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October 14, 2010 Vol. 84 Edition 1
Kickinâ€™ it Old School:
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The Tigers beat Forest Grove 49-21 Oct. 1. Players, band members, Tigerettes and hundreds of fans wore pink in honor of Cancer Awareness Month.
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Students swarm Four Corners during passing time.
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With more kids than ever before, THS students squeeze into classes and teachers hold heavier loads By Maris Schwarz email@example.com
Remember the musky smell of too much Axe cologne? Remember hearing the screeching voices of students happy to see each other after three months apart? Remember feeling lost, the twisting in your stomach? Remember being intimidated by a school so much larger than the one you had previously attended, and eyeing the upperclassman’s fashions? Remember how incredibly overwhelming the school seemed the first time you walked through it? It’s easy to recall the feelings of the first day of freshman year, and for this year’s freshman class, Tigard High School was even more intimidating, with 95 more total students than originally projected. Officials in the Tigard-Tualatin School District said they were unsure why there was such a dramatic influx of freshmen this year; there happened to be more than 200 students to enroll this summer and an unusual amount of transfers from the Beaverton School District. Past freshman classes have commonly boasted numbers around 500 students, said Associate Principal Mickey Toft. This year’s freshman class consists of 562 students. “When you have that many students, it has a big impact on the size of the classes,” Toft said. “There are more classes in the upper 30s and low 40s than I’ve ever seen.” Tigard High School’s total enrollment is 95 students above projected, but the school district’s total is 100 fewer students then projected.
The district receives approximately $6,000 per student per year from the state government, and with 100 fewer students in the district, there is $600,000 less for Tigard-Tualatin students. This leaves THS at a loss. With 95 more students this school year, the need for money increased, but because of the total district drop, the money might not be balanced proportionally to our greater need, said Toft. To counter the increase in students, Tigard made both part-time ceramics teacher Greg Johnson and part-time computer teacher Steve Fulton full-time. Larger class sizes mean less one-on-one time with the teacher. Less personal attention can be detrimental to certain students who thrive in smaller classes, according to several studies of student outcomes. “It’s definitely harder to receive attention in class when the teacher has so many other students to help,” said senior Felicia Schroeder. Putting a strain on teacher organization, there has been some teacher complaints said Toft, but all students deserve classes. “Well, the bigger the classes, the less there is to go around,” said careers teacher Alice Gailey. “I’m more worn out at the end of the day.” Toft points out the positives of having more THS Tigers — our school has the resources to handle these students, and we will now be maximizing our supplies instead of garnering waste. Also, having more students than Tualatin High School, we produce more school spirit than our rivals. Still, it’s hard to imagine walking through the crowded halls for this year’s freshman class. No longer is the smell of Axe simply musty — it’s overwhelming. NEWS | October 14, 2010 | PAGE 5
Tigard Tigers narrowly lost to the Tualatin Timberwolves on Oct. 7 with a final score 7-6.
Photo by Andy Abeyta
Everything you need to know By Amanda Lam and Allie Chino Junior Staff Writers Tigard High School is kickin’ it old school for this year’s Homecoming Dance and Parade. At 5 p.m. on Friday Oct. 15 students in clubs, activities, and sports will ride floats or walk down Durham Rd. to Tigard High. “The homecoming parade is extremely fun. Last year was amazing but I’m sure that this year will be even better,” said THS student Anna Roberts. Do Something, S.T.U.D. and various other clubs will be in the parade. Fowler and Twality Middle School bands, along with the Synergy
middle school dance team, will march with the Tigard High Band and Tigerettes. The homecoming court will also make the traditional ride down the parade route. The parade is followed by the Homecoming football game against McMinnville High School at 7:30 p.m. The Dance, which will be a 50 to 90’s theme, will be held in the commons from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. “I think the dance will be poppin,” said junior Chad Colson. No need to worry: Despite the old school theme, the music will be from the current generation.
