehe, puns!), but in ourselves. The meagre intellectual offering of today’s media is the product of the complacency of the citizenry. And the only way to solve that is for us to engage each other to re-establish a sane civic discourse. To be entirely fair, we are perfectly justified in directing our ire solely at the news media. The fact is that information, like corn, crude oil, and small packets of sardines, has become commodified, and as a result, around 90% of news institutions today are failing to do their job. It’s not difficult to see why, given that most news outlets are owned either by soulless, sprawling corporations like General Electric, or by joyless, egomaniacal leeches
like Emperor Palpatine – *ahem* I mean, Rupert Murdoch. The other 10% is the closest thing there is to “real” reporting. The BBC, NPR, and even PBS do really excellent work, with comparatively in-depth coverage on a wide range of issues. The trouble is that to the average football-lovin’ sunofagun, stations like these have two undesirable qualities: first, they cater to a more intellectual audience and so are thought of as “boring.” Secondly , they don’t make
Like it or not, the next few elections are going to affect us all on a personal level. And that, more than anything else, is worth getting worked up about.
Girls Can Be Captain America Too sirable woman is everywhere. Take my nine year old little sister for example. She was Captain America for Halloween, she’s the best quarterback Hoover Elementary has ever seen, and she’d rather “eat barf than play with a Barbie doll”. Yeah, she’s freaking awesome. But if she does as much as flip on the TV, she could see a commercial of a model “eating” a Hardee’s Southwest Patty Melt while the camera shows shots of sweat dripping down her cleavage as she undresses herself. If she turns on the radio she could hear the song “Star-
strukk” by 3OH!3 that has the lyrics “nice legs, Daisy Dukes, makes a man go…tight jeans, double D’s makin’ me go...” Appropriate? No. Provides an unhealthy idea of what a woman should be and how they should act? Yes. So this idea that it’s not wrong for girls to be oversexualized starts at a young age. There are stores that make thongs specially for children (children!) which allow those ideas to continue to be perceived positively. Fourth graders run around in thongs while they play kickball at recess! It’s so wrong that it sounds like a joke! But it’s not – Abercrombie & Fitch even sells them. Ach! It’s all so messed up! I mean, these are things that undermine women and administer standards of beauty that only horny weirdos see as attractive… which actually is a lot of the male population. And those things are to blame for the 80% of ten-year-olds that have dieted, the 90% of junior and senior high school students who diet regularly, and the fact that young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents. The thought of my little sister staring at an empty plate on the table in front of her at lunch, denying her growling stomach of food because she’s worried about being thinner for a guy, makes me sick. We can’t change the way that our society constantly degrades women. But we can change the way that we respond to it. You don’t have to be sexy, or flirty, or a tease. Just be you. I’m not saying being any of those things are bad. I’m saying it’s important not to try to fit into someone else’s preconceived image of who you are. So girls, instead of working to please a guy, work to please yourself. Also, take this advice to heart, because I just made that figurative wrench ten times bigger.
We can’t change the way that our society constantly degrades women. But we can change the way that we respond to it.
art by Oli Peters
to change it. We are trying to create change without the proper tools to make that change come about: information and conviction. However, these tools are readily available. Though it is unrealistic to hope that the quality of mainstream reporting will improve, we can inform ourselves through it quite easily. All that requires is a bit of industry. That means consuming news from multiple sources, and then drawing one’s own conclusions. It also means exploring all of the options for political candidates running for office, instead of the usual choice between Republicans and Democrats. And more than anything, it requires a little bit of enlightened self-interest. Like it or not, the next few elections are going to affect us all on a personal level. And that, more than anything else, is worth getting worked up about.
by OLI PETERS
My mom says I intimidate boys. Who knows? It may be my blinding beauty, witty sense of humor, or impressive intellectual ability. Whatever the reason may be, I’m the first to admit that it has thrown a figurative “wrench” in my dating career. As I’m not old or pathetic enough (yet) to use match.com, I’ve just never had much luck romantically. But when it comes down to it, I’m okay with never having been grinded on at a school dance. I don’t mind that guys have pointed out that I have the same haircut as Harry Styles from the boyband One Direction. Sure, I’ll admit that it would be nice if a male who resembled Ryan Gosling swept me off my feet and kissed me hotly, but after years of suffering through failed romantic endeavors, I’ve learned not to let guys determine who I am. It is so hard not to, though. The pressure to be this sexy, de-
an overt effort to make up the mind of the consumer. And this reveals a sad truth about American politics today – the average voter is lazy. And not just lazy in the sense of “I don’t want to do my math assignment tonight.” No, the American voter is lazy on an intimate and profound level: the kind of lazy that is content to let their views be represented solely by the news brands that they subscribe to. So while the majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the way that the country is headed, most have not made a discernible effort
“We can all admit that Jon Bon Jovi is pretty. I’m comfortable enough with my own sexuality to admit that other men are hot.” – Mr. Burkle
“Smack that deer.” – Mr. Muilenberg while explaining the importance of differing mass “Sweat the details, don’t get bit by ducks.” – Mr. Wilson, on paying attention to details
“We tried doing calculus in the dark, but it wasn’t very enlightening.” – Ms. Smirl making a fun pun out of the power outage
Let’s be honest here – at this point everybody is a little bit tired of the election season. After all, we’ve had to endure roughly two years of preliminary news coverage, a series of overly drawn out primary campaigns, and an advertising campaign that makes the quartertime break at the Superbowl look like the back page of a Sunday periodical. Quite honestly, the sheer bulk of advertising is enough to make even the most stalwart political enthusiasts yearn for the days when they “only had to check Politico *once* a day to get their news, goddamnit!” This fatigue is usually accompanied by a sort of indignation. After all, the campaigns didn’t *used* to be covered this way, right? Well, sort of. It’s certainly true that we live in a time where “facts” are malleable or even outright false. The line between “news,” “opinion,” and
“I asked my Advanced Comp today if anyone was interested in getting partially naked.” – Mr. Rogers
CORRECTION FROM SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE:
Contrary to what was printed in the Opinion Column “Drug Testing”, Ronald Thompson ‘12 was suspended for an unspecified violation of the school conduct policy.
