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the roosevelt news News Staff Editor in Chief Emma Dunlap Online Editor Adam Houston Layout Editor Rhian Lindhjem Managing Editor Madeleine Nelson Graphics Editors Anna Baldi Cole Garry News Editors Charlotte Hevly Sophie Jones Opinion Editors Mira Fisher Maddie Foley Feature Editors Alex Farias Menaka Narayanan Sports Editors Adam Houston Sophia Mosshart Max Rose A&E Editors Carmen Abbe Lisa Colligan Copy Editor Karinna Gerhardt Staff Reporters Maddy Axel Hannah Brown Hannah Fishbein Isabelle Galus Ben Gauld Isabelle Gubas Julia Hower Daphne Jacobsen Forest Machala John Peterson Sophie Reid Malcolm Roux Francois Rucki Alec Scully Madeline Sheppard-Marvin

This month in The Roosevelt News: News

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Achievement gap revealed Numbers in the News Guns stolen from local home Ukraine rocked by tumultuous protests

Mandela remembered Roosevelt’s recycling habits debunked Typhoon Haiyan hits hard Senior assassin reaches its boiling point

Opinion

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What a girl wants Editorial: SubsiDIE

Like, stand up for yourself? Poisoned by the Ivy League

The United States of dreamers

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Backpage Anna Baldi Emily Nordberg Web Master Aevin Stearns Adviser Christina Roux Mission Statement The Roosevelt News aims to represent the diverse student population at Roosevelt. We strive to provide accurate, fair and unbiased news in order to increase reader awareness of issues apparent to the immediate and global community. We are a student-run publication serving students, staff, parents and alumni and are an open forum for opinions of all those we serve. Signed opinion pieces represent the views of the writers and not necessarily those of the Editorial Board. The Roosevelt News accepts signed letters to the editor. Please submit them to Room 235 or Ms. Roux’s mailbox or by email to caroux@seattleschools.org. The Roosevelt News reserves the right to reject any advertisement deemed unacceptable for publication. The Roosevelt News does not run illegal, hateful, or inappropriate advertisements. If you are interested in placing an ad, call (206) 252-4880.

Making the ultimate cut Discovering the coaching connection

Small towns, big players The line between rivals and teammates What inspires you to play? When passion fades Year 2068 Predictament: guess away

Arts & Entertainment

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Ye Olde Village steals spotlight Reso(new)tions Read the reels Fruitful winter play Humans of Roosevelt

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WC500 The Seattle Slush John Otten Grammy bound

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We asked, “would you rather...?” Tips to curing the mid-year slump

Homeless: Millions of stories, one insufficient word

ASR announcements: Diversity Week: February 3-7 Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges Diversity Assembly: Friday February 7 Clubs are selling food from Wednesday February 5 through Friday February 7

Illustrators Anna Baatz Emily Nordberg Amy Pelz

Cover Cole Garry

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Rants and raves

Blog Reporters Noah Foster-Koth Meghan O’ Kelley

Photographers Josie Diether-Martin Sydney Flynn Spenser Holman Claire Nelson Taylor Sherman

Sports

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Heard in the Halls #tweetsofthemonth

Editor in Chief Emma Dunlap

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thought senioritis was a false invention: tradition and group mentality passed down by the previous class. Everyone claims to have the plague and therefore I thought all us seniors were just under the influence of the Placebo Effect and not actually inflicted with the disease. But I recently caught the sickness, and it is not even partially superficial. It struck me right after the December vacation, as I pressed the final “submit” button on the Common Application. Unfortunately, college applications overtake senior’s lives from September to December and seem to overshadow the importance of high school. We are taking the utmost vital and interesting classes of our high school career this year that have seemed to be sucked dry of their appeal by college “distractions.” You realize that all you can do now is wait for those acceptance and rejection letters and paying attention to everything else is just too much work. I think the symptoms vary among each infected senior, but they are all interrelated. You find yourself lying in bed for at least a half an hour every morning seriously contemplating scenarios that involve not going to school that day. Doing homework or studying for a test that does not take place the following day just seems futile and distressing. When you finally take out your books and sit down, you say “Okay, that was the first step, time for a break,” then never come back to it. You find yourself going to bed at 8:00 p.m. just to avoid doing homework and then telling yourself, “Oh, I’ll just get up at 5:00 a.m. to do work,” but you instead end up for sleeping for a solid 11 hours. True Senioritis is when you can draw all the icons on your phone faster than you can answer a simple physics question. I just hope this resembles the common cold: minimal symptoms, something my immune system will fight off soon, and a sickness I will only get it a few more times this year. I guess we just have to remind ourselves that we all have something at school that we would miss if we dropped out tomorrow.

“My fortune cookie told me that Yelm was a magical place” “I was just moistening my nuts” “I wish I could kill my Assassin target for real” “Meryl Streep: my only elderly love” “Despite the fact that I have never even touched a woman, I’m getting tested for STDs anyway” “I don’t have a facebook so I literally have to post things up on a wall” “I love being in charge of bladders, it’s my favorite thing” “We’re playing slugbug but instead of cars it’s whenever we see a ginger” “I heard she sent a picture to Colin Kaepernick...” “I am taking this down to the ragged end of disaster”

@mitchellorourke: Nothing says Christmas like watching Leonardo Di Caprio do blow off strippers #TheWolfOfWallStreet @PJsAndCocaine: teen girls in court be like “stop judging me” @totalfratmove: America showing up late to both world wars but still coming out on top. #TFM @DerrickEng_AWFC: I feel bad for the NSA agents that have to track my internet habits, those are things that no one should see. @Nickyj_GLC: same sex marriage is legal in 6 states. but it’s legal to f**k an animal in 23. welcome. to.merica @18Yaniv: Girl and I were doing laundry and saw each other twice in the laundry room. the second time I said “looks like we’re on the same cycle” Nooo @mitchellorourke: Colleges should be applying for me @hungry_henry_63: You think your safe but just wait... I’m everywhere @CheetoLeFlare: Magic is everywhere if you don’t understand science The Roosevelt News does not take responsibility for the content of these tweets. The column is intended to present the diverse and possibly inflamatory opinions on twitter.

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Achievement gap revealed How Roosevelt’s dramatic disparity hurts everybody

John Peterson

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n early November, Seattle Public Schools published detailed performance reports for every school in the district. Roosevelt’s report showed growth in many academic areas yet its overall grade was lowered due to an achievement gap between white and minority students, highlighting a serious problem for overall educational standards. The report also shows that underclassman failure rates have skyrocketed. Due to this disparity of success between demographics, Roosevelt is now classified as a Level Four school, as opposed to a Level Five school such as Garfield, which has similar data in terms of student achievement, just spread more evenly throughout all demographics. Simply put, at Roosevelt, white students have a high rate of success in the classroom, while Black, Latino, and Native American students have much lower achievement scores. This report establishes that the achievement gap is holding Roosevelt b a c k from being an otherwise top-notch educational institution. For

e x - ample, in 2013, math proficiency for African Americans at Roosevelt was 47% below that of Caucasians. Principal Brian Vance attributed the gap to many different factors and maintained it’s a problem all over the country. One significant contributing factor is school assignment boundaries. “The reality of Seattle neighborhoods is they’re segregated,” admitted Vance, explaining the new regulations for school assignments

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based on residence location led to a drop in minority populations at Roosevelt. Vance assured that with definite school assignments for each student, “it’s easier for families to deal with,” because they now know which school their child will attend. Vance also noted it has “negatively affected how diverse our community is.” In just 4 years, the African-American population at RHS has dropped 6%, and an even larger percentage since the bussing program was phased out through the 1990s. This “whitewashing” of Roosevelt doesn’t just hurt the community, but also the classroom. Former inner-city and current Roosevelt social studies teacher Jabril Rashid believes lack of diversity is contributing heavily to the achievement gap. “It’s hard being the only black kid in the classroom,” said Rashid, “You’re speaking

for everyone [that looks like you]; that’s pressure.” Senior Bereket Anshebo agreed, “Roosevelt is definitely a ‘white community.’ It’s accepting of all people, but with so few minority kids, it’s hard to fit in perfectly.” Rashid clarified that the cause of these performance problems is not limited to a school’s lack of diversity. In many primarily black schools, “too much emphasis is put on trying to become a professional athlete,” instead of being academically successful, he explained. Mr. Rashid has found that “by the time they reach high school, the average black male is 4 years behind in reading.” Combine that with being required to take certain AP classes and “he’s going to get crucified,” says

of African American Roosevelt students showed “proficiency” on state math tests, a drop from last year. District wide, of African American students passed state tests, a increase from the previous year.

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Rashid. He suggests that perhaps treating, or attempting to treat, all students equally in academics is not the right way to go about solving the disparity. Strategies for combating this inequality at Roosevelt are varied. Vance guaranteed, “School staff are continually looking for ways to intervene with students that aren’t doing well.” However, the district boundaries aren’t going away any time soon, which, unfortunately, means Roosevelt is likely to remain whitewashed for a while. But Rashid doesn’t believe there ar- en’t other ways to help increase minority success. Remembering the African-American Literature class that used to be available at Roosevelt but has since been cut, he added, “I’m hoping we can change our curriculum a little bit to make them feel more at home.” If Roosevelt wants to not only reach a Level Five rating but also give a good education to all its students, major steps need to be taken to ensure people of all backgrounds feel comfortable and have the ability to thrive. The school also needs to ensure all incoming students are starting from the same place academically, which would put more pressure on both middle schools and freshman teachers. By diversifying standard curriculums with minority perspectives and material, alienated students would more easily connect to what they’re learning. “Let them be the majority for once,” spoke Rashid. By treating students on an individual basis (especially at-risk minorities) and implementing classes that promote diverse thinking and learning in an un-diverse environment, Roosevelt could be able to spread its achievement evenly to students of all ethnicities.

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Guns stolen from local home

Shocking theft across the street from Roosevelt High School

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wenty rifles and as many as 25 handguns, along with multiple piles of cash and dozens of watches were stolen on January 10th from a home on 15th Avenue, across the street from Roosevelt High School. The owner claims that many of the firearms were heirlooms from his father and grandfather, some dating back to the First World War. However, the victim couldn’t specify exactly how many or what types of guns were stolen, he did say he was missing a Colt .45, a Webbly .357, a Colt Huntsman .22, several Smith and Wessons, and an AR-15. The guns had been kept in closets and drawers throughout the house, rather than in secure gun safes. The victim left his home at 9:00 a.m., but did not set a burglar alarm. No signs on forced entry where found, and the police believe the robber entered through the garage doors. Cash was also reported stolen from various locations inside the

house as well as larger amounts stored in small bags around the kitchen. The victim hasn’t made any explanation for this loose cash. KiroTV reported that the victim’s neighbors had no idea he possessed so much weaponry. Roosevelt sophomore Bradon Blackstone felt apprehension about the future uses of so many stolen guns. “It’s kind of scary to think about,” he said. “People could be selling the guns and other people around the school could be buying them, making [the area] more dangerous.” Police are searching Craigslist and other hot spots for anonymous sales, and have not yet met with reported success. In a neighborhood filled with families and home to the largest high school in the Seattle public school district, such news is highly alarming. Emi Barajas, sophomore, voiced that he just wants to know who has them now: “Is it a student, is it some crazy guy?” Mr. Gross, social studies teacher, stated that not only is it “disturbing” but “is representative of our Although police have not specified the exact house, we know the burgalry occured gun-loving culture.” somewhere on the 6800 block of 15th Avenue, a street crowded with family homes, Staff Reporter

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across the street from Roosevelt High School.

