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ChatRoulette: webcamming with the world Taylor Garcia staff writer

One day, during Spanish class, a group of students discovered the wild side of ChatRoulette. Seated in the library, me and another student went on and found a girl not wearing much clothing, a sophomore, who requested The Squall not use his name said. “We told her, You look pretty,” and she said, ‘Thank you. Would you like to see more?’ And we said, ‘H--- yes,’” said the sophomore. Making new friends, socializing and diving deep into the lives of total strangers, ChatRoulette has made its appearance among students. “Some people are cool on ChatRoulette and some men expose themselves. It’s a winlose situation,” said the sophomore. Director of Technology Matt Maciag, however, said he immediately knew he needed to block the site due to inappropriate content. “I decided to check it out for myself,” he said. “I actually had a 15-minute conversation with a 16-year-old boy in Iraq discussing education. If we could cut out all of the garbage, it could be a pretty cool educational tool, but unfortunately you can’t have one without the other. You are dealing with your peers, but on a global scale.” Although chatting it up with complete strangers may seem appealing and often adventurous, these individuals

are strangers. But ChatRoulette is set up for the user. The first step is to click the button “new game,” and then “searching for a random partner” will appear in the text box. Often masked, these random individuals appear and within seconds it can be too late to avoid seeing something offensive. The site uses the word “Roulette” which means spin the wheel of chance, because it is impossible to plan for what or who will show up in the box. The live video feed offers images of everything from individuals openly sitting on the toilet, to dancing on their bed to the rare sincere individual. The possibilities are endless. According to an article in “Time” Magazine, in an unscientific test, about 85 percent of the people on ChatRoulette were male. Another popular website, “Texts From Last Night” features many texts based on ChatRoulette. One text states “just taught three girls from Korea how to fist pump on ChatRoulette.” Regardless, for the school’s tech department, this phenomenon has

become a nightmare. The website is currently blocked, but, of course, there are ways to get around this. The students in the library say they accessed the site easily through a short cut, “Chatrt.com.” There may be times when ChatRoulette is perfectly school appropriate. But for the tech department this isn’t reason enough to unblock the site. Tech Support person Roger Johnson said, “There’s no harm in that, but the inappropriate weighs out the positive.”

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Students hack the system “I just basically computer hacked for fun,” he said. Hacking is the practice of modifying computer hardware and software to accomplish a goal outside of the creator’s original purpose. People who engage in computer hacking activities are often opinionated and intelligent, especially when dealing with technology. Since the word “hack” has long been used to describe someone who is unqualified at his/her profession, some hackers claim this term is offensive and fails to give appropriate recognition to their skills. However, hacking cases can be dangerous and annoying, especially if it happens to Internet users. Illustration by Gabe Altomare Principal Kit Moran said the school grading system, PowerSchool, is secure and no one can hack into the database but other difficulties may staff writer arise. “We had a serious case turn up when a student hey’re smart and can unblock websites that got ahold of a teacher’s password and then chose to some shouldn’t see. But what is their motive? change their grades,” Moran said. “Thirty students And why do they do it? then got ahold of the teacher password and a ton of Junior Matt Breitag said he finds hacking grades were then changed. It was obvious when that interesting and said it’s fun to get around the rules many students all of a sudden had As and Bs.” that people set up for him.

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A sophomore who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity, however, said that getting into the school system wasn’t that hard once he got going. “I would estimate that 20 students now know how to hack into the PowerSchool system,” Smith said. “It wasn’t easy to do in the high school because of new security.” But once the technology department realized what the students were doing, they then made it extra hard for anyone to get around the system’s security. According to Matt Maciag, district director of technology, his department has a pretty secure security system with a remote account, meaning, when logged on to the system, students log on to the server in another building not the computer itself. Maciag said if any teacher sees suspicious activity, the teacher should consult an administrator who would then contact the technology department which would then likely take privileges away from that student. Maciag also said the high school’s technology department makes sure when an inappropriate website is discovered, they then go onto their database and block what they decide isn’t safe or appropriate for students. Maciag said, “Normally we block the distracting websites that have no educational value to the students. Pretty much any social interaction websites, and the inappropriate ones are always blocked.”