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Schedule Friday, Oct. 15 5 p.m. - Parade down Durham Rd. 7:30 p.m. - Football Game Saturday, Oct. 16 8 p.m. - Dance in THS commons
Meet the Royals Photos by Andy Abeyta
Laree Foster (bottom left)
Activities: golf, NHS, Amnesty International, and ASB Outreach Homecoming dream: She hopes it will be the “icing on the cake” of senior year.
Activities: cross-country, tennis, Model United Nations and he went to Hip-Hop Club twice and got kicked out. Self-description: “Handsome, handsome, and handsome.”
Activities: cross-country, track, NHS, STUD, Key Club and Young Life Superpower: Flight Self-description: Energetic, happy, and outgoing.
Holly Slyter (top left)
Favorites: jumping on her trampoline and watching Dreamgirls Self-description: organized, considerate, and positive.
Seniors: King and Queen to be crowned Friday
Activities: varsity football Superpower: to run through everything Self-description: a “big guy” and outgoing.
Activities: volleyball, basketball, NHS, Key Club and STUD. Superpower: Invisibility Self-description: Spirited, positive, and caring.
Activities: volleyball, lacrosse, Stand, STUD, Activities: softball, STUD, and STOP. and NHS. Superpower: Flight. Homecoming dream: She hopes it will be “super fly”. John Walker Not pictured: CJ Irving Activities: cross-country, basketball, baseball and Young Life. Homecoming dream: “Jolly good dance moves and a headband that clashes with my outfit.”
Activities: basketball and golf. Self-description: Energetic and outgoing.
Activities: volleyball, basketball, and track. Thoughts on nomination: “I know a lot of people, but I was kind of surprised,.“
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Story and design by Micah Lundstrom Photos by Enrique De La Cuesta & Maggie Johnson
Health and psychology teacher Randy Rutschman may seem like an average Joe standing in Four Corners, slapping High Fives as students stroll by and calling them each by name. Take another look at this affable, humble teacher: when we asked 70 teachers and students who influenced them most, Rutschman got almost half the votes. Rutschman said he does his best in every Randy Rutschman class to teach students lessons they can apply to their lives, providing them with the tools and insights they need for both in and out of school. Rutschman has more goals for this year: “I want to work on reaching out to a wider variety of students as well as taking some risks by providing more challenging projects.”
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Most Influential Leaders
HiSpots polled 70 students and staff to find out who swayed them the most at THS
Since Principal Mark Neffendorf stepped into THS two years ago, he has focused on creating a more friendly school where tough curriculum meets a caring community atmosphere. While his coach-like style can be brusk at times, students and parents said that he listens to them and cares. “I try to build positive relationships with people,” Neffendorf said, Mark Neffendorf emphasizing his focus on communicating in a positive manner. This year, Neffendorf said he hoped the whole school would get closer together by creating a mutual respect for one another. He makes decisions everyday that effect the way THS is run, making him an influential leader.
Psychology and history teacher Francis Xavier Caro has two main jobs at Tigard High: A teacher and advisor to four clubs. As Tigard-Tualatin School District’s Teacher of the Year in 2009, Caro focuses on giving students knowledge: “I try to give them knowledge, everything else is by accident,” Caro said. “It’s not pre-meditated.” Francis Caro Caro said he wants to empathize with his students more, build genuine relationships, and carve out more face time with students this year. Overall, he believes students want someone who knows what they are talking about and someone who cares, and that’s exactly who Caro aims to be.
You may picture history class and think of a lot of old people and random dates, but walk into Steve Naylor’s classroom and you may just find those old people and dates exciting and relevant. Naylor teaches US History, US History Through Film and coaches the girls varsity basketball team at Tigard High. Naylor said he imSteve Naylor proves as a teacher every year and wants to keep setting a good example for students. “Every student has value and every student can learn,” he said, adding that “influence” is a two-way street: students influence Naylor just as he influences them. That reasoning, along with his exuberant personality, makes him a top influence at THS.