Ukraine rocked by tumultuous protests Ben Gauld

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n early December, protests erupted in Ukraine when president Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a pact with the European Union that would give Ukraine the power to trade without tariffs with all the 28 members of the EU. Russia’s influence over Ukraine was a deciding factor as Russian president Vladimir Putin promised to retaliate with higher tariffs if Ukraine signed the agreement with the United Nations. The economies of Ukraine and Russia have traditionally been very connected: Ukraine exports 27 percent of all of its goods to Russia and Russia also accounts for 30.5 percent of all Ukrainian imports. This gives Russia huge economic leverage over Ukraine, which they were all too happy to take advantage of. Roosevelt math teacher Natalya Leshchyshyn, who lived in the Ukraine until 1997, offered insight into the economic relationship between Russia and Ukraine. “Ukraine has always been dependent on Russia because of the way the Soviet Union was structured. Ukraine was dependent on them for gas, natural resources and stuff like that.” Russia has been exerting its cultural and economic influence over Ukraine since the fall of communism in 1991 and the Ukrainian people are tired of their status as a satellite state. Protesters are unhappy with Russia’s coercive influence over Ukraine and want stronger ties with the UN. Senior Joseph Comin, who has Ukrainian heritage, has been keeping up with the protests and general contempt the populace harbors against the current regime. “Russia has always wanted to exert its cultural and economic influence over Ukraine and the people are sick of it. The protests are a step in the right direction.” The dissent against the Ukrainian regime is not exclusive to citizens, as some local

officials have joined the revolt. The mayor of Lviv, the seventh most populous city in Ukraine, encouraged people to protest and warned the central government that if national troops were sent to pacify the protesters, the local police would take off their uniforms and defend their city. Lviv is in the western side of the country, the same region that Leshchyshyn used to live in. “We were not that Russia friendly. The fact that the mayor of Lviv blatantly called out the Ukrainian federal government speaks to the differing values and ideologies of those in control and those being controlled. Imagine for example, if the mayor of Washington DC (The seventh largest metropolitan area in the USA) denounced the federal government and encouraged citizens to openly protest against it.” Like seemingly every other protest in recent memory, the government has retaliated with violence. Riot police allegedly violently expelled protesters from the streets surrounding government buildings. The police also raided the headquarters of the Fatherland Party, the opposition party to the current regime. On January 5th, the protests started up again in Kiev. However, this time there are much less protesters than there were in December. Rough estimates of the amount of people gathered in Kiev’s independence square place the number at around 10,000 a considerable decrease from the December peak of around 200,000. Nonetheless, 10,000 protestors is still a force to be reckoned with and it shows that the resolve of the Ukrainian people will not be easily suppressed. While a larger country such as Russia or the United States has the power to effectively suppress dissenting opinion, Ukraine does not have the resources to mitigate the riots forever, especially when their own local governments are turning against them.


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Mandela remembered

HFB students from across the world reflect on his legacy Julia Hower

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elson Mandela, a negotiator of the end of Apartheid in South Africa, recently passed away at the age of 95. The nation’s first democratically elected Chief Executive passed away on the 5th of December after a long struggle with pneumonia and lung complications. A full week of events commemorating the former President took place in South Africa, including a memorial service near his home in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, and a state funeral in Qunu, Mandela’s hometown. President Obama, as well as several former Presidents and foreign dignitaries attended the funeral. Lulama Moss, a Hands for a Bridge teacher in South Africa, said of this week, “It is a celebration of his life, dancing and music all the way.” Madiba (Mandela’s Xhosa clan name) was born “Mandela’s death has affected all of us and I think that every South African is heartbroken. He has always been a symbol of hope, a motivator. He showed us that anything is possible if you just believe. He was the one person who changed this country. Now that he’s gone, we’re all worried. Our political parties are often on opposite sides of a discussion and there’s a lot of conflict. I can’t help but wonder who’s going to keep the peace now that he has departed.” -Marleze van der Westhuizen, South African Hands for a Bridge Student

into Apartheid South Africa. He studied law, and was repeatedly arrested for “seditious” activities in opposition to the government while in court. He was a member of the African National Congress (ANC), and was convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state and received a life sentence in 1962. He served more than 27 years in jail and was eventually released due to international pressure. After his release he

peacefully negotiated an end to Apartheid with his captors and won the presidency as a member of the ANC in South Africa’s first democratic election in 1944. Mandela believed strongly in equality - his constitution contained passages guaranteeing equality regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and race. Mandela received the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with many other awards. “I think Nelson Mandela’s legacy is most impressive because of the number of lives he touched despite a 27 year imprisonment and choosing to run only one term. Mandela was humble and steadfast throughout his life. His prisoner to president of the country story is inspiring to anyone who wants to make a difference.” -Abby Von Hagel, Seattle Hands for a Bridge Student

“With the South Africans who visited RHS, I saw how important he was in their lives. Each and every one of them has been affected by his actions and words, and I have stayed connected with them through Mandela’s passing. I know that they feel as though they have lost someone close to them, even if they never had the chance to meet him. He will be missed.” -Jayme Mina, Seattle Hands for a Bridge

Roosevelt’s recycling habits debunked Hannah Fishbein

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pecialists in the Facilities Operations Department are charged with managing electricity, natural gas, water/sewer, and solid waste expenses of the nine million square feet of buildings that the district occupies. The district’s most recent goals are to reduce energy use by five percent, reduce water use by 10 percent, reduce solid waste by six percent, and recycle 60 percent of solid waste as outlined on the Seattle School’s website. The district has also introduced programs like Green Team Support and can label schools as Washington Green Schools if they meet the criteria. Roosevelt has an active Green Team but is not listed as a Washington Green School. However, Washington Green Schools include Nathan Hale High School, NOVA High School, The Center School, and West Seattle High School. Though Roosevelt is not a “Green School” we have received a grant from the Green Team Organization awarding Roosevelt High School $1,000 for recycling and waste reduction since fall of 2011. In order to receive this funding the school must adhere to a strict set of guideline that dictate what kind of waste reciprocals and appliances the school uses and where they should be placed. Roosevelt has the means to have a successful recycling and composting program. The school does use proper waste receptacles in classrooms that follow Green Team regulations but recently some teachers have been concerned that the garbage, recycling, and compost collected during school have not been disposed of properly.

“[Inside the school] we’re trying to foster recycling and respect for the earth but outside we don’t… everything is dumped in the same bin,” said RHS Spanish teacher Shelley Sutton. Sutton and other teachers believed they had seen recyclables being dumped into one dumpster that also contained food waste and garbage. “It’s no one’s fault,” Sutton continued, “but if [the custodians] don’t have the proper bin, they won’t throw it in the bin.” Others have said that the school only has one dumpster that contains all of the schools waste and in put out for garbage collection. “If everyone is making the effort to recycle in school, why do we not have [proper] dumpsters and how can we get dumpsters?” questioned Linda Hilliard. Upon further inspection, Roosevelt has three individual dumpsters that are designated for

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garbage, recycling, and compost respectively. Located behind the school on the loading dock, each bin is properly sorted. Head custodian Kenneth Pettyjohn said, “Compost is taken out once a week and garbage and recycling is taken out twice a week.” Looking around the loading doc, it is clear that Roosevelt’s custodians take careful measures to separate the school’s waste into proper waste receptacles. This comes as a relief for the school and especially Roosevelt’s Green Team. “I was puzzled when I heard that the compost and recycling [collected] in the school

weren’t necessarily going to the compost and recycling [bins],” says Merrill Poepping. As co-president of Roosevelt’s Green Team, Poepping has received reports from the Seattle Waste System that the school’s carbon dioxide emissions have gone down by approximately 2 percent, which would suggest that the school has been more efficient with waste rather than less efficient. One question that students and teachers have is whether or not the school can mix can, paper, plastic, and glass in the recycling similar to residential recycling where contents can be mixed. The answer is unclear. According to ASR member Forrest Allison-Brown, “When the recycling becomes mixed it has to be put into the garbage.” However, recycling collected in the recycling dumpster is mixed and has not created an issue for the school. The challenge is that the school district supplies the necessary waste reciprocals for schools to use. As of now Roosevelt only has one dumpster and is waiting to receive additional dumpsters for specific kinds of waste. In addition, the school must separate the various recyclables before disposing of them unlike residential recycling where glass, cans, and paper can be mixed. Seattleites, including Roosevelt students are committed to conserving the Earth. Roosevelt’s measures to be environmentally conscious have been well received by the student body but Poepping expects more. “As the Pacific Northwest, we have the title of being green, and also being the biggest public school [in Seattle] we create the most waste so we need everyone on board.” Ph

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Typhoon Haiyan hits hard Roosevelt students pitch into relief efforts after the disaster

Forest Machala

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fter the ferocious wind died down, the survivors emerged from their harrowing hiding places in shock at a world they once knew. Trees frayed and gnawed on by the teeth of the typhoon, buildings swallowed up and spit across the soaked landscape. Once bustling cities had become tumultuous junkyards, and idyllic islands with small fishing communities were raked bald by the wrath of the storm. The stench of the dead quickly overwhelmed the air. Stunned, the Filipinos left standing among the many islands that bared the full blunt of Typhoon Haiyan started to pick though the rubble for survivors, bodies and anything that could be useful. Thus began the long, arduous road towards recovery. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as the Filipinos called her, was the strongest storm ever recorded, with winds clocked at 195 mph. The typhoon struck the guts of the

November 2, 2013 An area of low pressure caused the creation of the storm

Philippines in the early morning of November 8th and punched right through the Visayan islands with a fury that had not been seen in generations. Over 6,000 perished. Two months later, the massive influx of international aid and relief supplies have proven successful, but the areas are still slow to recover, with little progress on rebuilding homes for the millions affected. Before the storm, most people lived in wooden shacks with sheet metal roofs; the poorest could only afford straw huts. The typhoon flattened them. Many are still in evacuation sites with no home to go to. The Visayan islands are a poor region of the Philippines, and the Typhoon wiped out many livelihoods along with the homes. Despite the weight of poverty and disaster upon their shoulders, the Filipino community and families have banded together. Roosevelt junior Justin Pederson, who recently came back from Philippines, said, “They’re still getting back on their feet, repairing a lot of buildings. It will take

November 5, 2013 The storm was brought to typhoon intensity

November 4, 2013 The pressure grows into a tropical storm, which is given the Haiyan Compilation by J. Diether-Martin

awhile.” However, Pederson noted that the atmosphere was optimistic and unified as exemplified by professional Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao. He took down Brandon Rio in Macau and after the fight said, “I’d like to thank the Filipino people, especially those people who’re affected by the typhoon. The fight was for you.” The fight, in essence, went to show that it will take more than a super typhoon to bow the heads of the Filipino people. The Filipino club here at Roosevelt has become a rallying point for those who want to help out the typhoon victims somehow. “We are trying to raise money for the typhoon victims in the Philippines and, ultimately, we want to provide an environment for people to learn [about the Filipino] culture,” said club leader and senior Jayme Mina. The Filipino club is taking donation money and donating it to a trusted and reputable disaster relief organization. The Filipino club meets every Wednesday after school in room 269 so stop by to donate and do your part. December 29, 2013 The National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council confirmed 6,155 fatalities across the country

November 7, 2013 The eye of the cyclone made landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the Philippines

November 6, 2013 Joint Typhoon Warning Centre assessed it a category 5 super typhoon

November 15, 2013 The American band Journey announced their $350,000 donation to WFP for the Philippines

Senior assassin reaches its boiling point Alec Scully

Staff Reporter

n November 26th, Roosevelt High School seniors began to craft elaborate plans for the annual “senior assassin,” a game that relies heavily on strategy, an unassuming appearance, and a killer instinct. The game consists of all seniors who pay the $10 fee, and the number of participants reached 150 in this year’s group, making the winning prize about $1500. After signing up, each student is assigned a target who they may not even know, and is given three weeks to find and shoot their target with a variety of Nerf weapons, including pistols, shotguns, bow-and-arrows or even an ax. Like most other years, senior assassin has been tainted with controversy over what rules should be acceptable and which should not. Last year, targeting students while at work was disallowed, but this year’s rules allows students to be killed at work, a rule change that has driven some seniors to skip the competition altogether. Students with a job are at risk of being fired if they are caught with their weapon at work. “I didn’t play because of the rules changing so much. The fact that you can be killed at work is so unfair, and it was way cheaper last year. The rules changing just made it not worth it for me” said senior Clara Sutton. “I think people getting shot at work is not a good rule because kids who are working can’t

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Seniors Jack Snyder, Kyra Stiggelbout, Helena Klein, and Mary Alverson are armed for the cutthroat game of assassin, which this year attracted around 150 seniors.

bring a gun to work because it’s not professional,” said Myles Gouveia, another senior who is opposed to the rule change. “If their manager or boss sees kids in their work trying to shoot someone they will get pissed.” On the other hand, the incentive of money has caused many kids to completely change their school schedule around the game, as students who may spend time at Roosevelt in the hours after school take no chances and go straight home. “Screw my social life at the moment. Money stays on my mind,” says senior Bereket Anshebo. “I only hang out with friends who aren’t playing the game. I can’t trust anyone else.” While some players share Anshebo’s ballsto-the-wall mindset in playing the game, others take a more laid-back approach. “My opinion would be that it’s really not that big of a deal,” said senior Ginger Riley. “I know a few people who aren’t playing because their bosses would get mad at them if they got shot on the job. But personally I think the rules are fine, and anyone who is really mad about them probably just shouldn’t play.” Despite the acceptance of the rules by Riley and others, it is safe to say that as the competition reaches crunch time there be no shortage of controversy in a game that has been defined by it.


