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An independent student newspaper

March 10, 2011 Vol. 84 Edition 3

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FEATURES horoscopes 17 road trip 18 EDITORIALS tanning 20 food for thought 22

COLLEGE 6 advice from alumni 8 testing 10 what to do when 14 best and worst majors 16 non-college way of life NEWS 13 budget cuts 24 teacher contract negotiations

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WHAT COMES NEXT? Life after THS For seniors, June 10 inches closer as childhood and high school begins to disappear. For juniors, graduation day seems within reach. For sophomores it’s a persistent dream. For freshmen it is simply a figment of their imagination. But graduation is inevitable for most of us. Where will you go after high school, and how will you get there? This section is dedicated to helping you map out a plan, whether it’s going to college or finding a trade.

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Which school fits your personality? Take this quiz to find out By Carlie Jones-Hershinow

What’s your favorite sport?

Is school spirit important to you?

1- Skateboarding. 2- Soccer. 3- Baseball. 4- Football. 5- Does Math Club count? 6- Volleyball.

1- Who cares? 2- We try. 3- Hand me the face paint. 4- I’m the most annoying fan ever. 5- Sports are for the remedial. 6- I’ll knit a scarf in team colors.

What do you do in your free time?

Where do you want to live?

1- Chill. 2- Get Voodoo doughnuts. 3- Hang in the Frat. 4- Eat vegan cookies. 5- Play W.O.W. 6- Finger Paint.

1- Anywhere and everywhere. 2- Downtown. 3- Out in the country. 4- Hippie land. 5- In my mind. 6- In the warmer area.

What’s your favorite food?

What’s your favorite animal?

1- Whatever is in mom’s fridge. 2- Food carts. 3- Panda or Carls Jr. 4- Anything without a face. 5- Cheetos. 6- I don’t eat. I starve for my art.

1- Cat 2- Pigeon 3- Nutria 4- Mallard 5- Unicorn 6- Hawk


1- Take the bus to an apartment. 2- Up the hill at someone’s house! 3- Toga party. 4- Tailgater at the football game. 5- Sponsored by the chem. dept. 6- With sparkling cider and cheese.

Mostly 1’s- Portland Community College

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5’s- Reed College

2’s- Portland State University

1- As little as possible. 2- Not much. I have to work for it. 3- Charge it to my parent’s card. 4- Uncle Phil is paying. 5- I have a full-ride math scholarship. 6- Less than a private school.

How do you like to party?

4’s- University of Oregon

How much do you want to pay?

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6’s- Southern Oregon University 3’s- Oregon State University


Tigard graduates give advice to those heading off to college By Maris Schwarz

Tracy Wilder ‘10 Q. Why Brigham Young University-Idaho? A. Three of my other siblings attended BYU-Idaho, and I went there for a summer camp and I liked it. Q. What is the best way to meet people and make friends in college? A. I met most of the people in my classes or by friends from Tigard introducing me to people they met. But I think the best way is being outgoing and meeting new people in class. Q. How should one get involved in college? A. There are announcements, posters, flyers, and lots of other ways to be involved. I am planning on playing lacrosse next semester. It is really important to be involved!

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Ben Eggert ‘09 Q. Why did you decide on Oregon State University? A. I decided on OSU because I have always been a beaver, and I have religiously hated the ducks, so the University of Oregon wasn’t even an option. Q. Why did you choose to join a fraternity? A. I chose to join a fraternity at first for the social opportunity, but now I feel it is more about networking and long-lasting friendships. Q. How do you get into the best parties? A. Being involved in Greek life is the way to have the best social opportunities. Once you are in, you are in. It’s harder, if not impossible, to get into the best parties if you have no connection to the fraternity. Q. Any tips for getting tickets to a game? A. Get there super early. For really good games I’ve camped out for three to four days. When the line is wrapped around the stadium five to six days before the ticket box even opens, you [probably won’t get in] and shouldn’t waste your time.

Gillian Harger ‘10 Q. Why did you decide to attend Occidental College? A. I chose Occidental College because it was in southern California, so the weather is awesome -- but also it is academically rigorous and has a commitment to diversity and openness. Q. What’s the best thing about going out of state? What’s the worst? A. The best thing about going out of state is you have the opportunity to go somewhere completely new and make a whole new set of friends-- it is really an amazing experience. But at the same time, the worst thing is that you’re so far away from all your high school friends; you’re a little out of the loop. Oh, and airfare for breaks is expensive. Q. What are the dorms like? A. I love the dorms. They have everything, and the food here is amazing. They’re really small; mine only has 100 or so students in it, so you get to know each other well and form a community.

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Nickolaus Schwarz ‘09 Q. What is the best dorm hall at the University of Oregon? A. Bean of course. [You are] so close to people that you can’t help but make friends. A con [is that there is] no dining hall, so you’re going to have to brave it during the winter. Q. How do you get into the best classes? A. Sign up early and stay on track! More credits get priority in each class. Q. Any advice on getting tickets to the games? A. You’ll learn the tricks, but there really is no rhyme or reason to it. Be ready to experience heartache as well as exaltation. Q. Anything else high school students should know? A. Be ready to be overwhelmed, but realize that everyone is, so it’s OK. Take it one class at a time, and focus on getting that done. The party will always be there, but your job is to make sure you stick around long enough to receive all the benefits.