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Carolin's efforts live on through charity Sarah Molnar

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hen spring and summer come around, many dread mosquitoes. Freshman Laurence Carolin, who died of a brain tumor in January, helped people across the world fight those little bugs and the disease they spread. At age 13, Carolin was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive tumor. Fewer than 25 percent of patients diagnosed with the disease live two years past diagnosis. For Carolin it was a terminal brain tumor, but he turned a negative into a positive and helped the Nothing but Nets Campaign. “Nothing but Nets is a campaign created by the United Nations Foundation to end malaria deaths in Africa by raising money and awareness to send life-saving, insecticide-treated bed nets,” director of Nothing but Nets, Andrianna Logalbo said. With a $10 contribution, Nothing but Nets provides individuals with the opportunity to join the global fight against malaria by sending a net and saving a life. “An insecticide-treated bed net is enough to protect a family of four from a malaria-carrying mosquitoes for up to five years,” Logalbo said. “Bed nets are an effective intervention that provide a protective barrier between individuals and mosquitoes, while also killing mosquitoes that come in contact with them. The statistics surrounding malaria are staggering: nearly one million people die of the disease every year, the vast majority of them being young children under the age of five. The good news is that malaria is preventable and treatable.” According to Nothingbutnets.net, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation learned of Carolin’s condition, they offered to make one of his dreams come true. Carolin wanted to save lives, so instead of arranging a meeting with his favorite band, U2, Carolin asked Make-A-Wish Foundation to treat AIDS, TB and malaria. And because of the money raised on his name, Carolin did eventually get to meet Bono. “We ended malaria in the United States, and we can end malaria in Africa,” Logalbo said. “Help Carolin and his mission to end malaria in Africa by joining his NET-Raiser Team and send $10 for a net to help the people in Africa.” According to Logalbo, Carolin was quoted as saying, “There is poverty within our borders and people are struggling, but it’s unimaginable to us to think about (what they are facing). They are people just like you and me, and they are dying for inconceivable reasons.” Carolin’s dedication to helping people with malaria and the Nothing but Nets campaign has led to fund raising events at schools, churches and restaurants. Many people have heard about Carolin’s donations and have chosen to send a net and save a life. Carolin once said, “I can accept dying, but I don’t want to before there’s an end to extreme poverty in Africa.” And Logalbo said everyone can help Carolin’s cause. “Anyone, at any age, from any backgrounds can send a net and save a life,” Logalbo said. “Youth leaders can hold bake sales, speak at their schools and churches, host basketball tournaments and put on benefit concerts and youth leaders are even spreading the buzz online. As Carolin once said, ‘We must not allow one more child to die. We must stand tall.’”

NHS to host Special Olympic bowling Murphy Hanson

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is face lit up with excitement as he swung back and fourth on his favorite swing in his backyard. This was a good day. But babysitting the little boy next door, Justin, wasn’t always the easiest job in the world for senior Dara Barlett. Justin was autistic. He had his good days and his bad. Like anyone. But through good days or bad, Justin provided inspiration for Barlett. “Justin is in about fifth grade now, and he inspired me to help other children like him because I thought it was really important to help children like him,” said Barlett, a member of the National Honors Society and a senior coordinator of the Special Olympians bowling trip. The bowling trip takes place on April 23. “This is my first year coming out with the NHS group on this bowling trip and my first time organizing it,” Barlett said. “I’ve been interested in the Special Olympics, and I have helped out at the Fun Run, so I thought it would be good to do this.” NHS adviser and science teacher Cheryl

staff writer Wells said, “As an adviser for the National Honors Society, you tend to do stuff only within the school, and we need to help the community as well. The organizers of the Special Olympics know they can count on NHS to show up. They can depend on us to do things well.” The Special Olympians get trophies for first, second and third places and get a ribbon for fourth place. “We are there to assist at the lanes and make sure everyone finishes their three rounds of bowling,” Wells said. “The special education students come from all over Washtenaw County, and there are about 300400 Special Olympians come out to bowl after practicing for a long time. This is their big day.” And it’s not just the Special Olympians who get a lot out of this day. Wells said, “The NHS students make friends while bowling. The kids look forward to seeing them at the Fun Run. This trip is important to the special education students because this allows them to participate in sports they don’t usually get to do.”


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the spread

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Junior deals with pregnancy Kristi Hughes

keep the baby. I don’t really like abortions,” she said. Then Cholewcynski said she had to tell her parents. She put it off for a little bit until she had to tell them. “I waited all day and didn’t end up telling my Mom until about 11 o’clock at night,” she said. According to Cholewcynski, the father of her baby, Cholewcynski’s current boyfriend from Chelsea, is behind Cholewcynski. “He’s a year older than me and next year he is going to Washtenaw so he will be close,” she said. Cholewcynski said her life has changed a lot now that she’s half way through her pregnancy. “All my thoughts are what I’m going to do for the baby and what I need for the baby,” she said. “Nothing else is really important to me.”

