The Marriage of Bette and Boo
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WHAT’S INSIDE The Marriage of Bette and Boo
Cross Country Runs All the Way To State
What It Takes to Be Valedictorian
Inside Scoop on Facebook’s Future Updates
page 21 College Application Step List
page 14-15 CP Football ready to Take on Playoffs
page 18 CP Volleyball Ends Winning Streak
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Renaissance Fair Employees Combine Long Hours, Questionable Pay with Fun Sam Morrow
Just down in Plantersville at the Renaissance Festival lies one of the most magical and fun places for children and adults. The average visitor does not even think about the fact that it takes over 5,000 employees to make their fantasy a reality. When the fair opened in 1974, its employees numbered about 200 people. Some employees had to work at 6 am and left at 11 or 12 pm with little break time for up to eight weeks. There are many different types of jobs and some are more glamorous than others. Eric Wiggs owns the popular booth, Ravenswood Leather, located at the front of the festival featuring leather clothing and accessories. Wiggs works every weekend and tells the same jokes to all of his customers. “Even though some people here are completely insane, I still look forward to everything the Renaissance Festival throws at me,” Wiggs said. Being an owner may pay off in the money department, but constantly mingling with pushy people can be annoying. Working almost 17 hours all weekend makes Wiggs wonder exactly why he still does what he does. “Some days I wonder why I come work because of all the craziness,” Wiggs said. Craziness is the perfect word to describe the people at the festival. Some customers get so into the festival that the people that work there have given them names. “There are words for every type of person that walks through the gates,” Whittney Wiggs said, “whether it is the playtrons’ who are over-the-top completely in love with dressing up, or the ‘renys’ who are the more slutty people who think that as the hours pass, the less they have to wear.” Whittney, Eric's wife, has been working here just as long as Eric and is the cashier. “Unlike Eric, I don't necessarily want to act and be silly because the leather is expensive and people really don't want someone laughing and joking when they are taking large amounts of money from their bank account,” Whittney said. “I still like working here because if I wanna shop, I have to have money and this is my dress-up income.” Although the job can be fun, some people do not make as much money as the Wiggs. Lilian Grey works near the back in a branch of the Majestic Hair Flower. Customers purchase leather pieces to put into their hair. Grey is a partner, but not a full owner. “Since I don't own my own booth, at the end of the day, most of the money I stand outside in the hot sun for goes into someone else's pocket,” Grey said. “But again connect-
ing with people keeps me sane.” Connecting with attendees is how Grey entertains herself while working because unlike Eric, she is outside and gets to see everyone. She does not necessarily love her job, but it allows her to get out of her house and make more money for herself and her son. “I figure it's this or Walmart,” she said. “This is 10 percent of the real world and the rest of it is fun.”
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The Marriage of
Boo’s parents, Juniors Tracie Miller and Bobby Mauro, portray the caring but lost wife, Soot, and the sarcastic drunk husband, Karl.
As newlyweds Boo and Bette spend time together after their honeymoon, it becomes obvious to the audience that the two aren’t on on the same page, and trouble may lay ahead.
Having dinner with his son, Matt, Boo Hudlocke (Chaz Allinger) tries to keep the conversation going, but to no avail.
After getting drunk before the Thanksgiving family dinner, junior Claire Wright desperately attempts to get her point across to Boo, played by Chaz Allinger that “You don’t vacuum gravy!”
Bette and Boo
Betteâ€™s bridesmaids argue about when Bette is going to start having children,which is Betteâ€™s main aspiration, at the wedding.
Eager to get married and to say their vows, Boo and Bette rush through the cermony, to the point of annoying the priest.
Emily, who has low self esteem, agonizes because of the realization Matt, a surviving son of Bette and Boo, and Emily, Betteâ€™s sister, that she has forgotten how to play a song on her cello. draw pictures of a cat and dog in the future.
