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Jazz at Roosevelt

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RHS Look-alikes


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News Staff Editor in Chief

Peter Jong

Photo/Graphics Editor

Jim McGowan

Theme Editors

Cate Gelband, Miriam Bornstein Opinion Editor

This is a Test Director: Courtney Nevin Cast: Sullivan Brown, Mallory Pettas, Hart Horner, Rachel Guyer-Mafune, Chloe Bell, Lauren Glass, Hannah Currier, Ivan Ivashchenko, Anjali Fisher, Etri Ajbour

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Jamie Anderson A&E Editor

Amanda Morris Nikil Rao, Erik Kariya

Director: Abbey Roth Cast: Ariel Friedman, Lily Myers, Noelle McCabe, Iris Wood, Elizabeth Heydon, Vanessa Doherty, Emily Dugdale, Kai Daly, Spencer Clark, Sean Christofferson, Alex Morrison, Will Gerhardt

News Editor

Out at Sea

The Ugly Duckling

Director: Hannah Hoffmeyer Cast: Luke Greenway, Eric Otten, Daniel Rockhold, Andrew Featherston, Joseph Sims

Director: Lilli Cantwell Cast: Elinor Dirette, Conrad Schmechel, Ryan Tucker, Robin Ferrier, Tristan Campbell, Fiona Hoffer, Mara Willaford, Natan Bolnick

If Girls Asked Boys For Dates Director: Maryse Larussa Cast: Nicole Nevin, Ian Baldwin-Madison, Paulina Ungari, Brando ReeceGomez, Nancyrose Houston, Bridget Stone

Sports Editors

Lost Elevator

Allie Seroussi

Copy Editor

Taylor Cross-Whiter Roosies Layout

Peter Jong

Staff Reporters

Elliott Amkraut Henry Berry Elaine Colligan Emily Dugdale Camille Esposito Ivan Ivashchenko Randall Keating Chris Nguyen Thuc Nhi Nguyen Eric Pang Stephen Perkins Bridget Reardon Carolina Reid Karla Ruff Andrew Sahl Emily Shugerman Jack Thompson Indika Wright

Photographers

Arianna Chiechi Tiffany Ip Will Nachtrieb Maddie Tull Artists

Sullivan Brown Nick Drummond Rachel Tonkovich Xiaoran Yuan Business Manager

Miriam Bornstein

Check Please

Fun Page

Making Babies Director: Paxton Grey Farrar Cast: Clinton Bradford, Maddie Davis, Nick Goodman, Amy Helmuth, Anna Jansen, Jon Lee, Charlie McDonell, Ella Mora, Maddie Polyak, Jesse Stout

Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry

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Mr. Winkler’s Birthday Party The Vanity Mirror Director: Mandi Bossard Cast: Alice Roth, Ethan Kahn, Megan Hillmann, Domini Larussa, Jaime Shure, Alex Grennan, William Lavely, Natalie Mecham

Cover

Jim McGowan

Director: Lily Cohen Cast: Anna Czosnyka, Anika Martynowych, Emma Staake, Jessee Johnston, Stephanie Vogeli

Sorry Wrong Number Director: Blake Crist Cast: Sophie Amster, Carolina Reid, Jessa Lowe, Mitch Young, Mark Westberg, Eden Eernissee, Serene Hastings, Carly Lennstrom, Jessica Flynn, Johnson Do, Ella Stern, Les Barber, Ingrid Ireland, Kelsea Packwood, Gemma Koreski, JohnMichael Verrall

Andrew Sahl

Photos by T. Ip, M. Tull, J. McGowan

Director: Elizabeth Snyder Cast: Marie Umetsu, Lauren Lesnick-Harding, John Williams, Amy Stromme, Jeremy Weizenbaum, Gillian Freedman, Colin Featherston, Maddie Tangney

Director: Nicky Davis Cast: Caryn Berley, Jake Larson, Ben Notkin, Joe Lambright, Solea Pfeiffer, Xoe Amer, Elise Cranston

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The number of books in the extremely popular Twilight series, written by Stephanie Meyer. The new movie, also called Twilight, came out in theaters on November 21, 2008 and has so far earned almost 120 million dollars.

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The age of Kevin Jonas, the oldest member of the Disney pop boy-band sensation, the Jonas Bothers. His age is slightly controversial because many of his fans are young preteen girls.

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The year by which California farms will have to give their animals enough room to lie down, stand up, turn around, and fully stretch their limbs. This law was passed in the recent 2008 election.

Senior Maddie Tull captured this shot on 66th Street, across from the front of RHS. She enlarged this photo in the darkroom with a ragged edge negative carrier. The low lighting and ragged edge make these rundown houses look vintage.

RHS Upholds Musical Excellence he holidays are finally here, and the Roosevelt music program knows it. Each year they kick off the season with two concerts: the Jazz Nutcracker (performed December 5th through

Talented Sophomore Xavier del Castillo performs his clarinet solo.

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7th), and Jazz Night (performed December 11th). Jazz Night showcased the talent of Jazz Bands 1,2,3, and Vocal Jazz. The RHS Jazz Band 1 put together a fun, energized performance of the Jazz Nutcracker. It is an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” which Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s adapted for a big band. For example, Tchaikovsky’s “Sugar Plum Fairy” is changed to “Sugar Rum Cherry”, and the “Dance of the Reed Pipes” is changed to “Toot Toot Tootie Toot”. Throughout the night, the audience was treated to heart-felt solos from

almost every member of the band. “Chinoiserie”, a piece performed by Max Holmberg (drums), Gus Carns (piano), Max Williams (guitar), and Nolan Woodle (bass) was part rehearsed, part improvised on the spot. “It was very solid, and there were parts that were pretty inspirational,” pianist Gus Carns said of his solo. As the night went on, the band relaxed and smiled on stage, tapping their feet to the lively music and even dancing a little. Of the performance, soloist and trumpeter Shandra Benito said, “There was really good energy tonight. The band was really connecting and I

think that came through to the audience.” The Jazz Nutcracker was attended by 1500 elementary students the week before opening night, but only a small part of the student body attended the actual concert. “I think that if kids hear the energy of the music, they’ll want to come see us. It’s not just something only for the parents,” Benito said.

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The approximate number of deaths that have occurred in Mumbai, India from a recent string of terrorist attacks lasting from November 26 to November 29. Eight of the attacks took place in the city center. Also targeted was a hospital and a Jewish center. The attacks have been linked to a Pakistan-based militant group called Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Jazz Band director Mr. Brown introducing a song at the Jazz Nutcracker concert.

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The bail Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was released on. He was arrested on December 9th for conspiring to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s empty seat in the Senate to the highest bidder. He was caught after the FBI wiretapped his phone and intercepted information about his intent of bribery.

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The Hollyberry Concert is Thursday, December 18 at 7: 30 pm in the Auditorium. Admission is free!

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ast month nearly 6.5 million people under the age of 30 filled voting booths and sent in ballots across the nation for the 2008 election. Many of these people were Roosevelt’s own students, voting for the first time. After turning eighteen, these students registered to vote by filling out the necessary forms, which they acquired in public libraries or online (in several languages). Students were excited to have a voice in the politics of their country and community. The first step for many was research. But after listening to speeches and debates, as well as reading numerous political descriptions and advertisements, students still had only a small idea of what was to come. “It was a long ballot. There was a lot of information in the voter’s guide,” recalled senior Craig Macomber, who sent in his vote using an absentee ballot. But Macomber said he still felt he had to do more research beyond the guide to make a properly-informed decision. “Some talked about a better Washington, but how? They didn’t address [certain] issues,” Macomber said, seemingly distraught at the lack of specifics he was given by some candidates. He spent a lot of time researching on the internet what each of the politicians planned to do if elected. Senior Jack Lawrence seemed to have a much easier time understanding what each candidate wanted. He was the United States’ youngest delegate in the primaries. Delegates are individuals chosen by the people at their caucus to represent their party. These people can be political activists, local leaders or supporters who intend to represent their chosen candidate well. Much discussion happens at each caucus to decide who will be their delegates, the numbers varying based on assignments from the Electoral College and the

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area’s population. “I was on KOMO 4 and Good Morning, America was going to fly me out if I made it to the national convention,” said Lawrence. Unfortunately he did not progress this far in his political endeavors because the Democratic National Convention receives only 80% of delegates. However, Lawrence did get the chance to speak with many local candidates. He heard about their policies in person, which helped him know more about each candidate before he filled out his ticket in the voting booth. However, students voting for their first time, were surprised by the lack of reaction from workers at the voting stations. “I was not treated differently. It was actually kind of uneventful,” said senior Genny Jones, who voted in a location near University Village. She told people it was her first time voting and that she was very excited. “It was more like work though. Like a scantron [early] in the morning,” Jones said. For her, the experience seemed rushed because she voted before heading off to school. Jones went with her dad and they weren’t even put in a booth, but instead voted while sitting at a table. Everyone around her seemed to know what they were doing. Macomber felt no rush when voting because he sent his ballot by mail. He joked that he wasn’t treated

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differently as a younger citizen voting, since it was just the mailman who took his ballot. After turning in their ballots, these three students were all proud to say that they had voted for Obama. They also seemed to agree on local issues since they all voted for Gregoire as governor. Their support for Obama and Gregoire could have been

influenced by the positive support the two candidates received from people in the student’s areas. “Before, the precinct was four to one for Obama,” Jones stated. “He really won our area,” agreed Macomber. This meant that just weeks prior to the election, the precincts where most Roosevelt students live had 80% of their voter’s support going towards Obama while only 20% was in support of McCain. However, other students, like senior Jesse Teng, shared different opinions about what the results should have been. “I’m from the glorious People’s

Republic of China so I can’t vote,” said Teng. But the day after Obama was declared the next President of the United States, Teng wore all black to mourn what he considered a loss. “It was the birth of the United Socialist States of America, like USSA—playing off of USSR but still USA,” he said. Another senior, who wished to remain anonymous, was also not in support of Barack Obama. They reported unofficially voting for McCain. “I’m not old enough to vote but my mom didn’t really care so I filled in McCain for her,” the student said with a chuckle. When asked why they were in support of McCain, the student seemed hesitant to discuss the topic in an area so strongly in support of Obama. Aside from the joy, sorrow, surprise or “I told you so’s” after the election, each From left to of these students had a right: Seniors positive voting experience. Craig MaThey’ll always be proud comber, Genny Jones, and Jack to say they voted in an election that will remain a Lawrence. significant part of history.

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Meow! The Musical Is Heading Our Way others fear that they won’t be able to exercise their acting ability because the story is conveyed mainly through dance and song. Mr. VanKempen says that students don’t have to worry on that front. Since actors will be trying to portray cats in as genuine a fashion as possible, VanKempen says that this show will take “much more exploration from individual actors” in order to develop their characters. He believes that making the cat façade believable will take a lot of acting skill. But the potential actors are not the only ones concerned. Some of the stage crew and “techies” are also

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1997 Cats becomes the longest-running show in Broadway history.

concerned because of the relatively small set required for the show. The crew is used to creating multiple sets for a show, and a few of them feel that the drama department may be underestimating them. One group that certainly has their work cut out for them though, is the costume shop. “There will be lots of fur. We’re really excited!” says sophomore costumer Jennifer Calderbank When students look for the reason behind this unexpected choice for the musical, they may find one in Mr. VanKempen’s past. When he was a student, his acting class put on a production of Catsbefore the musical even came out. VanKempen’s class preformed the show based on the poetry in

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, which

is what the Broadway show is also based on. “I was really fascinated by it,” VanKempen explains. He says he will try to incorporate the feeling of this past show into the current show at Roosevelt. He says the drama department also liked the musical because it was more of an ensemble show. This way, many different actors get a chance to showcase their talent. As for the concerns about the amount of dancing, VanKempen says Ms. Orme will choreograph the show, and will try to interweave dance with “other kinds of movement”. Lauren LesnickHarding sums up her feelings, and those of many others, by saying, “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m excited for it!”