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While most high school students just finished their second trimester of school, junior Katrina Cholewcynski is in the middle of her second trimester of pregnancy. Cholewcynski found out she was pregnant the second week of November. “I took a home pregnancy test,” she said. “When it came back positive, my boyfriend took me to Planned Parenthood to be sure. I just sat on the bathroom floor for a while and thought, ‘What the hell do I do’?’” After Cholewcynski was certain she was pregnant, she had to think about what to do next. “I knew right away I was going to

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If it’s not his strict Muslim father laying down the law, it’s his strict Muslim religion that puts stipulations on his daily life. Senior Waleed Mansour goes to school every day knowing that even if he meets the girl of his dreams in the halls, he has no chance of dating her. And anything beyond dating? Mansour must wait until marriage. Premarital sex isn’t even in his vocabulary. “It is part of my religion that we wait until after marriage to have sex,” he said. “It is a sin to do otherwise.” The main reason for Mansour’s abstinence is because of his Islamic religion. As a Muslim, Mansour said premarital sex, among many other things, is forbidden. “I am not allowed to drink, sell, buy or even touch alcohol,” he said. “I’m also not allowed to eat pork among many other things.” What makes Mansour even more unique in the high school world, however, is that he would remain sex-free given the choice. “I absolutely believe if it were my choice I would wait until marriage,” he said. “I believe that sex should

Teen Pregnancy Stats

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Results based on an unofficial Squall survey of 900 students during lunch. Numbers reflect the number of students in each grade and gender who said they have had sex.

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Cholewcysnki did miss a lot of school in the beginning of her pregnancy. “I had a lot of doctor’s appointments, and everything but I’m all caught up now.” She also said she plans on coming back and graduating her senior year. Now that Cholewcynski has organized her future plans and her family is supporting her, she says she’s looking forward to the due date. “Now that I have everything figured out, I’m very excited and very nervous,” she said. Cholewcynski and her boyfriend found out the sex of the baby too, recently. “We’re having a girl,” she said. “My mom died a couple of months ago, so I’m thinking of naming the baby Samantha, after my mom.”

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• The US has the highest teenage birth rate out of all developed countries • 75,000 teens get pregnant every year • In 2006, the nation’s teen birth rate rose for the first time in over 15 years • 2/3 of teen pregnancies occur among teens 18-19 years old • Out of teen pregnancies, 57 percent end in birth • 11 percent of US births are to teenagers • Top reasons for teen abortions: How a baby would change their life, inability to afford a baby, feeling unprepared to raise a child • 1/3 of pregnant teens opt for abortion • As of January 2010 many states require a parent to be involved in the decision of an abortion • 4 out of 10 abortions happen without a parent’s knowledge • Teenagers who aren’t parents are more likely to go onto college • 77 percent of children born to adolescent mothers complete high school • 7 percent of teen mothers receive late or no prenatal care • Babies born to teens have a greater likelihood to have a low birth weight • Teen childbearing costs taxpayers about $9.1 billion a year; this money pays for health care, child welfare and lost tax revenue • Children born to teen mothers under the age of 15 are more likely to victims of child neglect • Children born to teen mothers have a higher risk of adolescent childbearing, homelessness, juvenile delinquency and incarceration

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happen between two people who are truly in love. Sex religious morals to base her decision on. “My parents have never flat out said to wait until can lead to a lot of bad things, but this usually isn’t the marriage, but I know that’s their belief, she said. “Since case when the two people are married” a young age I’ve been taught clearly Junior Sarah Moir agrees what is right and what is wrong. I’m with Mansour. “I don’t believe sure my family morals aren’t the or support premarital sex,” Moir I believe that sex should happen same as others, but we’re also very said. “But, I’m not going to judge between two people who are truly in Christian, so the decision is faithanyone. Everyone can live the life love. Sex can lead to a lot of bad based as well.” they want.” things, but this usually isn’t the case In the high school world, Moir Moir says she doesn’t want to when the two people are married.” says there are times where she feels rush a decision she may later be out of place because of her position uncomfortable with. Waleed Mansour, on sex. “I feel like I won’t be mature “I feel slightly different because I enough before marriage to have senior hear stories and rumors about other sex because I’d make the decision people, and it’s weird for me to hear based on hormones,” she said. about kids my age having sex,” Moir “That’s why I want to wait.” Moir, like Mansour, believes that having sex is a big said. “Some people don’t understand waiting because decision that should only be made between two people sex has become a norm in today’s society. In this type of situation, I think it’s good to be different than most in love. “When I’m married, I’ll be 100 percent committed to teens.” Ultimately, Moir doesn’t mind the alienation because whoever that guy will be,” Moir said. “So I know I’ll be ready. I’ll have complete trust and love in order to make there’s one big perk for her. “And,” she said. “There’s no chance of getting that major step.” Along with personal beliefs, Moir also has family and pregnant.”