Editor-in-chief and Tigerette captain, Katie Murphy does it all. Not only does she lead the independent student newspaper, but she also holds down a full IB diploma schedule. With the power to choose what is printed in HiSpots and what goes into the THS Publications website, Murphy said she believes she and fellow student journalists influence everyone at THS.
Katie Murphy “I hope to provide quality news and quality design,’’ Murphy said. “Too often students don’t take charge or simply care about their education, and hopefully what I print will help them think about it.” Murphy’s power of print and plethora of activities impact THS students.
Being ASB President is no easy job. Tracie Tran oversees all the leadership committees, attends board meetings, and reports back what happens at Tigard High School to student council members. Tran influences students by encouraging them to get involved and by running leadership effortlessly. In this coming year Tran said she hopes to Tracie Tran bring back Mr. and Mrs. Fierce, an event held in April where students raise money for their favorite charities. When asked what she liked about Tigard High, Tran replied, “We offer a lot, and people are welcome.” With her effort to continually improve THS and her passion for involvement, Tran influences all students at THS. NEWS | October 14, 2010 | PAGE 9
Sport support A lack of fans brings a lack of funds
Photo by Trevor Anderson
By Kari O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Football, or what we call soccer, is practically a religion in many countries except the USA. This was evident as I walked past the varsity boys soccer game against Century High. The stands were bare and it seemed as if there were more fans supporting Century than Tigard, despite it being a home game. Yet as I looked across the field I saw a swarm of students watching the Tigard junior varsity football game. Should this surprise you? Probably not. Living in the US, you’ve most likely grown up with Monday night football, arguing with your friends about the best college team, and, of course, Super Bowl commercials. But what about other fall sports? When was the last time you went to a volleyball game? Do you know how long a cross country race is? What are the rules of water polo? So much hype is put on football, and in a way it should be. It’s a high-intensity and high-impact sport that can be pretty exciting. But aren’t most sports like that? Take soccer. The guys team has improved dramatically since previous years. They currently have a winning record and are doing well this season. But as I was watching the Tigard home game, I noticed that not many people
XC: In it to win
Photo by Trevor Anderson
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Senior Max Jean dribbles past McMinnville defense on Sept. 23. actually support them. “It would definitely help the way we play if there were more fans supporting us,” said varsity soccer player Alex White. In other countries, soccer is idolized. As an example, the World Cup is watched by people all over the world. It cost South Africa about $6.3 billion to organize the games this summer. Here at Tigard High the district gives barely any money to the athletic department. The only thing they pay for is transportation and coaches. Then it is up to those coaches to fundraise for their teams.
“They sell banners, put on camps, and sell raffle tickets,” Alan Boschma, athletic director, said when asked how specific sport teams raise money. These facts make it evident that all sport teams, not just football, need Tigard students to support them, because without you they won’t run. Try watching a water polo game or attend a cross country race. Go to a soccer game. Plus, the Tigard boys are worth watching: The end result of the Century game was a Tigard win, 8-0.
By Carlie Jones-Hershinow email@example.com
In order to make it to state, a team has to place top two in total points or place top five individually out of the people who aren’t on the top two teams. The star of the boys team, Nick Roche, is set to win districts, and is currently ranked sixth in the state. They are hoping to lead the team to a victory over rivals Forest Grove and Tualatin. So far this season the team is undefeated, and is expected to stay that way. Foote coached the boys track team to a state title last year and is hoping to continue the legacy of great runs coming from our school. Check out the athlete bios and an update after the Clackamas Community College meet at thspublications.com.
Clackamas Community College will be filled with mud, hills, and the top runners in the district battling it out for the top two team placements to qualify for state, on Thursday, Oct. 28. The Tigard boys varsity cross country team is expected to sweep districts, setting multiple personal records on the course. The varsity girls team is expected to place for sure, but Tualatin is the favorite to win, said Head Coach Denise Foote. The biggest competition the boys have this year in the district is Forest Grove, who they smashed at their dual meet on Sept. 22.
