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December 16, 2010 Vol. 84 Edition 2


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Free music turns sour

Winter Activities



Dropping Out



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America’s most popular drug Alcohol leads to addiction and dependence, but in reality, how many teens are using? By Maris Schwarz

Dancing models flash across the screen. A familiar beat thumps throughout the party and soon a bottle appears in the middle of the scene — it’s not water or soda, it’s vodka. Despite the glamour of the models and the rave, the commercial points out a darker aspect of our society -- alcohol is everywhere. We find it at football games, we hear of it at clubs, we see it on TV, and now many students drink it at parties? Regardless of alcohol’s obvious presence in America’s everyday life, we’ve learned of it’s negative effects since we were young. But in reality, how dangerous is America’s most popular drug? “I went to a party, and there was alcohol there,” said an anonymous senior describing her first time consuming alcohol. “I just decided to drink some.” About 21,000 Oregon youths suffer from alcohol use or dependency, according to the Department of Health Services (DHS); that’s nearly one out of every 15 Oregon teens. Alcohol is the most popular drug amongst teens, in part because A THS student drinks alcohol to relieve stress. (This is an most teens who drink grew up in homes where alcohol was conartistic representation, student is not actually drinking alcosumed, according to hol.) “My whole family drinks, “ said the anonymous senior. “So I don’t Photo by Enrique De La Cuesta really think [drinking alcohol] is a big deal.” Even though alcohol is a societal norm, the effects of alcohol con- to school hung-over or even having had a few [drinks] during school. sumption are still serious. According to alcohol It has the potential for students to be discussing the party last weekdecreases one’s ability to pay attention, can heighten anxiety and end or the one coming up rather than focusing on more productive depression, and teens who drink alcohol often are more likely to at- things at school.” tempt suicide than teens who stay sober. Three years ago, S.T.U.D. Club (Stop Tigard Underage Drinking) “There are many [effects] but it depends on many factors as well,” began at Tigard High School hoping to raise awareness and educate said health teacher Tim Hummel. “Age, sex, weight, rate of consump- students about alcohol, said S.T.U.D. advisor Connie Jolley. Starting tion, type of alcohol, food in the stomach and with three members, the club is now 125 tolerance. Remember — alcohol affects evmembers strong. S.T.U.D. raises awareness eryone differently.” about teen alcohol use by celebrating Red Decreasing one’s ability to focus, alcohol Lifeworks Northwest 503-234-3400 Ribbon Week and holding community forums. has a negative effect on school performance, The Children’s Program 503-452-8002 “The goal of S.T.U.D. is to create awareness according to DHS. Some teens disagree — and educate,” said Jolley. “Not to rat out parthe anonymous senior said that she didn’t ties.” Creating awareness about the harmful think alcohol has ever seriously affected school performance be- effects of alcohol will hopefully lower the amount of students develcause most teens don’t drink heavily on week days. oping drinking problems when they’re older. As reported by DHS, “Not that many [THS students] drink,” said the senior. “Some defi- teens who drink are significantly more likely to develop alcohol adnitely do. It depends who you hangout with.” diction as adults than teens who don’t drink. Despite what the senior said about alcohol not being a problem “I definitely wouldn’t label myself as an alcoholic now,” said the at THS, Hummel disagreed. He said he heard of students attending senior. “I just like to have fun and alcohol helps me loosen up. Alcoparties where alcohol was in abundance and of students receiving holism runs in my family, but I’m not afraid of [my drinking] getting Minor in Possession tickets. out of hand. It’s up to the person how much they drink—it’s easy to “Depending upon how often the student drinks, it can definitely say no.” affect their concentration in classes,” said Hummel. “Some may come

Help for Teens

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Let’s fight


P.E. classes push students toward better health By Micah Lundstrom

This year physical education teachers are pushing students harder, hoping to combat obesity. “We’re making you work harder,” said Doug Kuffel, one of the P.E. teachers at THS who believes that P.E. helps in the fight against high school obesity. This year, physical education courses are more fitness oriented. All freshman are required to take P.E. One their freshmen year. Now instead of being required to take P.E. Two, students are able to choose the fitness class that fits them best as they go into sophomore year. The hope is that as students are able to choose the specific physical activity class they want to take, they will have more fun because now they will be doing an activity they chose instead of random games in P.E. Two. Oregon is relatively “fit” compared to other states. Only 9.6 percent of children in Oregon are obese and nearly one in 12 kids become severely obese as they become adults. While PE teachers say they’re turning up the heat, students said they thought that athletic students worked hard while others didn’t participate in the class or even break a sweat. Patrick Yassa, a junior at Tigard, seems to think that, “people that aren’t usually athletic don’t try, although they are the ones that need the most exercise.” At the same time, he still believes P.E. should be required because it pushes kids who wouldn’t normally exercise to at least give it a chance. Students are required to take at least two physical activity related courses throughout their high school career. Kuffel believes that kids should be required to take P.E. all four years of high school, instead of just freshman and sophomore year. Over 12 million children and adolescents between the ages of six and nineteen are considered overweight, and the number is only growing. P.E. for many kids may be the only source of exercise they get, and without it they have nothing to push themselves in the right direction and their health fails as a result. Matt Wilson, an English teacher at THS, explained that, “just like an English class can fight illiteracy, a P.E. class can fight obesity.” Wilson said from experience in his own class that kids are motivated by grades, enjoyment, and how it helps them in the long run. When P.E. has these three components kids will try harder. P.E. does help improve the health of all our students and as long as it can be enjoyable, kids will want to try more, and their health will improve as a result. Photo By Maggie Johnson

NEWS | December 16, 2010 | PAGE 5

Freshman Allison Putnam shows a picture of her family before the divorce.

photo by Amanda Lam

Torn Apart

Divorce challenges THS students to integrate separate lives

You spend your life thinking your parents are in love just like all of the cartoons you watched as a kid and you think that nothing could possible go wrong. Then comes the divorce. Most of the time, you get used to it, but during the holidays, when you’re bombarded with “Its a Wonderful Life” images of magical families, divorce can be difficult. “It’s sad to think that I might have lost part of my childhood just because of something stupid like a separation,” said freshman Carly Williams-Oswill. “It’s hard.”

