Loy Norrix School News
Loy Norrix is finally bringing back the school’s biggest winter social gatherings. They consist of all genders, ethnicity’s, and social groups gathered to cheer on their team. The beginning of season means long hours after school and sweat drenched clothing from the athletics. Whether it is on hardwood floors or ski slopes winter athletes are here to bring it.
Canned Food Drive Loy Norrix is helping the needy in as many ways as possible. The food drive is one of the ways students and staff take part in making a difference in the community. Teachers use competition to motivate the students to do more for the less fortunate. The food drive started November 29th and goes until December 17th. So bring your non-perishable food to win prizes and help the needy. On December 18th all the food will be sorted and prepared for delivery.
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THE LOY NORRIX NEWSPAPER
Ignite the Light!
LN Mentoring Program Overcomes Change
Jazmine Houston Beats Editor
This is the fourth year Ignite has been at Loy Norrix and the mentoring program for freshmen continues to grow, with new members and changes each year. The upperclassmen come into the freshman classes to do skill builders and share their high school experiences. Mentors try to get many messages across to the freshmen including, how to deal with issues at school and at home. Each mentor is assigned five mentees that they connect with for that school year. Freshmen year can be a little hard and overwhelming. Dealing with a bigger environment and more homework can be a hassle for the freshmen. Ignite provides students with a helping hand when needed. There have been many changes to the program and struggles for Ignite since day one of this year. Dealing with a new advisor and a late start can be a struggle, but Ignite makes it a lesson for the mentors to step up and demonstrate their leadership abilities. The last adviser relocated from Loy Norrix so Judy Weir, PE teacher, stepped in and took the position. She says she took the position because she has seen how effective the program can be on students. With the change in advisors, Ignite got off to a late start. There was no summer training, so Ignite had to jam a six hour training into four hours.
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Senior Maurice Sanders talks to freshman Ray Reason about his life and future after high school. Ignite is a program at Loy Norrix helping freshman out with the daunhting task of high school.
Some mentors think the late start affected Ignite, but some do not. “The late start did affect Ignite because things were being done last minute, it was unorganized,” said junior Natallie Doram. Ignite mentors have experienced many changes, such as every mentor has grade checks once a trimester. Mentors also have to sign a contract and commit to it for the rest of the year. The contract says that mentors have to maintain a GPA of 2.5, they can not date any of their mentees, and they must stay dedicated throughout the year. Mentors had to sign this contract because Ignite is a dedication. It is not something you can just quit. “The change is good, the
advisers are more pushy about grades,” said junior Daniela Paz, executive mentor. Another change was that the freshmen teachers in the classroom are more involved. Teachers used to just sit back and watch, but now they are up and interacting with the activities and joining the conversations that are held with the freshmen. Teacher involvement is an important thing because the mentors want the freshmen to know that their teachers care. There are over 100 more freshmen this year compared to last year, which means they need more mentors, but that may be an issue for Ignite this year. Last year there were 90 mentors. This year there are
Food Drive Becomes a Family Tradition Karylle Hillard Web Master
New musical on the way. The Loy Norrix drama department has decided to go back to the fifties in this exciting musical. The musical Guys and Dolls is about the struggle of a gambler trying to finance a bet, but the bet brings more into his life than expected. Between all of the music and dancing , this play is going to take a lot of work from LN peers.
December 20th- Jan 3rd Winter Break
January 28th Half day of school
February 2nd-3rd parent Teacher Conferences
Index News...............................1 - 2
Opinion...........................3 - 6
A&E................................7 - 9
Feature.........................10 - 13 Sports..........................14 - 16
currently 80 mentors. Some students could not balance Ignite and school work so they dropped out of Ignite last year, so that’s why there are fewer mentors this year. Ignite is working out that issue though. Students are into Ignite and getting connected with their mentees more than just being a part of Ignite to skip and get out of class. Weir has big plans for Ignite in the future. One of her plans is “to develop the program so more informal connections are made to establish meaningful relationships mentors to mentees outside their M2M time. To develop the program so people see these mentors as true leaders of the school and can be responsible,” said Weir.
Fifteen years ago Loy Norrix High School was struggling to collect food for The Black Police Officers Association Food Drive during the holiday season. The Ramirez twins, Ana and Rosa, were sophomores attending Loy Norrix at the time. They became concerned about Sveri Stromsta May, their teacher who was heading the food drive. “Why do you look so sad?” They asked her and she expressed her concern about the food drive going nowhere. “This all started with my answer to them and two students with a wagon,” said May. These two girls took it upon themselves to go out into their community and bring in as many cans and non-perishable food items as they could collect. This was the kick-start of the Ramirez family competition. “Our family likes a challenge so that our kids can learn to give and make a difference,” said their mother Maria Ramirez. The food drive, later turning into The Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive, was becoming a well-known event at Loy Norrix. In 2007, Trinidad Ramirez, the twins’ younger brother graduating in 2009, was determined to beat his sisters’ numbers. By bringing in 1,633 cans he did just that. “I am thankful for all the effort, time and financial resources this family puts in,” said May. “What they give as a family and their donation to Loy Norrix has a huge impact on the Norrix food drive and to our community.” In 2009, freshman Faustino Ramirez wanted to carry on the family tradition, but to do this he would have to bring in an
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Sophomore Faustino Ramirez is sorting cans that were collected for the Loy Norrix Food Drive. The items will be sorted at the Kalamazoo County Fair Grounds December 18th.
unthinkable amount of cans in only three weeks. That did not stop him however, and he raised an amazing grand total of 2,594 cans. “I do it to help others,” Faustino Ramirez said. Day after day clothes baskets full of canned goods came in to Loy Norrix from the Ramirez family. “It was comical because their only request ever was that they got their clothes baskets back,” said May. “Every time they took those clothes baskets back, they would return with them filled to the top once again.” The whole Ramirez family takes great pride in donating
the amount of food they do and giving to the community. “We go to neighbors, other families and some churches,” Faustino Ramirez said. In the Kalamazoo community, feeding families is a much-needed service, and with Faustino being the youngest Ramirez child, they plan to go all out this year. “Every year we want to do more and better,” said Maria Ramirez. “You can give and teach your kids to do something for others,” said Maria Ramirez, who strongly believes in doing what ever she can to help others in the community. She stresses on her children the idea that they are not the only ones with
needs and have the power to make a difference. “There are others that need things, we all need things,” Maria Ramirez said. Detective Harold West, the face of The Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive and a graduate from Loy Norrix in 1972, grew up in a family of 9 and received food baskets himself from a local church. “Those that have the least seem to give the most,” said West. West was grateful for what the food baskets did for him and his family so he decided to help with the collection of items for the food drive. “I felt it was time to try to help someone else,” said West. Eventually the food drive grew so much it had to become its own organization. “It broke away because businesses gave me money and wanted accountability,” said West. “It had to form its own identity.” The Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive is now responsible for feeding families all over the Kalamazoo area and utilizes the help of schools, businesses and many volunteers. Loy Norrix is a large contributor to The Greater Kalamazoo Area Holiday Food Drive, not only collecting canned food but also sending a large amount of volunteers to sort the food at the Kalamazoo County Fair Grounds. “I would really like to see some of the students who have never gotten involved to come down to the fair grounds,” said West. The Ramirez family alone brings in more cans then some of the top classrooms at Loy Norrix and their tradition is one to admire. “It’s like adopting a child- you can make a difference. We do it from our hearts” said Maria Ramirez.
Vegans And Vegetarians Call for More Local Restaurants Opinion Racheal Koole News Editor
On a Saturday night many couples go on a date, deciding where to go and eat. However, not many have the problem junior Marissa Klee-Peregon and her girlfriend, junior Allie Pines, face. Klee-Peregon is a vegan and has been for two years. Every time they go out, they have to find a restaurant that will serve to KleePeregon’s tastes. “Attempting to be vegan is a problem mostly when it comes to my girlfriend. She’s a total carnivore, so dates are kind of difficult,” said KleePeregon. What happens to this couple happens to many couples when one person turns towards a nonmeat diet. Around Kalamazoo, not many restaurants offer vegetarian friendly foods that people can eat. Fast food restaurants like McDonalds or even popular restaurants like Olive Garden only have few choices for vegetarians and hardly any for vegans. Many other restaurant menus consist of food that might be vegetarian friendly but not vegan friendly. Vegans have to search hard for places to eat, since they can not have anything from an animal including eggs or milk products. Vegetarians can not consume meat but allow themselves to have milk and eggs. Pescetarians eat fish but no other meat products. The Vegetarian Resource Group estimated that about three percent or 6-8 million of American adults are vegetarian. Jennifer Renkowski, economics teacher, who has been a vegetarian since she was 18 years old, finds that there are hardly any restaurants around Kalamazoo that serve primarily vegetarian foods. “Often times I go to a restaurant that family invited
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Seniors Erika Nuzzo, Frances Lesatz, and junior Marissa Klee-Peregon eat vegan cupcakes during their lunch time. Klee-Peregon made the cupcakes herself instead of buying them at the store.
me to, and I end up eating breakfast for dinner,” said Renkowski. There are restaurants that serve vegetarian food around Kalamazoo. For example Saffron, the Crow’s Nest, and Food Dance. Their menus consist of quite a few choices for vegetarians, but for vegans there are very few choices. Klee-Peregon wishes that a restaurant would primarily focus on vegan dishes. “There are not many restaurants that primarily serve vegan foods. A lot of restaurants serve vegetarian but not vegan,” said Klee-Peregon. Vegans often have to prepare their own food because of shortage in restaurants. “As a vegan it’s a little bit harder because good vegan food generally takes a lot of chopping, which is more than anyone really wants to do,” said Klee-Peregon. There are choices for vegans to make at home. A simple search on the internet could provide someone with many choices to eat. Some recipes that come up include One-Pan Ratatouille, PeanutBroccoli Stir-Fry, and Stir-Fried Vegetables and Tofu. Even though there are meals for families to make, there are teens whose parents
are meat eaters. In the frozen food section there is veggie burgers, but the same thing over and over again gets tiring. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group in America there are about one percent of youth are vegetarians, while two percent are vegan and they estimate that 1.4 million are vegetarian and three million never eat meat. Teens want to go out with friends, but it is hard for them when no place serves vegan or vegetarian food at a resonable cost. It is also difficult to find vegetarian lunch at schools. At Loy Norrix 20 teens out of 207 asked said they are vegetarians. They provide their own lunch or just skip lunch all together since LN barely offers suitable lunch that contains no meat for them to eat. With more people choosing to eliminate meat from their diet, the demand for vegetarian or vegan restaurants increases. Other than small, out of the way places to eat, vegans and vegetarians have few choices to go out to. Vegans and vegetarians alike wish there were other choices, so when they go out on dates or family outings, they can have a full, good tasting meal that satisfies their tastes and their life choices.
variety of foods for students with later lunches. “They never have any turkey,” said senior Marissa Wilson. It is important for both parents and schools to promote good eating habits for kids when they are young. It would be hard to completely take away unhealthy foods, which kids enjoy so much. Therefore, as a treat one day of the day Omar Al-Jayyousi week, they could choose Copy Editor whatever food they want. How can school lunches Would kids get better be healthier? Unhealthy grades eating better foods? lunches, which consist of In the UK a celebrity chef pizzas, hamburgers, and fries, by the name of Jamie Oliver, all contribute to childhood proposed to a school board in obesity. Our society is West Virginia to allow him faced with this very serious to remake their school lunch problem. system and indeed his remake It would be ideal for of healthier foods decreased parents to teach children good student illness and improved eating habits before entering grades. He included recipes the school system. Healthy such as spaghetti with meat foods are fruits, vegetables, sauce, cheesy cornbread, and whole grains, wheat bread Caesar salads. instead of white, and Doctors named the refraining from fried foods. healthiest school lunch A mandatory course on programs in the United the importance of eating well States. The schools that took could be very helpful. How top honors are in California, important is a class like this? Tennessee, Virginia and Obesity is one of the major Washington D.C. Their menus health hazards, which is the emphasized fruits, vegetables, result of our changing lifestyle and vegetarian meals. these days. It is vital to the The answer seems simple health of America to take this on making school lunches growing problem seriously. healthier. Stop feeding students There are schools that foods that can lead to obesity offer healthier foods, but and start making food that will kids more often choose the help students become healthier, unhealthy foods, such as pizza such as foods that will give and burgers. students more nutrition than “Loy Norrix needs to have fats and grease. We should look a more variety of healthier to the different schools that foods,” said senior Max have very successful programs Williams. and implement throughout all There is also a smaller the schools.
Norrix Student Judged For Being Gay Cristina Bryant Photo Editor A Loy Norrix student was recently bullied for being gay. Two male students approached the student, who we will call Jim, one day after school this year. These males made a comment about some of the attire that Jim was wearing. According to Jim, they said comments putting down LGBT’s (lesbian, gays, bisexuals, and transgender). “Norrix shouldn’t have faggots here,” was one of the comments said to Jim. People tend to be blind to the type of abuse individuals receive every day, seeming to be afraid of differences in sexual orientation. There have been young adults, mentioned in the media, who have committed suicide after years of being bullied including being bullied because of their sexual orientation. This article is not being published because of the influence of the media, but because this is an issue that even affects us here at Norrix. “Sadly, Loy Norrix is not unlike the rest of society. There
are incidents where uneducated people are mean and it happens everyday in society,” said Art Williams a social studies teacher and the Advisor of the Gay Straight Alliance at Norrix. For the most part, American society has advanced to where being LGBT is accepted. However there are still many who are aggressors and hurt other people for being who they are. Senior Lacey Wiard, a member of The LN GSA, feels upset that harassment because of sexual orientation happens here at Norrix. “…This school has tried so hard to change, there are always those few people that keep people [LGBT‘s] down,” said Wiard. In the Christian bible, the book of Romans, it is often interpreted by Christians that being involved with someone of the same sex is forbidden by God. Individuals have the right to believe in anything they choose, it is called free expression. LGBT’s and anyone who is a resident of the United States have the right to free expression.
