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The Roosevelt News

Volume 86 Issue 2, November 2009 1410 NE 66 St. Seattle, WA 98115

The American issue: what do you see?

4 Memorial Stadium?

10 Pledge of Allegiance 21 Fall sports playoffs

22 Bachelors of RHS


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The Roosevelt News News Staff Editor in Chief Emily Dugdale

Diversity Week at RHS

Graphics Editor Rachel Tonkovich

Theme Editors

Miriam Bornstein Carolina Reid

Opinion Editors Nick Borriello Zoe Kahn

Sports Editor Thuc Nhi Nguyen

A&E Editors

Camille Esposito Cate Gelband

News Editors

Elaine Colligan Emily Shugerman

Copy Editor

Claire McConnell

Kayte Ault Hannah Bender Anjali Fisher Fiona Hoffer Hart Hornor Tom Ianelli Margaret Kahn Eli Mathieu Liam Munro Lily Myers Ari Newman Eric Pang Izaac Post Bridget Reardon Mia Stroutsos Sam Warner Indika Wright Mark Van Winkle

Photographers Riley King Abby Mahler Katie Templeton-Coleman Allie Seroussi

Artists Allie Seroussi Amy Stromme Sam Warner

Cover Rachel Tonokovich

Fun Page Izaac Post Allie Seroussi

Business Manager Miriam Bornstein Indika Wright

Web Design Michael Sheffels

Adviser Christina Roux

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Sophomore Joe Cooley, member of the breakdance club shows off his moves during the diversity assembly last Friday. The team, a clear crowd favorite, received wild applause

Juniors Chase Kutsunai and Rochelle Wong show off Domo, a Japanese cartoon, and their treats from the Japanese Club.

Senior yukelele player Anthony Yang mesmerized the audience with his soft tunes .

Seniors Morgan, Katie Judge, and Ellen Smith of the bellydancing club strike a pose for the audience while performing for the school.

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

Amy Palacios, a senior member of La Raza, twirls her vibrant dress during an intricate dance preformance.

Photos by R. Tonkovich and A. Mahler

Staff Reporters


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Sounders fans Crazy unknown sports Column of the month Sports predictament Rec sports Instant replay Fall sports post season Sonics documentary

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A&E: 22: 23: 23: 24: 24: 25: 25:

Roosevelt bachelors Open mic Modern Warfare 2 White Christmas preview Stage crew Holiday survival guide Winter book review

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R. Tonkovich Graphics by S. Warner and R. Tonkovich

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8: Truth be told 9: The American dream 9: Visual arts overshadowed at Roosevelt 10: Pledge of Allegiance 10: Senior response to “Truth be told” 11: Envionmentalism 11: Is corn making America obese?

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Sports:

Opinion:

Photo by R. King

12: Veteran’s Day 13: Classic Thanksgiving vs. Alternative 14-15: You know you’re an American if... 16: Our current economy 16: Roosevelt advice 17: American ideas vs. realities 17: Freakin’ America

Snapshots of RHS Fate of Memorial Stadium Northwest pilgrimages Recent election results “BODIES” exhibit returns Interesting new clubs Vocal jazz night Numbers in the news Nathan Hale dances cancelled


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Snapshots of Roughrider life

Above left: Tariku Allen, Arnar Gunarsson, and Iris Suver wait out a rainy fire drill under umbrellas. Zoe Roubanis, Elizabeth Hiner, Maddy Bahner and Taylor Alflen follow suit. Right: CJ Jacobsen models the 3D printer being made by the Tac Gnol club (above right). Club members Ryan Sherwood, Jack McFarland, Zach New, Gary Boba, and Jordan Nacias hope to make 3D printers for each member of the club.

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Above: Eva Peron, Judy Garland, and Michael Jackson (Lauren Kastanas, Mallory Pettas, and Tolga Dilek) give their “Persons of SIgnificance” speeches in Ms. Mackoff’s speech class.

Rachel Tonkovich

Rainy days and rad designs occupy students’ days

Renovations beginning for Memorial Stadium Staff Reporter

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he vibrant pulse of Seattle Center brings together people of all ages and walks of life, creating thousands of extraordinary experiences that enrich millions of lives each year. The 74-acre campus is welcoming to all and is home to more than 30 cultural, educational, athletic and entertainment-oriented organizations. This treasured urban park exists to delight and inspire spirit in each person and bring a textured and diverse community together by means of sport, art and music. The most historic of jewels in its crown is the beloved Memorial Stadium, the site of concerts, colorful folk festivals, and many Roosevelt football games. The stadium, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Harrison Street, was built to honor former Seattle high school youths who gave their lives in World War II. Dedicated in 1948, the memorial wall, inscribed with the names of the fallen individuals, was erected just outside the stadium a year later. Now owned by the Seattle School District, it is a muchloved locale for school athletics and various concerts and events. Nevertheless, after 60 years, Memorial Stadium is drawing its final breaths. While the memorial wall will be saved, the stadium will be torn down to make room for a multipurpose amphitheater, a new turf field, and an expansive, open lawn. The opinions of the Seattle community vary on this proposed plan. King5 News reported that “veterans and Seattle ac-

tivists argue that saving the wall isn’t enough. People space can be a stage—a breath of fresh air in the want the stadium preserved because it’s more than heart of the city. By preserving the wall, the setting a place for football - it’s a war memorial.” Some feel will maintain its tribute to the Northwest lives lost nostalgic about the wall, however old and unkempt in World War II and help to unify the space with the it may be, because it harks back to an important pe- Center’s purpose as a civic center at the core of the riod in history and stands as a significant piece of community. Two years in preparation with numerous commuSeattle’s past. In contrast to these sentiments, much of the city is nity meetings, the Master Plan has met the public’s in favor of the Master Plan - a request for a universally inexpensive Seattle Center. $570 million, 20-year project New and inviting entrances with connections to the launched in November 2006 adjacent growing neighborhoods will be built, and that will renovate not just soon Seattle Center will be more accessible for all to Memorial, but the entire Se- enjoy without purchasing tickets to events. As for Roosevelt, it remains to be seen where attle Center. According to this bold and integrated plan, the Homecoming games will be held once this plan is campus will be opened from put into action. We may be deferred to Redmond or its center to its perimeters, Juanita, but nothing will affect the quality of Roosarchitecturally unifying old evelt’s game. As it is estimated to take 15 years to be and new spaces that make accomplished, Roosevelt will have to meet the obstaSeattle Center such a great gathering place. With cle when the time comes. This project may displace more glass to bring in daylight, lively outdoor and our football games, but one thing is for sure - Seattle indoor spaces, a new public Center and Memorial Stadium stage and a roof- are in for a marvelous makeover. top promenade, the place will be transformed to draw visitors to the center. As for Memorial, vistas of sky, grass and open space will serve as a field, a village green and a concert ven- Memorial Stadium, the site of many Roosevelt football games, will undergo rennovation over the next 20 years as part of a Seattle Center beautification plan. ue, where any

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Seattle Center and dear Memorial Stadium are in for a marvelous makeover


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Seattle: pilgrim portal of the NW Some come for Hendrix, others leave for Haj Margaret Kahn

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he pilgrims of “Ye Olde New England” are the stuff of legend with their black hats and silver shoe buckles. They share the same status as a Thanksgiving symbol as the turkey all over America. However, pilgrims today are more relevant to contemporary life than ever. This November, modern pilgrims follow their beliefs by trekking around the world on spiritual journeys. Whether their pilgrimages are with an organized religion or based on individual values, people will be flying in and out of Sea-Tac Airport this month, fol-

A pilgrimage is a long, spiritual jour- the footsteps of one of the ney, and the experience holds sacred world’s greatest martial value. A journey is taken to a sacred artists.” place, usually a shrine that is imporCoincidentally, Lee tant to one’s beliefs, as an act of re- and Hendrix share the ligious commitment. The specific reli- same birthday, November gious aspect of the pilgrimage means 27, a very busy day for many different things to people. Seattle pilgrims. The Pacific Northwest is host to one The most famous of the most fervent celebrity pilgrimag- pilgrimage is the Haj to es. Guitar player Jimi Hendrix is bur- Mecca, Saudi Arabia, ied in the Greenwood Memorial Park performed by Muslims in Renton, where an elaborately con- worldwide. The Haj is structed memorial was recently erected one of the five pillars of for him. Although his grave draws visi- Islam that devout Mustors all year round, devotees come in lims should make at least Bruce Lee’s grave is perennially adorned with droves from all over the world to pay once. The date of the Haj flowers and gifts from a global fan network. tribute on his birthday, November 27. changes every year in acGreenwood Memorial Park estimates cordance with the lunar that around 14,000 fans come to the calender; this year, it occurs the week ready for it.” The 21st century pilgrim’s commitgravesite each year. of November 25. With 8 percent of “[Hendrix] is one of the gods of rock,” Seattle practicing Islam, our city is a ment cannot be crushed by school, explained sophomore fan Derek Lum, gateway for eager pilgrims to travel to illness, or in the case of the Pacific Northwest, bad weather. Through rain accounting for the religious value of the Mecca. memorial. People feel a special connecDon’t expect many students to miss and shine, people of all walks of life tion to this idol at his place of rest, and school. “I’d be absent from school two make their own personal pilgrimages. “If I had the money I would still go even look forward to paying tribute. “I would weeks. That’s a lot of make-up,” like […] to write a message to him [on said Muslim student Maryan Gelle, if there was a swine flu [scare],” said senior Muna Ali, leader of the Muslim the grave],” Lum said. He hopes to visit a sophmore. “I don’t Student Alliance. “It’s a once in a lifethe grave on Hendrix’s birthday. think I’m E time opportunity.” G A Legendary kung-fu star Bruce Lee’s GRIM L I P grave at Lakeview CemA N etery on Seattle’s D GO O L U O C Capitol Hill attracts I F YOU thousands of international visitors as well. Time Magazine chose “Jerusalem, because it is the most sacred place for Jews and I would be Lee’s grave as number two on their very accepted there,” -Kaia D’Albora, freshman “Top 10 Celebrity Gravesites” list this year, and based on the traffic the site “A world tour of all the most amazing and historical bridges in the world. gets, it has earned the slightly morbid Bridges are really important to me, and I intend to go into designing and title. building bridges as a career,” –Liz Roberts, sophomore Charlette LeFevre, director of the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, leads “Peter Lansdaal’s house because it’s required to make a pilgrimage there on walking tours to Lee’s grave. “We’ve September 8 and he has an amazing chest,” –Trinh Mai, junior had people who’ve flown in exclusively to Seattle to see the gravesite,” she “Leitrim, in Ireland. It’s where my great granddad is from. He was a role said. “We get a lot of martial artists model for me,” –Tess Sugarman, sophomore from around the world.” LeFevre attributes the outpouring of international pilgrims to the fact that he still touch“I think it would be Jimi [Hendrix]’s grave. He’s the guy that inspired all my es people. “His form of martial arts is favorite guitarists and made my kind of music possible,” taught in all the international militar–Laurence Anderson, junior ies,” she said. “People want to follow in

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A statue of Jimi Hendrix glistens with rain and tears from devotees. lowing in the footsteps of the famous Puritan settlers centuries ago. What differentiates pilgrims from mere vacationers is that a pilgrim’s destination holds special importance.

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Recent elections bring new faces, secure rights V

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oters in Washington State recently approved Referendum 71, expanding the rights of same-sex and senior domestic partners. Before the bill was passed, same-sex couples received only some of the benefits that married couples enjoy. These included the right to approve health care for a partner who is not competent. Under Referendum 71, domestic partners now receive the same benefits as married couples without being legally married. Among these is the right to use sick leave to care for a domestic partner and the right to receive wages when a domestic partner is injured. They also gain certain responsibilities related to child custody and child support. “Washington stood behind its gay rights

bill,” said GSA leader Elaine Speer. “It’s really exciting.” Washington voters rejected Initiative 1033, which would have cut funds to education and other public services. Senior Wil Carletti believes that Initiative 1033 was important for two

Referendum 71 Reject 47.8%

Approve 52.2%

reasons: “one, because I go to a public school, and two, because I plan on going to Joe the UW, which is a public school.” Mallahan The Mayoral race was a close one, but ultimately 48.91% Seattleites chose Mike McGinn over Joe Mallahan as the next mayor. Max Williams voted for McGinn because he “liked his views on the environment.”

