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Briefs SCHOOL Like in years past, Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s birthday will be celebrated Monday January 18th. The assembly will commence at the end of the day and there will be no school the following Monday.
DISTRICT The Auburn school district held its second board meeting of the year Monday, January 11th at 7:00pm. Among topics discussed were the upcoming Light House project, PLC’s and an order change for boundaries in the Hidden Valley area of South Auburn. Among other topics of interest include budgetary issues and overpopulation in schools.
CITY Due to continuing budgetary concerns and efforts to create more efficiency in City processes, Mayor Pete Lewis has announced the reorganization of Auburn’s planning and public works departments, police department as well as administrative changes effective Jan. 1, 2010. “Just like small business across the country,” Lewis says. “City governments must balance budgets and make difficult decisions.” 22 city positions will be eliminated or reorganized.
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New projects slated for Les Gove
Gymnasium to be built, King County library to recive remodel By MATT ARQUITT DESIGN EDITOR
Auburn’s Les Gove Community Campus is getting some major additions this spring. The Auburn Library is currently in the process of a 5,000 sq. ft addition courtesy of a capital bond passed by voters in 2004. Opening in the spring of 2000, the library had much elbow room for the relatively small city of 40,000 people. However a decade later and with 30,000 + residents the building is bursting at the seams for much needed additional space. Among the 3-proposed plans yet to be determined the interior will be re configured for maximum space efficiency. Additional meeting spaces and computers docks will also be added. Closing the building during the renovations and expansion is on the county’s wish list, and while many of the additions are warmly welcomed by residents the idea of closing down the library is no fairing well with many. Aside from the expansion of the library, a new $2.8 million activities center-gymnasium will take rise alongside the current Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Building sometime this spring. Originally proposed to be built after the 20,000 sq. ft, $12.7 million community center planned for Les Gove’s southern terminus, due to economic realities the city council recently voted to proceed with the gymnasium.
The Boys and Girls Club is also purposing to invest in the activities center gymnasium, acting as a partner in operation. The city eventually hopes to bring the club permanently to Auburn, finding home in the old Parks department building after a much needed remodel. Funds for this project are being taken out of multiple sources, including city savings and several grants. No money is being taken out of the city’s general
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fund that supports daily city operation. While the completion date for both the library and new gymnasium has not yet been determined, city residents can be expected to be able to use both facilities by the summer of 2011.
Dates seniors need to mark on 2010 calender By Sabrina Billington REPORTING INTERN
Second semester will soon be upon us, and there are some important dates coming up, especially for seniors: The seniors who have not yet taken the SAT and are planning on attending a four year college, there is a test given on January
23rd though it may be full. Most colleges require financial aid forms to be completed by early spring and will not consider an application without an SAT score. “Beyond High School Night” on February 3rd’can also provide the college-bound senior with valuable information. Senior year is not only about the next level. It is also very
important to enjoy the final year of high school because it only happens once in your life so you should enjoy the time with your friends. There are a number of social events that should not be missed. The drama club is putting on their version of the hit “Grease” starting on March 11th Warren Kerr the drama club teacher said that depending
on how much profit is made off the play there is a possibility that there might not be enough money for the spring play. With choosing a classic play it’s sure to be a big hit with students and the local community alike. The ultimate event is the Senior Prom. This night ranks as one of the most memorable for high school students.
Up-coming informational dates for Seniors January 8, 2010 January 15,2010 January 23,2010 February 3,2010 February 15-19, February 25, 2010 March 11,12,13,18,19,20 March 12, 2010 March 26, 2010 March 30,2010
Winter pep assembly MLK assembly SAT Test date Beyond High School Night 2010 Mid-winter break ASVAB Testing “Grease” The musical Last day for schedule change Spring pep assembly ASB Speeches
March 31, 2010 April 5-9, 2010 May 1, 2010 May 8, 2010 May 27,2010 May 24-28,2010 May 31,2010 June 5, SAT June 7-11, 2010 June 18, 2010
ASB Voting Spring break SAT date Senior Prom Culture Fair Camp Auburn wk. 1 Memorial Day Test Camp Auburn wk. 2 Last Day for seniors
JANUARY 15, 2010
Out with the old, donations help out community By Sabrina Billington REPORTING INTERN
With the holidays coming to a close many of us have new and better items and should think about cleaning out the old items and them to people that are in need. There are a couple of ways to donate items to charity. Dream center is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Auburn School District in helping families in need. The charity takes items, such as clean, slightly used clothing. The dream Center is located in Auburn at 1420 Auburn Way S. It is open to the homeless on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is known as the drop-in center for the less fortunate to have access to computers,
showers, a meal and warm place to hang out. “The Dream Center is always looking for donations of food, hygiene products, clothes, socks and toiletries,” Charish, and employee with the organization said. To make donations an appointment to drop items off is necessary. Any questions can be answered through their web site at www.ssdreamcenter.org. Two more organizations that take donations are Goodwill, located at 1519 Auburn Way S., and St. Vincent, which is located at 717 Auburn Way N. Goodwill is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. “The money is used to pay employees and helps the people we serve cover the cost of their training,” Windya, an employee at Goodwill said.