Charity Replaces Stolen Money On November 20th, 2010 money for a child’s surgery was stolen in Connecticut after a fundraiser for the child. Nine year old Aidan Sullivan needed the money to reconstruct his ear after being born with jaw and skull deformities. The money that was previously stolen was replaced by Peter Crotty’s Charity, The Vincent Crotty Memorial Fund. The charity donated seven thousand dollars that consisted of four donations from different families. The seven thousand dollars does not cover all the cost of the surgery, but the money will help the family cover most of the costs for the surgery. The family is grateful.
Harassment should not be tolerated by the LGBT’s. If harassment was tolerated during the Civil Rights Movement then minorities would still be deprived of equal treatment. However, the bible does not give anyone the right to judge others. That power is only granted to God in the Christian text. Choose the way of life you want to live and let others choose their own. It is not fair that gays, like Jim, feel hated by others because of who they are. He has the right as an American citizen and a member of society to feel safe and protected from harm. Jim will not let this incident affect how he portrays himself to the world. “I got to take it in strides because you can’t let others get to you when it comes to an issue like this,” said Jim. If you want to help give awareness about this issue, come to a GSA meeting. They are held every Friday after school in room K-14 or see Williams about information on the GSA.
Unemployment Decrease for Some West Michigan Cities While the economy is still in recession, it is good to see some improvement. Some West Michigan towns experienced a decrease in unemployment rates. It is reported that Kalamazoo gained 3 thousand workers while Muskegon unemployment rates dropped from 15.2 percent to 12.8 percent. The unemployment percentage drop ranging from 1.1 percent to 2.4 percent. The biggest drop was 2.4 percent that occurred in Muskegon. Although there have been disappointments, it is good to see progress is being made in West Michigan.
THE VICTIMS MAY EXPERIENCE... Feeling fear or anger resulting in neglect of work that needs to be done. An unhealthy emotional state that can be very harmful if the victim is unsure of his/her sexuality. feeling pulled away from society, felling depressed and not understood by anyone.
IF YOU ARE FOUND IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION YOU SHOULD... Talk to someone about it. There will always be someone who is willing to listen and help. Find a healthy way of releasing frustration. Being aware of how you feel.
FOR THE TEACHER Teachers tend to find themselves in a bind when a student talked to them about a bullying issue occurring with the student. It is important that teachers, even if they cannot solve the problem to try and “create a positive, open, tolerant ethos in which matters of concern to young people are discussed calmly,” according to the anti-bullying network.
Inmates Makes Own Toilet Paper In Iowa there is a chance that inmates will start to make their own toilet paper. The Des Moines Register states that two prisons in Iowa are testing a single-ply toilet paper that was made in a Missouri prison. If the Legislature approves it, Iowa prisoners could start to make their own toilet paper next year. The toilet paper is not the best, but it is good enough to use. If the toilet paper is made inside the prisons, taxpayers could save money in Iowa because it would save prisons 100 thousand dollars and create 50 jobs for inmates.
Unfair Laws against Immigrants Leads to Discrimination
Maria Diaz Guest Writer When I hear the word immigration, I think about the struggles thousands of immigrants go through settling into a new country. These struggles include a language barrier, lack of education, being in unknown surroundings, along with many other problems. I believe the United States government is going overboard with their laws and they are contradicting principles that this country is based on. According to the Department of Homeland Security, as of January 2009, there is an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Unauthorized immigrants are targets for abuse, discrimination, and other crimes because of their vulnerability in this country, not only from other citizens and residents, but from officials who follow unfair laws like the Arizona SB 1700, which states that any public official has the right to enforce federal immigration laws, and can also investigate anyone who they think is in the country illegally. The Arizona SB 1700 supports racial profiling and violates the fourth amendment that protects people from unreasonable search and arrest without a warrant or probable cause. “It’s stupid, they shouldn’t have the right to do that,” said junior Olga Prieto, who is strongly against the Arizona law and disagrees with undue investigation. Recently Congress has been debating on whether they should change the 14th amendment that states “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens…” I think it’s
unfair to punish the children of immigrants known as “anchor babies,” for their parent(s) not being born in the country. At one point in history, European explorers immigrated to the Americas and took over the land of the Natives to start the United States. If we want to reject these Mexican children perhaps all other descendants of the original settlers should be considered as immigrants too. “I think it’s discriminatory, if we don’t do it to any other cultures,” said economics teacher Jennifer Renkowski, a natural born United States citizen. The Department of Homeland Security’s website also states that Mexico is the country where the most illegal immigrants originate with over 6 million coming into the U.S. from the third largest country in Latin America. Some immigrants are victims of discrimination and abuse where they live. But they don’t always report the abuse from fear of being deported back to their native country, and risking their lives to cross the border again. Not everyone is a terrorist or a criminal. I’m not saying the government should take down all the borders and let people come and go. Terrorism and other international issues are always going to exist even with more security precautions taking place. Some complain that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, don’t pay taxes, and take advantage of welfare. Actually illegal immigrants perform jobs others aren’t willing to do. Also, people with no social security receive a number from the IRS to do their taxes where money is deducted from their paychecks, they also use welfare for the same reasons U.S. citizens do. The rights we as citizens have should apply to everyone whether they are from this country or not. We shouldn’t separate ourselves based on where we come from or by our ethnic backgrounds. The United States should be more flexible with their laws on immigration. “I think we need to be a nation of immigrants from all over,” said Renkowski. We can all benefit and learn from diversity within our country.
ID Badges become an Issue at Loy Norrix
Sofia Parker Staff Writer Our name is supposed to define us. It is a gift given to us by loved ones and we have answered to it since birth. It has been heard in good times, as well as bad. We grow up learning to spell it and write it as a signature. Now reaching high school, we are given a new form of identification. A six-digit code replaces our names in the school system and we are required to wear it around our neck like cattle being tagged. Without this small piece of plastic, you may not even be able to go to your classes. Sophomore Mia Leibold was among one of the many students that were refused entry to class when she forgot her ID. “The school took away from my class time and made me call my mom just so I could wear my ID,” Leibold said. Missing school and being sent to an in-school detention are some of the punishments you may endure if you forget your school ID. If it is lost or broken you are forced to buy a new, unwanted piece of plastic for a five-dollar charge. This could be a high fee to a student at Loy Norrix considering 59 percent of the students are
signed up for free or reduced lunch in 2008, showing a population that struggles economically. Many would argue that school ID’s help keep Loy Norrix more organized and secure. Darice Smith, a secretary located in the main office of Loy Norrix said, “The ID’s are in place for safety so we know who you are and if you belong in the building.” Smith works closely with the principal, Johnny Edwards and many other authorities in the school. She also deals with many visitors that enter Loy Norrix. Helping students and visitors get ID’s are apart of her daily activity; she is also required to wear one herself. While safety is a concern to most here at Loy Norrix, many would vouch the ID’s aren’t connected to safety in anyway. Numerous students don’t even wear their correct ID’s. They get away with wearing ID’s from past years, or even the ID’s of other students. If it is a true safety risk, these students would be in trouble. Instead authority simply checks to see if we have a small piece of plastic around our necks. Clearly safety is not be the main reason to have these ID’s. After leaving Loy Norrix High School, this six-digit number will have no relevance. We will not sign it at the end of a letter to someone, or wear it on a nametag. Our name should be our identification from the day we arrive, to the day we depart.
Loy Norrix Should Be More Cell Phone Friendly
Ray’Von Jones Guest Writer In 2010, nine out of ten Americans own cell phones. Whether one owns the first cellular phone ever invented, or the newest iPhone. Mobile phones have become essential in a number of American lives. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 50 percent of Americans sleep with their cell phones nearby, and 42 percent of Americans claim that they “cannot live” without their cellular devices. While this statement may seem extreme, people in this day and age use their cell phones for a variety of things. In addition to being used for communication, cell phones are used for alarm clocks, calendars, internet access, weather, and many of other features. Cell phone use is extremely popular among middle and high school students and is even becoming fairly popular among those attending elementary school. According to a survey conducted by NetDay news, 70 percent of students in grades six through twelve have cell phones, and 61 percent of students in grades three through six have them. Considering the importance and value cell phones hold in today’s society, it is quite surprising that many
schools have banned cell phone use completely. The Loy Norrix electronics procedure requires a phone to be confiscated if it is seen or heard at any time during the school day (including lunchtime, and time spent in the hallway). “Use of cell phones…and other electronic devices are not allowed during instructional time, lunch periods, or passing times,” the procedure states. At the first offense, the phone is taken until the end of that school week, and upon the second offense, it is taken until the end of the trimester. This procedure creates uproar among students. “[The procedure] is inappropriate, because it doesn’t seem like they need to go all out, and take people’s phones away,” said sophomore Thomas Hruska. When a student’s phone is taken away, their means of communication are taken away as well. “When my cell phone is taken away, it’s very hard to get around, communicate, and do pretty much everything else, because I use my cell phone all the time,” said senior Amari Worthy. A conflict also arises with many parents because the procedure creates difficulty when a parent needs to contact their child. For instance, when one feels that they may be in trouble of any kind, they usually call a parent. Without access to a cell phone, they are unable to do this. Sure, there are phones in our school, but what about outside of a school setting? While a student’s phone is sitting in an administrator’s desk drawer, they could be in trouble, and no one would even know it.
Schools argue that cell phones create disruption in schools, and this may be true, but a disruption is also created when a teacher stops instruction to confiscate a cell phone. This distraction becomes even more disruptive if a student decides that they will not turn their phone in. In this case, the student is suspended for two days. Loy Norrix should adopt an electronics procedure that is less strict. For instance, if cell phones do, in fact, cause a disruption in learning, students should at least be allowed to use their cellular devices during lunch and in the hallways. These are both intended as leisure times; therefore, students should be allowed to operate their mobile phones without the worry that they may be taken away. According to MPR News, Minnesota schools have taken another route in addressing cell phone use. Richfield High School has decided to focus on teaching cell phone etiquette instead of banning cell phone use during the school day completely. This new procedure has proven effective, and even has resulted in students using their cell phones more responsibly. In regards to a society that is very much technology based, the Loy Norrix procedure regarding cell phone use is unrealistic. The procedure would be more effective if it allowed students to use their mobile phones during leisure periods of time, and if the school decided to embrace technology, instead of condemning it.
Women in Shoulder Pads and Men in Spandex? The Idea of Macho Volleyball Excites Students and Staff
Jess Moshoginis Guest Writer High school freshmen at Loy Norrix look forward to the experiences they will go through in their years of high school. To many, it seems like upperclassmen have advantages over underclassmen. One of these advantages is the participation in activities occurring during the two spirit weeks in the school year. Powderpuff is one of the spirit week activities that upperclassmen participate in. Powderpuff is a mock football game for women, in which flags are used instead of tackling. The junior class and senior class play each other in an exciting game to win points towards the spirit jug for the winning team. “It’s something you look forward to the first time you hear about it,” said sophomore Mia Leibold.
There is a lot of excitement towards the powderpuff game, from both the fans and the athletes. Now, imagine the excitement of watching young men play a game of intense volleyball for the winterfest spirit jug. This could be accomplished with “macho volleyball.” Macho volleyball has the same concept of powderpuff with men playing a “women’s” sport, just as the powderpuff game in which women play a “men’s” sport. The teams of the junior class and senior class would play each other with the reward of winning points toward the spirit jug. “It would be really cool and it would be fun to watch,” junior Ray’Von Jones said about the idea of macho volleyball. This activity took place in 2007, when the class of 2008 played the class of 2009. In 2007, volleyball was first switched from a winter sport to a fall sport. Macho volleyball has not occurred at Loy Norrix High School since that year. According to athletic director Andrew Laboe, this is the reason macho volleyball has not taken place in the past few years. Laboe, as well as many others, believes macho
volleyball would benefit our school during winterfest week. It would be a fun student activity and would bring the student body together. “It’s nice to see that students want to see it restored,” said Laboe. Laboe plans to have a meeting with senior captain of the varsity volleyball team, Camryn Romph, on February 1 to discuss and plan this possible winterfest festivity. There are no specific plans set so far. Some may think this activity is a bad idea. They might believe that having a “joke” volleyball game is not worth the risk of someone getting hurt or that the concept is pointless. It is the young men’s choice to participate in this activity, and proper equipment may be worn. Even in women’s volleyball, the occurrence of injuries is very low compared to all other sports. The percentage of treated injuries has also decreased by nearly 50 percent. Many students are excited about this activity and claim that they would partake in this exciting event. This would bring in more money for our school, and a positive experience for students to look back on forever.