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f the reaction you have to this year’s choice for the spring musical is “that’s different” then that’s exactly what our drama directors wanted. “I wanted something new,” says drama teacher Ruben VanKempen about his pick of the tremendously successful Broadway show Cats. The choice of show was announced to mixed reactions at the annual Light Up The Stars auction, but the drama teachers are standing by their pick. “I think a lot of students are basing their reactions on preconceived notions

of the show,” says VanKempen. “Some kids are excited, and some are like ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t want to wear spandex!’ But we don’t even know what the costumes are going to be yet!” Despite Mr. VanKempen and Ms. Orme’s high hopes for the show, some students are still unsure. “With other musicals there are some characters I’d like to play, but I don’t really want to be a cat,” says sophomore Ian Baldwin Madison. Other students are anxious because of the large amount of singing and dancing. “It’s an interesting choice,” says senior Lauren LesnickHarding. “The dancing is really intense.” Still

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oosevelt’s orchestras are rolling in the dough, or at least they are hoping to be soon. The Rider orchestra

Senior Lauren Glass takes a break from playing her cello in 5th period Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra students are hard at work fundraising for trips and programs.

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is raising orchestras in can get better,” said Glass. money for new the country “[Competitions are a] goal, instruments, gives the and a way to mark our Want to support the Roosevelt orchestra? trips and other R o o s e v e l t achievements,” she added. Talk to any orchestra student and buy items programs orchestra an The pieces being presented t h r o u g h extra push of in competitions are “fantastic” such as wrapping paper and magazines. various forms inspiration to and “incredible” so the quality of fund raising play to the best of play from the Roosevelt including of their ability. orchestra improves as well. “It selling Entertainment and a chance to attend orchestra Watching other orchestras rubs off on us and it motivates Chinook books, wrapping festivals, “which allows the lets us “learn about how we us,” said Remme. paper, magazines, poinsettias, students to watch and compete and holding an on-line auction. with other orchestras across They hope to raise $8000, the country,” said orchestra which will go toward their conductor Ms. Edwards. For students, a trip with programs and expenses. the orchestra is an occasion to At this point in time, the three orchestras, Concert, better themselves as musicians Symphony, and Chamber, as well as see the world. have raked in a considerable “Music is a thing that can be amount of money and are shared easily,” said junior hoping that their total will flute player Lauren Glass. continue to climb in the She also notes that festivals upcoming months to help fund and competitions are a prime chance for the orchestra to their trips. The orchestra is eyeing two listen to the musical styling of expeditions that would take some of the best high schools place separately in the spring in the country. “It’s really fun of 2009 as well as 2010. to travel with your friends,” The first trip is to Gresham, said senior French horn player Oregon and the second is an Den Remme. Not only do the orchestra adventure further East, to students see trips as a way either New York, Boston or In order from left to right: Senior French horn player Dan Chicago. Hopefully, seventy to travel and listen to great Remme, junior flutist Lauren Glass, and sophmore clarinetist or more students will be able music, but it’s also a method Michael Tang. of inspiration. Competing with to participate in these trips. Traveling gives the orchestra some of the best high school

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n the most recent election, local propositions were somewhat overshadowed by the presidential race. These propositions may not have taken up as much of the spotlight, but they could potentially affect Roosevelt students more. In the Washington State election, propositions encompassed a plethora of measures. T h e s e i n c luded Support our Markets, Seattle Parks for All, and Mass Transit. There were about ten measures named under Proposition 1, but many of them were specific to one buisness (like the Harborview Improvements) or were small local issues. One proposition that was affirmed was Proposition 1: Mass Transit. When initiated, this measure will expand and coordinate light-rail, commuter-rail, express bus service, and improve access to transit facilities in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Many students have seen the beginnings of the light-rail system being built along I-5

South, and the approval of this proposition will make sure the system is finished. There is a possibility of a light-rail station being built at Northgate Mall, which would be convenient for many Roosevelt students. RHS students know that Pike Place Market is a unique and fun environment always brimming with energy. Proposition 1: Support our Market will impose a levy to revamp the market with more wheelchair access, new electric

will keep secure vacant land for parks, as well as provide money for the upkeep and cleanliness of Woodland Park Zoo. Roosevelt students are fortunate that nearby Cowen and Ravenna Parks will also be preserved and kept clean. However, there was a very serious issue on the voters’ ballot this year, the controversial I-1000 Death with Dignity Proposition, which allows terminally ill patients to end their lives if they so choose. It states that patients must be over 18, mentally competent, terminally ill, and verified to have less than six months to live by two separate physicians. If a patient fulfills these qualifications, they can be prescribed a lethal dosage of medication to enable them to end their life. The decision must be voluntary and not coerced by physicians or family. Death with Dignity has been legal in Oregon for several years, and has worked without any problems. In Washington State, the proposition was voted in. The final initiative voted in was I-1029: Long-Term Care. Beginning January 1, 2010, this measure will

For more information, check out these websites! • www. secstate.wa.gov/elections • www.vote.wa.gov wiring and new plumbing. The improvements for Pike Place Market will begin in April 2009, and will be completed by August 2013, according to the official Support Our Market website. The organization hopes to not only improve the condition of the market, but to also bring more tourism and positive energy to the city. Also, through all of February, there is an online auction to benefit the Market Foundation. Donate items or find out more at www.

pikeplacemarketfoundation. org.

Proposition 1: Seattle Parks for All was also voted in, and

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The world-famous Pike Place Market. Proposition 1 will give it improvements such as wheelchair access and new plumbing. require certification for long-term care workers for the elderly and people with disabilities. There will be a requirement of a written exam, as well as additional criminal and background checks. Continuation of education in their field will also be required in order to keep certification. In short, workers in nursing homes as well as residential homes will have more rigorous academic testing, and will need certification to work. The only initiative voted down was the unpopular I-985. Had it been passed, it would have opened the carpool lanes for all vehicles during non-

rush hours, as well as required cities to synchronize traffic signals. The man behind the proposition was conservative Washington State resident Tim Eyman. He has proposed sixteen propositions in the last ten years, but only five have been passed. Many of his propositions have been highly unpopular with Washington State voters, and the likelihood of I-985 passing was low simply because Eyman proposed it. Initiatives and propositions can be started by the ideas of citizens just like Roosevelt students, so if you have a thought, take it to the ballot!

Our Favourite Student Teacher Staff Reporter Mr. Slater is in his second year of student teaching at Roosevelt. You may recognize him from chemistry class with Mr. Bonnelle, or he could just be that guy with the British accent you see around school. He is currently attending grad school at the University of Washington and is pursuing his masters degree in teaching. What was it like growing up in Manchester, England? Well actually, I grew up in Preston, which is a small town near Manchester. It was very different from living in the U. S. There is a much more upbeat, can-do attitude in the U. S. People are more positive here. What kind of student were you in high school? Not a very good one. I had far too much to say for myself. Why did you come to the United States? For work originally; I used to work in the biotech industry. I had lived in the

same place my whole life, and I just felt the need to spread my wings. What was your experience in college like? I did my undergraduate degree in England, and coming to the UW was very different. I found that in graduate school, if you can just say the right things and use the right words and phrases, you can get pretty far. It was definitely easier than I expected. When did you first become interested in science? I had a very good chemistry teacher in high school who told me one day, “Slater, you’re going to learn a lot more with your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut.” I’ve never forgotten that to this day. What made you decide to teach science rather than pursuing a different science-related career? I wanted to help out and make a difference to people. I used to be a chemist, but I sat behind a computer in a lab all day, which didn’t suit my personality. I like to come into contact with people. What’s the craziest thing that has ever

What is your least favorite part of teaching? Grading What do you do in your free time? I play squash, and I like to hike in the summer. Who would win in a fight: Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker? Luke Skywalker, hands down. What is your favorite thing about science? It explains nearly everything. Is there a famous person who has inspired you? Bill Cosby. What are your future plans? Hopefully I will teach chemistry or another science at Roosevelt. What has your experience at Roosevelt been like? It’s been amazing. All of the students have been very respectful and understanding and the teachers have been helpful. Anything else you would like to say? Thank you to Mr. Bonnelle for being a great person to work with, you have taught me a lot.

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Mr. Slater helps Senior Max Mudarri with his chemistry work. Slater has taught the chemistry class concepts such as sig figs and changes in matter. happened to you in a lab? I once dropped a bottle of hydrochloric acid in a lab, and three of us went to the hospital from inhaling the fumes. They had to bring in special people to clean it up because the fumes were dangerous to work with. Sending three people to the ER was pretty crazy. What is your favorite part of teaching? Seeing when a student actually understands something. It’s like a light bulb goes off.

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As internet media gains stature, newsprint suffers

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f your morning routine involves stepping outside into the chilly air to grab your family’s newspaper, eating your cereal as you flip through the comics, or maybe just tripping over the rolled up newspaper bundle as you fly out the door, your life might be in for a disappointing and dramatic change. The number of American’s who read a newspaper everyday is shrinking at an alarmingly fast pace. In 1972 over 70% of Americans read the paper daily. Now, in 2008, fewer than 35% do. What is causing this rapid and discouraging reader dropoff? Well, with the internet becoming more available to the average American, and in these penny pinching eco-

nomic times, more of Obama’s people are turnhistoric ing to free 24/7 election online news and win to papers, instead keep my of paying the whole life, price of a daily my sister print option. can finger With this through tragedy comes a the comsea of problems ics and my C://> Execute>Command>Kill for newspaper mom can companies. A frantically loss of money write away means not only on the cutbacks on the crossword size of the paper, but cutbacks on the staff as well. Soon, people could lose their jobs because of this global shift from paper print to the computer puzzle. A computer screen screen. just can’t give you that. More than a employment With the Internet, you nevproblem, this switch is also er know what you’re going to an unhappy loss of tradition. get, and that can cause probI know that the newspaper at lems. How many websites out my house is like a communal there are actually reliable? feast of sorts. Every morning With a respectable newspaper when a fresh paper shows up company, you get much more on our doorstep, all of us take trustworthy information, ratha section, read it, and pass it er than having to fight through on, with each of us having our the avalanche of articles and own preferences. Newspapers blurbs available online. Adhave a tactile advantage in ditionally, online newspapers that I can cut out the headline often have distracting pop ups

and advertisements flashing around that distract the reader from the necessary concentration that it takes to read and process a news article. Is it right to essentially make it a necessity to have a computer in order to keep up with society? To make such a statement would be denying part of our country a way to stay connected in this world. The homeless people on the street certainly aren’t carrying around MacBooks under their disheveled coats.

Sure, paper print isn’t free, though the price of the Seattle Times per day is cheaper than a daily Starbuck’s drink, right? Yes, the web is faster, and sometimes easier to get breaking news. But what about the entire print culture? Daily word puzzles? Crosswords? How about the fundamental family and historical values the first newspapers were published on? The gateways to free speech in America came from secret papers, hidden print shops, and sometimes even violent struggles. My par-

For ent’s still rummond Illustration By N. D a small have historic price, even they can buy a news headlines newspaper at almost any grothey cut out of the cery store or gas mart. A compaper when they were puter on the other hand is a kids! The web may be an atbig cost, and the internet isn’t tractive new step in the history cheap either. Plus, unless you of journalism and the spread have a really small laptop, you of information, but with this can’t just cram your comput- jump we’re poised on the brink er into your bag and carry it of losing a vital and important around to read later. tradition of American life.