St. Vincent de Paul is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are always looking for quality used items to resell. The money is then used to benefit various people in need. An alternative route to donation is selling unwanted items to consignment shops or second hand stores. These locations will take unused or slightly used items, which is usually clothing for items. The amount paid is based upon the quality of the item. Customers that sell these items will not get back what they originally paid. However, consignment allows a person to rid themselves of items they no longer need while putting a little cash in their pocket.
Stats distinguish winter season facts from fiction By MADISON RAMEY REPORTING INTERN
The winter season and its weather are surrounded by myth and lore. It’s time to dispel the fictions and fables behind this biting and frosty spell and focus instead on the hard facts. Many believe that the common cold is caused by the wintry weather. This is incorrect as nearly thirty percent of most colds occur during the winter, according to “Stories Behind Everyday Things,” a Reader’s Digest compilation. The common cold however, has never been found to result merely from weather conditions. The increase in illness is most likely due to the correlating increase in time spent indoors with other people that may be carrying some nasty viruses. The book also notes that Arctic explorers “seem wonderfully free of colds-until they return to civilization.” However, running amok in the cold weather might potentially make one “less resistant to colds,” said
Biology teacher, Denise Carrol. The ability to fight off colds is certainly affected by a weaker immune system, a result of colder weather. Staying out of the weather does not always keep one from becoming under the weather. Contrary to popular belief, frostbitten feet are best treated when soaked in hot water. The suggested temperature
Phil, that famous groundhog with an alleged degree in meteorology, accurately predicts the end of winter. Emerging from Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania on February second of every year, Phil is granted a large and uproarious ceremony. The myth states that if Phil becomes afraid of his shadow, winter stays put for a while longer. On the
It is also incorrect that Punxsutawney Phil, that famous groundhog with an alleged degree in meteorology, accurately predicts the end of winter.
to thaw frostbitten skin is 104 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit for at least one hour, according to Dr. Gerald T. Kuwada, a podiatrist practicing in Renton. However, rubbing a frostbitten foot is not an appropriate remedy because the friction tears at the already damaged skin. It is also incorrect that Punxsutawney
Madison Ramey other hand, if he shows no fear, Phil prophesizes an early spring. This means that Phil merely decides if it is cloudy outside. A groundhog isn’t essential for that. It has been said, again by the Reader’s Digest anthology, that Phil is only accurate around 30% of the time. Licking a metal pole in the dead of
winter will most likely result in a dangerous situation. It’s relevant news. A thirteen-year-old girl in Spokane Valley recently got stuck to a frozen pole. It’s dangerous out there. Let’s all remember Flick’s contribution to modern science via A Christmas Story. However, if one ever finds themselves frozen to a pole by a land bridge that looks uncannily similar to one’s tongue, pouring warm water over the affliction or waiting for the fire department will solve the problem. Some suppose that vegetables can predict the harshness of the coming winter. This is false as well. Though the ditty goes, “Onion skins, thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough,” it is said that the onion is actually retelling the tale of winters past. Onions exhibiting a thicker skin have actually adapted to previous winters. Get to know your winter personally. And though the winter season brings many gray days, don’t be fooled by the season’s gray areas.