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Spotting the Good Things at Loy Norrix Staff Editorial
Sadly, students have expressed that they are reluctant or even embarrassed to say they go to Loy Norrix High School, all because some people think that Loy Norrix is a violent place. This leads to a bad public perception. However, most people that have that opinion do not know all the good things that happen behind the walls of Norrix. One of those good things is the excellent drama department. Not only does Norrix offer the conventional fall play and spring musical, but it also boasts an improv comedy team and a superb forensics team that included State Champion Luke Breznau last year, and numerous others who qualified for the state tournament. Theatre teacher CeCe Weeks works hard to make the drama productions the best they can be and thinks that the drama department is working to combat the negative perception of Norrix. “The drama department offers students an opportunity to express themselves in a positive way,” said Weeks. “The students I see involved in drama have learned to channel [their] energy and find solutions [other than violence] to expressing their emotions.” Dylan Rustenholtz, a Loy Norrix alumnus and current junior at the
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University of Michigan, is a testament to the positive experience that many students have at Norrix. Home schooled through his freshman year, Rustenholtz took a class with Latin teacher Barbara Felkel, and was so inspired by her passion that he decided to attend Loy Norrix full time. “I walked the halls of Norrix and observed what some call a terrible school for a whole year and then decided I liked it,” said Rustenholtz. “There is not a single teacher in that entire school who doesn’t want the absolute best for his/her students.” Current students spoke out about the things they like about Norrix, one of these being the diverse experience that Norrix provides. We are made up of 46.2 percent black, 42.5 percent white, 8.8 percent
Latino, and 2.5 percent other; a diverse mix that most schools in the area do not have. Students leave being better prepared to deal with the real world. “I love the feeling of a close-knit, yet very diverse community. It gives people a glimpse of how diverse our world really is,” said junior Ray’Von Jones. The diverse nature of the school also makes students more accepting of all different kinds of people and their backgrounds. Non-conformity and individuality is strongly encouraged. “No matter who you are, you’re almost always going to find something that suits who you are and what you believe,” said junior Samantha Brown. Loy Norrix is a fun, diverse, accepting place where everyone can fit in
being taken away by a teacher or staff member is also a common occurrence. When a student’s phone is taken you can almost see the steam erupting from their ears as well as the sorrow and pain in their eyes, as if they have just had a limb cut off. The emotions that are felt are not emotions of regret or understanding as to why their phone has been taken away. Instead they are emotions of hate and anger towards the staff member who has just taken their phone and even towards the school itself. Most students text out of boredom. Students are just so terribly bored in class that they decide to text. The blame is not solely to be placed on the student; the teacher also shares some of the blame. A teacher should have such an enjoyable class that no one would even want to text because such entertaining and valuable information would be missed. Even though texting in class seems like a natural and almost necessary thing for students, it is disrespectful and distracting to teachers and other students. Assistant principal Ed Tallon said, “The cell phone policy is in place for academic achievement.” While
most students at Norrix disapprove of the cell phone policy, it is meant to help students achieve academic greatness, just like other rules at Norrix. In reality though, the cell phone policy is useless. If the ultimate goal of the policies at Loy Norrix are to make us better people then maybe manditory calsses in civility should be given, where students learn right from wrong and appropriate from innapropriate. Because until simple civil rules are known by students at Loy Norrix the rules will be broken, I can assure you they will be broken frequently, regardless of the reprucucions. Yes, some rules are necessary and should be made clear, but are the obvious rules of civility so difficult for people to comprehend that they need to be spelled out to us every day of our lives? There will come a time in our young lives when we won’t be trapped in the secluded life of high school. There will come a time when we have to live in the real world, and in the real world people won’t tell you what you can and can not do; they will expect that you know what is acceptable and appropriate for a given situation.
while still remaining an individual. Norrix is also thriving academically and in the community. Advanced Placement class enrollment has increased dramatically, and test scores last year were high enough to make Adequate Yearly Progress for the school. After leaving Norrix, many students graduate to go on to do great things. Notable alumni include Tim Norwind (class of 1994), bassist for the band OK Go, T.J. Duckett (class of 1999), professional football player, Sarah Alessi (class of 2002), a marine biology researcher who is currently working on her PhD in Organismal Biology, and Jacob Sgambati (class of 1994), an administrative officer for the Peace Corps in Thailand.
Last year, five students graduated with a 4.0 GPA or above, and seven students graduated with a 3.9. The year before that, there were eleven and seven, respectively. Additionally, over the past two years, there have been five National Merit Finalists from Norrix. Some of the best teachers in the area are at Norrix, so if you think you cannot get a good education here, you are simply wrong. One hundred percent of the staff is teaching in their credential area of experience, every administrator has a Masters Degree, and over 40 teachers have a Masters Degree. See KNIGHT VISION Page 16
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“It would be like separating me from my mother” said Senior Caleb Caton describing what it would be like if he got his phone taken away. Adults and teenagers alike are attached to their phones. Not having a phone for a day can make a person feel like one of their limbs is missing or as if they have been separated from their mother. A survey taken by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that one out of three teens send more than 100 text messages a day. Cell phones have become an important part of almost everyone’s life today, from simple tasks like checking the time to communicating with others. Because cell phones are such an intricate part of out lives, it is no surprise that most students text in school, but texting in school is both risky and disrespectful. Here at Loy Norrix, texting in class is a common occurrence, and seeing peoples phones
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having trimesters instead of Semesters?
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DeChelle Jones Editor-in-Chief When school is in session you can walk through the hallways and see the large body of students in constant motion, but when the halls clear you see trash everywhere. That is not the way mature high school students should care for their school. When breakfast is over, you see empty juice containers and the remains of breakfast around the halls, on the heaters and in the cafeteria. There are approximately 26 garbage cans around the school, so there is no reason for students to throw their garbage around the school because they are too lazy to put it in the designated trash areas. Another issue is the bathrooms. The bathrooms here at LN are just atrocious. There is writing all over the stalls and walls, including profanity. You will find wet paper towels clogging the sinks, toilet paper all over the floor, clogged toilets, candy and food wrappers all over the place, and a bad odor in the air.
The J-Wing bathrooms have been the cleanest bathroom for the 4 years that I have been going to Norrix because it is a representation of our school, and visitors will form an opinion by their bathroom experience. “Absolutely [the J-Wing bathrooms are a representation of LN], because it’s a representation obviously because we have parents, students and visitors that use those facilities; therefore, they will remember what they use,” said Assistant Principal Ed Tallon. Bathrooms are used during sporting events and theatrical productions. If the bathroom is dirty it will seem like our school is dirty and it will then put a bad image on LN to parents and community members that attend. Even though the mess is not the janitors’ fault, students often blame them due to the fact that they clean our school. With one janitor during the day it could be hard to keep up with 1317 students. “It’s not our fault, ‘cause the students here are slobs and I’m the only one here and [I] can’t keep up with it [the mess that students leave around],” said Steve Smith, head janitor. See CLEANER Page 16
“You have all your core classes at once, which is more of a challege.”
“You get more of an opportunity to bump your grades up.”
Junior “You don’t have all of your classes at once.”
POINT / COUNTER POINT
The Positive Attributes of a Trimester Schedule
Polina Naumova Business Manager Asst. This year Loy Norrix students and staff are experiencing the new trimester schedule. Though many problems have come up with trimesters, like not enough time in a class period, there are more positives aspects to the schedule, such as flexibility for scheduling and more opportunities for both teachers and students. Trimesters at Loy Norrix consist of five periods that are 72-minutes and that change every 12 weeks. This schedule has many positive things about it, including the fact that helps both the students and teachers. There were important reasons why Loy Norrix switched from semester schedule to trimesters. Principal Johnny Edwards believes that so far it has had a positive impact. “First it [trimester schedule] gave us more choices to give to students. It also gave us the opportunity to increase AP classes. Kids who wanted to take more than two AP classes are now able to. Also for credit recovery; however, it is hard to measure that right now because it is only the first trimester. In those terms, yes, it has improved our school,”
said Edwards. Another practical aspect of trimesters is that with the extra period students are able to dual enroll or take an EFE or EFA off site class, without having to miss out on the core subjects. According to a website that was made to show research for the efficiency of trimesters, Trimesters, there are studies that have been conducted to find the benefits of a trimester schedule as well as its negatives. A study based on ACT scores showed that with semesters, students are not able to complete every core subject that is on the ACT, while through trimesters they have enough time to take the classes of their interest, as well as the core classes that are needed. The study significantly showed that from 2009 to 2010, at a New Hampshire school in the first year of trimesters, the ACT scores improved in all but one subject, math. The average English score went up by 3.44 points, reading by 4.14, science by 1.05, composition by 2.27, and writing by 1.31, while math declined only by 0.2 points. This shows that even in one year the scores had significantly risen. Teachers also benefit from trimesters. Teachers are able to cover more material during the 12 weeks. Plus the core subjects are two trimesters long, meaning that teachers get 24 weeks to teach one subject instead of 18 weeks on the block schedule. See TRIMESTERS page 14
Electronics should be allowed during school hours for educational purposes. While at school, electronics are not permitted to be used during instructional time, lunch periods, or passing times, but can be used before and after school, according to page 20 in the Loy Norrix Student Handbook. Although technology is not permitted, it could be used as a good thing to help our school and help our students stay focused, plus most students have a cell phone and/or an iPod. Cell phone applications can be used as a calculator, a source to look up words, put your homework into the datebook or a text so that students will remember to do their homework (students always text outside of school, so they will see the homework log that they put in), and on some phones it is a way to listen to music. iPods or other devices that play music can be used to help students focus so they can do their work. According
to UNCC 49’er studies have shown that music can help relax your mind and cuts down on distractions and helps students focus on their work, which then allows your mind to concentrate better. Some people work better when they have music that they enjoy because music helps some people focus, relax, and get their work done faster than if they were sitting there with their friends talking. Yes, I know that there will be a select few of students who would try to take advantage of a privilege like this and over use their electronics, showing immaturity, but there will also be that good group of kids who will take this privilege and use it for the correct educational purposes. People who decide to take a negative advantage of a privilege like this could just lose their privileges, so they don’t ruin the opportunity for any other students that decided to be mature. So if music helps students focus, that means that students could see an increase in their grades. If the students’ individual grades were to increase that would make the students grade point average increase, resulting in the entire school being more academically successful.
Senior “Class times are shorter and you get more classes.”
Brittaney Tyson A&E Editor For 9 years Loy Norrix High School has been on block scheduling. Block scheduling consists of four classes, 90-minutes each block, either 9 weeks or 18 weeks long unless you were a freshmen. At the end of the year on block scheduling you would have earned 8 credits. This schedule benefited students so that when they graduated they would have more than enough credits. So why change to trimesters? The way that the staff describes the trimester scheduling is mostly as a benefit for the younger classes such as the freshmen class (2014) and sophomore class (2013), but what about the seniors? The class of 2011 has been on block scheduling since they became sophomores, but their freshmen year they had four classes (Mod’s A- D) with one elective, which was either 1st or 4th block. This means the class of 2011 has already had their schedules changed once from freshmen year to sophomore year, and now it has changed once again for their senior year. During sophomore year they became used to the block scheduling and started to
make their plans wrapped around the requirements (credits) of their classes. The original requirement for credits to graduate for the class of 2011 was 28, but because of the trimester schedule, the credit requirements dropped to 26. Even though this may have benefited some seniors, it made others feel like they worked hard in their previous grades for nothing. “I feel like I worked too hard, but because I’m a senior now, I have to work my butt off,” said senior Shawn Robinson. Not only does the trimester schedule not benefit seniors, it also changes up a lot of things for some of the teachers at Norrix. For English teacher Natia Mattison the trimester schedule makes it hard for her to teach everything in such a short amount of time. “It doesn’t accommodate classes,” said Mattison. In most classes the time runs by too fast and things are not discussed because we only have 70 minutes. That is not enough time for students to do their work or to understand some of the things that are going on in their class. “Some students are slower [workers] than others, and some students need one on one help with the teacher. Plus, teachers have to lecture, so it’s not enough time,” said sophomore Breana Ortiz. See SEMESTERS page 14
Students Struggle to Find Time for Homework completing their homework.
Technology Should be Used for Educational Purposes During School
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Semesters Need to Come Back to Loy Norrix
When you play a sport, the longest time you have to complete work is on your way to games. If you have ever been on a school bus for a half hour or more you know that it is not the ideal “study spot.” Amelia Leibold Sports aside, students Guest Writer now have more packed into “I don’t have time,” said their schedules then ever Jess Moshoginis, a varsity before. Also, the thought volleyball player and captain of college is something of the women’s soccer team that impacts their everyday at Loy Norrix. Not having activities. time to complete homework “I want to be a is a struggle that many registered nurse,” said Brit’ student athletes face when Tany Matrau a sophomore at it comes to all of the work Loy Norrix. Matrau attended they have outside of the sessions at Western to help classroom. prepare her for her future. “Sometimes I have to Many students would pick which classes are more agree that the things we important,” said Moshoginis. do today greatly impact This is something that our future. However, students should not be extracurricular activities forced to do. When most such as sports and classes people think about student preparing students for athletes they do not factor college begin to take away in that these students are from the importance of also attending school. With being a teen and completing all of the work they receive one night’s homework to do outside of school, assignment. This is why many of them begin to feel I believe teachers should overwhelmed. cut back on the amount of Lately, students are homework they give their encouraged to take more students. rigorous classes. However, According to the with tougher classes there National Center for is more work to be done. Educational Statistics, over During sports seasons, there 30 percent of students who is just not enough time. participate in extracurricular Teachers are constantly activities have a GPA of 3.0 reminding their students to or above. find a place that is quiet and good for them to focus when See STUDENTS STRUGGLE page 15
Off for two weeks
A Chilling Expierence
Winter Break, cannot wait to sleep in and drink hot chocolate. The new tardy and absence procedure helps so we do not get suspended for tardies or absences. Snow days! Here they come.
Bringing food to families that are in need.
Less Crowded Lunch
Being able to spend time with family.
Basketball, Mens Swimming, and Wrestling. Students that lose credit have a better chance with trimesters. Since the switch, students are now able to sit and eat in peace.
Having homework in all five classes puts too much stress on the students
Not making counselor appointments
Bad winter drivers
Students should be able to go to the library and have a calm atmosphere to study. Six minutes doesn’t give students enough time to go from class to class. Students shouldn’t have to wear their I.D.s everyday if the administrative staff recognizes you. With not enough hours available for in-demand classes, individual classes are quickly becoming overfilled.
Four counselors, 1317 students. This means 329 students per counselor. Problem? Yes.
With the winter season starting, it seems as if the bad drivers are coming out of the woodwork.
Computer Labs Closed
With standardized testing going on, students cannot access the computer labs as necessary.
“It makes the school year longer.”
“Passing times are increased.”
“You don’t get a lot of credit opportunity, and there are too many classes.”