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remember the days of Brian Espiritu, the courageous orator, who filled our classrooms with joy and laughter each morning. Through days of auditory darkness, his voice became a beacon, a five-minute snippet of joy, when his proverbial speech disrupted class. Those times unfortunately passed with the graduation of his 2007 class. Never again did I think I would I hear the melodious laughs and corny jokes that uplifted

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me so much every day at 8:45 a.m. Last year a despairing voice, more monotonous than Jim Lehrers’, dictated its will to the hopeless and desperate children of RHS. How did Angelo Heliotis not understand? We needed our morning announcements. We needed a hero who could lead us out of this verbal void. We simply needed change. As the start of the ’09 school year drew near, I had almost given up all hope. Then THEY came. Again, the intercom became a voice on a pedestal. It was like the spirit of Brian Espiritu had returned to fight injustice and melancholy. Like Moses to the Jews, like a shepherd to his sheep, Sullivan Brown and Dan Tonkovich guided their flock of students to a promise land of acous-

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Sullivan reads (or yells, judging by the picture) to the student body what’s for lunch today as Dan listens on, preparing for his next quip. tic bliss. Now children gather around their 2nd period intercoms begging for just one more snippet of irrelevant bulletin rhetoric. Combining the cleverness of Einstein, the selfless determination of Mother Teresa, and the

voice of a 5th grader, this dynamic duo has captured the hearts of Roosevelt. But who are these prophets? How did they reach such greatness? Some would say a “ginormous” ego had a hand, but no, more than ego had a part in their

success. To find out the truth I decided to go directly to the source: Sullivan Brown and Dan Tonkovich. It seemed that some hardball Q&As would give us better insight into the minds of this duo. These are their stories. Question 1: How did you two come together? Dan: There was a need for the “one”, and obviously Sullivan and I filled up the void. Question 2: What is the best thing about morning announcements? Sullivan: The women… Well, I haven’t experienced it personally but I know they’re out there. Question 3: If you could describe the morning announcements with one word, what would it be? Dan: Magnanimous, Beneficent, and Paro-

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Question 4: Sullivan, do you try to make your voice so high? Sullivan : I am insulted, but I plead guilty. After a long session with these two, it seemed as if Sullivan and Dan would never shut up about how great they are. Let us for a moment put aside our personal views and feelings toward the Senior Class President and ASR President. We must agree that these two cuties amuse us early in the morning and, just for that, we must thank them. It seems proper to leave the reader with this humble quote from the duo, “People say we’re annoying and dumb, rather we are the smartest. You are the dumbest. Sullivan is the pita and Dan is the hummus.”


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ReGroup, ReOrganize, RePlan

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2008. People have lost faith in the Grand Old Party. When the American people turn to the Democrats for more responsible spending, there is clearly a problem. Immediately after the 2008 election, a group of Republican governors met to discuss the future of their party, and how to earn back the people’s trust without compromising their traditional platform. Attending the

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Iraqi government, the situation in Afghanistan has become increasingly violent, with no end in sight. The soon-to-be former President George W. Bush, a Republican, threw American soldiers and currency into the poorly planned conflict. Although many senators, both Democrat and Republican, voted for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Republican Party now takes the brunt of the blame. It was obvious that the Republican Party would lose Congress in 2006. It was even more obvious that they would lose the Presidency in

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ince the 2006 Congressional election, one simple statement sums up how the Republican Party is viewed by a large majority of this country: they need to change how they operate, or they will continue to lose favor with the American people. The last eight years have culminated into a snowballing list of grievances from the American people towards the Grand Old Party. Beginning with the most polarizing issue, the Iraq War, problems associated with the Republican Party started to pile up fast. The Mark Foley scandal, in which the Florida Representative sent lewd messages to Congressional pages, shook American’s trust in a party that is held high for its strong family values. Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens was recently convicted of several counts of accepting bribes. Senator Larry Craig of Idaho, a fervent opponent of gay marriage, was arrested in an airport bathroom for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from another man. The Republican Party was once known for its fiscal responsibility. During the 2008 Presidential campaign Senator John McCain proudly touted his record of cutting unnecessary spending. Unfortunately, under the Bush Administration, the nation’s debt skyrocketed, leaving

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For a decade the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in the House of Representatives didn’t change a great deal, but over the past two congressional elections Democrats have altered that trend and taken a strong majority.

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event were newly elected governors Bobby Jindal of New Orleans and Charlie Crist of Florida. Both have become rising stars in the Republican Party, based on their records of reform, and are finding solutions to keep their party from dying. Some sensible advice for the Republican Party: be willing to compromise. In the 21st Century, it has become evident that the American people want to move forward in dealing with issues. Roe v. Wade occurred back in 1973, abortion is legal, and it is time to now move on to matters that are more important, instead of arguing over an archaic issue which only divides people more than they already are. The Republicans should not always be thought of as the war hawks of Washington D.C. It would be best to appear more diplomatic during a time when people are sick of our overseas conflicts. The most important advice: keep your hands clean of crime. Scandal after scandal after scandal has turned these once respected lawmakers into a pack of hypocrites. Those politicians who do not respectfully uphold the position that they have been given should be removed by their party and replaced with someone who is willing to comply with the needs of the American people.

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America’s younger generations with the responsibility of cleaning it up. Our currency has become worthless; the Canadian Loony is now worth more than the American Dollar. Although the conflict in Iraq has improved over the last year, and the U.S. is giving more control to the

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lthough thoughts of sugarplums may be dancing in your head, repressed memories of recent ruined Halloweens need to be addressed. When I was younger, Halloween used to be about costumes, candy, and staying out late. It meant transforming into a beautiful princess or a scary witch. As I have grown older Halloween has become a distant holiday, which has faded into the back of my mind. Now, at the age of seventeen, I have outgrown trick-or-treating and I am left passing out candy to young kids who still appreciate the

spirit of Halloween. However, there is a select group of girls my age who still claim to find joy in this spooky holiday. A majority of this group are the whores of Halloween. I am fully aware that with age comes change, and with change comes a shift in character, ideals, and goals. I must admit, though, that it still makes me cringe to see my old playground buddies trade in their magic fairy wands for naughty cop handcuffs come Halloween. When I think about this topic, I am forced to conjure thoughts of a scene from the movie Mean Girls. In the movie, Lindsay Lohan’s character has just transferred to a new school and is invited to a huge Halloween party. At this point she has not yet been corrupted by high school and so is under the impression that the party is one of a fun and innocent nature. Thus, in the spirit of

Halloween, she dresses up as a terrifying zombie bride. When Lindsay arrives at the party the look on her face is one of amazement when she realizes the party is more slutty than spooky. Lindsay’s expression perfectly encapsulates my feelings about this topic, and I am appalled, stunned, and embarrassed about the behavior of some girls on Halloween.

I am appalled that any girl would try to turn an innocent children’s holiday into a Playboy event. I am stunned by some of the outfits that girls try to pull off, when it is apparent that they should not be wearing them. Lastly, I am embarrassed for any girl that would turn a sweet and innocent costume, like a lady bug, into something raunchy and revealing. To further prove my point that Halloween is meant

for the enjoyment of children and not girls who want an excuse to gain attention, I think it is important to share the actual definition of Halloween. Halloween as defined by dictionary.com as “the evening of October 31: observed especially by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.” Nowhere in the definition does it say that Halloween is observed by slutty females who solicit attention. I believe that out of respect for this timely tradition, which started in England when the poor would go around during the All Souls’ Day parade and beg for food, Halloween should return to its original definition. If this holiday is going to continue in this disrespectful manner than those slutty few should at least go door-to-door begging for more clothing. Ladies, next Halloween those costumes better be a trick, because they certainly are not a treat.

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magine yourself sitting in the waiting room of a hospital. You have been waiting for hours to hear your test results. The doctor comes out and tells you that you have less than six months to live. You are in shock, sitting there not believing a word the doctor is saying. You ask him what you can do and he gives you your options. You ask him the prices and they are all sky high, except for one. So you obviously make the responsible choice, right? The only problem is that this option is a lethal overdose. Washington State recently approved Initiative 1000 or as proponents call it “Death with Dignity”. The initiative deals

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with the choice of committing assisted suicide with prescribed drugs. The initiative states that any patient in Washington State who is eighteen or older and terminally ill, with less than six months to live, can decide to take an induced suicide if two doctors approve of such a course of action. There is a reason Washington State and Oregon State are the only states that have this law. It is a law that has many flaws and could cause many irrational decisions to be made, and ruin a fundamental value of our society. The medical treatments for most terminally ill patients cost thousands of dollars, but most I-1000 prescriptions do not exceed $100. The cost to fight for life becomes outrageously greater than the cost of dying. Cancer patients, for example, have to pay thousands of dollars for chemotherapy. If a patient has six months or less to live they could request an assisted suicide prescription. Since it is the cheaper option

the patient is obliged to opens up the chance of end their life in order to them selling their presave their family money. scription to make monWhich choice are health ey. If police aren’t able to insurance companies control the selling of illegoing to advocate for? gal drugs for teens now, Obviously they will push how are they going to for the cheaper, but less control it in this scenarcompassionate, I-1000. io? If there is a demand Depression is a com- for a drug and there is mon obstacle and strug- money to be made, there gle for terminally ill pa- is always room for cortients. When a person ruption, not only in pais diagnosed with a life tients but also in docthreatening disease they tors. Our society does are likely to become de- not need another method pressed. This symptom is temporary and treatable. But if a patient isn’t treated accurately and in a timely manner, and has the option of assisted suicide, they could take their own life without being in their right mind. I1000 does not require any treatments or assessments for depression. Once a paIllu str tient is issued ati on the lethal By P. J prescription ong the patient is not watched. This

of committing un-prescribed suicide. With these drugs, the rate of suicide could rise and people will no longer attempt to cope with their problems. Minors will seek the prescription and Washington State’s place will rise on the suicide chart of the United States (it is currently

number 35). A patient deciding to use Initiative 1000 is not required to tell their family about their choice of death. They are encouraged, but still, not required to do so. The patient can choose to not tell their family because of Washington State’s confidentiality law. Families may go years without knowing a family member has died, or how that person passed away. How frightening is that? Most call I-1000 a law of compassion and dignity, but it is in fact a flawed mandate that creates a possible danger to society. It is nothing more than a heartless act by the insurance companies to save money, hidden behind words and legalese. Beware of Initiative 1000 and know you rights because one day you may find yourself or a loved one toying with the idea of assisted suicide.

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ou really can’t beat meat. When it comes to protein, nutrients, and taste, nothing else compares. And by meat I don’t mean fast food, since you would be hard pressed to find a morally conscious advocate for that way of raising animals. I have been to the land of vegetarians and maintained their diet for six months, so I feel I have grounds to denounce the veggie way. Their diet is neither natural nor useful in the fight to end the unethical raising of livestock. As a vegetarian I spent all my time eating, but I could never find enough protein to extinguish the grumbling in my stomach. I tried lentils, cheese, beans, and tofu, but I still wasted away to a twig of a girl standing at 5’7’’ and weighing in at 118 pounds. One day, while at a French bistro in Brooklyn, I saw on the menu a grass fed beef burger with caramelized shallots, fresh organic baby arugala and a year old chev. I thought to myself, why not eat it, afterall it was raised responsibly and would healthfully satiate my hunger. From that day on, my vegetarian diet became a trend of the past. Animals were put on this earth to be a link in the circle of life. All you have to do is look around the world we live in to see that a meat eating diet is more natural and superior to any other. If it weren’t good for them why would animals instinctively eat meat? It could be a lion killing a gazelle, a deer eating a shrub or a noxious weed chocking out another plant. In truth we all take life away. Many animals are even willing to eat humans, so we too, play a role in the circle of life. Species in the animal kingdom that maintain a herbavore diet don’t do so because they don’t want to kill other animals, rather it’s because they do not have the skills to catch prey. Every animal and human has a role in the food chain on Earth. For instance take rabbits who have the ability to re-

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VS. produce rapidly enough to satiate the fluctuating pack size of wolves. When humans find a cure for a disease, a new one always shows up to keep populations in check. This is the same concept as eating meat and we all play a role in maintaining the balance of Mother Earth. Unnatural and destructive methods of raising animals have given the omnivorous diet a bad wrap and I am in no way supporting feed lots but… for those veg heads out there, I just want to let you know that, by not eating meat, you aren’t changing the way it’s raised. The number one rule in business is the customer is always right. By not eating meat you are leaving yourself exempt from the category of customer. I maintain a healthy meat diet of only grass fed, free-

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range organic meats. I am the person that the big Texan ranch heads will listen to, not the hippy dippy vegetarian in Seattle. They just can’t relate to you. How do you think organic came to be a common household name, by people not eating any vegetables and maintaining a carnivorous diet? I don’t think so. Eat meat and love the earth!