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Healthy, Hunger Free Trash Cans?
by ELI SHEPHERD
The past several columns I have written have turned into pleas for action, mainly on the part of policy makers, from community to national levels. This time around I’m taking a different approach. This is a plea addressed directly to you, the student body. It’s message is simple: step up your game. Allow me to elaborate. On December 13, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a piece of legislation into law dubbed the “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act,” subsequently requiring that, among other things, more fruits and vegetables are on students’ lunch trays. On October 18, 2012, we the City High students took those foods from their trays and placed them not in our mouths, but in the trash can. In addition to meeting the new federal lunch guidelines, the Iowa City Community School District has also recently increased efforts to provide locally grown produce in the cafeteria. This however, has done little to address the underlying issue - kids just aren’t buying it. Well, they are, they’re required to in fact, they’re just throwing it away. I know the Students that Lead, I’m good friends with many of them. I know we’re better than this, so I urge each and every person who reads this to do something about it! Eat your fruits and veggies! We, the students, aren’t getting the nutrients we need. I know for a fact that many of us don’t even eat lunch on a daily basis, many more, breakfast. If we are to be the leaders of tomorrow, we seem to think we can do it on either an empty stomach, or one filled with Pop-Tarts, pop, and pizza.
Neither of those are good ideas, and neither speak well of our generation. We know what’s good for us, let’s do what’s good for us. Eat up!
Chew it over, don’t toss it! Conscious consumers, we are not. Not even conscious disposers. I know my grandpa always tells me to finish my plate, to not let anything go to waste. In the City High cafeteria, fresh food goes to waste each and every day. People are going hungry not just around the world, but even in some of your classes, so think twice before you trash it!
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Look beyond. Think globally and act locally. You may have learned in a science class or two that greenhouse gases are a large contributor to climate change. Well, organic waste, or as it is better known, food, emits methane, a greenhouse gas, when decomposing in the landfill. If the same amount of waste were to be composted, it would produce carbon dioxide, another greenhouse gas, in amounts 72 times less potent than the former. I’ve heard students complain about a lack of parking, but never about methane emissions from cafeteria waste. We all know there are big issues facing the world,
so let’s see what we can do at dear old City High to help. Educate yourself and act! Oh, by the way, Regina composts and West has tried to... Having locally grown produce, heck fresh produce at all, available to us at school is quite the feat in itself. I know I’ve taken Iowa’s good local food for granted, and I shouldn’t. It’s a privilege to even have fresh, healthy food available to us at all. Fresh food helps keep us all healthy, and our school district’s efforts to have super duper fresh food- locally grown produce- available to us are commendable. Not only does our local food taste better and contain more nutrients, but it also supports
our local economy which employs our family and friends and reduces our environmental impact as well because it isn’t shipped in from California and often isn’t treated with pesticides or herbicides. We all need to count our blessings, heck I know I certainly need to. Sure a tomato salad might not taste as good to you as a slice of pizza, but eat it anyway. It’s good for you, it’s good for our community, and if it’s local, it’s even good for the environment. Let’s live up to our name, eat up, and educate ourselves. A true Little Hawk thinks of their classmates and their community, and doesn’t let things go to waste. School that Leads!
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Your Guide to the Lunchroom by NAT ALDER
The City High cafeteria can be a dangerous place. Everyone knows that there’s nothing worse than mobs of hungry teenagers, besides maybe feral wolverines. Aimless, naive teenagers searching for healthy options need not look further. We went to the experts of the cafeteria (the lunch ladies) and compiled a list of some stellar City High lunches. MEAL 1
The perfect combo of food for those looking for a healthier, yet filling meal. It provides protein, dairy and vegetables. Calories: Approximately 475
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The ultimate light and healthy meal, perfect for a less active day. The cafeteria’s chef ’s salad contains lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. Calories: Approximately 200
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Chef ’s Salad
No new iPads yet MEAL 3
Here is a great carb-heavy meal, for those hard workout days when you forget to pack a lunch! For those who want to go even healthier, wheat bagels are also an option.
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Calories: Approximately 690 Bagel and Cream Cheese Carrots Pear Apple Juice
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A14 ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Iowa City song project 31 musicians were recruited by the Englert Theatre to collaborate and create songs about their experience in Iowa. By Gabriel Basile
Over the last year, the Englert Theatre employed 31 Iowan musicians to collaborate and record songs inspired by their collective experiences and feelings about the city. The songs were then compiled into an album titled the Iowa City Song Project. Now with the album complete, the musicians are coming together to perform their songs over two nights and venues, The Englert and The Mill. Katie Roche, part of the local band The Awful Purdies, is excited about the project finally coming together. “We were thrilled to be asked to be a part of this,” Roche said. “It’s really a record of only a small part of the local music scene as it stands today, so it’s pretty cool to be counted among all the hard working bands in Iowa City.”