Letters to the Editor Push Back of School Hours
Dear Editor, I read “School Hours Should Be Pushed Back.” I think they should just let it be and keep the same. But I do agree school starts really early, Maybe they should start school at 9:00 or later. I bet if you ask students if they would want school to start later and get out of school earlier, they would agree and want to. Lacey Faltin, Freshman Dear Editor, I read “School Hours Should be Pushed Back.” I think that it is a good idea because it’s true that not everyone likes to wake up really early and go to school. I don’t think we should come out of school much later, we should start school at 8 or 9 and end school at 2:20, but I think that it should be pushed back much later. Victoria Gonzalez, Freshman
Students Respond to Teen Pregnancy
Dear Editor, I read about a teen mom that is a senior at Loy Norrix, and her two kids. One is two and a half and the other is eleven months old. She tells that she regrets getting pregnant but she still loves her kids. She talks about the struggles but that she still went to school. I think it’s a good thing that this was put into the paper because she explains that you should wait to get pregnant. If you are pregnant and you keep the baby then you can still go to school. She says that there are a lot of people who help her and she can still get a good education. I feel that it is a good thing to wait because you don’t want to struggle to give your family a good life. You should get a good job and be ready for it. Angel Curtis, Freshman Dear Editor, I read about the seniors struggling because of them having a child. If I were these people then I would not even be thinking about having a relationship that deep until a year or so after my senior year. Having a child this early could make people quit school, also even though it’s too early to have a baby you should still not give it up for adoption or even have an abortion. Justin Fahnestock, Freshman Dear Editor, I read about a senior at Loy Norrix tells the true struggles of a teen mom. I think that when teenage girls have babies at a young age it will be hard for them because they will have to go to school, get a job, and take care of their newborn baby. I feel that teenage girls that have babies should keep them because it was their fault to lay down with someone. Girls that have abortion before even knowing their baby is wrong because you is not giving the baby the chance to live and have a life in this world. The girls that give their baby up is not getting a chance to get to know their child and spend time with it because they gave the baby up to another family. So what I think is teenage girls should keep their baby and show the baby that you care about it and that you are there for it. Justus Smith, Freshman Dear Editor, I read ‘Twice the Work, Twice the Love”, and I think that the story was coming from her heart. She was talking about how hard it is for a teenager to have a baby and how teenage mothers act when they find out that they are pregnant. She talked about how old they were when she had her baby. I liked this story a lot and she
expressed how she felt. Marjanae Martin, Freshman Dear Editor, I read “Senior at Loy Norrix Tells The True Struggles of Teen Mom.” I think that’s a good thing to write about to show how hard it is to raise not one but two kids. Skylar Johnson, Freshman
Student Would Like Whole Football Team Noticed
Dear Editor, I read the article about the Loy Norrix football team, and I did not like what it said. The article made it seem that one person makes a difference. The whole football team didn’t like it. It only talked about one player that didn’t even play. It could have talked about a player that played the whole season and made accomplishments or the successes not the bad stuff. Juan Paz, Freshman
Student responds to Rapping up to success
Dear Editor, I read about how Daniel Gaddy-Blair is into rapping. I think there is too much stuff about him. You don’t really need to talk about some stuff that much. Yes, he is going for goal now, but there is also some more people doing stuff to get to their goal, but they are not in the paper. Tamara Irby, Freshman Dear Editor, I read Daniel GaddyBlair; Rapping Up To Success. The article was really good. The only problem I have with it that you went off topic. The whole thing should be on just Gaddy-Blair. Going off into Lil Wayne and Wale was off topic. Caroline Whitelow, Freshman
Student responds to Fútbol
Dear Editor, I read this article “He Can Play Football But He Can Play Futbol,” and I thought that it was a good article. Khaleb Cobbs, Freshman Dear Editor, I read that football and futbol are different. “Football is a lot more physical and soccer there is more conditioning,” Mitchell said. Even though Mitchell had some fun, practicing and warming up with the soccer team was not all fun and games.This reminds me of school. Whatever you do in life, take advantage. Everything isn’t just fun and games. Shayla Brown, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read your section “Norrix Drumline, Entertaining and Motivating.” I think it was good but I feel that you should also make a section on orchestra. Also, you should make it interesting and fun to read. I mean don’t get me wrong, it is a good section but you need to make it more fun to read. Make it look more interesting instead of a section about the drumline. Include the whole band! Ashley Worley
Students respond to Pop, Lock, but Don’t Drop It
Dear Editor, I read “LN Students Should Pop, Lock, but Don’t Drop It.” I can really relate to this article because I strongly agree with the article. I feel that teenagers should act their age, because they want to act so grown but don’t want the responsibilities. Then when they are grown they want to act like a kid. My dad always tells me to enjoy being a kid, so I do. People say I am very mature for my age. I don’t really think so. I am just smart. Justice Pyle, Freshman Dear Editor, I read the article called “ LN Students Should Pop, Lock, but Don’t Drop it.” I agree in a way because this is an environment that is a school, and some people like to make their own rules, and expectations. We are allowed to express ourselves but appropriately, especially at school. People talk too much about Loy Norrix and say Loy Norrix has a horrible reputation. I give the writer thumbs up for stepping up for what they think and writing about it. They wrote their opinion and respected other people’s thoughts and opinions without offending anyone. Daniela Shachez, Freshman Dear Editor, I read “LN Students Should Pop, Lock, but Don’t Drop It.” I feel it’s a little offensive. The writer makes it seem that we are being or dancing too inappropriately. All we are doing is unwinding and having a little fun. I understand what the writer is saying but if what we are doing is so inappropriate, why weren’t the adults, teachers, or chaperones doing something about it? All I’m saying is if how we are dancing is so bad, have the adults do their jobs and take care of it. Students are just trying to have some fun. Alexis Meinert, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read the sports part of the paper and I read that practice makes the win which is true and I liked that because the more you practice and the harder you practice will end up being useful at the end. I like the part that said how we have to be “consistent end to end” because it’s true and if the whole team has heart then you most likely to be the best team in the county. Samuel Bobadilla, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read the article entitled “Varsity Volleyball Steps Game Up,” and I think that the picture is good because Christina is an excellent volleyball player. But then again, I don’t like the way that it wasn’t a positive article. It talked about this year’s loss. I play volleyball and I feel we’ve had some pretty good wins. They could’ve talked about that. Justus Eason, Freshman
Norrix Drumline, Entertaining and Motivating
Students respond to Social Networking Can Ruin Your Life
Guy’s Soccer Team
Dear Editor, I read “Norrix Drumline, Entertaining and Motivating.” I agree, the band was amazing during homecoming. The band did such and amazing job. I can’t believe how much energy they had that night. The crowd was so alive and cheerful. Great job Band. Hunter Guild, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read “Social Network Can Ruin Your Life.” I think that if people want to post stuff about themselves then let them do it. If you get caught by your parents or whatever then that’s their fault. An article with Tae stood out to me a lot because what it basically said was that sometimes you have to fight for what you want and that right there is a life long lesson. Demetrius Berry, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read “Social Network Can Ruin Your Life.” I think that it is the truth. People shouldn’t be personal on social networks because that could lead to problems. That reminded me of when I cursed on facebook and my mom deleted it because there was family on there and I regretted it. Nahdyyah Barnett, Freshman
Obsessed with Reality
Dear Editor, I think that is a good idea to have the Jersey Show because it’s something new to watch on Tv. The Jersey Show should keep coming on only on weekdays because you probably won’t be busy at the time and you can learn the reality of life and what the real world is like. Elijah Mabon, Freshman
Dear Editor, I read about Loy Norrix women’s golf team, and I think that it is good that girls have not only been improving their scores and techniques, but they have learned how to have a good time while playing the game. That is a good thing because women actually have a chance to do something and I heard that Loy Norrix is known for women’s basketball and I want to make it too, and I tried to keep up and got to all the practices and training and hopefully I make the team. Mia Dickerson, Freshman
Loy Norrix Girl’s Swimming
Dear Editor, I read “L.N. Swimmers are Determined For Success.” I think that girls really have managed a lot of their time. Putting something like fourteen hours towards practicing is just, whoa. I want to join but it sounds like a lot. Giving a try is always an experience. Hunter Guild, Freshman
Student respond to Cheerleading is a Sport
Dear Editor, I read the article called “Cheerleading Is A Sport.” I think girls and boys can do cheerleading because it’s something they can do and you have to be in good shape. Rebecca D, Freshman
Students respond to Knightlife
Dear Editor, I think the article is really interesting but I think it’s very negative. It’s talking a lot about how we lost and I don’t like that. They should talk more about the times we won because we won before. I like the article about foreign exchange students. I think that’s really cool. I also like the one that was about a football player who tries soccer for a day and he ends up liking it a lot. Cheyenne Ganey, Freshman Dear Editor, I read your newspaper. I think it was pretty good actually. It was very professionally done. The pictures inside of the bass drum were cool. I really liked the sports sections. I am a huge sports fan, and I played JV football as a freshman. Next year you should get pictures and make articles for all 3 teams,
and all fall sports teams. We need sports to get bigger in this school again. Jaxon Schrock, Freshman Dear Editor, I read “Knight Life,” and I think that there are a lot of interesting articles in the newspaper. The only thing that I really don’t understand is why did you put Kalamazoo Central on the front page of the Loy Norrix newspaper? Adam Boblet, Freshman Dear Ms.Pankop and Knight Life, I recently read your first issue of the paper. I was really impressed. I thought that the pictures were amazing, especially the band picture. I think that it is great that you are capturing people’s emotions. Another things that I also loved were the headlines. They caught my attention and as much as I hate reading I had to. (Bite on this, should not Pop, Lock, and Drop it) I am also really happy to see that “Story Time” is still existence. I thought Jevonte did a great job with it especially his metaphor. I see you’ve picked up quite a few things from your brilliant mentor. It was very creative, and I’m stealing your “fresher than a newborn baby” line too. Overall, I thought it was a great issue and thought that it was even better than some of the issues that we had last year. I can’t wait to see your next few issues and hopefully they will be even better. Keep up the great work! Love, Chel-C Glasheen P.S. Congrats DeChelle. You’ll be a great editor- in- chief!
Student responds to negative school image
Dear Editor, I read the article about “Immature Students Promote a Negative School Image.” I think it was a good article because I think students should grow up and stop fighting. We also do want parents to think Loy Norrix is a good school and if people don’t fight the parents would want their kids to come to Loy Norrix. That’s why I also think students should grow up and stop fighting. Jacinda LaBarre, Freshman Dear Editor, I read Julian Edwards’ essay, I totally agree with what he is trying to say to us. Loy Norrix students need to grow up! School is not about fighting it is about getting your education. People should be the grown one and walk away and tell someone what is going on to solve the problem. Rebecca Beyman, Freshman
Story time with Tae
Dear Editor, I really like the article “Story Time with Tae.” The reason I like this is because when he felt like he was going to be laughed at and picked on because he didn’t have money to buy new shoes and a outfit for the prom, he did what no one would think to do, he took the money from the boy who picked on him and flashed his money in his face. Tae was wrong for stealing the money from the boy, but the other boy wasn’t right either. I think certain people shouldn’t brag and boast because when it’s all gone, you ain’t going to have no room to talk because you won’t be able to say you have this and that when you don’t. Everybody should understand that when people are in crisis of something don’t talk about them, comfort them and try to hold them if the want to be held it’s your choice. “Do unto others as you would want them to do you”. Florisha Pratt, Freshman
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The story begins in a dark cave with a wet substance dripping freely from the walls of the cave. It smelled like wet rocks and lions’ fur. When you looked around there was only a glimpse of light, just enough to see the reflection off of the puddles of water. It felt cold and damp as if the cave had been sprayed with a water hose. I was found in the cave with just a blanket and some Power Ranger underwear. A savage family who lived and hunted in the jungle found me. The family consisted of a man and a woman with their young child. I was raised as an animal and was taught how to hunt and survive on my own. I loved this family they really took me in and gave me a life. Many years after I was found in the cave, I found myself in a dangerous predicament. You see, in the jungle where I lived, there were giant berries that had a sweet yet tangy taste that would change anyone’s eyes into hearts. I lurked in a tree about to go down and grab a bunch of them for my family when suddenly I saw a gorilla. Gorillas are not a force to be reckoned with in the jungle. Even though the lions were labeled as “King of the Jungle,” the gorilla was the most dominant. The gorilla walked up to the bush and grabbed the berries that I was going to get, so I jumped out of the tree and addressed the beast and kicked it right in the head. I started to jump up and down on one
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foot while holding the other. I was thinking to myself, Oh my gosh, his head is so hard. So the gorilla dropped the berries and grabbed me. He shook and shook, then squeezed and squeezed, then threw me down. As I got up, I was thinking, ‘don’t cry, don’t cry, it doesn’t hurt that bad.’ The gorilla banged on its chest in a vicious rage that would frighten even the toughest of people. As he banged on his chest strongly, I ran up and kicked him in his genitals. He fell to his knees and wailed so loud that everyone in the jungle could hear. As the giant animal laid there and cried, I took off with the delicious berries. When I got back to my tree house my mother asked me why I was bleeding and I told her the story about getting the berries. “Aint no man, beast, or any other jungle person finna hurt my baby.” My mom was so mad that she went looking for that particular gorilla. My mom was really tough and strong; she would beat my dad up from time to time for getting out of line.
So we went back to the spot of the berries that I had gotten. We looked for the gorilla for an hour before I said, “alright mom I’m out, good luck finding him,” then I walked off. On the path leading back home I heard the sound of a branch breaking. I stopped and asked who was there but there was on no answer. As I took another step the gorilla popped out from behind the bushes. It scared me so bad that I pooped my loincloth. After the gorilla saw that he smelled me and then took off running. I was so mad that I pooped myself, but I was so happy that the gorilla left. My mom was still out there but I wasn’t trippin’ because I knew my mom could hold her own. When I got back to the house my dad was like “boy what in the world you done did? I taught you better then that, we potty trained you when you was 11 you know better boy.” I used to have a crazy life but now it’s alright, I live in a apartment now and I have a job as a janitor at a local high school.
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Drawing is one of Rojas favorite hobbies. Although the bear she is drawing is still a work in progress, she feels accomplished with how much she has completed. “I love bears a lot,” said Rojas, “it’s a defiant bear and I am defiant.”
