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The Roosevelt News How high will you be to succeed?

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News Staff Editor in Chief Abby Zieve Online Editor Mitchell Smith Design Editor Willow Tansel Managing Editor Emma Parks Graphics Editors Cole Garry Sasha Anferov News Editors Emma Dunlap Rhian Lindhjem Opinion Editors Galen Caldwell Mira Fisher Feature Editors Bea Misher Ellie Neilson Sports Editors Jules Puckett Mitchell Smith A&E Editors Carmen Abbe Tamar Shuhendler Copy Editor Elizabeth Nellams Staff Reporters Adam Houston Alex Farias Charlotte Hevly Hannah Brown John Peterson Jordan Woltjer Lisa Colligan Madeline Foley Menaka Narayanan Sarah Koseff Sophie Jones Zoe Ness

This month in The Roosevelt News: News

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Secrets of the sandwich Numbers in the News Women stand at the frontlines The ABC’s of registering for classes

Scout’s honor: Boy Scouts discuss honor PowerSchool: teachers struggle with upgrade A sparkle of inspiration Washington proposes eliminating freshmen

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Spring into action Dreams


The force has been unleashed Predictament: guessing for greatness


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Suiting up through the century

Leveling the playing field The perks of having an imaginary girlfriend

Arts & Entertainment


Dangers of drone diplomacy Pooped out with all the potty talk

Head banging with Brahms Mightier than the Magna Carta: guy code SPS segregation Editorial Hollywood doesn’t teach history Teachers deserve a knight in shining armor

From struggle comes success Michael Tougias’ new book sails the high seas

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Perusing Pike Place Max’s thoughts of the month Student voices take a stand Taking home the gold: TRN takes on the Oscars


Bringing magic to the muggles Greekin’ it out at Olympic Pizza and Pasta


Higher pressure, higher doses Exposing the underground use of prescription drugs among modern teens

Illustrators Amy Pelz Anna Baldi Dustin McPhillips Emily Nordberg Photographers Caleb Albright Josie Diether-Martin Sophia Mosshart Vy Nguyen Cover Cole Garry Backpage Sasha Anferov Web Design Nathan Pierce 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 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.

Host a Youth Leader or Teacher from Bosnia-Herzegovina April 20-May9, 2013 The Youth Leadership Program wth Bosnia and Herzegovina will bring 21 high school students (ages 15-17) and teachers from Mostar, Jajce, and Bijeljina to Seatlle. Homestay hosts are neded to share local life & culture with members of this very special group. Hosted particpants will engage in leadership programming on the University of Washington campus on weekdays, and will spend most evenings and weekends with their host families.

Learn about a new part of the world and share the city you love with an international visitor! Apply to be a homestay host at: For more information go to: Contact: or see Mrs. Magidman in Room 239

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Heard in the Halls #tweetsofthemonth


Your loyal editor-in-chief is here to help you navigate the daily struggles of Rider life.

Dear Abby, I’m a senior girl and I am soooo stressed out about prom! Like, what am I gonna wear, who is gonna ask me, how much should I spend on make-up, jewelry, shoes and oh my god I need to start tanning! I should probably start my turkey cleanse soon too... Sincerely, “Prom”-a Queen Dear PQ, I’m not really sure what I can do for you here. Prom is three months away. Dear Abby, Senioritis is beginning to get the best of me. I know I still should still be engaged and still be learning, but it’s so damn hard! Got any tips to keep me in class? Sincerely, Senior and Slipping Dear SS, I really don’t think there’s anything I can say to make you go to class. I guess I’ll just remind you that we do have security cameras, meaning when you wander the hallways or doing something weird, like light a soap dispenser on fire, people are watching you. So just stay away from flammables, make a clever comment when you do show up for class and you’ll be fine!

Comments? Questions? Send a letter to the editor! Drop by Room 235 during the school week or send an email to

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Secrets of the sandwich

After 19 years, Secret Chef closes amid changing rent demands

An outside view of Secret Chef. The sign will be taken down when it is decided what will be done with the building.


n February 14 2013, the Roosevelt students’ cherished lunchtime location assembled its last delicious bite. After nearly 19 years of serving the Roosevelt community, Secret Chef catering business and sandwich shop closed, a grievous moment for students who spent their lunch hour indulging in superlative subs wrapped in yellow paper. A factor in Secret Chef ’s decision to close was persisting difficulties with the building’s landlord. The white, walk-in-shop and the adjacent yellow house are both owned by Tom Dodgson who is, according to the shop’s owner, a close friend to the well-known Roosevelt neighborhood landlord Hugh Sisley. Dodgson wants to expand the property. By doing so, he raised the shop’s rent to twice its amount with incremental increases over a ten-year lease. By the third year into the lease, this would total $4500. As part of the terms in the original lease, Secret Chef would be expected to manage the property as well as be financially responsible for it. This includes the house on the property, which remains vacant since the previous tenants were kicked out this past December. “The landlord seems a bit erratic, unintelligent, grasping for money and land,” the store’s owner Linda Campbell said hesitantly. “He’s asking us to manage this property without any compensation in our rent.” In the past 19 years of Secret Chef ’s residence, the owners have experienced water-damaged sinking floors, damaged plumbing and electrical appliances, and a continuing list of other structural damages, none of which were repaired by Dodgson. “We paid about $180 to patch up these holes so rats don’t get in,” said Campbell, pointing to the decrepit wood walls connecting the back of the store to the

house. “All of the painting we’ve had to do ourselves. He hasn’t painted in 19 years,” she said. In between the kitchen and the basement, she pointed to a piece of plywood with a sign reading, “This is a fire break door between the house and deli. Please keep it closed. –Tom.” Campbell commented that, “Not only is this hazardous, it really shows his carelessness for this property. In fact, he gets most of his management ideas from his good friend Hugh Sisley.” “It’s obviously not a Class A food facility we’d like it to be,” continued Campbell. “[Dodgson] should want to make the biggest and best use out of the space and yet he wants a Class A property without any repairs.” With the work put in to the location, the shop’s employees have found it increasingly difficult to make a profit. Over the past few years, Secret Chef has had to increase the prices of their sandwiches, drinks, gum, and candy by a third to keep up with the increasing costs of food. “We can’t charge ten dollars for a sandwich,” said Campbell. “Even last year with the increasing costs of lunch meats, we tried to keep the sandwiches below five dollars. This year, our prices have increased by 40 percent.” In addition, Campbell supported her employees by covering health insurance costs and paying a sustainable amount of $15 an hour. “Our margins are shrinking,” concluded Campbell. “Enough is enough.” Regardless of its positive reviews as a lunchtime fixture and catering company, the shop’s employees saw no interest in continuing business for another ten years. “The timing couldn’t have come better,” said employee Becca Salzman, who frequently ran the cash register during lunch. “Linda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will be using this time off to tackle that.” She continued saying that “I’m starting grad school this

projected price needed in order to build the new Sonics arena. The plan includes improvements to Key Arena, which is where the Sonics will play until the new arena is built in the SODO area south of downtown.

March to receive my teaching degree and I will be continuing coaching track at Blanchet High School. And Stephanie {the store’s third employee} is pregnant.” Although the shop often struggled with maintaining the property, business was rarely an issue for the shop. Along with their popularity among Roosevelt students, Secret Chef prospered by catering for reputed clients such as Fox News, the University of Washington, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. “Business has been awesome over the past couple years,” explained Salzman. “We’re

landlord ”The seems a bit errat-

ic, unintelligent, grasping for money and land

A rathole inside the shop that had been covered by the store owner, Linda Campbell.

Numbers in the News $490 million was the 25

The back door of the Secret Chef building with a step latter up against it.

students in the Roosevelt Jazz band that qualified for the 2013 national Essentially Ellington competition held in New York City.


thankful that the Roosevelt students appreciated us so much, but it’s for the best we’re closing. We’re just all busy now and moving in our separate paths.” In regards to the newly vacant property, neither Salzman nor Campbell is sure who will occupy the Secret Chef residence in the future. “I don’t know what Dodgson plans to do with the building after we’re gone, considering we’ve been taking care of it,” said Salzman. “It’s possible there could be some sketchy people moving in here, considering our proximity to the Sisley Slums.”

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million was estimated as Lance Armstrong’s current net worth. After admitting to doping, Armstrong lost all of his major endorsements including Nike and Oakley. Armstrong predicts he’ll lose $75 million due to the scandal in the next few years.

Staff reporter


was the last year when a Pope resigned from the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 11 that he was stepping down, joining the small handful of popes who have resigned.

Illustrations by D. McPhillips

Staff Reporter

Photos by C. Albright

Sarah Koseff


is the first year Roosevelt students will be able to disembark from Sound Transit’s Roosevelt Station. South Transit expects four thousand people to use the station every day.


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Women stand at the frontlines

A new era of recognition begins for women in the armed forces Charlotte Hevly

Staff Reporter efense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently lifted the official ban on women in combative roles in the United States Military. This decision will affect Roosevelt students, male and female, who plan on joining the military. This action overturns a 1994 pentagon rule that restricted women from artillery, armor, infantry, and other combat roles. Despite the ban, 800 of the hundreds of thousands of women who have been deployed were wounded and more than 150 died in Iraq and Afghanistan. “They were on the front line, they were serving in coed units, they were in the theater of war but they were not getting the official title of ‘soldier with mission to kill’. But they were going in to theater [areas of warfare], pulling soldiers out of theater, doing mail service, supply service, maintaining tanks, getting shot at. They were there too,” said Ms. Jermann, Roosevelt teacher and a former member of the Army Reserves. Despite what women have been through, they could not be recognized as being in combat because women were not allowed in combat. This made it difficult for them to be promoted, as combat experience is a major factor in military promotions. Many groups support the removal of the ban not because it allows women to stand at the front lines, but because it makes it possible for the military to accept the reality that women are, and have been, serving on the front line. Panetta’s decision to lift the ban was influenced by civil rights groups as well as military officials. The military’s support was shown in a letter to Panetta on January 9 from General Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Dempsey wrote that the Armed Service Chiefs were in agreement that “the time has come to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.” Senior A.J. Shropshire, who is heading to officer training at West Point, agrees with the Armed Service Chiefs. “I want to fight to defend the freedoms that we all have,” he said, as he described what caused him to want to join the military. “I don’t think that a woman feeling the same way I do should not be able to fight.” Before the barriers are completely knocked down, the military is required by the Pentagon to fully evaluate the changes that have to occur. The decision to lift


the ban marks the beginning of a process in which the armed forces will gradually eliminate gender inequalities. Military branches have been given three years to make plans and decisions regarding which positions women will be allowed to hold. There are currently 237,000 positions closed to women, many of which will be opened during the next three years. The branches can also decide the physical standards that women must reach before joining. “The army, the navy, the air force, and the SEALs are being given the ability to set the standard. They can say that if you want to be in combat, if you want to be a female infantry soldier, the standard should be the same between men and women,” said Ms. Jermann. While this is a step forward for gender equality, some worry that it may upset the some of the safety and stability that the armed forces currently maintains. At this point, it’s unclear whether or not women will be permitted into the Special Forces or other commando forces. If they are, many are worried that the women couldn’t cope with the physical demand, lack of privacy, hygiene, and the primal living conditions. However, Shropshire said that the physical dem a n d s w o u l d not be a problem. “For West Point, the women as well as the men have to pass a physical test.” This means that “the correct physical conditions are being met, so women would be just as safe.” Some say that allowing women a more extensive role in the armed forces may also disturb the camaraderie and brotherhood of the armed forces. However, Ms. Jermann experienced camaraderie in her coed unit. “I had experiences in the military where there was no question that my

peers treated me as an absolute equal: fully capable, with the absolute ability to be depended on...they had my back and I had theirs. There was no question and there was true camaraderie in that case.” However, she said that there were some who believed that serving in military was a man’s role. She believes that changing that aspect of military culture should be the next step to successfully integrating women into combative roles. “I think there will be a transition period, but I think it is a lot about… the army taking their time to create the ability to have a culture that receives women,” said Ms. Jermann. With the ban lifted, the United States armed forces will be entering a new era, but this change will not be evident right away. The removal of this ban is only the beginning of a process. Hopefully this process can transform the United States military to benefit future generations.