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Bodies bring suspicion to Seattle Ari Newman

Staff Reporter

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oth scientifically remarkable and highly controversial, “BODIES: The Exhibition,” has returned to Seattle. According to the exhibit’s site, www.bodiestheexhibition.com, “BODIES” features actual human specimens preserved through polymer injection, a process in which human tissue is infused using components similar to liquid silicone rubber. “BODIES” boasts over 200 new specimens and individual organs, in addition to the orginal bodies displayed in 2006. The exhibit aspires to give people of all ages access to sights and knowledge normally reserved for medical professionals. According to the website, “BODIES” also gives you, the public spectator, “the opportunity to peer inside yourself, to better understand how your elaborate and fascinating body works, and to become a more informed participant in your own health care.” While the exhibit’s aims are noble, the bodies themselves have proven to be an overwhelming center for scandal since 2006. The New York Times published that in Dalian, a city in Northeastern China, there is “a ghastly new underground mini-industry with little government oversight, an abundance of cheap medical school labor and easy access to cadavers and organs.” Reliable investigative evidence from prominent publications have provided grounds for formal inquiry. In late 2006, Premier Exhibitions, the company which produced “BODIES,”

was questioned by a New York municipal court about the source and authenticity of their human cadavers. Preimer replied that, “the bodies were not formally donated by people who agreed to be displayed.” Under a settlement agreement with the city, Premier Exhibitions posted disclaimers stating that they “could not independently rule out the possibility that remains of Chinese prisoners were used in the production of the displays.” While it is upsetting that bodies in the exhibit may have been sold without consent, it is even more painful to recognize the lack of closure that their loved ones received without a proper burial. According to Premier Exhibition’s annual earnings report, “BODIES” is responsible for 67% of the company’s gross income and, intentionally or not, Premier has profited off of the bodies of possibly executed prisoners. Just this past year, Washington state passed legislation to ban exhibits of bodies without clear documentation of consent from the donor. Nevertheless, the new Seattle exhibit opened on October 17 of this year. Many Washingtonians are now asking why “BODIES” has been allowed to return if Premier is unable to acquire consent from the donors’ families. These concerned citizens feel that perhaps the commercial popularity of the exhibit has now outweighed this issue’s

ethical implications. Premier, however, is trying hard to shift the public’s focus from 2006’s fiasco. Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director of “BODIES” said that, “Washington has embraced this remarkable exhibition, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the demand and once again present ‘BODIES’ in Seattle.” New religious opposition to “BODIES” has spread since the exhibit’s opening. In June 2007, Elaine Catz quit her job of 11 years as the science education coordinator for the Carnegie Museum of Science in protest over the exhibit. She cited religious objections and questions concerning the bodies’ final resting place as what motivated her to resign. Senior Ben Notkin, a devout Christian, begs to differ. “At death, the soul detaches itself from the body and the body is left there to comfort those still alive on Earth.” He believes that although the decisions made by Premier were questionable and unprofessional, the exhibit itself is scientifically progressive. “I’m also in support of the exhibit,” Notkin explains, “it demonstrates the - perhaps oddly grotesque - beauty of the human body and how it functions. I believe in evolution but I still think that we are created by God and are His handiwork. This exhibit puts his art on display.”

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Controversial exhibit returns with a bang

Quirky clubs challenge status quo around watching films and relating them to a philosophical system. One or the first time in a number of of the most recent meetings invloved years, Roosevelt has a philosophy making connections between the film club. Senior founders Lauren Glass, “The Truman Show” and the philosoMadeline Feig, and Annika Kounts pher Rene Descartes. Senior Allie Clay agree that it will be “educational and said of the first meeting, “the movie was good and the discussion afterward had fun” for them to lots of depth, it reinvigorate the was definitely club dedicated to t h o u g ht-prodiscussing and voking.” exploring philosoThis year, phies. the club plans The monsterto make Tthemed Philososhirts, have a phy and Literatoga party and ture class taught conduct guerilby Mr. Grosskopf la philosophy, inspired the three where members founders. This is surprise classthe first year he rooms with has taught this m o n o l o g u es. The RHS philosophy club ponders after edition. Glass The club wants watching the Truman Show. said she loved to post quotes the “enthusiasm throughout of the conversations” during class. Roosevelt, including above urinals in Kounts added, “50 minutes a day isn’t enough time [in class]…especially the boys’ bathrooms. “Maybe someone will have some divine inspiration when you have to stay on topic.” Club meetings currently revolve there,” Glass said.

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Mia Stroutsos

The club is formally known as the Freedom Club because Principal Bris winter begins to settle into Seattle, an Vance didn’t consider the initial shivering Roughriders sport unique name school-appropriate. The club winter clothing styles. There is a club was founded to bring drum line memat Roosevelt, however, that seems de- bers closer through the tradition of termined to defy the weather’s decrees wearing no pants. Lambright states that marching band uniforms can be on clothing. It uncomfortably may seem like toasty, so wearthe No Pants ing cooler clothClub is an exing (or no pants) cuse to strip is refreshing after for the school performing. day and cause Currently the commotion, but club has 10 memin reality this bers but is open group of stuto new people. dents, mainly Besides wearing comprised of the Roosevelt Joe Lambright and fellow No Pants Club no pants, meetdrum line, has member Matt Pearson consider societal ings usually entail “discussing world been having issues like wearing no pants. issues, conversing intellectual disabout fundamencussions about tal concerns from issues in our society for many years. Junior Joe Lambright, club Presi- everyday life, and maybe even playing dent, explains that the purpose of the cards.” Teachers, be assured - a covert club is to “break the boundaries of so- organization of nudists isn’t running ciety and norms by not wearing pants through the hallways, this club has a completely different agenda. or other clothing.”

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Kayte Ault


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Singers collaborate with Genesis Lily Myers

Though this was the first official Roosevelt vocal jazz concert of the year, the ensemble debuted their he Roosevelt vocal jazz ennew songs at the Olympic College semble held its first concert Jazz Classic Festival on November of the year on Monday, November 14, where high schools, colleges, 23. They performed with Mt. Hood and professionals performed. The Community College’s vocal jazz event took place at Olympic Colensemble, Genesis, and with an lege in Bremerton, Washington. adult vocal jazz group, the “It’s a good time to expose Seattle Jazz Singers. It was yourself to more jazz,” said the first time Roosevelt Jacobsen of the event. had performed with either This was the first time of these two ensembles. the group performed The Genesis entogether this year, so semble is directed by a it was an thrilling Roosevelt alum, Dave moment for the newBardhum. “We’ve er members. It was known each other also an exciting mofor a long time,” said ment for the 10 soRoosevelt music diloists who performed rector Mr. Brown. at the festival. The so“Genesis was going to loists sang for an audibe here on tour, and ence, as well as an adjuthey wanted to include dicator who later helped us.” This was an amazthem improve their areas ing collaboration, since of weakness. The group Genesis is a professional agrees that many of the jazz ensemble. “I’m exsoloists had their best cited about it,” said junior performance ever at the Hannah Jacobsen, a memfestival. ber of vocal jazz, before the All in all, the experievent. “I’ve heard really ence was a positive one, good things about Gen- Vocal Jazz soloists left to right: Ava Keating, Hannah filled with great perforesis. It’s inspiring to work Jacobsen, Anna Prestbo, Katherine Stuber, Eric Re- mances and lots of group with professionals who imen, Brando Reece-Gomez, Sarah Dobson, Marga- bonding. The next conknow what they’re doing.” cert will be December 15. ret Davis, Audrey Wheeler, Katie Romoser.

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To prepare for the start of the season, Roosevelt vocal jazz perfected their new repertoire, which consists of three songs: one blues, one latin, and one ballad. These songs will stay with them for the entire year, and more will be added as the year continues.

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and counting. Number of arsons that have occured in Greenwood’s retail core since June 19, 2009. The most significant fire took place on October 23 and cost $2 million dollars in damage after four restaurants burned to the ground. More recently, however, a number of smaller arsons have occurred. Around 4 a.m. on November 5 two more buildings caught fire. Fortunately, the first building was doused by local neighbors before much damage was inflicted. The second building, while also saved, suffered more severe damage and will cost $20,000 to repair. Don’t worry about any more arsons, however, because on Friday November 13, Kevin Todd Swalwell, a homeless man, was arrested as a suspect.

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million. The estimated livestock population of turkeys in the U.S. The percent of votes Dow Constantine earned in his election against Susan Hutchison, mother of a Rooevelt student.

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Model number for Boeing’s trouble child, the Dreamliner. The Dreamliner’s second assembly plant will be located in South Carolina instead of Everett. The Boeing workforce will increase in South Carolina by 6,400 employees while cutting jobs in Washington.

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he announcement made after Nathan Hale High School’s Homecoming Dance of October 2, 2009 by the school’s Principal Jill Hudson left many students outraged, and many parents clapping approval. Prompted by what she witnessed at the dance, Principal Hudson declared all school dances suspended due to “inappropriate dancing.” Local news, along with the blogs and busy mouths of high school students across the state, has been buzzing about the development. According to an MSNBC report, Principal Hudson would not be specific about the behavior deemed unacceptable but did mention that “students were dancing with their genitals touching.” While this might induce some quite disturbing images in the mind as well as some giggles, Hudson sees it as no laughing matter, and neither do the students. She has postponed all school dances until she meets a compromise with the students which she believes will provide a more respectable and appropriate dancing atmosphere. The possibility

of having no winter dance, or even Senior Prom, has caused extreme controversy among the Nathan Hale students. The conflict mainly resides in the differing opinions of what is appropriate and what is inappropriate for school dances. In the 1950s Elvis’s pelvis-rocking moves were decreed by many as outrageously suggestive and rebellious. This idea of youth seizing their sexuality and expressing it through dance in ways that tiptoe the line between sexual empowerment and vulgarity has been clung to ever since the era of “Elvis the Pelvis,” and has often resulted in a flustered and objecting older generation. While a few parents of Nathan Hale High School disagree with the principal’s decision, the majority supports such drastic interventions in their teens’ behaviors. This leaves many Nathan Hale students seemingly stuck in the classic role of the misunderstood, rebellious teenager. The result is a throwdown, a proverbial dance off, between administration/parents and Nathan Hale students, if not all footloose teenagers in general. For now however, Hudson is performing the victory dance. Staunchly standing behind her decision

she replied to The Roosevelt News’ questions stating, “The student leadership group is developing a plan to present to me. All of our school activities need to be safe and have respectful environments and if we are to have dances in the future we will have to work on a plan to make this happen. At this point I have nothing else to say until I hear from them on the plan they are designing.” Until that happens the dancers of Nathan Hale are doomed to shake their saltshakers on some one else’s time, leaving behind a multitude of angry students. When I asked Nathan Hale junior Rory Green what she thought of the dances being cancelled, she said, “What do you think I think? It’s a b****!”

Roosevelt Responses Ella Mora (sophomore): Its not really a big deal, I mean the Lake City dances are still going on so if you want to do something inappropriate you should just go to those. Lauren Glass (senior): It’s absurd! I personally dance at home every night - it’s just another way for kids to express their love of dancing/grinding! Kristen Staiger (junior): The administration needs to take a chill pill, there are bigger things they should be dealing with. It’s not like [students] are stripping off their clothes and having sex on the floor!

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Truth be told...Viktor’s life story

Persevering through hardship and tragedy

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hen I was eleven, my Father encouraged me to invite the “nice Russian boy” over to play basketball. That was the day my friendship with Viktor (not his real name) began. As the years progressed, our friendship intensified and there were few things we did not share with each other. Yet, I never asked Viktor about his past. Nearly seven years later, I invited Viktor to breakfast, with the hope of learning his life story. His painful childhood proves that the fragility of life can be overcome by the strength of a family and the resolve of the human spirit. In 1992, Viktor’s parents immigrated to New York from Ukraine. His mother, Sofya, was nine months pregnant with Viktor at the time. His paternal grandfather was living in New York and reluctantly accommodated the young couple. Within days, however, the grandfather threw Viktor’s parents out of the house, claiming that he could not deal with the stress of Sofya’s pregnancy. Stranded on the cold streets of New York, speaking no English, his parents lived in and out of homeless shelters until Viktor was born. With what little money they had, the family moved to upstate New York to find employment. In exchange for a single room, Sofya tirelessly sewed dresses in an illegal sweatshop, while Viktor’s father worked at a gas station making $200 per month. “There was no time for my parents to feel sorry for themselves. They were simply working to survive,” Viktor said.

At one point, there were seven people living in our one-bedroom apartment...

Eventually, Sofya was able to bring her mother, Vera, to the US. Vera was a skilled doctor, but her license to practice was invalid in the US. Still, Vera managed to run an under-the-table clinic in the family’s apartment, enabling the family to return to New York City, where Sofya worked as a dressmaker and Viktor’s father studied Information Technology. Even with Vera’s financial assistance, the family struggled. More and more relatives immigrated to the

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the trucking company and cheated out of Yacob’s life insurance, Sofya was left penniless. In an instant, all that the family had built was gone. Desperately needing money to raise her four children, Sofya took a job as a physician’s assistant in Seattle.