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JANUARY 15, 2010
Girls basketball jumps at the chances to score By Will Phetsoumphou REPORTING INTERN
The girls’ basketball team had a steady start with a record of 3-6. They have been training and practicing throughout the year and are finally ready to put their hard work and effort to use. The girls thrive on pressure. Being an athlete requires not only dealing with pressure, but thriving under the stress of competition. There are many positive attributes about this year’s team. The girls really raised the bar this year with our defense and learned how to communicate and play as a team. Teamwork is something you will treasure while on a team. Sophomore Diana Ramirez is excited to be
on the team this year to help the girls strive for their goal. With senior Heather Restrepo as the team captain, Ramirez is proud to point out that, “she is doing her job, I can’t complain, she does what has to be done and fit’s the name perfectly,” Ramirez said. “We communicate very well, we spent time together to create team bonding and unite as a team to carry on team chemistry in and out of the court.” History teacher Edward Bender is head coach for the team. Bender has been coaching for thirteen years now and this is his fourth year as head coach. “This year’s strengths are having everybody back on the team to participate in the games. Our weaknesses are having people ineligible to participate.” Bender said.
Key players this year are seniors Heather Restrepo, McKenna Swanson, Natasha Torgison, and junior Isia Johnson. The toughest challenge so far is Auburn Riverside, Federal way is definitely a factor as they finished 3rd in state, and Kentwood is also a very tough challenge. Senior Nicole Young is another positive attribute to this team. Young has been playing varsity basketball since her freshmen year. “My favorite memory was making it to state in the 08’ season. Best memory yet” Young said. Other than on the court, the girls also put in hard work in class. Academics should always take precedence over sports because that is what will truly matter in the long run.
Boys basketball team shows star quality By Kelly Maughan REPORTING INTERN
Auburn High school’s boys basketball team ranked in the state, but has also been most known for their dynamic duo, with Juniors Zeke Johnson and Kevin Henderson. Johnson continuously keeps the team motivated to keep them playing hard with full potential. “Just play hard and keep the team going” Johnson said. Henderson as well keeps the team strong with motivation. “We practice hard and it pays off” Henderson said. Both Johnson and Henderson are self-motivated and are the two leading
scorers on the team. “They’re both really good and have totally different style, they are really good together” Junior Trey Grant said. “Kevin is like my brother and Zeke is on that level too. Whenever I see them on the court together I just sit back and get ready to watch a show.” Senior Tyler Jones, a fellow teammate said. As the men of Troy are off to a rocky start with a record of 2-1, they have yet to reach their goal to dominate the SPSL league and go far this year. Good luck Trojans, Let’s get it done.
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Auburn High School’s wrestling team has had an amazing start this year with minimal losses and astounding wins. Junior athlete Dylan Rutledge has been a wrestler since he was young and shows his skills avidly on the mat. “Winning tri-state was exciting,” Rutledge said. “[It was a] big tournament.” The team’s recent 44-17 win against Kentlake set their score at 4 to 1. The Trojans don’t plan on defeat anytime soon. The next meet will commence on the 16th of January. Be sure to support our hard working wrestlers in their struggle to the top. Heroes of Troy, we look forward to your cheering.
Boys swim team gets amped
team is determined to win relays By Terra Finch REPORTING INTERN
The boys swim and dive team had a great run last year. Now it’s time to get a head start in this years swim season. With coaches Scott McLaughlin and Erik Gunderson, the team is expected to do well. Coach McLaughlin has been swimming for twenty years now, “I didn’t ask for the job as a coach,” McLaughlin says, “It sort of fell on my lap. My coach asked if I knew anyone that knew anything about swimming and I said I’ve been swimming since I was five.” One of his proudest moments was back in 2000 when the boys got 5th place in state. He also coached a girl that got
every record on the record board. Senior Jordan Clerf hopes to be the captain this year and take the team to state. He hopes the team will do good this season. Before every race and the team groups up and gets amped while talking about what needs to be improved and what is already good. “So far my strengths are the 500/50 and I’m going to be working on my butterfly. I’m working on my relay as well,” Jordan says, “I also can’t wait for the Speedo runs, it’s where we run around the campus in our Speedos.” The team is determined to win the relays this year. Coach McLaughlin gives the advice, “Do what you can, with what you’ve got.”
Soaring to new heights gymanstics expects fame By kelly maugham REPORTING INTERN
Many people share the opinion that the gymnastics team is short on talent this year after losing a few valuable seniors the previous year. However if you talk to anyone on the gymnastics team they will surely tell you different, they are expecting a big year and to have a great season. “The team did lose a couple of valuable seniors last year, but I am confident with the seniors we have this year to step up and lead the team to a great season” Hailey Johnson
said. Johnson, a former member of the team herself and now assistant coach, is very confident about the team this year. Senior Taylor Wilson also feels very confident about the team this year. “We have a lot of girls this year that are willing to step up and fill the spots that we lost last year, it was tough at first but I think we are all on the same page now and ready to win” The gymnastics team’s next meet will be held on Wednesday January 20, at Mt. View against Rogers and Puyallup. So wish them luck, and go support them if you can.