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The ABC’s of registering for classes Sophie Jones


Staff Reporter

hile students are still getting used to their second semester schedules, Roosevelt’s academic counselors are already planning for next fall. The distribution of class registration packets and Hands for a Bridge applications are subtle signs of the frenzied planning that began last month. “This is just the first step,” said head counselor Wendy Krakauer, “we don’t finalize schedules until students are gone for the summer.” When students receive their course registration packets, it’s their responsibility to complete and return them by March first. The more consideration put into the packets, the better, said Krakauer. “We make the master schedule based on what students say they want and that’s why it is really important for students to think carefully because we don’t make many extra sections. We look at what students ask for and then we make that work with what teachers we have in the building.” Unfortunately, Krakauer can’t guarantee that checking the correct boxes will get you your dream schedule. “It’s not a perfect system [...] we can’t individually match students with teachers. There are too many students; its impossible,” she said. Instead, a random computer program assigns as many students as possible to their first choice classes. “We actually go through all of the students in our case load individually” said Krakauer, “and you can help us by reading the directions, paying attention to deadlines, and thinking carefully about the classes you choose.” Krakauer shared some tips for those intimidated by the registration process: “For next year’s sophomores,

the biggest question is if they should do AP Human Geography and LA10 in a block, or as two separate classes,” said Krakauer. The curriculum is the same either way, so the choice depends on whether you crave the community atmosphere of a block. Those entering junior year must choose between AP U.S. History and the standard class. “We want [students] to challenge themselves, but we also want them to understand that if they sign up for AP and change their mind, there might not be any spots left in the normal class,” warned Krakauer. She also weighed in on the class’ notorious workload, saying, “It’s an AP class, and if you do AP LA as a junior then having AP U.S. History, AP LA, and perhaps an world language is a large academic course load.” Class of 2015 also has to decide whether to take AP LA or College in the High School next fall, or wait until senior year. “I don’t think there is an advantage either way, it’s up to the student” said Krakauer. Those applying for Hands for a Bridge, however, should sign up for College in the High School or AP LA next year so if they don’t get in, they will have space in their schedules senior year to try again. This year, many students were surprised by the early release of Hands for a Bridge applications. “This year, we had no mid-winter break, so [Hands for a Bridge] moved our travel dates to April and that means that when we get back there would be no time to have students apply, so we had to move the application date up,” explained HFB

teacher, Ms. Macdonald. Those looking forward to their last year at Roosevelt shouldn’t check out early, said Krakauer. “Understand that colleges expect you to continue to challenge yourself to not only get into college, but also be ready for college.” She recommends continuing with math, science, or both, and to stave off senioritis. In times of stress, confusion, or planning for the future, students should remember their friends in the counseling office are eager to help. “We are more than happy for students to come in and ask any question, no matter how silly they think it is,” insists Krakauer. “We really appreciate it when students try to make sure they are on top of things [...] we want to answer your questions!” It is never too early to get help planning your high school career and what lies beyond, and Roosevelt’s academic counselors are a great resource.


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Teachers struggle with upgrade Alex Farias


Scout’s honor Boy Scouts discuss equality Lisa Colligan


Staff Reporter

n 1909, Chicago publisher William Boyce was inspired by a British Boy Scout’s act of humility, and founded the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910. The ban on homosexuality among The Boy Scouts of America was upheld by the Supreme Court as part of free speech in 2000. Now, thirteen years later, the BSA is rethinking their position on the ban. The decision to lift or keep the ban will be decided in May. Some want to preserve the ban as a part of preserving the history of the BSA. However, some think it’s time for a change. “Gay people can coach boys’ sports teams, so it’s the same thing. It doesn’t matter because they’re not going to have sexual relations. I feel like they ban [gay Boy Scouts] because of ‘sexual tension’,” Boy Scout of Troop 166 and senior Tommy Colligan comments. Colligan disapproves of the prohibition. “You can restrain yourself in school, and you can restrain yourself in Boy Scouts,” Colligan adds. “The ban was made in an era where homosexuality was not accepted and right now the times are a changin’ and homosexuality is more accepted.” However, tradition still runs strong. When they reach the applicable age, male members of the Mormon Church are automatically enrolled in Boy Scouts. Thus members of the Mormon Church represent 15 percent of all Boy Scouts, influencing the BSA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has sponsored the BSA since 1913. The LDS disapproves of homosexuality. With the heavy influence of the churches on the BSA, advocates for the lifting of the ban are having a hard time putting it through. The subject of morals, an extremely tender thought, plays a large role in this controversy. Part of the Scout Oath is to keep morally straight. But what is ‘morally straight’? Condemnation of ho-

mosexuality lies among Mormon morals. Many Boy Scout members share the same moral perspective, but others think differently. Boy Scout of Troop 166 and freshman Sam Skalbania think that, “it’s unfair that they’re not treating everybody equally...and they’re not really doing it for a reason.” If the ban was lifted, Skalbania anticipates no noticeable change in his troop. “[The ban] is part of freedom of the association,” states Boy Scout and senior Regan Klepac. “If people argue that they can’t get the same leadership that Boy Scouts offers for them, well, that’s not necessarily true.” Adventure Scouts, created by the BSA, is a coed and non-discriminatory group. This program is open to all youth who love to venture. The few differences between Adventure Scouts and Boy Scouts reside mainly in uniform, ranks, gender, and age. Although the ban has freedom of speech, Troop 166 Scoutmaster Bill Montgomery believes that, “the ban is unnecessary and harmful to the organization because it portrays [Boy Scouts] as discriminatory.” If the ban were to be lifted, he thinks, “it may help in recruiting new members because parents would not have to keep their boys out of Scouting to protest against the ban.” In 54 years of being in Scoutmaster (two years in Troop 13 in Walla Walla and the rest in Troop 166 in Seattle), Montgomery has never seen the issue as prevalent as today. With religion out of the picture, some may see that the Mormons have a valid point. Boy Scout and senior Hank Reimers brings to attention that, “it’s not that they’re against gay people;its that it’s a private organization. They kind of have the right to do what they want.”

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t the start of the new semester, Seattle Public Schools made changes to the online resources used by students and teachers, adjusting the way teachers input their students’ grades and how students view them. The system is called, “PowerSchool.” PowerSchool is currently the fastest growing online resource and allows for students to access grades and information for their classes. The system is used in all 50 states in the U.S and over 65 countries across the globe. The switch was proposed because many Seattle Public Schools officials believed the current system was outdated. These officials moved to fund the new program and the Board approved their motion to purchase the software. In order to cover installation, training, and the cost of the program itself, the Seattle School District paid over half a million dollars toward its activation. Although PowerSchool representatives did not wish to comment to TRN on their program, students and teachers at Roosevelt have strong opinions on the new software. PowerSchool has a new grading system for teachers, called “PowerTeacher.” It aims to create a more efficient way to input student scores but, for Latin and Language Arts teacher Nora MacDonald, the new grading system is a hassle in her classroom. “It’s a poor solution because they didn’t ask for the teachers input before it was created,” she said, “and most of these things are created by people who haven’t taught for 35 or 40 years.” MacDonald says it has significantly slowed her ability to input students’ points and has been an inconvenience to her while

trying to run her class. The changes on the new Source page have been a tough adaptation for many students at Roosevelt. The new Source does not include a “class page” for the students’ courses where as the old Source included one for each class. Any information about assignments, upcoming reminders, or any documents or PowerPoints are now only located on “Fusion,” a separate website. “I think two websites make it way more confusing,” said sophomore Abby Merritt. The switch had been not only confusing, but is a difficult adjustment for many students. “It’s frustrating having to go back and forth between the websites. The class page should be right next to the class grades. That would be way more convenient for students,” agreed sophomore Sophie Klein. The separation of class information and grades is perceived to add an unnecessary and inconvenient step in most students’ processes to retrieving information. The PowerSchool system is a currently controversial change in the Seattle School District. Some may argue the PowerSchool system will be a help in the long term, and that it is a modernized resource that will allow teachers and students to access information and upload information more efficiently. Others may say it is not aiding the education of students nor helping teachers aid the education of students. Whether the system is favorable or not, it has parents, staff, and students wondering if the switch is beneficial. So are those opposed just unaccustomed to the new software, or is the new software unable to provide the level of support that our schools need?

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Photo by J. Diether-Martin

Social Studies teacher, Karen Grace works on her grades in the new grading system as part of the new PowerSchool called PowerTeacher. There have been many reactions to the new system and all the teachers have been through training to learn how to use the new system.


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A sparkle of inspiration

Juniors Torgerson and Benson create business that turns a profit Staff Reporter


&H Hair Accessories is an up and coming business in Seattle. A business that started right here at Roosevelt. It all began at a fire drill. Junior Julia Torgerson observed her surroundings and came across something she liked. Across the Roosevelt field she noticed a fancy hair tie supporting some unknown persons hair. Junior Hannah Benson happened to be standing by as Torgerson made a casual comment about it. This subtle observation of fashion sparked conversation between the two girls. As it turned out, Benson had been thinking about making hair ties for some time. The girls put two and two together and thus J&H Hair Accessories was born. To begin the process, Torgerson and Benson browsed the Internet and found a website where they could order elastic in different colors and sizes. However, making the final product wasn’t that simple. On December 7 2012, the two girls gathered their friends, juniors Myl-

es Goueveia and Sam Black, and they all began to create what would become J&H hair ties. “We had to cut each tie to a certain length, melt the edges, and tie the ends in a knot,” said Benson, “it probably took about a minute to make each one.” In the beginning, the hair ties were only sold among friends at Roosevelt, but after they became quite popular it was clear that expansion was necessary. “We decided to expand by making different packs, like purple

Photos by V. Nguyen

Max Rose

After the girls’ hairties were shown at an annual art show, the owner of popular hair salon, Swink, started selling them in the store.

Juniors Hannah Benson and Julia Torgerson started a hairtie business after having inspiration during a fire drill.

The girls originally started selling hairties to their friends around school; however the ties took off and the girls realized that expansion would be necessary.

and gold ties for the huskies, and blue and red for a hale pack,” said Torgerson. Initially, the hair ties were advertised on Instagram. However, J&H Hair Accessories were displayed at an annual art show, where the owner of Swink, a popular hair styling salon with locations in the University Village and downtown Seattle, happened to be in attendance. Clearly impressed with the two girls work, the owner of Swink bought a fair amount of the hair ties, and they are now being sold in the store itself. This was the big-

gest step for J&H Hair Accessories, and made it clear to Torgerson and Benson that they should continue to sell the hair ties, and even acquire a business license. “I think the best part was learning to work with other people,” said Torgerson, “Hannah and I are a dynamic duo. It was a partnership. It was all just really fun.” Benson also commented, “it was all a new experience. I learned how to work with finances. Also, Torgerson and I are both pretty OCD so it worked out well. We became much closer through the process of making the business.” Torgerson and Benson plan to progress J&H Hair Accessories into a larger business, and they may even use this experience to form a senior project. Look out for J&H hair ties, and remember, behind every product there is a story.

Washington proposes eliminating freshmen Zoe Ness


Staff Reporter

orne through the wave of political correctness that has swept through the 21st century, gender neutral pronouns are about to make their way into state legislation. With the interest of being more respectful, accepting and professional, words such as, “longshoreman”, “manhole”, and “freshman” are in the process of being officially changed to, “longshore worker”, “utility hole” and “first-year student” respectively. These changes have been explained as both adjustments to acknowledge the presence of women in high places, and also to better expand vocabulary to include people who identify as neither female nor male. As part of

this endeavor, the Washington State Code is currently being scrutinized line by line for masculine pronouns, which will be changed to be gender neutral. For example, “he” becomes “he or she,” “him” becomes “him or her,” “his” becomes “his or hers.” This project, led by Kyle Thiessen, must also find new words for traditionally male pronouns including “chairman” and “penmanship” changed to “chairperson” and “handwriting”, respectively. “I don’t think this is merely a case of political correctness,” said Women’s Literature teacher Cora Mackoff. “This is a very honest attempt to legitimize and perpetuate gender neutral language. Language affects culture. When the powers that be make an attempt to change something like this that has been so traditionally not that way, I think it’s a metaphor for change...When language changes, it becomes part of the fabric of our communica-

tion.” Mackoff’s curriculum deals with the true meanings of the terms “sex,” “gender,” and “stereotype,” discussing the power that words have to shape society. The trend of gender-neutrality first surfaced in the 1980’s, and has since been addressed by more than thirty states, Florida being among the first with a completly revised state manual finished in the 1990’s. Also among these states are some the country’s oldest and youngest states, New York and Hawaii, both of which have amended their constitutions to include gender neutrality. Bill 5077, the fifth of the gender neutrality bills to reach Olympia (following the 2011 bill which passed 76-21 and the 2012 bill which passed 66-32), is a 500-page behemoth, which was brought to Senate on Monday, February 18.


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Dangers of drone diplomacy

We are now the leaders of drone use...but what else do we know?

Sophie Jones

Staff Reporter


hen I say “armed military drone,” what comes to mind? If you are imagining R2D2, Pixar’s Wall-e, or anything from Star Trek, stop. You’ve got it wrong. Drones are remotely piloted aircraft of many shapes, sizes and capabilities, but the US primarily uses them as armed predators. These winged killing machines, graceful at first sight, are 30 foot-long paper cranes laden with malignant missiles.Our military has used unmanned aircraft since 2001, and yet many Americans are still misinformed about their true nature. As a nation we are becoming increasingly removed from all of our foreign conflicts, but today, drones threatens to isolate us from the battlefield altogether. Drones save American soldiers’ lives and cost significantly less than manned operations, but their questionable accuracy, legality, and burgeoning civilian death toll has sparked controversy. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, drones in Pakistan have killed as many as 3,468 people, and in Yemen, 1,112. Innocents in the area live in constant fear of indiscriminate attacks piloted by US operators stationed hundreds of miles away. These drone attacks, of which many Americans are blissfully unaware, are quickly becoming the face of US

foreign policy. Pilots control drones by remote, absolutely safe from the violence they perpetrate. To a soldier on the ground, the reality of civilian death is striking, but to a drone operator, the destruction is oceans away. This desensitization is common in the US military; new recruits play violent video games as a part basic training. However, encouraging mindless killing among our troops has consequences, especially when combined with remote, mechanized killing machines. Drone pilots are physically and mentally removed from the reality of death, a dangerous combination. Recently, controversy has arisen over a list, compiled secretly by the government, of overseas American citizens who pose a “significant terrorist threat.” The document authorizes the remote killing, without trial, of American citizens abroad linked to terrorism. No matter how suspicious they may be, US citizens are constitutionally guaranteed the right to a fair trial before punishment. How can a country founded on the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” justify the assassination of its citizens without trial? If we allow the secret killing of suspected terrorists, where do we draw the line? Could drones be used to silence violent protestors, troublesome activists and other threats to authority? This apocalyptic future may soon be the reality for enemies to the Communist Chinese regime. In 2010, China unveiled 25 missile-firing drones that could potentially be used to silence dissidents seeking protection overseas.