Nicki Minaj Should Continue Wearing the Different Colored Wigs
Shauntasia Lewis-Gayles Guest Writer Nicki Minaj is the female who throws many other female artists in to the dumpster with her lyrics. Not only do her lyrics blow fans away, but her sense of hair fashion shocks the nation. Nicki Minaj is what I call a true female rapper. There are many other female rap artists that look good, but they don’t go to the limit that she goes to make sure she looks good. We the people call it colored wigs. I think these colored wigs are what make her personality pop out like a 3D movie. She wears them with style and she looks good while doing so. Her face
shape and skin complexion make these pink, blonde, purple and many other colored wigs look spectacular on her. Her hair has no limit to color or extent. The length could be really short and colorful to very long and two colors that go together. It shouldn’t matter how she wears her hair as long as it fits her style and comfort, she loves the way she looks as well as many others. She loves to be creative and a lot of people find something wrong with that. Many people think that she’s bald under the wigs and others say she just doesn’t need to wear wigs because she’s doing too much. “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people— especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that” said Nicki. I feel like Nicki when it comes to harsh criticism about
my hair and how I wear it. I as a growing, teen wear my hair to fit me. Many people don’t like my short hairstyle and they prefer me to go back to rocking the long hair. I really don’t care about how they feel. I wear my hair short and down, and when I want a ponytail I’ll wear a ponytail and let my hair flow. When I get older, yes, I will dye my hair a different color and, yes, like Nicki, I won’t care about the feelings of other people. Being a rapper is doing what you want but it also matters how you influence people. As a female artist who has brought out all the colors of her persona through her music and her look, I will say she has influenced me to make something of myself and to do what I want to do and look how I want to look without a care. She is a positive role model, and it’s up to you to support her like me, with or without the colored wigs.
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During the first trimester, Rebeca Arevalo completed a hand composition project for her Drawing class. “It [drawing] is a way of expressing myself,” said Arevalo. When Arevalo, a very happy person, started preparing this drawing she decided to arrange each hand to match her personality.
Girls’Night Out Junior Deja Farmer A typical girls’ night out for junior Deja Farmer is to eat, watch movies, and talk about problems that she and her friends are going through. Farmer enjoys hanging out with her friend’s juniors Tiera Buchanan, Alicia Willis, Ashley Willis and Courtney Martin having fun. “When somebody gets an attitude and comes at me [the] wrong way, [that] is something that can ruin my night,” said Farmer.
“If you have fun it will be perfect. If you don’t have fun and enjoy yourself, then it ain’t gon’ be fun.”
“Can relax and hang out with friends and not have to worry about school.”
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Senior Aaron Bronson
Many people cannot wait until the weekend begins. Looking forward to hanging out with their friends or boyfriend/girlfriend and having fun. These are some ideas of what Loy Norrix students do over the weekend with friends or their significant other.
Sophomore Danielle Kahler and Sophomore Victor Frost
Leaving town, going to Chicago, spending the night at a hotel, and shopping would be the perfect guys’ night out for senior Aaron Bronson. Bronson likes to hang out with a big group consisting of the same people senior Tyler Horton, junior Jesse Carver, Jordan Bevioe, and Corey Stimoff (who are not in school). “[We] play basketball everyday, go to the mall a lot and to the movies,” said Bronson.
“We’re close and I think that’s important. He’s fun to talk to, and I think that’s important also.”
Senior Jessica James Senior Jessica James’ idea of a girls’ night out is having a dinner with her closest friends senior Veronica Hughes, junior Letiah Folts, sophomore Sierra Marshall James, and college student Amanda Kuivenhoven; going to the movies, and staying up all night talking. “With close friends, no drama and an endless amount of money would make the night perfect,” said James.
“Like that I can relax and hang out with my friends and volleyball teammates.”
Senior Shannon Larkin “Basically acting stupid, that’s what makes it fun.”
Sophomore’s Victor Frost and Danielle Kahler have been a couple for 8 months. Their idea of fun over the weekend is playing board games, ice-skating, going out to dinner or a movie, or just hanging out at home. The perfect date night for this couple would be switching plans up all the time. One thing that could ruin their night are their parents. “If our parents wouldn’t let us hang out [that would ruin the night],” said Frost.
Having fun and laughing about good times is what senior Shannon Larkin’s guys’ night consists of. Larkin hangs out with about five or six of the same people, mainly seniors Devin Reynolds, Demontre Stuckey, and Zacheaus Lomax, every weekend. “Got to keep the circle close,” said Larkin.
Polina Naumova Copy Editor Senior Shannon Larkin likes to have fun with his winter wear by wearing a hat and scarf along with his black coat. “Preppy is the style. During the winter I can layer and wear anything. Plus winter swag looks better any ways,” said Larkin.
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Deadmau5 Rocks the Hau5 Erica Gatmaitan Guest Writer I have been obsessed with Deadmau5 since the beginning of 2009, when I first heard him on XM Radio, Deadmau5 was not at the peak of his fame yet. I grew up being a house, trance, techno, electronic and dance music fanatic, so I got hooked right away. Deadmau5 is the best music artist I have ever heard in those genres. It’s very progressive and his tunes sound like no other, consisting of a unique range of synths and vocals. I am so obsessed that I even created my own Mau5head for both Halloween and one of his shows. You may have also seen me walking in the halls wearing my homemade Mau5head. Joel Zimmerman is Deadmau5. You would probably recognize him from his performance during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on an electronically animated stage wearing a large LED Mau5 head. You might also be familiar with his hit track “Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff.” One day, Joel Zimmerman found a dead mouse in his computer while he was replacing his video card. He used chat rooms frequently, and he became
known as “that dead mouse guy.” Since the username “Dead Mouse” was too long, he shortened it to “Deadmau5.” A Toronto native, the 28-year-old does not like being called a DJ. Growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, (75 miles south east of Toronto), he grew up obsessed with computers. At age 15 he started making chip tunes (musical compositions made using the chips from old computers). At age 18, his tunes got more recognition from producers in Los Angeles. Around that same time he worked for a low-budget dance music radio show in Niagara Falls called “The Party Revolution.” His job was being the “technical whizz kid.” He also worked as a web developer. Joel Zimmerman’s first proper song, released in 2006, started out as a joke. It was called “This Is The Hook” written with Steve Duda. They did not expect it to be the number one song in Beatport’s (online record store) chart. From there, Joel Zimmerman was on a frenzy and started composing more of his own music with two of his own businesses - Mau5trap Recordings & Deadmau5. Today, he travels the world and continues to release new albums. I got the chance to see him live for the first time and meet him in person in
August 2009 at the Lollapalooza music festival, which is held in Chicago, IL. The next summer on July 2nd 2010, I saw him again at Chicago but at the Soldier Field. The third time I watched him live was at Congress Theater in Chicago again on Saturday, October 23rd 2010 with my friends Jared Eckley and James Mullins. There, I got a second chance to meet him in person and get my homemade Mau5head signed. Being at his shows is like being at a huge rave party. They are extremely fun and high spirited. Joel Zimmerman’s music is mind blowing! Seriously. More people should check out his music, as well as discover other great artists in the dance/ trance/techno genres such as Skrillex, Kaskade & Daft Punk. Deadmau5 has transformed those genres of music significantly, and will continue to amaze all. I love him.
Erica Gatmaitan with Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) in Lollapalooza in 2009. Her first time meeting him.
Junior Alex Elwell likes to keep warm by wearing her black Hydrolic pea coat along with dark skinny jeans and a cute pair of boots. “Being warm is all that matters, but looking nice while being warm is a plus,” said Elwell.
Freshmen Jay McIntosh and Ross Bechtel like to have fun and keep warm during winter with sweaters and warm jackets. “I like getting my chill on. I like to get warm, even though I’m already hot. Burton.com is the place for my clothes,” said McIntosh. “I like that it is cold, I love the cold. The best part of winter is snowball fights, but you gotta keep warm,” said Bechtel.
Junior Alexis Welsh’s main objective during winter is to keep warm. She enjoys wearing hoodies with a vest on top, some warm boots and hobo gloves. “The reason I wear the clothes I do in the winter time is because I’m comfy and warm, and I look cute,” said Welsh.
Winter Fashion: Cozying up at Loy Norrix
Senior Bryan Traconis likes to show individual style, whether it’s winter or summer. However for Traconis winter has its advantages. “I enjoy winter because I can wear different types of fur and keep warm with my little twist of style,” said Troconis.
Sophomore Nick Nizzardini enjoys shaking things up with his ski gear both on the slopes and off. “My favorite thing to wear is my bright neon green ski jacket because I’m swaggin’ out,” said Nizzadini.
Freshmen Iyana Smith mixes fashion up everyday to her own style but still keeps to the fashion of a warm black coat. “I’m kind of different anyways, so it doesn’t matter what season it is, I wear what I wear,” said Smith.
Two Schools, Two Newspapers, One Passion “Knight Life’s” peek into the Portage Central “Stampede” Ava Gaines Jocelyn Jensen Layout and Design editor Feature editor
Taking pictures, designing layouts, finding the most interesting story, rushing to meet deadlines: The life of a journalist. “There is no such thing as a regular day being the newspaper advisor,” said Portage Central High School’s newspaper advisor Cheryl Braford, “but I would say it is the best job in the school. [The students] are engaged, they care about the school, and everyday is high energy. There is never a down day,” The same is true for the Loy Norrix newspaper staff. “It’s kind of hectic, reporters are always running around getting interviews and articles ready,” said senior DeChelle Jones, editor-in-chief of “Knight Life.” There is no doubt that journalism students are hardworking, but that does not eliminate chaos when it comes to getting the paper to the public. “Deadline week is definitely hectic, everyone is trying to scramble around the school and get last minute quotes, and okays,” said Jones. The “Stampede” is a perfect example of a newspaper staff that is involved in numerous extracurricular
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“The Stampede” staff is working hard to meet their deadline. The room is full of activity, just as it would be for a “Knight Life” deadline.
activities, as well as more strenuous classes such as Advanced English classes and AP classes. “The journalism room is a release from [other] classes,” said Braford, “[Students] let loose in the paper room. It runs itself.” The “Knight Life” staff is also very involved and a busy group of students who participate in activities ranging from sports to theatre. Yet the staff of both publications still manage to meet deadlines. Working for the paper is
not always the easiest task, and it can sometimes be quite time consuming. “Things are usually pretty chill, until deadline week,” said senior Morgan Clothier, Editor-in-Chief at Portage Central. “That’s when people start kicking each other off of computers and staying after school until around seven or eight.” Deadline week is stressful for any newspaper staff, but all of the hard work is rewarded when it comes time to get the paper from the printer.
A big difference in process between the two newspapers is the fact that “Knight Life” is prior reviewed, while the “Stampede” is not. When a paper is prior reviewed it means that the principal views the articles and meets with the editor-in-chief and the advisor to suggest any changes or edits that he feels are necessary. “ Mr. Alburtus [Portage Central’s principal] is a former journalist. He really understands the power of the press. He never reads our paper before it goes to the printer, and he is our biggest supporter,” said senior Rachel LeFevre, editor-in-chief at Portage Central. The setting and dynamics of a school’s environment determine what types of stories are covered. What is controversial for one newspaper may not be controversial for the next one. “This is a big secret, but in our next issue we’re running an article about a girl that is pregnant in school,” said Clothier. An article with this content is rare for the “Stampede,” but “Knight Life” regularly prints articles about pregnancy, and other tendentious subjects. Although luck is not always the most obvious thing, The “Knight Life” staff is extremely fortunate to have
updated computer programs for design like Photoshop, and InDesign, but The “Stampede” staff is not so lucky. “We’re running on basic everything. We just don’t have the adequate money supply right now to upgrade. Our ads are just covering the cost to print the paper,” said Braford. “Some “Knight Life” struggles are making our deadlines, and getting ad sales, but we always overcome the struggles,” said Jones. Despite differences, both newspapers are quite successful in spreading the school news to their peers. The “Stampede” used to cost 50 cents, but now that it is free, the number of readers has greatly increased. “Students get excited to read the paper now…it’s more accessible,” said LeFevre. Amidst the chaos and rush for deadlines and ad sales relationships are strengthened. “ We build a family in ‘Knight Life.’ We all grow into each other. And we still have fun while getting things that need to be done, done,” said Jones. No matter the setting or equipment, the purpose of a school newspaper is to spread the news inside school and outside in the community, and that is exactly what “Knight Life” and the “Stampede” attempt to do.
Recipe Corner- Holiday Desserts
Ultimate Sugar Cookies
Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brittaney Tyson A&E Editor
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Beat butter and sugar in large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
4 ¼ cups all- purpose flour
1 large egg
Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla extract until well blended.
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a seperate bowl.
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture at low speed until well blended.
3 cups flour
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
1 stick of butter 1 cup of sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
Heat oven to 375 F. Roll 1/3 of dough at a time on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.
½ teaspoon salt
Cut dough with 2 to 3-inch floured cookie cutters.
1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups of butter (softened) 1 ¼ cups of sugar 1 ¼ cups of firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 (12 ounce) package (2 cups) real semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Heat oven 375 F. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips. Roll into balls and lay out on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.Makes 26 Jumbo cookies.
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Sweet Potato Pie
Bake 5- 9 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet.
Transfer cookies to cooking rack. Frost and decorate as desired. Makes 6 dozen cookies
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Materials: 3 to 4 sweet potatoes 1 stick of butter 1 can of evaporated milk
Peel the sweet potatoes. Boil until potatoes are soft in the water (about 3 cups) with salt.
¼ teaspoon lemon extract
When soft, mash up, mix together with butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, lemon extract, eggs, flour (enough to where the mixture is smooth), and Nutmeg.
2 beaten eggs
Pour into pie crusts
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup to ¾ cup of flour A dash of salt
Bake 350 F for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
1 tablespoon of nutmeg
Set out and let cool. Top of with whipped cream if desired.