He had abandoned us, and from that moment on, he was no longer my father.

At the age of eleven, Viktor became the man of the household. He has been a father figure for the three little girls and a pillar of strength for his mother. Sofya works overtime as a physician’s assistant at a nearby prison because, the grandmother, due to health complications, can no longer practice medicine. To help pay off their debt, Viktor now works a few jobs between his community college classes. Almost 18 years old, Viktor finds himself designating large portions of his time to his sisters, driving them to and from school, cooking them dinner and even tucking them in at night. “Sometimes, my younger sisters call me ‘Daddy.’ It’s kind of scary,” Viktor said. Painful events in Viktor’s life have forced the responsibilities of adulthood upon him before he could take the time to enjoy his youth. “I regret not being able to be a reckless teenager. It’s as if a part of my life is missing,” Viktor admitted. In spite of the suffering and loss, Viktor’s family has persevered. You would never guess that Viktor has lived through such trials, attributed to his warmth and vivaciousness. He plans to transfer to UW next year, but is apprehensive about leaving his family. “I’ve been with them all of my life,” Viktor said, “and I worry about not being able to help my mother once I’ve left for college.” Viktor’s story has inspired me, however, it is not uncommon. We live in a country known for its Cinderella stories of rags to riches. Moreover, we live in a city known for its affluence and easy lifestyle. But do not let these generalizations obscure the truth. There are many kids at RHS that face severe hardships on a daily basis, with only their individual and familial strength to help them survive. For those of us who have had more fortunate lives, it is important that we continue to acknowledge the many stories of overcoming adversity. These brave young men and women, who quietly walk the halls of RHS, are the unsung heroes of our community.

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Ari Newman

US as living conditions in Ukraine deteriorated. “At one point,” Viktor explained, “seven people were living in our one-bedroom apartment, in order to make ends meet. But we were family and together found ways to cope.” Then, unexpectedly, Viktor’s father decided to leave Sofya, midway into her second pregnancy. “He had abandoned us… simple as that. From that moment on, he was no longer my father,” said Viktor. The family’s situation seemed most dire, until Yacob appeared in their lives. A medical resident working at a hospital in the Bronx, Yacob supported Sofya throughout her pregnancy. Yacob brought new spirit to the once demoralized family and slowly their lives began to blossom. The two fell in love and, over t i m e , Yacob became a father figure for young Viktor. After marrying Yacob, Sofya began studying at a local college, aspiring to become a doctor. The entire family moved west, when Yacob was offered the chance to finish his residency in Portland, Oregon. Soon after settling into their new apartment, Sofya and Yacob had two children of their own, in addition to Viktor and his full sister. The family decided to buy a house when their apartment became too small for a family of six. In celebration of Sofya’s acceptance into UW PA School, Yacob went out to buy his wife a congratulatory gift. On the way, Yacob’s car suddenly broke down, forcing him to the shoulder of the highway. He was standing outside of his car, when a speeding semi-truck ran him over. His murderers did not notice Yacob lying dead on the roadside. “My mother was devastated.” Viktor said. Unable to fund a legal battle against

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ecently I was walking down the Ave, a haven for eccentric individuals, when I passed a man with arms outstretched to the passersby, questioning in a preaching tone, “What is the American dream?” Walking by, I shouted to his delight and agreement, “It’s a lie!” With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the classic ideologies of freedom that America promotes are fresh in our minds. However, so are the missteps of some questionable previous heads of state; lets call them Smorge Smush and Schmick Schmeney. Our continued involvement in the Iraq War has ruined America

in the eyes of the When I asked her rest of the world, opinion of the realleaving many askity of the American ing if we are really dream she replied as accepting as we optimistically, “[It’s] boast to be. Is the partially true; it deAmerican dream pends on how hardtruly a possibilworking you are.” ity for everyone to Mimi focused on the take advantage of? determination of the I find that this individual as the question sparks deciding factor for pessimism among success in America. many Americans. Why is it Mimi In current times, can find it so much many are quick easier to have faith to highlight the in America than me, discrepancies in the white daughter America’s hisof a rags-to-riches tory. Growing up, mother? It is so I envisioned the easy to rant on why American dream America is a faulty as a promise of a representation of all better life available Some live the American Dream while others live it supposedly supfor all who work out in the cold. Above, a middle class home. ports, to say, “Amerfor it. However, as ica sucks, who is I’ve continued to age up for Canada?” But and years have melted away centuries of discrimination perhaps we have forgotten the naïve cloud that accompa- and social barriers. But this how lucky many of us have it. nies youthful optimism, I have critique on America is not Mimi helped me realize that too easily lost this optimism. shared by all. Mimi Getahun, a people are not treated equally I personally believe the sophomore here at Roosevelt, in America, but anyone, deAmerican dream is a lie. Peo- immigrated to America from spite their differences, can be ple are still encumbered by Ethiopia at the age of nine. successful. If all we focus on

is how we hate the blemished face of American ideology, we get nowhere. As our president says, it is hope that is our essential asset in lifting up the people of America. I believe it is the everyday things that restrict America. Ignorance is anything but bliss. Conforming to these social separations is what threatens the American dream. The American dream should be available for all, not despite our differences, but because of our individual cultures that flavor America and make it a melting pot. Make noise about America’s problems, because this is how we start change. Our actions will fuel America’s transformation. For the American dream to be true, we must overcome the cultural, economic, and racial barriers that separate us. Hope is one thing, true change is another. The only chance this endeavor has lies in our belief in its possibility. It is time for the American dream to become the American reality.

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Is equality in America our reality or just a dream?

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n the textured and often problematic lives of teens, expression is of the utmost importance. Whether it’s sitting down at the baby grand and tickling the ivories for a sonata or two, painting up a sunset storm on an off-white canvas, or snapping portraits of smiling locals at Greenlake, channeling one’s emotions into works of art has been a therapeutic and creative method of communication for millennia. In public schools, however, the lack of importance of art in today’s curriculum is downright distressing. It’s value has gradually dropped since the 1980s, when budget cuts left schools scrambling to find the money to continue music and art lessons. While RHS faculty defend that we have managed to uphold visual art as a signifi-

cant part of our vibrant identity, many feel it has been overshadowed by our nationally renowned music and drama departments. Most admit they don’t know what Roosevelt has to offer. Many find themselves asking, “Where is the art?” “[Art] helps with flexible thinking; it fulfills a person. And though it isn’t as strong in public schools, I’ve noticed a steady increase in the amount of art in our hallways, classrooms, and library since I started teaching at Roosevelt” says Ms. Otto, the school’s art and photography teacher. This influx of creativity is generated by projects such as printmaking in Diva Espresso and the confluence windows installed in the commons, which combine elements of drawing and painting to display scenes from the history of the Pacific Northwest. Dreamlike imagery brightens up RHS’s blank walls, and breathes life into the halls. “We’ve got-

ten lots of positive feedback; everyone enjoys the art in the hallways and I feel strongly about representing the students in the building,” says Otto. Of course there is always room for

improvement, and though Roosevelt’s exposition of artistic finesse is quite impressive, there is still more to be done in the way of broadcasting it to the greater community. Otto adds, “Most departments have booster clubs which really help the system, and we don’t have one. Why so quiet? There are still stronger ways for us to publicly let people know what’s going on.” She suggests we put more news from the visual arts department into the bulletin, make more announcements, and add information to the newsletter that goes out to parents. She says “It takes organization and forethought, but it’s a good thing to do.” Art emphasizes the role of the imagination, developing thinking that includes creative and analytical elements. It provides young people with the basis on which to develop into free, integrated individuals, and helps each of us fulfill our own unique destiny. But art shouldn’t be left hanging silent on a wall. Roosevelt needs to encourage its students to not only make art, but to share it and participate in the collective art community. So don’t just paint, shout!

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One nation, under God, indivisible...

What happened to seperation of church and state?

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his was a hard article to write. Some told me not to try it, not in a public high school newspaper, at least. But this is a serious issue, and how boring would it be if we never talked about anything serious?

So here we go.

I’m not religious. I say “bless you” when people sneeze, and I look up at the sky in wonder when I get in abnormally pensive moods, but I’ve never considered myself to belong to any religion. That’s why I don’t understand the justificationof the religious fervor plastered all around me in our government institutions. My main examples of this are the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and the placement of “In God we trust” on our currency. These things seem so small, so how could they possibly matter? As someone in this country who doesn’t identify with the Christian beliefs of 80% of the population, I feel like my

“The government of the United States of America is not, in any way, founded on the Christian religion….” Congress, including future presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, voted unanimously to ratify this treaty, singing it into law. Other influential American figures including Thomas Paine, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln promoted tolerance in personal beliefs, and their policies reflected that tolerance.

In the beginning...

These issues began with the start of the Cold War and our constant fear of alleged “godless communists.” In 1954, “under God” was added to the

was unconstitutional under the 1st Amendment. The Supreme Court soon overturned this ruling, but not on constitutional grounds. Instead they ruled that the plaintiff didn’t have full custody of his daughter, and therefore had no legal right to sue public schools. This case was later reopened when three other families joined the lawsuit in 2005. The trial still awaits a verdict.

But it doesn’t even matter...

The main justification for keeping these words in place is that they have now become American tradition. However, other American “traditions” that were in place 55 years ago include segregation and lynching. The Boy Scouts of America still ban homosexuals and atheists from their programs. By no means am I implying that keeping religious motos a part of our government institutions is as terrible as these injustices, I am simply pointing out that just because something is tradition, doesn’t mean its continued practice is justified.

Progress?

In 2002, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the placement of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance

Most people look at these few words and wonder, “Why do you care so much? It’s not that big of a deal.” But I don’t think those people realize how it feels to be looked at differently for having different beliefs. As a democratic republic, we are not simply majority rules. As Lt. Paul Bremer of the US Army once said, “Democracy entails not just majority rule, but protection of minority rights.” What would the reaction be in this country if the Pledge of Allegiance simply said “under nothing?” Why would that inclusion of personal belief be unacceptable, while the religious fervor we have now isn’t? The difference is that it would be the Christian majority having their beliefs disregarded. I’m trying not to come off as a stereotypical Bill Maher-angry liberal. But how about we all get off our high horses and ivory pedestals, and return to the true equality that has always made this country special.

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Are we a Christian nation?

Those in favor of these references to Christianity in our government will justify it, not as a promotion of a religion, but simply as a nod to our country’s Christian heritage. However, we are not defined as a Christian nation. At no point does our Constitution mention or promote God or Christianity outside of the 1st Amendment, which grants the freedom of religion. However, the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli clearly states:

Pledge of Allegiance. In 1956, “In God We Trust” became our national motto. Both acts came under President Dwight Eisenhower in a time of fear, when conformity was the only option, and opposition to these acts would have been political suicide.

senior year should be nearly perfect. Every underclassmen hates the seniors for yelling during assemblies, I remember I did. But it’s not that the seniors who yell are actually trying to make anyone genuinely upset; it’s for fun. It’s always been this way and it has never caused this kind of uproar before. Underclassman, know your place! Sit down and wait your turn. And class of 2010, go ahead, go wild. It’s your last year so you are entitled to some good, old-fashioned fun. Yell in a junior’s face, throw a barbeque at Magnuson Park on a Tuesday afternoon, do what you want and don’t you dare change just because the underclassmen are babies.

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country is not only ignoring me; it’s telling me that my beliefs are wrong.

Seniors, don’t stop your ways

Bridget Reardon Staff Reporter

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o be honest, I’m one of “those seniors.” I’ll be the first to admit that yes, I am a little bit too excited about my class. Sure, I yell too much and too loud at assemblies. Yeah, I feel superior to everyone younger than me in the school and I act like it. Do you really want to know why? It’s actually pretty simple. Because I am. What you’ve heard is true; the senior class is better than you in oh-so-many ways.

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Ever since my freshman year, it has been a generally accepted fact that the graduating class is the best class of that year. I think that it’s ridiculous that everybody is so offended by the supposed “senior attitude.” Let me be the first to clear this up: it’s just tradition! Lighten up! The seniors are the funniest, the loudest, the prettiest, the greatest and the proudest. The seniors win every game they play, and they kick it harder than everyone else. Why? Because they’re graduating this year! They’ve been here the longest, they know each other the best, they’re the most fun, and they don’t have to come back next year. Everyone is just going to have to start dealing with it. The senior class may be “conceited,” “obnoxious,” and “stuck up” in some people’s opinions, but believe it or not, that’s the way seniors have always been.