Five Bands that Changed Music Forever Dylan Lopenzina
Music has so much influence in the world today. It has the power to shift the way countries are run; to change the way people think and feel; and to induce feelings so strong that they cannot accurately be described in words. Music has a power like nothing else does in the world, but no music can exist without those bands that made it. Of the myriads of bands that have come and gone over time, five in particular stand out to me as the most influential for their time and genre. It all started with a man named Elvis Aaron Presley, who started the entire rock and roll revolution in the 1950’s and 60’s. He is regarded as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, encompassing a number of genres into his music including country, pop-ballads, gospel and blues. No one before him had played music this way. Elvis has been accredited with opening the door for African American music, because back in the day no one would want to hear a black guy get up and play music like Elvis did. Because Elvis was the one to introduce this style to the mainstream, the opportunity arose for many black artists to make names for themselves. The Beatles continued the rock and roll roller coaster that Elvis had set in motion. Before they came to America, they introduced rock and roll in England and started to gain popularity. By the time they made it to America in the 1960’s, they were huge. Their style was revolutionary and new and there was no one else that could do what they were doing. They opened the door and let in a title wave of British rock acts and established themselves as the next big thing. But they did not stop there, they had already created an impact that could not be undone. Throughout the 1960’s, they continued to expand rock’s image and consistently explored different musical territories with every release. No other band could even keep up with them as they continued to rise and rise and rise in popularity. Even to this day, The Beatles remain the most successful band in music history.
Fast forward a few decades and we get to the most influential band in reggae-ska music history, none other than Sublime. Sublime was an American Ska/Punk/Reggae band from Long Beach California formed in 1988. Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh were the only three members Sublime ever had, until Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Sublime only released three studio albums, yet they still managed to make a colossal impact in the music scene in the 1990’s. Even more than a decade after Nowell’s death and the bands breakup, they are still extremely popular all over North America and different parts of the world. This paragraph does not do this band justice, I only wish that I could write more about how incredible this band was. But I have two more bands to cover, so we will move on. Another figure that changed music forever would be none other than Mister Bob Dylan. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941, he has been one of the most influential figures in American music to date. Bob Dylan brought a whole new way of singing and playing music into the mix. His style oftentimes consisted of his acoustic guitar, a harmonica and his own voice. But the way he sang songs was so different from any other artist before him, it was more poetry than it was singing. In the 1960’s, his songs, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became the anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements that were sweeping across the country at the time. His lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical and literary influences which appealed to the growing counterculture movement. Last, but certainly not least, would have to be the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Roaring straight out of Los Angeles came the unstoppable styles of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The chili peppers were fusing rock, funk, punk, psychedelic rock, and various elements from other musical genres into a wirlwind of musical mayhem. Jumping all over the stage, breaking their instruments, performing stand up comedy skits and even showing up on stage completely naked were common things to expect when attending a concert. The musical influence they had was immense. Their individual style opened up the doors for a whole new wave of musical acts and inspired a good many artists that are around today.
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor of The Paladin, I was disappointed with the “FYI to Hipsters” article. Since when did it become okay to single out a group of people, label them with a hollow stereotype, and then forwardly tell them to stop being? In a school that celebrates diversity and intellectuality, it is appalling to see an article that directly shuts down individuality get printed and handed out to hundreds of kids. The article makes being different seem wrong and even offensive. While conventional stereotypes are funny and we all make jokes about them, we need to know our limits, and making an immature joke and telling all the kids who fit a broad definition how “pathetic” they are is absolutely taking it too far.
Dear Editor, I am a senior this year and I’m really starting to feel the effect of the three long years of education. I’m getting lazy with class work, sleeping during school and I no longer have the attention span required to study, all of which I understand to be symptoms to the infamous senioritis. I don’t believe I’m the only one suffering from this affliction either, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would draw attention to this highly infectious contagion. Erin Hayes, senior
Lucia Valencia, senior
Dear Editor, I really like the new layout of the newspaper. The magazine format was refreshing. However, you need to make sure to proofread the headlines on the articles.