The Stats

In Oregon last year 13,277 marriages ended in divorce.

The Bad

“Divorce changed my mind about everything,” said sophomore Jordan Heathcote. “I didn’t see the point in going to school or talking to any of my friends. It was a hard time.” Studies done by U.S. Census Bureau show students coming from divorced families earn lower grades and are more prone to mental and physical illnesses. “Students that come from divorced families are more prone to instability,” said counselor Lenore Licht-Miller. In a study done by the Institute of American Values, children raised in intact families

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are more likely to attend college, be physically and emotionally healthier, and are less likely to become depressed or suicidal. “I see kid’s who have gone through a divorce or who are going through a divorce, and they can have a hard time concentrating in class,” said science teacher Dr. Karen Harris, “They blame themselves even though it has nothing to do with them.” The holidays, sold in cheesy movies as a time of “family” and “love” are rough when a teen can’t open presents and eat dinner with both parents. “Traditions had to be tweaked so they could still be done,” said freshman Allison Putnam in regards to the holidays. “It is difficult because my mom and dad have different plans, so they have to coordinate when they get to have us.”

The Good

However, there are some benefits to having divorced parents during the holidays. “I get to celebrate Christmas twice, and I get more presents,” said freshman Frank Opatrny. There are other positives to divorce, too. A new study on divorce from Mollybkenny. com found that divorce is better for offspring than staying in a high-conflict relationship. A teen doesn’t have to watch his or her parents argue, and he or she gets more alone time with each parent.

“I understood that my parents needed a break, even at a young age. It just helped me understand that everything has conflicts, and we need to learn to grow from it,” said sophomore Carson Sherlock. Williams-Oswill agrees: “Being raised in a home where I only have one parent at a time is tough. But in the end, it’s gonna make me part of who I am. It’s made me stronger, and I know it was the right decision.”

The Help

Sophomore Sara Golestaneh has advice to offer other students going through divorce: “Realize that eventually everything will be OK and over in just a few months. It will be better in the long run without all the fighting. When you turn 18, your life will be totally up to you.” Counselor Leonore Licht-Miller and math teacher Katie Hubley both suggest students reach out to friends, their church, or their counselor. Create a support system. Instead of looking at the holidays with dread because your family is torn apart, look to it as an opportunity for your parents to be happier and realize you aren’t alone. The following journalism students contributed to this story: Sophie Peterson, Aislinn Doolin, Amanda Lam, Anna Roberts, Allison Angeles, Kyra Garner, and Kenny Lamborn.

Cutting: Pain to escape from pain By Allie Chino When the stress gets to her, only one thing will help – pain. She slowly takes out a razor. With the sharp edge, she carves a line across her arm, where it won’t be seen. The blood trickles. Relief. “You get to a point where you’re done,” said a Tigard High School student who asked for her name to not be used. “You’ve gone through all the pain and rage, and you feel nothing, you’re numb. You cut so you can feel something, so you’re not just there.” This student, who stopped cutting herself two years ago, is one of a growing number of students who have a psychological illness called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While not everyone who has OCD also cuts him or herself, self harm can often be one of the symptoms. Nationwide, statistics vary on how many teenagers cut themselves, but experts estimate it is about 0.5 percent of people below the age of 18. “People with this condition, cutting, generally have had difficulty feeling and expressing their true feelings like anger, sadness, disappointment,” said Dr. Allan Chino, a Portland psychologist who specializes in clinical health psychology. Cutting is a widely misunderstood condition. To outsiders, it doesn’t make sense. Cutting is a distraction from uncomfortable feelings. When people have these feelings, they feel that pressure is mounting, and when they cut, the anxiety goes away, and they feel better, Chino said. When someone cuts him or herself, the brain releases endorphins to help ease the pain, and the emotional pain gets better with the physical. That cycle becomes a negative reinforcement, he said. In contrast, others cut when they feel like they don’t have any control in their lives.

“You can control how deep, and how many, and how much it hurts,” said the anonymous junior. Unlike what many teenagers assume, cutting isn’t a way of seeking attention. It’s a coping mechanism that can become psychologically addicting. If gone untreated, it can become a daily impulse. That daily ritual often stays hidden. People who cut are terribly afraid of being judged, so they don’t usually tell many people, if anyone at all. According to the anonymous junior, hiding the cuts is often one of the most stressful parts of cutting. “Cutting is different from wanting to hurt or kill yourself; it’s taking dull, formless pain and making it real,” said the junior. Family and friends can be a big help. If you suspect a friend or family member is cutting, do not judge him or her or make it seem negative. Have compassion; they don’t like hurting themselves. They just don’t know what else to do. Don’t try to force that person to stop, either, but don’t help keep the cutting a secret. Tell a trusted adult, who can help that person find professional help. It’s been about two years since the anonymous junior has stopped cutting herself, and she’s proud of her accomplishment. She did not go through therapy; she chose a different route. She worked with a friend, who also cut herself, so they could stop together. “I still keep a razor, but I would never use it,” she said, “I just don’t want the reason that I’ve gone this long without cutting to be that I don’t have anything to do it with.”