I believe that’s the way it should be. It has always been the seniors’ privilege to be able to act the way they do. It was that way last year and the year before and the year before that… Why should it change this year? Nobody can pretend seniors in years past were perfectley respectful, fair and polite towards the underclassman. Anybody who says that must not have been a student at Roosevelt. The graduating class has always been hard to handle, and I don’t see that changing in the future. I guess, underclassmen can’t understand that until they themselves are seniors. So, in my personal opinion of course, butt out kiddies, just wait until you’re in our position and you will know exactly how it feels. Being a senior should be exciting and fun, and


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aturday October 24 marked a globally practiced day of climate awareness. Despite demonstrations, rallies and vigils held worldwide, there continues to be a dearth of global passion behind “the greatest humanitarian challenge facing mankind today,” to quote Nobel Peace Prize winner and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Seattle, considered one of the most liberal cities in the world, gathered only 625 citizens at the climate change awareness event held at Seattle Center. Compare this to 70,000 electric Husky fans watching the University of Washington football team kick-off their homecoming game against Oregon. This shows how far even most Americans are from confronting climate change. The current hiatus of the simple desire for an end to global warming is a seductive and deadly place in which the majority of the global population is stuck. Being more eco-friend-

climate change is a social justice issue. Global warming has largely been caused by developed nations. Industry, transportation and gluttonous lifestyles are leading contributors to global carbon emissions. With the U.S. as the notorious leader, the world’s wealthiest countries must acknowledge the detriment that they are causing other people and nations as a result of their irresponsible and carbonemitting social and economic practices. One evident and devastating cause of global warming identified by scientists is desertification. Desertification has been most costly in the African Sahel. Parts have been virtually destroyed in the past 20 years. The cause of this rapid ecological epidemic is clear; rising temperatures caused decades of severe drought, killing off the flora of regions that is imperative for har-

Corn, the source of American fat

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hroughout this issue, we show that Americans claim that they are the best people on the Earth. Turns out, we’re also the fattest. Why are we the fattest? It’s because our diets consist more of corn than anything else. What’s so wrong with corn you might ask? Nothing, when you eat it off the cob. The corn I’m talking about, “Liberty Corn,” isn’t edible at all. In fact, it tastes like cardboard. This corn grows very easily, all it takes is a light coating

of lovely chemicals like ammonia and it’s ready to harvest several months later. But if this corn isn’t edible, how does it make it into our diets? The two main uses for this delicacy are for livestock feed and high fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup is used as a sweetener in a majority of the foods you eat. The problem with corn syrup is that it’s about as natural as Beverly Hills. The body isn’t able to dissolve the glucose in high fructose corn syrup and it has such a strong acidity that it actually eats away ligaments and joints, slowly deteriorating your body over time. So, who’s to blame for this abundance of “Liberty Corn” in our food supply? Not the farmers; they’re just doing whatever they can to make a living.It’s not the food manufacturers; they don’t have any other ingredients. No, the blame should be put squarely

nessing the dearth of the fertile soil. The population of nomadic tribes that have inhabited this rugged landscape has been greatly diminished in number. Countless tribesmen have been forced to give up on the growingly inhospitable land of their ancestors and make the difficult migration to urban centers. History has shown us that the most powerful and successful social movements have been social justice issues. Our condolences tend to lend themselves more to the struggling people of the world, not the quality of the atmosphere, the Amazonian jungle, or the population of salmon. Nothing can match the empathy that is shared in the inter-human relationship. The climate change crisis must be tackled through the perspective of social justice. Recent environmental trends have been caused more or less by the booming economy of the developed world. But what cost are these elite nations willing to pay for their fiscal triumph? The issue of climate change is more extreme than just a matter of environmentalism. It must be clearly demonstrated that the poor populations in less developed countries are affected most by climate change caused by developed, affluent and empowered nations. If people in developed nations truly make the connection between how they and their national economy are hurting the lives of others, changes would be imminent. The guilt that would surmount as a result of these horrific realizations would be a strong catalyst in drastic lifestyle changes needed for the improvement of our planet’s sickly climate.

upon the federal government. The government has the greatest power in determining America’s food system: the power to create subsidies for the crops that need to be grown. Reforming the food system would Corn syrup affects American obesity in more than be difficult; it’s more risky than reforming health- love the system the way it is, care. People don’t want the since it subsidizes at very high government telling them what levels, meaning they earn a to eat and what is unhealthy. larger profit on cheaper crops. What can be done? How can Not to mention that the coreveryday people get involved? porations, or agribusiness,

The government has to make drastic steps to stop lucrative subsidies to agribusiness. As a citizen, you can lobby your legislators and tell them to end these generous handouts to those corporations that are making us sick. There’s more you one way. can do as a consumer. I suggest taking Michael Pollan’s advice, a reporter for The New York Times, and “vote with your fork.” By not buying foods with corn syrup you can help make a change.

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ly sounds harmonious to the populace, yet it still is not valued enough to cause drastic societal lifestyle changes and grand systemic reform. The science of climate change is sound. According to studies by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], 2009 posted the highest level of atmospheric carbon dioxide, at a troubling 38 parts per million [ppm]. Following suit was the hottest global temperature average on record. June 2009 pushed Earth’s mean temperature to 60.5 degrees Fahrenheit. With these facts as the backbone for the climate change movement, it is time for the harsh realities of global warming to be spread through a new and captivating means. The incessant argument by environmentalists, scientists and politicians is that global warming is destroying natural habitat. Yet the environment has been unsuccessful as a cause to rally the masses and change our habits. The only way to truly galvanize the global populace is to understand and demonstrate that the issue of

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The celebration of Veteran’s Day Perhaps we are not doing enough?

Kayte Ault

eterans Day falls on November 11 to signify the ending of World War I in 1918. In 1954, there was a change from honoring V only World War I veterans to honoring all veterans and, unlike Memorial Day which honors those who have died in the miliStaff Reporter tary; Veterans Day honors the living men and women who have protected our freedom and livelihood for decades. Veterans Day may have passed, but the importance of remembering their service continues. Veterans have worked to develop American freedom and liberty by fighting for and protecting American interests both abroad and at home. Their efforts are praised and rewarded for one day, but perhaps that is not enough. Larry Karlovich, the popular English teacher and tennis coach, served in the military during the Vietnam War. He went on four stints to the northern part of South Vietnam, near the conflict, and worked as a gas tanker to fuel jets. “I think everybody should take responsibility for preserving liberties, and people that duck that responsibility are ‘sickathons,’ ‘toadies,’ living off the efforts of everybody else,” Karlovich said. He believes that rushing into war is dangerous and should be addressed wisely. While he is proud of his military background, he acknowledges that America “has a long way to go.” When asked what America should be striving for, he said, “It should be a place equal in freedom and [...] opportunity.”

Office secretary Marjorie Gamble’s parents met in the army during World War II. On one muddy and raining day in France, her father, an enlisted man, threw a pair of boots to her mother, a nursing officer, and the two fell in love and got married in London. When asked how she feels about being an American, Gamble stated she was “at a loss of words. I’m proud to be an American, but it’s a real burden, too, because people expect us to always have the answers [...] I’m proud of who my grandparents, parents, and husband’s family is. No matter how the news, media, or people in power want to define how we are [as an American society], I won’t ever let them think I’m going to be that way just because of what’s out there.”

Junior Jackson Fitzmaurice’s father, Jerome John Fitzmaurice served in Vietnam and shared his experiences and views on war and honor: “I arrived in ‘Nam’ a few weeks after my 18th birthday in December, 1966. My first memorable experience was of the rain. It came after we exited the Chinook transport choppers onto the LZ [Landing Zone – an outpost in the middle of the jungle] [...] We all stood waiting for what seemed like several hours as the higher-ups decided what distant LZ’s we’d be forwarded to. I remember laughing at the utter absurdity of the complete and utter wetness of everything […] we knew that these old rifles were pathetic once they were moist and we pictured our futility if we’re overrun by ‘Charlie,’ as we called the opposition.” Fitzmaurice added: “I’m proud I served my country even though the war was so controversial, and I’m equally proud of the veterans who served in the recent wars [...] I do think there has been a huge shift on how Veterans are treated in this country for the better. I think people at large understand the sacrifices that the Veterans are making. I do wish the recent wars, whether Iraq or Afghanistan, were not being fought by a volunteer force mostly made up of the lower classes but that there would be a draft where everybody would have to fight or choose to not fight. In short, it should be a choice, not an abstraction that most of us see on the evening news.”

What do Roosevelt students think about veterans, honoring them, and their contributions?

Brett Hutchins, Freshman “I think about them, but only on that day. I’m thankful for them, of course.”

“I plan on joining the Marines because they hold themselves with high standards. A veteran is a great and inspiring person. They aren’t honored enough, They’re the everyday heroes behind the scenes that

Emily Jong, sophomore

Mrs. Gamble’s mother (far left) sits on top of a tank during WW2.

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“I support them and care about them. It’s important to honor the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.”

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here is something magically indefinable about the air of the holiday season. T Is it waking up to a blustery panorama of crunchy fallen leaves? Reading Charles Dickens by candlelight in your Snuggie while a blizzard howls outside? Or is it that first forkful of grandma’s Thanksgiving meal? Whatever the case may be, Thanksgiving heralds the holiday cheer we all love. Junior Hannah Jacobsen shares an adorable Thanksgiving memory: “Every Thanksgiving we go to McDonald’s for breakfast, then catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island where we meet extended family at my uncle’s house. We play capture-the-flag and eat roast turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pie, and olives. We also sing the ‘Turkey Song’ after dinner and before dessert!”

Freshman Ami Huntley shares his Thanksgiving Day revelry: “We eat the usual meal - yams, turkey, stuffing, gravy and plenty of pie afterwards. Our house is very well decorated at this time of year; we use cornucopias generally.” History teacher Ms. Macdonald relates: “We usually have a hearty toast, and then the food is the best part because we have green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Dad always makes a vat of cranberry sauce and he never follows a recipe so the flavor changes from year to year.” Junior Ashley Nerbovig shares: “We always watch the Macys’ Day Parade on TV and play touch football with our neighbors in the park. We hang out and play games all day. We make dinner together - I make the mashed potatoes and my sisters do the stuffing and pies - and then after eating we pass around a bowl filled with slips of paper that say stuff that we’re thankful for.”

It is a beautiful thing to be together on Thanksgiving, as these lovely Roughriders have shown us. It is a time during which family from near and far takes refuge under the protective gables of the old home. As the merciless winds rage outside, laughter rings indoors as the family gathers around a richly spread table to give thanks for all they have.

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hanksgiving is traditionally seen as an American holiday with turkey, stuffT ing, mashed potatoes and cranberries, but who says it has to be like this? In order to understand Thanksgiving you have to break out of the stereotypical American bubble and recognize Roosevelt’s diversity its unique Thanksgiving traditions. Junior Salomon Garcia Rios’s family has a small get together with lots of food. “We eat a lot of the same foods with a Hispanic twist. We add pasas [raisins], frijoles [beans] and vereduras [vegetables] to our stuffing.” His family sometimes replaces turkey with pollo [chicken], and has tortillas on the side. The family finishes off their meal with a pumpkin dessert dish. Garcia Rios explains it as being, “liquid like syrup, except it’s pumpkin, kind of like a pudding. We call it ‘flan de miel,’ pero tiene el sabor de calabaza [‘honey custard,’ but it has the flavor of pumpkin].” Senior Sarah Cohen and her mother order Chinese food on this holiday. “I’m Jewish and eating Chinese food [on holidays] is sort of an inside joke in our family.”

“We eat the same foods [as the common American],” says Canadian Mr. Katz, “but they might celebrate on Sunday, we always celebrate on Monday.” Mr. Katz also only celebrates with his immediate family, “We keep things on a small scale.”

Junior Sahal Abdi doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. While he was growing up, he and his brothers always wondered why they slept in on Thanksgiving Day. “My parents always say, ‘We give thanks everyday after we eat, we don’t need to give thanks on this chosen day’ and I would simply agree,”Abdi says. “My parents think of Thanksgiving as a Christian holiday, and we are Muslims from Somalia.” There is no way to truly represent every person in America. We may all be different, but that is what America is truly about. We should appreciate the true message of Thanksgiving and be thankful for all that we have.