Lizzie Ostroff, senior
Dear Editor, My friends and I sit, or at least try, to sit outside during lunch...There are three or four tables for 20 or more people who prefer to sit outside. When there is no room, and all the spots are taken, we sit on the floor. But then what happens? The AP’s come and yell at us and tell us that we can’t sit there. The floor might be a little dirty and at times cold, but my friends and I are nature lovers. My point is, why don’t you write about the environment that we as students have the right to be in? College Park is not a prison! Maybe if we get fresh wind up our nostrils once in a while, we wouldn’t be so bored and brain dead during school. What I am saying is, open up the doors! Let us congregate and break bread the way mother earth wanted us to, in open air, fresh soil and good clean company! 9 Irene Martinez, senior
EXPECTATIONS GROW fOR Breaking Dawn Premiere Madison Ray
Beware of bloodsucker and werewolf attacks because Breaking Dawn Part One hits theaters Nov. 18. Every time one of Stephenie Meyers’ books comes to the big screen, fans go to extreme measures to prepare for the movie. By the time Eclipse came out, extreme fans went to their dentist to get their teeth sharpened. Each Twilight Saga movie sells out for the midnight showing. With Breaking Dawn Part 1 being the second to last movie, and the last book in the series, fans will be overthe-top with costumes and radical ideas to celebrate the premiere. The day of the showing, many fans will wait over eight hours in line for tickets. Groupies even dress up in vampire or werewolf attire supporting either Team Jacob or Team Edward. There has been much hype about the possibility of Breaking Dawn being rated R. This means most teens would not be able to get in without their parents. “Everyone argues that movie sales will decrease because teens will not want to see it with their parents,” Sophomore Sam Morrow said. Although most could find a 17-year-old friend or sibling to take them, theatres would be faced with underage kids sneaking into the theatre. That conundrum was resolved when Breaking Dawn was only rated PG-13, but now fanatics are worried that the movie will not stick to the plot of the book. When it comes to opinions about the Twilight movies versus the books, people have diverse opinions about the story lines. Some believe that different parts of the books should have made the director’s cut, and some believe that there are parts that should not be in the movie. The expectations grow more and more with each movie, and some grow so extreme that they expect the movie to fit perfectly with the story line in the book. Much of it though is all personal preference. Pull out the fangs and be ready for Breaking Dawn Part 1 because who knows how many times Jacob will take off his shirt in this movie.
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Candidates Dispel Myths about Top Slot Julienna Law
any people, like freshman Miranda Rhett, think being valedictorian means rising at the wee hours of dawn, taking seven AP classes, studying for six hours daily and clonking out by midnight. However, according to frontrunner for number one, senior Surabhi Reddy, it means only waking up at 6.30 a.m., taking six AP classes, studying for an hour and calling it a night by 10:00 p.m. So for those underclassmen up until midnight furiously typing away at an assignment, maybe this tells us something is wrong, or simply that Reddy is a beast at homework. Perhaps students’ misconception of the position, clouded by stereotypical images television has fed us, blocks their judgment of what makes a valedictorian. Class rank is the mathematical summary of a student’s performance compared to others in their grade. This takes both the degree of difficulty and grade into account. Taking more challenging courses is the first step to boosting rank. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered to upper-level students. CollegeBoard describes these college level courses as “a different kind of class,” classes where the focus strays from memorizing facts to engaging in intense discussions with teachers who approach subjects differently. “The teachers know a lot of students better than most people, give better recommendations and are more lenient because they know we’re good students,” Thornton said. “It’s nice to be in AP classes with extremely intelligent and hardworking people,” Reddy said. Besides participating in lessons with peers who share a passion for learning, another advantage of taking AP classes is to receive college credit. According to College Board, most four-year colleges in the United States give credit based on AP exam results, meaning less college classes and textbooks you have to pay for. “College is expensive,” said. “I don’t plan on crunching student debt.” To avoid student debt, Thornton hopes to save money with credit from AP scores. The first stereotypical disadvantage of being a valedictorian tends to be having little to no social life and this time, that may be the case. “My social life is totally in the toilet,” Reddy said. “It’s hard to find time to talk to girls or hang out with friends; I don’t have time for the stuff you’d do casually on the weekends.” These students are obviously driven by academics. Yet there is a difference between wanting to succeed and obsessing about grades.