In the aftermath of WWII, world leaders at the Geneva Convention set standards for the use of emerging biological and atomic weapon technology. Today, drones are as revolutionary as the killing machines that debuted in WWII, so why haven’t we established any rules? The United States, which monopolized the technology a decade ago, never self-policed the program, and no other military power has made an attempt to impose rules. If American drones can fly freely over Pakistan and Yemen and attack civilian areas without warning, then other countries can legitimize doing the same to us. We, as Americans, as a military world power, and as pioneers of modern warfare, need to take responsibility for our past actions and prevent future atrocities by implementing a clear legal framework that respects innocent lives, sovereignty, and privacy. Perhaps unmanned drones can replace Americans in combat just as pistols eclipsed cutlasses. Indeed, drones keep our troops out of harm’s way, but we must ensure that the tally of American lives saved isn’t eclipsed by a rising civilian death toll. I support decreased fatalities in the military, but I can’t condone risking entire innocent communities to keep soldiers off the battlefield. In order to protect innocents, drones must evolve to accurately target specific individuals rather than to decimate large areas. Unmanned combat has the potential to save lives and slash military spending. However, if we do not implement clear rules, our newfound military capabilities will backfire. It doesn’t matter who’s pushing the buttons; without the proper regulation, drones are imprecise killing machines. As a world power and the innovator of drone technology, it is our responsibility to set an example for other countries and implement long overdue regulations on unmanned aircraft.

I’m pooped out with all the potty talk Charlotte Hevly


Staff Reporter

eing a girl, the inside of the boys’ bathroom will forever remain a mystery to me. All I can imagine is that they’re dirtier and somehow more of a fire hazard. However, what I know for certain is that school bathrooms--whether it’s the boys’ or girls’--are claustrophobic places of germs and odor. This seems like a fact of life, which is why I have such a hard time understanding how the bathroom manages to draw huge groups of girls. Many occasions call for it: when they need to blankly stare at themselves in the mirror, avoid being called on in class, perfect their hair and makeup, gossip, laugh, cry, and on the rare occasion, actually use the toilet. While this is understandable, I wish students would learn that just because the bathroom provides an escape does not mean they can completely disregard all common sense and consideration of others. For example, please don’t continue to stare at yourself in the mirror while someone is patiently waiting to wash her hands behind you. This is rude, completely unnecessary, and creates awkward eye contact in the mirror. Let me be the one to assure that you probably look fine. And hey, even if you don’t, no one really cares. In a week no one will remember that one day that your hair wasn’t parted perfectly. Instead of continuously staring at your reflection while nothing changes, let the waiting person do the productive act of hand washing so they can quickly go back to class. You can keep observing your facial features from every possible angle once they leave. Or, if you’re in a rush, just sneak a quick glance at a trophy case en

route to your next class. This is a classic move practiced every type of Roosevelt female. Another annoying girl habit I have noticed is the need to take bathroom trips in large groups, resulting in a lack of space for everyone else. Again, being considerate of others won’t hurt you much, but it relieves the frustration that occurs every time someone opens the door of the bathroom to find that they have to push through people in order to get to a stall. If you aren’t using the restroom, try waiting for your friend outside. Any scolding of bad bathroom habits would be incomplete without mention of grafitti. Honestly, no one should ever have to tell you not to scribble profanities on the stall door in silver sharpie, yet here I go. What do you gain by writing on the walls of the stalls? Maybe another girl will later write a faint response with her pencil, but by the end of the week you can rely on the fact that the janitorial staff will have painted over it. It seems like all of the issues in the bathroom relate back to one thing: female insecurities. We are too insecure to walk the halls without full knowledge of what our hair looks like, and too insecure to go to the bathroom without an entourage of friends to accompany us. But these insecurities won’t make us any prettier. It’s fine to worry about appearances, but it doesn’t constitute a disregard of others. So ladies, just use your common sense. Strive to see the big picture; be considerate, be respectful, and don’t ever leave your hair in the drain of the sink.


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Head banging with Brahms

In a modern world of phony one-hit wonders, classical music lives on

Zoe Ness

Staff Reporter


osh pits, head banging, wild fans belting out the chorus, raucous socialization…Vivaldi? Oh yes, oh yes indeed. Elvis Presley may have been the king of rock n’ roll, but classical music invented the rock star. Going back to Bach--back before iTunes and GarageBand, before CD burners, before mix tapes, before vinyl--marked the real Golden Age of music. Nowadays, classical music is now considered wrapped in a package of stuffy and snooty elitism. As we all know, the mere word “opera” brings images of old bejeweled millionaires spending endless hours in suffocating clothes at the theater. Kids would rather munch on rusty nails than spend a night at the symphony, and ain’t it a damn shame. When I listen to classical music, I feel like I am listening in on a conversation between Earth and Heaven. Artists now write for exes and tractors and hair. Artists then wrote for angels, and had wild concerts, too. The stiff-collared, formal affairs of today are a far cry from operas of the 1700’s, 1800’s and even early 1900’s. People went to each show five or six times, and would join in the chorus just the way we do today at rock concerts. They were social events, not black tie events, and the audience’s contribution to the overall atmosphere was considered an integral part of this musical culture. Nowadays, nobody seems to understand how incredible this music is. Just considering that what was written over three hundred years ago remains relevant in movies and on

the radio should be enough to amaze. Not to mention the fact that these composers wrote out all those notes by hand, using quill and ink. They didn’t have computers to create and play their music for them. Rather, there were brilliant sight-readers who could learn a piece of dizzyingly difficult music within hours, along with amazingly improvising on the spot. These music men had enough mathematical genius to rival Einstein and enough passion to put Michelangelo to shame. When someone listens to the radio and hums along to the chorus, they don’t think about the thousands of sound waves that are vibrating through their speakers at exactly the right frequency to make that harmony. They don’t think about the fact that there is a logarithm which can describe the exact difference in frequency between the notes to the ten-thousandth place, and which mathematically proves that the interval is consonant or dissonant. This marriage of left and right brain--of creativity and practicality--was a beautiful necessity for classical music and its creators. This use could be the greatest contrast between the music of then and now. This music has shaped human society, and will continue to be persevered throughout the ages long after we’ve forgotten about uncreative One Direction or Katy Perry. These musical masters deserve it; the first kings of rock will forever be unbeaten.

Songs to Make You a Classical Fanatic The Four Seasons - Vivaldi Ride of the Valkyries - Wagner Peer Gynt Suites - Grieg William Tell Overture - Rossini The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Debussy Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saens Peter and the Wolf - Prokofiev Academic Festival Overture - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 17 (Allegro) - Mozart Idylle - Chabrier Arabesque No. 1 - Debussy

Mightier than the Magna Carta: guy code Dustin McPhillips

Staff Illustrator


ver the course of history, the greatest of men have painstakingly constructed a sacred constitution outlining what exactly defines a man. Mystical in its wisdom and powerful in its prose, this document has been devotedly followed for centuries. In order to consider one’s self a true man, it is imperative that this tradition be followed. Here is the scripture in its original state: Thou shalt not discuss the Guy Code in front of womenfolk

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Thou shalt not stare another man in the eyes whilst eating a banana

Thou shalt not dance with another man unless doing the Dougie

Thou shalt never scuff another man’s shoes

Thou shalt poop at least once a day, preferably at 1:54 pm Thou shalt never use a urinal adjacent to another man

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When sharing a bed with another man, thou must be separated at all times, preferably by sleeping bags While in locker rooms, eyes must remain above nipple level Thou shalt never cause petty drama similar to that of our women

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Thou shalt always solve problems with violence

Thou shalt only play with dogs, because as we all know, dog is man’s best friend.

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Thou shall not compliment another man’s mother on her looks Thou shalt never have more than two pierc ings

Thou shalt never hold in one’s farts unless in the presence of a fine female



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SPS Segregation

Assignment plan has grave repercussions


Concerned WASP

t has been said that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Apparently the Seattle School Board needs a history lesson. Based on our new school assignment plan, it is clear that they have set our school district on a path that is leading us to widespread racial segregation. In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that segregating schools was constitutional, as long as all schools were made to be “separate but equal” in their educational opportunities. As one might expect, schools ended up quite separate, but certainly not equal. African American students suffered in crowded schoolhouses with few teachers or textbooks and no funding to improve the school. Schools for whites were better funded, had more resources, and were able to ensure a good education. However, in the landmark court decision Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregation of the public school system was unconstitutional, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson. In their unanimous decision, the justices stated, “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Following this decision schools across the United States were integrated. In Seattle, however, it seems that the school board has forgotten the outcry against segregation. In 2009, a new student assignment plan was created in order to send students to neighborhood schools. The goal was to “provide every student with access to a quality education that supports enhanced achievement for all students, including elimination of the achievement gap.” The board hoped to build community in neighborhoods, reduce transportation costs, and foster diversity. All of these goals are admirable, but the school district’s implementation of the plan has not achieved them, especially the last goal. Look at the statistics: Roosevelt is 62 percent white. Ballard is 67 percent white. Nathan Hale is 56 percent white. On the other hand, Rainier Beach is only five percent white, 56 percent black, 25 percent Asian/ Pacific-Islander, and 12 percent Hispanic. The statistics are even more shocking at elementary schools: Bailey Gatzert Elementary is 97 percent ethnic minority and three percent white. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary has the same statistics. It appears from this data that although Seattle schools are not completely segregated, they are approaching it. This school segregation results from the spatial separation of the different races into different neighborhoods of Seattle, which was put in place by discriminatory real estate practices known as redlining. In the 1960s, real estate often came with a “housing covenant,” many of which forbade African Americans from purchasing the property. Although it will take a huge shift in economic circumstances to desegregate the neighborhoods of the city, it is possible to desegregate our schools. In 1978, the school board implemented a plan to bus students to schools outside their neighborhood in order to increase racial diversity. Within three years, all schools except for Cleveland had met the diversity benchmarks set by the school board. However, the plan was abandoned because it did not improve academic performance, and many of the schools remained internally segregated within classroom, activities, and academic programs. According to Mr. Nolet, one of Roosevelt’s Hands for a Bridge teachers, this is exactly what must be avoided. “Public schools are teaching us about our

Seattle School District Diversity

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democratic public,” he said. “They are our introduction to citizenship.” He believes that racial diversity in the classroom is one of the most important factors to getting a good education. School isn’t just about studying a rigorous curriculum; it also entails learning how to interact with people whom you may perceive as different from yourself. “When we grow up, we have to make decisions that need sophistication in human relationships,” said Mr. Nolet. As our schools are becoming increasingly segregated, it will become nearly impossible to interact with a diverse group of people. Removing such a key element of education will almost certainly have detrimental effects on society. Despite the segregation, the Seattle School District does have some admirable programs. In general, schools with low-income student populations receive the most funding, while wealthier schools receive less funding. This system is different from some school districts, where school funding is derived partly or wholly from the local property tax. This results in shocking funding disparities, where extremely wealthy neighborhoods with high property values have the best-funded schools, and poor neighborhoods have to make do with the bare minimum, even with a high property tax. Educational activist Jonathan Kozol describes this system as a “persistent betrayal of the whole idea of equal opportunity in America. It’s a betrayal of democracy.” Although Seattle does not fund its schools this way, there is obviously a link between poverty and academic success, and segregated schools have higher percentages of low-income students. For example, at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, the student body is 97 percent ethnic minority and 92 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch. The school was also below district average on the state reading and math tests. However, these students are obviously not educationally deficient: fourth graders at Bailey Gatzert exceeded the district average on the state writing test by seven percentage points. The problem with segregating by neighborhood is that it often ends up segregating schools economically as well. A school composed of low-income students is a school composed of students who may lack resources or parental involvement at home, which are key components to getting a good education. It will take time to desegregate our city, but we can start by desegregating our schools. Although busing may not be the answer to increasing racial diversity, the new student assignment plan is certainly not helping, and must be changed. The American public education system is the foundation of our democracy, and if segregation threatens it, we may as well have reverted to the era when your skin color decided if you could use a water fountain.