“Cutting is different from wanting to hurt or kill yourself; it’s taking dull, formless pain and making it real,” said an anonymous junior.

Photo by Maggie Johnson

NEWS | December 16, 2010 | PAGE 7


THS dips its toe in the electronic river

By Emma Nihill and Tate Watson

Imagine not lugging that 20-pound backpack full of books home tiveness of e-books. For example, McGraw-Hill Co. publishes 95 perever day. cent of its textbooks electronically now. Instead of jamming 800-page textbooks into your bag, you’d carA pilot project in Oklahoma City at the Francis Tuttle Technology ry a 10.3-ounce e-book that could carry 4,000 titles. Center is giving e-readers and smart phones to students as a way to That’s the dream of head librarian Jamie Miller. determine the technical benefits. “I hope to see all online learning instead of textbooks before I reOne benefit would be for students in the nursing field. While tire,” Miller said. “I would love to have all textbooks online.” performing clinical studies, it’s easier to pull out a Kindle or iPhone Last year, Miller bought 400 e-books, and students can read than lugging around a heavy textbook. They are even selling iPhones them online if they have the library password. Besides novels, Miller and Kindles with the textbooks they need for the semester already also has encyclopedias and other refprogrammed on to the E-reader. erence materials online for students. While McGraw-Hill has jumped Photo by Maggie Johnson In the future, Miller said she wasn’t on the e-book bandwagon, Other edsure how teachers will use e-books, ucational publishers hesitate to conwhether they will project the words vert their books to electronic format, on a screen or whether students will giving schools ample time to look at have their own e-books. costs and benefits of using E-readers One consideration, Miller said, is and books. that e-books also have Internet access “I’d rather have my textbook on and games, so e-books could become a Kindle because it’s smaller and you a classroom management challenge don’t have to hold the pages open,” as is all new technology. said Daniel Webster, freshman. That could be a problem, said Whether e-books will have chalAre textbooks out of style? freshman Herbert Good about the elenges or not, they seem to be combooks connectivity to the Internet. ing fast and furious onto the reading “Students could be playing games, reading books or going on the stage. Internet rather than doing class work,” Good said. “I was actually thinking about buying one,” said Freshman Madi Another issue is the increase in theft with having e-books in Eaton. “They’re really cool”. Eaton is one of the students who seem school. eager to embrace the change to e-books. Another freshman Kat“No one wants to steal a textbook. It’s just a textbook. Someone lyn Capelle has already gotten a Kindle and said she can download would steal a Kindle though. They could just remove the textbooks books right away when they come out. and use it as their own,” Good said. Others are resisting the change. Classroom management -- and the price of e-books -- are two “I can’t imagine not having books in my house” said freshman challenges of the new technology. The Kindle starts at $139 while Laurel Nave-Powers. the iPad starts at around $500. Like all changes in technology, the e-book is here, and how far it While the cost may be prohibitive, schools are testing the effec- makes it into the schools has not yet been determined.

iPad $499 - $829 PAGE 8 | December 16, 2010 | NEWS

Nook $249

Kindle $139 - $379

Senior bucket list By Carlie Jones-Hershinow

Be uncomfortable

Say “hi” to someone new, sit with a random group at lunch, go crazy on Spirit Days, or take a class you wouldn’t normally choose. Ken Teschner, IB coordinator, said the thing he regretted most from high school was not taking a theater class because he was afraid to. So take his advice. Step out of that rut; be spontaneous and a little crazy.

Personal Tigard ideas - Count Mr. Massey’s “ums.” - Study for a history reading quiz. - Go all-out during Spirit Week. - Learn the words to the fight song. - Sing the fight song on a Friday.

Go on a road trip

The lucky thing about living in Oregon is that you’re never more than two hours away from anything: the beach, the mountains or the desert. Grab your closest friends, make a road-trip playlist, hop in the car, blast the bass, and take off.

Go to a JV game

Every sport needs support, and every player wants fans. Why not go to a game other than football. Watching a JV game is not just good for the players, but it’s fun. You never know, you could be watching the next Olympic athlete. After all, Michael Jordan didn’t make varsity in high school.

Join a random club

Things every THS student should do before graduation

There are about 40 groups and clubs here, from Musician’s Club to STUD. THS has something for everyone and every interest. While it’s drilled into your teen brain that you need to do extracurricular activities, few of us actually do. Regardless, joining a club gets you into something different, around new people, and in a new environment. It also looks great on a college application.

Leave answers in a math book

Be someone’s Half-Blood Prince. You know it makes your day when you see the answers left on a piece of paper inside the book to that impossible problem during math class. Make the next person who gets your book happy by leaving a few answers or clues to help him or her along (on a separate sheet of paper). Keep the tradition going.

Pull an all nighter

It might not be by choice (especially if you’re an IB student), but everyone should do this at least once in his or her high school career. Pour some coffee and settle into a good movie or your history book. Stay up and finish that last-minute procrastinated project, or watch the entirety of the third “Lord of the Rings” (extended edition, of course). Photo By Trevor Anderson

Submit more to, and we’ll make a master bucket list of THS students’ ideas.