Junior Jesse Wantland broke his hand during football.
Photo by Maggie Johnson
The Sports Effect What seems like a little injury in high school can turn into a big problem later on.
By Emma Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Junior Chad Colson explained why he still loved playing football even after being injured eight times: “The desire.”
Colson received multiple beatings during his football experience: A sprained wrist and ankle, a hurt shoulder, and even a concussion. “I try and ignore the pain, and when it gets too bad I concentrate on the game itself,” Colson said. Sports-related injuries make up 20 percent of all emergency room visits, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Yet the risk of injury doesn’t decrease the amount of students involved in school sports. Around 30 million teens and children in America play some kind of organized sports each year, says childrenshospital.org. Tigard High School athletics trainer Travis Johannes has kids flowing in and out of his office daily. They usually come in to get
checked up, taped, and iced. Sprains and strained muscles have been the most common injuries seen at Tigard both this year and last. Only a few players actually get hurt badly enough to have to sit out. Sophomore volleyball player Cassidy Freeman has played with sprained ankles and wrists. She’s pulled many muscles, such as her hamstrings, quads, groin, and abdominal. Freeman has even popped a blood vessel in her wrist. She pushes through the pain because she loves the game and “the feeling that you get when you play and do everything right.” She might have side effects when she gets older, but she’s only focused on the here and now, playing the game that she’s passionate about. “Not playing hurts more then the pain. It kills you when you’re sitting on the side line watching them doing bad or doing great. It doesn’t matter what part it is,
you want to be out there participating,” explained Freeman. Sports injuries that people receive as teenagers can effect them when they are older. If a person tears their ACL in their knee, they will most likely need surgery and will face knee problems forever, warns athleticadvisor.com. Another serious injury is a concussion, which is most common in contact sports like football and hockey. Concussions are serious because they aren’t easy to spot. Watch out for strange dizziness, slight memory loss, headaches, or slurred speech, according to eHow.com. Even though there are some serious consequences, sports do many great things for everyone involved. Sports keep teenagers healthy and gives them habits that will keep them active as they get older. Although the effects may stick with them for life, athletes are determined to play through the pain. SPORTS | October 14, 2010 | PAGE 11
Be nice to the underdogs By Ray Corral email@example.com
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right, not what you think is fair. Just because your freshman year was miserable doesn’t mean you have to ruin someone else’s. Wouldn’t you dread coming to school a little less if your peers were more respectful? Take the advice of ASB president Tracie Tran: “I understand having freshmen pick up balls during practice, filling up water bottles and other ridiculous tasks, but booing them at an assembly, that’s just disrespectful and unclassy.” I’m not asking you to become besties with a freshy; I’m just asking for a little common decency for all THS students, not just the older ones.
For years freshmen have been looked down on and treated differently because they are so-called “fresh meat.” It’s time for that treatment to end. If freshmen aren’t different from any other THS student, why are they treated differently than everyone else? Principal Mark Neffendorf wants the poor treatment to change: “I don’t believe there’s a hierarchy in life, so I don’t believe there’s a hierarchy at school.” Most mistreatment comes because upperclassmen want to show who’s the alpha dog at school, and the easiest way to do so is to bring down the freshmen. Many like to build themselves up by picking on other people. Grow up: Being mean doesn’t make you a better person; it makes you rude. Disrespect affects our present and future: Often those who are bullied have trouble with their academics and lack confidence later in life, simply because they don’t feel welcome at school. “It makes me sad to see anyone treated so poorly, but I have seen a lot of good too,” said
leadership adviser Mindy Yarnell. “Some kids truly care very deeply for others, and I always want to believe there is good in people and hopefully faith will shine in our student body.” The Welcome Back Assembly booing was the prime example of freshmen mistreatment. We should be saving the names and booing for our rivals, not our own student body. “I thought that it was pretty lame but in honesty, I thought that it was quite normal,” said freshman class president Ernest-James Albaugh. Picking on freshman has become such a tradition that it’s expected. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be changed. Upperclassmen: Don’t you remember the days when you were thought of and treated like a baby simply because you were new to the school? Wasn’t that feeling of being looked down on by the rest of the student body miserable? “I was the new kid, and all the seniors in my team sports class picked on me,” remembers senior Austin Dean. “At one point I was thrown, and it was a good 15 feet.” It’s time for change. Stand up for what is
What percentage of freshman are intimidated by upperclassmen?