Athens Pizza and Pasta opened in 1980 and has been voted best in Auburn on many occasions. You can call in your order then pick it up to devour your Greek and Italian favorites at your home, or you can stay and eat on site. With over 20 different pizzas not counting one you can make yourself, it’s no wonder pizza is plastered next to Athens on the front of the store. The pies run at $9.15 for a ten inch (small) and $12.15 for a 14 inch (large). The 959 E pasta is nothing to as Aub t Main be reckoned with (253 urn, W St. either. At $14.00 ) 939 a .744 you can get not only“an 4 authentic lasagna casserole,” but also pork spare ribs layered between all that gooey cheese and red sauce. Best selling Hot Over Grinders are $7.00 for a whole foot long, and $6.00 for a half. With ten suggested combinations Grinders are hot sandwiches fresh out of the oven, with what ever kind and how ever much cheese you want dripping onto the wax wrapping paper. Crunchy lettuce along with any other desired vegetables adds contrasting texture to the already delicious sandwich. Try out all the different kinds of meats, vegetables, and cheeses offered. The lunch menu is served Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. salad, pasta, and sandwiches are offered for low lunch special prices.
Pho Dihn is a little Pho shop that opened in 2004. One of its main selling items is number eight, on their menu “Nam” is a fresh rice noodle soup with well done flank and only cost $6.75 for a large that you will not be able to finish. Pho is a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, and meat cooked or raw depending on what is ordered. It is put in a broth that has been called healing on numerous occasions, when ordered to stay and sit at the restaurant the soup also comes with a bowl containing bean sprouts, mint, jalapeño’s, and lime wedges. There are sauces on the table to season your soup to taste. A second major selling item is number 22 “Goi Cuon” (spring rolls). They are only $3.95 for two rolls h t filled with vermicelli, r No shrimp, pork, mixed y a vegetables, and wrapped W a in rice paper. These spring rolls urn n, W 8 b 8 u ur 6 have an unforgettable texture. When A 8 . b 2 4 u 0 dipped into peanut sauce the rolls enter 2 8 A ) 28 3 a different dimension of taste. Pork skewers 5 (2 number 25 on the menu, only cost $2.99 for two skewers. Like every appetizer these skewers are served with a special house sauce to shoot them up to the next level.
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Trotter’s opened in 1971 and has been located in the same building ever since, and always has been an enjoyable place to eat. When new ownership kicked in three years ago, the food took a leap into seventh heaven. Anyone with a weak spot for pasta, burgers or milkshakes should take a flying leap into Trotter’s. They are known for their desserts with ice-cream 825 topping the list Har for best in taste. Aubvey Ro Don’t get too (25 urn, ad N. 3)8 caught up in the idea of 33.2Wa E. 323 frozen treats though, Trotter’s now also serves breakfast. Anyone who wants a great meal in the morning can enjoy eggs, grilled potatoes and toast for only $6.50. If s$6 is too much for a meal you can check out daily specials that are always posted on a board at the front counter. They have a Tuesday special where hamburgers are just $4.99. So if you’re hungry and have a few bucks, trot over to Trotter’s and enjoy a warm meal in an ambient setting.
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Who doesn’t like chicken dripping in teriyaki sauce? Voted best Asian Restaurant in Auburn in both 2008 and 2009, Mom’s Teriyaki is definitely an eating establishment to compete with. With great food and reasonable prices it’s hard to pass up the opportunity for a meal. The building is close enough to AHS to walk and quick enough to grab a bite and go. If you can’t afford the entrees, the daily specials are sure to grab your attention. For just $6.49 you can enjoy Mom’s delectable Tempura Udon. If that’s not your flavor, she serves a lunch special for just $5.95. This consists of your choice of Chicken Teriyaki, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Crispy Chicken 1115 E or a Gyoza Plate. If Asian Au . Ma cuisine is your thing it would be (25 burn in S 3) 8 , W t. a good idea to stop in and feast.