Schedules of Potential 2012 Valedictorians Surabhi Reddy #1 in class
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“I am not defined by my grades,” Thornton said. “As long as I learn and understand that is the main thing that matters.” Even Reddy received B once. “You can’t be stressed out and waste energy worrying about a grade,” Reddy said. “At the end of the day, it’s about learning.” Besides GPA, extracurricular activities can sway admission decisions. According to CollegeBoard, the depth of involvement impresses colleges more than a number. Students can achieve this if they focus on fewer activities that demonstrate long-term involvement and leadership abilities. When Reddy is not at rowing practice from Mondays to Thursdays, he is leading National Honor Society (NHS) meetings. Thornton occasionally does theatre and actively participates in German Club. With schedules like these, certain skills are required for optimum success. “You need to be dedicated, competitive and enjoy being challenged,” Reddy said. It is hard to imagine the stress these students must go through. Another misconception is all AP students are immersed in a perpetual state of stress. “I’m a really laid back, easy going person,” Reddy said. “I’m not a person to stress out.” This is hard to imagine with the neck and neck competition for the top spot which is, once again, a misconception. “It’s not a huge deal, not cut-throat. It’s just the way it happens,” Thornton said. There is no doubt that certain sacrifices have to be made to compete for a top position. It is whether these sacrifices are worth it - whether you make them count - that is important. “People look back at high school and regret not working hard enough,” Reddy said. “I have no regrets; I’m happy with how I’ve done.”
Applying to College: More than Filling Out Applications Kaileen Gaul
Research schools: Once a student re-
ceives their SAT/ACT test scores, they can have a better idea about what schools they can get into. The scattergrams on Family Connection can help students see what schools CP students with similar standardized test scores and GPA’s were accepted to.
Send SAT/ACT scores:
Many schools have deadlines of when SAT and ACT scores must be received. For schools that receive scores digitally, it takes approximately two weeks. For schools that receive scores via mail, it takes six weeks. Students are able to send three free test scores to schools within two weeks of taking the SAT.
Princeton is one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. Last year, Jeanette Ferarra became the first CP student to be accepted to the university.
Check applications: Create an ac-
count on applytexas.org for Texas state schools and an account on the Common Application which is accepted over 200 schools nationwide. Some schools require multiple letters of recommendation and some schools recommend interviews. Look at the website to find out what the school requires so nothing is forgotten when submitting the final application.
Teacher recommendation: Students are required to give their teachers a minimum of 10 days to write a letter of recommendation. If you have not already done so, get the form to request a teacher letter of recommendation in the College and Career Center.
Preparation for the SAT is important. Some classes and online programs guarantee a 100-300 point score increase or your money back.
Brag about it:
Many universities will require a letter of recommendation from your counselor. Since many students do not have a close relationship with their counselor, there is a “Brag Sheet” on Family Connection. Also, a parent needs to set up a Family Connection account and fill out a Parent Brag Sheet. For instructions, pick up an information sheet at the College and Career Center.
Since not everyone knows their counselor personally, it is important to fill out a Student Brag Sheet for them to get to know you.
Perfect the admissions essay: College essays allow the admissions committee
to view a student’s personal qualities and what they are passionate about. On Apply Texas the prompts for UT and A&M are the same and there are extra prompts if a student wishes to submit additional essays. On the Common Application, many schools will require a supplement which could include an additional essay or short answer questions. The same general essay must be used to apply to multiple schools on the Common App.
Request transcripts: To request transcripts be sent to schools, go on Family Connection and click on “colleges.” On the left hand side, click on transcripts and choose the schools to send your transcript to. Once requested, there is a two-three week wait before the school mails the transcript.
Apply for housing: Even if a student
has not yet been accepted into a university, most schools allow them to apply for housing. Living on campus is generally cheaper and is recommended for most freshmen at many universities.
Apply for scholarships: Scholarships that fit a student’s profile can be found on the Family Connection. Also, look for scholarships on College Prowler or scholarships.com. Get started early so that you can actually afford your dream school when you get accepted.
Don’t get stressed out by the college admissions process.