Even though an impressive 31 musicians were recruited to record the songs, there are many more musicians in the area. Andre Perry, the Englert Theatre’s Executive Director, has a bittersweet relationship with how many musicians there are in Iowa City. “It wasn’t difficult to find so many local musicians. In fact, we were bummed that we couldn’t include more,” Perry said. “There are a lot of great musicians that aren’t on this record. We won’t even pretend that this is the definitive statement on Iowa City music culture but it’s a darn good snapshot.” Even though many of these musicians had performed and recorded before, it was a new and interesting experience in many ways. “This is the first time that we’ve been on a compilation album, but for us the process of recording was really
different due to the time constraints. Each band was only given $200 and 3 hours to get their song done.” Roche said. “Also, we had never really collaboratively written a song as a band before. Usually, one of us writes it and then we all work up the treatment. This time, everything from the lyrics to the arrangement was totally collaborative.” After a year of hard work, the concert and release of the album on November second is quickly approaching. Even so, excitement is high. “The album is brilliant, addictive, an awesome way to show off our cool music scene. The performances are further evidence that Iowa City is alive with talent,” Roche said. “The quality of the songs on this album is top notch. It’s unbelievable how so many of these artists wrote really great songs,” Perry said. ABOVE: The Englert Theatre downtown. photo courtesy of The Englert Theatre
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NOVEMBER 2, 2012
HOROSCOPES “Your destiny... revealed.” By Gabriel Basile Illustration by Juliette Enloe
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Mayberry: exploring racism in Iowa City
“Mayberry,” written by Iowa City native Sean C. Lewis, delves into the intricacies of racism and relates them to the state and City High School.
Aquarius [Jan 20-Feb 18]
Avoid wearing turtlenecks this month. Or else you’ll face deadly consequences.
Pisces [Feb 19-March 20]
Don’t worry, everything’s going to be fine. This week.
Aries [March 21-April 19]
Not having luck with that special someone? Winter is the perfect time to stay home and play video games.
Taurus [April 20-May 18]
Art is your true calling. Specifically, the kind of art that involves aardvarks.
Gemini [May 21-June 20]
“Quick, better get your Breaking Dawn Part 2 tickets before they’re all gone!” Said no one ever.
Cancer [June 21-July 22]
Don’t want to do the Iowa Assessments next year? Eat the forms! You get food and avoid the tests!
ABOVE: The City High cast and crew of Mayberry perform scenes from the show written by Sean C. Lewis. Top left: Elijah Jones ‘14 talks with Devontay James ‘15. Middle left: Raquel Loya ‘13 breaks up a fight between Ellis Fontana ‘16 and Cinque Smith ‘13. Bottom right: Jill Swanson ‘15 puts makeup on Fatimah Omar ‘13. Bottom left: Div Toslingo ‘14 performs an original monologue. Middle bottom: Dominique Franklin ‘14 performs a monologue from Mayberry. courtesy of Mayberry Cast
[July 23-Aug 22]
I’m trying to read your fortune, but all I’m getting is “cupcakes” and “2109.”
Virgo [Aug 23-Sept 22]
Beware of wolves this month. And every month, really, but they like November.
Libra [Sept 23-Oct 22]
Stay away from three hole punchers. You’ll shoot your eye out.
*Scorpio* [Oct 23-Nov21]
Sagittarius [Nov 22-Dec 21]
If you didn’t vote for Roseanne Barr of the Green Party... that’s okay, neither did anyone else.
Capricorn [Dec 22-Jan 19]
Start your Christmas list early this year with a savings bond for 300 Prussian Franks. Hey, you never know.
Manchester Orchestra performs at the IMU The alternative rock group visits IC. By Gabriel Basile
The Iowa Memorial Union has been an Iowa City hub for entertainers for years, boasting a roster of The Black Keys, Grand Funk Railroad, and performers like John Oliver and B.J. Novak. Soon to join those names are the members of the group Manchester Orchestra. Contrary to the name, Manchester Orchestra is a five piece up-and-coming alternative rock group with few songs including orchestral instruments. The group focuses on melodic guitar parts and a wide variety of instrumentation. The group has previously
performed as musical guests on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and other TV programs. Their latest album, Simple Math focuses on adulthood and maturity into youth which “builds on their emotionally charged sound,” and topped at spot 21 on the US top 100 and number five on the US alternative top 100. Opening for the band are two Indie Rock groups, The Olympics and Huge Lewis. Both are local groups with defined sounds that compliment Manchester Orchestra’s. Manchester Orchestra will play on November ninth in the IMU second floor ballroom for $23 in person or $30 online.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
ABOVE: A drawing of Spiderman by Vazquez.
ABOVE: A drawing of Rulk, done with a painted style by Vazquez. photos courtesy of The Art of Joey Vazquez
The Art of Joey Vazquez Comic artist, graphic designer, and City High student talks about how his career got started, and where it is going. By Olivia Hamilton email@example.com
A Little Hawk staffer sat down with Joey Vazquez ‘13, to get an indepth look at the events and circumstances that led to Vazquez’s artistic endeavors: Q: When did you start drawing and why?
A: I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. I always used to move around and I would draw in the car all the time. I started drawing professionally back in 2010 when my brother and I were hired to do this book for a guy who lives in California who was also a movie screenwriter and wanted to make this book called The Lost Kids. His name is Philippe Kagno and he wanted us to do a bunch of concept art and character designs for his book. We even did a mini-comic in the back. Our job was creating the world the characters were designed in.