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Students at Loy Norrix Are Doing More Than Thinking About Others Haley Pfeil Sports Editor Look through your closet to see if you have any unused coats, hats, gloves, or scarves you do not wear. That is just what students at Loy Norrix were told to do during the Winter Wear Drive. Students immersed themselves in helping others during the Winter Wear Drive. The Winter Wear Drive is a significant project that PeaceJam, with the help of National Honor Society and Key Club, takes on, and this year over one thousand winter wear items were collected. Hats and coats were not the only items collected; socks, boots, and numerous other warm items were collected in all sizes. Even though the Winter Wear Drive is technically over, the need for warm clothes is still recognized by students and teachers and they continue to bring in items. Students are attempting to make the world a better place by taking part in the Winter Wear Drive. Students who helped felt that it was great to make an impact. “Giving back to society is something as simplistic as the Winter Wear Drive,” said Sveri Stromsta May, the PeaceJam adviser. “As you are helping to fill a need where there is one.” “I’ve always done a lot of work with charities and volunteering, but it was nice to lead one of the projects. I got to see what goes on behind the scenes and how much work
it was,” said senior Mindy Wielinga. Wielinga was the PeaceJam member in charge of the Winter Wear Drive. However, students are not the only ones bringing in winter wear. Anne Bakalyar, mother of Ben Bakalyar, a LN math teacher, hand knitted 300 sets of hats and scarves and donated all of them to the Winter Wear Drive. PeaceJam offered the class
that brought in the most items donated cinnamon rolls from Rykse’s Restaurant and juice, as an added incentive. The top class was Kelly Stetten’s and May’s class with 128 items. Their class shared the cinnamon rolls with Joe Kitzman’s class, which brought 111 items. While eating the cinnamon rolls, the classes talked about the difference they made in our community.
“Students shared the world’s resources with people that need it,” said May. “There are people that need it so desperately.” The collected winter wear is meant to help families without cost. The items are given to Loy Norrix students in need, and the students have already started receiving the warm clothes. The extra items go to the Deacons Conference and are distributed to families in need free of charge. The items are not taken to Goodwill or the Salvation Army because these places charge for their items. PeaceJam decided to take on the Winter Wear Drive project because they are required by the PeaceJam Foundation to do one Global Call to Action Project that is chosen by the students and that will make a difference. This project will be presented by the PeaceJam students to a Nobel Laureate at the Great Lakes PeaceJam Conference in March. National Honor Society and Key Club are also involved with the project. This year, Key Club played a large role in collecting the items. Students realize that during the winter families are in need of warm clothing, so the Winter Wear Drive was started as a way for students to help other families. The effort of all three groups is necessary in a project as SVERI MAY / GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER involved as the Winter Wear Loy Norrix Peacejam and Key Club members help out the homeless by sorting the winter wear items by size after school. Loy Norrix collected a Drive. total of 1,422 articles of clothing this year. “All three groups come
together to make it work,” said May. When the Winter Wear Drive was over, 15 students stayed after school for two and a half hours to sort and box the clothes. These students devoted their time because they wanted to make a difference and they knew that what they were doing was important. There were no adults, other than their club advisers, there to praise them for their hard work and there were no physical rewards for their effort. Their work was strictly voluntary. “It was really time consuming. I spent an hour and a half before school to collect the items and two and a half hours after school every Friday to sort the items by size,” said Wielinga. In a diverse community with an increase in economic downturn, there are many people in need of help. According to News Channel 3, there are 985 homeless people in Kalamazoo, and according to the Kalamazoo Gazette there are 235 homeless children in the city. “It was impressive to see how many people come together to help others who don’t have as much as they do, but it was also shocking to know that the items we collected won’t be enough for all the people who need them in Kalamazoo,” said Wielinga. The Winter Wear Drive gives students the opportunity to help other Loy Norrix students as well as others in the community.
Myths: Things Your Parents Told You That are Not True Racheal Koole News Editor
When children are young they will believe almost anything. Parents remember the myths they heard from their parents and tell them to their kids. The myths are passed down from generation to generation through the years. Myths range from the tooth fairy, to Santa, to the Loch Ness monster, and Big Foot. Myths bring fear to little, misbehaving children and scare them to act in a different way. Myths change over time but the lessons stay the same.
Coffee Stunts Your Growth
“I’m pretty average height... but I’ve sure consumed a lot of coffee.” - Freshman Grace Santamara
Santa is Real!
“I believed in Santa when I was little. Then I witnessed my parents putting presents in the stockings.” - Sophmore Courtney Prescott
“That one’s not true or I’d be blind. I’d be blinder than a person without eyes.” - Junior Keith Toornman
“Then a lot of people would be stuck with ugly faces.” - Junior Mariah Isaac
“I used to like roll my eyes or cross my eyes and my mom said they’ll stay that way but they didn’t.” - Sophmore Alicia Gipson
If you sit too close to the television, you can lose your sight
The tooth fairy brings you money if you out your tooth under your pillow “I caught my mom putting money under my pillow once.” - Junior Calli Sweetland
If you make a face it could stay that way
If you cross your eyes too often , they stay that way
Carrots turn your hair orange “The only way your hair will turn orange is if you smash the carrots in it.” - Sophmore Allie Creamer
What do you want to do before you die?
If you swallow watermelon seeds, a watermelon will grow in your stomach “Yeah, I swallowed two and I’m still skinny,” - Senior Dominique Essix
Calvin Leinenbach Web Tean For those of you that don’t know, a Bucket List is a recollection of all the dreams you’ve had since you were a kid; a list of the achievements you want to accomplish, no matter how unrealistic they seem. It’s a place to record life fulfillments and experiences that you desire to see happen. A Bucket List is a list of the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”, and this is ours. Welcome to the Loy Norrix Bucket List. Teacher Edition “The architectual design of the pyramids, they’re amazing. It’s like; wow, that took a long time and a lot of work and detail to create. Also they’re one of the seven wonders of the world.” - Trina VanderVelden
“I love basketball; I played in college and coached here at Norrix, it really is one of my passions... I really want to hear the conversations between the players and the coaches.” - Ajamian Gardner
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Ajamian Gardner (Partners in Education) - Watch a NBA Finals Game courtside. Jennifer Renkowski (Social Studies teacher) - Take my children all over the world. Erin Rolfe (Social Studies teacher) - Visit all 50 states. Jennie Ko (Special Ed. teacher)- Go on a hot-air balloon safari across Africa. Matt McCullough (Social Studies teacher) - Visit Europe. Sally Wagenaar (English teacher) - Visit Italy. Sue Mills (Business Education teacher) - Skydive. Natia Mattison (English teacher)- Get my Ph.D. Debbi Jones (Parapro) - Travel to Africa and learn about its mysteries. Ray Ampey (Security) - Take a trip across America on a Harley. Niambi Pringle (Social Studies teacher) - Buy a red 64 1/2 Mustang Convertible. Trina VanderVelden (Secretary)- See the pyramids.
“The sense of freedom, no time schedule restricting you. The idea of being able to do whatever you want on the open road.” - Ray Ampey “I’m into ‘eco adventures’...I just love Africa and want to see the land. I want to see the animals in their natural environment.” - Jennifer Ko “I feel like visiting all 50 states would help you get a better view of America as a whole, plus, America has a lot of cool things to offer. I want to visit the world too but I feel like I should view my own backyard first.” - Erin Rolfe
Talking One Day, Silent the Next
Loy Norrix Students Experiment with Being Nonsocial Nikkole Hegler Assistant Photo editor
Brittaney Tyson A&E Editor
Have you ever met that person who talks to you regardless of who you are? Have you ever met someone that has you laughing at everything they say? Have you ever known someone that has an unlimited amount of friends? What would happen if this person became SILENT?
Welcoming New Staff at Loy Norrix! Veronica Hughes Feature Editor
In the beginning of the school year there were new faces all around Loy Norrix, not just students, but new staff members. Many of LN’s new staff have come from middle schools, other high schools, and even different states. Nikia Hall, Secretary Previous school: Kalamazoo Advantage Academy. Why did you decide to come to Norrix? “Well, even though I graduated from Kalamazoo Central, I heard that Loy Norrix High School has great leadership, great staff and great students. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of greatness?”
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Seniors JaaQwalya Hoskins and Ashly Chimner talk to Davian Phillips, constantly asking questions but he continued to be silent. Phillips could not handle the silence throughout the day.
Sophomore Davian Phillips knows a lot of his fellow peers, which makes him a very social person. Phillips thought that he could go a whole day without talking, but little did he know, it was harder than he thought. During 2nd period Phillips’ friends were talking about Ohio State’s basketball team and you could see that Phillips was tempted to talk because his physical appearance changed. His lips were starting to tremble and he looked as if he was asking if he could talk. One of the times when Phillips was tempted to talk happened in fifth period when sophomore Trenton Beamon was discussing this year’s basketball season. One of Phillips’ favorite topics to talk
about is sports, such as football and basketball. “Because it’s sports and I love sports,” said Phillips. Beamon did not like the fact that Phillips was not able to talk. “I wasn’t going to be laughing that much that day,” said Beamon. One of Phillips’ very close friends, sophomore Bishop Robinson, was mad that Phillips could not talk the whole day because he could not get the response that he wanted. “It was emotional because I couldn’t hear my bro’s voice,” said Robinson. Instead of Phillips talking he would just laugh a little, shake his head yes or no and write what he had to say on
paper. When the school day ended Beamon and Robinson gave their thoughts on how they felt about the experience that Phillips had. “It was terrible because he couldn’t laugh all day, but also I thought it was good because it is hard for a very sociable person to go a whole day without talking,” said Beamon. “[It] was the longest I ever seen him [Phillips] shut his mouth,” said Robinson. At the end of the day Phillips was thankful that he was able to talk again. “[The day was] Boring and I would never go a whole day without talking again,” said Phillips.
What was your most memorable moment of high school? “I had several memorable moments in high school. I will never forget as a freshman, walking in the doors.; as a sophomore, cheering in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida; as a Junior, taking the ACT’s and SAT’s and finally, my Senior year, making Homecoming Court (we didn’t have King and Queen), being accepted to Michigan State University and graduating with honors! How do you like Norrix so far? “I absolutely love it here. I have been warmly embraced by colleagues and surprisingly students too!” Is there anything else you would like to add? “There is a line in the movie “Sister Act 2” that I love and I live by, ‘If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention. What does this mean to you my friends?” Dianne Langshaw, Literacy Facilitator Previous school: Washington Writers’s Academy. Why did you decide to come to Norrix? “My position at Washington Writers’ Academy was eliminated because of budget cuts. I was going to be a District Elementary Literacy Coach, but then this opportunity came up. I thought this would be a wonderful new adventure in my teaching career. I am looking forward to working with high school teachers and students.” What was your most memorable moment of high school? “I have many, many fond memories of high school. I was one of the youngest in my class, so one of the last out of my friends to get my driver’s license. I remember getting my first car and driving to school in this huge purple Impala. That was a great day!” How do you like Norrix so far? “I love Norrix so far. The students and staff are great. There are many great things going on at Norrix!” Is there anything else you would like to add? “My family thinks it is great that I am at Loy Norrix. My dad taught here for 29 years, so he thinks it’s funny that I am where he used to be.”
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Albeo’s friends, freshmen Caroline Brigham, Twyla Pela-Leathermen, Tameka Robinson and Alexis Tyson, show that they wanted Albeo to talk as the day went by. For Albeo the day was complicated and she struggled a lot.
Freshman Sylvia Albeo is one of many freshmen that is social in school. Albeo has a lot of friends and participates in many school programs. She never knew it would be so hard for her to not be social. Starting in first period Albeo was very tempted as her friends constantly pressured her to talk. When the first bell rang, she left the class with her head down knowing that she could not speak. “I like to talk and my friends wanted me to talk, so it made it difficult,” said Albeo. In her second period, Algebra, Albeo had to work by
herself because she could not interact with her fellow peers. “It was not fair because I didn’t want to do that [math work] by myself,” said Albeo. Lunchtime was the most difficult time for Albeo. “Everybody was there,” said Albeo. Questions such as “Why aren’t you talking?’ or “What’s wrong?” were being asked and all she could do was stare. Albeo’s friend, freshmen Caroline Brigham knew it was hard for her not to talk. “She looked left out,” said Brigham. For the rest of the day Albeo stayed silent, walking
straight to class so that she did not interact with anyone. Finally in fifth period she had a test so her silence became beneficial. “It was easier to control, not talking, because we had a test,” said Albeo. At the end of the school day Albeo finally was able to talk again. She felt relieved. “I just wanted to talk,” said Albeo. Sylvia knows for a fact that without communicating she could not make it in today’s society. “It would be just too hard,” said Albeo.
Leon Coleman, Behavioral Specialist Previous school: Lincoln Elementary What made you decide to come to Norrix? “It was an opportunity to deal with older students and help improve the culture here at Loy Norrix.” Did you always like school and want to teach kids? “My mom was a teacher, I didn’t have much choice. I was brought up that way, you had to go to school.”
Juana Garza, Child Accounting Clerk Previous school: Lincoln International What made you decide to come to Norrix? “I hear a lot of great things about Loy Norrix, a dynamic atmosphere and I like that.”
How do you like Norrix? “I haven’t had a chance to interact with the students, but the staff is amazing.” Aaron Wright, Special Ed Teacher Previous School: Hartford Public Schools Why did you decide to come to Norrix? “Kalamazoo has been my home for many years and teaching here is the best way I know to help improve my community.” What was you’re most memorable moment of high school? “Graduation!” How do you like Norrix so far? “I have been so impressed by the dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm of the students. I absolutely love my job.” Is there anything else you would like to add? “Keep it positive, people!” Also new to Norrix is Megan Fujita our college representative and Ellen Harn who chose not to respond to the interview.
Double Take, at Home and in the Hallways Madison Luckett Opinion Editor
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Did you know that MaryKate and Ashley Olsen are actually fraternal twins?
While many people believe that fraternal twins are exactly the same, that is not fully true. They may have some things in common but not everything. When people picture twins they usually see them matching their clothes, liking the same things, and knowing everything about eachother. For juniors Damien and Devin Hegler that is a whole other story, they are fraternal twins and do not know every single thing about eachother. Damien and Devin were quized about the other twin to find out how much they actually know about eachother.