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Down with the freshman! By Hannah Bryant firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors run the school. Freshmen are babies who need to be potty-trained in the ways of high school. Every freshman that has ever walked the halls of Tigard High School knows this fact. Hazing is a part of high school and a part of life. Freshmen, grow up! As we have been told over and over, our high school careers are a journey. We start at the bottom where we get pushed around in the hallways, initiated in sports, and publicly humiliated because we are simply freshmen. As the years pass, however, we slowly gain respect and power and eventually grow into the rulers of the school that we so feared. As long as this harmless hazing does not reach the level of mean bullying, it’s just part of life. Seniors Erin Nyberg, Madison Miller, Kelsi Schaer and I remember our initiation night into soccer as the four freshmen on the varsity team. We were taken to an upperclassman’s house and ordered to change into tight leotards that would hardly fit a seven year old. The seniors attacked our faces with various forms of face paint, makeup and other unidentified gooey substances. Our
hair was soaked in hairspray, peanut butter, ranch dressing, and syrup and decorated in leftover food, scraps from the garbage, dental floss and feminine products. Once we were done getting dressed up we were carted off to the Tualatin vs. Tigard football game where we had to walk around and sing songs to hundreds of people. As horrible as we looked and as bad as we smelled, we all had one of the best nights of our high school career. Last year the team was told that this hazing was cruel and unacceptable, but we disagree. “It was part of a system since we were freshmen on varsity, so it was more of a recognition thing,” said Miller. Hazing bonded our team. Schaer says that “it may have cost us a haircut or two, but we obviously came closer as a team. Both years we had initiations, we won the league title.” Those who complain about the hazing going on now should look to the past. During teacher Steve Fulton’s freshman year at a high school in Georgia, the upperclassmen auctioned off the freshmen and made them their slaves for a week. The freshmen had to call their owners by master, sir, or ma’am. Some masters were cruel and forced their slaves to wear collars
and leashes, carry their books and bags, and dress ridiculously. After high school Fulton went into the service where hazing only got worse. While a freshman at Texas A&M, Fulton was called “fresh fish.” The job of the sophomores was to give the freshman hell at all times for everything. Punishments included doing hundreds of pushups and sit ups, running miles on end, and being whipped, kicked, hit or beaten with axe handles. Fulton remembers when a man who was a prisoner of war in the Korean War returned and spoke to one of his classes. The man said that since he had lived through the hell the sophomores had put him through, nothing ever seemed as bad or cruel. While no one condones hurting freshmen, initiation is part of life, whether it is being a freshman or getting the dark corner office with no file cabinets with a new job. This is just part of growing up, growing wiser and becoming part of the group. The freshmen and administration need to realize that a little hierarchical fun is just part of high school and life in general. Fresh meat this year, seniors in four: This is a necessary part of the four-year-long high school journey.