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A war on economy A nation in debt Mark Van Winkle Staff Reporter

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ith all the news about the biggest economic turmoil in recent history, our nation has grown weary of its leaders and is looking for new solutions to stimulate the weakened economy. Before we are able to move forward in solving this crisis, we must look back on the mistakes made by the leaders of this country that have put us in this position. Two major factors have led to today’s detestable economy and the horrendous national debt: the United States government and corporate America. The total national debt is currently an outstanding $11.9 trillion and rising. An average of $3.87 billion is added each day and there are no signs that this number is decreasing. The sea of red ink is drowning this country and only recently has the government taken notice of the seriousness of this issue. At the end of the Clinton presidency, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that by 2012 there would be an annual surplus of about $800 billion. How has this happened? Bad business and government policies are the leading cause of this catastrophe. The business tactics in recent years have cost this country trillions of dollars and are a major reason why the current economy is in its horrible state. Businesses and personal taxes were cut, and the rich became richer while the poor stayed below the poverty line. Free trade made labor and production of goods cheaper in overseas countries, causing millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Corporations turned loopholes in the system into trillion-dollar moneymaking schemes. Financial service companies knowingly gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in bad loans to those who could not afford to pay them back. These loans were turned into trusts and then sold and resold by bank holding companies and Wall Street. Regulations and rules became more lenient and obtaining a bank loan became too easy, while the interest rates jumped to un-payable dues. When these loans were not paid off and the stock market crashed, the government had no choice but to bail out these major financial firms, going deeper into debt. Bad legislation has also contributed to the national debt. Former president George Bush signed off on tax cuts and legislation that the country is still paying for today. President Barack Obama’s new stimulus plan promises large spending cuts in the near future. On the other hand, his plans of deficit spending have not resulted in any realistic solutions to wiping out the debt and it has yet to be seen whether Obama’s plan will be a success. The president has also left policies intact that were originally proposed by President Bush, such as the Iraq War and tax cuts for the wealthy. In recent years, we have dealt with such idiocies as the Iraq War. With the belief that Iraq was storing weapons of mass destruction, U.S. troops invaded Iraq with the aid of the U.K. in what was called the “Occupation of Iraq” or the deceiving “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Even when a U.N.-headed investigation of Iraq led to an inconclusive search of these weapons, the invasion marched forwards. These alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have now cost the U.S. government nearly $700 billion. When asked about the unruly spending on war, an anonymous senior said that “spending a ton of money on unpopular wars seems like a bad thing to me.” She is not alone in this fight to limit wartime spending. Now is the time to ask ourselves, after seeing this country tear itself apart from the inside out, how we can restore a functioning economy. There are two important elements to bringing back such an economy: enforcing stricter regulations and increasing the amount of small businesses. Yes, a free enterprise is a part of America’s history and is the basis of many of the success stories that we hear today. However, it has also helped cause the economic crash that we are currently occupied with. Another anonymous senior believes that America needs to “prevent a single market or institution from becoming too deeply ingrained in our economy,” or in layman terms, insist upon broader influence in the economy. A way to do this is regulating businesses, Wall Street, banks, and loans. This will limit money gambles, corporate greed, and risky lending. A third anonymous senior has noticed, “Americans always complain about the budget, taxes, and the deficit, but at the same time they always support new programs that require more government spending. The question is whether we want a balanced budget or whether we want all of our big cool programs while maintaining low taxes.” As a solution, she also thought “the bureaucracy could be streamlined so that the government wouldn’t spend money inefficiently.” Solving both the economic crisis and the national debt dilemma will take time and even more money. The answer to this question is worth trillions and trillions of dollars, and we have yet to find a suitable solution.

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Advice you need Liam Munro & Izaac Post

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Dear Teddy, Coming from Ballard I am at a great disadvantage because my mascot is a beaver. Honestly a beaver!?! Who ever thought that would be a good idea? I mean sure, they have big teeth, but in the animal kingdom that doesn’t really do much does it? How can I ever compete with Roughriders and the like when the short stature of my masoct is so apparant to my enemies? -Ballard Beaver

Dear Ballard Beaver, I am proud to see that you take great fondness in my renowned cavalry. I am so touched, in fact, I plan on setting up a national park system to preserve your natural habitat. Now you should be content to learn that you can always live amongst a pile of logs in a muddy swamp without being threatened by future American development. I urge you to take pride in your natural beauty, as I am sure not even my mustache is as useful as your dorky teeth in the noble action of killing a tree. Sincerely, speak softly and chew on my big stick! Dear Teddy, My boyfriend bailed on me last night to go to a movie with his buds, but when I asked one of his friends about it later, he said “What movie?” -almostmarriedtobarry@lol.com Dear almostmarriedtobarry@lol.com, That’s a trustbuster! Break up with him faster than I broke up Standard Oil! Dear Teddy, How do I earn my girlfriends trust back after cheating on her? -barrythestraightshooter@lmfao.com Dear barrythestraightshooter@lmfao.com, Barry, although I have never been in a relationship, I would advise moving on. If you aren’t interested in showing commitment, why should you require her commitment? If you want to be free to see whoever you like, why are you wanting to tie yourself back down? If you decide you are ready to commit to someone, you should begin anew so both of you don’t have to worry about the past. Sincerely, a student with no experience on the matter Dear Teddy, A company is going to my school and selling graduation gowns for $55 and class rings for hundreds more. The class rings are atrociously ugly and way too expensive for my family to afford. How can I show class spirit for a more reasonable price? I’m also contemplating whether I should buy a graduation gown from them, and if I shouldn’t, where should I get mine? -Roosevelt senior Dear Roosevelt senior, It sounds like this company has a monopoly. Since they have no competition, their prices are probably artificially high. In order to lower the prices, you should gather all your peers to boycott purchases from this company. By reducing their revenue, you are forcing them to listen to their customers. Meanwhile, borrow a gown from an ‘09 friend and stop by the student store for some true Roosevelt merchandise that helps fund your school!

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America: our dreams and realities What do we really think of the American dream? Ari Newman & Eli Matthieu

Osmail Mussa, sophomore

Staff Reporters the past year, the idea of the American dream Iof nhas materialized into reality through the election Barack Obama as America’s first black president.

This Cinderella story of an ethnic minority, who grew up with lower-middleclass grandparents, is the classic rags-to-riches underdog story that has catalyzed constant immigration to this nation by hopefuls from around the world. But this glorified American dream has overshadowed the tragedies, disappointments and failures of aspiring souls attempting to reach their American dream. Interviews and quotes of everyday people shed light on what Americans truly believe is the American dream.

What does the American dream mean to you?

“If you work hard, your dreams will come true. If you never give up and always persist, whatever you want can come true.”

What expectations did you have before arriving?

“Everything would be easy. You could do whatever you want. I thought Americans would think of themselves as higher than the immigrants.”

What is the American reality?

“A much simpler culture, a better life, and I don’t feel like an outcast.”

The American dream, to me, means having the opportunity to achieve because I don’t think you should be guaranteed anything other than opportunity. -Lenny Wilkens Mrs. Ogburn, Independent Living teacher

What do you think of when you hear ‘America’?

“When my son Tristan was a little boy, I asked him if he was going to play with the black boy from across the street today. Tristan responded by saying ‘Mommy, he’s not black-colored.’ This is the American dream […] a place where we are all pink in the middle.”

Aki Shimazu, senior

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What does the American dream mean to you? “Ability to be accepted in a diverse crowd for who you truly are.”

What expectations did you have before arriving to the US?

Donny Simpson, junior

What does the American dream mean to you?

“The American dream is doing whatever the hell you want. Land of the free, home of the brave, dude!” Mr. Louie, history teacher

What does the American dream mean to you?

“...where everybody wants something for nothing.”

“A white dominant society.”

What is the American reality?

“America is so diverse that nobody agrees on anything, unlike Japan (85% of the nation is ethnically Japanese).”

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ith the current health care crisis, global warming, abortion, the economic crisis, Al Qaeda, swine flu, AIDS, sexual predators, poisonous rain, the Confederacy, shark attacks, diabetes, tornadoes, Enron, and fetuses, it is easy for Americans to always look at the bad side of things. Everyone seems to be nitpicking what the American government and its citizens could be doing better. What they seem to have forgotten is that America is the greatest country ever in the history of the universe, bar none. As an AP US History student, I have learned that America was created by a ragtag group of hardcore bosses like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, who fought for what they wanted and didn’t put up with any of the crap the British were trying to throw at them. Somewhere along the line we lost this extreme self-confidence and began to doubt ourselves like a kid hitting puberty. Do you think that George Washington could have single-handedly taken down the British in the Revolutionary War if he had had self-doubt? No! Do you think that Abraham Lin-

coln had hesitations when he ended racism forever? NO! The people of America need to remember why we are so awesome and get back their confidence. We win wars. When we don’t like something, we change it. Some people may say that is imposing ideals, but I say it’s just being powerful. Think about it, we didn’t like what those Nazis were doing, so we went over there and ended it. We didn’t like what those Russians were doing with their “nukes” so, even though it took some 50 odd years, we ended it. Vietnam doesn’t count because it was a tie and ties go to America. We didn’t like what Sad-

dam was doing with Iraq so we killed him and are in the process of fixing his wrongs. The military prowess of America is something for us to be proud of, especially after having just celebrated Veteran’s Day. If you are having trouble picturing this, I suggest that you rent the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and experience it firsthand. Also, we’re super rich. First off, when you’re simultaneously playing video games on your huge flat screen and eating Pop-tarts, think about how great

it is that you get to relax while there are kids in Africa who are about to get eaten by a lion, or the guys in Siberia fighting bears, or the four-year-olds in China who had to make that HD TV you’re watching, that couch you’re sitting on, and that Pop-tart you’re eating. Our abundance of money allows us to focus on more important things like Facebook and “Twilight” rather than silly things like government and poverty. Also, screw the economy. Most of us don’t even know what it is and haven’t noticed any change other than hobos blaming their drug addiction and unemployment on the failing financial system. When asked why America is the best country in the world, junior Skyler Smith stated, “We have Taco Bell, ‘nuff said.” I ask you, students of Roosevelt, to bring back the national pride that the citizens of the U.S. of A. once had. In times of hardship, we must think of all of the great things about America that make us proud to be American. Plus, nothing will ever go wrong because Obama is president now. America is the best country in the history of countries and we should acknowledge our awesomeness in this great month of national pride.

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Seattle alive with Sounders spirit Mia Stroutsos

towards the beacon of Sounders soccer. Sounders enthusiast and soccer guru senior Luke Greenway said, “No fter an explosive season of Major other city in the U.S. has our kind of League Soccer [MLS], many support. Sounders soccer is the heart Seattleites are eagerly waiting to of Soccer City, U.S.A.” see what thrills and successes the The Sounders Sounders’ next season have brought much will bring. Fans instantly more than loads of looked upon season merchandise and a legends such as Montero, solid soccer team to Ljungberg, Keller, Evans, Seattle. Something Zakuani as heroes these incredible has past few months, and happened to the city one could say that our itself, and Greenway fair city has fallen in believes “what’s love with MLS. For a happening in town motivated by coffee, Seattle will become salmon, protests, and the quintessential composting, it has been model for intriguing to see how U.S. stadiums the sport of soccer has everywhere.” He become a top priority. is “proud to be Historically, Seattle at the heart of a has had a decently soccer movement strong sports culture and living in a city centered around the where soccer is Mariners, Seahawks, big.” Many eyes and the former Sonics, Senior Luke Greenway is one of thousands of Seattle Sounders fans were glued to the looking forward to many years of soccer success in the Northwest. but the turnouts for nearest television Sounders games this waiting for Montero season were astounding. echoing the celebrated team name. to school the defense, for Keller to do On average, 30,943 fans attended Waving Sounders scarves became a what he does best, or possibly just each Sounders game, which is sure soccer culture norm, and mobs of fans to see manager Drew Carey’s face on to increase once the top level of Qwest snaked through downtown with dignity the screen. Seattleites transformed

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Field is opened. The stadium came alive this soccer season and became a welcoming atmosphere for soccer fanatics. Through glittery confetti and fireworks came a heap of season ticket holders and waves of green and blue

90 minutes of a simple sport into 90 minutes of epic insanity. With a remarkable season record of 12-7-11, the Sounders were a strong force to be reckoned with in their inaugural season. They even managed to win the U.S. Open Cup and go to the playoffs. Greenway hopes that the power of this season “is the start of a new MLS popularity [in America].” Think back to Sounders enthusiasm from a couple of years ago - one would rarely speak of Seattle’s soccer team. There were open seats across the stadium and a dull buzz filled the ears of spectators. There was no cheering, no band, no decked-out supporters, and ultimately no love for the game. Greenway explains that the atmosphere now “consists of people who are extremely excited to be there. You see people who know soccer front and back, and those who don’t know a thing who are getting the experience of the game.” A soccer buzz travels around the city whenever the Sounders are mentioned, and soon enough, even those who don’t rank soccer as the top sport to watch will fall under the enchantment of this team. Let’s face it, the Sounders are an outstanding group of soccer players, and Major League Soccer may be the best thing that’s come to Seattle since the Dalai Lama.