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What a girl wants SubsiDIE Fellas often overlook their best qualities Amy Pelz

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ear male population of Roosevelt, Please take the following advice into account when thinking about being a douchebag: Don’t. A commonly self-diagnosed ailment of men these days is the chronic condition of being girlfriendless. “Girlfriendlessness” is a sad state of bitter self-consciousness--a limbo in which only boys not athletic, confident, or chiseled to perfection get caught. Getting a girl is supposedly the golden ticket to a boy’s social success, and it is inconceivable that any acceptable male could walk around unaffiliated. In this cesspool of common thought, many well-qualified dudes fall by the wayside. They have been persuaded that in comparison to the brawny football players, they are physically subpar, and thus, no one will ever love them. Inevitably, they are stuck. Girlfriendless. The “Bro code” clearly dictates that physical beauty is the only necessary attribute to make women drool; without physical beauty, you might as well give up. If I could count on my fingers the number of times I’ve heard some version of “I’m not hot enough to get a girl” exit a guy’s mouth, I would turn myself in to the CIA for Extra Terrestrial research. Sadly, the aforementioned boys are utterly convinced of this fiction. This singular rule turns self-proclaimed “unattractive” males into depressed, cynical grouches who have denied themselves any hope in the field. Whatever interesting, rare, or downright attractive qualities these boys may have had are flushed down the toilet. They cannot change their looks, so they just complain. On the other hand, the “lucky ones” (a.k.a. the ones who have been told they resemble a Ken doll) receive the freedom to be as douchey as they want; nothing can abash their good looks. Friends, something is wrong here. By thinking so narrow-mindedly about self-worth, we are misguided into thinking that physical qualities supersede what’s really more important about people--their values, humor, generosity, and character. I will not lie and say that being a gorgeous human being is not attractive. As a straight teenage girl, I can personally say I have my own affinity for handsomeness, musculature, and athleticism. But if you assume that those are my only values, you would “make an ass out of you and

me,” to quote Mr. Christensen. What I really like? NICE GUY. Now stop. I can already hear the argument inside your head. “That’s what they all say, right?” RIGHT! And if you were to actually analyze what girls are trying to communicate rather than dismiss them as shallow, you might get it! Maybe the most beautiful aspect about a Nice Guy is that if he isn’t seen by the world as a Ken doll, he doesn’t really care. Whether he is a Ken or not, the Nice Guy sees beyond the superficial system of attraction. Although it’s harder for guys to admit, we girls aren’t as vapid as we’re made out to be. Physical inadequacy isn’t the reason we won’t go out with you. Deep down we want a person who shares our values. Somebody who is as athletic, adventurous, intelligent, and interesting as we are. Someone we can consider a best friend. In being so superficial you are killing the valuable parts of human interaction. Boys, I challenge you to expand your outlook to concern more than a social standing that relies on physical adequacy and female approval. I know you want to be accepted. You are a teenager, and you have feelings for people. Do not shut that down. For any boy still living in the drudgery of hormonal hell, please take note: there is a way out. Step one to recovery is realizing that you have a problem. The problem is not your body, the problem is the way you are looking at it. Step two is getting over yourself. We live in a materialistic world, so it is easy to fall into the trap of materializing others and yourself. But bodies are just skin and bones (and tendons. And ligaments). Humanity is more than that. Step three is to become interested in your character for the sake of it. Look at the bad qualities and accept them. There’s a reason why not everyone loves you. But realize that what you excel at is valuable. You won’t need a mate to confirm you’re a good person, because your inevitable self-discovery will make you believe it. Go out, young grasshopper. The world is your oyster and eventually, you’ll find that pearl.

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merica has sure made a name for itself. Our “obesity epidemic” is heard from purple mountain majesties, from sea to shining sea. Most people don’t realize that it’s our amber waves of grain (and the government subsidies that protect them) that plague the nation. The US Department of Agriculture issues as much as $30 billion a year in subsidies to farmers and agricultural corporations, more than 90% of which goes to producers of wheat, soybeans, rice, cotton, and, (here comes the whopper, folks) corn. Corn subsidies emerged as an effort to control the ballooning food prices of the 1970’s, and they worked. Cheap corn mysteriously turned into high fructose corn syrup and polysorbate 60, and then wormed its way into everything from hamburger meat to yogurt. Because of the subsidies, the corny-est, fattiest foods (especially those produced by huge corporations) have become the cheapest, while the prices of produce and other “whole foods” is still climbing. Economically, this cheap food is a boon to low-income Americans. Ready-made, inexpensive, high-calorie meals provide essential sustenance for those working long hours on minimum wage. In a New York Times article, writer Tara Poker-Pope remarks that in a University of Washington study, a 2,000-calorie diet of junk food can cost as little as little as $3.52. In contrast, three meals of nutritious, healthy food can cost ten times as much. No wonder that fast-food chains have grown. When you think of your hungry kids, you’re going to drop the bag of carrots and pick up fast food instead.

Americans have been making this decision for the last 30 years because they have no other option. This issue is not one of American laziness; it’s one of government ineptitude and corporate exploitation of the poor. It seems as though opinionated bloggers, European tourists, politicians, and upper-middle-class health food shoppers have tried to mend the “obesity epidemic.” These folks mean well, they really do, and many have attempted to solve the problem with enthusiastic ad campaigns promoting health. But in reality, “60 minutes of play a day” is not going to make it any easier for mom and dad to get real food on the table. The real cure is making whole foods affordable and accessible to all by changing farming incentives and diversifying America’s breadbasket. Subsidies should not be given to farmers based on their maximum level of production. Rather, subsidies should be given to farmers who are making obvious efforts to produce a diverse, healthy, and high-quality, variety of foods. Varying crop types not only gives us more options; it is also the safer and more natural alternative to pest control. By cutting corn subsidies and funding small produce farmers based on their progressive efforts instead, we could lower the price of healthier foods and protect the environment. Everyone should be given the ability to obtain fresh, nutritious food. The only way to achieve this is through compromise between the corporation and the consumer.


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Saying “like” is a common bad habit, but why do we really use it? Julia Hower

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s high school students, the word we hear most frequently throughout the day is probably “like.” I will admit to saying “like,” “um,” and “y’know” much more than is sensible; filler words like these diminish intelligent statements and are extremely annoying. Popular culture has perpetuated this language - much of our generation grew up watching shows like Lizzie McGuire, Zoey 101, and Phil of the Future, in which most of the characters are “hip” teenagers who say “like” countless times per episode. But why have these words taken such a strong hold in our gen-

eration? I think that the way they are used correlates with our traits as a culture. Primarily, although we are not often conscious of it, we use filler words to indicate approximation. When meeting up with friends, I will often hear people say, “I’ll see you at, like, three.” This is very different from saying “I’ll see you at three.” The latter indicates a precise meeting time, while the former suggest that they’ll be meeting around three. It’s “like” three, but it’s not actually three. We use filler words to diminish the gravity of our statements. Because we’re worried about conflict, we don’t want to say anything decisive. When someone says something offensive at school, I often hear something similar to “Um, that’s sort of offensive. Like, could you maybe not say that around me?” This provides an easy way out for the offender and the defender. The response was meek enough that the racist or sexist commenter doesn’t feel startled enough to avoid that behavior in the future, and the responder doesn’t have to feel “mean,” or that they were putting themselves in any sort of social danger. I have rarely heard an opinion stated without modifiers that suggest meekness. This largely shows up in the language of girls, which is also a result of the inferiority and ditziness of the girls portrayed in the media. Girls are taught that their opinions are not to be valued, so when they have them they are scared of self-expression and therefore modify their statements. This allows boys and men to trample over women’s opinions since men are less prone to weakening their arguments, only because they are taught that being loud, and sometimes even bigoted, is to be celebrated! This type of

language is also a result of our focus on neutrality, or remaining “PC.” The 60’s and 70’s saw huge youth protest movements, and although we certainly have much to protest now, almost nothing like those movements has occurred. For all the people I know who support equal marriage, I have not seen one of them go to a march or show support in an outwardly visible way. This is because we don’t want to take responsibility for our actions or stand by our opinions in case they will be responded to with prosecution. In a changing society where traditional career paths and beliefs are no longer viable or secure for most, now is not the time for us to be avoiding radical change. Our generation is full of progressive, thoughtful people, but we can’t make the world a better place for ourselves until we learn to stand strongly for what we believe and let go of our fear of authority.

Poisoned by the Ivy League

With the growth of schools nationwide, are Ivies still superior? Malcolm Roux

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very year, thousands of students send their applications to Harvard. Six percent are accepted. These impressive students finally enter the Ivy League world, pouring immense amounts of money into tuition with the promise of an excellent education. An excellent education they may receive, but recently, many technical and liberal arts colleges have risen to become known as top-tier academic institutions for fractions of the Ivy price. One can expect to spend upwards of $200,000 for four years at any Ivy League university, and, for most students, this cost will reside in student debt. Despite all the stress this causes, students justify it; they are receiving the world’s finest education, so this in itself will certainly reap the benefits. We must reconsider this common opinion. The Ivy League has become a brand that symbolizes confidence, affluence, and intelligence, but that doesn’t mean we have to buy into it. In addition to the brand representing these good qualities, it has also convinced many of us that no other option can bring you them. In reality, there are dozens of schools that are fair challengers to the Ivies--liberal arts colleges with renowned professors and technical schools that are highly specialized. Just because these schools don’t have as much history or do as much advertising doesn’t mean that they are somehow academically lacking. In fact, their comparatively “under-the-radar” status usually means that they are less likely to rip you off. Much like we often pass by a local coffee shop in favor for a laughably expensive Starbucks, practical state and private schools are often dismissed as secondary to the Ivy League. A Starbucks cup looks good in your hand, just like an Ivy League crest on a diploma looks good in your office, but what does that diploma really represent? In

a TIME magazine study comparing the top starting salaries of different universities’ bachelor programs, Harvard only ranked 37th. This is still an impressive result, but hardly reflective of the 6% acceptance rate, making it one of the nation’s most competitive schools. To preserve its name and popularity, Harvard demands from its students tireless work, resulting in many of their scholars switching majors purely to stay in school. Rebecca Stern, a Yale student and writer for the Yale Daily News, discusses the misunderstood gravity of the Ivy League stress load, saying, “According to the American Institute of Stress, 75 to 90 percent of all visits to a family physician are related to stress, and last month, Nature published findings from Yale researchers linking stress with tumor formation. In addition, significant brain damage, psychiatric disorders like paranoia, anxiety and clinical depression are all looming hazards for those of us stressed on a daily basis.” The irony is too good; with the expectation of building up to become a genius at an Ivy, many break down and become psychotic instead. In this way, no Ivy can guarantee a good education, no matter how much they advertise it. At any college, you should expect and want to seriously challenge yourself. But if the arduousness of a school interferes with your actual interests, then maybe consider another school. Ivy League schools carry a lot of weight behind their name, but so does the debt accumulated while one is there. Rising tuition and lowering acceptance rates continue to be the trend at many of these famous universities, while students emerge from Ivy schools with psychological ailments and lower earning potential than many of their peers. With more well-qualified students and professors moving towards other schools around the country, the Ivy League may seem like a brand gone out of style.