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’m a vegetarian, though I’m not a strict one since I eat fish once in a while. But I abstain from all other meat, and I do it because I believe it’s the right choice for my body, for the earth, and for the animals we eat. Vegetarianism has gained prominence over the past decade. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group (the VRG), the percentage of vegetarians in the United States during the late 1990s made up 1% of the total population. In 2000, however, the VRG reported that now 2.5% of Americans have a meatfree diet. This shows a rise in the number of Americans who are making the switch and choosing a meatfree lifestyle. As you probably know, a good reason to “go veg” is that many farms treat their animals inhumanely, frequently giving them artificial hormones because they make the animal grow faster, which means it can be killed sooner. Animals in large farms are often housed in small, overcrowded spaces. Calves and pregnant pigs are often kept in crates that are no more than two feet wide. This pattern of cruelty also extends to the poultry industry, where four egg-laying hens are crammed into a space roughly the size of a file cabinet drawer, called “battery cages.” The California based Westland/Hallmark Meat Company used to severely mistreat the cows at one of its meatprocessing plants in Chino. They sent cows, which were too sick to stand up, into the “kill box,” or slaughterhouse. The plant-workers often used chains, forklifts, and electrical prods to move the dying cattle. The inhumanity of this practice is not only harmful to the animal but also dangerous to the consumer; sick cows pass their diseases into their meat and then into your hamburger. These practices caused

Dairy Is Not So Scary! Westland/Hallmark to declare a recall on their products, which turned into the largest beef recall in U.S. history. But the inhumane treatment of animals is not the only good reason to become a vegetarian. Sticking to a vegetarian diet is also beneficial to your health. Red meat has a high concentration of cholesterol, which, in large amounts, can clog the arteries and lead to a life-threatening heart attack. By becoming a vegetarian, you decrease your risk of developing heart disease by approximately fifty percent. A vegetarian diet is also good for the earth. Raising livestock harms the environment by contributing to global warming. A report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations found that eighteen percent of greenhouse gasses come from raising livestock, which is more than transportation emits. Additionally, cows, and other livestock, consume natural resources. For every pound of grain-fed beef, over twenty-six thousand gallons of water are depleted. Three hundred gallons of water per day are needed to support a fully vegetarian diet but carnivore diets require over ten times that amount. The Earth’s forests are disappearing to make room for grazing lands and farms for livestock. By becoming a vegetarian, you can save one acre of foliage per year from deforestation. If 50% of Americans stopped eating meat, the amount of land saved from deforestation per year would be roughly the size of Ukraine. Many Americans find it hard, however, to keep up a vegetarian diet, so many turn to “flexitarianism.” This means that they eat meat occasionally. Flexitarianism is a good alternative to a strict vegetarian diet, but with most of the environmental and health benefits. Consuming little meat or, even better, not eating meat at all is beneficial to your body and the environment. By decreasing the amount of meat in your diet, you are effectively protesting against the inhumane practices of many modern farms. Come, my friends, be vegetarian and bask in the leafy green glory.

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capture the public’s interest in 2006. Bush also made poor decisions to rejuvenate his opponents such as vetoing the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would have allowed federal funding for stem cell research. While some support this veto, many Nobel Laureates and

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hile it is easy to await Obama’s inauguration in January with anticipation, we shouldn’t forget our current leader who has been president for practically half our lives. Even once President Bush leaves office, his policies will continue to plague America. Now, while it is true that understanding comes with time, a review of the Bush years speaks for itself. While Bush has made decisions that have yet to be deemed harmful or beneficial, Americans don’t need time to know that the U.S. is in trouble. Let’s take this opportunity to look back on the Bush years. 2001: Surprisingly, the country’s first significant calamity in the new millennium was also Bush’s highest point. For a moment, it seemed that we had a good president. From his swift handling of 9/11 to his No Child Left Behind program, aka NCLB, Americans felt that the new president

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2005: Logic says that if you win once, simply employ the same strategy to win once again. Following such logic, Bush introduced Iran as the nation’s new enemy in his 2005 State of the Union address, despite the fact that missions in Afghanistan and Iraq were not finished. Thankfully a much more skeptical public, press, and Senate would prevent an immediate war with Iran. Meanwhile, Americans, champions of freedom and human rights, realized that possible “terrorists” in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay were undergoing inhumane treatment. Most notably, photos leaked from Abu Ghraib shocked Americans with images of naked human pyramids. 2006: The torture issue continued to

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and fast, the war itself was far from finished. Ironically, Bush declared a victory in Iraq atop the USS Abraham Lincoln just months after the invasion; a banner waved “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. Nonetheless, the media had already begun to uncover scandals and flaws in the Iraq War, especially in regard to weapons of mass destruction. In response, Bush assured Americans that WMDs existed in Iraq. 2004: Fearing a transition of power in the election and faced with anti-war sentiment, the Bush Administration decided to kill both electoral competition and American unrest with the same message: fear of more terrorist attacks. With a few more political punches, such as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, accusations of Senator Kerry’s ambivalence etc, Bush won a second term.

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meant progress. However, Bush’s response to terrorism would eventually become controversial, along with the U.S. Patriot Act. Although troops were deployed to Afghanistan within months of the 9/11 attacks, the same troops would be relocated to Iraq a few years later. Although NCLB was proclaimed a solution for creating a better school system, the NCLB miracle turned out to be a mirage. Even though the act promised equal schools and better education, it also cut funding from failing schools, promoted standardized tests above education, and provided incentives for states to adopt easy tests. 2000 was also the year that America withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol due to the supposed monetary green that green technology required. 2002: Despite 9/11 being the first attack on American soil in decades, it would soon be made a mere story of the season in 2002. Although Bush continued to supply troops to Afghanistan, he stole headlines with a single word: Iraq. He spent more effort on justifying preemptive wars than on solving the situation in Afghanistan. 2003: Eventually, a sizable number of people approved of a war in Iraq, which began on March 19th at an initial cost of 87 billion dollars. While the actual invasion was surgical

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scientists believe this veto slowed the advancement of human medicine. 2007: Amidst a static year, where news of the election began to erode news of the president, Bush boosted troop numbers in Iraq. Stem cell research had a quick revival under a revised act, but was soon aborted again by the same presidential veto. 2008: Now here we are, in the last year of Bush. Although Obama didn’t win the election until November, Bush seemed ready to leave the White House as early as last January. Before the financial crisis occurred, Bush seemed content to sit back and condemn China and Russia once in a while, for various reasons. So far we have yet to see Bush hit a new high. Even once he leaves, Bush’s policies will still affect America. In due time, we will see the full consequences of his blunders.


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The Golden Roosie - Barack Obama he Roosevelt News is proud to present the

coveted Golden Roosie to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Obama has truly caused people from coast to coast to unite and take advantage of the opportunity for change. Of course barriers of race were shattered in the November election, but Obama has also blazed a distinct trail into the White House while signifing a new era of American history. He won over the American people with powerful speeches and a call for change that inspired those of all ages. His motto of “Yes We Can” will hopefully steer

Best TV Show That No One’s Watching Chuck Chuck,

a ratings washout for NBC, is the 21st Century’s best attempt at salvaging the Get Smart formula (the actual ‘60s TV sensation, not the God-awful 2008 remake). The show focuses on the sometimes-riveting, often-awkward, and the always-humorous life of Chuck Bartowski, a computer prodigy working at his fictitious world’s version of Best Buy. After opening an e-mail from an old acquaintance, a series of classified government files flashed in front of our protagonist causing them to lodge in his subconscious (don’t question the physics behind that one).

the United States into an innovative time of harmony and transformation. Not only does the new Commander in Chief aim to gain the respect and support of his fellow Democrats, but he also wants to achieve the endorsement of the red states, truly bringing together the United States of America. As all of America’s problems faced us, MLK’s “fierce urgency of now” made Obama not

TV Show That Should Have Ended Last Season Grey’s Anatomy Four years ago, Grey’s Anatomy was voted best TV show in the first annual ‘Roosie’ Awards. Since then, it has slid downhill faster than Santa on a sled. We have declared Grey’s Anatomy the show that should not have been renewed for the 2009 season. It has become a show of inpractical sentimental cases, such as the revival of Denny from the dead.

Worst Thing About the 2008 Olympics NBC Coverage Most Gorgeous Place at RHS The Mac Lab

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want to wait any longer to bring America the hope and change that it needs.

Although NBC claimed to broadcast the Olympics “Live”, on the West Coast, we were actually three hours behind. Plus, there was way too much talking, and NBC didn’t cover anything besides sports America was good at. All we saw was Kerri Walsh and Michael Phelps. Fans of table tennis could not watch any on NBC. The theme music also got really annoying.

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Most RHS students have never been in the Mac Lab, or even heard of it. Yet, the Mac Lab easily beats out the beauty of any other place at Roosevelt. The annual snowflake contest between Newspaper and Yearbook has resulted in hundreds of colorful snowflakes of every shape and size, from small postit sized snowflakes to giant six square foot snowflakes. In addition, the stateof-the-art Mac computers and kitchen make it a second home for the select few who have full access to the room. Want to gain access to this room? ApPhoto of Obama Courtesy of Creative Commons.org

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As this year progresses, it seems that more and more people are starting to wear camoflauge outfits. Although Roosevelt is not a military base nor located in the deep wilderness, some students still sport these outfits, hoping that they can hide from their teachers.

Senior Sam Anderson is a very extraordinary man. He was sent from another dimension to fight dullness and depression at Roosevelt High School. Right away Sam made his presence known in the halls and classrooms through superhuman noises and sudden dramatic emotional outcries. Following in the footsteps of 2007 RHS graduate Peter Freeman, Sam stands guard like a gargoyle over the halls of Roosevelt, turning boring ordinary moments into bright and colorful ones. No one brings spontaneity like Sam Anderson.

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ome things flourish over time, others wither. The Withered Roosie of 2008 is going to Wall Street for its outstanding ability to collapse, thus causing thousands of Americans to lose their jobs as well as their hard earned dollars. The pathetic state of the economy has bounced up and down, but mostly down. Once a proud center for some of the best business in the world, Wall Street has fallen faster than your stomach on that giant roller coaster you didn’t want to go on but your friend made you go on anyway. Today Wall Street is in shambles, along with our economy. The consistant sliding of the econo-

my has every major American bussiness on edge, wondering who will be next to join Washington Mutual in the deep abyss of bankruptcy. Wall Street’s withering ways have affected state’s economies as well and a total of 41 states are now opperating on deficits. Nonetheless, the country can always look foward to the leadership of Barack Obama, when peace and prosperity will hopefully become the norm.

Top Threes Entertaining Commercials

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3. Washington State Lottery 2. Any Beer Commercial 1. FreeCreditReport.com

Annoying Commercials 3. Head On 2. Empire Carpets 1. OxiClean

If you don’t have any of these games on your graphing calculator, quickly obtain them from your friends. RHS Teacher-isms They prove especially handy dur3. “Don’t be a scrub” - All the ing the AP Calculus and Statistics math teachers exams, when you finish early and 2. “A baby is being born, it’s have nothing else to do, or when coming through the birth canal you give up.