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Students’ heros vary at AHS By BRIANNA BERG REPORTING INTERN
A hero can be anyone, a parent, a friend, a sibling, or a celebrity. It can be anyone that you look up to that has made an impact on your life. There are people here in Auburn that others look up to and while they may not be important to the world they play big roles in other people’s lives. For junior Jennifer Elliot, her hero in the community is John Yorke. One of the social studies teachers here at AHS. She finds his class to be an amusing and friendly environment in which she can get her work done more effectively. “It’s soooo fun and he cracks me up,” said Elliot. “He is just such a cool teacher.” Many people around school have also said that Yorke is one of their favorite teachers. By having him as a teacher, Elliot’s history grades have improved tremendously. Joanna Wilkinson, who is a
freshman, at Green River thinks that Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis needs to be thanked and appreciated more. She knows what he does for the community and respects him for it. “He does a lot...and deserves more respect from the people of Auburn,” said Joanna “Without him, a lot of stuff wouldn’t get done around town.” Elisha Tidd, a senior here at Auburn High, chose teacher Brandi Cole as her community hero. “She has really helped me out a lot throughout school with my schoolwork or other things,” Tidd said. Tidd went on to say that when she was having a bad day or just needed help with school. Cole was always willing to lend a helping hand There are many others around the community that can be heroes. These are just three of the many people in our community that are being looked up to everyday. Everyone has their own hero, who is yours?
Hot dates for cold days By KYLIE RECKAMP REPORTING INTERN
Want to spend more time with your boo, but annoyed at the cold weather outside? Try these fun date ideas! Everyone knows the classic dates: take your significant other to the movies and out to dinner, or take them to the mall and aimlessly walk around holding hands. Basically you want to stay warm. Here are some creative and different dates to treat your boyfriend or girlfriend to. Drag your date to a
concert, even if they don’t like your music. Concerts are a great way to let loose, plus they show off some of your interests, not to mention some of your hot dance moves. Not into music? Try taking your date to the ice skating rink in Kent. Yeah it’s cold and you’ll probably fall once or twice, but it’s something fun and it will likely create some Kodak moments for the two of you. No job? Don’t have any money to spend? Pick out one of the free movies on TV and cuddle up on
the couch with some hot coco. Yeah the movies can be corny, but they can always be hilarious and everyone needs a night in once in a while. Want to do something extra special? Take your girlfriend or boyfriend down to Seattle with a warm blanket to wrap up in and rent one of those horse drawn carriage rides to enjoy all of the city lights. There are many more date possibilities to spice up your love life during the cold season, but these are some fun things to try out!
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JANUARY 15, 2010
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1. Find out what your girl’s favorite flowers are before buying the classic red roses.
2. Delivering the flowers with a sweet note to her house would be a cute surprise.
3. If your special somebody is a guy you can’t go wrong with candy or cologne.
4. Most magazines say that guys enjoy receiving flowers. Try it out and see.
5. Something great for your boyfriend or girlfriend would be to make a mixed CD with songs that mean something to both of you. Complied by Kylie Reckamp
Eight Washingtonians to compete in Vancouver Olympics By BRITTNEY DEBOURBON STAFF REPORTER
The 2010 winter Olympics are just up north in Vancouver, B.C. Do you know how many of these athletes are local? Born and raised in Washington? There are actually eight Washington athletes, both men and women. J.R Celski, a short track speed skater, was born and raised in Federal Way. After the 2009 World Championships, where he won four medals and finished
second overall, Celski is one of the top contenders in Vancouver. Freestyle skier Patrick Deneen was born in Redmond, and raised in Cle Elum where he currently resides. At the 2009 World Championships in Inawashiro, Japan, the 21year-old American claimed a surprise world title. Scott Macartney, an alpine skier, was born in Seattle and learned to ski at Crystal
Mountain. He currently lives in Kirkland. Macartney, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, competed in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Bobsled pilot Bree Schaaf was born and raised in Bremerton. Schaaf and brakeman Emily Azevedo took 10th in the twoman event at the 2009 Worlds in Lake Placid, becoming the third U.S. women’s bobsled pair to place in the top 10.
Karen Thatcher, a hockey player who grew up in Blaine, was one of 41 players selected to participate in the 2009 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival. There she hopes to solidify her spot on Team USA for the upcoming season. Special Olympian Sean Halsted who competes in adaptive nordic skiing was born and raised in Spokane. She found nordic skiing after attending
a Veterans Administration Winter Sports Clinic in 2001. 2009 US National Champion Skier Torin Koos is from Leavenworth. Torin has competed in the World Championships every year since 2001. Phil Mahre, born and raised in Yakima, is a gold metal champion skier. Phil ended his career with an amazing 27 World Cup victories.