Hollywood Director Picks Conroe for Movie with Star-Studded Cast Tyler Wright
t seems like the movie business finally picked a good location to film. In January, filming of new movie Inherit the Earth begins in Montgomery County. The film will be directed by McG (director of Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels), and written by SS Wilson (writer of the Tremors movies, and Vampire$). It will be produced by Michael Bay (producer of the Transformers trilogy). I talked with second assistant co-director working on the movie, William Fairhurst via phone. He lives in Carlton Woods, a neighborhood in the northern part of The Woodlands. Fairhurst has worked on films such as Tremors, Twister, many of Michael Bay’s films, and most recently, The Thing. “Its got giant insects,” Fairhurst said. “Giant ants, wasps, spiders, flies, you name it. They all go on a rampage. It’s going to be a throwback to the 1950’s B-movies, and I’m gonna love this project.” According to Fairhurst, the four main characters will be old
Vietnam vets in their 60’s, coming back to fight one more time. “It hasn’t really been said who will play the four main dudes, but James Woods, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, Fred Ward, Bill Paxton, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Lee Jones, Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro and Sam Neill have all been in consideration for any of the four main character parts. The only official actor attached so far is Fred Ward. As side roles, Dwayne Johnson and Steve ‘Stone Cold’ Austin have been thought about and even interviewed.” According to Fairhurst, there is a scene that will take place at The Woodlands Mall, and the main character lives in Shenandoah (the neighborhood in Grogans Mill, not the whole area). A brief scene will take place at a fictional school named Southbrook High, which is, in reality, Conroe High School. While some of the film is in The Woodlands, the majority will be film in the Montgomery/New Caney/Conroe countryside areas. The release date for Inherit the Earth is for Summer 2013.
With the basketball season already underway, boy’s varsity seems to have a great deal of optimism. It was ironic that they did not make the playoffs last season because they had one of the best records in Texas. This year, however, should be different. Captains and senior guards Layton Zinsmeister and Evan Cooper will lead the team with their three year varsity experience and leadership skills. Despite being a relatively short team, the team’s guard play, speed and confidence should offset the height issue. The biggest problem they will have to overcome is rebounding, considering the team is primarily made up of 5’10” to 6’2” guards, which will be a problem when they play varsities with 6’5” to 6’10” big men. To make matters worse, Forward Taylor Fredricks at 6’3” 215 lbs, CP’s second largest player, is out for the year with a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus. Junior Sam Osina at 6’6” 220 lbs, a speedy big man and the biggest player on the team, was diagnosed with tendinitis, but is attempting to return. If he is unable to, he will have to undertake knee surgery. If Osina is out for the season, the team will have to rely even more on their speed. This will cause miss-matches with almost every team they face. With the fast-paced offense, the big men they play will have trouble keeping up. CP has the advantage of being able to tire teams out. The primary focus for the team on offense is to outscore whoever they play by playing at an up and down pace, driving to the rim and shooting threes. On defense, without height in their favor, they are going to pressure the ball from baseline to baseline to speed up the pace and not allow teams to set up in the half court to keep the ball out of the post. Seniors and three-year-veterans Cooper, Zinsmeister and Wright, along with two-year-veteran junior Desmond Fleming, will be crucial to the team with their experience, speed and athleticism. Cooper last year was an all district first team player, all district scoring and an assist leader. He is also a D1 prospect and is being looked at by some big time schools. Cooper is expected to be a key contributor. Even though CP hit some speed bumps with injuries, the season looks to be promising and exciting for the Cavaliers.
Senior Zach Wright brings speed and experience to the Cavaliers as they aim for a district slot.
Cavaliers optimistic about season; Speed & athleticism Key Strengths
One of the key defensive players, guard Layton Zinsmeister should keep the other teams out of the paint.
Last year’s all district player Evan Cooper will be a major contributor to the success of the Cavs as he leads in scoring and assists.
SEASON WRAP UP
Cavs Head to Playoffs
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Top: At the War of the Woods, Linebacker Auston Fredrickson, Running Back Austin Boudreaux, Quarterback Zach Wright and Linebacker Cole Thompson charge onto the field. It was a jam-packed, standing room only game for this classic rivalry between the two Woodlands high schools. Above: Eluding the Oak Ridge defensive end, Quarterback Zach Wright gains extra yardage on the play. The Cavs beat the War Eagles, 54-27. Right: Aaron Chicca tackles the Bryan quarterback. CP won 50-14.