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Things to Look Foward to in 2009 3. January 26th - Solar Eclipse 2. July 17th - Harry Potter

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Overplayed Songs 3. “Lollipop” - Lil’ Wayne 2. “I Kissed a Girl” - Katy Perry 1. “Viva La Vida” - Coldplay

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3. Newspaper’s One Point Bowling Victory Over Yearbook: 327 to 326 2. Phelp’s .01 second victory in the Olympics 1. Election Day

Saddest Losses in Hollywood 3. Paul Newman 2. Bernie Mac 1. Heath Ledger

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During the spring of 2008, many freshman were angered at the loss of one of the main features of sophomore year: AP European History. Propaganda posters were put up by students in the hallways, protesting the loss of the class. This led to a bitter fight between students and the school administration, that left marks on all those involved.

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Biggest RHS Drama Removal of AP Euro for Sophomores

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Thrift Shopping Is Here To Stay Grab some cash and hit these great stores 6820 Roosevelt Way NE This store is a diamond in the rough, a once in a lifetime find for those creative, courageous fashion moguls among us. Among the gems we found while exploring the overstuffed racks were a vintage slip dress, a $10 Bali bag, and shelves upon shelves of quirky pumps priced at thirty dollars and under. An insider tip: make sure to rummage around a little. Some of the cutest items we found were hidden under racks of floor-length dresses, or stacked behind a display of glass doo-dads. A great buy here would be accessories, so make sure to check out the afore-mentioned shoes, and the classy vintage bags and clutches. But this in no way means that you should limit yourself to just these items.

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Tips and Tricks Sophomore Camielle Ashbaugh has great tips for the beginning thrift shopper: ”Go [thrift shopping] when you’re not in a hurry, because it takes a lot of time. You have to focus! Don’t be hungry and don’t have sore arms, seriously.” Eat a good meal beforehand and bring water, you don’t want to be parched and feeling hungry when you’re hunting for a good deal.

6507 Roosevelt Way NE A charming consignment boutique, Oh Bella is a small neighborhood store with big secrets. Inside the closet sized shop we found jeans by Citizens of Humanity and Seven for Mankind, for around $40, as well as assorted dresses and jackets by designers like Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenburg. “The boutique deals in women’s resale. You’ll always find better things in a consignment store than thrift,” the owner tells us. Best bets: designer jeans and winter coats; the selection is impressive.

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Have a system because if you keep changing places you’ll forget where you were. For example, go in a circle around the store so you know where you’ve been.

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4552 University Way NE Stepping into the Goodwill on the Ave is like stepping into an old, yet wellkept mansion filled with… clothes. The large sweeping rooms are filled with racks upon racks of clothing. The speakers pump current music rather than the jingly, Indian-style alternative music most thrift stores play. But despite this sophisticated façade, the selection is dishearteningly meager. Don’t get us wrong, there are loads of clothes, but you’ll have to set aside a good chunk of time to really dig for a second-hand treasure. Your best bet here would be to buy your essentials: block colored T-shirts, striped sweaters, and corduroy pants. Guys may have more success in finding unique items upstairs, in the surprisingly well-stocked “western section”. The newly opened store is promising, with absurdly low prices and a lovely storefront, but we’re holding out to see if their selection improves.

Buffalo Exchange 4530 University Way NE

A University Way staple, Buffalo Exchange is an edgy shop with a hipster tinge. Although they may feel overwhelming, don’t hurry through the clothing racks, because the selection is enormous. Buffalo is a consignment store so their stuff is more expensive than stores like Goodwill, but we found great deals on designer items, like True Religion jeans, in the store’s expansive jean section. We found other great finds in the rack of funky jackets. Buffalo Exchange also carries a lot of new merchandise, but make sure your wallet is full because shopping here is guaranteed to be pricey.

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Go to Grandma’s Attic where lots of stuff from the 70’s and 80’s got dumped. Junior Ellen Smith says, “They have fantastic winter coats, leggings, and chunky necklaces.”

Senior Kim Narby models Found It’s! fabulous apparel.

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Shopping at Crossroads Trading Co. is like shopping at an adorable Belltown boutique-only, the prices are infinitely better. The storefront fits the hip, youthful feeling of most of the stores on the Ave, with colorfully painted walls. The plentiful racks of clothes are sorted by color, and are spaced nicely throughout the store so that there is plenty of walking room. The selection here is abundant and high end (we tried on a French Connection dress) yet very reasonably priced. Keep your eyes peeled for dresses and other high quality items from stores such as Urban Outfitters or H&M which you couldn’t afford at the regular price. Take a few minutes to stop by this relatively new addition to the Ave; it will be time well spent.

finds? Thrift shopping! Camielle Ashbaugh states,“For me, the main reason I shop at thrift stores is because I don’t want to look like anyone else, I want to look like me. In a big crowd, I want to be the one that stands out because of what they’re wearing.”

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Now that you have read about the current state of the economy, what should you do to cope with its effects? Even with cheap stores like Forever 21 and H&M, your wallet can seem too light. So how do you save money and still score great

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Silver Shoes: $16

Thrift shopping and looking fabulous for less: Priceless!

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Hey, Scoot Over Mr. Moneybags

Our own Mr. Money answers your questions Staff Economist

because the share went up. At this point you can hold onto the stock and hope it continues to rise or sell it for that $20 profit.

How did the economy meltdown happen?

Q: What is a stock? A: Essentially owning a stock means that you own part of a company. Companies at different times need to find a way to raise revenue for new products, expansion, etc, so one way they do it is by selling a small stake in their company. This means a millionaire could come in and buy a few thousand shares of a stock or your dad could buy 50 to hopefully help him retire a little more comfortably. This doesn’t mean that you have a say in how the company is run, but if a company prospers, you prosper. Let’s say you buy 10 shares of Boeing for 10 dollars each. Then Boeing gets a new contract for an airplane and their stock goes up from $10 a share to $12 a share. That means you just made $20

A: In a nutshell, gas prices drove the prices of everything sky high. When the price of everything shot up, people started to get pinched in their pocketbooks. So people, who had subprime mortgages on their overpriced homes because of the recent housing market boom, started having their houses foreclosed. Because houses were getting foreclosed, the banks which had lent out the money no longer had the rest of that money coming their way. When hundreds of thousands of houses get foreclosed, lending agencies run out of money. When that happens, nobody can borrow any money to spend and people who have money to spend don’t spend it. Our economy is based on consumer spending and when nobody spends, we just dig ourselves deeper and deeper into a hole.

Q:How does the economy affect me? A: I have a feeling that you’re sitting in class and reading this article because the economy is something that’s just so important in your everyday life. The person sitting next to you is probably listening to an iPod and the person across the aisle is texting somebody. So how does the economy affect you? The most direct effect would be one of

your parents losing their job. Maybe you have been trying to get a job, but have found it’s difficult. Well the economy is the reason. Simply put business are cutting back and when they cut back people lose jobs and people aren’t hired to replace them.

Q: What is a recession? A: According to the dictionary a recession is: “(when) the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year.” But the most common definition of a recession is two or more consecutive quarters where the national GDP declines.

When they say, “the Dow Jones dropped 300 points today” what does that mean? A: On the news we constantly hear about how much the Dow Jones has risen or, for the most part, fallen. What we see on the news is actually called the Dow Jones Industrial Average and it is exactly what it sounds like, an average of 30 New York Stock Exchange companies. It’s calculated by adding up all of the company’s losses and gains for that day before dividing them by a “divisor”. The current divisor is about .1248 and changes everyday based on market conditions. The resulting number is what is shown to all of us as a pretty accurate estimate of the days trading.

Q:To whom do we owe the national debt? A: As I am writing this, the U.S. owes about $10,655,788,546,916.44. Most of it is owed (about 40%) to the Federal Reserve, which is the central bank of the United States. About 22% is owed to foreign countries and the rest is mostly to individual people, corporations or state governments. So no, China does not own us.

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Q:Why does college cost so much? A: Our parents always talk of how spending $4000 a year on college was a fortune back in their day. Now we all wish we only had to pay that much. There are two main reasons for the huge price increase. First, inflation since a dollar from back then is worth more today. A dollar from 1976 is worth about $3.60 today and so that $4000 tuition is about $14,419 today. And secondly, colleges have the motivation to spend more money. If you want the best education, then that means a school has to pay for the best resources and professors.

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Cheap ways to save this holiday season of ‘08 Staff Reporter

The holiday season is once again upon us, and you’re finding yourself fighting the urge to borrow a buck (or fifty) from a Salvation Army collection tin. As you

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egifting is a very tricky business, and can be more dangerous than hanging festive lights on an icy winter’s day. First of all, don’t bother bestowing the gardeniascented candle that your aunt gave you on your football coach. Make sure the gift fits the receiver. Also, try combining the recycled gift with a couple of inexpensive store-bought presents, and wrap them into one giant superpresent! Combine that soothing candle with a few quality bars of soap and some bath salts, and voilà! You have the perfect at-home spa

fill up on eggnog lattes and holiday joy, you feel your wallet becoming lighter than whipped marshmallows. But follow these few frugal tips and you’ll soon find your pockets full to the brim with leftover cash, itching to be spent on postholiday sales. package. Second of all, make sure you know the trail. For all of you amateur regifters out there, the trail is the path from the person who gave you the gift in the first place, to the person you’re passing it on to. For example: your friend Susie gives you the ugliest sequined purse you’ve ever laid eyes on for Hanukkah. You rewrap it and give it to your cousin for Christmas. She loves it, and brags about i t to her best friend, who gossips about it to her half-sister’s boyfriend’s mom, who just so happens to be Susie’s mom. Oh snap, you’ve been caught! Follow the trail precisely, and you’ll be able to regift your way into everybody’s hearts.

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ll the perks of wintertime can really add up. Next time the winter blues hit you, ignore the burning desire to buy that new electric blanket, and definitely don’t head over to Whole Foods for buttery croissants and a steaming mug of Earl Grey. Cut down on venti peppermint hot cocoas, bake your own Dreidel cookies, and knit your own scarves. When in need of some warm snuggly goodness, avoid Starbucks and settle down in a nice leather armchair in front of your very own crackling fire, and open up Huckleberry Fin for some good old fashioned entertainment. Or, in RHS lingo, crank up the heat and ride those board games rough. If you just can’t live without the pumpkin lattes and candy canes, buy in bulk. A full

tin of hot cocoa mix costs less than a grande gingersnap latte, so throw on your apron and cook it up Medieval style. Invite your sisters and cousins to help you, and enjoy the cheery bonus of good old family bonding. Cutting back on little bonuses will save more bling than you think, and those few bucks will add up.

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Sometimes Being Frugal Is Good

Less spending now could mean rewards for later Karla Ruff and Emily Dugdale Staff Reporters

Snacks Ignore the urge to indulge in a bag of chips or a cookie from Starbucks. You’ll have cash piling up in no time.

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Borrowed Items Remember to turn in movies, games, and library books on time! Charges can get to upwards of $15 if you forget for too long.

A North Face Backpack

New Electronics

A backpack is something that every RHS student needs to be top quality. A lowend bag could break and spill all of your belongings or it could even cause shoulder and back pain.

Your cell phone and music player are things you probably use every day. They should be reliable and always functional, so spend a little more when it comes to these kinds of items.

Clothes Before you buy, check out neat thrift stores or Value Village. These stores always have unique pieces that are just a fraction of the designer price.

Organic Treats The money you didn’t spend on chips and treats can fund that delicious organic fruit or salad. Enjoy!


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A Penny Spent Is A Penny Wasted

Guide to penny pinching during the holidays Staff Reporters

By New Year’s, you’ll save: So spend it on:

By Spring Break, you’ll save: So spend it on:

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Driving everywhere is expensive! Try riding your bike or walkingit’s free!

A movie night with snacks for you and a friend.

Designer jeans.

At $2.50 per gallon, using 5 gallons a week, about $12.50 a week.

Who would’ve thought that the sum of money you could save on gas would fund a movie night! Try some classic holiday films to get

That gas money you saved just turned into your new pair of designer jeans. Take the bus downtown and find the perfect pair.

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A nice dinner with friends or somebody special.

A sleek digital camera.