Fond memories make students eagar for snow day By TAYLOR COBAUGH REPORTING INTERN
You’ve got to love those days when you wake up, look out the window, and see snow on the ground. Then mom says that there’s no school. Those days we all love dearly, are called snow days. People have different opinions on how to spend their snow days. Junior, Cody Hallock prefer a snowball fight with friends, sledding, and drifting on the icy roads. “I was drifting with my friend Joey in a race car and crashed.” Hallock said, recalling his favorite snowy memory.
Sophomore Garrett Cox enjoys playing football and throwing snowballs at people’s houses. Cox’s best memory of a snow day was when he played football. “It was a lot of fun.” Cox said. Freshman, K.D. Peringer loves snowball fights “and going to people’s snowy houses,” she said enthusiastically. “My best memory of a snow day was one year when the snow was so high and icy; it made sledding so much more fun!” Peringer said. Junior Dillan Bradley likes “adventuring in the winter wonderland” his favorite memory was in 9th grade with his friend Tanner and walked around
Heather Highlands in the snow from 12 PM to 3 am. “We were out there forever, it was so much fun.” Peringer suggests hot chocolate for those people that like to be indoors looking at the snow through the window. “I like to have hot chocolate time and wear warm sweaters” Peringer said. Others have a different idea of spending their time indoors, such as “playing tons of X-box!” Hallock said. There are things people never mentioned, like snuggling up in a comfy blanket and watching movies, reading by the fireplace, baking, taking a long nap, or redecorating your house, all of which wonderful ideas.
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Senior video has high hopes of pleasing students By MADISON RAMEY REPORTING INTERN
With high hopes of producing an Academy Award-winning senior video, seniors Andy Starr and Ben Johnson with the help of many collaborators are compiling the artifacts and memorabilia of numerous high school careers. Vis Com, a class dedicated to the production of vinyl stickers and computer technology, taught by Charles
Fitzgerald, is proving helpful in the production of the senior video. “We started working of the video during the summer,” Johnson said. Many afternoons are spent diligently working in the Vis Com room. Starr and Johnson share a general interest in film. Johnson made “many videos made since eighth grade.” Starr emulates the Coen brothers, claiming the two are “the best direc-
tors in the world.” A sneak peek was released recently. Starr feels that it was successful and “was a good teaser.” The interviews, taken out of general conversation and put into a relevant context, are the bulk of the film. Senior Holly Frampton, a student interviewed for the video, noted the array of questions asked. “[They ask questions] about life,” Frampton said. Though to some a broad topic of discussion would be intimidating, many students have
signed up to be interviewed. Johnson finds inspiration in the 2005 senior video because of its organization. Planning for the senior video has occurred since early March and many interviews have been conducted. Students interested in being interviewed still have an opportunity. The interviews occur seasonally due to the rolling admission. Visit the Vis Com classroom in room 700 after school for details about this year’s senior video and interview dates.
AHS students pull Grease from the grave By SONJA THOMAS EDITOR - N - CHIEF
The upcoming play is largely based off of the 1978 American musical film that was directed by Randal Kleiser. Kleiser based his production of the movie off of Jim Jacob and Warren Casey’s musical Grease. As the common man should know, Grease first hit theatres on June 16, 1978. Romance sparks one summer in California in 1959, where main character Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson grow close, only to discover the summers end, and the end of their fling. Little does this lovely couple know that they will both be attending Rydell High this year. When they cross paths at Rydell’s pep rally, Sandy finds that Danny isn’t the man she knew at the beach. He is now the infamous greaser who happens to be leader of the T-Birds; no longer the polite gentleman, he is the tough bad boy we all know. Their differences set them apart in the beginning but they try hard (despite the roaring of the crowd) to be like they were. The question is, can they rekindle their Summer Nights? Once played by John Travolta, Danny Zuko will now be in the capable hands of Senior Jeff Rowden. Sandy is also no exception to this change of pace, Olivia Newton John shall be overtaken by our very own Junior Marissa Flannery. In preparation for their starring roles Rowden and Flannery are spending many afternoons, at tiring rehearsals to tone their skills. “They can sometimes be challeng-
ing but with all the fun energy and great friends it is easily forgotten,” Flannery said. But they’re not the only favorites being replaced. Rizzo, will no longer be played by Stockard Channing. She instead will be played by Senior Mikhaila Read, who fits her character stunningly. “I guess considering a lot of people have told me I should be her so I guess it suits me well,” Read said. “I mean we’re both sarcastic and Italian, its kind of me in fifties form.” Musicals and plays are very similar, but their distinct differences make them fly far apart on the entertainment spectrum. “[Musicals are harder] because there’s more people involved,” Director and drama coach Warren Kerr said. “There’s an assistant director, vocals, musical, band and choreographers, coordinating all those people and making sure the kids are practicing. There’s a lot of planning and prep.” So, be prepared to be dazzled by the many talents that Auburn High has to offer. The production will kick off on March 11th. It will be played six times total,
March 11 to the 13th and again March 18th to the 20th. Our brave actors and actresses will expect an appreciative audience so don’t miss out. Plan to be there for the first official release of Grease!