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The results are: Damien knew six out of ten answers to the questions . He knew Devin’s favorite color, sport, movie, artist, candy, and his shoe size. Devin knew five out of ten answers to the questions. He knew Damien’s favorite sport, food, flavor of cake, candy, and his shoe size. Even though people believe that twins have a lot of things in common, the truth is that Devin and Damien only have three things in common. They both like basketball, chocolate cake, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Candy.
Norrix Students are Going out to Volunteer: AnCristina Unselfish Act Bryant Photo Editor
While some students spend their spare time hanging out with friends, going to movies, and doing things that in the end only benefit themselves, there are other students that are determined to go out in the community and help others in need. According to the website, Volunteering In America, Kalamazoo residents alone volunteer over 22 percent more than the United States citizens as a whole. At Loy Norrix there are many students, who are willing to go above and beyond both in school and in the community. Seniors Angela DeYoung and Brighid Morse are LN students that spend a huge amount of their free time volunteering. “I feel the more I volunteer, the more I expose myself to different people that I might not have met [otherwise],” said DeYoung. “It’s [volunteering] really fulfilling and gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I am making a difference in someone’s life,” said Morse. Both DeYoung and Morse are in the National Honor Society (NHS), and PeaceJam. They have volunteered both locally and internationally. ANGELA DEYOUNG DeYoung started volunteering at the Gospel Mission by serving food to the homeless. There she experienced how much of an impact volunteering had in the community. She listened to a man tell a remarkable story about how he changed his life around after abusing drugs and getting mixed up with the wrong people. He took charge of his life when he saw that it was going nowhere. DeYoung felt moved and motivated, hoping she could help make a difference in someone’s life by lending a hand to others when they were down. DeYoung has also volunteered with PeaceJam serving spaghetti dinners to the
homeless around February of every year. Her volunteer hours have increased thanks to NHS and PeaceJam by 15 hours more per trimester. DeYoung also plans on continuing to help people by volunteering in college because even a small act can make a big difference. BRIGHID MORSE Morse says that working in a care center in Guatemala for malnourished children was one of the most significant experiences she has had as a volunteer. “I felt moved because they [the children] didn’t create their problems, they were vulnerable,” said Morse. She enjoys working with kids and making a difference in their lives because they are little, innocent and they are not at fault for the hand they are dealt. Hoping to change their lives even just a little is what Morse thrives for while lending a helping hand. Morse believes that the volunteering she has done with children has had a large influence in her career path. Morse intends to have a serviceoriented career so that she can keep helping those who are in need.
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Senior Brighid Morse is a member of Peace Jam. Peace Jam organizes the Loy Norrix food drive each year. Norrix is a huge contributer.
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Playing Sports Influences Academics
Daniela Paz Guest Writer Whether your sport takes place on a field, a court, or in water, playing is not important until you have the grades and the attitude to back it up. Playing sports is a great way to stay in shape and to have fun at the sametime, but it requires more than just a good throw or a great catch. Apart from meeting new people, extracurricular activities are a way to keep students on top of their grades. To be able to try out for a sport a student is required to have a 1.5 GPA, and to be able to play throughout the season they need to maintain a 2.0. These athletic standards are a way to keep students on top of their grades. If you do not have good grades, you ca not play. “I go to school everyday and get good grades so that I have the chance to do what I love,” said Loy Norrix freshmen Juan Paz. Paz has been playing sports
since he was in middle school. He encourages others to do the same. Coaches are required to be strict about the grades students get and have them turn in progress reports regularly. “Coaches demand [players to attend] study hall and when you go to study hall, it helps your grade,” said senior Nick Stump. Playing a sport can teach you how to balance numerous things. This multi-tasking ability can be helpful in the future. Sports also help you develop different characteristics and values that could be useful in the years to come. “It gave me morals like integrity and good sportsmanship,” said Stump. Many students out there would love to have the chance to be involved in a sport; it gets them out of the street and into a path of success. They want to have someone like a coach to be a mentor inside and outside of that sport. Participating in extracurricular activities teaches student-athletes how to stay on top of their responsibilities, and to not take the things they get for granted. Spots in general have been known to help teenagers get off the streets, dedicate themselves, and to look forward to the future.
NBA All-star Game Goes from the Best of the Best, to Popularity Contest
Saquille Love Guest Writer To play in the National Basketball Association All-Star Game you have to be voted in by the fans. All-Star voting should be based on stats leading up to the All-Star game. If you are a popular NBA player like Kobe Bryant or LeBron James then you do not even have to play a game to be voted into the AllStar game. “It’s a little embarrassing when they vote people in that haven’t played and stuff like that,” said Golden State coach Don Nelson. “But a lot of people just vote for the biggest name, and they put a check mark on the name that they recognize.” The fans get to select the players that play in the All-Star game. They have the power to choose the players they want without having to look at stats. The players that are voted into the All-star game do not have to have good stats to play. The players that have good stats but are not popular ca not do anything even if their stats are better than somebody’s that does not have good stats but is well known around the world. Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson were the surprised All-Star winners in 2010. Both players played only a few games for their teams while, still being voted into the AllStar game. McGrady played SEMESTERS from page 5 Switching to trimesters complicates the school system. Students must take the part A and B version of each class to get a full credit. Some students might take part A of a certain class but not part B of the same class until the end of the school year. Students may even have part B with a different teacher then they had for part A. Though both part A classes are essentially the same curriculum, teachers do not have the same teaching methods. This teaching relationship that specific students have with their
only six games and was on an indefinite leave from his team. He ranked second in votes among Western Conference guards. Iverson who ranked second among East guards only played 14 games with two different teams. He averaged career lows in points and assists. Other good players that played leading up to the game would have to rely on the coaches’ votes to play in the AllStar game. The NFL uses a system of thirds to determine players selected to the Pro Bowl, splitting the votes between the fans, coaches, and players. Many people wonder if the NBA should switch to the same system. Some deserving players get left out from the All-Star game because popularity takes a toll. You do not have to be having a good season to be voted into the All-Star games. As long as you are popular around the world then you will be voted into the All-Star game. The NBA should switch their system because legitimately good players get left out of the All-Star game. The system should be mixed with a combination of coaches, players and the fans, rather than just the fans. Players’ votes should count the most towards the selection because they are the ones that compete every night. “Yes, I think that the players that earned the chance to be there should play rather than just players with the big name [who] are voted in,” said Loy Norrix Senior Tyler Horton. If the system is changed, it would solve a lot and would be more fair for the deserving players that earn the chance to play in the All-Star games. teachers can be broken because of trimesters. “It would be hard for me because maybe the other teacher might lecture the whole time and I won’t understand,” said junior Olga Prieto. Trimesters may help out in some ways but the format of the schedule hurts a lot of the students and teachers, in their work and their time. Maybe if the schedule was fixed in a way that we could have longer classes and more credits, trimesters could provide a good option for students with fewer complaints.
Sporting New Attitudes about Cheerleading
Jenna Fiore Staff Writer Jenna is a Loy Norrix Cheerleader
Tuesday at 2:20, the bell rings and 20 girls go straight to the locker room, change, run to the back gym and pull out mats by 2:30. This is the Loy Norrix cheer team. We immediately run ten laps around the gym to warm up and then stretch. “Push-ups, go; crunches, go; planks- center, right, left, go; ball-up crunches, mountain climbers, leg lifts, leg circles, tuck jumps and squats, go.” This is just the start of a three hour practice. Then the team goes to the middle of the mat for four sets of 15 jumps. To a chorus of “five, six, seven, eight” our team does 15 toe-touches, herkys, pikes, and universals for a total of 60 jumps. An hour into practice we get our first water break. We start tumbling conditioning as everyone hits a bridge. We go to the back of the mat and cartwheel, round off, and back walkover down and back. We do ten handstand push-ups then hold our handstand and hit the right splits, switch to the left splits and repeat ten times. Whether it is practicing backhand-springs, valdez’s, tucks, or layouts the rest of practice is dedicated to the gymnastics needed in cheer. Twice a week we have practices dedicated solely to stunting. These practices require extreme vigor and strength in order to consistently hit each stunt. For those who say cheerleading is not a sport, I ask, “Why?” Do we not work out with as much intensity as any other sport? Senior Lauren McGlinn does not believe sideline cheer is a sport. “I do think competitive cheer is a sport, but sideline cheer is more like a hobby. It is more about supporting the team,” said McGlinn. A hobby does not require the physical activity cheer does and “supporting the team” at each game takes athletic skill not recognized by most. Before every game we show up early, warm up, and stretch, just like any other sport. Cheerleading is not sitting on
the sideline, as another spectator with a special title. We are required to be physically active the entire game. We perform our jumps, cheers, and stunts. If you do not consider cheers athletic activity, consider holding your arms out straight for two hours with a two-pound weight. This is what the cheers during a two hour game are like. Jumps require flexibility. It requires strong leg and calf muscle to jump high, and abdominal strength to crunch and hit the jump quickly. “Stunts take athletic skill, but those aren’t necessary for sideline cheer,” said McGlinn. While McGlinn does not believe stunting during the game is necessary, it is what gains the cheerleaders respect throughout the student body. It also pleases the crowd and gets the stands involved. Football player and senior Ce’Juwan McFerrin does not believe that even competitive cheer is a sport. “There is no real athleticism. No contact,” said McFerrin. This is not true because competitive cheer requires extreme athleticism. Round one requires strong jumps. Back walkovers, back handsprings, or back tucks are a must to succeed in round two. Is gymnastics a sport? Well competitive cheer combines the difficulty of tumbling passes in gymnastics with another specialty: stunting. Stunts require three girls to lift over 100 pounds in the air over and over. The flyer does what could be considered squats as she stands up and down. In a simple extension the flyer “holds her own weight” by keeping her core engaged, butt tucked, and thighs rotated in. One-legged stunts require extreme concentration and strength to stay balanced. As for the physical contact in competitive cheer, there is no tackling for sure, but there is the lifting, tossing, and catching of other people. In fact, stunting contact is much more controlled than that in football. Contact in competitive cheer requires more focus because you lift other people in the air, move them, and then throw them. Unlike in football where the consequence of missing the ball is a few points, you must always catch what you throw in cheer; the consequence is someone’s life. In football one person controls the ball at a
LN Students Should get Free Admission
admission, more students will come out and support the teams. With a larger student section, teams will feed off of the crowd’s energy, and fight harder for the win. Athletic Director Andrew Laboe said this was his Hannah Fleming goal in allowing in-season Guest Writer athletes into games for free. The in-season athletes Five hundred pennies, are more likely to come 100 hundred nickels, 51 to games if they can be dimes, 20 quarters, five admitted for free. The singles, regardless of how result, more spectators. you look at it, $5 is not Although the lack of always the easiest thing to an admission fee will create come up with, especially a loss of revenue, which is if you are a teenager. The put directly into the general cost for admission is $5 to athletic fund, the money can almost all varsity sports be made up in other areas events at Loy Norrix, even like the concession stand. for students. Admission to The concession stand sporting events should be can increase their prices and free for all students, not just do so without losing any the in-season athletes. business because students “If you include gas will not have spent their money to get to the game, money on a ticket. plus your ticket, it’s an “I never buy anything expensive proposition just to support your school,” said from the concession stand because I already bought sports fan Lisa Freeman. the ticket,” said Freeman. Freeman is one of the many students at Loy Norrix Without the ticket fee, students will buy more who is not a member of a school team, but plays a large items from the concession stands. Their 20 quarters role in the crowd. Freeman can be spent on lollipops, regularly attends and shows her support for the teams by or candy bars, not just the cheering as well as capturing opportunity to cheer on their peers. action shots of the teams. Freeman agrees that with free
time. In cheerleading however, three girls plus the flyer work together, requiring both athleticism and physical contact. Perhaps the debate of whether or not cheerleading is a sport comes down to scoring a goal or receiving points for particular moves. Well competitive cheer is all about receiving points. Each team uses their top skills in order to receive the maximum amount of points possible. Points are obtained for the height and technical performance of jumps and flexibility. Tumbling skills are assigned a specific point value, and each stunt is graded on difficulty and execution. Competitive cheer is about competing against other teams. We have a defined season, requirements for each round and follow national regulations. According to the first definition in Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, a sport is, “Any activity or experience that gives enjoyment or recreation.” Varsity cheerleader, junior Ray’von Jones said, “I like cheerleading because it keeps me in shape and it’s fun. I enjoy the cheers and stunting.” The general attitude towards cheerleading on the team is that it gives us both enjoyment and recreation. Webster’s New World Dictionary also defines a sport as, “Such an activity requiring more or less vigorous bodily exertion and carried out according to some tradition or set of rules.” The Michigan High School Athletic Association explains some of the rules and traditions a competitive cheer team is required to abide by. Competitive cheer has strict rules of what is allowed in each round. Each tumbling skill is awarded a predetermined number of points. In round two of competition there is a mandatory “ten count” all teams must execute. Cheerleading comes out of tradition as well and has been a part of American sports since the 1980’s. Cheerleading is a sport. Not one as in Webster’s fourth definition, “a thing joked about, object of ridicule, or laughing stock.” Rather, cheerleading is a legitimate sport that follows rules, requires athleticism, and brought three trophies back to Loy Norrix High School last year.
TRIMESTERS from page 5 However, a lot of the teachers who teach part A might not be teaching part B, and that might seem as a setback for many. However in KPS all classes are on the same curriculum because the teachers are required to complete all of the information that needs to be covered in order for the second teacher to continue their curriculum. “It’s good that we have credit retrievals and passing guides,” said social studies teacher, Niambi Pringle. “However the fact that some students might not be scheduled back-toback classes [Part A and Part B] may become difficult for students to remember information.” Students who have failed a class are given the opportunity to retake the class while still being able to gain all other credits required for graduation, otherwise known as credit retrieval. An argument that has been brought up is that the trimesters are good for the low level students but not the highlevel ones. However that is not entirely true. Higher level students have the opportunity to take up to five Advanced Placement classes, or a larger number of classes that interest them, unlike semesters where they were only able to take four AP classes each semester. Unlike semesters, trimesters offer many opportunities for both students and teachers. Students are less stressed because they don’t have to worry about completing all required subjects at the same time and can complete what classes they need and want, while teachers are given the opportunity to expand their curriculum.