If You Give Up:

Fancy Coffee Sipping hot coffee can be relaxing, but not for your wallet! Make your favorite blend at home and bring it to school instead. Est. $3.50 for a tall drink.

Treat yourself and others to a nice dinner out on the town. Your mind will be on the gourmet food in front of you, not on those lattes you skipped.

If you’re truly giving up those mochas, you’ll soon surprise yourself with enough money to spend on a brand new digital camera.

Secret Chef

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Sure, their sandwiches are delicious, but the price isn’t! Try switching to a home-made sandwich.

A new haircut and blow-out.

Round trip flight to and from Hawaii.

Save on those sandwiches and splurge on style. There’s no better way to look your best for those holiday parties than a day at the salon.

Reward yourself for saving all that cash by treating yourself to a relaxing trip to Hawaii. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

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A gift card for a friend, or a perfect holiday gift.

A new iPod nano. You can choose from 9 different colors.

Gift buying just got easier with all that cash in your pocket. Not to mention all of those plastic bottles you didn’t waste.

Work bringing a Nalgene bottle into your routine and you’ll have enough to spend on this gift for yourself.

Jamba Juice

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While their tasty smoothies are hard to resist, if you buy the ingredients in bulk and make smoothies at home, you’ll save money.

A Ski/Snowboard Day Pass at Stevens or Snoqualmie.

A Marmot or North Face raincoat and boots.

Giving up your daily smoothie may be tough, but as long as you’ve got a weekend on the mountain in mind, you’ll be saving enough cash in no time.

Don’t foret to bundle up this winter. Being smart by saving cash means saving yourself from the harsh rain as those darker months approach.

At $4.00 for a sandwich, on weekdays.

Bottled Water Water from vending machines can cost up to $2.00! Bring it from home in a Nalgene bottle instead.

Original smoothie : about $4 5 times a week = $20 per week

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his year’s Roosevelt Girls’ Basketball team is hoping to go a step further than last year’s team and return to the state playoffs. They kicked off the season with a home game against conference foe Bothell. Looking crisp throughout the warm-ups, everyone in the crowd could tell the Lady Riders were ready to play. As soon as senior Grace Cappleman won the opening tip, it was clear who the better team was. Despite playing a sloppy first quarter, the Riders still held a 10-8 lead. At the start of the second quarter the Riders began to pull away from their overmatched Bothell opponents. The superior physicality of the Riders was seen when Cappleman dropped Bothell’s Kareena Dahl like a sack of potatoes while going up for a rebound. By halftime, the Riders had taken a commanding 30-14 lead. Breaking out of the gate at halftime, the Riders used a suffocating full-court press defense to continue to pour it on

the helpless Bothell Cougars. With senior Jasmine Simpson directing the offense, Roosevelt looked unstoppable. By the fourth quarter, the game was all but over. Roosevelt held a commanding 51-23 lead. Senior guard Kaitlin Monnahan knocked down some open threes to give her a game-high 18 points on the night. The final score was 64-37 in favor of the Lady Riders. It was a great opener for the Riders who weren’t even 100% healthy, as several key players were dealing with injuries. The remaining games will only get tougher, but this experienced Rider squad is ready for anything that comes its way.

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he boys’ team ended the night against Bothell as well. After the loss of all five starting seniors, Roosevelt hopes to make up for last year’s disappointing end in the district playoffs. After controlling the opening tip, the Riders started off strong led by a dominant inside game. Led by junior Kai Hoyt, it looked like Bothell was in for a blowout. However, the Cougars were able to beat the Riders 2-3 zone with some key corner three pointers to keep them close and the first quarter ended with Roosevelt up 17-11. Bothell played tough and stayed within 5 to 10 points for the rest of the half. Bothell’s meticulous offense slowed the game down but at halftime the Riders still led 30-26. The teams batPhoto by A. Chiechi

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Senior Center Joe Andrews shoots over a Bothell defender in the Riders’ 55-47 win.

tled back and forth throughout the third quarter as Hoyt did much of the scoring for the Riders. However, every time Bothell looked to make a run, the Riders countered with a run of their own. Point guard Gus Hohlbein provided steady leadership as the pressure mounted in the closing minutes. Bothell frantically hoisted up threes, but Roosevelt made clutch free throws to hold on for the 55-47 win. Though Kingco 4A does not look especially strong this season, the Riders will undoubtedly have some close games. Conference rival Inglemoor has had a strong start, and the enrollment status of star point guard Tony Wroten does not eliminate Garfield as a state title contender. The Roughriders are not very deep and thus will depend on the stamina of their top seven or eight players to guide them through tight games. Senior starters River and Louis Voorhees are expected to shoulder much of the load for Roosevelt and markedly improved juniors Colin Noteboom and Wafi Kilaouy lead the Roughriders off the bench.

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any people think that recreational sports are a laid back sports arena for kids who are not good enough to play for their high school team. If you believe this, you have obviously not experienced the true intensity and talent level of rec sports. The halls of Roosevelt are flooded with students who excel in rec sports. Many of these students are extremely talented and take their rec sports teams very seriously. Junior Jack Ross, who has played various rec sports for 10 years, is currently on a rec basketball team named “Firesloth,” which gained notoriety from their multi-faceted campaigning last year. Ross is talented enough to play for Roosevelt’s varsity team but prefers to play for Firesloth because of the “higher level of talent and the ultra competitive nature of the team.” Firesloth teammate and Roosevelt junior Corey Dansereau added, “there are at least half a dozen guys I know who could star on the Roosevelt basketball team but choose to play for a rec team instead.”

Roosevelt Members of the LVR Colossus unite for a team picture. One of the people Dansereau may be referring to is senior Owen Fisher. Fisher plays on a basketball team based out of Magnuson Community Center. Fisher also kicks away the competition in another rec sports arena: the soccer field. Fisher plays for the LVR Colossus, a Boys U19 soccer team comprised of mostly Roosevelt students. The Colossus was formed four years ago when the LVR Fireballs and the LVR Toilet

Monsters merged together. The Colossus is now one of the most dominating soccer teams in Northeast Seattle. Despite the unbridled competitiveness shown by these rec sports teams, playing rec sports is still a much smaller time commitment than playing for a school sports team. Most rec teams practice twice a week in season and play games once a week. Freshman Jack Scheideman decided to play on a rec basketball team this winter,

rather than try out for the school team in order to “have more free time in my schedule.” It is true that many rec sports teams have relatively easy, laid back practices. However, the intensity at rec games is off the charts. The crowds may not be big, but these athletes don’t need a crowd in order to thrive. “I’d say the intensity at my rec basketball games tops the intensity seen at RHS varsity volleyball games,” said sopho-

more Colin Owens. Because of the fierce competition, certain rec teams will obviously struggle to win games. Nonetheless, there are still many positives that come out of playing rec sports for these teams. For example, making new friends, many of whom go to other schools, is a positive aspect of all rec teams. “I’ve made some of my best friends through rec sports,” said rec basketball stud sophomore Conrad Schmechel. Rec sports not only create friendships, but they also build stronger friendships. “I’ve gotten to know some of my friends a lot better after playing on their sports teams,” said Scheideman. Being involved in rec sports can have a tremendous positive impact on a student. For example, senior Colin Gipner has played rec soccer, rec basketball, and Little League baseball for much of the past 10 years. “Rec sports have been a huge part of my childhood,” said Gipner. Rec sports are an experience unlike any other. Rec sports can be a vital part of kid’s lives and give them lifelong memories and friends.


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The Road Previously Not Taken

Volleyball goes to state for the first time ever

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to play their first game against local Kamiakin High School. Our Roughriders put up a fight on the court but didn’t win the match; the first set was 25 to 18 Kamiakin, the second set 25 to 18 Kamiakin, and the third 25 to 17 Kamiakin. The team battled through

think everyone is very excited to be here, and they know anything could happen. It’s only a group of six high school girls against us,” said assistant varsity coach Stacey Dozono at the Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament in Kennewick, Washington. The volleyball team was extremely happy to be one of the 16 teams to make it to the state tournament. With a record of 11 wins and 7 losses, they beat Heritage High School on home court and placed in the state tournament for the first time ever. Just making it to State to play was a huge achievement: “Every team here is a good team,” said Head Coach Azure DeMeules before the first game. The adrenaline was running high as the RHS varsity volleyball Senior Kelsey Paul just laughs in the face of team warmed up taunting Kamiakin fans.

the booing and taunting of Kamiakin’s fan base, who did everything they could to make the Roosevelt servers put the ball into the net. (It didn’t work though because RHS only missed a few serves.) “I respect the team but I don’t respect their fans,” sophomore Ellen Choy said. “I think we did well and we got some good blocks. When we hit the ball hard, our hits were good,” said freshman Emily Walters. Sophomore Michelle Woodworth impressed the refs and was named Most Valuable Player at the end of the match. The next game RHS played was against Rogers High School from Puyallup. The match was close, and the scores were 25 to 21, 25 to 20, and 28 to 26. Having being narrowly beaten in the first two sets, the Roughriders stepped up their game to play an impressive third set. Defensive specialist/ libero Dominika Marczak consistently made good passes, and middle hitter Tia Peschon spiked the ball hard. Setter Genny Jones showed just how good her hands were by using a variety of sets to control the game. At one point Rogers

High School hit the ball three times in a row, only to have it be blocked each time by Michelle Woodworth, Kelsey Paul, and Kelsey Altus. On game point, Altus made a kill to tie it 25 to 25. Because you must win a set by two points, the girls played out two more points. In the end, the score was 28 to 26 but the Riders had played one of the best sets of the season, and freshman Sarah O’Connor was named Freshman Sarah O’Connor unleashes a fierce Most Valu- serve. able Player. As a result, next year’s varThe volleyball season officially ended sity team will be young but on November 21st. Six team they have set their minds on members will graduate this returning to Kennewick for the year: Kelsey Altus, Kelsey Paul, state tournament. Junior SrinDominika Marczak, Genny ya Sukrachan predicted, “We’ll Jones, Tia Peschon, and Ra- be making this road trip again next year!” chel Bollens. Photos by A. Chiechi

The Dynasty Speaks: Sportswriters’ Predictament Chairman Rao 49 pts

Stephen Perkins 46 pts

Jack Thompson 44 pts

Thuc-Nhi Nguyen Erik Kariya 42 pts 37 pts

Eric Pang 30 pts

Guest: Mr. Malcolm

Washington vs Washington State Men’s Basketball

Washington 69-63

Washington 62-60

Washington 68-62

Washington 59-50

Washington 54-50

Washington 60-50

Washington St 60-53

BCS Championship: Oklahoma vs Florida

Oklahoma 42-34

Oklahoma 42-35

Florida 28-24

Florida 27-24

Oklahoma 45-42

Florida 35-20

Florida 38-21

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Roosevelt 54-48

Roosevelt 52-49

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Roosevelt 54-49

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Methodology: Closest to actual result receives 7 points, next closest receives 6, etc, using equation [(actual score of team 1 - predicted score of team 1) + (actual score of team 2 - predicted score of team 2) + (actual spread - predicted spread)]. Predictor of correct winner receives bonus of 1.

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Roosevelt Winter Sports Preview The squeak of court shoes is echoing through the rafters of the RHS gym once more, and the smells of chalk, chlorine and sweat hang in the air. This could mean only one thing: the long-awaited commenc-

Wrestling Hidden behind the weight room are the lion-hearted Roosevelt wrestlers. They’re constantly working on their fitness and conditioning in an attempt to win the ever-lasting battle to make weight, along with any challenge presented by a foe on the mat. To close each practice, the team faces a challenge of their own in the 10 flights of stairs they sprint. “We’re filled with hard workers,” senior David Madsen says. The loss of key seniors has driv-

Gymnastics (right) The Rider gymnasts are flying high and are focused on vaulting right into the limelight of KingCo. Fueled by the hopes of returning athletes to qualify for Districts, as well as the uncharted territory of State, the gymnastics team is working hard every day under the expertise of coaches Darrel Montzingo and Patty Steele-Smith. Returning captains Tascha Mack and Becca Boyd lead the group of 18 in perfecting their skills on all four events, including vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. In addition to time in the gym, the girls pump iron twice a week in or-

ment of the winter sports season. So dust off your Speedo, spandex and shorts, and get ready for a wild season, courtesy of the mighty Roughriders. To prevent all you rabid Riders fans from getting lost in the shuffle, here’s the inside scoop on all of our excellent winter sports teams. en some of the newer wrestlers to work harder in order to compensate for the loss of experience. “We’re definitely more dedicated and focused this year,” says junior Bang Zheng. The wrestlers are hoping to ride their way into a dominating position in KingCo with tenacity and toughness.