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winter activities under $15

By Hannah Bryant


Christmas tree at Mt. Hood

If you haven’t gotten your tree yet, here’s a new and adventurous way to get one. You can purchase a pass for $6 that allows you to cut a tree down on certain parts of the mountain. If you’re looking for an adventure, this is definitely an activity for you. Cost: $6

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Saturday Market

Did you know Saturday Market is open until Dec. 24? If you enjoy going to Saturday Market during the summer, try it during the winter, too. Dress warmly and enjoy local art and food. You could even do some last-minute gift shopping for friends and family. Cost: Free, unless you buy something.

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Make Gingerbread houses

You need a milk carton (or any kind of box), graham crackers, lots of frosting, and a variety of candy. Get a bunch of people to chip in supplies and have a contest to see who makes the best house. Slap it all together for a tasty decoration. Cost: Around $10 (depending on how many people you get to chip in).

Holiday Movie

Wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy some down time watching a classic holiday movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street.” You can also go see a new holiday movie at the theater. A couple holiday movies coming out this year are “The Nutcracker in 3D” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.” Either way you can sit back, relax, and enjoy an entertaining film. Cost: At Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 matinee prices are $8.50 and $10.75 for evening movies.




Peacock Lane


Ornament Exchange

Get a group of outgoing friends and go caroling. If this is something you have never done, you should definitely try it! It will be embarrassing, fun, exciting and it will put you and others in the holiday spirit. Cost: Free.

Visit this historic lane in Portland that is decorated with millions of lights, rotating Christmas trees, life-size figures of Frosty and Santa, and even horse drawn carriages. Peacock Lane is between Southeast Stark Street. and Southeast Belmont Street and one block east of Southeast 39th Avenue. Since parking can be a nightmare, consider taking the bus. At Peacock Lane, you will find nothing but holiday cheer and happiness. Peacock Lane opens Dec. 15 and ends Dec. 31. The Lane is open for viewers at 6 p.m. till 11 p.m. everyday. Cost: Free.

Have a group of your friends all buy cheap, wacky ornaments, or, if you’re feeling artsy, make your own. Meet and exchange your ornaments with each other. You could do a Secret Santa version of trading your ornaments, or have a White Elephant gift exchange party where people swap and exchange. Cost: $10


Christmas tree viewing

Go downtown to Pioneer Courthouse Square and view the giant tree with thousands of lights on it. There are always festivals, sing-alongs and holiday activities going on in the square, so be a part of some great times. Cost: Free


Instead of paying a fortune to go skiing or snowboarding, go sledding at Mt. Hood. Dress warmly, pack your sleds, grab some friends, and head for the mountain. Find an awesome hill and sled. Since you don’t have to pay for sledding, you can get lunch or some hot chocolate at one of the cozy restaurants along the way. Cost: Around $15


Photo by Enrique De La Cuesta

Sledding on Mt. Hood

Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo

Grab your friends and family, and bundle up. Grab some blankets and make a thermos full of hot chocolate. Walk around the zoo and watch more than 200 animated, lit-up animals swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. The zoo lights are open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays Cost: $10.75 for admission and train ride package. FEATURES | December 16, 2010 | PAGE 11

Teachers grapple with race trends



Photo by Maggie Johnson

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While 562 freshmen walked through the doors to THS this fall, only 431 are likely to graduate on time. While almost 90 percent of Tigard students graduate, nationwide only three out of four high school students graduate on time, according to the National Center Education Statistics. That doesn’t give Tigard excellent grades, however. That 10 percent of students who don’t walk across the graduation platform are mainly students of color. Only 52.3 percent of Hispanic students graduated in 2008 compared to 94.6 percent of the white students. About 10 percent of IB students are Hispanic. Why do these students have a lower graduation rate? “They do not feel connected to education and teachers,” said Associate Principal Mickey Toft, but “we’re trying to let students know the relevancy of what they learn.” Principal Mark Neffendorf’s main goal since becoming principal at Tigard has been to connect staff more closely to students and the staff to each other to create a closer, community feeling within the school. This year, freshmen take business, language arts and health classes together, creating a community among the incoming group. During staff training, teachers discuss “institutional racism” and other tough subjects concerning reasons minority students are much less likely to take higher-level classes at THS than white students. Students are dropping out for numerous reasons, Toft said, but one of the main reasons is the “lack of connection to school.” Some of the dropouts are freshman because some don’t know how to handle the stress and complications of school. Some are seniors who drop out because they either have too many credits missing and fret that they can’t finish in time for graduation. Many students find connections to the

– a disorder where numbers and letters are easily confused. Since mainstream education wasn’t working, McEuen heard of CE2 and decided to try it out. After being on the waiting list for many months, she was accepted. “I love it,” said McEuen. “At CE2, I’m able to take things at my own pace.” Besides being practical and hands-on, CE2 is also a personalized type of education. This makes it successful in increasing the graduation rate. In today’s globalized world, competition is more fierce than ever in the history of humanity. Education is essential for people to compete and for a better society. However, with a national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent, it becomes clear that America is not prepared for the great economic war ahead. Tigard High School is adopting new methods of teaching the practicality of knowledge, as well as creating a more defined curriculum. Meanwhile, alternative education CE2 continues to emphasize a practical approach to learning. No matter which approach a student takes, it is clear THS is working to keep desks filled and graduation caps flying.