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OPINION

january 24, 2014

Flake off

I hate flakey people. I understand if something else comes up and plans fall through, but at least tell me before I show up where we’re supposed to meet. It’s just common courtesy--don’t ditch someone and proceed to ignore their texts and calls without providing an explanation. If you consistently flake out, don’t be surprised if your friends don’t want to hang out with you anymore.

Authentic pride

I have noticed over the past few years that hats with sports teams on them have become all the rage amongst men in my demographic. There is no inherent problem with this, but people have begun to wear apparel of teams that they aren’t even fans of. Seeing someone in a Buffalo Bills hat who can’t even name the starting quarterback of the team they are representing, frustrates me to no end. Being a sports fan is a lifestyle, not a fashion choice.

-Ben Gauld

--Maddie Foley

Equality buddies

Every Thursday I see girls eating delicious treats, and my jealousy is unfathomable. The only thing I want to brighten my game day is a simple baked good, or even store bought candy. But no, I am doomed with being a male athlete, never receiving a secret buddy gift, never being surprised by tasty food and savoring its flavor. I know many people think that men are somehow incapable of giving a good secret buddy gift, and though I do see some truth in this, I honestly don’t care about the quality of my gift. Anything is better than nothing, and all I want to do is eat on my game day.

– Malcolm Roux

Chocoholic

From the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast to the bon bon shoppes of Paris, chocolate is loved by people all over the world. The taste of milk, dark, and everything in between can only be described as pure bliss. Chocolate is able to pull off complex combinations with bacon, nuts, caramel, fruit, spices, and hundreds of others, all while maintaining that standard of deliciousness. It can be put on, under, over, and in almost anything. I dare chocolate skeptics to imagine the most disgusting food possible; add chocolate, and no matter what, “delicious” is the only outcome.

–Francois Rucki

Husband for hire

Whether you plan to pursue a high-paying career or not, you have to admit that there aren’t many things better than free money and guess who gets free money: not people who work hard, but trophy wives (or husbands). A fully paid-for life complete with traveling and lots of food-just for looking pretty? I dig it. How can I become one?

–Isabelle Galus

Rise n’ shine

I absolutely love waking up early in the morning. I have time to calmly eat a big breakfast, and I get to watch the sunrise every day. If I don’t get to sleep early enough, all I need is a cup of coffee and I’m ready to go. Waking up at 5:30 also means that I get to enjoy a couple of hours free of nagging while my parents are asleep, and first period isn’t the first event I’m conscious for. After all, the early bird gets the worm!

–Julia Hower

Oil of the gods Coconut oil: luxurious, splendid, useful in a million ways. Who wouldn’t want fruitful health, long, silky, shining hair, and glowing skin? Who cares if you have to sit for an hour (or four) while your hair feels like a grease vat? Your locks will woo potential suitors and crush the dry, frizzy hair of your competition. You will feel like your skin has sunshine glowing through it. Forget diamonds; coconut oil is a girl’s best friend.

–Sophia Mosshart and Josie Diether-Martin

Orange you glad Clementines are the best. You don’t have to eat clementines to enjoy them. When someone peels one in your general area, you immediately become enveloped in the scent. Let’s all ditch oranges and eat clementines instead. They’re the easiest and least guilt-inducing food to eat two dozen of. –Madeline

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The United States of dreamers In this day in age, are we waking up from the American Dream? Ben Gauld

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n this age of pronounced class division and economic difficulties, many a pessimist has proclaimed the American dream to be dead. This idea borders on treasonous as it is completely antithetical to the quintessential American ideals. It is undeniable that certain members of society come into this world with a huge head start over others due to the socioeconomic standing of the families they are born into. However, through hard work, every American has the opportunity to live a good life. The distinction between a good life and a wealthy life is important because not everyone has the opportunity to live a life of opulence. This is unfair, perhaps, but every civilization throughout history has had some degree of class and wealth divisions. A common perception of the American dream is that through hard work everyone can become fantastically wealthy. While fantastical amounts of wealth are attainable, it is very difficult for the majority of people. The American dream really is best summed up in the ending of the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. By no means is the United States perfect, but it offers easier access to this promise than the vast majority of the world. Many, myself included, are often quick to criticize the government for human rights violations committed by our military, blatant government corruption or the unnecessary wars we wage. However, people often fail to acknowledge the bigger picture. While our country is not perfect, making a life for yourself here is not as difficult as it would be in many other places. The idea that through hard work and dedication anyone can become anything is inherently idealistic. When immigrants come to this country their expectation is not to become aristocrats and millionaires. They are allured by the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what makes America great and the American dream a perennial staple of our culture. Despite the immense difficulty of becoming fantastically wealthy that those of lower econonic status face, it is not impossible. Shahid Khan is the perfect personification of this concept. A Pakistani immigrant, Khan came to the United States in 1968 at the age of 16 to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He was first employed as a dishwasher, for which he was paid the paltry sum of $1.20 an hour. After he graduated college, he worked for an automotive company called FlexN-Gate. Through shrewd investments and business dealings, he was able to buy the company in 1980 and since then its productivity has boomed. It now provides auto parts for many automotive brands, including Toyota and Ford, and in 2011 it took in more than $3 billion dollars in revenue. Khan’s net worth is now estimated at around $3.8 billion and he is the owner of two professional sports franchises: The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Fullham F.C. of the Premier League. Care for an example with more cultural relevance? How about none other than rap’s resident businessman, Jay-Z? After growing up selling crack in the projects of Brooklyn, Jay-Z has used his musical talent and entrepreneurial flare to make hundreds of millions of dollars for himself. His financial ambition and savvy have set him, his children, and his grandchildren up for life. He owns record labels, clothing lines, and sports bars, and to top it all off he is a registered sports agent for the MLB and NBA. All of these ventures have helped him accumulate a fortune of over $500 million. He started from the bottom and now the whole team is up there with him. These examples may seem contradictory to my point about how the American dream is not about becoming fantastically wealthy. I could tell you about my plumber, who since emigrating from Poland now makes enough money to live comfortably and have a surplus that he can send back home to support his family but I doubt that many of you know who he is so the example would be less than effective. I guarantee you that if you look back through your family lineage you will eventually find an immigrant. Presumably, they came to America with the dream of living a good life and finding a good home for their family. Now look at where you are now. The vast majority of you have a cell phone in your pocket, a warm house sheltering you from the elements and a place where you can come to get a free education, you are better off than at least 90 percent of the people in the world who share your birthday. That’s all possible because of your ancestors’ desire to make a better life for themselves by coming to America, and you can thank the American dream for that.

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ear is what guides nearly every negative human action; we don’t stand up for ourselves in fear of embarrassment, people with eating disorders don’t nourish themselves in fear of gaining weight, we run away from relationships in fear of having our hearts broken...but Americans have a special kind of fear. Its name is the American dream, and it eats away at self-confidence, health, and quality of life, which are all eerily similar traits of pure, stand-alone fear. Common symptoms of the American dream include a belief that every citizen has the same opportunities, goals, values, and destinies, if they “work hard enough.” You or a loved one may be experiencing the American dream if you have recently said or heard one of the following sentences: “Don’t end up like those unfortunate people you see on the street corner with their cardboard signs-- they messed up their lives. Get a good job so you can make lots of money.” “I just want you to be more successful than I was.” In America, these phrases are more than normal to hear, casually dropped as “warnings” from adults who have lived their lives doing everything possible to avoid the ultimate disgrace: low social status. But with 46.5 million of our nation’s inhabitants living in poverty, and caucasians holding five times more wealth than most minority groups, I refuse to be a proponent of this country’s homogeneous American dream. This obsession is fueled every day by the merit-based society we live in, also known as a “meritocracy.” A meritocracy, by definition, is a society in which the most educated and highly “skilled” citizens hold the majority of power. When you look at the government, wealthy white male senators make decisions that will affect the whole population. When I look through my extended family, I see white men whose last names, rather than those of their wives, were passed down generation to generation; men who frequently take all the credit for their homes, families, and economic status. All of these people, together, make up the ruling class of America. If The American Dream is truly attainable for all of us, why are the majority of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans still not granted full marriage rights? Why are women condemned for choosing abortions, and transgender people not backed by anti-discrimination laws in many states? Although we are advancing with increased social-awareness, the reality is that nearly 90 percent of the government is controlled by straight, wealthy, cisgender white males, many of whom hold views and policies that are not representative of the people they are elected to govern. It’s important to mention that education plays one of the biggest factors in determining status and success in America. In four year, public universities, the average tuition is currently over $16,000 annually, and almost three-quarters of college graduates last year had student loan debt. Those who are able to easily pay this off are usually the students who were not struggling financially to start. With individuals often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the banks, it is very difficult for these graduates to find jobs and homes, and ultimately start up their lives. The idea that the only way to achieve true success in America is through a good education can be incredibly dangerous. As I’ve grown up, like many teenagers, I’ve realized that I need to think about the talents I have in a business-like manner. Instead of having hobbies that I just enjoy doing, they are now “opportunities” for me to become an entrepreneur, make a lot of money, and become “successful.” For so many people, this way of thinking can create mental health issues. The stress of making others proud of you and being able to flourish in society is so intense that it can lead to a flurry of problems like depression, negative self-image, and anxiety-related disorders. We’ve created a stigma that our country’s people must have only one image of life, usually including dreams of going to a top university or one day living in an upscale house with a cute family and the privilege to pursue relatively-amusing pastimes. The American dream encourages not only the view that we as a nation should want the same things, but also that we have it so good that the rest of the world must want to be just like us. If the ideal life is working from nine to five at a mediocre job in a desk chair that you’ve seen every day for the past thirty years, then it looks like America is the best place to be. For me, the dream I want to be a part of is my own-- one where I am free to pursue my interests and live without fear or discrimination against anyone. To live in a place where I don’t have to hear, “At least you have a job,” but instead, “At least there is no more merit-based prejudice and everyone can be valued for their individuality.” That is not a dream, but a goal that I hope for everybody to one day strive for. The truth is, this dream doesn’t come with any symptoms, other than a little thing called “passion.”


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Homeless: millions of stories, one insufficient word

Seen through the eyes of Seattle’s invisible, TRN uncovers the untold tales of the mistreated, mislabeled, and misunderstood Madeline Sheppard-Marvin and Sophie Reid

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t the age of twelve, David Delgado ran away from home. Violence in this family caused him to jump from the street to shelters to foster homes until he was 23. Currently, Delgado works at Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, an organization started by individuals who were not treated well by human services. Delgado was lucky to possess talents that may have saved his life. “I spent about one year homeless in Seattle,” he explains. “After the first year I was teaching chess because I learned how to play on the streets of New York.” Delgado is now a professional chess player. Additionally, he practiced martial arts, and was on the US taekwondo team in 1992 while he was homeless. Even after achieving these feats, he felt like he needed to do something to help others who didn’t have the same luck. “Through being a youth counselor, it was the first time I felt I had something that I could actually do,”

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n the heart of suburbia, a big pale yellow house is three stories high, sitting upon a freshly cut lawn. Flowers are blooming around her as she opens the white picket fence. It comes with everything she could want and more. The kitchen sparkles, there is a bathroom for every floor, and the winding staircase leads to her favorite room, her own. This is the dollhouse she got for her birthday. It is the American dream to live in a house like this one, and it is what we are taught to expect for ourselves from childhood. Some of us may end up in houses like these, some may end up in smaller ones, and others with none at all. As a society we stereotype those that don’t, writing them off with simply one word: homeless.