CAVALIERS PLACE FOURTH IN DISTRICT AND HEAD TO PLAYOFFS THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 11, 2:30 p.m. 18 [November]
Undefeated in First TwoRounds of Playoffs, Georgetown Ends Cav’s Winning Season Madison Ray
Junior Alex Thorson going up for an attack.
With a disappointing end to a breath-taking season, the Lady Cavaliers took a hard blow to what seemed like possible state championship title. Tuesday the Cavs faced Georgetown for the regional quarterfinal meet. The Cavs knew that Georgetown would be a difficult opponent because of the Eagle’s aggressive offense and exceptional passes. “The feeling of ending someone’s season and marching through playoffs would be sweeter than preseason and district,” Middle hitter Katie Mitchell said after beating Westwood.
Senior Katie Mitchell, Junior Cori Schrier and Senior Taylor Erwin set up for serve receive.
At the start of the season the Lady Cavaliers were ranked second in state. However, with their 32-5 season record, they had taken over the top slot and were ranked at number one in the state. After their loss, with their new 34-8 record, their ranking dropped to fifth in state. They beat Klein who placed fourth in district, 25-4, 25-19, and 25-13. The Cav’s also defeated Westwood 25-15, 2520, and 25-17. However, the heart breaking game took five sets with the Eagles taking the first two, Cavs winning the second two and Georgetown claiming the last set and ending the hopes of going to state.
Cavalier Cross Country Advances to State Will Moessinger
to medal.” Last Saturday both the boy’s and The team faced many trials and girl’s cross country teams competed hardships along the road to success. in the Region II-5A Meet. The boys Due to the record breaking heat earplaced second place while the girls lier this year, the boy’s cross country finished third. Both teams will adteam met at the school at 5:30 a.m. vance to state this Saturday. The boy’s to get an beat the heat. That did not team scored 90 points, beating Kingput a halt on any of the runners who wood who scored 115 points. The girls were present every morning ready scored 77 points, with The Woodlands work out. scoring 50 points and Kingwood scorVarsity mileage reaches about 60 ing 45. Achievements were also made to 70 miles a week, but being a cross by individuals: Junior Katie Jensen got country runner is more than just the second place with a two-mile time of rigorous workouts. 11:10, and Senior Sean Hodges led “It’s important to get plenty of sleep the pack with a time of 15:34.9 for the Senior Cory Sessum pushes forward to pass other runners. and eat healthy,” Junior Juan Zambrathree-mile. no said. “Doing little things like that “I think the team is stronger than ever,” Hodges said. can make a huge difference.” “We’re ready to give it our all at state.” Running cross country is difficult and at times intense; At the beginning of the summer, the boy’s varsity team however, most runners agree at the end of the day it pays met to discuss their goals and decided they wanted to off. place in the top three at the state meet. “What makes it all worth it is the feeling you get that you “I feel confident and ready to compete at state,” Senior can overcome anything,” Sessum said. Cory Sessum said. “We’ve put in all the work and deserve
Students Stricken by iPhone Addiction, with No Sign of Cure in Near Future
These days, the word “Apple” has two major meanings: The fruit one cannot chomp into with braces, and the now-commonplace technology giant that produces iPhones. It is rare to see someone without a cell phone and even rarer to see someone without an iPhone these days. The iPhone is so popular and oft-used that it might even be termed “addictive.” A Stanford study confirms how much people are addicted to their iPhones. According to the study, which surveyed 200 iPhone-toting Stanford students, people are so wedded to the devices that 75 percent of them admitted to sleeping with their iPhone under their pillow. About 69 percent said they would be more likely to forget their wallet than their iPhone as they left the house. Clearly, people tended to treat their iPhone as not just a phone: They did not let others touch their iPhones, gave them names, patted them fondly, or otherwise displayed obvious, out-of-the-ordinary affection. It seems that one of the hallmarks of an iPhone “addict” is extremely frequent use – iPhone users appeared to be nearly inseparable from their devices. Senior Elise Bunce even said she falls asleep texting. “I use my iPhone every day, all day,” Senior Olivia LeVine said. “The only time I’m not on my iPhone is when I’m sleeping.” Another characteristic of iPhone users that suggests an addiction is how iPhone users feel without their phone – they feel anxious, isolated and strained. LeVine went on to say that she feels “naked” without her iPhone. The downside of an iPhone addiction is what happens when a student gets caught using one at school. Assistant principal Danny Johnson said College Park officials take in five to 10 phones a day, and that about three quarters of this number is – wait for it – iPhones. IPhone “addicts” will continue to use their phones in class after a first-time two hour after school detention. This could expand into a four-hour Saturday detention. If they persist, they will earn a four-hour Saturday detention and a $15 fine. People without iPhones also feel strongly about the ever-expanding phone; however, the comments are not always positive. “The iPhone addiction can be damaging to relationships and communications,” said debate and communications teacher Kathy Lyons. A term has even been coined for people who have been pushed away due to the addiction. An “iPhone widow” is someone who has been cast off by friends, family, or even significant others because of the dear person’s “relationship” with their iPhone.