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school through the CE2 alternative education program, which has operated at THS since 1972. The program offers juniors and seniors career experience through internships and computerized classes, helping them graduate on time. “Academics, Internships, and Volunteer Work: These are the three pillars of CE2,” said Andy McFarlane, a CE2 instructor. “We believe students can achieve any goal they set themselves,” said McFarlane, “All it takes is determination and hard work.” He added that CE2 strives to create a focused, comfortable, supportive, opportune, dynamic, and connective environment. CE2 also believes in creating a strong bond between the students and the community. “[CE2] connects them deeply to the school and to the community simultaneously,” McFarlane said. Senior Kaytee McEuen, CE2 student, said CE2 lives up to its ambitious philosophy. McEuen joined CE2 in her junior year due to her inability to keep up with the mainstream education because of dyslexia











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Two types of skippers By Katie Burger

At first glance, it may seem as if Tigard High School has a skipping problem. In the 2009-2010 school year, 825 of the 2,011 total referrals involved students skipping school, according to Charlotte Chumbley of Student Services. “We have only about 50 kids who are chronic skippers,” said Barb Proctor, associate principal and head of student services. “We have good attendance, and it’s not a widespread problem.” The number of referrals for truancy rose sharply last year, Proctor said, because of a new, stricter policy in which teachers are required to alert student services if a student has an unexcused absence. Students received 673 referrals by December in the 2009-2010 school year, compared to 733 referrals given so far this year. “Tigard is more strict than other schools,” said history teacher Steve Naylor. “I had students in my class who had transferred from other schools who tried to skip class here and were surprised when they were pulled out of class.” According to Proctor, there are two kinds of skippers. “Some kids just skip individual classes,” she said. “They go to the library and work on other classes, thinking it’s OK,” Proctor said. “But there are the chronic skippers who don’t even go to class.” There are a variety of ideas about that students do when skipping. But Proctor said the sad truth is that most skippers just stay at home alone: “It’s sad, they aren’t doing anything, not even anything fun.” That’s not the story from junior Esveidy Bailon and her junior friend who went to the mall, the library, to the park or to get pizza: “We mostly went to eat.” When asked why they skipped, Bailon and her friend said that it was because they were bored and did poorly in class. “I would skip class because I didn’t do my homework,” said Bailon’s friend. “I was always late and did badly in class, so I just didn’t care,” added Bailon. “I regret skipping because I’m behind on my credits.” “People are skipping, yes,” said Naylor. “But the current policy works.” NEWS | December 16, 2010 | PAGE 13


REVIEW By Ray Corral and Photos by Andy Abeyta

waterpolo “I think that for being such a young team we did really well. We still had a lot to learn but we improved tremendously over the course of the last two months. We definitely didn’t win every game, but we still had a lot of potential to work with.”

Varsity Water Polo Scores BOYS 2 - 0 - 11 GIRLS 4-1-8

-- Senior Lizzy Schimmels

girlssoccer Varsity Soccer Scores

THS 0 2 8 1 2 1 4

boyssoccer “I feel very good about our outcome this year. Great group of guys on the team, and it helped as we had many people support us this year. The bigger crowds really gave us a boost ,but all and all, it was a positive outcome.” -- Senior Joey Lutostanski

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Century Glencoe Forest Grove Tualatin McMinnville Newberg Hillsboro 12 - 0 - 2

1 1 1 2 0 0 0

Varsity Soccer Scores THS 8 4 7 4 1 2 0

Century Glencoe Forest Grove Tualatin McMinnville Newberg Hillsboro 11 - 1 - 3

0 2 0 3 4 0 0

“I feel very good about the season we had this year. We had a lot of new players join the team this year, but we really worked well together as a team. We had a lot of fun but still got the job done at games. Oh, and beating Tualatin wasn’t too bad either.” -- Senior Brenna Cleveland

football Varsity Football Scores THS 24 13 41 54 49 27 51 52 14

cross country “This has been an inspiring season. All of the athletes’ hard work has rewarded them with being the first girls and boys Cross Country teams to go to state together in 30 years at Tigard.” - Coach Denise Foote

Beaverton Jesuit Century Glencoe Forest Grove Tualatin McMinnville Newberg Hillsboro

17 35 18 13 21 28 6 21 27


“Our varsity football team had a very good season. Our team played some outstanding football, which included going to the state playoffs and winning the first playoff game.” - Coach Craig Ruecker “Overall I’m proud of my team, I think we played well as a unit and really proved some people wrong this year.”

- Senior Ralph Greene

Varsity Cross Country Scores BOYS 7-0-0

“I think the outcome was great for both teams. Our team goal was to get both the girls and boys to state, and once we were at state, we just wanted to run hard and have fun.”

GIRLS 6-0-1

- Senior Kelsi Schaer

volleyball Varsity Volleyball Scores THS 3 3 3 3 3 2 3

Century Glencoe Forest Grove Tualatin McMinnville Newberg Hillsboro 12 - 0 - 2

1 1 1 0 1 3 0

“I feel really encouraged by the success that THS Volleyball had this year. We had a strong group of girls that worked hard all year to contend for the league title.” - Coach Rob Coelho “Overall it was an amazing season with a bunch of girls that I love. I could not have asked for a better team.”