The Volunteer volunteering at soup kitchens. “He calls himself Mr. President after Obama was elected, because he’s African American. He knows how to play 17 instruments,” Domiczi explains. “My little sister was learning how to play the flute and getting frustrated, and he was the one who was able to help her.” These soup kitchens and homeless shelters are prized for their aid as well as being a place for homeless people to interact and share their stories. But until funding is secured some shelters may have to scale back. Programs like the Youth Care Orion Center will have to cut one quarter of their 80 beds, in order to stay afloat. These organizations are overcrowded and are fighting tight budgets to keep from disappearing.

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he man huddled against the concrete wall of the post office was seemingly invisible. Every now and then, pedestrians would make eye contact with him, and after receiving a light smile in return, would uncomfortably avert their eyes and continue on. A sign was propped in front of him with the words “Anything helps” scrawled onto it. Only a few coins were visible in his cardboard box, summed up his income for the day. After approaching him, and beginning a conversation, TRN learned of this man’s journey driving across the country from Virginia to Seattle. “Homeless” is what we call him. “Dreamer” is what he calls himself.

“[You can’t] assume everyone who lives on the streets is in a tough position,” he explains. This man lives on a school bus by choice, waiting for his girlfriend to finish college. “She’s going to become a chef,” he says. “We’re going to turn the bus into a kitchen eventually, and be around to feed anyone who wants to eat.” Dreams are still dreams when dreamt from the sidewalk and this man’s dream is to contribute to society. He does not fit the stereotype that all homeless people are devoid of hope. While he may rely, for the time being, on the change he collects, this man sees a fulfilling future ahead of him.

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homelessness by working on bettering himself and his situation. “Because of my talents, people were able to see me for something other than homeless,” he explains. “There were more opportunities given to me than other homeless youth.”

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hile driving along the streets of Seattle, seeing a figure enduring the chilly air with a sign on a street corner or huddled up asleep under a building has become a common occurrence. Even so, many don’t see the true monstrosity of homelessness in Seattle, the few that do are the ones that lend a helping hand on a regular basis. Kincso Domiczi, a senior at Roosevelt, has been volunteering at soup kitchens and homeless shelters for many years. Through her volunteer work, she has learned not to judge the homeless people she meets. To Domiczi, this outlook is one of the best ways to help people who are homeless. Domiczi smiles at the memory of a man who she got to know through

The Dreamer

says Delgado. Delgado began volunteering as a counselor the same year that he started school. Two years ago, he earned his master’s degree. Delgado broke the stereotype of

hirty years ago, RHS teacher Tom Nolet befriended a homeless man named Rupert and has kept in touch with him ever since. “Rupert is an interesting guy,” Nolet explains. “But he doesn’t have all the functions that are necessary to socially interact in regard to jobs.” For this reason, Rupert has remained homeless for these 30 years but has figured out how to make his situation work. “He’s figured out when he can stay at the Buddhist temple, when he can stay in someone’s garage, when he knows he can sleep in the park,” Nolet shares. Rupert has defied stereotypes in many ways. “There are times you will see him rooting around in dumpsters,” says Nolet. The first thing that would come to mind is that he is looking for leftover food but that is not the case. “He is look-

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ing for things that haven’t been recycled. He doesn’t turn it in to make money, his life’s work is to make sure recycling happens.” Other people find inspiration in his story and they make sure he has meals. The community nurtures him in doing something that works, of his own creation. Rupert, with his long beard, and colored hat, carries a story. Nolet says, “Homeless people carry a story, and when you know someone’s story, you can’t let it go.”

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“The homelessness issue is really rooted in the idea that we are not going to support you because you do not support us,” RHS teacher Tom Nolet explains. “We are in an age of high selfishness and greed, and that’s what homelessness is an indicator of. We are a community that shares some things, but denies others. We allow ourselves to deny people to the point that they are on the street and die.” Homelessness impacts all aspects of a person’s life, but it should not define who they are. “Homeless”

n Washington state, the rate of homelessness among school children has risen nearly 30% since 2008, which could be attributed to population growth. Over 21,000 kids in the Washington public school system are currently homeless. Roosevelt counselor Frank Heffernan works with the handful of homeless teens at Roosevelt, where everyone’s situation is different. “There are people who have been living in cars that I’ve encountered at Roosevelt. There are other families that get housed in a motel by social services while they’re waiting for long term housing,” Heffernan explains. Tom Nolet, a teacher at Roosevelt, struggles with trying to reach out to these students in his classes each year. He says, “The difficulty is we don’t really know [if someone is homeless] because there are protections for the student so teachers can only access certain pieces of information.” Nolet feels that if teachers were able to know about different housing situations, then they would be able to lend assistance to these

students. “My hunch is that it is probably difficult for them to feel connected at school,” Heffernan says. “You don’t invest a lot of time into friendships if all your energy is spent worrying about where you’re going to spend the night.” Information regarding students’ financial situations are held extremely confidential, and these students can often feel unsupported. The worries do not end here for many displaced teenagers. Many of these teens struggle with not having a place to turn to - including their own homes. Teens get kicked out of their houses for various reasons. Nationally, it is estimated that 20 to 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ. 46% of homeless youth escaped a home where they suffered physical abuse, while 17% left because of sexual abuse according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. “High school is hard enough,” says Nolet. “Imagine being that way on the street, and hungry, and drinking, and around drug addicts. It’s a real emotional struggle.”

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should not be their only title. They may be students, veterans, or waiting on their girlfriends in order to feed those in need and should not be objectified by the place they live. Because above all, a person without a home is still a person. “If you refuse to hear the story then they just become an object,” says Nolet. “They become a stereotype. Once they become a story, they become human.”


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Wrestlers make risky moves to stay competitive in weightclass nior Jonathan Lee, “You wear a lot of layers when you’re wrestling so that you can get your sweat going, and after a two hour long, hard, practice, I’d go to the gym and run on the elliptical for a couple hours and then sit in the sauna.” His one and only goal is to work off as much heavy water weight as possible. “It just sucks,” were the words Lee used to describe this tribulation. As Skoog put it, “There is a team expectation that you are supposed to win, whatever it takes.” While a majority of the team goes through this process of cutting weight several times during the season, there are a few who make the choice to build their skills as a wrestler without cutting weight. Throughout the season during his sophomore year, *Mark dealt with the hardships of cutting weight. “You’ll start to think about food a lot, feel kinda sorry for yourself all the time, and you’ll be cold, because you’ll be at such a low body fat percentage,” recalls *Mark about his experience. “It [sucks up] your mental energy, and wrestling is a lot of a mental sport. A lot of it is about that attitude, so if you don’t come in with the attitude that you’re going to be tough, that you’re going to be resilient, then all of a sudden you’re not really wrestling anymore.” For years most people have seen cutt i n g weight a s the

only way to succeed in wrestling. But this modernized, healthy outlook on success, where cutting weight isn’t necessary, has given leeway for athletes like *Joe to wrestle on he world of wrestling is one that is widely misunthe varsity derstood within the Roosevelt community. Hidden line while still away beyond the weight room, Roosevelt’s wrestlers live maintaining in the windowless yoga room during the winter months, healthy eating pushing their bodies in a way no average onlooker could habits. possibly comprehend. “I specifiWeight management, a major part of this sport, is cally make the something that every wrestler is forced to think about effort to never try to cut weight,” *Mark said. This in order to be the best competitor they can be. But cutrecent choice has given him the chance to focus more ting weight, every wrestler’s nightmare, is about more on strength and agility in his wrestling rather than his than simply being healthy and working off those few eating habits. “Now instead of thinking about food at extra pounds. “Cutting weight [starts to come in] once home, I can just focus on what I need to do at school, or you are at a healthy body weight, and you just need to I can go home and lift weights, because I have plenty of lose a little bit more [in order to get into a lower weight energy to do that after practice.” This strategy doesn’t class],” explained junior Tom Skoog. mean that *Mark is any less dedicated to his team. “I can just focus on being better,” he explained. “I feel great, because I enjoy the sport, I just don’t like that aspect of it.” Some may ask about the kind of role the coach plays in these types of decisions. “If Coach wants you at a certain weight class you are going down,” Lee explained, which is where cutting weight comes in. “If the team needs you at that weight class to get those team points then you are going to have to do it one way or another.” The pressure from each other to make weight is not something that is openly acknowledged. “[CutThis process of losing and cutting weight in order ting weight] isn’t talked about in practice,” said *Mark. to achieve that ideal strength and body mass has been However, the coach makes sure they know the correct controversial for years. “In the 1980s and 90s, the ‘clasways to make weight. “He talks about how you should sic period’ of [cutting weight], parents would see people to do it, and he says that you are not supposed to [cut running around in trash bags, spitting in cups, taking weight], but if you have to, then he gives us tips and water pills, or [other] disgusting things to make them tricks,” explains Lee, “Usually he doesn’t know at lose weight,” explained Skoog. “They would become 95 all, we choose to ourselves, to take one for the lb skeletons, and that’s just what everyone would do.” team, but if he knows you aren’t doing someBut times have changed and a more modernized thing he will call you out on it.” In the end, school of thought surrounding wrestlers’ health has the coach is there to support his athletes, started to unfold, creating negative connotations and does whatever he can to keep them around the concept of cutting weight. “Most wrestlers strong and healthy. practice these weight-loss techniques believing their While athletes all have their own chances of competitive success will increase. Ironically, methods of succeeding at this comweight cutting may impair performance and endanger petitive sport, what is really prevthe wrestler’s health,” reported the American College alent is the common focus of the of Sports Medicine. team. They all agree that putting However, despite the medical warnings, rapid in the time, effort, and endurance weight reduction techniques (while notably more is not only for their individual mild than those of the 90s) remain a popular habit success, but also for that of the among high school and college wrestlers. Roosevelt team. Sometimes an athlete’s wrestlers continue to make the decision to push love for a sport can mean puttheir bodies and aim for lower weight classes in ting everything else on the peorder to give themselves an advantage over their riphery, and in many wrestlers opponents. cases, that includes a healthy In order to make that extra weight loss happen, diet. But their passion drives wrestlers put their bodies to the test. “If it’s a day them to success, in the end before the match and I have a lot of weight to Wrestlers may feel pressured to weigh themselves multiple times a day to assure making everything worth it. lose, then I would probably only eat a Satsuma and themselves or give themselves a reality check about the possibilty of making a cermaybe a glass of water after practice,” explains Se- tain weight class Photo by S. Holman isabelle gubas

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Discovering the coaching connection malcolm roux

Staff Reporter ew teachers choose to coach along with their commitment to the classroom, but some see the benefits of coaching being well worth the time commitment. These teachers enjoy increased connection to their students and athletes, along with a close tie to Roosevelt as a whole. Having begun their respective sports long before their teaching career, the teachers feel more comfortable on the field, and translate the leadership they learn with their sport to their classrooms, but at a huge cost of time. Two-hour practices and three-hour meets are common among all high school sports, not including travel time and unpredictable extensions. “You are always trying to juggle time,” admits Matthew Nelsen, math teacher and football coach. It is a full schedule that these teachers receive, and often the commitment to their teams extends past the afterschool hours. Skipping school to go to a game is hardly ideal, but often necessary to continue the season. “We have to miss school for Kingco and District [matches],” says Lawrence Karlovitch, LA teacher and tennis coach, “but that depends on how our athletes do.” It is a constant

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However, there are many hidden benefits past the feeling of accomplishment after a successful season. “I’m a Special ED teacher, so I do not interact with most of Roosevelt students,” says Brenda Tomtan-Brayman, a girls’ swimming coach, “Coaching gives me a connection to the rest of the school.” Tomtam-Brayman has recently started working at Roosevelt, moving from a school in Nevada, she is still becoming accustumed to the Roosevelt environment. However, she has been coaching swimming for nine years, and has swum competitively since she was a girl, and feels very comfortable around the pool. Through swimming, Tomtam-Brayman has grown a closer bond to the school and many student she would otherwise never see. “I’ll be walking down the hall and I’ll say, ‘hi’ to a student I know from swimming,” she notes. She enjoys this connection and knows it has resulted in her being more in touch with the school, past the seven hours she teaches every weekday. “I highly recommend [coaching] to all new teachers... It helps you become more comfortable as a teacher,” encourages Nelsen, who began coaching his first year at Roosevelt, and has since developed hugely as a teacher and a coach.