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Soccer fans dedicated to city’s newest team

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occer in the fall, basketball in winter and baseball in the spring: the “big three.” How many of your former years were spent participating in these seasonal sports? Our parents sign us up for recreational teams when we are in kindergarten and many of us continue to play into high school. We grow up around these traditional sports and accept them in our lives as normal recreational activities. But something’s changing in the world of recreational sports. We’ve become bored with the more conservative games and are seeking things that are unique, quirky and outside of the box. A new underground class of ridiculously outrageous sports bends the definition of what a sport is. These silly games give people tired of generic sports something new and interesting to partake in.

Cheese Rolling

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incredible game may seem harmless, this activity is as extreme and dangerous a sport as they come. A round of cheese is rolled down an almost vertical hill after which about 20 competitors chase. The object is to try and catch the cheese, although it is in vain, for the cheese can roll up to 70 mph and has even hurt the spectators at the bottom of the hill. The first competitor across the finish line claims the ultimate prize: the cheese. The scramble more often than not ends up in injury as many competitors trip down the hill and don’t come to a stop until the bottom. This dangerous activity was summed up by a spectator as “20 young men chasing a cheese off a cliff and tumbling

200 yards to the bottom, where they are scraped up by paramedics and packed off to the hospital.” However, if you are in search of a cheap thrill and don’t

fast as you can.

Chess Boxing

The sport of chess boxing combines the game of chess and the sport of boxing into the ultimate challenge of brains and brawn. In one round you duke it out in the ring. Then, in the next round, it’s a battle of intellect on the board. Either competitor can win if they knock the other out, or get a checkmate. C o m b i n i n g complete opposites into one extreme sport, chess boxing has it all. It is quite a sight to see two full grown men, exhausted and bloodied up, playing chess.

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mind a concussion or two, I suggest you find the steepest hill you can, roll down a wheel of cheese and sprint after it as

Underwater hockey is a sport in which two teams compete to push a puck on the bottom of a pool to the other team’s goal, just like hockey, but underwater. Each player

wears a snorkel, mask, gloves and a cap with their team’s color on it. Invented in 1954 in England, this sport has been around longer than one might think. This is perfect for people who enjoy water and hockey.

Wife Carrying

Originating as a joke in which men wooed women by running up to them, picking them up, and running off, the concept of this game seems a bit outlandish. It developed into a sport in which two males run through a straining obstacle course while carrying their female teammate. This grueling challenge is made more difficult by the obstacles of a water pit as well as hills and forest sections. Wife carrying competitions are sprouting up across the U.S. including the North American Wife Carrying Championships held in Newry, Maine every year in October. If you’re looking to spice things up in your marriage or relationship, I highly suggest the sport of wife carrying.

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he winter chills are approaching and the Top 25 rankings are out. That’s right everyone, it’s college basketball time once again. Right in the mix are our own Washington Huskies, ranked 13th in the preseason USA Today Poll, and 14th in the Associated Press [AP] Poll. And here’s a bold prediction for all you Husky non-believers out there: UW is making the Elite Eight, and possibly even going further in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. For the past decade, college basketball has been dominated by guards and has seen many small and quick players flourish. Not only does this year’s team have an explosive scorer in sophomore Isaiah Thomas, they also have defensive menace senior Venoy Overton. Thomas is a 5-foot-8inch guard who has a knack for twisting and turning into the lane, getting off unbelievable shots at the rim. Overton on the other hand, is a constant sparkplug who brings a passion to the game unmatched by anyone in the Pac10. If that isn’t enough to convince you, they also found a talented and heavily recruited point guard in Abdul Gaddy to come off the bench as a very strong third option. Another key to success in the college

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game is a balanced starting lineup. This year’s team clearly has one, led by senior forward Quincy Pondexter. Out of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California, Pondexter came to Washington as part of a great recruiting class in 2006. After struggling through his first two seasons, Pondexter shined in his junior season and is now the team’s clear leader. Playing opposite Pondexter is red-shirt sophomore Darnell Gant. Coming in from Los Angeles, Gant earned a starting spot early last year as a freshman because of his length and defensive prowess. The starting center job belongs to junior Matthew Bryan-Amaning, originally from London, England. Although undersized for a center at 6 feet 9 inches, Amaning will finally take full advantage of his talent and take off as an elite big man this year. The bench is almost as important as the starting lineup if this team wants to keep on dancing in March. Gaddy is the first guard to come off the bench and will breakout as the sixth man early in the year. Sharp shooter sophomore Elston Turner follows him as the fourth guard on the team. Red-shirt freshman Tyreese Breshers had an impressive preseason and looks geared to produce off the bench this year as forward. Junior defensive specialist Justin Holiday will see some time off the

UW is making the Elite Eight

bench as well. The Huskies also have an extraordinary talent in 6-foot-5inch freshman forward Clarence Trent. With astonishing athletic ability, Trent will be sure to have some highlight dunks this season. This rounds out a solid 10-man rotation that can match up with any in the country. With a battle against Georgetown University on December 12 in Anaheim, California, t h e

Huskies will be tested early in the season by a top 20 team. However, if they are able to come out of the Wooden Classic with a win, they should be undefeated heading into Pac-10 play. There are two teams that can test them in this conference: the Cal Bears and the UCLA Bruins. However, the Bears are not deep enough and the Bruins are too young to stay consistent throughout the whole season. The Huskies may stumble on the road against those two teams, but they will stay unblemished at Hec-Ed Pavilion en route to a 25-5 regular season record. Many students on campus are very excited and have high hopes for this year’s team. Nikil Rao, a freshman at the University of Washington, had this to say about the Huskies: “The Huskies will bring defense and intensity every night. The key to their overall success will be finding someone who can step in behind Pondexter and Thomas and emerge as another scorer.” With so much hype revolving around the Huskies as they return for the 2009-2010 season, anything short of a good showing at the NCAA tournament would be a disappointment. Possibly stumbling in the Pac-10 tournament to the Cal Bears in Los Angeles, I see the Huskies with a 3 seed come Selection Sunday. A vengeful upset win over 2 seed Purdue punches their ticket to the Elite Eight in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

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Husky backcourt to lead team through season

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Patriots @ Saints November 30

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Methodology: 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 of team 2 - predicted score of team 2) + (actual spread - predicted spread)]. Predictor of correct winner receives bonus of 1.

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The rivalries of recreational sports Tom Ianelli

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sually, Roosevelt students play recreational sports in order to get away from the ultra-competitive environments of high school and select teams. Rec sports allow these students to have fun with their friends in a laidback environment where you don’t have to practice three hours a day and still warm the bench. Whether you are a talented athlete, or get hit in the face every time someone passes you a ball, rec sports have always been a chance for people to get active and have fun. However, this norm has been broken by groups of Roosevelt students who have created heated rivalries with other Roosevelt-based rec teams. Because the students from each team go to the same school, the teams trash talk eachother every week. Come game-time, things get to be extremely tense, often causing scrappy play and even cheap shots. This dog-eat-dog mentality has given these games higher stakes as well as a higher level of competition than many Roosevelt sports. A prime example of this is the rivalry between two rec basketball teams: Firesloth from Rav-Eck and the Blazers from Laurelhurst. The trash talk between these teams, both primarily made up of senior boys, has been at a maximum throughout the past two years, ever since the two teams have been in the same league. Firesloth, led by seniors Jack Ross and Danny Zahajko,

has a talented rag-tag team with many players who could play successfully for select teams, or even Roosevelt. The Blazers, led by senior Nick Drummond and coached by junior Tommy Bigelow, have great team chemistry, as many of the players have played together since elementary school. Last season began with a preseason game between the two teams. After a close battle, Firesloth pulled out the win to the Blazers’ dismay. However, seeking revenge at the end of the season, the Blazers got their payback with a victory over their previous superiors. This equal record has caused much hype for this season and even more trash talking on the outcome of upcoming games. “Blazers all the way. Screw Firesloth,” said Bigelow. Rivalries among these sports teams give the normally meaningless games of recreational activity a whole new significance. T h e

usually boring and low-scoring season in to an extraordinary one. games turn into high action, tension It all came down to the last game filled competitions where both teams of the season: the ultimate brawl of desperately fight to the end for victory. LVR, “Laurelhurst Versus Ravenna.” Another intense rivalry among Roosevelt students is between the rec soccer teams of the Rav-Eck Raptors and the Laurelhurst Bulldogs. Both teams began their seasons with the hope that they would have a calm, relaxed season having fun and playing soccer. However, these two teams, having the same record Members of Laurelhurst’s Bulldogs FC, from left to right during the regular Jack Ross, Kai Hoyt, Taylor Hussey, Wil Carletti, Max season, were neck- Brettler, Ryan O’Connor, Ian Sherrow, Dru Seed. Michael in-neck in the Garrigan and Danny Zhajaiko are locked in a heated rec race for first place sports rivarly with Ravenna’s Raptors. as the season neared its end. They met once mid-season, where Although these two teams seemed to be both teams put up a fierce battle. With dead even, the Raptors surprised the rain pouring and thunder cracking, Bulldogs and quickly scored two goals. this epic clash was even the whole way The disgruntled Bulldogs fought back through with the Raptors scoring twice through the remaining time, and a goal and the Bulldogs quickly countering towards the closing off the game gave twice to make the score 2-2 with 10 the Bulldogs some hope for a comeback. minutes to go. After a highly disputed The stalwart Raptors, however, held off shot on goal during which the Raptors the Bulldogs and pulled off the win. claim to have crossed the goal line, Instead of plainly fun games and this impressive game ended in a draw. unskilled play, rec games are being Both teams were fighting for first turned into passion filled competitions place, causing more tension between that have gained worthy notoriety in them and turning this average soccer the halls of Roosevelt.

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Rec sports not exempt from heated competition

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obody really likes umpires or referees, but unfortunately they’re a necessary evil like taxes or Lady GaGa. When it comes down to it, sports would fall apart without officiation. With this need for ruling comes the inevitable side effect of human error. Using human error as an excuse for poor officiation is taking the easy way out. The actual answer to the problem is instant replay. It works for the other three major sports, why not baseball? In this year’s Major League Baseball playoffs, there was an extraordinary amount of blown calls by the “best” umpires in the business. The blown calls, which suspiciously mostly went

the way of the Yankees, have sparked a controversy in the baseball world. Many prominent managers like the LA Dodger’s Joe Torre want to expand replay to plays on the base paths in addition to homerun calls. This is also the case with students at Roosevelt, who overwhelmingly approved of expanding replay. This reasoning makes the most sense, since missed calls can’t be tolerated in the playoffs, especially from the best umpires in the galaxy. If they are going to continue to have human error, why not use technology to overcome it? Instant replay seems to be working for all the other major sports. Football has used it to overturn many plays that were crucial to the game, as long as

it didn’t involve the Steelers in a certain Super Bowl. The NBA uses replay for the lastminute-buzzer-beater and it has increased accuracy when humans can’t focus on the ball and the clock at the same time. There is no logical explanation for all the old baseball purists to be so vehemently opposed to expanding replay. Human error”may be, part of the game but that doesn’t make it acceptable during the crucial moments. Replay technology has become so strong that there is no reason not to capitalize on it. It works for all the other sports and has helped eliminate bad calls at the most crucial times. Replay has support from the majority of the executives and managers, so Bud Selig, jump on board.

Where should instant replay be used in baseball? Only on homeruns: 10%

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Riders representing in the postseason Kayte Ault

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his fall season has been T a great success for the Roosevelt Roughriders, as three sports made it to playoffs. The Roosevelt News caught up with some of the star athletes to hash out the last moments of a flourishing fall season. CROSS COUNTRY

Junior Lucy Cheadle represented Roosevelt at the State Championships in Pasco, Washington on November 7. She placed a fantastic 22nd out of 150 runners with a time of 19:08. Cross country has been a large part of her high school career, as she also made it to State in her freshman year. “[Going to State] meant a lot to me because I did bad last year at Districts, so it was important to me to go back and do well,” said Cheadle. “All the varsity girls came and warmed up with me so that was really special.” Her goals

for next year are to break 19 minutes, make the top 20 at State, and make it to Border Clash, a regional meet, which she is an alternate for this year.

Junior Sarah Klein, the centerback, played goalkeeper when junior Ava Vogel couldn’t make it to the game due to a college

GIRLS’ SOCCER

For the first time in six years, the girls’ soccer team made it to the playoffs. A chance at the playoffs came down to the season’s last game against Inglemoor. After being tied for most of the game, junior Jessie Ayers scored a last-minute goal to clinch a playoff spot. On Halloween, the girls faced off with Eastlake in their first playoff game. Senior Selena Boro, starting center midfielder, scored Roosevelt’s only goal as the Riders fell to the score of 4-1.

recruiting trip. “It was really exciting that we could make it to playoffs during my time as a Roughrider and that I could contribute to the team making playoffs,” said Boro.