- Senior Katie Hollingsworth

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PREVIEW By Ray Corral and Photos by Andy Abeyta

boys basketball “I think it’s going to take a lot of work from everyone this year. We aren’t the biggest team so we have to go 100 percent in eveything that we do and that includes practices. I feel that the team is very together as a whole and that helps but all in all, I think it’s going to be a fun year.” - Senior Shane Fekete

Players to Watch Senior Tyler White Senior Spencer Smith Senior Cody Cooper

Upcoming Games January 4 - vs. Forest Grove H.S. January 7 - @ Hillsboro H.S. January 11 - vs. McMinnville H.S.

girls basketball

Players to Watch Senior Katie Hollingsworth Senior Kelsey Kaelin Junior Maddie Black

Upcoming Games

ski team

January 4 - @ Forest Grove H.S. January 7 - @ Hillsboro H.S. January 11 - vs. McMinnville H.S.

Players to Watch “I am really excited for the upcoming season. The girls team is hoping to go to state which would mean we would finish the top 3 in our league. Personally, I hope to finish top 30 for metro league girls.” - Junior Katie Gentry

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Senior Willa Ford Junior Aran Lenart Junior Sam Fusick

Upcoming Races Coming this January

“I feel that we’re going to do really well. We have improved since last year. Everyone has been working hard so that will all contribute to a successful season.” - Sophomore Megan Risinger

snowboarding Players to Watch Senior Danielle Sanders Senior Sohayla Horani Junior Colin Chisholm

Upcoming Races

“We lost a few key players, but we’ll come back strong. I see state in the future.” - Junior Carly Culin

Coming this January

swimming “I feel like this year is going to be a good year for Tigard. We have a lot of potential and a big team. I look forward to getting closer to my swim family.”

- Junior Ryan Smidt

Players to Watch Junior Tess Langseth Junior Kevin Li Junior Brett Higgins

Upcoming Meets January 6 - vs. Glencoe H.S. January 13 - vs. Hillsboro H.S. January 20 - @ Tualatin H.S.


Players to Watch Junior Randy Tate Junior Andy Pin Junior Erick Franco

Upcoming Meets

“I think any team has the chance to be successful if they work hard.” - Junior Cody Bliss

January 5 - Pac Conference Double Dual January 12 - @ Forest Grove H.S. January 19 - Interleague Double Dual @ McKay

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Fashion: Boots and leggings This

By Teddi Faller

Not that

Tuck in chunky boots

Chunky boots under jeans

For those chunky boots, the best way to go is in. Skinny jeans and bootleg jeans are ideal for tucking jeans into boots. If you wear jeans that are wider at the bottom, then pegging your jeans will keep the jeans in the boots and not bunched up.

Certain boots, such as thinner boots that hug the legs, actually look good under jeans. Unfortunately when you put chunky Ugg boots under your jeans you look like your calves have tumors.

Short skirts and thigh high boots

Short skirt and short boots

No matter how old you are, this look is never good. A short skirt alone is fine and thigh-high boots are fine over jeans, but together they send a message that says, “I walk the streets at night.�

The short boots add a flirty fall addition to the short skirt without looking too promiscuous.

Leggings with combat boots

Baggy pants with combat boots

The leggings add a girlish flair to the edgy combat boots.

This look is Avril Lavigne circa 2002, and it looked just as bad then as it does now. The baggy pants are fine by themselves - sometimes - but when paired with combat boots, you look like MC Hammer.

Leggings with a long shirt Instead of the short shirt, the longer shirt covers what needs to be covered and looks like a complete outfit.

Leggings with a regular length shirt When you wear too short of a shirt with leggings you look like you forgot to put pants on that morning. Photos by Enrique De La Cuesta

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Squeeze a tear for LimeWire My muffin and I were not happy on Saturday

By Ryan Smidt ery LimeWire user in the world knew that It is Saturday. Finally. I heat up my chocolate the day would come when LimeWire would muffin in the microwave and begin my weekly be shut down by the music industry. We just “download marathon” with my favorite free file didn’t know it would be so soon. sharing program, LimeWire, where I download Like every other LimeWire user out music from people all over the world. I start up there, I am left with nothing, my Saturdays my LimeWire program, watching the load bar ruined by the music moguls with their gold move while I look through the list on my phone chains and Rolls Royces. for songs I heard this week. Is it fair that I should pay $1 for every It’s Oct. 30. Like any other Saturday, when song, on average $300 a year, for my tunes I fire up LimeWire, I feel that little fear deep when these music makers are rolling in the down that I could get in trouble. It is illegal to dough? “share” songs over the Internet. I’ve heard the Back in the day, people shared albums stories of fines people have had to pay, but that and then 8-tracks and then CDs. If you doesn’t stop me. owned the music, you could share it or give I can’t live without my “jams.” Like girls it away. Why should it be so different when with their makeup, I need my music. Everyday the music is on my computer? I still own it, Ryan Smidt loves his “jams.” I search for new songs to add to my playlist. and I should still be able to share it. Photo by Kelly Blum If you looked at my “notes” on my phone, you Yes, I understand music costs money, artwould find long lists of songs I can’t wait to download. ists make their living that way, and the Internet has undercut their Biting into my muffin, I sit down and open up LimeWire. When profit margin. But LimeWire was a big plaza where music lovers the site loads, my heart defibrillates. I can’t breathe, I can’t move. I could share their tunes, and the world of rhythm beat around the tremble and shake as my pulse quickens. A huge Legal Notice say- world, with people sharing their passions. Why is that so bad? Someing that LimeWire has been shut down shadows the normal colorful one has to buy the music in the first place, so the music is being sold. home page that hosts the peer-to peer program. My mouth is hang- When someone then shares that music, does it mean that Flava Flav ing open, a piece of muffin falls out onto my keyboard. is losing his house – or just that he can’t buy another gold chain? “Why now?” I cry. These musicians make more money than doctors who save lives evMore than a month later, I have to admit that I saw it coming. Ev- ery day. They need to loosen up – and let us share the tunes.