Starling Tate was one of the many players Coach Nelson had the opportunity to serve as both a mentor on and off the field balance between their athletics and academics, especially when athletes perform well. Furthermore, many unplanned interruptions litter the school day, especially for sports that have a high dependence on the weather. “Kids come up to me during the day asking me whether there will be practice,” says Karlovich, “An inch of rain will often cancel practice.”


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The truth about why rural towns dominate high school sports alec scully

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ne crucial reason why some people enjoy sports to an irrational degree is that while everyday life presents ongoing inequalities and frustrations, sports ideally remain pure and untainted. Obviously there are some superior teams, but in the long run we like to think that the playing field is level. However, this simply isn’t the case in some sports, notably in High School football, where powerhouses such as Skyline, Eastlake and Bothell dominate city schools like Ballard, Garfield and Roosevelt for reasons that are not entirely related to talent or sports clichés such as ‘wanting it more’ or ‘being more mentally tough.’ While the eastside football teams are very talented and well-coached, there are other factors that help them sustain a winning tradition. Just this last season, All-Kingco quarterback Kilton Anderson of Skyline moved from Naples High school in Florida to Sammamish, where he helped make up for the departure of former Spartan quarterback Max Browne, the nation’s top high school quarterback in 2012. Anderson helped lead the two-time defending state champs back to the playoffs, where they lost to Federal Way in the state semis. While athletes moving to more beneficial schools stacks the odds against competing teams, the well-established “feeder” programs for schools like Bellevue, Skyline and Bothell also have an undeniable impact on their success in football. “The main difference between Seattle junior football programs like Ballard and Lake City and the feeder programs for schools like Bothell and Skyline is that their programs feed directly into those schools. Seattle junior football players don’t directly feed into Roosevelt. Athletes in the Lake City program might go to Nathan Hale, Blanchet or Ingraham,” says Matt Katinas, a health teacher and weight training coach at Roosevelt. “So if twenty kids grow up playing football together from the 4th grade on in the Bothell or Skyline area, all twenty are likely to go to Bothell or Skyline whereas twenty kids from the Lake City program will likely split between a variety of schools,” Katinas explains. Not only do the feeder programs give eastside schools much larger teams, it also presents them with another crucial advantage over most

city schools; knowing how each other plays. A team made up of players who have played together for several years before high school will have a good idea of their teammates strengths and weaknesses and they will play with more cohesiveness as a result. When you consider all of these factors, it would seem that the eastside teams have an insurmountable advantage over city teams, but there are still reasons to be optimistic. “We make up for the disadvantage by trying to create a unique identity for the football team like the weight training class with t-shirts for each player, the summer conditioning program, and team norms like benching the 245-pound plates,” Katinas said. “Further, there are individual sacrifices that each athlete has to be willing to make that go above and beyond what the feeder program schools might have to do for the betterment of their team.” So while the eastside schools can get somewhat of a head start on their city rivals with the feeder programs, it doesn’t mean that schools like Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield are without hope. It was only a year ago when Roosevelt reached the round of eight in the state football playoffs, and even went toe-totoe with a seemingly unbeatable Skyline team for an entire half. Coach Katinas is one who will not let the feeder programs discourage him. “I think it’s important for RHS athletes to focus on what they can control, and that’s to prepare themselves to the best of their ability. In other words, feeder programs should not be used as a scape goat for athletes failing to reach their full potential or accomplishing their goals. If anything, it should serve as motivation.”

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his season of Roosevelt gymnastics began with the challenge of overcoming numerous obstacles, including a limited number of coaches. The Roosevelt team has grown in size, with a large number of freshmen joining on JV and JVC gymnastics, and Garfield students practicing with our team. Along with that, some middle school

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students, called “Junior Roughriders,” are practicing at Roosevelt in preparation to join the team and be ready for competition their freshman years. “Junior Roughriders are really committed, and I think our coach really respects that,” one Roosevelt gymnast said. Another added, “A lot of the time... the middle schoolers... get a lot more attention than the people who are actually on the team and competing for Roosevelt.” Garfield gymnast and captain Sarah Blazevic felt the same

hange can be for the better, and Anna Keenan, a sophomore who was on the gymnastics team last year and part of this year but quit halfway this season, expressed,“I think it’s good that we took [the Garfield students] in - we all can still have gymnastics as a sport.” However, Keenan said her reason for quitting was still tied to the changes of this season: “I was promised varsity and I wasn’t given it, which was due to the other people coming in and there not being enough coaching staff,” she said. At the beginning of the season the gymnastics coach at Garfield was fired, and the team didn’t have a way to practice. A deal was made by Garfield and Roosevelt’s athletic departments that they could practice at Roosevelt, as without their team’s participation in meets there couldn’t be a KingCo gymnastics competition. One Roosevelt gymnast, who will remain anonymous, said that “[Garfield is] a really fun team, and I think we’re bonding with them when we used to consider each other our ‘biggest rivals’, but it is hard. In my group at practice there’s not many of us who can compete for Roosevelt, and the other half not competing or competing against us.” Keenan observed that “many of the people in the gym are not Roosevelt students.” The atmosphere at practices is friendly, due to all the athletes’ mutual passions for the sport, but at meets it has proven to be challenging for many Roosevelt gymnasts to accept those they practice with as their competition. Keenan stated, “Everyone knows each other’s routines even though we’re competitive schools.” Having the competition so nearby could potentially be constructive, but as Keenan said, “The Roosevelt coaches spending substantial amounts of their energy on coaching the competition has lowered the morale of some. There are a lot of positive feelings at practice. Seeing everyone working hard, it looks like Roosevelt is going to do well at the next meet, but then the coaches are also training our rival team, and they take up a fair amount of our practice time,” Keenan explained. Gymnastics at Roosevelt has certainly increased in popularity, but as one gymnast put it, “In the end it’s not really Roughrider Gymnastics; it’s just… gymnastics.” The key to a successful high school sport can partially be found in the enthusiasm which is raised through school victories. While practice is fun and invigorating, it’s “game day” which the crowds gather for, and where the strength of the Roosevelt gymnastics program this year is being tested.

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strains on time and team bonding were affecting her girls, and said “it’s difficult practicing with 60 girls who want and deserve time on the equipment and the coach’s attention.” One Roosevelt gymnast told that she was even “kicked out of practice one day because they didn’t have enough coaching staff there.” Growth in funding has not kept up with the growth of the teams at both schools, so Roosevelt and Garfield gymnasts this year have faced similar struggles.

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ur school wasn’t the only one facing challenges. While our team grew in number, the number of Garfield gymnasts diminished because of the sudden relocation of their practices and unexplained loss of a coach. Sarah Blazevic, Garfield senior and second-year team captain, said that she is “really appreciative of Bettie and the Roosevelt team for taking us in.” Blazevic agreed with Roosevelt gymnasts that it has been enjoyable practicing together; “I now I have 45 more girls cheering me on when I compete, and that’s wonderful.” Several concerns that arose along with the relocation were never addressed by the Garfield athletic department. Garfield did not inform its team that they would be practicing at Roosevelt until the day before the season started, or of their reasons for firing their coach and the ensuing unsuccesful re-hiring process. Blazevic said, “When the season started we were promised a lot of things from Garfield... the season is now one month from being over and very few have been kept. We were told Roosevelt could use Garfields bars and beam, as ours are newer than Roosevelt’s, but we were never able to actually get them.” The gymnasts bussing from Garfield for the three-month season were also promised Orca cards in order to not be spending their own money and to get to practice on time, which begin at 3:30 every weekday. They never received Orca cards, and have been paying bus fare out of pocket every day for the past two months. It has taken a great deal of dedication and financial commitment just for Garfield gymnasts to practice their sport. The combined voices of Roosevelt and Garfield gymnasts are speaking out about how gymnastics’ limited funding and lack of concern for hiring coaches has left gymnasts this year in an especially hard place, which can hopefully bring about change for the sport. Due to all of the gymnasts’ efforts and patience, KingCo Gymnastics has managed to continue to be a sport worth tuning in to. Still, there is undoubtedly room for change.


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When passion fades Year 2068 Athletes who have given up their sports

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hose who have a passion for what they do often receive a lot of attention. But what if that passion fades? Our society worships those who give 100 percent to what they do, be it school, sports or art. As a result, there are negative connotations with choosing to give up on your “passion.” The word “quit” implies that someone couldn’t handle something or was too lazy

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ing with gymnastics because I wanted to be a four year letterer,” she said. Without this incentive Keenan lost sight of her goals for the team and became exhausted by the work. “It’s a huge time commitment and it takes away your whole life,” Keenan shared. In Thiers case, his choice to quit playing basketball was less clear cut. There were definite benefits to playing. “I enjoyed being with the people on the team and the games were fun,” he said, “But the time commitment outweighed how much I enjoyed the games.” In the end Thiers chose not to try out for the team this year and is happy with his decision. “I notice I am a lot more attentive in class because I am not tired all the time,” Thiers remarked, “I have more time to do things that I enjoy.” Although Thiers is enjoying his free time, he doesn’t regret the time he committed to basketball. The sport played an important role in shaping who he is today. “Basketball has kept me in shape and out of trouble for the most part,” Thiers said, “and it has taught me to strive for perfection.” As teenagers we have limited time. A common theme among student-athletes is feeling overwhelmed by the time commitment their sports require. Keenan feels that when athletes become burdened by their sports they are not a failure. As important as it is to find a passion, it is equally important to know when to change directions if that fades. As Keenan explained, “High school is about finding what makes you happy and if your not happy doing something anymore why put yourself through it?”

to endure. But that is not the case for many life-long athletes at Roosevelt who have chosen to stop playing their sport this year. It’s easy to associate giving something up with failure, but listening to retired Roosevelt athletes shows how “quitting” is much more complex. Junior, David Thiers, has been playing basketball since he was in kindergarten. This year he decided it was time to stop. ”Playing with Roosevelt was very time consuming. It became more of a chore than something I enjoyed,” Thiers explained. Similarly, Anna Keenan, a sophomore, has been a gymnast since she was five. She stopped competing for Roosevelt this year. “I hated going to practice because it took up all of my time,” she said, “You have to go to summer practices and you can’t go away over winter break because there are mandatory practices.” Besides the time commitment other things had been bothering Keenan. “My coach had told me over the summer that I would be on varsity but then she put me on JV,” she explained. Keenan was frustrated because she had been on varsity her freshman year. “I was stick-

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Predictament: guess away Scoring: Closest John Peterson to actual result receives 4 points, next closest receives 3, etc. Predictor of correct winner receives a bonus of 1.