Q. Why the United States Military Academy at West Point? A. West Point had been my dream school since I could remember. I decided on West Point because I have always wanted to become an Army officer, and I figured this place would provide me the best leadership experience to prepare myself for the Army. Also, the academics here are the best the nation can offer, and the level of prestige is high, so overall it was just a good fit for me. Q. What are the major differences between THS and college? A. For me it’s an entirely different world [in college]. Obviously, being at a military school is a big reason for that, but overall I think I speak for most other college kids when I say that the academic load is much harder. A really hectic week for me in high school is pretty much a slow week here. Also, there’s the whole “being on your own and away from the parents” aspect. It’s cool and exciting and all when you’re in high school, but once you get out here, for me at least, I missed being back at home a lot. But then again, I left two weeks after graduation in June when every one else didn’t start until around September, so all throughout Basic [training] I was wondering what people were doing at home. But all in all, college is nothing like high school. Oh, and the maturity level gets a lot better. Q. How do you get into the best parties? A. Parties? I have to be in my room by 11:30 p.m. every night. Although I do get one weekend pass per semester as a freshman, so I can go out to New York City or something. The United States Military Academy isn’t exactly the hotspot for parties. I wonder why?

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How standardized tests affect your chances of getting into your dream college By Emma Johnson

Sweaty palms. Knotted stomach. Two sharp number 2 pencils. The thought of failing.

For any college-bound student, the ACT and SAT are necessary evils. Admissions offices use these tests, along with other factors, to determine whether or not you’re right for their school. Each test is different. The SAT tests your reasoning skills, and the ACT tests your retained knowledge. If you do well on one test and not the other, then you only have to submit your good score, unless the college has specific requirements stating otherwise.

When to Take It.

Tigard High School offers juniors a chance to take the ACT in the spring for free. “Tigard-Tualatin School District and a couple of others around the state require all juniors to take the ACTs, whereas remaining districts allow students to choose whether or not to take the tests,” said Associate Principal Mickey Toft, who is in charge of organizing the ACT. But taking the test once isn’t your only option. You can retake the test as many times as you can afford, but counselor Sheila Kendall said that your score improves the most the second time you take it but not much more after that. To sign up for taking the ACT or SAT, check out

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How to Prepare.

Tigard High School offers the Explore test to freshmen and the PLAN to Sophomores. You can also take free practice tests on There, you will also find ACT questions of the day. To find the SAT question of the day, go to To get ready for the SAT, take the PSAT as a freshman, sophomore, or junior. If you score in the 99th percentile your Junior year, you have a chance to be entered as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. A great score doesn’t guarantee a spot but it increases your chance. If you’re the last one standing in your county, you could get a huge scholarship. Many schools and private companies offer scholarships based through the National Merit Program. The highest score possible is 240, or an 80 in each of the three sections.

Good Scores.

The college readiness benchmarks for the ACT are English: 18, Math: 22, Reading: 21, Science: 24. If you do badly on the ACT, you can re-take it just like the SAT, but you will have to pay. The SAT is scored out of 2400, the 50th percentile in the US in 2010 was a composite score of 1509. To get into a top school, shoot for the 90th percentile, which is 2100 or above. Research your dream school online to see what score you need to get in. However, colleges don’t only look at your test-taking ability. Blake Vawter, the associate director of admissions at OSU, said that these tests are only one of the three main criteria they are looking for. “A below-average or even well-above-average test score won’t make or break a student’s chances for admission,” said Vawter. OSU, like most colleges, bases its choices on test scores, GPA and strength of curriculum, and activities such as clubs, sports, and volunteer activities.

Stop stressing and get prepared Testing Success Story

Extra Prep

Katie Murphy gives her secret to a good score

If you really want to prepare for the SAT, get ready for Lori Townzen and Carol Rutschman’s SAT prep course held at THS. Towzen covers the verbal section, and Rutschman handles the math. This spring the course is 12 hours long, starting Monday, March 28 and ending April 9. The practice course includes text, practice problems on a CD, test-taking strategies, and two scored essays. It costs $110, and class size is limited. Signups close March 15, so act now. Contact either teacher for more information. The course is full but you can sign up for the waiting list. Go to for SAT test dates and to register online for the test.

When I tell people I got a 35 out of 36 on the ACT, jaws usually drop. I seem like an alien. I’ve even had a few people tell me that it must be a mistake, but most just ask how I did it. Pay attention. I’ll tell you my secret as to how I cracked the test. I studied. If you know how the test is formatted and have enough practice, it isn’t scary. They ask the same types of questions every year, and if you know what they’re asking the test is a lot easier. Most people don’t study for the test because they are either lazy or don’t think they can because there is no teacher telling them what will be on it. The best way to study is to take lots of practice tests. The internet, bookstores, and our school library have plenty of practice tests and books with strategies. I also took an SAT prep class through the Saturday Academy to help train myself on how to take the test. The next key to success: Don’t start the

night before. If you really want to do well, study almost every night for at least a month, hopefully more, before the test. If you aren’t willing to put in the time then you don’t deserve to go to the college that requires high test scores, anyway. I’ve had people tell me that test scores don’t matter in getting accepted, and it always seems to be the people who did poorly on the test. No, standardized tests are not the only component to an application, but they sure do help. This year I’m the only National Merit Finalist at THS. It’s a big title that means I scored high on the PSAT. By doing so, I already have a half-tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California and other scholarship opportunities on the way. So yes, tests do matter, but they are not the all-powerful dictator as to whether you will get into the college of your dreams. If you really want to go somewhere or get scholarships, then put in the work and study to do so.