Since social networking has invaded teenager’s lives. An increased amount of time is being spent on phones on apps such as Facebook.
The iphone 4S looks almost identical to the iphone 4 but boasts a clearer screen and updated features like Siri, a feature that lets customers send messages, schedule meetings and place phone calls with their voice.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg presents the new layout at a conference in San Fransisco last September by showing what his own Facebook Timeline looks like. The official release date of the timeline has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to come out for the public within the next six months.
Facebook “Timeline” Format Excites Some; Others Dread Revolutionary, New Features Whitney Marr
Facebook, an always popular program, offers users exciting and new capabilities. It has become even more popular with the public when founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the newest version of his social networking site, the Facebook Timeline. The timeline has been referred to as the “scrapbook meets blog” website. With Timeline, everything a user has “posted,” “commented” on or “liked” will show up on his/her profile from birth to today. Facebook has not yet announced a specific date that the timeline will be out for everyone to use, but when changes do occur, the changes will be implemented depending on where the user lives. Although Facebook’s staff as a whole are thrilled for the timeline’s release; they also worry about the small percent of users who are already complaining about the newest layout. Negative comments concerning safety and how the layout is modernized is discouraging to the staff, but for every bad comment there are two good comments. Facebook staffers try to make every user hap-
py, but it’s better to please the majority rather than none. Zuckerberg stated that the timeline is and will be revolutionary for Facebook. “We’re more than what we did recently,” he said. “Timeline is a completely new aesthetic look for Facebook.” Features in the new layout include: a large space at the top of the profile for personalization, an individual’s most memorable posts, photos and life events, places a person has checked into, and commentary from movies and applications that allow one to listen to music while streaming the news feed. Another feature is the Netflix application that posts what movie the user is watching and allows their friends to click on the post and view the movie at the same time they are watching. “For every major evolution we’ve done at Facebook, the profile is at the center,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s a really personal product, and our job is to make this product the best way for you to share everything you want.”
Texas Ranked Second in Car Theft Kassidy Curry
The day has come to an end. You walk out into the dead of night to see an empty spot where your car once sat. Reality starts to sink in, but doubt is still hovering about. You could have parked in the wrong spot earlier. Maybe you just do not remember your spot. But as your searching comes to a bitter end, you realize now that your car is nowhere to be found. According to www.texasratt.com, in the state of Texas, a vehicle is stolen every eight minutes and one is burglarized every two minutes. Texas is ranked number two in the nation in auto-theft, behind California. Last year, 68,220 cars were stolen and 261,166 were burglarized in Texas alone. In 1991, Texas recorded 163,837 auto thefts, its highest total. Car owners should know about safety measures needed to protect vehicles and valuables. Owners should keep their car locked at all times. Nearly one-half of all stolen vehicles are left unlocked. Leaving keys in the ignition is against the law. However, 20 percent of all stolen vehicles are left running, creating an easy opportunity for thieves. About two-thirds of car thefts occur at night. If possible, owners should park in a well-lit area where they can see their car from far away. ”I lock my car and don’t leave valuables in sight,” Junior William Moessinger said. Vehicles are stolen into for many reasons: To steal valuables, to go for a joy ride; to be resold or broken down for parts, or they can be used to commit other crimes. “My best advice is to hide all valuable items, laptops and backpacks.” Office Tyler Kutter with College Park’s Campus Police said. “Basically, keep your car clean and lock your doors.” The main location where vehicles are stolen is the owner’s residence. Other hot spots for thefts are malls, shopping centers, hotels and churches. Robberies may even occur at schools. “This school’s pretty safe due to Prevention Control Officers who survey the parking lot,” Kutter said. Even though the school takes prevention seriously, it does not hurt to take car safety into your own hands. There is no reason to risk losing such a valuable possession. “My car is pretty important; it’s definitely in my top 30 prized possessions,” Junior Jose Costina said. If you suspect your car has been stolen, report the theft to the police. Police recommend car owners memorize their license plate number incase of a theft.