Our rights

An end to helplessness blues Editorial

TRN Editors


he student body of Roosevelt High School has fallen out of touch with its rights. We attend a wealthy and liberal high school where freedom of student speech is seldom an issue of conflict. Given our relatively comfortable school setting, one could argued that a reestablishment of our student rights is unnecessary. Therein lies the problem: our submissive adaptation to teacher-student hierarchy has somewhat obscured the awareness of our capabilities. The assumption that everything is running smoothly is exactly what’s preventing us from exercising our rights, and worse still, may end up convincing us that we don’t even have them. Of course, we cannot forget that Roosevelt joined the massive student Occupy protests of the Walkout last fall. This showed some progress, but soon after, the whole affair proved itself incapable of maintaining much significance; the quickly passing storm of inspiration acted more as a fad than anything else. What should be recognized in light of that chaotic time is that such student expression (granted, on a smaller scale) should be seen in schools daily. It’s an essential aspect of learning—the doubting and debating of information given to us. As students we shouldn’t need the motivation of three other high schools or the prospect of making it onto King 5 News to be the drivers of our own vocal integrity. When it comes to being outspoken over controversial school-board issues, the Roosevelt culture as a whole is just plain meek. Maybe it’s because overall, we haven’t had much to complain about at this school. However, staying submissive is riskier than one may think, even though we may consider the present a stable time, unfit for rebellion. What will we do when legitimate issues unexpectedly arise? Like educating and preparing ourselves for an overdue earthquake, we students need to prepare to fight when an issue actually arises. It’s time we clarify the rights that have been ours since the first day of Kindergarten. The majority of us don’t know the Seattle Public School’s thick packet of “Student Rights and Responsibilities” exists. After the clear and undisputed rights such as freedom of religion and freedom from “Students have the right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH and may express their personal opinions. That freedom does not allow personal attacks, swearing, threats of violence, or interference with other people’s rights to express themselves. • Students have the RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE peaceably. Any such gathering that interferes with the operation of the school or classroom is inappropriate and prohibited. • Students have the RIGHT TO PETITION appropriate school authorities when they feel that they have been treated unfairly. • Students have the right to FREEDOM OF THE PRESS and may express their personal opinions in writing. They must take full responsibility for the content of their publications by identifying themselves as authors or editors of the publication.They are not allowed to make personal attacks or publish libelous or obscene material.” discrimination come the ones with slightly fuzzier meanings. Read your rights for yourself: The 1988 Supreme Court case Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier gave students broad rights, only limiting them when they work against a school’s “basic educational mission.” Educate yourself by speaking out productively, and you are completely protected against a school crackdown. Politics within the school’s walls are eternal. Students are the ones that are expected to thrive in school systems, so we deserve a say in the operation of schools. Unfortunately, we rarely act as if this were the case. Students prefer to act the victim instead of taking action. These are fundamental rights that have been fought for by students of the past. We have been tossed the ball of power only to stumble and fall in our pitiful attempt to catch it. As high school students, we complain endlessly as if we had no power to do anything about our problems. But we do. Next time you grumble about the disappearance of AP Euro talk a teacher about it or start a petition. If you feel like the school policy on drugs causes a battle between security and students, then start a realistic conversation about solutions. These issues matter to us more than anyone else; if we don’t exercise our right to raise our point of view on these issues, no one will do it for us.


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Hollywood doesn’t teach history If you want accurate information, watch a documentary

Menaka Narayanan

Naive Moviegoer


love movies. I can describe the pre-movie Regal Cinema roller coaster in my sleep. My free time doesn’t begin until I have finished reading Entertainment Weekly cover to cover. That is why my favorite way of learning about the world is through political movies. It’s just so convenient - it’s not a documentary (you’ll stay awake while watching it), it almost always has one of your favorite actors in it, and by the end of the movie, the impossible was just made possible - you had an entertaining, even thrilling, history lesson! I learned about the Holocaust from my favorite teacher, Steven Spielberg, through “Schindler’s List”. “Gandhi” helped me understand India’s fight for freedom, and “Hotel Rwanda” taught me about the genocide in East Africa. This year, the countless political movies released (“Lincoln”, “Argo”, “Game Change”, anyone?) served as fun history lessons to moviegoers across the country, including myself. But as critics dissect the factuality of these films, the question must be asked - are political movies accurate enough to be used as teaching tools? A man quivers on the stone ground with his hands and feet pinned down by guards. The agent ties a dirty cloth around the prisoner’s face. Slowly, ruthlessly, the agent pours water over the cloth. The man gags and

chokes, gasping for the air that will free him from the unbearable drowning sensation. Just as the convict’s eyes widen for one last hopeless look at the world, the agent stops and unties the cloth. So begins one of the most controversial moments of one of the most controversial political movies of the year – “Zero Dark Thirty”. The scene depicts a CIA agent in his search for Osama bin Laden brutally wheedling information out of a captured al-Qaeda member. Sitting in the theater, I flinched repeatedly as the detainee was water boarded, verbally abused, kept awake for 96 hours, sexually humiliated, pulled around by a dog leash, and shoved into a television-sized wooden box. It was a shock to see American CIA operatives treating a prisoner - no matter how evil his crime - so brutally. In a liberal city like Seattle, it is near impossible to come across someone who would commend torture, even if it led to the whereabouts of the most-wanted man in the world. No way, was my first thought. Obama banned “enhanced interrogation techniques”! America stands for rights of prisoners! But, blindly trusting the facts of my political movie, I brushed it aside, thinking that if the movie said torturing led to finding bin Laden, torturing must have led to finding bin Laden. As soon as the movie ended, I rushed home to validate this fact on the Internet and found a war being waged over the factuality of the film. Some patriotic American viewers were outraged, accusing director Kathryn Bigelow of embellishing torture. Others refuted by pointing out that the movie, even if unpleasant, had showed the truth about torture, as it had indeed been used in the early 2000s. Nevertheless, one thing I have to admit was that the facts were dramatized. The torture of Ammar in 2003 did not provide the information about bin Laden’s courier that led to his death in 2011. After this piece of news, I was left scratching my head and won-

dering - if this wasn’t true, how many of the “facts” stored in my head are actually exaggerated scenes from political movies? “Zero Dark Thirty” started off with a bold message, “Based on Firsthand Accounts of Actual Events”. These words were what made people start raising eyebrows and pointing fingers. The makers of the movie have experienced their decisions coming back to bite them a bit. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, but Bigelow was snubbed a nomination for Best Director. My soft side for filmmakers makes me ask - why would they take the risk of being incorrect? One answer is straightforward - there’s only so much you can fit into two and a half hours. From a director’s perspective, if you want to include torture, you have to weave it into your plot. Controversy can have a silver lining – “Zero Dark Thirty” has raked in millions as people run to theaters to find out what all the debate is about. And, finally, it’s just a good ol’ movie. The whole point of a movie is to play with the emotions of the viewer. Movies have to be thrilling, appealing, entertaining, memorable...this is what makes them fun to watch. If filmmakers wanted to prioritize being spoton accurate, they would have gone into the documentary-making business. And honestly, if “Zero Dark Thirty” was a documentary, about five percent of the audiences would have watched it, and 85 percent of those people would have watched it in social studies. All prejudices aside, the biggest thing “Zero Dark Thirty” taught me is not how Osama bin Laden was killed. It is that you can’t always trust films to be history teachers. I’m not telling you to avoid political movies - in fact I would tell you the opposite. Go watch “Zero Dark Thirty” and marvel in its 160 minutes of fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Just make sure you also stay awake for that documentary in your second period that gives you the real facts.

Teachers deserve a knight in shining armor

Maddie Foley


Teachers Pet

ometimes I really hate people. Call me cynical, but I really wish some people would just shut up. Believe me, I’m all for expressing student voice; why else would I have joined newspaper? However, when student voice is blatantly abused to disrespect teachers, it should be silenced. I understand that teachers are people, too, and people aren’t always going to agree with each other or get along. That’s simply human nature.

We all have our opinions, and it’s only right that we express them sometimes. I haven’t liked every teacher I’ve ever had, and not all teachers are good teachers. But that doesn’t justify being rude to their face and causing a disruption in the middle of class. You might care if you don’t like someone, but rest assured that no one else does. Your selfish version of “classroom justice” is doing more harm than good. High school teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. They spend their entire day trying to put knowledge into the minds of whiny adolescents, only to receive dismal pay and long hours of grading papers in return. Can’t we give these poor, brave souls a break? Maybe some of their policies seem unfair, or their class is hard, or they don’t like you, but a year in their class won’t kill you. Learning never killed anyone, except maybe Marie Curie. Does no one ever ask themselves why people become teachers in the first place? 99 percent of the time it’s not so they can have a power trip over a room full of teenagers. Most prospective teachers simply want to make a difference in the world. Sadly, education is one of the most undervalued things among teenagers in this country. I’m

not trying to be preachy here, but we are incredibly privileged to have free schooling. Most of the world doesn’t. So the next time you find yourself saying, “This teacher hates me so they’re failing me,” take a look back and evaluate your classroom experiences: did you spend that class arguing with your teacher instead of listening, or did you make an honest effort to understand what was going on? At least try to appreciate the advantage fate has given you. Allow your time in high school to be awesome. It really isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be, and holding a grudge against a teacher is surely putting a damper on the whole thing. Oftentimes in life we have to do things we don’t want to, and if high school really isn’t your thing, it’ll be over soon enough. Four years is a tiny portion of your life, and no one wants to look back on their teenage years to realize that they were an insolent pest to their teachers. You’re only making their lives more difficult, and if you have a legitimate problem with something in a class, don’t waste everyone else’s time with it. We all have to be here, so just grit your teeth, get through it, and enjoy the rest of your life.



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or the millions of people around the world with ADD and ADHD, the drug Adderall is their greatest chance to live unaffected by their disorders. For others, despite the fact that it’s a federal crime to acquire it without a prescription, ADD or ADHD medication is their shortcut to an easy A. At many high schools and colleges, the pressure to perform academically has led to the increased use of Adderall and other “focus” drugs. Distributing this addictive stimulant has become a way for some to make quick money. “It’s a fairly easy business to operate,” said John*, a Seattle high school student, who sold drugs to other high school students for two and a half years. “Even though the risks are pretty big, it’s not that hard to not get caught. It’s a vast increase in the money I’d be making than if I worked a part-time job, and I don’t have to work at all.” Although the buying and selling of focus drugs draws up images of shady, back-alley transfers, within many high school social settings, Adderall abuse is very common.


o what’s the big appeal? Many students desire an easy way out ents d u t of the endless hours of preparing for finals. s e g exchan sevelt’s Some rely on stimulants such as Adderall deo o R h it Q&A w spite the risks, because they believe it’s worth : Is it to enhance their performance on tests such lt News The Rooseve to get into as the SAT or ACT. They assume that with the e ur the press help of such drugs, there’s no doubt that their ? r e h ig h s college scores will be higher, though that is not neck in th essarily the case. I : hek Tadek Dusc rence is High school student Rachel* took her fe the huge dif y, so its a SAT’s twice: once while on focus drugs, and e n o just the m once without. “I actually scored around thing. t n re fe if d whole 200 points higher when I was not on focus nior u J , k peoe h w c o drugs,” she said. However, Rachel also said s n k u u D o Tadek TRN: Do y who are she had a friend who scored 150 points highermany y G n , n ma r li e Ber ple in G er when they took Adderall. ? D H or AD D D A h The drug has been nicknamed “Ivy it w d diagnose ly in b a b League Crack” because of the measures sturo P . e som w a lot but known 5 to 10. o n dents will take to cope with the madness of k ] ’t n o [d ave TD: I ool time I h h a stressful school setting. c s le o h w my ribed sc e Those who intend to use Adderall only pr n u e taking see peopl u for their most important tests might still o y o TRN: D hool? eventually find themselves addicted. Many sc r fo s drug y high colleges now have strict rules regarding m t] u o h g u . [Thro d e b ri c n s e the use of Adderall because of its potential e re s p have TD: Just ce] I never people taking n e ri e as an illegal study-aid, and consequences p x [e l ticed schoo . I never no it of using the drug for testing in college e k ta le p peo sting. include academic suspension or expulte r fo s g ru d sion. As the use of Adderall has become increasingly popular on college campuses, the consequences have also become greater. The community of students within the Seattle area who have taken illegally-acquired Adderall for testing has also grown in recent years. “I have sold to around 50 to 75 different people,” said John, “occasionally at different schools but generally at my high school. I sold to a lot of seniors—when I was younger—and juniors.” For John, this has always been purely business. A couple of years ago, John was selling Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Concerta, and occasionally Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet to students. “I made $300 dollars for 40 pills, which is about the average prescription. But I buy it at half price so it’s about a 50 percent markup.” “I have used what I’ve sold in the past,” said John, “but not on a day to day basis, like the people I’m selling to.” A few years ago, John often took Adderall, and “for the ACT and SAT, I used it both times, even though I wasn’t selling at the time.” John said that “there’s a lot of side effects in Adderall; those amphetamines in particular have a bunch of side effects and I’ve felt all of them. Sometimes you get depressed and other things happen.” He went on to add that depsite the side effects, he still found it to be worth it. While Adderall has often been abused in academic settings, for those who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, Adderall is essential in order for them to was diagfocus on their studies. Seattle high school student, Mary*, nosed with ADHD when she was six years old. She began taking Adderall but found the effects to be too strong, so she went stopped takin