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n 2068, Congress passed an education bill that banned all high school sports. Years later, the ramifications of that bill have become readily apparent. While outlawing high school athletics may seem overly severe, the US government was in a bind at the time and desperate times lead to drastic measures. The quality of public education in America was in a downward spiral for a few years and in 2043, standardized test scores were down by 50%, leading to, to put it bluntly, a generation of idiots. Once this generation became the politicians and businessmen of our country, major national issues emerged. A flurry of questionable moves by the financial industry crashed the world economy and brought the US to its knees. No longer was the USA the dominant economic force it once was. Congress, recognizing America’s descent from our previous status, decided to take drastic measures to preserve what little power that remained. In order to bring American industry and enterprise back to its traditional levels, huge emphasis was placed on education particularly in high school. The Federal Education bill passed in 2068, mandated a longer school day, shortened the length of summer break and most importantly, banned all high school sports. Though the decision was met with disapproval from virtually all students, since the vast majority were legally minors and hence couldn’t vote, their pleas fell on deaf ears. Those who opposed the ban the most were the NCAA and professional American sports leagues. With their primary source of athletes extinguished, the leagues panicked. The NBA was eventually filled with so many Europeans and other international players that the Euroleague bought the NBA for 500 trillion dollars, The NFL went defunct as the lack of high school athletes coupled with the myriad of issues surrounding player safety was too much for it to overcome. The MLB was actually relatively unaffected by the drought of high school talent but no one noticed because surveys show that no one cares about baseball. At the high school level the results of the ban had many effects, some of which were unexpected. Unsurprisingly, test scores improved which contributed to the mini-resurgence of American industry in 2075. The huge influx of well educated students made the already competitive college application process much more cutthroat and ruthless. Since the cultural pendulum now swung towards the side of academics as opposed to athletics, people resorted to drastic measures to ensure their spot at a top tier university, which often included violence and even murder in some extreme cases. Surprisingly, the theater kids filled the void at the top of the social hierarchy that was left vacant by the elimination of varsity athletes and cheerleaders. Melodrama skyrocketed across the country’s high schools by 300%. Instead of students flocking to athletic events on Friday nights, plays and dramatic performances became the place to be. The increased cultural emphasis on acting and drama helped promote a renaissance of the American film industry, which was in dire need of some fresh ideas. By this point, Hollywood studios were creatively bankrupt and the new releases were devoid of any fresh content. In 2068, the two highest grossing films were Rocky 27, starring the corpse of Sylvester Stallone (who coincidentally also won the Oscar for best actor) and the Michael Bay directed crossover between The Breakfast Club and Transformers. Thanks to the influx of fresh dramatic talent in Hollywood, in 2075 Warner Brothers released the first original major studio release in over a decade. Does this sound like a future you want to live in? If not, you best study hard and instruct your future children to do the same so you can become productive members of society. For after all, education is where the foundation for your future is laid and sports, for better or worse, are just games.


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Ye Olde Village steals spotlight Come forth into the candlelight of this antiquated hot spot Hannah Fishbein

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niversity Village- regularly abbreviated as U-Village- recently added a multitude of new shops and restaurants, making it a destination shopping experience. University Village’s sister

shopping center, Ye-Village, also recently underwent renovations that increased their number of dining and entertainment establishments. Ye-Village is considerably different from U-Village in that its stores encompass a mixture of Medieval, Victorian and other obscure themes. The newest Ye-Village stores are listed in the visual directory below. The time has come for the mead drinking to resume in a jovial, unrestrained manner, and what better way to celebrate than to adorn one’s self?

Tired of being a victim of cruel hexes, spells, and poisons? Well, take initiative…

The Pant Shack is the all-in-one store to find the perfect pair of trousers for any member of the feudal society’s social hierarchy. Offering sizes ranging from tiny and short to big and tall, The Pant Shack custom sews all of their customers’ leg wear. Simply choose a pattern and bring in your desired fur from your most recent hunting outing and you will have the finest pantaloons in the kingdom!

Foxy Sox holds a wide selection of furry footwear to fulfill any merchant’s needs. Stacked with hundreds of natural styles that range from toe socks composed of the highest quality rabbit fur to festive limited edition polar bear socks especially made for our holiday collection, your feet will be squealing with joy. Why would you pass up a chance on flaunting an economically lush item?

Pagan Herbs is a full-service herbalist that caters to your every aching need. Whether you are a serf or a lord, there is an alternative potion for you. Fly by for your prescription and convenience needs, or drop by for a quick pagan peruse of Psuedoheathenefrine, Aminepentagrametine, and Fleuoxodivinationefrin; new prescription imports!

Viki is home to the latest innovations in retail, with services for Vikings. It is the ultimate hub for serious Vikings, offering a premium assortment of men and women’s Viking training gear. One-of-a-kind services for Vikings include beard analysis, club, sword, shield trials and more. Viki also specializes in ravaged ship repairs, only for $4,555 per ore. Just massacre it.

Century after century, the financial institutions that are part of the Bank of Feudal Lords’ legacy have played a role in the development of the Kingdom’s culture and economy. With a commitment to delivering higher standards and a drive to exceed expectations, the Bank continues a proud tradition of taking your money and crops in exchange for small plots of land to live on.

Suffering from a case of the black plague? A-Fitzia has the best quality black plague accessories perfect for boils, fevers, fits, and gangrene. A-Fitzia also has specialized housing for black plague sufferers that need a little extra care. Our unique “Fitz” program caters towards Black Death patients ravaged by spastic fits. Housed in dark cellars, patients in the “Fitz” program are locked away, guarded by a troll to prevent patients from harming the public and themselves. Unfortunately, the cost is quite high and the rooms average 4 square feet per inmate.

Located in the giant potato next to Victorian Secrets, the Potato Store is the best place to try all of Potato’s products and find great accessories such as rakes, burlap sacks, and mashers. The Potato Specialists will take the time to answer your questions about your new Potato product! Visit the Russet Counter to get hands-on starchy support.

King Henry VIII’s divorce attorney will get you the best annulment settlement for your marriage. Head on over for a pain-free separation!

Find a world of luxury in the Victorian Secret boutique. Choose from an extensive selection of corsets, bloomers, and chastity belts. Haven’t bathed in a few weeks? No need to replenish your usual dabs of rose water, simply stroll Into Victorian Secrets for a dense wash of flowers, herbs, resins, and body ordor. Refreshing!

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The Stable is a vast parking corral that offers over 600 stalls to accommodate most hoofed transportation. Each stall is equipped for horses, pigs, cows, llamas and yaks. The Stable recommends winding hemp rope around your livestocks’ hooves before attaching them to the fence to avoid radical stampedes. Ye-Village is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged belongings.

Hark! Here you will find a pantheon of previously owned products at affordable prices. Popular items are green gator boots, pajamas made from real zebra hide, and plaid petticoats. Many of the items found in Sir Macklemore’s Ye Old Thrift Shoppe are less than one pence, a price fit for a king! But regardless of the price, avoid purchasing anything that resembles Duke R. Kelly’s sheets.

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Reso(new)tions Read the reels Attack your goals from new angles Francois Rucki

John Peterson

Staff Reporter

he purpose of making a New Year’s resolution is to improve upon yourself and to set goals that you hope to achieve over the next calendar year. New Year’s resolutions are meant to last all 365 days of the year, but people often fall short of achieving their goals, and perhaps even ends up forgetting their fresh intentions. Sophomore Celine Noh admits that, “I probably made one last year, but I can’t even remember it.” The most common 2014 New Year’s resolutions in the US are to eat more healthy food, get fit, lose weight, manage stress, save money, quit smoking and drinking, and take a vacation. Millions of people across the United States will choose these resolutions, so reach out of the stereotypical resolution box and make your resolution unique! Put yourself out there and try new things. For example, how interesting would it be to learn a new language? Focusing on an obscure goal will push you to explore new frontiers. Creating resolutions that come in baby steps will aid you in accomplishing an overarching vision. Instead of scratching down a general “Eat more healthy food,” write, “Eat five fruits and vegetables per day.” Ask friends and family to support and softly coerce you into fulfilling your resolution. Though resolutions are made for your own self-improvement, often an outside source constantly ensuring and pushing you provides necessary pressure you might not be able to conjure up yourself. Maybe, it would suit you better to assemble 12 “New Month’s Resolutions.” 12 different resolutions are easier to keep because of the shorter time period. Also, the resolutions can be more intensive, allowing you to delve into the single resolution as much as you can before the month’s up. Even if you don’t remember what it was you set out to achieve when summertime rolls around, at least you tried!

Fruitful winter play beck unfolded. Though the story shows a very difficult time, the actors managed to Staff Reporter portray the bonds of family through their journey as migrants into the newly prosperous California. ucky me! I had time to go to the The Roosevelt drama department opening of the “The Grapes of Wrath,” showed everyone in the audience an excitthis year’s winter production directed by ing portrayal of a well know story. The acvisiting theater teacher Ben Stuart. tors drew you in from the very first scene, And it was fabulous! The actors showed with Liam Keenan leading as Tom Joad. expertise on this opening production, dazMichael Kaczkowski played zling us with their heartthe priest as a confused, felt journey through the yet hopeful character. traumas and tribulations The emotions of the dust bowl. showed by the actors The set design inmade the audience feel cluded a rusty truck that as though they were carried all of the memthrown back into 1930’s. bers of the Joad family, Though the actors as they were elevated on weren’t the only parts stage. The set showed that made this play, the the simplicity and hard work they put in deprivation of the time over the last six weeks, period. alongside their efferThe audience laughed From left to right, seniorAlex Bel- vescent director Mr. Stuart, at times, and hushed in more, senior Nathan Henrie, dazzleproved fruitful. disbelief at others as the Sophie Reid

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audiences in the winter production of Grapes of Wrath playing Friday January 24th at 2:45 and 7:30.

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tragic story originally written by John Stein-

Staff Reporter Since a young age, movies have had a very profound effect on me. I see them as ways to not only tell stories, but also to convey powerful messages through a visual and emotional medium. This column will delve deeply into the philosophy of film by examining movies, new and old, and their influence on us as individuals and as a society.

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s awards-season is upon us for the film community, movie-viewers everywhere are lucky to have a bounty of top-notch films to watch from 2013. Excitement has been brewing for months in Hollywood, with media outlets claiming 2013 to be one of the best years for film in nearly a decade. One noticeable aspect of this year’s top films was how many were based around true events. American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, The Butler, Saving Mr. Banks, Rush, Captain Phillips, 12 Years A Slave, and Fruitvale Station all told stories of true events from both recent and distant history. Every one of these films has succeeded this year, both in ticket sales and audience acclaim. However, the real success is revealed in how these filmmakers were able to open the audience’s eyes to true, influential events of history in a beautiful and entertaining way. One might not notice it while they are sitting at the theatre and stuffing their face full of popcorn, but these movies are good teachers for anyone who watches them. From the lavish scamming that takes place in American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street, to the struggle for human rights in The Butler and 12 Years A Slave, these filmmakers are enlightening us with the stories of events that warped our world’s history. Though some may be more accurate than others, all are historically truthful enough to live up to the expectations of Mrs. Grace and Mr. Malcolm. By no means are any of these films just in-motion textbooks like a PBS documentary. Instead, they tell stories of human conflict and journey that have led to immense change. By being subtly taught through a personal narrative format, viewers are able to relate to the characters and in turn understand those events much more than if they were taking notes from a documentary. People are inherently attached to strong story lines with plot twists and climaxes, which is exactly what you get from these films. Though critics’ opinions of the aforementioned movies may vary, every film did justice to the time period and environment it took place in. The Butler might not make you remember every single word from one of JFK’s speeches, but it will imprint a vintage feeling of what it was like living in that era, in a broad but wholesome way. Captain Phillips doesn’t just give you an American news story; it draws you in to the lives of a hostage and the impoverished, desperate men that captured him. That’s what learning history is all about; understanding the concepts and feelings of the people -those behind the Civil Rights Movement, the rescue of Captain Phillips, and the schemers that use our stock market to make themselves billionaires - not just dates, speeches, and locations that are rushed through news media, only to be forgotten a week later. The quantitative data that is often force fed to the public can be useful demographically, but will never grab a viewer’s attention and grip their heart like an intimate tale of true human struggle would. This rise in “based on a true story” films is a powerful reverberation of change that will be felt by both moviemakers and movie-watchers. It allows additional important occurrences to be brought to light and delivered in a way that is enjoyable to absorb.

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re you often finding yourself in an existentialist pickle-- your head lolling about your neck as depictions of gods, goddesses, Buddha, Krishna, the first eukaryotes, and fish flash in your mind? We shall unveil the answers to your ever pressing queries. Find out what is really pulsing through the halls of Roosevelt. Want to see more? Vist therooseveltnews.org!