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A step-by-step plan from freshman to senior year to get procrastinators into college By Hannah Bryant

Freshmen/Sophomores All Year

You really do not have much to do in regards to college. All of the advice say the same thing: Get good grades and participate in lots of activities. During your freshman and sophomore years, you have some of the easiest classes you may ever have (even if it doesn’t seem like it). Take advantage of this time to make a buffer for your GPA by getting the best grades you possibly can. Also, build relationships with teachers so when it comes time, they will write you a stunning letter of recommendation.

Seniors Summer before senior year There are many things you need to do before you begin the application process. It is a good idea to continue campus visits and narrow your search for where you want to apply. Prepare your academic resume or “brag sheet.” Many colleges may ask for this on an admissions application or scholarship application. Teachers will also use this while writing letters of recommendations for you. Again, give yourself plenty of time to take your ACTs and SATs, and don’t forget to look into taking SAT subject tests.

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Juniors Fall/Winter Junior year is where the college prep work begins. In the spring of your junior year, begin to research colleges you are interested in; many people start out with a list of ten or so schools and eventually narrow it down to five or six to apply to. Once you narrow your choices, make sure you are added to the college or university’s mailing list so that you will get important information about the school. To help you narrow your search down even further and envision whether or not you could live there, visit the campuses.


Get organized. There will be baskets full of fliers, brochures, catalogs and important scholarship and admission deadlines coming in the mail. Make folders for each college you are interested in and file all important information. List out all of the deadlines for different types of applications (admissions deadlines, early action/decision deadlines, scholarship deadlines, etc.). As a junior, you will also be taking the ACT in April for free. Take advantage of this great opportunity because ACT and SAT scores are not only required for admission applications, but they are also on many scholarship applications. For more info on the ACT’s and SAT’s, see pages 8 and 9.










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Fall Finally. You are a senior and looking forward to your last year. But there are many big decisions and fast approaching deadlines. Make sure you are organized and have marked all the deadlines. Request applications from your final narroweddown list of schools and fill them out. Writing application essays may be taxing and time consuming, so give yourself time. Have all materials you need: transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. Also, continue visitations; the more you visit the schools, the easier it will be to make your final decision.

Winter Some early action and early decision deadlines are as early as November. This is when all of the effort you put into organizing information is going to help you keep track of when applications are due. Make sure to save copies of all the applications you send to schools for your own records. Also, keep your applications saved; many schools use the same or similar questions. Many regular admission deadlines are in December and January, so be sure to get your applications in on time. In late December gather information for filling out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS Profile. These are forms that prospective students and undergraduates fill out annually to be considered for financial aid. File your FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible to ensure you are considered for financial aid. Check with colleges about additional financial aid they offer. Continue to be aware of scholarship deadlines.

Spring In March and April colleges will send out admissions letters and financial aid awards. This is when you compare schools side by side and make a decision based on what best suits you. Most schools ask for a decision by May 1. Do not miss this deadline, or you may not be going anywhere. After you have made your decision, submit your housing application and tuition deposit confirming your attendance. At the end of the year, colleges request you send official transcripts and often other pieces of information. Make sure you follow through on all these requirements. FEATURES | March 10, 2011 | PAGE 11


7 period days?

Students may face big cuts in programs and teachers next year

By Katie Murphy

Money is tight and cuts to the Tigard-Tualatin School District will be painful. “There are no good answers about how to reduce programs,” said Superintendent Rob Saxton. “They all hurt, and really badly.” The district faces a $9.5 million budget shortfall heading into next year. Part of this is due to less money coming from the state due to the recession. “The federal dollars are no longer there,” said Sen. Richard Devlin, CoChair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. “The ability to gain more in terms of revenue is limited.” In addition, the district will receive less money from the local option tax because of changes in the Urban Renewal District in Tualatin. To make matters worse, the district needs to spend $4.5 million more on the public employee retirement system and more on fixed expenses such as heating and cooling the buildings next year. “There isn’t anything to cut that’s good,” said Saxton. “It means our stu-

dents are going to be less successful.” This year the district used $5.5 million from the “rainy day fund” leaving $7.6 million in reserve. Because of district policy, the district can use only $2.6 million from this fund next year, creating even sharper cuts. Although the district did make money from the sale of land in the Fowler forest and by old Tualatin Elementary, a policy says that property sales will go to property purchases and the money is planned to be used to pay off debts on new land purchased on Bull Mountain. Anyway you want to slice it, cuts in programs and staff layoffs are inevitable across the board, from administrators to secretaries, Saxton said. How will these cuts be decided? The Smart, Sustainable Schools Committee, or S3, began meeting in October to see how the district could be more efficiently run. With upcoming budget cuts, their recommendations take on a sharper edge. The committee unveiled its recommendations last Wednesday at a community budget meeting. The group will reconvene in three weeks to look at community and staff suggestions,

then make final recommendations to Saxton. From there, Saxton will make recommendations to a budget committee, which will then make recommendations to the school board which will adopt a budget in late June. The Preliminary Suggestions The S3 committee made preliminary suggestions for plus 5 percent, minus 5 percent, and minus 10 percent projections in the budget. The minus 10 percent proposal as described below totals $9.3 million, in line with what the district says is a $9.5 million deficit next year. Busing would be cut so that there would be fewer stops, required sign ups, and farther walks to bus stops. Elementary school librarians would be eliminated completely and replaced by half time “technology” staff. Without proposed schedule changes, high school class sizes would be increased by 6 students and 10.5 teacher positions would be cut. Athletics, textbooks, and supplies would each be reduced by 20 percent. With the 10 percent budget reduction, there would also be four furlough days, or days when there is no school.