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git until eighth grade. “It helped me a lot. You feel like you sho should do this, I should do that’—so you do it. You’re a lot more However, even for somebody prescribed stimulants, the effects overwhelming for the body. Mary is prescribed to Vyvanse as well, a Vyvanse can have similar side effects to Adderall, along with more da severe mood swings, increased aggression, fainting, hallucinations, m For Mary, Vyvanse was too strong for her body and made long-lasting, so it will take two hours to kick in and it lasts all d right away and I don’t get sick from it.” Instead of taking her Vyvanse, she sold it. “I wouldn’t necess Instead, she sold pills for about five dollars per 50 mg, strictly to h it. Like John, Mary said that the weeks of standardized-testing we Adderall or Vyvanse. “I gave it to people when they had a huge thing to do or tests ACTs and finals week,” said Mary. Rather than considering it a b only to a select group of friends, roughly 15 people. “I was never diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or depression or gets the stimulants “through students I know who are prescribed who has them and doesn’t use them, doesn’t like them. I have a s [business]’ so it’s not very hard.” John said he had never went to a psychologist in pursuit of fak “I have only known a few people who have gone to the doctors it and gotten prescribed it,” said John. “It’s kind of hard because a sticky situation.” People may assume they know what ADD or ADHD are, but disorders a difficult task. ADHD shows itself in early adolescenc dopamine transmitters. ADD is a subtype of ADHD that doesn sivity which makes ADHD more easily recognized. The only co is a difficulty in focusing. Some of the other symptoms of ADD anxiety, so it’s harder to correctly diagnose. When considering that a patient may have either ADD o ADHD, psychiatrists will look for common symptoms such a excessive talking, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and an inabi ity to concentrate. Because these symptoms can be faked, som teenagers will act as if they have these behaviors so that they ca be diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall. Psychotherapi Ed Mosshart said he thinks that ADD and ADHD are too easi diagnosed. “There are times that kids are distractible for whatever reaso and parents feel this pressure to follow this up even if the diagnos is undue. I’ve seen kids that are very motivated to get that diagno sis, not just for testing, but because they like the effect. It’s a dru and some of these kids are so smart and savvy they can look u the diagnosis on the Internet and tell the doctor what they wan to hear. So I think the doctor has to be very careful and get collateral information that supports the diagnosis.” Adderall is more present in teenage culture than one might think. “As the director of the largest adolescent chemical dependency treatment center on the West Coast for seven years, we saw 400 to 500 kids a year. I would say for probably about 25 percent of those kids, their drug of choice was Adderall,”  Mr. Mosshart stated. John has a theory that “in our society, everybody would have what ADD is technically.” Roosevelt student Myles Gable agreed. “I think ADD and ADHD aren’t real disorders. Every teen gets distracted.” In a June 2012 New York Times article, a 17-year-old female from Europe submitted her own thoughts on Adderall and ADD, along with many other young adults. “I go to an international school in Europe,” she wrote, “stimulant abuse


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ould get everything done, you’re like, ‘I energetic and willing to do your work.” of the drugs can sometimes be too an amphetamine similar to Adderall. angerous side effects such as seizures, What is Adderall? muscle tremors and slowed thinking. Adderall is an addictive stimulant, pre- take Adderall, they’re left with an e her sick. Mary said, “Vyvanse is scribed to people with ADHD in order to unbalance of these vital chemicals when day... With Adderall it will kick in calm their hyperactivity and lower impulsivity. it wears off, and their brain will no longer It is a combination of amphetamine and dex- maintain that ideal balance by itself. sarily say I’ve ‘dealt’,” said Mary. troamphetamine (which is also found in Meth), Since Adderall changes the chemical makeher friends when they requested and both drugs affect the chemicals of the hu- up of people’s brains, it has serious side effects ere when most people requested man brain by raising the levels of dopamine, in people of all ages. These side effects are often norepinephrine and serotonin to an average even more severe in people who take Adderall s, but I give a lot away for SATs, level, improving the person’s concentration and without having ADD or ADHD. Stimulants conbusiness like John, Mary had sold therefore increasing their productivity. Yet taining amphetamine are highly addictive, when people with normal levels of dopa- and withdrawal symptoms can be danr anxiety or anything,” John said. He mine, norepinephrine, and serotonin gerous. d them. I just buy them from someone sibling who has friends who are ‘in this Illustration by E. Neilson and S. Anferov

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in high school is a largely American phenomenon, but I’m beginning to see it here, spreading from international to local schools... Among my friends at public schools here, ADD medication is a joke. If they ever get their hands on stimulants, they just take them to stay up all night dancing.” Some foreign exchange students have similar thoughts on this. German exchange student Raphael Kuhland said that “school is a bit harder in Germany. [There is] way more pressure there.” He says the stress toward the end of high school is especially heightened. “It’s a big pressure the last two years.” Similar to in the US, Raphael said, “you need a really good GPA to get into university.” Marion Bieysse, a French exchange student, had similar views. “I’m in a Catholic private school in France so I have school ten hours a day. We don’t have the same schedule every day, and we have way more classes than you guys.” Even though the academic pressures are just as great, if not greater, in Europe than in America, the illegal use of non-prescription drugs has not followed the same trend overseas. In Germany, said junior Luke Hadler, an exchange student at Roosevelt, “People who don’t have ADD don’t take Adderall for tests.” In America, however, students are following a progression toward using “focus” drugs, in some cases to alleviate pressures brought on by a typical school environment. As a society that emphasizes working hard to achieve, we must ask ourselves if l we condone the misuse of these drugs to help pave our way to success.

the director of the largest ”As adolescent chemical depen-

dency treatment center on the West Coast for seven years, we saw 400 to 500 kids a year. I would say for probably about 25% of those kids, their drug of choice was Adderal

Q&A with Roosevelt’s exchange students

The Roosevelt News: Do students in your country take Adderall without a prescription?

of students polled by TRN know a person who has ADD (Attention Defecit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder).


of students polled by TRN* think that using Adderall, a type of focus medication prescribed for ADD, to enhance a student’s performance on tests is considered a way of cheating.


of students polled by TRN* know at least one person who has taken unprescribed Adderall medication for SAT and ACT testing.

Raphael Kuhland: I have never heard about that drug for the focus. Nobody in Germany does that. TRN: Is the pressure to get into colleges higher than in the United States?


RK: Yes because we now have 12 years until 13 years Raphael Kuhland, Junior so time is short. We have to learn a lot of stuff and we Cologne, Germany need a really good GPA. [To be a doctor] for example, you need a really good GPA. TRN: Do students in your country take Adderall without a prescription? Marion Bieyesse:Well in Europe, [students] smoke weed and drink [alcohol] but for [doing] all other kind of drugs, I’m not going to say it doesn’t exist, because that’s not true, but it’s not common. In my high school, I maybe have one or two people who really [experiement with] different kinds of drugs. Marion Bieysse, Senior TRN: Is abusing prescription drugs a problem in colleges? Paris, France

of students polled by TRN* have used Adderall without a prescription as a performance-enhancer for studying and testing.

MB: More likely in colleges, its way more common in colleges but not as common as it is here.

* The Roosevelt News

TRN: Is the pressure to get into colleges higher than in the United States? MB: We have exams for all our classes, and your grade is your average of all your classes. Out of 20 if you have more than 10 you can graduate, but for example the school I want to get in they want me to have at least a 16 out of 20. Its about 4 to 5 hours of writing for every class. Photos by C. Garry and S. Mosshart

* Names changed to protect the identities of the students.



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Suiting up through the century Cheer and mens’ basketball highlight both uniform and culture changes 1960’s

Charlotte Hevly


Staff Reporter


t’s strange to imagine Roosevelt teams playing in any uniforms other than the ones they use today. In the 1960’s though, Roosevelt’s uniforms were drastically different; from the lengths to the type of fabric to the name on the front of the jersey. Looking back makes it easy to see the trends and changes through the decades of Roosevelt history leading up to the uniforms that the student body knows today. While the court they played and performed on is the same, the mens’ basketball team the cheer squad looked quite a bit different in 1960 than they do now.


he boys’ basketball uniforms in the 1960’s were much smaller and tighter than they are today. They wore short shorts with belts and short-sleeved jerseys. The shoes were also less advanced. Back then, Chuck Taylor’s, with practically no support were worn in the place of the large basketball shoes worn by players today. With the shoes, they wore the only part of the basketball uniform that has not grown larger over time: the socks. Basketball players in the 60’s wore long socks that protruded far above their Chucks. At this point in time, polyester and nylon were gaining popularity, providing an athletic and movable fabric for the uniforms. The tightness of the uniforms followed the trends of normal clothing in the late 60’s and continued into the 70’s.



major change in the basketball uniforms from the 60’s to the 1970’s was the name adorning the front of the jerseys which changed from “Teds” to Riders. Another major difference was the addition of the girls’ basketball team. As they were just starting out, naturally their uniforms were similar to the boys’ but of worse quality. At the very beginning, their uniforms were were more like t-shirts than jerseys. Developments in the men’s uniforms included longer socks and a switch from short-sleeved to sleeveless jerseys. The unofficial addition to the uniform was the sweatband, needed for holding back their long hair. Towards the end of the 70’s the girls’ uniforms improved greatly, including the addition of collars.


t the beginning of the 70’s, the music note was still the symbol on the uniform, but as the decade passed, it changed to an “R” similar the more square one that appears on Roosevelt uniforms and clothing today. Other additions were pins added to the sweaters and the slightly longer socks worn by the song leaders. n the 1960’s, the cheer team, then called the TedTrue to the 70’s, the yell dy Pepsters, was comprised of two groups, the leaders replaced their classong leaders and the yell leaders. The song leaders, sic slacks with trendy flared or the female cheerleaders, wore pleated skirts that pants. went down to the knee. Their tops (either turtleneck sweaters or looser long sleeved shirts) had a music note on them rather than the Roosevelt logos on uniforms now. With their uniform they wore classic saddle shoes. The boys, or the yell leaders, had much different uniforms than male cheerleaders today. Their uniforms were less suited for athletics, consisting of saddle shoes, slacks, cardigans or sweater vests, and ties.






n the 1980’s, the girls’ basketball uniforms improved in quality while the boys’ slowly shifted from the short shorts and tight tops from past decades to the baggier uniform that the team wears today. Along with the looser uniforms, basketball shoes also grew in size. They were more like basketball shoes today as opposed to the thin, flat-soled Chuck Taylors that were previously worn.

he cheer uniforms continued to pair their pleated skirts with sweaters. Patches became more prominent on the sweaters, and they were soon dotted with pins, names, numbers, and school symbols. The yell leaders’ uniforms became more athletic during the 1980’s, a comfortable change from the ties and sweaters they had previously worn. At the end of the decade, the song and yell leaders’ uniforms were more similar, closely resembling the cheer uniforms now.




n the 1990’s the entire basketball uniform grew in size. The shorts got longer and the tops got bigger. This took a large step towards the uniforms that we have today.


heer: During the 1990’s, cheer uniforms made a big change from the song leaders and yell leaders of the past to the cheer team of the present. The skirts continued to grow shorter and tighter, and the tops became less of sweaters and more athletic.

Present Day


RHS graduate Turner Huletz in a home game last year .

ince the 90’s, the cheer uniforms lost some material, and the basketball uniforms gained some material. The photos on the left and right are fantastic examples of the uniforms Roosevelt students are used to seeing at every basketball game and cheer performance.

Senior Julie McConnell sports one of the cheer team’s uniforms.

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Talented young runners Malcolm Roux and Nathan Wolfe hope to improve on last year’s solid season.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Wolfe


Spring into action

Many teams plan to improve on lowly last season Staff Reporter

Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field


he 2012 track season was very successful. Although the team lost many seniors the previous year, they ranked 3rd in the Kingco Division. Many athletes competed in Districts and five athletes competed at State. This year, the team is shooting to exceed the expectations set by last year’s athletes. They have many promising competitors in all events; like State qualifiers, Will McKinley (shot put and discus) and Hannah Swanson, (800m run) who will help lead the way. “We have a lot of returners that will not only do well for the team’s success, but also help by providing experience and coaching along with our superior coaching staff,” said Senior throwing captain Will Mckinley. Prediction: Finish 2nd in Kingco


Girls’ Golf

he girls’ golf team had many underclassmen last year, and the young team was unable to beat many of their Kingco rivals. Although the team lacked success, two of the girls on the team made it to districts last season. This year, girls’ golf will be led by much more experienced players, “Usually we have to start over from the beginning,” said Senior Mitsue Kanai. This year however, many have been putting in work in the off-season, “There are people who have been practicing throughout the year,” Kanai added. Prediction: 2W-6L




he 2012 softball team was described by Senior Emily Pellinger as “Inexperienced and young.” The team had a tough season last year but is optimistic about the upcoming season. They will be doing a lot more practicing and have many new players, along with a new coach. “We are going to have a decent infield and outfield, we’ll just have to work harder than usual because a lot of girls haven’t played before,” noted Pellinger. Prediction: 5W-13L


Boys’ Soccer

uring the 2012 season, the Roosevelt boys’ soccer team exceeded all expectations. They ended the season with an impressive 12-4-2 record, and won Roosevelt’s first ever Kingco championship in soccer. Though the dynamic on the field will be different this year after losing several talented senior contributors from last year, the team is determined to make it’s mark during the 2013 season. “People that come out to games can expect to see lightning fast counter attacks and lots of goals,” said Senior Captain Charlie Spurr, “We’re poised to make another run at Kingco and then hopefully a good run in state.” Prediction: 13W-2L-3T Photo Courtesy of Strenuous Life

Alex Farias

Girls’ Tennis

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ast year, girls’ tennis fell short on bringing in wins, but Junior Julia Haussmann foresees a much more successful season. “We are getting some girls who were on varsity teams at their other schools,” she said. The team was very closely bonded last year, and with a chance to be much more competitive, they could be seeing significant improvement. “We might surprise people,” said Haussmann. Prediction: 3W- 5L

Junior Jacob Van Der Peet is likely to have a contributing role on the baseball team this year.