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Senior Anne Kenney stands ready on the blocks for her 50-yard freestyle race at the 4A state meet on November 13.

Roosevelt sent six girls to the State Championships, held November 13 and 14. Despite being seeded 5th in the 50-yard freestyle, senior Anne Kenney bumped up to the number four spot with a time of 24.67 seconds. She also placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle. Relay

team Kenney, sophomore Johanna Brunner, senior Katie Judge, and sophomore Dorothy Anderson also moved up a spot: from 12th to 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Unfortunately, the 200-yard medley relay team - juniors Rachel Kim and Camille Ashbaugh, Brunner, and Kenney - placed 18th in the preliminaries and did not advance to the final heat. Brunner and Ashbaugh also just missed the 16spot cut, placing 17th and 18th respectively in the 100yard breaststroke. Overall, Roosevelt came out with a respectable 22nd place. Kenney said: “Everybody did a lot of great work and put in a lot of effort. Six girls going to State is a big accomplishment for everybody […] It’s going to be sad not coming back next year because it’s been a huge part of my life, but it’s nice to think of the good times over the past four years.”

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‘SonicsGate’: catharsis on the silverscreen “SonicsGate” is Seattle author Sherman Alexie. His passion set the tone during the trial that determined whether or not the Sonics remained in Seattle. e cared. It just didn’t matter His passion for […] a hard lesson in the team went the realities of pro sports,” from normal said Sonics fan Echelon [“Basketball is Constable during the a diverse sport, premier of “SonicsGate,” the the type of new film that documents diversity that the Seattle SuperSonics does not exist from the beginning in 1967 anywhere else to their relocation in 2008. in Seattle”] to In between the huge unusual [in issues and the finer details, the NBA, the the relocation of the Sonics “players are is a story of a stolen team barely wearing and a fan base who has any clothes”]. suffered in silence for a If Alexie whole season. is the star of “SonicsGate,” Seattle“SonicsGate,” based director Jason Reid’s then Schultz is directoral debut, recaps the supporting the steps leading up to actor. However, the departure of the team, unlike Alexie, allowing fans to lament Schultz is their loss. Reid, a lifelong portrayed in Sonics fan himslf, has a bad light. put together a film which “Howard, I defines the meaning of Near the Key Arena in Seattle Center, the vacant spot where the Sonics think, wanted to Sonics basketball for Seattle. logo once hung over the team shop is a reminder of the Sonics’ deparrewrite the way Reid decided the best ture to Oklahoma City. that business is way to make the film was to done in the NBA feature Howard Schultz, former owner of the Sonics, as well as the highs of Dennis Johnson, and featured some of and quickly found out that he was not the 1990s “Sonic Boom” teams that the e-mails sent between team owners able to do that,” said former Sonics in 2008. However, the definite star of announcer Kevin Collabro in the film.

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dominated the league. Reid dedicated a part of the film to the 1979 World Championship team with the backcourt duo of Gus Williams and

“His interaction with Gary Payton and Vin Baker […] they thought he was a joke,” said Seattle P.I. columnist Art Thiel. Schultz is condemned in “SonicsGate,” to the point that the thanks section at the end of the film reads: “for nothing, Howard.” It is clear that “SonicsGate” places the blame on Schultz, but there is no feeling of relief in accusing him. Although the film is sad, it is a way for all the Sonics fans to remember their beloved team.

Excerpts from e-mails exchanged between team owners as presented in “SonicsGate” Tom Ward: “Is there any way to move here [Oklahoma City] for next season or are we doomed to have another lame-duck season in Seattle?” Clay Bennett: “I am a man possessed! Will do everything we can. Thanks for hanging with me boys, the game is getting started!” Tom Ward: “That’s the spirit!! I am willing to help any way I can to watch ball here [in Oklahoma City] next year.” Aubrey McClendon: thanks Clay!”

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We hand-pick a few of RHS’s most beloved boys hat is it about Roosevelt that makes it the best? Is it the classes? Our drama program? Our sports? Our clubs? No, of W course not. It’s obviously our bachelors. Walking the halls of Roosevelt High School is like wandering around a male modeling agency. We hand-picked a few of Roosevelt’s most beloved boys for your enjoyment, ladies.

Ben Notkin, senior Fun Fact: I’m colorblind and I sing a lot. Favorite thing to do: I dabble in the arts. I really enjoy photography, drawing, and writing. Recently I have started making candles. My future dream is to pursue pruning hedges, and maybe even garbage collecting. Look for in a lady: She should have a delightful sense of humor and a good sense of dress, her own fashion sense. Also having good penmanship would be a plus. Relationship with mom: Very good. My mom and I are very tight. Favorite band: Barenaked Ladies/Dean Martin/ Leonard Cohen Most embarrassing story: After practice, my team and I went to a really nice restaurant for breakfast. I was eating and drinking water and someone told a joke as I was taking a sip of my water. I don’t spit it out for a while because I am trying to hold it in. I end up holding my breath and coughing so much that snot is coming out of my nose. I reach out to grab a napkin, and push over the water next to me. The water falls on me, and I push my chair back and run into the person behind me. Special talent: I can create shadow puppets. Favorite movie: “The Princess Bride” since the fourth grade. It is a classic. Dexter Blue, sophomore Favorite activity: Kickin’ it. Senior crush: Olivia Obeso. Relationship with mom: She’s the homie. Most embarrassing moment: I was at a roller skating rink and I had to go to the bathroom so I skated in and I was standing at the urinal with my feet turned out so I wouldn’t roll, but I lost my balance when I was pulling up my pants and I started rolling out backwards and everybody saw pretty much everything. Cutest thing I’ve done for a girl: In eighth grade, my class was going to our formal awards ceremony and I picked a girl up in a limo and took her there. Best pick-up line: “Wanna make out?” Nelson Moon, junior Fun Fact: My favorite color is orange. Favorite thing to do: Hangout with friends. Look for in a lady: Jessica Alba. Relationship with your mom: It’s good. She makes me a lot of good food. Favorite song/band: “Red Barchetta”Rush Most embarrassing story: In the seventh grade I had tomato soup for lunch. My friend was telling a story and he kinda threw his arms out in front of him and knocked my soup over, spilling most of it on the front of my pants. I had soup all over the front of my pants for the rest of the day. Senior crush: Sarah Asp. Special talent: I can dance. Favorite movie: “The Boondock Saints.”

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Travis Anderson, senior Favorite activity: Various things, making money. Senior crush: I don’t have a senior crush. Kim Kardashian. Relationship with mom: Awesome. Cutest thing I’ve done for a girl: I bought her a gift card to McDonalds. Best pick-up line: “Make your next move your best move.” Connor McCarthy, junior Fun fact: I love to mix it up with sports and the arts. Favorite thing to do: Workout, look in the mirror, and play football and lax [lacrosse]. Look for in a lady: A good cook, cheerleader, likes to have fun. Relationship with mom: We talk all the time and cook dinner together. Favorite song/band: “You Belong With Me”- Taylor Swift Most embarrassing story: I asked LC how much she weighed. Senior crush: LC. Special talent: I am a great cook. Sam Gelband, sophomore Fun fact: I am Mr. B’s best friend. Favorite thing to do: Writing love quotes/cooking romantic dinners. Look for in a lady: A great smile. Relationship with mom: Our relationship is basically like that of a kangaroo mother and its child, we are super tight. Favorite song/band: “Something in the Way She Moves”- James Taylor. Most embarrassing story: This one time I looked in the mirror and realized I wasn’t perfect, but it was only for a day. Senior crush: Savannah McAlpin Special talent: I have been writing songs since my lips could move. Favorite movie: “Failure To Launch.” Ben Zambroski, freshman Fun fact: I went to space camp in Alabama in the fifth grade. Look for in a lady: She can’t be a “dummy.” She should be into sports and know who Richard Pryor is. Also, she can’t like the Jonas Brothers. Favorite song: “This Love”- Maroon 5. Senior Crush: Lauren Kastanas. Relationship with mom: It is good. I don’t keep secrets from her. We have a strong relationship. Favorite movie: “The Truman Show.” David Romoser, freshman Senior crush: Sophie Turnberg. Relationship with mom: Great, we’re best friends. I love my mom. Most embarrassing story: In sixth grade I was going out with someone and I was giving her a hug. One of my friends thought it would be funny to pants me, but they accidently got my underwear too. My girlfriend didn’t think it was that funny. Best pick-up line: “Is there a mirror in your pocket? Because I can see myself in your pants.”

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he first open mic of the year was held on Thursday, October 29, bringing much excitement and entertainment to Roosevelt’s community of writers, poets, and musical performers. Room 242 was transformed from a math classroom into a dazzling performance stage with decorations, mood lighting and a spotlight. Audience members and performers packed into the room, standing and sitting on the floor, to make it one of the most well-attended open mics in years. The visiting students from Northern Ireland attended, and some even performed. Four Irish exchange students - Aoife Boyle, Caolan O’Mianain, Jathan Rogers, and Christina Davis - sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” accompanied by senior Will Gerhardt on the piano. Boyle also sang a traditional Irish song by herself. Senior Lauren Glass dedicated her guitar piece to Irish student Kealan Doherty, who had won the International Mr. Roosevelt title the night before with his spectacular river dancing. “I think the Irish had a good time,” says junior Mitch Young, who performed a preview of winter musical “White Christmas” with four other cast members. “At

the end, one of them started doing Northern Irish slang with the audience. It was really funny.” Other standout performances of the evening included an array of poems and songs such as a barely G-rated original tune sung by juniors Carlos Alvarez and Zach Horton called “Ducks in Ditches,” and a freestyle rap by Roosevelt alumnus Tom Pepe about Mr. Nolet, Ms. MacDonald, and Ms. Mackoff. Pepe said it was the largest turnout he’d ever seen at an open mic. The amount of participation was very exciting for Mr. Nolet, head of the language arts department. “I’m very encouraged that people want to hear each other,” Mr. Nolet said, “It’s great that individual voices are so embedded in our culture. There were a 150 people in that room, and every time someone would go up to perform, the room would get completely quiet. It was a great ethic.” Mr. Nolet calls open mics “the most enlightening thing that I do here.” Newly selected poet laureate senior Emily Nitz-Ritter, who performed two original pieces, agreed. “It was a promising first open mic. We were extremely pleased to see so many people, all of whom were eager to participate,” she raved. “We hope that people will continue to be interested and excited about expression at Roosevelt.”

There were still people who wanted to perform when the event had to be cut off at 8:30 p.m. If future open mics are anything like this one, Roughriders may want to arrive early to reserve a performance slot and a seat.

Senior James Johnson wowed the crowd with his guitar rendition of Incubus’s “Drive.”

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he newest version of “Call of Duty” is here: “Modern Warfare 2 [MW2].” The story-mode kicks off with a bloodthirsty, power hungry Russian named Makarov, who uses the death of a corrupt Russian General to unite Russia under a common hatred: America. Makarov plays the world like a game of chess, setting up an epic battle on American soil. You play as American Marines and British Special Ops soldiers in the campaign, which tells the story from two

different perspectives. The story is a bit watered down to provide for a video game setting, but it’s still one of the best out there. Bring your patriotic mindset along and you will shudder at the sight of the White House in flames, or the Washington Monument silhouetted in front of a nuclear shockwave. Go, American cinematic obsession, go! Controls are just like those in the last few “Call of Duty” games, so players won’t have a problem adapting if they have played one of the previous series. If you haven’t, there are four difficulties to choose - from weenie to suicidal. Combat is fast and acute, requiring quick reflexes and good aim. Screen blurring effects range from rain, grenades, and shellshock. They fit perfectly in the game’s beautiful graphics engine, which brings a sense of reality to the locations. New additions to the series in terms of controls and game mechanics include more guns, perks, and scopes. Keep in mind, however, that the game isn’t about bringing new things to the first-person-shooter genre; it’s about delivering improvements on a perfectly meshed system that works. Many people anticipating the release of this game might not know this, but one of the game’s levels is surrounded by controversy. *Spoiler Alert* At the beginning of the g a m e you are asked if you are okay with maturer a t e d

content and if you would like to skip one of the levels later in the game. The level in question begins with you and four other men in an elevator locking your guns for anticipated gun combat. The doors open to a crowded airport full of innocent people holding luggage and waiting to board their jetliner to grandma’s. Time seems to slow for a few seconds as you realize what you are about to do, and someone screams, “They’ve got guns!” Your comrades then proceed to unleash waves of lead into the defenseless crowd. Senior Jack Ross says, “It’s a really cool game and I think that this scene was extremely well done. If they had made it distasteful, it would be a problem for me, but it really works.” Judgment is for the player on this one, folks. Watching this happen in real-time literally froze my finger on the trigger. This massacre makes sense in the context of the story, but playing as a terrorist and shooting the fleeing and diminishing crowd is hard to sit through all the way. Multiplayer is much like the last “Modern Warfare“ game; only that “MW2” does everything better. There is an ungodly amount of customizable options for your character, combining perks, guns, sights, a bajillion unlockable challenges, and more guns into an infinite amount of fun. My personal favorite addition to the multiplayer mode is the possibility of killing 25 players in a row to call in a nuclear strike, completely obliterating the map and all players on it. I recommend this game to anyone interested in a great gaming experience, or video games in general. Suffice to say, the only complaint I have about the game is that there is sometimes an over abundance of enemies, as if the entire city is out to kill you, and there are loony teammates running around picking up primed grenades like it’s an Easter egg hunt. After collecting them, the teammate often chucks them right next to my face, ending in my fiery, shrapnelfilled demise. Unfortunately, casual Wii-nerds are left limp and lacking on this one.