Photo by Maggie Johnson Human resources director Ernest Brown and Superintendent Rob Saxton discuss tough budget decisions we face next year in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

A subcommittee of S3 investigated scheduling as a way for TTSD to be more efficient, but has not yet made the recommendation to the main S3 committee. “No matter what the schedule, there will be fewer teachers,” said Saxton. On the current block schedule, only 75 percent of the teachers are working at one time because the rest have a prep period. With a 7-period schedule, 85.6 teachers are teaching at any moment. Because there will be lay-offs regardless of the decision, if fewer teachers are teaching at one time, class sizes will grow. “I like an 8-block [or 4-period per day] schedule better than a 7-period schedule, personally,” said Saxton, but “I don’t believe there is any difference in student outcomes.” Saxton went on to say that good teachers are the key to success, not a schedule. Many schools are already on 7-period schedules, especially many successful IB schools, Saxton added. “Teachers are really humane, most of the time,” said Saxton in response to student worries about more homework. Teachers would change the amount of homework per day accordingly, he said. “When it comes to efficiency, its not as efficient,” said Saxton about the current schedule. The details of the proposal, such as passing times and lunches, will be up to the design of the school’s administration and teachers if they choose to adopt the schedule.

What Would You Cut?

Students and teachers share how they would solve the budget crisis.

“We should make the day shorter.” -Junior Cara Mitchell.

Teacher Francis Caro would like to make the cuts as far away from the students as possible.

“Probably the school supplies.” -Fresh. Amanda Smith

“I’d probably cut band because I’m not in band.” -Soph. Cody Pastor

“I would cut at the district office.” -Teacher Julie Carlsen

“I would cut the water vending machines.” -Junior Luis Vega

“PE and math class” -Soph. Nicole Arredondo

“I would choose to have furlough days. It’s the easiest to fix later.” -Teacher David Unis

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All About In ten years I will be driving to work in a BMW By Hannah Bryant

As your high school years go by, you may start thinking about what your life will look like as a working adult. While your underlying interests will drive you toward your career, you need to walk toward college graduation with your eyes – and your wallet – open. These six degrees are top money-makers. Interestingly, they all require a good head for math and the patience to swim in the corporate world. While they bring you financial rewards, they’re not going to necessarily make you feel all warm and fuzzy.


Engineering: While there are many types of engineering jobs, they all pay well, and graduates are scooped up fast. The average starting salary is $55,000 but may be slightly higher depending on what type of engineering job you land.


Accounting: There are four main areas where graduates with accounting degrees get hired: government accounting, internal auditing, public accounting or management accounting. Accountants carry out financial tasks for both individuals and groups. The starting salary is around $45,000.


Business Administration/Management: One of the most popular majors for the past several years, students with this degree have many opportunities. Graduates may start their own businesses or work in existing businesses. The starting salary is around $43,000.


Computer Science: With how fast the Internet and computer technology are growing, people with computer skills are in high demand. Beginning pay starts around $50,000. Computer scientists are employed by almost every industry; almost every company now, big or small, needs techies.


Economics/Finance: Economics and financial professionals collect and analyze data in stocks, research bonds and other market areas and start off making about $46,000. Most people in Economics and financing work for the government, banking industries, or financial institutions.


Management Information Systems: Effectively organizing and processing business’s information, graduates solve business problems such as creating a business-wide strategy, or calculating product costs and profits. Graduates can expect to make around a $47,000 starting salary.

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Passion All About

In ten years I will be driving to work in a Prius By Hannah Bryant

While many of these following professional areas may be intrinsically rewarding, they also pay the worst out of most college degrees. If you are driven by humanity, money might not matter, but if you want a five-bedroom house and a big boat in the driveway, you might want to re-think your altruism.


Social Work: While working in social work may reward you in some ways, the average starting salary is around $33,000 and a mid-career salary of only $40,000. Even so, social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. It usually requires six years of school and a master’s degree just to start in the field.


Teaching: We love teachers and feel appreciative. However, teachers start their careers with a salary of around $33,000 which only grows to about $43,000 at the mid-career marker. Most beginning teachers need a master’s degree to start their career.


Drama: It’s true that movie stars make several million dollars for each movie, but most people start their salaries around $34,000. Many never make it past this stage, but some strike it rich. It’s a roulette game of life.


Theology/Religious Studies: The average starting salary for a theology graduate is $34,000 with a mid-career salary of around $42,000. Many people go in to this field with great intentions of finding “the religious truth” and asking questions like “Who is God, and how is he revealed in the Scripture?” but they realize that there are very few jobs.


Horticulture: A job in horticulture pays $37,000 and can grow to $53,000. People in horticulture work in the science of plants, seeds, soils and planting. They study the plants, the soil that they grow in, and the cultivation of the vegetation.


Fine Arts: Depending on the degree, artists may start off making as low as $34,000. However many new artists soon find the true meaning of the phrase “starving artist.” On the other hand, some extraordinary artists who make it big make millions.

Photo by Trevor Anderson

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Not going to college gives you time to think. Photo by Enrique De La Cuesta

Skipping College Ways to get ahead without a degree By Micah Lundstrom College isn’t for everyone, no matter what adults tell you. In fact, many people live prosperous and successful lives without college degrees. Here are some non-college options.