Loy Norrix Wrestling Team Becomes More Diverse Madison Luckett Opinion Editor
The Loy Norrix wrestling team is more diverse than ever. Senior Tracy Bennet, Courtney Akins, Asia Haywood, and Krista Udoetok have decided to try out for the 20102011 LN’s wrestling team, and Akins is on the team this year. “I decided to wrestle because it is more of a challenge and it’s something different. You normally don’t see girl wrestlers,” said Akins. Akins runs Cross Country as well as Track and Field for LN. She believes it is harder compared to track and cross country because on the wrestling team you have to lift weights and set higher goals. Bennet was the first female to attend an actual practice with the male wrestlers. “It’s harder especially because I haven’t done a hard sport, and I’m out of shape. Plus being a girl, guys have four times more muscle mass so if they’re my size they still have more muscle than I do,” said Bennet. Bennet is no longer wrestling for the Knights due to a jaw injury. Wrestling is a sport in which two opponents struggle with one another in order to
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Senior Courtney Akins doing drills during practice, with junior Zack Venberg. Akins is the only girl on the LN wrestling team and has a tough road ahead in a male-dominated sport.
pin or press their opponent’s shoulders to the mat. With the contact that wrestling consists of, the head coach, Sean Bergan, and other members of the team are put in an uncomfortable position. “I do not believe that wrestling is a Co-Ed sport,” said
Bergan. “It puts the boys and girls at a disadvantage.” Bennet disagrees and believes as long as the females and males stay mature and keep their minds in the right place then the team will not be at a disadvantage and can reach the expectations of Bergan’s.
“You have to move and think fast at the same time and you’re trying to force someone else to move, who doesn’t want to move. Sometimes you can’t see what is happening so you have to really focus and not worry about the areas in which you might touch,” said Bennet. Sophomore wrestler Trevor Greer agrees with Bennet and also believes that with females on the team it will be a different experience for both the males and females. “I think it’s pretty much the same, just a different sex is involved,” said Greer. Bergan has noticed some hard work coming from a new member of the team; Courtney Akins. “Courtney has been working very hard to learn how to wrestle and working hard to keep up with the boys in the wrestling room,” said Bergan. Akins believes girls being on the team for the Knights are hopefully going to expand over the years. “I believe females being on the team isn’t an issue. It could open the eyes of other females who want to wrestle and will prove that woman can do as much as a males,” said Akins. “I plan to stick to it and do my best for Bergan. This will be a great season!”
Loy Norrix Senior has Boards for Every Season Hunter Lee Web Team
Unlike most sports players, Loy Norrix student Joey Birdsall can make progress in his sport on both a summer day or in the midst of a snow storm. Birdsall’s sport is snowboarding, but with a longboard, he can take turns down a concrete hill as if he was on snow. A longboard is basically a long skateboard that is aerodynamic and meant for taking sharp turns and handling speed. Both longboarding and snowboarding involve riding down a hill sideways and carving with the same movements, so when winter comes Birdsall is ready for the snowboard season. “In both sports, steadiness is crucial, so each one helps me focus on my balance,” said Birdsall. Since the fifth grade, Birdsall has been an avid snowboarder. Three years later, in his last year of middle school, he discovered his second favorite sport, longboarding.
He and most of his friends had already tried out skateboarding, but when he found out there was a summer sport comparable to snowboarding, the term “off season” left his vocabulary. Even though learning a sport can be a difficult process, the skills learned from it often benefit the person outside of the sport. Longboarding and snowboarding does this for Birdsall. “I learn from both sports how to focus and reach a tangible goal,” said Birdsall. “They are also a test on my patience and persistence when trying over and over again to land a trick or hit a difficult hill.” Birdsall and his friends like to follow each other down hills and take turns through narrow streets, calling the paths that they take “lines.” After they snake through streets and carve down mountains, they compare each other’s lines and plan for improvement. “You just have to feel it,” explained Birdsall. “It’s your line, make it what you want.”
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Joey Birdsall hits a jump on his snowboard at local Woods Lake park. Birdsall and his friends set up urban jumps and rails for snowboarding and skiing.
High School Football Schedule Should Be Thirteen Weeks Long
Joe Turner Guest Writer High school football is a very popular sport in the United States. Over one million male athletes play football in high school. They do this because they cannot play other sports that go on during the same season such as soccer, tennis and cross country. In some states, like in the state of Michigan, there are only nine regular season games before the season heads into the playoffs. In other states like Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, teams can have eight, ten or even eleven regular season games, respectively, before the playoffs begin. Most high school football players have expresssed that they want the season to be a little bit longer. Most of these comments come from seniors who want a chance to make it to the playoffs or just want to make their high school football career last longer. “I think that our football season should be at least twelve weeks long,” said senior captain of the LN football team Nick Stump, “it would help us develop more as a team and better our skills.” With high school football longer than just nine weeks, it would also get the athletes ready to play football at the next level. College football teams have practice every day. They have pre-season scrimmages. Practicing and playing for three more weeks would help keep the football players in shape. It would also help the athletes who play other sports throughout the school year to not become so tired. Football should be just as long as other sports such as volleyball, soccer, tennis and swimming. With this said, we want our male athletes who play high school football to be able to have a better year and have fun, but also be in good shape for other sports that they would like to play that year.
Hard Hits Lead to Harsh Penalties STUDENTS STRUGGLE
Daequan Mitchell Staff Writer
There has been a lot of talk around the National Football League (NFL) regarding the vicious hits that take place in this already hard-hitting sport. Recently, there were multiple players that were left with a concussion after getting hit. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver De’ Sean Jackson, Cleveland Browns wide receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi, and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson all sustained concussions in a recent game. Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap didn’t sustain a concussion but did end up with a neck injury. The League of Commissions thought that it would be best to take further action about this. Pittsburg Steelers linebacker James Harrison, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriwether, and Robinson were all fined for delivering the hits. Harrison was
hit the hardest with a $75,000 fine for delivering the hits on Cribbs and Massaquoi, and Meriwether and Robinson were tagged with $50,000 fines each. “I don’t want to injure anybody. There’s a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt; you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people,” said Harrison. The league officials released statements last week to define what a “ defenseless” player really is. “(i) A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass; (ii) a receiver catching or attempting to catch a pass; (iii) a runner already in the grasp of a tackler and whose forward progress has been stopped; (iv) a kickoff or punt returner attempting to field a kick in the air; and (v) a player on the ground at the end of a play,” were all named defenseless players by league officials. These rules were sent to all 32 teams, along with a video showing the hits distributed by Harrison, Meriwether, and Robinson, and also showing the proper way to hit. After being fined, Harrison considered retiring. He felt that these rules have changed the
nature of the game, and that he couldn’t play to the best of his ability knowing that if he hit someone helmet-to-helmet that he could be fined, or possibly suspended. These new rules have affected how people play the game. Harrison had 44 total tackles through six games. His average was 7.3 tackles a game, but during the game after the incident he was reduced to only 4 total tackles. This stat shows that there was indeed something holding Harrison back from playing up to his full potential. This could be opposed by saying that these rules protect defenseless players and prevent concussions and injuries to the spinal cord. That does sound reasonable, but at the same time in the sport of football, the players know what is at risk because they sign a contract to play the game. Football is the most physical sport and changing the rules now is unwise, especially midway through the season. Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis made a bold statement on the new rules. “The game will be diluted very quickly. My opinion is play the game like the game is supposed to be played, and whatever happens, happens,” said Lewis.
from Page 5 These statistics also report that students who participate in positive activities outside of school “aspire to higher education.” Unfortunately this center does not provide information on how students should handle their homework when partaking in these activities. Kristin Slamer is the varsity volleyball head coach and health teacher at Loy Norrix. Slamer looks back on her years as a high school student and remembers having a busy schedule. “I played varsity volleyball, soccer and swimming,” said Slamer. She also was apart of the National Honors Society at Battle Creek Central High School.
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High school is supposed to be a time when you learn about education but also about life skills and how to function in the real world. Is high school really preparing us to spread our wings and fly in the real world, when people tell us not to use our phones and to wear our IDs
As a volleyball coach Slamer notices that some of the girls on the team begin to feel overwhelmed as the season’s trainings get more intense. “I have adjusted practice times,” said Slamer. She does this every once in awhile to fit the homework completion needs of her varsity players. “Ask for help when you need it, they might be able to really help you,” said coach Slamer about the Loy Norrix staff. This is advice she would give to all students at Loy Norrix. The teaching staff understands that we, as students, have a lot on our plate and by informing them of our busy schedules, they might notice all that we have to do and cut back on the amount of homework they assign.
to every class? We, the students of Loy Norrix, need to be able to make decisions for ourselves and learn what works and doesn’t work, also, to learn what’s okay and what’s not okay. We need to be able to decide what is best for ourselves without school officials making every single decision for us.
Loy Norrix Basketball Player Hits the Splits Veronica Huges Feature Editor
It is hard to play another sport out of your comfort zone; however, junior basketball player LeTiah Foltz found it interesting to switch sports for a day. Going from basketball to cheerleading, which is a completely different type of sport, was a difficult process for Foltz. “I just thought cheerleading was a bunch of yelling and clapping, but it’s not,” said Foltz. Going from being a basketball player to trying to be a cheerleader was different. Basketball requires more conditioning, like running around, while cheerleading demands more flexibility and endurance, like body strength and concentration. “You don’t have to be flexible to play basketball and that was hard for me because I’m not a flexible person,” said Foltz. Cheerleading Coach Tietricha Henderson started the girls out with laps then told everyone “butts on the wall.” Foltz went over to the wall and sat on the ground. Senior cheerleader, Madison Luckett, told Foltz, “No, legs on the wall,” showing Foltz what to do. Foltz first words were,
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Junior LeTiah Foltz trains with the right techniques that will benefit her playing ability. Here she is shown doing crunches to strengthen her core muscles.
“You want me to put my legs where?” Looking very worried about what she had gotten herself into, Foltz struggled a little through some of the things like heel stretches and splits, but she did not give up, and she still had fun. “Watching everyone else and just seeing what you do in practice is interesting,” said Foltz. Next time you look at a sport and think it is easy,
take a look at what the other players really do. Most people do not have much respect for sports other than the ones that they play. Most people believe that their sport is the best, the hardest, and other sports do not compare. All sports are difficult and some may come easier to certain people, but that does not mean that those sports are as easy as they look. “I definitely have more respect for cheerleading now,” said Foltz.
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Loy Norrix varsity cheerleader junior Quentin Bryant helps Foltz as she struggles to keep her heel stretch straight up.
LN Alumni Goes Big for Indiana Wesleyan University Madison Luckett Opinion Editor
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Hoskins takes the ball down the court for the Wildcats in the game against Aquinas College. Hoskins had two rebounds and a steal for the November 12 game.
Former Loy Norrix student Jeffrey Hoskins has loved the sport of basketball since he was three. Hoskins started his guard position in college at Indiana Weslyan University (IWU) for the 2010-2011 school year. The Knights, varsity basketball player, formerly number 10, is now number 20 for the Wildcats. Hoskins reached an average of 19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game during his senior year at LN. His hard work and dedication to the team is what got him noticed by IWU’s basketball coach, Greg Tonagel, who later awarded him a full ride scholarship to play for the Wildcats. Hoskins signed his letter of intent for IWU in the spring of 2010. “I was happy because it was my first offer,” said Hoskins. The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats are the largest private
University in Indiana. IWU is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university that promotes liberal arts and professional education. The Wildcats have a great basketball record, as well. The Wildcats are the winning school in the Mid-Central College Conference, and have placed in the top 20 in the NAIA United States Sports Academy Directors Cup Standings for the last nine years. Hoskins has played 13 games for the Wildcats, and believes playing in college feels the same as playing at LN. Hoskins states that his average for his senior year was good, but doesn’t know how his years will go for the Wildcats. LN’s basketball coach Matt Covault believes Hoskins will succeed and bring a lot to the court for the Wildcats. “Jeff is going to do very well at IWU. I’m sure he will struggle a bit as every freshman does, but once he gets into the flow of school and basketball the sky is the limit for him. Indiana Wesleyan has a great program
and Jeff is going to be an important part of it this year and in the years to come,” said Covault. Even though Hoskins is now living in Indiana, he still has the same support back at home that he had before. A former teammate, Daequan Mitchell is confident in Hoskins ability to do well in college. “I feel that Jeff will do fairly well his first year and as the year’s progress I also feel that he will end up being one of the better players to play at IWU. It takes time to get use to a new system. Jeff, who is used to a high school system will struggle to adapt at first. After his freshmen year Jeff will be a great player and throughout his basketball career,” said Mitchell. Hoskins support at home is what keeps his head in the game. “I feel they want me to achieve my goals in life,” said Hoskins.
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Many Loy Norrix students help out the school or community by volunteering with National Honor Society, PeaceJam, Key Club, or in other school activities like the food drive. Countless opportunities exist for students to get involved in something, like the Gay-Straight Alliance, the travel club, the recycling club. Students also have the opportunity to learn about writing and publishing for an award-winning school journalism program. So don’t tell us that nothing positive happens at Loy Norrix High School. The next time the negatives about Norrix are brought up, be proud to shed some light on the true lives of the Knights. People might be surprised to find out the good that goes on here every day.
Actually, immature students that blend in with the rest of the student body are the people who decide that they should write all over things as if they are little kids. Students should just pick up their messes and leave the markers or pens in their bags or in the art room where they belong. Come on people, we are in high school now. We have guests that come into our school, and we don’t want them to see our school looking a mess. Dropping our garbage around the school and messing the bathrooms up makes our school look like a huge trash can. So let’s clean it up.