Q: Do you plan to go to college for art? A: I don’t because right now my brother and I intend to start our own business. We are both comic artist and graphic designers, so we are going to look into starting our own business. We also recently got a job that involved a lot of graphic design so we have to start making different products through that and what the job entails is basically coming up with different products to be sold. She has connections to Toys-R-Us, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Disney, so we would be designing a bunch of different toys and graphic designs for those companies. Q: What kind of support have you been receiving from friends and family? A: I made a lot of new friends through my art and online with a
bunch of different people. I made connections with them and received support to just keep going. And my family has constantly been supporting me. My parents bought us drafting tables we still use as well as art supplies. But now that we make commission, we don’t rely on them so much. Q: Do you have any advice to other aspiring artists? A: When I first started drawing, I didn’t know anything. I would just draw characters, but a lot of people who want to learn stuff tend to copy others. The advice I would give is to learn your anatomy and shading, and just learn how to work your lines. Reference a lot from photos and other artists a lot. Most importantly, just draw every day. That way you’re continually building on your art and continually building on your unique style.
MCs SIMS and opening act Imperfekt are front and center Friday, November 2nd for a hip hop show at Gabe’s. Based in Minneapolis, SIMS is part of a collective of rappers under the name Doomtree. Instead of the expected vulgar lyrics of many modern rappers, SIMS opts for more meaningful and personal lyrics. Opening for SIMS is Iowa native Imperfekt who, like SIMS, tries to display more personal lyrics. “This is to any of you/ who used to cruise First Avenue,” sings Imperfekt in his song “My City.” The song is all about Iowa and his love for the place. The two rappers will perform for an audience of all ages on Friday, November 2nd at Gabe’s Bar for $10.
ABOVE: A commissioned piece of Magneto done by artist Vazquez.
SCOPE Productions, AEG Live, and Iowa Public Radio are teaming up to bring writer David Sedaris to Iowa City this year. On November 7th, 2012, at 8 PM, Sedaris will be speaking at the IMU Main Lounge. Sedaris, a humor writer, will talk about themes ranging from politics to American culture. Sedaris first came to public attention when his essay, “SantaLand Diaries”, was published by National Public Radio in 1992. Sedaris then moved on to collections of short stories. His first collection, Naked, was published in 1997. Sedaris’ last released his short story collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, in 2010. Sedaris’ books have sold a combined total of 7 million copies. Sam Buatti ‘13 is excited to see Sedaris in action. “He’s a really funny writer,” Buatti said. “I can’t wait to see him live.” In addition to publishing short story collections, Sedaris is a frequent collaborator with NPR, including This American Life.
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After a ninth place finish at state, the girls XC team looks back on their success this season. By Annika Wasson
All season the girls cross country team has been running and chasing their dream to place in the top three at state. Despite not finishing where they wanted to at the state meet last weekend, the team finished with many personal bests. “Every week our goal has been to improve from the week before and we did that really well,” Ellen Carman ‘14 said. To say the team has put in their share of hard work is an understatement. From June to October, the Little Hawks have been racking up the miles, sometimes putting in 50 mile weeks. Head coach Tom Mittman says the work the team put in throughout the season is one of the strongest qualities of the team. “I think our greatest strength has been the work that several kids put in over the summer,” Mittman said. This season the team put a strong emphasis on team unity and pushing each other, whether it
be in practice or at a race. This was shown at the MVC Super Meet when the top five finishers in the varsity race came in 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th, leading them to a second place finish. Captain Erin Danielson ‘13 says having team support is one of the keys to a successful race. “It’s really helpful to know when you’re out running, that you’re not just running for yourself, or the six other girls on varsity. You’re running for 67 other girls that are all there cheering,” Danielson said. “Having that team support is huge, it gives you a huge motivation.” The Little Hawks have also continually shown improvements as the season progressed. With several young runners, the team worked to put the pieces together throughout the season. Their dedication led them to a third place finish at the District meet, earning them a spot in the state meet. “We have shown great progress over the course of the season,” Mittman said. “We have had several individuals step up this year. Our freshmen as a group and our JV as a whole have had great seasons. Stella Thompson ‘15, Morgan Sammons
‘14, Sonora Taffa ‘14, and Molly Shepherd ‘14 have all been thrown into positions they may not have expected and done very well.” At a state meet filled with many tough competitors, the team looked to show they could compete with the top runners in the state. Courtney Bruns ‘13, Lindsey Bruns ‘13, Danielson, Taffa, Sammons, Carman, and Shepherd, along with alternates Daniela Perret ‘14, Allison Siglin ‘13, Kate Mendenhall ‘13, and Thompson made the trip up to Fort Dodge for the state meet last weekend. The team finished ninth overall with 200 points, led by Courtney Bruns who placed 18th individually with a time of 14:40. Lindsey Bruns and Carman came in next for The Little Hawks finishing 28th and 29th individually with a time of 14:55. Although the team did not meet their goal of placing in the top three, Danielson says she’s happy with the way the team performed at the meet. “As a team, [the race] was pretty good,” Danielson said. “[Courtney] led the team really strong. We had a lot of the young girls do really well in their first race at state.”