-Jordan Eul, Junior

“Can I hide behind a bush?”

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-Danielle Budd, Sophomore

“Adults shouldn’t be condescending to teenagers because some teenagers have more life experience than adults.”

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“My dad [is my greatest inspiration] because he’s successful and has a good job. I would like to be as successful as him someday.”

-Hugh McGough, Junior

Idea adapted by H.O.N.Y.


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WC500 The Seattle slush very month the RHS Poet’s Committee puts on a school-wide poetry and short story competition. The name of the competition is Word Count 500 (WC500). All RHS students are encouraged to apply and the winner gets published in the RHS News. This month’s prompt was “Tell us about a dream.” Below is the winning piece written by Leah McFarland-Bennett

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ell us about a dream of yours Alice.” She looked up dazed, “What?” The man with the pen in his hand repeated the question, “Alice, tell me about this ‘Wonderland’ you dreamt of.” Alice was older now, though she still retained some of her former characteristics, like her smile. For when she smiled, it was whole, it was complete, and it was contagious. But much had been lost too, for all those who invest as much time in another world as Alice did in Wonderland, a great toll is taken. Rarely was Alice fully present. As time went on, she got better at hiding it, but her father could always tell when she dreamt of Wonderland. Sometimes it was just a brief episode triggered by a wristwatch or a teacup. Alice might sit frozen, eyes wide staring straight ahead but not seeing anything. Sometimes upon seeing a card, she would turn violent. She would kick and scream and curse demons her father could not imagine. Before she took a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice used to sit on her father’s lap and ask him about all of the important people he knew. Some he made up, like the heartless King of Hearts. But some were very real, like Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Mr. Dodgson removed his glasses and gently set them on the pile of papers stacked upon his cluttered desk. “Alice,” he said softly, “I am a very busy man, but you have a fascinating story. Now I don’t know if it is real, or just nonsense, but I believe it is worth writing down, if not for my own sake, then for yours.” Alice stared at Mr. Dodgson, but he had a feeling she was looking through him, the way one might look through a looking glass. He recognized the sign that her mind was in Wonderland. “Alice, tell me what you saw, tell me what you see.” She began talking. As she spun wondrous tales of white rabbits, mad hatters, Cheshire Cats, dormice, and playing cards that ruled Wonderland, that infectious smile crept back onto her face. When Alice finished her tale, she looked up at Mr. Dodgson and said, “Do you believe me?” “I believe that you believe it is real, and that is enough for me. The worlds that we create in our dreams are very real for us when we are in them. But I don’t think you have completely left Wonderland yet. Maybe it is time to move on, but who am I to judge?” Alice nodded; she was glad that she shared her story with a man who believed in her. If Alice was to truly leave Wonderland behind, she needed the one thing she would never get: her father’s belief in her. Alice got up to leave, a great burden had been lifted from her shoulders, “Mr. Dodgson, will the world think us insane?” “Alice, I will leave your name, but I shall publish it under the pen name, Lewis Carroll.”

Next month’s prompt is: “It was a paradoxical way to exist” and is due to room 201 by February 21st.

A guide to what to do in the not-quite-snow snow Hannah Fishbein

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s the holidays approach one is often reminded of gingerbread men, gift-wrap, food, relatives and cold weather. In many parts of the county such arctic conditions mean one thing: snow. However, Seattle is the exception. As tempera-

tures plummet into the 30s, countless kids across Seattle monitor the weather updates, hoping that Steve Pool from Komo 4 will be the bearer of snowy news. More often than not however, Seattle is sprinkled with wet flurries instead of blanketed with white snow. Though the snow may not be suitable to build igloos or snowmen, here are some activities that are perfect for slushy Seattle situations.

Puddle Jumping

Slip and Slush

If the snow isn’t sticking, there are usually large pools of water on the ground. This is a great opportunity to practice some serious splashing. Replace snow boots for rain boots and look for large piles of slush and ice. Puddle jumping can also produce some artsy Instagram pictures.

An alternative to sledding is sliding in the slippery slush. Take a slip and slide, tarp, or any other slick surface and collect the falling snow. Once the slide is sufficiently covered, grab a garbage bag or other slick material and for the extra daring wear a swimsuit. Then get a running start and zip down the slide!

Snowy Walks

Though the Seattle area doesn’t see much snowfall, walking around neighborhoods blanketed in white snow can be magical and festive. A great place to admire holiday lights for the holiday season is the extravagant Candy Cane Lane. Located on NE Park Road, adjacent to University Park, this neighborhood is engulfed in Christmas lights, a tradition among the houses since 1949. Sleighs, reindeer, blow up candy canes, and other mechanical decorations adorn the homes around the traffic circle from mid-December through December 31st.

Not so icy ice-skating

Snowy weather in Seattle may not allow for lakes and ponds to freeze over. Luckily, for those who enjoy ice-skating, there are various indoor ice rinks in and around the Seattle area. The Highland ice area located in Shoreline is a large facility that is open year round. It offers time on the ice for the public as well as hockey games and official ice-skating lessons and performances. The admission price is $6-$7. Skate rental is $3. Everett’s Comcast Community Ice Rink arena has numerous arenas and is open to the public but also caters to hockey players and figure skaters. Admission is $6 and rental skates cost $3.

Indoor activities

If it’s too cold or slushy outside or you would rather spend your slush day inside, there are many crafts and recipes one could enjoy. Some indoor activities could be as simple as building a fire or watching holiday movies with a mug of hot chocolate - Home Alone 1 and 2 are a must watch along with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf. You could also spend your slush day in the kitchen. You could make a festive treat like the whites p i c e d coffee, featured on the right.

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Recipe: whitespiced coffee - 3 cup(s) Whole Milk - 1 cup(s) Whole Organic Coffee Beans, lightly cracked - 1 1/2 stick(s) (3 inches long) Cinnamon Sticks - 4 whole(s) Green Cardamom Pods - 1/4 cup(s)Honey Place the milk and crushed coffee beans in a saucepan. Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, about 7 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and let the beans steep in the milk for 15 minutes. Strain the coffee mixture and transfer to the jar of a blender. Discard the crushed coffee beans. Add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and honey to the steeped milk and blend on high speed until the spices are coarsely ground, about 30 seconds. Strain the liquid back into the saucepan and discard the ground spices. Re-warm the spiced coffee over medium-high heat until the liquid is hot and steaming. Pour into warmed coffee mugs, and serve hot.

John Otten Grammy bound Maddy Axel

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n Friday the 17th Roosevelt Senior, John Otten, will be heading down to Los Angeles, California to rehearse for the Grammys. Otten was selected to be one of the five trumpet players in the Grammy band. “I heard about the opportunity from older friends who had played in the band before, and so I made an audition tape, put it up on YouTube, and they accepted me,” Otten explained. The trip will last ten days as the band rehearses, records an album together, and plays in a few clubs. Otten is looking forward to the experience, “It will be cool to play with the other great musicians

around the country and of course going to the Grammys is going to be awesome.” Otten said, “I hear we get to walk the red carpet, go to the Grammy after party, and meet a bunch of famous people.” Otten is honored by the opportunity. “It’s definitely one of the coolest things I have done [with the trumpet] so far,” Otten said. Go see John in action! Egan’s Ballard jam house, February 13th at 7:00 p.m.

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Senior John Otten has been playing trumpet since 4th grade and was the only student from the Pacific Northwest to get into this year’s Grammy band.


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We asked, “would you rather...?” TRN asked eight RHS students, now it’s your turn to decide Daphne Jacobsen

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e have seen our fellow peers be pushed to their mental limits all

...domesticate spiders or have a tiny friendly elephant? Spiders

Elephant

year. They have been training for this final event. Not finals, but rather, the momentous task of playing “would you rather!” You have seen them in the halls, straining over whether they would rather turn right

snow days

no school on fridays

...take APUSH for 4 years or take calculus for 4 years?

APUSH

Senior Jacob Merkle would rather have no school on Fridays. “I would have twice as much time.” With his extra time he “would learn guitar so that I could play duets with Mr. Nolet.”

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...travel to find the largest wheel of cheese or discover a new mammal? new mammal

had to pounce on the best answer. It truly was a test of character as they made their careful selection.

Would you rather...

...have 15 days of snow days or have no school on Fridays?

Senior Helena Klein knew that she would “domesticate spiders so that I could ride them. It would be a magic carpet of arachnids.”

wheel of cheese

or turn left. Now they are here at the big leagues with all of Roosevelt watching. They had to use creative problem solving and analyze all possible outcomes. Through fast paced decision-making they

...have toes for fingers or fingers for toes? toes for fingers

Calculus

Junior Isabell Fillipo made the careful choice to pick APUSH for four years because “it is not math and I could study Van Buren’s facial hair.”

If Junior Michael Kaczkowski had fingers for toes, “I could massage people’s backs with my feet.”

Would you rather...

...have slides and trampolines installed in the school or allow roller skates at school and cover the stairs and walls with bubble wrap? slides

skates

...stop time for yourself or add more time to the day? for yourself

...be able to fly or be invisible?

add more time

Sophomore Hannah Staveley could not choose as she shouted “Yes!” but knew if she had to choose she would pick bubble wrap and roller skates so she “could push people into the walls!”

Sophomore Micah Huie says that he “would find a new mammal and make it my pet. I would want it to fly and be fuzzy and have lots of hands.”

fingers for toes

fly

Freshman Theo Moore wisely chose to add more time to the day so that he “could watch movies with friends.”

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If Freshman Claire Iwata could fly she “could go anywhere for free. I would go to Hawaii and get my tan on.”

Tips to curing the mid-year slump I

Staff Reporter

t is safe to say that most of us Roosevelt students have come into almost every school year with a hard-working mindset (ie: “this is the year when I will stay focused on school! I’m going for a 4.0!”) Unfortunately, this newfound dedication usually fades away in a matter of weeks. Aside from maybe the most dedicated students, most of us have faced the dilemma of staying motivated to do quality schoolwork for an entire year, or even a semester. This dangerous lack of motivation only becomes more profound in the months following winter break, a time that can be considered to be the ‘dog days’ of the school year. These months seem to be challenging for students because they are still distant from the end of the year, and the excitement from the first few months of school has thoroughly worn off. Putting in the proper amount of focus is especially challenging for seniors who have already submitted their college apps, but students like senior Shane Gomez have engrained a work ethic that fights off even the most debilitating cases of senioritis. “Even

though getting back admissions letters from colleges can make you lose complete motivation for school work, it also serves its purpose as a huge incentive to work hard and not slack on your grades. I know that if I slack enough where my grades look poor on my final

transcript, I have a chance of getting my admission deferred at the end of the year,” Gomez explained. “That horrible idea of being deferred from college keeps my motivation up right about now.” Gomez’s methods prove that simply keeping the future in mind can be enough to keep your grades up during the long, grueling school year. “You really need to look at the big picture; A couple nights of staying up late doing homework could have a huge positive impact on your future. Also if you can trick yourself into thinking that you’ll have less homework later in the year and that it won’t be that bad, that helps keep me motivated,” added Junior Ryan Gleeson. For the many students who need assistance for motivation, look no further than the lists below and to the left.

Top 5 Studying Songs

1. Stay - Nas 2. Heart of a Champion - Nelly 3. You’re the Best Around - Joe Esposito 4. Imagine - John Lennon 5. Rocky IV training montage song

Tea and coffee can be a great way to relieve the stress and lack of incentive often associated with the mid-year slump.

Top 5 pre-studying activities

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Alec Scully

1. Take a walk. There’s few things that are more effective in clearing the mind. 2. Drink tea. It will improve your focus and provides a relaxing sensation. 3. Divide your homework into sections. This is especially helpful on days where you have a heavy workload. 4. Exercise vigorously. This is one of the best natural stress-relievers a person can utilize, and it will help greatly on days or weeks when you are feeling overwhelmed with schoolwork. 5. Put any electronic device that is not used for homework out of your study area. Electronics may be holding you back from a 4.0 more than you think.


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