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Student on Summer Ambassador Trip Witnesses Greek Riot Rachael Wasaff
As I stood in my house on a Sunday morning with my Dad, it never occurred to me that I would get caught in the chaos on the screen. We were watching a reporter in the city of Athens shout over a crowd of angry Greeks about the political unrest and economic turmoil caused by their horrendous national debt. I remember my dad shuffling his feet nervously. Within the month I was to leave The Woodlands for a People To People Student Ambassador trip to Italy, Greece and Sicily. “Keep up-to-date with this, okay?” my father asked, glancing in my direction. I smiled at him reassuringly, although I would have liked to roll my eyes. “Of course, dad. But seriously, what’s the worst that could happen?” Ironically enough, that question was answered on our first day in Greece. We landed late (our flight had been delayed), checked into our hotel and awkwardly ate our first meal together. Beate Korntner, our lively Austrian guide, then took us to an oddly subdued city square, and gave us the choice of exploring Old Athens or New Athens. I joined a group with Diana Vaught, Dustin Parker, Elena Marinello and Julia Shan; the five of us ventured through Old Athens. While taking pictures and exploring the ruins, we heard muffled explosions and shouts of anger. Our group decided to return to street level, not realizing the seriousness of the situation right then because of our jetlag. What we found was a flustered Korntner and utter chaos. She shouted for us to stay together while she found everyone else. The girls were shocked, but Parker pulled out his iPhone and excitedly filmed the unfolding scene. Once Korntner got all 41 delegates and five leaders together, we ran, getting as far away from the riot as we could. Cacophonous voices, thundering footsteps and echoing blasts reverberated through the antiquated streets. Motion was a blur; Greeks raced around us wearing gas masks and dark clothing. Their raving may have been a foreign language, but even we could understand their anger. Shop owners shoved customers out before slamming doors and covering windows. As we made it through an alleyway, I though I lost my partner, Vaught. I stopped suddenly, afraid that she had been swallowed by the chaos. “Come on!” Matt Mikeal yelled, glancing at me over his shoulder. A man started towards us. Mikeal reached over and grabbed my upper arm, forcing me in front of him. “She’s up front, I saw her,” he barked when I stuttered my
partner’s name. It was a good thing Mikeal pushed me forward. Otherwise, my habit of overreacting would have sent me running back for Vaught, and into a whole lot of trouble. The group continued to wind its way through cobbled streets, before stopping in a relatively peaceful alley. An olive-skinned woman spoke quickly to Korntner and the leaders. She nodded, turning to us. Korntner explained that the woman lived in Athens, right by our hotel, and if we continued in the direction we were going we would run into the thick of the riot. Some delegates flinched; a few glanced at each other; Nestor Ruiz grinned. I found Vaught, and was relieved that I had not left her behind. We quickly followed the Greek woman, going back to the main roads, and even passing a few policemen. They were well-armored and sitting on motorcycles, but listlessly hung back, silent and unmoving. Several of the guys from our group, like Babe Mishler and Eric Washington, kept a lookout while the rest of us stumbled by. We finally made it to our hotel, with the help of our Greek angel. As we filed into the lobby, some of the group broke out into cheering, excited that the trip was already so gloriously crazy. The rest of our three weeks together were relatively peaceful, but the riot in Athens, June 28, definitely helped us bond in a strange way. As for the riot itself, no one was killed, although many were injured and several buildings torched. Tear gas was used by the government, and when set off, was the cause of the explosions. If it were not for our Greek angel, the outcome could have been very different for us.
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