photo by Annika Wasson
Football season cut short NOVEMBER 2, 2012
ABOVE: Players line up before the snap during the first round playoff game against Cedar Rapids Xavier. photo by Ryan Young
By Ryan Young and Annika Wasson firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
In a season filled with injuries and unexpected setbacks, the football team faced many challenges throughout the year. The Little Hawks finished with an overall record of 4-6, something players and coaches alike never thought would be the final outcome. “Obviously it was disappointing, we didn’t see it coming,” Head Coach Dan Sabers said. “We thought we had things in place to have another good year and so that made it more challenging as we got into it and realized that things weren’t going the way that they should. It was difficult for coaches and players alike.” Injuries led to inconsistencies throughout the season for the Little Hawks. Many key players had to sit out multiple games for various complications. This led the team to play with different combinations of players almost every week and resulted in
tough match ups in several games. “[Injuries] affected us a lot just because in August you’re planning on this kind of a team, then when we got going we were working with a different kind of team,” Sabers said. “It affected our consistency of play, and if you’re not consistent across the board, it is going to cause problems for you.” In the second half of the season, the team faced many tough losses, to teams such as Iowa City West, Linn Mar, and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. In the Battle of the Boot, The Little Hawks were shut out 0-44 and lost the Boot for the first time in eight years. Despite facing adversity throughout the season, the team kept pushing forward. “The thing that I’m most proud of this year is that we all stuck together,” Captain Tyler Hill ‘13 said. “We had each others’ back when times got hard.” Sabers agrees, saying even when the going got tough, the players kept working hard. “I will say this, the players overall dealt with [the losses] very well. They
came to practice ready to work.” The Little Hawks’ season ended with a 10-48 loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the first round of the playoffs. Sabers says the team did a good job running the ball and mixing in some passing, but “could’ve caught the ball better,” and that their defense had a hard time containing the Saint’s receivers. “We knew we were taking chances. We knew we had to,” Sabers said. “They had a great quarterback who does a great job, and their receivers ran some great routes and that was hard to control.” Even though this season didn’t work out the way the players hoped, the team still feels like they’ve come together and fought through the hard times. “It’s hard to measure success in football in any other way besides wins and losses,” Captain Matt Lee ‘13 said. “But having some great memories and friendships that I never expected to have are the real point of football. I can honestly call every single player ABOVE: Kris Kindl ‘13 and Amos Lavela ‘13 get in on a tackle. photo by Kierra Zapff on the team this year my brother.”
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NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Boys XC takes 10th at state After winning their District Meet, the Little Hawk Boys Cross Country team takes 10th place at the state meet in Fort Dodge. By Neil Harte
It was an unfortunate ending to a great season for City High on Saturday, October 27th, at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Despite aspirations of finishing in the top three for the first time since 2008— when the Little Hawks were runners up—the 4th ranked men struggled against a very strong field and ended up in tenth. “State was disappointing,” Head Coach Jayme Skay said, “but I was very pleased with the season overall.” In mid-October, City High was crowned divisional Mississippi Valley Conference champions when they outran West High by one point. A week later, Brook Price ‘13 lost a shoe mid-race in the state qualifying meet but still ran to victory against a challenging field, leading City to its first District Championship in eight years. “Winning those meets was great,” Chris Ohrt ‘14 said, “I just wish we could have carried that over when it counted the most.” However, things just didn’t click for the team during their final race of the season in Fort Dodge. At two miles--as Price battled with the leaders at the front of the race-- Ryan Dorman ‘14 and Chris Ohrt ‘14 were poised to place in the top 20. By the third mile and the homestretch, Dorman was struggling with a strained calf muscle while Ohrt found himself up ahead in a large pack of runners
sprinting to the finish line. He finished in 38th place overall as City’s second runner and was followed by Mohamed Traore ‘13 and Jacob Simmons ‘13 in 65th and 72nd places respectively. Dorman came home in 74th place as The Little Hawk’s fifth man and final scorer before Will Seydel ‘13 (99th) and Hugh Ritter ‘13 (105th) came across the line. “We did the best we could with what we had in us that day,��� Skay said in an email to the Little Hawk cross country community following the meet. “As a team, we will learn from the race.” Although the team didn’t do as well as they hoped, State did have one bright spot. For the third year in a row, Price finished in the top 10, earning Elite All-State Honors with a 4th place individual finish just 11 seconds out of first. His time of 15:13 for the 5K race was a City High record for the State Meet and marked a fifteen-second improvement over his 5th place finish in 2011. “I was happy with my performance,” Price said, “but we should have done better as a team.” Although The Little Hawks will lose co-captains Price and Academic All-State winner Traore, the team is looking towards the future. “We have about ten individuals that will be competing to be on varsity,” Skay said, “So I anticipate that we will be as strong or even stronger next year.”
ABOVE: Brook Price ‘13 takes off from the starting line at the state cross country meet last Saturday in Fort Dodge. photo by Oli Peters.
New practice field nears completion in November
ABOVE: Construction workers work on the new artificial turf practice field. photo by Eli Shephard
By Alex Moen
Among the multiple construction projects at City High this year, the latest includes a new artificial turf practice field. Administration anticipates the new turf field to wrap up construction within the first week of November. Not only will the new field benefit football and soccer but also the marching band, science classes, PE and many other Little Hawk activities for students “I am extremely excited,” Assistant Football Coach Joe Wilcox said. “It will only add to our first-class reputation as The School That Leads!” The project is expected to cost approximately $690,000, but City High will also save money with the elimination of the old practice field. There will no longer be a need to continue maintenance and painting on the field. The most important thing for the teams
is to be able to practice on a field that will replicate game-like conditions. Several schools already use turf fields, such as at the UNI Dome, Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, all three Dubuque fields, Linn Mar, and Cedar Rapids Prairie. “It won’t be too big of an adjustment for our players,” Wilcox said. “Having a true playing surface reduces the chance of injury and is safer for City High’s student-athletes especially in the elements.” The City High soccer teams will not be able to play on this new surface for games, but they will be allowed to practice on it. The new practice field isn’t long enough for regulation play. So, this year the men and women’s soccer games will be held at Longfellow Elementary. “When it is done, I think it is going to be legit!” Dee Salibi ‘13 said. “I think this new field will fix our old and bad practice fields. And hopefully decrease the number of injuries we have.”