Photo by Sonja Thomas
Movies that are a must see for film buffs and general public alike By DERICK VERACRUZ REPORTING INTERN
The Zodiac PREDICTION
It’s finally 2010 everyone and I think you all know what that means? New movies! There are all types of movies coming out this year, sequels, pre-quells and brand new movies. I’m here to tell you what movies are going to be big this upcoming new year. All you superhero fans,
Iron Man 2 is coming out this year on May7th. Tony Stark is back living a double life as a billionaire playboy and of course as the self made iron plated hero. For all you die hard Twilight Saga fans, ‘Eclipse’ is soon to be out in theatres. Bella has been reunited with lover, Edward while an evil vampire seeks her revenge on the mor-
If today is your birthday: Take things said to you with a grain of salt today. Even if it seems important now, in a week you will see how little it really means.
Aries (3/21-4/19):You are happy on the outside, crying on the inside. You must stop and talk with someone or something. Plants are always great listeners! Taurus (4/20-5/20): It’s easy for that certain person’s face to ruin the rest of your day. It’s time to stop acting like a child, take your own advice and start living in reality.
Gemini (5/21-6/21): Things have been nothing but good for you lately. This will give you time to call up
tal. With all this going on, Bella must choose between love with a vampire and friendship with a werewolf, as the struggles between vampire and werewolf are still in the air. But is there love between Bella and Jacob? She struggles with love as she’s realizing that she has feelings for a werewolf. To see what happens between them
and what Bella says to Edward to what he asked at the end of ‘New Moon’, get a bite of New Moon when it hits the theatres on June 30th. Horror fans, it shouldn’t be any surprise to you that there will be another ‘Saw’ movie. With the 6th movie being a disappointment to some, Lionsgate Studios made quite the profit and there will
that old friend. Try to rekindle that spark you two had.
Cancer (6/22-7/22): Life has been changing these past few months for you. Let the change come. Make sure to stay the friend that everyone knows you are. It’s ok to be selfish once in awhile, but don’t lose those old friends.
Leo (7/23-8/23): What you want is currently out of reach for you. Working hard is the only thing that can get you to it. Don’t give life up works in mysterious ways. Keep your mind open to all options.
Virgo (8/23-9/22): Your mood seems to be attached to the weather lately. The rain never goes on forever, even in Washington. Wait for the sunny sky
be a 7th installment to the gory series. Jigsaw has plans to make the traps even gorier, than the other 6. With new victims and new traps, look out for Saw 7 on October 22nd. Oh, and did I mention it’s going to be in 3D? Not what you’re looking for, how about you check out some of these? Alice in Wonderland makes its way to the big screen
on March 5th. Any ogre fans out there in ahs? Well Shrek Forever After comes to a screen near you in May 21st. What about wizards? Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows flies into theatres late in the year on November 19th. If these movies aren’t what you’re looking for; then check out themovieinsider.com to see what else is coming out!
Scorpio (10/23-11/22): Stress is a word you were formally introduced to this month, and your plate hasn’t been empty for weeks. Don’t try and eat all that food in one sitting, you can always put it in the fridge and come back to it. Nothing is worth ulcers.
Aquarius (1/20-2/18): Times may seem hard for you right now. You need to look at someone close up and think about what they are going or have gone through. Be there for them, you may be all they have.
Libra (9/23-10/22): Knock on a lot of wood today. Watch what you say, anything could always happen.
Sagittarius (11/22-12/21): You feel like you need to do something extreme. It’s right in front of you. When you stop looking you will see that you have always been ex-
Capricorn (12/22-1/19): Being bold is your thing, but it’s ok to just sleep for a whole day. Take the time to rest up for your next bold move.