Pinckney Pro-Life, Arbor Vitae offer different options Megan Kim staff writer

According to pregnantteenhelp.org, if teens don’t use any kind of contraceptives, there is a 90 percent chance the female will get pregnant. This same web site states that 82 percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned. Twenty percent of all planned pregnancies are attributed to teens and 750,000 teenage girls will get pregnant in the United States. Two-thirds of all the pregnant teens will not graduate high school and teen pregnancy costs the United States nearly $7 billion dollars annually. Given these facts, teenpregnancystatistics. org says more than 50 percent of teenagers favor abstinence. However, compared to the generations before, there are more options for those unintended pregnancies. Teenage girls who encounter unexpected pregnancy have the options to go through with an abortion, put the child up for adoption, keep the child or even use the Plan B pill. According to planbonestep.com, most women use Plan B pills after unprotected sex or

contraceptive failure. The variety of options has led to a variety of opinions about what young women should do in order to address an unwanted pregnancy. Arbor Vitae in downtown Ann Arbor, for instance, helps girls and women cope with their pregnancy and plan for the road ahead. According to Executive Director of Arbor Vitae, Suzanne Abdalla, the organization is a Life-affirming center. “While we do not do abortions; we address all options,” she said. Teenagers faced with an unintended pregnancy have a lot of questions, and Abdalla said that the questions can range from, “How am I going to tell my parents? Friends? What will they think of me? What is the future I’m looking at? However a surprising number of women come to (Arbor Vitae) thinking about their own motherhood, and a lot of women want that to be part of their decision-making.” Amongst the variety of options, Abdalla said, “A lot of women are taking (plan B pills) which essentially messes up your cycle because it has a high dose of progesterone that is found in many birth control pills. So women come in not knowing whether they’re pregnant or not, because due to

the use of the Plan B pills, a side effect will be the skipping of periods, months at a time.” Although Arbor Vitae offers a variety of options for women, representative of other facilities such as Pinckney Pro-Life say services such as abortion isn’t an option. Director of development Matt Pegouskie said, “In our eyes abortion isn’t an option. The devastating effects has on the emotion, psychological and emotional health of young women is well documented. There are thousands of people and charities who are willing to assist women who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy and to show them there are life-giving alternatives to abortion.” Pinckney Pro-Life encourages women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy to pursue either keeping their child or putting the child up for adoption. Pegouskie said, “The most prevalent concerns of women who approach impact73.org/Pinckney Pro-Life is how can they live their lives with an unexpected child around. The counselors and nurses at (many) pregnancy centers and adoption services are outstanding at showing young women how they can still live their lives and give their unborn child the gift of life.”


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Thursday, April 1, 2010

In front of the new security cameras . . .

Marshall Kellenberger assistant uPage editor

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1) Hold a copy of the school’s financial report in front of it. If an administrator is watching the camera, they might notice that minus $10 gazillion spent on new security cameras. But, hey, at least we did some smart spending on smart boards.

1) Commit crimes. Smoking, drinking, violence and other crimes will all be caught on tape. Unless you smoke enough that the cameras can’t see through the haze. In which case, you have most likely already been caught by Connie.

2) Feel safer. Thankfully now every student in this ghetto we call DHS can feel much safer knowing that every hallway is closely monitored. Due to the prior extremely dangerous condition of our school, there was really no other choice than to put every corner of the school under the watchful eyes of the cameras.

2) PDA. All PDA goes to the private video libraries of school administrators. 3) Allow the cameras to discourage you from pulling off a good senior prank. Stand strong. There are always ways around it. Ski masks come to mind.

Q: If you were a super hero, who would you be? A: Aqua-man.

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Would you classify yourself as big boned, fluffy or perfect the way you are?

I’m definitely a fluffy kind of guy.

What is your favorite place to eat?