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ON THEIR WAY
On the rebound from injuries, The Little Hawks girls volleyball team heads to the Class 5A State Tournament next week after defeating West High in the substate playoffs. By Ryan Young
No high school sports team will complete a season without facing trouble along the way. When a team reaches that point, there are two ways they can go. They can either fold under the pressure, or they can pick themselves back up, fight through adversity, and get back on track. It looks like The Little Hawks volleyball team has done just that. The girls started out the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in the state in class 5A. This comes after a second place finish in the 2011 state tournament, where they fell to West High in the final match. City didn’t take the No. 1 ranking lightly however. They started out the season strong, with a record of 14-3. Then trouble started to set in. Several players became injured, and nothing seemed to be working. “We were forced to constantly adapt because of injuries and changing lineups.” Assistant Coach Tricia Carty said. “This was both a physical and mental obstacle that we worked on improving with each match.” 4 players went down with injuries mid way through the season. Since starting the season 14-3, the team lost 4 out of their next 7 games. City fell from their No. 1 ranking, and lost to West in the Battle For The Golden Spike. “We had to have different people playing and
STATE QUARTERFINALS - November 7th @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena STATE SEMIFINALS - November 9th @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena STATE FINALS - November 10th @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena it was tough to get used to all of the adjustments we had to make.” Captain Mickey Hansche ‘13 said. Shortly after the West game, the team started to turn things around. Nelson returned from her injury, and the team started to click again. “Being able to utilize our strongest lineup at all times has greatly contributed to our success.” Carty said. “Not only that, but we have also worked on our intensity, focus, and mental toughness in practice.” The Little Hawks finished the regular season 28-7 and ranked No. 4 in the state. They also earned a first round by in their sub-state bracket. “We started working harder everyday, knowing that our season could end at any moment in the playoffs.” Hansche said. “Everyone completely changed their attitude.” Last week, the girls faced cross-town rivals
West High yet again in the semi-finals of their sub-state bracket. Memories of the regular season game haunted the team, but they were still confident heading into the game. “We knew we would have to be aggressive with our passing and serving.” Carty said. “We focused a lot on letting any mistakes go instantly and working hard to stay in the game mentally regardless of what the outcome of the play was.” The highly anticipated match didn’t leave anyone disappointed. After being down 2 sets to 1, City forced a game five, winning the 4th set 25-21. “I was really excited going into that 5th set.” Hansche said. “We had all of the momentum and I knew that we were going to come out on top.” City and West dueled it out, but ultimately City claimed victory, winning the final set 15-13. “[The West game] was so good! I couldn’t even explain how awesome it felt.” Aliyah Gus-
For updated state volleyball coverage, go to www.thelittlehawk.com tafson ‘13 said. “I was freaking out and was sounding like a teenage boy. It was great!” City played Burlington on Tuesday in the substate finals. The winner will head to the State Tournament next week in Cedar Rapids. (This issue was sent to press before results from this game were available) “We are working to continue to improve our defense and blocking.” Carty said. “We want to continue to serve aggressively so we can dictate the tempo of games. Maintaining focus and effort on our defensive game is essential.” The 5A state quarterfinal match will take place on November 7th at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. “I’m super excited and anxious for the tournament,” Gustafson said. “I know that our team is going to give all we got to get back to the championships again.”
The bench cheers after winning a set in the substate playoff game against West High.
Mickey Hansche ‘13 prepares to set the ball in the substate playoff game against West High.
The team huddles together after scoring a point in the substate playoff game against West High. photos by Kierra Zapff
Students cheer on the volleyball team in The Red Zone during the substate playoff game against West High.
City High Seniors spell out #CHSVOLLEYBALL! in the front row of The Red Zone for the substate playoff game against West High. photo by Jonathan Rogers.
Abby Saehler ‘13, and Ruth Grace ‘14 celebrate after scoring a point in the substate playoff game against West High.
Abby Saehler ‘13 goes for a kill in the substate playoff game against West High.
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Fantasy Football by Malin Craig
The Fantasy Football season is in full swing. It has reached the point where there are injuries and fantasy owners are having to tweak their rosters. It is a HUGE decision on who to start, what projections to believe and what free agents to obtain. Do you get a new running back if yours is questionable? Or do you risk it and play a possibly injured player? Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees? Andrew Luck or RGIII? All huge questions. Basically life and death decisions. Here to help, is a little fantasy guide for your Fantasy world.
GOOD PICKS James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers-
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets-
With leading Packers receiver Greg Jennings out with a groin injury, Jones has become one of Aaron Rodgers main targets, having two multiple touchdown games this season. His play is a bit inconsistent, but the big play ability is worth the risk.
While Sanchez is only owned in 22% of leagues, he doesn’t even deserve that high of a percentage. He is a turnover machine and is in danger of losing his job to the almighty Tim Tebow. Sanchez has flashes of skill, but always seems to find a way to mess things up.
Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers-
Issac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers-
Meachem has been very inconsistent this year with two games with zero catches, but last week he shined in the Chargers loss to the Saints, he had three catches and two touchdowns and looked like a player on the rise. Could be a fluke, but may be worth the risk.
Redman was filling in for injured Rashard Mendenhall for the first part of the season, and was a solid fill in player, but with Mendenhall back, Redman’s role will be diminished significantly. He is still owned in 70% of leagues, but with zero touchdowns this year, and him assuming a backup role, Redman should no longer be a part of your fantasy squad.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers-
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers-
Alex Smith has always been a solid quarterback, but not a good fantasy option. This may have changed, as the Niners have added a lot of power in the passing game. For a QB this good to only be started in 19% of leagues seems to be a shame. If you are hurting at the quarterback position, Smith is a good choice.