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Buzzwords are ‘fresh’ By Amanda Smith, Nicholaus Lor and Valerie Hughes Each year slang words crop up like crab grass at Tigard High School and across the country, and this year the buzz runs dank, hella, fresh, or fail. Slang or “buzzwords” are words that take on a nontraditional meaning. “They’re interesting but fairly useless,” said math teacher Vince Fritzie. When Fritzie was a teenager, he said he used buzzwords such as “far out,” and “radical.” Buzzwords are nothing new. William Shakespeare invented the words “auspicious” and “dwindle” in his day, and those words became part of our common speech. In the ‘50s teens used “cool.” In the ‘60s “groovy” took the stage. In the ‘70s, teens picked up slang from a new favorite movie Star Wars. “May the force be with you” was commonly used along with “check you later,” “what’s shakin’,” and “peace out.”

In the “schweet” ‘80s “like,” and “oh my god,” were the trendiest buzzwords. The ‘90s were “dope” or “great.” English teacher Rebekah Simpson remembered saying “Cat’s pajamas” and “far out.” In English teacher Ken Teschner’s day, things were “tubular,” a “bummer,” “bokin,” and “stellar.” These days, though, Teschner said he sometimes gets confused by students’ new vocabulary and has to ask, “What does that mean!?” Many buzzwords make it into the dictionary: Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate,” a combination of refuse and repudiate, became part of the New Oxford American Dictionary in November and was named the word of the year. The English language is messy and ever changing as time passes. Teens’ vocabulary these days is truly “epic” and often becomes the language of the future.

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Cartoon by Ashton Babcock


myth of adolescence

By Kari O’Donnell Many adults see adolescence as a vacation from respon- service – and their homework. Without responsibility beyond sibility. They see a teenager walking down the street, and bed-making, this generation is lazy. their first thoughts are words such as “selfish” and “lazy.” Do Some teenagers such as sophomore Karl Viamonte-Lyons we deserve these titles? In a way we do. We spend our time wants to buck that trend: “I think it’s important to care about watching “Jersey Shore,” not paying attention to what’s go- what’s going on in the world around us because it puts things ing on, and not taking hold of our futures. For example, I was in perspective and we can become less self-centered if we see talking with a friend about the recent rescue of the Chilean the struggles others are going through. Most teenagers these miners. She had no idea what I was talking about. Are you days think the world revolves around them.” kidding me? Take hold of your future Sociologists claim that putting off adulthood has become a permanent trend among American youth, and now young It is our time to become aware of our futures and the huge adults. As a young adult myself, I have no choice but to come world around us. I want our generation to rediscover what to grips with this social phenomenon. We generally lack di- has always been true; that in order to grow and be something rection, commitment, and personal responsibility. in this world, we must pay attention and stop being lazy. We One hundred years ago there was no such thing as a teen- need to challenge and stretch ourselves, step outside of our ager. You jumped from child to adult. Thirteen-year-old girls comfort zones, and do something different and not always were ready to be married while children as young as six comfortable. It’s how people have grown before us and how worked in factories to support themselves. It took the Great we will always grow for the rest of our lives. But what can Depression to end child labor nationwide because adults you do to prove everyone wrong? You could volunteer at a were so desperate for a job that they were working for the soup kitchen. Give some of your clothes to a friend who needs same wages as children. But before this happened children them more than you. Maybe pick a gift out for someone who and teenagers were expected to work, sometimes in very doesn’t normally receive any gifts this holiday season. If we harmful situations. help out our community, and think about someone other than People today view the teen years as a social category of ourselves, we can abandon this myth of adolescence. age and behavior that would have been completely foreign Theodore Roosevelt said, “A mere life of ease is not in the to those men and women not too long ago. Why? Because ex- end a satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life which ultipectations have changed. Most adults today expect teens to mately unfits those who follow it for serious work in the do no more than clean their room – if they don’t have maid world.” Such is a tragedy, a wasted life.

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Irrational or accident prone? By Ashton Babcock Insurance agents say things like “client,” “coverage,” and “accident,” and 16-year-old girls say things like “cool,” “cleavage,” and “acting like a total witch.” But not me. Why? This all started when I woke up in an ambulance at about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. Thinking this was simply some weird, lucid dream or hallucination, and that shortly I would be waking up in my comfortable, soft bed, I didn’t really care to know where I was. There were people standing over me, and above them bright, fluorescent lights. There wasn’t a familiar voice to be heard. I didn’t know if they were friends or foes, but I didn’t care because I was still dreaming, right? Eventually my energy gave out, and this memory faded into the next. I woke up again on a slightly more comfortable surface under more fluorescent lights, feeling the sensation of someone lifting my head, and I saw a woman. Her face described a mixture of the following emotions: relief, fright, disgust and exhaustion. “Do you know who I am?” she asked. I didn’t, but somehow I knew I was supposed to know who she was. It was difficult to make out the details of her face, but something about the mixture of emotions said “concerned mother”. “Mom?” I asked. My voice came out in a weak squawk. Nodding, she asked if I knew where I was. I gathered enough energy to slowly shake my head. She explained that I had been in the pas-