Junior Claire Teranishi and her team hopes to improve last year’s dissapointing record.



ast year the Roosevelt baseball team struggled against the other teams in their conference. The team had talent, but lacked organization and failed to deliver against many of the teams in Kingco; arguably the most competitive league in the state. But, this year’s season is looking brighter for the Riders. “We have a new head coach who is dedicated to turning this program around,” said Senior Mitchell Bouldin. The team is set on being much more prepared when they step on to the field this season. “This year, we are much more focused on improving what we were weak on last year, and we have our minds set on winning games,” added Bouldin. Prediction: 6W-12L

It’s a miracle, eh? Mitchell Smith

Online Editor


his is the fourth of six profiles of RHS athletes who are mastering sports not usually covered by The Roosevelt News and not supported by Roosevelt High School. This month’s subject, Jesse Lubin, has been playing hockey for four years. The trouble is, she practices regularly in Everett and has tournaments in Canada on the weekends. On Saturday and Sunday, the only time Jesse has at her house is to sleep, but this doesn’t get in the way of her love: hockey. The Roosevelt News: What made you want to start playing hockey? Jesse Lubin: I am not really sure what possessed me to want to play hockey. I wasn’t related to someone who played, I didn’t know anyone who played, at the time I didn’t even know there was a national hockey league. It was just always something I wanted to do, but when I saw “Miracle on Ice”, that sealed the deal. TRN: What did you family think originally about hockey? JL: When I first asked my parents to play, their answer was just straight out “no”. Over the years I asked a few more times and the answer was still no. Finally in eighth grade I went up to my mom and said, “hey mom can I ask you a question that I have already asked a lot?” She said, “alright, what’s the question?” At that point I had met two other girls who had played who both strongly encouraged me to do the same. I guess my parents’ major worry was that I would get hurt because of checking, but they eventually found out that I could play on an all girls team where the boys wouldn’t be allowed to check us. The next day I went shopping with my dad for gear. TRN: What do you like about hockey? What makes you keep coming back? JL: I like the strategy, the fast pace and physical aspects of the game but I have to say that the thing I like most about the sport is the people. They are people that I can truly be myself around because they are like family. From my coaches to my teammates to their parents, I can really feel the love. My teammates are my friends that I (as the captain and their friend) protect as if they were my siblings. My coach protects me like an older brother and my other coach does the same but like an older sister. All of my friends’ parents immediately take responsibility to take care of all girls on the team like their own. Because this is my last year, I know I am really going to miss my hockey family. TRN: Tell us about your development as a hockey player. JL: I really did the whole “I’m going to play hockey” thing backwards. I bought all of the equipment, joined the league, the association, the team, and then decided that it would be a good idea for me to learn how to skate. Ice hockey is two sports; ice skating and playing hockey. Over the summer before my first season I drove to highland ice arena more than the employees did and finally got my knees and ankles from being sideways and started skating away from the wall. I showed up to my first practice to play with girls about 3 years younger than me but ten times as good. My first two years I had no one really telling me all of the technical aspects of the game, for example that you have edges on your blades to help you turn, bending your knees helps you balance, or how to stop. At this point though, I can finally keep up with the rest of the girls TRN: What have been some bumps in the road? JL: At the last practice of my first season a friend of mine knocked me down and I hit my head on the ice harder than I ever had before and ended up with a really bad concussion. This wasn’t my first concussion, so it kept me out of school for about three weeks and even then my doctor told me that I shouldn’t go and that my head needed rest. Even after I returned to school I was not allowed to play until the next season. I’ve noticed that now I have had troubles with tasks that should be simple for me. I no longer posses the ability to do simple mental math, memorize any length of writing, read at a decent speed, or take certain concepts and apply them to a situation which is different than the one I learned it in. A permanent learning disability should have made me want to quit hockey but it was never a thought that crossed my mind. TRN: What do you see yourself doing with hockey in the future? JL: I always dreamed about myself playing at higher levels like college or the Olympics but because I started so late I have a ton of ground to make up before a team will take me. TRN: And lastly, what has hockey meant to you in your years so far? JL:It has meant so much that trying to put it into words would really do the whole experience injustice. I have devoted four years of my life to this sport, I’ve bled, I’ve cried, and lord knows that I’ve sweated. It has been an uphill battle the whole way where there was never a time without some hardship but I would never trade it for anything.


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Leveling the playing field Table tennis: the sport that doesn’t discriminate Adam Houston Staff Reporter

and playing against a robot serving machine every night. Pattison is coached by Dr. Tom Veatch, a table tennis aficionado who goes to great lengths to help Pattisk Eric Pattison about ping pong, son improve; he even bought a wheeland he’ll tell you he doesn’t play. Dechair so that the two would be the same spite the dozens of balls and handmade height when playing. paddles in his bag, he doesn’t play ping His unique playing style is based on pong. He plays table tennis. There is a an understanding of the physics of tafine line between the recreational game ble tennis. “You have to master the exthat many of us play and the sport that treme angles,” he says, demonstrating is contested at the Olympics. Eric Patby returning one of my shots at such tison, a Para National Table Tennis team an angle that it was impossible to hit. member, has crossed that line with hours A master of spinning the ball, Pattison’s of practice, a deep understanding of the shots seem to curve in one direction, but then bounce and fly off on a completely different trajectory. Pattison also designed his signature paddle, which is made out of light weight balsa wood, giving the paddle greater acceleration but requiring less force. A true student of the game, Pattison invented his own paddle grip, called the “Bill Ryan,” which gives him a longer lever, allowing him to hit with twice as much power and more spin and speed than his opponents. Combining his unique grip and paddle with hours of practice, Pattison is a force to be reckoned with at the table. All his work has paid off: Pattison has won numerous wheelchair championships in Seattle, and most recently placed second in the open wheelchair diviEric Pattison focuses on returning a shot during one of his recent tournament matches Photo by


physics of the game, and a hefty dose of natural talent. Pattison, who gets around school in a wheelchair and has limited mobility while standing up, says he tried table tennis two years ago after watching an 84 year old man returning serves without moving his legs. Pattison realized that if the old man could play without moving around, he could too. Since his first game of table tennis, he has been tirelessly committed to improving his play, practicing at the Greenlake Table Tennis Center for nine hours on the weekends

sion at the US National Championships in Las Vegas, which he described as, “the greatest experience in my life.” The runner-up finish makes him a member of the US Para National team, qualifying him

Tennis] is a ” [Table great equalizer. Any-

one can play, regardless of age, height, gender, or physical ability.

for international competition. He also has sponsorships from Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Stiga, the premier table tennis supplier. Although he hasn’t decided yet, Pattison may take a trip to Germany for the German Table Tennis Open this year. Despite his lofty accomplishments, Pattison has a humility you might not expect from a US National team member. He is a regular at Roosevelt Ping Pong Club, and loves helping out beginners. Although he defeated me easily, I learned how to spin the ball and got a useful piece of advice: “Hit the ball at the top of the bounce, so gravity works with you.” It seems like Pattison is always smiling while playing table tennis. When asked about his favorite part of the game, he replied, “It is a great equalizer. Anyone can play, regardless of age, height, gender, or physical ability.” Table tennis may be an equalizer, but any game played against Pattison is certainly not equal; with his talent and dedication, he’s nearly impossible to beat.

The perks of having an imaginary girlfriend Max Rose Staff Reporter


he world is a harsh place, we know that for sure. It seems that no one can be happy, considering that so many find happiness through causing others grief. A victim of this pessimistic observation is former Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te’o. In the fall of 2012, Te’o spoke to the media about his girlfriend, whose health was failing quickly. She had been in a serious car accident, and was soon after diagnosed with Leukemia. Te’o told the media that he would not let this unfortunate happenstance affect his football career, however, he was very distraught about the situation. A couple months later, it was discovered that Manti Te’o’s girlfriend did not actually exist. As you can probably imagine, Te’o received nothing but ridicule from our media fueled society. Twitter blew up with jokes and hateful comments directed at the college linebacker. Personally, I think Te’o had it right all along. Women are a handful, they can be high maintenance, clingy, and annoying. So what if you could fabricate the perfect girlfriend in your head, even if she wasn’t physically tangible, would it matter? I understand if you’re having some sort skepticism about this idea, so let me walk you through this golden concept. She would be hot. Here’s a scenario for you, your friends are making fun of you because you never get any, but now you can pull this card, “Jokes on you guys because I have a girlfriend and she is fine. You will probably never meet her, but I can assure you she is a perfect 10. I’m going home to her tonight and we are getting it on, you already know.” Obviously you would not actually go home to her than night, but

all your friends will think you’re a G, and thats all that matters, right? Are you lazy? You don’t have to lie about it anymore. It is totally understandable to an indolent male who does not worry about specifics, such as birthdays and anniversaries and what not. Lethargy is the death of many men who have fallen into the trap of ‘serious relationships’. A relationship with a fabricated girlfriend is as serious or casual as you want it to be. You forgot her birthday? Nonsense, she doesn’t have a birthday. I think you may be starting to see my point. Are you tired of women who think it’s ok to be strangely clingy? With this magical idea, the snap of your fingers would make her disappear. Sure she was never there to begin with, but that’s not the point. Men like to be in their natural state, i.e., naked and sloppy. Then the women came along and thought they could take that away from us. With the use of Te’o’s brilliant new idea, we no longer have to deal with this. In order to practice what I preach, I have put this new concept to the test. My girlfriend and I have been together for a while now. She doesn’t bug me, and she understands me. Not to mention her beauty; her beautiful blue eyes that are practically so clear that you can see right through them. Here’s the best part: If it turns out I want to be single again, no problem. She’s gone. I’ll miss her, but if worse comes to worst then I’ll find a new girlfriend at ‘Manti Te’o’s Home for Imaginary Girlfriends’. God bless you Manti.


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The force has been unleashed

Roosevelt graduate Willie Spurr turns heads in freshman season Jules Puckett Sports Editor


Photos by K. Tokos

ets take a trip down memory lane to roughly 9 months ago. It’s a dry Seattle night in May, and under the lights at Memorial Stadium, the Roosevelt varsity boy’s soccer team is playing in the first round of the state tournament. This is not a familiar place for this team, and it’s showing. Despite their ranking as a number one seed coming into the tournament, they’re faltering at the hands of eighth seed Skyview. The Riders have given up their early one goal lead and now find themselves 3-1 behind with the clock winding down. The crowd starts to shuffle and you can see the faces on the senior players tense as their curtain starts to close. Star senior midfielder Willie Spurr is desperately attacking and pushing forward trying to find a goal along with the rest of his team. As they advance up the field in pursuit of a goal, they’re exposed at the back, and Skyview slots another one home, 4-1. The minutes wind down and the whistle sounds. The Roosevelt squad slowly saunters off the field to the dressing rooms, heads hung in disappointment. The boys avoid eye contact of the fans, who are cheering their KingCo champions on regardless of their defeat. The season is over, and for many of the seniors a harsh reality starts to set in; competitive soccer as they know may be over. Senior Willie Spurr is heading off the field with the rest of the squad, thinking just that. At the moment he has plans to attend the University of Arizona, a school with no men’s soccer program. It seems he is fated for a life of frat boy intramurals and beer league matches. But whether it was the lust of soccer or the appeal of having a geoduck as a mascot, Spurr made a change of plans soon after that game, trading the big traditional college experience for a local alternative one: Evergreen State College. Evergreen is not your typical school; it’s a state fund-

ed liberal arts and sciences college often associated with hippie culture and alternative learning. Evergreen, because of it’s size, competes in the NAIA (think NCAA DIII but with scholarships). But after talking to the coaches at the school and visiting the campus, it was clear to Willie that this is what he wanted. Now more than halfway into his first year there, to say it’s been a good fit for the budding scholar-athlete would be an understatement. The class of 2012 Roosevelt grad is not only fitting in at Evergreen State College, he’s thriving. Since day one Spurr was turning heads. Despite being a little nervous, when talking about his first day with the team Spurr said humbly, “I played pretty well, scored a couple goals.” From then on it was go time as the team headed into a rigorous preseason. “I played more soccer then I ever had,” Spurr said. And the practice paid off. The goal-scoring prowess exhibited on his first day must have caught the eye of head coach John Purtteman, because placed Spurr as a starting striker. This would prove to be an excellent decision. In his first game, Spurr recorded a goal and an assist, making a good impression as the newcomer. He proved this wasn’t just beginner’s luck as the “Spurr effect” kept on, never fading. Despite being just a freshman and the youngest player on the team, he scored ten goals, leading the Geoducks this season, not to mention his three assists. He was given the chance for this glory by starting in 18 of the 19 games. This performance propelled Evergreen to a 13-6 finish, a huge improvement from their 2011 record 6-2-10. Evergreen’s finish at 13-6 placed them second in their conference, the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) and earned them a place in the CCC championship. They went through the semi-final with ease, defeating Warner Pacific 4-1, Willie leading the way with two goals. Unfortunately in the Championship game they fell short, losing 2-1 to Concordia, ranked #16 in the NAIA. Had they won the game and then a following

Willie Spurr heads the ball past Warner Pacific goalie in the semi-final of the CCC Championship.