Stewart and fellow Panthers back DeAngelo Williams have always been a great thunder and lightning tandem, but this year, both players have experienced drops in production. More so with Stewart, who has been having the worst year of his career, with no touchdowns. He is still owned by 87% of fantasy leagues, which is a high number for a player with barely 100 yards through five games.
antasy Football is an amazing thing. It brings together groups of people and is a topic that always keeps the conversation rolling. I have been playing Fantasy for four years, not even close to the experience that some veterans have. I know that back in the ancient times, before ESPN.com and online leagues, people (mostly men) would sit around a table for double-digit hours with carefully taken notes, magazine articles and newspaper clippings assembling their teams. My dad has told stories of him and his friends having close to 15 hour draft marathons, all for a fake football team. Many people may say that Fantasy Football is a massive waste of time and energy, but, on the contrary, it is a fun and competitive social activity. Friends are made, enemies are created. It is an
activity you can do all your life, even if you are 500 pounds and have the top speed of a sloth, you can still have a connection to the sport. No athletic ability is required to have success in Fantasy Football, you just have to have deep knowledge of your team, your players, and your opponent. Although it is “fantasy” some players get so into it that it becomes more of a reality. People will invest crazy amounts of time and money into it, making it like a real, actual, competitive sport. Fantasy is, in a way, a sport of its own. It requires all of the mental tools
used in sports, without the physical demands. Any type of person can learn how to play fantasy football, from a teenage female to an eighty year old man. For some people, Fantasy Football is the only kind of sport they can play, as it is an activity available to people with mental and physical disabilities that can not compete in a “real” sport. It is one of the big advantages of Fantasy, that everyone, not just the athletically gifted individuals, can play football in some way. Now, fantasy football can be intimi-
“Many people may say that Fantasy Football is a massive waste of time and energy, but, on the contrary, it is a fun and competitive social activity.”
dating. There are a lot of rules, and several things to keep track of. A missed bye week or an injury could cause you to lose your fantasy match-up that week. Fantasy also causes you to root for teams you hate. I have hated the Packers my whole life, but I find myself rooting for Aaron Rodgers every time they play just so I can win for Fantasy Football. My ideal circumstance is that Rodgers throws 5 touchdowns, but the Packers still lose. I am forced to root for the Cowboy’s thuggish receiver Dez Bryant, even if he is a punk who shouldn’t be allowed to play football for millions of dollars. One thing I will never do is root against the Steelers, I wouldn’t trade a undefeated Fantasy season for a single Steelers loss. I intend on playing Fantasy Football until football is no longer a sport. My future wife will probably despise the hours I spend on having the perfect team, but it will be totally worth it.
NOVEMBER 2, 2012
Girls swimming places 4th at regionals, Brown breaks record
Golf team finishes 6th at districts By Olivia Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
City High went out to the district meet on October 2nd, just after losing a varsity player. Junior player Braxton Bell was moved up to take the sixth varsity spot. “We really had to step it up after that,” Braxton Bell ‘14 said. “And I think we did. I’m proud of how our team did despite having a rough start ” Despite a slow start, the team recovered nicely in time to win the CRANDIC meet in Cedar Rapids. They beat state runner-up Cedar Rapids Kennedy by one stroke to take the meet for the first time since 1998. “We really played well that day.” Andrew Hein ‘13 said. “Everything came together nicely.” The Little Hawks traveled to Geneva Country Club in Muscatine for their district meet. City High placed sixth among 13 teams, failing to qualify for state. “My biggest struggle was finishing,” Hein said. “I got off to a great start but just didn’t finish strong.” The team had no regrets from the season, but their finish at the last meet. “I’m extremely proud of how the team always believed we were gonna make it to state,” Hein said. ”No matter how much we had going against us, we never gave up.”
ABOVE: Emma Baxter ‘13 finishes 1st in her heat during the 100 butterfly. photos by Renata Stewart.
By Olivia Hamilton email@example.com
The crowded Mercer Aquatic Center was filled with the excitement of cheering fans, coaches, and teammates Saturday afternoon for the girls regional swimming meet. The meet marked a bittersweet end of the season for all but a few swimmers, including Lizzie Brown ‘15. “I don’t know whether to be happy because I finished strong,” said Emma Baxter ‘13. “Or to be sad because now it’s over.” Emma Baxter ‘14 is a four year member of City High’s varsity swimming team, is a member of the 200 Medley Relay team that qualified for state after placing third at the regional meet with teammates Alix Sharp ’16, Alayna McCafferty ‘16, and Brown. In addition to the 200 meter Medley Relay, Brown qualified for state in the 100 meter breaststroke event. Brown, having broken the school record on Senior Night, broke her own record for the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05:93 at the meet. “I was thinking that it felt pretty fast,” Brown said. “I couldn’t see anyone in front of me so that was comforting. It just felt really good.” The rest of team may not have qualified for state, but every swimmer set new personal records. The girls attributed this success to the advice from coaches and to the hours they’ve spent in the pool from waking up for practices at six in the morning, which
they noted was not always fun, and afternoon practices. “We did amazing,” head coach Ivan Sanchez said. “It’s a long process, we started on August 6th. Today, it’s a combination of those weeks of training. We did a couple different things in the weight room, dry land wise, and in the water. It all paid off today.” Through their hard work and determination, the small team of 16 not only have broken personal and school records throughout the season, but they have also grown close to one another. After the regional meet last weekend, each swimmer said that they will miss each other the most with the conclusion of the season. “[I’ll miss] the sisterhood that swimming brings,” Katie Knudston ‘14 said. “I’m going to miss my family, it’s just like a family to me.” Knudston was not alone in feeling that bond between the whole team. “This is the closest I’ve ever been to a team,” Molly Hayes ‘14 said. “I cried more today than I’ve ever cried.” All of the seniors, with the exception of Baxter who will continue on to state, finished their final seasons on a good note. “I got my lifetime best by two seconds,” Randi Pitzen ‘13 said. “ I feel really good, it’s nice that it’s the last race of my senior season and to go out with a really good race.” Claire Rowden ‘13 also swam a fast race for her anchor in the 200 Freestyle Relay.