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Boys, pull your pants up, and girls, we don’t want to see your panties
With more than 2,000 teenagers in our school, I don’t think even size of them that bothers me. half of us know how to dress. The half that doesn’t know how to For boys, it’s simple. Pull your dang pants up, especially if you dress should really pick this up and take a gander. For have on a belt. Why are you wearing a belt if it isn’t the half who does: Keep up the good work. holding anything up? And I don’t want to hear any So let’s start by de-mystifying those fashion laws: of that it’s-holding-my-pants-up-where-I-wantWhy does the fashion world tell you not to wear white them-to-be stuff. It‘s called underwear because it after Labor Day? People wear white in the summer goes under things, not to be seen by the world. because the weather permits wearing white. When This goes for ladies as well. I know that jeans fall came around, so does the rain. So, every year peoare typically low-rise, but I don’t care to see your ple would put away their summer clothes -- including underwear, or lack thereof, over the top of your their whites -- and saddle up for fall and rain. Some pants. people didn’t get the memo, though: I saw four pairs of By Teddi Faller Girls clothing can be ridiculous, and we tend to wear white pants the first two weeks of school. White shirts email@example.com our clothes as tight as possible. But let’s be reasonable. are fine, but white shoes and pants? Wait until Easter please. When you buy a shirt, try it on. If it doesn’t fit, put it back. End of While we’re at it, let’s talk about coordination: Unless you are at story. Too-tight clothing is unflattering and ends in muffin-tops and the beach, short-shorts and Ugg boots do not make sense. That look visible bra lines. Which brings me to another point. Your hot pink got started by a bunch of surfer guys in Australia. bra under your white T-shirt isn’t cute; it’s trashy. If you’re wearing a It makes sense that surfer guys would wear their Uggs and shorts white shirt, then your safest bet for a bra is a nude color. because they surf in their trunks and their feet get cold from the Aside from the whole white-after-Labor-Day thing, sagging pants, morning chill and the ocean. But off the coast in the Portland metro too-tight clothing, and many other fashion crimes, Tigard High isn’t a area, it honestly doesn’t make sense. If it’s cold enough to wear Ugg completely lost cause. With a substantial amount of help, our school boots, then it’s cold enough to wear pants. can move closer to being somewhat fashionable. Sometimes it isn’t even the clothes that people wear, but the mere
Photo by Enrique De La Cuesta
Macs VS PCs The first Apple Macintosh computer was released in 1984 and was the first to utilize a mouse and a screen display. Macs are only licensed to run Mac OS X. It is, however, possible to run other operating systems on a Mac. Similarly, other machines cannot legally run Mac OS X. Logically, if one component of your machine is an Apple product, it’s Apple through and through. Macs are known to last longer than PCs and require little to no hardware maintenance. You’re relatively safe against viruses with a Mac, but only because nobody really writes viruses for them. Macs also already come with software that is usually considered better than the PC default counterparts. There is even some high-end software, not even close to freeware, that is only available for Macs, such as Final Cut Studio, which is widely considered to be industry standard in video editing.
MacBook price: $999 weight: 4.70 lbs battery: 10 hrs speed: 2.4 GHz space: 250 GB
Toshiba Satellite price: $499 weight: 3.30 lbs battery: 5.1 hrs speed: 1.2 GHz space: 320 GB
Microsoft, which predated Apple by nearly ten years of “abusive monopoly,” released Microsoft Windows in 1985, which also had a mouse and a graphical user interface to compete with Mac. PCs are legally capable of running any operating system, the most common of which being Windows. It is also common to buy the separate parts and construct them at home. PCs are not known for longevity; it is common to have to buy a new PC or do a thorough upgrade every five years. Gaming is clearly PC dominated. There are more games available for PCs and upgrading hardware on a Mac is both difficult and expensive, when parts for PCs are almost always available. This includes graphics cards. A better graphics card often means a better gaming experience.
If your interests lie on the technical side of the spectrum, you will be much happier with a PC. The lower cost, the sheer amount of upgrades available, and the ever-growing bank of software available might be more attractive to someone who has an interest in computers. However, if your niche is on the other side, where photo, video and audio-editing lie, and you want something that will last you a little bit longer, a Mac is a great choice. It’s user-friendly and relatively virus-free experience provides a nice background for the high quality software offered by Apple.
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Published on Oct 14, 2010