Willie Spurr dribbles through three defenders. regional match, they would have qualified for Nationals in Alabama. Although unsuccessful in that respect, Spurr has put it behind him and is refocused. “The goal this next year is to make nationals,” he says confidently. Clearly, Spurr’s championship hunger has yet to be satisfied after winning the KingCo championship last spring with Roosevelt. Many of us here at RHS can still remember watching Spurr, a 1st Team All KingCo player demonstrate his incredible ability dancing with the ball around defenders, almost toying with them at times. Although he’s had no championship success with Evergreen yet, he seems to be enjoying more then his time with Roosevelt. He’s recently been recognized for his individual season. The CCC named him 1st Team All Conference, and he has also been given the Newcomer of the Year award. “It feels like I’m a little more effective,” says Spurr. This can be largely attributed to his move to striker, but may in fact be also in part to the difference in formation of the two teams. Roosevelt plays a 4-3-3 a system with four defenders, three midfielders, and three strikers. This system places the attacking mainly on the shoulders of the three up top, marginalizing the role of the outside midfielder, who in a basic 4-4-2 formation has lots of space to attack on the flanks. Now that Spurr is a striker in a 4-4-2 system, he has ample room to attack and score. Evergreen is the glass slipper for Spurr’s magical feet and the shoe fits even off the playing field. Spurr’s transition to collegiate academics has also been smooth. Being named a Washington Athletic Club scholar-athlete while at Roosevelt, it was clear Spurr was not a one trick pony. Spurr has continued to prove his work ethic by studying hard while balancing a commitment to the team. After all of Spurr’s hard work at Roosevelt, it seems he’s found the perfect place to unleash his athletic and academic force. Spurr is currently gearing up for next season, taking part in conditioning and practices two to three times a week. When asked what his personal goals were for the coming season, he simply stated, “As long as we’re winning a bunch of games I’ll be happy.” This is the same selfless and humble attitude Roosevelt remembers.Willie Spurr remains grounded as he rises to stardom.

Predictament: guessing for greatness John Peterson

Spencer Farias and Jules Puckett

Mitchell Smith & Galen Caldwell

Max Rose & Alex Farias

Emily Nordberg & Emma Parks

Willow Tansel & Abby Zieve

Cumulative score (Previous score)

points 78 (62 points)

points 74 (57 points)

points 67 (54 points)

points 63 (47 points)

points 62 (46 points)

points 45 (34 points)

Flyers vs Penguins 6-5

Flyers 4-3

Penguins 6-4

Penguins 5-3

Flyers 5-4

Flyers 7-6

Penguins 3-1

Player to be traded before NBA Deadline

Eric Bledsoe-Not traded

Josh Smith-Not traded

Rajon Rondo-Not traded

Terrence Williams-Not traded

Pau Gasol-Not traded

Pau Gasol-Not traded

Hawks vs Kings 122-108

Hawks 106-92

Hawks 102-88

Hawks 98-89

Hawks 98-84

Hawks 81-63

Hawks 93-88

AC Milan vs Barcelona 2-0

Barcelona 1-0

Barcelona 3-1

Barcelona 3-1

1-1 tie

Barcelona 1-0

Barcelona 3-2

Scoring: Closest to actual result receives 6 points, next closest receives 5, etc, using equation [(actual score of team 1 - predicted score of team 1) + (actual score Photos by Jane Haas of team 2 - predicted score of team 2)]. Predictor of correct winner receives bonus of 1.


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From struggle comes success Keaton Kinnaman takes on high school one lyric at a time Alex Farias

[that gives up], I had everything set up to be that kid,” Kinnaman remembers. But, he looked to music and found purpose. “I refused to be just a worthless piece of society,” he explains, “I wanted to prove them wrong.” upac Shakur once wrote, “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after Kinnaman began doing this by writing lyrics everyday, shaping his misfortunes that. So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up, and into art. “I have had a lot of [people] say I won’t amount to anything. That is fuel. I handle it.” have learned to transfer that negativity into energy,” he said. Keaton Kinnaman was five years old when his dad placed a shiny new guitar in In a world where rap music has evolved into a reflection of drugs, money, partying his hands, and he knew music would forever play a leading role in his life. Kinnaman and women, he decided to use his words to question and analyze life instead of create began attending guitar lessons and learning to play the songs by his favorite bands. an unrealistic expectation of it. “I don’t want to be better than the rest, I am just As he grew older, he continued exploring musical genres and soon became especially describing what it’s like to be a normal high school student,” he explained, “I’m just fascinated with the storytelling masters of hip-hop. He was captivated by the honest an average kid, with average struggles.” voices of legends like Tupac and Biggie Smalls, and felt connected to local Seattle Kinnaman spends hours a day working on his music. He searches for beats or ingroups like the Blue Scholars and the Knowmads. strumental tracks, carefully crafts verses and then produces a final product. Last year, It wasn’t long until Kinnaman had fallen in love. “Music, metaphorically, is that Kinnaman was able to create an album along with the help of his friends. Despite his girl who has never done me wrong,” he said, smiling, “It has always success, Kinnaman was not ready to let up on his hard work. In been there for me.” order to build a new studio inside his garage, he worked around 35 At the same time Kinnaman was discovering his love of music, hours a week, bussing tables at a local restaurant. Now, with new he began having trouble in school. In third grade, he was told he studio equipment, he is working on his next album. had dyslexia, and suddenly, he noticed he was not being held to Kinnaman has finally found a voice and a way to share it, but the standards of the other children in his classes. “Kids would he still faces obstacles. While shaping his dream and putting in have to write an essay and they would say ‘Okay [Keaton] just hours of work, he sometimes finds it hard to be in an adolescent write a paragraph’,” he recalled. With every giggle in class as Kinatmosphere. “It’s hard to pursue your own passion when you’re around kids that havnaman tried to read aloud, every hurtful comment about his spelling, and every pas- en’t found their passion and they don’t understand you,” Kinnaman explained, “I am sive aggressive remark from a teacher, he felt the bar being lowered, and with it, his so blessed that I have gotten that gift to know what I want to do.” self-esteem. Teachers doubted him, and somewhere along the way, Kinnaman began Though he spends some of his time withdrawn from the social scene, Kinnaman to doubt himself. understands the importance of living life and being a teenager, because these are When he reached high school, things began to slip. “I could have been that kid things he draws his inspiration from. “[I] don’t have anything to write about if [I] don’t go out and live, it’s just about finding that balance,” he says. Even with the pressures of high school, he refuses to loose sight of his dream. For Kinnaman, knowing what he wanted wasn’t always as easy as it is now. He had to discover a way to quiet the voices of others so he could find his own. “It’s [about] taking yourself back and never letting someone tell you ‘no’. It’s just training your mind to believe in yourself, find yourself, and then follow that,” said Kinnaman. Although he has come a long way from where he once was, the road is nowhere near its end for Kinnaman. “I am barely even getting started. Obviously I would love to be able to sell out Key Arena,” he said, laughing, “but the biggest goal for me is to provide [for myself] solely off my music. As long as I can wake up every morning and not have to sit behind a desk, as long as I can pay rent and do what I love to do, I’ll be happy.” Kinnaman will continue to overcome adversity and use the power of his voice to tell a story. “Music is so much more than hitting a record button. Music has such a feeling, knowledge, and wealth. It’s so much more than just words on a page,” he said. For Kinnaman, a grade on an assignment will not define him, his stories will. “Music will be a part of my life forever,” he Kinnaman records some of his new lyrics in the studio he built for himself, working for hours at a time. promised, “you can count on that.” Staff Reporter


so much ” It’s more than just

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words on a page.

Michael Tougias’ new book sails the high seas Lisa Colligan


Staff Reporter

f you’re searching for a lustrous tale of lovers at sea, this book is not for you. The nonfiction book “A Storm Too Soon” captures the experience of three men in the deathly grip of a tempest. In a nutshell, the story outlines how incredibly strong men can be when looking death in the eye. In the beginning of the story, three middle-aged sailors, strangers at first, embark on a transatlantic mission from Florida to France. Starting out on May 2 2007, the men rode the Gulf Stream - a current that runs fast and warm from south to the north - a catalyst on their journey. Or so it seemed, until the almighty Poseidon strikes his trident and unleashes the ocean’s fury. Turquoise oceans transform into nasty grey waters in a matter of days. Mountains could easily compare to the combers measuring 80 feet. Waves thrashed and punched the men, expressing nature’s power. Michael J. Tougias has a sharp, factual way of writing. His sturdy prose fits the mood of the book - strong and concentrated. However, Tougias digresses from the sailors’ story a lot. For example, in the middle of explaining the condition of the sailors’ boat, he goes off track and describes a lawsuit involving a cruise. Although reading about the lawsuit was tedious, I craved to know more

about the sailors’ states, and that kept me reading. He also uses a lot of nautical jargon. Many times I caught myself stranded by the vocabulary while reading. Other than that, Tougias’ depiction of the storm was quite beautiful. Learning that there are winds that reach 80 knots and waves that can snap nearly every bone in your body in less than a second is humbling. My dad always took my siblings and me out on his Snipe (a sailboat) during the summer and fall. Whilst reading this book, I could understand the sailors’ thrill and love of the sea and what she has to give: beaming waters, salty wind, and the adrenaline that courses through your body at all of her unexpected gifts. The biggest wave I have ever experienced was about 10 feet tall - fright, amazement, and terror are mere words to what I felt. So, reading about waves eight times larger than what I had experienced horrified me.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action and suspense, or those who are looking for a quick and fun read. This book deserves four and a half stars for clear writing and a proper depiction of a terrifying experience.



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Perusing Pike Place MTOTM Let it form us

A hitchhikers guide to the Market Sophie Jones

Staff Reporter


World Spice Market erations of The Doctor guard the entrance. Mugs, bobble heads, comic books, posters, lunch boxes, scripts, action figures, stuffed animals and knickknacks from every comic, movie, game, book, TV-show and fandom imaginable (not to mention crowds of squealing fans) fill the crowded shop. The merchandise is infinite, and with the exception of a few glass-cased treasures, reasonably priced. Next, venture outside (ah! what is that blinding light?!) to the World Spice Market (1509 Western Ave) and explore a selection of spices, herbs and teas from over 50 countries, whose heady aromas will induce powerful cravings for exotic curries, gumbos and tagines. The Cinnamon Toast Spice Blend is especially fragrant, and you can sprinkle

The Antique Touch it on cereal, in coffee, or anything buttered for a perfect breakfast. The friendly staff, who seem to be mildly intoxicated by the constant spicy scent, won’t mind if you hunker down in the back of the store with a good cookbook, as long as you don’t drool on the pages. Just down the street, The Spanish Table (1426 Western Ave) and it’s sister store, The Paris Grocery (1418 Western Ave) stock imported delicacies from Barcelona to Bordeaux. Planet-sized paella pans, escargot, mysterious canned seafood, humane foie gras and unfamiliar candies tempt Francophiles and Spanish-speakers alike. The Paris Grocery boasts a pastel rainbow of dainty macrons: creamy fragrant filling slathered between delicate biscuits. If you are thinking about making paella (which you will be after visiting this store) then buy a gallon jug of clam juice, which the enthusiastic owners of The Spanish Table use as their secret ingredient.

Golden Age Collectibles After the steep climb up to First Ave, reward yourself with a rich bowl of gumbo or a hefty po boy at Bayou’s on First (1523 First Ave). Snag a window seat and savor your complimentary steaming cornbread muffin while you study the eclectic mix of pedestrians who walk or stumble past. Luxuriate in flavorful, fresh seafood jambalaya, fiery red beans and rice, or an overflowing muffaletta and enjoy the southern hospitality. Add a few extra shots of Tabasco, and it’s hard to believe you aren’t relaxing on a New Orleans patio on a balmy southern night. Before you head home, make sure you visit Steinbrueck Park and giggle smugly as aggressive pigeons and harmless stoners terrify tourists. Don’t miss the view, which astonishes even the most cynical of Seattleites. Pike Place Market is brimming with of buried treasures, undiscovered hole-in-the-walls, and hidden gems, but the local flavor is often overpowered by hustling vendors attempting to showcase and package it. Although more than 10 million people flock to Pike Place Market to sample cliché regional specialties (smoked salmon, Starbucks, big whoop!) the real charm is found in the constant diffusion of eclectic cultures that have revital-Steinbrueck Park ized Seattle’s neighborhood market.