The military

While joining the armed forces may not be the safest choice, recruits take an ASVAB written test as well as a physical to determine which trade suits them. For example, in the U.S. Navy you can train to be an electrician or in the Air Force you could become a mechanic. The service “builds your character” and offers training for life, said Sara McDonald, who works in aviation supply as well as a recruiter on the side. For information on joining any branch, check out

The trades

First, figure out what trade you like, and then find out how to become an apprentice. Plumbers, electricians, and carpenters all learn the trade through on-the-job training under an experienced “journeyman.” PAGE 16 | March 10, 2011 | FEATURES

Each trade has its own program. For example, to learn about becoming an electrician, check out For other trades, simply Google the trade name and the word “apprenticeship.” You want to find the union organization in your area, which will train and hire apprentices. After four or five years of training and paid on-the-job experience, apprentices take a test to become a journeyman themselves. You can find a number on the Internet to call by merely searching your desired trade and the city or area you want to work in and the correct union should come up.

Go to work

Some high school graduates go straight to work. The key is to move away from companies that hire teens for mostly part-time work and where there is little room to advancement, according to Brooke Merrick, a sales representative at Verizon Wireless, who has been promoted already two times in her first year at Verizon. “The bigger the company, the more room for growth,” said Merrick, adding that getting hired sometimes is the hardest part,

but once you get the job, you’ll move up if you’re good at what you do, especially in companies such as Verizon that encourage advancement. You should also make sure you’re joining a company whose product or service interests you. You want work to be something you care about. For example, if you like phones, get a job stocking phones. You can go from there to selling those phones in the showroom. Next, you might move into management. Although your chances are lower than someone with a college degree, your next stop could be the corporate office with the sweet glass office. As long as the company has room for advancement and you are willing to work hard, you might land a promising career and skip college.


The “Student Conservation Association” allows you to volunteer. You might not make money, but you’ll help others in your community and you’ll gain work experience. It also allows you time to think about what you may want to do with your life. Interested? Check out

LIBRAHOROSCOPE Living life by my sign By Brian Reverman

Photo by Maggie Johnson

February 23 Horoscope: It’s the perfect time to get ready for spring-cleaning. Your hoarding instincts are ebbing, so you can clean out those closets or the attic ruthlessly. Me: Today I was given three hours worth of homework. A perfect time for spring-cleaning? Please, I hardly have time to use the restroom in peace! When a 17 year old’s “fortress of solitude” cannot be used in peace, we, as a community should know it’s definitely not time for spring cleaning!

February 24

Horoscope: If your life were a house, it would be a boarding house. You enjoy spending time in the vegetable garden with its raucous bounty. Me: This horoscope had nothing to with my day at all! I unfortunately couldn’t attend to my vegetable garden, because I was given a snow day, which led me to play Call of Duty and watch T.V. all day. Isn’t life great when you don’t have a care in the world? From my carelessness, my vegetable garden suffered, but it didn’t die for nothing. R.I.P garden. Your raucous bounty will never be forgotten.

February 25

Horoscope: Be careful gambling today. (In every sense of the word.) In addition, be extra careful taking care of children. Yes, you are enthusiastic about something, but you might not see the full picture Me: Well, this actually related to me. After school, I was surprised with babysitting my neighbor’s 3-year-old son. There was a moment when he wanted to go outside and play. He was about to leave the house, when I stopped him to make him wear his coat. In some way, I believe that in me remembering that one detail, I saved him the agony of possibly catching a bad cold. I also decided to gamble in my favorite past time, Call of Duty. I stuck my soldier in the line of fire. He took just one too many bullets. My horoscopes are finally coming true! It’s all starting to make sense!

February 27

Horoscope: You may need to pay extra attention to family matters today. Don’t complain about what you have to do; just prioritize your tasks and get started. Me: It was a busy day. I decided to fulfill my domestic responsibilities! I had no other enjoyable commitments, so I tended to the bathroom and living room. My cleaning duties were going great, until I found that my pet dog Bogart left me a surprise present in my room. Why? Why my room? But I must not complain!! My horoscope demands it! So far, my horoscopes have had nothing to do with my life. But I will not quit, I must continue on!

February 26

Horoscope: Ignore those who approach you for temporary loans. Be careful not to pick up an argument with someone you live-- conflicting issues should be solved amicably. Don’t be aggressive while going out for shopping with your beloved. Me: Well, this is great. This had nothing to do with my life. I wasn’t approached for temporary loans, I did not pick any arguments with any of my siblings or friends, and I had no conflicting issues to solve! I also have no “beloved” to shop with, but I am single if you’re interested, ladies!

February 28

Horoscope: Family responsibilities continue to interfere with your work now, but you can handle it if you are careful about time management. There’s no stopping you if your actions are aligned with your heart. Me: I have no family responsibilities. What am I doing that’s important? What does my horoscope even mean? I never believed in horoscopes in the past, and I definitely won’t believe in the future! I have put myself out there, and nothing has even come close to relat-

March 1

Horoscope: Your planet Venus receives an electric shock from lightning-like Uranus today, zapping your personal life with possibilities that may be very destabilizing. Perhaps someone from work tries to distract you with an exciting invitation. Saying yes sounds like a good idea, but your involvement could create more trouble than fun. Me: An electric shock? Sounds painful. Maybe it’s because it’s in the same sentence as Uranus. Anyway, if there is one thing I have learned form this article, horoscopes aren’t real! Nothing has happened that was supposed to happen! I’m done! I will never read a horoscope again!