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or the first time in Roosevelt’s long history of superb theater, the drama department will be putting on a winter musical in addition to the traditional spring show. The sole winter musical is “White Christmas,” based on the beloved 1954 Irving Berlin film. The Roosevelt News got a special sneak preview and we guarantee that the show is not one to be missed. “White Christmas” is set after World War II, and revolves around two veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. They have a song and dance act together, and are looking for fresh talent when they get a recommendation to audition a singing sister act, Betty and Judy Haynes. Ladies’ man Phil is smitten with Judy, but Bob, a staunch bachelor, and Betty don’t hit it off so well. This doesn’t stop Phil from getting his buddy to follow the girls up to a show in Vermont. Coincidentally, the Vermont inn is owned and run by their former commanding officer, Major-General Tom Waverly. It is in danger of going bankrupt, so the two friends embark on a mission to save the inn. Of course, a dash of romance is added to the picture as well. While the outcome is mostly predictable, the characters are vivid and the plot is entertaining. Junior Conrad Schmechel, in the lead role of Bob Wallace, delivers a standout performance. With three weeks of rehearsal left at press time, he was already dynamic and deserves the top billing. He and senior Colin Featherston flawlessly evoke the screwball duo that carries the mood of the show. The actors ex-

emplify that fast-talking glamour we have grown up imagining people of the 1940s having. “White Christmas” reminds us of a time we never knew, and ushers in nostalgia for a simpler, purer time. The feeling of the musical is one of an almost Rockettes-style, with many great tap numbers, especially the elaborate first number, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Audience members whose last experience on the Roosevelt stage was “Cats” last spring will be shellshocked. It’s a credit to the actors, who can deliver the avant-garde one moment then effortlessly make a complete departure into traditional territory. The costumes will be just as memorable, Schmechel claims, “The sweaters are epic!” The cast is confident that theater-goers will not be disappointed. “Things are really coming together well,” said Schmechel. “[It’s] suddenly clicked.” One thing is certain: if all else fails, the whole cast sure knows how to smile. Putting on a winter musical in place of the winter production will only happen this year, according to Schmechel. “It’s a one-time thing. The student body enjoys doing plays and would object,” he says. This is an obvious reason to check out this rarity of an occurrence, as it may very well be the only chance to see a Roosevelt musical in the winter. Ultimately, “White Christmas” will get even the most Scrooge like Roosevelt student into the holiday spirit. The perfect way to kick off the winter season is to get yourself down to the theater from December 3-5. You’ll be singing carols all night long.

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Berlin’s wintry classic lights up Roosevelt’s stage

Senior Gemma Koreski and sophomore Madie Polyak dance the famous Haynes sisters dance.

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originally drawn to stage crew because his older brother was the assistant tech director, which is the student leadership position that Carpenter now holds. “I personally like to build stuff,” Carpenter says, “The work is fun.” Most stage crew members agree. “It’s really satisfying when everything works,” sophomore Alex Franke says, adding, “We’re all really close.” The members of stage crew have many stories. Carpenter reminisces about the time he got stuck under the set of “Cats” last spring while trying to fix the fog machine. He was stuck for 15 minutes while members of the cast danced on top of him. A major perk of being on stage crew is that you get to go to places around the theater that most people don’t know exist. One of these places is the dungeon, a large storage room located below the state and filled with rows of shelves covered with props. Among the props: costumes, glass bottles, and furniture. Also below the stage are the tunnels, which are six-foot wide hallways, used to transport electricity and sewer pipes throughout the school. Stage crew uses the tunnels to store platforms. “Nobody knows they’re there,” Carpenter says. Those who have seen them, however, agree that the tunnels are one of the coolest places in the school. On the top level of the spiral stair-

case is a platform. Carpenter points to a couch where stage crew members hang out. Connected to this platform is a walkway where crew members control spotlights during performances. “Not many people look up,” says Carpenter, but if they did, they’d see stage crew members hard at work. He points to an area above the stage called the sound catwalk, where only a few people are allowed go. There is no staircase to the sound catwalk. Instead, stage crew members must be lifted by an electronic lift called a genie lift. The cast of “White Christmas” sings, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” as stage crew members walk around, frantically setting the stage. Stage crew has been working on “White Christmas” since the beginning of the school year. “I think I’ll be pretty proud of this show,” Carpenter says. Drama productions aren’t the only things that stage crew works on. They also set up for other events such as Mr. Roosevelt, the science talks, and orchestra concerts. How can students get involved in stage crew? One way is to sign up for the class. The other way is to see Mr. VanKempen in the theater after school. “During the show we need people to help move sets and fly scenery,” Van Kempen says. Carpenter adds, “We need all the help we can get […] It’s a really fun experience.”

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from one side of the theater to the other. Carpenter used to be afraid of heights when he joined stage crew two years ago, but today he is not afraid ou’re not afraid of heights, are of climbing up almost to the ceiling. you?” senior Ben Carpenter asks He and his fellow stage crew members while running up a dimly lit spiral face these obstacles regularly as they staircase. At the top of the stairs are prepare for “White Christmas,” Roostwo four-foot wide walkways that cross evelt’s winter musical. Carpenter is the student leader of Roosevelt’s stage crew, a group of students whose responsibilities include lighting, sound work, controlling the curtains, and building sets. “They’re the ones who create the illusions […] for the actors to play on,” drama teacher Ruben VanKempen says. The crew consists of two groups: a class of 35 that focuses mainly on building sets, and an after-school group that focuses on lighting, rigging, and sound. Carpenter is one of two Stage crew members, clockwise from top: Ben Carstudents who are in penter, Maggie Burke, Alex Morrison, Jake Larson, both groups. Margaret Ellis, Lauren Kastanas, Alex Franke, Danielle Carpenter was Bader, Casey Bouldin, Sarah Stolnack, and Alex Chiles.

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How to survive the holiday season

From turkey table manners to Seattle’s best slopes Mia Stroutsos

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that time of year yet again! Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is quite delightful. And since we’ve got no Iyout’splace to go, how on Earth are we supposed to survive the winter season this year? These helpful hints will be sure to help endure the holidays and live to tell the tale! • Whatever you do, do not forget to compost your food waste! This should be your top priority this Thanksgiving. • Give leftovers to people in need. Thanksgiving isn’t merely a holiday for those who can afford a $50 bird.

sweaters and wool socks and pair with Gortex pants. • It’s never too late to partake in “No Shave November.” A beard adds warmth to your face and gives you that rugged, mountain-man look you’ve always wanted. • Hand warmers=love. • Start listening to holiday music ASAP. • Keep some candles, flashlights, and nonperishable food around your humble abode; you never know when the power is going to go out. • Curl up with your dog, cat, or even pet fish and read a good book for comfort when you find yourself snowed in. • Some of the best sledding hills are

70th street (View Ridge), and 94th street (Maple Leaf). • Carry some sort of weapon when walking on snowy streets alone; you never know when a Himalayan yeti might spring out at you from behind a tree. • If you get stranded in Ravenna Park, use your animalistic instincts to seek a way out or scavenge for food. • If you start to go stir-crazy from the mounds of enveloping snow, listen to folk music, light some incense, and meditate like the Dalai Lama. •Worst case scenario, consult the weather Gods and plead for more Seattle rain.

III. Relatives and Activities: • Whatever you do, don’t text during dinner; your technologically-inept relatives may begin to inquire about the teenyboppers of this generation (and lets face it, texting under the table is rude). • Don’t be afraid to sit next to your great aunt Myrtle during dinner, even if she does call you by the name of her deceased husband every year. • Join in on family fun; you can never spend enough time with zany relatives! As much as you may deny it, it’s a fact of life. • Play Scrabble with the “fam”, it’s Hannah Bender rainy weather, and having to kiss your a necessity for every holiday event. Staff Reporter mustachioed aunt’s cheek are all some • Family jam sessions are a must. e sure to find some hot cocoa mix big downers when it comes to the chilliWhip out the guitar, piano, or even and your blanket with sleeves be- est season, so it’s necessary to take a the family bassoon. cause these books will rock your snowy break sometimes and sit down with a • Properly say goodbye to your rela[or more likely rainy] world. Itchy skin, fun, if not intellectual book. tives; you don’t tell your family you love them enough these days. • Don’t forget to wake up at 4 a.m. An amazing writer, John Irving is the author of “The World the day after Thanksgiving for all of According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “A Prayer those riveting Black Friday sales. for Owen Meany.” John Irving’s books have something to offer for everyone. His latest book, “Last Night in Twisted River,” Winter Weather in Seattle released this November, is his 14th novel. This book spans decades, following the story of a fugitive father and son and • Dig out your REI fleeces, oversized their unconventional protector. The event that sparks the snow boots, and winter gear from novel involves an old story, a frying pan and a woman misthe garage. taken for a bear. “Last Night in Twisted River” contains many • Find as many layers as possible, of the same themes as his other novels, such as fate and the because Seattle is “cold” in the wineffect of accidents, making it a great book to begin Irving’s ter. sometimes abstract collection of novels. • Cross-country skiing is a great alternative mode of transportation since roads will most likely become In December of 2008, Gregory Maguire wrote this adaptasheets of ice again. tion of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl” for • Drink plenty of Starbucks. A simNational Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” The original ple latte will keep you toasty and story is about a young girl who is very poor and cold. She fuel your inner Seattleite cravings. has a vision of her late grandmother, which renews her hope, • Go sledding- it will wash away and represents the perceived benefits of religion in times of your winter anxiety. need. In Maguire’s version, the little match girl’s periodic vi• Going ice fishing on a slow aftersions look into the life of a little boy. Maguire breathes new noon never hurt anyone. life, magic and intrigue into the story. “Matchless” is a very • Get a good ice scraper for your car; short, but very satisfying book- perfect for a cold winter’s day your Visa just doesn’t do the job well spent in front of the fireplace. enough. • When tromping through the snowy abyss during “the hunt,” remember When the winter doldrums rear their ugly head, head to the that we have three inches outside, bookstore and pick up this young adult novel by “the king of and Vermont has 13 inches. the page-turners,” James Patterson. Patterson has brought • Have fun in the snow, because the the world many crime and suspense stories, and is now addrain will wash it away faster than ing young adult fantasy novels to his repertoire. Coming out you can say “croquet.” December 17, the book is set in a totalitarian society, where • Enjoy the fall colors; Seattle has brother and sister Wisty and Whit discover that they have nice trees. unforeseen magical powers. It may not be an original or a • Throw on a headlamp to get your new story, but I’d be willing to bet that it’s a heck of a lot mail from across the street; it’s dark more interesting than wet ski socks and overcast skies. at 4:45 p.m. this time of year. • Fashion-wise, don knit-patterned

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I. General Information: • Learn how to set a table properly. • If you’re setting the table this Thanksgiving, why not fold your napkins into nicely shaped formations? If you’re really adventurous try turkeys- tails, talons, gizzards, the works! • Do Thanksgiving crafts to decorate your home, but not Martha Stewartstyle. • When the time comes to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving, think back to your AP US History class and the relationship between the settlers and Native Americans. • Try to help prepare the meal this year, if you don’t already. Cooking skills will come in handy in the future, especially when the main cafeteria of your college campus is closed and you’re left eating graham crackers at 4 a.m. in your dorm room. II. Dining and Digesting: • Get in a light cardio workout and stretch thoroughly before delving into holiday cuisine. In America, eating is practically a sport. • Wear comfortable clothing that can also hide the food baby being conceived from turkey and mashed potatoes. • Spark dinner topics even if they’re awkward, Thanksgiving is a social event! • Don’t let the turkey’s tryptophan trip you up. • Drink plenty of apple cider. If you don’t, you’re missing out on an American holiday classic and a marvelous dinner beverage. • Chew gum after dinner to speed up your digestive process and freshen breath.

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