McDonald’s. I love cookies, fries, everything they have basically.

Mongolian Barbecue. I can eat as much as I want.

How do you feel about physical activity?

Hate it! I’d rather play Wii any day.

I’d really rather not.

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5) Make obscene gestures towards it. As cool as you think you are with your middle finger up towards a camera, you aren’t. You look stupid.

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5) Resist the uprising of the technology department, who seem to be determined to take over every aspect of our school day. Don’t give in.

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Q: If you had a different job, what would it be? A: Is this a job? Because I haven’t gotten paid yet.

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4) Feel superior to other schools. Chelsea can have their big fancy football field and winning program. We’ve got new security cameras.

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4) Believe that no one watches them. The school employs little camera trolls to monitor the cameras 24/7. If the trolls are unhappy with something, they immediately run to Koenig’s lair to report. From there, Koenig deals with them, and the students are never seen again.

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3) Appreciate the bond money. Without it we would be nowhere. Could you imagine this school without all the security cameras, smart boards or document cameras? I really don’t think I would be able to get through a normal school day without those necessities.

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Fluffy.

See my sexy body? Does that answer your question?

Not fat. Nice and fluffy.

Food Zone is amazing. I spent most of my summer there.

Subway. Just kidding. Definitely Old Country Buffet.

Any doughnut shop. Have the protection of police while enjoying doughnuts.

I love sports, but I’d rather relax.

Who needs physical activity?

I’ve heard of physical activity, but I’m not sure what it is.

Some believe large people are a main cause of global warming. How do you feel about destroying the earth?

I think that’s dumb. Skinny people obviously cause global warming.

Well, I guess I’m proud of doing something.

I feel bad. I don’t want Al Gore on me.

I don’t care. Global warming is a myth.

Good for us.

Taco Bell is the most recent fast food place to go with a healthy, lowcalorie menu. How upset are you?

Very upset. I need more calories and larger quantities.

Really? Well, I just won’t go anymore.

I’m a little upset. A Taco Bell diet doesn’t sound very good to me.

I try not to think about it.

I’ll just have to eat lots and lots of the low-calorie food until I’m satisfied.

Q: Why? A: Why wouldn’t you want to be Aqua-man? Also, people who live on land are suckers. Q: What is your position on the rising number of methamphetamine labs found in Dexter? A: Is that, first of all, true? Q: No. A: Well, with the economy the way it is, I’m surprised people can afford Sudafed. Q: In your opinion, who’s the most annoying freshman? A: Blue. Q: Why? A: Because that’s my favorite color. Q: If a student challenged you to a fight, would you agree? A: Only if they weigh less than me. Why is that shunned upon? Q: What’s the worst/best thing about Dexter High school? A: The worst thing is that it’s the best thing. Q: If you had one phrase to describe yourself, what would it be? A: “We’re playin’ dodgeball.”


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t is OK. You can come out of hiding my fellow Squallers. The worst is over. I have claimed the newspaper throne from Mussolini and Stalin (Ev and Brittany). No longer do you have to quiver in fear when entering the newspaper room. With me as editor, people will once again read articles other than those on the uPage. We all know it’s the only thing keeping this paper afloat. The excitement of the Friday when the Squall comes out will be like Christmas morning. The school will have my staff and me to thank; not only will the writing return to its former glory, but pages such as Get involved and Trends

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will be consumed by the uPage. They were not sufficient to survive in the thriving world of the uPage. I take this time to thank all of those who have backed me in my rise to power. Any of those who try to stay loyal to the former leaders will be forced to grade all of the new staff members’ articles. I wish this upon no man or woman; this is an unimaginable torture. So my fellow uPagians, let us join together and let me lead you on this revolution. Remember, it’s always the darkest before the dawn, and I promise you with me as editor the dawn is coming. There will be a day when the strength of men fail, but it is not this day. This is our land.


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entertainment

Thursday, April 1, 2010

'Shutter Island' a great mystery

Nicole Minzey assistant entertainment editor

“Shutter Island” will make you question whether anything in your life is real. US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leondardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule are investigating the disappearance of a patient

from a mental institution on Shutter Island a hospital for the criminally insane. They only take the worst patients on Shutter Island, the ones no one else can handle. While on his search for the missing patient, Daniels uncovers secrets about the island, his partner and even himself. No matter how hard he investigates, he can’t seem to find anything worth while. Everyone seems to know, but nobody is talking. DiCaprio gives another amazing performance in this film. The film is well written and there is never a dull moment. This physiological thriller will keep you guessing until the end. Just when you think you have it figured out what the twist is, you realize you were way off. As more and more secrets get uncovered the movie gets even better, but remember, things aren’t always what they seem.