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Are you

By Emma Johnson and Teddit Faller


You must start at Voodoo Doughnuts and hit the road full of sugar.

Boise, ID

Check your wallet: Is there $500 in cash, a debit card, and an emergency credit card? No? Call your mama.

Yellowstone, WY

Rough it at Boundary Campground for only $10 and enjoy staying at a site filled with picnic tables and restrooms that is 3 miles northeast of town on Trial Creek Rd. Try Kulture Klatsch at 409 S. 8th St. for great vegetarian options, juices, and smoothies for $4-10. Food, fun, and sleep aren’t free so bring $150-$200 a day to cover your needs.

Baker, CA

If you love aliens and UFOs, go to the Roswell museum on 114 North Main St. It’s only $5 per adult for an in-depth tour and a full explanation of the Roswell incident.

When your stomach starts to grumble, go to Timberline Café at 135 Yellowstone Ave in W. Yellowstone. It has a large salad bar, homemade pies, sandwiches, and omelets. Explore the park trails and make sure to see all of the animals and geysers.

Roswell, NM One thing you’d never thought you’d do is go to Texas to see the outdoor musical TEXAS. It only cost $10 and is at the Texas Musical Drama at 15145 Ave.

Amarillo, TX

Stashed in the desert, Baker has an outof-this-world jerky shop called Alien Fresh Jerky on 72242 Baker Blvd. With flavors from Premium Colon Cleaner Hot Jerky to Premium Abducted Cow Teriyaki Jerky, there’s something for everyone. After stopping off for some jerky, right down the street is The Mad Greek at 72112 Baker Blvd. PAGE 18 | March 10, 2011 | FEATURES

Make this spring break or summer an adventure. Bring your camera, you won’t want to forget this trip. Indianapolis, IN

Your life isn’t complete until you hangout with the Naked Cowboy and buy a nice knock-off from China Town. While you’re slumming it, stay at the $26-$35 Central Park Hostel at 19 W. 103rd St., and get great tasting, homemade ice cream at the Chinatown Ice-Cream Factory, 65 Bayard St.

Portland, ME

Manhattan, NY

Indianapolis isn’t only for racing. They have beautiful butterfly-filled gardens at the White River Gardens. The Abbey at 825 Pennsylvania Ave. has a great selection of delicious vegetarian meals.

Burlington, VT

After staring at the road for hours, spend some time at the beach and go to Captain George’s Seafood, at 1401 29 Avenue North. For only $28.99, Captain George’s seafood buffet is all yours.

Spend some time in Burlington at the Red Square, 136 Church St., any night for a wonderful variety of live music. Then fill up on a great vegetarian meal at Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup at 211 College St.

Savannah, GA

Enjoy the city with the name you know so well by going to the Portland Public Market at St. Cumberland Ave. Have some ethnic foods and baked goods. Stay at Budget Inn Motel, at 634 Main St. for a cheap rest. When beach hunting, beware of the only nude beach in Miami, Haulover Beach. Go to Golden Beach for a mix of the 50’s and modern times. And then of course go to the busy but breathtakingly beautiful South Beach with soft white sand and gorgeous blue water.


Myrtle Beach, SC

Good eats and southern cooking is what you will find in The Lady and Son’s restaurant at 102 W. Congress St., where Paula Deen, and her boys definitely follow the name “Chicken Capitol of the World.” If you’re looking for a place to stay, Savannah Pension, 304 E Hall St., is only $45 per night with A/C in the rooms to cool you down.

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Worth the

Photos By: Alfredo Palacios


What you don’t know now can kill you later By Kari O’Donnell

When you’re 30, do you want to look 50? If you’re tanning regularly, that could be your future. I know. Who cares about the future? Being bronze now looks beautiful, right? Wrong. Not only will your skin literally hang off your body, but also the effects of tanning are more deadly than you think. Melanoma, one of the deadliest cancers, is a high price to pay for a bronze body. One in five people get this deadly skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The father of Courtney Coons, Tualatin High School student, had struggled with melanoma for more than a year. “It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through,” Coons said. “Watching my father struggle though this, and seeing the anguish on this face, breaks my heart.”

The truth about the sun:

Although the sun is not “bad” the truth about sun exposure is much more complex than what was believed a generation ago. Scientists now believe that tanning beds can suppress the immune system, damage the cornea, bring about cosmetic and drug induced photosensitivity, and increase the risk of PAGE 20 | March 10, 2011 | EDITORIALS

developing melanoma cancer. Teens are at a special risk because their bodies are undergoing such accelerated growth rates that their cells are more prone to damage from the UV radiation, said the Skin Cancer Foundaiton. By routinely tanning your skin, starting at an early age, you put yourself at a greater risk of such damage. But since Coco Chanel declared tanning “in” in the 1920’s, a sun tan has been seen as a symbol of health, youth, and status, creating a $5 billion-a-year tanning salon industry. “I just don’t get it,” said sophomore Eva Laiti. “People know the risks of lying in the sun for hours, or going to tanning beds, but they continue not to care. It’s sad to think that someone feels like it is more important to have tan skin than lowering the risk of losing their life.” Coons knows the true risk: “If I had the chance to tell my peers anything, it would be to live life with perspective. To think about your future and the responsibility you have to take care of yourself now.” Both of these girls are right. Is having nice colored skin really worth risking your life for? It is time we rethink our position on the standards of beauty. Being tan is not beautiful. It is a walking advertisement for skin cancer.