Girls’ Basketball With eight returning seniors, the Lady Riders have game experience and are thirsting for State after losing at KingCo last year. The girls are focusing on being “a tough team, a team that is hard to play,” according to senior Frannie Hemmelgarn, “our coach pushes us like no other.” The team’s fitness and conditioning is constantly being tested during practice, which they hope will translate into wins. Hemmelgarn described practice as “super intense” due to the amount

Key Home Games: 2/13 vs. Ballard; 2/6 vs. Inglemoor Athletes to watch: Sr. Hannah Judd; Sr. Frannie Hemmelgarn; So. Catherine Killian; Sr. Kaitlin Monnahan

Key Home Games: 1/15 vs. Bothell; 1/29 vs. Ballard and Garfield Athletes to Watch: Jr. Bang Zheng; Sr. Mark Kelly; So. Conor Leeds; Fr. Garrett Mack der to build muscle strength and prove that gymnastics isn’t a “girly sport.” With the team made up of mostly beginners and second year girls, they are hoping for success in the coming years as well as the upcoming season. Coach Montzingo stresses a hard work ethic and disciplined practices in order to achieve gymnastics glory for the Riders. “People are in for a treat,” he says. Key Home Games: 12/18 vs. Woodinville; 1/8 vs. Ballard Athletes to Watch: Fr. Sonia Rao; So. Maggie Montgomery; Jr. Becca Boyd; Sr. Tascha Mack

Junior Captain Becca Boyd does a back walkover in practice.

Boys’ Basketball It doesn’t take a chemist to see that the men’s basketball team has some seriously stable bonds between them. “The chemistry is better this year and the work ethic is better,” commented junior Kai Hoyt. The team supports each other through all their endeavors on and off the court, which signals good play for the team in the upcoming season. Although the team takes representing Roosevelt very seriously, they want to make having fun a key reason for why they play the game. The players fell short of their high ex-

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Junior Dive Captain Travis Mealand tucks on his way down to the water.

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of energy between the players. After the loss of some prominent scorers, the whole group has focused on their shooting to make up the deficit. With this year’s reconstruction of the KingCo 4A conference, the squad is ready for some stiff competition. “The league’s going to be tough this year,” said Hemmelgarn.

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“It’s a speed zone, not a jam fest,” swimmer Cameron Johnson said in reference to the more-revealing garb worn by the mens’ swim and dive team. The team is ready to make a splash in KingCo by returning some athletes to Districts and State, along with some new competitors. The loss of key seniors will likely affect the team at first, but hopefully the improvement of some of the newer members will make up that deficit as the season progresses. The athletes are focusing on the basics, in-

pectations last year, so they are keeping the fortune telling to a minimum. Hoyt did confess, however, he is hoping to “get over the hump and make it to State.” The loss of some key seniors last year could make the current team less talented. Nonetheless, the chemistry is undeniable and this will hopefully equate to quality ball from the Riders. Key Home Games: 2/3 vs. Garfield; 2/6 vs. Inglemoor; 2/13 vs. Ballard Athletes to Watch: Sr. Gus Hohlbein; Jr. Colin Noteboom; Sr. Louis Voorhees; Sr. River Voorhees; Jr. Kai Hoyt cluding gliding and stroke structure, in order to slice through the water to the finish. In order for the team to maintain success, it is key the new swimmers and divers “step it up” says Johnson. Don’t be misled by all the games being played at practice, because the team is always working hard to learn and improve. Key Home Games (@Evans Pool): 1/13 vs. Ballard; 1/23 vs. Mercer Island Athletes to Watch: Jr. Travis Mealand; Jr. Michael Hoff; So. Cameron Johnson; Jr. Ryan O’Connor


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Up Top! A How-To Nikil Rao & Erik Kariya Sports Editors Picture this: you’re scoring from third on an extrabase hit by a teammate, adding another run to your team’s winning total in a game that doesn’t really matter. After subtly chopping your feet in crossing home plate, you head into the dugout and try to find someone with whom to commemorate your own drop in your team’s proverbial bucket. After a couple seconds of excited searching, you settle for a boring, va-

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nilla high-five with a teammate and think, “Man, I really wish I had an intricate, practiced, secret handshake to pull out in times like these.” Well, The Roosevelt News has you covered. In five easy steps, you’ll be able to celebrate minor sporting accomplishments in style. You’re welcome. Below: Tennis stars Michael Okinaka and Jeff Chaney demonstrate some key pointers for handshake supremacy.

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FIND A COMPETENT PARTNER

Pick someone who isn’t going to screw it up every time. Make sure your partner knows how to step it up in the clutch - there’s nothing worse than a botched handshake in a pressure situation. Nobody wants to look like an amateur.

Establish eye contact with your partner

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Caliber bullet that Plaxico Burress accidently shot himself with November 28th at a New York nightclub. Burress was so distraught, he allegedly spent 90 minutes after the shooting making calls trying to figure out a way to be discrete. Burress then decided to come up with the alias of Harris Smith and told hospital officials that he was wounded after a dispute at an Applebee’s, which really works when you’re 6’5 and scored a touchdown in the latest Super Bowl.

PRACTICE

Maintain focus throughout execution

BE A PRO ABOUT IT

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Careful adherence to steps 1-3 should have generated a high-five even the ’06 Mets would be proud of. Don’t get swept up in your accomplishment, though, overdoing a handshake just annoys everyone. Do what you do, but be suave about it. Act like you didn’t follow the school newspaper’s step-by-step instructions, but rather thought of it all by yourself.

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Approximate number of seconds San Francisco 49’ers Coach Mike Singletary talked to his team at halftime with his PANTS down. Singletary, in his first game as Head Coach, was so frustrated with his team’s performance, he pulled down his pants and pointed to his buttocks to show his displeasure. Luckily for the team and our imaginations, Singletary was wearing boxers. Points allowed by the Washington Huskies this year en route to a 0-12 season. Fortunately, Washington State allowed a whopping 570 points (a new NCAA record) this season, proving that even when the Huskies go winless they are still better than the Cougars. (Never mind the scoreboard).

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

You are not Allen Iverson – you need to practice. When you first come up with your unique handshake, don’t try to pull it out without getting your reps in. Set up a private, one-minute practice session after coming up with the idea. Take it slow, then gradually speed it up so you can execute it when it counts.

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Now that you have found your handshake husband, it’s time to come up with something unique. Copying something cool (like, say, the “sprinkle me” from Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing) for one part of your exchange is excusable, but reprising a basic, common-knowledge handshake is punishable by a highfive to the face.

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Unfortunately, Coach Jorgenson hadn’t quite mastered the “casual high five”

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AVOID THESE FAUX PAS

Doing it way too often. Don’t be the USC marching band. Too much of a good thing. Teenagers have short attention spans, keep it under 10 seconds.

Old dogs and new tricks don’t mix - keep in mind that anyone over 32 was born before the high-five (left). Looking funny is a fine art that few can pull off. If your handshake looks ridiculous - and if you think there’s any chance it looks ridiculous, it undoubtedly does - embrace your ridiculousness and make sure everyone knows you’re joking.

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Customized “H Smith” Giants jerseys like this one are no longer allowed by the NFL.

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Winning percentage for the Oklahoma City Thunder, aka the team formerly known as the Seattle Sonics, as of December 8. The Thunder have a record of 2-20, getting outscored by an average of 10.6 points a game. Anyone still wonder why no one was motivated to save the Sonics?

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Players received by the Mariners in exchange for JJ Putz, Jeremy Reed, Sean Green and Luis Valbuena. The lowly M’s hope this trade will begin their much-needed rebuilding process. At least we finally have a GM who makes trades that make sense!

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Yummy Starbucks Holiday Drinks With an extra shot of AIDS awareness

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s we make our way through the holiday season we are inclined to treat ourselves to sweet indulgences. As a senior taste tester I am bringing you the lowdown on four seasonal drinks being served over the next few months at Starbucks. The holiday season is also a time of giving and, in that vain, Starbucks is now a proud partner of (PRODUCT) RED. From November 27 through January 22 five cents from the proceeds of all holiday drinks will be donated to the fight against AIDS. “(RED) is a business model created to raise awareness and money for the Roosevelt Starbucks manager Mark is jazzed about holiday drinks only available this time of year. Global Fund by teaming up with the world’s most its from each (PRODUCT) programs, with a focus on Gap, Armani, Dell, Hallmark, Converse, Apple, iconic brands to produce RED product sold goes di- women and children.” (PRODUCT) RED works American Express and (PRODUCT) RED branded rectly to the Global Fund products. A portion of prof- to invest in African AIDS with other companies such Windows.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

For Roughriders trying to stay in the holiday spirit this peppermint flavored drink is the perfect choice for you. This drink is also the healthiest one of the 4 surveyed, with about half as much sugar as the hot chocolate. This tasty treat is good for mixing up the traditional latte and will still wake you up.

By far the best holiday drink Starbucks has thrown together yet, and like the peppermint latte it is great for the holidays. The rich pumpkin taste with a bit of spice makes any person believe they are just biting into a pumpkin pie. If you are undecided on what to get at Starbucks, this drink is definitely the one to risk trying.

Eggnog Latte

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Probably the worst drink I tested, the eggnog latte combines an unbelievable amount of sugar with a strong taste of coffee, which equals a very nauseating experience. The fact that I have a personal bias against eggnog could be a reason for my bad review, so eggnog lovers don’t take my opinion on the drink.

The name of this drink might turn away the unadventurous type but once they have tasted this hot chocolate, no student in their right mind would go back to the regular thing. The first sip is warm and creamy and then the caramel afte taste seals the deal.


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Private School Swap y a d i r F aky

Winnie Anderson

“MyGrace” were among the clever sayings. Ms. Grace wore jeans and a v-neck walked into class just as the bell was T-shirt. Below the “v” were the letters ringing. The bells (in addition to the “o-t-e” (it was Election Day). At U Prep, huge building) made passing periods teachers aren’t allowed to wear jeans much more stressful than at U Prep. except on “U Prep Spirit Casual Days.” On the phone, the night before, Cate Students were asked to bring in described where I was supposed to sit articles to determine the core beliefs in all my classes and I wrote them down behind Barack Obama and John Mcin my notebook. Cain’s policies. The classroom We broke up into was bigger than a small groups and U Prep classroom, looked over our with about 25 kids articles, reviewsitting in rows of ing and discussdesks. At U Prep ing. Conversations the classrooms about an upcomare smaller (there ing dance and a are about 12 kids district swim meet per class) and also circled the the desks in most room, as Ms. Grace classrooms are walked around, arranged in rows Winnie smiles with her new RHS checking in with for a more discus- friends: Emi W-P, A Mullen, T Dilek. the groups. sion-based class. Finally, we reThis means that at grouped to share what we came up Roosevelt, fewer students were able to with. Ms. Grace created an Obama-Mcparticipate. I kept thinking about my Cain T-chart on the board which some eight-person Social Justice class at U students quicky copied down in their Prep where we sit in a small half-circle notes. and spend the majority of most periods This period wasn’t too different from discussing different topics. a U Prep one. The lesson, the teacher, Besides the size, the classroom and room itself were similar but the seemed similar to a U Prep one. The number of students changed everywalls were red and covered with color- thing. I’m so used to having more inful posters. On one side of the white teraction between students and teachboard, students had written different ers and my favorite classes are always phrases, replacing part of the phrase the ones where we have a discussion with “grace,” a play on history teach- and students talk most of the period, er Ms. Grace’s name. “You graced my instead of the teacher. That wasn’t posdrink,” “The grace is always greener sible with a class size much more than on the other side,” “Gracebook” and twice the size of a U Prep class.