Staff favorites compiled by Jack Nixon

What is your favorite pump up song? “I’m on a Boat,” by Lonely Island, “It makes me feel legit.”

What is your favorite treat? Aaron Gilman

“Chocolate-covered strawberries because I like dipped things.” JoJo Parin

What is your favorite thing to do to your brother Nick? Put his toothbrush in places where ... you don’t want to know.”

What is your favorite Tony Hawk video game? Joey King

“I like when Bob Burnquist does the Benihana. Can I just say sexy?” Kayla Samuels

What is your favorite anime character? “Pikachu because it’s fun to say.”

What is your favorite part about running pole vault?

Orchid wins Battle of Bands Dan Flowers arts & entertainment editor

During Orchid’s performance on the Foggy Bottom stage March 5, journalism teacher Barry Mergler was standing on a chair on the side trying to get a better view when his phone vibrated. He flipped open his cell to find a text from English and video teacher Matt Martello. It read: “We should definitely open for these guys sometime.” To which Mergler immediately texted back, “H--- yes.” The two are members of an all-teacher band, Progress Report, which also includes social studies teacher Ethan Konnet, journalism adviser Rod Satterthwaite and science teacher Beau Kimmy. The band has played at past battles but unfortunately has not had time to play since recording a song for “Back to Reality,” this year’s fall play. “We would really, really, really like to get back on stage,” said Martello, the lead singer and frontman. “We want to practice. We want to play.” After the first scheduled Battle of the Bands was cancelled in October due to lack of participants, the new staff and advisers behind the student-run S.P.A.C.E. had everything in place for this show to go on. Students involved in S.P.A.C.E. including seniors Kyle Hargrove, Chad Bousley, Ryan Steinbach and junior Graham Low, were thrilled when Mergler, Martello and Konnet, signed on to be advisers only weeks before Battle was scheduled to take place. After the initial meeting in early February, the student organization began weekly meetings on Wednesdays in preparation for the event, according to Mergler. Members of S.P.A.C.E.. used the weekly meetings to distribute

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the work load and make sure everything was getting done. “We made and passed out posters for advertising,” Hargrove said. “We even set up a facebook page to update future events.” With a short time to make all the arrangements, the students in S.P.A.C.E.. worked zealously to make sure the show would run smoothly, Mergler said. “They’re the one’s who contacted Foggy Bottom and did the background work,” he said of the students. “S.P.A.C.E. is 90 percent student-run, and they do a great job. As advisers, we give them a place to meet and answer questions when they have them. Other than that, it’s all them. There was a vast array of bands lighting up the cramped stage that night, but one band stood out among the rest, taking home the $100 first prize: Orchid. Lead by senior frontman Chad Bousley, the trio of musicians is rounded out with two juniors in Graham Low and Justin “Biscuit” Hayes. The group opened their four-song set with a funk rendition of The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop” bringing an alreadypumped crowd to another level. “It was a lot fun,” Bousley said. “The crowd was great, really enthusiastic and positive.” Orchid finished out their set with three more covers of legendary songs, “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream, “Going the Distance” by Cake, and finishing up with “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix. “I was pretty surprised we won,” Bousley said. “There were a ton of good bands playing.” Along with the collection of talent in the show, there was also a wide variety of music. Everything from acoustic and electric, metal and classic rock. “Everyone was a rockstar that night,” Mergler said. “Even the crowd.” Finishing second in the judges voting was Untitled, closely followed by Arabetes in third.

“I like holding something long and powerful.”

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With one successful Battle under its belt, S.P.A.C.E. is already prepping for the next the night of rock, which as of the last meeting is planned for May 14. Battle will be in the CPA if it is available, according to Mergler. “Anyone who loves musics should be there,” Hargrove said. “We would love to have even more bands for the next Battle.” Belting the notes: Junior Graham Low belts out another tune for the wild, rocking crowd during the Battle of the Bands held at the Foggy Bottom Coffee House in Dexter.

Orchid takes the stage: The band Orchid impressed the crowd during their rendition of “Going the Distance” by Cake. The band consists of senior Chad Bousley, Low and junior Justin “Biscuit” Hayes.

Photos by Austin Sullivan

The Rostrum, March 2010  

The Rostrum, March 2010

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