truth about the Cosmo GIRL

By Ashton Babcock Teen magazines are showcased as an empowering resource for strong young women. But if you thumb through the pages of Cosmopolitan or Seventeen through the insecure eyes of a 16-year-old, that’s not exactly what you see. This all started with author Helena Gurley Brown, who had begun to pitch her idea of what a magazine should be to various editors in the early 60’s. Women’s magazines before then were centered around the home, and never discussed sex. Brown envisioned a world where the modern, sexy woman is idolized in magazines and other media. The publishers of Cosmo, which was, at the time, a spin off of Reader’s Digest, decided to hire her in 1965, figuring it would never go anywhere since readership was already going down. By the 1970’s every issue of Cosmopolitan featured a scantily clad young girl on the cover and controversial articles about sex and love on the inside. This was apparently Brown’s view of a “modern” woman. Her mission statement with this remodel was to show women that “you don’t need a man to be happy.” In response to criticism from feminists, Cosmo insists that their ideals are more focused on “gentler feminism” and that it’s much more “realistic and palatable” than the current idea of feminism. Brown’s mission statement should be rearranged to “you need to make men happy.” Articles tend to instruct readers to do things that “he” will like, with headlines such as “How To Give A Lapdance” and “The Suprising Trait He Finds Attractive”. Sure, Cosmopolitan is supposed to be for an audience of older women, but teens still read it. The alternative to Cosmo is Seventeen.

Cartoon by Elaine Akamian Instead of talking about how great sex is, it promotes a more mild form of promiscuity: “Best Kissing Tips for Girls: How to Kiss a Guy.” The average Seventeen reader is 16, so what do girls in their later teens have to read? Cosmopolitan. With its “gentler feminism.” Teens are always going to read these magazines, if they’re there. They also manage to snag a few readers by publishing articles about eating disorders and, ironically, the portrayal of women in the media. “Over and over again, I’ve heard my

women’s studies students describe reading fashion magazines or watching sexist shows as ‘guilty pleasures,’” said Hugo Schwyzer, a celebrated blogger. “And as a feminist, I’m wary of that phrase.” What is it about these magazines that intelligent young women keep going back to? It’s true that it’s hard to find media out there that portrays women in a non-sexist way that does not also portray them as nononsense, cold-hearted, asexual snakes. Schwyzer says asking the population of women to replace their digest of destructive media with hardcore feminist material would “perpetuate a stereotype of joylessness.” He goes on to suggest a “both/and” approach rather than “either/or.” “For those who find themselves experiencing internal tension [...] it’s okay to live between what you already accept to be true and what you are not yet ready to give up,” he said. According to Jennifer Bentjamin, a writer for Cosmopolitan’s online portion, it’s still the “must-read for young, sexy, single chicks.” It must also be noted that in the same article she called pre-1970’s Cosmo— a literary magazine, remember?—an “antiquated, general interest mag”. I will admit that I do read magazines like Seventeen and People occasionally. I like to laugh at how they portray men as sex crazed pigs who need to be trained with rolled up newspapers, and women as the behind-thescenes rulers who hold the power because they have certain genitalia. An insecure 16-year-old who is not as jaded as I am, and does not resemble the young sexy model on the cover, may not be so lucky. They might just adopt Brown’s ideals of “gentler feminism” if they don’t also get their daily fix of Ellen DeGeneres.

EDITORIALS | March 10, 2011 | PAGE 21

Food to think about By Teddi Faller

Food for game day Carbs, carbs, and more carbs! Carbs give the energy in order to run, jump, swim, or wrestle your fastest. Without carbs, you run the risk of being tired halfway through. Another essential nutrient is protein. Protein can be used to fuel the body and give more energy to muscle groups. Spagetti is a great meal the night before a meet or game. “Never try something new,” said PE teacher Heidi Dehaan. Dehaan suggests eating something bland, but full of carbs, and a bit of protein. She strongly suggests Subway before a game. Drink chocolate milk right after a game, said Dehaan: “The glucose right after a game to get back up. Then a meal about an hour later.”

Food for focus

Focusing is one of the things that we have to do everyday, so it’d be nice to have a helping hand. There are certain components in our diets that can give us that boost so we can slog through math class without falling asleep. Although too much caffeine can lead to feeling jittery, just the right amount can help wake your brain up and keep you focused during a test. A good source of caffeine is dark chocolate.

Food for sleep In order to focus well, you must get enough sleep to do so. Foods that break down carbohydrates to tyrptophan and serotonin help induce sleep. Sometimes the “don’ts” are easier than the “dos.” For sleep, avoid foods that are spicy which lead to heartburn; heavy foods and spices which can make the stomach uncomfortable. Toast does the work to help you get a good night’s rest.

Food for skin


Photo by Maggie Johnson

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Skin’s best friend is water. Water doesn’t only hydrate the body on the inside, but the moisture comes to the surface and hydrates your skin also. Fatty acids are also helpful to keep skin clear. Our bodies can’t make the sort of fat needed and so the fatty acids help clear the skin with the nutrients, such as those found in fish. Make sure to wash your face every night, said a representative from American Health.