Pisces (2/19-3/30): The full moon can get to your head quickly, always think before you act. This could mean the difference between happiness and loneliness.
- Robin Ball
Respect for policemen lacking Police officers have been serving our state and cities for hundreds of years. We have thought little Conor Fitzpatrick about the proOPINIONS EDITOR tecting sentinels except for when the pass by and you, “Smell Bacon.” or “hey look,
ed at a domestic violence call. This is absolutely ridiculous that people are stupid enough to do things like this and think they’re going to get away with it. Officers are there to protect you and to keep you safe from people and yourself. You may not like this idea of someone, who has earned the responsibility of your safety, telling you what to do, but it is for the safety of yourself and
a car accident on the highway, the state patrol aren’t going to show up because they don’t exist. You’re stuck in your vehicle with cars driving by at 60 plus miles an hour and you are hoping that someone will stop long enough to help you where as with the state patrol it’s there job to help you get out of your vehicle safe and make sure that another accident doesn’t occur
JANURARY 15, 2010
Trojan What was “ your New
Years Resolution? ” “Cleaning my room once a week.”
In Loving Memory Of OFFICER Timothy Brenton SPD
Officer Greg Richards LPD
it’s a pig.” People very rarely realize that many officers of the law have wives and children that they try to go home to after all the paperwork and filing. December first 2009, four officers were brutally shot and killed in a coffee shop in Lakewood. Then on Monday the 29th of December, one officer was fatally wound-
Officer Tina Griswold LPD
Sergeant Mark Renninger LPD
others. If you don’t respect them for what they do, then think of them as a father or mother of kids. The fact that we call these guardians of our society pigs or po po is ridiculous. These people risk there lives every day to be insulted by some arrogant person. Lets think about what life would be without the police. You get in
Officer Ronald Owens LPD
- Freshman, Cody Doyle
Deputy Walter Kent Mundell PSO
in the process. To that fact, you don’t make insulting names for fire fighters or medics. Is the only difference that the carry a gun and enforce the laws our fore fathers laid down? If that’s the case then you should insult your fore fathers. It’s not the police that created the laws, they’re just doing there job by enforcing the laws.
“Beat a 4.55 mile”
-Sophomore Cole Frampton
Letter to the
It has come to my attention that some people may believe that the dissection of cats in Mrs. Parsons’ Human Anatomy and Physiology class should be stopped for reasons other than they stink up the 100 hall. As a former student would in Mrs. Parsons’ class, I believe this would be a shame. Future students would be denied valuable knowledge that can only be gained from dissections. Also, from what I can gather, the main argument against the dissections is that it is a form of animal cruelty which simply isn’t true, and to rule out any claims of bias I am a cat lover myself. The educational value
of the dissections is irrefutable. They provide deeper insight into the way the body is put together and the works that cannot be gained from books or models. To get rid of dissections would rob other students of a richer and fuller understanding of not only cat anatomy but humans as well. In fact, we don’t dissect cat to learn about cat anatomy at all. Cats are chosen to be used for dissection because of their anatomical similarities to humans. The only way that the dissections could be more realistic is if we brought in a human corps, but something tells me most high school student aren’t ready for that yet. When it down to it,
“Do more homework”
the reason Mrs. Parsons has us do the hands-ondissections is because she knows she is training the physicians, nurses, paramedics and physical therapists of the future. Her class is their first stepping stone and she wants it to be a solid one. When you know the facts, the thought that the cat dissections are a form of animal cruelty are completely ridiculous. The animals that we dissect in Human Anatomy and Physiology have been humanely euthanized after being unclaimed in shelters and, excuse my bluntness, would have been thrown into an incinerator or disposed of in some other way. Being a part of
our dissections, the cats have a use other than as fertilizer. The only thing that made me feel any kind of sadness for these cats was having knowledge of what kind of life they had before they where put down. While sad, it’s not like these cats where stolen from loving homes, preserved and shipped to the schools. I found a pellet in the back of the cat I was dissecting. These cats lived hard lives and obviously weren’t wanted. Knowing these facts, any argument against the dissection is selfish and governed by emotion, not logic. - Johnathan Wilson, Senior
- Junior Ryan Resendiz
“Keep Good Grades”
-Senior Johnny Bucket
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Published on Jan 15, 2010