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Cate Gelband

nior Ana Laakmann, sitting on the lounge chair in the back of the room, was first to share her thoughts. “Evst period- After gathering in the erybody knows everyones’ first, last, commons before 8:00, where stu- and middle name. Seriously, you get dents intentionally arrive early to so- to know each other way to well.” Howcialize, I head to my first class, Ameri- ever, junior Joey Chernick offered a can History. There were a total of 9 slightly more optimistic perspective. students in the class who took out their When asked what he enjoyed about his notebooks and Puma planners, similar school, he said “You could say the socin design to ours, as the teacher ad- cer team. It’s like a brotherhood.” dressed the 2008 election. 6th period- I wasn’t surprised at this 2nd period- Next on my schedule point to find only 10 people in class. At was “cells,” or BiU Prep, a whopping ology. I sat next to 16 students is the junior Annie Ollimit on class size. sen, who brought During the French up her favorite 3 class, students aspect of U Prep: acted out a You“Global Link”. Tube video, comThis is a travplete with a French eling program song and accomthat generally panying dance, to goes on 3 trips prepare for their a year to foreign performance at countries. When Cate (second from left) embraces her new an upcoming asI asked her who buds in the U. Prep Gym. sembly. she usually sat 7th period- Next was English, where with she told me it changed every day, students put up posters displaying and that I would be hard pressed to quotes from All the Kings Men. find an official seating chart at U Prep. 8th period- With 8 students, the 3rd period- I was told to go find a desks were set up in a U shape, and couple of couches on the second floor of students presented projects for this the classroom building, where I would Social Justice course. meet my “advisory.” On the table were Tailgate Club- Tailgate Club is the various snacks, and about 10 students spirited extra curricular that encomwere standing around listening to passes 90% of the student body. At something similar to our daily bulletin Homecoming, it’s a tradition to grill being read by “Dux,” or Mr. Duxbury, out on the sports fields. One of the two the advisor. “head chefs”, junior Andrew Blundell, 4th period- It was during the warm says “Tailgate Club is a great outlet for up in this class that I got my first look students to show their enthusiasm for into the pros and cons of U Prep. Ju- our athletes.”

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Mean SAT score (Reading/Math/Writing)

610/610/610

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Mean composite ACT score

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Number of students enrolled

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Student-Faculty ratio

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Percent of students that graduate

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Percent of graduates attending college

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Seattle Public School students often have a bias against private school kids. We harbor feelings of resentment towards their pretension and small class sizes. But do we really know what it takes to walk in each others shoes? U Prep Press Reporter Winnie Andersen and The Roosevelt News wanted to find out, so Anderson and Roosevelt News Theme Editor Cate Gelband swapped schools for a day and recorded their observations of the other school.


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RHS Celeb Look-Alikes Unknown Stories Staff Reporter

Adam Brody & Leo Cohen “0h eM geEz, Ad@m Br0dY iz s0o0o h0tT!” So is senior Leo Cohen Adam Brody’s tall, dark and handsome twin?

Liv Tyler & Genevieve Jones Give senior Genny Jones a tiara, throw in some hobbits and orcs, and you’ll think you’re in Middle Earth with Arwen and Aragorn. Genny Jones is the spitting image of Liv.

Tarzan & Jon Lee Jon, Jon, Jon of the jungle! Even if he hit that tree, his primitive muscles would keep his rugged physique intact!

Angelina Jolie & Ava Keating She’s already got the sumptuous lips and cat-like eyes- all she needs is Brad by her side, and voilà, Ava-lina Jolie!

Owen Wilson & Jack Truitt Is that Jack Truitt, or Hansel, Zoolander’s ridiculously goodlooking rival?

Scarlett Johanson & Julia Amado Don’t let Julia’s silky brown hair get you lost in translationwhere’s she hiding her stash of Golden Globes?

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Emily Shugerman Staff Reporter

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hile many of us picture traveling to far off places as luxurious, one pair of charitable Roughriders found out the hard way that this isn’t always so. These two girls were only trying to help out when they found themselves literally stuck in a foreign fiasco. Last year, sophomores Amy Shearer and Hannah Jacobsen traveled to Nicaragua with an organization that supports rural farmers. On their tour of the countryside, the group was invited to visit a turtle reserve. Unfortunately, their tour guide underestimated the drive time by over an hour! By the time they reached the reserve, it was nine o’clock, and already dark. Nevertheless, the group got out to observe the wildlife, and was rewarded with the sight of tiny little turtles

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ost of her students know that sewing teacher Ms. Ryles is armed with a stellar memory, a great sense of humor, and forty-four years of teaching experience at Roosevelt. When we picked her brain for a story, she regaled us with many, but we found this one the most entertaining: Years ago, one of the science classrooms kept a young boa constrictor in a glass aquarium. The aquarium had a plate of glass covering the top to keep the snake in. Slowly though, the snake began to grow. The snake reached such a size that one day, when no one was watching, it broke the glass top and slithered out of its cage. Free to go wherever it wanted, the wiggly creature slithered into one of the heating vents, looking for a larger home. Once in the vent, the snake

scuttling across the beach. By the time they got back in the van it was nearly eleven o’clock, and everyone was exhausted. The passengers bundled up and settled in for the long drive home. However, they were only an hour into the ride before the van suddenly stopped. Amy describes hearing a whirring noise, and then seeing the tour guide step out of the van. Slowly, the cramped passengers began to realize that their car was sitting in the middle of a muddy, shallow river. They were stuck. After several futile attempts to pry the van out of the muck, they admitted defeat and took the only other option left - walking. The motley crew walked for three hours in pure darkness. Finally they were picked up by members of the organization who had stayed behind. Hannah and Amy both agree that the rest of their trip was exciting, but this is the story that they will be telling for found a ready supply of food – rats. Squirming through the heating ducts and subsisting off an ample diet of rodents, the snake roamed the school for twenty years without being caught. Officials had no way of knowing where in the maze of the heating system the snake could have been at any given time, so it was virtually uncatchable - that is, until an infamous day during summer school. Ms. Ryles tells us with a slight smile about how a student was working intently on their assignment when they suddenly felt something brush against their leg. The unprepared student looked down to find the monstrous boa constrictor wrapping its scaly body around the student’s leg. Alerted by the student’s cries of horror, officials swooped in and seized the boa constrictor, which was removed from the building. No word on whether the student returned to class that summer.

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Teen Romance Heats Up the Ice

It’s cold outside but these lovebirds don’t feel it Camille Esposito

s soon as senior Macky Loveland and sophomore Chloe Borba set foot on the rink at Highland Ice Arena, the ice began to melt. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, sparks were flying, burning up the ice-skating rink into a fiery inferno of passion…. Macky’s very own love land, you could say. He introduced himself, ogling Borba with eyes full of desire. Loveland later confessed, “When I first laid eyes on her, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful she was- I knew that she was one of a kind.” Borba was rendered momentarily speechless, and responded with a small sigh of happiness, evidently relieved at her date’s identity. Hands migrating towards each other like magnets, the pair marched awkwardly towards the rink entrance, feet clunking from the weight of their skates. They stepped onto the halo of ice, and a choir of angels could almost be heard. Now, it was just Loveland, Borba, and the rink- and a few pesky toddlers, maneuvering their way in and out of the couple’s developing love. Borba, having had prior ice-skating experience, immediately began gliding across the ice, with the grace of Michelle Kwan. “As soon as Chloe stepped on the ice I could tell she was a natural. She glided around the rink like a swan!” Loveland later spilled. After a second of pure admiration, Loveland decided to exhibit some of his own skillzz; he jetted after his girl, like a duck after a swan, clumsily (but nevertheless adorably) grabbing Borba by the arm. She spun towards

him, and they intertwined like grape vines- some of the sweetest grapes ever to mix. “When we started skating together, I just felt complete….”, Borba reminisced, eyes clouding over with memories of her date. With that, they were off,

spiraling around the rink in obvious euphoria. The Borbanator and the Big Mack went together like…. chang chang, changity chang shoobop (and that’s the way it should be). They were like peanut butter and jelly, fries and ketchup, Mack and cheese. The chemistry between them was ten times stronger than what you’d find in any science classroom, and more natural than Michael Jackson in the 1970s. Throw in a fairy godmother and you would’ve had the perfect fairytale; Loveland was Borba’s Prince Charming. After what felt like hours of frosty delight, their hands were becoming numb, so the flawless couple tore themselves away from their winter wonderland. On the way out, Loveland stumbled, drawing gasps from on looking munchkins. Whether or not it was a clever ruse to hold Borba’s hand, we’ll never know, but she was quick to lovingly pull him back to safety. Heading out into Seattle’s evening chill, the lovebirds were walking as if attached at the hip, supposedly for warmth. Loveland suggested taking a trip into a nearby thrift store, and a completely different type of heat began to radiate. There seemed to be something in the secondhand air that sent their romance skyrocketing to a whole other dimension. Borba was so love-struck that she couldn’t tear her eyes off Loveland, and he was clearly fantasizing about mackin’ on her.

While enthusiastically digging through heaps of frugal artifacts, the couple was no doubt envisioning their future together. Borba examined a vintage KitchenAid mixer, plainly dreaming about how nice it would look in their 60s-inspired kitchen to be, while Loveland relaxed in a beautifully crafted ancient bunk bed, indubitably picturing Borba laying beside him, as his wife. Loveland spotted a gorgeous beige tweed blazer and, unable to control himself, tried it on. Blushing, Borba muttered under her breath, “I do!”, and later revealed, “When I saw him in that tweed jacket, my heart sank, and I pictured myself standing at the altar beside him. I just feel like we’re meant to be.” A disapproving glare from a nearby employee snapped the future spouses from their trance, and they left the store, gazing out at scenic Aurora Avenue. Incapable of parting so soon after discovering true love, the soul mates headed over to Starbucks, intent on cuddling near the electric fire, peppermint hot-cocoas in hand. Held in a tight embrace, they discussed the current situation in Iraq, and Loveland brazenly shared his goal of fighting in the army. Borba was awestruck, and the flame was just about to ignite when the date was put to an abrupt endLoveland’s future mother-in-law called, demanding her daughter return home at once. Arm wrapped tightly around Borba’s shoulders, they walked out into the nippy night, reminiscing on their fabulous rendezvous. “I had a really good time…. I wish it didn’t have to end,” whispered Borba, shyly looking down. Loveland sweetly replied, “Who says it’s over? This is just the beginning.” Ducking into Loveland’s butter-yellow Mercedes, they drove off, windows fogging up as they drove off into the now not-so-cold winter evening. In the words of Macky Loveland, “That’s wassup.”

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“11! Macky is sooo nice and sweet!”

Loveland and Borba peruse the shoe isle at Goodwill.

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2. Debit cards withdraw from this account. 6. UK’s current currency 7. US bills are made from mostly this type of material. 8. The US president on the $100,000. 9. When one gives away money. 11. This country is currently suffering from hyperinflation. 15. The firm taking over WaMu 16. A euphemism for depression 18. Japan’s current currency 19. The richest country in the world (Highest GDP per capita) 21. Where one gets money without going through another human. 22. An investment in a company 24. The central bank of the United States of America 26. The rise of prices in goods and services. 27. Pink Floyd song, uses sounds of cash registers, clashing change, and tearing receipts.

What you will never be able to afford:

A private island in the Carribean $50,000,000

A Mason Jar from your local grocer $2.50

A pirate island by Playmobil $25

A trip to the top of the Space Needle. $35

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