Gym, Tan, Laundry: No matter how fake these people are, their reality show is a hit for a reason By Kenny Lamborn

Most people who watch “Jersey Shore” for the first time are shocked, and instantly think that the stars are complete idiots. Many think they are “everything that’s wrong with America.” For a long time, I also felt appalled and disgusted: I couldn’t believe that there was really somebody who named themselves “Snooki.” Four episodes and five hours later, my opinion changed as fast as Pauly D’s shades of orange. I initially thought, “Why aren’t these people in college?” These young adults spend all day tanning and sleeping, and all night fistpumping and getting drunk. For the entire first episode, I wondered why this show had become so famous. I attempted to use my brain to contemplate it while watching the show (not easy things to do at the same time) and finally came to a conclusion: Drama sells. Putting four testosterone-ridden guidos and four prissy guidettes together into one house is a really easy way to get eight stupid people into fights, or into the same bed. “Grenades,” anonymous letters, and household hook-ups happen daily for these people. The catfights over hair products, the drunken brawls, and the kitchen piling up with a mountain dishes; it all happened so often, I was struggling to keep up, and the drama had me hooked after episode three. Beneath the brainless drama, that may or may not cause you to become dumber while watching, the show incorporated a few tender moments. For example, Ronnie and Sammi’s initial romance was a nice break from all the drama. After a week or so, they began to yell at each other almost constantly, but they still had sweet moments every once in a while, like when Ronnie took Sam out for a romantic dinner. Their dinner conversation was only at the third grade level, but it’s the thought that counts! “Do you want to smoosh later?” asks Ronnie, as he sips his wine. “Yeah honey, you’ll get it in later,” says Sam. “Order me some more chicken. I’m friggin’ hungry.” Very classy! Eventually, I made it through the first season. By mid fall, I became obsessed while awaiting the release of the second season. I started getting irritated when people insulted Snooki or made fun of Pauly D; they were like good friends to me. One evening, I was sitting down to watch another enticing episode of “Jersey Shore,” all wrapped up in my Snuggie, when my mother told me that I was becoming everything wrong with America. That’s when I realized my initial curiosity had gone too far. I had become a fan, and I became a little frightened at myself! I started to hide away my love for the Jersey oompa-loompas: No more admiring Snooki’s 2-foot-tall hair bump, and no more midnight marathons of “Jersey Shore.” I’m not ashamed to admit that I still watch the new episodes every week, as my opinion of the Guidos and Guidettes has completely

changed. Ask yourself: Would you rather be an oompa-loompa who gets paid millions to act like a fool and party all day, or have a quiet life in the suburbs? Most people would pick to go the Jersey Way. I watch because I am jealous that their lives are so simple and so fun. I watch because the people are stupid, yet lovable. And mostly, I watch these orange blobs because they are not everything that was wrong with America – they were everything that is right about the entertainment business. Snooki Polizzi, the most famous Guidette, modeling at a photo schoot. Her new fame opens up a lot of possibilities. Photo from MTV and the Poughkeepsie Journal

Teacher STRIKE? THS staff declares an impasse after almost a year of contract negotiations

By Maris Schwarz

The countdown began last Wednesday toward a possible teacher strike. The Tigard-Tualatin School District teachers’ union, which represents more than 700 teachers and other licensed employees, declared an impasse Feb. 24 in contract negotiations with the district. Both sides presented their final offers March 2. “We are highly motivated to reach an agreement,” said Superintendent Rob Saxton, noting that negotiations began last spring. The three main sticking points are insurance, and workload and contract language, with around 130 proposed changes to the contract still being hashed out. Teachers have agreed to freeze their salaries and have asked for 16.5 percent increase in insurance benefits in light of premium costs skyrocketing 140 percent over the last seven years. The district has countered with a 10.5 percent insurance increase. “Tigard-Tualatin School District teachers are compensated in the top half of all 14 metro districts, and the board wants to keep them there,” said Saxton, adding that the district is facing an estimated $9.5 million budget shortfall heading into next school year, meaning cuts to school programs and staff. “We [the union] realize that these are difficult economic times,” said co-chair of the bargaining team John Weber. “All we’re asking for is a shared burden.” In the past year of negotiations, both sides said they have been mired in disputed changes in working conditions, preparation time, and teacher evaluations.

Weber said the union “doesn’t think [the district’s] demands are smart or sustainable.” The district wants to have more flexibility in the workday, allowing high school teachers to volunteer for classes being taught before 8 a.m. and after 3:15 p.m. as long as the teachers’ day remains eight hours. High school teachers currently have 90 minutes per day to prepare for their classes. The district wants to give teachers only 60 minutes a day with the remaining time given to supervisory duties and scheduled meetings. The district also wants high school teachers to conduct a 20-minute advisory period each week to help keep students on track toward graduation. “Our concern is that teachers workload continues to increase,” Weber said. “It’s difficult for teachers because [the district] continues to give us more to do.” Since negotiations over the contract began last September, teachers are currently working under the 2009-2010 contract. Thirty days after declaring impasse, the district can choose to impose its latest offer. The union can choose to accept the offer or strike after a vote from its members. “We do not want to strike,” said Weber. “But we want a fair contract and for the district to consider our ideas.” The union and school district have 30 days to negotiate after Wednesday, March 2. Both sides can then decide to continue negotiations, the teachers could go on strike, or the district could implement a “last offer” contract. Saxton said, “The school board wants to create a contract that is good for everyone.” PAGE 24 | March 10, 2011 | NEWS

HiSpots, March 15, 2011  

The March 15, 2011 issue of HiSpots, Tigard High School's independent student newspaper.

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