senger seat of a friend’s car, on the way to Value Village. “You jumped out of the car. And someone called an ambulance, and now here you are,” she said, looking at me with a slightly pitying look I had never seen on her face before. “Do you remember any of that?” I’d like to say it all came back to me then, but it didn’t. I remember being in a car, and driving on Hall Boulevard, and a lot of fluorescent lights. A woman appeared in the doorway, putting on a pair of latex gloves. She said, “It’s common with head injuries not to really remember them.” I painfully craned my neck to make eye contact with her. “Head injuries?” “You got a concussion.” I gawked at her and became painfully aware of the center of my headache, the crown of my head. I raised my hand to it, but the woman gently pushed my hand away. I tried to sit up, and felt a wave of intense nausea. I clutched my stomach. “Just lay back down on your side facing your mom. I’m going to put some anesthetic on your head so I can put some staples in.” Oddly enough my biggest concern right then was an odd passing thought about whether or not they would shave my head. I noticed, repulsed, that my pillow was covered in blood. I had never seen so much of my own blood in one place. I tried not to imagine who else’s blood had spilled on that pillow. “I’m going to put five staples in now,

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okay? Ready? Okay, 1, 2, 3--” I definitely felt it; five sudden pains in my scalp, increasing the pain of my headache. “All right, all done. Mom, do you want to come see?” The next few moments are a blur. I remember being wheeled around in a chair. I remember getting into my mom’s car. I remember laying down in a soft, warm bed, and becoming aware of myself lying there. And once I was, the thoughts were finally able to flow freely. I jumped out of a moving vehicle? Not exactly an intelligent, thoughtful thing to do. If I don’t remember doing it, as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t do it. Should I be held accountable for something I didn’t remember? I still have no answer for those that ask why I did it. At Thanksgiving dinner I suffered the merciless teasing of my family, as they called me “accident prone” and threatened to buy me a sparkley helmet to wear whenever I go out. Things were not helped when I injured my pinky finger several days later, the result of another careless act. It’s been almost two months since the accident, and it still bothers me that I have no idea what happened to me that day, other than what I’ve been told. Rational people don’t jump out of cars. Does that make me irrational? The default subject for my mind to wander to when I’m lying awake in bed is whether or not I’d rather be called “irrational” or “accident prone”. Cartoons by Ashton Babcock

Merry random day This holiday season, let’s try a little tolerance By Katie Murphy

On behalf of HiSpots, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Are you offended? Get over it. As the “holidays” approach, we are constantly reminded of the separation between church and state, a freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment in our Constitution. Our First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Although a majority of Americans call themselves Christians, we all have the freedom to worship whatever god we choose. The battle between church and state hit home during the Nov. 5 Veterans Assembly. The first video in the assembly showed a speech about the courage of U.S. troops and made a reference to their “faith.” The second video was a variety of photos composed to Jo Dee Messina’s “Heaven Was Needing a Hero,” ending with the image of Jesus. While some staff and students rightfully felt surprised at the disregard for our constitutional rights, it was a cheap shot to file an anonymous complaint against Principal Mark Neffendorf with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. “Mark was unaware that a video was going to be shown,” Susan Stark Haydon, spokesperson for the Tigard-Tualatin School District, told the Oregonian.

While Neffendorf is responsible for whatever happens inside this school, he does not review leadership videos for all-school assemblies. Even so, this should have been a mistake discussed by the staff, not dirty laundry aired to the news media. This is an educational institution, and the incident could have been a teaching moment for staff and students. The three-second clip of Jesus was a mishap, not an attempt to brainwash the heathens among us. Especially around winter break, a break from school created for this Christian holiday, we all need to suck it up and not be so offended by American traditions. So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and if you’re not Christian, please don’t be offended by the holidays while we sing “Silent Night”, trim the tree and wish each other a wonderful Christian holiday, a holiday celebrated by atheists and Christians alike for its wonderful traditions.

Did you know:

In Oregon, laws regarding separation of church and state are stricter than most states, until recently. Because of the influence of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920’s, Oregon was one of three states with a law banning religious clothing for teachers. The law was originally passed in 1923 to prevent Catholic nuns and priests from teaching in public schools, although the law has never specified any religion. This archaic law was finally repealed earlier this year.

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All editorial decisions are made by students, not by their adviser or the administration. Along with the freedom of speech granted by Oregon’s student publications law and the First Amendment, the staff understands its responsibility to be fair, just, tasteful, balanced and truthful.

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New Year


THS Student’s Resolutions for 2011 By Emma Johnson

Master my new video game - Sophomore Chantelle Widerburg

Raise GPA to 3.7

-Sophomore Ben Vanderschuere’s

Cherish what I already have and don’t complain about what I don’t have - Senior Charles Schmidt

Get good grades - Freshman Amanda Heinle

Be more outgoing -Junior Alondra Rodriguez

Get stronger and faster for the upcoming lacrosse season - Senior Austin Vonletkemann

Clean up mistakes I made -Sophomore Alyssa Chamblerlin

Get straight A’s - Freshman Angus Hand

Improve my guitar playing skills - Freshman Charlee McGuire

Quit Procrastinating - Junior Steven Greinke

Get my license - Senior Celena Durnbaugh

Make time to see my girlfriend

- Junior Dylan Barkdoll

Keep your goal Create a plan with clear easy steps Make your plan before you forget Write it down Spread it out so that it’s a year round goal Make it flexible, don’t worry if it changes Photo by Maggie Johnson

HiSpots December 2010 issue  

The December 2010 issue of Tigard High School's independent student newspaper, HiSpots.