ABOVE: Andrew Hein ‘13 takes his approach shot at a home meet at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. photo by Olivia Hamilton.
ABOVE: The 400 Freestyle huddles before their race at regionals. pthto by Olivia Hamilton.
“I know when I finished the race and I looked up and saw 26.1 and saw all of their faces smiling at me,” Rowden said. “It was pretty great.” The 200 Medley Relay team and Lizzie Brown will head up to the state meet on November 2nd. They will be competing against 23 other teams from across the state.
The Medley team is approximately one second off from the school record and hope to break it at the competition. “It’s great after four years of hard work to finally make it to state,” Baxter said. “But I couldn’t have done it without my three amazing teammates. I’m so happy.”
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NOVEMBER 2, 2012
LH: Years you've been playing volleyball? EH: 6 years LH: Pre-Game ritual? EH: Streaking with Aliyah down Morningside Drive. LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? EH: Yes, where? I haven't decided yet because I have two more schools to visit. LH: Nickname on team? EH: Lizzie McGuire LH: How has the season been going so far? EH: Overall it's been good, but we're still looking to make some improvements. LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the tam? EH: Team Dinners! And Pitch's analogies. LH: Goal for the rest of the season? EH: Make it to state/WIN STATE. And give my best effort at all times.
LH: Years you’ve been playing volleyball?
LH: Years you’ve been playing volleyball?
Grade: 12 Position: Outside Hitter
Grade: 12 Position: Outside Hitter RR: 8 years
LH: Pre-game ritual?
Grade: 11 Position: Right Side Hitter MN: 7 years
LH: Pre-game ritual?
RR: Pancheros and music.
LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? RR: I’m not sure yet.
LH: Nickname on the team?
MN: Allison, Ruth and I Koolin in the locker room.
LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? MN: Yes.
LH: Nickname on the team?
RR: Rachelle, Rach, Roach
LH: How has the season been going so far?
RR: It’s been a rollercoaster, but we’re becoming a lot stronger as a team.
LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team? RR: The girls, we have a lot of fun!
LH: Goal for the rest of the season? RR: Win State.
MN: Mac, McNasty
LH: How has the season been going so far? MN: Swagg...real low key doe.
LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team? MN: Trying to understand Pitch’s jokes. LH: Goal for the rest of the season?
MN: Win State. My personal goal is to maintain the best singing on the team.
PLAYMAKER PROFILES The Starting Seven By DANIELA PERRET LEFT TO RIGHT: Rachel Rinehart ‘13, Michaela Nelson ‘14, Ruth Grace ‘14, Mickey Hanche ‘13, Abby Saehler ‘13, Elizabeth Hubing ‘13, Aliyah Gustafson ‘13. photo by Nora Holman
LH: Years you've been playing volleyball?
LH: Years you’ve been playing volleyball? RG: 7 years LH: Pre-Game ritual? RG: I always wear the same socks, our team does the Reebok and I always eat cinnamelts before home games. LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? RG: If it’s possible I’d like to. LH: Nickname on the team? RG: Frances LH: How has the season been going so far? RG: We’ve had our ups and downs but we’re ready for anything and we’re ready to win. LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team? RG: Pitch’s analogies and all the inside jokes we have. LH: Goal for the rest of the season? RG: We all want to win state. My personal goal is to always try and give the girls the best set that I can.
LH: Years you've been playing volleyball? MH: 6 years LH: Pre-game ritual? MH: Dance with Michaela and always wear the same sock. I always like to sing before games too. LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school? MH: No, I plan on playing basketball. LH: Nickname on the team? MH: Mickey LH: How has the season been going so far? MH: Good so far. Wish we could have won some of the big games but otherwise good and getting better. LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team? MH: I love all my teammates. We have fun. Oh and I LOVE team dinners!!!! Pitch...what a great guy. LH: Goal for the rest of the season? MH: To be a state champion! And to always give my best effort.
LH: Years you've been playing volleyball?
Grade: 12 Position: Middle Hitter AS: 6 years
LH: Pre-game ritual?
AS: Put my left ankle brace on and then
my right, then my left shoe, then the right shoe.
LH: Do you plan in playing volleyball after high school?
AS: Yes, at Wingate University in North Carolina.
LH: Nickname on the team? AS: Abs
LH: How has the season been going so far?
AS: It has been like a rollercoaster, we have had our ups and downs.
LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team?
AS: Making a lot of memories.
LH: Goal for the rest of the season? AS: To get better and to win state.
Grade: 11 Position: Setter
Grade: 12 Position: Libero
Grade: 12 Position: Middle Hitter
AG: 71 months, one week and four days LH: Pre-game ritual?
AG: Streaking with Liz down Morningside Dr.
LH: Do you plan on playing volleyball after high school?
AG: No siree! Track doe.
LH: Nickname on the team? AG: Lee
LH: How has the season been going so far?
AG: It's been going...
LH: What is your favorite thing about being on the team?
AG: I like when Ruth makes "the face". LH: Goal for the rest of the season?
AG: To be STATE CHAMPS baby! Duh.
Oh and play well, give one hundred percent and hustle, and do my job well.