Photos by J. Diether-Martin

he red neon sign, which hums like a benevolent beacon above Pike Place Market’s gaping maw, is one of Seattle’s most iconic (and clichéd) landmarks. On any given day, rabid tourists are duped into buying pricey souvenirs, witty t-shirts (“someone who loves me went to Seattle!”) and local specialties. The market is a wilderness of crooked alleys and subterranean mazes that harbor vendors of everything from emu eggs to tarot cards, but blinded by charismatic fish-throwers and infinite free samples, naive cruise-goers bypass the real treasures. The market’s best shops are hidden underground. Shielded from chilly waterfront weather, the cavernous “down under” holds tiny, unique shops like The Antique Touch (1501 Pike Place Market, #318), which sells vintage salt-and-pepper shakers and other trinkets. Thousands of ceramic figurines create an initial horror-movie vibe, but get cuter the longer you explore the dusty shelves. After a few minutes of rummaging through The Antique Touch, saltshaker collecting seems like a very attractive hobby. A few doors down, the deceptively generic-looking Pike Place Chinese Cuisine (1533 Pike Chinese Cuisine Place) serves up fresh, familiar Cantonese favorites. Flooded with natural light, friendly grins, and tempting smells, it’s the perfect place for a satisfying meal or snack. The portions are generous, the rice is fluffy, and the Crab Rangoon is divine. The multi-lingual menu’s highlight is the sesame rice balls; puffy and fragrant, these heavenly desserts are to die for. A small to-go window also offers voluptuous Hum Bao and sticky, almond-studded rice dumplings swathed in bamboo leaf. Another local landmark, America’s oldest comic store, Golden Age Collectables (1501 Pike Place, #401) is tucked away in a nearby corner of the market. This temple of nerdy pop culture is packed with customers, but like the TARDIS, it’s bigger on the inside. Cardboard cutouts of One Direction, Harry Potter, R2D2 and several regen-

Max Rose

Staff Reporter


s times change, cultures develop, and idiotic fads come into existence, I have more to shake my head about, yet conversely, I have more to praise. Welcome to Max’s Thought Of The Month. This column is solely dedicated to my rants, ideas, and all around random thoughts. Occasionally I will give suggestions and constructive criticism, however, it is much more likely that I will point my finger at you and laugh. The purpose of this column is not to bully or put anyone down. We all have opinions, mine just happen to published in a school newspaper. Sit down, relax, and learn what I’m thinking about. If my thoughts piss you off, then take a moment to consider what you would share in a newspaper if you had the opportunity. Welcome to my mind. Laziness is my biggest pet peeve. It is arguably the cause of most of the worlds problems, and it crawls under my skin like no other intangible quality. To state the most obvious example, global warming is the result of excessive carbon emissions, but that’s just a scientific way of saying that humans are sluffin’ big time. Our indolent natures have consumed us almost to the point of no return. We see the consequences of our actions, yet we fail to change our ways. Why? Laziness. However, the point of this article is not to bash on the human race and act as if I am a perfect angel. I like to believe I’m not that pretentious. In fact, laziness is my biggest pet peeve because I am one of the laziest people I know; or at least I used to be. When I was in second grade, my mom attempted to get me active by signing me up for rec. basketball. I was the kid who was constantly on one side of the court... Defense was a little too strenuous for me. In fourth grade, my mom signed me up for soccer. Needless to say, I played goalie. However, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that I “played” goalie. Unless you consider playing with grass a role of goalkeepers. After realizing sports were not for me, my mom signed me up for theater to get me out of the house. This phase lasted a few years, however, I rarely learned my lines, I rarely went to necessary rehearsals, and most of all, I rarely payed attention to what was asked of me. Being in middle school at the time, I had a “I don’t give a f@#k” attitude, but as I grew up I slowly began to realize the folly of my ways. Without any exercise, I began to gain weight, and my blood pressure was taking a turn for the worse. Without any drive to succeed, my grades began to cliff dive, along with my motivation to do anything, my relationships, and most of all, my happiness. As contradictory as it sounds, I had a perpetual desire to do absolutely nothing with my life. In other words, I was lazy. So what changed? At the beginning of 8th grade, I heard a song that would eventually become a determining factor of my entire life. When I heard “Creature Fear,” by Bon Iver, I was close to tears. It struck me how a song so simple, could be so amazingly beautiful. Then a hundred imaginary light bulbs began to spring to life above my head, fueled solely by the best idea I’ve ever had. What was stopping me from making my own music? I had basic piano skills, and enough money to build an amateur recording studio. That’s exactly what I did. I was living life through a foggy window, I didn’t have any idea where I was going, and I didn’t particularly care either. Until I found my passion. I believe that passion is the single most important thing that a person can possess. With passions come dreams, and with dreams come visions. Visions propel us into the future simply because we know exactly where we want to be. Don’t let laziness affect your life the way it affected mine. Find what matters to you, and cherish it. Whether it’s music, education, success, or even love. Once you know what matters, you’ll find it impossible to be lazy another day.


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Student voice takes a stand

The Poet’s Committee brings RHS together through poetry Madeline Foley

for the Poets Committee in recent years. “Student voice isn’t particularly strong at the moment,” he said, “This idea of creativity, at the moment, doesn’t seem to ne of Roosevelt’s lesser-known be celebrated very much. So that’s what clubs is the Poet’s Committee, we do, that’s what the opportunity [of an whose main focus is spreading student open mic] is.” voice within RHS. Every month they Nolet stressed the importance of stuhold an Open Mic for students to perdent voice. “This is not a transitional form at, and they are currentmoment in a student’s life. This is the ly organizing a school moment in a student’s life, these are wide poetry slam. things that you think now are as importHowever, despite ant as anything you’ll think when you’re their active role in the forty.” Nolet continued, “Now is an imschool community, portant moment to celebrate. Yes, you many students are becoming, but you also have become, still don’t quite and that’s what creativity does; it celeunderstand who brates the ‘now’ the ‘who you are’, and I they are and think that’s the beautiful moment of what they do. Open Mics.” Committee This year, poets committee member has added several opportunities for students to show off their creativity in addition to Open Mics. “We started the poetry wall in the corner across from Mr. Nolet’s room, and have tried reaching out to people through writing circles as well,” said Morrison. In addition to more creative outlets, Poet’s Committee is hosting Roosevelt’s first ever poetry slam. “Slam is competitive spoken word. People sign up ahead of time, and write a poem to perform to a panel of judges, who give them a score. Those with the highest scores move onto the next round, and a winner is decided. The point is to move judges, so it’s usuPoet’s Committee Poses for a picture. From left to right: Nadine Philp, ally very personal.” Cleveland will be Adam Westerman, Benjamin Briggs, Madeleine Bertagnole, Sarah hosting the district competition, and Bowen, Laura Jagels. Committee members absent in photo: Katy Mor- those with the highest scores from Staff Reporter

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Katy Morrison stepped out of the shadows to clear the air of some misconceptions about Roosevelt’s lesser-known group. “I started going to Open Mics freshman year. It was something that made me feel like a bigger part of this school, and I wanted to be more involved in it,” said Morrison on her decision to join. “We want to make it so people feel like they’re heard in this school, and make them feel that they can express themselves. People say, ‘ew poetry, that’s lame’. They think you’re “emo” and write about how your heart is black...the stereotypical teenage poet. We don’t want people to think that.” Tom Nolet, a language arts teacher and advisor of the committee, cited a lack of creativity as a key issue

Roosevelt’s slam will have the opportunity to compete at Cleveland, along with fellow performers from schools across the district.

mic] gives ”[Open people a safe place to show their passions and talents to [an audience] who won’t judge them.

Many students have felt the effects the creative efforts of Poets Committee. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities in high school to show off what you like to do, and that’s why Open Mic is such a great thing,” said sophomore Justine Cameron. “It gives people a safe place to show their passions and talents to [an audience] who won’t judge them. Open Mic makes me feel accepted,” she said. “If there were more things like Open Mic, the school would be less cliquey and become more of a supportive community,” Cameron continued. For anyone interested in joining Poets Committee, talk to Mr. Nolet. “Students have just asked me ‘can I join poet’s committee?’ and you can,” he said. “If poet’s committee is something you want to do, then you probably can.” Poet’s Committee may be one of the lesser-know clubs, but it certainly makes its voice heard.

rison, Carmen Abbe, Lucy Davis, Zoe Saccio

Taking home the gold -TRN takes on the Oscars Menaka Narayanan

Staff Reporter

Best Dressed Male: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Dressed Female: Amanda Seyfried

Last issue, TRN supplied you with its predictions for the 85th Academy Awards. The Oscars, held Sunday, February 24, hosted by Seth Macfarlane, ended the awards season with a bang. For those of you who tuned into this dazzling show, as well as those who missed it, here are the highlights for your consideration.

Quotes of the Night:

“It’s a Sunday. Everyone’s all dressed up. It’s like church, but more people are praying.” - Seth Macfarlane “[Django Unchained] is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.” - Seth Macfarlane “The first time I saw [Affleck] with all that dark facial hair, I thought, ‘My God, the Kardashians have made the jump to film,’” Seth Macfarlane

Worst Acceptance Speech:

Visual effects team from ‘Life of Pi’ The only memorable part of the speech was the team’s spokesman getting cut off by the increasing volume of Jaws music until his voice was barely audible. The Jaws music was a constant presence in the show.

Best Presenters: -Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama, -Sandra Bullock

Best Acceptance Speech:

Daniel Day-Lewis Day-Lewis’ delivered a touching, sensitive and comical speech, “I really don’t know how any of this has happened. I am so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour,” he said.

The Winners:

Best Picture: Argo

Directing: Ang Lee – Life of Pi Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables Animated Feature Film: Brave Music (Original Song): “Skyfall” by Adele – Skyfall

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Bringing magic to the muggles Roosewarts: what happens when RHS turns to magical wands and brooms Staff Reporters

It has been over a year since the final installment of the Harry Potter movies was released. For us die-hard Potter fans, this has meant frantic rereading of the books, Quidditch field Quidditch would not be taught as a separate class, but would be on the syllabus for the Team Sports class, following Ultimate Frisbee. If you wished to try out for the highly competitive Quidditch team, private flying lessons with Coach Nelsen would be offered. Your ASB card and physical form, as always, would need to be turned in. Matches would take place weekly against Ballard-Beauxbatons and GarGreat Hall: field-Durmstrang. The commons would be transformed into the Great Hall. Four long tables and a staff table would replace our current tables. We would, of course, be seated according Broom rack to house: Slytherin House Your Cleansweep Seven or being the sly freshmen, HufFirebolt would not fit in your flepuff the kind sophomores, locker, so this handy rack Ravenclaw the intelligent would be available to stash your juniors, and Gryffindor the broomsticks during the school brave and noble seniors. day. Lacrosse sticks would fit as well. Customized RHS broom locks would be on sale for $10 in the student store.

Photos by V. Nguyen

Draco If your world ever needs a Draco Malfoy to bring Death Eaters into the castle, look no further than Roosewarts’ own senior Kyle Bove.

asking for the Ultimate edition DVDs for Christmas, and saving up to take a summer trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. But even with these measures, we can all feel it: there is a lack of magic in the air. As a solution to fix this problem of our Muggle world, here is a plan to transform Roosevelt into the one and only Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. North Tower All the arts classes would be moved to the North Tower, to use the view from the balcony as a subject and inspiration. But don’t worry - we would have many moving staircases, and students would be spared from the agony of climbing four more sets of Roosewarts’ brutal stairs.

Headmaster Vance Everyone wishes that they had a headmaster like Albus Dumbledore to guide them through the turbulent life of a young wizard. What many students don’t realize is that they do! Our own Mr. Vance is always prepared to give wise advice when he isn’t coming up with more uses for dragon’s blood or organizing the Order of the Phoenix.

Whomping Willow As you know, this old willow tree is not as harmless as it looks, so you would have to toilet-paper it at your own risk. As a result of the tree’s proximity to the building, the classes in the southeast corner of Roosevelt (Magidman, Roux, N. Macdonald, Meing, J.Miller, Jatul) would be performing the “Flying Branch Dodge Drill” once a month, in addition to their earthquake and lockdown drills.

Illistration by E. Nordberg

Menaka Narayanan and Charlotte Hevly

Hermione Are you looking for someone to help with your studys? Well, your wish has been granted, with Roosevelt’s Hermione Granger look-alike, Salome Hertli. Just remember for when you’re around her, it’s Wingardium Leviohh-sa, not Levio-sah.

Thestral Carriages With these thestral carriages, you would never have to take the 71 again! Special care would have to be taken on the one-way, as other cars will not realize you are being pulled by invisible creatures. The carriages would be free to those living outside the two-mile radius of the school - others would have to pay an apple per thestral.

Greekin’ it out at Olympic Pizza & Pasta T

Staff Reporter

he little hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Olympic Pizza and Pasta (OPP) is on Roosevelt Way, just around the corner from RHS, across the street from Sleep Country USA and right next to Ten Thousand Villages. If you didn’t know it was there, or didn’t get a referral from an OPP insider, you’re in good company. It’s easy to overlook. You’ll love this place if you don’t mind paper menus, huge portions and great service. The staff is an older couple and their daughter, not overly sociable, is all the same, as Greek as they come. The restaurant shows its age: as it has not been updated in decades. However, it’s a place where everyone knows each other. At least the regulars do, since they’ve been OPP addicts for years. Olympic Pizza and Pasta is famous for their delectable and juicy pork steak. Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds. If pizza or huge pork servings are not your thing, Olympic Pizza and Pasta also serves excellent Greek pasta and authentic souvlakis. For those of you not familiar with Greek cuisine, a slouvlaki is grilled meat served on a skewer, often accompanied by vegetables. If that isn’t enough, try their tasty Greek soup Avgolemono: a pureed mixture of egg, lemon juice and spices;

or you can try a gyro: lamb steak on pita bread smothered with vegies and Tzatziki, a spicy yogurt, cucumber, and garlic sauce. Mmmmm, mmmmmm, good. For the unadventurous, order a dish of spaghetti noodles smothered in flaked feta cheese, garlic and olive oil. But don’t go kissing your girlfriend in the hallway afterwards – unless she shared the garlic manifesto with you. I ordered pizza when I recently dined at OPP because I wanted to sample one of their more popular dishes. The pizza was served sizzling hot and looked absolutely delicious, it was caked in cheese - the Greek way of making Pizza. I have eaten authentic Italian pizza for most of my life, as my grandma owned an Italian restaurant, and while different from what I am used to, the Greek pizza proved to be savory, filling, and gave my taste for Italian pizza a run for the money. The pizza is large but if you love food you’ll probably want one all for yourself. This restaurant has a friendly vibe and more than a hint of times past. I recommend it because of the incredibly good food. If you’re looking for a new place to eat, in which virtually no one else in your group has ever stepped foot, you’ll get bragging rights and a great story about the lunch or dinner you ate at Olympic Pizza and Pasta. This is The Roosevelt Gourmand giving Olympic Pizza and Pasta 4.5 stars out of 5. Photo by V. Nguyen

Jordan Woltjer


the roosevelt news


march 1, 2013

march 1, 2013


the roosevelt news


Roosevelt High School 1410 NE 66th street Seattle WA, 98115

March Issue 2013  

March Issue 2013